Friday, November 26, 2021

Where's the NBA's LaBitch James?

You know LaBitch James, right?

The uneducated fool who is a nightmare off the court but thinks he has something beyond basketball to offer the world?

The one who mocked a kid for crying at a trial?

Well, LaBitch, where's your mockery of Darrell E. Brooks?  Who?  This man:

Police say the man accused of plowing into a Christmas parade in Wisconsin and killing six people was arrested in Union City earlier this year.

Police say Darrell E. Brooks, 39, drove his SUV through a parade in Waukesha last weekend. Five adults and an 8-year-old boy were killed and at least 60 other people were injured.


Heavy notes:

On November 23, 2021, in a Waukesha County court hearing in which Brooks sobbed and hyperventilated as some victims’ families watched silently, a court commissioner set his bail at $5 million. There was heavy security at the courthouse.

“I have been doing this for almost 40 years, and the nature of this offense is shocking,” Court Commissioner Kevin Costello said, setting the bail. He said that two detectives who tried to stop Brooks’ car believe he was intentionally trying to hit people; he was charged with five counts of first-degree intentional homicides, and a sixth charge is now expected.



No mocking of  cold-blooded killer Brooks?

LaBitch James really is a bitch.  He's no hero -- on the court or off.

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


Thursday, November 25, 2021.  A US veteran is dead and it's not because he's crazy but it may because the system failed him, protests continue in Iraq, the Australian government tells the world to please abuse Australian citizens, and much more.

Rose L. Thayer (STARS AND STRIPES) reports:

Ian Fishback, a former Army officer who in 2005 raised concerns about the treatment of detainees in the Global War on Terror, died Nov. 19 at an adult treatment facility in Michigan. He was 42 years old.

In a statement posted with Fishback’s obituary, the veteran’s family thanked his hometown community in Newberry, Mich., for the support provided Fishback in “recent difficult times.”

“He faced many challenges and many of us felt helpless. We tried to get him the help he needed. It appears the system failed him utterly and tragically. There are many questions surrounding his death and the official cause of death is unknown at this time. We can assure you that we will get to the bottom of this. We will seek justice for Ian, because justice is what mattered most to him,” according to the statement.

Fishback’s mental health had declined recently and he struggled to get access to medical and mental health care from Veterans Affairs, said his longtime friend Justin Ford.

For those who knew Fishback, his friend said that his actions regarding the inhumane treatment of detainees came as no surprise. He always had a strong moral and ethical compass and held tightly to those principles, Ford said.

“Standing up for what you believe in is never easy. And it wasn't easy on him,” he said. “He paid a price.” 

THE NEW YORK TIMES had a story on Ian Fishback.  We didn't note it.  

Ian Firshback did something heroic when others didn't.  He could have looked the other way, as many did. He could have focused on something else.  But he knew right from wrong and was raised to stand up for what was right.  

To me, THE TIMES story read like 'crazy man kills himself -- more mental illness help needed at VA.'

He wasn't crazy.  

I don't know that you could even call him mentally ill.  And be careful with that term if your goal is to help veterans.  Don't just apply it because you survived viewing a season of Jerry Springer programs and you think that's the equivalent of a hospital residency.  

We say "Post-Traumatic Stress" here and we have used that forever.  That condition is a coping condition.  You are in volatile and violent environment and your body and your mind respond by making you hyper-vigilant.  A veteran with PTS has a coping mechanism and now that she or he is back in civilian life, they need some help adjusting, re-orienting their body, mind and soul to a calmer world that they do not have to be hyper-vigilant in order to protect themselves and others.

When you stigmatize something, you make it harder for people who need some coaching, counseling or assistance to get it.  Retired Gen Peter Chiarelli got that and was part of the move towards changing the term to PTS.  

"Disorder" at the end of that is a shaming term that will result in fewer service members and veterans seeking assistance.  

Words do matter.  And THE NEW YORK TIMES report was appalling.

Crazy man kills himself -- more money to VA so the crazies can help!

That is how it read.

A brave person did a heroic thing.  It wasn't easy to do it at the start and you can be sure it was hard to live with.  Revealing what was happening didn't undo the damage.  It didn't undo what was done -- those tortured were not magically untortured.  And the horror that Ian felt that moved him to expose what was happening remained inside him.

That's sadly very normal.  No one should have that in their head.  We would all struggle with that.  It is normal.  We recoil from horrors for a reason.

The system clearly failed Ian.  But Ian wasn't crazy.  He was sent by our government into a war and he experienced very troubling things as a result.  You go deep diving, you need to decompress.  You experience what Ian did, you need something more than, "Thanks for your service."

And to be really clear, I'm not advocating for returning service members to be kept in some sort of isolation for weeks.  When they return, they should be able to return to their loved ones.  I am saying that services need to be made available.  That's counseling with trained medical professionals, absolutely.  That's also religious counseling -- that's chaplains and others.  There should be a huge range of people to talk to and you should be encouraged to check in with some of the resources available.  

If a veteran is feeling suicidal, it is great that there's a toll free number where they can serve assistance -- 800-273-8255 -- and it's sad that Eric Shinseki's family worked to make the use of that number questionable.  But that the service is so needed goes to the fact that there are so many gaps in care.  

And there were way too many gaps on the part of the US government with regards to Ian.  He was abandoned in many ways.

He did a heroic and courageous thing.  The US government did not honor that action.

There needs to be an award for people who show true courage and character by coming forward like he did.  He received no special decoration from the US government.  If he had, that could have eased some of his stress.  If the government had officially recognized the strength of his actions, that could have made a real difference.

In Iraq, protests continue:

🎥🛑In #Iraq police respond with force as #Sulaymaniyah student protest enters third day

Ayub Zangana Tweets:

On the #16DaysofActivism against violence against women I'm sharing these photos of brave women who are brutally attacked and beaten by security forces of #sulaymaniyah for demanding their rights. KRG is only against violence if it's not done by them.

MRT explains:

The protests, in principle to ask that scholarships be restored to university students, highlight the economic crisis that the autonomous government is going through. Significantly, 80% of Iraqis trying to reach the European Union from Belarus come from this region of northern Iraq.

In view of the complaints, the Kurdistan regional government has decided to allocate a budget to help students of universities and institutes, according to an official spokesperson quoted by the information network Esta. It is not clear if that promise will be enough to calm the spirits of young Kurds, whose protests have been harshly repressed according to local media.

The Kurdistan government suspended student stipends in 2015, due to the economic crisis caused by falling oil prices, the fight against the so-called Islamic State and the wave of internally displaced people who arrived from other areas of the country. Until then, university and high school students received between 30,000 and 100,000 Iraqi dinars (between 18 and 61 euros) a month. Now, young people consider that the circumstances that led to the interruption of aid have already been overcome.

Dilan Sirwan (RUDAW) reports:

Half a dozen men, some of them heavily armed, wrestle a young man to the ground where one of the men kicks him hard in the head. The young man is then hauled to his feet and led away, all the while taking blows from the men’s fists. This is the scene in a video that appears to have been shot from a nearby rooftop during a student protest in Sulaimani. The clip sparked outrage online. 

The protests began on Sunday at the University of Sulaimani and were met with a crackdown as police used electric batons to disperse the crowd. But the protests have continued, growing in size every day and spreading to other cities and towns across the Kurdistan Region.

The internal security forces (Asayish) issued a statement on Wednesday about the video “in which someone hurts a protester in an illegal and inappropriate way.” They said they have made an arrest in connection with the incident. 

The protests began with students demanding restoration of a living allowance. The government used to pay a monthly stipend of 40,000 to 100,000 dinars ($27 - $67) per student. It was one of the expenses the government cut when it introduced austerity measures like salary cuts to cope with the financial crisis caused by the war with the Islamic State (ISIS), low oil prices, and budget disputes with Baghdad. Without the funds, some students have problems buying food or paying for accommodation. 

But the allowance is just the start of a long list of grievances.

“The allowances was basically the match that starts the fire. We are demanding better services. We are demanding the removal of political influence from university affairs. We are demanding a better education system,” Ahmed*, one of the protesters, told Rudaw English on Wednesday. 

Student representatives on university councils are often picked based on their affiliation with political parties. Classes are often overcrowded or frequently interrupted because teachers go on strike over unpaid salaries. 

In Iraq -- yes, even in the KRG -- the government response is always to attempt attacks on reporters to discourage coverage.   Again, even in the KRG this happens:

Four journalists detained during protests in Sulaymaniyah

AL-AHAD TV notes:

Our correspondent in Sulaymaniyah: The media cannot approach the gate of Sulaymaniyah University for the fear of getting arrested. #Iraq

The 'brave' Kurdish forces are attacking reporters and they're attacking students.  This is outrageous.  Where are the Barzanis and the Talabanis -- the two Kurdish family dynasties?  Why aren't they publicly speaking up?  Because they're in charge of the government and they approve of these actions?

Actions like the ones Nozheen Murad notes below:

“…security forces locked up about 20 girls in one of the university dormitories of the University of Sulaymaniyah and fired tear gas inside the hall”
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I thought Hiro Talabani was many things.  I did not think she was stupid until right now.  Is there a reason she hasn't deployed all her sons in front of TV cameras to denounce what's going on?  To pin it on the Barzanis?  That would elevate her family.  Not much else will at this point.  I thought she was smart enough to seize every opportunity.  Guess not.  Or maybe her sons are all in the US right now?

As for the Barzanis, they need to grasp that the Talabanis rode high for years and didn't think that would ever end.  It has ended.  Election after election demonstrates that.  And that could easily be the Barzanis fate next if they don't start addressing real concerns and stop using security forces to threaten and abuse the people.

Speaking of failed governments, will Australia ever defend their own citizens?  They refuse to stand by journalist Julian Assange who remains threatened and abused by the US and UK governments.  In addition, they refuse to defend another citizen who's being held in an Iraqi prison.  Christopher Knaus (GUARDIAN) reports:

Australian engineer Robert Pether has penned a handwritten note to Scott Morrison from his Iraqi jail cell, pleading for the prime minister to intervene and warning he is effectively being held hostage.

Pether has been behind bars for almost eight months after being lured to Iraq and arrested in relation to a dispute between his firm and the Central Bank of Iraq over the construction of its new Baghdad headquarters.

In August, Pether was sentenced to five years in an Iraqi jail and fined $US12m over allegations his firm, CME Consulting, spent money that should have gone to an architect and a subcontractor.

The sentence devastated his Ireland-based family, including his wife, Desree, and three children, who say Pether has been punished for what is effectively a contractual dispute that belongs in civil courts.

Pether said he’d been tricked into signing a confession – written in Arabic – in front of a judge after being told it was a routine court record.

“Two months later I learned the document was my alleged confession,” he wrote. “The first time I saw a translation of this document was four months after this date and it was nothing like the statement I had given during the interrogation process.”

Australia's 60 MINUTES filed a report a few weeks ago.

Winding down, yesterday's snapshot noted Hunter Biden's latest scandal.  Yesterday evening, a friend told me Jonathan Turley had weighed in.  We had problems yesterday getting the snapshot up so I missed that -- I did go in an add a note and a link.  If you missed his column, here's the opening:

I previously wrote a column on the one year anniversary of the Hunter Biden laptop story that marveled at the success of the Biden family in making the scandal vanish before that 2020 election. It was analogized to Houdini making his 10,000-pound elephant Jennie disappear in his act. The Biden trick however occurred live before an audience of millions. Now, in an encore, a new major story on Biden’s Chinese dealings has surfaced. Once again, poof!

The media has made the story disappear except for a couple of the usual outlets. Even with the New York Times reporting on the story, the disclosure of Biden’s role in securing one of the world’s largest cobalt mines for China (a key component to electric battery production) has been ignored by the major networks and many other print outlets. Once again, ABC. NBC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, and other media just cannot see the elephant.

What is most amazing about this continuing trick is that the story has all of the elements that the media longed to confirm during the Trump Administration on the financial dealings of the Trump children. The son of the President was involved in a successful effort to handover a strategically vital natural resource to the Chinese that would guarantee their dominance in one of the most important new industries of the “Green economy.” This occurred during a period when Hunter Biden and his uncle were accused of running a global influence peddling operation with foreign powers that cashed in on the Vice Presidency of Joe Biden. Then there is the fact that the story appears to contradict denials of continuing ownership in such foreign interests by the Bidens.

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Ridley Scott is an idiot

I'm not a Ridley Scott groupie.  Anything he's ever done, I'm pretty sure that James Cameron could do better -- much better.  But I didn't realize how stupid Ridley Scott was until today with this:

Academy Award-nominated director Ridley Scott thinks he knows why his latest project, The Last Duel, wasn't able to spar with its competitors at the box office.
The acclaimed director addressed the film's less-than-ideal grossing numbers during the latest episode of Marc Maron's WTF podcast. Despite receiving rave reviews from critics, The Last Duel—a movie released in mid-October starring Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Jodie Comer—only raked in $28 million against a production budget of $100 million.
"Disney did a fantastic promotion job," Scott said of the movie's production studios, adding that "the bosses loved the movie… I was concerned it was not for them."
According to Ridley, there may be a particular generation that might be to blame for the absence in sales. "I think what it boils down to," he said. "What we've got today [are] the audiences who were brought up on these f--king cellphones. The millennian [sic] do not ever want to be taught anything unless you're told it on a cellphone."



He needs to deal with reality which means accepting the fact that his film flopped and it's his fault.  No one wants to see Matt Damon.  No one wants his politics.  No one wants his queerbaiting.  And to that mix, before the film opened, remember, he announced his own children called him out for referring to gay people as "fa**ots." 


People do not like him.  If you look at his box office average, it's $19.5 million -- that's the average box office take on a film he's the lead in.  

Ridley was an idiot for casting Matt Damon to begin with.  And he's short, he's squat, he's not an action hero.  It was a stupid move.  Don't blame ticket buyers for staying away.



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


Tuesday, November 23, 2021.  The facts in a legal case continue to be twisted and/or ignored, in Iraq, students are protesting but where is the western media?

Starting in the US, with Jimmy Dore.

And now from THE HILL.


Betty, Marcia, Ava and I shared our take on the media malpractice in "We didn't know Al Sharpton had gone into labor (Be..." and Ann just posted last night "Whoopi can't let go of the crazy."

I've got to make one more comment.

Across state lines?  I didn't know Kyle Rittenhouse was being accused of violating The Mann Act.  Do these raving lunatics get how idiotic they sound.  Whoopi Goldberg, you're just an argument for ABC to cancel THE VIEW at this point.  You're uninformed and you have no legal knowledge to argue.  Nor can you admit that you have gotten this case wrong from the beginning.  That 'brave' man that you're mourning went up to a kid and hit him with a skateboard.  You don't know anything and yet you babble on.  The media is guilty of malpractice yet again.  And it's really past time that accountability came to bear.  

Here is what Betty, Marcia, Ava and I noted of the young man Whoopi is mourning:

Anthony Huber looks like smart mouth trash in every photo we see of him. Doesn't mean he deserved to be shot. He was shot by Kyle while he had a skateboard in one hand and was reaching for Kyle's gun with the other. His girlfriend wants the world to know that he was intelligent. Nope. He was a f**king idiot. What a sense of White entitlement to think you could grab a gun out of someone's hands. You didn't catch any African-Americans playing the fool. 

The law is the law.  And you're bitching and whining that you weren't able to twist and turn it to fit your desires is really embarrassing.  Self-defense was always going o prevail, the video evidence was going to ensure that.  Apparently, most of the chattering heads either didn't watch the videos or chose to ignore them because the evidence didn't fit with their desires to froth at the mouth.  

An actual legal expert, Jonathan Turley, covered the case repeatedly and wisely.  This is from his latest:

The aftermath of the Kyle Rittenhouse verdict is a lesson in unrequited rage. After a jury of 12 citizens in Kenosha, Wis., acquitted Rittenhouse on all charges, politicians and media figures lashed out at the judge, the jury and the entire legal system.

Like our politics and our media, the legal system has become a vehicle for collective rage; there is no room for doubt or deviation from our predispositions. Yet in denouncing “vigilante justice,” pundits and politicians seem to be advocating for a form of mob justice.

The difference between vigilante and mob justice? Perspective and numbers.

For some, Rittenhouse running down Sheridan Road in Kenosha with his AR-15 is a vigilante. For Rittenhouse, people chasing him with guns and chains is a mob. Neither involves actual justice, which is what juries mete out through the dispassionate application of law and facts.

Most of us — including his defense counsel, following the verdict — were critical of Rittenhouse and his decision to take his AR-15 to a riot. However, the trial revealed key facts that sharply diverged from past media reports. For the first time, the public was not reading facts filtered and framed by the media. In a great demonstration of the value of cameras in courtrooms, the public could reach its own conclusions.

It turned out that Rittenhouse was not an “outsider” but someone with long, close ties to Kenosha. He spent much of that fateful day in Kenosha cleaning graffiti from the walls of the high school and was asked by a business owner to protect his property that night. He did not chase down his victims and shoot one, Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, in the back as Rosenbaum attempted to flee. Instead, he was attacked by all three men he shot, including one who pointed a gun at his head. Rosenbaum, a convicted child molester with a history of mental illness, threatened to kill him and others earlier.

Yet the “white supremacist” narrative was a “fact too good to check” by the media, which almost uniformly failed to report on facts supporting the claim of self-defense.

Within days of the shootings, then-presidential candidate Joe Biden referenced Rittenhouse as a “white supremacist” despite no evidence supporting that widely repeated claim.

Likewise, when the judge ruled on motions for Rittenhouse, he was declared a racist. When the jurors ruled for Rittenhouse, they — including a black juror — were declared to be racists, too. When Rittenhouse was allowed to go free, the entire legal system was denounced as racist.

Even after grudgingly stating that we “must abide” by the verdict, President Biden added that the verdict left “many Americans feeling angry and concerned, myself included.”

Read the entir column and grasp how those who should be taking accountability are refusing to do so.  

You have painted yourself into a corner.  I don't ever do that.  If I'm wrong, I'm wrong.  I don't double down and make it worse by telling lies.  You distorted reality and you tried to incite a mob.  I really think a large number of pundits should be off the air over this.  The verdict was not surprising at all given the evidence.  That grown ups who are allowed to host programs got it so wrong and are now refusing to own up to their mistakes argues that the networks have chosen very poorly when selecting hosts.

Supposedly, we want truth and not disinformation.  Well THE VIEW is nothing but propaganda at this point and should come with a warning label.  It's far from the only one that requires a sticker.

Now before we go further, Saturday's "No, US forces most likely are not leaving Iraq at the end of 2021" noted the following:

On things that go up here . . .

I'm asked by a certain writer why we're not noting him here?  

Does he cover Iraq?  No.  So it would be doing him a favor.  I was fine with that in the past.  

I've noted that my eyes are in serious decline.  I see two different eye surgeons and have had multiple surgeries since 2020 on my eyes.  I'm not here to put myself out to do you a damn favor when you start sneaking the f-word into your writing -- your lo-o-o-ng writing.  I don't have the time to through and change every f-word into "f**k" so it will be safe to post here.

That's how you get banned.  I don't have the time.  I don't have the energy.  And I just don't give a f**k.  Do you, who use that term without "**" over and over, grasp that?

I have better things to do with my time.  Again, I don't work for you.  I also don't owe you a damn thing.  You pushed yourself off this site.

A video panel?  Four panelists.  It was on Iraq.  It didn't get noted despite two panelists asking it be noted.  I don't have to agree with something for it to go up here.  But the first panelist to speak was a complete liar and I'm just not in the mood.  If he'd been the third or the fourth, it would have been fine.  But as the first to speak, he's all most would have listened to and I would've heard about all the e-mails asking why I highlighted a known liar and what was I thinking and . . . 

If the panel had opened with a proper introduction, for example, I might have posted it.  But it opens with this one man already in the midst of making an argument and he doesn't know what he's talking about and his claims are insensitive to the Iraqi people.  

I don't have to like you for you to go up here.  I don't even have to agree with you.  But there are some things that aren't going to go up here.

If I can't use the f-word in full here, you can't either.  If you want to misrepresent (and insult) the Iraqi people, I'm not interested.  

If you're trying to get something you did noted at this site, you need to grasp what's needed to go up at this site and you need to grasp that it's not my job to rewrite you, to edit you, to clean up your copy, whatever.  

To me, the above was clear.  To the writer?  Apparently not which is why yesterday evening he submitted another piece, this one contained f**king in the opening sentence -- but without "**".  You're now blocked.  You'll go to spam automatically.  I consider your submissions to be harassment.  I've made clear that this has to be work safe.  I've made clear -- several times this year -- that my sight is going.  Injections aren't helping.  Laser isn't helping.  Surgery isn't helping.  I don't have time to do your work for you and what kind of a jerk are you that you would expect me to in the first place?

I don't care that everybody's banned you.  You got yourself banned here because you couldn't follow the most basic of policies.  I don't agree with your viewpoints.  But I did share them over and over.  Until you started with the f-word.  

I'm not going to disrespect the community here.  We had to go work safe because a community member -- who worked for a Catholic Church, got written up for reading a WASHINGTON POST article in which Dick Cheney was using the f-word and the article didn't censor the f-word.  

That policy, that we have to be work safe, has been in place for the life of this site.  We aren't changing it for you.  

You're not being censored here because of your political speech.  You're being censored because I am not your editor, I don't work for you and don't drop your crap at my door and expect me to fix it for you.

I've been more than kind to you over the years, noting everything you sent in.  You never noted us because, let's face it, that's how men like you are.  You expect everyone to do for you.

Well I'm not your Mommy. Clean up your own mess.  You will go to the spam folder from now on and everyone checking the public e-mail account has been informed to delete you without opening your e-mails.  Go away.

Protests continue in Iraq.   TASNIM reports:

University students from across the Iraqi Kurdistan Region staged protests for the third day in a row, demanding that the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) resume issuing their monthly stipends.

Security forces used tear gas and rubber bullets on Tuesday as thousands of university students stormed the streets of Sulaymaniyah for the third day in a row calling on the government to reinstate their student allowances, which have been cut since 2014.

The students initially blocked the main Kirkuk- Sulaymaniyah road before heading towards the center of the city, where they were faced with a significant number of security forces.

Just meters away from the headquarters of Sulaymaniyah's ruling party, the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), located in the city’s Salim street, the protesting students were confronted by an extra number of security forces firing rubber bullets, teargas, and using water cannons to stop them from proceeding further.

Dilan Sirwan (RUDAW) reports:

Security forces used tear gas and rubber bullets on Tuesday as thousands of university students stormed the streets of Sulaimani for the third day in a row calling on the government to reinstate their student allowances, which have been cut since 2014.

The students initially blocked the main Kirkuk-Sulaimani road before heading towards the center of the city, where they were faced with a significant number of security forces.

Just meters away from the headquarters of Sulaimani's ruling party, the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), located in the city’s Salim street, the protesting students were confronted by an extra number of security forces firing rubber bullets, teargas, and using water cannons to stop them from proceeding further.

Rudaw video footage showed protesting students responding to security forces with stones, and a few students picking up teargas canisters and throwing them back at the forces.

The Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) told Rudaw English that protestors were heading to the city center when they were confronted by security forces.

Warrior0028 Tweets:

Student protests have taken place in Sulaimani for the third day in a row, alongside protests today in Erbil, Koya, Halabja, Rania, and Kalar. Across the Kurdistan Region, students are calling for the restoration of a government study allowance, which has been cut since 2014.

NRT Tweets:

Gunfire reported as students carry on protesting in Sulaimani #NRTnews #Sulaimani #Protest

That's an impressive turnout.   Ruwayda notes:

Students protest in Sulaimani and other areas today. Proud of your spirit and determination in making your democratic voice heard. Blue heartVictory hand#Kurdistan

NRT reports:

New Generation Movement (NGM) President Shaswar Abdulwahid issued separate statements on Monday (November 22) on student protests to authorities in the Kurdistan Region and the demonstrating students.

Abdulwahid said in his statement to the authorities that the NGM had sent water and supplies to residents of the Sulaimani University residents but the donations were not allowed to reach the students.

"If you are not serving these students, let others do so,” the NGM president said in his statement to the authorities.

Abdulwahid said students are seen internationally as resources for their country and their calls should be answered.

Speaking to the protestors, the NGM president said, "You students are the revolution and change of hand in every country. We are with you and support you with our media and parliamentarians. Don’t give up.”

Sheelen notes last night in a Tweet:

University students protested in #Sulaimani on Monday, calling for restoration of a government study allowance. The protest turned violent with police using force, electric batons, and tear gas. #twitterkurds #Kurdistan #السليمانية_تقمع

While Mazin H. Sulaiman appeals to a NEW YORK TIMES reporter to please cover these protests (protests the western press is ignoring):

Hello madam , please talk about Kurdish students , Student protests have taken place in Kurdistan region for the third day in a row . Across the Kurdistan Region, students are calling for the restoration of a government study allowance, which has been cut since 2014.

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