In Syria, War Weary Assad May Call Truce With Rebels

Brett Daniel Shehadey
Special Contributor for In Homeland Security

The war that Bashar al-Assad and his government started, beginning as a tightening crackdown amidst growing resistance over two and half years has decimated the country, causing $100 billion dollars in loss of production, not including the over 100,000 deaths, and six million without homes and the much damaged buildings and infrastructure.

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Smiling Saudi Princess Set Free From Charges of Slavery

Brett Daniel Shehadey
Special Contributor for In Homeland Security

In California, Saudi Arabian Princess Meshael Alayban was charged by local prosecutors in July for slavery- forcing her Kenyan maid to work less for $220, instead of $1,600 per month in the two-year worker’s contract. She also claimed she worked 16 hours per day and not eight and that Princess Alayban took her passport away from her, leaving her trapped and dependent.

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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani Goes To New York City

Brett Daniel Shehadey
Special Contributor for In Homeland Security

“Rather than focusing on how to prevent things from getting worse, we need to think—and talk—about how to make things better.”

“We must work together to end the unhealthy rivalries and feuds that fuel violence and drive us apart.”

“…prudence and hope…”

“We have no plans to develop nuclear weapons.”

-President Hassan Rouhani of Iran

Sound’s like a load of garbage after all these years, right?

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Iran Releases 11 Political Prisoners

By William Tucker
Chief Correspondent for In Homeland Security

The BBC is reporting that Iran has released 11 political prisoners, including a human rights activist and lawyer. Some of this is seen as a move by Iran’s new so-called reformist president to soften the international image of the Iranian government. While improving the international image was certainly a motivating factor, it certainly wasn’t the only issue that would’ve been considered.

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U.N. Inspectors’ Findings Come Closer to Linking Assad to Sarin Attack

Just before leaving Syria late last month, U.N. weapons inspectors discovered an odd-looking projectile sticking out of the dirt near the spot where hundreds of Syrians died Aug. 21. Experts who studied the device would call it a “trash can on a rocket,” citing its long fuselage and fat warhead capable of carrying 15 gallons of poison.

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Navy Yard Rampage Likely to Renew Debate Over Security at U.S. Military Installations

Every day, hundreds of employees who work at the Navy Yard stream onto the base in their cars or on foot after flashing a badge and swiping it through a scanner. There are no metal detectors, pat-downs or bag searches for staffers.

That’s the case at military facilities nationwide, with commanders struggling in recent years to strike the proper balance between shielding installations from attackers while keeping them accessible to employees and their families.

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