Since the announcement of a new military alliance including Russia, locals have been trading arguments. Could Iraq become the stage for a new “Cold War”? And how effective can this coalition really be?
The crises that caused Iraqi PM Haider al-Abadi to announce serious reforms also affects the Iraqi Kurdish region. But much to some locals' anger, no major reforms are planned there, local authorities say.
In the Iraqi Kurdish government, almost all political parties share power and allegedly govern, but most of them also act as though they are in the opposition. It's an untenable situation that cannot continue.
Thanks to drought and desertification, a Dhi Qar district suffers a plague of deadly snake attacks every summer. This year is no different and locals don't know what to do about all the cobras and vipers.
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.