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The Republic of Beit T’ais
Being Filthy Rich or How to Govern on Behalf of Others 
 

The story of an opulent family which is making the rules on behalf of others. How do Saad, Hamid, and Hani manage the Republic of Beit T’ais?

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Investing in the sun: On opportunities and deals in Iraq’s electricity sector 

Iraq has an electricity production deficit, hindering light from reaching homes. Although the sun is a good investment, successive Iraqi governments have preferred to dig deep into the ground to extract energy. This is a story about lost electricity opportunities and deals in Iraq.

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From Parliament to Jail: vaguely defined laws as a tool to suppress freedoms in Iraq 

Karkh misdemeanor court issued a ruling to imprison Hadi Al-Salami, a member of parliament from Najaf, for six months using the Article 331 of Iraq’s Penal Code. This followed a lawsuit filed by the Ministry of Trade against him.

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Al-ʿAsa’ib’s Business Ravages the Banks of the Tigris

Around 50 quarries are scattered in the Tigris River and on its banks in the city of Mosul, with giant excavators desiccating it and making its aquatics vulnerable to extinction. But money, power, and the impulsion to return and rebuild, are the key drivers behind the continuation of this process that ravages the river and threatens its future.

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“Everyone has a Right to the Kids Except their Mother”: On Women Fighting for the Custody of Their Children  

After a husband passes away, mothers can lose access to their children, if they don’t accept to live at their in-laws’ house or under their control. The stories of widows who lost -or nearly lost- access to their sons and daughters after discovering that the family, tribe, and clergy have more rights to their children than they do.

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Heavy Load Trucks Damage Highways While Railways Await A Revival  

Death stalks road users with potholes and ruts as its deadly weapons. Every day, a few lives are taken of travellers who must undergo this danger, even for the simplest duty. This is due to the decline of railways and trains transporting freight and passengers, but can this problem be resolved through cooperation? The story […]