We're going to start with a Tweet because this is an important point.
Iraq is to halve the quantity of crops planted next year due to water shortages, climate change & drought. It’s becoming an environmental disaster zone.
I've cut out the link in Liz Sly's Tweet -- and done so for a reason. The story was broken by REUTERS. Liz isn't linking to REUTERS, she's linking to VOA -- VOICE OF AMERICA. First, it's insulting when one outlet breaks the news for a journalist to not link to them. Second, no one should be linking to VOA.
Until 2013, VOA was forbidden to broadcast over US airwaves in the United States because it is propaganda (from 1948 to 2013). The US Congress made that decision. VOA exists to distort news and spin it in ways to influence a foreign audience. Congress did not want the American people to be misled, victimized, exposed to, etc, fake news.
In this time of concern -- or supposed concern -- over fake news, no journalist for a US publication should be linking to VOA.
If you wanted to hear VOA in the US prior to the internet, you had to listen to a short wave radio because, again, it was forbidden to broadcast in the US -- by US law, VOA was forbidden to broadcast in the US. The controversial and highly emotional US House Rep Adam Smith is among those responsible for allowing VOA to now broadcast in the US. (Yet again, the Adam Smiths gave up American freedom in the name of combating 'terrorism.')
Liz Sly is not an American citizen and may not be well versed on VOA as a result. But she is writing for a US outlet and especially in an age of real or feigned concern over fake news, reporters for US outlets should not be linking to VOA.
Staying with the topic of propaganda, Michael Rubin. The AEI scribbler has a piece at THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER where he pretends to address why Iraqis might not be big voters. It's an ahistorical look at the post-2003 invasion. It leaves out many things but one of the things that soured Iraqis on voting was 2010 and Rubin doesn't mention that. In March 2003, Iraqis turned out to vote and they thought they voted out thug Nouri al-Maliki. His slate came in second to Ayad Alawi's Iraqiya. But Nouri refused to step down. For over eight months, he refused to step down and brought the country to a standstill. Instead of siding with the Iraqi voters, the US government overturned their votes with the US negotiated Erbil Agreement -- a legal contract that gave Nouri a second term. This is not insignificant, it's actually very major.
With no proof and driven by their own delusional fantasies, some Hillary Clinton supporters continue to scream the Russia impacted the 2016 election in some manner. Then-US President Barack Obama overturned the votes of the Iraqi people in 2010.
When not distorting history, Rubin grabs the pom-poms for Hayder al-Abadi. It may be a futile effort.
The end is near for Haider al-Abadi, Iraq's U.S.-friendly leader
Also weighing in are Ahmed Rasheed and Rava Jalabi (REUTERS):
The United States backed Abadi because it saw him as a moderate who could stabilize a country beset by sectarian, turbulent politics. But Washington may have miscalculated, cultivating no alternatives.
The collapse of Abadi’s candidacy would reduce the U.S. sway over politics in Iraq, where it competes with Iran. Tehran has steadily increased its influence in the country since a U.S.-led invasion toppled Saddam Hussein in 2003.
Hayder's had four years (after being installed by Barack Obama) and he's accomplished nothing.
In a desperate bid to be seen as doing something, his office Tweeted the following this morning:
The protests kicked off in Basra in July. For some reason, the western press is unable to document killings and keep hitting the snooze button. There are over 70 protesters who have been killed since July. The efforts to keep this information from news consumers is shameful. The protests did not start days ago or just two weeks ago. The count starts with the first one killed. Shame on the western press.
Fortunately, there are other options to the corporate controlled media.
So much of the story is not being told by the western press.
The following community sites -- plus NPR MUSIC and Cindy Sheehan -- updated: