The parliamentary grilling of Trade Minister Abdul Falah al Sudany ran live Saturday and Sunday on state television, and everyone in Baghdad seems to have been watching.
The above is from Jack Dolan's "Corruption probe appalls -- and encourages -- Iraqis" (McClatchy Newspapers) and, surprisingly, the New York Times hasn't been on this story. But they did pimp Good Times For Nouri yesterday. (And they offer nothing from Iraq today.) As Dolan notes, al-Sudani is a member of Nouri's Dawa party. Corruption in Nouri's party and yesterday the Times was a twitter over Nouri's chances at breezing through parliamentary elections (now pushed back to January from December). Natalia Antelava (BBC) adds:
The ministry of trade is accused of making millions by selling the food aid to traders instead of giving it away.
In late April the anti-corruption committee sent a police unit to deliver arrest warrants for senior trade ministry officials, including the minister's two brothers.
But the police were greeted by shots fired into the air by the ministry's own guards. During the brief shoot out that followed, the officials, including the brothers, escaped through a back gate.
One of the brothers has since been caught, but the minister denies allegations of wrong-doing.
"Is this what you call democracy? Government officials are getting rich off the back of our misery," one buyer in Shorja market said.
Alsumaria is among the news outlets Iraqis can turn to for news and they are reporting today:
Attention given recently to uncover corruption raises many questions despite the importance to fight this negative occurrence. Unveiling corruption is a mission to save the nation not individuals, thus everyone involved should be held accountable. Most importantly, politics should be kept out of the picture giving place to parliamentarian and judicial accountability.
While the first put under questioning was Trade Minister Abdul Fallah Al Sudani, yet, interrogation will save no one who is expected to be implicated in any kind of corruption, bribery or shortcoming.
After more than 100 lawmakers signed on revoking the confidence vote of Trade Minister Abdul Fallah Al Sudani, the confidence vote session will be held a week after submitting the request to the Parliament presidency committee which will take the decision by a small majority.
Thomas Ferraro (Reuters) reports that the Senate Democratic Policy Committee will hold a hearing today on KRB's 'business' in Iraq with a source telling Ferraro that it will explore "tens of millions of dollars in bonuses" KBR has received.
Sara notes World Can't Wait's "May 28 National Day of Resistance to U.S. Torture"
For those who can't stream or who need closed captioning when they do, we'll drop back to this from World Can't Wait on the same topic. This is their earlier text statement, "Thursday MAY 28 National Day of Resistance to U.S. TORTURE!:"
On or by May 28, the Obama administration is being forced to release 2000 photos of detainee abuse in US facilities from 2001-2006. The Abu Ghraib photos, released in 2004 only because a solider was horrified over the torture, brought an international storm of protest against the US torture state. The new photos, including many from Bagram, where the detention facilities have just been doubled to hold 60,000 Afganis, will show that US torture was widespread, sustained, and systemic, not an "aberration," but an integral part of the "global war on terror."
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