The Democrats have purged any semblance of progressive politics from their ranks. Democratic party attacks and Republican chicanery were used to end Cynthia McKinney’s congressional career. When Ohio lost a congressional seat after the last census it was no surprise that Dennis Kucinich ended up with the short straw. There isn’t one Democratic member of congress who consistently advances an anti-war platform. Even Ocasio-Cortez falls prey to using liberal gibberish about America being a “force for good” and demanding congressional approval for wars that should never be waged at all. But if she wins her general election in November she will be the lone member who says anything at all about the issues of war and peace.
I'm not opposed to Ocasio-Cortez but I'm not for her yet. Her whole disappearing peace from her website left me suspicious and so I'm waiting to see what comes along in the next few weeks.
Here's C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"
Thursday, July 5, 2018.
Mad Maddie Albright is the one who should come with a warning label. Her actions should have resulted in a mass shunning. Instead, she's allowed to pose as a humanitarian and someone worth listening to.
People like Maddie destroy the world and then stand around as though they have done something worthy of applause. Booing is too kind for the likes of Maddie.
Returning to the topic of the drought in Iraq, Philip Issa (AP) reports:
Iraq has banned its farmers from planting summer crops this year as the country grapples with a crippling water shortage that shows few signs of abating.
Citing high temperatures and insufficient rains, Dhafer Abdalla, an adviser to Iraq’s Ministry of Water Resources, told The Associated Press that the country has only enough water to irrigate half its farmland this summer.
But farmers fault the government for failing to modernize how it manages water and irrigation, and they blame neighboring Turkey for stopping up the Tigris and Euphrates rivers behind dams it wants to keep building.
A water shortage in the summer? It's been a 118 degrees Fahrenheit day for Iraq today. And they suffer a water shortage.
The water issue is not a new one. So why didn't Hayder al-Abadi do anything over the last four years as prime minister to address the issue? Last February, some were sure that a hard summer would be avoidable due to some heavy rains that had fallen. Now that notion is so outrageous that we'll be kind and not name the non-Iraqi outlets that pimped that lie.
The big lie, of course, is that voting helps Iraq. Over and over, Iraq's prime ministers do nothing. The problems are known. They are identified. Then four years fly by and nothing has been done. Over and over this happens. Starting to grasp why so few bothered to vote last May?
How does this happen?
As Patrick Cockburn observes, this is a human-made drought.
It did not happen overnight.
Nor was it a surprise.
In other news, Margaret Griffis (ANTIWAR.COM) notes, "Unidentified gunmen killed a top aide to Shi’ite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr at his home in Najaf. Shawqi Hadad was also a commander of Saraya al-Ashura, one of the Shi’ite militias."
Moqtada's bloc came in first in the May elections. Partial recounts are currently taking place. Apparently, there are no real changes because Kirkuk is the only thing anyone's pointing to.
And any issue with Kirkuk's votes would not be a surprise. They were questioned the day of the election by the governor of Kirkuk who imposed a curfew and called for a manual recount.
So the partial recount appears to be producing no real changes.
Which means the politicians will have less excuses for foot dragging. We're now nearing two months since the election and still no government has been formed.
Lastly . . .
US Iraq war veteran: ‘To prevent veterans’ suicide, US should stop waging wars across the globe’ on.rt.com/995t
Check out the RT article.