Say, did you see the news from Libya, the last country we bombed because its leader crossed a red line or was about to? Here’s a dispatch from Libya in the Sept. 3 British newspaper, The Independent: “Libya has plunged unnoticed into its worst political and economic crisis since the defeat of Qaddafi two years ago.(Snip)I keep reading about how Iraq was the bad war and Libya was the good war and Afghanistan was the necessary war and Bosnia was the moral war and Syria is now another necessary war. Guess what! They are all the same war.
Globalisation is not new. The impact of the Silk Road, mixing cultural ideas and knowledge, was followed by the great age of conquest and the exploration of the New World. [Snip] Since then, technological advances and sharing ideas have produced ever-faster material and scientific progress. Alongside economic benefits, though, comes a new range of threats to our peace and stability--climate change and pollution, for example; the competition for finite commodities; the rise of transnational terrorism and the global struggle within Islam, Sunni and Shia, which has replaced the clash of capitalism and communism as the most unstable ideological problem of
A chilly Arctic summer has left nearly a million more square miles of ocean covered with ice than at the same time last year--an increase of 60 percent. The rebound from 2012’s record low comes six years after the BBC reported that global warming would leave the Arctic ice-free in summer by 2013. Instead, days before the annual autumn re-freeze is due to begin, an unbroken ice sheet more than half the size of Europe already stretches from the Canadian islands to Russia’s northern shores. The Northwest Passage from the Atlantic to the Pacific has remained blocked by pack-ice all
On the question of whether to wage a missile attack on Syria, Rep. Mike Quigley is getting an earful.More than 1,100 letters and emails had hit his offices by Friday morning, running 50-1 opposed. His aides were bombarded with phone calls, about 10-1 against intervention. The Chicago Democrat said he´s being buttonholed wherever he goes — walking his dogs, riding his bike, picking up his dry cleaning, hitting the rink at Johnny´s IceHouse West. Gone are the pleasantries, such as "Hi, Congressman." Some people get right to the point: "Stay out of Syria," or "Do the right thing on Syria."
For a tense half a minute the Queen’s 53-year-old son was in danger of being shot dead by officers paid to protect him and his family. Last night a internal inquiry was being carried out into the extraordinary incident, which took place last Wednesday. Royal protection officers were said be “jittery” after a genuine intruder had been found in the Palace’s state rooms two days earlier. A suspected accomplice was also arrested in a street outside the Palace. Speaking exclusively to the Sunday Express, a royal insider said: “Everyone is talking about these two incidents and can’t quite believe what
Two-thirds of Americans cannot name a single Supreme Court justice, former Justice Sandra Day O´Connor told the crowd that packed into a Boise State ballroom to hear her Thursday. About one-third can name the three branches of government. Fewer than one-fifth of high school seniors can explain how citizen participation benefits democracy. (Snip) That ignorance starts in the earliest years of a child´s schooling, she said, but often continues all the way through college and graduate school. O´Connor argued that learning about citizenship is just as important for American children as learning multiplication or how to write their names. "We have
HEIDELBERG, Germany — For Germans and Americans who had long imagined a dramatic coda to the cold war, it came instead in a few solemn, quiet moments. After both national anthems were played, seven American and five German soldiers lowered their national colors, marched at the edge of a bedraggled parade ground and carefully folded the flags for the last time. The ceremony on Friday afternoon, before about 300 onlookers, marked the closing of Campbell Barracks, which, as the headquarters of the United States Army in Europe, issued the orders for the millions of American soldiers — 15 million in
“Meet the Press” on NBC• White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough -• Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.),• Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D- Calif.)• Rep. Mike McCaul (R-Texas), chairman, House Homeland Security Committee • Sen. Tom Udall (D- N.M.) • Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) • Former White House senior adviser David Axelrod - (Snip) “This Week” on ABC-• McDonough • Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas)• Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-Wash.)• Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.)
MT. PLEASANT, S.C.- As one of the leading advocates for bipartisan immigration reform, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., had already firmly affixed himself to one cause deeply unpopular with conservatives heading into a re-election year. Now as a war-weary Congress weighs a military strike in Syria, he finds himself championing another policy that risks antagonizing the base. (Snip) Next to Sen. John McCain, there´s no more forceful and visible advocate for a muscular response. Graham half-jokes about his ubiquitous appearances on the cable networks to talk foreign policy, but says he´s a highly-sought out guest because "I speak with an accent,
The majority of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans serving in Congress are lining up against President Obama´s plan for military action in Syria. Of the 16 veterans of those two conflicts serving in Congress, only GOP Reps. Adam Kinzinger (Ill.) and Tom Cotton (Ark.) have publicly supported the White House´s plan. (Snip) A fourth, Scott Perry (R-Pa.), said he hasn’t made up his mind either, though he told a town hall this week he wasn’t inclined to support a resolution authorizing force. Ten of the remaining members have announced their opposition to a military strike. Their ranks include Rep. Tammy
The Senate Intelligence Committee has released to the public 13 videos showing victims of last month´s alleged chemical attacks in Syria. The videos detail what appears to be victims of the chemical attacks convulsing and foaming at the mouth. It includes graphic images of children who were apparently victims of the attack, which the U.S. says was carried out by the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad and left 1,400 dead. They also show the dead bodies of adults, children and the elderly lying side by side on the floor. The victims have no signs of blood or other wounds.
The dirty little not-so-secret behind President Obama’s much-lobbied-for, illegal and strategically incompetent war against Syria is that it’s not about Syria at all. It’s about Iran—and Israel. And it has been from the start. By “the start,” I mean 2011, when the Obama administration gradually became convinced that it could deal Iran a mortal blow by toppling President Bashar al-Assad of Syria, a secular, Baathist strongman who is, despite all, an ally of Iran’s. Since then, taking Iran down a peg has been the driving force behind Obama’s Syria policy. Not coincidentally, the White House plans to
Fed up with having to pay $7,143 in school taxes for a district his children don’t attend, a Forks Township man paid that portion of his tax bill last week in single dollar bills. And it´s all on YouTube. Robert Fernandes, a father of three, moved to Forks Township a year ago from Warren County, seeking lower property taxes for a larger home that could also house his elderly parents. Fernandes commutes to work as an IT manager for a company in Bedminster Township, N.J., while his wife home-schools the children, ages 7, 4 and 1.
Between phone calls urging lawmakers to authorize a military attack against Syria, President Obama went golfing Saturday. Mr. Obama played a round of golf with three White House aides at Andrews Air Force Base in suburban Maryland. As his motorcade left the White House grounds near the South Lawn en route to the golf course shortly before 1 p.m., anti-war protesters demonstrated outside the fence on the north side of the White House. The president also received an update Saturday from Chief of Staff Denis McDonough about the administration’s efforts to persuade Congress to support a limited missile strike against
Syria´s rebels and President Bashar al-Assad´s soldiers agree on next to nothing. They´ve killed each other by the tens of thousands in a war mired in stalemate. But they´re now agreed on one thing. The military strike America is preparing will not change anything. For the rebels, the attack will be too little, too late; a strike so long delayed that it will destroy only empty buildings and broken warplanes. For the government and its troops, it would be a petulant volley of Western frustration, born of the lies America has told the world about Assad´s responsibility for firing chemical weapons
Berlin – Radical German Islamists participated in the murders of Syrian Christians in an early August attack on the Turkish-Syrian border, according to a report in the German magazine FOCUS. The magazine reported last week the involvement of nearly 100 “fanatical” German Muslims, including Germans who converted to Islam, in the Syrian civil war. Two Western intelligence agencies provided the information to FOCUS about the role of German Islamists in the August massacre. A German police official told the magazine that “the complicity of Germans in the extermination and ethnic cleansing in Syria is a sheer intolerable condition.”
Drug war hawk John McCain is turning pot dove. McCain appears open to making a dramatic shift on marijuana policy, saying during a town-hall meeting in Arizona that he´s open to potentially legalizing weed. “Maybe we should legalize. We´re certainly moving that way as far as marijuana is concerned,” McCain said in comments first reported by Arizona Daily Star columnist Tim Steller. “I respect the will of the people." In the past, McCain has been a hard-liner on federal drug policy. During his 2000 presidential primary campaign, the Arizona Republican suggested increasing penalties and sentence guidelines for those convicted
Austin, Texas -- Some tea party and other conservative grassroots activists are attacking Republican U.S. Sen. John Cornyn as too moderate despite what most observers say are his strong conservative credentials. But, so far, the Senate minority whip hasn´t drawn a strong challenger from the right. Indeed, the Dec. 9 filing deadline for the Texas Republican primary next March is now not so far off. And yet the groups that last year helped unleash tea party firebrand Ted Cruz on the U.S. Senate can´t seem to manage a second act to challenge Cornyn in the 2014 primary.
WASHINGTON — Dozens of people opposed to President Barack Obama’s call for a U.S. military strike against Syria are picketing outside the White House. Chanting “They say more war; we say no war,” speakers say Saturday’s picket line marks a line Congress should not cross as it prepares to vote on the issue.Many lawmakers in both parties oppose Obama’s request for Congress to authorize using military force against Syria..(Snip) Obama left the White House during the protest, traveling by car to Andrews Air Force Base to play golf with three aides.
A 31-year-old African American who allegedly said he wanted to attack the next white person who walked by could be charged with hate crimes after punching three people in an apparent racially motivated attack. One of his victims, 62-year-old Jeffrey Babbitt, has been left brain damaged after being punched to the ground in New York´s Union Square on Wednesday afternoon, in a senseless attack that shocked onlookers. Witnesses were shocked at the unexpected violence in Union Square on Wednesday afternoon, as Lashawn Marten punched Mr Babbitt and two other men after allegedly making racist comments. He said "the next white person who
The Egyptian army has launched a major offensive against militants in Sinai. Eyewitnesses told the BBC that tanks, armoured vehicles and troops--backed by Apache helicopters--had attacked the militants in towns along the border with the Gaza Strip. The operation is said to be the biggest of its kind in recent years in Sinai. Meanwhile, Egyptian soldiers have discovered mortars and other explosives on a railway line near the Suez Canal, the state news agency reports. There have been frequent attacks on pipelines and security forces since the uprising that toppled former President Hosni Mubarak in 2011. On Thursday a powerful
Neither the British Foreign Office nor the US State Department has raised a cheep of protest over the part played by the UN. Last Sunday, while the eyes of the world were on the brouhaha that had followed the killing of 1,400 Syrians with poison gas, rather less attention was paid to an incident in neighbouring Iraq, where hundreds of Iraqi and Iranian troops burst into the remains of the once-neat little desert town of Ashraf to murder 52 unarmed Iranian dissidents in cold blood--many of them were handcuffed and shot in the back of the head. One reason we might
President Obama will sit for interviews Monday with six TV networks as he makes his case to the nation for military intervention in Syria. Obama will tape interviews Monday afternoon with anchors from ABC, CBS and NBC, as well as with PBS, CNN and Fox News, the White House said. The interviews will be conducted by ABC´s Diane Sawyer, CBS´s Scott Pelley, CNN´s Wolf Blitzer, Fox´s Chris Wallace, NBC´s Brian Williams and PBS´s Gwen Ifill. The interviews will air that night, ahead of Obama´s Tuesday speech on Syria.