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Iraq: moving on

The election showed Iraq is making progress—though not in the way America might choose

By Alice Fordham   April 2010

Iraq’s vital oilfields: but will the wealth that flows from them be well spent?

There is an Iraqi poem that begins: “They say that politics is an art form/But our politics are slaughter and terrorism.” When Iraq went to the polls on 7th March, for its second full parliamentary election since the 2003 invasion, the politics involved were far from artistic. But an optimist might find cautious reason to think it has moved beyond its lowest moments.

That these elections would happen at all was never guaranteed. They were postponed for months after electoral laws stalled on how to…

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