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Feature Article by Stephen Lendman
Protests in Iraq
by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)
Long-suffering Iraqis have legitimate grievances in the post-Saddam Hussein era.
Notably they include rampant corruption, high unemployment, impoverishment affecting millions — the nation's youths notably affected — and lack of essential to life public services.
Saddam ruled despotically but he wasn't all bad. According to UNESCO, he established one of the region's best educational systems that was free to the highest levels.
Healthcare was near-universal, available in nearly all urban areas and most rural ones, according to UNICEF.
Pre-Gulf War, it ranked with the region's best. Since that time, things changed dramatically for the worst.
For the last 30 years, the US waged wars on Iraq by hot and other means.
Sanction following the Gulf War caused about 1.5 million deaths.
Mostly young children, the elderly and inf
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