UN Press Briefing on Syria (Updated)

I was one of the speakers at a UN Press Briefing on Syria with Syrian Ambassador to the UN, Dr. Bashar Ja’fari. I was glad to say something positive about the Syrian Election as were the other Election Observers who spoke at this conference. Initially we each made a 2 minute statement which was also in a program distributed in […]

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Hands Off Syria Teach-In

This event was sponsored by the Syrian American Forum and the International Action Center.  It was my honor to participate as a Syrian Election Observer.     Syrian Ambassador to the United Nations, Dr, Bashar Ja’fari and Ramsey Clark both participated as well. Here is Part 1:: And Part 2: Please remember that everything you read in the U.S. News about Syria […]

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A Voice from Kassab

I was with a group of 5 Americans, 3 Canadians and an Irishman who went to observe the Syrian election, but there were other observers from Asia, Africa and South America. On the way there, I thought about having a particular angle to report from, and I decided that since there weren’t many women observers that I would talk to […]

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A Syrian Woman’s Story

Those of us who went to observe the Syrian election were dispersed across the country on Election Day.   Some went to cities in the war zones like Homs, Aleppo and Sweita.   For whatever reason, I chose to go to Tartous.   I want to see some ordinary people in a part of the country that was not under continuous threat. I […]

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Echo of Silence, re. Iranian Chemical Weapons Victims

The film below was recently posted on the Fellowship of Reconciliation Blog by Leila Zand.   It appears to have been recently distributed, though the Chemical Weapons attacks visited on Iran and her people are now nearly 30 years in the past.   Perhaps the event was triggered by the global discussion around Chemical Weapons attacks in Syria,   As an ally […]

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Chemical Weapons Update

The Nobel Peace Prize, it’s luster dulled by the wars of Barack Obama and the EU,  and Henry Kissinger’s lifetime record of supporting massacres, dictators and Israeli exceptionalism, was presented to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons this year.   According to Thorbjørn Jagland, Chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, the award was not necessarily for their current work […]

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Reports From The War Zone

I’m posting below the videos of Kathy Kelly, Buddy Bell and Cathy Breen presenting at the Flying Squirrel Community Space.   They bring us the reality that we have bestowed on other peoples through our imperialist wars and occupations in their countries. They have with them a ‘Bean Poll’.    Two jars, labeled “Pentagon, Continued War” and “Reparations and Reconstruction” and a […]

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Obama-Rouhani Dialog at the UNGA

I’ve taken US President Obama’s speech [1] at the UN General Assembly and Iranian President Rouhani’s speech [2] at the UN General Assembly and interwoven them as a dialog of sorts.   It appears that President Rouhani did not attend President Obama’s speech, but he says that he did listen to it.   Perhaps he sat outside the group so he could […]

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