Lost Caravaggio, Mary Magdalen In Ecstasy, Identified

After years hunting for the real thing, the eminent art expert and president of Florence’s Roberto Longhi Art History Foundation, declared: “At last, it’s you”, after finding herself seemingly gazing at the Caravaggio original. If true, the discovery would be one of rare importance in Western art. MORE

Jack Bruce RIP. Cream Live at Royal Albert Hall 1968

Jack Bruce died today. Immortal though. Glasgow's finest.

Libya The Latest ISIS Conquest?

The Dubyafication of Iraq

Dubya image made up of pics of all the US dead soldiers from the Iraq debacle.

The Market Girl By Eugene de Blaas

Orwell In Spain

A previous picture I posted of Orwell in Spain (and took down) proved to be a fake. It turned out to be the cover picture of the first edition of 'Homage To Catalonia'. Couldn't have been Orwell since in HTC he mentions that the POUM (Partido Obrero de Unification Marxista) lacked bayonets as well as a lot of other essentials. The rifles in that cover pic are all fitted with bayonets. 
This picture however is genuine and authenticated by the presence of his wife, Eileen, seated on his left. Orwell is the tall figure in the middle. He was shot in the throat and his wife helped him escape to France after the members of the POUM were arrested by soldiers from the Republican government.


Syrie -L'Etat Islamique touché directement par des bombardements

Des hommes de l'Etat islamique touchés... by lemondefr

US Relies On Wall Street For Wars

Blackwater Convictions Don't Mean the End of Mercenary War | New Republic
America increasingly fights its wars with corporations. During World War II, contractors accounted for only 10 percent of the military workforce compared to 50 percent in the Iraq war—a 1:1 ratio of contractors to military personnel. This ratio was even higher in the Afghanistan war. In 2010, the U.S. deployed 175,000 troops and 207,000 contractors in war zones.

Ratio of U.S. Troops to Contractors in War Zones (as of March 2010)

All Is By My Side - New Jimi Hendrix Movie

Syria - New Anti-ISIS US Strikes

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Ottawa shootings: No Islamic State link found

BBC News - Ottawa shootings: No Islamic State link found
There is no evidence so far that a gunman who attacked Canada's parliament had links to Middle Eastern Islamist extremists, the government has said.


Ottawa Attack - Surveillance Video Shows Shooter

Raw: Surveillance Video Shows Ottawa Shooter by associatedpress

Mariana By John Everett Millais (1850)

Iran, Russia create joint operations headquarters to fight ISIS

Reportedly, the Iranian and Russian military experts are helping the Iraqi commanders in the fight against the IS.
“Over 60 military experts from Russia and Iran created a joint operations headquarters in the Al Rasheed Hotel in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad,” the report said.
The terrorist organization known as the ‘Islamic State’ (IS, formerly ISIL or ISIS) was created in 2003 in Iraq. Between 2004 and 2006, the organization was led by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, and consisted of 11 radical Islamist groups, which had close ties to the terrorist organization Al-Qaeda.

My Lai of Iraq - Blackwater Mercenaries Convicted


US jury convicts Blackwater security guards in deaths of Iraqi civilians

US jury convicts Blackwater security guards in deaths of Iraqi civilians | US news | theguardian.com
The massacre in 2007 left a total of 17 people dead and 20 seriously injured after the guards working for the US State Department fired heavy machine guns and grenade launchers from their armoured convoy in the mistaken belief it was under attack by insurgents.
Nicholas Slatten was found guilty of first-degree murder. The jury found three other three guards — Paul Slough, Evan Liberty and Dustin Heard — guilty of voluntary manslaughter.
During the trial’s emotional closing arguments, jurors were told of the “shocking amount of death, injury and destruction” that saw “innocent men, women and children mowed down” as they went about their business in downtown Baghdad.

Iraq - 7 More US Strikes on ISIS In Last 48 Hours

U.S. Involved In Seven Air Strikes On Islamic... by wochit

Syria - The Battle For Aleppo

US ordered to explain withholding of Iraq and Afghanistan torture photos

By 12 December, Justice Department attorneys will have to list, photograph by photograph, the government’s rationale for keeping redacted versions of the photos unseen by the public, Judge Alvin Hellerstein instructed lawyers. But any actual release of the photographs will come after Hellerstein reviews the government’s reasoning and issues another ruling in the protracted transparency case.
While Hellerstein left unclear how much of the Justice Department’s declaration will itself be public, the government’s submission is likely to be its most detailed argument for secrecy over the imagery in a case that has lasted a decade.

“The only thing that bothers me is that we’re taking a lot of time,” Hellerstein told a nearly empty courtroom.


UK Drones Deployed in Syria And Iraq

UK Reaper drones ready to attack Isis in Syria and Iraq - Middle East - World - The Independent  
The RAF has flown 37 missions and conducted 10 successful strikes over Iraq since Parliament authorised action, the Defence Secretary, Michael Fallon, told MPs yesterday. The unmanned Reaper drones will be based in Kuwait after their move from Kandahar, The Independent understands. They will be controlled via satellite link from RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire.
The decision to fly over Syrian territory is certain to lead to charges of “mission creep” and opposition in some quarters of Parliament. Several Labour and Liberal Democrat MPs who voted for the Iraq operation indicated that they would object to moving it on to Syria.