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As Joe Biden blows off Mustafa, the western press blows off the 15-year-old Iraqi girl who may have been killed by US soldiers

At the United Nations this week, Mustafa al-Kadhimi declared, "The challenges facing Iraq today are the result of decades of political crises and conflict. We are working to dismantle them, placing our hopes on our young society’s aspiration to defend democracy. Our nascent democracy still has a spirit of courage and hope. It needs the understanding and support of the international community so that we can continue building the modern State, providing service and reconstructing infrastructure destroyed by wars and rebuilding infrastructure destroyed by wars."  The biggest challenge, of course, remains the lack of leadership in the corrupt government.  But Mustafa probably didn't wish to talk about himself.

And he was probably nursing his hurt over the fact that he traveled all the way to the United States and the President Joe Biden wouldn't even meet with him.  Was it a reflection on Mustafa's awful leadership?

On October 10, Iraq will have completed a year since early elections, without its political class being able to form a new government.

While the aim of holding those elections was to implement one of the most important conditions of the popular “October Uprising” that entered the Iraqi political discourse with this name since 2019, when it erupted on the first of October of that year, the outcomes of those elections, which came through a law New, it has not met the desire of the political class that has adopted the partisan, ethnic and sectarian “quotas” system since the overthrow of Saddam Hussein’s regime at the hands of the US invasion forces on April 9, 2003.

The results whose integrity was questioned by the losing powers resulted in the emergence of new forces, represented by the victory of a large number of independent representatives. It should be noted that the new law, which was enacted in the wake of that “uprising” that was brutally suppressed, provided more than one party, including what the Iraqi political class used to call the “third party”, the opportunity to win the individual vote and the base of the highest votes.

Iraq's Prime Minister Mustafa Al Kadhimi on Friday called for a third round of national dialogue to resolve his country’s political crisis.

Mr Al Kadhimi has served in a caretaker role since a general election last October, as Iraqi political factions continue to squabble over forming a government.

Human Lives Human Rights: A fifteen-year-old girl named Zainab Essam Al Khazali was shot by the US military on September 20 near the infamous Camp Bucca in Baghdad.

Not even a single Western media outlet reported the murder, proving once again that it’s not always about human rights.

The young student, Zainab Essam Majed Al-Khazali, was killed by a bullet during US military drills in their military base near the Abu Ghraib prison.

The Iraqi Security Media Cell announced that they have launched an investigation into the murder, which is being described as a “random shooting.”

Sheikh Qais Al-Khazali, Secretary-General of Asa’ib Ahl Al-Haq, announced that he demands an “immediate” and “urgent” investigation into the killing of the girl, dubbing Washington’s actions “an explicit violation of the Iraqi constitution,” and a “flagrant breach of Iraqi sovereignty.”

Mainstream media, although known to exploit narratives for regime change and political influence as a soft power tactic, did not exhibit the slightest sense of human decency or empathy or even call for an investigation into the accusation of US forces carrying out inhumane killings of underage civilians in foreign land.

Rather than sanctioning its own forces for creating chaos and murdering innocents on foreign lands, the US has sanctioned Iranian moral police, in its latest adventures on big media’s fake care for women’s rights, capitalizing on the death of Mahsa Amini.

Amini, whom Western reports claim was severely beaten to death, died of heart attack in police custody. Iranian authorities provided videos as evidence of the opposite. Images of Amini in a hospital bed displayed no sign of physical violence.

Amini was never assaulted, beaten, or abused, and the proof was CCTV footage that slammed Western reports as fake and fabricated. The incident, recorded on CCTV, shows a female police officer approaching Amini and pointing at her hijab. Amini and the officer entered into a verbal disagreement, after which the officer turned around and left Amini alone.

Western media, on their part, took advantage of the narrative and propagated lies. The double standards are telling of just how humane and empathetic big media really claims to be, noting how tabloids have been ramping up Iranophobic sentiment through spreading falsehood, while ignoring Zainab’s death.

The New York Times wrote about “the death on Friday of a 22-year-old woman in Iran after she was detained by the morality police,” claiming that “morality police units arbitrarily enforce the rules, and their tactics range from verbal notices to monetary fines, to violently dragging women into vans for detention.”

In a similar tone, France 24 wrote, “A young Iranian woman is in a coma and fighting for her life after being arrested in Tehran by the Islamic republic’s morality police.”

The Guardian, MondAfrique, The World Today, and many others have also adopted that rhetoric and rushed to announce her death all for the sake of targeting Iran’s internal policies without awaiting any response from the police or official authorities or even the results of the investigation.

The West has gone as far as exploiting the death of an innocent woman all for the sake of politicizing the incident and pushing further their anti-Iran propaganda, completely turning a blind eye to the truth.

The shocking part was that Amnesty international which so called supports human rights everywhere, showed a double standard here, supporting the West policy of anti-Iran propaganda and interfering into a nation’s internal policies and failing to cover the case of Zainab Essam, who was murdered by US forces.

PRESS TV and FIRST POST also note the hypocrisy.  PRESS TV also reports:

An Iraqi legislator has demanded that the American ambassador to Baghdad Alina L. Romanowski be summoned over the killing of a teenage girl during US drills near a military camp close to Baghdad International Airport.

Ahmed Taha al-Rubaie, a lawmaker from the southern Iraqi province of Basra, called on the Baghdad government to immediately summon Romanowski, and hand her a strongly-worded note of protest over the killing of 15-year-old Zainab Essam Majed al-Khazali.

Meanwhile, the western press continues to ignore the death of Essam.

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True, it's not quite October, but Halloween, Thanksgiving and The Time of Gift-Giving will be here before you know it, so it's best to start preparing!  And at record stores like Josey Records Kansas City, that means making a List and checking it, much more than twice. The List of titles coming to record stores for RSD Black Friday is LIVE and record stores will be placing their orders with distributors soon.  
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At UAW Monitor’s VP debate, Solidarity House candidates lie about eliminating tiers

 Will Lehman is running for the presidency of the United Auto Workers union.

At UAW Monitor’s VP debate, Solidarity House candidates lie about eliminating tiers

Watch me debate UAW President Will Curry and other candidates for president Thursday, September 22, at 6:00 p.m. EDT. You can watch the debate and find out more information at

In the UAW vice presidential debate Monday night, I heard the most outrageous lies from Chuck Browning, Bryan Czape and other members of the Solidarity House bureaucracy running on the same slate as my opponent in the presidential race, UAW President Ray Curry. One of the biggest was the claim that the UAW has eliminated tiers at the Detroit automakers as well as at Volvo, Mack Trucks and other heavy truck makers.

The UAW Vice Presidential debate, September 19, 2022

The UAW Vice Presidential debate, September 19, 2022

Excuse me, I am a second-tier worker at Mack Trucks, so I can assure you the tiers have not been eliminated here. My brothers and I must work side by side doing the same work for less money as senior workers and only reach top pay after six years. In fact, employees are on multiple tier progressions in my plant. On some, you can work for four years and not get a $1 an hour increase, if you are lucky enough not to get laid off.

Not only are there wage tiers, there are pension tiers. You used to be able to retire at full pension with 85 points (years of service plus age). The UAW gave that away long ago. New employees no longer get pensions, only much inferior 401(k) plans. Basically, this means you save your own money so someone else can gamble it, and Mack will match some of what you put in.

At GM, new hires still take eight years to reach top pay. Virtually all new employees hired at GM and other Big Three plants are now temps or “Supplemental” workers with no contract rights, no paid time off and making a starvation $16.67 per hour. These workers must work two years without being laid off to make it to full-time. Starting pay for new full-time workers at GM is now just $18.04 an hour.

A temp worker at the GM Flint Truck Plant told my supporters last month that many of his coworkers had been working as temps for much longer than two years, because if a temp worker is laid off for 31 days, the clock resets to zero.

He said: “Despite workers of every tier doing the same work, temps and those without seniority are paid substantially lower wages and receive little or no benefits aside from the most rudimentary health care plan compared to their seniority and legacy counterparts.

“In addition to the insulting pay inequality is the fact that part-time workers are only given 24 hours of unpaid time off a year, but only after working a minimum of 12 continuous months. Part-time temps do not have a guaranteed and stable work schedule either, necessitating a second full-time job for many.”

When he heard what Browning said, a worker at the Toledo Jeep plant said, “That’s a lie. Tier ones get pensions, tier twos don’t. Anyone made full-time after the last contract tops out at a dollar less per hour. That also means they don’t consider Supplementals as a tier, they don’t consider us as workers really.”

A worker showing support for my campaign at Toledo Jeep

Workers should also recall that the Curry leadership orchestrated the defeat of a resolution at the 2022 Constitutional Convention that would have banned the negotiation of a tiered wage structure in all future UAW contracts. If they actually thought tiers were already eliminated, why would they have opposed this resolution?

In addition to in-progression and temp workers, there is another set of tiers: the subcontract workers who are doing jobs at the Big Three at vastly lower pay rates and are not covered by the national agreement. The UAW has not only sanctioned the use of contract workers, but it has encouraged their use to increase “competitiveness.” This past July, the UAW negotiated a contract for GM Subsystems workers that maintains these workers at poverty wage levels, with temp workers hiring in at $15 an hour and maxing out at just $22 after six years. The UAW told Subsystems workers that if they voted down the contract and struck, the union would order GM workers to cross their picket lines!

It is also important to be aware that full-time senior autoworkers have not had a real wage increase in years. The 2019 national auto agreement contained two 3 percent wage increases and two lump sum bonuses. All of that has been eaten up by inflation.

When my supporters were in Toledo recently, a worker at the Stellantis Jeep plant told them, “I’m making the same thing that my brother was making here back in 1986.”

In fact, I did some calculations based on the Consumer Price Index, and top-tier UAW autoworkers at the Big Three are making substantially less in real terms than they did in 1979. If the UAW had maintained the three percent annual improvement factor in 1979 and the full cost of living allowance, the standard base pay would have risen from $9 an hour to over $100 an hour in 2022.

Browning also had the gall to claim that the contract he helped negotiate at John Deere was the “best in decades,” when it did not meet workers’ demands for a substantial wage increase to make up for decades of pay freezes and concessions and when it left retirees in the lurch by failing to restore health care for all retirees.

If it was truly the “best contract in decades”, why was the UAW forced to strong-arm workers into accepting it with threats of retaliation? Why did Deere workers reject Browning’s “best” contract twice, before having it rammed through on a revote? Why did the largest local at Waterloo, Iowa vote down the contract even a third time? To say this was the best contract they ever negotiated speaks volumes against Curry and Browning and the rest of Solidarity House.

As one Deere worker said after he heard Browning speak, “Yes they tried shoving that contract down our throat… BS is what I say. They are a bunch of liars; don’t believe any of them.”

At John Deere, to the extent there were any improvements made, it was because workers rebelled against the UAW bureaucracy’s repeated attempts to force another concessions contract through and organized a rank-and-file committee.

And this leaves out of the picture our brothers in the auto parts industry that the UAW has abandoned. In the 1980s, auto parts workers still made on average 80 to 90 percent of the pay of workers at the Big Three. At the Ventra Evart parts plant in Michigan, the UAW refused to call a strike earlier this year, in defiance of what workers were demanding. One International rep told workers that they could not get higher wages because “You’re not the Big Three.”

One more point on Browning’s lying performance. He said that he was “fighting for workers at Case.” Really? The UAW has hung striking Case New Holland (CNH) workers out to dry for five months, isolating them from the other UAW members and starving them on $400 strike pay.

Monday’s debate showed the futility of trying to reform the bureaucracy at Solidarity House. It is not a matter of shuffling in a few faces but clearing out the whole apparatus, which has completely lost any connection to rank-and-file workers.

We need to discuss a strategy to reverse the decades of givebacks and win what workers need, not what management says it can afford.

My campaign is running to put the rank and file in power and abolish, not reform, the UAW bureaucracy.

If workers want an end to all tiers and wage progressions by bringing up lower tiers to top pay and benefits, and all temps to full-time pay and benefits, with full funding of pensions and high-quality health care for all current workers and retirees, they should support my campaign.

Watch me debate UAW President Will Curry and other candidates for president Thursday, September 22, at 6:00 p.m. EDT. You can watch the debate and find out more information at