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Updated: 2017-04-27T06:08:53.415-07:00


Iraq snapshot


Thursday, April, 27, 2017.  Chaos and violence continue, The Mosul Slog continues, tensions continue to rise between the governments of Iraq and Turkey, the political situation in Iraq grows ever more tense as evidenced by the latest news on the Electoral Commission, and much more. ALSUMARIA reports that the al-Ahrar Bloc in Parliament has collected 80 signatures, enough to call for a vote to

On The Other Side Of The World (Chaka Khan)


Chaka Khan is recognized for making many a song a classic with her power and passion.  However, I don't think her "On The Other Side Of The World" ever got the attention and recognition it deserved. It's an amazing vocal.  Her shading, her emphasis, her breath control, her passion.  This vocal is the benchmark everyone should aspire to. Life is only slates and ladders Sometimes up and

Iraq snapshot


Wednesday, April 26, 2017. As noted yesterday, the Turkish government has yet again bombed Iraq. This time, the reaction is a bit different. CNN notes: US officials said they were "deeply concerned" after Turkey carried out a series of airstrikes Tuesday against US allies fighting ISIS in Syria and Iraq. A senior US defense official told CNN that the US was given about one hour's

Iraq snapshot


Tuesday, April 25, 2017.  Chaos and violence continue, tensions simmer between Iraq and Turkey, Chelsea Clinton toys with a political run, and much more. Let's start with politics. ladyhawker‏ @ladyhawkerfinds  14h14 hours ago More Donald Trump doesn't know where Crimea, Syria, Iraq or the White House is. This is his World Map #100DaysOfShame 2 replies14 retweets27

Iraq snapshot


Monday, April 24, 2017.  Chaos and violence continue as we focus on the unresolved issues of autonomy for the KRG and the future for Kirkuk. Hamdi Malik (AL-MONITOR) reports: As talk of an independence referendum for Iraq's Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) grows, Iran's role is becoming more visible, especially that of Qasem Soleimani, the powerful commander of the Islamic Revolutionary



AFP reports, "An ambush by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group killed 10 members of the security forces Sunday in western Iraq, where federal and other forces recently ramped up an anti-jihadist offensive." Day 186 of The Mosul Slog. ISIS is supposed to be on the run -- but it's attacking the military and attacking the police. Rudaw English‏Verified account @RudawEnglish  



 Pinned Tweet Snatched‏Verified account @Snatched_Movie  Feb 7 More .@AmySchumer and @GoldieHawn get Snatched Mother’s Day Weekend. Watch the new trailer now. #SnatchedMovie Snatched: Trailer 2 35 replies162 retweets288 likes Reply   35   Retweet   162   Like   288  Snatched Retweeted EntertainmentTonight‏Verified account @etnow  14h14

How nice for some


Read this and thought a reminder was needed. John Stauber‏ @JohnStauber  12h12 hours ago More Glad I don't drink this crap: Daily #diet #soda drinkers three times more likely to have #stroke, #dementia: study 0 replies0 retweets0 likes Reply   Retweet   Like   How nice. A reminder, some of us drinking a diet drink are not drinking it out of concern for

Sarah Abdallah


Some Tweets from Sarah Abdallah. Sarah Abdallah‏ @sahouraxo  17m17 minutes ago More Sarah Abdallah Retweeted The Hill Great! Because Saudi Arabia, the most backwards, repressive, misogynistic regime on the planet, knows EVERYTHING about women's rights! Sarah Abdallah added, The HillVerified account @thehill Saudi Arabia elected to U.N. women's right commission

The fake saviors


Who will save us from the so-called 'resistance' and their stupidity and lies? Take this one. Close Close TheUnsilentMAJORITY @The_UnSilent_ "Not Left, Logical", "Facts not Feelings" #athiest #progressive #activist proud member of #TheResistance fighting for #socialjustice These losers are going to lead the left? No, they don't care about the left. They're wanting to lead the

Don't call Assad a butcher unless you call Obama and Clinton butchers too (Margaret Kimberley)


Some Tweets from journalist Margaret Kimberley. Margaret Kimberley‏ @freedomrideblog  Apr 16 More Why does anyone care if Trump attends church or not? We had church going presidents who didn't hesitate to kill on Monday. Enough already. 4 replies75 retweets145 likes Reply   4   Retweet   75   Like   145 luisa vasconcellos‏ @goofylv  Mar 18 More http:/

'Remember when material support for al Qaeda was a bad thing?' (Rania Khalek)


Some Tweets from journalist Rania Khalek.  Pinned Tweet Rania Khalek‏Verified account @RaniaKhalek  Mar 21 More Replying to @RaniaKhalek When Al Qaeda does attack again & Trump blames all Muslims, remember it was US policy that resurrected the group …   76 replies759

Good Intentions Paving Company (Joanna Newsom)


Joanna Newsom's "Good Intentions Paving Company" (from her album HAVE ONE ON ME).

Who is the mysterious woman saying Hello?


Edward Champion has a new podcast: Who is the mysterious woman saying hello? Subscribe/unsubscribe details at end of email. Is this email not displaying correctly?  View it in your browser.

Iraq snapshot


Friday, April 21, 2017. We're going to have to deal nonsense right off the bat. Michael Tracey‏Verified account @mtracey  7h7 hours ago More 118 replies161 retweets446 likes Reply   118 Retweet   161 Like   446 So some balding, pasty bitch is going to tell us all what to do based on her vaginal hiccups and anal seizures? No f**king way.

Different Drum (Susanna Hoffs)


Susanna Hoffs performing "Different Drum."

Iraq snapshot


Thursday, April 20, 2017.  Chaos and violence continue, The Mosul Slog continues, and much more. Day 184 of The Mosul Slog. Let's start with yesterday's snapshot: And, equally important, there is no safe passage out of Mosul. The Iraqi government refused to provide one.  And told people to stay at their homes.  A message they repeated only weeks ago. Those are facts. When you don't

Don't Wish Me Well (Solange)


That's Solange Knowles' "Don't Wish Me Well" from her album A SEAT AT THE TABLE).

Iraq snapshot


Wendesday, April 19, 2017.  Chaos and violence continue, The Mosul Slog continues, Jane Arraf continues to deceive and so much more. Not a good time for Kenneth Roth.  He can't erase his past and he can't stop embarrassing himself in the present.  Rania Khalek Retweeted Adam H. Johnson‏Verified account @adamjohnsonNYC  13h13 hours ago More Replying to @adamjohnsonNYC

Iraq snapshot


Tuesday, April 18, 2017.  Chaos and violence continue, The Mosul Slog continues, Human Rights Watch's Kenneth Roth continues to ignore Iraq and continues to lie, and much more. Don't you get tired of the paid liars. Trina rightly called out the former FEC commissioner in"Ann M. Ravel is a stupid ass who needs to shut the hell up." Ravel's calling for restraint and censorship of political

"I'm The One You Need" (Jody Watley)


The one and only Jody Watley with "I'm The One You Need." Jody's got concerts coming up and new music as well: Jody Watley and Sanctuary Arrive At Digital Outlets. Posted on April 10, 2017 Spring is in the air. Music therapy is needed in these troubled times. Download it today: Apple Limited edition digipaks arrive this week. Thanks to all who reserved your

Iraq snapshot


Monday, April 17, 2017. Let's start with this. David Sirota‏Verified account @davidsirota  18h18 hours ago More Remember when the small group of dissenting media voices who challenged the Iraq War were proven right & then promoted? Yeah, neither do I. 34 replies843 retweets2,020 likes Reply   34 Retweet   843 Like   2.0K Exactly. Were Jackie Collins still



New Labour Party organ THE GUARDIAN maintains: The government’s top law officer is going to court to demand the rejection of an attempt to prosecute Tony Blair over the Iraq war, the Guardian has learned. The planned intervention by the attorney general comes after a judge ruled the former Labour prime minister had immunity from the attempt to bring a criminal charge against him and that

AP repeats as fact single-sourced anonymous claim


AP is trumpeting 'news.' Not news. 'News.' A chemical attack has taken place in Mosul. And we're supposed to know it's true, understand, because they have an anonymous source. Some unnamed Iraqi military officer says it happened. Really? A chemical attack happens in Mosul and the prime minister of the country, Hayder al-Abadi, is silent but an unnamed Iraqi military officer -- whose rank

Veterans For Peace Condemns U.S. Actions in Syria


This is from Veterans For Peace: Veterans For Peace condemns the illegal U.S. attack in Syria. We call on the Trump Administration to immediately end all military actions in Syria and to begin intense U.S. diplomatic efforts to end the conflict in the region. We call on our members and all those who want an end to U.S. wars to contact the President and Congress, to meet and talk to