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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.