Last night on FOX, PRODIGAL SON aired its final episode (unless another outlet picks it up).
If that's how the show goes out, it went out on top.
Jessica (Bellamy Young) had to deal with Malcolm being accused of helping Martin torture Catherine Zeta-Jones. If Jessica had told the police about CZJ having Martin after the phone call, they would have known she was the crazy one. But CZJ tells the police that she was the victim. She was the victim and Martin attacked her.
Malcolm and Martin are in a small town. An area where The Wolfman used to hunt. And, of course, they end up encountering him.
Meanwhile, people are looking for outlaw Martin and his son Malcolm.
To clear her son's name, Jessica confronts CZJ who thought she had the upper hand and could drug Jessica. She couldn't. Jessica is far stronger than anyone ever realizes -- except maybe Lou Diamond Phillips' character. And he and Bellamy Young had real chemistry throughout this series.
So Malcolm's names cleared and he and Martin overpower the Wolfman but they can't find the woman he kidnapped and time is running out. So Malcolm asks his father to torture the Wolfman. Martin doesn't want to go back to that person he was (serial killer) but because Malcolm says he's asking him as his son, Martin does it.
They save the woman. Then Malcolm calls in to get police there for the woman and he tells them he has Martin.
Martin runs. He can't believe Malcolm betrayed him. Malcolm catches up and they argue. Malcolm realizes Martin's decided to kill him and he stabs Martin first.
Is Martin dead? We're not really sure.
That's the ending.
It was a great episode.
Going out with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"
Wednesday, May 19, 2021. Robert Pether remains held in an Iraqi prison, an asylum seeker in Iraq sets himself on fire, another attack on a US convoy in Iraq, and much more.
Australian citizen Robert Pether has apparently been abandoned by his own country which does nothing to object to his imprisonment in Iraq. (The Australian Embassy staff didn't even meet with Pether until May 3rd, 26 days after he was imprisoned.) It's now been over forty days that he's been held in a prison with no charge (they say they are holding him for "questioning"). His appeal for bail was denied on May 11th. He was told by his own government that it was safe to go to Baghdad for a meeting. He showed up at the meeting but there was no meeting. Instead, he was hauled off to an Iraqi prison. Earlier this month THE IRISH EXAMINER noted:
While Australia has done little to nothing, Irish politicians have lodged public objections. One example is Senator Eugene Murphy:
Robert Pether's wife Desree is Irish. She spoke with THE JOE FINNEGAN SHOW last month. Christopher Knaus (GUARDIAN) speaks with Robert and Desree's oldest son Flynn:
Flynn said it had hit the family hard.
“I feel like it’s criminal what they did,” he said. “It’s downright inhumane the way they’ve been treating him, given he has worked tirelessly around the clock to deliver the project.”
Flynn is currently preparing for his university entrance exams in Ireland, something that brings its own enormous stress. Usually, his father would be there to support him. They were close and spoke daily, often about university and Flynn’s future.
But he has managed to speak to his father behind bars just once during the ordeal, for about 30 seconds.
“As soon as he knew that I was on the line, he was just apologising, saying ‘Sorry I can’t make it to graduation, sorry I can’t get to your birthday, I will make it up to you, I promise,’” he said.
“I said to him, ‘It’s not going anywhere without you, and it’s all being recorded anyway. You’re not missing out.’”
Robert’s wife Desree has previously told the Guardian that, prior to travelling to Baghdad for the meeting, her husband sought advice from the Australian embassy. She says he was advised there would be little risk in going to the meeting.
The 46-year-old man is having problems with dizziness and, due to COVID restrictions, cannot be seen by a doctor any sooner than May 22nd.
In other news, we hear often of Iraqis who have sought or are seeking asylum outside of Iraq. The US government, for example, has done damn little to assist those in need. But Iraq is also a country in which people seek asylum. Ghazi Ghareeb Zorab Tweets:
Medics in Arbil treating Mohammad Mahmoudi, 27, said he was in a critical condition.
Before setting himself on fire, Mahmoudi was filmed on a video posted on social media saying he had fled Iran because he was a critic of authorities in Tehran.
“Are we supposed to live the way I live because of my political activity? Is that life?” he said. “We have been living like homeless dogs for four years”.
Friends of Mahmoudi told AFP he is a former Peshmerga and dissident originally from the Boukan region, 480 kilometers (300 miles) west of Tehran, but had sought sanctuary in neighboring Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region.
A day laborer, he submitted an application for refugee status to the United Nations four years ago, but his request was still reportedly under review, friends said.
“If I return to Iran, I will be executed,” Mahmoudi said.
Shahram Mirzaei offers this Twitter thread:
There is no Kurdish homeland. The closest thing to a Kurdish homeland is the area Mohammad set himself on fire in, the semi-autonomous Kurdistan region of Iraq.
Protests continue in Iraq. One in Sulaimani gets some press attetion.
Wednesday's protests follow earlier demonstrations by the teachers across Sulaimani governorate the previous day and a strike in Said Sadiq on Sunday.
One teacher protesting in front of the Sulaimani Education Directorate told NRT that nearly 85 percent of positions in the Region’s public education sector are staffed by non-contract teachers.
She said that the teachers have the same duties, but fewer rights, compared with other classes of teachers.
In response to an earlier financial crisis, the KRG instituted a number of austerity measures in 2014 to save money, including by creating a status known as “non-contract,” where teachers are paid a lump sum per class and do not receive bene
Meanwhile, attacks on the US continue in Iraq. MEHR NEWS AGENCY notes, "A US-led coalition logistics convoy was hit by a roadside bomb on Tuesday afternoon in Al-Diwaniyah province, southern Iraq."
The persecution of the Palestinians continues -- an issue that the Iraqi people care about deeply. We'll note this from THE KATIE HALPER SHOW.
Let's wind down with this from IAVA:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
May 17, 2021
New York, NY – On Wednesday, May 19th, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) will host a Facebook Live celebrating the one year anniversary of the launch of IAVA’s flagship program, Quick Reaction Force (QRF). QRF is IAVA’S 24/7 peer support hotline and comprehensive care management program.
Chief Operating Officer Sean Ullman and Executive Vice President Hannah Sinoway will provide an overview of the data collected by the QRF in its first year. They will also discuss the program’s highlights and IAVA’s plan to expand QRF offerings. The full scope of the program and ways to connect to QRF can be found here.
“As a leading veteran service organization, caring for veterans and their families is our top priority, ” said Hannah Sinoway. “We launched QRF one year ago as a response to a pressing need for easily accessible mental health resources and overall support for veterans. Over the past year, QRF has helped veterans navigate transition related challenges as well as the mental health, economic, employment and social challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.”
“As members of the armed services, our veterans experience unique challenges from their time in service,” said Sean Ullman. “QRF is tailored to meet the specific mental health needs of veterans and their families by providing 24/7 peer support.”
|WHO:||Sean Ullman, COO, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America
Hannah Sinoway, EVP, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America
|WHAT:||IAVA Highlights First Year Success of Flagship QRF Program Live Event|
|WHEN:||Wednesday, May 19th at 11:00am EST/ 8:00am PST|
|WHERE:||Join the Facebook Live event here. The event is open to the press.|
IAVA is the voice for the post-9/11 veteran generation. With over 400,000 veterans and allies nationwide, IAVA is the leader in non-partisan veteran advocacy and public awareness. We drive historic impacts for veterans and IAVA’s programs are second to none. Any veteran or family member in need can reach out to IAVA’s Quick Reaction Force at quickreactionforce.org or 855-91RAPID (855-917-2743) to be connected promptly with a veteran care manager who will assist. IAVA’s The Vote Hub is a free tool to register to vote and find polling information. IAVA’s membership is always growing. Join the movement at iava.org/membership.
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