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Dismal reports are coming in about chemical weapons being used on areas around the Syrian capital, Damascus, that have caused hundreds of deaths.  The U.N. called for clarification, as Assad’s government claimed the deaths were an opposition diversion from their own losses, while horrifying videos of obviously distressed victims were broadcast through the world.  The U.N. Security Council is hampered from actual action by power use on the part of Russia and China to water down action against its allies, which include Syria’s government.

Video footage showed dozens of bodies with no visible signs of injuries, including small children, laid out on the floor of a clinic.

Ghazwan Bwidany, a doctor treating the injured, told the BBC the main symptom, especially among children, was suffocation, as well as salivating and blurred vision.

“We don’t have the capability to treat all this number of people,” he said.

“We’re putting them in mosques, in schools. We are lacking medical supplies now, especially atropine, which is the antidote for chemical weapons.”

A court order that former Egyptian President Mubarak be released brought accusations that the old order had returned in the form of a recent military removal of the elected new president Morsi.  House arrest will replace the imprisonment for Mubarak today.

In the wake of the July 3 coup and the tragedy of Aug. 14, it seems possible that the military leaders never truly relinquished their hold on power after the overthrow of former President Hosni Mubarak two-and-a-half years ago. If that were the case, democracy in the country would be a failure. Yemeni Nobel Peace Price winner Tawakkul Karman makes it clear what this would mean for the Arab world when she says: “The destruction of Egypt’s revolution means death for the Arab Spring.”

Reports of rising sea levels will be part of the upcoming UN climate analysis, including findings of near unanimity that human causes are behind these effects.

An international panel of scientists has warned that sea levels could rise 3 feet by 2100 if steps are not taken to curb emissions. The group has previously avoided issuing predictions about sea level changes. The scientists also concluded with near certainty that human activity is the source of most temperature increases over the past few decades.

The findings from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, considered the authority on risks associated with climate change, are due to be published at the next United Nations climate report.

The Guardian reported on its destruction of hard drives to avoid government action against them, that could have stopped reporting on files Snowden supplied to media.

It resulted in one of the stranger episodes in the history of digital-age journalism. On Saturday 20 July, in a deserted basement of the Guardian‘s King’s Cross offices, a senior editor and a Guardian computer expert used angle grinders and other tools to pulverise the hard drives and memory chips on which the encrypted files had been stored.

As they worked they were watched by technicians from Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) who took notes and photographs, but who left empty-handed.

Never.Give.Up.