Syria: Syrian TV reported that on 9 December the Syrian army captured the town of al-Nabk in west-central Syria after days of fighting. This town was the last rebel strong point on the road that links Damascus to Homs and the coast.
Comment: The Syrian army’s offensive in the Qalamoun Mountains along the border with Lebanon appears to have been successful. The highway from Damascus to the coast is under government control. A security threat will persist, but the task of supporting Damascus should prove easier. The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons eventually should be able to use the main highway to remove Syria’s chemical warfare agents and filled munitions.
The bulk of daily reporting continues to indicate that the rebels are fighting each other as often as they are fighting the government forces. The Kurds in the northeast are in a de facto alliance with the government to keep jihadists out of Kurdish lands. Little by little, the Syrian government forces and their allies are making gains, some are strategic. The Ba’athist government in Damascus is not in danger of falling.
The hardest military challenges for the government forces appear to lie in the border region with Turkey, but they can wait as long as the Damascus life-line to the coast is open. A change of policy in Turkey to withdraw its support from the opposition would go far to facilitating a ceasefire.
Thousands of Drones Set To Take Over Our Skies? – My New Video
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PMSC Using States: Who’s Been Naughty and Who’s Been Nice?
One problem though. Since Montreux came into being nobody has had a way to compare in any kind of systematic way how various states were ensuring that PMSC headquartered on their territory were complying with the document’s best practices. In effect, nobody has known which states using PMSC have been naughty and which have been nice. That is, until now.
On Dec 3 the Initiative for Human Rights in Business, Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at the American University Washington College of Law released a report Montreux Five Years On: An analysis of state efforts to implement Montreux Document legal obligations and good practice.
The report focuses on a subset of participating States: two Contracting and Home States (the United States and the United Kingdom), two Territorial States (Iraq and Afghanistan), and a special feature on one region (Latin America and the Caribbean). The report goes on to detail and assess the U.S., U.K., Iraq, and Afghanistan’s efforts to meet their Montreux Document commitments as captured in five categories: Determination of services; Due diligence in selecting, contracting, and authorizing PMSCs; Due diligence in monitoring PMSC activities; Ensuring accountability; and Providing access to effective remedy.
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MEB remains, in our view, the greatest US-based information broker of all time, along with Reva Basch now fully retired. Below is her 13 November 2013 presentation to the Special Library Association.
Turning Information Into Insight
Other available titles include:
The Indispensable Librarian: Communicating Our Value
Super Searcher Tips: Internat Librarian 2013
Categories: 03 Environmental Degradation
,07 Other Atrocities
,10 Transnational Crime
Atoms for Peace….
The Fukushima Coverup: “Biggest Industrial Catastrophe in the History of Mankind”
Global Research News Hour Episode 46. Conversations with Yoichi Shimatsu and Hatrick Penry
We knew the world would not be the same. Few people laughed, few people cried, most people were silent. I remembered the line from the Hindu scripture, the Bhagavad-Gita. Vishnu is trying to persuade the Prince that he should do his duty and to impress him takes on his multi-armed form and says,
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“Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.” I suppose we all thought that, one way or another.”
-Robert Oppenheimer, scientific director of the Manhattan Project which created the first atomic devices. 
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The tide turns….what is lacking is an easy to use persistent citation protocol for both self-publishing, and peer review before or after or both.
Nobel winner declares boycott of top science journals
Randy Schekman says his lab will no longer send papers to Nature, Cell and Science as they distort scientific process
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