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Jillian St. Andre

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  • The World after the Kerry-Lavrov accord on Syria
    • Because I'm an Obama supporter, I'd like to agree with Farhang's analysis, but I'm really leaning more toward a combination of Bill and John. Also, a surrender of Assad's gas weapons is a little anticlimactic when what we know we need is a ceasefire and peace talks. My questions: how can anyone take the threat of an air strike on Assad seriously when we're still sending aid to Egypt after their coup and the slaughter of pro-Morsi demonstrators in the streets? And does the US have anything resembling credibility on the WMD issue when we still use depleted uranium and white phosphorus and have a significant reserve of conventional nukes, as well as being cozy with Israel, which also has conventional nukes and regularly flouts international law?

  • Iran's Presidential Election Heats up as Reformist Rowhani Enters Race (Jahanpour)
  • Uh, Segregated Buses aren't the Issue on the West Bank, Folks
    • Please correct me if I'm wrong, but even the colonies wouldn't be such a big deal if the Jewish settlers didn't shoot and kill the Arabs they encounter. Maybe my information is out of date or biased.

  • Deep Democratization in Egypt: How Women are Driving the Changes (Krause)
    • There's an implication here that a woman's tendency to nurture is innate, rather than conditioned, and that men lack the tendency to be nurturers, at least in sufficient quantity. My personal experience and my take on feminism would cause me to be wary of such an implication. With that being said, I do think the mainstream has ignored the influence of women in Egypt's emerging democracy and civil society, and I believe further study of the influence of female literacy on Egypt's changing culture and political structure is warranted.

  • How Zero Dark Thirty Taught us to Stop Worrying and Love Torture (Greenberg)
    • The weird thing is a guy on tv said that the reason Zero won't win an Oscar is because it goes easy on terrorism and it was made by people who are more liberal than the mainstream of the Academy, and I was like "Boy, I think this guy has got to be way off the mark!" Also weird that Kathryn Bigelow is the director -- she directed Strange Days, one of my all-time favorite movies. But I've got no interest in seeing this one. I'm glad Bin Laden's dead, but I don't want to watch a movie about it, especially one that glamorizes torture.

  • Two Canadians Discover the US has become a Police State
    • Jillian St. Andre 10/18/2012 at 4:04 pm

      All this back and forth is great, but why aren't there this many comments when the blog is about the middle east? The life-or-death seriousness of what's going on in Syria or Palestine or Iran or Egypt really needs our attention more than a couple Canadian tourists having a bad day.

  • Plot to Provoke war with Iran thwarted by Navy analyst
    • Thank you! This is what I've been waiting for. It's important for voters to understand that Mitt Romney is in deep with the people who want a war with Iran. I don't think most people get it. If Iran does get nukes, it would just mean a situation of detente with Israel, which already has nukes. Also isn't it amazing that Americans are so easily persuaded that Obama is a Muslim and/or socialist conspirator, when truly dangerous and traitorous conspirators like Feith and Cheney walk around freely? One thing I don't grasp -- why aren't Ron Paul and his anti-war libertarians making a louder noise?? This is a crisis and lives are at stake. Can they really be satisfied with gutting the social safety net and moving to the gold standard? Have they forgotten, or completely failed to see that the only way to long term tax and debt reduction is through peace?

  • Two Ways Mitt Romney Really Will Kill lots of People
    • Jillian St. Andre 08/10/2012 at 2:27 pm

      And wouldn't the chances of a war with Iran go up dramatically if Romney were president? That would surely result in thousands of deaths.

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