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US Draft Law Causes Upset in Baghdad

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. Not Minding Their Own Business: US Draft Law Causes First Major Political Upset In Baghdad’s New Govt A recent piece of proposed legislation sponsored by US Republicans has caused some […]

IHEC Rejects Basra Autonomy Bid

By John Lee. Iraq’s Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) has reportedly rejected a request for referendum to make Basra an autonomous region. Anadolu Agency reports that Commission said it had received an official request from Basra city that included the signatures of 44,366 citizens, but the lists were missing the signatories’ identification numbers and ration […]

Basra “Takes Further Steps Toward Independence”

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. Kurdistan of the South? Basra Takes Further Steps Toward Independence Inside Iraq Those who believe that the resource-rich province of Basra would be better off as a semi-autonomus region say […]

Basra “Moving Towards Independence”

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. Since the establishment of modern Iraq in 1921, its provinces have had different positions toward decentralization as a result of the country’s ethnic and cultural diversity. In addition, economic resources have varied widely from one […]

Will Iraq’s Shiites Secede?

The following article was published by Reidar Visser, an historian of Iraq educated at the University of Oxford. It is reproduced here with the author’s permission. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. After the Rise of ISIS, Will Iraq’s Shiites Secede? As Iraqi Shiites celebrate the […]

No Exit for Iraq Without Decentralization

By Mushreq Abbas for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. One cannot say that the denial of the decentralization principle by Iraq’s political circle, as a philosophy upon which the Iraqi constitution is based, led to all of the political and security failures that Iraq […]

Could Law 21 Save Iraq?

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. Giving Provinces More Power: Could Law 21 Save Iraq? How can a country like Iraq – with its different sects, religions and ethnicities – be governed appropriately? Some are now […]

Basra “Threatens Autonomy”

By John Lee. Local authorities in Basra province have reportedly threatened to break away from the central government and create an autonomous region of their own. The idea was rekindled by MP Wail Abd al-Latif, who told Rudaw: “Efforts toward making Basra an autonomous region is a project and not a trump card against the […]