A German song that is riding high on the country’s charts has ruffled diplomatic feathers as a result of its mixing of geographic and scatological issues. But the singer of “Finger in the Butt, Mexico” is unrepentant.
The demographic catastrophe presently decimating American Jewry is not in dispute. Without numbing you with statistics, the basic facts are absolutely clear and chilling. The 6 million Jews in America will probably number no more than a couple of million by midcentury. This would make the Jewish percentage of the American population about the same as it was during the Civil War. After the Civil War, the Jews in America tripled as a result of European Jewish immigration in the first two decades of the 20th century. Today is different. There is no place in the world where 4 million Jews are waiting, ready to come to America and inflate its sagging Jewish population.
The cause of the pending extinction of American Jews makes our plight even more tragic. The Holocaust took one out of every three Jews on earth by genocide. The Jews of America face the same loss today as the result of acceptance, admiration and love. America is loving her Jews to death.
Hugo Chavez has long vowed to turn Venezuela into a laboratory for â€œ21st century socialism.â€ But if the latest bully-boy tactics of the Chavez government are any guide, the better name for his platform might be 21st century National Socialism.
Most telling in this regard are the ruling regimeâ€™s rapidly deteriorating relations with Venezuelaâ€™s Jewish community. As reported recently in the Jewish Forward, it was only last month that a goon squad of government police swarmed down on the Hebraica Jewish community center in the capital of Caracas. Officially, the police had been searching for signs of â€œsubversive activity,â€ the termâ€™s definition having been expanded under Chavezâ€™s ten-year reign to include any and all dissent from the governmentâ€™s growingly authoritarian line. In the event, they found none, leading Venezuelan Jewish leaders to protest, compellingly, that the raid was little more than an act of state-backed intimidation and harassment aimed at the Jewish community.
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Same As the Old Boss?
Flag-waving, chest beating, anthem singing and myth excavating is underway in Russia. It is all part of Vladimir Putin’s nation building project. Dmitry Medvedev, almost certain to be the next Russian president, will inherit the project from Putin. And as in many other policy areas, Medvedev will favour continuity.
It may be understood that Russia uses its nuclear arms to defend itself. However, Russia has not a declared alliance since WARSAW pact was dissolved in the nineties of the last century. Which countries were the Chief of the Staff talking about?
It is clear that Russia extended its nuclear umbrella to cover Iran, Syria, and Serbia with its only known ally Byelorussia. This will change many things in the world and will force the US and the West to devise containment policies to deal with the new situation. The year 2008 will be different from the previous twenty years and the new American President has to be fairer or his country would pay a dear.
Notice that Russia’s protection extends to Syria. What will happen if Israel destroys Syria with nuclear weapons? Russia has just informed us that if this happens then Russia will use nuclear weapons on the appropriate party or parties – America and Israel.
Russia: Could Use Nuclear Weapons
The Associated Press – Jan 19, 2008
MOSCOW (AP) Russia’s military chief of staff said Saturday that Moscow could use nuclear weapons in preventive strikes to protect itself and its allies, …
Russia may use nuclear weapons if necessary: army chief
Hindustan Times, India – Jan 19, 2008
Russia would use the armed forces including nuclear weapons to protect the country and its allies, the Russian Armed Forces’ Chief of the General Staff Yuri …
Editor’s note: This article, the first in a series about President Vladimir Putin’s legacy, examines his creation of the power vertical.
Kremlin spin doctor Gleb Pavlovsky compared the emerging “power vertical” to a phallic symbol in October 2003, saying in a speech that no one should expect it to grow too big.
President Vladimir Putin was the main motor behind this consolidation of Kremlin power, often at the expense of state and public institutions. And as he prepares to leave office this spring, the power vertical has clearly proven to be workable, especially in sensitive endeavors such as wholesale political reforms.
With the power vertical, Putin has accomplished the Herculean task of restoring the state’s ability to act, but the whole state machinery has been modeled to serve the Kremlin rather than to develop the country, politicians and political analysts said.
The Chinese Navy is using Australian technology to upgrade its warships, a move which experts warn may be detrimental to Australia’s national security.
Through a joint venture company based in China, an Australian business, AMD, has sold designs for the hull and propulsion system of high-speed catamarans to the Peoples’ Liberation forces.
The Chinese military has built vessels based on those designs and then armed them with weapons systems including anti-shipping missiles.
How America’s own intelligence services have brought international policy on Iran to the edge of collapse.
IF YOU are locked eyeball to eyeball with an adversary as wily as Iran, it does not make much sense to do something that emboldens your opponent and sows defeatism among your friends. But that, it is now clear, is precisely what America’s spies achieved when they said in December that, contrary to their own previous assessments, Iran stopped its secret nuclear-weapons programme in 2003.
Iran’s jubilant president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, immediately called the American National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) a â€œgreat victoryâ€ for his country. Subsequent events suggest that he was right. Western diplomats are despondent and international efforts to get Iran to stop enriching uranium and working on plutonium have been thrown into confusion.
The Defense Department is modernizing and transforming itself into a force designed to dominate all challengers in any future battle. At the heart of this transformation is the concept of network-centric warfare, which seeks to exploit technology and link dispersed war-fighting platforms, soldiers and a vast array of intelligence assets and sensors, with various means of attack. Although some components of the Defense Departmentâ€™s efforts are outstanding and promise significant advantage to future American forces, other elements are so far off the mark that if remedial actions are not taken, American forces could suffer a significant battlefield defeat in a future war.
The U.S. military isn’t ready for a catastrophic attack on the country, and National Guard forces don’t have the equipment or training they need for the job, according to a report.
The commission’s 400-page report concludes that the nation “does not have sufficient trained, ready forces available” to respond to a chemical, biological or nuclear weapons incident, “an appalling gap that places the nation and its citizens at greater risk.”