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Will Nadia Murad’s Nobel Prize help Iraqi Minorities?

By Saad Salloum for Al Monitor. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Nadia Murad, the Iraqi Yazidi, has been awarded the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize. This has raised the expectations and hopes of Iraqi minorities, especially Yazidis, since she is the […]

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Population Growth in Iraq raises Concerns

By Adnan Abu Zeed for Al Monitor. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. British Ambassador Jonathan Wilks warned at a press conference last month that, at its current rate of growth, Iraq’s population would increase by a million people per year. Iraq’s Central […]

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A New Chapter in Iraq?

After five months of political uncertainty, Iraq finally has a new prime minister. On October 3, Iraq’s newly named president, Barham Salih, picked Adel Abdul Mahdi, an independent Shia politician, to be the next prime minister and form a government. The appointment of Mahdi may have provided an opportunity to calm the protests that have […]

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Turkish FM meets New Iraqi Leadership, Discusses Oil

By Amberin Zaman for Al Monitor. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu (pictured) is due to travel to Iraq on Oct. 11 for a two-day official visit to the capital Baghdad and the Iraqi Kurdistan Region’s seat of government, Erbil. […]

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Want to be an Iraqi Govt Minister?

By John Lee. Iraq’s Prime Minister-designate Adel Abdul Mahdi has launched a website to allow Iraqis to apply for ministerial positions in his new cabinet. According to BBC News, Mr Abdul Mahdi invited “those with expertise, specialisation and practical experience” to come forward. Applicants have until Thursday to submit a CV and evidence they meet […]

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Iraq’s Promising New Leadership

Iraq’s prime minister-designate, Adel Abdul Mahdi, is the kind of leader the U.S. might have hoped for: experienced, well-respected, and, by the standards of Iraqi politics, above sectarian and ethnic factionalism, according to an editorial piece from Bloomberg Opinion: “Unfortunately, the chances that he can create a government consistent with those values remain slim. “While […]

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America’s Opportunity in Iraq

A new government in Baghdad can make real progress if the US offers the right kind of support, says Eli Lake. Writing for Bloomberg Opinion, he argues that to do that, the US needs to signal its commitment to Iraqi cities under threat from the militias. Read the full article here from Bloomberg.

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How will Basra be Affected by Closure of US Consulate?

By Hamdi Malik for Al Monitor. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. The oil-rich port city of Basra is feeling the heat of the intensifying conflict between the United States and Iran. Pro-Iranian armed groups that threaten the United States from time […]

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Iraq offers to Mediate between Trump, Iran

By Laura Rozen for Al Monitor. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Concerned that tensions between Iran and the United States could blow back onto Iraq, a senior Iraqi diplomat said today that Iraq would be willing to facilitate dialogue between […]

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Iraq launches Social Fund to Fight Poverty

By Adnan Abu Zeed for Al Monitor. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. The Iraqi Ministry of Planning announced the launch of the Social Fund for Development on Sept. 23, with initial capital of $300 million, in cooperation with the World Bank. The project […]

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Persistent Gender Inequality in Iraq

Persistent Gender Inequality in Iraq Calls for Coordinated Efforts in Developing 2nd National Action Plan on Implementing Resolution 1325 Gender inequality continues to prevail in Iraq with worrisome signals that it is deepening, requiring intensified efforts and coordination in developing a new action plan on implementing UN Security Council resolution 1325, UN Representative to Iraq […]

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Adel Abdul Mahdi named as Prime Minister

By John Lee. Former Oil Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi has been named as Iraq’s Prime Minister-designate, ending months of deadlock. Described by BBC News as “a veteran Shia Islamist politician“, Mahdi now has 30 days to form a cabinet and present it to parliament for approval. The French-educated economist is the nominee of the two […]

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