For the first time, all of America’s ‘friends’ in the region are Sunni Muslims and all of its enemies are Shiites. Breaking all President Barack Obama’s rules of disengagement, the US is now fully engaged on the side of armed groups which include the most extreme Sunni Islamist movements in the Middle East.
This is simply the United States engaging in its own form of asymmetric warfare. For the low, low price of aiding and arming the rebels, the U.S. preoccupies all of its adversaries in the Middle East.
Well, isn't that convenient? At the moment when the Obama administration is feeling more heat then ever before, it starts another war. Suddenly everyone in
“The Syrian sides are not ready,” Lakhdar Brahimi, the United Nations’ and Arab League’s special Syria representative, said at the end of Wednesday’s talks. “Evidently there is still a lot of work to be done to bring the conference about.”
Russian diplomats said the principal obstacle was indecision by the Syrian opposition on whether to even participate in the conference, which was proposed by Russia and the United States.
Did the FBI execute Ibragim Todashev? He appears to have been shot seven times while being interviewed at home in Orlando, Florida, about his connection to one of the Boston bombing suspects. Among the shots was the assassin's hallmark: a bullet to the back of the head. What kind of an interview was it?
The ineffectiveness of supply-control measures is rooted in the economics of the black market. Illegal drugs acquire most of their value after arriving in the United States. Attempts to destroy drug crops or intercept shipments on their way to the U.S. therefore do not cost traffickers much and do not have much of an impact on retail prices. Nor does busting drug dealers in the U.S. and seizing the relatively small quantities they are apt to be holding.
Those "good" Syrian rebels Sen. McCain met with? They're apparently kidnappers of Lebanese Shi'ite pilgrims. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) takes to the web pages of CNN.com to caution against facile arming of Syrian rebels.
2007 article by Seymour M. Hersh on how US Government, Israel and Saudi Arabia conspired against "Shiite crescent" of Iran, Syria and Hezbollah.
Huge sums of money unaccounted for in Iraq war were used to sponsor sunni salafis and their jihad that brought with them uprisings, civil war in Libya and Syria.
“We collected some witness testimony that made to appear that some chemical weapons were used, in particular nerving (sic) gas and what appears to our investigation (was) that that was used by the opponents, by the rebels,” said Carla del Ponte, a member of the UN investigating team who has also served as an international war crimes prosecutor.
Israel's defence minister signals that its military is prepared to strike shipments of advanced Russian weapons to Syria
Rushed production, faulty code doomed a Cold War game changer 26 years ago today.
The new Star Wars film is to be made in the UK in what Chancellor George Osborne is hailing as a coup for British tax breaks.
Iraqi leaders fear that the country is sliding rapidly into a new civil war which “will be worse than Syria”. Baghdad residents are stocking up on rice, vegetables and other foodstuffs in case they are prevented from getting to the shops by fighting or curfews. “It is wrong to say we are getting close to a civil war,” said a senior Iraqi politician. “The civil war has already started.”
The situation has suddenly deteriorated since the killing of at least 36 Sunni Arab protesters at a sit-in in Hawijah on 23 April.
Complicating the issue is the fact that several of the rebel-held oil fields are believed to be under the control of Jabhat al-Nusra,which has declared its allegiance to al-Qaeda. “There is no way the E.U. is going to do business with al-Qaeda,” says Ayham Kamel, a Syria analyst for the Eurasia Group in London. “So it creates the incentive for secular groups to take over these fields”—a factor that Western governments might have had in mind, he said, when they lifted the oil embargo. At the moment, the chaotic ground battle, with rival rebel groups defending disparate patches of turf, would make it all but impossible to knit together a viable oil industry. “There are hundreds of groups fighting Assad,” Kamel says. “For them to sell oil on international markets would seem very unlikely.
Each year every general from over 85 nations come to Jordan to take part in SOFEX. Which is a convention of weaponry and war machines.
Sectarian strife has returned to Iraq from elsewhere in the region, Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said on Saturday, a likely reference to neighbouring war-torn Syria.
Over the past few days, more than 100 people have been killed and hundreds of others wounded in clashes between Iraqi security forces and Sunni tribes in northern Iraqi provinces, including Salaheddin, Nineveh and Kirkuk.
Buddhism - religion of peace
A decorated war veteran on a Boy Scout hike with his 15-year-old son was arrested alongside a Texas country road after a police officer accused him of “rudely displaying” a firearm.
Now, when Al-Qaeda in Syria declared it's merge with Al-Qaeda in Iraq and when americans have suddenly realized the threat of them getting chemical weapons, it is time for the NATO to collectively shit their pants and think about providing the rest of rebels with weapons and invade Syria from the south to create a buffer zone.
The open support of the ISO and the European petty-bourgeois “left” for CIA-led wars is a culmination of their evolution as pro-imperialist bourgeois parties, operating in the periphery of the Democratic Party in the United States or of the social-democratic parties in Europe.
The ISO and the NPA have maintained a studious silence on popular protests against the Islamist, CIA-led opposition forces they have promoted. These protests are, however, one indication that a revolution based on the working class in Syria would take the form of an uprising against the opposition forces supported by Washington and the ISO, as well as against the Assad regime.
Get educated on America's secret war in Lao, bombing the crap out of it on the down low.