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Damascus Street Notes- Christmas Day

DamascusPolitical Grinches Stealing Christmas From Palestinian and Syrian Refugees

Church of Notre Dame, Damascus.Church officials in Damascus advanced the hour of last night’s traditional Christmas Eve midnight service to 6 pm because few Damascenes’ venture out past sunset these days. The reasons include ubiquitous checkpoints, security fears and the fact that there are few taxis and no buses around. Plus most shops and cafes close early and the thuds and whining of artillery and bomb blasts from this ancient city’s suburbs tend to sound more menacing at night.

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Pentagon Secret Meeting With Nuclear Industry

PentagonU.S. corporations that reap billions from making nuclear weapons have “a direct voice” as to “their use and deployment,” a distinguished political scientist warns.

On August 6, 2003, a secret meeting was held at U.S. Strategic Command headquarters at Offutt Air Force Base, Omaha, Neb., that brought together more than 150 “senior executives from the nuclear industry and military-industrial complex,” writes Michel Chossudovsky, Professor Emeritus at the University of Ottawa and Founder of the Centre for Research on Globalization, of Montreal.

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Guns, Guns & Guns

GunsIt’s only human nature to want to take action after such a harrowing traumatic event. To do something. Anything, to protect our kids. And make sure that Newtown never ever happens again. Here. There. Anywhere.

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Imperial Warrior Kerry at State

Hillary ClintonHillary Clinton will leave State. She'll further her 2016 presidential ambitions. She wants to succeed Obama.

She hopes to become America's first woman president. If successful, she'll likely exceed his worst policies. He did what supporters thought impossible. He outdid George Bush. Imagine what's ahead in term two.

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The Christmas Conundrum

ChristmasHas Christmas become too commercialized? In some towns the display of decorated trees is now controversial. Confused about whether to say “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Holidays”. What about Kwanza, Hanukkah, and the Holy Days of Islam? Maybe a simple greeting of “Peace to you brother” would be appropriate. Better be careful though with that one. I have a few friends who have been arrested for saying “Peace” at the wrong time in the wrong place. The stress of it all could drive a person to over-indulge in the spiked nog.

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