Let Syrians in occupied Golan visit their relatives in homeland !

Oct 31, 2013


Geneva, (SANA) – Syria has stressed that the report submitted by the Israeli occupation authorities to the UN Human Rights Council included lies and fallacies in an attempt by the occupation authorities to improve their black image before the world.

Syria’s Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva, Fayssal al-Hamwi, said during a session held to discuss the Israeli report, “Today, the Council has a report submitted by one of the entities which have supported terrorism the most,” reminding of Israel’s hostile history since it was founded.

Al-Hamwi, demanded the occupation authorities fully cooperate with the UN and immediately and unconditionally allow the investigation committee into the Israeli practices which affect human rights to visit the occupied Syrian Golan and let the Syrian citizens in the Golan to visit their relatives in the homeland through al-Quneitra crossing point.

He also demanded the occupation authorities respect their duties and commitments to preserve the natural resources of the occupied Syrian Golan.        


Latest News Syria: Syria destroyed chemical weapons production

Oct 31, 2013


The Hague/Beijing (SANA) - Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) on Thursday said that Syria has destroyed all production and mixing equipment of the declared chemical weapons facilities within the time limit set for eliminating the chemical weapons.

OPWC teams inspected 21 sites out of 23 of chemical weapons sites all over the country, the organization said in a document seen by Reuters.

The Organization clarified that the other two sites cannot be checked but their equipment were transferred into other sites where they were inspected.

OPWC said it made sure that production, mixing and filling facilities and equipment of the 23 announced sites were destroyed.

Last week, the organization stressed that Syria was committed to the time limit set for getting rid of the chemical weapons.

In Washington, the U.S. expressed confidence in the possibility of respecting the specified time limits to eliminate the chemical weapons in Syria, which means in June 2014, said Thomas Countryman, the Assistant Secretary for International Security and Nonproliferation. 

United Nations:  OPCW-UN Joint mission  coordinates efforts with Russia

The UN Secretary General’s Spokesperson, Martin Nesirky, said on Thursday that the coordinator of the Organization for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons ( OPCW)-UN mission to Syria, Sigrid Kaag, intends to coordinate efforts with Russia to eliminate the Syrian chemical weapons.

Russia Today website quoted Nesirky as saying in a statement that the aim of Kaag visit to Moscow is to coordinate the efforts with Russia, an important country that has large experience in eliminating  chemical weapons.

In a statement last week, Kaag affirmed that the Syrian government is completely cooperating with the experts’ team,  appreciating the Syrian government and people for this cooperation.

Chinese experts will participate in OPCW mission in Syria

In the same context, Chinese Defense Ministry announced Thursday that two Chinese army experts will participate in the mission of destroying the chemical weapons in Syria.

The Ministry’s spokesman Yang Yujun said the Ministry will send two Chinese experts to the headquarters of the OPCW upon the latter’s invitation, who will then head to Syria to join the mission.

Quoted by the Chinese Xinhua news agency, Yang noted that the Chinese army will provide assistance to the mission within its capabilities and that this assistance will be subject to the arrangements set by the Chinese government.

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L'Empire américain

At 2007 prices, 1998 military spending was $364.35bn. 2008’s is approximately $643.9bn

Le contrôle des activités humaines, économiques, sociales et politiques mondiales est assuré de plus en plus par les États-Unis d’Amérique (USA) dont la volonté de domination s’exprime dans une stratégie d’interventions directes et indirectes continues pour orienter la conduite des affaires mondiales en fonction de leurs propres intérêts. Le Rapport Global 2000 publié en 1980 présentait l’état du monde en faisant état des menaces qui pourraient peser sur ces intérêts. 20 ans plus tard, les Étatsuniens, pour justifier, dans le contexte de leur propre sécurité, leurs interventions sous toutes les latitudes, montent la plus grande supercherie que l’on puisse imaginer, «une guerre mondiale contre le terrorisme» ou, en d’autres mots, une guerre contre ceux ou celles qui osent ne pas vouloir être ou devenir leurs esclaves.

Surveillance de l’OTAN, l’International Network for the Abolition of Foreign Military Bases,etc.) révèlent que les Étatsuniens possèdent ou occupent entre 700 et 800 bases militaires dans le monde.

Les dépenses militaires des USA sont passées de 404 à 626 milliards de dollars – valeur équivalente du dollar de 2007 (données du «Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation» de Washington) entre 2001 et 2007 et devraient dépasser les 640 milliards en 2008 (figure 1 et http://www.armscontrolcenter.org/archives/002244.php ). Elles correspondaient en 2006 à 3,7% du PIB et à $935.64 per capita.



U.S. supports al-Qaeda in Syria

US indirectly supports al-Qaeda in Syria: Franklin Lamb

Press TV has conducted an interview with Franklin Lamb, international lawyer, about French paper Le Figaro saying after Saudi Arabia, the US is second in line to lead al-Qaeda forces fighting against the Syrian government.

What follows is an approximate transcription of the interview.

Press TV: Let’s jump right in. Give us your opinion on the revelations by the French newspaper. 

Lamb: Well I think they are credible. I think they are widely believed and have been over the past nearly one year as more and more similar reports and evidences surface. 

So 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 but the combination of both forces means that the al-Qaeda has enormous fire power and enormous encouragement to expand its operations because of the funding from the West and the [Persian] Gulf.

Press TV: And how do you perceive the level and the extent of the involvement of those regional parties as revealed by Le Figaro, as you mentioned we have got Qatar, Turkey, of course Saudi Arabia and even former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri's name has come up? 

Lamb: Well I think in an operation like this if they are in for an inch, they are in for a mile. There is no such thing as a penny operation here it is going to be substantial and we see that consistently. 

Remember Libya; it was going to be a little operation. That was an all-out war. So I think history teaches us very clearly that they are going to have massive, massive arms in order to “achieve their victory”. 

So I think it is going to increase unless a stop is put to it. 



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NSA has hacked Mexican and Brazilian Government

The NSA Has Hacked Mexican and Brazilian Government Email For Years

Beginning in May 2010, the NSA gained access to the Mexican Presidencia domain on the Mexican Presidential network and began monitoring then-president Felipe Calderon’s email account, according to a document leaked to Der Spiegel by Edward Snowden. The document also shows that the NSA has been surveilling the Brazilian government.

Hacking the Mexican presidential email was part of a campaign called “Flatliquid,” which provided U.S. cabinet members with “diplomatic, economic and leadership communications which continue to provide insight into Mexico’s political system and internal stability,” according to the document obtained by Spiegel.

This revelation about NSA hacking may, not surprisingly, lead to increased tension between the U.S. and Mexico. Relations were already strained by a report aired on Brazil’s TV Globo network indicating that the NSA had done surveillance in the summer of 2012 on Mexico’s current president, Enrique Peña Nieto, who was running for president at the time.


Photo: U.S. President Barack Obama (R) greets Mexican President Felipe Calderon Hinojosa (2R) as U.S. first lady Michelle Obama (2L) greets Mexican first lady Margarita Zavala at the Phipps Conservatory for the G-20 Summit on September 24, 2009 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.


No compensation for victims of chemical weapons

2013 Nobel Peace Prize

President Barroso expressed the European Commission’s sincere congratulations to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) for being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize 2013:
“The decision of the Nobel Peace Prize Committee is a powerful recognition of the important role of the OPCW in curbing the use of chemical weapons. The EU is determined to assist in the destruction of the stock of chemical weapons. About 100 years ago, during World War I,
Europe has experienced the suffering caused by the use of chemical weapons itself.
Syria now demonstrates that these abhorrent acts are still not eradicated from human behaviour. The OPCW faces an unprecedented challenge in its current effort in Syria, where its joint mission with the United Nations is being actively supported by the European Union. The international community carries a collective responsibility to end the use of chemical weapons once and for all. The OPCW plays a key role in this collective effort, which the European Union fully supports, politically and by being the biggest contributor to OPCW (…)”.


US Government Refuses to Compensate Victims of Chemical Weapons in Vietnam

More than 30 years after the war in Vietnam, a battle is still being fought to help people suffering from the effects of Agent Orange. Many of the families living in the remote villages have little access to medical care and don’t even understand the medical term for the disability that their children have had since birth. They only know that the herbicide used by the US military during the Vietnam war called Agent orange caused this and the government gives monthly support of about $8 dollars per handicapped individual . Between 1961 and 1971, the U.S military sprayed nearly 20 million gallons of Agent Orange and other herbicides across Vietnam in an attempt to kill vegetation that hid the enemy. Much of it contained the toxic nerve gas called dioxin.

Dioxin causes various forms of cancers, reproductive illnesses, immune deficiencies, endocrine deficiencies, nervous system damage, and physical and developmental disabilities.

So while the US government is attempting to “police the world” in search of chemical weapons, it is important to remember the long history that they have of using these weapons themselves.

There are also many US veterans who suffer from agent orange poisoning, causing thousands of birth defects in America as well.  Just recently the veterans began to receive compensation for their suffering, however the millions in Vietnam who are effected will likely never see any kind of real help from the agencies responsible.



Chemical weapons: Nobel Peace prize winners and Vietnam victims

2013 Nobel Peace Prize

President Barroso expressed the European Commission’s sincere congratulations to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) for being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize 2013:
“The decision of the Nobel Peace Prize Committee is a powerful recognition of the important role of the OPCW in curbing the use of chemical weapons. The EU is determined to assist in the destruction of the stock of chemical weapons. About 100 years ago, during World War I,
Europe has experienced the suffering caused by the use of chemical weapons itself.
Syria now demonstrates that these abhorrent acts are still not eradicated from human behaviour. The OPCW faces an unprecedented challenge in its current effort in Syria, where its joint mission with the United Nations is being actively supported by the European Union. The international community carries a collective responsibility to end the use of chemical weapons once and for all. The OPCW plays a key role in this collective effort, which the European Union fully supports, politically and by being the biggest contributor to OPCW (…)”.






A Battle Unending: The Vietnam War and Agent Orange

Nguyen Nguc Phuong is 33 years of age and a confident, articulate public speaker – comfortable on a podium in front of an audience. He is resourceful and self-motivated, as seen in his decision to leave school at 16 and relocate to Vietnam’s largest city, Ho Chi Minh City, to learn to be a mechanic and an electrician.
Nguyen later returned to his hometown of Danang, one of Vietnam’s touristy cities, and opened his own repair shop. However, after seeing the impact of Agent Orange – a defoliant sprayed by the U.S. military during the Vietnam War to destroy the crops and jungle upon which the Viet Cong relied for food and cover – he decided he wanted to volunteer his time to help the children born mentally or physically handicapped due to the herbicide’s tragic and grotesque effects.
“I wanted to become a teacher to do something for them,” he says, pointing out to over 40 children and teenagers at the Danang Peace Village – a center run by the Danang Association for Victims of Agent Orange/Dioxin to care for children and teenagers affected by Agent Orange.
But Nguyen’s story is not typical of a thirty-something bored with a day-job and seeking a socially-responsible career break.
Nguyen Nguc Phuong’s father fought in central and southern Vietnam for 10 years up to the end of the Vietnam War in 1975, and sometime, somewhere along the way, came in contact with some of the 76 million liters of Agent Orange that was sprayed on the Vietnamese countryside up.
As a result, Nguyen is only 95 centimeters (a little over 3 feet) tall and weighs in at a meager 20 kilograms (approximately 44 pounds). “My sister is the same size like me” he says. “When I was born I weighed only 800 grams and was less than 20cm long.”



Chemical weapons: Nobel Peace Prize for 2013

The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2013 is to be awarded to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) for its extensive efforts to eliminate chemical weapons.

During World War One, chemical weapons were used to a considerable degree. The Geneva Convention of 1925 prohibited the use, but not the production or storage, of   chemical weapons. During World War Two, chemical means were employed in Hitler’s mass exterminations. Chemical weapons have subsequently been put to use on numerous occasions by both states and terrorists. In 1992-93 a convention was drawn up prohibiting also the production and storage of such weapons. It came into force in 1997. Since then the OPCW has, through inspections, destruction and by other means, sought the implementation of the convention. 189 states have acceded to the convention to date.


Photo: A Vietnam-victim of Amercan chemical warfare. The U.S. chemical weapons program began during World War I. Chemical weapons production directed principally against people ended in 1969. For nine years between 1962 and 1971 approximately 20 million gallons of defoliants and herbicides were sprayed over Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia by the US military resulting in an estimated 400,000 people killed or maimed and 500,000 children born with birth defects as a result of what were called 'rainbow herbicides' in Operation Ranch Hand. US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld helped Saddam Hussein build up his arsenal of deadly chemical and biological weapons.

For years Middle Eastern countries have accused the US of double-talk over Iraq. They are bitterly critical that the American government helped arm Saddam during the 1980s in a war against Iran, which at that time Washington regarded as its biggest enemy in the region.

United States Secretary of State John Kerry was one of the senators who fought for the right of US Veterans, exposed to Agent Orange, to achieve proper compensation. However, at the same time, Kerry is part of the US Establishment which refuses to compensate the Vietnamese for the same chemical poisoning by America’s Agent Orange.

If the Obama administration wants an example of the difficulties involved in destroying chemical weapons, it might reflect upon its own struggles to get rid of cold-war era chemical arsenals stockpiled in tightly controlled storage facilities in Kentuchy and Colorado.

The United States promised, but failed, to destroy these stocks by 2012 at the very latest. The most recent forecast from the US is that the process of "neutralising" the chemicals in its Colorado weapons dump will be finished by 2018; the date for Kentucky is 2023. That will be 11 years after the US promised to destroy its chemical weapons stockpiles, and eight years after Russia – the other major possessor of declared chemical weapons – says it will have finished destroying its arsenal.

About 2,611 tons of mustard gas remains stockpiled in Pueblo, Colorado. The second stockpile, in the Bluegrass region of Kentucky, is smaller – 524 tons – but more complicated to decommission, because it consists of a broader range of lethal gases and nerve agents, many of which are contained within weaponry.


An example of hypocrisy: 'The Nobel Committee stated that the watchdog, part of the United Nations, did not win for its current campaign in Syria, but rather for its extensive efforts to outlaw chemical weapons'...

Palestinian cause will remain Syria's top national concern

Oct 26, 2013

Damascus, (SANA)- Prime Minister Wael al-Halqi stressed that the Palestinian cause will remain Syria's top national concern and the compass determining the track and goal despite the repercussions of the unfair global war waged against the people and state of Syria.

"Syria, in spite of its wounds, will always be the first defender of the issues, aspirations and interests of the entire Arab nation," said al-Halqi during his meeting with Secretary of the Central Committee of Fatah Movement Abo Hazem and the accompanying delegation.

He highlighted the importance of activating the role of the Arab liberation movements and parties and pan-Arab trends in alerting the Arab public opinion to the seriousness and scale of what Syria is being subjected to.

He underscored that what Syria is facing aims mainly at undermining the entire Arab nation through destabilizing it and taking over its capabilities and making the Zionist entity the dominant force in the region.

The Premier pointed out that the role of the Arab movements and trends in this regard lies basically in spreading the culture of resistance and confronting the takfiri intellectual invasion by promoting the secular thinking that boosts unity and tolerance.

A review of the latest developments in the Arab and international arena and the mechanisms of facing the dangers targeting the existence of the Arab people was presented during the meeting.

For his part, Secretary Abo Hazem highlighted that what is going on in Syria is a big international conspiracy targeting not only Syria by all of the Arabs and the Palestinian cause in particular.

"Those who are defending Syria now are defending the Palestinian cause and the Arab existence," he said.

Abo Hazem added that Syria has been over decades the main pillar of the axis of resistance and steadfastness, stressing that Syria will come out of its crisis stronger and more firm.

Speaking to the reporters following the meeting, Abo Hazem noted that what Fatah delegation listened to during the meeting assures that the situation is moving towards a solution soon.

H. Said


World Health Organization: Syria


Oct 26, 2013

Syria is participating in WHO Regional Committee for Eastern Mediterranean meeting

Damascus, (SANA)- Syria will be taking part in the activities of the 60th session of the Regional Committee for the Eastern Mediterranean at the World Health Organization (WHO) due to be held on October 27 in Muscat, the Omani capital.

Health ministers of 22 countries and heads and representatives of a number of international organizations and funds will mainly discuss over 4 days the strategy of the final phase of Global Polio Eradication, the Tobacco Free Initiative and Traffic Safety Initiative, in addition to the progress achieved on the regional level in the field of achieving the Millennium Development Goals.

Minister of Health Saad al-Nayef, who will chair the Syrian delegation to Muscat, highlighted in a statement to SANA the importance of Committee's current session for Syria in terms of providing the opportunity to brief the participants on the reality of the health situation in the country and the efforts exerted by the government to preserve public health, particularly children, mothers and elderly health.

He added that the Syrian delegation will use the session to make a review of the huge pressures facing the health sector in Syria in light of the unfair economic embargo, the sanctions on the banking sector, the unprecedented misinformation campaigns and the continued targeting of the health institutions by the armed terrorist groups.

The Minister warned against the danger of return of epidemics and some diseases that is facing the region's countries, including Syria, due to the passage of human groups illegally, calling for unified efforts to address this issue.

H. Said

(The website of the Syrian News Agency Sana is regularly blocked by the western authorities)

Syria: Foreign Ministers of Russia and France

Lavrov, Fabius Discuss Situation in Syria

Oct 26, 2013 
TEHRAN (FNA)- Foreign Ministers of Russia and France Sergei Lavrov and Laurent Fabius discussed in a phone call the situation in Syria.
The talks dealt with a number of international issues of common concern, including the situation in Syria and bilateral cooperation, Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Saturday, the Syrian Arab News Agency reported.
The discussions come within the underway preparations for holding the international conference on Syria in Geneva for finding a solution to the crisis in the country.