16 December 2019
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Corruption in Iraq is unlike other countries as it has developed into an integrated system that has led the country into a tragic social and economic situation. The Iraqi people, living on a wealthy land and floating on a sea of oil, has become one of the world’s poorest. For years, Iraqis have struggled to eradicate corruption. However, their demands have not been met by the decision-makers. Thus, Iraqis were left with no options but to revolt against the authorities…

Iraq protests: What's behind the anger? Monday, 07 October 2019 20:13

While in the past few years protests in Iraq have become common, the latest wave of unrest which has reportedly left over 100 people dead and thousands more injured could mark a dangerous turning point. Iraqis are not simply calling for the downfall of a leader or political party. Instead, they are calling for the end of a political system which has existed since the US-led invasion toppled Saddam Hussein in 2003 - a system which, they argue, has failed…

Iraq’s Relentless Subjugation by Iran Monday, 07 October 2019 19:08

Iraq’s fast track descent into becoming a puppet province of its big neighbor Iran continues apace. Last week, the Iranian regime’s state-run news agency IRNA, reported that Dr. Adel Abdul-Mahdi, Iraq’s prime minister, had said: “It is not only some states, but many enemies like the PMOI (MEK) which have an interest in attacking Hashd-al-Shaabi”. The PMOI/MEK (Mojahedin e-Khalq/People’s Mojahedin of Iran) is the main democratic opposition to the mullahs’ fascist fundamentalist regime in Iran. They and their charismatic leader Mrs. Maryam…
The most charitable thing to be said for Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi’s response to the protests wracking Iraq is that it was ill-advised. But perhaps this was to be expected, since one of his senior advisers has declared that “there is no real answer” to the country’s problems. Mahdi, a lugubrious figure in the best of times, delivered an especially dismal performance in the most important speech of his career on Friday, after his security forces had killed several dozen Iraqi protesters.…
BAGHDAD: The current demonstrations in Iraq seek to show the international community what is happening in the country, and force out corrupt officials and politicians, Mustafa Hameed, a senior organizer of the protests, told Arab News on Thursday.  They are an attempt to topple the government of Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi. The protesters do not want to damage the political system, he said. There have been mass demonstrations in Baghdad and Shiite-dominated southern provinces since Tuesday, in protest against widespread…
Jim Mattis, the former Marine Corps general and Pentagon chief, has lashed 2020 Democratic front-runner Joe Biden for fueling the rise of ISIS by insisting on the total withdrawal of U.S. troops in Iraq.  "You may want a war over. You may declare it over. You may even try to walk away from it. But the bottom line is the enemy gets a vote, as we say in the military, and we simply have got to understand that terrorism is…
It has been more than a month-and-a-half since US officials concluded that an attack on Saudi Arabia’s oil pipeline was orchestrated by pro-Iran Shia militants operating out of southern Iraq and about the same amount of time since US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo raised the issue with the Iraqi government. Despite US “pressure” on the Iraqis to act, Baghdad denied the involvement of Tehran’s proxies or that an attack was launched from Iraqi soil and opted to ignore Washington,…
Despite achieving the highest wheat production rate since 1998, agricultural success in Iraq has been derailed by mysterious fires that have not been successfully explained. Iraqi farmers, after years of work and benefiting from heavy rain, achieved self-sufficiency in wheat and barley production. Their efforts, however, were undone in mere hours when fires destroyed crops across various agricultural areas of northern Iraq. Scenes of fires burning hundreds of hectares in Nineveh, Kirkuk and Saladin provinces appeared online in the first…
Iraq is among the world’s most dangerous places for journalists, ranking 160th out of 180 countries, according to the 2018 World Press Freedom Index. BAGHDAD - Journalists are often at risk while reporting on armed conflicts but in Iraq they have been deliberately attacked, arrested and intimidated by armed groups, government militias, tribes and political parties for addressing sensitive topics such as corruption. Sheer difficulties and tremendous obstacles face journalists in their daily assignments and quest for information, especially when…
Tensions between the United States and Iran have been skyrocketing in the Arabian Gulf over the past few weeks as the two powers clashover Tehran's suspected nuclear capabilities and Washington's insistence on scuppering what is left of the Iran nuclear deal. Considering Iran's overbearing influence on its Western neighbour, Iraq has now found itself between the competing interests of the ailing but still pre-eminent global power, the US, and its regional adversary, Iran. Domestically, Iraq is still struggling with corruption despite years…
Suspected ISIS militants and sympathizers are packed into prisons across northern Iraq. Most are men, but some are women: often wives or female relatives of ISIS militants. While almost all prisoners experience abuse, inhumane quarters, torture, and detainment without trial, women are abused specifically because they are women. Iraqi security forces target enemies by illegally arresting their female relatives. Women are threatened with sexual violence or are actually abused, in front of their husbands and children. When women are tortured to confess, they are…

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