Monthly Archives: September 2017

So, Trump Tower WAS actually wiretapped by the Obama people.

"US investigators wiretapped former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort under secret court orders before and after the election, sources tell CNN, an extraordinary step involving a high-ranking campaign official now at the center of the Russia meddling probe. The government … Continue reading

Posted in Justice, Politics | 85 Comments

Phase Three of Operation Big Dawn – TTG

“BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:30 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has kicked off the third phase of Operation Big Dawn, tonight, a source told Al-Masdar News. According to the Syrian military, the army is going to push from the Hamimah … Continue reading

Posted in Alastair Crooke, Korea, Palestine, Syria, TTG | 25 Comments

Ken Burns’ Vietnam series

I watched the first installment of this last night.  There is another tonight.  IMO this is an exceptional piece of work that will probably  become the base line of understanding of "what happened."  I, nevertheless reserve the right to argue … Continue reading

Posted in Film, History | 84 Comments

The Dream of Kurdistan leads where exactly?

The Iraqi Kurdish parliament has voted for a referendum on the 25th of this month.  The present Barzani leader of that parliament says that they might postpone that a bit if the somewhat frightened concerned powers propose an actual alternative … Continue reading

Posted in Iraq, Israel, Palestine | 53 Comments

Underwriters – republished 17 September 2017 – Not an appeal for donations

  (re-published as a re-statement of SST policy) Having had 17 million, 200 thousand visits in the last 12 years, (now – 17 September, 2017 – half a million more page views) I have decided once again to seek underwriters (sponsors) for my … Continue reading

Posted in Ukraine Crisis | 28 Comments

“Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?” The Atlantic

"Today’s teens are … less likely to date. The initial stage of courtship, which Gen Xers called “liking” (as in “Ooh, he likes you!”), kids now call “talking”—an ironic choice for a generation that prefers texting to actual conversation. After … Continue reading

Posted in Science | 99 Comments

Turkey, Russia and Iran will police Idlib – HTS beware.

  "The militant-held province of Idlib, mostly controlled by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda), had been the main problem of the initiative since its official announcement in May. Now, it seems that the decision … Continue reading

Posted in Iran, Israel, Russia, Syria, Turkey | 34 Comments

Good news from Syria

  "The US and Russia rejected an Israeli request to prevent the presence of any Iranian forces or Iranian-backed militias near the Israeli border as a part of the ceasefire agreement in south Syria, the Israeli Haaretz newspaper reported on Thursday. … Continue reading

Posted in Borg Wars, Iran, Policy, Russia, Syria | 21 Comments

HTS is going to de-escalate in Idlib?

  "So far, three zones of de-escalation have been established: in the south along the border with Jordan, in Eastern Ghouta and to the north of Homs. Consultations on the fourth and most problematic de-escalation zone in the Idlib province … Continue reading

Posted in Syria | 38 Comments

A vacuum cleaner for space junk

  "Think of the latest idea of collecting space junk as something akin to a hungry tiger pouncing on its prey. Aerospace Corporation says its Brane Craft will wrap itself around debris orbiting Earth and drag it back down through … Continue reading

Posted in Space | 40 Comments