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Talib Shabib, Foreign Minister of Iraq, discusses the struggles currently going on within the country. He describes the many invaders over the centuries and the current problems facing Iraq. He mentions the agrarian culture and the "backwards" farming methods. He says the country is ridding itself of the feudal system in which one man owns thousands of acres, instead the land will be divided up among peasant farmers, and they will be instructed in modern farming methods.
Shabib also talks about national identity and the desire to unify the Arab nations.
Question and answer session follows. Asked about Massoud Barzani, Shabib states that he hopes the rebel is tried in court, however he says that he usually escapes.
Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection
WNYC archives id: 70418
Municipal archives id: T227