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The U.S. Must Accommodate China’s Power in the Island Dispute — Or Be Willing to Pay a High Price – Hugh White/HuffPo

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SYDNEY — There are two ways to see the U.S. Navy’s freedom of navigation operation in the South China Sea. We can see it is as a modest legal maneuver, designed to assert Washington’s interpretation of some rather arcane and contested points of international maritime law. Or we can see this week’s operation as a big strategic move in the new power politics of Asia.

Seen this second way, it was designed to reassert America’s naval preponderance in the western Pacific in the face of Beijing’s increasingly bold and forthright challenge, and thereby to defend the traditional U.S.-led regional order from China’s drive to displace American leadership and create a new Sino-centric strategic system in Asia.

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Meet the U.S. Defense Firm Supplying Iran’s Internet – Shane Harris /The Daily Beast

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A company that works for American spies and generals has quietly started providing Internet service to the Islamic Republic. What’s going on here?

Nestled in a suburban Washington, DC, office park, across the street from a shopping mall, a technology company that counts the U.S. Defense Department as its biggest customer is charting out a new frontier: providing Internet service to Iran.

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Three-card Monte For the American Masses

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We’re being hustled by the evil twins again.  The government.  And the mainstream media.

They’re playing a Three-card Monte on the public to counter the unexpected developments in Syria.  A double-act conspiring to hoodwink unsuspecting citizens.  A very dangerous and albeit illegal propaganda practice – especially considering that grave matters of war and peace are at stake.

The government and the media are currently working overtime to mix black propaganda, grey propaganda and white propaganda in a poison bowl of misinformation: and they’re handing it out to the public with a glossy smile.

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U.S. Stopped Syria Air Strikes While Nusra And IS Prepared Attack On Syrian Government Supply Route – Moon of Alabama

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(Translation of caption:  The Caliphate)

During the last days a large attack on the Syrian government supply line to Aleppo city was carried out by Jabhat al-Nusra (aka al-Qaeda in Syria) and the Islamic State seemingly in coordination with the U.S. military.

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Why Turkey’s election is a very big deal – Ishaan Tharoor /The Washington Post

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ISTANBUL — On Sunday, Turkey will hold a national election, less than six months after voters delivered the country’s first hung parliament since 2002.The vote takes place in a climate of real tension and polarization. Months of concerted campaigning by Turkey’s main political parties have exacerbated the sense of division within the country. Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has ruled for 13 years as either prime minister or president, is a man either loved or reviled by his people.
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Roger Waters of Pink Floyd plays to a full house in NY despite Simon Wiesenthal Center call for boycott – Reddit

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Jews from all over the South Fork trekked to Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor on Friday night to protest the performance of anti-Israel musician Roger Waters.

About 60 people stood in front of the theater with big signs that supported the state of Israel and called the Boycott Divestment Sanctions movement, or BDS, a hate crime. Mr. Waters is a big proponent of BDS, which aims to embargo Israeli exports to put economic and thus political pressure on the country.
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Terrorists, non-state actors had no capacity to down Russian plane, security & aviation experts say — RT

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VIDEO ABOVE:  Mechanical Failure or Black Op falsely claimed by ISIS?

While the investigation into the causes of the Russian passenger jet crash over the Sinai Peninsula continues, civil aviation and security experts agree that theories that the plane was downed by a militant group can be ruled out, despite terrorists making such claims.
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