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The Jehoshua Novels

US Neocons in Irons, Tacking towards Goal: Misery for All

Vlad-the-Invader has been decisive in his reaction to NATO’s attempt to push the borders of Russia west of the Urals and to lose Russia’s only warm water port.

With Russia’s history that decisiveness should have been expected, and we wonder if the US neocons had a plan which included contingencies for that action and the [...]

Syria’s Moonlight

One kind of wonders why both China and Russia are making trouble with the world on Syria:

Russian foreign ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich has called on the international community to show “prudence” over the crisis and observe international law.

“Attempts to bypass the Security Council, once again to create artificial groundless excuses for a military [...]

Chuck Hagel in his own words

The new Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel, is the executive in charge of the largest government entity in the world if you combine budget, personnel, equipment, and the 1,000 United States military installations around the globe. The organization is so large; it is hard to imagine the challenge of knowing what one needs to [...]

General John Allen steps down and declines top NATO appointment

US commander in Afghanistan retires to spend time with family following Pentagon investigation related to Petraeus scandal.

The Guardian, By Chris McGreal, February 19

Washington – General John Allen, the US commander in Afghanistan, has chosen to retire just weeks before he was expected to be appointed the next military chief of Nato.

Barack Obama [...]

Al Akahbar: Syria – Damascus Repels Another Rebel Attack

By Anas Zarza Al-Akahbar-English Posted by Michael Collins Remember all those articles over the last few months – Syria to fall soon; what will post-Assad Syria look like? Soon, we were lead to believe, the demands of Former Secretary of State (and neo-colonialism) Hillary Clinton would come true. When didn’t she say – “Assad must [...]

Empire Project Failing in Syria Says French Foreign Minister

By Michael Collins

The survival of the Syrian government represents a major failure of the empire project to recolonize and dominate energy rich Middle Eastern and North African states.

In an abrupt change from months of anticipatory triumphalism, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius admitted that Syrian President Bashar Assad will not be leaving power [...]

What Happens If France Asks For Western Ground Troops In Mali?

There’s a real thought-provoker buried in The French Mess In Mali and Libya by Prof. Rajan Menon today – the entire piece about the chances France may find itself in a quagmire in Mali is worth a read but this caught my eye:

France could find itself in just the pickle it wants to [...]

Mali Factor

Remnants of European imperialism are on display this year in Africa, as France (and eventually NATO) draws itself deeper into the morass of Mali:

SEGOU, Mali — Malian and French forces were reported in control of two important central Malian towns on Tuesday after the French Defense Ministry said they recaptured them on Monday, [...]

NATO uses Afghan clinic as a firebase, prison

Geneva Conventions? Pah, they’re for little countries.

Nato forces stormed into a clinic in central Afghanistan, damaging doors, windows and medical equipment, before using it as a jail and military command centre, in violation of the Geneva conventions, according to the aid group that runs the facility.

Nato and Afghan troops were dropped off by [...]

NATO activates Allied Land Command in Turkey

Stars and Stripes, By John Vandiver, November 30

Stuttgart, Germany — NATO Allied Land Command, the alliance’s new headquarters in charge of land force planning, officially activated Friday at its new home in Izmir, Turkey.

“Turkey has been essential to the effectiveness and viability of NATO since it joined the Alliance because of its geography [...]

NATO Head thinks we’re all idiots

Amid news that the US and other NATO partners are looking favorably on Turkey’s request to be sent US-made patriot missiles, NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen wants us to believe the following:

Such a deployment would augment Turkey’s air defence capabilities to defend the population and territory of Turkey. It would contribute to the de-escalation [...]

France Ends Its Afghan Combat Mission

Via NATOSource:

From Joris Fioriti, AFP: France ended its combat mission in Afghanistan on Tuesday, withdrawing troops from a strategic province northeast of Kabul as part of a speeded-up departure from the war-torn country.

Paris has said all French combat soldiers will leave the country next month, two years before allied nations contributing to the [...]

Turkey to ask NATO for air defense missiles aimed at Syria

Reuters, By Angelika Stricker

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Turkey is expected to formally request on Monday that NATO Patriot missiles be placed on its border to defend against Syrian attacks, Western officials said.

Syrian rebels fighting President Bashar al-Assad have been able to take large swathes of land but are almost defenseless against Syria’s air force. [...]

Turkey calls for “direct humanitarian intervention” in Syria

Turkey is upping its pressure on its Western allies by calling for “direct humanitarian intervention”, with Western forces protecting that humanitarian mission, inside Syria. The Turkish foreign minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, told the Guardian in an exclusive interview:

“We want the international community to find a solution to resolve this issue inside Syria. All means can [...]

On A Glide-Path To War In Syria?

Some wars start because people decide they should be started; prepare a case for war, however tenuous, then propagandize and launch it. Others begin by a process of incremental steps – each new provocation from each side only has to be over-reacted to a little bit and eventually you’re in a position where war [...]