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If the feeling of pity would be worth a damn one would be tempted to feel sorry for the hapless Poles.
Phil Butler explains: The Real Winner of the Arab Spring: The changes wrought by the Arab Spring are likely to be of long-term benefit to Israel. The EU is sinking under austerity and added pressure from the refugee crisis, and somehow nobody looks at who is benefitting? If there is any real justice in the world, then Israel’s role in all these conflicts will be revealed.
Jim W. Dean - The G20 executive members came out swinging, but did not wait until the meeting began. Major “perception management” moves were put into motion, including full-spectrum government planning and media-seeding during the lead-up to the meeting.
It's becoming crystal clear to more and more European citizens that the monster that is Brussels today does not represent the true interests of EU citizens. The unspeakable crime of Viktor Orbán is his insistence on acting in the interests of his citizens, not to the self-declared, arrogant unelected Commissars in Brussels.
Jim W. Dean - Personally I don't consider Ukraine to even be a real country, simply because it imports foreigners and gives them instant citizenship to fill major government positions. Only a cartoon-comic book country would do such a thing.
Jim W. Dean - I used the Syrian plane shootdown to focus much needed attention on the US using the SDF Kurds to take much of the traditional Arab areas of Syria, especially where there were economic resources, to potentially become part of their new state.
For over past hundred years, West Asia has been the theatre of conflicts and proxies. Most countries in the conflict did so due to history, dynasties and religion that attract attracted invasions from North Africans, Romans, Byzantines, Persians, Turks, French, Germans and Anglo-US forces. Since 1930s, petro dollars have provided the impetus.
When I served in Vietnam, there was no pretense that we were defending anything. Even in the elite combat unit I was in, the war itself was universally opposed as comic and absurd. We were clearly fighting people who were defending their country from foreign invaders, the real enemy, “us.”
Jim W. Dean - While the Syrian anti-terrorism coalition continues to gain ground, there is talk now that the safe zones could become defacto partition lines for Syrian Balkanizing itself as a result of the ceasefire.
Jim W. Dean - This is a hoot. NATO's well-funded PR stooges, from the RAND Corporation no less, are pitching NATO as the only qualified entity to provide "security" in Libya, Syria and Iraq. If you are thinking this is a Saturday Night Live stand-up comedy routine, so was I.
Jim W. Dean - Viktor Mikhin gives us a good review of the Saudi Royal family trying to play "Puff the Magic Dragon" with Iran, via its borrowed Israeli tactic of making an aggressive bogeyman out of a country that has attacked no one in hundreds of years.
Jim W. Dean - We are walking a knife edge now to see not only if the "de-escalation plan" will hold, but if it will even get started. As I type, HTS in Idlib is confiscating the weapons and ammo of the opposition groups targeted to participate in the safe zones.
Jim W. Dean - We are beginning to not only see more of alternative media take on the Fake Media giants, but do so in a professional way via something that used to be known as "investigative journalism".
Jim W. Dean - Once again we have a situation where two internal investigators did their jobs by breaking the story, which is the only reason we are hearing about this. They got fired of course.
Jim W. Dean - The fairy tale of Emmanuel Macron emerging as an "organic candidate", new party and all, out of the blue, always struck me as the Deep State crowd testing if P.T. Barnum's old maxim, "There's a sucker born every minute" was still in play. It is.
Jim W. Dean - Mr. Sheikh has an excellent review of the Trump post-missile strike on Syria, in terms of what it revealed about future US policy, or maybe I should say, the lack of one.
Jim W. Dean - As I have always said, and been ignored, killing the Jihadis on the battlefield is a short-term accomplishment, when they can be easily replaced by those waiting in the bullpen training camps.
Jim W. Dean - The pot is beginning to simmer between China and South Korea, with public animosity against the Korean deployment of the THAAD anti-missile deployment topping the list.
Jim W. Dean - This is another classic dot connecting piece by Gordon. He has the ability to do material like this due to his photographic memory, with total recall and anything he has ever read or heard.
Jim W. Dean - It was time for Gordon to do one of his retrospective dot connectors. It is not that we are running out of current news, but because after years of covering a story, its beginning, middle and ending can get blurred.