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Palaver

By | January 4th 2012 at 00:00:00 GMT +0300

Can Abdullah Naker, the commander of Tripoli’s Revolutionist Council get himself a life. He is one militia leader who seems to have missed the point in the Libyan revolution. He actually threatened to close the Egyptian embassy and shut the border if Egypt’s rulers fail to gag a state TV station that has broadcast footage of Muammar Gaddafi’s old speeches. Mr Naker, this is just the kind of openness and tolerance for other people’s views that you took up arms for. Inclusion. Not exclusion!

What motivates Iran’s braggadocchio? Just days after reassuring the West that the Strait of Hormuz will remain open, and refusing to return a downed US spy drone, they go and announce a nuclear fuel breakthrough and brag about test-firing a new radar-evading medium-range missile. As it is, all the sabre rattling has been about Iran’s nuclear programme. Western nations are already mulling sanctions on Iran’s oil exports and wish to shut down the programme. How about Iran going about its business in silence, just like North Korea? There are just too many idle US soldiers who just left I-Raq.

The Standard Group remains, the official re-elect-Obama media house. That is why an online rag called The Daily Beast just sent Palaver into a rage. On Tuesday, the Republicans congregated in Iowa to decide which of their mice will bell the cat in the Oval office. But instead of going out and campaigning. The Beast writes: "America is not headed to hell in a handbasket. We are already there. Our Kenyan-born, socialist, anti-colonialist, white-hating, teleprompter-reading president is delivering us there according, undoubtedly, to Satan’s plan." Just what is so infuriating about being Kenyan? Palaver is extending to the editor (Eric Alterman ) who wrote this to visit Kenya at my cost. Great country. Great people too, thank you!

And finally...

When Mr ‘Sonko’ is not trying to bridge the Great Handshake Divide, pummelling steel doors with bare hands, doing a backstroke on tarmack or regaling us of fellow MPs’ chair manners, he was heard screaming in a new soprano note after some cops squeezed really hard. But give it to the man. He is generous to a fault, if families that received food and/or cash for their Xmas have any say in the matter.

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