2 August 2014   Leave a comment

More information is being brought to bear on the question of which side broke the 72-hour cease-fire proposed by the UN and the US.  The accepted view is that Hamas broke the cease-fire in a tunnel-searching activity that resulted in the killing of two (and, more likely, three) Israeli soldiers.  Virtually all the information about the event came from the Israeli military.  There are some interesting questions about that narrative.   Unfortunately, it is highly unlikely that we will ever know the actual facts behind the event.

The same problem affects our understanding of the shoot-down of the Malaysian airliner in Ukraine.  All the information we have access to is provided by the US, and it is difficult to get any consistent information from the Russian-speaking separatists about how and why the plane was shot down.   Again, however, there are some questions that remain unresolved at this point.

In contrast to the usual disinformation that pervades world politics, US President Obama openly admitted what many of us have suspected for a long time:  that the US tortured individuals in the so-called “war on terror” in the aftermath of the attacks of 11 September 2001.  Obama’s admission was hardly voluntary–the US Senate is scheduled to release the results of its investigations on US interrogation techniques.  We still do not know how much of that report will be edited for public consumption, but the report apparently does not mince words when talking about the abhorrent tactics used during the Administration of President George W. Bush.

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Posted August 3, 2014 by vferraro1971 in World Politics

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