Tag Archives | Demonstrations

Video: Political Tensions Rise in Kurdistan Region

From Iran’s PressTV. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. The political crisis in Iraq’s Kurdistan region has deepened after the Kurdistan Democratic Party sacked five ministers from the rival Goran movement. The move is likely to worsen two months of presidential dispute […]

Iraq’s Dysfunctional Elite

By Harith Hasan  for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Last month, demonstrators in the southern Iraqi cities of Nassiriya and Basra organized nightly rallies to protest the government’s failure to provide enough electricity for households during the notoriously hot summer. With temperatures exceeding 113 degrees Fahrenheit during July […]

Video: US “Divided Iraqis on Sectarian Lines”

From Iran’s PressTV. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. A political analyst tells Iran’s PressTV that the US divided Iraqi society on ethnic lines and promoted a sectarian-based political culture in the region. The comments came after tens of thousands of Iraqis […]

Video: Anti-Government Protests Persist

Iraq has seen three weeks of mass protests against the government of Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki. The Shia dominated government is accused of using anti-terrorism laws to target the country’s Sunni minority. Tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets to protest in numerous cities, including ramadi, Samara and Mosul. Omar Al Saleh […]

Video: “Foreign-Backed Elements Ignite Tensions”

A Middle East expert says similar to the situation in Syria, there are a number of countries that are fueling the tension in Iraq which is very dangerous for the country. Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has warned anti-government protesters that security forces could intervene to end illegal demonstrations across the country. Iraq has been […]

Video: Maliki Warns Protesters to End Rallies

Nouri al-Maliki, Iraq’s Shia prime minister, has warned the largely Sunni protesters to stop their demonstrations. The move comes as powerful Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr voiced his support for the Sunni protests. Maliki has ordered the release of more than 700 female prisoners, a key demand of the demonstrators, but he also issued a warning […]

Weekly Security Update for 3rd March 2011

Overview Conditions continue to worsen in Iraq, with civil unrest gripping cities from Arbil in the north to Basrah in the south over the past week. As well as demonstrations in Kurdistan there has also been a lesser reported rise in ethnic tensions around the city of Kirkuk. The past week has also seen a […]

Unrest in Iraq – the Risk of Contagion

With unrest in several Arab cities, many in the region are worried about the risk of contagion. The latest flashpoints are Egypt, Tunisia, Yemen, Jordan and Algeria; but is Iraq vulnerable as well? The people certainly have a lot to complain about. Electricity The heat and increased use of air conditioning put a major strain […]