วันจันทร์ที่ 23 กันยายน พ.ศ. 2556

John Kerry statement on US intervention in Syria – full text

Remarks by Secretary of State regarding the position of the Obama administration on the use of force in Syria

Kerry says U.S.. States. established for strikes Syria

President Obama spent several days of consultations with Congress and talk with world leaders on the situation in Syria.


And last night, we asked everyone in his national security team to consult with congressional leaders and officials of the National Security Committee of Congress. And we were asked to check on what we know about the horrific chemical attack on the outskirts of Damascus last week.

'll tell you, as someone who has spent nearly three decades in Congress, I know that this request is the right way for a president to approach a decision when how and if the use of military force. And it is important to ask the tough questions and get answers before acting hard, not just after.

And I believe, as President Obama does, it is also important to discuss directly with the American people. It is our responsibility to speak with citizens who have entrusted each of us in government and Congress with the responsibility for their safety.

That's why this morning the release of unclassified estimate of our government for what happened in Syria is very important. His conclusions are as clear as they are compelling. I'm not asking you to take my word for it. Read for yourself, everyone, those who listen, all you read for themselves the evidence of thousands of sources, the evidence that is now available to the public.

and read for themselves the verdict of our intelligence community on chemical weapons to attack the Assad regime inflicted on the opposition and the opposition controlled areas or contested in Damascus suburb at dawn on August 21.

Our intelligence community has carefully considered and reviewed the information about the attack. And I'll tell you what has become more aware of the experience of Iraq. We will not repeat this time. Therefore, we have taken unprecedented steps to declassify and make the data accessible to those who may find themselves.

But still, in order to protect sources and methods, some of what we know will be released only to members of Congress, representatives of the American people. This means that there are things we know we can not speak publicly.

So what do we really know that we can talk?

Well, we know that the Assad regime has the largest chemical weapons across the Middle East programs. We know that the regime has used these weapons on several occasions this year, and has been used on a smaller scale, but still used them against his own people, not even close to where the attack took place last Wednesday.

We know that the regime has been established specifically for the suburbs of Damascus eliminate the opposition, and he was frustrated that he failed to do.

that three days before the chemical weapons attack, the Syrian regime staff were on the ground in the area, make preparations.

And we know that the elements of the Syrian regime said to prepare for the attack, put on gas masks and precautions for chemical weapons.

know it's specific instructions.

know where the rockets were launched, and when. We know where they landed, and when. We rockets came only in areas controlled by the regime and went alone in the opposition-controlled or contested areas.

And we know, as the world, just 90 minutes later, all hell broke loose in the media. With our own eyes we saw thousands of reports from 11 different sites in the suburbs of Damascus. And they all inform victims with respiratory difficulties show people with spasms spasms, cough, rapid pulse, foaming at the mouth, loss of consciousness and death. And we know that it was common for Syrians have reported all these horrors.

importantly, we know that the doctors and nurses who cared not informed - not a scratch, not a piece of shrapnel, not a court, not a sound ball. We saw rows of aligned dead in shrouds, white linen immaculate one drop of blood.

Instead of being safe in your bed at home, we saw rows of children lying side by side, lying on the floor of the hospital, all the gas Assad died surrounded by parents and grandparents who had suffered the same fate.

The U.S. government already know that at least 1,429 Syrians have been killed in the attack, including at least 426 children. Even first aid, doctors, nurses and doctors who tried to save him, were victims. We saw shortness of breath, terrified that their lives were in danger.

It is the indiscriminate chemical weapons inconceivable horror. This is what Assad has done to his own people.

know too many disturbing details about the consequences. We know that senior regime was aware of the attack confirmed that chemical weapons were used by the regime, examined the impact, and was actually afraid that they would be discovered.


And we know what they did after. I personally called the foreign minister of Syria, and said: "If, as you say, your country has nothing to hide then immediately leave unhindered access for United Nations inspectors they have the opportunity to tell their story. "

Instead, for four days, which bombed the area to destroy evidence, black block after bombing a rate four times higher than they were during the last 10 days . And when UN inspectors finally agreed that access - as we know -. Was limited and controlled

In all these things I have listed, in all these things we know - all - the U.S. intelligence community is very confident, very confident. This is common sense. This is a test. These are the facts.

So the main issue is that it is not really what we know. The question is: what are we - collectively - what in the world will do about it

As in previous storms of history met the heinous crimes that were in our power to stop them, we have been warned against the temptation to look the other way. History is full of leaders who have warned against inaction, indifference and, in particular, against the silence when it mattered most.

And we deeply care about credibility and future interests of the United States of America and its allies. It is important because many other countries, including the policy challenged these international standards, they see. They look. They want to see if the United States and our friends what we say.

is directly related to our credibility and if countries continue to believe the United States when he says something. They are looking to see if Syria can get away with it, because maybe they too can bring the world to an increased risk.

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วันพุธที่ 18 กันยายน พ.ศ. 2556

Britain 2013: children of poor families are still left behind

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More than four decades of pioneering, Born to Fail report highlighted the extent of child poverty in the United Kingdom. Since then, despite promises by successive governments, things have only gotten worse. Where now for the next generation?

summer of 1969, the year of the moon landing, the first flight of Concorde and the beginning of the civil war in Northern Ireland. The Beatles on stage a gVirt_NP_NN_NNPS __

latter figure is

Born to Fail?

innovative examination of the experience of children at the end of the tail of the 60 product by the National Bureau for children.

released in 1973 with great fanfare the media, compared to


magazine and had a galvanizing effect politicians. The instigator of Labour, Barbara Castle, was quoted fragments of it in the House of Commons

Born To Fail?

was credited with a formative influence on Gordon Brown, who later will eradicate child poverty by 2020, a key objective of the Labour government.

Fast forward 40 years, many things have changed. Nobody goes to the moon, Concorde flies over. The Beatles and the problems are problems for historians.

But despite the best intentions successive governments, child poverty and inequality continue to blight the lives of millions. And according to the office in a new snapshot of the poor in Britain, in some ways, things are worse than they were.

growing prosperity decades have seen an average increase of housing prices to nearly ? 171,000, but now it is estimated that 3.6 million children live in relative poverty.

The new agency report,

higher expectations

, to be published this week. Commissioner to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the charity, which traverses the same ground as his influential predecessor and comes after a series of missed targets in the fight against child poverty.

Brown goal

2020 proved impossible. An intermediate goal of reducing the number of children living in poverty by a quarter by 2005 was not achieved.

Act 2010, which had the support of all parties and accepted by the ruling coalition,

result of childhood poverty has created a new commitment to reduce the proportion of children living in poverty on less 10% in 2020.

authors report whether these objectives do not go far enough. They ask, "Do we want every child has the same opportunities in life, regardless of the means of their parents it is important to know if the child is so uneven and growth experiences for children are as polarized as one of the world's richest nations? we have higher expectations and aspirations of our children? "

Obviously, politicians agree that the answer to these questions must be yes anger arises. In 2008, David Cameron said that "what we know in our hearts that the creation of a good society for children to grow up in one of the greatest tests of character of a nation."

But the findings of the new report suggests that the UK is a failure of the test and argued that politicians should be more ambitious.

"Far from improving over time, the current situation seems to be better than it was five years ago," the report said.

frontline figures jumping in the report includes claims that:

? The number of children in relative poverty - defined as those living in families with incomes below 60% of median income after housing costs were taken into account in the - increased by 1.5 million since 1969

? A child from a disadvantaged background is still much less likely to succeed in their GCSE 16 in a privileged home.

? Children living in disadvantaged neighborhoods are more likely to be obese than those living in affluent areas.

? Children from disadvantaged backgrounds are more likely to suffer accidental injuries in the home.

? Children living in the most deprived areas are less likely to have access to green spaces and places to play.

These divisions have consequences for the entire structure of society, the agency said. "This creates a" them and us "society more tensions," the report warns.
"We simply can not let a lot of the next generation of the nation to cut adrift, adding that the draft law on the well-being and allow talents desperately need broken ".

The world has changed in recent years between the time the reports were published, and definitions make comparisons problematic.

However, the agency insists that "collected data from official sources," which "provides a reasonable comparison with the results of
Born to Fail ?

nicely, for purposes of comparison, the number of children in the UK - about 13 million -. Has remained virtually unchanged since 1969
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วันอาทิตย์ที่ 1 กันยายน พ.ศ. 2556

Syria: Cameron and Obama move west closer to intervention

British Prime Minister and the President of the United States agree that the alleged chemical attack "requires a response '

David Cameron and Barack Obama to the west near the military intervention in Syria on Saturday as they agreed that the alleged chemical weapons attack last week by the Assad regime had brought the crisis to a new phase that deserved a "serious response".

In a phone call that lasted 40 minutes, the two leaders are understood to have concluded that the regime of Bashar al-Assad was almost certainly responsible for the attack is believed to have killed 1,400 people in Damascus in the middle of last week. Cameron spoke on holiday in Cornwall.

Prime Minister and U.S. President says time is running out for Assad to allow weapons inspectors to the UN in areas where the attack occurred. Government sources said the two leaders agreed that all options must remain open, both to end the suffering of the Syrian people and to understand that the West could not stay as chemical weapons were used against innocent civilians.

A No 10 spokesman said: "The Prime Minister and President Obama are both very concerned about the attack, which took place in Damascus on Wednesday and growing signs that this was an important chemical weapons attack by the Syrian regime against its own people. Security Council asked the UN immediate access to UN investigators on the ground in Damascus. The fact that President Assad has failed to cooperate with the United Nations suggests that the regime has something to hide.

"reaffirmed that meaningful use of chemical weapons deserve a serious response from the international community and ordered officials to examine all options. Were agreed that it is essential that the world continued ban the use of chemical weapons and deters other outrages. agreed to stay in touch on the subject. "

The dramatic rise of the issues came after the international medical charity Doctors Without Borders (MSF) reported that three hospitals in Damascus had received approximately 3600 patients with neurotoxic symptoms in less than three hours in the morning of Wednesday, August 21 Of these patients, 355 of them died.

Dr. Bart Janssens, MSF director of operations, said: "The medical staff working in these institutions offered detailed MSF doctors regarding a large number of patients who arrive with symptoms including convulsions, salivation excessive, students point, blurred vision and difficulty breathing. "

said strongly indicate symptoms reported "massive exposure to a nerve agent. This would be a violation of international humanitarian law absolutely prohibits the use of chemical and biological weapons."

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, said Saturday that "all the information at our disposal converge to indicate the existence of a chemical slaughter near Damascus, and that the [Bashar al- Assad] is responsible. "

Foreign Secretary William Hague said last week that "it is a chemical attack by the Assad regime" and "is not something a civilized world can not ignore. "

France, Britain and Turkey have accused the Syrian regime for the attack, which came as installed in the military area.

Syria continued to deny any responsibility at the head of the UN disarmament, Angela Kane, arrived in Damascus to try to negotiate access to the site of the attack of a team inspection was sent to investigate three previous alleged attacks. The team was in the capital for six days and was pressing for permission to travel - within walking distance of your hotel

rebel groups in the region say they will ensure safe passage. However, the Syrian government has not accepted and the UN fears that the road is not safe without a negotiated settlement.

The U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, said the Foreign Minister of Syria, Walid al-Moallem on Thursday, the State Department said Saturday. Kerry said the Damascus government should let the UN inspectors have access to the site of the attack to the alleged gas, the department said.

Kerry called to "make clear that if, as they say, the Syrian regime has nothing to hide, would have allowed the immediate and unrestricted access to the polygon rather than continue to attack the zone affected to block access and destruction of evidence, "said a senior State Department.

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วันเสาร์ที่ 24 สิงหาคม พ.ศ. 2556

First it's a visit to Auschwitz, then an organised bar crawl | Catherine Bennett

We are in grave danger of trivializing history, it is essential that young people learn properly

dismay, a few years ago when it appeared that the organizers of stag party involved children of Auschwitz-Birkenau as a small must-see, arrested the unruly British people book tours to the extermination camp - "this mysterious trip is a must," said a tour operator. In fact, judging by the number of specialists parties now offer the tour, revulsion and widespread accusations of insensitivity Auschwitz was only confirmed as a bonding experience up to run with the bulls and oil wrestling, it says another expert Krakow, the characteristics of "incredibly attractive women, wearing only a lubricant."

"Quads morning after visiting one of the most disturbing Auschwitz museum in the world," offers the same operator. "A permanent tribute to one of the greatest hoaxes of the 20th century, followed by the Saturday VIP bar hopping tour with English-speaking guides." There is little evidence that clients fight hangover, taste-wise, with the so-called stag do package Auschwitz supplier, which could be due to amnesia, or the fact that, with the lap dance and medieval banquet what happens in stays Birkenau Birkenau.

equity for guys who are a short bus ride to Auschwitz, a field trip is now considered by many tourists as "bucket list elements" of the Holocaust, up there with the Anne Frank Museum, where Justin Beiber recently released compliment. ". Anne was a girl I wish I was a Belieber" TripAdvisor is the stress several times a visit to Auschwitz is the only way begin to understand the Holocaust, visitor behavior allows.


are prohibited, but the environment does not stop visitors drinking, eating, taking young children, take pictures of hilarious cast, filming the Harlem shake. A student recently saw the Conservative MP Aidan Burley, asleep and text messages during an educational tour Auschwitz (yes made to atone for his past involvement in a Nazi-themed stag so that guests toasted the Third Reich).

An American student journalist However, he wondered why the idea of ??genocide should not be incompatible with coffee, cigarettes and a tasty snack. A guide criticized for being disrespectful, "I eat the sandwich anyway, almost defiantly, making sure to savor every last crumb rationalize any Polish Gypsy, Jewish or who died literally kill for a bite of the sandwich . . "It is well known that the accounts of the prisoners of Auschwitz, as Primo Levi, witness incredible acts of altruism on the ground and the refusal of the prisoners to be reduced to their instincts." It is perhaps a surprise, "writes Levi

Moments of Reprieve

" in the camps one of the states most popular spirit was curiosity. And However, in addition to being frightened, humiliated and desperate, we were curious hunger for bread and also to understand the world around us is upside down and that someone must have spilled ... "

the Holocaust Educational Trust, with its mission "to provide knowledge to new generations," remains a symbol of faith, in addition to teaching the Holocaust and school its own negotiations impressive survival program, films and seminars, visits to the extermination camp are particularly useful. There are other ways to fight against ignorance and oblivion: the Imperial War Museum, for example, has a magnificent exhibition of the Holocaust (not recommended for children under 14 years), with testimonials survivors, helps visitors understand the tragedies genocide individual family. Lessons from Auschwitz principle of trust is that "hearing is not like seeing."



funds through visits trust program, two students from each school - one remembers called "something" David Cameron - continued under the coalition, in order to create a new generation witnesses.

selection of candidates sense, no doubt, make sure that these trips are not selfies round random name-spots and purchase chocolate sometimes hear, occurs for the first war of the lighting world. As with Auschwitz and Anne Frank House, some tourists from the battlefield is the level of stupidity and lack of respect of the most painful aspects of your trip. But the body committed to deliver the course is committed to develop in students a "personal relationship with the First World War, through interaction with the battlefield, record, reflect and share their own experiences."

Besides the importance, value and risk Beiber style, personal experience of children as a way to honor the war - or the Holocaust - death, it would be interesting ecodesign explained the benefits of thinking hear (or read) are sufficient to justify the sending of selected students to see the graves of war, rather than funding more inclusive experience.

travel movies and museums might even give an accurate picture of events in Loos reports that a reconstruction of a ditch, less stool, gas and other horrors survived Graves. "After the first day or two of bloated corpses and obnoxious," he wrote. "I vomited more than once while performing monitoring Those who could not enter the German wire continued to swell up stomach wall collapsed, either naturally or when pierced by a bullet. An unpleasant drift by "odor.
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วันจันทร์ที่ 12 สิงหาคม พ.ศ. 2556

Screw you! The psychology of anger and aggression | Dean Burnett

Many people were very upset by many things lately, both in the real world and online. This is nothing unusual. But what makes people so you work on what others are relatively trivial?

There may have missed the latest debacle Twitter. Some people deeply unpleasant very angry against women pursuing public agendas pro-woman. People are very angry against those people who sent threats and Twitter, in general, for not doing more to stop it. Some people were angry against these people instead of solutions they wanted. A short twitter-boycott was organized after a large person, it seems that people get angry with her, I mean its very existence. People are very angry against the supposed reason behind the boycott. People are very angry against those people who were upset by the boycott. It could have been more, but it got too complicated for me. I'm just a neurologist.

Around this time, a message received GQ rage fueled fans One Direction because of trivial comments made about Harry Styles, one of the sections mentioned in the bipedal hair band. Then he announced the new Doctor Who and many were angry against him another white man. This is a big problem for some, diversity is not enough racial / gender in the Time Lords. Each of their own.

lot of anger about the end of time, is what I say. If it was a liquid that would pile sandbags against doors. But where does all this? And why is it so often directed against foreign targets?

Psychologically, it is a complex issue (like many emotions tend to be). Aggression (in humans) is defined by Anderson and Bushman as "any behavior directed toward another person that is performed with the following for (immediate) harm. Furthermore, the author must believe that the behavior will not cause harm and that the target is motivated to avoid the behavior. "Someone does something you do not like (for example, a woman who expresses opinions ), do something for those experiencing harm (eg, threatening violence and assault), and I hope I can answer prevent new (eg, fail to express opinions).

is important to differentiate between anger and aggression. Anger is the emotional state of physiological arousal. You can get angry about something, but choose not to behave aggressively to another, therefore, this type of behavior is considered very mature. Similarly, can be very aggressive with someone, for example, to attack without being angry against that person, chances are that you know nothing about them except that they may have valuables in them. For the record, attacking someone who is not considered mature.

hostility is the cognitive component of aggression. These are the things you think that leads to aggressive behavior, and keeps going while you do it. Hostile aggression is when aggressive and impulsive responding to the threat / perceived insult. In contrast, instrumental aggression is when aggression is used to buy long-term goals. A colleague who eclipse openly in front of others is likely to have instrumental aggression to get promotions in their charge; cave try later with a stapler head while in the bathroom is a hostile attack

There are many theories behind human aggression. Psychodynamic, evolutionary, ethological, the hypothesis of the frustration-aggression cue-awakening, social learning and much more. Perhaps the most comprehensive decision is the general pattern of aggression. Neuroscientificallly, it is believed that the attack on the involvement of the frontal lobes, amygdala and serotonin, but the overall understanding of what appears to be limited. This is understandable, scientific study of anger that you need to make people angry. However, most psychological experiments in humans require ethical approval, and it is unlikely that the damage / active people angry. In the Venn diagram of "people easily angered" and "people who were willing to volunteer to allow scientists to tickle the" not going to have a lot of overlap, so that research opportunities are limited.

This is something that the Internet is not going well, but it provides a great thing to get angry if we have the power to alter or affect, but we offer many opportunities to move and aerate our aggression and anger into smaller goals, less important.

Obviously, the truth of the matter is much more complex, taking into social, psychological and evolutionary beyond the scope of a single blog post. And anger and aggression are not all bad. Without anger, serious injustices remain unanswered, we would be less motivated to ourselves and our loved ones protected and may not have survived as a species, and daily traffic Web Mail site collapse like a paper canoe rice .

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วันอังคารที่ 6 สิงหาคม พ.ศ. 2556

Cornel West and Tavis Smiley do a disservice to African Americans | David Dennis

used to love these two prominent black intellectuals. But lately, the voice critics have targeted oil-bashing Obama

Dr. Cornel West and Tavis Smiley disappointed.

Cornel West and Tavis Smiley are certainly two of the most important figures of the black intelligentsia and political action in my life. West is probably the most important voice that helped shape African-American identity in recent years, and their careers that matters is one of the most needed in American history. As for Smiley, unwavering news coverage and calls for political action always measured and effective, especially in the light of other activists, celebrities candidates seeking their next book or a sponsorship contract.

That is why it pains me to say that Smiley and West have disappointed me. Of course, I'm not important to them person, but I represent a generation of African-American men who looked to the West and Smiley - to see damaged his legacy by participating in public barbecues embarrassing President Obama

I watched Smiley and West since he was a teenager, the collection of an assessment of race relations and my understanding of my place in this country. I always dreamed of having even a fraction of their impact on the American discourse. So I can not help but feel disappointed when I see these two men relegated to fighting, insults, throwing self-parody, especially when it comes to discussing the president.

Obama called West a "Rockefeller Republican in blackface" and support both the president recently criticized Al Sharpton as an example of this being "in Obama's plantation." These inflammatory comments that discredit criticism valid Smiley and West may have about how President Obama has led in the past five years. And that's a shame, because the two men were also much to offer the country as true intellectuals.

Smiley and West are supposed to be two thinkers who help eighth year of Obama to power in a broader context. They should be our moral barometers, men who advocate for change Obama promised in 2008. With the attention of an African-American president and the state of race relations in this country, it was natural that Smiley and West luster, becoming iconic leaders of his earlier work seemed to prepare. And is fixed for people like me who grew up in the example, the smiley and West show gross participate in Obama-bashing is more embarrassing than inspiration.

Smiley and West do not see it. West responded by saying the air strikes are way Obama a "comprehensive George Zimmerman," while Smiley said the speech was "low pre-sweetened Kool-Aid" (whatever that means).

These comments are all the more disappointing because they seem to come from a place of personal contempt, rather than any desire to promote intelligent discussion. West has gone on record saying that his initial break with President Obama is that I could not get tickets for his family to go to the inauguration. Smiley threw a crisis in 2008 when President Obama could not make his State of the Black Union event (also say "no thank you" to the proposal that Michelle Obama is in place).

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วันจันทร์ที่ 15 กรกฎาคม พ.ศ. 2556

Will the Republican party get another George W Bush? | Harry J Enten

The Republican Party is not necessarily intended to amortization. Is likely to choose a candidate who appeals to the populist Midwest

is the destination to the Republican Party? Some have argued, for example, that the unconditional conservatism House GOP wants to hurt them with moderates. Others believe that the lack of movement on immigration GOP House will seriously damage between the Latino voting bloc growth. I said wide reasons that Republicans be much, although some Republican politicians are out of the ordinary in some subjects. But if I'm wrong?


Republican primary voters with a large participation of party members will solve the problem. There is a tendency among many to think that the Republican primary voters are the driving force behind the initiative of the Republican Party to the right. The academic literature tends to reject this view. In addition, there is a good amount of evidence suggesting that the Republican presidential primary voters took the lead almost everyone: win.

During the 2012 election, Republican primary voters were greeted with many options. Most people agree that Mitt Romney was one of the most moderate of these options outside of Jon Huntsman, who was more liberal than even moderate Jerry Ford. Romney had developed a health plan during his time as governor of Massachusetts, which was very similar to Obamacare. Obamacare, of course, is something that is the most despised in the Republican ranks as a "war on Christmas".

But Romney won the nomination. He did it because he was considered the most electable in the primary after primary. Think of the primary key of Michigan, where Santorum win could be devastating for Romney hopes. A plurality of 32% said that defeating President Obama was the most important issue. Among voters Romney won 61% of the vote - far higher than the 41% of all voters. The same thing happened the following week in the key state of Ohio. Then, 42% said they win in November was more important and Romney took 52% of voters against 38% who had overall.


Republican primary voters got the message? As demonstrated in the party decides (read the book), the presidential appointments are decided by party members. If you like insiders as a candidate, you will receive great support. This took place in almost all of the modern primary nomination.

I expect the same trend that emerged in 2016. Republican insiders want the center of his party to win. The gain factor is especially true where a party has been out of power for some time as evidenced by the fact that most of it is in the power of the increased possibility of a more moderate candidate is chosen. That is why we have all this discussion about whether, and if so, how the Republican Party needs to change to make in a year when the economic conditions are not conducive to their overwhelming majority.

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