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Hopeless in Iraq

By Gwynne Dyer      

The country still depends on oil for its income, but it is no longer ‘oil-rich’. There is little prospect for a radical improvement in the lives of those angry young men in the streets of Baghdad (and their equally despairing sisters at home).

Five days of mass protests in the streets of Baghdad, and there are already 100 dead, most by gunfire from the various ‘security’ forces that work for the government. It’s all the more deplorable because Iraq, unlike the vast majority of Arab states, is not actually ruled by military or royal tyrants, writes Gwynne Dyer. Screen capture courtesy of DW

LONDON, U.K.—Four months of mass protests in the streets of Hong Kong, and thousands of injuries and arrests—but only two gunshot wounds, both very recent and neither life-threatening.

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