Monthly Archives: December 2018

Sealed vs. Sealed: The U.S. Supreme Court might hear a secret case about a grand jury subpoena

By Robert Willmann A sealed and secret court case about a grand jury subpoena made its way from the federal district court (trial court) to the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.  Now the supreme court has … Continue reading

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“Whither the Kurds?” Dorsey

"Kurdish hopes are often vested in predictions articulated by former CIA and National Security Agency director Michael Hayden that “Iraq no longer exists, Syria no longer exists”[v][5] as well as the disintegration of Yugoslavia and Czechoslovakia in the wake of … Continue reading

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Trump Fought For His Withdrawal For a Year by Willy B

Gareth Porter, in an article published in the American Conservative, definitively shows that Trump's Dec. 19 announcement of the US withdrawal from Syria was, in fact, the end of a fight of at least a year, between Trump on the … Continue reading

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HARPER: MORE BAD NEWS FOR THE NEOCONS FROM TRUMP

President Trump's decision to withdraw the 2,200 US Special Forces from Syria and to bring 7,000 American troops home from Afghanistan is more bad news for the neocons.  It raises questions about how long John Bolton is going to survive … Continue reading

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Hold your breath. – The SAA is invited into Manbij by the SDF

(SAA's logo) "On December 28, the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) released an official statement inviting the Damascus government to assert control of the areas, from which YPG units had allegedly withdrawn, in particular Manbij. The YPG added that the … Continue reading

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The Nuclear Option should be used in the Lame Duck

"The nuclear option is a parliamentary procedure that allows the United States Senate to override a rule – specifically the 60-vote rule to close debate – by a simple majority of 51 votes, rather than the two-thirds supermajority normally required … Continue reading

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Two new US bases in western Iraq.

"The U.S. military has established two new bases along the Iraqi-Syrian border, the Turkish state-owned Anadolu Agency reported on Tuesday. Citing an Iraqi official, the Anadolu Agency said the U.S. military established the two bases in the western countryside of … Continue reading

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“Russia allegedly warns Turkey to stay out of Syria”

"The Russian Federation has allegedly warned Turkey to stay out of Syria and to let the Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad retake the entire country. According to a report from the Associated Press, the Russian Federation warned Turkey against capturing the … Continue reading

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How clever!

"The Israeli Air Force (IAF) carried out its recent airstrikes in Syria when two civilians planes were landing in Beirut and Damascus, putting passengers at risk, Igor Konashenkov, a spokesman for the Ministry of Defense (MoD) of Russia told reporters … Continue reading

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Open Thread 26 December 2018

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