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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.
Thankless job: Head of the Integrity Commission, Hassan al-Yasiri, gives a press conference.
Tougher Than the Islamic State:
No Winners In Iraq’s New ‘War On Corruption’
7.12.2017  |  Politics
Sons of the mountain generation: Iraqi Kurdish prime minister, Nechirvan Barzani. (photo: موقع قوباد طالباني على الفيسبوك)
From The Mountains To The City:
In Iraqi Kurdistan, A New Generation Takes Power
16.11.2017  |  Politics
Iraqi members of Parliament being sworn in. PM Haider al-Abadi sits at the far right.
To The Rescue:
Can The Iraqi Constitution Save Kirkuk?
25.10.2017  |  Politics
The coffin of deceased leader, Jalal Talabani, in Sulaymaniyah. (photo: حمه سور)
Over His Dead Body:
At His Funeral, Senior Kurdish Statesman Unites Foes
12.10.2017  |  Politics
نجم الدين كريم  (photo: Shwan Nawzad)
Kirkuk’s Kurdish Governor:
If Baghdad Blockades Us, ‘We Will Manage’
27.09.2017  |  Politics
Alarming rumour: The Iraqi Kurdish military were headed for a showdown with the federal army.
Sects, Lies And Social Media:
Tall Tales Cause Tensions Ahead Of Kurdish Independence Referendum
20.09.2017  |  Politics
Neighbourhood Tactics:
Smaller Protests in Baghdad Get Bigger Results
17.08.2017  |  Politics