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In Anbar, Liquor Shops are an Unlikely New Sign of Hope

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. Even before the extremists were in control in Anbar, selling alcohol was banned. During extremist control, selling liquor was punishable by death. But now liquor stores have become a sign […]

UN Calls for Iraqis to Embrace Diversity

On the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development, the United Nations calls on every Iraqi to embrace diversity and engage in dialogue to build bridges between communities and lay the foundation for peace. “Diversity is Iraq’s greatest strength and a symbol of its rich cultural heritage, stretching back through the millennia,” said […]

Iraq’s Political Rights Rating Falls

By John Lee. Iraq’s political rights rating declined over the past year, according to a new report from Freedom House. The fall was due to the concentration of power by Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and increasing pressure on the political opposition, as exemplified by the arrest and death sentence in absentia of Vice President Tariq […]