iraqi prisoners in 'inhumane' exile, families protest

Because of overcrowding and mismanagement, prisoners from southern Iraq are being detained in northern Iraq, far from their families. Human rights activists call the treatment ‘inhumane’. by Waheed Ghanim in Basra more

iraq unhappy owner of quarter of world's unexploded land mines

Last week’s Global Mine Action Day put the focus on de-mining efforts in Iraq again. One of the most-mined nations in the world still needs almost 20,000 clearance specialists to make it safe. by Haider Najm in Baghdad more

mosul's waste disposal plans cause controversy

There is an acrid stench that rises from the medical waste landfill site in Hay al-Arabi, north of Mosul, but the local government in Ninawa, can do nothing about it. by Adel Kamal in Mosul more

the integrity commission is accused of corruption

Iraq’s Integrity Commission has the task of conducting investigations into cases of government corruption. But many specialists in financial and administrative corruption have raised doubts about the integrity of the Commission itself. by Kholoud Ramzi in Baghdad more

drugs are the new scourge in anbar

Omar Ibrahim never thought he would become a drug addict. He first took drugs to overcome the pain of losing his brother. by Special Correspondent in Anbar more

christians want a province of their own

For the first time ever, Christian leaders have formally demanded the creation of a province in the Ninawa Plain, east of Mosul. by Oday Mahdi in Baghdad more

the british soldiers cemetery has become a rubbish dump

The cemetery has become a rubbish dump, and rats and other vermin have infested the place”, bemoans Abu Ahmad. by Mohammed al-Zaidi in Wasit more

working for the good of others

Clearing landmines is considered one of the most dangerous jobs in the world. But de-miners say it is much more a vocation than a job. by Qassim Khidhir Hamad in Erbil more

suicide or accident? a young man in mosul burns to death

Very few people ever noticed or cared about 31-year-old Abdul Munir until the day he set himself on fire. Munir worked as a porter carrying cement bags in the outskirts of Mosul city. He earned 50 Iraqi dinars for each 50 kg bag of cement. So, for one ton of cement, he got only 1000 dinars or US$9. by Adel Kamal in Mosul more

karbala has five months' holiday a year

A parent-teacher meeting at al-Shareef al-Radi primary school in the centre of Karbala, was an ideal opportunity for the school’s principal, Muhye Al Tumah, to express his discontent at the large number of holidays in the city. by Abbas Sarhan in Karbala more
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