Richard Black is a state senator in Virginia, and his views are decidedly out-of-the-ordinary, at least insofar as US politicians are concerned. I put up a post on Black last year after he sent a letter to Syrian President Bashar Assad thanking him for defending Christians in the Middle East and expressing his support for Syria in its war against ISIS. Black at the time was ridiculed in the mainstream media, but you can go here to see the post I put up on him, which includes the full text of the letter he wrote.
We, the undersigned Palestinian political forces and organizations, appeal to local and international institutions, human rights organisations and democratic forces for immediate and decisive action concerning the execution of Palestinian children by Israeli occupation forces and settlers. To date, 18 Palestinian children have been killed and executed in cold blood at the checkpoints and on the streets since the beginning of the current Palestinian uprising. Dozens of Palestinian children have been injured, arrested and brutally interrogated by Israeli forces.
The commander of the Russian Air Force has released Russia’s official findings on the downing of its military jet by a Turkish F-16. Not only did the Russian Su-24 not cross into Turkish airspace at any time, but–irony of ironies–it seems the Turkish plane crossed into Syrian space in order to carry out the attack! An article on the findings is available here. But here is an excerpt:
First of all, I hope everyone likes the new look to the site. I had a lengthy chat yesterday with a WordPress “happiness engineer” by the name of Gracie, who recommended the new theme. It’s called “My Life,” and was designed by Justin Tadlock. I’m still a little hesitant about the purple background. It was not, I should mention, the default background that came with the theme.
One might be tempted, I guess, to think of the New York Times as Gog and Magog’s “Newspaper of Record.” The Times published a report today on the downing of the Russian Su-24, a report in which the pilots of the aircraft are said to have been warned “10 times in five minutes” to steer away from the Turkish border. This at any rate is the claim made by Turkish President Recep Erdogan, and the Times seems to give it full credence, even going so far as to inform us that the allegation was “later confirmed” by the Pentagon.
By Paul Craig Roberts
Turkey’s unprovoked shoot-down of a Russian military aircraft over Syria raises interesting questions. It seems unlikely that the Turkish government would commit an act of war against a much more powerful neighbor unless Washington had cleared the attack. Turkey’s government is not very competent, but even the incompetent know better than to put themselves into a position of facing Russia alone.
If the attack was cleared with Washington, was Obama bypassed by the neocons who control his government, or is Obama himself complicit? Clearly the neoconservatives are disturbed by the French president’s call for unity with Russia against ISIL and easily could have used their connections to Turkey to stage an event that Washington can use to prevent cooperation with Russia.