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Michael Schwartz: The Great Game in the Holy Land

How Gazan Natural Gas Became the Epicenter of An International Power Struggle

Guess what? Almost all the current wars, uprisings, and other conflicts in the Middle East are connected by a single thread, which is also a threat: these conflicts are part of an increasingly frenzied competition to find, extract, and market fossil fuels whose future consumption is guaranteed to lead to a set of cataclysmic environmental crises. 2,740 more words

War And Peace

ISIS Abducted Another 220 From Christian Villages

One hundred yesterday, two hundred today, and how many in the future?

Islamic State militants have abducted at least 220 people from Assyrian Christian villages in northeastern Syria during a three-day offensive, a monitoring group that tracks violence in Syria said on Thursday. 122 more words

COMMENTARY

Republicans and Fear

W.J. Astore

Why, looky here, another article in the New York Times that examines the Republican “hawks” posturing for a presidential run in 2016.  As the article blurb states, “Republicans are scrambling to outmuscle one another on national security issues.”  It’s all about looking tough and calling for more boots on the ground in battles against ISIS and terror everywhere. 460 more words

US Politics

Michael Simms reblogged this on Vox Populi.

Merkel the Incompetent

Or just plain stupid.

Germany’s chief fool:

—  gave more money to Greece(called loans or whatever, the money is gone)

—  keeps making deals with russia’s put-put; deals russia breaks within 24 hours… 77 more words

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ISIS Kidnaps at Least 90 Christians in Syria

Islamic State militants have abducted at least 90 people from Assyrian Christian villages in northeastern Syria.

More executions.

Syria is a hellhole.

No one doing anything. 57 more words

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Peter Van Buren: Hollywood War Porn from WWII to American Sniper

In the age of the all-volunteer military and an endless stream of war zone losses and ties, it can be hard to keep Homeland enthusiasm up for perpetual war. 2,460 more words

Opinion Leaders

Advertising -- LIES

Every year, more and more of each television hour is devoted to commercials/advertising.

There is little if anything in the commercials that is true.

As always, advertising is blatant LIES. 86 more words

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