Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Drama queen Jermaine reacts to LEAVING NEVERLAND

BET reports Jermaine Jackson broke down in tears on British television.  Thank you, BET.  If you hadn't told me, I'd have no idea.  How much work has Jermaine had?  He looks like a bobble head.  And what's up with the eyebrows.

Last we'd heard of Jermaine, he'd skipped his father Joe's funeral.  That Jermaine, a real class act, right?

We all know about the book proposal he wrote, right?  When Michael was alive? Saying Michael molested kids?

Now he's his dead brother's best friend?

Time and again, Jermaine turned his back on Michael.  (Even wrote that song attacking him, remember?).  Jermaine made a huge career mistake.  He went against Joe, Michael and everyone.  They left Motown and Jermaine refused to.  If he'd gone with them, he'd be a big star.

But he stayed with Motown thinking he'd get better treatment there because he was married to Berry Gordy's daughter Hazel.

His career was over in the 80s.

As for Jermaine whining why can't they leave Michael alone?

They say Michael molested them.  They have every right to speak.  And it's not like their the embarrassment that Jermaine is.  If it weren't for the documentary LEAVING NEVERLAND, no one would be interviewing him.

Going out with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"

Wednesday, January 30, 2019.  The media and the lack of progress in Iraq is our focus this morning.

Zachary Cohen (CNN) reports:

Despite repeated claims by the Trump administration that ISIS has been defeated, US intelligence assesses that the terror group "very likely will continue to pursue external attacks from Iraq and Syria against regional and Western adversaries, including the United States."
The Worldwide Threat Assessment, released by Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats Tuesday, also states that with the recent loss of territory, "ISIS will seek to exploit Sunni grievances, societal instability, and stretched security forces to regain territory in Iraq and Syria in the long term."

"US intelligence chief contradicts Trump on ISIS defeat" is the headline.  See any problems?  There are multiples.  First off, the headline (which has already been changed twice since CNN first posted the story) should read "US intelligence chief contradicts Trump, CNN and other media on ISIS defeat."

Long before US President Donald Trump began wrongly insisting that ISIS was defeated, the media had already been doing so for months.  It happened at the end of December 2017 when then-prime minister of Iraq Hayder al-Abadi was insisting he had defeated ISIS.

Instead of reporting the truth, the western media went with his lies.  Were they being kind?  A fat, roly poly who had achieved nothing was boasting and they didn't want to contradict him?  If that was the case, the kindest read on the media spin, it didn't help anyone.

A more cold eyed appraisal of the lie that the media repeated for months and months?  The US government wanted Hayder al-Abadi to be re-elected as prime minister.  He had nothing to show for a four year term.  The US media isn't objective or impartial and exists to serve the US government so it repeatedly lied that ISIS was defeated to aid Hayder al-Abadi in his re-election efforts.

Please note, unlike CNN or Zachary Cohen or Dan Coats, we didn't need to wait until today to note that ISIS wasn't defeated.  We were calling out the lie when it first took place in December of 2017 and calling it out repeatedly ever since.

What's the media's excuse?  They have none.

But in their effort to whore constantly, they do miss a lot.

For example, the Iraqi people have grown increasingly hostile to US puppets.  

How has that not been noticed?

Me, I just realized it while groaning over CNN's 'report.'

In May of 2006, Bully Boy Bush installed Nouri al-Maliki as the prime minister of Iraq.  Nouri was hideous in his first term.  But remember, the US media largely insisted otherwise.  They also insisted he was a sure thing for re-election.  They didn't do this just during the lead up.  For example, we called out Quil Lawrence and NPR for their 'report' announcing Nouri had won the election -- announcing it before the votes were counted.

Turns out, how embarrassing for Quil!, Nouri didn't win.  He lost to Iraqiya.  But the US government wanted Nouri so then-President Barack Obama had US officials negotiate The Erbil Agreement which gave Nouri a second term and nullified the results of the election.  

Nouri wanted a third term.  Remember when he was promising that he wouldn't seek a third term?  Protesters were out in Baghdad, the Egyptian Spring or 'Egyptian Spring' was happening and Nouri was worried.

But by the time the elections rolled around in 2014, he wanted a third term.  Problem was?  First off, ISIS had risen in Iraq due to Nouri's persecution of the Sunnis.  Secondly, they had seized Mosul.  Third, that Erbil Agreement?  To get everyone to agree to it, Barack had promised the contract had the full backing of the US government.  But then Nouri refused to go along with it (the contract had concessions on Nouri's part to get a second term).  Barack had egg on his face.  Ayad Allawi was publicly criticizing Barack on Arab media -- Allawi was the leader of Iraqiya and, per the Iraqi Constitution should have been prime minister.  The Erbil Agreement gave him a post over National Security as a consolation; however, Nouri used the contract to get his second term and then refused to honor any promise he made in the contract.

So Nouri had to go.  Barack then installed Hayder al-Abadi.  Hayder was a disaster.  No surprise there.  He was friends with Nouri.  They were both members of the Dawa Party and he was part of Nouri's State of Law coalition.  He was little Nouri -- dangerous only when it was being inept.

2018 was the time to elect again.  And the media -- western -- whored for Hayder like they did for Nouri.  But Hayder became the second sitting prime minister (since the 2003-led US invasion) who couldn't win re-election.  And not only that, he lost even more than Nouri did in 2010.

That's a major development and no one's even pointed it out.

The US government can install a puppet, they just can't get it re-elected.

That's not good news for the current puppet: Adil Adel Mahdi.

For years, Mahdi has been the choice of the CIA.  They have been repeatedly overruled.  It now looks like they misjudged Mahdi's abilities and skill.

However, you won't hear that from CNN, will you?

In violation of the Iraqi Constitution, Mahdi was moved from prime minister-designate to prime minister at the end of October.  For that move to take place, the candidate is supposed to create a Cabinet.  Mahdi created a partial Cabinet.

The western media told the world he would quickly finish it.

As with so much the western media tells us, that was a lie.  January ends shortly (February 1st is Friday) and Mahdi still doesn't have a full Cabinet.

Most importantly, at a time when Iraq continues to fight ISIS -- in fact, uses this fight to argue that US troops must remain in Iraq -- there is still no Minister of the Interior (over the security forces) or Minister of Defense (over the military).

Mahdi wants US forces to remain in Iraq.  But he won't even work to fill those two security posts?  US troops are to risk their lives and he won't even put forward a candidate that Parliament can get behind for Minister of Defense?

That's asking a lot.

To be clear, Mahdi wants US troops for the same reason Nouri did.  They are puppets.  They fear being toppled.

We walked away from Scott Horton and his radio show because it was so filled with lies regarding Nouri.  In fairness to Scott, his frequent guest Patrick Cockburn was a big source of those lies.  Nouri was a hero!  He got rid of US troops in Iraq!

No, he wasn't and no, he didn't.

The January 18th snapshot covers the long suppressed US military report.  A lot of people who were not at the Congressional hearings got Nouri's wants and desires wrong.  That includes Patrick Cockburn.

Will we ever note Scott Horton again?  One of his broadcasts?  Probably.

But I am still angry.  He and Cockburn repeatedly built Nouri al-Maliki up as a hero and a savior.  He was a thug.  He ran torture centers and secret prisons.  And they were treating him like he was Ghandi.  When they were doing this, even Barack had lost patience with him.

How bad was it between Nouri and Barack?  The day after the 2012 elections, Nouri phoned the White House to congratulate Barack.  Barack refused to take the call and fobbed it off on Joe Biden.

Our media has failed us repeatedly on the issue of Iraq -- and that's All Things Media Big and Small.

When a report comes along that actually matters, everyone looks the other way.

Dropping back to November 7, 2012 for Ava and my "Let the fun begin:"

Lies about Iraq drove the 2008 election and they drove the 2012 election as well.

The country was transformed to the elephant in the room for 2012 that no one could be honest about.  President Barack Obama  lied that he'd 'ended' the Iraq War, he misled people into believing that all US troops had left Iraq, and he failed to inform Americans that he was negotiating to send even more US troops into Iraq.

While the uninspiring victory speech last night blended The Hollies "He's Not Heavy, He's My Brother" ("The road is long") with Jerry McGuire ("You've made me a better president"), it also made clear that the administration was on fumes even before the second term officially begins in January.

The administration is as empty as the media.  If you doubt that, September 26th, the New York Times' Tim Arango reported:

Iraq and the United States are negotiating an agreement that could result in the return of small units of American soldiers to Iraq on training missions. At the request of the Iraqi government, according to General Caslen, a unit of Army Special Operations soldiers was recently deployed to Iraq to advise on counterterrorism and help with intelligence.

September 26th it was in print.

Days later, October 3rd, Barack 'debated' Mitt RomneyAgain October 16thAgain October 22nd.

Not once did the moderators ever raise the issue.

If Barack's sitting before them and he's flat out lying to the American people, it's their job to ask.  They didn't do their job.  Nor did social menace Candy Crowley who was apparently dreaming of an all-you-can-eat buffet when Barack was babbling away before her about how he wouldn't allow more "troops in Iraq that would tie us down."  But that's exactly what he's currently negotiating.

Maybe Candy Crowley missed the New York Times article?  Maybe she spends all her time pleasuring herself to her version of porn: Cooking With Paula Deen Magazine?

That is possible.

But she was only one of the three moderators.  Bob Schieffer and Jim Lehrer also moderated.  Of course, they didn't foolishly self-present as a fact checker in the midst of the debate  nor did they hit the publicity circuit before the debate to talk about how they were going to show how it was done.

Grasp that immediately after Tim Arango's September 28, 2012 report, three presidential debates took place, Barack repeatedly claimed he had ended the Iraq War and brought the troops home.  Not one moderator challenged him or brought up what Tim Arango reported.

Talk about failure of the media.  All that grandstanding and they couldn't offer anything of consequence.

Bits of truth emerge about Iraq in the media even now.  When they do, they're rarely amplified.  Natasha Turak (CNBC) reports:

Baghdad signed into law one of its largest-ever spending packages last week after months of gridlock. At $111.8 billion, the 2019 budget is a nearly 45 percent increase on the previous year's, featuring the highest deficit and second-highest spending volume in Iraq's history since the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003.
But despite desperate need for reconstruction funding after its devastating three-year war with the Islamic State, and with a crippled business sector beset by government corruption, Iraqi experts say the spending plan still fails to address the country's most urgent problems.
"The amount of waste and wrongly allocated money is outrageous," Abbas Kadhim, director of the Atlantic Council's Iraq Initiative, told CNBC on Tuesday. "Despite being a very large spending plan, Iraq's new budget still suffers from the same problems. Too much of the budget goes to salaries… In the meantime, necessary spending on new infrastructure and reconstruction is not adequate."

Nearly half of the budget — $52 billion — will go to public sector salaries, pensions, and social security for government employees, a 15 percent spike from 2018. $27.8 billion will go to investments, with the deficit set to more than double to $23.1 billion, as reported by AFP. 

Repeating from yesterday's snapshot: IRAQI NEWS notes, "Iraq is the 13th among the world’s most corrupt countries, a report has found as the country struggles to recover on both the security, political and economic levels after a strenuous war against  Islamic State terrorism. The corruption index released by Transparency International, today, ranked Iraq 168th, a position shared with Venezuela, among 180 countries covered by the report. It is the Arab World’s 6th most corrupt country, according to the report."

And as the government of Iraq continues to borrow to fund corruption, grasp that Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani warned against this borrowing.  He was very clear on this issue.  Borrowing this money from the foreign organization (including the IMF) would leave Iraq vulnerable.  As it continues to borrow, you'd think others would rush to echo al-Sistani's message.  They don't.  At this rate of borrowing, austerity measures are likely to be imposed upon Iraq soon.

In other news, Omar Sattar (AL-MONITOR) reports:

There's a discrepancy over how many US troops are still in Iraq, and whether they are welcome.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo recently estimated there are 5,000 American troops in Iraq and said there are no plans to remove them. However, that number is under scrutiny, in part because the United States has said it won't publicize such figures, and the Pentagon has removed from the internet official statistics on troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. Also, other groups have different estimates.
Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi estimates there are 6,000 American troops in Iraq, compared with 7,700 a year ago — just after Iraq declared the Islamic State (IS) was defeated there. His Jan. 14 announcement, however, failed to satisfy some parliamentary blocs seeking "real," definitive statistics on the numbers of foreign forces, their missions and their deployment areas.
The Iraqi government favors keeping some US troops in the country for training and support. But some opposition blocs want the troops gone; others want to monitor their number and roles, in part to prevent the United States from establishing permanent military bases there to counter Iran's influence and maintain access to Syria.
Also speaking up on the matter is Asaib Ahl al-Haq leader Qais al-Khazali. The Associated Press reported on Jan. 28 that Khazali implied US troops could be forced out of the country if they don't leave. Asaib Ahl al-Haq is the Shiite paramilitary wing of al-Sadiquon political bloc, and it has ties with Iran.

Asib Ahl al-Haq is, of course, the League of Righteous.  They killed US troops in Iraq -- most infamously when they wore disguises and invaded a US base.  For this, their leaders were arrested and taken into US custody.  Barack decided to make a deal with terrorists and let the leaders go in exchange for four British corpses and one living British computer guy.  What a way to honor the fallen.  By the way, that was front page news on THE NEW YORK TIMES (Alissa J. Rubin co-wrote the report) and yet it never came up in a debate or a post-Superbowl 60 MINUTES interview or, really, ever.  Barack was never asked about that.

For those who missed it, we'll drop back to the June 9, 2009 snapshot:

This morning the New York Times' Alissa J. Rubin and Michael Gordon offered "U.S. Frees Suspect in Killing of 5 G.I.'s." Martin Chulov (Guardian) covered the same story, Kim Gamel (AP) reported on it, BBC offered "Kidnap hope after Shia's handover" and Deborah Haynes contributed "Hope for British hostages in Iraq after release of Shia militant" (Times of London). The basics of the story are this. 5 British citizens have been hostages since May 29, 2007. The US military had in their custody Laith al-Khazali. He is a member of Asa'ib al-Haq. He is also accused of murdering five US troops. The US military released him and allegedly did so because his organization was not going to release any of the five British hostages until he was released. This is a big story and the US military is attempting to state this is just diplomacy, has nothing to do with the British hostages and, besides, they just released him to Iraq. Sami al-askari told the New York Times, "This is a very sensitive topic because you know the position that the Iraqi government, the U.S. and British governments, and all the governments do not accept the idea of exchanging hostages for prisoners. So we put it in another format, and we told them that if they want to participate in the political process they cannot do so while they are holding hostages. And we mentioned to the American side that they cannot join the political process and release their hostages while their leaders are behind bars or imprisoned." In other words, a prisoner was traded for hostages and they attempted to not only make the trade but to lie to people about it. At the US State Dept, the tired and bored reporters were unable to even broach the subject. Poor declawed tabbies. Pentagon reporters did press the issue and got the standard line from the department's spokesperson, Bryan Whitman, that the US handed the prisoner to Iraq, the US didn't hand him over to any organization -- terrorist or otherwise. What Iraq did, Whitman wanted the press to know, was what Iraq did. A complete lie that really insults the intelligence of the American people. CNN reminds the five US soldiers killed "were: Capt. Brian S. Freeman, 31, of Temecula, California; 1st Lt. Jacob N. Fritz, 25, of Verdon, Nebraska; Spc. Johnathan B. Chism, 22, of Gonzales, Louisiana; Pfc. Shawn P. Falter, 25, of Cortland, New York; and Pfc. Johnathon M. Millican, 20, of Trafford, Alabama." Those are the five from January 2007 that al-Khazali and his brother Qais al-Khazali are supposed to be responsible for the deaths of. Qassim Abdul-Zahra and Robert H. Reid (AP) states that Jonathan B. Chism's father Danny Chism is outraged over the release and has declared, "They freed them? The American military did? Somebody needs to answer for it."

Remember Dan Coats quoted at the top of the snapshot.  His remarks were to the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.  Here he is, before the Committee, on the topic of Iraq:

Iraq is facing an increasingly disenchanted public. The underlying political and economic factors that facilitated the rise of ISIS persist, and Iraqi Shia militias' attempts to further entrench their role in the state increase the threat to US personnel. The Iraqi Government will confront a high level of societal discontent, institutional weakness, and deep-seated divisions, as well as protests over a lack of services, high unemployment, and political corruption. Baghdad lacks the resources or institutional capacity to address longstanding economic development and basic services challenges, and it faces reconstruction costs in the aftermath of the counter-ISIS campaign, estimated by the World Bank at $88 billion. Iraq’s Kurdistan region is still dealing with political discontent over economic and territorial losses to Baghdad last year. ISIS remains a terrorist and insurgent threat and will seek to exploit Sunni grievances with Baghdad and societal instability to eventually regain Iraqi territory against Iraqi security forces that are stretched thin.
Iraqi Shia militants conducted several attacks against US diplomatic facilities in Iraq in September and December 2018 . Militias -- some of which are also part of the Iraqi Government Popular Mobilization Committee -- plan to use newfound political power gained through positions in the new government to reduce or remove the US military presence while competing with the Iraqi security forces for state resources.

Nothing has changed for the better.  The only real change is that the Popular Mobilization Committee went from Shi'ite mobs to government forces -- a desperate move Hayder al-Abadi made when he was prime minister.

No progress to this day on national reconciliation.  To this day.

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  • Tuesday, January 29, 2019


    I recommend it.  I don't know though, I've taken six Tylenols since I got home, my head is killing me.  I had to read it twice just to really get what Walsh was getting at.  (Again, I have  a throbbing headache, I'm not making fun of Walsh's writing.)
    At first, I could only grasp this part at the end:

    Morris, true to social type, is clearly drawn to the successful and the wealthy in particular. His numerous sycophantic tributes to the billionaire couple Beyoncé and Jay-Z, including to their obscene flaunting of wealth in last year’s “Apeshit” video shot at the Louvre museum in Paris, is especially repugnant.
    This is from “Morality Wars,” Morris’s October 2018 Times essay: “An aspect of Beyoncé’s cultural vitality is the moral power she wields. She performs, but she also represents—as a feminist, a black person and a black woman. She operates as a solo artist but thrives in sisterhood—as a bandleader, dancer and conjurer of histories. She has come to take herself, that power and what it can do, very seriously. There is activism in her art and a real disdain, from its consumers, for critique of it. ‘Lemonade,’ for instance, arrived with a demand that white people refrain from commenting until black people had had their say.”
    And from his “Best Performances of 2018,”—“Last April, the universe genuflected before Beyoncé after she wrapped a major music festival around her baby toe. Some of us are still on our knees.”
    This is the sort of toadyism that a leading newspaper would have been embarrassed to print in an earlier day. Now, anything goes.

    Read the whole article.  And I'm sorry but that's it for me tonight.  I'm not joking about having a killer headache.  It hurts so bad, I can barely keep my head up.

    Going out with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"

    Tuesday, January 29, 2019.  Today, let's look at our so-called 'leaders' and grasp what protesting a potential new war while ignoring the ongoing wars actually says (it says: Start your new war, in a year or so, we'll ignored it too).

    Starting with this.

    John Bolton loved the Iraq War. Now he apparently wants 5,000 US troops in Colombia. Only possible reason: to invade Venezuela. Trump’s boys appear to be cooking up another illegal war, 16 years after the disaster in Iraq that killed 1 million people. How do we stop the bastards?

    I have a problem with that.  I have a problem with all the hosannas sung to Medea Benjamin last week as well.  Oh, how amazing, Medea's calling out war on Venezuela!!!! Oh, how f-ing impressive!


    It's meaningless.

    Jill's Tweet is meaningless.  16 years after the disaster in Iraq?

    That would be the ongoing disaster.

    And I'm not praising Jill for that Tweet or Medea for her nonsense.  To me, Medea's latest stunt was just another self-seeking attention device.  Venezuela has the left's attention?  Oh, good, Medea, get your megaphone!

    Where the hell is she or Jill or anyone else on Iraq?  Because the Iraq War continues.  The occupation continues.  The Iraqi people continue to suffer.

    The US government might choose who rules Venezuela????? Shocker!!!!

    They've chosen every prime minister in Iraq since the 2003 US-led invasion.  Nouri al-Maliki?  Bully Boy Bush chose him in 2006.  Not based on what was best for the Iraqi people, no, based on the CIA profile that noted that Nouri's paranoia would make him easy to control and manipulate.  In 2010, the Iraqi people voted Nouri out of office and what happened?  Barack Obama went around them, used The Erbil Agreement to overturn the votes.  Currently Adil Adel Mahdi is the prime minister.  The choice of the people?  No, the CIA's choice since at least 2007.  And if you ever wondered, "Do people overestimate the 'intelligence' gathering of the CIA?," well look no further for an answer.  Mahdi can't accomplish anything.  Installed in October and he still can't complete his Cabinet.

    The Iraqi people should have a high standard of living but crooks keep getting installed and corruption runs rampant.

    IRAQI NEWS notes, "Iraq is the 13th among the world’s most corrupt countries, a report has found as the country struggles to recover on both the security, political and economic levels after a strenuous war against  Islamic State terrorism. The corruption index released by Transparency International, today, ranked Iraq 168th, a position shared with Venezuela, among 180 countries covered by the report. It is the Arab World’s 6th most corrupt country, according to the report."

    Jill and Medea are nothing but gadflys.

    They lack any follow through.

    "Oh, look, media attention over there! Let's drop this issue and run over there!"

    It's nothing new.  In 2006, in the midst of their so-called fast for peace, while meeting with Iraqi leaders, they dropped the entire topic of Iraq -- Medea and CodePink -- to chase after . . . Palestine because that's where the media went to.

    I am appalled by Medea and Jill and everyone else who wants to invoke Iraq today regarding Venezuela despite the fact that they do not pay attention to Iraq, draw attention to Iraq or do anything to highlight the ongoing suffering of the Iraqi people.

    For Medea Benjamin, the Iraq War is nothing but a sweater she started to knit and then she got a cute cat puzzle so she set the sweater aside and started focusing on the cat puzzle.  Maybe next year, right before Christmas, she'll get back to that sweater.  Maybe not.

    Let's grasp for a moment what the actions of these self-appointed leaders really say to the US government: Start whatever war you want and know that in the early stages we will protest you.  But keep the war going a little bit and we'll lose interest and find other topics to speak about and protest.  That is the message that the so-called peace and antiwar groups are sending.  (I'm not referring to Black Alliance for Peace or Cindy Sheenan's efforts.  Everyone else?  Pretty much.)

    Medea had praise from the likes of Caitlin Johnstone (sp?) and that's why CJ doesn't impress me at all.  Medea raised money, CodePink raised money, off the Iraq War.  And there was no follow through.  They earned a lot of applause and a ton of attention via the Iraq War -- and also a lot of dollars.  But they dropped the topic so quickly.  Are they that stupid?

    Are they unable to convey what takes place in Iraq today?  The US installs one coward after another -- all are cowards because they fled Iraq when Saddam was in power and only returned after the US-led invasion.  They have no following in Iraq.  They have no real support.  And that's probably what allows them to betray the Iraqi people so easily.

    They don't just have a chip on their shoulders, they sneer at the Iraqi people.

    Why is it so damn hard for Medea or Jill or any of them to call out the refusal on the part of the US government to allow self-rule in Iraq?  Why is it so hard to call out the terrorism that is US war planes flying over Iraq and dropping bombs?

    16 years and Medea and Jill can't even do 16 Tweets a year about Iraq.  They can use Iraq.  They can use it to argue against this or that.  But there's never any indication that, after January 2009, they've registered even one thing that's taken place in Iraq.

    I'm tired of it.  I'm tried of them on their high horses pretending they do something.  They don't do a damn thing because they never have any follow through and the minute an issue doesn't qualify as a "hot topic," they drop it and rush off to another "hot topic."

    They owe the peace movement and the Iraqi people an apology.  More to the point, they owe everyone a course correction, where they make a deliberate effort to highlight Iraq on a regular basis.  That this has to be suggested, that this is not an automatic, goes to how pathetic they are.

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    John Stauber is correct.  But we can tie CodePink into this as well.  CodePink took marching orders from the Democratic Party.  When the party felt it would be 'bad' image wise for a DC protest to take place, then CodePink was right there saying let's not go to DC let's do rallies around the country.  CodePink went on to become an instrument of the Democratic Party in 2008 as they made a point to attack Hillary Clinton repeatedly while giving Barack Obama a pass and herding people over to him.  No surprise, CodePink co-founder Jodie Evans was a bundler for Barack but they didn't feel the membership needed to know that, certainly not when they were birddogging Hillary and giving Barack a pass.

    That pass started during the campaign and continued for both terms of his presidency.

    So maybe Caitlin Johnstone should grow the hell up, stop playing cheerleader and hold people accountable.  How is the DNC taking money from Bernie supporters while having no intent to run a fair campaign in 2016 any different from Medea and company raising money off the Iraq War and then dropping it as a topic the minute media attention moved on?

    In fact, Caitlin writes now for CONSORTIUM NEWS.  I wish the outlet all the best but are we really going to pretend that's it done even one article of substance on Iraq in years?  Because it hasn't.  The Iraq War continues and is about to hit the 16 year mark.  Members of the Iraqi Parliament are calling for all US forces out of their country.  And CONSORTIUM NEWS last did a report on Iraq when?

    We've noted repeatedly how Turkey sends war planes to bomb northern Iraq and how these bombings kill civilians.  We've noted how AIRWARS and Amnesty and Human Rights Watch all refuse to track any civilian deaths from these actions -- actions that have been taking place for over a decade.

    There is so much that is not being covered by anyone in the US.

    As noted in yesterday's snapshot:

    Saturday (see "Protests in Iraq" and "About those US bases in Iraq . . ."), protesters stormed a Dohuk base (Dohuk is in northern Iraq and part of the Kurdistan Regional Government).  They were angry over Turkish war planes bombing the area the day before and killing civilians.  Salar Salim and Qassim Abdul-Zahra (AP) report the number of civilians killed in the bombing was six.  The Turkish military -- at their base in Dohuk -- fired at the protesters killing 1 and injuring ten more.

    AFP reports, "Iraq Sunday said it would summon the Turkish ambassador over the death of a Kurdish protester after Turkish troops opened fire on demonstrators in the country’s northwest."  SPUTNIK adds:

    According to the statement, the note read that Ankara’s "actions are a violation of sovereignty, incompatible with friendly relations and brotherhood between the two countries, and called on the Turkish side to stop such unilateral actions."

    While the Iraqi government registered alarm, the KRG government instead punished a news outlet. 

    AL-MONITOR offers an analysis today which includes:

    Why it matters: The raid against the military base in Dahuk was the most violent popular protest yet against Turkish military action in northern Iraq. Protesters stormed the camp to protest civilian deaths in Turkish airstrikes against the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which Turkey considers a terrorist group. Protesters burned two tanks and other vehicles. Turkish forces shot back, reportedly killing one protester.
    So far some 20 civilians have reportedly been killed in Turkish operations against the PKK in Iraq. Baghdad has denounced the Turkish response and summoned Ankara’s ambassador to Baghdad in protest.
    What's next: Baghdad has protested Turkey’s military presence and its campaign inside Iraqi territory several times in the past, to no avail. The Kurdistan Regional Government, for its part, has so far adopted a lower-profile stance to avoid irritating Ankara. But both are under pressure to rein in perceived Turkish aggressiveness.

    What's not in the analysis?

    That the White House under Bully Boy Bush and under Barack Obama backed Turkey's actions.  Publicly backed the actions.  Refused to call them out even when the Iraqi government called them out.

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