Okay, so here’s the scoop:
Iyad Allawi institutes a 30-day ban on al-Jazeera in Iraq, citing “incitement of violence”. U.S. hems and haws but refuses to condemn the action, noting they’ve had “problems” with al-Jazeera in the past. Nothing from al-JZ yet. Several media groups have condemned the closure (of course).
The man is a fuckin’ gangsta. Democracy, it was nice knowing you. “Stability,” come on in! (Bring your sidekick, Torture!)
Check it out at IHT.