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Comment on Failed US War on Terror resulted from bizarre search for Moderate Jihadis by Jack bender

August 22nd, 2014 No comments

And so what should the US do?….as nothing seems to work…any ideas out there?

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No Graffiti For You! Donetsk Rebels Are Holding Captive City’s Guerrilla Artist

August 22nd, 2014 No comments
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Comment on What do Iraq’s Sunni Arabs have in common with Ferguson, Mo. African-Americans? by JTMcPhee

August 22nd, 2014 No comments

Check out the shoot-em-up videos under “Syria combat” on YouTube and such. Lots of that as tactics. Somehow it seems to still result in casualties, and “movement.” I wonder if the better schooled Gunmen of IS display any better discipline. For $20 billion in Training Bucks, this is what we get as our return on investment?

Nice helmet cams, though. Home movies galore.

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Comment on Why Militarized Policing is the worst Response to Ferguson’s Problems by super390

August 22nd, 2014 No comments

Actually, there is a split among whites. If all whites were on the same side, logically Obama would have gotten no white votes at all. But there are now two Americas, one mostly urban and somewhat integrated and multicultural, and the other one like what you describe.

This is partly why the Tea Party whites are so freaked out. They see their own children betraying them by hanging out with blacks, Latinos, gays, non-Christians, etc. Now blacks are actually moving into old inner-ring suburbs, while white bigot flight surges further into the exurbs, bleeding into the ugliness of rural tribalism.

So those whites are very, very organized and political, while the laid-back whites are politically ignorant, unaware of the alarming historical parallels of this proto-secessionist wave, inclined to be libertarian and maybe not that sympathetic to their minority neighbor’s incompatibility with white patriarchal capitalism. A weak opposition, at best, which is exposed in midterm elections like 1994 and 2010. When will that white America take a stand on fascist cops when it wouldn’t do so after Occupy?

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The Dam Is Ours

August 22nd, 2014 No comments

Peshmerga and Iraqi forces cooperated long enough to wrest a vital strategic asset back from the Islamic State. But can this tense alliance last?
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The Re-Baathification of Iraq

August 21st, 2014 No comments

The Islamic State has conquered much of Iraq with the help of Saddam’s cronies. Now the men America once discarded could help win the country back.
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A tip by Prince `Abdul-`Aziz bin Fahd

August 21st, 2014 No comments
“The prince once offered an €80,000 tip at a hip restaurant on the Spanish island of Ibiza, the Spanish newspaper El Mundo reported.”

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This Israeli will be free in less than a year

August 21st, 2014 No comments
“The Israeli eyeglass-shop owner accused of burning an Arab teenager alive last month led a “hunting expedition” to kill a Palestinian to avenge the murder of three Israeli yeshiva students, prosecutors say…There they spotted Deema Zalloum in a Muslim headscarf and a long coat, pushing a stroller with her 6-month-old daughter as her sons Yahia, 8, and Musa, 7, walked nearby.  The yeshiva student grabbed Musa “around his throat in a strangling position” and dragged him toward Ben-David’s Honda, the indictment said.

“My only thought was to rescue my son,” Zalloum recalled in an interview. She hit her son’s abductor on the head with her cellphone.

The teenage assailant punched her in the face and shoved her to the ground, kicking her with his boots “with hatred,” she said. Zalloum blacked out. Her sons escaped to a nearby dry cleaner, and the workers ran outside, but Ben-David and his accomplice sped away.”

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Western governments and media are culpable: British Jihadists and Western Correspondents Share Safe Houses in 2012

August 21st, 2014 No comments
From T: “In 2012 they shared safe houses… Why did the west just decide to highlight a story you have been covering for years? All we heard in 2012 was about Hezbollah and Iranian support of the Syrian Regime. These terrorists were travelling from all over the world to Turkey under the watch of every intelligence agency. Why do they act so shocked now?
 
“It happened that I had been in a Syrian rebel safehouse on the border the day before our colleagues were taken; there, I had stumbled across two British Muslim men with long beards who were about to enter Syria. They were clearly jihadis and uncomfortable in my presence. About ten days later, Foley’s colleagues made it out of Syria. They had, it turned out, been taken prisoner by foreign Muslim radicals, the most vicious of whom spoke with British accents.””

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Comment on What do Iraq’s Sunni Arabs have in common with Ferguson, Mo. African-Americans? by Juan Cole

August 21st, 2014 No comments

thanks, Jim! The old format is still there for those who prefer it; just bookmark:

link to juancole.com

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