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Syria, what’s next for the U.S.?

assad-putinAfter its capture of Palmyra, the Islamic State now controls over half the Syrian landmass and large parts of Iraq.

Ralph E. Stone Global News Centre

(SAN FRANCISCO)   The U.S. finds itself between a rock and a hard place in the Syrian civil war. Russia has deployed warplanes and tanks to a base near Latakia, Syria in support of President Bashar al-Assad’s Syrian government.  In the meantime, Iran ground troops have arrived in Syria.  These troops would be backed by Assad’s Lebanese Hezbollah allies and by Shi’ite militia fighters from Iraq.  Russia is providing air support for these ground troops.

The threats and costs of war

Operation Enduring FreedomeThe direct and indirect costs of war

By John Scales Avery

(JUST)  The costs of war, both direct and indirect, are so enormous that they are almost beyond comprehension. Globally, the institution of war interferes seriously with the use of tax money for constructive and peaceful purposes.

Today, despite the end of the Cold War, the world spends roughly 1.7 trillion (i.e. 1.7 million million) US dollars each year on armaments. This colossal flood of money could have been used instead for education, famine relief, development of infrastructure, or on urgently needed public health measures.

Before saying “Thank you for your service” to the next US combat vet, make sure you are not thanking one of these guys

Photo from: http://www.commondreams.org/author/tom-engelhardt

Photo from: http://www.commondreams.org/author/tom-engelhardt

Things aren’t always how they seem.  Many US combat veterans are sadistic murderers without question.

By Gary G. Kohls, MD

(DULUTH)  And also try to not thank any of the Viet Nam veterans that testified in 1971 at the Viet Nam Veterans Against the War’s Winter Soldier Investigation in Detroit, Michigan (which the pro-war mainstream media blacked-balled). You will probably get an earful (unless the “thankee” happens to be Secretary of State John Kerry).

Exposing lies, telling the truth

exposing_VitchekIn ‘Exposing Lies of the Empire’, Andre Vltchek documents, with chillingly violent detail, the sins of Christianity which has wanted converts (at the point of a gun if necessary) and does not tolerate, let alone ‘love thy neighbour’, when the neighbour is of a different faith.

Robert J. Burrowes Global News Centre

(TASMANIA)   I have just read Andre Vltchek’s new book ‘Exposing Lies of the Empire’. http://badak-merah.weebly.com/exposing-lies-of-the-empire.html Let me tell you something about this book of 800 pages.

Vltchek writes with passion and poetry, describing the true horror experienced by the world at large, living at the gunpoint of the imperial powers, while also describing and drawing you into a world of progress, culture and refinement that exists in some places and, so we are tantalised, might exist elsewhere too and even, perhaps, one day for us all.

The poverty of relative deprivation

thirdmonk.net

thirdmonk.net

Wealth, in even the most improbable cases, manages to convey the aspect of intelligence.     -  J. Kenneth Galbraith

William Annett Global News Centre

(DAYTONA BEACH)    Jimmy Pattison is Vancouver’s only billionaire, absent Li-Kashing and one or two other trans-Pacific practitioners, those who have proselytized Vancouver since the British Hong Kong exodus in – what was it – 1999? But Jimmy is the perfect  Canadian knock-off of the Steve Forbes model, as showcased each week in Forbes Mag’s monotonous litany of “richest” (“World’s Richest Teen-ager,” “World’s Richest Plumber,” and so on. )

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