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Timbuktu mayor: Mali rebels torched library of historic manuscripts
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-Short Attention Span Theater-
A Wealth of Words
Not GWOT related, but worth reading. A concrete proposal with substance that would have the practical effect of overcoming poor home circumstances for some kids while improving our workforce overall - without lowering standards.
Posted by: || 01/28/2013 10:36 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [256 views] Top||


Africa North
Washington Casts Wary Eye at Muslim Brotherhood
About bloody time.
Posted by: tipper || 01/28/2013 12:19 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [295 views] Top||

#1  straining to maintain a good relationship with Egypt, an important U.S. ally

Somebody remind me why Egypt is considered an important US ally. Is it because we need a place to dump those surplus F-16s and M1A1s that are spewing out of our factories?
Posted by: SteveS || 01/28/2013 16:12 Comments || Top||

#2  Doesn't appear some in Washington are too wary.
Posted by: JohnQC || 01/28/2013 17:01 Comments || Top||


Algiers: Where France is still promised land and enemy
Not written from a conservative point of view, but an interesting essay nonetheless.
Posted by: ryuge || 01/28/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [280 views] Top||

#1  Harsh. It reeks of truth.
Posted by: Secret Master || 01/28/2013 1:53 Comments || Top||

#2  Mexico-by-the-Med?
Posted by: Injun Stalin7884 || 01/28/2013 13:35 Comments || Top||

#3  Excellent article.
Posted by: Shipman || 01/28/2013 17:15 Comments || Top||


Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Arms For The Cheap And Clueless
Posted by: tipper || 01/28/2013 13:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [251 views] Top||


Europe
How Much Does the War On Israel Cost Europe?
The EU has become the largest single donor to the Palestinians, contributing about €500 million ($720 million).Europe also channels an ocean of money to the anti-Israel NGOs. And don't forget the textbooks.

Over the past year, the Coordination Forum for Countering Anti-Semitism monitored incidents worldwide. In 2012, 6 of the 10 worst anti-Semitic attacks took place in Europe (the rest are shared among Iran, Yemen and United States).

Even more frightening are the new statistics about the popular feelings about the Jewish people in Europe.

Amid the rise in hate crimes in France, the World Zionist Organization calculated the level of antisemitism among French citizens. The survey revealed that more than 40% of the French population holds anti-Semitic beliefs. The survey also found that 47% of the population believes that "French Jews are more loyal to Israel than the country where they live."

The Pew Research Center's Global Attitudes Project found that 46% of Spanish residents held an unfavorable view of Jews. Meanwhile, 47% of Germans are of the opinion that "Israel is exterminating the Palestinians," according to a poll undertaken by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, affiliated with the German Social Democratic Party.

44 % of Italians are prejudiced or hostile toward Jews, according to a study recently issued by the Italian Chamber of Deputies's Committee.

You can find the same trend all over Europe. Half of the population holds deep anti-Jewish feelings.
I'm betting that if the Pew Research Center had done surveys in 1713, 1813 and 1913, that the 2013 numbers would look about the same...
Posted by: tipper || 01/28/2013 05:24 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [270 views] Top||

#1  Half of the population holds deep anti-Jewish feelings.

holds openly expresses.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 01/28/2013 9:15 Comments || Top||

#2  p.s.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 01/28/2013 9:17 Comments || Top||

#3  Europe spent all that time and trouble trying to kill 6 Million Juden only to be over-run by 20 million moslems. Nicely played bloodthirsty europeons.

Screw Europe. Say hi to Putin for me when he takes over.
Posted by: newc || 01/28/2013 12:21 Comments || Top||

#4  "How much does the War on Israel Cost Europe?"

Monetary costs or metaphysical costs?
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain || 01/28/2013 12:43 Comments || Top||


Great White North
Canada must crack down on Islamic militants
By Farzana Hassan
Posted by: ryuge || 01/28/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [286 views] Top||

#1  Concur! Amen!
Posted by: Canuckistan sniper || 01/28/2013 21:43 Comments || Top||


Home Front: Politix
Tax the revolving door
Posted by: DarthVader || 01/28/2013 19:42 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [280 views] Top||

#1  Not just government 'officials', but Congressional staffers as well.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 01/28/2013 21:40 Comments || Top||

#2  Instapundit's proposal covers them as well. And congressional staffers.
Posted by: DarthVader || 01/28/2013 22:20 Comments || Top||


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Chuck Hagel: the darling of Tehran
Posted by: tipper || 01/28/2013 15:37 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [256 views] Top||


Terror Networks
Strategy Page: Where Oil Turns Into Hate
Thought provoking.
Posted by: tipper || 01/28/2013 12:29 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [282 views] Top||

#1  These days, that includes the young population in most Arab states that are run by dictators or monarchs. The dictators and kings don't want democracy, and Islamic radicals consider democracy un-Islamic. So the only way to vote is to set off a bomb somewhere. That somewhere, it turned out, was not at home.

Democracy is orthogonal to the discussion. In the neocon lexicon, the word "democracy" plays the same role as the word "Vietnam" (e.g. This is not 'Nam. This is bowling. There are rules.) in Walter Sobchak's vocabulary every time Walter sees something he considers outrageous.
Posted by: Zhang Fei || 01/28/2013 15:13 Comments || Top||

#2  The term rice Christian might be instructive in this respect. A number of Christians signed up to the religion in exchange for the benefits offered by Christian charities. Over time they became genuine Christians.

A lot of Muslims came to Islam the same way - they signed up to be eligible to join Muhammad's all-conquering war bands to engage in large-scale raids against the infidels - to loot, enslave or kill those who refused to pay tribute. As time passed, they became genuine Muslims.

Think of it as a Darwinian clash of the deities. Those whose gods are powerful help their religious adherents win wars. The more battles Muslim armies won, the more kingdoms converted to Islam in order to propitiate the Muslim deity. Islam's crisis today comes from the fact that it hasn't won a war against infidels for a long, long time. A victory against Assad the infidel will strengthen Muslims in their faith, whereas a defeat will make Allah look like a powerless deity.

Wouldn't surprise me if jihadists were going through the same process. The first ones join for pay, opportunities for rampant graft and death benefits, whereas their children grow up convinced of the rightness of the its world-conquering quest.
Posted by: Zhang Fei || 01/28/2013 17:18 Comments || Top||

#3  " All agree that Islam was born in conquest (after finding that the missionary approach took far too long compared to military conquest) and has never discarded its mandate to convert the world, using force if necessary."

Most western politicians, if they know this, try as hard as possible to ignore it.
Posted by: lord garth || 01/28/2013 17:22 Comments || Top||

#4  Most western politicians, if they know this, try as hard as possible to ignore it.
lord garth, Seneca said:
Religion is regarded by the common people as true, the wise as false and the rulers as useful.

As long as the politicians find it useful to ignore the obvious, they will keep using it.
Posted by: tipper || 01/28/2013 17:55 Comments || Top||



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Mon 2013-01-28
  Timbuktu mayor: Mali rebels torched library of historic manuscripts
Sun 2013-01-27
  French and Malian troops begin restoring control in Timbuktu
Sat 2013-01-26
  Green-on-green clash in Khyber tribal region kills 32
Fri 2013-01-25
  AQAP #2 killed for the THIRD time in Yemen
Thu 2013-01-24
  US drone strike near Sanaa kills 7 hard boyz
Wed 2013-01-23
  Nuristan Airstrike Kills 14 Insurgents
Tue 2013-01-22
  French seize control of Diabaly, Douentza
Mon 2013-01-21
  Nigeria: Gunmen attack Kano emir's convoy
Sun 2013-01-20
  Algeria crisis: Hostage-takers 'taken alive' at gas plant
Sat 2013-01-19
  Boko Haram leader Shekau shot, escapes to Mali
Fri 2013-01-18
  1,400 French soldiers in Mali for ground assaults: minister
Thu 2013-01-17
  41 snatched by AQIM in Algeria gas plant attack
Wed 2013-01-16
  France deploys armoured vehicles towards northern Mali
Tue 2013-01-15
  Pakistan paralysed after court demands PM arrest
Mon 2013-01-14
  Famed Tunisia Mausoleum Torched by Salafists

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