Baghdad’s First Woman Mayor

Baghdad, the second largest capital in the Arab world, has appointed the first female mayor in its illustrious history, Dr. Thikra Muhammad Alwash. Not only is Dr. Alwash the first female mayor of Baghdad but when she assumes office on Friday (20th February 2015), she will be the only female mayor of a capital city out of the 22 Arab League nations. The appointment of a female mayor comes as a positive step in breaking the barrier of a male-dominated political scene in Iraq. Women were given a quota in parliament through the Iraqi constitution to hold at least...

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Where Politics Fail, Football Triumphs

On 22 January, the Iraqi national football team beat its archrival, Iran, in a thrilling game worthy of being called the mother of all matches. The Iraqi team beat its Iranian counterpart after a dramatic 120 minutes of play, and a nerve-wrecking penalty shootout to clinch a spot in the Asian Cup semi-final in Sydney. The result unleashed spontaneous celebrations in all parts of the country. The win was reminiscent of the Iraq’s 2007 victory against Saudi Arabia in the Asian cup final because of the magnitude of emotions it engendered. When Iraq won the Asian title seven years...

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