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Symbolism of the White Envelope Containing the Technocratic Cabinet of Ministers

Symbolism of the White Envelope Containing the Technocratic Cabinet of Ministers

Faris Kamal Nazmi, April 19, 2016. A primary reading for what happened in the Iraqi parliament. The manner of speaking and physical appearance of the prime minister, in his  speech before the parliament, suggested that he was the director of a bankrupt company, tired and desperate, trying to prove his own innocence to those investors...
Speaker Of Iraqi Kurdish Parliament: ‘If Barzani Stepped Down Now, He Would Be A Model President’

Speaker Of Iraqi Kurdish Parliament: ‘If Barzani Stepped Down Now, He Would Be A Model President’

Honar Hama Rasheed – Niqash The banned Speaker of the Iraqi Kurdish Parliament, Yusuf Mohammed, caused a storm at an elite political forum recently by implying senior Kurdish politicians were too stupid to rule. He told NIQASH why. The big drama at the recent Sulaymaniyah Forum, an annual conference organised by the American University in...
Does Obama Have This Right?

Does Obama Have This Right?

Thomas L. Friedman – Sulaimaniya, Iraq The New York Times As one could see from President Obama’s recent interview in The Atlantic, he pretty much hates all the Middle East’s leaders including those of Turkey, Iraq, Syria, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Jordan, Iran and the Palestinians. Obama’s primary goal seems to be to get out of...
Culture Despite War: Poetry Event in Basra Draws A Crowd

Culture Despite War: Poetry Event in Basra Draws A Crowd

Waheed Ghanim – Niqash In Basra, an event last week focusing on Iraq’s female writers and poets, drew a crowd from around the country despite the ongoing security crisis. Despite hardship and security woes, poetry is alive and well in Basra – as a four-day workshop and event that drew writers, poets and publishers to...
A Deadly Crossing: The Dangerous Escape Route Used by Iraqi Families Fleeing Extremist-Run Fallujah

A Deadly Crossing: The Dangerous Escape Route Used by Iraqi Families Fleeing Extremist-Run Fallujah

Kamal al-Ayash – Niqash Getting from Turkey to Europe was a cakewalk compared to escaping the Islamic State-run city of Fallujah, says one Iraqi. Fleeing families must cross a reservoir, in a ten-passenger boat, on an active battlefield. “Life had become impossible in the city of Fallujah,” Hamid Abu Ziad says. “So we made up...
The Picture of Ramadi from Inside: Alhmaim Expands his Influence and the Islamic Party Stick to the Front Battle

The Picture of Ramadi from Inside: Alhmaim Expands his Influence and the Islamic Party Stick to the Front Battle

Omar Al-Shaher,  Al-Alam Newspaper The people of Ramadi didn’t expect that the same wealthy man who belongs to inveterate and wealthy family will come again to take the part of being the big player in city of Ramadi after it has been liberated form Daesh. Abd Al-Latif Alhmaim came back lately to take the control...
UNHCR Concerned Over Restrictions on Freedom of Movement for Displaced Iraqis in Camps

UNHCR Concerned Over Restrictions on Freedom of Movement for Displaced Iraqis in Camps

Source – UNHCR This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Ariane Rummery – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at the press briefing, on 11 March 2016, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. The UN Refugee Agency is concerned about a rising trend of newly-displaced Iraqis being forcibly...
Back to Iraq: US Military Contractors Return In Droves

Back to Iraq: US Military Contractors Return In Droves

MARCUS WEISGERBER – Defense One Behind the president’s directive to ‘accelerate’ the counter-ISIS campaign came a surge in the number of contractors assisting in the campaign against ISIS. The number of private contractors working for the U.S. Defense Department in Iraq grew eight-fold over the past year, a rate that far outpaces the growing number...
Post-Daesh Problems: Diyala Province Undergoing Violent Ethnic and Sectarian Cleansing

Post-Daesh Problems: Diyala Province Undergoing Violent Ethnic and Sectarian Cleansing

Aida Al-Khatib – Niqash Locals in Diyala province say the area is undergoing ethnic and sectarian “cleansing”. Sunnis are not being allowed back into the multi-ethnic province, post Daesh. Thanks to the security crisis caused by the extremist group known as the Daesh, the demographics of the province of Diyala are changing. The extremist group...
Kemal Erdogan's Second Turkish Revolution

Kemal Erdogan’s Second Turkish Revolution

Soner Cagaptay – Washington Institute The Turkish leader seems intent on uprooting the Ottoman legacy and restoring Islam’s central role. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is all but certain to become the longest serving Turkish leader in modern history, surpassing even Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. The founder of modern Turkey ruled the country for 15 years between...
Sectarian is A Widespread Plague over the Digital Space

Sectarian is A Widespread Plague over the Digital Space

From the Study of Alexandra Siegel on Sectarianism and Counter Sectarianism Online Carnegie Endowment for Internationals Peace From fiery sermons disseminated by Salafi televangelists to gory videos circulated by the self-proclaimed Islamic State, sectarian narratives and hate speech are on the rise across the Arab world. As the conflicts in Iraq, Syria, and Yemen rage...
What’s Next for Anbar?

What’s Next for Anbar?

Omar Sattar – AlMonitor Baghdad — The city of Ramadi was liberated on Dec. 28, and Iraqi security troops accompanied by the Tribal Mobilization Forces, which are affiliated with the Popular Mobilization Units, advanced toward the remaining cities of Anbar province that were overrun by the Daesh in May 2015. Despite this, fears remain that political and...