01/06/2013

Latest News Syria: France and the UK

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'Syria: No wonder France and the UK were getting desperate'

1.6.2013

France and the UK (F-UK), the poodle side of the alliance with the US (FUKUS), this week bullied their European Union partners into accepting a status quo in which the European Union disintegrates as a Union (merci) and each one goes it alone in terms of supplying the Syrian terrorists.

We saw this already in Iraq from the part of the UK, going it alone with the US and its wider alliance of hastily-stitched-together sycophants and lackeys which all turned a blind eye when the Weapons of Mass Destruction were not found (because they didn't exist, as Saddam Hussein had said); we saw the US and UK mastermind a series of illegal raids, illegal retentions and from the part of the UK, torture of prisoners. From the USA, the concentration camp at Abu Ghraib, where prisoners were raped, sodomised, tortured, deprived of food and sleep, you name it, and the same is going on at Guantanamo Bay concentration camp in Cuba, where the USA masterminds among the most shocking human rights abuses in history.

In Iraq, France had an attack of good-naturedness, in other words, for once, it followed international law and said that the war was illegal. It didn't take much pressure from the USA to make France buckle spectacularly and today become one of the three prongs of the FUKUS Axis, doing Washington's dirty work for it alongside le amiable poodle, les Anglaises.

Libya saw France rehabilitated as the leadership joined Cameron, that William Hague character, and Obama, in no doubt punching the air with fists clenched celebrating the murder of the Gaddafi grandchildren as legitimate targets; in Syria, the French are the first and foremost prong of the FUKUS Axis.

It comes as no surprise therefore that as the Syrian Armed Forces push relentlessly against the terrorist scourge unleashed by the west and supported by their bedboys Qatar and Saudi Arabia (shall we investigate what certain members of the said royal families have allegedly gotten up to in Morocco? Whoops! What would Mohammed say to THAT??) that France and the UK once again want to push through an arrogant and militarist agenda to support their rebels (terrorists), derided by the rest of Syrian society because they are getting their asses whipped.

The Syrian Armed Forces are standing up to the crack troops unleashed by NATO and al-Qaeda inside Syria; the Syrian Armed Forces are protecting Syria's civilians against these demonic monsters and the lies being traded by the west are yet again shown up for what they are. The Free Syrian Army is a chimera, a front which is in fact an umbrella organization for al-Qaeda cells hiding behind it.

Yet again, the west has got it wrong, has sided with terrorists and will pay the consequences. He who plays with fire...

http://english.pravda.ru/opinion/columnists/01-06-2013/124722-syria_france_fukus-0/

01/05/2013

Syria: Google censorship

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Google has very long blocked the news of the Syrian news agency Sana.

That seems to change a bit, although the articles of Sana are well selected and so the news about Syria is still manipulated.

There are only 7,870 search results for 'latest news syria sana' and there is no direct link to the news agency Sana. 

For 'latest news syria' there are 494,000,000 results and on the first page there is a direct link to Sana (http://sana.sy/index_eng.html). Sometimes this link has been deactivated.

Let us hope that Google is more interested in a political solution for Syria rather than just to spread American war propaganda accompanied with the continuous discussion about the 'risk of the use of chemical weapons' which was used as a pretext for the war against Iraq and Libya.

On 3.14.2012, America’s Defense Department’s best-known geek announced that she was leaving the Pentagon for a job at Google…

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02/04/2013

German NATO propagandist injured in Syria

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April 2, 2013

The German ARD correspondent Jörg Armbruster (media bias), known as one of the biggest war promoter from the war in Libya and Syria, was injured in Syria while he tried to produce another biased documentation for the German television.

The correspondent of the German state television media channels, Jörg Armbruster, became famous for his promotion of the war in Libya and his biased stories about the situation and events in Syria. Some also call him a direct mouthpiece of the United States, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and other NATO countries – in order to sell the typical NATO propaganda to the German television viewer.
But the German correspondent Armbruster has not only used these channels to sell the false propaganda about Libya and Syria to the German television viewers, he also wrote a book and used all other ways to promote the NATO propaganda and to boost his own career. He is known as a careerist and twaddler for money in the German circle of journalists.
This goes so far that even some colleagues of the same German channel call him a propagandist and, as said, careerist. Both belongs probably together – promote the NATO propaganda and you won`t have problems in your career in Germany.
It is really unfortunate that Jörg Armbruster was injured in Syria but this happens when you stay with armed Jihadists and mercenaries. Of course, the Department of Psychological Warfare of the German state television and the attached corporate and state media are hypocritical whining about the wounded and great German correspondent Armbruster. The whining, mixed with propaganda, on the websites of several German media agencies like ARD and ZDF is unbearable.
The German correspondent and war promoter Jörg Armbruster was and is always one of the leading “embedded” war propagandists. Not only in Syria and Libya, but also in Egypt. Armbruster was always on the side of the aggressors. One good example of his lies is the moment when Armbruster blamed the troops of the former Libyan leader Gaddafi (Qaddafi) for a massacre, although the armed terrorists and Islamists of NATO were guilty for this massacre in Libya. But that´s the way Armbruster worked and works – as long as he was and is able to serve the NATO propaganda.

This correspondent from Germany is also one of these so-called journalists who is a huge fan of the Muslim Brotherhood. When he stayed in the Egyptian capital Cairo, he was sometimes seen with some figures of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood having dinner.
The Muslim Brotherhood, corrupt to the bones and always trying to misuse Islam for political goals, are currently considered as an organisation which probably should be forbidden by the Egyptian Supreme Judge. In the Emirates, the Muslim Brotherhood is on trial for conspiracy. In Syria? The Muslim Brotherhood is guilty for many crimes already. And so on. There are no “moderate Islamists”. This new name for the heads of the rotten Muslim Brotherhood is just an invention by such biased correspondents like the German Jörg Armbruster.
He was treated in Turkey and then flown back to Germany after he was injured in crossfire while he tried to make another propaganda-documentary about the “Arab Spring” – including Syria, of course.
Some might wonder who has actually issued him the visa for Syria and how great must the indoctrination be when a pensioner still risks his life for NATO propaganda? But the second question might be easy to answer; as said, he has always been a careerist who stops at nothing. The first question? The usual problems in and about Syria.

http://www.syrianews.cc/german-correspondent-armbruster-wounded-syria/

30/10/2012

US uses Turkey as a launching pad for bombing Syria

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

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

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

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Photo: Victim of an American drone attack in Afghanistan


October 3, 2012

'Iraq urges end to Turkey PKK attacks'

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

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


Oct 18, 2012

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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October 29, 2012

'Turkish policeman, eight PKK members killed in clashes'

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

29/10/2012

War between Turkey and Syria

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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U.S. tactical nuclear weapons in Turkey

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

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

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

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

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

 


28/09/2012

Ahmadinejad addresses UN General Assembly

Ahmadinejad addresses UN General Assembly (Live cut version)

http://youtu.be/RKaBayz0r2I

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Photo: US. President Barack Obama and Ehud Barak, Minister of Defense and Deputy Prime Minister in Binyamin Netanyahu's government.

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Photo: US-President Obama and his friend UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon during a State Lunch in Washington. Ban Ki-Moon has been posted twice to the Republic of Korea embassy in Washington, D.C. and served as Director-General for American Affairs in 1990–1992.

26/09/2012

Latest News Syria: China

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Sep 25, 2012 - UNITED NATIONS, (SANA) - Political dialogue is the only sound way for solving the crisis in Syria, Chinese News Agency Xinhua quoted Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi as saying.

During a meeting on Monday with the UN Envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi on the sidelines of the 67th session of the UN General Assembly, Jiechi added "China has adopted an objective, fair and responsible way regarding crisis in Syria and played a pivotal role in enhancing dialogue,"

Yang said the crisis in Syria is complicated and very sensitive and the political dialogue is the only sound way for tackling it, pointing out that the priority now is for pushing all sides concerned in Syria to halt violence immediately and start a comprehensive political dialogue through diplomatic mediation.

"Solving the crisis in Syria should be decided by the Syrian people and not to be imposed by foreign powers," he underscored, adding that the work of the mediation in the forthcoming phase should be committed to the principles of finding common ground and stimulating a just, honest and appropriate solution for the crisis in Syria in the interests of all Syrian sides.

Yang reiterated his country's support to Brahimi's exerted efforts to reach a political compromise of the crisis in Syria.

For his part, Brahimi saw that the situation in Syria is critical , calling on the international community to help easing the situation in it as the political compromise is passing through an important stage.

Brahimi briefed the Chinese Minister on the latest developments regarding the crisis in Syria, expressing appreciation over China support to his mission.

He announced that he will continue deep communication with China and the other relevant sides and his serious work to enhance a political solution for the crisis in Syria.

H. Zain / Ghosoun

http://sana.sy/eng/22/2012/09/25/443488.htm

Syria: Russia wants respect for UN Charter

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Sep 26, 2012
 

MOSCOW, (SANA)- President Vladimir Putin of Russia stressed that the use of forces through overstepping the UN Charter is not allowed.

Russia Today website quoted President Putin as saying during accepting the credentials of foreign ambassadors that the attempts at replacing the UN Charter's comprehensive principles with unilateral conduct or alliances-based agreements, particularly the use of force without referring to the UN Charter, will not lead to good results.

The Russian President considered that such conduct involves threatening stability and spreading chaos.

Bogdanov: Brahimi Tends to Start Work Based on Geneva Statement

In another context, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister, Mikhail Bogdanov, announced that the UN envoy to Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, stressed to Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, that he will start his work regarding solving the crisis in Syria based on Geneva statement.

In statements reported by Russia Today website, Bogdanov said Brahimi, who met with Lavrov on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly's meetings on Tuesday night, considers that Geneva statement is constructive and hopes to come out with several useful things from it.

H. Said

http://sana.sy/eng/22/2012/09/26/443756.htm

17/09/2012

China rejects any foreign intervention in Syria's affairs

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Beijing Reiterates Rejection of any Foreign Intervention in Syria's affairs

September 17th, 2012 - Beijing, (SANA) - China's Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi reiterated his county's rejection of any foreign interference in Syria's domestic affairs, stressing that the political resolution to the crisis should be realized by the Syrian people.

"The international community has to commit to searching for a political solution to the crisis.. the Syrian people's will should be respected.. the resolution should be reached by them, not through foreign sides," Xinhua news Agency quoted Jiechi as saying during a meeting with a delegation of the Coordination Committee.

He expressed his country's determination to respect and support the political solution as long as it was accepted by the sides concerned in Syria, calling these sides to cooperate with the UN Envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi.

Mazen Eyon

http://sana.sy/eng/22/2012/09/17/442145.htm

(SANA's website is regularly blocked by foreign military services and Google gives for the search of 'latest news Syria, almost exclusively the news of the western war propaganda machine)

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Who's responsible for terrorist acts in Syria ?

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

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

15/09/2012

Anti-U.S. protests continues

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September 15, 2012 - CAIRO — From Tunis to Cairo to Jakarta, Indonesia, the Muslim world erupted in protests aimed at the United States on Friday as anger over the video that mocks the prophet Muhammad boiled over into assaults on embassies or demonstrations in nearly two dozen countries.

On Saturday morning, after four days of violent protests, hundreds of Egyptian security forces, some of them in plainclothes, pushed protesters out of Tahrir Square and made arrests, witnesses said. 

In Sydney, riot police clashed with about 200 protesters at the U.S. Consulate as demonstrations spread to Australia, the Associated Press reported. Hundreds of protesters also gathered outside the American embassy in Damascus — which has been closed since February — on Saturday to protest the controversial video, according to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA).

Anti-U.S. protests spread to Afghanistan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Britain, East Jerusalem, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Malaysia, Pakistan, Qatar, Syria, Turkey, the West Bank and Yemen. 

Photo: American propaganda

11/09/2012

War in Asia: Japan, China Heading Toward Armed Conflict?

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U.S. planners don't like China's development of antiship ballistic missiles that 'could threaten' the Navy's fleet of aircraft carriers, critical to the U.S. projection of power in Asia. On August 23th, 2012, Mr. Hildreth of the Congressional Research Service said the U.S. was "laying the foundations for a regionwide missile defense system that would combine U.S. ballistic missile defenses with those of regional powers, particularly Japan, South Korea and Australia".

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China Daily, September 11, 2012

Japan's further provocation

The Japanese government has thrown down the gauntlet before China. China should take it up with an iron resolve and crush any Japanese act of aggression.

The Japanese Cabinet decided officially on Monday to bring China's Diaoyu Islands under Japanese control, and the Japanese government is considering striking a deal soon with the "owner" of three of the islets that it wants to purchase.

The decision came a day after President Hu Jintao admonished Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda not to proceed with the "nationalization" plan.

Japan's action reveals outright disregard for our efforts for peace.

If being reasonable is no longer the right way to deal with the Japanese, we must prepare for a worse, and perhaps the worst, scenario, no matter how reluctant we are to do so.

Concrete actions are needed to show we won't retreat an inch from our duty to protect our sovereignty over these islands. Japan is turning the Diaoyu Islands into an area of conflict and is making it impossible for China and itself to have a normal relationship.

On Monday, Noda claimed that the Japanese government will bring the islands under stable and peaceful management.

That was sheer nonsense.

A thief is never a legitimate owner of stolen property. The Japanese government is not entitled to the Diaoyu Islands. These islets, regardless of claims that they are "owned" by a Japanese individual, a local government or a state, are a part of China.

It's certainly questionable if the Japanese government will prove capable of keeping them stable and peaceful.

A general election is expected to take place in Japan in November. Several of the political heavyweights who are aspiring to become the next prime minister of the country already have their eyes on the Diaoyu Islands.

Nobuteru Ishihara, secretary-general of Japan's Liberal Democratic Party and the eldest son of the right-wing Tokyo governor Shintaro Ishihara, is one of those who are hoping to ratchet up the tension.

Whatever the motives are behind Japan's attempts to "nationalize" the Diaoyu Islands, Japan is not and will never be the legitimate owner of them.

China publicized the territorial sea baselines of the Diaoyu Islands and other islets on Monday. Chinese boats will patrol them regularly.

Japan should prepare to face the consequences of its actions.

by richardrozoff

http://rickrozoff.wordpress.com/2012/09/11/japan-china-he...

Photo: Casualties of a mass panic during a June 1941 Japanese bombing of Chongqing. More than 5000 civilians died during the first two days of air raids in 1939.

30/08/2012

Syria fights colonialism: foreign-backed insurgents killed in Aleppo

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Syria Army kills several insurgents in Aleppo, Idlib

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

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

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

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

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

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

MRS/JR 

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

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

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

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

 

08/08/2012

Syria: victim of U.S.-colonialism

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Voice of Russia
August 7, 2012

Isn’t the US too late in its scramble for Africa?
Boris Volkhonsky

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While the US was flexing its muscles in Iraq and Afghanistan (later, in Libya, currently in Syria, and further on other nations), taking a much less outspoken but nonetheless more effective approach of “soft power” penetrated the abandoned regions. The role of the frontrunner among new patrons of the developed world was unambiguously taken by China, which has established itself as the number one trade partner and a prominent investor not only in Africa but also in the region that for centuries had been regarded as the US’ “backyard” – Latin America.

[W]hat is surprising, though, is the fact that a call to Africa not to fall prey to “new colonialism” comes from Washington. Or do US political and business leaders think that the “forgotten continent” is also forgetful and that the people of Africa have forgotten what real colonialism and neocolonialism is, and who were the main bearers of the phenomenon?

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As reported by The Wall Street Journal, a high-ranking delegation of US officials and representatives of huge American companies including Boeing and General Electric is currently in South Africa with the aim of boosting trade and investment in what until recently was called a “forgotten continent”.

The delegation is headed by Fred Hochberg, chairman of the Export-Import Bank of the US and one of the highest-ranking business leaders in the Obama administration.

The task facing the US business leaders is not a simple one. For decades, Africa was looted by colonial and later neo-colonial powers, the US being the leader among the latter. Then, for some reason, the West largely lost interest in the continent (at least in its sub-Saharan part). The tendency became more than obvious during George W. Bush tenure – he was so preoccupied with the idea of establishing US dominance in the “Greater Middle East” that he left other regions virtually unattended – Africa being the most obvious but not the only among them.

But as is widely known, there is no such thing as a vacuum in nature. While the US was flexing its muscles in Iraq and Afghanistan (later, in Libya, currently in Syria, and further on other nations), taking a much less outspoken but nonetheless more effective approach of “soft power” penetrated the abandoned regions. The role of the frontrunner among new patrons of the developed world was unambiguously taken by China, which has established itself as the number one trade partner and a prominent investor not only in Africa but also in the region that for centuries had been regarded as the US’ “backyard” – Latin America.

The basic statistics quoted in the WSJ speak for themselves. In 2011 the US was only the third largest exporter to Africa after China and former colonial power France, while exports from numbers 2 and 3 on the list (France and the US) combined together do not even match those from China.

Barack Obama’s administration has realized that the narrow focus on the Broader Middle East is fraught with too many risks – both domestically and internationally.

At the end of 2011, the administration proclaimed the Asia-Pacific as the area of core US interests. The move was universally recognized as aimed at containing China’s influence. But as it turns out, China’s growing influence is not limited to the adjacent regions only. China has established itself as a marine power with perpetual presence in the Indian Ocean, and, as has been said above, is successfully positioning itself as the main partner on other distant playgrounds.

So, the task of containing China becomes the administration’s obsession – whoever occupies the chair in the Oval Office. And the task is a multi-faceted one. Today, the US finds itself in a position of a pursuer in the scramble. And it is not only China that is the only contender the US has to catch up with. Africa has become the focus of attention of many important global players, including India, Brazil – that is, not to mention former colonial European powers.

In this context, the visit of the US business delegation cannot be regarded as an isolated event. Not surprisingly, about a week ago, US State Secretary Hillary Clinton also paid a visit to a number of sub-Saharan African countries. During the visit, she took all pains to persuade her African partners that the relationship with the US is more beneficial for them than relations with China. Among the arguments Ms. Hillary put forward were the usual appellations to the “respect for democracy and human rights that accompany US investments”. The Secretary of State also warned African countries of the risks of falling prey to “new colonialism” with was just a barely veiled reference to China’s policy on the continent.

It is true that the methods China is using in Africa (an elsewhere) are far from being truly respectful of the local partners and more often than not violate basic socio-economic, environmental and other humanitarian principles. A recent incident in Zambia, when a Chinese manager of a mine was killed during a local workers’ riot is just one of numerous examples showing the real nature of China’s relationship with its partners.

But what is surprising, though, is the fact that a call to Africa not to fall prey to “new colonialism” comes from Washington. Or do US political and business leaders think that the “forgotten continent” is also forgetful and that the people of Africa have forgotten what real colonialism and neocolonialism is, and who were the main bearers of the phenomenon?

Boris Volkhonsky, senior research fellow, Russian Institute for Strategic Studies

http://rickrozoff.wordpress.com/2012/08/07/africa-another...

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Photo 1: North Korea 1951, village bombed with napalm by the United Nations military forces.

Photo 2: Vietnam, June 8, 1972. Crying children, including 9-year-old Kim Phuc, center, run down Route 1 near Trang Bang, Vietnam after an aerial napalm attack on suspected Viet Cong hiding places as South Vietnamese forces from the 25th Division walk behind them.

Napalm is a thickening gelling agent generally mixed with petroleum or a similar fuel for use in an incendiary device, primarily as an anti-personnel weapon.
"Napalm" is a combination of the names of two of the constituents of the gel: naphthenic acid and palmitic acid.
Water boils at 100 degrees Celsius (212°F). Napalm generates temperatures of 800 (1,500°F) to 1,200 degrees Celsius (2,200°F).
France used napalm against civilians during the First Indochina War (1946–1954) and the Algerian War(1954–1962).
The U.S. Army Air Forces used napalm bombs for its fire raids on the large Japanese cities and the bombings of villages during the Vietnam War.
'Napalm is the most terrible pain you can imagine,' said Kim Phúc, a napalm bombing survivor known from a famous Vietnam War photograph.
The use of napalm or other incendiaries against civilian populations was banned by the United Nations Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons(CCW) in 1980. Protocol III of the CCW restricts the use of all incendiary weapons, but a number of states have not acceded to all of the protocols of the CCW. According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute(SIPRI), states are considered a party to the convention, which entered into force as international law in December 1983, if they ratify at least two of the five protocols. The United States, for example, is a party to the CCW but did not sign protocol III.

06/08/2012

Michael Chossudovsky: 'West attempts to destabilize the Syrian government'

 

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Interview with Michael Chossudovsky, Director of the Center for Research on Globalization.

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Aug 6, 2012 - Syrian security forces have clashed with foreign-sponsored insurgents in several areas of the northwestern city of Aleppo.

Meanwhile, the Syrian state TV said the army has arrested a group of Turkish and Saudi officers in Aleppo. 

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad told the Turkish Cumhuriyet daily in an interview in early July that Turkey “has supplied all logistic support to the terrorists who have killed our people.” 

Many people, including large numbers of security forces, have been killed in the turmoil in Syria that began in March 2011. 

On August 5, US senators John McCain, Joseph Lieberman and Lindsey Graham said Washington should “directly and openly” provide assistance, including weapons, intelligence and training, to the insurgents in Syria. 

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. 

Press TV has conducted an interview with Professor Michael Chossudovsky, Director of the Center for Research on Globalization, to further discuss the issue. 

The following is a rough transcription of the interview. 

Press TV: Thank you for joining us here on Press TV, professor. Aleppo has been declared by many as the turning point in the standoff between the Syrian government and the foreign-backed militants, and no doubt a lot is being siphoned from the West to give support to the armed opposition. What do you make of the strategic importance of Aleppo?

Chossudovsky: Well, I am not able to comment on what is going on, on the ground in Aleppo. It would appear that the government forces have the upper hand and what the western military alliance is now contemplating is outright military intervention with the possibility of using both naval as well as air force against Syria or at least deploying and threatening Syria. This is confirmed by the planned deployment of naval forces which would include both British as well as French warships. Now this situation is particularly disturbing because the Russians have also dispatched warships to the Syrian coastline.

Press TV: It is interesting to note that the head of the Iraqi Kurdistan region has admitted to providing support to Syrian rebels, while the head of the so-called Syrian National Council has visited the region to pledge support for the Free Syrian Army as well. How do you also interpret the added Kurdish factor with regards to Syria? 

Chossudovsky: Well, the Kurdish factor with regards to Syria is very much connected to the role of Israel because we know that Israel is supportive of the regional Kurdistan government in northern Iraq. It is also supportive of the Kurdistan separatist movement in northern Syria. In fact there is indication that Israel is providing ... Kurds and I quote this is an article in an Israeli press “to breaking up Syria as a nation state.” Essentially it is the breakup of Syria. So these two dimensions of the Western supported opposition on the one hand, the NATO, US support for the Syrian National Council and on the other hand the Israeli support for the Kurds in northern Syria. 

Press TV: Also, Turkey has been actively supporting the rebels to bring about regime change in Syria, and it has been propping up the Iraqi-Kurdistan's government to achieve that goal. Considering Turkey is grappling with a Kurdish terrorist group on its own soil, isn’t it playing a very dangerous game by supporting them in Syria? 

Chossudovsky: well, I think that is in fact very contradictory on the part of Turkey. I see that Turkey’s role is much clearer with regards to its campaign in support of the Muslim Brotherhood in northern Syria, the position of supply route inside Turkey to the Free Syrian Army, the collaboration of Turkey directly with the Qatari and Saudi Arabians and recruiting mercenaries.

I think at this stage Turkey is more of a hub to the Free Syrian Army right on the border. And it is particularly relevant in relation to the campaign in Aleppo and Aleppo is very close to the Syria-Turkey border.

Press TV: What do you see as endgame being with regards to Syria? Do you think the west might have learned from Iraq, from Afghanistan even the way Libya is right now with the problem of armed people not giving up their arms and thus inhibiting any bringing of democracy into the country? Do you think the west might have learned from these examples? 

Chossudovsky: Well, the West is not learning from any examples. The West is determined to destabilize the Syrian government and produce a regime change. It has gone to tremendous length to co-opt a large membership of the United Nations General Assembly into supporting the resolution. 

Now this is a very sad day for the international community because those 133 member states that supported the resolution, they were subject to threat, armed twisting. Many of them are heavily indebted. Many of them are part of NATO countries. I do not think that decision, which was endorsed by 133 countries of the United Nations General Assembly, reflects even the sovereign countries. It was imposed by the Unites States through armed twisting threats, intimidation and ultimately these countries many of which are US former colonies or colonies of France and Britain, they supported this resolution.

TNP/SS 

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2012/08/06/254815/west-attem...

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Photo: Chemical weapons in Vietnam. An American helicopter sprays a 'democratic' defolation agent. Obama says on a hypocrite way to be 'very concerned about the safety of Syria's chemical weapons'... 

02/07/2012

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

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

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

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

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

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

13/07/2011

Prisoners Northern Ireland: BBC News

 

 
Tonight BBC News night at 10:30pm is highlighting the issue’s about the implementation of the agreement and the humiliation, degradation and brutality against the Republican POW’s in Maghaberry prison.
Interviews will include one with Brendan Conway who is only released under fortnight ago and has first hand experience of the ill-treatment they are suffering.


Photo: Brendan Lillis – Brendan Lillis, a 59 year old former Life-sentence political prisoner from West Belfast, in Ireland, is currently desperately ill in the medical wing of the notorious Maghaberry prison, in County Antrim. He suffers from the intensely painful and progressive disease called Ankylosing Spondylitis which due to other medical complications has left himunable to move from his bed for 14 months and his weight has dropped to a perilous 6 stones (38.1 Kilos !). Due to a series of serious infections and medication which has compromised his immune system, Mr Lillis has been unable to eat, sleep or hold down even liquids for a period close to a month and is constant agony. In short, his health has deteriorated to such an extent that his partner Roisin, who is his only contact with the outside world, fears that he will die in his prison bed!

Friends of Brendan Lillis: https://www.facebook.com/groups/Friends.Of.Brendan.Lillis...

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Prisoners-Northern-Ireland/239622069389362

 

11/07/2011

WHO's European Healthy Cities Network: 'striving for health'...

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On 24.5.2011 WHO's European Healthy Cities Network said that it had hit a Phase V milestone because 90 cities designated in Phase V of Healthy Cities. The cities of Galway in Ireland and Istanbul and Trabzon in Turkey were congratulated because they joined other cities working toward the common goal of striving for health and healthy equity in all local policies.

The World Health Organization (WHO) is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations.

The Libyan cities were now 5.000 times bombed with uranium-bombs. NATO used therefore a mandate of the United Nations...

http://www.euro.who.int/en​/where-we-work/member-stat​es/...

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Internalized Depleted Uranium (DU) can cause kidney damage, cancers of the lung and bone, skin disorders, neurocognitive disorders, chromosome damage, immune deficiency syndromes and rare kidney and bowel diseases. Pregnant women exposed to DU may give birth to infants with genetic defects. Once the dust has vaporized, don’t expect the problem to go away soon. As an alpha particle emitter, DU has a half life of 4.5 billion years.

Photo: a victim of Depleted Uranium


WHO: behaviour of Depleted Uranium in the body is identical to that of natural uranium

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Libya is bombed with Depleted Uranium and NATO uses an UN-mandate for its bombings...
WHO: 'The behaviour of DU in the body is identical to that of natural uranium.'
http://www.who.int/mediacentre​/factsheets/fs257/en/
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Internalized Depleted Uranium (DU) can cause kidney damage, cancers of the lung and bone, skin disorders, neurocognitive disorders, chromosome damage, immune deficiency syndromes and rare kidney and bowel diseases. Pregnant women exposed to DU may give birth to infants with genetic defects. Once the dust has vaporized, don’t expect the problem to go away soon. As an alpha particle emitter, DU has a half life of 4.5 billion years.

Photo: a victim of Depleted Uranium

PS. The World Health Organization (WHO) is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations.

10/07/2011

A pact between UN and weapons industry

The UN has a pact with the weapons industry: 'We give you a mandate to destroy Libya by using bombs of Depleted Uranium if you are funding us and give us extra money to clean up the Depleted Uranium.'

Photo: victim of Depleted Uranium

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Libya was 5.000 times bombed with an UN-mandate. Bombs with Depleted Uranium.

Depleted Uranium (DU) can cause kidney damage, cancers of the lung and bone, skin disorders, neurocognitive disorders, chromosome damage, immune deficiency syndromes and rare kidney and bowel diseases. Pregnant women exposed to DU may give birth to infants with genetic defects. Once the dust has vaporized, don’t expect the problem to go away soon. As an alpha particle emitter, DU has a half life of 4.5 billion years.

A University of Michigan peer-reviewed study of births in Fallujah (Iraq) published in December 2010 found that of 547 births in Fallujah General Hospital in May of 2010, six years after the all-out US assault on that city of 300,000, in which DU weapons were reportedly used widely, 15% of babies had birth defects–a rate more than five times higher than the global average of 2-3%.

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07/07/2011

Libya: uranium bombs – Amnesty International

Yesterday, someone of Amnesty International was talking on TV about the violation of human rights in Syria. But Amnesty International says nothing about the destruction of Libya with an UN-mandate whereby Libyan civilians are bombed with uranium bombs. There were already 5.000 bombings now and also members of the future Libyan generations will die as a result of the depleted uranium in the bombs. The western ‘free’ en ‘democratic’ world does not talk about these war crimes.

Photo: Victims of US bombings with the chemical defoliant Agent Orange. The US was never condamned for these war crimes. The US president was never accused of a ‘crime against humanity’.

06/07/2011

NATO war crimes with an UN-mandate: 5.000 uranium bombs

NATO is actually destroying Libya and kills Libyan civilians with an UN-mandate.

There were more than 5.000 bombings now and all the bombs contained Depleted Uranium (DU).

The UN knows the dangers of Depleted Uranium.  In February 2000, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), said that the pollution with Depleted Uranium detected at four environmental hot spots in Kosovo, Serbia and Montenegro, was serious and posed a threat to human health.  UNEP started projects about the needs for humanitarian assistance and an environmental clean-up in Kosovo, Serbia and Montenegro.
While UNEP was called a 'reference in the scientific community regarding the impacts of DU when used in a conflict situation', UN allows the further destruction of Libya with uranium bombs.

Cities in Iraq where Depleted Uranium (DU) weapons were heavily used, such as Basra, Samara, Baghdad, Mosul and probably especially Fallujah, which was virtually leveled in a November 2004 Marine assault, are showing high rates of birth defects, many of which, along with unusually high rates of leukemia, medical experts say are emblematic of fetal radiation damage.

A University of Michigan peer-reviewed study of births in Fallujah (Iraq) published in December 2010 found that of 547 births in Fallujah General Hospital in May of 2010, six years after the all-out US assault on that city of 300,000, in which DU weapons were reportedly used widely, 15% of babies had birth defects–a rate more than five times higher than the global average of 2-3%.

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Photo: UN-secretary-general ban-ki-moon

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

03/07/2011

US, Israel + UN and the war against Libya

1) 1.3.2011- Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon said he believed a no-fly zone should be imposed on Libya to stop a “danger of genocide”. Speaking at a conference in Brussels, Ayalon said international moves to impose a no-fly zone over Libya to stop Moamer Kadhafi using air strikes against his own people, ‘had not been discussed by the Israeli government’. ‘There is a danger of genocide in Libya. Morally we have to stop it and its best to have the UN’s okay,” he said. (AFP) Ayalon was the Israeli ambassador in the U.S.
2) On 2.3.2011 (one day after the visit of Danny Ayalon to Brussels where the headquarter of NATO is located), US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that a no-fly zone could be imposed on Libya, ‘in order to prevent Gaddafi from bombing his own people’. She hinted strongly that ‘direct military intervention is on the cards’ and said that ‘it is time for Gaddafi to go’.

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02/07/2011

Libyan, Greek, Turkish, U.S., Irish ships with aid for Gaza: blocked

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Libyan aid ship for Gaza was blocked... 
On 4 July 2010, an aid group in Egypt unloaded 2,000 tons of aid supplies from the Libyan ship Amalthea. The Tripoli-based Gaddafi International Charity and Development Foundation had wanted the ship to take the supplies directly to Gaza but Israeli missile ships had been shadowing the Amalthea to ensure that it would not reach Gaza. U.S. State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley urged Libya 'to avoid confrontation and allow the Israelis to inspect the vessel'.

But the memory is short and a lot of activists were useful idiots during the campaign for the bombing of Libya. They cried for 'Democracy' and 'Freedom'.

Today all the ships with aid for Gaza are blocked by the Israeli government and the U.S. State Department.

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U.S. Boat to Gaza Stopped From Sailing 

Dear J,

A few hours ago, we found out from activists in our member group U.S. Boat to Gaza that the Greek coast guard has prevented the U.S.-flagged ship The Audacity of Hope from sailing to the Israeli-occupied and -blockaded Palestinian Gaza Strip as part of the Gaza Freedom Flotilla II--"Stay Human."

Currently, the ship is returning to port and we need your help today and throughout this holiday weekend to put pressure on Greece and the United States to allow the U.S. Boat to Gaza to sail and fulfill its mission of delivering thousands of letters of solidarity from the United States to the people of Gaza. 

Demand that the United States stop threatening U.S. citizens acting peacefully to break Israel's illegal and immoral blockade of Gaza that their actions "could violate U.S. civil and criminal statutes and could lead to fines and incarceration." 

Demand that the United States ensures safe passage for the flotilla and that it ends U.S. support for Israel’s illegal blockade of the Gaza Strip.

1. Contact the Greek Embassy in Washington: 202-939-1300 (tel.) or 202-939-1324 (fax).

2. Call the State Department: 202-647-6575.

3. Take to the streets this holiday weekend to be visible and to educate our fellow citizens that as we celebrate our freedom, the United States is supporting Israel in denying freedom to Palestinians. 

Photo: The Libyan Aid ship Amalthea that was blocked by the Israeli government and that arrived after a lot of problems, and via a stop in Greece, in an Egyptian port.

29/06/2011

War against Libya: Pipeline Chechnya-Israel

Some weeks ago the Libyan NATO-rebels said that they will recognise Israel and that “the future regime will maintain normal relations with other democratic countries, including Israel.”

Photo: Pipeline Chechnya-Israel

 

The killing of Muammar Gaddafi: NATO uses UN-mandate

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It is clear that the International Criminal Court is an instrument in the hands of the so called 'coalition forces'.   The goal is to murder Gaddafi and to cover up the own war crimes (destruction of Libya, killing of Libyan civilians with the hope to demoralize the Libyan resistance, theft of Libyan money and petroleum,)...

23rd March 2011 - Yesterday a war of words erupted between the U.S. and Britain after the U.K. government claimed Muammar Gaddafi is a legitimate target for assassination.
U.K. government officials said killing the Libyan leader would be legal if it prevented civilian deaths as laid out in a U.N. resolution.
But U.S. defence secretary Robert Gates hit back at the suggestion, saying it would be 'unwise' to target the Libyan leader adding cryptically that the bombing campaign should stick to the 'U.N. mandate'.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1368693/Libya-war...

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June 26, 2011 - Admiral Samuel Locklear, commander of the NATO Joint Operations Command in Naples, said on Sunday that the military alliance has recently stepped up attacks to kill Gaddafi, The Telegraph reported.
http://www.presstv.ir/detail/186382.html

Photo: Gaddafi's wife Safia. Some days ago the UN imposed a travel ban on Gaddafi's wife. NATO and UN which is dominated by the U.S. and its allies, have the same goals.

20/06/2011

Tripoli: CNN reports on a normal way

http://youtu.be/dw5Nvtj-Zl0

A lot of people are happy and furious at the same time with this CNN-news because they know the dirty role CNN, Fox News and all the other media corporations have played in this war. The people in the West have serious questions about NATO, UN and the decisionmakers in Washington and Europe. They know also that they will pay for this ridiculous war with increased taxes and further privatisations as is already the case in Greece, Ireland, Portugal and Spain.

18/06/2011

Libya: Peace proposals systematically rejected by so called Libyan rebels

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Peace Proposal:

Stop the bombing. Cease fire. Negotiations. Free elections taking into account Gaddafi's actual Elections Offer. The return of the Libyan money, blocked by the U.S. and European banks, to the Libyan State. The transfer of the money of the Libyan State that was intended for African projects, to the leaders of the African Union.
Russia has agreed to mediate in this conflict.

The so called 'Libyan rebels' wich are paid by the NATO, reject every peace proposal... 

31/03/2011

NATO STILL BOMBING LIBYA

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The collaborators have been retreating from former strongholds along the eastern coast, and have lost the key oil port of Ras Lanuf and the nearby town of Bin Jawad, and are also in full retreat from Brega.
The White House has refused to comment on reports that US President Barack Obama has approved covert American support for the collaborators in Libya. Mr Obama has said only that he is considering arming the rebels.
Nato's Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen has said he is 'opposed to the idea of arming Libyan rebels, stressing Nato is in the country to protect and not to arm Libyans', AFP reports. 
After the lies about the so called no-fly zone that was used for a military intervention in Libya and was well prepared by an international media-campaign, nobody believes the statements of NATO and U.S.
The NATO allies still hope for a civil war, military supported by bombings of NATO, in Libya.
Meanwhile, Syria's President Bashar al-Assad has well survived the organized political destabilization of his country.

Photo: The Suez invasion (1956)

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NATO BOMBINGS IN YUGOSLAVIA (24.3- 19.4.1999)

From the onset of NATO aggression against our country up to 19 April 1999, the North Atlantic Alliance made over 7,000 criminal attacks against the territory of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. 700 warplanes, of which 530 combat planes, were used; more than 2000 cruise missiles were launched and over 6,000 tons of explosives were dropped.
About 500 civilians were killed and more than 4,000 sustained serious injuries e.g.  Three million children are endangered in our country as a result of war and bombardment by NATO. 
After these barbarian attacks hundreds of thousands citizens have been exposed to poisonous gasses which can have a lasting consequences on the health of the entire population and the environment. 
After the demolition of the Petrovaradin bridge, Novi Sad and Petrovaradin were cut of water supply (600 000 citizens) since the main and city pipeline was constructed into the bridge. About one million citizens in our country are short of water supply due to the bombardment of NATO.
About 500 000 workers became jobless due to the total destruction of industrial facilities all around the country. Two million citizens have no means for living and cannot ensure the minimum for existence. 
Overall material damage is enormous. Preliminary estimates indicate that barbaric air strikes of the NATO alliance, since the beginning of the unprovoked aggression on the SR of Yugoslavia, on industrial, commercial and civil facilities and structures, have incurred damages in excess of 10 billion dollars. In the territory of the northern province of Vojvodine alone, damages have been estimated in excess of 3,5 billion dollars. 
(Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of FR Yugoslavia)