Hero Or Profiteer?
Some locals say they trust the Iraqi Kurdish people smuggler known as Riza Kewi more than their own government. Kewi says it's because he's honest. But not all his clients agree.
Iraq's Person of the Year?
A NIQASH poll on social media asked Iraqis to choose the person they thought was most influential in the country in 2015. Three weeks later, the results are in.
Post-Islamic State Problems:
Locals in Diyala province say the area is undergoing ethnic and sectarian “cleansing”. Sunnis are not being allowed back into the multi-ethnic province, post the Islamic State.
Where Are The Petrodollars?
The province of Kirkuk exports millions of barrels of oil per month. But nobody knows where the money is going - and as a result, local protesters say they will try to stop oil exports soon.
Turkish troops remain on Iraqi soil and Kurdish revolutionary group, the PKK, believe they are not there to fight the Islamic State. They’re there to fight the PKK.
Healthcare in Mosul is getting worse. Doctors and nurses are prisoners, pharmacies are empty, costs are rising and extremist patients take priority for treatment.
Social Media to Increase The Peace:
An extremist ‘hero’ with a mortar in his shoulder. A secret plot bringing the Iraqi Kurdish and the Islamic State together. Iraqi social media can prove it all. Or can it?
Hash, Pills And Speed:
Smuggling drugs through Iraq on the way to the Gulf and Europe is big business in Maysan province - and it is often the local tribes in the border areas facilitating the enterprise.
Locals employed by the government fear the financial crisis may see them lose their jobs. Nobody seems to be able to tell them if their fears are justified – but most experts agree there's a long, hard road ahead.
Baghdad's Mandaean Representative:
In an interview, Raad Jabar al-Khamis, a representative of the Sabean-Mandaean minority, talks about why all minorities in Iraq will leave the country over the next decade.
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