A relative mourns over the body of Ali Qassim, killed during a protest, Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018, in Basra, Iraqi security forces fired tear gas and live ammunition on hundreds of protesters, killing several civilians and wounding several others. (AP Photo/Nabil al-Jurani)
Reminder, the protesters in Basra are risking their lives to protest. They know that better than anyone.
Iran-backed militias accused of reign of fear in Iraqi Basra: Beatings and arbitrary arrests reported amid growing public protests over Iranian influence and crumbling public services http://dlvr.it/Ql5T8R TimesofIsrael
Activists in Iraq's oil capital of Basra say the city's powerful Iranian-backed Shiite militias used violence, threats to silence protests against them.
Duaa Malik continues to offer insight and analysis:
The same officials that fail Basra continue to fail Iraq. Close to five months after elections and there's still no president, still no prime minister-designate.
it seems the great issue after each election in Iraq since 2003 ,is: who will be what? all the talk about: freedom, human rights & dignity, democracy_which we used to hear from the politicians in every elections campaign_ are just fake promises for them and dreams for citizens.
Meanwhile, remember the liars who told you last week that the KDP was thrilled with the PUK nominee for president? Remember how we called that a lie? It was a lie.
RUDAW reports, "A native of Khanaqin, Hussein has lived much of his life in Baghdad and the Netherlands. He has a doctorate in international relations and speaks Kurdish, Arabic, English and Dutch. After the fall of Saddam Hussein, he was put in charge of revamping the country’s education curriculum. He most recently served as chief of staff for former KRG President Masoud Barzani."
Meanwhile the trashy Talabani family hisses "Jew!" in an attempt to destroy Fuad's chances.
If the KDP candidate for Iraq Presidency Dr Fuad Hussein becomes President, history will be made because his wife is Jewish and she will be the first Jewish First Lady in history for Iraq. Are the Iraqi’s ready for this ?
Leave it to a trashy Talabani, right? Jalal Talabani's son Qubad is married to a Jewish woman or did Hiwa forget that when he was Tweeting. And Qubad's wife is a US citizen and a former US State Dept employee.
Meanwhile, Fuad Hussein has received a strange endorsement.
Nouri al-Maliki head of state law coalition has expressed his endorsment for KDP's nominee for Iraqi republic president.
Nouri al-Maliki doesn't make endorsements out of the kindness of his heart. He sees something that will benefit him -- most likely that the KDP nominee will have greater support than the PUK candidate.
In addition, the KDP met with movement leader and Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr whose bloc won the most seats in Parliament in last May's election.