Category Archives: Chicanery

Zen lies Abu told Ma

The easiest kinds of lies to tell are the ones where you just say the exact opposite of what’s true. It may seem like a lazy approach to deceit, but this simple tactic has proved surprisingly effective over the years. The logical mind can be stymied by a disconnect between diametrically-opposing versions of the same reality. Similar principles are used in Daoist and Zen practices to fool the rational mind into taking a nap.

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The Russian Veto

Syria to Russia: If Assad goes down, his state secrets (along with those of his father) will almost certainly become exposed; the degree to which this will compromise the variously held secrecies of Russia and other former Soviet states is unknown and probably unknowable.

Russia to China: Let’s work together to stop western adventurism in Eurasia.

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Wiki v. SOPA; click img to learn more

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IAEA Special Report on Iran

Special Report

Implementation of the NPT Safeguards
Agreement and relevant provisions of
Security Council resolutions in the
Islamic Republic of Iran

Report by the Director General 

November 8, 2011

excerpt…

53. The Agency has serious concerns regarding possible military dimensions to Iran’s nuclear programme. After assessing carefully and critically the extensive information available to it, the Agency finds the information to be, overall, credible. The information indicates that Iran has carried out activities relevant to the development of a nuclear explosive device. The information also indicates that prior to the end of 2003, these activities took place under a structured programme, and that some activities may still be ongoing.

Read/Download complete IAEA Report (PDF – 25 pages, 532K)

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Analysis: Egypt – The blame game

Jerusalem Post:

“The Supreme Military Council wants to cover its failure to keep the peace in Sinai by throwing the blame on Israel.”

via Analysis: Egypt – The blame game – JPost – Middle East.

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Astute comments by former Israeli ambassador to Egypt, Zvi Mazel, on the political aftermath of this week’s treacherous attacks launched from Sinai toward Eilat and on the general state of lawlessness in the desert peninsula.

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Downtown Pyongyang

Central Pyongyang

North Korea’s capital city of Pyongyang

It’s like a semi-abstract still life… minus the life part.

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Image by David Guttenfelder from The Independent:
Lost world: Scenes from North Korea’s closed society

Story to go with the pictures, by David McNeill…

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Hamas PM Slams Killing of Bin Laden

“We condemn the assassination and the killing of an Arab holy warrior. We regard this as a continuation of the American policy based on oppression and the shedding of Muslim and Arab blood.”

– Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh.

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