Syria | Egypt | Judith Butler | Ilija Trojanow

Rob sent this link (it’s a month old, but important):
Gareth Porter: Obama’s Case for Syria Didn’t Reflect Intel Consensus (Inter Press Service)

Contrary to the general impression in Congress and the news media, the Syria chemical warfare intelligence summary released by the Barack Obama administration Aug. 30 did not represent an intelligence community assessment, an IPS analysis and interviews with former intelligence officials reveals.
The evidence indicates that Director of National Intelligence James Clapper culled intelligence analyses from various agencies and by the White House itself, but that the White House itself had the final say in the contents of the document. …
Opponents of the proposed U.S. strike against Syria could argue that the Obama administration’s presentation of the intelligence supporting war is far more politicised than the flawed 2002 Iraq WMD estimate that the George W. Bush administration cited as part of the justification for the invasion of Iraq.

Human Rights Watch: “You Can Still See Their Blood”. Executions, Indiscriminate Shootings, and Hostage Taking by Opposition Forces in Latakia Countryside (PDF, HRW/DocumentCloud)
‘Syrian rebels committed war crimes’ (Deutsche Welle)
Joshua Keating: Human Rights Watch Criticizes Turkey Over Syrian Opposition Massacre (Slate)

Human Rights Watch has collected the names of 190 civilians who were killed by opposition forces in their offensive on the villages, including 57 women and at least 18 children and 14 elderly men.

AP: US to cut military and economic aid to Egypt (Guardian)

The Obama administration is poised to slash hundreds of millions of dollars in military and economic assistance to Egypt, US officials have said. An announcement is expected this week.
The US has been considering such a move since the Egyptian military removed the country’s first democratically elected leader in June. It would be a dramatic shift for the Obama administration, which has declined to label President Mohamed Morsi’s ousting a coup and has argued it is in US national security interests to keep aid flowing. …
The US provides Egypt with $1.5bn (£940m) a year in aid, $1.3bn of which is military assistance; the rest is economic.

Andre Vltchek: Egypt: End of Hope (CounterPunch)

Instead of passion and hope, all there is left on the streets of Cairo is depressing defeatism, frustration and hate.

Cihan Aksan, Jon Bailes: An Interview With Judith Butler (CounterPunch)

Gregory Barrett: The Banning of Ilija Trojanow (CounterPunch)

On September 30th, as he was about to fly from Brazil to Denver, Colorado, where he had been invited to attend and address a German Studies conference, the German novelist Ilija Trojanow (pronounced “llya Troyanov”) was informed that he would not be allowed to board the flight on which he was booked.
He was told, after some 45 minutes of waiting while his passport and various computer screens were examined, that his case was “special” and that no further explanation was available. To this date, none has been offered.
But the explanation was and is obvious to anyone aware of Mr. Trojanow’s recent political history, in the context of the Obama administration’s increasingly jaundiced and vehement campaign against whistleblowers and critics of its surveillance-state apparatus. Despite the President’s absurdly facile talk of “welcoming the debate” on NSA data-gobbling and Orwellian tactics, the war on internet freedom is reaching a new high point.

USA verweigern deutschem Schriftsteller Trojanow die Einreise (Zeit)

Auf Einladung wollte Ilija Trojanow an einem Kongress teilnehmen, doch die USA verweigerten die Einreise. Der Schriftsteller hatte zuvor eine NSA-Petition unterzeichnet.

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