Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Facets of Irreverence


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08:25 pm

Aleppo Rebel


07:57 pm

Obama’s America is one that signs Faustian deals with authoritarian regimes and pays them ransom. It’s a country that explores cooperation with the likes of Putin even as he invades other countries, supports mass murder and commits his own various war crimes using an assortment of internationally banned weapons. Obama’s America is a country that remains on the sidelines as genocide unfolds in Syria, and congratulates itself on a job well done. Obama’s policies are why we might end up with Donald J. Trump as president. Trump’s cynical realism is a mere extension of Obama’s own.

07:46 pm

And now this…


05:36 pm

Quote of the Day

“There is a sense of poetic justice if the Khan controversy ends up being the turning point of this election, where a Muslim immigrant family deals irreparable damage to the Republican nominee.” Joyce Karam, Journalist

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05:05 pm


04:58 pm

Aleppo hospital hit by illegal 'vacuum' bomb, says US aid group. “US NGO says its M2 hospital in Syrian city was hit by banned thermobaric weapon - in third attack on facility in matter of weeks.” Russia is the culprit of course, and the Obama Administration still wants to work with them in Syria to combat “terrorism” and bring “peace.”  This has been the “Worst week of hospital attacks in Syria since conflict started, US observer says.

04:38 pm

Lebanon's Hezbollah deputy leader Sheikh Naim Qassem is pictured during an interview with Reuters at his office in Beirut's suburbs, Lebanon August 3, 2016. REUTERS/AZIZ TAHER

Hezbollah sees no immediate end to Syria war, partition in Iraq and Syria a possible outcome. So, let’s expect more violence, more massacres, more ethnic cleansing, more Srebrenicas and Aleppos, and let’s forget humanity, decency and rule of law, with great thanks to Iran, Russia, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar  and Western dithering. But above all, thanks to the Houses of Assad and Hussein, their supporters, and all those whose loyalty to faction was greater than that to the small dream that was Syria and Iraq.

04:24 pm

“Trump embodies the classic authoritarian leadership style: simple, powerful, and punitive… Donald Trump could be just the first of many Trumps in American politics.”
The rise of American authoritarianism: “A niche group of political scientists may have uncovered what's driving Donald Trump's ascent. What they found has implications that go well beyond 2016.”

…the GOP, by positioning itself as the party of traditional values and law and order, had unknowingly attracted what would turn out to be a vast and previously bipartisan population of Americans with authoritarian tendencies.

This trend had been accelerated in recent years by demographic and economic changes such as immigration, which "activated" authoritarian tendencies, leading many Americans to seek out a strongman leader who would preserve a status quo they feel is under threat and impose order on a world they perceive as increasingly alien.

04:15 pm

Most of what I have to say in my book The Irreverent Activist seems more relevant than ever in the age of Trump, Putin and other ascending demagogues. The book is available on Amazon, and has a special dedicated website.

Selected Endorsement

"A book of illumination and of an awakening of the mind and the soul.” The late Fouad Ajami, author of The Arab Predicament and The Dream Palace of the Arabs.

"A must read for those who are trying to understand…why certain individuals keep plodding ahead even in the face of tragedy.” David M. Crane, Former Chief Prosecutor, Special Court for Sierra Leone and director of the Syrian Accountability Project.

"Inspiring, even mind-bending, and thoroughly avant-garde.” Scott Lasensky, co-author of Negotiating Arab-Israeli Peace and the Peace Puzzle.

"Searingly honest, bitter, unadorned, and unrelenting.” Steven Heydemann, Vice President, Applied Research on Conflict, United States Institute of Peace.

"thought-provoking, profound and invariably original.” Michael Young, opinion editor at The Daily Star newspaper in Beirut.

"stark honesty usually absent from revolutionary discourses.” Robin Yassin-Kassab, author of The Road from Damascus. 


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