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Chemical Weapons Watchdog Says Team in Syria ‘Safe’

The world’s chemical watchdog Tuesday denied a report by the Syrian government that investigators and their drivers on a fact-finding mission were kidnapped, saying the group was “safe” and returning to base after an attack.

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Syrian Chemical Weapons Deadline to Be Missed

The deadly toxins scheduled to be removed from Syria by Dec. 31 in an effort to destroy the country’s chemical arsenal have not yet been delivered to the port of Latakia to be put on ships, a Russian diplomat said Friday.

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Private Companies to Profit From Destroying Syria’s Chemical Weapons

The companies asked to help get rid of roughly 800 tons of Bashar Assad’s chemical arsenal, a “major part of the Syrian stockpile,” stand to make $47 million to $54 million, according to the organization directing the task.

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Syrian Chemical Weapons Facilities Destroyed on Time

Obama won’t close Guantanamo Bay prison six years after he said he would. But Syrian President Bashar Assad destroyed his country’s declared chemical weapons production facilities a day ahead of schedule.

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Most of Syria’s Toxins May Be Easily Destroyed

After the announcement that the U.N. Security Council agreed to a resolution to rid Syria of its chemical weapons, The Washington Post reported that U.S. and Russian officials believe that the majority of the country’s stockpile exists in an “unweaponized” form that can be destroyed quickly.

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Syria Submits Chemical Weapons Program Outline

Bashar Assad’s government sent an inventory of the scope and sites of its chemical weapons program Friday to the agency tasked with overseeing the arms’ dismantling as part of a recently agreed upon U.S.-Russia plan.

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U.S. Must Accept Russian-Delivered Syria

The Washington debates about the Syrian chemical weapons, and whether there is an Obama “Plan B” by which the United States may yet bomb Syria, seem deaf to what really happened last week.

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Kerry: U.S. and Russia Make Chemical Weapons Deal

The U.S. and Russia have agreed that Syrian chemical weapons will be put under international control and destroyed beginning one week from now, The Guardian reported Saturday.

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Bloomberg Says Candidate’s Interracial Family Part of a ‘Racist’ Campaign

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The latest developments in Syria, Michael Bloomberg cries racism, the uncompassionate detention of Lynne Stewart and Robert Scheer remembers the late Saul Landau.

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Bloomberg Says Candidate’s Interracial Family Part of a ‘Racist’ Campaign

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The latest developments in Syria, Michael Bloomberg cries racism, the uncompassionate detention of Lynne Stewart and Robert Scheer remembers the late Saul Landau.

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Obama Tramples Laws He Demands Others Uphold

For seven decades, successive U.S. governments have used an exclusive and dated U.N. veto power to “pursue their own corrupt interests at the expense of peace and justice,” George Monbiot writes in The Guardian. Obama’s response to the mess in Syria is no exception.

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Assad: We’ll Give Up Chemical Weapons

The Syrian president said in a yet-to-be-televised interview that Russian diplomatic efforts persuaded him to cede control of his country’s chemical weapons stockpile to the international community.

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What If Congress Says No on Syria?

The past 12 years have not been good ones. Our leaders consistently let the missiles and bombs fly, resorting to military force and legal abominations in what passed for a foreign policy, and then acted surprised as they looked up at the sky from an ever-deeper hole.

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While Russia Offers Peace, U.S. Grasps at Credibility

President Obama’s speech on Syria on Tuesday evening was a curious affair, a call to go to war that ended by saying: yes, but not now.

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Syria Agrees to Chemical Weapons Deal, but There’s a Catch or Two

“We want to join the convention on the prohibition of chemical weapons,” and with those words, attributed to Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem, an American entry into Syria’s civil war may be averted—but there remain serious obstacles to peace.

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Obama Remembers He’s Not George W. Bush

It may come to naught—calls for peace so rarely still the drums of war—but there was a moment Monday when the odds for sanity seemed to finally stand a chance of prevailing.

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Syria Offers to Turn Over Chemical Weapons for Destruction

Syria has publicly consented to a Russian plan that would see the destruction of its chemical weapons stockpile and avoid an attack by the United States.

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The Hill to the Rescue on Syria?

John F. Kennedy once remarked that defeat is an orphan. Here was a war bereft of parents even before it had begun.

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‘Left, Right & Center’: The Syrian Debate Crescendo and More NSA

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss Obama’s failure to win broad support for military action against Syria during the G-20 Summit in Russia. The lack of enthusiasm is not helping him win over Congress.

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Rep. Alan Grayson to Congress: Reject ‘Warmongering’ and Focus on Problems at Home

In the wake of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s voting 10 to 7 to authorize strikes on Syria, Florida Democrat Rep. Alan Grayson told “Democracy Now!” on Thursday: “I am very disturbed by this general idea that every time we see something bad in the world, we should bomb it. … The president has criticized that mindset, and now he has adopted it. It’s simply not our responsibility to act alone and punish this.”

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Making the World Safe for Banksters: Syria in the Cross Hairs

Iraq and Libya have been taken out, and Iran has been heavily boycotted. Syria is now in the cross-hairs. Why? Here is one overlooked scenario.

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Rebel Atrocities Documented as Obama Pushes for Strikes Against Assad

Neither side seems to embrace modern codes of combat in the Syrian civil war. A freshly smuggled video shows a rebel commander reading a “poem of revenge,” then leading his squad in executing seven captured and kneeling Syrian soldiers.

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Polls Show Americans Are Dead Set Against Syrian Airstrikes, Aid to Rebels

If Obama sounds like a salesman, it’s because the public strongly opposes getting involved in Syria.

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On Syria: The U.S. Is No Lone Ranger and Should Put That Six Shooter Away

The odd discourse in Washington around Syria assumes a moral superiority on the part of the United States and its allies on this issue that can only astonish anyone who knows the history.

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Clowns of the Middle East

“[N]o one in the Middle East takes America seriously anymore,” Independent contributor Robert Fisk writes. “And you only had to watch Obama on Saturday [announcing he would seek support from Congress for a strike on Syria] to see why.”

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Arab League Calls for ‘Deterrent Measures’ Against Syrian Regime

Patience is turning out to be a virtue for President Obama, who appears determined to launch a military attack on Syria but would prefer to have broader international support.

Posted on Sep 1, 2013 READ MORE



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Truthdiggers of the Week: Skeptics of Obama’s Syrian Weapons Claims

This week we honor those who retain their commitment to truth in the face of easy answers, incomplete reporting and official misinformation, such as former Rep. Dennis Kucinich.

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Chris Hedges on Responding to Genocide in Syria

The Truthdig columnist went on The Real News Network to criticize Obama’s reliance on a gas attack on Syrian civilians last month as he attempts to start a unilateral war, an act which Hedges says “illustrates the rise of our imperial presidency.”

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Putin Scoffs at Chemical Attack Claims

The Russian president and backer of Syria’s leadership is among those rejecting U.S. intelligence claims that Bashar al-Assad’s government used chemical weapons against civilians, saying it would be “utter nonsense” for the government to deploy them in a war it was already winning.

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‘Left, Right & Center’: Syria and the Hour of Decision

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss whether President Obama should start a war after Secretary of State John Kerry said there is clear evidence Syria used poison gas against rebels and civilians. Should Obama wait for more evidence from U.N. inspectors? What is the proper role of the U.S., and should the issue be taken to Congress?

Posted on Aug 30, 2013 READ MORE



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Inhumane War in the Name of Humanity

Today we are poised to engage in war against Syria with such a flimsy case being made to attempt to justify an attack, it could only be the product of cynicism and willful misrepresentation in the cause of war and a callous disregard for our true national interest.

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Middle East Expert: ‘This Is Not Libya’

With five Tomahawk cruise missile-equipped U.S. Navy destroyers waiting in the Mediterranean Sea for a possible strike on Syria, Jadaliyya ezine co-founder and director of Middle East Studies at George Mason University Bassam Haddad says a U.S. attack on Bashar al-Assad’s government could escalate into multinational war.

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Kerry Presents Case for Attack on Syria

After the British Parliament’s refusal to join a U.S. attack on Syria, the secretary of state declared Friday there was “clear” and “compelling” evidence that the government of President Bashar al-Assad used poison gas against its citizens. Meanwhile, the Obama administration released an unclassified intelligence report intended to back up the claim.

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Obama May Be Walking Into an Impeachment Trap

The solo-cowboy approach would make the phony Bush “coalition of the willing” that joined in the mistaken attack on Iraq look like brilliant diplomacy.

Posted on Aug 30, 2013 READ MORE



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Obama Stands Alone After British Lawmakers Vote Against Syrian Strike

Barack Obama’s plans to bomb Syria hit a snag Thursday when the British parliament unexpectedly voted against a motion that would have paved the way for authorizing the U.K.’s participation in a military attack.

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Raytheon Says Let’s Go to War!

The weapon manufacturer’s stock surged roughly 10 percent while American war drums for Syria crescendoed over the past two months. Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Fla., recognizes the jump as an unambiguous reminder that profit is a cause for the war President Obama seems prepared to make. “Nobody wants this except the military-industrial complex,” he said on a radio show Thursday.

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Tariq Ali on Syrian Chemical Weapons: ‘The Fact Is, We Don’t Know’

The British-Pakistani historian, activist and editor of the New Left Review says that without publicly available evidence, Barack Obama’s claim that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad used chemical weapons against civilians and rebels is “totally unconvincing.”

Posted on Aug 29, 2013 READ MORE



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Assad Must Be Punished

History says don’t do it. Most Americans say don’t do it. But President Obama has to punish Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad’s homicidal regime with a military strike—and hope that history and the people are wrong.

Posted on Aug 26, 2013 READ MORE



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U.S. Promises ‘Consequences’ in Syria, Whatever U.N. Inspectors Find

Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday promised action against Syria while a U.N. team scrambled to gather evidence amid sniper fire.

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Obama Said to Be Contemplating Military Response to Syrian Chemical Weapons

The U.S. asserts that the Syrian government used chemical weapons against civilians last week, ratcheting up talk of possible American military intervention even as President Obama warns of limited options and international legal repercussions.

Posted on Aug 25, 2013 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: The Syrian Quagmire, Pfc. Manning and College Costs

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria, Chelsea (formerly Bradley) Manning’s future in prison and the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.

Posted on Aug 23, 2013 READ MORE



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Experts Don’t Buy Claim Syria Used Chemical Weapons

Late last week, some leading chemical weapons experts voiced skepticism about U.S. claims that the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad used sarin gas against rebels on at least four occasions this spring. Months of investigation have failed to uncover the telltale signs of an attack, they say.

Posted on Jun 18, 2013 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: The Syrian Shift and the Meaning of Edward Snowden

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss whether Edward Snowden is a laudable whistle-blower or a threat to our security. Also, the Obama administration said it had confirmed that Syria used chemical weapons and announced that the U.S. would send arms to rebel fighters there.

Posted on Jun 15, 2013 READ MORE



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U.S. ‘Assessment’: Assad Used Chemical Weapons

Britain and the United States agree that the Syrian president has used chemical weapons against rebels in the two-year-long civil war, a judgment that will lead to military support for anti-government forces, but Russia isn’t so sure.

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Chemical Weapons: ‘A Retold Drama Riddled With Plot Holes’

“In any normal society,” writes a skeptical Robert Fisk of the media and government blowup over the alleged use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government, “the red lights would now be flashing.”

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Syria: U.S. Guns, Goggles and Military Intervention All on the Table

Seeking to clarify his “red line” position on the Syrian government’s possible use of chemical weapons, President Obama said Tuesday that he would consider a “range of options,” but he also urged patience.

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Obama Draws a Red Line on Syria

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Reports of My WMD Are Greatly Exaggerated

Ten years after the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, the American war machine might be revving up for another strike, this time in Syria.

Posted on Mar 22, 2013 READ MORE


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