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Usa: «Assad pronto per un attacco chimico. Pagherà un prezzo alto» Il durissimo avvertimento della Casa Bianca, indirizzato al presidente siriano Bashar al-Assad, è tanto chiaro quanto inusuale. «Gli Stati Uniti hanno identificato i possibili preparativi per un altro attacco con armi chimiche da parte del regime di Assad che probabilmente causerebbe una strage di civili, compresi bambini», si legge nel comunicato diffuso ieri. Secondo l'intelligence americana sarebbero in corso attività che «sono simili ai preparativi fatti dal regime prima del suo attacco del 4 aprile (2017, quando l’amministrazione Trump decise di rispondere con un raid sulla base siriana da cui era partito l’attacco ndr)». Non era mai accaduto in precedenza che gli Stati Uniti avvertissero del pericolo reale di un attacco chimico in Siria. Soprattutto è importante l’avvertimento dell’amministrazione americana: se Assad attacca, pagherà un prezzo molto alto. Sale la tensione Usa-Russia in Siria Cosa sta accadendo in Siria? È dunque ribadito un cambio di rotta radicale.

When Jews Were Like ISIS Literary critic Adam Kirsch is reading a page of Talmud a day, along with Jews around the world. Over the last few weeks, Daf Yomi readers have followed the debates in Tractate Ketubot about how to punish a man who rapes or seduces an unmarried young girl. In most circumstances, his penalty involves paying a fine to the girl’s father and offering to marry the girl himself. But what if a girl, while she is betrothed to one man, has sexual relations with another? The Talmud, in Ketubot 44a, applies its usual commonsense logic to this law. The natural response to a passage like this is outrage—at the sexual double-standard between men and women, and at the sheer cruelty of the punishment. Reading Seder Nashim, the division of the Talmud that deals with laws relating to women, involves coming up against this kind of thinking again and again. The reason, I think, is that the modern West’s emancipation from ritual is much older and better established than its emancipation from patriarchy.

Real Clear Politics "Non furono usate armi chimiche a Khan Sheikhoun" Il premio pulitzer Seymour Hersh in un articolo pubblicato il 25 giugno sul giornale tedesco die Welt (cliccare qui), accusa la Casa Bianca di aver attaccato in maniera pretestuosa la Siria, allorquando, in risposta a un presunto attacco chimico ordinato da Assad su Khan Sheikhoun nell’aprile scorso, bombardò con i missili Tomahawk la base aerea di Shayrat. Hersh, in base a informazioni provenienti dalla «comunità dell’intelligence» Usa, ricostruisce quanto avvenne allora, concludendo che non c’era alcuna prova di un attacco chimico, anzi. E che la reazione americana fu quindi senza fondamento. Hersh spiega infatti che l’obiettivo del raid siriano su Khan Sheikhoun era una palazzina individuata come «centro di controllo» delle milizie islamiste, nella quale era prevista una riunione ad alto livello di capi jihadisti, tra i quali rappresentanti dei gruppi di Ahrar al Sham e al Nusra (al Qaeda). La missione era «speciale perché il target era di alto valore».

Why Is the Islamist Death Cult So Appealing? Why do people who are not clinically crazy throw themselves into campaigns of murder and suicide? The sociological answer to this question assumes a pettiness in human nature, such that even the slightest of humiliations and misfortunes may be regarded as sufficiently devastating, under certain conditions, as to sweep aside the gravest of moral considerations. I prefer to invoke the history of ideas. The Islamist movement—the case at hand—got its start in Egypt circa in 1930 in the form of the Muslim Brotherhood, as a puritanical religious campaign devoted to the encouragement of rectitude; and rectitude is all that some people notice about Islamists today. The Islamist theoreticians stipulated the existence of an authentic human identity, which, in their understanding, means the kind of human existence that you see in the pages of the Quran, where life is conducted somberly and piously according to laws laid down by God. Like this article?

DRUDGE REPORT 2011® US fighter jet shoots down Syrian attack plane in clash with Vladimir Putin and Assad US military bosses have confirmed their F/A-18 fighter jet shot down a Syrian government SU-22 attack plane over Syria. Air force commanders accused the plane of dropping bombs on US-led coalition fighters of the rebel Syrian Democratic Forces. Getty Images Before his inauguration, Donald Trump asked a security expert three times during a briefing, why the US couldn't use nuclear weapons after he becomes president. US commander said the plane was shot down "in collective self-defense of Coalition-partnered forces". They also said that coalition aircraft prevented Syrian forces from advance to SDF positions south of Tabqa. This is understood to be the first time the US have shot down a Syrian plane since entering the conflict. The Syrian Army claim the attack plane was actually flying a mission to bomb ISIS fighters. The latest conflict comes after Donald Trump launches cruise missiles at a Syrian air base sparking the fury of Russia back in April. Lockheed Martin

Confederate Flag & Islamic Terror -- the Left's Blatant Double Standard Montpelier, Vt. — “Nice flag!” the woman shouted sarcastically, adding: “F*** you!” The woman was seated on the patio of a restaurant overlooking Main Street in this famously liberal capital of this famously liberal state when a truck sporting the Confederate emblem passed by. I could understand the sentiment (particularly given the fact that her lunch partner was an African-American man). And while I could have done without the f-bomb around two twelve-year-old girls, my real objection was something different. But is that really the intent when the descendant of a Confederate soldier puts a flag on his ancestor’s tombstone once a year? RELATED: Let’s Not Fight the Civil War Again I’m no big fan of the Confederate flag, but do serious people believe that if Roof didn’t have access to the banner, he would have pursued a life of peace? It’s this lack of nuance and distinction I find so troubling — and hypocritical. RELATED: Digging Up Confederate Bones Would Only Make America Worse

Siria, tregua col trucco e giochi sporchi - Remocontro Fatta la legge trovato l’inganno. Anzi, se ce lo passate, sarebbe meglio dire: “Studiato l’inganno e tirata fuori la legge”. Quella giusta per scucire le bocche di chi vedeva l’accordo tra Putin e Trump con un certo scetticismo. La verità è che giocano tutti con due mazzi di carte. Punto. Ieri, l’esercito siriano sostenuto da ingenti forze delle milizie di Hezbollah ha attaccato su larga scala i ribelli nella zona di Suweida, che con Quneitra e Daraa era considerata una delle località demilitarizzate e coperte dalla tregua. Durante la loro avanzata, le truppe siro-sciite hanno conquistato 11 villaggi e piccoli centri, inclusi Tel Asfar e Al-Qasr, località baricentriche tra la Giordania e il Golan. Insomma, se si bara, gli assi dalle maniche cadono a tutti quelli seduti al tavolo di poker.

Black Lives Matter – Except Biram Dah Ould Abeid’s It is a curious study in contrasts. American cities are currently experiencing continuous outbreaks of violence and arson in the wake of disputed police shootings by white officers of African-Americans. The violent protests purport to be inspired by the desire to save black lives, but, in the end, as history has well taught us, these destructive uprisings will take the lives of more blacks than those they allegedly seek to save. Meanwhile, in the West African country of Mauritania, a fearless but unknown anti-slavery activist, Biram Dah Ould Obeid, is going to prison for the next three years. A black African, he has saved more black lives than all the rioters and race hucksters in America put together. But Dah Obeid has never destroyed any property, started any fires or assaulted anyone for his cause. Dah Obeid, whose father was a slave, had his appeal to dismiss his three-year prison sentence turned down earlier this month by a Mauritanian court.

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