When Iraqi anti-establishment protesters took to the streets in Oct. 2019, their key demand was reform of Iraq’s post-2003 political system, which is based on ethno sectarian quotas. Known as Muhasasa Ta’ifia in Arabic (ethno-sectarian apportionment), the ruling system has structurally failed to protect Iraqi living standards. Instead, various parties have held a firm grip onto power because of the apportionment system, which distributes power to political parties based on sect and ethnicity. Under these conditions, problematic patronage networks and corruption have become rampant.
Prime Minister al-Kadhimi, faced with many obstacles in rebuilding Iraq’s nuclear energy programme, gets a boost from the French.
While some Iraqis celebrated the death of Soleimani, others – especially supporters of the Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF) – were enraged.
While it is difficult to prove who’s behind the kidnappings and torture, several media sources suggested that Iran-backed Shia militias and political groups in Basra were responsible for the sporadic attacks.
Ground-breaking disclosures of secret intelligence reports within the Iranian government revealed how Iran controls much of the Iraqi government since the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003.
A statement by an Iraqi aid worker named Yousef said an average of 1-2 Yazidi women committed suicide each day in 2015.
As global temperatures climb, Basra is experiencing temperatures hovering at 50 degrees while suffering severe water shortages; delays in a massive desalination project are making an already intolerable situation worse.
An insight on the Eden in Iraq Wastewater Garden Project and the project's aim of providing environmental and cultural regeneration via the use of constructed wetlands in the Mesopotamian Marshes.
Southern Iraq's water shortages are caused by problems both political – with Turkey constructing dams and hydropower plants on the Tigris and Euphrates – and environmental – with the mass accumulation of aquatic plants near canals.
One crucial promise that has been repeatedly broken in Basra and needs to be resolved immediately is ending the water crisis.
Iraq has implemented measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19, but confusing messages and political opportunism are hobbling an effective response.
Sustainable solutions to the water crisis in Iraq have proven to be a challenge because of a lack of awareness of how everyday practices harm water quality and the environment in often irreversible ways.
British artist and sculptor Piers Secunda has been making drawings using rust ink, paying particular attention to surroundings nearby Osama bin Laden’s compound in the vicinity of Abbottabad, Pakistan.
After the Grenfell fire tragedy, the local community came together in many different ways including through the love of food, where witnesses and survivors could provide support to one another.
Musiqa al-Daraj will show indie performances on the MMAG Foundation staircases of old Amman.
The French rank first for buying properties because of Morocco’s proximity to Europe and historically strong business ties between the French and Moroccans.
The piece that sparked a lot of excitement was a Quran written for Sultan Qaytbay (1468-96), the 18th Mamluk sultan of Egypt.
British artist Piers Secunda hopes the Iraqi education system will encourage the teaching of cultural history.
Dissertation, Department of History, University of Essex, Jan 2017 - Apr 2017
Title: Why did the United States support Saddam Hussein in his war against Iran, 1980-1984?
Description: This dissertation argues that U.S. policy in the region - including its support for Iraq - was determined by Cold War considerations.
Interviewing Sara Plumbly, head of the Islamic and Indian Art department at Christie's auction house. This photo was taken at the London salesroom located on King Street, St James's.
Sara Plumbly discussing early Quranic manuscripts.
2017 CAWU Intern visit to the Siwa Oasis, located between the Qattara Depression and the Egyptian Sand Sea in the Libyan Desert, nearly 50km east of the Libyan border, and 560km from Cairo. This photo was taken in a local Siwan house, where Interns were given the opportunity to interview Siwan women running an embroidery business. Here, traditional tribal Bedouin wedding costumes are worn.