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Islamic State in West Africa Forming ‘Jihadist Proto-State’ in Nigeria
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-Land of the Free
Iran, North Korea and the lessons of 2007
[Jpost] On May 4, North Korea tested a new ballistic missile. It was a demonstration of strength. Not only was Pyongyang showing the world that it has the technological capability to continue developing new weapons, but also that it will take a lot more than a few rounds of talks with US President Donald Trump
...New York real estate developer, described by Dems as illiterate, racist, misogynistic, and what ever other unpleasant descriptions they can think of, elected by the rest of us as 45th President of the United States...
to get it to stop.

This is a pattern that the West has long faced when it comes to North Korea, which is believed today to be in possession of up to 60 nuclear weapons. For years, successive US administrations have tried to negotiate with the supreme leader, only to have their offers rebuffed time and again.
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Posted by: trailing wife || 05/19/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [136 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Cue Herb's panty-wadding and handwringing...
Posted by: Frank G || 05/19/2019 9:48 Comments || Top||


Africa North
Sahel-Sahara: The next IS stronghold
A report by the Washington-based Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) observed that there were 270 per cent more Salafi jihadist fighters in 2018 than in 2001. In 2018, there were 67 Salafi jihadist groups across the globe, up 180 per cent from its 2001 level. Currently there are around 280,000 turbans worldwide, the highest level in 40 years.
[AlAhram] Despite its resounding defeat in Syria and Iraq, the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
, as well as its offshoots and competitors, is far from a spent force as it eyes Africa.

The vast Sahel-Sahara region, which spans Mali, Niger, Algeria, Libya, Chad, Burkina Faso
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Posted by: trailing wife || 05/19/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [114 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


China-Japan-Koreas
Taiwan on the precipice
By Shelley Rigger

[Foreign Policy Research Institute] Over the past 30 years there have been many moments when Taiwan-watchers worked themselves into a tizzy worrying about the potential for conflict in the Taiwan Strait. Until now, though, I have been confident that worst-case thinking was unjustified, and the chances of open conflict were low.

Until now, but no longer.

At this moment, as Taiwan’s political parties battle over their presidential nominations, I am more worried about the future of the Taiwan Strait than I have ever been. Ominous trends are building on all three sides of the triangle, and conflict could be the result. It is by no means inevitable, or even the most likely future. But for the first time in decades, I can see a plausible path to disaster in the Taiwan Strait.
I'm too uninformed to pass judgement on this take, but maybe someone here will have something to add.
Posted by: ryuge || 05/19/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [256 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The US Navy (plus Japan, India, Commonwealth, etc) would defeat the Chines Navy. A total embargo of China enforced by same would send the Chicom economy into a free-fall. Result: Bye-bye Xi.

Try it. Better now than in 40 years.
Posted by: Unoluque Whinemble8555 || 05/19/2019 11:51 Comments || Top||

#2  China have many people. They have the economy to survive. The whole world would be in freefall.
Posted by: Spanky Whuter1088 || 05/19/2019 17:34 Comments || Top||

#3  China have many people. They have the economy to survive.

Those many people would go back to being peasants instead of working in factories. China needs a market for her exports more than the world needs cheap cell phones.
Posted by: Steve || 05/19/2019 19:22 Comments || Top||

#4  China makes all the little things for the KMT forces. You know toothpaste without poison, soap without poison, shampoo without poison, boot polish without waxy explosive in it. Toothbrushs, combs etc... All state made for the Army of the Republic of China by the Peoples Republic of China... Nah ... I don't think so.
Posted by: 3dc || 05/19/2019 19:48 Comments || Top||


The Grand Turk
Drone strikes, hunger strikes: Kurds in Turkey up the ante
[Rudaw] Turks everywhere solemnly honor November 10, 1938 and its anniversaries as a day of mourning. That’s when the founder of their country‐Ataturk, the so-called father of the Turks‐died of liver failure due to alcoholism.

In The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the decaying remnant of the Ottoman Empire....
, Turks stop work to observe his passing. Kurds are also expected to take part in these involuntary rituals. Our children do since their teachers leave them with no choice but to mourn and praise the "deathless" Turk.
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Posted by: trailing wife || 05/19/2019 00:42 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [147 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

#1  Day of mourning this day among the Greeks as well.
Posted by: Dale || 05/19/2019 7:36 Comments || Top||


Home Front: Culture Wars
Inside Google's Civil War
[Fortune] It started in Tokyo on Nov. 1, 2018, when 100 employees walked out of Google’s office at 11:10 a.m. local time. Thirteen hours later, the elevators at the company’s New York City headquarters were so packed that workers took the stairs down to the street to protest. Google employees in Austin observed two minutes of silence for victims of sexual assault as part of their demonstration. In San Francisco, hundreds of employees gathered across from the historic Ferry Building and chanted "Time’s Up at Google" and held signs with slogans like "Workers’ Rights Are Women’s Rights" and "Free Food ≠ Safe Space."

After Googlers in Sydney walked out, 25 hours after Asia had kicked things off, 20,000 Google employees in 50 cities around the world had joined their colleagues to protest the company’s handling of sexual harassment.

The spark that ignited the walkout was a New York Times article that had appeared a week earlier, reporting that Google paid former executive Andy Rubin a $90 million exit package, despite facing a sexual misconduct accusation Google deemed credible. (In a statement to the Times, Rubin said the story contained "numerous inaccuracies about my employment.")

It was the first time the world had seen such a massive worker protest erupt out of one of the giants of the technology industry‐and certainly the first time outsiders got a glimpse at the depth of anger and frustration felt by some Google employees. But inside the Googleplex, the fuel that fed the walkout had been collecting for months. Tensions had been on the rise as employees clashed with management over allegations of controversial business decisions made in secret, treatment of marginalized groups of employees, and harassment and trolling of workers on the company’s internal platforms. "It’s the U.S. culture war playing out at micro-scale," says Colin McMillen, an engineer who left the company in February.

To many observers, the tech workforce‐notoriously well-paid and pampered with perks‐hardly seems in a position to complain. And it’s a surprising tune to hear from employees of one of the titans of Silicon Valley, a place that has long worshipped at the altar of meritocracy and utopian techno-futurism. But in the past few years, the industry’s de facto mission statement‐change the world (and make money doing it!)‐has been called into question as examples of tech’s destructive power multiply, from election interference to toxicity on social media platforms to privacy breaches to tech addiction. No one is closer to tech’s growing might, as well as its ethical quandaries, than the employees who help create it. "People are beginning to say, ’I don’t want to be complicit in this,’ " says Meredith Whittaker, who leads Google’s Open Research group and is one of the walkout organizers. Workers are beginning to take responsibility, she says: "I don’t see many other structures in place right now that are checking tech power."
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/19/2019 07:09 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [368 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Seize the means of production!

Were have we heard this before. Nothing forces you to work at any company. Nothing stops you from funding and creating your own company. However, no sympathy for a management that pushes the Left memes. You own that too. Self inflicted wound.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 05/19/2019 7:31 Comments || Top||

#2  Nazis vs. Commies. I think I've seen this movie before.
Posted by: Mercutio || 05/19/2019 8:54 Comments || Top||

#3  Were have we heard this before.

Posted by: Skidmark || 05/19/2019 10:24 Comments || Top||

#4  Silicon Valley, a place that has long worshipped at the altar of meritocracy and utopian techno-futurism.

They still embrace techno-futurism in a 1984 sense, but the meritocracy train done left the station some time back.
Posted by: SteveS || 05/19/2019 10:50 Comments || Top||

#5  Has anyone told them yet all the means of production are over in Shenzhen?
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain || 05/19/2019 11:03 Comments || Top||

#6  This is easy. Unionize the place. That'll put a stop to this abuse. (And everything else at Google.)
Posted by: KBK || 05/19/2019 13:26 Comments || Top||

#7  Also: Get woke, go broke.
Posted by: KBK || 05/19/2019 13:59 Comments || Top||

#8  A house divided against itself cannot stand.
Posted by: Tom || 05/19/2019 14:20 Comments || Top||

#9  *Cough* H-1B Visa, Snowflake! *Cough* Your replacement can telecommute from, well, anywhere.
Posted by: magpie || 05/19/2019 14:42 Comments || Top||

#10  utopian techno-futurism

"It's quite simple, really. All we have to do is invent a time machine and travel back and unionize the Reichswehr so that there could never be a Nixon or a Reagan or a Trump or any sexual harassment ever again!"
Posted by: Sheba Cleretch8493 || 05/19/2019 15:20 Comments || Top||

#11  Must be tough for some of these snowflakes to suddenly realize that the company execs they thought were such enlightened revolutionaries and visionaries are just plain old money grubbing, power hungry hypocrites.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 05/19/2019 15:21 Comments || Top||

#12  What is Nixon doing in same sentence of Reagan and Trump?
Posted by: Spanky Whuter1088 || 05/19/2019 17:33 Comments || Top||

#13  Nixon, Reagan and Trump were all Republicans which means they were each Literally Hitler.
Posted by: Steve || 05/19/2019 19:28 Comments || Top||


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
How ‘moderate’ and ‘secular’ is Fatah?
Compared to Hamas they're Whigs.
[Jpost] ‘We are all capable," the writer George Orwell once warned, "of believing things which we know to be untrue, and then, when we are finally proved wrong, impudently twisting the facts to show that we were right."

But, he added, "sooner or later a false belief bumps up against a solid reality" ‐ and "usually on a battlefield."

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Posted by: trailing wife || 05/19/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [89 views] Top|| File under: Fatah


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Syria’s US-led repositioning
The view from Egypt.
[AlAhram] Russia and the Syrian regime began a fierce military campaign on Idlib and Hamah in northern Syria this week in areas controlled by armed opposition groups close to The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the most dubious NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. A collection of multinational and multilingual and multicultural armed forces, all of differing capabilities, working toward a common goal by pulling in different directions...
ally....

Dozens of non-combatants were killed and hospitals, schools and vital locations were destroyed in an operation aiming to expel opposition forces from an area where three million displaced refugees have fled to escape regime control in recent years.
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Posted by: trailing wife || 05/19/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [96 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State



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1Govt of Syria
1Baloch Liberation Army
1Narcos
1Palestinian Authority
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Two weeks of WOT
Sun 2019-05-19
  Islamic State in West Africa Forming ‘Jihadist Proto-State’ in Nigeria
Sat 2019-05-18
  Drone strike kills notorious ISIS leader and his fighters in East of Afghanistan
Fri 2019-05-17
  Fighting grips Hodeidah port, complicates peace moves
Thu 2019-05-16
  F-16 with live ordinance crashes in Riverside CA.
Wed 2019-05-15
  Iranian ballistic missile platforms in Basra city directed towards the Gulf, Exxon evacuating, German mil. trainers evacuating
Tue 2019-05-14
  The Latest: Norwegian Tanker's Hull Punctured off UAE Coast
Mon 2019-05-13
  Gunmen kill six during Catholic mass in Burkina Faso
Sun 2019-05-12
  Security guard killed as terrorists storm Pearl Continental Hotel in Gwadar: ISPR
Sat 2019-05-11
  B-52s in Al Udeid AB Qatar
Fri 2019-05-10
  U.S. revokes citizenship of Portland mosque's imam for ties to ObL
Thu 2019-05-09
  Rotherham abuse scandal: 40 arrests made in last two months
Wed 2019-05-08
  Pompeo suddenly in Iraq
Tue 2019-05-07
  400-strong Christian mob attacks Muslim shops in Sri Lankan town hit by Easter bomb
Mon 2019-05-06
  19 killed in Gaza, four in Israel in Sunday’s escalation, say officials
Sun 2019-05-05
  Iran money man zapped in Gaza

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