FORMER ACTRESS TURNED TWITTER WARRIOR ALYSSA MILANO DID NOT WANT TO SPEAK WITH THESE REPORTERS TONIGHT ABOUT THE FIRING OF LESLIE MOONVES.
"I'VE BEEN SILENT ALL ALONG SO I WILL JUST STAY SILENT," SHE HISSED. "YOU DON'T GET AHEAD BY TAKING ON PEOPLE WHO CAN GIVE YOU A JOB! AND I NEED A JOB. REALLY, REALLY BADLY. BUT LET ME TELL YOU WHAT I DO WANT TO TALK ABOUT. I WANT TO CELEBRATE THAT WOMAN WHO WROTE ABOUT BEING INSIDE THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION FOR THE NEW YORK TIMES. SHE EXPLAINED SHE WAS PART OF A CONSPIRACY TO TAKE DOWN TRUMP AND I LOVE HER FOR IT. WHAT WAS HER NAME AGAIN? OH, YES, ANONA MOOSE. I WONDER IF SHE'S RELATED TO THE KEANSBURG MOOSES? AND IF SHE'S ITALIAN? I BELIEVE ANONA IS ITALIAN FOR 'DOES ANYONE SEE MY LITTLE MUSTACHE? SHOULD I PLUCK IT MORE?'"
FROM THE TCI WIRE:
Last month, the International Crisis Group was noting 50 protesters had already died. That was about it for international groups. Like the bulk of the western press, most took a pass on the protests. In fairness to Human Rights Watch, two of their main actors were too busy trying to lead the 'resistance' to Donald Trump and covering for the Israeli government (in their assault on Palestinians) to focus on human rights. By our choices, we will be revealed.
What is happening is not a shock unless you're one of the fools who has spent weeks insisting that these protests do not matter and that they will died quickly. For weeks and weeks, some observers have expressed that view.
We'll name one person because they did a lot of harm -- intentional or not. When I would beg and plead for coverage of this to friends in the US media they'd say they'd look into it and then explain -- usually in an e-mail -- that it wasn't a real issue. Why, didn't I know, even Mustafa Habib at NIQASH -- who we quote all the time -- had pooh-pahhed them.
Yes, I knew he had. Here:
Protests are expected in Iraq in summer. It’s so hot that a lack of potable water and power to cool things down, or keep food, is enough to drive people onto the streets in anger. But these protests – which spread from Basra to other provinces, including the capital Baghdad – are different from past ones in several ways. For one thing, they appear to be spontaneous and leaderless, their demands are many, often non-specific and in some cases, unrealistic. And if the protestors have one thing in common, it is their distrust of, and lack of confidence in, the whole of the Iraqi political establishment. They are not targeting any one party or sector; basically, they don’t like anyone.
Was he trying to convey that it was a non-story? I have no idea but that's the impression many got and they used his conclusions to argue for ignoring the protests.
September is the third month of the ongoing protests. You'd think the media would have covered it seriously long ago.
But that didn't happen.
And without the international spotlight shining, the Iraqi officials could -- and did -- order attacks on the protesters. And instead of meeting the demands, the Iraqi government has -- as usual -- dithered. Drinking water that sends you to the hospital for medical attention? When that happens in Iraq, that water should be bottled and all in the Green Zone should be forced to drink it. The Green Zone has never had problems with potable water.
The so-called leaders have looked out for themselves while failing the Iraqi people.
The protests have turned down violent?
Maybe now the government will start to listen to the demands. You cannot brush off basic needs and get away with it.
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