Politics

A businessman running for President

It’s an unusual event, having a non-politician as the presidential candidate for one of American’s two main political parties in the election this year. Donald Trump has never held office. He’s from a wealthy family, he started his business career with a loan from his father, and he has had his financial ups and downs over the years, to include 4 instances of filing for bankruptcy. But in his first run for office, he’s swinging for the fence – with some backing from the Republican party, he’s running for President of the United States. In reading today his posted

Society

The news and the campaigns

News reporting takes on such a strange shape during campaign season in America. I ran across an article on the NY Times website yesterday, just after it was published. “State Department Redacts Material Deemed Sensitive in Hillary Clinton’s Emails” was the title, and I saw it published since I subscribe to the RSS feed for the NY Times headlines.  But the headlines, and the article, didn’t stay that way. They changed, significantly.

Army / Iraq

Sunni

In case you missed it, just over 24 hours ago IHEC announced the results of the 31 January provincial elections here in Iraq. In our area, 3 of the 7 provinces held elections. The three provinces in the Kurdish Regional Government (the Kurdish semi-autonomous region, on which I could yammer for 14 days straight) did not, nor did At-Tam’im / Kirkuk, due to continue discussions about Article 23 and the road ahead for Article 140. For the three that did have elections, the Sunni did well. The Sunni had boycotted the 2005 elections — the last provincial elections. In

Iraq / Military

The glory of the day, stolen

I have been looking forward to day all week long. I was hoping that today would be the day that the IHEC — Iraq’s Independent High Electoral Commission — would announce the preliminary results of the 31 January provincial elections, held in 14 of the 18 provinces in Iraq, and 3 of the 7 provinces up here in the north. It would be a glorious day. Glorious. The last provincial elections were in 2005. To my surprise, and to that of the world, the Sunnis opted to boycott. Sure, they are a minority in this country, in comparison to