Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Joe Biden needs to learn to read the room

First up, Jimmy Dore.

Rachel Maddow is a fake ass and nothing more.

Now Joe Biden. I knew he was a moron but, jeez, read the room. I read this story and was shocked.

Joe Biden intends to run again in 2024, White House confirms (yahoo.com)

Great-grand pa thinks he's up for a second term as president. He can't even manage this term. What an idiot. How about, just once, doing what's right for the country and stepping aside. What an ego maniac.

 Here's C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"

Tuesday, November 23, 2021.  The facts in a legal case continue to be twisted and/or ignored, in Iraq, students are protesting but where is the western media?

Starting in the US, with Jimmy Dore.

And now from THE HILL.


Betty, Marcia, Ava and I shared our take on the media malpractice in "We didn't know Al Sharpton had gone into labor (Be..." and Ann just posted last night "Whoopi can't let go of the crazy."

I've got to make one more comment.

Across state lines?  I didn't know Kyle Rittenhouse was being accused of violating The Mann Act.  Do these raving lunatics get how idiotic they sound.  Whoopi Goldberg, you're just an argument for ABC to cancel THE VIEW at this point.  You're uninformed and you have no legal knowledge to argue.  Nor can you admit that you have gotten this case wrong from the beginning.  That 'brave' man that you're mourning went up to a kid and hit him with a skateboard.  You don't know anything and yet you babble on.  The media is guilty of malpractice yet again.  And it's really past time that accountability came to bear.  

Here is what Betty, Marcia, Ava and I noted of the young man Whoopi is mourning:

Anthony Huber looks like smart mouth trash in every photo we see of him. Doesn't mean he deserved to be shot. He was shot by Kyle while he had a skateboard in one hand and was reaching for Kyle's gun with the other. His girlfriend wants the world to know that he was intelligent. Nope. He was a f**king idiot. What a sense of White entitlement to think you could grab a gun out of someone's hands. You didn't catch any African-Americans playing the fool. 

The law is the law.  And you're bitching and whining that you weren't able to twist and turn it to fit your desires is really embarrassing.  Self-defense was always going o prevail, the video evidence was going to ensure that.  Apparently, most of the chattering heads either didn't watch the videos or chose to ignore them because the evidence didn't fit with their desires to froth at the mouth.  

An actual legal expert, Jonathan Turley, covered the case repeatedly and wisely.  This is from his latest:

The aftermath of the Kyle Rittenhouse verdict is a lesson in unrequited rage. After a jury of 12 citizens in Kenosha, Wis., acquitted Rittenhouse on all charges, politicians and media figures lashed out at the judge, the jury and the entire legal system.

Like our politics and our media, the legal system has become a vehicle for collective rage; there is no room for doubt or deviation from our predispositions. Yet in denouncing “vigilante justice,” pundits and politicians seem to be advocating for a form of mob justice.

The difference between vigilante and mob justice? Perspective and numbers.

For some, Rittenhouse running down Sheridan Road in Kenosha with his AR-15 is a vigilante. For Rittenhouse, people chasing him with guns and chains is a mob. Neither involves actual justice, which is what juries mete out through the dispassionate application of law and facts.

Most of us — including his defense counsel, following the verdict — were critical of Rittenhouse and his decision to take his AR-15 to a riot. However, the trial revealed key facts that sharply diverged from past media reports. For the first time, the public was not reading facts filtered and framed by the media. In a great demonstration of the value of cameras in courtrooms, the public could reach its own conclusions.

It turned out that Rittenhouse was not an “outsider” but someone with long, close ties to Kenosha. He spent much of that fateful day in Kenosha cleaning graffiti from the walls of the high school and was asked by a business owner to protect his property that night. He did not chase down his victims and shoot one, Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, in the back as Rosenbaum attempted to flee. Instead, he was attacked by all three men he shot, including one who pointed a gun at his head. Rosenbaum, a convicted child molester with a history of mental illness, threatened to kill him and others earlier.

Yet the “white supremacist” narrative was a “fact too good to check” by the media, which almost uniformly failed to report on facts supporting the claim of self-defense.

Within days of the shootings, then-presidential candidate Joe Biden referenced Rittenhouse as a “white supremacist” despite no evidence supporting that widely repeated claim.

Likewise, when the judge ruled on motions for Rittenhouse, he was declared a racist. When the jurors ruled for Rittenhouse, they — including a black juror — were declared to be racists, too. When Rittenhouse was allowed to go free, the entire legal system was denounced as racist.

Even after grudgingly stating that we “must abide” by the verdict, President Biden added that the verdict left “many Americans feeling angry and concerned, myself included.”

Read the entir column and grasp how those who should be taking accountability are refusing to do so.  

You have painted yourself into a corner.  I don't ever do that.  If I'm wrong, I'm wrong.  I don't double down and make it worse by telling lies.  You distorted reality and you tried to incite a mob.  I really think a large number of pundits should be off the air over this.  The verdict was not surprising at all given the evidence.  That grown ups who are allowed to host programs got it so wrong and are now refusing to own up to their mistakes argues that the networks have chosen very poorly when selecting hosts.

Supposedly, we want truth and not disinformation.  Well THE VIEW is nothing but propaganda at this point and should come with a warning label.  It's far from the only one that requires a sticker.

Now before we go further, Saturday's "No, US forces most likely are not leaving Iraq at the end of 2021" noted the following:

On things that go up here . . .

I'm asked by a certain writer why we're not noting him here?  

Does he cover Iraq?  No.  So it would be doing him a favor.  I was fine with that in the past.  

I've noted that my eyes are in serious decline.  I see two different eye surgeons and have had multiple surgeries since 2020 on my eyes.  I'm not here to put myself out to do you a damn favor when you start sneaking the f-word into your writing -- your lo-o-o-ng writing.  I don't have the time to through and change every f-word into "f**k" so it will be safe to post here.

That's how you get banned.  I don't have the time.  I don't have the energy.  And I just don't give a f**k.  Do you, who use that term without "**" over and over, grasp that?

I have better things to do with my time.  Again, I don't work for you.  I also don't owe you a damn thing.  You pushed yourself off this site.

A video panel?  Four panelists.  It was on Iraq.  It didn't get noted despite two panelists asking it be noted.  I don't have to agree with something for it to go up here.  But the first panelist to speak was a complete liar and I'm just not in the mood.  If he'd been the third or the fourth, it would have been fine.  But as the first to speak, he's all most would have listened to and I would've heard about all the e-mails asking why I highlighted a known liar and what was I thinking and . . . 

If the panel had opened with a proper introduction, for example, I might have posted it.  But it opens with this one man already in the midst of making an argument and he doesn't know what he's talking about and his claims are insensitive to the Iraqi people.  

I don't have to like you for you to go up here.  I don't even have to agree with you.  But there are some things that aren't going to go up here.

If I can't use the f-word in full here, you can't either.  If you want to misrepresent (and insult) the Iraqi people, I'm not interested.  

If you're trying to get something you did noted at this site, you need to grasp what's needed to go up at this site and you need to grasp that it's not my job to rewrite you, to edit you, to clean up your copy, whatever.  

To me, the above was clear.  To the writer?  Apparently not which is why yesterday evening he submitted another piece, this one contained f**king in the opening sentence -- but without "**".  You're now blocked.  You'll go to spam automatically.  I consider your submissions to be harassment.  I've made clear that this has to be work safe.  I've made clear -- several times this year -- that my sight is going.  Injections aren't helping.  Laser isn't helping.  Surgery isn't helping.  I don't have time to do your work for you and what kind of a jerk are you that you would expect me to in the first place?

I don't care that everybody's banned you.  You got yourself banned here because you couldn't follow the most basic of policies.  I don't agree with your viewpoints.  But I did share them over and over.  Until you started with the f-word.  

I'm not going to disrespect the community here.  We had to go work safe because a community member -- who worked for a Catholic Church, got written up for reading a WASHINGTON POST article in which Dick Cheney was using the f-word and the article didn't censor the f-word.  

That policy, that we have to be work safe, has been in place for the life of this site.  We aren't changing it for you.  

You're not being censored here because of your political speech.  You're being censored because I am not your editor, I don't work for you and don't drop your crap at my door and expect me to fix it for you.

I've been more than kind to you over the years, noting everything you sent in.  You never noted us because, let's face it, that's how men like you are.  You expect everyone to do for you.

Well I'm not your Mommy. Clean up your own mess.  You will go to the spam folder from now on and everyone checking the public e-mail account has been informed to delete you without opening your e-mails.  Go away.

Protests continue in Iraq.   TASNIM reports:

University students from across the Iraqi Kurdistan Region staged protests for the third day in a row, demanding that the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) resume issuing their monthly stipends.

Security forces used tear gas and rubber bullets on Tuesday as thousands of university students stormed the streets of Sulaymaniyah for the third day in a row calling on the government to reinstate their student allowances, which have been cut since 2014.

The students initially blocked the main Kirkuk- Sulaymaniyah road before heading towards the center of the city, where they were faced with a significant number of security forces.

Just meters away from the headquarters of Sulaymaniyah's ruling party, the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), located in the city’s Salim street, the protesting students were confronted by an extra number of security forces firing rubber bullets, teargas, and using water cannons to stop them from proceeding further.

Dilan Sirwan (RUDAW) reports:

Security forces used tear gas and rubber bullets on Tuesday as thousands of university students stormed the streets of Sulaimani for the third day in a row calling on the government to reinstate their student allowances, which have been cut since 2014.

The students initially blocked the main Kirkuk-Sulaimani road before heading towards the center of the city, where they were faced with a significant number of security forces.

Just meters away from the headquarters of Sulaimani's ruling party, the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), located in the city’s Salim street, the protesting students were confronted by an extra number of security forces firing rubber bullets, teargas, and using water cannons to stop them from proceeding further.

Rudaw video footage showed protesting students responding to security forces with stones, and a few students picking up teargas canisters and throwing them back at the forces.

The Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) told Rudaw English that protestors were heading to the city center when they were confronted by security forces.

Warrior0028 Tweets:

Student protests have taken place in Sulaimani for the third day in a row, alongside protests today in Erbil, Koya, Halabja, Rania, and Kalar. Across the Kurdistan Region, students are calling for the restoration of a government study allowance, which has been cut since 2014.

NRT Tweets:

Gunfire reported as students carry on protesting in Sulaimani #NRTnews #Sulaimani #Protest

That's an impressive turnout.   Ruwayda notes:

Students protest in Sulaimani and other areas today. Proud of your spirit and determination in making your democratic voice heard. Blue heartVictory hand#Kurdistan

NRT reports:

New Generation Movement (NGM) President Shaswar Abdulwahid issued separate statements on Monday (November 22) on student protests to authorities in the Kurdistan Region and the demonstrating students.

Abdulwahid said in his statement to the authorities that the NGM had sent water and supplies to residents of the Sulaimani University residents but the donations were not allowed to reach the students.

"If you are not serving these students, let others do so,” the NGM president said in his statement to the authorities.

Abdulwahid said students are seen internationally as resources for their country and their calls should be answered.

Speaking to the protestors, the NGM president said, "You students are the revolution and change of hand in every country. We are with you and support you with our media and parliamentarians. Don’t give up.”

Sheelen notes last night in a Tweet:

University students protested in #Sulaimani on Monday, calling for restoration of a government study allowance. The protest turned violent with police using force, electric batons, and tear gas. #twitterkurds #Kurdistan #السليمانية_تقمع

While Mazin H. Sulaiman appeals to a NEW YORK TIMES reporter to please cover these protests (protests the western press is ignoring):

Hello madam , please talk about Kurdish students , Student protests have taken place in Kurdistan region for the third day in a row . Across the Kurdistan Region, students are calling for the restoration of a government study allowance, which has been cut since 2014.

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Monday, November 22, 2021

Jimmy Dore, Edward Curtin

First up, Jimmy Dore.

The media needs to face a malpractice suit.

Now go read Ava and C.I.'s "TV: You can learn a lot from documentaries -- more..." and go read Kat: 's "Kat's Korner: If you can snap up Adele's 30, do so, if you can."

Now this is from Edward Curtin (DISSIDENT VOICE) reports:

Despite a treasure trove of new research and information having emerged over the last fifty-eight years, there are many people who still think who killed President John Fitzgerald Kennedy and why are unanswerable questions. They have drunk what Dr. Martin Schotz has called “the waters of uncertainty” that results “in a state of confusion in which anything can be believed but nothing can be known, nothing of significance that is.”1

Then there are others who cling to the Lee Harvey Oswald “lone-nut” explanation proffered by the Warren Commission.

Both these groups tend to agree, however, that whatever the truth, unknowable or allegedly known, it has no contemporary relevance but is old-hat, ancient history, stuff for conspiracy-obsessed people with nothing better to do. The general thinking is that the assassination occurred more than a half-century ago, so let’s move on.

Nothing could be further from the truth, for the assassination of JFK is the foundational event of modern American history, the Pandora’s box from which many decades of tragedy have sprung.

Pressured to Wage War

From the day he was sworn in as President on January 20, 1961, John F. Kennedy was relentlessly pressured by the Pentagon, the Central Intelligence Agency, and by many of his own advisers to wage war – clandestine, conventional, and nuclear.

To understand why and by whom he was assassinated on November 22, 1963, one needs to apprehend this pressure and the reasons why President Kennedy consistently resisted it, as well as the consequences of that resistance.

It is a key to understanding the current state of our world today and why the United States has been waging endless foreign wars and creating a national security surveillance state at home since JFK’s death.

A War Hero Who Was Appalled By War

It is very important to remember that Lieutenant John Kennedy was a genuine Naval war hero in WW II, having risked his life and been badly injured while saving his men in the treacherous waters of the South Pacific after their PT boat was sunk by a Japanese destroyer. His older brother Joe and his brother-in-law Billy Hartington had died in the war, as had some of his boat’s crew members.

As a result, Kennedy was extremely sensitive to the horrors of war, and, when he first ran for Congress in Massachusetts in 1946, he made it explicitly clear that avoiding another war was his number one priority. This commitment remained with him and was intensely strengthened throughout his brief presidency until the day he died, fighting for peace.

Despite much rhetoric to the contrary, this anti-war stance was unusual for a politician, especially during the 1950s and 1960s. Kennedy was a remarkable man, for even though he assumed the presidency as somewhat of a cold warrior vis-à-vis the Soviet Union in particular, his experiences in office rapidly chastened that stance. He very quickly came to see that there were many people surrounding him who relished the thought of war, even nuclear war, and he came to consider them as very dangerous.

A Prescient Perspective

Yet even before he became president, in 1957, then Senator Kennedy gave a speech in the U.S. Senate that sent shock waves throughout Washington, D.C. and around the world. 2 He came out in support of Algerian independence from France and African liberation generally and against colonial imperialism. As chair of the Senate’s African Subcommittee in 1959, he urged sympathy for African independence movements as part of American foreign policy. He believed that continued support of colonial policies would only end in more bloodshed because the voices of independence would not be denied, nor should they be.

That speech caused an international uproar, and in the U.S.A. Kennedy was harshly criticized by Eisenhower, Nixon, John Foster Dulles, and even members of the Democratic party, such as Adlai Stevenson and Dean Acheson. But it was applauded in Africa and the Third World.

Yet JFK continued throughout his 1960 presidential campaign raising his voice against colonialism throughout the world and for free and independent African nations. Such views were anathema to the foreign policy establishment, including the CIA and the burgeoning military industrial complex that President Eisenhower belatedly warned against in his Farewell Address, delivered nine months after approving the Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba in March 1960; this juxtaposition revealed the hold the Pentagon and CIA had, and has, on sitting presidents, as the pressure for war became structurally systemized.


Here's C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"


Monday, November 22, 2021.  Still not final count on the votes in the October 10th elections, another legal challenge heads to the court to toss the results, a 12-year-old is forced into marriage by an Iraqi court, and much more.

Reminder, Diana Ross' THANK YOU album is out but the elections results in Iraq are still hidden.  "Let's Do It" is a track on Diana's new album.

MEMO notes:

Iraq's Fateh Alliance, the country's most prominent Shia coalition, yesterday announced that it had filed a lawsuit with the Federal Court to annul the parliamentary elections results.

Leader of the alliance, Hadi Al-Amiri, said "sufficient evidence" had been submitted to the Federal Court on Thursday "to annul the results of the parliamentary elections".

The Fateh Alliance includes the political wing of Asaib Ahl Al-Haq, which the United States has designated a terrorist organisation, and the Badr Organisation, which has ties with Tehran and fought alongside Iran in the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war.  

Irregularities were noted in the lead up -- including the new manner to count how many participated.  In addition there were active efforts to disenfranchise various groups.  The most public was the efforts to disenfranchise the militias.  Let's drop back October 3rd:

There's been a set back for one voting bloc.  YENI SAFAK reports:

Iraq’s Independent High Electoral Commission on Saturday announced the exclusion of the Hashd al-Shaabi militia, or Popular Mobilization Forces, from the list of security forces who will vote in next week’s parliamentary elections.

"The commission formally addressed the Popular Mobilization Authority to submit the names of their members to be included in the register for the security forces eligible to vote," spokesman Jumana Al-Ghalai said in statements cited by the Iraqi News Agency.

But the Shia militia group did not submit the names of its members on the specified date, according to Al-Ghalai.

They're referring to early elections which take place October 8th.  As Mina Aldroubi (THE NATIONAL) explains, "This means fighters must return to their home districts to cast their ballot."

Other groups were disenfranchised.  Human Rights Watch spent the weeks leading up to the October 10th elections noting that the challenged and disabled were being disenfranchised -- and explaining how to address this.  Despite their shining a spotlight on this issue, the Iraqi government -- including the electoral commission -- refused to do anything to address this issue.  Assyrians were another group disenfranchised.

There were lies throughout the coverage in the west.  Supposedly Moqtada al-Sadr wasn't participating which would have meant that his bloc wasn't participating.  You can't announce in August you're participating and be on the ballots.  Moqtada had 90 candidates running for the Parliament.  Early results indicate that 70 may have won.  But it was one lie after another.  One distortion.  The claim that the final results would be known the day after the election because they had switched to electronic voting and much more.  

It has been one lie and one distortion after another.  The Iraqi people were not enthused about the elections to being with -- it was the lowest turnout since the 2003 invasion -- and nothing that has happened since has instilled any trust in the process.

We'll note this Tweet.

Iraq’s Sadr condemns pressure on election commission to change results

Miss Moqtada is not pleased.  Who cares?  Princess got paid off by the US government in August, paid off nicely.  Who cares what Moqtada thinks.  Jason Ditzy and the so-called ANTIWAR.COM club does.  They live to lap at Miss Moqtada's PTM.  They can't get enough of it.  They shape coverage to suit Moqtada, they distort to suit Moqtada.  It's a lot like all those years they spent celebrating Nouri al-Maliki.  A thug who destroyed Iraq.  And they've never apologized for it.  They've never acknowledged how wrong they were.  They just move on and pray no one notices.  Part of the blame for being wrong goes to Patrick Cockburn -- you know, the "Iraq expert" who can't stop writing about US politicians because, after all, that's what an "Iraq expert" working for a UK publication does, right?  No one forced them to listen to that loon.  They chose to.  And it led to their applauding a thug and mass murderer.  When do they plan to take accountability?  Considering Jason Ditzy is still distorting reality when it comes to Iraq, I think they need to get honest.  Real damn quick.

And let's be clear for Jason Ditzy, no results are being changed.  If the outcome is different from the projected results of October 11th?  Those weren't final results.  You really need to grow the hell up and grasp how damn little you understand about Iraq.  Reading the occasional western report on Iraq does not inform you enough to be commenting.

As for pressure -- Moqtada condemning pressure?  Anyone who knows his history has to be laughing.  Remember when he conducted a poll among his cult for who he should support for prime minister?  Remember who won and who lost in that poll?  Jason Ditzy doesn't even know what we're talking about.  ANTIWAR.COM slept through that -- like so much else.  And then what did Moqtada do?  Under pressure from the Iranian government, Nouri ignored the results his own followers delivered.

Only an idiot offers the commentary Jason Ditzy offers.  An ahistorical idiot who never paid attention but thought listeneing to Paddy Cock-burn talk to Scott Horton counted as essential knowledge.  

This would be the same Paddy Cock-burn who got the execution of an Iraqi woman wrong and, when it was pointed out loudly online for a full week, went back and corrected it without ever noting that he'd corrected how the woman was executed.  Standards?  Patrick has none.

War has destroyed Iraq and Iraq's been damaged by the thugs the US has put in charge of the government.  They've destroyed the rights of women.  Here's only one example.  AFP reports:

An Iraqi court adjourned a hearing Sunday to allow a man to formalise his religious marriage to a 12-year-old girl, according to a lawyer for the girl's mother, who opposes the union.        

Rights activists protested outside the Baghdad court with banners such as "the marriage of minors is a crime against childhood", while lawyer Marwan Obeidi told AFP the case had been postponed until November 28.

The legal age for marriage in Iraq is 18 but can be lowered to 15 in cases of parental or judicial consent, according to charity Save the Children.

"Religious marriages are not permitted outside civil or religious courts but these types of marriages still happen regularly and can be formalised on the payment of a small fine," it said in a recent report.

The mother, who refuses to be identified, said her daughter Israa had been "raped" and that the girl's father kidnapped her.

Layal Shakir (RUDAW) reports:

Israa was raped by the man her father forced her to wed, according to activist and feminist Yanar Muhammad. “The cleric went and married her to a rapist husband and he is here today to ratify the contract in court,” Muhammad told Rudaw’s Halkawt Aziz early on Sunday morning.

She was among a group of women protesting outside the courthouse where Israa’s mother was trying to stop the legalization of the marriage.

The Organization of Women’s Freedom in Iraq (OWFI) in a statement on Facebook demanded the abolishment of Israa’s marriage contract and called for the imprisonment of her father and the man she was forced to marry. It also called for the enactment of a law that criminalizes all marriages of minors.

Israa’s case inspired rage on social media after the community police published a statement on October 29 saying that the child, in the presence of her father, brother, and so-called husband, confirmed that the marriage took place with her consent, and “without anyone forcing her.” Social media users accused the authorities of complicity in what they described as a crime.

“Iraq is selling our daughters,” Muhammad said angrily, questioning whether the law protects girls or not.

Nisrine Jaouadi (MOROCCO WORLD NEWS) adds, "The news sparked an uproar among right activists who took to the streets to protest outside the Baghdad court, carrying banners reading 'the marriage of minors is a crime against childhood'."  The Borgen Project notes:

According to The World, a public radio program, Iraq’s gross domestic product (GDP) decreased by $38 million from 2013 to 2017 due to decreasing oil prices and economic collapse in its struggle against ISIS. Many associated the decrease in GDP with an increase in the percentage of child marriages, which rose to 24% in 2016, surpassing the percentage of child marriages in 1997 by 9%. The trends in these percentages indicate that there is a correlation between the percentage of child marriage in Iraq and the country’s economic state.

According to the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO), the percentage of women aged 20-24 who married before the age of 18 was 27% in 2018, indicating that the current female population of those married before the age of 18 in Iraq consists of 5.6 million out of 20.7 million women. FIGO also reports that child marriage is more common among impoverished families who reside in rural areas, rather than among wealthy families who live in urban areas. The percentage of child marriages in rural versus urban areas differs by 1%, signifying that approximately 207,000 more young girls enter into early marriage in rural areas than urban areas.

Iraq’s Personal Status Law

Iraq’s Personal Status Law forbids child marriage and increases women’s marriage and custody rights. Despite the sound solidarity of this law, article 8 of Iraq’s Personal Status Law allows for a judge to authorize an underage marriage if the judge concludes that the action is urgently necessary or if the father of the bride gives his approval of the marriage.

Child marriage supporters in Iraq continuously push for proposed amendments to the Personal Status Law to abolish legal difficulties when forcing children into marriage. The parliament in Iraq has rejected these proposals, including an amendment that would allow for families to have their own laws in religious communities, thereby authorizing the families to offer their 8-year-old daughters for marriage.

Article 8 of the Personal Status Law allows a loophole for judges to authorize underage marriages with or without permission from a father, even though the article is noncompliant with the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), which works to gain equality for women and eliminate patriarchal norms that discriminate against women.

We'll note this Tweet:

CHILD ABUSE. #ChildRights activists protested against a marriage of a 12-yr.-old girl outside a Baghdad court on Sun. saying “the marriage of minors is a crime against childhood”. Child marriage is common in #Iraq and other Arab countries. rightscorridor.com/religious-marr
Women protest against the legalisation of a marriage contract for a 12-year-old girl, near the Kadhimiya court in Iraq’s capital Baghdad, Nov. 21, 2021 (Photo: Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP/Channels TV)

In other news, XINHUA reports:

Although 18 years have passed since being arrested by the U.S. forces and detained in notorious Abu Ghraib prison, Alaah Karim Ahmed still keeps his identification bracelet, as a reminder of the brutality of the U.S. occupation in Iraq.

In an interview with Xinhua at Ahmed's home in the town of Duluiyah, Salahuddin province, the 39-year-old former prisoner recalled the shameful abuse and brutal torture by U.S. soldiers against detainees in Abu Ghraib prison.

On Nov. 30, 2003, Ahmed was arrested by U.S. soldiers when heading to start his campus life at the Tikrit University in Salahuddin.

Ahmed was in the wrong place at the wrong time. When the university freshman got out of his car, a roadside bomb hit a U.S. patrol on the main road. Ahmed was arrested immediately.

Ahmed recalled his traumatic experience in U.S.-run prisons in Samarra and Tikrit, before being transferred to Abu Ghraib prison to begin his misery with torture and an unknown fate.

"I was severely beaten, handcuffed and shackled. They once hung me upside down for more than an hour," Ahmed told Xinhua while showing scars of torture that are still visible on his body.

Kat: 's "Kat's Korner: If you can snap up Adele's 30, do so, if you can" went up early this morning.  The following sites updated: