IS captives were waterboarded- correlation between IS brutality & U.S. actions

Captives held by Islamic State were waterboarded

American journalist James Foley while covering the civil war in Aleppo, Syria, in November 2012. (Nicole Tung/AP)

By Adam Goldman and Julie Tate August 28

At least four hostages held in Syria by the Islamic State, including an American journalist who was recently executed by the group, were waterboarded in the early part of their captivity, according to people familiar with the treatment of the kidnapped Westerners.


Children abused and killed by both sides in Syria - report in IT 060214

Children abused and killed by both sides in Syria -

Does Opposing Western Intervention in Syria Make the Anti-war Movement "Assad Apologists"? By Lindsey German

Does Opposing Western Intervention in Syria Make the Anti-war Movement "Assad Apologists"?

By Lindsey German

December 17, 2013 "Information Clearing House -  From Iraq to Afghanistan, from Libya to Syria, the accusation is that by opposing western intervention the anti-war movement is giving tacit support to dictators or despots: but is it?

The miserable sight of Syrian refugees in snowbound camps, desperate for food and warmth, shows the extent of the humanitarian crisis affecting millions in Syria and its near neighbours.

There is no end to this war in sight. The western plans for intervention and to overthrow the Assad government have suffered a series of defeats, yet hopes for any kind of political solution look bleak.

The United Nations' report on chemical weapons, finally issued last week, concludes that sarin was probably used in five locations in Syria this year. The UN does not apportion blame for these attacks, but says that some of them were carried out against government soldiers, the implication being that the Syrian opposition, as well as the government, potentially had access to such weapons.

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Syria, Prepare Yourself for Rape!

Syria, Prepare Yourself for Rape!

By Andre Vltchek September 13, 2013

originally published at Counterpunch

Syria is next! She is already marked, cornered, psychologically ravished, and now petrified. She is tied, exposed, and told to expect the worst. She is where we tried to get her for years, where our regime has wanted her to be.

Well, actually, not yet, she is not there yet, but almost. She is still not on her knees, and that is what irritates our rulers endlessly! They like us all to be on our knees, paying for invented ‘sins’, for ‘disobedience’, for our desire to be what we really are.

For years she has been harassed, and beaten. Now there are no doubts that soon, very soon, she will be violated, in brought daylight, in front of the entire world, in front of television cameras, with no mercy and with attackers gluing cold and righteous expressions on their faces.

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