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Rapper I-NZ's 'This is Iraq': When music gets political

This week, we meet Dubai-based Iraqi rapper I-NZ. Earlier this summer, he released a song about what has happened to his country since the US-led invasion in 2003. "This is Iraq", a parody of Childish Gambino's "This is America", has had over three and a half million views on YouTube to date. I-NZ tells us more about his decision to make a political statement through his music.


Speaking to FRANCE 24 about his hit song “This is Iraq”, rapper I-NZ describes the conflict in Iraq as a forgotten war. “We’ve forgotten to hold anyone accountable or liable for what’s happened. You’re talking about over a million people dying as a consequence – whether directly or indirectly – of the US-led invasion”, the Iraqi musician explained. "It's ridiculous that no one's been tried at the International Criminal Court to date and I don't think that's going to ever happen," he added.

Also on the show, we head to Khan al-Ahmar, a village of some 200 people in the Israeli-occupied West Bank which faces demolition by Israeli bulldozers at any time. This comes despite international criticism and fierce resistance from its inhabitants. Our correspondents Irris Makler, Antoine Mariotti and Cecille Gallucio report.

Finally, divorce rates are particularly high in Egypt, where a couple separates every six minutes. The most common causes range from domestic violence to financial issues. But divorced women in Egypt face prejudice and stigma. Our correspondents Eric de Lavarène, Claire Williot and Sharif Abdel Kouddous speak to some of these women about the obstacles they have faced.

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