Protesters seeking jobs shut oil refinery in Iraq

Unemployment in the oil-rich country is estimated at 27%, and the poverty rate at 25%, according to the latest statistics of the Iraqi Planning Ministry.

by · Wednesday, 31 March 2021 · Iraq, Turkey

Poverty rates in Iraq, Iran rise amid COVID-19

Poverty in Iraq, which had amounted to 20% in 2018, or nearly 10 million people, has risen to 31.7% following the COVID-19 outbreak, Serife Akinci, an …

by · Thursday, 26 November 2020 · Iran, Iraq, Turkey

Fighting COVID-19 deepens Iraq’s humanitarian crisis

The COVID-19 virus has challenged developed nations in ways that few could have predicted just a few weeks ago. In Iraq, my colleagues and I watch with trepidation as Europe and the US struggle to contain the virus. Hospitals are overwhelmed, there’s a…

by · Wednesday, 22 April 2020 · Iraq

Responding to Iraq’s learning crisis

Three years after Mosul was retaken from the so-called Islamic State, parts of west Mosul still resemble a warzone with entire neighborhoods laid waste. Buildings remain collapsed into each other like a deck of cards. They create a dangerous mashup of …

by · Monday, 10 February 2020 · Iraq

We face the new year with such great hope

In Lebanon, Iraq, Iran, and Algeria, young people have been marching in the streets protesting government corruption, unemployment, poverty, lack of …

by · Tuesday, 31 December 2019 · Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Philippines

Iraq passes electoral reforms but deadlock remains

… protesters, most of them young, are demanding an overhaul of a political system they see as profoundly corrupt and keeping most Iraqis in poverty.

by · Wednesday, 25 December 2019 · Iraq, Philippines

“We are barely breathing.”

Over 7,000 new Syrian refugees – nearly half of them children – have fled the conflict in northeastern Syria and arrived into the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. Many of them are women, children and the elderly. Almost all of them walked long distances throu…

by · Tuesday, 22 October 2019 · Iraq, Syria

In Basra: Oil in abundance, but little water to drink

Iraq’s southern city of Basra was once a thriving port city. In its heyday, it was described as the “Venice of the east” due to the numerous canals and bridges all over the city. The comparisons with Venice are long gone. Today, the situation is bleak….

by · Tuesday, 16 July 2019 · Iraq