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„From Beirut to Baghdad – Konrad’s Journey through the Middle East“ (Episode 6)

Interview with Simona Foltyn, a Baghdad based journalist who covers Iraq since 2017, on Iraq’s „Joker“ and the protest movement three weeks before the elections

„From Beirut to Baghdad ─ Konrad’s Journey through the Middle East“ is a podcast by the Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation’s Syria/Iraq-Office. Based in Beirut, the podcast discusses current political issues in the region with the foundation’s on the ground partners in Syria, Iraq and across the Middle East. Each episode sheds light on up-to-date political, social and economic topics, and provides insights into life and work from Beirut to Baghdad.

In the sixth episode Simona Foltyn talks about her documentary on Mustafa Makki Kareem, a young Iraqi known as „Joker“, who became leader of a group of protesters striving for systemic change in the country. The so-called October Revolution of 2019 marks the beginning of the largest grassroots protests in Iraq’s modern history. Simona portrays the people behind the uprising ─ most of them young Iraqis who came of age in the post-Saddam Hussein era, but whose dreams for a better future did not materialize because of a ruling class they see as corrupt and beholden to foreign interests.
Iraq’s upcoming parliamentary elections are scheduled for October 10th, 2021, and coincide with the beginning of mass protests two years ago. What will be the impact of Iraq’s „awareness revolution”, as some people call it? And compared to previous elections, will there be alternatives that are different from the traditional, established parties and with which demonstrators can identify?

 

The interview took place on April 22, 2021.

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