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A vicious circle in Iraq Monday, 21 December 2020 03:13

When Mustafa Al-Kadhimi assumed office as Iraq’s prime minister in May this year, he made a string of reform promises, many of which made headlines and went from weeding out corruption to improving public services and restoring the nation’s battered sovereignty. Al-Kadhimi came to power after the largest wave of popular protests in Iraq’s recent history, tapping into widespread anger at poor public services, political instability, government dysfunction, corruption and increasing Iranian interference. With an ambitious reform plan promised by…
new Iraq crisis is the last thing that U.S. President-elect Joe Biden needs. Unfortunately, it may be the first foreign-policy problem he has to face. Iraq is headed for a financial collapse, and in its current fragile state, fiscal ruin is likely to bring down its rickety political system, which could then ignite yet another round of civil war. Over the course of the past two decades, corruption has created a two-headed problem for Iraq. Iraq’s weak, collusive, inclusionary governments…
During the last 41 years, the regime of the Islamic Republic of Iran has led Iranians and the peoples of other nations in the region to war, destruction, poverty, and unemployment, such that the Iranians’ livelihood is now diminishing at a very fast rate. Negative economic growth, staggering liquidity growth, rising inflation, the rial’s devaluation, rising unemployment, closure of production units, water scarcity, environmental degradation, forest fires, government corruption, embezzlement, looting, and plundering of the nation’s wealth has caused the…
The politics are the same; protesters' demands are, too. But this time — due to demographics, falling oil prices and the coronavirus pandemic — it's different, locals in Iraqi Kurdistan say. It is usually considered one of the safest areas in Iraq. But, over the past week, a spate of deadly violence has swept through Sulaymaniyah. Buildings have been burned, a curfew and travel ban enforced and the internet cut off.   Since early December, locals in this part of the…
Since the start of anti-government protests in October 2019, dozens of Iraqi activists, journalists, and civil society members have been killed or forcibly disappeared, while their perpetrators roam free. To mark this year’s International Human Rights Day, rights groups call for an end to impunity, and the release of those arbitrarily held for their free speech or peaceful assembly. This statement was originally published on gc4hr.org on 9 December 2020. Eight organisations released the following statement today calling on the Iraqi government…
Controversial Iraqi Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr has announced that his party will put forth a candidate to run for Iraq's top job for the first time at the upcoming elections in June, reversing a previous pledge to not enter politics directly.  His announcement came as he called on his supporters to reinvigorate "anti-corruption" protests targeting senior Iraqi politicians.  However, this has been seen as a cynical ploy to undermine his rivals while appearing as a "man of the people", as Sadr's supporters…

Iraq’s Shia brace for election battle Sunday, 06 December 2020 02:52

Facing crucial vote next year, Iraq’s Shia political groups are aggressively jockeying for power, targeting pro-reform protesters With elections in Iraq only months away, the country’s Shia political factions, which have been in control of the government for nearly 18 years, are making preparations for their campaigns, fuelling speculation that the voting will be hotly contested. Incumbent Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi, who came to power in May after months of political turmoil, has called early general elections for 6…

Iran expands shrines and influence in Iraq Friday, 04 December 2020 02:38

KERBALA, Iraq – In September, a senior Iranian commander made an unannounced visit to one of Shi’ite Islam’s holiest sites in the southern Iraqi city of Kerbala. Hassan Pelarak, a top officer in the Revolutionary Guards’ elite Quds Force, had recently been sanctioned by the U.S. for weapons smuggling. He was checking in on a construction project led by a firm he owns together with other Revolutionary Guards, a foundation linked to Iran’s Supreme Leader. This foundation too is under…

Why do protests in Iraq refuse to go away? Wednesday, 02 December 2020 05:25

People continue to protest against a political system that rewards loyalty, not merit. Iraq is once again reeling under protests as the interim government of Prime Minister Mustafa al Kazimi struggles to bring economic reforms necessary to create desperately needed jobs.  At least six people were killed and dozens injured over the weekend in clashes between anti-government protestors and supporters of the fiery cleric Muqtada al Sadr in the southern city of Nasiriyah.  Seventeen years have passed since the US…
The showdown began to unfold when Sudani, a prominent leader in the State of Law coalition, filed a lawsuit against the government for renewing the companies’ licenses without collecting debt they had accumulated for years. BAGHDAD – The State of Law Coalition led by former Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki has begun to push MP Muhammad Shiaa al-Sudani as a new front for the coalition that was severely affected by Maliki’s poor reputation. Following the 2018 elections, Maliki’s poor reputation…
Quds force leader Ismail Qaani dispatched to Baghdad as Tehran fears Trump could start new war in Middle East Arriving 24 hours after a barrage of rockets targeted the US embassy in Baghdad’s Green Zone, Brigadier General Ismail Qaani was explicit in his instructions to paramilitary leaders on Wednesday. “Qaani made it clear that Trump wants to drag the region into an open war before leaving, to take revenge on his opponents over losing the election, and it is not…

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