The Syrian civil war is bloody meat-grinder. Since 2011, when it was born out the hope and democratic promise of the Arab Spring, the war has killed 470,000 people, according to international humanitarian observers. In mid-2016, according to the Syrian Center for Policy Research, a million people inside Syria were living in dangerous besieged areas, facing starvation, disease … [Read more...] about What was Rep. Tulsi Gabbard thinking when she went to Syria?
It's a fair question, given the surprise and secrecy surrounding the trip Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D–Hawaii, is making to war-torn Syria. First reported by Foreign Policy this morning (click here for that story), Gabbard's trip is of a "fact-finding" nature, her aide Emily Latimer said in an email to me this morning: Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard has long been committed to peace and … [Read more...] about Who paid for Rep. Tulsi Gabbard’s secret trip to Syria?
WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND One of the Islamic State’s first reforms in captured territory has been to require adult women to dress devoutly–including the face-covering burqa robe, which, in Western democracies famously presents security dilemmas because it hinders identification. Now, after two years of Islamic State occupation in Mosul, Iraq, the security problem has come … [Read more...] about NOTW: Weird laundry, homemade flamethrowers and lawsuits from the dead
If you take ideas like justice, individual responsibility and the right of people, of families, to make better lives for themselves, then we live in dark times. Right now, not 50 years ago but right now, men in power (and they're nearly all men) have discovered that denouncing immigrants and refugees, promising to build giant walls at our border with Mexico, demonizing Islam, … [Read more...] about Watch Hawaii U.S. Senator Mazie Hirono denounce anti-immigrant sentiments
IT PAYS TO FAIL The enormous compensation CEOs of large corporations receive is justified in part by their bringing prosperity to their shareholders, but last year (an excellent one for most investors), two of the nation’s best-paid chief executives “earned” handsome raises despite presiding over losses: Philippe Dauman of Viacom Inc. (paid $44.3 million, stock lost 6.6 … [Read more...] about NOTW: Aerobatic drivers, redneck marketing challenges and rewarding failure