Protests, sit-ins and other campaigns have not done much to solve Iraqi Kurdistan’s political problems. Critics of local government believe Facebook is one of their only chances to voice criticism and effect change.
One of Iraq’s most powerful political groupings, the Sadrist movement, is trying to form a new alliance that may unite secular, Sunni and Kurdish parties. It would be a first for Iraq. But it could also be a trap.
Does the northern town of Jalawla belong to Iraq or is it part of Iraqi Kurdistan? Until the question can be answered, long-suffering locals are not getting any help with rebuilding or municipal services.
A new coalition has been formed on Maysan’s provincial council. The group says they are committed to combatting corruption. But others say it’s really about an intra-Shiite scrap imported from Baghdad.