Lebanon detains Mrs. al-Baghdadi and child

Well this is certainly interesting, although I doubt it will have any long-term implications: Lebanese security forces have detained a wife and young child of Islamic State (IS) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi near the border with Syria, the army says. The pair were picked up by military intelligence after entering Lebanon with forged papers 10 … Continue reading Lebanon detains Mrs. al-Baghdadi and child

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Just for fun, why don’t we try really listening to what the Iranians are saying?

Last Thursday, in lieu of stuffing himself with bu qalamun (turkey) in thanks for the colonization of North America, Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, went before a large crowd of Basij militia members, some of the most conservative, "Death to America" types in all of Iran, and told them that he is "not opposed" … Continue reading Just for fun, why don’t we try really listening to what the Iranians are saying?

What if Petro Poroshenko CAN’T cut a deal with Donbas separatists?

I suppose I've been a little hard on Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko around here, and I want to acknowledge that maybe I'm being unfair. I suppose I have a natural disinclination toward ultra-wealthy oligarchs in elective office, but that's my own bias. Anyway, my view has been that Poroshenko spoiled an opportunity to end the … Continue reading What if Petro Poroshenko CAN’T cut a deal with Donbas separatists?