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musical interlude XLVIII

Ukraine and Russia reach preliminary agreement on natgas [RT]


re: Snowden, Laura Poitras interview [TomDispatch]

Laura Poitras talks about USA, Snowden, new movie…


musical interlude XLVII

Amazon as the new great satan? [Matt Stoller / medium / naked capitalism] [naked capitalism]

When It Comes to Beheadings, ISIS Has Nothing Over Saudi Arabia


fun fun

Originally posted on Idler on a hammock:

The escalation of the war against the Islamic State was triggered by widespread revulsion at the gruesome beheading of two American journalists, relayed on YouTube. Since then, two British aid workers have met a similar grisly fate. And another American has been named as next in line by his terrorist captors.

Yet, for all the outrage these executions have engendered the world over, decapitations are routine in Saudi Arabia, America’s closest Arab ally, for crimes including political dissent—and the international press hardly seems to notice. In fact, since January, 59 people have had their heads lopped off in the kingdom, where “punishment by the sword” has been practiced for centuries.

The Saudi legal system is based on Islam’s Sharia law. Some countries that use Sharia possess a penal code, but Saudi Arabia does not, although some activists have been calling for reform.

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Do the Trans-Siberian shuffle


interesting read (more time warp?)

Originally posted on Idler on a hammock:

A specter haunts the elites of the Empire of Chaos; the new Russia-China strategic partnership. It’s manifesting itself in myriad ways – energy deals, investment deals, a closer political alliance inside the G-20, the BRICS and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, a concerted effort to progressively bypass the petrodollar. I have described this long process as essential to the birth of the Eurasian century.

From a Washington/Wall Street point of view, it was so much easier in those long gone, unipolar, “end of history” days. China was still tiptoeing on the banks of the river of capital accumulation, and Russia was down if not out.

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