Foreign firms to build multi-billion dollar housing projects in Iraq’s Basra

By Basem Husain Azzaman, June 25, 2012 The southern Iraqi Province of Basra will soon become the scene of multi-billion dollar construction projects to be implemented by major foreign firms, according to a statement by the provincial Investment Commission. Most of these projects will be in the city of Basra, the provincial capital. On completion [...]

Iraq warns Western oil majors against signing contracts with Kurds

By Adel Kadhem Azzaman, June 24, 2012 Iraq’s Deputy Prime Minister Husain al-Shahristani has warned foreign oil majors against signing oil development contracts with the semi-independent Kurdish enclave in northern Iraq. Shahristani, who is in charge of Iraq’s energy sector, has repeatedly reminded foreign firms that Iraq will place any firm dealing with Kurds without [...]

Fears mount of cholera outbreak in Iraq’s Basra

By Bassem Husain Azzaman, June 23, 2012 Residents of Iraq’s southern city of Basra say there are fears of a new onslaught of cholera epidemic amid hikes in temperatures, non-availability of drinking water and accumulating mounds of garbage across the city. Basra medics have acknowledge the existence of a few cholera cases, spreading fears that [...]

National grid grinds to a halt in Iraq

Azzaman, June 22, 2012 Lack of fuel forced a shutdown of Iraq’s national grid, plunging the country into total darkness. The shutdown continued for nearly a day hours before Iraqi technicians could bring the grid back to life. The Ministry of Electricity said the whole grid stopped functioning because there were no more fuel supplies [...]

Will Iraqis go to war over oil?

Azzaman, June 20, 2012 The government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is getting tougher and tougher on Kurds for what it says are their violations of the constitution. The Kurds are hammering Maliki and openly siding with his opponents who are bent to oust him. And in Iraq, like any other oil-producing country in the [...]

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 [...]