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Iraqi Communist Party and the protests in Iraq

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Post 01 Dec 2019, 11:46
Interesting article about ICP in Iraq and its alliance with Muqtada al-Sadr in the current protests.

What does everybody think about this? It seems like in Iraq, like in Lebanon, the confessional quota system in politics has failed society. At the same time the Iraqi protests have a very strong geopolitical aspect, with anti-Iranian sentiment, burning of Iranian consulates, etc. Does anyone have a reading of the situation? I have steered far away from politics, but this is an interesting topic. It seems like no one actually has a handle on the situation except maybe al-Sadr and it's unclear what he wants. Overall though it seems like Iraq has become a failed state and this sort of thing was bound to happen as the situation pleases almost no one.
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Post 03 Dec 2019, 17:45
Not sure about Iraq, but I don't think of the confessional system in Lebanon to be the sole reason for its current state. Debt, regional politics, war, refugees, a lack of infrastructure and just plain old capitalism are a few of the many possibly insurmountable problems that the country is facing.

Long story short, the problem Lebanon is now facing is divided along a number of lines; between those who don't have much to lose by sinking the country deeper into the ground, and those who do; between the sects who have leaders in power and between the sects who don't.

I read a blog by that woman you sent me where she describes just how difficult life has become because of the protests; all of that is true. The thing is that economic and social difficulties always come with revolutions if any change is to be attained. I guess another way to divide people would be along the lines of those who are willing to sacrifice something for a chance at change, and between those who prefer the slower, less radical route through the ballot box.

I personally would like to see a technocratic government in place for a change, but not at the expense of a civil war breaking out. It should be noted though, that I am one of those who has something to lose.
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