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- Top News
- Opinion and analysis
This week’s top news:
Hagel: US Considering Arming Syria Rebels: Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel became the first US official to admit that the administration is "rethinking" its previous decision not to arm Syria’s rebels directly, though he insisted that no decision had been made and this was just one option being considered.
Pentagon Report: North Korea Still Trying to Make Nuke to Reach US: A new Pentagon report on North Korea, coming weeks after everyone was seemingly all North Korea’d out, comes with the same ominous but ultimately vague warning that the nation is still "working" on a nuclear missile to reach the United States.
Report: Netanyahu Fears US On Board With Arab League’s Peace Plan: Reports in the Israeli press now say Netanyahu is openly expressing concern to his aides that the US might be on board with Arab League’s "land-swap" peace proposal.
Boots on the Ground: First US Troops Arrive for Mali War: US ground troops have been assigned to "liaison support" for French and African troops in Mali. Officials say so far there are only "about 10" troops involved, but the number could grow as the war drags on.
UN: Force Feeding Gitmo Hunger Strikers Violates International Law:President Obama this week defended the US’s policy of force feeding detainees in Guantanamo Bay who are protesting their due process-free indefinite detention by going on a hunger strike. But UN human rights officials say it amounts to torture.
US Watchdog: Afghan Military Shrinking: Though the Pentagon’s own report claimed the October 2012 goal of getting the Afghan military up to 352,000 members was met, a new report today from the Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction (SIGAR) confirms that they didn’t.
Opinion and Analysis:
- Justin Raimondo wrote about the controversy over San Francisco’s gay pride parade and Bradley Manning, the help that the Tsarnaev brothers had, and liberty in the age of terrorism.
- Kelley Vlahos reviewed Jeremy Scahill’s new book Dirty Wars.
- Ivan Eland urged the US to avoid the drumbeat to escalate the Syria war.
- Phil Giraldi dug into the "idiocy" of the neocon warmongering.
- Sean A. McElwee wrote about war propaganda and censorship in the Hollywood Industrial Complex.
- Steve Breyman reported on the most dangerous waste of your tax dollars this year: the B61 nuclear bomb.
- Thomas Knapp uncovered the hypocrisy of the West’s chemical weapons gripe with Syria.
- John Glaser argued that arming the Syrian rebels is a terrible idea and also dipped into the "isolationist" debate.
- Lucy Steigerwald wrote about the inevitability of domestic drones and Obama’s rare comments on Guantanamo Bay detainees.
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