Chuck Hagel: U.S. Ready To Strike Syria

Chuck Hagel U.S. Ready To Strike SyriaAmerican forces are “ready” to launch strikes on Syria if President Barack Obama chooses to order an attack, US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel says.

‘Must be held accountable’

The White House said the US would release intelligence on last week’s suspected attack in the next few days. Prime Minister David Cameron said the world could “not stand idly by” after seeing “appalling scenes of death and suffering” caused by suspected chemical weapons attacks.

The crisis follows last Wednesday’s suspected chemical attack near the Syrian capital, Damascus, which reportedly killed more than 300 people.

US Vice President Joe Biden said there was “no doubt who was responsible for this heinous use of chemical weapons in Syria: The Syrian regime”. In a speech to a veterans’ group in Houston, Mr Biden said that “those who use chemical weapons against defenceless men, women, and children… must be held accountable”.

‘Western intervention’

French President Francois Hollande said France was “ready to punish” whoever was behind the attack, and had decided to increase military support for Syria’s main opposition. Meanwhile the Arab League said it held Syrian President Bashar al-Assad responsible for the attacks and called for UN action. Syrian opposition sources have said they have been told to expect a Western intervention in the conflict imminently.

Russia and China, allies of the Syrian government, have stepped up their warnings against military intervention, with Moscow saying any such action would have “catastrophic consequences” for the region.

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem has said he rejects “utterly and completely” claims that Syrian forces used chemical weapons, and his government has blamed rebel fighters.

Do you believe the Syrian regime itself is responsible for the said chemical attacks that killed over 300 citizens? Do we see a war with western countries looming over Syria?

Source: BBC News

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Female Russian Athletes Kiss After Winning Gold At 2013 World Athletics Championships

Female Russian Athletes Kiss After Winning Gold At 2013 World Athletics ChampionshipsTwo Russian runners made headlines after a photograph of them kissing on the podium at the 2013 World Athletics Championships in Moscow went viral.

‘Act of protest’

The women, named by Michael Gold of The Baltimore Sun as Kseniya Ryzhova and Tatyana Firova, shared a kiss after winning a gold medal last Saturday in the 4×400-meter relay. Russia had a time of 3:20.19 to beat out the United States (3:20.41) and Great Britain (3:22.61).

Twitter and other social media platforms immediately exploded with debate over whether or not the kiss was an act of protest against a new law in Russia that bans “propaganda for non-traditional sexual relations,” which could effectively end gay rights rallies and be used to punish Russians who support homosexuals.

‘Celebratory gesture’

Jean Paul Zapata of Gay Star News found that the women could technically be prosecuted for this display of affection, as it is expressively forbidden under the homosexual propaganda laws. The Sky Sports staff was told that the kiss was just a celebratory gesture and a normal thing for the two. Gold noted that there is another photograph in existence of the women kissing after a victory.

Ryzhova and Firova have yet to publicly comment on any motives behind their polarizing embrace.

What do you think was the real meaning behind that public kiss between the two Russian athletes? Feel free to share your thoughts and speculations with us!

Source: Alex Kay | Bleacher Report

Image: Oh No They Didn’t!