Photo Of The Day

The Associated Press: Jean-Marc Bouju / March 31, 2003.

The Associated Press: Jean-Marc Bouju / March 31, 2003

War Prisoner Holds Distraught Son


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A good politician

A straight forward apology and carrying the cost.

Iraq’s transport minister apologised for a row in which a Lebanese airliner en route to Baghdad was ordered to turn back mid-flight to pick up his son.

Hadi al-Ameri pledged to turn his son in if an Iraqi investigation found he had carried out any wrongdoing and insisted he would personally bear the costs of the Middle East Airlines flight having to turn around while travelling from Beirut to Baghdad.  Read more »

Friday nightCap

Oh dear, how sad, never mind. Suicide Bomb Instructor blows up his Iraqi Pupils

Promoted from the General Debate.

A suicide bomber instructor took his job literally and took out his entire class. Let me just take a moment to…oh stuff it…good job.

A group of Sunni militants attending a suicide bombing training class at a camp north of Baghdad were killed on Monday when their commander unwittingly conducted a demonstration with a belt that was packed with explosives, army and police officials said.

The militants belonged to a group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, which is fighting the Shiite-dominated army of the Iraqi government, mostly in Anbar Province. But they are also linked to bomb attacks elsewhere and other fighting that has thrown Iraq deeper into sectarian violence.

Twenty-two ISIS members were killed, and 15 were wounded, in the explosion at the camp, which is in a farming area in the northeastern province of Samara, according to the police and army officials. Stores of other explosive devices and heavy weapons were also kept there, the officials said.

Eight militants were arrested when they tried to escape, the officials said.

The militant who was conducting the training was not identified by name, but he was described by an Iraqi Army officer as a prolific recruiter who was “able to kill the bad guys for once.”  Read more »


Green Taliban are looking into this: the Iraqi Patriot Missile Defense System

Has he forgotten his campaign slogan?

Barack Obama reckons that the US cannot turn a ‘blind eye’ to Syria.

Has he forgotten his campaign slogan?

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In his weekly address to the nation, President Obama said: “There’s a reason governments representing 98 per cent of the world’s people have agreed to ban the use of chemical weapons.  Read more »

Land of the free is governed by a pack of ratbags.

It looks like the Seppos no longer trust their politicians and feel like they are governed by a bunch of unaccountable ratbags.

This is a particularly bad time to sell the American people a war, and make no mistake: we are being sold, and this “military action,” in another time and place — and in some quarters, here and now — would be called an act of war.

mericans are not only weary of war, they’re weary of the politicians who commit us to it.

According to Gallup, only 10 percent of Americans now have a “great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence in Congress, a record low since Gallup started tracking the measure in 1973.

Only 36 percent have the same level of confidence in the presidency.  Read more »

Will Shearer leave parliament?


David Shearer must be a broken man, even if he is on full pay while on gardening leave. TV3 revealed that his supposed caucus mates let him leap in front of the proverbial bus so they could knife him the next day.

Betrayal wouldn’t be too strong a word for what they did to him. Read more »

Sledge of the Day

I have finally been catching up on parliament this week and saw this contribution from Mark Mitchell in the general debate.

Great to see a back bench MP un-afraid to call out a senior MP in this manner.

Even better is the reaction from Labour over it…I’m told that they are not out to get Mark for this. I don’t think he will losing any sleep over it. If  Muqtada al-Sadr’s Mahdi Militia couldn’t get him in Iraq at Nasiriyah in 2004 then I doubt the Labour party can.

Start at 2:11.

The Female Fighters of Kurdistan – Part 3

Part 3 of the Thomas Osborn documentary about the Female Fighters of Kurdistan.

Part one and Part Two were blogged earlier.