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    Egyptian Revolution Sparks Protest Movement in Democratic Iraq

    ...a new movement seems to be emerging, too, among students and young professionals clearly inspired by the events in Egypt and also by their own disappointments with Iraq's democratic experiment.

    Multiple groups are springing up on Facebook calling for protests to demand reforms, among them No to Silence, Baghdad Won't Be Kandahar, the Blue Revolution and one simply called Join US Soon for the Biggest Ever Youth Sit-In in Baghdad, which initiated the small protest Friday in Tahrir Square.

    Elections are a mechanism, a means, but they are not the destination," said Hadi Jalu of the Journalistic Freedoms Observatory. "We have a sort of democracy in Iraq, but this democracy is being run in a very bad way."

    Torture remains widespread in Iraqi prisons, and thousands of Iraqis are detained for long periods without trial, according to an Amnesty International report last week. The watchdog group Transparency International ranks Iraq the fourth most corrupt country in the world, with Egypt faring far better, at No. 80. The Iraqi government estimates overall unemployment at 15 percent, higher than Egypt's official rate of 10 percent.

    ...many Iraqis question how free they are. An expanding roster of rules regulating the media and the closure of media outlets critical of the government, including the recently shuttered Baghdadiya TV station and the Arabic service of al-Jazeera, have raised concerns about press freedoms. Activists say a maze of bureaucratic requirements makes it almost impossible to secure permission to hold demonstrations.
    Egyptian revolution sparks protest movement in democratic Iraq

    Rather than Iraq inspiring Egypt, it appears that Egypt is inspiring Iraq.

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    Re: Egyptian Revolution Sparks Protest Movement in Democratic Iraq

    This vividly points out the need for education of the people of the Nation to help insure that a True Democracy requires more than the right to vote.

    It also screams to me that our leaders including President Bush were not as forceful and influential as they should have been is insuring a Democracy in more than just name was constituted.

    We have a poor record that includes allowing too many corrupt people like current President of Iraq and Karzai into office through questionable elections, and more than once.

    I have never understood why our leaders both Left and Right over the years never push a Government based on ours with a similar Constitution. They always seem to get the idea but fall short in the end and the corruption soon takes over.

    But I could be wrong.

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    Re: Egyptian Revolution Sparks Protest Movement in Democratic Iraq

    Quote Originally Posted by Catz Part Deux View Post
    Egyptian revolution sparks protest movement in democratic Iraq

    Rather than Iraq inspiring Egypt, it appears that Egypt is inspiring Iraq.
    And IRAN. Where is the call for an immediate transition of Government coming form this Administration, even though the people in the street are being killed and imprisoned? Such obvious Hypocrisy, as this administration continues to promote the will of these Islamic Imams.
    Last edited by Walter; 02-15-11 at 06:16 PM.

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