19-11-13

Latest News Syria: International conference

November 18, 2013

Damascus, (SANA)- The activities of Extraordinary Session of the Arab Parties' General Conference kicked off in the Damascus-based Dama Rose Hotel on Monday.

The conference is scheduled to discuss the political scene in Syria in light of the war waged against it by Arab, regional and international forces.

A number of party's representatives from Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Morocco, Yemen, Tunisia and Bahrain are participating in the Conference.

The Conference's chairman, Safwan Qudsi said the conference is convened at an ''intricate political juncture'' that is the result of a major conspiracy intended to fracture the Arab world and restructure it according to the US interests.

The conspiracy started with the wars launched in Iraq, Lebanon and Palestine, Qudsi said, and ''has today resurfaced through adopting a misleading concept: moderate Islam'' that was popularized by the so-called 'Arab Spring.'

Member of the regional leadership of al-Baath Arab Socialist Party, Youssef Ahmad said that meeting of the Arab parties is an opportunity for thrashing out ideas on the Arab causes, crises and concerns.

The tough crisis in Syria notwithstanding, al-Baath Party has not absolved itself, as leader of the stat, of responsibility for wrongs and shortcomings that happened at a particular stage and "created loopholes in the state and society,'' Ahmad pointed out.

The participants saw that some Arab regimes who are speaking about democracy, elections and regime change in other Arab states are ''silencing the voice of the opposition in their own countries and oppressing change.''

They hailed the Syrian army, state and people who stood fast against the aggression, voicing confidence that Syria's victory over the conspiracy is close at hand thanks to the sacrifices of Syrian army.

Syria will outline the features of a new Arab regional system, the participants stressed, affirming that the conspiracy is aimed at destroying the Syrian state, army and infrastructure but ''is doomed to failure.''

H. Zain/ M. Ismael/Ghossoun  

http://213.178.225.235/eng/21/2013/11/18/513116.htm

Latest News Syria: sacrifices of workers

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November 18, 2013

Damascus, (SANA) – General Federation of Trade Unions on Monday honored 647 workers for excellence in productivity.

The ceremony was attended by Prime Minister Wael al-Halqi, Assistant Regional Secretary of al-Baath Party Hilal al-Hilal, a number of ministers, members of al-Baath Party Regional Leadership, Governors of Damascus and Damascus Countryside, and party, union and vocational figures.

In a statement to journalists, Premier al-Halqi said that the working class is the most important pillar of the achievements made under the Correctionist Moving, and that this class is becoming more productive under the leadership of President al-Assad.

He lauded the efforts of Syria's workers who helped bolster Syria's steadfastness by building, producing and protecting their facilities, resulting in many of them being killed or injured at the hands of terrorists.

Al-Halqi appreciated the role of workers, particularly in the electric power sector, in preserving the dignity, sovereignty and independence of Syria alongside the Armed Forces, voicing hope that Syria will witness more security, stability, construction and achievements.

He said that the history of the working class in Syria is an honorable one marked by knowledge, faith, creativity and innovation, and that this class is still the basis of building national economy and achieving comprehensive development.

In turn, member of al-Baath Party Regional Leadership and head of the General Federation of Trade Unions Mohammad Shaaban Azzouz said that the sacrifices of workers, Armed Forces, security forces and the masses will pave the way to victory, noting that throughout the crisis in Syria, there have been more than 3,500 workers who died working and defending their facilities from terrorism.

Azzouz said that the Syrian people's steadfastness and support for the Syria Army forced mercenaries and conspirators to surrender, asserting that the Syrian people are the only one who may choose who leads them.

H. Sabbag

http://213.178.225.235/eng/21/2013/11/18/513141.htm

18-11-13

UN must prevent terrorism sponsors

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon's statement

Your Majesties, Prime Minister, Distinguished Heads of State and Government, Ladies and Gentlemen:

Why have you invited me to speak here? Because terrorism is a threat to all states, to all peoples, which can strike anytime, anywhere.

It is a direct attack on the core values the United Nations stands for: the rule of law; the protection of civilians; mutual respect between people of different faiths and cultures; and peaceful resolution of conflicts.

Read more at: http://www.syrianews.cc/syria-sends-letter-un-foreign-arm...

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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

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/

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

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

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

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

A thing of beauty is a joy for ever

Dorothea Tanning soft sculpture

'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