Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Alternate Realities Roundup 9/3

Posted By on September 3, 2013, 10:10 AM

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Critics say that U.S. intervention in Syria could escalate into regional conflict in the Middle East.---

Top of the Alty World

“Could U.S. Military Action Turn Syrian Civil War into a 'Widespread Regional War'?”--Democracy Now!

With the world on edge over a possible intervention in Syria, Israel fires test missiles into the Mediterranean.--The Atlantic

The Obama administration won't fight states over marijuana laws.--Rolling Stone

Mother Jones offers three charts showing how campus debt is threatening higher education.--Mother Jones

Top of Alty

Utah e-mails raise questions about the ability of the Attorney General's Office to investigate possible wrongdoing in a controversial UTA development.--Salt Lake City Weekly

Convicted businessman Marc Jenson says he got on former Attorney General Mark Shurtleff's bad side after he didn't donate to his campaign when approached at a high school reunion.--Utah Political Capitol

The Provo Buzz completes a readers survey abut how Utah County residents feel about politics, local elections, Provo's Gay Pride festival and other issues.--Provo Buzz

Robert Redford will replace Sean Penn at the Equality Utah Allies dinner being held this month.--Q Salt Lake

Rantosphere

British magazine The Economist argues that Syria needs to be punished for using chemical weapons on its people.

“If the West tolerates such a blatant war crime, Mr Assad will feel even freer to use chemical weapons. He had after all stepped across Mr Obama’s “red line” several times by using these weapons on a smaller scale—and found that Mr Obama and his allies blinked. An American threat, especially over WMD, must count for something: it is hard to see how Mr Obama can eat his words without the superpower losing credibility with the likes of Iran and North Korea.”--The Economist

The Long View

The New Yorker examines life in the world's second-largest refugee camp, where Syrians have fled from the violence of their country's civil war but still can't escape it. “Since the revolt began in Syria, more than two years ago, the death count has passed a hundred thousand. In Za’atari, the dispossession is absolute. Everyone has lost his country, his home, his equilibrium. Most have lost a family member or a close friend to the war. What is left is a kind of theatrical pride, the necessary performance of will. “This place is a graveyard for camels,” a refugee in his thirties named Ahmed Bakar told me one morning. “Camels can’t even live here. But Syrians can.”--The New Yorker

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