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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ISIL: The Latest Disastrous Tool of Western Statecraft (Carta Maior, Brazil)
Jul29

ISIL: The Latest Disastrous Tool of Western Statecraft (Carta Maior, Brazil)

This column deals with an issue that no U.S. official, or member of the mainstream media for that matter, will ever address or admit to: the deliberate fostering and creation of terrorist groups for the furtherance of American foreign policy. For Brazil’s Carta Maior, columnist Francisco Carlos Teixeira takes on the history of Western involvement in the Middle East, showing how it has exacerbated Sunni-Shiite tensions for its...

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Israel’s Ground Offensive in Gaza – Final Update
Jul29

Israel’s Ground Offensive in Gaza – Final Update

Note to readers: The news — the daily carnage — coming out of this godforsaken part of the world has become too depressing, too wretched. I will no longer be “updating” such a tragedy. Readers can pick up any newspaper, open up any web page, tune in to any broadcast or cable station to get the abominable facts for themselves. No middle man, no interpretation, no ‘opinionating,’ no coloring of the...

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Flight MH 17: Emotional Words From a Dutch Man
Jul27

Flight MH 17: Emotional Words From a Dutch Man

While every family member, relative or friend lost in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 represents a horrific tragedy, and while every nation whose citizens died as a result of that criminal act is in deep mourning, the loss suffered by the Dutch nation and the Dutch people is especially heavy: 193 of its residents killed in a matter of seconds, entire families wiped out… No wonder the Netherlands has been taking a lead role...

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Gaza and MH17: France Pays the Price for its Moribund Diplomacy (Le Figaro, France)
Jul27

Gaza and MH17: France Pays the Price for its Moribund Diplomacy (Le Figaro, France)

France is not only home to the largest Muslim and Jewish populations in Europe, but with the Kremlin in the global doghouse over MH17 and Ukraine, Paris is in the process of selling Russia two massive Mistral warships for $1.6 billion. For Le Figaro, columnist Pierre Rousselin writes that with pro-Palestinian protests erupting across the country, and allies losing patience with the French for selling such powerful weapons to Russia,...

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MH17: Dutch Should Avoid America’s Post-911 Reaction (de Volkskrant, The Netherlands)
Jul26

MH17: Dutch Should Avoid America’s Post-911 Reaction (de Volkskrant, The Netherlands)

How should people in the Netherlands handle the incredible anger and sorrow that has suddenly struck after the downing of Flight MH17, in which more than 189 innocent Dutch civilians, many of them children, were killed? Continuing with our focus on the Netherlands this week, for de Volkskrant, columnist Lodewijk Pessers advises people to stay calm, and above all, not to react the way the United States did after 9-11 – or the way...

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VIDEO: Snowden and Elsberg at the HOPE X Summit (Hope X, New York)
Jul25

VIDEO: Snowden and Elsberg at the HOPE X Summit (Hope X, New York)

This is an extraordinary video of an exchange between Edward Snowden and the man who leaked the Pentagon Papers, Daniel Elsberg. The encounter took place on Monday at the HOPE X Hacker’s summit in New York City. Snowden recieves a hero’s welcome with long ovations and unmitigated praise from Elsberg, who says Snowden’s emergence gave him ‘hope’ for the first time in many years. To Snowden’s critics,...

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Mike Peters Guest Cartoon: Putin’s Notches
Jul24

Mike Peters Guest Cartoon: Putin’s Notches

Of related interest: –MH17: Vladimir Putin will lose Ukraine through stupidity --Trapped in His Own Labyrinth: Putin, Ukraine, and MH17 –Will MH17 air crash damage Russia’s Putin? –Flight MH17 demonstrates Putin’s way of business Mike Peters is recognized as one of our nation’s most prominent cartoon artists for his outstanding work as both a political and comic strip cartoonist. His favorite expression “WHAT A...

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Today We Are All Dutch
Jul23

Today We Are All Dutch

The achievements of the Dutch people and the tragedies they have suffered have, at times, been immensely disproportionate to the small population and the tiny size of this remarkable nation. Back in the 16th and 17th centuries, “tiny Holland” — the “Northern Low Countries” with less than 2 million people — experienced an era of unprecedented, explosive growth and prosperity to become the premier economic, industrial,...

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Arabs, Palestinians Suffer Fate of the American Indian (Le Quotidien d’Oran, Algeria)
Jul23

Arabs, Palestinians Suffer Fate of the American Indian (Le Quotidien d’Oran, Algeria)

The depth of Arab agony over the Palestinian predicament and the future of the Muslim world pours out of this column from Algeria’s Le Quotidien d’Oran. Columnist Moncef Wafi, expressing a sense of betrayal and frustration over almost every decision-making authority imaginable, writes that the Arab Spring is to Arabs what the White man was to the American Indian: ‘a cancer that has metastasized, infecting almost the...

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‘We Shot Down MH17,’ Says Pro-Russian Soldier
Jul23

‘We Shot Down MH17,’ Says Pro-Russian Soldier

‘We Shot Down MH17,’ Says Pro-Russian...

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The downside of giving weapons
Jul23

The downside of giving weapons

WASHINGTON — The bodies and debris that rained from the Ukrainian sky offer a cautionary lesson about the danger of giving heavy weapons to non-state actors. I hope the hawks who wanted President Obama to ship anti-aircraft missiles to the Syrian rebels are paying attention. By now there is little doubt that Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, with 298 people on board, was blasted out of the sky Thursday by a Russian-made SA-11 missile...

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Will Flight 17 sober us up?
Jul23

Will Flight 17 sober us up?

WASHINGTON — Tragedies concentrate the mind. American politics was trundling along on its usual unserious and trivial trajectory when news of the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in Ukraine shook the world. Suddenly, the stakes in public life and foreign policy were very high. Vladimir Putin’s recklessness in Ukraine was no longer just about his quest for regional hegemony. Miscalculation and thoughtless error have...

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Downing of Flight 17 – Continuing Updates
Jul22

Downing of Flight 17 – Continuing Updates

This entry will be updated as events warrant. 22 July 2014 21:50 CDT The first bodies from flight MH17 are being flown to the Netherlands where they are expected to arrive in Eindhoven at 16:00 local time (14:00 GMT). The BBC: The Dutch royal family and the prime minister Mark Rutte will meet the plane. The bodies are then due to be taken to the Korporaal van Oudheusden barracks for identification. Mr Rutte said that process could...

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Obama’s Sanctions on Russia are the ‘Only Real Sanctions’ (Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland)
Jul20

Obama’s Sanctions on Russia are the ‘Only Real Sanctions’ (Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland)

If President Obama is ‘weak,’ than everyone else is weaker. For Poland’s Gazeta Wyborcza, Mariusz Zawadzki reminds Obama’s ever-expanding number of critics that the president has not only been the most consistent leader since the Ukraine crisis began, but that the sanctions he has imposed on Russia have been the toughest in the world, and what’s more, they work. For the Gazeta Wyborcza, Mariusz Zawadzki...

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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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Why Would Putin Shoot Down a Plane?
Jul20

Why Would Putin Shoot Down a Plane?

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Ukraine says separatists took bodies from crash site as part of cover-up
Jul19

Ukraine says separatists took bodies from crash site as part of cover-up

Ukraine says separatists took bodies from crash site as part of...

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Russia Spotted Editing Wikipedia Page About MH17 Crash
Jul19

Russia Spotted Editing Wikipedia Page About MH17 Crash

Russia Spotted Editing Wikipedia Page About MH17...

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Maybe this is the real story behind the downed Malaysia airliner
Jul19

Maybe this is the real story behind the downed Malaysia airliner

Geography, motive, communications intercepts, and all manner of circumstantial evidence suggest that the likeliest suspect in the horrific deaths of two hundred and ninety-eight people aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was the curiously well-armed and well-coördinated military outfit loyal to Moscow in eastern Ukraine. Various government and intelligence officials in Kiev say that they have evidence, including a series of damning...

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