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Obama Humor at White House Correspondents’ Dinner

Obama Humor at White House Correspondents’ Dinner

This is C-Span’s video of President Barack Obama’s mostly tongue-in-cheek address at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. “[Hillary] won’t stop drunk-texting me from Cartagena.” “It’s nice to be here in the Hilton…

Sultan Mosque Singapore (Photo)

Sultan Mosque Singapore (Photo)

Photo by Juan Cole, June, 2009 Sultan Mosque, Singapore Constructed 1928 Architect: Denis Santry of Swan and Maclaren Replaced: Mosque of Sultan Hussein, 1824-1826

A Full Spectrum Confrontation World? (Escobar)

Pepe Escobar writes at Tomdispatch.com: A History of the World, BRIC by BRIC Neoliberal Dragons, Eurasian Wet Dreams, and Robocop Fantasies By Pepe Escobar Goldman Sachs — via economist Jim O’Neill —…

Top 5 Stories from the Arab Revolutions Today

Top 5 Stories from the Arab Revolutions Today

1. Syrian military forces subjected the Arba’in district of Hama to intensive machine gun fire on Monday, and some 28 civilians were killed by government forces even while UN military observers were…

Omar Khayyam (104)

Every place you see  a rose or red tulip, they are tinted by the blood  of a fallen king. Every violet petal  that falls to the ground was a mole on the…

War is God’s way… (Rodriguez)

War is God’s way… (Rodriguez)

Courtesy Paul Rodriguez Page. This quote appears to come from his stand up routine of 1987 in Los Angeles. It is often misattributed to Ambrose Bierce.

Bahrain Protests ahead of Formula One Race

Protesters in Bahrain on Thursday came out against the holding of the Formula One Grand Prix on Sunday, and met repression by police, who used stun guns and tear gas to clear…

Love Tank

Love Tank

Photograph by Juan Cole at the National Museum of Singapore, June, 2009: “Love Tank by S.Teddy D. (Indonesia) Multiplex, Resin, Metal Structure Approx. 200 x 500 x 650 cm Tanks, synonymous with…

Omar Khayyam (99)

Those who sow  a bit of reason in their hearts never waste a single moment of their lives. Either they seek  divine good pleasure, or they relax and raise a cup. Translated…

Omar Khayyam (117)

It’s too bad if a heart lacks fire, and is deprived of the light  of a heart ablaze. The day on which you are without passionate love is the most wasted day…

Top Five Green Energy Stories Today

5. France has decided to build 2 gigawatts worth of wind turbines offshore, as its nuclear plants age and updating them or replacing them becomes expensive and unpopular. France gets roughly 80%…

Omar Khayyam (118)

The gentle breeze seems to have brought  your distant fragrance to my heart; it just abandoned me and went out looking high and low for you. And now it has forgotten  all about me. My…

It’s Springtime in Kabul for the Taliban

It’s Springtime in Kabul for the Taliban

The Taliban kicked off their spring offensive with numerous coordinated attacks in the capital of Kabul and well as in some provinces. Aljazeera English has video: This sort of tactic makes a…

Iran’s Forbidden Nukes and the Taqiya Lie

The Iranian and Chinese teams at the negotiations in Istanbul this weekend between the UN Security Council plus Germany on the one hand, and Iran on the other, are leaking that the…

What the Laws of War Allow (Madar)

Chase Madar writes at Tomdispatch.com What the Laws of War Allow Do the WikiLeaks War Logs Reveal War Crimes — Or the Poverty of International Law? By Chase Madar Anyone who would…

Omar Khayyam (114)

At first I looked for the pen of fate,  and the tablet on which it wrote, and heaven and hell in the skies above. Then my teacher guided me, saying that all…

China hopeful Iran will compromise with the UNSC

China’s official Xinhuanet news service is predicting that Iran will compromise with the 5 members of the UN Security Council plus Germany as they meet in Istanbul beginning on Friday. The Chinese…

The Syrian Army’s outlaw Executions  (Serle)

The Syrian Army’s outlaw Executions (Serle)

Jack Serle writes at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism: Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International have published eight formal reports on Syrian human rights violations since the rebellion began. These have appeared…

Dear CNN:  This is not News;  *This* is News

Dear CNN: This is not News; *This* is News

Dear CNN: You are in danger of being sued for false advertising, since you characterize yourself as a news channel. Just so you know, this is your home page as I write…

The Afghanistan Syndrome (Engelhardt)

Tom Engelhardt writes at Tomdispatch: The Afghan Syndrome Vietnam Has Left Town, Say Hello to the New Syndrome on the Block By Tom Engelhardt Take off your hat. Taps is playing. Almost…

Omar Khayyam (94)

I have no idea if  the one who created me placed me among  the good in paradise or the hideous in hell. A cup, a sweetheart, and a lute are cash enough…

Omar Khayyam (93)

I am a sinner, where is your acceptance? My heart is dark, where is your light  and clarity? If you grant me paradise because of my obedience, that is just a salary.…

What We Lost in Iraq and Washington (Van Buren)

Peter van Buren writes at Tomdispatch.com: Left Behind What We Lost in Iraq and Washington, 2009-2012 By Peter Van Buren People ask the question in various ways, sometimes hesitantly, often via a…

Omar Khayyam (89)

For a whole lifetime, I’ve made praising wine a constant exercise. I always have its  instruments around me. Prude, if reason  is your teacher here, cheer up– for your teacher  is my…

Omar Khayyam (88)

Since we have to go, what is it to exist? What is it to chase  impossible ambitions? They’ll never pass by  anyplace with a  sense of well-being. What is it to be…

The Paradox of Israeli Politics: Sternfeld

Lior Sternfeld writes in a guest editorial for Informed Comment Israel’s center-right Kadima Party has just elected an Iranian-Israeli, Shaul Mofaz, as its leader, in an attempt to position itself to defeat…

Life of Omar Khayyam pt 5 (Documentary)

Life of Omar Khayyam pt 5 (Documentary)

Fifth and final part of “The Genius of Omar Khayyam” — the continuing appeal of his poetry and philosophy, and the question of how much of Fitzgerald’s Rubaiyat translation is Fitzgerald and…

Omar Khayyam (85)

A cup full of rose-colored wine  is beautiful; the tunes of the lute are lovely. As for the prude who knows nothing of wine, it is beautiful when he  is very far…

Omar Khayyam (86)

The life of this world without wine and bartender is not happy; without the airs of the Iraqi flute, it is not happy; Whenever I look at the world’s condition,  its fruits are…

Data Mining You: Engelhardt

Tom Engelhardt writes at Tomdispatch.com: Data Mining You How the Intelligence Community Is Creating a New American World By Tom Engelhardt I was out of the country only nine days, hardly a…

Arab revolutions Continue

5. Tunisia’s Muslim religious party, Ennahda, has pledged to retain the secular character of the Tunisian constitution. Leader Rashid Ghanoushi says that the party won’t try to make sharia or Islamic canon…

Omar Khayyam (87)

Hurry up, for you will be separated from the spirit. You will go behind the  curtain of God’s mysteries. Have some wine, since you don’t know  where you came from; be happy,…

Omar Khayyam (83)

Khayyam, you wove tents of wisdom, but fell into a campfire  and suddenly burned up. The scissors of fate severed  the guy ropes of your life, and the broker of destiny  sold…

Omar Khayyam (75)

That wine which can take on diverse forms in its essence sometimes becomes an animal, sometimes a plant. Don’t imagine that its being ever goes away. Its essence is always there even…