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Afghans rescue 41 child suicide bombers
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Afghanistan
'Favored Daughter' Sets Sights On Afghan Presidency
Posted by: tipper || 02/21/2012 10:28 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [204 views] Top||


Africa North
Obama┬'s Hostage Crisis
It may not be the equivalent of the Iranian Hostage Crisis of 1979-81 or the subsequent seizures of American citizens in Lebanon, but the Obama administration has a hostage crisis of sorts on its hands, and how it handles it will be of considerable importance not only to the president┬'s standing but the country┬'s.
Posted by: Pappy || 02/21/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [209 views] Top||

#1  Yeah, the Iranian hostages didn't do anything other than be employees of the US government.

The brouhaha in Egypt is because these Americans were plotting to interfere in Egypt's internal affairs.
Posted by: gromky || 02/21/2012 0:37 Comments || Top||

#2  OMG! It's the Carter Years all over again. Please, oh please, don't let him do a fireside chat wearing a sweater.
Posted by: SteveS || 02/21/2012 0:43 Comments || Top||

#3  Nothing a good community organizer cannot handle. The checks will clear soon and this will all be over.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/21/2012 7:02 Comments || Top||

#4  I see it differently. Obama and his brotherhood in Egypt will resolve this in October before the election for a bump in the polls.
Posted by: airandee || 02/21/2012 9:04 Comments || Top||

#5  >guilty of the apparent crime of trying to develop civil society and democracy.

I'm not so sure about that. I support Egypt's rights to stop outside meddling.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 02/21/2012 9:05 Comments || Top||

#6  I thought this was going to be a story about Americans in this U.S. being held hostage for 1722 days.
Posted by: JohnQC || 02/21/2012 11:03 Comments || Top||


Caribbean-Latin America
Falklands or Malvinas?
Some of the biggest winds in the world blow through the stormy South Atlantic, but none stormier than the political hyperbole that's sweeping through the region lately. It's just 30 years since the Falkland Islands war that took 900 young lives and saved the government of British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher while bringing down one of South America's foulest military dictatorships. All this for possession of some 770 chilly islands totaling about half the area of Los Angeles County and with about the same year-round population (3,200) as Santa Catalina Island. Not counting seals, albatrosses, penguins and about 500,000 sheep.
Posted by: Pappy || 02/21/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [210 views] Top||

#1  don't forget the oodles of oil.
Posted by: Water Modem || 02/21/2012 1:05 Comments || Top||

#2  A country taking land from another that thinks it owns is often a reason for war.





Posted by: BernardZ || 02/21/2012 7:00 Comments || Top||

#3  The UK has owned it longer than living memory. How long must one possess a piece of land before we start to laugh off other claims? Every chunk of land goes back to someone. We are a migrating conquering species.

The entire AngloSphere should shut down our embassies in Argentina until they end this idiocy. If it all happened on one day, or a cascading effect of a few a day for a week it would send a powerful message.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 02/21/2012 8:49 Comments || Top||

#4  A country taking land from another that thinks it owns is often a reason for war.

Take that up with the Prussian and Silesian Germans. However, it appears the German solution is not war these days, but financial acquisition.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 02/21/2012 9:06 Comments || Top||

#5  I guess no one cares what the residents of the Falklands think, but they overwhelmingly prefer to remain British.
Posted by: Iblis || 02/21/2012 9:46 Comments || Top||

#6  Indeed they do lblis. I hope I am wrong, but I smell yet another Albion betrayal.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/21/2012 9:52 Comments || Top||

#7  Why not ask Obama? He is giving away islands.
Posted by: newc || 02/21/2012 13:45 Comments || Top||


Economy
Over-regulated America
Barack Obama┬'s health-care reform of 2010 had many virtues, especially its attempt to make health insurance universal. But it does little to reduce the system┬'s staggering and increasing complexity. Every hour spent treating a patient in America creates at least 30 minutes of paperwork, and often a whole hour. Next year the number of federally mandated categories of illness and injury for which hospitals may claim reimbursement will rise from 18,000 to 140,000. There are nine codes relating to injuries caused by parrots, and three relating to burns from flaming water-skis.

Posted by: Beavis || 02/21/2012 21:10 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [207 views] Top||


Fifth Column
WikiLeaks, a Postscript
Here┬'s the paradox the documentaries have overlooked so far: The most palpable legacy of the WikiLeaks campaign for transparency is that the U.S. government is more secretive than ever.
Posted by: Pappy || 02/21/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [228 views] Top||

#1  Another first for The One:

The Obama administration has been much more aggressive than its predecessors in pursuing and punishing leakers. The latest case, the arrest last month of John Kiriakou, a former C.I.A. terrorist-hunter accused of telling journalists the names of colleagues who participated in the waterboarding of Qaeda suspects, is symptomatic of the crackdown. It is this administration┬'s sixth criminal case against an official for confiding to the media, more than all previous presidents combined.

From the New York Times, no less.
Posted by: Bobby || 02/21/2012 6:11 Comments || Top||

#2  Omerta.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/21/2012 8:06 Comments || Top||

#3  The latest case, the arrest last month of John Kiriakou, a former C.I.A. terrorist-hunter accused of telling journalists the names of colleagues who participated in the waterboarding of Qaeda suspects, is symptomatic of the crackdown.

This Kerry aide gave out the real name of the guy who waterboarded Abu Zubaydah in Thailand. It should be interesting to see whether this vainglorious tool gets a less severe sentence than Scooter Libby.
Posted by: Zhang Fei || 02/21/2012 21:33 Comments || Top||


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Put Palestinian Tactics, Not Israeli Military Justice, On Trial
By Jonathan S. Tobin

Yesterday, the New York Times devoted considerable space to the story of one Islam Dar Ayyoub, a 15-year-old Palestinian from a village near Ramallah. According to the story, Ayyoub's childhood was stolen from him when he was thrust into Israel's military court system a year ago. Ayyoub is the Times' candidate for the position of poster child for what it calls Israel's "harsh, unforgiving methods" in dealing with Palestinian violence. But though the purpose of the story was to indict Israel, anyone reading between the lines of Ayyoub's sob story could see┬ the real villain of this tale is not Israel's military but the Palestinian "activists" who have exploited their children. They are recruited into gangs explicitly tasked with starting violent confrontations with Israelis by the throwing of stones and other lethal weapons, hoping the soldiers will defend themselves and kill one of the kids.

Ayyoub is depicted as a victim because he gave up his confederates to the Israelis and in particular┬ a local Palestinian adult named Bassem Tamim, who was the overseer of what in any other context would be called a violent youth gang. "Human rights" activists think the prosecution of this person should be scrapped because the kid who dropped the dime on him didn't have a lawyer or his parents present when he talked. That might be what would happen on an episode of "Law and Order," but the realities of the Middle East conflict are such that Israel's tactics are justified.
Read the rest at the link.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/21/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [202 views] Top||

#1  Put NYT on trial.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/21/2012 14:56 Comments || Top||



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  SWIFT To Cut Off Iran - No Financial Telecommunications
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