Blog archive: Iraq

  • 13th October 2014
    By
    Ibrahim Saleh
    The Baghdad papers: some were paid by the former PM to just write good things about him Media organisations that fostered close links Iraq’s former Prime Minister and, some say, published or broadcast propaganda for him, are finding that their funding has dried up. Analysts and...
  • 5th October 2014
    By
    Mustafa Habib
    Uniforms left behind by the Iraqi army when they fled their posts in Mosul earlier this year. By Mustafa Habib in Baghdad, via niqash.org The Iraqi army is suffering badly from what locals describe as the “astronaut phenomenon”. That is, soldiers who pay money to superior officers so...
  • 3rd October 2014
    By
    Ahmad Mohammed
    By Ahmad Mohammed in Kirkuk, via niqash.org In areas under the control of Sunni Muslim extremists, teachers have been issued a special set of instructions. Among other things they say that males and females are to be separated, all mentions of evolution are to be removed from textbooks...
  • 29th September 2014
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Among people in Iraq and Syria who are threatened with the loss of their homes or their lives, and in the eyes of millions watching from afar, ISIS is evil. Members of ISIS view it differently, however. As far as they are concerned, ISIS is on a humanitarian mission to rid the world of sin and is...
  • 12th September 2014
    By
    Khales Joumah
    Inside the extremist-occupied city of Mosul, teachers have been told to report to work and teach an extremist-formulated curriculum – or face the consequences. Meanwhile the Ministry of Education in Baghdad, which still pays their salaries, says if they show up to work, they may be fired. The...
  • 1st September 2014
    By
    Khales Joumah, Mosul
    Towards the end of August, citizens of Mosul were invited to witness the city’s first death by stoning. Extremists who had taken over the city in early June had sentenced a man to death for adultery. Eyewitnesses say the event was shocking. And many in Mosul expect more of the same; they believe...
  • 24th August 2014
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    It is already very clear that combating ISIS and the "Islamic State" will be no easy task. It is not simply a matter of defeating an evil and particularly brutal fighting force, because the "Islamic State" is where a multiplicity of the Middle East's most deep-seated problems have come home to...
  • 22nd August 2014
    By
    Nawzat Shamdeen, Mosul
    Extremists are forcing Mosul's women to wear full facial veils Mosul was always a conservative city when it came to women’s rights. However the Sunni Muslim extremists who took control of the town have made it even more difficult for females. Women must now wear facial veils and gloves and...
  • 8th August 2014
    By
    Mustafa Habib
    The article below is re-posted from the Niqash website by Mustafa Habib, Baghdad  Just a few days before the deadline for Iraq to form its new government, around 70 civil society activists met in Baghdad. They announced an initiative – the first of its kind – that will oppose...
  • 18th July 2014
    By
    Khales Joumah
    Local tribes on the way to pledge allegiance to Sunni Muslim extremist group, the Islamic State After the reclusive leader of the Sunni Muslim extremist group that took over Mosul made an appearance at the city’s famous mosque, many of the extremists are boasting that Mosul is to be the...
  • 11th July 2014
    By
    Anonymous Iraqi
    In the article below, a local journalist explains why streets in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul are so quiet, what’s worrying his family and friends there the most, and how he himself managed to get out of Mosul and into Iraqi Kurdistan. The article is re-posted here from the Niqash ...
  • 7th March 2014
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    "Do you know who I am?" That's a question that officials everywhere in the Arab countries dread hearing. If they don't know the answer they had better find out pronto – otherwise they will be in trouble. Privilege, nepotism, corruption ... whatever you call it, it's bad news. It's also one of...

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