The Chines communist party is the PRIMARY responsible for the global spread of the Coronavirus. They HID it for a month, detained and silenced whistleblowers. Let MILLION leave China on the Chinese new year & other millions come to it. That’s how we have a global pandemic!
The Chinese Communist party OWES a huge deal of explanation to the ENTIRE world for the Coronavirus pandemic. They are its origin, and they did their BEST to hide it for a full month! So please STOP praising them. they caused this! bbc.com/news/world-asi…
The Assad regime & Iran's militia, in 9 years of war, NEVER experienced this level of destruction from the air.
The Assad regime is being bombarded from the air continuously, and guess what? No WW3 broke out. In fact, media is more focused on the Coronavirus than this. Of course, WW3 was never even a possibility, but it shows how powerful propaganda is.
So, What’s different now?
1- Russia knows it has to let Turkey have its day.. for now to preserve the relationship 2- The West wants no refugee flood, hence not hindering Turkey’s response 3- Assad & Iran militias deaths are a small price to keep the status quo
1 of my earliest memories: listening to a bunch of diplomats telling the story of a famous altercation in an Arab league summit between Libya & Oman. Qaboos criticized Qadhafi. Qadhafi’s 2nd in command Jalloud read him a verse about respecting one’s parents - alluding to his coup
Ever since, everytime I saw Qaboos’ picture I remembered the verse:
وبالوالدين إحسانا إما يبلغن عندك الكبر أحدهما أو كلاهما فلا تقل لهما أف ولا تنهرهما
The Libyan was alluding to Qaboos imprisoning to his father..
🇱🇧 Lebanon: bottom line, the Lebanese state is broke. the economy is in very bad shape. The ruling class’ corruption is catching up with it. No solutions on the horizon.
🇱🇧 Lebanon: geopolitics and alliances aside, the ruling Lebanese class is itself part of the problems driving the country to bankruptcy, not to mention, the sclerotic sect-based system that ultimately makes governing and planning almost impossible.
Just a reminder: Turkey, Baghdad’s central gov, Iran, Assad’s regime, Trump (Obama before him), Russia all agree on 1 thing: No Kurdish statehood.
All these players are happy to use the Kurds to advance their agendas then discard them.
As of the media outcry, and the outpour on social media, if that was worth anything, it’d have saved Syrians from Assad. The fact here is that the rules of the game in the middle east as they are are: the Kurds aren’t allowed to have their own state.
The thorny question here is: when were the Kurds betrayed by the US? Was it Trump pulling the plug? or was it when Obama decided to use them to fight ISIS without ever committing to secure at least an autonomy for them?
Hostility management: This after Russian diplomats told Israel's Channel 1 (whatever it's called now) correspondent @galberger yesterday that "Hezbollah likely to retaliate to drone attack".. basically passing a message: "hey.. we'll do something, don't go crazy now"
Mauritania election day: the incident happened in Boutlimit where the ruling party's campaign boss was caught printing ballots - the citizens sized it along with the printer
Mauritania election day: Mauritanians are asked to elect MP's, regional council reps in lieu of the dissolved Senate, and mayors. Unlike past elections, there's a flood of candidates. The voting ballot is a few dozen centimeters long
Mauritania election day: the context is tense because the current President's term end by June '19, he's said many times he's leaving, but given his history, few believe he's leaving.