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August 11, 2014

Open Thread 2014-17

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Posted by b on August 11, 2014 at 19:02 UTC | Permalink

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....Israel secured supplies of ammunition from the Pentagon last month without the approval of the White House or the State Department, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday...

http://m.economictimes.com/news/international/world-news/white-house-in-the-dark-over-arms-supplies-to-israel-report/articleshow/40263006.cms

Posted by: really | Aug 14 2014 16:48 utc | 201

Here is what Israel, Hamas, US and Egypt are negotiating about in Cairo. This link is for those who have not seen this story.

http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/07/18/is-israels-operation-protective-edge-really-about-natural-gas/

Posted by: really | Aug 14 2014 17:04 utc | 202

Why, here's a great headline:

White House in the dark over arms supplies to Israel: report

Israel secured supplies of ammunition from the Pentagon last month without the approval of the White House or the State Department, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.

Since officials there were caught off guard as they tried to restrain Israel's campaign in Gaza, the administration of President Barack Obama has tightened controls on arms shipments to Israel, the newspaper said, quoting US and Israeli officials.

But the case illustrated that the White House and the State Department have little influence over the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the paper said, quoting officials from both countries.

Posted by: JSorrentine | Aug 14 2014 18:05 utc | 203

http://www.zawya.com/mobile/default.cfm/sidTR20140814nL2N0QJ2Y9X2/actstory

Arab Bank called Hamas 'paymaster' as trial opens in New York

Posted by: really | Aug 16 2014 3:02 utc | 204

This is a great idea. I will have to inform some friends of mine that organize events like this all the time, I think they would be really interested in this.
https://www.bid2win.co.in

Posted by: Kashyap Asavadiya | Aug 31 2014 10:04 utc | 205

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