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Thursday tradition continues, and in the Lakeside Diner begun by Southern Dragon, today we will look at foreign media, and a perspective that doesn’t come from reportage the U.S. press usually does provide.

Assault rifles were turned on journalists and staff at the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris, France, with at least 12 dead in the shooting by masked attackers.   The magazine had previously been fire bombed after use of a cartoon that mocked the Prophet Muhammed.

Four famous French cartoonists were killed in the attack – Georges Wolinski, Jean Cabut aka ‘Cabu’, Bernard Verlhac aka ‘Tignous’ and Stéphane Charbonnier aka ‘Charb’.

“They shot Wolinski, Cabu… it lasted about five minutes… I took cover under a desk… they spoke perfect French… they said they were Al-Qaeda,” cartoonist Corine Rey, aka “Coco”, was quoted as saying by the weekly Humanité.

U.N. Secretary Ban Ki-Moon announced that Palestine has joined the Internation Criminal Court of the United Nations, which will give the court authority to prosecute any attack on Palestinian territories by outside forces.

On Friday the Palestinians delivered to U.N. headquarters documents on joining the Rome Statute of the ICC and other international treaties, in a move that has heightened tensions with Israel and could lead to cuts in U.S. aid.

The official announcement of the date of the Palestinian accession to the ICC, in the form of a letter from Ban, was posted on a U.N. website. The United Nations is the official depositary of the Rome Statute and many other treaties.

Evidence of the use of chlorine gas against Syrian people has been obtained by al Jazeera, which connects that use to the government of Syria in the ongoing battle for control of the country.

Al Jazeera’s diplomatic editor James Bays, reporting from the UN, said that western members of the UN Security Council blamed the Syrian authorities for the attacks as only they had access to helicopters.

US Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power tweeted that “32 witnesses saw or heard sound of helicopters as bombs struck; 29 smelled chlorine. Only Syrian regime uses helos .”

The 117-page report offers the most detailed findings to date regarding the use of chemical weapons in Syria, but does not say which side used them.

It focuses on three Syrian villages, two in Idlib and one in Hama, where it says there is a “high degree of certainty” chlorine gas was used against the Syrian people.


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Ruth Calvo

Ruth Calvo

I've blogged at The Seminal for about two years, was at cabdrollery for around three. I live in N.TX., worked for Sen.Yarborough of TX after graduation from Wellesley, went on to receive award in playwriting, served on MD Arts Council after award, then managed a few campaigns in MD and served as assistant to a member of the MD House for several years, have worked in legal offices and written for magazines, now am retired but addicted to politics, and join gladly in promoting liberals and liberal policies.