Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Why do you criticize?

I know why I do.

I'm trying to make things better.

I hope my kids would agree (I have eight).

I didn't care if they did something a different way if they got the same outcome.

But if the shoes weren't tied, I was going to criticize.

With regards to government?

I want to make it better -- though just raising awareness -- even of one person -- is fine too.

This is from an essay by Nancy Hanover (WSWS):

The education historian substantiates this by briefly reviewing the record, starting with the support of Bill Clinton for standardized metrics linked to monetary rewards, which ultimately laid the groundwork for No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top.
As usual, Ravitch does not spare Obama. “The Obama years saw an epidemic of new charters, testing, school closings and teacher firings. In Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel closed 50 public schools in one day. Democratic charter advocates—whose ranks include the outraged Booker and Bennet—have increasingly imported ‘school choice’ into the party’s rhetoric,” she states.
She hones in on the money trail: “[S]upport for mandatory testing and charter schools opens fat wallets on Wall Street. … In 2005, Obama served as the featured speaker at the inaugural gathering of Democrats for Education Reform, which bundles contributions to Democrats who back charter schools: Among its favorites have been those sharp DeVos critics George Miller, Michael Bennet, and Cory Booker.”
Ravitch’s narrative highlights the hypocrisy of the Democratic Party, its open alliance with Wall Street hedge funds and its thoroughly reactionary attacks on public education in the interest of profit-taking.
The problem with her argument, however, is the “inconvenient fact” that Ravitch has been an unswerving supporter of the Democratic Party every step of the way. This included supporting Obama twice, Hillary Clinton in 2016, and countless other regional and local Democrats.

I'm not a Diane Ravitch fan -- I've never noted her.

And the reason is because: Why does she criticize?

I often agree with her criticism.

But if you're going to call someone out -- as you should -- but you won't hold them accountable, what's the point?

This C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot" for Tuesday:

Tuesday, May 30, 2017.  Chaos and violence continue, The Mosul Slog continues, a new prediction is made for when TMS will end, and much more.

The new predicition?  Mosul will be liberated by June 10th.  GULF NEWS quotes Iraqi army Maj Qusay al-Kinam declaring, "Mosul fell to [the Islamic State] on June 10, 2014, so by June 10 this year, it must be liberated."

Must it?

Because so many predictions have already been made.

For example, Lieutenant-General Othman al-Ghanimi, Iraq’s chief of staff, was insisting the operation would wrap up by the start of Ramadan. AL-ARABIYA reported May 11th:

The Iraqi Ministry of Defense has announced that the entire Mosul area will be under control before Ramadan.

This announcement came through army Chief Osman al-Ghanmi during his inspection of the operations taking place against ISIS in the city of Mosul.

Ramadan's already begun.

So now we're being told things will wrap up June 10th.

Let's deal with reality.

In June of 2014, the Islamic State took over Mosul.

The Iraqi government did nothing in 2014.

The Iraqi government did nothing in 2015.

Finally, in October of 2016, they launched an operation.

This operation is still ongoing.

Reality, it's now day 223 of The Mosul Slog.

Day 223 for an operation that was supposed to take mere weeks.

These Iraqi refugees are spending in a camp. Resources are limited during what should be a joyful time.
Video: Ramadan in a refugee camp


That's what The Mosul Slog has produced -- more refugees in a country already having a refugee crisis.

Jack Moore (NEWSWEEK) notes, "Seven months of battle -- longer than Stalingrad -- and Baghdad’s forces, backed by the U.S.-led coalition, have slowly eaten away at the jihadi group’s stranglehold on the largest city in its possession."


Ghassan Adnan and Ben Kesling (WALL STREET JOURNAL) report, "Two car bombings in the Iraqi capital early Tuesday killed at least two dozen people and injured 60 others, Iraqi officials said, in attacks that targeted families during the holy month of Ramadan."  One of the bombings targeted an ice cream parlor.  Murtada Faraj (AP) counts 13 dead and twenty-four more injured and reports, "A number of wounded lay on the ground, others propped themselves up on the colorful park benches outside the ice cream shop. One young girl, wearing a ribbon and bow in her hair, wandered the scene dazed."

It was a deadly attack.

No buildings around the world will honor victims by putting its lights out, just cry yourself to sleep & start a new day tomorrow.

Had it happened elsewhere, it would be the subject of non-stop news, people would talk of showing solidarity with the victims.

But it's Baghdad so, if the pattern holds, the western news media will have forgotten it by this afternoon.

KUNA notes, "The Arab League strongly condemned Tuesday recent attacks carried out in the Karrada district, Baghdad, killing and wounding a large number of people.  Arab League Secretary General Almat Abudl-Gheit affirmed the solidarity with the Iraqi leadership, government and people against this brutality that targets innocent civilians."

Happy islamic terrorist bomb . Did u know Iraq wasn't an islamic Republic until we bombed them?

At least 10 killed, dozens injured in bomb blasts in central ,

moment of blast that targeted a busy district tonight , it was an ice cream shop

BREAKING: ISIS blows up a popular ice cream shop in Iraq's Karradah, slaughtering dozens of Iraqi Shia men, women and children. 💔

Bombing rocks Karrada Iraq just now. Many casualties reported! News coming to us from those on the ground. Spread the message

And the US Special Envoy Brett McGurk Tweeted:

ISIS terrorists tonight in Baghdad target children & families enjoying time together at an ice cream shop. We stand w/Iraq against this evil

The second bombing?  Samuel Osborne (INDEPENDENT) reports, "A few hours later, a second explosives-laden car went off during rush hour near the state-run Public Pension Office near the al-Shahada (Martyrs') Bridge in the busy Shawaka district, killing at least 12 and wounding 23 more, a police officer said."

....I give up on this world..second car bomb in 12hrs in Baghdad, Iraq. 27 dead..it's Ramadan..

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