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Thursday, 25 February 2016

Things Fall Apart: The Great Bohemian Cultural Revolution


Here is my piece for the January-February 2016 edition of Quadrant magazine, "Things Fall Apart: The Great Bohemian Cultural Revolution", now out from behind the subscriber's wall: http://quadrant.org.au/magazine/2016/01-02/things-fall-apart/

Friday, 19 February 2016

Thursday, 18 February 2016

Pope just gave a big fat wet kiss to Trump

Courtesy of the Steve Malzberg Show

The on-going, self-defeating foolishness of the anti-Trump brigade (which obviously includes Pope Francis) is truly astonishing. Here Republican commentator - and Cruz supporter - Mary Matalin makes the point that the Pope's comments about a wall along the Mexican border only helps Trump's case: http://www.newsmaxtv.com/shows/steve-malzberg-show/archive/vid/1ranEyMTE6kqCy_LTB4AiIBoUxMCOso6/

And here is Donald Trump taking his free kick: http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/feb/18/donald-trump-pope-francis-christian-wall-mexico-border

Wednesday, 17 February 2016

The Azaz-Jarabulus Corridor (Part XI)


A united Rojava (in dark green): This continues to be the plan

The narrative continued to unfold as first presented in Part I: http://www.atlanticcouncil.org/blogs/menasource/the-ypg-s-next-move-a-two-front-war-for-the-manbij-pocket 

Have The Donald & Kanye West co-opted our "Call-Out" Culture?



Courtesy of Vice magazine: http://www.vice.com/en_au/ 


Here is an interesting argument by James McCann: http://noisey.vice.com/en_au/blog/make-kanye-great-again-how-trump-and-ye-are-manipulating-call-out-culture

The Azaz-Jarabulus Corridor (Part X)

February 16, 2016: when the yellow meets, contiguous Rojava will be complete  

By following a "third path" in the Syrian Civil War, the Kurds/Rojavans have come closer to achieving their goal of an autonomous/confederate state that is contiguous: http://ekurd.net/conflict-syria-takes-kurds-autonomy-2016-02-17?

Saturday, 13 February 2016

Stoking the fires of the populist revolution


Note the paternalistic tone of the PR guy announcing the redundancy of American workers. Does he have sound like high school principal speaking to recalcitrant students? Here is a link to Joe Brunner's YouTube piece: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y3ttxGMQOrYo

Friday, 12 February 2016

The Azaz-Jarabulus Corridor (Part VIII)

Female Kurdish fighters commandeering a tank in the Mannagh victory (Courtesy of the Kurdish ANHA news service)


The road to Azaz, after the After the Mannagh victory, now beckons for the Syrian Democratic Forces (and the Kurdish YPG/YPJ): http://www.rawstory.com/2016/02/kurdish-women-ride-tanks-into-battle-as-fight-rages-over-aleppo-air-base/?


Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Sunday, 7 February 2016

The Azaz-Jarabulus Corridor (Part VII)


Erdoğan is now demanding that President Obama choose between the Islamic Republic of Turkey and the secularist Rojavans (Syrian Kurds): http://www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=75103


Friday, 5 February 2016

Wednesday, 3 February 2016