ISIS Releases Video of Execution, Alleges Victim is American Journalist James Foley
Aug19

ISIS Releases Video of Execution, Alleges Victim is American Journalist James Foley

A video released Tuesday by militant Islamic extremist group ISIS depicts the violent execution of a man alleged to be missing American journalist James Foley, who was kidnapped in Syria last year. Foley, 39, was taken while working for Agence France Presse. AFP has no comment at this time, AFP’s Chief Editor for North America told… ISIS Releases Video of Execution, Alleges Victim is American Journalist James...

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(Updates) Another ‘Oops’ for Perry
Aug19

(Updates) Another ‘Oops’ for Perry

Gov. Rick Perry’s booking photo, Aug. 19, 2014. Courtesy Travis County Sheriff’s Office Update II: Under a celebratory, almost victorious atmosphere, a defiant Texas governor Rick Perry arrived at the Travis County justice complex in Austin, Texas, this afternoon and spoke to a cheering crowd before entering the courthouse to be booked, fingerprinted and having his mug shot taken. Perry exited the booking room about 20...

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Iraqi and Kurdish Forces Backed By U.S. Air Power Recapture Mosul Dam
Aug18

Iraqi and Kurdish Forces Backed By U.S. Air Power Recapture Mosul Dam

Water flows down the Mosul Dam chute spillway May 14, 2003. The spillway was built with a “ski-jump” section to dissipate the energy of outflowing water. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Brendan Stephens The Mosul Dam in northern Iraq, the fourth largest in the Middle East, is an immensely strategic asset, resource and target, as it captures the flow of the Tigris River, providing flood control, water and electricity to Mosul’s 1.7...

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Report:  Michael Brown Autopsy Finds He Was Shot 6 Times, Twice in the Head
Aug18

Report: Michael Brown Autopsy Finds He Was Shot 6 Times, Twice in the Head

BREAKING NEWS: The New York Times is reporting that Michael Brown was shot six times, twice in the head and four times in the right arm and torso. An indepedent autopsy was performed by Dr. Michael Baden on the family’s behalf. One bullet entered the top of the skull. No bullets were fired into his back. That contradicts what Brown’s friend, Dorian Johnson, said. One of the bullets entered the top of Mr. Brown’s skull,...

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Uh, Guys? You might want to rethink that headline …
Aug17

Uh, Guys? You might want to rethink that headline …

I suppose that they are inured to it in Missouri. But this conjures an entirely inappropriate image to mind. click here for the original But allow me to make one thing perfectly clear … Besides, Watergaiety certainly seems in step with the zeitgeist. Courage. Nota Bene: It’s on the newspaper’s site, as well, but that link will expire soon. This is cross-posted from Mr Williams’ “lively” blog: his...

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Iraqi ambitions could upend Obama’s plans
Aug17

Iraqi ambitions could upend Obama’s plans

Under the “no American boots” plan, a very stable, cohesive and inclusive regime is required in Baghdad to fight like a military juggernaut on the ground under leadership consensual enough to dismantle the Islamic State. If this is the plan’s long haul backbone, the Islamic State is unlikely to be crushed definitively. At best, it may be contained and denied more territory. That means a heavily militarized IS would continue to exist...

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Islamic State: the primal war
Aug15

Islamic State: the primal war

With “Yes, we can” optimism, the Obama White House now expects Kurd, Sunni and Shia Iraqis to forget their centuries-old distrust to become its frontline soldiers in a primal war to restore the order of State entities imposed by the West over the Middle East a century ago. The self-proclaimed Caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s Islamic State has already destroyed that order. It has erased the frontier between Syria and Iraq, in...

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Gaza: Let the UN help
Aug12

Gaza: Let the UN help

The shaky ceasefire in Gaza gives opportunity for limited accords on structuring a longer truce. The core need is for an honest partner to reach the first steps. The vital immediate step is establishment of an administrative, policing and monitoring structure to ensure that weapons and related materials do not enter Gaza at border crossings with Egypt or a planned new harbor. There is no honest partner whose credibility is accepted by...

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Have America’s Universities Lost Their Way?
Aug12

Have America’s Universities Lost Their Way?

Once upon a time the United States had the best educational system in the world, American universities as its crowning achievement. During that period, universities understood that their primary mission was education, with research as a secondary objective. Today, however, many of America’s largest universities have changed their paramount goal, with athletic pre-eminence in football and basketball now the central driving force...

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The Kurds, ISIL, and Iraq’s Icosahedron Triangle of Interests (L’Orient Le Jour, Lebanon)
Aug08

The Kurds, ISIL, and Iraq’s Icosahedron Triangle of Interests (L’Orient Le Jour, Lebanon)

Whose fighting who – and whose helping who, in the geopolitical maze called Iraq? L’Orient Le Jour columnist Christian Merville outlines the latest baffling wrinkle in the quagmire, suggesting that, despite the fact that they appear to be under attack by ISIL, the Kurdish Peshmerga, thought to be extremely close to the Americans, may in fact be cooperating with none other than that very same ISIL, aka/the Islamic State in...

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(Continued Updates) Air Operations in Iraq
Aug08

(Continued Updates) Air Operations in Iraq

For some background, scroll down to the end – Statement by Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby on Airstrikes in Iraq At approximately 6:45 a.m. EDT, the U.S. military conducted a targeted airstrike against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) terrorists. . Two F/A-18 aircraft dropped 500-pound laser-guided bombs on a mobile artillery piece near Erbil. ISIL was using this artillery to shell Kurdish forces...

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Prolonging the Gaza ceasefire
Aug06

Prolonging the Gaza ceasefire

High hopes rest on the two-day old Gaza ceasefire that might hold for its third and final day tomorrow as negotiators work in Cairo to find a pathway to prolonging it. But Hamas and other resistance fighters have not been sufficiently bloodied to make them sue for a longer ceasefire while more lasting peace is far out of sight. The blood of Gaza civilians has flowed more copiously than in past wars, not of the fighters who have...

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(Updated) U.S. General Killed in Suspected Green-on-Blue Attack in Afghanistan
Aug05

(Updated) U.S. General Killed in Suspected Green-on-Blue Attack in Afghanistan

The Pentagon has identified the general killed today in Afghanistan as Major General Harold J. Greene His biography can be read here. Our condolences to his family and friends. Update: Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby has confirmed that “An American general was killed today in Kabul, Afghanistan, when an individual believed to be a member of the Afghan security forces fired into a group of coalition troops.” DoD...

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72-hour humanitarian pause in Gaza starting Friday morning
Jul31

72-hour humanitarian pause in Gaza starting Friday morning

Below is a statement from the office of Ban Ki-moon, the UN Secretary-General. Hopefully, this ceasefire will happen although earlier press reports on Friday said the Israeli Prime Minister will not observe a ceasefire until all the tunnels are destroyed. New York, 31 July 2014 – Joint Statement by the Secretary-General and US Secretary of State John Kerry on Humanitarian Ceasefire Announcement “Secretary-General Ban...

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UN human rights chief cites increasing evidence of war crimes in Gaza
Jul31

UN human rights chief cites increasing evidence of war crimes in Gaza

Referring to Israel’s military invasion of Gaza, UN Human Rights chief Navi Pillay today underlined the need for “real accountability considering the increasing evidence of war crimes and an ever-growing number of civilian casualties, including some 250 children.” In general, Tel Aviv thinks that she and the UN Human Rights Council are heavily biased against Israel and are unfair critics. It usually rejects her statements and...

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Gaza and Israel: new disasters but no end in sight
Jul29

Gaza and Israel: new disasters but no end in sight

Today’s destruction of Gaza’s electricity power station raises the specter of a severe humanitarian crisis in Gaza because it will severely curtail supply of safe water for drinking and use in hospitals and make safe disposal of sewage almost impossible. That could lead within weeks to epidemic diseases including cholera and dysentery, which has the worst impacts on children, the infirm, old people and women. Unrecovered bodies buried...

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Ukraine festers as Obama and Putin skirmish
Jul23

Ukraine festers as Obama and Putin skirmish

The Ukrainian civil war in the eastern regions is rapidly turning into a skirmish between President Barack Obama and Russia’s Vladimir Putin, instead of advancing towards a truce or peace talks after the missile strike on Malaysian Air flight MH17. The stakes are too high to let Ukraine fester in this manner. Putin’s irredentism is luring Obama and the European allies into a trap by denying east Ukraine’s airspace to Kiev’s fighter...

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Putin’s Hard Hat of Indifference
Jul20

Putin’s Hard Hat of Indifference

Balloon Payment For The Sochi Olympics Invade Now For Best Financing Terms The View From The Virgin Islands By John McCarthy TMV Columnist Remember when the worst thing we had to fear from Vladimir Putin was another bare-chested photo opportunity on horseback? There had come a time in the career of President Putin when he was even taking flack from Pussy Riot band members and seemed destined for irrelevance. Not any more. The...

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President Obama: Flight MH-17 Shoot-Down an ‘Outrage of Unspeakable Proportion’
Jul18

President Obama: Flight MH-17 Shoot-Down an ‘Outrage of Unspeakable Proportion’

Here are some excerpts from President Obama’s remarks on the shooting-down of the Malaysia Airliner where at least one American was killed, as reported by Claudette Roulo of the DoD News, Defense Media Activity: “Nearly 300 innocent lives were taken — men, women, children, infants who had nothing to do with the crisis in Ukraine. Their deaths are an outrage of unspeakable proportions,” Obama told reporters during a news...

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Abandoning Pro-Russia Separatists Would Be ‘Unforgivable’ (Izvestia, Russia)
Jul18

Abandoning Pro-Russia Separatists Would Be ‘Unforgivable’ (Izvestia, Russia)

Should Russia continue to back seperatists in eastern Ukraine, particulary after they appear to have shot down a civilian aircraft killing all 298 people aboard? For Russia’s Izvestia, columnist Kiril Benediktov insists that the rebel war in Ukraine is Russia’s war as well, and criticizes Russian ‘elites’ who consider the rebels a nuisance who undermine Russian interests. After taking a fellow columnist to task...

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