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  • Defying Turkey, US airdrops arms to Kobane Kurds
  • Why is this Man Smiling? Iranian Officials say Confidant of US Deal on Nuclear
    • What if more radical elements in the US gain more influence again?

      Make that "What if more radical neocon elements in the US gain more influence?"

    • Consider what a diplomatic resolution is up against: "A mysterious Iran-nuke document: A mysterious document has been used for a half dozen years to derail nuclear talks with Iran, but its origins remain dubious and one expert says it’s been used to take international inspectors 'for a ride,'” as Gareth Porter reports for Inter Press Service. - link to consortiumnews.com

    • Given that Kerry is part of the equation don't bet on anything.

  • Will Ireland Recognize Palestine?
    • What took Sweden, the UK and Ireland so long?

    • The second lesson of this article is how the Brits were on the wrong side of the moral divide in Irish history. Further study of British history will reveal Britain's role in Ireland was similar to its role in its former empire. It also helps to explain why the Brits have such a close relationship with the United States.

  • Is Baghdad next? ISIL takes Hit Base in Iraq, loots it for Weapons
    • We now, like it or not, are faced with little choice but more war.

      We, that is the US and its accomplices, have been responsible for subversion and aggression in the Middle East for decades especially since the establishment of Israel in 1948 and the 1953 overthrow of Mossadegh in Iran, and it has been one disaster after the other ever since. It is time to admit to the gross bungling of our leaders and get them out of there.

      Leave it to the Middle Easterners to resolve this mess. They can't do anything worse than what we have done and just might come up with some resolution; although, I wouldn't bet on it.

    • ISIS/ISIL/IS is in trouble now. The Pentagon has come up with a new code name - Operation Inherent Resolve - for the war on ISIS/ISIL/IS. That should take care of those nasties. Peace in our time.

  • In Symbolic Vote, UK Parliament urges Recognition of Palestine
  • The Wider Appeal of ISIL and Sunni Grievances
    • "Beware of the role of the laptop in our addiction to politics and war: It is the internet not Isis that radicalises. The ‘virtual’ has dropped out of ‘virtual reality’" by Robert Fisk - link to independent.co.uk

    • In a worrisome development, radicals throughout the region are rallying to the so-called “Islamic State,” which is actually just a bunch of armed thugs and brigands.

      This is reminiscent of the old question: "How can you vote for such a crook?" And the answer: "Because he is our crook."

      There are some good people in the Middle East, but it is the bad guys who are center-stage with the dominant roles, and that includes Western would-be colonizers.

  • Listening to Nobelist Malala Yousafzai instead of just Honoring Her
    • Honoring someone with the bravery and resiliency and ethical intelligence of a Malala Yousafzai is easy. Taking her more challenging positions seriously and engaging with them is much more difficult.

      Of course, the distinction is that Ms. Yousafzai and her co-laureate are interested in developing a world where human rights and justice prevail. People engaged in the sordid business of international politics and the running of global corporations couldn't care less about these virtues

      “I also expressed my concerns that drone attacks are fueling terrorism… Innocent victims are killed in these acts, and they lead to resentment among the Pakistani people. If we refocus efforts on education it will make a big impact.”

      Ms. Yousafzai didn't have much effect on Mr. Obama, did she?

    • Honoring someone with the bravery and resiliency and ethical intelligence of a Malala Yousafzai is easy. Taking her more challenging positions seriously and engaging with them is much more difficult.

      That bears repeating.

  • The Last Days of Kobani Loom as ISIL Closes in on Syrian Kurds with Murder on its Mind
    • It appears John Kerry agrees with you which should be a matter of concern:

      "Isis in Kobani: Still no sign of Turkey reacting to threat on its border as John Kerry says preventing the fall of the town is not a 'strategic objective': As the fighting continues, the lack of assistance for those living in Kobani sparked more violent demonstrations across Turkey" by Isabel Hunter - link to independent.co.uk

    • How about the people living in Kobani who are apparently at risk of being slaughtered?

    • There is something about this evolving situation in the Middle East that echoes Europe in August 1914 when nobody except a few generals prancing on their horses really wanted a war involving all of Europe. Presumably, no one except perhaps the Caliph, Senators McCain and Graham and their supporters really wants a war involving all of the Middle East, but the potential for one appears to be more ominous each day.

  • Ben Affleck on Bill Maher's Muslim Problem
    • It appears that a case can be made that the Catholics on the Supreme (sic) Court who voted for Citizens United put this nation at greater risk than anything ISIS is likely to come up with, but that is no reason to condemn all Catholics.

    • Maher lost me a long time ago when he said he admired Colin Powell. That was after Powell's craven speech (February 5, 2003) before the UN that was ripped apart almost immediately by people who knew what they were talking about and were ultimately proved right. Christopher Hitchens got it right when he said Powell was the most-overrated man in Washington.

  • Palestine goes to UN Security Council to Demand Israeli Withdrawal by 2016
    • "The Tale of Two UN Speeches: Who Cares What the Goyim Think?" by URI AVNERY - link to counterpunch.org

    • "Lastly, the Palestinian Authority, an entity that was created with Israeli consent, and funded by US-led donor countries, cannot operate outside the US political sphere. According to a reading of the just published annual report by the Palestinian Monitory Authority, as reported by Ma’an news agency, the West Bank economic indicators for 2012 were terrible, and prospects for the next two years are even worse. The PA has no political vision, and even if it did, it is too overwhelmed by economic dependency to act as a self-respecting political entity. The PA has to play the game, fully knowing that the game has been rigged from the very start." - link to counterpunch.org

    • If the US does veto the resolution, then Washington is clearly saying that it is all right with American elites if Israel goes on stealing Palestinian land on a vast scale and expropriating and oppressing the stateless Palestinians under its boot.

      Make that: If the US does veto the resolution, then Washington is clearly continuing to say that it is all right with American elites if Israel goes on stealing Palestinian land on a vast scale and expropriating and oppressing the stateless Palestinians under its boot.

  • $22 Billion to Fight ISIL in same Year Congress cut $8.7 bn in Food Stamps
    • Add to that the psychological problems created by poverty that lead to a variety of social problems. It isn't like this is news. I believe it was Aristotle who said a couple of millennia ago that poverty is the parent of crime and revolution.

    • Essentially, this legalized bribery gives the briber the privilege to demand a piece of the US treasury.

      And gives the bribed politician a chance to sell his or her soul and the nation down the river.

    • And the lesser-evil vote went to Obama. Just think what it would have been like if McCain or Romney were in the Executing Office.

    • ... to cut billions from the programs that keep us a civilized society rather than a predatory jungle–

      Ours is a civilized society? Did you mean: ... that keep us a predatory jungle rather than a civilized society."?

      From another angle: "Just When We Thought They Had Tormented Us Enough: It's Going to Be a Sorry Day for the American Working Class" by DAVID MACARAY - link to counterpunch.org

  • Top 5 Differences between Hamas and ISIL (Pace Netanyahu)
  • Why Obama underestimated ISIL in Syria and Iraq
    • Syrian air-strikes: Does the US have the foggiest idea who their enemy is?: America's bombing of Jabhat al-Nusra has raised significant concerns over their strategy by Kim Sengupta - link to independent.co.uk

    • Let's not forget how the Dubya administration, their warmongering supporters, Congress and a gullible majority of the American people "misunderestimated" the consequences of the war they began in 2003.

  • Iraq: Shiites Paralyzed by infighting as ISIL menaces Baghdad
    • ... former prime minister Nouri al-Maliki, now one of three largely symbolic vice presidents, is attempting to undermine his successor, Haydar al-Abadi.

      Who would ever have thought such an event could occur?

  • Is Mahmoud Abbas right that Israel is Guilty of War Crimes, Genocide in Gaza?
  • Shock & Awe In Syria: It never Works
    • It appears Obama's claim to have ended the war on/in Iraq was really an ending of the prologue to a wider Middle East War. And who knows where it will go to from there? Netanyahu, Kristol, McCain and their cohorts must be feeling this is like Christmas in September. Well, maybe, "Christmas" isn't appropriate for the first two.

  • NYC Climate Demo: Top 5 Massive Rallies that had no Effect
    • Your first two suggestions would probably be more effective if local lobbying groups all over the nation engaged in civil disobedience (such as blocking main streets in downtown areas) and instead of sending letters to Congress local citizens held sit-ins at the offices of federal and state politicians.

    • One of the more absurd assemblies of people occurred several years ago. If I recall correctly it was "Hands Across America" to raise money to combat hunger. It reportedly raised about $100K. There was another report that the rally cost about $100K.

      I suspect in many cases these assemblies are "events" that are something for some people to "do."

  • How The Koch Brothers Corrupted Florida State University (+163 Other Colleges) (Young Turks)
    • There is a story told of former President Lyndon Johnson that when he was a young teacher looking for a job in Texas he was asked if he believed the world was flat or round. He replied he could teach it either way.

      That was just one teacher reportedly following the money. Nowadays we have universities following the money and selling out on what higher education should be. This travesty is not limited to donors but to sports addicts who believe rapists, if they are highly talented athletes, should get away with their crimes and its okay to victimize the victims yet again.

  • Education, Health, and Global Warming: Top 5 Reasons 45% of Scots Wanted to Leave the Right Wing UK
    • On the other hand there were Scots who might have voted "yes" but voted "no" because of a lack of confidence in the leaders for independence. Whether that was fair or not, I don't know, but I'm sure it was a factor.

      But when consideration is given to some of the "no" supporters, such as Gorden Brown, it seems to have been in some cases a matter of choosing the lesser evil.

  • Shiite Militias of Iraq Reject US Return, Threaten to Attack US Forces
    • Robert Parry has an article at Consortium News about the long memories of Scots that apparently apply equally to people in the Middle East.

      "Braveheart, Edward I, and Bush: From the Archive: As Scots vote on independence from Great Britain, part of the motivation for those voting “aye” is the brutal history of English repression of Scottish freedom, dating back centuries but fresh in the minds of many Scots, a lesson about unintended consequences of violence that should be remembered by today’s politicians," as Robert Parry noted in 2005. - link to consortiumnews.com

      When he originally wrote that article Parry believed it was something Bush the Younger should have heeded. Today, it is obviously something Obama should heed.

    • Obama has said that politicians shouldn't do 'stupid stuff' but in the tradition of don't-do-as-I-do-but-as-I-say he seems to have reserved for himself the right to do 'stupid stuff.'

      With regard to Obama saying no boots on the ground and Dempsey saying maybe boots on the ground, Dempsey may have been authorized to say this as a trial balloon.

  • Should US policy toward ISIL be Containment?
    • Unfortunately, the logic in Washington usually ratchets toward the macho and the simplistic. Obama at first admitted that the US could only degrade ISIL, not destroy it.

      Didn't Obama at one time declare al-Qa'eda had been eliminated? Perhaps he has learned these jihadists are a tougher problem than simplistic nostrums would have us believe.

      Peter Lee of China Matters has a couple of interesting comments on the IS-Syria crisis du jour: "ISIS gives US its ‘Suez Crisis’ moment" by Peter Lee - link to atimes.com and link to counterpunch.org

  • Must Muslim Americans Condemn ISIL? Must Turkish Jews Condemn Gaza War?
    • “No citizen of this country is under any obligation to account for, interpret or comment on any event that takes place elsewhere in the world, and in which he/she has no involvement. There is no onus on the Jewish community of Turkey, therefore, to declare an opinion on any matter at all.

      On the other hand, as the old saying goes, "All that is needed for evil to succeed is for good people to do nothing."

  • Top 5 Contradictions in Obama's Emerging ISIL Strategy
    • As for Obama it appears he is now paying the price for his Faustian bargains with Israel and Saudi Arabia.

      Patrick Cockburn's report of a discussion with former Senator Bob Graham (not to be confused with the warmonger from South Carolina) is very revealing about Saudi Arabia's various roles.

      "Saudi Arabia, 9/11 and the Rise of ISIS: An Interview With Senator Bob Graham" by PATRICK COCKBURN - link to counterpunch.org

  • Media, Politicians should stop Letting ISIL Manipulate them
    • While they are promoting these hate-encouraging emotions and enthusiasm for more war, the mainstream media dutifully avoids applying the barbarism label to actions by our "friends" that are clearly barbaric.

      Mark Levine has a summary of our "allies" in the war against ISIS - link to america.aljazeera.com

  • Top 5 Signs the US is de facto allied with Iran versus ISIL
    • Previous support from Iran (e.g.: against the Taliban) didn't keep our warmongers from attacking it when prompted by the tail that wags the American dog. Undoubtedly, the Iranians will have no illusions about this latest "partnership."

  • Obama & Cameron find little Enthusiasm at NATO for new Iraq War
    • ...so where indeed can the 1% find foot soldiers to implement its elite projects?

      More important, where can they find competent leadership to lead those foot soldiers mostly drawn from the lower economic strata?

    • Obama & Cameron find little Enthusiasm at NATO for new Iraq War

      But that won't stop them from doubling down. There remains a lot of this world for the American hegemon and its English puppet (whatever happened to the British bulldog?) to conquer.

  • Would a US/ NATO war in Syria be Legal in International Law?
    • On the other hand Russia and China may not trust the US ...

      Why would Russia and China not trust the US? If Obama gave them his word wouldn't that be a rock-solid guarantee? Give me one example where Obama has said one thing and done another. Okay. That's enough.

    • Since when have the United States and its European agency for our military-industrial complex cared about international law when deciding on policies?

  • What the Hackers did to Celebs? The NSA has been Doing that to All of US instead of Predicting ISIL
    • It seems odd to me that the discussion of this issue has been completely unconnected to the Snowden revelations that the US government has been assiduously spying on everyone’s cloud.

      American "values" really mean an interest in prurient behavior of others with almost total indifference towards the immorality and incompetence of national leadership. If our CIA's latest blunder meant giving weapons to ISIS, that should come as no surprise. Their Keystone antics have been going on for years such as believing Afghans selling some hapless neighbors to gullible CIA agents for a few lousy bucks.

  • Top 5 Reasons "Labor Day" isn't for Laborers Anymore
    • It doesn't help when some union leaders are in bed with politicians who are more interested in taking care of corporations that donate to their political campaigns than the people who vote for them. For decades the AFL-CIO has been donating to a Democratic (sic) Party that has repeatedly stiffed labor.

  • Israelis Alarmed as al-Qaeda Captures Golan, UN Peacekeepers
    • File this under "Blowback." As I recall, al-Qaeda claimed one reason for its 9/11 attacks on New York and Washington was American support for Israel's treatment of Arabs in Palestine. Presumably, al-Qaeda will continue its hostility towards Israel, especially after its latest attack on Gaza.

  • Victim of McCarthy-Era Witch Hunt calls on U-Illinois not to Fire Critic of Israeli Policies

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