Monday, December 10, 2018


Roberta Flack 『Killing Me Softly With His Song』

Never tire of 's, "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face." 1972 performance ~ video:

Closing with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"

Monday, December 10, 2018.  Iraqi officials celebrate -- what exactly?

Sinan Salaheddin (AP) reports, "Iraq on Monday celebrated the anniversary of its costly victory over the Islamic State group, which has lost virtually all the territory it once held but still carries out sporadic attacks."  Celebration?

ISIS has not been defeated.

After Islamic State fighters were driven out of much of Iraq, members of the terrorist group went back to collaborating out of plain sight and a conventional war there turned into a search for their bases.

It was a terrorist group and it remains one.  It was active in Iraq and it remains active in Iraq.  Things in Iraq got so bad that the terrorist organization was able to seize territory.  Now "virtually all" of that territory has been lost by ISIS.  Virtually all -- not all.

AFP points out:

Much of the country remains in ruins, including large swathes of the north.
More than 1.8 million Iraqis are still displaced, many languishing in camps, and 8 million require humanitarian aid, according to the Norwegian Refugee Council.

And while IS no longer holds large chunks of territory, it can still wage hit-and-run attacks that chip away at the sense of security many hoped would return.

By all means, celebrate that.  (That was sarcasm.)


The Arabic-language al-Ma’aloumah news website quoted Ali Qavi, an Iraqi parliamentarian, as disclosing that the US-led coalition forces have opened a safe passageway to move the [ISIS}  terrorists from Syria to the depth of Iraq.
Qavi further told the news website that the Iraqi Parliament intends to give a serious review of a strategic agreement with Washington that has thus far not brought about any military or security results for Baghdad.
The website went on to say that the agreement will be called off once Iraq’s new cabinet of ministers is completely formed.

It said that the Iraqi forces and popular forces of Hashd al-Shaabi are capable of guarding the borders without the partnership of the US-led coalition forces.

So if the Iraqi government ever gets its act together, it's going to add to its call for US forces to leave (Parliament made that request last month) by reviewing and calling off "a strategic agreement with Washington"?  Would that be the Memorandum of Understanding which is what the US military has been operating under in Iraq since 2012?

Dropping back to the April 30, 2013 Iraq snapshot:

December 6, 2012, the Memorandum of Understanding For Defense Cooperation Between the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Iraq and the Department Defense of the United States of America was signed.  We covered it in the December 10th and December 11th snapshots -- lots of luck finding coverage elsewhere including in media outlets -- apparently there was some unstated agreement that everyone would look the other way.  It was similar to the silence that greeted Tim Arango's September 25th New York Times report which noted, "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 [US] General [Robert L.] Caslen, a unit of Army Special Operations soldiers was recently deployed to Iraq to advise on counterterrorism and help with intelligence."

From the December 11, 2012 snapshot:


In yesterday's snapshot, we covered the Memorandum of Understanding For Defense Cooperation Between the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Iraq and the Department of Defense of the United States of America.  Angry, dysfunctional e-mails from Barack-would-never-do-that-to-me criers indicate that we need to go over the Memo a little bit more.  It was signed on Thursday and announced that day by the Pentagon.   Section two (listed in full in yesterday's snapshot) outlines that the two sides have agreed on: the US providing instructors and training personnel and Iraq providing students, Iraqi forces and American forces will work together on counterterrorism and on joint exercises.   The tasks we just listed go to the US military being in Iraq in larger numbers.  Obviously the two cannot do joint exercises or work together on counterterrorism without US military present in Iraq.
This shouldn't be surprising.  In the November 2, 2007 snapshot -- five years ago -- we covered the transcript of the interview Michael R. Gordon and Jeff Zeleny did with then-Senator Barack Obama who was running in the Democratic Party's primary for the party's presidential nomination -- the transcript, not the bad article the paper published, the actual transcript.  We used the transcript to write "NYT: 'Barack Obama Will Keep Troops In Iraq'" at Third.  Barack made it clear in the transcript that even after "troop withdrawal" he would "leave behind a residual force."  What did he say this residual force would do?  He said, "I think that we should have some strike capability.  But that is a very narrow mission, that we get in the business of counter terrorism as opposed to counter insurgency and even on the training and logistics front, what I have said is, if we have not seen progress politically, then our training approach should be greatly circumscribed or eliminated."
This is not withdrawal.  This is not what was sold to the American people.  Barack is very lucky that the media just happened to decide to take that rather explosive interview -- just by chance, certainly the New York Times wasn't attempting to shield a candidate to influence an election, right? -- could best be covered with a plate of lumpy, dull mashed potatoes passed off as a report.  In the transcript, Let-Me-Be-Clear Barack declares, "I want to be absolutely clear about this, because this has come up in a series of debates: I will remove all our combat troops, we will have troops there to protect our embassies and our civilian forces and we will engage in counter terrorism activities."
So when the memo announces counterterrorism activies, Barack got what he wanted, what he always wanted, what the media so helpfully and so frequently buried to allow War Hawk Barack to come off like a dove of peace.

There is the Myth of St. Barack and there is the reality of Obama.  Between the two, you will find the contrasts.

Somewhere between 
All the red rouge 
And the subterfuge 
Somewhere close 
To the loose screws 
And the taboos 
And the peek-a-boos 
You might find 
The good news 
And the bad news
How does it happen? 
I don't know 
It's so hard 
To understand 
Now you see it 
Now you don't 
Is this a case 
Of sleight of hand 
Sleight of hand 
Sleight of hand
-- "Sleight of Hand," written by Carly Simon and Don Sebesky, first appears on the "Gimmie All Night" single and, thirty yeas later, shows up as a bonus track on Carly's remastered COMING AROUND AGAIN album

Reason Wafawarova (Zimbabwe's HERALD) offers this take on history, "From the nineties the United States started on a campaign to reorder the world, and at the turn of the millennium we saw George W. Bush embarking on war invasions targeted at the six 'Axis of Evil', namely Iraq, Iran, Syria, Libya, Afghanistan and North Korea. During his tenure he invaded Iraq, and Afghanistan, and his successor Barack Obama invaded Libya, and sponsored ISIS to cause havoc in Syria; before the outfit turned itself into a murderous enemy of the West."

Barack "sponsored ISIS to cause havoc in Syria; before the outfit turned itself into a murderous enemy of the West"?

True?  False?  It's the opinion that's taken hold across the world so maybe the media might want to address that?

As we pointed out last week:

As he rushes to dash through press releases from a terrorist group (in the cradle, did he teethe on missives from the Symbionese Liberation Army?), he and many others ignore the more important issue of ISIS.  Right or wrong, a number of people in the Middle East believe the US government created ISIS -- intentionally, not by blowback -- and that they funded and continue to fund it.  Is that true?  I have no idea.  But if you're writing lengthy ATLANTIC articles, you might try focusing on a topic that actually matters and that one matters because it goes to how the nation is perceived in the Middle East.  Writers who reduce it, however, to trading baseball cards?  Their work really doesn't have any impact outside their own private circle jerk.

As the Iraqi government celebrates today, Iraq remains in disarray.  Michael Jansen (GULF TODAY) observes:

Successive governments’ neglect in the Shia bastion of the south erupted into furious protests last summer, spurred by demonstrations in Basra against electricity cuts and the lack of clean water. Last week, Basrawi protesters donned yellow neon vests, the uniform of France’s “yellow jackets” protesting a hike in fuel prices. Iraqi “yellow jackets” renewed their demands for water and electricity and stormed the office of the provincial governor. While the French “yellow jackets,” have made headlines round the world, Iraqis took up this garment during 2015 protests.

Sunnis in equally – and they argue intentionally – neglected areas have so far refrained from mounting demonstrations as they suffered harsh crackdowns, arrests, and jailing under former Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki whenever they dared complain or challenge Baghdad.

The government has also neglected the countryside where, due to the lack of security, Daesh has regrouped and is making a comeback. Last week, Daesh fighters kidnapped and killed Shaikh Raghib Abid al-Hadi al-Badrani, the mayor of al-Amirini village, 20 kilometres south of Mosul. The Badrani tribe fought alongside the Iraqi army against Daesh during the Mosul offensive. Daesh, which retains a presence in mountainous areas in northern Ieaq, claims it carries out an average of 78 attacks a month.

Rampant corruption comes next to neglect as a cardinal sin of all governments since the US occupation. Corrupt politicians, officials, militia commanders and bureaucrats are pocketing revenues earned by Iraqi oil exports. Little or nothing trickles down to the restive populace. Corruption was managed during the reign of Saddam Hussein but ballooned after the US invasion. Until there is a strong prime minister and a government determined to root out corruption, there is no hope for Iraq.

After five months of wrangling, leaders of the two largest parties in parliament agreed on a compromise candidate for prime minister who was supposed to head a technocrat cabinet. He is Adel Abdul Mahdi, an economist trained in France and former Communist who became a member of the Supreme Iraqi Islamic Council, formed by Iran. He had served as vice president and finance and oil minister. Fourteen members of his 22-member cabinet have been chosen and approved by parliament, but further appointments remain stalled by a rift between cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, 44, and militia commander, Hadi al-Amiri, 64. The issue in dispute is the appointment of an interior minister.

Celebrate?  Celebrate what.  And as we've noted Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani is not getting any younger.

As David Rieff observed in 2005:

First, a little proportion about Iraq. Even those who view the country's progress from the most optimistic perspective tend to unite in crediting Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, the spiritual leader of Iraq's majority Shiites, with having held the country together and used his commanding authority to legitimize January's democratic elections. Ayatollah Sistani's own medieval views on subjects ranging from Sharia law to the status of women are presented as being of little concern. "You can't get to Thomas Jefferson without first having Martin Luther," is the way the conservative Middle Eastern specialist, Reuel Marc Gerecht, once put it to me.

What happens when al-Sistani's influence is gone?

These are issues to address but they get ignored so much gets ignored.

As we noted repeatedly from 2014 forward, ISIS was the outside threat that allowed a show of temporary unity for Iraqi officials.  Instead of bombing Iraq or sending more US troops in, Barack should have been using the time for to work on diplomacy.  He failed just as Bully Boy Bush failed before him with the so-called 'surge.'  In both cases, US military numbers were increased in Iraq but no efforts at diplomacy were made and both periods were followed with Iraqi officials endlessly bickering.

AFP offers this assessment:

- 'Little to celebrate' -
In October, Abdel Mahdi managed to fill 14 of the cabinet's 22 posts, but repeated efforts to hold a parliamentary vote on the remaining eight, including the key interior and defence ministries, have failed. "The distribution of power, the race to acquire as many government positions as possible under the guise of real competition between parties -- that is at the root of the problem," Iraqi political analyst Jassem Hanoun told AFP.

"Iraq is still living in a transition period, without political stability or a clear administrative vision for the country." As the process drags on, observers have wondered whether Abdel Mahdi could step down, further destabilising a country just getting back on its feet. "Withdrawal is an option," a source close to the government said, adding that Abdel Mahdi "has his resignation letter in his back pocket".
"Only if the political situation gets significantly worse can I see him taking it out of his pocket and using it," the source said. But the thorny issues facing Iraq extend beyond the capital. Much of the country remains in ruins after three years of ferocious fighting, including large swathes of one-time IS capital Mosul and the northern Sinjar region.

An international summit in Kuwait in February gathered around $30 billion in pledges for Iraq's reconstruction -- less than a third of what Baghdad hoped to receive. More than 1.8 million Iraqis are still displaced, many languishing in camps, and 8 million require humanitarian aid, according to the Norwegian Refugee Council. "If this is what 'victory' looks like, then there is little to celebrate for millions of Iraqis still haunted by the crimes of the IS and the long war to eliminate it," said NRC's head Jan Egeland.

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Friday, December 07, 2018

Judy, Frank, Liza, Corey

This is such a nice photo.

  1. Frank Sinatra and Judy Garland, 1946.

Judy Garland and Frank Sinatra look so young in that photo -- and so healthy.

Here's another cute photo and the person with Judy looks really, really young -- it's Liza Minnelli as a baby!

  1. Judy Garland and a little Liza Minnelli.

Judy was, of course, an outstanding actress and a very big movie star.  She was also a singer and her classics include "Somewhere Over The Rainbow," "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" and "The Trolley Song."

Meanwhile, Corey Hart.

Corey Hart releases a new single, with an 5-Song EP and tour to follow in 2019 – theBUZZ

He's going back on tour:

The tour kicks off in St. Johns, NL on May 31 (Corey’s Birthday), with a Toronto stop at the Budweiser Stage on June 14th. Special guests are to be announced soon.
Corey Hart Never Surrender Canadian Tour 2019
Friday, May 31 – St. Johns, NL – Mile One Centre
Tuesday, June 4 – Halifax, NS – Scotiabank Centre
Wednesday, June 5 – Moncton, NB – Avenir Centre
Thursday, June 6 – Quebec City, QC – Videotron Centre 
Saturday, June 8 – London, ON – Budweiser Gardens 
Monday, June 10 – Sudbury, ON – Sudbury Community Arena 
Tuesday, June 11 – Kingston, ON – Leon’s Centre
Wednesday, June 12 – Ottawa, ON – Canadian Tire Centre 
Friday, June 14 – Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage 
Saturday, June 15 – Montreal, PQ – Bell Centre
Tuesday, June 18 – Winnipeg, MB – Bell MTS Place 
Thursday, June 20 – Calgary, AB – Scotiabank Saddledome
Friday, June 21 – Edmonton, AB – Rogers Place
Saturday, June 22 – Kelowna, BC – Prospera Place
Monday, June 24 – Victoria, BC – Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre
Tuesday, June 25 – Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena

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Closing with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"

Friday, December 7, 2018.

Let's start with a bad singer (and a worse actress), Reba.

Reba McEntire sings "The Lord's Prayer" at a funeral service honoring former Pres. George H.W. Bush.
  • 1. She's honoring using brutal racism aka Willie Horton hysteria ads to win the 88 election
  • 2. She's honoring giving the butchers of Tiananmen a free pass to slaughter their own young people. Then sell out the entire US working class to them so we could all buy cheap stuff at Walmart.
  • 3. She's honoring orders to shoot an Iranian civilian airliner out of the sky killing.over 200 innocent people including dozens of children. The refusing to apologise under any circumstances.
  • 4. She's honoring orders to invade Panama killing over 20,000 civilians by the US military in order to capture a foreign head of state, abduct him and incarcerate him in a US prison.
    Replying to   
    5. She's honoring straight up lying to Congress by Nayira in order to make a pathetic excuse to invade Iraq, killing tens of thousands of civilians, dropping 10,000 year half life uranium across the country causing death & birth defects for thousands more years.
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    6. She's honoring using the grotesque psychotic attack on Iraq as an openly declared method to "kill the Vietnam Syndrome"...syndrome meaning disease... thereby dehumanizing 1970s successful US anti war protesters. All in service to unaccountable military violence & terror.

    He and his son are responsible for so much.  In Iraq?  Deaths, creating orphans and widows, birth defects.

    So many are so quick to ignore that.

    George W. Bush has about two or three more times to hand Michelle Obama a piece of candy before y’all completely forget about the Iraq invasion and the 2008 financial crisis altogether.


    Replying to 
    Here's another cute Bush moment. In the Iraq war, the US military used depleted uranium rounds meant for armor over civilian areas giving rise to a host of birth defects and deformities. THIS CANDY STORY IS GOOD TOO THO!

    When you praise George H. W. Bush for his service, remember the took the US into Iraq, destroyed its infrastructure, killed 100s thousands civilians w/sanctions, used chemical weapons leading to widespread birth defects & Gulf War Syndrome among US veterans, & sowed seeds of ISIS

    We've frequently covered the use of Depleted Uranium in Iraq under Bully Boy Bush.  Let's note this from Barbara Koepel (WASHINGTON SPECTATOR) about Poppy Bush:

    The weapons were first used in 1991 during Desert Storm, when the U.S. military fired guided bombs and missiles containing depleted uranium (DU), a waste product from nuclear reactors. The Department of Defense (DOD) particularly prized them because, with dramatic density, speed, and heat, they blasted through tanks and bunkers.
    Within one or two years, grotesque birth defects spiraled—such as babies with two heads. Or missing eyes, hands, and legs. Or stomachs and brains inside out.
    Keith Baverstock, who headed the radiological section of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Center of Environment and Health in the 1990s, explained why: When uranium weapons explode, their massive blasts produce gray or black clouds of uranium oxide dust particles. These float for miles, people breathe them, and the dust lodges in their lungs. From there, they seep into the lymph system and blood, flow throughout the body, and bind to the genes and chromosomes, causing them to mutate. First, they trigger birth defects. Within five or more years, cancer. Organs, often the kidneys, fail.
    At one Basra hospital, leukemia cases in children up to age 14 doubled from 1992 to 1999, says Amy Hagopian, a University of Washington School of Public Health professor. Birth defects also surged, from 37 in 1990 to 254 in 2001, according to a 2005 article in Environmental Health.
    Leukemia—cancer of the blood—develops quickly. Chris Busby, a British chemical physicist, explains: “Blood cells are the most easily damaged by radiation and duplicate rapidly. We’ve known this since Hiroshima.”
    Dai Williams, an independent weapons researcher in Britain, says the dust emits alpha radiation—20 times more damaging than the gamma radiation from nuclear weapons. The military insists the dust is harmless because it can’t penetrate the skin. They ignore that it can be inhaled.

    Father and son ensured that birth defects and they both should have been held accountable.  Poppy Bush is dead so we can consider that both a win and a blessing.  But Bully Boy Bush is alive and he should be held accountable.  He paints cute pictures!  Michelle Obama loves him!  He paints hollow bulls**t that will never pass for art and Michelle Obama was greedy and corrupt long before she became First Lady so find a better testimonial for him.

    While I'm grateful that one less War Criminal walks the earth, that gratitude does not -- and should not -- translate into silence.  Lie after lie has been broadcast non-stop for six or so days now to sell the notion that Poppy Bush was some kind of wonderful.

    Bruce A. Dixon (BLACK AGENDA REPORT) points out:

    George HW Bush was a one term president who committed committed the usual quota of domestic and foreign atrocities. He put the bloodthirsty Dick Cheney, who’d been Gerald Ford’s chief of staff in charge at the Pentagon, and named Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court. He invaded Panama, where US forces commanded by Colin Powell obliterated an entire black neighborhood killing tens of thousands of civilians to prevent inconvenient protests against the occupation. Jimmy Carter had negotiated US bases in Saudi Arabia, and Bush filled them with hundreds of thousands of troops, artillery, armor and aircraft for a planned invasion of Iraq.
    Millions of Iraqis have died since the Bush invasion, millions more have become refugees. Hardly a week has passed from then till now the the US hasn’t bombed some place in that unhappy country. One of Bush’s last acts as a lame duck president in December 1992 was to land a contingent of US Marines in Somalia to keep that country from forming a unified government that might not be to Uncle Sam’s liking. A quarter century later US forces are still in Somalia, backing this or that warlord faction, or the Somali central government whose reach most days doesn’t extend past the capital’s suburbs, sometimes with Rwandan or Ugandan proxies, sometimes with US paid mercenaries, complimented with US special ops forces and drones.

    On NPR's MORNING EDITION today, Rachel Martin speaks with Feisal Istrabadi and it may be the closest to honesty that the corporate media has offered.

    Imagine that, outside the KRG, there's no real love for Poppy Bush.  Maybe next time the US media wants to do one of their 'the world mourns' b.s. stunts, they speak to some of the people in the world.

    On the KRG, HURRIYET reports, "Authorities in Iraq's Kurdish-controlled region have dismissed dozens of police officers alleged involvement in human trafficking, local media reported on Dec. 6."  One hundred is the number being reported, one hundred police officers fired for human trafficking.

    KRG to establish committee to follow up on police involvement in of Syrian Arabs to Turkey
    KRG dismisses 100 police officers over alleged human trafficking in Soran

    A year ago this month, Iraq's then-prime minister Hayder al-Abadi announced that ISIS was defeated and vanquished.  No.  See yesterday's snapshot.  Today, the Norwegian Refugee Council notes:

    Millions of Iraqis are still destitute one year since the Iraqi government declared victory against the so-called Islamic State group. Too many of them are homeless or in camps they are not allowed to leave. This makes them unable to rebuild their lives.

    More than 1.8 million Iraqis are today still displaced across the country. A staggering 8 million require some form of humanitarian aid. Thousands of children born under IS rule are still unrecognized by the state. In the last three months a third of the displaced people who returned home from just one camp in Anbar were rejected by their local communities and had to relocate again elsewhere.
    “If this is what ‘victory’ looks like, then there is little to celebrate for millions of Iraqis still haunted by the crimes of the IS and the long war to eliminate it. They have largely been forgotten by their own government and the international community,” said Norwegian Refugee Council Secretary General Jan Egeland. “We work with thousands of ordinary Iraqi women, children and men for whom untold suffering continues, and yet the world seems to act as if Iraq is back to normal. In reality, besides the abject poverty the displaced are living in, thousands face collective punishment for having been at the wrong place at the wrong time, even if they’re just children.”
    While violence and fighting have decreased considerably over the last year, nearly two thirds of displaced people have said they are unwilling or unable to return home in the next year. More than half of them had their homes damaged or destroyed. Entire cities like Mosul and Sinjar are still in rubble.
    The Iraqi government, together with the international community, particularly members of the coalition, has a responsibility to ensure that Iraq is on a path towards inclusive recovery and reconstruction. This means the rights of displaced people—like all Iraqi citizens—must be respected, for them to be able to rebuild their lives where they choose.

    In Basra, the protests continue.

    Iraqi MP from Basra says protests have resumed in Basra Province because government has not kept its promises. Still no clean water to drink & residents will not remain silent.
    Friday's Morning Star:: Basra considering autonomy move after protests ignite again
    Demonstrators in Basra don yellow vests like those worn in French protests.

    Autonomy?  Steve Sweeny (MORNING STAR) reports:

    Protesters want to see political and economic autonomy which would allow them a greater share of lucrative oil revenues, enabling the region to invest in jobs, public services and access to clean drinking water.
    Iraq’s post-occupation constitution allows provincial councils to submit a petition which shows support for autonomy with Baghdad then being responsible for holding a referendum on the issue.

    In other news, ALSUMARIA reports a rumor being denied: that Ayad Allawi was plotting a military coup against Iraq's new prime minister Adil Abdul al-Mahdi

    The following community sites -- plus Jody Watley, BLACK AGENDA REPORT, DISSIDENT VOICE -- updated: