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Supporters of the Change movement in Iraqi Kurdistan. (photo: حمه سور )
Supporters of the Change movement in Iraqi Kurdistan. (photo: حمه سور )
Supporters of the Change movement in Iraqi Kurdistan. (photo: حمه سور )
Bringing Change:

After Iraqi Elections, Former Peace-Preaching Political Party Decides It Needs Guns

Honar Hama Rasheed
Iraqi Kurdistan’s Change movement have always been believers in the democratic process. But after these elections, they are seriously talking about forming their own military force.
24.05.2018
Threats, Demographics, New Faces:

Why Sunni Parties Lost So Much In The 2018 Elections

Mustafa Habib
During the recent Iraqi elections, Sunni Muslim parties lost almost 20 seats in parliament. Observers and politicians are arguing about reasons for the loss, and other Sunni losses over the past decade.
24.05.2018
Ballot Fever:

New Kurdish Elections Announced, While Problems From Last Elections Remain

Saman Omer
Just as one lot of electioneering ends in Iraq, another begins in Iraqi Kurdistan, where a date for the long-delayed regional ballot has been set. But already, problems are mounting up.
24.05.2018
No Sects, Please:

In Southern Iraq, The Single Christian Candidate That Could

Mohammed al-Zaidi
In the southern city of Kut, a would-be politician managed to get over 5,000 votes. Thing is, he’s a Christian Iraqi and almost all of those who voted for him are Muslim.
24.05.2018
A doctor speaks to female patients in a Kirkuk hospital. (photo: دورة صحية لنساء كركوك ) A doctor speaks to female patients in a Kirkuk hospital. (photo: دورة صحية لنساء كركوك ) A doctor speaks to female patients in a Kirkuk hospital. (photo: دورة صحية لنساء كركوك )
Mother’s Helper:

In Kirkuk, The Midwife Knows Best

Samar Rabea1
Cheaper, more comfortable, less crowded and trusted: Just some of the reasons Kirkuk women are turning to midwives rather than state hospitals. But, doctors warn, there are dangers too.
24.05.2018
The odd couple: head of the Communist party, Raed Fahmi (left) and the winning cleric Muqtada al-Sadr.
The odd couple: head of the Communist party, Raed Fahmi (left) and the winning cleric Muqtada al-Sadr.
The odd couple: head of the Communist party, Raed Fahmi (left) and the winning cleric Muqtada al-Sadr.
Novelty Please:

Iraq’s Election Winner Just Giving The People What They Wanted

Mustafa Habib
The results of the Iraqi elections were surprising. But in fact, the way Iraqis were feeling about local politics beforehand indicates that nobody should actually have been all that surprised.
17.05.2018
 (photo: Hama Sur)  (photo: Hama Sur)  (photo: Hama Sur)
Bias + Backbiting:

How The Iraqi Kurdish Media Failed Democracy’s Test

Histyar Qader
Before the elections, Iraqi Kurdish media engaged in rabble rousing, defamation and violating electoral rules, reporting more about what was wrong with the opposition than what was right with their own party.
17.05.2018
Same Sh*t, Different Election:

Confessions Of A Non-Voter In Iraq

Zanko Ahmad
The Iraqi elections saw historically low voter turnout on the weekend. Along with several of his colleagues, NIQASH’s editor in Iraqi Kurdistan did not go to the polls. Here he explains why.
17.05.2018
The Right To Bear Arms:

North Of Baghdad, Villagers Say Fight Against Extremists Not Over

Ibrahim Saleh
Locals in Tarmiyah, north of Baghdad, thought official security forces would protect them from the extremist Islamic State group and gave up weapons. They were recently proven wrong. Now they want their guns back.
17.05.2018
Election apathy in Baghdad. Does anybody really care? (photo: جيتي : احمد الربيعي) Election apathy in Baghdad. Does anybody really care? (photo: جيتي : احمد الربيعي) Election apathy in Baghdad. Does anybody really care? (photo: جيتي : احمد الربيعي)
Pointless + Futile:

‘Stay At Home’ Campaign To Boycott Elections Appeals To Too Many Iraqis

Mustafa Habib
More and more Iraqi voters seem to be planning to boycott the polling booths on Saturday. Because of election rules, even if ten voters turn up, the results still count.
10.05.2018