FILM QUEEN BOBBY REDFORD CONTINUES HIS PRAISE OF CELEBRITY IN CHIEF BARRY O.
AND HE DOES SO AS THE REVELATIONS OF BARRY O'S VAST SPYING ON AMERICANS CONTINUES TO LEAK OUT. IN OTHER WORDS, IN 1975, THE FILM QUEEN PLAYED A MAN INTENT ON EXPOSING A PRESIDENT'S ABUSES BUT TODAY, IN HIS ERECTILEY FUTILE OLD AGE, QUEEN BOBBY REDFORD EXISTS TO COVER UP FOR A PRESIDENT'S ABUSES.
REACHED FOR COMMENT, QUEEN BOBBY TOLD THESE REPORTERS HIS 2 GREATEST REGRETS WERE "NEVER HAVING POSED NUDE BEFORE EVERYTHING FELL AND NEVER HAVING SLEPT WITH TRICKY DICK NIXON -- WITH A NAME LIKE TRICKY DICK, YOU JUST KNOW HE HAD TO PACK A LITTLE SOMETHING EXTRA."
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Since December 21st, Fridays in Iraq have meant protests. The actions have been going on now for over six months. The western media has largely ignored the attacks. That happened again today as many outlets -- including the BBC -- wrote about 'big violence' that was only two more dead than an attack on the protesters. But western outlets like the BBC ignored the bombing targeting the protesters. This happens every week. You'd think six months of dedication on the part of the Iraqi people would translate into coverage but the western media's not interested in Iraq.
Today saw protesters stand up yet again. Iraqi Spring MC notes people turned out in Falluja, in Baiji, in Samarra, and in Ramadi (where Nouri's SWAT forces were out in full force and arrested some attempting to protest). Falluja, Al Mada reports, is where speakers announced that the government thinks the observation of the month of Ramadan will disrupt the protests but the protesters and their will will not be broken.
The protesters were attacked most obviously in Sammara. Iraqi Spring MC Tweeted about what took place:
That's the remains of a car bombing that targeted Samarra's protest today and the Tweet notes that eye witnesses saw one of Nouri's forces in the car. Pakistan's Daily Times notes, "The bomber wore an army uniform, police said."
Alsumaria reports that the preachers in the province (Salahuddin) are saying that the security failed the protesters. All Iraq News reports that 12 people are dead from the Samarra bombing and another nineteen are injured. NINA notes the Motahidoon Alliance denounced the attack on the sit-in and termed the attack, "continuation of the attempts to silence the voices opposing the Government's unjust and forceful trend. [. . . ] The peoples' will cannot be defeated, and the martyres' blood is a force that keeps the protestors moving to the end of the road of reform." The Motahidoon Alliance is part of Iraqiya and it is led by Speaker of Parliament Osama al-Nujaifi. Kareem Raheem and Janet Lawrence (Reuters) report :
Protest organiser Adnan Al-Muhanna called on Sunnis to take to the streets daily and follow the example of Egyptians.
Egypt's first freely elected president Mohamed Mursi was toppled on Wednesday after the army intervened following mass demonstrations against his rule, a year after the Islamist was sworn into office.
"Demonstrations can make the change. Neither elections nor weapons can do that," Muhanna said. "Within one year, the Egyptians changed the Mursi regime through demonstrations because they were well-organized."
In other violence, NINA notes police shot 2 suspects dead in Hawija, a Kut car bombing claimed 1 life and left seventeen injured, an armed attack to the south of Falluja left two people injured, and armed attack in Falluja left 1 Iraqi soldier dead and another injured as well as one police officer injured. Mu Xuequan (Xinhua) reports, "The deadliest attack was in the Qurait area in northern Baghdad, where 14 people were killed and 31 others injured when a suicide bomber blew himself up in a Shi'ite mosque during the evening pray, a local police source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity." Reuters states that the suicide bomber was a woman. In addition, NINA notes a Baghdad car bombing claimed 1 life and left nine more people injured.
Yesterday saw at least 14 deaths and at least thirty-four injured. Three of the dead? Doctors killed in Baghdad.
All Iraq News noted that the Parliament's Health and Environment Committee "discussed several amendments on Physicians Protection Law preparing for a vote to be endorsed by Parliament." Alsumaria added that Moqtada al-Sadr declared these attacks cannot be allowed, called for an immediate investigation into the attacks on the three doctors and declared that Iraq cannot allow the hands of terrorism to target and impair the medical community." If you missed it, recent violence has required Iraq to utilize hospitals in other countries. The "brain drain" in the early years of the war has not been repaired and has left Iraq without a sufficient number of medical providers. Nouri's been prime minister for seven years now. Why the hell he didn't implement fast track programs of training is a question the Iraqi people should be demanding answers to. Instead, he continues to try to pad out Iraq's medical community by importing nurses from other countries. At a time when Iraqis face massive unemployment and with all the billions Iraq sits on, there was plenty of time, plenty of people to start up a nursing program that could have turned out LVNs and RNs very quickly and had them working in the hospitals instead of importing nurses into the country.
Iraq can't afford more violence aimed at doctors. That's what Moqtada's smart enough to grasp although it escapes Nouri. A second brain drain is possible. Violence is again increasing in Iraq. Today, 3 doctors were killed in Baghdad. This is the sort of thing that can lead to a panic. If you're a doctor in Iraq and you've told yourself things will get better, you've said you want to honor the Iraqi people and you've stayed? The violence has never ended and at some point -- when doctors are being targeted again -- you have to ask yourself exactly how much longer you can wait for the violence to end? For some, it won't take much to push them out of Iraq at this point.
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