The coffee’s freshly ground, there’s a wide variety of teas and the sticky buns are homemade.
- “Heavy artillery fire has been rocking Homs, as Syrian troops step up an assault on the restive city. A BBC correspondent there describes almost constant blasts, in the fiercest attack in the 11-month uprising. US President Barack Obama said it was important to resolve the conflict without outside military intervention.”
- Real News:” A Short History of Modern Syria. Hamid Dabashi traces the rise of the Assad regime.”
- Robert Fisk. “President Bashar al-Assad is not about to go. Not yet. Not, maybe, for quite a long time. Newspapers in the Middle East are filled with stories about whether or not this is Assad’s “Benghazi moment” – these reports are almost invariably written from Washington or London or Paris – but few in the region understand how we Westerners can get it so wrong. The old saw has to be repeated and repeated: Egypt was not Tunisia; Bahrain was not Egypt; Yemen was not Bahrain; Libya was not Yemen. And Syria is very definitely not Libya.”
- “Mahmud Abbas, the president of the Palestinian Authority (PA), has agreed to lead an interim national consensus government to prepare for upcoming elections, under an agreement signed in the Qatari capital. The ‘Doha Declaration’ was signed in the Gulf state on Monday by Abbas and Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal in the presence of Qatar’s emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani. The agreement states that the new Palestinian government will comprise ‘independent technocrats,’ and will also be responsible for overseeing reconstruction efforts in the Gaza Strip.”
- “Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said the Palestinian Authority must choose between a treaty with Hamas ‘or peace with Israel’.” Bibi loves him some Manichean world view.
- “Brazil’s government has awarded contracts to privatise operations at three of its most important state-owned airports. They include the country’s largest in Sao Paulo. Private companies paid a total of 24.5bn reais ($14bn; £8.9bn) for the concessions sold at auction.”
- “Police who are on strike in the Brazilian state of Bahia have clashed with soldiers sent to remove them from the state assembly. Troops fired rubber bullets and charged against protesters who are demanding improved pay and conditions.”
- Real News: “US Drone Strikes Destabilize Pakistan. Fred Branfman: US policy should be to help develop Pakistan.”
- “A House GOP memo obtained by Mother Jones argues for a controversial ‘prenatal discrimination bill’ by referring to “black abortions” as distinct from abortions in general and claiming that ‘abortion is the leading cause of death in the black community’.”
- Making Contact: “While overall access to contraception and other reproductive health services have increased over the last 20 years, access for low-income women and women of color has dropped.”
- “The American space agency looks set to pull the plug on its joint missions to Mars with the European Space Agency. Nasa has told Esa it is now highly unlikely it will be able to contribute to the endeavours, which envision an orbiting satellite and a big roving robot being sent to the Red Planet.
The US Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit will announce its ruling on the constitutionality of Prop 8 sometime after 10am PST (1pm EST). (h/t to Teddy, no, not the porcupine).
The truth will set you free but first it will piss you off.