Get flash to fully experience Pearltrees
The Illegal Iraq War
Iran's Justice Ministry denied Wednesday that two American hikers accused of spying will be released within days. A government official told Iran's English language Press TV that no decision has yet been made on the hikers' release, BBC reports. "The two Americans are going to stay in prison for a bit longer.
America and Oil. It’s like bacon and eggs, Batman and Robin. As the old song lyric went, you can’t have one without the other. Once upon a time, it was also a surefire formula for national greatness and global preeminence. Now, it’s a guarantee of a trip to hell in a hand basket. The Chinese know it.
Enjoy full access to FT.com's award-winning news, comment and analysis. With over from 500 journalists reporting from over 50 countries, read our trusted news, expert insight and authoritative opinion as it's happening. Access FT.com's 5 year archive of news, comment, analysis, reports and more for all the information on factors affecting your business you need.
The United States and Bahrain are currently discussing a deal, which, if it goes through, would see the US sell the Persian Gulf kingdom $53 million of military equipment, according to a recent report. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), which is part of the US Department of Defense, has notified the Congress of a possible Foreign Military Sale (FMS) to the government of Bahrain, the German defense news website defpro.com reported on Thursday. DSCA provides financial and technical assistance, transfer of defense materials, training, and services to US allies, and promotes military-to-military contracts. Bahrain is seeking to purchase armored high mobility multi-purpose wheeled vehicles, TOW missiles and associated equipment, and training and logistical support from the US military. Reports estimate the total cost of the deal, which still needs to get congressional approval, to be over $53 million.
By Muriel Kane Friday, September 16, 2011 21:00 EDT For the last twenty years, veterans of the Persian Gulf War of 1991 have been complaining of a range of ailments, including pain, fatigue, and problems with memory and concentration. And for just as long, the causes have remained uncertain and there has been a tendency by the military to attribute the complaints to post-traumatic stress disorder.
By Dan De Luce WASHINGTON — US military and political leaders on Sunday paid solemn tribute to the victims of the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon and to troops who have waged a war of “vengeance” in the decade since. “Lives ended in this place. Dreams were shattered. Futures were instantly altered.
The American Task Force on Palestine (ATFP) is an example of an interest group that is suffering from the Stockholm Syndrome, i.e. the malady where a kidnap victim comes, in time, to identify with those who are holding him captive. Originally established to lobby for Palestinian rights (and specifically the two-state solution), ATFP successfully sought respectability in a city where the "pro-Israel" lobby has reigned supreme for decades. But, eventually, as happens with other groups, the quest for respectability became the organization's primary goal.
Japan's "lost decade" of the 1990s gave the world "zombie banks." A zombie bank is, in effect, bankrupt. It's made loans to companies that aren't going to be able to pay them back, and the total value of those bad loans exceeds its equity.
Unlike in Libya, there is a consensus against any western intervention in Syria. Photograph: Hussein Malla/AP On 22 August an interview with Bashar Al-Assad was aired on Syrian TV. He assumed the people were following his every word. But they were not in the least concerned with his interview; instead, many stayed up the whole night watching the battle to liberate Tripoli.