Originally posted on In Saner Thought:
I wish I had a good intro to this press….but the best thing I can think of…….it is a disgusting idea…..that any American would consider this a good idea and if they do………. how can they sleep at night.
At what point does this fly into the face of what this country stands for?……..has compassion been replaced with selfish indulgence?
A shameful story…….
Originally posted on Fabius Maximus:
Summary: Today’s must read is a retrospective on our expedition to Afghanistan, now that the cloud of lies slowly dissipates. Since Vietnam we’ve masked our failures by myths, short-circuiting our ability to learn. A hegemonic power can substitute power for smarts. The coming multi-polar world will prove more challenging, so that weaknesses become terminal flaws.
Opening from “Afghanistan: ‘A Shocking Indictment’”
by Rory Stewart
New York Review of Books, 6 November 2014
Review of No Good Men Among the Living: America, the Taliban, and the War Through Afghan Eyes
by Anand Gopal
Ashraf Ghani, who has just become the president of Afghanistan, once drafted a document for Hamid Karzai that began:
There is a consensus in Afghan society: violence…must end. National reconciliation and respect for fundamental human rights will form the path to lasting peace and stability across the country. The people’s aspirations must…
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ok youtube popped this up for me. I must say …. fascinating. Doesn’t really make me want to eat it but kinda cool to see where it comes from.
As a New York doctor checks into a hospital, here is an article about China’s 2003 SARS epidemic, and the successful, though frighteningly authoritarian response by monolithic state power. Article is by Laurie Garrett of CFR (Council on Foreign Relations, a top US think tank).
There is an element of fear-mongering here too, let’s keep that in mind. Ebola is not as contagious as SARS, and it seems Ebola is treatable with top-level care (although such care will not be available to the masses if the numbers get big).
Originally posted on Stop Making Sense:
‘In Quebec on Monday, two Canadian soldiers were hit by a car driven by Martin Couture-Rouleau, a 25-year-old Canadian who, as The Globe and Mailreported, “converted to Islam recently and called himself Ahmad Rouleau.” One of the soldiers died, as did Couture-Rouleau when he was shot by police upon apprehension after allegedly brandishing a large knife. Police speculated that the incident was deliberate, alleging the driver waited for two hours before hitting the soldiers, one of whom was wearing a uniform. The incident took place in the parking lot of a shopping mall 30 miles southeast of Montreal, “a few kilometres from the Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean, the military academy operated by the Department of National Defence.”
The right-wing Canadian government wasted no time in seizing on the incident to promote its fear-mongering agenda over terrorism, which includes pending legislation to vest its intelligence agency, CSIS, with…
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from the No-Fun department:
Dmitri Orlov writes, in his lovably pessimistic style, on our aimlessly belligerent foreign policy, and how Russia is resisting it. Link: