YESTERDAY CELEBRITY IN CHIEF BARRY O SKIPPED THE ANNUAL ASIA-PACIFIC ECONOMIC CO-OPERATION SUMMIT.
WHEN THESE REPORTERS TACKED THE DAHLIBAMA DOWN, HE WAS WITH 'BODY MAN' REGGIE LOVE AND INSISTING HE HAD "A RIGHT TO PRIVACY" -- A RIGHT HE DENIES AMERICANS.
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FROM THE TCI WIRE:
Mustafa al-Kadhimi (Al-Monitor) profiles Irqaq's prime minister and chief thug Nouri al-Maliki:
The prime minister, whose term ends in 2014, said that the rise in terrorism in Iraq is rooted in the rise of regional sectarianism and “directly related to the developments in the Syrian crisis and its repercussions on the Iraqi arena. We are very worried about the Syrian arena transforming into a field that attracts extremists, terrorists and sectarians from various parts of the world, gathering them in our neighborhood.”
Of course, Nouri would choose to blame it on Syria. He's a
thug. He can't provide security and he can't stop inciting the people.
Iraqiya leader Ayad Allawi observed earlier today:
Exactly. Nouri always tries to treat them as unrelated concepts.
Look at this Al Mada news photo.
What do you see?
I see three scared young men who are blindfolded and handcuffed.
Maybe they're killers and maybe they aren't.
Maybe that's why courts exist? To determine guilt or innocence.
The young men are scared and why are they blindfolded? Why was their picture taken, let alone distributed to the media?
This isn't about fairness or determining innocence. This isn't about seeking truth.
The Ministry of the Interior says the three are killers.
And they distribute this photo to the press insisting the three are killers.
A lot of people will see what I see: Three scared young men.
Those people will have even less faith and trust in Nouri's corrupt government. BBC News observes:
In the past two months, Iraqi security forces have reportedly arrested hundreds of alleged al-Qaeda members in and around Baghdad as part of a campaign the government is calling "Revenge for the Martyrs".
But the operations, which have taken place mostly in Sunni districts, have angered the Sunni community and failed to halt the violence.
There were over 2,000 people arrested in mass arrests last month alone. It's not helping to calm the situation in Iraq or reduce the violence. These people -- like those who are already in the 'justice' system -- disappear, are tortured and never get a day in court. All Iraq News notes:
The leading figure within the Sadr Trend, Hazim al-Araji, stressed that "Muqtada al-Sadr refuses to compromise over releasing his imprisoned followers."
Araji said "The prisoners of the Sadr Trend are from the resistance elements," noting "Their weapons were not used against any Iraqi person and their only enemy was the occupier."
"We had called and still call for releasing those prisoners, he added assuring "The Head of the Sadr Trend, Muqtada al-Sadr did not forget the imprisoned resistance fighters, but he formed a legal commission to follow up their cases."
Iraq desperately needs new leadership.
And for the ones who can't catch on, Nouri runs the Ministry of the Interior. His refusal to nominate someone for that post -- or to head any of the security ministries -- means he runs it.
Meanwhile Iraq still needs an election law to hold parliamentary elections in a few months as it is supposed to do. All Iraq News reports MP Susan al-Saad is noting that in the 2010 elections, the law was that there was a quota for women that was in addition to those women who ran for seats and won. Instead, she points out that 21 women won seats and these women were then used for the quotas. She states this issue needs to be cleared up before the next parliamentary election. Alsumaria reports that Speaker of Parliament Osama al-Nujaifi presided over a session today which 220 MPs attended and that the election bill was raised.
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