Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Own it

Margaret Kimberley (BLACK AGENDA REPORT) tackles the walk-away from the Paris agreement and notes:

The United States isn’t alone in using marketing to give the appearance of progress. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is like former president Obama in many ways. He is young, photogenic, and good at giving the right impression. But his liberal government has made less progress on carbon reduction than his conservative predecessor and won’t meet even minimal targets. The Keystone XL pipeline starts in Canada’s tar sands producing regions, the scene of some of the worst environmental degradation on the planet. Trudeau joined Trump in supporting Keystone and every other pipeline going from Canada to the United States.
If the signatory nations were as concerned about climate change as they say, why is the planet now on the precipice? Some scientists predict that there is in fact no way out, that the damage done to date cannot be undone. It wasn’t done by Donald Trump, who only became president a few months ago. The world leaders who condemn Trump are even more guilty because they have used sleight of hand to give an appearance of concern and of action when they lie to the world and continue killing the planet. The United States, Canada, Japan and Russia are all rated inadequate in their anti global warming efforts. (*link rating)
Trump’s antics make him an easy target. When he isn’t misquoting climate change studies he is shoving other presidents, tweeting typos in the middle of the night and otherwise behaving as a parody of himself. But the car wreck we can’t turn away from is no reason to believe lies told by the global elite. The earth is getting warmer and leaders all over the world are responsible.

Why are things worse?

Because politicians lie.

And they protect Big Business which owns them.

So we get no real deals that could save our planet.

And things get worse and people whine about the Paris agreement when they should be insisting for better.

This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot" for today:

Wednesday, June 7, 2017.  Chaos and violence continue and silence won't end the war.

Day 231 of The Mosul Slog.

Remember when it started and people thought it would be over within 14 days?

It's not over still.

map update. Green= completely liberated. Orange= frontline clashes. White= control.

Day 231 and counting.

And Human Rights Watch notes:

The civilian death toll from a series of apparent Iraqi Security Force or United States-led coalition attacks between February and April 2017 suggests that the forces took inadequate precautions to avoid civilian casualties and that further investigation is needed, Human Rights Watch said today. Human Rights Watch documented seven attacks that resulted in at least 44 civilian deaths in five populated neighborhoods of west Mosul controlled by the Islamic State (also known as ISIS). 
Human Rights Watch analysis of satellite imagery of western Mosul identified over 380 distinct impact sites in the Tanak neighborhood, where three of the seven attacks occurred, consistent with the detonation of large, air-dropped munitions between March 8 and April 26, when Iraqi forces declared they had regained control of the area. Munitions of this size can pose an excessive risk to civilians when used in populated areas, given their large blast and fragmentation radius. All warring parties should cease using explosive weapons with wide area effects in densely populated west Mosul.
“Residents and displaced people have sheltered for months in crowded houses, with ISIS sometimes using them as human shields, so any strikes – including the choice of weapons – should take these conditions into account,” said Priyanka Motaparthy, senior emergencies researcher at Human Rights Watch. “As Iraqi and coalition forces press forward with the west Mosul offensive, they should make sure that civilian casualties are kept to a minimum.”

Arwa Damon files a report on Mosul for CNN.

Mosul survivor: "We are in hell" -- Watch 's exclusive report from inside Iraq
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Arwa Damon appeared on NPR's HERE & NOW yesterday discussing Mosul.

It's a shame that the report doesn't address all the suffering of the people in Mousl.

But then the hallmark of the established western reporters has been to ignore the abuses by the Iraqi forces.

To look the other way.

To Judy Miller their way through the day.

And an apathetic so-called 'resistance' could care less.

How far the US has sunk -- at least in the early years of the Iraq War, we paid attention.

Yes, I realize now that for many it was just so they could rage against Bully Boy Bush.

But it still resulted in Iraq being part of the news coverage instead of buried and forgotten.

Hard footage That's the behaviour in of the popular crowd backed by and supported by int collation leaded by United state

Which US outlet will report on the above?

Iraq security official: Unit caught torturing captives in 'mainly supervised by US,' has immunity -

Oh, look, King Punk Ass HoDe (Howard Dean) rediscovers Iraq -- for a second, to attack Trump.

(We dealt with the nonsense HoDe's promoting and screeching about -- dealt with it in yesterday's snapshot.)

Howard Dean's just one more fake ass punk.

Just a piece of crap who pretended to be left.

Remember 2004?

Remember his talk about Iraq?

The Iraq War continues but Howard Dean's not going to call that out.

He's a fake and a liar.

I've made many mistakes in my life but falling for carny barker Howard Dean was never one of them.

Numerous friends supported him so I made a point to catch one of his rallies.

I saw an empty suit who could grab whatever was in the headlines to get some attention.

I don't admire whores.

Senators Patty Murray and Tammy Baldwin work.

They're work horses.

They grab numerous issues and stick to them, working on them constantly.

Some pay off, some don't.

But they work.

I found it very telling that MS. MAGAZINE repeatedly ignored both women to promote chattering heads in Congress who never worked a bill a day in their life.

But that's what the media 'covers' -- what's 'hot.'

Not what's important, not what matters.

We have a superficial country and superficial politicians because we have a superficial media.

Howard Dean's 2004 words should haunt him.  They should be hung around his neck and he should be forced to address Iraq on a daily basis.

In the House, Tulsi Gabbard -- like Murray and Baldwin in the Senate -- works constantly.

She does get press attention -- usually attacks from the press passed off as coverage.

. is right. My bill, HR 1227 would help veterans get the treatment they need.

When Tulsi's attacked and Howard's not, we live in an upside down world.

Every time he pipes off, some reporter should be asking about his previous statements.  Such as in January of 2004, when he insisted "I opposed the war in Iraq and I'm against spending another $87 billion there."

Then why are you silent today, he should be asked, as the bill is now in the trillions?

He was a fake and remains one.  The media lets him get away with it.  Idiots in the Democratic Party (not all members of the Democratic Party are idiots -- but a small strain of loud mouths regularly flaunt their ignorance) celebrate him as heroic.  He's a joke and, by supporting him, they make themselves jokes.

Glen Ford (BLACK AGENT REPORT and BLACK AGENDA RADIO) notes an upcoming event:

On June 16 through 18, the United National Anti-War Coalition (UNAC) will hold its annual conference, under the theme: “Stop the Wars at Home and Abroad: Building a Movement Against War, Injustice and Repression.” For three days, the convention center in Richmond, Virginia, will likely be the sanest building in the nation, the one place where you won’t be subjected to a barrage of warmongering fantasies about Russian threats to a non-existent American democracy. Instead, hundreds of activists from a broad range of organizations will be hard at work building alternatives to the Democrats and Republicans who have plunged the world into endless war and condemned most people in the United States to a dismal future of economic insecurity, the worst health care system in the developed world –- and if you’re Black, the ever-present threat of sudden death at the hands of police.
The all-seeing, eternally-listening, omnivorous data-crunching mechanisms of the national security state that was once justified by manufactured fears of Soviet Russians, then exponentially expanded to cage, kill and contain Black revolutionaries, and then vastly reinforced again to criminalize Black people as a group, creating the world’s biggest mass incarceration police state; this same repressive machinery that, after 9/ll, tracked and entrapped Muslim Americans like hunted prey, now spies upon the electronic communications of the entire world, mapping, profiling and, when possible, actively manipulating every wired person on the planet, as if the whole of humanity is a security risk to the rulers of the U.S. empire.

In 2004, we said we wanted peace.

For far too many, those were empty words just being uttered for partisan purposes.

For those who actually meant them, you need to step up and start calling out these never-ending wars.

The Iraq War started in 2003.

It's now 2017.

Various politicians have stepped into the public square to insist they would end it.

It hasn't been ended.

There needs to be honesty, there needs to be accountability and there needs to be action.

One more time, let's note Rita Ora's new single "Your Song."

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