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Kurdish cafe goers prefer tea to elections. (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
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
Sects + Sensibilities:

Mixed Population Means Uncertain Election Outcomes In Diyala

The demographically diverse province of Diyala has it all: Politicians campaigning on sectarian and ethnic issues, feasts to entice apathetic voters and tribes who can make or break their own politicians.
10.05.2018
Neutral zone? A range of different TV channels in Iraq. Neutral zone? A range of different TV channels in Iraq. Neutral zone? A range of different TV channels in Iraq.
Fourth Estate Or Fan Club?

In Election Run-Up, Iraqi Media Drops Any Pretence Of Neutrality

Mustafa Habib
Election campaigning has seen Iraqi media well paid. But in return, the illusion of neutrality has gone. In a bad sign for democracy, outlets have focused on scandals rather than policies, supporting whoever pays.
10.05.2018
Voter registration underway in Basra. (photo: 					)
They Don’t Need Another Hero:
No Election Front Runners In Basra
3.05.2018  |  Politics
An Iraqi voters displays the ink stained finger that indicates she voted. This year there will be fewer ink-stained fingers and more digital technology. (photo: كرس هندروس \ جيتي)
Election coverage:
IRAQ VOTES 2018
26.04.2018  |  Politics
The young Iraqi man filmed himself kissing the female candidate's poster.
Defamed + Dishonoured:
Why Iraqi Politicians’ Sex Tapes Don’t Matter
26.04.2018  |  Politics
Too much fake news in Kurdistan. (photo: سفين حامد \جيتي)
Facebook With An Agenda:
Hunting For Troll Farms In Northern Iraq
25.04.2018  |  Politics
Election Campaigning:
A Plague Of Posters On All Of Baghdad’s Houses
19.04.2018  |  Politics
Slander + Propaganda:
This Month In Fake News, In Iraqi Kurdistan
5.04.2018  |  Politics
They may look homogenous here but in Baghdad, the Kurds won't vote based on ethnicity. (photo: ليفي كلانسي :الموسوعة الحرة)
Policies Or Ethnicity?
In Baghdad, Kurdish Voters Likely To Ignore Kurdish MPs
5.04.2018  |  Politics
At work in the Basra centre for updating the electoral rolls.
Independent Candidates:
In Southern Iraq, A Trend For Electing The Creative Class
5.04.2018  |  Politics