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International Developments

? A former Air Force drone operator, whose missions killed 1,626 people (they actually gave him a certificate showing the number), describes his experiences and how he’s coping in civilian life.

? “The US has condemned the Syrian military’s attack on Qusair, a strategic town over which it [re-]gained control after a bloody siege.”

? “1,500 packages of food aid donated by Hezbollah” were delivered in Lebanon to Palestinian refugees from Syria.  Once the source was discovered, the food was destroyed since Hezbollah was involved in killing of Palestinians in Qusair.

? Israel’s upset that Austria has withdrawn its 380 troops from the Golan Heights.

? “Western media are characterizing the demonstrations as a clash between Islamism and secularism–but it’s government abuse of power that Turks are protesting.”  Right on cue, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is going to “push ahead” with the Gezi Park development, citing “terrorism”.

? “Turkish airline workers join demonstrations, don Guy Fawkes masks.  The labor union Hava-Is has been on strike since May 15 over fair pay and a previous round of firings.”  Update:  “Police crack down on union protest, Ankara”.

? Looks as though there’s a gold rush  building in Uganda, though it’s doubtful impoverished locals will benefit.

? The “British government may be cracking down on websites that promote extremist or radical Muslim and terrorist ideology.”

? “Exodus of Colombian soldiers to UAE continues” despite statements to the contrary.  58 more Colombian troops just departed for the UAE, which is trying to boost its armed forces by 3,000.  Colombian soldiers make 10 times more in the UAE.

? 103 Guantanamo prisoners are now on hunger strike, with 41 being force-fed.

International Finance

? Christine Lagarde, head of the IMF, Mario Draghi, European Central Bank president, and a spokesperson for the commissioner who “handled” the 2010 bailout were busy defending the “blunders” that created the staggering, painful calamity that is now Greece.

? “Prince Alwaleed bin Talal” of Saudi Arabia is so offended that Forbes magazine “undervalued his wealth by $9.6bn” that he’s suing. [cont’d.]

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