Tag Archives | culture

Corruption Scuppers Projects in Baghdad

By John Lee. Al-Fanar Media has published a report entitled “Corruption Sidetracks Projects Intended to Make Baghdad a ‘Capital of Arab Culture”“. The article was first published in Arabic on the pan-Arab news site Daraj, with support from Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism (ARIJ). Click here to read the full report in English. (Source: Al-Fanar […]

Baghdad Hails First Miss Iraq Since 1972

By Simon Kent. For the first time since 1972, Baghdad has held its first beauty pageant for the title of “Miss Iraq.” The winner, Shaymaa Abdelrahman, a 20 year old from the contested city of Kirkuk, said that she would use her new found public profile to launch education initiatives for children displaced by fighting in […]

UNESCO Condemns Destruction of Nimrud

The United Nations agency mandated with protecting heritage sites worldwide today denounced further destruction at the archaeological site of Nimrud in Iraq, calling the deliberate damage of culture a “war crime” and pledging to do everything possible to fight it. “I condemn this mad, destructive act that accentuates the horror of the situation. It confirms […]

New Project to Protect Iraqi Cultural Heritage

New UNESCO project launched in Baghdad to protect Iraqi cultural heritage “Today, we show our solidarity in the face of unprecedented cultural cleansing, cultural eradication and cultural looting … And we pledge our commitment to do everything we can to halt this cultural cleansing”, said UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova, at the launch of the new […]

A Basra Lunch, with Locally Sourced Truffles?

By John Lee. As long term observers of events in Iraq, the team at Iraq Business News thought we might have seen just about every unexpected story from a nation that continues to surprise. We’d heard of the popularity of the Japanese comic character Hello Kitty in Iraq or the trend among some young Iraqis for playing […]

Video: Shattered Heritage

From Al Jazeera. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. The 1991 and 2003 attacks on Iraq destroyed museums, libraries, theatres and heritage sites. Al Jazeera World is a weekly series of one-hour documentaries showcasing films from across the Al Jazeera Network. This […]

Iraqi Art Goes Global

By John Lee. Britain’s South London Gallery has put on a diverse display of contemporary Iraqi art, to excellent reviews such as this one in London’s Evening Standard. Events magazine Time Out also praised the exhibition. The exhibition, entitled Welcome to Iraq was first displayed last year at the Venice Biennale. Art critic Ben Luke noted how the show’s […]