Basra’s governor to visit U.S.

By Basem al-Rikabi The governor of the southern Province of Basra Khalaf Abdulsamad is visiting the U.S. this week for talks with American firms willing to invest in Iraq. Basra is currently Iraq’s most promising province for foreign entrepreneurs. In addition to federal government allocations, the province has its own budget which it draws from [...]

Ancient language makes comeback in Iraq

By Adel Kadhem Azzaman, December 9, 2012 At least one of the Middle East’s ancient languages may not be doomed to extinction, thanks to the liberal tendencies that have been a characteristic of Iraq’s educational system in the past few years. Since the downfall of the regime of Saddam Hussein, the government has removed restrictions [...]

Iraqis cheer Merril Lynch’s economic growth estimates for their country

By Shaymaa Adel Azzaman, December 8, 2012 Iraqis of different walks of life have welcomed a report by an American bank that their country will see the fastest growth in the world this year and in 2013. The bank, Merrill Lynch, one of the world’s leading financial management and advisory companies, has said in a [...]

Ancient language on verge of extinction in Iraq

By Khaula al-Ukaili Azzaman, December 6, 2012 A secretive Iraqi community and its distinct language are both feared to disappear, specialists say. The group, known as the Mandeans, have Aramaic as their mother tongue and have been pursuing their own religion, which historians trace to John the Baptist. But only a few thousand Mandeans have [...]

Iraq’s refining capacity to reach 750,000 barrels a day in 2013

By Shaymaa Adel Azzaman, December 5, 2012 Iraq’s refining capacity will surge to 750,000 barrels a day from the current 600,000, said Oil Ministry Undersecretary Ahmad al-Shamaa. But the surge in refining output will still fall short of meeting the country’s domestic needs. Iraq currently spends hundreds of millions of dollars on fuel imports from [...]

Who is not corrupt in Iraq?

By Fatih Abdulsalam Azzaman, December 4, 2012 There are many news stories about corruption in Iraq these days. The strange thing is that these stories do not emanate from the media. It is the government and its bodies who are the most vociferous about them. Iraq has its own integrity commission, an anti-corruption watchdog. The [...]

Kurdish leader lashes out at Iraqi premier, says he will not ‘surrender’

Azzaman, December 2, 2012 The Kurds will not give in to demands by the central government to spread its authority over disputed areas, said Kurdish leader Massoud Barzani in an interview with the newspaper. Barzani said Prime Minister Noori al-Maliki was wrong to think that the Kurds would allow government troops in areas currently under [...]

Pope to visit Ur, says senior provincial official

By Basem al-Rikabi Azzaman, November 30, 2012 The southern Province of Dhiqar, where the Biblical city of Ur lies, says it has received “assurances” that Pope Benedict XVI will pay homage to the ancient city. “The Province has received assurances that Pope Benedict XVI will visit Ur and the house of the Prophet of God [...]

War over oil and wealth in Iraq

By Fatih Abdulsalam Azzaman, November 29, 2012 U.S. occupation troops have left the country more than a year ago and the Iraqis thought their departure should improve conditions. In fact that is what almost everybody had expected. But the country is still mired in a deep political crisis that hinges over authority and wealth. It [...]

Italian scientists uncover new graves in Ur

By Khayoun Saleh Azzaman, November 26, 2012 A team of Italian archaeologists have found seven new graves in the ancient city of Ur, which according to the Bible was the birth place of Abraham. “The graves belong to the Akkadian period and date to 2200 B.C.,” according to the Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Liwa [...]