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  1. Perhaps you are "following the science"......seems to be a theme lately.... When I was 20 I thought I knew it all..... There is a great deal to "experiences in life".....and how they help shape ones decision making....I'll take present day me over the impulsive 20 year old kid I was.... any day and every day... How about you? CL
  2. Wrong.....I've seen those commercials for cialis on the tube about increasing brain function...... I have doubled the dosage and am really sharp now... The side affects have been really interesting...😮CL
  3. Shabs.....good to see you are still confused and in the dark.... The Caddieman seems to believe that is our lot in life... Go figure.....😉 CL
  4. The current administration is leading the US down the road to the "eve of desruction" once again... JMO. CL
  5. Who?...... Are you talkin the World Health Organiztion? Does dose guys work fores dem....?🤣
  6. Perhaps the green lantern glows green because he's had too many covid shots... Just a thought....😮😎 CL
  7. I believe your ally here in DV is a she....not a he.... Of course in todays upside down world a he might believe themselves to be a she.... Sadly we can't even tell what anyone is because any gender can now venture into any bathroom claiming to be anything they chose..... See now.....I am really showing my, my, my, age and cognitive thought process degeneration.....I'm so confused I can longer tell the difference between a man and a woman....! And your world....some how it must be all Trumps fault.....😉 CL
  8. Nice didn't answer the question... How about in your own words.... 😮 CL
  9. And of course....once again the "voice of reason" has weighed in with the rambling personal attacks.... Why not add something constructive? CL
  10. Anyone who thinks Biden has a clear mental cognitive process....and that he's in control has issues of their own... CL
  11. Would you please give us your definition for "advanced age"? And then also how your levels of "mental decline" work? Thanks in advance.. CL
  12. Those economic citizenship programs being offered all over the world are looking even better these days....everyone needs to at least be researching a plan B...... JMO. CL
  13. Joe Rogan is one of the very good internet investigative reporters... I would encourage everyone to follow him regularly... CL
  14. Putin isn't all that the US left and their parrot/puppet MSM make him out to be.... He is even able to have a thought process....something that seems difficult for old Joe.. Those 2000 ISIS fighters if they might be future trouble for Russia.... will soon be eradicated... Another unrelated prediction.....Iran and Israel will have a go at it very will be pretty major..... CL
  15. An election summary ...CL Iraq’s election shows a society fraying at the edges Turnout hit a record low as opinion polls suggest many Iraqis have lost trust in government, religious institutions and each other. By Ben van der Merwe Photo by AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP via Getty Images Populist Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr has emerged victorious in Iraq’s 10 October parliamentary elections, a contest marred by boycotts and apathy. It is the first time Iraqis have gone to the polls since the government was toppled by mass protests in 2019. Just 41 per cent of registered voters participated, the lowest turnout in an Iraqi parliamentary election since the 2003 US-led invasion. Low turnout has sapped hopes of a significant breakthrough for the protest-linked Emtidad Movement, which has reportedly won eight seats. The political wing of Iraq’s powerful Iranian-backed militias, the Fatah Alliance, has lost two-thirds of its seats in the council of representatives, down from 48 to 16. The party’s leader has rejected the results as “a scam”. The Sadrist Movement is expected to win 73 seats, giving Al-Sadr strong leverage in the coming negotiations. Newsletters from the New StatesmanView all newsletters Al-Sadr has vocally opposed Iran’s growing influence in Iraq, while also benefiting from his past as an anti-US insurgent. Whether he will be able to transform his election victory into office will depend on the outcome of coalition negotiations. “At the end of the day, Sadr’s going to have to come to the negotiating table,” said Renad Mansour, project director of Chatham House’s Iraq Initiative. “Not only does he not have an outright majority, but there’s also the extent to which Sadr will have to back down given the use of coercion and violence from some of these armed groups if he goes too far.” Why was turnout so low? Electoral reforms intended to benefit independent candidates and improve transparency have failed to inspire Iraqis’ confidence in the country’s notoriously sectarian and patrimonial political system. Content from our partners Stepping up to the challenge of a new era In partnership with Hexaware Leading the charge: How are tech leadership priorities evolving following an unprecedented year of change? In partnership with Hexaware How to elevate women in tech In partnership with Hexaware The last election in 2018 was marred by both a then-record low turnout (44 per cent) and allegations of voter fraud. Since then, the share of Iraqis that say they have confidence in the government has fallen from 42 per cent to 22 per cent. Among the country’s Shia majority, long a bastion of support for the post-Saddam Hussein regime, the figure has fallen to just 17 per cent. Iraqi society is fraying at the edges Share of Iraqis who... Source: Independent Institute of Administration and Civil Society Studies Since 2014, Iraq’s economy has been battered by a three-year war with Islamic State (IS) and a sharp fall in global energy prices. Oil and gas account for 90 per cent of the Iraqi government’s revenues and over 57 per cent of GDP. During the first half of 2020, pandemic-related restrictions and a further collapse in energy prices helped to push 7 per cent of Iraqis into poverty, according to the UN Assistance Mission in Iraq (Unami). In May, a survey by IIACSS, the Iraqi arm of US-based pollster Gallup, found that only 8 per cent of Iraqis reported having made savings in the past year, compared with 38 per cent who said they had spent more than they earned. In 2019, public anger over unemployment and poor public service provision exploded into a wave of mass protests, which were met with a crackdown by Iraqi forces and Iran-backed militias. Between October 2019 and April 2020, Unami recorded 487 deaths and 7,715 injuries relating to the protests. As of May, Unami had also recorded 32 targeted assassinations of protesters and critics of the government. A further 20 have been abducted, their whereabouts unknown. No culprits have so far been brought to justice, with Unami describing the situation as one of “impunity”. “In the early days after 2003, elites were able to build patronage networks using public funds, but Iraq has a very rapidly growing population,” said Mansour. “They’re unable to provide as much these days because there’s just more Iraqis, so at every election turnout goes lower and lower. “They’ve also lost a lot of ideational power – they can’t mobilise voters with sectarian or anti-corruption rhetoric because many people simply don’t believe them anymore. As they lose both economic and ideological power, they’re left with few choices other than to try and stop potential threats by violence.” A fragile security situation The months leading up to election day were marred by a spate of attacks by IS, as well as Turkish airstrikes against Kurdish and Yazidi militants. The attacks by Turkey are reported to have killed between 65 and 125 Iraqi civilians since 2015. Since 2018, the share of Iraqis describing the status of security in the country as “good” has fallen from 81 per cent to 38 per cent, including just 27 per cent of Kurds. The growing role of armed groups in Iraq has also been a topic of concern: 59 per cent of Iraqis see non-state militias as having more control over domestic politics than the Iraqi state itself. Militias backed by Iran have played a key role in the government’s violent crackdown on protesters, including being deployed as snipers to fire on demonstrators. Iraqi attitudes towards Iran have nosedived. The share of Iraqis having a favourable view of their neighbour has fallen from 70 per cent in 2017 to just 15 per cent in 2020. “People certainly knew that these guys killing demonstrators were backed by Iran, so of course this significantly contributed to a shift in their perception towards Iran,” Mera Bakr, an Erbil-based Iraqi politics and security researcher, told the New Statesman. Despite years of sectarian politics and bloodshed, Iraqi nationalism remains a potent force. Sixty-seven per cent of Iraq’s Shias and 54 per cent of Sunnis identify as “Iraqi above all”, according to the IIACSS survey. “Across the country, people say they want an independent Iraq,” said Bakr. “For many of them, that does not mean they don’t want to be friends with the US. They want an Iraq that stands for the people, that’s not a puppet of Iran or the US.” [See also: Massacred by Islamic State, Yazidis now face Turkish airstrikes] Topics in this article: Iran, Iraq, Muqtada al-Sadr Ben van der Merwe Ben van der Merwe is a data journalist at New Statesman Media Group. More from this authorSee All Ben van der Merwe Iraq’s election shows a society fraying at the edges Ben van der Merwe UK set to suffer the worst economic damage from Covid-19 of any G7 country Ben van der Merwe Massacred by Islamic State, Yazidis now face Turkish airstrikes More of this topic Europe Mikheil Saakashvili’s return from Ukraine convulses Georgia’s fragile democracy Democracy Sarah Palin lost, but then she won French Election 2022 French election 2022: Can anyone beat President Emmanuel Macron? Recent Podcasts World Review Can COP26 achieve anything? 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