no salutes: iraq’s female police officers forced to take cash over respect

Jobs in the Iraqi police force are some of the most dangerous in the land. It’s even worse for female officers who are harassed for being unfeminine and who cannot wear uniforms or badges of rank because male officers don’t want to salute them. by Kholoud Ramzi in Baghdad more

the ngo that wasn’t: bogus charities collecting billions, deceiving locals

Previously NGOs were seen as critical to Iraq’s reconstruction efforts. But numbers have dwindled. And not everyone is sad to see them go – many were fakes, siphoning funds, engaged in corruption and deceiving locals. by Kholoud Ramzi in Baghdad more

street poets: starting iraq’s cultural revolution on the corner

Rather than turning to graffiti to gain a mass audience, one Najaf poet launched a series of literary readings on the street. In this way, he hopes to get more Arabs reading and revive the country’s cultural life. by Faris Harram in Najaf more

interview with iraqi cleric: we want to invite catholics to come to iraq

Influential Najaf-based cleric Jawad al-Khoei talks about several subjects considered controversial by religious Iraqis: how a successor to current Shiite leader al-Sistani would be chosen, what sort of impact Facebook has had on Islam and why he wants to invite Catholics to one of Iraq’s holiest city. by Saad Salloum in Najaf more

dark clouds over mosul: more cars threaten city’s health

As wages rise and imports increase, the northern city of Mosul is seeing more and more vehicles on its roads. But in a city where nobody stops at the red lights, traffic jams are endangering everyone’s health. by in Mosul more

hopes and wishes: baghdad's singles turn to religious rituals for love

Due to decades of conflict and war, women outnumber men in Iraq. And older single women may well turn to religious rituals to try and attract a suitable husband. NIQASH met the singletons praying for romance. by Mayada Daood in Baghdad more

murdered iraqi journalist al-mahdi: 'my blood paves the way to freedom'

Around a week ago Iraqi journalist Hadi al-Mahdi was murdered in his own home. He wrote that the government was after him for his outspokenness. And his case raises fears that state repression is on the rise again. by Kholoud Ramzi in Baghdad more

more than a game: iraq vs jordan football exposes a nation's flaws

Iraq’s loss to Jordan in last week’s football game was about more than just qualifying for the 2014 World Cup. Ten years after 9/11, an American living in Iraq says it also exposes the deep flaws inherent in the rebuilding of this nation. by Nathaniel Rosenblatt in Erbil more

mutilated and maimed: iraqis who had ears cut off by saddam hussein still waiting for compensation

Faced with growing defections from the Iraqi army in the mid 90s, then-leader Saddam Hussein instituted extreme punishments for those who deserted. Today men whose faces were tattooed or had their ears cut off are still waiting for compensation. by Mohammed al-Zaidi in Wasit more

the online revolution: young kurds use social media to protest turkish bombs

Just like their neighbours in other countries, young Kurdish people in Iraq are using the Internet and social media to call for political action. A recent protest in Erbil against Turkish bombing in the area saw protests swiftly organised: NIQASH was there from the beginning. by Sazan M.Mandalawi in Erbil more
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