As the Arab Spring goes boing, short-term US thinking comes home to roost.

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MYOPIC US MIDEAST POLICY IS TURNING EGYPT INTO A BLOODBATH

egyptbodies54 people who no longer care about energy geopolitics

“Yer see, that Joe – he’s a winner,” I heard an American corporate say once in a Chicago lift, “I ain’t so sure about Pete”.

“But Pete’s popular, the staff like him,” countered his companion, “he’s a nice honest guy”.

“Nice honest guys come last,” said the first man.

“Looks like it’s Joe then,” said the second bloke.

Contrary to popular European belief, this is not how most real Americans think. I realise we could argue up hill and down dale about how many ‘real’ Americans there actually are, but I’ve met plenty of them. And they do have better manners than us, by the way. Lest we forget, 48.5% of Americans, on average, vote Democrat. But as my chum Butch asks, “What do you call a Democrat with four million…

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Forced To Live In Obama’s World Of Fantasy

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caruba_alan20080111By Alan Caruba ~Cartoon - Obama as Crazy Guy

The most difficult of times are when we are forced to live in the fantasy world of those granted the power to govern.

Obama’s primary fantasy is Marxism and it is summed up in his belief that a country prospers when it “redistributes” wealth from those who have prospered to those who may not even wish to work. It has brought down every communist/socialist nation that tried to make it work and it was most evident in Obama’s constant use of the phrase “millionaires and billionaires” during his first term along with the demonization of Mitt Romney as an evil capitalist. By Marxist standards, Obama was successful in the way the auto industry, banking sector, and, of course, the nation’s health system were essentially nationalized.

Yet another of Obama’s fantasies was rubber-stamped by the Supreme Court’s decision that Americans are now expected—required—to accept that it is permissible and reasonable…

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Russia, Iran Hope Egypt Follows Syrian Path to Civil War

Beyond the Cusp

Iran simply came out declaring that Egyptian military removing President Morsi from power “improper” while Russia warned the Egypt was on the brink of “civil war” in provocative statements. Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Araghchi was quoted in a released statement saying, “Islamists and revolutionaries should not be frustrated. Arab Spring can be followed by warm summer and cold winter.” He went on to claim the “the streets” should not be used to decide the Presidency.

 

Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin quoted in Russian news agencies declaring that the clashes between Morsi supporters and opponents are threatening to take the country into total chaos. Speaking while visiting Kazakhstan Putin warned, “Syria is already in the grips of a civil war, unfortunately enough, and Egypt is moving in that direction.” He added, “We would like to see the Egyptian people avoid this fate.”

 

The Iranian comments should be taken…

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India Hotel Collapse Leaves 12 Dead

End Time Bible Prophecy

Video says 8 dead; news updated after video, to 12 dead

http://www.bbc.co.uk

At least 12 people have been killed in a building collapse in the southern Indian city of Secunderabad, police say.

The two-story City Light hotel came crashing down on Monday morning.

Police said it was not clear how many people were trapped under the debris at the hotel, located near Hyderabad.

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BRAZIL – ARE YOU NUTS?!

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Brazil’s Foreign Minister, Antonio Patriota is upset.  It seems that his government has received reports that billions of Brazilian email and telephone conversations have been monitored and archived by the United States of America’s “Do-gooder protect us from all evil agency”, the NSA.

On the surface, it might appear that the United States of America is employing the same sort of tactics that the former USSR used in its foreign surveillance activities.  But there are good reasons why these spying activities are in place and I would like to offer an explanation to help relieve the Foreign Minister of his concerns.

Irrespective of whether or not the Congress is able to come up with any sort of reasonable and workable immigration bill, it is clear that from the standpoint of our neighboring citizens to the south, America is still the land of opportunity.  Free phones, free food and free medical…

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Who has the ear of ‘senior BBC executives’?

BBC Watch

Here is a picture taken in London in 2011:

Third from the left, holding the oversized ‘key’, is Hugh Lanning of the Public & Commercial Services Union and chair of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign. On the far left, wearing the ‘end the siege on Gaza’ scarf is former flotilla participant and Global March to Jerusalem organiser Sarah Colborne – also of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign. In the middle, reading out loud, is Alexei Sayle and beside him Jenny Tonge – both patrons of the PSC. 

Between Lanning and Colborne stands Zaher Birawi – a known Hamas operative in the UK with connections to ‘Viva Palestina’, the Muslim Association of Britain, the Palestinian Return Centre, the Palestinian Forum in Britain and the Global March to Jerusalem. On the far right stands Mohammed Sawalha – also a known Hamas operative in the UK and connected to the ECESG

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