10/31/2014

Asia Times Online :: What stays the coalition's hand in Kobani

Asia Times Online :: What stays the coalition's hand in Kobani


Burkina Faso Parliament Burned

Burkina Faso is a US satrap state. Their puppet President has resigned and their Parliament burned today. This is a blow to US 'War on Terror' activity.

So, why is there such an explosion of violence across the Middle East?

So, why is there such an explosion of violence across the Middle East? - Middle East - World - The Independent
Why such an epic explosion of violence? It feels strange to ask these questions of Dr Bouthaina Shaaban, one of President Bashar al-Assad’s close advisers and former translator to his father, Hafez. Her office is spotless, flowers on the table, her female secretary preparing a morning round-up of the world’s press on the Middle East, the coffee hot and sweet. At one point, when she spoke of the destruction in Syria and the mass attacks on the region’s Arab armies, it was difficult to believe that this was Damascus and that a few hundred miles to the east Isis have been cutting the throats of their hostages. Indeed, Shaaban finds it difficult even to define what Isis really is.


Disbandment of The International Brigades

By October, 1938 Moscow was calling the shots in the anti-fascist corps and the Brigaditas were considered ideologically and doctrinally unsound by those exercising the powerful Russian influence. The final appearance of the battalion was at a farewell parade in Barcelona at the end of October 1938, at which important Republican figures, including President Azaña and Prime Minister Negrín, expressed their thanks to the Internationals. The speech by Dolores Ibarruri, the Communist deputy from the Asturias, forever known as La Pasionaria, delivered to the more than 13,000 watching Internationals, was the highlight of an extremely emotional occasion. (see post below).

Flores Secas - Images From The Spanish Civil War

Remembering the courage and sacrifice of the International Brigades this week. The week in which they were disbanded 76 years ago.

10/30/2014

Mass Graves Found in Western Iraq

The graves that were found in the province of Anbar may contain between 80 and 220 bodies, reports suggest.
Many of the dead belong to the Al Bu Nimr tribe, which joined Iraq's Shia-dominated government in fighting IS. MORE

Rendition case against UK to proceed

BBC News - Rendition case against UK to proceed after appeal court ruling
Abdul-Hakim Belhaj alleges that former Foreign Secretary Jack Straw and MI6 were complicit in arranging he and his wife's rendition from China in 2004.
The High Court had ruled the case could not be heard in UK courts because it could damage foreign relationships.
But judges said the claims were so "grave" a court should hear them.
Mr Belhaj's lawyer Sapna Malik said after the ruling: "It's a very significant step forward to these cases finally being heard.''
Mr Straw and the government have been given leave to appeal to the Supreme Court.



The Syrian Labyrinth

The Syrian Labyrinth

10/29/2014

More US Media Isis Fearmongering

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Netanyahu 'chickenshit', say US officials in explosive interview

“The thing about Bibi is, he’s a chickenshit,” said one official quoted in the Atlantic. “The good thing about Netanyahu is that he’s scared to launch wars. The bad thing about him is that he won’t do anything to reach an accommodation with the Palestinians or with the Sunni Arab states.
“The only thing he’s interested in is protecting himself from political defeat. He’s not [Yitzhak] Rabin, he’s not [Ariel] Sharon, he’s certainly no [Menachem] Begin. He’s got no guts.”

ISIS Stalled on the Battlefield but Evolving Online

10/28/2014

Isis attack on Idlib: Assad's army leaders 'slaughtered'

Isis attack on Idlib: Assad's army leaders 'slaughtered' as jihadists nearly take Syrian provincial capital - Middle East - World - The Independent
Syria almost lost its second city to the jihadists of Isis and Jabhat al-Nusra last night when hundreds of fighters stormed into the provincial capital, Idlib, captured the newly installed governor’s office and began beheading Syrian army officers. By the time government troops recaptured the building, at least 70 soldiers – many senior officers – had been executed, leaving one of the oldest cities in Syria in chaos. “They were slaughtered,” a message to Damascus said before the army was able to declare Idlib saved.

10/27/2014

Despedida A Las Brigadas Internacionales

Demobilisation of the International Brigades on 28th October, 1938. The Brigaditas were addressed by, among others, Dolores Ibarruri, La Passionaria.

Executioners' League Table - Amnesty International Death Penalty Report

Amnesty International Death Penalty Report - Business Insider
The U.S., one of only two G8 countries to still impose the death penalty (along with Japan), executed 39 people, down 10% from 2012. Nearly half, 41%, took place in Texas.
While 98 countries have abolished the death penalty for all crimes, the number of death sentences actually increased between 2012 and 2013.

ISIS Loses Two Towns In Iraq

10/26/2014

Christopher Isherwood and Don Bachardy (1968) By David Hockney


VIDEO - Iraqi Air Force Bombing of ISIS Positions (25th October)


Iraqi Air Force Bombs Islamic State and Al Qaeda by WSJ_Live

How should we protect the oceans? - Salon.com

Community Discussion: How should we protect the oceans? - Salon.com
A study released this week concludes that the biomass of large predatory fish (the kind of fish that humans like to eat) has declined by two-thirds worldwide in the last century, with 55% of the decline occurring in the last 40 years. Unsurprisingly, the blame lies with overfishing. “There will be fish in the future ocean” the authors dryly assure us, but they will be smaller species such as sardines and anchovies.