Monday, November 18, 2019

Editorial: Are the protests ever going to really register with the US media?

Just the same as what’s happening in Iraq, if anything over 300 people have died in Iraq (God bless them). why is there no noise about that? Could it be because the elite already control our oil and wealth and are focused on China’s?

There is some coverage in the US of the Iraqi protests.  Some.  Not a lot, not any that really lead on the issue.  But there is some.

The media appears to have been confused.  They hadn't been given their marching orders by the US government and weren't sure how to cover the protests.

Jason Ditz (ANTIWAR.COM) offers:

White House officials say that the US is prepared to impose sanctions on Iraqi officials if they are found to be involved in ongoing crackdowns against protesters in the country. They didn’t name any specific targets for the sanctions.

Officials said they are aware that Iranian General Qassem Soleimani has been to Baghdad recently and is “behind the suppression of the protests,” and will sanction Iraqi officials who are working alongside him.

The recent US statements endorsing the protests in Iraq are heavily based on Iran being opposed to the protests and trying to save the Abdul Mahdi government. The US hadn’t commented at all until after reports of Soleimani giving top Iraqis a talking to on the priority of saving the government. 

Qassim Abdul-Zahra and Samya Kullab (AP) report, "An anti-government protester in Iraq was killed Sunday by a direct hit to the head from a tear gas canister amid fresh clashes on a strategic Baghdad bridge, security and medical officials said.  At least 32 others were wounded in violent clashes with security forces, just hours after demonstrators retook control of part of Ahrar Bridge from security forces."

  1. Iraq Protests An anti-government protester prepares to throw back a tear gas canister fired by police during clashes in downtown Baghdad, Iraq, Friday, Nov. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)
  2. ‘"We'll keep up our protest and general strike with all Iraqis until we force the government to resign," said Hassaan al-Tufan, a lawyer and activist.’

  3. Strikes resume in Iraq in support of protests



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