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Banjo-Playing Veteran Arrested While Protesting Syria Attack (Video)

Emily Yates, a former soldier who served in Iraq, was taken into custody Saturday after using music to peacefully speak out against proposed U.S. intervention in Syria. Although she says she was not doing anything illegal, she was pinned to a bench by federal park policemen and then arrested.

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Assad Baits Obama as the World Waits

It would seem a piece of wisdom picked up on the school playground not to start a fight that you don’t know how to finish.

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Is This Really the Best Time for a Missile Test?

In Russia and Syria on Tuesday, people woke to the news that missiles had been launched from the Mediterranean Sea.

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House Speaker: ‘I’m Going to Support the President’s Call for Action’

Although John Boehner has spent much of his speakership opposing President Obama’s agenda, there’s one thing they agree on.

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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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Ready to Press the Button

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Send Message to Syria

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As U.S. Debates Airstrikes, Syrian Refugees Head for the Borders

More than 2 million people have now fled Syria for neighboring countries, and the pace of the exodus has accelerated as the U.S. threatens airstrikes. The “disgraceful human calamity” could further destabilize the region.

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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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Again

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To Strike or Not to Strike

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Kim Jong Un May Have Ordered His Ex-Girlfriend’s Execution

It’s unclear whether the North Korean dictator had singer Hyon Song-wol killed by a firing squad, or whether he ever dated her, but it wouldn’t be out of character for the regime; business and journalism are becoming increasingly intertwined; meanwhile, to prevent piracy, a startup has begun to stream 3-D print designs that can be used only once. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Hornet’s Nests

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Surgical Strike

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Toward Perpetual War

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Syrian Gas Attack

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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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Almost Ready to Jump In

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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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GOP on Syria

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Obama Postpones Syrian Strike

The president Saturday unexpectedly delayed an airstrike against Syria as punishment for it’s alleged killing of civilians with chemical weapons, saying he would first seek approval from Congress.

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Obama Piece Prize

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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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Off to Syria

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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?

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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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Gas Head

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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.

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The Doormat of War

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Syrian Intervention Can Lead Only to Yet Another War

The United States is not in charge of international war and peace.

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Obama’s Syrian Agony

President Obama surely didn’t want to offer his commemoration of the 1963 March on Washington and Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech on a day dominated by rumors of war.

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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.”

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Explaining Obama and Syria

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Syria

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Obama and Assad

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Back Out of the Room

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Syria A or B

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Syrian Government Won’t Be Able to Conceal Chemical Use

According to scientists, evidence of the use of sarin, a nerve agent that originated as an insecticide but is now deployed in chemical warfare, can be detected years after an attack. Thus, no matter how much Syrian President Bashar al-Assad denied his use of chemical weapons, experts would be able to find proof if he had launched such an assault.

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Middle East

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Egypt and Syria

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The Prince: Meet the Man Who Co-Opted Democracy in the Middle East

Now that the Arab Spring has been turned into a totally owned subsidiary of the Saudi royal family, it is time to honor Prince Bandar bin Sultan as the most effective Machiavellian politician of the modern era.

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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.

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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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