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January 18, 2014

Stuff you may have missed: January 18, 2014

The ESPN-owned site Grantland has a problem on its hands. This week, they published a story about a golf putter, but the story’s writer effectively badgered, then outed the inventor of the putter as transgender. The person committed suicide before the story published, a fact that’s led to a major backlash. Should the author have let the story go?

When the FBI tried to arrest Ross Ulbricht, the alleged founder of the illicit Silk Road Bitcoin marketplace, the agency’s main initiative was to prevent Ulbricht from shutting his laptop.

Exact quote from Mitt Romney on whether he plans to run in 2016: “Oh, no, no, no. No, no, no, no, no. No, no, no.”

Twitter apparently suspended Hamas’ Twitter account over terms of service issues.

Thieves in California are stealing nuts by the literal truckload.

19:43 // 7 months ago
January 14, 2014
We cannot get liberated from the terrorism of the Brotherhood in Egypt without ending it in Gaza, which lies on our borders.
An unidentified Egyptian security official • Justifying upcoming efforts by Egypt’s ruling military leaders to stamp out Hamas, now that the Muslim Brotherhood is no longer viewed as a credible threat to the Egyptian government. Egypt’s military leaders apparently believe that Hamas can be driven out of Gaza via the same sort of mass protests that ultimately led to former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi being removed from office, though experts on the region aren’t quite as convinced that the strategy will prove effective. source
15:44 // 7 months ago
December 21, 2013
19:48 // 8 months ago
August 26, 2013
The above image was released via Twitter on Sunday morning, by an established Egypt blogger known as The Big Pharaoh, and seeks to drive home just how fractured relations between various Middle Eastern nations (along with a few non-regional parties) really are.  (Photo via @thebigpharaoh) source

The above image was released via Twitter on Sunday morning, by an established Egypt blogger known as The Big Pharaoh, and seeks to drive home just how fractured relations between various Middle Eastern nations (along with a few non-regional parties) really are.  (Photo via @thebigpharaoh) source

15:19 // 11 months ago
April 3, 2013
18:05 // 1 year ago
November 15, 2012

A little more context on the Israel/Gaza hostilities…

swagandpassion asks: Thanks SFB…Why did the IDF conduct the air strike?

» SFB says: Some background info: Ahmed Jabari was Hamas’ acting second-in-command at the time of his death, and was rarely seen in public. He was allegedly responsible for organizing the kidnapping of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, as well as the subsequent prisoner exchange for his safe return, and was theoretically being pursued with the same level of fervor that the United States dedicated to tracking Osama bin Laden. After a noted increase in rocket attacks earlier this week, and a rare opportunity to strike at a virtually unguarded Jabari, the Israeli government presumably saw a prime opportunity to strike a major blow to Hamas and took advantage of it. — Scott @ SFB

14:15 // 1 year ago

Fears of a new war in Gaza follow escalation in hostility between Israel and Hamas

  • yesterday The Israel Defense Force conducted an airstrike to claim the life of high ranking Hamas leader Ahmed Jabari. Footage of Jabari’s final moments was uploaded to YouTube by the IDF within minutes, and the Israeli military’s international spokesperson began to taunt remaining militants inside of Gaza. Hamas reportedly responded by firing more than 200 rockets across Israel’s southern border.
  • today Israel responded by attacking a number of suspected launch sites and is reportedly amassing forces (including tanks) along the nation’s southern border in preparation for a ground offensive. Both sides have reported casualties, primarily civilians, and both the IDF and Hamas have attempted to use images of slain children to portray their opposition as the aggressors. Anonymous has also decided to enter the fray, following word that the Israeli government planned to cut internet connectivity inside of Gaza. source
13:28 // 1 year ago
December 16, 2011
nationalpost:

Middle East on the brink of war: analysisAs Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad clings to power with the quiet backing of regional powers Iran and Russia, the Middle East may be sliding slowly into war.Squeezed between the rebellions of a bloody Arab Spring and growing fears of a possible military response to Iran’s growing nuclear threat, the region is becoming increasingly unstable.“I would be very surprised if it turned into a Russian-American war, but this could be a Mid-East war: Hezbollah, Hamas, Iran, Syria, Israel all having at each other,” said Jack Granatstein, military historian and senior research fellow at the Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute.

Let’s hope that the region doesn’t get any more volatile than it already is. Do you think this analysis is spot-on?

nationalpost:

Middle East on the brink of war: analysis
As Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad clings to power with the quiet backing of regional powers Iran and Russia, the Middle East may be sliding slowly into war.

Squeezed between the rebellions of a bloody Arab Spring and growing fears of a possible military response to Iran’s growing nuclear threat, the region is becoming increasingly unstable.

“I would be very surprised if it turned into a Russian-American war, but this could be a Mid-East war: Hezbollah, Hamas, Iran, Syria, Israel all having at each other,” said Jack Granatstein, military historian and senior research fellow at the Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute.

Let’s hope that the region doesn’t get any more volatile than it already is. Do you think this analysis is spot-on?

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12:14 // 2 years ago
October 31, 2011

United Nations agency admits Palestine as member; US cuts funding in response

A step forward for Palestine? Today, the United Nations agency UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) admitted Palestine as a full member. In response, the United States is cutting off all funding to the agency. This will effectively gut one-fourth of UNESCO’s budget. The move is in accordance with US law, which prohibits the government from funding any organization that includes Palestine as a member, prior to the reaching of an Israeli-Palestine peace agreement. Nevertheless, both the Palestinian Authority and Hamas hailed the decision. source

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14:58 // 2 years ago
July 3, 2011

Making amends: Greece floats a completely different flotilla idea

  • blocked A couple days back, Greece blocked a flotilla headed towards Gaza from heading out of one of its ports. It understandably drew a lot of controversy from certain quarters of the political sphere — but briefly took attention off the country’s austerity crisis.
  • allowed Now, it seems that Greece is ready to offer up a mea culpa to Palestine — in coordination with the United Nations, they’ll send a ship loaded with aid over to Gaza, which they’ll offer up to the Palestinian Authority — but, as you’ll note, they aren’t working with Hamas. source

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16:39 // 3 years ago