Leonard Cohen ~ 1992
you never will, you never did
I was the little Jew
who wrote the Bible
I've seen the nations rise and fall
I've heard their stories,
heard them all
but love's the only engine of survival
Your servant here,
he has been told
to say it clear,
to say it cold:
it ain't going any further
And now the wheels of heaven stop
you feel the devil's riding crop
Get ready for the future:
it is murder.
Things are going to slide ...
There'll be the breaking of the ancient western code
Your private life will suddenly explode
There'll be phantoms
There'll be fires on the road
and a white man dancing
You'll see a woman
hanging upside down
her features covered by her fallen gown
and all the lousy little poets
tryin' to sound like Charlie Manson
and the white man dancin'.
Give me back the Berlin wall
Give me Stalin and St Paul
Give me Christ
or give me Hiroshima
Destroy another fetus now
We don't like children anyhow
I've seen the future, baby:
it is murder.
~ Leonard Cohen, 1992
Obama is weighing military, diplomatic cooperation with Tehran
The additional "gestures" Barack Obama's spokesmen promised Iran would follow on the presidential new year message may presage a dramatic U-turn on Iran, including even an astonishing offer of US-Iranian military and diplomatic cooperation - that is if the Islamic Republic decides to play ball.Myself, I am not so astonished. We have been tracking in this direction publicly since fall of 2006 but no one wanted to hear it.
Iranian leader assures Assad of Muslim victory
Obama proposes Afghan contact group including Iran
US hopes to engage with Iran on Afghanistan Tuesday
UN head welcomes Russia's role in restoration of Afghanistan
US and Iran open Afghanistan peace talks
NATO chief should be at ease with Muslim world
FACTBOX-Hague conference on Afghanistan
The Real Afghan Issue Is Pakistan
Obama's grand illusions
Gunmen Attack Police Academy in Pakistan; 20 Dead
Obama Sez: US won't hunt militants over Pakistan border
But Geert Wilders they didn't let in:
A Hezbollah member of Lebanon's Parliament will hold a rare meeting with British parliamentarians in London this week, the militant group announced Saturday.Germany soft on Iran due to financial considerations
The visit follows an announcement by Britain's Foreign Office last month that it has contacted Hezbollah's political wing in an attempt to reach out to its legislators. It said its ultimate aim is to encourage the militant group to abandon violence and play a constructive political role in the deeply divided country.
A Hezbollah statement issued Saturday says Hussein Hajj Hassan was invited by a number of British legislators to take part in a political meeting of parliamentarians to discuss "regional issues." It said he would be traveling to London on Sunday.
Britain's Foreign Office confirmed he has been granted a restricted validity, singly entry visa for the purpose of the visit.
Venezuelan president to visit Qatar, Iran, Japan
With eye against Iran, Arabs wooing Syria
When the leaders of Saudi Arabia and Egypt last had Syria's president alone in a room, earlier this month, it was classic "good cop-bad cop."US judge orders Iran to pay $25M for Hamas killing
From Egypt came angry ultimatums — from the Saudi king, soothing and lucrative promises, according to an Egyptian official and a Saudi royal adviser. All with the goal of peeling Syria away from Iran.
The Arab world's top powers are eager to block regional rival Iran's influence in the Middle East. Their key for doing so is to woo Iran's Arab ally Syria, so they have begun engaging Damascus after years of shunning it in anger over what they see as its role in fueling turmoil around the Mideast.
NY Times Backpedals on Gaza Atrocities Story
The New York Times has now run a follow-up article on the Gaza atrocities reports that, while far from perfect, corrects and rebuts many of the false charges that spread from Ha'aretz to news outlets around the world.
US Surveys West Bank settlement
U.S. diplomats assessed Jewish settlement activity at an Israeli-occupied district near Jerusalem on Friday, in a public signal of greater activism by the Obama administration in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.All we are saying, is give war a chance:
Palestinian militants have smuggled nearly 70 tons of explosives and bomb-making materials and other weapons into Gaza since Israel ended an offensive meant to choke off the arms flow, a senior Israeli defense official said Sunday.Hamas emphasizes not to recognize PLO peace deals with Israel
The assessment by the chief of Israel's internal security service, Yuval Diskin, reinforced a growing feeling among Israelis that the government ended the war too soon.
Diskin told the Cabinet that since the three-week military operation ended Jan. 18, Gaza militants have smuggled into the territory 22 tons of explosives, 45 tons of raw materials for producing bombs, dozens of rockets, hundreds of mortar shells and dozens of anti-tank and anti-aircraft missiles.
No good deed will go unpunished!
JERUSALEM — Palestinian political activists from the Jenin refugee camp in the northern West Bank on Sunday condemned a camp youth orchestra’s performance for Holocaust survivors in Israel last week, and said they were banning the orchestra’s director, an Israeli Arab woman, from entering the camp.IAEA Votes Again on New Chief
In an unusual, almost surreal encounter, a group of 13 young musicians from the Jenin camp, ages 12 to 17, played Wednesday for about 30 elderly Holocaust survivors at a social club in the Israeli town of Holon, just south of Tel Aviv. The hourlong concert was a central event of Israel’s annual Good Deeds Day, sponsored by an Israeli billionaire.
Adnan al-Hindi, the leader of the camp’s Popular Committee, a grass-roots group representing the Palestine Liberation Organization, said the young musicians had been exploited by the orchestra director, Wafaa Younis, for the purpose of “normalizing” ties with Israel. He said by telephone that the children had been “deceived” and dragged unwittingly into a political situation that “served enemy interests” and aimed to “destroy the Palestinian national spirit in the camp.”
To Be Christian in Iraq:
BAGHDAD, Iraq — Blind fanaticism is reaching unprecedented heights in this capital city, and for the Christians who live here and throughout Iraq it is turning into a nightmare.Ruler of Dubai leading delegation to Moscow
Persecution against Christians is being unleashed in many cities and neighborhoods where Christians and Muslims coexisted peacefully, if somewhat coldly, some years ago. In fact, the patriarch of the Chaldean Church in Iraq, Archbishop Emmanuel III Delly, called it “open persecution, as in the early centuries of the Church.”
In Baghdad, especially in the neighborhood where Christians have their main Church buildings, the structures are being bombed, desecrated and looted, crosses torn down or broken and hosts trampled.
Priests and deacons are being abducted, often ransomed, and sometimes killed. Families are being thrown out of their homes without notice or forced to abjure Christianity and embrace Islam.
Businesses are being robbed, men abducted and killed — or released in exchange for a huge ransom that leaves families without any resource. There are also threats and intimidation designed to have young Christian women married off to Muslims, and extortion occurs in the form of forcing payment of the jizya (Islamic tax for non-Muslims).
Young Russians want to work for Gazprom
Young Russians dream of job at Kremlin
Siemens (GERMANY) plans to become Gazprom’s strategic partner
Gazprom: Serbia has no alternative
Vee mik offer, you don't refuse. In Soviet Universe Alternative Has You.
Not fah nuttin, but... how long ago did I tell you about this one?
Russia: Arctic Deployment Planned
Russia to build 6 nuclear subs
A new personality cult rises in Turkmenistan
"A holy place cannot be left empty," he said, quoting a Turkmen proverb.The EU has postponed indefinitely a vote on an Interim Trade Agreement with Turkmenistan because of a lack of human rights guarantees
The Russian-Turkmen economic forum:From Lively Dialogue to Mutually Beneficial Projects
China eager to expand in Turkmenistan
Chinese president accepts credentials from seven ambassadors
Massive Chinese Cyber Spy Network Uncovered
Gates: U.S. Not Prepared to Respond to North Korea Missile Launch
The defense secretary told "FOX News Sunday" that the United States can do nothing to stop North Korea from thumbing its nose at the international community by test-firing a long-range missile.
Iranian missile experts in North Korea 'to help with rocket launch'
Hindu Nationalists Heart Hitler
INDIA: “Suspend defence deal with Israel”
The Communist Party of India (Marxist) on Saturday demanded that the United Progressive Alliance government forthwith suspend the air defence missile deal it had struck with Israel and order a CBI probe into the circumstances leading to the purchase and the alleged kickbacks involved in it.Euro chiefs ban use of Miss and Mrs
Behold the march of the whores of Gramsci as they steal the words from your mouths, thereby REDEFINING YOUR REALITY:
Guidance issued in a new 'Gender-Neutral Language' pamphlet instead orders politicians to address female members by their full name only.Is that right, Mrs. Man Made MFing Sportsman Von Statesman?
Officials have also ordered that 'sportsmen' be called 'athletes', 'statesmen' be referred to as 'political leaders' and even that 'synthetic' or 'artificial' be used instead of 'man-made'.
"MORAL CAPITALISM" ALERT:
G20 Prologue: The Quest for Moral Capitalism
G20 summit must make the moral case for capitalism
Goldman Sachs boss on G20 hopes
G20: If capitalism is 'overthrown', we'll lose our political freedom
I guess Steyn must be an Unhinged Lunatic too:
Mark Steyn: Government's grasp going global
Russia's Medvedev backs long-term 'super currency'
Goldman Sachs Funds Paid $49.6 Million to Top Executives
TARP Nominee Drops Out
No reason was given for his sudden withdrawal. Tarpus Interruptus.
The TARP Email Trail: AIG And Citi Execs Clueless, Arrogant; Kashkari "Tough To Watch"
Sounds about right to me.... It's always tough to watch the kneel cash carry in action.
Bank Executives May Keep TARP Funds After Meeting With Obama
U.S. Lays Down Terms for Auto Bailout
Sham Wow! I am The Mighty Obamanable! I will fire whoever I want!
The Highway to Hell
"AC/DC played here [in Prague] last week," he told the Czech newspaper Lidovy Noviny yesterday. "And their cult song Highway to Hell might have led me in that very improvised speech to use the phrase 'road to hell'." Topolanek's appraisal of Obama's strategy came during a report to MEPs at the European parliament in Strasbourg on last week's EU summit.CHACHING! Was there ever any doubt?
Change in US Stem Cell Policy Could Create Half Billion Dollar MarketHillary Clinton to accept award from largest abortion provider in US
3/27: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is set to receive the highest award given by Planned Parenthood Federation of America -- the Margaret Sanger Award, named for the organization's founder, a noted eugenicist. The award will be presented at a gala event in Houston, Texas this evening.Jurors Acquit Kansas Doctor in a Late-Term Abortion Case
He's not just any Kansas doctor he is the absolutely notorious GEORGE "the killer" TILLER
3 Researchers at Harvard Are Named in Subpoena
The three researchers have advocated increased use of antipsychotic medicines in children and have accepted lucrative consulting agreements from the drugs’ makers.Dick Dawkin's Magic Bus in Seattle now:
Local atheists lift their voices in bus ads
Seattle Atheists are starting a bus-ad campaign intended to give atheists a voice, provide a way for them to connect, and to put a "positive face on atheism." It's the latest example of the increased visibility of atheists and agnostics locally, nationally and internationallyMarch 25, 2009: STATEMENT OF ROBERT S. MUELLER, III DIRECTOR FBI
I want to give you a brief sense of the FBI's current priorities, the key changes we have made in recent months, and the challenges we face.Meet South Africa's New President:
He has four wives and has already faced 783 counts of corruption. SHAM WOW! That's even worse than Olmert. Yes the picture at left is really of him. OOGA BOOGA, MFers!
This fast-approaching catastrophe is a source of shame and apprehension to millions of honest people, white and black, in South Africa itself. It is also a tragedy for Africa as a whole, a continent hungry for any reason to hope. And it is grave news for the civilised world, which needs no more failed states.Tullow (UK) discovers more oil in Uganda, negotiates with Congo
Yet I can promise you I will be accused of alarmism and pessimism for saying so, and quite possibly of 'racism' too. Why? All the soppy admirers of Nelson Mandela - especially the BBC - gave the new South Africa a free pass when apartheid ended 15 years ago.
They wanted to believe this complicated and important nation had become a sort of heaven on Earth where all tears were dried and all problems solved.
Now I think I may understand what was really behind that brawl at the Aussie Airport:
THEY call themselves MBM - the Muslim Brotherhood Movement - a gang of 600 men who boast they are the toughest and best young street fighters of Middle Eastern descent in Sydney.
MBM claims to be the biggest of four new gangs to emerge on Sydney streets in the past year. Its numbers rival those of the state's largest bikie gang, the Rebels.
The sudden appearance of MBM, with its growing membership recruited predominantly from the city's south-western suburbs, has alarmed senior police already battling to combat open warfare among outlaw motorbike gangs.
6.0 Papua (Indonesia) region
Today's arrest of the Bandidos gang member Mahmoud Dib was not directly related to Sunday's brawl between up to 15 members of Hell's Angels and Comancheros, which left one person bludgeoned to death.
Dib, 27, had been charged with six firearm offences after a semi-automatic pistol was found in a car connected to him, police said. He was also being investigated in relation to a string of drive-by shootings.
4.2 in China
Who By Fire?
Leonard Cohen & Sonny Rollins