Category Archives: War

Nokiana: the one about the CIA, Syria, and the N95

Matt Kane resurfaced on Bristol‘s underscore mailing list  with this intriguing snippet, after some travels around the middle-east: ” … discovered N95s (not mine) cannot be taken into Syria”. I asked for the backstory, which goes like this: Quite a palaver. Got the train from Istanbul to Syria (amazing trip!). At the border they didn’t [...]

History time

From the O’Reilly Factor, Sept 12. Ron Paul: … so I see the Iranians as acting logically and defensively. We’ve been fighting the Iranians since 1953. We overthrew their government through the CIA in 1953. We were allies with Saddam Hussein in the 1980s and we encouraged him to invade Iran… Bill O’Reilly: Allright, so [...]

Empathy, Art or Science?

From xForums, “the last bastion of intelligent discussion”, via Daily Kos: That sucks and the guy deserves money but it’s really not the guards fault his spine is made out of paper mache. If America were Iraq what would it be?, Juan Cole (Informed Comment, 22 September 2004). What if, from time to time, the [...]