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Lakhdar Brahimi, the international envoy to Syria, has warned that as many as 100,000 could die in the next year if a way cannot be found quickly to end the civil war.

Mr Brahimi, the UN-Arab League envoy for the Syrian crisis, told reporters in Cairo that if the crisis continues Syria will not be divided into states “like what happened in Yugoslavia” but will face “Somalisation, which means warlords, and the Syrian people will be persecuted by those who control their fate.”

Syrian rebels are fighting a 21-month-old revolt against President Bashar Assad’s regime. Activists say more than 40,000 people have been killed in the crisis, which began with pro-democracy protests but has morphed into a civil war.

Since starting his job in September, Mr Brahimi has sought to advance an international plan, reached in Geneva six months ago, that calls for an open-ended ceasefire between rebels and government…

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Abraham Thinkin'

This is the fifth and final part of a series (Part 1) (Part 2) (Part 3) (Part 4) covering several ways that humanity’s time on Earth could conceivably come to an end. The study of the apocalypse, known as eschatology  has been a pervasive force in religion, science, and popular culture since the development of the first cultures on Earth. Some of the theories about the end of days are more plausible than others, but all are thought-provoking nonetheless. Well, the day has come and gone, and we are still here. This isn’t the first time someone has Incorrectly Predicted the Apocalypse to the end!

Wow…I don’t believe it. December 21st, 2012, the day that was supposed to herald the end, has come and gone – and we are still here. My shock is palpable! Not really folks…after all, the first four parts…

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In an attempt to seize total control over national security and bypass congress, a frightening new step by the Obama Administration is coming into play. As noted in Friday’s Wall Street Journal in an op-ed by John Bolton and John Woo, a State Department advisory group that is run by former Secretary of Defense William Perry is advising that the U.S. and Russia both reduce nuclear weapons without a treaty, as a treaty would require ratification by Congress. This would allow Obama and his executive branch to unilaterally cut our nuclear weaponry and ignore the treaty clause of the Constitution.

As Bolton and Woo point out, the US has a greater global responsibility than Russia; Iran and North Korea, neither of which is far from Russian interests, can only be countered by U.S. military strength. In addition, they note that Russia is not a trustworthy partner in weapons reduction; it…

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BBC Watch

In the BBC’s profile of the Golan Heights which appears in the Middle East section of the BBC News website we find that once more 1949 Armistice Lines are mistakenly presented as borders. Addressing the subject of past talks between Israel and Syria, the profile states:

“But the main sticking point during the 1999 talks is also likely to bedevil any future discussions. Syria wants a full Israeli withdrawal to the pre-1967 border. This would give Damascus control of the eastern shore of the Sea of Galilee – Israel’s main source of fresh water.

Israel wishes to retain control of Galilee [sic] and says the border is located a few hundred metres to the east of the shore.”

That “pre-1967 border” is actually the 1949 Armistice Line which was specifically defined as not being a border. Article V of the agreement states:

“1. It is emphasized that the following arrangements…

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PA Pundits - International

caruba_alan20080111By Alan Caruba ~Predicting Future

Pundits and experts of every description love to predict and pontificate. That they are often famously wrong doesn’t get the attention it deserves.

The Great Depression began on October 29, 1929 with the stock market crash. On October 17th, Irving Fisher, a professor of economics at Yale University, said, “Stocks have reached what looks like a permanently high plateau.”  A month later Fisher said, “The end of the decline of the stock market will probably not be long, only a few more days at best.” The Great Depression stretched for ten years, in good part due to the “progressive” policies of Franklin Delano Roosevelt who was elected and reelected to four terms!

Not to be outdone, the Harvard Economic Society issued a number of predictions that were equally idiotic. “Since our monetary and credit structure is not only sound, but unusually strong…there is every…

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Hillary Clinton admitted to hospital with blood clot

The US Secretary of State collapsed and hit her head after becoming dehydrated while suffering from a stomach virus in mid-December.

She was expected to return to work on Monday but a spokesman said that a test on Sunday had revealed a blood clot.

The 65-year-old was taken to New York-Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan and is being treated with anti-coagulants.

She is expected to stay in hospital for 48 hours while doctors monitor the effect of the medication.


A month without alcohol – the thought fills me with terror

I wouldn’t say that I am an alcoholic. I don’t wake up yearning for a drink, like a man I knew 20 years ago. He worked for the Evening Standard and used to bring a flask of orange juice, laced with vodka, with him into the office before first edition (which went to bed at 8.45am).

He is now dead and I think of him a lot and miss him very much. While he was alive we often used to discuss drink, a subject of keen mutual interest. He held that the ideal alcoholic state was what he called “mellow”, where the drinker felt a sense of warmth and generosity towards the world.

When my friend was in this state, he would empty his pockets and try to force £20 notes on his fellow drinkers. Later, he went bankrupt. I have an acquaintance – who is, I think, still alive – who used to hide bottles of whisky all around his house, in strategic places like his sock drawer. He suffered from terrible boils, which would break out without warning in embarrassing and painful places.


Britain hit by £10bn tax credit fraudsters, claims Duncan Smith

In an article for The Telegraph, Iain Duncan Smith accuses Labour of establishing a system of tax credits for the lower-paid that is “wide open to abuse”.

HM Revenue and Customs conducts just 34,000 checks a year on tax credit claims deemed to be “high risk” – less than a tenth of the number of investigations into benefits fraudsters, he writes. As a result public finances have been pushed to “breaking point”.

Mr Duncan Smith’s attack on tax credits represents a new assault by ministers on Britain’s welfare system. Previously, ministers have focused on the abuse of benefits but George Osborne has insisted that further savings need to be found to help repair the public finances.

Tax credits were introduced by Gordon Brown to top up the incomes of the lower-paid, particularly those with children, and are regarded by Labour as one of the party’s proudest achievements. They are overseen by the Treasury rather than Mr Duncan Smith’s department.

A low-paid family with two children in child care can receive more than £10,000 annually from the tax credit system. But official figures show that about one in 12 tax credit claims is incorrect or fraudulent – compared with fewer than one in 25 benefit claims.