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Foreign Policy: The world has focused on building northern Iraq and ignoring poverty and resentment

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Foreign Policy: The world has focused on building northern Iraq and ignoring poverty and resentment

Post by rocky on Sat 10 Nov 2018, 9:24 am


Foreign Policy: The world has focused on building northern Iraq and ignoring poverty and resentment in Basra

13:47 - 10/11/2018
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The world has focused on reconstructing northern Iraq after a "chilling" defeat, a report by Foreign Policy magazine said on Saturday, ignoring the resentment and poverty in Basra.
"The southern Shiite city of Basra also has a large number of minorities, such as Christians and Iraq's second largest city after Baghdad," the report said.
He added that "the current crisis in Basra is not a recent development and stems from years of lack of interest by the international community and the Iraqi government," noting that "most of the international focus on the celebration of the liberation of northern Iraq and reconstruction of these areas, focusing most of the national and international attention to Reconciling the diverse Iraqi communities in these liberated areas, the southern Shiite-majority cities of Iraq were neglected and their relative stability was taken for granted. "
"More than 80 percent of Iraq's gross domestic product comes from the oil-rich region around Basra, the only city in Iraq with coastal access to the country's only oil-exporting port, and despite the fact that the vast majority of Iraq's oil resources Located in the province of Basra, the budget allocated to the region by the central government does not reflect that wealth.
The report noted that "the security situation in the south is deteriorating, and levels of poverty are rising as a result, and this is particularly alarming because many young southerners who fought and urged are suffering from poverty," stressing that "Iraq's weak economy is unable to continue to provide Salaries to the broader security sector, creating a situation that threatens the continued stability of Iraq.Their grievances are compounded by the fact that reconstruction and redevelopment funds are channeled only towards the land they risked their lives to liberate. " Ending / 25 z

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