Why do Arab leaders abhor the idea of resignation?

By Fatih Abdulsalam Azzaman, January 7, 2012 Celebrities and stars whether in sports or arts resign while they are at the peak of their success. They, their fans and other people celebrate their resignation. The occasion is seen as a torch that lights up for posterity the peaks they have reached. Resigning while one basks [...]

Kurdish deputies to sue finance minister for lack of transparency

By Fareed Hassan Azzaman, January 4, 2013 Opposition deputies in the Kurdish regional parliament say they want to sue the region’s finance minister for lack of transparency regarding oil sales in 2011. Kardo Mohammed, who heads the opposition parliamentary block, said the ministry has failed to convince parliament that its figures on 2011 oil sales [...]

Turkish warplanes damage drinking water project in northern Iraq

By Fareed Hassan Azzaman, January 3, 2013 Bombing by Turkish warplanes of northern Iraq has interrupted water supplies to more than 200 Kurdish families, a Kurdish official said. The official,  Ismael Mohammed, said the planes hit a water project and destroyed water pipelines in villages in the Province of Arbil. “Turkish warplanes have mounted attacks [...]

Iraq wants Iran to expedite construction of gas pipeline

By Shaymaa Adel Azzaman, December 31, 2012 Iraq’s consumption of gas is surging with demand surpassing supply, according to the country’s parliamentary commission on energy. The commission has prepared a report on Iraq gas consumption and says without imports there will not enough energy to drive power plants and other gas-driven installations in the country. [...]

Syria’s President Assad could have avoided his country’s tragic fate

  By Fatih Abdulsalam Azzaman, December 29, 2012 When President Bashar Assad assumed power in 2000 following the death of his father, many Syrians entertained high hopes that he will lead them on a path of reform. True, the young Assad had no political or diplomatic skills. His only advantage was being the son of [...]

Iraq waives visa restrictions for pilgrims to holy sites

By Sabah al-Khalidi Azzaman, December 28, 2012 The Iraqi government has removed visa restrictions on pilgrims on their way to pay homage of Muslim shrines during ‘holy’ occasions. The move will make it possible for tens of thousands of pilgrims, particularly Muslim Shiites, to fly to the country and obtain their visas at the Iraqi [...]

Development of oil field in southern Iraq creates more than 7000 jobs

By Basem Hussein Azzaman, December 27, 2012 A consortium of foreign firms developing one section of Iraq’s massive oil field of West Qurna has officially asked for the employment of 7500 new workers, according to Fareed al-Ayoubi, head of the Oil and Gas Commission in the southern Province of Basra. “We have officially received a [...]

Iraqi Kurds urged to reconsider moves to disrupt oil supplies

By Shaymaa Adel Azzaman, December 26, 2012 A threat by Iraqi Kurds to disrupt Iraqi oil exports via Turkey has raised grave concerns in the capital Baghdad. The Kurds are reported to have stopped shipping oil produced in their autonomous region via a subsidiary pipeline linked to the strategic twin pipeline that carries Iraqi crude [...]

Antiquities smugglers arrested in Iraq

By Basem al-Rikabi Azzaman, December 22, 2012 Police in the southern city of Nasiriya say they have seized 131 Mesopotamian artifacts in two raids on what they describe as “smuggler hideouts” and have arrested two “smugglers” in their raids. According Radhi al-Zarkani, assistant police chief in the Province of Dhiqar, 40 artifacts were seized in [...]

More insurgent groups opt for national reconciliation

By Ali Shattab Azzaman, December 21, 2012 Several Iraqi rebel groups who fought U.S. occupation have expressed their willingness to lay down their arms and join government ranks, according to a senior Iraqi deputy. The deputy, Hussein Kadhem, who heads the transparency and integrity commission at the Iraqi parliament, said the government will soon announce [...]