Iraq…towards another Yugoslavia?
Dec30

Iraq…towards another Yugoslavia?

Saddam’s death is Mr. Maliki’s moment of truth, says Ned Parker in the London Times blog. He is the Baghdad Correspondent for The Times and has been based in the country since March 2003. He has also filed extensively from Israel and the Palestinian territories. “Maliki must take the political capital from executing Saddam to prove that the Shia have moved beyond their fears of the old regime. If he cannot lead the Shia on a...

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Front Page Of The Day
Dec30

Front Page Of The Day

(From co-blogger Shaun Mullen’s alma...

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Saddam Hussein and Iraq…What Next?
Dec30

Saddam Hussein and Iraq…What Next?

Saddam Hussein of Iraq…PAST. President George Bush of the USA…PRESENT. Now let us hear something more incisive and insightful about the...

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A bit of post-execution malaise
Dec30

A bit of post-execution malaise

We’d been anticipating Saddam Hussein’s execution all day, but when the news finally came last night, I was a bit surprised at my lack of reaction. As I wrote this morning — it seems so irrelevant...

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ETA Claims Madrid Airport Blast
Dec30

ETA Claims Madrid Airport Blast

H/t commenter Lynx. CNN reports that a carbomb exploded earlier today at Barajas airport (Madrid, Spain). ETA claims to be responsible for it… ETA announced a “permanent” cease-fire last March, raising hopes for an end to nearly 40 years of separatist violence blamed for more than 800 deaths and thousands of injuries. In the autumn, so-called low-level street violence resumed in the northern Basque region —...

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Responsibility
Dec30

Responsibility

The Archbishop of Canterbury came to Bethlehem where he would “address the issue of Muslim attacks on Mideast Christians and Arab Christian institutions…” In Bethlehem, you have heard reports of incidents in which Muslims have intimidated, shaken-down, beaten, and even killed Christian Palestinian residents of the city. Some Christians have reported that Muslims issued them death threats if they failed to sign over...

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Saddam Dead
Dec30

Saddam Dead

Joe wrote a magnificent, long post on the death of Saddam Hussein, former dictator of Iraq. If you want to read more on it, you can read my take on it here. Excerpt: [T]here is also the danger of growing anger. I talked to a couple of Muslims about this and they all seem to believe that it is America who is ‘behind’ Saddam’s death, instead of Iraq. They seem to consider the Iraqi government as America’s puppet....

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Ousted Iraq Dictator Saddam Hussein Is Executed (News And Blog Opinion Round Up)
Dec30

Ousted Iraq Dictator Saddam Hussein Is Executed (News And Blog Opinion Round Up)

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Due to the importance of this story, we’ve kept this post at the top of this site out of order. There are NEWER POSTS underneath it, so when you’re finished reading, please keep SCROLLING DOWN. Newer posts will now start appearing above this one.) Iraq’s ousted dictator Saddam Hussein has been executed — dying on the gallows, according to MSNBC: BAGHDAD, Iraq – Three years after he...

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How To Get Arrested And Expelled
Dec30

How To Get Arrested And Expelled

…in one easy lesson. (It starts out with a blocked screen. WARNING: some adult...

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Another One Down
Dec30

Another One Down

Nebraska Republican Senator Chuck Hagel may be bowing out. Of the 2008 Presidential race, yes. But also of his Senate seat, which would go from a locked-hold for the GOP to a Democratic...

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Only a Little Scary
Dec30

Only a Little Scary

Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee (R), on his prospects as a Presidential contender, says he won’t “scare the living daylights” out of moderates. Well, that’s a relief. Via SOTUblog. My preliminary thoughts on Huckabee were posted back in...

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Saddam Hussein Reported Dead
Dec29

Saddam Hussein Reported Dead

CNN and MSNBC are both saying Saddam Hussein is dead. We’ll be offering more details and news links as soon as they...

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The World Awaits Saddam Hussein’s Impending Execution
Dec29

The World Awaits Saddam Hussein’s Impending Execution

The news cycle has been taken over as the world waits for news of the for-certain execution of Iraq’s former dictator Saddam Hussein: The official witnesses to Saddam Hussein’s impending execution gathered Friday in Baghdad’s fortified Green Zone in final preparation for his hanging, as state television broadcast footage of his regime’s atrocities…. …. As his time waned, Saddam received two of his...

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Just Be There
Dec29

Just Be There

Is it time we re-evaluated Black so-called “deadbeat”...

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Good Day
Dec29

Good Day

Well, I made it home from Aspen (by the skin of my teeth, no less). And today, I opened up a late Chanukah present–a signed, first edition of Barack Obama’s new book, “The Audacity of Hope.” Oh yeah. It’s a good...

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Cut the Deficit or Add Services?
Dec29

Cut the Deficit or Add Services?

Steve Benen has a intriguing post over at The Washington Monthly about the choice to either reduce the national debt or to spend more for popular services like Health Care. John Edwards spoke recently in support of the latter. I would prefer to adjust the context of the discussion by changing the choice from spending more Federal money into investing and managing federal resources more efficiently. Hundreds of Billions of Dollars a...

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Middle School Culture Shock
Dec29

Middle School Culture Shock

Ten years old sounds so very young, doesn’t it? But it’s very nearly middle school, and that’s a whole new world. In today’s NY Times, Lawrence Downes writes: It’s hard to write this without sounding like a prig. But it’s just as hard to erase the images that planted the idea for this essay, so here goes. The scene is a middle school auditorium, where girls in teams of three or four are bopping to pop songs...

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MWL Wants Lawsuits for Abuse of Islam and the Prophet
Dec29

MWL Wants Lawsuits for Abuse of Islam and the Prophet

Arab News reports: A two-day conference organized by the Makkah-based Muslim World League yesterday called for a consultative commission in order to take legal action against those who abuse Islam and its Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and Islamic sanctities, at local and international courts of justice, the Saudi Press Agency said. The conference titled “In Defense of the Prophet� called upon Islamic countries and...

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Literary Quote of the Day: W.B. Yeats
Dec29

Literary Quote of the Day: W.B. Yeats

Today’s literary quote of the day is W.B. Yeats‘ The Falling of the Leaves: Autumn is over the long leaves that love us, And over the mice in the barley sheaves; Yellow the leaves of the rowan above us, And yellow the wet wild-strawberry leaves. The hour of the waning of love has beset us, And weary and worn are our sad souls now; Let us part, ere the season of passion forget us, With a kiss and a tear on thy drooping...

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Democracy: Messy but Magnificent
Dec29

Democracy: Messy but Magnificent

Those who enjoy slice-of-life stories about “democracy at work at its most local, intimate, and passionate level� might enjoy this particular entry in that category. I only wish the Feds would listen as intently and respond as truly to the will of the crowd as the quasi-governmental entity in this story...

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