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If Putin plan works, there’s no punishment for Assad
Sep 13th, 2013 by Warren Swil

Syrian leader must pay a price

for gassing his own people

Secretary of State John Kerry is in Geneva for talks about the Syrian Crisis. Click image to enlarge.

IN ALL THE EUPHORIA over the possibility of a diplomatic solution to the crisis in Syria, a central point seems to have been overlooked by almost everyone.
If, as planned, Syria agrees to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s plan to surrender its chemical weapons to international control, and that’s the end of it, Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad will go unpunished for gassing his own people.
This is unconscionable.
The evidence that Assad ordered and condoned the attack is overwhelming, despite Putin’s credibility-destroying claim in his op-end in The New York Times that it was the rebels who used the chemical weapons.
Any settlement that excludes some form of punishment for Assad will be taken as a sign by dictators everywhere that they can do the same – and get away with it.

Due to my need for Atonement and travel time, posting will be limited for the next few days.


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Media coverage of Egypt lacking in US, much better abroad

AL JAZEERA STANDS OUT FOR IN-DEPTH REPORTING
An analysis of the media coverage reveals that Americans are far less informed than others elsewhere about global events like the turmoil in Egypt.
If one wants to know the full story, one cannot rely on just one media outlet. Each one carries only part of the story; for complete knowledge, one must refer to several sources.
U.S. media focus on how world events affect America. There is no truly global coverage.
It is vitally important for Americans to know what is truly happening in the rest of the world. Unfortunately, we cannot get a clear picture from own newspapers and television reports.


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Obama plays second-fiddle in South Africa

PRESIDENT PRAISES ,MANDELA LEGACY
Every outlet filters what it covers and how much prominence it is given by its own perspective.
President Barack Obama continued to play second fiddle to Nelson Mandela in the South African press on Saturday.
But, his visit was the lead story in international media like the BBC and The New York Times.
Find out the only way to know the complete story here.


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Gay rights topic rises to top of global agenda

THE WHOLE WORLD DEBATES CIVIL LINERTIES
Getting the topic of equal rights for gays and lesbians TO the top of the global agenda is progress indeed. It’s the lead story on the BBC World Service web site, and the radio show “World have your say” included viewpoints from countries in Africa and Asia. Get the scoop here.


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WARNING: Storm on sun may disrupt global life (with video)

SOLAR MAX COULD WREAK GLOBAL HAVOC
NASA has warned ofpossible major disruptions to everything we depend on for modern life as storm activity on the sun reaches an 11-year high.
Massive computer system outages – similar to those reported in April – could occur. Imagine life without the internet! A blessing or curse?
Find out here.


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A BIG WEEK FOR BREAKING NEWS

POISED AND READY TO POUNCE
It’s going to be a big week for breaking news – and media professionals are gearing up.
Nelson Mandela is in critical condition in a Johannesburg hospital.
The United States Supreme Court is about to issue opinions that will have far-reaching consequences for American society.
An accused spy is in the midst of fleeing Russia …
Get all the details here.


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BBC asks: Are smartphones killing memories?

ARE WE TOO BUSY TAKING PICTURES TO EXPERIENCE LIFE?
“The habit of taking photographs, usually with our phones, of anything and everything is everywhere – instead of enjoying things or engaging in them,” may be having negative consequences, the BBC reports today.
I first had this discussion with close friends while visiting Guadalajara, Mexico in late April. I have written about it several times on In the (K)now.
“If [people] spend the moment taking pictures, what is it exactly that they will remember?” the BBC correspondent asks.
Find the answer here.


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BRAZIL PROTESTS and OCCUPY: Connecting the dots

PEOPLE ARE RISING UP AGAINT THEIR GOVERNMENTS
If a bus fare hike of a few pennies can bring hundreds of thousands out into the streets, as has happened in Brazil, the world has indeed become a different place.
Democracies all over the world are seeing their people rise up against government action or inaction that is not in their best interests.
What does this have to do with the Occupy movement? Find out here.


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BBC puts spotlight on South Africa

EXERPT
As the Organisation of African Unity celebrates its 50th anniversary, the BBC has been looking at the continent’s growing prosperity.
South Africa’s economy is the largest and most sophisticated in Africa, but labour unrest and the aftershocks of racial apartheid are slowing its progress.
However, in poor townships like Alexandra there are examples of the economic change, as Andrew Harding reports.


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