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Middle East Respiratory Syndrome death toll is creeping upwards. BBC… whilst Ebola death toll now revised downwards, appears to have been miscalculated . Whew!

Obama’s Presidential Library Announced: Details

The White House announced today that the site for the Obama Presidential Library will be built in multiple cities, with multiple wings to the library, to continue the momentum of bipartisanship started under the Obama Administration.

A White House spokesman said :

We’re providing the list of cities and wings we can identify. In keeping [...]

The battle of Anbar and the future of Iraq and al Qaeda, Part Three

Al Qaeda Franchises of al Qaeda, chiefly the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), seek to foment Shia-Sunni warfare in the region and, amid the ruins, establish control over western Iraq and parts of Syria. It then seeks to coalesce a Syrian-Iraqi region with other regions in the Islamic world stretching from Mali [...]

The battle of Anbar and the future of Iraq and al Qaeda, Part Two

The Sunni of Anbar

The grim strategic situation facing Iraqi Sunnis today parallels that of ten years ago when they were beset by powerful enemies in al Qaeda but also US troops and Shia militias. The solution, albeit a short-lived one, came by allying with US troops in the Anbar Awakening. Of course, this option [...]

Israel and Saudi Ambitions

Israel-Palestine: When the Map Lies

The US and Iran are negotiating to end the over 33 years of lack of diplomatic recognition and the US-led sanction on Iran. This effort causes the Right Wing Israeli Government to scream “Nooooooo…”.

Consequently AIPAC is putting pressure, successfully we’d assert, on the US congress to pass laws [...]

Behind Prime Minister Netanyahu’s Opposition to the Geneva Agreement, Part Two

Fragmentation Netanyahu might have a bolder ambition in mind than merely preventing Iran from advancing its nuclear program. The Middle East is changing more rapidly than at any time since the end of the First World War and the collapse of the Ottoman Empire. Countries in the region are vanishing from the maps of the [...]

Behind Prime Minister Netanyahu’s Opposition to the Geneva Agreement, Part One

The agreement between Iran and the P5+1 powers has been received with considerable optimism in much of the world, as has the beginning of its implementation this week. Iran will limit its enriched uranium program and halt further work on the Arak heavy-water reactor capable of producing plutonium. In exchange, Iran will get substantial though [...]

Friday Cat Blogging: Snowing Cats (and Dogs)

Al Qaeda taking Iraqi cities – Falluja and Ramadi

Things are getting intense in the Middle East and Levant. The New York Times reports that Sunni militants are on the offensive in Iraqi cities with the headline indicating that the battle was over: Parts of 2 Key Iraqi Cities Fall to Qaeda Group Active in Syria, Jan 2

Isn’t it time to get this [...]

‘Good’ Syrian rebels on run – Saudis ask Putin for help

Syrian refugees – when will war end for them? UNHRC

Will there be any ‘good’ Syrian rebels left to provide credible representation at the January United States – Russia sponsored Geneva II peace conference?

The U.S. favored rebel group, the Free Syrian Army (FSA), experienced major setbacks in December. On the first, the Syrian [...]

Kurdish Women Soldiers – a Challenge Syrian Islamist Rebels and Turkey’s Erdogan

“Our women’s movement started with the female guerrilla.” Sebahat Tuncel, Kurdish activist.

Kurdish female militia Benjamin Hiller

Vice just ran an article entitled; Meet the Kurdish Female Freedom Fighters of Syria By Glen Johnson, Vice. The article describes the impact of the newly created Turkish autonomous region in northeastern Syria. There are around two [...]

Iraqi group claims mortar attack on Saudi Arabia

Shias protest mistreatment in Bahrain by Saudi ally.

The conflict in Syria is spreading, without any doubt. Al-Akahbar reports that an Iraqi group fired six mortar rounds into a ” remote area of northeastern Saudi Arabia” as a warning to Saudis about their treatment of Shias. That would include the Shias in this [...]

As If Things in the Middle East Weren’t Crazy Enough

A bomb went off by the Iranian consulate in Beirut:

Two explosions, at least one caused by a suicide bomber, rocked Iran’s embassy in Lebanon on Tuesday, killing at least 23 people, including an Iranian cultural attaché, and hurling bodies, cars and debris across the street.

A Lebanese-based al Qaeda-linked group known as the Abdullah [...]

Barbaric alliance – Report Saudis align with Israel to attack Iran

“Israel is working on coordinating plans for a possible military strike with Saudi Arabia, with Riyadh prepared to provide tactical support to Jerusalem, a British newspaper [The Times] reported early Sunday.

“The two countries have both united in worry that the West may come to terms with Iran, easing sanctions and [...]

Saudi Nuclear Weapons

This is a market driven event of major proportions. It seems that Saudi Arabia purchased (or is about to purchase) nuclear weapons from Pakistan. The Saudis “rent” troops from Pakistan to do their dirty work, now and then. They dress them up in Saudi uniforms and get a pretty disciplined, coherent force. Why wouldn’t [...]