30/07/2012

Syria: Infiltration Attempts from Lebanon and Jordan Foiled

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July 30, 2012 - PROVINCES, (SANA) – The border guards on Monday foiled an armed terrorist group's attempt to infiltrate from Jordan to Syria at the area of Tal Shihab in Daraa Countryside.

An official source in the province said that authorities clashed with the group, killed or injured scores of them, adding that the others fled back to the Jordanian territories.

In Talkalakh area in Homs countryside, authorities foiled several infiltration attempts made by armed terrorist groups to cross from Lebanon to Syria in different border areas.

Huge losses were inflicted upon the terrorists and the survived gunmen fled back to Lebanon.

Authorities Hunt Terrorists In Aleppo Causing them Heavy Losses

Authorities clashed with an armed terrorist group who were riding four SUV cars equipped with machine guns in Dara Ezza and Qabtan al-Jabal axis in Aleppo countryside.

An official source told SANA reporter that the authorities destroyed the four cars, killing the terrorists.

Authorities Pursue Terrorists in Harasta Farms, Eliminating a Number of Them and Arresting Others

In Damascus Countryside, the authorities continued their pursuit of armed terrorist groups in the farms of Harasta area, eliminating a number of terrorists and arresting others.

A source told SANA that some of the terrorists surrendered to the authorities and threw down their weapons, adding that the authorities also recovered cars stolen by the terrorists.

Tunnels Discoverd in Qarabees, Homs, Stability Restored

Meantime,  the army forces cleared al-Qarabees neighborhood from the remnants of the mercenary terrorists and dismantled the system of their terrorism, restoring peace and stability to it.

An official source in the Province told SANA reporter that many tunnels were discovered in the neighborhood after clearing it , pointing out that the terrorists were using them to transfer weapons, ammunition and for movement to practice acts of killing and sabotage against citizens and law-enforcement members.

The source added that one of the tunnels links al-Ghouta neighborhood with al-Qarabeesm while another tunnel links Jurat al-Shayyah to the neighborhood, adding that the other tunnels were linking building blocks together where a weapon store was found containing different sorts of weapons, explosive devices and explosives.

The authorities arrested a number of terrorists, some of them were from Arab and foreign nationalities, and confiscated a big amount of weapons according to the source.

Terrorist Leader Killed in al-Khalidiye, Another Terrorist Leader Arrested in Juret al-Shiyah

During their pursuit of terrorists in al-Khalidiye neighborhood in Homs, the authorities clashed with a terrorist group, wiping out all the terrorists including their leader, Hamza al-Tesh.

The authorities also arrested terrorist Ali al-Bashan, the leader of the terrorists operating in Juret al-Shiyah area in Homs, while trying to carry out a terrorist attack in al-Khalidiye neighborhood along with several other terrorists who were also arrested.

Armed Forces Continue Canvassing Farms in Idleb and Raiding Terrorist Hideouts

The armed forces continued their canvassing of the farms surrounding Idleb city and raiding terrorist hideouts in Bakfaloun and Falioun, killing or injuring a large number of terrorists while arresting others and confiscating their weapons.

A source at the province told SANA that the during the searching of farms and hideouts, the armed forces found materials and chemicals used for making explosives, rockets, anti-armor launchers and explosive charges, in addition to stolen license plates and large supplies of medicine.

Explosive Device Discovered in Hasaka

SANA reporter in Hasaka said that the authorities arrested a terrorist who was planting an explosive device near to al-Shadaydi bridge in the province.

The engineering units in Idleb dismantled two explosive devices which were planted by an armed terrorist group on al-Amoudia –al-Ghafar road in al-Rouj plain in Idleb to target citizens and law-enforcement members.

In Deir-Ezzour, authorities clashed with an armed terrorist groups, killing and injuring many, as they also destroyed two pickups equipped with PKC machine gun.

Explosive Device Kills Several Terrorists in Hasaka

An improvised explosive device (IED) went off in a house used by terrorists to make IEDs in al-Saada village in Hasaka province.

A source in the province told SANA correspondent that the explosion resulted in killing several terrorists along with two children.

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Syria - Authorities Foil Terrorist Infiltration Attempts 16-6-2012:
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29/07/2012

Iran Stands by Syria

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President Ahmadinejad: Iran Stands by Syria in the face of Conspiracy.. Al-Moallem: Syria Possess Defense Capabilities Sufficient to Defend Each Grain of Its Soil

Jul 29, 2012

 

TEHRAN, (SANA) - President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad underlined that Iran is a brotherly country to Syria and stands by it in the face of conspiracy till right wins over unjust.

Meeting Syrian Foreign and Expatriates Minister Walid al-Moallem, President Ahmadinejad expressed confidence that Syria will win thanks to the wise leadership of President Bashar al-Assad  and the Syrian people's support to his leadership.

Al-Moallem, stressed Syria's determination to foil the conspiracy to which it is exposed, and to fight the armed terrorist groups which perpetrate terror acts, kill civilians, attack private and public properties, supported by Arab and western countries which supply them with weapon and money.

Al-Moallem also met  the Secretary of the Iranian Supreme National Security Council Saeed Jalili and the Speaker of the Iranian Shura Council Ali Larijani, briefing them on the current situation in Syria.

Jalili and Larijani, for their part, underlined the importance of continuing coordination and consultation between the two countries, expressing confidence that Syria will win its war against the conspiracy to which it is exposed.

Earlier, al-Moallem discussed during a meeting with his Iranian counterpart Ali Akbar Salihi the bilateral relations and the current situation in the region, particularly in Syria, expressing Syria's determination to come out of the crisis stronger.

Al-Moallem stressed that Syria has agreed on the six-point plan of the UN Envoy to Syria Kofi Annan, most importantly halting violence by all sides.

Foreign Minister also hailed the stances of Russia and China which stand by the international law and the UN convention and the assertion of Syria's territorial integrity and non-intervention in its domestic affairs.

Al-Moallem: Syria Possess Defense Capabilities Sufficient to Defend Each Grain of Its Soil

Deputy Prime Minister, Foreign and Expatriates Minister, Walid al-Moallem, stressed that Syria possesses defense capabilities sufficient to defend each grain of its soil, stressing the Syrian people's steadfastness in the face of the crowd of countries that are ferociously conspiring against them.

"The Syrian people are determined to face the conspiracy hatched against them and achieve victory over it," al-Moallem said in a joint press conference with Iranian counterpart Ali Akbar Salehi in Tehran on Sunday, stressing that the Syrian army will continue facing the armed terrorist groups on the ground.

He highlighted the Syrians' steadfastness throughout the crisis despite the inhumane siege imposed by the US, the EU countries and the states of the so-called Arab League which targets the Syrians with their living.

Al-Moallem: The Syrians' Determination to Face the Conspiracy Is Now Stronger

He said what has increased the Syrians' steadfastness and rallying around their leadership was that they have exposed the dimensions, parties and tools of the conspiracy and Israel's involvement in it along with some Arab states.

Al-Moallem stressed that Syria is facing a systematic media instigation, referring also to the scheme behind the terrorists bombing of the National Security building which claimed the lives of four military leaders.

He cited in this regard what his Iranian counterpart told him when offering condolences over the leaders' martyrdom when he said that Iran get out stronger after the assassination of Iranian leaders during a meeting at the Republican Party building.

"Today I say to you that Syria is stronger and our determination to face this scheme is stronger, and we have proved this on the ground since the Wednesday when they planned for what they called "The Great Battle for Damascus"," said al-Moallem.

He continued that despite the groups of terrorists who were mobilized for the battle, "they were defeated in less than a week and the battle failed, so they moved to Aleppo where they will certainly fail."

Al-Moallem: Syria Committed to a Middle East Free of Weapons of Mass Destruction

Minister al-Moallem reiterated Syria's position proclaimed since 2003 on calling for establishing a Middle East weapons of mass destruction free zone when it submitted a draft resolution regarding this issue to the Security Council which is still there but not put to the vote because of the US obstruction.

He said that Syria has been facing for more than a month now an intensive campaign by the US, western and some Arab countries about possession of chemical weapons.

"Whether or not we possess unconventional weapons, Syria has repeatedly declared its readiness to establish a region free of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons of mass destruction," al-Moallem stressed.

"The truth is that Syria is a country of confrontation as part of its land is under the occupation of Israel which possesses nuclear capabilities acknowledged by the US," al-Moallem added, pointing out at the Pentagon Israel is said to have over 200 nuclear bombs.

He noted that in 1968 Syria joined the 1925 Geneva protocol on the prohibition of biological weapons proliferation and is committed to what it signed.

"As with regard to the convention on prohibition of chemical weapons, we are ready to sign it if signed by Israel. This is fair and legitimate and Syria is a responsible country that respects international legitimacy and the rules of international law in this regard," said Minister al-Moallem, adding that Syria wants welfare to prevail the region.

Asked on the plan of the UN envoy Kofi Annan, al-Moallem reiterated Syria's full abidance by the plan being "a reasonable plan and an appropriate means to resolve the crisis in Syria."

He cited two essential points in the plan: the preventing of foreign interference in Syria and the stress on the political solution.

With regard to the implementation of Annan's plan, the Foreign Minister made clear that the Syrian government has offered all it could and pulled out its forces from the Syrian cities.

He highlighted the fact that the implementation of the plan will guarantee preventing interference in the Syrian internal affair by such countries as Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey.

"This is an important point in Annan's plan to prevent disrupting security in Syria as the opposition still up to this moment can engage into serious dialogue with the government," said al-Moallem.

Al-Moallem added that the conspirators are so fierce that even when security and stability  are restored to Syria, the conspiracy will not end, and that Israel is the  mastermind of the conspiracy and regrettably there are some Gulf states supporting Israel in implementing the conspiracy, which is why the international  activity against Syria has not ended.

Answering a question, al-Moallem said, "the terrorist groups which come across the borders from Turkey to Syria are from various nationalities: Egyptians, Libyans, Iraqis and others," pointing out that a number of the Iraqi terrorists arrested in Syria belong to Al Qaeda.

He added, "There are others who came to Syria as journalists and later the authorities discovered they were not journalists, and many of those who were arrested in Syria took up arms and fought  against the Syrian Arab Army and the government," pointing out that those who surrenders their weapons and whose hands are clear of blood will be pardoned immediately, and as for those who want dialogue and have demands, their demands will be studied and the legitimate ones will be addressed.

The Foreign and Expatriates Minister said "what we want from Lebanon is to remain safe and united and to help us prevent the infiltration of terrorists through its borders."

On the statements of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, in which he laid the responsibility of bloodshed in Syria on the west and some regional countries, Minister al-Moallem said these statements come from a man with considerable experience who is well-informed of what is going on the Syrian, regional and internal arenas .

Al-Moallem described his talks with his Iranian counterpart as very productive, stressing that the viewpoints of the two countries were identical on the regional issues and the conspiracy hatched against Syria to serve the interests of Israel.

For his part, the Iranian Foreign Minister stressed that the Israel is behind what is going on in Syria and that some states are rushing madly against Syria to weaken its position and hinder its development.

Salehi pointed out that an international conspiracy is targeting Syria, saying that some sides are looking  for pretexts and reasons for the developments and events in Syria, while he believes that the only reasons for these developments is that Israel is inciting against Syria.

Salehi added that the Syrian leadership has met most of the legitimate demands of the Syrian people.

He pointed out to the reformative laws issued by the Syrian government regarding political pluralism, elections and media laws, calling on all sides to give the Syrian leadership enough time to implement these reforms.

Salehi said "we are working to achieve security and stability in this region which is full of problems, and the wrong acts undertaken by some states prove that a conspiracy is targeting Syria … they naively believe that they can replace the government if they created vacuum in Syria, which is a naive misconception and they certainly should reconsider and pay attention to the internal situation in Syria and decide accordingly."

He voiced certainty and confidence that the Syrian people will be victorious, as victory comes from righteousness.

President Ahmadinejad… Iran Stands by Syria in the face of Conspiracy

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad underlined that Iran is a brotherly country to Syria and stands by it in the face of conspiracy till right wins over unjust.

Meeting Syrian Foreign and Expatriates Minister Walid al-Moallem, President Ahmadinejad expressed confidence that Syria will win thanks to the wise leadership of President Bashar al-Assad  and the Syrian people's support to his leadership.

Al-Moallem, stressed Syria's determination to foil the conspiracy to which it is exposed, and to fight the armed terrorist groups which perpetrate terror acts, kill civilians, attack private and public properties, supported by Arab and western countries which supply them with weapon and money.

Al-Moallem also met  the Secretary of the Iranian Supreme National Security Council Saeed Jalili and the Speaker of the Iranian Shura Council Ali Larijani, briefing them on the current situation in Syria.

Jalili and Larijani, for their part, underlined the importance of continuing coordination and consultation between the two countries, expressing confidence that Syria will win its war against the conspiracy to which it is exposed.

English Bulletin

News Syria: U.S. censored

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All the news about Syria is censored and manipulated by the U.S. and its allies who are directing armed gangs in Syria.

For those who are having trouble accessing the SANA website; please do not type www. before the address

http://sana.sy/index_eng.html

Photo: Television crews and South Vietnamese troops surround 9 year old Kim Phuc on Route 1 near Trang Bang after she was burned by a misdirected aerial napalm attack, June 8, 1972. A South Vietnamese plane targeting suspected Viet Cong positions dropped its flaming napalm on the civilian village.
Let us make an end to the U.S. hypocrisy on 'human rights'... 

CIA, MI6 agents direct massacres in Syria

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An American author says agents of the CIA and MI6 are directing armed groups to carry out massacres inside Syria, Press TV reports.
 
Stephen Lendman, writer and radio host from Chicago, said the CIA and MI6 “special forces” are in Syria now, directing massacres.

“They go after pro-Assad loyalists,” Lendman stated in an interview with Press TV on Saturday.

“There is no question this is a Washington-orchestrated war.” “It is a low-level war to the extent that NATO has not gotten directly involved. But it is exactly what happened in Libya last year. An insurgency began. Washington orchestrated it. Insurgents were recruited. They were funded. They were armed.”
 
The American author stated that Syria has been “targeted for regime change for years, at least a decade.”

Lendman also referred to the six-point peace plan presented by the UN-Arab League envoy to Syria, Kofi Annan, in March.

“His so-called peace plan puts the onus on a side. He barely mentions these insurgents, these death squads, these killers.”

“I have written about Kofi Annan. I have written several times about him. During his tenure as UN secretary general, a decade, a solid decade, he never did a thing to stop imperial wars,” Lendman added.

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2012/06/10/245483/syria-goin...

http://prn.fm/hosts/political-hosts/stephen-lendman/#axzz...

(Some links are blocked by Microsoft and Google) 
Photo: South Vietnamese General Nguyen Ngoc Loan, chief of the national police, fires his pistol into the head of suspected Viet Cong officer Nguyen Van Lem on a Saigon street, on Feb. 1, 1968.

American and NATO misadventures

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July 28, 2012

American and NATO misadventures
Abid Mustafa, Frontier Post


After having fought for more than a decade in Afghanistan, America has yet to show any considerable gains for its brutal occupation. Nonetheless, there are some diehard American strategists who beg to differ, and argue that America has achieved its primary objective, which was to establish a few military bases in Afghanistan to counter Russia, China and the future Caliphate state for eventual supremacy over Eurasia.
But, even this lofty ideal when measured against the reality on the ground appears too remote to be categorized as a worthy accomplishment. On the contrary, the rampant instability in Afghanistan not only puts into jeopardy the viability of such strategic objectives, but more importantly raises questions about how long can America afford to stay stuck in the Afghan quagmire and continue to report failure after failure.
Clues about this very prospect were provided at the NATO summit convened in Chicago back in May 2012. Speaking about America's ubiquitous nemesis the Taliban, Obama candidly admitted that they were a hardened opponent and whatever gains NATO had made could easily be undone.
He said, "The Taliban is still a robust enemy, and the gains are still fragile. But think about it. We've been there now 10 years. Ten years in a country that's very different, that's a strain, not only on our folks but also on that country, which at a point is going to be very sensitive about its own sovereignty."
Just how much time does the world's lone superpower need with all of its sophisticated weaponry to defeat a ragtag army of no more than 25,000 or so? Did America not assemble under its supervision 400,000 soldiers - not to mentions the tens of thousands of private contractors - on both side of the Afghan-Pakistan border? After several years of warfare, America is still unable to crush their avowed adversary. Outgunned and outmanned Taliban are definitely proving to be more than a 'robust enemy'.
Equally unfathomable is that it has taken several years for the US to accept the fact that NATO is not only fighting the Taliban but also the Afghan people. The reference to "be[ing] very sensitive about its own sovereignty" is an admission by President Obama that NATO faces a popular resistance which cuts right across ethnic fault lines and trumps traditional tribal loyalties.
Another fiasco of America's Afghan war is its exorbitant cost, which has placed a huge toll on the defense budget and this has been further exacerbated by the economic crisis of 2008. America has spent circa $550 billion on the Afghan war since 2001.
Other NATO member states like Britain have spent in the region of $20 billion. Yet despite squandering billions of dollars of taxpayers' money, NATO has very little to show. Karzai's government is corrupt to the core and hated by ordinary Afghans.
Karzai's writ does not extend beyond parts of Kabul, and if it does exist elsewhere, it is totally reliant on foreign forces. According to some estimates Taliban controls around 80% of Afghanistan. This probably explains why it is so difficult for NATO to hold on to territorial gains. All attempts to coopt the Taliban into a political solution have likewise failed.
The Financial Times summed up the West's sorry state: "Five years ago the Americans were refusing to speak to the Taliban. Now the Taliban are refusing to speak to the Americans. That is a measure of how the balance of power has shifted in Afghanistan. The western intervention there has failed."
Added to this is the human toll on NATO forces, which cannot be quantified in monetary terms. So it came as no surprise to find that the joint communique issued at the end of the Chicago summit expressed the collective desire of all the NATO countries to draw the curtain on their Afghan misadventure. The statement read: "After 10 years of war and with the global economy reeling, the nations of the West no longer want to pay, either in treasure or in lives, the costs of their efforts in a place that for centuries has resisted foreign attempts to tame it".
Whilst 2014 (a date revised several times) is the final withdrawal date for most NATO countries, America and her opportunist partner Britain both steeped in arrogance have still not learnt their lesson and plan to stay beyond this date.
No doubt they will do their utmost to delay the inevitable collapse of Karzai's government and try and save face with their domestic audience.
Concluding, the writing is on the wall; America and NATO are heading for a catastrophic defeat and no matter how hard they try to dress up their failings, their only success will be to unite and embolden Afghans along with their brethren across the border in Pakistan to claim the scalp of Pax-Americana and deal a devastating blow to NATO's first ever mission in Eurasia.

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Photo: South Vietnamese forces follow after terrified children, including 9-year-old Kim Phuc (center left), as they run down Route 1 near Trang Bang after an aerial napalm attack on suspected Viet Cong hiding places, June 8, 1972. A South Vietnamese plane accidentally dropped its flaming napalm on South Vietnamese troops and civilians. The terrified girl had ripped off her burning clothes while fleeing. The children from left to right are: Phan Thanh Tam, younger brother of Kim Phuc, who lost an eye, Phan Thanh Phouc, youngest brother of Kim Phuc, Kim Phuc, and Kim's cousins Ho Van Bon, and Ho Thi Ting. Behind them are soldiers of the Vietnam Army 25th Division.

27/07/2012

Syria needs no arms but water, electricity and medicines !

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The Syrian people doesn't need the imperial wars of the US and NATO but it needs water, electricity and medicines...

Syrian delegation visits Tehran

A Syrian delegation on a visit to Tehran has signed agreements with Iran in the fields of electricity, health and water, Syria’s state-run Sana news agency said.

The Iranian Energy Ministry and the Syrian Electricity Ministry signed a memorandum of understanding on supplying Syria with electricity, importing transmission and distribution equipment, establishing generating plants and installing automatic remote reading systems, Sana said.

Another agreement covered the establishment of waste-water treatment plants and setting up a water resource management plan in Syria, while officials also discussed sale of medical equipment and medicine, according to the agency.

Photo: Water Wheel, Hama, Syria

Latest Syria developments: UN human rights chief...

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The UN human rights chief voiced alarm at reports of atrocities in Syria but didn't say something about the continuous war-propaganda and the weapon deliveries of the U.S. and its allies to the terrorists in Syria.

As a reminder:

Obama meets Ban Ki-moon to discuss Libya

WASHINGTON, March 1, 2011

U.S. President Barack Obama met United Nations General Secretary Ban Ki-moon to discuss further steps in the international bid to deter the violence by Libyan dictator Muammar Qadhafi against anti-government protesters in the African nation.

Mr. Obama met Mr. Ban at his Oval office of the White House on Monday.

“With respect to Libya, the Secretary General indicated that he intended to name a senior-level person to coordinate the United Nations humanitarian and political efforts with respect to Libya,” U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice told reporters at the White House.

“That was something that we had encouraged and welcomed. So there was a real effort discussed and agreed that would help to coordinate and consolidate both the humanitarian response, particularly with respect to Libya, and the political efforts to help support the democratic transformations that we hope are underway in various parts of the region,” she said.

The U.N. has played a positive and important role in efforts to end the bloodshed there and to hold the Qadhafi regime accountable, Ms. Rice said, adding that “Indeed, in Libya, the United Nations is demonstrating the indispensable role that it can play in advancing our interests and defending our values.”

Ms. Rice said Mr. Obama and Mr. Ban also discussed the region broadly and the international efforts, including those led and coordinated by the United Nations, to be responsive to developments in each of these countries.

“So, for example, the Secretary General reported that he has sent high-level teams to both Egypt and Tunisia to engage those governments about the process of transition and the political support that the United Nations and the international community might be able to provide in support of those political transitions,” she said.

Mr. Obama and Mr. Ban discussed the situation elsewhere in the Middle East as well as the situation in Cd’Ivoire. “With respect to Cd’Ivoire, they expressed their concern about the escalation of violence there and the need to enable the legitimately elected president, Alassane Quattara, to assume responsibility for governing Cd’Ivoire,” she said.

Sudan referendum was also discussed during the meeting.

“They discussed the vital work that the U.N. and the international community have still to do, along with the parties to the Sudanese conflict, to resolve outstanding issues and ensure lasting peace as the South gains its independence in July of this year,” Ms. Rice said.

The U.S. President and the U.N. Secretary General also shared ideas to build on the strengths of the United Nations while pursuing and implementing important management reforms as well as budgetary discipline.

“Obama reaffirmed the administration’s strong belief that the United Nations continues to play a vital role in addressing tough, global and transnational threats, and in doing so, its work enhances the safety and well-being of the American people,” Ms. Rice said.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/article1500165...

Keywords: Libya unrestQadhafi regime

Photo: Barack Obama meets with his friend, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in the Oval Office of the White House,

23/07/2012

Latest News Syria: Government's Statement

We have been bombarded for years with American war propaganda that distorted the facts. Let us put an end to it...

 

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People's Assembly Continues Discussions of the Government's Statement

During a session chaired by Speaker Mohammad Jihad al-Lahham on Monday, the People's Assembly continued its discussions of the government's statement for upcoming stage, with Prime Minister Riyad Hijab, his deputies and most ministers.

The interpositions of the People's Assembly members focused on providing citizens' necessities and needs, combating terrorism, preserving security and safety, expediting national reconciliation, and healing wounds and closing rifts.

The members called for adopting a national strategy and working together to build a modern and strong Syria, with emphasis on earning citizens' trust and relying on them to gauge the performance of each ministry.

They also called for giving attention to the public service by preserving it, reforming it and developing as it forms the basis of economic and social development.

The members stressed the need for basic executive mechanism for the government's program, noting that the security situation requires that the government revaluate its priorities.

They called for reconsidering the law on combating corruption and holding the corrupt accountable, creating a realistic economic model that achieves social justice, improving work in the judicial system, focusing on the horizontal expansion of universities, improving the standards of private universities, combating squandering, adopting new standards for university admission, and achieving balanced governmental spending between cities and the countryside.

The members also called for monitoring private banks to protect exchange rates, linking facilitations provided to the private sector with the job opportunities and training it provides, resolving shortages in gas and fuel, combating profiteering and those who exploit the crisis for financial gains, preserving Syria's cultural identity, reforming the tax system, lowering communication fees, recovering the funds that were smuggled out of the country, compensating people affected by the events and returning displaced citizens to their areas.

They warned that adopting a policy of austerity can exacerbate the crisis as it would lead to inflation, rising unemployment and debts, weakening the economy and banks, and causing capitols to leave the country.

They touched on several issues related to agriculture, irrigation, health, investment, retirement, combating illicit gains,  education, tourism, housing, guiding governmental spending, supporting and protecting farmers, decentralization, and bridging the gap between citizens and officials.

The members also stressed the need to confront the plot against Syria and cleansing Syria of terrorists, underlining the need to ensure the success of national reconciliation and stopping bloodshed, noting that the elements that helped maintain the crisis such as unemployment, poverty must be dealt with.

Some members also called for Syria to leave the Arab League and considering the organization's decisions irrelevant due to its blatant conspiring, support of terrorists, and use of channels to antagonize Syria.

The members underlined the role of the People's Assembly in monitoring the government's work and evaluating it, saying that those who act with negligence must be held accountable and be given votes of no confidence.

For his part, Speaker al-Lahham said that it's up to the cabinet to consider the ministerial statement a work plan or not, noting that presenting the statement to the Assembly is a constitutional step, and that if the Assembly members as a whole are against an item in the statement or vote against it, then only that item should be considered rather than the entire statement, adding that most discussions supported the statement and called for enriching it.

In response to the discussions and interpositions, Prime Minister Hijab said that the statement was presented within the specified timeframe as per the constitution, and that the government was careful to make sure that the statement can actually be implemented word for word.

He suggested that each ministry should present its plan separately to the Assembly to give the members time to discuss them sufficiently, calling for the first ministry to do so to be the National Reconciliation Ministry since the government's primary concern is ending bloodshed and violence.

Hijab said that state of services and economy is a priority of each Cabinet meeting and every step it takes, adding that all ministers have been committed to field work since their first week in office.

He also said that another priority is revaluating all aspect of administrative works, beginning with governors and moving on to assistant ministers, stressing that all steps taken in this regard will be removed from courtesies and personal considerations.

Hijab also underlined stapes already taken to combat corruption, dealing with the shortage of gas, providing fertilizers to farmers, providing work opportunities, noting that the government isn't against raising wages, but the current resources don't permit this, affirming that the government's work focuses on helping the working classes.

The session, which lasted for more than five hours, was adjourned until 11 AM on Tuesday.

H. Sabbagh

http://www.sana.sy/eng/21/2012/07/23/433009.htm

21/07/2012

Syria latest news: Damascus cleaned from terrorists

 

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Syrian Armed Forces Clean al-Midan in Damascus, Seize Weapons, Restore Security to the Region

July 20, 2012

DAMASCUS, (SANA) – The Syrian armed forces cleaned al-Midan region in Damascus from vanquished mercenary terrorists.

SANA reporter quoted a security source today as saying that the armed forces cleaned al-Midan and restored security and tranquility to region.

The source added that the authorities seized large amounts of weapons including Dushka machineguns, explosive belts and devices, military uniforms, RPG launchers, ammunition and communication devices.

Flash-bang Explosion in Tunnel at Umayyad Square Causing Material Damage Only

A flash grenade exploded inside a tunnel at the Umayyad Square in Damascus causing minor material damage. No injuries were reported in the explosion and the traffic moment was back to normal.

Authorities Repel Terrorists Attacking Police School in Aleppo

In Aleppo province, the authorities repelled an attack by a group of terrorists on the Police School in Khan al-Asal area.

The authorities clashed with the terrorists and killed most of them.

Syrian Army Units Kill Terrorists in Deir Ezzor, Destroy Their Cars

Syrian army units on Thursday night clashed with terrorists in al-Bukamal City in Deir Ezzor killing and wounding dozens of them while others surrendered.

A source in the province told SANA reporter that terrorists Ibrahim al-Debs, the leader of an armed group, Ayman al-Obadi and Thaer al-Qadam were identified among the dead.

The source added that the clash resulted in destroying a mortar, a pick-up truck equipped with machinegun and two cars.

R. Raslan/ H. Said/ al-Ibrahim

(It was very difficult to find this information because of all the news about Syria on the Internet  is manipulated by the U.S. and its allies)

Photo: Weapons captured by Syrian security forces in Homs. Saudi Arabia delivers weapons to armed gangs in Syria.

Syria: 'chemical weapons'...

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The U.S. war propaganda talks now of 'chemical weapons'. But it is the U.S. that uses continuously chemical weapons and uranium-bombs in its imperialist wars.

The U.S. dropped massive quantities of white phosphorus on the Iraqi city of Fallujah (Iraq) during the attack on the city in November 2004, killing insurgents and civilians with the appalling burns that are the signature of this weapon.

17/07/2012

NATO aggression: Syria needs sophisticated weapons

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Photo 1: Flying-wing, Shenyang University, one of China's biggest makers of fighter jets

Photo 2: Afghanistan, victim of NATO-bombings

16/07/2012

The war against Syria an Iran: Clinton visits Israel...

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The American war maker Hillary Clinton visits Israel to speak about Syria and the support for an ally in a 'difficult neighborhood' (Syria, Iran).

She met the Israeli minister of Foreign Affairs Avigdor Lieberman.

Her visit to Israel follows a weekend visit by President Barack Obama's National Security Adviser Tom Donilon. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is expected to visit Israel soon.

Photo: Hillary Clinton and Avigdor lieberman.  Since 2001, Lieberman who is also leader of Israel's far right party, proposes to establish four townships in the occupied West Bank, hermetically sealed, which would be grouped the Palestinians. He sees it as a solution for the Palestinian citizens of Israel, who are more than one million, to move the vast majority of the group in tightly closed, self-administered areas.
Thus would arise a State ethnically homogeneous from the Mediterranean Sea until the Jordan, sheltering in its midst Palestinian “Bantustans”.

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Washington destabilizes Syrian government to prepare bombings

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As was the case in Indochina, the U.S. government uses special forces to destabilize governments and to prepare bombings.

From 1964 through 1973, the United States flew 580,000 bombing runs over Laos — one every 9 minutes for 10 years. More than 2 million tons of ordnance was unloaded on the countryside, double the amount dropped on Nazi Germany in World War II.

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July 15, 2012


Strategically Timed Syrian Massacre
By Stephen Lendman

Insurgents are enlisted, armed, funded, trained, and directed by Western and regional special forces.
They decide strategy, targets, and timing. Armies need leadership to operate effectively. So do killer gangs.
Special forces have tactical expertise. They're directing Washington's war on Syria. They plan and lead attacks and bombings.
Treimseh's massacre was strategically timed. Questions about it remained unanswered. More on that below.
Coming when the Security Council considered harsher anti-Assad measures raises obvious red flags.
Why then is clear. At issue is pressuring Russia and China to bend. So far both countries hold firm. They oppose further sanctions and outside intervention.
Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov was clear, saying.
"In case (Western countries) decided to submit the draft resolution for voting on Thursday although they already know that it is rejected, Russia will veto the draft resolution."
Washington won't quit trying. Hillary Clinton is an unabashed war criminal. She had direct involvement in America's war on Libya. She's at it again targeting Iran and Syria.
She's pushing for Security Council authorization for war without saying so. On July 13, a State Department Press Statement headlined "Assad Regime Massacre in Traymseh," saying:
She's "outraged (about) another massacre committed by the Syrian regime" she claims killed "over 200 men, women, and children...."
Official death toll numbers aren't known. Reports suggest insurgents comprised most of them.
Despite no corroborating evidence, she claims "the regime deliberately murdered innocent civilians. Syria cannot be peaceful, stable, or democratic until Assad goes and a political transition begins."
"Those who committed these atrocities will be identified and held accountable."
"(T)he international community must keep increasing the pressure on the regime...."
"The Security Council should put its full weight behind" regime change.
There must "be consequences for non-compliance."
"History will judge this Council. Its members must ask themselves whether continuing to allow the Assad regime to commit unspeakable violence against its own people is the legacy they want to leave."
Washington's bloodstained hands are all over the Treimseh massacre. Obama officials also bear direct responsibility for earlier Houla and Qubair ones.
Expect much more ahead. Likely larger-scale false flags are planned. Assad will be wrongfully blamed.
Washington will either get Security Council authorization for intervention or circumvent it. None approved war on Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, Iraq, or Libya.
International law is clear. The UN Charter prohibits attacking another nation except in self-defense - until the Security Council acts. It has final say.
The right of self-defense is limited solely to deterring armed attacks, preventing future ones after initial assaults, or reversing the consequences of enemy aggression, such as heavily armed Western-backed Syrian insurgents.
International law supports Assad. He's obligated to defend his people under armed attack.
At the same time, he must conform to the principles of necessity, distinction, and proportionality.
Necessity permits only attacking military targets.
Distinction pertains to distinguishing between civilian and military ones.
Proportionality prohibits disproportionate force likely to damage nonmilitary sites and/or harm civilian lives.
A fourth consideration requires preventing unnecessary suffering, especially affecting noncombatant civilians.
If these objective aren't possible, attacks are prohibited, but not when civilian lives are threatened by hostile elements doing most of the killing.
Clearly that's the case in Syria.
Just war, humanitarian intervention, and/or responsibility to protect (R2P) notions don't wash. International law is clear and unequivocal. So is constitutional law. Only Congress can declare war, not presidents.
It hasn't deterred America's permanent war policy. Multiple direct and proxy ones rage illegally. Obama itches for more. So does Clinton. Media scoundrels support them.
On July 13, the Washington Post published an AP report headlined " 'Outraged' Clinton demands UN Security Council action after new Syria massacre," saying:
She demands Security Council action. Without naming either country, she effectively blamed Russia and China for blocking Washington's rage for war.
She wants Security Council language authorizing stiffer sanctions and clear steps for regime change. Noncompliance assures consequences, she warned.
Ban Ki-moon played his usual complicit role. On July 13, he said:
He's "outraged by reports of horrific (Treimseh) mass killings."
Despite no evidence whatever, he "condemn(ed), in the strongest possible terms, the indiscriminate use of heavy artillery and shelling....including by firing from helicopters."
Again he pointed fingers the wrong way. Assad was wrongfully blamed for Western-backed killings.
"The Syrian Government must halt this bloodshed," he said.
"I call upon all Member States to take collective and decisive action to immediately and fully stop the tragedy unfolding in Syria. Inaction becomes a license for further massacres." 
"Members of the Security Council must build on the Action Group communiqué and follow through on their promises to act accordingly."
He wants regime change. He suggested outside intervention. Initiating it means war. NATO or third party belligerence violates international law. He's sworn to uphold it.
Like Kofi Annan, his predecessor, his record reflects failure and betrayal. They're both imperial tools. They spurned their mandate to promote peace. They're complicit with Washington-led NATO's crimes of war and against humanity.
They're both at it again. They're advancing the ball for war. On Friday, the Security Council met in closed session. Talks got nowhere. Russia and China won't play Washington's game.
An unnamed Western diplomat blamed Moscow, saying:
"The problem is Russia. I'm not saying they are not working behind the scenes, but clearly it hasn't worked and they have to admit that either they haven't been pushing Assad hard enough or they have and they have failed to persuade him."
"At the moment, the effect of what they are doing, maybe not the intention, but the effect, is just to give space for the massacres to continue."
French President Francois Hollande added:
"A regime has decided to use force to crush its own people." By blocking tougher action, Russia and China let "chaos and war take hold in Syria."
Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said:
"Without anticipating the results of the investigation of the crime, on which we insist, we would like to stress that we have no doubt that this atrocity benefits the forces that do not seek peace but obstinately keep trying to sow the seeds of sectarian strife and civil conflict in Syria, and those for whom the grief and suffering of the Syrian people mean nothing."
He added that reports suggest civilians were shot at point blank range "by unidentified monsters."
He emphasized that killings occurred while Security Council members met behind closed doors. Without saying so, he likely inferred its suspicious timing.
Russia's UN envoy Alexander Pankin said:
"We are prepared for various compromises, but there is the ‘red line’ that we cannot step over."
Conflict resolution can't succeed "with the stick of sanctions directed against only one party to the Syrian process – the government."
Russia drafted a resolution extending UNSMIS observers another three months.
Washington, Britain, and France want it limited to 45 days. They also insist on a 10 day deadline imposed solely on Syria to end violence and withdraw all troops from cities and towns.
Otherwise they demand Security Council action under the UN Charter's Chapter VII. They range from economic sanctions to blockades or military intervention if other measures fail.
Pankin knows the risks. He warned about "harsher steps (including) the use of military force" Moscow opposes.
Events in Treimseh are still being sorted out. Insurgents attacked the village and nearby Syrian troops. They counterattacked. Killer gangs were routed. They suffered heavy casualties.
SANA state media reported it. Many insurgents were captured.
SANA said terrorists "spread across the town before the army entered it, and that this was based on orders they received to attack law-enforcement forces and prevent civilians from going to work."
Four captured insurgents appeared on Syrian television. They participated with "around 250 gunmen."
They acted on direct orders. They were surprised when security forces confronted them. Many insurgents were killed. Scores were arrested. Clashes lasted around 90 minutes.
Gunmen had been gathering in and around the town for nearly three weeks. On Thursday, they heard that army forces encircled it. They got orders to attack.
Insurgent Mohammad Sattouf said "he was in charge of fabricating videos of protests and uploading them to YouTube."
On July 14, SANA said security forces acted "in response to" Treimseh residents calls for help. Death squads were attacking civilians and "exploding a number of houses."
Large weapons supplies were seized. They include:
"45 machine guns, 13 Nato sniper rifles, 9 RPG launchers, 7 BKC machineguns, 3 mortars, 3 hand-made rockets, 14 pump-action rifles, 10 military pistols, 24 mortar shells, 32 RPG shells, 53 machinegun chargers, 30 sniper rifle chargers, 8 explosive devices, 10 grenades, 150 detonators, 1500 sniper rifle bullets, 5000 BKC machinegun bullets, 4200 machinegun bullets, 500 pistol bullets, 7 gas masks, 5 prism binoculars, 25 satellite wireless devices, 30 shields, in addition to materials for making explosive devices, explosives and large amounts of gunpowder, TNT templates, highly explosive C4 material, a field hospital and an amount of military equipment, stolen cars and registration licenses."
Eyewitnesses said over 50 civilians were killed and many more injured before security forces arrived. Most deaths likely were insurgents.
Western accounts are entirely fabricated. They're bald-faced lies. Media scoundrels regurgitate them. They're complicit in Washington's rage for war. Attacking Syria could happen any time.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net.
His new book is titled "How Wall Street Fleeces America: Privatized Banking, Government Collusion and Class War"
http://www.claritypress.com/Lendman.html
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Image: The Lao National Regulatory Authority for UXO (NRA) has created a Google Earth file showing US Airforce air strikes in Khammouane Province, Lao PDR (screengrab above).

PROTEST AGAINST AMERICAN MILITARY INTERVENTIONS, KILLING CIVILIANS AND DESTROYING COUNTRIES:

austemb.laos@dfat.gov.au (Australian embassy in Laos), embassyprc@laonet.net (Chinese embassy in Laos), embajada@laotel.com (Cuban embassy in Laos), indiaemb@laotel.com (Indian embassy in Laos), malvntian@kln.gov.my, mwvntian@laopdr.com (Malaysian embassy in Laos), rusemb@laotel.com (Russian embassy in Laos), dsqvn@laotel.com (Vietnamese embassy in Laos), kbrivte@laotel.com (Indonesian embassy in Laos) 

14/07/2012

Clinton talks about 'human rights' in Cambodia...

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Human Rights Watch and Clinton talking about 'human rights' in Cambodia...

July 9, 2012 (New York) – United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton should make it clear in public and private to Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen that closer relations with the US will not be possible without significant improvements in the deteriorating human rights situation in Cambodia. Clinton will visit Cambodia from July 11-13 for the annual Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) heads of government meeting.

http://www.hrw.org/news/2012/07/09/cambodia-clinton-shoul...

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Cambodian-Vietnam border: 2.750.000 tons of bombs...

Starting in April 1969 the United States started dropping bombs along the Cambodian-Vietnam border, 2,750,000 tons of bombs in total over a 14 month period (more than the total dropped by the Allies during World War II). The bombing was hidden from the American public.

Following the coup of Prince Sihanouk in 1970 Cambodia's borders became closed and the United States invaded Cambodia, claiming they were trying to buy time for the South Vietnamese army to gain advantage against the Viet Cong. Nixon announced the invasion of Cambodia on April 30th 1970 on national television.

The invasion of Cambodia however sparked protests back in the United States, most notably at Kent State University in Ohio. The Ohio National Guard was called in to remove the protestors and shot into crowds of people, killing four students, some of them bystanders. In response to the shootings hundreds of universities, colleges, and high schools closed throughout the United States due to a student strike of eight million students, and the event further divided the United States public over the war.

In 1971 the Pentagon Papers were leaked to The New York Times. The top-secret history of U.S. involvement in Vietnam, commissioned by the Department of Defense, detailed a long series of public deceptions. The same year the South Vietnamese army launched an attack in neighbouring Laos, a neutral country. Despite the American training and Vietnamization of the South Vietnam military the action was a complete rout. They met with unforeseen resistance and went into full scale retreat. When they ran out of fuel, soldiers abandoned their vehicles and attempted to barge their way on to American helicopters sent to evacuate the wounded. Half of the invading South Vietnamese troops were either captured or killed. The operation was a fiasco and represented a clear failure of Vietnamization, despite many of their military leaders being shipped back and forth to the United States for training over a period of 10 to 15 years.

In 1971 Australia and New Zealand withdrew their soldiers. The U.S. troop count was further reduced to 196,700, with a deadline to remove another 45,000 troops by February 1972.

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12/07/2012

Clinton in Laos: "Human rights at the heart of messaging"

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Laos was destroyed by American bombs...

Laos was officially recognized as a neutral country during the Vietnam war. However, some top Washington officials, fearing Communist influence and the North Vietnamese transport of troops and weapons to the south through Laos, prepared and executed a clandestine war. Lao civilians found themselves being bombed relentlessly by a foreign superpower and bore the brunt of this indiscriminate bombing campaign.

The U.S. dropped more than 2 million tons of bombs on the North Vietnamese ally during its "secret war" between 1964 and 1973 – about a ton of ordnance for each Laotian man, woman and child. That exceeded the amount dropped on Germany and Japan together in World War II.  There were dropped 260 million cluster bombs on Laos over the course of 580,000 bombing missions. This is equivalent to a planeload of bombs being unloaded every eight minutes, 24 hours a day, for nine years — nearly seven bombs for every man, woman and child living in Laos.  It is more than all the bombs dropped on Europe throughout World War II.

While Laotians lives were taken throughout the course of the bombings, all of this was concealed from the American public as well as many other members of government.

Four decades later, American weapons are still claiming lives. When the war ended, about a third of some 270 million cluster bombs dropped on Laos had failed to detonate. Cluster bombs, explosive weapons that work by ejecting hundreds of smaller submunitions over a wide area, make up the majority of UXOs that plague the country. Nearly half of Laos is now contaminated with unexploded ordnances (UXOs), explosive weapons such as bombs, grenades and land mines.  More than 20,000 people have been killed in Laos since then by ordnance, according to Laos' government, and agricultural development has been stymied. 

Laos is historically referred to as “Lan Xang,” the land of a million elephants. Today, it would be more accurate to call it the land of a million bombs.

Clinton, gauging whether the nation can evolve into a new foothold of American influence in Asia, met with the prime minister and foreign minister, part of a weeklong diplomatic tour of Southeast Asia. The goal is to bolster America's standing in some of the fastest growing markets of the world, and counter China's expanding economic, diplomatic and military dominance of the region.

The U.S. has yet to join the international community of 107 countries who signed onto the UN’s Convention on Cluster Munitions, which prohibits all use, stockpiling, production and transfer of cluster munitions (www.clusterconvention.org).

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The arrogance of the American government

"In democracies, respecting rights isn’t a choice leaders make day-by-day, it is the reason they govern." — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton

"Promoting freedom and democracy and protecting human rights around the world are central to U.S. foreign policy. The values captured in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and in other global and regional commitments are consistent with the values upon which the United States was founded centuries ago. The United States supports those persons who long to live in freedom and under democratic governments that protect universally accepted human rights. The United States uses a wide range of tools to advance a freedom agenda, including bilateral diplomacy, multilateral engagement, foreign assistance, reporting and public outreach, and economic sanctions. The United States is committed to working with democratic partners, international and regional organizations, non-governmental organizations, and engaged citizens to support those seeking freedom." — The Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, U.S. Department of State, Diplomacy in Action

"Hate is hate, no matter who the target is, or whether it is based on age, gender, culture, race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, nationality, disability, or any other basis. Hate damages lives and communities, leaves people marginalized and excluded, and deprives us all of the best that people have to offer to our societies. For the one billion disabled people around the world, hatred is an all too common experience. It can take many forms, including verbal or physical abuse, being denied a job or education because of disability, being shut out of public spaces because of physical or communication barriers, and being shunned or ignored by those who are simply afraid of people who do not look, sound, move, think, or act like them." —  Judith Heumann, the Special Advisor for International Disability Rights at the U.S. Department of State

"Human rights should be at the heart of messaging from the United States to regional leaders when Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visits Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia in the context of the annual Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) meeting." —  Human Rights Watch

http://www.state.gov/j/drl/

http://www.state.gov/j/drl/rls/rm/2012/194057.htm

11/07/2012

Syria: Talks with Annan about arms smuggling

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Tehran, July 11, 2012 (SANA) - Iranian Assistant Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir Abdullahian said that the talks with the UN Special Envoy to Syria, Kofi Annan, focused on the need for monitoring the Syrian borders to prevent smuggling arms to the terrorist groups.

In a statement to the Iranian News Agency (IRNA), he said that Tehran stressed that "the important issue for now is to monitor the Syrian borders to prevent the flow of weapons to the terrorist groups to end violence, which will give the chance for the situation to go back to normal."

Abdullahian said that Annan's plan to halt violence has not achieved the hoped-for results because of smuggling arms from other countries to Syria, adding that Iran informed Annan of its concern over obstacles put by some countries in the way of the implementation of Annan's plan as well as weapons smuggling into Syria.

For Tehran, the solution in Syria is not military or security one, rather it is a political solution within the framework of Annan's six-point plan which is the same plan of President Bashar al-Assad for reforms, said Abdullahian, stressing that Annan's plan can help settle the current crisis in Syria.

He added that the terrorist groups in Syria, which have connections with some foreign countries, are becoming more active, pushing popular demands into the shade.

R. Raslan/ H. Said 

http://www.sana.sy/eng/22/2012/07/07/429901.htm

Photo: Hossein Amir Abdullahian

The U.S. provokes a civil war in Syria

'The U.S. and South Vietnamese incursion into Cambodia in April 1970 helped destabilize the country, provoking a bloody civil war and bringing to power the murderous Khmer Rouge, a Communist group that evacuated Cambodia's cities and threw thousands into re-education camps'

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Nixon and Vietnam
 
In the 1968 election, Republican Richard Nixon claimed to have a plan to end the war in Vietnam, but, in fact, it took him five years to disengage the United States from Vietnam. Indeed, Richard Nixon presided over as many years of war in Indochina as did Johnson. About a third of the Americans who died in combat were killed during the Nixon presidency.

Insofar as he did have a plan to bring "peace with honor," it mainly entailed reducing American casualties by having South Vietnamese soldiers bear more of the ground fighting--a process he called "Vietnamization"--and defusing anti-war protests by ending the military draft. Nixon provided the South Vietnamese army with new training and improved weapons and tried to frighten the North Vietnamese to the peace table by demonstrating his willingness to bomb urban areas and mine harbors. He also hoped to orchestrate Soviet and Chinese pressure on North Vietnam.

The most controversial aspect of his strategy was an effort to cut the Ho Chi Minh supply trail by secretly bombing North Vietnamese sanctuaries in Cambodia and invading that country and Laos. The U.S. and South Vietnamese incursion into Cambodia in April 1970 helped destabilize the country, provoking a bloody civil war and bringing to power the murderous Khmer Rouge, a Communist group that evacuated Cambodia's cities and threw thousands into re-education camps.

Following his election, President Nixon began to withdraw American troops from Vietnam in June 1969 and replaced the military draft with a lottery in December of that year. In December 1972, the United States began large-scale bombing of North Vietnam after peace talks reach an impasse. The so-called Christmas bombings led Congressional Democrats to call for an end of U.S. involvement in Southeast Asia.

In late January 1973, the United States, South Vietnam, the Viet Cong, and North Vietnam signed a cease-fire agreement, under which the United States agreed to withdraw from South Vietnam without any comparable commitment from North Vietnam. Historians still do not agree whether President Nixon believed that the accords gave South Vietnam a real chance to survive as an independent nation, or whether he viewed the agreement as a face-saving device that gave the United States a way to withdraw from the war "with honor."

http://www.digitalhistory.uh.edu/database/article_display...

09/07/2012

Syria: The US intervention in Chile...

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U.S. Central Intelligence Agency in Chile

40 years ago, the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) secretly spent millions of dollars funding Chilean opposition groups.  The Chilean economy was destroyed. After a military coup, General Pinochet came to power.  Thousands of Chileans were torturted and murdered.

It is clear that the CIA plays also a central role in the events in the Middle East. 

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In 1970, a Socialist, Salvador Allende, was elected President of Chile.
The U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) secretly spent millions of dollars funding Chilean opposition groups, to "create pressures, exploit weaknesses [and] magnify obstacles" for Allende.
Within a few years the Chilean economy was in chaos, and the CIA spent at least $11 million more to plan and fund a coup that would put General Pinochet in power.
Almost comically unaware, Allende gave Pinochet complete command of the Army.
On 11 September 1973, the coup toppled Chile's government, and Allende was either killed or committed suicide.

Pinochet promptly appointed himself President, suspended the Constitution, closed Parliament, banned opposition political activists, illegalized trade unions, and initiated media censorship. Soccer stadiums and military bases were converted into prisons, while new prisons were rapidly constructed. "Liberal" judges were fired, and suspected leftists were rounded up, imprisoned, tortured, and killed. Thousands of people who spoke out against Pinochet, were arrested, and never heard from again. They were called "the disappeared".
During this time, the head of Chile's secret police was on the CIA payroll.

The U.S. was one of the first nations to recognize Pinochet's presidency as "legitimate", and restored foreign aid that had been stopped while Allende was President.
In short, Pinochet was America's man in Chile.

In 2004,  a year-long investigation into state-sponsored torture in Chile has documented that an estimated 35,000 people were abused during the 1973-90 military regime.

The National Commission on Political Prisoners and Torture presented its study to President Ricardo Lagos. The three volumes include hundreds of new claims about torture tactics, ranging from sexual abuse using dogs, to forcing suspects to watch as family members were sodomised or slowly electrocuted.

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U.S. Central Intelligence Agency in Egypt

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Omar Suleiman, Egypt’s top spy chief (photo), has long been favored by the US government for his ardent anti-Islamism and willingness to talk and act tough about Iran, and he has been the CIA’s main man in Cairo.  Suleiman is a favorite of Israel too; he held the “Israel Dossier” and directed Egypt’s efforts to crush Hamas by demolishing the tunnels that have functioned as a smuggling conduit for weapons and foodstuffs to Gaza.

In the mid-1990s, Suleiman worked closely with the Clinton administration in devising and implementing its rendition program. Each rendition was authorized at the very top levels of both governments [the US and Egypt].... He negotiated directly with top CIA-officials.

Under the Bush administration, in the context of the global “war on terror,” US renditions got “extraordinary,” meaning that the objective of kidnapping and extra-legal transfer was no longer for trial but rather interrogation for actionable intelligence.
The rendition program landed some people in CIA black sites and others were turned over for torture-by-proxy to other regimes. 
Egypt figured large as a torture destination of choice, as did Suleiman as Egypt’s torturer-in-chief.

At least one person extraordinarily rendered by the CIA to Egypt—Egyptian-born Australian citizen Mamdouh Habib—was tortured by Suleiman himself.
In October 2001, Habib was seized off a bus by Pakistani security forces. While detained in Pakistan, at the behest of America agents he was suspended from a hook and electrocuted repeatedly. He was then turned over to the CIA, and in the process of transporting him to Egypt he endured the usual treatment: his clothes were cut off, a suppository was stuffed in his anus, and he was diapered and “wrapped up like a spring roll.”
In Egypt, as Habib recounts in his memoir, My Story: The Tale of a Terrorist Who Wasn’t, he was repeatedly subjected to electric shocks, immersed in water up to his nostrils, beaten, his fingers were broken and he was hung from metal hooks. At one point, his interrogator slapped him so hard that his blindfold was dislodged, revealing the identity of his tormentor: Suleiman. Frustrated that Habib was not providing useful information or confessing to involvement in terrorism, Suleiman ordered a guard to murder a shackled Turkistani prisoner in front of Habib, which he did with a viscious karate kick.
In April 2002, after five months in Egypt, Habib was rendered to American custody at Bagram prison in Afghanistan, and then transported to Guantanamo. 
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Chilean Women’s Resistance in the Arpillera Movement:

'Egypt was a common destination for torture of detainees sent by U.S.'

CIA:
https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/us.html

Embassy of Syria in Santiago: 

08/07/2012

Breaking News Syria: Israel's 'defense drill'

Robert.Gates.Israel.flags.jpgJust after the Geneva Meeting about Syria and Hillary Clinton's threat that Russia and China “will pay for supporting Syria", NATO launches war games in Mediterranean.  

The force consist of three frigates from Turkey, Germany and France. The ships are armed with 76-mm and 27-mm guns, Mark 46 anti-submarine torpedoes, surface-to-air and surface-to-surface missiles and carry helicopters.

The naval drills come as relations between Turkey and its neighbor Syria remain tense following a recent cross border incident.

Its is not the first time that Clinton uses political and military pressure against Russia.
On June 12, 2012,  Clinton, further escalated tensions with Russia in an appearance with Israeli President Shimon Peres at the Brookings Institution, a think tank that has supplied the Barack Obama administration with many of its key foreign policy personnel.
With an Israeli flag behind her and waving her right hand in the air, she vociferated: “We have confronted the Russians about stopping their continued arms shipments to Syria. They have, from time to time, said that we shouldn’t worry – everything they are shipping is unrelated to their (the Syrian government’s) actions internally. That’s patently untrue".
Russian officials promptly denounced the charge as the crude fabrication and cruder provocation it was, with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov remonstrating: “We are not delivering to Syria, or anywhere else, items that could be used against peaceful demonstrators. In this we differ from the United States, which regularly delivers riot control equipment to the region, including a recent delivery to a Persian Gulf country. But for some reason the Americans consider this to be fine.”

The US navy has added today another warship to its Fifth Fleet in Bahrain, in an attempt to bolster America’s military presence in the Persian Gulf. This is the fifth US navy ship that has joined the US base in Bahrain since late June. The other four mine countermeasures (MCM) ships arrived at the Fifth Fleet on June 23 to be deployed for a seven-month period in an area of operations, including the Persian Gulf, Gulf of Oman, Red Sea and parts of the Indian Ocean.  A US Senate report indicates that the United States has now nearly 15,000 troops in three bases across Kuwait - three times the average number of American forces in the Middle Eastern country before the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003. The American forces have also been stationed in Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates. 

In December 2011, U.S. Marine Forces Europe conducted a two-day conference in Stuttgart, Germany (where U.S. Africa Command headquarters is based) to plan this year’s Black Sea Rotational Force (BSRF) deployment. Military officials from European NATO nations were also involved in the planning process. German F-4F Phantom II fighter-bombers were deployed for NATO’s Baltic air patrol in a four-month rotation ending on April 25, where they were within a three-minute flight from Russia’s second largest city, St. Petersburg.

NATO was originally founded to provide a strategic counterbalance to the Soviet Union. Its founding purpose no longer exists, but NATO continues to circumvent the authority of the United Nations and to provoke independant nations.
 
NATO includes now 28 European and North American nations, consisting of three members with nuclear weapons in Europe (which include American tactical nuclear bombs in Germany) and most of the world’s largest and most lethal armed forces.  But that is not enough for war-machine NATO that claims that 'a passive defence of national territory is no longer adequate protection for our citizens'.
 
Photo: Israeli and American flags fly as Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates arrives in Tel Aviv, Israel, April 18, 2007. Gates was in Israel to meet with Israeli leaders including Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to discuss the 'Middle East conflict'. Military relations between Israel and the United States have been extremely close, reflecting shared security interests in the Middle East.  Israel is the largest total recipient of direct economic and military assistance from the United States since World War II, and it was the largest annual recipient from 1976 to 2003. Israel is also involved in the joint development of military technology and regularly engages in joint military exercises involving United States and other friendly (NATO) forces. The Israel Air Force is soon to send fighter jets to take part in joint military exercises in the US. In shadow of the so called 'Iranian nuclear program', the two militaries will also hold massive air defense drill in Israel at end of summer. On October 9, 2010, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem said that a recently finalized deal, in which Israel would purchase U.S.-made fighter jets for an amount of more than $3 billion, would destabilize the region.  Israel used its American fighter jets regularly for bombing Libanese and Palestinian citizens but it was never condemned by the UN Council that made a deal with the American government to block all the resolutions critical of Israel.

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Stop NATO

July 4, 2012

U.S. Marines: New Deployments From Black Sea To Africa And Beyond - 'Baltic Operations'...
Rick Rozoff

Last December U.S. Marine Forces Europe conducted a two-day conference in Stuttgart, Germany (where U.S. Africa Command headquarters is based) to plan this year’s Black Sea Rotational Force (BSRF) deployment. Military officials from European NATO nations were also involved in the planning process.   

Black Sea Rotational Force 12 will be the longest and largest deployment of the force, a Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force (SPMAGTF) first activated in 2010. In that year the rotation was for three months; last year five months; this year six months.

In its first year of existence the BSRF engaged in bilateral and multinational training exercises with counterparts from thirteen nations in the Balkans, the Black Sea region and the Caucasus, the BSRF’s area of operations.

Last year it conducted and participated in exercises in Romania, Georgia and Ukraine with fourteen NATO allies and partners: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Georgia, Greece, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Turkey and Ukraine.

During its increasingly lengthier deployments, the BSRF is based at the Mihail Kogalniceanu Airfield in Romania, where the complementary, U.S. Army Europe’s, Task Force East has also been deployed in addition to the latter also operating at the Babadag Training Area in the same country and the Novo Selo Training Area in neighboring Bulgaria.

This year’s BSRF deployment includes 71 (by one count 91) training events with 19 other nations. The five new nations (assuming the fourteen mentioned above will still be involved) have not been divulged, except that Marine Forces Europe reported earlier this year that BSRF-12 will participate in the Noble Shirley 12 exercise “in the Levant.” Noble Shirley is a regular live-fire exercise held in the Negev Desert with the Israeli Defense Forces and U.S. Marines.

The BSRF also participated in this year’s Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) war games with Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Denmark, France, Georgia, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland, Russia and Sweden – rather far from its defined geographical confines – including in an amphibious assault exercise in Lithuania.

It inaugurated this year’s deployment with the two-week Agile Spirit 12 exercise at the Vaziani Training Area in Georgia in part to train native troops for the war in Afghanistan. Seventeen of the nineteen nations being trained by the BSRF this year have troops serving under NATO command in that war zone.

This year’s rotation involves 360 Marines, which represents a doubling of Marine Forces Europe personnel since last year. According to the Pentagon news agency American Forces Press Service, in may Brigadier General Charles Chiarotti, Marine Forces Europe’s deputy commander, stated that he hopes “the rotational force grows to a 600- to 700-member unit with limited crisis response capabilities, fixed- and rotary-win.” 

The U.S. announced in 2009 that it would spend $110 million to upgrade two bases in Romania and Bulgaria (of eight it acquired after the two nations joined NATO in 2004), which could accommodate a larger Marine presence, perhaps year-round. 

The BSRF is currently running an exercise at the Novo Selo Training Range in Bulgaria with 1,000 troops from the U.S., the host country, Macedonia, Serbia and Ukraine. The Bulgarian commander is a graduate of a military academy in Washington. This year the BSRF will conduct training exercises at six Bulgarian bases and airfields.

Earlier this month Marines with the BSRF conducted a training exercise in Timisoara, Romania with local troops.

According to the U.S. Marine Corps website: “Some of the Romanian soldiers already know what it’s like to serve alongside Marines in combat from previous tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. They welcome the training as added knowledge they can use for the future as some of them may be going to Afghanistan within the year.”

An American corporal present at the drills said, “This training is important to them because they see American Marines as the most elite fighting force in the world.” 

The BSRF will also participate this month in the annual U.S.-led NATO and Partnership for Peace exercise in Ukraine, Sea Breeze. The two-week exercise will include fourteen nations including NATO’s Istanbul Cooperation Initiative partners Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, which provided warplanes for NATO’s six-month air war against Libya last year.

The BSRF is, as mentioned above, a Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force (SPMAGTF), which have previously been used in Afghanistan, Liberia, Panama, the Persian Gulf and the Philippines.

The BSRF in turn has now become the prototype for a similar unit assigned to U.S. Africa Command, Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force 12.2 (12.2 since this April), formed last October and based at the Naval Air Station Sigonella in Sicily, which has been deployed to Uganda, Burundi and Djibouti to train troops for deployment to Somalia and to Liberia to instruct its military in “riot control and peace keeping techniques.” In May of 2010 NATO airlifted 2,500 Ugandan troops into and out of Mogadishu for the war there and the European Union is training Somali government troops in Uganda for the same purpose.

The U.S. Marine Corps website reported that the SPMAGTF African deployment — which “could become more commonplace as troop levels in Afghanistan drop in line with an approaching 2014 combat mission end date” – is to be followed by an SPMAGTF mission in the Asia-Pacific region with troops stationed in Darwin, Australia.

The Marine Corps is the Pentagon’s preeminent expeditionary combat branch and one which increasingly is being used to integrate the militaries of former socialist Europe, Africa and the Asia-Pacific region into the U.S.’s worldwide military network.

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Photo: The USS Enterprise (CVN-65) nuclear-powered aircraft carrier that arrived today in Persian Golf.  Hillary Clinton accuses Russia at a hypocritical way of 'escalating the Middle East conflict' while she wants to destabilize and destroy the Syrian and Iranian regimes.

07/07/2012

Hillary Clinton's agressive war talks

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BEIJING, (SANA) –  Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Weimin on Saturday said that U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's criticism of China at the so-called  "Friends of Syria meeting" is unacceptable.
 
"China is not impeding the process of resolving the Syrian issues," Liu Weimin said at a regular press conference in response to a question on Clinton's remarks on Friday in Paris.
 
Liu added, "On the contrary, China has made an important contribution to safeguarding the UN Charter, the basic norms governing international relations, the peace and stability of the region and the fundamental interests of the Syrian people as well as pursuing a political solution to the Syrian issues."
 
The spokesman said the Geneva meeting, a ministerial-level gathering of the Action Group on Syria in which China played a constructive role, produced positive outcomes.
 
China's impartial and constructive stance as well as its diplomatic efforts have been widely recognized and supported by the international community, said Liu, adding that any efforts to blemish the image of China or make mischief between it and other nations will end in vain.
 
 
Photo: Not everyone does like Hillary Clinton's arrogance and agressive war talks...

 

Syria News: WikiLeaks

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It is remarkable that at the same time that the U.S. war-propaganda-machine works at full speed, WikiLeaks announced to publish more than 2 million emails "from Syrian political figures, ministries and associated companies, dating from August 2006 to March 2012."

WikiLeaks works herefore together with the Beirut-based Al-Akhbar and revealed that Al-Akhbar was one of its co-publishing partners, along with Egypt's Al Masry Al Youm, Germany's ARD, Italy's L'Espresso, France's Owni, Spain's Publico.es, and Associated Press. 

It is not the first time that WikiLeaks acts ambiguous... 

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The Irrelevance of Wikileaks' Guantánamo Revelations

by Andy Worthington, November 30, 2010

Following Wikileaks’ release of 251,287 U.S. diplomatic cables, which has, if nothing else, revealed that secrecy and the Internet appear to be mutually incompatible, a handful of media outlets have picked up on references to Guantánamo — and the Obama administration’s negotiations with other countries — in the cables.

Britain’s Daily Mail led the way, claiming that the cables revealed that the Obama administration “played a high stakes game of ‘a Deal’ with foreign governments,” as it tried to secure new homes for prisoners who could not be repatriated because of fears that they would be tortured or otherwise ill-treated in their home countries.

The Mail stated that Slovenia was “told that if it wanted a meeting with the president, it would have to accept a prisoner,” that “the island nation of Kiribati [in the central Pacific] was offered incentives worth millions of dollars to take in Chinese Muslim detainees” (the Uighurs, the most high-profile cleared detainees in the prison), and that Belgium was told that “accepting more prisoners would be a ‘low-cost way’ to ‘attain prominence in Europe.’”

In addition, the Guardian posted a cable detailing discussions in March 2009 between John Brennan, President Obama’s principal counterterrorism adviser, and King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia. Most notable for the King’s fiery, warmongering rhetoric about Iran, the meeting also involved Brennan giving the King “a letter from President Obama expressing a personal message of friendship, appreciation for our close and collaborative relationship and concern over the disposition of Yemeni detainees at Guantánamo” — 99 in total, at the time of Brennan’s visit.

Following discussions about the Yemenis, the cable noted:

“I’ve just thought of something,” the King added, and proposed implanting detainees with an electronic chip containing information about them and allowing their movements to be tracked with Bluetooth. This was done with horses and falcons, the King said. Brennan replied, “horses don’t have good lawyers,” and that such a proposal would face legal hurdles in the U.S., but agreed that keeping track of detainees was an extremely important issue that he would review with appropriate officials when he returned to the United States.

Elsewhere, the Washington Post noted, “During a meeting between U.S. and Chinese ambassadors in Kyrgyzstan in early 2009, the Chinese diplomat said it was a “slap in the face” that the United States was not returning Chinese Uighur detainees to their homeland but was instead planning to resettle them in Germany,” which never happened.

The problem with all these stories is that they reveal nothing that was not already known, and, moreover, skip over the uncomfortable truth that, when it comes to closing Guantánamo and dealing with the prisoners still held there, every problem that America encounters is of its own making.

No one should be surprised that a certain amount of horse-trading, arm-twisting, and envelopes stuffed full of cash were involved in relocating former Guantánamo prisoners to the majority of the 16 countries in which those who could not safely be repatriated were given new homes. With a few exceptions, the countries that took prisoners very obviously sought money and/or influence. 

Belgium was not particularly prominent in this list — although the country did indeed take a prisoner in October 2009 — any more than were Ireland, Portugal, and Spain (and Portugal’s former colony Cape Verde), which have all taken former prisoners, but from Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union countries were almost queuing up for favors: in Albania, Bulgaria, Georgia, Hungary, Latvia, and Slovakia. Noticeably, however, Slovenia, despite the mention in the Wikileaks documents, obviously thought twice about the importance it attached to securing a personal audience with President Obama, as it has not taken in a single former Guantánamo prisoner, and nor has Kiribati, despite the offer of millions of dollars.

Outside of the middle and lower rungs of the pecking order, France, which took two Algerians in 2009, and Germany, which made up for turning down the Uighurs, taking a stateless Palestinian and a Syrian in September this year, had less to gain, except, perhaps, for making their neighbors look less generous, and Switzerland picked up where Germany left off by taking two Uighurs in March this year, risking the wrath of China that its northern neighbor was so anxious to avoid. Others who punched above their weight to help the Uighurs — Bermuda, which took four in June 2009, and Palau, which took six in October 2009 — did so not only for influence and/or financial reward, but also because they were not afraid of China: wealthy Bermuda because it is immune to the need for Chinese support, and Palau because the tiny nation in the north Pacific deals with Taiwan rather than Beijing.

As for the Saudi story, the Washington Post correctly noted that Brennan’s meeting involved hopes that King Abdullah would accept some of the Yemenis into its rehabilitation program, but noted that this was “an ambition that faltered along with the plan to close Guantánamo Bay” — as indeed it did, quietly fading away despite extensive and hopeful reporting about the plan, which lasted throughout most of 2009.

This kind of vague reference to the failure to close Guantánamo is as far as the mainstream media has gone in its analysis of why negotiations with other countries were so important. For those seeking powerful headlines that never appear, the blunt truth is that almost everything of importance relating to Guantánamo, and an unacceptable situation in which, it now appears, the prison may never close, involves four parties in the United States, and has nothing whatsoever to do with Wikileaks or with other countries, as it relates primarily to the miserable manner in which the resettlement of the Uighurs was handled.

The first of these four culpable parties is President Obama’s Justice Department, which, in February 2009, fought to prevent the Uighurs from being re-housed in the U.S., as ordered by Judge Ricardo Urbina when he granted their habeas corpus petition in October 2008.

The second is the D.C. Circuit Court, which agreed with the Justice Department, and made some contentious arguments about immigration and executive power to prevent their release.

The third is Congress, which came close to passing a law preventing any Guantánamo prisoner from being brought to the U.S. mainland for any reason in the fall of 2009, but then relented, agreeing — in theory, at least — that prisoners could be brought to the mainland for trial, but not for any other reason (although no one has been transferred to the United States since the law was passed).

The fourth is President Obama, who, in May 2009, killed a plan by White House Counsel Greg Craig to bring two of the Uighurs to live in the United States, as a precursor to bringing more, and on the clear understanding that it would encourage other countries to take cleared prisoners who couldn’t be returned home.

Although these decisions paved the way for the negotiations highlighted in the Wikileaks documents, the main problem now is that it looks as though even the horse-trading has stopped. There are apparently 33 prisoners — most of whom face the risk of torture if repatriated — who are awaiting release, or who are “approved for transfer,” to use the phrase that Obama’s interagency Guantánamo Review Task Force learned from President Bush when it reviewed the cases of all the prisoners last year, although the well of countries prepared to take them appears to have dried up.

And the rest? There are 58 Yemenis, also “approved for transfer,” but held on what seems to be a permanent basis because of a moratorium on releasing anyone to Yemen, which President Obama announced last January, after it was revealed that the failed Christmas Day plane bomber, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, had trained in Yemen; 34 other men, including Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other men accused of involvement in the 9/11 attacks, who were recommended for trials that Obama doesn’t want to risk pursuing; and 48 others whom the Task Force recommended should be held indefinitely without charge or trial.

Compared to this, some horse-trading and financial incentives are nothing, and compared to making deals with other countries, the real story is that Guantánamo may never close, and no one seems to care.

Andy Worthington is the author of  The Guantánamo Files: The Stories of the 774 Detainees in America’s Illegal Prison (published by Pluto Press) and serves as policy advisor to the Future of Freedom Foundation. Visit his website at: www.andyworthington.co.uk.
 

Syria News: An article without American war propaganda...

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By Xiao Xian*

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Syria has a very important geopolitical position at the heart of the Middle East. Big issues in this region, such as the Palestinian issue, terrorism, energy security, and nuclear non-proliferation are all closely related to Syria. At the moment, Syria’s surrounding countries, like Turkey, Jordan, Israel, Iraq and Lebanon, are all semi-democratic countries or have pro-US rulers, so that only Syria stands out.

Western countries have repeatedly adopted “human rights” and “democracy” as an excuse to interfere in other countries’ internal affairs, and even used armed forces to topple legitimate governments. Hegemony and power politics will prevail. 

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Recently Syria passed its new constitution, abolishing the president’s life tenure and changing its one-party system to a multi-party one. This is indeed an important reform in Syria’s political system, and a compromise that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad made under both internal and external pressure.

Nevertheless, the new constitution can have little effect on easing current tensions in Syria. The opposition’s appetite for power isn’t any smaller than before, and anti-government campaigns across the nation are still ongoing, with even more bloody conflicts. At the same time, Western countries and hardliners in the Arab League are exerting greater pressure on the Assad administration, while expanding their support for the Syrian opposition. The situation in Syria is escalating, and the nation is on the brink of civil war.

There is a fable that a wolf met a sheep at the riverside. The wolf wanted to eat the sheep, and thus blamed it for polluting the water. The sheep explained that it was only drinking at the lower reaches of the river, but was still eaten by the wolf.

The goal of the West and hardliners in the Arab League is to change the current regime in Syria. So-called human rights, democracy and freedom are no different from the excuse of “polluting the water.” No matter what efforts the Assad administration makes, it’s no different from explaining to a wolf that “you are at the higher reaches of the river while I’m at the lower ones.”

There are several reasons why the West insists on toppling the Syrian government. After the former regimes of Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Yemen collapsed one after another, Syria is one of the few authoritarian survivors in the Arab world. Its consistent anti-US position also makes it unattractive to the West.

Syria has very close connections with Iran. The two have been backing and helping each other in political, security, economic and other important regional affairs.

Iran has a very tough attitude and tends to make no compromise with the West over its nuclear issue. Iran’s strength has some deterrence effect. In comparison, Syria is much weaker. Crumpling up Syria would mean cutting off an important arm of Iran, and it would be much easier for the West to deal with Iran in the future.

Moreover, Syria has a very important geopolitical position at the heart of the Middle East. Big issues in this region, such as the Palestinian issue, terrorism, energy security, and nuclear non-proliferation are all closely related to Syria. At the moment, Syria’s surrounding countries, like Turkey, Jordan, Israel, Iraq and Lebanon, are all semi-democratic countries or have pro-US rulers, so that only Syria stands out.

The Assad administration is a legitimate government of a sovereign country. A country’s internal affairs should be dealt with by itself, and its future path can only be selected by its own people. This is a basic rule of modern international relations, and the fundamental spirit of the UN Charter.

Western countries have repeatedly adopted “human rights” and “democracy” as an excuse to interfere in other countries’ internal affairs, and even used armed forces to topple legitimate governments. Hegemony and power politics will prevail. The international community can’t help but feel grieved about this reality.

Last month, China and Russia vetoed a UN Security Council resolution over Syria. Russia probably had its own considerations. For China, it was very important to firmly veto the resolution, based on the considerations of protecting the basic rule of international relations, caring about the vital interests of the Syrian people, as well as upholding justice and opposing power politics.

China’s veto may not prevent Syria from an escalating situation or entering a post-Assad era. Nevertheless, the exercise of its veto has shown the rationality of China’s diplomacy, as well as the justice and independence of China’s standpoint.

*The author is professor of the School of International Studies at Yunnan University and vice president of this university.

Global Times 

March 5, 2012

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06/07/2012

Breaking News Syria: Terrorists use NATO-weapons

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July 6, 2012 - Syrian security authorities seized amounts of weapons and explosive devices in a terrorists' den in the city of Haffeh in Lattakia countryside.
An official source told a SANA reporter that the seized arms included Nato sniper rifles, machineguns, hunting rifles, explosive devices of various weights, devices for remote control detonation and an amount of batteries and electrical wires.

Yesterday, the Swiss Authorities announced that they are investigating into information published by Sonntags Zeitung newspaper about hand grenades used by armed terrorist groups in Syria.

War-maker NATO that has 24 military bases in Turkey and estabished in January a missile radar site in Turkey for the realization of its continent-wide missile interception system, continues to provoke Syria.
On July 7, it organizes so called 'anti-terrorism drills' in the eastern Mediterranean Sea. The NATO Maritime Group currently consists of three frigates from Turkey, Germany and France. It comes as relations between Turkey and its neighbor Syria remain tense following a recent cross border incident. 
 
 
 

Syrian official news agency, SANA

Breaking News: NATO war game

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NATO that provides Syrian terrorists of weapons, provokes Syria now with a so called 'anti-terrorism' war game.

The  'anti-terrorism' war game will be heading from Istanbul further into the Mediterranean on July 7. The force currently consists of three frigates from Turkey, Germany and France.

NATO's German Rear Admiral Thorsten Kahler told the Turkish daily Hurriyet: 'We are here and providing security for NATO member states'.

The naval drills come as relations between Turkey and its neighbor Syria remain tense following a recent cross border incident. Syrian troops shot down a Turkish jet last month after it violated the country’s airspace.

On 22 June 2012, Turkish Prime Minister Erdoğan told a group of journalists that Syria had apologized for the downed Turkish warplane.
On 23 June 2012, Turkey’s President Abdullah Gul,admitted that the jet 'may have unintentionally violated Syrian airspace'. "The incident should not be regarded as a hostile action against Turkey in any case," Syrian Foreign Ministry spokesman, Jihad Makdissi, told Turkey's A-Haber TV. "It was only the protection of our sovereignty. It is an incident, not an attack."

But the head of the NATO military alliance, Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, called it a "completely unacceptable act" that the alliance condemned "in the strongest terms" after a meeting with Turkish officials and ambassadors to the 28-nation North Atlantic Treaty Alliance.
It is on this way that NATO that, because military-strategic interests in the regio, abused the incident to escalate the tension between Syria and Turkey.

Meanwhile, the New York Times newspaper reported that 'US intelligence operatives in Turkey were vetting the flow of weapons to Syrian 'rebels'.
The Times cited unnamed US officials and Arab intelligence officials as saying the weapons were being paid for by Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar and taken across the Turkish border.
There are also NATO weapons in the hands of Syrian terrorists.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that NATO provocation (and further arming of Syrian terrorists), leads to further violence and ultimately a very big war”. “This is either an unscrupulous attempt to mislead serious people who shape foreign policy or simply a misunderstanding of what is going on,” he said.
The minister also said representatives of the Syrian opposition will visit Moscow next week.
On Wednesday, Moscow urged Syrian opposition groups to unite to find a peaceful solution to the ongoing crisis.
Russia and China have refused to support any plans for outside interference in Syria.

NATO has 24 military bases in Turkey.  In January it estabished a missile radar site in Turkey for the realization of its continent-wide missile interception system.
Turkey joined NATO in 1952 and serves as the organization' s eastern anchor, as it controls the straits leading from the Black Sea to the Aegean and also has borders with Syria and Iraq.

NATO was originally founded to provide a strategic counterbalance to the Soviet Union. Its founding purpose no longer exists, but NATO continues to circumvent the authority of the United Nations and to provoke independant nations.

Before the costly war against Libya, some newspapers reported: 'Nato's new headquarters in Brussels will cost its members €1billion (£841 million) at a time of deep cuts to British defence budgets and despite promises by the Alliance to cut its costs'.
Europe is in a deep financial crisis today but it continues to spend money on wars.

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'NATO launches war games in Mediterranean amid tension with Syria'

July 5, 2012 - NATO’s joint maritime group is flexing its muscle in the eastern Mediterranean Sea by conducting anti-terrorism drills as tensions between NATO member Turkey and its neighbor Syria escalate.

The Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 (SNMG2) is determined “to give a clear message to terrorists in the region that NATO is on duty,” German Rear Admiral Thorsten Kahler told the Turkish daily Hurriyet.

“What we have to make sure is to tell the terrorists to be careful; we are here and providing security for NATO member states,” he said.

The admiral said the group will be heading from Istanbul further into the Mediterranean on July 7. The force currently consists of three frigates from Turkey, Germany and France. The ships are armed with 76-mm and 27-mm guns, Mark 46 anti-submarine torpedoes, surface-to-air and surface-to-surface missiles and carry helicopters. They are manned by 545 sailors in total.

Kahler took over command of the group from his Turkish colleague Rear Admiral Sinan Azmi Tosun on June 15.

The naval drills come as relations between Turkey and its neighbor Syria remain tense following a recent cross border incident. Syrian troops shot down a Turkish jet last month after it violated the country’s airspace.

Damascus says their military acted in self-defense, but offered an apology for the incident and the subsequent death of the two Turkish pilots onboard.

Ankara said it was an act of aggression on Syria’s part, claiming that the plane crossed the border by incident and was shot down without warning after flying back into the international airspace.

Turkey called a NATO meeting to discuss the incident. The alliance condemned the incident, but refrained from taking any more serious action against Syria.

Syria and Turkey has increasingly been at odds recently over Ankara’s vocal criticism of the Syrian crackdown on its domestic opposition. Following the downing of the jet, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan pledged support to the Syrian opposition in their bid to topple the government.

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04/07/2012

Breaking News Syria: Meeting

President.Assad.Meeting.jpgDAMASCUS, (SANA) – President Bashar al-Assad on Wednesday hailed the national and constructive role of the clergymen, particularly under the exceptional circumstances currently facing Syria.

President al-Assad was speaking during a meeting with Directors of the Religious Endowments (Awqaf) Departments in the Syrian provinces.

The President also stressed the importance of the social and moral role of the religious institution through spreading awareness and adherence to the true essence of religion in terms of morals and tolerance in the face of the extremist views that are alien to the Syrian society.

Directors of Religious Endowments briefed President al-Assad on the obstacles hindering their duties, with the President stressing the need for cooperation between the Ministry of Religious Endowments and the state institutions concerned to overcome these obstacles and enhance the role of the endowments departments, particularly through giving the priority to the citizens and their social issues.

The directors expressed their faith that the Syrian society is able to overcome the current crisis as well as the attempts at dividing it through adherence to national unity.

M. Nassr/ H. Said

Syrian official news agency, SANA

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02/07/2012

Geneva Meeting Syria: the strategy of the war makers...

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20 February, 2012 - 'Senator McCain wants to arm Syrian rebels'
Two congressional conservative warhawks have spoken up about how to handle the uprising in Syria, and their solution would involve arming the rebel forces with American weapons.
To counter the Syrian government, McCain said that that the US needs to lend a helping hand by the way of weaponry, although Senator McCain did not explain how he intended to put American machinery into the hands of rebel forces without going directly through the US government.
Separately, Senator Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) has also encouraged the US to arm Syrian rebels.
The New York Times reported that Senator Graham said: “If the Syrian regime is replaced with another form of government that doesn’t tie its future to the Iranians, the world is a better place.”
Last year, US President Barack Obama’s bypassing of the House and Senate to send military forces over the skies of Libya came with congressional opposition.

28 February, 2012 - 'Syria storms out of U.N. rights meeting'
Syria's ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva stormed out of the U.N. Human Rights Council Tuesday after demanding angrily that countries stop "inciting sectarianism and providing arms" to opposition forces in his country. 
Faysal Khabbaz Hamoui said sanctions were preventing Damascus from buying medicines and fuel and then abruptly left the Geneva forum's emergency debate called at the request of Gulf countries and Turkey, and backed by the West. 
"We reaffirm to all those alleged friends of the Syrian people that the simple step to immediately help the Syrian people is to stop inciting sectarianism, providing arms and weapons and funding and putting the Syrian people one against the other," he said.
"Unjust and unilateral sanctions imposed by some countries on the Syrian people are preventing access to medicines, to fuel in all forms as well as electricity, and are also impeding bank transfers to buy these materials."
Esther Brimmer, U.S. assistant secretary of state, said: 'Bashar al-Assad must go, and there must be a Syrian-led democratic political transition that meets the long-suppressed aspirations of the Syrian people'.
 
11 June, 2012 - 'US accelerates preparations for 'no-fly zone' in Syria'
After over a year of unrest in Syria, Israel’s Debka news agency reports that US President Barack Obama has asked the US Navy and Air Force to accelerate plans that would aid in the ousting of Assad. According to their sources, President Obama hopes that by initiating a temporary air strike in locales instrumental to the Syrian government, the US may be able to decimate Assad’s control by attacking his regime’s military command centers.
The US would call for a no-fly zone over Syria, reports Debka, then send their own personnel to strike Assad-aligned targets.
Murmurings of the latest plans out of Washington come less than two weeks after Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) called for the implementation of a no-fly zone. Speaking to reporters last month, Sen. Graham said that ousting Assad from control in Syria is much more crucial for America’s interests than the issue of Libya; last year the US aided in the removal of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi from Libyan rule.
 
21 June, 2012 - 'CIA secretly operates on Syrian border, supplies arms to rebels'
American secret service operatives are distributing illegal assault rifles, anti-tank rocket launchers and other ammunition to Syrian opposition, the New York Times reports.
The paper reports that for weeks now, officers based in southeast Turkey have supervised the flow of illegal arms to numerous opposition factions ready to fight the regime of President Bashar Assad. The only problem is some of the rebel groups have links with terrorist organizations such as Al Qaeda, so the CIA mission must be careful not to arm proven terrorists by mistake.
The NYT source, an unnamed Arab intelligence official, revealed that American officers are also collecting information on Syrian opposition groups and recruiting informants among their ranks. The source said the Obama administration is considering sharing its intelligence data, such as satellite images and detailed information on the location and maneuvers of Syrian troops.
According to the source, CIA operatives might be helping the rebels with organizing a rudimentary intelligence organization. The CIA agents have reportedly not set foot on Syrian soil, however.

22 June 2012 - 'Erdoğan: Syria apologized for downed Turkish fighter jet'
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has reportedly told a group of journalists that Syria has apologized for a downed Turkish warplane in the eastern Mediterranean.
Journalist Fatih Altaylı, who was traveling with Erdoğan from Brazil to İstanbul, said on Habertürk TV that journalists had asked Erdoğan if he was aware of a Turkish fighter jet that had gone missing near Syrian territorial waters. Erdoğan replied that he was aware of the fact but that he was informed that the pilots are safe.
According to Altaylı, Erdoğan said Syria had immediately offered a “serious apology” over the incident and expressed its sorrow. He said Syria told the Turkish side that “it was a mistake,” without elaborating on if the Syrian side was responsible for the incident.
When asked by the journalists if this incident would spark a “big crisis,” Erdoğan said, “We shall wait and see.”
 
23 June, 2012 - 'Fighter jet may have unintentionally violated Syrian airspace
Turkey’s President Abdullah Gul has said the downing of a Turkish fighter jet by Syrian forces is impossible to ignore. However, he also admitted that the jet may have unintentionally violated Syrian airspace.
“It is routine for jet fighters to sometimes fly in and out over (national) borders … when you consider their speed over the sea. These are not ill-intentioned things but happen beyond control due to the jets’ speed,” Gul told the Anatolia state news agency.
"The incident should not be regarded as a hostile action against Turkey in any case," Syrian Foreign Ministry spokesman, Jihad Makdissi, told Turkey's A-Haber TV. "It was only the protection of our sovereignty. It is an incident, not an attack."
Syrian state television SANA talked of an “unidentified aerial target,” which was detected flying at a low altitude and at a high speed when it entered Syrian airspace.
The Syrian and Turkish navies have initiated a joint search for the missing pilots amid rising tensions between the two countries.

June 26, 2012 - 'NATO Says Fighter Jet Downing 'Unacceptable'
Ankara adopted a harsh tone against the Syrian regime on Tuesday, with Prime Minister Erdogan condemning last week's attack on a Turkish fighter jet and threatening military retaliation for any further aggression. At a meeting in Brussels, fellow NATO members supported Turkey by criticizing Syria's action.
"We will continue to support the struggle of our brothers in Syria at any cost," Erdogan said in a speech before the parliamentary group of his Islamist Justice and Development Party (AKP) in Ankara.
The head of the NATO military alliance, Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, called it a "completely unacceptable act" that the alliance condemned "in the strongest terms" after a meeting with Turkish officials and ambassadors to the 28-nation North Atlantic Treaty Alliance.
Turkey had call for the meeting by invoking Article 4 of the NATO charter, which entitles it to consultations between member states when one feels its territorial integrity, political independence or security is under threat. 
Rasmussen said: "It's my clear expectation that the situation won't continue to escalate."
In his speech given in Ankara, Erdogan emphasized his support for the Syrian opposition, saying that Assad's regime had lost all credibility and was now not only a threat to the Syrian people, but to Turkey as well.
Despite the escalation, NATO has refrained from intervening in the conflict as it did in efforts to topple Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi last year. Compared to forces in Libya, where NATO created a no-fly zone last year that ultimately helped give rebels the upper hand against the deposed Libyan dictator, the Syrian army is relatively strong. The country's powerful air-defense systems have also led Turkey and its NATO partners to shy away from a military intervention. Even if many of its anti-aircraft missiles originate from Soviet times, the country's air space is better protected than that of almost any other Arab nation.
On Monday, the foreign ministers of the European Union's 27 member states also strongly condemned the attack on the Turkish plane, calling it "unacceptable" in a statement.
"Even if there was a temporary violation of Syrian airspace, shooting down a plane is not justified," German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said the same day. "De-escalation is now what is needed."

29 June 2012 - 'At Syria's border, after months of waiting, the weapons arrive'
A village four kilometres from Turkey has become the key hub of arms shipments and defectors joining the Free Syria Army.  The guerillas of northern Syria are waiting for another special delivery. When it comes, any day now, it will make the same journey as the two previous shipments that have made their way here.  Until last month, scrimping and scrounging weapons from defectors was the only way to resupply a tired and outgunned rebel army. But that changed in May, something the guerilla leadership readily acknowledges.
the four kilometres to Turkey is a haven of olive groves and potato fields – ideal backdrop for smuggling runs. The 16 kilometre stretch is a buffer zone in all but name; the weapons that are now making their way here cannot possibly do so without Turkish consent.
With the Turkish army now deployed near the southern border in force a week after one of its warplanes was downed by Syrian air defences, rebels in the area are feeling safer than they have for many months.
Weapons are not the only new arrivals. The rebels acknowledged that three days ago an American man, believed to be a government employee, passed through.
'We need anti-tank rockets. We need heavier weapons. Hopefully they will be delivered. They will really make a difference."