Last Friday demonstrators broke into Baghdad’s Green Zone a second time. Security forces were waiting for them - and the media, say local journalists who believe they were deliberately targeted by the military.
Never mind the security crisis, extremists on the border or a severe lack of cash. Sulaymaniyah’s artists are organising more events and activities than ever, in the Iraqi Kurdish “capital of culture”.
The extremist Islamic State group launched Radio Imam in Mosul late last year, broadcasting calls for holy war and spreading false news. Now the Iraqi army is fighting back with their own radio station.
Tribal groups in Iraqi Kurdistan have always had influence, mostly hidden behind the trappings of democracy. But recently several large tribal festivals have raised fears that tribal power is being revived.