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Comment on Must Muslim Americans Condemn ISIL? Must Turkish Jews Condemn Gaza War? by Juan Cole

September 17th, 2014 No comments

I respectfully disagree– this is the logic of collective guilt.

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Comment on I refuse to serve – the lonely conscience of Israel’s refuseniks by Mark Koroi

September 17th, 2014 No comments

The Israelis, per an Israeli newspaper citing a recently published book, supposedly had real-time transmissions of wiretaps of the White House telephone system that allowed then to intercept and listen, in Israel, to the Monica Lewinsky conversations with Pres. Clinton – with PM Netanyahu raising the Lewinsky tapes at the Wye Conference as a bargaining chip to release Jonathan Pollard, a convicted Israeli spy:

link to timesofisrael.com

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Eureka! Kerry found ‘one’!

September 17th, 2014 No comments

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—In what Secretary of State John Kerry described as a significant foreign-policy coup, the U.S. claimed, on Tuesday, that it had successfully located a moderate Syrian rebel.Though Kerry did not elaborate on how the U.S. did so, he said that locating the rebel was “the culmination of a months-long effort.”The Secretary of State said that the Syrian had been appropriately vetted and was deemed “moderately rebellious.”


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Can the U.S. Army Degrade and Destroy Ebola?

September 17th, 2014 No comments

Obama is sending 3,000 troops to West Africa to stop the deadly outbreak. But 250,000 people could already be infected by Christmas.
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¡Bienvenidos, Habibi!

September 17th, 2014 No comments

How Latin America is opening its arms to Syrian refugees.
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Corrupt Ukrainian Politicians Have a Taste for Mansions

September 16th, 2014 No comments

A Ukrainian leader on the run, his mansion, and a 15-year-old corruption case.
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Arab war on terrorism

September 16th, 2014 No comments
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Comment on Climate Change: Neoliberal Capitalism is Fundamentally at War with Life on Earth (Naomi Klein) by RC

September 16th, 2014 No comments

Whether you call it neo-Liberalsim or money hungry brutalism our planet is at risk and our children will have a much changed planet by 2050 and our grandchildren a brutal planet by the turn of the century.
I know only one MP here (Canada) that pushes to defend against climate change. The PM is an anti-Science ***

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Anne Barnard, tirelessly

September 16th, 2014 No comments
Unfailingly, for the entire time that Barnard covered the Syrian war, she has been writing consistently that the fortunes of the regime are sagging and that he is in trouble and that the rebels are making progress.  The funny part is that even when the regime makes progress (from his standpoint) on the ground, she never concedes that but may refer to it in the past tense as in :the regime is really in trouble unlike two months ago when it was progressing on the ground: and you want to scream here: but two months ago, you also said that the regime was in trouble.  Her pitch on Syria is purely propagandistic and like other Western correspondents in Beirut, she presents the talking points of Fee Syrian Army without any qualifications or equivocation.  Look at her opening paragraph:  “The fortunes of President Bashar al-Assad have suffered over the past two months, with battlefield setbacks and new signs of doubt emerging within his political base, as the civil war in Syria drags on with no end in sight.”  How has the regime fortunes suffered when it has consolidated its military advances in the area that it has focused on and routed the rebels from Qalamun?  And the reference to “signs of doubt in his political base” is quite hilarious: but here is her evidence: “recently staged a rare demonstration in Damascus demanding stronger action to release hostages held by extremists.”  This is quite disingenuous because Ms. Barnard did not mention that those “protesters” cheered Bashshar. What she refers to as “signs of doubt in his political base” is in fact a faction within the regime which wants Bashshar to be even more brutal in the military campaign. That is hardly a sign of decline in the political fortune of the regime.  Those people who were critical on social media were never critical of Bashshar–she does not tell you that–but were in fact critical of particular military units or commanders and want Bashshar to sack them.  This is an entirely different picture. Here citations of the comments of Amin Hutayt, I guarantee you, are so taken out of context and I can easily call him to verify that.   And notice that nowhere in the article does she mention that no one is doing worse in Syrian conflict than her allies in the Free Syrian Army. Talk about sagging political fortunes.

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refused to say

September 16th, 2014 No comments
“The Israeli military said the building was “a command and control center” where “multiple floors” were “used regularly by Hamas for operational activities” throughout the seven-week battle. Military officials refused to say what types of activities, why the entire tower was targeted or what type of bombs were used.”

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