Syria: CIA-Vetted “Rebels” Chase U.S. Forces Out of Town

Syria: CIA-Vetted “Rebels” Chase U.S. Forces Out of Town:

One can reasonably assume that the planned presence of U.S. forces amid a Turkish invasion has the sole purpose of deterring Russian or Syrian moves against it. With U.S. forces around the Russian command will have to think twice before bombing any Turkish advance beyond the borders of their agreement with the Russians.

The deployment of some 40 U.S. special forces to Al Ra’i did not go well. The Turkish “Free Syrian Army” proxies threatened to kill the U.S. forces (see video). They called them “unbelievers” and “crusader pigs” and the U.S. forces had to retreat under Turkish cover….

The Turkish supported sectarian “moderate” FSA groups are the very same groups the CIA has “vetted” and provided with TOW missiles and other weapons.

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The Lingering Costs of Clinton’s Libyan War

The Lingering Costs of Clinton’s Libyan War:

Clinton owns the Libyan war as much as any member of the Obama administration after the president himself, and as recently as this spring she touted it as an example of “smart power at its finest.” The truth is that it was an example of almost everything that is wrong with our foreign policy, and Clinton’s proud support for it is an indictment of her judgment… The administration strained and damaged relations with other major and rising powers for the sake of toppling that government and destabilizing the surrounding region… The U.S. and its allies went far beyond the mandate that it had been given, and pursued a war for regime change after explicitly disavowing regime change as a goal. As a result, Libya was handed over to militias and chaos, and its neighbors were left to cope with the serious and violent consequences of a reckless military intervention.

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Obama Administration Wins First Appeal Against Haiti Cholera Victims

Obama Administration Wins First Appeal Against Haiti Cholera Victims:

Scientists and researchers have repeatedly found, with overwhelming consensus, that U.N. peacekeepers introduced [Cholera] to Haiti for the first time ever recorded by knowingly allowing their infected feces to slough into the Meille River, which locals used for drinking, bathing and washing – in violation of the UN’s own protocols and the most basic tenets of public health.

Yet for six years, as thousands – if not tens of thousands – of Haitians died painful, degrading deaths of dehydration from severe vomiting and diarrhea, the world’s most important international humanitarian organization destroyed evidence, dissembled and, when all else failed, stonewalled. Ban even promoted the head of the peacekeeping mission in Haiti at the time of the outbreak and initial cover-up to become his own personal chief of staff….

But on Thursday, shortly after the U.N. acknowledged its role in the outbreak to me for the first time, the Federal Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit upheld a lower-court ruling that said the U.N. is immune from any kind of lawsuit under an international convention – even if it ignores other parts of that same convention saying it then has to provide some other way to resolve disputes, as it refused to do in this case….

In that light, it was also a victory for one of the less-publicized players in this case: the United States government. Because the U.N. has refused to accept the legitimacy of the federal case, Justice Department lawyers have defended the organization instead in court. Judge José A. Cabranes cited the Obama administration’s U.N.-friendly interpretation of the immunities convention as a significant factor in the three-judge panel’s decision. Lawyers for the plaintiffs are still deciding whether to appeal to the Supreme Court.

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Syria’s Daraya Evacuated Under Deal, Ending Four-Year Siege

Syria’s Daraya Evacuated Under Deal, Ending Four-Year Siege:

An early rebel stronghold that ended up under siege for a solid four years of the Syrian Civil War, the Damascus suburb of Daraya has finally been evacuated today under a deal between government forces and rebels to resolve the situation, allowing everyone out of the area.

The evacuation puts an effective end to fighting in the western Ghouta region, as it was the last rebel holdout. Some 700 rebel gunmen were evacuated in the deal and are being taken to the rebel-held Idlib Province. An estimated 4,000 civilians will be sheltered in an area further south.

The deal was made between the rebels and the government, which didn’t make the UN happy, since they like to be the ones brokering such deals….

The deal marked a considerable victory for the Syrian government is securing the area south of the capital, but rebels were defiant while being evacuated, vowing they would return some day to take over the rest of the country.

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Saudi Airstrike Kills 11 Civilians in Northern Yemen

Saudi Airstrike Kills 11 Civilians in Northern Yemen:

Adding to embarrassment about the US role in supporting the Saudi war against Yemen, Saudi Arabian warplanes attacked the northern city of Saada…, destroying a pair of houses in the Shi’ite-dominated city, killing at least 11 civilians.

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What The Hell Is Going On In The Philippines?

What The Hell Is Going On In The Philippines?:

When Rodrigo Duterte, the former mayor of Davao City, was running for president of the Philippines, he promised he would be a dictator. He said he would authorize the army and police force to wage a drug war and use extrajudicial killings against “suspects” (i.e. literally anyone) who resisted. He said he would shut down Congress if they ever tried to impeach him. But he also said he’d open the country up to foreign investment so the mainstream business press laughed it all off.

Newsflash: he wasn’t joking.

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U.N. Finally Admits It’s Responsible For Cholera Outbreak In Haiti That Has Killed Thousands

U.N. Finally Admits It’s Responsible For Cholera Outbreak In Haiti That Has Killed Thousands:

In the fall of 2010, months after a devastating earthquake struck Haiti, a new disaster began: a cholera outbreak that killed thousands of people and continues to sicken people across the country.

Experts determined that the source of the disease was a U.N. peacekeeping camp. And now, nearly six years later, the United Nations has admitted it played some role in the deadly outbreak.

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As the Saudis Covered Up Abuses in Yemen, America Stood By

As the Saudis Covered Up Abuses in Yemen, America Stood By:

Washington let Saudi Arabia commit atrocities in Yemen, then strong-arm the UN into remaining silent.

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The UN is finally going to declassify transgender as a mental illness

The UN is finally going to declassify transgender as a mental illness:

The World Health Organisation (WHO) is moving to declassify transgender identity as a mental disorder, as it updates its category of mental illnesses for the first time in decades.

The body, which is the public health agency of the United Nations (UN), is considering making the change in a revised categorisation of mental and behavioural disorders to be released in 2018.

News of the change comes just as a new study published in The Lancet Psychiatrythis week advocates that transgender identity should not be diagnosed as a mental disorder.

“Stigma associated with both mental disorder and transgender identity has contributed to the precarious legal status, human rights violations, and barriers to appropriate care among transgender people,” says lead researcher Geoffrey Reed from the National Autonomous University of Mexico.

“The definition of transgender identity as a mental disorder has been misused to justify denial of health care and contributed to the perception that transgender people must be treated by psychiatric specialists, creating barriers to health care services.”

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Atmospheric Changes Over Syria

Atmospheric Changes Over Syria:

While [these] items are in themselves only small changes of positions they sum up to some significant change in the political atmosphere over Syria.

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