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by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on
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In story: Time for Europe to get real

Perhaps you are reading beyond
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what I write.  

  1.  It smells like a false flag.  

  2.  The US lies routinely, more often than not, as shown by recent history--Iraq, Syria, etc.  

  3.  Both the US and Russia know what happened to the Malaysian Airlines flight.  

  4.  We don't.  

I think that summarizes what I have been saying over the course of several posts.  

--Gaianne  

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by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on
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[Drew's WHEEEEE™ Technology]

by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on
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In story: We Share Their Moral Values ... Israel

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by Oui on
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In story: 24 July 2014

Re: Palestinian marching
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Lots of chatter about a third intifada in my Twitter feed.

(How many government watch lists am I on, anyway?)

by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on
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In story: 24 July 2014

Palestinian marching from Ramallah to Jerusalem?
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Amira Hass in Ha'aretz half an hour ago. Haven't seen any coverage elsewhere.
10:43 P.M. Thousands of Palestinians are marching from Ramallah towards Jerusalem. Palestinian ambulances, blaring their horns, are streaming in the opposite direction, carrying protesters wounded by IDF fire at the Kalandia checkpoint. (Amira Hass)
by gk (g k quattro due due sette "at" gmail.com) on
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... the original question that provoked this diary: You get KPI'ed on publications, not on pre-prints.

- Jake

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on
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Incidental remark in a Times of Israel article:
This time, as opposed to Operation Cast Lead, there is actually a stated mission.
by gk (g k quattro due due sette "at" gmail.com) on
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In story: Do we want free movement of capital in Europe?

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You should we real feel sad about Grillo? It seems to me the M5S has been a joke all along.

by Starvid on
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Indeed, she has pulled the CDU leftward

This is true. But be careful here, the fact that in Germany she doesn't practice what she preaches is actually the best thing you can say about her.

by rz on
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As a general rule, European leaders don't do the vision thing: they're too busy trying to stay on top of the greasy pole. The decision making processes are too complex; too many compromises are required.  The one leader with the position and standing to launch a major initiative - Angela Merkel - has made a fetish of developing the "Merkel Method"....

Germany and the euro: The Merkel method | The Economist

At home she is cautious, sceptical of government's ability to change things, solicitous of allies and quick to cut down challengers. Despite preaching change to other EU countries, she is no radical reformer. Indeed, she has pulled the CDU leftward, partly out of conviction but also to create more coalition options and steal votes from the Social Democrats. In the euro crisis she has favoured small, slow steps. When she is in doubt or gets conflicting advice, her instinct is often to do nothing.

All very well when everything in the garden is rosy ... not so great when there are existential crises which must be dealt with.

by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on
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In story: Thursday Open Thread

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Washington Post: Ukraine's prime minister resigns as coalition falls apart (July 24, 2014)
As intense fighting continued Thursday in eastern Ukraine, Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk announced his resignation after two parties said they would pull out of the governing coalition, according to news service reports.

"I am announcing my resignation in connection with the collapse of the coalition," Yatsenyuk said in parliament. He said parliament could no longer do its work and pass necessary laws, according to the Associated Press.

The nationalist Svoboda party and the Udar party led by former boxer Vitali Klitschko pulled out of the coalition. Speaker Oleksandr Turchynov said it was up to those parties to propose a candidate for temporary prime minister to lead the government until early parliamentary elections can be held.



by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on
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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on
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In Europe, everything hinges on Germany. Especially after the National Security Agency scandal and its ramifications, the key debate raging in Berlin is how to position itself geopolitically bypassing the US. And the answer, as pressed by large swathes of German big business, lies in a strategic partnership with Russia.


by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on
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In story: 24 July 2014

Build-up of air-defense
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lowest level: anti-aircraft guns
mid-level: shoulder-fired manpads as delivered by US to Afghan mujahideen (British Starstreak at 3.3 mach has  range 7 km). In Libya, thousands of manpads have been lost and proliferated amongst terrorists
high level air defense: SAM batteries like Buk-M1 and the S-300P, both have been upgraded in Ukraine by Ukroboronservice.

S-300P sites in the Ukraine, Belarus, and Kazakhstan are primarily deployed to defend population centers, capitals, and in the case of the Ukraine military facilities.

MANPADS Proliferation: News Archive

The Antonov transport plane was downed on July 14 at an altitude of 21,300 ft, eight airmen bailed out by parachute.

The Stinger manpads are devastating on helicopters and caused severe losses to Soviet forces in the Afghan War. Thank you, returning the favor.

by Oui on
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My internet is a bit up and down today. Sorry if I disappear

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on
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by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on
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Oh, immensely so.  And the potential returns even greater, as in saving our plant and maybe our civilization.


by budr on
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The interesting paragraph is about Germany.
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In story: 24 July 2014

Israel doesn't need an army
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Jerusalem Post
The foremost religious arbiter in the ultra-Orthodox Sephardic Shas movement raised eyebrows on Wednesday when during a special prayer held at Jerusalem's Western Wall for IDF soldiers, he remarked that "Israel doesn't need an army."

The comments by Rabbi Shalom Cohen, the man who succeeded the late Rabbi Ovadia Yosef as spiritual leader of Shas, drew rebukes from secular Israelis as IDF soldiers continue to operate in the Gaza Strip on the 17th day of Operation Protective Edge.

"Do you think that the people of Israel need an army?" Cohen asked during his sermon. "It is God almighty who fights for Israel."

by gk (g k quattro due due sette "at" gmail.com) on
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In story: 24 July 2014

Re: Living on the Planet
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European Court of Human Rights awards €100,000 for detention in Poland

Those nice neocon supporters who are at the front of aggression in the Ukraine against Russian influence - see Radek Sikorski and Anne Applebaum. It couldn't happen to a nicer bunch of people ...

European court rules against Poland over secret CIA jail

"The European Court of Human Rights ruled on Thursday that the CIA ran a secret jail on Polish soil, a judgment that adds to pressure on the United States and its allies to reveal the truth about the global programme for detaining al Qaeda suspects.

The court case was brought by two men, Saudi-born Abu Zubaydah, and Saudi national Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, who alleged they were flown in secret to a CIA-run jail in a Polish forest and subjected to treatment that amounted to torture.

The two men, who are now in Guantanamo Bay, the US military prison on Cuba, brought the case against Poland for failing to prevent their illegal detention and torture and for failing to prosecute those responsible.

The Strasbourg-based court ruled that Poland had violated Articles of the European Convention on Human Rights that cover torture, the right to liberty, and the right to an effective remedy for victims of crime. It ordered Poland to pay al-Nashiri 100,000 euros in damages and 130,000 euros to Zubaydah.

The court ruling did not cover the United States, which is outside its jurisdiction."

Litigation: Al-Nashiri v. Poland

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In story: 24 July 2014

Alan Turing at the Proms
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'We wrote it for Alan': Pet Shop Boys take their Turing opera to the Proms | Music | The Observer
It is not the first time a pop group has featured at the Proms. From Soft Machine's 1970 set (later turned into a live album)to last year's 6 Music and 1Xtra specials, pop and rock acts have often played a part in the two-month series. But Tennant and Lowe are doing something different this year: performing the world premiere of an ambitious new work, A Man From The Future. Based on the life of the extraordinary mathematician and Enigma code-cracker Alan Turing, it's an orchestral pop "biography" in eight parts for electronics, orchestra, choir and narrator.

Last night. I'll check for reviews. I'd like to see it one day, if it's any good.

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THE ROVING EYE

An extreme traveler, Pepe's nose for news has taken him to all parts of the Pepe Escobar globe. He was in Afghanistan and interviewed the military leader of the anti-Taliban Northern Alliance, Ahmad Shah Masoud, a couple of weeks before his assassination (Masoud: From warrior to statesman , Sep 11, 2001). Two weeks before September 11, 2001, while Pepe was in the tribal areas of Pakistan, ATol published his prophetic piece, Get Osama! Now! Or else ... (Aug 30, 2001). Pepe was one of the first journalists to reach Kabul after the Taliban's retreat, and more recently he has explored and reported from Iraq, Iran, Central Asia, US and China.

Note, Earth is now "the Pepe Escobar globe".

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on
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Or lizards.

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on
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The MH17 tragedy may have been a horrendous mistake. But it may also have been a desperate gambit by the Kiev minions of the Empire of Chaos

It might also have been aliens.

by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on
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In story: 24 July 2014

Re: Economy and Finance
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Rentiers are sick of low returns, so central bankers will oblige.

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on
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In story: 24 July 2014

Re: Living on the Planet
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Probably lost over Northern Mali, possibly due to weather or surface-to-air missile fire from insurgents. The aircraft was on loan from Spanish operator SwitfAir to Air Algerie.

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on
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In story: 24 July 2014

Re: Economy and Finance
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I'm trying to make sense of this. Even in the light of the usual excuses.

Inflation is under 2% and shows no sign of exploding. There's the odd twitch, but nothing serious.

Wage rises are 'unexpectedly low' and running far behind inflation.

There's a housing bubble, but it's in London only, and it's being fuelled by foreign money, not by mortgage lending.

So... how is a rate rise not just an excuse for more austerity?

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on
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And now the BoE is signalling rates will rise soon. Because that will help.
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News and Views

 24 July 2014

by dvx - Jul 23, 54 comments

Your take on today's news media

 23 July 2014

by ceebs - Jul 22, 39 comments

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 Thursday Open Thread

by Helen - Jul 24, 7 comments

A Discussion on the Common Wealth

 Wednesday Open Thread

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