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Syria and our educational system: A discussion with Noam Chomsky, Richard Falk, Lawrence Davidson and Ilan Pappé

Syria and our educational system: A discussion with Noam Chomsky, Richard Falk, Lawrence Davidson and Ilan Pappé

PAPPÉ: While in the American academia the knowledge production on the Middle East in general and Syria in particular has been considerably transformed in recent years, the dissemination of these more updated views fails to reach the conventional educational system. For two main reasons: Politics can still subdue and censor views that are not endorsed ideologically, and academics have still not learned how to write openly, directly and, one should say, courageously about these issues.”

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Syrian Clerics Say Muslims Can Eat Dogs To Avoid Starvation

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Clerics in Syria have authorized Muslims living in the besieged Damascus suburbs to eat meat that would typically be forbidden by the religion.

In a video, a group of religious leaders issued a fatwa, or a ruling, allowing people stranded in areas that are controlled by rebels to eat cats, dogs, and donkeys to prevent starvation,  BBC reports. The ruling came during the Muslim celebration of Eid Al-Adha, which ends Tuesday evening.

The clerics called it a “cry for help to the whole world” from the war-torn country, where tens of thousands have been killed and displaced during the civil war.

[BBC]

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The lie of ‘women and children’

The lie of ‘women and children’

My first question: Why invoke ‘womenandchildren’ when condemning the use of chemical weapons by Assad?  Chemical weapons cross a line of human decency – although one might argue that all weapons do so. Calling for the protection of “womenandchildren” allows leaders to frame wars as matters of national security, under the assumption that women and children must be protected for nations to be secure. “

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Top 45 lies in Obama’s speech at the UN

Top 45 lies in Obama’s speech at the UN

“4. ‘Together, we have also worked to end a decade of war,’ Obama said. In reality, Obama pushed Iraq hard to allow that occupation to continue, and was rejected just as Congress rejected his missiles-for-Syria proposal. Obama expanded the war on Afghanistan. Obama expanded, after essentially creating, drone wars. Obama has increased global U.S. troop presence, global U.S. weapons sales, and the size of the world’s largest military. He’s put ‘special’ forces into many countries, waged a war on Libya, and pushed for an attack on Syria. How does all of this ‘end a decade of war’? And how did his predecessor get a decade in office anyway?”

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Eight Arguments Against Going to War With Syria

Eight Arguments Against Going to War With Syria

How can the country who sought to weaken agencies, such as the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons(OPCW) now have an interest in going to war with a country who is now using them?  The Syrian government’s use of chemical weapons against its own people is horrible, but its very hypocritical of the US to now want to get involved in a conflict over a country’s use of chemical weapons when it previously sought to undermine agencies  like the OPCW.

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