Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Corpses continue to be dumped in the streets

Violence continues in Iraq.  National Iraqi News Agency reports 1 coprse (police officer) discovered in Kut (death by shooting)1 corpse was discovered in Ramadi (also dead from gun shots), and 1 corpse was discovered in Falluja (also gun shot wounds).  Again, this isn't a one-time thing.  Corpses have returned to the streets of Iraq and they were one of the hallmarks of the 2007 - 2008 "civil war" (ethnic cleansing).  The non-Iraqi press is ignoring the corpses and refusing to explore what it means when dead bodies are once again being dumped regularly in the streets of Iraq.

In other violence,  AFP reports a roadside bombing ("south of Baghdad") left 8 people dead and seven more injured -- they were all on one truck.  NINA also reports "former Police Colonel Yaseen al-Shijairi" as he left his Falluja home, an armed attack in Baiji left 4 police members dead (two more injured and four civilians injured), mass arrests in Babil Province by the military resulted in 15 deaths (and 35 more people injured), a vegetable market shooting in Kirkuk left two employees of the North Gas Company wounded1 man was shot dead in his Baghdad car repair shop, a Kut car bombing claimed 5 lives and left ten people injured, an armed attack in Tikrit left three federal police members injured, the homes of ten security members were blown up in Kirkuk (no one was reported dead or injured) and  a Jahash car bombing targeted Speaker of Parliament Osama al-Nujaifi's convoy in Nineveh Province and left nine of his bodyguards injured.

Yesterday,, Saad Zaghloul was shot dead outside his Mosul home.  He was the spokesperson for the governor of Nineveh Province.  Nineveh Governor Atheel al-Nujaifi is also the brother of Osama al-Nujaifi.  They are Sunnis and members of Iraqiya.     All Iraq News reported yesterday that Iraqiya MP Mohammed Eqbal called for the culprit or culprits to be arrested "and present[ed] . . . to judiciary.  The indulging [of] this issue by the security forces allows the criminal to commit more crimes against the Iraqis."  MP Eqbal also expressed, "His sorrow for the continuity of the assassination attempts to the journalists and activists in Nineveh."

Through yesterday, the 8th day of the month, Iraq Body Count counts 303 violent deaths in Iraq so far this month.

Renee Montagne (NPR's Morning Edition -- link is text and audio) spoke with AFP's Prashant Rao today.  Excerpt.

PRASHANT RAO: Thanks for having me.

MONTAGNE: AFP decided to put up its daily casualty count on the Web - as I've just said. Why did AFP decide to do that?

RAO: Well, it got to the point where our numbers weren't tallying with some of the more public numbers that were being published. And we also felt that people weren't paying attention. And, you know, we started publishing more than a year ago when violence was much lower than it is now. But we still felt that some really tragic things were happening in Iraq.

We'll go into what Rao did wrong in the snapshot.  And 'wrong' may be too weak a word.  I cannot believe social media maven missed the most important report on Iraq from an international paper.  I don't believe he did.  And we'll go over it in the snapshot.  Very disappointing.  And, no, he wasn't in the KRG when it broke so he doesn't have that excuse.  Also true, it's probably the most important western report this year.  And he can't mention it?  Does he really not know about it or does it just not fit into his fixed opinion that he's rushing to share?  At best, Prashant looks uninformed.  At worst, he looks like a liar.

Global Research's radio program Global Research News Hour this week explores the lack of accountability with regards to the Iraq War and the guests are Denis Halliday and Francis A. Boyle.  We'll try to include some of it in today's snapshot but I want to include the Congressional hearing (VA) as well so the radio broadcast may have to wait for Thursday's snapshot.

Let's note community sites -- and a few non-community sites:

  • Kat's not showing up.  Why?  She was on the link list last night with her post from last night.  In the time since, Blogger has 'published' two of her posts they ignored in the last two weeks so she's way down the link list as a result.  Here are the community posts since Monday evening:

    "The big F-U"
    "ObamaCare's many failures"
    "revenge (the good stuff)"
    "On War Hawks"
    "Corey Hart preps for farewell concert"
    "Best film comics"
    "Calling Cher, Carly Simon, Tina Turner, Diana Ross and Joni Mitchell fans"
    "On War Whores (Celeb Division)"
    "I think he's cracking up"
    "The soft racism working against Kerry Washington"
    "DiFi -- her greed, her lies"
    "They zoom in on the safety net"
    "revenge (what went wrong)"
    "Sad and telling"
    "US magazine is so stupid"
    "What's DHS up to?"
    "The Good Wife and The Bad Dianne"
    "They are blood thirsty"
    "Embarrassing Kerry"

    We'll close with this from Sherwood Ross' "UK's Liberal Guardian Becoming First Global Daily" (OpEd News):

    If Americans complain they aren't getting the true story about foreign affairs, they're very likely right. By choosing to ignore, say, reporting about the carnage the U.S. has wrought, and the wreckage it has left, across the globe, the American print and broadcast media reveal their subservience to the White House and its corporate allies. I've watched CNN for hours and rarely see a report about the fighting in Afghanistan. You'd never know there's a war on. 

    It's not that CNN distorts the news so much as it omits the news about the mayhem the U.S. inflicts when it goes to war. The American public is being fed a steady diet of comparative non-stories about local shootings here or there compared to reporting on the malign activities of their massive war machine. Cable News outlets devote long hours to covering some domestic murder trial, yet the depredations of President Obama overseas are never classified as murder, which, in the absence of legal procedures, they surely are.

    Can you recall a story on CNN about the military-industrial complex? Can you recall stories about conditions in Iraq today as a result of the illegal invasion by the U.S. and its allies? What about a story on how ownership of the Iraqi oil fields has changed hands to favor the West since the U.S. occupation? What about a story on Big Oil company profits from the war and about how the price of gasoline paid by American motorists doubled? What about a story on the global American prison system? What about a story of the growing Latin contempt for U.S. because of NSA spying? What about a story on U.S. firms that were given tax breaks by American cities to locate in them only to later ship the jobs abroad?

    There are, however, a few publications filing stories about the crimes of America, the most prominent of which is the Guardian, Britain's liberal daily and the subject of a definitive article by Ken Auletta in the October 7th issue of The New Yorker. It was the Guardian that broke the story on National Security Agency's(NSA) spying on millions of innocent Americans, robbing them of their privacy. It was the Guardian that broke stories of American atrocities in Iraq and Afghanistan; of how Rupert Murdoch's British tabloids bribed police and hacked the phones of celebrities, politicians, and Royal Family.

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