- Coordinated bombings in southern Thailand kill 14, injure hundreds
- Azerbaijan strongly disputes it's collaborating with Israel against Iran
- Islamist-backed Tuaregs sweep across 'Azawad' in northern Mali
- Hillary Clinton: U.S. will help Arab countries in defense against Iran
- Generation-Xer-in-Chief versus the Supreme Court
Coordinated bombings in southern Thailand kill 14, injure hundreds
Three coordinated car bombings in southern Thailand killed 14 people and injured 340. The bombs targeted Saturday shoppers and a high-rise hotel frequented by foreign tourists.
More than 5,000 people have been killed in Thailand's three southernmost provinces — Narathiwat, Pattani and Yala — since an Islamist insurgency flared in January 2004, but this the worst attack in years. Unlike the norther region, the southern region of Thailand has a heavily Muslim population, influenced by the connection with Malaysia. Bangkok Post and AP
Azerbaijan strongly disputes it's collaborating with Israel against Iran
A story last week that Azerbaijan has granted Israel access to air bases on Iran's border is being strongly denied by Azerbaijan's military and political analysts. The Azerbaijanis point out that they have nothing to gain by giving Israel such access, and that it threatens their relationship with Turkey. They suggest that Israel is leaking false information in order to advance its own agenda with Iran. EurasiaNet
Hillary Clinton: U.S. will help Arab countries in defense against Iran
In a joint press conference on Saturday with Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Saud Al-Faisal, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton voiced a U.S. commitment to defend GCC states against any threats, particularly from Iran. The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), comprising Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Qatar, Bahrain and Oman, was founded in the early 1980s, in the shadow of the Iran/Iraq war. According to Clinton, the US wants to cooperate with the GCC "to take practical and specific steps to strengthen our mutual security, such as helping our militaries improve interoperability, cooperate on maritime security and missile defense, and coordinate responses to crises." She explained that could help the GCC states build a "regional missile defense architecture" against what they see as a looming ballistic missile threat from Iran. Kuna (Kuwait)
Generation-Xer-in-Chief versus the Supreme Court
I'm not a constitutional law professor like President Barack Obama or all the Generation-X brainiacs on his staff, so I was surprised by how weak the Administration's case was in support of "ObamaCare," as I listened to the audio from the hearings. According to the commentators, some of the liberal judges had to provide advice to the Administration lawyers so that they wouldn't make complete fools of themselves.
As I've described several times since 2009, my objections to the "ObamaCare" health care bill are, first, because of the widespread fraud and extortion related to passage and implementation of the bill, and, second, because the whole thing is a proposal of economic insanity, just like President Nixon's 1970s wage-price controls, which ended up in a total disaster for the country.
This should be a lesson to Generation-Xers who make life decisions based on their hatred of Boomers. In the past few years, I've documented many cases where Gen-Xers have destroyed themselves and their organizations by following policies based on hatred of Boomers. The worst, of course, was the entire financial crisis, caused by Gen-X banksters knowingly creating tens of trillions of dollars of toxic synthetic securities and defrauding the loathsome Boomer investors with them, just to get even with them for the Nasdaq crash in 2000. Many of those banksters have lost their homes and fortunes, as they deserve. And many have lost their families as well.
I first wrote about Barack Obama in 2007, in "Barack Obama to Boomers: Drop dead!" In that article, I quoted Obama as expressing his contempt for Boomers. During his presidential campaign, I've been extremely critical of the ridiculous promises that he made, just as I'm critical of all politicians these days. He said in 2008, "This was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal." He would be guided by facts, not like President Bush, who was guided by ideology and ignored facts. He would cure global warming, close Guantanamo, become friendly with Iran and North Korea, bring a two-state solution to Palestinians and Israelis, beat the Taliban and al-Qaeda, end the financial crisis, reflate the real estate and stock market bubbles and, of course, provide universal health care. He has not achieved a single one of these objectives, and many of them are total failures. If the Supreme Court rules as expected, that will be the next one.
As I keep saying, any organization that bases its policies on hatred of one-third of the population is a danger to itself, to the nation, and to the world. If you want to know why policies of the Generation-Xer-in-Chief have failed so many times, that would be the reason. Politico
Islamist-backed Tuaregs sweep across 'Azawad' in northern Mali
Ethnic Tuareg rebels, fighting under the banner of the Mouvement National de Libération de l'Azawad (MNLA), captured Kidal and Gao in the last two days, and then rapidly crossed the desert and captured the historic city of Timbuktu, effectively cutting the country in half, with the Tuaregs in control of the north, which they call Azawad. The MNLA leaders claim that all they want is an independent homeland, and want nothing to do with al-Qaeda. But they're backed by Islamist fighters from Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), who have jihadist intentions and who, more than anything else, would like to establish a Sunni Islamic state. The government of Mali is in total chaos, following a coup by disgruntled army soldiers ten days ago, and their neighbors have threatened them with sanctions. Facing disaster, the leader of the coup announced on Sunday that he wants to step down and restore democracy, if only his neighbors would help him defeat the MNLA. Will the Tuaregs next be headed south to capture the capital city, Bamako? They haven't said. Al-Jazeera