Five-year plan to eradicate poverty in Iraq

Azzaman, September 23, 2012 Iraq has drawn a five-year development plan to eradicate poverty, diversify economic resources, and lessen reliance on oil exports as the major source of income, a statement by the Ministry of Planning said. The plan will be launched in 2013 and the country is expected to invest up to $275 billion [...]

Iraqi exiles in Syria fear for their lives but are afraid to return home

By Zeena Sami Azzaman,  September 22, 2012 Hundreds of thousands of Iraqi refugees in Syria are in danger but cannot return for fear of being questions and imprisoned, according to a legislator who just ended a fact-finding mission to Syria. Hassan Alawi said he met many Iraqi exiles willing to escape violence in Syria but [...]

Iraqi pupils to receive grants and uniforms

By Adel Kadhem Azzama, September 20, 2012 The government says it is working on a new program to lure parents to send their children to school. This year up to five million pupils joined primary schools across the country but officials say more needs to be done to have all children covered by education and [...]

More international airlines arrange direct flights to Iraqi airports

By Fareed Hassan Azzaman, September 19, 2012 More foreign airlines are flying directly to Iraqi airports, an indication the country is slowly returning to normalcy and quiet after years of violence. Major airlines have scheduled flights to Baghdad now and some have added other major Iraqi cities to their destinations. The busiest Iraqi airports are [...]

Scores of artifacts stolen from museum in southern Iraq

By Basem Hussein Azzaman, September 18, 2012 Burglars broke into the Nebuchadnezzar Museum in the southern city of Hilla, removing 33 pieces, an Antiquities Department official said. The official, refusing to be named, said the burglars chose the finest artifacts in the museum, which houses artifacts recovered from ancient Babylon, situated a few kilometers north [...]

Iraq has world’s largest sulfur reserves

By Khaula al-Aukaili Azzaman, September 17, 2012 Iraq has the world’s largest sulfur reserves estimated at 600 million tons, a statement by the Mishraq State Sulfur Mine said. Iraqi sulfur riches were extensively developed in the decades before the U.N. imposed sanctions on the country in the aftermath of the 1990 invasion of Kuwait. Exports [...]

Pope’s Lebanon visit: It is historic but too late

By Fatih Abdulsalam Azzaman, September 15, 2012 The visit by Pope Benedict XVI to Lebanon is historic and bridges what can be described as a deadly vacuum.  But it has come too late in its timing after the suffering and grievances of Christian denominations in Iraq, the heart of the bleeding East. Here we are [...]

Cement firm’s output surges but there are no buyers

By Adel Kadhem Azzaman, September 15, 2012 An Iraqi cement plant has stockpiles of nearly $50 million worth of cement but can find no buyers in Iraq. The Southern Cement Factory says its warehouses are full and it may halt production due to lack of interest in its output. The factory is self-reliant and is [...]

Iraq may expel U.S. oil majors cooperating with Kurds

By Zeena Sami Azzaman, September 12, 2012 Iraq is considering the expulsion of U.S. oil firms refusing to suspend their activities in its Kurdish region, Deputy Prime Minister for Energy Affairs Hussein al-Shahristani has been reported as saying. Local newspapers said Shahristani, who leads the current rise of the country as a major oil exporter [...]

The day which is more important than September 11

By Fatih Abdulsalam Azzaman, September 11, 2011 For 11 years the September 11 anniversary has had great symbolic impact influence on the United States. The rest of the world has cared much less. But the question is for how long will the U.S. be occupied with this anniversary? Is it in Americans’ interest to keep [...]