“Whenever and wherever men have engaged in the mindless slaughter of animals (including other men), they have often attempted to justify their acts by attributing the most vicious or revolting qualities to those they would destroy; and the less reason there is for the slaughter, the greater the campaign for vilification. ”
The above quote by Farley Mowat could apply equally to the wars going on now in either Syria or Ukraine, both of which were instigated by our own government and both of which have been accompanied by massive amounts of vilification of parties out of favor with the US State Department.
By Brenda Heard | Friends of Lebanon
(H/T Aletho News)
On the 28th May 2014, expatriated Syrian nationals in numerous countries flocked to Syrian embassies to begin the voting process in a presidential election. With all its potential flaws, perhaps even inherent flaws, this quintessential element of democracy is still the most effective means of finding consensus. As the saying goes, you can’t please all the people all the time. Thus elections provide an opportunity for peaceful compromise. But to work, democracy requires participation.
Areas close to the city of Damascus currently held by rebels armed by the US and Saudi Arabia. The region of Jobar is the one closest to the city’s center.
[Ed. note: On Tues., May 27, The Daily Beast published a story on destruction at the Eliyahu Hanabi Synagogue in the Jobar district on the outskirts of Damascus. Written by Josh Rogin, the article asserts that the Syrian Army “flattened” the synagogue last weekend. Rogin also refers to what he describes as President Bashar Assad’s “strategy to target religious and cultural institutions.” But as Franklin Lamb reports in the article below–and as Rogin himself even admits–reports on the synagogue’s purported destruction have appeared in the media before only to later be proven false. Moreover, Lamb informs us that Syrians–both the people and their government–have made “herculean efforts” to protect the nation’s historic sites, all of which have been endangered by the conflict currently raging. Lamb, by the way, presently is at work on a book on cultural heritage sites in Syria and how they have been impacted by the past three years of war. The book is expected to be published later this year.]
The latest news from Ukraine today is that seven children were injured when the new president of the country unleashed his military forces on a residential neighborhood in the city of Slavyansk.
Published today at The Atlantic. I assume it hasn’t been photoshopped.
Russia, Belarus, and Kazakhstan signed the historic Eurasian Economic Union which will come into effect in January 2015. Cutting down trade barriers and comprising over 170 million people it will be the largest common market in the ex-Soviet sphere.
“The just-signed treaty is of epoch-making, historic importance,” Russian President Vladimir Putin said.
The troika of countries will cooperate in energy, industry, agriculture, and transport.
“In fact, we are shaping the largest common market in the CIS, with huge production, scientific and technological potential and enormous natural resources,” the President added.
Maybe Justin Timberlake would like to come and do a concert for Israeli settlers in the South Hebron Hills some day. In Occupied Palestine, it is of course perfectly acceptable for rampaging settlers to destroy Palestinian olive trees and burn their crops with impunity. But let a few school girls sneak over a fence and steal some cherries from a settler’s orchard–if in fact they even did that–and the full force of Israeli law comes down upon them.