ISIS Has Enough Weapons for Up to Two Years

By: Thursday November 20, 2014 1:43 pm

A new report prepared for the United Nations Security Council warns ISIS possesses sufficient reserves of small arms, ammunition and vehicles to wage its war in Syria and Iraq for up to two years. And that is assuming they do not capture more weapons, including heavy weapons, from the Iraqi Army, their accidental, primary supplier to date.

The UN report has even more bad news to share: the size and breadth of the ISIS arsenal provides the group with durable mobility, range and even a limited defense against low-flying aircraft (ISIS has already shot down Iraqi helicopters).

 

Summer Signs Confirmed

By: Sunday July 13, 2014 6:54 am

As hooligans in Jerusalem shout anti-Arab slogans and threaten individual Arabs, giving rise to the word ‘Zio-fascists’, Israel prepares to invade Gaza yet again, while Kiev shells villages and towns as it prepares to besiege Eastern Ukraine’s two largest cities. The Gaza invasion is clearly an effort to torpedo the Palestinian unity government, while the Ukraine offensive is just as clearly a US-led attempt to draw Russia into a shooting war with NATO. Both illustrate the increasingly fascistic nature of globalization. The question is whether Europe, which has known the horrors of fascism up close, will continue to go along with Washington’s and Tel Aviv’s plans.

When Is a Rose Not a Rose?

By: Tuesday June 10, 2014 5:50 pm

You may be noticing the slightly confused expression on Obama’s face when he talks about the foreign affairs these days: he almost seems to be apologizing for contradictions that are obvious to even the most casual observers.

Ukraine’s Vietnam?

By: Sunday June 1, 2014 5:20 pm

Moon of Alabama’s ‘b’ wrote on April 30 that the Ukraine regime would not be able to defeat the insurgency in the east and that that reality would eventually force a negotiated settlement. The settlement would leave Ukraine neutral and/or balanced economically and militarily between Russia and the West. In other words, the inevitable outcome is the one favored by Russia and most of the protestors in Ukraine’s south and east.

Another outcome was also possible.

Putin Pivots to China

By: Tuesday May 20, 2014 4:16 pm

Today, Vladimir Putin travels to Shanghai to finalize a huge gas deal with China. The agreement, ten years in the making, guarantees the sale of 38 billion cubic meters of natural gas per year to China for the next 30 years.

Russia most likely will sell the gas at $350-380 per 1,000 cubic meters, a slight discount from the price Gazprom quoted last January.

Listening In on Putin: Biden and the Ukraine

By: Thursday April 24, 2014 6:40 am

NSA Intercept X19/Alpha Bravo, 26APR2014, 23:12ZULU
COMSEC NOFORN
DO NOT/NOT RELEASE TO EDWARD SNOWDEN
NOTE: IF A GUY CALLS AND SAYS HE’S “BILL” SNOWDEN, IT’S EDWARD AND DO NOT/NOT RELEASE
Access Code: pa$$word

(NSA sends excerpt intercept, between Russian Vladimir Putin and unnamed aide)

Senate Candidate Endorsed By Condoleeza Rice Taking Money From Putinist Oligarch

By: Tuesday April 1, 2014 7:01 am

Well this is embarrassing. A Republican US Senate Candidate in Alaska, Dan Sullivan, who was endorsed by former National Security Advisor and Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, is apparently taking money from a pro-Putin oligarch.

The Department of Good Timing

By: Thursday March 20, 2014 1:30 am

I imagine there are more appropriate times to emphasize just how capable of wretched behavior you can be…but when has good taste and rationality ever been a problem for Franklin Graham?

From the Stage of the Oscars to a Concert in Kiev: Jared Leto Goes to Ukraine

By: Thursday March 13, 2014 5:00 pm

Last night, the war zone that’s been the city of Kiev took a musical turn as bands descended into Ukraine to show solidarity and support for the protesters.

NATO to Offer Membership to Russia

By: Thursday March 6, 2014 3:59 pm

NATO will now span the complete Northern Hemisphere, visible from Wasilla in the West to Wasilla in the East, and thus will be free from East-West conflicts. This enables NATO to pivot to the south from its pivot to the west, following its pivot to the east, after navel gazing since extirpating the Native Americans.

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