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Joe Emersberger: What does “referred to” mean in Reuters-Speak?

Andrew Cawthorne of Reuters reported that Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro “referred several times” to Luis Vicente Leon of Datanalisis, an opposition-aligned polling firm, as “an important opinion-former in Venezuela.” Maduro actually referred to Luis Vicente Leon as an opposition leader – as a person who “defends capitalism” – but who is mature and reasonable enough Read more…

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Nasir Khan: On the death of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia

Nasir Khan, January 23, 2015 All the devils in Hell were much excited today to welcome a newcomer. Guess who was coming? A great king was coming to join them. When the short worldly sojourn ends here a long and upward journey to a new life starts, I was told as a child. Today was Read more…

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Nasir Khan: War criminals exploit the name of God

Nasir Khan, January 23, 2015 Some people like George W Bush, for instance, also believe in a Loving God. But he invaded Iraq and killed hundreds of thousands of Iraqis and destroyed a great country. Now he continues to assert not only what did was right but also that God had asked him to invade Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Ex-CIA officer advocates Muslim-on-Muslim genocide. Gets a Free Ride from Corporate journalist.

The exchange below took place on the UK’s channel 4 News. Why didn’t Cathy Newman even attempt to respond the way a decent person should to this guy’s savagery? Perhaps she shares so much of his extreme contempt for the lives of “others” that she felt no outrage. Perhaps she was internally outraged but too Read more…

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subcomandante Felix: The banality of state terrorism

In a recent column, Ramzy Baroud wrote about the failure of French President Hollande to “learn from W. Bush’s plunders.” One can hardly fault “Le Guimauve Socialiste” for failing to learn anything from the village idiot and war criminal W. Bush.   The lesson Hollande – like all the other leaders of the Western terrorist states Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Will Credit Agency Suspension Impact How Industry’s Pronouncements are Uncritically Reported?

Bloomberg – one of many outfits that uncritically report what big credit ratings agencies say  – especially regarding Venezuela and Argentina lately – reports this news: Credit Rater S&P to Be Banned for a Year From Biggest Part of Commercial-Bond Market The article notes “The CMBS probe is separate from a lawsuit by the Justice Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Reuters Headline: “Standing in Line a New Profession in Venezuela”

This article by Andrew Cawthorne is more balanced and thoughtful than the headline and opening few paragraphs would lead one to believe. The headline could just as easily have been “Government supporters and opponents trade allegations regarding shortages”. The arguments and counter-arguments regarding the oppositions’ role in the shortages and long line-ups are explored. Evidence is Read more…

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Nasir Khan: Maulana Azad stood for a united, secular State of India

Nasir Khan, January 21, 2015 Maulana Azad, the Imam-al-Hind, was an outstanding Islamic scholar, a great orator and a prominent political leader of India during the British rule. He opposed the idea of the partition of India on the basis of religion and warned Muslim leaders of the dangers of a separate homeland for Muslims. Read more…

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Mina Khanlarzadeh: The Paris murders and the demand to understand

In the Paris tragedy, the murderers offer nothing for us to comprehend; it is an opaque act.It does not matter how hard we try to move beyond the categories of classical logic and take into account the incommensurability of different life-worlds, an imaginary identification with the murderers is not possible.   Today, a considerable part Read more…

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Nasir Khan: A Study of the Perceptions and Misperceptions of Islam and the Prophet

  Nasir Khan, January 18, 2015  – In the wake of French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo’s publishing of the cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad that many Muslims world-wide regard derogatory and provocative, and the killings of the staff of the weekly and international reactions to these events, I am posting the ‘preface’ to my book Read more…

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