ALSUMARIA reports that Ammar al-Hakim met with US Ambassador to Iraq Doug Silliman today (see photos above). Ammar al-Hakim leads the National Alliance (Shi'ite group). Ammar called for a move away from sectarian differences to a cohesive unity. This meet up follows an earlier one with the British Ambassador.
Meet ups are important right now. It's the lead up to the May 12th elections and being able to point to a meeting with some foreign official might -- a candidate hopes -- leave an impression on Iraqi voters.
If you have no meet up with a foreign official?
Do like Osama al-Nujaifi.
نائب رئيس الجمهورية يلتقي بالدكتور صالح المطلك رئيس ائتلاف العربية زار السيد أسامة عبد العزيز النجيفي نائب رئيس الجمهورية رئيس تحالف القرار العراقي مساء الأثنين 9 نيسان 2018 الدكتور صالح المطلك رئيس ائتلاف... http://www.osama-alnujaifi.net/index.php/news/novelties_details/16 …
Iraq's Vice President Tweets about meeting up with Saleh al-Mutlaq. Though both are Sunni, al-Mutlaq's remains a questionable figure with Sunnis. In fact, he's campaigning more carefully -- locations are selected with great care -- due the fact that his more prominent appearances in recent years were accompanied by booing and jeering and, in one case, thrown rocks and bottles. It's surprising Saleh could get a high profile meet-up like that even though both men are Sunnis. Osama is the most powerful Sunni official in Iraq as a vice president. He previously served as Speaker of Parliament. His brother is Atheel al-Nujaifi, the former Governor of Nineveh Province. Earlier this year, KURDISTAN 24 reported:
Whether the move was warranted or not is up to debate -- as is anything with regards to 'legality' in Iraq.
How much of a joke is the rule of law in Iraq? Even Raghad Hussein mocks it today. As reported by ALSUMARIA, the daughter of Saddam Hussein, notes that "there is a flagrant violation of laws in Iraq." Raghad resides in Jordan where she is under the protection of the royal family there. Iraq continues to insist that she is part of the insurgency -- an assertion that she denies -- and they have put her on their most wanted list. ALSUMARIA quotes Raghad declaring the day will come where she will sue various people/entities. One wonders if that would include the US government? Would Raghad have legal standing -- in world courts or US courts -- as the daughter of Iraq's former leader to sue the US over a war built on lies?
As DEUTSCHE WELLE noted this week in a piece entitled "The Iraq War: in the beginning was the lie:"
On April 9, 2003, US soldiers toppled the statue of Saddam Hussein in Baghdad. Fifteen years later we know that this war cost hundreds of thousands of lives, plunged the Middle East into chaos — and was based on lies.
Returning to Osama al-Nujaifi for a moment more, KURDISTAN 24 reports:
Iraq remains a failed state and if a candidate admitted that publicly, they might get a strong reception from voters.
Instead, they focus on photo ops. One photo op many candidates would like would be one with Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani; however, the Shi'ite cleric does not participate in personal political campaigns. He does use his authority to make general calls and he's made one call already this month.
The prime minister of Iraq is scrambling for anything to use to prove he's worthy of holding the post for four more years. So, even though the profile was far from flattering, Hayder al-Abadi thinks the TIME magazine coverage was impressive enough -- being covered by TIME -- to make it his pinned Tweet for a month now.
مجلة التايم الامريكية الشهيرة تضع صورة السيد رئيس مجلس الوزراء الدكتور حيدر العبادي على غلافها الرئيس وتصفه بالرجل الذي انقذ البلاد من حافة الهاوية، وانه قائد حقيقي وليس نسجاً من القصص الخيالية، وصاحب بلاغة كلامية.
Click here to read Vivanne Walt's TIME article. Possibly a little more media savy, Iraq's Vice President Osama al-Nujaifi uses his Twitter feed to promote a media appearance that will take place later today.
سيكون السيد أسامة عبد العزيز النجيفي نائب رئيس الجمهورية رئيس تحالف القرار العراقي ضيف قناة بغداد الفضائية الساعة 8,00 مساء اليوم الثلاثاء 2018/4/10 http://www.osama-alnujaifi.net/index.php/news/novelties_details/17 … http://www.osama-alnujaifi.net/index.php/news/novelties_details/17 …
Any nit-wit can Tweet, as Anne Marie Slaughter makes clear. The War Hawk is offensive all on her own but check out this Tweet.
I'm sorry, does anyone take Nir Rosen seriously? He imploded, or have we forgotten. He made homophobic comments about Anderson Cooper and made jokes about the assault on Lara Logan. That's just for starters. Why in the world is piece of scum Anne Marie quoting him? Yes, she is scum but it's also true that she tries to pretend she's a feminist.
If she's quoting him correctly, he's even more insane than he was during his meltdown. Iraq is not a democracy. Rosen was speaking yesterday at Arizona State University proving some people will host anyone. (He was part of a war conference.)
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