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The Nerve of Denial

March 31st, 2015 Comments off

This is a chilling account of a cover-up by the U.S. military of the exposure of 200,000 American soldiers in the first Gulf War to nerve gas.

http://www.newsweek.com/how-us-nerve-gassed-its-own-troops-then-covered-it-317250

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Tunisians Respond with Humor to Silly Claim ISIS is in Tataouine

March 31st, 2015 Comments off

One of Tunisia’s niche tourist attractions is the fact that the first Star Wars film was filmed in and around the southern Tunisian town of Tataouine, which also gave its name to Luke Skywalker’s home planet. After some Western media reported (wrongly) that  pro-ISIS forces had taken control of the area, Tunisian social media started having fun with the idea, which isn’t true. See the link but here are three of the best samples:

“Tataouine: the niqab is already obligatory”



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Comment on A Game-Changer in Syrian War? al-Qaeda-led Factions take Idlib by edwards

March 31st, 2015 Comments off

A few years ago everyone was trying to guess when Assad would be joining Saddam and Qaddafi in the hearafter. Now he’s almost America’s buddy, interviewed on CBS the other night with the usual softball questions. They’ll be calling him the comeback kid soon.

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Comment on A Game-Changer in Syrian War? al-Qaeda-led Factions take Idlib by Chris O’Brien

March 30th, 2015 Comments off

You’ve eloquently made the point I try and make whenever anyone says there’s no difference between the two US parties.

Would Gore have invaded Iraq after 9/11, without the neo-cons and Cheney? It’s hard to imagine that to be the case.

At the end of the day, you can basically hang the whole thing around the necks of a few people in the Supreme Court… a lesson for the people that think a few voice make no difference.

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Comment on Israel’s Netanyahu jumps Shark with “Iran-Lausanne-Yemen” axis barb by Juan Cole

March 30th, 2015 Comments off

it says suspected

most Houthi arms were captured from the Yemeni army depots

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Many Voices on the Region’s Newest War

March 30th, 2015 Comments off

Unsurprisingly, just about everybody is weighing in on he region’s newest war. More durprisingly is the divide in opinion isn’t always on purely predictable lines. Herewith a broad selection:

And finally, from The New Republic, an article by the late, great, Patrick Seale originally published  January 26, 1963, to remind us we’ve been here before:


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    Comment on Israel’s Netanyahu jumps Shark with “Iran-Lausanne-Yemen” axis barb by Phillip

    March 30th, 2015 Comments off

    I think the U.S. is irrelevant with regard to these negotiations. Netanyahu biggest problem is not that he has pissed off about half of Americans, but that he has pissed of most in Europe with his behavior. If a deal is done or maybe even if it is not done, the Europeans, Russians and Chinese may reduce or eliminate their sanctions on Iran, regardless of what Republicans think in the U.S. Even if the U.S. keeps its sanctions on, that will not mean much, if the rest of the planet starts to trade with Iran again.

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    Comment on Israel’s Netanyahu jumps Shark with “Iran-Lausanne-Yemen” axis barb by Bill Bodden

    March 30th, 2015 Comments off

    Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, no longer allowed to sit at the adult table because of his past food fights, has been reduced,…

    to being applauded by both houses of the US Congress.

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    Comment on Israel’s Netanyahu jumps Shark with “Iran-Lausanne-Yemen” axis barb by pabelmont

    March 30th, 2015 Comments off

    Would that you were completely right– Bibi a joke. But Madame Clinton and the Republican clowns in the USA’s circus-politics don’t seem to agree. So. Bibi a clown in certain audiences and an almost POTUS in others.

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    Comment on Old GOP Realist James Baker’s hard Ride among Neocons by spyguy

    March 30th, 2015 Comments off

    Violent racism by a minority against a majority can only work for a limited amount of time. In the end the oppressed majority always gets their revenge and I do not know of any oppressed majority that has been gentle when they finally take power.

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