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 garish bare-chested, bareback photo opportunity? 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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To the Plane’s Left, Ladies and Gentlemen, a War
Jul18

To the Plane’s Left, Ladies and Gentlemen, a War

To the Plane’s Left, Ladies and Gentlemen, a...

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(Updated) Surface-to-Air Missile Brought Down Malaysia Airlines Flight over Ukraine: WSJ
Jul17

(Updated) Surface-to-Air Missile Brought Down Malaysia Airlines Flight over Ukraine: WSJ

Member Login Username: Password: Update II: Secretary of State John Kerry has released the following statement on the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 in Eastern Ukraine: We are horrified by the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17. There are no words adequate to express our condolences to the families of the nearly 300 victims. We offer our sympathies and support to the Governments of Malaysia and the Netherlands at this...

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American Teenager Caught Up in Israel Violence
Jul05

American Teenager Caught Up in Israel Violence

WTSP.com reports that an American boy, Tampa teenager Tariq Khdeir, a 15-year-old student at the Universal Academy of Florida high school in Tampa, is being detained in Jerusalem following an attack carried out by Israeli defense forces, as claimed by the Council on American-Islamic Relations. Young Khdeir was attending a demonstration following the death of his 16-year old cousin, Mohammed Abu Khdeir, who was allegedly burned alive...

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A Generational Slap In The Face
Jul04

A Generational Slap In The Face

Better Than The Twinkie Defense The Cobb County Crucible on HLN The View From The Virgin Islands By John McCarthy TMV Columnist If the O.J. Simpson trial was the crime of the last century, then the “hot car death” of Cooper Harris is the “alleged” murder of the new century. H.L. Mencken called the kidnapping and murder trial of the Lindbergh baby’s killer in 1932 “the biggest story since the Resurrection.” The trial of 33-year-old...

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Palestinian Teenager Killed in Possible Revenge Attack
Jul02

Palestinian Teenager Killed in Possible Revenge Attack

Palestinian Teenager Killed in Possible Revenge...

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Free Will and Food Intake
Jul01

Free Will and Food Intake

When Mayor Bloomberg’s New York City Department of Health limited the size of sodas and other sugary drinks that could be sold to sixteen ounces, there was an outcry from many convenience stores, grocery stores, restaurants, and food outlets who felt this would impact their business negatively. It was particularly true of minority-owned establishments and was also opposed by many minority legislators. This was in spite of the fact...

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Israel Launches 34 ‘Terror Targets’ Attacks in Gaza After Bodies of Israeli Teens Kidnapped by Hamas Found Murdered
Jul01

Israel Launches 34 ‘Terror Targets’ Attacks in Gaza After Bodies of Israeli Teens Kidnapped by Hamas Found Murdered

A parent’s worst nightmare came terriblytrue for three Israeli families: their teenage sons, kidnapped by Hamas while hitchhiking on June 12 were finally found — murdered. And, in retaliation, Israel has responded with 34 precision attacks on terror targets in Gaza: The Israeli Air Force carried out what it called “precision strikes” on 34 “terror targets” in the Gaza Strip overnight, and a...

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ISIS in Iraq Crucifies Eight Rebels, Displays Their Bodies
Jun29

ISIS in Iraq Crucifies Eight Rebels, Displays Their Bodies

ISIL in Iraq Crucifies Eight Rebels, Displays Their...

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Has Putin Orchestrated Poland’s Eavesdropping Scandal? (Newsweek Polska, Poland)
Jun27

Has Putin Orchestrated Poland’s Eavesdropping Scandal? (Newsweek Polska, Poland)

Is Vladimir Putin plotting to bring down the Polish government to gain in Ukraine? Newsweek Polska columnist Jakub Korejba writes that recently leaked recordings of Polish leaders making disparaging remarks about the United States are likely an attempt by the Kremlin to remove the biggest obstacle to its plans to restore the Russian Empire. With Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk warning that the scandal may result in early elections,...

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Cochran takes early lead in Mississippi’s GOP Senate primary
Jun24

Cochran takes early lead in Mississippi’s GOP Senate primary

Cochran takes early lead in Mississippi’s GOP Senate...

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ISIS and ASIS
Jun23

ISIS and ASIS

ISIS did not arise de novo in Syria and Iraq. And its supposed military triumphs in Iraq have been due to alliances with some of the indigenous Sunni tribes along with old Baathist organizations who supplied much of the fighting muscle for the Iraqi army. These are secular organizations and not Islamist in their orientation, and at some point conflict between the Baathists and ISIS is inevitable. But ISIS’s recent development and...

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Iraq: UN’s Ban at a loss like Obama
Jun17

Iraq: UN’s Ban at a loss like Obama

Referring to the possibility of a wider regional war stemming from Iraq and Syria, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said that he “would not predict or prejudge any such kind of scenario at this time”. The best he could do was strongly urge Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to reach a “more inclusive solution of this issue”. His briefing today had an air of desperation, indicating that he is at as much of a loss as President Barack Obama...

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Breaking: U.S. Special Operations Forces Capture Alleged Ringleader of Benghazi Attack
Jun17

Breaking: U.S. Special Operations Forces Capture Alleged Ringleader of Benghazi Attack

The Washington Post reports that U.S. Special Operations forces have captured the alleged ringleader of the terrorist attacks in Benghazi in a secret raid in Libya. This marks the first time one of the accused perpetrators of the 2012 assault has been captured, according to U.S. officials, says the Post. Officials tell the Post that Ahmed Abu Khattala was captured near Benghazi over the weekend by American troops working alongside the...

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REPORT: ISIS Revives Saddam’s Baath Party to Win Sunni Support (Sotal Iraq, Iraq)
Jun16

REPORT: ISIS Revives Saddam’s Baath Party to Win Sunni Support (Sotal Iraq, Iraq)

With Iraq’s political system in tatters, is Saddam Hussein’s Baath Party making a comeback, or is it just a tool in the designs of the now dreaded Islamic State in Iraq and Syria [ISIS]? This news item from the Sotal Iraq reports that the last remaining member of Saddam’s regime yet to be apprehended, Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, has been seen in Mosul amid posters of Saddam, and is claiming the Iraqi presidency for...

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(Update II) U.S. Embassy in Baghdad:  Evacuation or ‘Temporary Relocation’
Jun16

(Update II) U.S. Embassy in Baghdad: Evacuation or ‘Temporary Relocation’

Browse down for updates. ~.~ It is interesting to read how the State Department describes its “review of staffing requirements,” in view of developments in Iraq and how the New York Times reports on them. Granted, the Times has access to more loquacious and plainspoken sources. Nevertheless, the avoidance of the term “evacuation” by State is interesting. Press Statement by Jen Psaki, Department Spokesperson: The United States strongly...

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While Iraq Unravels, Over in Ukraine…
Jun14

While Iraq Unravels, Over in Ukraine…

While the focus of the world is on the advances of the ISIL forces towards Baghdad and it holds its breath as to what the U.S., and others, will do, things are unraveling rapidly in Ukraine — again. The Guardian reports, “Pro-Russian rebels have shot down a military transport plane in Luhansk in the bloodiest single day of fighting in eastern Ukraine since the conflict began in April…” The Guardian: Rebels shot down an Il-76...

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