Ten years after Saddam's fall, Iraq's richest city is rife with courruption and can't even clean up after itself.
Some say, in the long run, segregating bus and tram lines will actually make it worse.
After jailed rebel leader Ocalan's call for Kurds to lay down their arms, a closer inspection of his words show real signs of hope to end three decades of bloodshed.
With the announcement this week of a historic ceasefire from jailed PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan, a look at the feminist side of the Kurdish fight for greater autonomy.
President Obama's arrival in Israel with no new peace proposal to offer is reassuring to many Israelis. They should be worried instead.