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Northern Iraq May Be Free, but the South Is Seething

By Ahmed Twaij, for Foreign Policy. Recent violent protests in the southern Iraqi city of Basra have brought to light years of suffering by Iraqis in what is known as the economic capital of Iraq due to its vast oil reserves and deep-sea port access connecting the country to the international market. Basra, a predominantly […]

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As Protests Continue, Basra Residents call for Autonomy

By Hamdi Malik for Al Monitor. Any views expressed here are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.  As protests continue, residents of Iraq’s Basra call for autonomy Anger is escalating in Basra over the new government’s stance toward this strategic city and the demands of its people. The […]

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Video: Situation in Basra, day after Iran Consulate Torched

From AFP. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Scenes of the streets of Iraq’s southern city of Basra, one day after demonstrators torched the Iranian consulate. Basra has seen a surge in protests over the lack of public services since Tuesday. View […]

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UN Urges Speedy Formation of Govt to Tackle Iraq’s Problems

UN’s Kubiš Urges Calm and Speedy Formation of Government to Tackle Iraq’s Persistent Problems The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General (SRSG) for Iraq, Mr. Ján Kubiš, expresses grave concern over the casualties during violent protests over the lack of critical public services in Basra. He offers condolences to the families of the dead […]

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Basra Protests spark Govt Scramble to Create Jobs

By Adnan Abu Zeed for Al Monitor. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. The Iraqi Cabinet announced Aug. 12 that it has approved a regulation by the Ministry of Labor requiring that 50% of foreign oil company employees working in the country be Iraqis. The move followed […]

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Minister for Electricity Suspended

By John Lee. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi suspended Electricity Minister Qassim al-Fahdawi (pictured) on Sunday for what he described as the “poor performance of the sector“. Protests against unemployment and poor public services turned violent earlier this month, with several protesters killed. Many areas of Iraq are struggling to cope with insufficient electricity supply during […]

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Internet Shuts Down, Fake News Blossoms

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. By Mustafa Habib. Iraqi Internet Shuts Down, Fake News Blossoms During Information Blackout When it came to disinformation, shutting down the Internet to prevent protests in Iraq may have backfired. […]

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Video: Anger mounts as Protests spread to Baghdad

From Al Jazeera. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Demonstrations in Iraq have spread to the capital Baghdad. Although a smaller gathering than seen in the last 2 weeks in the south of Iraq, a significant number of protesters in the capital […]

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Internet Shutdowns Cost Iraq $40m/day

By John Lee. An Iraqi government block on internet access is reportedly costing the country $40 million per day in lost business, sales and opportunities. The estimate is from the COST tool, based on the Brookings Institution economic impact methodology for internet shutdowns, using data collected by the NetBlocks internet shutdown observatory in collaboration with […]

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Internet Cut “to Stop Protesters Posting Images”

By Amnesty International. Internet Cut to Stop Protesters Posting Images of Security Force Attacks Amnesty International has learned that the Iraqi authorities have disabled internet access shortly before the security forces have attacked – and in some cases killed – people protesting over unemployment and inadequate government services across the south of the country. In […]

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