News and Analysis (4/30/15)

“Elected officials must now step up and level with the world instead of pretending that Israel’s true nuclear capacity is somehow unclear. This hypocritical application of US policy drives much of the contempt the world has for Americans as we quote ‘the rule of law’; and act as some objective arbiter of truth who is above reproach”:

Let them eat bacon?

“Saudi Arabia wants to convince the world that it is on the verge of victory in the poverty-stricken country. The truth is, only more destruction and death lies ahead” …

… “UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said that he was gravely concerned about the ‘continued ground fighting and aerial bombardment in Yemen and its impact on innocent civilians…. There are credible reports of families in Aden trapped by the bombardment and snipers targeting civilians in the street’”:

“We’re now looking at a military force that’s, quite frankly, becoming afraid to even engage. The Nigerian military has the same challenges with corruption that every other institution in Nigeria does. Much of the funding that goes to the Nigerian military is skimmed off the top”:

“Officials say the 10 men, who do not include the man named as chief suspect, belonged to the Pakistani Taliban…. The secrecy surrounding the trial and convictions has led to doubts over whether these men are really who the authorities say they are”:

“Naturally the ship will be released after settlements of debts by Maersk Shipping Line and will be allowed to sail to its final destination. Iranian authorities reiterate that there has been absolutely no political or security intentions or considerations behind the incident” — Iranian Embassy statement  on ship detention:

“How do you know a woman is genuine? If her husband dies she takes care of her children”:

“This could alarm the United States, which is supporting the Iraqi government from the air against Islamic State fighters but is wary of Baghdad’s alliance with Shi’ite militiamen who openly receive arms, funds and strategic direction from Iran”:






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