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Mark had sent this article:
Julie Lévesque: Social media “tactical intelligence collection”: Spying and Propaganda using Facebook, Twitter (GlobalResearch)

Abdel-Halim Qandil: Foreign intervention destroys revolution: Why the US may prefer a weakened Assad in place (Anti-Imperialist Camp) / عودة إلى سورية (al-Qudsu l-ʿArabī)

والمعنى باختصار أن استدعاء التدخل الأجنبي يفيد النظام، ويزيف قضية الثورة، ويهدد بتفكيك سورية، وليس المطلوب لاقدر الله أن تسقط سورية، بل أن يسقط النظام وحده، وأن تقوم سورية من رمادها، وكما يريدها أهلها وطنا حرا عربيا ديمقراطيا.
Calling for a foreign intervention serves the regime, betrays the revolutionary cause, and threatens Syria with disintegration. What is required is not – god forbid – to destroy Syria, but to destroy the regime and let Syria rise from the ashes, according to the wish of her people, who long for a democratic Arabic homeland.

Martin Chulov, Matthew Weaver: Saudi Arabia backs arming Syrian opposition (Guardian)

Mainstream media have covered Western journalists’ problems in Syria, but not this:
MP/JR: Militiamen seize Press TV reporter, cameramen in west Libya (Press TV)

Herbert Docena: The US base in the Philippines (Inquirer)

John Roberts: US encourages Burma to distance itself from China (World Socialist Web Site)

Ian Storey: Mekong River Patrols in Full Swing but Challenges Remain (Jamestown Foundation)