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evariste in Discarded Lies:
Monday Winds of War is up!
Brought to you by Bill Roggio of the fourth rail and me of...well...here, it's another action-packed Monday Winds of War Briefing at Winds of Change.NET, featuring such topics as
Unrest in Uzbekistan; Flushing Newsweek; Get some Hellfire; Enriching Iran; US interferes in Iran; Is/Hezb deathmatch; Saudi democracy in action; Yemeni cell jugged; Egypt just says no to the Muslim Brotherhood; Airplane!; Fake badges and visas; Flight turned away; Somolia still a mess; UN causes rape, pilliage, plunder in Darfur; LPG tanker recovered; The Rising Sun?; US interferes in Myanmar; Kashmiri presents; Bomb Thailand; Nork's Nukes; Ocalan's unfair trial; US interferes in former Soviet republics; Basque bombs; The perils of al Qaeda middle managers; Osama bracketed; another Zarqawi aide detained...
and more.
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
Who are the suicide bombers of Iraq?
In a paper published in March, Reuven Paz, an Israeli expert on terrorism, analyzed the lists of jihadi dead. He found 154 Arabs killed over the previous six months in Iraq, 61 percent of them from Saudi Arabia, with Syrians, Iraqis and Kuwaitis together accounting for another 25 percent. He also found that 70 percent of the suicide bombers named by the Web sites were Saudi. In three cases, Paz found two brothers who carried out suicide attacks. Many of the bombers were married, well educated and in their late twenties, according to postings.
"Insurgency", my ass: 'Martyrs' In Iraq Mostly Saudis
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
Today Palestinians commemorated the Nakba, staging protest rallies and complaining that Israel's planned pullout from Gaza did not address the refugee "right of return."

Greece, a country that has a "special relationship" with Palestinians, has her own Nakba, the 1922 Asia Minor Catastrophe, a tragedy that is embedded in the Greek consciousness. Hundreds of thousands of Greek civilians were massacred by the Turks and over a million people were expelled to Greece. These refugees had nothing, no money, no clothes, they left behind homes, businesses, friends, they barely escaped with their lives. They came to a divided country that had just lost a war, an army that was bitterly defeated and a society that called them "Tourkosporoi" - "Turkish seeds" - and held them responsible for their own misery. Greece was not a familiar country to these people, a lot of them barely spoke any Greek.

The populations of Athens and Salonica doubled in size with refugees; they built little hovels made of tin, they lived in tenements, they didn't receive compensation, there were no jobs in Greece, there was no system in place to absorb a million souls who had nowhere else to turn. People who had lived comfortably in Turkey, who were merchants and bankers and farmers, became the bottom rung in a hostile, war-torn society that could barely take care of its own people.

Our Catastrophe signified the end of three thousand years of a Greek presence in Asia Minor.

Eighty years later we don't know who's a refugee anymore, only the ending of someone's last name gives a hint that an ancestor escaped, that someone made it through and built a life again. There are no people marching, holding rusty keys, demanding to go home again. They built new homes, they built new lives and they tried to make peace with the people who expelled them from their ancestral lands. Not that the memories don't hurt.

While Greeks still nurse their wounds, there are no refugee camps today, no festering sores. These people were Greek as well and they sought to start their lives again and they joined Greek society as equals, as citizens with full rights. Unlike the Palestinians, the Greeks weren't kept as refugees, human bargaining chips refused full citizenship status and labeled foreign refugees among their own people till the third and fourth generation, in "refugee camps" that have grown to full-blown city status. Their misery is kept alive and exploited by their brethren, while allegedly enlightened nations sanctimoniously tsk-tsk Israel for the mistreatment of Arabs by their brother Arabs.

Catastrophes happen. What's heroic is going on with life, not in mourning and refusing to pick up the pieces for all eternity.
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
Deliberately infecting children with HIV?
What bunk: a Libyan court has sentenced five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor to death after convicting them of deliberately infecting 426 Libyan children with HIV. The Bulgarian President is set to visit Libya, to "revive the dialogue" between the two countries. I wonder if it's going to make any difference.
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kianb in Pahlaver:
Saddam Shows More Interests in World Literature
After reading enough Sherlock Holmes' books in his prison cell, Saddam Hussein is now looking into Italian mobs to give him some tips on writing his memoirs:
Reportedly, overthrown Iraqi President Saddam Hussein has decided to write his memoirs in prison. According to a news article by the British magazine Financial Times, based on remarks by Giovanni di Stefano, one of Saddam's attorneys, the former dictator decided a couple of weeks ago to write about his childhood memories in Iraq, his years in exile in Egypt and memories of war in Iran and Kuwait.

Di Stefano expressed that Saddam aims to trouble the great powers, which used him as a tool against Iran after the revolution in 1979 for a period of time, by writing down his memories. It is claimed that Saddam will specifically disclose how France and Great Britain betrayed him by helping Iran during the Iran-Iraq war between 1980 and 1988.
Saddam's Memoirs: How Did I Distract The Court - The Life of A Dictator in Prison.
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
Paulo Coelho banned in Iran
I don't know why, the worst thing that can be said about Coelho is that his books are a little boring and simplistic.

(Wait! Don't throw rotten eggs and tomatoes at me just yet! I haven't told you how I feel about Kundera!)

Brazilian author Paulo Coelho's latest book banned in Iran
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
Comrade Evaluations
Attention comrades! We need the following information from all of you for very important scientific reasons!

1. Are you a hippie?

2. Do you have a pimp name?

3. Can you complete this very important task?

Free lunch tokens to all who qualify!

(thimblefuls of cognac to floranista and jim russell)
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
Michael Totten's Beirut Diary
Just as the last Syrian troops were ending their 30-year occupation, I traveled with three young leaders of the Cedar Revolution on their campaign up the coast to the ancient Christian stronghold of Mount Lebanon.

As we got to the gates of the Lebanese American University, in the hills above Byblos, we were met with a scene that suggested democracy was, nevertheless, still not quite at hand.

We came upon not only photo murals and monuments to Christian war criminals Samir Geagea and Bashir Gemayel but a surly mob of students — all of them men — arranged before us in a phalanx. All wore the same brown shirts with a picture of Geagea on the front and a black Christian cross on the back. They loudly chanted Christian war songs, raised their right hands and aped the Nazi salute. Others, behind the phalanx, banged drums. Someone rang the church bells furiously and violently. Far from a celebration in the new Lebanon, it looked more like a political pep rally in General Franco’s Spain.

The three activists from the democracy movement I was traveling with — Ribal, Michel and Alaa — ran up to the mob of radical Christians and hugged them. I felt sick to my stomach. What on earth were so-called democracy activists doing buddying up with sectarian ethnic chauvinists? I snapped some digital pictures because I didn’t know what else to do.

Just then a bald university administrator wearing a suit and a tie got in my face. “Where are you from?" he screamed. It was the first and only time anyone yelled at me in Lebanon. “You erase those pictures," he said. “And you erase them right now."
Go read the rest: Inside the forest of the Cedar Revolution
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throbert in Channel Ж:

In Memory of Alexander...
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