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The Queen’s Birthday

By Chris Bowers, British Consul General in Erbil. This article was originally published by Rudaw, and is re-published with permission by Iraq Business News. We are approaching the time in the diplomatic calendar when British embassies around the world celebrate the Queen’s Birthday with, what else, but a party. We are no exception in Iraqi […]

Deputy President Resigns After Just Two Weeks

One of Iraq’s three deputy presidents has stepped down amid signs of divisions in the coalition government formed by Shi’ite, Sunni and Kurdish factions. Reuters reports that the resignation of Adel Abdul-Mahdi [Adel Abd al-Mahdi] came as Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki fends off critics who say he has not delivered on power-sharing promises since forming […]

Former UK Prime Minister Addresses the Kurdish National Assembly

The UK’s former prime minister, the Rt Hon Sir John Major KG CH, addressed the Kurdistan National Assembly on Sunday 29th May. The full text of his address is provided below: I am immensely grateful to President Barzani for his kind invitation for me to visit Kurdistan. His invitation was issued a long time ago […]

The Iraqi Spring Comes to an End

The following article was published by Reidar Visser, an historian of Iraq educated at the University of Oxford and currently based at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs. It is reproduced here with the author’s permission. The opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. […]

Key Bills Moving Through the Iraqi Parliament

The following article was written by Kirk H Sowell, and published in Inside Iraqi Politics. It is reproduced here with permission. The opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Parliament currently lists 79 bills registered for consideration with a committee (list) but not yet […]

Kuwait To Wreck Iraq’s Coastal Economy

Iraq’s main port of Umm Qasr in Basra will lose 60% of its business if Kuwait goes ahead with a neighbouring port of its own, reports AKnews. In addition to thousands of dock workers losing their jobs, it is also believed that the livelihoods of local fishermen will be affected. A dispute over the territory […]

Iraq To Be In The Black For First Time

The Iraqi government is increasing spending by about 25% next year to USD98.45bn, but higher oil prices will still allow it to balance its books for the first time, reports Reuters. Next year’s budget will be based on an oil price of $85, due to consistently high oil prices at $100 or more. Even after […]

Czech Republic Takes Iraq Potential Seriously

Czech prime minister Petr Nečas brought a large delegation of businessmen, as well as the minister of defense and the minister of trade and industry, with him to Iraq this week, according to Aswat Al-Iraq. Revealing his commitment and belief in the economic benefits of a good relationship with Iraq, the Czech premier announced that his country […]

Iraq beyond 2011: Prosperity or Turmoil?

By Tariq Abdell, Iraq’s political risk analyst, Founder & CEO of  Mesopotamia Insight. The opinions expressed here are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.  The recent upsurge in violence across Iraq ( sticky bombs, car bombs, roadside bombs, targeted  assassinations, suicide bombers, prison breaks, etc…) underscores, irrefutably, […]

Iraq To Stop Being World’s Garbage Dump

The three-day Conference on the Economic Future of Iraq began on Tuesday with representation from the World Bank and the Iraqi parliament. Parliament Speaker Usama al-Nujaifi said that “Iraq has turned into the world’s garbage dump through bad commodities that were imported, a matter would have not existed were it not for legislative shortcomings.” Yet […]

Strengthening Iraq

The U.S. Department of State has made a statement about the “substantial investment and great sacrifices” that the United States has made to “bring about progress”: Since 2003, the United States has been an active partner to help Iraqis strengthen their democracy, build civil society, improve security, and re-integrate fully into the regional and global […]

The UK Should Benefit From Iraq

Tony Blair’s former political strategist, John McTernan, has said that, since the UK’s troops are leaving, “our businesses should head there.” The last 100 UK troops, who were training domestic forces, pull out on Sunday. Writing for The Telegraph, he stated about the Iraq War: “The first thing to be noted is that our intervention […]

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