First up, Jimmy Dore.
Hunted Biden's a crook, plain and simple. He has no ethics. He's a 'recovering' drug addict and uses that to get sympathy from the press. He's a grown man whose actions should have prevented War Joe from becoming president. Hunter's corrupt and so is Joe. He raised Hunter.
I think even Amy Klobuchar would have been a better choice for president than Joe Biden. He was the absolute worst choice. Shame on anyone who pretends otherwise..
ANd shame on Tulsi Gabbard because she should have focused her fire on Joe in that debate, not on Kamala Harris. Joe was the War Hawk. But she covered for him. Even Jake Tapper (moderator) was shocked so he went back to her to give her a second chance to answer and she offered sop for Joe. That's when I knew Tulsi was not for real. Fake ass. And I had supported her up until that debate.
Your opinion doesn’t matter—not by itself. No matter how heartfelt or important to you personally, your thoughts about Gaza or legal weed or the war on skinny jeans don’t mean anything merely because they reside inside your brain.
Your opinion matters only if you express it. Expression of an opinion doesn’t change anything unless it’s done effectively. Opinions expressed en masse, alongside others who share your views, are more likely to effect change—but that’s not enough to move the needle. What changes policy, what improves lives for the foreseeable future, what makes history on a radical scale, is a sustained mass movement that expresses an opinion so aggressively that the ruling classes are forced to change course or risk losing their power and privilege to revolutionary overthrow.
American liberals and leftists have strong opinions on a variety of issues. But they express them on the couch or online rather than in the streets, where it matters. On the rare occasion when we venture into the public sphere, our protests are usually sporadic and unsustained, like the annual anti-Trump women’s marches with the pink pussy hats or militantly nonviolent, like the antiwar protests leading up to the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq. Neither had any effect. Leftie demonstrations rarely assume the dangerous character required to scare the powers that be: violent, or nonviolent while brandishing a credible threat of violence.
Last summer’s Black Lives Matter protests were an exception, continuing every day for well over 100 consecutive days in over 500 cities, involving between 7 and 22 million people. Though mostly nonviolent, BLM demonstrations featured sufficient property damage and violence to lend the peaceful events a menacing swagger. Which is why BLM was effective.
Racist and brutal police are still a big problem. But BLM moved the ball down the field more than anyone would have expected previously. Defunding the police went from fringe to mainstream with cities like New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco actually moving millions of dollars in their budgets. Chokeholds have been banned in dozens of cities. Confederate statues, the Stars and Bars at NASCAR, the names of sports teams and products whose names invoke the legacy of racism are biting the dust. Equity has become a policy priority for public educators.
Like Fake Ass candidates, Motor Mouth People -- who blab and don't take action -- are not helping anyone. But they do paint a big picture of themselves as pretty important, don't they?
Here's C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"
Thursday, May 27, 2021. An arrest takes place in Iraq though the western media and the Iraqi press are in conflict over what the arrest was for. The militias surround the prime minister's compound and you may be saying, "Huh? This wasn't on THE NEWSHOUR or CBS EVENING NEWS or . . ." No, it wasn't.
One day after protests across Iraq against the wave of terrorism gripping the country since activists with The October Movement started getting assassinated, someone is finally arrested for terrorism.
REUTERS explains, "Iraqi security forces on Wednesday arrested militia commander Qasim Muslih, the military said, in a move security sources said was linked to attacks on a base that hosts U.S. forces."
He is thought to have carried out attacks on the activists but, to read the western coverage, that is apparently not part of the charges currently against him. Elsewhere? It's a different story. Iraq's NRT reports:
The arrest warrant was issued on May 21st.
ALJAZEERA notes, "A copy of the arrest warrant issued for Muslih that circulated on social media and was verified by the security sources said he was arrested under the anti-terrorism law, but did not have further information."
ALJAZEERA's Shelly Kittleson offers this thread:
Conflicting reports as to whether he has since been released. Iraqi Commander-in-Chief spokesman says he "will remain in the custody of the Joint Operations Command until the end of the investigation"
Not everyone is happy over the arrests. Syed WaQas Ali Tweeted:
And the PMF has issued demands:
That was online. Offline? AP reports:
after the arrest, forces affiliated with the PMF, which maintains
offices inside the heavily fortified Green Zone, were deployed
surrounding Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi's headquarters.
Tensions reached fever pitch when Iraqi security forces and the elite Counter-Terrorism Service were deployed to protect the government and diplomatic missions, sparking fears of violence. Some armed PMF factions gathered around the Green Zone's entrance gates.
The presence of the PMF inside the seat of Iraq's government was considered by some senior Iraqi government officials as a way to pressure al-Kadhimi to release Musleh.
The prime minister described the show of force as “a serious violation of the Iraqi constitution and the laws in force," adding in a statement “we have directed an immediate investigation into these movements.”
Antonio Guterres is the Secretary General of the United Nations. Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert is his Special Envoy to Iraq. She Tweeted the following:
Any arrest case should run its course, as goes for any Iraqi. And surely, nobody should resort to a show of force to get their way. Such behaviour weakens the Iraqi state and further erodes public trust. State institutions must be respected at all times. Nobody is above the law.
In Karbala some took to the streets to protest the arrest.
A much larger presence turned out in Baghdad on Tuesday to protest the killings of protesters, the government's corruption and much more.
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