‘Wiped off the map’: mainstream news webites conceal Iraq unrest
Mainstream news websites leave Iraq off “country by country” interactive maps of Middle East and North Africa unrest.
“Iraq itself is no shining beacon on a hill for the people of the Middle East, but rather is a target of protests and an object lesson among the protesters of what to avoid.” – Juan Cole on truthdig
Here’s an article from The Hindu interviewing Iraqi youth about the insufferable government corruption pushing them to protest:
Uprisings in the Arab world have emboldened Iraq’s youth to make their government accountable. They cannot understand why the people “of a rich country like Iraq” should face shortages in food and other essential commodities.
From The Ledger:
Two political parties that led demonstrations in Baghdad over the past two weeks said Monday that security forces controlled by Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki had ordered them to close their offices.
The actions, which the government said were merely evictions, came amid growing concerns that Mr. Maliki’s American-backed government is using force and other measures to stifle dissent in this fragile democracy, where tens of thousands of demonstrators have seized on the upheaval sweeping the Arab world to rally for government reforms and better services.
At least the New York Times isn’t pretending that related unrest is occurring in Iran.