Washington’s Foreign Policy Calamities

Beyond the Cusp

With such a wide area, it is actually difficult to choose where to begin. It has become obvious even to some die hard supporters of President Obama that he appears to be totally out of his depth when it comes to foreign affairs. Then again, with the healthcare disasters coming fast and furious, he does appear to be out of his depth in all too many ways. There is the Benghazi disaster where President Obama promised that no effort would be spared in bringing the perpetrators to justice. If perpetrators being brought to justice meant their being interviewed by United States news agencies, then mission accomplished, but if the President meant to pay for their crimes, well, then not so much. The main blowback from this particular disaster is not likely to break the surface until the 2016 Presidential election and then only should Hillary, “What Difference At This Point…

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White House finally condemns Iran for arms shipment


White House finally condemns Iran for arms shipment | The Times of Israel .

5 days after Israeli seizure of weapons-laden Klos-C, US slams Tehran’s terror sponsorship, says nuclear diplomacy continues

March 11, 2014, 12:57 am

Some of the 40 rockets put on display by the IDF along the docks of the southern port of Eilat, Monday, March 10, 2014 (photo credit: AFP/Jack Guez)
Some of the 40 rockets put on display by the IDF along the docks of the southern port of Eilat, Monday, March 10, 2014 (photo credit: AFP/Jack Guez)

The Obama administration publicly rebuked Iran on Monday over a shipment of Gaza-bound missiles that was intercepted last Wednesday in the Red Sea by the Israeli Navy.

Given the five days it took for the White House to issue an official condemnation, it appeared as though the administration needed time to reconcile evidence of Iran’s state-sponsorship of terrorism with the ongoing diplomatic push to reach a deal on capping Tehran’s nuclear ambitions.

“It is important to make clear that even as…

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BBC News reframes Iranian arms shipment story, censors information

BBC Watch

On March 10th a BBC producer  made his way to Eilat to cover the story of the weapons shipment seized aboard the Klos-C as it was shown to the media the day after its arrival in Israel’s southern port. 

Klos C tweet Shuval

The report on that topic which appeared on the Middle East page of the BBC News website later that evening is notable for the fact that instead of fully and accurately informing BBC audiences about the details of the weapons shipment itself, it frames the story in very different terms.

On the Middle East homepage the heading linking to the report read “Israel attacks ‘hypocrisy’ over Iran” and, still using the “Israel says” caveat, the subheading informed readers that:

“Prime Minister Netanyahu shows his anger at the West as he unveils a shipment of weapons Israel says were being sent from Iran to Gaza.” [emphasis added]

Klos C art on ME pge 10 3

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15 Striking Portraits of Ancient Tribes Around the World


ladakhi by jimmy nelson before they pass away photo project
Ladakhi – Photograph by Jimmy Nelson

In 2009, photographer Jimmy Nelson set out on a journey to document the ‘world’s last indigenous cultures’. Using a 4×5 camera, Nelson took an amazing series of portraits, featuring 31 ancient tribes around the world.

The project, entitled Before They Pass Away, culminated with an elegant hardcover book (available in three versions) featuring stories of his encounters and nearly 500 photos.

The series has also led to a number of speaking engagements and exhibits around the world. See here for a list of upcoming events.

On the project website, beforethey.com, you will find many additional pictures of each tribe along with information about Nelson’s experience photographing each.

The project has also received some criticism. Most notably from Tim McLaughlin and Elissa Washuta. Nelson even responded to McLaughlin’s critical review of the project here.

The dialogue in the articles above are…

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