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Sam Stone

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  • WaPo says Gasoline Price Increase Mysterious, Ignores US blockade of Iran Oil!
    • Oil industry analysts note a drop in OPEC production chiefly from Saudi Arabia deliberately dropping supply to match demand. Supertanker bookings are down a third from 2012. Iran has nothing to do with current oil markets.

  • Gates & NATO: Misery Loves Company
    • I think it is Europe that is being assisted by the U.S.in Afghanistan as well as Libya, not the other way around. After all,the struggle for control of pipelines and minerals in Central Asia more directly benefits Europe than it does the United States. Europe has been overly reliant on Russia for supplies of natural gas and oil, and Russia has been an unreliable supplier. Why else did Europe ever contribute to this foolish enterprise? Despite all the calamities and clumsiness on display in the Balkans, the U.S. ended up with Camp Bondsteel in place protecting a future pipeline corridor. Google Pipelineistan to make some sense out of U.S. foreign policy.

  • Time to Begin Leaving Afghanistan
    • Puhleez. The U.S. occupation of Afghanistan has nothing to do with Afghans or terrorism. It is the modern version of the 19th century Great Game played by Russia and Britain. This time around, the main players are Russia, China, the U.S., and the Europeans. It's about geostrategy and energy pipelines. Where were the Taliban in the summer of 2001? Houston, arguing about pipeline transit fees. China has already won this war through the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, so the U.S. might as well leave.

  • The Karzai Problem in Afghanistan: Wikileaks
    • According to His Royal Highness the Duke of York, at a luncheon in Kyrgyzstan immortalized by Wikileaks, the Brits and Americans are back in Central Asia to replay the Great Game with Russia and now China. This time, HRH intends to win.

    • The Taliban were in Houston in the summer of 2001 negotiating transit fees. According to an alleged eyewitness, when the talks broke down the Americans said they would be in Kabul before the snow flew. And they were.

  • Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar Walk out on O'Reilly's Muslim-Baiting
    • It's my impression the State of Israel attacked the USS Liberty through Israeli pilots that were reluctant to follow their orders, but did it anyway. There were cockpit recordings.

  • 4th Attack on Trucks Near Quetta, Pakistan
    • Video of a helicopter flying around in the sky demonstrates nothing of interest.

  • Collapse of Kabul Bank Points to Fatal Corruption of Karzai Government
    • Sounds like typical Wall Street banking behavior to me, with a nod to the 1980s S&L crisis. America's Afghan presence doesn't involve terrorism or nation building, just geostrategic (oil and gas) pipe dreams about Central Asia dating back to Zbig Brzezinsky and Jimmy Carter.

  • Veiling ban in Belgium: It is all about the State
    • Similar legal issues are raised in the U.S. by anti-masking laws principally aimed at the Ku Klux Klan, also a politically and religiously reactionary group. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit upheld a New York anti-masking statute as recently as 2004. As the legal and political issues are so similar, I am surprised it is never brought up.

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