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Focus: Bernie Sanders - Apr 28, 2016

 

POLL: : Half of Americans think presidential nominating system ‘rigged’ against some candidates, only a quarter think it is not - Reuters


Sanders on primaries: 'The people in every state in this country should have the right to determine who they want as president' - Bernie Sanders


Bernie Sanders ‘movement’ sees progressives planning next step, a conference scheduled for late-June in Chicago - WOHF


Bernie Sanders under pressure to quit race - but many of his supporters would not vote for Hillary Clinton - The Independent


‘Bernie Or Bust’: Bernie Sanders’ supporters vow not to support Hillary Clinton even if he endorses her - inquisitr.com


I asked 10 Bernie Sanders supporters if they're Bernie-Or-Bust & Hillary Clinton may never woo them - Bustle


Sanders supporter says she's 'Bernie or Bust' - CNNPolitics.com


‘Bernie or Bust’ founder: So far 82,500 have signed the online pledge not to vote for Hillary Clinton in the general election - Political People Blog


Why I say “Bernie or Bust”: If Sanders isn’t the Democratic nominee, his backers should not pull the lever for Hillary Clinton - Salon.com


Activist Shaun King doubts his ‘conscience’ will allow him to vote for Hillary Clinton - Mediaite


Some Indiana Sanders backers unsure of voting for Clinton - Elkhart Truth


Local support for Sanders unfazed despite his trailing - herald-dispatch.com


Which state could Bernie Sanders win next? - Bustle


Bernie believers urge independent bid in the general presidential election - Observer


Trump calls for Sanders to 'run as an independent' - AOL


Donald Trump says he'll beat Hillary Clinton with the Bernie Sanders playbook - mic.com


VIDEO: Trump: 'I'm gonna be taking a lot of the things that Bernie said and using them' - The Weekly Standard


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Focus: Bernie Sanders and the independent voters - Apr 25, 2016

 

POLL: : 44% of Americans describe themselves as independents in April, up from 38% in March. Democrats are 31% and Republicans 25%  - Gallup


No candidate has benefited more from the surge of independents than Bernie Sanders - The Washington Post


Why Sanders does better with independents. They are driven not by their ideology so much as their dislike of partisan politics - FiveThirtyEight


In New Jersey Sanders is at 51% and Clinton at 40% among independents who are 48% of the electorate (but NJ primary is closed) - NJTV


POLL (YouGov): In NY Clinton led Sanders 57% to 38% among Democrats but Sanders led Clinton 72% to 26% among independents (who in large majority did not vote because of closed primary) - YouGov


New York voters sue the state, claiming mass voter roll purges - The Liberty Beacon


500,000 California independents could be shut out of the primary - usuncut.com


Who will tap R.I.'s independent streak in Tuesday's primaries? - providencejournal.com


Effort in South Dakota aims to drop parties, voters to consider initiative to set up open primaries - WSJ


Editorial: Restore open presidential primary in Colorado, include independents - GJSentinel.com


Who says that America is a democracy? The selection of presidential candidates is not driven by a truly representative system – The Moderate Voice


American democracy is rigged - Common Dreams


Democracy Spring and the US voting matrix: How much of the electoral process is illusory? - truth-out.org


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Focus: Bernie Sanders and the Closed Primaries on Tuesday - Apr 23, 2016


Bernie Sanders condemns closed primaries but facing 4 of them next week - ABC News


No voice for Pennsylvania independents: About 15 percent of eligible voters will have no say in presidential primaries - Times News Online


Can you vote In Maryland's primary if you're an independent? Those voters won't be happy - Bustle


Can independents vote in the Connecticut primary? 42 percent of voters, who are unaffiliated, must registered as Democrat or Republican - Bustle


Can independents vote in the Delaware primary? Only if they registered as Democrat or Republican by April 2 - Bustle


Rhode Island voters ‘caught off guard' by poll closures and voter ID law, only 144 of 419 polling places will be open on Tuesday - ThinkProgress


Bombshell: Arizona Secretary Of State admits election fraud took place - Nwo Report


The story of the great Brooklyn voter purge keeps getting weirder - Mother Jones


Clinton delegate Scott Stringer, the New York City comptroller, will oversee primary audit - dpreview.com


NY Board Of Elections suspends one employee for primary day debacle - Gothamist


One statistic shows how badly New York screwed up its primary: A mere 19.7% of eligible New Yorkers voted in the state's primary on Tuesday - Yahoo News


There's a long list of voting reforms New York can pass - gothamgazette.com


The New York Primary was a Sh*tshow. Here’s Why. - 34justice


Chicago Election Board Scandal: 21 Bernie votes were erased and 49 Hillary votes added to audit tally, group declares (VIDEO) - inquisitr.com


CO lawmakers wrangle over open primary plan - 9news.com


Voter suppression charged in almost every state – 2016 Election Central


Why are our elections such a mess? - Care2 Causes


POLL (Rasmussen): Only 24% Say U.S. heading in right direction - Rasmussen Reports


POLL (Rasmussen): 51% of Democrats oppose their party’s superdelegate system, 30% favor it - Rasmussen Reports


POLL: 36% of U.S. voters believe it’s at least somewhat likely that a third-party candidate could win the presidency in the next 10 years - Rasmussen Reports


Petition: Encourage Bernie Sanders to run as an independent candidate in the 2016 Presidential Elections - Change.org


VotePact.org: Whereby 'disenchanted Democrats' and 'disenchanted Republicans' pair up and both vote for the third party or independent candidates of their choice - huffingtonpost.com


Stein, Green for President, sends letter to Sanders, invite him to cooperate on political revolution & real democracy - Independent Political Report


Sanders still registered as independent despite claims he’s a ‘Democrat for life’ - freebeacon.com


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Focus: New York and the Closed Primary System - Apr 21, 2016


New York's Attorney General will investigate alleged voter suppression in state's primary, Board of Elections audited - VICE News


Sanders campaign, New York officials cry foul after New York voters report issues - CNN


Some New Yorkers feel disenfranchised by the primary. They are taking the fight to court. - Vox


N.Y. voter hotline swamped with complaints - democratandchronicle.com


I’m one of NYC’s 125,000 ‘ghosts’ who couldn’t cast their vote - New York Post


Purged registrations cost this NY primary voter 5 hours - ABC News


Failure, fraud and more in New York’s punk rock voting disaster - The Daily Beast


VIDEO: NY Elections Board director denies claims that thousands of voters were disenfranchised - LawNewz

 

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New York's strict voter registration rules frustrate Sanders supporters - The Guardian


Judge denied request to immediately open up New York primary to independent voters - ThinkProgress


Five states have primaries next week. Will they face the same problems New York did? - ThinkProgress


No voice for some Pennsylvania independent voters - Times News Online


Editorial: 1 in 4 NY voters prohibited from casting ballots because they do not belong to either party. Same fate will befall independents in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland and Pennsylvania - Bloomberg


VIDEO: Sanders: New York voter rules ‘absurd and wrong’ - The Guardian


VIDEO: Why did 3.2 million New Yorkers lose their voting rights? Thom Hartmann talks with Shyla Nelson, spokesperson-Election Justice USA - Democratic Underground


VIDEO: What is wrong with New York’s voting system and how can it be fixed? Interview with Kristen Clarke, president of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law - Democracy Now!


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Focus: Hillary Clinton and Campaign Finance - Apr 20, 2016


Sanders slams Clinton-DNC fundraising agreement, says it benefits Hillary’s presidential campaign - POLITICO


Press Release: Clinton-DNC joint fundraising raises serious campaign finance concerns - Bernie Sanders


Joint Clinton-DNC committee raised $33 million in first quarter, helped state parties but spent most of its cash boosting Hillary - POLITICO


Sanders aide: Clinton gets two thirds of all of the money from Clooney and others' fundraisers - TheHill


FEC Disclosure Form 3X for Hillary Victory Fund - docquery.fec.gov


Does Sanders' accusation against the DNC hold water? Experts find Clinton’s activities unethical, likely not illegal - ThinkProgress

 

How Hillary Clinton bought the loyalty of the Democratic party establishment and superdelegates: Tracing the trail of money - kavips


Case study: Democratic Party of Wisconsin helps billionaires channel donations to Clinton campaign - Wisconsin Citizens Media Cooperative


Case study: Meet the Clinton campaign money makers funneling money through the Wisconsin Democratic Party - Wisconsin Citizens Media Cooperative


VIDEO: Hillary donors use state loopholes to launder millions - Young Turks Network


K Street cash helps boost Clinton's White House bid - rollcall.com


Meet the wealthy donors who are funneling millions into the 2016 elections - Washington Post

 

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Thousands gather at U.S. Capitol for 'Democracy Awakening' rally, protest voting laws and the role money plays in the political system - USA TODAY


Capitol Hill arrests in campaign finance protest hit 1,240 - TheHill


Democracy Spring: why thousands of demonstrators protested in Washington, DC - Vox


VIDEO: Democracy Awakening protest - YouTube


VIDEO: More on Democracy Awakening protest - YouTube


VIDEO: Ben and Jerry explain why they got arrested at Democracy Awakening - YouTube


Study: US is an oligarchy, not a democracy - BBC News


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Focus: New York and the Closed Primary System - Apr 18, 2016


NY voters file lawsuit over alleged election fraud claiming party affiliation changed without their consent, calls for an open primary - NY Daily News


Election fraud: Why are voter registrations changing? - Heavy.com


As registration mix-ups are reported, should NY Democrats switch to open primaries? - inquisitr.com


Discussion: NY voters to file suit calling closed primary 'a threat to our democratic system', claim party affiliation mysteriously changed - Reddit


Voter registration problem: Help us file an emergency injunction by describing your voter registration issue! - Election Justice USA


Independent voters could make polling sites a nightmare, officials bracing for a mess because they expect many Sanders voters will show up who can’t vote - New York Post


Independents may feel the Bern, but they can’t vote in New York’s closed primary - The Washington Post


Meet the people barred from voting In New York's presidential primary - ThinkProgress


N.Y. must do more to reverse state’s bad voter rate - NY Daily News


Primary rules test American democracy, How convoluted has the presidential selection process become? - CNN


Trumps closest confidants can’t vote for him because they’re still Democrats - World News Highlights


Donald Trump couldn’t vote in 2012 Republican primary - NY Daily News

 

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Trump to RNC: Reform nomination system or ‘have a rough July at that convention’ - The Washington Post


VIDEO: Trump to RNC: Change rules or you’re going to have a rough Convention. People want their vote, to be represented properly - Grabien


Trump op-ed: Let me ask America a question: How has the electoral ‘system’ been working out for you and your family? - WSJ


Trump Convention Manager Manafort: We're trying to let voters decide who the nominee should be, not the party bosses -  RealClearPolitics


VIDEO: Trump convention manager Paul Manafort: "This Week" ABC full Interview - YouTube


Republican leaders consider rewriting convention rules - POLITICO


RNC Chair Preibus urges against changing convention rules before Cleveland - usatoday.com


Priebus blasted for 'major breach of trust' by top RNC officials - Washington Times


Trump supporters take American flag and walk out of GOP convention in Georgia as Cruz backers are chosen as delegates despite the Donald's primary victory - Daily Mail Online


Donald Trump: Cruz staged ‘attack' in Georgia to steal delegates - breitbart.com


Donald Trump fans protest as Miami Republicans pick convention delegates - Miami Herald


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Focus: Hillary Clinton and Honduras - Apr 15, 2016


Hillary Clinton claims Honduran coup not illegal, government ‘followed the law’ when military ousted the President in 2009 - ThinkProgress


VIDEO: Hillary Clinton defend her role in Honduras coup when questioned by Juan González - Democracy Now!


VIDEO: 'She’s baldly lying': Expert Dana Frank responds to Hillary Clinton's defense of her role in Honduras coup - Democracy Now!


Death squads are back in Honduras, activists tell Congress - theintercept.com


How Hillary Clinton militarized US policy in Honduras, used a State Dept office involved in counterinsurgency to aid the coup regime - The Nation


Hillary Clinton needs to answer for ‘regime change' in Honduras - huffingtonpost.com


Hillary Clinton's emails and the Honduras coup - CEPR


Critical difference between Sanders and Clinton on whether children who fled violence in Central American countries, particularly Honduras, should be allowed to stay in the United States - Truthdig


‘Basta Hillary’ protesters in New York say Clinton ‘has blood on her hands’ destabilizing their Latin American homelands - latest.com


VIDEO: ‘Basta Hillary’ protesters in New York say Clinton ‘has blood on her hands’ destabilizing their Latin American homelands - YouTube


ARCHIVE: Obama says coup in Honduras is illegal - Reuters


ARCHIVE: Cable: American Embassy 2009 analysis of the forced removal of the Honduras president, asserting that it constituted an 'illegal and unconstitutional coup' - NYTimes.com


ARCHIVE: Legitimizing the Illegitimate: The Honduran show elections and the challenge ahead - NACLA


ARCHIVE: Hounduras: After the coup - Human Rights Watch


How Hillary helped ruin Haiti, Much of the blame for the country chaotic political scene can be pinned on Clinton’s State Department whose handpicked president made things worse - The Daily Beast


Tough questions about Haiti for Hillary Clinton - counterpunch.org


Hillary Clinton and Haiti: extract from Seitenfus’ book - counterpunch.org


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Focus: New York and the Closed Primary System - Apr 13, 2016


Early primary deadlines frustrate New Yorkers left unable to vote, 2.9 million not registered Democrats or Republicans as of April - Guardian


New York election officials worry about crush of ineligible voters, their phone bank is flooded with people who want to vote but can't - WNYW


Independents make last-ditch effort to vote In NY's primary - Gothamist


College students flock to see Bernie Sanders, but can they vote for him? - buffalonews.com


New York's closed primary could be Bernie Sanders' Achilles' heel - MSNBC


Could New York's closed primary cost Bernie Sanders? - globalcomment.com


NY State Assembly Bill A9661: Motion to make NY primary an open primary which permits persons registered, but not enrolled in a party, to vote - nysenate.gov


A guide to the Clinton-Sanders New York primary, by region - POLITICO


An early tableau of the New York primary - counterpunch.org


Prospects are bright for Hillary Clinton in closed primaries ahead - CSMonitor.com


Hillary Clinton’s secret weapon against Bernie Sanders: Democratic voters - The Washington Post


The fight for open primaries - openprimaries.org


'This system is so rigged': Sanders won 8 of the 9 past primary contests by double digits but Hillary got more delegates factoring in superdelegates - Salon.com


Consultant: Superdelegate system is ‘cushy patronage' - The Daily Caller


VIDEO: Dark money, lobbyists serving as superdelegates could decide the 2016 race - Democracy Now!


Clinton aide: Sanders 'trying to rig the system' by wooing superdelegates - CNNPolitics.com


Some Democrats accuse Sanders supporters of harassing convention delegates - Washington Post


How Bernie pitches to superdelegates, Sanders' efforts to woo party elites are meeting with mixed success - POLITICO


What would happen if superdelegates had to vote for the candidate who won their state? - The Washington Post

 

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Donald Trump blasts 'crooked shenanigans' in primary process - AP


Donald Trump rages against the machine, issues a dire warning to his supporters: You're getting ripped off - CNN


VIDEO: Trump: The system is rigged, it's crooked - YouTube


Colorado protest planned after Trump loss - usatoday.com


Donald Trump confirms that his children will not be voting for him in New York - The Independent


Donald Trump's support deeper than it looks - POLITICO


POLL: Donald Trump wins in ‘Real New Yorker’ category - WSJ


POLL (Associated Press/GfK): GOP voters think candidate with most votes should win nomination - CBS News


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Focus: New York and the Closed Primary System - Apr 11, 2016


New York's primary is ‘closed shut' to certain voters, experts say its rules prevent people from voting for their preferred candidate - ThinkProgress


The ‘wacky’ delegate rules: a New York primary primer - The Buffalo News


NY election boards inundated with calls from voters “pissed off" about registration issues - Gothamist


New York election fraud? Voters have reported problems with their registrations - Heavy.com


Can New York change to an open primary election? Voters are pushing for the State to set new rules before April 19 - Heavy.com


Protest NY's closed primary: event set for Thursday, April 14 at 12 PM at NYC City Hall - facebook.com


Two of Trump’s kids will not be voting for their father during New York’s closed primary because they missed the October deadline to register for a political party - TheBlaze.com

 

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Trump: Primary process 'corrupt' on both Republican and Democratic sides - TheHill


VIDEO: Trump complaining about the primary process: Whether it’s me, or whether it’s Bernie Sanders... the system is corrupt - Reuters


Ordinary primary voters feel sidelined, it turns out that the world’s foremost democracy is not so purely democratic - New York Times


Closed primaries threaten our democratic ideals, a political parties’ stranglehold on the system - centralfloridafuture.com


ARCHIVE: Why Trump wins: Open primaries, maybe? - nbc.com


ARCHIVE: A stolen election: Without closed primaries, early voting system and archaic registration rules, Bernie Sanders wins - The News Hub


ARCHIVE: Bernie Sanders won Michigan due to an “open” primary. What does this mean for Hillary Clinton? - dailynewsbin.com


ARCHIVE: Arizona’s closed primary part of reason for long lines - AP


ARCHIVE: Sick of political parties, unaffiliated voters are changing politics - NPR


LIST: Presidential primary or caucus type (closed or open) by State - FairVote


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Focus: Hillary Clinton and Campaign Finance - Apr 8, 2016


How 'Citizens United' Is helping Hillary Clinton's White House bid: Report - NBC News


REPORT (Full version): How ‘Citizens United’ is helping Hillary Clinton win the White House - Center for Public Integrity


Inside Hillary Clinton's big-money cavalry, More than a dozen groups are boosting her presidential effort - Center for Public Integrity


POLL (Ipsos): 50% think Clinton relies on super PACs and big money too much while 18% think it is right - Center for Public Integrity


POLL (Ipsos): Campaign finance full results, including all presidential candidates - Center for Public Integrity


RADIO: Interview with The Center for Public Integrity senior reporter Dave Levinthal: Clinton camp taking mega money from Super PACs - wben.com 


See how much the 2016 presidential candidates have raised so far - Center for Public Integrity


Pro-Hillary Clinton PAC spending on TV and radio ads surges (GRAPHS) - AdAge


2016 presidential campaign on track to become most expensive, surpassing $1 billion - Washington Times


How Hillary Clinton bought the loyalty of 33 State Democratic parties - counterpunch.org


Dem House super-PAC reserves $12M in TV airtime - TheHill


Union Effort to Create Super PAC Stalls - WSJ


Understanding political committees, 101 - Center for Public Integrity

 

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Wall St is pretty certain Clinton will be president, institutional investors and online prediction markets rate the presidential candidates - CNBC


Hillary Clinton fundraiser hosted by all-star cast of financial regulators who joined Wall Street - theintercept.com


Sanders: Clinton ‘hustling money from the wealthy and the powerful' - POLITICO


Sanders links Clinton to Panama Papers scandal - Bernie Sanders


Bernie Sanders outlines plan to pare down big banks - WSJ


GE CEO op-ed: Bernie Sanders says we’re ‘destroying the moral fabric’ of America. He’s wrong. - The Washington Post


Shaky foundations: The Clintons’ so-called charitable enterprise has served as a vehicle to launder money and to enrich family friends -  Harper's Magazine


Oil Companies donated to Clinton Foundation while lobbying State Department during her tenure - ibtimes.com


Emails show Clinton intervened on behalf of tax avoiding corporate crony Corning Inc. - The Daily Caller


FBI director James Comey: No rush to finish Hillary Clinton email probe before convention - POLITICO


Why is the FBI so slow on Clinton e-mail probe? An investigation that drags on past the convention, into the fall, is more than a partisan concern. It’s unfair to the country as a whole. - Boston Globe


State Department lawyers want to limit the questions to ask former Clinton aides about her private email system and are dead set against Hillary testifying - The Daily Beast


#HillarySoQualified gets hijacked, used against Clinton - NY Daily News


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Focus: Syria News - Apr 5, 2016


Syrian opposition says no place for Assad in Syria, ahead of a meeting in Saudi Arabia before the third round of Geneva negotiations - alaraby.co.uk


Hijab: Syrian opposition will not go further in the negotiations unless a transitional governing body formed without Assad and his clique - etilaf


Syrian opposition's High Negotiations Committee warns truce on verge of total collapse - etilaf


Syria opposition says US 'ambiguity' on Assad future is very damaging - AFP


Obama vetoed 50 plans by the CIA to engineer the downfall of the Assad regime in Syria: former agent - The Telegraph


No compromise with US over fate of Syria President Assad: senior Russian diplomat - RT


Russia ships more equipment to Syria than it removes - Business Insider


Video of military convoy new evidence Russia not pulling out of Syria (VIDEOS) - Fox News


Russian aircraft carrier to go to Mediterranean Sea carrying new fighters: source - TASS

 

Missile corvette joins Russian naval group in Mediterranean - TASS

 

Russia's Mi-28N helicopter's combat debut is Syria - TASS


Russia’s secret weapon of the Islamic State war: Mi-28 attack helicopter - The Daily Beast


Russian nuclear ballistic missile "Iskander" spotted in Syria - Zero Hedge


Moscow's campaign in Syria leads to arms sale windfall, Russian weapons exports expected to receive $6bn boost as result of ‘marketing effect’ of bombing - The Guardian

 

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Ceasefire broken: Over the weekend Nusra Front with other Islamist groups and US-armed FSA rebels attack Syrian army in Aleppo - LA Times


Nusra Front and other armed groups attacks positions of Syrian army, Kurds on Monday: Russian Defense Ministry - TASS


Groups breaking ceasefire in Aleppo included Nusra Front, Ahrar al-Sham, FSA Division 13, Turkestani Islamic Party, Levant Brigade - Juan Cole


Eight Hezbollah fighters killed in Aleppo clashes over weekend - THE DAILY STAR


Three senior Iranian officers killed in confrontations with Syrian rebels in Aleppo - ARA News


VIDEO: Syrian rebels mount offensive against government forces in Aleppo - Al Jazeera


VIDEO (Arabic) - Syrian rebels’ footage of the operations in Aleppo - YouTube


VIDEO (Arabic): Free Syrian Army units moving into Khalidyah village - YouTube

 

VIDEO: State Department: U.S. unsure of ceasefire violations but Assad is the biggest violator - YouTube


Two senior intelligence analysts at U.S. Central Command say the military has forced them out of their jobs because of their skeptical reporting on U.S.-backed rebel groups in Syria - The Daily Beast

 

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U.S. behind strike that killed Nusra Front's prominent leader Abu Firas: officials - Reuters


U.S weighs more special ops for Syria - CNNPolitics.com


Russia, U.S. discussing coordination to liberate Syria's Raqqa: Interfax - Reuters


Putin's Russian air force bombing Islamic State effectively, Pentagon concedes - Washington Times


DoD Report: Operations against Islamic State costing average of $11.4M per day - cnsnews.com


After Palmyra Syrian troops take another Islamic State-controlled town, Qaryatain is crucial for securing oil and gas pipelines and for blocking militant supply routes - AP


Destruction, razed monastery left behind by Islamic State in Syria town Qaryatain (PHOTOS) - AP


Syria: About 40 bodies reportedly found in mass grave in Palmyra, 23 of them women and children - FOX 11 Los Angeles


Islamic State fights back in Deir Zor, advances on Syrian airbase - ARA News


Islamic state militants use mustard gas in attack on Deir Zor airport: Syrian state TV - Reuters


Islamic State executes and crucify eight people in Syria's Raqqa for deserting its ranks or violating regulations - ARA News


Russian UN envoy says Turkey is key supplier of weapons to Islamic State - TASS


Turkish officers recruiting fighters for Nusra Front in Syria: Russian Defense Ministry - sputniknews.com


Erdogan uses closed-door meeting to blast Obama administration, the Turkish president says that the White House is wrong to back the Kurds in the fight against the Islamic State - Foreign Policy


Syrian Kurds proceed with federal structures despite Turkish threats - Al-Monitor


Turkish court releases all 96 Islamic State suspects who are now on trial - clarionproject.org

 

US orders diplomatic, military families out of south Turkey due to 'increased threats from terrorist groups' - AP


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Focus: Pew Poll on Campaign Issues, Values and How Life Has Changed in the U.S. - Apr 2, 2016

 

Note: Only 30 percent of Democratic or Democratic-leaning voters say that the primary process has been a good way of determining "the best-qualified nominees.” Among Clinton voters 37 percent have a positive opinion of the primary and among Sanders voters 25 percent. The Independents, which account for the majority of the voters, were not polled as a separate group; I guess that, given the limited role assigned to them by the primary system, their percentage would be even lower than the Democrats.


POLL (Pew Research Full results): Campaign exposes fissures over issues, values and how life has changed in the U.S. - Pew Research Center


POLL (Pew Research): A poll that asks about 'people like you' shows why Americans are voting the way they are - Quartz


STATS (Pew Research): 10 demographic trends that are shaping the U.S. and the world - Pew Research Center


POLL (Pew Research): Democratic voters more dissatisfied with primary than Republicans - The Weekly Standard


POLL (Pew Research): Republicans, especially Trump supporters, see free trade deals as bad for U.S. - Pew Research Center


POLL (Pew Research): Most U.S. voters view immigrants positively. Most Trump voters don’t. - The Washington Post


POLL (Pew Research): Support for border wall with Mexico drops to … 38/58 - Hot Air


POLL (Pew Research): Poll shows most Americans oppose bans on Muslims - The Arab Daily News


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Focus: NATO, Russia and Donald Trump - Apr 1, 2016


US sending thousands more armed troops and heavy weaponry to Eastern Europe in response to 'aggressive Russia’ - VICE


Official news release: Eucom announces European Reassurance Initiative implementation plan - U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE


NATO to switch defense doctrine from 'assurance to deterrence' in E. Europe: Eucom chief Breedlove - GlobalPost


Remarks from the Eucom chief General Breedlove in Riga, Latvia - United States European Command


NATO commander Breedlove calls for return to service of U-2 spy plane to help conduct surveillance on a resurgent Russia - The Independent


First Look at $3.4 billion in weapons the US is sending to NATO - The Fiscal Times


NATO reaches agreement With Kiev on military reforms - sputniknews.com


NATO says Russian forces in Syria complicate crisis - sputniknews.com


Russia envoy: Moscow won't passively watch US military build-up in Europe - TASS


Get ready, NATO: Russia's cold war T-72 tank is set for a big upgrade - The National Interest Blog


ARCHIVE: Pentagon chief Carter: Russia top global threat to U.S. - News.Az


ARCHIVE: The Pentagon's secret foreign aid budget, U.S. sends billions to foreign militaries each year - Politico

 

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Terrorism and North Korea dominate Nuclear Security Summit in Washington - NBC News


Kremlin: Russia skips Nuclear Security Summit over lack of cooperation with partners - TASS


Russia’s absence from the Nuclear Security Summit raises questions about the international community’s ability to keep nuclear materials out of the hands of terrorists, say analysts - VOA


Will the Nuclear Security Summit help stop terrorists from getting the bomb? - The National Interest Blog


America's nuclear weapons in Europe are the nuclear elephant in the room - VICE News

 

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Pentagon: Donald Trump is wrong, NATO is not 'very obsolete’ - TheHill


VIDEO (and transcript): Trump: NATO is obsolete and expensive, doesn't have the right countries in it to fight terrorism - RealClearPolitics


Trump adviser Page has deep ties to Kremlin’s Gazprom, says his close relations with Russian business are a strength - Bloomberg Politics


Trump adviser Page criticized what he considers American aggression toward Russia, compared U.S.-Russia policy to slavery - freebeacon.com


Clinton blasts Trump over NATO comments - Business Insider


VIDEO: Hillary Clinton on NATO: "If Mr. Trump gets his way, it will be like Christmas in the Kremlin" - YouTube

 

Patrick Buchanan op-ed: Trump is right about NATO - WND


Is it time for America to quit NATO? - The National Interest Blog


Donald Trump highlights debate over NATO's relevancy, interview with two experts - NPR


How did NATO survive the Cold War? NATO's transformation after the Cold War from 1989 to the present, lecture by acting NATO spokesman Jamie Shea -  NATO


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Focus: Donald Trump and the Polls - Mar 30, 2016


POLL (NBC News/SurveyMonkey): Trump nearly at 50 percent support among Republicans nationally, holds 21-point lead - NBC News


POLL: NBC News/SurveyMonkey weekly election tracking full results - scribd.com


POLL (Public Policy Polling): Trump Most Acceptable Candidate to GOP - Public Policy Polling


POLL (Rasmussen Reports): 84% of likely Republican voters think Trump is likely to win their party’s nomination - Rasmussen Reports


POLL (Monmouth University): Most Republicans want the GOP to unite behind Trump - Washington Examiner


POLL (Quinnipiac and YouGov/Huffington Post): New polls cast doubts on anti-Trump movement - PJ Media


POLL (Morning Consult): Voters, especially women, push Donald Trump to 49% on national security after Brussels terror attacks - People's Pundit


POLL: In New York poll Trump leads Cruz by 33 points - Examiner.com


POLL: New poll shows Trump leading Cruz in California by 7 points - KCRA Home


POLL: Kasich trails Trump by 3 points in latest Pennsylvania poll - Examiner.com


POLL: Trump and Cruz in tight race in Wisconsin - Realclear Politics


Donald Trump berates Scott Walker for not raising taxes in Wisconsin, 'he cut back on schools, he cut back on highways, he cut back on a lot of things' - The Guardian


Donald Trump Is bringing message of jobs and trade to Paul Ryan's hometown in Wisconsin - The New York Times


Portraits beyond the polls: who’s really voting for Trump, two reports from RAND Presidential Election Panel and the Institute for the Study of Citizens and Politics - Yahoo News


Trump signals he’s ready to fight for every delegate, his legal team would soon file its formal complaint over 10 Louisiana delegates - Bloomberg Politics


The vast majority of Republican politicians aren't even trying to stop Donald Trump - Vox


Trump, Cruz and Kasich back away from their pledge to support GOP nominee (VIDEOS) - CNNPolitics.com


VIDEO (Full): CNN Republican Town Hall: Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, John Kasich - YouTube


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Syria/Iraq News - Mar 28, 2016


Syrian army retakes ancient Palmyra in major victory over Islamic State, the town is known as the 'Pearl of the Desert' - Yahoo News


Encircled: Syrian army poised to storm key Christian town Qariatein near Palmyra - Sputnik International


Russian air force made 40 flights over Palmyra in last 24 hours, destroyed 8 terrorist command centers - Sputnik International


Palmyra Liberation: Syrian army officer reveals details of operation - Sputnik International


Retaking of Palmyra a huge morale boost for Syrian army - irishtimes.com


VIDEO: Liberation of Palmyra: Awesome footage from drone - liveleak.com


List of Syrian army advances since Russian intervention - AFP


President al-Assad: Palmyra achievement proves army strategy more effective than US-led coalition efforts – Syrian Arab News Agency


Putin congratulates Assad on Palmyra liberation - Sputnik International


UN chief Ban hails removal of Islamic State from Syria's Palmyra - AFP


Why is David Cameron so silent on the recapture of Palmyra from the clutches of Islamic State? - The Independent


Syria antiquities chief: Palmyra ruins generally 'in good shape', Islamic State destroyed the grand Temple of Bel, the shrine of Baal Shamin and several funerary towers - AFP


Palmyra National Museum completely plundered, artifacts partly destroyed - Sputnik International


Preserving Syria's threatened treasures in digital - France 24


In Syria, militias armed by the Pentagon fight those armed by the CIA - LA Times


Book review: ‘Syria Burning’ suggests U.S. stoked the flames - freep.com

 

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Thousands of Iraqis flee fighting south of Mosul in new front by the Iraqi army against Islamic State - AFP


VIDEO(English Subtitles): People leave homes in Mosul by car - YouTube


VIDEO (English Subtitles): Men, women and children fleeing the Islamic State-controlled areas to the Kurdistan Region's capital Erbil - Liveleak


Iraqi forces make slow progress south of Mosul - Reuters


Tentative push for Mosul reveal's Iraq army's failings - The National


VIDEO (English Subtitles): Makhmour clashes fail to achieve Iraqi army objectives to capture key villages before any thrust into Mosul - Rudaw


The Pentagon is planning to send more combat troops into Iraq to enable operations in Mosul - militarytimes.com


Air force moves to replenish bomb stockpile drained by Islamic State fight - defensetech.org


Iraq: Islamic State imposes curfew on residents of Mosul - AhlulBayt News Agency


Islamic State executes 12 of its members’ relatives in Mosul over intel links: report - Al Arabiya English


Islamic State executioner killed by assassins in occupied Iraqi city of Mosul - ibtimes.co.uk


The Battle for Mosul and the Future of Islamic State - huffingtonpost.com


Trump would consider halting U.S. oil purchases from Saudi Arabia unless it provides troops to fight Islamic State - yahoo.com


VIDEO: Obama weekly address: Defeating Islamic State - YouTube


Islamic State chief executioner says Brussels was ‘just a taste' of what terrorists are planning in horrifying new video - Mirror Online


VIDEO: Official Islamic State threat video says Brussels is 'just a taste' - YouTube


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Syria News - Mar 26 , 2016


Palmyra: Syrian government forces 'retake citadel’ from Islamic State, a strategic medieval castle on the hill overlooking the city - BBC


VIDEO: Footage shows Syrian Army entering Palmyra - LiveLeak.com


VIDEO: Syrian Army retaking the citadel castle - LiveLeak.com


VIDEO: Drone footage of Palmyra castle earlier today - YouTube


Islamic State launches counteroffensive against Syrian army in Palmyra: commander - sputniknews.com


IS video claims to show group still in control of Palmyra (VIDEO) - Middle East Eye


Russian warplanes flew 41 sorties to support Syrian offensive against Islamic State near Palmyra, destroyed 146 targets - Reuters


Russia warplanes in Syria attack IS militants carrying weapons to Palmyra from Raqqah and Deir ez-Zor: source - TASS

 

Russian general says military special forces active in Syria - ABC News


Spotted and surrounded by IS, Russian special forces officer called for fire on himself - RT News


U.S. State Department: Replacing Islamic State with Syrian troops in the city of Palmyra is not a 'great trade-off', The Syrian people should not have to decide between IS and Assad - Fulton News


VIDEO: U.S. State Department: Replacing Islamic State with Syrian troops in the city of Palmyra is not a 'great trade-off' - YouTube


UNESCO Director-General welcomes the liberation of Palmyra - UNESCO World Heritage Centre


VIDEO (starts at 2:25 min): Interview with UNESCO official: ’Palmyra is not just an archaeological site, it is a symbol of Syria’ - YouTube


VIDEO: Drone footage captures ancient Palmyra after Syrian army enters the city, what is left of the archelogical sites destroyed by Islamic State - YouTube

 

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US, Russia push for new Syrian Constitution by August - VOA


Russia says U.S. agrees not to discuss Assad's future for now: Ifax - Reuters


US says it hasn't changed position on Syria's Assad - AP


TRANSCRIPT: Press conference of Kerry and Lavrov on Syria - state.gov


UN envoy De Mistura: Syria peace talks to resume April 9 - AP


VIDEO: De Mistura touts 'essential principles' as latest Syria talks conclude - YouTube


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


Moscow insists Kurds participation in Syria peace talks - Kurdpress News Aganecy


Russia admits to training Syria Kurds - Kurdpress News Aganecy


U.S. emphasizes 'YPG and PKK are separate entities' - Kurdpress News Aganecy


IS ‘second in command’ killed by US raid in Syria, Sec. Carter says - Yahoo News


Profile of senior Islamic State leader killed by US - The Long War Journal


Jordan begins covert operations against IS in Syria - Middle East Eye


Jordan's king accuses Turkey of sending terrorists to Europe - Middle East Eye


Turkish journalists face secret trial for revealing Ankara arms deliveries to Syria Islamist rebels - The Guardian


IS, oil & Turkey: What RT found in Syrian town liberated from jihadists by Kurds - RT News


Iran deploys Army Special Forces to Syria and Iraq - The Long War Journal


Iraqi army says border area with Syria taken from IS - Al Arabiya English


Iraqi Shiite fighters in Syria boon to Assad, bane to Abadi’s authority - Al Arabiya English


Are North Koreans fighting in Syria? It’s not as far-fetched as it sounds. - The Washington Post


Syrians describe horrific torture in jails run by militants of Army of Islam - huffingtonpost.com


Why many jihadi terrorists are criminals before they turn to extremism - huffingtonpost.com

 

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Focus: Clinton, Sanders and the Polls - Mar 25, 2016

 

The Independents are the largest segment of the American voters. According to the Gallup Historical Trends of Party Affiliation, 38% consider themselves independents while 32% are Democrats and 26% Republicans. Also Democrats and Republicans are not solidly behind their own parties: the Fox News poll shows that 38% of the Democrats and astonishingly 68% of Republicans 'feel betrayed by politicians from their political party'.

 

Unlike the November elections, primaries privilege the Democrats and Republicans compared to the self-identified Independents and are skewed toward the two established parties. Many states require voters to affiliate with a party in order to take part in presidential primaries and caucuses. The Fox News poll find that only 21% of the Independents vote for the Democratic party and 33% of Independents vote for the Republican party during the primaries. Moreover the presence of the superdelegates at the Democratic Convention strengthen the party establishment offsetting the influence of the grassroot movement. While the Independents play a limited role in the primaries, they will be a key factor in electing the President in November because Democrats and Republicans do not have enough votes. 

 

Independents are a major political force behind the popularity and success of the Bernie Sanders candidacy. While Clinton so far has the backing of the majority of the Democrats, according to the Quinnipiac poll 46% of Independents and 80% of Republicans say they would never vote for her in the presidential election. In contrast Sanders is opposed by only 19% of Independents and 58% of Republicans. With his campaign Sanders is potentially in a position to build a large coalition of a majority of Independents, Democrats and Republican swing voters. That is the reason why Sanders has a much better chance than Clinton to beat Trump. The Quinnipiac poll shows that in a November matchup Sanders beat Trump 52% to 38% while Clinton beat Trump 46% to 40%.

 

Below are the latest polls:

 

POLL: Sanders pulls even with Clinton in a new national poll. Because it’s the economy, stupid. Clinton came out on top on issues of foreign policy while Sanders on domestic issues - The Washington Post

 

POLL: Words used to describe Clinton and Trump presidencies aren't that great, for Hillary most frequently used word was ‘disaster’ and ‘scared' 'disappointed' rounded out the top five - UPI.com

 

POLL: Clinton leads Sanders by 6 in Wisconsin - TheHill

 

POLL: New Pennsylvania poll: Clinton up 25 points over Sanders, Kasich three points behind Trump - PhillyVoice

 

POLL: Polls give Trump and Clinton huge leads in NY Primary ⋆ Hudson Valley News Network

 

POLL: California poll: Trump leads GOP; Clinton, Sanders close - POLITICO

 

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Focus: Hillary Clinton - Mar 23 , 2016


New emails highlight interaction between State, Clinton Foundation - TheHill


Judicial Watch: New internal State Department documents raise questions on Benghazi, Clinton Foundation - Judicial Watch


Judicial Watch submits proposed witness list, discovery plan to Federal Court in Clinton email matter - Breitbart


As Hillary bolstered Boeing, company returned the favor giving millions to Clinton Foundation and six-figure speeches to Bill - Seattle Times


Ex-Im Bank beneficiaries are heavy Clinton Foundation donors - The Daily Caller


ARCHIVE: Boeing Refuses to Disclose Any Boeing-State Department-Clinton Foundation Email Correspondence - nationalcenter.org


Clinton Foundation discloses $40 Million in Wall Street donations - Breitbart


ARCHIVE: Clinton Foundation donors got weapons deals from Hillary Clinton's State Department - ibtimes.com


Congresswoman Blackburn to ask FTC to investigate the Clinton Foundation’s charitable status - Breitbart


Hillary’s other email server scandal: Clinton Foundation and the unethical mixing of Mrs. Clinton’s public work and her personal fundraising/speech-giving/favor-doing - WSJ


ARCHIVE: Clinton Foundation received subpoena from State Department investigators - The Washington Post


HRC's final paid speech: $260K from the ACA, Why would a non-profit promoting summer camps spend 10 per cent of its annual budget on a Hillary Clinton speech? - dailykos.com


Clinton Foundation hires H-1B guest workers in place of American graduates - Breitbart


REPORT: Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation - discoverthenetworks.org


REPORT: Special report concerning latest amended disclosures of the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation (attached) - Charles Ortel


Hillary Clinton campaign's foreign fundraisers under scrutiny - Examiner.com


WikiLeaks publishes searchable archive of Clinton emails - Washington Examiner


POLL: Trump, Clinton score historic unfavorable ratings - CNNPolitics.com

 

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Uproar over Hillary's role in Honduran coup grows as her campaign denies connection - Alternet


The Clinton-backed Honduran regime is picking off indigenous leaders - The Nation


Hillary Clinton needs to answer for her actions in Honduras and Haiti - The Washington Post


Hillary Clinton's response to Honduran coup was scrubbed from her paperback memoirs - huffingtonpost.com


High hopes for Hillary Clinton, then disappointment in Haiti - The New York Times


Haitians protest Hillary Clinton’s ‘destruction’ of country - freebeacon.com


7 articles to read uncovering Hillary Clinton’s Haiti record - The Haitian Times


The mysterious gap in Hillary Clinton’s Haiti emails - haiti-liberte.com


Clinton aide demanded to clear Department’s travel warnings and human rights report on Haiti, releases interfered with fundraiser benefitting the country - freebeacon.com


ARCHIVE: Gov’t memo said Clinton would steer State Department resources to donor’s Haiti Project, instead of building houses Claudio Osorio went to prison - freebeacon.com


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Focus: Donald Trump and the GOP Establishment - Mar 21, 2016

 

Trump: If GOP takes my nomination 'a lot of unhappy people', supporters won't vote in the general elections - newsmax.com


VIDEO: Donald Trump Interview at 'ABC This Week' - YouTube


RNC chair says GOP prepping for possible brokered convention - NY Daily News


VIDEO: RNC chair Reince Priebus: Nothing nefarious about an open convention - YouTube


TRANSCRIPT: Donald Trump, Reince Priebus, Denis McDonough, and Sen. Mitch McConnell on ‘ABC This Week'- ABC News


Republican leaders map a strategy to derail Donald Trump - The New York Times


Trump to huddle with influential Republicans in D.C. ahead of AIPAC speech - The Washington Post


Some RNC members weighs scrapping convention rule book to head off anti-Trump maneuvers - Washington Times


Conservatives call for anti-Trump unity, hint at a Cruz-Kasich ticket - POLITICO


Kasich responds to anti-Trump forces ‘split the map’ strategy - WTKR.com


Graham: Trump is a "demagogue of the greatest proportion” (VIDEO) - CBS News


PAC Club for Growth nets $4 million for fight against Trump - POLITICO


Anti-Trump super-PAC Our Principles raises $4.8 Million in February - Bloomberg Politics


Here's Everything the Republican party is doing to try to stop Donald Trump - People.com


Lifelong Republican: voting for Trump is 'the middle finger vote' to a good ole boy system that lines the pockets of elites in Washington while neglecting working men and women - time.com


Donald Trump's campaign threatens to steal tea party thunder - LA Times


Democrats beware: Donald Trump is finding success well outside the Republican fringe - LA Times


Donald Trump's type of voter found in big numbers in Pennsylvania, nearly 55,000 voters switched registration from Democrat to Republican this year - The Morning Call


VIDEO: Judge Jeanine Pirro pro-Trump opening statement: Donald Trump Vs the GOP establishment - YouTube


POLL: Trump still holds 15-point lead over Cruz nationally - Rasmussen Reports


Donald Trump Owes At Least $250 Million to Banks - WSJ

 

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Man charged with allegedly punching and kicking anti-Trump protester at rally - ABC News


VIDEO: Protester punched and kicked at Donald Trump rally - YouTube


New York anti-Trump protest draws thousands; some detained and pepper-sprayed after scuffle with cops (VIDEO) - NY Daily News


VIDEO: Violence and pepper spray at anti-Trump rally in New York - YouTube


Protesters block road to Trump rally In Arizona, supporters getting out of their cars and walking to the rally (VIDEO, PHOTOS) - Huffington Post


Trump campaign manager accused of another physical altercation, appears to have grabbed a protester by the collar - POLITICO


VIDEO: Here is Donald Trump's campaign manager in the Tucson crowd grabbing the collar of a protester - Jacqueline Alemany on Twitter


Anti-Trump protester April Foster charged with hitting police horse in Kansas City - Breitbart


Donald Trump's sister, son receive threatening letters demanding that the billionaire drop out of the presidential race - mashable.com

 

Donald Trump's campaign to add rally security amid violence - Bloomberg Politics


Donald Trump says protesters are violating his First Amendment rights - yahoo.com


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Focus: Bernie Sanders - Mar 17, 2016

 

Following the results of yesterday’s primaries, the odds are against Bernie Sanders winning the Democratic nomination at the convention according to the delegate and superdelegate math. There are primaries in the coming weeks that will give a clearer picture. More than half of the delegates are yet to be chosen and the next races may favor Sanders campaign while the past primaries have been in Clinton territory. Clinton is winning the Democratic nomination thanks to the super Pac and rich donor money which finances her campaign and the campaigns of the Democratic congressmen that endorsed her. The Democratic party machine and a sympathetic media coverage promote her candidacy notwithstanding her domestic failures, foreign policy blunders and revelations about her private email server and the Clinton Foundation dealings.


It may come the time for Sanders to consider the option of running as an independent for President if he does not collect enough delegates to win the nomination, which is likely unless there is a political earthquake such as Hillary Clinton indicted by the FBI or else. There are more than seven months to the November elections, an arc of time long enough to turn events around. Sanders and the movement, which he represents, deserve to make their case until the November elections given the crucial issues facing the nation. As shown in several polls Clinton won the majority of Democrats in most primaries and Sanders won the independents and the new voters, two groups that will have more weight in the November elections than in the primaries which are slanted in favor of the political parties. 


If Sanders runs as an independent for President chances are he will not be a “spoiler,” the label used against third-party candidate Nader when Gore lost to Bush in 2000. On the contrary Sanders may attract Trump low-income supporters who share his same concerns on the issues of jobs, trade, economic inequality, health insurance, college tuition, etc. On the other end Hillary Clinton may lose in a matchup with Trump or Cruz because of her political past and a majority of Americans think she is not honest and trustworthy. Personally I think that Sanders has a chance to win a three way contest between him, Clinton and Trump (or Cruz.) 


Time will run out to be an independent candidate for President if Sanders wants to go this route. There are deadlines for gaining ballot access to run as an independent or 3rd party candidate in every state starting with Texas on May 9, North Carolina June 9, Illinois June 27, Indiana and New Mexico June 30 and so on. Here are filing deadlines and signature requirements for independent presidential candidates in all states.

 

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Syria News - Mar 14 , 2016


Ahead of peace talks Syria government says the future of Bashar Assad is nonnegotiable, his ouster is a 'red line' - AFP


VIDEO: Syria FM: "We will not negotiate with anyone on the presidency. Bashar [Assad] is red line and belongs to the Syrian people” - YouTube


Syria's opposition leader says Assad must go in a political transition, dead or alive - Business Standard News


VIDEO: Assad must go dead or alive: Syrian opposition leader - YouTube


Kerry accuses Syria FM of 'disrupting' peace talks over Bashar al-Assad red line - The Independent


VIDEO: Kerry claims Syrian FM’s comments on Assad transition ‘disruptive’ - YouTube


UN envoy de Mistura says Kurds must be able to give views on Syria's future even if they are not invited to the peace talks in Geneva - ekurd.net


The PYD says it will not accept any other format for the Kurds' participation in the peace process but the UN Geneva talks  - sputniknews.com


U.S. supports 'proper consultations' with Syrian Kurds in Geneva peace talks, says final decision to invite the PYD left to U.N envoy Staffan de Mistura - ekurd.net


US secretly backs federal future, say Syria's Kurds - Kurdpress News Aganecy


Russia insists on UN sending invitation to Kurds for Syrian peace talks, notes that their participation was blocked by Turkey - sputniknews.com


Russia: Turkish troops in Syria for operation against Kurds - ABC News


Russia asks EU to clarify position on Turkey’s plans for Syrian safe zones - sputniknews.com


Syrian FM praises Kurdish role against IS ahead of Geneva talk - rudaw.net


Disagreement emerges between the Syrian regime and PYD over future of Afrin - BasNews

 

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Al-Qaida affiliated Nusra Front seizes weapons and bases from U.S.-backed Syrian rebels, seven FSA fighters dead and other arrested - AP


More on Nusra Front attack on FSA Division 13 headquarters in Idlib - The Long War Journal


In a nutshell, FSA group Division 13 no longer exists in Maaret AlNoman. City now fully under Nusra - Jenan Moussa on Twitter


Seems main factions Faylaq al-Sham & Ahrar al-Sham haven't done anything to help FSA Division 13 against Nusra - Al-Tamimi on Twitter

 

Nusra Front broke up opposition protest in Idlib last Friday - NOW


VIDEO: Syrian pro-democracy protesters attacked by Jabhat al-Nusra in Maaret AlNoamm last Friday as they return to streets during ceasefire - The Independent


VIDEO: Maaret AlNoamn residents protesting against Nusra - liveuamap.com


VIDEO: Women’s demonstration against Nusra in Maaret AlNoamn - Aghiad Al Kheder on Twitter


Nusra threatened to fire on anti-government protesters last Monday - Yahoo News


Nusra deflects blame for protest suppression, says ‘mandate flag…sows division’ - Syria Direct


MAP: Al-Nusra strongholds in Idlib - washingtoninstitute.org


A jihadi crackdown on demonstrators in Idlib is testing the alliance between two of the insurgency’s most powerful factions, Nusra Front and Ahrar al-Sham - Syria Deeply


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Focus: Donald Trump - Mar 13, 2016


I think Bernie Sanders should refrain from calling Trump names like evil, fascist, racist, bigot, etc. Although Trump's words are hash, extreme, sometimes offensive, criticizing his views on the issues should not equal to insulting him. This means waging a positive campaign and not indulging in personal attacks. We must avoid to debase the political debate to a brawl. 


Trump's political positions should be criticized for what they really are and not distorted. For instance he said that the worst criminal elements of the Mexican society cross the border to enter U.S.. This statement is wrong but does not necessarily mean that Trump is anti-Mexican. He said that he would "temporarily" block all Muslim to enter U.S. due to the spread of the Islamic State. This measure is wrong but it does not necessarily mean that he is anti-Muslim. Finally, contrary to the hawkish attitude of Republican opponents and Hillary Clinton, Trump's foreign policy towards Russia, Syria, Libya and Ukraine is remarkably dovish, advocating against violent regime change which is at the root of the current world crisis.


Trump's supporters are mostly low income people who, in the future, may support Sanders' policies directed at addressing social reforms and economic inequality, i.e. the scandalous accumulation of wealth in the hands of the rich at the expense of the whole nation. Insulting Trump is perceived as insulting his supporters and may generate sympathy towards him. Sanders should not endorse or justify the Chicago protest that forced Trump to cancel the rally over security concerns when protesters clashed with his supporters inside an arena where he was to speak. "We came in here and we wanted to shut this down”, said a protester. Trump and his supporters must be allowed to freely speech and assemble with no threats.


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Libya News - Mar 10, 2016


Senate Armed Services Committee Hearing: U.S. commander in Africa says Libya is a failed state - militarytimes.com


AFRICOM Cmdr, Gen. Rodriguez's written testimony to Senate Armed Services Committee Hearing - US AFRICOM on Twitter


Top U.S military official supports sending special operators to Libya, says they could work with the Islamist Tripoli government - TheHill


Pentagon has plan to cripple IS in Libya with air barrage - The New York Times


Satellite imagery confirms the arrival of French special operations forces to Benghazi air base which is under the control of Gen. Haftar - Stratfor


Libya military intervention may worsen situation: Italy minister - THE DAILY STAR


Arguments between US and Italy on intervention in Libya - Libya Prospect


Tunisian forces in deadly clashes with jihadists near Libyan border following attacks earlier this week - France 24


Egyptian Special Forces deployed to borders with Libya after Qaddafi: Sisi - nsnbc international


Islamic State threat rising in Morocco, analysts aay - VOA

 

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Push for unity government stalls amid frictions between the country’s East and the West factions - Reuters


Tobruk House of Representatives again fails to vote on Libyan unity government due to lack of quorum - digitaljournal.com


Tripoli detention of presidency security team members angers UN envoy Kobler - libyaherald.com


Libya: the unity government agreement lacks the political will and commitment from the factions who signed on to it  - atlanticcouncil.org


Analysts: Immediate international action against Islamic State in Libya is needed regardless of the status of peace talks on a unity government - VOA


Tobruk House of Representatives condemns prime minister-designate Serraj visit to Jakarta - libyaherald.com


Tobruk Libyan air forces strike Islamic State held Sirte while UN unity efforts remain stalled - Tunisialive


New MiG-21s and Mi-8s for Tobruk-based Libyan National Army Air Force - AeroHisto

 

Tripoli-based Fatwa House Research Council calls for supporting Benghazi Islamist fighters - The Libya Observer


ISIS' weekly magazine spotlights Libya, introduces new leader - vocativ.com


Suspected IS fighters kill 3 guards at Libya checkpoint - ABC News


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Libya News - Mar 8, 2016


Tunisia: 45 killed as Islamist fighters launch RPG assault reportedly from Libya on border town of Ben Guerdane - ibtimes.co.uk


Tunisia Closes Border with Libya After Attack Kills 50 - teleSUR English


VIDEO: Tunisia’s president: "Today’s attack on the army is unprecedented, organized and was probably meant to declare a new state" - euronews


Islamic State expands in post-Qaddafi Libya - CNN.com


Islamic State forging migrant army in Libya by dominating human trafficking routes - Middle East Eye


Has Islamic State acquired Qaddafi’s deadly shoulder-held missiles? - newsweek.com


VIDEO: Islamic State militants muster ‘military style’ attack in Tunisia - CNN


VIDEO: Live footage of the battle in Ben Guerdane, Tunisia - YouTube


VIDEO (Arabic): Islamic State message to Tunisia - YouTube


Did Islamic State chief Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi moved from Turkey to Libya to escape hunt operation? - alalam.ir


Islamic State in Libya: How Boko Haram jihadis are flocking to join holy war in North Africa - ibtimes.co.uk


Qaeda affiliate Ansar Dine claims four attacks in Mali - The Long War Journal


The Islamic State papers: leaked documents show how Isis is building its state - The Guardian


The Islamic State papers: behind 'death cult' image lies a methodical bureaucracy - The Guardian


Islamic State faces crude reality as oil output slumps, the well-oiled war machine is starting to creak - CNN

 

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International Libya force led by Italy readied as dozens killed in Tunisia - The Guardian


PM Renzi: Italy won’t rush into action, move against Islamic State remains on hold as long as Libya has not formed a unified government - The Local


Italy foreign minister Gentiloni discusses Islamic State militants, migration from Libya - ibtimes.com


VIDEO (and transcript): FM Gentiloni on Italy's role in the Mediterranean - Council on Foreign Relations


Foreign minister Lamamra: Algeria won't be involved in military intervention in Libya or elsewhere - allAfrica.com


Sisi says Egypt won't intervene militarily in Libya - Ahram Online


Egypt, France hold joint Mediterranean military exercise amid concerns over the growing influence of IS in Libya - alaraby.co.uk


Will Islamic State use Libya as a springboard to attack Egypt? - Commentary Magazine


Hillary Clinton says she supports using special forces in Libya - TIME


VIDEO: Hillary Clinton defends past intervention to overthrow Qaddafi, says she supports using special forces in Libya now - Fox News


Islamic State's setback in Libya bolsters defiant general Haftar who scored success over jihadist groups in Benghazi - Bloomberg Business


General Khalifa Haftar: man on whose shoulders ‘peace’ in Libya rests - New Delhi Times


Revolutionary Brigades gathering forms unified operations room in Tripoli, “we call on the UN to stop the war waged by rogue General Khalifa Haftar" - The Libya Observer


Libya’s militias in Tripoli take justice into their own hands - Al-Monitor


Libya's central bank causing 'civil war' by paying rival militias, says UK envoy - Telegraph


Libyan Wealth Fund control dispute reaches London court, disagreement mirrors battles between the two Libyan governments - Bloomberg Business


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Focus: Yemen and Saudi Arabia - Mar 7, 2016


'Shocked and profoundly saddened’ Pope Francis calls nuns killed in Yemen martyrs and and victims of global indifference - America Magazine


VIDEO: Pope Francis prays for martyrs of Yemen attack - Reuters.com


Yemeni officials blame Islamic State for killing four nuns, kidnapping priest - UPI.com


UN reports sharp rise in civilian casualties in Yemen - VOA


U.N. warns against slowing recent increase in aid flow to Yemen - Business Insider


Yemen's food crisis deepens as banks cut credit for shipments - Reuters


Saudi Arabia rejects UN Security Council action on Yemen aid crisis - Yahoo News


Rights group: Saudi Arabia used U.S. cluster bombs in civilian areas - CNNPolitics.com


European Parliament calls for Saudi arms embargo over Yemen bombing - Reuters


David Cameron boasts of 'brilliant' UK arms exports to Saudi Arabia on the day the European parliament votes for an arms embargo - The Guardian


ARCHIVE: EU criticises British arms sales to Saudi Arabia - The Guardian


Hollande under fire for awarding top French honour to Saudi royal, bilateral ties sealed by major arms deals - France 24


Saudi Arabia diverts French arms originally intended for Lebanon to its own military, 'So the contracts [with France] will be completed’ - THE DAILY STAR


The Golden Age for Saudi-French relationship, that is how a French official described it - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT


Since September 2014, the Obama Administration has notified Congress of proposed foreign military sales to Saudi Arabia with a potential value of more than $21 billion - Vox


REPORT: Saudi Arabia: Background and U.S. Relations - Congressional Research Service


Former US ambassador to Yemen: Yemen’s destruction is one cost of the US-Saudi alliance - The Boston Globe


ARCHIVE: Saudi Arabian foreign minister: British and US military 'in command room' for air strikes on Yemen - The Guardian


Saudi Arabia has been Hillary Clinton's ‘top priority' for years, showering missiles and fighter jets on an extreme human rights abuser - Alternet


Conference examines the U.S.’ 'special relationship' with human rights abuser Saudi Arabia - Alternet


Amnesty International: Governments must halt all arms flows to the Yemen conflict that could be used by any of the warring parties - Amnesty International USA


Report: Arms sales to Saudi Arabia and Qatar almost triple in four years - Middle East Eye


Saudi Arabia’s unholy war: Riyadh has failed to achieve its military strategic goals in Yemen, its campaign has boosted popular support for the Houthis - The Cairo Review of Global Affairs


Yemen's ousted president is still a stumbling block for Saudis - Bloomberg Business


Cable, Dutch gov't official: Saudi Arabia’s war on Yemen motivated partly by oil pipeline fantasy - mintpressnews.com


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Syria News - Mar 5 , 2016


In its first week, Syria truce brings sharp drop in violence - AP


Syria accord lays ground for vital progress, say aid chiefs - aa.com


UN delivers aid to rebel towns east of Syria capital - Al Arabiya English


Water returns to Syria’s war-torn Aleppo - Al Arabiya English


Syrians resume peaceful anti-government street protests in rebel-held areas - DW.COM


VIDEO: Syria’s first major public protests in years - Fusion


Truce reached with Syria’s Jaysh al-Islam, opposition groups: Russian MoD - Sputnik International


Islamic State’s governor for Aleppo reportedly killed in airstrike - The Long War Journal


IS, al-Nusra declare mutual ceasefire in southern Syria, it comes after two days of fighting between the two organizations - The Times of Israel


Is ISIS going broke? - CNN


Is the Islamic State hurting? The President’s point man on ISIS speaks out - The New Yorker

 

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France, Britain, Germany urge Syrian opposition to attend peace talks - Yahoo News


Syria opposition: Circumstances not suitable for peace talks - AP


UN envoy optimistic about the ceasefire, says Syrians should decide Assad's fate - Yahoo News


VIDEO: UN envoy insists Syria peace talks have momentum - France 24


Assad: Syrian ceasefire a ‘glimmer of hope’ - VOA


Putin: Syrian regime poll ‘does not interfere’ with peace process - Al Arabiya English


Large landing warship to deliver supplies for Russian air task force in Syria: source - TASS


Underwater and underhanded: Russian submarines come to the Mideast - Observer


All hands on deck: Russian military sets up high-tech radar system in Syria - Sputnik International


Armenia pulled into Russia-Turkey clash in Syria - Washington Times


Russia has been 'helpful, and… cooperative' in Syria peace process: State Dept - sputniknews.com


GOP foreign policy hawks declare war on Trump, some say they could vote for Hillary Clinton - POLITICO

 

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Kurds receive no official invitation to join Next Syria peace talks - Sputnik


Syrian peace talks without Kurds 'incomplete', Russian FM says - ekurd.net


Kurdish YPG accuses Syrian Arab opposition in Aleppo of violating deal - ekurd.net


43 YPG, 140 IS forces were killed during clashes on Geri Spi: Kurdish official - Kurdpress News Aganecy


Kurd-led fighters take key hill from Nusra Front - Kurdpress News Aganecy


Turkey ‘protects & supplies’ Al-Nusra camps at its border: Syria’s YPG (VIDEO) - RT News


Russian MoD accuses Turkey of ongoing hostilities in Syria's Aleppo, Idlib as it ensures steady supply of weapons to terrorists and keeps shelling Kurdish militia - Sputnik


Turkey not shelled Syrian Kurdish YPG since truce: Ankara official - ekurd.net


Erdogan accuses Turkey's constitutional court of breaching Constitution, by releasing two journalists arrested for investigating the delivery of weapons from Ankara to radical groups in Syria - Sputnik


Erdoğan: Prosecutors may object to the release of the journalists who unveiled a story on MIT trucks delivering weapons to radical groups in Syria - todayszaman.com


Freed journalist says no response came after seeking MİT’s view on trucks story - Cihan


Turkey seizes control opposition Zaman newspaper linked to Gulen - BBC News


VIDEO: Turkish police raid Zaman HQs, fire tear gas on readers after gov’t takeover - todayszaman.com


Jordan foils Isis terror plot as Saudi Arabia calls for Syria's Arab neighbours to pick a side - ibtimes.co.uk


Saudis ready to give Syrian rebels missiles against Russian warplanes and tanks - debka.com


Newly translated WikiLeaks Saudi cable: Overthrow the Syrian regime 'by all means available', but play nice with Russia – Levant Report


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Focus: The New York Times on Hillary Clinton and the Libya War - Feb 29, 2016


Hillary Clinton, ‘smart power’ and a dictator’s fall: Libya as a failed state and terrorist haven, 769 readers comments (Part 1) - New York Times


New Libya with ‘very little time left': militias fanning civil war and Islamic State rising out of chaos, 196 reader comments (Part 2) - New York Times


In their own words: the Libya tragedy, interviews with decision makers involved in the intervention about what went wrong - New York Times


VIDEO: Hillary Clinton’s legacy in Libya, as secretary of state she pressed the Obama administration to intervene militarily - New York Times


VIDEO ARCHIVE: Hillary Clinton laughing comment on Qaddafi death: we came, we saw, he died - YouTube


The New York Times accurately portrays Hillary Clinton as an unrepentant warmonger, who will call her on it? - Reason.com


The New York Times' cover-up of Hillary's illegal Libyan war - Frontpage Mag


NYT is whitewashing Clinton and her war on Libya - M of A


NY Times shamelessly whitewashes Hillary’s intervention in Libya - independentsentinel.com


ARCHIVE: Hillary Clinton Libya war genocide narrative rejected by U.S. intelligence, undercutting her primary argument for using the U.S. military to remove Qaddafi from power - Washington Times


BOOK REVIEW: Daughter of empire in its heyday: Diana Johnstone dissects Hillary Clinton in ‘Queen of Chaos’ - counterpunch.org

 

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DNC vice chair Tulsi Gabbard resigns and endorses Sanders, blasts Clinton’s 'interventionist, regime change policies' - Salon.com


VIDEO: Tulsi Gabbard on endorsing Sanders: we need a commander in chief who do not waste precious lives and money on wars - YouTube


Bill Clinton gets into heated exchange with Benghazi protesters - CNNPolitics.com


VIDEO: Protesters talk Benghazi four at Bill Clinton rally for Hillary 2016 - YouTube


Robert Kagan's Premature and Wrongheaded Decision to Endorse Clinton - PJ Media


Robert Kagan op-ed: Trump is the GOP’s frankenstein monster, the only choice will be to vote for Hillary Clinton - The Washington Post


Trump's spotty memory on Libya: In a February 2011 video he called for U.S. intervention in Libya - US News


VIDEO: Donald Trump flip flop on Gaddafi & Libya 2011 - 2016 - YouTube


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Libya News - Feb 26, 2016


Secret's out: French special forces, along with U.S., U.K. teams, fighting Islamic State in Libya - The Japan Times


France’s ‘secret war’ against IS in Libya: Defence Minister launches an investigation alleging 'breaches of national defence' - France 24


UK Special Forces spearheading 'secret war' against IS in Libya - Mirror Online


French forces arrived in Libya to support Haftar in Benghazi, a common operations room has been set up - middleeastmonitor.com


Deploying land troops in Libya ‘unthinkable’ and ‘absurd': Italy Defense Minister - EUROPE ONLINE


Italy seeks to keep allies in check, tries to persuade them to limit action in Libya until a unity government is in place - Reuters


Libya’s neighbours to meet March 21 in Tunisia on ending IS crisis - Africanews


Bombing of Libya looms as neighboring states seek to seal the borders and build refugee towns - The North Africa Journal


US rules out leading coalition to stop IS in Libya - Worldbulletin News


U.S. unable to halt IS march towards Libyan oil - OilPrice.com


Hunting Boko Haram: U.S. extends its drone war deeper into Africa with secretive base - theintercept.com


Libya’s warring governments launch separate assaults on IS - The National


PHOTOS: Benghazi celebrates after government forces seize control of areas once controlled by Islamic militants - ibtimes.com


Libyan Tobruk-based parliament to move to Benghazi within week - sputniknews.com


Libya unity government vote stalls after threats, Washington strongly condemns all attempts to obstruct the political process - AFP


UN cites torture, murder, violations and abuses in lawless Libya - United Nations


Investigation by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on Libya (Short Version) - United Nations


Investigation by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on Libya (Long Version) - United Nations

 

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‘Bravo!’ In email Clinton’s friend praises her for convincing a reluctant President Obama to take military action in Libya - In These Times


VIDEO: Hillary Clinton answers a question about her support for the 2011 Libya war which toppled Qaddafi and led to five years of anarchy - CNN


ARCHIVE: Emails show Clinton’s interest in arming Libyan rebels despite prohibitions - Fox News


Assange: Vote for Hillary Clinton is ‘vote for endless, stupid war' which spreads terrorism - RT News


Gowdy: Benghazi findings likely public before summer, ‘our committee continues to break an immense amount of new ground' - Washington Examiner


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Syria News - Feb 24, 2016

 

Syrian war: Before Senate hearing John Kerry touts Russian help with truce - CNN.com


Joint statement of the United States and the Russian Federation, as Co-Chairs of the ISSG, on cessation of hostilities in Syria - state.gov


John Kerry says partition of Syria could be part of ‘plan B’ if peace talks fail - The Guardian


VIDEO: John Kerry says partition of Syria possible if ceasefire fails - The Guardian


Pentagon, CIA chiefs don’t think Russia will abide by Syria cease-fire, Russia hawks in cabinet exposes disagreement in the administration - WSJ


Foreign Ministry: Syria accepts cessation of fighting actions on the basis of excluding ISIS and al-Nusra - Syrian Arab News Agency


Syria's opposition HNC agrees to temporary truce - Syria Opposition HNC on Twitter


Putin says ceasefire in Syria presents real chance to stop bloodshed - TASS


Mechanism to be established to monitor ceasefire in Syria: Putin - Chinadaily.com.cn


Vladimir Putin’s address following adoption of a joint statement by Russia and US on Syria • President of Russia


VIDEO: Vladimir Putin on the ceasefire in Syria - Global Research


Putin’s Personal Intervention Lends Weight To Syria Ceasefire - ibtimes.com


Russia 'Opens Center In Syria' To Monitor Truce, Organize Aid - rferl.org


A fortress to be reckoned with: how Russia's airbase in Syria is protected - sputniknews.com


Advanced Russian plane spies on Turkey from Syria - Arutz Sheva


Russia, with Turkey in mind, announces big weapons deal with Armenia - EurasiaNet.org

 

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Turkey 'not optimistic' on Syria truce, threatens new artillery strikes against Syrian Kurdish fighters - Daily Mail Online


Turkey to not allow terror zone near border with Syria, PM says Ankara will foil designs of Russia, Assad regime, YPG and Daesh - aa.com


Turkish president accuses US of supporting ‘terrorist' Kurdish PYD and its armed wing YPG - todayszaman.com


Obama administration argues over support for Syrian Kurds - Bloomberg View


This highly advanced U.S.-made anti-tank missile is in the hands of Kurdish forces on Syria’s frontlines - The Washington Post


Hammond: 'Disturbing evidence' that Kurds are coordinating with Syrian regime and Russia - Telegraph


Turkish PM says Syrian Kurdish militia taking orders from PKK - Reuters


PYD’s Muslim says no plan for Kurdish state in Syria - todayszaman.com


No doubt YPG-PKK behind Ankara bombing: Turkish PM - hurriyetdailynews.com


DNA report suggests Ankara bomber was Turkish, not Syrian as stated by the government - Reuters


Government’s foreign policy discrediting Turkey, main opposition leader says - hurriyetdailynews.com


HDP co-chair defends PYD against Turkish government - hurriyetdailynews.com


Daily: According to wiretapped telephone calls, Turkish border officers cooperate with ISIL - todayszaman.com


Report: Turkey sixth biggest importer of arms in world - todayszaman.com


Iranian Saberin Special Forces at work in Syria - The Long War Journal


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Focus: Syrian Kurds and Turkey - Feb 20, 2016


Backed by US strikes Kurdish-led force takes Islamic State stronghold Shaddadi in northeast Syria - AFP


Syrian Kurds further weaken Islamic State after taking Shaddadi, cutting off key supply route between Mosul and Raqqa - middleeasteye.net


Islamic State leaders, media official killed in American strike in the vicinity of Shaddadi city - ARA News


Turkish shelling in border areas continues: Syrian Kurds - The financial express


Syrian rebels say at least 2,000 reinforcements get free passage via Turkey heading into Azaz - todayszaman.com


Why Turkey is losing hope in Syrian border town of Azaz - Al-Monitor


CHP head again accuses Turkish gov’t of sending arms to jihadists - hurriyetdailynews.com


Erdoğan slams intellectuals who opposed going to war in Syria - todayszaman.com


Russia fails in UN bid to rein in Turkey over Syria - rappler.com


Syrian Kurds: Russia will fight ‘big war' to protect us from Turkey - breitbart.com


NATO Worried about Possible Turkey-Russia Hostilities - SPIEGEL ONLINE


Saudi king Salman, Putin hold talks on Syria crisis - Saudi Gazette


Saudi foreign minister says Syrian rebels should receive anti-aircraft missiles - Middle East Eye


Interview with Saudi foreign minister Adel al Jubeir on Syrian War - SPIEGEL ONLINE

 

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Turkey asks US to cut ties with Syrian Kurds - ABNA


Turkey's Erdogan says saddened by U.S. arming of Syrian Kurdish militia - thestar.com


Turkish minister says US making conflicting statements over Syrian Kurdish YPG - todayszaman.com


In a telephone call with Erdogan Obama calls for 'restraint' from Turkey, Kurdish YPG in Syria - Yahoo News


Readout of the President’s call with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey - whitehouse.gov


Erdoğan says no doubt YPG behind Ankara attack, urges allies to label PYD as terrorist group - Reuters


Turkey claims they can change Incerlik airbase terms AND more if Washington doesn’t label PYD a terrorist group - Joshua Landis on Twitter


Syrian PYD leader rejects responsibility for Ankara attack - todayszaman.com


Turkey manufacturing reasons to invade Syrian Kurdistan: YPG spokesman - ekurd.net


Turkish-based Kurdish splinter group claims responsibility for Ankara bombing - DW.COM


Meet the obscure Kurdish fighters taking responsibility for the the Ankara bombing - Foreign Policy


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