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Comment on Top 5 Reasons Solar Energy will Save the World by Juan Cole

April 24th, 2014 No comments

I am telling you that my solar panels and EV are saving me money. Now!

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Comment on Top 5 Reasons Solar Energy will Save the World by Paul Stokes

April 24th, 2014 No comments

In point 1, you cite “solar electricity generation costs falling from 63 cents per watt to 35 cents per watt.” These are the manufacturing costs, not the generation costs.

Big difference!

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

April 24th, 2014 No comments

Study: US is an oligarchy, not a democracy
link to bbc.com

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More Old ME Newsreels from the British Pathé Archives

April 23rd, 2014 No comments

I previously noted the fact that British Pathé, the famed newsreel company, has made what it describes as 85,000 historical films available online at YouTube. I’m looking for Middle East-relevant ones, and here are several up front. (Warning: may contain assumptions from the days of the British Empire.)

Feisal of Iraq visiting his brother Abdullah in Transjordan, 1923:

The death and burial of T.E. Lawrence, 1935:

Two videos of the end of Vichy rule in Syria (1941): evacuation of Vichy troops; de Gaulle’s arrival in Syria (no soundtrack on the second):

Wartime tensions between Lebanon and France,1943:

How Pathe reported the 1952 coup in Egypt:

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Dellusion!

April 23rd, 2014 No comments

Putting Syrian lives, American lives & treasures at risk with the use of ‘might not’ & ‘could’: priceless!

“… To lead effectively, in both the national and the global interest, the US must demonstrate its readiness to shoulder the full responsibilities of power. Striking Syria might not end the civil war there, but it could prevent the eruption of a new one in Ukraine…”


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‘Jihadists Now Control Secretive U.S. Base in Libya’

April 23rd, 2014 No comments

“… In other words, Tantoush is now the chief of a training camp the U.S. and Libyan governments had hoped would train Libyan special operations forces to catch militants like Tantoush. ..”


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To No One’s Surprise, Lebanese Parliament Fails to Agree on a President

April 23rd, 2014 No comments

It should come as little surprise given Lebanon’s persistent political deadlock that the Lebanese Parliament failed to elect a new President in its first round of voting today, with Samir Geagea falling far short of the necessary two-thirds vote. Geagea got 48 votes; Henry Helou (Backed by Walid Jumblatt) got 16; one went to former President Amin Gemayel; there were 52 blank ballots and seven void ones. In subsequent rounds a simple majority can elect.

Here’s the Daily Star report, and MEI’s own Paul Salem offers a Q&A backgrounder on the elections on the MEI website. These sorts of deadlocks have become standard in recent years, and eventually there will emerge a compromise candidate. Or perhaps Karl Sharro will prove prophetic: “Stapler Accidentally Elected President of Lebanon.”  A sample:

The stapler’s lack of involvement in the country’s long civil war worked in its favour, and as someone put it ‘at least it’s not a war criminal’. Another person we spoke to said that the stapler represented ‘a symbol of unity because it joins papers together’, which is more than could be said of all the other candidates.


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Citizens Commission: ‘The the US government allowed arms to flow to al-Qaeda-linked militants!’

April 23rd, 2014 No comments

“… ‘The United States switched sides in the war on terror with what we did in Libya, knowingly facilitating the provision of weapons to known al-Qaeda militias and figures,’ Clare Lopez, a member of the commission and a former CIA officer, told MailOnline.She blamed the Obama administration for failing to stop half of a $1 billion United Arab Emirates arms shipment from reaching al-Qaeda-linked militants.‘Remember, these weapons that came into Benghazi were permitted to enter by our armed forces who were blockading the approaches from air and sea,’ Lopez claimed. ‘They were permitted to come in. … [They] knew these weapons were coming in, and that was allowed..‘The intelligence community was part of that, the Department of State was part of that, and certainly that means that the top leadership of the United States, our national security leadership, and potentially Congress – if they were briefed on this – also knew about this.’…”


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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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