With increasing annoyance, I exclaimed “Who would want their celestial virgins cleaning their clothes and doing their laundry? Is it their mothers they want in heaven, or vixens?” Clearly these women were not painted on these walls to lure the young men to the gates of paradise. Other paintings suggested a more plausible explanation: this partially bombed out building had probably been a guesthouse.

Fair, C. Christine.  “I Play Make-Believe With the Pakistani Military.”  Defense One, July 2, 2015.

In the above cited article, far more provocative paragraphs await!

The French government will continue to fund a militantly anti-Israel NGO, despite its involvement in last month’s flotilla to break the Israeli army’s blockade on Hamas-controlled Gaza, France’s Embassy in Israel as well as the French Foreign Ministry told Arutz Sheva.

As revealed by an Arutz Sheva investigation in June, one of the leading sponsors of the Freedom Flotilla III – the Platform of French NGOs for Palestine (Plateforme des ONG françaises pour la Palestine) – has received more than half a million euros in grants from the French government since 2010.

Soffer, Ari.  “French Gov’t Will Continue Funding Radical Gaza Flotilla, NGO.”  Israel National News, July 5, 2015.

Oy vey!

“They have high tech; they have drones; they have so many things,” said Jama. “We are really benefiting.”

McCormick, Ty.  “Exclusive: U.S. Operates Drones From Secret Bases in Somalia
Two decades after “Black Hawk Down,” U.S. special operations forces are back in East Africa’s most troubled nation. FP provides a rare window into their shadowy operations.”  Foreign Policy (blog), July 2, 2015.

Ukraine says it is not as reliant on Russian gas as it once was. Its representatives at the Vienna talks said it has imported no more than one-third of its gas from Gazprom so far this year because it has found less expensive gas from other countries in Europe.

That gas, in fact, was originally supplied to these nations by Russia, and the customers were reselling it to Ukraine. Moscow, however, says it is illegal for its customers to sell these “reverse supplies,” as they are called.

Tully, Andy.  “EU Pushes Russia and Ukraine to Resolve Gas Dispute.”  Oil Price, July 5, 2015.

Posted to YouTube 6/30/2015.

Related: Wiser, Daniel.  “Drone Captures Video of Russian Base Inside Ukraine.”  Washington Free Beacon, July 1, 2015.

There is this idea that the Greeks got themselves into this current mess because they paid themselves too much for doing too little. Well, maybe. But it’s not the complete picture. For the Greeks also got themselves into debt for the oldest reason in the book – one might even argue, for the very reason that public debt itself was first invented – to raise and support an army.

Fraser, Giles.  “Throughout history, debt and war have been constant partners.”  The Guardian, July 3, 2015.

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