The targeting of protesters continues in Iraq. Journalist Steve Nabil Tweets:
File Ihab under another 'unsolved' murder. That's what they remain in Iraq. Doesn't matter what the preening prime minister Mustafa al-Khazami says. His empty words have made it clear that on one will ever be held accountable, that Iraqi citizens can be targeted repeatedly and one will ever be brought to trial.
There's not a lot of justice in the world. CNN viewers were reminded of that when US House Rep Sheila Lee Jackson popped up on TV spewing praise for Bully Boy Bush. Jeremy Goldberg Tweets:
Sadly, too many people believe Sheila Lee Jackson stands for something.
Greed. She stands for greed. It's a damn shame that 'big man' Greg Palast refuse to tell the full truth about Sheila. The Whore for Enron, that's what she was, let's be honest. When Enron went up inf lames, Sheila walked away with clean hands -- something not even the extreme Congressional crook Phil Gramm was able to do.
Sheila got to walk on by with little attention given to how she profited from the misery of so many others.
So the news that she's whoring for Bully Boy Bush? Not surprising. Criminals tend to run in the same circles.
Equally true, Sheila never really lead on Iraq. She was a member of the Out of Iraq Caucus. Didn't do a damn thing, just used it as a year book credit. She still lists herself -- on her official Congressional website -- as a member of the Congressional Iraqi Women's Caucus:
The list continues but we'll stop it there. Ask Sheila when the last time was when that Committee met?
She's full of nonsense and always has been. Doubt it? Read Glen Ford's BLACK AGENDA REPORT article from 2013.
In other news, NRT reports:
We'll wind down with this from Arundhati Roy (ICH):
During a particularly polarising election campaign in the state of Uttar Pradesh in 2017, India’s prime minister, Narendra Modi, waded into the fray to stir things up even further. From a public podium, he accused the state government – which was led by an opposition party – of pandering to the Muslim community by spending more on Muslim graveyards (kabristans) than on Hindu cremation grounds (shamshans). With his customary braying sneer, in which every taunt and barb rises to a high note mid-sentence before it falls away in a menacing echo, he stirred up the crowd. “If a kabristan is built in a village, a shamshan should also be constructed there,” he said.
“Shamshan! Shamshan!” the mesmerised, adoring crowd echoed back.
Perhaps he is happy now that the haunting image of the flames rising from the mass funerals in India’s cremation grounds is making the front page of international newspapers. And that all the kabristans and shamshans in his country are working properly, in direct proportion to the populations they cater for, and far beyond their capacities.
“Can India, population 1.3 billion, be isolated?” the Washington Post asked rhetorically in a recent editorial about India’s unfolding catastrophe and the difficulty of containing new, fast-spreading Covid variants within national borders. “Not easily,” it replied. It’s unlikely this question was posed in quite the same way when the coronavirus was raging through the UK and Europe just a few months ago. But we in India have little right to take offence, given our prime minister’s words at the World Economic Forum in January this year.
Modi spoke at a time when people in Europe and the US were suffering through the peak of the second wave of the pandemic. He had not one word of sympathy to offer, only a long, gloating boast about India’s infrastructure and Covid-preparedness. I downloaded the speech because I fear that when history is rewritten by the Modi regime, as it soon will be, it might disappear, or become hard to find. Here are some priceless snippets:
“Friends, I have brought the message of confidence, positivity and hope from 1.3 billion Indians amid these times of apprehension … It was predicted that India would be the most affected country from corona all over the world. It was said that there would be a tsunami of corona infections in India, somebody said 700-800 million Indians would get infected while others said 2 million Indians would die.”
“Friends, it would not be advisable to judge India’s success with that of another country. In a country which is home to 18% of the world population, that country has saved humanity from a big disaster by containing corona effectively.”
Modi the magician takes a bow for saving humanity by containing the coronavirus effectively. Now that it turns out that he has not contained it, can we complain about being viewed as though we are radioactive? That other countries’ borders are being closed to us and flights are being cancelled? That we’re being sealed in with our virus and our prime minister, along with all the sickness, the anti-science, the hatred and the idiocy that he, his party and its brand of politics represent?
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