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Still Hot, Still Angry

Momentum Of Protests In Southern Iraq Slows – But They Won’t Stop

Saleem al-Wazzan
Protestors in Basra are young, genuinely angry and well aware their demands are not being met. So, although the demonstrations have slowed, locals believe they will return – and with more fury.
Reunion Blues

In Northern Iraq, Where A Re-Opened Bridge Is About Much More Than Just A-To-B

Shalaw Mohammed
A Kirkuk bridge destroyed during the October face-off between Iraqi and Kurdish troops has been re-opened. In practical terms, it’s positive. But in terms of symbolism and politics, it’s seen by some as a bad sign.
Strange Goings-On:

Intrigue + Manipulation, Friends + Enemies, As Iraq Tries To Form New Govt

Mustafa Habib
As Iraq begins creating a new government and traditional allies disagree, there’s been plenty of behind-the-scenes action and intrigue – especially from the country’s neighbours in Iran.
A Non-Consensual Consensus

Support For Iraq’s Top Sunni Politician Appears Unified – Or is It?

Kamal al-Ayash
As Iraqi political parties negotiate to form a new government, a front runner has emerged for top Sunni Muslim representative. Yet somehow Mohammed al-Halbusi’s popularity is causing jealousy and suspicion.
 (photo: هونر حمه رشيد )  (photo: هونر حمه رشيد )  (photo: هونر حمه رشيد )
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.
Anti-government demonstrations in Najaf, southern Iraq.
Change We Can Believe In
Iraq’s Historic Opportunity
16.08.2018  |  Politics
Fighters from Shiite Muslim volunteer militias celebrate victory at Baiji. (photo: أحمد الربيعي)
Iraq's Most Controversial Political Party:
The Source Of Their Power + What They Want In Government
14.06.2018  |  Politics
Who owns them? The streets of Kirkuk. (photo: شوان نوزاد)
The New Government’s First Fight:
Political Storm Clouds Over Northern Iraqi City Of Kirkuk
7.06.2018  |  Politics
A scene from the rally on the independence referendum last year. (photo: حمه سور)
Don’t Mention The Referendum:
Nobody Wants To Talk About Kurdish Independence Now
31.05.2018  |  Politics
Threats, Demographics, New Faces:
Why Sunni Parties Lost So Much In The 2018 Elections
24.05.2018  |  Politics
The Kurdish are asking: Where is my vote? (photo: ليفي كلانسي :الموسوعة الحرة)
Same Sh*t, Different Election:
Confessions Of A Non-Voter In Iraq
17.05.2018  |  Politics
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
10.05.2018  |  Politics