Middle East

SCORECARD

April 18 2013
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MONDAY’S GAMES AND FROLICS Boston Massacre 3 dead. Kabul, Afghanistan – 24 dead. Mogadishu, Somalia – 38 dead. Combined all-star team in Iraq – 61 dead, 271 wounded. The major leagues are tough and the Boston Marathon just doesn’t have what it takes to make the Big Time. However, our prayers and well-wishing thoughts go…

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Where Is This Going? – We’ve Heard This Song Before

April 4 2013
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While Arabs may not be smart enough to see that all these raids and counter-raids are hindering the peace process, Israelis ought to know better. It is very mystifying. **************************** From The Wall St. Journal- TEL AVIV—Israeli jets struck the Gaza Strip late Tuesday and early Wednesday for the first time since a week of…

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The American-Israeli Relationship

March 22 2013
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From THE ECONOMIST “MAKE no mistake about it,” said a senior Israeli official preparing for the arrival on March 20th of Barack Obama on a three-day visit. “Iran will be front and centre of the discussions between the president and Mr Netanyahu.” The dangers to the region from the bloody Syrian civil war and the…

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Kill ‘Em All

February 28 2013
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PEW Research Center reports this: Only 44% of American women approve of drone strikes but 40% don’t give a hoot or holler whether they endanger civilian lives. Their concern is whether such strikes will lead to retaliation and/or damage America’s reputation. Men love drone strikes – only 21% disapprove and 11% are bored out of…

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THE BRADLEY MANNING CASE

December 23 2012
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Bradley Manning was arrested in Iraq under suspicion of being the source of the vast transfer of US state secrets to WikiLeaks, he is alleged to have entered into a web chat with the hacker Adrian Lamo using the handle bradass87. “I’m honestly scared,” the anonymous individual wrote. “I have no one I trust, I…

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BLOWHARDS, BLOW EARLY, BLOW OFTEN, BLOW LONG

December 7 2012
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Worries about chemical warfare that could be introduced by Syria have caused President Barack Obama to warn Syria that “[t]he use of chemical weapons is and would be totally unacceptable” — a comment echoed by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, both of whom said that use of the arsenal…

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Downtown Gaza

November 20 2012
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The Democratic Republic of the Congo, also referred to as Congo-Kinshasa, is the eleventh largest country in the world by area (over 900,000 square miles) and the 19th largest by population with 71 million people. In 1998, 5.4 million people died in the deadliest conflict since WW II. It was once famously known as the…

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GAZA CONFLICT

November 16 2012
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Noam Chomsky describes Gaza as the world’s largest open-air prison, where some 1.5 million people on a roughly 140-square-mile strip of land are subject to random terror and arbitrary punishment, with no purpose other than to humiliate and degrade. Such cruelty is to ensure that Palestinian hopes for a decent future will be crushed, and…

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AN EXCHANGE BETWEEN SIDNEY GENDIN AND NOAM CHOMSKY

September 30 2012
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August 24, 2007. SG: Is it true that Nasrallah and several other important Middle East persons maintain that Israel has no right to exist? Is this only a mischaracterization by pro-Israeli press? NC: No state claims a right to exist (except Israel). There is no such concept in international law. States are recognized, but not…

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WHY DOES SYRIA MATTER?

August 31 2012
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For an analysis of Russia’s interest in the bloody revolution in Syria, see this: http://www.usak.org.tr/EN/myazdir.asp?id=2129 For why Americans should care, see this: http://www.cnn.com/2012/04/10/world/syria-why-care/index.html For The Economist take on it all, go here: http://www.economist.com/node/21561897?fsrc=nlw%7Cwwp%7C8-30-2012%7C3296332%7C38566178%7C For the Romney/Ryan point of view, go to your dreams.

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WORLD CORRUPTION AND DEMOCRACY

August 29 2012
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This is our most important post of 2012. A must read. Here is the link to a complete discussion. http://gendinsjournal.com/?p=6309

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OBAMA’S DRONES

June 11 2012
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From propublica.org……………In a lengthy front-page story last week exploring President Obama’s use of drone strikes in countries including Pakistan and Yemen, the New York Times reported that the president had “embraced a disputed method for counting civilian casualties that did little to box him in.” Citing “several administration officials,” the Times reported that this method…

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I AIN’T GOT NOTHING AGAINST NO VIET CONG

October 20 2011
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With those ringing words, The Greatest fulfilled the dream of freedom that Martin Luther King had achingly announced just a few years earlier. Subsequent events proved that none of us had anything against those Viet Cong. I am put in mind of this by today’s meaningless fuss about the never-promoted Colonel Gaddafi who got blasted…

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KILLING THEM HARSHLY WITH OUR DRONES

October 8 2011
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The following is an excerpt from an article in The Economist. Readers who want more can link here. THE killing in Yemen of Anwar al-Awlaki and three al-Qaeda associates by a drone on September 30th has caused far more fuss in America than previous drone attacks. The reason is that al-Awlaki and one of his…

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BY THE NUMBERS

August 22 2011
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More people are killed by Islamists each year than in all 350 years of the Spanish Inquisition combined. Islamic terrorists murder more people every day than the Ku Klux Klan has in the last 50 years. Islam is barbarism; it is not a rival religion to Christianity, Hinduism, Judaism or all the others great and…

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THE HAMAS CHARTER

June 20 2011
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The Hamas Charter quite simply calls for the destruction of Israel and the death of all Jewish pigs. The Charter dates from 1988 and Hamas apologists insist that it is out of date and Hamas is now a bunch of good guys. The fact remains that nothing prevents the leaders of Hamas from saying “WE…

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TINDERBOX GARBAGE

February 20 2011
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According to the venerable ECONOMIST: “The toppling of Mr Mubarak inspired political upheavals in several other Middle Eastern countries. In Yemen the government tried to stem unrest by deploying thousands of extra policemen; security forces in Algeria and Libya clashed with demonstrators; and police broke up a democracy camp in Bahrain’s capital, killing several people.…

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BULLETIN – REVISED STATISTICS CONCERNING OBAMA’S WAR

October 23 2010
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Report by Jeanne Whalen [This should be read in conjunction with the preceding post on Statistics and Damn Statistics.] A cache of nearly 400,000 U.S. military documents from the Iraq war has revealed about 15,000 civilian deaths that were not previously documented, the publisher of the documents, WikiLeaks, said Saturday. The civilians died from a…

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STATISTICS, DAMN STATISTICS AND LIES/OBAMA’S WAR

October 23 2010
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Afghan authorities claim that drones kill 25 civilians for each Taliban fighter eliminated. I have been warned – even admonished- by one former government insider to take these statistics with a grain of salt. On reviewing the matter, I decided he was right. However, where does one turn for credible numbers? We do know that…

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ISRAELI SETTLEMENTS

October 4 2010
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I consider myself a fan of the Israelis but I am completely bewildered by Prime Minister Netanyahu. There are close to half a million Jewish settlers in territories that officially belong to Israel but are being disputed by Arab nations. The Arabs, plus the US. got Netanyahu to cease building more homes for ten months.…

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OBAMA’S WAR

September 30 2010
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The International Court of Justice may have to consider Barack Hussein Obama’s Pakistan policy as a crime against humanity. On January 24, 2009, an article in the Washington Post said, “Two remote U.S. missile strikes that killed at least 20 people at suspected terrorist hideouts in northwestern Pakistan yesterday offered the first tangible sign of…

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A DAY LIKE OTHER DAYS – ONLY MORE SO

September 19 2010
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I am so glad Obama announced the war in Iraq is over and that our troops can now come home. Oops, make that, relocate to Afghanistan. In any case, today, just one hour before this posting. 29 people were blown up and more than 100 others were injured as a pair of bombs exploded in…

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A CALL TO HATE ALL MUSLIMS

August 23 2010
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Reprinted from aljazeera.net Israel and the anti-Muslim blow-up By MJ Rosenberg, Senior Foreign Policy Fellow at Media Matters Action Network A visiting rabbi from Israel gave a sermon [in Washington, D.C.] about the intifada that was then raging in Israel and the West Bank. The sermon’s ending which was unforgettable. The rabbi concluded with the…

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IRAN ON THE MOVE

August 23 2010
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From the Wall St. Journal By FARNAZ FASSIHI Defying mounting international pressure over its military ambitions, Iran on Sunday unveiled what it said was its latest battlefield advance—an armed aerial drone—a day after initiating the start-up of its first nuclear power plant. Tehran said the plant would be operational within a month. For much more…

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