These 8 maps explain the Middle East

Years ago I would hear people talk about the “Middle East Crisis”

Make no mistake about it, as these maps tell the story as well, the “Crisis” is self-inflicted. I will not hesitate to say that Bush and hussein agitated if not even added to the situation but this is coming to America and that will be the fault of all that are not paying attention.

The Empire Will Strike Back, by Robert Gore

Somethings gotta give …



The populist revolt fueling non-mainstream political movements in both Europe and the US flows from a single source: you can not fool all the people all the time. The central lie of our time is that governments can and should forcibly assume control of individuals’ lives, in the name of vague and always shifting greater goods. The Command and Control Futility Principle holds that governments and central banks can control one, but not all variables in a multi-variable system. The number of variables global governments and central banks have arrogated to their purported control has grown beyond measure. Breakdowns are visible everywhere, and as those failures exact their ever-increasing toll on the masses, the masses are pushing back.

The last financial crisis was a watershed. Capitalism’s rough justice…

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Modern Global Crime: The New Piracy Hot Spot In Africa

Oil and Money — This is not like back in the days of “Jack Sparrow”

The Tactical Hermit

(Hint it is one of Africa’s Most Corrupt Countries and is Home to Boko Haram)


It’s Tuesday morning, and Phillip Belcher pauses anxiously before opening an email. The subject line reads: “Vessel under attack at this moment.” He clicks through to the bleak description that notes a ship is under attack by a skiff, or small boat and under fire. “Nobody attempted to board vessel yet,” the message continues, “but the crew is afraid that it may happen.” From Belcher’s office in central London, there is little he can do for those seamen besides hope for the best.

As marine director of the International Association of Independent Tanker Owners, which represents oil tankers from 40 countries, Belcher is getting used to receiving alerts about ongoing pirate attacks. But they don’t come from the famously pirate-friendly coast of war-torn Somalia. Instead, they’re increasingly being sent from the shores of Africa’s…

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A look at key events in Syria since March 2011 – San Francisco Chronicle

Protests erupt in the city of Daraa over security forces’ detention of a group of boys accused of painting anti-government graffiti on the walls of their school. On March 18, security forces open fire on a protest in Daraa, killing four people in what activists regard as the first deaths of the uprising. Security forces raid a sit-in in Syria’s third-largest city, Homs, where thousands of people tried to create the mood of Cairo’s Tahrir Square, the epicenter of protests against Egypt’s autocrat Hosni Mubarak. — July 2012: A bombing at the Syrian national security building in Damascus during a high-level government crisis meeting kills four top officials, including Assad’s brother-in-law and the defense minister. Backed by thousands of Lebanese Hezbollah fighters, Assad’s forces re-capture the strategic town of Qusair from rebels, near the border with Lebanon. Infighting among rebels spreads, pitting a variety of Islamic groups and moderate factions against the al-Qaida-breakaway Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. Rebels withdraw from the old quarter of the central city of Homs in a significant symbolic victory for the government. Brahimi resigns as U.N.-Arab League envoy to Syria, marking a second failure by the United Nations and Arab League to end the civil war. Islamic State militants release video of the beheading of American journalist James Foley, the first of five Westerners to be beheaded by the IS group. The U.N. Security Council adopts resolution 2254 endorsing a road map for a transitional period in Syria that includes parliamentary and president elections as well as a new constitution within 18 months. Indirect peace talks between the Syrian government and opposition in Geneva collapse few days after starting, over a Russian-backed Syrian army offensive in Aleppo.

Source: A look at key events in Syria since March 2011 – San Francisco Chronicle

Mobile-built #USNavy ship plays role in real-life pirate drama

I have only seen one “real” pirate ship in person – it was in January 2012 in the Sea of Cortez – Fortunately, it was far off in the distance and I spied it with my monocular as it was dipping over the horizon. I found it to be breathtaking (from that distance) lol

It was supposed to be a U.S.-led naval training maneuver off the coast of West Africa when real-life drama intervened, with pirates taking over an oil tanker and turning the exercise into a rescue …

Source: Mobile-built US Navy ship plays role in real-life pirate drama