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Africa Subsaharan
Zimbabwe: Not So Sexy After All, Chamisa and the MDC Alliance
[All Africa] THE tragedy of the MDC Alliance in toto is its narcissistic stance. The party's mirror suggests that it is rich and handsome. Rich in numbers and handsome to behold. For some reason, the fabled numbers appear to have been a chimera. And while there was something attractive in the punchline, "Behold the new", regrettably there really wasn't anything new to behold. Job Sikhala and Tendai Biti are certainly not new. Chamisa will soon discover that the two men have other agendas.

Chamisa was also his own worst enemy as was shown on a number of occasions. His unedited pronouncements did not always stand him in good stead. You have to be totally smitten not to have asked how anyone could say, "If I do not win, the election will have been rigged". Any historian or analyst worth his salt will tell you that whenever there is just one single narrative being touted you had better show the situation a clean pair of heels.

According to Greek mythology, Narcissus fell in love with his own image as reflected in the waters of a spring. Pining away became his fate and a narcissus flower sprang where he fell. This analogy is appropriate when referring to the MDC in all its variations and expressions. The starting point was always that the MDC was "the people's party", the "party of excellence" and so on and so forth ad infinitum.

The party became so intoxicated with the "beauty" of its own reflection that it indulged itself more and more in terms of the hyperbolic epithets it reserved for itself. But, in fact, all that the party was doing was to err by thinking that its inordinate desire for power and prominence was the same as actual attainment of the same.

Posted by: Fred || 08/05/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6458 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I can see a bumper sticker: "Vacation in Zimbabwe, It's safer than Chicago."
Posted by: JohnQC || 08/05/2018 11:30 Comments || Top||

#2  Dang. And here I thought Zimbabwe would be the next Wakanda. (Lord knows Chicago won't be)
Posted by: SteveS || 08/05/2018 13:28 Comments || Top||


Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Bride stealing continues in the Transcaucasus
[Regnum.ru] "Moparuli", in translation from Georgian, means stolen. More than a hundred years in the Caucasus, there is a tradition when a man steals his bride. Sometimes it is an attempt of a couple in love to go against the will of parents, sometimes it happens by mutual agreement of the relatives of both sides, and there are cases when a girl is stolen without the consent of the parents and without the consent of the bride herself.

It turns out that the cases when women are stealing from an absolutely unknown person without warning is not small at all. The rumor that you were stolen, spreads over the village instantly, and the reputation of the girl is considered irretrievably lost. Parents worry that the daughter will never be able to marry again, and try to persuade her to stay with the kidnapper in order to save the chance to create a family and protect herself from bad rumors.
Direct translation via Google Translate

Foto gallery link in the link
Posted by: badanov || 08/05/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6461 views] Top|| File under:

#1  So, Henny Youngman stole one-liner, "take my wife, please"?
Posted by: Clem || 08/05/2018 0:31 Comments || Top||

#2  They're TransBrides?
Posted by: Skidmark || 08/05/2018 3:01 Comments || Top||

#3  And we care because?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 08/05/2018 6:20 Comments || Top||

#4  Romulus to the courtesy phone.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 08/05/2018 7:01 Comments || Top||

#5  Bride stealing continues in the Transcaucasus-the only real female have hair in weird places and use just for men safety tip!
Posted by: Jack Chaiter7913 || 08/05/2018 10:29 Comments || Top||

#6  Moparuli = eloping
Posted by: JohnQC || 08/05/2018 11:18 Comments || Top||

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Posted by: badanov || 08/05/2018 15:06 Comments || Top||

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Home Front: Politix
Sekulow: Obstruction of justice by tweet is absurd
[The Hill] President Trump's lawyer Jay Sekulow, on Sunday blasted special counsel Robert Mueller's review of the president's tweets for possible obstruction of justice, calling it "absurd."

"Obstruction of justice by tweet is absurd," Sekulow said on ABC's "This Week." "The president has a First Amendment right to put his opinions out there."

"This theory that's being bandied around that you can have an obstruction case by tweet ‐ and by the way, (Attorney General) Jeff Sessions and Bob Mueller and all of them, the entire Department of Justice are under what? The Article II branch of government," he continued.

"And that's why I go back to saying that at the end of the day this is all about the Constitution. ... If it went to court, that would be the question that the courts would be addressing. Someone can make an allegation of obstruction, those are Article II powers and a very compelling case."

Sekulow's comments come as the president escalates his attack on Mueller's probe into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/05/2018 12:15 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6471 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I'm not a lawyer, but this really does smack of desperation on Mueller's part.
Posted by: Tom || 08/05/2018 14:11 Comments || Top||


Iraq
Who invaded Kuwait in the summer of 1990?
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] It’s the 28th anniversary of Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait which happened on August 2, 1990. It’s certainly a fresh wound in the Kuwaiti sentiment or rather in the Saudi or the people of the Gulf or the Arab sentiment.

Burying history means repeating mistakes and misleading subsequent generations from specifying people’s real interests at moments of destructive danger

Mashari Althaydi
What proves that this wound still suffers pain is the loud controversy caused by the comments of the Iraqi envoy in Kuwait when he called on the Kuwaiti government to adopt the term "the Saddam invasion," in reference to Saddam Hussein, instead of the "Iraqi invasion" in the country’s educational curricula.

This suggestion aims to limit the incident ‐ which is one of the events the times ‐ of Kuwait’s invasion by the Iraqi army and that was led by Saddam Hussein to one person or perhaps to one family or tribe or even to the glorious Baathist Party of the solemn Saddam Hussein.

According to the Kuwaiti news agency (KUNA), the current Iraqi government spokesperson Saad al-Hadithi said within the context of a report that combines maintaining the memory and the desire to work with today’s Iraq: "The normal situation of the two countries is what was before 1990, i.e. before it was contaminated by the former regime’s invasion of Kuwait."

However,
some people are alive only because it's illegal to kill them...
modern history stipulates that the former regime, the buried regime, according to the principles of the current Iraqi media, which is the Saddam Hussein regime, is not the first to revive Iraq’s big dream of restoring the branch to the original, ever since the days of Ghazi of Iraq till the days of "comrade" Abd al-Karim Qasim.

The insistence of Kuwait and its people, and Soddy Arabia
...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in the Soddy national face...
’s embracement, mainly, and the international shield protected Kuwait from these political whims and this should continue to be the case when these whims wake up again.

INTELLECTUAL SHABBINESS
Vigilance today must be double the vigilance before because the culture that governs "influential" parties, militias and parties in Iraq has enough intellectual shabbiness, political immaturity and Soleimani (in reference to Qassem Soleimani
) ideological myths which are much more than Saddam Hussein’s myths and his lectures about Arabism.

The aim of keeping the memory alive is not to nurture grudges but to read what happened accurately and carefully because history, as we know, is a book that’s always open to more discoveries.

The aim of this analysis is to learn by example, as in the name of the book "Sermons and Learning by Example" by great Egyptian historian al-Maqrizi who died in 1442.

Burying history means repeating mistakes and misleading subsequent generations from specifying people’s real interests at moments of destructive danger.

The Iraqi authorities’ invasion of Kuwait in 1990 is something which specifically Kuwait and Saudi Arabia must examine well and enrich themselves about, not to satisfy the heat of anger but to enrich the mind.

Wise remembrance turns the old wound into a live historical witness.

All what’s been written above is about Iraq’s rulers and not about its people.

Posted by: Fred || 08/05/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6460 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Saudi Arabia

#1  I thought Iraq invaded because those Kuwaiti pick-pockets were drilling for oil in Iraqi territory.

That excuse is more plausible than Iraq having chemical weapons, right Colin?
Posted by: DooDahMan || 08/05/2018 8:23 Comments || Top||

#2  Well it wasn't the Iraqi army that held up U.S. forces. Comical Ali did that all by himself.
Posted by: European Conservative || 08/05/2018 14:52 Comments || Top||



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  Iran protesters attack religious school in province near Tehran
Sat 2018-08-04
  Death Toll Rises To 30 In Bombings On Paktia Mosque
Fri 2018-08-03
  Jordan army clashes with Islamic State militants fleeing Syrian forces
Thu 2018-08-02
  Egypt police kill five members of terrorist group Hasm in Nile Delta shootout
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  Man arrested after suspected homemade explosive device found at Vereeniging, South Africa mosque
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  It was terrorism: Iran denies any role in deadly Tajikistan attack
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  2 killed in Gaza blast during attempted launch of projectile toward Israel
Sun 2018-07-29
  Duterte invites the Abu Sayyaf to peace talks
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  Police enter Al-Aqsa Mosque, clash with worshipers in Temple Mount riots
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  Houthis send missiles at tankers transiting from the Red Sea
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  Russian Air Force launches more than 40 airstrikes over southwest Syria
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  2 Syrian missiles with half-ton warheads trigger Israel's anti-missile system
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  Several dead in Kabul suicide blast as exiled VP Dostum returns
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  Iraq protests death toll reaches 11 amid ongoing popular unrest

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