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You may have noticed that the Conceptboard website is going through some changes (and there are even more to come!).Since the Blog is a core part of the website, we wanted to give it a little makeo...
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There's nothing false about this tool kit in fact the more times I explore it's ability the more excited it potential becomes. Using an interrogation of this app offers a field of possibilities and a promise of even a better future.

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How War on Syria Lost Its Way

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No sooner than one report is published it's time line is full of many more. Thinking about my thinking just moments ago I can't help wondering how to capture the sequence of events without confusing the facts or even being ble to make sense. Maybe we should continue to ask questions no matter how many that we once thought were answered. the hope is that a semblence of order and peace may be able to be maintained. But the opportunity after 50 years to work together globally may be a miracle that the community and human race needs very badly.

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Syria 'chemical weapons' crisis: LIVE UPDATES

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The diplomatic scramble to avert military intervention in Syria continues, as an August 21 gas attack in a Damascus has sparked international efforts to bring the country’s chemical weapons stockpile under control.
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Oh boy the chess game continues. I suppose it's better that watching reruns but sometimes I really wonder. There's no less a reason to maintain our vigilance especially in the light of how many moves either side has left. I miss sharing the speed of the game even at the price of missing a chance to help clarify the issues that just won't stay in the box.

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Evidence of chemical weapons use in Syria should not be kept secret - Lavrov

Evidence of chemical weapons use in Syria should not be kept secret - Lavrov | VERIFIABILITY AND FALSIFIABILITY | Scoop.it
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has said that a 'regime of secrecy' by the West is unacceptable with regard to Syria and evidence of the use of chemical weapons there.
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Building a Coalition is the only hope for this unfolding storyof the tribes and how it effects the stages of our lives. That being said the time is now to build a clear messages that focuses a message to terrorism no matter where it breeds.Smoking guns cheap card tricks lets build our colalition for humanity on the collected intelligence of our own core truths and values.

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Stakeholder Co-Creation: The firm as an orchestrator in innovation projects

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Nowadays, firms simultaneously include a higher variety of different stakeholders than ever before in their innovation process. Such a diverse collective brings in different perspectives and competences, yet, also poses new challenges for firms.
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Having the opportunity to experence the level of sophistication of the conductor adds an element of credibility to just how exciting this process really can be. imagine taking a challeng, building, a team, and still have a opportunity to win a prize. Cracker Jackes cant even promise peanuts, popcorn, and a prize.

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Syria StatementBrussels  |   1 Sep 2013

Assuming the U.S. Congress authorises them, Washington (together with some allies) soon will launch military strikes against Syrian regime targets. If so, it will have taken such action for reasons largely divorced from the interests of the Syrian people.  The administration has cited the need to punish, deter and prevent use of chemical weapons - a defensible goal, though Syrians have suffered from far deadlier mass atrocities during the course of the conflict without this prompting much collective action in their defence. The administration also refers to the need, given President Obama's asserted "redline" against use of chemical weapons, to protect Washington's credibility - again an understandable objective though unlikely to resonate much with Syrians. Quite apart from talk of outrage, deterrence and restoring U.S. credibility, the priority must be the welfare of the Syrian people. Whether or not military strikes are ordered, this only can be achieved through imposition of a sustained ceasefire and widely accepted political transition.  

To precisely gauge in advance the impact of a U.S. military attack, regardless of its scope and of efforts to carefully calibrate it, by definition is a fool's errand.  In a conflict that has settled into a deadly if familiar pattern - and in a region close to boiling point - it inevitably will introduce a powerful element of uncertainty.  Consequences almost certainly will be unpredictable.  Still, several observations can be made about what it might and might not do:

A military attack will not, nor can it, be met with even minimal international consensus; in this sense, the attempt to come up with solid evidence of regime use of chemical weapons, however necessary, also is futile.  Given the false pretenses that informed the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq and, since then, regional and international polarisation coupled with the dynamics of the Syrian conflict itself, proof put forward by the U.S. will be insufficient to sway disbelievers and skepticism will be widespread.It might discourage future use of chemical weapons by signaling even harsher punishment in the event of recidivism - an important achievement in and of itself.  Should the regime find itself fighting for its survival, however, that consideration might not weigh heavily.  Elements within the opposition also might be tempted to use such weapons and then blame the regime, precisely in order to provoke further U.S. intervention.It could trigger violent escalation within Syria as the regime might exact revenge on rebels and rebel-held areas, while the opposition seeks to seize the opportunity to make its own gains.  Major regional or international escalation (such as retaliatory actions by the regime, Iran or Hizbollah, notably against Israel) is possible but probably not likely given the risks involved, though this could depend on the scope of the strikes.Military action, which the U.S. has stated will not aim at provoking the regime's collapse, might not even have an enduring effect on the balance of power on the ground.  Indeed, the regime could register a propaganda victory, claiming it had stood fast against the U.S. and rallying domestic and regional opinion around an anti-Western, anti-imperialist mantra. 

Ultimately, the principal question regarding a possible military strike is whether diplomatic efforts to resolve the conflict can be reenergized in its aftermath.  Smart money says they will not: in the wake of an attack they condemn as illegal and illegitimate, the regime and its allies arguably will not be in a mood to negotiate with the U.S. Carefully calibrating the strike to hurt enough to change their calculations but not enough to prompt retaliation or impede diplomacy is appealing in theory.  In practice, it almost certainly is not feasible. 

Whether or not the U.S. chooses to launch a military offensive, its responsibility should be to try to optimize chances of a diplomatic breakthrough.  This requires a two-fold effort lacking to date: developing a realistic compromise political offer as well as genuinely reaching out to both Russia and Iran in a manner capable of eliciting their interest - rather than investing in a prolonged conflict that has a seemingly bottomless capacity to escalate.  

In this spirit, the U.S. should present - and Syria's allies should seriously and constructively consider - a proposal based on the following elements:

It is imperative to end this war. The escalation, regional instability and international entanglement its persistence unavoidably stimulates serve nobody's interest.The only exit is political. That requires far-reaching concessions and a lowering of demands from all parties. The sole viable outcome is a compromise that protects the interests of all Syrian constituencies and reflects rather than alters the regional strategic balance;The Syrian crisis presents an important opportunity to test whether the U.S. and the Islamic Republic of Iran can work together on regional issues to restore stability;A viable political outcome in Syria cannot be one in which the current leadership remains indefinitely in power but, beyond that, the U.S. can be flexible with regards to timing and specific modalities;The U.S. is keen to avoid collapse of the Syrian state and the resulting political vacuum. The goal should thus be a transition that builds on existing institutions rather than replaces them. This is true notably with respect to the army;Priority must be given to ensuring that no component of Syrian society is targeted for retaliation, discrimination or marginalisation in the context of a negotiated settlement.

Such a proposal should then form the basis for renewed efforts by Lakhdar Brahimi, the joint United Nations/Arab League envoy, and lead to rapid convening of a Geneva II conference. 

Debate over a possible strike - its wisdom, preferred scope and legitimacy in the absence of UN Security Council approval - has obscured and distracted from what ought to be the overriding international preoccupation: how to revitalise the search for a political settlement. Discussions about its legality aside, any contemplated military action should be judged based on whether it advances that goal or further postpones it. 

 

The will is indominable and the capacity to suceed can easily be under estimated. I have to wonder as the timeline is rewritten just how signifigant the Global Voies have really become. Yet the attrocites are as real as the need for change but just maybe we need to refocus our efforts in understanding how to solve the problem.

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Asteroid Named in Honor of Peru - Global Voices Online

Asteroid Named in Honor of Peru - Global Voices Online | VERIFIABILITY AND FALSIFIABILITY | Scoop.it
Asteroid Named in Honor of Peru Global Voices Online The Committee of Small Objects Nomenclature of the International Astronomical Union gave astronomers authorization to name the asteroid identified with the number 1995 SG5 as Qoyllurwasi in honor...
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Lets take a moment and conect as far away as we can with all the outside news. I've been thinking that it's time to listen to the voices that share our communties and that idntify with the basic strustures of our lives.

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Pentagon Preps Cruise Missiles to Attack Syria, But US Still Hesitant To Intervene - Mintpress News

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Pentagon Preps Cruise Missiles to Attack Syria, But US Still Hesitant To Intervene
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Alice couldn't have imagined just how true it was when she looked in her looking glass. Once again the wworld howls in anticipation of a timeline moving ever closer to war. The fact is that by the time we read this much more write it the world could be exploding. It's time for all of us to ask questions. 

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What makes US-Israeli intelligence co-operation 'exceptional'? - The Guardian

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Reaching across the barriers of a fractured sense of order the question seem to be how can we afford to let the world continue to timble without even a net. This sense of forbodding seems to allowed for a plit second a hope and prayer for where the crisis might end.

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Your Labor Day Syria Reader, Part 2: William Polk

Your Labor Day Syria Reader, Part 2: William Polk | VERIFIABILITY AND FALSIFIABILITY | Scoop.it
By William R. Polk.
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Sitting back and witing to review the latest intelligence and all of sudden you find an even clearer picture of what seems to be happening. maybe that's why we all need to take a hard look at more than just a collection of thoughts and reports long enough to see if what was said has any realtionship to being accurate. the more I look around the more murky evrything seems to become. I'm just saying that jumping to conclusions is an urgent reaction to a fractured sense of peace and order. frankly, when have we really been able to feel like that?

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The US-Russia agreement on Syria's chemical weapons - deal in full - Telegraph

The US-Russia agreement on Syria's chemical weapons - deal in full  - Telegraph | VERIFIABILITY AND FALSIFIABILITY | Scoop.it
Full text of the deal between the US and Russia to eliminate Syria's chemical weapons by mid-2014.
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What is that makes us all so frustrated but seemly able to be lulled into a false sense of security? No matter how many times I find myself telling this story I can't help wonder if there's an end game some where in all of our futures. Lets give it all a moment to sink in before we know it's time to build a collation for the human condition.

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The protests in Turkey: urban warfare in 'rebel cities' | openDemocracy

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The protests in #Turkey: urban warfare in 'rebel cities' | opendemocracy http://t.co/exxPWEgBTK

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The Utopian Promises of democracy continues to offer the World an alternative to how they see and live in thier existing structuresof their everyday life. The social ideals and community exoerments offer a promise but as the Arab Spring, Summer, Fall, and winter continues to remind us their's alot about someething more than wanting it.

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You're invited to join App.net for free

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App.net is your passport to great applications. Use your account to access a network of amazing social apps.
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It's always exciting to find a key to a tool kitespecially when how we manage our business allows us more time and energy to write.

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Yemen: Al-Qaida Gunmen Kill Intelligence Official - ABC News

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Yemen: Al-Qaida Gunmen Kill Intelligence Official
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Associated Press. Security officials in Yemen say suspected al-Qaida-linked gunmen have shot and killed a senior intelligence officer.
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Just when the world can least afford another level of tragedy it's lack of clarity and focus awakens it's claim to fame. The will to act is easily compromised but the understanding of not taking that option and making that choice is unforgivable.

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CTC Sentinel | Volume 6, Issue 8 (August 2013)Published by Combating Terrorism CenterCOVER STORY OVERVIEW

Syria: A Wicked Problem for All

By Bryan Price

On August 26, 2013, Secretary of State John Kerry called the recent use of chemical weapons outside of Damascus “undeniable” and a “moral obscenity.”  This is the latest chapter in an already complex civil war in Syria, a crisis that Kerry’s predecessor called a “wicked problem” for the U.S. foreign policy establishment.  The Syrian civil war satisfies all of the criteria of a wicked problem. Like most crises, the issues surrounding the Syrian conflict are complex and interrelated, and there are multiple competing foreign policy interests at stake for the United States. As a result, there is no shortage of disagreement about the way forward for the United States in responding to the conflict. This special edition of the CTC Sentinel looks at the Syrian conflict from multiple angles, including analyses that closely examine the threats posed by violent non-state actors in the region. The contributors address key issues and debates while raising some important questions that so far have received limited attention. This edition purposefully avoids proposing any policy prescriptions. Rather, it identifies and analyzes the central actors and their strategic interests in an effort to inform the debate surrounding this wicked problem.


Intelligence gathering starts with the viewpoint of a community of experts who live and brethe the sights and sounds of what's unfolding around the world especially when terrorism reminds us that it still exist to haunt our dreams. Hopefully we can share the closest thing to the events that are unfolding.


 
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Obama has power, determination to make own decision on Syria, administration says

Obama has power, determination to make own decision on Syria, administration says | VERIFIABILITY AND FALSIFIABILITY | Scoop.it
White House statement comes as more lawmakers clamor for vote, Britain’s support appears unlikely. (US military not feeling it with Syria. Marine Lt.
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The die has been cast and the world waits in wonder. The choices that so many will have to make. I'm trying to gather enough intelligence with a blending of the voices on the ground to help with a synthesis of the curent pictue as it unfolds. Once the dust settles that ask ourslves how can we stop the noise.

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