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Which one comes first, democracy or federalism?

September 2, 2010

As things stand today, all indications suggest that the revived Iraqi National Alliance, INA, will form the government under the leadership of current prime minister Nuri al-Maliki and will be joined by the Kurds.Iraqiya has declared that if this scenario occurs, they will denounce the process as illegal. Some Iraqiya leaders even suggested that...
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Iraq After US Withdrawal – End of Era or New Beginning?

August 27, 2010

As the debate continues over the effects of the United States troop withdrawal from Iraq, there are forces manoeuvring to fill the gap left by the Americans. But they are outsiders, not Iraqis.The 4th Stryker Brigade made history last week when they withdrew to Kuwait, the last US combat soldiers to leave Iraq.So what’s...
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A fraudster and some ignorant and malicious media workers are shaping Kurdistan’s freedom of expression

August 22, 2010

If doctors, engineers, lawyers or members of other professions make mistakes, they are barred from practicing their occupations and their licenses are revoked.But luckily enough for our media and government employees, these requirements are not applied to them.Government and media workers are neither accountable nor sackable. In fact, they may be quite similar in...
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The rule of law and the rule of man

August 15, 2010

One of the most frequently-raised questions about Iraq is why the country is in such a state of chaos and has not made any real progress. Seven years after the fall of Saddam, basic services required by every citizen are still far from satisfactory. This is especially true in the south and centre of...
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Of players and spectators

August 3, 2010

Allawi, Maliki and the other blocs are in a game. Allawi is making the best decision he can, holding on to what he believes is his right to form the government. Any move he makes must take into account Maliki’s fight to become the new Shia bloc’s candidate for PM; as well as the...
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How crude is the reality of Kurdistan’s oil business?

July 21, 2010

The recent saga over oil being smuggled out of Iraqi Kurdistan highlights the need for a more systematic and coherent work of the KRG in terms of teamwork, more transparency and a steady flow of information to the public about the government’s work.Since the start of the new Iraq, oil has been a major...
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