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Ultimately, it won't be the constant threat of violence that drives celebrated ceramics artist Mahir Samarrai out of the place of his birth. When he finally, reluctantly moves out of Baghdad later this year, the cause will be much more mundane.
Desperate for cash, his dreams of an art career swept away by war, Nebil Anwar turned his knack with a paintbrush to producing portraits of U.S. soldiers' wives and children.
For years, a fearful Adil Kadhim hid the works dearest to him. But not any more. Now, with Saddam himself in prison, Kadhim, 64, no longer needs to smuggle his writing out of the country.
An insider at Iraq's Culture Ministry discusses challenges and priorities two years after Saddam.
The former palaces of deposed Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein will be transformed into cultural centres, Iraqi culture minister Nouri Farhan Raoui said on Wednesday.
Donny George of the Iraq Museum is more concerned about security than most museum directors.