Obama Warned to Defuse Tensions with Russia, Avert Wider War in Syria

ALERT MEMORANDUM FOR: The PresidentFROM: Veteran Intelligence Professionals for SanitySUBJECT: PREVENTING STILL WORSE IN SYRIAWe write to alert you, as we did President George W. Bush, six weeks before the attack on Iraq, that the consequences of limiting your circle of advisers to a small, relatively inexperienced coterie with a dubious record for wisdom can prove disastrous.* Our concern this time regards Syria.

Source: Obama Warned to Defuse Tensions with Russia, Avert Wider War in Syria

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‘Unspeakably Sad’: Colombia Voters Narrowly Reject Landmark Peace Deal

In an outcome described as “shocking,” “painful,” and “unspeakably sad,” Colombian voters on Sunday rejected a landmark peace deal that would have ended a deadly 52-year war between the government and FARC guerillas.

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Capitulating to Saudis, UN ‘Shamefully’ Backs Compromise Probe Into Yemen Crimes

The United Nations’ capitulation to the Saudi Arabia government is being decried as “shameful” by international human rights and aid organizations, after the Gulf monarchy successfully lobbied the UN’s Human Rights Council (HRC) to drop its bid for an independent, international investigation into potential war crimes being committed in Yemen.

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