OT but kicking off in Iraq. I've been following it for a few days, but today apparently the govt has switched off the internet and has opened fire. Protesting in most of the provinces AFAIK.
She's brave. The PM's address to the nation was a peace offering, but I'm seeing reports that Iranian Guards are acting as his bodyguards, which I'm trying to verify. The presence or supposed presence of Iran agitators there is now one of the main things they're kicking off about.Al Jazeera's Imran Khan, reporting from Baghdad, said the protests "pose the biggest challenge yet to Abdul Mahdi, but it's unclear how he can stop the outpouring of anger against his rule, with no apparent leaders of protesters to negotiate with." Iraq's PM calls for talks as thousands of protesters defy curfew
She'll soon be recruited for a zawaj al mutta.... The dirty bastards. You'd think it was Rotherham instead of Baghdad...Pity I don't speak Arabic. What a cracker on AlArabiya. Click on the image for full size screen image.
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There seems to be an overview followed by a discussion with a panel of three.
On one of the previous posts, it was mentioned that Iraq parliament is based on that of Britain but suggested that this model does not work for Iraq. <cough> Opinions vary as to what the outcome will be over coming days but there is some thought that things will calm down after the venting of built up anger. There seems an understanding of the issues but the complainants lack faith in progress of any kind, anytime soon unless there is change.
Agreed. Looking bad out there, escalating every day.This wont sound good.But,the old shia /sunni two step? If they're at eachothers throats.They aren't at ours.. (much)
A private maritime security firm was quoted as commenting that this appears to be part of the Saudi/US versus Iran tiff.Two missiles struck an Iranian tanker travelling through the Red Sea off the coast of Saudi Arabia on Friday, Iranian officials said, the latest incident in the region amid months of heightened tensions between Tehran and the U.S. (...)
Iranian state television said the explosion damaged two storerooms aboard the unnamed oil tanker and caused an oil leak into the Red Sea near the Saudi port city of Jeddah. The leak was later stopped, IRNA reported.
(...) "The oil tanker ... sustained damages to the body when it was hit by missiles 96 kilometres from the Saudi port city of Jeddah," IRNA said.
I can imagine a number of Saudis are busy giggling to themselves over this one. If this becomes more common however, I can imagine that operators of other traffic transiting the Red Sea are not going to be pleased at what this spreading of the conflict may do to their insurance rates, nor about the potential for some of their own ships to get hit when someone gets a target wrong."This latest incident, if confirmed to be an act of aggression is highly likely to be part of the wider narrative of deteriorating relations between Saudi and the U.S. and Iran," private maritime security firm Dryad Maritime warned.
"It is likely that the region, have being stable for the last month, will face another period of increasing maritime threats, as the Iranian and Saudi geopolitical stand-off continues," it added.