18-11-13

Foreign backed terrorism: UN must prevent

 
Nov 12, 2013, Press TV

UN must prevent terrorism sponsors in Syria: Stone

Ken Stone, with the Hamilton Coalition to Stop the War, from Ontario, has joined Press TV’s Top Five program to further discuss the upcoming Geneva II Conference and the future of Syria’s war on foreign-sponsored terror.

What follows is a rough transcription of the interview.

Press TV: Mr. Stone this is not the first time that UN is appealing for funding and assistance and aid for the Syrian people but it seems that there is no lack of funds when it comes to supporting insurgents who are fighting the government of President Bashar al-Assad but these funds seem to disappear when it comes to the Syrian population. What do you make of that?

Stone: I agree with you 100%. The problem with Mr. Ban Ki-moon is that he cannot see the forest for the trees.

There was no refugee problem in Syria three years ago before the foreign-backed mercenary war was unleashed on that sovereign country by some Western and Arab countries.

There were no four million internally displaced people inside of Syria before their mercenary intervention began. What Mr. Ban Ki-moon has to do as the United Nations chief executive officer is to enforce the charter of the United Nations.

He has to approach those countries that are waging an illegal, covert military aggression against Syria; the countries are 11 core countries of the so-called Friends of Syria group.

He has to approach them and say you must cease and desist from your covert military action; you are violating the UN charter, you are violating the international law.

And then he has to turn as well to the 40 periphery countries in the Friends of Syria group and say to them, you have created illegal regimes of economic sanctions against Syria and these sanctions have not been approved by the United Nations Security Council, they are illegal and you must dismantle these regimes (of illegal sanctions).

Press TV: Well, Mr. Stone it was hoped that some of these things might be achieved in that Geneva II Conference on which many expectations were depending, however that conference seems like a thing of the past, now very unlikely to take place as many are pointing out, due to the stance of the so-called SNC (Syrian National Coalition).

So what about the people of Syria? What is going to happen considering it is just the arms that are finding their way into Syrian territory and in the hands of the foreign-backed insurgents but no food, no aid, no medicine is getting there.

Stone: Mr. Ban needs to prod both countries that are holding up Geneva II Conference by trying to set preconditions for the talks. The Geneva communiqué of 2012 made it very clear, very simple, a ceasefire and negotiations without preconditions but the countries that sponsor the mercenaries, certain countries in the West, including Canada unfortunately, are trying to set preconditions saying that Mr. Assad would have to go first.

Well, Mr. Ban has to approach these countries who are dragging their feet and allowing the mercenaries whom they support, to stop throwing a monkey wrench into the works.

They have to get down to their business and come to the Geneva II with all the countries in the region who are involved and settle the issue in a political rather than a military way.

http://www.syriasolidaritymovement.org/2013/11/12/un-must-prevent-terrorism-sponsors-in-syria-stone/

Photo: Belgian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders (left), after a dinner in Brussels with the Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, accompanied by Prince (King) Philip and his colleague of Defence Pieter De Crem.

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Former Belgian Prime Minister and President of the European Liberal Democrats Guy Verhofstadt is pleading for weapons supplies to the 'opposition groups' and the so called Free Syrian Army. Verhofstadt: “The time for peace talks in Syria is over, we need action now. If the UN doesn’t react, then NATO should”.
http://brusselbruxellesbrussels.skynetblogs.be/archive/2013/11/18/foreign-backed-terrorists-in-syria-7989879.html

Turkey Has Let Foreign Supported Terrorists from 83 Countries Enter Syria to Topple Government:
http://www.globalresearch.ca/turkey-has-let-foreign-supported-terrorists-from-83-countries-enter-syria-to-topple-government/5357112

Syria sends letter to UN about foreign arms supplies to Terrorists:
http://www.syrianews.cc/syria-sends-letter-un-foreign-arms-supplies-terrorists/

US Weapons Deliveries to “Terrorists in Syria” a Systematic Violation of the Convention against the Use of Mercenaries:
http://nsnbc.me/2013/03/26/us-weapons-deliveries-to-terrorists-in-syria-a-systematic-violation-of-the-convention-against-the-use-of-mercenaries/

Terrorism sponsors: UN must prevent

UN must prevent terrorism sponsors in Syria: Stone
http://www.syriasolidaritymovement.org/2013/11/12/un-must-prevent-terrorism-sponsors-in-syria-stone/

Former Belgian Prime Minister and President of the European Liberal Democrats Guy Verhofstadt is pleading for weapons supplies to the 'opposition groups' and the so called Free Syrian Army. Verhofstadt: “The time for peace talks in Syria is over, we need action now. If the UN doesn’t react, then NATO should”.
http://brusselbruxellesbrussels.skynetblogs.be/archive/2013/11/18/foreign-backed-terrorists-in-syria-7989879.html

Turkey Has Let Foreign Supported Terrorists from 83 Countries Enter Syria to Topple Government:
http://www.globalresearch.ca/turkey-has-let-foreign-supported-terrorists-from-83-countries-enter-syria-to-topple-government/5357112

Syria sends letter to UN about foreign arms supplies to Terrorists:
http://www.syrianews.cc/syria-sends-letter-un-foreign-arms-supplies-terrorists/

US Weapons Deliveries to “Terrorists in Syria” a Systematic Violation of the Convention against the Use of Mercenaries:
http://nsnbc.me/2013/03/26/us-weapons-deliveries-to-terrorists-in-syria-a-systematic-violation-of-the-convention-against-the-use-of-mercenaries/

Photo: Belgian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders (left), after a dinner in Brussels with the Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, accompanied by Prince (King) Philip and his colleague of Defence Pieter De Crem.

Foreign backed terrorists in Syria

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1) FN Herstal Belgium 

2) Former Belgian Prime Minister and President of the European Liberal Democrats Guy Verhofstadt pleading for weapons supplies. Verhofstadt: “The time for peace talks in Syria is over, we need action now. If the UN doesn’t react, then NATO should”. 

3) Guy Verhofstadt together with general Idris of the so called Free Syrian Army, after an agreement for arms supplies

4) Bomb attack in Syria

5) Bomb attack in Syria

6) Sharia4Belgium that had been recruiting and sending terrorists to Syria under the name of "jihadists"

7) Bomb attack in Boston

March against mainstream media

Thousands to march against mainstream media in US, Australia, Canada, and UK

Thousands to march against mainstream media in US, Australia, Canada, and UK

http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2013_11_16/Thousands-to-march-against-mainstream-media-in-US-Australia-Canada-and-UK-5424/

17-11-13

Syria: project to build 50.000 housing units

November 12, 2013

Damascus, (SANA) - Minister of Housing and Urban Development Hussein Mohammad Farzat stressed the Ministry's efforts to overcome the obstacles derailing constructing new residential projects.

During a meeting with the Director of the General Housing Establishment and branches' chairmen, Minister Farzat announced that said that the project to build 50.000 housing units is underway, noting that the project will be the springboard for similar future projects.

For his part, Director of the General Housing Establishment Suhail Abdul-Latif said that the establishment is working on securing the lands for the 50.000 units that will be constructed in many provinces.

About 32,698 housing units are currently being constructed, of which 22,652 allocated for youth housing projects- 2,856 loan-based housing projects- 2,968 public housing units and 4,174 workers housing projects.

M. Nassr/ H. Said

http://213.178.225.235/eng/24/2013/11/12/512141.htm

Foreign backed terrorism in Syria

Nov 17, 2013

Damascus, (SANA)- Terrorist mortar attacks continue to claim more innocent lives in Damascus as a number of mortar shells hit Sunday various areas in the city and countryside and caused the martyrdom of 8 citizens and the injury of scores of others.

A source at Damascus Police Command said a mortar shell that landed near al-Sheikh Raslan Mosque in Bab Touma neighborhood killed three citizens and wounded 15 others, including children, referring also to seventeen other citizens who were also injured by a mortar shell that hit their bus in al-Sheikh Raslan area.

A citizen was martyred by a mortar shell that fell near al-Farouq school in Bab Sharqi, which also injured two other citizens, while material damage was caused by another shell that hit a house behind bab al-Salam.

The source added that two other citizens were martyred, 6 others were injured as six mortar shells landed in Baghdad Street.

Five other citizens, including a female school teacher, got wounded by two mortar shells that targeted Lubaneh al-Hilaliyeh school and the area between the French Hospital and al-Tahrir Square in al-Qassaa.

A citizen was martyred and two other citizens got injured by a shell that landed in al-Abbassiyeen bus garage.

Three citizens were also injured by shrapnel of a mortar shell that fell in al-Soufaniyeh square in Bab Touma area.

Citizen martyred in Jaramana, Damacsus Countryside

Jaramana city in Damascus Countryside was also targeted by the terrorists as a citizen was martyred and four others got injured in an attack with three mortar shells that hit al-Rawdeh neighborhood and the main square in the city of Jaramana.

The attack also caused material damage to a number of houses, shops and cars.

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H. Said

http://213.178.225.235/eng/337/2013/11/17/512897.htm

Terrorism in Syria is backed by the U.S., Saoudi Arabia and Qatar

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The Pentagon Papers

The massive military study titled United States-Vietnam Relations, 1945-1967: A Study Prepared by the Department of Defense, later known as the Pentagon Papers, was supposed to be classified. But when excerpts of the document were leaked to the New York Times in 1971, which published them, all hell broke loose–with President Richard Nixon threatening to have journalists indicted for treason, and federal prosecutors attempting to block further publication. (They had reason to do so; the documents revealed that U.S. leaders had–among other things–specifically taken measures to prolong and escalate the unpopular war.)

In June 1971, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 6-3 that the Times could legally publish the Papers.

Photo: Daniel Ellsberg, outside a federal courthouse in 1971, faced 12 felony counts as a result of his leak of the Pentagon Papers; the charges were dismissed in 1973.

'Arab spring': Iraq

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Hans Blix: ‘Iraq War was a terrible mistake and violation of U.N. charter’

Ten years ago the war in Iraq began.

On March 19, 2003, Iraq was invaded by an “alliance of willing states” headed by the U.S. and UK. My U.N. inspection team and I had seen it coming — and I felt an emptiness when, three days before the invasion, an American official called me to “ask” that we withdraw from the country.

While we were sad to be ushered out in the midst of a job entrusted to us by the U.N. Security Council — one that we were doing well — there was a certain relief in knowing we had all made it out safely. We had worried that our inspectors might be taken hostage, but as it turned out the Iraqis had been very helpful during our time there.
So it was that a few hundred unarmed U.N. inspectors left Iraq, to be replaced by hundreds of thousands of soldiers who began an occupation that would have a horrendous cost in lives, suffering and resources.

I headed the U.N. inspections in Iraq at the time of the war 10 years ago. Today, I look again at the reasons why this terrible mistake — and violation of the U.N. charter — took place and explore if any lessons be drawn. Here are my thoughts.

After the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, George W. Bush’s administration felt a need to let the weight and wrath of the world’s only superpower fall on more evil actors than just Afghanistan’s Taliban regime.
No target could have seemed more worthy of being crushed than Iraq’s brutal dictator, Saddam Hussein. Sadly, however, the elimination of this tyrant was perhaps the only positive result of the war.

The war aimed to eliminate weapons of mass destruction, but there weren’t any.

The war aimed to eliminate al Qaeda in Iraq, but the terrorist group didn’t exist in the country until after the invasion.

The war aimed to make Iraq a model democracy based on law, but it replaced tyranny with anarchy and led America to practices that violated the laws of war.

The war aimed to transform Iraq to a friendly base for U.S. troops capable to act, if needed, against Iran — but instead it gave Iran a new ally in Baghdad.

The Bush administration certainly wanted to go to war, and it advanced eradication of weapons of mass destruction as the main reason. As Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz has since explained, it was the only rationale that was acceptable to all parts of the U.S. administration.

The WMDs argument also carried weight with the public and with the U.S. Congress. Indeed, in the autumn of 2002 the threat seemed credible. While I never believed Saddam could have concealed a continued nuclear program, I too thought there could still be some biological and chemical weapons left from Iraq’s war with Iran. If not, why had Iraq stopped U.N. inspections at many places around the country throughout the 1990s?

However, suspicions are one thing and reality is quite another. U.N. inspectors were asked to search for, report and destroy real weapons. As we found no weapons and no evidence supporting the suspicions, we reported this. But U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfield dismissed our reports with one of his wittier retorts: “The absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.”

Rumsfeld’s logic was correct, I believe, but it was no excuse for the American and British governments to mislead themselves and the world, as they did, by giving credit to fake evidence or assuming that if weapons items were “unaccounted for” that they must exist. They did not exist.

We inspected many hundred of sites, including dozens that had been suggested to us by various governments’ national intelligence organizations. In a few cases we found conventional weapons — but no weapons of mass destruction. The governments that launched the war claimed to be 100% convinced that there were such weapons, but they had 0% knowledge of where these weapons were.

Read more at: http://edition.cnn.com/2013/03/18/opinion/iraq-war-hans-b...

Hans Blix was the head of U.N. weapons inspections in Iraq (UNMOVIC) in the lead-up to the 2003 invasion.

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Iraq Death Toll Reaches 500,000 Since Start Of U.S.-Led Invasion, New Study Says
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/15/iraq-death-toll_n_4102855.html

Spring in Tripoli

November 15, 2013

At least 31 people have been killed and 235 injured in clashes in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, officials say, after militiamen opened fire on protesters.

Hours after the incident, armed men returned to storm the compound, where militiamen are still holed up. The Libyan government has been struggling to contain numerous militias who control many parts of the country.Prime Minister Ali Zeidan gave a televised address in which he said all militias had to leave Tripoli without exception.

However, it is unclear how the authorities plan to dislodge them, the BBC's Rana Jawad reports from Tripoli.

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Analysis

This is a serious development in the capital that is reminiscent of events in Libya's second city, Benghazi, earlier this year. when anti-militia protesters attacked bases and more than a dozen people were killed.

One of the key issues, according to many in Tripoli, is that large numbers of militias in the city are from brigades from other cities, like Misrata - at the centre of today's confrontation - and Zintan for example.

Unlike last week, where the fighting was between two rival militias, the implications of any armed group facing off with civilians are potentially dangerous here because the majority of civilians still have weapons at home.

If officials again react passively to the latest incident, it may fuel a cycle of revenge attacks which could spiral out of control.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-24959938

16-11-13

Syria: French authorities dismantle network that sent terrorists

French authorities dismantle network that recruited and sent terrorists to Syria

Nov 16, 2013 Paris, (SANA) – French authorities dismantled a network that had been recruiting and sending terrorists to Syria under the name of "jihadists" to fight alongside terrorist groups.

An informed source said that the French authorities arrested four men aged between 22 and 35 have been arrested on Tuesday in Paris as part of an operation to dismantle this network.

One of the arrested men who is suspected to be the leader of the network was arrested in Vitry-sur-Seine by counter-espionage detectives as part of investigation that started in summer, as this man has been in contact with elements that facilitate the transport of the jihadists.

Investigations revealed that at least two of the other men went to Syria to fight alongside the Al Qaeda affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra. Three of the arrested individuals were born in France and the fourth was born in Morocco, but their nationalities haven't been specified.

A woman was also arrested briefly and released later.

A source close to the case said that French authorities have information on around 440 people from France who either are currently fighting in Syria, planning to go and fight in it, or had recently returned from it.

The source added that around half of these terrorists are still in Syria, and that around 12 of them have been killed and 2 were arrested in Syria, while around 50 to 60 returned to France.
 
H. Sabbagh

http://213.178.225.235/eng/22/2013/11/16/512710.htm

A call for Pan-Arabism and Anti colonialism

Pan-Arabism, Nationalist notion of cultural and political unity among Arab countries

Its origins lie in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, when increased literacy led to a cultural and literary renaissance among Arabs of the Middle East. This contributed to political agitation and led to the independence of most Arab states from the Ottoman Empire (1918) and from the European powers (by the mid-20th century).

An important event was the founding in 1943 of the Baʿth Party, which formed branches in several countries and became the ruling party in Syria and Iraq.

Another was the founding of the Arab League in 1945.

Pan-Arabism’s most charismatic and effective proponent was Egypt’s Gamal Abdel Nasser. After Nasser’s death, Syria’s Ḥāfiẓ al-Assad, Iraq’s Ṣaddām Ḥussein, and Libya’s Muammar al-Qaddafi tried to assume the mantle of Arab leadership.

http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/878838/Pan-Arabism

Middle East 'Peace Talks'

Reviving Palestinian Transfer

Avigdor Lieberman, the ultranationalist Israeli politician, holds the future course of politics in the Middle East in his holds...

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He was born in 1958 in Moldovia, one of the poorest and most obscure of the old Soviet republics. On leaving school, Mr Lieberman worked as a nightclub bouncer and a radio broadcaster in Baku. 

In 1978, he was lucky enough to leave the former Soviet Union and emigrate to Israel, where he served in the IDF, and then studied for a B.A. in International Relations and Political Science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Lieberman was among  the founders of the Zionist Forum for Soviet Jewry, and a member of the Board of the Jerusalem Economic Corporation and the Secretary of the Jerusalem branch of the Histadrut Ovdim Le'umit. He joined the Likud party and served as Director-General of the Likud Movement from 1993-1996. Lieberman was then Director-General of the Prime Minister Mr Netanyahu's Office (1996-1997). Lieberman also served as the editor of the Yoman Yisraeli newspaper. For a time, Lieberman was a member of the National Union Party (Ichud Leumi) party.

But the arrival of one million Russian-speaking immigrants after the Soviet Union's collapse in 1991 created an immense opportunity for Mr Lieberman. This huge constituency was waiting for a party to represent their interests and, spotting his chance, he left Likud to found Yisrael Beiteinu (Israel Our Home) in 1999. Yisrael Beytenu advocates “the complete cutting of ties with Gaza and its separation from the West Bank”.

Avigdor Lieberman was elected to the Knesset in 1999, he served as a member of the Foreign Affairs & Defense Committee and State Control Committees, and as Chairman of the Israel-Moldova Parliamentary Friendship League.

In March 2001, Avigdor Lieberman was appointed Minister of National Infrastructures in the government of  Ariel Sharon. He resigned his post in March 2002.

He served as Minister of Transportation from February 2003 until June 2004.

In the government of Ehud Olmert, Avigdor Lieberman served as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Strategic Affairs from October 2006 until his resignation on January 16, 2008, where he was supposed to focus on the threat posed by Iranian nuclear weapons.

Lieberman's party forced him to leave the government when Olmert began peace talks with the Palestinian Authority.

Lieberman rose to international prominence because of outspoken and often offensive and aggressive statements about Arabs and Palestinians. For example, in March of 2002, during the second Intifadah, Lieberman said ""if it were up to me I would notify the Palestinian Authority that tomorrow at ten in the morning we would bomb all their places of business in Ramallah, for example." This caused some outrage, but at the end of March, Israel launched 'Operation Defensive Shield'.

Lieberman advanced a peace plan under which Arab areas of Israel including Umm El Fahm would become part of a Palestinian state. Though many Israeli Arabs identify themselves as "Palestinians," they nonetheless objected to this plan as racist. Only about 15% would be willing to live under Palestinian rule according to various surveys.

Lieberman questioned the loyalty of Israeli Arab politicians, some of whom openly sided with the Hezbollah in the Second Lebanon War in 2006 and with the Hamas during Operation Cast Lead in 2008/9. He called for denial of citizenship for those where are unwilling to take a loyalty oath.

In the elections of 2009, Lieberman's aggressive approach and attacks on supposed disloyalty of Israeli Arabs won him support from Israelis. His support was especially strong in southern towns like Ashdod.  His great success was to mobilise Israelis who believe that concessions to the Palestinians lead nowhere – and events in Gaza have helped him. Yisrael Beiteinu received 15 mandates.

Since 2001 Lieberman proposes also 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”.

Avigdor Lieberman has been the subject of several police investigations, several of which are currently ongoing, for money laundering and allegations of bribery. According to Israeli journalists he spends a good deal of his time in the former USSR on business that is unaccounted for, and may involve illegal activities.

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November 10, 2013 - 'Israeli cabinet approves Avigdor Lieberman's return as foreign mininster'
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/israel/10439150/Israeli-cabinet-approves-Avigdor-Liebermans-return-as-foreign-mininster.html

November 12, 2013  - Israel plans ‘unprecedented’ settlement expansion, 20,000 new units in the West Bank:
http://mondoweiss.net/2013/11/unprecedented-settlement-expansion.html

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http://www.zionism-israel.com/dic/YisraelB.htm

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In 1998, Lieberman called for the flooding of Egypt by bombing the Aswan Dam in retaliation for Egyptian support for Yasser Arafat.

In 2001, as Minister of National Infrastructure, Lieberman proposed that the West Bank be divided into four cantons, with no central Palestinian government and no possibility for Palestinians to travel between the cantons.

In 2002, the Israeli daily Yedioth Ahronoth quoted Lieberman in a Cabinet meeting saying that the Palestinians should be given an ultimatum that “At 8am we’ll bomb all the commercial centers … at noon we’ll bomb their gas stations … at two we’ll bomb their banks …”

http://www.juancole.com/2013/11/liebermans-minister-palestinians.html