Friday, February 6, 2009
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Monday, June 23, 2008
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Monday, June 2, 2008
Are they flip sides of the same coin? I think they might be the same side of the same coin.
And speaking of loose change, there are reports of Marines handing out some interesting coinage in Iraq.
"Where will you spend eternity?"
It's no wonder some people think there's a Holy War going on.
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
But they're still a humanitarian organization, right?
Monday, January 14, 2008
"I have accepted it because I believe that the destinies of the Israeli people and the Palestinian people are inextricably linked," Barenboim said. "We are blessed – or cursed – to live with each other. And I prefer the first."
Right on, right on...
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
The men, who sued in U.S. District Court in Detroit alleging racial discrimination, say airline employees grounded their Aug. 28 flight from San Diego to Chicago and detained them, believing they were security risks.
The men, some of whom are U.S. citizens, were returning to the Detroit area after training Marines at California's Camp Pendleton on Iraqi culture when another passenger expressed concerns to guards partly because she heard the men speaking Arabic.
You can read the entire AP story here.
The Weekly Standard printed a good article describing the despicable and official campaign of persecution endured by Baha'is in Iran, aptly described as "reminiscent of the Nazi Nuremberg Laws."
Monday, November 5, 2007
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Yes, this is a bit of dark humor. But more importantly, it highlights one of many opportunities for regional collaboration and even common goals. Especially if the Saudis want a fence that works.
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
I would be less troubled by this realpolitik if we were honest about it.
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
You hear about the violence, the women, the occupation and the blooming desert - Much gets said about Israel, but not a lot of people talk about the candy.
Well, the Elite company makes some wonderful chocolate, and my favorite candy bar is called Mekupelet, which predates but is very similar to Cadbury's Flake.
It's an ugly candy bar, but if you can get your hands on a fresh one (or many), it could change your life, or at least your preceptions of Israelis.
Here is an in depth analysis, albeit imperfect, of Mekupelet and Flake.
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Pushing to unify western democracies, or sounding out how desperate we are for its energy resources?
Amid fraying relations between Russia and the United Kingdom, two British fighter jets were sent to confront two Russian bombers flying north of Scotland, the London Times reported today (see GSN, March 6).
Norwegian F-16s followed the Russian bombers south until the Royal Air Force scrambled two Yorkshire-based Tornado fighter jets from its Quick Reaction Alert squadron.
There was no direct confrontation, the Times reported. "The Russians turned back before they reached British airspace," said a Royal Air Force spokesman.
The air force said it was irregular for the Russian bombers to patrol so far south of their base in the Arctic Circle.
British authorities recently ordered the expulsion of four Russian diplomats over the 2006 murder of former KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko. The move came after Moscow refused to extradite a Russian citizen charged in the United Kingdom with murdering Litvinenko (see GSN, May 22; Richard Beeston, The Times, July 18).
Monday, July 16, 2007
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
That is why I enjoyed the following quote:
"I don't expect any favors from Iran. I think Iran - as our intelligence agencies have been concluding - is in a proxy war against the United States. I think Iran would be willing to risk a destabilized Iraq to see us defeated. I expect no goodwill from them. I still think we should talk to them, partly to put pressure on them and to embarrass them in the eyes of the world and present the evidence we've got in front of as many other countries as possible."
The rest of the article is here:
Friday, May 4, 2007
Please; someone Save us from our leaders.