“Everywhere I went there seemed to be someone quoting Marx or George Bernard Shaw.”

William Wallis in Basra reports for the Financial Times on the progress of the Iraqi Communist Party and their appeal to voters.

The ICP’s strongest selling point is probably its history. The party was on the receiving end of Saddam’s bloodbaths, and had little association with Iran, where many of Saddam’s Islamist opponents sought shelter, but communists were ruthlessly persecuted in the early years of Ayatollah Khomeini.

Hat Tip: LFIQ.