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January 30, 2014

In a new report, Human Rights Watch claims to have evidence—photographic, video (shown above) and via satellite map—of the Syrian government demolishing rebel neighborhoods, apparently for no other reason than to punish the people who live there. “Those responsible for the wanton destruction of civilian property or for imposing collective punishment have committed war crimes and should be investigated and held to account,” the report states.

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January 29, 2014
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January 22, 2014
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January 21, 2014
We will not accept less than the removal of the criminal Bashar al-Assad and changing the regime and holding the murderers accountable.
Badr Jamous, secretary-general of the Syrian National Coalition • Offering his thoughts on the next round of diplomatic talks aimed at ending the civil war that’s ravaged Syria for the last three years. Few observers actually expect the talks, dubbed “Geneva-2” to be any more successful than the “Geneva-1” talks that failed 18 months ago. But, with roughly one-third of the country’s population displaced from their homes — not to mention more than 130,000 confirmed casualties — many diplomats are hoping that they can at least get the two sides to agree on some basic guidelines that might ease civilian suffering. source
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January 7, 2014
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January 2, 2014

Destruction of Syrian government’s chemical weapons already behind schedule

  • Last Month A new plan was unveiled that would see a number of countries join together, under the supervision of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, to oversee the complete destruction of the Syrian government’s chemical weapons. The process would begin in January, and was expected to take no longer than sixty days to complete.
  • Today A new report from The Guardian reveals the process is already several days behind schedule, and destruction of Syria’s chemical agents is unlikely to be completed by the originally proposed deadline. A variety of bureaucratic delays have held up GPS tracking devices and other technology at the Jordanian border, and many of the weapons have apparently not even been prepared for transportation.
15:14 // 6 months ago
December 30, 2013

Stuff you may have missed: December 30, 2013

Syria remains the deadliest part of the world for journalists, according to a new report by the Committee to Protect Journalists, which says that 70 journalists died on the job this year.

Lesson of the day: Don’t sample the audio from the Challenger crash for a pop song. It doesn’t work, even if you’re Beyoncé.

Fewer than half of all Republicans believe evolution is a thing, according to a new poll.

It took just 12 hours for five separate NFL teams to fire their coaches.

The FAA is testing drones in these states.

20:14 // 6 months ago
December 29, 2013

Saudi Arabia just gave Lebanon a really big end-of-year present

  • $3B the size of the investment Saudi Arabia just made in the Lebanese army, an investment meant to strengthen the army’s resources. Those resources are seen as weaker than those of the Islamic militant group Hezbollah, which is located in the country and is supporting the nearby Syrian government in the country’s ongoing civil war. The move could weaken Iran’s influence on the country, but some analysts suggest the source of the funding makes it divisive. source
17:42 // 6 months ago
December 16, 2013
No one really wants to go to war in Syria because it’s a huge sectarian, you know, mess, with all kinds of implications. […] But look, this is complicated. This isn’t easy.
United States Secretary of State John Kerry shares with ABC News ‘The Week’ on how he views Syria today. He also admits al Qaeda is an issue he will have to confront there. 
13:47 // 7 months ago
We’ve seen several red lines put forward by the president, which went along and became pinkish as time grew, and eventually ended up completely white. When that kind of assurance comes from a leader of a country like the United States, we expect him to stand by it. There is an issue of confidence.
Prince Turki al-Faisal, the former intelligence chief of Saudi Arabia, describes his country’s disappointment in the United States and Obama regarding the Syria conflict. 

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12:35 // 7 months ago