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Did he make a bad decision? PM Haider al-Abadi is still a hero to many Iraqis. (photo: الكس براندون - جيتي )
Did he make a bad decision? PM Haider al-Abadi is still a hero to many Iraqis. (photo: الكس براندون - جيتي )
Did he make a bad decision? PM Haider al-Abadi is still a hero to many Iraqis. (photo: الكس براندون - جيتي )
An Unholy Union?

The Still-Born Political Alliance That Casts Doubt On Iraq’s Popular PM

Mustafa Habib
Iraq’s popular prime minister had long been critical of the often-controversial Shiite Muslim militias. But last week he formed a short-lived alliance with them to compete in general elections. What went wrong?
18.01.2018
No Trust:

Kurdish Opposition Politicians Ask Baghdad To Supervise Kurdish Elections

Honar Hama Rasheed
Elections will be held in May 2018 in Iraqi Kurdistan. Opposition politicians say the outdated electoral rolls could influence the outcome though – so they’re asking Baghdad to step in.
18.01.2018
The Brave Ones:

The Young Mosul Men Finding Political Freedom In Their Liberated City

Special Correspondent
For the first time in years, there are no extremist groups in Mosul to prevent young politicians from having a say – and from running for election on what they say is a more realistic platform.
18.01.2018
A Mountain Kingdom?

Iraqi Politicians Nonplussed About New PKK 'Region'

Special Correspondent
Late last month the Kurdistan Worker's Party – an organization some describe as terrorist – declared a region of self-rule in the Qandil mountains. Strangely enough, nobody seems all that upset about their claim.
18.01.2018
The economic and financial crisis in Iraqi Kurdistan is seeing projects abandoned and investors putting their money elsewhere. The economic and financial crisis in Iraqi Kurdistan is seeing projects abandoned and investors putting their money elsewhere. The economic and financial crisis in Iraqi Kurdistan is seeing projects abandoned and investors putting their money elsewhere.
No Money At Home:

Kurdish Crises Drive Kurdish Investors To Put Their Money Elsewhere

Sarchin Salih
It’s not only Iraqi and international investors getting their money out of Iraqi Kurdistan. Financial and political problems are also leading locals to invest further south.
18.01.2018
Members of an Iraqi militias carry posters of Iranian leaders.
Members of an Iraqi militias carry posters of Iranian leaders.
Members of an Iraqi militias carry posters of Iranian leaders.
The Usual Red Lines:

What Did Iraqis Think About Protests In Iran?

Mustafa Habib
Popular protests in neighbouring Iran saw public opinion in Iraq split. But it was a tricky subject. As one commentator on social media put it: Either you are for the Shiite people, or the Shiite government.
11.01.2018
 (photo: امير حسن )  (photo: امير حسن )  (photo: امير حسن )
Gateway To Revolution:

Rebellious Iraqi Kurdish City Still Feels The Burn After Protests

Saman Omer
Anti-government demonstrations in the Iraqi Kurdish city, that started the Kurdish uprising against Saddam Hussein, have left a bitter aftertaste.
11.01.2018
Courting Danger:

Iraqi Lawyers Get Death Threats But Won’t Go To Police

Narim Rostam
For lawyers working on sensitive cases, especially corruption cases, in Iraqi Kurdistan, death and other threats are just part of the job.
10.01.2018
Money Laundering:

An Increase In Internet Scams Entraps Naïve Baghdad Locals

Ibrahim Saleh
Over the past few months there has been an increase in stories about money-making scams on Facebook. Ill-informed Iraqis with get-rich-quick dreams are still falling for fraudsters’ lies.
11.01.2018
Statue of a peshmerga on the road into Kirkuk. (photo: Levi Clancy / Wikimedia Commons) Statue of a peshmerga on the road into Kirkuk. (photo: Levi Clancy / Wikimedia Commons) Statue of a peshmerga on the road into Kirkuk. (photo: Levi Clancy / Wikimedia Commons)
They Don’t Need A Hero:

After Protests Turn Violent, Iraqi Kurdish Stop Worshipping Their Military

Maaz Farhan
Once Iraqi Kurdish soldiers were only seen as heroes who protected the Kurdish people from external enemies. But after recent protests that saw soldiers turn on demonstrators, that is changing.
4.01.2018