Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Iraq snapshot

Tuesday, October 23, 2018.  BLACK AGENT REPORT covers the Women's March on the Pentagon.

At the top of BLACK AGENDA RADIO this week, co-host Glen Ford declares, "BLACK AGENDA REPORT was there for the March on the Pentagon."

It's really a revolutionary statement when you grasp how so many cannot say the same, how many have chosen to ignore last Sunday's Women's March on the Pentagon.

why didn't you cover the women's march on the pentagon.

Need any more proof that sold out to the corporatists and capitalists? didn't even cover the . YEP.

That's right.  Blatant self-promoter Amy Goodman, still touting herself as the daily author of "the war and peace report," continues to ignore peace.

By her actions, she reveals herself.

Bruce A. Dixon:  This is Bruce Dixon at the Pentagon on October 21, 2018 and I'm talking to?

Lisa Davis: Lisa Davis.  I am currently representing the People's Organization for Progress here at the Women's March on the Pentagon but I'm also a member of the Black is Back Coalition for Peace, Justice and Reparations

Bruce A. Dixon:  So what do you think about the military as a solution for Black youth here?

Lisa Davis: The military is no kind of a solution.  The military is based on destruction and war and US imperialism which basically means stealing the resources from people who happen to be non-White all over the world and using it for their [the empire's] benefit and stealing the resources -- their land, their history, their culture, the physical destruction of their bodies and of their minds. I am definitely anti-war, anti-imperialism.

Bruce A. Dixon:  Your elected officials -- especially the Black ones in New Jersey -- are any of them opposed to the wars that we're involved in?

Lisa Davis:  I don't think that they are even aware that we have a war.  They act like they don't care because they don't and I think the difference is that they never bring it up.  That's one of the things that I'm extremely disappointed in because I think that this movement, the Black Liberation struggle, every movement, people on the front lines of the homelessness and everything should be making the war --and stopping the war -- a primary issue in these elections.  No candidate at all should be able to talk to anyone without stating their positions on these wars, these immoral, unjust wars.

Are Lisa Davis' opinions worth hearing?  BAR thinks so and I believe most people would agree -- especially in a media landscape where lobbyists appear on 'news' programs without disclosing who signs their paychecks, where the only voices invited to discuss war or peace are retired generals where never a doubt will be aired when it's time for war, war and more war.

Bruce A. Dixon spoke at the march in DC and, at THIRD, we noted some of his remarks in "Editorial: What can you do?"

Bruce A. Dixon:  We caught Lucy McBath in a place of worship where she came trolling for votes recently and we asked her about the 800 military bases that the United States has around the world.  You know what she said to us?  Lucy?  Oh, oh, Lucy McBath is known for having, unfortunately -- not unfortunately, tragically, criminally, her son was gunned down in Jacksonville, Florida in 2012.  Anyway, we asked her about the 800 military bases and she told us, "Well, you know what, I'm going to have to study up on that."  That's what she told us.  You know, it would be one thing if that was a one-off. But, at BLACK AGENDA REPORT, we took a quick look at Democratic Party Congressional candidates supported by the three organizations that are giving aid to so-called progressive Democrats -- that would be Justice Democrats, A Brand New Congress and Our Revolution.  Those guys were responsible in large part for the success of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in New York City and some other stuff.  Anyway, they've got about 30 Congressional candidates around the country.  22 of them have no positions whatsoever on foreign policy except for support of the state of Israel.  Now, damn, what does that tell us about our Democratic friends?  And not only are some of them our friends, for God's sake, some of them are our families, so let's be real, alright?  I'm not talking about the folks who draw a salary for doing this, I'm talking about the folks who actually have these choices put before them as voters and are not consulted before or after.  You see, that -- that's the problem.  We talk on the left about holding their feet to the fire, but in the real world, I'm afraid that, there ain't no real mechanism under the law for us to hold their feet to the fire.  If only there was.  We as a movement are going to have to come up with something new.  We're going to have to come up with something creative.  It's going to have to violate norms of conduct and the rule of law.  It's going to have to.  I don't know what it's going to look like.  I'm an old man. But I'm going to stick around a few more years to see what it looks like.

While it's no surprise that Rachel Maddow would suppress that message, grasp that Amy Goodman suppressed it as well.

Along with the DC action, there were actions around the country.

Photos from the Las Vegas WOmen's March on the Pentagon. I was honored to speak on behalf of Jewish Voice for Peace.

Meanwhile, not far from 'liberated' Mosul, today a major bombing.  REUTERS reports, "At least six people were killed, including two soldiers, and 30 wounded in a car bomb blast in the northern Iraqi town of Qayyara on Tuesday, police and medical sources said."  ALJAZEERA notes the car "was parked near a restaurant and a crowded market area in the northern Iraqi town of Qayyara."

As the violence continues to brew, Iraq still has no government and the clock is ticking.  Prime minister-designate Adel Abdul al-Mahdi basically has ten days, if the country's Constitution is followed, to form a government.  That means presenting nominees for his Cabinet to the Parliament and getting Parliament to vote in favor of each minister.  There are grumblings on that issue.  ASHARQ AL-AWSAT reports:

Mohammed al-Khalidi, head of Tomouh bloc, stated to Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper that the deputies didn’t receive until this moment any curriculum vitae of ministers to be voted on and studied. He added that they didn’t even receive the government's program on which confidence is granted through voting, which is a matter of great importance.

On whether the government will garner the votes when presented in front of the parliament, Khalidi said that he expects so but not easily despite the presence of two huge blocs supporting the prime minister-designate which are: Alliance Towards Reforms and Fatah Alliance.

In the US, the propaganda continues.  Carlo Versano (CHEDDAR) types:

Valerie Plame Wilson says a movie about the George W. Bush White House's exposure of her covert role as a CIA agent is more relevant than ever in the Trump era of "lies and deception."
Plame spoke to Cheddar Monday alongside director Doug Liman on the occasion of the re-release of Liman's 2010 film "Fair Game," which tells a dramatized version of the story that became widely known as the Plame Affair and eventually led to the conviction of top Bush aide Scooter Libby on charges related to blowing Plame's cover.
Plame, a former covert nuclear proliferation specialist, was outed as a spy by a newspaper columnist in 2003 after her husband, then-ambassador Joe Wilson, wrote an op-ed in The New York Times that cast doubt on one of the Bush administration's pivotal reasons for invading Iraq. Plame's identity was then leaked to Robert Novak of The Washington Post by White House officials looking to discredit his findings.

Valerie Plame -- a case study in vanity.  Can she ever just go away?  First off, Richard Armitage publicly confessed to outing Plame.  Second, what Scotter Libby did was shocking only to idiots.  (We addressed his relationship with Judith Miller in our parody piece "Rudith Miller" back in January of 2005 -- months and months before it was revealed.)

As to that being why we arrived here today?

No.  Valerie Plame (and people like her) are why we are where we are today.

Valerie Plame did nothing to help anyone not named Valerie Plame.  She was rightly mocked for her photo shoot with VANITY FAIR -- the blond in the sports car.

She's done nothing.

Excuse me, in the years since, she's embraced hatred for the Jews and that resulted in her losing a post.  That's about all she's done, embraced hatred.

For someone who wants to pretend she's of some import -- she'e meaningless and a piece of s**t -- ask her what she did to stop the Iraq War?


And we're not just talking about while in the CIA but in her many, many years out of the CIA.

She did nothing.  She couldn't even be bothered to Tweet about Iraq unless (a) it was the far ago past and (b) she could work her own name into the Tweet because, please understand, every event of importance must begin and end with Valerie Plame.

She has refused to call out the ongoing war.  She is useless.

Doug Liman?  Has there ever been a bigger closet case?  At 53, you'd think he'd get honest or at least stop using male actors as his personal Barbie dolls.  Liman is, was and remains a minor talent.  His FAIR GAME was a bomb in 2010 and remains one today.

But, hey, it's 2018 and here's Valerie Plame.  She can't talk about the ongoing Iraq War but she can talk about a movie based on her.  An old movie.  A film that bombed.  Let's not pretend she hasn't wasted her life.

Astonishing fact: In 2002, 33 IR scholars paid for an ad in NYTimes against Iraq invasion. . None has since been asked to serve in government or advise a presidential campaign. None has spoken at annual meetings of the . From new book.

Yet Valerie Plame is still talking about herself and none of the victims of the Iraq War.

The following community sites -- plus Jody Watley and BLACK AGENDA REPORT -- updated:

  • 19 hours ago 
  • Monday, October 22, 2018

    Iraq snapshot

    Monday, October 22, 2018.  The Maddowists in the US press work overtime to hide the Women's March on the Pentagon (Amy Goodman, we see you) while the corrupt Hoshyar Zebari is floated as a member of the Iraqi government's new Cabinet and the PUK takes another nose dive in the elections.

    "The war and peace report."  Amy Goodman loves to boast that at the top of each broadcast of her increasingly horrific DEMOCRACY NOW! If it was truly the war and peace report, it wouldn't, for example, have promoted the war on Libya.  And it certainly wouldn't have ignored the Women's March on the Pentagon -- both on last Friday's broadcast and on this morning's broadcast.

    At THIRD, we covered the march with "Editorial: What can you do?" and quote Green Party presidential nominee in 2012 and 2016 Jill Stein stating:

    You know there's not a lot of democracy out there right now because they've got this new  McCarthyism thing going.  We've got another name for it.  We call it Maddowism after its latest cheerleader because this era of political opposition or I should say political  censorship and war mongering and the suppression of political opposition is back big time.

    Maddowism and its creeping across the entire media landscape. 

    The Women's March On The Pentagon took place today, but you'd never know it from mainstream news sources.

    Forget the MSM, it's also the beggar media that constantly begs for our money to stay on the air but can't be bothered with broadcasting news that matters and inspires and could encourage real growth. 
    DEMOCRACY NOW! can't be bothered covering the Women's March on the Pentagon with even a headline.  On Sunday, KPFK's always laughable Nagwa Ibrahim used the hour of MIDDLE EAST IN FOCUS to discuss . . . GITMO which, for the record, is Cuba which, pay attention, Nagwa, is not part of the Middle East.  KPFA's increasingly Maddowed evening news on Sunday did recognize peace efforts . . . from the Vietnam-era.  In the best sense of consumerism, they used over five minutes of the newscast to urge everyone to spend, spend this coming Friday to see a documentary from over forty years ago THE WAR COMES HOME.  They didn't do a damn thing to note the wars going on today.  They didn't do a damn thing to note the Women's March on the Pentagon.  But, hey, the worthless director of the forgotten film did claim credit for all that 'resistance' going on today.  What a proud moment for everyone.

    The action was not just about the march in DC.  There were satellite actions throughout the country as well as a few out of the country.

    Naval Park, Buffalo, 10/21/2018, solidarity with Women's March on the Pentagon

    Connecticut Supports the Women's March on the Pentagon. Our Support Rally in West Hartford, CT

    solidarity with the Women's March on the Pentagon

    Why the march?  Many reasons.  Including:

    The Women's March Failed Victims of US Wars So Cindy Sheehan Organized A Women's March on The Pentagon

    DC DIRECT ACTION NEWS reports, "The 21st of October featured Cindy Sheehan’s Women’s March on the Pentagon. Protesters assembled outside the Pentagon City shopping mall, and set off chanting “out of the shopping malls and into the streets.” The march wound under the highway and through the streets around the Pentagon before finally ending in one of the Pentagon parking lots."

    1. Great day out at the Women's March on The Pentagon. Both + were well represented. Why? Both are all about peace. Major parties? They are both pro-war so why would they attend. My family about to listen to some peace speakers.
    2. Cindy Sheehan and the Womens March on the Pentagon: A Movement, Not Just a Protest

    We were in D.C today for the Women's March on the Pentagon! Thanks so much to Cindy Sheehan for organizing ❤

    In Iraq, the war and occupation continue.  And the hopes that a new prime minister might mean change diminish with each passing day.  As we noted Saturday, Iraq's new president Barham Salih declared that addressing government corruption would be the number one priority of the new government.  And we've heard over and over that this new government must be made up of technocrats not quotas as they've done in the past. 

    Yet we have this . . .

    1. Sacked for corruption.. Nominated for Finance Minister!! Zebari was sacked by Parliament over ‘corruption’ in 2016, allowing him to return to AdilAbdAlMahdi’s cabinet in 2018 is a disgraceful undermining of the Parliament!
    2. Sacked for corruption.. Nominated for Finance Minister!! Zebari was sacked by Parliament over ‘corruption’ in 2016, allowing him to return to ’s cabinet in 2018 is a disgraceful undermining of the Parliament!

    al-Mahdi is prime minister-designate, says he will have his Cabinet ready to be nominated to Parliament in two days and also that corruption will be addressed but plans to nominate Hillary Clinton's close friend Hoshyar Zebari who was kicked out of his post for corruption.  And let's be really clear that it's almost impossible to be forced out due to corruption.  Zebari's one of the few who ever has been.  But now there's talk of putting him in the Cabinet?

    And you expect to be seen as serious about confronting corruption?

    Let's move over to the KRG.  Sunday, we called out the stupidity of media outlets like AFP who insisted, "The dominant party in Iraq’s Kurdistan has secured the most seats in the autonomous region’s Parliament, despite its leader Massoud Barzani having championed an ill-fated independence referendum last year, the local electoral commission said Sunday."

    The stupidity in that statement is amazing.  The Kurds are the largest group on the globe without a homeland.  They are persecuted in Turkey and elsewhere.  The dream of a homeland did not start this decade or this century.  It's a long held dream. 

    Massoud Barzani delivered a referendum in September 2017 on whether or not the KRG should be independent and over 92% of the voters said it should be independent.

    Now the US government did not want the Kurds to hold that non-binding referendum.  So the knee jerk reactionary position of the press was to attack the referendum.  Never should a free press be independent, apparently. 

    But the Kurdish history is long and they've been attacked repeatedly over the years so Baghdad's little stunts following the referral didn't hurt the Kurds, not long term.  It did help bind them together.  Yet again, it was them against the outside world.

    A year later, the Kurds in the KRG vote and, no surprise at all, Barzani's party is the big winner.  XINHUA reported Saturday:

    The Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) has won the most seats in the Sept. 30 parliamentary elections of the semi-autonomous region of Kurdistan in northern Iraq.
    Around midnight Saturday, the Kurdish Independent High Electoral and Referendum Commission (IHERC) announced the final results, which showed the KDP, headed by Masoud Barzani, took the lead with 45 seats of the 111-seat regional parliament.

    The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), led by former Iraqi President Fuad Masoum, came second with 21 seats, the results showed.

    Barzani's KDP won over twice the number of seats that the Talabani's PUK won.


    For one thing, the Talabani family deprived Iraq of a president for over 18 months.  Jalal Fat Ass Talabani had a stroke and his in Germany for 18 months because he could not speak or move.  The Talabanis laughably posed him for photos -- a la WEEKEND AT BERNIE'S -- and they're seen as corrupt and liars for that. 

    There's also Jalal's infamous statement -- ignored by the western press -- that an independent Kurdistan was just a dream.

    Fat Ass Talabani is dead.  Thankfully.  Last year, his two sons worked overtime to stop the referendum (and failed).  The Talabanis also called for the peshmerga to stand down in Kirkuk.  These are not minor issues to Kurds.

    The Talabanis -- like AFP and so many others -- are out of touch with the Kurds.

    Excuse me, the Tlabanis are apparently smarter than AFP or Joel Wing, they can learn.  Bafel Talabani gives lip service to independence for Kurdistan in today's interview with ALJAZEERA for example.  He's at least smart enough to grasp how out of step the PUK is currently with the Kurds they would supposedly like to represent.

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