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Crunch comes to Washington

Can I feel happy that I predicted the crunch in the US six months ago? It happened sooner than I expected. 🙂

By the way, protectionism is not going to save US economy in the long term because of some systemic faults. The crisis in Europe is going to go back to the US in two years time, while Asian economies will continue to grow.

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Al Jazeera English gains cachet in U.S. during Egypt rallies

Mubarak’s Fall Prompts Double Takes by Anchors

Al Jazeera English Blacked Out Across Most Of U.S.

Al Jazeera gains popularity during uprising

Egypt coverage gives Al Jazeera surge in US viewers

UPDATE: Here is a collection by AJE itself.

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Israel has been a strategic asset for the US since the late sixties when the Arab countries turned to USSR for friendship, and has benefited greatly from the relationship. US relied heavily on Israel to counter Syrian and Egyptian governments in the region, and provided Israel with aid,  intelligence, expertise, equipment and political support. The cold war is over, and what Israel is worried that US may not care about it as much.

The Israelis came in with a belligerent attitude onto the Turkish ship Mavi Marmara, killing nine people from close range. Incidents that was certain to cause uproar in Turkey, and sour Turkish-Israeli relationship. This appears to be a deliberate goal of the campaign.

But Israel had a friend in Turkey in the region, even until 2008.

Which begs the question: why? Why alienate their only ally in the region?

It appears that now they see Turkey as a regional challenge. Turkey has been a staunch ally of the US for longer than 60 years,  recently has risen economically, and now the size of Turkish economy is three times that of Israel. They used to be comparable not so long ago.

Israel is afraid to have a country that is an ally of the US in it’s neighborhood that is much more important politically and economically than itself. It fears that Israel will become insignificant to the US (compared to Turkey) in the region. It therefore wants to sabotage the relationship between the US and Turkey by forcing US to choose between the two- so as to remain the only ally US has in the region. They want US to depend on Israel in that region and only on Israel. It will open US to blackmail.

Which is very clever, if not found out.

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The stupid policeman in his arrogance did not realize what he was doing. He was actually shooting his own foot. Gates had every right to ask for police badge (how do you know he’s not posing? just coz he’s white?) and that hurt the ego of the arrogant man. (For some reason police in big cities of USA seem to be on steroids. Is it a hollywood effect?) Anyway, hopefully the way the event played out, the racist elements of the police will be more careful inshaAllah.

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The former speaker of the US House of Representatives has said that the US should “sabotage” Iran’s oil and gas infrastructure as part of its efforts to bring down the government.

In an interview with Al Jazeera’s Avi Lewis for the Fault Lines programme, Republican Newt Gingrich said targeting Iran’s refinery would spark an economic crisis that would destabilise the government in Tehran.

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It is better to post disclaimer first, so here it is- I am not a fan of Ahmadinejad. As you know, that does not mean I hate him. More about it at the end.

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First issue westerners have with him is that- he seeks destruction of Israel. His answer, people have the impression, and they are right, was very ambiguous. It requires a lot of circumstantial information to understand what Ahmadinejad said.

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Everybody’s talking Ahmadinejad, only few are talking what Ahmadinejad said, some of the few when it suits them (eg. we don’t have homosexuals in our country”)

Here is Al-Jazeera’s report on it.

And the whole speech

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