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Iraqi Govt continues to Block Social Media

The Iraqi government continues to block social media websites in all governorates amid mass demonstrations in the country. This is despite the partial return of internet service in the capital Baghdad and the southern governorates. Despite the intermittent return of the internet service, the blocking of social media websites continues in all governorates of Iraq, […]

UPDATE: Iraqi PM Announces Cabinet Reshuffle

By John Lee. Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi has reportedly announced a cabinet reshuffle and three days of national mourning, following the recent protests during which more than 110 people were killed. Reuters quotes him as telling a news conference: “We will ask parliament to vote tomorrow [Thursday] on changes to ministries”. According to […]

Govt seems Powerless against Protesters

By Ali Mamouri for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Iraqi government seems powerless against protesters even as ‘unknown’ snipers take toll A video of a fearless teenager performing a dance from the popular multiplayer online game PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds amid heavy bullets and smoke […]

Iraq Replaces Head of State Grain Buying Agency

By John Lee. Iraq has reportedly replaced the head of its state grain buying agency. According to a document reviewed by Reuters, Naeem al-Maksousi was replaced by Hassanein Mahdi Elwan, but the reason for the change was not immediately clear. The Iraqi grain board is responsible for billions of dollars worth of wheat and rice […]

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Baghdad Governor Sacked Amid Protests

The Baghdad Provincial Council on Sunday voted to dismiss governor Falah al-Jazairi amid protests in the Iraqi capital, according to local media and Anadolu Agency. The 58-member council voted unanimously to remove al-Jazairi from his post, Al-Iraqiya television said. According to the report, the provincial council will accept applications within days from candidates for the […]

As Protests Explode, Iraq Must Get Serious about Reform

By Bilal Wahab, for the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. As Protests Explode, Iraq Must Get Serious About Reform While Washington focuses on getting Baghdad to rein in militias and end its dependency on Iranian energy, […]

Iraq’s Young Protestors ‘Have Nothing Left To Lose’

This article was originally published by Niqash. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. By Mustafa Habib. Anti-government protests in Baghdad were led by the younger generation, one that has grown up under military rule, lived a more liberal life online and is now […]

Cabinet Responds to Protests with New Initiatives

By John Lee. The Cabinet has met in Baghdad under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi and discussed the recent protests, announcing a series of measures on housing, employment and support for low-income groups. According to a statement from the Government, the latest measures include: Those injured during recent protests will receive free medical […]

Video: How can Iraq’s political Unrest be Solved?

From Al Jazeera. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Iraqi protesters have lost their patience with what they say is decades of corruption and lack of services. They’re demanding Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi resign – and the whole political system be […]

Video: Baghdad Curfew Lifted

From AFP. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Baghdad curfew lifted but Iraq on alert for new protests A curfew is lifted in Baghdad following days of protests which have left nearly 100 dead, but tensions remain after firebrand cleric Moqtada Sadr […]

Iraqi Chief Justice to examine Barriers to Investment

On Tuesday 1st October the Iraq Britain Business Council (IBBC) was pleased to host a roundtable discussion chaired by IBBC President Baroness Nicholson with His Excellency, Chief Justice Faiq Zidan, who was visiting the United Kingdom as guest of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. The meeting was attended by several IBBC member representatives including from […]

The Long Game in Iraq

By Robert S. Ford and Randa Slim, for Foreign Affairs. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Last week, rockets landed in what was once known as the Green Zone—the heavily fortified neighborhood in western Baghdad where the American embassy is located. It was […]