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IRAQ VOTES 2018
A list of all of NIQASH's coverage of the most important Iraqi elections in a decade, with links to all the stories published since the end of 2017. We'll keep this page updated and up front until the elections on
Bring It On, Haters:
In Northern Iraq, Election Campaigning Takes A Divisive Turn
Honar Hama Rasheed
In the past, there were parades and parties. But this month, in Iraqi Kurdistan, election campaigning has been all about insults, accusations and attack ads. Social media is one of the reasons why.
The Grey Zone:
Iraqi Kurdistan’s Undecided Voters Will Decide Election Winners
Given levels of voter apathy in Iraqi Kurdistan, turnout for elections is expected to be low. Which will make undecided voters all the more important, observers say.
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Defamed + Dishonoured:
Why Iraqi Politicians’ Sex Tapes Don’t Matter
Whether the pornographic videos being used to defame female candidates in Iraq’s elections are real or not, doesn’t matter. What matters is what the campaigns against women really say about Iraq.
An Iraqi Dream:
‘If Election Campaigning Lasted All Year, All The Streets Would Be Paved’
In Anbar, locals are benefitting from election campaigning, financially and socially, as would-be-MPs do everything within their power to satisfy voters’ wishes.
Basra Wants to Be Like Kurdistan, But Maybe Not Right Now
'Kurdish Forces Withdrew To Protect People + Property Of Kirkuk'
In Iraqi Kurdistan, Enemy Of My Enemy Has Always Been A Friend
To The Rescue:
Can The Iraqi Constitution Save Kirkuk?
Over His Dead Body:
At His Funeral, Senior Kurdish Statesman Unites Foes
Time Not On Their Side:
Will Kurdish Independence Referendum See Iraqi Elections Postponed?
Kurdish Political Heavyweight Announces Plan To Shake Up Local Voters
Back From The Dead:
Kurdish Referendum Brings Back Ghost Of Saddam Hussein
A Sunny Outlook?
Iraqi Kurdish Politicians Talk About Post-Referendum Threats And Demands
Kirkuk’s Kurdish Governor:
If Baghdad Blockades Us, ‘We Will Manage’
Sects, Lies And Social Media:
Tall Tales Cause Tensions Ahead Of Kurdish Independence Referendum
What The International Media Are Saying About Kurdish Independence
Iran Tries To Ensure Iraqi Leadership Remains Loyal
Crackdown On Dissent
Deaths Of Journalists In Sulaymaniyah Undermine History Of Free Speech
The Iraqi Supporters Of Israel + The Bad, Bad Teachers
How The Security Crisis Brought Iraq Back To Arab Diplomacy
Wishful Thinking: Salahaddin’s Politicians Debate Extreme Choices
Smaller Protests in Baghdad Get Bigger Results
Friend Or Foe:
Iraq’s Newest Political Party Causes Problems In the Provinces
One Thing In Common:
Iraq’s New Electoral Law To Sideline Small Opposition Parties
Interview + KDP Spokesperson:
After Independence, Kurdistan ‘Will be A Good Neighbour To Iraq’
Iraq After The Islamic State:
No Unity On The Sunni Side Of The Street
Shiite Muslims Are Taking Over Our Sunni Muslim City, Tikrit Locals Say
Social Media Smoke Signals:
Why Iraqi Kurdistan’s Independence Referendum May Be Doomed
Storming Social Media:
In Iraqi Kurdistan, Facebook Is Protestors’ Last Resort
Trojan Horse Or Treasure?
The Cross-Sectarian, King-Making Alliance Planned For Next Iraqi Elections
Creating the Shiite Crescent:
As Extremists Lose Power In Iraq, Militias Loyal To Iran Gain It
Not Our Problem:
Iraq’s Officials Deny Responsibility In Disputed Areas
Drawing Battle Lines:
Infighting On Maysan’s Provincial Council, A Sign Of Things To Come
Making Up The Rules As They Go Along, In Time For Next Elections
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