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Chemical Weapons Experts Not Sold on US Claim in Syria

Chemical Weapons Experts Not Sold on US Claim in Syria
There is still a major lack of solid evidence showing that the Syrian government has used chemical weapons against rebel forces, chemical weapons experts warned on Friday, saying "they’ve yet to see the telltale signs of a sarin gas attack." The White House claimed Thursday that they have evidence of chemical weapons attacks by the Syrian government, including the use of sarin, but has not yet published their evidence.
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'Embracing the Status Quo': Major Sexual Assault Prevention Measure Shot Down

'Embracing the Status Quo': Major Sexual Assault Prevention Measure Shot Down
A well-supported measure that advocates for transparency and impartiality in cases of U.S. military sexual assault has been shot down. Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.), with top military officials' support, decided late last night to eliminate Gillibrand's proposal from the Defense Authorization Act.
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If US Cut Military by 75 Percent, It Would Still Be the Largest in the World

If US Cut Military by 75 Percent, It Would Still Be the Largest in the World
Some incredible numbers, courtesy of The David Packman Show: If the US cut its military by 75 percent, it would still have the largest military in world. If the cut was 50 percent, the military would still be larger than the next three countries combined.
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Five Proposals to Curb Military Rape and What the Military is Saying About Them

Five Proposals to Curb Military Rape and What the Military is Saying About Them
Political momentum to address the problem of military rape has been building since the Pentagon released statistics last month showing that sexual assault increased by 35 percent between 2010 and 2012. Senators have rushed to draft legislation to hold attackers accountable and provide support for victims. But, at the Senate hearing, officials steadfastly opposed most major changes in the way sexual assault cases are prosecuted. “It will undermine the readiness of the force … [and] will hamper the timely delivery of justice."
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Bradley Manning Is Guilty of 'Aiding the Enemy'—If the Enemy Is Democracy

Bradley Manning Is Guilty of 'Aiding the Enemy'—If the Enemy Is Democracy
Of all the charges against Bradley Manning, the most pernicious—and revealing—is “aiding the enemy. A blogger at The New Yorker, Amy Davidson, raised a pair of big questions that now loom over the courtroom at Fort Meade and over the entire country:
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Four Years Ago Obama Promised to Investigate Afghan Massacre. Has Anything Happened Since?

Four Years Ago Obama Promised to Investigate Afghan Massacre. Has Anything Happened Since?
In his first year in office, President Barack Obama pledged to “collect the facts” on the death of hundreds, possibly thousands, of Taliban prisoners of war at the hands of U.S.-allied Afghan forces in late 2001. Almost four years later, there’s no sign of progress.
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Senator: Military Rape is Just Part of 'Nature'

Senator: Military Rape is Just Part of 'Nature'
In Tuesday's Senate Armed Services committee hearing, Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) defended rape and sexual assault that occurs in the military, saying, "The young folks coming in to each of your services are anywhere from 17 to 22 or 23. Gee-whiz, the hormone level created by nature sets in place the possibility for these types of things to occur. So, we've got to be very careful on our side."
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Rape Victim: Retaliation Prevalent In Military

 Rape Victim: Retaliation Prevalent In Military
Retaliation is part of a military-wide pattern that has prevented countless cases from being reported and investigated, exacerbating the epidemic, according to victims' advocates. A Pentagon report released earlier this month found 62 percent of sexual assault victims in the military who reported being attacked say they faced some kind of retaliation afterward.
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Army Soldier to Admit Massacre of 16 Afghan Villagers

Army Soldier to Admit Massacre of 16 Afghan Villagers
The Army staff sergeant charged with slaughtering 16 villagers during one of the worst atrocities of the Afghanistan war has agreed to plead guilty in a deal to avoid the death penalty, his attorney told The Associated Press on Wednesday.
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'Not Enough': Rights Groups Respond to Obama's Foreign Policy Speech

'Not Enough': Rights Groups Respond to Obama's Foreign Policy Speech
Human and civil rights groups generally responded to Obama's foreign policy speech by saying that though they welcomed the president's decision to directly address long-ignored issues, but there remained enormous problems with his many of his declarations and formulations surrounding these controversial policies.
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