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Baghdad Burlesque?

Ahmed al-Basheer, the Jon Stewart of Iraq, finds comedy amid horror and suffering, and his beleaguered country loves him for it. The government? Not so much.

Published on: October 6, 2017
Yousif Kalian is an analyst who focuses on Iraqi and Kurdish politics and religious minorities in the Middle East. He currently works at the non-profit organization In Defense of Christians, where he works on Iraq-related issues and the upcoming IDC Annual Summit. His Twitter handle is @Ykaliany.
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  • FriendlyGoat

    Finding ways to laugh is a great remedy for all kinds of extremism—–except that the real extremists will not laugh.

  • leoj

    Bassem Youssef is the Jon Stewart of Egypt. Ahmed al-Basheer is the Jon Stewart of Iraq. I am sensing a trend. If the analogy is apt, the region is in even greater peril than I had imagined.

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