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9001. jexster - 6/9/2008 3:23:17 PM

Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (R) meets with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki in Tehran. The presence of US forces in Iraq is the country's main problem, Khamenei has told Malik

9002. jexster - 6/9/2008 6:02:55 PM

Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki of Iraq is on a state visit to Iran (which began on Saturday evening), his third since he assumed office in 2005. He was, as is customary for Muslim heads of state (and prime ministers), granted an audience with Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. The photographs below show Maliki with President Ahmadinejad and in his subsequent meeting with the Supreme Leader.

What is of note is the absence of a tie around his neck, a tie that he normally wears daily, in that second meeting. His not wearing one is both a sign of respect for the leader of a regime that believes ties are a symbol of western influence and decadence (or "westoxification", in the revolutionary lexicon), but perhaps, more importantly, a sign that he really didn't want to piss off the Supreme Leader of Iran.

Now, any questions on Iran's influence in Iraq?

9003. jexster - 6/9/2008 6:04:42 PM

Good Ole Ruhollah lookin down from Heaven

9004. jexster - 6/9/2008 6:06:44 PM

No doubt receiving instructions for Iran's sockpuppets on the Potomac!

9005. jexster - 6/9/2008 6:16:15 PM

This should come as no surprise

Surrender Monkeys Prepare for the Coming of the Caliphate:

A poll in late May of five major countries -- Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Russia -- showed Sen. Obama getting 52% support, compared with 15% for Sen. McCain. In France, 65% favor Sen. Obama, compared with 8% for Sen. McCain, according to the poll for the United Kingdom's Daily Telegraph newspaper. Another poll published online Saturday in Belgium's Le Soir newspaper showed Belgians prefer Sen. Obama over Sen. McCain 74% to 12%.

9006. jexster - 6/10/2008 12:51:14 AM

Ayatollah's Sockpuppet Surrenders

Damn. Kahmeni only delivered the orders yesterday.

Fast work

The Bush administration is conceding for the first time that the United States may not finish a complex security agreement with Iraq before President Bush leaves office.

Faced with stiff Iraqi opposition, it is "very possible" the U.S. may have to extend an existing U.N. mandate, said a senior administration official close to the talks. That would mean major decisions about how U.S. forces operate in Iraq could be left to the next president, including how much authority the U.S. must give Iraqis over military operations and how quickly the handover takes place.

The official said the goal is still to have an agreement by year's end. And the U.S. ambassador to Iraq, Ryan Crocker, said he feels no pressure from the U.S. political calendar, and that Dec. 31 is "a clear deadline."

9007. jexster - 6/10/2008 2:20:03 AM

Darling of the Cheese Eaters: Obama Holds Mirror Up to the French
(Financial Times)

9008. jexster - 6/11/2008 12:14:13 AM

"We can't win, can't lose and can't leave," said a former CIA official with experience in the region, who requested anonymity. "We're stuck. It will be too unthinkably humiliating if we leave."

Guess again

Try Afghanistan

9009. jexster - 6/11/2008 4:45:06 PM

Bush Bombs Pakistan: 11 Pakistani Soldiers Killed

9010. jexster - 6/11/2008 5:26:03 PM

Death to Macacans

9011. jexster - 6/11/2008 7:53:33 PM

Pakistan: George McBush is a cowardly low life pile of elephant dung

9012. wonkers2 - 6/11/2008 8:49:02 PM

Madeline Albright in a NYT op-ed today says the concept of national sovereignty is making a comeback!

9013. jexster - 6/12/2008 12:41:02 AM

Xena Warrior Princess? Hillary's chief FP adviser? That one?

Guess she's polishin the ole resume

9014. jexster - 6/12/2008 12:41:47 AM

I just want to kill macaca people

They called George Bush a coward today

9015. jexster - 6/12/2008 9:58:17 PM

Same old surrender monkeys...

French Fried Appeasement - Sarko Invites Assad to Bastille Day

9016. jexster - 6/13/2008 2:05:27 AM

President of the Planet

Foreign nations overwhelmingly prefer Obama, survey finds

9017. jexster - 6/14/2008 8:21:42 PM

And McBush says they hate our values!

A regular fucking Hollywood Blvd, cept the heroin is cheaper

and the ho's too!

Sex trade thrives in Afghanistan

The girl was 11 when she was molested by a man with no legs.

The man paid her $5. And that was how she started selling sex.

Afghanistan is one of the world's most conservative countries, yet its sex trade appears to be thriving. Sex is sold most obviously at brothels full of women from China who serve both Afghans and foreigners. Far more controversial are Afghan prostitutes, who stay underground in a society that pretends they don't exist.

Customs meant to keep women "pure" have not stopped prostitution. Girls are expected to remain virgins until their wedding nights, so some prostitutes have only anal sex.

9018. jexster - 6/15/2008 6:01:02 PM

McBushWar Pakistan....

A Sober Assessment of Afghanistan

Outgoing U.S. Commander Cites 50% Spike in Attacks in East

9019. jexster - 6/15/2008 7:58:02 PM

La révolution Obama

D'ores et déjà, Barack Obama a gagné son pari. En quelques mois, il a révolutionné la politique américaine. Porteur d'un message d'espoir, il s'est placé au dessus des lignes partisanes et a réussi à entrainer derrière lui des centaines de milliers d'Américains.

9020. jexster - 6/16/2008 6:57:49 PM

6 wars, 11 defeats...

US is uneasy as Pakistan bargains with militants

American and NATO officials fear that truce negotiations in tribal areas will result in more violence in Afghanistan.

The Idiot of the US said the other day that they should have one of them jirgas

There having beaucoup jirgas

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