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PBC News & Comment: Big Week for Political Theater in Washington and at UN

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--Albany, NY Common Council is one vote shy of passing groundbreaking local law to limit use of NDAA detention powers

--more political theater in New York, as UN General Assembly will feature scripted drama about Iran, Palestine, Syria and more

Lots of news from Syria:

--positive reports on Syria's release of details on its chemical arsenal

--at WhoWhatWhy, reporter Dave Lindorff shows that US has 3 times as many chemical weapons as Syria, and got an extra 10 years to comply with Chemical Weapons Convention

--at BoilingFrogs Post, an important critical review of the unsourced videos that are used by the US to contend that the Assad government was responsible

--NY Times profiles the Lebanese nun who challenged the videos, and paints her as a defender of Assad

--Mint Press report regarding August 21 use of chemical weapons is discredited

--Nick Kristof in NY Times urges US military action against Syria, in the context of a dark story about a 7th grade protester.

--today's news digest from Citizens for Legitimate Government includes 7  important stories that are being downplayed or ignored in US media:  US military plans attacks in Kenya; 3 US troops killed in "insider" attack in Afghanistan, 2 more in a bomb attack; US soldiers fired on school children, 2 US drone strikes kill at least 11; handoff to Afghans is slow, plagued by corruption; total cost of Bush-Obama wars now pegged at $6 trillion

--China now has drones, partly a result of their computer hacking skills

--Angela Merkel wins 3rd term as German leader