Saturday, March 09, 2019

The nightmare that is FACEBOOK

  1.   Retweeted
    Replying to 
    when asked in a 2009 interview if would ever sell personal user data. His answer? "No ! Of course not." Don't trust this guy. Don't trust them all.

FACEBOOK has been perverted and I don't get how people can continue with it.  But one good thing here, Mark Zuckerberg's political dreams are over.  He has lied too often and he's lied in public.  He was a petty, small man portrayed by the media as someone great.  He exposed himself for all to see.

  1. So, wow, Mark Zuckerberg published a plan to entrench Facebook, fend off regulatory action, lower costs, shrink scandal exposure, acknowledge realities— and he called it a "privacy-focused vision" while ignoring all the big privacy issues! 🙄 My NYT oped.

Music?  Let's note India Arie's "Steady Love" from her new album WORTHY.

"Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS):
Friday, March 8, 2019.  It's International Women's Day.

“Because I fled from my home in and saw first-hand the havoc that war causes, I am reminded that kindness and empathy are fundamental characteristics that an obstetrician and gynecologist should possess.” - Dr. Saba, an obstetrician and gynecologist.

Today's International Women's Day.

First adopted by the UN as an international day to advance womens rights and gender quality in 1975, International Womens Day is celebrated across the world. There are a number of events scheduled across Iraq and the Kurdistan Region on Friday.

I gotta find peace of mind
I know another cord
I gotta find peace of mind
See, this what that voice in your head says
When you try to get peace of mind
I gotta find peace of mind
I gotta find peace of mind
He says it's impossible, but I know it's possible
He says it's impossible, but I know it's possible

-- "I Gotta Find Peace of Mind," written by Lauryn Hill, first appears on her MTV UNPLUGGED  NO. 2.0

Zainab met Zainab in Mosul. Both women lost a leg during Iraq's war. Neither are giving up on life. Their courage inspires us. Which women inspire you?


An early observation event took place in Baghdad yesterday:

Deputy Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General (DSRSG) Alice Walpole addressed the meeting, along with Dr. Mahdi Al-Allaq, Secretary-General of the Council of Ministers, who represented the Prime Minister; Dr. Thikra Alwash, Mayor of Baghdad and Chair of the Standing Committee on the Advancement of Women; UN Women’s Representative, Ms. Dina Zorba and UNFPA Representative, Dr. Oluremi Sogunro; as well as the Director-General of the Directorate for the Empowerment of Iraqi Women, Dr. Ibtisam Aziz.
In her remarks, DSRSG Walpole welcomed the upcoming discussions in Parliament on updating the Anti-Domestic Violence Law. “We need to acknowledge that domestic violence diminishes and shames all of society; it is a threat not just to women but to society itself,” she emphasised.
Reflecting on the challenges facing displaced women across Iraq, DSRSG Walpole noted that “They continue to suffer the brutal consequences of the recent conflict”.

Domestic violence is global.  It's also terrorism.  US House Rep Karen Bass, on Thursday, chaired the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security.  Her opening remarks included the following:

“I am pleased that the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security is holding our first hearing of this 116th Congress about our critical duty to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act.  This law has been successful at attempting to change policies that have led to injustices, and too-often indifference to victimization and suffering, throughout our country’s history.
“It is important to review how we arrived at this moment.
“This month has a special significance that is relevant to this hearing because it is celebrated as Women’s History Month. In 1980 President Jimmy Carter first designated March 2nd through the 8th, as Women’s History week.
“Seven years later in 1987, Congress passed Public Law 100-9, designating March as “Women’s History Month.”
“Seven years after that in 1994, Congress passed Public Law 103-322, the Violence Against Women Act of 1994, which we call “VAWA,” a landmark piece of legislation, which began with bipartisan support in both the House and in the Senate. 
“This year we celebrate the 25th Anniversary of VAWA, since President Bill Clinton signed the first VAWA into law on September 13, 1994.
“On this day, March 7th, President Barack Obama signed our last VAWA in 2013.
“And today, on the 6th year anniversary of VAWA’s last passage, we are holding this hearing to address the urgency of now in reauthorizing this vital legislation, which addresses the needs of all victims and survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.
“As a result of this historic legislation, which has unarguably proven critical in the lives of so many survivors, every state has enacted laws making stalking a crime and strengthened their criminal rape statutes.
“While this legislation is named the “Violence Against Women Act”, this is a gender neutral legislation, which responds to the needs and care of all survivors—men, women, and children alike.
“For centuries, women have fought vigorously to demand changes in our federal laws, not simply for their own benefits, but for others as well, because they sought progress.  VAWA is no exception in that regard.
“As Shirley Chisolm once said, you don’t make progress by standing on the sidelines, whimpering and complaining.  You make progress by implementing ideas.
“We have made progress in VAWA 2000, 2005, and 2013 – but the statistics remain alarming and unacceptable.
“Domestic violence claims at least 2,000 lives each year. Seventy percent of the victims are women. Most “intimate partner” homicides, in which a person targets a spouse, boyfriend or girlfriend, are committed with firearms.
“An astounding 17,500 victims disclosed the use or threat of firearms being used during abuse.

The story hit the news
From coast to coast
They said you beat the girl
You loved the most
Your charitable acts
Seemed out of place
With the beauty
With your fist marks on her face
Your buddies all stood by
They bet their
Fortunes and their fame
That she was out of line
And you were not to blame
Six hundred thousand doctors
Are putting on rubber gloves
And they're poking
At the miseries made of love
They say they're learning
How to spot
The battered wives
Among all the women
They see bleeding through their lives
I bleed
For your perversity
These red words that make a stain
On your white-washed claim that
She was out of line
And you were not to blame
"Not To Blame," written by Joni Mitchell, first appears on her TURBULENT INDIGO

In the face of adversity, women persevere.  That is especially true of Iraqi women.  The ongoing war is largely forgotten by the news media.  They live in war zones, Iraqi women, they face non-stop attacks on their rights.  In January, a fire killed 8 women.  And the media dithered over how to term the facility.  "Women's shelter" was offered.  How bloody noble.  No, it was a prison.  The 'crime' -- the women were homeless.  "Lock them up"?  By the time reality had intruded on the tale, momentary media attention had largely moved on.  The moment of justifiable outrage was missed as the media 'kindly' named a prison a "women's shelter."

Dropping back to January 5th:

ALJAZEERA typed the following:
A fire at a women's shelter in Iraq's capital has killed several lodgers, according to police, who gave conflicting accounts of the tragedy.
Mohammed Jihad, Baghdad's police lieutenant colonel, called the incident a "group suicide" caused by women rioting in the shelter on Friday.

Why are women in a shelter rioting?

Apparently, they weren't in a shelter, they were in a women's prison. Whether they rioted or not is not clear.  But MIDDLE EAST MONITOR reports:

In a statement to Anadolu Agency, Police Captain Ahmed Khalaf said that the prison – which was specifically for homeless female prisoners – experienced riots, though he did not elaborate on the cause of the disturbance. The riots then seem to have sparked a fire, causing an unspecified number of inmates to suffocate.
[. . .]
Iraqi security forces take all displaced or homeless people from the streets and places them in a prison, which is run by the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs.

In addition, this prison also imprisoned women who had children but were not married.  How the hell do prisons like that exist in Iraq?

It's one battle after another for women in Iraq. EURONEWS notes the killing of high profile women in Iraq:

Hanaa Edwar, a women’s rights activist and co-founder and chair of the Iraqi-Amal Association for human rights, thinks it is disturbing that months after Fares' death, investigations have yet to produce any results. “Why this silence on women’s issues?” asks Edwar.
She remembers that an Interior Ministry official stated on Iraqi TV that he was aware of who was behind Fares' murder.
“He said very clearly that we know who killed Tara Fares,” says Edwar.
Iraq’s biggest militia groups are often connected to political parties and operate with a large degree of impunity.
Edwar believes that the reason Fares' murder remains publicly unsolved is because she was killed by a militia.
“I don't know exactly who, but it seems that it [the murder] was an intervention by one of the non-state groups that influence the Iraqi state.”
Edwar adds that she believes that Fares was killed by conservative groups who were angry at how freely Fares lived her life.

In the video above United Nations General Assembly President Maria Fernanda Espinosa states, "And we need more women leaders, participating in public life and taking decisions."

In the US, six women are currently seeking the Democratic Party's 2020 presidential nomination:

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    DHS testified today that “never purposely put a child in a cage." False. I went to the processing center in McAllen, TX. I saw cages of people with my own eyes. Men, women, and children treated like animals. We must hold the Trump Admin accountable.

    is more than a celebration—it's also a call to action. As far as we've come, we still have barriers to tear down so we can all have equal opportunity and respect. Let's keep marching, and with every step, let's reach back and pull others up with us.

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    Let's note this:

    “We are women from 🇮🇶, from Falluja, the city of 🕊️. The women of Al-Anbariya are the leaders+mentors of homes and society. I congratulate the courageous 👩, the teachers, the doctors, all Iraqi women. We, as women, want change to happen in our societies.” Said Jinan

    No walls, no war
    No cause, no weapon is formed
    No law, what for?
    You are where I go to hide
    You are where I go to heal
    You are where I go to feel
    To remember what is real, ooh
    You are my favorite place
    You are my sacred space
    Yes you are, yes you are, yes you are