Monday, February 23, 2015

The protest in Diwaniya you won't hear about and more

That's a demonstration above.  It's a screen snap from Alsumaria's video report on the journalists in Diwaniya coming out today to protest the attacks on journalists which began last week.

Which began what?


We covered it last week:

  • Iraq snapshot
  • Iraqi forces attack journalists for the second day...

  • Strangely, American news outlets can't make the same claim.

    Don't look for much coverage from American outlets of the protest against the violence since they never covered the violence to begin with.

    The journalists who demonstrated today are calling for the government to respond assertively to the attacks.  (If you're late to the story, the attacks took place in Baghdad on Wednesday and Thursday and were carried out by Iraqi forces.)

    In addition, Alsumaria notes a battle in Tikrit has left one person dead and six more injured,  and one eastern Baghdad roadside bombing left four people dead while a second left a child injured.

    In a sign of how nothing has changed in Iraq in the last six months, new Prime Minister (since August) Haider al-Abadi is seeking advice and input from former prime minister and forever thug Nouri al-Maliki.  All Iraq News offers a photo of the two meeting to discuss the problems (that Nouri created and fostered).

    Speaking of the ineffectual, Fuad Masum.  Alsumaria reports the President of Iraq held a press conference in Basra where he noted that he is conflicted about signing the orders for executions.

    Oh, poor baby.

    We saw that song and dance already.

    Remember fat ass Jalal Talabani?  The previous (and weakest) president of Iraq?

    Yeah, he was opposed to the death penalty as well.

    But never did a thing to stop any executions.

    But made sure that the world knew, in his two terms as president, that he was conflicted about all the deaths he was allowing.

    Poor Jalal.

    Poor Fuad.

    What a load of nonsense.

    The presidency carries the power to stop an execution.

    Jalal never did.  Until Fuad does, he can stop whining in public, trying to get sympathy for carrying out executions even those he's 'opposed' to them.  If you're opposed to the death penalty, you do everything you can to stop an execution.

    Stop whining because you're too much of a coward to stand up for your convictions.

    Meanwhile Press TV reports:

    New Pentagon chief Ashton Carter vowed "lasting defeat" against ISIL as he convened an extraordinary war council in Kuwait to discuss the administration’s strategy against the Takfiri terrorist group.
    Only days after taking office, Carter summoned a meeting of more than two dozen military commanders, diplomats and intelligence officials at the sprawling US Army base of Camp Arifjan.
    He flew to Kuwait from Afghanistan to chair the council on Monday.

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