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Syria 'Expert' Cited by Kerry, McCain Fired for Lying about Academic Credentials

Syria 'Expert' Cited by Kerry, McCain Fired for Lying about Academic Credentials
Elizabeth O’Bagy, who has been cited as an expert on Syria by numerous media outlets, was employed by the Institute for Study of War in Washington D.C., but has been terminated after it was discovered she did not hold a doctorate from Georgetown University as she had claimed.
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Assad: US Threats 'Hadn't Influenced' Decision to Surrender Chemical Weapons

Assad: US Threats 'Hadn't Influenced' Decision to Surrender Chemical Weapons
Syrian President Bashar Assad says his government has agreed to surrender its chemical weapons in response to Russia's initiative and not because of the U.S. threat of attack.
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Putin: Syria Plan Will Work Only if US Rejects Force

Putin: Syria Plan Will Work Only if US Rejects Force
Russian President Vladimir Putin says that a plan for Syria to turn over its chemical weapons stockpile will only work if the United States agrees not to use force.
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Syria Says It Accepts Russian Weapons Proposal

Syria Says It Accepts Russian Weapons Proposal
Syria has accepted a Russian proposal to place its chemical weapons under international control for dismantling, the Syrian foreign minister said Tuesday, amid a flurry of diplomatic activity aimed at averting Western military action.
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Russia Pushing Syria to Surrender Chemical Weapons

Russia Pushing Syria to Surrender Chemical Weapons
The Russian foreign minister says Moscow will push Syria to place its chemical weapons under international control. Sergey Lavrov said Monday that if such a move would help avert a possible U.S. strike on Syria, Russia will start work "immediately" to persuade Syria to relinquish control over its chemical arsenals.
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Vladimir Isachenkov
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Simply Dropping Missiles Is No Solution to Syria Crisis

Simply Dropping Missiles Is No Solution to Syria Crisis
Dropping Missles Won't Solve A Complex Problem in Syria
There are complex issues going on in Syria and the United States cannot drop bombs as a means to solve them...
Note: Filling in for Sam S
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OPINION: The US Will Regret Intervention in Syria

OPINION: The US Will Regret Intervention in Syria
The predictable debate over U.S. intervention in Syria is well underway and sadly under-thought. From the tragic humanitarian reasons to those of national security, many of the reasons for a military strike against the Assad regime are undercut by both history and international law. Here's why the U.S. will regret involvement in the Middle East's deadliest civil war.
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Revealed: NSA Hacked into Email, Phones of Latin American Presidents

Revealed: NSA Hacked into Email, Phones of Latin American Presidents
In the latest reporting by journalist Glenn Greenwald on the U.S. National Security Agency's international surveillance programs, a news story on a Brazilian news show on Sunday night reported that the agency has used its powers to infiltrate the communication systems of presidents in both Mexio and Brazil.
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Did the UK Leak Its Own Sensitive Intel to Undermine Snowden?

Did the UK Leak Its Own Sensitive Intel to Undermine Snowden?
A story released by the UK Independent reports that the British government has a Middle East Internet Surveillance Base that essentially taps underwater fiber-optic cables. Edward Snowden was immediately blamed for the potential threat to national security, but he denied any involvement with the Independent. So...did the UK leak this themselves?
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Lines in the Syrian Sand or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love My Foolish Pride

Lines in the Syrian Sand or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love My Foolish Pride
It's always surprising when politicians use ultimatums to pain themselves in a corner, but while most of the country's recent examples revolve around no new taxes, President Obama's painted corner is made up of red lines and the potential for yet another war in the Middle East. Pride is a sinful thing, but it may be unavoidable — no matter how altruistic the motives to protect the Syrian people from its own government may be.
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