Monthly Archives: September 2013

“Questions Plague UN Report on Syria” Al Akhbar

"A senior United Nations official who deals directly with Syrian affairs has told Al-Akhbar that the Syrian government had no involvement in the alleged Ghouta chemical weapons attack: "Of course not, he (President Bashar al-Assad) would be committing suicide.” When … Continue reading

Posted in Syria | 13 Comments

“The Path of Thorns and Roses”

I am curious to know what you all think of this 22 foot high piece of bronze sculpture.  It recently was installed in the Freedmen's and Contraband's Cemetery Memorial in Alexandria, Virginia.  It was commissioned by the city government from a … Continue reading

Posted in Fine Art | 31 Comments

“How the US is enabling Syriastan” by Pepe Escobar

"If any extra evidence was needed to shatter the myth of a "revolution" struggling for a future "democratic" Syria, the big news of the week cleared any remaining doubts. Eleven, 13 or 14 "rebel" brigades (depending on the source) have … Continue reading

Posted in Syria | 22 Comments

“Is James “The Liar” Clapper, Director of National Intelligence, on the way out?”

  "I hope so. Part of me will cheer. The dominant, cynical side of me will just wonder who will be signing Clapper’s checks next. My gut says he’ll still be an intelligence insider, just on a private contractor’s payroll. … Continue reading

Posted in government, Intelligence | 2 Comments

Will the US deliver weapons to the al-Nusra Front?

"American hopes of winning more influence over Syria’s fractious rebel movement faded Wednesday after 11 of the biggest armed factions repudiated the Western-backed opposition coalition and announced the formation of a new alliance dedicated to creating an Islamic state. The … Continue reading

Posted in Middle East, Syria | 36 Comments

Court Appearance

I spent yesterday testifying before the DC Federal District Court in the matter of a habeas hearing for a Guantanamo "detainee."  This is the second time concerning this man.  The DoJ seems to like our forum.  They quote it to me … Continue reading

Posted in Justice | 27 Comments

Transcript of Obama’s General Assembly speech.

"… sovereignty cannot be a shield for tyrants to commit one murder. Or an excuse for the international community to turn a blind eye. While we need to be modest in our belief that we can remedy every evil, while … Continue reading

Posted in Current Affairs, government | 52 Comments

“Goliath” by Max Blumenthal

"Parash Hill is a scenic overlook near Sderot, which is one of the underserviced development towns originally constructed in Southern Israel to accommodate some of the hundreds of thousands of Jews who arrived to Israel from Arab nations during the 1940s … Continue reading

Posted in Israel, Palestine, Prose | 15 Comments

“Egypt court bans Muslim Brotherhood ‘activities'” BBC

"A court in Egypt has banned "all activities" by the Muslim Brotherhood. The Cairo administrative court said its ruling applied to the Islamist group, its non-governmental organisation and "any organisation derived from it". It also ordered the interim government to … Continue reading

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Gas missiles ‘were not sold to Syria’ – Fiske

"Russia's new "evidence" about the attack includes the dates of export of the specific rockets used and – more importantly – the countries to which they were originally sold. They were apparently manufactured in the Soviet Union in 1967 and … Continue reading

Posted in Saudi Arabia, Syria | 38 Comments