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Old Oct 24th, 2015, 10:51 PM   #31
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I'm not gatekeeping or hostile. I'm interested in the context that makes it interesting to you.
I'll take you at your word. Given past posting history, though, you can understand why I took it in that way....
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Old Oct 24th, 2015, 11:03 PM   #32
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I'll take you at your word. Given past posting history, though, you can understand why I took it in that way....
Even though I don't often agree with you, I'm interested in why things are interesting to you. So when you post that story, I'm wondering if your concern is the theft, the possibility that CIA is involved in the theft or the possibility that any prosecution may be compromised, etc.
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Given the CIA's history of subterfuge, coup-making and ties to assassins in Latin America, it's no great stretch to think it may have been involved. That this robbery occurred in the USA is the angle that caught my eye. It's not on the level of political assassinations a la Orlando Letelier, but it is disconcerting.
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Old Oct 26th, 2015, 09:29 PM   #34
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12 Under-Reported News Stories From Across The Globe You Need To Know More About
Lebanon On The Brink Of Civil War
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Extensive efforts to revive a country that's suffered prolonged periods of instability and violence have been undermined by the troubles of its neighbouring nations, leaving many fearing it may once again descend into civil war.

Despite a lengthy and destructive civil war ending a quarter of a century ago, Lebanon’s politics continue to be fractious.

Sectarianism fuels the sense that the nation is on the brink of another civil war and the current migration crisis has furthered problems in the country.

Millions of refugees have fled Syria to neighbouring Lebanon, 500,000 school-age children among them. The implosion of its neighbour has destablised Lebanon, long believed to be one of the more secure middle eastern nations.

There are social problems too. 24% of refugee girls in the country are getting married before they turn 18.
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Old Nov 9th, 2015, 04:03 PM   #35
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The Germans are starting to get it...

Refugee crisis: Germany imposes restrictions on Syrian refugees in surprise U-turn

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Berlin has announced hundreds of thousands of Syrians entering Germany will not be granted asylum or refugee status in a surprise U-turn from Angela Merkel's "open-door policy" on refugees.

While Syrian refugees will still be able to enter Germany, they will only be able to stay for one year with "subsidiary protection", which limits their rights as refugees.

The policy shift followed an emergency meeting of Ms Merkel's cabinet and coalition partners on Thursday.
While a step in the right direction, it will be difficult to track the refugees for deportation after a year.

Are you paying attention, Dauphin?
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Old Nov 16th, 2015, 07:42 PM   #36
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Israel to Annex Golan Heights After "Billion Barrel" Oil Find
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took advantage of a private meeting last week with Barack Obama - their first in 13 months - to raise the possibility of dismembering Syria.

According to Israeli officials, Netanyahu indicated that Washington should give its belated blessing to Israel's illegal annexation of the Golan Heights, captured from Syria during the 1967 war.

Sources close to the talks told the Haaretznewspaper that Netanyahu claimed Syria was no longer a functioning state, allowing for"different thinking". Since 2011 the government of Bashar al-Assad has faced off against rebel factions that include al-Qaeda-affiliated groups and the Islamic State (IS).

On Wednesday an unnamed White House official confirmed that Netanyahu had raised the matter. The official said: "I think the president didn't think it warranted an answer. It wasn't clear how serious he [Netanyahu] was about it."

However, it appears Netanyahu's comments to Obama are part of a coordinated effort by Israeli officials over several months to shift thinking in Washington.

The day before Netanyahu's meeting at the White House, Michael Oren, Israel's former ambassador to the US, published a commentary on CNN's website urging Obama to consider Israeli sovereignty over the Golan.

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Last month Afek, an Israeli subsidiary of Genie Energy, a US oil company, announced that it had found considerable reserves of oil under the Golan. Genie's chief geologist in Israel, Yuval Bartov, said the company believed the reservoir had the "potential of billions of barrels". International law experts say any proceeds from such a find in the Golan should revert to Syria, but Israel has so far indicated it will ignore its legal obligations.

The Israeli energy and water ministry has licensed Afek to drill 10 experimental wells over three years in a 400-square kilometre area, about a third of the Golan's total territory. Afek claims that the discoveries it has identified in its first year could make Israel energy independent, satisfying Israel's consumption of 100 million barrels a year for the foreseeable future.
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Old Nov 20th, 2015, 01:29 PM   #37
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I was torn where to post this.

Very, very interesting read. I don't agree with everything but find much of it salient.

The True Cost of Europe's Muslim "Enrichment"

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For decades now, the mass immigration of Muslims into Europe has been labelled "enrichment." Shouting "Islamophobia" does not negate how it is virtually impossible to think of a single country actually made richer by it.

The idea that with time, Islam's religious tenets will somehow moderate and dissolve, merely by being lodged in Europe, is wishful thinking, especially in communities where Muslim migrants are already outnumbering indigenous Europeans.

Finally, is it not a grim irony that population growth in Europe -- with its responsibility for female emancipation -- is now to depend entirely on importing a culture in which women have far less freedom over their fertility, and much else?
I'm sure the ad homs, insults & name calling are just around the corner...
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Old Nov 25th, 2015, 12:08 PM   #38
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I post this less for the obvious inconsistency in the title & more for the wonderful quote from the Kenyan economics expert.

Claim: 500 million children “at risk” from Climate Change

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Mr. Shikwati, the G8 summit at Gleneagles is about to beef up the development aid for Africa…

Shikwati: … for God’s sake, please just stop.

SPIEGEL: Stop? The industrialized nations of the West want to eliminate hunger and poverty.

Shikwati: Such intentions have been damaging our continent for the past 40 years. If the industrial nations really want to help the Africans, they should finally terminate this awful aid. The countries that have collected the most development aid are also the ones that are in the worst shape. Despite the billions that have poured in to Africa, the continent remains poor.

SPIEGEL: Do you have an explanation for this paradox?

Shikwati: Huge bureaucracies are financed (with the aid money), corruption and complacency are promoted, Africans are taught to be beggars and not to be independent. In addition, development aid weakens the local markets everywhere and dampens the spirit of entrepreneurship that we so desperately need. As absurd as it may sound: Development aid is one of the reasons for Africa’s problems. If the West were to cancel these payments, normal Africans wouldn’t even notice. Only the functionaries would be hard hit. Which is why they maintain that the world would stop turning without this development aid.
M'bold.

"dampens the spirit of entrepreneurship". Ya, you know, that whole hideous free market, nasty capitalism thing. As opposed to the obvious success of handouts & socialism...
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Old Dec 9th, 2015, 01:41 PM   #39
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Further from the Religion of Peace...

Convert who protested outside Parliament over Syrian airstrikes with poster saying 'I am a Muslim... do you trust me enough for a hug?' now faces jail for threatening to bomb MP's house

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A Muslim convert who protested outside Parliament with a sign saying 'I am Muslim, do you trust me enough for a hug?' is facing jail for threatening to bomb an MP's house.

Craig Wallace used the sign as Stop The War protesters came to Westminster for the vote on military action in Syria last week.

It stated: 'I am Muslim, I am labelled a terrorist, I trust you, do you trust me enough for a hug?'

But the 23-year-old, of Willesden Green, north London, is now facing a possible prison sentence after he threatened Tory MP Charlotte Leslie online following the vote.

Wallace, who calls himself Muhammad Mujahid Islam online, wrote on Facebook: 'I'm going to smash her windows then drop a bomb on her house while she's tucked up in bed. You dirty f****** pig-s******* s***.'
Curious, that...
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Old Dec 10th, 2015, 10:59 AM   #40
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(Although it's been some time, I've linked to EM Smith's blog before. I just like how his mind works.)

What's this?!

Latin Socialism Taking A Big Hit

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Two interesting developments in Latin America.

Venezuela, despite more oil than anyone would need to be rich, has hit the skids on lower oil prices and government overspending (i.e. graft). The people have voted for the non-Socialists in droves and now their President is at odds with the newly elected government.

Brazil is looking at Impeachment for their Dear Leaders as the Socialist Government did what all Socialism eventually does and just took too much public money to line too many pockets advance The People’s Causes…
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I sense a great disturbance in the Farce… like the minds of millions of Socialists suddenly thinking “What?! Latin America is rejecting Socialism? It can’t be!
His bold.

Yep...
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