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Israel: ‘Good results’

April 23rd, 2014 No comments

“… Hezbollah’s efforts to continue targeting Israelis are part of a pattern of action which has been going on since Mugniyah’s assassination in 2008. Since then, his authorities have been divided between at least four people. Hamiyah is one of them, and one of his jobs is to achieve revenge.
Those same intelligence abilities which, according to the foreign press, made it possible to locate – and assassinate – Mugniyah likely helped thwart Hezbollah’s attempt to avenge his death…”


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‘Turkey ‘cooking the books’ to exploit the uncertainty of a White House seeking oreign policy successes

April 23rd, 2014 No comments

“… The reality is that numerous former intelligence officials, like myself, have long known most of the story surrounding the on-again off-again intervention by the United States and others in Syria, but what was needed was a Sy Hersh, with his unmatched range of contacts deep in both the Pentagon as well as at CIA and State Department, to stitch it all together with corroboration from multiple sources. In a sense it was a secret that wasn’t really very well hidden but which the mainstream media wouldn’t touch with a barge pole because it revealed that the Obama Administration, just like the Bushies who preceded it, has been actively though clandestinely conspiring to overthrow yet another government in the Middle East. One might well conclude that the White House is like the Bourbon Kings of France in that it never forgets anything but never learns anything either…”


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Comment on This Saudi prince is accused of killing 2,000 endangered birds while on safari in Pakistan by Jay Schiavone

April 23rd, 2014 No comments

I expected him to look more like the notorious caged-bird shooter, Dick Cheney.

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Comment on Top 5 Reasons Solar Energy will Save the World by Curt Kastens

April 23rd, 2014 No comments

I remember reading here on IC several months ago a comment written by someone that said that there couldf not be a “burb” of methane from the Artic Ocean for a long time because the Methane is found hundreds of feet under ground.
Yet yesterday Robert Hunzicker reported on Counterpunch.org in an article titled Ripley’s Believe it or Not, climate Change Version, that in December of 2013 ice could not form over part of the Artic Sea because the methane gas bubling up prevent the ice from forming.
Furthermore it was reported that there were two huge ocean to atmosphere methane “burbs” on Febuary 24th 2014. Most scientist say that there is a better chance of an aquatic dinasour sinking a 100 foot long South African fishing vessel (as reported on the Discovery Channel) than there is of a methane burb of the type reported. Is Robert Hunzicker trying to mislead us or are others trying to mislead us? i have to recuse myself from sitting on this jury.

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Comment on Government = Protection Racket for the 1 Percent by Herman

April 23rd, 2014 No comments

Stop it, yes…but how? There’s the discussion I need to see.

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Comment on Obama and David Brooks’s Manhood Problem by Q

April 23rd, 2014 No comments

If the USA must put up with tyrannies, for example like the Saudi Arabia, because of self-national interest, either for profit or for fear of loss, then USA lacks the gentlemanhood.

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Comment on Too Big to Jail? Why Kidnapping, Torture, Assassination, and Perjury Are No Longer Crimes in Washington by Kathleen

April 23rd, 2014 No comments

Did Cartright blow this whistle to stop movement towards a military confrontation with Iran?

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Comment on How Torture became Normalized in America by Kathleen

April 23rd, 2014 No comments

Great piece. Accountability is huge. As a nation we watched our congress people hold a President accountable for lying under oath about blowjobs. Yet as a nation we have not witnessed our leaders held accountable for one of the most destructive intelligence snowjobs conducted. We have not witnessed anyone but underlings held accountable for torture. Those in the Office of Legal Counsel who changed torture laws like David Addington, Yoo. Cambone, Douglas Feith and team for creating, cherry picking and disseminating WMD false intelligence. All of these people Cheney and team..Wolfowitz, Rumsfeld, Bush, Feith, etc should be on trial at the Hague for war crimes. Lie about bj’s under oath= impeachment
Lie about WMD’s, torture – no accountability. No need to wonder why few Americans have any faith in our alleged legal system.

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On Eve of Saint George’s Day, BBC Reminds Us of His Links to Palestine

April 23rd, 2014 No comments

Tomorrow,  April 23, is Saint George’s Day; St. George is of course a patron saint of England (and many other places including Georgia), and the BBC notes “Why St. George is a Palestinian hero.” I suspect my readers may already know what the BBC may assume its listeners do not: because he was a local boy, of course.

The early martyr and reputed dragon-slayer was traditionally born to a father from Cappadocia and a mother from Roman Palestine, and closely associated with the town of Lydda (today known as Lod).

He is said to have been martyred under Diocletian in 303 AD, but remains a popular saint in Palestinian Christian tradition, and also venerated by Muslims due to a popular identification with al-Khidr.

Sorry, the dragon story seems to have come along later.

And I guess I should quote Henry V:

I see you stand like greyhounds in the slips,
Straining upon the start. The game’s afoot:
Follow your spirit, and upon this charge
Cry ‘God for Harry, England, and Saint George!’


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Comment on Triumph of the Immigrant American Spirit: Meb Keflezighi and the Boston Marathon by Juan Cole

April 22nd, 2014 No comments

Asmara is a mile and a half up and you have to have big lungs; I kept fainting when I first arrived.

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