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The odd couple: head of the Communist party, Raed Fahmi (left) and the winning cleric Muqtada al-Sadr.
The odd couple: head of the Communist party, Raed Fahmi (left) and the winning cleric Muqtada al-Sadr.
The odd couple: head of the Communist party, Raed Fahmi (left) and the winning cleric Muqtada al-Sadr.
Novelty Please:

Iraq’s Election Winner Just Giving The People What They Wanted

Mustafa Habib
The results of the Iraqi elections were surprising. But in fact, the way Iraqis were feeling about local politics beforehand indicates that nobody should actually have been all that surprised.
17.05.2018
Bias + Backbiting:

How The Iraqi Kurdish Media Failed Democracy’s Test

Histyar Qader
Before the elections, Iraqi Kurdish media engaged in rabble rousing, defamation and violating electoral rules, reporting more about what was wrong with the opposition than what was right with their own party.
17.05.2018
Same Sh*t, Different Election:

Confessions Of A Non-Voter In Iraq

Zanko Ahmad
The Iraqi elections saw historically low voter turnout on the weekend. Along with several of his colleagues, NIQASH’s editor in Iraqi Kurdistan did not go to the polls. Here he explains why.
17.05.2018
The Right To Bear Arms:

North Of Baghdad, Villagers Say Fight Against Extremists Not Over

Ibrahim Saleh
Locals in Tarmiyah, north of Baghdad, thought official security forces would protect them from the extremist Islamic State group and gave up weapons. They were recently proven wrong. Now they want their guns back.
17.05.2018
Election apathy in Baghdad. Does anybody really care? (photo: جيتي : احمد الربيعي) Election apathy in Baghdad. Does anybody really care? (photo: جيتي : احمد الربيعي) Election apathy in Baghdad. Does anybody really care? (photo: جيتي : احمد الربيعي)
Pointless + Futile:

‘Stay At Home’ Campaign To Boycott Elections Appeals To Too Many Iraqis

Mustafa Habib
More and more Iraqi voters seem to be planning to boycott the polling booths on Saturday. Because of election rules, even if ten voters turn up, the results still count.
10.05.2018
Neutral zone? A range of different TV channels in Iraq.
Neutral zone? A range of different TV channels in Iraq.
Neutral zone? A range of different TV channels in Iraq.
Fourth Estate Or Fan Club?

In Election Run-Up, Iraqi Media Drops Any Pretence Of Neutrality

Mustafa Habib
Election campaigning has seen Iraqi media well paid. But in return, the illusion of neutrality has gone. In a bad sign for democracy, outlets have focused on scandals rather than policies, supporting whoever pays.
10.05.2018
Nostalgic politics: A street vendor in Iraqi Kurdistan holds pictures of the leaders of the PUK and KDP. (photo: سفين حميد) Nostalgic politics: A street vendor in Iraqi Kurdistan holds pictures of the leaders of the PUK and KDP. (photo: سفين حميد) Nostalgic politics: A street vendor in Iraqi Kurdistan holds pictures of the leaders of the PUK and KDP. (photo: سفين حميد)
Old Glory:

In Iraqi Kurdish Election Campaigning, Nostalgia Trumps Reality

Sarchin Salih
If the Kurdish election campaigns have anything in common, it is the use of former political leaders and past glories to inspire voters. But focusing on the past does no good, analysts say.
10.05.2018
Shifting Power:

Political Change Guaranteed In War-Torn Mosul After Election

Special Correspondent
Mosul is still tending to its war wounds. Nonetheless political change seems likely here after these elections - and locals welcome it, even if it results in an untidy sharing of power.
10.05.2018
Election coverage:

IRAQ VOTES 2018

A list of all of NIQASH's coverage of the most important Iraqi elections in a decade, with links to all the stories published since the end of 2017. We'll keep this page updated until May 12.
26.04.2018
Stamped With Tradition:

The Trials And Tribulations Of One Of Basra’s Longest-Serving Postmen

Saleem al-Wazzan
Despite e-mail, one of Basra’s longest serving posties still brings the mail. He’s been through wars, invasions and regime change and exchanged letters with everyone from Sophia Loren to Muammar Gaddafi.
10.05.2018