05/01/2011

Syria: U.S. secretly backed Syrian opposition

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U.S. secretly backed Syrian opposition groups, cables released by WikiLeaks show

By Craig Whitlock, Published: April 18 2011

The State Department has secretly financed Syrian political opposition groups and related projects, including a satellite TV channel that beams anti-government programming into the country, according to previously undisclosed diplomatic cables.

The London-based satellite channel, Barada TV, began broadcasting in April 2009 but has ramped up operations to cover the mass protests in Syria as part of a long-standing campaign to overthrow the country’s autocratic leader, Bashar al-Assad. Human rights groups say scores of people have been killed by Assad’s security forces since thedemonstrations began March 18; Syria has blamed the violence on “armed gangs.

Barada TV is closely affiliated with the Movement for Justice and Development, a London-based network of Syrian exiles. Classified U.S. diplomatic cables show that the State Department has funneled as much as $6 million to the group since 2006 to operate the satellite channel and finance other activities inside Syria. The channel is named after the Barada River, which courses through the heart of Damascus, the Syrian capital.

The U.S. money for Syrian opposition figures began flowing under President George W. Bush after he effectively froze political ties with Damascus in 2005. The financial backing has continued under President Obama, even as his administration sought to rebuild relations with Assad. In January, the White House posted an ambassador to Damascus for the first time in six years.

The cables, provided by the anti-secrecy Web site WikiLeaks, show that U.S. Embassy officials in Damascus became worried in 2009 when they learned that Syrian intelligence agents were raising questions about U.S. programs. Some embassy officials suggested that the State Department reconsider its involvement, arguing that it could put the Obama administration’s rapprochement with Damascus at risk.

Syrian authorities “would undoubtedly view any U.S. funds going to illegal political groups as tantamount to supporting regime change,” read an April 2009 cable signed by the top-ranking U.S. diplomat in Damascus at the time. “A reassessment of current U.S.-sponsored programming that supports anti-[government] factions, both inside and outside Syria, may prove productive,” the cable said.

It is unclear whether the State Department is still funding Syrian opposition groups, but the cables indicate money was set aside at least through September 2010. While some of that money has also supported programs and dissidents inside Syria, The Washington Post is withholding certain names and program details at the request of the State Department, which said disclosure could endanger the recipients’ personal safety.

Syria, a police state, has been ruled by Assad since 2000, when he took power after his father’s death. Although the White House has condemned the killing of protesters in Syria, it has not explicitly called for his ouster.

The State Department declined to comment on the authenticity of the cables or answer questions about its funding of Barada TV.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/us-secretly-backed-sy...

04/27/2011

Syria: American war propaganda

 

DOVES OF ‘PEACE’ WANT TO BOMB SYRIA ON THE SAME WAY AS THEY ARE BOMBING AFGHANISTAN, PAKISTAN AND LIBYA – SAME SCENARIO AS IN LIBYA – THE ROLE OF THE U.S. AND ISRAEL…

April 27, 2011 – Syria opposition: We will break Assad’s regime if it fails to deliver democracy (Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News,http://www.haaretz.com/news/mideast-in-turmoil/syria-oppo...

April 27, 2011 – Syrian opposition vows to ‘break the regime’ http://english.aljazeera.net/news/middleeast/2011/04/2011...

April 27, 2011 – United Nations Human Rights Council will hold a special session on Syria
The request, filed by the United States, was jointly submitted by 10 European states, as well as Japan, Mexico, South Korea, Senegal and Zambia. No Arab countries were among those requesting the session, which requires one-third of the forum’s membership of 47 countries to proceed. The next few weeks will be decisive for Mr. Assad, because in the other Arab revolts the third-to-sixth weeks of street protests were the critical moment that determined whether the regime would collapse or persist. Syria is now in its fourth week. (Rami G. Khouri,http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2011/04/27/146937.h...

April 27, 2011 – In Syria, Assad must exit the stage (Salman Shaikh, CNN,http://edition.cnn.com/2011/OPINION/04/27/shaikh.syria.as...

April 27, 2011 – EU members to explore ‘all options’ on Syria sanctions (Jeruzalem Post, http://www.jpost.com/VideoArticles/Video/Article.aspx?id=...

April 26, 2011 – Mutiny in the Syrian army?http://english.aljazeera.net/indepth/opinion/2011/04/2011...

LET ISRAEL COME AND TAKE SYRIA !
April 26, 2011 – ‘Let Israel come and take Syria’ – Israel News, Ynetnews:
As Syrian security forces step up crackdown against demonstrators, desperate citizens plead for international intervention. ‘Let the Jews come – anything is better than Bashar Assad,’ says Daraa resident’http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4060535,00.html

LET US BOMB SYRIA !
March 28, 2011 – On Sunday, Lieberman said he would support military intervention in Syria if its president, Bashar al-Assad, resorts to the kind of violent tactics used by Libya’s Muammar al-Qaddafi, according to Fox News. Lieberman is the chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee. http://www.infowars.com/joe-lieberman-lets-bomb-syria/

 

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Our ‘freedom’ and ‘democracy’ in Iraq: 19 people killed

Some months ago, tens of thousands of Iraqis protested against our democracy. Surrounded by hundreds of police, soldiers and rooftop snipers, with military helicopters buzzing overhead, protesters waved Iraqi flags and signs reading “Bring the Light Back” (a reference to the lack of electricity), “No to Corruption!” and “I’m a Peaceful Man.” Security forces used tear gas, water cannons, sound bombs and live bullets to disperse the crowds. At least 19 people were killed. A spokesman for the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad said that Iraq’s security forces “generally have not used force against peaceful protesters.” http://www.uruknet.info/?p=m75338&hd&size=1&l=e&fb=1

Western 'freedom' and 'democracy': not for Palestinians !

The West is silent about the Palestinians and speaks continuously about the ‘lack of freedom and democracy’ in Libya, Syria and Iran.

This is part of its war propaganda and its strategic plan to bomb Libya, Syria and Iran.

Purpose of the operation is – as was the case with Iraq – to destroy the political regimes and to reform these countries to western vassal states.

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American-Israeli war propaganda: Libya, Syria, Iran

WASHINGTON AND TEL AVIV WILL BOMB SYRIA
American-Israeli war propaganda is running at maximum speed

- April 26, 2011 – Assad’s fall would be welcome
The ouster of the Syrian president would significantly improve Israel’s strategic situation.
- April 26, 2011 – Syrian opposition ask world’s help to stop Assad – Damascus opposition members meet in Istanbul, plead with West to pressure regime – Israel News, Ynetnews.
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4060901,00.html
- April 26, 2011 – Despite Reports of Brutality Toward Civilians, Syria to Join U.N.’s Human Rights Council
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2011/04/26/human-rights-abus...
- April 26, 2011 – Egypt-Israel gas pipeline attacked by armed gang
- April 26, 2011 – Spying for Iran in Bahrain
- April 26, 2011 – Obama, Abu Dhabi crown prince meet to discuss differences over Iran
- April 26, 2011 – War of words and expulsions notch Up Iranian-Gulf tensions
- April 26, 2011 – Syrian protesters gain anti-tank guns. Iranian officers direct Assad’s troops

Photo: NATO-bombing of Serbia

04/25/2011

'Peace Talks': Syria

PEACE TALKS

LET US BOMB SYRIA !
March 28, 2011 - On Sunday, Lieberman said he would support military intervention in Syria if its president, Bashar al-Assad, resorts to the kind of violent tactics used by Libya’s Muammar al-Qaddafi, according to Fox News. Lieberman is the chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee. 

http://www.infowars.com/joe-lieberman-lets-bomb-syria/

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