Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Truest statement of the week

The story of Kurds, Turks and ISIL in Syria is complicated but the root cause of all the twists and turns is an old and very simple story. The United States under president Barack Obama used ISIL and al-Qaeda terrorists in an attempt to overthrow the Syrian government. The project was a completely bipartisan affair, with the supposed political rivals in the republican and democratic parties on board with using Baghdadi and his forces for their own purposes.

-- Margaret Kimberley, "The Baghdadi Scam" (BLACK AGENDA REPORT).

Truest statement of the week II

The Iraqi police and security services have killed at least 250 people and injured thousands more in a brutal crackdown against the mass protests that first erupted earlier this month. In Karbala, 18 people were killed and 122 injured on Monday night. Three people died in Nasiriya as a result of injuries sustained earlier in the month.
The strikes and protests against Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi’s government, which are uniting workers across religious affiliation despite the confusion deliberately stoked by Iraq’s divisive political system, are the largest in decades. Centered in the country’s majority Shia population, the ostensible base of the ruling parties that make up Mahdi's fragile coalition, the protests have shaken the regime to its core.

They reflect the enormous anger over endemic poverty, rampant unemployment, the lack of the most basic services and the systemic corruption that has pervaded Iraq since the 2003 US-led invasion and occupation and the bitter sectarian conflicts instigated by Washington as part of its divide-and-rule strategy, which have devastated the country.

-- Jean Shaoul, "Iraqi regime responds to mass protests with brutal crackdown" (WSWS).

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The Third Estate Sunday Review's Jim, Dona, Ty, Jess and Ava,
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and Ann of Ann's Mega Dub.

And what did we come up with?

Margaret Kimberley gets another truest.
Jean Shaoul gets a truest.
Ava and C.I. tackle a lot in this article.
Another roundtable.  We're not forbidding or banning others.  The last two has just been the THIRD players with Betty added the second one because she told us she wanted to take part.  And she does so be sure to read this one.
We continue our popular feature.
Anais Nin's collection of novels turns 60.
More candy in the kitchen.
What we listened to while writing.
Green Party coverage.
Press release from Senator Tammy Baldwin's office.
Mike and the gang wrote this and we thank them for it.


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

Editorial: Man, can't they see the world's on fire

Baby Shark is apparently a protest anthem now, from Lebanon to Iraq. This is Baghdad tonight 👇🏻


The protests in Iraq.

Tuesday, AP reported,  "Masked gunmen opened fire at Iraqi protesters in the Shiite holy city of Karbala on Tuesday, killing 18 people and wounding hundreds, security officials said, in one of the deadliest single attacks since anti-government demonstrations erupted earlier this month."  Yes, we're talking Iraq.  The snapshot that morning had already noted these attacks.  Before the media registered what was happening, Iraqis were posting videos on social media.

Are you talking about the protests to the people you know.

  1. Anybody dismissing what’s happening in is really not paying attention. This is Nassiriyah City tonight. Thousands and thousands are out protesting, chanting peacefully for change. Protests now in Week 5:


If not, why not?

  1. Over 230 people have been killed, more than 6,000 injured since protests in Iraq began earlier this month — A quick summary of why are people protesting ⬇️

In Iraq, people are putting everything on the line to fight for freedom.

: Young Iraqi woman gets killed in Iraq protests by security forces

You'd think, we could take just a little bit of time to notice here in the west -- the west that, please remember, invaded Iraq to begin with and still occupies its land.


Title is a line in the Mamas and the Papas' "Safe In My Garden."
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