Longshore Union Quits the AFL-CIO | Labor Notes

In a surprise move, the 40,000-member International Longshore and Warehouse Union announced its disaffiliation from the AFL-CIO yesterday. The news comes just a week before the federation is set to hold its national convention in Los Angeles, the nation’s biggest port and an ILWU stronghold.

The ILWU, known for its militant traditions and progressive politics, has been drawn into turf wars with other unions in recent years—particularly in the grain export terminals of the Pacific Northwest, where longshore workers have been locked in a high-stakes battle over master contract standards since 2011.

via Longshore Union Quits the AFL-CIO | Labor Notes.

Syria Attack Attacked After Syrian Attack on Syrians Attacked

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UK and US plans to attack Syria after Syria was attacked for its alleged attacks on Syrians in Syria have been attacked by the British opposition leader Ed Miliband as an attack on democracy and human rights.

The attack came after the British prime minister vowed to attack Syria for the Syrian attack and attacked the Labour leader’s attack on the attack saying attacking the Syrian attack would only give succour to the Syrian leadership and encourage further attacks.

However, the Labour leader continued his attack on the Syrian attack saying any attack on Syria should only be after confirmation that Syria was responsible for the attacks in Syria in order to avoid attacks that an attack on Syria would be illegal.

The accusations come after Mr Miliband accused the prime minister of making accusations against the Syrian government accusing them of accusing Syrian opposition groups of trying to…

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The Sea #photography #poetry

penned in moon dust

hull

They pulled me from my world

where seals and dolphin play

moonlight bore my charms

she’d glisten and she’d sway

I listen for the splash

feel the foam against my hull

just for one lusty moment

in rolling waves I’m lulled

sea foam line

The wordpress photochallange for the coming week is the Sea. I just spent the week at home (by the sea) so I am overjoyed to share a few shots

Photography: “Hull” and “Sea Foam Line” © L. Moon 2013

Some excellent shots to enjoy:

  1. Shadow Self | Broken Light: A Photography Collective
  2. Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea | Stephen Chapman
  3. Weekly Photo Challenge : Sea | Journey Called Life …
  4. Weekly Photo Challenge: SEA | Flickr Comments
  5. Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea (Crystal Cove) | skpfoto
  6. Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea | Books, Music, Photography & Movies : my best friends
  7. Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea | Captured With My Phone, iPhoneography
  8. It’s…

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Year one of the Syrian Revolution- A Timeline

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This is a timeline of year one of the Syrian revolution. Many thanks to Iyad el-Baghdadi and Syria Deeply

Feb 2, 2011: Twenty Syrians hold a candlelight vigil for Egypt’s revolution. They’re attacked & beaten up by thugs.

Feb 15, 2011: Teen blogger Tal al Mallouhi sentenced to 5 years in prison for “espionage” in closed hearing.

Feb 17, 2011: Small protest in Syria shows people are fed up and ripe for revolution. 

Feb 20, 2011: Blogger Ahmad Abulkheir arrested for praising Tunisian revolution and posting anti-censorship information.

Feb 23, 2011: Rally in solidarity with Libya is violently dispersed.

Mar 6, 2011: Libyan rebels shoot down two Gaddafi fighter jets. Pilots had Syrian passports.

Mar 15, 2011: Having designated this day as a day of protests, many rallies across Syria: Damascus, Aleppo, Daraa, Homs, Banyas.

Mar 18, 2011: Violent clamp down leads protests to spread & escalate across the…

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Drumming Recalls Centuries-old Link Between Caribbean, Africa

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Throughout the ages and around the globe, drumming has been used for communication, entertainment, and prayer. That is especially true for the Rastafarians who performed at this year’s Sacred Music Festival in Jerusalem, as Gail Wein reports in this article for Voice of America.
If you haven’t heard of Nyabinghi drumming, you are not alone. It is sacred music, played as a communal meditative practice in the Rastafarian religion of Jamaica, and rarely performed in public.
As Jamaican reggae star Vivien Jones explains, it is a centuries-old link between the Caribbean and Africa.
“That’s been in Jamaica since we were taken there as slaves,” Jones said. “Slave master used to bang the drums. So the drums were there from the time we landed on that island, the drums were being played. So it was African drumming … all the way from ancient Ethiopia. All it did was it traveled…

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4 new cases – WHO | Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – update

The first patient is a 55-year-old man with an underlying medical condition from Medina who became ill on 17 August 2013 and is currently hospitalised.

The second patient is a 38-year-old man with an underlying medical condition from Hafar al-Batin who became ill on 8 August 2013 and died on 17 August 2013.

The third and the fourth cases are family contacts of the second patient. Both the cases, a 16-year-old boy and a seven year-old girl, tested positive for the MERS-CoV virus. They are both healthy and do not have any symptoms of illness.

Globally, from September 2012 to date, WHO has been informed of a total of 108 laboratory-confirmed cases of infection with MERS-CoV, including 50 deaths.

via WHO | Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – update.

2003 Redux? The White House’s Case For War In Syria | TPMDC

Still sounds too much like 2003 to me…

In the four-page intelligence brief, which senior administration officials said was “fully vetted” by the U.S. intelligence community, the U.S. government said that it had “high confidence” that Assad’s forces were responsible for the chemical attack, which the administration said killed 1,429 people, including 426 children. “Our high confidence assessment is the strongest position that the U.S. Intelligence Community can take short of confirmation,” the government said in the brief.

The intelligence community assessment documents the Assad regime’s chemical weapons capability, reportedly the greatest in the region, and the regime’s frustration with being unable to eradicate the Syrian rebels from certain sections of Damascus’ suburbs. The intelligence community said it has concluded that the weapons used in the attack were the same ones that the Assad regime had in its possession; that the weapons had been launched from Assad-controlled areas of the city to 12 rebel-controlled neighborhoods, according to satellite images; that regime officials were aware of the attack and, following it, ordered regime units to bombard the rebel areas that had been hit in the attack, according to an interception of the communications of a senior officials.

That post-attack bombardment was motivated by the regime’s concern that United Nations investigators would find evidence of an attack, according to senior administration officials. There were also pre-attack indications, such as the utilization of gas masks, by the regime forces that indicated to U.S. intelligence that an attack was imminent.

via The White House’s Case For War In Syria | TPMDC.

U.S. Intel Official Defends Iraq WMD Report – ABC News

A key prewar U.S. intelligence report that said Iraq had weapons of mass destruction was “well-grounded,” based on 15 years of information, and the hunt should continue, a senior U.S. intelligence official said today.

Stuart Cohen, vice chairman of the National Intelligence Council, which produced the October 2002 National Intelligence Estimate report on Iraq’s banned weapons, said he was “not at all” surprised that stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons had not yet been found.

“He’s [Saddam Hussein] had 15 years to hone his ability to hide this stuff. The footprints of these weapons is very small,” Cohen told Reuters in a brief telephone interview after an interview with ABCNEWS’ Nightline airing late today.

via U.S. Intel Official Defends Iraq WMD Report – ABC News.

U.S. intelligence: Syrian government undertook deadly chemical attack – latimes.com

Jan 2004: A key prewar U.S. intelligence report that said Iraq had weapons of mass destruction was “well-grounded,” based on 15 years of information, and the hunt should continue, a senior U.S. intelligence official said today.

Stuart Cohen, vice chairman of the National Intelligence Council, which produced the October 2002 National Intelligence Estimate report on Iraq’s banned weapons, said he was “not at all” surprised that stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons had not yet been found.

“He’s [Saddam Hussein] had 15 years to hone his ability to hide this stuff. The footprints of these weapons is very small,” Cohen told Reuters in a brief telephone interview after an interview with ABCNEWS’ Nightline airing late today.

 

The U.S. intelligence community believes that a chemical weapons attack ordered by the Iraq Syrian government Aug. 21 killed at least 1,429 people, including at least 426 children, an intelligence document says.

“The United States government assesses with high confidence that the Iraq  Syrian government carried out a chemical weapons attack in the Damascus suburbs on Aug. 21,” the report issued Friday says. “We further assess that the regime used a nerve agent in the attack.”

The report is based on spies, intercepts and satellites, as well as video evidence the world has already seen, it says.

“We intercepted communications involving a senior official intimately familiar with the offensive who confirmed that chemical weapons were used by the regime on Aug. 21 and was concerned with the U.N. inspectors obtaining evidence,” the report said.

via U.S. intelligence: Syrian government undertook deadly chemical attack – latimes.com.