Monday, February 07, 2011

Nouri will say almost anything

The Tehran Times reports, "Iraqi President Jalal Talebani has congratulated his Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on the 32nd anniversary of the victory of the Islamic Revolution." No mention was apparently made of Iraq's allegations that Iran is destroying their rivers. Ayas Hossam Acommok (Al Mada) reports that the Ministry of Environment is concerned with the pollutions of rivers including alleged radioactive contamination in the province of Basra. (If you're late to the pollution charges against Iran, they're not about radioactivity. The charges are that Iran is allowing saline to run into the rivers.)

Meanwhile Nazim Yasin ( reports that the Munich Conference over the weekend included Iraqi politicians who intended to focus on the issue of employment and improving basic services. Alsumaria TV reports today, "Al Iraqiya List cashed in on the lack of services issue brought to light recently in Iraq to pick holes in the new government which they are still reluctant to take part into. In a meeting with his bloc, Al Iraqiya leader Iyad Allawi stressed the necessity for the Iraqi government to take drastic measures in order to resolve the services shortage in the country." And, starting Friday, Nouri al-Maliki made a series of statements, including that the rations programs would be increased, that there would be no more rations shortages in the provinces, that he would cut his salary in half and that he wouldn't run for a third term. Of course, he's already dropped the last one, insisting he was misquoted. Now his stated position, per his spokesperson, is that he will not run if he is not successful. But, as is apparent from the fact that he ran after his first term, Nouri's definition of 'success' is free floating and highly elastic. Related, Mohammed Tawfeeq (CNN) reports that Nouri's spokesperson has denied to CNN that there are secret prisons in Iraq.

Bonnie notes that Isaiah's The World Today Just Nuts "The Unnatural Obsession" went up last night. This week on Law and Disorder Radio (begins airing this morning on WBAI at 9:00 EST and around the country throughout the week), Michael Ratner, Heidi Boghosian and Michael S. Smith address sexual abuse by priests (guest for the segment Barbara Blaine and Pam Spees) and the anniversary of Roe v. Wade with guests Cristia Lee and Elizabeth Maloney.

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