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From Iraq, a defence of beauty

By Tom Streithorst  

Bright idea: can beauty and create a more peaceful world?

Poverty, for the outsider, is often picturesque. But not here. This neighbourhood on the outskirts of Amara in southern Iraq has got to be the most hideous place I have ever seen: garbage, dirt, battered metal carcasses of “dead” cars, deep holes gouged out of the ground, dusty children wearing filthy clothes, the houses simultaneously decrepit and unfinished.

But it isn’t the poverty that is shocking, it is the…

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