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booming
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“If you want to free a society, just give them internet access. Because people, the young guys, you know, are all going to go out and see biased media, see the truth about other nations and their own nation and they’re going to be able to contribute and collaborate together.”
theeconomist:

The Middle East’s messy political mosaic

theeconomist:

The Middle East’s messy political mosaic

There was a photo of - looked like Peshmerga? women unit’s commander (woman) is teaching handling of weapons to Yazidi volunteers. 

If it was taken from front and more clear way, it could be something some decades later people’d be staring at - that kind of photo. Female soldiers - or a commander - teaching, educating men. 

August 19, 2014, 10:24am   0 notes

so that was (or is) Tumblr/Yahoo trying to make money. 

I am not sure BMW’s sales go up or visits to dealer increases next week due to that ad. 

August 17, 2014, 2:12am   0 notes
▸ Iraq's Sunni leader vows to fight ISIL, after al-Maliki is gone



Jun 30, 2014, 9:47am  0 notes      

▸ [Log: What an Iraqi Sunni tribal leader saying is -]

Mr Jabiri claims the tribes could clear out ISIS in the same way it cleared out much of AQI (al Qaeda in Iraq) from Anbar Province when Sahwa was initiated, but it needs the West to back them now, and pull support from the Maliki government, or they will have no choice but to cooperate with ISIS.

"If the West let us down this time, if they let our revolution down, we will be forced to cooperate with ISIS, and the world will be responsible for what the ISIS gangsters do to Iraq’s children," he said.

"You are accurate, and I repeat again, if the world lets us down we are not going to just say to you that we will fight ISIS. The world will just be proving it supports ISIS."

If there really are some State Dept (or USA govt) staff in Iraq on the ground - and meeting and talking with local power holders then - I hope they are really talking to or listening to this kind of statement repeatedly.

Sunni-Shia rivalry put on ‘historic’ moment craze might not be able to be circumvented or tampered atm - for a while now, but - 

but still needs to be listened to repeatedly.  

Portrayal of US decision making and intel apparatus in media and Twitterverse is so flat and simple - (and seems that’s the case most of the time) but - 

but Biden got the idea - before 2008 - and there maybe something more to Obama’s resoluteness for ‘pulling USA away from MENA’ 

but still. 

Obama and his team has not made any really clear about reasons and motives of moving away from MENA. Not not publicly. Never fully clearly. Yet. 

That makes it real hard. 

Or actual diplomacy is something much more simple. 



Jun 14, 2014, 7:28am  0 notes      

What about getting “Now on BBC Radio1” onto Tumblr 

  • It’s doing Twitter - but - maybe doing it on Tumblr makes it effective. the content can be same thing 
  • other BBC stations can be all on board at Tumblr too 
  • That MIGHT bring in bit of outside air into this closed platform but - … 
  • Woah those aren’t official? (Again what’s lame BBC is …)
January 14, 2014, 1:49pm   1 note

Winter is coming 

October 20, 2013, 7:38pm   2 notes
manofsteel
 
“In the Arab world, in contrast, the heavy lid of authoritarianism was suppressing sectarian, tribal, Islamist and democratic aspirations. So, when the lids were removed, all four surfaced at once.”

This Ain’t Yogurt, Thomas L. Friedman, NYTimes

He repeats ‘when fighting parties in Syria become exhausted’ (There could be some chance of bringing in solution/settlement) - 

but I’m not sure Syria allows the luxury of that kind of standard model. Non linear and unpredictable - that’s more likely. Though, the emphasis on ‘healer’ (or un-divider’) is the only key direction for the outsiders. (though, it’s going to be more rough and very pragmatic - realpolitik on and on.) 

May 05, 2013, 11:18pm  0 notes

▸ [Value of Optimism and Altruism in stress/adverse situation] Emily Esfahani Smith, The Atlantic

Importance of optimism and then altruism - while enduring/conquering stress or adverse situation. 

Dr. Dennis Charney, the dean of Mount Sinai School of Medicine, found when he examined approximately 750 Vietnam war veterans who were held as prisoners of war for six to eight years. Tortured and kept in solitary confinement, these 750 men were remarkably resilient. Unlike many fellow veterans, they did not develop depression or posttraumatic stress disorder after their release, even though they endured extreme stress.

What was their secret? After extensive interviews and tests, Charney found ten characteristics that set them apart. The top one was optimism. The second was altruism. Humor and having a meaning in life — or something to live for — were also important.



Source: The Atlantic

Mar 01, 2013, 10:12am  2 notes      

 
“The danger is that we could be reaching a point where nuclear weapons would become almost conventional, and there will be the possibility of a nuclear conflict at some point… that would be a turning point in human history.”
Henry Kissinger, Jan 2013

February 12, 2013, 1:41am  0 notes

 
“In his 2004 memoir, The Missing Peace: The Inside Story of the Fight for Middle East Peace, longtime peace negotiator—and former Obama adviser—Dennis Ross described Netanyahu as “insufferable” because of his uncompromising views. Thanks to a recent election in which his party lost seats, Netanyahu is somewhat weaker today, while Obama is riding a new wave of popularity. But that will do little to budge Bibi toward peace or affect the underlying dynamics in the region.”

Don’t Expect Much From Obama’s Trip to Israel, Michael Hirsh, NationalJournal

Yeah. Hard to see anything meaningful coming out of this visit. But then why do it now in such a hurry. 

Even Lapid comes into power, that doesn’t mean basic demands Israeli public feel legitimate towards settlements and Jerusalem will change. 

February 06, 2013, 6:41pm  1 note

To do

Block all IR/MENA/Islam blogs show up on radar. I’ve been around ever since this clique started and there are ones I don’t follow means I know what they are doing and I don’t follow. This recommendation system is pointless as keep recommending something your customer already declined many times to purchase.

It’s been this way now over more than a year.

Someone needs to use brain a bit.

January 27, 2013, 10:50pm   2 notes
▸ [USA] Bloomberg blasts 'deafening silence' on guns from Obama and Romney, CNN

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg bemoaned Monday what he called a “deafening silence” on gun control from the two presidential candidates after a pair of high-profile shootings in Colorado and Wisconsin killed a combined 18 people.

Long an outspoken advocate for tighter restrictions on guns, Bloomberg originally called on President Barack Obama and his Republican challenger Mitt Romney to lay out their respective plans on stemming gun violence after 12 people were shot at a movie theater outside Denver on July 20.

[…]

Bloomberg similarly chastised both Obama and Romney for staying silent on guns following the Colorado shooting. Both candidates, Bloomberg said, had records on restricting access to assault weapons. He pointed to an assault weapon ban Romney signed as governor of Massachusetts and a 2008 campaign promise from Obama to reinstate a federal ban on assault weapons.

"The governor has, apparently, changed his views, and the president has spent the last three years trying to avoid the issue, or if he’s facing it, I don’t know anybody that’s seen him face it. And it’s time for both of them to be held accountable," Bloomberg said on CBS.

"Leadership is leading from the front, not doing a survey, finding out what the people want and then doing it. What do they stand for, and why aren’t they standing up?" he asked.

On Monday, Bloomberg’s remarks echoed that sentiment.

"Neither candidate has been willing to address the issue," he said.

The president’s trip to meet with victims of the Colorado shooting, along with Romney’s statement expressing condolences, were the right thing to do, but did not equal leadership on the issue of guns, Bloomberg said.

"Neither of those statements had anything to do with stopping the next massacre. Stopping the fact that we have more guns than people in this country. And that 34 people a day are killed," he said.



Source: CNN

Aug 06, 2012, 5:36pm  1 note