‘It’s not a war. It’s a massacre’: scores killed in Syrian enclave | The Guardian


A doctor in eastern Ghouta added: “A little while ago a child came to me who was blue in the face and barely breathing, his mouth filled with sand. I emptied it with my hands. I don’t think they had what we do in any of the medical textbooks. A wounded child breathing with lungs of sand. You get a child, a year old, that they saved from the rubble and is breathing sand, and you don’t know who he is.

“All these humanitarian and rights organizations, all that is nonsense. So is terrorism.

“What is a greater terrorism than killing civilians with all sorts of weapons? Is this a war? It’s not a war. It’s called a massacre.”

Source: ‘It’s not a war. It’s a massacre’: scores killed in Syrian enclave | World news | The Guardian

Hypocritic Oath | Foreign Policy


Sieges of combatants to induce their surrender are considered lawful warfare. But the Assad regime employs siege aimed at civilians in opposition-held areas as a form of collective punishment and control. That is a war crime.

International humanitarian law requires free movement of civilians and humanitarian access to them — both of which have been routinely denied by Assad’s forces.

The Syrian regime’s strategy targets civilians not only where they are commingled with combatants but also in purely civilian towns. The suffering caused by siege is slow and almost invisible.

Source: Hypocritic Oath – Foreign Policy

How vulnerable are contractors when it comes to data breaches? | FCW


The survey also found that a large number of contractors are dependent on a common set of cloud service providers for hosting, email and domain services, something the authors worry could cause problems if any of the major providers are breached or knocked offline for an extended period of time.

“Given the high dependency rates on certain service providers, an outage of top hosting, email, and DNS providers would likely impact many, if not all federal agencies in some manner,” the write.

Source: How vulnerable are contractors when it comes to data breaches? — FCW

In India, Trump Project Buyers Offered Dinner with Trump Jr.


The more than 250 super-luxury units in the residential blocks are selling for approximately $1 million to $1.5 million each.

India is the Trump Organization’s biggest overseas market, earning the family up to $3 million in royalties in 2016.

Source: In India, Trump Project Buyers Offered Dinner with Trump Jr.

Kushner Resists Losing Access as Kelly Tackles Security Clearance Issues | The New York Times


Mr. Kushner’s clearance has afforded him access to closely guarded information, including the presidential daily brief, the intelligence summary Mr. Trump receives every day, but it has not been made permanent, and his background investigation is still pending after 13 months serving in Mr. Trump’s inner circle.

Now Mr. Kelly, his job at risk and his reputation as an enforcer of order and discipline tarnished by the scandal, is working to revamp the security clearance process, starting with an effort to strip officials who have interim clearances of their high-level access.

Source: Kushner Resists Losing Access as Kelly Tackles Security Clearance Issues – The New York Times

Controversies pile up for White House, alarming GOP | TheHill


Republicans would be content to spend every day between now and Election Day focused on the GOP’s tax-cut bill and the economy. But those efforts are complicated by the sheer volume of controversies the White House is juggling.

The growing list of controversies dogging the White House touch on everything from the Russia investigation to allegations that Trump has not been faithful to his wife.

Source: Controversies pile up for White House, alarming GOP | TheHill

Is Israel a Model When It Comes to Guns, as Mike Huckabee Says? | The New York Times


In fact, contrary to the advocates’ arguments for more guns, Israel has strict gun control. Those citizens who are licensed to own a personal weapon have generally undergone some military training.

Guns are not seen as a hobby, but as a tool for self-defense, and if necessary, to help protect others from terrorism.

The United States considers handgun ownership a constitutionally protected right, while Israel considers gun permits a privilege, granted by the Ministry of Public Security strictly on the basis of need.

Source: Is Israel a Model When It Comes to Guns, as Mike Huckabee Says? – The New York Times

Trump’s formula for growing the U.S. economy—what will work and what won’t


The centerpiece of the administration’s growth program is the tax cut bill that reduced the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 21 percent. On its face, a policy to reduce taxation of corporations is a solution in search of a problem.

Corporate profits have been booming since the end of the recession and the share of profits in national income has risen. Not all companies and not all industries are doing well but, on average, U.S. corporations have lots of cash on-hand.

Source: Trump’s formula for growing the U.S. economy—what will work and what won’t

A new dawn for South Africa?


In the post-Apartheid era, it is safe to say that Jacob Zuma has become the most reviled public figure in South Africa. Zuma was essentially discredited even before he became president in 2009 by his two essential weaknesses: his relationship with money and his lack of personal integrity.

The 2006 rape trial tainted him irrevocably as a man who was insensitive to the values the new South Africa was founded on.

Source: A new dawn for South Africa?

10 governors shaping the future of politics | TheHill


The Trump administration is dramatically reshaping the relationship between the federal government and states.

It has shifted the burdens of paying for everything from health care to infrastructure out of Washington and into the states.

That transition is putting a new spotlight on governors as they meet this week for their annual gathering — and their annual audience with President Trump. What happens in state capitals often ends up driving the agenda in Washington.

Here are 10 governors experimenting with new ways of doing business whose ideas are likely to shape the national debate.

Source: 10 governors shaping the future of politics | TheHill