Barbershop Politics in Baghdad

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BAGHDAD – “We are brothers in this barbershop,” Sadiq al-Jaff, a barber, said when I showed up for a haircut and, this being election season, a sampling of the voters’ mood.

He is himself a Kurd, he explained. The barber in the first chair, a Shiite from Karbala, the holy city. Their clients: a Kurd and a Sunni. “And I’m a Jew,” Rasim Mansour, in fact a Shiite, said from his chair, jokingly suggesting that perhaps Mr. Jaff was overdoing the brotherhood thing a bit.

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