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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.
Caught Between A Militia And Extremists:
Diyala Politics Get More Complicated In Election Run-Up
1.03.2018  |  Politics
Ramadi's municipal authorities remove rubble left over from fighting the IS group.
Apathy, Distrust + Reconstruction:
Many Anbar Locals Have Given Up On Iraqi Politics, Won’t Vote
15.02.2018  |  Politics
The road into the Qandil mountain area run by the PKK.
A Mountain Kingdom?
Iraqi Politicians Nonplussed About New PKK 'Region'
18.01.2018  |  Politics
Members of an Iraqi militias carry posters of Iranian leaders.
The Usual Red Lines:
What Did Iraqis Think About Protests In Iran?
11.01.2018  |  Politics
Year In Review:
Iraqis Leave 2017 With High Hopes
28.12.2017  |  Politics
 (photo: Hama Swr)
Year In Review:
An Annus Horriblis For Iraq’s Kurds
28.12.2017  |  Politics