Links to Start Your Week 9/15/13

The good news in regards to Syria is that for now, it looks like the U.S. will not be bombing there. The bad news is that, although officials have been publicly denying a policy of regime change while discussing possible direct military action, the administration has nonetheless become deeply involved in the war, arming rebels. This all is not to argue that Assad is a good leader who deserves to remain in power, but rather to underscore the incoherence of the U.S.’s policy and the fact that although we are not starting air strikes, we are still involved in the war in the Syria.

In Afghanistan, another policewoman has been shot. Lt. Commander Nigara was wounded in the neck and remains in critical condition. This is the third shooting attack on a female police officer since July.

The Nez Pierce tribe and an environmental group, Idaho Rivers United, have temporarily blocked the shipment of oil pipeline equipment through Idaho, pending further study on how it would affect the environment and tribal lands.

Even the FISA court is saying we need more transparency and oversight on government surveillance. So can we please have that now?

I recently did a piece on how vulnerable America’s nuclear sites are to both attacks and accidents. Turns out we’re in good company: Britain has had some dramatic close calls in terms of nuclear accidents as well.

Finally, while Americans and many others around the world marked the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks this week, Chile marked a different anniversary on the same day. On September 11, 1973, their democratically elected president, Salvador Allende, was deposed and killed in a coup led by General Augusto Pinochet, who then ruled the country for roughly two decades. The coup was abetted by the CIA, and Pinochet’s embrace of neoliberal economics made him popular with some American leaders, although his flagrant disregard for human rights gave others pause.

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