HOW DO YOU MAKE SURE KILLER BARRY O DOES WELL WHEN YOU CHECK HIS RECORD OF PROMISES?
MAKE LIKE TAMI LUHBY (CNNMONEY) AND IGNORE THE ONES HE FAILED TO KEEP (LIKE CLOSE GUANTANAMO). IF YOU WRITE A WHOLE ARTICLE IGNORING HIS 100% BROKEN PROMISES, IT'S A LOT EASIER TO PRETEND, FOR EXAMPLE, THAT HE'S HAD SOME ACHIEVEMENT ON HIS JOB PROMISES.
AND BE SURE TO IGNORE HIS DRONE WAR. THE BLOWBACK FROM KILLER BARRY'S DRONE WAR IS GOING TO BE UGLY AND PROBABLY INCLUDE MULTIPLE 9-11S BUT, HEY, BARRY O JUST WORRIES ABOUT BARRY O. THE FUTURE BEYOND 2016? THAT'S SOMEBODY ELSE'S PROBLEM!
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And in the failed state today? UPI reports that Nouri al-Maliki's government refused to let a Turkish plane land -- the plane was supposed "to land in Kirkuk and pick up some of the 75 Kurdish victims of a Jan. 23 assault by Arabs in the Iraqi city of Tuz Khurmatu." The plane's landing isn't the only thing Nouri's blocking. Kitabat reports today that Nouri's forces are preventing the residents of Salahuddin Province and Nineveh Province from entering Baghdad and that traffic is stopped as i.d.s are checked and security forces turn people away. Alsumaria also notes that people are being prevented from entering Baghdad and adds that there are rumors that Nouri plans to impose a curfew starting Thursday. What's got Nouri in a panic?
Kitabat reports that yesterday some protesters in Anbar Province announced their intent to march to Baghdad next Friday. All Iraq News notes National Alliance MP Qasim al-Araji is calling out the plan to stage a sit-in in Baghdad. The Ministry of Interior (run by Nouri al-Maliki since he never nominated anyone to head it) had its own announcement. Alsumaria reports that today it was declared their intent to crack down on any protest -- anywhere in the country -- that they felt was a threat or lacked a permit. Al Mada notes that the spokesperson for the Anbar protests, Sayad Lafi, states that the protesters have written Baghdad seeking permission to pray in the city on Friday and return the same day.
Al Mada reports that the Anbar protesters state they have still not received a reply to their request. The reply is most likely "no" judging by events taking place currently. Al Jazeera, the Chrisian Science Monitor and PRI's Jane Arraf Tweets on the vehicles being prevented from entering Baghdad.
In other protest news, Alsumaria notes that Diyala Province officials have formed a committee to convey the demands of the protesters to the federal government. In addition, Vice President Khudair Khuzaie told US Ambassador to Iraq Stephen Beecroft that the federal government will be "flexible" when it comes to the protesters demands. Alsumaria notes Iraqiya issued a statement noting their continued solidarity with protesters and their legimate demands. Deputy Prime Minister Saleh al-Mutlaq met with Anbar Province Governor Qassim Fahdawi to discuss ways to implement the demands of the protesters. al-Mutlaq is a member of Iraqiya. All Iraq News speaks with Iraiqya MP Raad Danielle who states there has been too much procrastination and foot dragging. He cites an example of the protesters calls for detainees to be released and how these are words in the media but they are not acted upon by the government.
Martin Kobler is the Special Enovy in Iraq for United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Karin Laub (AP) interviews Kobler today
Martin Kobler, the U.N. envoy to Iraq, said that while he believes the head of the committee, Deputy Prime Minister Hussain al-Shahristani, is taking the Sunni concerns seriously, "there is more the government could do" to deal with the protesters' demands.
"We have the impression that a lot of the problems (raised by the demonstrators) are rule of law, human rights problems, the situation in detention centres. And these are all problems the government can solve tomorrow," Kobler told The Associated Press.
Violence continues in Iraq. Iraq Body Count notes that through Sunday 139 people have died from violence in Iraq so far this month. That's 139 violent deaths in 10 days. AFP's Prashant Rao Tweets his organization's catch.
After a couple late-confirmed deaths last night, we are now up to 110 dead, 273 wounded this month in Iraq -
Today? Sufyan Mashhadani, Isabel Coles and Kevin Liffey (Reuters) report a Mosul suicide car bombing has claimed 12 lives (in addition to the driver of the car) and left at least eighteen injure. Alsumaria notes that an attack on a Thar Thar checkpoint (outside of Ramadi) resulted in the deaths of 2 Iraqi soldiers and two more injures. All Iraq News adds that a Baghdad sticky bombing has left the Dean of the Ministry of the Interior injured. UPI reports that Sahwa commander in Diyala Province Khaled al-Lahibi has been assassinated in Baquba. The assassination of al-Lahibi was the third assassination attempt of a high profile figure in as many days. Alsumaria notes that a Sunday Mosul bombing targeted Speaker of Parliament Osama al-Nujaifi's convoy (no one is reported harmed and al-Nujaifi wasn't in the convoy despite his being expected to have been). Focus Information Agency noted Saturday that the Polish Ambassador to Iraq, Lech Stefaniak, was targeted by a roadside bombing in Baghdad but no one was hurt.
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