Thursday, July 12, 2012

Ammar al-Hakim wasn't that loyal to Nouri

Ammar al-Hakim, leader of the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq, continues his visit in Iran meeting with various dignitaries.  Ahlul Byat News Agency reports he met with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Press TV notes he met with Speaker of Parliament Ali Larijani.  One wonders what they talked about.

His desire to oust Nouri al-Maliki?  His push for a no-confidence vote?

In spite of Ammar acting as if he was going steady with Nouri al-Maliki, a new interview reveals that, privately, Ammar was less than supportive of Nouri.  Rudaw interviews the Kurdistan Democratic Party's spokesperson Jaafar Ibrahim.  KDP is President Massoud Barzani's political party.  As they discuss the ongoing political crisis, Ibrahim offers some interesting revelations.  Asked if possibly the no-confidence vote was floated too soon, Ibrahim declares they weren't the ones bringing it up, that Shi'ites were when they came to the KRG, "For example, Ammar Hakim was the first to complain about the dysfunction of the Baghdad government." He repeats this later in the interview noting again, "Mr. Ammar Hakim was here in Kurdistan and was complaining."  And is the effort to withdraw confidence from Nouri over?  "Attempts are ongoing," Ibrahim notes.

Meanwhile Alsumaria notes the Sadr bloc is backing a bill to limit the three presidencies -- Prime Minister, President of Iraq and Speaker of Parliament -- to two sessions and, in a press conference today, MP Baha al-Araji discussed it.  He was joined by independent MP Sabah al-Saadi who has already noted that such a change would be done by law in Parliament and does not require a Constitutional amendment.

Sidebar: State of Law has been insisting that such a change would require a Constitutional amendment.  No, it wouldn't.  I'm sure some little American Nouri supporter posing as an 'expert' will want to quibble on that point.  I was on the phone with a friend at the UN yesterday and he filled me in on the 'experts' recent claims about the Iraqi Constitution including that the English version was not -- according to the expert -- to be trusted.  The United Nations has the Iraqi Constitution posted online -- in Arabic and in English -- and he found the 'expert' 'analysis' to be laughable.  So I'm sure that idiot will again insist that Nouri is right.  But no one but a few dumb asses in the press take that idiot seriously.

I'm bringing that up because my friend told me what the idiot had written about the Constitution and we laughed on the phone together about it and the idiot's lack of legal comprehension.  And that's driven home today in the comments Sabah al-Saadi is making regarding the Constitution and the withdrawal of confidence, dissolving the government and a caretaker government.  Again, 'experts' who love Nouri should probably just type up their sexual fantasies of being in bed with Nouri, his tying them to the bed and/or whatever kink they're into and leave  legal issues to the adults who actually know what they're talking about.

All Iraqi News notes that MP Sabah al-Saadi also told the press that the judiciary has been polticized, that in the past it was a slave to Saddam Hussein and that today it is a slave to someone else.  He means, but does not say, Nouri al-Maliki.  The article notes he's talking about Nouri but none of the quotes have him naming Nouri.  All Iraqi News also notes that National Alliance held a meeting yesterday to discuss the political crisis.

The Reform Committee is a lot like the earlier call for a national council -- a lot of meetings get held but nothing is accomplished.

Alsumaria reports that a corpse was discovered outside Tikrit.  The man was feed shop owner and the body had multiple gunshot wounds.

AFP reports on Human Rights Watch's report as does the International Business Times.

Tomorrow the Green Party kicks off their national convention in Baltimore.  Yesterday in DC, Jill Stein, who is expected to be the Green Party presidential candidate, announced who she had selected as her running mate:

Green Party Presidential Candidate Dr. Jill Stein today announced her choice for running mate, the nation’s leading anti-poverty advocate, Cheri Honkala. Honkala is National Coordinator for the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign, one of the country’s largest multi-racial, inter-generational movements led by the poor and homeless. Compelled by her own experience as a homeless, single mom, Honkala has spent nearly three decades working directly alongside the poor to build the movement to end poverty, and has organized tens of thousands of people to take action via marches, demonstrations and tent cities.

“Ever since deciding to run for President, I’ve been thinking about who would have the strength and courage to take up this fight with me,” said Stein. “Cheri Honkala has shown tremendous perseverance and leadership, despite remarkable odds. Her selflessness and demonstrated capacity to inspire make her the perfect Vice Presidential candidate to help me reclaim democracy.”
In 2011, Honkala became the first woman to run for sheriff in Philadelphia and the first and only sheriff candidate in the country to run on a “no evictions” platform, pledging to help families in foreclosure stay in their homes. She was a proud Green Party Candidate and received local and national endorsements, including from the National Organization for Women. Today, Honkala is internationally respected for her anti-poverty work and has received numerous awards.
“It’s immoral that children are hungry and homeless in the richest country in the world,” said Honkala. “It’s time for the 99% to stand united to serve our collective human needs instead of selfish, corporate greed. The Green Party is the only one standing up to Wall Street, and Jill Stein’s Green New Deal is the best plan for saving this sinking ship. I’m honored to fight beside her.”
Green Party supporters submitted over 200 recommendations for running mates to the Stein campaign, and several dozen of these people were considered, including the other Green Party presidential candidates, television comedienne Roseanne Barr and public servant Kent Mesplay. Ultimately, Cheri Honkala was selected as the best match for the Stein campaign’s political platform and strategic needs.
Stein, a Harvard-trained physician who once ran against Mitt Romney for Governor of Massachusetts, is proposing a Green New Deal for America - a four part policy strategy for moving America quickly out of crisis into a secure, sustainable future. Inspired by the New Deal programs that helped the U.S. out of the Great Depression of the 1930s, the Green New Deal proposes to provide similar relief and create an economy that makes communities sustainable, healthy and just.
In part, the proposal outlines initiatives that will create 25 million jobs, end unemployment, and transition the country to a green economy. The proposal also guarantees a halt to foreclosures and evictions, tuition-free public education from pre-school through college, and Medicare for all, and an end to corporate domination of democracy. 
The Green Party National Convention begins tomorrow in Baltimore.

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