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Iraqi Literary Heart Under Threat
Baghdad
By TTM Contributor 16
21 Jul 2014

Al-Mutanabi Street has been the literary heart of Baghdad for centuries. After ISIS took over swathes of northern Iraq, the street has seen a severe decline in business. Al-Mutanabi was once a meeting place for poets, writers, intellectuals and readers. The surge of buyers on Fridays allowed the booksellers to work only one day per week, but this old tradition has almost disappeared and book sales are down 90%. The volatile state of the region means that people no longer spend money on items that are not essential for survival, and books fall under this criteria.

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"I Don't Pay Movement", Greek Austeri...
Athens,Greece
By giorgos33
14 Apr 2013

A member of the " I Don't Pay" movement reconnects the electricity to the home of the unemployed tenant.

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"I Don't Pay Movement", Greek Austeri...
Athens,Greece
By giorgos33
02 Apr 2013

A demonstrator with the " I Don't Pay" movement flag.

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"I Don't Pay Movement", Greek Austeri...
Athens,Greece
By giorgos33
01 Apr 2013

An "I Don't Pay'" movement member hangs a flag on a column.

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"I Don't Pay Movement", Greek Austeri...
Athens,Greece
By giorgos33
01 Apr 2013

Members of "I Don't Pay" movement demonstrate in front of Greek Electricity provider DEI as electricity bills continue to increase.

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"I Don't Pay Movement", Greek Austeri...
Athens,Greece
By giorgos33
01 Apr 2013

Members of the "I Don't Pay" movement wait for a demonstration to begin in Korinthos, Greece

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"I Don't Pay Movement", Greek Auster...
Athens,Greece
By giorgos33
01 Apr 2013

Mr Vasilis Papadopoulos, a representative of the
"I Don't Pay" movement, speaks of the party's future plans against the new austerity measures in Greece.

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"I Don't Pay Movement", Greek Austeri...
Athens,Greece
By giorgos33
01 Apr 2013

Members of the '" Don't Pay" movement march through the streets of Korinthos carrying yellow
flag's bearing the party's logo.

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"I Don't Pay Movement", Greek Austeri...
Athens,Greece
By giorgos33
31 Mar 2013

A donation box with the "I Dont Pay" movement's logo depicting the resistance to the austerity measures in Greece.

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"I Don't Pay Movement", Greek Austeri...
Athens,Greece
By giorgos33
31 Mar 2013

Members of the '" I Don't Pay'" movement are seen opening toll booths in the Zevgolatio region of Greece allowing cars to pass without paying the toll fee.

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"I Don't Pay Movement", Greek Austeri...
Athens,Greece
By giorgos33
31 Mar 2013

The '"I Don't Pay" movement stated it will continue to oppose future austerity measures imposed by the Greek goverment and the IMF.

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"I Don't Pay Movement", Greek Austeri...
Athens,Greece
By giorgos33
31 Mar 2013

A man reading the newspaper about the "I Don't Pay" movement.