Sunday, May 22, 2016

Rihanna keeps disappointing

On ABC's The Billboard Music Awards, Rihanna just finished and what was the point?

The dress looked as though she had been slimed on the Nick At Night Awards.

The hair -- was that a wig?

And the song?

Look, it sounded like a bargain basement knock off of "The Tide Is High."

"Four Five Seconds."

Remember that?

Her song with Kanye West and Paul McCartney?

The whole world loved it.

It was supposed to be on her next album.

Then she released her new album this year and it was song doodles passed off as actual songs.

It sounded like she was stoned when she recorded it and stoned when she mixed it and stoned as she okayed the release.

Her performance tonight seemed like she'd popped up from the oldies circuit.

Rihanna.

Nothing more than a yawn.



Here's C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"

 
Saturday, May 21, 2016.  Chaos and violence continue, four deaths are announced from yesterday's Green Zone breach and response, Haider al-Abadi looks increasingly inept, and much more.


Never think the White House gives a damn about the Iraqi people.


They don't.



The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release

Readout of the President's Call with Prime Minster Haidar Al-Abadi of Iraq

President Obama spoke by phone today with Prime Minister Haidar Al-Abadi of Iraq to reaffirm United States support for the Iraqi people and our common  fight against ISIL, as well as to offer condolences on behalf of the American people for the recent terrorist attacks in Baghdad. 
 
The two leaders discussed the progress being made in the Counter-ISIL campaign as Iraqi Security Forces continue their advance in Anbar province. The President reiterated United States support for the Iraqi Security Forces, emphasizing that as the campaign continues the United States and the International Coalition to counter ISIL will continue to play a key role in training, advising, and assisting Iraqi forces.
 
The President and the Prime Minister agreed on the critical importance of improving the security of Baghdad and the International Zone, noting the importance of continued dialogue among all parties in Iraq so that the Iraqi people can address their aspirations through their democratic institutions. 
             
President Obama commended the Prime Minister and the steps his government has taken in finalizing an agreement with the International Monetary Fund and agreed that it is important the international community support Iraq's economic recovery amidst its ongoing fight against ISIL. Finally, the two leaders reaffirmed their commitment to the strategic partnership between the United States and Iraq.



What a curious statement.

Until you grasp that the IMF will do what the US couldn't force Iraqi lawmakers to do -- put a tag sale on Iraq's oil and gas industries.

That trumps everything, apparently.

It trumps the issue of the Green Zone breach yesterday.

You'll notice nothing on that in the read out.


Michael D. Regan (PBS' THE NEWSHOUR) reports:

Funerals were held on Saturday for two Iraqi people killed a day earlier during riots within Baghdad’s Green Zone, a secured area meant to protect government officials and foreign diplomats.
They were among two of four killed and nearly a hundred injured Friday after thousands of demonstrators, who are reportedly followers of Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, breached the fortified section of Iraq’s capital city. The protest was over the country’s lack of security and the government’s failure to pass anti-corruption laws.


Susannah George (AP) identifies the two buried today as "Hussein Hasab, 21, and Haider Hassan, 43."  Ahmad Al-Rubaye (AFP) offers a photo with this caption, "Members of the Saraya al-Salam (Peace Brigades), a group formed by Iraqi Shiite Muslim cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, ride a pick-up on May 21, 2016 in Baghdad as the coffins of two slain anti-government protesters are carried to Najaf."



Moqtada al-Sadr remaining in Tehran stands a big chance of being harmed.

The leader whose followers are slain?

While he's safe and out of the country?

And denying that he ordered the action?

Haider doesn't win from the incident either.

He's inept and that's only more obvious with Friday's actions.

Two people died.

Which will bother some Iraqis -- even those who favor 'rule of law.'

But the reality is that Haider was yet again unable to protect the Green Zone or, in this case, even his own office.

He's inept.

He's disgraced.

And Barack can try to prop him up all he wants but (a) people died and (b) the Green Zone was breached again.

Those two events speak for themselves -- and speak loudly against Haider.



NINA notes Haider issued a statement declaring that the storming of the Green Zone on Friday (and of his office) must not happen again. He dubbed it a distraction from the fight against the Islamic State.  AL MADA adds that the statement was aired on state TV in the early morning hours.







  • Events in , show that the political process is in turmoil & needs a radical revision in which all parties must cooperate.



  • While Barack had no interest in raising the topic, Mu Xuequan (XINHUA) reports:

    The UN envoy to Iraq on Saturday expressed deep concern about Friday's demonstrations when hundreds of followers of Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr broke into the heavily fortified Green Zone, calling for calm and unity to achieve reforms and confront the Islamic State (IS) group which seizes parts of Iraq's northern and western regions since 2014.
    "What happened on Friday shows how events could take a different turn and escalate, causing casualties," UN envoy to Iraq Jan Kubis said in a statement.


    ALSUMARIA reports that Haider and Barack discussed the upcoming 'liberation' of Falluja.  In fact, that topic is in the statement released by the Prime Minister's office summarizing the phone call.

    Strange that it failed to make the statement released by the White House.


    Or strange until you realize that the White House is pushing for Mosul to be the next focus.

    This DoD article from Friday makes that clear:

    The military campaign to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant is at an important juncture, with a new focus and steady progress by the U.S.-led coalition and Iraqi and Syrian security forces partners, Army Lt. Gen. Sean MacFarland said here today.
    MacFarland, the commander of Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve, spoke with reporters who are traveling with U.S. Central Command commander Army Gen. Joseph L. Votel, who is meeting this week with coalition troops and local counter-ISIL partners in the Middle East.
    “We’re at an important part in the campaign right now,” MacFarland told reporters. “When I first got here about eight months ago it was all about Ramadi and taking Ramadi back,” he said.
    “Well, we’ve taken Ramadi back,” MacFarland said, “and now, the focus of the campaign is shifting more toward taking back the enemy’s centers of gravity in Iraq and Syria -- Mosul and Raqqa. That’s what we’re about today.”


    Meanwhile the US Defense Dept released the following announcement earlier today:



    Strikes in Iraq
    Bomber, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft and rocket artillery conducted 18 strikes in Iraq, coordinated with and in support of Iraq’s government:

    -- Near Baghdadi, a strike destroyed an ISIL anti-air artillery piece.

    -- Near Huwayjah, a strike suppressed an ISIL mortar position.

    -- Near Fallujah, three strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL improvised explosive device cache, two ISIL staging areas and an ISIL excavator.

    -- Near Habbaniyah, a strike suppressed an ISIL mortar position.

    -- Near Kisik, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position, an ISIL heavy machine gun, an ISIL-used bridge and four ISIL-used culverts.

    -- Near Mosul, four strikes struck four separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL fighting position, two ISIL assembly areas, three ISIL vehicles, an ISIL supply cache, an ISIL weapons cache and an ISIL rocket rail.

    -- Near Qayyarah, two strikes struck an ISIL weapons cache and destroyed an ISIL mortar system.

    -- Near Rawah, a strike struck an ISIL staging area and an ISIL safe house.

    -- Near Sinjar, a strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL assembly area.

    -- Near Tal Afar, two strikes destroyed an ISIL vehicle storage area, two ISIL weapons caches, two ISIL command and control nodes, and an ISIL IED facilitation node.


    Task force officials define a strike as one or more kinetic events that occur in roughly the same geographic location to produce a single, sometimes cumulative, effect. Therefore, officials explained, a single aircraft delivering a single weapon against a lone ISIL vehicle is one strike, but so is multiple aircraft delivering dozens of weapons against buildings, vehicles and weapon systems in a compound, for example, having the cumulative effect of making those targets harder or impossible for ISIL to use. Accordingly, officials said, they do not report the number or type of aircraft employed in a strike, the number of munitions dropped in each strike, or the number of individual munition impact points against a target. Ground-based artillery fired in counterfire or in fire support to maneuver roles is not classified as a strike.




    Winding down, David Bacon's latest book is The Right to Stay Home: How US Policy Drives Mexican Migration. Bacon is a journalist who actually covers labor as well as issues to do with poverty and the working class.  He's a photo journalist whose exhibits are always worth checking out and he has a new one this month.




    ON THE STREETS : UNDER THE TREES

    Homelessness and the struggle for housing
    in urban and rural California
    Photographs by David Bacon


    Asian Resource Gallery
    317 Ninth St at Harrison
    Oakland, CA

    May - June, 2016
    Reception: Tuesday, May 24, 6PM

     

    for more info: dbacon@igc.org, gjungmorozumi@gmail.com
    http://davidbaconrealitycheck.blogspot.com/2016/05/on-streets-under-trees-photo-exhibition.html
    sponsored by East Bay Local Development Corporation

    I believe a person should not have to worry day to day where they’re going to lay their head or get their next meal.  That should just be a given - James Kelly


    In the Bay Area and Los Angeles, homeless activists are taking the tactics of Occupy a step further, using encampments, or "occupations" as mobile protest vehicles.  Within them, the people sleeping in the tents develop their own community.  They organize themselves and work together.  They make decisions collectively.  And they develop their own ideas about what causes homelessness, and for short term and long term solutions to it.

    They've created what they call "intentional communities," not just as a protest tactic, but as places where they can gain more control over their lives, and implement on the ground their own ideas for dealing with homelessness.

    In rural California, homeless people are overwhelmingly farm workers.  Although they're working, they don't make enough to pay rent, and still send money back to their families in their countries of origin.  In settlements on hillsides in San Diego, or next to the Russian River in Sonoma County, they create communities bound together often by the indigenous language they bring with them from home.

    These photographs are a window into the reality experienced by homeless people in urban and rural California.  While there are important differences, it is not surprising that the experience and the circumstances are so similar, as is the effort to create community, no matter how difficult the conditions.  In both urban and rural areas people also fight for better housing, and for their right to exist in a public space.

    This photodocumentary was developed with the cooperation of California Rural Legal Assistance, the Community Action Network in Los Angeles, and the Frente Indigena de Organizaciones Binacionales.  The purpose is to

    - document the similarities between rural and urban homelessness and lack of housing
    - promote common housing ideas that can meet the needs of both urban and rural homeless people
    - develop communication between urban and rural homeless and housing-deprived communities, to help people advocate for themselves.


    This show is especially dedicated to the homeless activists of Berkeley, who were first driven out of Liberty City last fall.  Then they were drive from the Post Office Camp, where they'd lived for 17 months, just as I was printing the photographs shown here.  Their vision is one we should pay attention to.  Instead the U.S. Post Office refused to listen or see what is in front of them, and used the brute force of the Postal Police to drive people away.  Instead of the camp and its residents, the City of Berkeley now has this fence and empty, fenced-off space - a monument to hostility to the poor and an eyesore in this supposedly progressive community.



    The following community sites -- plus THE GUARDIAN -- updated:


























  • Saturday, May 21, 2016

    A portrait of a corrupt and faded leader

    Once upon a time Bill Clinton was considered the Elvis of the Democratic Party.

    Now he's just corrupt and embarrassing.

    Chris Floyd (CounterPunch) offers:


    In the warm twilight of a spring evening 15 years ago, in the quiet, green garden of Rhodes House at Oxford, I watched Bill Clinton give an impromptu talk to a group of graduate students who had gathered around him with their glasses of wine after an official function earlier in the day. (I was there in a service capacity.) He was pushing the same line he espoused last week while campaigning for Hillary, when he declared that he had “killed himself” to get a state for the Palestinians at the high-stakes Camp David summit in 2000.
    At one point in the twilight talk at Oxford, he quoted — or claimed to quote — Yasser Arafat as testimony to his altruistic efforts: “Arafat told me, ‘Mr President, you have done more for the Palestinian people than all the Arab leaders combined!’” Sadly, the pressures those short-sighted Arabs brought to bear on Bill’s friend Yasser thwarted Clinton’s painstaking and heroic labors on the Palestinians’ behalf, and the summit failed.
    I admit, Clinton is (or was) good at this kind of thing. He held the group in the palm of his hand, speaking with an engaged — and engaging — passion, direct and personal, without soaring rhetoric or the practiced glibness of the professional politician. It was interesting to see this phenomenon up close. In the immediate spell of his performance, you hardly noticed the great hubris and arrogance in what he actually said: that he alone had almost brought peace to the Middle East, that he loved the Palestinians more than the Arabs themselves did, that no one could have done more than he did to resolve the situation — all the while reducing Arafat to the role of a servile coolie, who humbly attests to the Master’s greatness and nobility.
    And even though I knew at the time there was hardly a word of truth in what he said, I could still feel the tidal pull of his charisma, the temptation to let go and believe in the portrait, the fantasy, he was painting. Indeed, I think Clinton himself probably believed it, at least in the moment of its telling — which is course the hallmark, the supreme talent, of a master grifter.
    Of course, that was long ago. Watching Clinton today on the campaign trail for Hillary, it seems clear that his charisma has severely decayed, perhaps rotted by the years of money-grubbing with oligarchs and despots. Or maybe it’s just the natural fading that comes with age and disuse. (When I saw him, he was only a few weeks out of his presidency, still at the top of his game with the skills he’d honed during decades of continual politicking.) Now he seems brittle, rattled and scattered; he can summon the spirits, in a wan attempt to paint over the truth — but they no longer come when he calls.


    Now Bill's just an old lech.

    And without his charisma and charm, he's going to find it a lot harder to sell the belief that he's innocent the next time a woman accuses him of harassment or rape.


    Here's C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"

     
    Thurdsay, May 19, 2016.  Chaos and violence continue, Haider al-Abadi's failures continue, the IMF gets its hooks in Iraq, corruption continues with vengeance used as a distraction, and much more.



    Today, the US Defense Dept announced:

    Strikes in Iraq
    Fighter and remotely piloted aircraft and rocket artillery conducted 14 strikes in Iraq, coordinated with and in support of Iraq’s government:

    -- Near Baghdadi, a strike destroyed an ISIL vehicle.

    -- Near Albu Hayat, two strikes destroyed an ISIL vehicle bomb and an ISIL front-end loader.

    -- Near Fallujah, a strike struck an ISIL tactical unit.

    -- Near Haditha, a strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position.

    -- Near Kisik, three strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position and an ISIL assembly area.

    -- Near Mosul, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed three ISIL assembly areas and an ISIL vehicle.

    -- Near Qayyarah, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle, two ISIL mortar systems and an ISIL mortar position.

    -- Near Sultan Abdallah, a strike struck an ISIL weapons cache.

    -- Near Tal Afar, a strike struck a large ISIL tactical unit; destroyed five ISIL assembly areas, two ISIL command and control nodes, two ISIL bed-down locations, six ISIL supply caches and an ISIL staging area; and damaged an ISIL oil tanker.


    Task force officials define a strike as one or more kinetic events that occur in roughly the same geographic location to produce a single, sometimes cumulative, effect. Therefore, officials explained, a single aircraft delivering a single weapon against a lone ISIL vehicle is one strike, but so is multiple aircraft delivering dozens of weapons against buildings, vehicles and weapon systems in a compound, for example, having the cumulative effect of making those targets harder or impossible for ISIL to use. Accordingly, officials said, they do not report the number or type of aircraft employed in a strike, the number of munitions dropped in each strike, or the number of individual munition impact points against a target.



    Today, the US destroys Iraq with bombings, for years it has destroyed Iraq by installing 'leaders.'

    Shi'ites who were too chicken to fight for Iraq, fled it and returned after the US-led invasion.

    These cowards -- and all their pathetic, deep-rooted fears -- were installed as 'leaders.'

    And they've destroyed the country with their petty nonsense and their night time terrors.

    Take the pathetic Ibrahim al-Jaafari.

    Today, he's the Minister of Foreign Affairs. His other positions since 2003 would include prime minister of Iraq.


    Since 2003 because the Shi'ite fled Iraq in 1980.  First he ran to Iran and spent nearly a decade there only to move on to London in 1989.

    But when it was safe to come back to Iraq, the coward did and wanted to be a leader because what says "leader" more than fleeing while wetting your pants?


    Today, Ibrahim's in the news for demanding Jordan turn Raghad Saddam Hussein al-Majid over to Iraq.

    Who?

    She's the eldest daughter of former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.

    Hussein was overthrown in the 2003 US-led invasion and later executed (December 30, 2006).

    And his oldest daughter?

    ASHARQ AL-AWSAT reported in 2010:

    Raghad Saddam Hussein, the eldest daughter of former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein fled to Jordan on two separate occasions in her life. Raghad Hussein first fled to Jordan in 1995 along with her husband Hussein Kamel al-Majid who defected from Iraq along with Rana Saddam Hussein and her husband Saddam Kamel al-Majid. Raghad Hussein fled to Jordan for a second time in 2003 following the US invasion of Iraq and the collapse of her father’s regime. Raghad Hussein fled in fear of punishment; in 1995 she fled in order to save her husband’s life from her brother Uday, while in 2003 she fled in fear of the Iraqi people taking revenge against her father by attacking her. Raghad Hussein fled to Amman, where she was placed under the protection of the Jordanian monarch. In 1995, Jordanian King Hussein treated Raghad and Rana Hussein as his own two daughters, and they lived with the Jordanian royals in the royal palace. Whilst in 2003, King Abdullah placed Raghad Hussein under his protection as his guest.

    In 2007, INTERPOL issued a Red Notice (which many in the press falsely called an arrest warrant) but BBC NEWS noted the Red Notice "does not legally oblige Jordan or any other country to act."


    Not only that but Arabic and Islamic law are both on Raghad's side -- a detail often overlooked by the press.

    In 2006, Nouri al-Maliki repeatedly accused of her funding the insurgency and, years later, the Iraqi government began insisting that she was funding the Islamic State.

    Over ten years of accusations and nothing to show for it but high drama.


    THE JERUSALEM POST notes, "In a statement released Wednesday following a meeting between the Jordanian consul in the city of Irbil and senior Iraqi officials, Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari said: 'Iraq asked Jordan to coordinate the extradition of people residing in its territory who are wanted by the Iraqi judicial system'."

    Nothing's ever been proven regarding Raghad Hussein and she's a guest of the King of Jordan who, following Arabic and Islamic law, is under no legal obligation to hand her over to Iraq.

    This blood lust for vengeance is why Iraq cannot move forward.


    Mohammad Tayseer and Dana Khraiche (BLOOMBERG NEWS) report, "Iraq has reached a $5.4 billion, three-year loan agreement with the International Monetary Fund to help OPEC’s second-biggest producer repair public finances damaged by the plunge in oil prices and war with Islamic State militants."


    The revenge fantasies, where the daughter of Saddam Hussein must be captured and flogged in the streets of Baghdad?

    They are raw meat tossed to the masses to distract them from the ongoing corruption in Iraq.

    Billions of dollars have disappeared from the country's coffers as a result of corrupt politicians and officials.

    Rather than fretting over the daughter of Saddam Hussein, they might ask how Nouri al-Maliki's son ended up with all those sports cars and residences outside of Iraq.

    Where did that money come from?

    How did Nouri's two terms as prime minister of Iraq leave him such a wealthy man?

    Those are questions that need to be asked.

    The Iraqi people live in squalor.

    They have no dependable public services.

    Baghdad floods in the raining season -- water up to the knees in some sections (including Sadr City) and that's due to the crumbling public infrastructure.

    The corruption is not a secret.

    There have been US Congressional hearings on the topic going back to the years when Bully Boy Bush occupied the White House.

    Billions have been stolen.

    And now the IMF is getting their hooks into Iraq.

    THE JORDAN TIMES reports:


    The IMF $5.4 billion loan to Iraq will have an annual interest rate of 1.5 per cent, Iraq's Central Bank Governor Ali Al Alak said at a press conference, following a week of talks with IMF officials in Jordan, Reuters reported.  
    The IMF deal will allow Iraq to secure additional financial aid of around $15 billion over the next three years, including securing international bonds, according to [Iraq's Finance Minister Hoshiyar] Zebari.


    At this late stage, who's still pretending that the IMF helps out countries in trouble?


    After Argentina, who still believes that lie?

    In 2004, Antonia Juhasz explained:


    Protests against the policies of the IMF have occurred in every corner of the world for decades. Zimbabwe has been host to some of the most powerful and persuasive due to the appalling record of the IMF in that country. The IMF took a devastated economy and made it far worse – with the vast majority of the burden falling on the poorest members of society.
    An IMF-sponsored study of its policies in Zimbabwe concluded that it "radically underestimated the social consequences," of its policies and that the "social hardship was avoidably severe because of poor program design." In other words, the IMF is to blame for the deadly impacts of its policies in Zimbabwe.
    Sadly, this outcome is not unique. Rather, it represents the constant thread through IMF giving: conditions placed on receipt of loans are designed in virtual apathy to anything other than strict neoliberal measures of financial growth. Cookie-cutter approaches are applied to revamp economies such that a small sector of society (often not even residing within the recipient country) reap enormous gain, while the majority is expected to wait for its benefits to "trickle down" to them. Rarely, if ever, do these trickle down effects occur, leaving the majority – particularly the most vulnerable in society, in markedly worse conditions than before the Fund arrived.
    Several studies of IMF and World Bank structural adjustment programs have actually found that the longer a country succumbs to these programs, the more indebted the country is likely to become



    So it's bad enough that Iraqi officials and politicians have been stealing the country blind, now they've just sold the future of Iraq -- for a few coins.

    It's just more failure from Haider al-Abadi.

    One in a long list of failures.

    Haider?

    US President Barack Obama picked Haider to replace Nouri al-Maliki as prime minister back in the second half of 2014.

    Haider has a lot of people will to lie for him in the press.

    They pretend he's accomplished something.

    He hasn't accomplished a damn thing.

    Iraq's problems from before he became prime minister remain.

    That's the never ending political crisis, that's the Islamic State controlling Mosul.


    On the former, Ali Maouri (AL-MONITOR) reviews the three suggestions for leading Iraq out of its current and ongoing political crisis:

    1. The formation of a national "salvation" government. Former Prime Minister Ayad Allawi made this suggestion in an interview with Asharq al-Awsat newspaper on May 13. Under this proposal, the government would work on getting things back on track within two years, during which it would focus on two main tasks: to defeat the Islamic State (IS) and create a political climate that helps eliminate IS completely, including national reconciliation and addressing the issue of the displaced and fortifying liberated areas, and to pass a new election law and replace the electoral commission to ensure that the next elections are fair. This option seems ideal, but it requires a radical change for which political parties do not seem to be ready. Allawi recognized this problem when reactions to this proposal were unenthusiastic.
    2. The formation of a technocratic government. A proposal for this solution came from Sadrist movement leader Muqtada al-Sadr in February, when he called for the cabinet to include independent figures, disregarding the sectarian quotas that prevent the government from performing its tasks. Sadr played all of his cards to get this proposal passed, including demonstrations, sit-ins and the storming of the Green Zone on April 30. Yet he did not succeed, and was forced to withdraw from political life for two months, he said in an April 30 news conference. Iran's Tasnim News Agency, which is close to Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, reported May 4 that Sadr is in Iran and intends to spend the waiting period there. Right now, the technocratic government is not an option.
    3. The dissolution of parliament and holding of early elections. A number of parliament members, including Jabouri and Jawad Bolani, head of the economy and investment parliamentary committee, demanded as much on April 6. Jabouri called for the signing of a petition to dissolve the parliament and hold early elections, parliament spokesman Emad al-Khafaji said in April. The biggest challenge, however, is that most of Iraq's Sunni areas are under IS control, preventing elections from being held there. Given the vulnerable sectarian situation in Iraq, it would be dangerous for elections to exclude key components.
     


    More and more, it's becoming obvious that Haider can't govern.


    Last month's storming of the Green Zone and the Parliament appears to have shaken the lethargy of some Iraqi politicians and observers and the consensus pretense that Haider is solving anything has faded.


    Ma'ad Fayad (ASHARQ AL-AWSAT) reports:

    Former Iraqi Speaker and Vice President Osama al-Nujaifi blamed the head of parliament and cabinet for breaking into the parliament. Al-Nujaifi added that it is not a taboo to discuss the change of prime minister.
    With respect to the security situation in Iraq, al-Nujaifi said this is the most dangerous stage of Iraq’s history. Al-Nujaifi discussed many other issues in his exclusive interview with Asharq Al-Awsat.
    Al Nujaifi believed that there isn’t a state in Iraq in its conventional meaning. He explained that when there are weapons everywhere, innocent people in prisons, obstruction of justice, and ISIS in several districts, we can’t speak of a state in Iraq. Al-Nujaifi explained that the government should work on those problems to gain the respect of the Iraqi people and the world.



    In the US, Senator Bernie Sanders is seeking the Democratic Party's presidential nomination.  We'll close with these Tweets:



     
     
     
  • Sanders Campaign Statement on Clinton’s Comments
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  • It's unacceptable that billionaire families can leave virtually all of their wealth to their families without paying a reasonable fair tax.
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  • California – if you want to vote for the political revolution, you have gotta register by Monday. Do it right now:
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  • Americans should not have to live in fear that they will go bankrupt if they get sick because politicians won't challenge the drug lobby.
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  • Our country should be investing in jobs and education for our young people, not more jails and incarceration.
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