Archive | August 27, 2014

Chevron and Exxon: The Criminals Behind Katrina*

There were No Police at this Chevron, Exxon Crime Scene*

By Greg Palast

Nine years ago this week, New Orleans drowned.  Don’t you dare blame Mother Nature.  Miss Katrina killed no one in this town.  But it was a homicide, with nearly 2,000 dead victims.  If not Katrina, who done it?  Read on.

The Palast Investigative Fund is making our half-hour investigative report available as a free download – Big Easy to Big Empty: The Untold Story of the Drowning of New Orleans, produced for Democracy Now.  In the course of the filming, Palast was charged with violation of anti-terror laws on a complaint from Exxon Corporation. Charges were dropped, and our digging continued.

It wasn’t an Act of God.  It was an Act of Chevron.  An Act of Exxon. An Act of Big Oil.

Take a look at these numbers dug out of Louisiana state records:

Conoco 3.3 million acres

Exxon Mobil 2.1 million acres

Chevron 2.7 million acres

Shell 1.3 million acres

These are the total acres of wetlands removed by just four oil companies over the past couple decades.  If you’re not a farmer, I’ll translate this into urban-speak:  that’s 14,688 square miles drowned into the Gulf of Mexico.

Here’s what happened.  New Orleans used to be a long, swampy way from the Gulf of Mexico.  Hurricanes and storm surges had to cross a protective mangrove forest nearly a hundred miles thick.

But then, a century ago, Standard Oil, Exxon’s prior alias, began dragging drilling rigs, channeling pipelines, barge paths and tanker routes through what was once soft delta prairie grass.  Most of those beautiful bayous you see on postcards are just scars, the cuts and wounds of drilling the prairie, once America’s cattle-raising centre.  The bayous, filling with ‘gators and shrimp, widened out and sank the coastline.  Each year, oil operations drag the Gulf four miles closer to New Orleans.

Just one channel dug for Exxon’s pleasure, the Mississippi River-Gulf Outlet (“MR-GO”) was dubbed the Hurricane Highway by experts—long before Katrina—that invited the storm right up to—and over—the city’s gates, the levees.

Died waiting for help…

Without Big Oil’s tree and prairie holocaust, “Katrina would have been a storm of no note,” Professor Ivor van Heerden told me.

Van Heerden, once Deputy Director of the Hurricane Centre at Louisiana State University, is one of the planet’s leading experts on storm dynamics.

If they’d only left just 10% of the protective collar. They didn’t.

Van Heerden was giving me a tour of the battle zone in the oil war.  It was New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward, which once held the largest concentration of African-American owned homes in America.  Now it holds the largest contrition of African-American owned rubble.

We stood in front of a house, now years after Katrina, with an “X” spray-painted on the outside and “1 DEAD DOG,” “1 CAT,” the number 2 and “9/6” partly covered by a foreclosure notice.

The professor translated:  “9/6” meant rescuers couldn’t get to the house for eight days, so the “2”—the couple that lived there––must have paddled around with their pets until the rising waters pushed them against the ceiling and they suffocated, their gas-bloated corpses floating for a week.

In July 2005, Van Heerden told Channel 4 television of Britain that,

“In a month, this city could be underwater.”

In one month, it was.

Van Heerden had sounded the alarm for at least two years, even speaking to George Bush’s White House about an emergency condition:  with the Gulf closing in, the levees were 18 inches short.  But the Army Corps of Engineers was busy with other rivers, the Tigris and Euphrates.

So, when those levees began to fail, the White House, hoping to avoid Federal responsibility, did not tell Louisiana’s Governor Kathleen Blanco that the levees were breaking up.  That Monday night, August 29, with the storm by-passing New Orleans, the Governor had stopped the city’s evacuation.  Van Heerden was with the governor at the State Emergency Center.  He said,

By midnight on Monday the White House knew. But none of us knew.”

So, the drownings began in earnest.

Van Heerden was supposed to keep that secret.  He didn’t.  He told me, on camera––knowing the floodwater of official slime would break over him. He was told to stay silent, to bury the truth. But he told me more.  A lot more.

“I wasn’t going to listen to those sort of threats, to let them shut me down.”

Well, they did shut him down. After he went public about the unending life-and-death threat of continued oil drilling and channelling, LSU closed down its entire Hurricane Centre (can you imagine?) and fired Professor van Heerden and fellow experts. This was just after the University received a $300,000 check from Chevron.  The check was passed by a front group called “America’s Wetlands”—which lobbies for more drilling in the wetlands.

In place of Van Heerden and independent experts, LSU’s new “Wetlands Centre” has professors picked by a board of petroleum industry hacks.

In 2003, Americans protested, “No Blood for Oil” in Iraq.  It’s about time we said, “No Blood for Oil”—in Louisiana.


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Brad Pitt Helping to Make It Right for Katrina Survivors

Tanzania Stands to Lose US$1 billion Annually in a Exxon Mobil-Norwegian Gas Deal*

Shell, Chevron and Glencore on Trial for Global Human Rights Abuses*

Oil vs. Communities: Has the Chicken Come Home to Roost for ExxonMobil!

Enough Say the Women of Gbaramatu to Chevron

Hajj Permit Required to Enter Makkah*

Hajj Permit Required to Enter Makkah*

Authorities have restricted entry into the holy city of Makkah to those with Hajj permit or those residing outside the city limits. The move comes as the first batch of pilgrims from South Africa arrived at Jeddah’s King Abdulaziz International Airport on Tuesday.

A report in Makkah daily on Tuesday said expatriates with regular iqamas issued in cities other than Makkah will not be allowed to enter the city. The ban, the paper said, came into effect from Monday.

The sources said this is a precautionary measure to prevent expatriates who are not residing in the holy city or without official Hajj permits to enter Makkah or go to the holy sites.

They said the Jawazat has liaised with the Makkah police to ensure not a single expatriate will be able to enter Makkah if he or she is not a regular resident of the holy city or holder of a Hajj permit.

The sources said security forces have been stationed at all entry points to Makkah from Riyadh, Taif, Jeddah and other regions to enforce the ruling. They said all roads leading to Makkah from anywhere in the Kingdom are being closely monitored.

“The measure has been taken to stop anyone who dares to challenge the Hajj rules and regulations, try to perform the pilgrimage or find work opportunities in the Holy Sites,” said a source.

Meanwhile, Khaled Al-Harbi, director of the department of Hajj and Umrah at KAIA, said he and officials from the Bangladeshi embassy would on Wednesday receive about 300 pilgrims from Dhaka on arrival. He said Hajj flights would continue arriving in the Kingdom until Sept. 28.

Al-Harbi said 14 lounges in the Hajj terminal have been set aside to receive pilgrims.

Meanwhile, Hajj Minister Bandar Hajjar has categorically denied reports that the Kingdom was charging fees for the issuance of Hajj or Umrah visas.

“Our diplomatic missions abroad grant Hajj and Umrah visas free of charge,” he said.

Hjjar said the government departments involved in providing Haj services do not charge pilgrims for the services offered to them.

“We even provide financial help to pilgrims who may run out of money during Hajj for one reason or another, enabling them to complete their rituals and go back home,” he said.

The minister explained that pilgrims only pay to the private sector establishments for their transport, accommodation and sustenance.

The minister reiterated the importance of the Hajj permit for domestic pilgrims, including Saudis and expatriates living in the Kingdom.

“Even GCC citizens are not exempted from the requirement of Hajj permits that they can obtain from their own countries,” he said.

Hajjar denied claims by some foreign Hajj companies that the Kingdom had decided special quotas for Umrah pilgrims. He said: “There is no truth to this claim.

“We have no intention of limiting the number of Umrah pilgrims. “The quota system is only applied to pilgrims who come for Hajj.”

He described the recently concluded Umrah season as very successful and said more than 6 million people had come to perform their rites.

“They all left for their respective homes, except for a very few who are now getting ready to depart,” he said. The Umrah season started late November and concluded in July. Around 1.39 million pilgrims are expected to come for Hajj this year.


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UK Parliament comes to an effective end

IanPJ on Politics

On the 1st November 2014 the right of Parliament to legislate over us in 43 areas, the important ones, will be removed and be made subject to approval. They call it QMV, Qualified Majority Voting.

Each member State will lose it right of Veto over these areas, so Cameron’s idea of  negotiation to recover any areas goes out the window at the same time.

The following areas of competence will switch from requiring unanimous approval of all member states to qualified majority voting only:

Initiatives of the High Representative for Foreign Affairs – Nice: Unanimity; Lisbon: QMV
Administrative co-operation – Nice: Unanimity; Lisbon: QMV
Asylum – Nice: QMV; Lisbon: QMV
Border controls – Nice: Unanimity; Lisbon: QMV
Citizens’ initiative regulations – Nice: Unanimity; Lisbon: QMV
Civil protection – Nice: Unanimity; Lisbon: QMV
Committee of the Regions – Nice: Unanimity; Lisbon: QMV
Common defence policy – Nice: Unanimity; Lisbon: QMV

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Once a Rothschild, always a Rothschild Bankster Replaces Hollande’s Economic Minister*

Once a Rothschild, always a Rothschild Bankster Replaces Hollande’s Economic Minister*

This explains the argument that French parliament – a Trojan horse so the unelected can do the Crown’s bidding…

Secretary general of the Elysee Palace Jean-Pierre Jouyet announces the new list of government ministers after a cabinet reshuffle at the Elysee Palace, in Paris, France, today. Photograph: EPA

Secretary general of the Elysee Palace Jean-Pierre Jouyet announces the new list of government ministers after a cabinet reshuffle at the Elysee Palace, in Paris, France, today. Photograph: EPA

Business Insider reports:

Macron, a 36-year-old former merchant banker, acted as Hollande’s top economic adviser until June. He was widely known in French business circles as their “ear” at Hollande’s presidential palace, otherwise largely packed with technocrats.

So, as an advisor what has Macron been advising why France is in such a terrible state minus the colonial tax

The dynasty that essentially paid for the creation of and by and large control Israel has a long history in France. The Rothschild global empire were Barons Guy and Elie de Rothschild in France and Lord Jacob and Sir Evelyn Rothschild in Britain.  Evelyn is chairman of the Economist.

Edmund Rothschild alone is the senior member of New Court in London, controls Compagnie Financlere, which is his holding company in France, owns Banque Privee in Switzerland, and a merchant bank in Paris, a director of Belgium’s Banque Lambert, and of DeBeers Consolidated Mines in South Africa, and the of Tri-Continental Pipelines. He is Chairman of the Israel Corporation and Isrop, which controls the Israel General Bank. He is on the Steering Committee of the Bilderbergers, and controls the First International Bank of Israel is located at 39 Rothschild Boulevard in Tel Aviv.

The Rothschild control:

Afghanistan: Bank of Afghanistan
Albania: Bank of Albania
Algeria: Bank of Algeria
Argentina: Central Bank of Argentina
Armenia: Central Bank of Armenia
Aruba: Central Bank of Aruba
Australia: Reserve Bank of Australia
Austria: Austrian National Bank
Azerbaijan: Central Bank of Azerbaijan Republic
Bahamas: Central Bank of The Bahamas
Bahrain: Central Bank of Bahrain
Bangladesh: Bangladesh Bank
Barbados: Central Bank of Barbados
Belarus: National Bank of the Republic of Belarus
Belgium: National Bank of Belgium
Belize: Central Bank of Belize
Benin: Central Bank of West African States (BCEAO)
Bermuda: Bermuda Monetary Authority
Bhutan: Royal Monetary Authority of Bhutan
Bolivia: Central Bank of Bolivia
Bosnia: Central Bank of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Botswana: Bank of Botswana
Brazil: Central Bank of Brazil
Bulgaria: Bulgarian National Bank
Burkina Faso: Central Bank of West African States (BCEAO)
Burundi: Bank of the Republic of Burundi
Cambodia: National Bank of Cambodia
Came Roon: Bank of Central African States
Canada: Bank of Canada – Banque du Canada
Cayman Islands: Cayman Islands Monetary Authority
Central African Republic: Bank of Central African States
Chad: Bank of Central African States
Chile: Central Bank of Chile
China: The People’s Bank of China
Colombia: Bank of the Republic
Comoros: Central Bank of Comoros
Congo: Bank of Central African States
Costa Rica: Central Bank of Costa Rica
Côte d’Ivoire: Central Bank of West African States (BCEAO)
Croatia: Croatian National Bank
Cuba: Central Bank of Cuba
Cyprus: Central Bank of Cyprus
Czech Republic: Czech National Bank
Denmark: National Bank of Denmark
Dominican Republic: Central Bank of the Dominican Republic
East Caribbean area: Eastern Caribbean Central Bank
Ecuador: Central Bank of Ecuador
Egypt: Central Bank of Egypt
El Salvador: Central Reserve Bank of El Salvador
Equatorial Guinea: Bank of Central African States
Estonia: Bank of Estonia
Ethiopia: National Bank of Ethiopia
European Union: European Central Bank
Fiji: Reserve Bank of Fiji
Finland: Bank of Finland
France: Bank of France
Gabon: Bank of Central African States
The Gambia: Central Bank of The Gambia
Georgia: National Bank of Georgia
Germany: Deutsche Bundesbank
Ghana: Bank of Ghana
Greece: Bank of Greece
Guatemala: Bank of Guatemala
Guinea Bissau: Central Bank of West African States (BCEAO)
Guyana: Bank of Guyana
Haiti: Central Bank of Haiticb26f-q
Honduras: Central Bank of Honduras
Hong Kong: Hong Kong Monetary Authority
Hungary: Magyar Nemzeti Bank
Iceland: Central Bank of Iceland
India: Reserve Bank of India
Indonesia: Bank Indonesia
Iran: The Central Bank of the Islamic Republic of Iran
Iraq: Central Bank of Iraq
Ireland: Central Bank and Financial Services Authority of Ireland
Israel: Bank of Israel
Italy: Bank of Italy
Jamaica: Bank of Jamaica
Japan: Bank of Japan
Jordan: Central Bank of Jordan
Kazakhstan: National Bank of Kazakhstan
Kenya: Central Bank of Kenya
Korea: Bank of Korea
Kuwait: Central Bank of Kuwait
Kyrgyzstan: National Bank of the Kyrgyz Republic
Latvia: Bank of Latvia
Lebanon: Central Bank of Lebanon
Lesotho: Central Bank of Lesotho
Libya: Central Bank of Libya
Uruguay: Central Bank of Uruguay
Lithuania: Bank of Lithuania
Luxembourg: Central Bank of Luxembourg
Macao: Monetary Authority of Macao
Macedonia: National Bank of the Republic of Macedonia
Madagascar: Central Bank of Madagascar
Malawi: Reserve Bank of Malawi
Malaysia: Central Bank of Malaysia
Mali: Central Bank of West African States (BCEAO)
Malta: Central Bank of Malta
Mauritius: Bank of Mauritius
Mexico: Bank of Mexico
Moldova: National Bank of Moldova
Mongolia: Bank of Mongolia
Montenegro: Central Bank of Montenegro
Morocco: Bank of Morocco
Mozambique: Bank of Mozambique
Namibia: Bank of Namibia
Nepal: Central Bank of Nepal
Netherlands: Netherlands Bank
Netherlands Antilles: Bank of the Netherlands Antilles
New Zealand: Reserve Bank of New Zealand
Nicaragua: Central Bank of Nicaragua
Niger: Central Bank of West African States (BCEAO)
Nigeria: Central Bank of Nigeria
Norway: Central Bank of Norway
Oman: Central Bank of Oman
Pakistan: State Bank of Pakistan
Papua New Guinea: Bank of Papua New Guinea
Paraguay: Central Bank of Paraguay
Peru: Central Reserve Bank of Peru
Philip Pines: Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas
Poland: National Bank of Poland
Portugal: Bank of Portugal
Qatar: Qatar Central Bank
Romania: National Bank of Romania
Russia: Central Bank of Russia
Rwanda: National Bank of Rwanda
San Marino: Central Bank of the Republic of San Marino
Samoa: Central Bank of Samoa
Saudi Arabia: Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency
Senegal: Central Bank of West African States (BCEAO)
Serbia: National Bank of Serbia
Seychelles: Central Bank of Seychelles
Sierra Leone: Bank of Sierra Leone
Singapore: Monetary Authority of Singapore
Slovakia: National Bank of Slovakia
Slovenia: Bank of Slovenia
Solomon Islands: Central Bank of Solomon Islands
South Africa: South African Reserve Bank
Spain: Bank of Spain
Sri Lanka: Central Bank of Sri Lanka
Sudan: Bank of Sudan
Surinam: Central Bank of Suriname
Swaziland: The Central Bank of Swaziland
Sweden: Sveriges Riksbank
Switzerland: Swiss National Bank
Tajikistan: National Bank of Tajikistan
Tanzania: Bank of Tanzania
Thailand: Bank of Thailand
Togo: Central Bank of West African States (BCEAO)
Tonga: National Reserve Bank of Tonga
Trinidad and Tobago: Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago
Tunisia: Central Bank of Tunisia
Turkey: Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey
Uganda: Bank of Uganda
Ukraine: National Bank of Ukraine
United Arab Emirates: Central Bank of United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom: Bank of England
United States: Federal Reserve, Federal Reserve Bank of New York
Vanuatu: Reserve Bank of Vanuatu
Venezuela: Central Bank of Venezuela
Vietnam: The State Bank of Vietnam
Yemen: Central Bank of Yemen
Zambia: Bank of Zambia
Zimbabwe: Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe

Source: Educate Yourself

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Hold Your Breath as the Living in Gaza Celebrate Ceasefire*

Hold Your Breath as the Living in Gaza Celebrate Ceasefire*

It’s not over until it’s over for the faces of the oppressors have been revealed globally…. for all those on shores far away who rallied with their hearts, minds, souls, and activism for Gaza they have their own Gaza with more subtle, but more effective means of destruction to battle with. Continents are not separate islands for each of us to wither away and die in. More effort will be exerted to make it so, and God-forbid that we continue to allow it to happen.

An Israeli airstrike killed three Palestinians in the al-Jneinah neighborhood in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip Tuesday, shortly before a ceasefire agreement was due to go into effect… Israel also targeted a 16-storey mixed-use complex known as “Little Italy”, causing its complete collapse, witnesses said… Warplanes also fired on the 14-storey al-Basha building in the western Rimal neighborhood, causing massive damage and wounding another 15 people, witnesses and medics said. Part of the building was used by Sawt Al-Shaab radio, or “Voice of the People”, run by the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.


Israeli forces fired 15 tear gas grenades and canisters, as well as five stun grenades, at children as they waited to go to school yesterday morning in Hebron.

A Red Crescent ambulance was called as two teachers and two children, aged 10 and 12 years old, required medical treatment for excessive tear gas inhalation.

Children in the West Bank have begun their new school year, while children in Gaza have so far been unable to return.

Ally Cohen, a British International Solidarity Movement (ISM) volunteer, who was present at the checkpoint said: “We saw a few teenagers run towards the checkpoint and throw stones; they then ran away very quickly. The soldiers then threw two stun grenades very close to us.”

“We tried to comfort the two young boys when they [the stun grenades] exploded, but what could we say? They were both terrified.”

“The smoke was thick and I began choking, it felt like I couldn’t breathe. I can’t imagine what this sensation would have been like for a child, and there were so many present. From there the situation just seemed to get worse, with so much tear gas in the air, children were unable to reach their schools.”

Between May and June, the last month of the school year, ISM documented 11 tear gas grenades and 13 stun grenades used against schoolchildren in Hebron, the children affected were as young as four years old.


Anti-Zionism Jewish protesters have set fire to their Israeli passports in New York City in condemnation of the crimes committed by Tel Aviv against the Palestinian people.

A number of protesters on Tuesday gathered in front of the United Nations’ building and chanted “Judaism yes, Zionism no, Israel must go.”

The protesters are angry about the recent Israeli offensive against the Gaza Strip.

“This is the worst crime and it will bring the worst punishment for the Zionist evil people,” Anti-Israel Rabbi Abraham Chaim Cheshe told Press TV.

“I burned this because it is a symbol of heresy and rebellion against the Almighty. According to the Jewish religion, we have to burn it. We still have not the right to exist,” he added.

Last week, people in New York City took part in a rally to support the Palestinians and unfurl a giant Palestinian flag over the Brooklyn Bridge.

Hundreds of people and civil rights activists chanted anti-Israeli slogans while crossing the Brooklyn Bridge on their way to Manhattan City Hall in a rally dubbed “March for Palestine.”

They called for the expansion of the “Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions,” a global campaign attempting to increase economic and political pressure on Israel to end its occupation and colonization of Palestinian land and respect for the right of return of Palestinian refugees.

On Tuesday, a truce between Israel and Palestinians took effect in the Gaza Strip to end 50 days of violence.

Since the Egyptian-brokered truce came into force, Israel has stopped its deadly attacks on the besieged enclave. Palestinian resistance fighters have in turn held back retaliatory rocket fire on Israel.

Almost 2,137 Palestinians, including women, children and old people, were killed in the Israeli onslaught on Gaza. Around 11,000 others were injured.


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Iraqi Play Challenges the Assumed Authority of ISIL*

Iraqi Play Challenges the Assumed Authority of ISIL*

By Khalid Al-Taie In Baghdad 2014-08-26

Actress Asia Kamal plays the role of a woman from the Christian community in this scene from the play ‘Nuun’. [Photo courtesy of the Iraqi Oil Ministry]

The tragedies of Iraqis displaced from their homes at the hands of the “Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant” (ISIL) are the subject of a new play, “Nuun“, now showing at a Baghdad theatre.

The play opened on August 13th during the “We Are All Iraqis” festival organised by the Oil Ministry to express solidarity with those who have been displaced and to condemn the acts of violence committed by ISIL.

The play “is a message of defiance in the face of terrorism that wants to tear up the country’s unity and targets the national cohesion of the Iraqi people,” said ministry media spokesman Assem Jihad, who conceived the concept for the play.

“We tried through the play to shed light on the suffering of Iraqi families, especially those from minority groups that were subject to mass displacement at the hands of ISIL gangs, and the difficult circumstances they are going through after they lost everything,” he told Mawtani.

In June, swathes of northern Iraq were overrun by ISIL, causing waves of displacement.

Tens of thousands of Christians fled the area after the group confiscated their property, marking it with the letter “nuun”, for “Nazarene”, which is how the play got its title.

An evocative performance

The actors describe the recent events and tell the resulting stories of displacement through scenes that evoke the bitterness and pain of the displaced, the sorrows of their departure from their homes and the loss of their loved ones, Jihad said.

At the same time, it brings viewers a sense of hope and calls upon Iraqis to unite against ISIL and its extremist actions and ideology, he said.

“ISIL elements perpetrated the most heinous crimes against the innocent displaced — kidnapping, killing and harassment,” Jihad said.

“So we wanted this theatrical work to be a loud cry to express our condemnation of these crimes and their perpetrators.”

Through the festival of solidarity, the ministry sought to support the cause of the displaced as well as support the security forces in the fight against terrorist groups, he said.

“We wanted to urge people of all sects to stand by and support them until the liberation of all our cities from the scourge of terrorism,” he said.

Director Kadhem al-Nassar told Mawtani the play conveys tales of painful reality experienced by the displaced, and was not limited to a single religious or ethnic group.

The play expresses the plight of the entire nation, he said, adding that Iraq is under attack from barbarians who seek to target Iraqi civilisation and its “legacy, cultural identity and social composition”.

“This work has been prepared for and completed in record time to be the first theatrical presentation of its kind to protest the displacement crime committed by the forces of terror against thousands of citizens, and the tragedies and horrors they suffered during their mass displacement,” he said.

A message of hope for the displaced

Al-Nassar said he hopes to show his play to audiences of displaced Iraqis in various provinces to demonstrate the role and responsibility of art in drawing attention to their suffering and to make them feel that though their circumstances weigh down on them, they will inevitably return to their homes, and peace and security will prevail in their cities.

Playwright Majid Darandash said his play sends messages of optimism and hope for a beautiful tomorrow that has no place for fear of deportation, murder and repression, rather for a safe and happy life where everyone lives in co-existence and prosperity without terrorism.

“These terrorists will not be able to discourage our determination or take the love of life from us,” he told Mawtani.

Well-known Iraqi actors performing in the play include Maymoun al-Khalidi, Asia Kamal, Mazen Mohammed Mustafa, Bassel Shabib, Allawi Hussein, Nathir Jawad and Assaad Mashai.

“Our participation in the play ‘Nuun’ expresses our rejection as Iraqi theatre actors and artists of all the plans and intentions of terrorists aiming to destroy our country,” actor Mazen Mohammed Mustafa told Mawtani.

“This work represents an act of protest against forced displacement and against anyone who wants to uproot us and return us to the dark ages,” he said.


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