Election Day Conspiracy Theories

Last week on election day, thousands of voters originally from outside Iraqi Kurdistan were told they could not vote. The reason? Logistics - wrong ID cards, wrong locations, wrong dates. But the voters say it was… Originally published in Niqash.org by IRIS Director Christine van den Toorn (May 8, 2014)... Read More

Elections Unleash Political Flux in Kurdistan

The upstart Gorran party is likely to take control of key posts, upending the old political order and marking a new era of intra-Kurdish volatility. Originally published by Iraq Oil Report by Christine van den Toorn Haval Mustafa Muhammed, Hersh Seidgul, Mohammed Hussein, Mohammed Abdulla Ahmed, Patrick Osgood and Rawaz... Read More

Suicide Bombing Penetrates KRG Security Cordon

A suicide bomber detonated an explosive vest at a political rally in the Kurdish-controlled city of Khanaqin on Monday, killing at least 35 people and injuring more than 110, according to intelligence and health officials. Originally published by Iraq Oil Report by Mohammed Hussein, Maad Waleed Hameed, Christine van den... Read More

Ninawa Pre-Election: Fake parties, fraud and other strong-arm tactics

Iraq’s provincial elections might be over. But Ninawa’s are coming up. Some say that pre-election politics there show the length to which the Iraqi Kurdish will go to secure their hold on the disputed… Originally published in Niqash.org by IRIS Director Christine van den Toorn (May 9, 2013) ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Two... Read More

Power, Money, Influence, God: Which will Iraqi voters choose?

As elections near, a closer look at the town they call “little Iraq” may well reflect the way the whole country is thinking about who to vote for and why. Originally published in Niqash .org by IRIS Director Christine van den Toorn (April 18, 2013) ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Like so many other... Read More

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