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A New Democracy Grows in the Middle East

The following article was written by Anahit Khatchikian and Roni Alasor, and published by Ararat News — it is reproduced here with their permission. The opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. On economic level Federal Kurdistan Region (Iraq) has been compared by Western […]

The VP Saga Goes On

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. […]

Time Running Out for Iraq’s Ministers

With just another month to go in Nouri al-Maliki’s 100-day ultimatum to his ministers to improve services, the Prime Minister is now increasing the pressure once more. In addition to sacking ministers who have not performed within the required time, Maliki is also suggesting dissolving the government or even the entire parliament, either at the […]

Iraq’s Journalist Protection Law Needs to be Reviewed

By the Centre for Law and Democracy. A Journalist Protection Law, prepared by the Iraqi Syndicate of Journalists and endorsed by the government of Iraq, has been laid before the Iraqi Parliament for its consideration. A Note on the draft Law prepared by CLD highlights the important protections for journalists included in the draft Law. […]

Maliki-Nujayfi Showdown in Mosul

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. […]

Postwar Iraq: Democracy or Theocracy?

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. Mr  Gates, U.S. Defense Secretary, recent visit to Iraq underlines Washington’s  uneasiness and frustration with Baghdad’s indecisiveness and lack of  strategic foresight […]

Arab League Delays Summit on Regional Unrest

The Arab League announced on Wednesday that its members have agreed to postpone its summit, scheduled for May 11 in Baghdad, amid disputes over the venue and popular unrest rocking the region. Arab foreign ministers will meet on May 15 to set a new date, Egypt’s state news agency MENA quoted the deputy secretary-general of […]

Iraq to Slash Politicians’ Salaries in Weeks

Iraq’s parliament plans to adopt legislation to cut the pay and benefits of top officials by the end of the month, Speaker Usama al-Nujaifi [al-Najafi] (pictured) has said. According to the report from Bloomberg, parliament will start discussing the matter on April 26 and pass either one law or three separate laws by the end […]

Still No Vice-Presidents after State of Law Withdrawal from Parliament

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. […]

Iraq to Merge Industrial and Trade Ministries

The economic commission of the Iraqi parliament has proposed merging the Ministries of Trade and Industry to support the Iraqi economy through improving the local production and enhancing Iraq’s abilities. Ahmed al-Alwani, Chairman of the Committee told AKnews that the integration of these ministries is done in all international economically and commercially developed countries. In […]

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When Will Iraqi Govt be Completed?

As we go to press, and after many rumours and false reports, Iraq’s parliament has still not agreed on the key ministries of defense, interior and national security, more than three months after the creation of Nouri al-Maliki’s government. Our expert blogger John Drake reports that the number of attacks in Iraq has been rising […]

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Republicans Slam Obama Strategy of Contractors in Iraq

Sen. Lindsey Graham (pictured) said on Sunday that the Obama administration’s plan to replace troops in Iraq with private security contractors — what the South Carolina Republican referred to as a “mini State Department army” — puts hard-won American progress in that country at risk. “The State Department has come to Congress and said, ‘We’re […]