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THE INCREDULOUS SHRINKING PRESIDENT

August 31, 2013

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President Obama may be shrinking in the hearts and minds of his people, but he has always been at his most powerful and persuasive when he has seemed the odd man out. He reaches the height of his oratorical abilities. Witness our lesson for yesterday: “We don’t want the world to be paralyzed,” Obama said […]

Carla Bruni in Marrakesh: Arab Pro-Democracy Activists Angered.

December 26, 2011

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Global anger of the have nots against the haves is getting rather ridiculous.  Last week, Carla Bruni Sarkozy, wife of France’s President, flew out to Morocco ahead of her husband with their  infant daughter to spend the holidays.  Of course for security and other reasons (she was there accompanied by 10 body guards) she has […]

From Jefferson to Jihad – Listen Carefully to the Arab Streets

March 15, 2011

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Alain Gresh  has authored a long and insightful article critical to the understanding of what is playing out in the Arab world today beginning with Egypt. He moves from the general thesis: No dictatorship lasts forever, even when it rules the world’s most populous Muslim nation. Internal changes influence foreign policy, but the extent of […]

The Selling and Sellout of Prince Andrew – Where Need Meets Greed In Politics and Trade

March 9, 2011

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Fergie is not the only one to have tried to sell access to Andrew.  She was unsuccessful when the British Government and its handmaiden, private industries including those  involved in arms sales have been.  In a very real sense, there may be those who will benefit from throwing a wrench into his ability to perform […]

Middle East Women Help Drive the Revolution; Will They Be Sold Out?

March 6, 2011

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A woman who has helped organize and fulfill what ever role is needed in the Libyan Revolution recently remarked: We are not the heroes, she said. “The heroes are the mothers that are encouraging their children to go fight for freedom and they know that might be the last time they see them. [ABC] But […]

Louis Farakkhan Nation of Islam Head Predicts Egypt Style Demonstrations Here

February 28, 2011

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More than controversial and always exceeding expectations in dire threats he issues, Nation of Islam leader Louis Farakkhan warns Americans that what is happening in Egypt, Tunisia and other North African countries will be coming to your door. Just to give his warnings the look and feel of a coming reality, Farakkhan has asked President […]

Demonstrations Friday in Iraq; Ahmadinejad Predicts Upheval Spread to Europe and N. America

February 23, 2011

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Iranian leader/oppressor Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has predicted that the Upheval in the Middle East Will Spread to Europe and North America.  He should read On My  Watch. SamHenry has been predicting this in a couple of recent posts.  Caution: you don’t need to get a graduate degree in geography with a minor in migration to see […]

Will Muslim Brotherhood or the US “Steal” Egyptian Revolution

February 21, 2011

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The US press is full of fear that the Muslim Brotherhood will show its “true” colors and if not this year, then years from now ultimately “steal” the Egyptian Revolution.  Our ally, Israel, is fearful of the eventual outcome of the Revolution: An article titled “The Real Egyptian Revolution” paints this picture: The actual Jan […]

Background Information on the Current Crisis in Egypt in News Analysis, Literature and Film.

February 1, 2011

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Analysis and News of Current Crisis in Egypt – See Mother Jones‘ site features a wealth of information both historical and contemporary about Egypt and its politics. Recent article: “Who is Behind the Egyptian Revolution” – an overview of the factions in the body politic from the Guardian. Recent article in Jordan Times, “Columinsts Split […]

US Press Could Spark A War In Their Enthusiasm for a Good Old Disaster

January 28, 2011

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This afternoon, Wolf Blitzer almost lifted off the ground with excitement at events unfolding in Egypt and Jordan.  He kept repeating how serious it was in a tone that suggested that the winds of war were so strong, he might just get his kite out of the closet and fly it. This evening, there was […]

Centuries of Egypt in Our Minds and In Our Imaginations

January 28, 2011

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In reviewing the blogs and photos for Egypt’s “Day of Anger” in Algazeera, January 27, one photo of a police officer struck me with its strong echoes of Egypt’s past.  He could have been found in a tomb painting. Egypt is the oldest established Arab government.  The world knows more about this country than perhaps […]

Turmoil in Africa and M.E.- Our Oil, Allies and Troops at Risk

January 28, 2011

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Oil is not only for running cars and machines.  It is the basis for a number of products not the least of which are life-saving pharmaceuticals.  We have a lot at stake without it. We cannot lose our close military cooperation with Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and of course Israel.  These countries are a bulwark […]

CAVEAT: US DOD Burns Memoir – Every US Soldier a Potential Imbedded Reporter

September 26, 2010

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The Department of Defense, alerted by intelligence sources, recently bought up and burned the memoir of a US soldier in Afghanistan.  The officer, Army Reserve Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer’s memoir, Operation Dark Heart, is alleged to have contained information sensitive to US security.  The DOD claims he should have had clearance for publication above his […]

How Secure Is Current Saudi Government? – With US High Tech Arms Deal, It’s Critical to Know

September 18, 2010

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One has only to look at a map of the Arabian Peninsula to see that the Saudi Kingdom is geographically in a tenuous situation.  Saudi Security forces having kicked al Qaeda out of the country in May 2003, the exiles joined al Qaeda in Yemen and in 2008 formally combined into an organization they call […]

Imam Rauf as Agent for Muslim Dominance – The Larry King Interview 9/9

September 9, 2010

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Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf has represented the US in the Middle East on issues dealing with relations with Muslims for two Administrations.  He is also the founder of the Cordoba Initiative, the Muslim group that will build a mosque and cultural center near ground zero. Interviewed on Larry King last night, he foresees a setup […]