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Afghan wind-down suggested reading list – not good

Updated May 16, 2014

An item in today’s Washington Post by Rajiv Chandrasekaran refreshes our thoughts on the fraught Afghan scene. On these rainy/snowy days such as we are having today, a good idea is to  read these recent volumes to reset one’s perspective on the Afghan and Iraq ventures. Short reviews and the points I see in them. At the link:

http://mediaseentoobook.wordpress.com/2012/09/18/five-must-read-books-on-world-power-politics-and-the-arab-spring-sort-of/

Recent release, “The Wrong Enemy” by Carlotta Gaul  sheds a bright (if unwelcome in some circles) light on the doomed American adventure in Afghanistan and the dark role “ally”  Pakistan has played in the debacle.

 

Russ Imrie, February 6, 2013

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U.S. Capitol SOTU eve, 2011 – photo Russ Imrie

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Egypt’s telecom cranks out a sweet valentine for free speech and shared crap

Telecom authority appeals YouTube ban | Egypt Independent.

From a post at the Egypt Independent February 14, 2013

Russ Imrie

Egypt’s banning (for 30 days) of YouTube’s hosted video trailer for The Innocence of Muslims” is being baffled by simple technological fact. 

Internet technology experts recently told Egypt Independent that enforcing the ban would be costly and difficult.

Egypt doesn’t need “costly and difficult”, and c’mon, wiping the entire connected Egyptian population’s caches and connections is basically impossible, even for the wannabe al-powerful dogmacrats of the Brotherhood.

Egypt’s National Telecom Regulatory Authority (NTRA), that would be tasked with immediately achieving the impossible, is said to be appealing the ban. 

The Guardian also has more details on the players and issues at play, including names.

distant US Capitol dome

U.S. Capitol SOTU eve, 2011 – photo Russ Imrie

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