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  • ISIL was ended not by Trump or Obama but by Muslims
    • I am surprised in this blog you fail to mention the hugely important contribution by the Russians and the Russian air force. Had Russia not intervened and come in on the side of Assad there would almost certainly be a black ISIL flag on the parliament building in Damascus today. ISIL would not be on the run in Raqqa or anywhere else. Whilst I understand here you are referring only to Raqqa, never-the-less, the SDF and the Kurds would long since have been swamped or amalgamated into the ISIL forces had not the Syrian military together with Russian help from the air and ground got most of the country under control first. I assume the Assad forces are Muslim, if so, then Muslims made a major contribution the ending the war but they wouldn't have without the help from their non Muslim partners, the Russians. One could say the same about the Kurds and the SDF etc. They too would not be on the winning side had it not been for the enormous help from the non Muslim Americans both on the ground and in the air. One thing is certain professor, its the Muslims who have done the most dying and suffering from terrible injuries as well as having their homes, towns and cities destroyed in this sorry affair.

  • Elbaradei: Trump Propaganda on Iran Nuclear Deal like Run-up to Iraq War
    • Actually, the UAE congratulated Trump as well. Not that it in any way bolsters the stupidity of Trump

  • Trump wants 10-fold increase in Atom Bombs but is after Iran, which has none
    • The one thing you left out of your piece, prof, was the staggering cost of all this ironmongery. I read somewhere recently (maybe something of yours) that if the US spent all its war money on the people and infrastructure as well as getting rid of fossil fuels, America could be a virtual paradise. The waste is heart breaking and the results devastating for I fear some fool will one day use these terrible weapons in anger or a fit of petulance

  • As Trump & Pruitt unleash Climate Demons, Scientists dream of Atlantic Wind Farm
    • I am sure world leaders understand the ramifications of global warming well enough and I am surprised you even think they might not. Presidents views on this matter or anything else are tempered by the views and needs of the corporate state and energy production by renewable sources is absolutely not in their interests. They don't want to hear about it or entertain any discussion about an energy source that will put them out of business. As you say, Prof, Atlantic wind and wave farms could produce huge amounts of clean energy and that's to say nothing of the pacific or other vast oceanic and sea areas. I believe China is one of the biggest users of coal and fossil fuels, but they have suddenly become one of the biggest investors in renewable energy sources as well. Perhaps the Chinese government has seen the light and not being chained by any corporations they will be world leaders in this vital technology. They don't need to burn coal for profit they just need the energy and if there is an alternative source (and there really is) they will go for it.

  • Plummeting in Polls, will Trump 'Wag the Dog' with Iran, N. Korea?
    • It seems almost inconceivable that one man's ego can bring about the deaths of millions of people and cause mass destruction on an unimaginable scale. I believe Trumps insanity, for that's what it really is, will be used by the military, arms dealers and manufactures together with the deep state, Israel and many other invested interests to attack North Korea. They will all but exterminate the population of North Korea and lay the country to waste. They will use this as an example to middle east countries and others as an example of what they can expect if they don't capitulate. I'm quite sure that had Clinton won, something similar would be happening. Presidents don't lead, they are managed and manipulated by dark forces behind facade of government. Trumps ego is the catalyst for the conflagration to come.

  • Top 5 signs Donald Trump might be an effing moron
    • The five signs you mention professor are only a further conformation that Trump is a moron. Trump was clearly a moron before he took office on the campaign trail. He was probably a moron even before that. You use the verb "effing" to describe Trump quite reasonably. I just call him an rsole which though less polite, probably describes the man even better!

  • The Gasoline Car will be History before you Know it
    • Well dsmith, over here in the UK 80% of the cost of fuel is government tax. The filling stations get only a few cents (pence uk money) per gallon and the producers get a bit more, but I don't know exactly how much. The filling stations make most of their money selling produce, sweets, newspapers etc. If it wasn't for government tax UK fuel would be very cheap. At least we gasoline users over here in England do contribute towards the county's needs. The car driver, smoker and drinker all heavily taxed, all but keep the UK economy going!!

  • Iraqi Kurdistan defiant in face of Baghdad sanctions, threats
    • Unfortunately, Farhang, people don't live happily together because its usually one or more factions living under the rule, or sometime jack boot of a tyrannical power which dominates the country. The European Union is a good case in point. We Brits have already broken away from this overpowering authority and I suspect others will follow eventually. Even Scotland here in the UK wanted to break away from the UK. The same goes for Ireland. Just as people like to run their own lives free from state interference, so tribes, if I can call them that, want to do their own thing as well. I get on quite well with my neighbour, but if he started telling me how I should do my garden or otherwise manage my home, our friendship would soon come to an end. Its all about that one most fundamental word we here so often quoted, "freedom" !!

  • Iraq strikes Back: Kurds under air travel ban, Turkey blocks Oil
    • I wonder where the Americans will stand in this business of banning air flights to and from the Kurdish territory? I seem to remember that the Kurds' were very friendly and cooperative the the USA when the Iraq war was in full swing and they were spared the ravages of bombing by the US and others in the coalition. If the Iraqi government forces do attack this province then there will be yet another civil war in Iraq. I would have thought Iraq had had enough bloodshed and destruction already and not be wanting to start yet another conflict. It will be interesting to see if Iraq calls on the US air force to carry out bombing raids and if they do, will the Americans oblige or perhaps remember the Kurdish cooperation in the previous fighting with Saddam Hussein?

  • Saudi King seeks Recognition for letting Women Drive, a basic right
    • I suspect this measure to let women drive is to stop the well known comment about Saudi Arabia not even allowing their women to drive as a clear criticism of how backward Saudi thinking really is. We will have to wait and see just how many women are actually able to get a license when they make an application. There is nothing about taking a driving test and will a man be the examiner. Presumably women will have to learn at some kind of driving school, especially if they have no male escort. One has to wonder why its necessary to wait until next June to implement this new law. What's wrong with now? Its one thing to say women are allowed to drive, but quite another in seeing women getting a driving license at the same level as men. I doubt if even 5% of women have a driving license ten years from now.

  • "Those People:" Trump plays to White nat'lism from N. Korea to NFL
    • "Trump goes after everyone except the white supremacists and Putin" I don't quite see why you lump Putin with white supremacists as Trump doesn't go after the British prime minister Mrs May, the French president or the German president, the Australian prime minister etc etc. I agree with you That Trump clearly doesn't like brown people except of course if they live in Saudi Arabia. Its a pity that the great storms of recent times don't descend of Washington and vent their fury on the global warming denying brigade there. Perhaps then they would take the matter seriously.

  • Iranian Leader: Trump is "Disturbed," speaks like a Cowboy or Mobster
    • The speech was bizarre by anyone's standards and was made all the more peculiar by the fixed approving smile on Nikki Haley's face like some kind of grotesque painted face on a puppet from a horror film. I think most people would agree with Safavi that the US has been, if not behind ISIL, then a major supporter of this terrorist organisation. If not the US, then who do you think is the driving force behind ISIL, professor?

  • The Anti-Bouazizi: Did Russia try to 'flash mob' a Trump Victory?
    • You make an excellent point here Nicholas and I would add to this that Obama quite openly tried to influence the outcome of the referendum vote in England with regards to whether or not we should vote to stay in the European Union. If the Russian government really did try to influence the outcome of the presidential election, then they must be sorely disappointed, because Trump has turned out to be just as big a war monger as Clinton was likely to be.

  • Have we Won yet? Was ISIL a flash in the Pan?
    • ISIS or whatever name they go by these days is essentially an 'idea' as much as its a movement. Movements come and go, but the 'idea' remains for ever. whether its religion, communism, capitalism or any other ism the idea is always there waiting for a movement to come along.

  • Are Muslims allowed to be Sympathetic Victims in US Media, or only Perpetrators?
    • The people can be brainwashed by the actual news but not by the lack of news as you suggest, and as Mr Cole points out, the media go overboard when a Muslim has targeted a 'Western Country, but has nothing to say about atrocities perpetrated by Muslims against Muslims or horrendous death and destruction by Western country's bombs. Indeed, its only when the perpetrator of death and destruction in chief (currently Assad) commits some heinous alleged war crime that the media gushes tears of feigned anguish and shows pictures of children caught up in the mayhem. The mass of the people watch only main stream news outlets and only a tiny tiny tiny fraction of people like you and me read well informed sites like this one. You may recall the rather comical speech by Donald Rumsfeld where he driveled on about you can't know what you don't know and an unknown is an unknown etc, well something like that.

  • Is Israel's Netanyahu preparing for War on Iranian Special Ops in Syria?
    • Netanyahu like the Neocons, regards evidence in the same way as Count Dracula regards holy water, a religious cross and garlic, with fear and terror. These people never make any pretense at providing evidence and any evidence which might contradict their own mantra is derided and consigned to the dustbin of the conspiracy theorists.

  • Germany's Merkel: A Selfish & Isolationist America isn't "Great Again"
    • America is not the slightest bit interested in any military contribution the Germans may make just as long as they are on side. This goes for any other European or world country. If other countries only supply a few men and some pots and pans then they are part of the all important "coalition" . Whenever there is a complaint that American or British bombs have blow a community of civilians to bits, it always said the coalition is looking in to it, or the coalition takes great care when it drops bombs etc. The term 'coalition' suggests there is a sense of world unity in making war on whatever country it happens to be this time. If Trump does attack North Korea you can be sure there will be a grand coalition of countries taking part even if they only have a population of a few million. It doesn't pay to be out of favour with America.

  • Trump fires Bannon: Who are the Winners & Losers Globally?
    • Reading this piece makes me wonder if America has a proper government at all as it seems to be being run by a few buffoons, louts, gangsters and a secret state who's place of operations isn't known!! This is a bit like our European union over the pond which has hundreds of elected EU members of parliament of which know one in any country can name or even tell how many there are or what they do. The whole outfit is run by a thing called the 'commission' who are unelected and unaccountable to anyone. I suppose its our version the American so called 'deep state' As far as I can see the only thing of any note the American government has done lately is to vote for ever more sanctions against Russia, which is going to do the American people about as much good as a hole in the head.

  • Bannon must go, but after that, Protesters should listen to Bernie
    • Unemployment, poor wages, exploitation, poor housing and insecurity are the breeding grounds for fascism and bit by bit this is now starting to occur in the USA. The never ending onward march of automation relieving workers of their jobs and lively hoods adds daily to the plight of the men and women who were once workers in society. people in this situation are easy prey for the merchants of fascism and who know just how to arouse race hatred among those without hope. Over here in Europe one might have thought that after Germany and world war two, that fascism had been stamped out for good, but I can assure you, fascism is alive and well and the breeding grounds for its revival are now just about everywhere. Although in the USA Trump and his side kicks can share some of the blame for the recent right wing disturbances, they are not the cause or the symptom as they inherited both. One has to ask why is it that Obama and others before him did little or nothing about the growing tide of depression and misery of the 'working class' ? Scapegoating Trump in the US or scapegoating the mass of immigrants?refugees etc in Europe is just passing the buck. Had previous administrations in the US not gone on a massively expensive war spree on a campaign of 'regime change' and spent that money instead on US infrastructure, things might be much better there today. Further, the nightmare now unfolding in Europe with a mass exodus of people from war torn countries would not have occurred either.

  • 'Locked & Loaded' Trump's 1960s Cowboyism re: N. Korea & Venezuela
    • I don't know what films the US entertainment industry is showing on TV these days, but over here in the UK one can view a John Wayne film on most days of the week on TV. He is very well known and most young people can tell you who he is yet they couldn't give you the name of say, the Australian prime minister. Obviously, Trump's "lock and load" comment was a metaphor to indicate that the USA is ready to attack at a moments' notice should North Korea make any preemptive moves to attack US interests. I don't think the problem is Trump so much as the war machine industry. With the prospect of the war dollars from Syria now drying up and not much war expenditure going on elsewhere, Trump may well be goaded by the war lobby to actually attack North Korea on some pretext or other. Only people who are supremely delusional could think that the West's war enterprises have even the slightest connotations with any humanitarian purpose, because its always about war dollars.

  • If an Iranian president talked like Trump we'd think them all nut cases
    • election results of some of the countries you mention Professor are often of dubious validity, but a recent presidential election in the USA was hardly a paragon of virtue. Clinton won more votes than Trump, but Trump became president. Had this happened in any other country there would have been cries foul and fraud etc. Libya was a highly successful country before the West decided on regime change and had Saddam Hussein not been toppled and sanctioned half to death, Iraq would now be a highly successful country and a leader in middle East affairs. As it is they are both basket cases with no sign of anything changing any time soon.

  • "Fire & Fury" or "Shock and Awe": it is always the start of a Quagmire
    • I seem to remember that the snake oil salesman, Tony Blair, was selling we British a similar story about Saddam Hussein being able to each us in 45 minutes with chemical weapons. Of course, it was a pack of lies just as the rubbish about North Korea being able nuke America is. However, North Korea may well be able to do some serious damage to South Korea, the capitol of which is only a few miles away. If the maniacs in the American military do blow up the nuclear weapons and reactors in the North, the radiation could smother the South if the wind is in the right direction. Much better to have talks, lift all sanctions and stop threatening North Korea. Countries without Nukes get beaten up and destroyed by the Americans, so who can blame the North Koreans for having nukes themselves.

  • Scientists Leak Study on Global Heating Impact b4 Trump can Suppress it
    • If Trump and the gangster Neocons have their way and start a nuclear war with Russia which they seem hell bent on doing, global warming will be the least of our children's grand children's problems. There is also a report out there which suggests that a global rise in temperature may set off volcanic eruption (yellow stone) which will bring about sudden global cooling as happened many years ago in Krakatoa ? The future is indeed uncertain so console yourself professor, knowing that death and taxes will go on for ever!

  • As Trump leaves Paris Accord, Wind jobs are fastest growing in US next Decade
    • Whilst I agree that renewable energy sources is the way to go, its worth bearing in mind that once the wind and solar panels are installed they require very little maintenance. Obviously the jobs created in building them are gone, whereas coal has to be produced and delivered on a daily basis, so people working in this industry are not going cheer on the green lobby. Turkeys don't vote for Xmas!!

  • Trump's Worst Nightmare: Mueller's Grand Jury Subpoenas Russia Documents
    • It would seem that the 'deep state' are completely in control of America and the president is just an empty vassal. Trump is like our queen over here in the UK, a figure head without portfolio. At least the queen has the good grace to deport herself with dignity and gravitas, unlike Trump who just crashes around the white house like a hippo on steroids. Obama before him was also an empty vassal (remember how he was going to close Guantanamo bay?), but at least he looked and behaved like a president. The Americans seem to be willing on the demise of Trump, but they should be careful what they wish for. A country that is run by shadowy unelected people is not a democracy. America's democratic credentials don't look so robust from over here in the UK as they once did.
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  • The Dragon Arrives: 1st Chinese overseas Military Base in Djibouti
    • No wonder the CEO of Alibaba expressed amazement at the crass waste of money the Americans have spend on war and continue to spend. Had the Americans spent all this money, time and effort helping the economies of other less fortunate countries they would probably be the most liked country in the world instead of the most hated.

  • Mideast's 'Only Democracy' joins push to Silence Al Jazeera: Netanyahu
    • Banning alternative news and comment is nothing new. Over here in the UK there are voices in high places who want to ban RT (Russian TV) and of course as we all know, the clamour to edit out 'fake news' and alternative comment with special algorithms is rampant. I believe legislation has already been passed to fine ISP's if they don't filter out 'undesirable content'. One way or another the MSM and their government handlers will silence alternative sources of information, you can bet on it!!

  • Trump: Aid to Syrian Rebels was 'Massive,' 'Dangerous;' slams Post
    • The notion that the rebels took over huge swathes of territory against heavily armed government forces with just 13 bullets a month per man, is fanciful to say the least. There are numerous pictures of the rebels with heavy machine guns mounted on pickup trucks and this is to say nothing of RPG's shoulder mounted missile launchers, transport etc. The only time I ever heard of a shortage of ammunition was when defense minister Fallon mentioned it in a select committee in parliament.

  • Top 4 Lessons Trump can Learn from Napoleon in Russia
    • As far as I can see Trump seems to going around the world trying to be friendly with everyone, including the Russians The only country his is hostile towards, is Iran and this for no good reason that I can see. I would suggest its the Neocons who are itching to start some kind of military conflict with Russia and bad weather isn't likely to stop them. Trump does indeed have lots of connections with the Russians which may well be his downfall, but it won't be for any military ambitions. Maybe Trump has an hotel on the Isle of Elba he can go to if he loses out to Russia gate! LOL

  • Unpopular: Trump's low Polls one reason for Healthcare Defeat
    • What this is really about is the wealthy not wanting to part with a single cent to help provide health care funds for the poor. As you know, professor, over here in the UK we have a free health care service at the point of need for everyone. However, we still have rich and very rich people over here and universal health care does not appeared to have dented the millions of pounds they have stashed away in the bank. Perhaps the super rich, the rich and the almost rich people in the USA should take a look at our system, because what they fear most is losing some of their money to a good cause. Clearly, universal health care doesn't mean the impoverishment of the rich and bizarrely, they get free health care as well !

  • 25% of Australian Homes have gone Solar and other Green Triumphs this Week
    • You are indeed fortunate to have a monthly bill electricity bill for just $15 a month. Over here in the UK we pay that much for a 'standing charge' as they call it and this has to be paid even if you don't use any electricity at all !! For those of us who live in apartments in the cities, solar panels are not an option so when we get our extortionate bills we just have to grin and pay up.

  • Now they hate Universities: Trumpie anti-Intellectualism infects GOP
    • This finding is rather odd to say the least. You don't say who conducted this poll and why. Further, you don't tell us what the question was that the pollsters asked. More importantly, who did the pollsters ask? Was this poll aimed just at party members or was it a random poll asked of the public in general. If so, one has to assume part of the question was asking about the political persuasion of the individual who might not have been frank about their own politics. I simply ask these questions because I would have thought the Republicans would have been most anxious for their off spring to go to university, so why would they denigrate this much sought after right of passage for their own children?

  • With CNN Reporter Attack Video, Trump apes Seedy Dictators
    • In Germany the government has passed a law forcing all internet search engines to take down what they call "fake news" Presumably this affair of Trump's video would qualify as fake news? I can't imagine how loud the screams and howls of censorship from the white house would be if they took down his video. Over here in the UK there are plans for forcing Google and others to take down "fake news". However, as yet fake news hasn't actually be defined. I wonder would the stuff CNN puts out qualify as fake news? They have after all, just sacked three of their staff for just this offence, as well as being caught on camera actually saying they put out all the Russia gate stuff for ratings.

  • UN: Saudi Bloc attempt to close Al Jazeera is attack on Freedom of Expression
    • The American government has just passed legislation seriously curtailing, if not actually shutting down, the Russian news channels, RT and Sputnic for the very same reasons as the Saudi government wants to close Al Jazeera. That is, they are putting out news and opinion that contradicts the state narrative and therefore has to be silenced. Free speech is only tolerated when it doesn't challenge the state. Curiously, Turkey's Erdogan supports Qatar yet he has silenced most of his critics at home by putting them in prison. Its a mad world.

  • Why it Matters that the World thinks US under Trump is Laughingstock
    • As far as respect for the president is concerned, the American people treat stupidity as though it were a virtue! When Trump goes off on a bombing spree to Syria he is lauded by the media, congress, the republicans, the democrats and everyone else in the deep state as a hero. Yet when the novelty of the wizz bangs of missiles wears off, its back to mocking the president again. It looks like there is another chemical weapons attack brewing in Syria so Trump will probably bomb the hell out of the Syrian government this time and once again become everyone's darling.

  • 4 Nations twist Qatar's arm, to close down Aljazeera
    • This is just another example of the state wanting to shut down any form of alternative narrative, especially one that contradicts or exposes the state for lies and corruption. There are plenty of people out there who would like to shut down the RT (Russia today) TV station both in the US and over here in England. As for the internet and blogs like yours professor, the deep state and the main stream media are working over time to close down all this "fake news" as they call it and so stifle any alternative voice or opinion. Whilst TV station like Aljazeera and RT etc are a thorn in the side of middle East states and the West, its the net that poses the most dangerous threat to the power of the state, that's why its banned or under state control in many countries.

  • Putin offers Comey Asylum, likens him to Snowden
    • Comey admitted quite openly that he gave information to a friend so that the friend could get it out to the media. I would call this a leak if ever there was one. His excuse that he was then a private citizen just doesn't wash. If it does then Assange, who is not even a US citizen has no case to answer in an American court, because he too is a private citizen. The Russia gate thing is a complete farce and the notion it in any way influenced the voting American public is fanciful in the extreme. If anything influenced the voters, I would have thought it would have been the re-opening of the case against Hillary by comey just before the election.

  • Mattis overrules Trump on Qatari "terrorism," sells it $12 bn in F-15s
    • There appear to be several captains running the good ship of the USA. Anyway, I would think Qatar might well be needing these planes as the countries around them are being hostile and belligerent .

  • Why Saudi Extremism, Instability is an Argument for EVs, Wind and Solar Energy
    • Professor, in fact there was only one day over here in the UK when we actually produced as much electricity by solar and wind as by fossil fuels. It was a very rare day indeed when the sun actually appeared and stayed with us throughout the whole day and it was also very warm. Long day light hours means little electricity used for lighting and very warm weather means little electricity used in heating systems. As far as we Brits are concerned that was what we call 'freak' weather. Its usually cloudy, overcast or raining. Because of this, few people over here have air cooling conditioning systems so we wouldn't be using much electricity on this as you do in the states. Hence, the unique day when renewable energy came out on top. I don't know why countries in equatorial region with massive desert wastelands don't cover them with solar panels. They could even become exporters of electricity with this limitless natural energy source.

  • Tillerson-Trump Rumble over Qatar shows White House Divisions
    • If Tillerson did say that the blockade of Qatar is hindering the ability of the USA to do business in region and causes difficulties for the American military stationed in the middle East, then perhaps the American air force should stop re-fueling Saudi planes on their way to unleash ever more bombs of death on the people of Qatar. Tillerson's statement suggests that the White House has no idea what the American military is up to?

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