Nouri Al Maliki

Maliki Manipulating Iraqi Elections

Struan Stevenson MEP | Posted 21.04.2014 | UK Politics
Struan Stevenson MEP

The events of recent weeks have once again proved that through grasping all the levers of State power, the Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki is trying to influence and change the outcome of the election in his own favour.

Iraq - Genocide in Fallujah

Struan Stevenson MEP | Posted 25.02.2014 | UK Politics
Struan Stevenson MEP

The unfolding tragedy in the Iraqi city of Fallujah seems to have slipped off the international radar screen, as the focus of the global community drifts from Syria to Kiev and back again. The humanitarian situation in Fallujah is dire.

International Indictment Against Top Aide Points Finger of Guilt at Iraqi Prime Minister

Struan Stevenson MEP | Posted 18.02.2014 | UK Politics
Struan Stevenson MEP

The strategic importance of Iraq because of its central position between Syria, Iran, Jordan Saudi Arabia and Turkey cannot be underestimated. That is why it is essential to see the election of a moderate, non sectarian government in Baghdad, which could play a pivotal role in resolving conflict in the Middle East and ending the spiral of violence in Iraq itself.

President Obama Must Understand Nuri Al-Maliki Is the Cause of Violence in Iraq not the Solution

Lord Maginnis | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Lord Maginnis

As long as the hostages are unjustly held, and suffering through abhorrent conditions, the U.S. should not adopt silence in dealing with the captors. Instead they must demand that Maliki releases the hostages now or future bilateral relations could be harmed.

Media Mayhem in Iraq and Al Jazeera Arabic is a Victim Yet Again

Nehad Ismail | Posted 06.07.2013 | UK
Nehad Ismail

On Sunday 28th April, the Iraqi Communications and Media Commission announced the suspension of the operating licenses of nine Iraqi Satellite TV Stations and the closure of the Baghdad Offices of Al Jazeera Arabic. The justification given was that the mainly Sunni stations were inciting hatred and divisions in Iraq.

The Loss of Democracy in Iraq

Struan Stevenson MEP | Posted 13.06.2013 | UK Politics
Struan Stevenson MEP

While the West frets over the increasingly bellicose utterances of North Korea's deranged delinquent dictator and wrings its hands in frustration over the on-going bloodbath in Syria, attention has strayed from Iraq as it spirals towards civil war.

In Search of a Bigger Hammer: Sectarianism in Iraq

Joe Twyman | Posted 17.05.2013 | UK Politics
Joe Twyman

Sectarianism is there and it is still both a significant problem and a major stumbling block to moving the country forward. While this was most obviously demonstrated by the sectarian killings that dominated the local news for so long, it was also clearly evident when we analysed the key drivers for Iraqi's voting preference.

UN Should Respond Positively to the Goodwill Gestures of Ashraf Residents

David Amess | Posted 05.06.2012 | UK Politics
David Amess

This Sunday marks our Easter Sunday. That is always special. But this year there are two days next week with special significance for the Iranian dissidents. One is a day of mourning incidentally the Easter Sunday; the other a day of anticipation.

A Prison Called 'Liberty' Not Fit for Iranian Dissidents in Iraq

David Amess | Posted 04.05.2012 | UK Politics
David Amess

Imagine exchanging your home for a prison. Instead of the house you have known for decades, you must now live in a hut the size of a shipping container. You can take only the belongings you can physically carry, and must therefore leave almost everything behind.

Regime Change in Iran: The Conditions Are Ripe

Lord Carlile | Posted 30.03.2012 | UK Politics
Lord Carlile

Ashraf residents must believe that theirs is a story of betrayal. It was the US, after all, that, after liberating Iraq, promised to protect them if they agreed to disarm. The US is out of Iraq, but the residents are far from safe. A second betrayal is now in the making. For a body such as the United Nations, silence in the face of oppression is nothing short of scandalous.

The Answer to All of Iraq's Problems: Centralism or Federalism?

Shwan Zulal | Posted 27.03.2012 | UK
Shwan Zulal

Fans of a federal union of states in Iraq are accusing PM Nouri al-Maliki of taking on the role of dictator in Iraq. They see separation of sects as t...

Iraq in 2012, a Dictatorship Worse Than Saddam?

Abbas Rezai | Posted 01.03.2012 | UK
Abbas Rezai

As the last US Forces pull out of Iraq before Christmas, this already troubled country sinks in even more violence and mayhem.

Understanding the Baghdad Bombings

James Denselow | Posted 21.02.2012 | Home
James Denselow

Four days after the official US troop presence ended, Baghdad has been struck by bombings that are a reminder that for ordinary Iraqis the horror cont...

The Democratic Governments and UN Leaders should take urgent actions to prevent a massacre at Camp Ashraf in less than 40 days

Hossein Abedini | Posted 25.11.2011 | UK Politics
Hossein Abedini

On Friday 18 November, the Government of Iraq (GoI) orchestrated in coordination with the Iranian regime's embassy in Iraq a despicable show outside Camp Ashraf, home to 3400 Iranian opposition members, portrayed as a "massive demonstration" by Iraqi citizens calling for the expulsion of Ashraf residents from Iraq.

Exxon Deal Beckons Kurdistan's Advent

Shwan Zulal | Posted 11.01.2012 | UK
Shwan Zulal

n a game changing oil deals in Kurdistan region, Exxon Mobil has signed a contract for six blocks with Kurdistan Regional Government, reported the FT. There were rumours about a major US oil company circling in Kurdistan region, but expert dismissed any deals because of the danger of being black listed by Baghdad.

Kurdish flag controversy raises tension as KRG redirects oil export

Shwan Zulal | Posted 17.12.2011 | UK
Shwan Zulal

Tension between Baghdad and Kurdistan region has reached its peak since the Iraqi PM, Nuri AL-Maliki ordered the removal of Kurdish flags from governm...

Publication of Kurdish PSCs and Baghdad use of Delaying Tactics

Shwan Zulal | Posted 10.12.2011 | UK
Shwan Zulal

Kurdistan region's bold oil and gas strategy has so far proved effective by attracting investors and upstream operators however; exporting the hydrocarbon and building up the much-needed infrastructure will require a fresh approach.

Kurds Could Bring Down Al-Maliki Over Hydrocarbon Law

Shwan Zulal | Posted 06.11.2011 | UK
Shwan Zulal

Kurdistan region slammed the Iraqi central government on its handling of the newly proposed oil and gas law and accused Baghdad of dirty manoeuvring.