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  • The Bernie Sanders Miracle: American Crowd in Brooklyn Cheers Palestinian Dignity
    • Well, Sanders wouldn't agree with you for a very good reason: you're wrong.
      When Herzl witnessed Dreyfus' downfall in the square, and the Zionist movement was effectively born, 30,000 of the 50,000 inhabitants of Jerusalem were already Jewish; the descendents of those reintroduced in the train, and under the protection, of Salah al Din, the one the British called 'Saladin'.
      But these were Jews, not rabid Zionists, their children playing together with their friends in the street, and Jewish families spending their holidays on the orange orchards of Palestinian friends along the Jaffa road.

      The Zionists have forgotten how to share and, consequently, have failed as a spiritual state, and very obviously, as an administrative one. I spent some time in Jabalia some years ago and can attest to this personally.
      They have been fully financially supported for some, what? Seventy years now, and still can;'t stand on their own hind legs?
      I see nothing 'chosen' or otherwise special about that.

      The rest is just a matter of time.

  • Russia Condemns US Mission Creep, New Bombing Plans for Syria
    • Pitiful statement.
      ' this report is not independent, critical analysis'.
      There's more than the Russian government behind RT, information which a quick look at the site would have provided. That, however, cannot be said about PBS, which is entirely funded by money allocated by the U.S. government.

      There's absolutely no difference, the money comes from the same place in both instances: the people. It should be noted, however, that a little while ago, the U.S. administration notified PBS that all funding was to be removed.

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      But then PBS's tone became more compliant, and no more was said. Even Jim Lehrer's show has reduced its profile, to no more than a shadow of what it was.

      Things need to be examined in perspective: RT has now been nominated for three Emmys in the news category, along with many other recognition factors. Many of them not Russian.

      Mission creep in Syria?
      And you don't think it's happening?
      That can only be because you don't want to know about it.
      Sending aircraft into Syrian airspace, alone, is in contravention of international law. No permission was sought from the Syrian national administration or the U.N.
      Now they are to 'protect' the 'moderate' rebels when there are none?
      The last training influx has just defected to Al-Nusra, taking all that training and associated military assets with them.
      U.S. air strikes, so far, have destroyed more Syrian commercial/industrial infrastructure than inflicted damage on the Daesh. And while the Daesh continue to create the requisite level of disarray in the Middle East, because that's what the U.S. wants: fragmentation, then that's the way it'll stay.

  • Real Independence: In 2014, Scotland used more Renewable Energy than Nuclear, Coal or Gas
    • Scotland is well past the stage of 'exploring' with tidal power, having established projects supplying all the needs of communities on a permanent basis.

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      With more projects on the way.

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      The Isles have some powerful currents running through the channels. More than enough to power the entire U.K., and more in the North Sea.

      There seems to be plenty of potential in that spectrum, yes, but there also seems to be recognition of that, which is positive.

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  • UN General Assembly Demands Israel Mothball its Nuclear Arsenal
    • Oh dear!
      Whatever is the U.S. to do?
      They are members of the non-proliferation treaty and now one of the major reasons to retain Israel as an asset--that of building a sidestore of up to 400 nuclear warheads outside the treaty--is about to disappear right out from under.

  • Pretext for US Syria Bombings?: No sign that Dread "Khorasan" Group even Exists
    • With regard to 'Khorasan'.
      Nothing so complicated.
      Basic psyops preparation.
      No flag, no known central tenets, no known value, and fear thrives in the unknown.

      The name?
      An ancient name for part of northern Iran.
      This is why the military reestablishment is required in Iraq, and the signature Kerry strives for, on the other side of Iran, in Afghanistan, for the military presence to be retained there.

      It is obvious that there are too many alternate agendas involved in the 'nuclear' negotiations, for the U.S. to be able to force its own. Nuclear has never been a problem there, so now the alternate strategy is placed into effect and sometime in the future, through 'Khorasan', it will be established, for the edification of the base-level financiers, that Iran has been the home of international terrorism all along.

      And then, they wont even have to share it with the Shah.

  • A Widening War: Iraq intervenes in Syria with Helicopter Gunships
    • This changes the whole balance. With a U.S. general going to Israel and Obama going to Riyadh, all in the one week, the U.S. thought they had Iran in a pincer and covered, while they concentrated on the Ukraine and the South China Sea.

      This changes all of that, and with North Korea's current attitude, it's obvious they don't intend to be left out of anything, either.

      It's begining to look as though it might be hungry times ahead for the U.S. They already are, for the ones on the bottom of the pile that have been funding the rabid expansionist policy, but finally the ones that need to feel and understand regret will be reached, and America can start making it's way back towards what it once was, with all Americans making the decisions. You know, the way it was when it was a democracy.

      It's looking pretty ugly at present.

  • Are Some Iraqi Politicians being Disqualified because they Criticized PM Nouri al-Maliki?
    • There could be any number of reasons for this.

      The U.S. has only very recently relented in their policy in supplying military assets to the Iraqis, to hold back the insurgents who gain open access over their southern border. The main impetus for this, when observing the reluctance to do so beforehand, seems to have been the offer of the Iranians to do the same and to keep them out of the market.

      Maliki may well see the most viable future for Iraq in getting rid of the massive bunker termed the 'U.S. Embassy', shutting off the southern border, and beginning reconstruction from there.

      Many wouldn't see Iraq having any chance of survival on any meaningful level until that occurs. I definitely don't and I know I'm far from alone.

  • Saudi Arabia in Unprecedented Withdrawal from UN Security Council over Syria, Palestine
    • To be clear, the urging of acceptance by the U.S., is public.
      The urging to refuse by the U.S. is very much under the table.

      The apparent large findings of oil in the U.S., may well serve that market well, but there is still plenty of potential elsewhere.
      The U.K., for example, is seriously looking at fracking as the North Sea fields are in the process of drying up.

      This was their particular motivation for accessing Iran again, where B.P. actually began in Pahlavi's era. Iran, at over 4.2 million barrels/day, is the world's fourth largest producer.

    • They will find it hard not to accept the seat.

      The other Arab nations are urging them to do so and the Arab League is also.

      They won't however.
      The U.S. is publicly pushing them to accept it, but I believe they are refusing it at the suggestion of the U.S., so that they can enact policy in the region without the encumbrance of the Security Council.

      They want two things:

      (1) Theological, and therefore, political, dominance in the region
      (2) Dominance of the oil factor in the region, for resale to the West.

      Both mean a requirement for subjugation of Iran.

      Although, for mine, Iran is, by far, the more ethical of the two regimes.

    • You aren't obliged to abide by the vote, so much, if you have no part in making it. Perhaps they see themselves as having another role?

      Perhaps now the U.S. is obliged to coo like a dove, while the Saudi division plays the part of the hawk? How to delegate a war:

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  • The Hubris of the Syria Interventionists
    • DMOL

      I had a friend on the ground in Libya and got daily feed back that told me exactly how incompetent the NATO (that's *not* U.S.) forces operated.

      He was a doctor from Egypt who drove a truck across the border and followed the rebel forces, patching thoings up as he went and keeping in touch with me on his Ubuntu laptop as he went to keep his sanity level together. At one stage he had his tent hospital set up outside the city of Misrata and the NATO jets were kind enough to strafe and rocket that for him.

      What they couldn't understand was with accurate intelligence being fed to them, it took NATO jets longer to get to the targets than the road speed of the Russian tanks from Tripoli. They were wondering whose side they were on.

      The first Iraq conflict?
      Very common mistake.
      There was only one with two fronts, with the naval blockade between the two, which amounted to no more than a siege.
      Wheelbarrows were not permitted into Iraq because 'they could be employed to build plants to manufacture nuclear weaponry'. Vaccines were not permitted in 'because they could be employed to manufacture bacterial weapons', although, as most high school science students could tell you, the majority of vaccines employ dead bacterium. The pleas of the doctors from the Iraqi hospitals went unheard and 200,000 children below the age of five died during those years.

      The only kind of war you can win and you weren't in that alone either.

      Maybe it's you that needs the history lesson.

    • "But I’m all for giving that grunt on point as much ballistic protection, firepower and situational awareness as he can handle."

      I have friends with very personal experience of that.
      New Zealand SAS working forward of forward, spotting, sending back accurate coordinates, then getting repeatedly shelled by their U.S. allies.
      That's when they sent home for their own 25 pack howitzer crews, who could use artillery, and they made a name for themselves.

      They had long given up on joint exercises with 'grunts' taking a stroll through the jungle, coked to the eye-balls and tape-players - the ghetto-blasters of the day- up to their ears, setting everybody up as a target.

      Once experienced, twenty times shy.

    • Yes, military involvement is a step too far.
      But do you really think they have the brains to see that?
      They never have before.
      They've lost every war they've ever participated in.
      They were only on the winning *side* in the second world war.
      Tell me what other war they have won.
      They're even losing the one in Okinawa!
      They're the most over-equipped, totally incompetent soldiers on the planet.

    • For the most part, I should agree with you Juan, but the U.S, has been supplying the 'rebels' with arms for some time, through Qatar, but the opposition movement has become so splintered now that it has become too hard to control or to predict who will come out on top.

      It is this, I believe, that is the real motive for the requirement for direct intervention. Forget humanitarianism. You've got that right. Crocodile tears and no more. There are too many interests represented. Too many factions.

      The whole situation needs to be brought under control in order to serve the interests of U.S. foreign policy and nothing short of direct action will do it now.

      Putin, brilliantly, has robbed them of that!

  • Rush to Western Strike on Syria slows, but does not Stall
    • With regard to:

      "And when you aren't wrong, you shouldn't back down to people who have nothing but silly conspiracy theories and no evidence."

      There are plenty of examples of this.
      Off the top of my head, Colin Powell pointing to a decidedly fuzzy, high resolution satellite image of a garbage truck as 'proof' of Iraq's weapons of mass destruction. You know: the rational for the Iraqi second front.

    • Other than that, Lawfare has a reasonable summation here:

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      I had an interchange with Richard Haas of the Foreign Policy Council the other day, after his statement. It appears very much as though the U.N. is very much a 'Tool of Trade' in regard to American Foreign Policy. To be employed where convenient and ignored when not.
      My communication, thusly:
      Hello Richard,

      Just writing to point out what would appear to be an inconsistency in U.S. policy.

      It is an imperative for any recognition of a Palestinian State be approved by way of the Security Council, but, in the case of any intervention in Syria, to quote you - "To say only the UN Security Council can make something legitimate seems to me to be a position that cannot be supported because it would allow in this case a country like Russia to be the arbiter of international law and, more broadly, international relations."

      If the United Nations is, in fact, obsolete, as your statement would appear to indicate, perhaps you would like to make this a little more apparent in your next media release?

      Thanking you for your time and trouble in relation to this matter.
      Kind regards,

      Changing the music to suit *your* dance is not conducive to a party atmosphere, unless you are the only one at the party.

    • Agreed Ban Ki Moon lacks backbone.
      I have always felt that he was put in place to do a job that has little to do with the officially appointed one.

      A false flag scenario still isn't out of the equation.
      There have been warnings of this potential for almost a year.

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  • Egypt's Waco
    • Colour me 'Conspiracy Theorist'.

      What were the hawks doing there 'negotiating for peace' then flying back to Washington to stage their 'Shock/Horror' Pontius Pilat act?

      I wouldn't trust McCain and Graham as far as I could kick them.

      Also, as an added feature:
      The Egyptian military may be picking up $1.3B in U.S. pay roll these days, but that somewhat pales in proportion to the $13B from Saudi and the UAE.
      Is Saudi Arabia interested in the Muslim Brotherhood holding any level of power in Egypt?
      I doubt it.
      I think their own particular brand of fanatic Wahabi would be preferred and this is what is happening here.
      It'll stay that way too.
      We now have 17 military officials in the new government and two police personalities, so Egypt is basically back to pre-revolution, square one.

  • Egyptian Backlash against Sheikh Yusuf Qaradawi's Call for foreign Intervention in Egypt
    • Hiden in here is a key fact with the Saudi suport of the new government and endorsed by further mental gymnastics from other quarters:

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      Saudi Arabia invested *a lot* of money after the initial revolution stage and they don't want that to be wasted on any other Muslim influence than their own.

      Morsi wasn't productive in regard to their Wahabi local representative's interests and wasn't productive in getting Egypt back into productive mode (as competition as yet another labour out-sourcing market to contain the price factor in the asian sector?), so the U.S. want him out also.

  • All Hell Breaks Loose in Libya
    • I had an Egyptian friend in Libya, all hrough the conflict, but don't know what's happening there know.

      The 'Terrorist' label is applied to many parties with a wide spectrum of agendas, these days, and it depends on whose perspective you are looking from as to whether they are terrorists or not.

      Are they local people?
      Are they from outside?
      If so, where?

      Are they the same brand of Taliban shipped in, that Gates predicted peace with within twelve months, almost twelve months ago, that are also suspected of agitation within both Syria and Yemen?

      Are they Colombians that Erik Prince has been training in the U.A.E., picking up experience before the push into Iran?

      Are they Qatari, that also supplied the arms to the Libyan rebels during the conflict, with tact approval from the U.S., so that they could appear to have their hands clean?

      Who knows?
      Nothing is honest anymore.
      Definitely not media or political representation.

  • Fox to Reza Aslan: Why would a Muslim write a book about Jesus?
    • There are actually more suras (verses) devoted to Isa (Jesus) in the Koran, that there are to Mohammed.

      How can such a massive demographic of people rely on Fox for reliable information when they are so demonstrably woefully, peasant-level, ignorant?

      And no, I'm not deriding peasants.
      I believe they would be considerably more genuine in their dealings than Fox.

  • Obama: "Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago"
    • Perhaps it should have been.

      The we wouldn't be subject to these cheap, mercenary, 'jumping_on_the_political_gravy_train' exhibitions.

  • An Outbreak of Reasonableness in Tehran: Top Ten Conclusions from Iran's Early Election Returns
    • Hello,

      All well and good, but I have questions:

      (1) To what degree has this guy been influenced by the U.S./U.K. block during negotiation functions?
      (2) Does Iran need that influence when the effect of it is readily seen in other national contexts that 'democracy' has been imposed into?
      (3) Is the fear factor imposed by a continuous and considerable threat of war on a civilian population indicative of democratic procedure?

  • Romney: "I'm not concerned about the very poor."
    • In a world where population explosion is a common term and outsourcing is the order of the day to take advantage of it and on top of that, we breed our own replacements, we are nothing and less than nothing.

      We work at jobs to produce the products that earn our pay, so that we can then almost afford to buy the products that we produce.

      We are a managed commodity.

      When does the madness end.

  • Graphic of World Military Spending (Iran's too Small to Show up)
    • @Tim. There are questions there, also.
      I would say it would be extremely doubtful that Italy would have 38 Billion in its entire budget, let alone that amount to spend on 'Defence' alone.

    • @Karina. That would be *exactly* why Israel's status doesn't show. The U.S. pays for Israel.
      How else is it rationalised that Iran is harrassed over a fictional nuclear arms development programme - a perception that even Moussad has endorsed, in order to access an Iranian daily oil production of 4.2 million barrels, while Israel has been permitted, through French training and U.S. financing, to become the third most powerful nuclear state on the planet without so much as a murmur.

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