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Members of IHEC: No provincial elections planned in the near future.
Members of IHEC: No provincial elections planned in the near future.
Members of IHEC: No provincial elections planned in the near future.
Bad Governors

Drama On Iraq’s Councils After Provincial Elections Are Cancelled Again

Mustafa Habib
Conflict at federal level is complicating local politics too. Provincial elections have not been held for five years and council leadership no longer reflects the country’s new political reality.
31.12.2018
Filthy Lucre

How To Get A Loan In Baghdad - At 30% Interest, Repaid In 3 Months

Ibrahim Saleh
It’s tough to get a loan from Iraq’s undeveloped banking sector unless you fulfil certain, very specific criteria. But growing consumer desire and outrageous interest rates are forcing a change.
30.12.2018
Out With The Islamists

Iraqi Kurdistan Heading For First Secular Government In A Decade

Histyar Qader
In 2019, it seems Iraqi Kurdistan’s government will not have any Islamist parties involved. Their exclusion, and a wholly secular leadership, presents both a problem and an opportunity.
30.12.2018
The Province Most Likely To:

Basra Protests Evolve, Confuse And Have The Potential To Change Everything

Mustafa Habib
Just a few short months ago, Basra was known for oil production, shipping and poverty. Since this summer’s protests, it has become the province most likely to drastically change Iraq’s political landscape.
21.12.2018
Male and female students clean up the damaged university in Mosul. Male and female students clean up the damaged university in Mosul. Male and female students clean up the damaged university in Mosul.
No Holding Hands

Echoes of Extremist ‘Morality Police’ On Mosul University Campus

Special Correspondent
Students at Mosul University report a disturbing trend, where campus security report on and harass male and female students sitting together. It reminds them most of the Islamic State group’s morality patrols.
27.12.2018
The Kurdish flag flies over new year celebrations in Kirkuk. (photo: شالاو محمد)
The Kurdish flag flies over new year celebrations in Kirkuk. (photo: شالاو محمد)
The Kurdish flag flies over new year celebrations in Kirkuk. (photo: شالاو محمد)
Problematic Pennant

In Northern Iraq, Raising The Kurdish Flag Brings Military Response

Shalaw Mohammed
In mid-December Iraqi Kurdish locals celebrate ‘Flag Day’. However in the disputed city of Kirkuk, raising the Kurdish flag remains controversial and a sign of how badly things have gone wrong here since late 2017.
24.12.2018
Iraqi army forces in Anbar. Source: Iraqi army. Iraqi army forces in Anbar. Source: Iraqi army. Iraqi army forces in Anbar. Source: Iraqi army.
Extremists At The Intersections

As Security Forces Multiply In Anbar, So Does Danger

Kamal al-Ayash
There are more than five different security forces protecting Anbar from extremist attacks. But in this case, too much security is starting to equal too little, with no central command or overarching plan.
21.12.2018
Perfect Storm:

New Iraqi Govt Struggles With Internal Political Conflicts + International Sanctions

Mustafa Habib
Iraqi politicians are struggling to finalize their cabinet while dealing with ongoing internal scraps and the threat of international sanctions.
13.12.2018
Anbar’s Lost Children:

The Teenage Soldiers Who Fought Extremists, Now Deserted By Their Country

Kamal al-Ayash
Teenagers who fought the Islamic State group have returned home physically and psychologically broken. But because they were legally too young to fight, they have no way of getting the medical care or benefits.
13.12.2018
It's all relative: Nechirvan Barzani (left) and Masrour Barzani. It's all relative: Nechirvan Barzani (left) and Masrour Barzani. It's all relative: Nechirvan Barzani (left) and Masrour Barzani.
Game Changer:

Iraqi Kurdistan’s Most Powerful Political Cousins Set To Share Power At The Top

Honar Hama Rasheed
Earlier this month Iraqi Kurdistan’s most popular party made an unexpected choice for regional prime minister. Some fear the choice may increase rivalry between two cousins who must now run the region in unison.
13.12.2018