Tuesday, May 11, 2021

The Palestinians

Jean Shaoul (WSWS) reports:

Israel launched air strikes against Gaza, the besieged Palestinian enclave, killing 24 people including children.

Militants had earlier fired a few rockets at southern Israel and the Jerusalem area, in a day characterized by massive violence against the Palestinians in occupied East Jerusalem.

Israel’s military announced it had beefed up its forces on its border with Gaza and was suspending a major drill to prepare for a possible escalation.

Earlier in the morning, 1,000 security forces stormed the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in East Jerusalem as worshippers were praying, firing stun grenades, tear gas and rubber bullets, while snipers took up positions on rooftops, injuring more than 330 Palestinians. More than 700 Palestinians have been injured in just a few days by Israeli security forces in Jerusalem and across the West Bank.

Police locked hundreds of worshippers inside the mosque, prevented doctors and medical teams from entering the compound and attacked and beat up those who sought to help the injured. They forced their way into the compound’s health clinic, where they sprayed pepper gas and lobbed stun grenades at those receiving treatment there.

And here is The Convo Couch reporting on the same events.

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

Tuesday, May 11, 2021.  More assassinations in Iraq.

We'll open with this from IAVA:

May 5, 2021
CONTACT: press@iava.org

Washington, DC  — On May 5, IAVA Government Affairs Director Travis Horr, a U.S. Marine Corps Veteran, testified before the House Veterans Affairs Committee (HVAC) in support of the organization’s top legislative priority for 2021, establishing VA disability and healthcare benefits for veterans suffering from military toxic exposures like burn pits.

“The War Fighters Act is incredibly important landmark legislation which will create a presumption of service-connection for illnesses of veterans that have deployed since 1990, such as respiratory diseases or cancers,” said Horr at the hearing. “The TEAM Act will ensure that all veterans are able to access high quality VA care for any toxic related issues and the Veterans Burn Pits Exposure Recognition Act would concede exposure for all veterans that have served in areas where burn pits were used.” Horr and others called for passage of all three measures without delay. The full testimony can be found here.

At the start of the hearing, HVAC Chairman Mark Takano (D-CA) said that although the VA says that they need more research, “it is absolutely clear that we need to act now,” and he said that addressing toxic exposures is a top priority that he wants to advance this year. Takano’s position echoes that voiced the previous week by Senate Veterans Committee Chairman Jon Tester (D-MT), who said he wants to see legislation this year. The VA was pressed for action and answers by Members from both parties who appeared to have grown impatient with the agency’s refusal to take positions on toxic exposure legislation being considered at both hearings.

Just days ago, IAVA joined with House and Senate sponsors of the Presumptive Benefits for War Fighters Exposed to Burn Pits and Other Toxins (Warfighters) Act, which will establish a presumptive service connection for VA disability benefits for those who are suffering toxic exposure injuries – a top legislative priority for IAVA. The Toxic Exposures in the American Military (TEAM) Act, which provides for VA health care for those exposed, is also a priority for IAVA this year.

IAVA is the voice for the post-9/11 veteran generation. With over 400,000 veterans and allies nationwide, IAVA is the leader in non-partisan veteran advocacy and public awareness. We drive historic impacts for veterans and IAVA’s programs are second to none. Any veteran or family member in need can reach out to IAVA’s Quick Reaction Force at quickreactionforce.org or 855-91RAPID (855-917-2743) to be connected promptly with a veteran care manager who will assist. IAVA’s The Vote Hub is a free tool to register to vote and find polling information. IAVA’s membership is always growing. Join the movement at iava.org/membership.


Sunday in Iraq (still Saturday in the US), activist Ihab Jawad al-Wazni was assassinated in front of his home in Karbala.  

This is a major story . . . unless you're counting on the US media or the US 'spokespeople' on Twitter, etc.  The rise of ISIS was not a surprise.  We predicated it was coming.  Not because of any crystal ball but because of paying attention and understanding rebellion, resistance and revolution.  ISIS was always going to arise and, under Nouri al-Maliki, it was going to flourish.  

Yet again, the US media and the people who made a name for themselves decrying the Iraq War aren't paying attention and aren't understanding the pressure cooker atmosphere right now.

ALJAZEERA's Simona Foltyn has covered the story.

Replying to

Here's the video if it doesn't show in the Tweet above.

Where is CodeStink?  Where are any of the people who stole your money by claiming to care about the Iraq War. Amy Goodman's a whore and that's now well known.  She took millions from PACIFICA when they couldn't afford it.  The scheme was overseen by her friend Leslie Cagen.  But think about all the attention from the media she got pretending to care about the Iraq War -- shed' go on Charlie Rose and other programs.  Think of all the money she begged for to cotninue the coverage of Iraq.  And yet she offered nothing. ; 

Nor did her guests.  In a previous pressure cooker moment, she brought on Raad Jarrar and he didn't know what the hell he was talking about and reality immediately slapped them in their faces.  Time and again, they ignore what's going on and then rush to play catch up when the corporate media covers it.

The corporate media hasn't covered the assassination -- not THE NEW YORK TIMES, not THE WASHINGTON POST, no one.

And Ihab's death is part of a wave of assassinations taking place in Iraq.

Sara J notes:

Assassinations in #IraqAfter2003 haven’t ceased. Today, Ahmed Hassan (an Iraqi journalist) in #Diwaniya & yesterday, Barak Hassan Al-Roumi (an #IraqiActivist) in Wasit have been assassinated. Yet, #US & EU would like the jig of elections to go on!


The assassination of the activist Barak Hassan Al-Roumi in Wasit was-iraq.org Was

Again, what does it take for this wave of assassinations to get attention?

We'll note this thread from Amnesty Iraq:


Yet again, the headed by PM fails to protect protesters and activists.To this day we are yet to see any justice for the victims and their families; perpetrators must be held accountable as the elections near. When will the bloodshed end?

EhabWazni is one of tens of activists and protesters killed in cold blood in the context of the #OctoberProtests of 2019, as protesters take to the streets once again in #Karbala, #Misan, and #Diwaniyah demanding #accountability

As Iraq prepares for elections, the silencing of protesters demanding #accountability continues with the killing of #EhabWazni, the attempt on journalist Ahmad Hassan’s life, and use of force against protesters. #IraqProtests #Iraq

Now to deal with an issue that three e-mailed the public account (common_ills@yahoo.com) about.  Yesterday's snapshot I railed against people who just wasted your time and didn't deal with real issues.

The essence of the three e-mails: B-b-b-but you wrote about a sitcom!

"TV: Another bone headed move from AB" is written by Ava and myself.  We cover TV at THIRD.  Here I am covering Iraq every day.  There?  People are shocked right now, shocked that Bill Gates didn't give away all that money like he promised, they're shocked that is actions resulted in a tax break, they're shocked . . .


We covered that ridiculous 60 MINUTES 'report' by Charlie Rose that was blowing smoke up Bill's ass and we noted that this was nothing but a tax write off.  That was in real time.  Do you realize how long it's been since Charlie Rose's predatory behavior kicked him off television?

I can go into this at length if necessary but we've done hard hitting TV pieces.  We're planning on doing gay porn, by the way, on Sunday.  Ty, Ava and I were talking last week trying to pull together an edition and we came up with a theme and Dona said hold it so we can have it up for a full week.

There are a million things I could go on about but I'll leave it for that unless there are more e-mails.

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