FADED CELEBRITY IN CHIEF BARRY O, LIKE MANY AMERICANS, DOES NOT WANT TO SEE CRANKY CLINTON BECOME PRESIDENT.
REACHED FOR COMMENT BY THESE REPORTERS, BARRY O INSISTED, "I DON'T WANT TO LIVE IN A COUNTRY WHERE HILLARY CAN BECOME PRESIDENT. HAVE YOU HEARD HER CACKLES? AND IF SHE BECOMES PRESIDENT IMMEDIATELY AFTER ME, HOW SPECIAL WILL I BE? I SHOULD NOT BE REPLACED EASILY. I AM A VERY SPECIAL PERSON AND SHE'S SO RUN OF THE MILL."
ASKED IF HE HAD ANY POLITICAL DIFFERENCES WITH HER, BARRY O REPLIED, "NOT REALLY. WE BOTH LIKE STARTING WARS AND SEEING PEOPLE DIE. THAT'S ONE THING I'LL GIVE HER, SHE'S GOT A REAL BLOOD THIRST."
Friday morning, we again noted The New Yorker report on prostitution in Iraq written by Rania Abouzeid and that CNN's Arwa Damon had Tweeted about it but that it was otherwise being ignored.
From the article:
In 2012, Iraq passed its first law specifically against human trafficking, but the law is routinely ignored, and sexual crimes, including rape and forced prostitution, are common, women’s-rights groups say. Statistics are hard to come by, but in 2011, according to the latest Ministry of Planning report, a survey found that more than nine per cent of respondents between the ages of fifteen and fifty-four said they had been subjected to sexual violence. The real number is likely much higher, given the shame attached to reporting such crimes in a society where a family’s honor is often tied to the chastity of its women. The victims of these crimes are often considered outcasts and can be killed for “dishonoring” their family or their community.
Since 2006, Layla, a rape victim and former prostitute, has been secretly mapping Iraq’s underworld of sex trafficking and prostitution. Through her network of contacts in the sex trade, she gathers information about who is selling whom and for how much, where the victims are from, and where they are prostituted and trafficked. She passes the information, through intermediaries, to Iraqi authorities, who usually fail to act on it. Still, her work has helped to convict several pimps, including some who kidnapped children. That Saturday night, I accompanied Layla and Mohammad on a tour of some of the places that she investigates, on the condition that I change her name, minimize details that might identify her, and not name her intermediaries.
Friday on PRI's The World, Carol Hills spoke with Raina Abouzeid about her report. Excerpt.
Rania Abouzeid: But she's told me on more than one occasion that she sees this as her life's cause that she is absolutely determined regardless of the personal violence that she is often threatened with, because it is a dangerous job to sort of move undercover and pretend that you're a pimp or that you're a retired pimp in her case to get access to these brothels and to get into these nightclubs and to have the kind of relationships that she has with pimps and prostitutes. But she's nonetheless absolutely devoted to this cause.
Carol Hills: You accompanied her as she tried to get information and she was sort of under cover as a pimp herself in order to get information. What did you observe her do in order to get information?
Rania Abouzeid: One of the reasons she can do this was because she was in the trade many years ago. She has those sort of connections and she mines those connections. So she's a known quantity if you like in this underworld in Iraq. And she, uh, she taps into those connections and she uses them to expand her network and it also gives her a kind of street cred, if you like, with these people that she's dealing with.
Carol Hills: Can you give a couple of examples of the kind of women or girls that are finding themselves in the sex trade.
Rania Abouzeid: Well it's mainly women and girls who don't have the support of their families -- either because they're fleeing from their families because of some sort of domestic abuse or they've been displaced and their usual family network isn't around them so they're -- so they're in an alien environment, if you like. And you know what one of the young ladies in my piece found herself in a very rough neighborhood because it was cheaper and it didn't take long for pimps and their women in this trade -- for one of these pimps to find her and to offer her free shelter, free food, a sense of stability and that's how she was lured into this trade.
Carol Hills: You just mentioned that many of the pimps are women and that really surprised me. How-how does that happen? It's so different from -- at least our image -- of how prostitution and the sex trade operate.
Rania Abouzeid: Yes, it's a very different model to the sort of western stereotype of the pimp -- the male pimp -- who's sort of controls the women. In Iraq, actually in much of the developing world, these are criminal networks that are run by women. But there are men behind them. There's quite a tangled web of men behind them and corrupt police and militia men in the case of Iraq.
Carol Hills: Is the current Iraqi government doing anything about this?
Rania Abouzeid: Well in August of this year, the Women's Affairs Ministry which was always short of money anyhow was closed down as part of downsizing. And that was one body that was supposed to sort of advocate for women's affairs. And it was shut down.
And it was shut down.
As we noted September 10th, "What 'reform' under Haider means thus far is that quotas are going and gone -- meaning minority populations will not be represented or have a seat at the table. In addition, shutting down the Ministry of Women's Affairs -- not a budget concern since it never had a real budget -- means that there will not be bodies in the government to track the treatment (or mistreatment) of certain segments."
Why is it that when Haider al-Abadi falsely sold his announced moves as 'reform' no one wanted to call them out -- no one in the press. They wanted to pretend that closing down an underfunded ministry would, in fact, address corruption.
Instead, it leaves a segment of the population without any real resources.
And where were our brave defenders of women's rights in the United States?
I don't want to hear any two-faced women's 'leader' announce yet again: "Human rights are women's rights."
I don't want to hear that or anything else if they were no where to be found when Haider al-Abadi was trying to dismantle the Ministry of Women's Affairs.
Hillary Clinton, for example, was more than happy to vote (2002) to destroy Iraq and to continue to support the illegal war until it became a problem in 2007 as she was seeking the Democratic Party's 2008 presidential nomination.
Today, she's again seeking that nomination but she has nothing to say about Iraqi women.
The notion that some fluff in a badly (ghost)written book means she no longer has to answer for Iraq is one pimped by the whores who want to ignore what a War Hawk Hillary is.
Remember, she can talk business opportunities brought about by the destruction of Iraq, she just can't address the problems facing the Iraqi people.
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