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Anti-government demonstrations in Najaf, southern Iraq.
Anti-government demonstrations in Najaf, southern Iraq.
Anti-government demonstrations in Najaf, southern Iraq.
Change We Can Believe In

Iraq’s Historic Opportunity

Mustafa Habib
There is a unique situation in Iraq today: national unity, huge challenges, political renewal. It’s time for a change. But can the country do it?
16.08.2018
Lines In The Sand

As Iraq Sanctions Iran Trade, Saudi Arabia Boosts Border Crossing

Kamal al-Ayash
Opening the Arar border crossing on Iraq’s border with Saudi Arabia could help locals economically. But analysts say it’s also about international influence.
15.08.2018
Runners Up

Come September’s Elections In Iraqi Kurdistan, There will Be No Winners

Honar Hama Rasheed
In September, two Iraqi Kurdish parties will be battling one another and voter apathy for second place in the regional parliament.
16.08.2018
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
Supporters of the Change movement in Iraqi Kurdistan. (photo: Hama Sur) Supporters of the Change movement in Iraqi Kurdistan. (photo: Hama Sur) Supporters of the Change movement in Iraqi Kurdistan. (photo: Hama Sur)
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
The Shatt al-Arab: increasingly salty. (photo: الموسوعة الحرة )
The Shatt al-Arab: increasingly salty. (photo: الموسوعة الحرة )
The Shatt al-Arab: increasingly salty. (photo: الموسوعة الحرة )
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
A demonstration in Basra. The sign says: A demonstration in Basra. The sign says: A demonstration in Basra. The sign says:
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
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