In Iraq, old grievances fuel deadly protests Jul 19, 2018 0 401 12345 AFPBAGHDADIN the heat of battle against the Islamic State group, Iraqis united against a common enemy. But just a few months after Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared victory over the jihadists, social grievances that once simmered on the back burner have boiled over in a series of protests that have spread to several cities.After erupting in oil-rich Basra province on July 8, unrest has quickly spread, as people have vented their anger over unemployment, high prices, power cuts and a lack of usable water.From Basra to the capital Baghdad, the question on people's lips has been:"Where is the government?"That query is made all the more pertinent by the failure of May's elections -- thus far -- to produce a new administration, as a record abstention rate highlighted Iraqis'contempt for their political leaders.Eight people have been killed during the demonstrations so far, while there has been a brief internet blackout and the authorities claim over 260 security personnel have been wounded.The protests represent"an explosion of rage at an entire system that has brazenly robbed Iraqis of the chance for a better life,"says Iraq expert Fanar Haddad.With the jihadists in retreat,"the failings of the Iraqi political classes in all aspects of governance and economic management come into sharper relief,"adds Haddad.For more than a week protesters have taken to the streets, questioning how a country that is the second largest producer in the OPEC oil cartel can leave its 38 million citizens so bereft of basic services. POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES 10 civilians killed in Yemen shelling: MSF Jul 19, 2018 0 77 Turkey defies US pressure, keeps pastor in prison Jul 19, 2018 0 46 Iran builds new centrifuge rotor factory: N-chief Jul 19, 2018 0 48 HRW slams Morocco over journalist's 3-year jail term TUNIS Human Rights Watch (HRW) criticised a Morocco court on Wednesday for sentencing a prominent journalist to three years in prison on a"dubious charge"relating to a northern protest movement. Hamid el Mahdaoui was .. Buses arrive to evacuate thousands from pro-Assad villages after deal REUTERS BEIRUT MORE than 100 buses arrived on Wednesday to evacuate thousands of people from two loyalist Syrian villages that are besieged by rebels in the northwest, under a deal in which the government is expected to .. Iranian president set to shake up cabinet amid economic woes DPA TEHRAN IRANIAN President Hassan Rouhani will sack some of his ministers because of an acute economic crisis, Rowhani's chief of staff Mahmoud Waesi said on Wednesday. "Changes will be made soon, especially in ..