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Chilcot May have saved Corbyn and stopped Brexit by Thanos Kalamidas

ovicover_07_07_16The say that when it comes to bad news they have the tendency to come all together and for Britain July 6th was another day with more bad news. Well not for everybody. Chairman Sir John Chilcot delivered the results of UK’s Iraq War inquiry concluding that: the invasion was not the “last resort” action presented to MPs and the public. There was no “imminent threat” from Saddam, and that Tony Blair overstated the threat posed by Saddam Hussein, sent ill-prepared troops into battle and had “wholly inadequate” plans for the aftermath.

In other words, Tony Blair lied and screwed up big, criminally, globally, consequencing the death of hundreds of thousands. The man has blood on his hands and he will pay for that. Tony Blair was not alone when he lied and cheated, he had accomplices and I don’t mean this reptile spin-doctor Alistair Campbell, only. He had all this bunch of cronies in the Labour Party going under the New Labour brand. And most of them – minor Gordon Brown – are still here. Trying to force policies and agendas.

Jeremy Corbyn did a lot of mistakes during the Brexit-Remain campaign, his main one was that he was not into it. The man didn’t inspire much of remain and after the result there were many – inside and outside the Labour Party – that would have bet that he didn’t even vote for remain himself. He restricted himself into cliché announces and speeches leaving the field for the Tories. After all, it was them who had turned the whole thing into an internal conflict, Boris Vis David. Why not make the best of it after the humiliating defeat in 2015 general elections?

Read the whole article in Ovi Magazine, HERE!

 

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Outcry as IS bulldozers attack ancient Iraq site

Ovi_001Archaeologists and officials have expressed outrage about the bulldozing of the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud by Islamic State militants in Iraq.

IS began demolishing the site, which was founded in the 13th Century BC, on Thursday, according to Iraqi officials.

The head of the UN’s cultural agency condemned the “systematic” destruction in Iraq as a “war crime”.

IS, which controls large areas of Iraq and Syria, says shrines and statues are “false idols” that have to be smashed.

“They are erasing our history,” said Iraqi archaeologist Lamia al-Gailani.

How long this is going to last before somebody interfere. Actually in this case and because it is a case of heritage  and pride it should be the Arab countries who are obliged to interfere.

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Australian troops goodbye to Iraq

Australia, one of the first countries to commit troops to the war in Iraq five years ago, has ended its operations there.

Australian troops are due to begin returning home in a few days in line with a promise by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd who swept to power in November. He said the Iraq deployment was making Australia more of a terrorist target.

The Australians had deployed more than 500 troops in Iraq, helping to train some 33,000 Iraqi soldiers. About 300 Australians will remain inside Iraq on logistical and air surveillance duties. No Australian soldiers were killed in combat in Iraq though several were wounded.

Not that 500 men staying is making a lot of difference but them leaving it will make!

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Trying to relieve Iraq’s debt

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki has said he will ask the international community to relieve the country’s debt, as envoys gather for a UN forum.

Officials said the move was aimed mainly at Arab countries, to which Iraq owes most of its $67bn debt. Meanwhile US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice urged countries to stand by Iraq during reconstruction.

Nearly 100 countries are represented at the economic and political reform forum near Sweden’s capital, Stockholm. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki are also in Sweden.

The gathering is aimed at supporting Iraq’s efforts to restore stability and rebuild a functioning economy. Correspondents say progress in these areas remains fragile. The UN called the conference to review a five-year package it brokered last year, called the International Compact with Iraq. On the eve of the forum the largest Sunni Muslim bloc suspended talks on rejoining Iraq’s Shia-led government.

Shouldn’t the ones who promised the reconstruction of the country to …pay the bill for the damaged they helped to be done?

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Saddam’s jail journal

An Arab newspaper has published what it says are excerpts from diaries written by the ousted Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein while in captivity.

The extracts printed in Al-Hayat portray a man who never seems to have stopped believing in himself as a historic leader. Al-Hayat said it had obtained extracts from the handwritten memoirs, which the paper said ran to five big volumes. Saddam Hussein was ousted in 2003 and executed three years later.

Thanks he didn’t have internet access otherwise we would have Saddam’s blog!!!

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Iraq First Lady survives bomb

Iraq‘s First Lady has escaped unhurt after a bomb attack on her motorcade in Baghdad, the office of President Jalal Talabani has said.

His wife, Hiro Ibrahim Ahmed, was travelling to a cultural festival at the National Theatre at the time. Four of her bodyguards were injured in the attack, the office said. Earlier, the US military said that a roadside bomb in Iraq’s mainly Sunni western province of Anbar had killed four US marines.

The attack on the First Lady’s motorcade occurred in the capital’s Karrada district but it is unclear whether she was specifically targeted. The president’s office said: “One of the vehicles of Ms Hiro Ibrahim’s convoy hit an improvised explosive device in the road this morning. She was heading to the National Theatre.”

She was probably watching a western play and the Shia madmen or Iran’s ayatollahs didn’t like it!

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Maliki depraved?

Iraqi deputies have denounced the government, using a quotation from the Koran to describe Prime Minister Nouri Maliki as “depraved.

The criticism came from the bloc of MPs who support the Shia cleric Moqtada Sadr – which once backed Mr. Maliki. Iraqi troops and US-led foreign forces have been engaged in bloody battles with Mehdi Army fighters loyal to Moqtada Sadr over recent weeks.

Nine people died on Thursday in a Baghdad bomb blast aimed at US troops. The death toll also rose in the sprawling Baghdad district of Sadr City. In the latest violence, US forces said they had killed at least 16 militants, while heath officials said eight people had been killed overnight.

Deprave = Morally corrupt; perverted. Strong words for somebody so ….big failure and corrupted!

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