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What Ghanaians Can Learn From Pope Francis 1, By Francis Kwarteng, Aug 03 15

source: Ghanaweb


Dr. Douglass J. Amy, professor of politics at Massachusetts’ Mount Holyoke College, sums it best: “The market is not God and the government is not the Devil. Despite their enormous advantages, markets are not benign and self-regulating. They create numerous social, economic, and political problems that only government can correct. Government is also not the sworn enemy of business and capitalism…Similarly, those who celebrate the achievements of business and a market economy should also acknowledge and celebrate the role government has had in those accomplishments.”

Indeed, Pope Francis and the world at large know the market is not God. On that basis the conversation should have begun and ended there. But no. Some are not willing to accept this fact even when the market crashes right before their eyes. That said, we may have to equally accept the fact that Prof. Amy’s arguments is …

The Saker interviews General (Ret.) Amine Htaite of the Lebanese Armed Forces: Aug 13, 2015


(This interview was very kindly translated by Ghassan Kadi to whom I want to express my deepest gratitude.  The Saker)

The Saker: Please introduce yourself to your readers, education, professional experience, military experience, political leanings, religion, etc.

General Htaite:  My name is Amine Htaite, I am a retired general in the Lebanese Army, PhD in Law, a lecturer in the Lebanese University and Islamic University in Lebanon. I am the ex-chief of the Central College of Command in the Lebanese Army and I have been in charge of several Lebanese Army battalions, both combat and logistic. Nowadays I conducts strategic, military and legal studies dealing with pertinent issues in the Levant and their international ramifications. In this context, I write two journal articles per week and partake in meetings and discussions and analysis on television, radio discussion p…

Reflection for the Country (Honduras). By País de Indignados, in Quotha, 06 22 15

Reflection for the Country
(translation by Adrienne Pine, signatories below)


Honduras has suffered terrible political and social crises: the dissolution of the [Central American] Federation in 1838, the war against the filibustering slaver [William Walker] in 1856, the risk of annexation by the United States fomented by sell-out politicians in different eras (1823, 1911 y 1984), the bloody internecine war of 1924 fomented by the banana companies (United Fruit Co. and Cuyamel), the Carías dictatorship and the presence of the Contra forces that turned us into the harlot of the isthmus during the lost decade [of the 1980s] and—among other things—the coup d'état of 2009 with its crude fascism, the impacts of which are still deeply felt today.

But the republic has probably never confronted threats greater than those of today. Its government has been coopted by officials and venal businessmen who no longer belong to any political party but rather to a funda…

The Cruel And Aimless War On Yemen, by moon of alabama, Aug 03, 2015


The situation for the people in Yemen is catastrophic. Doctors Without Borders, which has experience from many war zones, says it is the worst conflict they ever worked in.

The theocratic family dictatorship of Saudi Arabia, with U.S. support, is relentlessly bombing the country and blockading it from all urgently needed supply for the people. The declared aim of the war is to reinstate the Saudi/U.S. selected President Hadi. But no one in Yemen wants Hadi back. He now would not survive there even one day.  The UN warns of the danger of mass starvation.

The Houthi supporters and forces aligned with former president Saleh failed to capture the southern harbor town Aden. Infiltrated special forces from the United Arab Emirates directed Saudi air attacks against Houthi positions. After the Saleh forces and the Houthi retreated UAE forces, which include many mercenaries from Pakistan, invaded the city via its …