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Silver Lining

by David Usborne, The Independent, source

He has been gone from the capital for eight years, but Prince Bandar bin Sultan, who as Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Washington wielded influence over no fewer than five different US presidents, has re-emerged as a pivotal figure in the struggle by America and its allies to tilt the battlefield balance against the regime in Syria.

Appointed by the Saudi king, his uncle, last year as the head of the Saudi General Intelligence Agency, Prince Bandar has reportedly for months been focused exclusively on garnering international support, including arms and training, for Syrian rebel factions in pursuit of the eventual toppling of President Bashar al-Assad.

It is a long-term Saudi goal, that in the past several days has been subsumed by the more immediate crisis over the purported use of chemical weapons by Damascus, which, according to Riyadh, must be met by a stern…

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Truth11

Anthony Gucciardi

Prisonplanet.com
Nov 12, 2012

While some anti-GMO legislation like Prop 37 was shot down through corporation-funded projects and deceptive campaign tactics, one county in Washington state was massively successful in establishing a landmark ruling against Monsanto and GMO crops as a whole. The concerned citizens of San Juan County were able to pass what is known as Initiative Measure No. 2012-4, whichactually bans the growth of genetically modified organisms within the county.

And it doesn’t just affect traditional GMO crops.

According to the writing within the legislation, the Initiative actually protects against the growth and cultivation of any genetically modified organism — even animals which have been genetically modified. This specific wording is key when considering that the act of genetic modification is no longer specific to crops. While it is true that crops have been the major focus of GMO cultivation, with upwards of 90 plus…

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by Stephen Gowans
Voltairenet.org
November 4, 2012

Using the same pattern as in each recent war, the United States formed a broad coalition to attack Syria. Bypassing the individual objectives of its allies, Washington has put forward a consensual discourse acceptable to all. But as the war dragged on, the initial plans have been replaced by others. Washington has revealed its cards and its allies are forced to go along. Hillary Clinton’s latest initiative shows that for the U.S. the objective is primarily economic.

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U.S. secretary of state Hillary Clinton says Washington needs “an opposition that will be on record strongly resisting the efforts by extremists to hijack the Syrian revolution,” [1] but fails to add that it must also be open to the United States doing the same.

Uprisings aimed at overthrowing governments are often divided between militants who do the heavy lifting on the ground and politicians…

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