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… And Goodbye To All That

April 9, 2016 6:37 pm
i'll miss reading your writing -- something no one else can do like you do. and if the time comes that you change your mind even just for a day you can always post something (hopefully!). i know what you mean though. see you round the bend dear one. 

R.I.P. Zaha Hadid: Visionary Iraqi Architect – Tegan Bukowski/NewYorkTimes

April 3, 2016 1:49 am
wow, incredible. 

American Fascism

March 22, 2016 2:34 pm
as always, i appreciate your analysis taxi. and also chasmark's informed critique. 

Is There a US-Russia Grand Bargain in Syria? – Pepe Escobar/InformationClearingHouse

March 22, 2016 3:57 pm
"Moreover, the close collaboration of the “4+1” coalition – Russia, Syria, Iran, Iraq, plus Hezbollah – has broken more ground than a mere Russia-Shi’te alignment. It prefigures a major geopolitical shift, where NATO is not the only game in town anymore, dictating humanitarian imperialism; this “other” coalition could be seen as a prefiguration of a future, key, global role for the Shanghai Cooperation Organization." yeah, fantastic.  taxi, "Who set up this little journalistic project (from both ends) and why, begs the question here." my hunch is that goldberg was planning on writing a promotion of reasserting american military "credibility" similar to the kagan interview a while back -- his primary goal being to pave the way for reassertion of american/neocon intervention in syria for clinton (or whomever takes helm of the WH).  once the primary season is over it becomes a prime time to turn the national conversation surrounding the election towards intervention in the ME -- a softening of the target (the american public) for more war and who can be the toughest. goldberg carried water for the neocons, so he was going to write this article either way. obama likely decided he'd have more leverage speaking for himself in the article.  so the article was set up by neocons to promote war in syria -- promote future neocon intervention. i totally agree w/chasmark that "Goldberg is channeling the Kagans and calling it Obama." my review of the article here  

‘Plan B’ – Not an Enigma: Why the West is Keen on Dividing the Arabs – Ramzy Baroud/Blog

March 5, 2016 1:05 am
thank you taxi. great article. there is another article on plan b over at moa from a couple days ago --

Netanyahu, King Salman and the Devil’s Valentine

February 15, 2016 12:14 am
very very entertaining taxi! i love your creativity. 

Netanyahu and Erdogan flee to the moon

The Infinite Intifada

February 8, 2016 6:05 pm
"picking up mercury with a fork" taxi -- always brilliant

In Surprise Move, Bitter Political Rivals in Lebanon Announce Deal – Anne Bernard/The New York Times

January 21, 2016 9:58 am
this is amazing news, and a much appreciated great 'round up' type article. 

R.I.P. Glenn Frey, beloved guitarist and co-founder of The Eagles

January 21, 2016 10:41 am
i just watched a video of glenn saying his most defining song (or something like that) was "one of these nights" so here it is. a great song indeed.

American Empire’s Shifting Strategies in the Middle East

January 24, 2016 2:29 am
"Operation Double Carrot" -- i can't stop laughing!

Happy New Year from Plato’s Guns!

December 31, 2015 11:07 pm
happy new year taxi -- big hugs, yippie and smooch ;) let's toast to 2016 as we tredge into another year kicking all the way. hi bornajoo! xxx to you too mr wonderful. 
January 1, 2016 11:48 pm
lol! sweet dreams ;)

Cyborg of Galilee

January 1, 2016 11:46 pm
i just got as far as the brilliant "miracles" and "diamonds" one right after the other. i'll read the rest ..soon. i loved those two simultaneous parts. it seemed like the perfect place to thank you. ;)

How Salma Hayek Pitched an Arab Legend to Zionist Hollywwod

January 2, 2016 12:35 am
a wonderful speech, i listened to the whole thing. i thought she was going to cry when she read the translation of the lyrics to the syrian refugee children's song. the whole thing was very moving.