News and Analysis (8/25/14)

“The government had made significant investments in both weapons and manpower to try to hold onto the military base, making its fall a both a symbolic and a strategic blow”:

The bankruptcy of the Neoconservative position on Islam needs no further proof than the fact that they resort to the outright lie that Muslims are not condemning IS atrocities …

… but it is the darling of the Neocons who has mastered the big lie as Netanyahu pretends “Hamas is ISIS and ISIS is Hamas” …

… when it is Israel itself that not only matches, but outdoes IS’s thirst for noncombatant blood:

“While the family of slain journalist James Foley mourns his passing, another American journalist … Peter Theo Curtis … [reportedly has] been handed over to a representative of the United Nations” …

… but “Lebanese hostages held by Al Qaeda’s affiliate in Syria and the so-called Islamic State were threatened with death in a video yesterday unless Lebanon’s Hezbollah withdraws its support for Bashar al-Assad”:

An “Arab spring [is] happening in the Muslim community towards self-appointed community leaders. “The notion that the 60-plus organisations that signed the statement are not legitimate and are divisive is incorrect and unfair” — community activist Rebecca Kay:

“[I]t’s not just Gaza… The attacks on freedom of speech and human rights organizations in Israel, the land-grabbing settler movement, a growing strain of anti-Arab and anti-immigrant racism, extremist politics, and a powerful, intolerant religious right — this mixture has pushed liberal Zionism to the brink”:

“Major parts of the devices of the drone are intact and have been received by our friends that can be used for further information” — Revolutionary Guard spokeman General Ramazan Sharif

“Libya has lurched ever closer to fragmentation and civil war this weekend after Islamist-led militias seized the airport in the capital, Tripoli, proclaimed their own government, and presented the world with yet another crisis”:

“Omar Zakhilwal told the BBC he would have to cut salaries and lay off government workers if the crisis was not resolved by the end of the month”:

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