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International Developments

“A team of UN chemical weapons experts arrived in the Syrian capital Damascus on Wednesday, an AFP correspondent said, ahead of new investigations into the use of the banned arms.”

Investigation under way for attack at mall in Kenya. Expect more information to come out in the next few days.

Top 45 lies from Obama’s speech to the UN yesterday.

There may be more bodies under the rubble after the mall attack in Kenya.

“After Egyptian court bans Muslim Brotherhood and freezes their assets, Egyptian military successfully changes the narrative to paint the Brotherhood as terrorists.” Is it a regional power struggle?

– The US – “the world’s largest exporter of conventional arms” – has signed a UN treaty that limits the selling of arms to areas in “conflict.” So wait, the United States can’t sell guns here?

– Be careful says the US. Why? Because al-Qaeda might be planning something that the US, who has the NSA, don’t know yet. Brilliant, utterly brilliant.

– Italy has intercepted a boat of 700 asylum seekers, which include Syrians.

– No way. Here I thought the police in Greece were all anarcho-communists. “Greek police raided the offices of neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn and arrested a police officer, authorities said, amid a major probe on the links between law enforcers and far-right politicians.”

– Nikos Michaloliakos, party leader of Golden Dawn, “warned that what he described as mud-slinging and slander ‘would open the gates of hell’.” I’m sure he’s familiar with that area.

Financial Matters

– Socialists in France have “vowed ‘unprecedented’ cuts” in the 2014 budget, though have said it shouldn’t compromise growth. I don’t get it either.

– JPMorgan Chase now reported to settle with the government for $11 billion.

– Slap on the wrist. Citigroup pays Freddic Mac only $395 million.

– Dean Baker has a great piece criticizing WaPo reporter Charles Lane’s statement that Merkel’s victory is a reflection of her “managing the crisis well.” [cont’d.]

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