The Ongoing Occupation of Iraqi Artists

Oldest tea house in Baghdad, where generations of artists, writers, and intellectuals meet to share stories and ideas. (Photo: Dahr Jamail)

By Dahr Jamail T r u t h o u t

For centuries, artists, writers, and intellectuals have been meeting in Baghdad’s teahouses over tulip-shaped glasses of sweet lemon tea, cigarettes, and shisha pipes. A car bomb detonated near one of the oldest teahouses a year-and-a-half ago, causing massive destruction around the area. When it . . .

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