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In Iraq, Where Beauty Was Long Suppressed, Art Flowers Amid Protests

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Painters, sculptors and musicians are rallying to Baghdad’s protests, and the capital is overflowing with political art.

New York Times | By Alissa J. Rubin

BAGHDAD — Hollow-cheeked and shivering slightly in jeans he had outgrown, Abdullah stood in an unfinished parking garage, transfixed in front of a mural whose meaning he was eager to decode for a visitor.

“See, the man in the middle, he is asking the security forces, ‘Please don’t shoot us, we have nothing, nothing.’” Abdullah said the final word twice for emphasis as he earnestly studied the black-and-white image on the wall.

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