The Assad government tightened its grip Thursday on a rebel enclave near the capital, while taking steps to safeguard its military assets ahead of a potential U.S.-led strike to punish the regime for its suspected use of chemical weapons. The moves underlined an uncertain moment for the Syrian regime—it still isn’t clear what the U.S. and its allies will target if they decide to strike—but one that isn’t expected to alter the course of a seven-year war. Syria’s forces, aided by Russia and Iran, have taken back much of the... … [Read more...] about Syrian Government Nears Control of Enclave Hit by Suspected Chemical Attack
A treasure hunt that stretched from the Jersey shore to the Rocky Mountains came to fruition Wednesday with the unveiling in Colorado of a cache of long-forgotten World War I-era antiquities. The search began six years ago, in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, when New Jersey native Shane Morris Sparks was sifting through old boxes and stumbled across song lyrics written decades ago by a globe-trotting envoy of the U.S. government. Intrigued, Sparks tucked away the work of Amos Peaslee but pretty much forgot about it until last Thanksgiving, when Sparks recalled that a cousin of hers had grown up with some of Peaslee’s descendants. The connection ultimately led Sparks to Colorado Springs resident Robin Peaslee Dougall, a Peaslee grandson who then went through his own long-forgotten boxes of family possessions. What emerged was a wellspring of history — papers, photos and other artifacts recounting the end of World War I, the signing of the Treaty of … [Read more...] about Relics in Colorado that helped close World War I were just donated to the U.S. government — but how did they get here?
Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about Facebook Email Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Pinterest Russia says Syrian government now in full control of town where suspected chemical attack occurred There was no official announcement by Damascus that its forces had retaken Douma. Sent! A link has been sent to your friend's email address. Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Join the Nation's Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Jane Onyanga-Omara, USA TODAY Published 6:50 a.m. ET April 12, 2018 | Updated 7:08 a.m. ET April 12, 2018 CONNECT TWEET LINKEDIN COMMENT EMAIL MORE The Russian military said Thursday that the Syrian government is now in full control of the town that was the scene of a suspected chemical attack on Saturday. There was no official announcement by Damascus that its forces had retaken … [Read more...] about Russia says Syrian government now in full control of town where suspected chemical attack occurred
We often criticize the ways that government isn't working for the people. Here is some praise about the ways government is becoming more open, transparent and responsive. 1. You can now watch meetings of the Syracuse Common Council through internet livestreaming. On Tuesday, for the first time, anyone with an internet connection and a computer or smartphone could see and hear what the council was doing. It so happened that the council was conducting a hearing on Mayor Ben Walsh's first proposed budget. Police Chief Frank Fowler was there to discuss the budget request for the police department. Fowler used his moment in the spotlight to deliver a "shameless plug" (his words) for his first deputy chief, Joe Cecile, to take over his job later this year. The council holds hearings and meetings during the day, when most people are working and unable to attend. Livestreaming meetings on the city's website and YouTube channel offers a way for citizens to see their government at work. In … [Read more...] about 3 wins for government transparency, citizen participation (Editorial)
Sarah el Deeb and Nataliya Vasilyeva, Associated Press Published 6:27 a.m. ET April 12, 2018 Beirut – The Russian military announced on Thursday that the Syrian government is now in full control of a town on the outskirts of Damascus that was held by the rebels and that was the site of a suspected chemical attack over the weekend. There was no official announcement by Damascus, however, and no indication that Syrian government forces had entered the town of Douma on Thursday. If confirmed, the developments would mark the last stage of the Syrian government’s takeover of the rebel-held enclave of eastern Ghouta, on Damascus’ outskirts. Douma and the region of eastern Ghouta was a significant rebel stronghold during Syria’s civil war, now in its eighth year. Meanwhile, Syrians are bracing for a possible U.S. attack in retaliation to an alleged chemical assault that killed dozens on Saturday in Douma. The Foreign Ministry in Damascus has denounced President … [Read more...] about Russia: Syrian government now in control of rebel town