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Saturday, October 03, 2009

Pepe Escobar, Michelle Goldberg, Chan Akya, Dean Vs. Rahm, US-Iran...

THE ROVING EYE : Jumpin' Jack Verdi, it's a gas, gas, gas - Washington wants reluctant Europeans to wean themselves off Russian gas and do more to protect Pipelineistan - that network of real and virtual routes intended to channel from the planet's most fractured political landscape the lifeblood of the world's richest industrial area. It's a new great game, and it's still the Cold War. It's pure opera, on a grand, grand scale. - Pepe Escobar

Tea Party Movement Returns Christian Right to Its Racist Past By Michelle Goldberg, The American Prospect - For years, the religious right tried to lose its racist image, reverting to homophobia as its hatred of choice. As it joins the Tea Party fray, it may once again have to own both.

CHAN AKYA : One man's terrorist ... - Behind the defeat of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam in Sri Lanka and the killing of Pakistani Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud are stories of countries creating bands of terrorists to do things that were impossible for those in power to be seen to be doing directly. In this dangerous game, blowback is inevitable.

Round 2 of Howard Dean vs. Rahm Emanuel: Dean Wins Again over Health Care Politics - by Cenk Uygur - In round 1, Emanuel and Dean boxed over what strategy was best for Dems to regain House seats in 2006. Dean was right there, and in the health care debate, he's right again.

October surprise in US-Iran relations - The meeting on Thursday between Iran and the six countries dealing with its nuclear case resulted in agreement for a follow-up encounter, in itself an important development, given the heated atmosphere in the lead-up to the talks. As significant, the United States and Iran made an initial direct contact, raising hopes of a real breakthrough. - Kaveh L Afrasiabi

The Bomb, Bomb, Bomb Iran Crowd Is Getting All Riled up Again By Pepe Escobar, Asia Times
Apparently even Saudi Arabia is on board with the idea of an Israeli strike on Iran.

BOOK REVIEW : Named and shamed - Bailout Nation by Barry Ritholtz with Aaron Task The United States government has thrown billions of dollars at rescuing companies and their officers who should have been bankrupted, exposed as charlatans, in some cases jailed, argues Ritholtz in a compelling and devastatingly accurate indictment of the financial and political establishment. - Muhammad Cohen

The secret of the CCP's success - Aware of the need to "adapt or die", successive leaders of the Chinese Communist Party have gradually molded it to fit the changing needs of the people while maintaining an iron grasp on rule. This is evident in the shift of the core party membership from the peasantry to the rising middle class. - Justin Vela


Blogger Tao Dao Man said...

excellent round up. i am a big fan of pepe escobar, as well as juan cole. i believe they have some of the best insights in the region. i would love to hear some ones thought from this sight about Balochistan. as i believe that balochistan is part of the main agenda for [tptb] the powers that be.

October 03, 2009 5:21 PM  

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