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"[Members of the notorious "U.S. Marshals" gang] using a battering ram to enter a Queens apartment late Tuesday were greeted by bullets from the drug smuggler .... Seven U.S. marshals broke down the door to a rear apartment .... 'He was prepared, he knew we were here,' a [gang propagandist] said. The marshals returned fire from the door, a [gang propagandist] said. The trapped man, who was wanted for cocaine smuggling and a Brooklyn assault, then went into the backyard, where he fired at NYPD detectives stationed there as backup, a [gang propagandist] said. The surrounded man finally returned to the apartment and abandoned his automatic pistol after he was shot in the left hand, a [gang propagandist] said." (08/27/14)
Author: Thomas L. Knapp
Posted: August 27, 2014, 4:46 pm
"A town in [Donetsk People's Republic] came under shellfire by [DPR forces] on Wednesday, amid fears that they are launching a counter-offensive on [Ukrainian-occupied] parts of the region. In response to outgoing fire early Wednesday, [DPR] forces lobbed at least 10 shells at the [occupied] town of Novoazovsk. Plumes of black smoke rose above the town, which was hit repeatedly shelled Tuesday, injuring four residents in a local hospital, according to the town’s mayor, Oleg Sidorkin." (08/27/14)
Author: Thomas L. Knapp
Posted: August 27, 2014, 12:40 pm
"The Obama administration has ruled out the possibility of coordinating any U.S. airstrikes in Syria with President Bashar al-Assad’s government, forcing U.S. officials to either design a campaign that would evade Syrian air defenses or coordinate it with Assad through a third party. Despite the shared U.S. and Syrian interest in defeating Islamist militants in the region, there will be no cooperation with Assad, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Tuesday. 'We’re not going to ask for permission from the Syrian regime,' she said." (08/26/14)
Author: R. Lee Wrights
Posted: August 27, 2014, 12:38 pm
"Israel and Gaza's ruling Hamas agreed Tuesday to an open-ended cease-fire after seven weeks of fighting -- an uneasy deal that halts the deadliest war the sides have fought in years, with more than 2,200 killed, but puts off the most difficult issues. In the end, both sides settled for an ambiguous interim agreement in exchange for a period of calm. Hamas, though badly battered, remains in control of Gaza with part of its military arsenal intact." (08/26/14)
Author: R. Lee Wrights
Posted: August 27, 2014, 12:36 pm
"An American man believed to have been killed in Syria was there to fight alongside a terrorist group, most likely the Islamic State, a U.S. official said Tuesday. Investigators were aware that Douglas McAuthur McCain had traveled to the country to join a militant group, but they did not yet have his body and were still trying to verify information about his death, said the official, who was not authorized to discuss by name an ongoing investigation and spoke only on condition of anonymity." (08/26/14)
Author: R. Lee Wrights
Posted: August 27, 2014, 12:34 pm

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"India’s trade-distorting farm subsidies are already far in excess of the limits agreed to in their World Trade Organization commitments. Now India wants WTO members to look the other way while it increases subsidies further. With global commodity prices weakening, those subsidies are likely to damage farmers in other countries, tempt tit-for-tat reactions from their governments, and threaten the rules-based international trading system. To staunch that threat, agricultural trading nations should bring a WTO dispute-settlement case seeking an end to India’s abusive practices." (08/27/14)
Author: Thomas L. Knapp
Posted: August 27, 2014, 5:46 pm
"Lots of people talk about the 'Yellen Fed,' but so far it seems a continuation of the Bernanke policy. I see no important changes. There is also optimism that Draghi may act to boost the eurozone economy. While he makes the right noises, the markets don't seem convinced. The 10-year German Bund yields 0.94%, the 30-year is at 1.8%. Those yields suggest to me that Draghi's vague promises lack credibility." (08/26/14)
Author: Thomas L. Knapp
Posted: August 27, 2014, 4:45 pm
"Members of the American armed forces are props. They wave from convertibles as Independence Day parades make their way down Main Street U.S.A. They are trotted out at football games to bless the proceedings as some kind of martial event. They wish us happy holidays from countries many Americans can’t find on a map. The traditional narrative is that these men and women are the best of us. They risk life and more likely than not limb to protect us from al-Qaeda or rogue states such as Iraq or Iran. They are the vanguard of liberty, knocking down odious regimes so that freedom can be planted in foreign soil and contribute to a democratic peace sometime in the near future. Ann Jones will have none of that. Her They Were Soldiers is a suppurating wound of a book -- the 21st-century equivalent of Dalton Trumbo’s horrifying antiwar novel, Johnny Got His Gun." (08/27/14)
Author: Thomas L. Knapp
Posted: August 27, 2014, 4:07 pm
"At an Aug. 21 Pentagon press conference, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel claimed that the Islamic State 'is as sophisticated and well-funded as any group that we have seen. They’re beyond just a terrorist group. They marry ideology, a sophistication of strategic and tactical military prowess. They are tremendously well-funded.' Perhaps sensing that his comparison hadn’t reached sufficiently hyperbolic velocity to escape earth orbit, Hagel immediately amended himself. 'Oh, this is beyond anything that we’ve seen. So we must prepare for everything,' he said. ... Hagel wasn’t so much fear-mongering as he was fear-tending. War is the health of the state, as Randolph Bourne observed a century ago." (08/26/14)
Author: Steve Trinward
Posted: August 27, 2014, 12:39 pm
"America was born amid fear and loathing of standing armies at home. 'It was easy to foresee the consequences [that] followed upon sending troops into America to enforce obedience to acts of the British Parliament,' John Hancock proclaimed in his 1774 address commemorating the Boston Massacre: 'cruelty and haughtiness ... citizens hourly exposed to shameful insults.' Thomas Jefferson worried that a peacetime military force would 'overawe the public sentiment' and harm the republican character of our government. If we share the Founders' concern about domestic militarization, maybe we should stop subsidizing it." (08/26/14)
Author: Thomas L. Knapp
Posted: August 27, 2014, 12:37 pm

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