It’s Tar Sands Timmy – straight from Mark Fiore!

Syrian Refugees Suffer As Civil War Rages (VIDEO)

Via IRINFILMS:

By the end of 2012, as it neared the end of its second year, the conflict between Syrian rebels and their government had killed tens of thousands of people, sent more than half a million fleeing to neighbouring countries, and left many millions more either internally displaced, unemployed or otherwise [...]

Billy Bragg in Conversation (VIDEO)

Via The Monthly:

Activist-troubadour Billy Bragg brings his trademark wit to a discussion of music, life and politics. The session, an artist talk at the 2012 Melbourne Festival, is hosted by Alice Keath (ABC RN’s Music Deli).

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Hugh White: “When Major Powers Clash, The Small Issues Can Become The Sparks For Big Conflicts”

Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Hugh White, author of The China Choice: Why America Should Share Power, talks Asian-Pacific geopolitics with Anatol Lieven:

Chinese Navy “on track for a future role as a maritime power capable to pose a threat to the U.S. naval forces in the Asia-Pacific theatre”: Cenciotti

David Cenciotti on “the first successful arrested landing on the Liaoning, China’s first Aircraft Carrier by a made-in-China Shenyang J-15, a multi-role Gen.4.5 plane“:

Purchased in 1998, the Kutznesov Class 60,000 ton aircraft carrier, previously named “Varyag”, will be used to test qualify Chinese pilots flying with the navalised J-15 as well as to [...]

Waiting For The Other Shoe re: Petraeus: “I’m Telling You There’s More To Do Than With Sex.”

Former CIA operative Robert Baer talks with Piers Morgan re: l’affaire de Petraeus:

I’m telling you there’s more to do than with sex. There’s something going on here which I can’t explain and I think we’re going to find out very soon.

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h/t Michael J. Totten

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Saturday Jukebox

…because I’m a moody fucker:

What angst (teenage or otherwise) has paid off well for you?

Mr. Burns Endorses Mitt Romney

HA! In yer face, Bloomberg:

ICYMI: The Choice 2012

Must-watching from PBS FRONTLINE:

Mitt Romney and Barack Obama have spent hundreds of millions of dollars to tell their own stories, but in “The Choice 2012,” FRONTLINE goes far beyond the headlines on a journey deep into their worlds, among their friends and family, critics, and closest colleagues, to understand what drives these men. Based [...]