the resource curse: will ordinary iraqis ever see their oil money?

Iraq is on the way to becoming one of the biggest oil exporters in the world. As a nation it earns billions. But many ordinary Iraqis live in poverty. Now calls for a direct cash payout to each citizen are getting louder. by Aminah al-Thahabi in Baghdad more

targeting terrorist mafia: campaign against deadly blackmail in mosul

A campaign to clean up extortion by terrorist groups has borne fruit. Al-Qaeda funds their deadly work by blackmailing everyone from Mosul’s vegetable sellers to one of the biggest mobile phone firms in Iraq. Now over a dozen arrests have been made. by Ahmad al-Sayegh in Mosul more

basra’s unfair share: wealthy in oil, poor in every other way

The citizens and authorities in what is potentially Iraq’s wealthiest oil boom town are upset. They say oil companies are causing environmental problems and Baghdad is getting rich while they’re missing out. by Ammar al-Saleh in Baghdad more

smuggling weapons into syria: on the job with iraq’s gun runners

Guns are being smuggled across the Iraqi-Syrian border to arm Syrian rebels. To find out how and why the Iraqi smugglers are doing it, NIQASH went to Rabia and joined a group of gun runners on their trading route. by Special Correspondent in Mosul more

ripple effect: iran sanctions affect iraqi tourism industry

Normally thousands of Iranian tourists arrive in Karbala daily. But as Western sanctions on Iran hit, pilgrims are staying at home. And the ones that do come are not shopping. Karbala’s merchants say they’re facing financial ruin. by Mohammed Hamid al-Sawaf in Karbala more

end of print media: newspapers keep closing in iraqi kurdistan

It’s a common story: print media losing sales, closing down and being overtaken by online news sources. The same thing is happening in Iraqi Kurdistan - although some say local publishers are not making enough effort to stay open. by Hana Raouf in Erbil more

cash only: why the messy banking sector endangers iraqi development

Iraq could be one of the richest countries in the world. Yet over three quarters of Iraqis do not have bank accounts. So where do they keep that wealth? And can the Iraqi banking system be dragged into the 21st century? by Shwan Zulal in London more

water worries: three million drink from mosul’s poisoned river

One thing the troubled city of Mosul doesn’t have to worry about is water: the River Tigris flows through it. However, as pollution levels go up, fish die and waste is dumped there, that may soon change. by Abdul-Hadi Mohammed in Mosul more

unhappy forecasts: iraq’s future oil plagued by problems

Estimated to have one of the largest oil reserves in the world, Iraq could be the major player in the world’s oil industry. But up until now, things have not been going as well as expected. So what’s the problem? by Shwan Zulal in London more

iraq's most resourceful unemployed: doing business on the holy days

Joining the millions of religious pilgrims flocking to Iraq\'s holy city of Karbala are thousands of unemployed Iraqis. They make money by selling souvenirs on the streets and strangely, the city\'s own shopkeepers welcome them all. by Mohammed Hamid al-Sawaf in Karbala more
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