electing the chief: more democracy equals more tribal influence in mosul

Iraq’s tribal leaders are using their clan loyalties to get elected. And as they do, tribal law and customs become more influential in urban areas and in politics. by in Mosul more

a dangerous living: court workers in mosul at risk

Court clerks in Mosul work in dangerous conditions. As a result, court procedures are delayed, the rule of law is at risk and some clerks have even turned to crime. NIQASH spends a day delivering summons in Mosul. by Adel Kamal in Mosul more

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
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