Zawya.com - Iraq Editor's Pick http://www.zawya.com/editors-pick/rss/iraq/ en-us Copyright 2014 Zawya Ltd. All rights reserved. Wed, 29 Oct 2014 16:03:29 GMT 54 Zawya.com | Middle East Business News and Company Directory 144 76 http://www.zawya.com//editors-pick/rss/iraq/ http://www.zawya.com/images/newsletter_zawya_logo.gif Iraq's Abadi struggles to gain Sunni tribal support http://www.zawya.com/story/Iraqs_Abadi_struggles_to_gain_Sunni_tribal_support-TR20141029nL4N0SO5S2X2/ Sunni Muslims regard Iraq's prime minister with scepticism as he has yet to deliver on promises to support Anbar province. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 11:18:39 GMT Reuters TR20141029nL4N0SO5S2X2 Subscription In France, kebabs get wrapped up in identity politics http://www.zawya.com/story/In_France_kebabs_get_wrapped_up_in_identity_politics-TR20141028nL6N0SI4KBX2/ France's hard right has seized on a growing appetite for kebabs as proof of cultural "Islamisation". Tue, 28 Oct 2014 06:35:14 GMT Reuters TR20141028nL6N0SI4KBX2 Open Assad's warnings start to ring true in Turkey http://www.zawya.com/story/Assads_warnings_start_to_ring_true_in_Turkey-TR20141027nL5N0SL06MX2/ Turkey's foreign policy is in ruins. Its once shining image as a Muslim democracy and regional power is badly tarnished. Tue, 28 Oct 2014 05:33:54 GMT Reuters TR20141027nL5N0SL06MX2 Open Mideast urban population to swell by 2030 http://www.zawya.com/story/Mideast_urban_population_to_swell_by_2030-ZAWYA20141026052808/ Recent study underscores a growing migration of people to cities, but can Arab governments rise to the urban challenge? Sun, 26 Oct 2014 05:35:35 GMT Zawya ZAWYA20141026052808 Open Tunisia election tests transition from autocracy to democracy http://www.zawya.com/story/Tunisia_election_tests_transition_from_autocracy_to_democracy-TR20141022nL6N0SF4KWX2/ Tunisian political adversaries have reconciled with the past, approved a new constitution and worked out compromises between once bitter rivals. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 05:47:53 GMT Reuters TR20141022nL6N0SF4KWX2 Open Blogs, videos and verse - an Iraqi poet's quest to heal her homeland http://www.zawya.com/story/Blogs_videos_and_verse__an_Iraqi_poets_quest_to_heal_her_homeland-TR20141022nL3N0SG4EEX3/ Iraqi-born poet Amal al-Jubouri may not have the Hollywood recognition of Angelina Jolie, but both women are artists who have decided to use their talents and profile to help the victims of war. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 07:29:09 GMT Reuters TR20141022nL3N0SG4EEX3 Open Consumed by Islamic State, Iraq's Anbar province a key battleground again http://www.zawya.com/story/Consumed_by_Islamic_State_Iraqs_Anbar_province_a_key_battleground_again-TR20141021nL6N0SF4NPX2/ Islamic State fighters have encircled Iraq's western Anbar province and its road to Baghdad. Tue, 21 Oct 2014 16:09:07 GMT Reuters TR20141021nL6N0SF4NPX2 Open Families torn apart as Western girls join Islamist cause http://www.zawya.com/story/Families_torn_apart_as_Western_girls_join_Islamist_cause-ZAWYA20141012065338/ Dozens of European girls are lured by Islamist groups in Syria with promises of humanitarian work. Sun, 12 Oct 2014 06:56:05 GMT Reuters ZAWYA20141012065338 Subscription In rare alliance, Shi'ites join Sunnis to defend Iraqi towns http://www.zawya.com/story/In_rare_alliance_Shiites_join_Sunnis_to_defend_Iraqi_towns-TR20141003nL6N0RV4C4X2/ Sectarian and ethnic animosity in Iraq runs deep, making it difficult for Sunnis, Shi'ites and Kurds to trust each other. Sun, 05 Oct 2014 05:26:25 GMT Reuters TR20141003nL6N0RV4C4X2 Open As Kurds regain ground in Iraq, new challenges emerge http://www.zawya.com/story/As_Kurds_regain_ground_in_Iraq_new_challenges_emerge-TR20141003nL6N0RX3U2X2/ The changing fortunes of war in northern Iraq are recorded in layers of graffiti daubed on the walls of villages overrun by Islamic State militants this summer, but since re-appropriated by Kurdish peshmerga forces. Fri, 03 Oct 2014 07:21:29 GMT Reuters TR20141003nL6N0RX3U2X2 Open Turkey, frustrated with West, clings to fading vision for the Middle East http://www.zawya.com/story/Turkey_frustrated_with_West_clings_to_fading_vision_for_the_Middle_East-TR20141001nL6N0RV3VQX2/ Turkey's bet on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's rapid demise and its outspoken support for Egypt's ousted Islamist president Mohamed Mursi appear to have been miscalculations, hobbling its ambition. Wed, 01 Oct 2014 07:12:31 GMT Reuters TR20141001nL6N0RV3VQX2 Open Amid jihadi gains, priceless Iraqi artefacts hit black market http://www.zawya.com/story/Amid_jihadi_gains_priceless_Iraqi_artefacts_hit_black_market-TR20140930nL6N0RU38CX2/ Ancient Iraqi artefacts are appearing on the black market as Islamic State militants use intermediaries to sell priceless treasures to finance their activities after sweeping through the north of the country. Wed, 01 Oct 2014 03:51:11 GMT Reuters TR20140930nL6N0RU38CX2 Open Wheat warfare: Islamic State uses grain to tighten grip in Iraq http://www.zawya.com/story/Wheat_warfare_Islamic_State_uses_grain_to_tighten_grip_in_Iraq-TR20140930nL3N0RU30KX2/ The United Nations estimates land under IS control accounts for as much as 40% of Iraq's annual production of wheat, one of the country's most important food staples alongside barley and rice. Tue, 30 Sep 2014 11:24:39 GMT Reuters TR20140930nL3N0RU30KX2 Subscription Strong dollar, rising volatility mark Q3 markets. Same again in Q4? http://www.zawya.com/story/Strong_dollar_rising_volatility_mark_Q3_markets_Same_again_in_Q4-TR20140930nL6N0RU169X2/ The biggest scramble for dollars and sharpest rise in currency volatility for years were the hallmarks of financial markets in the third quarter. Tue, 30 Sep 2014 05:12:36 GMT Reuters TR20140930nL6N0RU169X2 Subscription ANALYSIS-Obama forges anti-ISIL coalition, but will it hang together? http://www.zawya.com/story/ANALYSISObama_forges_antiISIL_coalition_but_will_it_hang_together-ZAWYA20140924034949/ It remains to be seen whether the U.S.-led coalition fighting Islamic State can hang together for a mission which is bound to encounter difficulties - as well as both military and civilian casualties. Wed, 24 Sep 2014 04:00:19 GMT Reuters ZAWYA20140924034949 Subscription U.S. military struggles to preserve options in Islamic State fight http://www.zawya.com/story/US_military_struggles_to_preserve_options_in_Islamic_State_fight-TR20140921nL1N0RK22HX2/ As America re-engages with Iraq and deepens its involvement in the region's web of sectarian conflicts, the Pentagon has made a practical assessment of the brutal job of stabilizing Baghdad. Mon, 22 Sep 2014 03:55:29 GMT Reuters TR20140921nL1N0RK22HX2 Open Cheaper oil no big threat to Gulf economies, a boon for North Africa http://www.zawya.com/story/Cheaper_oil_no_big_threat_to_Gulf_economies_a_boon_for_North_Africa-TR20140918nL6N0RH2S2X2/ Falling oil prices may prove the best medicine for economies in the Arab world, rebalancing growth towards countries struggling to recover from the Arab Spring uprisings without doing major damage to the oil exporters of the Gulf. Thu, 18 Sep 2014 11:49:24 GMT Reuters TR20140918nL6N0RH2S2X2 Open 'A very capable terrorist organisation' http://www.zawya.com/story/A_very_capable_terrorist_organisation-ZAWYA20140918101819/ The entrenchment of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) presents a serious threat to Iraq's stability and territorial and political integrity. Thu, 18 Sep 2014 10:48:42 GMT The Gulf ZAWYA20140918101819 Open Grainy picture http://www.zawya.com/story/Grainy_picture-ZAWYA20140918101843/ Iraq's ability to feed itself will be put to the test by the current violence, as the state reaches out to Australian expertise. Thu, 18 Sep 2014 10:47:40 GMT The Gulf ZAWYA20140918101843 Open Islamic State finance hydra hard to combat http://www.zawya.com/story/Islamic_State_finance_hydra_hard_to_combat-ZAWYA20140917100829/ The international coalition fighting Islamic State will find it hard to cut off the militant group’s varied sources of funding, analysts said. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 10:23:40 GMT Zawya ZAWYA20140917100829 Open U.S. scouts for Sunni allies on the ground in Iraq http://www.zawya.com/story/US_scouts_for_Sunni_allies_on_the_ground_in_Iraq-TR20140916nL5N0RA2DWX2/ Unwilling to send U.S. troops back to Iraq, Washington is trying to persuade armed Sunni factions and tribal figures to fight Islamic State militants in an echo of the "Awakening" movement that drove al Qaeda from the country six years ago. Tue, 16 Sep 2014 05:23:41 GMT Reuters TR20140916nL5N0RA2DWX2 Open U.S. banks on strong Iraq coalition, but allies are hesitant http://www.zawya.com/story/US_banks_on_strong_Iraq_coalition_but_allies_are_hesitant-TR20140913nL5N0RD4IRX2/ The United States says it is "comfortable" it can forge an international coalition to fight Islamic State, but with Western and Middle Eastern allies hesitant, it risks finding itself out on a limb. Sun, 14 Sep 2014 06:11:42 GMT Reuters TR20140913nL5N0RD4IRX2 Open Islamic State's financial independence poses quandary for its foes http://www.zawya.com/story/Islamic_States_financial_independence_poses_quandary_for_its_foes-TR20140911nL5N0R807CX2/ Islamic State has formalised a system of internal financing that includes an Islamic form of taxation, looting and most significantly, oil sales, to run their 'state' effectively. Thu, 11 Sep 2014 05:15:54 GMT Reuters TR20140911nL5N0R807CX2 Open Last Syrian vineyard keeps wine flowing despite war http://www.zawya.com/story/Last_Syrian_vineyard_keeps_wine_flowing_despite_war-TR20140910nL5N0R54WTX2/ Amid the war in Syria, one hillside vineyard still produces wines that are served in the Michelin-starred restaurants of London and Paris. Thu, 11 Sep 2014 04:48:27 GMT Reuters TR20140910nL5N0R54WTX2 Open Obama shifts on Syrian rebels, but is it too late? http://www.zawya.com/story/Obama_shifts_on_Syrian_rebels_but_is_it_too_late-TR20140910nL1N0RA1CRX2/ Struggling Syrian rebels that President Barack Obama once derided, now form a key pillar of the U.S. leader's strategy to beat back militant group Islamic State. Thu, 11 Sep 2014 04:41:09 GMT Reuters TR20140910nL1N0RA1CRX2 Open Saudi Arabia's clerics condemn IS but preach intolerance http://www.zawya.com/story/Saudi_Arabias_clerics_condemn_IS_but_preach_intolerance-TR20140910nL5N0RA19NX2/ While Saudi Arabia's official Wahhabi school of Sunni Islam attacks Islamists as heretical and "deviant", many of its most senior and popular clergy preach a doctrine that encourages intolerance. Wed, 10 Sep 2014 06:03:42 GMT Reuters TR20140910nL5N0RA19NX2 Open The right weights for mortgage risks http://www.zawya.com/story/The_right_weights_for_mortgage_risks-ZAWYA20140909145455/ Ever since hunter-gatherers started to build their own dwellings some 14,000 years ago, homeownership has been a mark of high social and economic status. Tue, 09 Sep 2014 14:59:53 GMT Project Syndicate ZAWYA20140909145455 Open Violence at home costs USD8tn a year, worse than war - study http://www.zawya.com/story/Violence_at_home_costs_USD8tn_a_year_worse_than_war__study-TR20140909nL5N0R944GX2/ Domestic violence, mainly against women and children, kills far more people than wars and costs the world economy more than USD 8 trillion a year, experts said. Tue, 09 Sep 2014 13:50:42 GMT Reuters TR20140909nL5N0R944GX2 Open After Syria and Iraq, Islamic State makes inroads in South Asia http://www.zawya.com/story/After_Syria_and_Iraq_Islamic_State_makes_inroads_in_South_Asia-TR20140907nL3N0R633LX2/ Islamic State pamphlets and flags have appeared in parts of Pakistan and India, alongside signs that the ultra-radical group is inspiring militants even in the strongholds of the Taliban and al Qaeda. Sun, 07 Sep 2014 04:46:12 GMT Reuters TR20140907nL3N0R633LX2 Open The story of an Islamic State massacre survivor http://www.zawya.com/story/The_story_of_an_Islamic_State_massacre_survivor-TR20140905nL5N0R61TLX2/ Eight hundred Iraqi soldiers were divided into lines of ten men, given rushed interrogations by Islamic State fighters and shot dead, the survivor said. By dawn, he was one of only 20 left alive. Sat, 06 Sep 2014 04:33:54 GMT Reuters TR20140905nL5N0R61TLX2 Open Path to jihad: from upscale Cairo to Islamic State beheadings http://www.zawya.com/story/Path_to_jihad_from_upscale_Cairo_to_Islamic_State_beheadings-TR20140903nL3N0R42F4X2/ An Egyptian who left his upscale Cairo neighbourhood to fight with the Islamic State wants to return home and hoist the militant group's black flag in Egypt. Thu, 04 Sep 2014 04:37:24 GMT Reuters TR20140903nL3N0R42F4X2 Open End of Gaza war doesn't translate into peace http://www.zawya.com/story/End_of_Gaza_war_doesnt_translate_into_peace-ZAWYA20140902125135/ Israel and the Palestinians seem to have little appetite or incentive for a return to U.S.-sponsored peace and statehood talks . Tue, 02 Sep 2014 12:53:47 GMT Reuters ZAWYA20140902125135 Open As Islamic State fighters begin to blend in, defeating them no easy matter http://www.zawya.com/story/As_Islamic_State_fighters_begin_to_blend_in_defeating_them_no_easy_matter-TR20140831nL1N0QX2J6X2/ The way the Islamic State is adapting shows the scale of problems ahead for President Barack Obama, the Pentagon and U.S.-backed Iraqi and Kurdish forces. Mon, 01 Sep 2014 03:30:09 GMT Reuters TR20140831nL1N0QX2J6X2 Open U.S. destroys millions of dollars in U.S.-made arms in Iraq http://www.zawya.com/story/US_destroys_millions_of_dollars_in_USmade_arms_in_Iraq-TR20140826nL2N0QL29KX2/ The growing tally of U.S.-made, U.S.-destroyed weaponry is testament to how far Iraq has veered off the course the Obama administration expected when U.S. troops withdrew in 2011. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 04:27:52 GMT Reuters TR20140826nL2N0QL29KX2 Open Islamic State turns radical Islam on Syria Muslims http://www.zawya.com/story/Islamic_State_turns_radical_Islam_on_Syria_Muslims-TR20140826nL5N0QV3NCX2/ As Islamic State militants advanced in the Syrian province of Deir al-Zor last month,beg for mercy or face certain death. Tue, 26 Aug 2014 14:47:16 GMT Reuters TR20140826nL5N0QV3NCX2 Open Iraq struggles to build own air force http://www.zawya.com/story/Iraq_struggles_to_build_own_air_force-TR20140822nL2N0QR2LTX2/ President Barack Obama told a recent interviewer he did not want the U.S. military to become Iraq's air force. But he may have little choice. Sun, 24 Aug 2014 05:31:34 GMT Reuters TR20140822nL2N0QR2LTX2 Open "Terrorists" help U.S. in battle against Islamic State in Iraq http://www.zawya.com/story/Terrorists_help_US_in_battle_against_Islamic_State_in_Iraq-TR20140821nL5N0QQ1OKX2/ Washington has acquired an unlikely ally in its battle against Islamic State militants in Iraq Thu, 21 Aug 2014 14:43:13 GMT Reuters TR20140821nL5N0QQ1OKX2 Open MENA banks face major challenge http://www.zawya.com/story/MENA_banks_face_major_challenge-ZAWYA20140813110219/ Banks across MENA face a major technical and management challenge if they are to remain a force in the fast-evolving environment of today's transaction banking. Thu, 21 Aug 2014 11:17:07 GMT Cash & Trade ZAWYA20140813110219 Open In case of slain journalist, negotiations, silence, then a chilling warning http://www.zawya.com/story/In_case_of_slain_journalist_negotiations_silence_then_a_chilling_warning-TR20140821nL2N0QQ2HZX2/ Islamic State militants stunned America with a gruesome video posted on YouTube showing the beheading of Foley, 40, by a masked, black-clad man. Thu, 21 Aug 2014 04:01:38 GMT Reuters TR20140821nL2N0QQ2HZX2 Open Grandiose Mosul dam always beset with problems http://www.zawya.com/story/Grandiose_Mosul_dam_always_beset_with_problems-TR20140819nL5N0QP3C3X2/ The Mosul Dam was always meant to be a symbol of Iraq's grandiose ambition, but from the start, the USD 1.5 billion barrier north of the city was beset with significant engineering problems. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 03:47:06 GMT Reuters TR20140819nL5N0QP3C3X2 Open Fugitive Iraqi VP urges role for Saddam loyalists http://www.zawya.com/story/Fugitive_Iraqi_VP_urges_role_for_Saddam_loyalists-ZAWYA20140819044605/ Former dictator Saddam Hussein's Baath party must play a role if a political solution is to be found in Iraq, fugitive vice president Tarek al-Hashemi said. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 04:53:20 GMT Reuters ZAWYA20140819044605 Open Yazidis haunted by cries for help http://www.zawya.com/story/Yazidis_haunted_by_cries_for_help-TR20140818nL4N0QO4IFX2/ Tens of thousand of Yazidis fled their ancient homeland of Sinjar and other villages to escape a dramatic push by the Sunni militants who regard the ethnic minority as devil worshippers. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 03:29:15 GMT Reuters TR20140818nL4N0QO4IFX2 Open Petroleum producers shift attention from Middle East: Kemp http://www.zawya.com/story/Petroleum_producers_shift_attention_from_Middle_East_Kemp-TR20140818nL6N0QL23FX2/ Following four decades of war, sanctions, nationalisation and unrest, oil and gas producers are gradually adjusting to rely less on the Middle East. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 03:53:12 GMT Reuters TR20140818nL6N0QL23FX2 Open Islamic State militants grab new weapon - Iraqi wheat http://www.zawya.com/story/Islamic_State_militants_grab_new_weapon__Iraqi_wheat-ZAWYA20140814081542/ Sunni militants bent on creating an Islamic empire in the Middle East now control yet another powerful economic weapon - wheat supplies. Thu, 14 Aug 2014 08:21:01 GMT Reuters ZAWYA20140814081542 Subscription Kurdish peshmerga struggle http://www.zawya.com/story/Kurdish_peshmerga_struggle-TR20140813nL6N0QF0MZX2/ The Kurds have failed their first major test against the Sunni militants who want to redraw the map of the Middle East. Thu, 14 Aug 2014 06:42:51 GMT Reuters TR20140813nL6N0QF0MZX2 Open Jihadist hub in heart of Middle East http://www.zawya.com/story/Jihadist_hub_in_heart_of_Middle_East-TR20140812nL6N0QI11FX2/ Ridiculed at first, the new power which has seized a third of Iraq has carved itself a powerful and possibly lasting presence in the Middle East. Wed, 13 Aug 2014 04:39:14 GMT Reuters TR20140812nL6N0QI11FX2 Open Power brokers chose safe bet Abadi http://www.zawya.com/story/Power_brokers_chose_safe_bet_Abadi-TR20140812nL4N0QI3TGX2/ While Maliki kept digging in, the main Iraqi and foreign players moved on to wondering who could replace him. Wed, 13 Aug 2014 04:12:12 GMT Reuters TR20140812nL4N0QI3TGX2 Open Islamists sought to turn Lebanon into Iraq -army chief http://www.zawya.com/story/Islamists_sought_to_turn_Lebanon_into_Iraq_army_chief-ZAWYA20140812100733/ General Jean Kahwaji told Reuters that radical Islamists on the march in Iraq and Syria still posed a "great threat" to Lebanon. Tue, 12 Aug 2014 10:15:38 GMT Reuters ZAWYA20140812100733 Open Iraq's Yazidis haunted by horrors http://www.zawya.com/story/Iraqs_Yazidis_haunted_by_horrors-TR20140811nL4N0QH56VX2/ Many of the Yazidis of northern Iraq who straggled into Kurdish town after escaping the Islamic State deathtrap recalled the agony of leaving relatives exposed on the mountain. Tue, 12 Aug 2014 07:13:30 GMT Reuters TR20140811nL4N0QH56VX2 Open Kurds use well-oiled lobbying to plead for help in Washington http://www.zawya.com/story/Kurds_use_welloiled_lobbying_to_plead_for_help_in_Washington-TR20140807nL2N0Q72UEX2/ When radical Islamic forces unexpectedly captured several towns from the Peshmerga Kurdish fighters last weekend, the Kurds' public relations machine quickly seized on the setback to boost their case in Washington. Thu, 07 Aug 2014 05:46:00 GMT Reuters TR20140807nL2N0Q72UEX2 Open Islamic State aims at Baghdad from south http://www.zawya.com/story/Islamic_State_aims_at_Baghdad_from_south-TR20140804nL4N0QA2HOX2/ Using secret tunnels built by Saddam Hussein and rough terrain to outfox Iraqi troops, Islamic State insurgents are getting dangerously close to Baghdad. Tue, 05 Aug 2014 03:25:59 GMT Reuters TR20140804nL4N0QA2HOX2 Open Iran's elite Guards fighting in Iraq to push back Islamic State http://www.zawya.com/story/Irans_elite_Guards_fighting_in_Iraq_to_push_back_Islamic_State-TR20140803nL6N0Q73ZUX2/ There has been a clear sign that Shi'ite power Iran has ramped up its military presence in Iraq to counter the threat of Sunni fighters from the Islamic State. Mon, 04 Aug 2014 04:27:12 GMT Reuters TR20140803nL6N0Q73ZUX2 Open SMEs yet to embrace the web http://www.zawya.com/story/SMEs_yet_to_embrace_the_web-ZAWYA20140803075154/ Small and medium enterprises in the Middle East still lag behind in adopting digital tools to grow their businesses. Sun, 03 Aug 2014 09:03:16 GMT Zawya ZAWYA20140803075154 Open MENA jobs hang in the balance http://www.zawya.com/story/MENA_jobs_hang_in_the_balance-ZAWYA20140731055510/ Economic liberty has a huge potential to increase human prosperity in crisis-hit countries across the region. Thu, 31 Jul 2014 06:44:06 GMT Zawya ZAWYA20140731055510 Open