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International Developments

? At least 93,000  killed during the Syrian conflict, according to the UN.  “Over 80% of those killed were men. 1,700+ children under the age of 10 also killed.

? “Guantanamo prisoner [Abd al Rahim al Nashiri] seeks to attend pre-trial talks on secret evidence” . . .  in the death penalty case against him”.

? They’re still interested in going in:  “US considers Syria policy as John Kerry seeks ways to help civil war rebels.”  He’s talked to the British foreign secretary about “non-lethal interventions”.

? One step closer:  “US confirms for the first time it has evidence that Bashar Al-Assad’s government has used nerve gas against rebel groups.”

? Reinforced by taunts like these.  Bill Clinton to President Obama:  Get involved in Syria or you’re going to look like a “total fool” and a “wuss”.   Update:  President Obama “welcomes” this advice.

International Finance

? “A general strike has begun in Greece in protest at the . . . government’s surprise move to shut down state broadcaster ERT”–eliminating nearly 2,700 jobs.

? Walmart’s listed “more than 200 factories it said it had barred from producing its merchandise because of serous or repeated safety problems, labor violations or unauthorized subcontracting.”  Two of the factories on the list continued to “send massive shipments” to Walmart anyway.

? Israel’s poverty is the highest among the OECD members (even though 4 million Palestinians are not included in the calculations); its education system “is among the worst”; and its military expenditure as a percent of GDP is “higher than any OECD country.”

Money Matters USA

? House Oversight Committee Chair Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) has put together a new US Postal Service plan.  It has some  objectionable features, but it “does get rid of the requirement that the service prepay for future retiree’s healthcare.”

? “[T]he sequestration policy is doing exactly what it was intended to do: it’s hurting the nation’s economy and taking benefits from American families that need them.”

? 1,300 IBM employees have received lay-off notices. “While [IBM is] firing in the US, they are hiring in India.”

? FEMA has denied West, TX’s request for more funds to help rebuild the town, which would be  in addition to the “millions of dollars” it’s already provided.

? “Hackers allegedly targeted the computer networks of 15 financial institutions, including [JPMorgan, Citigroup and E-Trade while trying to get into] customer accounts to steal at least $15 million”. 8 males caught and charged. [cont’d.]

Dan Wright

Dan Wright

Daniel Wright is a longtime blogger and currently writes for Shadowproof. He lives in New Jersey, by choice.