Edward Snowden must not be made a hero! That probably comes as a surprise to anyone who read my previous two pieces on PRISM,
This guy gets it.
but it’s a genuine concern. The question of Snowden as hero or traitor threatens to derail the much more important conversation that we need to have in the United States.
Bipartisan attacks on Snowden are already being levelled. Senators Dianne Feinstein and Bill Nelson, both Democrats, and the Republican Speaker of the House, John Boehner have all called Snowden a traitor. Others are praising him as a hero. And, as the go-to newspaper for lobbyists, POLITICO has already pointed out, the debate itself is precisely what President Obama wants. While we debate the pros and cons of Ed Snowden, we’re not discussing PRISM. Continue Reading »
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The outcry over PRISM is nowhere near what it merits. The US is violating its Constitution and the entire planet’s rights. I explore further at LobeLog.
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This week at Souciant…well, I had a different article idea, and I was halfway through writing it. But the whole PRISM thing is just overwhelming. As much as what it says about the state of freedom and democracy in the US, it says even more about the utter and shameless phoniness of Barack Obama. How much will we take?
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The Turkish people have come out in force to defend and expand their democracy. It’s important to understand the context of these demonstrations, which have at least as much similarity to the Occupy protests as they do to the Arab Awakening. I’d argue they actually are closer to the former. I explore these points at LobeLog.
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There’s a lot of talk out there about the death of the Sykes-Picot agreement in the Mideast. There may be a lot of truth in that, but in any case, it does not mean the US and the West in general has no responsibility to help fix the mess they’ve made of the region. I expound this week in Souciant.
Posted in Middle East | Tagged Balfour Declaration, Barack Obama, Cold War, George W. Bush, Hussein bin Ali, Hussein-McMahon, Israel, League of Nations, Margaret Thatcher, Middle east, Palestine, Patrick Buchanan, Ronald Reagan, Sharif of Mecca, Sir Henry McMahon, Sykes-Picot Agreement, Syria, United States, USSR, World War I, World War II | 2 Comments »
I continue to believe that Obama correctly does not want to escalate US involvement in Syria. But the geo-politics are robbing him of options very quickly. I explore at LobeLog.
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I rarely post articles here by others. But the piece my friend Bilal Ahmed has penned for Souciant today is an absolute must-read for anyone dealing with issues around the Middle East, terrorism, Islam, et al. I cannot recommend it highly enough. Please check it out.
Posted in Terrorism | Tagged 9/11, Afghanistan, al-Qaida, Anwar al-Awlaki, Boston Marathon, Deobandi, Glenn Greenwald, Hadith, Iraq, Islam, Qur’an, Rashidun Caliphate, Salafism, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sunni, Tsarnaev, United States, Wahabi, war on terror | Leave a Comment »