Monday, October 15, 2012

More power grabs from Nouri

Wang Yuanyuan (Xinhua) reports an al-Riyadh car bombing injured five people and 2 car bombings and one roadside bombing in Kirkuk have left 1 person dead and eighteen injured.  Alsumaria is calling the Kirkuk car bombings an attempted assassination attemp on the life of police Colonel Mekdad al-Mohammed.   All Iraq News notes an Albuaath armed attack left three Iraqi soldiers injured, and a Tuz Khurmatu armed attack left 2 police officers dead, and a Tarmiyah home bombing left three members of a police officer's family injuredAFP reports a Tuz Khurmatu car bombing has left nine people injured, a Samarra home invasion killed 2 Sahwas who were brothers and the two men's father and an  attack on a Baghdad checkpoint has left three Iraqi troops injured.  On Sahwa, Alsumaria reports another died from a Kirkuk sticky bombing.  All Iraq News notes that one Ministry of Justice employee was shot dead in Baghdad.

When not having the then-head of Iraq's Electoral Commission arrested, you may remember, Nouri was attempting to take over Iraq's Central Bank, insisting it must come under his authority -- he targeted all the independent institutions in his attempted power grab.  Al Mada reports today that Parliament sources say an arrest warrant exists for Sinan al-Shabibi, the Centeral Bank president, and that the people are seeing this as another effort by Nouri to take control of the independent institution.  Alsumaria notes that al-Shabibi is currently in Tokyo at a conference and due to return to Baghdad later today.  Dar Addustour offers a run down on what happened with the warrant itself  It was issued by a judge who did not ask questions and when the news reached the Chief Justice Medhat al-Mahmoud, he ordered that the warrant be pulled.   Iraqiya's spokesperson Maysoun al-Damalouji tells the outlet that it is necessary for the central bank  to maintain its independence.

This comes on the heels of Nouri's threat to dissolve the Parliament over the weekend if the controversial infrastructure bill isn't passed.  It also comes as Nouri ups the word war yet again.  Al Mada reports Yassin Majeed, an MP with Nouri's State of Law, is declaring that KRG President Massoud Barzani is a threat to Iraq.  Majeed held a press conference outside Parliament to denounce Barzani.  Alsumaria notes that among Barzani's supposed outrageous offenses is objecting to the infrastructure bill and objecting to the recent weapons shopping spree Nouri's been on ($1 billion dollar deal with the Czech Republic, $4.2 billion dollar deal with Russia).  All Iraq News notes that Iraqi President Jalal Talabani issued a statement noting that, at a time when they are trying to resolve the current political crisis, the remarks are not helpful.

That's Melanie's "Till They All Come Home."  Dar Addustour reports that US forces are on the Iraqi border with Syria inspecting trucks and cars coming into Iraq and that the US military continues to expand its presence at Iraqi airports where it is searching planes. 

The legendary Melanie Safka is, as Kat's noted, a mystic.  She's  the original Queen of the Rock Festivals, having performed at so many (including Woodstock).  "Lay Down (Candles in the Rain)" made her a name all over the world and her other hits include "What Have They Done To My Song, Ma?," "Peace Will Come (According to Plan)," "Bitter Bad," "The Nickel Song," "Ring The Living Bell," her cover of "Ruby Tuesday," "Beautiful People" and her number one hit "Brand New Key."

Sometimes when I am feeling as a big as the land
With the velvet hills in the small of my back
And my hands are playing in the sand
And my feet are swimming in all of the waters
All of the rivers are givers to the ocean
According to plan
-- "Peace Will Come" written by Melanie (Safka), first appears on her Leftover Wine

From October 19th through 28th at Blackfriars Theatre in Rochester, New York, Melanie and the Recordman will be performed, the story of Melanie and her late husband Peter Schekeryk (he passed away in 2010, they were together for decades, starting in the sixties).  That's ten performances only and among those working on the show with Melanie is her son Beau Jarred Schekeryk. From her website:

Blackfriars Theatre, Rochester NY, October 19 - 28, 10 performances
All seats reserved $45 - Tickets now available from the box office at 585-454-1260 or online at
Through the hits and the misses, they made beautiful music.
With Melanie as narrator, Melanie and the Recordman captures the amazing story of her life with record producer Peter Schekeryk--her husband and manager for more than 40 years. The production features a cast of 8 and is being described as "Elaine Stritch at Liberty meets Jersey Boys"...

That starts this Friday.  On this week's Law and Disorder Radio,  an hour long program that airs Monday mornings at 9:00 a.m. EST on WBAI and around the country throughout the week, hosted by attorneys Heidi Boghosian, Michael S. Smith and Michael Ratner (Center for Constitutional Rights), Phyllis Bennis talks about the Afghanistan War and CODEPINK's Rae Abileah  talks about the Drone War.

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