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Has there ever been a campaign so dead on arrival?




Doesn't get much worse than that.  It can't get much worse than that.

Time to tax the billionaires and, honestly, if it taxes them out of existence, I won't shed a tear.




"Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS):
Friday, November 29, 2019.  Activists in Iraq score a victory while, in the US, Tiny Pete continues to whimper along the campaign trail.

Yesterday saw a bloodbath in Iraq.


A blood-soaked day in Iraq as security forces shoot up to 35 protesters. The government can’t control this. The protesters aren’t giving up. 350+ have now died. By in Baghdad with


security forces shot dead at least 22 protesters who had gathered on a bridge early Thursday, a local medical official said. He described the scene at Nassriya’s main hospital as “tragic” as women wailed over the bodies of dead family members





Is there a tipping point where the violence becomes intolerable? If so, it seems Iraq has not yet reached it. Violence Rises in Iraq’s South Amid Crackdowns on Protests and Press








Today?  BBC NEWS reports:

Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi is to submit his resignation, his office says, after more than 40 people were killed on the bloodiest day since anti-government protests began.
Mr Abdul Mahdi's decision comes after Iraq's top Shia Muslim cleric condemned the use of force against protesters and called for a new government.
Nearly 400 people have been killed in protests since the start of October.



Wait! He was already going to resign, remember?

Actually, no.  As we pointed out in real time, weeks ago, he said no such thing.  Iraqi President Barham Saleh announced that Adel would resign.  And then nothing happened.  He didn't step down and the protests intensified.

The Iraqi people have lived on broken promises and were not about to believe Mahdi was stepping down when he was making no effort to do so and when he'd made no statement that he would be stepping down.

Samya Kullab and Murtada Faraj (AP) note that Mahdi declared that Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani's Friday sermon had led to his decision and that, "I will submit to parliament an official memorandum resigning from the current prime ministry so that the parliament can review its choices."  Remember that journalist Mustafa Habib Tweeted about Sistani's importance yesterday.

After these dramatic developments, now all eyes are on the senior cleric in Ali in his Friday sermon tomorrow in . Once again, Sistani (89 years old) faces a new challenge to keep the country from collapse. (8)





On the Friday sermon, Mustafa notes this morning:


Breaking: the senior cleric in Ali , in strong speech, calls on the parliament to change the current govt after its failed to deal with IraqiProtests and respond to its demands (1)

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