30-12-13

Syria: UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon

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’2013 will be remembered as the year in which the world bid a sad but celebratory farewell to Nelson Mandela… I can think of nothing I would rather see in 2014 than for world leaders to emulate his example in upholding their moral and political responsibilities.’ (UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon on the UN-website where you’ll find no mention of the 5.000 Syrians  which were just evacuated)
http://www.un.org/sg/

Latest News Syria: Nobel ‘Peace’ Prize winner Obama

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30-12-2013 - Syria: 5.000 citizens evacuated without the help of the UN
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’2013 will be remembered as the year in which the world bid a sad but celebratory farewell to Nelson Mandela… I can think of nothing I would rather see in 2014 than for world leaders to emulate his example in upholding their moral and political responsibilities.’ (UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon on the UN-website where you’ll find no mention of the 5.000 Syrians  which were just evacuated)
http://www.un.org/sg/

War on Syria: Media Resistance - Unifying efforts against terrorism

Forum of Media of Resistance in Face of War on Syria calls for unifying efforts against terrorism

Damascus, Dec 29, 2013 (SANA) - Forum of Media of Resistance in the Face of War on Syria called for unifying efforts in the face of the takfiri and international terrorism against the Resistance's forces in the Middle East region.

In its communique on Sunday, the forum also called for establishing a unified media front in the face of terrorism.

The communique said that the Zionist scheme, which is the main threat to the Arab and Islamic nations, lacks strength factors to sustain or expand without the cowardice of some governments.

The participants of the forum said that the Zionist project has hidden allies among the Arab and Islamic nations, adding that the takfiri terrorist project is the same as the Zionist one.

They considered that the current war, which is waged against all humanity and aims at distorting the true image of Islam, targets the strength elements of the Arab nation, particularly in Syria, Iraq and Lebanon.

They called for condemning all sorts of organized terrorism perpetrated by the armed terrorist groups against civilians all across the Arab and Islamic region.

They noted that the telecommunication revolution has changed the views to wars and is now able to convert victories to defeats and vice versa through marketing and handling facts and ideas.

On the international conference on Syria "Geneva 2", the communique considered the conference as a result of the steadfastness of the Syrian people, army and leadership, adding that the conference is an appropriate opportunity to convey the reality of the victories of the Syrian army and to reveal the fakeness of the illusionary victories alleged to be achieved by the terrorist groups.

M. Nassr

http://sana.sy/eng/21/2013/12/29/520001.htm

Syria: 5.000 citizens evacuated without the help of the UN

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Five thousand citizens evacuated from Workers' city of Adra

Dec 29, 2013, Damascus, (SANA) - More than 5 thousand citizens in the residential worker city of Adra were evacuated on Sunday by the help of the Syrian Arab army, Minister of Social Affairs Kinda al-Shammat said.

Read more at: http://sana.sy/eng/21/2013/12/29/519983.htm

’2013 will be remembered as the year in which the world bid a sad but celebratory farewell to Nelson Mandela… I can think of nothing I would rather see in 2014 than for world leaders to emulate his example in upholding their moral and political responsibilities.’ (UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon on the UN-website where you’ll find no mention of the 5.000 Syrians  which were just evacuated)
http://www.un.org/sg/

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As a reminder:

Workers stage sit-in before UN in Damascus condemning Adra massacre

Damascus, Dec 16, 2013 (SANA)-Hundreds of workers on Monday staged a sit-in before the UN Headquarters in Damascus condemning the terrorist massacre perpetrated by the armed terrorist groups against civilians in Adra, Damascus countryside.

In a letter sent to the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, the workers denounced the silence of the UN and its organizations towards the acts of terrorists against the Syrian labors.

They called on the UN, the international Labor organization to immediately and actively intervene at the countries which support the mercenaries in Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey to pressure those terrorists to halt the killing, slaughtering against the Syrian workers in Adra or in any other places.

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"The Syrian workers had a big part of the crimes of terrorists through targeting them in their factories, companies and transport means, houses, the latest of which was the terrorist attack on Adra," participants in the sit-in said.

They added that the crime is a dishonor on the world's civilized forehead where innocent workers are being killed by takfiri thinking.

The workers concluded by saying that the fault of those who were slaughtered that they had stood by the homeland and worked hard to ensure the basic needs of Syrian citizen.

Gathering of "Syrians against terrorism and war" condemns the act

Meanwhile, the gathering of "Syrians against terrorism and war" strongly condemned the brutal acts of the terrorist groups against unarmed civilians in Adra.  

"Targeting the workers, employees is a terrorist crime which exceeds all brutality of war crimes," the gathering said in a statement, holding the international community responsible for such terrorist crimes.

It called on the UN envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi to put counter-terrorism as a priority in the works of Geneva conference, considering that no political solution or life for Syrians with the remaining of terrorism. 

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http://213.178.225.235/eng/21/2013/12/16/517960.htm

Russia condemns Adra massacre, calls on world community to react
http://rt.com/news/russia-condemns-adra-massacre-406/

29-12-13

Syria: Scores of foreign backed terrorists killed

Scores of terrorists, mostly non-Syrians, killed in different areas

Governorates, Dec 29, 2013 (SANA) – Army units on Sunday destroyed terrorists' dens and gatherings in Douma, in Damascus Countryside, killing scores of them, a military source said.

Some of the killed terrorists, most of whom non-Syrians, belong to the so-called 'Islam Battalion', the military source clarified, adding that the bodies of the terrorists Mahdi al-Oneizi, Salim al-Shummari, Ayed al-Fahd, Boushar Tandar, Abdullah al-Bakkar, Saif al-Darawneh and Oweid al-Meshaal were identified among the killed terrorists.

Army units destroy terrorists' dens in several areas of Damascus Countryside

Units of the armed  forces carried out operations against terrorists' dens and gatherings in several areas of Damascus Countryside, killing and injuring scores of terrorists.

A source told SANA that the army units killed all members of an armed terrorist group and destroyed their weapons and ammunition in Adra al-Balad.

Other army units killed 30 terrorists of the so-called "Shuhadaa Douma Brigade" and Jabhat al-Nusar in Douma, including Palestinian Mohammad Awad.

The source added that an army unit killed a number of terrorists and destroyed their weapons in Harasta, while another army unit stormed a terrorist den in Erbin town, killing and injuring all terrorists inside it.

In al-Zabadani city, an army unit destroyed terrorists' dens and killed several terrorists, while another army unit clashed with terrorists in Darayaa city, inflicting heavy losses  upon them.

Meanwhile, the army  units targeted terrorists' gatherings in Rema Farms in Yabroud area and killed 15 terrorists, in addition to destroying their weapons and ammunition. 

Read more at:

http://sana.sy/eng/337/2013/12/29/519862.htm

26-12-13

Pan Arab Unity will stop American colonialism

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Magnum Photo: SYRIA. Damascus. Union between Syria and Egypt. Portrait of President of Egypt Gamal Abdel NASSER. 1958.

Gamal Abdel Nasser led the 1952 Egyptian revolution that overthrew the corrupt and ineffective monarchy of King Farouk. Nasser was born into a working-class family in Asyut province. His father was a postal clerk. Nasser graduated from the Royal Military Academy in Cairo and served in the Sudan. He fought in the 1948 Arab-Israeli War at Falluja, where Egyptian forces held out against Israel until the war’s end. After the 1948 war, Nasser and other junior officers blamed King Farouk for the war’s substandard weaponry and lack of military strategy.

Nasser was one of the founders of the secret Free Officers group that was determined to oust Farouk and set Egypt on a different path. Although the older and better-known Brigadier-General Muhammad Naguib was put forward to the public as the head of the officers’ group, Nasser was in fact the acknowledged leader. He was known for carefully listening to all viewpoints and then making decisions. On July 22, 1952, the Free Officers overthrew the monarchy in a practically bloodless coup d’état. A Revolutionary Command Council (RCC) was established with Naguib as its head. Nasser and Naguib clashed over whether to keep a parliamentary system or to establish a one-party state with populist support, a course Nasser favored. The majority of the officers favored Nasser, and a single party, the Liberation Rally, was established in 1953. After a failed assassination attempt on Nasser in 1954, the Muslim Brotherhood, with whom Naguib had close ties, was banned, and Naguib was removed from power. A new constitution was implemented in 1956 and Nasser was elected president by a huge majority of Egyptian voters. He was twice reelected to the position. A highly charismatic figure and a brilliant speaker in colloquial Arabic, Nasser was extremely popular with the majority of Egyptians and among average Arabs everywhere.

Not an ideologue, Nasser was a pragmatic political leader who sought to develop Egypt economically and socially. He moved toward socialism and the Soviet Union after his requests for military aid had been rebuffed by the United States. His regime jailed members of both the Egyptian Communist Party and the Muslim Brotherhood on the right.

After attending the Bandung Conference in 1955, Nasser joined with Jawaharlal Nehru of India and Marshal Tito of Yugoslavia in championing positive neutralism, in which Third World nations would not forge solid alliances with either the United States or the Soviet Union in the cold war but would instead act in their own best interests. Neither of the superpowers liked this approach, but the United States was particularly hostile to it. Steering a neutral course, Nasser opposed the Western-led CENTO/Baghdad Pact and opposed Arab regimes such as the Hashemite monarchies in Iraq and Jordan and the conservative, extremely pro-Western Saudi Arabian monarchy.

Nasser also spoke of Egypt belonging to three circles: the Arab, African, and Islamic worlds. Under Nasser, Egypt became a center for African and Arab political leaders and students. Although he was personally a devout Muslim, Nasser was committed to secular government and persecuted Islamists, particularly the Muslim Brotherhood, which sought to establish a state based on Muslim religious law and practice.

Like all Arab leaders, Nasser supported the Palestinian cause and their right to self-determination. He permitted some fedayeen (self-sacrificers) guerrilla attacks from the Egyptian-administered Gaza Strip in Israel, but he also recognized the superiority of Israel’s military. Consequently he initially sought, through back channels, to negotiate settlements to the conflict with Israel. Israel insisted on face-to-face negotiations, and the attempts all failed.

In 1956 after the United States had refused to grant aid for building the Aswān Dam, Nasser nationalized the Suez Canal. The nationalization led to the 1956 Arab-Israeli War, in which Great Britain, France, and Israel jointly attacked Egypt. The war was a military loss for Egypt but a political victory after which Nasser became indisputably the most popular man in the entire Arab world.

Conservative pro-Western monarchies: Jordan and Saudi Arabia

During the so-called Arab cold war Nasser’s influence dominated the liberal, progressive, and socialist governments in Syria and elsewhere, versus the conservative pro-Western monarchies, including Jordan and Saudi Arabia. In 1957, relations with King Saud from Saudi Arabia became antagonistic as the latter began to fear that Nasser’s increasing popularity in Saudi Arabia was a genuine threat to the royal family’s survival. Despite opposition from the governments of Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, and Lebanon, Nasser maintained his prestige among their citizens and those of other Arab countries. With the formation of the United Arab Republic of Egypt and Syria in 1958, Nasser perhaps reached the peak of his popularity.

Following the devastating military losses in the 1967 Arab-Israeli War, Nasser accepted responsibility and resigned. Massive and generally spontaneous public demonstrations calling for his return led him to resume the Egyptian presidency, but he never regained the unquestioning support throughout the Arab world that he had previously enjoyed.

In 1970 Nasser was called upon to mediate a truce between the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and King Hussein of Jordan in the bloody war between the two. Shortly thereafter he suffered a massive heart attack, in part brought on by the tensions of the negotiation, and died in late September. Although Nasser was mistrusted and opposed in most of the West and Israel, millions of mourning Egyptians joined his funeral cortege. The legacy of Nasserism, secular pan-Arab nationalism, and state-directed socialism, spread throughout most of the Arab world during Nasser’s lifetime, but declined and, except in Lebanon, largely diminished after his death.

http://www.fofweb.com/History/HistRefMain.asp?iPin=WHVI23...

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July 17, 2012 – USA and Al Qaeda: Holy Alliance:
http://www.strategic-culture.org/pview/2012/07/17/usa-and...

June 25, 2013 – Saudi Arabia: ‘Syrian rebels must be armed’:
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/jun/25/saudi-arabia...

November 7, 2013 – Syria: Saudi Arabia to spend millions to train new rebel force:
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/07/syria-crisis...

Christmas Mass held in churches across Syria

Syria's Muslims and Christians share a single destiny

Dec 25, 2013 - Provinces, (SANA) – In deference to the current circumstances in Syria, Christmas celebrations were limited to holding mass and prayers in churches and places of worship across the country.

In St. George Cathedral in Damascus, Archbishops Jean Qawaq and Matthew al-Khuory, and Archbishop al-Khory recited a message from Syriac Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and All the East and Supreme Head of the Universal Syriac Orthodox Church, Ignatius Zakka I Iwas.

In his message, Patriarch Iwas reaffirmed that Syria is the eternal home of Syriacs, reiterating calls for resolving the crisis via dialogue and political solutions and stressing that Syria's Muslims and Christians share a single destiny.

He called upon the countries that will participate in the "Geneva 2" conference to cease their support for terrorists who are bound to turn against them one day.

Patriarch Iwas reiterated calls for releasing Bishops John Ibrahim and Paul Yazigi and the nuns of St. Thecla Convent who were abducted by terrorists.

He said that there are attempts by certain sides to expel Christians from the Middle East, asserting that there can be no Middle East without Christianity and no Christianity without the Middle East, adding "the See of Antioch will never in any day be located in Stockholm, Frankfurt or Los Angeles."

Patriarch Iwas concluded his message by offering season's greetings to President Bashar al-Assad and the Syrian people and praying for Syria and its martyrs.

In the National Evangelical Church in Damascus, Pastor Peter Zaour headed the mass in which he prayed for the cessation of bloodshed and the restoration of stability and security to Syria.

Pastor Zaour called upon Syrians to stand fast in the face of the conspiracy targeting them and their land and to put their faith in God, parying for the abducted bishops and nuns and all other abductees.

He prayed to God to bless President Bashar al-Assad and grant him health, concluding by stressing that the conspiracy seeking to destroy Syria is doomed to fail.

Read more at: http://sana.sy/eng/21/2013/12/25/519392.htm

25-12-13

Syria in the Senate of the United States...

S. 617: 'Syria Democratic Transition Act of 2013'

113th Congress, 2013–2015. Text as of Mar 19, 2013

It is the policy of the United States:

to strongly condemn the ongoing violence and widespread human rights violations perpetrated against the Syrian people;

to support efforts of democratically oriented political opposition groups in Syria to agree upon a political transition plan that is inclusive and protects the rights of all minority ethnic groups in the country;

to help ensure that, once a stable transitional government is established in Syria, it is committed to multiparty democracy, open and transparent governance, respect for human rights and religious freedom, protection of refugees and asylees, promoting peace and stability with its neighbors, enhancing the rule of law, and rehabilitating and reintegrating former combatants...

https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/s617/text

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July 17, 2012 – USA and Al Qaeda: Holy Alliance:
http://www.strategic-culture.org/pview/2012/07/17/usa-and...

June 25, 2013 – Saudi Arabia: ‘Syrian rebels must be armed’
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/jun/25/saudi-arabia...

24-12-13

West secretly backing al-Qaeda in Syria

Oct 31, 2013

West secretly backing al-Qaeda in Syria: Lawyer

An international lawyer says the West is secretly and indirectly supporting al-Qaeda-linked militants in the fight against the Syrian government, Press TV reports.

Pointing to a recent report by French newspaper Le Figaro that after Saudi Arabia, the US was second in line to lead al-Qaeda forces fighting against the Syrian government, Franklin Lamb said on Wednesday that the revelation was “credible.”

“I think that even if we accept that Turkey and Qatar and Saudi Arabia, and I think we must, are overtly supporting al-Qaeda and the terrorist groups, I think the West is doing it indirectly maybe sub-rosa, maybe not totally comfortable with it,” he said.

He added that al-Qaeda had an “enormous fire power” and encouragement to expand fighting against the Syrian government due to the “funding from the West and the [Persian] Gulf” countries.

Syria has been gripped by deadly unrest since 2011. According to reports, the US and Saudi Arabia, along with their Western and regional allies, are supporting the Takfiri groups operating inside the country.

Around 10,000 of the militants, with many being foreign nationals, are fighting for groups affiliated with al-Qaeda such as the al-Nusra Front and the rest fight for different militant groups.

http://www.presstv.com/detail/2013/10/31/332226/west-backing-alqaeda-in-syria/

July 17, 2012 – USA and Al Qaeda: Holy Alliance:
http://www.strategic-culture.org/pview/2012/07/17/usa-and...

August 2, 2012 - Obama Deepens U.S. Support for Syrian Rebels with Secret Order:
http://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/foreign-policy/item/12293-obama-deepens-us-support-for-syrian-rebels-with-secret-order

June 25, 2013 – Saudi Arabia: ‘Syrian rebels must be armed’:
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/jun/25/saudi-arabia...

November 7, 2013 – Syria: Saudi Arabia to spend millions to train new rebel force:
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/07/syria-crisis...

Latest News Syria: Australian solidarity delegation

President al-Assad: Takfiri extremist mentality is terrorism that knows no borders, has no home

Damascus, Dec 23, 2013 (SANA) – President Bashar al-Assad on Monday received an Australian solidarity delegation comprising academic figures and activists,headed by Prof. Tim Anderson.

During the meeting, President al-Assad said that what is happening in Syria and the region affects the entire world, because the takfiri extremist mentality Syria is facing is a terrorism that knows no borders and has no home, asserting that it's an international blight that could strike anywhere and at any time.

On relations with the West, President al-Assad said that the problem lies in the double standards employed by some western politicians regarding regional issues and their pursuit of narrow interests in a manner removed from a correct understanding of the reality and nature of what is happening in Syria and the region.

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The President underlined the importance of visits like this in deepening communication and building cultural bridges among people in order to relay reality as it is and confront attempts of media falsification and misdirection.

For their part, members of the delegation said they will do their best to relay the truth about what they witnessed in Syria, noting that they represent a broad section of the Australian people who support Syria against the multifaceted war targeting it which aims to deplete its people's resources and undermine its integral role in the region.

http://sana.sy/eng/21/2013/12/23/519088.htm

23-12-13

Latest News Syria: Humanitarian Aid

Plane carrying aid from UNHCR and WFP arrives in Qamishli airport

Dec 23, 2013, Hasaka (SANA) – An airplane carrying relief aid for displaced and impoverished families in Hasaka province sent by the World Food Program (WFP) and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) arrived on Sunday evening in Qamishli International Airport.

Director of the UNHCR office in the eastern region Mustafa Hasan told SANA's correspondent that the aid consists of blankets, cooking implements and around 37 tons of flour.

In turn, Gabriel Saliba form the WFP said that this aid will be distributed among displaced and needy families with the help of Hasaka Governorate, the Social Affairs Department, the Syrian Arab Red Crescent, al-Berr Society, and the Armenian Society.

Aid planes are expected to continue arriving in Hasaka until December 27, with 12 such planes arriving in Qamishli so far.

H. Sabbagh

http://sana.sy/eng/21/2013/12/23/519075.htm

Syrian nerve gas...

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Obama, U.S. media lied about Syrian nerve gas

By David Sole

December 17, 2013

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Seymour M. Hersh has written a detailed and devastating exposure of the U.S. government’s manipulation of military intelligence to create a pretext for the war it very nearly unleashed against Syria last September.

Hersh’s main conclusion is that President Barack Obama and many in his administration “omitted important intelligence … presented assumptions as facts … [and] failed to acknowledge something known to the U.S. intelligence community: that the Syrian army is not the only party in the … war with access to sarin.”

Hersh gained worldwide fame for exposing the My Lai massacre and cover-up in Vietnam in 1969. His 2004 articles detailed the systematic torture of detainees at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq directed by the U.S. military, the CIA and private contractors.

This latest article, published in the London Review of Books on Dec. 8, utilizes current and former intelligence sources to whom Hersh has a long history of access. Classified documents going back months before the Aug. 21 sarin attack outside Damascus, Syria, show that the U.S. government concluded that the al-Nusra Front, a major force in the Syrian rebel movement, had “mastered the mechanics of creating sarin … in quantity.” Yet in his Sept. 10 televised speech, President Obama insisted that the Syrian government was responsible and that only they had sarin capabilities.

Some high-level intelligence officers went to Hersh about this misuse of intelligence. One compared it to the fraudulent Gulf of Tonkin incident that was used to justify widespread bombing of north Vietnam in 1964. “Obama … and his cronies in the White House make up the intelligence as they go along,” stated one officer.

By selective reporting, some major U.S. media also collaborated with the Obama game plan of deception. Nine days after the Aug. 21 incident, the administration delivered a document making the case for Syrian government culpability to a handpicked group of journalists. The Washington Post gave front-page coverage to how the U.S. traced every step of the attack, linking it to the government of President Bashar al-Assad.

When the Office of the Director of National Intelligence was forced to issue a correction days later, the Washington Post chose not to reveal this to its readers.

Similarly, the New York Times made use of a Sept. 16 United Nations report to claim that the munitions, the flight path and the length of the rocket flight conclusively implicated the Syrian army as the source of the sarin attack. The report itself, however, warned that the rebel controlled area allowed the evidence to be “possibly manipulated.”

When Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor of science, technology and international security Theodore Postol and missile technology expert Richard M. Lloyd later concluded that calculations of the flight path and range could not be as earlier reported, the New York Times failed to report this.

Read more at: http://www.iacenter.org/nafricamideast/syria121713/

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Photo: Heartbreaking portraits of Vietnamese children suffering from devastating effects of toxic herbicide sprayed by US Army 40 years ago. Three decades after the United States started destroying its own chemical weapons, the nation’s stockpile stands at more than 3,000 tons — about three times what the U.S. now says Syrian President Bashar Assad controls. A total of 20 million gallons of dioxin-containing herbicide was sprayed by U.S. aircraft on at least 10 percent of what was once South Vietnam over 3.6 million acres, much of it populated, even heavily populated.

Read more at:
http://www.uruknet.de/?p=64019

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2401378/Agent-Orange-Vietnamese-children-suffering-effects-herbicide-sprayed-US-Army-40-years-ago.html