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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.
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:
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