Marked drop in foreign pilgrims to Iraqi shrines

By Mohammed Taher Azzaman, July 15, 2012 The raging violence in Syria and rising tensions over Iran’s nuclear program have led to a substantial drop in the numbers of foreign pilgrims paying homage to Muslim Shiite shrines in Iraq, a senior Tourism and Antiquities Ministry official said. The official, in charge of the ministry’s branch [...]

The Iranian role in Syria’s crisis

By Fatih Abdulsalam Azzaman, July 14, 2012 Delegates from the Syrian opposition are flocking these days to Moscow, whether those willing to deal with the government in Damascus or those rejecting talking to it. There is no doubt that Moscow holds the key for any solution with international backing regarding the Syria crisis and the [...]

Iraqi scenario in the event of Iran closing the Strait of Hormuz

By Shaymaa Adel Azzaman, July 12, 2012 Iraq is calculating its losses if Iran carries out its threats of closing the Strait of Hormuz through which most of the country’s oil exports pass. While Iraqi officials and analysts see the closure of the strait as highly unlikely, the government says it is wise to have [...]

Libyan election results ‘boomerang’ in Syria

By Fatih Abdulsalam Azzaman, July 11, 2012 The victory of the liberal alliance in the first free and democratic elections in Libya are bound to reflect positively on the situation in Syria. The results will probably change convictions of many countries concerning their fears over Syria’s future as it has emerged that Islamist parties are [...]

Fighting in Syria impacts national grid in Iraq

By Shaymaa Adel Azzaman, July 10, 2012 The fighting in Syria which has polarized the Arab and Muslim world is having an adverse impact on electricity supplies in Iraq. A row has erupted between the pre-dominantly Sunni Province of Nineveh and the Shiite-controlled central government in Baghdad over whether Iranian shipments of electricity to Syria [...]

Iraq wants to repatriate prisoners with both Saudi Arabia and Iran

By Laith Jawad There are 200 Saudi citizens languishing in Iraq jails mainly for involvement in acts of terrorism and Iraq wants to have themrepatriated with Iraqi inmates in Saudi prisons, the Ministry of Justice says. The ministry’s spokesperson Haydar al-Saadi also said there were 200 Iranians in Iraqi jails and Baghdad was working to [...]

Iraq says U.S. violating international law by refusing to give back Jewish archive

By Khayoun Saleh Azzaman, July 8, 2012 Iraq has accused the United States of violating international law and its obligations as a former occupying power by holding to its Jewish archive and other ancient documents. The charge was made by the Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Liwa Smaism in an interview with Azzaman newspaper. Smaism [...]

The link between violence and politics in Iraq

By Fatih Abdulsalam Azzaman, July 6, 2012 It is not difficult for any observer to see the link between the latest upsurge in violence in Iraq and its timing, which generally coincides with overt political interests. One is left wondering how come that explosions and car bombings occur with such ferocity once the occasions venerated [...]

Iraqi universities to admit 290,000 students

By Adel Kadhem Azzaman, July 5, 2012 Iraqi universities are to admit all high school graduates in a move seen to bolster science, technology and arts in the country, according to a senior Higher Education ministry official. The official, Nasser al-Jibouri, the ministry’s general inspector, said three more universities are to be established by the [...]

Iraqi government to create 40,000 new jobs

By Laith Jawad Azzaman, June 4, 20120 The government has decided to create 40,000 new jobs as part of a new supplement to this year’s budget. The budget discussions were the main theme of a cabinet meeting early this week in which allocations for various sectors were revised due to an expected surge in oil [...]