President Obama announces U.S. troops in Iraq will be home by the holidays, Herman Cain declares homosexualityÂ is a choice, QaddafiÂ dies, last moments captured in a riveting & revolting video, Europe struggles to staunch economic bleeding while American cities seek bankruptcy relief.
Obama Announces U.S. Troops in Iraq will be Home by the HolidaysÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â
President Barack Obama announced Friday thatÂ he was ordering allÂ American soldiers currently stationed in Iraq to return to the U.SÂ by the Christmas holidays.Â TheÂ Iraq War has been fought forÂ nearly 9Â years,Â the second longest war in American history that resulted in 4,400 U.S. deaths and 103,000 to 112,000 civilian fatalities, according to Iraq Body Count. Obama’s decision, which he calledÂ a “promise kept” was made much easier toÂ deliver as the Iraqi governmentÂ refused toÂ extend immunity to AmericanÂ soldiers, a non-starter for the Administration. A contingent of military trainers could be in the offing, however.
Â Qaddafi Captured Alive, Likely Executed by Libyan RebelsÂ in the Sands ofÂ Surt
ReportsÂ thatÂ MuammarÂ QaddafiÂ had been shot and was injured began breaking around 8:15 a.m. ESTÂ on Thursday morning.Â During the next 20 minutes, media reports indicated that QaddafiÂ hadÂ been captured and was perhapsÂ mortally wounded. A photo takenÂ via aÂ mobile phone began moving on the wires, depicting a ghostly lookingÂ and bloodied Qaddafi, surrounded by raucousÂ Libyan rebels. By 9 a.m. Reuters and BBC were reporting Qaddafi was dead. The QadaffiÂ “dead’ video was initially broadcast by Al-Jazzera, to the consternation of someÂ media critics. But this writer believes the American media, in particular, has gone to such lengths to not offend Americans, that Â it has in effect wrongly sanitized the depravity of war. Perhaps itÂ was the rightÂ time to showÂ war’s dehumanization.Â This video portrayed, perhaps, the last minutes of Qaddafi’s life and reflectsÂ the deep well of pent-up rage, unleashed inÂ retribution uponÂ himÂ by those who suffered beyond anyÂ measure,Â during his 42-years ofÂ despotic rule.
After Prime Minister MahmoudÂ JibrilÂ of Libya’s NationalÂ Transitional Council confirmed Qaddafi’sÂ capture, whoÂ JibrilÂ later saidÂ was killed in a cross fire, NATOÂ wasted no time in announcing it would be winding downÂ its air campaign effort, by the end ofÂ October, including anÂ announcementÂ to recommend its end,Â by AdmiralÂ JamesÂ Stavridis, its chief military officer on Facebook, arguably a first in world history.
Rupert Colville, a spokesman for the UN Office of the High CommissionerÂ of Human Rights announcedÂ on Friday that its special committeeÂ on Libya would investigate the circumstances of Qaddafi’s deathÂ due to conflicting reports on how he died.Â The video, which he called “disturbing”Â showed QaddafiÂ alive and in the custody of Libyan rebels, who were roughly pushing him around.Â Libyan NTC member WaheedÂ Burshan,Â echoedÂ UN doubts over the exact circumstances ofÂ Qaddafi’s deathÂ and supported an investigation, raising questions over earlier claims by Prime MinisterÂ Jibril, that the deposed leader had been killed in crossfire.
UN Human Rights Special Rapporteur Denounces Use of Unmanned Drones and Targeted Killings
As the Libyan war reached its final moments on Thursday, ChristofÂ Heyns, the UN Special Rapporteur on Extra Judicial Killings, made veiled allegations against the United States for its stepped up use of unmanned drone aircraft,Â in Pakistan andÂ Libya (indeed Spencer Ackerman, aka “Attackerman,”Â reported that the Pentagon dropped bombs onÂ Qaddafi’s convoy onÂ Thursday,Â before he wasÂ killed.) InÂ his presentation on targeted killingsÂ to the General Assembly, HeynsÂ saidÂ the “current use of drones and raids into countries where there is not a recognized armed conflict to kill an opponent, as in Pakistan or Yemen, is highly problematic…The use of such methods by some States to eliminate opponents in countries around the world raises the question why other States should not engage in the same practices. The danger is one of a global war without borders, in which no one is safe.” Drones have been usedÂ by the U.S. in Yemen as well, whichÂ targeted andÂ executed AnwarÂ Al-wlaqiÂ and Osama Bin Laden was executed by a U.S. Navy Seal Team in Pakistan.Â These tactics have been defended byÂ Attorney General Eric Holder and Harold Koh, the State Department’s Legal Advisor.Â His full statement can be read here.
While Uganda is currently known for its pursuit to legally execute known homosexuals, it’s long history of violence, perhaps unknown to many Americans,Â is epitomized by the banal, destructive actions of Joseph Kony’s Lord’s ResistanceÂ Army (LRA)Â againstÂ children in Northern Uganda.Â The LRAÂ originatedÂ in Uganda in 1987Â as an armed resistance to the government, but has since become a violent ridden militia that operates not onlyÂ in Northern Uganda, but also inÂ SouthÂ Sudan.Â The ChristianÂ and animistÂ African theologically based militantÂ groupÂ Â has terrorized Uganda’s neighbors, including the Central African Republic andÂ the Democratic Republic of the Congo.Â Kony has been indicted by the International Criminal Court for war crimes. This past week,Â President Obama ordered 100 Special Forces into Uganda to assist the governmentÂ in confronting Kony and his thugs, an action that many human rights advocates and groups are quietly applauding.
Eurozone Crisis Continues, Leaders Fail to Achieve Self Imposed Deadline Today
European leaders met in Brussels today, markingÂ its 13th summitÂ in 21 monthsÂ about theÂ EuropeanÂ sovereign debt crisis due to Greece’s fiscal insolvency that began in 2009,Â claiming they moved forward on addressing the crisis, yetÂ deciding not to tap funds from the European Central Bank,Â ultimatelyÂ to aid in the bailout of Portugal, Italy, Ireland, Greece and Spain (known as the PIIGS), preventing a global economic calamity.Â Â The meeting has generatedÂ new pressure onÂ Italy’s Prime Minister Silvia Berlusconi to cut debt, enabling Italy to receive bailout funds.Â The bailout fund is expected to reach 1.2 to 1.4 trillion Euros, according to Irene Finel-Honigman, a financial expert and faculty member at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs.
This writer hasÂ stubbornlyÂ resisted reporting on the Republican presidential contest, but could not resist this week when Herman Cain announced his intolerance andÂ bigotry toward LGBTÂ AmericansÂ during anÂ appearance on CNN’s Piers Morgan, when he declared that homosexuals choose toÂ Â be gay and thus can revert to beingÂ heterosexuals, justÂ like changing one’s clothing.Â Â He retorted by stating his race as proof of bona fide minority status:Â â€œI was born Blackâ€¦ this doesnâ€™t wash off” during his offensive remarks. The New Civil Rights Movement forumÂ reported it all, includingÂ Dan Savage’s public challenge toÂ Cain in a letter demanding he prove it.Â Thus far, no response from Cain.Â PerhapsÂ GetEQUAL may take up the task of following Cain around on the campaign trail?
Republican PartyÂ Finalizes Early Primary Caucus Dates
The Republican Party’s primary and caucus schedule that has been expected to begin in January 2012Â had been, until recentlyÂ up-in-the-air, until Nevada finally conceded the first Republican Â primary date back to New Hampshire by announcing it would hold its primary on Feb. 4.Â New Hampshire will remain the first primary in the nation when the Granite State votersÂ go to theÂ election polls onÂ January 10.Â Iowa Caucuses are scheduled for January 4, the first onesÂ in the country.Â South Carolina will be the second primary on January 21.Â Florida’s primary’s date was recently set for January 31, defying Republican Party rules.
Michelle Bachmannâ€™s New Hampshire Staff Quits on Friday
Michelle Bachmann’s New Hampshire staff quit in a unified walk-off, including the state director on Friday, although Bachmann feigned ignorance of their departure.Â Reports from Politico.com indicate that they had not been paid in a month.Â The Bachmann SouthernÂ New Hampshire director Caroline Gigler,Â jumped toÂ Texas Gov. Rick Perryâ€™s campaign, according to a report in the National Journal.Â Bachmann had difficulty explaining the disarray inÂ her campaign from the stump in Iowa today.
Rhode Island Going Bankrupt, while other U.S. Cities Struggle with InsolvencyÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â
During the past year, three U.S. cities have become increasingly insolvent, due to short falls in their budgets as tax revenues have dramatically dropped due to long-term unemployment.Â In late August, Central Falls, Rhode IslandÂ applied for bankruptcy and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, joined them last week, as both cities have been unable to cover payroll andÂ pension costs for retirees.
Rhode Island is facing a steepÂ downturn in tax revenues, saddled by 10.5 percent unemployment, and perhaps poor management,Â it is nowÂ challenged to cover a Â $14.8 billion pension system that demandsÂ payment ofÂ ten centsÂ from every state tax dollarÂ to cover the outlay of pension checks.
Hamtramck, Michigan asked for permission to apply for bankruptcy inÂ November 2010, when it had a cash short-fall and would not be able to cover the salaries of its 155 employees.Â But the Michigan State Treasury department forbid it to file, despite its serious cash short fall.Â It has continued to struggle since then, finally applying for a $2.5 million loan from the state that can cover its expenses through June 2012.
Just last week, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, the state capital, filed for bankruptcy, which follows Central Falls, Rhode Island, who became the first city in the United States to apply for bankruptcy in August 2011, due to pension outlays that the cityÂ decided it just could not cover.Â Â Â However, Harrisburg’s mayor, the state’s governor and a state senator, declared the capital city’s action illegal and unlawful.Â Nonetheless, the city attorney filed papers in federal court.Â Harrisburg has turned to the State of Pennsylvania for relief several times in the past year, including a $4.3 million bailout.
Tanya L. Domi is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University who teaches about human rights in Eurasia and is a Harriman InstituteÂ affiliated faculty member. Prior to teaching at Columbia, Domi worked internationally for more than a decade on issues related to democratic transitional development, including political and media development, human rights, gender issues, sex trafficking, and media freedom.
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Watch: America, We Just Got Our First Openly-Gay Active NFL Player
America, meet your first openly-gay, active NFL player.
Las Vegas Raiders defensive lineman Carl Nassib, 28, in an Instagram video announced he is gay, HuffPost reports.
“What’s up people, I’m Carl Nassib. I’m at my house in West Chester, Pennsylvania,” Nassib says. “I just wanted to take a quick moment to say that I’m gay. I’ve been meaning to do this for a while now, but, I finally feel comfortable now to get it off my chest. I really have the best life, the best family, friends and job a guy can ask for.”
He also says he’s donating $100,000 to The Trevor Project, which works to help young LGBTQ youth in crisis or feeling suicidal.
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“I’m a pretty private person so I hope you guys know that I’m not doing this for attention,” Nassib adds. “I just think that representation and visibility are so important. I actually hope that one day, videos like this and the whole coming out process are not necessary, but until then I will do my best and my part to cultivate a culture that’s accepting and compassionate and I’m going to start by donating $100,000 to the Trevor Project. They’re an incredible organization, they’re the number one suicide-prevention service for LGBTQ youth in America, and they’re truly doing incredible things, and I’m very excited to be a part of it, to help in any way that I can and I’m really pumped to see what the future holds.”
In one of the several text images on that post Nassib explains why this is so important:
‘Living Refutation of Manly Virtue’: Ted Cruz Mocked for Claiming ‘Nobody Is Banning’ Critical Race Theory
U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) is being mocked and chastised after claiming on Monday that “nobody is banning” critical race theory, the now-highly contentious school of study used to examine societal issues and institutions that propagate and perpetuate systemic racism. Conservatives like Cruz have decided that any anti-racism instruction should be called “critical race theory,” with Fox News using the term 1300 times in under four months.
“Trump Derangement Syndrome is astonishing,” Cruz tweeted, inexplicably bringing the disgraced former president in to the conversation to attack anti-Trump conservative Charlie Sykes, “who used to be conservative, Cruz claimed, and “is now defending critical race theory.”
“He proffers a series of straw men, eg, don’t ‘ban’ it. Nobody is banning it; but we don’t have to allow schools to teach our kids to hate each other based on race.”
In fact, as NBC News reported, as of last week 21 states across the country are in the process of (16 states) or already have (5 states) banned the teaching of critical race theory in classrooms.
Critical race theory does not “teach kids to hate each other based on race,” or based on anything else.
Lincoln Project co-founder Steve Schmidt unleashed his anger onto the Republican Senator from Texas.
“This is what racial demagoguery looks like in 2021,” Schmidt, a student of history, declared. Senator Cruz “is coloring in his part of the toxic mosaic, speaking in a code that when assembled completely says, militant black people who hate you and want to take your pocessions [sic] away are trying to brain wash your kids into hating you.”
Ted Cruz “is doing what he has always done,” Schmidt continued. “He is lying and trying to scare dim witted and vulnerable people into maintaining his political power by conning them into believing they need protection from something that in fact doesn’t exist in primary and secondary educational curriculum. It’s not real.”
educational curriculum. It’s not real. @tedcruz is a vandal. He has been from the moment he arrived in Washington. From the nonsensical government shutdowns and brazen displays of cowardice, around even defending his wife and dad, Cruz is a living refutation of manly virtue. 3
— Steve Schmidt (@SteveSchmidtSES) June 21, 2021
Schmidt was far from the only one to go after Cruz.
Florida just banned it
— Bradley P. Moss (@BradMossEsq) June 21, 2021
The problem here, Rafael, is that “kids” aren’t being taught this. CRT is taught in some college courses and you know this very well but you coninue to lie about.
Oh, yeah. Lyin’ Ted. I forgot for a second. Carry on then, Rafa.
— Scapper 💙 (@realscapper) June 21, 2021
Not allowing something in schools is literally banning that thing from schools
— Jason (@Jason_MF_Miller) June 21, 2021
Literally banned in Florida. https://t.co/TIEe6YNYuI
— M.D. Lafrance (@MD_Lafrance) June 21, 2021
By the way, Sykes replied. Twice.
Shorter Cruz: Let’s ban it. And say we didn’t. https://t.co/KuK1laLB3g
— Charlie Sykes (@SykesCharlie) June 21, 2021
Cruz: “Nobody is banning it.”
Florida: Hold our beer — > https://t.co/4KkKCrvB5d
— Charlie Sykes (@SykesCharlie) June 21, 2021
Meteorologist Is Latest Local Newscaster to Announce On-Air She Is Teaming Up With Right Wing Project Veritas
A Detroit weekend weather anchor is the latest local reporter to announce on-air she is teaming up with the far right wing deception activists Project Veritas to attack their employer.
On Sunday April Moss, smack in the middle of her weather forecast, snuck in an announcement about the “discrimination” going of at her local CBS affiliated station.
“All good things must come to an end,” Moss told viewers as she announced “showers moving in around 8 AM.”
“Speaking of a brand new week I will be sitting down this week with Project Veritas to discuss the discrimination that CBS is enforcing upon its employees.”
CBS62 Detroit Meteorologist April Moss says on-air she will expose ‘discrimination’ at her station with Project Veritas.
This after FOX26 reporter Ivory Hecker pulled a similar stunt last week, saying she was told not to pursue stories on HCQ.
— Alex Salvi (@alexsalvinews) June 21, 2021
Project Veritas is the group that has been repeatedly discredited for deceptively-edited videos created to attack the left.
And speaking of a brand new week, it appears that Moss may be planning on leaving the station – or getting fired. She’s worked for 9 years for CBS, but on Saturday created a new Instagram account without her “CBS” affiliation in the name.
Last week Fox 26 Houston reporter Ivory Hecker announced live, on-air “that Fox Corp. has been muzzling me to keep certain information from you, the viewers.”
She said just hours after she was fired.
What was that information that was so important for her to risk her job for?
Pushing hydroxychloroquine, which has been discredited as a cure for COVID-19.
No word yet on what “discrimination” Moss faces.
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