To really combat terror, end support for Saudi Arabia - Owen Jones
Cutting the supply lines doesn’t look like a real option but it should be.
But this it, isn't it. The US and the West are allied with Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states (maj Sunni), Russia is allied with Assad and Iran (maj Shia). It's still the grand adventure and the cold war continuing to play itself out...
What is incrontrovertible is that from when the first protests began on February 5th there was a 5 week period leading up to March 18th where protesters weren’t being shot at. What should arouse suspicion in the inquiring mind is that unlike comparable events in other countries where protesters are shot at, these ‘protesters’ were not swayed by the guns and kept coming back for more day after day for months.
Pilger also states that the fix was in.
"Last year, the former French Foreign Minister Roland Dumas revealed that "two years before the Arab spring", he was told in London that a war on Syria was planned. "I am going to tell you something," he said in an interview with the French TV channel LPC, "I was in England two years before the violence in Syria on other business. I met top British officials, who confessed to me that they were preparing something in Syria... Britain was organising an invasion of rebels into Syria. They even asked me, although I was no longer Minister for Foreign Affairs, if I would like to participate... This operation goes way back. It was prepared, preconceived and planned."
It's certainly shaken us, partly because the location of most of the attacks, up above Place de la Republique is only 3 blocks from the apartment we stayed in on Rue du Temple back in 2008. Was a beautiful spot and that neighbourhood remains close to our hearts. So much so that we're going back there next July, flying Air France and will be in that neighbourhood again, on Bastille Day 2016. We were all very excited about it, but this weekend has made shit seem a lot more real all of a sudden. I have to say it has made me a bit nervous, but at the same time I can't imagine a better thing to do than going to Paris, and for people to keep on going there and celebrating what a great city it is.
One thing I've thought of, the Marais, right next door to the attacks has historically been both the Jewish and gay quarter of Paris. Did this play a part when locations were selected? I hope not, either way it's all really bloody sad.
The choice of venue sounds completely incongruous and slightly weird – perhaps there just wasn’t much in the way of ‘discreet’ venue hire.
It's one of THE celebrity venues of choice in London, apparently. Does seem a bit weird, but there you go.
As one who takes a desultory interest in rugby at best - just tell me the final score - I have watched with interest how manly all this is.
The thing that really brought a lump to my throat at the end was seeing the women who were part of the All Blacks management group going up to get their medals. I can't say I know enough about their setup to know who they were but they were obviously equals within the group and were as excited as everyone else to be up there to receive them.
I don't know why that in particular got to me. I guess it just portayed in a small way that there is inclusivity in the team, and that this was a victory made by our people together, not just a bunch of macho guys on a paddock.
The Daily Mail article, instead of just the NZ Herald edit, actually has an excellent array of images from the game as well.
I can't stand the Daily Mail, but they do better sports images than pretty much any other online media.
They have done some amazing things within the team after the nightmare of the Mitchell/Deans era a decade ago. I have to totally eat humble pie as regards Hansen, I thought he was a monosyllabic mumbler who would take the team backwards post the 2011 RWC. How wrong I was, he's taken a good team and made them great, the results have been testament to that but also the actions, statements and reputation of this current group are impeccable. You can only do that if you're a great leader, and Steve Hansen is definitely that.
If you watch the ceremony at the end you will have seen the sheer size of the whole All Blacks group. Men and women, older players, fitness and technical staff, all ecstatic and obviously all completely together and overjoyed to be part of that setup. Felt like a small island of the best of NZ up there on that stage, no arrogance, just a group of hugely proud and satisfied professional people who were happy that they'd done us all proud.
It's a world of worry out there, so it was nice just to be able to accept for once that, yeh, this was a very good thing.
My first FA Cup was 1980. Brooking's goal had the same impact for me (on hating the Arsenal that is)
Yeh, that cemented it!
If that's what I think it was Pete, I would have kissed Mick Mills myself on that day in 1978.
You are absolutely correct. First FA Cup Final I ever saw. I've enjoyed seeing Arsenal getting beaten ever since.