headlines: soldiers, liars, and farmers (r.i.p. suadda)

Dear Readers,

Another hip hop based political commentary on New York Times headlines of the day by poetess Roopa Singh aka NAXAL. Enjoy.

march 30, 2007

baghdad, iraq-so there was this woman, suadda saadoun, tall and strong voiced, the kind of woman who would bargain at the market till the sun came up, till the seller sold vegetables at prices even he was surprised at, she owned a house, one 8 remaining sunni homes in the ali salah neighborhood of baghdad, they skirt the american base like dirt rims on a gleaming car of safe, suadda the matriarch bought her home for 10 g’s, after fleeing to syria, she bought a home y’all for 10 g’s as a re-returned refugee, bought it and claimed it, made it an underground railroad for others, three families found refuge there, 15 human beings, and the other day see, to make a long story short, see, ima retell it through edward wong’s eyes, the new york times reporter embedded but now too attached to share simple facts, the way wong writes its like he admired suadda, and who wouldn’t when she was so strategic, suadda built a relationship with american and kurdish soldiers, one by one making alliances, step in one by one, come on now, step in two by two, with the young gun strapping men, and then this month the forcible evictions began in violent earnest again, suadda got ready to fight back, to resist the occupation of her small corner of land, and yesterday when shiite led forces came knocking, she let them in and dipped into the cut, called her boys on base, and had them there in no time like whut, so that was the shit, cuz the evictors backed down, and yes suadda was the block hero, neighbors came out to cheer her, for standing up, but sit back down, because the next day the shiite forces got their revenge, followed her to the market, and while she planned out the family meals, voice ready to bargain till the seller sold vegetables at prices even he was surprised at, the armed occupiers took aim and fired, they killed her, right there in the market, to make an example, and the american soldier boys, when they found out their new homie was dead, were ashen with feeling, were gray with numbness, and by the next morning, all three sunni clans from within the house were gone, got ghost, and right now, as i write, they are getting their flee on, underground railroad, help keep them safe, help see the sunnis and shiites alive under this divide and conquer collide, and help those american and kurdish soldiers to heal, cause when their tour is finally over, they must not expect adequate care, not hardly, not for real, props to edward wong and r.i.p suaada.

in other news, both rudolph guliani and alberto gonzales, top republican presidential hopeful and top law enforcement officer of the united states, respectively, are on the front page because they don’t know, don’t remember, don’t recall, appointing mob linked bernie kerik to be new york’s police commissioner or firing prosecutors across the country based on politics not performance, our top republican presidential hopeful and top law enforcement officer of the united states, respectively.

the walter reed veteran’s hospital scandal, that is, the treatment of veterans in general, has degenerated today into a lengthy article about the use of a digital medical record system, the joint patient tracking application, which is important for the veteran’s care and benefits, but discussing the issue, to this minutia, at the expense of contextualizing veteran’s care in history, is a crime, the fact is the government hardly cares, hardly has, hardly will, and no doubt it will, spend hundreds of millions to do a less than average job, taking no good care, of all of us.

finally, farmers are planting “wall to wall corn” this year, after the united states department of agriculture released a much anticipated prospective plantings report telling farmers that this would be the case, and professional citi group analyst mr. david driscoll summed it all up by stating, “the moral of the story is, if you dangle money in front of farmers, they take it.”

headlines 3.30.07

-by roopa singh aka NAXAL

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