Iraqi economic recovery, until as recently as last June hailed as on-track and rapid, has come under a permanent cloud as serious sectarian violence at a rate not seen since 2008 fastens its grip. Already the violence has claimed more than 3,500 lives so far this year. The parliamentary elections held on April 30, in…

The UN refugee agency has said it is increasingly concerned about the situation in Iraq, where recent waves of sectarian violence threaten to spark new internal displacement of Iraqis fleeing bombings and other attacks. UNHCR spokesperson Melissa Fleming told journalists in Geneva that since the beginning of the year, “bombings and rising sectarian tensions have…