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Updated: 2018-01-22T05:58:51.966-08:00


Iraq snapshot


Monday, January 22, 2018.  Chaos and the Islamic State continue, Tammy Duckworth goes extremely vile and disgusting, and much more. Hayder al-Abadi was hoping to ride the defeat or 'defeat' of the Islamic State to an easy victory in upcoming elections in Iraq. Every day, that gets a little bit harder. BBC NEWS' Nafiseh Kohnavard has a report entitled "IS and how it continues to plague Iraq"

One NYT writer finally admits that millions were killed in Iraq


It's nearly 15 years after the start of the (ongoing) Iraq War and finally a writer for THE NEW YORK TIMES notes the dead and wounded from the Iraq War. The paper sold the Iraq War with lies.  It refused to question, it refused to report. It sold the war. And finally one of the paper's writers acknowledges the dead and wounded in the Iraq War. But don't get too excited. The one is CJ

Customs and Border Patrol arresting immigrants on trains and buses didn't start with Trump


Some Tweets from journalist Margaret Kimberley: Margaret Kimberley‏ @freedomrideblog 2h2 hours ago More Margaret Kimberley Retweeted Crystal This Margaret Kimberley added, CrystalVerified account @alwaystheself I don't know. I just keep coming back to the incompetence thing. You had one job. You had home court advantage. You had the most invasive intelligence and propaganda

Uh, yeah, you will, Tammy


Caroline O.‏ @RVAwonk 2h2 hours ago More This AM, Trump accused Democrats of "holding the military hostage." Tonight, Iraq War vet/Democratic Sen. Tammy Duckworth told Trump: “I will not be lectured about what our military needs by a five deferment draft dodger."

World Socialist Web Site calls for international coalition of socialist and anti-war websites to counter censorship efforts


From the WSWS: World Socialist Web Site calls for international coalition of socialist and anti-war websites to counter Internet censorship By Niles Niemuth World Socialist Web Site International Editorial Board chairperson David North called January 16 for the formation of an international coalition of socialist and anti-war websites and journalists to

Feminist Majority Leaders Will Address Women's Marches in DC and Los Angeles


Erin Gistaro (DC) | | 703-740-7799Candice Mercer (LA) | | 310-556-2515 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:Feminist Majority Leaders Will Address Women’s Marches in DC and Los Angeles On January 20, 2018, Eleanor Smeal, Feminist Majority President, and Katherine Spillar, executive director, will be among the inspirational leaders speaking at

Everything we're told about Russia is actually true about the Ukraine


Some Tweets from journalist Margaret Kimberley: Margaret Kimberley‏ @freedomrideblog 1h1 hour ago More Margaret Kimberley Retweeted SweepTheLeg It wouldn’t be the first time dems snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. Margaret Kimberley added, SweepTheLeg @CobraKeiser You bet your sweet ass they will

World Socialist Web Site calls for international coalition of socialist and anti-war websites


From WSWS: World Socialist Web Site International Editorial Board chairperson David North called January 16 for the formation of an international coalition of socialist and anti-war websites and journalists to counter Internet censorship. North issued the call during a livestreamed webinar with journalist Chris Hedges, Organizing Resistance to Internet Censorship. The webinar

Iraq snapshot


Friday, January 19, 2018.  Chaos and violence continue and it's getting harder and harder for Hayder al-Abadi to spin present day Iraq as 'success.' Jailain‏ @jailainhollon Jan 17 More I'm under 25 & I know who Ashleigh Banfield is. She was the reporter on NYC streets during 9/11. She interviewed Taliban prisoners during the Iraq War. & She's the woman who made sure Brock

O-o-h Child (Nina Simone)


Nina Simone covering "O-o-h Child" -- she first performs it on her album HERE COMES THE SUN.

Secretary Shulkin Responds to Congressman's Inquiry Regarding Burn Pits


  Secretary Shulkin Responds to Congressman's Inquiry Regarding Burn Pits In early September 2017, Representative Mike Coffman of Colorado sent a letter directly to VA Secretary David Shulkin. The letter–an official “Congressional inquiry”-urged Shulkin to address the lack of necessary diagnostic capabilities at VA Medical Centers and the total absence of disability

THE ATLANTIC lies about Cornel West


Cornel West wrote an important column.  In it, he called out Ta-Nehisi Coates. Is that column really that difficult for Swait Sharma to grasp? If so, maybe she needs to stop writing. She certainly needs to do better than this: If there’s real beef between the Harvard philosopher Cornel West and The Atlantic’s Ta-Nehisi Coates, Coates says he doesn’t understand it. West is a vocal critic of

Iraq snapshot


Thursday, January 18, 2018.  The Iraq War continues, corporations continue to get their claws into Iraq, a scramble in advance of May's planned elections takes place, and much more. Justin Raimondo‏ @JustinRaimondo 18h18 hours ago More Smiling ferociously while getting anti cancer treatment 113 replies42 retweets642 likes Reply  113 Retweet  42 Like  642

Episode 65: Fifty Years Later, Racism Is Deeply Embedded In The Economic System;


Fifty years ago, Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated, just after he had marched on behalf of striking sanitation workers. Today, racism is still a defining characteristic of the economic system, which is what I and Janelle Jones of the Economic Policy Institute discuss in our lead segment.I, then, visit with two progressive Congressional candidates, one in

Iraq snapshot


Wednesday, January 17, 2018.  The Iraq War continues, Iraq War veteran Adam Kokesh is arrested, Hayder al-Abadi wants elections in May, and much more. What is going on? Adam Kokesh‏Verified account @adamkokesh 10h10 hours ago More Adam Kokesh Arrested! "If you don't hear from me, please come find me!" #FinallyFreeAdam Please help get Adam out of jail:

Support the New Poor People's Campaign


Support the New Poor People’s Campaign By David Swanson The new poor people’s campaign should get every ounce of support we can find and generate. I say that without the qualifications and caveats I would usually include, because the Poor People’s Campaign is doing something that may not be strictly unprecedented in U.S. history but is

Iraq snapshot


Tuesday, January 16, 2018.  Hayder al-Abadi's dream coalition splinters and spirals down.  🇮🇶Iraq Live Update‏ @IraqLiveUpdate 2h2 hours ago More Pro-Hashd Triumph Coalition withdraw from alliance with PM list and issue a statement to confirm they “are ready to form an alliance with him post elections” Signed by: Hadi Ameri #Iraq 2 replies5 retweets9 likes Reply

Guantánamo turns 16: “Those people who speak on behalf of us are the only hope we have.”


It would have been nice if the Center for Constitutional Rights had taken Barack Obama to court -- Barack the one who promised to close Guantanamo but never did.  But if they'd taken him to court little Vinnie Warren of CCR couldn't have off the books meetings with Barack, right? Better late than never?  Is it? Do you really think the imprisoned went through 8 years under Barack with no harm?

Iraq snapshot


Monday, January 15, 2018.  Baghdad's slammed by bombings while political fusion takes place among various groups in their desperate plea to hold back thug Nouri al-Maliki. Today is MLK Day.  Glenn Greenwald Retweeted Ryan Grim‏Verified account @ryangrim 35m35 minutes ago More Martin Luther King Jr. Spent the Last Year of His Life Detested By the Liberal Establishment https://

Baghdad slammed with twin bombings


"Jabberwocky." That's what Ava and I have dubbed the piece we're working on. We've been working on it forever. When it's done, it's going up at THIRD and we don't care if anything else is ready or published. And she tries hard to tell this story But it's a hard one to tell She consults her book of Miracles -- "Juliet," written by Stevie Nicks, first appears on her album THE OTHER SIDE OF

Bury the Monroe Doctrine


Bury the Monroe DoctrineBy David Swanson Remarks at No Foreign Bases Conference, Baltimore, MD, January 13, 2018 I get to introduce three terrific speakers to you on the topic of Latin America and the Caribbean, but first I’m allowed to say what I’m thinking for five minutes, so I’ll do that. I’m thinking that the first European bases on

Some Tweets with Sarah Aballah


Some Tweets from Sarah Abdallah:  Sarah Abdallah Retweeted James Woods‏Verified account @RealJamesWoods 23h23 hours ago More You were impeached for perjury. Zip it. 5,008 replies18,689 retweets47,790 likes Reply  5.0K   Retweet  19K   Like  48K Sarah Abdallah‏ @sahouraxo 3h3 hours ago More Sarah Abdallah Retweeted Bill Clinton Sorry Bill, but

No improvement, no turned corner, things worsen in Iraq


The PMUs are the militias in Iraq. They're not supposed to be allowed to run in elections.  This was stopped under Nouri al-Maliki. That's just changed thanks to Hayder al-Abadi. Abdulla Hawez‏Verified account @abdullahawez FollowFollow @abdullahawez More This is confirmed: PM Haider al-Abadi have reached a final agreement with the PMU fictions including Badr, Asaib Ahl al-Haq,

Fight Internet censorship! Online meeting January 16


From WSWS: Dear supporter,Support is growing for the World Socialist Web Site’s upcoming livestream event, “Organizing Resistance to Internet Censorship” featuring David North and Chris Hedges, to be held Tuesday, January 16 at 7 PM EST (Full Time Zone Conversions). Award-winning Australian journalist and filmmaker John Pilger threw his supportbehind the meeting, writing:“

Jim Paul on the UN Security Council as a Tool of U.S. Domination


Jim Paul on the UN Security Council as a Tool of U.S. Domination Jim Paul for 19 years was the exzecutive director of Global Policy Forum and was chair of the NGO working group on the UN Security