Firas Al-Atraqchi

Firas Al-Atraqchi

Politics

An independent Kurdistan? Yes, but not so fast

Without Turkey's support, an independent 'Kurdistan' cannot survive in a region where people traditionally bear grudges.

An independent Kurdistan? Yes, but not so fast

Politics

Did Iraq government's neglect lead to Mosul's downfall?

Continued control of Anbar - and now Mosul - could lead to a de facto partition of the country.

Did Iraq government's neglect lead to Mosul's downfall?

Politics

Iraq elections: Will history repeat itself?

The success of these elections can only be measured by the tangible socio-political changes they bring about.

Iraq elections: Will history repeat itself?

Politics

Egyptian youth and new dawn hopes

For young Egyptians, long-dormant patriotism and pride have been finally awakened.

Egyptian youth and new dawn hopes

Focus

'They kept pumping bullets into us'

Iraqis frustrated by Blackwater verdict but say fight for justice will continue.

'They kept pumping bullets into us'

Human Rights

The UN targets 2015 success

Increased effort required to meet the UN's Millenium Development Goals, expert says.

The UN targets 2015 success

Politics

Safeguarding human rights

Nations hoped to build a body that would protect the vulnerable and end conflict.

Safeguarding human rights

Politics

Interview: Palestinians in Europe

Numbering some 500,000 in the EU, they seek greater political representation.

Interview: Palestinians in Europe

Politics

A new Middle East under Obama?

In Egypt, few believe Obama's election will signal changed policies for the region.

A new Middle East under Obama?

Politics

Egypt hopes for US market revival

Analysts seek a US president who is equipped to solve the global financial crisis.

Egypt hopes for US market revival

Politics

Iraq between fear and hope

The US president promised Iraqis a new era of peace, prosperity, and liberty.

Iraq between fear and hope

Politics

Iraq between fear and hope

The US president promised Iraqis a new era of peace, prosperity, and liberty.

Iraq between fear and hope