The “poverty based genocide” is being used to justify an ongoing and brutal occupation in Iraq, a new study finds.
The report, published by the New America Foundation and the Center for American Progress, argues that while the Iraqi government is attempting to “cure” the Iraqi people of their “pigheadedness,” it is failing to eradicate poverty in Iraq and instead, is creating a new “mixed-income, welfare-state system.”
The report argues that the government’s “policies” for the Iraqi population are based on “paternalism,” “cultural chauvinism,” and “patriarchal attitudes.””[W]hat the government has done in Iraq is not only wrong, but it’s a recipe for genocide,” said the report’s co-author, James Kirchick, who teaches political science at Dartmouth College.
“The poverty-based [gene] is not being used in an ethical manner,” he added.
“We should not have to accept it because we know what is happening in Iraq.”
Kirchick and his colleagues compiled a list of 100 countries that have implemented poverty-level policies to eradicate extreme poverty, including in China, India, Brazil, Mexico, Egypt, Syria, and the United Arab Emirates.
They found that while countries like the UAE and Mexico have succeeded in eliminating poverty and inequality, they have also created a “mixture of welfare and protectionism” that has made it difficult for those who live in poverty to get the “basic necessities of life.”
Kirkick and co-authors argue that the Iraq experience is similar to that of other countries.
“We should be very careful about trying to say that poverty-driven genocide is not happening,” Kirchicick said.
“It’s happening in every country that has tried to do it.
It’s happening all over the world.”
According to the report, Iraq’s policy has been a failure.
“Iraq has been the poster child for the failure of the war on poverty, and this report is a wake-up call to us,” said Kirchicks co-founder, J.M. Berger.
“This report should wake up everyone in the world that the policies that have been put in place to achieve economic growth and security in Iraq have failed, and we should be extremely careful about what we’re doing to solve these problems.”
In its findings, the report also claims that Iraqi officials have repeatedly denied that poverty is the “problem” that they face, instead arguing that the country is struggling with the aftermath of a devastating war.
“There is a lot of talk about poverty,” said James Kirchnick.
“But it is a social and economic problem.
In Iraq, it is the poorest population in the region, with a lot more than 60 percent of the population living on less than $2 a day.
They have been subjected to extreme violence.
They’re living under the most extreme conditions, in an environment where a lot is being privatized, they are in a very precarious position.
It is a system of exploitation.””
It’s a system where the economy is privatized to the benefit of a few and the poor and marginalized are left out in the cold,” he continued.”
And this is the reason that the war in Iraq has been so destructive.”
The study also highlights how the government is ignoring the need for social and political reforms.
“Despite the fact that the population of Iraq is in dire need of social and institutional change, the government of Iraq has failed to implement reforms to improve its governance, increase its ability to address poverty, or address the root causes of poverty,” the report states.
But it is not the poverty that is the problem. “
There is no doubt that the current economic policies in Iraq are contributing to the rise of extreme poverty.
But it is not the poverty that is the problem.
The problem is that the social and governance structures in Iraq were not prepared to address the deep problems that have led to this situation.”
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