Postmortem on the Syrian Revolution

Patrick Cockburn’s (one of the most knowledgeable Western correspondents covering the region) bleak conclusion on the present state of the conflict in Syria. His report also gives details indications of the foreign powers’ influence in the military operations of the FSA and references the latter group’s hooliganism. It is a bloody ending to what was…

Hillary Clinton and the Saintly Tsars

The Tsar is not to blame – it’s his evil advisers and vague shadowy dark forces! The Russian feudal system’s cup and balls magic trick for misdirecting popular discontent is frequently appropriated by the Democratic Party and their boosters. http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/03/hillary-clinton-mark-penn-2016 David Corn, Mother Jones‘ Washington bureau chief: So some members of Hillaryland are holding their breath, looking…

Who Believes in the Peace Process Charade?

Not even the Abbas’ own family will keep to the script in public. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/19/world/middleeast/a-divide-among-palestinians-on-a-two-state-solution.html Like many Palestinians, Tareq Abbas thinks his father [President Mahmoud Abbas] should abandon the American-led peace talks and press for statehood instead through international organizations. He believes that President Abbas should dissolve the Palestinian Authority, forcing Israel to take full responsibility…

Evictions in Acre and Boston

While the U.S. bankrolls the slow and steady ethnic cleansing of historical Palestine, protest against this is punished domestically. http://electronicintifada.net/content/israel-serves-eviction-orders-palestinians-world-heritage-city/13237 Situated on the northern coast of the Mediterranean Sea in present-day Israel, Akka (known as Acre in English and Akko in Hebrew) “is different now,” Moussa, the 30-year-old owner of El-Mursa, a popular Palestinian seafood restaurant, told…

Truman Doctrine to help Greece and Turkey resist Communism

This is how the NY Times worded its “On This Day” listing two days ago: “On March 12, 1947, President Truman established what became known as the Truman Doctrine to help Greece and Turkey resist Communism.” The statement is factually accurate. But note the use of “to help” and “resist”. That is remarkably prejudicial spin to…

The Mafia Paradigm in International Relations

One of the most powerful models of international relations is that of the mob syndicate. Powerful nations behave much as mobsters. Putin’s Russia is a regional power outside the Washington crime family. Therefore the don must sometimes inform the smaller criminal organization of his displeasure. A recent NY Times headline is an example of the…