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14 May 2014 @ 08:04 am
Why war, who is it good for? Not me.  
Global Capitalism Remains in Deep Crisis. Is War the Unspoken “Solution”?
The Financial Crisis is Still With Us With No End In Sight. "It May be Time to Give War A Chance Once Again"
By Danny Schechter
Every month, rise or shine, the Federal Reserve Bank, an institution that most Americans believe is a branch of government, or a federally run Central Bank has one of its computers add $55 billion—that’s dollars with a B—to its ledger and balance sheet.
In actual fact, the FED, as its known is actually a private institution in government trappings,  owned by,  and run by,  the very banks it is thought to regulate.  It actually has kept the economy afloat since August 2007 when the financial crisis began (not 2008 as most media outlets have it with a printing press with an infusion of $3.4 TRILLION.
At first, the Fed’s Economics Professor turned Bank president,  Ben Bernanke was called “Helicopter Ben” in an allusion to all the money he was bombing the economy with His term ended, but the practice, now barely questioned, goes on.
And why is that? To put it simply, the financial crisis is still with us, whatever talk there is of “recovery” because of structural realities that haven’t changed. A weak “labor market, depressed housing market, and little economic growth keep unemployment up and misery high for our shining middle class and growing poverty class.
The folks in charge know how bad things are,  but they are committed to a monetary magic elixir of constant intervention by keeping interest rates low and purchasing mortgage backed securities in the so-called free market, Capitalism remains in deep crisis but you never hear officials use the “C word.”
Of course not: that would suggest a problem with the system.
Continues globalresearch.ca/global-capitalism-remains-in-deep-crisis-is-war-the-unspoken-solution/5381400

Debunking the Economic Myth that “War Is Good for Business”
Washington's Blog
Repairing the “Broken Window” Fallacy
Extremely influential economists like Paul Krugman and Martin Feldstein promote the myth that war is good for the economy.
Talking heads like senior Washington Post political columnist David Broder parrot this idea.
Their ideas are based on the main economic myth encouraging war … the “broken window” fallacy.
David R. Henderson – associate professor of economics at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California and previously a senior economist with President Reagan’s Council of Economic Advisers -  writes:
Is military conflict really good for the economy of the country that engages in it? Basic economics answers a resounding “no.”***
Money not spent on the military could be spent elsewhere.
This also applies to human resources. The more than 200,000 U.S. military personnel in Iraq and Afghanistan could be doing something valuable at home.
Why is this hard to understand? The first reason is a point 19th-century French economic journalist Frederic Bastiat made in his essay, “What Is Seen and What Is Not Seen.” Everyone can see that soldiers are employed. But we cannot see the jobs and the other creative pursuits they could be engaged in were they not in the military.
The second reason is that when economic times are tough and unemployment is high, it’s easy to assume that other jobs could not exist. But they can. This gets to an argument Bastiat made in discussing demobilization of French soldiers after Napoleon’s downfall. He pointed out that when government cuts the size of the military, it frees up not only manpower but also money. The money that would have gone to pay soldiers can instead be used to hire them as civilian workers. That can happen in three ways, either individually or in combination: (1) a tax cut; (2) a reduction in the deficit; or (3) an increase in other government spending.
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Most people still believe that World War II ended the Great Depression …. But look deeper.
***
The government-spending component of GNP went for guns, trucks, airplanes, tanks, gasoline, ships, uniforms, parachutes, and labor. What do these things have in common? Almost all of them were destroyed. Not just these goods but also the military’s billions of labor hours were used up without creating value to consumers. Much of the capital and labor used to make the hundreds of thousands of trucks and jeeps and the tens of thousands of tanks and airplanes would otherwise have been producing cars and trucks for the domestic economy. The assembly lines in Detroit, which had churned out 3.6 million cars in 1941, were retooled to produce the vehicles of war. From late 1942 to 1945, production of civilian cars was essentially shut down.
And that’s just one example. Women went without nylon stockings so that factories could produce parachutes. Civilians faced tight rationing of gasoline so that U.S. bombers could fly over Germany. People went without meat so that U.S. soldiers could be fed. And so on.
These resources helped win the war—no small issue. But the war was not a stimulus program, either in its intentions or in its effects, and it was not necessary for pulling the U.S. out of the Great Depression. Had World War II never taken place, millions of cars would have been produced; people would have been able to travel much more widely; and there would have been no rationing. In short, by the standard measures, Americans would have been much more prosperous.
Today, the vast majority of us are richer than even the most affluent people back then. But despite this prosperity, one thing has not changed: war is bad for our economy. The $150 billion that the government spends annually on wars in Iraq and Afghanistan (and, increasingly, Pakistan) could instead be used to cut taxes or cut the deficit. By ending its ongoing wars … the U.S. government … would be developing a more prosperous economy.
***
Whatever other reasons there may be for war, strengthening the economy is never one of them.
Indeed, we have thoroughly documented that war makes us poor.
Postscript: While war is bad for us, it is very good for a handful of defense contractors and banksters who make huge sums from fighting or financing unnecessary war.
Source globalresearch.ca/debunking-the-economic-myth-that-war-is-good-for-business/5381405
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clothcapclothcap on May 14th, 2014 07:26 am (UTC)
Russia Holds "De-Dollarization Meeting"
China, Iran Willing To Drop USD From Bilateral Trade
By Tyler Durden, ZeroHedge
That Russia has been pushing for trade arrangements that minimize the participation (and influence) of the US dollar ever since the onset of the Ukraine crisis (and before) is no secret: this has been covered extensively on these pages before (see Gazprom Prepares "Symbolic" Bond Issue In Chinese Yuan; Petrodollar Alert: Putin Prepares To Announce "Holy Grail" Gas Deal With China; Russia And China About To Sign "Holy Grail" Gas Deal; 40 Central Banks Are Betting This Will Be The Next Reserve Currency; From the Petrodollar to the Gas-o-yuan and so on).
But until now much of this was in the realm of hearsay and general wishful thinking. After all, surely it is "ridiculous" that a country can seriously contemplate to exist outside the ideological and religious confines of the Petrodollar... because if one can do it, all can do it, and next thing you know the US has hyperinflation, social collapse, civil war and all those other features prominently featured in other socialist banana republics like Venezuela which alas do not have a global reserve currency to kick around.
Or so the Keynesian economists aka tenured priests of said Petrodollar religion, would demand that the world believe.
However, as much as it may trouble the statists to read, Russia is actively pushing on with plans to put the US dollar in the rearview mirror and replace it with a dollar-free system. Or, as it is called in Russia, a "de-dollarized" world.
Voice of Russia reports citing Russian press sources that the country's Ministry of Finance is ready to greenlight a plan to radically increase the role of the Russian ruble in export operations while reducing the share of dollar-denominated transactions. Governmental sources believe that the Russian banking sector is "ready to handle the increased number of ruble-denominated transactions".
According to the Prime news agency, on April 24th the government organized a special meeting dedicated to finding a solution for getting rid of the US dollar in Russian export operations. Top level experts from the energy sector, banks and governmental agencies were summoned and a number of measures were proposed as a response for American sanctions against Russia.
Well, if the west wanted Russia's response to ever escalating sanctions against the country, it is about to get it.
Continues http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-05-13/russia-holds-de-dollarization-meeting-china-iran-willing-drop-usd-bilateral-trade
clothcapclothcap on May 14th, 2014 08:25 am (UTC)
If Economic Cycle Theorists Are Correct, 2015 To 2020 Will Be Devastating For The US
Tyler Durden
Does the economy move in predictable waves, cycles or patterns? There are many economists that believe that it does, and if their projections are correct, the rest of this decade is going to be pure hell for the United States. Many mainstream economists want nothing to do with economic cycle theorists, but it should be noted that economic cycle theories have enabled some analysts to correctly predict the timing of recessions, stock market peaks and stock market crashes over the past couple of decades. Of course none of the theories discussed below is perfect, but it is very interesting to note that all of them seem to indicate that the U.S. economy is about to enter a major downturn. So will the period of 2015 to 2020 turn out to be pure hell for the United States? We will just have to wait and see.
Continues http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-05-13/if-economic-cycle-theorists-are-correct-2015-2020-will-be-devastating-us
clothcapclothcap on May 14th, 2014 08:25 am (UTC)
Russian Economic Power Driving Wedge Between Indebted Western Governments
Submitted by GoldCore
[...] A gas cutoff by Russia would wipe out half of Ukraine’s supply and could severely disrupt supplies to the EU. The EU, Turkey, Norway, Switzerland and the Balkan countries received 30% of the natural gas they burned from Russia last year, according to the U.S. Energy Department.
“We have to be very careful not to hurt ourselves more than we hurt the other side,” Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski said yesterday in a speech in Brussels, echoing comments made by U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew last week.
In a sign of Russia’s ability to use its economic power to drive a wedge between its former G20 allies, France’s government said this week it will deliver Mistral helicopter carrier warships to Russia as planned, thus rejecting requests from its European and U.S. allies to cancel the sale.
There are also significant dependencies on Russian grain exports, particularly in the EU.
It looks the pragmatists and non ideologues may be gaining the upper hand over the more hawkish western voices who were risking conflict with Russia, potentially militarily.
Russia is powerful both in terms of natural resources and in terms of finances given their very significant foreign exchange reserves. Ukraine is bankrupt and on the verge of hyperinflation as we pointed out here. Ukraine desperately needs some $20 billion to avoid financial collapse.
With Western nations heavily indebted including the hugely indebted U.S., Russia looks like the only realistic source of such funds.
Geopolitical risk remains very much underestimated and there remains the risk of financial, economic and currency wars where the Russians use gold as a geopolitical weapon to undermine the dollar.
Full http://www.zerohedge.com/contributed/2014-05-13/russian-economic-power-driving-wedge-between-indebted-western-governments
clothcapclothcap on May 14th, 2014 08:26 am (UTC)
The Obvious Reason QE Doesn't
Submitted by George Washington
Paul Gambles - the managing partner of MBMG Group - explains at CNBC, there is an obvious flaw in QE:
BoE's Quarterly Bulletin ... states that a "common misconception is that the central bank determines the quantity of loans and deposits in the economy by controlling the quantity of central bank money — the so-called 'money multiplier' approach."
This "misconception" is obviously shared by the world's policymakers, including the U.S. Federal Reserve, the Bank of Japan and the People's Bank of China, not to mention the Bank of England itself, who have persisted with a policy of quantitative easing (QE).
Here's background on the flaw in the theory of the money multiplier.
Indeed, Ben Bernanke might have had hints about the flaw in the money multiplier theory back in 1988.
Gambles continues:
QE is seen by its adherents, such as former U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, as both the panacea to heal the post-global financial crisis world and also the factor whose absence was the main cause of the Great Depression. This is in line with their view that central banks create currency for commercial banks to then lend on to borrowers and that this stimulates both asset values and also consumption, which then underpin and fuel the various stages of the expected recovery, encouraging banks to create even more money by lending to both businesses and individuals as a virtuous cycle of expansion unfolds.
The theory sounds great.
However it has one tiny flaw. It's nonsense.
More http://www.zerohedge.com/contributed/2014-05-13/obvious-reason-qe-doesnt-work
clothcapclothcap on May 14th, 2014 08:36 am (UTC)
American Dependency (And The 3rd Day Of The Month Effect)
Tyler Durden
Having noted America's surging government dependence before, the impact of almost 50 million people on food stamps is hard to imagine if you are not in retail food. The spike in business beginning on the 3rd of each month is truly astounding. By the 10th of the month the business begins to normalize and by the 22nd the ship is sinking. When you combine the number of people that receive their daily bread from taxpayer funds with the number of people who work for government we dare say it will be impossible to have an election that ever removes the corrupt from office. Who is going to vote against their pay-check or the food on their table? Sadly, it appears, the soup line is here to stay.
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-05-13/american-dependency-and-3rd-day-month-effect
While in the UK they demonize and find every excuse not to support the unemployed, especially the incapacitated, probably hoping they will die of starvation. Enemy gov't made up of sociopaths. If all those receiving benefits voted, and voted UKIP we could see a gov't with some measure of independence from the BoE and the zionists.
In my dreams, a gov't for the ppl. That would only be evidenced if, as well as withdrawal from the EU political system the new gov't began dismantling the massive bureaucracy that has been developed in line with the zionist agenda, and reducing taxes then I would begin to have some hope for the kiddies future.
clothcapclothcap on May 14th, 2014 09:26 am (UTC)
Ukraine: The Waiting Game
By Pepe Escobar
May 13 2014 "ICH" - "Asia Times" - Everything one needs to know about mediocre political elites allegedly representing the "values" of Western civilization has been laid bare by their reaction to the referendums in Donetsk and Lugansk.
The referendums may have been a last-minute affair; organized in a rush; in the middle of a de facto civil war; and on top of it at gunpoint - supplied by the Kiev NATO neo-liberal neo-fascist junta, which even managed to kill some voters in Mariupol. An imperfect process? Yes. But absolutely perfect in terms of graphically depicting a mass movement in favor of self-rule and political independence from Kiev.
This was direct democracy in action; no wonder the US State Department hated it with a vengeance. [1]
Turnout was huge. The landslide victory for independence was out of the question. Same for transparency; a public vote, in glass ballot boxes, with monitoring provided by Western journalists - mostly from major German media but also from the Kyodo News Agency or the Washington Post.
What should come after the Donetsk People's Republic proclaimed itself a sovereign state, and asked Moscow to consider its accession into Russia, is not secession, nor outright civil war, but a negotiation.
That's clear by the Kremlin's measured official reaction: "Moscow respects the will of the people in Donetsk and Lugansk and hopes that the practical realization of the outcome of the referendums will be carried out in a civilized manner."
The cautious tone is also reflected by the Kremlin urging the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) to help broker the negotiation.
Yet once again, there's concrete proof that the NATO neo-liberal neo-fascist junta does not want to negotiate anything. Farcical "acting" President Oleksandr Turchynov labeled the exercise in direct democracy a "farce, which terrorists call the referendum"; and Washington and Brussels branded it "illegal".
And all this after the Odessa massacre; after the deployment of neo-nazi paramilitaries disguised as a "National Guard" (the goons US corporate media calls "Ukrainian nationalists"); dozens of CIA and FBI agents on the ground; plus 300 of the inevitable Academi - former Blackwater - mercenaries. What else to expect when the current Ukrainian Secretary for National Security is neo-nazi Andriy Parubiy, the previous commander of the Maidan's "self-defense forces" and a cheerleader of World War II nazi collaborator Stepan Bandera.
Banderastan - with its remix of 1980s Central American-style death squads - doesn't do referendums; they'd rather burn to death ethnic Russian civilian "insects" who dare to occupy buildings.
So this is the key message of the referendums. We reject the Kiev NATO neo-liberal neo-fascist junta. It's an illegal "government" of putschists. We are not "pro-Russian" separatists. We don't want to secede. What we want is a unified, federal and civilized Ukraine, with strong autonomous provinces.
R2P, anyone?
The Empire of Chaos wants - what else - chaos. Crucially, the Empire of Chaos now blatantly supports the deployment of an "army against their own population"; this was strictly verboten - punishable by NATO bombs or NATO-enabled jihad - in Libya and Syria, but now is just the new normal in Ukraine.
In Libya and in Syria - they tried three times at the UN - this would be the ultimate pretext for R2P ("responsibility to protect"). But in Ukraine the "terrorists" - Dubya-era terminology included - are the population, and the good guys are the Kiev neo-nazi militias. US ambassador to the UN and top R2P cheerleader Samantha Power exceeded all her previous levels of batshit craziness when she depicted the NATO junta onslaught against civilians as "reasonable" and "proportional", adding that "any of our countries" would have done the same in face of such a threat.
Continues http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article38487.htm
clothcapclothcap on May 14th, 2014 09:32 am (UTC)
Look who’s calling voting ‘divisive’ and ‘illegal’
Blood-soaked US Has No Business Opposing Sovereignty Plebiscites
By Dave Lindorff
May 13 2014 "ICH" - The rot at the core of US international relations, domestic politics and the corporate media is evident in the American approach to the Ukraine crisis.
Just look at the freak-out from all quarters as the people of the eastern part of that country conduct, under conditions of attack by military units sent in by the Kiev putsch government, a peaceful plebiscite asking people to give their view as to whether they want some kind of sovereignty separating them from western Ukraine.
The official US State Department position on the balloting in Dohansk and Luhansk... was that the voting was "illegal" and "an attempt to create further division and disorder."
"The United States will not recognize the results of these illegal referenda," State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki.
The White House called the voting “illegitimate” and “illegal.”
The US has not once called the violent coup that overthrew Ukraine’s elected government illegitimate or illegal.
Indeed any violence during the voting, which appeared to actually be celebratory, came from Ukrainian troops. Even the Associated Press, which has largely been parroting the US line on separatists in eastern Ukraine, wrote:
“Although the voting in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions appeared mostly peaceful, armed men identified as members of the Ukrainian national guard opened fire on a crowd outside a town hall in Krasnoarmeisk, and an official with the region's insurgents said people were killed. It was not clear how many.”
The US corporate media have largely toed the official line, referring to the separatists in eastern Ukraine as violent when they have been in reality surprisingly restrained in the face of overt violence by military forces dispatched by Kiev. And they never mention the balloting in the east without mentioning that the US believes that Russia is behind that effort, though in fact Russia’s leader, Vladimir Putin actually angered and annoyed separatists by calling on them -- unsuccessfully -- to delay their voting plan.
But let’s analyze that position calling the voting “illegal.”
How is a plebiscite ever illegal?
In Texas, politicians periodically call for secession from the US. Within days of President Obama’s election as president, several states, including Texas, saw petitions filed in Washington calling for secession. In 2012, there was a petition filed on the White House Website with over 119,000 signatures calling for Texas secession, according to a report on ABC news. No FBI agents or federal troops were dispatched to arrest the perps.
By Dave Lindorff
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article38489.htm
clothcapclothcap on May 14th, 2014 09:36 am (UTC)
"US Wants New Cold War"
Paul Craig Roberts



Washington desperately needs a new Cold War with Russia to ensure a healthy Military-Security Complex and to maintain global hegemony.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article38488.htm
clothcapclothcap on May 14th, 2014 09:43 am (UTC)
Sanctions response
Russia to Ban US From Space Station in Sanctions Retaliation: Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said Moscow would reject a U.S. request to prolong the orbiting station's use beyond 2020. It will also bar Washington from using Russian-made rocket engines to launch military satellites.
http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/Putin-space-station-ban/2014/05/13/id/571127/

Moscow to suspend American GPS sites on Russian territory from June: Russia is going to suspend the operation of all American GPS sites on its territory, starting from June 1, said Russia’s deputy PM, Dmitry Rogozin, who is in charge of space and defense industries.
http://rt.com/news/158680-russia-usa-rocket-gps/
clothcapclothcap on May 14th, 2014 10:17 am (UTC)
Twitz Wednesday
A. Smith ?@360CNN
With #Zionist corrupted Obama @Whitehouse not recognizing Annexation of Crimea, they won't recognize 95% of the Israeli State also?

Analysts trace Obama @Whitehouse using Takfiri militants to create #FalseFlag attacks in Nigeria to steal its OIL http://is.gd/Lup5od

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Russia Aims to Ground the Pentagon's Satellites http://fb.me/6Lu5WYpoR

Intelligence Research Arm Wants to Tap ‘Media in the Wild’ for Facial Recognition http://www.nextgov.com/defense/whats-brewin/2014/05/intelligence-research-arm-wants-tap-media-wild-facial-recognition/84361/

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clothcapclothcap on May 14th, 2014 01:45 pm (UTC)
This latest manifestation of covert US foreign policy should shock the entire world to its core
Independent Report on The Massacre and Fire in Odessa, May 2, 2014
GR
Independent report on massacre and fire in Odessa (May 2, 2014).
Ultras and “Right Sector” thugs attack the House of Trade Unions and burn people alive with Molotov cocktails.
Neo-Nazi militants work jointly with local police. 116 peaceful supporters of federalization fell victim to mass murder.
Ukrainian authorities and deputies of Neo-Nazi “Svoboda” party in Parliament wish the victims “to burn in hell”.
Video http://www.globalresearch.ca/independent-report-on-massacre-and-fire-in-odessa-may-2-2014/5382241
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The Odessa Massacre was a Carefully Staged Covert Intelligence Operation
Odessa Provocateurs: Censored News
By Joe Giambrone
What happened on May 2nd of this year in Odessa, Ukraine, was a complex event that has been glossed over by most news sources. The US corporate coverage has been criminal in its demonization of anti-Maidan/anti-coup activists. The propaganda narrative has even attempted to blame the victims for starting the fires that allegedly killed them. This is two levels removed from reality, and perhaps even three.
Much more information is available than has been reported in America’s criminally-complicit mainstream news. But even alternative journals have failed to pursue the most damning, morally repugnant aspect to this story: who started the violence, and why?
When a massacre happens the horrors of the atrocities tend to distract the public’s attention from the details of how it came to be in the first place. This is known to provocateurs, be they in Kiev, Moscow or in Langley Virginia. Langley is the home base of the Central Intelligence Agency, of course. The CIA director visited Kiev, confirmed by the White House on April 15th, and “dozens” of CIA agents are reported to be in Ukraine “advising” the unelected coup regime as I type this.
On May 2nd a series of events occurred that can be pieced together from the numerous videos and photographs. These show undercover police provocateurs dressed up as anti-Maidan/pro-Russian activists, but these are coordinated by a uniformed officer. The officer is identified, at Oriental Review, as “Odessa Interior ministry branch Colonel Dmitry Fucheji.”
Confirmation and analysis is provided by Russian news anchor Pavel Pchelkin at Channel One Russia. The gunmen, allegedly from the “pro-Russian” side were undercover agents coordinated by the Ukrainian interior ministry. A platoon of approximately 30 armed undercover agents fired numerous rounds at the football crowds, who were known to be “pro unity” or “pro Ukraine” and aligned with the Maidan coup government. The undercover/gunmen started a street battle from behind police lines, hiding behind a wall of officers and instigating the football crowd to attack them.
The neo-Nazi Right Sector joined the enraged football crowd, and together they pursued these provocateurs – who were dressed similarly to “pro-Russian” protesters – pursuing them all the way back to the Union hall, where the actual non-violent anti-Maidan activists had set up camp. Once this violence had begun it was easily turned against the real anti-Maidan activists, and the police provocateurs disappeared back into the police brigades.
Further confirmation comes from a Ukrainian official, acting Prosecutor General Oleh Makhnitsky:
“This action [in Odessa] was not prepared at some internal level, it was a well-planned and coordinated action in which some authorities’ representatives have taken part.”
This is a false flag event.
Undercover provocateurs shot at the football crowds to initiate the violence.
The violence was led and drawn back toward the political targets: the anti-Maidan activists.
Mass murder followed.
Continues http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-odessa-massacre-was-a-carefully-planned-covert-intelligence-operation/5382253
clothcapclothcap on May 14th, 2014 02:31 pm (UTC)
More than 50 killed in Syria in string of attacks
More than 50 people were killed and scores injured in Syria on Tuesday during a series of mortar and car-bomb attacks targeting pro-government districts in Damascus and Homs, according to official and activist accounts.
The deadliest strike was a car bombing near a busy intersection in war-ravaged Homs that left at least 36 dead and 85 injured, Syria's official news agency reported. Some reports indicated that two car bombs had been detonated within 300 yards of each other and that the death toll had reached as high as 65.
In the vicinity of Damascus, authorities reported that mortar barrages struck a school and a center for displaced people, killing at least 18. Tuesday's strikes were among the deadliest mortar attacks reported in the capital, where rebels based in the outskirts frequently shell civilian neighborhoods.
Tuesday's onslaught marked the latest in a series of stepped-up attacks on civilian targets in both cities.
The official media blamed all of Tuesday's attacks on "terrorists," its standard term for rebels fighting to overthrow the government. The blasts came a day after President Bashar Assad announced that he would seek a third seven-year term in the June 3 election. Opposition activists have dismissed the election as a farce. But there was no known direct link between the attacks and the announcement of Assad's candidacy.
More http://www.latimes.com/world/middleeast/la-fg-syria-bombings-20140430-story.html
Via ICH
If some Swedes set off car bombs in and fired mortars into civilian areas of LA would the LA Times call them rebels?
(Anonymous) on May 14th, 2014 03:13 pm (UTC)
Re: More than 50 killed in Syria in string of attacks
"If some Swedes set off car bombs in and fired mortars into civilian areas of LA would the LA Times call them rebels?"

How do you feel about Assad's military dropping barrel bombs and killing innocent Syrian civilians? Hardly going to make him popular in his own country, eh what? Your narrative implies the same nonsense as that of Penny, who made the rediculous statement that Syrians fighting against Assad are practically nonexistent. I'd say a good fraction of the Syrian population would like to see him end up like the Great Brother Leader Gadaffi.
Re: More than 50 killed in Syria in string of attacks - (Anonymous) on May 15th, 2014 12:39 am (UTC) (Expand)
clothcapclothcap on May 14th, 2014 03:25 pm (UTC)
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clothcapclothcap on May 14th, 2014 06:08 pm (UTC)
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