Iraq parliamentary elections: campaign amid death threats
In Iraq, more than 80 activists have been murdered since the protests began in late 2019. The anti-government movement has called for jobs and better public services. Now, as Iraq heads to the polls this weekend, many say the killings have dissuaded the protest movement’s candidates from running for office. Our correspondents Jack Hewson and Lucile Wassermann traveled to the town of Kut to meet with activists, who say the attacks are carried out by armed groups linked to the Iraqi political establishment.
Meanwhile, the Pandora Papers scandal has lifted the veil on the financial practices of some of the richest and most powerful people in the world. Among them is the King of Jordan Abdullah II. Leaks reveal how a network of offshore companies was formed to build a $ 100 million real estate empire in the US and UK.
Finally, the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris is hosting an exhibition entitled “Lights of Lebanon”. The works of 150 artists from three generations showcase the richness of the country. “Lights of Lebanon” takes place at a particularly difficult time for the country and aims to draw attention to the ongoing dialogue between Beirut and Paris. Our journalists went to check.