Europe/Americas update: September 10 2018

9/11 Tuesday is obviously the 17th anniversary of 9/11, and while some of you may be wondering if we’re ever going to stop noting that anniversary, I would submit to you that we can’t even stop fighting the war 9/11 started, so we’re not going to stop commemorating 9/11 anytime soon. Here, in what I… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: September 10 2018

Middle East update: September 9-10 2017

IRAQ Massoud Barzani, the president of the Kurdistan Regional Government, told the BBC on Sunday that he wants to work with the Iraqi government to redraw the borders of Kurdistan but will do so unilaterally if Baghdad won’t cooperate. It still seems the KRG is unlikely to go ahead and declare independence immediately following the… Continue reading Middle East update: September 9-10 2017


I’ve tried very hard to care that Congress just overwhelmingly overrode a presidential veto and passed a law (the “Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act” or JASTA) allowing the families of 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia. I really have. I’ve read the stories about how angry the White House is because they fear the… Continue reading LEAVE MOHAMED ATTA’S SAUDI HANDLER ALONE

Well, not *all* of us…

Uh, JEB? How much longer are you gonna keep pushing this obvious lie? How pathetic for @realdonaldtrump to criticize the president for 9/11. We were attacked & my brother kept us safe. — Jeb Bush (@JebBush) October 16, 2015 Unless “us” means JEB and Poppy and Mama Bush, then no, George W. didn’t keep “us”… Continue reading Well, not *all* of us…

Republicans rebooting an old classic

It’s no “it’s been pretty well confirmed that [Mohamed Atta, the leader of the 19 9/11 hijackers] did go to Prague and he did meet with a senior official of the Iraqi intelligence service in Czechoslovakia last April, several months before the attack,” which was really a masterful display of lying in the service of… Continue reading Republicans rebooting an old classic

Please don’t let Sheikh Haron win

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been pretty glued to the news coverage from Sydney, well into the night last night and for most of the day today. There are no words to express the tragedy at the loss of the two hostages who were killed during the ordeal, or the mental anguish that… Continue reading Please don’t let Sheikh Haron win