02 Aug

Events of Interest and Analyses, A Foreign Perspective



Did the US cause Fallujah’s birth defects?

On Inside Story Americas

Syria forces attack Damascus district

 Syrian forces storm neighbourhood in capital, reportedly killing at least 35 civilians, as rebels shell Aleppo airbase.

Last Modified: 02 Aug 2012 12:42 GMT

Obama inks ‘secret order’ to aid Syria rebels

 New order broadly permits CIA and other US agencies to support rebels seeking to depose Bashar al-Assad from power.
Last Modified: 02 Aug 2012 09:26 GMT

Middle East

The world’s silent epidemic

The Stream

01 Aug 2012 17:57 GMT
Health professionals say depression should no longer be viewed as a #firstworldproblem.
Fighters in the rebel Free Syrian Army capture policemen on Tuesday who the FSA claim are Shabiha, or pro-government militiamen, as the rebels overran a police station in Aleppo

‘What will happen to us?’: Loyalists fear rebel attacks

02 August 2012 12:00 AM

In Aleppo, Kim Sengupta finds members of pro-Assad tribes hiding behind
closed doors in fear of revenge raids

Syrian rebels attack military base

02 August 2012 12:01 PM

Syrian rebels have bombarded a military air base in Aleppo using a tank
captured from government troops as activists reported that the regime has
unleashed new raids against opposition fighters near the capital Damascus,
killing dozens.

Handcuffed ultra-orthodox Jewish children march in Jerusalem in protest over army recruitment

60,000 ultra-orthodox Israelis face call-up as exemption ends

02 August 2012 12:00 AM

Israel’s Defence minister Ehud Barak has given Army chiefs one month to draw
up a plan to enlist around 60,000 ultra-orthodox young men who were legally
exempted from compulsory military service while they pursued religious

James Inhofe and senate climate change hearings

Republican senator James Inhofe told the environment and public works committee ‘climate change is a hoax perpetrated on the American people’. Photograph: Bill Clark/Getty Images

Stop this culture of paying politicians for denying climate change

Protecting the environment requires a sweeping reform of political funding, only then corporations will stop throwing big money at senators

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