Saturday, January 12, 2013

The Wives of Nouri al-Maliki

Yesterday, protests broke out across Iraq, part of three weeks of continuous protests.  Today, a different group took to the streets of Baghdad: The Wives of Nouri al-Maliki.

AP explains that "about 2,000" Iraqis paraded through the streets of Baghdad today.  Why?  To show their lustful devotion to the prime minister.  They want Nouri.  They want Nouri bad.  They're like sexually aroused for him, desperate to be in bed with him.  They are the Wives of Nouri al-Maliki.

Prashant Rao's a little more realistic.  He reports for AFP that "hundreds" were in Baghdad.  He also notes banners including "I am Iraqi, I love Maliki." Xinhua also notes "hundreds."

Looking at pictures of the protests, it does appear to be hundreds.    And it does appear to be just men present, confession their love for Nouri ("I am Iraqi, I love Maliki").  I guess we get now why these same thugs pictured are the ones who target gays and lesbians in Iraq.  They love Nouri, they sexually desire him.  They deride gays and lesbians, mock them.  But here they are, "Nouri's Puppies." 

To get those hundreds, Nouri had his lovers bussed in from Basra, Dhi Qar, Maysana, Karbala, Wasit and Babil.  Approximately 40% present were said to have been paid and some of those included Baghdad's homeless.

 Hundreds of men, publicly declaring their love and lust for Nouri.

Don't worry it was just a same-sex reach-around leaving the Nouri's boys unsatisfied.  All Iraq News notes Nouri issued a statement praising his loyalists -- specifically praising their throats.

Al Mada notes that Nouri's supporters are attempting to insist that -- despite payment and bussing the people in -- the protest was spontaneous -- just an outburst of love.  Alsumaria reports MP Baha Araji, with Moqtada al-Sadr's bloc, held a press conference today in Baghdad noting that the participants were paid and refuting the claim that the protest was spontaneous.

Since there was no crackdown on the faux-test, maybe no one should refute that it was 'spontaneous'?  After all, isn't Nouri claiming the genuine protests are illegal?  So here's a faux-test by the Wives of Nouri al-Maliki, one Nouri's government insists was spontaneous, but there were no arrests, no atttempted arrests, no objections and Nouri even praised them.

Nouri's against 'unpermitted' protests?  Doesn't sound like it.  Sounds like he's just against people speaking out against him.

Prashant Rao (AFP) reports that the real protests continued today "in Samarra, Tikrit, Baiji and Mosul" and that the highway between Baghdad and Jordan and Syria was again blocked.  He also informs that Anbar Province tribal leaders are calling for Nouri to tender his resignation and quotes Imam Abdulrahman al-Samarraie stating, "Maliki should leave, we have him many chances but he did not do anything.  He made many promises . . . but he did not fulfil these promises.  He should leave."  KUNA adds, "Iraq said on Saturday it was set to close two border crossings with Syria a few days after closing the Traibeel border crossing with Jordan." Wael Grace (Al Mada) explains Iraiqya (political slate that came in first in the 2010 parliamentary elections) states the border closing are an attempt to punish the provinces.   Alsumaria reports that today also saw cleric and movement leader Moqtada al-Sadr issue a statement calling on people to take part in Friday's demonstrations in Iraq to show solidarity with the "innocent in Quetta, Pakistan."  (January 10th, the Pakistan city was targeted with bombings.)

From yesterday's snapshot:

Alsumaria reports that cleric and leader of the Islamic Supreme Council delivered a sermon today calling for dialogue among all the parties and refusing to lay the blame on protesters.   Also weigh in?  Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani whose message today, delivered by Sheikh Abdel Mahdi al-Karbalai during morning prayers, was a call for unity and responsibility.  Alsumaria reports he stated that the political blocs are responsible for the current problems and that the politicians and the security services must exercise restraint and utilize wisdom.  He warned against attacking the protesters.  All Iraq News notes that he spoke of the need for government institutions to be independent and to preserve the independence so that no one official could exploit the powers of the government for personal gain.  Cleric and movement leader Moqtada al-Sadr also weighed in today.  Kitabat notes that Moqtada explained the popular protests in Mosul, Salahuddin and Anbar are not against government but against policies and that it is the right of the Iraqi to speak their beliefs.   He noted that there had been some early mistakes (referring to some slogans and banners in early protests -- they generally expressed the not uncommon belief in Iraq that things were better before the US invasion) but that these are cries to rally the nation.  He stated that Nouri is the one throwing out obstacles.  Alsumaria reports Minister Rafia al-Issawi and Sunni Endowment president Ahmed Abdul-Ghafoor Samarrai showed their support by attending a demonstration in Baghdad following morning prayers.  All Iraq News reports Deputy Prime Minister Saleh al-Mutlaq issued a statement today declaring that force should not be used against the protesters.   Others went further.  For example, Kitabat reports Sunni Sheikh Abdul Malik Saadi stated that it is the resposibility of Iraq's rulers to hear the protesters' demands, that it is the right of citizens to exercise their rights, and that the security forces are to provide security and their role is not to target the protesters but to protect them.  The Iraqi people are partners in the country, the Sheikh noted, citizens, military, they are partners.  He called on the protesters to be strong and patient, not to take up arms and he called on the military to protect the protesters.

 All Iraq News notes Iraqiya issued a statement praising the religious figures who called for the safety of the protesters.

Turning to deaths, Alsumaria notes that a man and a woman  both apparently took their own lives in Sulaymaninay Province (each apparently killed themselves in their own homes).  All Iraq News notes that 3 corpses were discovered in Mosul (shot to death).

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