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Posted: Sat, 08/16/2014 - 09:41 | Posted by: Douglas Bloomfield | Political Insider

Turkey took another step away from democracy and closer to becoming an extremist Islamist state and patron of terrorists this week when Recep Tayyip Erdogan became the country's first elected president.

He has said he wants to build a "new Turkey" that will respect the diverse views of his nation, but he is the one most responsible for the deep divisions that plague it and damaging its international standing. 

Posted: Sat, 08/09/2014 - 11:30 | Posted by: Douglas Bloomfield | Political Insider

Hamas said it won the war and forced Israel to retreat because it couldn't wipe out Hamas. 

It agree to a three-day ceasefire that was supposed to end this installment of the on-going Israel-Gaza wars but when Israel refused to surrender to its demands, the terrorist group let the pause expire and resumed firing rockets and mortars into Israel.  Naturally, the renewed violence was all Israel's fault, a Hamas spokesman said, because the Zionists wouldn't meet Hamas's conditions.  

Posted: Fri, 08/08/2014 - 00:44 | Posted by: Douglas Bloomfield | Political Insider

As Israeli, Palestinian and Egyptian negotiators in Cairo try to come up with a long-term truce, all know that they are just buying time until the next Gaza war.

This latest round left a very high body count and a lot of unanswered questions. 

Posted: Fri, 08/01/2014 - 20:31 | Posted by: Douglas Bloomfield | Political Insider

Jose Diaz-Balart this morning on his daily MSNBC show came up with one of the dumbest questions ever asked on cable television. 

Interviewing one of his network's reporters in Gaza about the breakdown of the Israel-Hamas ceasefire, the capture of an IDF soldier and the ongoing artillery and rocket exchanges playing out in the background, Diaz-Balart wanted to know, "How do you describe the ambiance there?"

Posted: Fri, 08/01/2014 - 12:25 | Posted by: Douglas Bloomfield | Political Insider

Hamas has put out a video showing its ability to fire rockets from hidden underground launch pads to shooting on the run from the back of battered pick-up trucks or hidden among trees.  What they’re not boasting about in this video is firing from inside homes, hospitals, schools and other seemingly benign civilian buildings.