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Turkey: US Imperial Tool

 

Turkey: US Imperial Tool

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

In 1999, Nobel laureate/outspoken anti-war critic Harold Pinter minced no words denouncing NATO's Yugoslavia war.

 

"Let us face the truth," he said. "The truth is that neither Clinton nor Blair gives a damn about the Kosovar Albanians. This action has been another blatant and brutal assertion of US power using NATO as its missile."

 

Close Guantanamo Now!

 

Close Guantanamo Now!

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

As president and commander-in-chief, Obama has legal authority to do so. On May 3, New York City Bar president Carey R. Dunne wrote him. He did so on behalf of the organization he heads.

 

He called indefinite detention "legally and morally indefensible." He said 25 retired military flag officers said it's "an effective recruiting tool for our enemies."

 

Drones Quilt Project

 

The Drones Quilt Project is a way to memorialize the victims of U.S. combat drones, and to educate and inform the public.

The US Drones Quilt project is a work of collective art designed to  remind us that often the victims of drone attacks are people like us who are afraid, alone and innocent.

Each square of the quilt is made by someone like you who  puts their name and then the name of a civilian victim on a square of fabric. These are then sewn together to create a quilt panel that can be used in many ways:

FaceBook Founder Gets an Earful After Promoting XL Pipeline

Mark Zuckerberg's complaint box is filling up.  The billionaire founder of FaceBook is behaving as destructively as other sociopaths who hoard vast riches while others starve and die for lack of medical care.  And people are letting him know how they feel about it. 

Zuckerberg's new advocacy group FWD.us is running TV ads in support of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline and oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.  A petition asks him to stop.  The comments that people are leaving on the petition ask him to do a number of other things I won't repeat.  You'll never guess what they've found that rhymes with Zuck.

FWD.us is a group of plutocrats who, instead of advocating for education funding, are advocating for the immigration of educated workers.  And in order to win over certain members of Congress on immigration policy, FWD.us has funded two front groups, one for Republicans and one for Democrats.  Both are buying TV ads supporting Congress members who support tar sands and drilling in ANWR.

Pressure is building from the backlash, and two tech executives have just quit FWD.us in protest.  To continue to build momentum, check out the comments below and add your own:

"Integrity goes a long way -- longer then any pipelines."

"How can you live with your billions and support something like this?"

"If you think this pipeline is a good idea, you need to visit the Arkansas spill, see the damage done, & maybe buy everyone affected a new house in a clean environment.

"What?  REALLY??  May I suggest that you visit Arkansas...."

"Yes, what is this about - are you kidding me? This is the earth where we live that is going to be damaged."

"Are you out of your mind, supporting tar sands? Get a grip and a clue or we'll start a mass exodus from FB and bring you down!  This is unacceptable and boycott-able."

"Stop talking about subjects you don't understand."

"Back to MySpace -- or whatever is next -- GOODBYE FACEBOOK! Shame on you, Zuckerberg!!"

"Only greedy creeps push the tar sands."

"F--- THE ZUCK!

"You did a great thing with creating Facebook, however, that doesn't qualify you to be making big decisions for the rest of us."

"After reading about this, I'm seriously considering divesting my 1500 shares of stock in Facebook."

"So after we get all that nasty sludge you think we should burn it up and put more crap in the atmosphere? Are you insane or suicidal? Maybe just greedy."

"Please don't share the destruction of our climate! Unlike."

"I'll be avoiding facebook until I hear that you've had a change of heart."

"Zuck, your billions don't make you God!

"Mark Zuckerberg, your young voice should not be speaking for our common destruction; has your wealth turned you plumb crazy? Has cash power corrupted you utterly? Wake up young man!"

"I have an 11 year old daughter. I put her, and the planet ahead of my business and personal profits. Wish you had the same concerns. I'm about to cancel my Facebook page."

"Go back to school and learn how to respect the earth and life!"

Add your own.

Small Miracle: Guantanamo Dissected at House Briefing, May 10

The Deepening Shame of Guantanamo

May 13, 2013

Editor Note: For more than a decade, the Guantanamo Bay prison has been a blot on America’s conscience. President Obama vowed to close it but acceded to congressional demands to keep it open. Now, an emerging humanitarian crisis – a mass hunger strike – is drawing only scant attention.

By Ray McGovern

There have been nine congressional hearings on the Benghazi controversy – with more to come – but almost no one in Congress dares put the spotlight on the unfolding scandal surrounding the Guantanamo Bay prison where most of the remaining 166 inmates have opted to “escape” from indefinite detention via the only way open to them – starving themselves to death.

Syria News May 14

 

 

Syria rebels lose control of key town on road between Jordan and Damascus, new advance in regime's campaign to drive rebels from strategic south - CBS News

ICRC: Hundreds of armed groups hold swathes of north Syria, while government forces have consolidated their hold on the capital - Reuters 

Syrian army takes villages near Qusayr - AFP

Abandoned arms as Syria rebels pull back near Qusayr - AFP

Weapons, ammunition shipments slowing to Syria’s moderate rebel factions - McClatchy

Syrians losing patience, confidence in revolution - Reno Gazette-Journal 

Syria: Assad Still Popular In Parts Of Country (VIDEO) - Sky News

Six ways Assad has turned the tide in Syria - washingtonpost.com

Syria declares troops have right to enter Golan, a veiled threat toward Israel to stay out of Syria’s conflict - The Boston Globe

Report: German freelance journalist detained in Syrian city of Aleppo - Fox News

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Obama pushes for Syria peace talks but warns of huge challenges - Reuters

Syria Opposition: Consult Allies Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar Before Peace Push - ABC News

US-Russia plan for Syria talks ‘slipping’ to June, State Dep: “The goal here is of course to get representatives of both sides to the table” - Alarabiya.net 

Western Stance on Syria Becomes More Realistic - Syria PM Jamil - RIA Novosti

Saudi Arabia has decided to explore dialogue with its great regional rival Iran for ending the Syrian conflict - DEBKAfile

In Saudi, Iran FM Warns of Syria Breakup - Naharnet

Lavrov urges Iran presence in Syria talks - alalam.ir

Putin Vows Snap Military Drills in Future – Kremlin - RIA Novosti

Israel Minister Criticizes Russia Over Syria Arms - ABC News

Turkey’s Syria policies are criticized as Erdogan prepares to meet with Obama - The Washington Post

Former opposition leader Khatib berates Syrian National Coalition - .arabstoday.net

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Atrocity: Omar al-Farouq Brigade Commander Abu Sakkar Ate Syrian Soldier's Heart - Human Rights Watch

"Sometimes you cannot apply the rules" - Syrian rebels and international humanitarian law - IRIN

Syrian rebels on international humanitarian law: In their own words - IRIN

VIDEOS: Omar al-Farouq Brigade Commander Abu Sakkar Cutting Flesh Of A Corpse, And Apparently Eating It - Brown Moses Blog

VIDEO: Formation Al-Omar and Al-Farooq Battalion - FSA - YouTube

VIDEO: Syria opposition coalition publishes videos on rules of war - YouTube

 

To contact Bartolo email peaceloversingle@gmail.com

 

Israeli Lobby Power in America

 

Israeli Lobby Power in America

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

In 1949, the American Zionist Council (AZC) was established. It operated until 1962. It was ordered to register as a foreign agent.

 

It failed to do so. It transferred its responsibilities to AIPAC. It calls itself "America's Pro-Israel Lobby. It operates as an unregistered foreign agent.

 

Why We Allow the Destruction of Our Planet

It's not enough to point out that our political system is completely corrupted by money, including money from coal and oil and nukes and gas.  Of course it is.  And if we had direct democracy, polls suggest we would be investing in green energy.  But saying the right thing to a pollster on a phone or in a focus group is hardly the extent of what one ought sensibly to do when the fate of the world is at stake.

Nor do we get a complete explanation by recognizing that our communications system is in bed with our political system, cooperatively pushing lies about our climate and our budget (defunding wars and billionaires is not an option, so there's just no money for new ideas, sorry).  Of course.  But when the planet's climate is being destroyed for all future generations, most of which will therefore not exist, the only sensible course of action is to drop everything and nonviolently overthrow any system of corruption that is carrying out the destruction.

Why don't we?

Misinformation is a surface-level explanation.  Why do people choose to accept obvious misinformation?

Here's one reason: They've already chosen to accept other obvious misinformation to which they are deeply and passionately attached and which requires this additional self-deception.  The beliefs involved correlate with poor education, so government choices to fund fossil fuels and highways and prisons and Hamid Karzai rather than schools certainly contribute.  But perhaps we should confront the misinformation directly, even while pursuing the creation of an education system worthy of a civilized country.

According to a Newsweek poll, 40 percent of people in the United States believe the world will end with a battle between Jesus Christ and the Antichrist.  And overwhelmingly those who believe that, also believe that natural disaster and violence are signs of the approach of the glorious battle -- so much so that 22 percent in the U.S. believe the world will end in their lifetime.  This would logically mean that concern for the world of their great great grandchildren makes no sense at all and should be dismissed from their minds.  In fact, a recent study found that belief in the "second coming" reduces support for strong governmental action on climate change by 20 percent.

Apart from the corruption of money, whenever you have 40 percent of Americans believing something stupid, the forces of gerrymandering in the House, disproportionate representation of small states in the Senate, the Senate filibuster, the winner-take-all two-party system that shuts many voices out of the media and debates and ballots while allowing Democrats to get elected purely on the qualification of not being Republicans, and a communications system that mainstreams Republican beliefs almost guarantees that the 40-percent view will control the government.

Congressman John Shimkus, a Republican from a gerrymandered monstrosity in southeastern Illinois says the planet is in fine shape and guaranteed to stay that way because God promised that to Noah. 

Senator James Inhofe, a Republican from Oklahoma (a state whose citizens get 10 times the representation in the Senate that Californians do -- if one can accuse Diane Feinstein of representing anyone), says that only God could possibly change the climate, and we should stop being so arrogant -- as if taking $1.4 million in campaign "contributions" from fossil-fuel profiteers and imagining that your positions are purely determined by your access to an all-powerful being who runs the universe on behalf of the 30 percent of the world raised on the same fairy tales as you isn't an arrogant belief.

Another senator who claims to be a theist but not of the Inhofe-Shimkus variety, publicly denounced an unnamed colleague this week for pushing the don't-worry-God-is-on-the-job line in a recent meeting.

When a large portion of the population believes that catastrophe is a good thing, rather than a bad thing, and wars are celebrated and crises bring excitement and solidarity to our lives, the influence is toxic.  Of the 40 percent who believe Jesus is on his way, some no doubt believe it more than others, allow it to shape more of their other beliefs and actions.  Of the other 60 percent, some are no doubt influenced to varying degrees by the armageddonists. 

Belief in theism itself reaches as much as 80 percent in the United States and includes strong activists for sustainable policies, including some who passionately proselytize using the argument that only theism can save us from our apathy in the face of global warming.  And there is no question that our most dedicated peace and justice activists include some strong religious believers.  But theism is essentially the belief that some more powerful being is running the show.  Perhaps the armageddonists haven't really found a solution to the problem of evil ("If there is a God, he'll have to beg forgiveness from me," said a prisoner in a Nazi camp), but the non-armageddonist theists have never found a logical solution to the problem of free will, either.  Theists can go either way and all make as little sense as each other.  But they must all of necessity promote the notion that a more powerful being is in charge. 

And where does that belief show up to damaging effect?  In our politics it shows up primarily as an attitude toward presidents.  While President Obama has spent five years working diligently to destroy our natural environment for all time to come, the largest block of those concerned about global warming have spent their time telling each other to trust in Him, that he works in mysterious ways, that he is up against the Evil One and must be allowed time to succeed in his battle.  You see, the problem with theism is not that some of its spin-off beliefs succeed in an undemocratic system.  The problem is that theism is anti-democratic at its core.  It moves us away from relying on ourselves.  It teaches us to rely on someone supposedly better than we.  And the same 80 percent or so also believe in something called heaven, which renders real life far less significant even for those generations that get to experience it.

This, in turn, fuels a belief in optimism.  We are all told to be optimists regardless of the facts, as if it were a personal lifestyle choice.  Combine that with a belief that everything is part of a secret master plan, and you've got a recipe for submissive acceptance.  I've had great activists tell me that everything will work out for the best, either because that keeps them going, or because they've learned that saying anything else earns them fewer speaking invitations.  Hardcore optimism is compatible with active engagement.  But the net effect is almost certainly a contribution to apathy.

I wish it were needless to say that I am not advocating the equally dumb position of willful pessimism.  I'm proposing the unpopular position of taking the facts as they come, acting accordingly, and acting cautiously when it comes to the fate of generations as yet unborn -- even if that caution requires huge sacrifices.

There are other powerful forces weighing against action as well.  There is our love of technology, including our fantasies about inventing our way out of catastrophe, colonizing other planets, re-creating species.  Maybe our senator friend is onto something after all when he points to arrogance.  There is also greed, including our fear that living sustainably would involve living with less of the materialistic crap that currently clutters our lives and fuels our obesity.  There is also the con job continuously played on us by our government that persuades so many of us that we are powerless to effect change.  It's not enough to believe that the world is being destroyed and that we humans are on our own with the plants and the other animals, if we've fallen for the biggest scam governments pull on their people, the lie that says they pay no attention to us.  History teaches the opposite.  People's influence on their governments is much more powerful than we usually imagine.  It's weakened primarily by people's failure to do anything.  Impotence is a self-fulfilling loop.  Those longing for the end of the world are far from alone in imagining that we don't have the power to make the world over ourselves.  Nonetheless, among the things we should be doing right now is explaining to our neighbors that Jesus isn't coming back.

Iran War Weekly May 12, 2013

Iran War Weekly

May 12, 2013

 

Hello All – While nuclear negotiators will meet Wednesday in Istanbul, little progress is expected in the diplomatic standoff about Iran’s nuclear program before Iran’s presidential election, which will take place on June 14th.  With Iran’s reform movement still not recovered from its crushing defeat in 2009, until now the presidential election appeared to be a mere jockeying for power within conservative leadership circles, but it  took on a more volatile character on Saturday, when both former president Rafsanjani and a protégé of current president Ahmadinejad registered their candidacies at the last minute. There are some very good articles about the election – both candidates and electoral procedures – linked below.

 

Another Anti-Assad False Flag

 

Another Anti-Assad False Flag

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Since early 2011, Obama's been waging proxy war on Syria. Imported death squads masquerade as freedom fighters. The scheme's familiar. It repeats. It reflects US imperialism's dark side.

 

In the 1980s, CIA-recruited mujahideen fighters battled  Afghanistan's Soviet occupiers. Ronald Reagan called them "the moral equivalent of our founding fathers." He characterized Contra killers the same way.

Israelis Protest Austerity Harshness

 

Israelis Protest Austerity Harshness

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

On May 11, thousands of Israelis protested publicly. They did so for social justice. More on that below.

 

In summer 2011, widespread social justice protests erupted. They continued for weeks. Others followed in summer 2012.

 

Syria News May 13

 

Turkey Arrests Nine in Deadly Bombings, Blames a militia led by a Turkish Alawite linked to Syria regime - Bloomberg

Damascus denies responsibility for Turkey bombings - AFP

Erdogan says country won’t be drawn into Syria conflict after deadly bombings - The Washington Post

Turkey says world must act against Syria after bombings - Reuters

Turkey opposition criticizes Erdogan's Syria policy  - todayszaman

Why is Turkey Building a Tent City for Syrian Christians?

VIDEOS: Links To Photos And Videos From The Reyhanli Car-Bombings - Brown Moses Blog

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Assad forces gaining ground in Syria, Analyst: the insurgency does not pose an existential threat to the regime - The Washington Post

Syria Christian village breathes easier as army advances on Qusayr - AFP

On the Golan Heights, the people are (mostly) with Assad - Haaretz Daily Newspaper

Palestinian-Syrian group forming units to fight for Golan - JPost 

Rebel Rockets Hurt Two in Hermel, Aimed at pressuring Hizbullah to end its fighting in Syria - Naharnet

Syrian Rebels Release 4 UN Filipino Peacekeepers - ABC News

UN praises Qatar key role in release of Golan peacekeepers - Saudi Gazette

Syria Promises Ibrahim to Help in Abducted Lebanese Pilgrims Case - Naharnet

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Under the black flag of al-Qaeda, the Syrian city Raqqa ruled by gangs of extremists - Telegraph

VIDEO: : Telegraph dispatch from Raqqa, Syria - Telegraph

PHOTOS: Exclusive pictures from Syria by Telegraph photographer David Rose - Telegraph

Syrian rebels, including FSA groups, fund their fighting through looting, smuggling and selling antiquities - conflict antiquities

Al Qaeda’s £168million cocaine smugglers, paid for the cocaine with weapons and cash looted in Libya - Money Jihad

Al-Jaafari to UNSC: Jabhet al-Nusra Claimed Responsibility for 600 Terrorist Acts in Syria in One Year - The Santos Republic

800 Tunisian Islamists fighting in Syria, minister says - NOW

Claims Australians killed in Syria were fighters, not aid workers - SMH

VIDEO: Insurgent Eats Heart of Syrian Soldier - YouTube

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Syrian opposition to meet to decide whether to join peace talks - Reuters

Russian official says Syria conference not possible in May, there are disagreements over who should have the right to take part - Yahoo! News

Gates: US military involvement in Syria a 'mistake' - NOW'

Drugs, prostitution and official corruption: Syrian refugee camp in Iraqi Kurdistan - ekurd

VIDEO: Direct U.S. military involvement in Syria "would be a mistake," says Gates - CBS News Video

VIDEO: US ambassador to Syria, Robert Ford poses with rebel of Aleppo - LiveLeak.com

VIDEO: Geraldo Rivera: My Sources Tell Me Benghazi Was About Running Missiles to Syrian Rebels -TheBlaze.com

VIDEO: Moaz al-Khatib Exposes Roles of Saudi Arabia and Qatar in the Syrian Crisis on al-Jazeera - LiveLeak.com

 

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Eroding Freedom in America

 

Eroding Freedom in America

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

US democracy is illusory. America never was beautiful. It's not the land of the free and home of the brave. It wasn't created that way. More than ever, it's not now.

 

Freedom is a four-letter word. It's fast disappearing. It's an endangered species. Wealth, power and privilege alone matter. America's war on terror priorities advance them. 

Thirdworldizing America

 

Thirdworldizing America

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Center for Economic and Policy Research co-director Dean Baker calls poverty America's "new growth industry." The state of today's America is deplorable.

 

Anti-Assad Rhetoric Intensifies

 

Anti-Assad Rhetoric Intensifies

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

US-led anti-Assad efforts continue. Obama's going all out to topple him. He's heading America for more war. 

 

His imperial strategy prioritizes it. Rule of law principles are discarded. Unchallenged global dominance alone matters. America's longstanding permanent war agenda advances it.

 

Malcolm Shabazz's Suspicious Death

 

Malcolm Shabazz's Suspicious Death

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

On May 9, Amsterdam News (AN) headlined "Malcolm Shabazz, grandson of Malcolm X, killed." 

 

Protest Kissinger Getting Intrepid Freedom Award

Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger will receive the Intrepid Freedom Award on May 23rd for his distinguished career "defending" the values of freedom and democracy. Kissinger developed the plans for millions of war deaths, millions of refugees, millions maimed. He was responsible for the crimes against humanity in Vietnam, Cambodia, Bangladesh, Chile and many other countries, including Iraq. Protest Kissinger at Manhattan's Intrepid Museum, Pier 86, 12th Ave. & 46th St.,  NYC  May 23rd, 5:30pm

New York Times Ad On Closing Guantánamo

by Debra Sweet                     My friend Stephen Phelps, Senior Minister at The Riverside Church, signed The New York Times ad on closing Guantanamowe plan to publish next week, and sent a note saying he would “begin to send the hope around to some others.”  This hit me strongly.  For the last four+ years, since Obama promised to close it, nothing hopeful has come out of Guantanamo.

Syria News May 11

 

Biden: US not to jump the gun on Syria, He stresses that it remains unclear who owned the chemical weapons and used them - AFP

VIDEO: Biden outlines US policy on Syrian conflict - Firstpost Topic

Hagel: ‘Political, not military’ solutions needed in Syria and Iran - Alarabiya.net 

No new S-300 supplies planned after Russia finalizes standing Syrian weapons contracts - Lavrov - RT News

Netanyahu to meet with Putin in Moscow, discuss Russian arms sales to Syria - Haaretz Daily Newspaper

Russian Pacific Fleet Warships to Appear in Eastern Mediterranean Sea - LiveLeak.com

Germany spy chief visited Syria: Report - PressTV

Saudis, Qatar fire UN torpedo at US-Russia sponsored Syrian peace conference, The resolution condemns the Syrian government and blames it for the use of chemical weapons-  Asia Times Online

Syria's chemical arsenal nearly 1,00 tons, watchdog chief says - Anadolu Agency

VIDEO: Nuclear arms expert discusses chemical weapons in Syria - Alarabiya.net

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Insight: In eastern Syria oil smugglers makes European hopes of buying crude from President Assad's opponents a distant prospect - Reuters

Al Nusra Front to be added to UN sanctions list as terrorist organization, diplomats say - AFP

Hezbollah and Al Qaeda Fighters Edging Closer to Confrontation - ABC News

3 Lebanese jihadists killed in Syria, 36 others missing - THE DAILY STAR

Nine arrested in Lebanon for smuggling weapons into Syria and planning to carry out a terrorist attack - THE DAILY STAR

Militants in Syria shell Lebanese border areas - abna.ir

Palestinians from Syria in Lebanon number 55,000 - THE DAILY STAR

Syrian army warns civilians to leave Qusayr - Alarabiya.net 

Al Manar TV: 3500 militant rebels in Qusayr offering to surrender to Syria’s Assad - Zimbio

Is Saudi Arabia behind the substitution of Syrian opposition PM Hitto? - The Syrian Observer News

Syrian Opposition Figure Faces Allegations of Money Laundering in France, Allegedly involved in Syrian artifacts smuggling through Lebanon and Turkey - SyriaNews

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Are PKK Fighters Moving to Syria? - Al-Monitor

The proliferation of armed Syrian Kurdish groups sets the stage for internecine conflicts - Syria News

 

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Obama's Syria Game Plan: Libya 2.0

 

Obama's Syria Game Plan: Libya 2.0

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Obama's already waging multiple direct and proxy wars. He's heading America for more. Media scoundrels support it. They back all US aggression. They're beating the drums again now. They're manipulating public sentiment for support.

 

Russia, China and most other nations want peace. May 8 commemorates Victory in Europe Day (VE Day). Russia's toll was greatest. For many, war horrors still echo.

Hawking Boycotts Israel

 

Hawking Boycotts Israel

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Hawking was invited to participate in a June 18 - 20 Israeli Presidential Conference. Initially he accepted. In early May he declined. He's boycotting. He's protesting Israel's occupation. More on that below.

 

Hawking's a renown British physicist. His web site says he's the "former Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge."

Who Are the Real Criminals?

Who Are the Real Criminals?

83 year old nun, Sister Megan Rice and two other peace activists, Michael Walli and Greg Boertje-Obed were convicted and could be sentenced to 20 year for breaking into a Tennessee storage facility for depleted uranium weapons and splashing them with blood.  They are members of the group Transform Now Plowshares that lives the words of the Bible "They shall beat their swords into plowshares.  They shall learn war no more."

With skyrocketing cancer rates and birth defects, the city of Fallujah, Iraq has never recovered from the 2004 U.S. assault on it using depleted uranium munitions.  A study by the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health states that the after effects of the Fallujah assault are "worse" than those after the U.S. nuked Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Syria News May 10

 

U.S. Presses Russia on Syria Arms Sale (VIDEO) - WSJ.com

U.S. Is Warned Russia Plans Syria Arms Sale - WSJ.com

Israel asks Russia not to sell Syria advanced S-300 air shield: officials - Reuters

Deputy FM: Syria will 'respond immediately' to any Israeli strike - Yahoo!7

Assad: We have decided to give Hezbollah everything, it is not just an ally, we share the same destiny - almanar.com

Hezbollah: Syria to supply “game-changing” weapons to militia (VIDEO) - Chicago Sun-Times

Hezbollah offers to help Syria fight for Israel-occupied Golan - Yahoo! News

Syria troops, Hezbollah advancing on Qusayr, NGO says - Alarabiya.net 

Interview: NATO Supreme Allied Commander on Syria and Soft Power, warns Syria may ‘break apart’ post-Assad - The Atlantic

VIDEO: Deputy FM Muqdad: We'll 'Respond Immediately' to Any New Israeli Strike - LiveLeak.com

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Syria to let in UN experts to investigate chemical arms use — RT News

Damascus Welcomes Russia-US Rapprochement on Syria Crisis - RIA Novosti

Proposed UN General Assembly resolution backs political transition in Syria, condemns regime, Russia urges other countries to vote "no" - Fox News

Exclusive: Opposing Qatar's Syria Draft UNGA Resolution, Russia Cites Lavrov - Kerry Peace Conference , Letter Here - Inner City Press

France wants U.N. to label Syria's al-Nusra Front a terrorist group - Yahoo! News

Brahimi to stay on as Syria envoy after Russia-US bid, UN says

Exclusive: Turkish PM Erdogan: Syria has crossed red line, used chemical weapons VIDEO) - NBC World News

Turkey would support U.S.-led no-fly zone in Syria - NBC - Yahoo!7

Turkey steps up chemical weapons tests on Syria casualties - Reuters

Reports: Warnings about Syria from the US to Ankara especially about the support provided for pro-al-Qaeda “jihadist” elements - hurriyetdailynews.com

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SNC acting chief: Abducted Aleppo bishops 'in good health', held in a small village northwest of Aleppo by a rebel group - Al Bawaba

The Kurdish Regional Government in Iraq to train Syrian Kurds to stop extremists gaining ground - FT.com

60% of Syrian oil controlled by Kurds: PYD leader Salih Muslim - ekurd

Europe and the Politics Of Syrian Oil - Al-Monitor

Top U.S. Official Meets With Rebels Inside Syria - WBUR & NPR

Syrian opposition coalition's acting president urges U.S. action - chicagotribune.com

New report on the Muslim Brotherhood - Syria Comment

Al-Nusra Front denies chief wounded in Syria - AFP

Syrian Warplanes Pound Rebels Near Northern Mannagh Air Base - AP

Syrian army launches new operations in Banias - World Bulletin

Syrian troops advance in central city of Homs - Las Vegas Sun News

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Speaking with an Alleged Member of the Syrian Electronic Army About the 'Onion' Twitter Hack - VICE United States

No joke: The Onion tells how Syrian Electronic Army hacked its Twitter - Ars Technica

 

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Legacy of European Colonialism Liberating Women With Bombs and Bags of Cash

 

By John Grant

It was the summer of 1981. I was working on an ambulance in Philadelphia, transporting a cancer patient to a hospital for radiation treatments. The man was in his sixties, and I felt he knew his days were numbered.

In my conversations with the man, it came up that I was a Vietnam veteran. He told me he was in the CIA in Saigon in the early 1970s.

“What did you do?” I asked.

Willie Manning: Unjustly Sentenced to Death

 

Willie Manning: Unjustly Sentenced to Death

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Capital punishment is barbaric, unjust and unconscionable. It's the ultimate denial of human rights. Nothing justifies state-sponsored murder. Wrongfully executing innocent victims alone explains why.

 

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