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

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
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