10/09/2012

Alleppo: Syrian army has retaken full control

 

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The Syrian army has retaken full control of a barracks in the flashpoint city of Aleppo after days of fierce clashes with armed groups fighting against the government.


A Syrian military official said on Monday that the army is now in full control of the Hanano barracks in east Aleppo, which serves as a weapons storage depot, conscript recruitment center and the headquarters of the local branch of the military police and riot police. 

On Friday, anti-Damascus insurgents claimed to have taken control of parts of the base. 

"The Syrian army is in total control of the Hanano barracks after fighting which came to a complete halt during the night," the source said from inside the barracks.

 


Meanwhile, there are reports of clashes between government troops and foreign-backed insurgents in other parts of Aleppo, including Mysar and Qadi Askar. 

Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011. 

Damascus blames outlaws, saboteurs, and armed terrorists for the unrest while the opposition accuses the security forces of being behind the violence. 

The Syrian government says the chaos is being orchestrated from outside and accuses certain Arab and Western countries, including Saudi Arabia, Qatar, of arming and funding insurgent fighting against the government. 

HM/JR

More info: 

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2012/09/10/260834/syria-in-f...

http://sana.sy/eng/337/2012/09/10/440456.htm

(The links are regularly blocked by foreign intelligence services)

Syrian Armed Forces: 30 kidnapped persons released...

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Armed Forces Continue Pursuing Terrorists, Inflict Heavy Losses Upon them, Destroy Ammunition Warehouses, Release Kidnapped

10.9.2012

PROVINCES, (SANA) - The armed forces on Sunday released 30 persons who were kidnapped by the armed terrorist groups south the Vocational Training Institute in Maysaloun area in Aleppo.

A unit of the armed forces destroyed 3 trucks used by terrorists on al-Bab road in Aleppo.

In a qualitative operation, the armed forces also killed members of an armed terrorist group, including snipers, near al-Ansari Mosque in Maysaloun area in Aleppo.

The armed forces also targeted terrorists who fled from Maysaloun area towards al-Safa and al-Shaar neighborhoods, killing a number of them.

A unit of the armed forces clashed with terrorists near al-Arqoub in Maysaloun area, killing and injuring a number of terrorists.

Another unit of our armed forces clashed with terrorists near al-Furkan Mosque in al-Arqoub area in Aleppo, inflicting heavy losses upon the terrorists.

In a qualitative operation, a unit of our armed forces killed members of a terrorist group including a number of snipers were stationed near al-Ansar Mosque in Maysaloun area.

Meanwhile, an armed terrorist group targeted a house for civilians with two mortar shells and destroyed it in al-Suliemaniya area.

http://sana.sy/eng/337/2012/09/10/440456.htm

Syrian Armed Forces: 30 kidnapped persons released...

Israel uses 'Nuclear Threat' as pretext to bomb Syria and Iran

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'New Revelations Cast Light on Syria’s Nuclear Program'

Satellite photos show new sites of Syrian nuclear development
Israeli-bombed nuclear plant was farther along than thought
Syria has repeatedly snubbed IAEA inspections

WASHINGTON, Feb. 24.2011 – Syria established four additional nuclear facilities aside from the one bombed by Israel in 2007, the US Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS) reported late Wednesday (Feb. 23).

The report suggests that Syria's nuclear program was far more advanced than previously believed and gives more urgency to international efforts to uncover the full extent of Syria’s nuclear ambitions.

Here is some background and a timeline on Syria’s secret efforts to acquire nuclear efforts:

Background (From the Nuclear Threat Initiative)

Syria has been a signatory to the Non Proliferation Treaty since 1968, but is nonetheless widely known to have sought nuclear weaponry for over 40 years.

“Given Syria's weak conventional forces, a nuclear weapons program may have seemed a viable option for achieving strategic parity with Israel” after the 1973 war, the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) states in its fact sheet on Syria

Realizing it could not build a weapon on its own, Syria sought help through the 1980s from European countries to develop a reactor. A French firm ultimately won the bid.

China began constructing the SRR-1 research reactor in 1991 as a part of an IAEA technical assistance project. China also provided Syria with 980.4g of uranium enriched to 90.2%

Throughout the 1990s, American and Israeli officials believed that Syria and China were cooperating on weaponization projects

The Al-Khibar Site

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In 2007, Israeli warplanes, in an attack codenamed “Operation Orchard,” bombed suspected nuclear site al-Khibar, also known as Daz az Zwar, in northeastern Syria.

Al-Khibar was a nuclear reactor site in the advanced stages of construction.

Three days before the attack, a North Korean ship carrying materials labeled as cement, but widely suspected of being nuclear materials, had docked in the Syrian port of Tartus.

North Korea was suspected to be aiding in the development of the site.

Leading Israeli nuclear expert Uzi Even said of the target: “I suspect that it was a plant for processing plutonium, namely, a factory for assembling the bomb,” he said. “I think the DPRK [Democratic People’s Republic of Korea] transferred to Syria weapons-grade plutonium in raw form that is nuggets of easily transported metal in protective cans. I think the shaping and casting of the plutonium was supposed to be in Syria.”

Current status: Removing the Veil on Syrian Ambitions

Even in the face of world consensus, Syria continues to reject that the Israeli bombings damaged a nuclear facility.

Syria has refused inspections since 2008, prompting Western officials to threaten more punitive measures if IAEA inspectors are not again allowed to visit sites in question.

The German newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung, in December 2010, reported that three new sites related to the one allegedly bombed by Israel in 2007 had been discovered.

A February 23, 2011 report by the Washington-based think-tank Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS) suggests that Syria’s program was far more advanced than previously thought after the 2007 Israeli air-raid on al-Khibar.

The ISIS also discovered four new nuclear sites previously unknown to western investigators.

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak commented on the revelations on Feb. 24, saying that even though Israel knows about Syrian ambitions, the door is still open to peace talks.

Contact:

Alan Elsner: 202-857-6671 (office), 202-306-0757 (cell), alane@theisraelproject.org 

Jennifer Packer: 202-207-6122 (office), jenniferp@theisraelproject.org 

http://www.theisraelproject.org 

http://www.theisraelproject.org/site/apps/nlnet/content2....

(The links are regularly deactivated by the war propaganda services which want that we repeat like a chicken the daily war propaganda against Syria and Iran)

Photo: Israel's nuclear threat. The Sunday Times reveals the secrets of Israel's nuclear arsenal.

08/09/2012

Terrorist gangs in Syria: Belgian weapons

 

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Belgian Senator to Launch Discussion at Senate on Possession of Belgian Weapons by Armed Opposition in Syria

Aug 14, 2012  - BRUSSELS, (SANA) – Belgian Senator Nele Lijnen said that she intends to launch a discussion at the Belgian Senate regarding the fact that the armed opposition in Syria possess weapons made in Belgium.

Lijnen will pose several questions on the issue as soon as the Senate and the Chamber of Representatives resume their work next month after the end of the summer vacation.

She stressed the need to uncover the fate of exported Belgian weapons, and that many questions must be answered as to how the weapons reached the armed opposition to Syria and to whom these weapons were actually sold and when.

Several sources indicate that the armed opposition is using Belgian weapons, with photos being published that show Belgian weapons in the hands of militants in areas in Damascus' suburbs.

It should be noted that Belgian weapons are exported to Saudi Arabia and Qatar, which are supplying the Syrian opposition with weapons.

H. Sabbagh

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Photo: M249 Automatic weapon

Contractor:

FN Manufacturing 

Cost per item: about $4,000

Size of 2007 contract: $48.3 million

The Army’s primary machine gun can spit 850 bullets per minute. FN Herstal developed the gun in the early 1980s for the Pentagon, which wanted a lightweight automatic weapon (the one here is 17 pounds). The Belgian company’s South Carolina factory makes about 550 a month for the Army.

U.S. embassy Brussels: 'bomb' of grapefruit juice...

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Anti-terrorist alert in Brussels brought a bottle of fruit juice

September 5, 2012 - Brussels - Mistaken for a bomb in a parked suspicious object near the U.S. embassy and government buildings in Brussels car was a bottle of grapefruit juice, reported on Wednesday Belgian media .

"Army evacuation and destruction of explosive devices has come to the conclusion that the inspected car contained no explosives.

Inside was found a large number of electrical wires , which can , and location of the vehicle created a suspicious situation, " - said the spokesman of the Metropolitan Police.

http://russian2day.blogspot.be/2012/09/anti-terrorist-ale...

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Odd vehicle checked near U.S. embassy in Brussels

By Associated Press

September 5, 2012 - Brussels — The area around the U.S. embassy in Brussels and the Belgian defense ministry was temporarily sealed off as bomb squad assessed a suspicious vehicle.

A bomb squad moved in with a specialized robot and an expert in a bomb suit before the area was declared safe for traffic again. The alert was lifted by 3 p.m. local time Wednesday and traffic started moving again around the two buildings.

No specific details were immediately available.

http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20120905/NATION/209050...

07/09/2012

Syria: Terrorist Bombing - US. is responsible

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6 Citizens and Law-enforcement Members Martyred, Several Others Injured in Terrorist Bombing in Rukneddin, Car Bomb in al-Mazzeh Causes Material Damage

Sept 7, 2012 - DAMASCUS, (SANA) - 6 civilians and law-enforcement members were martyred and several others injured when a booby-trapped electric bicycle exploded near al-Ruknieh Mosque in Rukneddin in Damascus.

SANA quoted a source in the governorate as saying that ''The bicycle went off when the worshippers were leaving the mosque. 6 civilians and law-enforcement members were martyred and several others injured in the bombing, and private properties were damaged.''

Booby-trapped Car Explodes Near Justice Palace and Information Ministry in al-Mazzeh

A booby-trapped car exploded near the Justice Palace and the Ministry of Information on al-Mazzeh Highway in Damascus, causing material damage.

SANA said that the explosion left several cars in the area burned and smashed the facades of nearby shops and buildings.

Fifteen Citizens, Including Women and Children, Injured by Terrorists' Mortar Shells in Homs

Fifteen citizens, including women and children, were wounded after an armed terrorist group launched three Mortar shells on al-Maydan neighborhood in Homs.

A source at the province told SANA reporter that the shells were launched from Bab Houd neighborhood, adding that the 81 mm shells are Israeli-made.

Armed Forces Inflict Heavy Losses upon Terrorists in Aleppo

An armed forces' unit confronted an armed terrorist group which was trying to enter Aleppo from al-Ba'aydeen area, inflicting heavy losses upon its members.

A unit from the armed forces eliminated a group of terrorists in al-Maysar area in Aleppo. Engineering units dismantled a number of explosive devices planted by the armed terrorist groups in the local market in Saif al-Dawla area.

Quarrels erupted among terrorists in Saif al-Dawla area in Aleppo after many fled in fear of the armed forces, leaving their weapons behind. Some were shouting ''We're not ready for death…The army is coming!"

The armed forces raided a basement in Saif al-Dawla neighborhood in Aleppo and discovered a field hospital inside with medicine and medical equipment, oxygen cylinders and breathing apparatuses stolen from public and private hospitals.

The armed forces also repelled terrorists who attacked law-enforcement members in Hanano barrack in Aleppo, killing and injuring many.

An armed forces' unit destroyed three DShK-equipped cars with the terrorists inside near al-Ansari Mosque in Saif al-Dawla neighborhood in Aleppo.

Qualitative Operation in Aleppo Leaves Several Terrorists Dead

An armed forces' unit carried out a qualitative operation in Bashqatin area in Aleppo, killing a number of terrorists and injuring others. An official source in the governorate said that the terrorists Abdullah al-Khatiri, Yasser Arab and Abdullah Sadek were killed among the dead.

Terrorists' HQ Destroyed, Two Terrorists Killed in al-Qusayr

The armed forces destroyed a hideout for terrorists in al-Qusayr farms in Homs countryside that was used by terrorists as an operational headquarter to plan terrorist attacks and target civilians.

A source in Homs told SANA that the operation led to killing and injuring all the terrorists who were inside the headquarter.

In Homs city, an armed forces' unit clashed with an armed terrorist group that was attempting to flee from Bab Hood to al-Khandak Street. The clash left two terrorists killed and three others injured, SANA reporter said.

Armed Forces Inflict Heavy Losses on Terrorists in Idleb

The armed forces continued cracking down on terrorists who attacked citizens and law-enforcement members in Idleb, inflicting heavy losses upon them.

SANA quoted a source in the governorate as saying that the armed forces pursued terrorist groups who tried to attack law-enforcement checkpoints on the outskirts of Idleb, killing and injuring their members.

The source added that the armed forces pursued the terrorist groups in Abu al-Zohour and Harem areas and crushed a big number of terrorists.

Dustman Martyred, Child Injured in Blast near Mosque in Idleb

An armed terrorist group blew up an explosive device near Sho'eib Mosque in the western neighborhood in Idleb city. Marwan Bakhoury, 45 years old, a dustman, was martyred, and the child Asaad al-Asaad, 10 years, was injured in the blast.

A source in Idleb Police Command said that the explosion took place when Bakhoury was doing his job in the area and he was martyred of a serious injury, while the child was rushed to Idleb National Hospital.

Terrorists Seize Two Cars Loaded with 41 Tons of Flour

An armed group seized a Mazda truck in Ariha city loaded with flour that was headed to Harem area and kidnapped the driver.

SANA reporter quoted a source in the governorate as saying that the armed terrorist group intercepted the truck in Abu Talha village in Harem area and took it to an unknown place and kidnapped the driver Abdul-Salam Baaj from Sheik Abs village in Ariha.

The source added that the armed group seized another flour-loaded Mitsubishi truck in the same area after shooting the driver, Abdul-Rahman al-Kurdi from Idleb, causing his immediate martyrdom, indicating that the two cars were loaded with estimated 41 tons of flour.

In the same context, the source said that an armed terrorist group seized a tourist's Mercedes car carrying Abu Dhabi plate, owned by Manwar al-Alawi.

The source said that three terrorists intercepted the car in al-Tah village in Khan Sheikhoun area and took it to an unknown place.

Engineering Units Dismantle 5 Explosive Devices in Hama City

The engineering units dismantled 5 explosive devices planted by armed terrorist groups in al-Nakarneh district in Gharbi al-Mashtal neighborhood in Hama city.

A source in Hama governorate told SANA that the dismantled devices weighed 25 kg each. 

M. Ismael/ M. Nassr/ H. Sabbagh

http://sana.sy/eng/337/2012/09/07/440219.htm

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US. is responsible for the Terrorist Bombings 

Some days ago, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said after a meeting with her Turkish counterpart Ahmet Davutoglu in Istanbul that 'Washington and Ankara should develop detailed operational planning on ways to assist the armed gangs'.

Obama signed also a secret order authorizing U.S. support for Syrian terrorist gangs. 

American terrorism: 'Civilian Aircraft Legitimate Targets'

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The Syrian terrorists which are weaponed and paid by the US and Britain, declare now that 'civilian aircraft are legitimate targets'.

Red Cross Chief: 'My visit to Syria Positive, Transparent'

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Sep 7, 2012 - GENEVA, (SANA)_Head of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Peter Maurer described his recent visit to Syria and his meetings with the Syrian officials as positive and transparent, stressing that the ICRC will return to resume on-the-ground work and will cooperate with the Syrian citizens in need for humanitarian aid.

In a press conference held in Geneva on Friday, Maurer said that his talks in Damascus focused on the humanitarian issues, describing them as transparent that emphasized the importance of enhancing humanitarian aid amid the current crisis in Syria.

''We discussed the importance of increasing communication and ramping up humanitarian aid entering the country and the administrative obstacles hindering humanitarian and medical aid, as some aid doesn't make it to the country due to the import measures inside Syria. I informed the authorities on the information related to technological and administrative measures so as to be able to do our job according to the ICRC measures,'' he said.

''Second, the discussions focused on visiting the prisoners and detainees…As you know, the Syrian government allows us to visit all prisons with no exception…The ICRC visited some prisons in Syria in the last months and we discussed with the Syrian authorities the outcome of the visit and submitted our recommendations in this regard.''

Answering a question on his talks with President Bashar al-Assad, Maurer said ''the talks focused on humanitarian issues, and President al-Assad showed commitment to cooperation with us in a host of issues of paramount importance for the ICRC.''

He noted that he discussed with the Syrian authorities the importance of speeding up work and that the Red Cross and Red Crescent are granted access to the biggest number of civilians inside Syria, especially in relation to health and medical issues, adding ''We agreed to establish centers that care for the Syrian civilians inside the Syrian cities which coordinate with the authorities and monitor the implementation of commitments that we agreed upon. We also agreed that high-ranking officials follow up implementing these commitments in the Syrian cities.''

He added that he is expecting the positive outcomes of his visit to materialize on the ground, adding ''Of course I'm personally committed on behalf of the ICRC to exerting all necessary efforts in the next days and weeks to feel the progress achieved and that obstacles we saw in the past months be removed in a way that facilitates access of food and medical aid to Syria.''

Maurer added that the vandalizing the civil infrastructure had a deep impact on the lives of the Syrian people, indicating that he heard from the citizens he met news of terrorist attacks on the infrastructure, adding ''The conflict is undoubtedly an armed one unfolding in a civil atmosphere.''

He called upon all parties in Syria to engage in a political dialogue, emphasizing the importance of halting violence.

Maurer described the situation in Syria as difficult and complicated, indicating that the situation is hindering a wide-range humanitarian process inside the country.

''Security poses a grave challenge for the ICRC staff, and we want to be able to deliver humanitarian aid all over Syria, that's why we have to establish contacts with all the groups in Syria to ensure the safety of our staff.''

Asked about the numbers related to the needs of the Syrian people , Maurer said ''I know of numbers that circulated across the world on the humanitarian needs inside Syria, which I, admittedly, cannot confirm or deny. We know that we have to put more efforts for Syria and there is no doubt about it.''

He said the ICRC is delivering humanitarian aid in an independent and transparent way without anybody's interference, adding that it seeks to provide water and food and to meet the needs of the crisis-hit citizens.

Maurer paid a three-day visit to Syria that started Tuesday and held talks with President Bashar al-Assad on the mutual cooperation between the ICRC and the Syrian government.

M. Ismael

http://sana.sy/eng/22/2012/09/07/440260.htm

CIA Director Visits His Troops in Turkey

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September 7, 2012  - David Petraeus visited Turkey alongside the senators John McCain and Joe Lieberman whereby many important issues related to the geopolitics of America will have been discussed.

Some days ago, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said after a meeting with her Turkish counterpart Ahmet Davutoglu in Istanbul that 'Washington and Ankara should develop detailed operational planning on ways to assist the armed gangs fighting to topple Assad'.

Photo: Erdogan, friend of the US. and Israel

06/09/2012

Colonialism: Syrian army fights back...

 

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Armed Forces Storm Terrorists' Hideouts in Aleppo, Homs and Hama... Tunnels Used by Terrorists Found in Damascus Countryside 

Sep 06, 2012 - PROVINCES, (SANA) - The Syrian armed forces on Thursday destroyed a number of terrorists' hideouts and bases in several areas in the city of Aleppo.

A source in the province told SANA reporter that the armed forces carried out an operation in which they destroyed terrorists' bases near the Establishment of Water, al-Orobeh Club and al-Hajjar Mosque in Bustan al-Basha area and Rotana Hall in Suleiman al-Halabi area.

The source added that a unit of the armed forces destroyed a car loaded with ammunition in Masaken Hanano in the city.

Armed Forces Pursue Terrorists in Basatin Bala, Beit Naim, Housh al-Homsi, Marj al-Sultan and Deir al-Asafir Towns in Damascus Countryside

The Syrian armed forces pursued on Thursday armed terrorist groups in Basatin Bala, Beit Naim, Housh al-Homsi and Marj al-Sultan towns in Damascus countryside.

the armed forces clashed with the terrorists and eliminated several of them, seized large amounts of weapons and dismantled a number of explosive devices.

Meanwhile, the competent authorities discovered tunnels used by terrorist mercenaries in Deir al-Asafir town in Damascus Countryside and eliminated a number of gunmen who were hiding in the tunnels.

Explosives and mines dismantled in Said al-Dawla

The Army Engineering Units today dismantled a number of explosives and mines planted by armed terrorist groups at al-Souk area in Saif al-Dawla in Aleppo.

A source in Aleppo told SANA reporter that the terrorists escaped.

Armed Forces Storm Terrorists' Hideout in Homs

A unit from the armed forces clashed with mercenary terrorists in Burj Qa'a village in al-Houleh in Homs, killing and injuring many of them.

Meanwhile, a unit from the armed forces destroyed the hideout of an armed terrorist group behind al-Khandaq Street in Bad Hood neighborhood in the city of Homs.

The hideout was used as a base and operation room to plan attacks against citizens and law-enforcement forces in the neighborhood.

A source in the province told SANA reporter that the clash resulted in killing and injuring a large number of terrorists gathering in the hideout.

The source added that the authorities confronted a terrorist attack against the law-enforcement members of a checkpoint at the entrance of al-Hosn village, inflicting heavy losses upon the terrorists.

It said that terrorists Badr Issa al-Janein, nicknamed Abu Odai, and Ziad Hassan Mirza were identified among the dead.

In the same context, the authorities clashed with terrorists who attacked law-enforcement forces in al-Nizariyeh village in the countryside of Homs.

SANA reporter quoted a source in the province as saying that three terrorists were killed and four others were injured in the clash.

The authorities confronted an armed terrorist group which attacked the law-enforcement forces in the fields of Deir Baalbeh in the countryside of Homs.

An official source told SANA reporter that the operation resulted in inflicting heavy losses upon the terrorists.

Authorities Storm Terrorists' Hideout in Hama

In Hama province, the authorities, in cooperation with inhabitants, stormed a terrorists' hideout in the area of Tariq Halab al-Qadeem in Hama.

An official source told SANA reporter that the raid resulted in killing five terrorists and arresting five others.

Authorities Pursue Terrorists in the Countryside of Idleb

The authorities in Idleb continued the pursuit operations in the countryside of the province in response to the appeals of the inhabitants to eliminate the fleeing terrorist groups which terrified citizens, cut off roads and attacked service facilities in Harem area, killing and injuring many of their members.

Meanwhile, the authorities chased terrorist Abdel-Aziz al-Jamal who fired on a checkpoint for law-enforcement members in al-Dbeit neighborhood in Idleb city and killed him.

6 Cars for Terrorists Destroyed, Explosive Devices Dismantled in Daraa

Authorities pursued fleeing terrorists in Tal Shehab in the countryside of Daraa, destroying their 6 cars.

A source in the province said that the authorities also dismantled a number of explosive devices and seized large amount of C-4 explosive material and stolen medicine.

Armed Forces Clash with Terrorist Groups in Daraa Countryside

An army unit clashed with an armed terrorist group near Nasib Border Point in Daraa countryside and eliminated a number of terrorists.

The army unit also seized the weapons of the terrorists which included Russian rifles, US sniper rifles and ammunitions.

In Daraa al-Balad, the competent authorities clashed with an armed terrorist group and killed several terrorists.       
        

English Bulletin 

http://208.43.232.81/eng/337/2012/09/06/439982.htm

Turkey accuses Syria: the Armenian Genocide

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The Armenian Genocide (ArmenianՀայոց Ցեղասպանություն[hɑˈjɔtsʰ tsʰɛʁɑspɑnuˈtʰjun]), also known as the Armenian Holocaust, the Armenian Massacres, and, traditionally amongst Armenians, as Meds Yeghern (Մեծ Եղեռն, Armenian pronunciation: [mɛts jɛˈʁɛrn], usually translated as the Great Calamity or Great Crime was the systematic extermination of the Armenian population from its historic homeland in Asia Minor by the Ottoman government. It took place during and after World War I and was implemented in two phases: the wholesale killing of the able-bodied male population through massacre and forced labor, and the deportation on death marches to the Syrian Desert of women, children, the elderly and infirm. The total number of lives destroyed as a result has been estimated at between 1 and 1.5 million. The Assyrians, the Pontic Greeks and other minority groups were similarly targeted for extermination by the Ottoman government, and their treatment is considered by many historians to be part of the same genocidal policy.

It is acknowledged to have been one of the first moderngenocides,as scholars point to the organized manner in which the killings were carried out to eliminate the Armenians, and it is the second most-studied case of genocide after the Holocaust. The word genocide was coined in order to describe these events.

The starting date of the genocide is conventionally held to be April 24, 1915, the day when Ottoman authorities arrested some 250 Armenian intellectuals and community leaders inConstantinople. Thereafter, the Ottoman military uprooted Armenians from their homes and forced them to march for hundreds of miles, depriving them of food and water, to the desert of what is now Syria. Massacres were indiscriminate of age or gender, with rape and other sexual abusecommonplace. The majority of Armenian diaspora communities were founded as a result of the Armenian genocide.

The Republic of Turkey, the successor state of the Ottoman Empire, denies the word genocide is an accurate description of the events. In recent years, it has faced repeated calls to accept the events as genocide. To date, twenty countries have officially recognized the events of the period as genocide, and most genocide scholars and historians accept this view.


Source: Wikipedia

05/09/2012

Pro-american Al-Jazeera website defaced by pro-Syrian hackers

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The BBC which defends the decision of British Foreign Secretary William Hague to step up Britain's support for the armed groups in Syria, providing them with an additional £5 million (US$7.8 million)', reports that the website of Al-Jazeera has been defaced by hackers 'loyal to the Syrian regime'.
'It is the third such incident since the conflict in Syria intensified', says the BBC.

The news about hacking the Al-Jazeera website, comes after intelligence services of US, UK and Israël, were continuous blocking the Syrian SANA News Agency website.

Numerous Syrian reporters were also abducted and killed by well prepared bomb attacks whereby  satellite information was used.

Photo: February 24, 2012 - US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sits next to British foreign minister William Hague, left, at the start of the Conference on Syria in Tunis, Tunisia. Saudi Arabia called publicly for weapons and ammunition to be sent to the 'opposition' in Syria.

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Al-Jazeera website defaced by pro-Syrian hackers

 

The Arabic website of news network al-Jazeera has been defaced, apparently by hackers loyal to the Syrian regime.

5 September 2012 - A Syrian flag and a statement denouncing its position on the conflict was posted on the Arabic site on Tuesday.

It is the latest in a series of attacks against al-Jazeera and other media companies.

The Reuters news website was targeted by pro-Syrian government hackers last month.

A group calling itself al-Rashedon is claiming responsibility for the most recent al-Jazeera attack.

Its message read: "This is in response to your position against the people and government of Syria, especially your support of the armed terrorist groups and spreading false fabricated news."

A statement from al-Jazeera confirmed that the issue was "quickly resolved". The website is now operating normally.

It is the third such incident since the conflict in Syria intensified. Back in February the English website of the news organisation was hacked by a group calling itself the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA). In July the same group gained access to the organisation's Twitter account and began posting stories denouncing opposition fighters.

The SEA has also targeted Saudi-owned Al-Arabiya News and the Harvard University website.

The Saudi government along with fellow Gulf state Qatar have thrown their support behind the Syrian rebels.

Qatar-based al-Jazeera has covered the Syrian conflict extensively since it began.

 

http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-19488739

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Syrian SANA News Agency website is under fierce attack since 7.14.2012

The Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) website on Saturday was attacked by foreign sides which try to prevent the Syrian national media from conveying the truth of events and unmasking the conspiracy hatched against Syria. After the failure of several attempts to hack the website and publish fabricated news on it, foreign sides targeted the website with a distributed denial-of-service attack (DDoS attack).

In the same context, anonymous sides stole SANA logo from the website and designed an advertisement in English and Arabic that includes provocative calls and distributed it through email.
SANA website is a multi-lingual website. It publishes news and articles in seven languages: English, French, Russian, Chinese, Spanish, Turkish and Arabic.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1i0ATn0byF8

Israeli Occupation Authorities Block SANA Website in the Golan:

http://sana.sy/eng/21/2012/08/04/434767.htm

04/09/2012

War against Syria: American Senate, Washington 2003 (1)

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McCain, Obama, AIPAC, Israel and the One Hundred Eighth United States Congress

The war against Syria was not launched to to establish a 'democratic regime'.  

US Senator John McCain (photo) - a Vietnam war 'hero' and leading US Senator, called for 'Immediate Air Strikes' on the regime of Bashar Assad.

McCain is one of the many political leaders who have addressed AIPAC conferences.  AIPAC is the Israeli lobbying group that advocates pro-Israel policies to the Congress and Executive Branch of the United States.

In January 2003, already, the One Hundred Eighth United States Congress which was the legislative branch of the United States federal government, composed of the United States Senate and the United States House of Representatives, was making an act 'to halt Syrian support for terrorism, end its occupation of Lebanon, and stop its development of weapons of mass destruction, and by so doing hold Syria accountable for the serious international security problems it has caused in the Middle East, and for other purposes'
McCain was one of the senators at that moment...

On November 18th 2008, US President-elect Barack Obama and his former rival John McCain vowed to work together in a "new era of reform to restore trust in government".

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H.R.1828

One Hundred Eighth Congress

of the day of January, two thousand and three

United States of America

 

AT THE FIRST SESSION

Begun and held at the City of Washington on Tuesday,

the seventh day of January, two thousand and three

 

An Act

 

To halt Syrian support for terrorism, end its occupation of Lebanon, and stop its

development of weapons of mass destruction, and by so doing hold Syria 

accountable for the serious international security problems it has caused in the 

Middle East, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

 

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

 

This Act may be cited as the `Syria Accountability and Lebanese Sovereignty Restoration Act of 2003'.

 

SEC. 2. FINDINGS.

 

Congress makes the following findings:

(1) On June 24, 2002, President Bush stated `Syria must choose the right side in the war on terror by closing terrorist camps and expelling terrorist organizations'.

(2) United Nations Security Council Resolution 1373 (September 28, 2001) mandates that all states `refrain from providing any form of support, active or passive, to entities or persons involved in terrorist acts', take `the necessary steps to prevent the commission of terrorist acts', and `deny safe haven to those who finance, plan, support, or commit terrorist acts'.

(3) The Government of Syria is currently prohibited by United States law from receiving United States assistance because it has repeatedly provided support for acts of international terrorism, as determined by the Secretary of State for purposes of section 6(j)(1) of the Export Administration Act of 1979 (50 U.S.C. App. 2405(j)(1)) and other relevant provisions of law.

(4) Although the Department of State lists Syria as a state sponsor of terrorism and reports that Syria provides `safe haven and support to several terrorist groups', fewer United States sanctions apply with respect to Syria than with respect to any other country that is listed as a state sponsor of terrorism.

(5) Terrorist groups, including Hizballah, Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine--General Command, maintain offices, training camps, and other facilities on Syrian territory, and operate in areas of Lebanon occupied by the Syrian armed forces and receive supplies from Iran through Syria.

(6) United Nations Security Council Resolution 520 (September 17, 1982) calls for `strict respect of the sovereignty, territorial integrity, unity and political independence of Lebanon under the sole and exclusive authority of the Government of Lebanon through the Lebanese Army throughout Lebanon'.

(7) Approximately 20,000 Syrian troops and security personnel occupy much of the sovereign territory of Lebanon exerting undue influence upon its government and undermining its political independence.

(8) Since 1990 the Senate and House of Representatives have passed seven bills and resolutions which call for the withdrawal of Syrian armed forces from Lebanon.

(9) On March 3, 2003, Secretary of State Colin Powell declared that it is the objective of the United States to `let Lebanon be ruled by the Lebanese people without the presence of [the Syrian] occupation army'.

(10) Large and increasing numbers of the Lebanese people from across the political spectrum in Lebanon have mounted peaceful and democratic calls for the withdrawal of the Syrian Army from Lebanese soil.

(11) Israel has withdrawn all of its armed forces from Lebanon in accordance with United Nations Security Council Resolution 425 (March 19, 1978), as certified by the United Nations Secretary General.

(12) Even in the face of this United Nations certification that acknowledged Israel's full compliance with Security Council Resolution 425, Syrian- and Iranian-supported Hizballah continues to attack Israeli outposts at Shebaa Farms, under the pretense that Shebaa Farms is territory from which Israel was required to withdraw by Security Counsel Resolution 425, and Syrian- and Iranian-supported Hizballah and other militant organizations continue to attack civilian targets in Israel.

(13) Syria will not allow Lebanon--a sovereign country--to fulfill its obligation in accordance with Security Council Resolution 425 to deploy its troops to southern Lebanon.

(14) As a result, the Israeli-Lebanese border and much of southern Lebanon is under the control of Hizballah, which continues to attack Israeli positions, allows Iranian Revolutionary Guards and other militant groups to operate freely in the area, and maintains thousands of rockets along Israel's northern border, destabilizing the entire region.

(15) On February 12, 2003, Director of Central Intelligence George Tenet stated the following with respect to the Syrian- and Iranian-supported Hizballah: `[A]s an organization with capability and worldwide presence [it] is [al Qaeda's] equal if not a far more capable organization * * * [T]hey're a notch above in many respects, in terms of in their relationship with the Iranians and the training they receive, [which] puts them in a state-sponsored category with a potential for lethality that's quite great.'.

http://www.bis.doc.gov/licensing/syriahr1828act.htm

30/08/2012

Non-Aligned Movement: Egypt slams 'oppressive' Assad regime...

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Egypt’s President Mohammed Mursi chose the occasion of 16th NAM summit to slam the "oppressive" Syrian regime.  Egypt is considered one of the United States' strongest allies in the Middle East and Arab World...

Al-Moallem: The Syrian Delegation Withdrew from NAM Summit during Speech of the Summit's Former President 

Aug 30, 2012 - TEHRAN (SANA)

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign and Expatriates Minister, Walid al-Moallem, on Thursday stressed that the Syrian delegation went out from the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) summit currently held in Tehran while the former president of the summit, Mohammad Mursi, was delivering his speech.

Al-Moallem said the Syrian delegation's withdrawal from the meeting came in protest of the content of Mursi's speech which constituted a breach of the conventions of the summit's presidency and an interference in Syria's internal affairs and in rejection of the instigation for continuing the shedding of the Syrian blood included in the speech.

The Minister added that the Syrian delegation to the NAM summit reentered to follow up the summit's activities after the end of Mursi's speech.

H. Said

http://sana.sy/eng/22/2012/08/30/438770.htm

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On July 16th 2012, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton held talks with the leader of Egypt’s Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) junta, Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, and Islamist President Mohamed Mursi in Cairo.

During her visit Clinton assured Tantawi that the Egyptian military junta which shortly before the run-off in the Egyptian presidential election, dissolved the Islamist-dominated parliament and had taken over all legislative and budgetary powers and the drafting of a new constitution, has the 'full support of Washington'.
 
Clinton told Mursi “that there are certain things that the US expects from Egypt” in exchange for its continued financial support. One US demand is that Egypt continue the Mubarak regime’s pro-US foreign policy.
 
One of the main issues discussed, according to an official speaking to Al-Ahram Online, is Egypt’s continuing commitment to the three-decades-old peace deal with Israel. The diplomat said that the US expects “Egypt to use the good ties that link the Muslim Brotherhood with the Hamas movement in the Gaza Strip to curtail any plans that Hamas might have towards escalation with Israel.”
 
The US also expected Mursi to continue limiting Egypt’s relations with Iran.
 
Mursi signaled that he and the Brotherhood were willing to cooperate closely with Washington and that the US can consider the Egyptian military the main defender of its interests and a force to control the Islamists.
 
During and after the meeting between Clinton and Mursi, thousands of protesters gathered outside the US embassy and Clinton’s hotel to denounce US interference in Egypt and the MB’s collaboration with Washington.
 
After her visit in Cairo, Clinton continued on to Israel, reportedly to discuss Iran’s nuclear program and the war in Syria with Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman, Defense Minister Ehud Barak and President Shimon Peres...
 
Photo: Hussein Tantawi shakes hands with Clinton

http://zeenews.india.com/news/world/nam-summit-iran-rules...

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2012/08/30/259025/leaders-in...

Syria fights colonialism: foreign-backed insurgents killed in Aleppo

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Syria Army kills several insurgents in Aleppo, Idlib

Aug 30, 2012 - Syrian Army forces have killed a number of insurgents in the northwestern cities Aleppo and Idlib as clashes continue between government soldiers and foreign-backed insurgents.

The Syrian Army was closing in on the insurgents on Thursday, one day after Syrian soldiers killed a group of armed men who had kidnapped a number of civilians. 

Syrian government forces were also clearing the area of insurgents in Idlib, where they have managed to retake control of six areas held by the so-called Free Syrian Army.

In the capital, Syrian troops killed and arrested a number of armed men in the Damascus countryside and seized large amounts of arms and ammunitions -- among them Israeli-made weapons. 

Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011. Damascus blames the chaos on outlaws, saboteurs, and armed terrorists funded and instructed by elements outside the country.

There are reports indicating that a large number of the armed militants are foreign nationals.

MRS/JR 

Photo: An insurgent carry a comrade injured during clashes with Syrian Army forces in the northwestern city of Aleppo.

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2012/08/30/259011/army-kills...

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Obama signed a secret order authorizing U.S. support for Syrian terrorist gangs seeking to depose Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his government. The United States is setting up joint military, intelligence and medical working teams with Israel, Turkey and Jordan.

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). 

 

US-Israel: 'Iran's clandestine and dangerous nuclear weapons'...

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Israel’s Secret Nuclear Alliance with Racist South Africa

In the mid-70s, the world’s two pariah states, Israel and South Africa, sought to seal their relationship with a nuclear kiss. A new book claims Israel tried to sell South Africa nuclear-tipped missiles – the price was too high. Israel denies the charge, but Tel Aviv has never told the truth about its atomic arsenal and activities, so why should anyone believe them...

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“Israel arranged to send Pretoria 30 grams of tritium, which South Africa later used to build a number of atomic bombs.”

Israel has been called an apartheid state. Now its links to the original apartheid state have been brought to light. In a new book, The Unspoken Alliance, Sasha Polakow-Suransky, a senior editor at Foreign Affairs, the principal journal of the US foreign policy establishment, cites declassified South African documents that reveal that Israel forged a secret military alliance with South Africa in the 1970s, and offered to sell the apartheid state nuclear weapons. (1)

From its founding in 1948 until the mid 1970s, Israel was critical of South Africa’s apartheid, and sought allies among the newly independent black African states. But for many African countries, Israel was the replication in Palestine of the same European colonial settler model they had struggled to break free from. They weren’t going to become allies of a colonial power.

Then Israeli defense minister (and now president) Shimon Peres, accompanied South African prime minister John Vorster, a Hitler-admirer who had been jailed during the war for supporting the Nazis and belonging to the fascist Ossewabrandwag, on a 1975 visit to the Holocaust memorial. Peres signed an agreement with Vorster’s government to establish a secret military alliance, and offered to sell Pretoria nuclear warheads.

South Africa, a white racist state, proved to be more amenable to Israel’s offers of alliance, seeing in the Zionist state a kindred country of European settlers “situated in a predominantly hostile world inhabited by dark people.”

The cementing of the alliance was helped along by an existing relationship: South Africa was already shipping yellow cake to Israel. Now, safeguards against nuclear proliferation were lifted, allowing the Israelis to divert the yellow cake to their nuclear weapons program.

The strength of the new relationship was signaled by the 1976 visit to Jerusalem of South Africa’s prime minister, John Vorster. Accompanied by Yitzhak Rabin and then defense minister (now president) Shimon Peres, Vorster visited the Holocaust memorial, a grotesque spectacle considering the South African prime minister was a Hitler-admirer who had been jailed during the war for supporting the Nazis and belonging to the fascist Ossewabrandwag.

“For many African countries, Israel was the replication in Palestine of the same European colonial settler model.”

In 1975, South Africa’s defense minister, P.W. Botha met with Peres to buy Israeli nuclear warheads. While the deal fell through – the South Africans thought the asking price too high – the two men signed an agreement to establish a secret military alliance. Israel also arranged to send Pretoria 30 grams of tritium, which South Africa later used to build a number of atomic bombs.

Alon Liel, a former Israeli ambassador to South Africa, told the British newspaper The Guardian that South Africa used its mineral wealth (based on the exploitation of oppressed black miners) to fund joint military projects while the Israelis provided the technical know-how. South Africa would soon become Israel’s largest arms customer. According to Liel, “After 1976, there was a love affair between the security establishments of the two countries and their armies. We were involved in Angola as consultants to the [South African] army. You had Israeli officers there cooperating with the army. The link was very intimate.”

Israel regarded the relationship as based on more than just convenience, but on a common position as colonial oppressor, under pressure from national liberation movements. The two countries shared “unshakeable foundations of…common hatred of injustice and…refusal to submit to it,” wrote Peres to South Africa’s information minister, Eschel Rhoodie. The “injustice” each refused to submit to was ending apartheid (South Africa) and reversing the Nakbah (Israel), in both cases the subordination of indigenous people to the interests of settlers from Europe. Rafael Eitan, Israel’s then military chief of staff and Ariel Sharon, a future prime minister, sympathized with the “plight” of the South Africa’s apartheid regime, presumably seeing in it a reflection of the difficulties faced by Israel in enforcing its own racist regime.

“The fact that Israel was willing to act as a nuclear proliferator 'undermines Israel’s attempts to suggest that, if it has nuclear weapons, it is a ‘responsible’ power that would not misuse them'.”

By the late 1980s, the apartheid regime in Pretoria was bleeding support, and it was no longer tenable to back South Africa. Israel decided that it would “have to switch from white to black.” The security estblishment balked, pointing out that South Africa, as Israel’s chief arms customer, had “saved Israel,” a conclusion Liel says is “probably true.”

Chris McGreal, a reporter at The Guardian who has written a series of articles on the revelations in Polakow-Suranky’s book, points out that the fact that Israel was willing to act as a nuclear proliferator “undermines Israel’s attempts to suggest that, if it has nuclear weapons, it is a ‘responsible’ power that would not misuse them, whereas countries such as Iran cannot be trusted.”

But how responsible was France? It probably played a role in Israel’s development of nuclear weapons, transferring technology to Israel in return for its role in the attempted 1956 British-French take-over of Egypt (the Suez Canal crisis.) (2) How responsible, for that matter, is the United States, which dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki during WWII, despite the reality that a Japanese surrender was imminent, and, even if it weren’t, could have been obtained easily without the use of atomic bombs? (3) What’s more, the United States continues to threaten to use nuclear weapons against non-nuclear states (4) – hardly the acts of a responsible nuclear power, and nothing less than nuclear terrorism.

Polakow-Suransky’s book, and McGreal’s reporting, reveal that Israel entered into a military alliance with an overtly racist regime – and aided South Africa in its attempt to smash Angola’s national liberation movement — the foundations of the alliance all the stronger for being based on shared problems related to the maintenance of oppressive rule over dispossessed indigenous majorities.

NOTES:

1. The bulk of this article is based on Chris McGreal’s articles for The Guardian: “Israel and apartheid: a marriage of convenience and military might” May 23, 2010; “Revealed: how Israel offered to sell South Africa nuclear weapons”, May 24, 2010.

2. See Richard Becker, “A turning point in the Middle East balance of forces”, PSLWeb.org, November 1, 2006.

3. See Jacques R. Pauwels, The Myth of the Good War: America in the Second World War, James Lorimer & Company Ltd., Toronto, 2002, p 172-173

4. Stephen Gowans, “Nuclear Posture Review 2010“, what’s left, April 10, 2010.

 

http://gowans.wordpress.com/

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28/08/2012

Syria's chemical weapons threat...

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The U.S. government can better keep her mouth on chemical weapons...

Photo: Victim of Agent Orange, Vietnam

Syria and Pakistan: The Issue of National Sovereignty

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August 18, 2012

The colonial rulers did indeed divide to rule, and they still do. That is why the media likes to project the predicament of Syria in sectarian terms.

America’s allies in the region, Turkey, Jordan, and the Gulf countries, mainly Saudi Arabia and Qatar, were mobilised. They armed and financed a group of militants. They infiltrated Syria from Jordan and Turkey not only to topple Assad’s regime but also to frighten the genuine and peaceful opposition off the streets. Contradicting their stand against Al-Qaeda in Pakistan and Afghanistan, the Americans has been financing and arming the organisation in Syria, Lebanon, Libya, and Egypt. They have also terrorised the minorities out of these countries so as the fragmentation of the Middle East becomes an accomplished fact.

Pakistan is as much affected by what happens in Syria, as Syria is in Pakistan. Supporting the writ of the Syrian government on its territories is also supporting our own sovereignty.

On the Eve of August 14, Dilip Hiro wrote in Yale Global: The Syrian imbroglio is a sectarian one, produced by a mix of age-old conflict between Sunnis and Shias, and an old imperialist policy of divide-and-rule. The 1947 partitioning of British India into India and Pakistan eased communal violence dramatically. ... The Britain conceded a homeland for Indian Muslims....In Syria, a viable solution lies in partition. (http://yaleglobal. yale.edu/ content/partitio n-solution- syria)

I disagree with Hiro.

I met my Pakistani husband in Syria, and in Pakistan I lost him. Syria linked our destinies. I fleeing the ravages of the Lebanese civil war and he escaping a despotic general that killed his father and oppressed his people. We both come from countries that were suffering the aftermath of partition, a colonial legacy.

There were no British casualties amongst the one-and-a-half million who died when the subcontinent was divided. All those killed and maimed were Indians. It looked more like the Indians had conceded to Britain rather than Britain conceding to the Indians, as Hiro asserts. Since then the two new nations have fought four wars, have two unresolved disputes over water shares and over Kashmir. They have built two nuclear arsenals that they have drawn at each other. I can hardly say this is the evidence of what Hiro whimsically calls eased violence.

One wonders if Hiro thought to ask the Baloch, Sindhis, Punjabis, Kashmiris, Bengalis, the people of Junnagadh and Hyderabad, the Biharis, if they felt independent since Partition. The 14th of August remains the day of Partition and not of Independence. The two words are not interchangeable. Partition is an example not to follow.

On the 14th of August we must observe decades of further subjugation. Only the rulers of the two nations have a reason to celebrate, because on that day the British had bestowed on them their separate fiefdoms. Under them the subcontinent drifted into a state of underdevelopment, injustice and inequality. As a consequence, today the governments of India and Pakistan have lost their writ over vast tracks of their lands.

The colonial rulers did indeed divide to rule, and they still do. That is why the media likes to project the predicament of Syria in sectarian terms. The people came to the streets in Syria like the rest of the Arab world seeking freedom and democracy. But the Arab Spring took the Americans and their allies by surprise. They never imagined that the oppressed, hungry and dispossessed people of Asia would rise against their oppressors. They supported and placed despotic rulers. They armed their police, to crush any local uprising.

Based on Prof Raymond Wheeler’s 1930s study of the effects of the weather cycles on human behaviour, American scientists blamed the uprising in the Middle East to the hot weather. To them Mohammad Bouazizi of Tunisia set himself on fire not because he was hungry but because of solar activities.

Two centuries ago, famines ravaged India during a period of recurring droughts. India’s wheat was dispatched to Manchester to feed the cheap labour of industrial England. Indians were so starved that they ate their dead and their babies. Imperial scientists like Norman Lockyer declared that black spots on the Sun’s surface, and not the free market, caused the Indian starvation. Nothing, it seems, has changed in imperial minds.

When the Egyptians went to the streets, the United States supported undemocratic Hosni Mubarak till the end. They changed tactics when the people’s demonstration persisted.

In October 2011, six months after the start of the Syrian uprising, the American ambassador to Syria, Robert Stephen Ford, was attacked with eggs, tomatoes, and pebbles as he provocatively visited an opposition lawyer in downtown Damascus. People spontaneously gathered around his vehicle and threw at him whatever was at hand. A women interviewed by the Lebanese channel Al-Jadeed said, “We don’t want his democracy because it has become a knife with which they are cutting our throats”.

Such displays of people power are not acceptable for Americans. The Arab revolutions had to be derailed. America’s allies in the region, Turkey, Jordan, and the Gulf countries, mainly Saudi Arabia and Qatar, were mobilised. They armed and financed a group of militants. They infiltrated Syria from Jordan and Turkey not only to topple Assad’s regime but also to frighten the genuine and peaceful opposition off the streets. Contradicting their stand against Al-Qaeda in Pakistan and Afghanistan, the Americans has been financing and arming the organisation in Syria, Lebanon, Libya, and Egypt. They have also terrorised the minorities out of these countries so as the fragmentation of the Middle East becomes an accomplished fact. Such fragmentation will divide the region into small sectarian and ethnic entities in perpetual strife. It will weaken the resistance of the Arabs against Israel, America’s thorn in the side of the Middle East.

The Americans cannot afford to have democratic regimes in the resource-rich developing countries. If the people are empowered the Americans and their economic institutions won’t be able to bully the rulers into signing on the dotted line of IMF and WTO agreements. Where will they get their cheap outsourcing from, their oil, their raw material, and their food?

I was in Lebanon in 2006 visiting my ailing father when Israel invaded, destroyed, and killed in the southern part of the country. Condoleezza Rice brazenly announced from Israel that the pains of Lebanon are the “birth pangs” of the new Middle East. Rice’s New Middle East is a greater Middle East that will stretch till Asia Minor. It also includes a New Pakistan, a smaller Pakistan. It is a quest to control the diminishing natural resources.

The destruction of Lebanon’s infrastructure incurred a death toll of more than a thousand civilian, 30 percent of which were children, the displacement of one quarter of the Lebanese population, a devastating oil spill that spread over a distance of 170 kilometres, the damage to two world heritages, Tyre and Byblos, and an economic loss of over $1.5 billion dollars. To Rice that was the beginning of a “creative destruction.” This war is known as the Israel-Hezbollah war in which an organic Lebanese organisation, Hezbollah, aborted the birth of the “new Middle East.” With support from their Syrian and Iranian neighbours, the Lebanese people were able to successfully resist the Israeli aggression. My father lived another day to watch his people accomplish what the armies of the Arabs could not in more than six decades of Arab Israeli conflict.

Pakistan is as much affected by what happens in Syria, as Syria is in Pakistan. Supporting the writ of the Syrian government on its territories is also supporting our own sovereignty. Today Pakistan and Syria are suffering aggression because their people have been denied the right to govern themselves since their independence. The popular leaders, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Hafiz al-Assad took the fight against imperial hegemony upon themselves. The people were indeed behind them. But history is loud and clear today that the fight against injustice is neither one man’s fight nor one nation’s, it is the fight of the whole human race. Give people freedom and they will defend it.

The News (Pakistan) and Stop NATO

http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid...

The writer is the chairperson of PPP-Shaheed Bhutto 

Photo: Pakistan girls, Independence Day - August 14, 2012

27/08/2012

Syria: India Rejects Foreign Military Intervention

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Aug. 25, 2012 - NEW DELHI, (SANA)- India stressed rejection of any foreign military intervention in Syria, calling for the necessity of finding peaceful solution to crisis in it with the assistance of the international community to reach an end to violence and sit to the table of dialogue among all  sidesconcerned.

Secretary of Indian Foreign Ministry, Ranjan Mathai, said India adopts the six-point plan set up by the UN former envoy to Syria Kofi Annan to find peaceful solution to the crisis in Syria, expressing his country's concern over the current events taking place in it.

Mathai remarks came at a press conference on Saturday on the occasion of the forthcoming visit of the Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to Tehran to participate in the 16th Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement.

Singh is scheduled to hold meeting with some Arab leaders on the sidelines of the Summit to discuss the situation in West Asia and in Syria in particular, to enhance peaceful solution to the crisis in Syria by the Syrian themselves and reject any foreign military intervention in this country.

H. Zain/ Mazen

http://sana.sy/eng/22/2012/08/25/437889.htm

Photo: Aug. 15, 2012 - Indian flags on Independence day 

Syria: Iran wants a political process, no foreign interference

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August 27, 2012 - TEHRAN, (SANA) – State Minister for National Reconciliation Affairs Dr. Ali Haidar said that Iran's role is in the interest of the Syrian people and is based on preventing foreign interference and halting violence, stressing that the political process in Syria must be between national sides.

At a press conference on Monday, Haidar affirmed that and that any call for foreign intervention will have no place in the coming political stage, and that any suggestion that manifests the US-western project to fragment the region is a non-national suggestion.

He said that everyone knows that Iran has an active role in producing a political process that helps Syrians emerge from the crisis, and that the Syrian themselves - both the people and the leadership – are moving towards a political solution, not any other sort of solution.

Haidar stressed that that Syrian wants a change that makes Syria stronger and more capable of confronting and resisting the US-western project and its tools in the region, adding that any political solution must be based on preventing foreign intervention and rejecting violence from any side, and that this solution must be achieved by the Syrians without interference from any external side and must preserve the unity of people and land and Syria's historic strategic choices.

He pointed out that doors are still open for everyone, and that this was discussed with friends and allies in Iran, affirming that militants who cross borders from other countries to carry out their own agendas in Syria have nothing to do with the political process and will never be a part of it since they didn't come to Syria to defend the Syrians' interests and just demands, adding that this is an entirely different issue that the Syrian government is dealing with through confrontations on the ground against these militants.

Haidar underlined the need to distinguish between the political process as a whole and national dialogue which is one of the axis of the political process and a method to find safe ways out of the crisis that meet the Syrians' just demands which are well-known and which the government is working to achieve.

"As for the reason behind the insistence by the US and some western countries and their tools in the region to have President al-Assad abdicate as a first step to resolving the crisis in Syria, I will respond that this is unacceptable in principle for the reason – as everybody knows – that this suggestion came from abroad and is a direct interference in Syria's internal affairs and a violation of the sovereignty of a country, a sovereignty which is acknowledged by all countries of the world, and this violates the international convention of the people's right to self-determination," he explained.

Haidar went on to say that the issue, structure and mechanisms of change are purely Syrian issues, and that no-one has the right to interfere in them. Therefore, discussing these points constitutes interference in Syrian affairs, adding "all suggestions – whether they are abdication, a transitional phase, a transitional government or otherwise – that interfere in these points are rejected by the Syrians."

He stressed that the only acceptable thing is helping Syrians engage in dialogue, abandon weapons and adopt a political process, noting that it's possible to pose ideas through dialogue which is open to everyone, and that there will be no veto on any idea.

Haidar said ''There are voices abroad who raise slogans that call for rejecting the othe, or who seek resort to weapons and the continuation of fighting until one side conquers the other and speak about fragmenting Syria.''

He said that any project that leads to the rise of the Western-US project in the region, that is redrawing the region on sectarian and racist foundations will have no place in the upcoming political process.

''We want the kind of change that makes Syria more powerful in the face of US-Western project and their tools in the region, which is, on the whole, intended to serve the Zionist project.''

He stressed that the Palestinian cause is in the heart and mind of every Syrian citizen until whole Palestine is back.

Haidar added that the Iranian proposal for solving the crisis in Syria consists of a host of ideas and is not the full proposal to be put forward during the Summit, ''This proposal is based on the principles of rejecting foreign interference and violence or even attempts to justify it for one reason or another, and emphasizes the political solution by the Syrians themselves.''

He said that halting violence must be part of an integral project, adding that there must be a handover of weapons and finding a solution to the issue of gunmen, and that no other weapon exist except that of the state.''

''There are more than 300 armed groups in Syria that are not linked to each other, and the terms used by media such as ''Free Army'' or specific groups with leadership and authorities are untrue,'' Haidar added.

He said that reconciliation goes far beyond than a meeting of two sides, but it is about producing a new environment for a web of relationships among the Syrians that eliminate the effects of the past and addresses its problems in a serious and true manner.

Haidar said that some thought that national reconciliation is a political dialogue, but there still are hundreds of questions, especially about that parties who are to come to dialogue and their actual representation of the Syrian people.

Haidar said that national dialogue takes time and work for achieving the so-called social reconciliation that allows for producing the real representatives of the Syrian people.

On the countries who are interfering in the Syrian internal affairs, Haidar said that no country would accept that another provides weapons, funds, media and political support to armed groups with the aim of weakening or disintegrating the state.

"Iran stands at one distance among all Syrians, doesn't support a side at the expense of the other side.. so the countries concerned should retreat from their measures of boycott and restore the diplomatic relations.. at that time, Syria sees what could be fulfilled in this file," Haidar said.

On the Egyptian initiative, Haidar said that Egypt or any country has to stand at one distance among the Syrians, so it has to adopt a clear stance on the violence and who fund it.

"Iran's vision on the crisis and the way of solution is based on a reality which states that the Syrians have rights and demands that should be met, and the Syrian state seeks to fulfill these demand, but the problem lies in the foreign intervention," Haidar said.

As for the hostile stances of Turkish Premier and his Foreign Minister to Syria, Haidar underlined that the Turkish leadership doesn't say what it is content with, and that the Turkish leaders were conveying messages from the West and the US in particular.

On the Iranian initiative, Haidar said that it concentrates on the halt of violence to make the atmospheres available to go for the political process.

As for the plan of the new UN Envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi, Haidar stressed that the average of success or fail of his paln is related to the international agreement on this plan, adding "the issue is not a personal one."

H. Sabbagh/M. Ismael/ Mazen

http://sana.sy/eng/22/2012/08/27/438293.htm

23/08/2012

Libanon respecting the agreements signed with Syria

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Mansour: Syria Fortified from the Inside and any Opposition Resorting to Arms Does Not Seek Reform

Aug 23, 2012
 

BEIRUT, (SANA)- Lebanese Foreign and Expatriates Minister, Adnan Mansour, stressed that Syria is fortified from the inside, "otherwise there would have been a disaster," highlighting the Syrians' awareness of what Syria wants on the one hand and what is planned for Syria from the outside on the other.

"Since the first moment of stirring the Syrian file, external and international hands have been standing behind this file," Mansour said on Wednesday night in an interview with the Lebanese NBN channel.

He referred to some countries which called for overthrowing the regime in Syria stressing that "this manner is rejected in the international relations."

"The situation in Syria has taken a serious direction that has gone beyond the Syrian borders in terms of the all-direction attack- media and arming, which doesn't lie in the framework of reform as they claim," Lebanon's Foreign Minister said.

He added that any opposition that resorts to arms and aid from the outside and to media campaigns and incitement does not seek achieving reform demands.

Mansour reiterated Lebanon's stance towards Syria in terms of self-distancing policy and respecting the agreements signed with Syria.

"Some want the Lebanese foreign policy to take a hostile stand towards Syria and its leadership. However, this will not happen today nor tomorrow," he stressed.

Mansour said that Lebanon is concerned with what is happening in Syria and in the stability and security of the region, adding that any repercussions of the crisis in Syria will reflect on Lebanon and the neighboring countries as well.

H. Said

http://sana.sy/eng/22/2012/08/23/437636.htm

Syrian-Lebanese borders: weapons and gunmen

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Syria's Ambassador in Lebanon: Smuggling Weapons into Syria Contrary to 'Dissociation Policy'

Aug 23, 2012

BEIRUT, (SANA) – Syria's Ambassador in Lebanon, Ali Abdul-Karim Ali, reiterated on Thursday that Syria is committed to sustaining best relations with Lebanon, pointing out that the fraternal relationship and the agreements signed between the two countries should be respected.

In an interview with al-Nour Radio, Ambassador Abdul-Karim stressed that smuggling weapons and gunmen through the Syrian-Lebanese borders contradicts the 'dissociation policy' which was adopted by the Lebanese Government towards the events in Syria.

He added that western experts and gunmen have crossed the borders into Syria; some of them were arrested and others confessed to killing and slaughtering Syrian civilians and military officers.

F.Allafi  

http://sana.sy/eng/22/2012/08/23/437735.htm

22/08/2012

Chemical weapons: an excuse for intervening militarily

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Chinese state media have accused US President Barack Obama of planning to use Syria's chemical weapons as an excuse for intervening militarily.

The state news agency, Xinhua, was responding to a warning from Mr Obama that Syria would be crossing a "red line" if it tried to use such weapons.

Once again (Iraq, Libya,), Western powers are digging deep for excuses to intervene militarily.

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Photos: The US. used chemical weapons in the savage assault on the Iraqi city of Fallujah in late 2004.

19/08/2012

Latest News Syria: Syrian Arab News Agency SANA

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The website of the Syrian Arab News Agency SANA is regularly blocked by Washington that doesn’t stop its war propaganda and its military aid to the gangs in Syria.  Some days ago, journalist Ali Abbas, head of the Internal News Department at SANA, was killed.  British, American, German, Israeli and Turkish intelligence agencies are providing the Syrian gangs not only with weapons and satellite phones but also with information on Syrian government troop movements and journalists to help them plan attacks and bombings.

The Sunday Times: UK and US Intelligence Covertly Aiding Terrorist Groups in Syria

LONDON, (SANA)- The British intelligence is covertly aiding the armed terrorist groups to launch terrorist attacks in Syria, the British newspaper Sunday Times reported on Sunday...Read more

Brahimi to Inquire about Support Provided by UN to His Mission to Syria

PARIS, (SANA) – UN Envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi said that he will seek immediate clarification regarding the support the UN can provide him in his mission in Syria...Read more

Syrian Ministerial Delegation to Russia: Moscow Takes Clear Stances in the Interests of the Syrians

MOSCOW, (SANA) - Minister of State for National Reconciliation Affairs Dr. Ali Haidar on Saturday said that the Russian stances boosted the possibility of reaching a political solution for the crisis in Syria through preventing foreign interference...Read more

Lavrov: Imposing No-fly Zone over Syria Is a Violation of Sovereignty and the UN Charter 

MOSCOW, (SANA)- Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, stressed Russia's rejection of imposing a no-fly zone over Syria as it constitutes a violation of the Syrian sovereignty and the UN Charter...Read more

Russia and China Welcome Appointment of Brahimi as UN Envoy to Syria

MOSCOW/ BEIJING, (SANA)- Russia welcomed the appointment of the former Algerian Foreign Minister, Lakhadr Brahimi, as the UN new envoy to Syria succeeding Kofi Annan...Read more

Shaaban Briefs Ambassadors of Friendly Countries in China on Crisis Developments

BIEJING, (SANA)- Presidential Political and Media Advisor, Buthaina Shaaban, expressed thanks to the accredited diplomatic representatives of friendly countries over their stances in support of Syria and the rights of the Syrian people...Read more

Milliyet Newspaper: Camps Training Gunmen to Fight in Syria under Turkish Intelligence's Knowledge 

ANKARA, (SANA)-The Turkish Milliyet newspaper revealed that al- Qaeda has established secret camps inside the Syrian territories near the border with Turkey to train and arm al-Qaeda militants to be sent to fight against the Syrian army...Read more

President al-Assad Sends Letter to Chinese Counterpart on the Situation in Syria

BEIJING, (SANA)_President Bashar al-Assad sent a letter to the Chinese President Hu Jintao on the developments in Syria and the region, delivered by the Presidential Political and Media Advisor, Dr. Bouthaina Shaaban, to Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi...Read more

Lavrov: Washington's Statements on Geneva Agreement's Death Irresponsible

MOSCOW, (SANA)- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Friday said that the statements of the USA on the death of the Geneva agreement are irresponsible...Read more

Iranian President: Existence of Zionist Entity Poses Grave Danger to the Region

TEHRAN, (SANA)- President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran warned of the gravity of the prevailing situation in the region, calling for planning well to foil all conspiracies hatched against the Middle East region and for unity in the face of world hegemony...Read more

http://sana.sy/eng/22/index.htm

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Photo: Erdogan, friend of the US and Israel 

Turkish military has recently equipped the terrorist gangs fighting against the Syrian government with surface-to-air Stinger missiles during a brief incursion into the Syrian soil. The NBC News reported on July 31 that nearly two dozen MANPADs (man-portable air-defense systems) have been delivered to the terrorists in Syria by Turkey. American secret service operatives are distributing illegal assault rifles, anti-tank rocket launchers and other ammunition to Syrian terrorists, the New York Times reports.

18/08/2012

Syria and Egypt: fighting colonialism...

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President Gamal Abdel Nasser

Gamal Abdel Nasser Hussein (Arabicجمال عبد الناصر حسين‎  15 January 1918 – 28 September 1970) was the second President of Egypt from 1956 until his death. A colonel in the Egyptian army, Nasser led the Egyptian Revolution of 1952 along with Muhammad Naguib, the first president, which overthrew the monarchy of Egypt and Sudan, and heralded a new period of modernization, and socialist reform in Egypt together with a profound advancement of pan-Arab nationalism, including a short-lived union with Syria.

Nasser was keen to see Egypt free of any overtones of colonialism. 

The most obvious source of a foreign power being dominant in Egypt was the British/French control of the Suez Canal. Completed in 1869, the canal was designed by Ferdinand de Lesseps. However the vast bulk of the physical labour required to build this engineering marvel was done by Egyptian nationals. Britain had a 40% holding in the company that ran the canal. However, despite the fact that the canal was on Egyptian ‘soil’, the benefits it brought the people of Egypt were minimal.

Under his leadership, Egypt nationalized the Suez Canal Company and came to play a central role in anti-imperialist efforts in the Arab World and Africa.

To support his beliefs, Nasser did what he could to restore national pride to all Arab nations – not just Egypt.

Many in the general Arab population still view Nasser as a symbol of Arab dignity and freedom.

http://nasser.bibalex.org/Common/pictures01-%20sira_en.htm

http://www.arabicnews.com/ansub/Daily/Day/000928/20000928...

http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/gamal_abdel_nasser.htm

17/08/2012

Syria: Lebanese Foreign Minister wants Syrian sovereignty be respected

 

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Lebanese Foreign Minister: Solution to Crisis in Syria Should Be an Internal Political One

Aug 15, 2012 - BEIRUT, (SANA) – The Lebanese Foreign Minister Adnan Mansour stressed that the "self-distance" policy adopted by Lebanon regarding the crisis in Syria is based on that the solution in Syria should be an internal political one.

Addressing the meeting of the foreign ministers of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in Jeddah, Mansour said that the solution in Syria depends mainly on dialogue between the leadership and the opposition and on implementing reforms.

He stressed that the foreign interference will complicate the crisis instead of helping in solving it, adding that the flow of money and arms into Syria threatens its sovereignty, unity of its people and territorial integrity and escalates the killing and violence.

Mansour warned that the systematic media instigation, igniting religious discord and sectarianism and the continuation of violence will have serious repercussions not only on Syria's people and land but also on the security and stability of all the countries in the region.

The Lebanese Foreign Minister reiterated Lebanon's stance on the Syrian issue included in the concluding statement of the 4th Extraordinary Islamic Summit Conference on suspending Syria's membership, distancing itself from the decision on it.

He hoped that Syria will come out of the crisis soon and restore its national and Islamic role.

Mansour criticized the concluding statement for not including a firm decision on ending and suspending all forms of political, trade and economic cooperation with the Israeli enemy and exerting practical pressure on it through tightening the economic boycott.

R. Raslan/ H. Said 

http://sana.sy/eng/22/2012/08/15/436458.htm

SANA's website  is regularly blocked by Washington...

16/08/2012

Syria: China Warns U.S. About Syrian Quagmire

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Russia & India Report
August 15, 2012

China warns US about Syrian quagmire
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China accused the US of pursuing the geopolitical agenda of “regime change” in Syria and a break-up of Iran’s alliance with Syria with a view to retaining its lead role in the region

When you hold the inaugural round of a strategic dialogue regarding the hottest spot on the planet today with the only superpower left in the world, it ought to be cause celebre. Yet, if you downplay it, all but ignore it and move on with mundane life, there must be good reason for it.

That is what China has done. Although the inaugural round of the China-United States Middle East Dialogue took place in Beijing on Tuesday, we learn about it largely from the Media Note of the US state department. Although, the meeting was held at the highest possible foreign-office level (next to the foreign minister) – Zhai Jun, vice foreign minister from the Chinese side and Wendy Sherman, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs from the American side.

The Media Note insists that the discussions were “constructive” and dwelt on ways to “promote greater cooperation” between the US and China on “regional and global challenges.” Energy security, unsurprisingly, figured. Indeed, the two sides discussed “pressing issues in the Middle East, with particular attention to Iran and Syria.” The Media Note said the US “reiterated its commitment to working together to build a cooperative partnership with China and welcomed China playing a more active and positive role in world affairs.”

But it said not a word about what the Chinese side said or how it responded, or whether the two sides could agree on anything at all. It was all pure discussion, apparently. An intelligent guess would be that Washington and Beijing have a hard time agreeing on the Middle East situation.

In the run-up to Sherman’s visit, Xinhua carried a commentary reiterating that the Syrian crisis is quintessentially a US-Iran confrontation ensuing from Washington’s attempt to break the “axis of resistance” in the region (read Iran-Syria-Hezbollah alliance) at a juncture when the region is in turmoil and the US wants to focus on the “pivot to Asia.”

It estimates that the “axis of resistance” may already have weakened, but that’s small comfort since the US may still run into Iran’s resistance and fail to realize its objective of dominating the region.

What comes as a stunner, however, is a hard-hitting commentary featured in the People’s Daily on the day the China-US dialogue on the Middle East took place in Beijing. It accused the US of pursuing the geopolitical agenda of “regime change” in Syria and a break-up of Iran’s alliance with Syria with a view to retaining its lead role in the region.

It noted: “Changing the regime of a sovereign country by external force has been the consistent foreign practice of the United States since the Cold War. The process will be cruel to Syrian people and the consequence will be calamitous to the state and even the world peace.”

The commentary offered an assessment of the ground situation in Syria. It said the regime may have lost some ground lately but a “time consuming war” is in the offing. The opposition’s gains (“supported by external forces”) don’t add up in the final analysis, because they are still “leaderless and divided into around 100 factions.”

This is a recipe for fragmentation of the country. “Syria will still be split into pieces because of various forces fighting for their own interests. Syria will suffer from ethnic cleansing, refugee flows, and humanitarian catastrophe. Al Qaeda will also take advantage of the chaotic situation.”

Besides, the Syrian cauldron will spill over into Israel, Lebanon, Jordan, Iran and Turkey, given the “complicated contradictions between Shiites, Sunnis and Kurds.” The result will be a “large-scale regional clash.”

The commentary warns the US from opening a Pandora’s box as it could get “stuck in a new quagmire” (after Iraq and Afghanistan). The PD commentary is here.

Interestingly, the Chinese media assessment is that Washington is still undecided about imposing a “no-fly zone” over Syria, but it is Ankara that is pushing the envelope.

The Chinese commentaries echo many of the opinions aired by the well-known Russian scholar of the Middle East Evgeniy Primakov (former prime minister and foreign minister) in a recent interview by the government daily Rossiskaya Gazeta.

http://rickrozoff.wordpress.com/2012/08/16/china-warns-u-s-about-syrian-quagmire/

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/nov/08/china-pledges-10bn-loan-africa

14/08/2012

Syria: Ban Ki-Moon's mediating role...

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Some days ago, Ban Ki-Moon called the UN Security Council for keeping a ‘flexible and effective presence of the UN in Syria', adding that this presence will help the UN envoy continue playing the 'mediating role'.

But there was little to see of the 'mediating role' of the UN in Libya.  The UN participated to the US war propaganda; accepted that NATO armed the Libyan 'Freedom-gangs' and mandated a so called 'no fly zone over Libya'.  It is on this way that Libya was bombed and destroyed.

Ban Ki Moon made also a deal with Obama about Palestine.  On the demand of Washington and Tel Aviv, all the resolutions within the UN Council critical of Israel, are blocked.

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Ki-Moon Stresses Need to Keep UN Presence in Syria

Aug 12, 2012

NEW YORK, (SANA) – Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-Moon on Saturday hoped that the UN will still be presented in Syria after the end of the observer mission.

In a letter to the UN Security Council, Ki-Moon called for keeping a ‘flexible and effective’ presence of the UN in Syria, adding that this presence will help the UN envoy continue playing the 'mediating role'.

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Ban-Ki-Moon: posted twice to the Republic of Korea embassy in  Washington, D.C.

Ban Ki-Moon was born on Tuesday, June 13, 1944 in Eumseong and he is a famous politician from South Korea of Christian religion. He was a career diplomat in South Korea’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
In 1980 Ban became director of the United Nations’ International Organizations and Treaties Bureau, headquartered in Seoul. He has been posted twice to the Republic of Korea embassy in Washington, D.C. Between these two assignments he served as Director-General for American Affairs in 1990–1992. In 1992, he became Vice Chairman of the South-North Joint Nuclear Control Commission, following the adoption by South and North Korea of the Joint Declaration of the Denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. From 1993–1994 Ban was Korea’s deputy ambassador to the United States. He was promoted to the position of Deputy Minister for Policy Planning and International Organizations in 1995 and then appointed National Security Advisor to the President in 1996.
Ban was the Foreign Minister of the Republic of Korea from January 2004 to November 2006. In February 2006, he began to campaign for the office of Secretary-General. He received an MBA from Anderson School of Management at University of California, Los Angeles, and works for an investment firm in New York.

Photo:  Barack Obama and his wife - Ban-Ki-Moon and his wife

Syria: Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations - 'mediating role'

Syria News: Russian Deputy Foreign Minister, Gennady Gatilov...

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Gatilov: Ban Ki-moon Acknowledges that Armed Opposition Shoulder Responsibility of Escalating Violence in Syria

Aug 12, 2012

MOSCOW, (SANA) – Russian Deputy Foreign Minister, Gennady Gatilov, stressed that UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has acknowledged in a letter to the chairman of the Security Council concerning the implementation of the international resolution on settling the situation in Syria that the armed opposition shoulder the responsibility of escalating violence in Syria in general, and in Aleppo in particular.

Russia Today website reported Gatilov as saying on his Twitter account that the UN Secretary-General has offered objective assessment of the situation in Syria and acknowledged that the escalation of the crisis in Aleppo is because of the attacks of gunmen, pointing out that it is important that the UN Secretary-General calls for maintaining  the UN presence in Syria to provide objective information about the situation in the country and to remain in contact with all parties.

Earlier, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a letter sent to France’s Representative to the UN Gérard Araud, who is chairing the UN Security Council currently,  that members of the armed opposition had launched attacks in Damascus and Aleppo.

F.Allafi 

The website of the Syrian Arab News Agency SANA is regularly blocked by Washington that doesn’t stop its war propaganda and its military aid to the gangs in Syria.  Some days ago, journalist Ali Abbas, head of the Internal News Department at SANA, was killed.

 

Turkey, US and Israel: 'no-fly zone over Syria'...

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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said after a meeting with her Turkish counterpart Ahmet Davutoglu in Istanbul on Saturday that 'Washington and Ankara should develop detailed operational planning on ways to assist the armed gangs fighting to topple Assad'.

“Our intelligence services, our military have very important responsibilities and roles to play so we are going to be setting up a working group to do exactly that,” she said.

The United States and Turkey indicated they were studying a range of possible measures over Syria, including a no-fly zone.

The US-Turkey announcement followed the news that the Syrian troops pushed back the by the US and Britain armed gangs in the Aleppo offensive.

Some days ago, British Foreign Secretary William Hague said Britain steps up its support for the gangs, providing them with an additional £5 million (US$7.8 million).

And last week President Obama signed a secret order authorizing U.S. support for the armed gangs seeking to depose Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his government.

The US and its allies used the so-called 'no-fly zone' to bomb and to destroy Iraq and Libya. In both cases, the bombings followed a months-long war campaign. As is the case in the war against Syria now, the US and its allies armed the gangs and provided them with the most modern satellite phones while American, British, French and Israeli satellites flew over Libya.

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Photo:  Erdogan, friend of the U.S. and Israel.