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President Barzani Calls for Kurdistan Reforms

Massoud Barzani, the president of Iraq’s autonomous Kurdistan region, called on Monday for a raft of reforms after protests against nepotism, corruption and a political stranglehold by the two main parties. He urged parliament for early provincial elections and the speedy creation of an integrity commission to check corruption and nepotism in many areas, including […]

Iraqis Protest Against Bahrain’s Rulers

About 7,000 Iraqis protested in the southern oil hub of Basra on Saturday against the presence of Saudi troops in Bahrain, highlighting the sectarian divide in Iraq. Reuters reports that anger has been mounting among Shi’ites in Iraq, Lebanon and Iran over the movement of troops from Sunni Arab states to help Bahrain’s Sunni royal […]

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Maliki Proposes Allawi for Top Arab League Post

Iraq’s State of Law Coalition, led by Prime Minister Nouri Al Maliki, has reportedly proposed the head of the rival Iraqiya bloc, Iyad Allawi, to run for the position of  Secretary General of the Arab League following Amr Moussa’s resignation. Moussa will stand down in order to run for the presidency of Egypt. The Iraqiya […]

Tamimi’s Challenge and Why It Will Go Nowhere

The following article was published on Monday 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 […]

Baghdad Clamps Down on Unlicensed Liquor Stores

Stores selling alcohol in the Iraqi capital were shut down by the Baghdad provincial council on Monday amid protests from their owners, according to a report from AKnews. Store owners were caught by surprise when police patrols arrived unannounced at their premises with orders from the provincial council to close down all unlicensed shops and […]

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Anxiety Across the Region, But Hope Too

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. It has been a momentous few weeks in the Middle East as hopes and aspirations that had lain dormant for a generation or more have stirred. British Prime Minister Cameron visited […]

Iraqi Parliament Declares Itself Above the Constitution

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. […]

The Apparent End of the Strategic Policy Council

The following article was published on Thursday 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 […]

More Protests in Iraq

Thousands protested throughout Iraq on Friday in anti-government demonstrations, despite security checkpoints and a vehicle ban in at least ten cities. Baghdad: About 2,000 people demonstrated in and around Liberation Square [Tahrir Square], surrounded by hundreds of security force personnel. Mayor Saber al-Issawi has resigned. Basra: About 1,000 people gathered at the Basra provincial council […]

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Allawi Backs Out of New Policy Body

Ayad Allawi, whose Iraqiya party won the most seats in last year’s election but failed to secure the position of prime minister, has resigned as chair of the National Council on Strategic Policies, because the supervisory council has not been formed. The position was created as a concession in a power-sharing deal that would allow […]

Kurdistan Finalises $11.9bn Budget

The budget of Iraq’s Kurdistan Region for the current year is 13.94 trillion Iraqi dinars ($11.9 billion), Kurdistan’s Premier, Barham Saleh, told a news conference in Erbil. This includes 9.687 trillion dinars for ‘expenditures and commissioning’, 4.15 billion for investment projects, 54 billion dinars for the Kurdistan Parliament’s expenditures, 48 billion dinars for the Region’s […]