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Saddamned: Former Iraqi Leader to be Hanged Today
Whoever picked December 29th in the office Saddam Death Pool is about to have a happy new year indeed.
They found no weapons of mass destruction in his country, they found no ties between Iraq and 9/11, but in a few hours the tyrannical leader who used chemicals on his own people and authorized rape rooms will be hanged from the rope of justice.
Saddam, who was friendly with the US for many years of his rule, was found guilty of the slaughter of 148 people who were detained after a failed 1982 assignation in the northern Iraqi city of Dujail. Because Iraqi law prohibits executions during religious holidays, his execution was set for today after all of his appeals had run out.
Although the hanging won't be televised there are reports that there will be some "proof" once he is killed.
And according to the AP, Huessein won't die alone:
Awad Hamed al-Bandar, the former chief justice of the Revolutionary Court, who also appealed in U.S. court, is expected to be executed along with Saddam. Also slated for execution is Barzan Ibrahim, Saddam's half brother and former intelligence chief. There had been disagreements among Iraqi officials in recent days as to whether Iraqi law dictates the execution must take place within 30 days and whether President Jalal Talabani and his two deputies had to approve it.
In his Friday sermon, a mosque preacher in the Shiite holy city of Najaf called Saddam's execution "God's gift to Iraqis."
"Oh, God, you know what Saddam has done! He killed millions of Iraqis in prisons, in wars with neighboring countries and he is responsible for mass graves," said Sheik Sadralddin al-Qubanji, a member of the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq, known as SCIRI, a dominant party in al-Maliki's coalition. "Oh God, we ask you to take revenge on Saddam."
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April Valentine died at Centinela Hospital. Her daughter was born by emergency C-section. She'd gone into the pregnancy with a plan, knowing Black mothers like herself were at higher risk.
A look at years past when snows creeped into our citified neighborhoods, away from the mountains and foothills.
In the face of a drier future, that iconic piece of Americana is on its way out in Southern California.
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