The head of Iraq's Chaldean Church revealed that his community will not hold public celebrations of Christmas this year. The goodwill gesture comes amid mass rallies that have rocked Iraq's capital and southern cities, which been met with violence by security forces and armed groups, leaving nearly 430 dead.
Iraq's demonstrations are largely justified and entirely expected as the removal of the problems of sectarianism and insurgency have left the deep structural problems of Iraq’s government and its political economy exposed.
The protests against unemployment, corruption and lack of services that rocked Iraq last week have calmed down following numerous reform promises by the Prime Minister. However, many observers believe this is not the end of the protests, given the country's history of broken reform promises.
Jordan is on a mission to rejuvenate trade with its neighbour, Iraq, as regional competitors scramble for footholds in the country. However, Jordanian officials have voiced their concerns about competitiveness within the export sector.
Basra residents, who have been protesting to demand services and jobs, are disappointed with the new government for not appointing any minister from Basra and call for the establishment of a Basra federal region.