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The Roundup for September 3, 2013

By: Tuesday September 3, 2013 4:09 pm

Hello. International Developments ❖ “U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said . . . the use of force is only legal when it is in self-defense or with Security Council authorization”.  He warned  ”any ‘punitive’ action taken against Syria for an alleged chemical weapons attack last week could unleash more turmoil and bloodshed in that nation’s civil [...]

The Roundup for September 2, 2013

By: Monday September 2, 2013 3:56 pm

Which side are you on? International Developments ❖ UN estimates:  “five million Syrians have been displaced inside the country [and] 2 million . . . have fled to neighboring countries.”  International funding to relieve the suffering is “a ‘drop in the sea’” compared to need.  Phil Williams of ABC tweet: “Another huge camp being prepared in [...]

The Roundup for September 1, 2013

By: Sunday September 1, 2013 3:50 pm

Hello. International Developments ❖ “Former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said the Syrian government . . . had carried out chemical weapons attacks against its own people”. ❖ “Assad is a war criminal, but an attack will do nothing for the people of Syria: The west needs to concentrate on formally criminalising the Assad regime [...]

The Roundup for August 30, 2013

By: Friday August 30, 2013 4:03 pm

Good evening. International Developments ❖ “US Had Intel on Chemical Strike Before It Was Launched“.  “First and foremost, What, if anything, did it do to notify the Syrian opposition of the pending attack.”  More. ❖ “U.S. and France prepare to act on Syria despite UK no vote.” ❖ The US “assesses with high confidence that [...]

The Roundup for August 29, 2013

By: Thursday August 29, 2013 3:43 pm

Evenin’ all. Breaking News ❖ UK Parliament votes against air strikes on Syria.  Vote was 272-285.  ”US isolated”. International Developments ❖ “UN weapons inspectors to leave Syria a day earlier: Ban Ki-moon’s announcement that [they'll] depart on Saturday fuels speculation of armed intervention.” ❖ Two Russian warships are on their way to the eastern Mediterranean.  Update:  [...]

The Roundup for August 28, 2013

By: Wednesday August 28, 2013 3:30 pm

Hello. International Developments ❖ ”Scientists have discovered that sarin, a deadly nerve agent, can be detected long after its use on the battlefield.”  Even four years later. ❖ ”Punitive strikes ineffective, even counterproductive, analysts say:  The type of limited military campaign being contemplated against Syria has failed to deter U.S. adversaries in the past”. ❖ How awful: [...]

The Roundup for August 27, 2013

By: Tuesday August 27, 2013 3:58 pm

Greetings. International Developments ❖ Remember Hans Blix, UN Arms Inspector 2000-2003, who tried to get the truth out to counter the Bush administration’s lies about WMDs in Iraq?  He’s now urging caution and patience concerning chemical weapons use in Syria. ❖ “Ready” is the word:  “US ready to launch Syria strike, says Chuck Hagel”; France [...]

The Roundup for August 26, 2013

By: Monday August 26, 2013 3:38 pm

Greetings. International Developments ❖ “Syria crisis: children speak from Zaatari refugee camp”. ❖ “Mairead Maguire, Nobel peace laureate, today appealed to the Rt. Hon. William Hague, British Foreign Minister, and M. Laurent Fabius, French Foreign Minister, to stop calling for military action against Syria”. ❖ “Syrian crisis:  UN team poised to probe ‘chemical attack’.”  Washington [...]

The Roundup for August 25, 2013

By: Sunday August 25, 2013 4:11 pm

Howdy. International Developments ❖ “Syria will allow U.N. inspectors full access to any site of a purported chemical weapons attack”. ❖ Medecins Sans Frontieres has “sent 7,000 vials of atropine–an antidote against nerve agents” to Syrian hospitals, but “could not confirm the cause of symptoms or say who was responsible for the attack” since they [...]

The Roundup for August 23, 2013

By: Friday August 23, 2013 3:46 pm

Hello. International Developments ❖ Yesterday, four rockets from Lebanon hit Israel.  Today, “Israeli jets bombed” south of Beirut. Update:  Two bombs exploded at two mosques in Tripoli, leaving 29 dead, 500+ wounded.  Update: 42 killed. ❖ “Syrian victims of alleged gas attack smuggled to Jordan for blood tests: . . . UN inspectors denied access [...]

The Roundup for August 22, 2013

By: Thursday August 22, 2013 3:43 pm

Hello. International Developments ❖ France wants to use “force” if chemical weapons use in Syria is confirmed.  Meanwhile, Syria continues to bomb the rebel-held suburbs where chemical weapons were allegedly used.  Spiegel reports “experts agree that the sheer number of photos, videos and eyewitness accounts leave little reasonable doubt that a chemical weapons attack took place.” [...]

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