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Iraqi Shiites Debate Federalism Again

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. […]

Calls for Inquiry into Attacks on Iraqi Protesters

Iraqi authorities should order a prompt and impartial inquiry into the role of state security forces in attacks by pro-government gangs against peaceful demonstrators in Baghdad on June 10, 2011, Human Rights Watch said today. The groups of mainly young men, armed with wooden planks, knives, iron pipes, and other weapons, beat and stabbed peaceful […]

Iraq Gets Control of its Development Fund (DFI)

There was more sabre rattling on the Iraqi political scene this week, as the Speaker of parliament, Osama al-Nujaifi, hinted at the possibility of a break-away Sunni state. His statements follow indications, finally, from Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to the effect that ministerial heads may metaphorically roll as a result of their poor performance. These […]

Iraq’s Proposed New Labour Laws

When tacking the problems of unemployment and illegal work practices, Iraq has a difficult balancing act to achieve. On one hand, a civilised country cannot accept a situation where foreign labourers are tricked by traffickers to get them into the country illegally, and then told their pay will be a fraction of the minimum wage […]

Iraq to Give $9.48m in Aid to Japan

Just days after Iraq approved a loan from Japan for infrastructural development, Iraq said on Wednesday it would donate $9.48 million in disaster relief to Japan as Tokyo struggles with the devastation of a March 11 tsunami. “The government has agreed to donate $10 million in aid following the events in Japan, and is also […]

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The New Football Association and the Politics of Sport in Iraq

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. […]

Maliki Begins Another 100 Days

As Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s 100-day deadline passed this week, no ministerial heads have rolled; the delicate power balance in cabinet would not have allowed it. While it’s true that any dismissals from cabinet should take account of the scale of Iraq’s challenges, and the fact that it would have taken much longer than 100 […]

100 Days: Maliki’s Frustrations and Unrealistic Dreams

The following article was published on Tuesday 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 […]

Maliki Backs Off 100-Day Threat

Iraqi prime minister Nouri al-Maliki has backed down from a threat to fire poorly-performing cabinet ministers, a move which potentially opens the door to renewed popular protests in the country this summer, according to Al Jazeera. On February 27, Maliki gave his cabinet a 100-day deadline to improve basic services after a string of anti-government […]

Is Iraqiyya a Sectarian or a National Party?

The following article was published on Saturday 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 […]