Posts Tagged ‘Politics’

Iraq PM in power grab by ousting bank chief: experts

by Prashant Rao Note: This article was published by AFP on October 22, 2012. It can be found in full here. BAGHDAD (AFP) – The targeting of Iraq’s well-respected central bank chief appears to be a move by Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki to consolidate power and sends a bad message to international investors, experts and [...]


Ex-minister slams Iraq PM for tolerating graft

by Prashant Rao Note: This article was originally published by AFP on February 14, 2012. It can be found in full here. LONDON (AFP) — The first minister to quit Iraqi premier Nuri al-Maliki‘s unity government criticized the prime minister for turning a blind eye to worsening corruption among his loyalists, in an interview with [...]


A year after murder, Iraq press freedom threatened

by Prashant Rao Note: This article was published by AFP on September 5, 2012. It can be found in full here, and photographs illustrating the story can be found here. BAGHDAD (AFP) – One year after a prominent Iraqi journalist and government critic was killed, no one has been arrested for his murder and activists [...]


Iraq political row threatens future polls

by Prashant Rao Note: This story was originally published by AFP on August 29, 2012. It can be found in full here. BAGHDAD (AFP) – A bitter row between Iraq’s political blocs is threatening the future independence of the country’s election commission and is casting doubt on whether provincial polls due next year will be [...]


Rights groups and activists slam Iraq Internet law

by Prashant Rao Note: This article was published by AFP on July 12, 2012. It can be found in full here. BAGHDAD (AFP) – An Iraqi draft law that would jail web users for life for a variety of ill-defined crimes has been condemned by rights groups and activists who have slammed its vague language [...]


In Iraqi politics, years pass but little changes

by Prashant Rao Note: This article was published by AFP on June 11, 2012. It can be found in full here. BAGHDAD (AFP) – It is mid-June and Baghdad is locked in political intrigue — will Nuri al-Maliki retain the premiership? Or will rival blocs overcome historic animosity and band together against him? No, the [...]


Baghdad’s protest movement: despondent and divided

by Prashant Rao Note: This article was originally published by AFP on January 31, 2012. It can be found in full here. BAGHDAD (AFP) – Nearly a year after national rallies rocked the government, Iraq’s protest movement is a shadow of its former self, after the authorities cracked down and demonstrators themselves became divided. While [...]


Iraq violence to rise if leaders row: experts

by Prashant Rao Prashant’s note: This article was published by AFP on January 17, 2012. It can be found in full here. BAGHDAD (AFP) – While the chances of all-out sectarian war in Iraq appear slim, violence will remain high and at risk of worsening if the country’s leaders do not end their political standoff, experts [...]


Iraq struggles a decade after 9/11

Note: This article was originally published by AFP on August 30, 2011. You can find it in full here. by Prashant Rao A decade after 9/11 attacks that set the stage for the 2003 invasion, Iraq is struggling to rebuild as dysfunctional politics, a persistent insurgency and rampant graft blunt the promise of its oil [...]


Where Iraq stood in August 2010

Where Iraq Stood in August 2010 – RTE World Report August 2010 was a busy month in Iraq. Along with US forces gearing up to declare an official end to combat operations, and get troop numbers below 50,000 (from a peak of around 170,000 during “the surge”), a suicide bomber blew himself up amid a [...]


Upstart Iraqi bloc seeks ‘peaceful uprising’ in Kurdistan

Prashant’s Note: This article was originally published by AFP on March 6, 2010. It can be found in full here. by Prashant Rao SULAIMANIYAH, Iraq — In March 1991, Kurdish rebels rose up against Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein in what is known in the region simply as “the uprising”. Almost 19 years later to the [...]


US deaths in Iraq a bid to torpedo troop stay: experts

Prashant’s note: This article was originally published by AFP on June 7, 2011. It can be found in full here. by Prashant Rao BAGHDAD (AFP) – An attack that killed five American soldiers Monday was the deadliest in an increasing spate of bids by insurgent groups to ensure Iraq and the US do not agree [...]


Iraq violence (January 2007 to May 2011)

Iraq violence (January 2007 to May 2011)

On the first day of every month, the Iraqi ministries of health, interior and defence release a toll of how many Iraqis were killed and wounded in violence in the previous month, and the figures for last month were the lowest this year, though not the lowest since the 2003 invasion. Here is a chart [...]


‘South Asian Safari’ opens English retirees’ minds

by Prashant Rao Note: This article was originally published by AFP on October 22, 2006. It can be found here. LEICESTER, England (AFP) – Asaf Hussain takes retirees from the countryside on a cultural “safari” of one of England’s most ethnically-diverse cities — and is finding himself increasingly in demand. “The 34 people sitting in front [...]


News you might have missed

by Prashant Rao Note: This blog post was originally published by AFP on April 1, 2009. It can be found here. A good portion of the news that we, and other news organisations, cover are events that, to some degree, can be planned for — press conferences, briefings, speeches, and the like. The G20 summit here [...]