and i agree. screw ani.
ani difranco? try ani difraud.
i'm sick of her. don't sing your songs of peace and then whore for a war hawk.
i blogged this morning and a lot of you e-mailed before i did.
it was just 1 of those days where it was easier to do it in the morning. i'm not changing my schedule but it was best this way.
turning to iraq. joseph kishore (wsws) observes:
Iraq's terrible encounter with American imperialism is far from over. The United States embassy in Iraq, the largest in the world, houses 15,000 people. CIA officials and private mercenaries—who played a major role in the occupation—will remain in the country. Tens of thousands of military troops are still in the region, ready to be deployed if needed.
Nearly nine years after the initial invasion, Iraq is ruled by an unstable and increasingly authoritarian regime and is rife with factional struggles that threaten to erupt in open civil war.
that's putting it mildly. from the newshour tonight:
HARI SREENIVASAN: Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki demanded that Kurdish authorities hand over Iraq's vice president today. Tariq al-Hashemi is the highest-ranking Sunni figure in Iraq. He fled to the Kurdish north this week to escape an arrest warrant. The Shiite-dominated government charges he ran terror squads that targeted government officials.
At a news conference in Baghdad today, Maliki rejected Hashemi's claim that the charges are politically motivated.
NOURI AL-MALIKI, Iraqi prime minister (through translator): I will not permit myself, others, or the relatives of martyrs to politicize this issue. There is only one path that will lead to the objective, and that is the path of the judiciary, nothing else. He should appear before court, either to be exonerated or to be convicted. The cause of al-Hashemi should not enter into political bargaining.
HARI SREENIVASAN: Later, a spokesman for the president of the Kurdish region rejected the demand.
nouri al-maliki is evil and may be the worst thing the u.s. did to iraq.
let's close with c.i.'s 'Iraq snapshot:'