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US Congress Not Planning Vote to Partition Iraq

The United States has issued a statement denying that it has a plan to partition Iraq: “Recent media reports suggesting that the U.S. Congress will be voting on the partition of Iraq are simply untrue. “The U.S. government has consistently supported and remains committed to the unity of Iraq, and has regularly spoken out against […]

Why Christians Oppose Own Autonomous Region

By Mustafa Saadoun for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Why Iraqi Christians are against the establishment of their own autonomous region The secretary-general of the Assyrian Democratic Movement and member of the Iraqi parliament, Yonadam Kanna (pictured), spoke to Al-Monitor about […]

Abadi’s Decentralisation Initiative

By Mustafa al-Kadhimi for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. A series of protests in the streets of Iraq has been going on since July 15. The protestors demand the improvement of services and the elimination of administrative and financial corruption prevailing in the […]

Seminar On Devolution gets Support

Seminar On ‘Devolution as part of National Reconciliation’, Gets The Support Of Iraqi Political Leaders More than 120 senior Government officials and civil society leaders including the governors of nine Iraqi provinces and representatives from fifteen Iraqi governorates today participated in a seminar on ‘Devolution as Part of National Reconciliation’, to discuss how devolution of […]

Yazidi Divided, but Want Own Region

By Khales Joumah. 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. Interview with Yazidi MP in Baghdad: ‘Yazidi Are Divided But We Still Want Our Own Region’ Yazidi MP, Haj Kandour al-Sheikh, updates NIQASH on his people’s security […]

Kurdistan in 10 Years: The End of Iraqi Borders?

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 in 10 Years: The Future For the Kurdish, The End of Iraqi Borders? As Turkish voters went to the polling booths, Iraq’s Kurds were watching eagerly. The result, which […]

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 […]