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International Developments

? According to Yemen officials, a “suspected U.S. drone strike has killed two men, . . . Al-Qaeda militants.”

? Democrats urging “greater action” by the US in Syria include Sens. Robert Menendez (NJ) and Carl Levin (MI).  In the House it’s Rep Ed Royce (R-CA). Secretary of State John Kerry, who has personal experience in the horrors of war, is upping the ante in “non-lethal” military to $100m, and $20m in humanitarian aid–in addition to the $385m already provided.

? “Damascus: The changing face of Syria’s capital“.  A BBC editor, returning to Damascus after three years, reports on what he sees and hears.

? US Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel, in Israel today where he “emphasized Washington’s willingness to let Israel decide whether and when it might strike Tehran in self-defense.”

? Kurdish women warriors are on the front lines in Syria.  They “undergo the same rigorous training as men and fight alongside each other”.  A Free Syrian Army soldier complained that women in the front lines can “seriously distract male fighters”.  In sharp contrast, a Kurdish woman soldier said, “We are not willing to collaborate with those who don’t accept women’s rights.”

? “China has deployed near Taiwan a powerful missile designed to take out US aircraft carriers”.

International Finance

? Sister Teresa Forcades, Catalan nun, has collected 17,000 signatures in two days in support of “the nationalization of banks and energy firms, housing rights and tough measures against corruption . . . ‘international solidarity, not war.””  Why?  “The current economic model, institutional and political order has failed.”

? His conscience forbade him to turn off the water at houses of poor people  struggling to survive, so he didn’t–since 2006.  Finally, the bosses at Veolia Eau in France fired their 20-year employee.  Bravo, Mark!

Money Matters USA

? “The US has the highest level of income gap of any [advanced country], with the top 1% capturing over 90% of the income growth.”  Much talk about it, but no action, while “emerging nations in Asia and Latin America are directing a significant portion of their resources to eliminate extreme poverty and reduce inequality.”

? How the Dept of Defense uses your tax money for its contractors.

? “The World’s Most Pot-Friendly CEOs“.

? Get ready to bail on some newspaper subscriptions.  The Koch Brothers are eager to get into the newspaper biz.  Right now they’re eyeing the Tribune Company which includes The Los Angeles Time, Chicago Tribute, Baltimore Sun, Orlando Sentinel and Hartford Courant. [cont’d.]

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