22 October 2013 — TomDispatch
11 September 2013 — Black Agenda Report
by BAR executive editor Glen Ford
When presidents fail, it is a public spectacle. In his rush into unprovoked war against Syria, President Obama overplayed his hand. Shortly before he appeared on television on Wednesday, “Obama’s handlers advised him that his political position was, for the time being, untenable.” But he’ll soon be back on the warpath, meaner and more aggressive than ever. Continue reading
10 September 2013 — williambowles.info
Does the American public have the strength of character to face the fact that the US government stands before the entire world revealed as a collection of war criminals who lie every time that they open their mouth? Will Congress and the American public buy the White House lie that they must support war criminals and liars or “America will lose face”?
10 September 2013 — Dissident Voice
If there was ever any doubt about the purpose of intervention in Syria, it has been dispelled as hoards of lobbyists from AIPAC, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, including 250 Jewish leaders, descend upon Capitol Hill. Their mission is to make sure that each and every member of Congress knows how important it is to vote in favor of American military intervention in Syria.
4 September 2013 — Unredacted
The National Security Archive recently submitted an MDR request for the Pentagon’s current list of Al Qaeda associated forces. The list is significant not only in determining whom the military is targeting in its citizens’ names; it also illuminates the Pentagon’s broadening interpretation of its post-9/11 mandate at the expense of Congressional oversight.
2 September 2013 — Al-Akhbar
Commentators in the West will surely declare that it was their democratic systems of government that forced US President Barack Obama to back down on attacking Syria. But the events that led up to Washington’s de-escalation suggest there were other factors at play.
2 September 2013 — Information Clearing House
Which Syrian Chemical Attack Account Is More Credible?
By Jim Naureckas
Let’s compare a couple of accounts of the mass deaths apparently caused by chemical weapons in the Damascus suburb of Ghouta on August 21.
1 September 2013
Grassroots pressure has forced President Obama to seek approval from Congress for an attack on Syria. But Obama is hell-bent on ordering a missile assault on that country, and he has two very important aces in the hole.
31 August 2013 — VTJP
Dozens hurt in protests across West Bank
8/31/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Dozens of protesters were lightly injured including journalists on Friday in clashes across the occupied West Bank. Israeli forces dispersed a demonstration in al-Maasara village south of Bethlehem in protests against launching an attack on Syria, and marking the 12th anniversary of the killing of PFLP leader Abu Ali Mustafa. Demonstrators marched toward the wall and raised Palestinian, Egyptian, and Syrian….
31 August 2013 — Information Clearing House
Obama to Seek Congressional Approval on Syria Action
Video and Transcript
President Barack Obama on Saturday backed away from an imminent military strike against Syria to seek the approval of the U.S. Congress, in a decision that likely delays U.S. action for at least 10 days.
1 September 2013 — Voltaire Network
The US Defence Minister Chuck Hagel, the Secretary of State John Kerry, the National Security counsellor Susan Rice and the National Intelligence director James Clapper, held a closed meeting regarding Syria with leaders of Congress, on Thursday August 2013.
10 August 2013 — Dissident Voice
Any sound that Watson made, above the level of a very low whisper, would be picked up by it… There was of course no way of knowing whether you were being watched at any given moment…You had to live — did live, from habit that became instinct — in the assumption that every sound you made was overheard, and, except in darkness, every movement scrutinized.
– George Orwell, 1984
7 August 2013 — The B u l l e t • Socialist Project • E-Bulletin No. 860
Political Resolution, First Congress of SYRIZA
1 The Conference of the Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA) is a continuity and a breakthrough in its course, which started in 2000, continued with its official founding in 2004, and was sealed when it took on the historic responsibility to deliver the Greek people from the catastrophic neoliberal memoranda policies that have turned our country into a debt colony and led its creative, social, and productive forces to marginalization.