Iraq to list hazardous materials after Beirut blast
Iraq announced on Thursday it will create an inventory of all hazardous materials at ports and airports after the ignition of ammonium nitrate fertiliser at a portside warehouse levelled swathes of Beirut.An emergency committee chaired by the head of Iraq's border agency said it had been tasked with carrying out the work and had given itself 72 hours to complete it.The goal was to "avoid any repetition of what happened in Lebanon" in Iraq, the panel said.The huge blast that caused widespread destruction across the Lebanese capital on Tuesday was triggered by 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate fe...
Not cashing in: virus hits Iraq's Iran-US money trade
Sulaimaniyah (Iraq) (AFP) - In Iraq's Kurdistan region and at the country's Muslim Shiite holy sites, trading US dollars for rials from Iran was once big business.But the money exchange trade has been hard hit by lockdown restrictions to stop the spread of COVID-19, and by deep economic woes in both countries.Traders in Sulaimaniyah, the second city of Iraqi Kurdistan and close to the border with Iran, have seen dramatic changes.In March, before restrictions to stem the pandemic which has killed more than 5,000 Iraqis and infected more than 130,000 others, one dollar traded for 150,000 Iranian...
Marcus Hayes: Doug Pederson's positive COVID-19 test is further proof that the NFL and MLB must isolate or fail
Monday night, the Phillies will resume their COVID-interrupted season with a four-game home-and-home series in New York, and the Yankees will treat them like they’re radioactive. As they should.The Phillies team had an outbreak in Florida before the season started, then hosted the Typhoid Marlins in the season-opening series. The Marlins might have arrived contaminated, but they left town with 20 positive cases. Now, the Eagles’ football coach has the coronavirus. Philadelphia has become Ground Zero for pro sports’ COVID panic.These outbreaks won’t end. Not with players (and their wives and ch...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Protest songs capture the times, from Black Lives Matter to civil rights and anti-war movements
Get up, stand up, sing out!A great protest song may not help change the world in the same way the civil rights and anti-war movements did a half century ago, or the way the Black Lives Matters movement has this year. But a great protest song can unify and provide inspiration for people seeking a better world by serving as a vital soundtrack for actions — large and small, personal and universal — designed to promote positive change.Such songs can be rousing or soothing, provocative or contemplative, strident or understated. They can question the status quo or rail against it, offer a moment for...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Album reviews: The Chicks, Rufus Wainwright, The Psychedelic Furs
The Chicks“Gaslighter”(Sony ***)As “Gaslighter” neared completion, the first album in 14 years by Natalie Maines, Martie Erwin Maguire and Emily Strayer looked like it was going to be a collection of protest music. The album’s name echoes a term for psychological manipulation that has often been leveled at President Donald Trump.Coming from a band ostracized by the country establishment for Maines’ 2003 comments in opposition to the U.S. invasion of Iraq — who then released a 2006 single called “Not Ready To Make Nice” — it seemed the group, now performing as the Chicks, was again spoiling for...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Commentary: Maybe: A few of Donald Trump's ideas
Just spitballing here, but maybe we could delay the November election, ignoring the Constitution and history and Congress, and keep me, the president, in power a while longer.Maybe we could make it harder to let American voters afraid of getting sick from the virus I abjectly failed to control cast their ballots easily by mail, as I have done myself.Maybe we could help kill that virus by injecting disinfectant inside people’s bodies.Maybe we could ban all Muslims from entering the country until we figure out what is going on.Maybe we could build an enormous wall across our entire southern bord...
New York Daily News
'Total curfew': Coronavirus cases, deaths rise in Iraq
Health authorities in Iraq recorded 63 additional fatalities due to the novel coronavirus on Sunday, reports Anadolu Agency.As many as 2,447 infections were also registered in the past 24 hours, bringing the total count to 129,151 cases, 4,868 deaths, and 91,886 recoveries.Due to the Eid al-Adha holiday, the Middle Eastern country imposed a total curfew from July 30 until August 9.Health centers across the Arab nation face shortages of oxygen supplies and protective equipment.In this regard, the Higher Committee for Health and National Safety directed the Ministry of Health to provide the nece...
The Middle East Monitor
For Iraqi mothers-to-be, hospitals are pandemic no-go zones
Kut (Iraq) (AFP) - Iraqi midwife Umm Mariam used to help bring three babies into the world per day. But with mothers-to-be avoiding pandemic-hit hospitals, she now delivers twice that number in her makeshift home clinic.Across the country recovering from decades of war, health centres face shortages of oxygen supplies and protective equipment even as coronavirus cases soar to almost 130,000, with nearly 5,000 deaths.Among those infected in the economically battered country, according to official figures, are 3,000 medical staff. "That's why many women now prefer to deliver their children at my...
Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait and its everlasting consequences
Today, August 2, marks the 30th year of the invasion of Kuwait by Saddam Hussain’s Iraqi forces. It was an act that took everyone in the region by surprise, especially with the swiftness of the incursion into Kuwaiti territory.I remember that period well, for it was in that time when I lost my beloved cousin due to a grossly stupid and unforgivable act of one married into the family. My 19-year-old cousin Hani was enjoying a swim in the Red Sea when this individual possessed with macabre madness tried to playfully mow him down with a speed boat, resulting in the shearing of half my cousin’s bo...
Iraq's PM promises early parliamentary polls for June 2021
Iraqwill hold its next parliamentary elections nearly a year early, the premier announced Friday, as he seeks to make good on promises he offered when he came to power."June 6, 2021, has been fixed as the date for the next legislative elections," said Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi, who took the reins in May after months of protests forced his predecessor to resign."Everything will be done to protect and ensure the success of these polls," Kadhimi said in a televised speech.Elections in Iraq are sometimes marred by violence and often by fraud.The next parliamentary elections had originally ...