Welcome to Gareth Edwards of The Inside Left, who introduces himself to Some People on the Pitch with a piece on one the most pressing issues in football at the moment, racism.This year will not be like the last. After receiving 25 minutes of vile racist abuse from a section of the Pro Patria crowd, AC Milan’s Kevin-Prince Boateng picked up the ball and volleyed it at the top tier of the ground towards the so-called fans. In no time at all he began walking off the pitch, refusing to continue playing. To their enormous credit both his Rossoneri teammates and the opposition followed him in solidarity. The referee was left with no option other than to abandon the game.
ASG's counter-hegemony unit: The Syrian Army is the key to Syria's future -
It has become increasingly clear that the proxy war on Syria is not merely intended to unseat the Assad “regime” with the sole aim of weakening the Resistance axis. The ultimate goal of the US-NATO-GCC-Israeli axis is, as Seyyid Hassan Nasrallah has repeatedly warned, to destroy the only strong…
Wow, ground zero is flooded. via the AP
From the World Zionist Organisation’s periodical, in an article titled ‘A Strategy for Israel in the NINETEEN EIGHTIES’. Just swap Iraq and Syria around and see how it reads:
“The total disintegration of Lebanon in to five regional, localised governments is the precedent for the entire Arab world.. The dissolution of Syria, and later Iraq, into districts of ethnic and religious minorities following the example of Lebanon is Israel’s main long-range objective on the Eastern Front. The present military weakening of these states is the short-range objective. Syria will disintegrate into several states along the lines of its ethnic and sectarian structure … As a result there will be a Shia Alawi state, the district of Aleppo will be a Sunni state, and the district of Damascus another state which is hostile to the northern one. The Druze - even those in the Golan - should form a state in Hauran and in northern Jordan … The oil-rich but very divided Iraq is certainly a candidate to fit Israel’s goals … Every kind of inter-Arab confrontation … will haste the achievement of the supreme goal, namely breaking up Iraq into elements like Syria and Lebanon. There will be three states of more around the three major cities, Basra, Baghdad and Mosul, while Shiite areas in the south will separate from the Sunni north, which is mostly Kurdish.”
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C.I.A. Said to Aid in Steering Arms to Syrian Rebels - NYTimes.com -
And the sad part is that the supporters of the Syrian “revolution” and Third-Wayers will still refuse to see how their position serves Empire after reading reports like these. In fact, for many of them, especially those in the first category, Empire is no longer the principal enemy if at all.
“By helping to vet rebel groups, American intelligence operatives in Turkey hope to learn more about a growing, changing opposition network inside of Syria and to establish new ties. “C.I.A. officers are there and they are trying to make new sources and recruit people,” said one Arab intelligence official who is briefed regularly by American counterparts.
American officials and retired C.I.A. officials said the administration was also weighing additional assistance to rebels, like providing satellite imagery and other detailed intelligence on Syrian troop locations and movements. The administration is also considering whether to help the opposition set up a rudimentary intelligence service. But no decisions have been made on those measures or even more aggressive steps, like sending C.I.A. officers into Syria itself, they said.
What has changed since March is an influx of weapons and ammunition to the rebels. The increasingly fierce air and artillery assaults by the government are intended to counter improved coordination, tactics and weaponry among the opposition forces, according to members of the Syrian National Council and other activists.Last month, these activists said, Turkish Army vehicles delivered antitank weaponry to the border, where it was then smuggled into Syria.”
ASG's counter-hegemony unit: Assuming the "Alawite revenge" narrative about the Houla massacre is true.... -
There is a new, and quite plausible, alternative narrative that has emerged these past two days which describes the Houla massacre as Alawite retaliation for an earlier massacre committed by armed Sunni oppositionists against the Alawite village of al-Shoumariyeh. According to many unconfirmed…
Samuel L plays Guess Who?
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He said this man was watching him, so he put his hoodie on. He said he lost the man. I asked Trayvon to run, and he said he was going to walk fast. I told him to run but he said he was not going to run.
…Trayvon said, ‘What, are you following me for?’ and the man said, ‘What are you doing here?’ Next thing I hear is somebody pushing, and somebody pushed Trayvon because the (phone) headset just fell. I called him again and he didn’t answer the phone. — From an ABC News interview with a friend of Trayvon Martin; she recounted her last phone call with Trayvon before he was murdered by George Zimmerman with a gunshot to the chest. (via inothernews)
I just flew in from Virginia, and boy is my vagina tired! From the involuntary ultrasound wanding — AM I RIGHT, LADIES? (Beat.) And by the way, why do they call it a ‘wand’? Where are we — Hogwarts? The only thing magically disappearing was my dignity and privacy, BOOM!!!
…What’s the difference between a fertilized egg; a corporation; and a woman? (Beat.) One of them isn’t considered a person in Oklahoma! BOOM!!! —
KRISTEN SCHAAL, on The Daily Show (via inothernews)
I Heart Kristen Schaal!