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New Questions over CIA Nominee Brennan’s Denial of Civilian Drone Deaths By Chris Woods, January 10 2013
Claims by the Central Intelligence Agency’s new director-designate that the US intelligence services received ‘no information’ about any civilians killed by US drones in the year prior to June 2011 do not appear to bear scrutiny.John Brennan, President Obama’s …
New Cold War: Russia, China To Coodinate Response Against U.S. Global Missile Shield By Ria Novosti, January 10 2013
BEIJING: Russia and China are planning to intensify their cooperation on missile defense in response to America’s growing missile defense potential around the globe, Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev said on Wednesday.“We are concerned about US plans to build …
U.S. Banks Win Mortgage Fraud Settlement, Borrowers Lose By Pratap Chatterjee, January 09 2013

Ten major U.S. banks settled charges of illegally kicking people out of their homes for pennies on the dollar, under two agreements with the government announced this week. The biggest beneficiary is Bank of America which will win a get-out-of-jail

New Boss at the CIA: Brennan’s “Legal Framework” for Drone Killings By James Gundun, January 09 2013

As the majority of Washington’s political and media establishments concentrate their firepower on Senator Chuck Hagel’s nomination for U.S. Defense Secretary, John Brennan is doing what he does best and slipping through the shadows. Rumored since President Barack Obama secured …

“So Many People Died”. The American System of Suffering, 1965-2014 By Nick Turse, January 09 2013

Pham To looked great for 78 years old. (At least, that’s about how old he thought he was.) His hair was thin, gray, and receding at the temples, but his eyes were lively and his physique robust — all the

Raising Interest Rates? Canada’s Impending Household Debt Crisis By Global Research News, January 09 2013

By Dan Parker

Late last year, TD bank chief economist Craig Alexander released a report stating ”tighter mortgage rules should do the job of cooling Canada’s hot housing market in the short term, but higher interest rates will be needed

“Protecting Turkey” against Syria: American, German, Dutch, Czech, Polish, Slovak Troops To Turkey By Global Research News, January 09 2013
Deutsche Welle
January 8, 2013 Armed Conflict:  Germany deploys Patriot missile defense to TurkeyThe deployment of Patriot anti-missile systems from Germany to its NATO-partner Turkey has gotten underway. Germany has also sent an additional convoy of soldiers to help
Obama Appoints Dr. Drone to Head the CIA By Matthew Rothschild and Amitabh Pal, January 09 2013

Pres. Obama just made a hideous appointment.

He replaced the disgraced David Petraeus at the CIA with John Brennan, Dr. Drone.

This is a hideous appointment.

Brennan, as Obama’s counterterrorism czar, has overseen the massive proliferation of our drone warfare.…

Home Foreclosures: Another Sweetheart Bank Settlement on Sub-Prime Mortgage Fraud By Andre Damon, January 09 2013

Ten major financial firms agreed on Monday to pay $3.3 billion in cash to settle allegations of mortgage fraud by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) in the latest in a string of sweetheart settlements between the …

“Fiscal Pain”: Austerity Drives Up European Unemployment to Record Levels By Stefan Steinberg, January 09 2013

The policy of unrelenting austerity adopted by the European political elite has driven up unemployment across the continent to record levels, as shown in data released Tuesday by the Eurostat statistics agency.

Unemployment in the 17 European countries that make …

Financial Manipulation? Hedge Fund Operations Are Affecting the Gold Market By Mike Swanson, January 09 2013
The price of gold has been kept down by hedge fund redemptions. These redemptions will end in a week and after that a nasty hand that has been holding the price of gold down will be lifted. As we begin
Hagel and Brennan Nominations: The Empire’s Agenda is Covert Warfare, Targeted Assassinations and “Counterterrorism” By Stephen Lendman, January 09 2013

Senate confirmation on both is required. Expect little opposition to Brennan. More on him below.

Republicans will challenge Hagel. At issue is political opportunism more than who serves. Questions about Obama’s nominee are exaggerated. More on that below.

Rarely ever

“I Have a Drone”. Obama’s “Military Dream” Is Backfiring By Washington's Blog, January 09 2013

John Glaser notes:

Michael Boyle, who was on Obama’s counter-terrorism advisory group in the run-up to the 2008 election, writes  in a study for the Chatham House journal International Affairs that Obama abandoned his pledge to restore respect

Washington’s Hegemonic Ambitions Are Not in Sync With Its Faltering Economy By Dr. Paul Craig Roberts, January 09 2013

In November the largest chunk of new jobs came from retail and wholesale trade. Businesses gearing up for Christmas sales added 65,700 jobs or 45% of November’s 146,000 jobs gain.

With December sales a disappointment, these jobs are likely to

The U.S. and the Privatization of El Salvador By Eric Draitser, January 09 2013

As much of Latin America braces itself for the possibility of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’s death, observers around the world would do well to note the stark contrasts that exist within the region. On the one hand, there are the

Tar Sands Blockade: Growing Opposition to Keystone XL Pipeline By Global Research News, January 08 2013

by William Boardman

Construction of the southern leg of TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline continues to march through East Texas toward the sea with the implacability of Sherman’s army in 1864, although with somewhat less scorched earth and fewer casualties

Destabilizing Iran as a Nation State: Targeted Sanctions as an “Alternative” to War? By Ben Schreiner, January 08 2013

 Washington’s quest to bring Tehran to its knees continues to accelerate.  And in turn, ordinary Iranians increasingly find themselves caught in the crosshairs.

As the Washington Post reports on the latest round of Iran sanctions signed by President Obama last

The World Economy 2013: Illusions and Reality By Nick Beams, January 08 2013

When the economic history of the recent period is written, it may well be that the year 2012 is regarded as having been almost as important as 2008.

The collapse of Lehman Brothers four-and-a-half years ago was the trigger that …

Obama names head of drone assassination program to lead CIA By Barry Grey, January 08 2013

President Barack Obama on Monday named his counterterrorism chief, John Brennan, to head the Central Intelligence Agency in his second term. In choosing Brennan to lead the spy agency, Obama gave a clear signal that he intends to expand the

What Obama’s Nominations Mean: The Military Is Being Downsized, But CIA Covert Operations Are Gearing Up By Washington's Blog, January 08 2013

The CIA Is Taking Over the Dirty Work in Fighting America’s Wars

Obama has nominated a veteran – not a chickenhawk – to serve as Secretary of Defense.  The Washington Post reports that Chuck Hagel:

… was deputy director of

Spain’s United Left Coalition against Neoliberalism and Economic Austerity By Dick Nichols, January 08 2013

On the last day of the 10th federal convention of the Spain’s United Left (Izquierda Unida, IU), Juan Peña, young IU organization secretary for the Castilla town of Valladolid, summed up his view of the impact of the indignado (15M) …

Turning Realities Upside Down: The Western Media’s War on Syria By Stephen Lendman, January 08 2013

On January 6, Assad called for “comprehensive national dialogue in the near future.” He rules out negotiating “with a puppet made by the West.”

He advocates responsibly engaging opposition elements and other political parties.

“Syria wants peace and reconciliation,” he

Bolivia, Ecuador Accuse U.S. Of CIA Destabilization Plots By RT, January 08 2013
Bolivia has “concrete evidence” that the US is plotting to destabilize the Latin American nation, Minister Juan Ramon Quintana said. Proof of US “harassment” of the Bolivian government will be handed over to President Obama, he added.The Bolivian government is …
Old and New Wars: “Dehumanizing” War. Armies facing Armies no longer happens? By Lesley Docksey, January 08 2013

Do we want a generation of veterans who return without guilt? Prof. Jonathon Moreno

Last November global governance expert Professor Mary Kaldor gave a lecture at the Imperial War Museum*, London.  Her theme was Old and New Wars – how …

Fukushima “Decontamination” Measures Are Making Things Worse By Washington's Blog, January 08 2013

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Democracy, Terrorism and the Secret State By Adeyinka Makinde, January 07 2013
From the Era of Gladio to the "Global War on Terror". The thrust of Machiavelli’s seminal piece was that virtually any action taken by a ruler to preserve and promote the stability and the prosperity of his domain was inherently justifiable.
Surviving the Fiscal Cliff: America’s Middle Class Has Been “Saved”—Or Has It? By Danny Schechter, January 07 2013

Long live the middle class now that it has survived the fiscal cliff and been “saved.”

President Obama is basking in the glory of having averted the deepening of a crisis that is more structural than political and hardly resolved.…

Canada’s First Nations Confront Ottawa: “Expect Resistance” By Eric Walberg, January 07 2013

“Respect Existence or Expect Resistance”, chant First Nations as a showdown 11 January loams with Prime Minister Harper.

Sparked by Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence’s hunger strike on tiny ‘Victoria’ Island near Ottawa’s Parliament Hill, now in its third frigid week, …

Does Truth Have A Future In America? By Dr. Paul Craig Roberts, January 07 2013

As a writer I have found that one problem in communicating with readers is that many have political, social, economic, or ideological agendas.

They read in order to confirm their beliefs and agendas. Neither the right-wing nor the left-wing can

Israel’s Persecution of Haneen Zoabi By Prof. Lawrence Davidson, January 07 2013

Like apartheid South Africa, Zionist-ruled Israel must face the contradiction between being a modern democracy respecting equal rights for all and a state favoring one group over others. The logic of the second route is ever-increasing repression, as the case …

Following the “Fiscal Cliff” Agreement, Drastic Bi-partisan Spending Cuts By Patrick Martin, January 07 2013

Following the agreement between Democrats and Republicans to avert the “fiscal cliff,” the two big business parties enter the new year with one item on their domestic agenda: cuts in health care, retirement and other programs on which millions of …

Obama’s Targeted Killing: Murdered without Being Charged. Administration Blocks Information Request on Assassination of US Citizens By Tom Carter, January 07 2013

On Wednesday, at the request of the Obama administration, US federal judge Colleen McMahon relied on expansive “national security” privileges to deny requests by the American Civil Liberties Union and the New York Times for government records related to the …

U.S. Government Using Terrorism Against the American People By Washington's Blog, January 07 2013

We’ve documented that – by any measure – America is the largest sponsor of terrorism in the world.

But remember, terrorism is defined as:

The use of violence and threats to intimidate or coerce, especially for political purposes.

The …

“Endless Growth” Based on Consumerism. Is there an Alternative to Capitalism and Oligarchy? By Colin Todhunter, January 07 2013

Benetton, Nike, Lacoste and a hundred other brand names, the holy scriptures of the shopping mall. Shop till you drop then shop some more. Burger respite provided, courtesy of ‘we clear forests in the Amazon for your delight’ and ‘we

Foreign Terrorists Wage War on Syria By Stephen Lendman, January 07 2013

Syrian authorities said so in 2011. Other reports acknowledged it then and now.

Syria is Washington’s war. It was planned years ago. America wants pro-Western puppet leadership replacing Assad.

All independent governments are targeted for regime change. Imperial rogue states

The West has Brought Terrorists to Syria: President Bashar Al Assad’s Historic Speech. Full Transcript By Bashar al Assad, January 07 2013

President al-Assad : Out of Womb of Pain, Hope Should Be Begotten, from Suffering Important Solutions Rise

President Bashar al-Assad on Sunday delivered a speech at the Opera House in Damascus in which he touched upon the latest developments in

Bolivarianism in Venezuela. “With or without Chavez, it’s institutionalized” By Stephen Lendman, January 06 2013

With or without Chavez, it’s institutionalized. It greatly improved the lives of most Venezuelans. It’s become part of the national culture. It won’t wane and die.

It reflects Simon Bolivar’s vision. He defeated the Spanish, liberated half of South America,

By Any Measure, the U.S. Is the Largest Sponsor of Terror By Washington's Blog, January 06 2013

Preface: As a patriotic American – I was born here, lived here all of my life, and love this country – I want the best for the U.S.  

Lawless actions are tearing my country apart.  I want my country to

Ecuadorian president warns of possible ‘CIA attack’ before elections By RT, January 06 2013

 

Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa has said the CIA may try to kill him prior to upcoming elections. Citing reports of a plot to “destabilize the region,” Correa said the threats were “credible,” given the history of US involvement in …

Names of Foreign Fighters and Terrorists Arrested by Syrian Government By United Nations, January 06 2013

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Measures to eliminate international terrorism

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Syria: How Many People Have Been Killed? The Procurement of “UN Figures” By Global Research News, January 06 2013

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, January 2 — How many people have been killed in Syria? The day after New Years the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights said the figure has reached 60,000.

  A major

“This Conspiracy is Spreading all over Syria”. President Bashar Al Assad’s Speech with Translation By Bashar al Assad, January 06 2013

Syria’s president has blamed “outside forces” for orchestrating the conflict in his country in a rare public address to the nation.

He said the conflict was not between the state and opposition, but the “nation and its enemies”.

“We are

France Chooses the Path of Economic Austerity By Salim Lamrani, January 06 2013

 Despite the election of socialist François Hollande to the presidency of the Republic, France, far from breaking with the neoliberal model that has led much of Europe toward disaster, has chosen the path of austerity.

The austerity policies advocated by

Everything Our Young Children are Taught About the Murder of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is a Lie By Cynthia McKinney, January 06 2013

On Monday night, I spoke at the State University of New York at New Paltz on the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  In that speech I warned the students and members of the community present that

“Technology Addiction” in the Electronic Age: Worldwide Progress or Servitude? By Joel S. Hirschhorn, January 05 2013
Technology limits and distorts human, social interactions. Worse yet, people have lost ability and talent for actually conversing to people face to face, responding to nonverbal nuances, or through intimate writing with more than just a few words.
Endless War Is a Feature of U.S. Policy. Why We Are In a Perpetual Series of Wars … By Washington's Blog, January 05 2013

We are in the middle of a perpetual series of wars. See this, this, this and this.

As just one example, in 2010 the war in Afghanistan became the longest war in U.S. history.  But – …

From Iran Sanctions To U.S. “Dirty Tricks” By Dr. Ismail Salami, January 05 2013

In what can be seen as a blatantly overt interference in Iran’s affairs, US President Barack Obama has recently enacted a law “aimed at countering Tehran’s alleged influence in Latin America” through a new diplomatic and political strategy to be

“No Fly Zone” Over Syria? U.S. Patriot Missile Batteries, Troops Arrive In Turkey By RT, January 05 2013

Critics of the Patriot deployment say that they can be used to create a no-fly zone in Syria, protecting rebels from government airstrikes. A NATO-imposed no-fly zone in Libya in 2011 eventually led to the downfall of the country’s longtime

Emerging from the Shadows: US Covert Drone Strikes in 2012 By Chris Woods and Jack Serle, January 05 2013

by Chris Woods, Jack Serle and Alice K. Ross

Reported civilian deaths fell sharply in Pakistan in 2012, with Bureau data suggesting that a minimum of 2.5% of those reported killed were civilians – compared with more than 14% in

Stagnation and Recession in America: US Jobs Report Points to an “Economy Mired in Crisis” By Barry Grey, January 05 2013

The December employment report released Friday by the US Labor Department reflects an economy mired in crisis. It shows that five years after the official onset of recession and three and a half years after the recession’s official end, the

Obama signs Pentagon bill maintaining Guantanamo and military detention By Bill Van Auken, January 05 2013

For the second year in a row, President Barack Obama has signed into law a Pentagon funding bill that allows for the indefinite military detention of anyone, including American citizens, without charges, while barring the shutdown of the Guantanamo Bay …

Venezuela’s Future By Stephen Lendman, January 05 2013

The New York Times debated it. Nine views were presented. Mark Weisbrot co-directs the Center for Economic and Policy Research. He’s fair-minded and forthright.

He was outnumbered eight to one. Times style debates avoid evenhanded exchanges.

Debates are an ancient …

“Oligarchy Island”: Behind the Hong Kong Protests By Nile Bowie, January 05 2013

The recent wave of protest in Hong Kong may herald bigger problems. Economic woes may escalate the already-rampant acrimony between middle-class islanders and rich mainlanders, unless painful and politically sensitive reforms are taken. Since its transition from British colonial leadership

Political Football Over Disaster Relief: Another Argument for Public Banking By Ellen Brown, January 05 2013

In a shameless display of putting politics before human needs, Congress began 2013 still scrapping over a $60 billion Hurricane Sandy relief bill fully nine weeks after the disaster hit. And if the Katrina experience is any indication, the bill

On the Cusp of Ending Big Pharma: Gene Therapy threatens to Disrupt Big Pharma’s Profiteering By Tony Cartalucci, January 04 2013

Imagine being diagnosed with cancer, a genetic disease, or even age-related deterioration in the morning, given a single injection in the evening, and beginning your recovery the next day. No prescriptions, no lengthy treatments, no difficult decisions between finances and

New Cold War? Largest Russian War Games In Decades By RT, January 04 2013

Russian Navy to hold biggest war games in decades

January 2, 2013

Russia Today

The four major Russian Navy fleets will hold a joint exercise in late January in the Mediterranean and Black seas. It will be the biggest such …

Illegal Occupation of Iraq: US-UK Crimes against Humanity By Felicity Arbuthnot, January 04 2013

The Foreign Secretary,
The Rt. Hon., William Hague, M.P.,

And: To Whom it May Concern,
Foreign and Commonwealth Office,
London SW1.

Greetings,

In the light of the fact that it transpires that twenty seven Foreign Office lawyers concluded unanimously that …

New US drone attacks in Pakistan and Yemen By Patrick O'Connor, January 04 2013

Marking the first US drone attacks of 2013, the Obama administration ordered two separate missile bombardments in Pakistan and Yemen on Wednesday and Thursday.

The latest attacks demonstrate that the drawdown of US-led occupying forces in Afghanistan will be accompanied

Institutionalized Inequality in America: Widening Gap Between Rich and Poor By Stephen Lendman, January 04 2013

 Millions of Americans face lump of coal harshness this holiday season. It’s no different throughout the year. Annually, things get worse.

Hard times reflect what growing numbers endure. Bipartisan complicity bears full responsibility.

Political Washington institutionalized inequality. Class war rages.

UK Chilcot Inquiry: “The Iraq War Was Unlawful”. Unanimous Legal Opinion of Foreign Office Lawyers By Carl Herman, January 04 2013
The UK Cameron government is blocking publication of their “official” report on Iraq. The Blair government was advised before the war by all 27 attorneys in their Foreign Affairs Office that war on Iraq was unlawful.
The Global Elite Are Hiding 18 Trillion Dollars In Offshore Banks By The Economic Collapse Blog, January 04 2013

In recent days, the fact that Mitt Romney has millions of dollars parked down in the Cayman Islands has made headlines all over the world.  But when it comes to offshore banking, what Mitt Romney is doing is small potatoes. 

Militarization and Neo-Colonial Intrigue in the Central African Republic By Abayomi Azikiwe, January 04 2013

Recent events in the Central African Republic provides a test-case for the future of the continent and the role of imperialist governments in their ongoing interventions into the internal affairs of various nation-states. Threatened with a rebel alliance, known as

US Sponsored Sectarian Iraq Regime: Prime Minister Maliki issues Order to Shoot to Kill By BRussells Tribunal, January 03 2013

by Ibrahim Ebeid

A Confidant of Al Dawa Sectarian Party of Maliki said, that orders were issued from the so cold office of the commander in chief of the armed forces, to the commanders in Mosul, Samara and Almuthanna, to

Latvia’s Economic Disaster Heralded as a Neoliberal “Success Story”: A Model for Europe and the US? By Jeffrey Sommers and Prof Michael Hudson, January 03 2013

A generation ago the Chicago Boys and their financial supporters applauded General Pinochet’s anti-labor Chile as a success story, thanks mainly to its transformation of their Social Security into Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs) that almost universally were looted by

The American People are the Big Losers In The Cliff Deal By Washington's Blog, January 03 2013

The Big Winners:  Big Banks and Big Companies

The “fiscal cliff” deal will raise taxes for 77% of the American public.

It will add $4 trillion dollars to the deficit over the next 10 years.

It will create …

US, France deploy troops to Central African Republic By Patrick O'Connor, January 02 2013

The US and France are deploying additional troops to the Central African Republic (CAR), as anti-government militias close on the capital, Bangui. The intervention is part of a wider ratcheting up of imperialist military operations across Africa, with Washington and …

“Control of the Preferred Narrative”. Why We Hate Them: Arabs in Western Eyes By Philip Giraldi, January 02 2013

Control of the preferred narrative is essential in today’s instant-news political culture. This has been particularly true since 9/11, as the United States government and the cooperative media have worked together to make sure that a series of enemies are

Terrorist Stronghold Destroyed: Syrian government troops chasing armed extremists in the suburbs of Damascus By Global Research News, January 02 2013

Terrorist strongholds were destroyed and dozens of mercenaries were killed and wounded during an operation in the Daraya, Diyabiya and Babilla neighborhoods, the Syrian television reports.

Fierce clashes continue in the Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp near Damascus following an attack

US-NATO Sponsored “Free Syrian Army” is Falling Apart. Government Forces Have the Upper Hand By Thierry Meyssan, January 02 2013

While the French press persists in announcing the “imminent fall” of Syria and the “flight of Bashar al-Assad,” the reality on the ground has turned around completely. Even though chaos is plaguing most of the territory, the “liberated zones” have

We Do not Need Giant Banks: Internet Technology Will Break Up Big Bank Monopoly? By Washington's Blog, January 02 2013

We don’t need giant banks.

As we noted in July, small banks do much more lending than big banks:

Do we need to keep the TBTFs to make sure that loans are made?

Nope.

USA Today points out:

UN Human Rights Report on Syria: Camouflage of US-NATO Sponsored Massacres By Stephen Lendman, January 02 2013

On January 2, the UN News Center headlined “Data suggests death toll could be more than 60,000, says UN human rights office.”

The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) commissioned the analysis. It covers the March …

Global Warming or The “New Ice Age”? Fear of the “Big Freeze” By Washington's Blog, January 02 2013

There has been an intense debate among leading scientists, government agencies and publications over whether the bigger threat is global warming or a new ice age. As we’ve previously noted, top researchers have feared an ice age – off

Fiscal Cliff Over, Now the Attack on the People Begins By Kevin Zeese, January 02 2013

Last night, Congress passed a watered down fiscal cliff package that will raise taxes on everyone, but the worst is yet to come, and this “deficit cutting” measure contains some surprises.

Economist Jack Rasmus highlights Obama’s comments after passage which …

Venezuelan Leadership Up for Grabs? By Stephen Lendman, January 01 2013

New reports about Chavez’s health raise concerns. He’s struggling to recover from complicated cancer surgery.

On October 7, Venezuelans overwhelmingly reelected him. They want no one else leading them. He transformed national politics responsibly. He established participatory democracy and social …

The Ethnic Cleansing of Historically Black Colleges and Universities By Global Research News, January 01 2013

 by Jahi Issa, Ph.D.

Despite the long and loud verbal commitment of the Black Misleadership class to HBCUs, the deference and dependence of black leadership to corporate ethics and on corporate donations has caused them to endorse policies that are

How the FBI Monitored the Occupy Movement By Mara Verheyden-Hilliard, December 31 2012

The FBI and other federal agencies coordinated with banks and local authorities in reacting to the Occupy Movement, which was put in the category of a domestic terrorist threat despite the group’s advocacy of nonviolence, Dennis J. Bernstein reports.

By

Fraud, Money Laundering and Narcotics. Impunity of the Banking Giants. No Prosecution of HSBC By Tom Burghardt, December 31 2012
In an era characterized by economic collapse owing to gross criminality by leading financial actors, policy decisions and the legal environment have been shaped by oligarchs who quite literally have "captured" the state.
What are the Benefits of Going Off “The Fiscal Cliff”? By Devon Douglas-Bowers, December 31 2012

It was reported recently that Senator Harry Reid thinks that the fiscal cliff is coming, saying that Republicans would be to blame “if we go over the cliff, and it looks like that’s where we’re headed.”[1]

The media has been …

Russian Warships Head For Syria By Stop NATO, December 31 2012

Image: Tartus naval base in Southern Syria

MOSCOW: The large landing ship Novocherkassk of the Russian Black Sea Fleet left the Novorossiysk naval base and is heading for the Syrian port of Tartus, a source from the General Staff of …

Towards “Somalization”? Syria Swings between “Dialogue”, Chaos and Bloodshed By Dr. Ismail Salami, December 31 2012

It is admittedly not hard to imagine how someone can predict a vision of hell in a country like Syria which has become a hornet’s nest of terrorism and which is tumbling into further chaos and bloodshed.

Lakhdar Brahimi, who …