Saturday, July 25, 2020

Coronavirus continues to plague Iraq

That's BBC NEWS reporting on the coronavirus in Iraq.  AP notes:

In Iraq, the virus has been surrounded by stigma, driven by religious beliefs, customs and a deep mistrust of the health care system.

Overseeing the “New Wadi al-Salam,” or Valley of Peace, cemetery and helping with the burial procedures are Iraqi Shiite volunteers from the Imam Ali Combat Division. They had been fighting the Islamic State group in Iraq over the past few years, operating under the umbrella group known as the Popular Mobilization Forces.

Corpses of the virus victims arrive at night in body bags driven by ambulances and burial procedures take place at daybreak. In the past four months, more than 3,000 bodies have been buried here, said Sarmad Khalaf Ibrahim, an official with the martyrs affairs department of the PMF.

XINHUA notes that the official count, from the Ministry of Health, was 2,862 new cases today -- "the highest daily increase since the outbreak of the disease, bringing the total infections in the country to 107,573."  THE NEW ARAB Tweets:

#Qatar has sent two field hospitals, including medical supplies and 250 beds, to help #Iraq in its ongoing battle with Covid-19

THE the Minister of Public Health Dr Hanan Mohamed al-Kuwari has held a meeting with Iraqi Health Minister Hassan Mohamed al-Tamimi through video conferencing.
The meeting dealt with ways and mechanisms for enhancing co-operation between the two countries in the health sector. This comes within the framework of implementing the directives of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani of sending field hospitals with various medical equipment to the Republic of Iraq in support of the efforts to confront coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

And as the numbers increase, the mood in the country worsens.  Azhar al-Ruabie (AL-MONITOR) reports:

After the coronavirus hit this country of 39 million, doctors began receiving a torrent of abuse from families of COVID-19 patients, escalating the already high scale of violence in Iraq.

The pandemic has further revealed the fragility of Iraq's health system.

Health authorities announced the first coronavirus case in February, in a patient who traveled from Iran to study in Iraq's holy city of Najaf.

It quickly spread across the country.

Inadequate measures from the government, corruption and a lack of medicines added to the struggle of health care workers seeking to deal with the virus.

One of #Covid_19 victims in Basra yesterday was a pregnant woman.
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Turning to the US presidential race, Roman Peregrino and Darren Jian (GEORGETOWN VOICE) report on Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins:

According to Hawkins, college students have “more power than they know” when it comes to fighting for a better society.

“The study of history will show when you think it’s hopeless, you actually may be winning. In the back of people’s minds you’re winning them over, and they won’t even admit it to you,” he said. “Look at how movements develop, and you will realize you don’t win at first, but you win in the end.”

Hawkins knows a lot about how movements develop. His career in activism began in the Bay Area in the 1960s. There, he was a part of civil rights and anti-war demonstrations. It was during this time Hawkins became focused on the need for a third political party, one which he hoped would understand the issues of the day more than Republicans and Democrats. This thought process culminated in the Green Party, which Hawkins has been involved in since its inception. At the first National Green Gathering in 1987, Hawkins helped chart the party’s way forward. 

“My message at that first Green Party meeting was that we can’t build this out of a presidential campaign,” Hawkins said. “We got to build it from the bottom up, organize local groups, get involved in local politics, build a base.”

The Green Party succeeded on that smaller scale for several years before rising to national prominence with the campaigns of Ralph Nader for president in 1996 and 2000. While Nader did not run an active campaign, his name allowed the Green Party to receive a national profile, especially as Democrats blamed his voters for Al Gore’s loss in 2000. 

That recognition has continued today, with Green Party candidates garnering votes in every presidential election since 1996. Hawkins understands that Green Party candidates are often considered “spoilers” of the Democratic Party, but he wants to set the record straight, especially during this election season. 

“A vote for us is a vote against Trump. It’s not in Trump’s cause. You can vote against Trump by voting for us,” he said. “If you’re a progressive, vote for progressive positions. You vote for Biden, like I like to say, you get lost in the sauce.”

Partially because of this tension between strategy and ideology, Hawkins and the Green Party have been longtime advocates of ranked-choice voting, which they believe would allow citizens to truly vote for who represents them.  

“Until the Democrats take that up seriously, don’t tell us we’re spoiling the election,” Hawkins said.  “You have the answer; we’ve given it to you for two decades.”

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We must stop the Patriot Act

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Take Action: Tell your members of Congress to vote NO on reauthorizing the Stop the Patriot Act.


We’ve been fighting the Patriot Act, and the invasive spying powers built into it, for the better part of 6 years. And many of you have been with us every step of the way.

While these powers have always been dangerous, what we are seeing today is truly shocking. Abuse by police and the federal government is rampant. This is no longer a time to talk about reforming vast federal-surveillance powers. We need Congress to end the Patriot Act. And we need lawmakers to do this now.

The federal government is escalating its attacks against protesters and political opponents. Trump has sent violent and secretive federal forces into several states — and if what happened in Portland is a sign of what’s to come, we can expect even more unidentified feds driving unmarked vans to swoop into cities and abduct people exercising their First Amendment rights.1

This is not normal. And it’s clearer than ever that we shouldn’t renew the federal government’s power to spy on activists, journalists and political opponents. Tell your members of Congress to vote NO on reauthorizing the Patriot Act and reject any attempt to spy on people without a warrant.

Reauthorizing the Patriot Act would put more people in danger of being surveilled and targeted by the Trump administration. We can’t let this happen.

Thanks for all you do,

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