Syria wants Respect for its National Sovereignty



PROVINCES, (SANA)- Authorities in Aleppo on Tuesday carried out a qualitative operation in al-Bandara neighborhood and inflicted heavy losses upon the mercenary terrorists

DAMASCUS COUNTRYSIDE, (SANA) – A car bomb (a taxi) on Tuesday blew up in Tishreen neighborhood in Jaramana city, Damascus Countryside, during the escorting of two martyrs who were killed in the previous day in a terrorist blast in the city

LATTAKIA, (SANA)-Terrorist Alaa Khaled Deib admitted that he tried to kill a citizen at Souk al-Bala in Lattakia and opened fire at the people, injuring three civilians.

PROVINCES, (SANA)_ Units of the armed forces on Sunday clashed with terrorists, causing them heavy losses in different parts of Aleppo and its countryside..

PROVINCES, (SANA)- The armed forces set an ambushin al-Jandoul and al-Jesser roundabout in the city of Aleppo killing a number of terrorists and destroying 7 cars equipped with DShK machineguns and a bus for the terrorists

PROVINCES, (SANA)- The armed forces on Friday continued to pursue terrorist groups in some neighborhoods of Aleppo and in its countryside, carrying out several operations resulting in heavy losses in personnel and equipment among terrorists

PROVINCES, (SANA)- Units from the armed forces on Wednesday continued conducting qualitative operations against the armed terrorist groups in a number of areas and neighborhoods in Aleppo

PROVINCES, (SANA)- The armed forces continued on Thursday in cooperation with the people of Aleppo city pursuing the armed terrorist groups in the neighborhoods of the city of Aleppo and its countryside...

TUNIS, (SANA) – A number of leaders and members of Tunisian salafi groups are receiving money on regular basis from Europe via money orders, Tunisian Tanit Press newspaper said on its website.

PROVINCES, (SANA) – The armed forces are severely hitting the mercenary terrorists in a number of neighborhoods in the city of Aleppo in a continued process to eliminate the armed terrorist groups in the province  

GOVERNORATES, (SANA)_The competent authorities continued cleaning Seif al-Dawla neighborhood in Aleppo of the terrorists, inflicting heavy losses on them..

MOSCOW, (SANA) – Russian newspaper of Kommersant said that the current Libyan authorities are sending weapons, including Igla anti-air missiles, to the so-called 'free army' militia in Syria through Tripoli port in Lebanon...

DAMASCUS, (SANA) – Terrorist Sabah Othman confessed to working with armed terrorist groups in Douma, Damascus Countryside, and being an accomplice to the abduction, torture and murder of women, with her acting as an interrogator...

PROVINCES, (SANA)- The Syrian armed forces continued pursuing the terrorists mercenaries who intimidated the civilians in a number of neighborhoods in the city of Aleppo

PROVINCES, (SANA)- A unit from the armed forces on Friday carried out a "qualitative operation" against armed terrorist groups near the Cultural Center in Hanano area in the city of Aleppo inflicting heavy losses upon their members..

HOMS, (SANA)- The authorities on Friday released 75 detainees in the city of  Homs who got involved in the events taking place in the country but whose hands are clear of the Syrians' blood...

DAMASCUS, (SANA) – Qussai al-Yousef, a student at the Engineering Faculty at Aleppo University, related the details of his abduction by a terrorist group whose members forced him to record videos announcing his joining the so-called "free army" as a prelude for using his name after reporting his death...

PROVINCES, (SANA) - The security authorities on Thursday repelled an armed terrorist group which tried to enter al-Sabaa Bahrat area from al-Atmeh Souq in the city of Aleppo...

DAMASCUS, (SANA)- The armed forces freed in a "qualitative operation" the team of the Syrian al-Ikhbariya satellite channel who were kidnapped by an armed terrorist group seven days ago in al-Tal area in Damascus Countryside


'Chemical weapons threat'

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The U.S. government can better keep her mouth on chemical weapons...

Photo: Victim of Agent Orange, Vietnam

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Diplomacy: UN Envoy to Syria...


It is clear that Russia, China and an increasing number of independent countries do not longer like the American war propaganda and the colonial wars, as during the french-british colonial era.

In the modern world there is no place anymore for colonization.


Russia and China Welcomes Appointment of Brahimi as UN Envoy to Syria

Aug 18, 2012 -  MOSCOW/ BEIJING, (SANA) - Russia welcomed the appointment of the former Algerian Foreign Minister, Lakhadr Brahimi, as the UN new envoy to Syria succeeding Kofi Annan.

Russia Today TV quoted the Russian Foreign Ministry as saying in a statement on Saturday that "Moscow welcomed appointing Lakhadr Brahimi as the UN envoy to Syria," adding that Brahimi is known as a veteran diplomat and someone with a great experience in peace missions.

The statement cited Brahimi's chairmanship of UN missions in Afghanistan, Iraq and Haiti.

The Russian Foreign Ministry said it expects that Brahimi will base his work on the plan of his predecessor Kofi Annan, the agreements reached at the Action Group meeting in Geneva and the relevant UN Security Council resolutions.

It expressed hope that contacts continue with all the parties in Syria and work goes on for stopping the violence as soon as possible and starting political dialogue, affirming Russia's readiness for cooperation with the new envoy towards bringing the crisis in Syria to an end.

Meanwhile, Russia expressed hope that Brahimi will participate in the forthcoming meeting of the international Action Group on Syria which was delayed on the request of the Western countries after it was scheduled on Friday.

Russia Today website quoted Russia's U.N. Ambassador Vitaly Churkin as saying in statements in New York on Friday that the meeting of the Action Group on Syria was scheduled to discuss a draft statement that set up a certain point of time for all the Syrian sides to end violence and start dialogue.

Churkin pointed out that some members of the group showed readiness to attend the meeting and discuss our document while the Western members said they are not ready citing different pretexts and reasons.

The Action Group on Syria was scheduled to hold a meeting on the ambassadors level at the UN with participation of Russia, China, Britain, US, France, Turkey, Iraq, Kuwait, Qatar and the European Union.

China Hopes Lakhdar Brahimi Continues Efforts to Resolve Crisis in Syria through Political Means

China hoped that the new UN Envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi continue resolving the crisis in Syria through political means, implement the plan of his predecessor Kofi Annan and Geneva recommendations to push towards a peaceful, just solution.

"China welcomes appointing the Algerian former Foreign Minister as a successor of Annan .. and hopes that he continues solving the crisis in Syria through political way.. Beijing also urges all sides concerned to stop violence," Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Qin Gang said on Saturday.

Xinhua quoted Qin as saying at a press conference in response to a question "China will effectively cooperate and back Brahimi efforts for a political mediation in this regard.


Washington that bombs the world daily with its colonial war propaganda, is regularly blocking the website of SANA.  http://www.sana.sy/index_eng.html: 'This web page is not available'

Syria and Egypt: fighting colonialism...


President Gamal Abdel Nasser

Gamal Abdel Nasser Hussein (Arabicجمال عبد الناصر حسين‎  15 January 1918 – 28 September 1970) was the second President of Egypt from 1956 until his death. A colonel in the Egyptian army, Nasser led the Egyptian Revolution of 1952 along with Muhammad Naguib, the first president, which overthrew the monarchy of Egypt and Sudan, and heralded a new period of modernization, and socialist reform in Egypt together with a profound advancement of pan-Arab nationalism, including a short-lived union with Syria.

Nasser was keen to see Egypt free of any overtones of colonialism. 

The most obvious source of a foreign power being dominant in Egypt was the British/French control of the Suez Canal. Completed in 1869, the canal was designed by Ferdinand de Lesseps. However the vast bulk of the physical labour required to build this engineering marvel was done by Egyptian nationals. Britain had a 40% holding in the company that ran the canal. However, despite the fact that the canal was on Egyptian ‘soil’, the benefits it brought the people of Egypt were minimal.

Under his leadership, Egypt nationalized the Suez Canal Company and came to play a central role in anti-imperialist efforts in the Arab World and Africa.

To support his beliefs, Nasser did what he could to restore national pride to all Arab nations – not just Egypt.

Many in the general Arab population still view Nasser as a symbol of Arab dignity and freedom.





Ahmadinejad: 'Political Solutions Based on Syrian People's Interests'


Ahmadinejad: Only Way out of Crisis in Syria is Through Political Solutions Based on Syrian People's Interests

August 8, 2012 - TEHRAN, (SANA) – Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad stressed the need to resolve the crisis in Syria through political solutions based on the interests of the Syrian People.

During his meeting in Tehran on Wednesday with Special Envoy of the Pakistani President, Sughra Imam, Ahmadinejad criticized the interference of some regional countries in the Syrian countries which further complicates the situation.

He affirmed that earning people's freedom and the right to vote isn't achieved through war, and that the upcoming meetings of the foreign ministers in Tehran and of the leaders of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in Mecca represent an opportunity to adopt political and local solution to the Syrian crisis rather than armed conflicts.

Salehi: Consultative Meeting on Syria will Discuss Ending Violence

Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said that the consultative meeting on Syria will be held on Thursday, attended by 12 or 13 countries from Asia, Africa and Latin America, adding that the number of participating countries might reach 15.

In a statement to the Iranian News Agency on Wednesday, Salehi said ''The main topic of Tehran meeting will be ending violence and national dialogue in Syria,'' adding that Iran is focused on putting an end to violence as soon as possible and the importance of starting national dialogue.

On the 48 Iranian visitors kidnapped by armed terrorist groups in Syria, Salehi said that efforts are underway to release them.

Iranian Assistant Foreign Minister: Consultative Meeting in Tehran on Syria Aims to Help Syrian People Overcome the Crisis

Iranian Assistant Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir Abdullahian said that the consultative meeting in Tehran on the situation in Syria aims to help the Syrian people overcome the current crisis.

Mehr News Agency quoted Abdullahian as saying that the meeting is due to be held in Tehran on Thursday, with the participation of a big number of influential Arab and regional countries.

''The participants in the meeting aim to stress rejection of violence as a means to settle disputes,'' Abdullahian said, indicating that Tehran meeting will be held for enhancing regional and international efforts to help the Syrian people overcome the current crisis.

He said that the participants in the meeting believe that national dialogue is the best way to restore stability to Syria and pave the way for reaching a solution that is satisfactory to both sides.

Abdullahian said his country sees that the political solutions put forward by the UN envoy to Syria, Kofi Annan, pave the way for ending violence in Syria, adding that the meeting embodies the political will of the participating countries to solve the crisis peacefully.

M. Ismael / H. Sabbagh

Latest News Syria: Obama is very concerned about safety of Syria's chemical weapons...



U.S. used napalm in Falluja

By David Hoskins

Nov 17, 2005 - New evidence came to light earlier this month that confirmed reports in Workers World newspaper and elsewhere that the U.S. military had used internationally banned chemical weapons, including white phosphorus and napalm, during its November 2004 attack on Falluja.

The U.S. government adamantly denied these reports at the time. Reports of the alleged U.S. war crimes were notably absent from the pages of most Western newspapers and there was virtually no discussion of the issue on cable news stations or talk radio. Al Jazeera’s facility in Iraq was forcibly shut down in an attempt to stifle journalistic inquiry into these reports.

Now, almost a year later, Italian state television RAI has produced a documentary confirming that U.S. forces in fact used white phosphorus and MK77 Mod 5—a napalm derivative—in Falluja. And the Guardian of London has called Falluja an atrocity on the scale of Mylai and Guernica, estimating 7,000 civilian dead.

While MK77 Mod 5 uses a formula consisting of a smaller concentration of benzene, the effects are exactly the same as napalm. The use of these incendiary wea pons is a violation of the 1980 UN Conven tion on Certain Conventional Weapons.

Workers World newspaper had published an article in its Dec. 2, 2004, issue based on a talk by Workers World Party Secre tariat member Sara Flounders in which she described how the use of illicit chemical weapons, poison gas and bunker busters had virtually destroyed the city of Falluja.

Jeff Englehart, a former soldier in the U.S. 1st Infantry Division in Iraq, says in the Italian documentary that he saw “burned bodies, burned children and burned women.” Entitled “Falluja: The Hidden Massacre,” the film contains video footage showing the bodies of civilian women and children following the U.S. air and artillery bombardment.

The innocent victims appear to have been burned to the bone. Others have partially melted flesh hanging from their bodies. These chemical weapons primarily affect the flesh of their targets. The evidence leaves no doubt that the victims were unarmed and in civilian clothing at the time of their deaths.

Orders to shoot children

Describing the United States’ intention to target civilians in Falluja, Englehart states that he was told by military superiors going into Falluja that “every single person that was walking, talking, breathing was [an] enemy combatant. As such every single person that was walking down the street or in a house was a target.” Englehart confirms that soldiers had orders to shoot children as young as 10 years old.

The use of white phosphorus and napalm in Falluja is just another example of criminal action and conspiracy to hide the truth. It fits into a domestic and international agenda to reshape world politics in favor of the extreme right wing of the U.S. ruling class. The breakup of the Soviet Union emboldened the most conservative sector of U.S. imperialism and its allies to try to assume for themselves absolute control of the world.

Recent news reports have provided myriad instances of criminality, corruption and conspiracy. Since 2004 alone, troops directed by the Bush administration have been caught committing torture at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, desecrating the Koran in the concentration camp in Guantanamo in occupied Cuba and now using internationally banned chemical weapons in Falluja.

The U.S. government first lied in 2002-2003, claiming the existence of massive amounts of chemical weapons in Iraqi hands, to justify the invasion of Iraq. The same U.S. government then turned its own arsenal of chemical weapons against innocent civilians in Falluja and has now been caught lying in an attempt to cover up its criminal actions.



Photo: The U.S. used napalm, mustard gas, and nerve gas when it attacked Fallujah in November 2004.

U.N. and U.S. napalm attacks

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Photo 1: North Korea 1951, village bombed with napalm by the United Nations military forces.

Photo 2: Vietnam, June 8, 1972. Crying children, including 9-year-old Kim Phuc, center, run down Route 1 near Trang Bang, Vietnam after an aerial napalm attack on suspected Viet Cong hiding places as South Vietnamese forces from the 25th Division walk behind them.

The use of napalm or other incendiaries against civilian populations was banned by the United Nations Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons(CCW) in 1980. Protocol III of the CCW restricts the use of all incendiary weapons, but a number of states have not acceded to all of the protocols of the CCW. According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute(SIPRI), states are considered a party to the convention, which entered into force as international law in December 1983, if they ratify at least two of the five protocols. The United States, for example, is a party to the CCW but did not sign protocol III.


Latest News Syria: U.S. armed terrorists destroy water supply systems


Water Supply Systems in Damascus Countryside Suffer SYP 21 Million in Losses Caused by Sabotage Acts

Aug 7, 2012 - DAMASCUS COUNTRYSIDE, (SANA) – Water supply systems in Damascus countryside have suffered up to SYP 21 million in losses because of Sabotage acts and attacks perpetrated by armed terrorist groups.

Director General of Drinking Water Establishment, Hussam Hreidin, pointed out that damages affected the buildings and vehicles of the establishment, adding the armed terrorist groups are attacking the employees while they are repairing what has been sabotaged in some areas.

He called on citizens to take part in protecting the water units as they provide water to all people, adding that the goal of sabotaging the water supply systems is preventing the establishment from delivering drinking water to citizens in low prices.


Photo: While Syria is systematically destroyed, the 'first ladies' of the rich western countries feast...

Syria News: American hypocrisy about chemical weapons



To take action go to http://www.vn-agentorange.org/  

There are images from the U.S. War against Vietnam that have been indelibly imprinted on the minds of Americans who lived through it. One is the naked napalm-burned girl running from her village with flesh hanging off her body. Another is a photo of the piles of bodies from the My Lai massacre, where U.S. troops executed 504 civilians in a small village. Then there is the photograph of the silent scream of a woman student leaning over the body of her dead friend at Kent State University whose only crime was protesting the bombing of Cambodia in 1970. Finally, there is the memory of decorated members of Vietnam Veterans Against the War testifying at the Winter Soldier Hearings, often in tears, to atrocities in which they had participated during the war.

These pictures are heartbreaking. They expose the horrors of war. The U.S. War against Vietnam was televised, while images of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have intentionally been hidden from us. But what was not televised was the relentless ten years (1961-1971) of spraying millions of gallons of toxic herbicides over vast areas of South Vietnam. These chemicals exposed almost 5 million people, mostly civilians, to deadly consequences. The toxic herbicides, most notably Agent Orange, contained dioxin, one of the most dangerous chemicals known to man. It has been recognized by the World Health Organization as a carcinogen (causes cancer) and by the American Academy of Medicine as a teratogen (causes birth defects).

From the beginning of the spraying 51 years ago, until today, millions of Vietnamese have died from, or been completely incapacitated by, diseases which the U. S. government recognizes are related to Agent Orange for purposes of granting compensation to Vietnam Veterans in the United States. The Vietnamese, who were the intended victims of this spraying, experienced the most intense, horrible impact on human health and environmental devastation. Second and third generations of children, born to parents exposed during the war and in areas of heavy spraying — un-remediated “hot spots” of dioxin contamination, — suffer unspeakable deformities that medical authorities attribute to the dioxin in Agent Orange.

The Vietnamese exposed to the chemical suffer from cancer, liver damage, pulmonary and heart diseases, defects to reproductive capacity, and skin and nervous disorders. Their children and grandchildren have severe physical deformities, mental and physical disabilities, diseases, and shortened life spans. The forests and jungles in large parts of southern Vietnam were devastated and denuded. Centuries-old habitat was destroyed, and will not regenerate with the same diversity for hundreds of years. Animals that inhabited the forests and jungles are threatened with extinction, disrupting the communities that depended on them. The rivers and underground water in some areas have also been contaminated. Erosion and desertification will change the environment, causing dislocation of crop and animal life.

For the past 51 years, the Vietnamese people have been attempting to address this legacy of war by trying to get the United States and the chemical companies to accept responsibility for this ongoing nightmare. An unsuccessful legal action by Vietnamese victims of Agent Orange against the chemical companies in U.S. federal court, begun in 2004, has nonetheless spawned a movement to hold the United States accountable for using such dangerous chemicals on civilian populations. The movement has resulted in pending legislation HR 2634 – The Victims of Agent Orange Relief Act of 2011, which attempts to provide medical, rehabilitative and social service compensation to the Vietnamese victims of Agent Orange, remediation of dioxin-contaminated “hot spots,” and medical services for the children and grandchildren of U. S. Vietnam veterans and Vietnamese-Americans who have been born with the same diseases and deformities.

Using weapons of war on civilian populations violates the laws of war, which recognize the principle of distinction between military and civilian objects, requiring armies to avoid civilian targets. These laws of war are enshrined in the Hague Convention and the Nuremberg principles, and are codified in the Geneva Conventions of 1949 and the Optional Protocol of 1977, as well as the International Criminal Court statute. The aerial bombardments of civilian population centers in World Wars I and II violated the principle of distinction, as did the detonation of nuclear weapons at Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 6 and August 9 of 1945. Hundreds of thousands of Japanese people were killed in an instant, even though Japan was already negotiating the terms of surrender.

The use of Agent Orange on civilian populations violated the laws of war and yet no one has been held to account. Taxpayers pick up the tab of the Agent Orange Compensation fund for the U. S. Veterans at a cost of 1.52 billion dollars a year. The chemical companies, most specifically Dow and Monsanto, which profited from the manufacture of Agent Orange, paid a pittance to settle the veterans’ lawsuit to compensate them, as the unintended victims, for their Agent Orange related illnesses. But the Vietnamese continue to suffer from these violations with almost no recognition, as do the offspring of Agent Orange-exposed U.S. veterans and Vietnamese-Americans.

What is the difference between super powers like the United States violating the laws of war with impunity and the reports of killing of Syrian civilians by both sides in the current civil war? Does the United States have any credibility to demand governments and non-state actors end the killings of civilians, when through wars and drones and its refusal to acknowledge responsibility for the use of Agent Orange, the United States has and is engaging in the very conduct it publicly deplores?

In 1945, at the founding conference of the United Nations, the countries of the world determined:

to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war, which twice in our lifetime has brought untold sorrow to mankind, and

to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person, in the equal rights of men and women and of nations large and small, and

to establish conditions under which justice and respect for the obligations arising from treaties and other sources of international law can be maintained, and

to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom.

If we are to avoid sinking once again into the scourge of war, we must reaffirm the principles of the Charter and establish conditions under which countries take actions that promote rather than undermine justice and respect for our international legal obligations. The alternative is the law of the jungle, where only might makes right. It is time that right makes might.

August 10th marks 51 years since the beginning of the spraying of Agent Orange in Vietnam. In commemoration, the Vietnam Agent Orange Relief and Responsibility Campaign urges you to observe 51 seconds of silence at 12 noon, to think about the horrors of wars which have occurred. We ask you to take action so as not to see future images of naked children running from napalm, or young soldiers wiping out the population of an entire village, or other atrocities associated with war, poverty, and violence around the world. We urge you to take at least 51 seconds for your action. In the United States, you can sign an orange post card to the U.S. Congress asking it to pass HR 2634. This would be a good start to assist the Vietnamese victims of Agent Orange as well as the next generations of those exposed to these dangerous chemicals in both Vietnam and the United States.

Jeanne Mirer, a New York attorney, is president of the International Association of Democratic Lawyers. Marjorie Cohn is a professor at Thomas Jefferson School of Law and former president of the National Lawyers Guild. They are both on the board of the Vietnam Agent Orange Relief and Responsibility Campaign.

To sign the petition, go to http://www.vn-agentorange.org/  

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Photo: victims of American chemical weapons


Latest News Syria: Center for Research on Globalization

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Interview with Michael Chossudovsky, Director of the Center for Research on Globalization.


Aug 6, 2012 - Syrian security forces have clashed with foreign-sponsored insurgents in several areas of the northwestern city of Aleppo.

Meanwhile, the Syrian state TV said the army has arrested a group of Turkish and Saudi officers in Aleppo. 

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad told the Turkish Cumhuriyet daily in an interview in early July that Turkey “has supplied all logistic support to the terrorists who have killed our people.” 

Many people, including large numbers of security forces, have been killed in the turmoil in Syria that began in March 2011. 

On August 5, US senators John McCain, Joseph Lieberman and Lindsey Graham said Washington should “directly and openly” provide assistance, including weapons, intelligence and training, to the insurgents in Syria. 

On June 21, the New York Times reported that a group of CIA officers are operating secretly in southern Turkey and that the agents are helping the anti-Syria governments decide which gangs inside the Arab country will receive arms to fight the Syrian government. 

Press TV has conducted an interview with Professor Michael Chossudovsky, Director of the Center for Research on Globalization, to further discuss the issue. 

The following is a rough transcription of the interview. 

Press TV: Thank you for joining us here on Press TV, professor. Aleppo has been declared by many as the turning point in the standoff between the Syrian government and the foreign-backed militants, and no doubt a lot is being siphoned from the West to give support to the armed opposition. What do you make of the strategic importance of Aleppo?

Chossudovsky: Well, I am not able to comment on what is going on, on the ground in Aleppo. It would appear that the government forces have the upper hand and what the western military alliance is now contemplating is outright military intervention with the possibility of using both naval as well as air force against Syria or at least deploying and threatening Syria. This is confirmed by the planned deployment of naval forces which would include both British as well as French warships. Now this situation is particularly disturbing because the Russians have also dispatched warships to the Syrian coastline.

Press TV: It is interesting to note that the head of the Iraqi Kurdistan region has admitted to providing support to Syrian rebels, while the head of the so-called Syrian National Council has visited the region to pledge support for the Free Syrian Army as well. How do you also interpret the added Kurdish factor with regards to Syria? 

Chossudovsky: Well, the Kurdish factor with regards to Syria is very much connected to the role of Israel because we know that Israel is supportive of the regional Kurdistan government in northern Iraq. It is also supportive of the Kurdistan separatist movement in northern Syria. In fact there is indication that Israel is providing ... Kurds and I quote this is an article in an Israeli press “to breaking up Syria as a nation state.” Essentially it is the breakup of Syria. So these two dimensions of the Western supported opposition on the one hand, the NATO, US support for the Syrian National Council and on the other hand the Israeli support for the Kurds in northern Syria. 

Press TV: Also, Turkey has been actively supporting the rebels to bring about regime change in Syria, and it has been propping up the Iraqi-Kurdistan's government to achieve that goal. Considering Turkey is grappling with a Kurdish terrorist group on its own soil, isn’t it playing a very dangerous game by supporting them in Syria? 

Chossudovsky: well, I think that is in fact very contradictory on the part of Turkey. I see that Turkey’s role is much clearer with regards to its campaign in support of the Muslim Brotherhood in northern Syria, the position of supply route inside Turkey to the Free Syrian Army, the collaboration of Turkey directly with the Qatari and Saudi Arabians and recruiting mercenaries.

I think at this stage Turkey is more of a hub to the Free Syrian Army right on the border. And it is particularly relevant in relation to the campaign in Aleppo and Aleppo is very close to the Syria-Turkey border.

Press TV: What do you see as endgame being with regards to Syria? Do you think the west might have learned from Iraq, from Afghanistan even the way Libya is right now with the problem of armed people not giving up their arms and thus inhibiting any bringing of democracy into the country? Do you think the west might have learned from these examples? 

Chossudovsky: Well, the West is not learning from any examples. The West is determined to destabilize the Syrian government and produce a regime change. It has gone to tremendous length to co-opt a large membership of the United Nations General Assembly into supporting the resolution. 

Now this is a very sad day for the international community because those 133 member states that supported the resolution, they were subject to threat, armed twisting. Many of them are heavily indebted. Many of them are part of NATO countries. I do not think that decision, which was endorsed by 133 countries of the United Nations General Assembly, reflects even the sovereign countries. It was imposed by the Unites States through armed twisting threats, intimidation and ultimately these countries many of which are US former colonies or colonies of France and Britain, they supported this resolution.




Photo: Chemical weapons in Vietnam. An American helicopter sprays a 'democratic' defolation agent.  Obama says on a hypocrite way to be 'very concerned about the safety of Syria's chemical weapons'... 

Website of the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran in London (if the website, as regularly is the case with the website of the Syrian government, is not blocked by Washington)


Latest News Syria: Center for Research on Globalization


Syria News: Palestinian Factions Condemn American war propaganda


Palestinian Factions Condemn Attempts at Exploiting Refugee Camps against the Situation in Syria

August 4, 2012 - DAMASCUS, (SANA)

The Palestinian National Alliance factions stressed that the Palestinian people will remain faithful to Syria who has embraced this people and its resistance and supported its national struggle.

The factions issued a press statement commenting on the crime which armed terrorist groups perpetrated in al-Yarmuk Camp and claimed the lives of a number of martyrs and the statements aimed at distorting the reality of this crime.

The statement said that there are conspiring parties that insist on taking the camps out of the context of their message and national goals, the most important of which is the right to return.

It added that the factions have since the beginning of the crisis in Syria made all their efforts to keep the Palestinian refugee camps away from suspicious political exploiting by parties hostile to Syria, stressing that the massacre was the result of mortar shells fired by armed terrorist groups from the neighboring al-Tadamun neighborhood.

The factions condemned the statements of "the authority in Ramallah" which included "false accusations" against the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command- and its general secretary, Ahmad Jibril.

The accusations, the statement explained, claimed that the Front seeks to get the Palestinian camps involved in the internal situation in Syria, "at a time when the Front has made all its effort to protect the camps and prevent them from being exploited outside their goals, on top being the right to return."

The factions said in its statement that those who abandon 78 percent of Palestine's land, dropp the right to return, practice oppression against the resistance fighters in Palestine in coordination with the Zionist enemy, stand still towards the judaization of Jerusalem and call for putting the situation in Syria under Chapter VII "are not in a position that allows them to trespass against the symbols of resistance or claim to care for the people in Syrian and other camps."

The statement reiterated the factions' stress that the Palestinian people are looking forward for Syria to get out of its crisis stronger and more firm in the face of the conspiracy targeting its unity and national and pan-Arab stance.

H. Said

Droits de l'homme: la France n'est pas un exemple pour la Syrie


Les pays occidentaux parlent sans cesse des droits de l'homme, mais ce sont ces pays qui ont constamment violé les droits humains.  La France est l'inventeur des camps de concentration...


Il y a 70 ans, des milliers d'Espagnols fuyant le franquisme entrent en France. Plusieurs expositions plongent dans ce passé longtemps refoulé...
C'est un épisode oublié de l'histoire, la Retirada, ça signifie "Retraite" en espagnol. Ce terme n'est pas assez dur pour désigner ce qu'ont endurer les personnes concernés par l'histoire qui va suivre...

Nous sommes en 1938, à la veille de la seconde guerre mondiale. En Espagne, le dictateur Franco obtient des pouvoirs accrus. Ses alliances avec Hitler constituent une menace pour la France, la population espagnole est inquiète pour ses libertés. Le début de l'année 1939 va tout provoquer. En janvier 1939, à la fin du mois, la prise de Barcelone par l'armée franquiste précipite tout un peuple de réfugiés, civils et militaires, aux frontières françaises des Pyrénées-Orientales. Le 28 janvier 1939 les autorités françaises ouvrent la frontière de Cerbère à Bourg Madame afin de laisser passer le flot des miliciens et civils - femmes, enfants, vieillards - qui fuient l’Espagne tombée désormais aux mains des franquistes. Environ un demi-million d'exilés en trois semaines, avant que les phalanges du Caudillo ne verrouillent le pays.
En deux semaines seulement, 100 000 réfugiés vont passer le col d'Arès, à Prats de Mollo. Tous les points de passage sont concernés. Le col du Perthus, la route de Cerbère voient passer les foules. C'est par le col d'Arès que les premiers réfugiés arrivent, le 27 janvier 1939, en France. Arrêté à Prats de Mollo, ils s'installeront comme ils pourront dans la ville. Le lendemain le mouvement s'accélère au point d'inquiéter les autorités. L'école primaire est réquisitionné mais il manque rapidement de la place pour les loger. Par crainte de débordement, les autorités envoient en nombre des gardes mobiles et des tirailleurs sénégalais. Dès le 29 des convois partent en direction du camp de triage du Boulou. Le 31 janvier le ministre de l'intérieur se rend à Prats de Mollo pour assister à cet exode humanitaire. Pour accueillir ces réfugiés on construit quatre camps de concentration dans la vallée du Tech. Les abris sont construits en branches, feuilles, tout ce qui peut servir est récupéré. Les arbres environnants les camps sont abattus pour faire du bois de chauffage. Pour contrer le froid on en vient à brûler le matériel scolaire et les crosses des armes à feu. Il faut acheminer en urgence 30 tonnes de nourriture par jour pour faire survivre cette marée humaine. Le 13 février la frontière est officiellement fermée, gardée par les soldats de Franco. 35000 réfugiés sont toujours internés dans les camps de Prats de Mollo, bien d'autres le sont dans les autres camps du département. La nouvelle vague de froid qui s'abat sur la vallée pousse les autorités locales à ouvrir tous les lieux publics, les églises, les écoles, et fait réquisitionner les granges, les appartements, les garages, etc. Les camps seront définitivement fermés fin mars, mais cet hiver fut considéré comme un calvaire par ses espagnols fuyant Franco. Dans le même temps Cerbère voit arriver une masse considérable d'espagnols. Franchissant la frontière, ils furent internés de la même manière dans des camps créés de toutes pièces sur la plage d'Argelès sur mer. Si le froid ne les a pas autant touché que leurs compatriotes laissés à Prats de Mollo, ils durent toutefois subir les affres des épidémies. 250 000 réfugiés passeront par ce camps d'Argelès durant l'hiver 1939. Rien qu'au mois de mars 1939, c'est pas moins de 77000 qui furent internés à Argelès. Un autre camp fut ouvert à St Cyprien, il accueillit 90000 personnes. A St Laurent de Cerdans, autre lieu de passage, 70 000 réfugiés arrivent au village. 5000 ont pu être logé sur place, en particulier dans une fabrique de sandales transformées en dortoir. Au total, en quinze jours seulement, c'est plus de 450 000 personnes qui arrivent dans le département. Afin de canaliser le flot de républicains, les autorités les firent donc passer de camps de concentration locaux (Prats, Argelès) dans des camps plus vastes, dans la plaine : le Camp Joffre, qui connaîtra les premières parties sombres de son histoire.


Une partie des Espagnols des camps de concentration français, a été emprisonné (et est décédée) dans les camps de concentration des nazis en Allemagne.

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Syria: Annan's Plan Hindered by the Americans


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Salehi: Annan's Plan Hindered by the Americans, the West and Some Regional Countries 

Aug 3, 2012 - TEHRAN, (SANA) - Iran's Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi on Friday said the Americans, the West and some regional countries have hindered the plan of UN envoy Kofi Annan to make it fail.

Salehi, in a press statement to the Iranian IRNA news agency, added that the Americans use the policy of projections and blaming others when it is they who have hampered Annan's plan.

" The Americans make projections and try to suggest their own opinion instead of the reality," Salehi was quoted as saying by IRNA, noting that the UN envoy clarified the reasons why he quit sometimes clearly and implicitly in other times.

He underscored that the Arab League and some regional and Western countries openly criticized Annan's six-point plan which had the approval of Syria and the influential parties in the region.

Salehi said these regional, Western and Arab sides did not want Annan to succeed and rejected any role of influential countries in the region in resolving the crisis in Syria.

He added that every time Annan succeeded in one area of solving the crisis, he would be faced by obstacles by the West and some regional countries.

"In general, Western countries and some regional countries did not want Mr. Annan's plan to succeed because in that case, they would not reach their goals," Salehi told IRNA.

He said that the UN envoy's plan stressed on the solution to the crisis to be a Syrian one without foreign dictates, adding that the Western and some regional countries have a delusion about the Syrian leadership leaving office.

"Mr. Annan's plan will continue since it is the best plan on the table," The Iranian Foreign Minister continued.

He expressed hope that Annan's successor takes an independent and unbiased stance and seeks to resolve the crisis in Syria.

H. Said


Belgische pers werkt in dienst van geörganiseerde misdaad

njersey103Toen de internationale pers voor de kinderpornozaak Zandvoort naar Morkhoven afzakte, nam VTM via haar actualiteitsmagazine Telefacts een zogezegd interview af van het Herentalse Sp.a-gemeenteraadslid Victor V. en zijn criminele vriendjes uit de Morkhovense wijk Koninkrijk. De door VTM ongecontroleerde verhalen over 'folteringen en verkrachtingen' waaraan Marcel Vervloesem zich zogenaamd 20 jaar voordien schuldig had gemaakt, moesten de VTM-kijkers wijs maken dat Marcel Vervloesem zelf een 'kindermisbruiker' was. VTM verdiende veel geld aan haar reportage en zorgde er tevens voor dat de kinderpornozaak Zandvoort door justitie in de doofpot kon gestopt worden.

Jan Boeykens, voorzitter van de Werkgroep Morkhoven, passeerde toevallig op het moment dat VTM de zogezegde slachtoffers in de plaatselijke café-dancing 'Berkenmus' alwaar Victor V. 's nachts werkzaam was, interviewde. Hij werd metéén aangeklampt door een VTM-journalist die hem vroeg of hij soms 'nog andere slachtoffers van Marcel Vervloesem kende'. Toen Boeykens hem daarop ontkennend moest antwoorden en hem vroeg om, als voorzitter van de Werkgroep Morkhoven, ook een woordje te mogen zeggen, draaide de VTM-journalist zich om en ging hij op zoek naar 'andere slachtoffers' die de VTM-kijkers zouden doen verbleken.

Intussen heeft Marcel Vervloesem al 4 jaar lang een spreekverbod met de pers dat hem door de Belgische justitie werd opgelegd.  Hij kreeg een reisverbod; hij mag zijn vrienden van de vzw Werkgroep Morkhoven al drie jaar lang niet meer contacteren terwijl die hem destijds 2 jaar lang wekelijks in de gevangenis gingen opzoeken; hij mag geen deel uitmaken van verenigingen die kindermisbruiken bestrijden enzoverder.

De Belgische pers heeft door het media-proces tegen Marcel Vervloesem dat 11 jaar duurde, de kinderpornozaak Zandvoort (90.000 slachtoffers, waaronder heel wat peuters) en het daaraan verbonden peutermisbruik in de Amsterdamse kinderkribben, dus helpen dichtdekken.   Men kan zich afvragen in opdracht van wie deze 'vrije pers' handelde en waarom zij akkoord gaat met een spreekverbod met de pers.


'Persvrijheid is de vrijheid van drukpers, het grondrecht om gevoelens en gedachten openbaar of kenbaar te maken. Een democratische samenleving kan alleen goed functioneren als de persvrijheid - als een van de voornaamste voorwaarden - goed geregeld is.' In België bepaalt artikel 25 van de gecoördineerde Grondwet van 7 februari 1831 : ‘De drukpers is vrij; de censuur kan nooit worden ingevoerd; geen borgstelling kan worden geëist van de schrijvers, uitgevers of drukkers. Wanneer de schrijver bekend is en zijn woonplaats in België heeft, kan de uitgever, de drukker of de verspreider niet worden vervolgd.’   Daarnaast wordt uitdrukkelijk de vrijheid van meningsuiting gestipuleerd in artikel 19 : ‘De vrijheid van eredienst, de vrije openbare uitoefening ervan, alsmede de vrijheid om op elk gebied zijn mening te uiten, zijn gewaarborgd, behoudens bestraffing van de misdrijven die ter gelegenheid van het gebruikmaken van die vrijheden worden gepleegd.’  'De ergernis omwille van de media censuur en de heffing van zegelrechten op onder meer dagbladpublicaties vóór 1830, droegen sterk bij aan het ontstaan van België.'



Het Europees Hof voor de Rechten van de Mens in Straatsburg heeft België dinsdag veroordeeld wegens inbreuken op de persvrijheid en op het bronnengeheim van journalisten. In maart 2004 voerde het Belgische gerecht een huiszoeking uit in de Brusselse woning van de de Duitse Stern-journalist Hans-Martin Tillack. De raid werd uitgevoerd op vraag van het Europese anti-corruptiebureau OLAF (Office de Lutte Anti-Fraude), dat Tillack ervan beschuldigde in 2002 een ambtenaar te hebben omgekocht om zo een intern OLAF-dossier over fraude bij Eurostat te kunnen bemachtigen. Het Hof heeft nu geoordeeld dat de huiszoeking onterecht was, dat de beschuldiging louter op geruchten was gesteund, en dat de huiszoeking bedoeld was om de bronnen van Tillack te identificeren. De Belgische staat moet nu aan Tillack een schadevergoeding van 40.000 euro betalen.  Na de huiszoeking, waarbij heel wat dossiers waren in beslag genomen, deed Tillack alles wat hij kon om zijn bronnen te beschermen. Hij procedeerde bij de Kamer van Inbeschuldigingstelling en bij het Hof van Cassatie, en vroeg aan het Europese Gerecht van Eerste Aanleg om voorlopige maatregelen opdat OLAF de dossiers niet zou kunnen inkijken. Al deze pogingen waren tevergeefs. Niettemin werd Tillack door het Belgische gerecht nooit in staat van beschuldiging gesteld. Ten einde raad wendde Tillack zich tot het Europees Hof voor de Rechten van de Mens in Straatsburg. Tillack werd er verdedigd door een team van advocatenkantoor White & Case onder leiding van Ian Forrester. 


België schendt persvrijheid


Uit het Morkhoven-archief:


Speurders hebben het inkomende en uitgaande telefoonverkeer van een journaliste van De Morgen gedurende anderhalve maand retroactief gescreend. Dat stelde de hoofdredactie van de krant woensdag op een persconferentie. Een en ander gebeurde in het kader van een onderzoek naar lekken vanuit de Antwerpse politie.Volgens de krant, die woensdag ook het bezoek kreeg van speurders van het Comité P., gaat het om een flagrante schending van het bronnengeheim. Ze overweegt een klacht in te dienen bij het Europees Hof voor de Rechten van de Mens in Straatsburg. Daarvoor moeten echter eerst in België alle procedures uitgeput zijn, wat dus een werk van lange adem kan worden. www.gva.be - 26/1/2005
GERECHT EN PERSVRIJHEID IN BELGIE: Speurders van het Comité P, het orgaan dat de politiediensten controleert, hebben gedurende anderhalve maand het inkomende en uitgaande telefoonverkeer van De Morgen-journaliste Anne de Graaf gescreend. De hoofdredactie van De Morgen, de Vlaamse Vereniging van Beroepsjournalisten en de Raad voor Journalistiek protesteerden op 26.1.05 op een persconferentie tegen deze flagrante schending van het bronnengeheim van journalisten.Op 8 mei 2004 publiceerde De Morgen een artikel met als titel 'Antwerpen vreest aanslag in tunnel' waarin werd vermeld dat het gerecht sinds 24 maart over aanwijzingen beschikte dat een Taliban-aanhanger een aanslag wou plegen op een Antwerpse tunnel.Naar aanleiding van dit artikel werd de gsm van journaliste Anne de Graaf retroactief gescreend en registreerde het gerecht met wie ze had getelefoneerd. Dat gebeurde in het kader van een onderzoek naar mogelijke schending van het beroepsgeheim door leden van de Antwerpse politie.Vorige week werden in het kader van hetzelfde onderzoek huiszoekingen gedaan bij Bart Debie, fractiemedewerker van het Vlaams Belang en voormalig commissaris bij de Antwerpse politie, en bij de Antwerpse hoofdcommissaris Serge Muyters.Algemeen hoofdredacteur Rudy Collier en politiek hoofdredacteur Yves Desmet van De Morgen veroordeelden de screening als een 'flagrante schending' van het bronnengeheim.'Als dit mogelijk is, dan zijn alle journalisten vogelvrij', zei Collier. 'Hoe kunnen wij ons werk nog doen als we op die manier worden bespioneerd ?  Moeten we voortaan Pay-and-Go-kaarten kopen of in telefooncellen gaan bellen, zoals gangsters dat doen ?"De hoofdredactie van De Morgen kondigde aan dat de krant overweegt een klacht in te dienen bij het Europees Hof voor de Rechten van de Mens in Straatsburg.De reactie van het gerecht was volgens Yves Desmet 'buiten elke proportie'.  Er was volgens hem geen enkele reden om zulke zware middelen in te zetten. 'Niemands leven was in gevaar, de dreiging van een terreuraanslag was op het moment van publicatie al voorbij.  Men zocht enkel een lek. Het gerecht heeft een enorm net uitgegooid en honderden telefoonnummers geregistreerd en nagetrokken, grotendeels van andere informanten over andere dossiers."  Het onderzoek kan nog verrassingen opleveren, stelde Desmet, want een van de geregistreerde nummers is dat van de voorzitter van het Comité P, de baas van de speurders die naar het lek zoeken.De speurders van het Comité P, die de journaliste vorige dinsdag hebben verhoord in de redactielokalen van De Morgen, gaven toe dat de screening van haar telefoon enkel was gebeurd ter bevestiging van de informatie waarover ze al eerder beschikten.Volgens Desmet heeft het gerecht 'het verder functioneren van Anne de Graaf onmogelijk gemaakt'. 'Geen van haar informanten wil haar immers nog aan de telefoon te woord staan'.Pol Deltour, nationaal secretaris van de Vlaamse Vereniging van Beroepsjournalisten, hoopte dat 'dit bijzonder zwaar geval van schending van het bronnengeheim' de politieke wereld zal aansporen om snel het wetsontwerp ter bescherming van het journalistiek bronnengeheim goed te keuren.  De nieuwe wet, waarover gisteren, 27.1.05, in de plenaire vergadering van de Senaat gestemd werd, voorziet dat journalisten slechts in uitzonderlijke omstandigheden door de rechter verplicht kunnen worden hun bronnen prijs te geven. 'Dat kan enkel als de gevraagde informatie op geen enkele andere wijze door het gerecht verkregen kan worden', stelde docent Mediarecht Dirk Voorhof in De Tijd, 'en voor zover die informatie er effectief toe kan bijdragen om zeer ernstige misdrijven te voorkomen, misdrijven waarbij de fysieke integriteit van een of meer personen ernstig wordt bedreigd.'Ook Filip Voets, secretaris-generaal van de Raad voor Journalistiek, pleitte voor een snelle goedkeuring van het wetsontwerp. 'Het inzetten van intimiderende middelen zal met de nieuwe wet vrijwel onmogelijk worden', zei hij. 'De ervaring leert dat een betere bescherming van het bronnengeheim absoluut nodig is.'Voets herinnerde aan de veroordeling in 2003 van België door het Europees Hof voor de Rechten van de Mens in Straatsburg, waar België op de vingers werd getikt omdat politie en justitie zich meer terughoudend moesten opstellen bij het zoeken naar lekken en het kraken van het bronnengeheim van journalisten.  Het arrest was een gevolg van een reeks huiszoekingen die in 1995 plaatsvonden bij De Morgen, Le Soir Illustré en de RTBF.  Het Luikse gerecht ging toen op zoek naar lekken in het Agusta-dossier. 'Die veroordeling door het Europees Hof is blijkbaar niet voldoende voor bepaalde magistraten', zei Voets. 'Het is bijzonder cynisch dat we uitgerekend tien jaar later zien dat er bij de politiediensten nog altijd niets is veranderd', meende Pol Deltour van zijn kant.(Naar De Morgen van 27.1.2005)
KAMERCOMMISSIE KEURT REGELING JOURNALISTIEK BRONNENGEHEIM GOED: De kamercommissie Justitie heeft woensdag unaniem het wetsontwerp goedgekeurd dat het journalistieke bronnengeheim wettelijk regelt. De commissie schaarde zich achter de wijzigingen die de Senaat eind januari aanbracht aan de tekst die eerder al in de Kamer was aangenomen. Initiatiefnemer van de regeling is voormalig N-VA-kamerlid en huidig Vlaams minister Geert Bourgeois, die samen met FDF-voorzitter Olivier Maingain wetsvoorstellen indiende om aan het journalistieke bronnengeheim - dat totnogtoe officieel niet bestond - een wettelijke basis te geven. De regeling geldt niet enkel voor beroepsjournalisten, maar ook voor correspondenten en losse medewerkers voor wie de journalistiek niet het hoofdberoep is.De tekst - die wellicht volgende week in de plenaire vergadering definitief wordt aangenomen - biedt een ruime bescherming voor het Belgische journaille. Eigenlijk kan het bronnengeheim slechts in één geval niet worden ingeroepen: wanneer de fysieke integriteit van personen ernstig in gevaar is. De oorspronkelijke tekst van de Kamer maakte ook een uitzondering wanneer er sprake is van een terroristische dreiging, maar de Senaat schroefde ook die bepaling terug tot inbreuken die een bedreiging vormen voor de fysieke integriteit van een persoon. De kamercommissie Justitie stemde woensdagmorgen in met de tekstaanpassingen. Niemand maakte nog fundamentele opmerkingen. N-VA'er Patrick De Groote trok zijn amendementen in. Al na enkele minuten werd het ontwerp unaniem goedgekeurd. Ook minister van Justitie Laurette Onkelinx verdedigde de aanpassingen die de Senaat doorvoerde. Eerder liet ze al weten dat de wet zaken zoals het registreren van het telefoonverkeer van journalisten - zoals onlangs nog bij de krant De Morgen gebeurde - onmogelijk maakt. De Algemene Vereniging van Beroepsjournalisten in België (AVBB) is opgetogen met de nakende definitieve goedkeuring. Zij is verheugd dat de Senaat de tekst nog verbeterde en dat de Kamer die verbeteringen overneemt.2.3.2005 Gazet van Antwerpen
OOK KAMER KEURT WETSVOORSTEL BRONNENGEHEIM GOED: BRUSSEL - De Kamer heeft het wetsontwerp dat het journalistieke bronnengeheim wettelijk regelt, definitief goedgekeurd. Dat gebeurde unaniem. Initiatiefnemer voor de regeling is voormalig kamerlid en huidig Vlaams minister Geert Bourgeois (N-VA).De tekst biedt een ruime bescherming voor het Belgische journalistenkorps. Ze geldt niet alleen voor beroepsjournalisten, maar ook voor correspondenten en losse medewerkers voor wie de journalistiek niet het hoofdberoep is.De regeling komt erop neer dat het bronnengeheim maar in één geval niet kan worden ingeroepen, namelijk wanneer de fysieke integriteit van personen ernstig in gevaar is. Eerder schroefde de Senaat een tweede uitzondering - wanneer er sprake is van een terroristische dreiging - terug.17/03/2005 - belga - llc
PERSVRIJHEID IN BELGIE BLIJKT EEN MYTHE TE ZIJN - Wie bepaalde zaken bekend maakt, krijgt last met de Belgische Justitie. Weekblad wil België aanklagen wegens huiszoeking in redactielokaal Een jaar na de huiszoeking in het Brusselse kantoor van het Duitse weekblad Stern wil het tijdschrift België voor het Europees hof van de mensenrechten slepen.De politie viel in april 2004 binnen in het kantoor van de Duitse journalist Hans-Martin Tillack, de Brusselse correspondent van Stern. De inval hield toen verband met een artikel dat Tillack had geschreven over fraude binnen het Europees Parlement. Tillack werd ervan verdacht een EU-ambtenaar te hebben omgekocht om informatie te verkrijgen, maar de journalist ontkende.Bronnengeheim"Wij willen met de aanklacht laten vaststellen of in Europa en dus ook in Brussel journalistieke grondbeginselen zoals het bronnengeheim grondwettelijk onaantastbaar zijn", zo laat Stern-hoofdredacteur Thomas Osterkorn optekenen in de vrijdageditie van de zakenkrant Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ). Eind mei moet de aanklacht in Brussel ingeleverd worden.Verschillende aanklachten in het verleden van de journalist tegen de handelingen van de Belgische politie strandden telkens. Tillack hoopt nu dat de aanklacht van Stern zelf een beetje licht in het duister zal brengen. (belga) 14/04/05

Reactie op “Campagne UNESCO en persvrijheid”

  1. Gravatar of BoeykensBoeykens
    Geplaatst op donderdag 2 augustus 2012 

    Indien de persvrijheid een fundamenteel recht is, waarom zegt Unesco dan niets over de schending van de persvrijheid in België waar dat Morkhoven-aktivist Marcel Vervloesem reeds 4 jaar lang een spreekverbod met de pers heeft ?
    Het antwoord: Omdat dat gepreek over persvrijheid en mensenrechten, een grote comedie is.


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