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The Middle East, explained in one (sort of terrifying) chart By  Max Fisher ,  Published: August 26 at 12:42 pm E-mail the writer What could be simpler than the Middle East? A well-known Egyptian blogger who writes under the pseudonym The Big Pharaoh put together this chart laying out the region’s rivalries and alliances. He’s kindly granted me permission to post it, so that Americans might better understand the region. The joke is that it’s not a joke; this is actually pretty accurate. Spend a few minutes staring at this and you will either have a seizure or actually comprehend the Middle East. Egypt is represented by the “MB” (Muslim Brotherhood) and “Sisi” for military leader Gen. Abdel Fatah al-Sissi. (Courtesy The Big Pharaoh) There are rivals who share mutual enemies, allies who back opposite sides of the same conflict, conflicting interests and  very strange bedfellows . There are two categories of countries: the ones that meddle (the United States, Iran, Saudi

CIA helped Saddam gas Iran

  INVESTIGATION PRINT  |    TEXT SIZE        |   REPRINTS   |   SINGLE PAGE Exclusive: CIA Files Prove America Helped Saddam as He Gassed Iran The U.S. knew Hussein was launching some of the worst chemical attacks in history -- and still gave him a hand. BY SHANE HARRIS AND MATTHEW M. AID   |   AUGUST 26, 2013 The U.S. government may be  considering military action  in response to chemical strikes near Damascus. But a generation ago, America's military and intelligence communities knew about and did nothing to stop a series of nerve gas attacks far more devastating than anything Syria has seen, Foreign Policy  has learned. In 1988, during the waning days of Iraq's war with Iran, the United States learned through satellite imagery that Iran was about to gain a major strategic advantage by exploiting a hole in Iraqi defenses. U.S. intelligence officials conveyed the location of the Iranian troops to Iraq, fully aware that Hussein's military would at

35 de tinte in Siria

PASSPORT The Fallen Soldiers of Egypt's 'War on Terror' SYRIA U.N. Gets Green Light for Chemical Probe KILLER APPS U.S. Ships Cluster Bombs to Saudis Mapped: 35 Places In Syria Likely to Get Hit With a U.S. Cruise Missile Posted By  John Reed     Tuesday, August 27, 2013 - 9:22 AM      Share View  Syrian chemical sites and air bases  in a larger map It seems more and more likely that the United States will take some kind of military action against the regime of Syrian dictator Bashar al Assad. On Aug. 26, Secretary of State John Kerry  all but said  the regime of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad has used  chemical weapons to kill hundreds of civilians , a move the Obama administration says it will not tolerate. Kerry's words came days after the U.S. announced it is stationing four guided missile destroyers off the Syrian coast. The goal of the attacks is unclear. But one of the suggested aims is to stop the Assad government from using chemical weapons. If that's th

Hitler killed by Mercedes

Adolf Hitler Killed as a Boy by Speeding Mercedes in Film Students' Crazy Spec Ad  This is not how Daimler rolls   By  David Gianatasio August 26, 2013, 9:05 AM EDT If you were a car, and you could travel back in time and kill Hitler when he was a boy, would you do it? Well, if you were a Volkswagen, the answer would probably be no, since you'd be murdering your own father, and you'd probably cease to exist. A C-Class Mercedes-Benz, however, would suffer no such temporal paradox, and that's the vehicle of young Adolf's destruction in this well-made though extremely odd commercial parody, created as a thesis by some German film students. In the 80-second clip, the driverless car avoids various kids in Hitler's picturesque Austrian hometown but mows down young Adolf. The vehicle's Collision Prevention Assist technology, we're told, "detects dangers before they come up." The final image of the school-age never-to-be-Führer lying on the ground, lim

Profetii despre trecut

Israeli 'web prophet' maps the past to predict the future Dr. Kira Radinsky, 26, who started studying at the Technion at 15, wins recognition from MIT for pioneering software that finds historical patterns to point the way ahead By  DAVID SHAMAH   August 24, 2013, 9:01 am   Dr. Kira Radinsky (Photo credit: Courtesy) WRITERS David Shamah Follow or contact: RSS NEWSROOM Email Facebook Twitter RELATED TOPICS MIT TECHNOLOGY REVIEW MAGAZINE DR. KIRA RADINSKY TECHNION Prophecy may still be restricted to those qualified to appear in the Bible, but modern technology has given us the next best thing – the ability to make a very accurate educated guess about what may happen in the future. Work in that area is being led by Dr. Kira Radinsky, an Israeli web technology researcher, and for her accomplishments, Radinsky has been added to a prestigious list of top technology figures under 35 years of age, recently published by an official publication of MIT. Get The Times of Israel's Dai