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

the privatization of iraq’s oil sector

Niqash - Sa’ad Salloum (Baghdad) – 28 May 2008: In today’s Iraq, a country floating over a river of “black gold”, complaints of fuel shortages are always heard. Officials at the ministry of oil are incapabl more

basra's state industrial sector in dire straits

Niqash - Saleem al-Wazzan (Basra) - 22 April 2008: Basra’s state-owned industrial sector is struggling from a lack of new investment, corruption and political in-fighting, leaving it teetering on the economic more

smuggling of oil: another quota given to leading forces in basra

Niqash - Salim al-Wazzan (Al-Basra) – 18 March 2008: Recent statements made by officials differ regarding oil smuggling operations in Basra. Some sources stress that smuggling poses the danger of depleting the countr more

the kurdistan region gas & oil law

The Kurdistan Region Gas & Oil Law endorsed by the Kurdistan parliament on 6 August 2007 is the first law in the area of the oil industry adopted after the fall of the former regime, whereas political differences on the more

the ration card system: 95% of iraqis want it

The ration card has formed an important economic and political instrument used by the former regime to achieve various aims other than the declared aim of distributing food subsidies to citizens as a social safety networ more

iraq's poverty since the 1980s - a story of national decline

There are a number of interconnected factors causing poverty in Iraq. Among those are the internal and external wars, the nature of the political regime and the way this regime has dealt with its society's resources. Hence, the examination of poverty among Iraqis has to be rooted in the background of the extremely exceptional conditions the Iraqis have suffered and which have led to the impoverishment of the Iraqi people and its continuation.

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

kurdistan parliament approves region's oil law

After eight extraordinary sessions of the Kurdistan National Assembly, the region's Parliament approved on 6 August 2007 the Oil and Gas Law of the Kurdistan Region moving ahead of Iraq's federal parliament in endorsing this law as it did before when it approved its own Investment Law.

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

head of iraqi oil union: "oil minister's decision is illegitimate"

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
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