Protesters in Iraq are rejecting the imprints of war and sectarianism that have destroyed the country — and attempting to build an egalitarian homeland that will put ordinary Iraqis first.
Schluwa Sama is a PhD student at the University of Exeter. Her ethnographic research explores processes of (de-)valuation of agricultural life in Iraqi Kurdistan through a political-economic lens.
Mass protests are nothing new for Iraq. But what’s different about the demonstrations currently rocking the country is that protesters are calling for the overthrow of the entire post-US-invasion political system.