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International Developments

? Remember Hans Blix, UN Arms Inspector 2000-2003, who tried to get the truth out to counter the Bush administration’s lies about WMDs in Iraq?  He’s now urging caution and patience concerning chemical weapons use in Syria.

? “Ready” is the word:  “US ready to launch Syria strike, says Chuck Hagel”; France is “‘ready to punish’ whoever was behind the attack” says French President Francois Hollande.  Not ready: The UN inspection team postponed today’s scheduled site visit in Damascus until tomorrow, pending better “preparedness and safety”.

? Russia President Putin and UK Prime Minister Cameron had a phone conversation during which they disagreed about Syrian chemical weapons attack evidence.

? Never one to disappoint, Tony “Cheerleader” Blair is gung-ho on attacking Syria.

? Prime Minister David Cameron’s position on Syria is a result of “Immature advisers, moral indignation and the folly of wading into this bloody morass.”

? UK Prime Minister David Cameron is recalling the UK Parliament Thursday “to discuss possible responses to a suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria.”

Secretary of State John Kerry’s case for US military action against Syria.

? “The Prince [Bandar Bush]:  Meet the Man Who Co-Opted Democracy in the Middle East.”  Or, how “the U.S. began a mad hunt to destroy those who had absolutely nothing to do with the assaults of 9/11.”

? The White House claims they aren’t seeking “regime change” in Syria.

? “M23 rebels attack Congo troops near Goma: Both sides reportedly suffer heavy casualties and three UN peacekeepers are wounded near Rwanda border.”  720 Congolese troops reportedly “at the military hospital”.  Susan Rice and M23.

International Finance

? Oh, noooos.  “JP Morgan told to pay [Russian billionaire] Blavatnik $50m in damages” for losses he “suffered” when the subprime mortgage market collapsed.

? More woes:  Javier Martin Artajo Rueda, former JPMorgan trader wanted on massive fraud charges in the US, was arrested in Spain.

Money Matters USA

? How Wall Street’s “biggest banks . . . essentially won a green light to rush into ‘mining, processing, transporting, storing, and trading a wide range of vitally important physical commodities.”  A new Gilded Age, at our expense.

? Public pensions are under attack, as seen “in the Detroit bankruptcy proceedings.  It is even more clearly on display in efforts by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to default on the city’s pension obligations.”

? Anonymous O-Team source:  “Larry Summers Is Likely To Be Named Chairman Of The Fed In A Few Weeks”.

? Facebook has been ordered to pay $20m for taking users’ “personal details” and putting them “in ads on the site without their permission”.  Individuals will receive $15 each. [cont’d.]

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