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Syria signs Aleppo power plant contract with Iran | The Washington Post

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Sep 12, 2017 08:28 PM
"The Aleppo contract was awarded to the Iranian firm Mabna and is valued at around 130 million Euros ... Assad’s government awarded a concession to Iran to operate a new cellular network for Syria in January. Other concessions signed to Iran include thousands of hectares of land for farming and oil and gas terminals, and the operation of a phosphate mine in central Syria, according to Iran’s official IRNA news agency."

Hundreds of Isis defectors mass on Syrian border hoping to flee | The Guardian

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Sep 12, 2017 02:57 PM
"[L]arge numbers of militants and their families are now trying to leave the war-battered states altogether – posing significant challenges to a global intelligence community that, for the most part, views them as a hostile and unmanageable threat, and sees limited scope for their reintegration. ... French officials have said privately that they would rather that nationals who travelled to join Isis died on battlefields and have no plans to support those who now want to return. Other European states have expressed similar sentiments."

The normal user's guide to using Linux – Citizen's Press

by Graham H. Cox — last modified Sep 11, 2017 09:14 AM
The purpose of this document is to outline how I work in Linux, Mutt, Emacs, and i3 Window Manager. While there are lots of documents online about how coders set-up and tinker with Linux, there are not many for normal users who want to become more proficient in their computer use.

It's Been 100 Years and the Robots Still Haven't Taken Over | Literary Hub

by Graham H. Cox — last modified Sep 11, 2017 09:11 AM
> The 20th-century symbol of ambivalence toward technology was the robot, invented in its modern form by the Czech playwright Karel Čapek. The word “robot” comes from the Czech robota, meaning “forced labor,” a term that derives in turn from rab meaning “slave.” Initially this referred to programmed machines that released factory workers from repetitive toil but simultaneously threatened their livelihood, a comment on Henry Ford’s moving assembly line, introduced in 1913 for the mass production of automobiles.

Netanyahu, the self-proclaimed leader of the Jewish people, stays silent as his son flirts with anti-Semitic ideas | Ha'aretz

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Sep 10, 2017 11:01 AM
"After the neo-Nazi demonstration in Charlottesville last month, which ended with the death of a left-wing female protester, Netanyahu Jr. – “Hun,” as he calls himself on his Facebook page – published a post that actually equated the racists and anti-Semites with those demonstrating against them."

Could Punching Nazis Have Prevented Hitler From Taking Power? | Counter Punch

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Sep 08, 2017 11:10 PM
"Ever since Charlottesville, I have seen repeated references to how Nazism could have been stopped by street-fighting with almost no attention paid to the concrete socio-political conditions of Germany between 1920 and 1933, when Hitler took power. For many of those who think that physical force was the key to stopping Nazism, the viral video of Richard Spencer getting punched in the face was far more important as a guide to action than understanding the tragic history of the German left. ... In the final analysis, it was a perfect storm of reformism and ultraleft sectarianism that allowed Hitler to come to power, not an absence of street-fighting. Even when Hitler was close to coming to power, the two working class parties failed to unite their militias into a single fighting force. They were the proverbial deer caught in a headlight. ... If the left had prevailed in 1933, the world would have been spared WWII, the holocaust and likely the collapse of the USSR. Stalin would have been undermined because in the absence of a Nazi invasion, he would have had less of an ability to cultivate the reputation of a defender of the Motherland. We also would have been spared the invention of nuclear weapons that only became a reality after Einstein convinced Roosevelt that their development was necessary. ... The most urgent task today, as it was in the 1920s, is to create a left party that can speak in the name of working people and that will eventually be massive enough to take power. Hopefully, this will cost the lives of no more than those that were lost on the day the Bolsheviks took power in one of the most peaceful social revolutions in human history."
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