The despots running Arab countries (except Jordan and later Egypt) used the Palestinian refugees and the PLO almost entirely as instruments of their own national goals until 1991. Immiserating refugees by refusing to assimilate them hurt these fellow Arabs far more than it pressured Israel. Assad's disequilibrium following the collapse of his (and the PLO's) Soviet sponsor opened a window for the Madrid process to occur, after which the PLO's interests eventually diverged from his. He sought power, influence, and a greater Syria encompassing Palestine and especially Lebanon. The PLO sought opportunities for graft, mythical appeal to the Arab Street, and opportunities to claim glorious victories. Oh, and a Palestinian state too.Dahlan: Fatah never recognized Israel
Lebanese President refuses holding direct talks with Israel
How Hamas became ‘kosher’
Today Hamas stands on the cusp of international acceptance. It may take a week or a month or a year, but today Hamas stands where Fatah and the PLO stood in the late 1980s. The genocidal jihadist terror group is but a step away from an invitation to the Oval Office. Two events in the past week show this to be the case.Barack Obama offers Iran 'new beginning' with video message
President Barack Obama made an unprecedented video appeal to the Iranian people today, offering a "new beginning" of engagement to end nearly 30 years of animosity between the two nations.
Barack Obama's Nowruz (the Iranian new year) message is the latest chapter in a presidential charm offensive that has so far been conducted at arms length and has barely touched on several key disputes.
In the video, which was shown on a number of TV networks in the Middle East, Obama said he wanted to "speak directly to the people and leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran" to make clear his desire to establish "constructive ties" between the two countries.
"Unprecedented" my ass. Not fah nuttin but............. Al-Bushki did it too:
GWB's 2008 Nowruz Message
The U.S. Congress is considering a first-of-its kind resolution that congratulates Iranians and Iranian-Americans on the Norouz holiday.Suspicion Cast On Iranian Blogger's Death
An Iranian blogger sent to Tehran's infamous Evin prison last month for allegedly insulting Iran's religious leaders and agitating against the government has died under questionable circumstances.UN Official Attacks Western Policies on Iran and Sudan
The UN General Assembly president accused the United States on Tuesday of "demonizing" the Iranian PresidentWhere is the Arab outrage over Darfur?
OIC HEAD ON HIS VISITS TO IRAN, SUDAN AND GAZA
Gov. Gul Agha Shirzai, a semiliterate former warlord, has an autocratic style, a reputation for doling out government contracts to family and friends, and a personal fortune allegedly amassed via corruption and the opium trade.Syria's Assad praises Obama, wants meeting
That record in Nangarhar province in the country's east has made him a serious presidential contender. It has also brought him praise from the U.S., along with a visit last summer from then-Sen. Barack Obama, who the governor likes to joke is a member of his Pashtun tribe, the Barakzais, because of his first name.
PEACE IN OUR TIME!
In the Meantime, Chinless Syrian Stoogident meets with Hashemite King
According to a Jordanian Royal Palace statement, Assad and the king will discuss efforts to achieve a unified stance against the challenges that face the Arab world.Who is Nouri al-Maliki?
But here's the rub: the State of Law Coalition is just a new name for al-Dawa, the oldest Shiite Islamist party in Iraq. Maliki's party seems to have won popularity by focusing on raising employment and establishing order, but al-Dawa still calls for some form of an Islamic state and seeks advice from Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani. In spite of Iraqi voters' concerns of Persian influence, the prime minister paid a visit to Tehran following the January vote.UAE accounts for lion's share of investments in Iraq
Iranian Defector Reportedly Tipped Off US on Syria Nuke Plant
Diplomacy! Issuing denials before the fact always telegraphs the opposite is about to occur:
Hillary Clinton is not planning to have a separate meeting with Iran's delegation at an international conference on Afghanistan in the Hague on March 31, the State Department said Wednesday.Forget Iran's president, the power is Ayatollah Khamenei's
Afghan clerics urge Saudi-led talks with Taliban
One thing is certain, Islam is not a religion by anything Americans believe one to be - not even close.
In fact, Islam is the antithesis of what we deem to be religious. Above all, Islam is a totalitarian political machine of blood thirsty conquest which zealously advocates the downfall of the U.S. government. Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world…” because he was 100% non-political. In extreme contrast, Mohammed and the Koran bellicosely command your kingdom is my kingdom, surrender or die! Let’s be to the point. It is sheer madness, exceedingly irresponsible, criminally negligent, and strategically suicidal to continue granting religion status to an absolutely aggressive and implacable ideology that demands the destruction of our government and all other religions.Elite Egyptian University To Build Islamic Institute In Afghanistan
Muslim Strategies to Convert Western Christians
Ahmadinejad Proposes Common Currency For ECO Tehran, Iran (AHN) - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has proposed creating a single currency for the 10-member nations of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) as a way to deal with the growing global financial crisis.
Muammar Qaddafi Proposes Common Currency For AfricaThe current leader of the African Union, Colonel Muammar Gaddafi of Libya has again proposed a United States of Africa at their last meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. According to Colonel Gaddafi integration between African States should start immediately. He proposed a single African military force, a single currency and a single passport for Africans to move freely in all African countries.
New International Currency Proposed (Moscow, Russia) Ahead of the upcoming April 2nd G20 summit, the Kremlin has called for a new international currency to reform the global financial system. The Russians have repeatedly criticized the dollar’s status as the dominant global currency. Both President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin want the ruble used instead.
Muslims should seize the opportunity provided by the global financial crisis to build a system based on Islamic principles, an influential Sunni cleric said on Sunday.U.S. Central Bank Goes On Debt-Buying Spree
“We have our own economic philosophy and system which others do not have,” Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi told a conference in Doha, Qatar.
Supporters of Capitalism Are Crazy, Says Harvard
Last weekend, Harvard University sponsored a conference called (I am not making this up) "The Free Market Mindset: History, Psychology, and Consequences." Its purpose was to try to figure out why, since everyone knows the current crisis amounts to a failure of the market economy, the stupid rubes continue to believe in it. The promotional literature for the conference opened with That Quotation from Alan Greenspan - the one in which he suggested that there was, after all, a "flaw" in the free market he hadn't noticed before.Q&A with Goldman Sachs over AIG bailout
IRS Gives Goldman a Bear Hug
Washington, on cue, is outraged
Nineteen US states go after AIG
Here comes their 19th nervous breakdown
Senator Grassley on Controversial AIG Comments
Spitzer criticizes federal bailout of AIG
Auto Suppliers to Get $5B Government Bailout
Top Banker Leaves Kazakhstan to Protest Despotism
Prospects of Turkmenistan-US cooperation in fuel-energy sector
Rights groups says Turkmenistan's record is "abysmal"
Nicolas Sarkozy invites Turkmen President to visit France
Turkmenistan introduces biometric domestic passports
Speaking of which:
Certification Related to Implementation of The Western HemisphereTravel Initiative
Pursuant to the authorities vested in the Secretary of State and the Secretary of Homeland Security, including under section 7209(b)(1)(B) of the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 (Pub.. L. 108-458),Condoleezza Rice cites regret over immigration
we hereby certify that
That the National Institute of Standards and Technology has also assisted the Departments of Homeland Security and State to incorporate into the architecture of the card the best available
practices to prevent the unauthorized use of information on the card: That to facilitate efficient cross-border travel, the Departments of Homeland Security and State have, to the maximum extent possible, developed an architecture that is compatible with information technology systems and infrastructure used by United States Customs and Border Protection;
(ii) The technology to be used by the United States for the passport card, and any subsequent change to that technology, has been shared with the governments of Canada and Mexico
Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said she regrets the Bush administration's failure to push major immigration changes through Congress, and she warned that keeping newcomers out of America would hurt the country.
"One of my biggest regrets is that we were not able to get comprehensive immigration reform," Rice, a political science professor and the Thomas and Barbara Stephenson Senior Fellow on Public Policy at the Hoover Institution, said Friday during a kickoff to an economic summit presented by the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research.
Oh BTW, Stanford is still in possession of those bombshell Baath party documents too, far as I can tell ~
Veterans of US Diplomacy Try to Revive Nuclear Arms Talks With Russia
US 'wise men' on diplomatic mission to Russia
Behold The Stulting Unwits of the Apocalypse.
Kerry holds hearing on resetting Russia relationship
NATURALLY, as he has been a staggeringly obvious commie op for DECADES!
US Submarine, Naval Ship Collide in Hormuz Strait
Russian jets buzz U.S. Navy ships - again
Famous prisoner reaches out to Putin
Gazprom slashes gas exports to Europe
Gazprom Will Supply Gas to Northern Iran
The quiet (political) death of Nabucco
NATO expert appointed to the National Security Council
Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall - Oh lookeee, she blogs at HuffPo:
Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall is the adjunct senior fellow for alliance relations at the Council on Foreign Relations. She is also a senior research scholar at the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) at Stanford University, a senior adviser to the center’s Preventive Defense Project, and a 2004 Carnegie Scholar. Her work focuses on American national security challenges, including preventing the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, defense leadership and management, and alliance politics.ObamaCorps
Dr. Sherwood-Randall served as deputy assistant secretary of defense for Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia during the first Clinton administration (1994–96). In this role, she developed and implemented regional security policy toward all the newly independent states of the former Soviet Union, including Russia, Ukraine, the Caucasus, and Central Asia, and established defense and military relationships with each of these states.
How I learned to stop worrying and love a nation dependent upon a huge federalized government
"Volunteers" of America:
The U.S. House of Representatives has approved a plan to set up a new "volunteer corps" and consider whether "a workable, fair, and reasonable mandatory service requirement for all able young people" should be developed. The legislation also refers to "uniforms" that would be worn by the "volunteers" and the "need" for a "public service academy, a 4-year institution" to "focus on training" future "public sector leaders." The training, apparently, would occur at "campuses."Obama's standing army
Again with the "populist backlash"
Obama: We're Moving Toward Broader Regulation
The Wealthiest Members of the Obama Administration
Raytheon gets $106 million Navy contract
Army Investigating How and Why Troops Were Sent Into Alabama Town After Murder Spree
The U.S. Army has launched an inquiry into how and why active duty troops from Fort Rucker, Ala., came to be placed on the streets of Samson, Ala., during last week's murder spree in that tiny South Alabama community. The use of the troops was a possible violation of federal law.Shut your subversive mouths, proles:
“On March 10, after a report of an apparent mass murder in Samson, Ala., 22 military police soldiers from Fort Rucker, Ala., along with the provost marshal, were sent to the city of Samson,” Harvey Perritt, spokesman for the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) at Fort Monroe, Va., told CNSNews.com on Monday.
A new document meant to help Missouri law enforcement agencies identify militia members or domestic terrorists has drawn criticism for some of the warning signs mentioned.More on that crap here
The Feb. 20 report called "The Modern Militia Movement" mentions such red flags as political bumper stickers for third-party candidates, such as U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, who ran for president last year; talk of conspiracy theories, such as the plan for a superhighway linking Canada to Mexico; and possession of subversive literature.
SLAVERY IS FREEDOM!
China's controversial choice as the second highest Tibetan spiritual figure said Sunday that Tibetans would never enjoy human dignity and freedom without the Chinese Communist Party.
Desperate Japanese head to "suicide forest"
Killer dogs sow terror in Sicily
Italian police are hunting a pack of stray dogs which killed a boy aged 10 and mauled a 24-year-old woman in the Ragusa area of southern SicilyUS deports former Nazi guard to Austria
Vermont Senate panel approves gay marriage bill
Dead Sea Scrolls were work of the Sadducees, claims academic
Scholars in uproar over challenge to Dead Sea Scrolls
The Axis of Idiots