Rapid Fire August 22, 2013: New Accusations of Chemical Attacks in Syria
- Syrian rebels accuse the government of having killed hundreds of civilians using chemical weapons near Damascus. Claims of chemical weapon use last year were muddled by attribution uncertainty. Russia continues to staunchly support Bashar al-Assad’s regime, which will get in the way of any effort to ramp up international involvement via the United Nations.
“So as I envision it, as I talk about expanded engagement, a lot of our rebalance is a rotational presence through the Pacific. And obviously we’ll maintain our capability in Northeast Asia. In a lot of ways we’ll increasingly move south and west with the rotational presence. Darwin, Tindal, [Pilbara], Changi East in Singapore, Carat in Thailand, Trivandrum in India [emphasis DID – this city has retaken its original name of Thiruvananthapuram].”
- State surveillance stats, from Russia with tough love.
- From a surgeon, talking about the US Army Medical Center’s IDEO brace/ prosthetic device: “over the last two years, this limb-salvage device has saved me from doing at least 100 amputations.”
- The Russian exoskeleton in the video below is similarly relying on mechanical force to amplify the strength of the soldier wearing it: