Press Roundup: 26 May – 1 Jun 2019

Monday 27/05/19

Iraq: Thousands of acres of agricultural crops destroyed in fires over past two weeks
Kurdistan 24 – Sangar Ali

Kurdistan Region’s tallest waterfall: a deluge of opportunities?
Rudaw – Bakhtiyar Qadir

Tuesday 28/05/19

Iraq: Livestock sector to expand on higher birthrates, returning refugees
Feed Navigator – Jane Byrne

Wednesday 29/05/19

Kurdistan Region provinces prepare to battle summer wildfires
Rudaw 

Thursday 30/05/19

Turkey worried that US sanctions against Iran could cause social unrest in Iraq
Middle East Eye – Ragip Soylu

Friday 31/05/19

After decades, Iran, Iraq ready to dredge the Shatt al-Arab
al-Monitor – Adnan Abu Zeed

Saturday 01/06/19

How feasible is Khamenei’s economic doctrine for Iran?
al-Monitor – Bijan Khajehpour

Iraq lifts state of emergency at Majnoon oil field
Reuters 

Press Roundup: 19 – 25 May 2019

Sunday 19/05/19

Additional agricultural land torched in Kirkuk province
NRT

Monday 20/05/19

Iran sees 105% growth in precipitation
Mehr News

Iraqi economy hit by systematic terrorist campaigns: MP
The Baghdad Post

Timely rains help boost Iraq’s wheat output
World Grain – Arvin Donley

Waterkeepers Say Household Waste, Industrial Runoff Polluting Sulaimani’s Water
NRT

Tuesday 21/05/19

Iran dams’ capacity to rise by 2.8bln cubic meters in two years: Minister
The Iran Project 

Wednesday 22/05/19

Another farm burnt in Diyala, reasons remain unknown
The Baghdad Post

Hyundai inks $2.45b plant deal in Iraq
The Baghdad Post

Iraq: Beyond Oil And ISIS
LobeLog – Austin Bodetti

Iraqis turn to budding ecotourism to save marshes
AFP 

Thursday 23/05/19

Forest police in Halabja seize over 350 kg of caught fish amid prohibition
NRT

Press Roundup: 12 – 18 May 2019

Monday 13/05/19

WASH Handbook for Teachers and Facilitators
Reliefweb 

Wednesday 15/05/19

Harsh Summer, Wet Winter? A Long Term View of Iraq’s Water Resources (report)
Iraq Energy Institute – Robert Tollast, Nick Waters & Lutz Krebs

UN Food and Agriculture Organization opens new office in Sulaimani
NRT

30 billion cubic meters of water wasted in 2019 due to lack of dams in Kurdistan: Director
Kurdistan 24 – Hiwa Shilani

Thursday 16/05/19

Abdul-Mahdi and Erdogan discuss ‘decisive’ action against PKK
Rudaw

Iraq Has Procured 883,122 Tonnes of Local Wheat -Minister
Successful Farming

ISIS elements set fire to many wheat fields in Nineveh
The Baghdad Post 

Syria’s oil, gas and water – the Immiscible Solution to the War in Syria
Lima Charlie News – Dr. Gary K. Busch

Friday 17/05/19

Damage to 120 Meter Road halts traffic near Baharka exit in Erbil
Rudaw 

Saturday 18/05/19

In Iraq’s Diyala, 400 acres of Kurdish crops burned
Kurdistan 24 – Hiwa Shilani

Takeaways from My Interaction with Former MWR Hassan Janabi

  • The only way to approach the issues of transboundary waters is through cooperation. 

Turkey

  • During his 2 years as MWR he visited Turkey exactly 6 times.
  • These visits have contributed to a higher level of understanding on the Turkish part of the water challenges facing Iraq. 
  • Ultimate goal of Iraq’s diplomatic efforts towards Turkey was, and still is, to achieve a long-term water sharing agreement that goes beyond technical cooperation. 
  • Equitable and reasonable utilisation of shared water is essential to maintain good economic relations with Turkey as well as peace and security in the region. 

Syria

  • Water relations with Syria have been good since the late 1980s when the two countries signed an agreement to share the incoming inflows from Turkey on the Euphrates at the Syrian border with Turkey (58% for Iraq and 42% for Syria). 

Iran

  • Water relations with Iran are “a bit” confusing and more work on the part of both sides is “seriously” required.
  • Although the Iraq-Iran bilateral economic, social and political relations are at their best, the water relation is still to be improved so Iraq’s rightful share of water could be guaranteed.

Press Roundup: 5 – 11 May 2019

Sunday 05/05/19

Heavy floods in Iraq’s southern governorate of Missan leaves over 100,000 children in need of urgent assistance
Reliefweb

Spotlight: Turkey’s struggling agriculture expects lifeline
The Rahnuma

Tuesday 07/05/19

Iraq close to signing $53 billion deal with Exxon, PetroChina; denies Iran link
Reuters 

Wednesday 08/05/19

Petrodollars fail to ease Basra’s water crisis (podcast)
Financial Times – Chloe Cornish

Saturday 11/05/19

Iraq harvests almost 500,000 tonnes of local wheat at start of season
Business Recorder – Parvez Jabri

Iraqi PM Abdul-Mahdi to visit Turkey on Wednesday: Turkish official
Rudaw

MP blames delay of Baghdad’s Khansaa project on corruption
The Baghdad Post

Press Roundup: 28 Apr – 4 May 2019

Sunday 28/04/19

Erdoğan to visit Iraq by end of this year, FM Çavuşoğlu says
Daily Sabah 

Monday 29/04/19

Iraq’s city of black gold pays a high price for petrodollars
Financial Times – Chloe Cornish 

Tuesday 30/04/19

Iraq bans import of Squash (KOSA) from all over the world
KNN India

‘Our water pollution is a cancer’
BBC News 

WATCH: Deadly sandstorm hits several Iraq provinces, 5 reported dead, over 100 injured
Kurdistan 24 

Wednesday 01/05/19

Despite full reservoirs, Iraq water woes far from over
Yahoo News – Maya Gebeily

Syria to pay farmers more for their wheat: report
NRT

Thursday 02/05/19

Rains Like No Other: Iraq Is Tested in Era of Climate Change
The New York Times