baghdad's fishwives

With thick hands, deeply dyed with henna ink, Umm Ziad pulled out a large fish from the aquarium. “May God give you health,” she said to her customer as she cut and cleaned the fish. Umm Ziad has been a fis by Kholoud Ramzi in Baghdad more

past enemies unite to learn new skills

The taxi car that took us to Alexandria city easily and safely parked in front of the crowded garage of the ‘Vocational Training Centre’ (VTC), 50 kilometres from Babel province. Almost a year and a half ago by Faris Harram in Babil more

minister of finance calls for higher oil production

Niqash speaks to Iraq’s Minister of Finance, Bayan Jabr Solagh, on the issue of the new American president, the threat of Iraqi funds in the U.S. being seized by the American government, as well as domestic economic chal by Saad Salloum in Baghdad more

security pact crucial for investment

Niqash talks to Ali Baban, Iraq’s Minister of Planning and Development Cooperation, discussing the Iraqi economy and the likely effects upon it of the Obama administration and the signing of the U.S-Iraqi security pact. by Saad Salloum in Baghdad more

a new najaf rises up

For the first time in years Fuad Flaih is able to take a taxi all the way to his house in Kufa, one of Najaf province’s biggest districts. Until just one year ago, cars were unable to enter the area as a result of consid by Faris Harram in Najaf more

babylon awaits investment

Following the 1970s upsurge in oil production, huge sums of money were spent across the ancient province of Babylon. However, the money was not spent on tourism projects or on projects stimulating employment but rather o by Saad Salloum in Baghdad more

iraq's oil wealth on the block

Niqash - Greg Muttitt (London) – 9 July 2008: Last week saw the biggest step so far towards transferring Iraqi oil into the hands of foreign multinational companies, sparking renewed accusations that the US-U more

oil sell-off by stealth

Niqash - Greg Muttitt (London) - 24 June 2008: Next Monday, the Iraqi federal government is set to sign oil development contracts with BP, Shell, ExxonMobil and Total – their first since their 1925 concessio more

iranian products win the market

Niqash - Ahmad al-Sa’dawi (Baghdad) – 13 June 2008:

Five years since the fall of Saddam Hussein's regime, Iraq’s commercial market has been transformed. More than any other country, neighboring Iran has taken advantage of new openings and today its goods are flooding the marketplace. Observers worry for Iraq’s economic future, but also the political leverage that this economic strength might grant Iran.

Iranian goods first entered the Iraqi market in the mid-1990s. An improvement in relations between the two countries facilitated the entry of Iranian products into the Ir... more

mosul’s markets

Niqash - Umayma al-Omar (al-Mosul) – 6 June 2008: Visiting Mosul’s markets today, one senses an official holiday. The big markets are almost empty and not because people are prudent and prefer to save money bu more
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