Dozens of Iraqi Kurdish locals have been kidnapped on their way south since the beginning of the year. Victims say culprits are armed men dressed like the army but who are actually members of volunteer militias.
Local police surrounded the mostly-gypsy village of Fawar in southern Iraq for several days, refusing to allow anyone in or out. The reason? So gypsies couldn’t taint the rest of local society with their immoral ways.
One of the more unusual, grass roots groups in Iraq today is Real Sciences. They are young Iraqis who translate scientific articles into Arabic, believing that a little more of this could combat violence.
Droughts, extremists' control of water upstream and government austerity measures that are shutting pumping stations: Iraq's already-precarious, but precious, marshes and wetlands are in danger - again.
Last year the world focused on the mistreatment of Iraq's Christians by the Islamic State. But in fact the extremists had been harassing Mosul's Christians for a long time, in a campaign to push them out of Iraq.