Guérnica, Hama, Srebrenice and now Homs—Terror Before a Leaderless and Helpless World–Syria Update #8

HOW TO FIND NEWS REPORTS FROM AROUND THE WORLD

Google and other major search engines use a series of filters amounting to what has been termed a “filter bubble” to limit search results to those keyed to the location, language, and previous search results of the user. See Eli Pariser, The Filter Bubble (2011).

To find the latest news from around the world on Syria (or any other subject), you can bypass the “filter bubble” of Google and other search engines by going to and beginning your search at

www.startpage.com

For news, limit the time period by clicking on the appropriate button on the left.

For reporting of what is actually occurring on the ground in Syria, see El País from Madrid, in Spanish with key articles translated into English after some delay.

See Enric González, “Homs se desangra a la vista del mundo:
Bachar el Asad repite en Homs la matanza que ordenó su padre hace 30 años en Hama, El País, 22 de febrero de 2012 (desde Jerusalén, 22 FEB 2012 – 19:07 CET).

The United States and other Western powers should be moving their military assets toward the eastern Mediterranean as quickly as possible, in order to be in a position to intervene militarily if necessary to halt the commission of crimes against humanity and war crimes on a massive scale.

See The Trenchant Observer, “Military Action Now Required to Stop Al-Assad—Syria Update #7,” February 21, 2012.
February 21, 2012

If we were watching a direct video feed of the exterminations at Auschwitz, would the world stand helplessly by?

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