Why Iraq’s lost youth see elections as a road to nowhere

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Al-Araby

Two years ago in Tahrir Square, near the Tigris River in central Baghdad, the October Revolution began. It was the largest grassroots mobilisation in Iraq’s modern history. For months, under a shower of tear gas and water jets, thousands of Iraqis chanted slogans for a country free from corruption and the influence of neighbouring Iran. They demanded basic services such as clean water and electricity, as a violent response by security forces left nearly 600 dead and thousands injured. This year, the second anniversary of the revolution unfolded without incident. A procession of only a few hund…

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