Monthly Archives: June 2013

Middle East History Egypt Libya

Protesters chant slogans as they gather for a mass protest to support ousted President Mohamed Morsi in Cairo July 26, 2013. [Photo/Xinhua] Egyptian protesters seek ‘new revolution’ Manu Brabo/AP – Supporters of Egypt’s ousted President Mohammed Morsi take a rest … Continue reading

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Middle East History Turkey

Turkish Jews worried after politician links diaspora to protests …Erdogan, in power for ten years, and other officials have cited conspiracies involving “foreign circles,” an “interest-rate lobby,” foreign media and terrorists engineering the protests to undermine Turkey’s economy and political … Continue reading

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Election in Iran

Iran’s power structure http://apps.washingtonpost.com/g/page/world/irans-power-structure/226/ PEYVAND KHORSANDI Monday 5 August 2013 Iran’s new president? I see only an old and vicious regime Hopes that Iran will get sweeter with Rouhani in power are naive, to say the least Since his election … Continue reading

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Middle East History Syria

Deadly war: Activists have claimed that the death toll in Syria has exceeded 100,000 since the conflict there started in March 2011 www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2349034/More-100-000-people-killed-start-Syrian-conflict-activists-claim.html Syria’s ripple effect By Anthony H. Cordesman, Published: July 22 Anthony H. Cordesman holds the Arleigh A. … Continue reading

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Middle East History

Two-State Illusion www.nytimes.com/2013/09/15/opinion/sunday/two-state-illusion.html Tunisian opposition leader killed; 2nd assassination this year hurts hopes for democracy www.washingtonpost.com/world/africa/tunisian-opposition-leader-shot-dead-party-member-says-2nd-assassination-this-year/2013/07/25/ff1c5658-f524-11e2-81fa-8e83b3864c36_story.html Syrian refugee crisis escalates as 25% of country driven out of homes Guardian to devote day of coverage to plight of those uprooted by … Continue reading

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Ten Conditions for Change II

“Rise up, O God, and save us from ourselves…” www.wtop.com/289/3236001/Senate-chaplain-Rise-up-O-God-and-save-us-from-ourselves A great nation brought low by its dysfunctional politics www.jsonline.com/news/opinion/a-great-nation-brought-low-by-its-dysfunctional-politics-os8u16n-193152251.html Over the past 40 years, the United States has become a strange fantasy land where many politicians think deficits don’t … Continue reading

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Ten Conditions for Change I

“Rise up, O God, and save us from ourselves…” www.wtop.com/289/3236001/Senate-chaplain-Rise-up-O-God-and-save-us-from-ourselves A great nation brought low by its dysfunctional politics www.jsonline.com/news/opinion/a-great-nation-brought-low-by-its-dysfunctional-politics-os8u16n-193152251.html Over the past 40 years, the United States has become a strange fantasy land where many politicians think deficits don’t … Continue reading

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China IS Hacker Central

Last month, I watched a Chinese hacker try to crack this blog. Xi’an /wp-login.php?registration=disabled 6 Xi’an / 5 Xi’an/wp-login.php 1 Massachusetts-based Akamai says 43 per cent of internet attacks originate in China according to a representative study. They said about … Continue reading

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Change in China

www.nytimes.com/interactive/2013/06/02/sunday-review/chinas-global-reach.html …By buying companies, exploiting natural resources, building infrastructure and giving loans all over the world, China is pursuing a soft but unstoppable form of economic domination. Beijing’s essentially unlimited financial resources allow the country to be a game-changing force … Continue reading

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Obama is a Phony

Mr. Obama is the Lance Armstrong of presidents. “With the rise of Obama,” the question became, “Could Washington really change?” [Mark] Leibovich writes. “No more lobbyists in the White House, or ‘politics as usual,’ or tending to the needy oracles … Continue reading

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