Monday, May 26, 2014

Over 800 people killed in Iraq so far this month

Nouri's continued his streak of War Crimes by targeting civilians in Falluja.  National Iraqi News Agency reports Falluja General Hospital received twenty-seven victims today -- 7 dead civilians and twenty injured.

Each day since the start of the year, Nouri's practiced collective punishment on the citizens of Falluja.  Each day the toll of wounded and dead have gone up.  It's a 'small' number each day, enough that Nouri gets to stay off the rader.  Amnesty International is as silent as the White House when it comes to those unfortunate enough to dwell in Falluja.

As the numbers continue to grow, so does the silence from those who should be standing up.

Maybe having been silent for months now, they feel it's too late to start speaking out?

When they finally find their voices, how many civilians will Nouri have injured?

How many will he have killed?

Let's move over to the other violence.

National Iraqi News Agency reports a Mosul roadside bombing left two people injured, a Mosul battle left 7 rebels dead, a Jurf al-Sakhar roadside bombing claimed the life of 1 Iraqi soldier and left two more injured, a roadside bombing near Haditha left 1 police member dead and another injured, a Mosul roadside bombing left 3 Iraqi soldiers injured, an Al-Faisaliah roadside bombing left two Iraqi military personnel injured, security forces killed 7 suspects in al-Nuaimiya, 1 police member was shot dead in Alsihah, a Tel-Alromman bombing left 1 police member dead and six more injured, a Ghazaliya bombing left five police members injured, a Jabour attack left two police and three Sahwa injured, 1 truck driver was shot dead outside Al-Hasawi Village, 1 person was shot dead in Dorein Village, and  Joint Operations Command announced they killed 10 suspects.

Sunday, Iraq Body Count's tally for the month so far reached 800 violent deaths.  Has the press been noting that?  No.  Not even the western press that covers Iraq.

There's such an effort to sanitize Nouri's Iraq and pretend it's not falling apart.

Reporters Without Borders condemns an attack on Al-Baghdadiya TV correspondent and freelance photographer Hussam Al-Akuli in his home in Al-Samawah (290 km southeast of Baghdad) on 23 May.
Akuli was repeatedly stabbed by armed men in military dress who ransacked his home and left with journalistic material. Akuli was rushed to hospital with stab wounds to the face and neck and multiple arm fractures.
After Al-Baghdadiya TV broadcast a report about the demolition of homes on land that is the subject of a dispute between the government and private individuals, Akuli received handwritten death threats warning him not to do any more stories on the region’s endemic corruption.
For years, Iraqi journalists have been exposed to the danger of threats, attacks and murder coming from different quarters, especially when they tackle risky subjects such as corruption,” said Reporters Without Borders research director Lucie Morillon.
Iraq is unfortunately one of the world’s most dangerous countries for media personnel. Political instability and now the crackdown related to the Syrian crisis are among the main causes of the dangers of journalism in the Iraq. The authorities must guarantee the safety of journalists, whose reporting is in the public interest.”
Reporters Without Borders issued a press release condemning the difficulties of journalism in Iraq on 6 May, three days after World Press Freedom Day. According to the Journalistic Freedoms Observatory ( JFO ), a Reporters Without Borders partner organization, there were 328 cases of abuses against journalists in 2013: 103 journalists were arrested, 162 were obstructed while trying to access information, 63 were the victims of violence and four were attacked by armed groups. A total of 71 complaints were filed against media and journalists, and four media were suspended

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