Iraq politicians – Iraq War News http://iraqwarnews.net/ Wed, 11 May 2022 13:45:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://iraqwarnews.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-120x120.png Iraq politicians – Iraq War News http://iraqwarnews.net/ 32 32 Last chorus for iPod as Apple halts production https://iraqwarnews.net/last-chorus-for-ipod-as-apple-halts-production/ Wed, 11 May 2022 13:18:33 +0000 https://iraqwarnews.net/last-chorus-for-ipod-as-apple-halts-production/ MEXICO CITY: As Mexican journalists prepared to protest the killing of a journalist last week, news broke on Monday that two others were shot dead in the Gulf Coast state of Veracruz, carrying to 11 the number of such murders in the country this year.The Veracruz State Attorney’s Office said via Twitter that it was […]]]>

MEXICO CITY: As Mexican journalists prepared to protest the killing of a journalist last week, news broke on Monday that two others were shot dead in the Gulf Coast state of Veracruz, carrying to 11 the number of such murders in the country this year.
The Veracruz State Attorney’s Office said via Twitter that it was investigating the murders of Yessenia Mollinedo Falconi and Sheila Johana García Olivera, respectively director and journalist of the online news site El Veraz in Cosoleacaque.
Veracruz State Attorney Verónica Hernández Giadáns said the investigation would be thorough, including considering their work as journalists as a possible motive for their murder.
The state Commission for the Care and Protection of Journalists said the two women were attacked outside a convenience store.
“We condemn this attack on Veracruz’s journalism profession, give it prompt oversight, and have opened an investigation,” the commission said.
Their murder follows the ninth journalist murder this year, in the northern state of Sinaloa. Prosecutors said on Thursday that the body of Luis Enrique Ramírez Ramos was found on a dirt road near a junkyard in the state capital, Culiacan.
Prosecutors said his body was wrapped in black plastic and died from multiple blows to the head.
Ramírez Ramos’ news site, “Fuentes Fidedignas,” or “Reliable Sources,” said he had been abducted near his home hours earlier.
The dizzying rate of killings has made Mexico the deadliest country for journalists working outside war zones this year.
On Monday evening, Griselda Triana, wife of Javier Valdez, a journalist murdered in 2017, spoke to some 200 journalists gathered at the Angel of Independence monument in Mexico City. The demonstration was originally planned to protest against the murder of Ramírez Ramos and those who preceded him.
Valdez, one of the best-known Mexican journalists killed in recent years, was an award-winning reporter who specialized in covering drug trafficking and organized crime in the northern state of Sinaloa.
“All this time I kept thinking about how easily they can kill a journalist in Mexico,” Triana said. “I feel hurt every time they take the lives of so many colleagues.”
“There is so much anger, outrage, helplessness knowing that we come here to protest the murder of Luis Enrique Ramírez, (it happened) a few days ago in Culiacan, Sinaloa, and the news of the murder of two female journalists in Veracruz comes to us here,” Triana said. “It’s a whirlwind. Crimes against free speech continue to happen every day. We shouldn’t tolerate it. We have the power to ask the authorities to put an end to this massacre of journalists.
The victims, like those killed on Monday, are most often from small, hyperlocal news outlets. El Veraz operated a Facebook page and appeared to post notices almost exclusively of events or public information from the municipality’s government. El Veraz’s motto was “Journalism with Humanity”.
The phone number listed for El Veraz rang on what appeared to be Mollinedo Falconi’s cell phone, according to his message.
Cosoleacaque is just off a major east-west highway in southeastern Veracruz. Organized crime is present in the region and involved in particular in the smuggling of migrants, but there was no immediate indication of who might have been responsible.
Veracruz Governor Cuitláhuac García said a search was underway to find those responsible.
“We will find the perpetrators of this crime, there will be justice and there will be no impunity as we have said and done in other cases,” García said via Twitter.
The journalists had already scheduled a demonstration Monday in Mexico City to protest against the murder of their colleagues, the most recent being that of Ramírez Ramos in Sinaloa.
Mexico’s state and federal governments have been criticized for neither preventing the killings nor investigating them sufficiently.
While organized crime is often implicated in the killings of journalists, small town officials or politicians with political or criminal motivations are often also suspects. Journalists who run small news outlets inside Mexico are easy targets.
Mexico has a protection program for journalists and human rights defenders, but it was not immediately clear whether Mollinedo Falconi or García Olivera were registered.
Participants receive support, such as electronic devices or “panic buttons” to alert authorities of any threats; home monitoring systems; even bodyguards in some cases. Often, authorities recommend journalists under threat move to another state or the capital to mitigate the threat, but that means separating them from their jobs, livelihoods and families.
While President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has promised a “zero impunity” program to investigate these killings, murders of journalists, like most homicides in Mexico, are never solved by authorities. López Obrador also maintained his regular verbal attacks on journalists critical of his administration.
In February, the Inter-American Press Association called on the president to “immediately suspend assaults and insults, since such attacks from the top of power encourage violence against the press.”
In March, the European Union approved a resolution which “calls on the authorities, and in particular the highest levels, to refrain from any communication likely to stigmatize human rights defenders, journalists and media, to exacerbate the atmosphere against them or to distort their words”. of investigation”.
Late Monday, presidential spokesman Jesús Ramírez said via Twitter that the federal and state governments would work together to investigate the killings. “The commitment is that there is no impunity.”

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Pope Francis demolishes the Western narrative on Russia https://iraqwarnews.net/pope-francis-demolishes-the-western-narrative-on-russia/ Thu, 05 May 2022 13:24:01 +0000 https://iraqwarnews.net/pope-francis-demolishes-the-western-narrative-on-russia/ There is something about a businessman that often allows him to tell it like it is without fear of repudiation or censure. Maybe it has to do with the intensity of his devotion, or maybe it reflects his deep understanding of morality and the difference between right and wrong. Be that as it may, a […]]]>

There is something about a businessman that often allows him to tell it like it is without fear of repudiation or censure. Maybe it has to do with the intensity of his devotion, or maybe it reflects his deep understanding of morality and the difference between right and wrong.

Be that as it may, a laboriously constructed fiction surrounding the ongoing Russian-Ukrainian conflict came crashing down on May 3, when Pope Francis, the head of the Catholic Church, addressed a surprisingly candid Italian publication.

Without beating around the bush, the Sovereign Pontiff stated bluntly that Russian President Vladimir Putin may have been forced to invade Ukraine because of “NATO barking at Russia’s gates”. To avoid any confusion or ambiguity, he repeated: “I have no way of knowing if his [Putin’s] the rage was provoked…but I suspect it may have been facilitated by the attitude of the West”.

So now the most influential religious figure in the world had openly laid the blame for the Russian-Ukrainian conflict at the feet of the West. And with that, Pope Francis shredded every moral stance that America and Europe had taken during this war, to leave the so-called nobility of the West, and their false savior complex, in complete shreds.

For months Western politicians and their shockingly nimble mainstream media have been busy crafting an elaborate narrative. By this, Joe Biden, America, the West and NATO were on the side of the angels. Ukraine was the poor lamb waiting to be rescued by them from the deadly claws of a big Russian bear. And Putin was the new monster, ready to unleash instability and carnage not only on Ukraine, but on the West as well.

They have conquered the highest moral standards through their absolute control of major social media platforms, the most popular TV channels with the widest reach, and a relentless barrage of carefully crafted print articles. It was the binary of binaries, almost Sith-like in its formulation, where anyone not with the West was against them.

swarajya didn’t buy that guts and argued from the start that America, along with Europe, was building this narrative for a very different set of reasons. Presenting Russia as an expansionist power, which deserved immediate isolation, was a cover to ensure Ukraine’s absorption into NATO. Second, it would then allow him to place a nuclear missile deterrent system in what was, by any definition, clearly Russia’s sphere of influence – if it so wished. And thirdly, America could then become Europe’s main energy supplier.

It was a nice project. All of a sudden, the American economy would begin to sizzle, Europe’s dependence on Russian oil, gas and coal would end, Russia’s wings would be firmly clipped, and America would regain some control over world energy prices.

And in the person of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, the West had a perfect puppet, who let things slide into a violent conflagration that destroyed his country.

Not a word has been said about the original flashpoint – when the Americas orchestrated regime change in Ukraine in 2014 (blithely called a “color revolution” in left-liberal parlance); or, the indescribable horrors that ethnic Russians had to endure, at the hands of brutal Ukrainian militias.

Sadly, this elaborate scenario has now been torn to pieces, after Pope Francis gave his mind so freely in public and made it clear that Putin was forced to invade Ukraine because NATO was barking at the gates of Russia.

The implications are significant.

The pope’s views are fully in line with those of Putin, who too has been saying for more than eight years now that Western efforts to draw Ukraine into NATO were a series of red lines that would lead to conflict. This is exactly what happened, and .

Second, the pope is not just any ordinary commentator whose opinions can be dismissed or scorned by a violent media barrage. On the contrary, his views carry more weight in more parts of the world than most appreciate.

Third, readers should remember that the office of Pontiff is considered a post of apostolic succession, which means that it represents a direct and unbroken line of theological, spiritual and devotional continuity from the Apostles of Jesus Christ down to at present time. So politicians and their media spin-docs should think long and hard before they dare to contradict Pope Francis or, God forbid, say he is telling a lie.

Fourth, the Catholic constituency in Europe and North America is quite large. Joe Biden is Catholic. They constitute a third of Europe and Canada, a fifth of America, and are the majority in Ireland, Portugal, Spain, France, Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, Croatia and Lithuania, all NATO members. The last thing a politician would dare to do in these circumstances is to attack the Pope; he or she can lose Ukraine, but not the vote.

Fifthly, the Pope’s statement will now challenge the multiple immoral games being played by the Americans and Europe in Ukraine, beginning with the “Euromaidan” color revolution and the blatant regime change of 2013-2014, the devastation suffered by majority Russian regions of Ukraine since then, the silence maintained by their press about it and the brazen way they pushed Russia to invade Ukraine this year.

To make matters worse, Pope Francis expanded his views beyond Ukraine and Russia to address other conflict zones in the same interview. According to him, Iraq, Syria, Yemen and parts of Africa are in the same predicament because “international interests are at stake”. [his words]. Surely no one in Washington DC or London wants the bogeyman of ‘weapons of mass destruction’ in Iraq to be raked over again, or the absurdity of siding with al-Qaeda in Syria against the President Bashar al-Assad, but now it is.

Why the pope chose to speak the way he did, how politicians may react, and whether his strong words mean a possible quick end to the ongoing conflict is a play for another day. But this is clear: the credibility of NATO and the West is mud.

Perhaps the best Biden can do right now is to expect from his pope and get his government and allies to practice the most Catholic of principles: “the truth will set you free.” Otherwise, the immorality they unleashed against Russia and Ukraine will haunt them for generations.

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When the neighbor kissed a bully https://iraqwarnews.net/when-the-neighbor-kissed-a-bully/ Mon, 02 May 2022 22:10:21 +0000 https://iraqwarnews.net/when-the-neighbor-kissed-a-bully/ the herald ZImbabwe has been branded by the United States as a threat to its foreign policy. Ironically, the United States visited neighboring Zimbabwe and pitched its military tents facing its territory. The foreign policy of the United States is not ordinary, but a militarized policy which poses serious risks of security and instability throughout […]]]>

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ZImbabwe has been branded by the United States as a threat to its foreign policy. Ironically, the United States visited neighboring Zimbabwe and pitched its military tents facing its territory.

The foreign policy of the United States is not ordinary, but a militarized policy which poses serious risks of security and instability throughout the world. Wherever the United States goes, instability ensues.

Thoughtfully, US-led interventions against Libya’s Colonel Muammar Gaddafi and Iraq’s Saddam Hussein were dressed and marketed in the persuasive language of “freedom” and “democratization” that has been wholeheartedly supported by many. , but later condemned by all, including some US citizens.

America’s military footprint in the Horn of Africa and its central command’s military operations in the Middle East, Asia, Southeast Asia and North Africa have exacerbated, not ameliorated, insecurity and instability.

Zimbabwe’s sovereign neighbor, Zambia, has brought to Zimbabwe’s doorstep a tyrant who has military instruments that threaten the security not only of the whole world, but also of southern Africa, which remains the peaceful, secure and steady from Africa.

Global power competition between China and the United States is one of the main issues that can help to understand Zambia’s decision to allow the US Africa Command to open an office of power cooperation. security in this southern African country. It is a global competition for power that extends in spatial terms.

The reaction of many politicians, local and regional, was thwarted by the decision of one of SADC’s frontline states. It also comes as the country transitioned from pro-East former president Edgar Lungu to current pro-Western leader last year.

Because the United States has a militarized foreign policy that has seen more innocent civilian deaths, its landing in Zambia means it would want to strengthen its global grip, particularly in the south where the majority of states seem to be sliding steadily towards the south. ‘Is and cement economic relations with China.

In international politics, everything nation states do is aimed at advancing their interests, even when they betray the conventions that guide the strategic culture of their regional blocs.

Clearly, at a time of rapidly changing international conditions and growing political uncertainty, African countries have wavered on the altar of opportunism to please the neo-colonialists.

For all developments, interpreters must be insightful and highlight issues for the benefit of ordinary citizens for the purposes of self-enlightenment and awareness.

Above all, remember that the United States came to Zambia at a time when they are angry with the small Solomon Islands for signing a security agreement with China!

Several dynamics require a holistic approach to understanding the geopolitical and strategic challenges posed by Zambia’s actions in both SADC and Zimbabwe.

Spit on Pan-Africanism

The modern contemporary African leader who has never experienced the injustices of colonial subjugation but who has modeled his philosophy on Western orientation will rarely advance Pan-Africanism.

Pan-Africanism emphasizes technical, political, social and economic integration between states, informed by their similar colonial history. It is a by-product of the demand for a new international or regional order which has divided the third world into poles such as Africa, Asia and Latin America.

To participate effectively in this new international order, SADC must come as a whole and not in parts. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts. With the way Zambia has moved the pawns on the strategic board, it is high time for other countries to step in to protect the king to avoid a checkmate.

While Sub-Saharan Africa preaches Pan-African unity and development, Zambia has proven that it is necessary to turn a blind eye to the aspects and principles of Pan-Africanism in order to embrace Western antidotes to struggling economies.

Zambia also shows that in the economic development of Africa, we need either the North or the West, and certainly not the East!

Footprint of Destruction

Professor of International Security and Strategic Studies at the University of Zimbabwe (UZ), Dr Lawrence Mhandara believes that the bilateral agreement between Zambia and the United States validates the long tradition of the American state whose cornerstone is a militarized foreign policy.

The US presence in SADC, according to Dr Mhandara, is the continued pursuit of US influence amid competition from other world powers in other ways.

“The United States is trying to regain influence in a region dominated by Chinese allies. But the choice of military instruments to arbitrate this competition can have cataclysmic results. A simple trend analysis shows that all areas in which the United States has established military bases and presence are “hot”.

“Countries like Zimbabwe that have been specifically, albeit gratuitously, accused of posing an ‘extraordinary threat to American interests’ – after the deracialization of the economy and the shift to emancipatory politics – can hardly conceive that the military presence American in his backyard is benign.

“The militarization of US foreign policy is the bedrock of its superpower status, but an agonizing and tragic reality with the potential to deliver complex security risks and instability in southern Africa. SADC, indeed Africa, is likely to be plagued by a host of security challenges as great power competition for influence and control intensifies,” Dr Mhandara said.

Target Zimbabwe, again!

If the use of sanctions fails, the United States is less reluctant to push its military into action to achieve its vital and fundamental interests.

While the threat from the US Africa Command office in Zambia cannot be directly linked to Zimbabwe, the same threat should not be dismissed as wishful thinking.

Sanctions have been synonymous to describe US-Zimbabwean relations for the past two decades. When the United States imposed illegal sanctions on Zimbabwe in 2001, the next step was to invade Zimbabwe militarily, which was violently opposed and stopped by South Africa.

It is the culture of the United States to use sanctions first to weaken a country’s economy before it invades that sovereign. International influence can be achieved through economic, diplomatic, military and informational methods, and here military means are used.

In this case, the United States makes a rational decision to use its military capabilities to impose itself in southern Africa, targeting Zimbabwe in particular, while broadening its approach to international anchoring and security cooperation.

“US military operations have engineered and created new insecurities than existed before, both traditional and non-traditional threats. It is only a matter of ‘when’ and ‘if’ Southern Africa begins to experience a host of complicated insecurities that can range from proxy conflicts and hybrid threats that normally accompany great power rivalries,” added Dr Mhandara.

From a geopolitical structure of the current unipolar global system that is evolving towards multilateralism, the expansion of American politics and the military is turning into a sad reality following the current Russian special military operation in Ukraine, an ally the United States.

Whatever its posture, the military base of the United States in any region, in the south, in the east, in North Africa, in Asia or elsewhere, is not only intimidating, but creates anxiety among nations given the rich history of American interventionism and its intrusive policies.

It is peace, security and stability that SADC should now work hard to protect, as reconnaissance of the region by the United States while stationed in Zambia has already begun.

Checkmate of China?

It can be safely interpreted that Zambia’s invitation of American muscle is a general show of force posturing that the Hakainde Hichilema administration is planning in an attempt to outdo the Chinese investments made under President Lungu.

Some African countries have been caught up in the US-launched trade war with China, not based on facts, but on insensitivity to the Chinese economic model.

In this war, China has been portrayed as the aggressor, a narrative that some countries have also bought into. The United States is now surfing on China’s negativity to advance its militarized foreign policy in the SADC region.

What we are witnessing in Zambia is a continued pursuit of US influence amid competition from other world powers by other means. But history has indelible evidence showing a superpower propensity to implement foreign policy through coercive instruments in a sequenced fashion.

America’s move is likely to elicit in-kind responses from other world powers eager to counter unwanted influence.

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Two interviews, no regrets: talking about Putin’s Russia with a former German chancellor https://iraqwarnews.net/two-interviews-no-regrets-talking-about-putins-russia-with-a-former-german-chancellor/ Sun, 01 May 2022 09:00:12 +0000 https://iraqwarnews.net/two-interviews-no-regrets-talking-about-putins-russia-with-a-former-german-chancellor/ I brought the conversation back to the war, which he condemned but also nuanced. “We have this situation, which I must say is not just one-sided,” he said. I had heard that a lot in Germany—“it’s not one-sided”—especially among my own parents’ friends. The idea that NATO had cornered Russia after the reunification of Germany […]]]>

I brought the conversation back to the war, which he condemned but also nuanced.

“We have this situation, which I must say is not just one-sided,” he said.

I had heard that a lot in Germany—“it’s not one-sided”—especially among my own parents’ friends. The idea that NATO had cornered Russia after the reunification of Germany and Europe was not so rare in Germany before the war.

Even now, as the fighting rages on, some of Mr. Schröder’s views on the need to give Mr. Putin a face-saving tool are openly expressed. My eye doctor recently said to me, “Let’s give him what he needs, for God’s sake, so we can end this war.

Germany’s relationship with Russia is complicated, rooted in both centuries of cultural exchange and a history of traumatic warfare, which has contributed to a Russian policy that has been alternately described as romantic blindness or appeasement to eyes open.

In Mr Schröder’s desk, prominently displayed, is a birthday letter from revered former Chancellor Helmut Schmidt, another social democrat, dated April 4, 2014, less than two months after Crimea was annexed by Russia, praising Mr Schröder’s legacy as chancellor, not least for “demonstrating his understanding of the needs of our powerful neighbor Russia”.

The day before my article was published, I had a final phone call with Mr. Schröder to go over some factual questions. Before hanging up, I told him it wouldn’t be a piece of puff pastry.

“You can be critical as long as you’re fair,” he said.

When the article was published online on April 23, it was picked up by all major German media. The reactions were quick.

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Amid mounting pressures and a political divide, Biden’s centered views could bode ill for a second term https://iraqwarnews.net/amid-mounting-pressures-and-a-political-divide-bidens-centered-views-could-bode-ill-for-a-second-term/ Fri, 29 Apr 2022 15:20:54 +0000 https://iraqwarnews.net/amid-mounting-pressures-and-a-political-divide-bidens-centered-views-could-bode-ill-for-a-second-term/ US President Joe Biden speaks before meeting with small business owners in the South Court Auditorium of the White House in Washington on April 28.Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images Joe Biden, join the club. You are in another of those moments when the American presidency appears to be too difficult a task, too formidable a challenge, too […]]]>

US President Joe Biden speaks before meeting with small business owners in the South Court Auditorium of the White House in Washington on April 28.Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images

Joe Biden, join the club. You are in another of those moments when the American presidency appears to be too difficult a task, too formidable a challenge, too thankless an undertaking.

Gerald Ford rescued the Republican Party from its reputation as a crime gang after Richard Nixon and Watergate to face a challenge in Ronald Reagan’s GOP primaries. Jimmy Carter restored American politics to a semblance of decency only to deal with an energy crisis, a hostage crisis in Iran and a challenge from within his own party by Senator Edward Kennedy. George HW Bush created a formidable international coalition after Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait and led the West through the shoals of the collapse of Soviet Communism, but foundered on the reefs of the economy.

More recently, Bill Clinton presided over relative peace and prosperity, but was bombarded with tantrums and then impeachment over an unforced error in judgment in his affair with a White House intern. George W. Bush rallied the country after the terrorist attacks of 2001, but sank in the mud of the invasion of Iraq and the financial crisis of 2008. Barack Obama never fully redeemed the great hope that he inspired, angering his opponents and disappointing his followers. Donald Trump wreaked havoc and nearly shattered the sacred notion of the peaceful transition of power.

“At the end of the day, regardless of the day-to-day news cycles and noise,” George W. Bush told Mr. Obama, “the American people need their president to succeed.”

Not so easy to do, as Mr. Biden finds out.

On the one hand, he calmed the country and ended the chaos hanging over the White House. On the other hand, he promoted a disorderly withdrawal from Afghanistan and was unable to gain congressional approval for his top national priorities. And – not under his control but still under his watch – he faces rampant inflation, a Russian invasion of a Western-oriented country, the remnants of a global pandemic and a country where resentment has replaced resilience as the dominant national mood.

All of this plus a political divide that has hardened into what appears to be a permanent polarization.

The last three presidents have operated in a very different time than the most difficult contemporary presidents.

Mr. Nixon, who for more than a quarter century has attacked, tormented and alienated Democrats and is considered a classic polarizer, had a 41 percentage point gap between his average Republican approval rating as president ( 75%) and his average Democratic approval. score (34%). At that time, this difference seemed astonishing; John F. Kennedy had a 35-point gap and Lyndon Johnson had a 27-point gap, according to Gallup polls.

In contrast, Mr. Obama had a 70-point party gap, Mr. Trump had an 81-point gap, and Mr. Biden had a 79-point gap.

These most recent presidents have almost no support from members of their opposition parties. While an average of 31% of Democrats supported Ronald Reagan, Mr. Trump had an average support of 7 percentage points from Democrats and Mr. Biden registers with only an approval rating of 5 percentage points. from the Republicans.

“You can almost view the presidency as a dead-end proposition,” said Stephen Farnsworth, director of the Center for Leadership and Media Studies at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia. their side of the partisan divide and almost none on the other side of the political divide.

Mr. Biden has an added challenge that neither Mr. Obama nor Mr. Trump had. He’s a relative moderate, far less exciting than the figure he defeated in the Democratic primaries (Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont) and the incumbent he defeated in the 2020 general election (Mr. Trump).

“Politically passionate people tend to inhabit the ends of the political spectrum while the center attracts the moderates and the indifferent,” said Bruce Cain, a political scientist at Stanford University. “Political extremes support strong and bold candidates. The political center prefers measured and impartial politicians who then look weak when they try to govern by satisfying the mix of their electoral coalition.

Indeed, the Biden Presidency soundtrack may have come from the band Stealers Wheel, a ballad by Gerry Rafferty and Joe Egan that was the number two ranked song in Canada in May 1973. Its most famous lines were:

Clowns to my left!

Jokers on the right!

Here I am stuck in the middle with you.

Yes, I’m stuck in the middle with you,

And I wonder what I should do.

It’s so hard to keep that smile on my face.

Lose control and run around.

In those lyrics, there’s a warning for Mr Biden: the song was a one-hit wonder for the Scottish folk band, a bad omen for a man who has signaled he wants to be more than a one-term president. .

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Government warns private TV stations over Delhi riots and coverage of Ukraine-Russia conflict https://iraqwarnews.net/government-warns-private-tv-stations-over-delhi-riots-and-coverage-of-ukraine-russia-conflict/ Sat, 23 Apr 2022 22:12:12 +0000 https://iraqwarnews.net/government-warns-private-tv-stations-over-delhi-riots-and-coverage-of-ukraine-russia-conflict/ NEW DELHI: In a strong advisory to private television stations, the government said on Saturday that some debates on coverage of the Ukrainian-Russian conflict and the Delhi riots had provocative and socially unacceptable language, and it opposed headlines such as ‘Parmanu (nuclear) Putin’ and ‘Ali, Bali aur Khalbali (trouble)’. While the government found TV news […]]]>

NEW DELHI: In a strong advisory to private television stations, the government said on Saturday that some debates on coverage of the Ukrainian-Russian conflict and the Delhi riots had provocative and socially unacceptable language, and it opposed headlines such as ‘Parmanu (nuclear) Putin’ and ‘Ali, Bali aur Khalbali (trouble)’.

While the government found TV news stations making “false statements” and “frequently misquoting” international agencies when reporting on the conflict in Ukraine, it objected to reporting on “incidents in northwest Delhi, saying the chains had given a community flavor to the actions. of authority. He also said that some debates on Delhi violence television channels had unparliamentary, provocative and socially unacceptable language.

“The government expresses serious concerns about the manner in which the television stations have conducted their operations in the transmission of content…,” reads the notice issued by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting to organs. self-regulation of television channels. It also “strongly advised” them to immediately refrain from posting and transmitting any content which contravenes the above provisions of the Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Act 1995.

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Iraqi politicians denounce Turkish attacks and ask Turkey to respect good neighborliness – ANHA | HAWARNEWS https://iraqwarnews.net/iraqi-politicians-denounce-turkish-attacks-and-ask-turkey-to-respect-good-neighborliness-anha-hawarnews/ Fri, 22 Apr 2022 08:39:42 +0000 https://iraqwarnews.net/iraqi-politicians-denounce-turkish-attacks-and-ask-turkey-to-respect-good-neighborliness-anha-hawarnews/ Since the 17th of this month, the Turkish occupation has continued to carry out attacks against the guerrilla forces in the southern regions of Kurdistan, with the participation of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP). In this context, former Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi condemned the Turkish military intervention, describing it as serious, stressing that “it […]]]>

Since the 17th of this month, the Turkish occupation has continued to carry out attacks against the guerrilla forces in the southern regions of Kurdistan, with the participation of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP).

In this context, former Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi condemned the Turkish military intervention, describing it as serious, stressing that “it must not be tolerated”.

Iyad Allawi added in a tweet: “Our position is principled and consistent on the need to prevent the use of Iraqi lands as a launching pad to attack the lands of neighboring countries.”

For his part, Foreign Minister Fouad Hussein called on neighboring countries to “stay away from military actions that affect the nature of friendly bilateral relations”.

The Iraqi presidency had condemned the Turkish attacks against southern Kurdistan, qualifying them as an attack on Iraqi sovereignty and a threat to national security, noting that “the repetition of these attacks is unacceptable”.

However, Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi remained one of the few voices in Iraq who failed to clarify his position on the genocidal attacks launched by Turkey and the Kurdistan Democratic Party.

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Sri Lankan police open fire on protesters; 1 dead, 10 injured | national news https://iraqwarnews.net/sri-lankan-police-open-fire-on-protesters-1-dead-10-injured-national-news/ Tue, 19 Apr 2022 15:20:27 +0000 https://iraqwarnews.net/sri-lankan-police-open-fire-on-protesters-1-dead-10-injured-national-news/ By KRISHAN FRANCIS and BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI – Associated Press COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lankan police opened fire on a group of people protesting further fuel price increases on Tuesday, killing one person and injuring 10 others, in the first shooting by police. security forces during weeks of protests against the country’s worst economic […]]]>

By KRISHAN FRANCIS and BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI – Associated Press

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lankan police opened fire on a group of people protesting further fuel price increases on Tuesday, killing one person and injuring 10 others, in the first shooting by police. security forces during weeks of protests against the country’s worst economic crisis in decades.

Police confirmed firing at protesters in Rambukkana, 90 kilometers (55 miles) northeast of Colombo, the capital. Police spokesman Nihal Talduwa said protesters were blocking railways and roads and ignoring police warnings to disperse.

Dr Mihiri Priyangani from Kegalle Government Hospital said 11 people were brought there with suspected gunshot wounds and one died. Two others were undergoing surgery, she said.

Sri Lanka is on the verge of bankruptcy, with almost $7 billion of its total external debt of $25 billion due to be repaid this year. A severe shortage of foreign exchange means that the country lacks money to buy imported goods.

People have endured months of shortages of essentials such as food, cooking gas, fuel and medicine, queuing for hours to buy the very limited supplies available.

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Fuel prices have risen several times in recent months, leading to sharp increases in transportation costs and the prices of other basic necessities. There was another round of increases at midnight Monday.

Thousands of protesters continued to occupy the entrance to the president’s office for an 11th day on Tuesday, blaming him for the economic crisis.

Sri Lanka’s prime minister said on Tuesday the constitution would be amended to curtail presidential powers and empower parliament, as protesters continued to demand the president and his powerful family step down.

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa told parliament that the change of power is a quick step that can be taken to stabilize the country politically and help talks with the International Monetary Fund on an economic stimulus package.

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the prime minister’s brother, concentrated power in the presidency after being elected in 2019.

“While seeking solutions to the economic problems, it is important that we have political and social stability in the country,” Prime Minister Rajapaksa said, adding that restoring more power to parliament would be a start for reforms.

The Rajapaksa brothers are likely to retain their hold on power even if the constitution is amended, since they hold both offices.

President Rajapaksa admitted on Monday to making mistakes that led to the crisis, such as delaying an appeal for IMF assistance and banning agrochemicals in a bid to make Sri Lankan agriculture fully organic. Critics say the ban on imported fertilizers was aimed at preserving the country’s dwindling currency holdings and has seriously hurt farmers.

Both the president and the prime minister refused to resign, leading to a political stalemate. Opposition parties rejected the president’s proposal for a unity government, but were unable to muster a majority in parliament and form a new government.

In a cabinet reshuffle on Monday, the president named many new faces and left out four family members who had held Cabinet and non-Cabinet positions, in an apparent attempt to please protesters without giving up the his family’s grip on power.

Last week the government announced it was suspending foreign loan repayments pending talks with the IMF. Finance Minister Ali Sabry and officials left on Sunday for talks with the IMF. The IMF and World Bank are holding annual meetings in Washington this week.

Sri Lanka has also turned to China and India for emergency loans to buy food and fuel.

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The Kurdish region’s dam projects a new dispute with the Iraqi central government. https://iraqwarnews.net/the-kurdish-regions-dam-projects-a-new-dispute-with-the-iraqi-central-government/ Sun, 17 Apr 2022 05:41:00 +0000 https://iraqwarnews.net/the-kurdish-regions-dam-projects-a-new-dispute-with-the-iraqi-central-government/ While recent dust storms sparked by Turkish dam construction projects on the Euphrates and Tigris rivers have exposed the region to a serious environmental problem, the Kurdistan region of Iraq is moving towards the construction of more dams in the areas under its control, perhaps making matters worse except for Iraq itself. The media said […]]]>
While recent dust storms sparked by Turkish dam construction projects on the Euphrates and Tigris rivers have exposed the region to a serious environmental problem, the Kurdistan region of Iraq is moving towards the construction of more dams in the areas under its control, perhaps making matters worse except for Iraq itself.

The media said that Erbil, in an uncoordinated move with the Iraqi central government, signed a contract with the company PowerChina for the construction of four new dams.

This agreement comes as the ninth cabinet of the Kurdistan region in northern Iraq has put the construction of three dams on the agenda and with the new agreement, 7 dams would be practically under construction on the Tigris. This has provoked a new backlash from central government politicians, who are heated over the consequences of such plans.

But what would be the real implications of the projects? And to what extent can they be a source of tension between Baghdad and Erbil?

More serious project in southern Iraq

Undoubtedly, the first and most tangible consequence of the construction of the Erbil dam is a severe drought in southern and central Iraq. Currently, the two dams of Darbandikhan and Dukan are the two main sources of water from the north to the lower parts of Iraq. Iraqi regions, especially the south and center, have been struggling with drought in recent years and this threat has even increased in the near past, with drought reaching alarming levels.

In addition, the construction of new dams on the Tigris and Euphrates rivers will lead to a major demographic and migration crisis inside Iraq in the near future.

In recent years, water shortages and droughts have become a major crisis for Iraqis, and have even led to popular protests in southern and central provinces.

Should more dams be built in the north, migration would be a predictable and inevitable crisis in the not-too-distant future and could turn into a big political issue in Iraq. This prospect requires measures from Baghdad to settle the problem with Erbil from now on.

How can the Erbil dam projects cause a political crisis in Iraq?

At first glance, dam construction may seem like an environmental rather than a political issue, but the reality is that in the new era, environmental policy is one of the most political areas that is important not only internally but also regionally and even internationally. This is also true for Iraq, impacting its future equations.

Regarding the special political significance of the Kurdistan Regional Government dams on the Tigris and Euphrates, it is important to mention that under current conditions Erbil cannot exploit the projects politically, but in the future, he can easily instrumentalize them to pressure Baghdad in the usual political affairs. or even for independence. Since 2003, Erbil and the central government have been at odds over a range of political, economic and legal issues. The water crisis and dams may be a new case of division between the two.

During the days of the Kurdistan Region’s referendum in 2017, various analysts pointed to water resources as a card potentially guaranteeing Erbil’s smooth move towards independence. They suggested cutting off water flow to the south and center in response to Baghdad’s budget cuts or border closures with the autonomous region. The new barrage may even strengthen Erbil’s position and be used to wrest privileges from Baghdad. The problem is so great that in the event of failure to meet the potential challenge, the dispute over the waters of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers may stimulate the partition of Iraq and lead to the risk of civil conflict in the country.

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How disturbing is Madison Cawthorn’s “thug” comment? https://iraqwarnews.net/how-disturbing-is-madison-cawthorns-thug-comment/ Sun, 10 Apr 2022 09:06:56 +0000 https://iraqwarnews.net/how-disturbing-is-madison-cawthorns-thug-comment/ George Orwell’s anti-totalitarian allegories “Animal Farm” and “Nineteen Eighty-Four” teach us how the corruption of language leads to the murder of objective truth; and how lies and distortions degrade civic life. In doing so, Orwell reminds us that the rigorous sorting and sorting of factual evidence is a prerequisite for maintaining a civilized and democratic […]]]>

George Orwell’s anti-totalitarian allegories “Animal Farm” and “Nineteen Eighty-Four” teach us how the corruption of language leads to the murder of objective truth; and how lies and distortions degrade civic life. In doing so, Orwell reminds us that the rigorous sorting and sorting of factual evidence is a prerequisite for maintaining a civilized and democratic society.

That’s why Rep. Madison Cawthorn’s Orwellian description of democratically elected Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy as a “thug” and his government as “incredibly evil” after the invasion of Russia is so disturbing. It would be like a Congressman in 1940 denouncing French Prime Minister Paul Reynaud as a “thug” after Adolf Hitler’s forces invaded democratic France.

What is clear, of course, is that Vladimir Putin’s Russia, under the Orwellian guise of “denazifying” Ukraine, has invaded a sovereign democracy, led by a Jewish leader. It was pure aggression, and we see the horrible consequences every day.

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