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Protesters Demand Jobs in Basra

By John Lee. Hundreds of people protested in Zubair on Sunday to demand jobs. Asharq al-Aswat reports that the protesters tried to block access to oil fields managed by BP and Eni, saying that the oil is “being stolen by thieves.” Despite its oil wealth, the Basra region suffers from poor services and huge unemployment, […]

Video: Thousands defy Ban to Protest Corruption

From Al Jazeera. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Thousands of Iraqis have defied a protest ban and rallied in the heart of the capital, Baghdad, to demand an end to sectarianism and corruption. Al Jazeera‘s Natasha Ghoneim reports.

Tensions Escalate between Protesters, Security Forces

By Omar al-Jaffal, for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.v The anti-government movement led by Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr (pictured) along with secular young people seems to be headed for violence and clashes with the Iraqi security forces, especially if Haider al-Abadi’s government fails […]

Journalists Targeted by Security Forces during Protests

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. Iraqi Journalists Targeted By Security Forces During Green Zone Protests Last Friday demonstrators broke into Baghdad’s Green Zone a second time. Security forces were waiting for them – and the […]

New Green Zone Protest, Fatalities Reported

By Simon Kent. A new wave of protesters have entered Iraq’s parliament, forcing Iraqi security forces to escalate force with tear gas, rubber bullets and according to reports, live ammunition. Four protesters are reported dead, with estimates putting injured at over 50. Pictures on social media showed a man who appeared to have a serious […]

Video: Protesters Storm Iraqi Parliament

From AFP. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Thousands of angry protesters broke into Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone on Saturday and stormed the parliament building after lawmakers again failed to approve new ministers:

Video: Is People Power Emerging in Iraq?

From Al Jazeera. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. After months of relatively peaceful protests, anti-government demonstrations in Baghdad have turned violent. A state of emergency was declared across the Iraqi capital following the storming of the Green Zone. The heavily fortified […]

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Video: Mass Protests in Baghdad

From Al Jazeera. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Mass protests against Iraq’s government have once again swamped the streets of Baghdad. They want the government out and new leadership that prioritises eliminating corruption. The political standoff in Iraq’s parliament is having […]

Al Sadr Calls on UN Help

By Simon Kent. As Iraq’s political crisis drags on, Moqtada al Sadr’s erratic posturing continues. Last month, he called for mass demonstrations outside of the International Zone in Baghdad, formerly the Green Zone, and threatened to storm the area with protesters unless PM Abadi appointed a technocratic cabinet. But when Abadi announced 14 nominees, Al […]

Abadi Faces New Cabinet Deadline

By Simon Kent. Hard-line cleric Moqtada al Sadr has given PM Haider al Abadi (pictured) until this afternoon to announce new nominees for a new “technocratic cabinet,” a reform idea first touted in February, although the composition of the cabinet will depend on parliament. Abadi has called on parliament “to convene immediately in order to overcome the […]

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 […]