Monday, March 25, 2019

Truest statement of the week

White supremacy is the guiding force behind many atrocities committed around the world. Zionism is an example of white supremacy in action. But many of those who expressed shock after the New Zealand killings don’t question Israel’s apartheid system that could not be carried out absent the support of the United States and its allies.
White supremacy explains the willingness of many Americans to support the bipartisan project to carry out regime change in Venezuela and other nations. It is expressed as as positive, a humanitarian gesture meant to save the colored peoples of the world from themselves. The notion of a white man’s burden still exists in the 21st century.

The individuals who carry out these acts usually elicit greater scorn than the presidents and prime ministers who do the same thing. A televised speech claiming that a war is “humanitarian” gets support from the corporate media, conservatives, and liberals too. The unanimity of opinion is based on all the precepts that say white makes right. Zionism, manifest destiny, wars on terror, humanitarian interventions, and the Monroe and other doctrines always boil down to a license to kill. The victims are usually people from the global south and there is little objection when the perpetrator is the state itself.

-- Margaret Kimberley, "Freedom Rider: The Permanence of White Supremacy" (BLACK AGENDA REPORT).

Truest statement of the week II

Many believe the HIV epidemic in the United States is nearing an end, in part because increased funding, targeted prevention efforts, and better treatment have resulted in drastic reductions in new HIV-positive cases. Even President Trump, in his recent State of the Union address, discussed his goal of ending HIV by 2030. I am an HIV researcher, and I can say this is totally unrealistic, especially for Black Americans.
Despite comprising only 12 percent of the overall U.S. population, Black Americans represent 43 percent of all persons with newly diagnosed HIV and 42 percent of all people living with HIV. Black Americans living with HIV are nearly 10 times more likely to be diagnosed with AIDS and over six times more likely to die of complications of AIDS than their white counterparts.

Black Americans are also at a higher risk for other health conditions, which can make managing HIV infection more difficult. For instance, Black Americans are twice as likely to die from heart disease and 50 percent more likely to have high blood pressure than whites.

-- Thurka Sangaramoorthy, "The US Is Failing Black Women With HIV" (BLACK AGENDA REPORT).

A note to our readers

Hey --

Monday night.

Let's thank all who participated this edition which includes Dallas and the following:

The Third Estate Sunday Review's Jim, Dona, Ty, Jess and Ava,
Rebecca of Sex and Politics and Screeds and Attitude,
Betty of Thomas Friedman Is a Great Man,
C.I. of The Common Ills and The Third Estate Sunday Review,
Kat of Kat's Korner (of The Common Ills),
Mike of Mikey Likes It!,
Elaine of Like Maria Said Paz),
Cedric of Cedric's Big Mix,
Ruth of Ruth's Report,
Wally of The Daily Jot,
Trina of Trina's Kitchen, Marcia of SICKOFITRDLZ,
Stan of Oh Boy It Never Ends,
Isaiah of The World Today Just Nuts,
and Ann of Ann's Mega Dub.

And what did we come up with?

Margaret Kimberley gets another truest.
Thurka Sangaramoorthy gets a truest.
One week after the anniversary of the ongoing Iraq War, another tragedy rips Iraq apart. 
Ava and C.I. take on the hysteria and the liars.
It was nonsense and it distracted from real issues.
Which is why a number of people need to pay for what they've done.

Can you answer it?
Or this?
Julian Assange's mother is fighting for him.
What we listened to while writing.
At least one group called out the endless wars.
Press release from US House Rep. Kevin McCarthy.
Mike and the gang wrote this and we thank them for it.


-- Jim, Dona, Ty, Jess, Ava and C.I.

Editorial: Another tragedy in Iraq

Ferry tragedy and corruption in Mosul affect all Iraq 

The tragedy has (yet again) exposed the failures of the Iraqi government. 

  1. Iraq Ferry Accident Sets Off Political Upheaval in Mosul
  2. In-depth - ‘This week's round-up of under-reported news from Iraq focuses on Iran's influence, water shortages and the ferry disaster in
  3. Mother’s Day in Iraq : Corruption and the Victims on the Mosul Ferry
  4. "I lost my beloved mother, sister and 4-month-old brother," Aya told al-Monitor, shedding tears. "My aunt also drowned, leaving her three daughters, the youngest of whom is 7 years old. It is an indescribable tragedy." Mosul Ferry Disaster
  5. Ferry disaster highlights corruption, mafia-like activities in Mosul via
  6. Plea for help from founder of to support the families affected by the Mosul ferry tragedy
  7. Mosul Eye Report: Mosul Ferry Tragedy

Will Iraq ever have a government that puts the Iraqi people first?  Or will it just be a puppet government forever?

  1. Accused of , of duty, of public & abuse of power, an provincial governor has been removed by the country’s parliament after being blamed for a boat capsizing that killed at least 90 ppl.

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