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Maliki Takes Salary Cut, Will Not Stand For Re-Election

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has said he would give up half of his salary, and will not stand for re-election. According to Reuters, Maliki's media advisor, Ali al-Moussawi, said the premier would forego 50 percent of his $30,000 monthly paycheck to bring his salary closer to other government employees. "He feels there is a […]

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How Will Egypt Affect Iraq?

With political and social upheaval, first in Tunisia and now in Egypt, the big question on many minds at the moment is to what extent the unrest will spread to other countries in the Arab world. But despite the undoubted poverty in Iraq, it is rarely mentioned as possible candidate for a popular uprising, and […]

Corporate sustainability in post-conflict Iraq

By Tariq Abdell, Iraq’s political risk analyst, and Founder & CEO, Mesopotamia Insight The opinions expressed here are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.  Iraq’s impending multi-billion dollar mega-reconstruction projects (housing, roads, hospitals, bridges, airports, schools, dams, etc...) and its colossal and untapped natural resources - […]

Iraq and Kuwait Seek to Improve Relations

Iraq and Kuwait pledged on Wednesday to work toward resolving border disputes and debt issues as the two former enemies seek to repair relations damaged by Saddam Hussein's 1990. Iraq's Foreign Minister, Hoshyar Zebari (pictured), and the Kuwaiti ambassador made the remarks at a flag-raising ceremony at the new Kuwaiti Embassy in Baghdad — the […]

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KRG and Iran to Agree Visa Waiver Program?

According to a report from Press TV, Iran and Iraq's Kurdistan may agree a visa waiver scheme to facilitate cross-border travels as part of a program of increased cooperation between the two sides. To facilitate cross-border travel for both Iranians and the citizens of the Kurdistan region in northern Iraq, and to encourage trade and […]

Talk Show Host Wants US to Take Iraqi Oil

A Fox News talk show host has called for the US to take Iraq's and Kuwait's oil to "make them pay for their liberation". Sean Hannity (pictured), who was discussing high oil prices with his “Great American Panel”, expressed outrage at the proposed increases in the price of oil and suggested that Kuwait and Iraq […]

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Iraq to Cut Poverty From 23% to 16% by 2014

Iraqi authorities aim to decrease the percentage of poverty in the country from 23% to 16% by the year 2014, according to the Planning Ministry's Central Statistics Body on Tuesday. "The strategy to decrease poverty will be activated this year," the Central Statistics Body's official spokesman told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. He said that "the […]

Govt Demands $175m for Baghdad Summit

The Iraqi government has officially demanded that parliament allocate 206 billion Iraqi Dinars (IQD) [$175m] from the 2011 public budget for the Arab Summit in the Baghdad in March Shuwan Mohammed Taha, a Kurdish member to the Iraqi parliament, told AKnews that since the budget for hosting the summit is high, the presidency of the […]

Iraq, Iran to Start Demarcating Border Soon

Iran-Iraq joint committee will start demarcating their borders in the near future, according to report published on Fars news agency on Friday. Fars reported an Iraqi deputy foreign minister as saying that a joint committee has been established in this regard to start a new demarcation of the common borders. He expressed hope that the […]

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