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Mark Toubin practiced civil litigation for eleven years and participated in federal, state and local politics before joining the American Israel Public Affairs Committee ("AIPAC") as its Southwest Regional Director from 1999 to early 2008. Most recently, Mark runs his own consulting practice focusing on public affairs, politics, non-profit and business. The full version of Between the Synapse may be found at www.betweenthesynapse.com

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JANUARY 10, 2012 11:21AM

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SUDANESE MILITARY CHIEF: “NOTHING FRIGHTING IN SYRIA”

The Arab League recently appointed Sudanese General Mohamed Ahmed Mustafa al-Dabi as the leader of its monitoring mission in Syria. Dabi is the military intelligence chief to Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, indicted in February 2011 by the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity in the Darfur region, where the United Nations estimates 300,000 were killed. In Darfur, Dabi would have been responsible for establishing the government-backed Janjaweed militias, responsible for much of the murder and rape.

Dabi leads about 60 League-sanctioned observers in Syria to check the government of President Bashar al-Assad’s compliance with pledges to end the crackdown on dissent and release political detainees. Said Dabi to Reuters on December 27 as he and others toured Homs, the epicenter of Syria’s uprising where hundreds of civilians, including many children, have been killed, “Some places looked a bit of a mess, but there was nothing frightening.

BERKOWITZ APPOINTED NEW NYC POLICE CHIEF

In other news, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced that recently paroled serially killer David Berkowitz, known as “Son of Sam” for the span of murders committed in 1970’s New York City, has been appointed New York City Chief of Police. “It takes a murderer to catch a murderer,” said the Mayor.

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