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Honduras: State-Sponsored Death Squad Terror

 

Honduras: State-Sponsored Death Squad Terror

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Adrienne Pine is American University Professor or Anthropology.  She's worked in Honduras. She's written about state-sponsored violence.

 

Syria News May 5

 

 

Obama Does Not Foresee U.S. Boots On The Ground In Syria - ABC News

VIDEO: Obama: No U.S. Ground Troops in Syria - YouTube

Egypt and Iran seek Syria political exit, a gradual transformation of power which would not force Al-Assad to step down - Ahram Online

Iraqi Shia fighters warm up to fight in Syria - Hassan Hassan

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Heavy explosions rock Damascus on Sunday, Blasts targeted a military research centre, Syrian state television blames Israel - Al Jazeera English

VIDEO: Explosions heard on Sunday in Damascus - Al Jazeera Blogs

Israeli Friday strike in Syria targeted missiles from Iran bound for Hezbollah - report - Yahoo! News

Hezbollah official says won’t let U.S., Israel gain control of Syria - THE DAILY STAR

Lebanese security forces: al-Nusra Front and Palestinian camp residents are entering and leaving Syria to fight the regime - al-akhbar

Turkish tourist town's new wave of visitors: Jihadists on their way in or out of Syria - NBC World News

More Weapons Trafficking to Syria Militants? - Syria Report

FSA Leader: We Won't Share U.S. Arms With Extremists (AUDIO) - NPR

FSA investigates residents’ claims of chemical weapons’ use in Qusayr - Alarabiya.net

Major Syrian salafi faction criticizes Jabhat al-Nosra, the statement it is written in the tone of honest advise for an ally who has committed a damaging mistake - Syria Comment

Syria’s Christians Fear Collapse of the State - Al-Monitor

The Syrian Army Tightens Grip over Jabhat al-Nusra Strongholds in Ghouta - islamicinvitationturkey

VIDEO: Assad makes a public appearance at Damascus university to unveil a statue to the martyrs - guardian.co.uk

E! Online's Twitter account hacked by the Syrian Electronic Army... sending out fake messages about Justin Bieber and Angelina Jolie - Mail Online

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2 YPG Kurdish fighters killed in clashes with FSA in Til Temir, 15 abducted in Efrin - ANF

PYD View On Tel Temir clashes with FSA - Transnational Middle-East Observer

VIDEO: FSA enroute to attack Afrin and liberate it from its Kurdish inhabitants - YouTube

 

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Protecting Humanity from US Drones

by Debra Sweet               The April month of protest against US drone warfare and surveillance ended very strongly in Syracuse Sunday with a protest of hundreds of us at Hancock Air Force Base, where drones — unmanned aerial vehicles — are piloted over Pakistan, Afghanistan, and perhaps Yemen, Somalia and other countries.  Picture the starkness of the political clash.

 

Syracuse protest

The President Runs A Concentration Camp

by Debra Sweet            President Obama seems to fear that the hunger strike of the Guantanamo prisoners endangers the United States' reputation. He doesn't want them to die. So we learned today when he was questioned by a reporter. See Obama's remarks, and pertinent commentary from Kevin Gosztola: Obama’s Deluded Remarks Ignore His Role in Keeping Prisoners at Guantanamo.

Ducking the Full Costs of War: The Ongoing Scandal Called the Veterans Administration

 

By Dave Lindorff


 

My mother died last Thursday at the age of 89. Her death, fortunately coming peacefully after she suffered a stroke during her sleep, followed a long mental decline caused by Alzheimer’s disease.

US-Style Free Trade in Good Hands with Michael Froman

 

US-Style Free Trade in Good Hands with Michael Froman

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

On May 2, Obama named Froman his new US trade representative. He's a former Harvard law school classmate. He's currently a key adviser. More on him below.

 

Andy P. Hart: Suicide or Murder?

 

Andy P. Hart: Suicide or Murder?

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

On May 1, Truthout's Jason Leopold reported Hart's "apparent suicide." He represented a number of Guantanamo prisoners. More on that below.

 

Syria News May 4

 

 

Latino countries urge Qatar to amend UNGA proposed draft on Syria, Sticky points are the National Coalition,  political solution and militarization of the conflict - KUNA

UN diplomat: Brahimi has resigned orally, Ban Ki-moon is not planning to replace him but will instead appoint a senior aide to Syria - KUNA

Russia's Lavrov opposed to UN Security Council delegation to Syrian refugee camps fearing no-fly zone - NOW

Catherine Ashton points out need for national reconciliation in Syria, According to her political dialogue is the only solution for ending the violence - The Voice of Russia

Brzezinski Joins Lugar Warning Against U.S. Role in Syria - Bloomberg

VIDEO: Brzezinski : If we become chief protagonist in Syria, we are going to be stuck - YouTube

VIDEO: FAIR TV: Syria Sarin Skepticism, why do some pundits seem to want to push for a U.S. military response? - FAIR TV

Syrian Air Defenses Pose Formidable Challenge - TIME.com

US Source: State Department or CIA May Serve as Conduit for Arming Syrian Rebels - The Majalla Magazine

Saudis Try to Quell Syria-Bound Jihad - WSJ.com

Moscow Ready to Talk to Free Syrian Army – Minister - RIA Novosti

Hezbollah Leader Defends Involvement in Syria - Al-Monitor

Syrian Internal Opposition Leader Notes 'Militarizing' of Political Approach - Al-Monitor

Russian Reporter Anastasia Popova Shows Beheadings by Syrian Rebels, Has Testimonies from Chemical Attack in Aleppo. Rebuffed by Pinheiro & Sellstrom? - Inner City Press

VIDEO: The stories of graphic videos in Syria by Anastasia Popova - LiveLeak.com

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World Press Freedom day: journalists being deliberately targeted in Syria - Telegraph

Journalist James Foley likely held by Syrian government, panelists reveal at Boston event - The Daily Northwestern

Evidence of 'executions' as Assad's forces launch offensives in Syria's west - Al Bawaba

Christian Refugees in Syria Forced Back to Iraq by War - Rudaw

Al-Qaeda sets up Sharia courts in Aleppo city - The Times

New Addition to the Syrian Islamic Front - Syria Comment

Clash between Two Terrorist Groups in Duma - SANA

Kurds building bridge to link Iraqi Kurdistan with Syrian Kurdistan - ekurd

Kurdish National Movement for Peaceful Change: Kurds in Syria Will Remain Syrians - SANA

VIDEO: Syrian rebels killed Turkish policeman - Local people reaction - LiveLeak.com

 

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US Hatched Terror Plots

 

US Hatched Terror Plots

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Terrorists "R" us. Washington bears full responsibility. Numerous schemes are planned. Some are alleged and foiled. Others involve violent plots. Media scoundrels convict innocent people in the court of public opinion. 

 

False Flag Chemical Attack on Syria

 

False Flag Chemical Attack on Syria

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

It doesn't surprise. On April 27, WikiLeaks Supporters Forum headlined "Syria False Flag Chemical Weapons - Obama sets up America for invasion," saying:

 

Only 10% support military involvement in Syria

The citizens of this country are in no mood to see U.S. military involvement in Syria.  Of course, it has already begun.  Consultation, secret assistance, and money given for “communications” (which allows other money for weapons) all contribute to the military effort.  For months, Hillary Clinton demanded that Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad leave the country.  He hasn’t cooperated.  What does the toughest guy on the block do when you won’t cooperate?

Hostility Toward a Nation: What is the Source?

                Two recent, but seemingly unrelated, news articles are worth reviewing more carefully, to see a common thread.

                The first concerns remarks made by special rapporteur with the UN Human Rights Council, Richard Falk. Following the horrific bombing at the Boston Marathon, Mr. Falk said this: “…the United States has been fortunate not to experience worse blowbacks, and these may yet happen, especially if there is no disposition to rethink U.S. relations to others in the world, starting with the Middle East.”

Syria News May 3

 

 

Assad forces on the offensive from Damascus to Mediterranean - Yahoo!7

Syrian Forces Strike Rebels in Wide-Ranging Assaults - NYTimes.com

Syrian forces tighten noose on Homs rebels - Yahoo!7

Fractured Syrian rebels scramble for cash as private sponsors dwindle - The Washington Post

For Some Syrian Rebels, It’s a Battle of the Brands -  WSJ

The Free Syrian Army is being taken over by groups of jihadist thugs - The Spectator

Syrian armed group clashes with Turkish border police killing one and injuring 11, activist says it may have included opposition fighters of the Free Syrian Army - todayzaman

VIDEO: FSA allegedly attacks Turkish border security - YouTube

Kidnappers say will release Lebanese Shiite pilgrims in exchange of 6000 female prisoners - NOW

Charbel: Release of Lebanese Shiite hostages in hands of Turkey, Qatar - THE DAILY STAR

Shia Muslims flee Damascus as death squads kill religious leaders in street - NZ Herald News

Belgium: Jihadists arrested, accused of torturing and beheading non-Muslims in Syria (VIDEO) - BARE NAKED ISLAM

Syrian Endowments' Ministry Condemns Sacrilege of Prophet Companion Hajar Bin Oudi in Damascus Countryside - SANA

VIDEO: Syrian rebels destroy tomb of Prophets companion - LiveLeak.com

Dispute Flares between Nusra Front and Other Militant Group in Aleppo - almanar.com

Power struggle growing among Syria militants over control of key infrastructure including oil plants and grain silos - PressTV

VIDEO: Syrian rebel-held Raqqa under attack - Yahoo! News

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VIDEO: Hagel: U.S. considering the option of arming Syrian rebels, "You look at and rethink all options. It doesn't mean you do or you will" choose them - CBS News Video

POLL: Americans want U.S. to keep out of Syria conflict,  Only 10% believe the United States should intervene - Chicago Tribune

POLL: In Middle East, public rejects arming Syrian rebels - CSMonitor.com

Even With U.S. Guns, Syria's Rebels Still Might Lose - Wired.com

U.S. delivers first non-lethal aid shipment to Free Syrian Army - The Cable

British defense minister urges caution over Syria's chemical weapons, action should be based on "very high quality evidence" - ITV News

Syria chemical weapons evidence 'too degraded' for proof - guardian.co.uk

Syrian Rebels Face Hurdles Proving Chemical-Attack Claims - WSJ.com

Moscow wants chemical arms probe limited to reported Aleppo incident, opposed to unfettered inspections of all facilities in Syria -The Voice of Russia

Interview with Syrian Information Minister: For Assad chemical weapons also a 'red line', His government "would never use" such munitions "if we had them" - CNN.com

Erdoğan: Assad forces used chemical weapons, not opposition - TODAYSZAMAN

Where Are Syria’s Chemical Weapons? - The Daily Beast

Al Arabiya Exclusive: Syria's peace envoy Brahimi to resign end of May - Alarabiya.net English

 

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First Inside Account of 4/13 US attack on Guantanamo Hunger Strikers



by Debra Sweet.      From Reprieve, UK:     Tear gas and shotguns – Guantanamo detainee gives first inside account of raid. Younous Chekkouri, a detainee who has been cleared for release but remains held in Guantanamo, has given the first inside account of the raid carried out by prison authorities on Saturday 13 April.

Radicalize For Peace

Radicalize for Peace

The official storyline on the Boston Marathon bombing paints a picture of Tamerlan Tsarnaeva being "radicalized". 

 

The official storyline also ignores the fact that neither Tamerlan's all black backpack nor his brother Dzhokar's mostly white backpack resemble the blown up backpack which was black with a white rectangle on the top (probably a logo).  The official storyline also refuses to ask or answer any questions whatsoever about the presence of at least 7 individuals near the bombing site dressed as Craft International mercenaries.  At least two of these individuals are wearing black backpacks and at least one of these black backpacks has a white rectangle on the top similar to the one on the backpack that held one of the bombs.  This has all been documented by independent journalist David Lindorff at ThisCantBeHappening.net

http://www.thiscantbehappening.net/node/1718

Communications Giants in Good Hands with Tom Wheeler

 

Communications Giants in Good Hands with Tom Wheeler

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Obama's expected to pick Tom Wheeler as new Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman. More on him below.

 

Tiptoeing Toward War on Syria

 

Tiptoeing Toward War on Syria

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Events in Syria resemble the run-up to Obama's Libya war. Victims are called aggressors. Pretexts are created for intervention. 

 

Syria News May 2

 

 

Obama hasn’t made decision on arming Syrian rebels, W.H. says - WashingtonExaminer.com

Obama raised the bar for military intervention saying the international community must first agree that chemical weapons were used by the Syrian regime - WSJ.com

DOD Spokesman: The Pentagon remains "fully cognizant" of the threat posed by Islamic extremist groups inside Syria - TheHill on Facebook

FSA Chief Idriss frustrated by Obama’s caution, says to have enough information to answer questions of how, where and when chemical weapons were deployed - The Washington Post

Text of the Idriss letter to Obama - scribd.com

Too risky to fund Syrian rebels, Canada says - Money Jihad | Combating terrorist financing

VIDEO: FSA chief Salim Idriss Take A Trip To Syria - Brown Moses Blog

UN diplomats: UN-Arab League envoy to Syria wants to resign because peace efforts have failed - The Washington Post

Russian Navy ships ready to evacuate Russians from Syria - Russia & India Report

Russian plane wasn’t targeted in Syrian airspace – state news agency - RT News

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Assad showing renewed confidence makes a public appearance, number of defections has gone significantly down in recent months - Huffington Post

Free Syrian Army has fallen prey to gangsters and fanatics, BBC journalist talks to rebels who deserted FSA in outrage at the atrocities against ordinary people - Spectator

Kidnapped Syrian bishop in need of medicine - Catholic News Agency (CNA)

Syria's other war: Intra-rebel skirmishes - NOW

Syrian guerillas are ‘simple country folk with no clear ideology’ - captive journalist to RT - RT News

Syrian air strike against the Ahrar al-Sham brigade headquaters on Turkish border kills five - activists - The West Australian

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

Syria’s Opposition Hopes to Win the War by Selling Oil - Yahoo! News

VIDEO: Syrian Rebels Eye EU Oil Trade - YouTube

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The growing power of Islamist fighters in southern Syria is causing alarm in neighboring Jordan - Reuters

Syria opposition denounces Hezbollah “threats”, warns against any intervention by the movement or by Iran  - NOW

Lebanese Sheikh Assir Returns from Qusayr, Says Had 'the Honor of Firing on the Criminals' - Naharnet

VIDEO: Lebanese Sheikh al-Assir filmed fighting in Syria - LiveLeak.com

Director of Syrian Refugees Office in Tripoli Says Escaped Assassination Attempt - Naharnet

Syrian war displaces 235,000 Palestinians says UN Agency, Lebanon is a major destination - digitaljournal.com

VIDEO: Syrian rebels burn Palestinian flag in Aleppo - YouTube

 

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Talk Nation Radio: Here Comes Corporate Nationhood

And you thought corporate personhood was bad enough!  Lacey Kohlmoos, Senior Field Organizer, Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch, tells us that the TPP (Trans Pacific Partnership) will create corporate nationhood by empowering corporations to sue and overrule real nations, as well as incentivizing the offshoring of jobs, hurting food safety, damaging environmental protections, enriching drug companies at the expense of human health, banning some generic drugs, further deregulating banks, forbidding the breaking up of too-big-to-fail financial firms, and creating SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) despite its failure in Congress as a result of strong public opposition.

Total run time: 29:00

Host: David Swanson.
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Music by Duke Ellington.

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TSA’s John Pistole shovels the sh*t yet again

 

If you’re of a literary bent, you may already know the following statement. It was famously said by writer Mary McCarthy of fellow writer Lillian Hellman:

“Every word she writes is a lie, including ‘and’ and ‘the’.”

Read the rest at TSA News.

Institutionalized Spying on Americans

 

Institutionalized Spying on Americans

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Big Brother no longer is fiction. It hasn't been for some time. It's official US policy. According to ACLU's Technology and Liberty Program director Barry Steinhardt:

 

What's Ahead for Syria?

 

What's Ahead for Syria?

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Syria's being systematically destroyed. Washington planned doing so years ago. Sovereign independence isn't tolerated. It's longstanding US policy. 

 

Numerous states learned the hard way. Syria is America's latest victim. It's falsely blamed for Washington's war. The pattern by now is familiar. 

 

Syria News May 1

 

 

Obama signals won't rush to act against Syria over chemical arms, "We don't know how they were used, when they were used, who used them" - Reuters

VIDEO: On Syrian chemical weapons, we need "the facts," Obama says - CBS News Video

POLL: American Public Opposes Action in Syria and North Korea - NYTimes.com

Syrian UN envoy says chemical weapons can’t be tolerated, demands probe of alleged Aleppo attack - The Washington Post

VIDEO: Syrian UN envoy Bashar Ja'afari on the situation in Syria - LiveLeak.com  

Iran says use of chemical arms by anyone in Syria is "red line" - Yahoo! News

No agreement yet on chemical weapons probe in Syria: UN - Xinhua | English.news.cn

Syria: The horrific chemical weapons attack that probably wasn’t a chemical weapons attack (VIDEO) - globalpost.com

VIDEO: Aftermath of the Sheikh Maqsoud alleged chemical attack - globalpost.com

New accusation on chemical weapons in Syria underscores Obama’s line that we don’t know much, dueling reports surfaced of a new chemical attack in a town near the Turkish border - MiamiHerald.com

Turkey hospital official: There is no indication that chemical weapons were used in the border town - Al Jazeera Blogs

Gen. Dempsey: US military action, no-fly zone might not solve Syrian conflict - The Hill's DEFCON Hill

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Hezbollah Leader Nasrallah Hints at Possible Syria Intervention - ABC News

VIDEO: Lebanon Hezbollah leader Nasrallah hints at possible Syria intervention - YouTube

Lebanon's Hezbollah faithful ready to die in Syria - FRANCE 24

Lebanon condemns deadly bombings in Damascus - PressTV

FSA may soon launch counterattack on Hezbollah, says Jordanian ex-army official - Alarabiya.net English | Front Page

VIDEO: Interview With Lebanese Fighters of Hezbollah On The Borders | Syria War - YouTube

VIDEO: Formation of Ahmad al-Assir brigade after the Lebanese salafi sheikh recently called for jihad in Syria - YouTube

Israeli reserves called up for Syrian, Lebanese borders. Military drill starts Sunday - DEBKAFILE

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Deadly blast rocks central Damascus (VIDEO) - AFP

Russia Bans Commercial Flights Over Syria To Avoid To Be Targeted By Rebels - RIA Novosti

Kidnapped Syrian Bishops in “Good Health”, According to Turkish President Abdullah Gul who allegedly spoke on the phone with one of them - Persecution News

Religious leaders push for kidnapped bishops’ release - The Washington Post

Battle over army helicopter base in northern Syria kills 15 rebels, activists say - Fox News

European outlets report journalists missing in Syria - Committee to Protect Journalists

The Syrian Electronic Army Talk About Hacking the Guardian and Their Obama Bomb Hoax - VICE United States

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Syrian Rebels Accused Of Terrorizing Population As Kidnappings, Torture Are Rampant - Huffington Post

VIDEO: Salafi extremists torture Alawi civilian.... He was found beheaded - YouTube

Syrians deserting the FSA: Faust wants his soul back - openDemocracy

Albanian Islamists Join Syrian War - Al-Monitor

 

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Two degrees of Separation: Tsarnaev Brothers had a CIA Connection

 

By Dave Lindorff


Let’s do a little exercise. Forget nationalities and identities for a moment.


Another woman detained by TSA over false positive

 

I suppose we can say it till we’re blue in the face and it still won’t make a dent.

The so-called explosives trace detection machines, like the strip-search scanners, alarm on false positives all the time. All the time.

Simpson-Bowles 2.0

 

Simpson-Bowles 2.0

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Both men represent the nation's ruling class. They want more wealth transferred from ordinary people to corporate America and privileged elites like themselves. They're back with plan B. More on that below.

 

Syria: Upping the Stakes

 

Syria: Upping the Stakes

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Things appear heading closer toward full-scale US intervention. The fullness of time will have final say.

 

On April 28, The New York Times headlined "Lawmakers Call for Stronger US Action in Syria," saying:

Syria News Apr 30

 

 

Obama calls Putin, tells him concerned over Syria chemical arms - AFP

White House Says "Much More" Work Needed to Verify Syria Chemical Use - Bloomberg

Hagel: "Wait to get the facts" before acting on Syria - CBS News

Republicans urge Obama to enforce Syria 'red line,' oppose deploying troops - Fox News

France FM says Syria's use of chemical arms "uncertain" - China.org.cn

Syria chemical weapons: British MPs demand evidence of sarin use by Assad - Telegraph

Israel takes pressure off Obama to act on 'red line' for Syria - The Hill's Global Affairs

Strike on Syria chem weapons `very complex’: Israel envoy - zeenews

Lavrov: Political intrigue hampers honest investigation of WMD use in Syria, The Syrian government denied entry to a UN team of investigators saying that it must include Russian specialists to ensure that it is unbiased - RT 

Defected Syrian general claims he was ordered to use chemical weapons, questions raised as to the veracity of the his claims - Haaretz Daily Newspaper

Syria access essential for credible chemical weapons inquiry - U.N - Reuters

Syria poses challenges for chemical weapons inspectors, expert says - AFP

Expert: Doubt cast Syrian chemical attack (VIDEO) - 3 News

Why Would Syria Use Chemical Weapons? Why attempt a very limited attack resulting in no obvious military advantage? - Sky News

VIDEO: Links Between Alleged Chemical Attacks In Saraqeb, Idlib, and Sheikh Maghsoud, Aleppo - Brown Moses Blog

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White House Eyes Risks From Assad's Air Defenses, Damascus has a world class air-defense system with Russian technicians providing technical assistance (VIDEO) - WSJ

U.S. Analysis of Syria's Russian-Made Air Defenses - WSJ

Pentagon steps up planning for potential military intervention in Syria - CNN.com Blogs

Britain 'less eager' to arm Syrian rebels following intel on Al-Qaida links - Haaretz Daily Newspaper

Syria's neighbours cautious about U.S.-led intervention - Reuters

Syrian troops recapture villages near strategic city of Qusayr - McClatchy

Assad's Army, Militias Go On the Offensive - Israel National News

Lebanese in Syria border towns defending themselves: Ambassador to Lebanon Ali - THE DAILY STAR

Russia denies urging Hezbollah to withdraw from Syria - THE DAILY STAR

Russia and Japan Stress on Dialogue for Finding Political Solution to Crisis in Syria - SANA, Syria

Examining Qatar's Arab Spring Largesse - VOA

Guardian Twitter accounts hacked by the Syrian Electronic Army - Naked Security

The Syrian Electronic Army: Bashar al-Assad's shadow warriors - The Guardian

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Syrian prime minister survives assassination attempt, several killed state media says - Fox News

VIDEO: Blast Misses Syrian PM al-Halqi, Next to a School in Mazzeh Area of Damascus - LiveLeak.com

Missiles fired at Russian plane with 200 passengers onboard flying over Syria – reports (VIDEO) - RT News

Syrian rebel groups are now fronted mainly by Islamic radicals, Nowhere in rebel-controlled Syria is there a secular fighting force to speak of - The Boston Globe

Oil Wars in Syria—Nusra's Expanding Reach—Syrian Taliban - Syria Comment

Conversations with the FSA General - Foreign Policy

Sheikh Assir Declares Arrival of His Mujahideen in Syria - Al Akhbar English

Kurds Say Orthodox Syrian Bishops Kidnapped by Islamist Feteh El-Hesun Group, trying to rescue them ~ HellasFrappe

Graphic: Rebels behead a group from Nubbol and AlZahraa, the villages have been under siege for the last 10 months now by the rebels (PHOTO) - SyriaNews

 

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The Revolution That's Not Being Televised

Hundreds gathered in Dallas to reject the Bush Lie Bury, and three went to jail.  I flew from Dallas to Syracuse, where hundreds protested Obama's drone-murder program, and 32 went to jail and are still there (and will stay until trial unless bail can be raised) -- some of them risk major jail time because they violated a protective order that the commander of a U.S. military base gained to protect himself from nonviolent peace activists.  Another drone protester in Missouri, Brian Terrell, is just finishing a six-month sentence.  Climate activist Tim DeChristopher just got out.  The people locked in Guantanamo are refusing to eat, and groups around the world are making plans to fast with them.  The people of Vieques are rallying on May 1st to demand that the U.S. military truly depart their island.  Big plans are being made to rally for Bradley Manning on June 1st.  This week I'm heading to the National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee's meeting in North Carolina, after which -- just over in Tennessee -- three courageous activists go on trial, facing major time in prison, for having entered and protested a nuclear weapons facility.

The revolution will not be televised.

Oak Ridge, Tenn., was created during World War II as a secret city (actually two, it was segregated by race) for producing nuclear weapons.  Nuclear weapons have a history that marches hand-in-hand with U.S. human experimentation programs.  I just had a chance to read Susan Griffin's A Chorus of Stones, and she recounts a nuclear test in 1957, when the U.S. government was still marching Marines to various distances from nuclear explosions in Nevada to find out what would become of them.  Marines with their eyes closed saw the bones in their hands.  They died of leukemia years later, but not before speaking about what else they saw: 10 or 12 people in a stockade formed by chain link fence and barbed wire, their faces and hands deformed, their hair falling out, their skin peeling off. Or this: men on the ground in agony, the smell of burning flesh, blood running from mouth, ears, and nose, a man trying to tear away wires that had been attached to his head. 

In the late 1960s, Oak Ridge Associated Universities did radiation experiments on cancer patients, children of military personnel.  NASA provided the funding, wanting to know how much radiation would produce nausea, in preparation for sending astronauts to the moon.  And, boy, having sent astronauts to the moon has sure allowed us to take care of poverty and illness and environmental destruction.  I don't know how we'd survive at all if we hadn't killed those children to send astronauts to the moon.

On July 28, 2012, Michael R. Walli (63), Megan Rice (82), and Greg Boertje-Obed (57) entered the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant in Oak Ridge undetected.  You can't walk down the street without being filmed, but these three senior citizens were able to walk at night right up to a nuclear weapons facility.  They hung up banners that read "Transform Now Plowshares" and "Swords into Plowshares Spears into Pruning Hooks–Isaiah."  They strung up red crime tape.  They hammered on the cornerstone of the newly built Highly-Enriched Uranium Manufacturing Facility (HEUMF), splashed human blood and left four spray-painted tags on the recent construction which read: "Woe to the empire of blood," "The fruit of justice is peace," "Work for peace not for war," and "Plowshares please Isaiah."  When finally confronted by guards, they offered the guards bread and roses.  They sang while forced to kneel for a long period of time.

"We come to the Y-12 facility because our very humanity rejects the designs of nuclearism, empire and war," the activists said in a statement.  "Our faith in love and nonviolence encourages us to believe that our activity here is necessary; that we come to invite transformation, undo the past and present work of Y-12; disarm and end any further efforts to increase the Y-12 capacity for an economy and social structure based upon war-making and empire-building."

Vigils and other events are planned in Knoxville as the trial begins.

While the revolution is not televised, there is a calendar of events: http://warisacrime.org/content/upcoming-events

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