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International Developments

? The UN says “Palestinian children tortured, used as shields by Israel.”

? Desperate, despairing statement from Syria:  “‘We don’t care who rules us, we just want to live’.”

? Not satisfied with small arms supplies to Syrian rebels, US allies, including Saudi Arabia and France, want the US to do more.  Update:  “Since late last year, CIA and U.S. military operatives have been teaching Syrian rebels how to use anti-tank and anti-aircraft guns at bases in Jordan and Turkey”.

? Taliban-US talks may be back on.

? Rami Hamdallah once again Prime Minister of Palestine.

? “How Tunisia is Turning Into a Salafist Battleground:  An interview with a professor who was attacked for standing up for secularism.”

? Contrary to concerns expressed by other physicians, “Guantanamo force-feeding does not trouble prison doctors”.

? Top weapons buyer for the Pentagon “Admits F-35 Stealth Fighter Secrets Stolen”.

International Finance

? “Greek leftists quit coalition government after public media shutdown.”

? More on Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and the TransPacific Partnership trade negotiations being conducted in strictest secrecy–albeit with corporations included.

Money Matters USA

? Money talks: “Ex-Enron boss Jeffrey Skilling’s sentence cut” by 10 (to 14 years).

? Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV), Tom Coburn (R-OK) and Angus King (I-VT) have a bill tying student loan interest rates to  10-year Treasury notes plus one percent.

? The great national mortgage settlement has hit some snags.  The oversight process doesn’t work, e.g, and major banks have “failed at least one” test.  There’s talk about fixing things.

? Employers have the right to pay disabled workers pretty much whatever they want, as in 22-cents an hour.   There’s a bill in the works to fix this cruelty, but it’s being hotly contested.

? “How Wall Street Fraudsters Plunder Public Finances, And How To Fight Back”.

? The US Chamber of Commerce is doubling-down on Social Security. [cont’d.]

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