EU Humanitarian Aid Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva sounds alarm on Syria while the European Union is one of the most important arms suppliers in Syria...
Brussels, December 7, 2012
'EU aid chief sounds alarm on Syria after 1,000 days of conflict'
Syria is facing "the most disastrous humanitarian crisis in decades," a senior European Union official warned Sunday, marking 1,000 days since the armed conflict began.
"One thousand days of violence which has resulted in tens of thousands of men, women and children losing their lives, millions being displaced in the country and beyond its borders in search of safety," EU Humanitarian Aid Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva said.
"One thousand days of death, fear, hardship, deprivation and despair. One thousand days in which we are witnessing the creation of a lost generation," she said.
Syria's conflict of nearly three years has left more than 100,000 dead and forced more than 3 million refugees to flee the country, according to United Nations estimates.
Long-awaited peace talks between the Damascus government and the Syrian opposition are expected to be held in Geneva on Jan. 22.
Georgieva said her hopes are "pinned" on the conference.
"In the meantime, I continue to reiterate my plea, and that of the entire international humanitarian community, for the parties involved in this terrible conflict to facilitate humanitarian access to all those in need," she said.
Read more here: http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2013/12/07/3361185/eu-aid...
Increasing European militarism
28.4.2003 - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA): 'Belgian PM says strong EU military will back its foreign Voice':
16.3.2011 - Verhofstadt on Libya: "The weak position of the EU makes me sick"‘
The weak position of the European Union makes me sick’:
14.12.2011 - Verhofstadt: "I am shocked by the lack of urgency to halt a massacre in Homs - we must take the same action as we did in Benghazi"
29.11.2013 - ALDE Group Leader Guy Verhofstadt: 'Today, the time has come to fight back'
The C.I.A. controls the national governments. It also oversees and engages in tactical and covert activities at the request of the President of the United States.
Some time ago, Obama signed a secret order authorizing U.S. support for Syrian armed groups and 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 Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is an independent civilian intelligence agency of the United States government. It is an executive agency and reports directly to the Director of National Intelligence, with responsibility for providing national security intelligence assessment to senior United States policymakers. Intelligence-gathering is performed by non-military commissioned civilian intelligence agents, many of whom are trained to avoid tactical situations. The CIA also oversees and sometimes engages in tactical and covert activities at the request of the President of the United States. Often, when such field operations are organized, the U.S. military or other warfare tacticians carry these tactical operations out on behalf of the agency while the CIA oversees them. Although intelligence-gathering is the agency's main agenda, tactical divisions were established in the agency to carry out emergency field operations that require immediate suppression or dismantling of a threat or weapon. The CIA was founded in part for intelligence-gathering as a means to prevent a declaration of war based on erroneous conceptions.'
Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments
Date of Information: 12/6/2011
Syrian presidency: Freedom-fighter Mandela offered an inspiration for posterity
December 6, 2013
Damascus, (SANA) - The Presidency of the Syrian Arab Republic issued a statement on Friday in tribute to Nelson Mandela, South Africa's former president and anti-apartheid icon who died yesterday at the age of 95 at his home in Johannesburg.
''With Mandela's passing away, the world has lost a trailblazing freedom fighter who fought for freedom, justice and equality and inspired the values of amity and human fraternity,'' the statement said.
Mandela will remain an inspiration for generations to come and "mothers with continue to give birth to persevering freedom fighters,'' the statement pointed out.
The statement indicated that ''Mandela did symbolize a whole freedom movement that generations, peoples and countries have long drawn lessons from, and instilled the conviction that rights never die as long as people continue to lay claim to."
Elaborating on the traits of the deceased icon, the statement described Mandela as a ''symbol of resistance and opposing racism, occupation and oppression. ''
Mandela has passed the torch of resistance and liberation, the statement said, ''in the hopes that aggressors will eventually learn the lesson that they will lose at the end of the day no matter how mighty and powerful they are, and no matter how much havoc they wreak in the world.''
''Throughout his life and after his death, Nelson Mandela will remain an example to follow for those who champion the just causes of peoples, for the people of South Africa and all freedom fighters around the world," the statement concluded.
November 30, 2013
The international organization's director-general, Ahmet Uzumcu, said in The Hague, Netherlands, that the U.S. government will contribute "a destruction technology, full operational support and financing to neutralize" Syria's chemical weapons — most likely on a ship in the Mediterranean Sea. The weapons are to be removed from Syria by Dec. 31.
Separately, the woman appointed as go-between for the United Nations and the OPCW on destroying Syria's chemical weapons stockpile laid out some logistical details. Sigrid Kaag said the weapons will first be sealed and packaged and then transported from multiple sites within Syria to the country's largest port, Latakia. Then they will be loaded onto ships owned by other OPCW members before a second hand-off to U.S. vessels.
Photos: Victims of American chemical weapons in Vietnam
July 22, 2013 - 4 decades after war ended, Agent Orange still ravaging Vietnamese:
US Government Refuses to Compensate Victims of Chemical Weapons in Vietnam:
'Signs are increasing that Ankara is gradually, albeit somewhat reluctantly, giving up its support for the radical Islamist group known as Jabhat al-Nusra, which it once promoted as the most effective force in Syria againts Bashar al-Assa.'
Syria: Turkish authorities continue to facilitate flow of terrorists and arms to Syria
December 6, 2013
Foreign and Expatriates Ministry denounced as 'reprehensible' the ongoing Turkish authorities' involvement in supporting the armed terrorist groups in Syria.
In two identical letters addressed to the UN Secretary-General and President of the United Nations Security Council, the ministry said the Turkish government continues, according to confirmed and documented reports, to offer training and logistical support to the armed terrorist groups.
The Turkish authorities are still providing terrorists with safe havens and facilitating the flow of terrorists and arms into Syria which, the letters said ''constitutes a flagrant violation of the international legitimacy resolutions, including the UNSC resolution No. 1373.''
The ministry cited several border crossings that the Turkish authorities are facilitating the passage of terrorists and arms through, including Bab al-Hawa, al-Fawz, Ein al-Bayda, Kherbet al-Jouz, al-Rihanieh, Ghazaleh, Tal al-Dahab and Atma.
The ministry said that the terrorist attacks stopped at nothing, targeting hospitals, educational institutions, worshiping places and diplomatic missions' headquarters, not sparing even children in their schools and school buses.
The Foreign Ministry urged the international community to assume its responsibilities and undertake prompt measures according to the powers vested in it to combat terrorism targeting the Syrian people and state.
November 7, 2013 - 'Turkey’s Flirtation with Syrian Jihadism':
December 5, 2013 (20 minutes ago)
South African President Jacob Zuma announced that Mandela, "the founding president of our democratic nation, has departed," adding that he "passed on peacefully."
"Our nation has lost its greatest son. Our people have lost a father," Zuma said.
"Our thoughts are with the millions of people who embraced Mandela as their own and who saw his cause as their cause.… This is the moment of our deepest sorrow.”
"The time comes in the life of any nation when there remain only two choices - submit or fight. That time has now come to South Africa. We shall not submit and we have no choice but to hit back by all means in our power in defence of our people, our future, and our freedom."
Major events in the life of Nelson Mandela:
Anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela passes away:
Photo: A demonstrator holds a placard on September 8, 2013 in Brussels during a protest against a potential military strike against Syria.
December 5, 2013
Beirut, (SANA) - Patriarch John X Yazigi of Antioch and All the East for Greek Orthodox Church reiterated his plea for replacing "the logic of conflict" in Syria with dialogue.
During a press conference in Beirut on Thursday, Patriarch Yazigi urged the international community to step in and exert efforts to release the nuns kidnapped from St. Thecla convent.
''We received with overwhelming pain the news about the abduction of the nuns…Since our early attempts to set them free have yielded no results, the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch and All the East appeals to the international community to intervene and exert efforts to return them safe and sound,'' the Patriarch said.
''Let it be known to everyone: each single drop of an innocent victim's blood out-values all the mottos of the world, '' he said.
An armed terrorist group attacked last Monday St. Thecla convent in Maaloula city and held Mother Superior Pelagia Sayyaf and a number of nuns hostage, in addition to committing acts of murder and sabotage in the town.
December 5, 2013
Heavy weaponry destroyed, scores of terrorists eliminated, including Saudi colonel:
As a reminder:
BULLETIN - SEPTEMBER 23, 2011
SYRIA’S ‘VERY, VERY UGLY’ RELATIONS WITH TURKEY
Following his September 21 meeting with President Obama, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan told the press that Turkey and the U.S. would work together to decide on what sanctions Turkey should impose against Syria. Erdogan described his relationship with Obama as his “pride and joy” and Turkey’s relationship with Syria as “very, very ugly.”
New Turkish sanctions would add incremental economic pressure on Syria at a time when Syrian petroleum exports and imports have come to a virtual standstill. In the past few weeks, Syria’s government-run oil trading firm, Sytrol, has had no takers for cargoes of crude oil, naphtha, and vacuum gas oil that it has tendered for sale. Neither has it found anyone willing to sell it the diesel it needs. The few traders willing to look into deals with Sytrol say they can’t find a vessel willing to go to Syrian ports or a bank to handle the payments.
The EU sanctions on the import of Syrian crude exempt contracts signed before September 2 and permit imports into the EU until November 15. Earlier this week, Sytrol posted its official selling price for its heavy crude for October delivery unchanged from September levels, suggesting it hasn’t secured government approval to offer steep discounts.
Two weeks ago, Chinese trading company Unipec was reportedly interested in buying Syrian vacuum gas oil, although it has not seriously pursued any new purchases yet.
September 9, 2013 - Why The US, UK, EU & Israel ( + Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar,) Want To Destroy Syria: http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article36173.htm
December 4, 2013
Tehran, (SANA) – Iran and Iraq reiterated on Wednesday the call for a political solution to the crisis in Syria and stressed the political will on the highest levels of the two countries to continue work to reach this solution and to combat terrorism.
Iranian First Vice President, Isaac Jhangere, said at a joint press conference with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki in Tehran that Iran and Iraq stressed since the beginning on the political solution to the crisis in Syria and rejected fueling violence in Syria.
He expressed hope that the international conference on Syria "Geneva 2" would reach a new agreement to resolve the crisis in Syria with the help of the two countries and regional countries.
Jhangere stressed that ending violence in the region is the demand of the peoples and it entails the political will on the highest levels of the countries, adding that Iran and Iraq have such will to end violence.
Iraqi Prime Minister stressed support to the unity and stability of all countries in the region, the political solution and non-interference in the domestic affairs of other countries.