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12 years ago @ News From - Top Ayatollah Slams Ir... · 0 replies · +1 points

He has been "a has been" for a long, long time. It is not likely that he is influential, and has much following. What makes him "top" Ayatollah?

12 years ago @ News From - Afghan Finance Ministe... · 0 replies · +1 points

To quote, "We hear all kinds of malarkey about "national security," "democracy," "humanitarian intervention," and so forth, but the reality is quite different. " So why is publishing articles that could have been written a year ago? Karzai needs to go, and will go one way or the other. He has too much local political power, and therefore not fully maleable. Another Musharraf. He will go, whether through "election" or through delegitimazing the vote. Since it was clear he was going to win, just like in Iran, all the opponents have to do --- even those with less then 1% of vote --- is claim victory! And the twitting of midless manipulated masses would do the rest.

Why contribute to this? What is this knowledge of "fraud' based on? On thin air, as usual. The narrative has been written well in advance by the empire's willing enablers. For a secure rice bown.

12 years ago @ News From - Ahmadinejad Backs Off ... · 0 replies · +1 points

Well, well... The "reformers' are trying every trick in the book. What is distrubing with our press is the utter lack of requisite knowledge of the Iranian situation, are thus suspecitibility for official "narrative". You would think that after the years of Iran-fobia we would have a well informed press. Not so. The "reformists" are the oligarchs in the robes, while the "hardliners" are actuallu the reformers. Ahmedinejad is the first non-clerical appointee, and he needed to position himslef to the right of Ghingis Khan. If he did not, Rafsanjani, the Grey Shark, would have had him for breakfast. Wieh the billions in off=shore accounts, he bankrolled Mousavi's campaign, and the twittering crowd. Our jouranists fogot that this Gucci crowd of norhtern Tehran does not have any support in the countryside, where Ahmedinijad won, and won big. The game with the new appointee is just a game. Being derided as "pro Israel", it is cute to see Ahmedinejad stand by him, while the "reformists" Mousavi, Khatami or Rafsanjani did not do a thing to support him.

12 years ago @ News From - Clinton Seeks to Calm ... · 0 replies · +1 points

Unfortunatelly for all of us, Biden is not a problem. Problem is the restoration of Clinton administration. It seems that Obama's foreign policy has been taken over by the Clinton-era phylosophy and its practicioners. The ethiology of the phenomena is most likely rooted in the murky business of the bi-partsan elite that would have been more comfortable with Clinton. Since the voting public was not about to bless their choice, Obama had to do --- with restrictions.

Clinton's foreign policy is based on the pillars of Zbignew Brzezinski's The Grand Chessboard, and its sequel, The Second Chance. It is based on the imperative of suffocating Russia, and China. The methods are rooted in the 19th century garrisoning of key geographic areas, such as Afghanistan, the key real estate for expansion in Central Asia, supporting exremists in Uzbekistan, Tadjikistan, as well as inside Russia's Caucases and China's Western borders.
Therefore, Biden is just doing his job. Obama is looking bad, as his words and the deeds of his Administation are worlds apart.

12 years ago @ Original A... - Lessons from Sudan for... · 0 replies · +3 points

In today's world, world powers prove their status by encouraging one side of the conflict, assuring it of a win. It is only when such power chooses to stay out, as it no longer considers the issue of great importance, or it becomes too expensive financially and politically, that the sides might find a way to solution. Once upon a time, small agricultural societies were more capable of compromise, as each could easily ruin the crop of the other. But those days were gone, once large state systems were imposed on previously loose relationships among neighboring people. State mechanisms became large enough to risk thousands of people and suffer great damage without a risk to themselves. A lesson is not simple. Bosnia's warring parties signed a treaty in Portugal before any shots were fired. That is when Bill Clinton whispered in the ear of Alia Izetbegovic, the leader of the muslim faction, convincing him of support. He withdrew the signature, and the rest is history. Do we really not understand why there is no solution to Israeli-Palestinian problem? I think the answer is obvious.

12 years ago @ Original A... - COIN Meets Reality in ... · 0 replies · +1 points

What? A major NATION BUILDING EFFORT? I did not know that 15 milion dollars to a contractor to develop BASES and other military infrastructure in Afghanistan counts as a NATION BUILDING EFFORT?

Now I know why the money suddenly dissapeared and we had a "financial crisis", "crisis of liquiditiy" and such. The money was needed elsewhere. It seems that our earstwhile "Fed", which is as Federal as a Federal Express, or better said the owners of those private banks decided that the money is better spent digging in around the world in dusty outposts of the Empire, then to spent it on whining populace. So what if some kids are kicked out of their homes as they are foreclosed? So what if the families fall appart as one or more parents loose jobs? So what? For as long as their appetite for empirial outposts guides their decision making, the money will be taken away from the economy and plunged into the empire building. Now I know what "nation building" is all about.

12 years ago @ Original A... - The Persian Ploy · 0 replies · +2 points

Why the Obama Administration shouldn't engage Iran, or why would it possibly need an excuse?

Because the Obama Administration from the day he cut the deal with Clinton's to avoid chaos at the Democratic Convention, he cut the deal with the elites. The elites couldn't care less if Clinton or McCain were elected. Each one had the appropriate "mass" appeal, one as a "maverick" and a war hero, and another as a woman. Then came Obama.
With his foreign policy firmly in Clinton camp, he can only find a better way to "articulate" to the foreign leaders and masses, that US means well.

With that in mind, how hard is it to answer the question? As the author says, any use of weapons against any of the Iranian neighbors would "...virtually obliterate the entire Persian race in retaliation." Even this author has apparently no issue with the notion that anyone --- for whatever reason --- is entitled to the "obliteration of Iranian race".

12 years ago @ News From - Yemen's Problems Go Fa... · 0 replies · +1 points

This is a last thing Yemen needs; more attention by world's minders to fix all their problems, from terrorism and seccessionism, to water and farm crops. How about leaving it alone? Is there a hope that the imperial amibitions would leave just some corners of the world to live their lives without outside meddling? Once the all-knowing arms of the all knowing people lay their hands on any place, all that is left is a dusty imperial outposts, with Coke machines and ugly T-shirts. Perhaps, for all who would like to see this unusual place, do it before it disappears under the hands of the meddlers.
The "secessionism" hardly applies to Yemen. Its central Government is a confederation of regions/tribes, and the amount of local freedom is high. Before British colonized Aden, the province of Hadramouth was independent. The concept of nation-state was not known, and what became South Yemen was hardly subject to rule from Sana'a.

12 years ago @ Original A... - Hands Off Honduras · 0 replies · +1 points

To run a referendum and form a constituent assemly is a threat to the oligarchs. The possibility that the voters will have influence over the fate of the country was a bit too much for them to bear. And if indeed the President was so unpopular, why not go ahead with the referendum?

Latin American oligarchs are under threat, and have lost key battles in many countries. Honduras was not to be lost to the "populist" sentiments. How quaint. The right of people is suddenly "populist". It is clear that the two leaders of the coup are the students of the School of the Americas, the preeminent institution of higher learning for the enforcers of the oligarchy rule in Latin America. No, US does not want the President back, but should he choose to ditch plans for voters to get empowered.... How tiresome of those who bash the "populist" leaders for not producing the instant happiness. As if centuries of mismanagement and plunder can be righted in a few years. And the tangible benefits are well known, but not to the oligarch-financed 'free" press. What a joke!

12 years ago @ Original A... - The Virtues of Gorbach... · 0 replies · +1 points

For a moment I enjoyed the article, as its insight is unique indeed. Until I came to the little matter of the "internal struggles inside the global oligarchy, international conflicts, civil wars...". And this is where the "virtue of Gorbachevism" parts company with the global oligarchs. I am convinced that they will not go for perestroyka, but will go for broke. And speaking of the global oligarchs... why do not we hear more of them? Most people in US think that Federal Reserve, or lovingly callled "The Fed", is as Federal as Federal Express. It creates money out of think air, so that our Government can borrow from them, while we, the taxpayer owe interest on the money they created in our name! Can London keep their bankers under control any more then US can?