After the Extremists:
Right now, Iraqi PM Haider al-Abadi is basking in the glow of victory. But the fight against extremism has both hidden, and produced, more serious problems. And there are just six months until elections.
Even before the extremists were in control in Anbar, selling alcohol was banned. During extremist control, selling liquor was punishable by death. But now liquor stores have become a sign of freedom.
Since the death of their founding father this year, Iraqi Kurdistan’s oppositional Change movement has not stood as strong as it once did on controversial issues. Party faithful are asking: why the silence?
Fuelling The Fight?
The military campaign against the Islamic State is almost over. But now, locals and politicians alike say, the Iraqi government must work to ensure they cannot return to recruit more followers.
From The Mountains To The City:
The old guard of Kurdish politicians fought for Kurdish rights with guns while the new generation is more likely to work with words, money and diplomacy. But are they really that different?
An Iraqi man is using drama therapy to help local drug addicts, juvenile offenders and victims of chemical weapons attacks recover.
Rust In Pieces:
Up to 30 Bedouins near Basra have traded in their camels for cars. The nomads have taught themselves the scrap and spare parts trade in a huge junk yard in the desert.
Proposed changes to Iraq’s personal status law caused protests because they drop the legal age of marriage to 9. Even worse, the changes come at the same time as an ongoing erosion in women’s status in Iraqi society.
‘Nothing But Destruction’
Tuz Khurmatu has been a flash point for ethnic tensions in northern Iraq for years now. But residents in the town tended to carry on, through sporadic clashes – until now.
Laughing Through Tears?
Some Iraqi Kurdish locals have concluded that satire and comedy are the best way to break through all of the political drama. Behind the jokes, there’s a serious message for their fans.
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