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Energy ballet: Iran, Russia and 'Pipelineistan'
Posted: Thursday, August 21, 2014

Energy ballet: Iran, Russia and 'Pipelineistan'
A fascinating nuclear/energy ballet involving Iran, Russia, the US and the EU is bound to determine much of what happens next in the new great game in Eurasia.

Washington's Grand Ambition Explains Its Pressures on Russia
After the Soviet Union ended, Washington switched without a second's delay from an anti-USSR policy to an anti-Russia policy. This included extending NATO to Russia's borders in violation of earlier false signals and assurances that it would not, and it included Washington's unilateral withdrawal from the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty.

John Kerry: Isis 'Will Be Crushed'
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Wednesday that the extremist Islamic group that brutally murdered an American journalist by execution would be "crushed," echoing strong words from President Barack Obama earlier in the day.

Iraqi drive on Tikrit falters amid fierce resistance from Islamic State
Iraqi forces pushed north Tuesday in an attempt to recapture the central Iraq town of Tikrit from the Islamic militants who have been occupying it since mid-June, only to see the assault stymied by snipers, roadside bombs and fierce resistance from the rebels.

Iraq's New PM, Like Maliki, Defined by Years of Sectarianism
Abadi Pushed De-Ba'athification Measures, Opposed Reconciliation

U.S. officials confirm video shows Islamic State militants beheading missing American journalist

In Syria, 6,000 new fighters join Islamic State
Increase marks militant group's fastest expansion to date, says Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Staged Provocations Ahead Possible US-Syrian War
5677643With the alleged brutal murder of American journalist James Wright Foley, a wave of anger and aggression across Western audiences has been generated. Upon that wave rides two objectives. One is to create plausible deniability for the West which created the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq (ISIS), the other is to create a further pretext to justify a resurgence of direct US military intervention across the region.

Gaza child, 2, woman, first deaths since truce breakdown: Palestinians
A two-year-old Gaza girl and a woman were killed in an Israeli air strike on Monday, making them the first Palestinian deaths in the conflict since the breakdown of a truce earlier in the day, Palestinian health officials said.

Saggy pants law challenged by critics
Just over a month after signing the controversial saggy pants ordinance, Ocala Mayor Kent Guinn said Tuesday he no longer supports it and is urging council members to reconsider.

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