To no surprise New York Times reporter Jodi Rudoren has done it again, this time in her article about Israeli jets shooting down a Syrian fighter jet that had strayed across the border between Syria and the Golan Heights. I expected that she would bury in a late paragraph the fact that the Golan is considered Israeli-occupied Syrian territory. I was wrong. She didn’t bury it but omitted it entirely.
Throughout the article she repeatedly quotes Israeli military officials about the violation of Israeli “airspace,” “territory,” and “borders”:
The Israeli military said on Tuesday morning that it had shot down a Syrian fighter jet that had “infiltrated into Israeli airspace”
Syria demands immediate halt by Obama in supporting, financing, training the terrorist organizations, and to stop facilitating their flow into the Syrian territories.
“We must distinguish between the international efforts in the framework of the Security Council’s resolution No. 2170 to combat the [ Muslim Brotherhood's] terrorism of the ISIS, Jabahat al-Nusra and other al-Qaeda-linked terrorist organizations, and the hidden intentions of the US and its allies as the members of this alliance, are the same countries which have conspired against Syria for more than three years.” Prime Minister al-Moallem
We live in a world that is becoming increasingly unstable, and the potential for an event that could cause “sudden change” to the U.S. economy is greater than ever.
There are dozens of potentially massive threats that could easily push the U.S. economy over the edge during the next 12 months. A war in the Middle East, a financial collapse in Europe, a major derivatives crisis or a horrific natural disaster could all change our economic situation very rapidly.
The Kremlin is ready to ban state officials from owning foreign property or keeping money abroad, a move seen by one civil society group as the latest manifestation of “Western phobia” by the government.
Kommersant stated that strict controls on foreign assets were seen as necessary.
The BBC reported just minutes ago (it’s 10:00 PM est here) that the U.S. and other nations have begun conducting airstrikes inside Syrian territory against Islamic State targets. Here’s four quick reasons this matters and what it means: