Editor’s Choice: Scroll below for our monthly blend of mainstream and alternative September 2016 news and views
SouthFront, Overview of Military Situation in Aleppo City on Sept. 30, Staff report, Oct. 1, 2016. The Syrian Ministry of of National Reconciliation has offered militant groups operating in Aleppo city 3 options:
- To drop weapons, surrender and settle legal status;
- To evacuate them out of eastern Aleppo to any location of their choice (the ministry will ensure giving them a safe passage);
- To evacuate the civilians out of the militant-controlled parts of Aleppo.
This suggestion by the government clearly indicates that the Syrian military foresees heavy clashes in eastern Aleppo and seeks to avoid major civilian casualties. Unfortunately, such a move looks unlikely acceptable for the so-called “opposition” because Western and Middle Eastern states, sponsors of militant groups, are not interested in cessation of hostilities in the “capital of revolution”.
USA TODAY, Editorial Board: Trump is ‘unfit for the presidency,’ Editorial board, Sept. 30, 2016. In the 34-year history of USA TODAY, the Editorial Board has never taken sides in the presidential race. Instead, we’ve expressed opinions about the major issues and haven’t presumed to tell our readers, who have a variety of priorities and values, which choice is best for them. Because every presidential race is different, we revisit our no-endorsement policy every four years. We’ve never seen reason to alter our approach. Until now.
This year, the choice isn’t between two capable major party nominees who happen to have significant ideological differences. This year, one of the candidates — Republican nominee Donald Trump — is, by unanimous consensus of the Editorial Board, unfit for the presidency. From the day he declared his candidacy 15 months ago through this week’s first presidential debate, Trump has demonstrated repeatedly that he lacks the temperament, knowledge, steadiness and honesty that America needs from its presidents.…