A leap to Kurdish independence By beginning to sell its oil unilaterally Iraqi Kurdistan is taking a step towards breaking away from the rest of Iraq, writes Salah Nasrawi The news that the self-ruled Kurdish region of northern Iraq started sending cargoes of its oil to the international crude market last week wasn’t surprising. The Iraqi […]

Were Iraq’s polls rigged? With the initial euphoria over, many Iraqis are asking if their country’s parliamentary elections were free or fair, writes Salah Nasrawi An alliance headed by Prime Minister Nuri Al-Maliki has been declared as having received the largest number of seats in Iraq’s elections last month, but many of his political opponents […]

Iraq’s election tangle As Iraq continues a downward descent into violence, its election results may leave the country on the edge of the abyss, writes Salah Nasrawi The much-awaited results of Iraq’s parliamentary elections remain uncertain amid turmoil and deep divisions among the country’s feuding communities. The final results are not expected before the end of […]

Iraq’s vanishing Christians One church leader is pointing the finger at the West to explain the disappearance of Iraq’s Christians, writes Salah Nasrawi As the mass exodus of Iraq’s Christians continues, so does the call for ending the plight of those who have remained. Like Iraq’s ancient Jewish community before them, one of the world’s oldest […]

After Iraq’s elections Iraq’s post-election period is expected to bring neither security nor order to the country, writesSalah Nasrawi Many Iraqis viewed this week’s parliamentary elections as their last hope and went to cast their votes even though they were not particularly optimistic. Meanwhile, the violence in the country showed no signs of abating in […]