Closing Thought–10Mar20

If you are following the elections these days then you may have an opinion on Medicare For All…….but what do you actually know what the candidates have to say to the accusations one way or the other?

You definitely did not get it on the debate stage….there was about 90 seconds to attack or defend and in the end all we had was yelling and accusations.

Here is an idea now that we are down to the two major candidates, Biden and Bernie……pick a place and let the two debate the pros and cons.

Sen. Bernie Sanders on Wednesday night said he would “love to debate Joe Biden on this issue”—the difference between a Medicare for All plan that dozens of studies show would cover all people for less overall cost and the for-profit status quo that leaves an estimated 28 million Americans uninsured and tens of millions more underinsured, vulnerable to bankruptcies, or lacking care due to financial reasons.

“Medicare for All is wildly popular with working class and lower income people who understand that we have a dysfunctional health care system,” Sanders said in an interview with MSNBC‘s Rachel Maddow.

“We are spending twice as much—and by the way—I would love to debate Joe Biden on this issue, give us an hour on MSNBC,” Sanders said, “where we can talk about how anyone can defend this system in which we’re spending twice as much per capita on healthcare as the people of any other country and yet 27 million are uninsured, 30,000 people die, half a million people go bankrupt every year because of medical-related debt, and we spend far and away the highest prices in the world for prescription drugs. You want to defend that system? Let’s do it.”

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/03/05/give-us-hour-msnbc-sanders-says-he-would-love-debate-medicare-all-vs-profit-system

I love this idea……put the two proposals side by side and let the people hear the entire plan…..instead of a 90 second spot.

Personally I think all the debates should be along these lines……two candidates battling it out on a debate stage and NOT in the media that generates more confusion than it solves.

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US Deaths In Iraq

Sad news coming out of Iraq…..2 more US soldiers have been killed in operations in Iraq against ISIS….

Two U.S. service members were killed on Sunday while on a mission to take out an ISIS stronghold in Iraq.

Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve confirmed on Monday that the two service members were killed by enemy forces while on a joint mission with the Iraqi Security Forces to clear the stronghold located in the mountains of central Iraq.

It’s not yet clear which branch(es) the service members were a part of. Their identities are withheld for 24 hours until next of kin notification.

May their families find the solace and closure that they deserve….and may their soldiers Rest In Peace.

With these deaths it is said that the US commanders are reviewing the ops policies…..

US officials say that commanders are reviewing how troops conduct missions in Iraq and Syria after an incident south of Irbil in which two US troops were killed fighting in a cave complex.

US operations in Iraq have become complicated since the assassination of Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani. After Iraq failed to expel US forces from the country, they’ve made a point to not conduct joint operations with the US for most anti-ISIS engagements.

In this particular case, the US says the two Marines were working with Iraqi counter-terrorism forces, and had to be pulled out of a crevice they fell into. The recovery of the two bodies was a whole separate US operation that took six hours.

And while the US officials say they’ll continue to support Iraq against ISIS, these look to be very comprehensive reviews of when and how that happens. This may suggest that the US is not going to be so deeply engaged in the fight going forward, which likely will suit Iraq just fine.

(antiwar.com)

Here is a novel idea…..review all they like but time to bring the troops out of this stalemate….these deaths are a waste of American lives..

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Women’s History #1–Fatima al-Fihri

March is women’s history month and we bloggers post and paying homage to those women throughout history….most do their writing on the famous women they know….Michelle Obama, Rosa Parks, etc. I want to give a historical look at those women that never are remembered for various reasons….

My first post will be about Fatima al-Fihri.

About now if you are not scratching your head you are reaching for the Google button….cool your jets….I will explain about her….

Who established the first university in the world?

Over 1000 years ago, amongst a migrant community in the western districts of Morocco, the vision and investment of one woman paved the way for the founding of the world’s first university: the University of al-Qarawiyyin in Fez, Morocco.

Fatima al-Fihri, who was born in Tunisia, hailed from a well-educated family. Not much is known about her early life, but sometime in the early 9th century, Fatima migrated with her father and sister from Qayrawan in Tunisia to Fez in Morocco. Upon the death of her father, Fatima inherited a large fortune. She invested this wealth in founding a mosque and educational institution for the benefit of her local community. Gradually, the establishment blossomed into the University of al-Qarawiyyin, named after Fatima’s birthplace – Qayrawan – in Tunisia.

Established in the year 859, the University of al-Qarawiyyin was the first degree-granting educational institute in the world (as recognised by UNESCO and Guinness World Records). Students from all over the world travelled to study a wide range of subjects, ranging from natural sciences to languages to astronomy, and Fatima herself studied there too. During the medieval times, the University was considered a major intellectual centre.

Fatima al-Fihri: Founder of the world’s first university

She is a forgotten woman in world history….and she should be celebrated and not ignored……as the West has a tendency to do with people they do not want to promote for whatever lame reason.

Read more in the life of Fatima al-Fihri….

https://www.stylist.co.uk/visible-women/fatima-al-fihri-founder-world-first-known-university-this-weeks-issue-430/224181

She should be hailed for her contribution to education.

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Why No Ceasefire For Syria?

Actually there is a short ceasefire around Idlib….but it has not expanded out from there.

We have managed to get a ceasefire with the Taleban in Afghanistan….then why cannot the US and others figure out a way to do the same for war torn Syria?

At least the UN is trying to find a solution….which is a good thing right?

Not if you are the US foreign policy makers!

The ceasefire in Syria’s Idlib Province took effect on Friday, and has been holding so far. With every other nation on board, the US blocked a joint UN statement backing the ceasefire, saying it was “premature” to do so.

The ceasefire was brokered by Turkey and Russia, and that’s almost certainly the problem from the US perspective. The US broadly refuses to back any Syria agreements Russia is involved in.

US officials had also been loudly backing Turkey’s military offensive in Idlib, and probably aren’t happy that Turkey has made a deal not to go to war. US officials weren’t super on board with directly participating in a Turkey-instigated war, but were only too happy to give lip-service to it.

Having the UN back a ceasefire, even if it is one not expected to necessarily survive, is usually the norm, though the US may find, in seeking backing for its Afghan deal, they may face similar resistance.

(antiwar.com)

God forbid that we could have a peace movement in the making….the M-IC will not allow it to spread much further than the ceasefire in Afghanistan.

The veto by the US at the UN illustrates just how much power these “captains of industry” have over our government and its policies.

Plus that silly idea of a “safe zone” is back…..it still will not work….

After six hours of talks on the Syria conflict last week in Moscow, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan came away with a deal. The Assad regime and the jihadist-dominated opposition in Idlib would follow a cease-fire, a buffer zone—jointly patrolled by Russian and Turkish forces—would be established to the north and south of the M-4 highway, and the frontlines would stabilize for the time being. The agreement is nothing but a band-aid, a pause in the Syrian army’s operations and a way to temporarily forestall a rush of another one million Syrian civilians into Turkey.

https://nationalinterest.org/blog/skeptics/syria-safe-zone-idea-back-and-it-still-wont-work-130942

Turkey’s Erdagon has demanded support for his adventurism in Syria from NATO, US and EU

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has demanded more support from his NATO and European Union allies over the war in Syria as fighting rages in Idlib, and a refugee crisis unfolds at the Turkish-Greek border. 

Erdogan flew to Brussels for talks with EU and NATO leaders after tensions rose over the fate of tens of thousands of refugees trying to enter EU-member Greece since Ankara said last month it would no longer try to keep them on its soil.

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/03/erdogan-demands-concrete-support-eu-nato-syria-200309183710499.html

Is Erdagon trying to relive the old days of sultans and war.

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