• Chiara Cruciati 1 September 2015
    It started with the soaring temperatures of the Iraqi summer and black-outs leaving people with no air-conditioning. Then there were the more deeply-rooted and structural problems of Iraq’s post-Saddam political class. So August became a month of anti-corruption protests, also aimed at the lack of services, sectarianisms imposed by politics and the lack of wealth redistribution. Those who took to the streets, however, were not members of the Sunni community committed for a decade to making itself heard by the new Shiite majority government, which is now the target for Islamic State propaganda using Iraqi institutional discrimination as leverage.This time the heart of the Shiite community took to the streets of Baghdad, Karbala, Najaf, Nasiriya and Basra.
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