A blog on the current crises in the Middle East and news accounts unpublished by the US press. Daily timeline of events in Iraq as collected from stories and dispatches in the French and Italian media: Le Monde (Paris), Il Corriere della Sera (Milan), La Repubblica (Rome), L'Orient-Le Jour (Beirut) and occasionally from El Mundo (Madrid).
After declaring the United States to have fallen to al-Qaeda (see Abu Aardvark), our government is arresting diplomats on charges of terrorism. That's right, Venezuelan Foreign Minister Nicolas Maduro was held at JFK Airport on suspicion of terrorism. What act of terrorism?, you may ask. Participation in the 1992 coup attempt in Venezuela. After thinking it over, ChimpCo, through aptly named spokesman Gonzo Gallegos, let him go. Aw, mighty generous, diplomatic immunity means something to them...not like the Geneva Accords or our Constitution. [The spooks at JFK had the gall to say they did not notice "diplomat" stamped on the passport.]