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The Jehoshua Novels


In a Shock to No One…

…Joe Biden got out in front of the White House and shamed them into a policy change:

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Not news to me.

Various versions of this are all over my facebook feed today: The USA is not a democracy, its an oligarchy.

When the preferences of economic elites and the stands of organized interest groups are controlled for, the preferences of the average American appear to have only a minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy.

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The “Purple Wedding” of Geo-Politics

Sorry if you don’t watch Game of Thrones on Sunday nights, you might not get the title reference. Suffice it to say, without needing to give a spoiler alert, that there’s vengeance and there’s payback.

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Google buys solar-powered drone company Titan Aerospace

Just a month after word came that Facebook was interested in the 20-person drone maker, Google snatches it up for an undisclosed sum.

CNET, By Nick Statt, April 14

Technology companies are expanding beyond the Net and taking to the skies — literally, with solar-powered drones that will beam broadband Internet access to the developing [...]

CIA’s Pakistan drone strikes carried out by regular US air force personnel

Former drone operators claim in new documentary that CIA missions flown by USAF’s 17th Reconnaissance Squadron

The Guardian, By Chris Woods, April 14

A regular US air force unit based in the Nevada desert is responsible for flying the CIA’s drone strike programme in Pakistan, according to a new documentary to be released on Tuesday.

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AFRICOM Goes to War on the Sly

U.S. Officials Talk Candidly (Just Not to Reporters) about Bases, Winning Hearts and Minds, and the “War” in Africa

TomDispatch, By Nick Turse, April 13

What the military will say to a reporter and what is said behind closed doors are two very different things — especially when it comes to the U.S. military [...]

NSA’s Bleeding Heart

Breaking News:

In a new leak from the NSA we have the results of the current task force assembled to deflect the blame from NSA’s Cyber unit. This task force became necessary when the Heartbleed Bug became public.

Editorial:

No matter which interpretation the Public puts on it, they all have a common thread: The [...]

Imagine If He Had a Gun

That stabber yesterday in Pennsylvania

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Caption “Contest”

NYT

Paid-For Legislature Takes Teacher Tenure From Thousands In Kansas

From FireDogLake, By kspopulist, April 7

Weekend, overnight exploits by purchased ideologues and rank amateurs in the Kansas State legislature stripped KS public school teachers of due process rights. This will require all teachers to renegotiate their contracts without any union or other support and make them subject to termination if they don’t. Or if [...]

Portland’s Thought Police attack again

Another controversy has erupted over a Sellwood-Moreland business, this one over the owner’s views on gays and same-sex marriage…. Facebook and other social media sites have exploded over a soon-to-open fresh meat and vegetable store called Moreland Farmers Pantry. Neighbors and nearby business owners, once excited by the prospect of the new shop, are now [...]

The Red Line and the Rat Line

Seymour M. Hersh on Obama, Erdoğan and the Syrian rebels    h/t Michael Collins

LRB – …Why did Obama delay and then relent on Syria when he was not shy about rushing into Libya?

The answer lies in a clash between those in the administration who were committed to enforcing the red line, and [...]

Judge Throws Out Challenge to Extrajudicial Killings of Americans

“This decision is a true travesty of justice for our constitutional democracy, and for all victims of the U.S. government’s unlawful killings.” – Andrea Germanos, staff writer

Common Dreams, April 5 – A US federal judge on Friday dismissed a lawsuit challenging the Obama administration’s killing of three Americans in drone strokes, a decision slammed [...]

“It’s not Russia that is destabilising Ukraine”

Russia’s foreign minister Sergei Lavrov pens a “Comment is free”…

The Guardian – The profound and pervasive crisis in Ukraine is a matter of grave concern for Russia. We understand perfectly well the position of a country which became independent just over 20 years ago and still faces complex tasks in constructing a sovereign state. [...]

Venezuela: A Call for Peace

New York Times Op Ed, By Nicolás Maduro, April 1

Caracas – The recent protests in Venezuela have made international headlines. Much of the foreign media coverage has distorted the reality of my country and the facts surrounding the events.

Venezuelans are proud of our democracy. We have built a participatory democratic movement from the [...]