Whispers of the end game in Iraq?

The UN Iraq envoy Ashraf Jehangir Qazi has denounced political violence in any form saying it was a major impediment to achieving national unity and stability whilst U.S. officials have met figures from some Sunni Arab insurgent groups but have so far not received any commitment for them to lay down their arms. (David Spector)

The state of the Iraqi economy

The Iraq Directory carries an interview with Sinan Mohammed Rida Al-Shabibi, the governor of the Central Bank of Iraq. He discusses debt, inflation and concludes on an optimistic note – We have very good talents. The only problem with the Iraqis is that they were not exposed to the world because of the war, [U.N.] sanctions and the policies of the [Saddam Hussein] regime. (David Spector)


Najaf, one of the holiest sites in the world now considered one of the safest places in Iraq. (David Spector)

Iraqi Oil

War on Want has published a pamphlet called Crude Designs – The rip-off of Iraqs Oil Wealth. This report calls for full and open debate in Iraq about the way oil resources are to be developed, not 30-year deals negotiated behind closed doors.