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10 years ago @ News From - Pakistan's New PM Face... · 0 replies · +1 points

Is your story correct. A different prime minister is named in this article and also on other sites.

Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, a longtime ally of President Asif Ali Zardari, who faces corruption allegations, was chosen by parliament Friday as Pakistan's prime minister, taking over a government locked in a bitter war with a hostile judiciary and struggling with a tide of daunting economic and security challenges.

10 years ago @ News From - Obama Sends US Special... · 0 replies · +2 points

Special forces have been in Yemen for some time from my understanding see this report:

Obama is just sending more. The U.S. is becoming more and more involved in Yemen and there is a lot of propaganda about AQAP which is actually a small group. Every other militant group is simply linked in with Al Qaeda to justify attacks.

10 years ago @ News From - In Hiding, Mali Presid... · 0 replies · +1 points

This article says that Toure is in hiding. My understanding is that in effect he is being held in secret by the military. No doubt they pressed him to sign the resignation. Where is all the outcry about the rightful elected president being forced to resign? The transfer of power will probably involve the rebels gaining key posts such as the Defense ministry. What has happened is the legitimization of the coup through the transfer. Watch for continuing violence as the U.S. gives support to attacks upon the northern rebels.A small team of U.S. special forces are already in Mali

13 years ago @ News From - Poll: Majority in US O... · 0 replies · +1 points

No doubt the Afghan war will continue and involvement in Pakistan through drones escalate. Obama faces the huge problem that taking territory and holding it will involve more casualties than just using airstrikes and clearing areas only to have them re-occupied.
The power of imperial ideologues and the military industrial complex is greater in the U.S. than that of the people it would seem but over time the tide may change.. The U.S. will find itself further isolated as more countries find that it is political suicide to continue supporting a war that has large majorities against it. As the poll shows Democrats are strongly against both interventions and this could cause trouble for Obama eventually although he can always claim to be better than the Republicans on the issue!

13 years ago @ Original A... - Misreading the Protest... · 0 replies · +1 points

Actually the author is correct Pipes has come ouf in public and supported an Ahmadinejad victory. How he can square this with supporting the MEK and demonstrations and greater boldness in criticising the crackdown is a bit difficult to fathom. But then I never taught at Harvard!

13 years ago @ Original A... - Misreading the Protest... · 1 reply · +1 points

Where is the reference to show that Daniel Pipes supports an Ahmadinejad victory? The news article below has him at an MEK (or MKO)--a Marxist ant-Iranian govt. group on the US terror list-- rally in Paris cheering on the demonstrators in Iran and blasting Ahmadinejad and suggesting that the US should take a much bolder stance in supporting the opposition.
The MKO has been taken off the terror list in Europe and Pipes wants the same thing done in the US and hopes that the group can be used to destabilise or help overthrow the Iranian govt.