Saturday, August 24, 2013

As one day's dead is buried, more violence breaks out

 Kitabat reports that funerals were held today for many of the people who died yesterday in the suicide bombing on the Baghdad municipal park which left at least 28 dead.  The park was in northern Baghdad and was frequented by parents and children.  Along with the 28 dead, another fifty-eight were left injured.  AFP quotes a mourner, Sharif Mohammed, stating of the wounded that "most of them will die because nobody cares about them."  He blames the politicians.  Xinhua notes that 43 people died Friday with another eighty-six injured.  Through yesterday, Iraq Body Count counts 612 violent deaths for the month thus far.  Today?

Xinhua reports that "gunmen shot dead a policeman near his house in the city of Maqdadiyah, some 40 km northeast of Baquba, the source said.  In Baghdad, gunmen in a car shot dead an employee of the Sunni endowment in a drive-by shooting while he was in his car in the predominantly Sunni district of Adhamiyah, a police officer anonymously told Xinhua." National Iraqi News Agency adds a Mosul roadside bombing left six police officers and eight civilians injured, a Falluja sticky bombing claimed 3 lives,  a Baquba bombing left three Iraqi soldiers injured, a Mahaweel bombing claimed the life of 1 police officer and left three more injured, a Sadiya market bombing left 2 people dead and seven more injured, and Baquba bombing left 4 people dead and six injured.  In addition, Alsumaria notes a police lieutenant colonel was kidnapped to the south of Tikrit.

Meanwhile Nouri al-Maliki, prime minister, remains in India.  NINA notes he spent the day pushing economic opportunities for India.  All Iraq News notes he is supposed to conclude the visit on Sunday.  Also next week, "45 Indian nurses," All Iraq News reports, will arrive to work in Najaf.

With Iraqi social media pegging the unemployment rate at over 18%, this news is not going over well.  It's been pointed out that nearly 200 nurses will have been imported to Iraq this month alone and that the government of Nouri al-Maliki, in place since 2006, could have long ago set up scholarships and fast-track programs for Iraqis to become nurses. We've touched on this topic here many times.  It remains one that the media chooses to ignore.

Al Mada reports State of Law is announcing Nouri will be visiting Iraq and insisting that it has nothing to do with his plans to seek out a third term as prime minister.  Nouri heads State of Law.  SOL's Sami al-Askari insists that his visit to India and plans to visit Iran are about economics and security and that the US and Iraq will discuss security issues and coopeations.

Cedric and Wally's joint-posts just went up:

 Last night's community links are not showing on the permalinks to the right but they are:

"Quick and Easy Pesto in the Kitchen"
"IPS and Andrew Levine are sexist and stupid"
"Barack and his fake glasnost"
"i don't believe it"
"Charles Haymarket is part of the problem"
"Jason Ditz shares the truth"
"Spying and Linda Ronstadt"
"You're Next"
"Those War Hawks"
"Idiot of the Week"

We'll close with this from Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya (Global Research):

The targeting of Kurdish civilians in Syria by US-supported armed thugs is part of a deliberate attempt to galvanize the Kurds and pit them in a resurgent struggle against the non-Kurd regions.
The Kurdish Democratic Union Party and other sources are now  reporting that Kurdish men, women, and children are  systematically being tortured, raped, and executed. Fighting has  broken out between Syrian Kurds and the insurgent forces  supported by the US, UK, France, Turkey, Israel, Saudi Arabia,  and Qatar.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and the Iranian Parliament  have condemned the targeting of Syrian Kurds while the Obama  Administration and its cohorts have remained mostly silent.  Lavrov’s insistence that the United Nations Security Council  condemns the violence has also been to no avail.
One of the reasons that the Obama Administration has been silent  is because they are supporting the butchers behind the massacre  and are trying to avoid more embarrassment. The US and its  allies, however, will make supportive noise for the Kurds once  they get the result they are seeking.

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