31/10/2012

British and U.S. colonialism: Suez Canal

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In 1956 the Suez Canal was nationalised by Gamal Abdel Nasser. The Suez Canal Crisis of 1956 effectively ended the political career of Sir Anthony Eden but it served to greatly advance the already very high standing Nasser had in the Arab world. However, what were the causes of the 1956 Suez Canal Crisis?

Britain had ruled Egypt for all of the Twentieth Century. This gave Britain joint control over the Suez Canal – along with the French – which had been described as the “jugular vein of the Empire”. The Suez Canal cut a vast number of miles off a sea journey from Europe to Asian markets and vice-versa and made a journey around the volatile Cape of Good Hope unnecessary. However, the British presence in Egypt was not welcome by many Egyptians as they were made to feel second class citizens in their own country.

The Middle East was a key area within the Cold War context and within the Middle East the Suez Canal was seen as vital. By 1951 the British had 80,000 troops stationed along the Suez Canal making it the largest military base in the world. To many in Britain the Suez Canal was a sign of Britain’s overseas power – to many Egyptians it was an emblem of an empire that harkened back to former times that many believed should have gone when World War Two ended. Egyptians needed permission from the British to even go near to the canal and resistance to the British occupation of Egypt quickly grew.

Colonel Nasser wanted to take advantage of this situation. First he was aware that many Egyptians were deeply unhappy with the British being in Egypt. Second, he was also aware that corruption was rife in senior positions within Egypt and this was most epitomised by the life style of King Farouk. Nasser founded the ‘Free Officers’. Members of it wanted the overthrow of ‘old’ Egypt to be followed by the removal of all British influence in Egypt.

By 1952, attacks on British troops in Egypt got worse. Between 1951 and 1952, thirty had been killed and over sixty had been wounded. The Egyptian police, who were meant to be supporting troops in maintaining law and order, were feeding information to the resistance movement of British troop whereabouts etc. This made life extremely difficult for the British Army in Egypt and in 1952 ‘Operation Eagle’ was introduced. This was a full crackdown on the Egyptian police. However, it only took one incident to spark off a full-scale rebellion and this happened at Ismailia.

The Third Infantry Brigade surrounded the police headquarters at Ismailia and called on the men inside it to surrender. After brief talks, the police within the building refused to do so and made it plain that they were prepared to fight. The British brought in Centurion tanks and other armoured vehicles and attacked. The police headquarters was taken over. There were some British casualties but fifty Egyptian police were killed and many more were wounded. Over 800 men were arrested and taken into custody. A local man photographed what he saw and the photos, when published, only served to inflame an already very tense situation.

What happened at Ismailia angered many throughout the whole of Egypt. The men in the police headquarters were armed with World War Two Lee Enfield rifles while the British used tanks to smash their way into the building. The next day after the British attack, ‘Black Saturday’, there were riots throughout Egypt. The Union Flag was burned and foreign shops were destroyed. In Cairo expatriate accommodation was attacked as was the iconic Shepherd’s Hotel – a base for British expatriates. At the exclusive Turf Club in Cairo, expatriate members were beaten to death and the club was destroyed. In all over 700 buildings were destroyed and 9 British and 26 other Westerners were killed. It is generally accepted that this outbreak of violence was not planned but was a spontaneous outpouring of anger by people who had been treated as second class citizens within their own country. Few Egyptians could afford luxuries that existed at places like the Shepherd’s Hotel or the Turf Club. Those who could were invariably associated with the corrupt government of King Farouk.

Anthony Eden wanted 40,000 troops moved into Egypt within 24 hours to restore order and to protect the British there. The army made it plain to Eden that this was simply not possible from a logistical point of view. While it was a clear sign that Eden had little understanding of issues such as logistics, the issue was left with army chiefs being told that they were leaving British citizens unprotected.

What happened at Ismailia and what followed, gave Nasser and the ‘Free Officers’ exactly the right opportunity to over throw Farouk. The king was peacefully removed from his palace, taken to Alexandria where he boarded his yacht and left Egypt – to a 21-gun salute. Nasser immediately set up the Revolutionary Command Council. Though Nasser did not head the Council, it was obvious that the most potent force in it was Nasser.

This all happened against a background when the British government was having major financial troubles at home. The cost of the military commitment to Egypt was huge – and one that the Treasury could have done without. Eden took the decision to start negotiations with the Revolutionary Command Council to withdraw British troops from the Suez Canal. The so-called ‘Suez Group’ in the Conservative Party was furious when his plan was announced. Led by Julian Amery, the ‘Suez Group’ argued that a withdrawal would be the end of the Empire and that it would reward violence against British troops. Regardless of their objections, Eden went ahead with the negotiations.

However, the speed of the negotiations was not quick enough for Egyptian nationalists. Attacks on British troops continued but a new dynamic was added with attacks on the families of troops occurring. With 27,000 British citizens in Egypt, this was a new and worrying development. The resistance leaders used the talks to their advantage. When the British seemed to be stalling the attacks got worse; when the British appeared to be more conciliatory, they slackened off. In 1954 an agreement was reached that stated that British troops would leave Egypt within twenty months of the signing of the agreement. The signing of this agreement ended the attacks on British troops.

Nasser and Eden met for the first and last time in February 1955. Eden arrived in Cairo with two objectives. The first was for Egypt to stop its anti-British radio broadcasts and the second was to get Egypt to join the recently formed Baghdad Pact – an anti-communist pro-western alliance of Middle East states that Egypt had not joined. He failed on both counts. Even the dinner put on for Nasser at the British Embassy was a failure as Nasser arrived in military uniform to be greeted by Eden in full evening dress – Nasser was unaware that the dinner was to be formal and he concluded that it had been done to show him up in public. There is no evidence that this was the case – it just seems to have been a genuine misunderstanding. But within the context of what was going on then, to those Egyptians who had access to the information via the radio channel ‘Voice of Egypt’, it was a deliberate attempt to humiliate Nasser.

One week after the meeting between Eden and Nasser, Israel raided Egyptian territory in Gaza killing over thirty people. This raid exposed Egypt’s military weakness and Nasser attempted to buy weapons abroad. His attempt to buy weapons from Britain failed and the Americans were also unwilling to accommodate him. Therefore, Egypt turned to the Soviet Bloc. To the Russians, this expansion of influence in the Mediterranean and Middle East was a major coup.

To modernise Egypt, Nasser wanted to build a dam at Aswan to harness the awesome power of the River Nile. Clearly Egypt did not have the money to fund this. $200 million came from the World Bank while, in an effort to re-establish some influence in the area, both Britain and America agreed to financially support the project.

However, Eden did not trust Nasser. In a public broadcast he had stated that Nasser “is not a man to be trusted to keep an agreement.” MI6 provided Eden, now Prime Minister, with reports that Nasser was becoming more pro-Moscow. There was little evidence for this despite the Soviet Union providing Egypt with weapons – both seemed to be using the other for its own purposes. However the MI6 reports only served to anger Eden who did not want to gain an Atlee reputation for appeasement.

When British troops finally left Egypt, it ended seventy four years of occupation. Nasser became president of Egypt and his status in the Arab world could not have been higher. However, without any reference to Britain, America suddenly announced that it was no longer going to financially support the Aswan Dam project. Britain followed the Americans example. Nasser announced that such treatment of Egypt was an “insult” and a “humiliation”. To Nasser the dam would be a symbol of Arab pride and he was determined to go ahead with its building. The Russians provided the necessary engineering knowledge, while the Suez Canal would provide the necessary finance.

In 1956, Nasser announced to his inner council that he was going to nationalise the Suez Canal on behalf of the Egyptian people. In ‘Operation Dignity and Glory’ the offices of the Suez Canal Company were taken over. It was a bloodless affair that was joyously received in Egypt when news of what had occurred was announced. Ironically, government lawyers for the Conservative government 1951-1953 had foreseen this and had assessed whether it was a legal move. They decided that under international law it was legal to nationalise the Suez Canal as long as they suitably compensated share holders and allowed ships of all nationalities through the canal. When Eden was shown the report at his first meeting after ‘Dignity and Glory’, staff there claimed he shouted “This is no f***ing good” and threw the report across the room.

What followed were diplomatic talks - some secret - that all led to the invasion of Port Said in November 1956.

http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/causes_suez-crisis-1...

Latest News Syria: Heavy losses for US-backed terrorists

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Armed Forces Inflict Heavy Losses upon Terrorists in Several Provinces

Oct 31, 2012

PROVINCES, (SANA) - In qualitative operations, units of the Armed Forces on Wednesday destroyed dens and cars used by the terrorists to target the citizens in the city and countryside of Aleppo.

An army unit carried out a qualitative operation against terrorists' hideouts near Surbian Restaurant in Bustan al-Basha area in the city.

SANA reporter quoted a source in the province as saying that the army unit inflicted heavy losses upon the terrorists.

The source added that another army unit destroyed a hideout for terrorists near the Eye Hospital near Qadi Askar roundabout and killed a number of terrorists.

The armed forces stormed hideouts of the armed groups in Kfar Hamra and al-Zahra neighborhoods  in Aleppo, inflicting heavy losses upon the terrorists.

A source in Aleppo told SANA reporter that during the operations, the army units killed a number of terrorist and injured many others.

It added that another army unit destroyed a den for terrorist near the Sport Institute at Bustan al-Basha region in Aleppo.

Units from the army also targeted gatherings of the armed terrorist groups who perpetrate acts of killing and sabotage in Aleppo and its countryside.

An official source in Aleppo told SANA field reporter that the army units targeted gatherings of terrorists in Maarat al-Arteq, destroying a truck that transports weapons  and munitions to the terrorists, in addition to destroying 4 cars loaded with different kinds of weapons.

Another army unit stormed a hideouts for terrorist near Masaken al-Bouhoth on al-Bab highway, destroying pickups, some of them filled with weapons and ammunitions.

A unit of the Armed Forces stormed a terrorists' hideout in Karm al-Jabal in Aleppo city and seized different amounts of weapons.

A unit of the Armed Forces stormed a terrorists' hideout in Karm al-Jabal in Aleppo city and seized different amounts of weapons.

An official source told SANA reporter that the seized weapons included six RPG launchers, five RPGs, seven chargers, 13 Russian machineguns, two pump-action rifles, a mortar, three thermal missiles, four explosive devices, five grenades, 4 binoculars, PKC machinegun and a charger with 500 bullets, in addition to large amounts of ammunition.

The source added that an army unit destroyed 6 cars equipped with various types of machineguns on Aleppo-al-Bab al-Qadim highway.

It said that another unit of the Armed Forces targeted terrorists' dens in Khan al-Assal and Dahret Awad, killing and wounding a large number of terrorists.

Gyroscope Devices Set by Terrorist on House-Roofs in Damascus Countryside Discovered

A unit of the Armed Forces clashed with an armed terrorist group near al-Thanawiyeh roundabout in Harasta, killing a number of its members including terrorist Bassam Alloush, a leader of an armed group called " Capital Shield ".

A source in the province told SANA reporter that another army unit killed terrorists who infiltrated into al-Khazan area and Harasta National Hospital and committed sabotage acts.

The source added that the Armed Forces units discovered a network of gyroscope devices set by terrorist on house-roofs in Zamalka town in Damascus Countryside.

It said that the terrorists used these devices to facilitate their movement between tunnels and neighborhoods to attack citizens in the town.

100-m Long Tunnel Discovered in al-Suleiybeh Neighborhood in Lattakia City

The authorities discovered a 100-m long tunnel in al-Janoudi Street in al-Suleiybeh neighborhood in Lattakia City.

The tunnel was used by terrorists to move freely and hide their weapons.

A source in the province told SANA reporter that the authorities seized various weapons, ammunition, explosive devices and a field hospital inside the tunnel.

Heavy losses Upon Terrorists Attempting to Attack Villages in al-Ghab, Hama Countryside

A unit of the Armed Forces confronted an armed terrorist group which attempted to attack residents of al-Jeed and al-Aaziziyeh in al-Ghab area in the countryside of Hama, inflicting heavy losses upon its members.

An official source told SANA reporter that the terrorists were driving vehicles equipped with machineguns to carry out their attacks against citizens in the two towns.

English Bulletin

http://sana.sy/eng/337/2012/10/31/449946.htm

Nato-trained Syrians arrested in Lebanon

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BEIRUT, Oct. 29 - A total of eight Syrians, including six members of the so called 'Syrian opposition' and two terrorists were arrested in Lebanon over possessing unlicensed weapons, Lebanese official National News Agency (NNA) reported on Monday.

A Lebanese military investigating judge, Imad Zein, issued on Monday arrest warrants against the eight Syrian detainees.

The judge questioned the accused for "possessing large quantities of unlicensed military weapons and ammunition."

Meanwhile, one of the detainees was also accused of opening fire at Lebanese Army members in Masharii Al-Qaa region in Lebanon.

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Through Nato, the US is able to exercise influence over the domestic affairs of other countries and to exercise its imperial power

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American and NATO forces are training Syrian terrorist groups in southeastern Turkish city of Hakkari.

The US is also involved in smuggling arms into Syria from Incirlik military base in Turkey in addition to providing financial support for Syrian terrorist groups.

Through NATO, working with various Western European intelligence agencies, the CIA set up a network of stay behind “secret armies” which were responsible for dozens of terrorist atrocities across Western Europe over decades.

In Turkey in 1960, the stay behind army, working with the army, staged a coup d’état and killed Prime Minister Adnan Menderes; in Algeria in 1961, the French stay-behind army staged a coup with the CIA against the French government of Algiers, which ultimately failed; in 1967, the Greek stay-behind army staged a coup and imposed a military dictatorship; in 1971 in Turkey, after a military coup, the stay-behind army engaged in “domestic terror” and killed hundreds; in 1977 in Spain, the stay behind army carried out a massacre in Madrid; in 1980 in Turkey, the head of the stay behind army staged a coup and took power; in 1985 in Belgium, the stay behind attacked and shot shoppers randomly in supermarkets, killing 28; in Switzerland in 1990, the former head of the Swiss stay behind wrote the US Defense Department he would reveal “the whole truth,” and was found the next day stabbed to death with his own bayonet; and in 1995, England revealed that the MI6 and SAS helped set up stay behind armies across Western Europe.

NATO claims that the idea behind the NATO’s missile defense plans, is to secure Europe from attack by Iran or some other hostile power.  But in reality, through Nato, the US is able to exercise influence over the domestic affairs of other countries and to exercise its imperial power. 

Foto: NATO Summit in Chicago on 1 June 2012

An interesting link about NATO: http://rickrozoff.wordpress.com/

Latest News Syria: China looks for a political solution

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China: Brahimi's Visit Contributes to Boosting Cooperation to Reach Suitable Settlement for Crisis in Syria

Oct 31, 2012

BEIJING, (SANA) – Chinese Foreign Minister, Yang Jiechi, said the efforts exerted by UN envoy to Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, would contribute to boosting cooperation and co-understanding to reach a suitable settlement for the crisis in Syria.

The Chinese News Agency, Xinhua, cited Jiechi as saying during his meeting with Brahimi in Beijing that China hails Brahimi's efforts to find a suitable settlement for the crisis in Syria, adding that the Chinese side pays great attention to this visit for communicating about the crisis in Syria.

The Chinese Foreign Minister expressed hope to continue exchanging viewpoints deeply with Brahimi on this issue.

For his part, Brahimi hoped that China plays an active role in this regard.

F.Allafi/H.Said

http://sana.sy/eng/22/2012/10/31/449979.htm

(Sana's website whose information doesn't consist exclusively American war propaganda, is regularly blocked)

12:43 Écrit par Jacques dans China, diplomacy, Latest News, Syria | Lien permanent | Commentaires (0) |  Facebook |

Turkish missiles are designed by Israel

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The Popeye is an air to ground missile developed by Israel.

It is is designed for precision attack against large targets from stand off ranges. The standard Popeye and smaller Popeye-Lite are powered by a single stage solid rocket, a jet engine propels the Popeye Turbo variants.

An inertial guidance system pilots the missile towards the target; for terminal homing the pilot can control the missile directly via an INS and data link, aiming via either a television or imaging infrared seeker depending on the missile model. It is not necessary for the launching aircraft to direct the missile - control can be passed to another platform whilst the firing aircraft escapes the area.

The alleged Israeli submarine launched cruise missile variant is reported to be jet powered and nuclear armed with a greatly increased range.

Israel has exported Popeye and its variants to various friendly countries.

The United States Air Force first bought a batch of 154 missiles in 1989 followed by a second batch of 54 missiles in 1996.

In May 1997, Israel and Turkey signed an agreement valued in excess of US $500 million for the establishment of a joint-venture between Israel's Rafael and Turkey's Turkish Aerospace Industries for the co-production of Popeye I and Popeye II missiles in Turkey.
The Turkish Air Force's F-4 2020 Terminator aircraft and the TuAF F-16 CCIP are armed with a Turkish License production version of the Popeye.

On October 4, 2012, Adm. George Stavridis, the commander of US European Command (USEUCOM) and NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR), met with Chief of General Staff Gen. Necdet Ozel in Ankara. The meeting took place at General Staff headquarters but was only announced to the public in a statement released by the General Staff some days later. The talks were closed to the press and the statement did not elaborate on what Stavridis and Ozel discussed.

30/10/2012

Global War on Syria Similar to War on Egypt in 1956

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Oct 30, 2012

BEIRUT, (SANA) – British MP George Galloway affirmed that the global war currently being waged on Syria is similar to the one waged against Egypt in 1956, voicing confidence that Syria will be victorious over this war under the leadership of President Bashar al-Assad similar to the victory of the late Jamal Abdelnasser.

During a meeting with former Lebanese President Emil Lahhoud in Beirut on Tuesday, Galloway stressed that the Syrian leadership will not be defeated, underlining the need for the plan launched by former UN Envoy to Syria Kofi Annan to bear fruit and for countries to stop providing military support to the Syrian opposition.

H. Sabbagh

http://sana.sy/eng/22/2012/10/30/449875.htm

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Nato: a threat to democracy and peace

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Azerbaijan: Entire Armed Forces Brought Under NATO Standards...

October 30, 2012

The entire staff structure of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces has been brought into conformity with NATO standards, head of the Defense Ministry press service Eldar Sabiroglu told media today.

“Azerbaijani officers in NATO headquarters serve as NATO officers and the number of these officers is growing,” he said.

In 2006, Government of Azerbaijan increased financing of the NATO PFP Programme from 300 000 USD to 850 000 USD. In 2007 this figure was increased to 1.8 million USD. In 2008 it was approximately 2 million USD.

http://rickrozoff.wordpress.com/2012/10/30/azerbaijan-ent...

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Nato

As part of military preparations for war with the Soviet Union, Nato organised a covert network throughout Western Europe, ostensibly to prepare for armed resistance in the event of a Russian 'invasion'. This "Gladio" network involved sections of the far right in some countries and in the 1960s and 1970s was to become involved in terrorist attacks intended to destabilise politics and society and prevent the left from coming to power. Italy was the country where the Gladio network came closest to the surface.

The threat posed by democracy was dealt with most dramatically in Greece in April 1967. The army seized power to prevent politics moving to the left, installing a military junta in power that ruled by force and the free use of torture. The Greek colonels had the support of Nato until they were overthrown in 1974. 

Through Nato, the US is able to exercise influence over the domestic affairs of other countries and to exercise its imperial power.

http://www.socialistreview.org.uk/article.php?articlenumb...

Obama's Nobel Peace Prize: military intervention in Mali

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Oct 29, 2012

France and the United States have put more pressure on Algeria to support a military intervention in crisis-hit African country of Mali.

"An intervention in northern Mali is possible without the military backing of Algeria but not without its green light," said the head of the Centre of African Studies, a French think-tank, Pierre Boilley on Sunday.

The military officials of the US and France reportedly held a secret meeting in Paris earlier this month in a bid to draw a plan for military action in Mali to help the Bamako government fight the so-called al-Qaeda-affiliated radicals in the country’s north.

France, the former colonial master of Algeria and Mali, discussed the crisis that has split Mali in two since March during a visit by Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius in July.

American Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said last week that the Pentagon is working with allies on a plan to deal with 'al-Qaida-linked militants in Mali and elsewhere in the North Africa region', with American assistance likely to center on intelligence and logistical support.

Since 2007, the U.S. has spent more than $550 million to help train and supply an African proxy force of about 18,000 soldiers in Somalia.

Many Western powers fear the Sahara desert nation could become like Afghanistan and, like everywhere, they invest on the first place in military interventions.

Currently the Horn of Africa is experiencing the highest rate of malnutrition. Some 30 per cent of children are suffering from Global Acute Malnutrition (GAM).

Photo: Refugees in Dadaab (Kenya)

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Syria: Clash between two armed terrorist groups

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25 Terrorists Killed in Clashes following Dispute over Loot Sharing

 

ALEPPO, Oct 30, 2012 (SANA)

A clash broke out on Tuesday between two armed terrorist groups in Izaz area in the countryside of Aleppo following dispute over sharing the loot and stuff stolen from the locals, which resulted in the killing of a number of terrorists.

An official source told SANA reporter that the clash resulted in the killing of more than 25 terrorists and the injury of others.

H. Said

http://sana.sy/eng/337/2012/10/30/449821.htm

Turkey's ties with the U.S. and Israel

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October 3, 2012

'Iraq urges end to Turkey PKK attacks'

Iraq has called for an end to the presence of Turkish military forces on its land, demanding that Turkey stop its attacks on members of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in northern Iraq.

 
“The cabinet decided to reject the presence of any foreign bases or forces on Iraqi land and to reject the entry of any foreign military forces into Iraqi land,” said Iraqi government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh in a statement issued on Tuesday. 
 
Dabbagh reiterated that the Turkish military action against the PKK members on Iraqi land “contradicts the principles of good neighborly relations.” 
 
The Iraqi cabinet “recommends that parliament cancel or not extend any treaty signed in the past with any foreign state that allows the presence of foreign forces and military bases on Iraqi land or the entry of these forces,” the Iraqi government spokesman stated. 
 
The remarks were made in response to a request by the Turkish government on Monday from its parliament to renew a mandate, expiring on October 17, that allows Turkish military strikes against the PKK in the semi-autonomous Kurdish region of Iraq.
 
The treaty in question was signed by former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein in 1995, allowing Turkish forces to have presence in the northern regions of Iraq to target the Kurdish group. 
 
The military presence of Turkish forces and their crossing into Iraq “is a violation of Iraq’s sovereignty and security,” Dabbagh added. 
 
Some analysts believe that Baghdad’s decision may be a reaction to Turkey’s refusal to extradite fugitive Iraqi Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi, who has been sentenced to death in absentia by an Iraqi court for running terror squads in Iraq. 
 
Over the past months, Turkish military forces and the PKK have been involved in one of their heaviest clashes since the beginning of the Kurdish group’s armed opposition against Ankara. 
 
In July, Baghdad warned Ankara against the “violation” of its territory and airspace by Turkish fighter jets and called on its foreign ministry to file a complaint with the UN Security Council over the issue.

Photo: Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan,
 
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Turkey is one of five European nations that continue to house U.S. tactical nuclear weapons allocated for NATO.

Some months ago, Obama signed a secret order authorizing U.S. support for Syrian terrorists and C.I.A. officers are operating secretly in southern Turkey. The weapons, including automatic rifles, rocket-propelled grenades, ammunition and some antitank weapons, are being funneled mostly across the Turkish border by way of a shadowy network of intermediaries including Syria’s Muslim Brotherhood and paid for by Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

The United States is setting up joint military, intelligence and 'medical' working teams with Israel, Turkey and Jordan.

On October 4, 2012, Adm. George Stavridis, the commander of US European Command (USEUCOM) and NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR), met with Chief of General Staff Gen. Necdet Ozel in Ankara. The meeting took place at General Staff headquarters but was only announced to the public in a statement released by the General Staff some days later. The talks were closed to the press and the statement did not elaborate on what Stavridis and Ozel discussed. It proved once again that the Turkish government is not only arming Syrian terrorists but organizes with its NATO allies (with Israel in the background) also a real war against Syria.

Israeli-Turkish ties have deteriorated over Israel's refusal to apologize for the deaths of nine Turkish activists in a raid on a Gaza-bound aid ship last year, but according to US officials, Hillary Clinton urged Turkey to “keep the door open” to better ties with Israel.

It is important to know that in May 1997, Israel and Turkey signed an agreement valued in excess of US $500 million for the establishment of a joint-venture between Israel's Rafael and Turkey's Turkish Aerospace Industries for the co-production of Popeye I and Popeye II missiles in Turkey.
The Popeye is an air to ground missile developed and in use by Israel, of which several types have been developed for Israeli and export users. A substantially modified long-range cruise missile variant of the Popeye Turbo has been speculated as being employed in Israel's submarine-based nuclear forces.
Israel has exported Popeye and its variants to various friendly countries:
Australia: Royal Australian Air Force
India: Indian Air Force
South Korea: Republic of Korea Air Force
Turkey: Turkish Air Force

Photo: Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan, the favorite poodle of Hillary Clinton.

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US uses Turkey as a launching pad for bombing Syria

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President Obama, was the 2009 winner of the Nobel Peace Prize for "extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples".

As a reminder: In 2003 Turkey was being bitterly criticized in the US for 'failing to allow us combat troops to use Turkey as a launching pad to open a second front in northern Iraq'.

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US offered Turkey its military technology to hunt down the PKK leaders...

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Photo: Victim of an American drone attack in Afghanistan


October 3, 2012

'Iraq urges end to Turkey PKK attacks'

Iraq has called for an end to the presence of Turkish military forces on its land, demanding that Turkey stop its attacks on members of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in northern Iraq.

 
“The cabinet decided to reject the presence of any foreign bases or forces on Iraqi land and to reject the entry of any foreign military forces into Iraqi land,” said Iraqi government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh in a statement issued on Tuesday. 
 
Dabbagh reiterated that the Turkish military action against the PKK members on Iraqi land “contradicts the principles of good neighborly relations.” 
 
The Iraqi cabinet “recommends that parliament cancel or not extend any treaty signed in the past with any foreign state that allows the presence of foreign forces and military bases on Iraqi land or the entry of these forces,” the Iraqi government spokesman stated. 
 
The remarks were made in response to a request by the Turkish government on Monday from its parliament to renew a mandate, expiring on October 17, that allows Turkish military strikes against the PKK in the semi-autonomous Kurdish region of Iraq.
 
The treaty in question was signed by former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein in 1995, allowing Turkish forces to have presence in the northern regions of Iraq to target the Kurdish group. 
 
The military presence of Turkish forces and their crossing into Iraq “is a violation of Iraq’s sovereignty and security,” Dabbagh added. 
 
Some analysts believe that Baghdad’s decision may be a reaction to Turkey’s refusal to extradite fugitive Iraqi Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi, who has been sentenced to death in absentia by an Iraqi court for running terror squads in Iraq. 
 
Over the past months, Turkish military forces and the PKK have been involved in one of their heaviest clashes since the beginning of the Kurdish group’s armed opposition against Ankara. 
 
In July, Baghdad warned Ankara against the “violation” of its territory and airspace by Turkish fighter jets and called on its foreign ministry to file a complaint with the UN Security Council over the issue.


Oct 18, 2012

'US envoy reveals secret assistance offer to Turkey in PKK fight'


The US ambassador to Turkey has revealed that Washington secretly offered Ankara to have an “anti-bin Laden” type of joint operation against a number of military leaders of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK)...


On Tuesday, Francis Ricciardone revealed to Turkish journalists that the US had offered Turkey its military technology to hunt down the PKK leaders.


However, the Turkish government turned down the offer, saying it would continue battling with the PKK “on the basis of its laws and experiences.”


The PKK has been fighting for an autonomous Kurdish region inside Turkey since the 1980s.


Ankara has carried out several military operations against the PKK in Iraq’s Kurdistan region.


Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan also confirmed on October 16 that he had rejected the offer on a rather technical basis.


Erdogan recalled the US operation near the Pakistani capital Islamabad in May 2011 that led to the death of Osama bin Laden.


“Bin Laden was caught in a house,” said the Turkish premier, adding, “But the struggle here is in mountainous geography.”


This is reportedly the second disclosed secret offer of assistance by the US.


http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2012/10/18/267356/us-secret-offer-to-turkey-revealed/

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October 29, 2012

'Turkish policeman, eight PKK members killed in clashes'

At least nine people, including one policeman, have been killed in clashes between police and the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militants in Turkey’s southeastern province of Sirnak...

Heavy fighting erupted after PKK members attacked the building of Sirnak provincial government, a police department and a police checkpoint with automatic rifles and rocket-propelled grenades on Sunday.

Law enforcement agents have cordoned off the area and launched manhunt operations to arrest PKK members involved in the incident.

Meanwhile, Turkish troops backed by jets, launched an offensive against the Kurdish rebels in Sirnak.

Clashes between Turkish troops and PKK fighters have intensified in recent months.

Six Turkish soldiers and three PKK members were killed in overnight clashes along a highway in the remote province of Hakkari bordering Iraq and Iran.

PKK has been fighting for an autonomous Kurdish region inside Turkey since the 1980s. The conflict has left tens of thousands of people dead.

http://presstv.com/detail/2012/10/29/269380/9-killed-in-pkk-clashes-in-turkey/

29/10/2012

Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militants fighting in Turkey

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October 29, 2012 - At least nine people, including one policeman, have been killed in clashes between police and the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militants in Turkey’s southeastern province of Sirnak.

Heavy fighting erupted after PKK members attacked the building of Sirnak provincial government, a police department and a police checkpoint with automatic rifles and rocket-propelled grenades on Sunday.

Law enforcement agents have cordoned off the area and launched manhunt operations to arrest PKK members involved in the incident.

Meanwhile, Turkish troops backed by jets, launched an offensive against the Kurdish rebels in Sirnak.

Clashes between Turkish troops and PKK fighters have intensified in recent months.

Six Turkish soldiers and three PKK members were killed in overnight clashes along a highway in the remote province of Hakkari bordering Iraq and Iran.

PKK has been fighting for an autonomous Kurdish region inside Turkey since the 1980s. The conflict has left tens of thousands of people dead.

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War between Turkey and Syria

Erdogan.petit.caniche.de.Hillary.Clinton.jpgISTANBUL, Oct. 9 2012 (Xinhua) - Turkey and Syria move closer than ever to the verge of war after Syria's latest mortar shelling killed five Turkish civilians.

The Turkey Parliament has authorized a war mandate last week, enabling further cross-border military action against Syria.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan talked about the war twice within a week, saying that Turkey was not far away from war and called on his people to be prepared.

Turkey and Syria have been exchanging cross-border artillery fire for almost a week. In this sense, Turkey has already started fighting.

U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said last Saturday that conflict between Turkey and Syria may escalate and spread to neighboring countries.

However, many Turkish analysts worry that it would be great mistake for Turkey to get involved in a war with Syria, which could bring serious consequences to this country.

"If Turkey starts war with Syria, it would be detrimental for both countries. Turkey's social stability, economic development and democratization process would all be badly affected," Aykan Erdemir, a Turkish MP from the opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), told Xinhua.

Photo: Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan, the favorite poodle of Hillary Clinton.

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U.S. tactical nuclear weapons in Turkey

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Turkey is one of five European nations that continue to house U.S. tactical nuclear weapons allocated for NATO.

Some months ago, Obama signed a secret order authorizing U.S. support for Syrian terrorists and C.I.A. officers are operating secretly in southern Turkey. The weapons, including automatic rifles, rocket-propelled grenades, ammunition and some antitank weapons, are being funneled mostly across the Turkish border by way of a shadowy network of intermediaries including Syria’s Muslim Brotherhood and paid for by Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

The United States is setting up joint military, intelligence and 'medical' working teams with Israel, Turkey and Jordan.

On October 4, 2012, Adm. George Stavridis, the commander of US European Command (USEUCOM) and NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR), met with Chief of General Staff Gen. Necdet Ozel in Ankara. The meeting took place at General Staff headquarters but was only announced to the public in a statement released by the General Staff some days later. The talks were closed to the press and the statement did not elaborate on what Stavridis and Ozel discussed. It proved once again that the Turkish government is not only arming Syrian terrorists but organizes with its NATO allies (with Israel in the background) also a real war against Syria.

Photo: In May 1997, Israel and Turkey signed an agreement valued in excess of US $500 million for the establishment of a joint-venture between Israel's Rafael and Turkey's Turkish Aerospace Industries for the co-production of Popeye I and Popeye II missiles in Turkey

 


Syrian people and American poor are victims of the U.S. war industry

American.poor.jpgOctober 29, 2012 - For the fourth consecutive day, the armed terrorist groups in Deir Ezzor continued violating the declaration on suspending military operations which the Armed Forces have committed to.

An official source told SANA that terrorist groups on Monday committed acts of aggression and sabotage in al-Shheil area in the countryside of the province.

The source said the Armed Forces repelled the terrorists inflicting heavy losses upon them and destroying their cars.

Armed Forces Respond to Armed Terrorist Groups' Violations of Ceasefire in Damascus Countryside

In Harasta city in Damascus Countryside, a unit of the Armed Forces confronted a terrorist group which was perpetrating acts of sabotage near al-Hassan Mosque and al-Thanawiya Square, leading to eliminating a number of terrorists and seizing their weapons.

An official source told SANA reporter that a field hospital was found near the mosque with a huge quantity of medical drugs and equipment.

The source added that a unit of the Armed Forces responded to an armed terrorist group that attacked citizens and law-enforcement forces in Irbeen town in Damascus countryside and eliminated a number of terrorists.

Another unit of the Armed Forces eliminated a group of armed terrorists who attacked law-enforcement forces and sabotaged public and private properties in Zamalka town.

Terrorist Groups Attack Army and Security Checkpoints in Homs

In similar violations, an armed terrorist group opened fire at a number of army and law-enforcement checkpoints in al-Za'faraneh district in the countryside of Homs.

The Armed Forces repelled the attack inflicting heavy losses upon the terrorist group's members.

Another terrorist group opened fire at army checkpoints in Bab Hood neighborhood in the city of Homs. The group was confronted by the army units and had a number of its members killed while others were injured.

H. Said/F.Allafi/H.Sabbagh

http://sana.sy/eng/337/2012/10/29/449621.htm

Photo: American poor desperately waiting for a regime change in the U.S.
On June 29, 2011, an American study has revealed that the cost of U.S. military action in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan will run to at least $3.7trillion.
In human terms, at least 224,000 to 258,000 people have died directly from American warfare. Many more have died indirectly, from the loss of clean drinking water, health care and nutrition. Another 365,000 have been wounded and at least 7.8 million have been displaced.

Washington supports terrorists inside and outside Syria

barack-obama-and-ban-ki-moon.jpgOctober 29, 2012 - In two identical letters directed to the Chairman of the UN Security Council and UN Secretary General, the Syrian Foreign and Expatriates Ministry said on Monday stressed that the failure of the UN Security Council to condemn the bombing which took place in Daf al-Shouk neighborhood has encouraged terrorists to continue committing crimes against the Syrian people.

In the two letters which the Ministry demanded by issued as official Security Council and UN General Assembly documents under counter-terrorism articles, the Ministry said that on Monday October 29, 2012, a car bomb explosion shook a neighborhood in the town of Jarmana south of Damascus, resulting in the death of 11 citizens and injuring over 20, in addition to causing grave material damage to building to surrounding buildings and shops.

The letters said that this bombing took place in a town where Syrian Muslims and Christians of various sects coexist, and that it is one of the devastating bombings that took place in Syria during Eid al-Adha holiday, noting that the Syrian government announced its commitment to the cessation of military operations during this holiday, pointing out that the failure of the UN Security Council to condemn the bombing which took place in Daf al-Shouk neighborhood has encouraged terrorists to continue committing crimes against the Syrian people.

The Foreign and Expatriates Ministry went on to say that the US and some European and western countries disrupted the issuing Security Council statements that condemn the bloody terrorism claiming dozens of lives of women, children and the elderly in Syria, with the last such incident being when the UK, a permanent UNSC member, objected to issuing a statement condemning the bombing carried out by terrorist elements in Daf al-Shouk, a neighborhood in Damascus, which claimed the lives of many martyrs and wounded many others, in addition to destroying tens of houses.

The Ministry said that the disruption of such procedures by countries that claim to combat international  terrorism cannot be interpreted as anything other than practical support for terrorism and terrorists, noting that the US, France, Germany and Britain take turns among themselves to disrupt these procedures every time terrorists commit their crimes in Syria under blatant excuses and allegations that clearly indicate the existence of an agenda targeting the Syrian people, their achievements and their civilization, as well as constituting blatant proof of detestable double standards.

http://sana.sy/eng/21/2012/10/29/449712.htm

Photo: Obama with his friend UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon during a State lunch in Washington. Ban Ki-moon has been posted twice to the Republic of Korea embassy in Washington, D.C. and served as Director-General for American Affairs in 1990–1992.
President Obama, the 2009 winner of the Nobel Peace Prize for "extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples", signed a secret order authorizing U.S. support for Syrian terrorists seeking to depose Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his government.  Obama’s order, approved earlier this year and known as an intelligence “finding,” broadly permits the CIA and other U.S. agencies to provide support that could help the terrorists oust Assad.  C.I.A. officers are operating secretly in southern Turkey. The weapons, including automatic rifles, rocket-propelled grenades, ammunition and some antitank weapons, are being funneled mostly across the Turkish border by way of a shadowy network of intermediaries including Syria’s Muslim Brotherhood and paid for by Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar. The United States is setting up joint military, intelligence and medical working teams with Israel, Turkey and Jordan.

28/10/2012

The 'Arab Spring' is a way to do business

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Social network of the richest of the earth: a group of the wealthiest Americans including Obama and the 26-year-old Zuckerberg, who is worth an estimated 13,5 billion dollars...

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'President Obama made his 2012 campaign pitch at Facebook headquarters on Wednesday in the first ever live "town hall" meeting broadcast over the social network'

In an attempt to re-ignite the youth energy of his 2008 campaign, President Obama launched the first ever live town-hall-style meeting at Facebook headquarters in Palo Alto, California, on Wednesday.

Broadcast live to the social network’s more than 500 million users, the Q&A session included questions from the live audience as well as those submitted through the event’s Facebook page. Questions were moderated by Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who joined the president on stage wearing uncharacteristically dressy attire.

“Thank you so much, Facebook, for hosting, first of all, ” said Obama as he introduced himself to the crowd. “My name is Barack Obama, and I’m the first guy to get Mark Zuckerberg to wear a jacket and tie.”

During the meeting, President Obama touched on a wide variety of issues sure to play a major role throughout the 2012 campaign, including the ballooning national debt, the federal budget, health care, and the housing market.

While detailing his plan to reduce the deficit, which is expected to hit $1.4 trillion this fiscal year, the president promoted his strategy of spending cuts and increased taxes on the wealthiest Americans, a group that includes both the president himself and 26-year-old Zuckerberg, who is worth an estimated 13,5 billion dollars.

“I’m cool with that,” said Zuckerberg in response to the plan.

Zuckerberg, who recently donated $100 million to the Newark, New Jersey, school system, praised Obama’s education reform efforts. “I think the Race to the Top stuff that you guys have done is one of the most under-appreciated and most important things that your administration has done,” Zuckerberg said.

Obama turned the conversation to the importance of quality math and science education, a topic popular with the Silicon Valley crowd.

“I always hear stories about how we can’t find engineers, and that’s why we’re emphasizing math and science … We want to start making Science cool,” Obama said. “I want people to feel about the next big energy breakthrough and the next big Internet breakthrough the same way they felt about the moonwalk.”

“We’ve got to lift our game up when it comes to science, math and technology,” Obama continued. “That’s hopefully greatest legacy I can have as President of the United States.”

The president also backed the idea that America allow highly skilled immigrants to contribute to America’s technology industry.

“If we’ve got smart people who want to come here and start businesses and are PhDs in math and science and computer science, why don’t we want them to stay? They are job generators,” Obama said to a round of applause. “I think about somebody like an Andy Grove of Intel,” the president continued. “We want more Andy Groves here in the United States. We don’t want them starting companies — we don’t want them starting Intel in China or starting it in France. We want them starting it here.”

To conclude, Obama made his plea to the young crowd that made up the audience, both at Facebook headquarters, and those watching at home, to stay engaged in the politics of the country.

“If you put the same energy and imagination that you put into Facebook into the political process, I guarantee you there’s nothing we can’t solve,” Obama said.

At the end of the event, Zuckerberg made his own stylistic contribution as he presented President Obama with his signature duds, a Facebook hoodie.

Facebook - Reuters: misleading information from Israel

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On October 17, the Israeli military posted the above infographic on its Facebook page. The image includes a photograph of a young masked man holding a firebomb and featuring statistics regarding the number of firebomb attacks against Israelis in the West Bank since the start of 2012. The Israeli military urges Facebook users to share the image “because the mainstream media will not.”

In fact, the mainstream media did share this photo extensively – in its coverage of protests in Bahrain.

This powerful image has nothing to do with Judea, Samaria, Palestinians or Israelis. It was shot by Reuters photographer Hamad I Mohammed during protests in the Bahraini village of Salmabad last April.

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The Israeli military’s decision to use foreign photos to illustrate attacks in the West Bank as part of its propaganda efforts (without indicating that the image is only an illustration) may raise some interesting questions about its own ethical perception and standards.

This is not the first time the army has faced this particular criticism. In June, the army marked gay pride month by posting a photograph of two male Israeli soldiers holding hands. It was later revealed that the two soldiers are not a couple and only one of them is gay.

The use of a photo unrelated to the incident it purports to be illustrating was also more striking given the recent Israeli reaction to another alleged misuse of photographs.

Last March, Israeli military and political figures demanded the United Nation’s OCHA office in Jerusalem fire a staff member after she tweeted a photograph of a fatally wounded girl, whom she indicated had just been killed by Israeli fire in Gaza.

Pro-Israel activists and government officials maintained that the photograph had been published by Reuters in 2006 and a veritable campaign was launched besmirching the OCHA employee. Beyond the hypocrisy inherent in doing something that you had only just condemned others for doing, we should remember a key distinction between the two incidents: While the OCHA employee published the concerned photograph on her private Twitter account, as a private citizen, the Israel Defense Force is an official body and its Facebook page is an official government channel.

There are two options here: 1) The Israeli military did not know the source of the Bahraini image and did not bother to investigate before choosing to use the image (an “investigation” that took me only five minutes); 2) The military was aware of the photograph’s origin and chose to use it anyway in a misleading manner.

The IDF Spokespersons’ new media section has been contacted for comment. This post will be updated should a response be received.

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25/10/2012

American 'Peace Process' killed 2,300 Palestinians

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Maan News Agency | June 15, 2012 

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces have killed nearly 2,300 Palestinians and injured 7,700 in Gaza over the last five years, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said Thursday.

Some 27 percent of the fatalities in Gaza were women and children, the UN agency said in a report highlighting the effects of Israel’s blockade.

The land, sea and air blockade of Gaza entered its sixth year on Thursday.

Under the blockade, exports have dropped to less than 3 percent of 2006 levels.

“The continued ban on the transfer of goods from Gaza to its traditional markets in the West Bank and Israel, along with the severe restrictions on access to agricultural land and fishing waters, prevents sustainable growth and perpetuates the high levels of unemployment,
food insecurity and aid dependency,” UNOCHA said.

Israel’s naval blockade has undermined the livelihood of 35,000 fishermen, and farmers have lost around 75,000 tons of produce each year due to Israeli restrictions along Gaza’s land border, it added.

Meanwhile, Israeli restrictions on imports have led to the growth of the smuggling trade. At least 172 Palestinians have been killed working in tunnels under Gaza’s border with Egypt, the report said.

Despite the risks, young men are still drawn to tunnel work in Gaza, where more than half the youth is unemployed and 44 percent of people are food insecure.

Mark Regev, spokesman for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, said Thursday that the blockade was necessary because Gaza’s ruling party Hamas is a “terrorist organization.”

“All cargo going into Gaza must be checked because Gaza is controlled by Hamas, an internationally recognized terrorist organization,” Regev told Reuters in response to a petition by 50 aid groups, including six UN agencies, calling on Israel to lift the blockade.

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Foto: Israeli settlers from Bracha settlement throw stones at Palestinian farmers

22/10/2012

Washington supports terrorists inside and outside Syria

Pressure on Countries that Support Terrorists.jpgBrahimi Meets National Democratic Bloc: Exerting Pressure on Countries that Support Terrorists

Oct 22, 2012

DAMASCUS, (SANA) – UN envoy to Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, met on Monday the National Democratic Bloc delegation at Dama Rose Hotel in Damascus.

Secretary-General of the National Youth for Justice and Development Party, Barwin Ibrahim, pointed out in a statement to journalists after the meeting that the National Democratic Bloc presented its point of view on the crisis in Syria and the vision of its parties for dealing with the crisis.

Ibrahim said that the bloc criticized the international community for not listening to the voice of the opposition inside Syria and adopting the point of view of the outside opposition which does not represent the Syrian people and calls for foreign intervention.

She said that the international community considers the political solution of the crisis in Syria as a compromise and reconciliation among the superpowers.

For his part, Secretary-General of the National Democratic Solidarity Party, Salim Abdul-Wahab al-Kharat, said that the bloc is searching for a roadmap to deal with all national opposition powers inside Syria, calling for halting violence by all sides.

Secretary-General of the Syrian Democratic Party, Firas Nadim, stressed the importance of lifting the suffering of the Syrian people because of the oppressive economic sanctions, calling on the UN envoy to Syria to play a bigger role in exerting pressure on the countries which are supporting the armed terrorist groups to end bloodshed in Syria.

F.Allafi/M.Eyon

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Who's is reponsible for terrorist acts in Syria ?

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1) Obama signed a secret order authorizing U.S. support for Syrian terrorists seeking to depose Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his government.  Obama’s order, approved earlier this year and known as an intelligence “finding,” broadly permits the CIA and other U.S. agencies to provide support that could help the terrorists oust Assad.  C.I.A. officers are operating secretly in southern Turkey. The weapons, including automatic rifles, rocket-propelled grenades, ammunition and some antitank weapons, are being funneled mostly across the Turkish border by way of a shadowy network of intermediaries including Syria’s Muslim Brotherhood and paid for by Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar. The United States is setting up joint military, intelligence and medical working teams with Israel, Turkey and Jordan.

2) British Foreign Secretary William Hague said Britain would step up its support for the armed groups in Syria, providing them with an additional £5 million (US$7.8 million). The money is used for bomb attacks in Syria.

3) 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.

4) Belgian Senator Nele Lijnen said that she intends to launch a discussion at the Belgian Senate regarding the fact that the terrorists in Syria possess weapons made in Belgium. 

5) 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.

6) The weapons and military equipment recently discovered and seized by the Syrian Army in Idlib province proves NATO's arms and logistic support for terrorists in Syria.

7) The seized weapons in Salqain district in Idlib included 7.26 guns along with other weapons as well as boxes of gunshots with the words "NATO BALL" carved on them.

8) The Lebanese army intelligence has seized a large quantity of wea Lutfallah II container pons hidden inside cars aboard an Italian ship at Tripoli port, north of Lebanon, Lebanese security sources told Al-Manar TV.

9) This comes just days after the Lebanese Army Marines confiscated Lutfallah II arms shipment off the Lebanese port of Batoun while it was carrying 300,000 pounds of weapons within three containers. Reports said the cargo ship, which was flying the flag of Sierra-Leone, had left Libya and was bound to Syria.

10) Lebanese terrorist Mohammad Hussein Fares confessed to participating in smuggling weapons, militants and journalists into Syria and committing terrorists acts against Syrians.

11) Fares said that they smuggled assault rifles, RPG rounds, sniper rifles, LAW missiles, machineguns and cases of ammo, delivering them to Amoun, with al-Jarban coming later to distribute them among terrorists.

12) US, Qatar and Saudi Arabia are arming AL-QAEDA Terrorists to commit Terrorism in Syria.

13) Over 30,000 various weapons have been channelled to Syria since unrest flared up there in April last year, Amin Khteit says. The overall amount of explosives makes up 300 tons. The deliveries were made by Qatar and Saudi Arabia. They depend on the United States, which is making every effort to overpower Syria.

14) The authorities seized weapons smuggled from Turkey in Tal Abyad area on the Syrian-Turkish borders in Raqqa countryside.

15) A Turkish parliamentarian has stressed that Turkish ambulances are transporting weapons to terrorist groups in Syria, expressing their opposition to Ankara's policies on the Syrian case.

Photo: Victims of the bombing of China's embassy in Serbia

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Meeting with UN envoy to Syria

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Oct 22, 2012

DAMASCUS, (SANA) – President Bashar al-Assad on Sunday stressed that Syria supports the efforts of the UN envoy to Syria and is open to any sincere efforts seeking to find a political solution to the crisis based on respecting Syria's sovereignty and rejecting any foreign interference.

The President's stress came during his meeting with the UN envoy to Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, which tackled the developments in Syria and the efforts exerted by Brahimi and the outcomes of his latest tour to a number of countries in the region.

President al-Assad clarified that any initiative or political process should be essentially based on the principle of halting terrorism and what is required in this regard from the countries involved in supporting, arming and harboring the terrorists in Syria to halt such acts.

The meeting was attended by Deputy Prime Minister, Foreign and Expatriates Minister Walid al-Moallem, Presidential Political and Media Advisor, Dr. Bouthaina Shaaban, Deputy Foreign and Expatriates Minister, Fayssal Mikdad, Assistant Foreign and Expatriates Minister, Ahmad Arnous, and Head of Foreign Media Department at the Ministry, Jihad Makdissi.

Brahimi: Meeting Was Open and Responsible as Usual

Later, in a statement to the journalists following his meeting with President al-Assad, Brahimi described the meeting as "open and responsible as usual".

He said the meeting tackled the issues related to the Syrian situation "with us looking forward to the future which we hope will end up in solving the crisis in Syria and restoring peace and security to it."

"I talked with President al-Assad about halting the fighting during the Eid, and I also talked with all those whom I met inside and outside Syria about this personal initiative which isn't an advanced project or part of the peace process which we seek for this country," the UN envoy told the journalists.

Brahimi: My Only Agenda Is Serving the Syrians

He considered that "if each of the parties would take a decision on its own, then there would be a collective decision on the non-use of arms during the Eid."

Brahimi noted that this idea of his had the support of the opposition parties abroad and the officials in the neighboring countries whom he met.

He said that being in charge, he hasn't got any other agenda except that of serving the Syrian people, wishing them a blessed Eid.

"I'll come back after the Eid. If there was calm during it, we would build on it, and even it there wasn't, we would work to realize calm," Brahimi pointed out, expressing hope that the door to ease for the Syrian people will open.

Answering a question regarding him having a long-winded plan or a ready paper, Brahimi said "We are working on getting this paper prepared with the various internal and external parties."

He added that the Syrian people expects something more than this days-long armistice and they have the right to this, noting that "What we can promise to do is to work tirelessly to achieve the aspirations of the Syrian people."

Asked on whether he had guarantees from the armed groups on commitment to halt fighting, the UN envoy said "this call doesn't require prearranged guarantees as guarantees are promises by the people to halt the fighting. Therefore, they either commit themselves and their conscience to do so, or otherwise if they didn't, then it is the Syrian people who would hold them accountable."

R. Milhem / H. Zain/ H. Said 

http://sana.sy/eng/21/2012/10/22/448279.htm

U.S. Embassy misleads...

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'U.S. Embassy misleads State Department on Demmink'

The persistent allegations of child abuse to the address of the Dutch Secretary-General for Justice, Mr. Joris Demmink, right?

Who can tell? The fact is that from official frantically continues to spread disinformation about. We have already talked about the constantly repeated untruth that would have been determined that Demmink not in Turkey at the time of the abuse of which he is accused. That is a distortion of the fact that in the course of an investigation - which anyway is controversial because Demmink just stayed in office - it failed to find evidence of his presence.

Of error and misinformation games
But absence of evidence is not evidence of absence. That even though a former Minister of Justice Hirsch Ballin in Netherlands Fri themselves guilty of these transparent deception, gives food for thought. It seems that now the U.S. Embassy is drawn into such games of error and misinformation. According to a news report yesterday by WND, the embassy Demmink informed about its government. Undoubtedly following the hearing in Congress on 4 October. In the relevant email states that for Demminks debt never "conclusive evidence" is provided, despite repeated accusations. At an official level, is that right, but the point is precisely that this official level on points about the case demonstrable untruth speaks. "In fact", the embassy, ??"that a gay and a tabloid newspaper that the allegations were published by order of the court in 2003 had to rectify their stories."

Messages about Demmink in 2003 not corrected
Well, from a certain point you can muster admiration for that formulation. In itself there namely no flaw in that. Yet, as presented here in this context, it is downright misleading. Indeed had Gaykrant and Panorama in 2003 to rectify. But not because Demmink or because the Ministry of Justice. Who have never litigated against the blades and could therefore on that basis not enforce rectification.Whoever did it, was dean Van der Valk, also as a visitor to the Anne Frank parking facilities in Eindhoven in the news had arrived. What exactly happened to the allegation was true, is unclear. In any case it is Gaykrant and Panorama failed this with hard evidence to sustain. That message is corrected. But not the allegations against the 'top official'. Who are not on that occasion by order of the court corrected.That is of course the interpretation that arises through the suggestive way the American embassy information serving.

Sand in eyes
At the point in question, namely whether the accusations against Demmink then by a Dutch court are reviewed, will once again demonstrate deception place. This time by the U.S. government, for a change. The State Department, the U.S. Department of State, however, must by its own embassy no sand in the eyes let straw. And the U.S. Congress not by the State Department.

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Photo: American Embassy in Beirut

20/10/2012

Syria News: US-backed terrorists killed

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Terrorists Kill A Doctor in Daraa. Army Dismantles IEDs, Eliminates Terrorists in Several Provinces

Oct 20, 2012

PROVINCES, (SANA) – During their operations to clear Aleppo and its countryside from terrorists, the armed forces on Saturday eliminated a number of terrorists, some of them Saudis and Libyans.

A source at the province told SANA's correspondent that an armed forces unit carried out an operation against a terrorist gathering in Arab Fatouma in Khan al-Assal, killing a number of terrorists including Zeidan Masrati (a Libyan) and Issa al-Fayyad (a Saudi).

The source added that an armed forces unit destroyed a terrorist hideout and four cars used by terrorists for transporting weapons and ammo in Handarat in Aleppo countryside, while four cars, one of which equipped with a machinegun, in Biret al-Bab area.

Another unti destroyed three gatherings of terrorists at the municipal building in Basraton, around the cemetery in al-Atareb, and near Asia factory in Hreitan.

In Aleppo city, the armed forces carried out operations against gatherings of terrorists at Penguin factory in al-Haydariya, near the police department in Hanano, al-Kallaseh, Bab Qansarin, al-Sukkari, al-Tananir Square and Bustan al-Qaser, inflicting heavy losses upon the terrorists.

A unit of the Armed Forces destroyed 7 machinegun-equipped vehicles near Hantaya Gas Station in Bustan al-Basha in Aleppo, and the terrorists inside them were killed.

Army Storms Terrorist Hideouts, Disables IEDs in Daraa Province

A unit of the Armed Force on Saturday stormed terrorists' hideouts in Jimreen and Busra al-Sham areas in Daraa countryside and seized a large amounts of weapons and munitions.

A source in the province told SANA reporter that the weapons included machineguns, military rifles, RPG rounds munitions and stolen medicine and medical equipment.

The source highlighted that scores of terrorists were killed during the operations, adding that the military engineering units dismantled 20 IEDs with weights of 25-100 kg planted by terrorists in the areas of Busra al-Sham and Jimreen.

Terrorists Kill Doctor, Kidnap Another in Daraa

An armed terrorist group assassinated Dr. Sufyan al-Zoubi while in en route to his work at Daraa National Hospital.

A source in the province said that Dr. al-Zoubi was martyred immediately after he was injured in his neck.

The source added that another terrorist group kidnapped Dr. Ghassan al-Farhan, Head of the Blood Bank in Daraa, from his laboratory in the city.

Terrorist Group Planting IEDs Arrested in Quneitra

Security forces arrested a terrorist group that was planting explosive devices targeting civilians and law-enforcement personnel in Quneitra.

An official source told SANA reporter that the group was responsible for planting a 25-kg IED with the aim of targeting law-enforcement personnel on September 21st, 2012.

M. Nassr/H. Sabbagh

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Obama signed a secret order authorizing U.S. support for Syrian terrorists seeking to depose Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his government. Obama’s order, approved earlier this year and known as an intelligence “finding,” broadly permits the CIA and other U.S. agencies to provide support that could help the terrorists oust Assad.  C.I.A. officers are operating secretly in southern Turkey. The weapons, including automatic rifles, rocket-propelled grenades, ammunition and some antitank weapons, are being funneled mostly across the Turkish border by way of a shadowy network of intermediaries including Syria’s Muslim Brotherhood and paid for by Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar. The United States is setting up joint military, intelligence and medical working teams with Israel, Turkey and Jordan.

The 'two-state solution' to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict...

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Noam Chomsky visits Gaza

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Noam Chomsky, one of the world’s greatest linguists, philosophers, and political critics, is finally here in Gaza for the first time.

Oct 20, 2012  - Chomsky was the guest speaker in a seminar attended by Gaza’s elite thinkers and intellectuals mainly discussing his political views and opinions on contemporary political issues. 

Mr. Chomsky openly slammed on the United States foreign policy, specially its unlimited support to Israel. He said that the two-state solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict is still more realistic than the one-state solution, despite the continuous expansion of the Israeli settlements in the West Bank. 

Mr. Chomsky bitterly criticized the US’s policies in the Middle East, which are based on supporting dictators all the way until it is no more possible to protect them, and then replacing them with new faces keeping the old regime in place. He was not excited about what is called “the Arab Spring”, and was definitely against any foreign intervention in Syria. Chomsky was invited to Gaza by the Islamic University of Gaza. 

The 84 year-old intellectual, along with 10 other international intellectuals, accepted the invitation to Gaza to participate in the First International Conference of Applied Linguistics and Literature at the Islamic University of Gaza. 

To the besieged Gaza Strip, Noam Chomsky and his fellow intellectuals have come here to share their thoughts and views with Gazans, breaking all political restrictions.

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Photo: Gaza 'liberated' by Israeli fighter jets.  On November 15, 2010, Washington blocked the UN resolutions critical of Israel, and supplied Israel with fighter jets worth $3 billion. In october 2011, Israeli jets bombed the Gaza Strip...

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Turkey fires on Syria...

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C.I.A. officers are operating secretly in southern Turkey. The weapons, including automatic rifles, rocket-propelled grenades, ammunition and some antitank weapons, are being funneled mostly across the Turkish border by way of a shadowy network of intermediaries including Syria’s Muslim Brotherhood and paid for by Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar. The United States is setting up joint military, intelligence and medical working teams with Israel, Turkey and Jordan. US and UK, are the largest weapons suppliers to Turkey. 

Photo: Turkish prime minister Erdogan, the beloved little poodle of Hillary Clinton.

19/10/2012

Latest News Syria: crackdown on terrorists

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Crackdown on Terrorists Continues in Several Provinces

Oct 19, 2012

GOVERNORATES, (SANA) - The armed forces continued cleansing Aleppo neighborhoods of terrorists, targeted one of their gatherings near the Retirement Home in Bustan al-Basha neighborhood in the city.

A military source told SANA that 3 tourist cars that terrorists were driving were destroyed in the operation.

At al-Sheikh Khodr Square in Aleppo city, a unit of the armed forces destroyed a den for terrorists and killed many, some of whom were using RPGs and PKC machineguns.

Weapons Confiscated in Deir Ezzor

A unit of the armed forces confiscated a pick-up car equipped with DShK machinegun and various weapons in al-Mwuazzafin neighborhood and Cinema Fouad Street in Deir Ezzor.

A source in the governorate told SANA reporter that another unit carried out two qualitative operations near al-Baajin School and al-Rawda Mosque in al-Jbeileh and al-Arfy neighborhoods, killing scores of terrorists.

The source added that the competent authorities clashed with an armed terrorist group that attacked civilians and locals in Halabiya and Zalabiya area in Deir Ezzor countryside, killing a number of its members and destroying several cars for them.

Arms-Loaded Car Confiscated in Qamishli

The competent authorities confiscated a car loaded with amounts of weapons and the highly explosive TNT, along with a 50 kg explosive device in al-Masaref Street in Qamishli city.

SANA quoted a source in Hasaka as saying that the competent authorities discovered automatic and sniper rifles inside the car, explosive belts, electrical detonators , several charges and a 25 meter long detonator.

The source added that hand grenades, laptops and amounts of explosive material in plastic sacks, in addition to Saudi ID cards and driving licenses were also discovered in the car, indicating that the terrorists in the car belonged to al-Nusra Front. 

Terrorists Targeted in Homs Countryside

The armed forces destroyed in a qualitative operation terrorists' dens in several areas in Homs countryside. 
A source in the governorate told SANA that the operations left scores of terrorists killed in al-Bouyaida al-Sharqieh in al-Qusayr countryside and in al-Ghanto and al-Rastan northwest of the city.

Scores of Terrorists Killed in Daraa Countryside

Crackdown operations against terrorists in Daraa eastern countryside continued.

SANA reporter quoted a source in the governorate as saying that a unit of the armed forces killed big numbers of terrorists in Maaraba town and Busra al-Sham city.

The source added that stolen drugs, military equipment and various weapons were confiscated in the operations.

Armed Forces Clash with Terrorists in Lattakia Countryside

A unit of the armed forces clashed with an armed terrorist group near al-Nabi Younes site in Lattakia countryside, inflicting heavy losses upon them.

An official source told SANA that the clash left scores of terrorists dead or injured, while the rest fled towards nearby forests.

M. Ismael 

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Photos: Syrian army - US. aircraft 'liberating' Vietnam

Russia warns NATO

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Russia warns NATO of ‘unpleasant response’

Russia has warned that it may deliver an unpleasant “technical response” to NATO over the planned deployment of a NATO missile system in Europe.

"The Russian response is currently mostly virtual, political, and diplomatic in character, but under certain circumstances we would be forced to deliver a technical response, which I don't think you'll like," UPI quoted Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin as saying at a meeting with NATO Parliamentary Assembly in Moscow on Thursday.

The United States and NATO agreed to establish a missile system during a summit in Lisbon in 2010, but negotiations between Russia and the Western military alliance have foundered on NATO’s refusal to give Russia legal guarantees that the system would not target the country’s strategic nuclear deterrent.

Moscow has also called for the shared control of any missile system. Washington, however, refuses to share the system’s control with any third party.

In return, Russia has threatened to aim a new generation of missiles at military targets in Europe and to deploy its own missile interceptors in the Kaliningrad region on the Baltic Sea coast.

On Friday, Russian President Vladimir Putin called NATO “a Cold War atavism,” saying the alliance should turn into a political organization. 

"Why it (NATO) still exists in modern times, is just not clear. It is to a significant extent a throwback to the times of the Cold War," Putin said. 

"I have always believed that NATO is a Cold War atavism. It was set up at a time, when there was a bipolar system in international relations. Today, that situation has changed therefore, it is hard to understand or justify why an organization such as NATO should be existing today,” the president added. 

Russia has repeatedly objected to the establishment of the NATO missile system, saying the country is the main target of the system as it possesses a significant number of nuclear weapons. It is clear that NATO is not a military defense system but a war machine in service of the American-European Empire.

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On May 7, 1999, during the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia (Operation Allied Force), five US JDAM guided bombs hit the People's Republic of China embassy in the Belgrade district of New Belgrade, killing three Chinese reporters and outraging the Chinese public.  It is clear that NATO is not a military 'defense system' but a war machine that threatens World Peace.

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L'ONU, strumento degli stati uniti e dei suoi satelliti

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1) 15 Novembre 2010: Il presidente americano Barack Obama saluta il Primo ministro israeliano, Benjamin Netanyahu, per sollecitare il suo gabinetto ad accettare la proposta americana di prolungare il congelamento della costruzione delle colonie in Cisgordania per 90 giorni. Secondo il piano,Washington potrebbe bloccare le risoluzioni dell'ONU critiche d'Israële, e fornire ad Israële degli aerei da combattimento dal valore di 3 miliardi di dollari. Il governo americano egualmente promette ad Israële che, dopo la moratoria di 90 giorni, loro non domanderebbero ulteriore prolungamento, e la costruzione delle colonie in Cisgordania e a Gerusalemme-Est (tutto ciò sarebbe illegale se si ottempera il diritto internazionale) potrebbe proseguire senza interruzioni.

2) Febbraio 2011: Più di 100 paesi votano per una risoluzione dell'ONU che avrebbe condannato le colonie israeliane illegali ed interrompere ogni nuova costruzione. Ma gli Stati Uniti posero il loro veto.

3) 19 Febbraio 2011: Israële dice che è profondamente riconoscente agli Stati Uniti che misero il loro veto ad una risoluzione dell'ONU proposta per la direzione palestinese che condannava la colonializzazione israeliana.

4) Ottobre 2011: Aerei Israëliani bombardano la fascia di Gaza - Aerei da caccia israeliani si immettono nei bombardamenti aerei della città palestinese di Khan Younès nella striscia di Gaza.

Photo: Il primo ministro turco Recep Tayyip Erdogan, è un piccolo cagnolino beneamato dal segretario di stato americano Hillary Clinton. Il 13 Octobre, 2012, Erdogan ha condannato 'l'inerzia delle Nazioni Unite sul dossier Siriano' ed ha proposto di 'riformare l'Organizzazione delle Nazioni Unite per la sua incapacità a mettere fine alla strage siriana'...

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L'ONU, instrument des Etats-Unis et de ses satellites

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1) 15 Novembre 2010: Le président américain Barack Obama salue le Premier ministre israélien, Benjamin Netanyahu, pour solliciter son cabinet à accepter la proposition américaine de prolonger le gel de la construction des colonies en Cisjordanie pendant 90 jours. Selon le plan, Washington pourrait bloquer les résolutions de l'ONU critiques d'Israël, et fournir à Israël des avions de combat d'une valeur de 3 milliards de dollars. Le gouvernement américain également promet à Israël que, après le moratoire de 90 jours, ils ne seraient pas demander une prolongation, et la construction de colonies en Cisjordanie et à Jérusalem-Est (tout ce qui est illégal au regard du droit international) pourrait se poursuivent sans relâche.

2) Février 2011: Plus de 100 pays votent pour une résolution de l'ONU qui aurait condamné les colonies israéliennes illégales et interrompu toute nouvelle construction. Mais Les Etats-Unis misent leur veto.

3) 19 Février 2011: Israël dit qu'il est 'profondément reconnaissant aux États-Unis' qui opposait leur veto à une résolution de l'ONU proposé par la direction palestinienne condamnant la colonisation israélienne.

4) Octobre 2011: Israël jets bombent la bande de Gaza - Avions de chasse israéliens s'engagent dans des bombardements aériens de la ville palestinienne de Khan Younès dans la bande de Gaza.

Photo: Le premier ministre turc Recep Tayyip Erdogan, petit caniche bien-aimée de la secrétaire d'Etat américaine Hillary Clinton.
Le 13 Octobre, 2012, Erdogan a condamné 'l'inertie des Nations Unies sur le dossier Syrien' et il a proposé de 'réformer l'Organisation des Nations unies en raison de son incapacité à régler la crise syrienne'...

Palestiniens: victimes de l'occupation israélienne et de l'intolérance religieuse

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'Là où la liberté religieuse est respectée, les autres droits fondamentaux de l’homme le sont aussi' (Présentation du 9e Rapport de l’AED sur la liberté religieuse dans le monde à Lucerne)

Lucerne, 18 octobre 2012 (Apic) L’œuvre d’entraide catholique internationale "Aide à l’Eglise en détresse" (AED) a présenté, le 17 octobre 2012, son 9e Rapport 2012 sur la liberté religieuse dans le monde, à l’Université de Lucerne. Les intervenants étaient le professeur de droit international à l’Université de Genève, Nicolas Michel, et du responsable d’AED en Suisse romande et italienne, Roberto Simona.

Publié en six langues et dans 17 pays, le rapport sur la liberté religieuse de 582 pages rend compte, à l’aide d’exemples concrets et de témoignages, de la situation sur tous les continents. Le constat est alarmant. Les principales victimes de l’absence de liberté religieuse dans le monde sont des chrétiens. 75% des cas d’atteinte les concernent, affirme l’œuvre d’entraide catholique internationale.

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Photo: Des israéliens de la colonie de Bracha jettent des pierres sur des agriculteurs palestiniens.

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