Academics in Mosul are attempting to revive the city’s barren libraries in order to revive the city’s cultural heritage. For centuries, Mosul was known for its artists, writers, and libraries brimming with books in multiple languages, before jihadists destroyed everything.
Historically, Syrian Kurds have been banned from owning bookstores, printing presses and television stations, however, all of this has changed with the start of the Syrian conflict, which has allowed the Kurds to have more autonomous rule over their villages and cities.
A schism has developed between the Kurdish authorities in the Syrian northeast and the Syriac Christians, after the latter shut down over a dozen schools run by the Kurds. The schism reflects broader fissure between those supporting formal state institutions and those defending parallel bodies developed by the Kurds.
With unemployment rates rising, young Iraqis have to innovate to make a living in oil-rich south in post-Saddam Hussein era. Many graduates have not been able to find work in their field and end up working in the private sector.
Local charity is screening all World Cup matches for free at Ain Issa camp for displaced Syrians in northern province of Raqqa. The displaced Syrians express their happiness regarding this initiative because "it draws people out of their torment," said a displaced spectator.