You are hereBlogs / bartolo's blog

bartolo's blog


Focus: Syria News - Dec 2, 2015


Defense chief Carter before the House Armed Services Committee: US sending more special forces to fight Islamic State in Iraq and Syria - AP


VIDEO: Ash Carter before the House Armed Services Committee: More U.S. special operators headed to Syria - CNN


Joint Chiefs chairman Dunford: We have not contained ISIL, it has spread beyond Iraq and Syria to other countries - TheHill


VIDEO: Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Dunford: 'We have not contained ISIL' - YouTube


VIDEO: Ashton Carter, Joseph Dunford full testimony before the House Armed Services Committee - C-SPAN.org


Sen. Murphy critical of plan to send additional special ops forces to Syria, Iraq - Hartford Courant


Obama touts progress against ISIS, sets low expectations for Russian cooperation saying Putin unlikely to do '180 turn' - Fox News


VIDEO: Obama sets low expectations for Russian cooperation on Syria - Yahoo News


Obama: We need Turkey to secure its border with Syria, to prevent ISIS to transport fuel and foreign fighters - Breitbart


U.S. air campaign cripples ISIL oil industry in Syria - usatoday.com


Clinton on Russians:  "I want them at the table. They don't have to participate in it, but I want them to understand that there has to be safe areas [i.e. no-fly zones] on the ground” (VIDEO) - TheHill


Did Hillary Clinton think a military victory against Assad was possible in Syria (VIDEO) ? - CBS News


US-backed alliance of Kurds and Arabs fight deadly clashes in Aleppo province with Islamist including Nusra - Yahoo News


U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces recapture new Hasakah areas from ISIS - ARA News


As US-backed Kurdish-Arab alliance prepares to storm Shaddadi, tribal leaders ask ISIS to withdraw to avoid civilian casualties - ARA News

 

-----------------------------------------------------------

Russia adding 2nd airbase in Syria, pursuing 'expansion' in military campaign - Fox News


With the new airbase, the Russian air force in Syria is expected to double in the number of aircraft, additional 1,000 soldiers deployed - Daily Sabah


More information on the new Russian military base in Syria - InformNapalm.org


Russian Su-34 fighters carrying air-to-air missiles in Syria for the first time (VIDEO) - UPI.com


Pentagon warns Russia’s against arming its warplanes in Syria with air-to-air missiles - TASS


Russia S-400 missile system sends robust signal: 248 mi. range, 3 mi. per second speed, tracking hundreds of targets simultaneously up to 19 mi. height - BBC


Israel’s defence minister Ya'alon: Russian air defence missile system in Syria is not a threat - middleeastmonitor.com


Netanyahu, Putin Meet to Discuss Coordination of Air Forces in Syria - Washington Free Beacon


Vladimir Putin claims Turkey shot down Russian jet to protect oil trade with Isil (VIDEO) - Telegraph


Exclusive: Russia may freeze Turkish Stream gas project: Gazprom sources - Reuters


Russian Su-24M Jet Attack: Moscow Accuses NATO Of ‘Politically’ Covering Turkey - ibtimes.com


NATO allies seek to strengthen Turkey's defences - Reuters


Xi, Putin to enhance anti-terrorism cooperation - Business Standard News


Syria's government and opposition forces reach a deal for rebels to leave the last part of Homs city under their control - Yahoo News


Starving residents leave Qudsiya as rebels mull deal to end blockade - Syria Direct


Syria's Assad says Russia's support changes balance on the ground - Jerusalem Post


TRANSCRIPT: President al-Assad Interview to Czech TV - Syrian Arab News Agency


In unexpected twist, Assad ally may be Lebanon's next president - Jerusalem Post


To contact Bartolo email peaceloverblog[at]yahoo[dot]com (replacing [at] with @, [dot] with .)

 

Focus: Clinton and Sanders on climate change - Nov 30, 2015


According to BBC, today hundreds of thousands of people have marched worldwide to demand action to stop climate change. On the eve of the Paris international conference on climate change it is necessary to point out the differences between Clinton and Sanders on this issue. 

 

Hillary Clinton has recently stated her opposition to the Keystone pipeline and Arctic offshore oil and gas drilling. Also she released a plan promoting renewable energy resorces, especially solar energy. But this is not enough. Climate expert John H. Cushman Jr says: "To be transformational, Clinton's policy would have to: aim to end the uncontrolled emission of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere, crack down on methane (another greenhouse gas) whether it comes from fracking natural gas or from agriculture, leave most existing reserves of fossil fuels in the ground, and put a price on carbon, either through a tax or a cap-and-trade system.” Climatologist James Hansen says that a president committed to halting climate change would implement a gradually rising fee for fossil fuel extraction, collected from the fossil fuel companies at the domestic mine or port of entry. To incentivize other countries to do the same the US would have to impose equivalent tariffs on imports from countries without a carbon fee. “You have to recognize that as long as fossil fuels appear to be the cheapest energy, we’ll just keep burning them,” Hansen says. So far Clinton has failed to endorse a tax on carbon emissions, which Sanders supports and many experts believe is essential if the world is to avoid a climate calamity. 


Sanders has introduced a bill which would block new leases and end non-producing leases for fossil fuels -- such as coal, oil, gas, oil shale and oil sands -- on federal land and for offshore drilling in the Pacific and Gulf of Mexico. It would also completely prohibit offshore drilling in the Arctic and Atlantic oceans. Recently Clinton said she wouldn’t stop federal energy development if elected president. Her campaign manager Podesta added the government should expect to receive more royalties and tax revenue from those operations rather than stopping them altogether.


Is Clinton Still a Carbon Candidate? I think the answer to the above question, in all fairness, has to be “Yes” until she proves otherwise. I’m open to being shown otherwise — as are we all who care about our children’s and grandchildren’s future. But the weight of evidence so far is this — under a President Clinton, no halt to carbon emissions, and no commitment to one, will be forthcoming. Does that mean she doesn’t care about climate change. No, but it does mean she won’t act effectively to prevent it." Gaius Publius: Is Clinton Still a Carbon Candidate? The Data to Date

Russia News - Nov 28, 2015


Russia deploys cutting-edge S-400 air defense system on combat duty to Syrian base after Su-24 downing (VIDEOS) - RT News


VIDEO: See the moment the Russian S-400s arrived in Latakia, Syria - YouTube


Experts opinions: S-400 antiaircraft missile system to defend Russia’s air group, will keep most of Syrian airspace under control - TASS


Reports: Russia launches electronic warfare in Syria as tensions rise - Fox News


Ankara Suspends Air Force Flights Over Syria After Attack on Su-24: Media - sputniknews.com


Erdogan warns against use of S-400 against Turkish fighter jets over Syria - News.Az


VIDEO: Erdogan interview: We won't apologize for downing Russian plane - CNN


U.S. officials say Russia didn't give downed jet's flight plan to them, Putin hinted that U.S. might have given detailed Russian operational plans to Turkey ahead of time - Yahoo News


US Hopes Russia Respects Safety Memorandum After S-400s Deployed in Syria - armscom.net


US special forces begin training Kurdish and Arab fighters to take on Isis - ibtimes.co.uk


Israeli Air Force says direct line to Moscow prevents possible air incidents - RT News


Chinese media: Russian S-400 undermines Turkey's plan to impose safe zone in Syria - Xinhua


Russia retaliates with air strikes near Turkey border - World Tribune


Russia ready to coordinate steps to block Turkish-Syrian border: FM Lavrov - TASS


U.S. urges Turkey to seal Syria border, says a bigger Turkish border deployment would close off key transit routes for ISIS fighters in Syria - WSJ


Turkey Masses Tanks on Syria Border Amid Rising Russia Tensions - Antiwar.com


Putin: 'Commercial scale’ oil smuggling into Turkey by ISIS becomes priority target of air strikes - RT News


Erdogan denies Turkey buys oil from ISIL - Al Jazeera English


Protests erupt in Turkey after journalists arrested for a report suggesting Ankara shipped arms to Islamist rebels in Syria - AFP


VIDEO: Turkish police pepper spray supporters of 2 prominent journalists arrested for ‘treason’ over publishing photos of weapons allegedly brought to Syrian rebels by Turkish intelligence - RT News


Russian PM Pushes For Economic Sanctions Against Turkey - huffingtonpost.com


Russia scraps visa-free regime for Turks amid bitter dispute - France 24 


France, Russia agree to exchange intelligence in Syria campaigns, but difference remain on the fate of Assad - AP

 

Russia plays down idea of grand coalition with West to strike Islamic State in Syria, it seeks cooperation on its terms - Washington Post

 

----------------------------------------------------

Coal cutoff escalates Russia-Ukraine tensions, Yatsenyuk says not enough coal for winter - POLITICO


Ukraine seeks imports of anthracite coal from South Africa as shortages loom - Platts News


Ukraine Energy Minister Backs Compromise on Energy Supplies With Russia - sputniknews.com


Crimea starts receiving electricity from Russia: RIA - Reuters


Russia cuts gas flow, Ukraine closes airspace as trade war expands - The Washington Post


Moscow will impose a food embargo on Ukraine starting from 1 January 2016, when the economic part of Kiev’s European Association Agreement comes into force - RT


Yatsenyuk: Ukraine to Respond Likewise to Russia's Upcoming Food Embargo - sputniknews.com


Ukraine's agricultural exports to Russia down 72.9 pct in first 10 months of 2015 - GlobalPost


Ukraine’s export to decrease 30.8% in 2015: ministry - TASS


To contact Bartolo email peaceloverblog[at]yahoo[dot]com (replacing [at] with @, [dot] with .)

Syria News - Nov 24, 2015

 

A new ABC/Washington Post poll shows that Hillary Clinton is the most trusted 2016 candidate on terrorism. Quoting the Washington Post: "Clinton’s position of strength in the new Post-ABC poll is perhaps more striking given it also found... 57 percent disapproved of his [Obama] handling of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.”

 

I think is urgent to respond to the recent Clinton national security and Islamic State speech and clarify to the public the dangerous implications of her foreign policy which will furtherly destabilize the Middle East and fuel more war. 


On top I would put her anti-Russia and anti-Iran stance: by condemning continuously their actions and by refusing to recognize their legitimate interests and concerns, she makes the prospect of a political and diplomatic solution of the crisis difficult if not impossible to pursue. 


Second, I would mention her plan to train and arm the so called “moderate” Syrian rebels who are fighting Assad. This policy has been a total failure with the result that US weapons ended up in the hand of Qaeda-affiliated Nusra Front and Islamic state; also many CIA-trainees were fought and defeated or recruited by those terrorist groups. Right now remaining “moderate” Syrian rebels are allied with Nusra Front and other hardline Islamist groups in a coalition known as Army of Conquest.


Third, Clinton no-fly zone in northern Syria may cause a direct military confrontation with Russia, Iran and the Syrian army. The Pentagon assessed the no-fly zone as risky, costly and difficult to implement. Also the local populations, like the Syrian Kurds, oppose it.


Forth, Clinton says: "There is not going to be a successful military effort at this point to overturn Assad. That can only happen through the political process.” By setting the goal of overturning Assad, even if by a political process, she imperils the future peace talks between the Syrian government and opposition. Russia and Iran have repeatedly said that they will not accept Assad ouster as a precondition for the negotiations ending the war.


Fifth, Clinton plans a deployment in Syria of more U.S Special Operations troops "who can contribute to the fight on the ground” and military personnel advising the Iraqis "including embedding in local units.” This will put at risk more lives of American soldiers. The U.S. military shows sign of fatigue after so many wars; soldiers suffer from exhaustion, sleep disorders and mental health problems. No surprise that few Americans in the military have a good impression of Hillary Clinton: in a poll she is seen unfavorably by 81% by active and retired military personnel, including 69% who share a very unfavorable impression of her. 


Below is my today’s news research on Syria.

 

Putin, Khamenei pledge to oppose 'external attempts' to overthrow Assad regime - UPI


VIDEO: Russia’s complex anti-ISIS campaign in Syria would be impossible without Iran: Putin - RT News


Jordan's King Abdullah to discuss war on Syria militants with Putin - Reuters


Сhina considers Russia’s actions important part of international fight against terrorism - TASS


UN Chief Says Russia and U.S. Must Unite to Destroy Islamic State - Breitbart


Former defense chief Hagel: Russia, Iran must join fight against ISIS - Washington Examiner


Russian TV: Russian airstrikes destroy 472 terrorist targets in Syria in 48 hours, 1,000 oil tankers in 5 days (VIDEO) - RT News


Pentagon skeptical of claims Russia hit 1,000 ISIS tankers - Fox News


Backed by Russian airstrikes Syria troops advance in Homs province and Latakia - Daily Mail Online


Syrian army making advances since Russian airstrikes began: Assad - RT News


TRANSCRIPT: Assad interview to Chinese PHOENIX TV Channel - Syrian Arab News Agency


U.S. Congresswoman introduces bill to stop "illegal" war on Assad; says CIA ops must stop (VIDEO) - Intellihub


Inside Russia's war room where Vladimir Putin masterminds Syria airstrikes (PHOTOS, VIDEO) - Daily Mail Online


Russia said to deploy advanced missile system in Syria - The Times of Israel


Report: Russia Sends Ground Forces into Syria - Washington Free Beacon


VIDEO: Syrians take to the streets to praise Russian military support - BBC News

 

--------------------------------------------------

Presidential envoy McGurk: US Special Forces going Into Syria very soon, 'to organize those forces on the ground to push down on Raqqa' - VOA


VIDEO: Presidential Envoy Brett McGurk discusses the U.S. strategy in Syria against ISIS - CBS


France, Russia poised to pummel Islamic State ‘capital' Raqqa - THE DAILY STAR


Exclusive: Kurdish forces with new alliance called the Syrian Democratic Forces dig in just outside ISIS headquarters in Raqqa (VIDEO) - CNN


Isis fortifies Raqqa as it braces for an international assault on its Syrian stronghold - The Independent


With air support from a US-led coalition Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic forces have captured nearly 200 villages from Islamic State - ekurd.net


15 opposition brigades in Idlib, Aleppo join the Syrian Democratic Forces - Syria Direct


Assyrian Christian Militia Joins Kurds against ISIS in Syria - National Review Online


Officials say US warplanes destroy 283 IS fuel trucks in Syria - Yahoo News


President Obama Returns to DC Amid ISIS Intelligence Report Investigation - ABC News


Syria oil map: the journey of a barrel of Isis oil - FT


Turkey buying oil from Isis? Syrian army releases photos of captured tanker - IBTimes


Financing Terror: Where Does the Islamic State Group Get Its Money? - US News


How the Islamic State makes its money - The Washington Post


US Envoy: Chemical Attacks 'Becoming Routine' in Syria - ABC News


Syria opposition chief urges Al-Nusra to break with Al-Qaeda - Yahoo News


Al-Qaeda's affiliate Nusra Front releases a grateful video where they openly thank the Free Syrian Army for supplying them with US-made anti-tank TOW missiles - Sputnik

 

VIDEO: Revealing Interviews of ISIS fighters captured by the Kurds - LiveLeak.com

Focus: Hillary Clinton Plan to Combat Islamic State - Nov 20, 2015

 

Here is a summary of the Hillary Clinton plan to combat Islamic State and my suggestions for a Sanders counterproposal. This is the full transcript and video of Clinton National Security Address.


Hillary Clinton proposes:


Deployment in Syria of more U.S Special Operations troops "who can contribute to the fight on the ground” and military personnel advising and training the Iraqis "including embedding in local units and helping target airstrikes.” 


Establishing no-fly zones together with the coalition and the neighbors to "stop Assad from slaughtering civilians and the opposition from the air.”


Support and arming Syrian opposition units hand in hand with Arab and European partners.


A political transition to end Assad’s rule which has "killed many more Syrians than the terrorists have…There is not going to be a successful military effort at this point to overturn Assad. That can only happen through the political process.”


"Counter Iranian influence across the region and its support for terrorist proxies such as Hezbollah….Raising the confidence of our Arab partners and raising the costs to Iran for bad behavior will contribute to a more effective fight against ISIS.”


Following are my suggested points for Sanders counterproposal:


No to U.S. troops on the ground in Syria and Iraq. Let’s spare the lives and limbs of the American soldiers! According to a Reuters poll, Americans want more action against ISIS, but oppose ground troops.


Oppose no-fly zone. This is a dangerous idea. A no-fly zone will fuel the civil war, antagonize Russia and Iran and may cause a direct military confrontation with them. The Pentagon opposes the no-fly zone as risky, costly and difficult to implement. Also the local populations, like the Syrian Kurds, oppose it.


No arming of the Syrian so called “moderate” rebels who are allied with Nusra Front and other hardline Islamist groups in a coalition known as Army of Conquest. As it has happened in the past they have been a conduit, either willing or unwilling, of U.S. weapons to terrorist groups.


Support the call of France President Hollande for a global coalition to defeat Islamic State, a truly international cooperation with the participation of Russia and all the Muslim nations including Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Iran. Hollande will meet separately with Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin next week to "unite the forces”.


Support the Vienna Statement of the International Syria Support Group which set a plan for Syrian government and opposition talks, new constitution and UN supervised elections within 18 months. "The ISSG expressed willingness to take immediate steps... to pave the way for the nationwide ceasefire."  


No mentioning of Assad which remains a sticking point in the diplomatic negotiations to reach a political solution to the Syrian crisis. The Syrian government/opposition talks and the constitutional reform process can begin without addressing the fate and political future of Assad which can be discussed at a later stage when both the Syrian government and opposition have been given political and security guarantees.


It  is important that Sen. Sanders address in a comprehensive manner the anti-terrorism campaign. The audience of the Iowa Democratic debate thought that Clinton was stronger than Sanders in national security, and the media noticed that he was too short addressing this issue.

Focus: Wall Street Reform - Nov 13, 2015


Glass-Steagall takes center stage in the 2016 presidential field, as Wall Street critics push hard for its return - TheHill


Democratic candidates take aim at Wall Street, Sanders is pushing a 0.5% tax on the sale of stock while Clinton’s tax is limited and smaller - WSJ


Clinton to target ‘risky' financial institutions but not reinstate Glass-Steagall - The Daily Caller


VIDEO : Hillary Clinton On Glass-Steagall And Big Banks - YouTube


Who is Wall Street backing for president? Clinton raised $5.5 million from the financial sector, Bush comes in second with $4.2 million - bizjournals


GOP Says Big Banks Are Bad (But Don't Touch Them) - Bloomberg View


Republicans Are Obsessed With Deregulating Wall Street - huffingtonpost.com


Republican Nominee to Oversee Wall Street Works at Think Tank Dedicated to Blocking Regulation - theintercept.com


Elizabeth Warren: Congressional Favor Let Wall Street Keep $10 Trillion In Risky Swaps On Its Books - ibtimes.com


Democrats may clash with Warren on financial rules, she's warned them not to use an upcoming spending bill to soften banking regulations - POLITICO


Former Citigroup CEO John Reed says it was mistake to repeal Glass-Steagall - CNN


Former Citigroup CEO John Reed op-ed: We were wrong about universal banking - FT.com


Opinion: One of the Most Important Differences Between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton: It All Comes Down to Wall Street - Alternet


Opinion: If Glass-Steagall hadn't been repealed, there's little doubt it would have lessened the depth and breadth of the 2008 financial crisis - huffingtonpost.com


Report Says bonus pay on Wall Street is likely to fall, average securities industry bonus last year was $172,860 - The New York Times


VIDEO: The Wall Street Bonus Squeeze Is On - Yahoo Finance


Goldman Sachs names 425 managing directors in new class, the highest base salary for the new directors is $400,000 - Reuters


To contact Bartolo email peaceloverblog[at]yahoo[dot]com (replacing [at] with @, [dot] with .)

Syria News - Nov 12, 2015


Russia outlines plan for steering Syria out of conflict, a constitutional reform lasting up to 18 months followed by presidential elections - CBC


Text of Russia's draft proposals on Syrian crisis - Daily Mail Online


Syrian opposition rejects Russian proposal to end conflict - The National


Syria talks to focus on which opposition groups should negotiate with Assad's regime and which should be designated as terrorists - Daily Mail


UN Syria envoy:'momentum' of Vienna talks must not be squandered - Yahoo News


VIDEO: Staffan de Mistura (UN Special Envoy on Syria) on a political solution to the Syrian crisis - United Nations Web TV

 

Erdoğan once again floats the idea of a safe zone in Syria amid talk of Turkish involvement in a ground operation in its southern neighbor - todayszaman.com


The Reckless Proposal to Impose a No-Fly Zone in Syria - Cato @ Liberty


Syria solution should not only be about Assad: Rouhani - Yahoo News


Syria Christian archbishop calls on West to back President Bashar al-Assad in war against Islamist rebels - Telegraph


Syria: Pro-Assad Christian Militia to the Rescue as 1000s of Christians flee ISIL approach - Informed Comment


U.S. fighter jets sent to Turkey to protect slow-flying attack planes hitting Islamic State targets in Syria and to deter Russian aggression in the region: Defense official - usatoday.com


U.S. to continue its support to Kurdish YPG forces in Syria: spokesman - ekurd.net


VIDEO: Watch Live Secretary of State John Kerry Delivering Remarks on U.S. Strategy in Syria at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday - state.gov

 

---------------------------------------------------

In a major breakthrough, Syrian army frees Aleppo's Kweires air base from ISIL siege - The National


Assad’s men claim control over 'tens of villages and strategic hills' in the Aleppo countryside surrounding the Kweires air base - Long War Journal


Strategic Implications of Assad’s Victory at Kweires - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace


VIDEO: Syrian opposition provided intel to target terrorists around besieged Kweires airbase: Russia - YouTube


VIDEO: Fighting erupts as Syrian govt. forces break siege of Kweires airbase - YouTube


VIDEO: Pro-Assad TV channel reports on Syrian forces recapturing Kweires key airbase - YouTube


VIDEO: Drone Footage of Kweires Airbase Taken After Lifting The Siege - LiveLeak.com


Palmyra will be flattened by ISIS within six months, warns antiquities director - The Independent


Hope for Palmyra? Syrian Army Comes Closer to Strategically Important City - sputniknews.com

 

Russian aviation group in Syria has made 85 sorties against 277 terrorist facilities over the past 2 days, bomber destroys IS tanks and infantry vehicles in Homs: Defense Ministry - TASS


Russia in Syria: 50 journalists from 12 countries visit Russian base in Latakia - ibtimes.co.in


VIDEO: BBC inside airbase where Russia carries out Syria airstrikes - BBC News


Russia's Syria force grows to 4,000, U.S. officials say - Reuters


Free Syrian Army decimated by desertions - Al Jazeera English


VIDEO: Inside the Battle: Al Nusra-Al Qaeda in Syria - VICE News


The riddle of Haji Bakr: a former colonel in an elite intelligence unit of the Saddam Hussein regime as an “architect” of I.S.’s expansion into Syria - The Syrian Intifada


Hezbollah Expands Military Presence in Syrian War - VOA


Syria says Israeli airstrikes hit near Damascus airport, According to unconfirmed reports by opposition groups target was a weapons shipment intended for Hezbollah - The Times of Israel


Netanyahu ‘not sure’ how to intervene in Syria - The Times of Israel


To contact Bartolo email peaceloverblog[at]yahoo[dot]com (replacing [at] with @, [dot] with .)

Syria News - Nov 4, 2015


Syrian Democratic Forces, a U.S.-backed alliance of Arabs, Kurds and Christian Assyrians, make gains against Islamic State in al-Hasakah - UPI


Last Week Joint Kurd-Arab force announced U.S.-backed offensive in al-Hasakah- UPI.com


VIDEO ARCHIVE (English): Kurds, Arabs, Syriacs and Turkmens announce the formation of the 'The Syrian Democratic Forces' - YouTube


Syrian Democratic Forces - Wikipedia


Syrian Kurdish forces fight to halt IS advance near Raqqa, fighters are supported by the US-led coalition airstrikes - VOA


Obama says Syria deployment doesn't break no 'boots on ground' pledge - Reuters


How 50 US troops in Syria could actually make a difference, their goal is to support the anti-ISIS Kurdish-Arab alliance that has demonstrated concrete success (VIDEO) - CSMonitor.com


New MacDill Commander of the Special Operations ForcesTakes Over on Eve of Syria Mission - Military.com


US 'Advisors' to Fight Islamic State in Syria Frustrates Anti-Assad Rebels - VOA


U.S. and Turkey on a Collision Course over the alliance with Syrian Kurdish Forces - huffingtonpost.com


As Kurds advance against ISIS, Turkey intensifies 'provocative attacks' on Kurdish headquarters north Syria - ARA News


Opinion: The Kurds Could Bring Russia and the US Together in Syria - kurdishquestion.com


Details revealed in chilling plot to kill anti-ISIS activists in Turkey, they were members of a citizen-journalist group called 'Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently' (VIDEO) - NBC News


Inside Tal Abyad: A block of wood for beheadings and a torture chamber — what ISIS left behind in a town it used to control - Business Insider

 

-----------------------------------------------------

Russia says keeping Assad in power not crucial, but the preservation of the government in the Syrian state is central to ending civil war - VOA


Russia plans to restore Assad regime's economy - aa.com


Russia warplanes bomb IS positions in Palmyra - BBC News


DoD: Russia has opened a new base near Palmyra, bringing the number of Russian bases in Syria to four - NBC News


Russia: Coordinates of 24 terrorist targets in Syria provided by opposition and field commanders of a number of armed rebel groups - TASS


Russia supports Free Syrian Army participating in political settlement in Syria: diplomat - TASS


Transported by the Russian aircraft Christian Assyrians Mobilize More Fighters to Confront ISIS in East Homs - AINA


Men and women locked by Syrian rebels in cages to act as human shields against Assad’s air-strikes (VIDEO) - Daily Mail Online


Pentagon: US, Russian fighters communicate over Syria in test, but no military cooperation - Yahoo News


US is moving jets intended for air-to-air combat to Syria — and Russia might be why - Business Insider


Iran is threatening to pull out of peace talks on Syria, citing the 'negative role' of its main regional adversary Saudi Arabia, - Business Insider


Iranian commander killed in Syria: state media - Yahoo News UK


Israel is no longer taking a public position on Syrian President Assad's prospects of staying in power: defense minister - Yahoo News


Al Qaeda Chief Hints Joining Hands With ISIS In War Against Russia, US - ibtimes.com

 

To contact Bartolo email peaceloverblog[at]yahoo[dot]com (replacing [at] with @, [dot] with .)

Syria News - Oct 28, 2015


Pentagon chief unveils new plan for ISIS fight before the Senate Armed Services Committee - TheHill


VIDEO: Secretary of Defense Carter Statement on the U.S. Counter-ISIL Campaign before the Senate Armed Services Committee - defense.gov


TRANSCRIPT: Secretary of Defense Carter Statement on the U.S. Counter-ISIL Campaign before the Senate Armed Services Committee - defense.gov


VIDEO: Senate Committee on Armed Services Hearing with Secretary of Defense Carter and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Dunford - defense.gov


VIDEO: Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joseph Dunford Opening Statement before the Senate Armed Services Committee - defense.gov


The new “three R's” of America’s ISIS strategy, explained - Vox


No no-fly zone at this time: Pentagon chief Carter - freebeacon.com


Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joseph Dunford: US Faces Legal, Political Challenges to Implement No-Fly Zone in Syria - sputniknews.com


U.S. weighs special forces in Syria, helicopters in Iraq - Reuters


Centcom: 145 Syrian rebels from training program still active - TheHill


Carter: US-Trained Syrian Rebels Not Targeted by Russian Airstrikes - sputniknews.com


US-led coalition air strikes slow in Syria, the coalition launched 359 air strikes in July, 206 in August and 115 in September - i24news


Hostages freed in Iraq raid recount time in ISIS captivity (VIDEO) - CNN.com


VIDEO: Video shows the raid on an ISIS prison in northern Iraq last week which freed about 70 captives - YouTube


VIDEO (Graphic): ISIS executes Syrian soldier, running him over by tank - LiveLeak.com



IS Militants Tie Captives to Palmyra Roman-era Columns, Blow Them Up - US News


Syrians living tragedy and despair barely imaginable five years ago, 13.5 million need aid and protection: UN - United Nations News Centre

 

--------------------------------------------------------

US Officials: Iran Invited to Next Round of Syria Talks - TheHill


VIDEO: Daily Press Briefing at Department of State (Syria questions start at 5:00 Minute) - YouTube


Iran's invitation to Syria talks marks significant shift for US and allies - The Guardian


Iran’s Syria Aid Deepens as It Jockeys for Role in Talks - Bloomberg Business


Amid Mounting Losses, Iranian Commander Admits Growing IRGC Presence In Syria - The Tower


Mounting death toll for Iranian soldiers in Aleppo - rudaw.net


US concedes Syrian President Assad is here to stay for foreseeable future, says has a priority of defeating Islamic State not the regime - ibtimes.com


In an op-ed in the New York Times Jimmy Carter says the U.S. made the wrong decision in demanding Syrian President Assad step down - Business Insider


Russia Spending $4 Million a Day in Syria to Back Assad Regime - Military.com


Russia’s military is proving Western punditry wrong - Brookings Institution


Russia confirms death of service member in Syria - CBS News


Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov: FSA visited Moscow last week - sputniknews.com

 

Free Syrian Army groups say did not visit Moscow - Reuters


Syria: FSA rebels behead Syrian soldier, post image online - ibtimes.co.in


Iraq's ruling alliance, militias urge PM to seek Russian strikes - Reuters


Turkey Confirms Strikes Against Kurdish Militias in Syria - The New York Times


Syrian Kurds to open mission in Berlin, Paris and Moscow: PYD - Kurdpress News Aganecy

 

China Looks at Syria, Sees $$$ - The Daily Beast


To contact Bartolo email peaceloverblog[at]yahoo[dot]com (replacing [at] with @, [dot] with .)

Syria/Russia News - Oct 24, 2015


Russia, US, Turkey and Saudi fail to agree on Syria, no consensus on fate of Assad during meeting held in Vienna - Al Jazeera English


Kerry: Nations to meet next week to discuss ways to bring Syrian war to an end - The Washington Post


Syria talks should be more ‘representative,’ include Iran, Egypt: Moscow - RT News


Qatar Considers Military Intervention With Turkey, Saudi Arabia Against Assad In Syria As An Option - Breibart


Saudi foreign minister says Russian actions in Syria "very dangerous" - Yahoo News


Syrian Coalition: Assad must not be permitted to have a role in any stage of political settlement - etilaf.org


US Debates ‘No-Fly Zone’ in Syria, Pentagon Warns Against it - Antiwar.com


US and Russia sign memorandum to avoid clashes in Syria's crowded airspace - ibtimes.co.uk


Use of US airdrop in Syria disputed, contrary to U.S. Defense Department comments the American-supplied weapons and ammunition are being divvied up with the Kurds - VOA


PYD names Tal Abyad part of its ‘canton’ - hurriyetdailynews.com


Syrian Coalition VP denounces the PYD declaring of the town of Tal Abyad in northern Syria a canton subjected to its administration - etilaf.org


Russian viral drone video from Syria shows bombed-out wasteland that was once a Damascus suburb - Fox News


VIDEO: Drone footage reveals the true scale of destruction in Syria from above - Independent.ie


US-led forces strike ISIS-controlled oil field in Syria - Fox News


Despite US-led campaign, Islamic State group rakes in oil earnings - AP


ISIS and Jabhat Al-Nusra Attempt to Cutoff the Syrian Army's Only Supply Route to Aleppo - almasdarnews.com


The Islamic State isn’t the only group looting Syrian archaeological sites - The Washington Post


VIDEO (and selected transcript): New video from the Islamic State: 'Breaking of the Borders and Slaughtering the Jews' - liveleak.com


Army Identifies U.S. Soldier Killed in Anti-ISIS Raid in Iraq - The New York Times


Baghdad was not informed of U.S. – Peshmerga raid: spokesman - Kurdpress News Aganecy

 

--------------------------------------------------

Putin, Citing Key Moment, Prods West to Cooperate on Syria - The New York Times


VIDEO: Putin on U.S.-Russia Cooperation in Syria - NYTimes.com


VIDEO (and transcript): Putin’s Full Speech at the Valdai International Discussion Club (starts at 3:00 minute) - President of Russia


Putin says Syria's Assad is open to working with armed opposition groups if they are committed to combating Islamic State - Reuters


VIDEO: Putin and Assad press conference - NYTimes.com


Russia's Putin says no plans to extend air strikes to Iraq - Yahoo News


POLL: Putin Gains Record Support Among Russians Over Syria - Bloomberg Business


Russia Said to Redeploy Special-Ops Forces from Ukraine to Syria - WSJ


Exclusive: Shipping traffic to Syria surges as Russia steps up offensive - Reuters


Calculating the Cost of Russia's War in Syria - The Moscow Times


'Hotline' with Israel set up to avoid Syria clashes: Russia - Business Standard News


Russia, Jordan agree on military coordination on Syria - Channel NewsAsia


Iraq, Russia Agree to Hit ISIL Militants Heading from Syria to Iraq - almanar.com


Former bodyguard of Iran's ex-president killed in Syria: Fars - Reuters


Syrian Kurdish party to open office in Russia - todayszaman.com


Syria war: Lavrov seeks talks with 'full spectrum' of opposition - BBC News


Russian lawmakers visit Syria - todayszaman.com

 

To contact Bartolo email peaceloverblog[at]yahoo[dot]com (replacing [at] with @, [dot] with .)

Focus: Hillary Clinton and Benghazi - Oct 22, 2015


Gowdy: Many significant Benghazi questions are still unanswered - The Washington Post


Benghazi committee was first ever to ask for Stevens' emails, ambassador joked about U.S. unwilling to pay for his security - Washington Examiner


Benghazi memos recovered from compound detail staff security worries - Washington Times


Mother of Benghazi victim: My son told me the night before that he was really worried...he didn't expect to live till morning’ (VIDEO) - Breitbart


The “Stand Up” Order That Never Happened in Benghazi, Clinton Failed to Send Any Assistance to Protect Americans in Harm’s Way - townhall.com


VIDEO: Bolton on Benghazi: Mrs. Clinton went home for the evening, never spoke at all to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta or Joint Chiefs Chairman Dempsey - WSJ


VIDEO ARCHIVE: Panetta, Dempsey testify: No Word from Hillary During Benghazi Attack - The Weekly Standard


ARCHIVE: Benghazi testimony: Dempsey says that a contingent was not sent because the State Department didn't request one - CNN.com


ARCHIVE: Gen. Dempsey agrees that the four special ops members were indeed told not to go to Benghazi - newsmax.com


VIDEO ARCHIVE (Compilation): Benghazi Testimony by Panetta and Dempsey - YouTube


The fundamental question: Was Benghazi a gun running operation to take Qaddafi’s abandoned weapons and turn them over to Syrian rebels? - Fox News


How US Ambassador Chris Stevens May Have Been Linked To Jihadist Rebels In Syria - Business Insider


Judicial Watch: New State Documents Show Quick White House Effort to Link Benghazi to Internet Video, Detail Delays and Lack of Support During the Attack - Judicial Watch


Hillary’s Libya Post-War Plan Was ‘Play It by Ear,’ Gates Says - The Daily Beast


Hillary Clinton State Department approved U.S. weapons shipment to Libya despite ban - Washington Times


POLL (NBC/WSJ): More Americans Unsatisfied With Clinton's Response to Benghazi Attack - NBC News


Pro-Clinton Super PAC Releases First Ad On Benghazi, Touting Her Record As Secretary Of State (VIDEO) - NBC News


To contact Bartolo email peaceloverblog[at]yahoo[dot]com (replacing [at] with @, [dot] with .)

Focus: Hillary Clinton - Oct 20, 2015


Cable shows ambassador sought security staffing before Benghazi attack, State Department turned down the request - Fox News


Gowdy: New Benghazi emails show "total disconnect" between the U.S. security needs in Libya and the priorities of Clinton's State Dept - AP


Trey Gowdy: How did 7 Congressional Committees miss Amb. Stevens’ emails showing his request for additional security? - The Daily Caller


Benghazi assessment by Green Beret stands test of time, as probes conclude the security was woefully inadequate - Washington Times


Officials worked to steer the narrative away from terrorist nature of the Benghazi attacks, security shortfalls, and lack of a military rescue - WPBN


Former White House counsel Lanny Davis: 'There was no stand-down order, there was no immediate ability to rescue those four individuals given the distance and the logistics' - WND


ARCHIVE: Top CIA officer in Benghazi delayed response to terrorist attack, US security team members claim (VIDEO) - Fox News


Timing of Movie About Benghazi Attack Could Test Clinton Campaign, '13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi' Set for Release by Paramount Pictures on Jan. 15  - The New York Times


VIDEO: '13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi' Official Trailer - YouTube


Benghazi Democrats publish report defending Clinton on Benghazi - Washington Examiner


REPORT: No Evidence to Support Top Republican Allegations About Secretary Hillary Clinton on Benghazi - democrats.benghazi


'Super PAC' Backing Hillary Clinton to Air Ad on Benghazi Testimony - The New York Times


New battle over claim that Clinton mishandled CIA secrets - TheHill


VIDEO (and transcripts): Face the Nation: Interviews with Gowdy, Cummings - CBS News


Gowdy appears to accidentally release CIA source's name, citing 'human error' State Department acknowledges it failed to delete name when clearing email for disclosure - POLITICO


POLL (Rasmussen): Most Don't Believe Hillary Honest on Benghazi - newsmax.com


---------------------------------------------------

Clinton Foundation Donors Lobbied State Department for Haiti Hotels - Washington Free Beacon


ARCHIVE: Schweizer: Clinton Donors, Relatives Got Rich Off Haiti Contracts, US Taxpayers - Breitbart


State Department under Hillary Clinton redirected $27 million for Bill Clinton’s pet project in Rwanda - The Boston Globe


The Clintons and the Emirates, Secretary Clinton’s top aid Cheryl MIlls was paid to negotiate a private deal - WSJ


ARCHIVE: Hillary Suggests Clinton Foundation $$$ To Chief of Staff Cheryl Mills’ Domestic Partner For Haiti Project — thehillarydaily.com


Under Clinton, State’s cybersecurity suffered according to independent audits and interviews - AP


Teen says he hacked CIA director’s personal AOL account - New York Post


Hundreds of Obama bundlers missing from Clinton's elite fundraising ranks - usatoday.com


Democratic National Committeewoman says her party is 'clearing a path' for Hillary Clinton - Daily Mail Online


Clinton emails reveal Tony Blair's deal with George Bush over Iraq war was forged one year before invasion started - Daily Mail Online


To contact Bartolo email peaceloverblog[at]yahoo[dot]com (replacing [at] with @, [dot] with .)

Focus: Hillary Clinton - Oct 17, 2015


POLL (HuffPost/YouGov): Democrats name Clinton the debate winner, 55 % said Clinton won, Sanders was second with 22 % - huffingtonpost.com


POLL: (NBC): Clinton wins debate re-energizing core backers, Clinton gets 56% as best debater while Sanders 30% - NBC News


POLL: Bernie won online polls and social media, not the debate. Hillary won the debate - slate.com


POLL (Suffolk University/Boston Globe): For the first time in three months Hillary Clinton leads Bernie Sanders in New Hampshire - Business Insider


POLL (NBC-SurveyMonkey): Bernie Sanders leads Hillary Clinton among millennials, Sanders' only age-demographic lead can be found among those ages 19 to 29. - UPI.com


Hillary Clinton $33M 'Cash on Hand' eclipses all candidates in the POTUS race - Examiner.com


Hillary Clinton 2016: Campaign cash flow issues - POLITICO


Clinton and Bush still tops with Wall Street, lawyers - POLITICO


Hillary Clinton Still Leads Showbiz Fundraising in Latest Quarter - Variety


Hillary Clinton takes in big money from drug industry - The Boston Globe


Bill Clinton stepping up fundraising for Hillary - POLITICO


Hillary moneyman highlights new Saudi connection - yahoo.com


Hillary Clinton to appear on 'Late Show' with Stephen Colbert - POLITICO


Insurrection erupts at the Democratic National Committee, insiders say chairwoman Wasserman Schultz's autocratic ways in limiting the number of primary debates alienated many - bloomberg.com


VIDEO: Wolf Blitzer’s questions Debbie Wasserman-Schultz on the limited number of debates - CNN


VIDEO: Rep. Tulsi Gabbard: I was unwelcomed from the first Democratic debate after calling for more debates - CNN

 

------------------------------------------------

Source: FBI probe of Clinton email focused on ‘gross negligence’ provision, whether there were violations of the Espionage Act Section 793 (f) - Fox


Text of Section 793 (f) of Espionage Act - law.cornell.edu


Obama’s comments about Clinton’s emails rankle some in the F.B.I., White House says he was not trying to influence the investigation - nytimes.com


Homeland-security expert: Sanders is wrong, Clinton’s cybersecurity blunder is a real issue - TheHill


Clinton server’s software had hacking risk - AP

 

VIDEO: Herridge: Whistleblowers Call Out Double Standard in Hillary's Email Scandal - Fox News Insider


Edward Snowden: Clinton made 'false claim' about whistleblower protection - The Guardian


Mike Huckabee Calls For Special Prosecutor For Hillary Email Scandal - Breitbart


Watchdog probes Clinton Foundation payments to Hillary's campaign - Washington Examiner


Judicial Watch: New State Department Emails Reveal Clinton Aide Huma Abedin Failed to Provide Financial and Employment Information As Required By Law - Judicial Watch


New Huma Abedin Email Address Discovered Before Benghazi Committee Appearance - National Review Online


To contact Bartolo email peaceloverblog[at]yahoo[dot]com (replacing [at] with @, [dot] with .)

Syria/Russia News - Oct 12, 2015


Syria conflict: Assad forces make 'significant gains' with help of intensified Russian air strikes - BBC News


Putin Says Russia's Campaign in Syria More Effective Than U.S. - Bloomberg Business


Russia will not conduct ground operation in Syria: Putin - Yahoo News


US Intelligence Is Good, But Does Not Know Everything: Putin - sputniknews.com


VIDEO (Russian language): President Putin discusses Russian anti-terror operation in Syria - YouTube


Moment Russian jet drops a 'high-precision' bomb which destroyed ISIS's HQ in its de-facto capital Raqqa (VIDEO) - DailyMail


Expert: IS air defense missiles and guns posing no threat to Russian aircraft in Syria - TASS

 

Syria: New Russian-Made Cluster Munition Reported - Human Rights Watch


Syrian Kurdish Leader: Moscow Wants to Work With Us - US News


PYD leader meets Russian official in Paris - Kurdpress News Aganecy


Syria crisis: Russia seeks UK's assistance in establishing contact with FSA forces - Yahoo News UK


Kremlin: Military strikes in Syria not big financial burden - The Washington Post


The cost of Russian military involvement in Syria still uncertain - Russia Direct


POLL: Russian public opinion shifting in favour of Syria strikes - BBC News


Putin’s New American Fan Club? The American Committee for East-West Accord is having its formal launch with a Capitol Hill event scheduled for November - The Daily Beast


Russian Intervention in Syria Excites Iraq’s Disillusioned Shiites - The New York Times


Iran says ISIS killed its top general in Syria - Business Insider

 

-------------------------------------------------------

Obama defends Syria strategy, criticizes Putin's leadership role - Fox News


VIDEO (and transcript): Interview of President Obama on 60 minutes - CBS News


Obama Administration Ends Pentagon Program to Train Syrian Rebels - The New York Times


White House Is Weighing a Syria Retreat - Bloomberg View


CIA covert operation begun in 2013 trained and armed an estimated 10,000 fighters - Joshua Landis on Twitter


Defense Spending Bill: $600 Million More to Train "Moderates" in Syria - The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity


British RAF given green light to shoot down hostile Russian jets in Syria - ibtimes.co.uk


Gulf Arabs 'stepping up' arms supplies to Syrian rebels - BBC News


Syria opposition to boycott UN talks, cites Russia strikes - Yahoo News


Islamic State Figures Killed in Air Strike; Baghdadi Not Believed Among Them - The New York Times


ISIS Suicide Bombers Suspected in the Horrific Ankara Attack - The Daily Beast


ISIS switches propaganda activities to new app: Telegram - rudaw.net


To contact Bartolo email peaceloverblog[at]yahoo[dot]com (replacing [at] with @, [dot] with .)

 

Focus: Hillary Clinton - Oct 9, 2015


In a letter Trey Gowdy says Democrats thwarting Benghazi investigation, plans new release of Clinton emails - Washington Times


Emails suggest Clinton pushed Libyan business interests of off-the-books adviser, shared classified identity of CIA source - Washington Free Beacon


Emails show Qaddafi son offered talks – but Clinton ordered top general to 'not take the call,' source says - Fox News


VIDEO: Emails show Clinton rejected peace talks with Libya in 2011 - Fox News


New Hillary Clinton Emails: Anne-Marie Slaughter, Sidney Blumenthal Urged Libya Military Action - In These Times


Statement by the Benghazi Committee Informing State Department of Intent to Add to Public Record with Release of New Clinton Emails - Benghazi Committee


Text of the Gowdy's letter to Ranking Member Cummings - benghazi.house.gov


VIDEO: Trey Gowdy Schools the Media on Benghazi - The American Spectator


Gowdy: Benghazi panel to interview Blumenthal again - Washington Examiner


Gowdy says McCarthy ‘screwed up’ with Clinton, Benghazi committee remarks - McClatchy DC


House blocks attempt to disband Benghazi committee - CNNPolitics.com


The White House did not join Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi in calling for the House Select Committee on Benghazi to be shut down - Breibart


NY Times helped turn Clinton's call to disband the Benghazi Committee into action - Washington Examiner


NBC furious at Hillary Clinton editing news clip for attack ad addressing Benghazi (VIDEO) - Daily Mail Online


Benghazi Committee Democrats Launch "Asked & Answered" Website as well as Cost Tracker - dailykos.com

 

-----------------------------------------------------

Clinton server hack attempts came from China, Korea, Germany - AP


Clinton e-mails were vulnerable to hackers, Datto tech firm warned - The Washington Post


Datto revealed: Nerf gun fights, costume parties and exotic dancers, The data security firm was hacked with a basic password - Daily Mail Online


Employees at Platte River working with Clinton email server expressed concerns, ‘Really is covering up some shady shit’ - CNNPolitics.com


Unbeknownst to Clinton, IT firm Datto had emails stored on cloud; now in FBI’s hands - McClatchy DC


Clinton tech company Platte River: Cloud backup was 'enormous surprise' - Washington Examiner


Court refuses to combine Clinton email cases - Washington Times


Judicial Watch: New State Department Documents Raise More Questions on Clinton Conflict of Interest Reviews - Judicial Watch


Conservative opposition PAC American Rising drops report on top Clinton aide Huma Abedin - Washington Examiner


The Complete Huma Abedin Report - America Rising PAC


Hillary Clinton aide, Huma Abedin, paid by firm to stage event with Bill Clinton while at State - Washington Times


Lobbying Firm Discloses Communications with Top Clinton Aide Cheryl Mills After Email Surfaces - Washington Free Beacon


Hillary Clinton's chief of staff gave advice to Clinton Foundation - POLITICO


State Department Clarifies Clinton Aide’s Position, Cheryl Mills unpaid ‘advisor’ during first four months at the agency - Washington Free Beacon


How Hillary Clinton kept her wealthy friends close while at State Department - The Washington Post


Clinton e-mails: Did donors get special State Department access? - CSMonitor.com


The Mystery Of Hillary's Missing Millions - Forbes


Drip, drip, drip: New Clinton Foundation scandal involves millions of dollars! - WND


To contact Bartolo email peaceloverblog[at]yahoo[dot]com (replacing [at] with @, [dot] with .)

Syria/Russia News - Oct 8, 2015


Russia says it fired cruise missiles from warships in Caspian sea to Syria provinces of Raqqa, Aleppo and Idlib - AP


Syrian troops launch ground offensive backed by Russian airstrikes - The Guardian


VIDEO: Russian Defence Ministry publishes a video featuring a massive 'precision weapon strike' in Syria - Russia Ministry of Defence


Russian warplanes in Syria destroy U.S.-trained rebels' weapons depots: commander - Reuters


Moscow ready to establish contacts with FSA, help it unite forces with Assad against ISIS: Putin - RT News


Syrian rebel commander rejects idea of working with Damascus against Islamic State - Reuters


France dismisses Russian suggestions that Syrian government forces and moderate rebels could join in fighting Islamic State - Reuters


NATO says Russian ground troops in Syria, Turkey's airspace violated again - CNN


Foreign Ministry: No volunteers recruited in Russia to fight in Syria - TASS


Spy Planes, Signal Jammers, and Putin’s High-Tech War in Syria - Foreign Policy


Iraq may request Russian airstrikes: Official - NBC News


Saudi opposition clerics make sectarian call to jihad against Syria's government and its Iranian and Russian backers - Reuters

 

----------------------------------------------------

Pentagon chief: US not cooperating with Russia against Islamic State in Syria, as long as Moscow continues to strike other rebel groups - ABC


VIDEO: Pentagon chief: ‘Don’t listen to Russia, US has not agreed to cooperate in Syria' - washingtonpost.com


US Rules Out Intelligence Sharing With Russia on Fighting ISIL - sputniknews.com


U.S. diverts aircraft to avoid Russian fighter - CNNPolitics.com


Russian jets 'intercept' US predator drones over Syria, officials say 'the Russians flew very close, but did not impede the drone flight’ - Fox News


No decision made on no-fly zone in Syria: U.S. State Department - Reuters


VIDEO: State Department Press Briefing on Syria (starts at 12:40 minute) - YouTube


VIDEO: White House Press Briefing on Syria (starts at 50:30 minute) - YouTube


Washington says Kurds waged an effective war against the Islamic State, distinguishes between the PKK and the YPG - Rudaw


Syria's Kurds Are Contemplating an Aleppo Alliance with Assad and Russia - The Washington Institute for Near East Policy


Kurds say blood tests show Islamic State used mustard gas in Iraq - Reuters


What an ISIS Chemical Strike Did to One Syrian Family - The New York Times


Nuclear Smugglers Tried Selling Radioactive Materials To ISIS - AP


To contact Bartolo email peaceloverblog[at]yahoo[dot]com (replacing [at] with @, [dot] with .)

Focus: Trans-Pacific Partnership - Oct 6, 2015


TPP deal: US and 11 other countries reach landmark Pacific trade pact - The Guardian


Pacific Deal Rewrites Rules on Trade in Autos, Patented Drugs, Agriculture - Bloomberg Business


Summary of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement - United States Trade Representative


VIDEO: TPP Atlanta Ministerial Press Conference - United States Trade Representative


The U.S. Official Website On The Trans-Pacific Partnership - United States Trade Representative


Statement by President Obama on the Trans-Pacific Partnership - enewspf.com


White House: How the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Boosts Made in America Exports, Supports Higher-Paying American Jobs, and Protects American Workers - whitehouse.gov


Statement from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack Regarding the Agreement on the Trans-Pacific Partnership - USDA Newsroom


Statement Of U.S. Conference Of Mayors President On Announcement Of Trans Pacific Partnership Trade Deal - PRNewswire


Trade deal seen as win for tech, apparel, agriculture; negative for pharma, manufacturing - MarketWatch


Most agriculture groups favorable to TPP - Capital Press


Drugmakers say Pacific trade pact to stifle investment in cures, negotiators should have extended protection for 12 years - newsmax.com


Medicines won't be more expensive under Trans-Pacific Partnership: Australia PM Malcolm Turnbull - smh.com.au


Statement of American Cancer Society, American Heart Association and American Lung Association: Trans-Pacific Partnership Protects Public Health from Tobacco Industry Attack - lung.org


Trade deal could curb cyber theft, advocates say - TheHill


How Trans-Pacific Partnership Could Impact Hollywood - Variety


Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Deal: US Banks Get Victories In TPP Agreement - ibtimes.com


China left out of landmark trade deal, but door is left open for the future - LA Times


S. Korea welcomes TPP agreement, will strive to join mega trade bloc - The Korea Observer

 

-------------------------------------------------------

AFL-CIO Statement on TTP: We will evaluate the details carefully and work to defeat this corporate trade deal if it does not measure up - aflcio.org


Statements of Five Union Presidents Opposing TPP Treaty - Talking Union


Bernie Sanders bashes trade deal as 'disastrous' - POLITICO


Progressive Caucus Co-Chairs on Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement - Congressional Progressive Caucus


Levin Statement Following Conclusion of TPP Negotiations in Atlanta - Congressman Sandy Levin


Exclusive — Donald Trump Declares War On Obamatrade: ‘Time To Send A Real Businessman’ To White House To End This - Breitbart


Will The Trans-Pacific Partnership Improve Labor Standards? - ibtimes.com


Automaker Ford, others say trade deal lacks currency protections - freep.com


Statement: Ford Calls for ‘Better Plan’ on Trade - at.ford.com


Domestic Manufacturers' Council Rejects TPP Deal as Inadequate and Harmful to US National Interests - americaneconomicalert.org


National Farmers Union Vigorously Opposes TPP Without Currency Manipulation Enforcement - BARN OnAir


White House Says Enviros Love This Trade Pact, But Enviros Say Otherwise - huffingtonpost.com


Obama’s Pacific Trade Deal Has Some Environmentalists Celebrating — and Others Crying Foul - VICE News


Sierra Club: Congress Should Reject Polluter-Friendly Trans-Pacific Partnership - Sierra Club National


Friends of the Earth: The U.S. cuts an ugly deal on Trans Pacific trade agreement - Friends of the Earth


Statement by Doctors Without Borders on the Conclusion of TPP Negotiations in Atlanta - Doctors Without Borders


Users Have Been Betrayed in the Final TPP Deal—Help Us Tell Washington How You Feel - Electronic Frontier Foundation


To contact Bartolo email peaceloverblog[at]yahoo[dot]com (replacing [at] with @, [dot] with .)

Syria/Russia News - Oct 4, 2015


Kremlin claims its strikes destroyed major Islamic State command post and bunker in its ‘capital' Raqqa - LA Times


Air Force decimating terrorist command centers, bunkers, camps, workshops: Russian Defense Ministry - RT

 

Russia warned U.S. ‘ahead of latest Syria strikes’ - Al Arabiya News


Russia says to step up air strikes in Syria, 'We will not only continue strikes... We will also increase their intensity' - Reuters


Russian Air Group in Syria Fully Deployed, Ready to Strike Targets - Sputnik


Russia Deploying Marines to Syria to Guard Airbase - newsweek.com


Inside the Russian airbase in Syria: RT checks out everyday life at Latakia airfield (VIDEOS, PHOTOS) - RT News


Russian Navy Positions Itself Off the Coast of Latakia - almasdarnews.com


Russian military assets in Syria - nytimes.com


US Media: Russia Is Using Old, Dumb Bombs, Making Syria Air War Even More Brutal - The Daily Beast


Russia Media: Despite Video Evidence, Pentagon Slams Moscow for Using 'Dumb Bombs’ - Sputnik


People in different areas in Northern Syria tell me: Russian planes are flying in pairs during bombing raids. Never a plane alone - Jenan Moussa on Twitter

 

Russian Warplanes Have Registered No ISIL Air Defense Activity in Syria - Sputnik


Russian jets kill eight members of Jabhat al-Nusra in Idlib, including a media person with the group - Hassan Hassan on Twitter

 

Russians hit town Ihsem controlled by Jaish alFatah (Nusra, AlQaeda) + Ahrar + others who kicked out FSA Jamal Maruf last year - Jenan Moussa on Twitter


PHOTOS: Al Nusrah Front tweets photos of Russian airstrikes - The Long War Journal


Syria FM urges Russia to send troops to protect Assad from ISIS - NY Daily News

 

-------------------------------------------------

Obama says Putin wrong on Syria but no proxy war between the United States and Russia - AP


Allies demand Russia to focus its efforts on fighting ISIL, immediately cease its attacks on the 'Syrian opposition and civilians' - Reuters


Joint Declaration by France, Germany, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, UK and US on the Russian Military Actions in Syria - state.gov


Pentagon considering protections for U.S.-trained rebels in Syria if they come under fire by the Russians - CTV News


Clinton joins some Republicans in breaking with Obama on Syria no-fly zone - The Washington Post


Bernie Sanders sides with Obama and against Clinton on no-fly zone in Syria - The Washington Post


U.S.-backed Syrian rebels appeal for antiaircraft missiles - The Washington Post


Syrian opposition rejects UN plan on Syria - presstv.ir


U.S. Syrian Kurdish allies welcome Russian airstrikes in Syria - The Sacramento Bee


Iraqi Kurdish leader urges Russia, U.S. to coordinate in anti-IS fight - Reuters


Benjamin Netanyahu says Israel's relationship with Russia is good - Jerusalem Post


Egypt says Russia's intervention in Syria will counter terrorism - Yahoo News


Canada notably absent from coalition criticism of Russian Syria action - The Globe and Mail


Opinion: Deal with Saudis? Why does the US care if Russia bombs al-Qaeda and its Allies in Syria? - Informed Comment


WikiLeaks Cables Portray Saudi Arabia As A Cash Machine For Terrorists - The Guardian


Opinion: Syria, the New York Times and the Mystery of the "Moderate Rebels” - huffingtonpost.com


To contact Bartolo email peaceloverblog[at]yahoo[dot]com (replacing [at] with @, [dot] with .)

Syria/Russia News - Oct 2, 2015

 

Russian air strikes hit CIA-trained Free Syrian Army rebel faction, commander says - Yahoo Maktoob News


What Is The Free Syrian Army? Russia Targets CIA-Trained Rebels Opposed To Assad Regime - ibtimes.com


Geolocated Evidence points to Russian airstrikes on TOW-operating FSA affiliate (VIDEO) - Syria Direct


Russia warplanes target in Syria the Army of Conquest, an alliance that includes Nusra Front, Ahrar al-Sham and CIA-trained FSA factions - VOA


A look at the Army of Conquest, a rebel alliance in Syria - New York Times


Russia admits ISIS is not only target in Syria, says it supports the Syrian armed forces in the struggle with extremist groups - Fiscal Times


Russia does not consider Free Syrian Army a terrorist group, Lavrov says - Reuters


VIDEO: Lavrov speaks at a news conference at the United Nations about Russian airstrikes (Full) - Bloomberg Business


Kremlin officials accuse U.S. of 'war of disinformation' on Syria airstrikes - LA Times


Vladimir Putin signs decree drafting 150,000 conscripts into the Russian military - Daily Mail Online


MAPS: Mapping the Battle for Syria: Russian Airstrikes Hit Rebel Areas - The New York Times


Al Qaeda brigade claims attack on Russian forces in Syria - The Long War Journal


Assad allies, including Iranians, prepare ground attack in Syria: sources - Reuters


Iraq would welcome Russian strikes against Islamic State in Iraq: Iraqi prime minister Abadi - Reuters


VIDEO: Prime Minister Abadi: Iraq welcomes Russia in Islamic State fight - PBS


Syrian Kurdish fighters welcome Russian strikes, demand weapons for anti-IS fight - Middle East Eye


PYD leader: Russia will stop Turkey from intervening in Syria - Al-Monitor

 

Foreign ministers of Russia and China discuss fight against Islamic State, crisis in Syria - TASS

 

-------------------------------------------------------

White House complains to Russians on their airstrikes as 'indiscriminate military operations against the Syrian opposition' - ABC News


U.S. seen unlikely to defend Syrian rebels from Russian strikes - Reuters


Pentagon: US and Russia hold  'cordial and professional’ talks to clear up Syrian airspace, present proposals for minimizing risks - ABC


VIDEO: White House Briefing on Russian Airstrikes in Syria (Starts at 5:15 minute) - C-SPAN.org


VIDEO: Department Defense Briefing on Russian Airstrikes in Syria - C-SPAN.org


TRANSCRIPT: Department of Defense Press Briefing on Russian Airstrikes in Syria - U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE


VIDEO: Russian approach in Syria 'doomed to fail': Pentagon chief - YouTube


U.S. and Russia unlikely to share intelligence on Syria - airforcetimes.com


Pentagon Worried Iraq Will Share U.S. Intel with Russia - breitbart.com


Lack of targets, not Russians, seen affecting number of US airstrikes in Syria - Stripes


Members of Congress: Leave Syria’s Assad for later in face of Russian offensive, 'The key is to defeat ISIS' - The Washington Post


Republican-led Senate panel opens review of Syria intelligence - Business Insider


Syria conflict: Jabhat al-Nusra jihadists show off weapons allegedly seized from-US trained rebels - ibtimes.co.uk


Saudi Arabia demands Russia end Syria raids, criticises Iran - GulfNews.com


Erdoğan: Turkey will not allow ’fait accompli situations’ next to its borders, in an apparent reference to Russian air strikes in Syria - todayszaman.com

 

To contact Bartolo email peaceloverblog[at]yahoo[dot]com (replacing [at] with @, [dot] with .)

Syria/Russia News - Sep 30, 2015


Pentagon readies talks with Russia on Syria military operations - Reuters


Pentagon: Russia 'ready' to launch airstrikes in Syria - CNNPolitics.com


U.S. stops sending new Syria recruits to troubled rebel training program, says it is not suspended but just put on ‘pause’ - Yahoo News


VIDEO: Pentagon Press Briefing on Syria - defense.gov


TRANSCRIPT: Pentagon Press Briefing on Syria - defense.gov


Dem senator calls on US to suspend Syrian rebel training program - TheHill


Military official: Untrained commander led U.S backed Syrian rebels that gave up equipment to Nusra Front - usatoday.com


Top NATO general: Russians starting to build air defense bubble over Syria, aiming to aid embattled Syrian President Assad - The Washington Post


Pentagon's top Russia official Evelyn Farkas resigns, she has been known to take a hard line on Russia - POLITICO


Obama's Islamic State War Czar John Allen Stepping Down - Bloomberg View


Congressional report: U.S. has 'failed' to stop flow of foreign fighters to ISIS - CNN


REPORT: Text of the Report by the Congressional Task Force on Combating Terrorist and Foreign Fighter Travel - homeland.house.gov

 

----------------------------------------------------

Obama, Putin spar over Syria, clash over the central question of whether Syrian President Assad should retain power - Reuters


VIDEO: Obama UN General Assembly Full Speech - YouTube


TRANSCRIPT: President Obama Speech to the United Nations General Assembly - whitehouse.gov


VIDEO (and transcript): Putin full speech at UN General Assembly - President of Russia


VIDEO: Lavrov's interview highlights: ’We cannot allow the state of Syria fail, alternative is ISIS caliphate' - YouTube


Lavrov rules out joint command with U.S. in Syria, however stresses that military operations must be coordinated - La Prensa


Russia is trying to coax the US into sharing intel with Iraq, Iran, and Syria in Baghdad - Business Insider


Russian military experts arrive in Iraq - Rudaw.net


Russia May Provide Reconnaissance Aircraft for Baghdad Info Center - Sputnik


Moscow hopes list of participants in the anti-ISIS coordination center in Baghdad to grow - TASS

 

Iraq defends intelligence sharing with Russia, Syria, Iran - AP


Russia establishes seaborne lifeline for Syrian allies - Reuters


VIDEO: Russian navy pours south through Bosphorus, possibly heading to Syria - LiveLeak.com


France opens war crimes inquiry against Assad regime: sources - Yahoo News


British PM Cameron: Putin Teaming Up with Assad to Defeat ISIS Is a 'Phony Solution’ (VIDEO) - Breitbart


Saudi Arabia says there is 'no future' for Assad in Syria, whether that exit is through politics or by force - The Guardian


Assad is root of Syria crisis, Qatar tells Putin - LiveLeak.com


To contact Bartolo email peaceloverblog[at]yahoo[dot]com (replacing [at] with @, [dot] with .)

Syria/Russia News - Sep 28, 2015


Putin says seeking 'coordinated framework' to fight IS - Yahoo News


Putin: Overthrowing Assad will lead to failed state - Al Jazeera English


Putin: No Russian ground operations in Syria 'right now' - Yahoo News


Putin criticizes US support for Syrian rebels as not only illegal but counterproductive - US News


VIDEO (and transcript): 60 Minutes interviews Vladimir Putin - CBS News


Iraq Agrees to Share Intelligence on ISIS With Russia, Syria and Iran - The New York Times


Iran's Rouhani: Fighting radical militants like Islamic State in Syria is the top priority and if they are to be defeated then Assad government in Syria 'can't be weakened’  - Reuters


VIDEO: Iranian President Rouhani: Syria's al-Assad must remain to fight 'terrorists' - CNN.com


Pro-Hezbollah daily says party in Syria pact with Russia - NOW


Chinese troops to join Russian marines in Syria soon, says report - ibtimes.co.in


Abbas says agreement between Russia and US will help resolve Syria issue - TASS

 

--------------------------------------------------

US, Russia mull joint coordination against IS, Kerry says 'the critical thing is that all of the efforts need to be coordinated' - aa.com


Background Briefing on Secretary Kerry's Meeting With Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov - state.gov


U.S.-Russia coordination on Syria needed to avoid ‘incidents': NATO - Reuters


Shifting Direction, Kerry Aims to Include Iran in Efforts to End the Conflict in Syria - The New York Times


Germany calls for Syria transitional government, Merkel says Bashar al-Assad must be involved in Syria talks - Yahoo News


Hollande says France ready to discuss Syria with all powers but a solution must center around Syrian President Assad stepping down during a political transition - WSJ


Cameron says Assad should face criminal trial, while keeping open the possibility the Syrian president could temporarily remain in power during a political transition - Bloomberg


Austrian minister says Assad should take part in talks on Syrian settlement - TASS


Australia set to abandon opposition to Assad as part of Syria settlement - The Guardian


Erdoğan denies change in Syria policy, says Assad not part of solution - todayszaman.com


Syrian Kurdish leader Salih Muslim warns of ‘disaster’ if Assad government falls - Kurdpress News Aganecy

 

------------------------------------------------

UN ambassador Samantha Power defends arming Syrian rebels - TheHill


VIDEO: Interview with Samantha Power on Putin and Syria - ABC News


U.S.-trained fighters who defected to an al Qaeda affiliate shows just how confused Washington really is - The Daily Beast


US-backed rebels handed over equipment to al Qaeda in Syria, Pentagon Confirms - The Long War Journal


U.S. Central Command: Reports of New Syrian Force Equipment Being Provided to Al Nusra Front - CENTCOM


Thousands of Foreigners Enter Syria to Join ISIS Despite Global Efforts - The New York Times


France carries out its first air strikes against ISIS in Syria destroying an Islamic State camp - Daily Mail Online


Saudis are active at every level of the terror chain: planners to financiers, cadres to foot soldiers, ideologists to cheerleaders - The Independent


Turkey major conduit for Syrian 'blood antiquities' - Al-Monitor


The Syrian refugee crisis, explained in one map - Vox

 

To contact Bartolo email peaceloverblog[at]yahoo[dot]com (replacing [at] with @, [dot] with .)

Focus: Clinton, Biden, Sanders - Sep 24, 2015


POLL (Bloomberg): Clinton's lead over Biden and Sanders slips among Democrats - The Guardian


POLL (Bloomberg): Full Results of the Bloomberg national poll - Bloomberg


POLL (Fox News): Biden takes bite out of Clinton's lead, Sanders remains at the same level - Washington Examiner


POLL (Fox News): Full results of the Fox News Poll - foxnews.com


POLL (Chegg) : Hillary plummets among college students, Sanders climbs - Washington Examiner


POLL (Chegg): Full Results of the Chegg Presidential Campaign Tracking Study - cheggmediacenter


Top unions put brakes on Clinton endorsement, SEIU and AFSCME decide to hold off in part because of a prospective Biden candidacy - POLITICO


Democratic donors urge Biden to challenge Clinton in U.S. 2016 race - Reuters


Key Hollywood Donor Backs Joe Biden for President, Says Others Could Follow (Exclusive) - Hollywood Reporter


Election 2016: Joe Biden team considers whether to set up "exploratory committee" - CBS News


Biden invites 2 Iowa co-chairs for the Draft Biden super PAC to greet Pope Francis, Also guest in the VIP greeting area was Sanders - desmoinesregister.com


Biden, the first Catholic vice president, will trail the pope throughout his six-day visit to the United States - ABC


Joe Biden Op-Ed: ‘Pope Francis Is Challenging Us’ - TIME


VIDEO: Bernie Sanders says the pope's progressive agenda is just like his - CNN


Bernie Sanders supports striking US Capitol workers, says government has more low wage workers than McDonald's - Fortune


Sanders Now Beating Clinton In Google Searches And Trump Is Higher Than Ever - Forbes


A Pro-Clinton Super PAC Is Going Negative On Bernie Sanders - huffingtonpost.com


Sanders sees burst of fundraising after pro-Clinton research against him surfaces - The Washington Post


Bernie Sanders scores 100+ celebrity endorsements - MSNBC


2016 election: Hillary Clinton, DNC face pressure to add debates - POLITICO


VIDEO: DNC Chair Wasserman Schultz Gets Heckled By Protesters Calling for More Democratic Debates - ABC News


DNC allows one additional 2016 candidate forum - Washington Examiner


Progressive Groups Release Letter Urging DNC Chair to Host Additional Presidential Debates - MoveOn.Org

 

-----------------------------------------------------------

FBI reportedly recovers deleted emails from Clinton server - Fox News


GOP Pressing DOJ About Investigation Into Clinton Emails - The New York Times


POLL (Fox News): Voters think Clinton is lying about emails - Fox News


Judge orders quicker State Dept review of emails from Hillary Clinton aide - AP


State Department: New Batch of Clinton Aides’ Private Emails May Also Contain Classified Info - Washington Free Beacon


Hillary Clinton Aide Huma Abedin Exposed State Department Travel Schedules On Unsecure Private Network - Breitbart


Judicial Watch Obtains New Huma Abedin Emails from Clintonemail.com Server - Judicial Watch


Hillary Clinton Email Company Was Hacked By Foreign Attackers - Breitbart


Huma Abedin private consulting firm ties shown in emails - POLITICO


Emails showing Clinton charity ties withheld by State Department - Washington Examiner


Clinton fundraises with State Dept. contractor - Washington Examiner


Obama skips Global Initiative Clinton summit, The president's decision comes as his vice president is weighing whether to run - POLITICO


Clinton Global Initiative Gets 'Half of Dow,' Draws Sponsorships - newsmax.com


Clinton Foundation remains on Charity Navigator's 'watch list': spokeswoman - Washington Times


Book: 'Call off your f- -king dogs!’ Hillary rages to Obama, furious at what she believed were damaging leaks by Obama aides on the private email server - New York Post


Hillary Clinton’s Violent Rages & Fits Of Paranoia Are Exposed In Explosive Ed Klein Tell-All - The National Enquirer


VIDEO: Ed Klein Examines 'The Problem With Hillary' in New Book ‘Unlikeable’ - newsmax.com


Hillary is dealing with mounting health issues, new book claims - New York Post


More Than 30 Reporters From Across The Spectrum Explain Why You Shouldn't Trust Anti-Clinton Author Ed Klein - Media Matters for America


To contact Bartolo email peaceloverblog[at]yahoo[dot]com (replacing [at] with @, [dot] with .)

Syria/Russia News - Sep 22, 2015


Russia Deploys Ground-Attack Aircraft to Syrian Base, 28 Combat Planes and 20 Helicopters - The New York Times


These are the 28 jets Russia now has in Syria - The Washington Post


Russia starts Syria drone surveillance missions: U.S. officials - Reuters


Russia to deploy 2,000 in Syria air base mission’s ‘first phase’ - FT.com


Russia to Start Bombing in Syria asap: US official - The Daily Beast


Anticipation of a Russian Strike on ISIS in Syria: Novaya Gazeta - interpretermag.com


Russia, Iran Seen Coordinating in Syria - WSJ


Russia ready to consider Syria’s request to send troops if Damascus asks for it: Kremlin - TASS


Israel and Russia to Coordinate Military Action in Syria: Benjamin Netanyahu - NBC News


Russian defense, Pentagon chiefs agree to restore military contacts, discuss Syria - RT


Russian Official: 'Without Cooperation With Moscow, US Is Only a Second Fiddle in Syria’ - Sputnik


Syrian army starts using new weapons from Russia: military source - Yahoo News


Syrian army bombards ISIS positions in Palmyra, Raqqa, Idlib - The Guardian


Why Russia is expanding its Syrian naval base: seeks to help the Syrian government but also to increase its presence in the Mediterranean - The Moscow Times


Rebels depict Russia as a new occupier, say Syria could be the next Afghanistan - Business Insider

 

---------------------------------------------

Activists report 75 U.S.-trained rebels return to Syria - AP


US-backed Syrian rebels arrested and later released by another group, The Times report - Middle East Eye


Was Syrian train-and-equip effort always a ‘mission impossible'? General acknowledges the $500 million program is in tatters - defensenews.com


US-backed leader of Syrian rebel group quits and lists 6 problems with the training program - Business Insider


This is the ISIS intel the U.S. military dumbed down, reports overstated the damage that U.S. strikes had on specific ISIS targets - The Daily Beast


Senseless slaughter, corruption and broken promises of money and glory: Landmark report reveals why growing numbers of foreign fighters are defecting from ISIS - Daily Mail Online

 

REPORT: Victims, Perpetrators, Assets: The Narratives of Islamic State Defectors - International Center for the Study of Radicalisation


Interview on ISIS defectors with Peter Neumann, director of the International Center for the Study of Radicalisation - VOX


Islamic State defectors: Three case studies - BBC News


Syrian rebels say they’ve helped hundreds defect from Islamic State - SanLuisObispo.com


IS executes 10 people accused of being gay in Syria - The Times of Israel


US pledges another $419M to Syrian refugees, Kerry: US to accept 85,000 refugees in 2016, 100,000 in 2017 - TheHill


Plan to admit more refugees faces stiff opposition in U.S. Congress, many worry that Islamist fighters posing as refugees might sneak into the country - Daily Mail Online


Syrian Kurdish leaders planning to capture last border crossing with Turkey held by ISIS - The Independent


Centcom Spokesman: Syrian Kurd Fighters Disrupt ISIL Movement - U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE


To contact Bartolo email peaceloverblog[at]yahoo[dot]com (replacing [at] with @, [dot] with .)

Syria/Russia News - Sep 16, 2015

 

White House on Russia: Continuing to support Assad is destabilizing and counterproductive  (VIDEO) - Washington Examiner


State Dept.: We are working hard on achieving a political transition away from Assad who is to blame for ISIS - RT


VIDEO: State Dept. spokesman Kirby Press Briefing, Questions on Syria start at minute 1:04 - YouTube


Pentagon has no plans to deconflict airspace with Russia in Syria, despite signs Moscow is establishing a forward air base - TheHill


U.S. defense chief has no plans to talk to Russia counterpart, Pentagon says - Jamestown Sun


Russia’s Assertive Moves Weigh on Pentagon Plans for 2017 Budget - Bloomberg Business


VIDEO: U.S. ambassador Samantha Power: Russia and Iran should be blamed for supporting a regime that is fueling the rise of terrorism - CNN


Analysis: The Russian involvement in Syria could work in favor of U.S. national interests by fighting Islamic terrorists and restoring stability, a prerequisite for a political settlement - Consortiumnews


UN: Peace in Syria only after we combat terror and protect state institutions so as the country doesn’t follow the Libya and Iraqi scenarios - middleeastmonitor.com


26 armed rebel factions issue a statement rejecting U.N. special envoy plan to end Syria conflict - alaraby.co.uk


Barrel Bombs and Artillery Take Heavy Toll on Vital Rebel Offensive in Syria's South - VICE News

 

----------------------------------------------------

Putin defends military aid to Syria to fight 'terrorist aggression', says migrant crisis in Europe would be far worse without it - New York Times


ISIS 'has designs on' Mecca, Medina and Jerusalem and is a danger to Europe, Vladimir Putin warns - The Independent


VIDEO (English subtitles): Speach of Vladimir Putin on Syria (it starts at minute 2:40) - YouTube


Kremlin: Talks between US And Russia ‘indispensable’ to solve Syria crisis, Obama and Putin might meet at the UN General Assembly - Sputnik


Russia Is Setting Up A Forward Air Operating Base in Syria, Pentagon Confirms - Defense One


Russia 'Closing Gap' Between US with Newer Air Defenses, General Says - Military.com


Russia military reportedly deploying to Hama - NOW


Senior Iranian general said to make second Moscow trip - The Times of Israel


'If you are worried about refugees, stop supporting terrorists’: Assad interview - RT News

 

Cold War weaponry and modern military hardware: Inside the ISIS arsenal - Fox News


To contact Bartolo email peaceloverblog[at]yahoo[dot]com (replacing [at] with @, [dot] with .)

Focus: Clinton, Sanders, Biden - Sep 15, 2015


POLL (ABC News/Washington Post) : Clinton's support falls by 21 points to 42 %, while Sanders and Biden are at 24 % and 21 % - POLITICO


POLL: Sharp erosion in Clinton support among Democratic women - The Washington Post


POLL: Clinton’s e-mail issues have become a massive political problem, Just 35 percent believe she is 'honest' and 'trustworthy' - Washington Post


POLL: Full results of the ABC News/Washington Post poll - langerresearch.com


POLL (CBS News/YouGov): Sanders Surges in Iowa, NH; Clinton holds the lead in SC - CBS News


POLL: (CBS News/YouGov): Should Joe Biden run for president? - CBS News


Why Are Women Ditching Hillary? - The Daily Beast


Clinton faces trouble in Florida - TheHill


Hillary Clinton says Bill as VP has 'crossed her mind', 'He would be good, but he's not eligible, under the Constitution' - CNNPolitics.com


'Stand with the poor, stand with working people’, Bernie Sanders tells thousands of students at Christian conservative Liberty University - usatoday.com


VIDEO: Bernie Sanders Full Speech at Liberty University - C-SPAN


TRANSCRIPT: Bernie Sanders’ Liberty University speech, annotated - The Washington Post


Bernie who? Winning over southern black voters is Sanders campaign’s next hurdle - The Guardian


Meet the Group of African-American Organizers Building Black Support for Bernie Sanders - In These Times


Bernie Sanders running strong among Kansas Democrats - The Wichita Eagle


Bernie Sanders has zero endorsements from elected national Democrats in his bid for the White House - The Daily Caller


Democrats divided over Biden run - TheHill


Joe Biden advisers, supporters eyeing ballot deadlines - CNNPolitics.com


Biden Secretly Meets With Top Obama Bundler During New York Swing - Bloomberg Politics

 

----------------------------------------------------------

GOP senators ask Justice to clarify Clinton email inquiry - Newsday


Text of GOP Sens. Grassley and Johnson letter to Justice Dept wanting details on investigations into Clinton email server - grassley.senate.gov


GOP senators want to talk to Clinton tech staffer's boss - POLITICO


State Dept. has no plans to make all Huma Abedin, Cheryl Mills emails public - Washington Times


State Dept 'transparency czar' received classified Clinton emails she is meant to oversee - Washington Examiner


State Dept. records showed four-month gap in Clinton emails, though the agency claims it has filled in the gaps - TheHill


Tech company: No indication that Clinton’s e-mail server was ‘wiped’, If true tens of thousands of e-mails that Clinton has said were deleted could be recovered - The Washington Post


These Are the Forensic Tests the FBI Is Running on Hillary Clinton's Server - Mother Jones


Hillary Clinton email scandal: Experts raise questions about Gmail and other services - POLITICO


Clinton Foundation illegally solicited tax-exempt donations - WND


Clinton Foundation and the IRS - National Review Online


To contact Bartolo email peaceloverblog[at]yahoo[dot]com (replacing [at] with @, [dot] with .)

Focus: Syria/Russia - Sep 12, 2015


Russia calls on for military-to-military cooperation with the United States on Syria to avert 'unintended incidents' - reuters.com


VIDEO: FM Lavrov says Russia seeks coordination with US over Syria to avoid 'incidents' - YouTube


Pentagon: Neither U.S. nor coalition forces have contacted Russian forces in Syria to prevent any miscalculation or miscommunication - Stripes


Russia calls on world to back Syrian military, calling it the 'most powerful ground force' in the fight against the Islamic State - Washington Times


Russian build-up in Syria part of secret deal with Iran’s Quds Force leader: intel sources - Fox News


1000 Iranian Marines Join Russian Troops in Jablah Base to Fight Syrian Rebels, Says Report - ibtimes.co.in


Russia intensifies naval exercises off Syrian coast: sources - Reuters


Russia is sending advanced air defenses to Syria - Business Insider


Russia running Damascus International Airport: pro-opposition report - NOW


VIDEO: Russian troops live-fire training in Syria - The Washington Post


Berlin says would welcome Russian role in fight against IS - Reuters


Syria, Egypt agree on restoring ties: report - THE DAILY STAR

 

---------------------------------------------

Obama: Russia's support for Assad 'a big mistake' - TheHill


VIDEO: Obama Comments On Russian Military In Syria - CBS News


U.S. scrambling for a plan, options are to confront Russia inside Syria or cooperate with it on the fight against the Islamic State - Bloomberg


The Pentagon's Syria debacle, top brass debate how to rescue costly effort to raise rebel army to fight Islamic State - POLITICO


Critics: No way U.S. can meet Syria training goals - Washington Examiner


Syrian rebel training program costs millions and counting - DoD Buzz


Pentagon now training fourth class of Syrian rebels - TheHill


Western states train Kurdish force battling ISIS in Syria - THE DAILY STAR


Lawmakers welcome whistleblowers as DoD probes cooked intel on ISIS and Qaeda, Altered reports allegedly portrayed the terror groups weaker than they are - defensenews.com


Exclusive: 50 spies say ISIS intelligence was cooked - The Daily Beast


US spy chief’s ‘highly unusual’ reported contact with military official raises concerns over rosy portrayals of the war against the Islamic State - rawstory.com


VIDEO: White House spokesman Earnest can't say the U.S. is winning the war against Islamic State - YouTube


President Obama directs administration to accept at least 10,000 Syrian refugees in the next fiscal year - The Washington Post


U.S. charities urge Obama to let in more Syrians, ask churches to help - The Washington Post

 

-----------------------------------------------------

US official: 'IS making and using chemical weapons in Iraq and Syria’ (VIDEO) - BBC News


Islamic State Ordnance Shows Traces of Chemical Agents, U.S. Says - The New York Times


VIDEO: Islamic State using 'chemical weapons' as wounded soldiers reveal painful skin burns in graphic footage - Mirror Online


UN Security Council OKs Syria chemical probe - ledgergazette.com


Syrian air base falls to rebels, troops exit: state TV - Reuters


Islamic State seizes last Syrian oilfield under government control, monitor says - Australian Broadcasting Corporation


Al Qaeda calls Islamic State illegitimate but suggests cooperation - Reuters


Kurds say Syrian opposition supports Islamic State - Kurdpress News Aganecy


Former Sex Slave Says Kayla Mueller Was Killed By ISIS, Not An Airstrike - huffingtonpost.com


The women taking on ISIS: on the ground with Iraq's Yazidi female fighters - The Guardian


To contact Bartolo email peaceloverblog[at]yahoo[dot]com (replacing [at] with @, [dot] with .)

 

Focus: Clinton, Sanders, Biden - Sep 11, 2015


POLL (CNN-ORC): Clinton’s lead over Sanders shrinks nationally as her edge over GOP vanishes, gets 37%, Sanders 27% and Biden 20% - CNN


POLL: Full results of the CNN-ORC poll - CNN


POLL (Quinnipiac): Bernie Sanders leaps to 1-point lead over Clinton in Iowa, erases 19-point deficit - desmoinesregister.com


POLL: Full results of the Quinnipiac poll - Quinnipiac University


VIDEO: Sanders 'stunned' he's beating Clinton - YouTube


Sanders campaign set for expansion, strategy is focused on a slew of primary elections on March 1 known as Super Tuesday - TheHill


Sanders makes pitch to black caucus - TheHill


Sanders to roll out criminal justice bill - TheHill


Bernie Sanders: 'Not Acceptable' To Jail Young Pot Smokers And Let Big Bank CEOs Walk - huffingtonpost.com


Bernie Sanders on the Senate floor outlines his support of the Obama administration's Iran nuclear deal, likening its critics to those who backed the Iraq War in 2002 - CNN


VIDEO: Bernie Sanders on the Senate floor: War Should Be the Last Option: Why I Support the Iran Deal - YouTube


Bernie Sanders Has a Fan in the James Bond Actor Daniel Craig - The New York Times

 

---------------------------------------------------

Clinton calls for tougher response to Russia on Ukraine and Syria, 'effort to really up the costs on Russia and in particular on Putin'  - rferl


Hillary Clinton draws hard line on Iran as she speaks in support of the Obama administration’s nuclear deal with the country - MSNBC


VIDEOS: A compilation of Brookings remarks from Hillary Clinton on her view of the Iran nuclear deal (full speech included) - YouTube


Hillary Clinton's foreign policy isn't ‘muscular’—it's bellicose, When the press mistakes being hawkish for being strong - The Atlantic


Hillary Clinton Speaks to Mostly Empty Hall in Columbus, Ohio - Breitbart


Donors urge Hillary Clinton to stop ignoring Sanders - POLITICO


Hillary Clinton’s Bulldog David Brock Blazes New Campaign Finance Trails - TIME


Pro-Clinton crusader David Brockin in his new book: The New York Times has 'a special place in hell' - POLITICO


Joe Biden visits New York City amid 2016 presidential bid speculation - Newsday


Joe Biden, in Colbert Interview, Expresses Doubts About Bid for President - The New York Times


Two D.N.C. Officials Call for Adding More Debates - The New York Times

 

---------------------------------------------

Huma Abedin, top Clinton aide, formally investigated by feds for embezzlement - Washington Times


Huma Abedin criminal probe: Watchdog opened, but DOJ passed - POLITICO


State Department only turns over fraction of requested documents about Clinton aide Huma Abedin - Fox News


Clinton aide Abedin to testify at Benghazi panel on Oct 22 - TheHill


Justice Department rules Hillary Clinton followed law in deleting emails - Washington Times


State Department 'Email Czar' Received Classified Hillary Emails - breitbart.com


Kirby: Transparency Czar's Donations To Hillary 'Not Relevant' - Breitbart


Lawsuit seeks info on Hillary Clinton lawyer's thumb drive - POLITICO


Hillary Clinton IT specialist Pagliano takes the Fifth - POLITICO


Wall Street expert: Clinton Foundation a ‘vast criminal conspiracy’ - WND


Second Interim Report on the Clinton Foundation - Charles Ortel


To contact Bartolo email peaceloverblog[at]yahoo[dot]com (replacing [at] with @, [dot] with .)

Focus: Clinton, Biden, Sanders - Sep 9, 2015


Intel review backs up finding that Clinton emails had top secret information, 'Both emails were classified when they were created' - Fox


Hillary: Intel review does not change the fact that I did not send or receive any information that was marked classified at the time (VIDEO) - Breitbart


Hillary Clinton Offers Apology for E-Mail Practices: ‘That Was a Mistake. I’m Sorry’ (VIDEO) - ABC News


VIDEO: Full Interview of Hillary Clinton on emails -  ABC News


VIDEO: Kirby: State Dept’s claim that the information is not “Top Secret" is based on documents we believe that only we have - C-SPAN.org


VIDEO: Kerry says there's a massive amount of overclassification, no evidence that Clinton emails were classified at the time - Huffington Post


Kerry choice for State Dept 'transparency' czar donated to Clinton’s presidential campaign the maximum allowed of $2700 - Fox


Exclusive: U.S. State Dept to shift 50 staff to boost office handling Clinton emails - Reuters


VIDEO: Gowdy: Kerry 'Protecting' Hillary with 'Staggering' State Department Stonewalling - Breitbart


Senate Republicans want immunity for Clinton's former IT staffer - politico.com


Clintons personally paid State Department staffer to maintain her private server - The Washington Post


Clinton's IT guy earned  $140,000 per year at the State Department and was classified as a GS-15 in his job as a special advisor and deputy chief information officer  - The Daily Caller


Meet the insider who screened Hillary Clinton's emails - politico.com


Hillary Clinton's emails likely reside on multiple servers, expert says - Washington Times


Spam Companies May Have Copies Or Logs Of Clinton's Emails - The Daily Caller


Former Obama Intel Chief Says Suspend Hillary’s Security Clearance - The Daily Caller


Sec. Clinton was a bad manager: Look at how the State Department's Office of Inspector General criticized her tenure - NY Daily News


Clinton E-mails Reveal Clinton's Shocking Dependence on Aides for Menial Tasks - National Review Online


Hillary Clinton was warned Benghazi terrorists used video as ‘cover’, but she went ahead and publicly blamed the Youtube video anyway. - breitbart.com


VIDEO: George Will: Clinton Needs To Answer For Libyan Debacle And Refugee Crisis, "That Is Our Fault" - RealClearPolitics

 

---------------------------------------------------

POLL: Hillary Clinton's lead drops further as interest in Biden grows according to the latest nationwide Monmouth University poll - POLITICO


POLL: Full text of results of the nationwide Monmouth University poll - monmouth.edu


Biden walks with big labor, to cheers of 'run, Joe, run' - Fox News


VIDEO: Vice President Joe Biden's Labor Day speech in Pittsburgh (FULL) - YouTube


VIDEO: Biden marches in Pittsburgh Labor Day Parade, Voters say 'Give It A Go Joe' - YouTube


POLL: Biden more popular than Clinton in Iowa, NH - TheHill


Top Democrats in South Carolina unnerved by Hillary Clinton’s inability to get beyond her email controversy, say Biden’s on-a-wing-and-a-prayer strategy isn’t hopeless - politico.com


Joe Biden 2016: Draft Biden super PAC Iowa co-chairs lined up - politico.com


Murdoch: Biden to run ... and win - politico.com


Bernie Sanders Draws Blue-Collar Workers in Iowa - NBC News


VIDEO: Sanders joins a picket line in Iowa - TheHill


Inside Bernie Sanders' strategy to win over organized labor - Reuters


Trumka: AFL-CIO presidential endorsement unlikely before first two state contests - peoplesworld


POLL: Bernie Sanders Leads Hillary Clinton by 9 in New Hampshire, Gains in Iowa - NBC News


How Bernie Sanders Is Winning New Hampshire - Fortune


Bernie Sanders surge reflects US shift on socialism: In the 18-29 age bracket 69 percent have no problem voting for a socialist, same with 47 percent of older Americans - VOA


POLL: New Hillary Clinton's Favorable Rating One of Her Worst - gallup.com


Clinton campaign to spend $4 million on ads in Iowa, New Hampshire - CNNPolitics.com


Full updated list of endorsements for the Democratic Party presidential candidates, 2016 - Wikipedia


To contact Bartolo email peaceloverblog[at]yahoo[dot]com (replacing [at] with @, [dot] with .)

Focus: Clinton, Sanders, Biden - Sep 4, 2015


Former Clinton IT specialist will plead the fifth and not testify in House probe, lawyer says - Reuters


Exclusive: Former Clinton IT specialist has rebuffed FBI and State Department investigators in email probe - Reuters


Judicial Watch asks whether the State Dept hired Clinton’s IT specialist and spent taxpayer money to maintain her private server - Judicial Watch


VIDEO: Hillary Clinton's Press Secretary, Brian Fallon, discusses the email controversy, including a former aide pleading the fifth - CNN


Critics say State Dept. tries to block cases in court by requesting a single judge to handle all of the Clinton email lawsuits - Washington Times


Judge sees rocky road for feds' plan to coordinate Hillary Clinton email lawsuits - politico.com


Hillary Clinton classified emails mostly sent by Jake Sullivan, Cheryl Mills, Huma Abedin - Washington Times


Cheryl Mills, Adviser to Hillary Clinton, Testifies on Benghazi and Email Practices - The New York Times


Judge poised to order search for backups of the roughly 31,000 emails Clinton claims were personal and deleted from her private server - TheHill


Watchdog Sues For Hillary Clinton Email Metadata - The Daily Caller


New Clinton Violations In Use Of Thumb Drives For Emails - The Daily Caller


FBI Scours Clinton Server for Evidence of Spying - Bloomberg View


Snowden: No way Hillary’s private server was secure - politico.com


VIDEO: Edward Snowden says it is 'ridiculous' to think Hillary Clinton emails were secure (Starts at min 1:00) - Al Jazeera


Exclusive: Hillary's Email Server Had A Webmail Portal That Allowed UNRESTRICTED ACCESS To Hackers - Breitbart


Six Ways Hillary Clinton's Email Could Have Been Hacked - huffingtonpost.com


Exclusive: Hillary's Email Server Crashed Three Times, In One Occasion Weeks After Benghazi - Breitbart


Hillary Paid to Hide Identity of People Running Her Email Server - Breitbart


Bill Clinton's Top Adviser Ran Hillary's Email Network - breitbart.com


Emails show how Hillary fundraiser-turned-lobbyist used connections for clients who were also donors to the Clinton Foundation - OpenSecrets Blog


Haiti Fraudster Had Line to Clinton at State Department - Washington Free Beacon


Hillary Suggests Clinton Foundation $$$ To Cheryl Mills’ Domestic Partner For Haiti Project - The Hillary Daily


Clinton Foundation looked to bring CEO of sanctioned oil company to US - New York Post


Schweizer: Emails 'Confirming' Clinton Had 'Intertwining Relationships' Between Foundation and Official Dutes - Breitbart


Schweizer: Clinton Set Up Server To Hide 'Blurring' Between Private Clinton Activity and State Dept Business - Breitbart


Interactive graphic: Hillary Clinton's insider network - Washington Examiner

 

---------------------------------------------

Bernie Sanders' rise a 'good thing for the party,' White House says - Washington Times


Joe Biden: Bernie Sanders ‘doing a helluva job’ - politico.com


Sanders: I'm best to beat Republicans in November (VIDEOS) - desmoinesregister.com


Sanders says organization is growing - AP


VIDEO: Full Interview: Sen. Bernie Sanders with Register editorial board - desmoinesregister.com


Legion of Tech Volunteers Lead a Charge for Bernie Sanders - The New York Times


How Bernie Sanders' Online Army Is Using Reddit to Fuel His 2016 Campaign Surge - mic.com


Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Op-Ed: This is the difference between Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders - The Washington Post


Donald Trump fires back at Kareem Abdul-Jabbar - NY Daily News


Bernie Sanders Said to Be Close to Signing Fund-Raising Deal With Democratic Party - The New York Times


The fact-checker's guide to viral graphics contrasting Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders - PunditFact


POLL: According to a Washington Post/ABC News poll Clinton's favorability continues to drop while Trump sees progress - Washington Examiner


Hillary Clinton to give rare national interview with NBC News correspondent Andrea Mitchell on Friday - politico.com


Biden says he cannot say yet whether he will mount White House run - Reuters


Biden's boosters race to lock up Democratic donors - usatoday.com


Draft Biden staffs up in early-voting states New Hampshire and South Carolina - TheHill


Pennsylvania Democrats Put Support Behind Biden - NBC 10 Philadelphia


Sen. Elizabeth Warren likely to endorse a candidate in 2016 primary - The Boston Globe


O’Malley organizing protest at DNC HQ over debate schedule - TheHill


To contact Bartolo email peaceloverblog[at]yahoo[dot]com (replacing [at] with @, [dot] with .)

Speaking Events

CHOOSE LANGUAGE

Support This Site

Donate.

Get free books and gear when you become a supporter.

 

Sponsors:

Speaking Truth to Empire

***

Families United

***

Ray McGovern

***

Financial supporters of this site can choose to be listed here.

Buy Books

Get Gear

The log-in box below is only for bloggers. Nobody else will be able to log in because we have not figured out how to stop voluminous spam ruining the site. If you would like us to have the resources to figure that out please donate. If you would like to receive occasional emails please sign up. If you would like to be a blogger here please send your resume.
CAPTCHA
This question is for testing whether you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.
Image CAPTCHA
Enter the characters shown in the image.