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International Developments

? “US Had Intel on Chemical Strike Before It Was Launched“.  “First and foremost, What, if anything, did it do to notify the Syrian opposition of the pending attack.”  More.

? “U.S. and France prepare to act on Syria despite UK no vote.”

? The US “assesses with high confidence that the Syrian government carried out a chemical weapons attack in the Damascus suburbs on August 21, 2013 [and] that the regime used a nerve agent in the attack.”  Thus begin efforts in support of military action against Syria.  The US government’s “classified assessments” have been shared with the Congress, but not US citizens.  Update:  Emptywheel on just “how uncertain US intelligence is about chain of control over Bashar al-Assad’s chemical weapons.”

? If the US strikes Syria based on their “assessments” of the situation, “the US will have launched two military operations . . . in a decade based largely on intelligence assessments, rather than confirmed fact, about illegal weapons in a Middle Eastern country.”

? “Obama strike would not weaken Assad’s military strength, experts warn:  White House says any strike would be ‘discreet and limited’ in statement intended to reflect reluctance to draw US into conflict.”

? “U.S. military officers have deep doubts about impact, wisdom of a U.S. strike on Syria.”

? While Iran is “solidly behind Assad”, their being gassed by Saddam Hussein in the 1980s has left an indelible memory.  Hence, their “seesaw strategy of denouncing chemical weapons but not directly implicating Assad”.

? Aleppo, “Syria’s largest city just dropped off the Internet.”

? Thousands of former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi supporters rallied in Egyptian cities; 3 reportedly killed.

? “Rwanda has accused government forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo of deliberately shelling its territory, killing a woman and wounding her baby.”

? Ghastly!  Korean leader Kin Jong-Un’s former girlfriend, singer Hyon Song-wol “and others”, were apparently publicly executed by machine gun “for violating laws against pornography”.

International Finance

? One thing Austerity hasn’t smashed:  “Portugal’s highest court has ruled that the government’s plan to make it easier to sack public servants is unconstitutional.”

? “With no national minimum wage and a fifth of workers in insecure mini-jobs, critics say German prosperity is being built on exploitation of the downtrodden.”

Money Matters USA

? The Koch brothers have been forced to remove “mounds of petroleum coke along the shores of the Detroit River”.

? The fast-food workers’ action yesterday spread through 50+ US cities, including “New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Detroit, Milwaukee, Indianapolis.”

British Petroleum continues to resist having to clean up after their disastrous 2010 Deepwater Horizon blowout in the Gulf of Mexico.  They’re now complaining that LA leaders are “making ‘patently false assertions'” and “grandstanding”. [cont’d.]

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