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The point of no return

I’m afraid that when it comes to Israel, Palestine, and a Third Intifada, we may be approaching it:

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to “respond harshly” after five people — three of them U.S.-born rabbis — were killed in a synagogue Tuesday by two Palestinians wielding meat cleavers, an ax and a gun.

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Iran talks approach crucial deadline to, ah, agree to keep talking, probably

So we’re officially less than a week away from the November 24 deadline for the Iran-P5+1 nuclear talks to bear some fruit, and the final round of talks before that deadline… 2,596 more words


About that grand ISIS-Nusra alliance

Both Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi at Syria Comment and Scott Lucas at EA WorldView are calling bullshit on this supposed alliance between Nusra and ISIS, for reasons… 336 more words


Is the battlefield shifting again in Syria?

Remember how our friends, the moderate Syrian rebels, got mad at the U.S. for bombing targets associated with Jabhat al-Nusra in addition to ISIS targets, because they all said that Nusra was their ally against Assad (and let’s not lose sight of… 571 more words


Don't know much about history

Predictions that the United States is on the verge of collapsing like the Roman Empire are pretty old hat, usually among the kind of people… 1,042 more words

Brawndo's Got Electrolytes

Talking Turkey at LobeLog

I have a new piece up today on the Turkey-Koboni-Kurd saga. Turkey has no interest in lifting a finger that might help the Kurds, which puts them ( 496 more words