iraq's online revolution: mosul gives official aid to facebook campaign in iraqi first

When Mosul city officials got together with youthful online campaigners to clean up the streets, it was an Iraqi first. A local council took note of a Facebook campaign and actually acted on it. Now campaigners are planning more actions and councillors are starting their own pages. by in Mosul more

burn the paper trail? arson epidemic linked to corruption investigations

In Iraq almost all official records are kept on paper. So what better way to kill the paper trail that corruption investigators are tracking, than burn the evidence? A rash of fires inside government buildings has led to calls for further investigation. by Kholoud Ramzi in Baghdad more

homeless at home: iraq's displaced persons cause ethnic tensions

There are over two million displaced Iraqis. And some of the most unfortunate are the Bidun. Border disputes and messy bureaucracy sees them stateless in their own country. As a result, they can’t even buy a mobile phone. by Adel Kamal in Mosul more

mosul governor: baghdad's sectarian policies causing 'the country to become unstable'

NIQASH interviews Iraqi politician Atheel al-Nujaifi, the governor of Ninawa, about the potential for sectarian civil war, a separate region for Sunni Muslims and who is really in charge of the violence-torn city of Mosul. by in Mosul more

students accuse state of failing them to aid crowded universities

The number of students in well-educated Iraqi Kurdistan who passed their school-leaving exams this year dropped by half. Students are accusing state officials of deliberately failing them in order to relieve pressure on overcrowded universities. by Yaseen Taha in Sulaymaniyah more

under attack: iraqi lawyers leaving job, whole profession at risk

In Mosul many lawyers no longer wear a suit or carry a briefcase; their professional uniform puts them at risk of abduction or death. Others have abandoned the job completely and newcomers have turned to fraudulent practice. Is the Iraqi legal profession at risk? by Adel Kamal in Mosul more

family planning gone wrong: more babies abandoned in garbage in mosul

Abortion is almost impossible, adoption is unacceptable. Now more and more unplanned babies are ending up in the rubbish or on the roadside in the conservative city of Mosul. There they are victim to criminal gangs or stray dogs. by in Mosul more

turning persian: iranian influence in karbala causes iraqi anxiety

Iranian goods dominate the market, locals learn Persian and Iranian customs and visitors arrive daily. If politics and military tactics don’t work, then Iran may influence Iraq through business and culture. In Karbala, the plan’s already working. by Abbas Sarhan in Karbala more

ninawa state helpless as squatters build illegal towns on it's property

Illegal shanty towns occupy miles of state land in Ninawa. Squatters are endangering construction projects, archaeological digs, federal relations and themselves. Bulldozers and the army haven’t worked, now the state plans to pay them to shift. by Adel Kamal in Mosul more

driving in iraqi kurdistan 'like being at war'

Badly maintained roads and unenforced road rules in Iraqi Kurdistan mean there is almost one fatal car accident a day. Better public transport is planned, speed cameras have been installed and a religious decree on speeding has even been issued. But will it help? by Qassim Khidhir Hamad in Erbil more
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