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October 26, 2013

World Health Organization: Polio on the rise in war-torn Syria

  • 22 the number of people—mostly young children—that have contracted polio in Syria, according to the World Health Organization. It’d be the first outbreak in the country in 14 years, and as many as 100,000 children are susceptible to the disease in the highly-contested Deir Ezzor province alone. Due to the poor living conditions, refugees are also susceptible to the disease as well. source
12:42 // 10 months ago
September 25, 2013
14:37 // 11 months ago
September 15, 2013
This was the header of The Huffington Post this morning at around 11AM ET. Secretary of State John Kerry said “the threat of force is real” if Syria does not follow through with the chemical weapons diplomatic solution by Russia. He said, “we cannot have hollow words.”

This was the header of The Huffington Post this morning at around 11AM ET. Secretary of State John Kerry said “the threat of force is real” if Syria does not follow through with the chemical weapons diplomatic solution by Russia. He said, “we cannot have hollow words.”

11:37 // 11 months ago
9:38 // 11 months ago
September 13, 2013

sturtlovinggood says: Syria?

» SFB says: Of mixed mind on the issue other than to say, it sucks for everyone—particularly the people currently suffering and in fear within the country, who get lost in the mix whenever we hear about the drama between Russia and the U.S. I think the Obama administration, if they’re gonna make an issue of it, needs to look beyond chemical weapons and at the numerous violent incidents that have taken place over the past few years. I don’t like war, but Syria isn’t getting any better and the international community has to figure out some way to ease this situation without washing their hands of it. Last point: I think that Obama was right to ask for a vote in Congress. I hope he follows whatever guidance Capitol Hill has to offer. — Ernie @ SFB

22:58 // 11 months ago
While the world’s attention is on ensuring that Syria’s government can no longer use chemical weapons against its population, we shouldn’t forget that Syrian government forces have used conventional means to slaughter civilians. Survivors told us devastating stories of how their unarmed relatives were mowed down in front of them by government and pro-government forces.

Joe Stork, Human Rights Watch. 

Syria: Mass Executions by Government Forces.

(via humanrightswatch)

The other “red line.”

16:37 // 11 months ago
September 12, 2013
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September 10, 2013
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September 5, 2013
14:43 // 11 months ago
September 4, 2013
I didn’t set a red line. The world set a red line.
President Obama • Appealing to the international community, in hopes of receiving more support for military strikes in Syria, during a speech in Stockholm on Wednesday. The President also said he did not believe his own credibility was on the line, when it comes to action/inaction in Syria, but that the same could not be said for America and the rest of the international community. Tomorrow, President Obama will meet with leaders of the other G20 nations, and the ongoing conflict in Syria is more than likely to become a topic of heavy discussion. source
14:43 // 11 months ago