Tag Archives | Protests

Which Form of Govt is Best for Iraqi Kurdistan?

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. From Broad-Base To Dictatorship: As Coalition Fails, Locals Ask Which Form of Government Best for Iraqi Kurdistan Iraqi Kurdistan has gone through a number of different government formats, from coalitions […]

Human Rights Watch – “Protesters Beaten, Abducted”

Iraqi security forces have repeatedly beaten and violently dispersed protesters during anti-corruption demonstrations since August 2015 without any apparent justification, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a statement on Friday: In some instances, unidentified men in civilian clothes abducted and beat demonstrators. Prosecutors have failed to respond to judicial complaints lodged by victims of these […]

Iraqi Kurdistan’s Brewing Crisis

By Mahmut Bozarslan for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Demonstrations turned violent earlier this month as thousands of people protested the dire economic situation in Iraqi Kurdistan, with many demanding that Massoud Barzani (pictured) step down as regional president. Developments that brought the […]

Protests ‘Cost Sulaymaniyah About $1bn’

By John Lee. The Kurdistan Region’s Syndicate of Investors [Kurdistan Investors Union] has said that recent violent protests in Sulaymaniyah have cost the province $1 billion. Spokesperson Mala Yasin Mahmoud told BasNews that many strategic projects have been cancelled and foreign investors are leaving because of the protests. “At least 15% of the foreign investments […]

Profits from Protest: Street Vendors Flock to 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. Profits from Protest: Street Vendors Flock To Baghdad For Demonstrators’ Business The regular popular demonstrations being held in Baghdad every Friday are not just good for the country’s democracy, they’re […]

Democratic Process More Secure Than Ever?

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. After The Protests: Iraq’s Democratic Process is More Secure Than Ever? As flawed as it is, as damaged by corruption, cronyism and security problems as it is, some locals believe […]

PM Reassures Lukoil amid Protests

By John Lee. During a visit to the West Qurna II oilfield in Basra, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi reiterated his government’s commitment to ensuring the security of the southern oilfields and their workers. He met with senior management of the Russian operator Lukoil, following protests by locals demanding jobs. A Lukoil official told Reuters that […]

Video: Discontent Soars with the Heat

From Al Jazeera. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. As temperatures soar across Iraq, public discontent is also close to boiling point. Iraqis are protesting against government corruption and power shortages. Al Jazeera‘s Mohammed Jamjoom reports from Baghdad – where security has […]

Gazprom ‘Forced to Quit Halabja Block’

By John Lee. Rudaw reports that Russia’s Gazprom Neft has been forced to halt operations at its Halabja block following demonstrations by hundreds of protestors from 34 villages around the town of Darbandikhan. According to the report, the protesters have given the oil company until 20th October to stop all exploration activity, claiming that “scientific […]

Protests at West Qurna-2

By John Lee. Hundreds of locals blocked a main entrance of Iraq’s giant southern West Qurna-2 oilfield on Tuesday. According to Iraq Oil Report, local residents have long complained that oil development has caused them to lose agricultural land for which they have not been adequately compensated, while many expected to receive jobs at oil […]