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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 […]

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 […]