Sunday, August 28, 2016

Legacy In Tatters

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The Exotic Observations & Propositions of Delirian Mundi
Known to those of his followers seeking his canonization and entry into the Valtheon of Deliriology, as Agnus Mundi, and to his detractors as Ranae Dei and even Capra Satanae, Delirian Mundi’s writings, mixing satire and philosophical reflections, continue to be polarizing, inspiring both adulation and ridicule. Bearing this in mind, we, the editors at DDGD, continue to publish these previously unknown series of “exotic observations and propositions,” as Delirian himself referred to them, as part of our continuing commitment to instigate debate over sensitive issues.

* Choosing not to oppose the inevitable might seem like wisdom to some, except that, when it comes to the human condition, nothing is ever inevitable, that is, not until it’s there staring back at you and you can reach out and touch it.

* In the longer run, there is more risk to surrendering to what seems inevitable than in opposing it.

* In life, it’s the lack of intellectual not emotional empathy that troubles me the most. Our inability to feel interconnectedness is not as dangerous as our inability to see it and reason out its implications.

* Fate is blind. Seeing is our job.

* The challenge confronting serious academics is to explain how we continue to stumble upward and forward without the guidance of a hidden hand, be it God’s or some secret cabal’s.  


The Assad’s regime napalm attack on Al-Waer, Homs



An Assad Got Her Tongue  

Wrestling With Our Demons

FSA rebels supported by Turkey parade their Kurdish SDF prisoners supported by Pentagon. Both sides claim to be fighting IS/Daesh, and are. But, on this occasion, they are also fighting each other. SDF is dominated by members of YPGs, Kurdish units seeking an autonomy and federation, but who are accused of paving the way for establishing their own Kurdish-majority state by both the FSA and Turkey. Again, everything about this new conflict was avoidable had the Obama administration been more involved. But as a result of its aloofness and ideological blindness, proxies supported by the Pentagon are now fighting against those supported by the CIA, as America keep wrestling with her demons.

The Trumping Down of America 

The dumbed Down Democracy. “We know that at least 30 million American adults cannot read. But the current presidential election may yet prove that an even bigger part of the citizenry is politically illiterate — and functional. Which is to say, they will vote despite being unable to accept basic facts needed to process this American life.” This has always been one of those inherent risks with democracy, and this is why universal education, compulsory to a certain level, and free up to obtaining a primary college degree, should be a basic right.

But even with this caveat, and seeing how many educated people have advocated wrong policies on a variety of issues, due to the unavoidable involvement of ideology, prejudice and self-interest in the decision-making process, there will always be plenty of “dumb” people voting, and we just have to cope with that.

Yes, we have to cope with the misery of having so many mini-Trumps living and misbehaving in our midst:

“Without doubt, Trump has exposed fissures in — and the fragility of — the Republican base. He has tapped into a potent, pervasive anger among American voters, and some of the ositions that he’s staked out are much, much more popular than was previously understood.” 


Raw Deal, But Something Is Still Cooking  

Obama was willing to backtrack on enforcing his red line in order to satisfy Iran’s demands in this regard and make sure to get it to sign the (in)famous deal on its nuclear program. So how is that going? This is how: Iran deploys long-range missiles to Fordo nuclear site. But why protect a site that’s supposed to have stopped enriching uranium?

Iran will have its nuke eventually. Syria was left to devastate in order to gain few more years before that happens. Iran’s deal is reversible and was meant to be. What’s happening to Syria and in Syria is not, nor is it meant to be.


The leave behind a wasteland and call it diplomatic success

One Last Look: A rebel from Daraya examines the devastation wrought by Russian airstrikes and the Assad regime’s barrel bombs just before he and his colleagues were forced to leave town

Obama’s legacy on Syria dealt another blow. “Critics say a new report finding Assad has continued to use chemical weapons undercuts Obama's landmark 2013 deal with Syria.

“President Obama’s administration can pick and choose whatever they think is successful, and they have been picking and choosing, clearly. But for the doctors in Syria who have been facing the consequences of chemical weapons in Syria,” Sahloul continued, “these so-called successes do not mean anything.”

Sahoul co-wrote a report pegging the number of chemical weapons attacks at 161, with three-quarters happening after the 2013 agreement.

“A no-bombing zone or no-fly zone is long overdue,” Sahloul added. “President Obama has the moral responsibility to enforce that. Especially since he has red lines that were not crossed just one time or two times but … 161 times.”


We’re doomed, I tell ya. Doooomed!

Forget ideology, liberal democracy’s newest threats come from technology and bioscience. “A groundbreaking book by historian Yuval Harari claims that artificial intelligence and genetic enhancements will usher in a world of inequality and powerful elites. How real is the threat?

Attack of the Killer Robots. “Forget about drones, forget about dystopian sci-fi — a terrifying new generation of autonomous weapons is already here. Meet the small band of dedicated optimists battling nefarious governments and bureaucratic tedium to stop the proliferation of killer robots and, just maybe, save humanity from itself.


Treating napalm burns with mud due to lack of medication following a regime strike on Al-Waer neighborhood, a besieged rebel civilian enclave, in Homs.
Eventually, though, the child was taken to a hospital…


Three possible explanations for the defections can be pointed out. Members could be truly disgruntled at the Syrianisation of an Al Qaeda affiliate and wanted out. Another possibility is that they were fearful of the new direction and wanted to establish a front group similar to Black September, to absorb defections and to attract jihadists with groups such as Jund Al Aqsa while Jabhat Fateh Al Sham attracts Syrians with a national agenda. A third possibility is that the members intend to establish a group, also similar to Black September, to revive the so-called Khorassan group. Regardless of which scenario will play out, one thing is clear: a new organisation is in the making in Syria, and it will be more hardline than the original one.


Oh the lies Putin tells!

Tracing individual strands of disinformation is difficult, but in Sweden and elsewhere, experts have detected a characteristic pattern that they tie to Kremlin-generated disinformation campaigns.

“The dynamic is always the same: It originates somewhere in Russia, on Russia state media sites, or different websites or somewhere in that kind of context,” said Anders Lindberg, a Swedish journalist and lawyer.
“Then the fake document becomes the source of a news story distributed on far-left or far-right-wing websites,” he said. “Those who rely on those sites for news link to the story, and it spreads. Nobody can say where they come from, but they end up as key issues in a security policy decision.”


“The Russians are very good at courting everyone who has a grudge with liberal democracy, and that goes from extreme right to extreme left,” said Patrik Oksanen, an editorial writer for the Swedish newspaper group MittMedia. The central idea, he said, is that “liberal democracy is corrupt, inefficient, chaotic and, ultimately, not democratic.”

Another message, largely unstated, is that European governments lack the competence to deal with the crises they face, particularly immigration and terrorism, and that their officials are all American puppets.
In Germany, concerns over immigrant violence grew after a 13-year-old Russian-German girl said she had been raped by migrants. A report on Russian state television furthered the story. Even after the police debunked the claim, Russia’s foreign minister, Sergey V. Lavrov, continued to chastise Germany.


Anti-imperialism and the Syrian Revolution. “Ashley Smith explains what's at stake in a critical test for the international left.” An important takedown of the international left’s position on Syria from a leftist perspective.


The Berm


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