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Ignoring injustice: Philly Black Officials Silent On Police Brutality

By Linn Washington, Jr.


Philadelphia -- Back in 1978, a respected newspaper columnist in in this city blasted local black elected officials for their failure to criticize police brutality – the scourge that ravaged blacks for decades, often with the sanction of white elected officials like then Philadelphia Mayor Frank Rizzo, a former city police commissioner.

Top Six Reasons to Stop Fighting Wars

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1. War is immoral.

Murder is the one crime that we're taught to excuse if it's done on a large enough scale. Morality demands that we not so excuse it. War is nothing other than murder on a large scale.

Over the centuries and decades, death counts in wars have grown dramatically, shifted heavily onto civilians rather than combatants, and been overtaken by injury counts as even greater numbers have been injured but medicine has allowed them to survive.

Deaths are now due primarily to violence rather than to disease, formerly the biggest killer in wars.

Death and injury counts have also shifted very heavily toward one side in each war, rather than being evenly divided between two parties. Those traumatized, rendered homeless, and otherwise damaged far outnumber the injured and the dead.

The idea of a "good war" or a "just war" sounds obscene when one looks honestly at independent reporting on wars.

When we say that war goes back 10,000 years it’s not clear that we’re talking about a single thing, as opposed to two or more different things going by the same name. Picture a family in Yemen or Pakistan living under a constant buzz produced by a drone overhead. One day their home and everyone in it is shattered by a missile. Were they at war? Where was the battlefield? Where were their weapons? Who declared the war? What was contested in the war? How would it end?

Is it not perhaps the case that we have already ended war and now must end something else as well (a name for it might be: the hunting of humans)?

If we can change our manner of killing foreigners to render it almost unrecognizable, who’s to say we can’t eliminate the practice altogether?

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2. War endangers us.

There are more effective tools than war for protection.

tankWar planning leads to wars.

In arming, many factors must be considered: weapon-related accidents, malicious testing on human beings, theft, sales to allies who become enemies, and the distraction from efforts to reduce the causes of terrorism and war must all be taken into account. So, of course, must the tendency to use weapons once you have them.  And a nation’s stockpiling of weapons for war puts pressure on other nations to do the same. Even a nation that intends to fight only in defense, may understand “defense” to be the ability to retaliate against other nations. This makes it necessary to create the weaponry and strategies for aggressive war. When you put a lot of people to work planning something, when that project is in fact your largest public investment and proudest cause, it can be difficult to keep those people from finding opportunities to execute their plans. Read more.

War making provokes danger.

While the best defense in many sports may be a good offense, an offense in war is not defensive, not when it generates hatred, resentment, and blowback, not when the alternative is no war at all. Through the course of the so-called global war on terrorism, terrorism has been on the rise. This was predictable and predicted. The wars on Iraq and Afghanistan, and the abuses of prisoners during them, became major recruiting tools for anti-U.S. terrorism. In 2006, U.S. intelligence agencies produced a National Intelligence Estimate that reached just that conclusion.  Read More.

War's weapons risk intentional or accidental apocalypse.

We can either eliminate all nuclear weapons or we can watch them proliferate. There's no middle way. We can either have no nuclear weapons states, or we can have many.
As long as some states have nuclear weapons others will desire them, and the more that have them the more easily they will spread to others still. If nuclear weapons continue to exist, there will very likely be a nuclear catastrophe, and the more the weapons have proliferated, the sooner it will come. Hundreds of incidents have nearly destroyed our world through accident, confusion, misunderstanding, and extremely irrational machismo. And possessing nuclear weapons does absolutely nothing to keep us safe, so that there is really no trade-off involved in eliminating them. They do not deter terrorist attacks by non-state actors in any way. Nor do they add an iota to a military's ability to deter nations from attacking, given the United States' ability to destroy anything anywhere at any time with non-nuclear weapons. The United States, the Soviet Union, the United Kingdom, France, and China have all lost wars against non-nuclear powers while possessing nukes.

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3. War threatens our environment.

oiljetsA major motivation behind some wars is the desire to control resources that poison the earth, especially oil and gas.

Oil can be leaked or burned off, as in the Gulf War, but primarily it is put to use in all kinds of machines polluting the earth’s atmosphere, placing us all at risk. Some associate the consumption of oil with the supposed glory and heroism of war, so that renewable energies that do not risk global catastrophe are viewed as cowardly and unpatriotic ways to fuel our machines.

The interplay of war with oil goes beyond that, however. The wars themselves, whether or not fought for oil, consume huge quantities of it. The world’s top consumer of oil, in fact, is the U.S. military. Not only do we fight wars in areas of the globe that happen to be rich in oil; we also burn more oil fighting those wars than we do in any other activity. Author Ted Rall writes:

“The U.S. Department of [War] is the world’s worst polluter, belching, dumping, and spilling more pesticides, defoliants, solvents, petroleum, lead, mercury, and depleted uranium than the five biggest American chemical corporations combined. According to Steve Kretzmann, director of Oil Change International, 60 percent of the world’s carbon dioxide emissions between 2003 and 2007 originated in U.S.-occupied Iraq, due to the enormous amount of oil and gas required to maintain hundreds of thousands of American military forces and private contractors, not to mention the toxins released by fighter jets, drone planes, and the missiles and other ordnance they fire at Iraqis.”

The U.S. military burns through about 340,000 barrels of oil each day. If the Pentagon were a country, it would rank 38th out of 196 in oil consumption.

The environment as we know it will not survive nuclear war. It also may not survive “conventional” war, understood to mean the sorts of wars now waged. Intense damage has already been done by wars and by the research, testing, and production done in preparation for wars.

Wars in recent years have rendered large areas uninhabitable and generated tens of millions of refugees. War “rivals infectious disease as a global cause of morbidity and mortality,” according to Jennifer Leaning of Harvard Medical School.

Perhaps the most deadly weapons left behind by wars are land mines and cluster bombs. Tens of millions of them are estimated to be lying around on the earth, oblivious to any announcements that peace has been declared. Most of their victims are civilians, a large percentage of them children.

The Soviet and U.S. occupations of Afghanistan have destroyed or damaged thousands of villages and sources of water. The Taliban has illegally traded timber to Pakistan, resulting in significant deforestation. U.S. bombs and refugees in need of firewood have added to the damage. Afghanistan’s forests are almost gone. Most of the migratory birds that used to pass through Afghanistan no longer do so. Its air and water have been poisoned with explosives and rocket propellants.

If militaries were made green in terms of their operations, they would lose one of their main reasons for war.  (Nobody can own the sun or the wind.)  And we would still have a long list of ... More reasons to end war.

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4. War erodes our liberties.

policeWe're often told that wars are fought for "freedom." But when a wealthy nation fights a war against a poor (if often resource-rich) nation halfway around the globe, among the goals is not actually to prevent that poor nation from taking over the wealthy one, after which it might restrict people's rights and liberties. The fears used to build support for the wars don't involve such an incredible scenario at all; rather the threat is depicted as one to safety, not liberty.

In close proportion to levels of military spending, liberties are restricted in the name of war -- even while wars may simultaneously be waged in the name of liberty.  We try to resist the erosion of liberties, the warrantless surveillance, the drones in the skies, the lawless imprisonment, the torture, the assassinations, the denial of a lawyer, the denial of access to information on the government, etc.  But these are symptoms.  The disease is war and the preparation for war.

It is the idea of the enemy that allows government secrecy.

The nature of war, as fought between valued and devalued people, facilitates the erosion of liberties in another way, in addition to the fear for safety.  That is, it allows liberties to first be taken away from devalued people.  But the programs developed to accomplish that are later predictably expanded to include valued people as well.

Militarism erodes not just particular rights but the very basis of self-governance. It privatizes public goods, it corrupts public servants, it creates momentum for war by making people's careers dependent on it.

One way in which war erodes public trust and morals is by its predictable generation of public lies.

Also eroded, of course, is the very idea of the rule of law -- replaced with the practice of might-makes-right.

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5. War impoverishes us.

sadDirect Expenses:

War has a huge direct financial cost, the vast majority of which is in funds spent on the preparation for war — or what's thought of as ordinary, non-war military spending. Very roughly, the world spends $2 trillion every year on militarism, of which the United States spends about half, or $1 trillion. This U.S. spending also accounts for roughly half of the U.S. government's discretionary budget each year and is distributed through several departments and agencies. Much of the rest of world spending is by members of NATO and other allies of the United States, although China ranks second in the world.

Indirect Expenses:

Wars can cost even an aggressor nation that fights wars far from its shores twise as much in indirect expenses as in direct expenditures.

The costs to the aggressor, enormous as they are, can be small in comparison to those of the nation attacked.

War Spending Drains an Economy:

It is common to think that, because many people have jobs in the war industry, spending on war and preparations for war benefits an economy. In reality, spending those same dollars on peaceful industries, on education, on infrastructure, or even on tax cuts for working people would produce more jobs and in most cases better paying jobs -- with enough savings to help everyone make the transition from war work to peace work.

War Spending Increases Inequality:

Military spending diverts public funds into increasingly privatized industries through the least accountable public enterprise and one that is hugely profitable for the owners and directors of the corporations involved.

War Spending Is Unsustainable, As Is Exploitation it Facilitates:

While war impoverishes the war making nation, can it nonetheless enrich that nation more substantially by facilitating the exploitation of other nations? Not in a manner that can be sustained.

Green energy and infrastructure would surpass their advocates' wildest fantasies if the funds now invested in war were transferred there.

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6. We need $2 trillion/year for other things.

aidIt would cost about $30 billion per year to end starvation and hunger around the world.  That sounds like a lot of money to you or me.  But if we had $2 trillion it wouldn't.  And we do.

It would cost about $11 billion per year to provide the world with clean water.  Again, that sounds like a lot. Let's round up to $50 billion per year to provide the world with both food and water. Who has that kind of money? We do.

Of course, we in the wealthier parts of the world don't share the money, even among ourselves. Those in need of aid are right here as well as far away.

But imagine if one of the wealthy nations, the United States for example, were to put $500 billion into its own education (meaning "college debt" can begin the process of coming to sound as backward as "human sacrifice"), housing (meaning no more people without homes), infrastructure, and sustainable green energy and agricultural practices.  What if, instead of leading the destruction of the natural environment, this country were catching up and helping to lead in the other direction?

The potential of green energy would suddenly skyrocket with that sort of unimaginable investment, and the same investment again, year after year. But where would the money come from? $500 billion? Well, if $1 trillion fell from the sky on an annual basis, half of it would still be left. After $50 billion to provide the world with food and water, what if another $450 billion went into providing the world with green energy and infrastructure, topsoil preservation, environmental protection, schools, medicine, programs of cultural exchange, and the study of peace and of nonviolent action?

U.S. foreign aid right now is about $23 billion a year.  Taking it up to $100 billion -- never mind $523 billion! -- would have a number of interesting impacts, including the saving of a great many lives and the prevention of a tremendous amount of suffering.  It would also, if one other factor were added, make the nation that did it the most beloved nation on earth.  A recent poll of 65 nations found that the United States is far and away the most feared country, the country considered the largest threat to peace in the world.  Were the United States responsible for providing schools and medicine and solar panels, the idea of anti-American terrorist groups would be as laughable as anti-Switzerland or anti-Canada terrorist groups, but only if one other factor were added -- only if the $1 trillion came from where it really ought to come from.

Some U.S. states are setting up commissions to work on the transition from war to peace insustries.

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Syria News - Feb 17

 

Saudis Agree to Provide Syrian Rebels With Mobile Antiaircraft Missiles, U.S. Also Giving Fighters Millions of Dollars for Salaries - WSJ


Free Syrian Army fires commander many considered ineffective - latimes.com


MAP: Syria military situation with control areas - imgur


Syrian Rebels' Southern Spring Offensive - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace


Southern Comfort: As Geneva II falters, the United States is providing modest support to rebels in southern Syria - NOW


US and Gulf Arabs seem to bet on the “Southern Front” led by Bashar al-Zoubi and the "Syria Revolutionaries’ Front" led by Jamaal Maarouf - joshualandis.com


Bashar al-Zoubi, the biography of an FSA leader - The Arab Chronicle


VIDEO (Arabic): Interview with Bashar Al-Zoubi - LiveLeak.com

 

Special Report On The Yabrud Offensive - Brown Moses Blog

 

Thousands flee Syrian rebel-held town as 'major assault' looms - BuenosAiresHerald.com

 

Exclusive: Al-Qalamoun Battle in Final Days - islamicinvitationturkey.com

 

Yabroud battle: the Army paralyzes supplying the insurgents through blocking the crossings - breakingnews.sy

 

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Al Qaeda splinter group ISIS executes 21 near Aleppo and Azaz, including fighters from rival rebel groups and their relatives: report - Reuters


VIDEO: ISIS terrorists execute 13 civilians near Aleppo - LiveLeak.com


VIDEO: Horrific images from Aleppo - New ISIS mass grave discovered - LiveLeak.com


Inter-Rebel Fighting Enters a New Phase as Salafists Declare Open War on ISIS - Syria Comment


VIDEO (Arabic): Jamal Maarouf, admitting 1100 killed +1650 injured fighters sofar in rebel infighting - LiveLeak.com


FSA, ISIS clash in Al-Raqqa city - Syria Newsdesk

 

Violent explosions rock ISIS's stronghold east Syria as infighting continues - ZAMAN ALWSL

 

VIDEO: ISIS Convoy Headed By Umar Shishani Arrives In Azaz - EA WorldView

 

VİDEO: New videos of Azerbaijanis fighting in Syria - APA

 

Are Syria charities a front for Jihadists? Fears convoys in the country are being used to help militants after thousands in cash is seized - Mail Online

 

VIDEO: Syria rebels explode mines in tunnel under Aleppo hotel - ZAMAN ALWSL

 

Jihadists release video of British suicide bomber in the failed Aleppo prison attack - The Long War Journal

 

VIDEO: Video shows British Syria suicide bomber in the failed Aleppo prison attack - BBC News

 

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Obama to offer Saudi Arabia coordination on Syria policy - JPost 


Kerry Says Syrian Regime Obstructed Peace Talks - Bloomberg


Statement by Secretary Kerry on the Geneva Conference and Situation in Syria - US Mission Geneva


VIDEO: Syria UN Envoy Bashar al-Jaafari: Terrorism must be fully addressed before talking about a transitional government - YouTube


Hezbollah says will quit Syria if Arabs stop meddling - Reuters

 

Evacuation of Syria's Homs halts, governor blames 'armed groups' - THE DAILY STAR

 

Homs rebel puts fate in Syrian government hands - Reuters

 

At Homs Evacuation, Syrian Rebels And Soldiers Come Warily Together - ibtimes.com

 

Rebels have left Syria's Yarmuk: Palestinian official - Yahoo News

 

Oil extraction in Syria declines by 96 percent since beginning of conflict - The Voice of Russia

 

Syrian Electronic Army hacks into Forbes.com - usatoday.com

 

VIDEO: Syrian Electronic Army Hacks Forbes, Steals 1 Million User Accounts - TeleManagement

 

Syria’s Jihadist Twitter Wars - The Daily Beast

 

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A man of many convictions: The Shape-Shifting Secretary of State John Kerry

By Dave Lindorff

 

US Secretary of State John Kerry is a man of many convictions--many of them in open conflict with one another. 

Recall that back in 2004, while trying to unseat President George W. Bush, he famously told students at Marshall University who wanted to know his stand on the US invasion of Iraq, that he “actually did vote for” a bill funding the war “before I voted against it.”

The Story of My Arrest at David Petraeus' Speaking Engagement

By  Deb Vanpoolen 

The Essential Facts:

As I sat in that room, I decided my action would be designed to send a fissure through David Petraeus’ edifice of lies with the intent to reach someone with the truth who desperately needed to hear it like I once did.

February and March 2014 War Criminals Appearances

Check out the February and March 2014 War Criminals appearances/protests to see if any of them will be in your area. Join a protest or start one.  On our website you will find posters and leaflets for your event. If you like, we will assist you in organizing and getting the word out for your event.

Turkey News - Feb 15

 

Turkish PM's son Bilal Erdoğan testifies in graft probe - hurriyetdailynews.com


Audio tape reveals transfer of the Police Academy's land to Bilal Erdogan was negotiated by PM’s Undersecretary who is now Minister of the Interior - ufilter


AUDIO (Turkish) : Audio tape reveals transfer of the Police Academy's land to Bilal Erdogan - Youtube


Pictures show Topbaş's defense may be false - CİHAN


PHOTOS: Pictures show Topbaş's defense may be false - t24.com.tr


Six suspects, including Halkbank's ex-general manager, released in Turkey's massive graft probe - hurriyetdailynews.com

 

Former CHP leader criticizes delay in motions against ministers - Today's Zaman

 

Purges continue with over 70 reassignments - CİHAN

 

Turkey removes 27 police chiefs - Worldbulletin News

 

900 AK Party members resign in Ankara - CİHAN

 

Ocalan: Greater Democracy is the Solution for Turkey’s Kurdish - Rudaw

 

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Court orders press ban regarding probe into suspicious trucks which were allegedly carrying weapons and ammunition to Syrian rebels - Today's Zaman


Report: Syria Most Deadly For Journalists, While Turkey No. 1 Jailer - rferl.org


Images of Turkish Reporter Felled by Police Water Cannon Stir Anger Online (VIDEO)- NYTimes.com


PHOTO: Turkey Reporter Hit With Water Cannon - Business Insider


PM also slammed me for my questions on Uludere, says journalist - CİHAN

 

Government interference in media revealed in book of former editor-in-chief - Today's Zaman

 

Social media becomes new venue for corruption revelations - CİHAN

 

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New weekly ThisCantBeHappening! radio show Climate change: Washington and the Oil Companies Know but Won’t Act to Stop It

ThisCantBeHappening! has a new radio program of the same name. TCBH founder Dave Lindotff  will be hosting the show every Wednesday at 5 pm Eastern Time on theProgressive Radio Network.

Syria News - Feb 14

 

U.S., Russia pledge to unblock Syria talks, Brahimi says - Reuters


VIDEO: Lakhdar Brahimi, Press Conference (Geneva, 13 Februrary 2014) English - YouTube


Opposition plan for post-war Syria ignores Assad - Reuters


FULL TEXT: Syrian opposition issues “Statement of Basic Principles” at Geneva talks - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT


Syrian Coalition: We Seek To Eliminate the Terror of the Assad Regime - Syrian National Coalition


Syrian Coalition: Regime’s claims about Alleged Massacre in Maan are False - Syrian National Coalition


VIDEO: Rebel: No “Massacre” By Insurgents in Maan in Hama Province - EA WorldView

 

What Happened in Maan, the Two Massacres (PHOTOS) - SyriaNews

 

VIDEO: Report about the Islamic Terrorist Massacre on Civilans in al Maan - LiveLeak.com

 

Russian Resolution Focuses on Fighting Terrorism in Syria – Minister - RIA Novosti

 

Syria's warring sides agree to extend cease-fire in Old City of Homs - latimes.com

 

Homs governor says detained evacuees to be freed - AFP

 

Some almost good news from Yarmouk: UNRWA says deal in works to allow aid access - MiamiHerald.com

 

Non-Palestinian fighters leave Yarmouk camp - Worldbulletin News

 

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VIDEO: Takfiri terrorists strangulate Syrian girl in public - PressTV


ISIS Sharia Court Orders Syrian Girl Stoned to Death in Raqqa for Facebook Account - FrontPage Magazine


PHOTO: ISIS Sharia Court Orders Syrian Girl Stoned to Death in Raqqa for Facebook Account - Google Search


Exclusive: Top ISIS leaders revealed (PHOTOS) - Al Arabiya News


ISIS losing ground in Syria to Jabhat al-Nusra - Al-Monitor

 

New rebel group wages war on ISIS in Latakia countryside - ZAMAN ALWSL

 

Child soldiers: victims of an expanding practice by al-Qaeda affiliates in Syria - Al-Shorfa

 

The destruction of the idols: Syria’s patrimony at risk from extremists - The Independent

 

Escaped Inmates From Iraq Fuel Syrian Insurgency - NYTimes.com

 

In Syria, Western Fundamentalists Are Tweeting From Amongst the Corpses - Newsweek

 

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Battle for Qalamoun reignites in strategic town of Yabroud - Syria Direct


Syrian planes pound rebel-held Yabroud - THE DAILY STAR


Special Report On Hezbollah's Role In The Yabrud Offensive - Brown Moses Blog


Opposition spokesman: 'FSA on home turf' in Yabroud - Syria Direct


When the battle in the city of Yabroud ends, political discourse in Syria, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and Iran will hit a new milestone - Al Akhbar English


Syrian Opposition Militants Holed Up in Krak des Chevaliers “Waiting for their Turn” - Al Akhbar English

 

49 FSA rebel groups unite in one entity in south Syria - ZAMAN ALWSL 

 

Al-Qaeda offshoot releases video of Iran embassy bombing, warns of more attacks to come - THE DAILY STAR

 

VIDEO: Abdullah Azzam Brigades publish new video of Iranian embassy attack - NOW

 

Lebanese army seizes top al Qaeda-linked militant - ZAMAN ALWSL

 

Lebanese Sunnis fighting 'holy war' in Syria - Al Jazeera English

 

To protect Shiites, Hezbollah imposes its own checkpoints in Lebanon - CSMonitor.com

 

What's wrong with this conflict map of Syria? - Threat Matrix

 

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Jailed, 79 year old Irish Peace Activist: ‘STOP DEFENDING THE INDEFENSIBLE’

this is a press release by Shannonwatch and was posted on www.News-Beacon-Ireland.info


 


Imprisoned peace activist Margaretta D’Arcy has reiterated her assertion that Shannon Airport’s runway is being used improperly for the purposes of war, and has called on the Minister for Defence Alan Shatter to stop defending the indefensible military use of the airport. Speaking to John Lannon and Edward Horgan of Shannonwatch this Monday, she said that the State has a responsibility to ensure the proper use of the airport and to protect it against security threats.

Turkey News - Feb 13

 

VIDEO (don't be misled by the wrong title): Talk to Al Jazeera - Erdogan Interview - YouTube


Cash found in shoeboxes at Halkbank ex-manager’s home not bank’s money: Turkish PM - hurriyetdailynews.com


Erdogan Defends New Internet Curbs as Way to Stop 'Cyber Bullies' - Naharnet


Turkish PM acknowledges phone call to media executive - hurriyetdailynews.com


Erdoğan's dismissal of questions not enough to refute probe claims - Airing News


CHP leader: Major tenders distributed by Erdoğan and Yıldırım - CİHAN

 

Gov't keeps playing deaf as Urla villa scandal deepens - CİHAN

 

Topbaş claims no misdeed in Urla villas - CİHAN

 

Two prominent businessmen testify as part of graft probes - hurriyetdailynews.com

 

Turkey vows to go ahead with new airport despite court order - Yahoo!7

 

CHP leader reveals former Turkish minister’s advice to son before arrest - hurriyetdailynews.com

 

Turkish government set to reintroduce controversial bill restructuring HSYK - hurriyetdailynews.com

 

Government's conflictual approach to summary of proceedings draw criticism from opposition - Airing News

 

İzmir police chief reassigned twice in under a month - CİHAN

 

MHP leader calls on PM to ask for trial for graft - CİHAN

 

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17 given prison sentences for chanting anti-Erdoğan slogan - CİHAN


Turkish editor hits out at media coercion under Erdogan - Reuters


'Instructions rain down on Turkish media every day,’ says prominent editor-in-chief - hurriyetdailynews.com


VIDEO (Turkish): Turkish editor hits out at media coercion under Erdogan - CNN Turk


PM advisors' heavy role in media signal new level of engineering - CİHAN


Journalists' union criticizes PM's attitude towards media - Airing News

 

Opposition claims Erdogan may be media owner - Al-Monitor

 

Opposition expresses concern for security of free and fair elections - CİHAN

 

MHP leader: Legal voice recordings are of public interest - Airing News

 

RSF and CPJ reports show media freedom further crippled in Turkey - Airing News

 

REPORT: Democracy in Crisis: Corruption, Media, and Power in Turkey - Freedom House

 

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Suspicions Grow of Turkish Involvement in Murder of PKK Activists - SPIEGEL ONLINE


MİT behind Paris killings, says HDP co-chair - Airing News


Probe: Prosecutor's order to raid MIT trucks was a "counter-espionage activity" aimed at harming the work of the MIT - Sabah


Are Turkish weapons falling into hands of radical Syria groups? - Al-Monitor

 

Turkey likely to remain on gray list for terror financing - Airing News

 

Voice recording reveals pro-gov't daily turned blind eye on Uludere airstrike - Today's Zaman

 

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TSA strip-searches another victim

In the on-going sordid history of TSA agents bullying, harassing, robbing, and sexually assaulting people, we have a new story, this time about a cancer survivor.
 

The man is 36 years old and suffers from an overactive bladder because of a past bout with prostate cancer. Therefore, he wears an adult incontinence garment -- a disposable brief -- something that hundreds of thousands of people are familiar with in this country, especially with our aging population.

Talk Nation Radio: Gareth Porter: Iran Has Never Had a Nuclear Weapons Program

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Gareth Porter discussed his new book, Manufactured Crisis: The Untold Story of the Iran Nuclear Scare.

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Another U.S. Citizen Targeted For Assassination By Obama Drone Program?

Originally posted at PopularResistance.org

http://youtu.be/qZGkWVdId2c

Today on the Resistance Report, an interview with Kevin Gosztola of FireDokeLake.com.

Two recent stories that shed new light on how the Obama administration utilizes drones in the war on terror came to light yesterday. First, Glenn Greenwald and Jeremy Scahill, via their new venture First Look revealed that:

Syria News - Feb 11

 

UN "shocked" at reports of Syria massacre by rebels in the Alawite village of Maan - AFP


Activists: Rebel attack on Maan killed 40, half of the victims civilians including women while the other half village fighters defending their homes - ABC News


Syrian Army: Nusra Front Slaughter 42 in Maan, Hama - The Syrian Observer


Syrian Information Minister: Opposition Coalition delegation should have condemned Maan massacre - SANA


Syrian National Coalition on the Maan massacre in Hama: "This empty accusation is a desperate attempt to discredit rebels” - Syrian National Coalition


VIDEO: Syrian National Coalition spokesman Safi responds about Alawis killed for sectarian reasons at Maan: "No, no this not true” - Twitter / joshua_landis


Brits 'Involved In Syria Executions And Torture', The material was uploaded onto the accounts of two men from London thought to be linked to Jahbat al Nusra (VIDEO) - sky.com

 

Tales by ex-detainees raise questions about extremists’ goals in Syria - McClatchy DC News

 

In recent months, ISIS targeted hospitals, doctors, journalists - Latino Times

 

Al Qaeda splinter ISIS executes civilians as group withdraws from oil-rich Syrian province Deir Al Zour - ZAMAN ALWSL

 

VIDEO: Suspected ISIS militants killed Tawhid commanders in their sleep w. silenced small-arms in Sheikh Saeed, Aleppo - Twitter / Charles_Lister

 

ISIS Executes Man Attempting to Defect in Raqqa - The Syrian Observer

 

ISIL arrests FSA leader in Al-Raqqa - Syria Newsdesk

 

ISIS applies its own laws in Raqqa - Al-Monitor

 

VIDEO: Syrian Execution: "Scene Of Utter Cruelty” - LiveLeak.com

 

VIDEO: ISIS kills a man and steals his motorcycle - Twitter / joshua_landis

 

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VIDEO: Lakhdar Brahimi, Press Conference (Geneva, 11 Februrary 2014): Syria talks not making much progress - YouTube


Syria Deputy FM Mikdad: Coalition delegation's rejection of acknowledging presence of terrorism in Syria hindered agreement - SANA


Assad advisor: Syrian delegation has no qualms about an agenda for talks as long as counterterrorism comes first and transitional government second - SANA


Syrian Coalition: Political Transition Should Take Precedence over Ending Violence - Syrian National Coalition


Syrian Coalition: Effective Mechanisms Needed To Hold Assad to His Commitment - Syrian National Coalition


Syrian Coalition Submits a Report to the United Nations about Assad Crimes - Syrian National Coalition


Syrian opposition adds rebel figures to Geneva delegation - Reuters

 

Ambiguous Rebel Statements on the Geneva Negotiations - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

 

NCC Outlines Conditions for Participation at Geneva - The Syrian Observer

 

UN declares chaotic Homs evacuation a success, presses for similar access elsewhere in Syria - McClatchy DC

 

Syria allows some fighting-age men to leave Homs - Yahoo News

 

Syrian authorities question over 300 men from besieged Homs: U.N. - Yahoo News

 

Syria: Civilians to take over Yarmouk refugee camp after Al Nusra withdraw, new deal stipulates - Al Bawaba

 

Yarmouk Camp initiative enters into force as roadblocks and landmines removed - ZAMAN ALWSL 

 

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Xelil: A Federal System Is Now Inevitable For Syria - The Rojava Report


The Kurds and Rojava, State-Building in the Syrian War - Red (Team) Analysis


Construction of Democracy Continues in Cizîre Canton - The Rojava Report


Syrian Opposition Chief: PYD Autonomy ‘Useless’ and Will Not Last - Rudaw

 

KRG Says It Won’t Deal With PYD Autonomous Cantons in Syria - Rudaw

 

European delegation including MPs visit Syrian Kurdistan - ekurd

 

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ColdType Issue 82 now online http://coldtype/net

INSIDE ISSUE 82: Three big features this month, focussing on: 1. The shifting of wealth and power to the rich - articles by John W. Whitehead, Chris Hedges, Rowan Wolf, Bill Quigley and Sam Pizzigati; 2. The Death of Ariel Sharon, the Butcher of Beirut, marked by essays from David Edwards, Uri Avnery, Alan Hart and Ramzy Baroud; and 3. The Growth of Media Propaganda, with articles from David Cromwell, John Pilger and John Kozy.

A People's Movement to End All War

When people sign the declaration of peace at WorldBeyondWar.org they have the opportunity to type in a brief statement in their own words. Thousands have done so, including those pasted below. (And a few great quotes from the past have been added here in graphic form.)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“If anything can halt climate change it’s redirecting the unfathomable pile of money and energy now wasted on a war machine that kills for fossil fuels and consumes a good share of them in the process.  The symptoms of militarism addressed by human rights and civil liberties groups would end if the disease were treated.  Our culture of violence, our government of secrecy, our provocation of animosity around the world: these would end if we stopped slaughtering people under the banner of war.  If a fraction of those damaged by war work to end war, it will quickly become a thing of the past — seen then as the unmitigated barbarism that many find it hard to recognize as long as war is accepted by those in positions of power.” — David Swanson, author of War No More: The Case for Abolition

“History has shown us that the institution of war created by humans is not only morally reprehensible, but utterly ineffective in resolving any kind of disputes. The human, social, environmental and economic costs of war are too high. We now know more about the reality of a global peace system built upon global collaboration, social change and constructive conflict transformation. It is time for a re-energized effort to build a world beyond war by challenging the war system and supporting the infrastructure of peace.” — Patrick Hiller, Peace Scientist and Director of War Prevention Initiative by the Jubitz Family Foundation

“War is a great destroyer. And human history has arrived at a pivotal moment. We can choose a path built on cooperation, where our caring and sharing side uplifts us, or we can continue to embrace a worldview where domination using violence imprisons us in cycles of killing and destruction. I’m a biologist, and war is not genetically fixed. War is a cultural invention. It’s time to end this abomination, and this World Beyond War movement is uniquely focused on unifying the human community to create one of the biggest revolutions in history. I’m in. Join us!” — Judith Hand, Founder: A Future Without War.org

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“Change will not come from a President Gandhi.  Rather, the initiate for change will come from the bottom up as citizens force politicians to act.  We just need to put our voices together and get sufficiently organized.  Ultimately change will come from the ingenuity, compassion and ability of the American people to self-correct and chart a more secure and sustainable course for the future.” — Russell Faure-Brac, author of Transition to Peace

“Our greatest enemy today is not a particular group of people in a far-off country. Our greatest enemy is war itself.” — Paul Chappell, author of The Art of Waging Peace

“We must work to end all war because the health, welfare, and safety of the children is the most important element of a society. The children can be the focus for mobilizing, conflict resolution, and uniting for the future of humanity. The children allow the people of the world to show kindness, generosity, and compassion.” — Andre Sheldon, Director of Global Strategy of Nonviolence

“We must end war because war is an abrogation of the inviolable bonds of connection between all people, all living things and the planet. To participate in it is a denial of the trust in continuity deeded to us by our forebears and expected of us by future generations. Every act of war and aggression diminishes the humanity of the individuals involved, destabilizes communities and nations; and scars the entire human family. We are committed not to ending wars but to ending war itself, and to addressing the fear, greed, misunderstanding and drive for power that lead to violent conflict and war.” — Rena Guay, Executive Director, Center for Conscience in Action

“Richard Wendell Fogg, Center for the Study of Conflict, years ago said rather than saying we need to abolish war, we should talk of REPLACING war. In the field of conflict analysis and transformation, there are creative strategies we can apply to solutions that can solve problems and make war unnecessary. With increasing lethality of weapons, evolving technology and communications, war is obsolete. It is a solution worse than any problem it presumes to  solve. We can address conflicts constructively. Beyond diplomacy, we can use mediation, negotiation and problem-solving strategies to transcend war.” —Diane Perlman

“Humanity can no longer afford war for two reasons. 1) We need all our resources to deal with the consequences of climate change and peak oil, and 2) War is too wasteful of both human and physical resources to be further utilized or tolerated by the human species. Indeed, nuclear war, which remains a major threat to the world as we know it, would likely make our planet uninhabitable for our own species and many others.” —Peter Bergel

“War is at the heart of all global problems, impeding humanity from a full realization of just, equitable and sustainable communities.” —Kent D. Shifferd

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“There is enough for everyone to have what they need without exploitation. Adequate distribution of resources, including education, without violence can lead to a sustainable system that doesn’t stress the ecosphere. Alternately, continued violence feeds population surges and hoarding the products of exploitative extraction, which endanger the survival of our species. In short, if we want a future with humans on Earth, we’ve got to stop war.” —Vernon Huffman

“Life on earth is not sustainable continuing down this path. War destroys people, the air, the ground, the water. It destroys history. It inhales money/resources literally taking food out of the mouths of the people. It takes generations to recover if that is even possible. Enough.” —Barbara Cummings

“War is the worst act of terrorism and among the greatest causes of human suffering and death and ecological degradation. Wars are declared by the rich and fought by the poor. There will be no real justice and protection of human rights and the rights of nature until a sustainable global peace has been achieved.” —Brian J. Trautman

“I know from my lengthy experience as a journalist, researcher, and human being working in various war-torn or recently war-battered countries that all wars inflict terrible, long-lasting damage on all the residents of the war-zone– with the weakest members of society always suffering the most. There is no such thing as a ‘humanitarian’ war. In cases of conflict or bitter oppression, the very best way to mend broken relationships while building a solid basis for a better situation going forward is to use all nonviolent means possible to de-escalate tensions and work for a better life going forward on the basis of the equality and equal worth of all human persons.” —Helena Cobban

“War murders our children and sickens the survivors. ‘Peace or Perish: Abolish War on Planet and Poor’ (Theme of the 2014 Veterans For Peace National Convention, Asheville, NC, July 2–27).” —John Heuer

“The main obstacle to disarmament is the general/common belief that it is impossible. And it is — just as impossible as ending slavery, apartheid, the Cold War, and tearing the Iron Curtain. Humanity suffers under poverty, unhealth, pollution, depletion of resources, climate change. Instead of being an extremely expensive and deadly risk on top of all those threats militarism is clearly the best option/chance/opportunity to do something substantial — if all countries would join in abolition of military force and forces (the idea that Nobel in his will for ‘the champions of peace’ called ‘creating the brotherhood of nations’).” —Fredrik S. Heffermehl

“Militarism is the world’s biggest problem…morally, socially, economically, and environmentally.” —Ward Reilly

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“Creating a world beyond war may be the noblest endeavor we can work on. Can you imagine what future generations will think if we succeed? We will leave them a world where trillions of dollars are not wasted annually on weapons and war, where tens of thousands or hundreds of thousands are no longer slaughtered in unnecessary wars. Surely we can imagine solving conflicts between nations in a more mature way; we can imagine the human race evolving to a higher consciousness that no longer requires war. We can imagine a world without war, now we have to work toward such a world. It will be a global challenge, uniting the world to accomplish this great new reality.” —Kevin Zeese, PopularResistance.org

“War is a lie. War is a racket. War is hell. War is waste. War is a crime. War is terrorism. War is not the answer.” —Coleen Rowley

“War destroys. War obliterates. War is ruination. And war begets more war. After thousands of years of experience proving this, and reams of literature and countless works of art exposing it, when are people going to learn?” —Lisa Simeone

“War is a barbaric tool of the war profiteers and Empires who employ them. War pits young people from the working class against other similarly poor, or disadvantaged humans, for nothing but the greed of the few. Only we the people can make war obsolete by not participating in the profound crimes of the profiteers and other war mongers.” —Cindy Sheehan

“War causes pain, suffering, and gross violations to human needs and rights. War causes a violent domino effect for years to come. Humans have no business being involved in war. We are an evolved species that needs to focus on peace and justice in our world. We must honor and show respect for our planet and all living and nonliving entities. We need to shift away from violence and focus on the beauty of nonviolence. War and destructive violence are not solutions to any problem. War must be ended. When that happens we will lift the pain and suffering of our world and allow humanity to begin to heal. It is time we wake up and raise our thoughts to a higher consciousness. If we do not end war now, it will end us. Call on me. I am ready to help end all war!” —Joy Henry

“We need a movement if we are going to stop wars and this may be it. So many of us are working in small groups and we need to come together as one.” —JoAnne Lingle

“The future existence of our planet depends upon ending war. War and violence are not a solution to conflict. They contribute to more violence, more death, more poverty, more suffering physically and psychologically, more patriotism, more borders, more ignorance, and more stupidity. How tragic is all of that. The ecology of our planet is in jeopardy and the pollution of the war machine world wide is a huge contributor to climate change.” —Ann Tiffany

“As professor of global peace studies at the International Islamic University of Malaysia I am committed to the ending of war also through criminalization of war, an approach that has not been sufficiently used in spite of the UN Charter outlawing war — with too many loopholes used buy aggressive countries.” —Johan Galtung, Founder of TRANSCEND International

“I applaud the establishment of a global movement to end all war, but note that citizens of the United States have a special responsibility to make this happen. Since the end of World War II, the U.S. has bombed more than 25 countries. In those 68 years, no other nation has killed and injured more people living outside of its borders. Most Americans remain silent while we spend more on war, and have more soldiers in other countries, than all other nations combined. War and soldiers are glorified in the U.S. Please recognize and honor those who have had the courage to take a public stand against one or more U.S. warswww.uspeacememorial.org/Registry.htm. We celebrate these role models in hopes of inspiring other Americans to speak out against war and for peace.” —Michael D. Knox, US Peace Memorial Foundation

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“War is about nothing but violence. War is terrible! I have a first-hand war experience and I know what war is all about! I dream of peace!” —Fidaa Abuassi

“War, and preparation for war is draining resources that are life giving from countries, statesnd cities. The world we help create is the world we leave for those who come after us. I am committed to living non-violently in response to the violence in my neighborhood, my city, my state, my country, my hemisphere and my world because non-violent love in action is the most powerful force for change that exists.” —Joyce Ellwanger

“As Ernest Hemingway wrote, ‘Never think that war, no matter how necessary, nor how justified, is not a crime. Ask the infantry and ask the dead…’” —Christopher Flynn

“The biosphere can no longer tolerate the toxic affects of modern warfare, which threaten the continued existence of all humanity and many animals and plants on which we are dependent.” —Richard Ochs

“War benefits no one, with the exception of military contractors and their shareholders. It makes our communities poor, our nation less safe, and ourselves less fully human. We must commit to diplomacy, peacemaking and development!” —Diane Farsetta

“This atavistic practice has always been horrible, but technology makes it even more destructive and savage. it is time for humanity to become civilized.” —Sally-Alice Thompson

“We need to solve some of the world’s problems like climate change, world hunger, homelessness, income disparity, the influence of money ine lections, destruction of the environment, etc. and stop wasting our resources on killing people and destroying the environment.” —Jean Gordon

“The U.S. has become the most egregious war-monger and terrorist nation in the world, as well as the long-time leading purveyor of weapons of war throughout the world, and because here at home, we have 50 million of our citizens living in poverty, one in four children surviving on Food Stamps, a collapsing education system, poor health care, and many other disasters, none of which can be addressed as long as the country keeps pouring trillions of dollars into war and militarism. This madness and criminality must end!” —Dave Lindorff

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“It’s obvious: war is a waste of human and earth resources that results only in suffering. There are other ways to disagree.” —Karen Malpede

“As John F. Kennedy said, it will end us instead. ‘If mankind does not put an end to war, then war will put an end to mankind.’ Modern war is ecocide, genocide and ethnocide and is not sustainable. The costs of war are enormous, not just financial but social, ecological and global. War must become obsolete if the world is to survive.” —John Judge

“We’re destroying life on earth in all its forms. By supporting war we are creating poverty that includes fear and anxiety about the future which leads to depression, poor health, food insecurity, and homelessnes. People all over the world are experiencing the destructive effects of investing most of our country’s resources in war resulting in the failure to create a healthy, well-educated and secure environment for humanity around the world.” —Nancy Schoerke

“We must shift from ‘war is a necessary evil’ to ‘peace is a necessary good.’” —Swami Beyondananda, Steve Bhaerman

“The myth that war creates justice, solves problems, improves security and enables peace is absurd. If we weren’t so bombarded with propaganda to the contrary, everyone would know that. We need to insist on a new story, the true story. We must forbid the few to profit from war so that we may all begin to profit from peace.” —Robert Shetterly

“We have seen enough of war to know that it doesn’t work to resolve conflicts. It only exacerbates them. It is time we find other solutions and dedicate ourselves to life–not death.” —Peter Kuznick

“To the extent that today’s world is civilized at all, it’s largely thanks to yesterday’s opponents of war and misery: the soldiers who refused to fight, the civilians who refused to accept war and occupation, and all those who worked for a global order based on peace and equity. Yet the institutions and forces that produce war have not been eradicated. Today we must build an international movement that will not only prevent future wars but transform the very structures on which war, militarism, and imperial domination are based. This struggle will not be won quickly, but in the process even small acts and partial victories can help save numerous lives.” —Kevin Young

“It is clear to me that war creates violence and does not solve problems. I have lived and worked in Iran. Iraq, Afghanistan and Palestine and have seen first hard the broken bodies of children and the anger at our impact as a nation on people’s lives. Thank you for putting this opportunity together. Peace” —Ann Huntwork

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“I don’t believe there is such a thing as a ‘just war’. Murder is murder, whether sanctioned by a government or not. All people should have the right to life and liberty, so long as they do no harm to others, and war extinguishes both.” —Ethan Bell

“War promotes rascism all around the globe.” —Muhammad Ali Khan

“The greatest threat to humanity today is climate change. Militarism exacerbates that threat, and is in no way useful for addressing that threat. The resources invested in militarism must be redirected to combat climate change and global warming.” —Larry A. Unruh

“As a very young man I signed a declaration – ‘I renounce war and will never support another’. That was in 1939 and I have maintained this stand throughout the whole period, including WW2, as a Conscientious Objector.Worked to achieve Peace since. It is necessary for individuals to take this stand and maintain it. War never solves anything – it accentuates any problem, whatever it is, and makes matters worse. There is no moral or humanitarian justification for it.” —Donald Saunders

“Having survived WWII as a child I am TOTALLY against ALL wars, there is not excuse for killing and injuring humans, all innocent, for life. I am still traumatized from the war and the bombing and starvation.” —Ingrid Kepler-May

“We still carry ancient beliefs from thousands and thousands of years ago when war was the only thing known. We have options now. This organization will help shift the collective consciousness toward greater humanity and peace. War has indoctrinated the U.S. government as well as other countries. There is no integral intention that exists behind war. It is a contradiction and therefor useless. Its time to evolve greatly. ‘Love precious humanity’” —Leslie Naugle

“I want a world without war. War never works it just kills. I want my children to never have to have a close contact with war. I want my children and future generations to grow up free and in a peaceful world. War is not freedom it is a malignant force imposed by men in power. We must change the views of people in power now and let them know that in a diplomatic and peaceful way issues can be solved.” —Ana Martins

“I am working with the higher education system in Afghanistan. My work in this world is teaching and serving as a role model for peace, particularly in this environment that has been devastated by the ravages of 30+ years of horrific conflict. I have a number of close Afghan friends and they, probably more than any people I have ever met, want peace for themselves, their families and their country. I am privileged to know them and am inspired by their endurance and resilience. Endless war serves only to enrich those who champion it and it is long past time that it be stopped.” —James Stapp

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“We know, deep down inside, it’s wrong! There’s nothing you can say to ever make it right! Killing is killing, no matter how you slice it! And the ones doing all the killing should be locked up, and be forced to watch the world transform from, This evil place they’ve created, To the wonderful place we should be creating!” —Ronald Richter

“Why must we work to end all war? War keeps us from progressing as a race. We can’t reach a point of sustainability with war taking up so much of our time. It attributes to the division of wealth providing greater conflict between classes and it hands over authority to the wealthy class. It makes them richer while the working class is left to die. War need to end because it’s a tool used to control the masses with fear. It distracts us from the problems within the social hierarchical systems that have been established. We must end all war because we’ll never have peace without it. War is expensive and destroys makes the economy unstable. War is a tool of capital gain, it’s marketable and from youth we are encouraged to take and defend our ruling authority without question. There are other ways to solve conflicts. Civilians are the ones who suffer the most damage. War and violence is terrible for you Psyche due to the traumatizing events. And Finally the main reason we should end all war is because it will kill us if we don’t.” —Jessica Gartner

“While I was always aware that there was a sickness that pervades every social institution I just could not make the connection to myself and this ‘sickness’ until my beautiful child was murdered in the ‘theater’ of ‘War’. This experience was eviscerating. I was disgorged of this ‘sickness’. I could see that ‘war’ is just goddamn MEAN. It bears no resemblance to what lives in my heart and mind so why was I able to accept it as a way of life? Why was I able to accept my son being part of a force for death…for entropy? I see it all clearly now, though. There is a deep sickness that pervades all social institutions and these sicknesses have made us mentally ‘disturbed’ – working out of balance with the gift of life. My granddaughter, Eva, is now four and has no father. She has no protector in this mean world where men prey upon life with a sense of entitlement that desires are to be quenched at all costs. Who will protect my granddaughter now? Through the physical death of my beloved son I have learned that misogyny is the root of warring behavior – and this thought process, this behavior is just goddamn mean.” —Jamie Santos

“Every person who dies is someone’s son, dad, mom, brother or sister.” —Gaston Locklear

“Nelson Mandela said: ‘It always seems impossible until it’s done.’  Peace is possible.” —John Bonifaz

“Every modern war has had its root in exploitation. The Civil War was fought to decide whether the slaveholders of the South or the capitalists of the North should exploit the West. The Spanish-American War decided that the United States should exploit Cuba.” —Larry Egly, Veterans For Peace Chapter 961 Codirector

“Another war will likely lead to the end of the human race.” —Lewis Patrie, WNC Physicians for Social Responsibility

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“LAW opposes the illegal use of force supports the use of national and international law to settle disputes, prosecute offenders and protect rights.” —Gail Davidson, Lawyers against the War

“As a 70 year old woman, I have seen just what the destruction of war has done to my home country and also those we have invaded in the name of democracy! None of this has been done with my consent, so for the rest of my life I want to promote peace.” —Katherine Schock

“War takes people’s lives and destroys property, but it does not resolve the world’s problems. If anything is achieved through war, it is to plant the seeds for the next violent conflict as the vanquished and their children will usually not accept the outcome.” —Bruce Van Voorhis

“War is an irrational, counter-productive way to handle conflicts.” —Lawrence Wittner, Professor of History emeritus, SUNY/Albany

“Because we are being used as pawns in an endless game of bloodletting. One generation has to stop this. Please let it be ours.” —Lynne Thomas

“War traumatizes soldier and civilian alike; warfare is a profit-making racket; warfare resolves nothing that negotiations can’t resolve better; the weapons we have now make non-violence the only option to planetary annihilation.” —Madeline Taylor, Topanga Peace Alliance

“Those who exploit our susceptibility to the us-them fallacy to enlarge themselves are today no worse than those who have done the same down through the ages. But the world is different.” —Roger Arnold

“I know war. I was in one in 1991 in Bosnia. It is something that has to stop now. Noone should experience something like that ever again.” —Hatidza Isic

“War is the worst thing that human beings can do to each other, and the worst form of exploitation by the rich and the powerful.” —Nicolas J Sandy Davies

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“As a geologist I have travelled the world and lived and worked amongst wonderful but disadvantaged peoples. I am emotionally moved to welcome this campaign.” —Kenneth Buckland

“It is time for the thinking man to realise that what we do to other living things and our environment we do to ourselves. As previous civilisations have learnt, the only way is to create harmony in our world and move beyond hypocrisy.” —Nozar Mossadeghi

“War must become obsolete in the 21st Century. Modern War is genocide, ecocide and ethnocide. Wars profit the few and destroy the many. ‘The hour is getting late,’ sang Bob Dylan. War is destroying the future of humanity.” —John Judge

“We owe it to our children and their children. The end of war is an end to poverty. War is a crime against humanity.” —Jean Andrew

“It’s time, at this 100-year anniversary of the start of World War I, for us all to join together to fight only war itself.” —Marie Reinsdorf

“War ain’t good for shit!” —Bryant White

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Turkey News - Feb 11

 

Der Spiegel Report: Germany Has Evidence of Turkish MIT Hand in PKK Killings in Paris - Rudaw


Kurds murdered in Paris: justice refuses to question the DCRI Archives - Gagrule.net


PKK leader issues ultimatum to Turkish government - CİHAN


MIT Syria-bound trucks filled with US dollars, says opposition party leader - Today's Zaman


Erdog˘an’s Unusual Relationship With IHH Director - Aydinlik

 

Turkey’s MİT to monitor all religious groups as potential parts of parallel state - Brittius.com

 

Turkish PM hints at legal action against ‘gang’ within the state - hurriyetdailynews.com

 

Lawyers, academics say ‘parallel state' was invented to block graft probe - CİHAN

 

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Erdoğan's media meddling knows no bounds, voice recordings reveal - CİHAN


AUDIO (Turkish): PM Erdogan intervenes Haberturk paper for publishing negative story, 3 journalists get fired - YouTube


PM Erdoğan: Internet bill protesters are defenders of porn - Today's Zaman


No. of banned websites in Turkey - Twitter / p_zalewski


Leaked photo of Zeynalov's press card shows press body under the Prime Ministry misinformed him - CI˙HAN

 

Restrictions on corruption suspects canceled - Today's Zaman

 

Turkey replaces controversial prosecutor Akkas in top cases - Worldbulletin News

 

Police experience high levels of stress in light of mass purge - Today's Zaman

 

Some corruption allegations: Government neck-deep in dirt - Today's Zaman

 

Turkey's new health law criminalizes Hippocratic oath - Today's Zaman

 

Turkey's Halkbank replaces 'shoebox cash' CEO - Yahoo News

 

Despite Turkey's spiralling economy, KSA is still investing "big" in Ankara--$8 billion "big"! - Al Bawaba

 

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Mythological Basis of Foreign Policy

Is U.S. foreign policy based on myths?

thorsePublic pressure has helped push back against a bill in Congress that would have torn up the negotiated agreement with Iran by imposing yet more sanctions on the people of that country. The people of this country are not eager for another war, and have not accepted that sanctions lead away from war rather than into it.

But supporters and opponents of that bill tend to agree that Iran has a nuclear weapons program, and that this program must be stopped by one means or another.  This underlying assumption is not supported by any evidence and never has been.  We've heard it propounded for over thirty years, and the repetition has had its intended effect, but any evidence at all has always been lacking. A belief without evidence is a myth.

Iran has a nuclear energy program because the U.S. and European governments wanted Iran to have a nuclear energy program. The U.S. nuclear industry took out full-page ads in U.S. publications bragging about Iran's support for such an enlightened and progressive energy source. The U.S. was pushing for major expansion of Iran's nuclear program just before the Iranian revolution of 1979. 

Since the Iranian revolution, the U.S. government has opposed Iran's nuclear energy program and misled the public about the existence of a nuclear weapons program in Iran.  This story is well-told in Gareth Porter's new book, Manufactured Crisis, and by Porter is his upcoming interview this week on Talk Nation Radio.

The U.S. assisted Saddam Hussein's Iraq in a war against Iran in the 1980s, in which Iraq attacked Iran with chemical weapons.  Iran's religious leaders had declared that chemical, biological, and nuclear weapons must not be used, even in retaliation.  And they were not. Iran could have responded to Iraqi chemical attacks with chemical attacks of its own and chose not to.

Iran is committed to not using or possessing weapons of mass destruction. The results of inspections bear that out. Iran's willingness to put restrictions on its legal nuclear energy program -- a willingness present both before and after sanctions -- bears that out. Inspections should continue. All steps should be taken to move the world toward safe and sustainable energy sources. But can we drop the idea that Iran wants to nuke us?

Selective Skepticism / Naiveté as National Duty

It's odd how quick we are to spot government deception or ill will when it comes to new health insurance programs, taxes, environmental regulations, or any domestic policy, and how trusting and naive we are when it comes to war. One would think we'd have learned our lessons. Eisenhower warned us that preparing for war would bring war. When the Soviet enemy disappeared, new ones were quickly found. According to both former NATO commander Wesley Clark and former UK prime minister Tony Blair, the Pentagon has a list of several nations' governments to be overthrown.

The vast stockpiles of weapons in Iraq weren't there.  The claims about chemical weapons attacks in Syria have fallen apart.  The evidence that the Libyan government was planning to slaughter civilians has not held up -- although plenty of civilians died under NATO's bombing and are dying now in the chaos left behind.  Increased U.S. militarism in Asia is being followed by increased military spending by Asia (although we tend to reverse the chronology and the cause-and-effect in our minds). 

We are supposed to learn from experience. It should matter to us that there was never any evidence that Mexico attacked the United States, that Spain blew up the Maine, that the Vietnamese fired in the Gulf of Tonkin, or that Iraq had a nuclear weapons program.  When you hear advocates for war and peace alike refer to "the Iranian nuclear weapons program," ask them for some evidence.

Myth is the Foundation of War

War gains support and acceptance from widespread belief in false information, and the accumulation of false information into generally false concepts or myths about war. This is good news, because it means we are not intractably divided by ideology or worldview. Rather, we will find more widespread agreement about war if we can just achieve more widespread awareness of accurate information.

WorldBeyondWar.org has grouped myths about war into the following categories:

War is inevitable.

War is necessary.

War is beneficial.

WorldBeyondWar.org has also created a Prezi (kind of a cooler PowerPoint) to allow people to present to real-world groups the information that has been collected on the WorldBeyondWar website.

Use this tool to present at a public event:

Here's the same presentation as a PDF.

"History is a nightmare from which I am trying to awake."
—Stephen Dedalus

Is a Policy a Law? Is Murder Murder?

From the Associated Press:

"An American citizen who is a member of al-Qaida is actively planning attacks against Americans overseas, U.S. officials say, and the Obama administration is wrestling with whether to kill him with a drone strike and how to do so legally under its new stricter targeting policy issued last year."

Notice those words: "legally" and "policy."  No longer does U.S. media make a distinction between the two.  Under George W. Bush, detention without trial, torture, murder, warrantless spying, and secret missile strikes were illegal.  Under Obama they are policy.  And policy makes them "legal" under the modified Nixonian understanding that if the President does it as a policy then it is legal.

Under the U.S. Constitution, the laws of the nations in which drone murders take place, treaties to which the U.S. is party, international law, and U.S. statutory law, murdering people remains illegal, despite being policy, just as it was illegal under the less strict policy of some months back.  The policy was made stricter in order to bring it into closer compliance with the law, of course -- though it comes nowhere close -- and yet the previous policy remains somehow "legal," too, despite having not been strict enough.

Under that previous policy, thousands of people, including at least four U.S. citizens, have been blown to bits with missiles. President Obama gave a speech last year in which he attempted to justify one of those four U.S. deaths on the basis of evidence he claimed to have but would not reveal. He made no attempt to justify the other three.

The new policy remains that the president can murder anyone, anywhere, along with whoever is near them, but must express angst if the person targeted is a U.S. citizen.

The idea that such lunacy can have anything to do with law is facilitated by human rights groups' and the United Nations' and international lawyers' deference to the White House, which has been carried to the extreme of establishing a consensus that we cannot know whether a drone murder was legal or not unless the president reveals his reasoning, intention, motivation, and the details of the particular murder.

No other possible criminal receives this treatment. When the police read you your rights, you are not entitled to object: "Put those handcuffs away, sir! I have a written policy justifying everything I did, and I refuse to show it to you. Therefore you have no grounds to know for certain that my justification is as insane and twisted as you might imagine it to be based merely on what I've done! Away with you, sir!"

The loss of a coherent conception of law is a grievous one, but that's not all that's at stake here.

Numerous top U.S. officials routinely admit that our drone wars in the Middle East and Africa are creating more enemies than they kill.  General Stanley McChrystal, then commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan said in June 2010 that "for every innocent person you kill, you create 10 new enemies." Veterans of U.S. kill teams in Iraq and Afghanistan interviewed in Jeremy Scahill’s book and film Dirty Wars said that whenever they worked their way through a list of people to kill, they were handed a larger list; the list grew as a result of working their way through it.  The wars on Iraq and Afghanistan, and the abuses of prisoners during them, became major recruiting tools for anti-U.S. terrorism. In 2006, U.S. intelligence agencies produced a National Intelligence Estimate that reached just that conclusion.

We are shredding the very concept of the rule of law in order to pursue a policy that endangers us, even as it helps to justify the erosion of our civil liberties, to damage the natural environment, and to impoverish us, as it kills many innocent people.  Maybe they've secretly got drones doing the thinking as well as the killing.

Who’s Interested in Ancient History?

  I was setting out our trash when Ann Willard came up the street, walking their St. Bernard, Boris.  “How’ya doing, Ann?” I said.  “Have a good holiday?”

 

She looked a little red-faced, but that was probably the stiff, cold wind gusting up from the river.  Or being a hundred pound woman being dragged by a two hundred pound dog.  “I don’t want to sound like a complainer,” she said, “but we’ve had better.”

 

Tuesday Feb 11: Day We Fight Back v NSA Surveillance

by Debra Sweet          President Obama recently announced that the vast NSA spying will continue, with a few restrictions. Edward Snowden and the journalists who are still releasing stories from the files he made available are being called spies and being threatened with assasination by members of the US Congress. Once again, the role of those commiting crimes, and the victims, are reversed. 

Syria News - Feb 10

 

600 evacuated from Syria's Homs on eve of talks, Shelling targeted the UN aid convoy on Saturday and Sunday - Yahoo News


SANA: Terrorists fired mortar shells and detonated an explosive device in an attempt to derail the Homs relief efforts - SANA


Syrian Coalition Says Regime Attacked UN and Evacuees in Homs, Calls for UN Resolution - Syrian National Coalition


Syrian Coalition: Introduction of Aid to Homs Is a Cosmetic and Inadequate Response to Coalition Demands - Syrian National Coalition


VIDEO: Video appears to show incoming fire at Homs residents preparing to evacuate - Twitter / Brown_Moses


VIDEO: UN personnel running for covering as bombs fall near their vehicles - Twitter / joshua_landis


VIDEOS: 24 videos showing the attack on the UN convoy in Homs Sunday - Twitter / Brown_Moses

 

VIDEOS: Playlist of videos related to Saturday UN visit in Homs - Twitter / Brown_Moses

 

VIDEO: Besieged Homs Described as "Jungle of Monsters" by Evacuated Civilians Under the Rule of the Armed Militants - YouTube

 

VIDEO: Rebels Threatened to Fire at UN Aid Convoy Over a Week Prior to Homs Attack - YouTube

 

Syria's opposition not to change its delegation to second round of talks in Geneva - The Voice of Russia

 

Syrian Opposition Interim Prime Minister: PYD Autonomy ‘Useless’ and Will Not Last - Rudaw

 

Opposition calls for Syrian VP to head Geneva team - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT

 

Saudi Arabia calls for urgent U.N. meeting on Syria, cites “growing evidence pointing to war crimes” - Al Arabiya News

 

Report: US officials presented the Saudis with a huge dossier with irrefutable evidence proving the involvement of Saudi Arabia in terrorist activities in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Yemen, and even Russia - Al Akhbar

 

Syrian Official: Saudi Anti-Terrorism Law Not Real, It does not mention anything about halting support of insurgents in the form of funds, armaments and military training - abna.ir

 

1,400 Saudi militants fight in Syria: Report - PressTV

 

Hezbollah says to remain in Syria - THE DAILY STAR

 

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Islamist fighters seize Alawite village Maan in central Syria, kill 25 people - chicagotribune.com


VIDEO: Islamic Front's Ahrar & Jund al Aqsa capture Alawite village, Maan, north Hama & cleanse it from "filth of shabiha" - Twitter / joshua_landis


VIDEO: Video shows dead in Alawi village of Maan - Twitter / joshua_landis


VIDEO: Wahhabi Militants Invade Alawite Town of Maan in Rural Hama & Sectarian-Based Killings Reported - LiveLeak.com


Maalula nuns plead for release of Syria’s female prisoners in a new video broadcast by Al-Jazeera (VIDEO) - AFP


Al Nusra Front sets conditions to release Maaloula Nuns: Lebanese TV says - ZAMAN ALWSL


Ahrar Al-Sham, Al-Nusra Front Form Alliance to Fight ISIS in Deir Ezzur - islamicinvitationturkey.com

 

Jabhat al-Nusra accuse ISIS of cutting supply lines and theft in warning statement - Syrian Observatory for Human Rights

 

Activists say ISIS top Lybian commander killed in in the eastern province of Deir al-Zour, Syria - Al Arabiya News

 

Ahrar al-Sham call ISIS traitors and abolish joint front in Hasakah - Syrian Observatory for Human Rights

 

ISIS Second-in-Command Chechen Umar Shishani Slams Saudi Cleric al-Mohaisany and “Peace Initiative” - ZAMAN ALWSL 

 

13 members defect from ISIL in Al-Raqqa - Syria Newsdesk

 

ISIS Jihadists execute man for blasphemy in Raqqa - ZAMAN ALWSL

 

Boy shot dead by ISIS sniper in Syria's Raqqa - aranews.org

 

VIDEO: Torture in ISIL prisons: documentary, compilation of liberated prisoners' testimonies - Twitter / joshua_landis

 

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It’s always darkest before the dawn: The Irrepressible and Irreplaceable Pete Seeger

By Dave Lindorff


I never really knew Pete Seeger, but he taught me how to play the banjo.

Irish activists protest today against military use of Shannon Airport and launch petition

Today Irish peace activists will protest against the use of Shannon Airport and the jailing of Margaretta D'Arcy. The peace Orgaisation AFRI (Action From Ireland, www.afri.ie) has also launched a petition 'Respect Ireland's constitution: end U.S military use of Shannon'. You can sign the petition by going to this link http://www.change.org/petitions/petition-respect-ireland-s-constitution-end-u-s-military-use-of-shannon.

Turkey News - Feb 9

 

Turkish police fire tear gas to break up Internet protest - Reuters


VIDEO [Exclusive Video with Camera Amateur]: Turkey: Water cannon drive protesters out of Taksim Square - YouTube


VIDEO: Fireworks and water cannon at Turkey internet protest - YouTube


VIDEO: Turkey: Police water cannons met with protesters' fireworks - YouTube


Opposition calls on Turkish President Gül to veto law on Internet - hurriyetdailynews.com


Erdogan says no Internet censorship in Turkey - AFP


Decision to deport journalist anti-democratic, say Turkey journalists' associations - Today's Zaman


Journalist's deportation stirs int'l press, fuels concerns over media freedom - Today's Zaman


Journalist in exile: How I was smeared, prosecuted and deported - Today's Zaman


AUDIO (Turkish subtitles): Erdogan’s phone call to head of private TV channel leaked. PM scorns CEO for airing opposition leader’s presser live - Twitter / WashingtonPoint

 

Leaked audio reveals Habertürk manipulated opinion poll - Today's Zaman

 

Court imposes media ban on Zarrab news reports - Today's Zaman

 

Main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP): ‘Zarrab to be released after threatening to reveal graft details’ - Today's Zaman

 

Iranian businessman Zarrab files lawsuit from prison against CHP leader - Today's Zaman

 

Businessman, bank manager cooperate to help companies pay bribes - Today's Zaman

 

Decision to demolish Urla villas not implemented - Today's Zaman

 

Justice minister admits calling prosecutors about graft probe - Today's Zaman

 

Delaying delivery of summary of proceedings unlawful, analysts say - Today's Zaman

 

Court halts reassignment of İzmir police officer, 195 more purged in Trabzon - Today's Zaman

 

Opposition accuses gov't of trying to block graft probe with new bill - Today's Zaman

 

Academics sign statement saying ‘rule of law suspended' - Today's Zaman

 

Turkish PM Erdoğan labels illegal wiretapping targeting him as ‘espionage’ - hurriyetdailynews.com

 

Deputies' phone communications to be electronically stored, CHP deputy warns - Today's Zaman

 

Senior education officials to be sacked under upcoming dershane bill - Today's Zaman

 

Opposition concerned about possible rigging in upcoming elections - Today's Zaman

 

Ninth MP quits over Turkish graft scandal - AFP

 

Ratings Agency S&P Downgrades Turkey Rating Outlook to Negative From Stable - moneynews.com

 

Turkish state-owned lender Halkbank’s brand value drops in 2013: Report - hurriyetdailynews.com

 

EBRD's Davey: Corruption may hit huge infrastructure investments - Today's Zaman

 

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Syria News - Feb 8

 

Scores of Syrians leave besieged Homs in U.N.-brokered deal - McClatchy DC


VIDEO: UN begins evacuation of Homs, Syria - YouTube


VIDEO: Busloads of Syrians evacuate Homs - Reuters.com


VIDEO: Civilians evacuated from Syria's besieged Homs - YouTube


UN affirms Syrian gov''t, local opposition cooperative in Homs evacuation - KUNA


Opposition leader Ghalioun decries UN-Assad agreement to vacate Homs rebel Areas instead of breaking the siege - ZAMAN ALWSL


Syria: Lifting the Siege of Yarmouk, One Food Parcel and One Polio Vaccination at a Time - Foreign Policy Journal

 

Syria government will join next round of Geneva peace talks, demanding a discussion "article by article" of the Geneva Communique - Reuters

 

Regime Begin's People's Campaign in Support of Assad during Geneva Talks - The Syrian Observer

 

Jarba: All of Geneva I Terms Must be Implemented - Syrian National Coalition

 

Jarba Studies Expansion of Opposition Delegation, Excludes Regime Figures - The Syrian Observer

 

Main domestic opposition group the National Coordination Committee (NCC) not to join Syria talks - .alalam.ir

 

Syria can meet June 30 chemical weapons deadline: U.N. chief - Reuters

 

Syria vows chemical disarmament despite missed deadlines - AFP

 

UN Security Council Should Impose Measures under Chapter VII over Non-compliance by the Assad Regime on Chemical Weapons Disposal - Syrian National Coalition

 

First UN report on children in Syria’s civil war paints picture of ‘unspeakable’ horrors - United Nations News Centre

 

Foreign Ministry Source rejects report allegations issued by UN Secretary General on Children in Syria - SANA, Syria

 

UNESCO says Syria archaeological material and cultural heritage objects are being trafficked through illegal systems into other countries and markets - haaretz.com

 

Syria’s protection of cultural artifacts ‘only piece of good news’ amid rubble of war, says UN cultural agency - United Nations News Centre 

 

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Syrian opposition groups fail to capture Aleppo prison - Al-Monitor


Aleppo Jail Attack Suicide Bomber 'Was British’ - sky.com


VIDEO: Ahrar al-Sham video shows the moment of yesterday’s suicide truck bomb detonation at Aleppo Central Prison - YouTube


PHOTO: Here’s a picture of the suicide truck driven by British citizen Abu Suleiman al-Britani into Aleppo prison yesterday - Twitter / ShirazMaher: 


VIDEO: Muhaysini, leading Saudi fundraiser, at Aleppo prison calls leaders of Muslims to send help to kill apostate Alawis - YouTube 


Rebel mortar attack kills nine in Aleppo - Business Standard

 

VIDEO: War in Syria: terrorists indulge mortar attacks - YouTube

 

Calls for demonstrations against ISIS in Al-Raqqa - Syria Newsdesk

 

Syria's Christian Minority Are Fighting Back - aina.org

 

Inside Baseball on Syrian Rebel Infighting - warontherocks.com

 

VIDEO: ISIS retaking Manbej and Jarablus after Islamic Front/FSA took it over - Transnational Middle-East Observer

 

Islamist North Caucasus Rebels Training a New Generation of Fighters in Syria - The Jamestown Foundation

 

Hanging Out with the Sunni Warlords Who've Seized Control of Tripoli - VICE United Kingdom

 

VIDEO: Warlords of Tripoli - VICE United Kingdom

 

US Homeland Security Secretary: Syria Conflict a Threat to Homeland - ABC News

 

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Relations among Syrian Kurdish parties hit new low - Al-Monitor


POLL: Internet poll says PYD leader Salih Muslim best choice for leading Syrian Kurdistan - ekurd


Syria Kurds seeking relation with Ankara, Tehran and Baghdad - Kurdpress News Aganecy


Syrian Kurds reportedly seek to export oil via Turkey - ekurd


PYD Co-leader in Turkish Parliament - CİHAN

 

“We are ready to protect Turkmens and form an alliance with them against al-Qaeda”: Salih Muslim - Al-Monitor

 

PKK and AKP: Adversaries or Allies? - Rudaw

 

VIDEO: New ISIS video: We are the enemy of Ocalan and Barzani - Transnational Middle-East Observer

 

Kurdish jihadists from Iraq wage holy war in Syria with one eye on home - ZAMAN ALWSL

 

“With These Guns We Will Return to Kurdistan”: The Resurgence of Kurdish Jihadism - The Jamestown Foundation

 

VIDEO: Iraqi Kurdish Jihadist Going to Syria - Transnational Middle-East Observer

 

NOW examines the history, geopolitical position, and possible future of the Kurds in Syria - NOW

 

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Social Media Analysis Reveals The Complexities Of Syrian Conflict - MIT Technology Review


REPORT: Online Social Media in the Syria Conflict: Encompassing the Extremes and the In-Betweens - arxiv.org


Al-Qaeda And Its Offshoots Train And Indoctrinate Newborns, Toddlers, And Preschoolers – Captured On Twitter - memri.org

 

How Facebook Is Destroying History - A Survey Of August 21st - Brown Moses Blog

 

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