Baghdad Museum has received 27,000 stolen artifacts in the years since the 2003-U.S. invasion

By Shaymaa Adel Azzaman, June 19, 2012 Iraq’s National Museum has collected 27,000 antiquities in the years since the 2003-U.S. invasion which led to the looting of the museum’s possession and large-scale smuggling of archaeological finds. According to the Antiquities Department spokesman Ali Al-Hashemi, the pieces would fill the shelves of one special museum, however, [...]

Iraq’s power output to reach 20,000 megawatts in 2013

By Khayoun Saleh Azzaman, June 18, 2012 Power outages, which today may continue for up to 20 hours a day, will be something of the past by the end of the 2013, according to deputy prime-minister, Husain al-Shahristani. “This year power output will reach 9,000 megawatts and skyrocket to 20,000 megawatts in 2013,” Shahristani told [...]

Iraq reduces below poverty line to 16% from 23%

By Khawla al-Okaili Azzaman, June 17, 2012 The number of Iraqis under poverty line has been reduced to 16% of the country’s population of more than 30 million people from 23%, said Labor and Social Affairs minister. The minister Nassar al-Rubaai said one main reason for the drop in poverty has been the country’s social [...]

China to build car and mobile telephone companies in Iraq

Azzaman, June 16, 2010 China is mulling building two companies in Iraq, one for the production of vehicles and the other for mobile phones, according to the Chinese commercial attaché in Baghdad. The official made the announcement during a vist to the religious city of Karbala where he met members of the Iraqi Chamber of [...]

Germany vows to return smuggled antiquities and resume digs in Iraq

By Shaymaa Adel Azzaman, June 14, 2010 Germany will cooperate fully with Iraqi authorities  in order to return any smuggled artifacts it seizes and resume digs by German archaeologists in the country, according to the Ministry to Tourism and Antiquities. The ministry’s spokesperson Ali al Hashemi said the promises were made by German ambassador in [...]

More than 17,000 archaeological pieces stolen from Iraqi ancient mounds, says official

By Shaymaa Adel Azzaman, June 13, 2012 Iraqi ancient mounds are being plundered of their riches by smugglers and illegal diggers, according to the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities. The ministry spokesperson Ali al-Hashemi said most of the country’s 12,000 archaeologically significant sites are unguarded, making it very easy for anyone to carry out illegal [...]

Iraqi and Iranian universities cement ties

By Sari Tahseen Azzaman, June 12, 2012 Iraq and Iran are expanding ties in science and technology as part of a surge in economic and commercial cooperation. Iraqi universities are in partnership with their Iranian counterparts and numerous mutual agreements for joint studies, exchange of students and faculty and establishment of join research centers have [...]

Kurds to drill for oil in disputed areas in Iraq’s Mosul

By Shaymaa Adel Azzaman, June 11, 2012 Reports that Kurds were trying to drill for oil in villages and districts to the north and north-east of the city of Mosul have drawn condemnation from Baghdad. Mosul is where some of the first oil wells were dug in Iraq, particularly in the district of Ain Zala. [...]

Australia grants 1,200 scholarships to Iraqi students

By Zeena Sami Azzaman, June 10, 2012 Australia has granted 1,200 scholarships to Iraqi students willing to specialize in agricultural sciences, an Iraqi legislator said. Homam Hamoudi, who heads the foreign relations committee in the Iraqi parliament, said the students will study at Australian universities “to transfer Australian agricultural expertise and techniques” to Iraq. Hamoudi [...]

Impoverished Iraqi province basks in petrodollar scheme as oil output surges

By Basem al-Rikabi Azzaman, June 8, 2012 The impoverished Province of Dhiqar is getting a boon from Iraq’s petrodollar scheme as oil output from the province’s oil fields is estimated to reach 300,000 a day in this year’s fourth quarter. Dhiqar shares some of its most prolific oil fields with the southern Province of Missan [...]