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A checkpoint on the Erbil-Kirkuk road.
A checkpoint on the Erbil-Kirkuk road.
A checkpoint on the Erbil-Kirkuk road.
Reunion Blues

In Northern Iraq, Where A Re-Opened Bridge Is About Much More Than Just A-To-B

Shalaw Mohammed
A Kirkuk bridge destroyed during the October face-off between Iraqi and Kurdish troops has been re-opened. In practical terms, it’s positive. But in terms of symbolism and politics, it’s seen by some as a bad sign.
30.08.2018
Strange Goings-On:

Intrigue + Manipulation, Friends + Enemies, As Iraq Tries To Form New Govt

Mustafa Habib
As Iraq begins creating a new government and traditional allies disagree, there’s been plenty of behind-the-scenes action and intrigue – especially from the country’s neighbours in Iran.
29.08.2018
Still Hot, Still Angry

Momentum Of Protests In Southern Iraq Slows – But They Won’t Stop

Saleem al-Wazzan
Protestors in Basra are young, genuinely angry and well aware their demands are not being met. So, although the demonstrations have slowed, locals believe they will return – and with more fury.
30.08.2018
A Non-Consensual Consensus

Support For Iraq’s Top Sunni Politician Appears Unified – Or is It?

Kamal al-Ayash
As Iraqi political parties negotiate to form a new government, a front runner has emerged for top Sunni Muslim representative. Yet somehow Mohammed al-Halbusi’s popularity is causing jealousy and suspicion.
23.08.2018
Iraqi Kurdish farmers are on the move this year. Iraqi Kurdish farmers are on the move this year. Iraqi Kurdish farmers are on the move this year.
On the Road Again

Weather Forces A Return To Tradition In Iraqi Kurdistan

Sarchin Salih
A few short years ago, it was unusual to see Kurdish shepherds moving stock around. But now, thanks to dry weather, some farmers are going back to their ancestral, nomadic ways.
23.08.2018
Anti-government demonstrations in Najaf, southern Iraq.
Anti-government demonstrations in Najaf, southern Iraq.
Anti-government demonstrations in Najaf, southern Iraq.
Change We Can Believe In

Iraq’s Historic Opportunity

Mustafa Habib
There is a unique situation in Iraq today: national unity, huge challenges, political renewal. It’s time for a change. But can the country do it?
16.08.2018
Iraqi and Saudi officials at the Arar border crossing (photo: الفيسبوك ) Iraqi and Saudi officials at the Arar border crossing (photo: الفيسبوك ) Iraqi and Saudi officials at the Arar border crossing (photo: الفيسبوك )
Lines In The Sand

As Iraq Sanctions Iran Trade, Saudi Arabia Boosts Border Crossing

Kamal al-Ayash
Opening the Arar border crossing on Iraq’s border with Saudi Arabia could help locals economically. But analysts say it’s also about international influence.
15.08.2018
Runners Up

Come September’s Elections In Iraqi Kurdistan, There will Be No Winners

Honar Hama Rasheed
In September, two Iraqi Kurdish parties will be battling one another and voter apathy for second place in the regional parliament.
16.08.2018
Making Nice With The Neighbours

Between US Sanctions and Iranian Influence, Iraq Will Try, And Fail, At Compliance

Mustafa Habib
Officially Iraq has said it will abide by the US’ new sanctions on Iran. Unofficially, it puts the country in a very difficult position. It will be almost impossible to stick to the rules.
9.08.2018
Supporters of the Change movement in Iraqi Kurdistan. (photo: Hama Sur) Supporters of the Change movement in Iraqi Kurdistan. (photo: Hama Sur) Supporters of the Change movement in Iraqi Kurdistan. (photo: Hama Sur)
September’s Elections

Iraqi Kurdistan’s Next Parliament: Young, Media-Savvy - And Undemocratic

Maaz Farhan
Names of contenders for Iraqi Kurdistan’s regional elections have been submitted. Many of the candidates are younger and only a few senior politicians are running. That’s problematic, local analysts say.
9.08.2018