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5-Jun-13 World View -- France says there's 'no doubt' that Syria regime used sarin gas

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5-Jun-13 World View -- France says there's 'no doubt' that Syria regime used sarin gas

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Hong Kong commemorates the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre


Iconic photo of 'tank man' - student blocking row of tanks in Tiananmen Square in June, 1989
Iconic photo of 'tank man' - student blocking row of tanks in Tiananmen Square in June, 1989

Tuesday is the 24th anniversary of the start of China's Tiananmen Square massacre. On June 4, 1989, China's military massacred thousands of unarmed students who were demonstrating peacefully in Beijing's Tiananmen Square. In China it's still forbidden to talk about the massacre, and you can be jailed and tortured for doing so. But in many ways, the Tiananmen Square massacre was a turning point for China. It triggered the Falun Gong protest movement in China, which has also been violently suppressed. In Taiwan, it triggered the Wild Lily rebellion, which led to the activist movement demanding Taiwan's nationhood and independence from China. Hong Kong is the only place in China where it's still legal to talk about the Tiananmen Square massacre, and on Tuesday, more than 100,000 protesters have flocked to Hong Kong's Victoria Park to mark the 24th anniversary, and to demand freedom from the Beijing government. Telegraph (London)

France says there's 'no doubt' that Syria regime used sarin gas

Empty rhetoric abounded again on Tuesday after France's foreign minister Laurent Fabius announced on television that the regime of Syria's president Bashar al-Assad used sarin gas against the opposition with "no doubt":

"There is no doubt that itís the regime and its accomplices [are responsible for using sarin gas]. ...

All options are on the table. That means either we decide not to react or we decide to react including by armed actions targeting the place where the gas is stored."

The conclusion was reached by lab analysis of soil samples smuggled out of Syria.

Actually, there's a third option besides deciding to react or deciding not to react. The third option is not to decide anything, and that will undoubtedly be the option taken. President Barack Obama in the past has said that al-Assad regime use of chemical or biological weapons would be "a red line," and crossing it would draw military action. On Tuesday, the White House said that more proof was needed. France 24 and BBC

Hezbollah may be planning new war with Israel

Syria's army continues to win battles against the rebels, and the rebels are all but defeated in and around Damascus. Debka, which sometimes gets things wrong and sometimes predicts imminent wars that don't occur, is quoting its military intelligence sources as saying Hezbollah has taken advantage of the Assad regime's victory around Damascus to move militia units equipped with heavy arms and missiles toward the Syrian-Israeli border. According to the report, a Hezbollah attack across the border into Israel could be only days away. Debka

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