Popular protests continue in Iraq

While much of the focus in Iraq is on the civil war, workers and their communities in areas not affected directly by the war continue to suffer under a corrupt and dysfunctional political system. The mass protests that started last year have continued into 2016, causing the country’s political system to grind to a halt. While these protests have demanded the end to corruption, nepotism and sectarianism, at this stage they lack an independent organisational structure and may fall prey to further sectarian tensions.