10/01/2012

Syria before UN: 'New Colonial Policies Under Pretext of Humanitarian Intervention'

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Al-Moallem: Well-Known Countries Pursue New Colonial Policies Under Pretext of Humanitarian Intervention

Oct 01, 2012
 
NEW YORK, (SANA) - Foreign and Expatriates Minister Walid al-Moallem
on Monday delivered a speech before the United Nations General
Assembly.

Following the full text of al-Moallem's speech

Mr. Vuk Jeremic President of the 67th session of the General Assembly,
Excellences, Ladies and Gentlemen,

I would like to congratulate you and your friendly country, the
Republic of Serbia, on your election as President of the General
Assembly at its current session, and to wish you success in conducting
our work in a way that brings back to the President of the General
Assembly its important and neutral role in fulfilling his duties away
from any political, national or international agendas that violate the
rules of international law and contradict efforts to achieve security
and stability in the world. We also wish success to the Secretary
General of the United Nations in carrying out his duties in enhancing
the purposes and principles enshrined in the Charter of the United
Nations.

Mr. President, Ladies and Gentlemen, Our contemporary world faces many
events that are affecting its states, and continue to cast their
shadow on the international scene. Many countries are facing
political, economic and financial crises which exceed the capacity of
States to cope with their consequences individually. While the peoples
of the world wait to see effective and coordinated international
efforts to overcome those crises, the reality indicates, instead, the
escalation of hegemony and domination on the fortunes of nations and
peoples in a way that contradicts the principles and purposes
enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations and the norms of
international law. Instead of seeking to contribute to the settlement
of regional and international disputes by peaceful means, some
well-known countries continue to pursue new colonial policies based on
political hypocrisy in dealing with those crises, under the pretext of
humanitarian intervention these countries interfere in domestic
affairs of states, and impose unilateral economic sanctions that lack
moral and legal basis, and under the pretext of concepts such as
"Responsibility to Protect", drums of war are beaten, and sedition and
unrest are spreading and damaging the structure of national societies.
Perhaps, worse of all, is to see permanent members of the Security
Council, who launched wars under the pretext of combating terrorism,
now support terrorism in my country without any regard to the United
Nations resolutions that established the regulations and mechanisms
for concerted international efforts to fight this scourge away from
political polarization and double standards.

Mr. President,

For more than one year now, my country has been facing organized
terrorism, that affected our citizens, our human and scientific
resources, national establishments, and also much of Syria's historic
and archeological landmarks through terrorist bombings, assassinations
and massacres, looting and sabotage activities that horrified citizens
in many parts of Syria. The latest example of this terrorist bombing
took place recently in Damascus on 26 / 9 / 2012. A terrorist group
with the name of "Jabhat al-Nosrah", one of the al-Qaeda arms, took
the responsibility of this attack. It is no surprise that the Security
Council failed to condemn this and other terrorist bombings, because
some of its members are supporting such acts. This terrorism which is
externally supported is accompanied by unprecedented media provocation
based on igniting religious extremism sponsored by well-known states
in the region to facilitate the flow of arms, money and fighters
through the borders of some neighboring countries. Those states either
turn a blind eye to the activities of terrorist groups crossing their
borders, or provide active material and logistical support from their
territory for armed terrorist groups. These facts make me question
whether this international consensus by our states on combating
terrorism was serious, or it was just merely ink on paper? In what
context can we classify the explicit request of the United States from
the armed terrorist groups not to surrender their arms as a response
to amnesty decrees and decisions issued by the Syrian leadership? We
also wonder to what extent the statements of Qatar, Saudi Arabia,
Turkey, the United States, and France that clearly induce and support
terrorism in Syria with money, weapons and foreign fighters, are in
line with the international responsibilities of these countries in
combating terrorism. One of the ironies that we face is represented by
encouraging the extremists in countries within and outside our region
to go to the borders of Syria, and enter country, to carry out
terrorist acts under the name of "jihad" in collaboration with
terrorists from the inside, and this is a fact confirmed by reports of
both international and Arab observers. Until today, and as a result of
this terrorism, Syria has lost thousands of martyrs from the military
and civilians as a price of its quest to defend the integrity of the
Syrian state and its citizens in the face of this global terrorist
campaign.

Mr. President, The Syrian government has the initiative to call for
dialogue at the beginning of the events that took place, without that
call finding any positive response from most opposition parties. Also,
My Government responded positively throughout the crisis for each
sincere initiative that aims to help finding a peaceful solution based
on national dialogue among Syrians, and rejects external manipulation,
and emphasizes preserving the blood of the Syrians and the unity of
Syria and its future. Based on this principled position, and despite
the conviction of the Syrian leadership that there are no sincere
intentions from some regional and international parties that push for
the escalation of the Syrian crisis and fueling its fie and prolonging
it through thwarting all attempts for dialogue, and insisting on
creating a state of instability to ensure the need for foreign
interference, despite all that, Syria cooperated with the Arab
Observers Mission, and the subsequent international initiatives linked
to the work of the UN Special Envoy Kofi Annan. Syria, out of
principle, received the United Nations Supervision Mission in Syria
(UNSMIS), and provided it with all the facilities that enabled it to
deploy in an unprecedented record time. The Syrian leadership, also,
announced its full commitment to the implementation of the Six Point
Plan presented by Mr. Annan, and started the practical implementation
of its provisions. It, also, welcomed the Geneva Communiqué that
stressed the need for the implementation of these provisions, but the
behavior of the armed groups that sought to exploit the Syrian
government's commitment to the plan and the Geneva Communiqué to
achieve gains on the ground and expand the area of their presence, in
addition to the statements issued by some Western and Arab countries,
all this clarified who are the actors and states working to thwart all
these Initiatives.

Syria has welcomed the appointment of Mr. Lakhdar Brahimi as the
Special Representative of the Secretary-General to succeed Mr. Annan,
and stressed its willingness to fully cooperate with him on the
principles agreed upon by the international community, particularly
the Six-Point Plan. I would like to tell you that the success of any
international effort requires, in addition to the commitment of the
Syrian government, committing these states supporting armed groups in
my country, particularly Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Libya and
others, to stop arming, funding, training and harboring armed
terrorist groups, and instead to encourage dialogue and renounce
violence.

Mr. President, For more than one year now, Syria has been saying that
what my country is witnessing is a two-sided problem: the first side
is linked to the need for political, economic and social reforms
demanded by the public; the second is the exploitation of those needs
and demands for objectives that are completely different from the
demands of the Syrian people and their interests, and make these
peaceful demands as a ladder for armed groups working to sow sedition
and undermine security in my country. I referred to this in my speech
from this podium last year. I come back today to tell you that the
state in Syria made serious and important reform steps that culminated
in a new constitution that embraces political pluralism, and was
adopted by referendum; consequently parliamentary elections, which
were open to multiple political parties, took place and, Now I tell
you that Syria is continuing to work with the patriotic components in
the opposition to build a new and pluralistic Syria that responds to
the aspirations of its people, and is determined at the same time to
carry her duties in protecting her people from jihadist and takfiri
terrorism, through which armed terrorist groups are working to spread
chaos and create sedition among Syrians and threaten their peaceful
coexistence.

Mr. President,

We heard calls from this podium, and on other platforms, some calls
from those who are ignorant of the facts or maybe ignoring them, or
also from those who are shareholders in exacerbating them, that
invites the President of the Syrian Arab Republic to step down. This
is a blatant interference in the domestic affairs of Syria, and the
unity of its people and its sovereignty.

The Syrian people is the only part authorized to choose its own future
and the shape of its own state that accommodates all groups and
spectrum of the Syrian people, including those who were deceived and
chose the wrong way. The Syrian people is the one to choose its
leadership through the ballot box which represents the most important
way of democracy and expression. If some countries that interfere in
the internal affairs of Syria are proud of their democracy and freedom
of decision of their people, the, it is better for those people to
choose its leadership through elections whose form is defined by the
new constitution and relevant laws, and then the ballot box will have
the final say.

I say to those countries enough illusions, and I invite the national
opposition to work together to stop the shedding of Syrian blood, and
to sit at the dialogue table and participate in the making of the
present and the future of Syria. We don’t bet on any party or factor
apart from the Syrian people which is determined, in all its
components, to reject all forms of foreign interference in its
domestic affairs, and to defeat the advocates of the project of
sectarianism, extremism and terrorism, because the bond is very strong
in my country between state policies and the aspirations of the
people.

Mr. President, Despite all that I said about what my country is
experiencing, we still believe in political solution as an essential
way to exit out of the crisis, and I call from this platform for:

First: all parties and political groups, inside and outside Syria, to
a constructive dialogue under the umbrella of the homeland, and the
doors of Syria, as is her heart, are open to anyone who wants
construction and dialogue. To achieve this, I call all countries
represented in the General Assembly to exert pressure to end violence
in my country through ending of arming, financing, harboring and
training of terrorist groups.

Second: the results of this national dialogue, after agreement by all
parties, will be the map and the future way of the country in
establishing a more pluralistic and democratic Syria.

Mr. President, These events in Syria have led to growing humanitarian
needs in several key sectors in areas affected by the terrorism of
Takfiri groups, which led to the worsening of the living conditions of
the Syrian citizens there. While my government is working hard to meet
the basic needs of citizens who have been forced by the violence of
the armed groups to flee their homes, some have sought to fabricate a
refugee crisis through inciting armed groups to intimidate Syrian
civilians in border areas and forcing them to flee to neighboring
countries. There, they are either accommodated in military training
camps, or in what resembles places of detention, amid arid of rugged
regions, and exploited their plight to get aid spent mostly on goals
that have no relevance to humanitarian objectives. I appeal from this
podium to those Syrian citizens to return to their towns and villages
where the state will guarantee their safe return and their precious
lives away from inhuman conditions they suffer in these camps.

At this point let me ask a legitimate question about the credibility
of those who claim to care for providing humanitarian assistance as a
response to the needs of the Syrians, and the consistency of those
claims with the policy of tightening economic sanctions that badly
affect the living conditions of the Syrian citizens. How can imposing
sanctions on the banking, health and transport sectors be consistent
with caring for the best interest of the Syrians? I also wonder if the
legitimate public demands of our citizens, to which the Syrian
leadership responded transparently and sincerely, can justify their
use as an excuse to continue providing all forms of military,
financial and media support to those killing innocent people in Syria,
including journalists, doctors, university professors and even
religious dignitaries? Or is this the practical interpretation of the
concept of "creative chaos" which only serve the expansionist
interests of Israel?

Mr. President, What is happening in my country must not make us lose
our basic compass which is Palestine and the Golan Heights, therefore
the Syrian Arab Republic confirms its adherence to her natural right
to restore the full occupied Syrian Golan up to the line of June 6th,
1967, and its refusal of all the measures taken by Israel, the
occupying power, to change the natural, geographical and demographic
aspects in clear violation of the relevant resolutions of the Security
Council, particularly its resolution No 497 of 1981. Syrian renews its
support for the legitimacy of recognition by international community
of a free and independent Palestinian State on the Palestinian
territories occupied in 1967.

The failure of efforts to achieve just and comprehensive peace in the
Middle East on the basis of international terms of reference adopted
by the international community as a basis for peace between
Palestinians and Israelis is due, as everyone knows, to the unilateral
positions and actions of Israel, particularly Israel's insistence on
continuing its settlement policy and evasion of requirements of peace.

Mr. President, My country renews the call for the international
community to work to free the Middle East of all weapons of mass
destruction, and we remind in this context of the initiative presented
by Syria during its membership of the Security Council by the end of
2003, and the call upon the Council to adopt it. Syria stresses that
evacuating the region of all weapons of mass destruction is
unachievable without forcing Israel, the only nuclear power in the
region, to join the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, and to put its
nuclear facilities under the inspection of the International Atomic
Energy Agency (IAEA). At the same time we emphasize on what is
stipulated in the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty of the light of all
States to acquire nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.

Mr. President, The insistence of the United States and countries of
the European Union and others to adopt unilateral economic measures
contradicts the regulations of international law and the principles of
free trade, and raises questions about the legality and morality of
such practices. Based on this, we call for the lifting of the embargo
imposed on Cuba by the United States for decades. We also renew our
call for the lifting and stopping of all unilateral coercive measures
imposed on the peoples of other countries, such as Venezuela, Belarus,
Iran, Syria and the DPRK.

Mr. President, Our aspiration to achieve a positive reform of the
international organization stems from our desire to find a world based
on justice, security and prosperity for all the peoples of the world,
away from the colonial tendencies of some countries that seek to
exploit the United Nations to achieve their own interests at the
expense of other countries. We are all hope that the United Nations
can take the people of the world to a better future that fulfills
their aspirations in life, coexistence, development and food
sufficiency away from all forms of tension, confrontation and wars,
pursuant to what is established by the United Nations Charter
principles and purposes seeking to preserve the sovereignty of States
and equality among them in rights and duties.

Thank you, Mr. President.
 
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Al-Moallem Discusses with Ki-Moon Standing Cooperation between Syria and
UN in all fields, agreement on halting violence by all sides
and launching national dialogue

Deputy Prime Minister, Foreign and Expatriates Minister, Walid
al-Moallem, on Monday met UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon and
discussed the standing cooperation between Syria and the UN in all
fields.

The two sides reviewed the efforts exerted by the UN in Syria in the
humanitarian field and  in the field of UN Envoy to Syria Lakhdar
Brahimi as they discussed means of developing this cooperation to
facilitate the Brahimi's mission in addition to what is requested from
all sides which are hindering his mission through arming, training and
financing the armed terrorist groups.

The two sides agreed on the importance of halting violence from all
sides to launch national dialogue among the Syrian people to overcome
the current situation in Syria.

http://sana.sy/eng/22/2012/10/01/444720.htm

09/30/2012

Syria: Mosque Preachers Condemn Terrorist Bombings

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Mosque Preachers Condemn Terrorist Bombings against General Staff Building and Martyrs' Sons Schools in Damascus

Sep 29, 2012 - DAMASCUS, (SANA)- Scholars and imams and preachers of mosques condemned in their sermons at Friday Prayers the terrorist bombings which recently targeted the General Staff building and the Martyrs' Sons Schools in Damascus and claimed the lives of a number of civilians and military members and injuring others.

The preachers pointed out that the terrorist bombings that target public and private properties , houses of worship and infrastructure are aimed at undermining Syria's position and forcing it to change its national and pan-Arab stances in service of the international Zionism's projects to weaken the resistance in the region.

They stressed that what the takfiris and terrorists are doing is a flagrant aggression on religion and a crime against humanity, affirming that victory is coming thanks to the awareness of the Syrian people and the solidness of its unity.

The imams underscored that the Syrians are now more determined to defeat the schemes of the US and its allies that are targeted against the Syrian people and their steadfastness in support of resistance.

H. Said

http://sana.sy/eng/21/2012/09/29/444137.htm

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Syria: National Solidarity - Popular March in Homs City

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Popular March in Homs City to Express Shared Amity 

Sept. 29, 2012 - HOMS, (SANA) - Citizens of the neighborhoods of al-Nuzha, Akrama, al-Zahraa, Ashira and Karm al-Louz in the city of Homs on Saturday went out on a popular march from al-Nuzha roundabout to Baba Amro neighborhood in an expression of shared amity.

With rice and national songs, the marchers were heartedly welcomed by the residents of Baba Amro neighborhood, who along with their fellow citizens planted an olive tree at the neighborhood's roundabout as a symbol of amity for each other.

Homs Governor, Ahmad Munir Mohammad, highlighted in a statement to SANA the importance of such initiatives in strengthening love and unity among the city's sons, stressing that "no matter how hard the enemies try, the Syrian people will remain strong and steadfast in the face of the conspiracies."

For his part, Jamal Nasr, head of 'Syria Is Our Home' campaign, said the aim of this march is to emphasize that "we are an invincible people that can't be defeated no matter how the conspirators try to spread their venom in Syria." "We are loyal to this homeland and to each other," Nasr reiterated.

The residents participating in the march considered this event as a step towards the comprehensive reconciliation in all Homs neighborhoods to pave the way for restoring Homs as it used to be.

"This meeting came to send a message to those who are funding terrorism that the Syrian people will continue to defend the homeland whatever the cost," Ahmad al-Sajj, a member of Baba Amro committee, told SANA reporter.

The participants stressed this activity is a proof to the whole world that the citizens of Homs city were raised on amity and tolerance, affirming that Syria will achieve victory thanks to the steadfastness of the Syrian Arab Army.

H. Said

http://sana.sy/eng/21/2012/09/29/444333.htm

Syria and the right to self-determination: Russia, Iraq

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Russia, Iraq Stress Rejection of Foreign Interference in Syria's Affairs

Sep 30, 2012 - MOSCOW, (SANA) – The Russian Foreign Ministry on Saturday said that Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov met his Iraqi counterpart Hoshyar Zibari on the sidelines of the 67th session of the United Nations General Assembly.

In a statement, the Ministry stressed that the two sides stressed their rejection of foreign interference in the Syrian internal affairs and the importance of reaching a political solution for the crisis based on international law and Geneva agreement.

M. Nassr/ H. Sabbagh

http://sana.sy/eng/22/2012/09/30/444363.htm

09/28/2012

Salafist movement in Jordan sends now terrorists to Syria

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Photo: Thousands of people march in Benghazi during a protest against militias. The Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. Consulate that killed four Americans was the spark that ignited growing frustration with the armed groups that have proliferated since the ouster of Moammar Gadhafi. Continuing to chant anti-Ansar slogans, the crowd, swelling into the thousands, moved on to try to storm a separate compound where the powerful pro-government Rafallah al-Sahati militia was entrusted with guarding a big weapons store, and opened fire on the assailants. Looters carried weapons out of the compound as men chanted: "Say to Ansar al-Shariah: 'Benghazi will be your inferno!'"

09/20/2012

Syria: increasing foreign extremists armed by Washington and UK.

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Sep 20, 2012 - WASHINGTON, SANA - The Associated Press agency unveiled that foreign militants loyal to Islamic extremist movements are fighting alongside the armed terrorist gangs in Syria.

In a report published on Thursday, the AP said the influence of those militants is increasing more and more despite the claim of these gangs to deny the existence of foreign terrorists on the Syrian terrorists.

The agency mentioned one of the incidents that stresses the existence of foreign extremists fighting the Syrian Forces. " 12 bearded gunmen who surrounded the car full of foreign journalists in a northern Syrian village were clearly not Syrians. A heavyset man in a brown gown stepped forward, announced he was Iraqi and fingered through the American passport he had confiscate, " the agency said, pointing out that he was accompanied by a number of men, many of whom appeared to have North African accents.

"We know all American journalists are spies. Now tell us what you are doing here and who you are spying for," the Iraqi man said in English.

"I really want to cut your head off right now," he added, but with the intervention of nearby villagers, the confrontation eventually was defused. But it underscored the unpredictable element that foreign fighters bring to the Syrian conflict.

The report said talk about the role of foreign jihadists in the Syrian civil war began in earnest, however, with the rise in suicide bombings. U.S. National Director of Intelligence James Clapper said in February that those attacks "bore the earmarks" of the jihadists in neighboring Iraq.

According to the confession of one of the armed terrorist groups' leader, the agency said there were maybe 500 jihadis involved in the battle for Aleppo, while a report from the Quilliam Foundation, a London-based Research and Study foundation, estimated a total of 1,200 to 1,500 foreign fighters in all of Syria.

While this is a small amount compared with the thousands of rebels estimated to be battling in Syria, Peter Harling of the International Crisis Group warned that the religious extremists will have an influence gunmen.

" I think numbers are irrelevant," Harling said, adding that the extremists are a "very important phenomenon in many ways. Their presence is very divisive, whether there are many or not."

The report went on to mention that the media center investigated and questioned any journalists they discovered who had written about foreign fighters being involved in the rebellion.

Despite their smaller numbers, the jihadis, many of whom are from foreign countries, bring experience in fighting guerrilla wars as well as their own supply lines for much needed weapons and ammunition, making them attractive to gunmen to join.

The jihadis also have a reputation for heading straight to the front lines. Few were in evidence in the Syrian countryside.

A French physician with Doctors Without Borders working near the front lines in Aleppo said in an interview last week that based on style of dress and what their companions said, half of the gunmen he treated were jihadis, both foreign and Syrian.

Dr. Jacques Pierre added Islamist militants seeking to turn Syria into a religious are growing in the ranks of the armed opposition and believe that they are fighting a holy war.

English Bulletin

http://sana.sy/eng/22/2012/09/20/442750.htm

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Who's responsible for terrorist attacks and the suffering of the Syrian people ?

Obama signed a secret order authorizing U.S. support for Syrian terrorists seeking to depose Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his government.  Obama’s order, approved earlier this year and known as an intelligence “finding,” broadly permits the CIA and other U.S. agencies to provide support that could help the terrorists oust Assad.  C.I.A. officers are operating secretly in southern Turkey. The weapons, including automatic rifles, rocket-propelled grenades, ammunition and some antitank weapons, are being funneled mostly across the Turkish border by way of a shadowy network of intermediaries including Syria’s Muslim Brotherhood and paid for by Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar. The United States is setting up joint military, intelligence and medical working teams with Israel, Turkey and Jordan.

British Foreign Secretary William Hague said Britain would step up its support for the armed groups in Syria, providing them with an additional £5 million (US$7.8 million). The money is used for bomb attacks in Syria.

09/16/2012

Pope Benedict XVI: hope for peace

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Pope Benedict XVI Hopes Peace Will Prevail in the Region, Particularly in Syria

September 16th, 2012 - BEIRUT, (SANA )- Pope Benedict XVI on Sunday expressed hope for peace to prevail in the Middle East region, particularly in Syria.

In a speech following a Mass he headed in the Lebanese capital, Beirut, Pope Benedict asked God to help the peoples of the region's countries and bestow peace upon them, especially in Syria, in light of the many afflictions encompassing the region.

The Pope stressed the necessity of respecting the freedom of practicing one's religion for the sake of achieving peace and for everybody to live in harmony.

H. Said

http://sana.sy/eng/22/2012/09/16/441815.htm

09/14/2012

Syria protests against offending film

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Hundreds of Syrians Protest against the Offending "Innocence of Muslims" Film

Sep 14, 2012 - DAMASCUS, (SANA)- Hundreds of citizens gathered in front of the U.S. Embassy in Damascus following Friday Prayers in protest against the U.S.-produced film "Innocence of Muslims" which denigrates Islam and Prophet Mohammad.

The participants in the protest denounced the film as being aimed at stirring religious conflicts and igniting the war waged against Islam, holding the U.S. administration responsibe for allowing the production and release of this film.

The protests chanted slogans calling for taking the film's producers to international courts on charge of disdaining religions and encroaching on Islam and Prophet Mohammad.

Fayez al-Asta, one of the participants, noted that "Innocence of Muslims", which was directed and produced in the US by an Israeli amateur director, constituted an offense to the whole humanity, stressing that the goal behind this film is to ignite antipathy among religions, "which will not happen." 

For his part, Mu'taz Anbar, another participant, called on all international organizations to condemn the film and work on holding its producers to account.

The participants criticized the attempts at putting the film within the framework of freedom of expression and opinion to provide cover for this offense which is denounced by all the holy religions.

A similar protest was held outside the U.S. Embassy on Thursday evening and included the participation of hundreds of citizens.

A number of Arab and Islamic countries also witnessed gatherings in front of the U.S. and Western Embassies in protest of the offending film.

H. Said

 
 
(The website of the Syrian News Agency SANA is regularly blocked by the western war propaganda services)

09/12/2012

UN General Assembly: Human rights first ?

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'The future of Syria will be built by its people and none other. The support of the international community is indispensable and urgent. It will only be effective if all pull in the same direction' (Joint Special Representative Lakhdar Brahimi in remarks to the UN General Assembly on the situation in Syria, 4 Sept 2012)

Who's responsible for terrorist acts in Syria ?

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1) Obama signed a secret order authorizing U.S. support for Syrian terrorists seeking to depose Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his government.  Obama’s order, approved earlier this year and known as an intelligence “finding,” broadly permits the CIA and other U.S. agencies to provide support that could help the terrorists oust Assad.  C.I.A. officers are operating secretly in southern Turkey. The weapons, including automatic rifles, rocket-propelled grenades, ammunition and some antitank weapons, are being funneled mostly across the Turkish border by way of a shadowy network of intermediaries including Syria’s Muslim Brotherhood and paid for by Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar. The United States is setting up joint military, intelligence and medical working teams with Israel, Turkey and Jordan.

2) British Foreign Secretary William Hague said Britain would step up its support for the armed groups in Syria, providing them with an additional £5 million (US$7.8 million). The money is used for bomb attacks in Syria.

3) An official source told a SANA reporter that the seized arms included Nato sniper rifles, machineguns, hunting rifles, explosive devices of various weights, devices for remote control detonation and an amount of batteries and electrical wires.

4) Belgian Senator Nele Lijnen said that she intends to launch a discussion at the Belgian Senate regarding the fact that the terrorists in Syria possess weapons made in Belgium. 

5) The Swiss Authorities announced that they are investigating into information published by Sonntags Zeitung newspaper about hand grenades used by armed terrorist groups in Syria.

6) The weapons and military equipment recently discovered and seized by the Syrian Army in Idlib province proves NATO's arms and logistic support for terrorists in Syria.

7) The seized weapons in Salqain district in Idlib included 7.26 guns along with other weapons as well as boxes of gunshots with the words "NATO BALL" carved on them.

8) The Lebanese army intelligence has seized a large quantity of wea Lutfallah II container pons hidden inside cars aboard an Italian ship at Tripoli port, north of Lebanon, Lebanese security sources told Al-Manar TV.

9) This comes just days after the Lebanese Army Marines confiscated Lutfallah II arms shipment off the Lebanese port of Batoun while it was carrying 300,000 pounds of weapons within three containers. Reports said the cargo ship, which was flying the flag of Sierra-Leone, had left Libya and was bound to Syria.

10) Lebanese terrorist Mohammad Hussein Fares confessed to participating in smuggling weapons, militants and journalists into Syria and committing terrorists acts against Syrians.

11) Fares said that they smuggled assault rifles, RPG rounds, sniper rifles, LAW missiles, machineguns and cases of ammo, delivering them to Amoun, with al-Jarban coming later to distribute them among terrorists.

12) US, Qatar and Saudi Arabia are arming AL-QAEDA Terrorists to commit Terrorism in Syria

13) Over 30,000 various weapons have been channelled to Syria since unrest flared up there in April last year, Amin Khteit says. The overall amount of explosives makes up 300 tons. The deliveries were made by Qatar and Saudi Arabia. They depend on the United States, which is making every effort to overpower Syria.

14) The authorities seized weapons smuggled from Turkey in Tal Abyad area on the Syrian-Turkish borders in Raqqa countryside.

15) A Turkish parliamentarian has stressed that Turkish ambulances are transporting weapons to terrorist groups in Syria, expressing their opposition to Ankara's policies on the Syrian case.

Photo: State Lunch - Obama with his little personal friend UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon who has been posted twice to the Republic of Korea embassy in Washington, D.C. and served as Director-General for American Affairs in 1990–1992

09/11/2012

Human rights first: Who's arming terrorists for bomb attacks in Syria ?

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- Obama signed a secret order authorizing U.S. support for Syrian terrorists seeking to depose Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his government.  Obama’s order, approved earlier this year and known as an intelligence “finding,” broadly permits the CIA and other U.S. agencies to provide support that could help the terrorists oust Assad.  C.I.A. officers are operating secretly in southern Turkey. The weapons, including automatic rifles, rocket-propelled grenades, ammunition and some antitank weapons, are being funneled mostly across the Turkish border by way of a shadowy network of intermediaries including Syria’s Muslim Brotherhood and paid for by Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar. The United States is setting up joint military, intelligence and medical working teams with Israel, Turkey and Jordan.

- Belgian Senator Nele Lijnen said that she intends to launch a discussion at the Belgian Senate regarding the fact that the terrorists in Syria possess weapons made in Belgium. 

 

- British Foreign Secretary William Hague said Britain would step up its support for the armed groups in Syria, providing them with an additional £5 million (US$7.8 million). The money is used for bomb attacks in Syria.

- An official source told a SANA reporter that the seized arms included Nato sniper rifles, machineguns, hunting rifles, explosive devices of various weights, devices for remote control detonation and an amount of batteries and electrical wires.

- The Swiss Authorities announced that they are investigating into information published by Sonntags Zeitung newspaper about hand grenades used by armed terrorist groups in Syria.

09/10/2012

UN rights chief cites 'problems' in Syria...

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'The United Nations and its partners are doing all we can inside and outside of Syria. But we have to ask if we have done enough, and if we have done the right thing'. (Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in remarks to the General Assembly on Syria, New York, 4 Sept '12)

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It is a public secret that Ban Ki-moon, who has been posted twice to the Republic of Korea embassy in Washington, D.C. and served as Director-General for American Affairs in 1990–1992, is a very good personal friend of president Obama.

It is therefore that he remains silent about  the secret order signed by America's president Obama authorizing U.S. support for the terrorists and armed groups in Syria seeking to depose Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his government.

It is therefore that he remains silent about the increase of Britain's support for the armed groups in Syria, providing them with an additional £5 million (US$7.8 million)'.

The UN is an instrument of the US and its allies (NATO, Saudi Arabia, Israel,) and as the Director of the Russian Center for Analyzing World Arms Trade, Igor Korotchenko, said 'they are responsible for the victims and suffering in Syria'.  By arming terrorists they rejects a solution.

The statements of Ban Ki Moon are a good example of the western hypocrisy.

08/28/2012

Syria wants Respect for its National Sovereignty

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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

http://sana.sy/eng/337/index.htm

'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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08/18/2012

Diplomacy: UN Envoy to Syria...

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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.

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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.

http://sana.sy/eng/22/2012/08/18/437028.htm

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...

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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.

http://nasser.bibalex.org/Common/pictures01-%20sira_en.htm

http://www.arabicnews.com/ansub/Daily/Day/000928/20000928...

http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/gamal_abdel_nasser.htm

08/08/2012

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

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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.

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

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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.

http://www.workers.org/2005/world/falluja-1124/

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08/07/2012

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

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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.

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

Syria News: American hypocrisy about chemical weapons

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AUGUST 10, 2012, AT NOON: 51 YEARS AFTER THE CHEMICAL WAR BEGAN IN VIETNAM, WE SHOULD BE SILENT IN MEMORY, THEN TAKE ACTION TO REMEDY

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/  


 Global Research Articles by Jeanne Mirer


 Global Research Articles by Marjorie Cohn

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08/06/2012

Latest News Syria: Center for Research on Globalization


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

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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.

TNP/SS 

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2012/08/06/254815/west-attem...

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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)

http://www.iran-embassy.org.uk/

Latest News Syria: Center for Research on Globalization