The former prime minister of Iraq has said his country’s leaders in Baghdad were responsible for the recent spate of violence which has left at least 50 people dead, and said that Iraq has not lost its sense of security.
Baghdad residents are not as concerned about political unrest as many abroad, he said, adding that he would like to see more political parties and elections.
“In Iraq, it’s difficult to find any party that is working for a democratic system,” said Ibrahim al-Jaafar. “Many people are asking, ‘Why all this chaos? There should be stability.'”
Al-Jaafar said the country’s current leaders were responsible for the recent violence. “Baghdad is the one which allowed the sectarian and ethnic violence after the American occupation,” he said. “They do not respect the law or anything.”
Al-Jaafar also claimed that Iraqi security forces “were trying to push out” anti-government people in the western region of Anbar. “But the people there are very strong,” he said.
After an extremely frustrating couple of weeks, the NBA draft lottery is finally over. You saw it all over social media: lottery odds plummet, teams on the clock, and finally there was an answer: The Houston Rockets. And it wasn’t pretty.
You wanted to watch the rest of this stupid season? Yeah, right. And you’d like a chance at free agency? Yeah, well you’re going to have to wait for a few months.
As usual, it looked as though the draft lottery would be close — or a coin toss — and we were all on board. But then, as soon as the Rockets locked Stephen Curry in the first round and got the top pick, the odds were reset. And then … it wasn’t close, ever.
We got some of our best and brightest guys in the NBA to play at the University of Texas, including James Harden, Anthony Davis, Rudy Gobert, and the ever-beloved Giannis Antetokounmpo. And the Cavs shocked us.
All this, plus we had to watch them watch Steph Curry throw up his arms, so we’re still a bit salty over that.
Anyway, this might be the most painful thing we’ve seen in sports this season so far — and there’s plenty more to come. The draft lottery is just around the corner!