Years Of Ba'athist Rule Leave Legacy Of Indifference To Books

Anonymous Patron writes "News On The Ba'athist regime that ruled Iraq for decades discouraged people from reading books. Iraqis were once known as voracious readers, but today interest in literature is at an all-time low. RFE/RL correspondent Valentinas Mite reports from Baghdad that Iraq's culture minister has warned the indifference to books may have dire social consequences."

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Information is power

It is sad that the Iraqis are discouraged to read from the years of oppressive rule of Saddam Hussein. Reading is so important to the young and old alike. This allows one to be an informed and empowered individual. "Information is power". Hopefully (somehow), wide interest in reading will return and grow for the Iraqis.

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