My Bookmarx 11/25/2010
25 نوفمبر 2010 بواسطة Tamer Mowafy
Lebanon, the endgame
“Several recent news items have focused on Israel’s desire to confront Iran in Lebanon by taking on Iranian ally, Hizbollah. Yesterday Norman Finkelstein sent along this clip from the Asia Times, “Israel moves to counter Hezbollah,” which begins, “In the past few months, Israel has gone out of its way to cast itself as a victim of aggression in case a war with Hezbollah breaks out.” “
Homophobic nations win at UN on SameSame.com.au <span class="“> – Annotated
“The United Nations has voted to remove sexual orientation from a list of identifying characteristics which make people vulnerable to hate-based executions, a move which has shocked and angered LGBT campaigners.”
With many African or Arabic countries where homosexuality is illegal voting to support the change, it passed 79-70.
Asia Times Online :: Middle East News, Iraq, Iran current affairs <span class="“> – Annotated
“The construction projects are sprouting like mushrooms: walled complexes, high-strength weapons vaults, and underground bunkers with command and control capacities – and they’re being planned and funded by a military force intent on embedding itself ever more deeply in the Middle East. “
Adhering to an agreement inked during George W Bush’s final year in office, the
Obama administration has pledged to withdraw all US troops from Iraq by the end
of 2011. US military commanders have, however, repeatedly spoken of the
possibility of extending the US military’s stay well into the future.
As the British Guardian’s
Martin Chulov wrote last month, “[T]he US is widely believed to be hoping to
retain at least one military base in Iraq that it could use as a strategic
asset in the region.”
In the Gulf War of 1991, the US military helped push Saddam Hussein’s invading
out of Kuwait only to find that the country’s leader, Sheikh Jaber
al-Ahmed al-Sabah, refused to return home “until crystal chandeliers and
gold-plated bathroom fixtures could be reinstalled in Kuwait City’s Bayan
Today, the US military’s Camp Arifjan, which grew exponentially as the Iraq War
ramped up, sits 30 miles south of the refurbished royal complex and houses
about 15,000 US troops. They have access to all the amenities of strip-mall
America, including Pizza Hut, Pizza Inn, Taco Bell, Starbucks, Hardees, Subway,
and Burger King.
In addition to Camp Arifjan, US military facilities in Kuwait include Camps
Buehring and Virginia, Kuwait Naval Base, Ali Al Salem Air Base, and Udairi
Range, a training facility near the Iraqi border. The US military’s work is
also supported by a Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) distribution center in
Kuwait, located not on a US base but in the Mina Abdulla industrial zone about
46 kilometers south of Kuwait City.
The US military also operates and utilizes bases and other facilities in the
nearby Persian Gulf nations of Qatar, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, and
Evidence links Hezbollah to Hariri death
“A Lebanese police officer and U.N. investigators unearthed extensive circumstantial evidence implicating the Syrian-backed Hezbollah movement in the February 2005 assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafiq Hariri, according to an investigation by the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. “
FDR, Reagan, and Obama – NYTimes.com
“Some readers may recall that back during the Democratic primary Barack Obama shocked many progressives by praising Ronald Reagan as someone who brought America a “sense of dynamism and entrepreneurship that had been missing.””
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