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Nazli Tarzi


Puppetry in the Arab world has a long distinguished history, as both a means of popular entertainment and a playful critique of societal norms. In a bid to revive this tradition, archivists have created a virtual depository for future generations.

20 January, 2022

The refugee crisis at the EU-Belarus border has brought along with it harrowing stories of loss and despair. Many of the hundreds of families are from Iraqi Kurdistan. After multiple pleas, one child amputee has been lucky enough to be given asylum.

21 December, 2021

The government's neglect of the autistic community in Iraq has only aggravated the taboo surrounding it, with many obscuring their children's disability from public view. In spite of these obstacles, the autistic community resilience is growing.

16 December, 2021

An integral and symbolic part of Mosul's architecture, al-Nuri's hunchback minaret had towered over the city until its destruction in 2017. With UNESCO-reconstruction plans threatening to remove key features, Iraqis fear cultural white-washing.

25 May, 2021

Nazli Tarzi interviews the next generation of female Iraqi sports stars, their arduous journeys towards recognition, and the future of sport for women in Iraq.

17 April, 2021

Analysis: Mustafa al-Kadhimi is seeking to appease Iraq's protest movement by promising early elections, but politically astute Iraqis recognise that cosmetic reforms and sloganeering serve the ruling cartel.

09 March, 2021

Almost two decades after the US-led invasion of Iraq, promises of representation and empowerment for women have all but fallen flat.

08 March, 2021

Engineering a space to deep dive into Arabic history, Afikra is a movement of curious people keen to host lectures, debates, interviews and more recently, Covid-19 friendly digital gatherings.

25 February, 2021

As Britain sank into lockdown in 2020, the Thin Edge of the Wedge podcast was born, covering a wide gamut of global subjects and fascinating conversations with experts and scholars.

16 February, 2021

Mosul tells the gruelling story of the Nineveh SWAT team's battle against the Islamic State, but overlooks civilian testimonies and the sacrifices of ordinary people.

30 December, 2020