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Iranian imports in Iraq. (photo: صباح عرار (جيتي- اي اف بي))
Iranian imports in Iraq. (photo: صباح عرار (جيتي- اي اف بي))
Iranian imports in Iraq. (photo: صباح عرار (جيتي- اي اف بي))
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
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
A Salty Pickle

Basra’s Annual Water Crisis May Turn Into Major Environmental Disaster

Saleem al-Wazzan
Every summer, saltwater from the Arabian Gulf intrudes on Basra’s freshwater sources. This year it’s worse than ever, as pipes are clogged with salt, agriculture fails and animals die.
9.08.2018
No Solutions

Why Iraq’s Anti-Govt Protests May Be Doomed To Fail

Mustafa Habib
There are anti-government protests in Iraq every summer. But the recent batch are different, and in ways that could hinder any resolution.
2.08.2018
A monument celebrating the Kurdish parliament in the shape of a lock. (photo: حمه سور) A monument celebrating the Kurdish parliament in the shape of a lock. (photo: حمه سور) A monument celebrating the Kurdish parliament in the shape of a lock. (photo: حمه سور)
Leadership Challenge

Iraqi Kurdistan Tries To Solve Presidency Problem - Again

Histyar Qader
Last month, the Iraqi Kurdish parliament voted to suspend the regional presidency. But new laws, and even a new Constitution, may not help solve this most intractable problem.
2.08.2018
Living In A Prison

High Security In Anbar Changes Iraqi Civilian Life

Kamal al-Ayash
There are checkpoints, security dogs, armed men and guns everywhere. Locals in Anbar’s biggest cities complain that the fight against extremists is turning their hometowns into one big military barracks.
2.08.2018
Scene from a military graduation in Karbala, not recent protests. Scene from a military graduation in Karbala, not recent protests. Scene from a military graduation in Karbala, not recent protests.
The Opposite Effect

Iraqi Internet Shuts Down, Fake News Blossoms During Information Blackout

Mustafa Habib
When it came to disinformation, shutting down the Internet to prevent protests in Iraq may have backfired. Iraqis get most of their information from social media and there was none, so false reports circulated wildly.
26.07.2018
What’s The Point?

Iraqi Kurdistan’s Opposition Parties Must Pass Test Of Regional Elections

Honar Hama Rasheed
Iraqi Kurdistan’s opposition parties did not do as well as expected in May’s federal election. September's regional elections are their last chance to prove to disillusioned voters there’s a point to their existence.
25.07.2018
Don’t You Dare

Haunted By History, Iraq’s Sunni Muslims Won’t Join Shiite-Led Protests

Mustafa Habib
Living conditions north of Iraq are not necessarily better than those in the south, where Iraqis are currently demonstrating. But the Sunnis who live there won’t join the protests:They fear the consequences.
24.07.2018
A meeting of the Basra Taxi Union. (photo: الفيسبوك ) A meeting of the Basra Taxi Union. (photo: الفيسبوك ) A meeting of the Basra Taxi Union. (photo: الفيسبوك )
Driving Aids

In Basra, Volunteering - For A Better State, And State Of Mind

Saleem al-Wazzan
While Basra protests, one group has quietly been taking matters into its own hands. The Basra Taxi Union does volunteer work like providing emergency breakdown services, filling potholes or handing out rubbish bags.
25.07.2018