Waterbury, CT lives for those positive judge-its garnered by posting a cut and paste without providing the source. It's a mental illness.<quoted text>Obviously your stupid azz didn't author this nonsense so how about disclosing where it came from.
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#976774 Sep 5, 2013
#976775 Sep 5, 2013
In a nutshell, in the empires mind, non-compliant and counter-allied states, such as Iran and Syria, cannot be allowed to benefit from and to control significant oil resources, in an area where China could secure protected land access to these resources. The war in Syria is nothing if it is not a predictable march forward by the dominant global empire. The sectarianism on the ground is as significant a motive, from a macro-economic perspective, as the war propaganda spewed out by the empires sock puppet politicians and disinformation media is truthful. Sectarianism without financial and military support on either side has a way of turning into negotiated accommodation.
In addition to its geopolitical objectives, war also has its immediate dividends for many in the empire. The destroyed territory (infrastructure, population, etc.) must be reconstructed, as a compliant serf state, using the empires financing, and re-building enterprises, all leveraged via the continued world pillaging elsewhere. The sick and dying or diseased population needs expensive prescription drugs, and so on. World spending on prescription drugs is approximately 0.95T (per year), and this is a major high-profit sector in the empires operations. The interest rates on reconstruction loans will keep the invaded population subservient and exploited for decades.
The main high-profit services and commodities include: prescription drugs, illegal drugs, fossil fuels, ultra-cheap labour, debt financing, and so on, all related to non-essentials to which entire First-World populations are addicted. These economic areas, consequently, are represented by the corporate players that have the greatest influence within the empire, and that most generously contribute to political campaign funds, and to post-political lucrative prize-positions for former politicians and their family members.
Medium-profit economic sectors such as domestic manufacturing and services can hardly compete for influence, and have a much reduced voice compared to the industrial era. Behold the era of the US war economy empire.
Basically, the empires behaviour is entirely predicted by a mafia economic model of geopolitics. To be fair, however, mafias have ethical rules regarding killing an opponents family and such, whereas the drone-wielding USA empire has no such rules.
By comparison, from a macro-economic perspective, military spending in China (0.17T) and Russia (0.09T) is defensive against the military spending of the US and its client/satellite states US (0.68T), UK (0.06T), Japan (0.06T), France (0.06T), Saudi Arabia (0.06), , Australia (0.03T), Canada (0.02T) since their net exports are positive: China (+0.20T), Russia (+0.14T). The net exports of the USs main war partners are of course negative: UK (-0.14T), and France (-0.07T).
There can be no surprise that the USs most willing war partners will always be the UK and France. Such are their macro-economic structures. They have satellite war economies, a status Canada is working hard to fully achieve.
#976776 Sep 5, 2013
Napolitano has given PLENTY of notice on stepping down from her current position in DHS.
Why hasn't this job been restaffed Yet?
At midnight on Friday, September 6, Janet Napolitano can stop worrying about early morning phone calls and the latest terror threats.
After four and a half years as secretary of the Department of Homeland Security longer than either of her two predecessors she steps down.
"I will be leaving that to my successor, that's for sure. It's challenging, it's very rewarding. Because the things you do really impact human lives," she said in an interview Thursday at the department's headquarters in Washington.
Starting Saturday, DHS will be led by Deputy Secretary Rand Beers. President Obama has yet to announce a nominee to succeed Napolitano, who came to the position after six years as governor of Arizona.
She leaving to take on a new responsibility, leading the sprawling University of California system.
While preventing terror attacks is job one for Homeland Security, she also led the responses to more than 300 natural disasters, including Hurricane Sandy and a string of deadly tornadoes in the South and Midwest.
She also eliminated the often-ridiculed color coded threat system and, most controversially, introduced body scanners and pat downs as part of airport security.
Yet al-Qaeda's relentless quest to attack U.S. airliners, she said, remains one of the nation's top terror threats. "We've seen it repeatedly in my time as secretary.".....
#976777 Sep 5, 2013
Obama is a poster boy for moochers. The DemocRATS put forth a zero.
#976778 Sep 5, 2013
A puzzling new poem, reportedly written by Osama Bin Laden in the wake of 9-11, is here presented to the reader in the run-up to the 12th anniversary of 9-11.
The reader is asked to decide whether the poem, prophesying Armageddon and the coming destruction of America, is an authentic bin Laden poem or an imitation.
On May 16, 2007, on my twenty-ninth birthday, a beautifully written manuscript in calligraphic script fell into my hands in India. This was simply a series of sentences separated by diagonal strokes (/) which purported to be a literal, word-for-word paraphrase in English of an extended poem written in Arabic by Osama bin Laden in the immediate aftermath of 9-11.
Bits had been added to the manuscript (in the broad margins) over the intervening years. These served as commentaries and clarifications. The poem was divided into several parts, each headed by a symbol which I took to be a letter of the Arabic alphabet.
The scary title of the manuscript: Bin Ladens Curse Death to America!
I was given to understand that various versions of this poem, both in Arabic and Urdu, had begun to circulate in late 2001 in the tea houses of Rawalpindi, Karachi, and Lahore. One such version of the poem had been obtained by my Sanskrit tutor, Bengali poet Ananda Kumar Bannerji, while vacationing with his family in Srinagar, Kashmir.
He handed me the manuscript in Pondicherry, South India, at the Sri Aurobindo ashram at which both of us happened to be staying at the time. He asked me what I thought of the poem.
I was in no position to judge the authenticity of the mishmash of ravings that confronted me; nor did I attempt to do so at that stage.
Being a poet-translator myself, I decided on an impulseand purely as a literary exerciseto translate into rhymed English verse the somewhat disconnected scraps that had come my way. It seemed to me that this fascinating material, which was essentially a rant of rage against Western civilization in general and America in particular, would provide a useful clue to Americans who keep asking, Why do they hate us?
#976779 Sep 5, 2013
Only against those who vote for war in Syria.
#976780 Sep 5, 2013
The Dems passed Obamacare despite to this day still unwanted by the majority.
Why would this be any different?
#976781 Sep 5, 2013
William Penn, Obama Propagandist College Professor banned
#976782 Sep 5, 2013
Meh, Kerry should be used to being called a liar.
#976783 Sep 5, 2013
pro-war pom-pom girl...
#976784 Sep 5, 2013
Archaeologists have demonstrated that Syria was the center of one of the most ancient civilizations on earth. Around the excavated city of Ebla in northern Syria, discovered in 1975, a great Semitic empire spread from the Red Sea north to Turkey and east to Mesopotamia from 2500 to 2400 B.C. The city of Ebla alone during that time had a population estimated at 260,000. Scholars believe the language of Ebla to be the oldest Semitic language. In the east, the ancient site of Mari contains archeological remains of multiple cultures and religions living concurrently in the city.
Syria was occupied successively by Canaanites, Phoenicians, Hebrews, Arameans, Assyrians, Babylonians, Persians, Greeks, Romans, Nabataeans, Byzantines, and, in part, Crusaders before finally coming under the control of the Ottoman Turks. Syria is significant in the history of Christianity; Paul was converted on the road to Damascus and established the first organized Christian Church at Antioch in ancient Syria, from which he left on many of his missionary journeys.
Damascus, settled about 2500 B.C., is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. It came under Muslim rule in A.D. 636. Immediately thereafter, the city's power and prestige reached its peak, and it became the capital of the Omayyad Empire, which extended from Spain to India from A.D. 661 to A.D. 750, when the Abbasid caliphate was established at Baghdad, Iraq.
Damascus became a provincial capital of the Mamluk Empire around 1260. It was largely destroyed in 1400 by Tamerlane, the Mongol conqueror, who removed many of its craftsmen to Samarkand. Rebuilt, it continued to serve as a capital until 1516. In 1517, it fell under Ottoman rule. The Ottomans remained for the next 400 years, except for a brief occupation by Ibrahim Pasha of Egypt from 1832 to 1840.
In 1920, an independent Arab Kingdom of Syria was established under King Faysal of the Hashemite family, who later became King of Iraq. However, his rule over Syria ended after only a few months, following the clash between his Syrian Arab forces and regular French forces at the battle of Maysalun. French troops occupied Syria later that year after the League of Nations put Syria under French mandate. With the fall of France in 1940, Syria came under the control of the Vichy Government until the British and Free French occupied the country in July 1941. Continuing pressure from Syrian nationalist groups forced the French to evacuate their troops in April 1946, leaving the country in the hands of a republican government that had been formed during the mandate.
Independence to 1970
Although rapid economic development followed the declaration of independence of April 17, 1946, Syrian politics from independence through the late 1960s were marked by upheaval. A series of military coups beginning in 1949 undermined civilian rule and led to army colonel Adib Shishakli's seizure of power in 1951. After the overthrow of President Shishakli in a 1954 coup, continued political maneuvering supported by competing factions in the military eventually brought Arab nationalist and socialist movements to power.
#976785 Sep 5, 2013
Syria's political instability during the years after the 1954 coup, the apparent parallelism of Syrian and Egyptian policies, and the appeal of Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser's leadership in the wake of the 1956 Suez crisis created support in Syria for union with Egypt. On February 1, 1958, the two countries merged to create the United Arab Republic, and all Syrian political parties ceased overt activities. Cairo directed economic policies in Syria, generating resentment among many Syrians.
The union was not a success, and, following a military coup on September 28, 1961, Syria seceded, reestablishing itself as the Syrian Arab Republic. Instability characterized the next 18 months, with various coups culminating on March 8, 1963, in the installation by leftist Syrian Army officers of the National Council of the Revolutionary Command (NCRC), a group of military and civilian officials who assumed control of all executive and legislative authority. The takeover was engineered by members of the Arab Socialist Resurrection Party (Ba'ath Party), which had been active in Syria and other Arab countries since the late 1940s. The new cabinet was dominated by Ba'ath members.
The Ba'ath takeover in Syria followed a Ba'ath coup in Iraq the previous month. The new Syrian Government explored the possibility of federation with Egypt and Ba'ath-controlled Iraq. An agreement was concluded in Cairo on April 17, 1963, for a referendum on unity to be held in September 1963. However, serious disagreements among the parties soon developed, and the tripartite federation failed to materialize. Thereafter, the Ba'ath regimes in Syria and Iraq began to work for bilateral unity. These plans foundered in November 1963, when the Ba'ath regime in Iraq was overthrown. In May 1964, President Amin Hafiz of the NCRC promulgated a provisional constitution providing for an appointed legislature called the National Council of the Revolution (NCR) composed of representatives of mass organizations--labor, peasant, and professional unions; a presidential council, in which executive power was vested; and a cabinet. On February 23, 1966, a group of army officers carried out a successful, intra-party coup, imprisoned President Hafiz, dissolved the cabinet and the NCR, abrogated the provisional constitution, and designated a regionalist, civilian Ba'ath government. The coup leaders described it as a "rectification" of Ba'ath Party principles. The defeat of the Syrians and Egyptians in the June 1967 war with Israel weakened the radical socialist regime established by the 1966 coup. Conflict developed between a moderate military wing and a more extremist civilian wing of the Ba'ath Party. The 1970 retreat of Syrian forces sent to aid the PLO during the "Black September" hostilities with Jordan reflected this political disagreement within the ruling Ba'ath leadership. On November 13, 1970, Minister of Defense Hafiz al-Asad effected a bloodless military coup, ousting the civilian party leadership and assuming the role of prime minister.
#976786 Sep 5, 2013
1970 to 2000
Upon assuming power, Hafiz al-Asad moved quickly to create an organizational infrastructure for his government and to consolidate control. The Provisional Regional Command of Asad's Arab Socialist Ba'ath Party nominated a 173-member legislature, the People's Council, in which the Ba'ath Party took 87 seats. The remaining seats were divided among "popular organizations" and other minor parties. In March 1971, the party held its regional congress (covering Syria, rather than the pan-Arab countries) and elected a new 21-member Regional Command headed by Asad. In the same month, a national referendum was held to confirm Asad as President for a 7-year term. In March 1972, to broaden the base of his government, Asad formed the National Progressive Front, a coalition of parties led by the Ba'ath Party, and elections were held to establish local councils in each of Syria's 14 governorates. In March 1973, a new Syrian constitution went into effect, followed shortly thereafter by parliamentary elections for the People's Council, the first such elections since 1962.
The authoritarian regime was not without its critics, though it dealt quickly with most. A serious challenge arose in the late 1970s, however, from fundamentalist Sunni Muslims, who rejected the basic values of the secular Ba'ath program and objected to rule by the minority Alawis, whom some considered heretical. From 1976 until its suppression in 1982, the Islamist Syrian Muslim Brotherhood led an armed insurgency against the regime. In response to an attempted uprising by the Brotherhood in February 1982, the government crushed the fundamentalist opposition centered in the city of Hama, leveling parts of the city with artillery fire and causing many thousands of dead and wounded. From 1982 until March 2011, public manifestations of anti-regime activity were very limited.
Saint Petersburg, FL
#976788 Sep 5, 2013
It's the culture...
#976790 Sep 5, 2013
End of the road for Syrian car, or just the beginning?
Aug 19, 2010
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In a show room some 25km east of Damascus, the Syrian businessman Abdul Hamid talks about how pleased he is to have bought a Sham car. "I decided to buy the Sham because it is well manufactured," he says. "It's a comfortable car with a nice design. And it's a car that was produced in my country.
"I had to buy it, and I encourage every Syrian citizen to buy it since it supports our country's economy, our national production and is an encouragement to our national industries." Launched in 2007, the car's name derives from the old Arabic word for Syria, and is a joint project between the Syrian General Establishment for Engineering Industries, which has 35 per cent, Khodro, the giant Iranian car company, which has 40 per cent, and a local company, Al Sultan, which owns the rest.
It is a mid range family saloon, based on Khodro's Samand car, and comes with either a 1600cc or 1800cc engine. It has air conditioning, central locking, electric windows and a computer that lets you know whether you've shut the door or if your oil's running low. The cheapest model costs slightly more than US$12,000 (Dh44,076) and is the first stage in the government's plan to create a Syria car industry. A second company, Saipa, another joint Irania-Syrian venture, has also now started producing cars in the country.
At the moment, all the Sham's parts are still being manufactured in Iran and only then transported to Syria for the company's 330 workers to assemble the pieces, add the trim and do the paint job. But the company hopes that, one day, the model will be manufactured fully inside the country. For now, the next stage, if all members of the partnership can agree on new financing, is to produce a more advanced model, according to Ziad al Naameh, the general manager of Siamco, the company producing the Sham
#976791 Sep 5, 2013
This is an accurate account
#976792 Sep 5, 2013
lol! Poor doofus.
Then you have no idea who Alan Kay is, or why bushie boy sent him to iraq.
You're such an easy shill to shake son.
#976793 Sep 5, 2013
lol! And cons today support the Church. So therefore you support democrats... at the second level!
Thanks for the lesson in logic son!
#976794 Sep 5, 2013
Can't be son. You laughed at the US Constitution!
You're really not all that bright... and I use that term extremely loosely in your case son!
#976795 Sep 5, 2013
lol! I notice when you're stuck and lost in the real world, you begin preaching to the wind!
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