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1. Boston blank: No suspects, no motives over deadly bombings

The FBI says they have no suspects nor anyone in custody over the deadly Boston blasts. Police are calling on witnesses to assist the investigation which has been called “the most complex crime scene” in the history of the Boston PD. While the investigation has yielded no results, with no one claiming responsibility, more details have emerged on the nature of the explosives.

According to a person close to the Boston Marathon investigation, the explosives were in 6-liter pressure cookers and placed in black duffel bags. The person, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said investigators have some of the bomb components but did not yet know what was used to set off the explosives. The statement echoes the Massachusetts General surgeon’s words that given the injuries they treated, "most of [the metallic fragments in the patients] were in the bomb."

The General surgeon addressed the media Tuesday. He said that the shrapnel was consistent in size, and included nail-like fragments.

http://rt.com/usa/boston-blasts-investig...dence-921/

2. Chavez heir charges US is behind unrest over vote

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela's president-elect blamed the opposition Tuesday for seven deaths and 61 injuries that the government claims have occurred in disturbances protesting his election, and he accused the U.S. of organizing the unrest. Opposition candidate Henrique Capriles later accused the government of being behind the violence.

Maduro's accusation against Washington came after the U.S. State Department said it would not recognize the results of Sunday's unexpectedly close election without the vote-by-vote recount being demanded by Capriles. "The (U.S.) embassy has financed and led all these violent acts," President-elect Nicolas Maduro, the chosen heir of the late Hugo Chavez, said during a televised meeting at the headquarters of the state oil company.

Earlier, he said he would not allow an opposition protest march called for Wednesday in Caracas, saying Capriles was "responsible for the dead we are mourning" from violence during protests across the country.

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/chavez-he...explosions

3. Iraq's Bloody Monday: 75 killed, 356 wounded

At least 75 Iraqis were killed and 356 more were wounded in a series of attacks across the country. Only the far south and Iraqi Kurdistan were spared. Many of the attacks were apparently coordinated and occurred at about the same time this morning. They also came a few days ahead of local elections in most provinces. Nineva and Anbar province, both heavily Sunni, had their elections postponed by the Shi’ite-led government.

In Baghdad, the bombings left 30 dead and 92 wounded. In Kirkuk, at least nine people were killed and 79 more were wounded in a string of six car bombings. Explosions in Tuz Khormato left six dead and 67 wounded. In Mosul, gunmen killed a civilian. Two people were wounded in roadside bombings. Gunmen killed a married couple. Security forces killed a bomber

In Falluja, a suicide car bomber killed two policemen and wounded six more at a checkpoint. A civilian was shot dead. A sticky bomb killed two civilians. Another bomb south of the city left no casualties. A car bomb in Mussayab killed four people and wounded 13 more.

Four people were killed and three more were wounded in a Tikrit bombing at political office. Another bombing left 13 policemen wounded. In Nasariya, a car bomb killed two people and wounded 14 more. A policeman was killed in Buhriz when a sticky bomb exploded.

Still many more bombings in Iraq yesterday, see the link for the complete list.

http://original.antiwar.com/updates/2013...6-wounded/

4. Iran Hit by Magnitude 7.8 Quake Felt From Dubai to Delhi

Iran and Pakistan were hit by a major earthquake centered on the region straddling their common border and felt as far away as India. The quake struck at 3:14 p.m. local time yesterday and was measured at 7.8 by the U.S. Geological Survey. Iranian seismologists measured it at 7.7, and said its epicenter was at Saravan in Iran in the mountainous eastern province of Sistan and Baluchistan, according to state-run television. State media gave conflicting reports on the numbers of dead and injured.

Much of Iran lies close to geological fault-lines and is prone to earthquakes. A major tremor in 2003 flattened the southern city of Bam and killed about 40,000 people. A smaller quake last week hit the province of Bushehr and raised concerns about the safety of the nuclear plant located there.

Hedayatollah Mir-Moradzehi, a lawmaker who represents Saravan, together with Iran’s Press TV initially said yesterday that 40 people had died, though Iranian state television said later that the number came from foreign media. One person was confirmed dead in Iran, Press TV said late yesterday.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-04-16...order.html

5. Chris Matthews: Bombing might be domestic attack in response to Tax Day

MSNBC’s Chris Matthews theorized this evening that the bombing in Boston today might be the result of a Tax Day protest – as it occurred on the deadline date for filing federal income taxes. “As you point out, and I just forgot, I filed already. It’s filing day for the federal income tax, which does cause some emotions around the country – sometimes in the wrong parts of the brain anyway,” Matthews said during his show.

Matthews was interviewing Democratic Massachusetts Representative William Keating, who also cited tax day or Boston’s Patriots Day as a possible motive for the bombing. Later in the program, Matthews continued to expand his theory, suggesting that the attacker could be “domestic.”

“Well, Michael, Tax Day today. That came up. You know, I was thinking of all the iconic events, or told about them today. I knew it was tax day because I got them in,” Matthews said, as he was questioning an analyst on his show.

http://washingtonexaminer.com/chris-matt...le/2527265

6. Envelope tests positive for ricin at Washington mail facility

Washington (CNN) -- An envelope that tested positive for the deadly poison ricin was intercepted Tuesday afternoon at the U.S. Capitol's off-site mail facility in Washington, congressional and law enforcement sources tell CNN.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said he was told the letter was addressed to the office of Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Mississippi. After the envelope tested positive in a first routine test, it was retested two more times, each time coming up positive, the law enforcement source said. The package was then sent to a Maryland lab for further testing. Sen. Claire McCaskill told reporters after a briefing for lawmakers that a suspect has already been identified in the incident. Members will be warning their home-state offices to look out for similar letters, she said.

http://www.cnn.com/2013/04/16/us/tainted...index.html

7. A New Containment Policy for Iran, North Korea

Robert S. Litwak, a leading scholar on Iran and North Korea, believes that rather than seeking the overthrow of the North Korean and Iranian regimes, the United States should update the containment policy first put forward by U.S. diplomat George F. Kennan at the end of World War II.

He concedes that "this prescription is really making the best of a bad set of options," but says that such an approach is warranted at a time when North Korea has already tested nuclear weapons "and an early rollback is unlikely" and a rollback of Iran's nuclear capabilities "is also unlikely." Litwak speculates that one way to ease the current North Korean crisis is for China to revive the Six Party talks, which were last held in 2008.

Namely, containment is now perceived as acquiescing to Iranian acquisition of nuclear weapons and then deterring their nuclear weapons with our nuclear weapons. [In contrast,] Kennan [saw containment] as a broader strategy about how [outside actors] can affect an internal process of domestic change. If in 2003, the United States set a precedent for change through the invasion of Iraq, that model of change is not a possibility in the case of Iran. So therefore you're looking more to domestic sources of change (as Kennan did in the case of the Soviet Union), and part of the challenge for the United States is how can we shift the calculus of decision-making within Iran so that potential forces of change can come to the fore and bring about a favorable evolution of Iranian society.

http://www.cfr.org/us-strategy-and-polit...rea/p30427

8. China Suggests That U.S. Moves in Asia-Pacific Region Are Stirring Tensions

HAIKOU, China — China published a national defense paper on Tuesday suggesting that the United States was creating tensions in the Asia-Pacific region by strengthening its military presence and reinforcing its alliances there. The paper, released by the Ministry of Defense, did not declare that the United States was responsible, but the message was clear.

Strongly alluding to the Obama administration’s policy to “pivot” toward a greater focus on the Asia-Pacific region, the paper said, “Some country has strengthened its Asia-Pacific military alliances, expanded its military presence in the region, and frequently makes the situation tenser.” Thus, China has an “arduous task to safeguard its national unification, territorial integrity and development interests.”

Presented at a news briefing in Beijing on Tuesday, the paper has mostly a symbolic significance, defense analysts say. It is useful as a way of understanding the way the Communist Party thinks defense issues should be presented to the public, they say. But it is scarcely looked at by China’s military officers. Over all, the paper suggested that China should be satisfied with its strategic position and offered a congratulatory note, saying that China “has seized and made the most of this important period of strategic opportunities for its development, and its modernization achievements have captured world attention.” In particular, it singled out a better situation with Taiwan, saying, “Cross-straits relations are sustaining a momentum of peaceful development.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/17/world/....html?_r=0

For frequent updates on the Syria conflict see BRIC Countries's fantastic thread here:

http://www.evilyoshida.com/showthread.php?tid=906
Great selection.

Obama has said that the east asian is the most important "military region"
People are actually starving and going hungry in Greece, no joke. Kids at school are passing out from malnutrition.

The Euro is not worth this price: More Children in Greece Are Going Hungry http://nyti.ms/174mwuf

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1. Euro Zone Crisis Has Increased I.M.F.’s Power

FRANKFURT — When Wolfgang Schäuble, the German finance minister and war horse of European politics, celebrated his 70th birthday at a theater in Berlin last September, two of the most powerful women in the world offered warm words in his honor. One was Chancellor Angela Merkel. The other, delivering the keynote speech, was Christine Lagarde, the managing director of the International Monetary Fund.

Ms. Lagarde’s presence reflected her close, longtime friendship with Mr. Schäuble. But it also was a confirmation of the enormous stature that Ms. Lagarde and the I.M.F. have acquired in Europe as a result of the euro crisis.

The I.M.F. has more say over crisis management than many euro zone members, and Ms. Lagarde has become a quasi head of state, whose views carry more weight than those of many elected leaders. Indeed, without the I.M.F.’s money and advice, the euro zone might have fallen apart by now. Because she has Mr. Schäuble’s ear and respect, Ms. Lagarde has also played an important role overcoming German reluctance to accept proposals intended to strengthen the euro zone, like a centralized bank supervisor.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/18/busine...d=all&_r=0

2. Assad says West will pay for backing al Qaeda in Syria

President Bashar Assad accused the West on Wednesday of supporting al Qaeda militants in Syria's civil war and warned they would turn against their backers and strike "in the heart of Europe and the United States."

Assad also launched his strongest criticism yet of neighboring Jordan for allowing thousands of fighters to cross the border to join a conflict he insisted his forces would win and save Syria from destruction.

"We have no choice but victory. If we don't win, Syria will be finished and I don't think this is a choice for any citizen in Syria," the defiant president said in a television interview.

http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/...syria?lite

3. FBI releases photographs and video of two suspects in the Boston marathon bombing.

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http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-04-18...t-revealed

4. U.S. House passes CISPA cybersecurity as privacy concerns linger

(Reuters) - The House of Representatives passed legislation on Thursday designed to help companies and the government share information on cyber threats, though concerns linger about the amount of protection the bill offers for private information.

This is the second go-around for the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act after it passed the House last year but stalled in the Senate after President Barack Obama threatened to veto it over privacy concerns.

The bill, H.R. 624, drew support from House Democrats, passing on a bipartisan vote of 288-127, although the White House repeated its veto threat on Tuesday if further civil liberties protections are not added. Some lawmakers and privacy activists worry that the legislation would allow the government to monitor citizens' private information and companies to misuse it.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/1...YU20130418

5. US to deploy 200 troops to Jordan to curb Syria violence - Hagel

The US will deploy 200 troops to Jordan in the coming weeks in a bid to support that country’s defenses, Washington says, as the Syrian crisis escalates. The Wednesday statement came from US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel in Congress. He said the deployment will assist the efforts to contain violence on the Syrian border, as well as set the groundwork for combating any perceived threats of chemical weapons use in Syria.

The troops of the 1st Armed Division will arrive to replace the US forces already stationed in the country for a few months. The new deployment will now also include specialists in the fields of intelligence, operations and logistics. It has also been said the troops will include commanding officers to lay the future groundwork for coordinating a larger deployment, if the need arises.

"Currently, the U.S. forces assisting Jordan now are troops pulled from various units and places," Hagel said at the Senate Armed Service Committee meeting. He explained that deploying troops that had previously worked together will enhance the unit's teamwork.

http://rt.com/news/jordan-us-troops-syria-028/

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the IMF is basically a washington organ.
Congress Exploits Our Fears to Take Our Liberty

Ron Paul

April 22, 2013
This week, as Americans were horrified by the attacks in Boston, both houses of Congress considered legislation undermining our liberty in the name of “safety.” Gun control continued to be the focus of the Senate, where an amendment expanding federal “background checks” to gun show sales and other private transfers dominated the debate. While the background check amendment failed to pass, proponents of gun control have made it clear they will continue their efforts to enact new restrictions on gun ownership into law.
While it did not receive nearly as much attention as the debate on gun control, the House of Representatives passed legislation with significant implications for individual liberty: the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA). CISPA proponents claim that the legislation is necessary to protect Americans from foreign “cyber terrorists,” but the real effect of this bill will be to further erode Americans’ online privacy.
Under CISPA, Internet corporations are authorized to hand over the private information of American citizens to federal agents, as long as they can justify the violation of your privacy in the name of protecting “cyber security”. Among the items that may be shared are your e-mails, browsing history, and online transactions.
Like the PATRIOT Act, CISPA violates the fourth amendment by allowing federal agencies to obtain private information without first seeking a warrant from a federal judge. The law also allows federal agencies to pass your information along to other federal bureaucrats — again without obtaining a warrant. And the bill provides private companies with immunity from lawsuits regardless of the damage done to anyone whose personal information is shared with the government.
CISPA represents a troubling form of corporatism, where large companies cede their responsibility to protect their property to the federal government, at the expense of their customers’ privacy and liberty. In this respect, CISPA can be thought of as an electronic version of the Transportation Security Administration, which has usurped the authority over airline security from private airlines. However, CISPA will prove to be far more invasive than even the most robust TSA screening.
CISPA and the gun control bill are only the most recent examples of politicians manipulating fear to con the people into giving up their liberties. Of course, the people are told the legislation is for “limited purposes,” but authority granted to government is rarely, if ever, used solely for the purpose for which it is granted. For example, the American people were promised that the extraordinary powers granted the government by the PATRIOT Act would only be used against terrorism. Yet soon after the bill became law, reports surfaced that it was being used for non-terrorism purposes. In fact, according to data compiled by the American Civil Liberties Union, 76 percent of the uses of the controversial “sneak-and-peak” warrants where related to the war on drugs!
Sadly, I expect this week’s tragic attacks in Boston to be used to justify new restrictions on liberty. Within 48 hours of the attack in Boston, at least one Congressman was calling for increased use of surveillance cameras to expand the government’s ability to monitor our actions, while another Senator called for a federal law mandating background checks before Americans can buy “explosive powder.”
I would not be surprised if the Transportation Security Administration uses this tragedy to claim new authority to “screen” Americans before they can attend sporting or other public events. The Boston attack may also be used as another justification for creating a National ID Card tied to a federal database with “biometric” information. The only thing that will stop them is if the American people rediscover the wisdom of Benjamin Franklin that you cannot achieve security by allowing government to take their liberties.
Great thread, very useful and convenient.
yes. it's good because you can see the progression in a linear fashion.

however cellar door is no longer updating, so I'm just throwing in links here and there.
please contribute as well if you find current news that are interesting.
Chuck Hagel Green Lights Israeli Attacks On Syria and Iran

http://www.infowars.com/chuck-hagel-gree...-and-iran/
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