07/08/2012

'Obama very concerned about safety of Syria's chemical weapons'...

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AUGUST 10, 2012, AT NOON: 51 YEARS AFTER THE CHEMICAL WAR BEGAN IN VIETNAM, WE SHOULD BE SILENT IN MEMORY, THEN TAKE ACTION TO REMEDY

To take action go to http://www.vn-agentorange.org/  

There are images from the U.S. War against Vietnam that have been indelibly imprinted on the minds of Americans who lived through it. One is the naked napalm-burned girl running from her village with flesh hanging off her body. Another is a photo of the piles of bodies from the My Lai massacre, where U.S. troops executed 504 civilians in a small village. Then there is the photograph of the silent scream of a woman student leaning over the body of her dead friend at Kent State University whose only crime was protesting the bombing of Cambodia in 1970. Finally, there is the memory of decorated members of Vietnam Veterans Against the War testifying at the Winter Soldier Hearings, often in tears, to atrocities in which they had participated during the war.

These pictures are heartbreaking. They expose the horrors of war. The U.S. War against Vietnam was televised, while images of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have intentionally been hidden from us. But what was not televised was the relentless ten years (1961-1971) of spraying millions of gallons of toxic herbicides over vast areas of South Vietnam. These chemicals exposed almost 5 million people, mostly civilians, to deadly consequences. The toxic herbicides, most notably Agent Orange, contained dioxin, one of the most dangerous chemicals known to man. It has been recognized by the World Health Organization as a carcinogen (causes cancer) and by the American Academy of Medicine as a teratogen (causes birth defects).

From the beginning of the spraying 51 years ago, until today, millions of Vietnamese have died from, or been completely incapacitated by, diseases which the U. S. government recognizes are related to Agent Orange for purposes of granting compensation to Vietnam Veterans in the United States. The Vietnamese, who were the intended victims of this spraying, experienced the most intense, horrible impact on human health and environmental devastation. Second and third generations of children, born to parents exposed during the war and in areas of heavy spraying — un-remediated “hot spots” of dioxin contamination, — suffer unspeakable deformities that medical authorities attribute to the dioxin in Agent Orange.

The Vietnamese exposed to the chemical suffer from cancer, liver damage, pulmonary and heart diseases, defects to reproductive capacity, and skin and nervous disorders. Their children and grandchildren have severe physical deformities, mental and physical disabilities, diseases, and shortened life spans. The forests and jungles in large parts of southern Vietnam were devastated and denuded. Centuries-old habitat was destroyed, and will not regenerate with the same diversity for hundreds of years. Animals that inhabited the forests and jungles are threatened with extinction, disrupting the communities that depended on them. The rivers and underground water in some areas have also been contaminated. Erosion and desertification will change the environment, causing dislocation of crop and animal life.

For the past 51 years, the Vietnamese people have been attempting to address this legacy of war by trying to get the United States and the chemical companies to accept responsibility for this ongoing nightmare. An unsuccessful legal action by Vietnamese victims of Agent Orange against the chemical companies in U.S. federal court, begun in 2004, has nonetheless spawned a movement to hold the United States accountable for using such dangerous chemicals on civilian populations. The movement has resulted in pending legislation HR 2634 – The Victims of Agent Orange Relief Act of 2011, which attempts to provide medical, rehabilitative and social service compensation to the Vietnamese victims of Agent Orange, remediation of dioxin-contaminated “hot spots,” and medical services for the children and grandchildren of U. S. Vietnam veterans and Vietnamese-Americans who have been born with the same diseases and deformities.

Using weapons of war on civilian populations violates the laws of war, which recognize the principle of distinction between military and civilian objects, requiring armies to avoid civilian targets. These laws of war are enshrined in the Hague Convention and the Nuremberg principles, and are codified in the Geneva Conventions of 1949 and the Optional Protocol of 1977, as well as the International Criminal Court statute. The aerial bombardments of civilian population centers in World Wars I and II violated the principle of distinction, as did the detonation of nuclear weapons at Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 6 and August 9 of 1945. Hundreds of thousands of Japanese people were killed in an instant, even though Japan was already negotiating the terms of surrender.

The use of Agent Orange on civilian populations violated the laws of war and yet no one has been held to account. Taxpayers pick up the tab of the Agent Orange Compensation fund for the U. S. Veterans at a cost of 1.52 billion dollars a year. The chemical companies, most specifically Dow and Monsanto, which profited from the manufacture of Agent Orange, paid a pittance to settle the veterans’ lawsuit to compensate them, as the unintended victims, for their Agent Orange related illnesses. But the Vietnamese continue to suffer from these violations with almost no recognition, as do the offspring of Agent Orange-exposed U.S. veterans and Vietnamese-Americans.

What is the difference between super powers like the United States violating the laws of war with impunity and the reports of killing of Syrian civilians by both sides in the current civil war? Does the United States have any credibility to demand governments and non-state actors end the killings of civilians, when through wars and drones and its refusal to acknowledge responsibility for the use of Agent Orange, the United States has and is engaging in the very conduct it publicly deplores?

In 1945, at the founding conference of the United Nations, the countries of the world determined:

to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war, which twice in our lifetime has brought untold sorrow to mankind, and

to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person, in the equal rights of men and women and of nations large and small, and

to establish conditions under which justice and respect for the obligations arising from treaties and other sources of international law can be maintained, and

to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom.

If we are to avoid sinking once again into the scourge of war, we must reaffirm the principles of the Charter and establish conditions under which countries take actions that promote rather than undermine justice and respect for our international legal obligations. The alternative is the law of the jungle, where only might makes right. It is time that right makes might.

August 10th marks 51 years since the beginning of the spraying of Agent Orange in Vietnam. In commemoration, the Vietnam Agent Orange Relief and Responsibility Campaign urges you to observe 51 seconds of silence at 12 noon, to think about the horrors of wars which have occurred. We ask you to take action so as not to see future images of naked children running from napalm, or young soldiers wiping out the population of an entire village, or other atrocities associated with war, poverty, and violence around the world. We urge you to take at least 51 seconds for your action. In the United States, you can sign an orange post card to the U.S. Congress asking it to pass HR 2634. This would be a good start to assist the Vietnamese victims of Agent Orange as well as the next generations of those exposed to these dangerous chemicals in both Vietnam and the United States.

Jeanne Mirer, a New York attorney, is president of the International Association of Democratic Lawyers. Marjorie Cohn is a professor at Thomas Jefferson School of Law and former president of the National Lawyers Guild. They are both on the board of the Vietnam Agent Orange Relief and Responsibility Campaign.

To sign the petition, go to http://www.vn-agentorange.org/  


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06/08/2012

Latest News Syria: Saudi regime pays weapons and salary of terrorist gangs

Belgrade.Chinese embassy.jpgAug 6, 2012 - The UK newspaper Guardian reported on June 22 that the Saudi regime would pay the salary of the members of the terrorist Free Syrian Army to encourage “mass defections from the military and… pressure” the Damascus government.

On June 21, the New York Times reported that a group of CIA officers are operating secretly in southern Turkey and that the agents are helping the anti-Syria governments decide which gangs inside the Arab country will receive arms to fight the Syrian government.

The foreign-backed insurgents in Syria comprise of extremist elements, including al-Qaeda militants. A German intelligence report estimates that around 90 percent of the terror attacks in Syria are carried out by al-Qaeda affiliates. 

Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011. Damascus says ‘outlaws, saboteurs, and insurgents’ are the driving factor behind the unrest and deadly violence, while the opposition accuses the security forces of killing protesters. 

The Syrian government says that the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country, and there are reports that a very large number of the armed insurgents are foreign nationals.

Press TV has conducted an interview with Ken Stone with the Hamilton Coalition to Stop the War, from Ontario, to further discuss the issue.

The following is an approximate transcription of the interview.

Press TV: Welcome to the program. First of all, recently reports have come out about Obama's secret authorization for providing support to the militants in Syria; we know Turkey is providing training and logistical support to these rebels as well. Why is it that these governments are supporting the very groups to topple Assad that they have not tolerated elsewhere: namely Al-Qaeda and the Kurdish militants?

Stone: Well, the intervention in Syria by the West, which the Harper government of Canada is accomplice in, is an attempt under the guise of humanitarian intervention to effect regime change.

And one of the means that they are using to effect the regime change, which is illegal under international law and United Nations Charter, is to insert terrorists into Syria to terrorize whole neighborhoods, to kill Syrian police and army and basically to provide an excuse using the old canard of humanitarian intervention for military intervention by the armies of NATO and the West.

Press TV: Well, footage upon footage shows how these armed rebels use heavily populated civilian city centers to launch their assaults. Aren’t such tactics very far off from the “people's revolution” the Western media has portrayed the situation in Syria as? 

Stone: Absolutely. The hypocrisy in the west and the media in the West and the governments of the West including the Harper government of Canada is boundless. 

On one hand they are supposed to be supporting the Annan peace plan to bring peace to Syria through diplomacy and dialogue, but really what they are doing through this so-called Friends of Syria, which is really a misnomer, of which the government of Canada is a part is to arm and equip a bunch of mercenaries to go into this country and portray it as supporting and protecting the people against the government.

While, actually the opposite is the case. It is the west that is using mercenaries, including al-Qaeda mercenaries, to create an insurrection in Syria and then provide an excuse for regime change by the West. 

Press TV: Where is this headed though? Do you see this escalating into a full blown military assault on Syria by NATO and its allies, or do you think that maybe the West is going to run with this proxy war in order to achieve its purposes in Syria? 

Stone: Well, at this point it is difficult to say. At the moment, governments like the Harper government of Canada are denying that they are considering a full scale military intervention, but at the same time the Foreign Minister [of Canada] John Baird said on July 25th that Canada is already participating in talks for a post Assad government, which means that they have already said in their minds that they are going to overthrow the government of Syria.

They do not tell us here if they are planning just to continue supporting and instigating terrorism in Syria which would perhaps in the long run undermine the Syrian government or if they are looking for some excuse, some supposed massacre. 

They have portrayed to the media a number of massacres which they tried to pin on the government of Syria and later turned out to be the work of the insurgents.

So it is possible that they could just keep on financing this because they got endless money from Qatar and Saudi Arabia or perhaps they are waiting for some incidence to a Libyan-style intervention or Yugoslavian-style intervention or Iraqi-style intervention or an Afghanistan-style intervention. We do not know but we know something is coming. 

TNP/SS

 

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05/08/2012

Syria: CIA and British MI6 responsible for killing Syrian Defence Minister ?

Are the CIA and British MI6 (Military Intelligence) responsible for the suicide bombing of July 18, 2012 that was called the 'final battle for the capital' and that killed three men at the heart of President Assad's defence team ?

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Some days ago 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 (but probably there were already secret missions without the U.S. Senate was informed about).

And yesterday the British Daily Mail reported that Britain is secretly providing the armed groups in Syria with the latest satellite phones...

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Daily Mail: Britain Is Secretly Equipping Armed Groups in Syria with Latest Satellite Phones

August 5, 2012 - LONDON, (SANA) - Britain is secretly providing the armed groups in Syria with the latest satellite phones that are designed to resist water, dust and shock, the British Daily Mail reported.

"The supply of the latest generation of handsets is part of the Foreign Office’s mission to mould militias into a coalition capable of governing the country," said an article published on Sunday.

It highlighted that the phones that are being supplied to the terrorist groups are used by the Ministry of Defense as they are "designed for rugged environments and are shock, dust and water resistant."

The newspaper cited British government sources as confirming that the "Foreign Office is teaching negotiation and ‘stabilisation’ skills to opposition leaders, and advising on how to address the Syrian people and international audiences," a mission that "is complicated by the expansion of the conflict to all Syria’s major cities."

The Daily Mail reported, according to military experts, that "the presence of Foreign Office officials and the provision of training and equipment to the opposition means that British Special Forces are likely to be operating in Syria."

It indicated that teams from those units are believed to be infiltrating into Syria from their bases in Jordan.

The British newspaper quoted a former British Army commander, Richard Kemp, a former member of the Government’s Joint Intelligence Committee, as saying "The UK Government cannot give practical support to the rebels without a presence inside Syria, and any Foreign Office officials seeking to liaise with the opposition leaders would require close protection from Special Forces."

British Foreign Secretary, William Hague, announced last week that Britain is stepping up what he called 'practical help' to the armed terrorist groups in Syria in the coming weeks.

Hague did not reveal the nature of this help, but said that more details on this additional support to the Syrian opposition will be provided soon.

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'Three men at the heart of President Assad's defence team have died in a suicide bombing, Syrian state TV says'

BBC News, 18 July 2012 - The president's defence minister, brother-in-law and head of his crisis team were at a meeting at national security headquarters in Damascus.

No footage has yet emerged of the attack in which the national security chief and interior minister were also said to have been wounded.

It comes as rebels claim to have launched an offensive on the capital.

For the past three days, rebels have fought with troops in several parts of the city, declaring their operation, entitled Damascus Volcano, a final battle for the capital.

The rebel Free Syrian Army (FSA) and a jihadist group calling itself Lord of the Martyrs Brigade both said they were behind the security headquarters bombing.

Breaking News: mass demonstration in solidarity with Syria

 

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Mass Rally in Sydney in Solidarity with Syria

SYDNEY, (SANA) – More than 7000 Syrian, Arab and Australian people participated in the mass rally organized by "Australians for Syria" group in cooperation with other youth groups and figures from the Syrian and Arab communities in Australia.

Syria's Honorary Consul to Sydney, Maher Dabbagh, said that the participants wanted to stress to the whole world that Syria is strong in the face of the most severe attack launched by the West and the oil monarchies.

The gathering crowds reiterated solidarity with Syria and their standing by its leadership, people and army, expressing thanks to the friendly countries over their stances towards Syria.

The participants toured main streets of Sydney City and stopped in front of the Office of the Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr condemning the Australian official stance and Carr's statements against Syria.

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Washington bombs us daily with war propaganda

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All the information about Syria that doesn't match the American war propaganda, is censored.

Washington regularly blocks also the website of the Syrian government on http://www.sana.sy/index_eng.html

 

04/08/2012

Latest News Syria: Syria's Permanent Representative in the UN

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Al-Jaafari: Draft Resolution on Syria Hysteric and Misleading, Violates International Legitimacy Principles

NEW YORK, (SANA) - Syria's Permanent Representative in the UN, Bashar al-Jaafari, on Friday said that the draft resolution on Syria submitted by Saudi Arabia to the UN General Assembly is hysteric and misleading, violating all international legitimacy principles, primarily the principle of respecting national sovereignty and non-interference in countries' internal affairs.

In a speech before the UN General Assembly, al-Jaafari stressed that the Qatari-Saudi-western draft resolution serves only the interests of Israel.

Al-Jaafari said that adopting the draft resolution sends a wrong message to extremists and terrorists in Syria and elsewhere, since the terrorist acts these people carry out as an alternative to dialogue and peaceful settlements are encouraged and supported by UN member countries, which will only exacerbate the situation, increase violence and strengthen terrorism in Syria and the entire region, which will eventually cause terrorism to reach the very areas that spawned it, including some of the countries that adopted the draft resolution.

He pointed out to the irony in that the countries adopting the resolution presented it under article 34 on the prevention of armed conflicts, while these very same countries have had a considerable part in the militarization of the situation in Syria and pushing it away from the desired political solution by providing weapons to terrorist groups in Syria, adding that the French Foreign Minister admitted to this three days ago when he acknowledged that Qatar and Saudi Arabia are delivering weapons to these groups, while some western media outlets confirmed that US anti-aircraft Stinger missiles have reached these armed groups via Turkey.

Al-Jaafari said that some of the countries which adopt the draft resolution are leading a hysteric political media and intelligence campaign against Syria, funding and arming the armed terrorist groups – not to the peaceful, honest internal national opposition – and providing them with logistic support, adding that some of these countries also provide media and political cover to the armed groups and impose unilateral sanctions that contradict the six-point plant and pose an injustice on the Syrian people in a manner violating UN resolution, which further exacerbated the humanitarian situation on the ground, while at the same time these same sides bemoan the humanitarian situation in their statements.

He stressed that if these countries voicing concern over the humanitarian situation in Syria were truly honest in their concern, they would have allocated the billions of dollars spend of funding, arming and equipping terrorists with communication devices for humanitarian aid, noting that all promises made by these countries regarding humanitarian aid were mere deceptions as no-one in Syria saw any such aid even months after agreeing to the humanitarian response plan with the UN.

Al-Jaafari added that some of the countries that adopted the draft, such as Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Bahrain, cannot be considered as examples of democracy and respecting human rights, as these countries are governed by oligarchic, tyrannical regimes that don't hesitate to suppress their people and murder protestors, adding that the state of human rights and basic liberties in them is considered among the worst in the world according to documented reports by human rights organizations and opposition sources abroad.

He went on to affirm that other countries that adopted the draft are among the direct contributors to the deterioration of the situation in Syria, and that they have no credibility in terms of commitment to UN resolution in light of prior experiences, as many of these countries manipulated such resolutions and tailored them to fit their interests as to permit them to partake in military intervention in other countries using pretexts of disarming weapons of mass destruction, protecting human rights, protecting civilians, and other noble principles that were never truly among these countries goals; rather they were mere slogans employed to interfere in other countries' affairs, topple governments and plunge countries into chaos, civil wars and sectarian infighting.

Al-Jaafari warned against the danger of the UN General Assembly becoming a cover for spreading "Halal" - "legal" - terrorism and undermining stability and security around the world through political, financial and media pressure, or having the Assembly be used to give legitimacy to agendas that shook most member countries' faith in the rule of law on the international level, particularly after the invasion of Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya and the manipulation of the resources of several developing countries, particularly in Africa.

He pointed out that during the current crisis, Syria witnessed a series of terrorist bombings, and that the Syrian authorities arrested and killed large numbers of Arab and non-Arab terrorists affiliated with Al Qaeda and other extremist, Salafi and Wahabi organizations linked to Al Qaeda in terms of mentality and ideology.

Al-Jaafari pointed out to the contradiction in some countries – which always claimed to denounce terrorism and Al Qaeda and waged wars on this basis – are directly or indirectly supporting the growing terrorist activities of Al Qaeda and other extremist groups in Syria to serve "creative chaos" as it is well-known that some countries facilitated, funded and instigated the sending of terrorist to Syria, which explains why those who submitted the draft didn't refer to these terrorists at all as this would indict them.

He went on to say that while many western countries are combating Salafi, Wahabi and Takfiri sleeper terrorists cells in their territories, the same countries are working hard to  activate such cells in Syria, with some countries carrying out a methodical campaign of promoting violence and terrorism to Syria despite the fact that UN laws prohibit such acts and equate instigation of these crimes to committing them.

Al-Jaafari wondered of this draft resolution actually aims at invoking international law to hold those responsible for terrorism, violence and acts of murder and vandalism in Syria responsible for their crimes.

He called on member countries to not vote for it so that they do not become indirect accomplices in supporting chaos and terrorism and interfering in countries' internal affairs and legalizing unilateral sanctions, calling on them to vote against it to support UN principles that equate countries in sovereignty and respect people's right of self-determination.

He added that Syria was expecting from Saudi Arabia to submit a draft resolution to liberate the Saudi islands in the Red Sea which were occupied by Israel instead of faking sorrow over the Syrians and manipulating the fate of Palestinian refugees in Syria.

Al-Jaafari went on to say that Saudi and Qatari media wasn't content with targeting Syria; it also targeted him and his family members in an immoral manner to extort him, with Saudi and Qatari media attacking him directly for hours-long programs and fabricating lies and allegations defaming his family, not to mention hosting social interaction sites that encourage murder and make lists of Syrians to be killed in Syria and outside it, wondering if this is how terrorism is combated or how diplomacy is carried out.

"You're all ambassadors and defend your countries' interest; this is something, and being targeted along with your families is another thing which I leave to your conscience," he said, adding that many threats of murder were directed at him and other Syrian diplomats from sites based in Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United States.

Al-Jaafari concluded by saying that the General Assembly Chairman assumed a position towards the draft resolution in advance, which violates the General Assembly's internal laws which require the Chairman to be neutral and direct the session impartially, noting that this is the tenth such violation committed by the Chairman during his chairing of the Assembly.

Cuba's Representative to the UN: Ending Violence in Syria Requires Stop Funding and Arming of Terrorists

In turn, Cuba's Representative to the UN said that the draft resolution doesn't resolve the Syrian crisis, rather it increases violence and treats the issue in a biased and non-objective manner, paving the way to military intervention which Cuba will not support.

He said that ending violence and terrorism requires preventing the funding and arming of terrorists, adding that Europeans want to interfere in the affairs of a sovereign country and change its government to meet the interests of the United States and others.

The Representative voiced regret over the misuse of mass media to wage campaigns and instigate further bloodshed, affirming that Cuba opposes foreign intervention in countries' internal affairs, expressing support to the right of the Syrians in implementing reforms without foreign interference.

Venezuela's Representative to the UN: Syria Faces Opposition that Resorts to Terrorism 

For his part, Venezuela's Representative to the UN said that the Syrian government is not facing a democratic and peaceful opposition, adding that Syria is facing an opposition that supports and resorts to terrorism, adding that this opposition is receiving foreign support and refusing dialogue.

In a speech before the UN General Assembly, Venezuela representative said that the draft resolution suggests taking steps for foreign intervention in a sovereign country, which makes the draft non-objective and in violation of humanitarian principles.

"Venezuela takes its stances under the principle of respecting the sovereignty and national unity of the independent countries, that is why we hope that this draft will be rejected," he added.

He stressed that funding and arming the armed groups of the opposition is a violation of the international laws and the UN Charter, urging all the UN organization to provide aid to the Syrian people with full respect of the Syrian sovereignty.

He also stressed the need to end violence regardless of form and source, and that political dialogue is the only way to resolve the Syrian crisis, adding that his country supported the Plan of UN Envoy Kofi Annan and regrets his resignation and the fact that warmongers destroyed Annan's plan.

The Representative voiced Venezuela's support for the efforts exerted by Russia to resolve the Syrian crisis and the decision suggested by Russia and China in this regard, noting that colonialist countries are imposing sanctions against Syria and continue to push draft resolutions in the General Assembly that interfere in Syria's internal affairs and suit the goals of terrorists.

Brazilian and Iranian Representatives to the UN Stress Need for All Sides in Syria to Engage in National Dialogue

To this effect, Brazil's Representative stressed the need for everyone to engage in national dialogue, and for the international community to guarantee the implementation of Annan's plan through actions, not just words.

Similarly, the Iranian Representative voiced regret that some of the countries pushing for the draft are supporting terrorists, noting that the draft resolutions involves sanctions on Syria while the Syrians are suffering from the repercussions of the crisis, and that calls for sanctions constitutes group punishment against Syrians.

He stressed that the international community must call for ceasing the funding and arming of terrorist groups in Syria, expressing Iran's regret over Annan's resignation and noting that some countries sought to hinder Annan's work by saying that they will seek methods outside the UN and the Security Council to deal with the Syrian situation.

The Iranian Representative voiced deep concern over the regional repercussions of violating Syria's territorial sovereignty by some sides, calling on all Syrian political forces to engage in dialogue and reiterating his country's readiness to host talks between the government and the opposition.

He also said that current draft resolution is unbalanced, unilateral and isn't reflective of the reality in Syria, sending a wrong message.

Meanwhile, Qatar's representative once again violated the UN Charter which calls for the Assembly's Chairman to be objective and neutral towards any draft resolution, then went on to boast about his government's achievements in conspiring against the Syrian people and issuing a statement based on the reports of al-Jazeera and rife with lies and allegations.

He also bemoaned the Security Council which – thanks to Russia and China's moral position – prevented the undermining of Syria's sovereignty.

Similar to the representative of Al Thani, the representative of Al Saud recited a statement which seemed to have been written by Israel with the aim of revitalizing the delusions of terrorist groups after their crushing defeats at the hand of the Syrian Arab Army.

The Saudi representative completely ignored the crimes committed by the mercenaries of the Saudi regime who are running amok in Syria and spoke of a political solution, ignoring the fact that a political solution requires non-interference in countries' affairs and launching dialogue, not sending weapons and extremist mercenaries to Syria.

He also ignored Arab and western media reports confirming the responsibility of terrorists groups of massacres and bombings in Syria, hypocritically talking about the need to prevent the shedding of Syrians' blood in clear disregard for the fact that Al Saud support terrorists organizations with the aim of undermining the stability of countries that reject their U.S. masters' hegemony.

In turn, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon voiced regret that the Security Council couldn't pass a resolution to justify foreign intervention in Syria, and he didn't forget to shed tears over the humanitarian state of the Syrian people while pushing for a resolution that would impose more sanctions on them.

Ki-moon blamed the Syrian leadership, alleging that it didn't commit fully to Annan's plan, conveniently neglecting to mention any responsibility on the part of the armed groups, contradicting himself by saying that government's are responsible for protecting their people while blaming the Syrian government which is confronting mercenary terrorist groups that are killing Syrians.

12 countries in the General Assembly voted against the non-binding draft resolution on Syria, while 31 countries declined to vote on this Saudi-presented resolution which aims at interfering in Syria's affairs and imposing more sanctions on the Syrian people.

M. Nassr/ H. Sabbagh

03/08/2012

U.S. and EU Sanctions on Syria Target the Livelihood of the Syrian People

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Washington that continuously bombards the world with war propaganda, regularly blocks also the website of the Syrian government on http://www.sana.sy/index_eng.html   

The blog 'Stop NATO - Opposition to global militarism', with more information about the latest developments in Syria, is also regularly blocked by Washington (http://rickrozoff.wordpress.com/?p=14618'Sorry, no posts matched your criteria'.

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Internal Trade Minister: The U.S. and EU Sanctions on Syria Target the Livelihood of the Syrian People

Aug 3, 2012 - MOSCOW, (SANA) - Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs, Minister of Internal Trade and Consumer Protection, Qadri Jamil, said Syria is facign an unfair Western economic blockade, stressing that the Western and U.S. sanctions on Syria target the Syrian people in their livelihood.

In a press conference in the Russian capital following meeting Russian officials, Jamil described the talks in Moscow as "constructive" as both sides agreed on boosting economic cooperation between Syria and Russia in various areas.

"Russia wants to help and support the Syrian people to overcome the current crisis," said Minister Jamil, stressing that the unilateral Western and U.S. sanctions imposed on Syria are illegitimate and contradict with the international law and target the Syrian people in their livelihood.

He noted that the unfair Western economic siege on the country has contributed to preventing essential materials from reaching the Syrian people.

Jamil stressed that the solution to the crisis in Syria begins with stopping foreign interference in the Syrian internal affair, adding that national dialogue is the main issue towards resolving this crisis.

He continued that the Syrians alone are the ones to determine their country's destiny by themselves and that putting any precondition regarding the Syrian leadership leaving office in order for the dialogue to start is to undermine this dialogue.

The Minister reiterated the Syrian government's strong commitment to having the national reconciliation accomplished, adding that the West and the US are not the ones to determine the Syrians' choices and way of living.

Jamil said the Western countries' stance towards what is happening in Syria is marked by hypocrisy, as these countries do not want a halt to the bloodshed but they want it to continue, as while they know that extremist terrorists are perpetrating crimes against the Syrian people, they are providing support to those terrorists and speak of a political solution.

Speaking of the repercussions of the unfair Western ban imposed on Syria, Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, Said Hneidi, said that because of this ban, Syria's oil production has dropped down to less than 200, 000 barrels per day.

For his part, Assistant Foreign and Expatriates Minister, Abdul-Fattah Ammoura, stressed that Syria welcomed the plan of the UN envoy Kofi Annan and its six points, agreed on it and has put it into effect.

He said that Anan's plan has been a Syrian demand in the first place to have the crisis resolved through dialogue and peaceful means, but it is the other parties who do not want this plan to succeed and do not seek a peaceful solution to the crisis.

Ammoura stressed that the Syrian people are steadfast in the face of what they are faced with and seek the independence of Syria's sovereign decision, adding that the Western countries have turned away from what they committed to at the Geneva meeting regarding the necessity of finding a peaceful solution to the crisis in Syria.

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U.S. and EU Sanctions on Syria Target the Livelihood of the Syrian People

Breaking news Syria: Russia sends navy vessels to Syria base

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President Obama has signed a secret order authorizing U.S. support for the Syrian armed gangs seeking to depose Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his government.
These new provocations are going too far for Russia.
It is clear that Washington wants a military confrontation with Russia, Iran and China and it is time that these countries realize that they have to close a military pact of self-defense against Washington and its allies...

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Aug 3, 2012 13:23 Moscow Time - Moscow is sending three large landing ships The Alexander Ostrakovsky, the Georgy Pobedonosets and the Kondopogaassault, each with a Marine company on board, are scheduled to call at Tartus late this week-early next, a source at the Defense Ministry said in Moscow on Friday. The source said that each ship would have up to 120 marines onboard and the ships, currently in the Mediterranean Sea, would arrive in Tartus by the end of this week.

The blog 'Stop NATO - Opposition to global militarism', with more information about these developments, is regularly blocked by Washington (http://rickrozoff.wordpress.com/?p=14618: 'Sorry, no posts matched your criteria'.

Washington that continuously bombards the world population with war propaganda, blocks also the website of the Syrian government on http://www.sana.sy/index_eng.html

02/08/2012

Latest News Syria: Washington confirms secret support for Syrian terrorists

napalm attack, June 8, 1972.jpgAugust 2, 2012 - President Obama has signed a secret order authorizing U.S. support for the so called rebels seeking to depose Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his government, sources familiar with the matter said.

Obama's order, approved earlier this year and known as an intelligence "finding," broadly permits the CIA and other U.S. agencies to provide support that could help the rebels oust Assad.

 

'Obama authorized secret support for Syrian rebels':

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01/08/2012

Syria: Large Numbers of Terrorists eliminated

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Authorities Pursue and Eliminate Large Numbers of Terrorists in Aleppo, Damascus, Homs, Deir Ezzor and Idleb 

Aug 01, 2012 - PROVINCES, (SANA) – Authorities on Wednesday clashed with an armed terrorist group that opened fire on passing cars in Khanaser area in Aleppo Countryside.
 
An official source at the province told SANA that the terrorists were driving machineguns-mounted SUV cars, adding that the terrorists were all killed or wounded in the clash.

An armed terrorist group of three gunmen attacked law-enforcement personnel in Talkalakh area in Homs Countryside. The three terrorists: Mustafa al-Kurdi, Ahd Najm and Iyad al-Kurdi were killed and their car was destroyed. 

Army Units Pursue vanquished terrorist groups in Yalda, Babila and Jdaidat Artouz 

An Army unit today stormed dens used by armed terrorist groups in Yalda and Babila, Damascus countryside, clashing with their members, killing a number of terrorists and arresting others. 

 

In Jdaidat Artouz, Damascus countryside, a unit from the Syrian Army pursued vanquished armed groups, clashing with them and killing, injuring a number of them. 

Scores of the terrorists have surrendered and handed their weapons to the authorities. 

 

In the central city of Homs, the authorities discovered a tunnel that links al-Qarabees neighborhood to al-Qosor and Dek al-Jin. 

 

The tunnel was used as a passage by the armed groups in order to confiscate weapons. 

 

The Syrian armed forces clashed with the terrorists inside the tunnel, killing scores of them. 

Military Forces Cause Losses to Terrorists in North Aleppo

Military forces on Wednesday hunted armed terrorist groups in Handarat area, to the north of Aleppo, and clashed with them.

An official source in the province told SANA reporter that tens of the terrorists were killed and injured during the clash, some of them are from Arab nationalities.

The army members destroyed a number of SUV cars supplied with DShK machine gun, the source added. 

In the town of al-Shahara west of Aleppo, the authorities set an ambush for a terrorist group, leading to the deaths and injuring of a large number of terrorists, including some of Arab and foreign nationalities.

A source in the province told SANA that the dead terrorists include Ali Sakerdeli and Abdelsalam Jebrael.

In the same context, the authorities set another ambush for a terrorist group in al-Atareb area in Aleppo countryside, killing and injuring most of the terrorist and destroying a pickup truck equipped with an anti-aircraft machinegun.

The source added that the authorities confronted an armed group which attempted to attack law-enforcement forces in the village of Kafer Aleppo.

As for Aleppo city, the source said that the Syrian armed forces pursued fleeing terrorists in Ard al-Hashkal area south of Salah Eddin neighborhood and engaged them, killing and wounding a number of terrorists and arresting others.

The security of the Badiye Development Center in Khansar area, Aleppo countryside, confronted terrorists who attempted to break into the center, killing and wounding its members, in addition damaging three pickup trucks and confiscating five cars the terrorists were using. Seven of the terrorists were arrested.

Authorities Raid Two Terrorist Hideouts in al-Sadat Neighborhood in Damascus

After investigations and observation and in cooperation with locals, the authorities raided a terrorist hideout in al-Sadat neighborhood in al-Amara area in Damascus, killing and injuring a number of terrorists and arresting the rest.

A source at Damascus police said that during the preliminary interrogation of the arrested terrorists, they revealed the location of another terrorist hideout in the same area which was likewise raided by the authorities, killing and injuring some of the terrorists and arresting the others.

Weapons confiscated from the two hideouts include automatic rifles, handguns, a sniper rifle, PKC machineguns, grenades and ammo.

The police source pointed out that the arrested terrorists' IDs showed that they're not locals of al-Sadat neighborhood; rather they came from several areas in Damascus countryside.

Several Terrorists Killed, Others Surrender in Homs

Authorities last night set up an ambush against an armed terrorist group in al-Qseir countryside.

An official source told SANA correspondent that the ambush led to killing all members of the armed terrorist group.

The source added that the authorities also stormed a hideout of an armed terrorist group in al-Mouj town in al-Qseir countryside and killed and injured several terrorists.

In al-Ghanto village in Talbiseh district, security forces clashed with an armed terrorist group and inflicted heavy losses on the terrorists, while other terrorists surrendered themselves and their weapons.

Authorities Pursue Terrorist Groups in Deir Ezzor, Inflict Heavy Losses Upon Them

In Deir Ezzor, the authorities continued to pursue terrorists in the neighborhoods of al-Jbaile and Jamiyet al-Rasafa, killing and injuring many of them.

A source in the province told SANA that among the dead terrorists were Salah al-Hamada and Salah al-Jassem.

On a relevant note, the authorities pursued feeling terrorists in al-Qusour neighborhood in the city, resulting in the killing and injuring of several terrorists.

In the town of al-Mayadin in Deir Ezzor countryside, the authorities likewise pursued and engaged a terrorist group, killing and wounding its members. 

Authorities in Homs confront attacks by armed terrorist group 

The competent authorities today confronted attacks by armed terrorist groups on several law enforcement checkpoints in al-Qseir, killing or injuring a number of terrorists. 

SANA reporter quoted a source in Homs as saying that the clashes led to the killing of 5 terrorists while 15 others were injured.

Authorities Confront Terrorist Group in Idleb Countryside

The authorities confronted a terrorist group which had been blocking roads and attacking passersby at the Kafer Najda junction in Idleb countryside, with the clash resulting in the deaths and injuring of the terrorists.

English Bulletin

30/07/2012

Syria: Infiltration Attempts from Lebanon and Jordan Foiled

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

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

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

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

Authorities Hunt Terrorists In Aleppo Causing them Heavy Losses

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

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

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

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

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

Tunnels Discoverd in Qarabees, Homs, Stability Restored

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Armed Forces Continue Canvassing Farms in Idleb and Raiding Terrorist Hideouts

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

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

Explosive Device Discovered in Hasaka

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

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

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

Explosive Device Kills Several Terrorists in Hasaka

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

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

English Bulletin  

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

Iran Stands by Syria

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

Jul 29, 2012

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

English Bulletin

News Syria: U.S. censored

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

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

http://sana.sy/index_eng.html

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

CIA, MI6 agents direct massacres in Syria

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

27/07/2012

Syria needs no arms but water, electricity and medicines !

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

Syrian delegation visits Tehran

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

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

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

Photo: Water Wheel, Hama, Syria

Latest Syria developments: UN human rights chief...

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

As a reminder:

Obama meets Ban Ki-moon to discuss Libya

WASHINGTON, March 1, 2011

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sudan referendum was also discussed during the meeting.

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

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

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

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

Keywords: Libya unrestQadhafi regime

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

23/07/2012

Latest News Syria: Government's Statement

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

H. Sabbagh

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

21/07/2012

Syria latest news: Damascus cleaned from terrorists

 

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

July 20, 2012

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

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

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

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

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

Authorities Repel Terrorists Attacking Police School in Aleppo

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

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

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

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

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

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

R. Raslan/ H. Said/ al-Ibrahim

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

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

Syria: 'chemical weapons'...

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

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

17/07/2012

NATO aggression: Syria needs sophisticated weapons

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

Photo 2: Afghanistan, victim of NATO-bombings

16/07/2012

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

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

She met the Israeli minister of Foreign Affairs Avigdor Lieberman.

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

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

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Washington destabilizes Syrian government to prepare bombings

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

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

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July 15, 2012


Strategically Timed Syrian Massacre
By Stephen Lendman

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

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

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

14/07/2012

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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11/07/2012

Syria: Talks with Annan about arms smuggling

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

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

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

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

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

R. Raslan/ H. Said 

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

Photo: Hossein Amir Abdullahian

The U.S. provokes a civil war in Syria

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

09/07/2012

Syria: The US intervention in Chile...

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U.S. Central Intelligence Agency in Chile

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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U.S. Central Intelligence Agency in Egypt

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

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

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

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

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

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

Embassy of Syria in Santiago: 

08/07/2012

Breaking News Syria: Israel's 'defense drill'

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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July 4, 2012

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

07/07/2012

Syria News: WikiLeaks

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

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

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

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The Irrelevance of Wikileaks' Guantánamo Revelations

by Andy Worthington, November 30, 2010

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

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

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

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

Following discussions about the Yemenis, the cable noted:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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By Xiao Xian*

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Global Times 

March 5, 2012

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06/07/2012

Breaking News Syria: Terrorists use NATO-weapons

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

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

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

Syrian official news agency, SANA