economy

stuffing money in the mattress: why iraqis refuse to use iraqi banks

Iraq’s banking system is notoriously unstable, competitive, unsecure and riven by political infighting. MPs say they’re trying to improve the banking system but in the meantime, locals are still keeping cash in a box under the bed. by Aysar Jabar in Baghdad more
society

kirkuk, iraq’s new capital of kidnapping

Kidnapping is common in Iraq, with gangs using the ransoms to pay the rent or fund extremist activities. And the northern city of Kirkuk is particularly notorious for this kind of crime, with almost 300 reported kidnaps over the past three years. by Shalaw Mohammed in Kirkuk more
economy

political or economic? new turkish-kurdish border crossings send message to baghdad

Turkey and the semi-autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan announced plans for new border crossings this week. Ostensibly these are to accommodate the growing trade between the two. But many suspect there’s a political motive too: It’s all about the power struggle between Baghdad and Erbil. by Abdul-Khaleq Dosky in Dohuk more
politics

banned for bad behaviour: criticising iraqi PM enough to get MPs banned from elections?

A number of high profile MPs have been banned from running in Iraq’s upcoming general elections – allegedly because they contravene an electoral rule about good conduct. However there is also another thing they all have in common: They are all vehement critics of the current Prime Minister. by Special Correspondent in Baghdad more
politics

meeting of minds? iran and us envoys in baghdad on a shared mission

Iran sent General Qasim Soleimani, one of its most secretive, most influential envoys, to Iraq this week to help resolve political conflicts before elections next month. At the same time, US envoy Brett McGurk was also in town. Both men had a similar mission: to ensure elections are held, and as peacefully as possible. Now political gossips are asking if the American met the Iranian behind closed doors - and what that means for Iraq’s political future. by Mustafa Habib in Baghdad more
economy

basra’s mighty petro-dollar: but does the province have anything to show for it?

Basra is one of the country’s wealthiest provinces in terms of oil it produces; its budget for 2014 is bigger than some small countries\'. Yet somehow the money doesn’t seem to be improving locals’ lives. Provincial authorities hope this year will be different – only the central government in Baghdad seems to be standing in their way. by Saleem al-Wazzan in Basra more
society

tragic truants: syrian refugee children leave iraqi schools to support families

The number of young Syrians begging on the streets of Dohuk seems to be growing all the time. NIQASH spoke to random children selling water, cigarettes, shining shoes or begging and asked them why they weren’t in school today. The reasons were more complicated than one might expect. by Abdul-Khaleq Dosky in Dohuk more
politics

did they or didn’t they? confusion over iraq’s multi-million dollar arms deal with iran

Documents indicating that Iraq was going to buy almost US$200 million worth of armaments from neighbouring Iran have had foreign policy analysts fizzing. Is it a reward for Iraq’s support in Syria? Is it about the spread of Iran’s backers, Russia’s influence? But first, exactly how real is this deal actually? by Mustafa Sadoun in Baghdad more
society

mosul’s annual spring festival: picnicking to escape violence and urban decay

Since 2003, Mosul has no longer held the annual spring festival that drew visitors from right around Iraq – mainly because of the security situation there. However that has not stopped city dwellers from mounting their own, personal festivals, by heading out of the city whenever possible. by in Mosul more
economy

what’s in a name: religious business names being swapped for exotic english in karbala

In the Iraqi city of Karbala, a centre of religious tourism and learning, most retailers use religious names because they supposedly impart blessings and prosperity. But a new generation of storekeepers are swapping to exotic English or French because they believe branding and marketing is more important. Not everyone is keen on the idea though. by Abbas Sarhan in Karbala more
<<  <   5  6  7  8  9  10  11  12  13  14  15   >   >>