Saturday, September 10, 2022

About the same in Iraq

XINHUA has a photo essay about a date festival in Iraq yesterday.  Otherwise?

Nothing much different.  The political stalemate continues.  

#Sadr bans Movement's MPs from returning to Iraqi Parliament 🇮🇶 The leader of Iraq's Sadrist Movement, Muqtada Al-Sadr, stressed yesterday that the return of his Movement's MPs to the House of Representatives is "absolutely forbidden, under any pretext".

Then why did they try to force the court system to let them back in?  

In Friday's snapshot, we noted that Moqtada was asking the KDP and the Sunnis to walk out of the Parliament.  

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RUDAW notes:

Spokesperson for the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) said on Friday that the Sadrist Movement has not officially asked it to withdraw from the Iraqi parliament. This comes one day after the movement indirectly called on the Kurdish party to do so. 

Salih Mohammed al-Iraqi, who introduces himself as Sadrist Movement Leader Muqtada al-Sadr’s “minister” and acts as a spokesperson for the movement, said in a statement on Thursday that they insist on the dissolution of the Iraqi parliament.   

The Sadrist Movement, which was the winner of the October 2021 parliamentary elections, withdrew from the legislature in June after failing to reach an agreement with the rival Coordination Framework. The movement had struck a deal with Sunnis and the KDP. 

Without mentioning their names, al-Iraq called on both the KDP and Sunnis to follow suit by withdrawing from the parliament to render it illegitimate. 

Moqtada is nothing if not litigious.  His recent move has been ignored by the US press but there are charges filed against Nouri al-Maliki that he was planning to assassinate Moqtada.  The charges made in court (by Sadr's group) are based on the recorded conversations of Nouri's that were leaked over a month ago.  In those conversations, he predicted where things were headed.  He did not plot to kill Moqtada.  But it's not like the nut job al-Sadr ever understood the law.  (Or, really, anything else.)

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Machiavelli on King Charles and Queen Camilla

Francis A. Boyle is a human rights lawyer and professor of international law at the University of Illinois College of Law:

The Prince, Chapter XIX: That One should Avoid being Despised and Hated



“It makes him hated above all things, as I have said, to be rapacious, and to be a violator of the property and women of his subjects, from both of which he must abstain.”

In Chapter 19 of The Prince Machiavelli enjoined  Prince Charles  to not violate and  to   abstain from the property and women of his subjects. Instead, Charles carried on an open and notorious and adulterous and rapacious affair with Camilla then married to a member of his court  in flagrant disregard of his wife and the  mother of his children Diana in the eyes of the entire world. Whenever British and Commonwealth subjects see King Charles with   Queen  Camilla they will think of Diana and grow to hate and to  detest him and her and the British Monarchy itself   as Machiavelli predicted. Machiavelli was a Republican.  And right now the United Kingdom itself could collapse. Once again Scotland is pushing for independence.  Public opinion polls in Northern Ireland reveal that a majority of the British subjects there favor joining the Republic of Ireland and becoming citizens instead of  subjects. King Charles and Queen Camilla will only accelerate these historical forces that are already in operation tending towards the disintegration of the British Monarchy, the United Kingdom, and the British Commonwealth.

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As California faces a historic heat wave and Europe grapples with an energy crisis, African leaders affirm that African resources should benefit “humankind on this continent.”

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African leaders are ‘pro fossil fuels for Africa’

“The voice of Africa should be heard. We must exploit our resources,” said Sophie Gladima, Senegal’s minister of petroleum and energies, in remarks at the MSGBC Oil, Gas & Power conference and exhibition held last week in Dakar, Senegal. “Yes, we must think of protecting the planet. But we must think of humankind on this continent,” Gladima added.


Africa’s annual natural gas production is expected to grow to 292 billion cubic meters (bcm) by 2025, with global demand estimated to reach 4,243 bcm, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA).


Referencing pressure from Western leaders to pursue green energy in light of climate change, Dr. Omar Farouk Ibrahim, the secretary general of African Petroleum Producers Organization, said, “We must not be forced to do what will destroy our future and our children. We need energy to sustain our future generation.”


“Developed nations enjoyed the resource, they contaminated the world, they should be the ones who change their lifestyle,” the minister of mines and hydrocarbons of Equatorial Guinea, Gabriel Mbaga Obiang Lima, said. “I am not pro fossil fuel; I am pro fossil fuel for Africa,” he added.


According to the IEA Africa Energy Outlook Report 2022, released in June, natural gas discoveries equivalent to 5,000 billion cubic meters (bcm) have been found on the continent. According to the same report, between 2010 and 2020, 40% of all gas discoveries worldwide came from Africa.


“Gas has the opportunity to provide fertilizer to feed Africa, should we say no to it?” said Senegal’s Gladima.


The remarks were part of a joint statement dubbed the “Dakar Declaration” that seeks to align all African nations on energy and climate matters ahead of the next G-7 and G-20 summits. The declaration will also be presented at the 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27), which will run from November 6 to 18 in Egypt.


“We have to work hand in hand so as to exploit our resources. For COP27, the voice of Africa should be heard. Where decisions are made, Africa must be there,” said Gladima.


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Given humanity’s impact on the planet, the once-fringe concept of the Anthropocene is now more or less taken as a given. Our collective degradation of the landscapes and marine environments of the planet is undeniable. However, we know that Indigenous people have been “managing” landscapes in various ways for millennia, finding ways to support and respect the natural systems that we are very much a part of, not apart from. The late O.E. Wilson’s visionary “Half-Earth” movement proposes a goal of setting aside 50% of the planet for nature. How do we accomplish this equitably and ethically? We need to conserve what remains and work to restore the rest, and, as Dr. Carly Vynne reminds us, “huge efforts on both fronts will be necessary.” 

This week, join us as we begin to explore the restoration side of this essential work. How do we reintegrate the idea of wild places into a transformed world? What is working right now? Are there strategies and models that fit the myriad situations in front of us?

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