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Syria News Apr 10

 

 

Al Qaeda in Iraq merge with Al Nusrah Front as rebranded single entity - The Long War Journal

Introducing the “Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria”, its mission is an Islamic state that exceeds the bounds of the Syrian nation and a rejection of democracy - jihadica

Free Syrian Army: “We don’t support the ideology of Nusra”, insists that alliances it had struck with Nusra fighters on the ground were only tactical - The Daily Star 

Syria Jihadist Al-Qaeda Link to Aid Assad, Opposition Chief Says - Bloomberg

VIDEO: Qaeda promotional video celebrating the united of Islamic State of Iraq and Sham (Syria) - YouTube

VIDEO: FSA Colonel Defends Jabhat al-Nusra - LiveLeak.com

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Opposition says the regime bear responsibility for Damascus suicide car bombing - AFP

Syrian Rebel Unit Torturing Civilians in Aleppo, Opposition Group Claims - Reuters

Syria's Jihadists face test of government in eastern city Raqqa, religious sharia court has replaced a collapsed judicial system  - Yahoo! News

VIDEO: Syrians protest the arrest of two girls for not being properly attired in Raqqa - SyriaNews

VIDEO (English subtitles): Tawfiq AlBouti dispute media claims on the video of his father murder, says that the man who rushes up to Bouti after the blast is his grandson Maher - SyriaNews

Only negotiated settlement will end Syria crisis: Domestic opposition figure - Ahram Online

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Saudi Arabia warns its citizens against sending money to Syria outside of government-approved organizations, SPA Says - Businessweek

Libya arms fueling conflicts in Syria, Mali and beyond: U.N. experts | Reuters

Iraqi Prime Minister Defends Assad In Top U.S. Newspaper - ThinkProgress

Iraq inspects second Syria-bound Iran aircraft, but finds only humanitarian materiel - Saudi Gazette

Al-Arabiya: Hezbollah fighters killed in ambush outside Damascus - NOW

Future slams Hezbollah activity in Syria - THE DAILY STAR

Syria’s Assad says Turkish PM cannot be trusted in peace talks with Kurds - ekurd

When the Yarmouk Camp Fled, The plight of Palestinians in Syria - Counterpunch

Iran's 'axis of resistance' loses Hamas to Syrian war - CSMonitor.com

Fresh gasoil from Russia reaches Syria - thepeninsulaqatar.com

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Ban appeals to Syrian Government to allow chemical weapons probe to proceed - UN News

On Syria, Draft UN General Assembly Resolution Nods to Opposition, Chemical Weapons Probe, Text Here - Inner City Press

Russia: No Consensus on UN Chemical Investigation Mission to Syria- SANA

 

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Manhattan DA espies financial fraud and indicts...a tiny Chinatown bank: Indicting the Wrong Target in the US Financial Capital

 

By Dave Lindorff

 

 

Note from TCBH: Manhattan island hosts the headquarters of four of the nation's five biggest "too-big-to-fail" banks: Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, JP MorganChase, and Citi Group. US Attorney General Eric Holder has stated publicly in Congress that he has no intention of seeking criminal indictments of these banks or their top executives -- or even their middle-ranking executives for that matter -- despite the myriad frauds, scams and schemes they've all engaged in, like robo-signing mortgage documents and touting derivatives that they were privately calling "sh*t," all of which led to the crashing of the US and global economies.

Secret FDIC Plan to Loot Bank Accounts

 

Secret FDIC Plan to Loot Bank Accounts

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

It shouldn't surprise. It's already policy. Market analyst Graham Summers explained. Depositor theft is coming. Europe is banker occupied territory. So is America. 

 

Exploiting Holocaust Remembrance Day

 

Exploiting Holocaust Remembrance Day

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Yom HaShoah/Holocaust Remembrance Day is commemorated annually. It runs from sundown April 7 to sunset April 8. This year's theme is "Defiance and Rebellion during the Holocaust: 70 years Since the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising."

 

Sunday night Warsaw and Jerusalem ceremonies included government officials, dignitaries and holocaust survivors.

New York Times Supports Targeted Killings

 

New York Times Supports Targeted Killings

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

It doesn't surprise. When America goes to war or plans one, Times editors march in lockstep. They support imperial lawlessness. More on that below.

 

America's AfPak war is illegal. Tactics include targeted killings. Drones, helicopters and other conventional air strikes are used. 

 

Syria News Apr 9

 

 

Syria: Suicide car bombing kills 15, injures 146 in Damascus - Yahoo! News

List of major deadly bombings since Syrian uprising began, the first one was on Apr 8, 2011 - Yahoo! News

VIDEO: State TV's coverage of today's car bomb in central Damascus - YouTube

VIDEO: More on the Damascus bombing‬‎ - YouTube

PHOTOS: Terrorist Bombing Rocks Crowded Area in Damascus - SANA

Report: Rebels and security forces exchange gunfire after Damascus car bomb - Al Jazeera Blogs

VIDEO: Video Claims To Show The Moment Of Mohammad Al-Bouti's Assassination - Brown Moses Blog

Syrian Army Fully Controls Eastern Gouta, Regains some Areas in Aleppo - almanar.com

Syrian human rights group says nearly 9,000 regime troops killed during 2-year conflict - Fox News

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Syria Blocks UN Chemical Weapons Mission, saying Ban has “suggested a supplementary mission to deploy throughout Syrian territory” - VOA

All Syria chemical arms claims need examining: U.N.'s Ban - Reuters

Arms supplies to all sides of Syrian conflict should be halted - Putin - RT News

Two members of Lebanon's Hezbollah killed in Syria - AFP

Iraqi officials search Iranian plane looking for weapons headed to Syria, but none found - The Washington Post

Relatives of Lebanese hostages bar Syrians from entering workplaces - THE DAILY STAR

Army vet accused in Syria fighting to remain jailed; al-Qaida group wanted him as spokesman - The Washington Post

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Despite U.S. concerns little prevents Islamists from joining Syria fight, Turkey not only allows jihadists’ crossing but also helps build up Nusra’s capabilities - Kentucky.com

Syrian opposition national coalition loses clout inside Syria - Xinhua | English.news.cn

The Syrian Opposition’s Leadership Problem - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Clashes between Jabhat al-Nusra and local tribal militias in Deir Ezzor underline significant trend (VIDEOS) - Hassan Hassan

PHOTOS: A Sit-in in Raqqa in response to the arrest of two girls by Umana'a rebels for not being veiled - FACEBOOK

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Ankara’s Kurdish Peace Talks Reverberate Among Syrian Kurds - Rudaw

PKK leader reiterates Kurdish confederation as 'stateless solution', It will comprise the Kurds of Iran, Iraq, Syria and Turkey - hurriyetdailynews.com

Mistrust mars Syria rebels, Kurds deal in Aleppo - News24

 

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TSA detains, harasses another disabled woman, by Lisa Simeone

Following is an account from a reader who has experience with TSA Pre-Check— as you’ll see, she confirms what we’ve been telling you for over a year now — that it’s a boondoggle and an extortion racket — and who also has experience with being abused by the TSA. She was temporarily disabled when she flew. The TSA first bullied her, then went against their own procedures and forced her to remove her leg cast. Still that wasn’t enough. They then bullied her some more and almost caused her to miss her flight. Read on:

Read the rest at TSA News.

Destabilizing Venezuela: Longstanding US Policy

 

Destabilizing Venezuela: Longstanding US Policy

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

It doesn't surprise. It's likely happening ahead of Venezuela's April 14 presidential election. It'll continue when it's over. 

 

Washington tolerates no independent governments. It demands pro-Western ones. It wants them serving US interests. Outliers are targeted for regime change.

 

More Peace Process Hypocrisy

 

More Peace Process Hypocrisy

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

On April 6, John Kerry began a multi-nation tour. He'll travel to Europe and East Asia. His first stop is Turkey. He'll meet with Netanyahu and Abbas. He wants peace talks restarted. More on that below.

 

Peace process deception is policy. It's always been a charade. It is now. Israel wants it that way. So does Washington.

Syria News Apr 8

 

 

Syrian Regime Launches Counteroffensive on Rebels - ABC News

Syria's Homs besieged for 300 days, some 80 percent of the city is under tight army control - NOW

Syrian troop redeployments raise concerns over Golan security, Thousand soldiers moved in recent weeks to battle fronts closer to Damascus - The Guardian

In Golan IDF exchange fire with rebels as Israelis warn jihadists gaining foothold - The Guardian

As Fighting Rages in Damascus, Kurds Flee Their Neighborhoods - Rudaw

Syrian rebel prime minister Ghassan Hitto has begun talks to form an interim government - AFP

Gulf states said to put new conditions on arms supplies to Syrian rebels, They must pledge allegiance to the Free Syrian Army and the Syrian National Coalition  - The National

Free Syrian Army Denies Egypt Muslim Brotherhood Supplied Arms - Ikhwanweb

Syria oil industry buckling under rebel gains - USAToday

Steep fall in Syria foreign trade in 2012 - NOW

VIDEO: Demonstration of Tartous citizens supporting Bashar Al Assad - YouTube

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Qaeda chief urges Syria rebels to seek "jihadist Islamic state" - RT

Al-Qaeda and Jabhat Al-Nusra Collaborating - Asharq Alawsat English Mobile

Al-Qaeda Seen Expanding Influence in Lebanon - Al-Monitor

VIDEO: Italian journalists detained in Syria by Salafi militants - euronews

VIDEO: The story of a soldier kidnapped and tortured by the rebels, In same cases they cut the legs before beheading - LiveLeak.com

VIDEO: Well armed, uniformed rebel group created in Ghouta - LiveLeak.com

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Moscow Slams UN ‘Maneuvering’ on Syria Chemical Attack Probe - RIA Novosti

UN-Syria talks on probe of alleged chemical weapons use continue: UN - KUNA

VIDEO: Russian President Putin interview to the ARD: Arms to Syrian Opposition Must Stop, All Parties Must Negotiate - LiveLeak.com

Transcript of Putin's interview to the ARD: Voice of Russia American Edition

Russia Heavily Boosting Mediterranean Naval Fleet amid Syrian Conflict - IBTimes UK

New Lebanon PM insists on neutrality in Syria conflict - AFP

Lebanese factions train Syrian refugees as militants: Lebanon interior minister - PressTV

Iraqi Shiite group says member killed ‘defending holy sites’ in Syria - The Washington Post

Syria's War Could Inflame Turkey's Hatay Province - Syrian Assistance

Brazil: Dialogue is Only Way out of the Crisis in Syria - SANA

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Syria: Christians flee rebel areas as fatwa authorises rape of non-Sunni women - Independent Catholic News

Report: Syrian Rebels Recruiting Children for Military Missions, Sexual Abuse - abna.ir

Raping Women in the Name of Islam - Gatestone Institute

 

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Scientology for Agent Orange Victims

The phrase "adding insult to injury" is no doubt being redefined in several online dictionaries this week following news of a U.S. effort to sneak one of our dumber religions (and that's saying something) into the minds of Vietnamese suffering from Agent Orange.

If you're not familiar with Agent Orange, here's a short summary from Veterans For Peace:

"Three million Vietnamese suffer the effects of chemical defoliants used by the United States during the Vietnam War.  In order to deny food and protection to those deemed to be 'the enemy,' the U.S. defoliated the forests of Vietnam with the deadly chemicals Agent Orange, White, Blue, Pink, Green and Purple. Agent Orange, which was contaminated with trace amounts of TCDD dioxin -- the most toxic chemical known to science -- has disabled and sickened soldiers, civilians and several generations of their offspring on two continents.  Millions of Vietnamese are still affected by this deadly poison and tens of thousands of U.S. soldiers. It has caused birth defects in hundreds of thousands of second and third generation children in Vietnam and the U.S."

And here's the latest news from the Associated Press:

"THAI BINH, Vietnam (AP) -- North Vietnamese army veteran Nguyen Anh Quoc grimaces as he forces down the last of the 35 vitamins he takes each morning. After decades of suffering from illnesses he believes were caused by exposure to Agent Orange, he is putting his faith in a regime advocated by the Church of Scientology.

"'I have to take them,' the 62-year-old said at a treatment center established with the help of a Scientology-funded group. 'They will clean up my body.'

"The center, a converted mushroom farm in northern Vietnam, owes as much to Scientology's desire to expand around the world, away from scandal in the United States, as it does to pressure in Vietnam to try to help aging veterans still suffering from the effects of war.

"Many medical experts regard the treatment -- a 25-day vitamin and sauna regime -- as junk medicine or even dangerous. But for now at least, it has found fertile ground here.

"The Vietnamese advocacy group overseeing the program in Thai Binh province wants to offer it to all 20,000 people suffering from ailments blamed on dioxins in Agent Orange. U.S. airplanes sprayed up to 12 million gallons of the defoliant over the country during the Vietnam War to strip away vegetation used as cover by Vietnamese soldiers.

"The advocacy group, which has the implicit support of the government, has almost completed a two-story accommodation block for patients and is raising funds for a much larger complex, with 15 more saunas than the five it currently has.

"'I have seen so many desperate families that their tears have dried up,' said Nguyen Duc Hanh, the head of local branch of the Vietnam Association of Agent Orange Victims in Thai Binh. 'I don't know what the scientists say about its effectiveness, but the patients say it improves their health. They should be able to experience it before they die.'

"Scientologists believe the regime, which includes massive consumption of vitamins, four-hour sauna sessions and morning runs, can 'sweat out' toxins stored in body fat. There are no peer-reviewed studies to back this claim. . . .

". . . In 1991, Scientology offered 'rundown' treatments in Russia to people suffering symptoms related to radiation exposure following the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in 1986. The church still refers to the mission in its online literature, claiming numerous successes, but Russia banned it from performing medical treatment in the country in 1996.

"Last year, a French court upheld fraud charges and fined the church $791,000 for its efforts to persuade people to take the 'rundown.'"

I know: let's sell it to the Vietnamese!  It's not as if we've done them enough harm yet!

A Peace Movement That Moves Toward Peace

Why did the peace movement of the middle of the last decade not grow larger?  Why did it shrink away?  Why is it struggling now?

As has been documented, a huge factor in the shrinking away was partisan delusion.  You put a different political party's name on the wars and they become good wars.

But that also means that what you had was a peace movement that believed in the possibility of good wars.  In fact, much of it believed that Iraq was a bad war and Afghanistan a good war.  Many people even went out of their way to display their "reasonableness" by declaring Afghanistan a good war without actually examining the war on Afghanistan; this was imagined to be a strategic way to prevent or scale back or end the war on Iraq.

Of course, when the bad war ends, and all that's left is the good war, those who are actually motivated by opposition to war must shift to opposing the former good war as the current bad war.  And why would you listen to anyone who did that?

Many, of course, opposed the war on Afghanistan until the invasion of Iraq, and then switched to talking almost exclusively about Iraq.  Afghanistan was labeled the good war once Iraq had happened, just as World War II was labeled the good war once Vietnam had happened.  Our beliefs regarding contrasts between Iraq and Afghanistan are mostly false.  The invasion of Afghanistan was no more legal or moral or honest or U.N.-authorized than the invasion of Iraq.  The occupation of Afghanistan is no less of a vicious one-sided slaughter of helpless people who wished us no ill than the occupation of Iraq was.

But we aren't in the habit of talking about wars as one-sided slaughters of innocent men, women, and children.  And we aren't in the habit precisely because that is the essential feature that all of our wars share in common. 

When we chose to oppose the war on Iraq without opposing all wars, we were obliged to find a reason why.  We were obliged to oppose the war . . .

·      because Iraq had no weapons (as if a government's possessing weapons were grounds for its people being bombed -- a notion that could cost Iran dearly),

·      or because Iraq had nothing to do with 9-11 (as if a government's association with a group affiliated with a party having once met with a wing of an organization connected to a group involved in 9-11 were grounds for being bombed -- a notion now costing the lives of drone strike victims by the thousands, not to mention sustaining the war on Afghanistan),

·      or because the war in Iraq wasn't being won (a notion that helped escalate that war and later the occupation of Afghanistan as well),

·      or because -- in fact -- the war on Iraq was a Republican Party war (as of course it was not; just check who controlled the U.S. Senate at the time -- remember the Senate, that body that long prevented President Obama from doing any of the wonderful things he'd like to have done in his secret, if not imaginary, heart of hearts?  And look at what happens to opposition to Republican wars when a Democrat is put on the throne.)

A forthcoming book by Paul Chappell is even better than all of his other ones, and I highly recommend it, but it's marred by advocacy for appealing to people's patriotism and religion.  I attended a peace conference recently at which some of the speakers claimed that the movement against the war on Iraq had been more strategic than that against the war on Vietnam, and had done so by appealing to patriotism, waving flags, avoiding disrespect for the U.S. military, and not opposing war in general.  For several years now, peace groups have been preaching that it would be unstrategic, if not racist, to oppose President Obama.  We must oppose Obama's wars, but not him or his political party, as that might turn people off.  So we're told.

Often it's considered humble and inclusive to reach people "where they are" and nudge them ever so slightly toward where you'd like them to be.  And most of our country is saturated with militarism.  But if a peace-in-certain-circumstances movement does manage to turn out a crowd for a march or two, what remains behind when the marches are over?  Certainly not an understanding of what's wrong with militarism.  Not even an understanding of what the war was that was marched against.

A majority of Americans believes the war on Iraq benefitted Iraq but hurt the United States.  A majority wanted that war ended, year after year, for several years, many motivated by selfishness -- by a desire to cease bestowing such philanthropy on the undeserving and ungrateful people of Iraq.  A majority believes President George W. Bush lied the nation into the war, but not that all wars are begun with similar lies.  And almost no one in the United States understands what was done to Iraq, that more Iraqis and a higher percentage of Iraqis were killed than were Americans in our civil war, or British or French or Japanese or Americans in World War II, or that three times that many Iraqis were made refugees, that towns and neighborhoods and populations were wiped out, infrastructure destroyed and never yet rebuilt, cancer and birth defects at record levels, civil rights worse than under Saddam Hussein's dictatorship, a nation devastated as totally as almost any other in history.

We opposed this without understanding a fraction of it, without educating others about it, and without displaying disrespect for the U.S. military.  Is that an accomplishment to be truly proud of?  How can counter-recruitment efforts possibly succeed in limiting the military's supply of cannon fodder if the peace movement doesn't disrespect the military?  I think the simplemindedness here is not in the public we're so arrogantly trying to manipulate gently, but in ourselves.  When we tried to impeach George W. Bush it was not with ill-will toward him, but with an eye on the future behavior of future presidents.  When we treat membership in the U.S. military as respectable, how can we simultaneously convey to high school students the disgust we will feel for their action, should they choose to enlist?  I said for their action, not for them.  Are we not capable of recognizing the economic bind students are in and nonetheless stigmatizing participation in mass-murder?  Or are we perhaps not even capable of recognizing mass-murder for what it is?

Here's a secret about people in this country: they don't support mass murder.  Here's another: they're not stupid.  So, when you force them to be aware that their government is committing mass murder and glorifying it, they get upset, angry, and often energized to make a change.  And when you talk to them honestly, they know you're being honest even if they don't agree with you at first.  And when you respectfully disagree, they are able to notice whether your position makes any sense.  So, if you oppose wars because you oppose killing people, you have to explain to everyone you can that you oppose wars because they kill people.  You can't say "I oppose this particular war because Paul Bremmer did something dumb," because everyone will fantasize about a future war that doesn't include the dumb thing.  And once you've said that, you have to downplay the fact that the war is an act of mass-murder, because if it were, then why wouldn't you be opposing it for that reason?  Why wouldn't your interlocutor as well?  You have joined in a cooperative agreement to keep that matter secret as you turn the conversation to the WMD lies or the financial costs or the costs to the U.S. troops who made up 0.3% of the deaths.

On the train home from a recent peace conference, I spoke to a young woman who told me she was studying dentistry and would be in the Air Force.  Couldn't she be a dentist without the military, I asked?  No, she answered, not without $200,000 in debt.  Yes, I replied, but without the Air Force, we could have free colleges and no debts.  No, she replied . . .  and, if you think for a moment, I know you'll know what she said next.  It had nothing to do with the lies about Iraq, the financial cost of Iraq, the number of U.S. troops killed in Iraq, or what war mongers the Republicans are.  It had nothing to do with any of that.  Think for a second, and you'll know.

Got it?  She replied: if we didn't have the Air Force, North Korea would kill us.

Now, if you have a little education you probably realize that North Korea couldn't attack the United States without being completely obliterated, and that any nation on earth would scream angry threats if we pretended to drop nuclear bombs on it after having destroyed all of its cities, killed millions of its people, and threatened and antagonized it for over half a century through control of the military belonging to its former other half. 

But if you'd just learned that the war on Iraq was a dumb war that cost too much, that nothing is more heroic than militarism, that even the peace movement should be led by soldiers, and that waving flags and valuing a particular 5% of humanity to a special degree are admirable values, where would you be?  What would you know about militarism, where it exists, or how it functions?

There will always, always, always be another North Korea that's supposedly about to kill us.  We don't need rapid-response fact corrections.  We need citizens with some understanding of history, with knowledge of the Other 95%, with the capacity to resist terrorism-by-television, and capable of independent thought.  To get there, we need a peace movement that moves us, at whatever pace it can, toward peace -- toward the popular demand for the absolute abolition of all war.

TSA allows man on plane without security check, by Amy Alkon

 

The best thing is, after he was turned away for a lack of ID and boarding pass, they watched him slip through the airport’s secure area with his badge (he’s a Delta employee) yet waited 45 minutes to call Port Authority Cops.

This isn’t to say I think we’re necessarily in danger from behavior like this or that the TSA’s job is anything more than a security puppet show.

Defending IMF Financial Terrorism

 

Defending IMF Financial Terrorism

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

On March 29, New York Times editors headlined "Strengthening the IMF." What demands abolition, they support. It doesn't surprise. 

 

Iranian Nuclear Talks

 

Iranian Nuclear Talks

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

On April 5, so-called P5+1 talks began. They picked up where previous ones left off. Countries involved include America, Britain, China, Russia, France and Germany. Almaty, Kazahhstan played host. It did so for the second time.

 

Iran participates in good faith. Saeed Jalili heads its negotiating delegation. EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton represents P5+1 countries.

Another Dismal Jobs Report

 

Another Dismal Jobs Report

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Putting lipstick on this pig doesn't wash. One analyst said March data was miserable from every angle. Economist David Rosenberg called it "one soft US jobs report." It "quash(ed) the consensus view of economic re-acceleration."

 

NO CUTS! NO TAX INCREASES ON ORDINARY PEOPLE! Chase Down Mega-Rich Tax Cheats and Recover the Offshore Trillion$

 

By Dave Lindorff


Hold everything!


I mean it. Stop talking about cutting school budgets, Social Security benefits, Medicare, Veteran’s pensions. Stop cutting subsidies to transit systems, to foreign aid. Stop cutting unemployment benefits. Stop it all.

Permanent War: Longstanding US Policy

 

Permanent War: Longstanding US Policy

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Wars define America. They reflect longstanding policy. They're permanent. They've been waged every year in the nation's history. They target enemies at home and abroad. When none exist, they're invented.

 

Peace is a non-starter. It's always been that way. It never had a chance. It doesn't now. It's systematically spurned. 

BOJ Increases QE

 

BOJ Increases QE

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

On April 4, the Financial Times headlined "Bank of Japan follows the Fed, on steroids." Pedal-to-the-metal reflects new governor Haruhiko Kuroda's policy.

 

Syria News Apr 6

 

 

Assad warns the fall of the regime will produce a domino effect that would destabilise the region "for many years, even decades" - AFP

VIDEO: Full Interview of Pres. Assad with Turkish Media: Syria's Breakup Will Cause Mideast to Blow Up - YouTube

Putin: Syria Needs Negotiations to Stop Massacre, "We do not think that Assad should leave today" - RIA Novosti

U.S. Reviews Military Options for Syria, Pentagon's assessments reflect the military's reluctance to get into a shooting war in Syria - WSJ

Obama to host Middle East allies for talks on the Syrian crisis - Alarabiya.net English

Saudi Arabia backs push to carve out liberated southern Syria - Telegraph

Sectarianism, Saudi-Qatar Jostling Prevail in Syrian Opposition - Al-Monitor

Iranian soldiers fighting alongside Bashar Assad: captured officer - Al-Shorfa

Hezbollah: 3 Lebanese Shiites dead in Syria fighting - NOW

Syrian rebels threaten to hit Hezbollah targets in Lebanon - NOW

Relatives of kidnapped Lebanese pilgrims shut Syrian shops - THE DAILY STAR

Times of London: Military wing of Hamas training Syrian rebels - JPost

Yemeni officials: 'Jihad' in Syria causes problems for Yemen - Al-Shorfa

Turkey not yet ready to allow Syrian opposition to open embassy - todayszaman

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Bombs Hit Damascus Like Shooting Stars as Battle Intensifies — bloomberg.com

Rebels look to extend gains from Raqqa to south and east Syria - THE DAILY STAR

Ahrar al-Sham: A Profile of Northern Syria’s al-Qaeda Surrogate - The Jamestown Foundation

Rebels say take army post near Syria's southern border - Reuters

Four Italian journalists abducted in northern Syria: report - FRANCE 24

Maronite patriarch: in Syria, Arab spring's obscurantist potential could lead to religious conflicts - Asia News

VIDEO: Syrian town tries to block rebels and arms coming from Lebanon - LiveLeak.com

VIDEO: Interview with Damascus University rebel Ammar Baloush who opened fire on 5 of his colleagues - YouTube

VIDEO: Rebels argue over sharing looted belongings - LiveLeak.com

VIDEO: Shocking video Ahmed, 8-year-old FSA soldier from Aleppo - YouTube

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Conflict Intensifies between Kurdish militias YPG and Syrian governement forces (VIDEO) - Al-Monitor

Clashes Break Out Between Kurdish Groups In Syria - Al-Monitor

Syrian Kurds flee their neighborhoods in Damascus as fighting rages - ekurd

Plans for the ‘Kurdish Empire’ advance, thanks to Syria - ekurd

VIDEO: Assad Forces Kill Kurdish Fighter - LiveLeak.com

 

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TSA Blog’s disappearing act, by Susan Richart

Blogger Bob has become a magician!

TSA’s Pre-Check is a bust, by Bill Fisher

The TSA recently announced that its Pre-Check program has expanded to five additional airports, bringing the total participation locations to 40 airports.While the TSA is celebrati

Playing the North Korea Card

 

Playing the North Korea Card

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

For decades, North Korea's wanted normalized relations with Washington. It's been repeatedly rebuffed. Promises made were broken. America needs enemies. 

 

Institutionalized Barbarism

 

Institutionalized Barbarism: Official Israeli Policy

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

A previous article discussed Arafat Jaradat. Shin Bet interrogators killed him. They tortured him to death. Independent autopsy results proved it. 

 

Crashing the 2-Party System: The Way Forward is a Single-Issue Social Security Defense Party

 

By Dave Lindorff


The history of third parties in America is pretty dismal. The system is rigged against them, for one thing. But equally problematic is the lack of focus that leads to infighting and splits whenever a third party is created.


Syria News Apr 5

 

 

UN: Syria’s refugee tide overwhelms relief efforts: Quarter of population now in flight - Middle East Online

Red Cross: Syria Humanitarian Crisis Worsening - AP

AFP: Lebanon proposes UN refugee camps inside Syria - AFP

In Syria, some 300,000 Christian refugees also fleeing from UN camps - Asia News

Sources: Kerry asked for a tripartite US, French and British meeting attended by the head of the Syrian National Coalition Khatib and the FSA Chief Idris - Al Sharq Al Awsat

VIDEO: Refugee camps in Syria cripple under strain - YouTube

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Insight: Syrian government guerrilla fighters being sent to Iran for training - Yahoo! News

No agreement yet on Syria access for U.N. chemical arms inspectors: Official - Yahoo! News

Syrian regime troops appeal for immediate aid in Al-Raqqa - Alarabiya.net English

The Raqqa Story: Rebel Structure, Planning, and Possible War Crimes - Syria Comment

Residents of Aleppo and Deir Ezzor say Al Nusra imposing its strict Islamic agenda under the cloak of providing aid to residents - Central Asia Online

Another Case Of Weapons Mis-Identification In The Media - "British AS-50s" On Al-Arabiya - Brown Moses Blog

At least 13 Tunisian girls head to Syria to offer themselves to Islamic fighters as part of sexual jihad - Mail Online

VIDEO: Turkey's Alawites support Syria's Assad - YouTube

VIDEO: FSA Child Soldier Interview - YouTube

 

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New Film to Screen in Bay Area: The Last War Crime

Announcing: two screenings for The Last War Crime movie on Saturday, May 25th, 2013 at The Delancey Street Screening Room, 600 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA. Please submit this form to reserve your tickets.

Note that a radio station has turned down advertising for this film and stated that it was doing so for political reasons.  A law suit is progressing.  Learn more and hear the unacceptable ad here.

Confessions of a guy who peeps at women getting groped by the TSA, by Amy Alkon

 

He didn’t want to be identified by name. He says he’s just a guy who travels who reads my site.

I saw that you care about privacy and probably want to know that this happens. I travel a lot and it is boring to just wait at the gate.

Public Banking: What Better Time Than Now

 

Public Banking: What Better Time Than Now

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Money power in private hands games the system. It does so destructively. Controlling money, credit and debt for private enrichment assures speculation, booms, busts, inflation, deflation, instability, crisis, recessions and depressions.

 

Speaking Events

January 10 and 11:
Events in Washington DC to present a petition telling president elect to end wars:
https://act.rootsaction.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=12501

January 20-21 Occupy the Inauguration
 
January 29 David Swanson speaking in Arlington, Va.
 
February David Swanson debating a war supporter in Boston, Mass.
 
April 21-23 UNAC's annual conference in Richmond, Va.

April 29 possible multi-issue protest in DC.

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