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
The long Iraq-Iran war has led to the worsening of the living conditions of the people in border areas and in the middle and south of Ira... more
The success of the Kurdistan Region Parliament in endorsing the Oil and Gas Law of the region could be attributed to the united stances of Kurdish political forces managed by the two main political parties, the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), who were... more
The Iraqi Oil Minister, Hussein al-Shahristani's decision to terminate the labor unions in Iraq's petroleum institutions and to consider all unions to be illegal, has caused an uproar. Opinions within the Southern Oil Company in Basra have been conflicting as to the motivations behind this decision, but most workers agree that the oil and petroleum law - vehemently opposed by the majority of union members - is the main reason for minister Shahristani's statements. Ali Faruq, Niqash correspondent in Basra, met with Hassan Juma'a al-Asadi, the Iraqi Oil Workers Union leader, to discuss ... more