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Iraq snapshot


Monday, October 16, 2017.  Chaos and violence intensify as new tensions break out. Deadlyjackflash‏ @deadlyjackflash  3m3 minutes ago More Kirkuk offensive: Thousands flee amid Iraq army advance  0 replies0 retweets0 likes Reply   Retweet   Like   Direct message ALJAZEERA explains: Federal forces, backed by Shia militia,

Things worsen . . .


What's going on in Iraq? Michael Weiss‏Verified account @michaeldweiss  5h5 hours ago More .@realDonaldTrump Hey there, Abu Ivanka. Iranian-backed Iraqi militias are currently at war with Kurdish Peshmerga in Iraq. Just FYI. 33 replies240 retweets434 likes Reply  33   Retweet  240   Like  434   Direct message Michael Weiss‏Verified account @michaeldweiss  5h5

Isaiah's THE WORLD TODAY JUST NUTS "The Weinstein Avoidance"


Isaiah's THE WORLD TODAY JUST NUTS "The Weinstein Avoidance."  Jimmy Kimmel explains, "It's me, Jimmy Kimmel.  I work up tears on camera for health care and shootings.  Rape?  Not a tear drop.  Reminds me when I used to film women putting their mouths on my junk.  Rape's funny to me.  No tears."  Jimmy wears a T-shirt reminder which reads, "THE MAN SHOW WAS NOT THAT LONG AGO."  Isaiah archives

Hayder the liar al-Abadi


He said that the Iraqi army would never attack the citizens of Iraq. He said that on Friday, in fact, "Our forces cannot and will not attack our citizens, Arab or Kurd." And 24 hours later? Iraq War News  🇮🇶‏ @iraqiinfo_eng  4h4 hours ago More #Iraq demands the withdrawal of #Kurdish forces from areas occupied since 2014 including #Kirkuk by 02:00 or they will be taken forcibly.

Rohan: VA covering up mistakes, malpracticies 'unconscionable'


The American Legion issued the following earlier this week: Rohan: VA covering up mistakes, malpracticies 'unconscionable' USA TODAY has released a story on its investigation revealing that for years the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs concealed mistakes and misdeeds by staff members entrusted with caring for veterans. In some

Bioneers Statement on North Bay Fires


 Bioneers Statement on North Bay Fires As the annual Bioneers conference fast approaches, we’ll be gathering in the shadow of the calamitous California fires. The Bay Area is Bioneers headquarters, and our roots are deep and wide with so many of you in the region. Our hearts mourn for the loss that’s happening so rapidly and painfully to loved ones, and communities,  

Black voters hacked by their own country, not by Russia


Some Tweets from journalist Margaret Kimberley:  Pinned Tweet Margaret Kimberley‏ @freedomrideblog  23 Apr 2016 More A Cashless Society? Not Before Tubman’s $20 Arrives  Photo of Sojourner Truth in Harriet Tubman article. @calmesnyt 3 replies54 retweets68 likes Reply  3   Retweet  54   Like  68   Direct message Margaret Kimberley‏ @

"If any country wants to mediate, good idea to do it now. One bullet fired here & disaster will take place"


Some Tweets from journalist Jenan Moussa:  Jenan Moussa Retweeted Harald Doornbos‏Verified account @HaraldDoornbos  3h3 hours ago More Wow. We passed Bai Hassan oil field tonight, west of #Kirkuk, #Iraq. Huge gas flares. Around 25 meters high. It lights the whole area. 0:41 11 replies102 retweets102 likes Reply  11   Retweet  102   Like  102

Washington seethes with rumors of an anti-Trump “palace coup” – SEP Newsletter


From WSWS: Washington seethes with rumors of an anti-Trump “palace coup” By Joseph Kishore Washington is engulfed in a political crisis that is without precedent in modern American history. Amidst increasingly bitter factional conflicts at the highest level of the state, there is growing speculation that there have been secret discussions among cabinet members and

Who's paying attention?


KR Security Council‏Verified account @KRSCPress  58m58 minutes ago More This video shows significant Iraqi forces and PMF deployments today to South Kirkuk. The international community's silence emboldens Iraq. 0:16 / 1:48 1:32 9 replies70 retweets84 likes Reply  9   Retweet  70   Like  84   Direct message

Cranky Ned Price needs to be put down for his nap


Look who's talking. Ned Price‏Verified account @nedprice  20m20 minutes ago More Forget pronunciation. Trump falsely linked Iran to AQ's 1st attacks against US--'98 Embassy bombings. Remember how Iraq was "behind" 9/11? 3 replies29 retweets40 likes Reply  3   Retweet  29   Like  40   Direct message A Barack baby named Ned Price. Babies really should take their naps

Iraq snapshot


Friday, October 13, 2017.  Iraq again on the brink of civil war? How bad are things? A Talabani e-merges. Jalal Talabani was a two-time president of Iraq.  His family is one of the ruling families in the KRG.  He died last week and there was little international focus -- in part because Jalal disgraced himself by kowtowing to the United States and betraying Kurdish interests and also because

What About Weinstein’s Public Offenses?


David Swanson's piece on Weinstein will be below. I've avoided the topic for a number of reasons but, if I post David on Harvey and don't comment, I'll look like a hypocrite. Here goes: Meryl Streep is lying. She knew. Everyone knew. For years, a number of us tried to get it addressed.  (I was never mauled or attacked by Harvey.  But he's trash and he knew I felt that way about him.) I'm

Bush's war?


That's the way it's often referred to. But Bully Boy Bush didn't control Congress. New York Times OTD‏ @OnThisDayNYT  Oct 11 More The front page #OTD in 2002. Congress authorizes Bush to use force against Iraq. #nytimes 13 replies64 retweets55 likes Reply  13   Retweet  64   Like  55   Direct message At the time of the vote, Republicans controlled the House of

Iraq snapshot


Thursday, October 12, 2017.  How corrupt is Iraq's non-representative government? Oil rich Iraq is ranked 78 out of 119 countries on the International Food Policy Research Institute's global hunger index. The government of oil rich Iraq can't feed its people? By gun and by bomb, the US-led coalition imposed on Iraq early on to do away with the rations program.  Though it still exists, they

Episode 51: No, We Are Not The Most Taxed Nation In The World


That guy in the Oval Office can't stop making up fibs. Yesterday, he repeated a lie: "We’re the highest taxed nation in the world". Not even close. Which inspired me to look at lies about the economy. Thea Lee, the incoming president of the Economic Policy Institute, stops by to talk the truth about trade, taxes and health care. I, then, chat with Mark Weisbrot,

Iraq snapshot


Wednesday, October 11, 2017.  Chaos and violence continue, Hayder al-Abadi bullies, the refugee crisis continues, and much more. UN Refugee Agency‏Verified account @Refugees  22m22 minutes ago More On #DayOfTheGirl let us not forget girls like 2-year-old Bedoor, who was displaced by war in Iraq 0 replies42 retweets61 likes Reply     Retweet  42   Like  61   Direct

Iraq snapshot


Tuesday, October 10, 2017.  IAVA moves into political advocacy, the number of displaced in Iraq vastly increases, where is ISIS, and much more. Let's start with stupidity. rolandsmartin‏Verified account @rolandsmartin  Oct 8 More Hey @realDonaldTrump @VP. This poll of 8,000 people who actually served in the military? 62% say players can protest 69 replies1,115 retweets2,462

Iraq snapshot


Monday, October 9, 2017.  Some try to sneak back into the conversation after 8 years of silence. CODEPINK‏Verified account @codepink  Oct 7 More “Condi Rice you have blood of Iraqi on your hands!” #CODEPINK15 Congress has #Yemen blood on their hands. Stop it!  What does Condi Rice have to do withYemen? Nothing really. But the photo is from

All the bombings


Why would someone post a Tweet like this? #PaliTowelHead  🇵🇸‏ @RebelPioneers  9h9 hours ago More American terrorists said they'd come to free me from terrorists but they bombed me, why? #Iraq 0 replies7 retweets6 likes Reply     Retweet  7   Like  6   Direct message Maybe because the US keeps dropping bombs on Iraq? The US government has been doing that

My theory. Psycho wants to kill many people, Makes several trips . . . (Margaret Kimberley)


Some Tweets from journalist Margaret Kimberley:  Pinned Tweet Margaret Kimberley‏ @freedomrideblog  23 Apr 2016 More A Cashless Society? Not Before Tubman’s $20 Arrives  Photo of Sojourner Truth in Harriet Tubman article. @calmesnyt 3 replies54 retweets68 likes Reply  3   Retweet  54   Like  68   Direct message Margaret Kimberley‏ @

CONSORTIUM NEWS publishes liar Crooke of MI6


In the years online, one thing we've attempted to repeatedly stress is that a government is not its people.  When they sell wars, they do it by hiding the people. We're not supposed to, for example, picture Iraqi families dying when we drop bombs.  Instead, it's supposed to just be this abstract "Iraq" being targeted. It's awful when governments do that. It's awful when they get away with it.

Vietghanistan’s New Year, War Lies’ New MillenniumVietghanistan’s New Year, War Lies’ New Millennium


Vietghanistan’s New Year, War Lies’ New Millennium By David Swanson The Afghanistan War documentary by Ken Burns III may someday be set for release in Spring 2074. Or maybe not. The peace movement in the U.S. made Vietnam, rather than Korea, a topic for Burns. The peace movement is struggling to make people in the

Is The FBI Concocting A Terrorist Threat Out of Racial Justice Groups?


If you are black and angry about police violence, you are a potential terror threat. Or so says a newly released FBI Intelligence Assessment that concocts a non-existent movement they dub “Black Identity Extremists.” According to the assessment, “

The elites “have no credibility left:” An interview with journalist Chris Hedges


From WSWS: This morning the WSWS published an interview carried out by International Editorial Board Chairman David North with Chris Hedges, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, author, lecturer and former New York Times correspondent. Hedges discussed the anti-Russia campaign, the attack on democratic rights, and the role of the capitalist media. Among Hedges’ best-known books are War is a