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The Age of Arrogance

Colombia: United States’ Post-Afghanistan Counterinsurgency War

"Colombia is the largest recipient of U.S. military aid in Latin America, though its population is less than a quarter of Brazil’s, and the third largest in the world after Israel and Egypt....After the passage by Congress of the Clinton administration’s Plan Colombia in 2000, the military in Bogota has received approximately $7 billion in U.S. assistance, up from $50 million in 1998 when it was already the biggest beneficiary of American military aid in Latin America."

Ships, Lies and Videotapes

"Unfortunately, if history is any indicator, this rage and emotion eventually blows over and Israel is back to business as usual, flaunting its military might in the face of international indifference. The lies Israel's PR machine spews out after each and every incident such as the tragic outcome of the Freedom Flotilla raid become more and more outrageous each new time. It's not that hard to see beyond these fabrications. With each act of violence Israel commits, more people are realizing this to be true. I just hope it doesn't take a major bloodbath for the world to finally open its eyes to Israel's web of deceit."

Skopje capital of The Republic of Macedonia

Macedonian Name Game

"What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other word would smell as sweet," Shakespeare wrote, but it doesn't smell...

Dr. Shakeel’s Venality — An Analysis in the retrospect

"The so-called Human Rights Commission of Pakistan and other elements referred to above have been bragging that the requirements of transparent trial in case of Shakeel Afridi have not been fulfilled, a wrong impression they want to spread amongst the public and also endorsing the American plea on the criminality of Afridi. They forget that the man has been convicted by a court of law under the relevant provisions of FCR for having links with the terrorist organization. Justice will take its own course when his trial commences in the regular court for the Abbotabad crime, carried out for a foreign spying agency against the interests of the land."

The Olympic Games were excellent; too bad about all the hype

The 2010 Winter Olympics was like a huge economic and public relations prize carrot that the organizers dangled in front of us and expected us to chase after. The games was not so much a 17-day sports event that happened to take place in my corner of the world as it was the climax of an enervating four-year sensory assault of cheerleading, advertising and sloganeering.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Gets an "F" Grade

"House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has miserably failed the American people. Instead of standing up to the Bush-Cheney Gang on the illegal Iraq War, and a host of other issues, too, she has caved in. The American people voted for a change of policy on Iraq, in the Nov. 7, 2006 election; Pelosi has failed to deliver on that mandate. When ex-House Speaker Tom Foley let the voters down, they gave him the boot. It’s time to give Speaker Pelosi the boot, too!"

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