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Turkey/Syria News - Feb 27

 

Turkish Prime Minister targeted in second audio tape - Yahoo News


AUDIO: Erdogan talks to his son about getting 10 million from SOM Petrol owner, advises son not to take it until he brings the "promised" amount - YouTube


AUDIO: Specific preparation for the day of the evacuation of the money from the Prime Minister's house - YouTube


AK Party founders slam PM Erdoğan over leaked corruption recording - Today's Zaman


CHP: Either PM resigns or he will drag Turkey into social, economic chaos - CİHAN


Turkish gov’t, opposition clash over accuracy of tapes - hurriyetdailynews.com


PM Erdoğan's tapes not doctored, specialists agree - Today's Zaman

 

Erdogan recordings appear real, US analyst says, as Turkey scandal grows - McClatchy DC News

 

Minister of Science, Industry and Technology: Should the Prime Ministry request an analysis of the tapes, The Scientific and Technological Research Council (Tubitak) will be happy to undertake it - turkishpress.com

 

AK Party deputy: People don't believe voice recordings even if they are true - CİHAN

 

Leaked recording deepens divisions in Turks' views of Erdoğan - Today's Zaman

 

AK Party deputies almost attacked their CHP counterparts over the tapes - Today's Zaman

 

AUDIO (English): In voice recordings posted 2 days ago Erdogan and his son Bilal allegedly discuss how to hide huge sums of cash - YouTube

 

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Turkey sees anti-corruption protests for second day -AFP


VIDEO: Anti-government protests in Istanbul Wednesday - YouTube


Opposition throws fake money in Taksim during rally over tape incriminating Turkish PM - hurriyetdailynews.com


VIDEO: Opposition throws fake money in Taksim during rally over tape incriminating Turkish PM - YouTube


PHOTO ALBUM: Anti-corruption protests continue in Turkey - The Washington Post


ODTÜ students stage protest ahead of highway opening in Ankara - CİHAN

 

VIDEO: Turkey: students protest against new highway - YouTube

 

Turkey Moves to Close Prep Schools Linked to Rival Gulen - SFGate

 

Schools to become partisan, claim education unions - Today's Zaman

 

Turkish police uses tear gas to disperse National Education Bill protestors - CİHAN

 

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President Gül approves disputed bill increasing gov’t grip over judiciary - hurriyetdailynews.com


Turkish main opposition takes judicial bill to Constitutional Court - hurriyetdailynews.com


Former minister says new law makes MİT resemble criminal JİTEM - Today's Zaman

 

Association says MIT intelligence bill huge blow to press freedom - Today's Zaman

 

Gov't censorship not limited to media, extends to party ads - Today's Zaman

 

Draft law grants economic privileges to Turkey's military - Al-Monitor

 

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Turkey's Dirty Money: Why Ankara Is Still on the FATF's Gray List of Terrorism Financing - Foreign Affairs


The Gray List : Turkey’s Financing of Terrorism - digitaljournal.com

 

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Syrian troops ambush, kill at least 150 rebels east of Damascus, source says the men were civilians and fighters trying to escape the siege - The Washington Post


VIDEO: Live footage of Syrian army ambushing dozens of Islamist rebels in Otaibah, Damascus - LiveLeak.com


VIDEO: Aftermath of the ambush by the Syrian Army against Islamists in Otaybah, Damascus - LiveLeak.com


Syria rebel infighting 'kills 3,300 since January' - THE DAILY STAR


ISIS imposes restrictions on Christians in Raqqa, demand levy - THE DAILY STAR

 

The Islamic State of Iraq and ash-Sham's dhimmi pact for the Christians of Raqqa province - Syria Comment

 

Top ISIS commander killed in Homs - ZAMAN ALWSL

 

Lebanon arrests a commander of Syria's Al-Nusra: security - Yahoo News

 

Netherlands: Jihadist threat level remains at ‘substantial’; government action still necessary - National Coordinator for Security and Counterterrorism

 

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Recent TSA crimes and idiocies

A round-up of some stories in the news lately about the TSA and TSA-similar organizations:

Nice to know that UK security can be just as idiotic as US security . . . .

Read the rest at TSA News.

Video: David Swanson in Brunswick, ME, on Ending War

 

Filmed in Brunswick, Maine.

 

Criticizing repression of protest abroad, practicing it at home: What if Americans Demanded the Ouster of This Government?

By Dave Lindorff


Ukraine’s new rulers, in one of their first acts, have disbanded that country’s riot police.


Turkey/Syria News - Feb 26

 

Prosecutor's office begins investigation into Turkish PM Erdogan over 'mind-blowing' corruption tapes - US News


Main opposition says gov't lost legitimacy, calls on Erdoğan to quit - Today's Zaman


MHP leader says gov't lost legitimacy, urges judiciary to intervene - Today's Zaman


Prime Ministry says new tapes incriminating Erdogan "montage and completely false” - hurriyetdailynews.com


VIDEO: Turkish PM Erdogan denies graft claims in 'fake' audio - Video Dailymotion


CHP says voice recording of PM and son 'not a montage' - Today's Zaman


BDP says ‘it only takes 20 minutes’ to find out if tape incriminating PM is authentic - hurriyetdailynews.com

 

Engineers confirm authenticity of voice recording between PM, son - Today's Zaman

 

A scientific analysis on the authenticity of Erdogan tapes: (in Turkish) - Kivanc Kitapci

 

Erdoğan's voice recordings with son gets 2 mln viewers on YouTube - Today's Zaman

 

TRANSCRIPT (English): Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan's alleged phone talks with his son Bilal, about where to hide the money - LiveLeak.com

 

AUDIO (Turkish): In new voice recordings Erdogan and his son Bilal allegedly discuss how to hide huge sums of cash - YouTube

 

Thousands of Turks protest deepening corruption, call on gov't to resign - Today's Zaman

 

VIDEOS: Turkish protesters call Government to resign after tape scandal - LiveLeak.com

 

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HSYK to investigate claims of mass wiretaps - Today's Zaman


Prosecutor Çimen denies wiretapping claims - Today's Zaman


İstanbul Prosecutor's Office says 2,280 people wiretapped, investigation continues - Today's Zaman


Pro-gov't dailies' reports on mass wiretaps full of contradictions - Today's Zaman


Media deception of the century on mass wiretaps - Today's Zaman

 

Ex-minister confesses to ‘unlawful practices' in wiretapped conversation - CİHAN

 

Recording shows government asking MİT to deny profiling reports - Today's Zaman

 

Turkish finance minister declines to comment on ‘color lists' - Today's Zaman

 

A police officer allegedly responsible for placing a bugging device in Erdogan's residence worked as a bodyguard for 'terror financier’ Yasin al-Qadi - Today's Zaman

 

120 police officers reassigned in southeastern Turkey - Today's Zaman

 

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Concerns of Turkey political turmoil rattle markets after new leak hits headlines - Today's Zaman


Lira Drops With Turkey Stocks as Opposition Demands Erdogan Quit - Businessweek


Turkish PM Erdoğan cancels top defense industry meeting - hurriyetdailynews.com

 

MIT Law Could Harm Economy, Warns Bars Chief - Aydinlik

 

Foreign companies in Turkey face squeeze - Reuters

 

Turkey's credit card crackdown irks consumers - AFP

 

Deputy PM Arınç refutes claims of Obama-Erdoğan cool down - CİHAN

 

Is the United States getting tougher with Turkey? - Today's Zaman

 

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Jabhat al-Nusra gives rival ISIS ultimatum to accept mediation to end their infighting or face a war - Reuters


VIDEO: Jabhat al-Nusra leader in Syria mourns fellow commander, attacks ISIS: statement - ZAMAN ALWSL


Nusra leader Jolani also declared SNC/SMC apostates -Twitter / Charles_Lister


Ahrar a-Sham on ISIS: 'Killing them is permitted' - Syria Direct


Islamic Front, Al Mujahedeen Army and Al Qaeda-affiliated Al Nusra Front form joint command room in Aleppo to repel Assad’s attacks - ZAMAN ALWSL


VIDEO: Islamic Front, Al Mujahedeen Army and Al Nusra Front form joint command room in Aleppo to repel Assad’s attacks - Twitter / aron_ld


Abu Issa al Sheikh, Islamic Front leader, calls people of Daraya to reject agreement w regime. Says martyrdom is preferable -Twitter / joshua_landis

 

“ISIL” blows a headquarter of al-Nusra - islamicinvitationturkey.com

 

VIDEO: Video footage of the yesterdays ISIS-bomber who had blown up the other terrorist faction - LiveLeak.com

 

VIDEO: ISIS convinces 72 yr old Egyptian man to blow himself up by lying to him about the target, sending him to rebels - Twitter / joshua_landis

 

ISIS holds a public execution of a claimed regime soldier in Raqqa - Twitter / ajaltamimi

 

Alleged ISIS car bomb kills 14 on Syria-Turkey border near a field hospital (VIDEO) - Haaretz

 

ISIS leader Abu Dua in a new photo - TIME.com

 

Jabhat al-Nusra Claims Latest Lebanon Bombing - Israel National News

 

PHOTO: Nusra tweeters claim responsibility for beheadings in Quneitra - Twitter / joshua_landis

 

Syrian Jihadists Target Children for Indoctrination, Training - VOA

 

Al Qaeda's chief representative in Syria reportedly killed - The Long War Journal

 

Islamic Front official posts pictures of al Qaeda's top representative in Syria - The Long War Journal

 

Syria: How “Al Qa’eda Mediator” Abu Khaled Al-Suri Was Assassinated — A Jihadist’s Account - EA WorldView

 

Who and What Was Abu Khalid al-Suri, Al Qaeda's chief representative in Syria? Part I - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

 

Who and What Was Abu Khalid al-Suri, Al Qaeda's chief representative in Syria? Part II - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

 

“Hide These Jihadists That I Can’t See: The French Volunteers In Syria” - JIHADOLOGY

 

Syria: Notes on a Dagestani-Led Group in Islamic State of Iraq - EA WorldView

 

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Feb. 26,2014; A Day of Outrage & Remembrance for Trayvon Martin & Jordan Davis

Hoodies Up!
Targets Up!
Fists Raised!
We’re Standing Up!
No More Murder of Black Youth!

The Stupidest Idea in the History of the World

This article is really better as a video.

If you search on the internet for "the stupidest idea in the history of the world" you'll come away thinking that maybe a top contestant is the invention of Youtube. Who knew so many idiots could do so much damage to themselves with so many motorbikes and diving boards and flame throwers?

If you survey the span of human history a little more seriously, some big ideas jump out, beginning with the creation of history itself. Maybe if we'd stayed unhistoric, hunted, gathered, and existed eternally as part of nature we wouldn't have gotten into such a mess. But that's too easy an answer, and way too much for people who ride surf boards off their roofs -- and film it -- to think about.

Other ideas are in the running, I think, from industrial farming, to religion, to racism, to fossil fuels, to science at any cost, to the creation of the United States Senate.  And yet, one idea stands out for its wild improbability, creativity, long-lasting destruction on an enormous scale, and insidious ability to turn even people who don't own video cameras and catapults into champion unwitting masochists.

The idea I'm talking about, and my nominee for Stupidest Idea in the History of the World, is the idea that any ordinary person should ever support a war.

While it's undoubtedly true that the war propagandist is the world's second-oldest, and least respectable, profession, he or she is a product of history who wasn't needed in prehistoric times.  Nobody needed to be sold on the idea of hunters fighting off lions and bears.  It's when they ran out of lions and bears and decided to keep their jobs by starting fights with other tribes of humans that persuasion became necessary.

Why in the world would people want to support fighting and killing other people and having those other people fight and kill you?  What's to be gained? A thrill?  If you want a serious and useful and communal thrill these days you can do nonviolent resistance to fascist governments. Or you can join a fire department. If you want a useless and pointless thrill, you can jump off a 100-foot bridge with a 100-foot (but all too stretchable) bungee cord and a video camera. Back then, you could go hunting or exploring, or try to discover gravity or surgery.  Never was the only thrill available war.

And yet, down through the ages, war has popped up again and again, here and there, around the globe.  And where it takes hold in a culture it carries with it the false belief that it's always around in every culture.  Thus people manage to find that they support the stupidest idea ever for the stupidest reason ever, because supposedly they have no choice.  Yet, choosing to support war because you have no choice in the matter remains a feat which people with developed brains find challenging.

The stupidest idea ever is a marvel of simplicity, and in its simplicity answers every challenge.  Why should people of tribe A be willing to go to war with the people of tribe B just because the tribe A chiefs want to steal some stuff from tribe B? The answer is easy if you're a certified idiot who juggles flaming torches on Youtube: Anyone in tribe A who opposes waging war on tribe B is, by magical definition, in favor of tribe B winning a war against tribe A.  Or, as modern sophisticates like to put it: Either you're with us or you're with the terrorists.

OK, so that's a nifty trick, but the stupidest idea ever must be more comprehensive. It must surprise us in its ability to destroy in new areas, to pass unseen behind the backs of its moronic supporters, and to gain partial support from the partially informed, limiting its actual opponents to the barest minority of freaks and misfits.  I offer for your consideration, once again, the idea of supporting war.

Observe: the nations that wage the most war claim that they are under attack for no good reason and are forced to wage war to defend themselves, even as their wars make them more and more hated and less and less safe.  While the nations that wage the least war have the fewest enemies threatening them in the world.  But people who've begun supporting war will readily believe that sending killer robot planes over the homes of poor people thousands of miles away is defensive, and that when it creates hatred and hostility the answer must be yet more weapons. 

In fact, the same people support manufacturing tons of weapons and selling them to other countries against whom theirs will later fight wars, and they support this as a jobs program even though it actually sucks jobs out of their society rather than creating them.  That is to say, war-related jobs cost more per job than do jobs created by spending on just about anything else, even tax cuts.  So, people support weapons-making because they have been misled into supporting war, and they support war because they have been misled into supporting the weapons industries, and then they just support both out of sheer stupid habit -- which is, of course, the single most powerful force in the universe.

But the stupidity of war doesn't end there.  People who support wars can be brought to believe that wars are good for their victims.  They think of each war as building better nations where it's fought, even though that's never actually happened.  They talk of humanitarian wars even though humanity suffers.  They imagine war is a solution to genocide, even though war kills more people and those people are just as disproportionately helpless innocents from one group in a war as in a genocide.

A recent U.S.-led war on Iraq destroyed that nation and killed some million people there, leaving behind chaos, violence, and environmental ruin; and war supporters think of Iraq as having benefitted.  Someone explain to me how that's not stupider than cleaning your loaded gun on Youtube or praying for god to make the other football team lose.  And it gets even stupider when you hear how Iraqis supposedly benefitted. They benefitted by being given freedom, because wars bring freedom, even though -- during the course of any war its supporters end up with fewer and fewer actual rights, due to restrictions justified by the war, even thought the war is justified by the cry of "freedom!"

How stupid can you get? War gets even stupider.  It is the leading destroyer of the natural environment, but environmental groups will hardly touch it because they wouldn't want their concern for the earth to interfere with their blind stupid loyalty to a tribe.  And human rights groups and civil liberties groups are the same way.  They want to have war without murder, torture, rape, or imprisonment -- but opposing war would be unacceptable.  Never mind that the atrocities increase in direct proportion to the war spending, they want to oppose only the atrocities.  The war spending that generates the wars is viewed almost universally as an insurance against wars.

In the U.S. there are those who will object to murdering a U.S. citizen with a missile from a drone -- and some will object even if the president does have a secret memo he won't show us but which he claims re-writes the law and makes murder legal.  Some will even object to murdering non-U.S. citizens with drones if they're civilians.  Some even extend their concern to militants suspected of fighting on the side in some local war opposed by the far-off and unthreatened United States.  And some, the true radicals, will object to all killing of human beings outside of a proper war zone.

But try pointing out to them that murdering people remains cruel and evil, immoral, impractical and counter-productive, and in violation of laws like the U.N. Charter and the Kellogg-Briand Pact regardless of where you declare there to be a "war zone," and you'll run head-first into the brick wall of the Stupidest Idea in the History of the World. 

That's a powerful force to challenge, but it can be challenged, and it can be brought down, brick by brick.

You can get involved at WarIsACrime.org

A Robin Hood Tax To Take Back Our Economy

Originally posted at PopularResistance.orgThe Robin Hood tax, a small tax of less than ½ of 1% on Wall Street transactions can generate hundreds of billions of dollars each year in the US alone. It is an idea whose impact can be felt globally as well. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President François Hollande reiterated their support for the tax, announcing that they’d like to see the tax implemented before European Parliament elections in late May. And it is not just Germany and France. Nine other countries are also on board. Notably absent from supporting the Robin Hood Tax are the United States and the UK.

Turkey News - Feb 25

 

In voice recordings Erdogan and his son Bilal allegedly discuss how to hide huge sums of cash, Turkish main opposition calls on PM to quit - Today's Zaman


AUDIO (Turkish): In new voice recordings Erdogan and his son Bilal allegedly discuss how to hide huge sums of cash - YouTube


Turkey's Erdogan says incriminating corruption tapes leaked onto Internet are fake - Fox News


VIDEO (Turkish): Abdüllatif Sener, Former Finance Minister and Deputy PM of Erdogan, confirm the authenticity of the recording - YouTube


Usama Qutb, pointman of US-designated terror financier Yasin al-Qadi, allegedly called Erdogan to report car accident - Today's Zaman


AUDIO (Turkish): Usama Qutb, pointman of US-designated terror financier Yasin al-Qadi, allegedly called Erdogan to report car accident - YouTube


Reports of widespread wiretapping make waves in Ankara, Thousands of people including PM Erdogan and national intelligence chief Hakan Fidan allegedely wiretapped for years by the police - hurriyetdailynews

 

Turkish government spokesperson describes wiretapping of officials as 'illegal’ - Anadolu Agency

 

Reports of en masse wiretappings denied by prosecutors - Today's Zaman

 

Gül says HSYK law violates 15 articles of Constitution - CİHAN

 

CHP to appeal laws on Internet and HSYK - Cihan News Agency

 

Parliament commission passes bill granting excessive power to Turkey's MIT intel body - hurriyetdailynews

 

CHP deputy Aksünger says PM uses MİT as his private intelligence agency - Today's Zaman, your gateway to Turkish daily news

 

Despite amendments, MIT intel bill worrisome, identical to regime change - Today's Zaman

 

First hearing of a trial of 29 Gezi protesters over messages they posted on Twitter - Today's Zaman

 

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The impact on communications will be disastrous: Comcast and Time-Warner Cable Play Real-Life Monopoly

By Alfredo Lopez


It might seem like a game of Monopoly played by real monopolies and, with a tired groan, one might be tempted to dismiss it as part of an ugly but irreversible trend. But the merger of cable-television mammoth Comcast with its runner-up competitor Time-Warner Cable [1] is a huge piece of news whose outcome, if it goes forward, will be crippling to communications in this country.

Inequality on Campus

As the United States begins to grapple with the issue of growing economic inequality, it should not ignore the widening income gap on American college campuses.

Some of the nation’s poorest people work at higher educational institutions, and many of them are members of the faculty.  Oh, yes, there are still faculty members who receive comfortable middle class salaries.  But most faculty do not.  These underpaid educators are adjunct faculty, who now comprise an estimated 74 percent of America’s college teachers.  Despite advanced degrees, scholarly research experience, and teaching credentials, they are employed at an average of $2,700 per course.  Even when they manage to cobble together enough courses to constitute a full-time teaching load, that usually adds up to roughly $20,000 per year -- an income that leaves many of them and their families officially classified as living in poverty.  Some apply for and receive food stamps.

Adjunct faculty face other job-related difficulties as well.  Lacking employment security of any kind, they can be hired to teach courses the day before classes begin -- or, for that matter, not hired at all.  They often receive no healthcare or other benefits, have no office space, mailboxes, or email addresses at colleges where they teach, and drive long distances between their jobs on different campuses.  As the impoverished migrant labor force of its day, this new faculty majority deserves its own Grapes of Wrath.

Talk Nation Radio: Jennifer Gibson: Drones Terrorize Populations, Victims Seek Justice at ICC

https://soundcloud.com/davidcnswanson/talk-nation-radio-jennifer

Jennifer Gibson, a U.S. lawyer, leads Reprieve’s drones work in Pakistan. Prior to joining Reprieve, Jennifer was at Stanford University, where she co-authored, Living Under Drones -- one of the most comprehensive accounts of the impact of drones in Pakistan to date.  She has brought drone victims to testify in Congress and to meet with members of various European parliaments, and recently to the International Criminal Court to file a complaint against the U.K., Germany, and Australia for their complicity in U.S drone murders. Learn more: http://Reprieve.org.uk

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Turkey News - Feb 24

 

In new leaks, gov't allegedly meddles in media, insults YÖK head - Today's Zaman


AUDIO: Erdoğan allegedly tells Ciner Media Group's deputy chairman Saraç to take a program on Show TV off the air mid-broadcast - YouTube


Ruling AK Party engineering media via advertisements, loans - Today's Zaman


AUDIO (Turkish): Varank 1 - In leaked voice recordings Mustafa Varank, an adviser to Erdoğan, allegedly meddles in media - YouTube

 

AUDIO (Turkish): Varank 2 - In leaked voice recordings Mustafa Varank, an adviser to Erdoğan, allegedly meddles in media - YouTube

 

AUDIO (Turkish): Varank 3 - In leaked voice recordings Mustafa Varank, an adviser to Erdoğan, allegedly meddles in media - YouTube

 

AUDIO (Turkish): Varank 4 - In leaked voice recordings Mustafa Varank, an adviser to Erdoğan, allegedly meddles in media - YouTube

 

AUDIO (Turkish): Varank 5 - In leaked voice recordings Mustafa Varank, an adviser to Erdoğan, allegedly meddles in media - YouTube

 

AUDIO (Turkish): Varank 6 - In leaked voice recordings Mustafa Varank, an adviser to Erdoğan, allegedly meddles in media - YouTube

 

AUDIO (Turkish): Varank 7 - In leaked voice recordings Mustafa Varank, an adviser to Erdoğan, allegedly meddles in media - YouTube

 

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Police put down protest against controversial Internet law in Istanbul - hurriyetdailynews.com


New Internet bill aims to cover up corruption allegations, say analysts - Today's Zaman


'Turkey's new Internet law is the first step toward surveillance society,' says cyberlaw expert - hurriyetdailynews.com


VIDEO: Police and protesters clash over new Turkish internet law - BBC

 

VIDEO: Police and protesters clash over new Turkish internet law - Euronews

 

VIDEO: Police and protesters clash over new Turkish internet law - RT

 

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Villas in İzmir's Urla constructed over last four years, undermining the prime minister's claim that the villas were built 35 years ago (PHOTO) - Today's Zaman


PHOTO: The Urla Villas - Google Search


AUDIO: The Urla Villas - YouTube


Taksim Solidarity Platform set to sue state over Gezi protest crackdowns - hurriyetdailynews.com

 

Erdogan tells Taksim Platform to know its place, dismisses demands - turkishpress.com

 

Interview with former AKP deputy İdris Bal (1) - Today's Zaman

 

Murky Turkish football politics mesh with massive graft scandal - hurriyetdailynews.com

 

Corruption cover-up may raise eyebrows in OECD, CoE - Airing News

 

EU expected to freeze Turkey’s application over Erdogan autocratic style - The Times

 

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Turkish gov't takes a step back on intel bill upon harsh criticism - hurriyetdailynews.com


Turkish opposition unsatisfied with changes to intelligence bill - Today's Zaman


Demirtaş: The BDP is opposed to the MIT draft bill - ANF

 

Turkey reveals scale of spying by agency, eavesdrops on almost 2,500 people, mostly foreigners - RT News

 

Foreign Ministry dismisses reports Taliban opened office in Turkey - hurriyetdailynews.com

 

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Redact This! An Interactive eBook: Artists Against Torture

Check out this video with Noam Chomsky and others.

If the Defense Department's Not Defensive, What Would Be?

Militarism has made us less safe, and continues to do so.  It is not a useful tool for protection. So, what is?

Studies over the past century have found that nonviolent tools are more effective in resisting tyranny and oppression and resolving conflicts and achieving security than violence is.

Wealthy militarist nations like the United States think of their militaries as global police, protecting the world. The world disagrees. By a large margin people all over the world consider the United States the greatest threat to peace.

The United States could easily make itself the most beloved nation on earth with much less expense and effort, by ceasing its "military aid" and providing a bit of non-military aid instead.

The momentum of the military-industrial complex works through the hammer-nail effect (if all you have is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail).  What’s needed is a combination of disarmament and investment in alternatives -- alternatives like diplomacy, arbitration, international law enforcement, cultural exchange, and cooperation with other countries and people.

The most heavily armed nations can help disarmament in three ways. First, disarm — partially or fully. Second, stop selling weapons to so many other countries that don’t manufacture them themselves. During the Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s, at least 50 corporations supplied weapons, at least 20 of them to both sides. Third, negotiate disarmament agreements with other countries and arrange for inspections that will verify disarmament by all parties.

The first step in handling crises is to stop creating them in the first place. Threats and sanctions and false accusations over a period of years can build momentum for war that is triggered by a relatively small act, even an accident.  By taking steps to avoid provoking crises, much effort can be saved.

When conflicts inevitably do arise, they can be better addressed if investments have been made in diplomacy and arbitration.

A fair and democratic international system of law is needed.  The United Nations needs to be reformed or replaced with an international body that forbids war and allows equal representation to every nation.  The same goes for the International Criminal Court.  The idea behind it is exactly right. But if it only prosecutes tactics, not the launching, of wars. And if it only prosecutes Africans, and only Africans not cooperating with the United States, then it weakens the rule of law rather than expanding it. 

Pakistani victims and family members who have charged the CIA with murder in their courts, and whose courts have declared U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan illegal, are charging the U.K., Germany, and Australia through the ICC with the crime of assisting in U.S. drone murders. But if the U.S. cannot be charged because it's not an ICC member, and if U.S. allies will end up walking free because the U.S. has a U.N. veto, justice is not being done -- the alternative of the rule of law to the rule of force is not really being tried.  Reform or replacement of our international bodies, not abandonment, is needed.

Here's a list of approaches that could move us in the right direction, from a movement working to advance them.

And here are a few specific projects:

Set up conversion commissions.

Get free money for transition.

Participate in the Global Day of Action on Military Spending.

Spring Days of Drone Action.

Support peace in Syria.

Oppose push for war on Iran.

I recently had the opportunity to speak about this movement at an event in Portland, Maine, where people turned out in the middle of a snow storm to discuss ending all war forever:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AevhD6JFDB0

You might find the next video more interesting, as it includes both me and Shenna Bellows answering questions about militarism and peace making.  Bellows is the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate challenging Republican incumbent Susan Collins:
 


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vfhMOGk-KMY#t=1072

Syria News - Feb 23

 

U.N. Orders Both Sides in Syria to Allow Humanitarian Aid - NYTimes.com


VIDEO: Syria UN Envoy Ja'afari on humanitarian resolution - YouTube


Syrian Coalition Welcomes UNSC Resolution on Humanitarian Aid - Syrian National Coalition


Syria: Local rebels willing to compromise but are ready for all scenarios - Al Akhbar English


Syria reconciliation, a complicated matter of forgiveness - en.alalam.ir


The Islamic Front threatens all who make a truce with Syrian Army - breakingnews.sy


VIDEO: Syrian army officers & FSA rebels eating together!!!!!!!!!!!! - LiveLeak.com


VIDEO: NDF woman with a FSA rebel in Babila - The video - LiveLeak.com


WFP Sends 39 Tons of Food to Qamishli - The Syrian Observer

 

Governor: 38 male Homs evacuees freed in Syria - Al Arabiya News

 

Syrian troops capture areas along Israeli Golan Heights - The Times of Israel

 

New Rebel Attack on the Aleppo Central Prison is Repulsed by the Syrian Arab Army - syrianfreepress

 

Bashar al- Assad supporters hold rally in Qamishlo - Kurdpress News Aganecy

 

VIDEO: Pro-Assad protest in Qamishli - Transnational Middle-East Observer

 

VIDEO: Syria’s Deputy Foreign Minister: President Assad's future 'not up for discussion’ - BBC News

 

Iran boosts military support in Syria to bolster Assad - Reuters

 

Why The Syrian Electronic Army Hacked Us: An Interview With The Attackers - Forbes

 

Syria submits new 100-day plan for removal of chemical weapons - Reuters

 

Chemical arms watchdog split on Syria delays - dailytimes.com.pk

 

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U.S., allies agree on standards for which opposition groups in Syria will receive aid - The Washington Post


Saudi Arabia is trying to ease differences on Syria with Washington, say diplomatic sources in the Gulf - Reuters


Suicide bomber kills three in e. Lebanon - THE DAILY STAR


Al-Nusra leader appoints Salafi sheikh to head Lebanon branch - en.alalam.ir


Syria says ready to help Lebanon fight terrorism - THE DAILY STAR


Turkmen leader: Syrian Turkmen threatened by ISIS forces - Anadolu Agency


ISIS confiscates arms from former allies - aranews.org

 

ISIS changes official weekend in Raqqa - THE DAILY STAR

 

Neglected Sex: The Jihadis’ Exclusion of Women From Jihad - Taylor & Francis Online

 

This Rebel Commander Is Fighting Islamic Extremists In Syria — Is It Enough To Get U.S. Support - buzzfeed.com

 

Will Selim Idriss’s Removal Further Fragment the Opposition? - Syria Deeply

 

VIDEO (Arabic): Idriss’s fiery statements to BBC - Twitter / joshua_landis

 

Salim Idriss may keep his post, opposition to avoid more escalations: source - ZAMAN ALWSL

 

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Nearly 30 Rebels Die as Kurds Take a Syrian Town - NYTimes.com


Syria's Kurds Struggle With Islamist Factions for Control of Oil - aina.org


ISIS linked Arab tribal fighters declare war on Kurdish YPG forces, north Syria - aranews.org


VIDEO: ISIS suicide car bomb attack against YPG - YouTube


Women join the Kurdish fight in Syria, They are third of the fighters - DW.DE


Reports of trafficking of Syrian Kurdish women are false - BAS NEWS

 

Kurds and Christians cooperate in parts of northern Syria - digitaljournal.com

 

European Christians fighting with Syria Kurdish factions - Al-Monitor

 

Syria: Has an Autonomous Kurdistan Been Established in the North? - EA WorldView

 

Syrian Kurdish Self-Rule Criticized By Many As UnrepresentativE - RUDAW

 

PYD should end rifts with other Kurdish forces to gain recognition: PUK Chairman - aranews.org

 

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Turkey News - Feb 22

 

Meeting behind closed doors exposed, attended by Erdogan, “Qaeda financier" Yasin al-Qadi and the MIT intelligence chief Hakan Fidan - Today's Zaman


PHOTOS: Erdogan, “Qaeda financier" Yasin al-Qadi and the MIT intelligence chief Hakan Fidan meet in Istanbul - sozcu.com.tr


US think tank report warns about terrorism finance in Turkey - CİHAN


FULL REPORT: Terrorism Finance in Turkey: A Growing Concern - defenddemocracy.org


Turkey becoming world’s leading terrorism finance hub - Washington Free Beacon


Why Is Turkey Harboring Terrorists? - NationalJournal.com

 

ARCHIVE: Turkey’s Double-Speak on Al-Qaeda - Commentary Magazine

 

ARCHIVE: Yasin al-Qadi and the Erdoğan family - Today's Zaman

 

ARCHIVE: Yasin al-Qadi escorted by Turkey PM's security detail, daily reports - Today's Zaman

 

ARCHIVE: Yasin al Qadi Designated By US As Al Qaeda Financier - The Global Muslim Brotherhood Daily Watch

 

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Daily claims Paris murder suspect has ties to MİT - CİHAN


Turkey Implicated in Paris Assassinations of Kurdish PKKs - clarionproject.org


Turkish intelligence MIT number in Omer Guney's telephone: Paris Kurd killings - ekurd


Turkey's embattled Erdoğan seeks wider powers for spy agency MIT- Today's Zaman


Opposition slams MİT bill - CİHAN


President Gül urged MIT chief not to accede prosecutor’s call for interrogation - hurriyetdailynews.com


Almost 1,000 officers removed from post in İzmir, Ankara - Today's Zaman

 

40 police chiefs reassigned in Tekirdağ province - CİHAN

 

Ankara court issues search warrant as under emergency rule - Today's Zaman

 

Prime Ministry asks president to purge 'parallel state' in his office - Today's Zaman

 

Turkish government refutes ‘purges,’ calls mass replacements ‘routine’ - hurriyetdailynews.com

 

Gov't criticized for allegedly forcing scientific researcher to alter report - CİHAN

 

Inspector candidate labeled 'red' by ministry confirms profiling reports - CİHAN

 

Recruiting based on 'color lists' breach of Constitution - Today's Zaman

 

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29 Gezi protesters face 3 years' imprisonment for Twitter messages - CİHAN


Protesters clash with İstanbul police, throw Molotov cocktails - CİHAN


In intercepted conversation TİB director informs PM's advisor regarding censorship, recording leaks - CİHAN


Turkey's main opposition CHP proposes immediate measures to restore Internet freedom - hurriyetdailynews.com


Journalist at daily Bugün is threatened - CİHAN

 

EU says concerns remain valid on freedom of expression in Turkey - Today's Zaman

 

Europe's Duff to Ankara: We have never been this close to suspending talks - Today's Zaman

 

Obama warns Erdoğan on rule of law, investment environment - Today's Zaman

 

New Calls For Obama To Confront Turkey: A Letter from 80 foreign policy figures  - The Daily Beast

 

IMF suggests Turkey tighten policy, warns of problems - Today's Zaman

 

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Protest When John Rizzo Interviewed at Fordham 2/15/2014

On January 30, war criminal John Rizzo spoke at Fordham University in an interview with the director of the University’s Center on National Security. War Criminals Watch organized a protest at the event. We distributed leaflets about Rizzo to the attendees who filled about two/thirds of the law school’s amphitheatre. Nick Mottern of kNOwdrones stood throughout the talk with a banner saying "No Drone Killing" along with three of us who had Rizzo war criminal posters held high. (Other sizes of the downloadable poster can be found here).

Why Do We Fear the Truth?

If we want to take appropriate action to fix something that is not working properly, then it is necessary to understand, precisely, the nature of the problem. Obviously, if our diagnosis is inaccurate, then the solution applied is unlikely to work. This principle of needing to understand a problem accurately before we can devise and implement an appropriate solution applies in all fields of human endeavour, whether it be a mechanical, scientific, health or environmental problem, or a conflict at any level of human relationships.

Operation Nazification

Annie Jacobsen's new book is called Operation Paperclip: The Secret Intelligence Program That Brought Nazi Scientists to America.  It isn't terribly secret anymore, of course, and it was never very intelligent.  Jacobsen has added some details, and the U.S. government is still hiding many more.  But the basic facts have been available; they're just left out of most U.S. history books, movies, and television programs.

After World War II, the U.S. military hired sixteen hundred former Nazi scientists and doctors, including some of Adolf Hitler's closest collaborators, including men responsible for murder, slavery, and human experimentation, including men convicted of war crimes, men acquitted of war crimes, and men who never stood trial.  Some of the Nazis tried at Nuremberg had already been working for the U.S. in either Germany or the U.S. prior to the trials.  Some were protected from their past by the U.S. government for years, as they lived and worked in Boston Harbor, Long Island, Maryland, Ohio, Texas, Alabama, and elsewhere, or were flown by the U.S. government to Argentina to protect them from prosecution.  Some trial transcripts were classified in their entirety to avoid exposing the pasts of important U.S. scientists. Some of the Nazis brought over were frauds who had passed themselves off as scientists, some of whom subsequently learned their fields while working for the U.S. military.

The U.S. occupiers of Germany after World War II declared that all military research in Germany was to cease, as part of the process of denazification.  Yet that research went on and expanded in secret, under U.S. authority, both in Germany and in the United States, as part of a process that it's possible to view as nazification.  Not only scientists were hired. Former Nazi spies, most of them former S.S., were hired by the U.S. in post-war Germany to spy on -- and torture -- Soviets. 

The U.S. military shifted in numerous ways when former Nazis were put into prominent positions. It was Nazi rocket scientists who proposed placing nuclear bombs on rockets and began developing the intercontinental ballistic missile.  It was Nazi engineers who had designed Hitler's bunker beneath Berlin, who now designed underground fortresses for the U.S. government in the Catoctin and Blue Ridge Mountains.  Known Nazi liars were employed by the U.S. military to draft classified intelligence briefs falsely hyping the Soviet menace. Nazi scientists developed U.S. chemical and biological weapons programs, bringing over their knowledge of tabun and sarin, not to mention thalidomide -- and their eagerness for human experimentation, which the U.S. military and the newly created CIA readily engaged in on a major scale.  Every bizarre and gruesome notion of how a person might be assassinated or an army immobilized was of interest to their research. New weapons were developed, including VX and Agent Orange.  A new drive to visit and weaponize outerspace was created, and former Nazis were put in charge of a new agency called NASA. 

Permanent war thinking, limitless war thinking, and creative war thinking in which science and technology overshadowed death and suffering, all went mainstream.  When a former Nazi spoke to a women's luncheon at the Rochester Junior Chamber of Commerce in 1953, the event's headline was "Buzz Bomb Mastermind to Address Jaycees Today."  That doesn't sound terribly odd to us, but might have shocked anyone living in the United States anytime prior to World War II.  Watch this Walt Disney television program featuring a former Nazi who worked slaves to death in a cave building rockets.  Before long, President Dwight Eisenhower would be lamenting that "the total influence -- economic, political, even spiritual -- is felt in every city, every State house, every office of the Federal government." Eisenhower was not referring to Nazism but to the power of the military-industrial complex.  Yet, when asked whom he had in mind in remarking in the same speech that "public policy could itself become the captive of a scientific-technological elite," Eisenhower named two scientists, one of them the former Nazi in the Disney video linked above.

The decision to inject 1,600 of Hitler's scientific-technological elite into the U.S. military was driven by fears of the USSR, both reasonable and the result of fraudulent fear mongering.  The decision evolved over time and was the product of many misguided minds. But the buck stopped with President Harry S Truman.  Henry Wallace, Truman's predecessor as vice-president who we like to imagine would have guided the world in a better direction than Truman did as president, actually pushed Truman to hire the Nazis as a jobs program.  It would be good for American industry, said our progressive hero.  Truman's subordinates debated, but Truman decided.  As bits of Operation Paperclip became known, the American Federation of Scientists, Albert Einstein, and others urged Truman to end it. Nuclear physicist Hans Bethe and his colleague Henri Sack asked Truman:

"Did the fact that the Germans might save the nation millions of dollars imply that permanent residence and citizenship could be bought? Could the United States count on [the German scientists] to work for peace when their indoctrinated hatred against the Russians might contribute to increase the divergence between the great powers? Had the war been fought to allow Nazi ideology to creep into our educational and scientific institutions by the back door? Do we want science at any price?"

In 1947 Operation Paperclip, still rather small, was in danger of being terminated. Instead, Truman transformed the U.S. military with the National Security Act, and created the best ally that Operation Paperclip could want: the CIA. Now the program took off, intentionally and willfully, with the full knowledge and understanding of the same U.S. President who had declared as a senator that if the Russians were winning the U.S. should help the Germans, and vice versa, to ensure that the most people possible died, the same president who viciously and pointlessly dropped two nuclear bombs on Japanese cities, the same president who brought us the war on Korea, the war without declaration, the secret wars, the permanent expanded empire of bases, the military secrecy in all matters, the imperial presidency, and the military-industrial complex.  The U.S. Chemical Warfare Service took up the study of German chemical weapons at the end of the war as a means to continue in existence.  George Merck both diagnosed biological weapons threats for the military and sold the military vaccines to handle them.  War was business and business was going to be good for a long time to come.

But how big a change did the United States go through after World War II, and how much of it can be credited to Operation Paperclip?  Isn't a government that would give immunity to both Nazi and Japanese war criminals in order to learn their criminal ways already in a bad place?  As one of the defendants argued in trial at Nuremberg, the U.S. had already engaged in its own experiments on humans using almost identical justifications to those offered by the Nazis.  If that defendant had been aware, he could have pointed out that the U.S. was in that very moment engaged in such experiments in Guatemala.  The Nazis had learned some of their eugenics and other nasty inclinations from Americans.  Some of the Paperclip scientists had worked in the U.S. before the war, as many Americans had worked in Germany.  These were not isolated worlds.

Looking beyond the secondary, scandalous, and sadistic crimes of war, what about the crime of war itself?  We picture the United States as less guilty because it maneuvered the Japanese into the first attack, and because it did prosecute some of the war's losers.  But an impartial trial would have prosecuted Americans too.  Bombs dropped on civilians killed and injured and destroyed more than any concentration camps -- camps that in Germany had been modeled in part after U.S. camps for native Americans.  Is it possible that Nazi scientists blended into the U.S. military so well because an institution that had already done what it had done to the Philippines was not in all that much need of nazification?

Yet, somehow, we think of the firebombing of Japanese cities and the complete leveling of German cities as less offensive that the hiring of Nazi scientists.  But what is it that offends us about Nazi scientists?  I don't think it should be that they engaged in mass-murder for the wrong side, an error balanced out in some minds but their later work for mass-murder by the right side.  And I don't think it should be entirely that they engaged in sick human experimentation and forced labor.  I do think those actions should offend us.  But so should the construction of rockets that take thousands of lives.  And it should offend us whomever it's done for.

It's curious to imagine a civilized society somewhere on earth some years from now. Would an immigrant with a past in the U.S. military be able to find a job? Would a review be needed? Had they tortured prisoners? Had they drone-struck children? Had they leveled houses or shot up civilians in any number of countries? Had they used cluster bombs? Depleted uranium? White phosphorous? Had they ever worked in the U.S. prison system? Immigrant detention system? Death row? How thorough a review would be needed? Would there be some level of just-following-orders behavior that would be deemed acceptable? Would it matter, not just what the person had done, but how they thought about the world?

Syria News - Feb 21

 

Syrian rebel command appears split by ouster of senior military leader Idris - The Washington Post


Syrian rebels call commander's sacking a coup - ZAMAN ALWSL 


Text and signatories of statement by 16 commanders rejecting the Syrian National Coalition' dismissal of Chief of Staff Idris (VIDEO) - EA WorldView


Interview: Idris ally says SMC ‘wants to direct the revolution from abroad’ - Syria Direct


Colonel Saadedine says Idriss' removal was related to the storming of the FSA headquarters by the Islamic Front - The Syrian Observer

 

Report: The Syrian National Coalition formally severes ties with the National Council - ADN.com

 

Opposition official says National Council still key Coalition component despite quitting claims - ZAMAN ALWSL

 

Regional spymasters make tactical changes to bolster Syrian moderates - The Washington Post

 

Saudi Arabia Replaces Key Official in Effort to Arm Syria Rebels - WSJ.com

 

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Syria brokering local cease-fires as U.S.-backed talks falter - The Washington Post


UN resumes aid to Yarmuk refugee camp in Damascus - AFP


Crowds rush UNRWA food deliveries in Yarmouk as Nusra withdraws - MiamiHerald.com


700 people evacuated from Yarmouk camp in Syria on humanitarian grounds - KUNA


Governor: More civilians evacuated from Syria’s Homs - Al Arabiya News


UN engages Syria terror group to enable aid - Washtington Post

 

ISIS jihadists raise rebel banner in truce suburb of Babbila - THE DAILY STAR

 

Note: ISIS members who entered Babbila to burn the Syrian flag after the truce are now gone, and they went back to Yalda - inagist.com

 

PHOTOS: ISIS jihadists raise rebel banner and burn the Syrian flag in truce suburb of Babbila - LiveLeak.com

 

Rebels' grip on border region weakens under Syrian Army assault - CSMonitor.com

 

Syria rebels battle to prevent regime seizing strategic town - THE DAILY STAR

 

Ban Ki-moon to push ahead with Syria peace talks - Al Arabiya News

 

Looking for Syria options U.S. remains cool to using force, has not given up on a diplomatic solution - Reuters

 

Exclusive: Obama Admin Stiffs Chemical Survivors on New Claim - The Daily Beast

 

Russia’s Lavrov Warns Against Military Intervention in Syria - RIA Novosti

 

Russia to Strengthen Mediterranean Force With ‘Stealth’ Subs - RIA Novosti

 

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Five dead in alleged ISIS car bomb at Turkey-Syria border post - AFP


Al Qaeda-linked group claims Beirut bombings - Reuters


Smuggled video testimony documents harsh rule of Syrian Islamist group ISIS in Raqqa (VIDEO) - theguardian.com


VIDEO: ISIS massacres in Hreitan, pulling people from mass graves, horrific - Twitter / joshua_landis


PHOTOS: New Photo In Memory for the 42 Civilans killed by jihadists in Maan - LiveLeak.com


VIDEO: Daraa man murdered before & after his execution by Salafascist gangsters - LiveLeak.com


Islamists order women to don veil in eastern Syria - ZAMAN ALWSL

 

Armed group defects from ISIL in Al-Raqqa - Syria Newsdesk

 

Al-Qaeda-linked group exploits ISIS decline in Aleppo - Al-Monitor

 

Jihadists in Syria wrangle over money, power and oil - Al-Shorfa

 

Jabhat al-Nusra tries to create unified council in Syria - Al-Monitor

 

Belgium’s Syria fighters – A Statistic Analysis - pietervanostaeyen

 

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Turkey News - Feb 20

Ukraine Clashes Fueled By U.S. Meddling as Manifest Destiny’s Child Strikes Again

Originally posted at PopularResistance.org

The violent clashes unfolding in Kiev are directly linked to policy decisions and money flow from Washington DC. Just as the genocide of Native Americans to make way for the U.S. colonies and our expansion westward were justified by the concept of Manifest Destiny, the fires of the tinderbox that is Kiev right now are being fanned by a subtler if just as dangerous iteration of Manifest Destiny, our blowback inducing homicidal bull in a geopolitical, cultural, and religious china shop - Manifest Destiny’s Child: Neoliberalism’s front line warrior.

As Paul Craig Roberts writes in an article published on his website and PopularResistance.org:

ALEC's Fracking Chemical Disclosure Bill Moving Through Florida Legislature

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog

The American Legislative Exchange Council's (ALEC) model bill for disclosure of chemicals injected into the ground during the controversial hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") process is back for a sequel in the Sunshine State legislature.

Aleppo, Yabrud, and the end of the war on Syria

The Syrian Arab Army may be on the verge of another set of victories that go far beyond those gained in the summer of 2013 when the Syrian army and Hezbollah took the rebel held city of Qusayr.   The hotly contested battles rage in the major city of Aleppo and the much smaller mountain city of Yabrud. Major gains in either locale would be significant.  Victories in both would raise questions about the various rebel factions and their ability to continue contesting for control of the country.  (Image: Michael Swan)

Syria's commercial center and largest city, Aleppo, was divided at the start of the Syrian conflict in July 2012.  The government lost control of half of the metropolitan area, key towns surrounding the city, and the international airport.

The situation has changed substantially since October 2013.   The Syrian army captured key towns in the countryside surrounding Aleppo, a critical army base, the international airport, and scores of smaller villages.   Government forces continue to take key locations in preparation for a final push to retake the city.  The tactics on both sides are brutal.  Syrian forces drop barrel bombs on Aleppo's rebel strongholds.  Rebels recently executed twenty-one Syrian government sympathizers.   

Syria News - Feb 19

 

Syria army, rebels agree new Damascus area truce - THE DAILY STAR


A moment of peace in Syria's devastating conflict, The residents we met with were overjoyed with the ceasefire: Correspondent (PHOTOS) - AFP


Trading laughter instead of bullets: Amazing photos of Syrian soldiers and rebels SHAKING HANDS could signal the beginning of the end (PHOTOS) - dailymail


Syria's warring parties share ire over jovial photos of local truce - Reuters


VIDEO: The Babbila truce 1 - YouTube


VIDEO: The Babbila truce 2 - YouTube


VIDEO: The Babbila truce 3 - YouTube


VIDEO: Another truce: Rebels in Asali hand over their heavy weapons - YouTube

 

VIDEO: Assad forces gain momentum in Syria - CNN

 

VIDEO: Switching sides in Syria's civil war - CNN

 

Syria drives rebels from Maan, site of alleged killings - The Washington Post

 

Assad's forces kill top rebel commander in Al Zara, Homs - ZAMAN ALWSL #syria

 

Syrian regime flags spotted on several Al-Raqqa buildings - Syria Newsdesk

 

AFP: Syria rebels say planning Damascus spring offensive - AFP

 

U.S. opposes supply of shoulder-fired missiles to Syria rebels - Reuters

 

Syrian Coalition Happy with FSA Chief of Staff Appointment of Brigadier General Bashir - Syrian National Coalition

 

VIDEO: Official statement from SMC declares Idriss & deputy fired, appoints Bashir as new leader & Heitham Afeisi as deputy - YouTube

 

VIDEO (Arabic): The new Leader of FSA - YouTube

 

Salim Idriss supporters reject his dismissal: statement - ZAMAN ALWSL

 

Idriss Ousting Remains Opaque - The Syrian Observer

 

Whatever happened to the Western supplies stolen in Syria? - Threat Matrix

 

Syria boy pictured alone was actually crossing border with family - Telegraph

 

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CNN Exclusive: Syrian town describes atrocities committed by ISIS (VIDEO) - CNN.com


CNN Exclusive: Video documenting interrogations and executions conducted by ISIS (VIDEO) - CNN.com


Al Qaeda splinter group ISIS tortured to death Suqour Al Sham commander in Al Shaer, Homs - ZAMAN ALWSL


ISIS embarks on arrest campaigns in Tal Abyad - Syria Newsdesk


ISIS forcing Raqqa women to wed its fighters, say activists - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT

 

VIDEO: This large convoy very strongly suggests ISIS intends to retake lost territory & influence in Deir ez Zour - Twitter / Charles_Lister

 

Lebanon issues arrest warrants against ISIS suspects - THE DAILY STAR

 

Syria: A Brief Guide To Chechen & North Caucasian Factions In Syria - EA WorldView

 

The New Generation of Jordanian Jihadi Fighters - ceip.org

 

The Saudi Arabia and Kuwait “Outposts Project”: Al-Qaeda and Its Affiliates - INSS Insight

 

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Iraqi Kurdish government snubs Kurdish group PYD, rejects the recently announced Kurdish administration in Syria - Al-Monitor


Syrian Kurdish Finance Minister Interviewed - Transnational Middle-East Observer


How the Kurdish PYD Operates Its Own Autonomous Government - Syria Deeply


Peace, equality and self-determination: The Kurds take the lead in proposing a new way for Syria - Support Kurds in Syria


Kurds are now shaping the Middle East - Dicle News Agency

 

YPG captures village of Jez'a close to Iraqi border after violent clashes took place against ISIS, Nusra and Ahrar - Transnational Middle-East Observer

 

YPG fighters clash with ISIS near Raqqa - aranews.org

 

Kurdish YPG forces capture 30 ISIS militants in operations - ekurd

 

VIDEO: Kurdish YPG forces capture 30 ISIS militants in operations - LiveLeak.com

 

ISIS fighters behead four Syrian Kurds - aranews.org

 

VIDEO: ISIS statement against 'PKK' in Tal Hamis - Transnational Middle-East Observer

 

Syrian Kurds Recruit Regime Loyalists to Fight Jihadists - aina.org

 

Gang members captured by Kurdish YPG forces admit there are camps in Turkey - ekurd

 

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Tim DeChristopher Interview - Climate Change is The Context of Our Times

Originally posted at PopularResistance.org

http://youtu.be/Tqwd9hZ8n6A

An Interview with Tim DeChristopher, the founder of Peaceful Uprising who is widely known known for one of the more creative acts of non violent insurrection and civil disobedience in recent memory when he disrupted a government oil and gas lease auction in order to protect fragile land in southern Utah from long term damage. That story became the subject of the documentary Bidder 70, and that act resulted in DeChrispher spending 21 months in federal custody.

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