Monthly Archives: February 2010

Jalal Talabani, President of Iraq

He is Kurdish. He was born in 1933, so he’s old. He was the founder of PUK, the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, and major member of the Interim puppet government set up by the US after toppling Sadman. I’m guessing … Continue reading

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Nouri al-Maliki, current Prime Minister of US occupied Iraq

He was born in 1950, so he’s 50 years old today. He took over after the Iraqi Transitional Government in 2006. He got into politics as a Shia dissidant against Saddam in the 70’s, and fled into exile in the … Continue reading

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US congressman visit Gaza and declares an urgent need to break the Israeli blockade there

The United States should break Israel’s blockade of Gaza and deliver badly needed supplies by sea, a U.S. congressman told Gaza students. Rep. Brian Baird, a Democrat from Washington state, also urged President Barack Obama’s Mideast envoy to visit the … Continue reading

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Avatar: my review (a horrible movie highly worth seeing)

The conquest of the earth, which mostly means the taking it away from those who have a different complexion or slightly flatter noses than ourselves, is not a pretty thing when you look into it too much. – Joseph Conrad, … Continue reading

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The occupying of the middle east

One reason why it is strategically useful to invade countries like Iraq and Afghanistan, regardless of how (un)smooth the occupation goes, is that the US gets to keep giant military bases there after it leaves. This is superimportant for world … Continue reading

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The Palin paradigm for GOP populism

From Frank Rich’s column in todays NYT: …[Palin’s] test-marketed dishonesty has now become the template for her peers in the G.O.P. “populist” putsch. …the party is exploiting the Tea Party movement to rebrand itself as un-Washington… Pasted from <http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/14/opinion/14rich.html?em&gt; Sarah … Continue reading

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Krugman on budget deficit

In his weekly NYTimes column, Harvard economist Paul Krugman tells us to chill out about budget deficits. It has been obvious for a long time we were gonna need to be in the red for the next few years. If … Continue reading

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Robert Reich: banks paying congressmen is hardly democratic

Robert Reich, economist and former secretary of labor,  excoriates Congress for passing the buck when it comes to regulating WallStreet in any meaningful way. In typical fashion, Senator Dodd (who introduced a bill to regulate wallstreet that will likely tumble … Continue reading

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John Stewart shines on Oreilly

J.Stewart’s appearance on the OReilly Factor was great. Stewart appeared impressively convincing and calm in the face of OReilly’s attempts to get a rise out of him. I think his strategy is to slow down, so that he can speak … Continue reading

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