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Assad Crimes

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‘Left, Right & Center’: The Politics of Personality and Inequality

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists ask whether Syria can be solved and respond to a new study that finds it’s no harder to climb the economic ladder today than it was 20 years ago.

Posted on Jan 25, 2014 READ MORE


Peace Talks

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Syria Conference Roiled by Shouting Matches, Insults

The Geneva II negotiations at Montreux, Switzerland, opened on a sour note on Wednesday.

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Syrian Peace Talks Get Tense in Opening Session

Given that the international coalition, spearheaded by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, that convened in Switzerland on Wednesday for an emergency diplomatic intervention on the crisis in Syria carried a strong message underscoring the need for regime change, it’s not surprising that things got a little heated in the opening session.

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Syrian Regime Should Face Trial on Allegations of ‘Systematic’ Mass Killings, Experts Say

As the diplomatic summit on the Syria crisis got underway in Switzerland on Wednesday, reports of the suspected “systematic killings” of 11,000 prisoners heightened the urgency of the proceedings.

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Syria Summit

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Massive War Crimes: Syrian Regime Tortured, Starved, Murdered 11,000 Prisoners

A new report by three respected jurists argues that photographic evidence provided by a defector from the Syrian police proves systematic torture and summary execution of thousands of prisoners by the Baath regime headed by Bashar al-Assad.

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Syria Is Broken and These Peace Talks Won’t Put It Together Again

There are simply too many factions and too many guns.

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Is Peace Becoming Possible in Syria?

Middle East reporter for the Independent Patrick Cockburn writes that the butchery could end now that the U.S. and Russia want it too.

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U.N. Zeroes In on Aid to Syria: Half the Country in Dire Need

According to the United Nations, more than 100,000 people have died in Syria since the country began imploding in 2011.

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A Minute of Madness in the Middle East

Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Mark Fiore packs a fraction of the bloody, state-serving power struggles and shifting alliances of the Middle East and the West into a minute-long explainer that knows it can’t possibly finish the task.

Posted on Jan 10, 2014 READ MORE



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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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2014, As Seen from Syria

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Meanwhile, the Ugliness in Syria Goes On

A disturbingly high number of children have been killed in the conflict, and evidence emerges that the Syrian government has engaged in a protracted campaign of “disappearing” young men thought opposed to the Assad regime. A United Nations body described the practice as a crime against humanity.

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The U.N. Needs $6.5 Billion to Keep Syria From Starving

Syria’s civil war has prompted the United Nations to ask for a record amount in aid donations.

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Right-Wing Extremism—It’s Not Just for the U.S.

The Syrian refugee crisis has fanned the flames of right-wing extremism in Bulgaria, signaling yet more nationalistic political sentiment in Europe. No one’s predicting a return of the 1930s rise of fascism, but the parallels are disturbing.

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Bloody Fashion Show

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‘Whose Sarin?’ Asks Seymour Hersh

The Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist says the Obama administration “cherry-picked intelligence” on the gas attacks in the Damascan suburb of Ghouta in August “to justify a strike against [Syrian President Bashar] Assad.”

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U.N. Implicates Bashar Assad in War Crimes

The United Nations’ human rights chief said an inquiry has found evidence that war crimes were authorized at the “highest level” of the Syrian government, including by President Bashar Assad. Monday’s statement is the first time the U.N. has so directly incriminated him.

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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 Refugee Girls Married Off for Protection

Though it is common for Syrian children to be married before 18, displacement has made marriage take on a new urgency. With rumors of rape and kidnapping roaming Syrian refugee camps, families often believe the best option for their girls is to be wed as soon as possible.

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Losing Friends, Influencing No One, and Alienating the Middle East

The raids in Libya and Somalia last month, targeting an alleged al-Qaeda fugitive and an alleged kingpin of the al-Shabab Islamist movement, were less a sign of America’s awesome might than minor exceptions that proved an emerging rule: that the power, prestige, and influence of the United States in the broader Middle East and its ability to shape events there is in a death spiral.

Posted on Nov 7, 2013 READ MORE



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Ramblin’ Man

Four decades after his Vietnam experience, John Kerry has achieved what will undoubtedly be the highest post of his lifetime: secretary of state. And he’s looked like a bumbler first class. Has he also once again been a true man of his time, of a moment in which American foreign policy, as well as its claim to global moral and diplomatic leadership, is in remarkable disarray?

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Lou Reed: A Tribute

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: A special musical tribute to rock’s glam beat badass. Plus: The Syria dilemma, and the life and times of Glenn Greenwald.

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Lou Reed: A Tribute

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: A special musical tribute to Rock’s glam beat badass. Plus: The Syria dilemma, and the life and times of Glenn Greenwald.

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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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Group Calls for ‘Vaccination Cease-Fire’ in Syria

Due to a polio outbreak in eastern Syria, the organization Save the Children pleaded Tuesday with both the government and rebels to instate a cease-fire and allow access to hundreds of thousands of young ones threatened by the pernicious disease.

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Always and Everywhere

The abiding defect of U.S. foreign policy? It’s isolationism, my friend: fostering war, impeding the spread of democracy and inhibiting trade and prosperity.

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EU Helps

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No Fracking Way in France

The French constitutional council upheld a law that bans hydraulic fracturing in the European country; a report claims Syrian rebels committed war crimes, killing and abducting hundreds of civilians; and data analytics are being used to discriminate against the poor. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Oct 12, 2013 READ MORE


Nobel Peace Prize 2013

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Syria Talks

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A World Where No One Listens to the Planet’s Sole Superpower

Ever fewer countries, allies, or enemies, are paying attention, much less kowtowing, to the once-formidable power of the world’s last superpower. The list of defiant figures—from Egyptian generals to Saudi princes, Iraqi Shiite leaders to Israeli politicians—is lengthening.

Posted on Sep 30, 2013 READ MORE



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Bragging Rights

Let’s be Americans, which means being exceptional, which also means being honest in ways inconceivable to the rest of humanity. So here’s the truth of it: the American exceptionalism sweepstakes really do matter. Here. A lot.

Posted on Sep 27, 2013 READ MORE



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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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Bellicose Obama

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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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Beating Swords Into Solar Panels

War, the military-industrial complex, and the national security state that go with it cost in every sense an arm and a leg. And that, in the twenty-first century, is where so many American tax dollars have gone.

Posted on Sep 20, 2013 READ MORE



Juror Dismissed for Being Gay

In California, the question of whether a member of a jury can be excluded due to his or her sexual orientation has come up; the stock market cheats the middle class; meanwhile, videos have been released showing Iran’s involvement in training Syrian soldiers. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Americans Say No to Another Middle East War

The likelihood of peace in Syria remains distant, as the civil war there rages on. But the grim prospect of a U.S. strike has been forestalled, if only temporarily, preventing a catastrophic deepening of the crisis there.

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Putin Peace

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People Are Dying in Iraq by the Hundreds

Multiple attacks in Iraq on Tuesday claimed dozens of lives as that country’s internal conflict heats up. The U.N. says 1,861 people were killed by violence in July and August.

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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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The Dead Rhetoric of War

After years on a drunken bender, Americans are awakening to lies masked in patriotism and glory.

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World View of Obama and Putin

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Peace Dove

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Political Balance

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Chris Hedges on Obama’s Intent With Syria

How does Obama’s decision to delay a congressional vote on a military strike fit into the U.S. government’s overall mission there? Are American leaders simply interested in weakening the Syrian government through a prolonged civil war?

Posted on Sep 14, 2013 READ MORE


Miley and Putin

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