Sistani to the rescue?

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi is trying to implement a major reconstruction of the Iraqi government, something we talked about here last week. In fact, he’s already reduced the size of his cabinet by a full third, from 33 ministries to 22. To recap, major public protests against basic government incompetence and corruption took place… Continue reading Sistani to the rescue?

Rebuilding Iraq’s government could be a risky proposition

Something pretty fascinating is happening in Iraq, where in spite of the ongoing war with ISIS that must be consuming most people’s thoughts, thousands of people in the Shiʿa south have been turning out for a couple of weeks now to protest the general awfulness of their government. A recent (and completely off the charts)… Continue reading Rebuilding Iraq’s government could be a risky proposition