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This is a picture of my Grandfather, who was a police officer in Beirut Lebanon. This was taken just 3 months before he was shot outside of a casino on the job.

This is a picture of my Grandfather, who was a police officer in Beirut Lebanon. This was taken just 3 months before he was shot outside of a casino on the job. submitted by Mailboxjackson23 to pics [link] [comments]

Fact Checking Claims about Hezbollah's relationship with the Ammonium Nitrate.

Claim: Hezbollah uses the Beirut port to smuggle/store weapons
Rating: False
- According to a US diplomatic cable acquired by the New York Times “Hezbollah is known to be careful with its weapons caches and explosive material, diplomats said. If they were using the ammonium nitrate at the port for their own purposes, it would be unusual for them to store it so carelessly. Diplomats in Beirut and former Pentagon and U.S. intelligence officials said that while Hezbollah had a firm grip on Lebanon and controlled the airport and many of the border crossings to Syria, it was thought to use land routes for smuggling in arms and not the Beirut port.” (emphasis added) source
- According to Independent Middle East correspondent Robert Fisk who lived and reported in Beirut since 1989, “Hezbollah does indeed control parts of Beirut airport next to the southern suburbs, which it rules. . . Here’s a little home truth from a Beirut shipping agent whom I’ve known for several decades. “Every Lebanese party has its people in the port – Sunnis, Shia, Christians, the lot. . .” With every major party – their intelligence sought by every major foreign power – operating in the port, would Hezbollah really store explosives, munitions, bombs, even missiles in the harbour? In a Hollywood movie, of course. But in real life? No, their weapons come across the Syrian-Lebanese frontier to the east. During the civil war, the Christian Phalange in east Beirut controlled the entire ‘5th Basin’ (so it was called) in the port. But did they import weapons and ammunition into Beirut through the harbour? Of course not. (They shipped them in industrial crates into their port of Jounieh to the north, but that’s another story). Beirut’s port was not a weapons dump. It was a roulette wheel for everyone. And the casino, its dice loaded by every faction in Lebanon, spectacularly blew up last week.” source
- In accordance with UN Security Council Resolution 1701 there 1,700 German surveillance ships around the port which means Hezbollah can’t use it to get weapons even if they want to.
- The FBI investigation so far concluded that there were no Hezbollah weapons stored in the port. source
Claim: A Wikileaks document proves Hezbollah owned the ammonium nitrate
Rating: False
- See this twitter thread.
- The document states the Hezbollah is seeking for “military grade explosives” while from analyzing the footage of the explosion, Dr. Rachel Lance, an explosives expert concluded “that ammonium nitrate was present and that it was not military grade.” So if anything, the document proves Hezbollah did not own the ammonium nitrate that were stored in the port. source1 source2
Claim: Hezbollah uses ammonium nitrate in Cyprus, Germany, Thailand, UK… etc
Rating: False
- See this detailed article from The Grayzone by American historian and investigative journalist Gareth Porter regarding these claims.
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MAXR - Stonks Only Go Up

I will skip the part of the DD where OP calls you a bunch of names and tells you to listen up.
$MAXR is a relatively recent product of some space related M&A activity. MDA (they made Canadarm for the Space Shuttle) bought DigitalGlobe (they take pictures of the earth and sell them to government, google, newspapers, etc) and it's subsidiaries and then rebranded itself as 'MAXAR Technologies'. Ironically, they just sold MDA to private equity for ~$750 mil and paid down some debt with it. They fully acquired a company they helped start in a joint venture with SAAB that creates a ton of useful information about the planet.
Their main business model is they make satellites and sell information produced from data that those satellites collect to all sorts of entities.
They just had a great earnings and are executing their plan to reduce debt. There is a S 3 E K I N G 4 L P H A article from '19 titled ".. connecting the dots..." that is a decent read on MAXAR.
You'll notice stock price went to shit in '18 and '19. They had a lot of debt and they had their newest big bet satellite fail and it was thought that they would go brankrupt. They've righted the ship, pivoted to building LEO constellations and the next catalyst for share price will be any updates on WorldView Legion constellation.
Why you should jump in (not in any order):
1) Space is now meme status. Space is the future. $MAXR is 100% space exposed. They aren't a diversified manufacturer of stuff like Boeing, NG or Raytheon. 2) "Information is the new currency" and these guys have and can get a ton of information about anywhere on the surface of the earth very quickly. They will be improving their information collection abilities in 2021 when they launch their new satellite constellation. 3) They have competitors but their competitors offerings aren't as great as theirs. 4) Float is 1.5% held by insiders. 94% held by institutions. That leaves just a few shares for us retail Robinhood traders to play with. It is a wild ride as institutions acquire and dump shares. 15% of the float is short (that was pre earnings). 5) Investor's concerns about debt are easing. 6) A very significant amount of their revenue comes from government / military. I believe that military spending will never decrease save for a radical change in government. China is escalating its military operations and non-China governments will all want information about what they are doing. This is just one example of more and more demand for precise almost real time information that MAXAR can deliver. US Gov't focused on GIS (new NGA facility) and that'll only increase demand for their products. 7) Any time something happens in the world, people will want satellite imagery of it whether that is for news articles or research or whatever. Most recently: 8) Stonks only go up.
Yes this post is kind of pumpy and dumpy.
Positions: 800 shares (I am tired of losing money on options). 1/15/21 $25Cs are a decent play. You can also trade on momentum swings as it swings hard.
I am an idiot with a smooth brain and this is not financial advice. Sir, this is casino. In before dadbot says "Hi, an idiot with a smooth brain... I'm dad."
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Anti-corruption Compilation part 6

This is a compilation of all the posts by user ar_david_hh who summarises anti-Corruption news of the day along with other interesting news in one comment. It is linked from the sidebar->Interesting Threads->Anti-corruption. The list is ordered by date, newest first. Date format: D/M/YYYY. All credit goes to the sub's hero ar_david_hh
Previous compilation threads: Part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5
Azerbaijan attacked Artsakh on 27 September 2020, making the war to be the main topic, the updates since this date are to be found in the daily Megathreads pinned at the top of the sub for now.

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Supporting Our Community During Our School Closure

Supporting Our Community During Our School Closure
I teach Culinary Arts at a "hard to place" Title 1 school in rural Nevada. This is my 30th year in education and my 13th as the chef instructor of a Culinary Arts program. Prior to retraining as a chef and working for a few years in the food service industry, I was an elementary teacher for 17 years. During my elementary career I spent 9 years at inner-city,r rural, and suburban public schools in Texas. I also spent 8 years at international American schools in Saudi Arabia and Lebanon.
To paraphrase the commercial for Farmers' Insurance, "I know a thing or two (about disasters) because I've seen a thing or two."
As a child with a father in U.S. government service, I was in San Salvador, El Salvador between revolutions. I was in this Central American country when Hurricane FiFi drove torrential rainstorms across the country. Since the capitol is built on the plateau of an extinct volcano, the poor lived in shantytowns on the surrounding slopes.
When the rainstorms hit and the slopes turned into mud, entire communities slid down the hillsides to be buried in debris. First responders and Red Cross volunteers used the street in front of my home as a makeshift morgue. Mud covered bodies were laid in rows while family members wandered from one body to the next to use rags to scrape mud off the faces to see who had died. From time to time I could hear a heart rending wails which still echo in my memories.
As an elementary teacher I was in Saudi Arabia during the First Gulf War when the Iraqis who had invaded Kuwait were slamming scud missiles into my community, Dhahran. When the civil defense sirens went off, my third graders ducked and covered under their desks. In violation of Aramco corporate policy, instead of crawling under my desk I would wander around the classroom (staying away from windows for fear of shrapnel damage from a near miss) while reading John Erickson's Hank the Cowdog.
I was also in Beirut, Lebanon when the Israeli Air Force bombed the city in retaliation for the governments alleged failure to control Hezbollah (Party of God) who had launched attacks against Israeli forces in what was then occupied South Lebanon. I spent the night under the heavy desk of my faculty apartment. From above the window sill, I could see tracer fire from a Syrian anti-aircraft gun that was just one block away, rising into the sky. When the international airport reopened a week later, I self-evacuated and returned stateside.
Back in the states I spent a couple of years as a volunteer firefighter. I served as an assistant nozzleman i.e. the guy who stands behind the person with the hose to help brace him (or her) against the water pressure from the nozzle. As a fire fighter, I followed my crew into burning buildings while civilians ran out.
When the coronavirus forced the Nevada state governor to shut down all public, private, and post secondary schools in the Silver State, my principal asked the faculty to write reassuring emails to students and parents.
In happier times, I used to email culinary newsletters on the first of each month. The newsletter always included pictures of student work products along with an overview of what each class had done along with the occasional recipe. Pictured below is a Brazilian gainhada (their version of chicken and rice) that my Culinary III students produced last week.
Here is a picture of braided garlic bread rolls that were served with a Marinara dipping sauce as part of our Culinary II study of appetizers.
Since I'm autistic, I do not do warm and fuzzy. I do not form relationships though several of my colleagues have insisted that I do. Given my background instead of writing a reassuring letter, I put together a "special edition" of my culinary newsletter. Since I knew that a lot of our parents had been laid off as restaurants closed and conference events were cancelled, I wrote instead about why our governor had shut our schools. I included links to current information from the Center for Disease control (CDC). I included a description of local resources.
  • Our school lunch program continues to function but people have to pick up these meals from the back door of our school between 9 AM and 12 PM.
  • Clark County Social Services has a program that will pay up to $400 to defray rent.
  • I included the names and contact information for a local food bank as well as two churches that were providing food for anyone in need.
Since I knew that dried lentils and pinto beans were the least utilized items available through the local food bank, I included recipes for cooking these products to produce such dishes as lentil soup, mujadara (Lebanese rice and lentil pilaf), cowboy beans, vegan chili, and bean burritos.
Out of respect for my building admin, I submitted a draft for this four page newsletter to the principal. She liked it so much that instead of my just sending it out to my culinary students, she sent it out to all area parents for our high school, middle school, and elementary schools.
Since I have a YouTube video channel in support of my culinary program, I have previously made a film for the production of a depression era food, Sloppy Joes (which my Culinary I students produced last December). I am now thinking of producing how-to demonstration films for making low cost foods.
Sadly things will get worst before they get better. The governor recently closed all non-essential businesses for 30 days. The casino resorts were already operating at reduced levels and had laid off hundreds if not thousands of employees. With so many people now out of work, a lot of parents are scrambling to figure out how to keep a roof over their head and food on the table.
I did my best to address at least some of these concerns in my newsletter. I wish I could have done more.
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Syrian war: the most urban combat since WWII?

Am I wrong to think that the war in Syria has seen the most urban warfare since 1945?
WWII, of course, set the benchmark for urban war with grueling mass-casualty battles in Beijing, Stalingrad, Warsaw, Monte Casino, Budapest, Breslau, Koningsberg, Berlin, Manila, etc. Even though most were relatively short - a few weeks or months, at most - nothing has come close since in terms of scale.
Wars since then have usually had one or two major urban battles (Hue in Vietnam, Beirut in Lebanon, Grozny in Chechnya, Sarajevo in Bosnia, Fallujah/Mosul in Iraq).
But in Syria we've had Aleppo, Damascus, Homs, Raqqa, Deir Ezzor, Dariya, Manbij, Kobani - and some of those battles dragged on at an intense clip for years on end.
What has made this war so horrible in that respect?
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CMV: I support the Syrian Government

In the Syrian Civil War, I support the Assad Government. I guess I should premise by saying that I love the West (where I live), I support the war in Iraq and Afghanistan and I have no serious qualms with Israel (I did another change my view about this) but when it comes to Syria, I support the Syrian Government and I look forward to their victory.
Firstly, I know that the government will ensure the rights and well being of minorities in Syria. Druze, christians, alawites, assyrians, Kurds, Shia, Turkmen, atheists will sleep peacefully in Government controlled areas. It’s not Assad they fear, but the Sunni Islamist rebels. All minorities are represented in the armed forces, and it was a Druze who held the post of Major General of the Republican Guard until his death last month. Whilst hardly a minority, women in Syria enjoy same freedoms as men as far as I’m aware.
It is also my belief that the Syrian Government has popular support. That sounds outrageous, but throughout the entire war the Syrian Government has maintained control of >70% of the population, and only completely losing control of 2/13 provincial capitals. In 2014 there were the presidential elections and the 2012 parliamentary elections. The 2014 ones had Assad against a rival candid, which Assad won. Whilst condemned by the EU and The Gulf Cooperation council, “an international delegation from more than 30 countries .[23] [24] [25] issued a statement claiming the election was "free, fair and transparent””. Voter turnout was incredibly high abroad;
“ In Beirut, Lebanon, which hosts some 1.1 million Syrian refugees, the roads were paralysed because of the huge number of Syrian refugees and Syrian expatriates already living in Lebanon that wanted to vote at the embassy. The following ten countries did not allow expatriate voting to be held in the Syrian diplomatic missions. In order to allow voters to participate in the elections following the ban, the Syrian government encouraged Syrian expatriates to fly back to their home country and cast their votes”
After the war, there will likely be free, UN supervised elections. Assuming Bashar al-Assad stands, he will win it.
The Syrian Government has pretty much abided by every ceasefire, and gone along with all the peace talks which have largely failed any because the rebel representatives have Assad leaving as a precondition to any deal. They’ve allowed rebels to surrender, they’ve given amnesties, evacuated fighters to other rebel territory with their weapons and families, and been able to negotiate or at the very least cooperate with Turkey, Russia, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Jordan, and expressed good feelings towards the Trump presidency because it could have sparked some sort of talks between the US and Syria. The problem is not that the Syrian Government is opposed to any opposition and refuses to negotiate; its that the armed opposition refuses to compromise or even engage in talks at Geneva.
The Syrian Government is the largest opponent to terrorism and Islamic State in Syria. They have captured the largest area, and the largest population from Islamic State this year, as well as liberating al-Qaida held Aleppo about this time last year. They, and the Iraqi Government, are responsible for the demise of IS. Yes, the Kurdish backed fighters liberated Raqqa (which people like to say is the IS “capital”, although I don’t think they ever made that claim themselves), but this took them about 4 months as well as a lot of countryside, but that's all she wrote. Syrian Government liberated a city the same size as Raqqa in about a week, and you didn’t see that on all.
They also fight the rebels, who are virtually entirely Islamist/Jihadist. The name players, HTS (al-qaida), Ahrar al Sham, Jaish al-Islam are rather awful and theocratic and barely have any moral high ground on Islamic State. The moderate opposition and the Free Syrian Army are myths post 2012; with their fighters defeated by, but mostly defecting to, IS and other Islamist groups. The Syrian Government fights these guys.
This is an important point. I think Westerners have been mis-sold this war. I think we were led to believe this was some popular uprising and everyone in the country wanted Assad gone. But for every protest against the Government, there were counter protests. The Government made many, many concessions to the protesters I will list: 1. The Drafting of a new constitution, where a referendum was held on its implementation 2. Repealing of the State of Emergency 3. Release of political prisoners, and release of individuals arrested for protesting 4. Dismissing of the cabinet and its almost entire reappointment 5. Parliamentary elections planned for 2012 and presidential 2 years after that 6. fourteen-year cumulative term limit for the president 7. Relaxation of face-veil bans 8. Banned the countries casinos 9. Granted citizenship to thousands of unsettled Kurds 10. Shorted length of conscription
I think we were also led to believe that the rebels were peaceful, freedom fighting, democracy loving students wanting some liberties. Of course it was this early on. But it wasn’t long before public buildings and headquarters were being burned by demonstrators. There were riots, there were kidnappings of police, killing of soldiers. Police stations were taken over and weapons taken. By the end of May 2011, 150 soldiers had been killed. “During the first six months of the uprising, the inhabitants of Syria's two largest cities, Damascus and Aleppo, remained largely uninvolved in the anti-government protests.[63] The two cities' central squares have seen organised rallies of hundreds of thousands in support of president Assad and his government.[64]” The people didn’t want this war. Now, the best chance of peace and the defeat of terrorism lies with the Syrian Government
Cock ups of West: - Immediately condemning the Syrian Government before the nature of the revolt was clear - Leaders insisting President Assad stand down, and then losing elections themselves, leaving diplomatic mess to clear up and no cooperation with the Syrian Government in fighting terror for their predecessor (also known as the Assad Curse) - Funding rebel groups whilst either ignorant or indifferent about or to their intentions and motives - Giving money and arms to rebels which were later defeated by, although mainly defecting, Al Qaida and ISIS
These cock ups push me more towards the Syrian, Russian and Iranian axis. Whilst Iran is an abysmal country (in terms of leadership), these countries have undoubtably brought the most peace to Syria and have been the ones fighting terrorism.
I also think it's noting that the Syrian Government is going to win this war. A swift victory by them will mean an end to the war and the end of unnecessary death and destruction
I am very willing to change my mind and happy to discuss any of the above points and provides sources and stuff. Please change my view :)
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