VICE News Daily: Beyond The Headlines – March 21, 2014.

The VICE News Capsule is a daily roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: journalists in Iran, Iraq’s child bride legislation, BP signs a new contract and Lebanon deploys troops in Arsal.

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Journalists Convince Iran to Withdraw Repressive Measures
Iran is scrapping its plan to regulate journalism after receiving an open letter from more than 400 of the country’s journalists.

Iraq’s Controversial Child Bride Legislation
A controversial new law being drafted in Iraq would make it legal for children as young as 9 to get married.

BP Wins US Oil Contract
Just four years after the Deepwater Horizon disaster, BP has won a new oil contract.

Lebanese Army Deployed in Border Town of Arsal
The Lebanese Army has deployed forces in Arsal – a Sunni town on the border of Lebanon and Syria.

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VICE News Daily: Beyond The Headlines – March 17, 2014.

The VICE News Capsule is a daily roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: rebel groups in Syria, hydro electricity in Pakistan, Nazi stolen art and Fukushima clean up workers protest.

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Rebel Groups in Northern Syria
Almost every other rebel group is now fighting ISIS. Things are finally looking up for Syrian Revolutionary front – an alliance of rebel groups who are chasing ISIS out of northwest Syria.

Pakistani Kashmir Uses Water to Solve Energy Crisis
Hundreds of families in Pakistani Kashmir are setting up small-scale hydro electricity projects to deal with the country’s energy crisis.

France Returns Nazi Stolen Art
France’s Culture Minister returned three paintings stolen by the Nazis to their rightful owners.

Fukushima Protesters on Poor Working Conditions
Roughly one-hundred workers who helped to clean up the Fukushima nuclear plant staged a protest over low pay and dangerous conditions.

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Syria: The Long War (Dispatch One)

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The Syrian revolution just turned three years old, but for the past year things haven’t looked good for the rebels. Attacked from behind by the renegade Al Qaeda splinter group the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, or ISIS, and from in front by a resurgent regime, Syria’s moderate revolutionaries have been on a losing streak.

But since the New Year, everything’s changed, at least in the rebel-held north. ISIS is now fighting every other armed group in the country, and is abandoning its former strongholds all across northern Syria. A VICE News crew, the first western journalists in northwest Syria for months, has embedded with Syrian rebels fighting ISIS, and is following their rapid advance across Idlib province, until yesterday an ISIS stronghold. This is the only footage to come from the Syrian war’s most recent and least understood turning point.

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VICE News Daily: Beyond The Headlines – March 10, 2014.

The VICE News Capsule is a daily roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Libya threatens to bomb an oil tanker, Serbian Chetniks in Crimea, elections in Syria and immigration detainees on a hunger strike.

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Libya Threatens to Bomb a North Korea-flagged Tanker
Libya’s prime minister Ali Zeidan has threatened to bomb a North Korean-flagged tanker if it tries to export oil from a rebel-controlled port.

Serbian Chetniks are in Crimea Supporting Russia
Veterans from the Serbian War – who have experience fighting in Bosnia, Croatia and Kosovo – are now in Crimea supporting the Russian effort to annex Crimea.

Syria Getting Ready to Re-Elect Bashar al-Assad
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is getting ready to be re-elected as the Syrian Civil War continues around him for its third year.

Hundreds of Immigration Detainees are on Hunger Strike
US Immigrations and Customs Enforcement confirmed that at least
550 detainees at the Northwest Detention Center are on a hunger strike.

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Kerry Goes Full Retard: “You just don’t invade another country on phony pretext […]”

The US Secretary of State spoke today of the unacceptability of invading a sovereign country on phony pretexts in order to assert one’s own interests in the 21st century. But no, he was not speaking about the United States, as one might have thought.

“You just don’t invade another country on phony pretext in order to assert your interests,” John Kerry said during an interview with NBC’s Meet the Press. “This is an act of aggression that is completely trumped up in terms of its pretext. It’s really 19th century behaviour in the 21st century.”

Kerry has also threatened to isolate Russia economically and politically and warned of potential asset freezes and visa bans, adding to media and political hype that followed Russia authorization of sending a stabilization force in Crimea on official request from the authorities.

“There could be certainly disruption of any of the normal trade routine, there could be business drawback on investment in the country,” he said. “There could even be ultimately asset freezes, visa bans.”

Although Kerry was never challenged by the interviewer to comment in terms of that statement on Washington’s own constant threats to use force and military invasions in Iraq and Afghanistan, those who watched the interview immediately smelled the hypocrisy.

“Since when does the United States government genuinely subscribe and defend the concept of sovereignty and territorial integrity? They certainly are not doing that at the moment in Syria,” Marcus Papadopoulos, commentator for ‘Politics First’ told RT. “They certainly did not do that when they attacked Libya. They certainly didn’t do that when they invaded Iraq. They certainly didn’t do that when they attacked Serbia over Kosovo and then later on recognized Kosovo’s unilateral declaration of independence. The United States government merely pays lip service to sovereignty and territorial integrity, it picks and choses.”

Since the crisis in Ukraine escalated to a point where the lives of the Russian speaking population of Ukraine has become threatened, Kerry’s reaction comes, some believe, as the most ridiculous thus far, taking into account US own history of military actions all over the globe.

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Chemical Disarmament Inspectors Cross into Syria

The team of some 20 international inspectors who have been issued the task to ensure that Syria chemical weapons are destroyed have crossed the border into the country.

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UN Chemical Team Arrives in Syria to Finish Investigation

UN inspectors have returned to Syria to continue investigating several cases of alleged chemical attacks in a follow-up to their previous report, which prompted the international community to draw radically different conclusions.

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We Should be more Vigilant about US Military Adventures and Private Mercenaries

The normalization of violence by the United States in places like Syria or Iraq translates into a normalized violence that exists in the United States, independent geopolitical analyst Eric Draitser told RT.

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