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from Al Arabiya English
Al Arabiya is the leading TV News Channel in the Arab World

Iran, considering Syria its own backyard, is now facing major decisions about its future in the Middle East and back home. After the West has raised demands for Tehran to significantly curb its ballistic missile program & regional meddling, this attack, only a month prior to US President Donald Trump’s May 12th deadline, will certainly demand a heavy price from Tehran.


from Association of the United States Army - AUSA National

The Second Battle of Donetsk Airport demonstrated the challenges of fighting in urban terrain. At one point, Ukrainian military forces controlled the first and second floors of the international airport while Russian-led separatists occupied the basement tunnel system and the third floor. Two-dimensional maps don’t work to monitor unit locations in this environment. ... Today’s global operating environment presents the U.S. Army with a host of complex problems. To improve our ability to deter and, if required, defeat threats to the nation, the Army must take a holistic approach to these challenges. Some solutions are primarily technological, others will be organizational, doctrinal and, perhaps most challenging, cultural. But the first step toward developing these solutions is to watch, study and learn from cases like Ukraine.


from FEE (Foundation for Economic Education)
RIGHT-CENTER BIAS, HIGH, non-profit organization

Percent Record of Failure
After more than two dozen failed attempts, Socialism has proven itself to be a disastrous philosophy.


from The Hill
LEFT-CENTER BIAS, MIXED, newspaper in Washington, D.C.

Senate fast-tracks bill legalizing hemp as agriculture product
Legislation that would legalize hemp as an agricultural product is getting fast-tracked through the Senate. The bill, introduced last week by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), was placed on the Senate calendar on Monday.


from Orthodox Christianity
Organization in Moscow, Russia

The leaders of several Local Orthodox Churches held telephone conversations on Sunday with His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow to discuss the serious matter of rising international tensions involving war-torn Syria. The Orthodox, Syrian, and Melkite Catholic patriarchs released a joint statement on Saturday, roundly condemning the recent attack on Syrian soil carried out by a coalition of the U.S., U.K. and France, calling it an act of “brutal aggression.”

His Eminence Metropolitan Amfilohije (Radović) of Montenegro and Littoral called on his flock to vote “for candidates who opposed NATO” in yesterday’s presidential elections in the Balkan country. “NATO kills children and women in Syria, as it earlier killed them in Yugoslavia. NATO sows destruction and terrorism. Therefore, it is necessary to vote for those politicians who are against NATO,” the metropolitan said at a Sunday service in the village of Duklja, in the suburbs of the capital city of Podgorica, reports RIA-Novosti.


from The Spokesman-Review
Newspaper in Spokane, Washington

Chemical weapons team in Syria kept from alleged attack site
Syrian and Russian authorities prevented independent investigators from going to the scene of a suspected chemical attack, the head of the chemical watchdog group said Monday, blocking international efforts to establish what happened and who was to blame. The U.S. and France say they have evidence that poison gas was used in the April 7 attack in the opposition-held town of Douma, killing dozens of people, and that Syrian President Bashar Assad’s military was behind it. But they have made none of that evidence public, even after they, along with Britain, bombarded sites they said were linked to Syria’s chemical weapons program.


from Sputnik
RIGHT-CENTER BIAS, MIXED, Broadcasting & Media Production Company out of Moscow, Russia

In an exclusive interview with bTV, Ribal al-Assad has expressed his views on the latest reports about the alleged chemical attack in Douma in Eastern Ghouta, which triggered a massive wave of airstrikes against Syria, carried out jointly by the United States, France and the United Kingdom. Bashar al-Assad’s cousin, who has been one of the most vocal critics of the Syrian government, has told Bulgarian bTV that he doesn’t believe that Damascus was behind the chemical attacks in the country. “I condemn what is happening in Syria, i.e. the chemical attack, but it is very important, however, to have a full and independent investigation, it is essential to find out who… had used the chemical weapons. … But I am against the conflict in the way it is evolving,” he said.

'We Should Be Talking With Russians, Not Fighting With Them' – British MEP
On Sunday, the United Nations Security Council rejected a Russia-drafted resolution condemning the US, British and French missile strikes against Syria. Sputnik discussed the issue with David Coburn, a British MEP with the UK Independence Party.

German President Calls for Dialogue With Russia Amid 'Galloping Alienation'
German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier has warned of growing estrangement between the West and Russia and the dire consequences this could have for global peace.


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