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AKBfanJul. 18, 2014 - 03:43PM JST
This conflict has its roots in Great Power meddling in the Middle East earlier in the 20th Century. the rights and wrongs can be debated going back a century or more. To look at recent events and condemn Hamas or Israel is to ignore how we got here and the genuine grievances and/or fears on both sides.
If there is any lesson to be learnt it is that attempts by the Great Powers (today the US is pretty much the only one, though it has its NATO lapdogs) to impose a political dispensation on another country or countries is doomed to failure - as we are learning in Afghanistan and Iraq and many of the "Arab Spring" countries.....
Posted in: 20 killed as Israeli troops advance into Gaza
AKBfanJul. 18, 2014 - 03:37PM JST
There was once a theory (think it was Thomas Friedman, so guess it was a flawed one, but anyway) that 2 countries with a MacDonalds would never do to war. so possible downside of Makudo leaving Japan would be that China would then be free to declare war on us.
AKBfanJul. 18, 2014 - 01:53PM JST
Can't drive worse than some of the people who currently hold a licence.
Posted in: Really smart cars are ready to take the wheel
AKBfanJul. 18, 2014 - 01:52PM JST
Should have all of the monsters done. i like Megalon.
Posted in: Monster in the park
AKBfanJul. 18, 2014 - 11:41AM JST
But it didn't disappear, it was shot down. we know exactly where it is. what a lame story.
Posted in: Dutch passenger posted joke about plane disappearing as he boarded jet
AKBfanJul. 18, 2014 - 11:40AM JST
she can still make a living out of her gravure work. were these clothes any good?
Posted in: Former AKB48 singer Mariko Shinoda's fashion brand pulled from market
AKBfanJul. 18, 2014 - 11:37AM JST
don't know. i find peaches here very bland. Cherries nice but seem to be mostly imported.
Posted in: Why are summer fruits, such as peaches, plums, nectarines, cherries, etc, so expensive in Japan?
AKBfanJul. 18, 2014 - 11:36AM JST
too little incentive to have kids in Japan. Same trend as across most of the developed world.
Posted in: Population decline is caused by a decrease in the number of women in their 20s and 30s, and the outflow of young people to Tokyo. We need to implement measures to stem the low birthrates and over-concentration of people in Tokyo.
AKBfanJul. 02, 2014 - 10:07AM JST
Japan Today is never going to invade any of its neighbours. even giving them a hard time is unlikely - just too pacifist and soft. and the balance of power is dramtatically different these days.
Posted in: It makes it easier for competitors to paint Japan as a wolf in sheep's clothing. Just because Japan is strong does not mean that it will be aggressive.
AKBfanJul. 02, 2014 - 10:06AM JST
Posted in: What is your definition of a true sports superstar?
AKBfanJul. 02, 2014 - 10:05AM JST
Baghdadi, who has assumed the medieval title of caliph,
Says it all really.
Posted in: 'Caliph' incites Muslims worldwide to holy war
AKBfanJul. 02, 2014 - 10:04AM JST
No AKB? Girls Aloud? and what about Rolf Harris? He has had way more column inches than Beyonce recently. Plus the Beyonce/Jay Z crew is lame.
and where are Kimye?
Posted in: Beyonce, LeBron James most powerful celebrities: Forbes
AKBfanJul. 01, 2014 - 02:36PM JST
Maybe he should just disappear?
Posted in: New Zealand names Malaysian envoy in sexual assault case
AKBfanJul. 01, 2014 - 02:35PM JST
Point wa? Celebrating failure?
Posted in: Game plan
AKBfanJul. 01, 2014 - 01:02PM JST
Happens all over the world, not just Japan. The idea of a bracelet is nice (although a bit like a pet's collar) - sounds like a possible business opportunity......
Posted in: Imagine 10,000 people with dementia going missing and never being found
AKBfanJul. 01, 2014 - 12:20PM JST
It's not the lack of lightbulbs but the no aircon or fans. It's hot in here!!!
Posted in: Power-saving campaign begins for 3 months
AKBfanJul. 01, 2014 - 11:59AM JST
How about a free for all fist fight? Biting competition?
Seriously, i think extra time sessions until one team wins at full time. will put a premium on fitness......
Posted in: Is a penalty shootout the best way to determine the winner in the knockout stages of tournaments like the World Cup?
AKBfanJul. 01, 2014 - 11:54AM JST
allowance to a grown man is laughable.
Posted in: The message is that it's okay to raise allowances, but only by the amount of the sales-tax rise. It's clear that real income is falling.
AKBfanJul. 01, 2014 - 11:53AM JST
If they can bring this level of idiocy to such a mundane issue, imagine the level of political discourse in Ecuador......
Posted in: Uruguay president curses FIFA leaders over Suarez bite ban
AKBfanJul. 01, 2014 - 11:52AM JST
It seems that McD's continue to have a prace in the heart of the J public. Even if it is getting a wee bit smaller. Their food is pretty rubbish though.
Posted in: Battle of the burgers: McDonald's Japan
Jul. 24, 2014 - 01:22PM JST
Time will tell for all those who support this law. It will be a financial debacle…
Posted in: Obamacare: More than 10 million uninsured signed up
Jul. 24, 2014 - 01:21PM JST
I didn't lose any bitcoin but the smug attitude of Mark (sending tweets out like nothing…
Posted in: Angry Bitcoin investors demand answers at Tokyo creditors' meeting
Jul. 24, 2014 - 01:20PM JST
.500 ! .500 ! GO DRAGONS !
Posted in: Japanese baseball results
Jul. 24, 2014 - 01:18PM JST
It was stalking with death threats, though. Possibly with computer or cell phone evidence. In hindsight,…
Posted in: Man pleads guilty to killing ex-girlfriend after stalking her
Jul. 24, 2014 - 01:11PM JST
Only a fool would trust bitcoin.