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Wag the Dog (Iran war as election diversion) | Coyote Blog

April 30, 2012 2 comments

I will fight when my liberty is truly threatened. But I have absolutely no trust in politicians to determine when this is the case. Which is why my reaction to this is, ‘Oh Crap!’

The U.S. Air Force is quietly assembling the world’s most powerful air-to-air fighting team at bases near Iran. Stealthy F-22 Raptors on their first front-line deployment have joined a potent mix of active-duty and Air National Guard F-15 Eagles, including some fitted with the latest advanced radars. The Raptor-Eagle team has been honing special tactics for clearing the air of Iranian fighters in the event of war.

The fighters join a growing naval armada that includes Navy carriers, submarines, cruisers and destroyers plus patrol boats and minesweepers enhanced with the latest close-in weaponry…. (go here to Wired| Danger Room)

I am sure it is a total coincidence that, after 35 years of butting heads with Iran, this is occurring during a sputtering economy and within months of a Presidential election…

via Coyote Blog | Wag the Dog

Anything The Government Gives You, The Government Can Take Away | ZeroHedge

April 30, 2012 Comments off

And that’s the trouble with services and institutions run from the taxpayer’s purse, administered by centralists and bureaucrats. It becomes a carrot or a stick for interventionists to intervene in your life.  Its delivery depends on your compliance with the diktats and whims of the democracy, or of bureaucrats. Your standard of living becomes a bargaining chip. Don’t conform? You might be deemed unworthy of hospital treatment. …  With the wide expansion of welfare comes a lot of power, and the potential for the abuse of power.  Citizens looking for a free lunch or an easier world should be careful what they wish for.

Welfare recipients take note: you depend on government for your standard of living, you open yourself up to losing your liberty. via ZeroHedge.

The government’s college money pit | Jeff Jacoby

April 29, 2012 1 comment

Year in, year out, Washington bestows tuition aid on students and their families. Year in, year out, the cost of tuition surges, galloping well ahead of inflation. And year in, year out, politicians vie to outdo each other in promising still more public subsidies that will keep higher education within reach of all. Does it never occur to them that there might be a cause-and-effect relationship between the skyrocketing aid and the skyrocketing price of a college education? That all those grants and loans and tax credits aren’t containing the fire, but fanning it?

Apparently not…

via The government’s college money pit :: Jeff Jacoby.

The Mob in Mobile | American Spectator

April 29, 2012 Comments off

Last Saturday night at 8:20 p.m., when the white Matthew Owens was beaten into critical condition by a mob of dozens of black neighbors, Al Sharpton and the New Black Panthers got what they wanted: a white victim, any white victim, in payback for the killing of Trayvon Martin. May God have mercy on their miserable souls… via By Quin Hillyer, The American Spectator : The Mob in Mobile.

Intelligence Is Overrated | Forbes

April 29, 2012 Comments off

Research carried out by the Carnegie Institute of Technology shows that 85 percent of your financial success is due to skills in “human engineering,” your personality and ability to communicate, negotiate, and lead. Shockingly, only 15 percent is due to technical knowledge… people would rather do business with a person they like and trust rather than someone they don’t, even if the likeable person is offering a lower quality product or service at a higher price… via Forbes.

U.S. Gov’t Making Preperations for Expected Major Social Unrest Next Year | munKNEE.com

April 28, 2012 Comments off

The Federal government is gearing up for unprecedented social unrest (worse than Greece or Spain) when Washington is forced to impose “austerity” plans next year… [which will be deemed absolutely necessary to avoid] runaway inflation [that would otherwise occur] to pay for the country’s costly welfare programs like Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Food Stamps and massive unfunded liabilities… via munKNEE.com.

Bill empowers IRS to take your guns | American Vision News

April 28, 2012 Comments off

The collection agency for the Federal Reserve known as the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is working with legislators to gain control over the rights of Americans.  Without the right to due process, the IRS can simply claim a citizen owes $50,000 dollars or more to their illegal operation.  This accusation alone will give their agency the right to revoke American’s travel rights and even remove the right to own a firearm…. via American Vision News.

The failure of theories | Afterburner w/ Bill Whittle

April 28, 2012 Comments off

The Family Farm Is Being Systematically Wiped Out Of Existence In America | The ECB

April 27, 2012 Comments off

An entire way of life is rapidly dying right in front of our eyes. The family farm is being systematically wiped out of existence in America, and big agribusiness and the federal government both have blood all over their hands. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the number of farms in the United States has fallen from about 6.8 million in 1935 to only about 2 million today. That doesn’t mean that there is less farming going on. U.S. farms are producing more than ever. But what it does mean is that farming is increasingly becoming dominated by the big boys…

via The Family Farm

Should I Be Concerned?

April 26, 2012 1 comment

Originally posted on SuburbanResilience:

Spain is banning cash transactions that exceed 2500 Euros. http://www.thedailybell.com/3814/Spain-Bans-Cash

Keeping in mind that In a cashless economy where all transaction are conducted using digital currency, all transactions can (and will) be tracked. All transactions would have to run through some financial institution. This means no longer doing business as a private citizen. That puts a whole lot of control into the hands of…somebody. That doesn’t sound like liberty here in the land of the free. Jack at TSP was just talking about this at the end of his podcast from yesterday (4/23/12) http://www.thesurvivalpodcast.com/feedback-for-4-23-12

This is one of the scenarios preppers are prepping for. But prepping by stockpiling isn’t the answer to this. If this happens here you can’t stockpile enough to ride this one out, you need to be getting yourself resilient. You need self sufficiency that is sustainable when something permanent shows up on the horizon.

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‘Your’ Car Won’t Be After 2015 | American Spectator

April 26, 2012 Comments off

After a certain point, it’s not paranoia.

The latest brick in the wall is the predictably named “Moving Ahead For Progress in the 21st Century Act,” also known as Senate Bill 1813. (See here for the full text of the bill itself; the relevant section is 31406.) This legislation — already passed by the Senate and likely to be passed by the House — will impose a legal requirement that all new cars made beginning with the 2015 models be fitted with so-called Event Data Recorders (EDRs). These are the “black boxes” you may have read about that store data about how you drive — including whether you wear a seat belt and how fast you drive — ostensibly for purposes of post-accident investigation.

These EDRs are not new. GM and other automakers have been installing them in new cars for years — in GM’s case, since the late 1990s. What’s new is the proposed federal mandate, which would make it illegal to not have one — or (in all likelihood) to remove or disable one in a car required to have the device.

The question arises: why?

via The American Spectator : ‘Your’ Car Won’t Be After 2015.

U.S. Creates New Spy Service (Because 16 Intelligence Agencies is Not Enough)

April 26, 2012 Comments off

Originally posted on Evil of indifference:

“The US currently has sixteen intelligence agencies. The Secretary of Defense now wants yet another agency, and the only logical conclusion is the sixteen existing agencies simply cannot get the job done.

Collectively US intelligence agencies missed 911, Egypt, Libya, events in Iran, and they thought Hussein hid weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Currently they do not know if Iran is attempting to build nuclear weapons or not. Alternatively, they do know, but do not want us to know what they know because it might make the oil embargo look downright silly.

Occasionally the agencies get something correct, such as finding Bin Laden after nearly a decade of looking. However, given the overall track record, one has to wonder if that discovery was simply an accident as opposed to careful analysis.”

Via MISH’S Global Economic Trend Analysis

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April 26, 2012 Comments off

Originally posted on John Malcolm:

By Bob Unruh | April 25, 2012 | WND

author-imageBob Unruh joined WND in 2006 after spending nearly three decades writing on a wide range of issues for several Upper Midwest newspapers and the Associated Press. Sports, tornadoes, homicidal survivalists, and legislative battles all fell within his bailiwick. His scenic photography has been used commercially, and he sometimes plays in a church worship band.

Book deflates traditional theories about ‘fossil fuels’

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The Bakken formation in North Dakota, Montana and Canada now is estimated to hold up to 4.3 billion barrels of recoverable oil, only it’s available primarily when the price of oil is above a bargain rate – as the oil is located miles deep and drilling costs are substantial.

So a new book about oil, “The Great Oil Conspiracy: How the U.S. Government Hid the Nazi Discovery of Abiotic Oil from the American People” by New York Times bestselling…

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The Silver Reverse Bubble Of 2012 | Minyanville.com

April 25, 2012 Comments off

In late 2008, when silver was massacred in the futures pit and saw its price fall from over $20 to under $10, I told my readers at that time that silver entered into a “reverse bubble.” I know it sounds odd, but let me re-visit the concept. Read more…

Does Government Have a Revenue or Spending Problem? | Prof. Antony Davies

April 25, 2012 Comments off

Irony Alert! | Coyote Blog

April 24, 2012 Comments off
April 23, 2012, 3:06 pm  — From the Washington Post

President Obama will issue an executive order Monday that will allow U.S. officials for the first time to impose sanctions against foreign nationals found to have used new technologies, from cellphone tracking to Internet monitoring, to help carry out grave human rights abuses.

LOL, Foreign nationals identified by NSA communications monitoring as violating this order will be pinpointed by satellites and surveillance drones and hit with a cruise missile.

Hard to picture any American President in the last 20 years signing this with a straight face.   Is there a Federal law enforcement agency or major police force in this country who is NOT violating this order, had it applied to American citizens? … via Coyote Blog.

Rule Of Law

April 23, 2012 Comments off

Justice | Ol’ Remus & The Woodpile Report – 24 Apr 2012

April 23, 2012 1 comment

Justice.  Be careful what you wish for.  Mansfield Frazier at the Daily Beast—a Newsweek outfit—says this in his columnabout the Travnor-Zimmerman brouhaha:

“So what would a fair outcome look like? To my mind, the government offers Zimmerman a plea deal that has him back on the street within this decade, and he accepts it quietly. That seems like a conclusion most reasonable Americans could live with… A protracted murder trial of George Zimmerman is the last thing this country needs right now. America can only dodge so many racial bullets, and a not-guilty verdict in this case could very easily turn the racial cold war into a very hot one.”

Fair outcome?! Fair to who? Did he also advise Rodney King or OJ Simpson to go quietly off to prison? This is insulting. It stinks of contempt for white people and justice alike. Even Eric Holder hasn’t sunk this low. Hot racial war?! To begin with, Mr. Frazier, a former Cleveland newspaper editor wouldn’tcha know, assumes nobody’s noticed the ongoing attacks on whites, any one of which, were the races reversed, would be nonstop news coast-to-coast with blacks taking to the streets in waves—recent examples: Read more…

Money As Debt | ZeroHedge

April 23, 2012 Comments off

… Cash is created out of thin air by the central bank of the country which is often privately owned. The central bank can just have it printed for the cost of printing, by the government or privately. The central bank then uses this cash it creates out of thin air to buy interest-bearing public debt in the form of government bonds.Government debt is perpetual and thus interest paid on it is perpetual. Therefore a good definition of cash might be: evidence of public debt on which taxpayers will be paying interest forever…

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Money As Debt | ZeroHedge.

The 25 Best Quotes From Thomas Sowell | TownHall.com

April 20, 2012 Comments off

Thomas Sowell is not only one of the finest columnists in the business, he’s a prolific author, a brilliant economist, and he has an incomparable knack for simplifying complex concepts that few other human beings can match. Enjoy the distilled wisdom!

25) “Since this is an era when many people are concerned about ‘fairness’ and ‘social justice,’ what is your ‘fair share’ of what someone else has worked for?”… Read more…

It is Supposed to be Hard | Coyote Blog

April 19, 2012 Comments off

I am simply sick of the incessant whining from this administration that it’s too hard to get legislation through Congress and that difficulty justifies the Administration to start unilaterally exercising legislative powers via executive decree and the stretching of numerous regulatory authorities. Read more…

This Is How Screwed Up Our Concept of Health “Insurance” Has Become | CoyoteBlog

April 18, 2012 Comments off

“…In a reasonably sane world, and in all other contexts outside of health care, insurance is obtained at relatively low prices to cover only catastrophic events that would be potentially bankrupting.  Car insurance does not cover oil changes and home insurance does not cover oven repairs.  So why is it that Drum is arguing that we should ban insurance policies that only cover catastrophic losses and not routine costs?   … Read more…

All transactions to be conducted in the presence of a tax collector | SovereignMan

April 17, 2012 Comments off

In the terminal collapse of the Roman Empire, there was perhaps no greater burden to the average citizen than the extreme taxes they were forced to pay.

The tax ‘reforms’ of Emperor Diocletian in the 3rd century were so rigid and unwavering that many people were driven to starvation and bankruptcy. The state went so far as to chase around widows and children to collect taxes owed.

By the 4th century, the Roman economy and tax structure were so dismal that many farmers abandoned their lands in order to receive public entitlements.

At this point, the imperial government was spending the majority of the funds it collected on either the military or public entitlements. For a time, according to historian Joseph Tainter, “those who lived off the treasury were more numerous than those paying into it.”

Sound familiar? …. 

via Sovereign Man

* MUST READ * The Trouble with Money | Chris Martenson

April 17, 2012 Comments off

Even more troubling, what do we say to our youth when they ask what role they should play in this story — a story with a plot line they didn’t get to write?

So far, the narrative we’re asking them to step into sounds a lot like this:

“Study hard, go to college, maybe graduate school. And when you get out, not only will you be indebted to your education loans and your mortgage, but you’ll be asked to help pay back trillions and trillions of debt to cover the decisions of those who came before you. All while operating within a crumbling, substandard infrastructure. Oh, and by the way, the government and corporate sector appear to have no real interest in your long-term future; you’re on your own there.” 

Yeah, I happen to think apathy is a perfectly sane response to that story….

A MUST READ from Blogs at Chris Martenson.

800+ major corporations and U.S. Chamber of Commerce support internet freedom-crushing CISPA | Activist Post

April 17, 2012 Comments off

It’s quite sad for me to say that over 3 million businesses in the United States represented by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, not to mention 800+ other major corporations (see below list), all have shown their support for the disturbing legislation known as CISPA, or the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act...via Activist Post

April 16, 2012 Comments off

Originally posted on John Malcolm:

By Breitbart News | April 15, 2012 | Breitbart

Breitbart.com interviewed Catherine Engelbrecht, founder of anti-fraud organization True the Vote. Engelbrecht has taken citizen journalism and activism to the next level, leading the way in making sure the 2012 elections are free, fair, and transparent, in the face of efforts by the institutional left to suppress wildly popular voter ID legislation.

On April 27 and 28, Engelbrecht and True the Vote are hosting a National Summit in Houston, Texas. The two-day event will bring together nationally recognized experts on the issue of election integrity, as well as and grassroots leaders of election integrity movements from across the country. Last year’s Summit drew leaders from 27 states (including Alaska), and Engelbrecht expect this year’s event to be even bigger.

Breitbart.com: Election fraud–how big a problem is it?

Engelbrecht: I think you have to start by asking: how much fraud is OK? The…

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Why America is Devolving Towards Absolute Government Control | CFP

April 16, 2012 Comments off

The relentless encroachment of socialism upon America’s economic, cultural and governmental landscape is like a bad dream to most red-blooded Americans.  When society changes it can seem like the ineluctable drift of evolution or chance. But in the case of America’s ongoing continued expansion of government powers, spiking taxes, and shrinking military, it’s all part of a planned elitist push into socialism. And one need not believe in secret conspiracies when contemplating this shift…

go here ->Why America is Devolving Towards Absolute Government Control at Canada Free Press

A Solution To The National Debt: A Taxing Issue | Nano Patents

April 16, 2012 Comments off

…Kwak said the Republicans have a “coherent, well-articulated” position on revenues: that society would be better if government, and thus taxes, would simply shrink. By contrast, Kwak added, in recent decades Democrats have never been able to settle on a coherent message about the need for greater taxes.

“The counter-argument to the conservative vision has not been spelled out,” Kwak said….via Nano Patents and Innovations

IRS Suffers Setback in Identifying Secret Credit Suisse Accounts | WSJ

April 12, 2012 Comments off

Ha Ha!

A Swiss tribunal blocked the release of the name of U.S. taxpayer holding a secret Credit Suisse account to the Internal Revenue Service. The April 5 decision was announced in a Tuesday press release, which noted the ruling cannot be appealed.,,,,WSJ.

Obligations Of Obedience | ThoughtsAloud.com

April 11, 2012 Comments off

…I now want to speak directly to the Takers – those of you who live off the labor of your fellow citizens: What you fail to consider is that government does not produce anything. So, anything the Ruling Class (via their puppet government) has to give to you must first have been taken from someone else…

via Obligations Of Obedience at http://www.ThoughtsAloud.com (in turn via John Malcolm)

Voter I.D. Laws

April 11, 2012 Comments off

Originally posted on doublebhomestead:

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You need a picture I.D. for almost everything in life now-a-days. I’d be willing to bet at least 99.99% of all people already have a photo I.D. You have to have one to deal with the government and draw any kind of government assistance or conduct any kind of banking. IF you don’t have one there is no reason you couldn’t get one very easily. If you don’t have the mental capacity and gumption to get one then you don’t need to be voting, in my opinion. But the liberals say this would disenfranchise some people and they couldn’t vote. What people? Oh, you mean felons, illegal aliens, dead people, and people who have already voted at another location? That’s what I thought!

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You Don’t Get 1/2 of What You Earn.

April 11, 2012 Comments off

Iran Escalates Again, Cuts Off Oil Shipments To Spain | ZeroHedge

April 10, 2012 Comments off

Those hoping for a quick and painless resolution to the Iranian question may have just seen their hopes dashed, following the breaking news from Iranian Press TV, according to which not only is Iran not seeking to appease its Western counterparts, but is, in fact escalating. From Press TV: “Tehran has cut oil supply to Spain after stopping crude export to Greece as part of its countersanctions, unnamed sources confirmed on Tuesday. Tehran also mulls cutting oil supply to Germany and Italy.” Read more…

Farm Service Agency offers farm loans for socially disadvantaged groups | NJ.com

April 10, 2012 Comments off

Please someone tell me this is a hoax.

New Jersey USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Farm Loan Chief Kevin Murphy reminds producers that FSA offers specially-targeted farm ownership and farm operating loans to Socially Disadvantaged (SDA) applicants.

“FSA targets a portion of its loan funds each year to socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers,” said Murphy. “Farming and ranching is a capital intensive business and FSA is committed to helping producers start and maintain their agricultural operations.” In fiscal year 2011, New Jersey FSA obligated $2.17 million in direct and guaranteed loans to socially disadvantaged producers.

USDA defines socially disadvantaged applicants as a group whose members have been subjected to racial, ethnic, or gender prejudice because of their identity as members of the group without regard to their individual qualities. For farm loan program purposes, SDA groups are women, African Americans, American Indians and Alaskan Natives, Hispanics and Asians and Pacific Islanders. Read more…

Russia Thinks An Israeli Attack On Iran By The Summer Is ‘Almost Certain’ – Business Insider

April 10, 2012 Comments off

WASHINGTON – The Russian military anticipates that an attack will occur on Iran by the summer and has developed an action plan to move Russian troops through neighboring Georgia to stage in Armenia, which borders on the Islamic republic, according to informed Russian sources...via Business Insider.

For Feds, ‘Lying’ Is a Handy Charge | WSJ.com

April 10, 2012 Comments off

Remember:  You have nothing to gain, and everything to lose, when speaking with police.  Do not consent to any searches.  Keep your wits about you, be courteous. Ask if you are being detained or whether you are free to leave, then … and commit this to memory … shut the fuck up.  If you are free to leave, leave.  Perhaps be nice enough to give the officer / investigator the contact info for your attorney. Remember, the officer / investigator is just doing their job.  See here…

BY JOHN R. EMSHWILLER AND GARY FIELDS, MONTEREY, Calif.—When federal prosecutors can’t muster enough evidence to bring charges against a person suspected of a crime, they can still use a controversial law to get a conviction anyway: They charge the person with lying.

The law against lying—known in legal circles simply as “1001″—makes it a crime to knowingly make a material false statement in matters of federal jurisdiction. Critics across the political spectrum argue that 1001, a widely used statute in the federal criminal code, is open to abuse. It is charged hundreds of times a year, according to court records and interviews with lawyers and legal …via WSJ.com.

Food on Demand – The Zombies are Already Here | Ammoland

April 9, 2012 Comments off

prepping zombies sheeple apocalypseAccording to every Hollywood movie I’ve seen, zombies are flesh-eaters with the prime delicacy being the brains.

I don’t know what’s so special about the brains, as an entree’ they seem rather distasteful to me, but then I haven’t succumb to a secret government experiment gone awry or some strain of the super-flu that altered my DNA.

Nonetheless, I would offer that the zombies are already among us and the prime sustenance is the Big Mac or perhaps the Whopper. Take your pick. Read more…

You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet | The Burning Platform

April 9, 2012 Comments off

.Hope is not an option. There is too much debt, too little cash-flow, too many promises, too many lies, too little common sense, too much mass delusion, too much corruption, too little trust, too much hate, too many weapons in the hands of too many crazies, and too few visionary leaders to not create an epic worldwide implosion. Too bad....

A must read via The Burning Platform.

I Didn’t Ask For It reblogged from Keep It Simple Survival

April 9, 2012 Comments off

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The Grey Enigma:

John Malcolm: A blogger, clearly, with his act together. GE.

Originally posted on John Malcolm:

“Power and law are not synonymous. In truth, they are frequently in opposition and irreconcilable. There is God’s Law from which all equitable laws of man emerge and by which men must live if they are not to die in oppression, chaos and despair. Divorced from God ís eternal and immutable Law, established before the founding of the suns, man ís power is evil no matter the noble words with which it is employed or the motives urged when enforcing it. Men of good will, mindful therefore of the Law laid down by God, will oppose governments whose rule is by men, and if they wish to survive as a nation they will destroy the government which attempts to adjudicate by the whim of venal judges.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero, 106-43 B.C.

Hat Tip: Roger S. Sayles, From Sovereign to Serf

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Multi-generation households are on the rise | CNN Money

April 9, 2012 Comments off

…As of 2010, 4.4 million U.S. homes held three generations or more under one roof, a 15% increase from 3.8 million households two years earlier, according to the latest data available from the Census Bureau…

via CNN-Money

The Advantages Of Greenhouse Gardening For Survival | Alt-Market

April 9, 2012 Comments off

There are numerous methods for growing vibrant gardens in less than perfect weather, and growing in colder northern areas with longer winters is absolutely possible, given the gardener has some brains…

via The Advantages Of Greenhouse Gardening For Survival.

Black Male Guns Down “White Hispanic” With Mental Capacity of 12-Year-Old, National Media Curiously Disinterested | Jammie Wearing Fools

April 9, 2012 Comments off

If you were looking for a mirror image of the Trayvon Martin incident, here you go.

This happened a few days ago, but oddly enough the national media hasn’t made it into a big story. I wonder why?

via Jammie Wearing Fools.

Excellent prepping site: UrbanPrepping.com

April 9, 2012 Comments off

Urban Prepping   [http://www.urbanprepping.com/]

This is a fantastic and well done site, lots of free reference material that is well organized and presented.  Note also that the owner of the site is not trying to sell you anything.  The “for-profit” bent of so many prepper sites is, IMO, a bit off-putting and runs the risk of creating an appearance of bias and interest in creating panic.  Kudos to UrbanPrepping.com.  GE.

Dozens Die as Suspected Muslim Terrorists Target Easter Service in Nigeria | CNSNews.com

April 9, 2012 Comments off

And in this latest progress update from the Religion of Peace:

At least 36 people were killed in northern Nigeria’s Kaduna state when a car bomb exploded near a church during an Easter Sunday service…. via CNSNews.com.

and similarly here:

Syria: Easter cancelled in Homs after churches bombed. For the first time in centuries no services were held to mark the festival of Easter in Christian churches of war-torn Homs as the Syria government inflicted a heavy bombardment in defiance of UN-brokered ceasefire talks… see here

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