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Iraq’s protests raise question: Where does the oil money go?

BAGHDAD (AP) — Waves of violent protests have engulfed Baghdad and Iraq’s southern provinces, with demonstrators chanting for the downfall of a political establishment that they say doesn’t prioritize them. Fueling the unrest is anger over an economy flush with oil money that has failed to bring jobs or improvements to the lives of young people, who are the majority of those taking to the streets. They say they have had enough of blatant government corruption and subpar basic services. At least 320 people have died, and thousands have been wounded since the unrest began on Oct. 1. “We are jobless and poor, but every day we see the flares of the oil fields,” said Huda, an activist in Basra,...


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