IN CHICAGO, ONE TIME GOVERNOR ROD BLAGOJEVICH IS ON TRIAL FOR SUPPOSEDLY ATTEMPTING TO SELL A SENATE SEAT.
THAT'S THE QUESTION THE PROSECUTION HAS NEVER ESTABLISHED.
IT'S A BIT LIKE BUSTING A HOOKER BUT LETTING THE JOHN WALK.
BLAGOJEVICH'S ATTORNEY YESTERDAY DECLARED THAT THERE WERE NEGOTIATIONS OVER WHO MIGHT BE THE NEXT SENATOR FROM ILLINOIS -- NEGOTIATIONS, NOT A TAG SALE -- AND THAT THESE WERE DONE WITH WHITE HOUSE FIGURES SUCH AS RAHM EMANUEL AND VALERIE JARRETT.
SHOULD BLAGOJEVICH BE CONVICTED SOMEONE'S GOING TO HAVE TO ANSWER WHERE THE OTHER HALF OF THE DEAL IS BECAUSE BLAGOJEVICH CERTAINLY COULDN'T HAVE NEGOTIATED AND/OR SOLD WITH HIMSELF.
FROM THE TCI WIRE:
The order prohibits "all trade union activities at the ministry and its departments and sites" and authorizes the police "to close all trade union offices and bases and to take control of unions' assets properties and documents, furniture and computers." [Details below.]
The Iraqi trade union movement is calling on trade union members and labor solidarity activists everywhere to raise their voices in protest.
1. Prohibits all trade union activity and ceases all forms of cooperation and official discussions with the electricity sector unions;
2. Directs management to help police enforce the closure of union offices and confiscation of documents, furniture, computers and anything else present;
3. Orders all enterprises to take immediate legal action against anyone who threatens or uses force or causes any damage to public property under the 2005 anti-terrorism law; and
4. Orders all departments and enterprises to repeal any benefits and privileges union members have gained.
* Continued enforcement of Saddam's ban on unions in the public sector and public enterprises;
* Freezing union bank accounts and assets;
* Banning union leaders from traveling outside Iraq without prior government approval;
* Transferring union leaders to remote locations far from their homes, families and union members;
* Issuing criminal charges against Oil Union Federation officers alleging they are undermining the Iraqi economy by protesting privatization of oil resources and companies;
* Ignoring the requirement in the Iraqi Constitution calling for enactment of a basic labor rights law;
* Violating ILO Convention 98 on collective bargaining to which Iraq is signatory.
Vatican Radio notes his kidney problems two months ago and that yesterday the Auxiliary Bishop was taken to the hospital, yesterday afternoon, that the funeral was expected to be held this evening, that he was born in the village of Bedare/Zakho in 1943, entered the Monastery in 1975 (in Mosul), was ordained in Baghdad June 5, 1966 and had been a parish priest in both Basra (1967 to 1971) and Baghdad (1971 to 1991).
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