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Syria/Turkey News - Jan 17

 

Nearly 1,100 killed in Syria rebel-ISIS jihadist battles: activists - Yahoo News


U.N. Reports mass executions in Northern Syria carried out by armed opposition groups, in particular by ISIS - NYTimes.com


Battles rage to push ISIS out of north Syria - THE DAILY STAR


Rebels expel ISIS's Jihadists from Jarabulus - ZAMAN ALWSL 


Alleged ISIS car bomb kills 26 in north Syria, mostly rebels - AFP


ISIS Controls Raqqa, 250 Fighters, 50 Civilians Killed - The Syrian Observer


Islamic Front to take control of Aleppo industrial zone from ISIS - ZAMAN ALWSL 


The Story of Two Armenians Executed by ISIS - Al Akhbar English

 

Young Christian killed and beheaded by jihadists - Fides News Agency

 

Interview with Free Syrian Army (FSA) chief Gen. Salim Idris - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT

 

The Politics of the Islamic Front, Part 2: An Umbrella Organization - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

 

The Politics of the Islamic Front, Part 3: Negotiations - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

 

About What Is Going On From the Fighting Between the [Islamic] State and the Mujāhidīn of al-Shām - JIHADOLOGY

 

6 Rebel groups pledge allegiance to Al Nusra Front - ZAMAN ALWSL 

 

Suicide car bomb kills three in Hezbollah stronghold in Lebanon near Syria - Reuters

 

Statement from Jabhat al-Nuṣrah in Lebanon claims responsibility for the suicide car bombing: “Martyrdom Operation Upon the Stronghold of Ḥizb Irānī in the Hermel” - JIHADOLOGY

 

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PYD leader Salih Muslim: Kurds will not attend Geneva II unless Kurdish question is on agenda - ekurd


If Kurds are not recognised as a third party they'll reject Geneva: PKK leader Sabri - ekurd


KCK Executive Council Releases Statement on Geneva II - ekurd


Syria Kurdistan Goes to the Polls - The Rojava Report


Syrian Kurds aim to benefit from Islamist infighting - Al-Monitor

 

Efrin: end of al-Qaeda’s ISIS siege north Syria - aranews.org

 

YPG buries 39 Kurdish fighters in Qamishli, died by clashes against the ISIS, Jabhat al-Nusra and other Islamist rebel fighters - Transnational Middle-East Observer

 

VIDEO: Funeral parade of YPG martyrs in Qamislo - YouTube

 

ISIS executes Kurdish civilians in Tel Ebyad - Transnational Middle-East Observer

 

“PYD have established a model for Syria”: Prominent UK human rights lawyer Margaret Owen - ekurd

 

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New analysis of rocket used in Syria chemical attack undercuts U.S. claims - MiamiHerald.com


REPORT (Full Text): Possible Implications of Faulty US Technical Intelligence in the Damascus Nerve Agent Attack of August 21 - s3.amazonaws.com

 

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‘Dismissed ministers received millions in bribes’ - Today's Zaman


Gov't assault on police to evade graft probe intensifies - Today's Zaman


İstanbul police again defy arrest order as top prosecutors reassigned - Today's Zaman


Nearly 20 İstanbul prosecutors removed from post - Today's Zaman


Guards of prosecutors in al-Qaeda probe replaced - Today's Zaman


Turkish government to move ahead with judiciary plan, despite main opposition refusal - hurriyetdailynews.com

 

Turkish president signals veto on government-led judicial bill - hurriyetdailynews.com

 

Jurists ask PM to take his hands off judiciary - Today's Zaman

 

Top business group head warns that Turkey may slip into ‘police state’ - hurriyetdailynews.com

 

Erdogan declares war on Gulen's 'empire of fear’ - AFP

 

Ruling AKP moves to expel deputy known for close ties with Gülen movement - hurriyetdailynews.com

 

European Parliament calls on Turkey to preserve impartial judiciary amid graft probe - Today's Zaman

 

Turkish intelligence agency MIT denies claims over Paris killings but launches internal probe - hurriyetdailynews.com

 

Investigative reporter Baransu exposed the spy agency MIT illegally profiled opposition party members & relayed the confidential memo to Erdogan - Twitter / abdbozkurt

 

Benghazi weapons shipped to Syrian rebels through Turkish IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation - larouchepac.com

 

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IRELAND: 79 Year Old Peace Activist Jailed For Peaceful Protest

by R. Teichmann


 


Margaretta D'Arcy attempts to block runway of Shannon Airport. 01/09/13
Margaretta D'Arcy attempts to block runway of Shannon Airport. 01/09/13

Image: Niall Carson via PA Wire

Poem: A party for The American People

This poem is based on two assumptions:

1) A party is good for the American People.

2) There actually are “American People”.

So, let’s have a party and invite the American People!

Let’s have a theme.

We’ll get everything we need from the party store!

Syria News - Jan 16

 

Western intelligence talking to Damascus about the jihadist threat, Syrian minister says - BBC News


VIDEO: Interview: Western intelligence talking to Damascus about the jihadist threat, Syrian minister says - BBC News


European Spies Reach Out to Syria to Share Information on Jihadists - WSJ.com


VIDEO: European Spies Reach Out to Syria to Share Information on Jihadists - WSJ.com


Flow of Westerners to Syria Prompts Security Concerns - NYTimes.com


The Spanish Foreign Fighter Contingent in Syria - Combating Terrorism Center at West Point

 

Syrian rebels kill Belgian commander linked to al Qaeda’s ISIS: activists - Reuters

 

Canadian killed in Syria: Calgary man, 22, joined fight after converting to Islam - National Post

 

Syria's Assad slams Saudi Wahhabi ideology as 'threat to world' - Yahoo News

 

Syria’s internal political opposition may not attend Geneva II - Al-Monitor

 

US to stop financing Syrian opposition if it refuses to go to Geneva - The Voice of Russia

 

Kerry pledges another $380M in humanitarian aid for Syria - TheHill

 

VIDEO: Kerry Announces Aid Package for Syrians - NBCNews.com

 

New analysis of rocket used in Syria chemical attack undercuts U.S. claims - MiamiHerald.com

 

UN Chief Urges Syrian Opposition to Join Talks - ABC News

 

U.N. says it abandons aid delivery after Syria insisted on dangerous route - Reuters

 

Syria: UN agency determined to reach starving Palestinian refugee camp near Damascus - United Nations News Centre

 

Hamas urges militants to leave Damascus Palestinian camp - AFP

 

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4 Reasons to Hold George W. Bush Accountable for War Crimes

Originally Posted at AcronymTv

http://youtu.be/gO7-Y1gvukM

I am not sure what it says about our culture when six figure speaker fees are awarded to War Criminals, but that is what happened in New York City on Monday, January 13 when George W. Bush took a break from his retirement and rigorous painting schedule and took his Texas swagger on stage as the keynote speaker at the National Retail Federation’s Big Show.

Talk Nation Radio: After the Legalization of Marijuana

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Jon Walker is a writer and a senior policy analyst at FireDogLake.com and the author of the new book After Legalization: Understanding the Future of Marijuana Policy in America. We look into his crystal ball.

Total run time: 29:00

Host: David Swanson.
Producer: David Swanson.
Music by Duke Ellington.

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The Campaign To End All War

Originally Posted at AcronymTV

http://youtu.be/6aC7Mck865w

In this interview with David Swanson, we discuss a campaign, still in its planning stages, to eliminate “the institution of war as an acceptable enterprise for the human species.” Visiting the website WorldBeyongWar.org, one is prompted to sign a simple two sentence  pledge that reads:

Turkey/Syria News - Jan 15

 

Turkish police detain at least 23 in anti-al-Qaeda operation, after the raids two anti-terror police unit chiefs were dismissed - hurriyetdailynews.com


Turkey cracks down on Islamic charity İHH suspected of arming Al Qaeda affiliates in Syria (VIDEO) - CSMonitor.com


Profile: Islamic charity IHH, a significant actor in the global jihadist movementy - The Long War Journal


Policemen relieved of duties following discovery of ammunition on buses heading from Turkey to Syria - Today's Zaman


Interior Ministry approves lists for new wave of police purges - Today's Zaman


Turkey president urges shift in Syria policy - Yahoo News

 

Turkish PM to show ‘no mercy’ to ‘group’ behind graft probe - hurriyetdailynews.com

 

Turkish gov't to ‘freeze’ judicial bill if opposition agrees to charter change on key body - hurriyetdailynews.com

 

'Gov't must await Constitutional Court approval to implement HSYK law' - Today's Zaman

 

Former graft prosecutor Öz files formal complaint against PM Erdoğan after ‘threat’ claims - hurriyetdailynews.com

 

New graft prosecutors request unfreeze of suspects' assets - Today's Zaman

 

Supreme State Council able to try Turkish Armed Forces commanders - Today's Zaman

 

Gülen to file criminal complaint over illegal wiretapping - Today's Zaman

 

US, EU step up pressure on Turkey over judicial independence - hurriyetdailynews.com

 

Brussels asks Turkey to be consulted to ensure judicial bill in line with EU legislation - hurriyetdailynews.com

 

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Turkey's Intelligence Agency MİT denies any link to Paris killings of Kurds - Today's Zaman


Voice recording suggests MİT ordered killings of PKK members in Paris - CİHAN


AUDIO: Tape released allegedly features Paris killings suspect voice - ANF

 

TRANSCRIPT: Full transcript of alleged Paris killings suspect Ömer Güney recording - ANF

 

Following the audio recording, leaked “secret" document could link Turkish MIT to the Paris assassinations (Document text translated) - The Kurdistan Tribune

 

Turkish Intelligence Agency (MIT) at center of political storm - Al-Monitor

 

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U.S., Russia call for trust-building moves ahead of Geneva talks such as prisoner exchanges, localized cease-fires and an end to blockades - The Washington Post


VIDEO: Kerry, Lavrov zero in on ceasefire in Syria - Yahoo News


U.S. Presses Syrian Opposition to Join Talks - NYTimes.com


Vatican urges Syria ceasefire as Kerry visits - Yahoo News


VIDEO: John Kerry talks Syria with Pope's aide - Yahoo News


Ambassador Ford to opposition: Geneva II without preconditions or guarantees - ZAMAN ALWSL #syria

 

Syrian opposition holds firm to Geneva II preconditions - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT

 

Syrian Coalition: Political Solution Impossible Without Assad's Departure - Syrian National Coaltion

 

Syrian Coalition: Participation in Geneva II Will Be Dependent On the Response of the International Community to Our Basic Demands - Syrian National Coaltion

 

Syrian Coalition: Russia’s And Assad’s Attitudes To The Syrian Revolution Are Identical - Syrian National Coaltion

 

The Politics of the Islamic Front 1: Structure and Support - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

 

The names of the Syrian government delegation to Geneva leaked - all4syrian

 

The Baath Battalions Move Into Damascus - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

 

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Regime advances near Aleppo, ISIS tightens grip on Raqqa - THE DAILY STAR


ISIS Kills Nusra Front Emir in Raqqa - The Syrian Observer


Syria: How Did Raqqa Fall To The Islamic State of Iraq & ash-Sham? - EA WorldView


ISIS ihadists seize Syria town near Aleppo, execute 60 - Yahoo News


ISIS car bomb kills 8 rebels at Syria checkpoint - THE DAILY STAR


ISIS is planning to assassinate Massoud Barzani: source - Kurdpress News Aganecy

 

Two Christians beheaded by ISIS in Idlib in Syria - OrthoChristian.Com

 

Italian Jesuit Priest Kidnapped By ISIS In Syria Being Held In Prison - YALLA SOURIYA

 

More proof of ISIS torture of Kurds - Transnational Middle-East Observer

 

VIDEO: Three “spies" are executed by the Mujahideen: western Homs - LiveLeak.com

 

VIDEO: al Nusra Front terrorists beheading a syrian citizen+Subtitles - LiveLeak.com

 

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Damascus: Yarmouk Starves as Relief Convoys Attacked by Rebels - Al Akhbar English


VIDEO: Yarmouk residents waiting for the promised aid today that never arrived - YouTube

 

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New Yorkers Protest Bush at Javits Center

On the morning of Mon., January 13th, about 25 people gathered outside NYC’s Javits Center to protest the presence inside of former George Bush who was giving the breakfast keynote (closed to the press) at the National Retail Federation's Annual Convention. War Criminals Watch/World Can’t Wait activists, who had put the original call out for the demonstration, were there with a large banner and posters. We Will Not Be Silent had their striking black and white posters.

Voices From Around The World Calling For Guantanamo To Be Closed

by Debra Sweet       There are two pertinent questions which demand answers if we are to force the U.S. to close the illegal torture camp at Guantánamo, and go on to end indefinite detention by the United States.  Why did the Bush regime open it in 2002 in a U.S. military base set in Guantánamo Bay on a colonized piece of Cuban land seized from Cuba at the culmination of its war of independence from Spain, known here as the Spanish-American War, in 1898?And why are sections of the U.S. ruling class holding onto this prison so tightly, even expanding its infrastructure, that Obama's six year old promise to close it has become a cruel joke to most of the men who were there when he campaigned in 2008?

Two Red Herrings Caught

NSA’s Preference for Metadata

Editor Note: The hidden ball in the debate over the NSA’s collection of phone and e-mail metadata (vs. tapping into actual conversations with a court order) is that the NSA actually prefers the metadata approach because it strips away privacy more efficiently, says ex-NSA analyst Kirk Wiebe.

By Kirk Wiebe

Senior national security officials, from President Barack Obama on down, have made light of the National Security Agency’s intrusive monitoring of the public by saying “only” metadata about communications, not the content of those communications, are collected. One might ask, then, why is it that intelligence and law enforcement officials much prefer this metadata approach?

Building a Global Movement to End All War

I've been involved in starting enough activist campaigns and coalitions to know when one has more potential than any other I've seen.  When hundreds of people and organizations are signing up on the website before you've announced it anywhere, and nine months before you plan to officially launch, and when a large percentage of the people signing on ask how they can donate funding, and when people from other countries volunteer to translate your declaration into other languages, and when committees form of volunteer women and men to work on a dozen different aspects of the planning -- and they actually get to work in a serious way, and when none of this is due to anything in the news or any statement from anyone in government or any contrast between one political party and another, then it's time to start thinking about what you're going to help build as a movement.

In this case I'm talking about a movement to end, not this war or that war, but the institution of war as an acceptable enterprise for the human species. The declaration of peace that people and groups are signing reads, in its entirety:

"I understand that wars and militarism make us less safe rather than protect us, that they kill, injure and traumatize adults, children and infants, severely damage the natural environment, erode civil liberties, and drain our economies, siphoning resources from life-affirming activities. I commit to engage in and support nonviolent efforts to end all war and preparations for war and to create a sustainable and just peace."

This can be signed at http://WorldBeyondWar.org -- and we fully expect a million people to sign it in short order. There's a great weariness in resisting militarism piecemeal, in reforming or refining war, in banning a weapon or exposing a tactic. All of that is a necessary part of the work. This will be a campaign of numerous partial victories, and we'll be directing our efforts toward various strategic weaknesses in the military-industrial complex. But there is enthusiasm right now for stopping not just missile strikes into Syria, not just deadly sanctions and threats to Iran, but stopping also -- as part of these actions -- the thinking that assumes war must always be with us, the casual discussions of how "the next war" will be fought.

So, we've set up an online center for addressing the concerns of the anyone who thinks we might need to keep war around or who thinks war will stay around regardless of what we do. We address a number of myths, including the myths that war is inevitable, and war is necessary, and war is beneficial.  Then we provide a number of reasons for ending war, including these:

War is immoral.

War endangers us.

War threatens our environment.

War erodes our liberties.

War impoverishes us.

We need $2 trillion/year for other things.

We've also provided an explanation of how nonviolent tools are more effective in resisting tyranny and oppression and resolving conflicts and achieving security than violence is, in other words how we can be more secure without war and without preparations for war.

This movement to abolish war, will be a movement to create a better world in which we are better able to address real crises, such as those in the earth's natural environment, rather than manufactured crises, such as the urgent need to drop missiles on Syria -- which vanishes the moment we block that proposal.

Our plan is to announce on the International Day of Peace, September 21, 2014, a broader, wider, more mainstream and more international movement for peace and nonviolence than we've seen in a while, and a coalition capable of better uniting those doing good work toward that end in various corners of the globe and of our societies. 

But we've only just begun to work out our plans, and we'd like everyone's input. If you go to http://WorldBeyondWar.org and sign the declaration, it will ask you to indicate how you might like to be involved beyond that. You can check any of a number of ways or invent your own.  You can get involved in shaping our thinking and our plans and activities.  You can also enter a brief statement of your own.  Here are a few of the many entered already:

"I support this proposal and agree with this great and important initiative to abolish militarism and war.  I will continue to speak out for an end to the institution of militarism and war and for institutions built on international law and human rights and nonviolent conflict resolution." — Mairead Maguire, Nobel Peace Laureate

"As a 29 year veteran of the US Army/Army Reserves, retiring as a Colonel and having served as a U.S. diplomat for 16 years and resigning in 2003 in opposition to the Iraq war, I firmly believe war does not resolve political issues.  We must work diligently to force the governments of our nations to use diplomacy, not weapons." —Ann Wright

"Everybody's worried about stopping terrorism. Well, there's a really easy way: stop participating in it." — Noam Chomsky

"It is so inspiring to see a new group coming together not to focus on a particular war or weapons system, but on all war--everywhere. And it's great to have such beautifully crafted arguments about why war is not inevitable and how war contributes to so many other global ills. This coalition is worthy of Martin Luther King's call to end violence and instead put our energies and resources into 'life-affirming activities.' Bravo!" —Medea Benjamin

"We must work to end all war because: 1. In war there are no winners, only losers. 2. To thrive, humans need peace, which cannot be created by war. 3. We need all our ingenuity, creativity, technology and will to find a solution to runaway climate change. We cannot afford the military-industrial complex." — Sally Reynolds, Abingdon Peace Group

"The abolition of war is an idea whose time has come. We are at a transformative moment in history. Our Mother Earth is under siege from destructive global warming and industrialization. It is essential that we mobilize to save our planet. War is a cruel and untenable distraction, draining trillions of dollars and incalculable losses of intellectual firepower away from the essential work that needs to be done to create a livable future for humanity." — Alice Slater, Global Council of Abolition 2000

"War is a crime against humanity. When 90% of the casualties of war are civilians including children, its time to End ALL WARS! The world badly needs the resources to meet human and environmental needs. Wars are not making us more secure, but creating more enemies. There are more effective means of achieving security than war and killing other people's children. As former President Eisenhower said, 'I like to believe that the people of the world will want peace so much that governments will have to get out of the way and let them have it.' When the people of the world decide to end war, we can end it. At least 99% of the world's people do not benefit at all from all the wars our governments are waging. The time is NOW. Please join us." —David Hartsough

http://WorldBeyondWar.org

Syria/Turkey News - Jan 13


Friends of Syria group urges opposition to attend Geneva talks - Reuters


US: Syria peace talks test credibility for parties - NewsObserver.com


For Russia, terrorism is priority at Syria conference - Al-Monitor


'Syria’s destiny concerns us' - Lavrov to Jarba - The Voice of Russia


Jarba Says 'Friends of Syria' Agree No Role for Assad and Family in Country Future - Naharnet

 

Damascus steps up economic measure ahead of Geneva talks, reports revealed that a new line of credit between Syria and Russia will be signed soon - Globaltimes.cn

 

Kurds should demonstrate they can control own regions: PYD official - Kurdpress News Aganecy

 

Aleppo's Kurds: Living Under Siege - Al Akhbar English

 

Officials: Efforts to lift Yarmouk siege have failed - Maan News Agency

 

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Qaeda-linked ISIS regains ground in northeast Syrian city of Raqqa - Reuters


Al Qaeda's ISIS unit executes dozens of rivals in Raqqa -activists


ISIS has summarily executed 100 Ahrar ash-Sham captives in ar-Raqqah north of Syria - Ahrar ash-Sham Media Office


16 ISIS suicide attacks target Syria rebels in one week - GlobalPost


Syrian opposition and ISIS continue Idlib battle - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT

 

Activists: Nearly 700 dead in Syrian rebel clashes - The Washington Post

 

VIDEO: Claim of Mass Grave Discovered At ISIS HQ Near Al Burayj, Aleppo - YouTube

 

VIDEO: Convoy of the pro-ISIS Liwa Dawood, including four T-72 & T-62 tanks, 4 BMP-1 armoured vehicles, and 13 more vehicles - YouTube

 

Protesters attack Sharia Committee headquarters in Saqba - Syria Newsdesk

 

Syria activists freed from dungeons breathe new life - Saudi Gazette

 

New ISIS Leaks Reveal Particulars of al-Qaida Strategy - Syria Comment

 

Pressed in Syria, Jihadists sneak into Iraq - Azzaman English

 

Syria's civil war being fought with fighters high on drugs - Telegraph

 

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Punches fly as Turkish MPs debate judicial reform - Reuters


VIDEO: Turkish bizarre: MPs throw tablets, punchs and a kick in heat - YouTube


Turkish PM slams opposition, head of judges association over session marred by brawl - hurriyetdailynews.com


Erdoğan blasts judge who was kicked by AK Party lawmaker - CİHAN


CHP asks Parliament to punish AK Party deputy for flying kick - CİHAN


Tens of thousands protest against Tayyip Erdogan - thenews.com.pk


VIDEO: Thousands protest corruption in Turkey - YouTube


VIDEO: Police fires tear gas and water cannon at anti-government protesters  - CNN


Turkey will push ahead with judicial reforms, says Recep Tayyip Erdoğan - The Guardian

 

HSYK opposes gov’t proposal, say planned changes violate Constitution - CİHAN

 

Witch hunt in bureaucracy draws ire: McCarthyism creates collateral damage - Today's Zaman

 

Parents of former graft prosecutor say son targeted for ‘doing justice' - Today's Zaman

 

Protecting "Qaeda financier" al-Qadi may come with a big price tag for Erdogan - Today's Zaman

 

CHP proposals to eradicate corruption get support from analysts - Today's Zaman

 

Power struggle between Erdogan and Gul heats up - New Straits Times

 

Turkey's power struggle affects Kurdish issue - Al-Monitor

 

In Scandal, Turkey’s Leaders May Be Losing Their Tight Grip on News Media - NYTimes.com

 

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Another lawsuit filed against the TSA, by Wendy Thomson

We at TSA News have written before about the particularly egregious violations perpetrated upon the disabled (or, more precisely, those who with the assistance of medical devices function quite well) by the TSA.

Syria News - Jan 12

 

500 reported killed in rebel infighting in Syria - The Boston Globe


Rebels clash in north Syria, bodies pile up in hospital -monitors - Reuters


Rebels, ISIS jihadists in fierce battle at Syria's Saraqeb - GlobalPost


Rebels make gains in western countryside of Aleppo against Al Qaeda's ISIS - ZAMAN ALWSL


FSA Claim Control of Northern Syrian Town of Addana from ISIS - ibtimes.co.uk


Tens freed from ISIS prison in Addana near Idlib - ZAMAN ALWSL


ISIS advance on Syria's Raqqa, on the back foot in parts of Aleppo and Idlib: activists - ZAMAN ALWSL


Raqqah: ISIS takes over the Tal Abyad border crossing with Turkey after clashes with the Islamist movement - Syrian Observatory for Human Rights


Al-Qaeda Leaks from a Former Leader of ISIS: Baghdadi and Golani Fight Over the Levant Emirate - Al Akhbar English

 

Syrian troops seize rebel-held town north of Aleppo and push toward the second city, taking advantage of fighting between rebels and jihadists - GlobalPost

 

Syrian army purges holy shrine of militants near Damascus - PressTV

 

Syria Militants Said to Recruit Visiting Americans to Attack U.S. - NYTimes.com

 

Al-Qaeda-Linked Groups Desecrate Churches In Syria - Eurasia Review

 

PHOTO: A whole family: mother, daughters, son & aunt were killed by "rebels" - Syrian Perspective

 

PHOTO: Children Hassan Hishmeh, Fayez Hishmeh & their mother Sanaa were killed by the "Islam Army" in Adra - Syrian Perspective

 

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Syria opposition groups to form new coalition - Qatar Tribune


Syrian Opposition Issues Cordoba Declaration For 'Assad-Less Transition' - haberler.com


Syrian Coalition: Assad Monopolizes Terrorism Industry in the Region - Syrian National Coaltion


Sarah: Russia Blocking the UNSC Statement Is an Attempt Divert Geneva II’s Focus - Syrian National Coaltion


The Istanbul-based Syrian interim government seeks to form new Free National Army unifying FSA and Islamic Front - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT


White House press secretary: no decisions have been made yet regarding the resumption of nonlethal assistance" to Syrian rebels - TheHill

 

Iran will not attend Syria peace talks: U.S. officials - chicagotribune.com

 

UN has not invited Kurds to Geneva II: Salih Muslim - Kurdpress News Aganecy

 

BDP asks Ban Ki-Moon to invite Syria Kurds to Geneva II - Kurdpress News Aganecy

 

Interview with Pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) Selahattin Demirtas: PYD’s ‘Third Way’ is Best Option for Syria - Rudaw

 

Why Rebel Groups Fighting Each Other Are Still Fighting Together against the PYD, a Kurdish militia group Near Qamishli - Syria Deeply – Syria News

 

Kurdish female fighters in Syria: We preserve dignity - aranews.org

 

Syrian Electronic Army Targets Microsoft Twitter Accounts With Hacks - mashable.com

 

Syrian Electronic Army takes over Xbox social media accounts - TechGeek

 

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Food, medical shortages kill Palestinians in Syria - Globaltimes.cn


Abbas: those who entered Palestinian camps to fight are betrayers of Palestinian Cause- SANA, Syria

 

PHOTO: Starving children in Palestinian camp Yarmouk - Syrian Perspective

 

UN food program chief says large swathes of eastern Syria had become even harder to access due to hard-line Islamist rebels - Catholic Online

 

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Close GITMO March on the Washington Photos from Today by Ted Majdosz

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Vowing to “Make Guantanamo History,” human rights advocates from around the country marked the beginning of the thirteenth year of torture and indefinite detention at the prison camp with a dramatic protest at the National Museum of American History. 150 activists occupied the atrium of the crowded museum for more than two hours, speaking out against torture and calling for Guantanamo to close.

The activists hung banners, stood in stress positions in hoods and jumpsuits, spoke to the tourists, and with their bodies and voices revised the museum’s “Price of Freedom” exhibit to include twelve years of torture and indefinite detention as the bitter cost of the United States’ misguided pursuit of “national security.”

In a booming chorus, members of Witness Against Torture and other groups read from a statement that closed with the lines: “to honor freedom and justice and the struggles of Americans for these things, we must end torture, close the prison and make Guantanamo history.”

Chantal deAlcuaz, a Witness Against Torture activist from Anchorage, Alaska spent the two hours in an orange jumpsuit and black hood. She reflected that: “We came here today because we want to see Guantanamo relegated to a museum — to be shuttered and condemned, but also understood as an example of where fear, hatred and violence can take us.”

The museum protest followed a robust and spirited rally at the White House that featured speeches from grassroots activists, Guantanamo attorneys and representatives of national human rights organizations.

“It was so great to see the spirit of hope at the White House, in the streets of DC and at the museum,” said Chris Knestrick, a divinity student form Chicago. “We definitely moved closer to our goal of closing Guantanamo today. And the work will continue!!”

Since Monday, January 6, Witness Against Torture activists from throughout the country have gathered in Washington, D.C. to engage in street theater, demonstrations, fasting and direct action to demand that Guantanamo be closed immediately.  There were also anti-Guantanamo protests and vigils throughout the country, including in Los Angeles, CA, Boston MA, Chicago IL, Santa Monica, CA Erie, PA, and Cleveland, OH.

Witness Against Torture is a grassroots movement that came into being in December 2005 when 24 activists walked to Guantanamo to visit the prisoners and condemn torture policies. Since then, it has engaged in public education, community outreach, and non-violent direct action. January 2014 is the eighth year the group has gathered annually in Washington, DC to call for justice and accountability. To learn more, visit www.witnesstorture.org

 

Addicted to the fruit of a poisoned tree: Thanks to George Bush, Talks with Iran Make Sense

By John Grant


US military history from Vietnam to Iraq and Afghanistan is too often a combination of destructive stumbling around followed by an effort to sustain and project forward the notion of US power and exceptionalism. To forge another narrative is very difficult.

Fundamentalism: A Psychological Problem

Fundamentalism is a widespread problem. It often manifests in a religious context - making it highly visible - but there are plenty of secular fundamentalists too. If we are to understand fundamentalism we should not view it as a religious problem: It is a psychological one.

What is a fundamentalist? A fundamentalist is usually considered to be a person who adheres strictly to a doctrine, viewpoint or set of principles that are considered original and ‘pure’; this doctrine might be theological in nature. For the fundamentalist, many of their beliefs and the behaviours that arise from them will, at least in theory, be derivative of their fundamental doctrine. For the fundamentalist, there is no room to consider views that are at variance with their accepted doctrine and contrary views will usually either be dismissed out-of-hand or resisted with considerable vigour and, often, violence.

Gangsters, warriors, thugs TAO is the NSA's Band of Technology Criminals

By Alfredo Lopez


On this website, we've speculated that one outcome of the flood of NSA-centered revelations has been to desensitize U.S. citizens and diminish outrage at what is actually revealed. We are becoming conditioned to the horror story that is the National Security Administration.

Syria/Turkey News - Jan 10

 

Syria opposition under pressure to attend Geneva II talks - AFP


Syrian opposition groups holds first unified meet ahead of Geneva talks including National Coalition, domestic opposition and Islamic Front - Reuters


Syria Rebels Schooled in Tactics Before Talks With Assad - Bloomberg


Syrian National Coalition On Brink Of Collapse - NPR


Coalition Fears Rival Body has Support From Islamic Front - The Syrian Observer


Syrian Coalition: Temporary Resignations are Attempts to Express Personal Views - Syrian National Coaltion

 

UN Secretary asks Coalition leader to confirm attending Peace Conference ASAP - ZAMAN ALWSL 

 

Russia regrets part of Syrian opposition setting terms for participating in Geneva-2 - The Voice of Russia

 

Rouhani says Syria talks will fail without Iran - THE DAILY STAR

 

Iraq Is New Schism for Saudis in Strained Alliance With West - Businessweek

 

Radicals make al-Assad look less evil, The regime and ISIL are in a partnership backstage: Turkish FM - hurriyetdailynews.com

 

Syria’s War Economy - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

 

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ISIS fighting back in north Syria against rebels groups - Yahoo News


Car bomb near a school in Syria Shia village kills up to 18, mostly women and children - latimes.com


Rebel mortar attack near a mosque in Syria's Homs kills 7 - Xinhua | English.news.cn


Syria Reports 2 Rebel Attacks on Chemical Arms Sites - NYTimes.com


At least 45 Syrian rebels killed by Syrian army in Homs fighting - Yahoo News


VIDEO: 40 killed rebels in Homs confirmed by National Defense Forces video - YouTube


Islamic Front Expels Al-Qaeda Militants from Al-Bab, Aleppo - The Syrian Observer

 

Islamist rebels seize HQ of ‘Iraq and The Levant’ in Al Dana, Idlib - ZAMAN ALWSL #syria

 

Three citizen-journalists among hostages executed by ISIS - Reporters Without Borders

 

Journos tell of mock execution horror in Syria - The Local

 

VIDEO: Freed Prisoners Speak About Islamic State of Iraq’s Torture & Executions - EA WorldView

 

UN warns on Syria's Yarmouk camp, Syria State media says aid convoy 'blocked' by rebels, at least 15 have died from hunger - THE DAILY STAR

 

Truce between rebels and government in Barzeh district enters into force, life comes back - ZAMAN ALWSL #syria

 

A table of the most up-to-date estimates of the numbers of Westerners who have fought and died in the Syrian insurgency - The Murphy Raid

 

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Global Persecution of Christians Doubled In 2013, With Syria Accounting For Half Of Killings - btimes.com


Lebanon Christian Library with 80,000 Books Is Burned Down After Owner Was Falsely Accused of Insulting Islam, Mohammed (PHOTOS) - TheBlaze.com


Tripoli mobilizes after historic Christian library torched - THE DAILY STAR

 

VIDEO: Syria/Aleppo - Alleged Christian Armenian converted to Wahhabi-Islam - LiveLeak.com

 

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US concerned about Turkey`s crisis, urges a system "where no one is above the law and allegations against public figures are investigated impartially" - AFP


EU members concerned over graft probe purges - hurriyetdailynews.com


Turkey government’s move to reshape the Supreme Council of Judges and Prosecutors most likely annulled by the Constitutional Court - hurriyetdailynews


Ruling AKP deputy likens Turkish prosecutor Öz’s fate to prosecutor found dead at home - hurriyetdailynews.com

 

Police Department has denied reports of a reduction in the number of bodyguards protecting graft prosecutor Öz,- Today's Zaman, your gateway to Turkish daily news

 

CHP leader says greater corruption claims to emerge in upcoming days - Today's Zaman

 

POLL: Turkey’s Erdogan Sees Support Slide - WSJ

 

POLL: New survey indicates Turkish people support secular democracy - Today's Zaman

 

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The US Department of Injustice: Harsh Prosecution for the Little People and the Big Guys Skate

By Dave Lindorff


The US Department of “Justice” has a distinctly nuanced concept of that term, taking a tough, no-holds-barred stance when it comes to individuals -- especially little people without much power or influence -- and trying at all costs to avoid prosecution when it comes to the powerful, and to big corporations -- especially big financial corporations. That schizoid approach to prosecution is personified in the recent actions--and inaction--of the DOJ’s man in Manhattan, US Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara.


Syria/Turkey News - Jan 9

 

Syrian rebel groups seize Al Qaeda-linked ISIS headquarters in Aleppo - Fox News


ISIS militants kill at least 50 prisoners, 300 escape in ISIS’s main headquarters in Kadi Askar in Aleppo - ZAMAN ALWSL 


10 media activists among those prisoners killed by Al Qaeda affiliate ISIL in Aleppo (VIDEO-Funeral) - ZAMAN ALWSL 


VIDEO: Prisoners Executed by Jihadists' in Syria's Aleppo - YouTube


Ex-ISIS detainees tell horror stories of captivity - THE DAILY STAR


VIDEO (Arabic): Interview with journalist detained by ISIS in Aleppo - YouTube


ISIS besieged by opposition fighters in Raqqa, Activists say 50 prisoners freed from militant compound in city - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT


VIDEO: Prisoners liberated from ISIS in Raqqa - YALLA SOURIYA


Al Nusra Front Leader in Syria Urges Truce and Islamic Court to End Rebel Infighting - NYTimes.com

 

AUDIO: Statement from Jabhat al-Nusra leader Abu Mohammed al-Jolani calling for an immediate cessation of infighting - jihadology

 

Al Qaeda- linked ISIS vows to attack Syrian rebels, opposition leaders - Reuters

 

AUDIO: The ISIS spokesman, replying to al-Joulani’s call for a cessation of “in-fighting”, says that “jihad is the only way... through blood, flesh, and skulls” - YouTube

 

Syria: Truce Between ISIS’s Abu Umar al-Shishani & Ahrar ash-Sham On Eastern Front in Aleppo Province (VIDEO) - EA WorldView

 

VIDEO: The leader of the FSA-aligned Syrian Revolutionaries Front (SRF), discussed his organization's recent campaign against ISIS - YouTube

 

Hostilities between rebels groups and ISIS have affected at least 40 separate municipalities, with ISIS having lost control of as many as 24 - Foreign Policy

 

Pushing Back Against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant: The Syria Revolutionaries’ Front and the Mujahideen Army - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

 

Pushing Back Against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant: The Islamic Front - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

 

2 Swedish journalists freed in Syria amid concern for hostages - McClatchy

 

PLO Official: Al-Nusra and ISIS among factions preventing Yarmouk siege relief - ZAMAN ALWSL #syria

 

Survivor recounts how terrorists beheaded a youth on Homs-Marmarita road - Syrian Truth - English

 

VIDEO: Decapitation video - YouTube

 

VIDEO: Islamic State in Iraq Execute Syrian Truck Drivers (Not Sure if Repost) - LiveLeak.com

 

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Syria opposition delays decision on Geneva peace talks until Jan 17 - AFP


Coalition presidential polls, Geneva peace talks spark resignations - THE DAILY STAR


Hijab and Sabbagh quit National Coalition in serious escalation - ZAMAN ALWSL 


Divisions and Accusations Behind Jarba Re-election - The Syrian Observer


Islamic Front to blacklist Geneva II participants - ZAMAN ALWSL


Kerry seeking cease-fire, aid for Syria - KansasCity.com

 

German foreign minister backs inviting Iran to Syria meet - AFP

 

Saudis Back Syrian Rebels Despite Risks - NYTimes.com

 

Kuwaiti Charity Tied To Global Muslim Brotherhood To Cordinate Kuwait’s Aid To Syrian Refugees - The Global Muslim Brotherhood Daily Watch

 

International Appeal calling for Kurdish representation at Geneva II - ekurd

 

KNC Kurd leader elected as Syria Coalition deputy chief - Kurdpress News Aganecy 

 

Elections to be held in Kurdish areas of Syria in four months - Transnational Middle-East Observer

 

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Turkish police purge reaches top ranks amid graft scandal - Reuters


Probe launched into police for not complying with court order - Today's Zaman


Turkish government moves for more control on judiciary - hurriyetdailynews.com


Graft prosecutor says threatened by officials dispatched by Erdoğan - Today's Zaman


Turkish army says military tutelage over - hurriyetdailynews.com

 

Insight: 'Earth is gold' - graft probe turns eyes to Turkey building boom - Reuters

 

Meet Corruption Probe Suspect Rıza Sarraf, the Great (Turkish) Gatsby - Vocativ

 

VIDEO: Leak Video of Ex-Ministers brother-in-law while receiving bribe money - YouTube

 

 

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Psychopath of the Week

Another in our continuing series, Psychopath of the Week. It's always a tough call, because there are so many of them. This week, however, there's no contest.

Because we have the smarmiest of the smarmy, the personification of a sophist, which is to say someone who twists language and meaning and decency and his own soul beyond limits to justify the unjustifiable:


Days Before Casselton Oil Train Explosion, Obama Signed Bill Hastening Fracking Permits on ND Public Lands

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog

On December 20, both chambers of the U.S. Congress passed a little-noticed bill to expedite permitting for hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") on public lands in the Bakken Shale basin, located predominantly in North Dakota. And on December 26, President Obama signed the bill into law. 

When Will They Ever Learn? The American People and Support for War

When it comes to war, the American public is remarkably fickle.

The responses of Americans to the Iraq and Afghanistan wars provide telling examples.  In 2003, according to opinion polls, 72 percent of Americans thought going to war in Iraq was the right decision.  By early 2013, support for that decision had declined to 41 percent.  Similarly, in October 2001, when U.S. military action began in Afghanistan, it was backed by 90 percent of the American public.  By December 2013, public approval of the Afghanistan war had dropped to only 17 percent.

In fact, this collapse of public support for once-popular wars is a long-term phenomenon.  Although World War I preceded public opinion polling, observers reported considerable enthusiasm for U.S. entry into that conflict in April 1917.  But, after the war, the enthusiasm melted away.  In 1937, when pollsters asked Americans whether the United States should participate in another war like the World War, 95 percent of the respondents said “No.” 

And so it went.  When President Truman dispatched U.S. troops to Korea in June 1950, 78 percent of Americans polled expressed their approval.  By February 1952, according to polls, 50 percent of Americans believed that U.S. entry into the Korean War had been a mistake.  The same phenomenon occurred in connection with the Vietnam War.  In August 1965, when Americans were asked if the U.S. government had made “a mistake in sending troops to fight in Vietnam,” 61 percent of them said “No.”  But by August 1968, support for the war had fallen to 35 percent, and by May 1971 it had dropped to 28 percent.

Of all America’s wars over the past century, only World War II has retained mass public approval.  And this was a very unusual war – one involving a devastating military attack upon American soil, fiendish foes determined to conquer and enslave the world, and a clear-cut, total victory.

In almost all cases, though, Americans turned against wars they once supported.  How should one explain this pattern of disillusionment?

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