About Safe Zones in Syria


1) Safe zones should be established with the full cooperation of Russia which will consent to the location, extension and administration of the area; 2) They should shelter only refugees. No armed groups (both opposition and pro-government) allowed. The safe zone must not be used as as a base to launch attacks against the enemy. 3) A multinational UN peacekeeping force will administer the safe zones until free and fair (UN supervised) elections are held under a new Syrian constitution. 4) Islamic State or Qaeda attacks in the safe zones will be dealt with by US-Russia military operations under the Joint Implementation Center in conjunction with the UN peacekeeping force.

Syria News - Oct 6 , 2016

Moscow says U.S. strikes on Syrian troops jeopardize Russian servicemen, its air defense weapons stand ready to fend off any attack - Fox News

VIDEO (English Subs): Russian Defense Ministry warns US against strikes on Syrian troops creating a threat to the Russian military - YouTube

Lavrov hopes warmongers eager to attack Syria won’t gain upper hand in US - TASS

Lavrov: Russia 'ready' to cooperate with US on Syria ceasefire in multilateral formats - euronews

In Syria crisis, Russia expands alliance with Iran, increases missile presence - WSJ

3rd Russian Black Sea fleet ship leaves for Mediterranean to join anti-ISIS op - RT News 

Russia suspends nuclear agreement, ends uranium research pact with United States - Huffington Post

White House press secretary: Military action against Assad regime not in US interest but it cannot be ruled out - Sputnik

Department of State spokesperson: US discussions on military option in Syria continue despite Russia’s warning - Sputnik

Pentagon says it has the right to defend against Russian anti-air systems in Syria - Military.com


War hawks are sensing an opening in Syria - The Nation

White House may consider imposing sanctions on Russia over Syria outside UN - Sputnik

Germany considering a push for EU sanctions on Russia over Syria - WSJ


Marine Le Pen blasts EU leaders: 'You’ve done everything to bring down the government of Syria throwing the country into a terrible civil war!' (VIDEO) - theduran.com



Syrian regime forces gain control of key Aleppo area - WPMT FOX43

VIDEO: The Syrian Army continues the large-scale advance inside the Eastern neighborhoods of Aleppo capturing Bustan al-Basha - YouTube


Assad warns rebels that unless they agree to a deal with the government, would have no option but to expel them from Aleppo - Middle East Eye

Assad accuses Western media of hushing up data on civilian casualties in Aleppo - TASS

VIDEO (English): Assad interview to Denmark’s TV 2  - YouTube

TRANSCRIPT: Assad interview to Denmark’s TV 2 – Syrian Arab News Agency

U.N. envoy De Mistura offers to personally escort al-Qaeda fighters out of Aleppo - CBS News

VIDEO: De Mistura holds press conference on humanitarian situation in Syria - YouTube

TRANSCRIPT: Press conference by UN Special Envoy for Syria, Mr. Staffan de Mistura - ReliefWeb

Syrian Coalition to discuss De Mistura’s proposal with Aleppo rebel groups - etilaf.org

REPORT: The strategy of Jabhat Al-Nusra / Jabhat Fath Al-Sham in regarding the truces in Syria - Noria Research

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Keywords to add to all electronic communications: As the Surveillance Expands, Best Way to Resist is to Bury the NSA in Garbage

By Dave Lindorff


Word that Yahoo! last year, at the urging of the National Security Agency, secretly developed a program that monitored the mail of all 280 million of its customers and turned over to the NSA all mail from those who used any of the agency's thousands of keywords, shows that the US has become a total police state in terms of trying to monitor every person in the country (and outside too).

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Focus: The Hillary Clinton's FBI Investigation - Oct 5, 2016

Republicans blast FBI for 'astonishing' agreement to destroy Clinton aides' laptops - Fox News

VIDEO: Republicans blast FBI for 'astonishing' agreement to destroy Clinton aides' laptops - YouTube

Immunity deals stopped FBI from investigating BleachBit use in Clinton email case, search limited to emails written after June 1, 2014, but before Feb. 1, 2015 - Washington Examiner

Letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch by four Republican committee chairmen regarding Clinton aides’ immunity - oversight.house.gov

House Oversight Committee ‘looking into' Clinton impeachment - yournewswire.com

Clinton spokesman defends lawyers' immunity agreements (VIDEO) - The Daily Caller

The FBI treated Clinton with kid gloves - WSJ

Cheryl Mills’s legal privileges, The evidence of a politicized Clinton probe keeps building - WSJ

Please tell me these FBI/DOJ ‘side deals’ with Clinton e-mail suspects didn’t happen - National Review

Book: AG Lynch had ‘secret' meetings at White House about email probe - Fox News Insider

Book: How Bill Clinton plotted to 'bushwhack' attorney general Loretta Lynch at airport and got a promise that Hillary wouldn't be prosecuted over classified emails - Daily Mail

AUDIO: Ed Klein reveals bombshell facts about Hillary FBI Investigation - Townhall

Judicial Watch: Hillary can be impeached & FBI Director Comey should be sued (VIDEO) - InvestmentWatch

Kaine's off: The FBI director isn't a Republican... anymore. - POLITICO

The hidden smoking gun: the Combetta cover-up - Clinton Email Investigation Timeline

Documents show Clinton server was plagued by breach attempts - Washington Examiner

State Department hands over 200 pages of Clinton Foundation emails - Washington Examiner

New emails: Top State and Clinton Foundation staffers tasked with boosting Clinton nonprofit around official trip to Ireland - LifeZette


Clinton filled State Dept. board with friends, family and donors - Washington Examiner



DOJ abruptly drops case against arms dealer who threatened to reveal Clinton's Libya dealings - Fox News

Department of Justice intervenes to cover up Hillary Clinton's Libyan gunrunning - RedState

Whistleblower: Hillary killed Libya peace deal: Gaddafi agreed to hold free elections, but Clinton's refusal led to thousands of deaths, international migrant crisis and terrorism - Alex Jones' Infowars


In email the Clinton team lists all the actions that Hillary took credit for as the architect of the US intervention in Libya and Gaddafi’s toppling - thegatewaypundit.com

The extreme brutality unleashed by Islamic fighters who ousted Gaddafi with the backing of Hillary Clinton’s State Department and NATO is demonstrated in three videos (VIDEO) - WND

Clinton: 'I don't recall' proposing drone strike against WikiLeaks founder Assange - Washington Examiner

Internal White House intel corroborates details of Hillary Clinton’s proposed drone strike on Julian Assange - True Pundit

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A scandal that reveals more than it says: Yahoo Scanned All Users’ Mail for the Government

By Alfredo Lopez


If you are one of the approximately 280 million people with Yahoo email accounts, your email was scanned for content and possibly turned over to the U.S. government. Yahoo, on Tuesday, admitted that fact.

Koch Industries and Fracking Lobbyist Mike Catanzaro To Lead Trump Energy Team

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog

The Washington Post has reported that Mike Catanzaro, a former senior energy staffer for Republican Party House Majority Leader John Boehner with a track record of climate change denial, will lead Republican Party presidential candidate Donald Trump's energy transition team. 

Syria News - Oct 4 , 2016

Kerry says Russia 'irresponsible' to back Assad, America's strategy includes grounding Syrian and Russian aircraft in specific areas - Reuters

VIDEO: Kerry: Russia and Syria seem to have rejected diplomacy in the pursuit of a military victory - YouTube

VIDEO: White House spokesman Earnest: 'Everybody's patience with Russia has run out' - YouTube

Washington suspends coordination with Moscow, studies 6 options in Syria - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT

US considering strikes on Assad again, but there’s little prospect President Obama will ultimately approve them - The Washington Post

U.S., UK, France, Italy, Germany to meet on Wednesday on Syria: Germany - Reuters

US military builds a new air base in Northern Syria - Sputnik

NATO to deploy E-3 AWACS to Middle East as early as October - defensenews.com

Inside the shadowy PR firm that’s lobbying for regime change in Syria - Alternet

Alert memorandum: Obama warned to defuse tensions with Russia by a group of ex-U.S. intelligence officials – Consortiumnews

Opinion: The Obama Administration’s suspension of Syria talks with Russia is the most dangerous development in a new cold war - The Nation



Russia-US dialogue on Syria failed as Washington has no unified stance: Russian FM spox to RT - RT News

Lavrov: Russian-US deal on Syria ruined by advocates of military solution - Sputnik

Most groups US supports in Syria integral part of al-Nusra Front: Russian Defense Ministry - Sputnik

Russia: If not for our campaign in Syria, jihadist ‘black flags’ could be flying over Damascus - CNS

Russia slams UN Security Council resolution on Syria, says it singles out aviation where terrorists on the ground would be allowed to do whatever they want - DW.COM

Russia deploys advanced anti-missile system S-300 to Syria for first time, US officials say - Fox News

Russia Defense Ministry: S-300 missile system designed to ensure the safety of the naval base in [Syrian city of] Tartus and ships located in the coastal area - RT News

Russia sends more warplanes to a base in northern Syria to back the Assad air forces in the battle for Aleppo - Military.com

Duma to ratify unlimited Syria airbase agreement this week: MP - RT Russian politics

Damascus agreed & Russia is ready to send several thousands of special forces & other various units officers this month to Syria - Elijah J. Magnier on Twitter

Moscow counts on BRICS support for Russia's approach in Syria, summit will take place in Goa October 15-16 - Sputnik

Vladimir Putin exits nuclear security pact, citing ‘hostile actions’ by U.S. - The New York Times

40 million Russians involved in annual 4-day defense drills - RT News



Syrian pro-government forces press attack on city of Aleppo - AP

Syria: Government tanks roll into rebel-held Aleppo - Al Jazeera

Syrian army, Kurdish forces liberate Syria’s Shkeif area in northwest Aleppo - Sputnik

Dialogue with armed opposition possible if bloodshed in Syria stops: Assad - Sputnik

‘Same people shedding crocodile tears over Syria, support terrorists in country’: Syrian amb. to UN - RT Op-Edge

Jane’s Defence Weekly: US and its allies (including Turkey and Saudi Arabia) use illicit arms trafficking to channel enormous shipments of light weapons to Syrian rebels - globalresearch.ca

Syria rebels draw closer to al Qaeda-linked group - WSJ

Turkey-backed rebel group in Syria joins jihadist alliance which includes al-Nusra, The group also received aid from the CIA until 2005 - ARA News

Russian expert says Syrian opposition wrecks talks in hope of aid from new US president in the person of Hillary Clinton - TASS

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We got 8 years of change, but not much hope: President Barack Obama’s Crappy Legacy

By Dave Lindorff


Barack Obama came into the White House on a wave of passionate new voters, many of them black or young and white, becoming the nation's first black president and promising a new era of "hope and change."

Clinton Tuition Plan Will Find Foe in Military

By Pat Elder

Military recruiting will face its greatest threat since the end of conscription in 1973 if Hillary Clinton’s plan calling for free in-state tuition is enacted into law. Already, recruiting has become extraordinarily tough for the Pentagon, thanks largely to generally improving economic conditions.  Meanwhile, the Pentagon has been noticeably silent on the issue and sticks to its narrative that youth sign up for patriotic reasons.

According to the Clinton website, “Tuition has ballooned out of control and has become increasingly unaffordable even at public colleges and universities.”   Tuition has risen by nearly half in the last decade at four-year public colleges and universities, after inflation, while family incomes have remained stagnant.

Under the Clinton plan, every student from a family making $85,000 a year or less will be able to attend a 4-year public college or university tuition-free. This threshold will increase by $10,000 a year every year over the next four years so that by 2021, all students with a family income of $125,000 will have the opportunity to attend college for free. Students will be expected to work 10 hours a week to help defray the full cost of attendance.

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Talk Nation Radio: Samantha Nutt on the Harm of Weapons Dealing and Investment


Samantha Nutt is an award-winning humanitarian, bestselling author and acclaimed public speaker. A medical doctor and a founder of the renowned international humanitarian organization War Child, Dr. Nutt has worked with children and their families at the frontline of many of the world’s major crises – from Iraq to Afghanistan, Somalia to the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Sierra Leone to Darfur, Sudan.

Dr. Nutt is a respected authority for many of North America's leading media outlets. In November 2015, Dr. Nutt spoke at TED Talks Live “War & Peace” at The Town Hall Theater in New York, which aired on PBS on May 30, 2016. Dr. Nutt’s TED Talk can be viewed on TED.com:


Dr. Nutt’s critically-acclaimed debut book, entitled Damned Nations: Greed, Guns, Armies and Aid, was released by McClelland and Stewart Ltd. (a division of Random House) in October 2011 and was a #1 national bestseller in both hardcover and paperback. 

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Focus: FBI Investigation of Hillary Clinton's emails - Oct 3, 2016

DOJ and FBI agreed to destroy laptops of Clinton aides with immunity deal: Lawmaker - Fox News

DOJ and FBI agreed to limit search of Clinton aides' laptops to documents created before Jan. 31, 2015 but not after - Daily Caller

Letter from the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Bob Goodlatte (R - Virginia) to Attorney General Lynch - judiciary.house.gov

Analysis: FBI made ‘side deals' to destroy top Clinton aides' laptops - Townhall

Republicans file complaint to DC Bar on Cheryl Mills, say she violated rule by serving as Clinton’s attorney during the FBI’s probe - Bloomberg

Complaint of the Republican National Committee with the District of Columbia Bar against Cheryl Mills - GOP

FBI Director Comey wants a ‘fresh look’ at Clinton emails after the election, but Trey Gowdy wants one now (VIDEO) - BizPac Review

It's time to impeach FBI Director Comey - GOPUSA

Ex-DOJ official: ‘Comey has to go’, Insiders say FBI director's errors in handling Clinton email case 'embarrassed' agency - WND

VIDEO ARCHIVE: Watch FBI Director James Comey say I dont know 20 times at the Congressional hearing on Hillary Clinton email investigation - YouTube

ARCHIVE: The case against James Comey, Not since Hoover has an FBI director shown such a lack of accountability - POLITICO

VIDEO: Trump says he'll reform the Justice Department's whose integrity has been 'severely questioned,’ just like ‘after Watergate' - YouTube

Questions raised about Clinton's computer technician, FBI’s notes from most recent interview with Combetta do not make reference to crucial March 31, 2015 conference call with Mills - Daily Caller


Judicial Watch: FBI used redacted documents to question Clinton aides - cnsnews.com

FBI Docs: Hillary deleted nearly 1,000 emails with David Petraeus - PJ Media


State Department admits it ‘lost' Clinton Foundation email - Breibart

It's alive: FBI files reveal how Clinton server was created in K Street lab - Fox News



Under intense pressure to silence Wikileaks, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton proposed drone strike on Julian Assange - True Pundit

United Nations: Targeting Wikileaks founder with drone strike criminal violation of human rights - True Pundit

ARCHIVE: Wikileaks founder Julian Assange claims he’ll be killed by CIA DRONE if he leaves embassy (2015) - True Pundit

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UK Supreme Court Rules UK Government Engaged in Terrorism

By Chris Coverdale

An event occurred recently which may herald the end of Britain’s involvement in war. In a remarkable legal judgement the Supreme Court acknowledged that Parliament’s definition of terrorism appears to extend to the military activities of the UK Government[1].

“ action outside the United Kingdom which involves the use of firearms or explosives, resulting in danger to life … is terrorism… the definition would … appear to extend to military or quasi-military activity aimed at bringing down a foreign government, even where that activity is approved … by the UK Government.”

Letters to the 1% and the 99%

Gordie Fellman: Introduction

[Editor’s note: The next three posts in the Waltham Review are by Brandeis sociology professor Gordie Fellman.  This post is Gordie Fellman’s introduction to his two letters, a letter to the 1 percent and a letter to the 99 percent. The previous post is the Editor’s introduction to Professor Fellman’s posts in the Waltham Review]

I am a professor of sociology at Brandeis University and chair its undergraduate interdisciplinary program in Peace, Conflict, and Coexistence Studies.

There is no consensual agreement on the definition of sociology. Here is mine: Sociology is the discipline that allows us to locate sources and dynamics of unnecessary human suffering and ways to reduce it.

Toward that end, I work on both the structural level of analysis—social class, race, gender, sexuality, religion, nationality—and the social psychological level, asking what are humans’ inner dynamics that express complex inner distress and also link to cultural contradictions and pathologies.

My book Rambo and the Dalai Lama: the Compulsion to Win and Its Threat to Human Survival makes the case that humans have so far lived under the adversary paradigm, which takes victory of any sort as its goal. The alternative, the mutuality paradigm, prizes connection, cooperation, empathy, and compassion toward solving human and planetary problems together.

I am now completing a book called The Coming End of War, which offers a three part deconstruction of war, as well as several suggestions for how to come to terms with what war has been and how to move past it.

I have received various teaching and academic honors, none more precious to me than being designated as a very dangerous professor by David Horowitz, in his 2006 book The Professors: The 101 Most Dangerous Academics in America. This label clearly refers back to a 2004 article in Horowitz’s FrontPageMag.com blog, where one of Horowitz’s associates attacks the peace studies program I chair at Brandeis as an example of the so-called “dangerous leftism of peace studies.”

Inspired by the now defunct Occupy movement, which started in New York five years ago this week, then quickly spread across America, I have, this election year,  written a Letter to the 1% and a Letter to the 99%, both of which are posted now on the Waltham Review.

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Obama Warned to Defuse Tensions with Russia


A group of ex-U.S. intelligence officials are warning President Obama to defuse growing tensions with Russia over Syria by reining in the demonization of President Putin and asserting White House civilian control over the Pentagon.


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Damned Nations, Cursed Arms Trade

Samantha Nutt has spent decades working on humanitarian aid in war zones. Her book, Damned Nations: Greed, Guns, Armies, and Aid, is rich in wisdom drawn from experience. But more powerful and pointed, and worth beginning and ending with, is her talk titled "The Real Harm of the Global Arms Trade."

Nutt describes child armies across the global south including eight-year-olds who have never been to school but have fought and killed using automatic weapons. Yet, she says, war can be ended despite its being "as old as existence." (I think part of the path to ending it may involve rejecting myths like the one that war is as old as existence, but never mind that.)

Nutt describes a root cause of war that the wealthy of the world could easily eliminate, because it's not found in the "human nature" of Africans but in the financial records of educated, well-off, comfortable people typically not involved in war directly.

There are 800,000,000 small arms and light weapons in use in the world, Nutt says. There are places where you can get an AK47 for $10, and where you can get an automatic weapon more easily than a glass of clean water. (Of course it would cost a tiny fraction of military spending to provide the world with clean water -- $11.3 billion per year, says the U.N.)

Nutt shows two maps of the world, one highlighting the locations of wars, the other the locations of the big weapons exporters. There's no overlap. Like alcohol for Native Americans and opium for Chinese, weapons of war are products that the United States and Europe (and Russia and China) push on targeted populations. Eighty percent of all war weapons, Nutt says, come from the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council plus Germany.

Nutt shows two other statistics. One is that small arms sales are up three-fold in the past 15 years. The other is that deaths caused by them are up over three-fold in the same time. Arms shipped to Iraq and Syria are in the hands of ISIS, she notes. Arms shipped to Libya are in the hands of Boko Haram. Weapons' first stop is rarely their last.

So, Nutt concludes, what we need is "transparency" in arms sales. Ignore that bit. I know that even transparency is too much to ask of the U.S. government, but that doesn't make it an appropriate demand. What we need is an end to weapons gifts and weapons sales. Everybody knows the U.S. is selling Saudi Arabia weapons with which to blow people up in Yemen, boost terrorism, and destabilize the region. Knowing it doesn't help anything. And stopping it wouldn't make a single other weapons sale or gift to a single other nation, or to Saudi Arabia next month, morally defensible. There's no proper way to deal arms.

So, if you live in the United Kingdom, make Jeremy Corbin your prime minister. And if you live in any other wealthy northern country, bring nonviolent pressure to bear on your society and your rotten government to end the arms trade. If we can divest from Israeli war crimes and nukes, we can divest from the overarching evil, which is war. Nutt also suggests weapons divestment in her book, along with numerous suggestions for improving and expanding humanitarian aid.

Antiwar and pro-aid activists need to work more closely together. Antiwar groups need Nutt's wisdom on where to best direct aid. Nutt, in my humble opinion, could use a bit more understanding of what's wrong with war. That sounds ridiculous for me to say from the safety of my home as she travels from war zone to war zone, but citing six million Jews as the greatest killing ever done by war misses the problem. And I don't mean by omitting the three million non-Jews killed in the camps (though why omit them?). I mean the 50 million or more killed in the war outside the camps, a war justified in U.S. mythology by the deaths of the Jews, despite the U.S. and U.K. governments' refusals to evacuate them or accept them as refugees.

Perpetuating World War II myths in an antiwar book for Americans is as ill advised as any of the counterproductive amateur attempts at aid that Nutt critiques. (Never mind the reduction by ten fold of the number of Iraqis killed since 2003 in the statistic Nutt uses, or her repetition of the "erase the state of Israel from the map" line/lie, or her claim that arming Paul Kagame is an example of good weapons proliferation, or her claim that we couldn't know Iraq had no nukes or chemical or biological weapons until years after 2003.)

Nutt's focus is not on debunking propaganda for war but on providing aid. She claims that "the single greatest impediment to peace [is] the marginalization of women and girls." Really? I don't deny its significance. But the single greatest impediment? Just a few pages later, Nutt is recognizing NATO's interest in pretending to have a reason to exist as a cause of the violence she's discussing in Somalia -- a place that does not manufacture the weapons used in it and still wouldn't if it stopped marginalizing women. A few lines later, Nutt is describing how using militaries trained and armed for war to provide aid tends to produce, on the contrary, war. Not only does the U.S. invest many times more in war than in aid, but it ruins prospects for private aid organizations by destroying, as Nutt recounts in Somalia, the ability of aid groups to claim neutrality, and the ability of suffering people to trust the advice of foreign doctors.

Nutt writes as well as anyone on the topic of Western society's deep financial investment in war:

"The New York State Teachers' Retirement System, for example, has nearly $2 billion invested in weapons manufacture. When teachers start betting on a boom in weapons sales to see them through their golden years, it's time to load the trunk of the car with flashlights and soup cans."

Later, Nutt writes:

"Peace, development, and security will remain stubbornly out of reach for any civilian population choking on weapons fed to them by countries with eighty times their GDP."

That strikes me as right, and as grounds for putting our efforts into ending arms dealing.

Gandhi: 'My life is my message'

As most of the world ignores or hypocritically celebrates the 147th birthday of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi on the International Day of Nonviolence on 2 October, some of us will quietly acknowledge his life by continuing to build the world that he envisioned. When asked for his message for the world, Gandhi responded with the now famous line 'My life is my message' reflecting his lifelong struggle against violence.

Gandhi's life was dotted with many memorable quotes but one that is less well known is this: 'You may never know what results come of your actions but if you do nothing there will be no results'.

Do We REALLY Want to Provoke Russia? Why?



Russia-Baiting and Risks of Nuclear War




Editor Note: The propaganda war on Russia is spinning out of control with a biased investigation blaming Moscow for the MH-17 tragedy and angry exchanges over Syria, raising the risks of nuclear war, says ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern.

By Ray McGovern

Before Presidential Debate, Obama Admin Weakened Endangered Species Act Under Oil Industry Pressure

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As eyes turned to the most viewed presidential debate in U.S. history, the Obama administration meanwhile quietly auctioned off thousands of acres of land for oil and gas drilling in national forests, opened up 119 million acres for offshore drilling leases in the Gulf of Mexico, and delivered a blow to the Endangered Species Act. 

How to stop weapons of mass destruction aimed at Africa

By Carrie Giunta

In Africa, as in the Middle East, the US is creating a vicious circle of war and destabilization. Libya like Iraq became a failed state after US-led regime change in 2011. Trouble and a deepening refugee crisis followed regime change. This contributed to the destabilization of North African countries and effected sub-Saharan countries. Fallout from the 2011 intervention led inexorably to the worsening situation in Libya today.

Now the vicious circle of killing and instability will run at a furious pace as the US Department of Defense (DOD) shifts the speed of war in the Middle East and Africa. A strategically important navy base located opposite Libya on the Mediterranean houses the global military telecommunications system known as MUOS.

Syria News - Sept 29, 2016

John Kerry: U.S. is 'on the verge' of suspending talks with Moscow on Syria - US News

VIDEO: Interview with Secretary of State John Kerry on Syria, Iran, and diplomacy - YouTube

U.S. weighs tougher response to Russia over Syria crisis: officials - Reuters

VIDEO: United States Deputy Secretary of State Tony Blinken can't tell Congress what Plan B in Syria is - YouTube

Syrian rebels get new Grad rockets from foreign states: commander - Reuters

'Aleppo must not fall': US reportedly to allow its Gulf allies to flood the city with shoulder-fired, anti-aircraft missiles, according to a rebel source - Middle East Eye

Ex-British diplomat Alastair Crooke: How the US armed-up Syrian jihadists - Consortiumnews

Special Ops pushing Pentagon to define Islamic roots of terrorism, The 2015 version of the National Military Strategy does not mention Islamic ideology - washingtontimes.com

U.S. and EU sanctions are punishing ordinary Syrians and crippling aid work, U.N. report reveals - theintercept.com

Saudi Crown prince’s Turkey visit to cement ties between regional heavyweights, Syria will likely be top issue on the agenda - Arab News

Politics and economy on the agenda of Saudi Crown Prince’s visit to Turkey - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT



Kremlin says continuing Russia's 'anti-terrorist' air operation in Syria - Business Insider

Kremlin: US failed to fulfil promise of separating Syria opposition, terrorists in 1 Week - Sputnik

Lavrov draws Kerry's attention to reports Jebhat al-Nusra receives weapons from US - TASS

Russia says it would support 48-hour truce in Aleppo, not a 7-day pause because it would give militant groups time to regroup - Fox

Russian Su-34 front-line fighter jets reappear in Syrian sky due to aggravation of the situation (VIDEO) - southfront.org

Terrorists mull ‘chemical attack’ in Aleppo to frame Syrian govt: Russia’s Defense Ministry - RT News

Pro-Syrian government forces control Aleppo's Handarat camp: rebel - THE DAILY STAR

Syrian army takes control of Kindi Hospital in northern Aleppo - Sputnik

Syrian troops and an estimated 5,000 foreign Shia fighters plan imminent advance to capture east Aleppo - The Guardian

Pro-government Palestinian militia fights in Aleppo - The Long War Journal

Syria's UN envoy says: 'We don't bomb civilians’ - THE DAILY STAR

VIDEO: US failed to fulfill any of their promises & commitments in Syria: Assad adviser - YouTube

Russian campaign saved Syria from ‘becoming part of new Ottoman empire': Kurdish leader Saleh Muslim - Sputnik

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US Propaganda Campaign to Demonize Russia in Full Gear over One-Sided Dutch/Aussie Report on Flight 17 Downing

By Dave Lindorff


If the danger of the anti-Putin, anti-Russian disinformation propaganda campaign out of the Pentagon and promoted by the US corporate media weren't so serious, the effort itself might be laughable. I did laugh,

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Focus: FBI Director James Comey's Congressional Testimony on Clinton Emails - Sept 28, 2016

Congressman Issa says FBI gave broader immunity to Clinton aides than first disclosed (read UPDATE) - LawNewz

VIDEO: Issa grills Comey: Why did Cheryl Mills receive immunity for 'destruction of materials' as well for laptop? - RealClearPolitics

VIDEO (Starts at 3:43:45) : Issa: Mills received immunity under 18 U.S.C. § 2071, which covers concealment, removal or mutilation of government documents - C-SPAN

VIDEO: Gohmert grills Comey: You gave immunity to people who could have made your case - RealClearPolitics

VIDEO: Gowdy to Comey: You have five immunity agreements and no prosecution, 'That's not the FBI that I used to work for' - RealClearPolitics

Gowdy: Mills walked out of FBI interview when they ‘went into an area she didn't want it to go’ (VIDEO) - Breitbart

Comey: Cheryl Mills' laptop contained 'some' classified information - Fox News

Comey: Unusual but not unprecedented for Clinton to bring nine lawyers, including Cheryll Mills, to FBI interview - Washington Examiner

Clinton aide Cheryll MIlls asked Pagliano for information on 'wiping' servers, and not with a cloth - Hot Air

Comey denies Clinton email 'Reddit' cover-up, says the computer aide Combetta was trying to replace Clinton's email address so it wouldn't be revealed to the public - POLITICO

VIDEO: FBI Director Comey: Clinton IT contractor Combetta's Reddit posts are not evidence of a 'cover-up,' not a violation of immunity deal - RealClearPolitics

VIDEO: Chaffetz grills FBI's Comey: Did Combetta destroy federal records on his own or under instruction? - YouTube

Comey silent on pending Clinton perjury probe - TheHill

VIDEO: Full video of FBI Director Comey's testimony before the House Judiciary Committee - C-SPAN.org

ARCHIVE: FBI Director James Comey's Clinton Foundation connection - Breibart

ARCHIVE: Comey has long history of cases ending favorable to Clintons - WND

ARCHIVE: James Comey And KPMG: Isn't it ironic - Forbes

FBI doc dump on email case reveals role of 'confidential' Clinton aide - Fox News

Huma Abedin caught in falsehood—but no followup - Breibart

Hillary failed to take highest security training at State Dept in 2009 - The Daily Caller

Fewer than one in five State Dept employees with security clearance completed classified info training - Fox News

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