Syrian Government Says Attack by Israel a ‘Declaration of War’

By: Monday May 6, 2013 6:40 am

Fears that the Syrian Civil War would cause further regional instability seem to have been justified as the Syrian government has stated that airstrikes from Israel constitute a declaration of war. A war between Syria and Israel could draw Iran and the United States directly into the conflict.


Late Night: Pouring Gas on the Syrian Inferno

By: Wednesday May 1, 2013 8:00 pm

Lawmakers say Syrian chemical weapons could menace U.S.

Things Fall Apart…

By: Sunday March 24, 2013 7:06 am

With Lebanon in political upheaval, largely due to the Syrian crisis, what is Hezbollah’s role in Syria, and elsewhere…

Late Night: ‘Coalition of The Fighting’

By: Saturday October 20, 2012 8:00 pm

There’s a whole slew of foreign policy F*ckery afoot…!

Isn’t it interesting how another Security Chief was assassinated in a car bombing…?

As the Angry Arab noted…

They Have Drones? Surprise!

By: Sunday October 7, 2012 4:00 pm

A weapon doesn’t have to powerful, or to be wielded by the powerful, to be effective.

Syrian Regime Floats Possiblity of Assad Resignation

By: Wednesday August 22, 2012 12:00 pm

There’s a report out today from the current deputy Prime Minister of Syria that they would be “ready to discuss” the resignation of Bashar al-Assad and the transition to a new government. That the statement came while the deputy PM was in Russia for talks adds some significance. Upon closer inspection, however, it looks more like a tactic than anything.

Lakeside Diner

By: Friday July 13, 2012 4:45 am

A variety of links to articles/interviews/speeches on current issues that may be of interest.

Lakeside Diner

By: Thursday May 24, 2012 4:45 am

A variety of links to articles/intreviews/speeches on current issues that may be of interest.

Israel, Iran, and the Bomb

By: Sunday February 5, 2012 10:30 am

The US and its allies have been attacking one evil empire after another for decades, including the evil empire of Mohammed Mosaddegh, the scary Red Menace in Iran, in 1953. We have nothing to show for any of them. Why do US, European and Israeli leaders think this time things will be different?

Countries Put on TSA List after Attempted Christmas Day Bombing Were Angry

By: Wednesday September 7, 2011 6:45 pm

In the aftermath of the attempted bombing of a Northwest Airlines flight from Amsterdam to Detroit on Christmas Day in 2009 by Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) moved to increase airport security. Passengers flying “non-stop” to the US were subject to enhanced screenings, including in some cases a full-body pat-down. But, immediately, TSA realized that this placed an “extraordinary burden” on airports and airlines and TSA moved to develop a “regime” that would subject a “reduced pool” of passengers to “enhanced screenings.”

On January 13, 2010, it was announced a list of fourteen countries of interest. The list included: Cuba, Sudan, Syria, Iran (four countries on the State Department’s list of state sponsors of terrorism) and Afghanistan, Algeria, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Nigeria, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Somalia and Yemen. The new regime meant all passengers traveling from any of the fourteen countries would, regardless of nationality or US citizenship, be subject to increased security and possible violations of privacy.

Newly published cables from WikiLeaks shed light on reactions from leaders of countries on the list.

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