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Those Levantine British Libertines…

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[Webshaykh’s Note: This study is perhaps a bit dated and overstretched, but it can help explain why Iraq and Syria still matter (well, sort of…). I sort of doubt all the handsome men were farmers back then… or could it be that handsome Turks turned the eyes of lassies in Ireland independent of their farming expertise?]

Most Britons descended from male farmers who left Iraq and Syria 10,000 years ago (and were seduced by the local hunter-gatherer women)

By David Derbyshire for MailOnlineUpdated: 13:37 GMT, 20 January 2010

Most Britons are direct descendants of farmers who left modern day Iraq and Syria 10,000 years ago, a new study has shown.

After studying the DNA of more than 2,000 men, researchers say they have compelling evidence that four out of five white Europeans can trace their roots to the Near East.

The discovery is shedding light on one of the most important periods of human history – the time when our ancient ancestors abandoned hunting and began to domesticate animals.

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Syrians who are criminals and human rights violaters are welcome to become US-trained forces

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“The military screening plan came together after the Obama administration determined that the training program for the Syrians would not be subject to what are known as the Leahy laws, which typically govern U.S. security assistance to foreign forces.”

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How to produce moderate Syrian rebels

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“Officials said the screening program, developed chiefly by the U.S. Central Command, will rely on what was described as a “common core” of screening protocols, including running trainees’ names through U.S. and foreign intelligence databases, collecting biometric data and, when possible, seeking information from fighters’ home communities. Rebel commanders will be subject to additional screening.”

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The Washington Post markets this as "dealing with Arab violence"

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“Anyone convicted of throwing Molotov cocktails or fireworks will have their citizenship or residency automatically revoked…Anyone who incites terror attacks, throws stones during demonstrations or illegal gatherings or waves an enemy flag, including the Palestinian Authority flag, will be immediately arrested and will automatically lose their state health and social security benefits and the right to hold a driver’s license for 10 years.”.  This is like describing anti-Semitic laws as “dealing with Jewish violence”.

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Qatari appeals court clears US pair

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A Qatar appeals court clears a US couple sentenced to three years for neglecting their adopted daughter, but they are stopped from leaving the country.
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Do you see why people and governments in the Middle East are suspicious about "civil society"? Look at this account about vetting Syrian rebels

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“But Leahy vetting, which relies on intelligence and information such as accounts from civil society or media“.  So you rely on accounts of Syrian civil society to decide whether a person is “clean” or not?

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Ghomeshi and the BBC

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Did the New York Times seem to imply that promoting cultural diversity in Canada was responsible for this sexual predator? Notice how much they dwelled about his Iranian roots.  “In a country that promotes multicultural diversity“.

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Alas. A yet another new and improved coalition of Syrian rebels–sorry not moderate though

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“GAZIANTEP, Turkey — Seventy-two Syrian rebel groups on Saturday announced a new coalition to battle the government of President Bashar Assad. But hopes that moderate rebels would dominate the meeting were dashed when extremists gained more of the 17 executive positions than had been expected.”

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Iraqi army ‘had 50,000 ghost troops’

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An investigation into corruption in the Iraqi army revealed 50,000 false names, known as “ghost soldiers”, on its payroll, the PM says.
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Dis Town

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The dumbing down of smart — and Washington.
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