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One More Red Line To Go

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The Trapper

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Syria and Capital Punishment

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Nobel Slingshot

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Hope in a Time of Permanent War

How might it be possible to imagine hope for a better world for humanity in a country that has sanctioned state torture, is about to bomb Syria and kill untold numbers of civilians, spies on its own citizens, extends the reach of the punishing state into all aspects of society, and inflicts violence on black and brown youths through racial profiling and the machinery of the mass incarceration state?

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On Syria, the Wrong Questions

Congress is asking the wrong questions about Syria. The issue can’t be who wins the civil war. It has to be whether the regime of Bashar al-Assad should be punished for using chemical weapons—and, if the answer is yes, whether there is any effective means of punishment other than a U.S. military strike.

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Seven Little Words; Let’s Go to War Again

I have been appalled and outraged by the stupidity and ignorance of American leaders going into one war after another in places with strange names, faraway countries where we never had a chance to prevail.

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What Happened to the Anti-War Movement?

A mere 72 hours after President Obama delivered an encomium honoring the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, he announced his intention to pound yet another country with bombs.

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Syria Fact Check

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Juan Cole pokes holes in the case for bombing Syria; WikiLeaks lawyer Michael Ratner; “ghetto tracker”; and Exxon’s gay shame.

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Syria Fact Check

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Juan Cole pokes holes in the case for bombing Syria; WikiLeaks lawyer Michael Ratner; “ghetto tracker”; and Exxon’s gay shame.

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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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Syria Schools

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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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Obama and Putin: Time for Diplomacy on Syria

“Never has the use of violence brought peace in its wake. War begets war, violence begets violence.” So said Pope Francis, addressing the crowd on Sunday in the Vatican City’s St. Peter’s Square.

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Syria and the Return of Dissent

The mood of the public and of many in Congress is summarized easily: “No more Iraqs.”

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Syria Action

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U.S. Navy/MC3 Paul Kelly

Senate Committee Votes to Authorize Military Strikes on Syria

On a 10-7 vote, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved a measure Wednesday that would grant the president up to 90 days to wage war on Syria without the use of ground troops.

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Guns and Dollars

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Obama’s Peace Prize

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Syria Fetch

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Red Line

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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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U.S. Navy/MC2 Andrew B. Church

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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Waiting

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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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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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