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The Iraqi Parliament in session in previous years. (photo: ميتروغرافي)
The Iraqi Parliament in session in previous years. (photo: ميتروغرافي)
The Iraqi Parliament in session in previous years. (photo: ميتروغرافي)
Changing The System:

Call For New Political System Opens Back Door to Iraq's Unpopular Former PM

Ibrahim Saleh
There have been calls to move Iraq from a parliamentary political system to a presidential one. But MPs are already saying this is just a cunning tactic to allow unpopular former PM, Nouri al-Maliki, to regain power.
2.07.2015
Fighting About Religion and Power:

Will Iraqi Kurdistan Ever Get It's New Constitution?

Alaa Latif
Iraqi Kurdistan is now working on re-drafting its Constitution. It would define the region and give it legitimacy. But there are some major issues to overcome before the process can go any further.
2.07.2015
Interview with Yazidi MP in Baghdad:

'Yazidi Are Divided But We Still Want Our Own Region'

Khales Joumah
Yazidi MP, Haj Kandour al-Sheikh, updates NIQASH on his people's security situation a year after thousands were kidnapped or killed by extremists. He also talks about what the Yazidis of Iraq really want now.
2.07.2015
The Mysterious Fires of Wasit:

Arson Being Used to De-Stabilize Iraqi Farms?

Mohammed al-Zaidi
A recent rash of farmland fires in Wasit province has seen accusations go flying. Is the arson politically motivated? Or do farmers really leave their shisha pipes unattended for too long?
2.07.2015
Desperate displaced Iraqis are thought to be selling their kidneys so they can feed their families. (photo: أحمد محمد ) Desperate displaced Iraqis are thought to be selling their kidneys so they can feed their families. (photo: أحمد محمد ) Desperate displaced Iraqis are thought to be selling their kidneys so they can feed their families. (photo: أحمد محمد )
Kidneys For Sale in Kurdish Camps:

Iraq's Displaced Selling Body Parts For Food

Authorities in Iraqi Kurdistan suspect that displaced people are selling their kidneys to feed their families. Problem is, they don't know how to stop it because there's nothing illegal about donating a kidney.
2.07.2015
موصليون يستعينون بنهر دجلة  للتغلب على  ارتفاع درجات الحرارة في رمضان
موصليون يستعينون بنهر دجلة  للتغلب على  ارتفاع درجات الحرارة في رمضان
أنواع الحلويات التي تشتهر بها الموصل في رمضان
Reporting Religious Rule Breakers:

Extremists Ruining Ramadan in Mosul

Khales Joumah
The holy month of Ramadan started last week and in extremist-controlled Mosul, locals are being asked to report those who don't observe the religious rules.
25.06.2015
Residents of the Laylan camp carry bedding. (photo: شاڵاو محه‌مه‌د) Residents of the Laylan camp carry bedding. (photo: شاڵاو محه‌مه‌د) Residents of the Laylan camp carry bedding. (photo: شاڵاو محه‌مه‌د)
No Future, No Jobs, One Ambulance:

Over 8,000 Displaced Iraqis Suffering Summer Heat In Kirkuk Camp.

Shalaw Mohammed
Displaced Iraqis who fled the extremist Islamic State group say they swapped one nightmarish situation for another, living in 50 degree heat in a remote camp.
25.06.2015
Desperate Financial Measures:

As Iraqi Kurdistan Runs Out of Oil Money, Kurdish Turn Backs On Baghdad

Honar Hama Rasheed
The oil-for-money agreement between Baghdad and Iraqi Kurdistan gets closer to failing every day, with the Kurdish talking about selling oil independently once again. But this time, they say, it's legal.
23.06.2015
A Cemetery With No Graves:

After Years of Neglect, Basra's British Cemetery Is Football Field

Mustafa Sadoun
Once there was a garden to honour almost 3,000 British soldiers laid to rest in southern Iraq. Now there is just dust, vandalism and a dumping ground for unidentified Iraqi corpses.
23.06.2015
مجموعة من عناصر الحشد الشعبي المرتبطة بالسيستاني (photo: الموقع الرسمي للحشد الشعبي) مجموعة من عناصر الحشد الشعبي المرتبطة بالسيستاني (photo: الموقع الرسمي للحشد الشعبي) مجموعة من عناصر الحشد الشعبي المرتبطة بالسيستاني (photo: الموقع الرسمي للحشد الشعبي)
Divided Loyalties:

Iraq's Controversial Shiite Militias Fight Among Themselves

Mustafa Habib
Iraq's Shiite militias have been celebrated and criticised. Now, as differences in everything from weapons to leadership to loyalties become evident, tensions between the militias are rising.
18.06.2015