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Syria/Egypt News July 18

 

Al-Nusra Front, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant expelled from flashpoint Kurdish Syrian town by Kurdish fighters - AFP


Clashes Re-Erupt in Syria Between Al-Qaeda, Kurds - aina.org


VIDEO: Syria: Clashes between Kurds and Islamists - YouTube


VIDEO: Kurdish defense units YPG fighters are sniping Al-Nusra terrorists in city of SereKaniye - YouTube


VIDEO: Kurdish women defense units YPG are fighting against Jabhat Al-Nusra in SereKaniye - YouTube


Stray bullets from Syria kill two Turkish citizens, They came from the Syrian town of Ras-al Ain where Kurdish fighters have been battling Islamists - Reuters

 

VIDEO: Stray bullets from Syria kill two Turkish citizens - YouTube

 

Syrian Kurds to declare autonomy from Damascus - The Times of Israel

 

Turkey Should Be Alarmed By PYD's Declaration, Experts Say - .haberler.com

 

Syria revolution needs solving Kurds problem: Ahmad Jabra - Kurdpress News Aganecy

 

Report: Free Syrian Army demanding the Islamic Movement of Ahrar al-Sham to leave Raqqa or abandon its intention of announcing the city as an Islamic Emirate - islamicinvitationturkey

 

The Islamic State in Raqqa has prepared a list for arrest of those not fasting in Ramadan - The Syrian Observer

 

Pro Assad Palestinian refugees training to liberate camps from rebels (VIDEO) - PressTV

 

Syria’s Nusra Front tries to show it’s a different kind of al Qaida, They talk a lot about the FSA being recruited by the CIA to fight them - www.mcclatchydc.com

 

Nusra Front Uses Stand-Up Comedy To Gain Support (VIDEO) - Israel National News

 

PHOTOS: More On The Gas Grenades Linked To Chemical Weapon Attacks In Syria - Brown Moses Blog

 

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Prominent Assad defender shot dead in Lebanon (VIDEO) - FRANCE 24


VIDEO: Militants Assassinate Pro Assad Syrian State TV Commentator - AOL On


Syria: UN cultural agency chief deplores rising violence, damage to World Heritage sites - United Nations News Centre


Aleppo Governor: Over 100 trucks loaded with supplies arrived in Aleppo within past 24 hours- SANA, Syria

 

A Map of Non-Violent Activism in Syria - Amnesty International UK

 

Plunging currency adds to Syria’s gloom - The Washington Post

 

Qatar was ‘making too many enemies’: New emir, new foreign policy - World Tribune

 

Will Changing of the (Political) Guard Bring Reform to Qatar? - Cato @ Liberty

 

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POLL: Fewer See Events in Egypt as Critical to U.S. Interests - Pew Research Center


U.S. suggests Egyptian military averted civil war - Reuters


Top EU diplomat calls for inclusive Egypt politics - Yahoo! News


Morsi release would aid reconciliation, asserts German ambassador - Ahram Online


Egypt's Morsi being held for own protection: Army - Ahram Online

 

Prior to Egypt’s coup, months of acrimony between president and top army general - The Globe and Mail

 

Exclusive: Egypt's 'road not taken' could have saved Mursi - Yahoo! News

 

Egypt Is Arena for Influence of Arab Rivals - NYTimes.com

 

Thousands protest at Cabinet building in Cairo - Ahram Online

 

Over 400 pro-Morsi protesters detained by Egypt prosecution - Ahram Online

 

Egypt prosecution orders arrest of Wasat Party leader Sultan - Ahram Online

 

Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood rocked by youth rebellion - The Australian

 

Coptic Christian church destroyed by Egypt looters - BBC News

 

 

 

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Syria/Egypt News July 17

 

Syrians fleeing war at rate not seen since Rwandan genocide: UN - The Globe and Mail


UN struggles to feed millions of Syrians - CBS News


Syria: Aleppo Receives International Humanitarian Aid - Prensa Latina News Agency


VIDEO: Charities feed Aleppo families during Ramadan - Alarabiya.net English | Front Page


Syria terrorists torch aid convoys in Aleppo - alalam.ir

 

Whether survival sex or prostitution, Syria’s poorest refugees face grim choices - THE DAILY STAR

 

Syrian Christian Girls Describe Daily Life of Fear, Violence - Christian Newswire

 

Britain: Iran can join Syria peace talks only if it changes tack - Reuters

 

New Iran President Backs Syria's Assad, Hezbollah - ABC News

 

Defense Minister Yaalon denies Israel attacked Syria’s Latakia arms depot. Twenty-five Syrian shells on Golan - Debkafile

 

Israel trains for border clash with Syria - CNN.com

 

Commentary: Kuwait's Hidden Hand in Syria - The National Interest

 

UN Envoy: Iraq and Syrian Conflicts Are Merging - ABC News

 

Iraqi Foreign Minister on the Syrian Crisis - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT

 

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Pakistan Taliban say no shift to Syria, some have gone there independently but the movement's focus remains in Pakistan - Fox News


G’Day Damascus: Australians Are Joining Syria’s Rebels in Surprising Numbers - TIME.com


FSA chief accuses David Cameron of betraying Syrian opposition - Alarabiya.net English | Front Page


Free Syrian Army selling weapons to al Qaeda including anti-aircraft missiles and Koncourse anti tank weapons - Threat Matrix

 

FSA says Al-Qaeda to announce Islamic state in northern Syria - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT

 

4 al-Nusra were killed, and 3 others were injured by the ongoing clashes with the Kurdish YPG in Ras al-Ein- Syrian Observatory for Human Rights

 

Clashes Re-Erupt in Syria Between Al-Qaeda, Kurds - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East

 

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7 killed, 261 injured in overnight clashes between the police and Morsi supporters in Cairo - Ahram Online


Morsi supporters, opponents react to Monday clashes in Ramsis, Giza - Ahram Online


VIDEO: Egypt protests: seven die in clashes in Cairo - guardian.co.uk


Liberals get key positions in new Egyptian Cabinet, It does not include any members of Islamist parties - Boston.com


Egypt's first post-Morsi cabinet - who's who - Ahram Online

 

Egypt Muslim Brotherhood spurns cabinet offer - Ahram Online

 

Nour Party criticises proposed Egypt cabinet - Politics - Egypt - Ahram Online

 

Interview: Islamist leader sees no Egyptian reconciliation without Mursi return - Firstpost

 

Brotherhood criticises US stance towards new Egypt rulers - Ahram Online

 

POLL: Americans Want Nothing to Do With Egypt - NationalJournal.com

 

Egypt warns Turkey not to meddle in its affairs - Reuters

 

Egypt economic team heartens investors - Saudi Gazette

 

 

 

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Attacking Syria: Israeli/Turkish Denials Ring Hollow

 

Attacking Syria: Israeli/Turkish Denials Ring Hollow

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

A previous article cited two Russia Today reports. One suggested Israeli Dolphin-class submarines attacked Latakia, Syria. 

 

At issue was targeting Russian-made S-300 air defense missile components and/or Yakhont P-800 missiles.

Israel Waging Undeclared War on Syria

 

Israel Waging Undeclared War on Syria

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Israel reflects the worst of rogue state governance. It's contemptuous of international laws, treaties, conventions, its own statutes, and High Court decisions.

 

It's out-of-control. It's unaccountable. It makes its own rules. It maintains lawless militarized occupation harshness. It force-feeds austerity on its own citizens. It suffocates 1.7 million Gazans. It attacks other countries with impunity.

Syria/Egypt News July 16

 

Pakistani Taliban: 'We sent hundreds of fighters' to Syria - NBC World News


More on the Pakistani jihadists reported in Syria - Threat Matrix


VIDEO: Pakistani Taliban is Sending "Hundreds" of its Fighters to Syria to Hasten Sharia Implementation - YouTube


Yemen: Saudi Arabia recruits fighters for Syrian rebels - Medafrica Times


China claims Uyghurs militants fight with Syrian rebels - Asia Times Online


Chemicals found by the Syrian army in a storage building used by anti-government insurgents were from Saudi Arabia - alalam


VIDEO: Evidence of Syrian Rebels Using Sarin Gas, One says: "I will bring Sarin gas" (English Subtitles) - YouTube


VIDEO: New horrible beheading by Islamists in Syria - SyriaNews


PHOTO: Syrian rebels behead the statue of Virgin Mary in Idlib province - Syrian Perspective


Al-Qaeda affiliates turn against mainstream Syria opposition - Al-Shorfa


FSA wants al Qaeda suspect to face trial in Sharia court - Reuters


Assad's forces advance into rebel-held district of Damascus - Reuters


Government intensifies assault on Idlib rebel stronghold - latimes.com


Weapons dump is out of reach to rebels facing defeat in Homs - The Times


Military force; the main tension between Syria Kurdish parties - Kurdpress News Aganecy


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No Quick Impact in U.S. Arms Plan for Syria Rebels, The administration still has little appetite for intervention in Syria - NYTimes.com


Legal Fears Slowed U.S. Aid to Syrian Rebels - WSJ.com


U.S. Legal Grounds for Backing Syrian Rebels - WSJ.com


Qatar’s foreign policy: Change of tack with words like “reassessment”, “recalibration” and “corrections” - The Economist


RT source: Israeli strike on Syria was carried out from Turkish base - RT News


Turkish FM denies Israel used Turkish base in Syria attack - hurriyetdailynews


Putin returns criticism to Turkish PM on foreign forces in Syria - hurriyetdailynews


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Senior U.S. official visits Egypt, calls for dialogue stressing America’s impartiality in the country’s domestic politics - Alarabiya.net English


Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood leader says not to fast: You need your strength for battle - Washington Times


Document attributed to Egypt's MB calls for bloodshed, dividing army - Alarabiya.net


Egypt prosecutor orders arrest of Brotherhood figures over charges of "inciting violence, funding violent acts" - Ahram Online


Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood shows signs of fracturing after Morsi's fall - NBC World News


Pro-Morsi protesters, police face off in Cairo's downtown - Ahram Online


At least 3 killed in attack on bus carrying workers in Egypt's Sinai, the attackers shouted "Allahu akbar!" (God is great) - Ahram Online


Libya Reacts to the Turmoil in Egypt - Transitions



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Syria/Egypt News July 15

 

 

Egyptian army chief says no group barred from politics, will facilitate the right of free choice - Reuters


Morsi refused army request to hold referendum, says Egypt's El-Sisi - Ahram Online


Egypt Freezes Assets of Brotherhood Leaders - WSJ.com


Morsi supporters remain steadfast in calls for reinstatement - Ahram Online


Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood admits it has been negotiating with army - guardian.co.uk


ElBaradei sworn-in as Egypt's vice president - Yahoo! News

 

Prosecution orders bail for head of Brotherhood FJP - Ahram Online

 

Egypt's Salvation Front nominates trio to negotiate with president - Ahram Online

 

Egypt's Christians target of Islamist anger in wake of Morsi's ouster - Fox News

 

In Sinai, militants intensify attacks since Egypt president's ouster - The Denver Post

 

Egypt weighs charges against Morsi for damaging economy - CBS News

 

Egypt’s Real Disaster: Away from Political Turmoil, an Economy in Freefall - TIME.com

 

VIDEO: Egypt's economy suffering since revolution - CBS News Video

 

US, Saudi Arabia keen on maintaining stability in Egypt, seek transition of power into an elected democratic government - State Information Services White House

 

Kuwait sends $200 million worth of oil to Egypt: newspaper - Reuters

 

Turkey's Erdogan says Morsi 'my president' in Egypt - Ahram Online

 

Hamas official lambasts new Egyptian regime - THE DAILY STAR

 

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Israeli submarine responsible for July attack on Syrian arms depot - report - RT News


Israel airstrike on Syria was aimed at Russian made missiles - The Times

 

Israel tests ballistic missile, Arrow defense system against long-range rockets - Haaretz Daily Newspaper

 

Russia to defy US by selling anti-ship missiles to Syria - Telegraph

 

Russian military stages biggest war games since Soviet times - RT News

 

Russia Readies Strategic Bombers in Snap Far East Military Drills - RIA Novosti

 

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Syrian troops advance against rebels in Damascus - THE DAILY STAR


Car bomb attacks kill 6 in Damascus suburb - PressTV


Syrian rebels' Damascus chemical cache found by Assad army - State TV (VIDEO) - RT News


FSA to al-Qaeda: We are waiting to know the reason why he was killed. It’s been 48 hours now and no clarification has been issued yet - Alarabiya

 

Former opposition PM Hitto: Coalition prevented me from working on the ground inside Syria - ZAMAN ALWSL

 

Cameron ditches plan to arm Syrian rebels after military chief says it's 'hardly worth it' unless he launches all-out war - Mail Online

 

Syrian kidnappers of Lebanese call for faster exchange - THE DAILY STAR

 

Two French journalists kidnapped in Syria alive - Fox News

 

Syria Weighs Its Tactics as Pillars of Its Economy Continue to Crumble - NYTimes.com

 

VIDEO: Syrian economy suffers from two years of unrest - PressTV

 

VIDEO: Who controls Syria's oil? - Al Jazeera English

 

 

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Syria Discovers Terrorist-Used Chemical Weapons Factory

 

Syria Discovers Terrorist-Used Chemical Weapons Factory

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

New evidence adds greater credibility to numerous past reports. So-called "rebels" bear responsibility for chemical weapons use. 

 

They're aided and abetted by Washington, other Western nations, Israel, Saudi Arabia, and other regional rogue states. 

 

Syria/Egypt News July 14

 

FSA Battles Jihadi Groups In Aleppo - AP


FSA, jihadists fight in Idlib province: NGO - Fox News


VIDEO: Rebel  Describes Killing of Free Syrian Army Commander by Islamic State of Iraq - Al Jazeera


Where Does Jabhat al-Nusra End, and the Islamic State of Iraq & ash-Sham Begin? - Syria Comment

 

Northern Syria: Syrian Part of the Kurdistan Workers Party will Announce Autonomy? - SyriaNews

 

Iraq Says It Can’t Halt Arms to Syria - NYTimes.com

 

Gunmen From Syria Kill Iraq Border Policeman - aina.org

 

Syria Denying Israeli Attack on Rockets Stash in Latakia - The Jewish Press

 

The Explosions in Latakia: Before and After, photography of the site in Syria where explosions were reported last Friday (PHOTOS) - israeldefense.com

 

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Egypt announces criminal investigation of Mursi - Yahoo! News


Morsi being held for his own safety: army - Daily News Egypt


Islamist lawmakers demand Morsi's return in Egypt - Fox News


Muslim extremists kill our priests, burn our churches and kidnap our women: How Egypt descended into a nightmare of religious hatred - Mail Online

 

Pro-Morsi protesters prevented from launching illegal radio channel: ERTU - Ahram Online

 

Huh? Pentagon Denies U.S. About to ‘Invade’ Egypt - ABC News

 

Analysis: Jordan relieved at ‘downfall’ of Egypt Islamists - Ammon News

 

Turkey redefines armed forces' duty, further rolling back powers to intervene in politics - Fox News

 

Police fire rubber bullets, tear gas on Istanbul protesters - Fox News

 

VIDEO: Police stops journalists' march to Taksim Square - PressTV

 

 

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Syria/Egypt News July 13

 

Tension soars as FSA leader shot dead by Qaeda jihadists - NOW


New front opens in Syria as FSA says al Qaeda attack means war - Yahoo! News


FSA’s council to meet to discuss killing of top Syrian rebel - Alarabiya.net


Pakistan Taliban 'sets up a base in Syria' - BBC News

 

More on the Pakistani Taliban 'base' inside Syria - The Long War Journal

 

Russia, Syria Exchange Files on Foreign Fighters - Official - RIA Novosti

 

Turkey, Iran call for cease-fire in Syria during holy month of Ramadan - montrealgazette.com

 

Syrian rebels vow to fight until the end in Homs, deny reports that they are preparing to desert the city - ITV News

 

Israel believed behind recent Syria strike - CNN.com Blogs

 

More on the alleged Israeli strike on Yakhont missiles in Syria - Threat Matrix

 

Syria President Assad says ousted Baath party members made mistakes - The Independent

 

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U.S. to Egypt: Ousted President Morsi must be freed - Yahoo! News


U.S. Sends Marines, Navy to off the Coast of Egypt - US News and World Report


Germany calls for Morsi release in Egypt - Ahram Online


Qatar’s regional policy thrown into doubt after Mursi’s ouster - Alarabiya.net English | Front Page


Tens of thousands of Islamists demand reinstatement of ousted Egyptian president - The Washington Post

 

Thousands break fast in Tahrir Square to celebrate Morsi ouster - Ahram Online

 

Egypt's PM picks leftist politician as deputy - Yahoo! News

 

Egypt’s young Brotherhoods break away from old leadership, establishes non-violence group - Alarabiya.net

 

Egypt: Second Christian Killed in Northern Sinai in Post-Morsi Backlash - IBTimes UK

 

Egypt's media embrace military after Morsi ouster, to dismay of press advocates - Fox News

 

Why Does Al Jazeera Love a Hateful Islamic Extremist? - Bloomberg

 

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Istanbul police block protest by journalists demanding press freedoms - Fox News

 

Group commemorating slain Gezi protester attacked by civilians in central Istanbul - hurriyetdailynews.com

 

VIDEO: Group commemorating slain Gezi protester attacked by civilians in central Istanbul - YouTube

 

Assailant with machete attacking Gezi protesters in Istanbul flees to Morocco - hurriyetdailynews.com

 

 

 

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Statement of ComeHomeAmerica.US in Opposition to U.S. Intervention in Syria

(Cross-posted on behalf of Come Home America Steering Committee)  To sign onto our statement, go to the bottom of this Come Home America page. 

We in ComeHomeAmerica (www.
comehomeamerica.US) condemn our government’s war on Syria, prosecuted first with sanctions, then with covert support through “allies” like the dictatorial petro-monarchies of the Gulf and now with overt provision of arms for the anti-government forces and perhaps even a bombing campaign. We demand an immediate cessation of this bellicose policy by our government. Sanctions and military intervention in Syria are not in the interests of the American people; nor are they in the interests of the Syrian people.

We are far from alone in our opposition. Fully 70% of Americans are opposed to armed intervention in Syria – a number that has only increased over the months according to Pew polls. And yet the President and a majority in Congress favor intervention, revealing a crisis of our political institutions, which are far removed from the will of the people on this and many other issues.

We in ComeHomeAmerica are a very diverse group. We are traditional conservatives, progressive activists, libertarians of the Ron Paul type, old-fashioned Leftists, religious people appalled by war and non-religious who also harbor disgust over our numerous wars for over a century now. We are not pacifists, although there are pacifists in our ranks. But we do believe that any war must be defensive and a last resort, not a constant option to further the perceived interests of our elite. Our roots go deep in our country’s history, at least as far back as the Anti-Imperialist League, which was organized to oppose the war in the Philippines and included members as different as Mark Twain and Andrew Carnegie, the wealthiest man in America.

We protest our government’s actions not simply because of the specific conditions in Syria but based on general principles. The same principles would have kept us from launching the recent wars on Iraq and Libya and many others over the past century and longer.

Our first principle is that war inflicts enormous damage on human beings and we are repulsed by it, a revulsion that is found in most human beings. Hence the war-makers try to keep their deeds hidden or covered in fantasies of glory. Secrecy in turn leads to suborning the press, a mainstay of our democracy.

Our second principle, the easiest one, is that we do not want to pay for these wars and the belligerent imperial colossus, including the DoD, CIA, NSA and others, costing about one trillion a year, roughly the sum that is raised in personal income taxes on April 15. Some of us simply want the money back and others want it to be spent on social needs. But while we differ on that, we agree that the money must no longer go to a war complex. On that we are firmly united.

A third principle is that the sovereignty of other nations is to be respected. Sovereignty is a concept introduced into international law to protect weak nations from powerful ones. The U.S. is presently the most powerful, and hence we have a special obligation to respect that principle and the Nuremberg principle that prohibits wars of aggression, which includes “wars of choice” or “pre-emptive wars.” A corollary to that is that U.S. foreign policy is not based on “human rights.” Unfortunately, “humanitarian” rationales are too often used to justify or disguise bellicose policies made for other reasons. We reject such rationales for wars of aggression.

A fourth principle is that an Empire is incompatible with liberty and democracy. The US has now become a worldwide Empire with more than 1200 military bases and outposts overseas. Every Empire must perforce be a military one, because it seeks to dominate others, which elicits resistance, and that in turn calls forth military oppression. The result is that others who could be friends turn into enemies; this is the “blowback” with which we have become so familiar over the last decade and more. Our own American Revolution is an example of a successful revolt against an empire. Furthermore, imperial designs can too readily lead to a global conflagration such as World War One. And an Empire is doubly dangerous, because in the end it is incompatible with democracy as citizens tire of wars and hence must be monitored and their opposition countered. The recent revelations about the extent of domestic spying by the NSA should bring that home to us once again.

We welcome those who agree with one or more of these principles to make common cause with us in ComeHomeAmerica. We cannot afford to let other differences separate us and hence allow agents of war to defeat us by the tactic of divide and conquer. We must join together. In the end our very survival depends on it.

The CHA Steering Committee:

Paul Buhle(WI), Retired Prof.; author; producer of radical, progressive comic books.

Doug Fuda(MA), Activist, Boston Chapter of CHA

Bill Kauffman(NY), Author, Ain’t My America

Angela Keaton(CA), Chair, Outright Libertarians; Operations Director, Antiwar.com

Dan McCarthy(VA), editor, The American Conservative

George O’Neill (FL), Co-founder of CHA

Coleen Rowley(MN), FBI Whistleblower; a Time Person of the Year, 2002

John V. Walsh,MD(MA), Neuroscience Prof.; writer for CounterPunch, DissidentVoice

Kevin Zeese (MD), Co-founder of CHA, PopularResistance.org (October2011.org)

Please add your name below.

Additional Signers

Sam Smith, Progressive Review

David Swanson, author, War is a Lie; blog, http://warisacrime.org

David MacMichael, Former CIA analyst who resigned in protest, Founding member of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS)

Murray Polner, Author, We Who Said No To War

Sheldon Richman Vice President, Future of Freedom Foundation.

Jeff Taylor, Associate Prof. of Political Science, Dordt College

David Henderson, Research Fellow, Hoover Institution

Dave Wagner, Co-author, Radical Hollywood.

Syria/Egypt News July 12

 

POLL: No arms to Syrian rebels, most Americans say - CBS News


POLL (Full Report): Americans say 61 - 27 percent not to be involved in Syria and oppose 59 - 27 percent providing arms to anti-government groups - Quinnipiac University


U.S. plan to arm Syrian rebels stalls amid congressional disagreements - The Washington Post


UK parliament wins veto over any decision to arm Syrian rebels - Reuters


Money, guns flowing from Kuwait to Syria's most radical rebel factions - Fox News

 

Syrian rebels receive new batch of weapons from Arab states - Alarabiya.net English | Front Page

 

Comrades in Arms: How Libya sends weapons to Syria’s rebels - Foreign Policy

 

UN officials accept Syria’s invitation for talks on chemical weapons probe - United Nations News Centre

 

Russia’s UN envoy: Moscow ‘not blocking’ UN access to Syria, Western ‘propaganda storm’ misleading - RT News

 

Jimmy Carter's Making a Syria Peace Push, And the Opposition Isn't Happy About It - The Cable

 

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Syria jihadists lose support as abuses mount - Fox News


The CIA: Al-Qaeda Dispatched 16 Tons of Explosives to Lebanon with plans to target officials in Hezbollah and the army - Al Akhbar


Cast as Hezbollah supporters, Lebanese Shiites are expelled from Sunni Gulf amid sectarian war - The Washington Post


Al Qaeda kills Free Syrian Army commander: FSA spokesman - Yahoo! News


Syria's al-Nusra Front – ruthless, organised and taking control - The Guardian

 

Raqqa: Islamic state of Iraq and al-Sham reportedly detain more than 1500, including dozens of women - Syrian Observatory for Human Rights

 

Aleppo: Rebels attack a bus and take its passengers to an unknown location, also detain seven Kurds - Syrian Observatory for Human Rights

 

Supplies to Palliate Crisis in Aleppo Arrived, Says Governor - Prensa Latina News Agency

 

Syrian opposition issues rare condemnation of rebels for Aleppo food blockade - The Washington Post

 

Col Asaad says many of FSA officers marginalized, he made controversial statements such as that suicide bombing is “an integral part of revolutionary action" - YALLA SOURIYA

 

Syrian rebels prepare to abandon Homs - The Times

 

Syrian rebels inflicted heavy losses by army in Homs province - Xinhua | English.news.cn

 

Kurdish Group Ready to Back Main Syria Opposition in Return for Rights Recognition - Rudaw

 

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Christians Targeted for Retribution in Egypt - NYTimes.com


Chaos in Egypt: Christians “Hacked With Axes,” Priest Beheaded - townhall.com


Egyptian Catholic Bishops: Ousting of Morsi - a Joyous Day for Us Christians - Catholic Online

 

Egypt unrest: Suspects held in rooftop killing of Alexandria teen - latimes.com

 

Egypt army defends role in deadly clashes with Morsi supporters - latimes.com

 

After backing military ouster of Morsi, Egypt liberals want power to advance democracy agenda - The Washington Post

 

Egypt PM says won't rule out Brotherhood role in new govt- Ahram Online

 

Egypt welcomes U.S. remarks on Mursi describing the rule of toppled leader as undemocratic - Reuters

 

U.S. Says Egypt Arrests Make It Difficult to Move Beyond Crisis - NYTimes.com

 

Egyptian Coup Splits Middle East Countries - yaleglobal

 

How Egypt's Economy Toppled a President - Businessweek

 

VIDEO: Photojournalist apparently filming the soldier who killed him.

 

 

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Syria/Egypt News July 11

 

Syria activists protest rebel siege of Aleppo areas that has created food shortages, one demonstrator shot dead - Fox News


VIDEO: Aleppo protesters chant “the people want an end to the blockade”, rebel armed with a handgun pushes them back and sound of gunfire heard - YouTube


VIDEO: FSA Food Embargo in Aleppo - YouTube


VIDEO: Aleppo Civilians run with food and other supplies fleeing from FSA gunfire - YouTube


VIDEO: Syrian rebels enforcing the ban and shooting at civilians - YouTube


Press Conference on World Food Programme’s Operations in Syria - UN.org

 

Syrian rebel sheikh calls for war on Alawite heartland, he is a member of Islamic Syrian Liberation Front and Syrian National Coalition - THE DAILY STAR

 

In north-eastern Syria, al-Nusra is in command of silos of wheat, factories, oil and gas fields, fleets of looted government cars and a huge weapons arsenal - guardian

 

'313 Brigade' claims car bombing that targeted Hezbollah in Beirut - The Long War Journal

 

Islamic group arrests media activist in Ar Raqqa - ZAMAN ALWSL

 

Al Nusra torture room found in Rif Dimashq - alalam

 

Syria's Foreign Legions - carnegieendowment.org

 

American al Qaeda member Gadahn calls for Syrian jihad in video - Washington Times

 

VIDEO: Meeting al-Qaeda in Syria - Al Jazeera Blogs

 

Syrian Christians flee to Lebanon, become kidnapping targets - GlobalPost

 

Source: Syrian Regime Held Talks With Kurdish Groups in Qamishli - Rudaw

 

The Tribal Factor in Syria’s Rebellion: A Survey of Armed Tribal Groups in Syria - The Jamestown Foundation

 

U.S. arms showing up in hands of pro-Assad militias - usatoday

 

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Inquiry on Aleppo chemical attack met int'l standards, unlike West’s - Lavrov - RT News


US studying Russia report of Syria rebel gas use - AFP


Syrian opposition rebuts Russian claims about sarin - usatoday

 

Al-Qa'ida could gain access to Syrian stockpiles of chemical weapons, Risk of catastrophe if Syria's Assad goes: UK lawmakers - Reuters

 

VIDEO: Syrian rebels behind Aleppo sarin attack, not Assad forces - Russian inquiry to UN - YouTube

 

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Arrest warrants issued for Mohammed Badie, other Brotherhood leaders in Egypt - The Washington Post


Pro-Morsi alliance calls for million-man Cairo march on Friday - Ahram Online


Egypt's Salvation Front withdraws rejection of constitutional declaration, maintains reservations over some articles - Ahram Online


Analysis: Why was Tamarod successful? - Egypt Independent


Egypt Tamarod movement spreads across the Middle East - FRANCE 24

 

Coptic leader hopeful after Muslim Brotherhood removed in Egypt - CatholicHerald.co.uk

 

Gunmen open fire on military commander's car in Sinai: Army - Ahram Online

 

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US sends 4 more F-16s to Egypt, despite Cairo tumult - Fox News


Kuwait promises Egypt $4 billion in aid-state news agency - Yahoo! News

 

Gulf Billions Buy Egypt Economy Breathing Space - VOA

 

Qatar losing Mideast ground to Saudi diplomacy, experts say - Alarabiya.net English | Front Page

 

Ankara clarifies stance on Egypt following UN intervention statements - Ahram Online

 

Egypt's coup shakes Brotherhood's Islamic partners in Turkey - CSMonitor.com

 

 

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Syrian Opposition in Disarray

 

Syrian Opposition in Disarray

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

After 28 months of conflict, Assad defeated Washington's best laid plans. Its Syrian National Coalition (SNC) opposition lacks effective leadership. It lacks legitimacy. 

 

It's an artificial construct. It operates extrajudicially. It resembles a gang that can't shoot straight. On July 8, another leader resigned. 

 

Syria/Egypt News July 10

 

Liberal economist Hazem El-Beblawi appointed new Egyptian PM - Ahram Online


Mohamed ElBaradei appointed Egypt's new VP - Ahram Online


Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood rejects timetable for elections - latimes.com


Egypt's interim constitutional declaration draws criticisms - Ahram Online

 

Egyptian army takes upper hand in media war over killings - Reuters

 

For Now At Least, Egypt's Police Are Seen As The Good Guys - NPR

 

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Carney: US 'cautiously encouraged’ over Egypt election timetable - The Hill


US Encourages Muslim Brotherhood to Join Egyptian Political Transition - VOA


White House: Egypt aid is in US interest (VIDEO)- The Hill's Video


Egypt takes delivery of U.S. fighter jets - Reuters

 

Egypt showered with Gulf billions in show of support for army - Reuters

 

Turkish ambassador summoned over Ankara's calls for UN intervention in Egypt - Ahram Online

 

Mideast journalists allege bias in al-Jazeera’s reports on Morsi, Muslim Brotherhood - The Washington Post

 

Al Jazeera staff resign after ‘biased' Egypt coverage - GulfNews.com

 

VIDEO: Egyptian Al-‎Jazeera reporter Hagag Salama resigns live on air - YouTube

 

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Syrian rebel blockade in Aleppo leaves thousands hungry, Many activists condemn the tactic arguing that it punishes more than 2 million - Reuters


Famine Feared in Aleppo as Food Embargo Persists, Network publishes names of Free Syrian Army battalions responsible for barring supplies - Al-Ayyam


U.N. chief Ban appeals for Ramadan truce across Syria - Reuters


Syrian opposition backs U.N. call for truce during Ramadan - THE DAILY STAR

 

Iran welcomes Syrian opposition’s truce offer during Ramadan - PressTV

 

Exclusive: Congress delaying U.S. aid to Syrian rebels because of fears that such deliveries will not be decisive and might end up in the hands of Islamist militants - Reuters

 

Syrians say they have given up on U.S. weapons promises - Yahoo! News

 

Saudi arms will arrive soon: Syria rebel chief - hurriyetdailynews

 

Russian inquiry to UN: Rebels, not Army, behind Syria Aleppo sarin attack - RT News

 

Lebanon: Car bombing in Hezbollah Beirut stronghold seen as spillover of Syria conflict (VIDEO) - GlobalPost

 

Syrian Rebels Claim Responsibility for Beirut Bomb - Israel National News

 

Syrian rebels retract: Not responsible for Beirut blast - Ynetnews

 

Questions Remain Over “Massacre” Of Christians by Syrian Rebels - Christian News Agency

 

Tension between Arab and Kurd fighters, The clashes took place after rebels attacked 2 villages - Syrian Observatory for Human Rights

 

Syria's oilfields create surreal battle lines amid chaos and tribal loyalties - guardian.co.uk

 

VIDEO: Presence of al-Qaeda raises tension in Syria - Middle East - Al Jazeera English

 

 

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Syria/Egypt News July 9

 

Death toll rises to 51 in Monday clashes between Egypt army and pro-Morsi protesters - Ahram Online


Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood calls for national uprising - latimes.com


Armed groups attacked Rep. Guard at dawn: Military spokesman - Ahram Online


Pro-Morsi protesters recount bloody scenes at Republican Guard clashes - Ahram Online


Islamists' opponents question accounts of shooting, voice skepticism that Egyptian soldiers fired on peaceful demonstrators - latimes.com


VIDEO: Compilation of Footage of Pro-Morsi Demonstrators Firing at the Egyptian Army - YouTube


VIDEO: Egypt's military release new footage of violence - YouTube


VIDEO (it starts after 2 minutes of talk): Morsi Supporters Attack The Egyptian Republican Guard - YouTube


VIDEO: Egyptian Army Sniper Firing At Crowd - YouTube


Egypt presidency forms judicial committee to investigate Rep. Guard killings - Ahram Online

 

Egypt closes Freedom and Justice Party HQ over weapons find - Middle East Online

 

Egypt's National Salvation Front condemns Rep. Guard HQ violence, including assaults on military barracks and army officers - Ahram Online

 

Nour Party, Salafist Call say army reaction disproportionate - Ahram Online

 

Egypt interim president fast-tracks timetable for amending constitution, holding new elections by early 2014 - Fox News

 

Egypt’s constitutional declaration issued, defines transitional period - Ahram Online

 

Army arrests 11 in Sinai attacks - Daily News Egypt

 

VIDEO: Trouble in Egypt's Sinai: Islamist militants gun down Coptic priest in semi-lawless Sinai region - YouTube

 

Turkey Clears Gezi Park Protest With Water Cannons After Reopening - huffingtonpost.com

 

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U.S. condemns ‘explicit’ calls to violence by Egypt's Brotherhood, asks the military to exercise 'maximum restraint' - Alarabiya.net


White House wants US aid to Egypt to keep flowing -- for now - Fox News


Boehner: Egypt army 'did what they had to do' in ousting Morsi - The Hill's Global Affairs

 

Carl Levin wants to suspend aid to Egypt - POLITICO.com

 

EU's Ashton urges all sides in Egypt to avoid 'provocation' - Ahram Online

 

Iran says overthrow of Egypt president improper - usatoday

 

Egypt's Media War Is Almost as Nasty as the One in the Streets - FP Passport

 

CNN Becomes Target Of Egypt Protesters - huffingtonpost.com

 

Al-Jazeera journalists kicked out of Egyptian military press-conference - RT News

 

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Bashar Assad’s forces chip away at Syria rebels’ control of Homs- MiamiHerald.com


Twin car bombs hit Homs - AFP


Syrian rebels offer Assad truce in Homs during Ramadan - The Independent


Syria Spurns Ramadan Cease-Fire Idea - ABC News


Report: Assad's Brother Commanding Homs Assault - syriareport.net

 

Syria rebels in weak position, says SNC chief (VIDEO) - Al Jazeera English

 

Syrian opposition PM Ghassan Hitto resigns - FRANCE 24

 

Congress delaying military aid to Syrian rebels - Israel News

 

Russia Doubts New Syrian Rebel Leader Is Ready for Peace Talks - RIA Novosti

 

Syria Baath party leadership replaced, VP Sharaa will remain in office despite his removal from the party leadership - AFP

 

Syrian government invites UN for chemical weapons inspection - newsday.com

 

Syrian Gov’t Claims Massive Seizure of Toxic Chemicals - RIA Novosti

 

Refugees from Syria in Gaza Divided Over Assad - therealnews.com

 

Al Qaeda makes millions from Mosul shakedowns to fund martyrdom operations in Iraq and Syria - Money Jihad

 

VIDEO: Rally Against “Islamic State of Iraq" in Syria - Youtube

 

 

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Syria/Egypt News July 8

 

 

 

Hundreds of thousands of Egyptians throng streets to show support to army-backed revolt while Muslim Brotherhood calls for rival protests (VIDEO) - Alarabiya.net


Sea of flags as anti-Morsi crowd packs Tahrir - FRANCE 24


Interview: The Egyptian rebel leader who "owns" Tahrir Square - Ahram Online


Tens of thousands of Morsi supporters flock to Republican Guard HQ - Egypt Independent

 

Egypt security forces arrest man accused of throwing anti Morsi protesters off a building - Al Bawaba

 

Islamist Zomor, Abdel Maged to be interrogated for roles in Cairo University violence - Egypt Independent

 

Updated: Bahaa El-Din offered Egypt's PM job, ElBaradei set to be appointed VP - Ahram Online

 

Cairo Institute: Morsi Systematically Abused the Rule of Law - The Jewish Press

 

154 martyrs During the Reign of the former president Mohamed Morsi - Arabic Network For Human Rights Information

 

Syria embassy re-opens in Cairo - alalam

 

Obama: U.S. not backing any Egyptian party or group - AP

 

Diplomats resist calling Morsi ouster a coup - usatoday

 

U.S. lawmakers urge calm, cautious approach to Egypt - Reuters

 

Fresh Clashes Erupt Yet Again In Turkey Over Park – www.channelstv.com

 

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Syria rebels pound besieged Shiite towns - Businessweek


Desperate moves by rebels as Homs campaign intensifies - THE DAILY STAR


New Syrian opposition head expects advanced weapons to reach rebels - Reuters

 

Tension Between Rebel Groups Intensifies in Syria - NYTimes.com

 

VIDEO: Testimony by rebel leader in al-Dana about the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham murders - Syrian Observatory for Human Rights

 

AUDIO: Qatar gives Libyan arms to Syrian rebels - NPR, Money Jihad

 

 

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Syria News July 7

 

Cairo residents: ‘Heavily armed Islamists attacked us’, Supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood killed at least seven people and left dozens injured - Alarabiya


Egypt: Coptic Christian priest shot dead by Islamists - Telegraph


12 die in clashes in Egypt's Alexandria as supporters and opponents of deposed president Mohamed Morsi fought pitched street battles - Astro Awani


VIDEO (and article): Anti-Mursi protesters thrown off building in Alexandria by Islamists - Alarabiya


VIDEO: Wahhabis Vow to Suicide Bomb as a Retaliation for Morsi Ouster - YouTube

 

Egypt hits first snag over PM, Islamists call more protests - Reuters

 

Brotherhood's party boycotts meeting with Egypt's interim president - Ahram Online

 

Muslim Brotherhood can contest Egypt elections: president spokesman - Yahoo! News

 

Morsi Spurned Deals, Seeing Military as Tamed - NYTimes.com

 

Morsi ouster in Egypt dents Turkey role model claims - Fox News

 

Police Disperse Taksim Square Protesters With Tear Gas After Governor Warns Demonstrations Are Illegal - huffingtonpost

 

PHOTOS: Turkish police fire teargas, water cannon to disperse Gezi park protesters - RT News

 

Egypt Crisis: Fall Of Morsi Challenges Qatar’s New Emir - Allgalgaduud News

 

Did the new Qatari Emir Dump Muslim Brotherhood cleric and Hamas chief? - israelmatzav

 

Morsi ouster in Egypt crushes Hamas dreams: analysts - Fox News

 

McCain calls for suspension of US military aid to Egypt - AFP

 

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Former Syrian political prisoner with Saudi ties becomes head of main opposition group, He is close to secular Michel Kilo’s Democratic Bloc - Washington Post


VIDEO: Press briefing by the spokesman of the National Coalition Of Syrian Revolution and Opposition Forces - YouTube


Qatar Charity Wiring $5bln to Syria Rebels - islamicinvitationturkey


Syria troops advance in Homs, bombard outskirts of Damascus - Alarabiya

 

Western countries in UN SC ignore Russia’s proposals for response to situation in Homs - mission - ITAR-TASS

 

Rebels clash with Qaeda-linked opposition group in Syria - Yahoo! News

 

Syrian City of Raqqa Suffers Under Rebel Rule - Al-Monitor

 

Chemical Weapons Seized From Terrorists (PHOTOS) - Friends of Syria

 

Lebanon’s Palestinian camps on the edge, ignited by the crisis in neighboring Syria  - The Washington Post

 

VIDEO: Insurgents From The Badr Martyrs Brigade In Ashrafiyeh, Aleppo, Use Artillery Cannon - You Tube

 

 

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Syria News July 6

 

Morsi backers clash with opponents, security forces as Egypt violence escalates - The Washington Post


VIDEO: Egypt: Running battles break out between opposing protesters in Cairo - Telegraph


Egypt's Islamist National Alliance to Support Legitimacy demands Morsi reinstatement - Ahram Online


National Salvation Front calls for 'urgent' anti-Islamist rallies - Egypt Independent

 

Muslim Brotherhood's leader Mohamed Badie speaks at Morsi rally, Excerpts of his speech - Ahram Online

 

Egypt's interim president appoints new legal and political advisors - Ahram Online

 

Former Egypt central bank governor offered interim premiership, ElBaradei turned down the post - Ahram Online

 

Muslim Brotherhood site says Egypt’s new president is secretly Jewish -  The Washington Post

 

Morsi supporters storm police station in Giza: Report - PressTV

 

Islamist gunmen stage multiple attacks in Sinai - Reuters

 

Egyptian, Israeli military alerts prompted by Islamist mutiny threat from Sinai and first attacks - Debkafile

 

White House Urges Egypt’s Military to Contain Violence - WSJ

 

African Union suspends Egypt over president ouster - Fox News

 

Feminists stages topless protest against Turkey PM - Fox News

 

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Syrian army assaults rebel held areas of Homs - Chicago Sun-Times


UN Fails to Agree on Appeal for Access to Homs - ABC News


Egypt's shadow hangs over Syrian opposition - Reuters


Gulf drive against Hezbollah may hit ordinary Shi'ites - Reuters

 

Moscow condemns supplies of weaponry from Libya to Syria - Russia & India Report

 

Britain ready to train rebel special forces, says Syria commander - The Times

 

A Revolt within the al Qaeda Movement - ISN

 

VIDEO: Face-to-face with Abu Sakkar, Syria's 'heart-eating cannibal' - BBC News -

 

VIDEO: Friday demonstrations in Aleppo show locals flying the Jabhat al Nusra flag but not the Syrian opposition flag - YouTube

 

VIDEO: Heavy Islamist presence at Friday protest in Azaz, north of Aleppo - YouTube

 

 

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Syria News July 5

 

Egypt orders arrests of Muslim Brotherhood leaders as interim president takes office - The Washington Post


ElBaradei tops list to head Egypt government-sources - Reuters


In interview ElBaradei Seeks to Justify Ouster of Egypt’s President - NYTimes.com


Profiles: Adly Mansour and Mohamed ElBaradei - Egypt’s incoming leaders - The Independent


VIDEO: Adly Mansour, Egypt's new president, first interview - YouTube

 

Egypt's new president says Brotherhood 'part of nation': report - Reuters

 

Largest Salafi group calls on Morsy supporters to disperse - Egypt Independent

 

Egypt Al-Qaeda's Declares Jihad on Anti-Morsi Protesters - Gatestone Institute

 

POLL: Morsi Meter - morsimeter.com

 

HRW reports high numbers of sexual attacks on women in Tahrir Square - Alaska Dispatch

 

VIDEO: Brutal sex attacks on women in Tahrir Square during protests reported - GlobalPost

 

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Obama orders US to review aid to Egypt after Morsi ousted but stops short of calling it a coup d'etat - Fox News


Statement by President Barack Obama on Egypt - The White House


Marines poised for mission in Egypt - usatoday.com

 

Egypt foreign minister to Kerry: no military coup - Reuters

 

Analysis: Morsi's Fall a Blow to Islamists - ABC News

 

Islamist rule in Egypt fails: Syria's Assad - Fox News

 

Full text of Assad interview: Syria still home for all..what is taking place in Egypt the fall of so-called Political Islam- SANA

 

Turkey says Egyptian leader's ouster by military is 'unacceptable' - Fox News

 

In blow to Erdogan, court cancels Taksim Square building project - The Globe and Mail

 

Abbas Rejoices, Hamas Goes Quiet After Egyptian President's Fall - VOAl

 

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15 Al Nusra rebels committed rape and atrocities on a young Christian woman in Qusair, she became mentally unstable and was killed - Fides News Agency


Was Catholic Priest in Syria Shot 8 Times Instead of Beheaded? Different accounts of what happened - TheBlaze.com


Syria:Terrorists target with mortar Kyrillos Church in Damascus - abna.ir

 

Syria's Assad brags opponents failed to oust him - Fox News

 

Syria opposition meets in Turkey to choose new leader - Middle East Online

 

Palestinian refugees not involved in Syrian conflict, says Abbas- FRANCE 24

 

 

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Syria News July 3

 

Egypt's Army Says Morsi Role at Syria Rally Seen as Turning Point, He attended a rally packed with hardline fellow Islamists calling for jihad in Syria - VOA


Morsi set to present solution plan, rejects any ultimatums made by the armed forces as 7 killed in Tuesday clashes - RT News


Rebels reject Morsi referendum calls, insist on his removal and demand early presidential elections - Ahram Online


Opposition nominates ElBaradei to represent it in negotiations with government - Daily News Egypt

 

Egyptian ministers resign in wave as Army deadline nears - RT News

 

Egypt: Morsi's 2 spokesmen quit - Yahoo! News

 

Exclusive: Egypt army plan would scrap constitution, parliament - sources - Reuters

 

POLLS: Egypt opinion polls reveal dissatisfaction with Morsi - Ahram Online

 

Obama to Morsi: Democracy is more than elections, it is also about ensuring that the voices of all Egyptians are heard and represented by their government, including the protesters - usatoday.com

 

International community reactions to Egypt protests - Ahram Online

 

Turkey deputy PM: Jewish Diaspora behind unrest against Erdogan regime - Haaretz Daily Newspaper

 

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Hasakah: Rebels detain residents of a village, destroy civilian property with heavy weaponry and hand grenades - Syrian Observatory for Human Rights


Aleppo: Rebels besieging two Shiite towns release a statement saying that they intend to liberate them - Syrian Observatory for Human Rights


U.N.'s Ban fears for 2,500 civilians trapped in Syria's Homs - Reuters

 

Syria is jihad central: 6,000 terrorists flood new al Qaeda training ground - Washington Times

 

RADIO: FSA Commander Idris: 'We Need A Lot Of Things' - NPR

 

Kerry: Syria peace talks unlikely until at least September - The Washington Post

 

 

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Talk Nation Radio: Nobel Peace Laureate Mairead Maguire Says Syrians Oppose Intervention

https://soundcloud.com/davidcnswanson/talk-nation-radio-nobel-peace

Mairead Maguire, recipient of the 1976 Nobel Peace Prize, speaks about here recent trip to Lebanon and Syria, where she met with refugees, combatants, members of the opposition, and members of the government.  She found that supporters and opponents of the government, including those working for political changes, overwhelming oppose foreign interference and violence.  Maguire is a founder of Peace People and of the Nobel Women's Initiative.  Maguire has nominated Bradley Manning for the Nobel Peace Prize and credits his work with helping to discourage the West from intervening in Syria.

Add your name to the petition to get Manning the Peace Prize at ManningNobel.org

Also read "Ten Problems With the Latest Excuse for War" by David Swanson.

Total run time: 29:00

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Syria News July 2

 

Taking Outsize Role in Syria, Qatar Funnels Arms Including Heavy Weapons to Rebels - NYTimes.com


Lord Ashdown says 3,500 tons of weapons already sent to rebels, calls for pressure to be put on Qatar and Saudi Arabia to cut off funding for arms - Telegraph

 

Saudi Arabia, Qatar urge European Union to arm Syria rebels - GulfNews.com

 

Gulf Arabs call for UN Security Council meeting to prevent Homs massacre - Ahram Online

 

UN chief says the participation of Iran and Saudi Arabia in the proposed Syria peace talks in Geneva remains a stumbling block - Yahoo! News

 

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Two kidnapped orthodox priests reportedly killed in Syria, their death yet to be confirmed - The Voice of Russia

 

Female Media Activist Executed by Syria Militants, She had been an administrator of the Yabroud News Facebook page - syriareport.net

 

Syrian rebels threaten to target Shi'ite villages in Aleppo - Reuters

 

Islamists in Syria’s Aleppo ban ‘provocative dress’ for women - Reuters FaithWorld

 

VIDEO:Demonstration in Azaz, Aleppo Province, Against The Islamic State Of Iraq & As Sham - YouTube

 

Homs Battles Overwhelm Aleppo ‘Storm of North’, Clashes in East, South Damascus - almanar.com

 

Homs Governor refutes allegations on targeting a mosque- SANA

 

Jordanian air force captain joins al-Qaida-linked Syrian rebels, relatives say - Fox News

 

China State Media Blames Syria Rebels for Xinjiang Violence - VOA

 

Syria neighbors block thousands from fleeing: rights group - Reuters

 

‘Five-star’ refugee camp illustrates Gulf’s growing role in Syria - FT.com

 

Foreign media portrayals of the conflict in Syria are dangerously inaccurate - The Independent

 

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Egypt military gives President Morsi 48 hours to reach agreement with opposition, or face political transition - CBS News


Millions flood Egypt's streets to demand Mursi quit - Reuters


Egypt: Protesters storm Muslim Brotherhood HQ - Yahoo! News


Syria slams Muslim Brotherhood rule in Egypt, Turkey - People's Daily Online

 

17 wounded in Turkey during protests backing Gezi Park demonstrations - Xinhua

 

Police stop Mersin group marching in support of Gezi Park protests - todayszaman.com

 

Gay pride march in Taksim joined by Gezi protesters - Panorama | Armenian news

 

Tunis Hints of Backpedaling on Syria - huffingtonpost.com

 

Iraqi forces destroy al-Qaeda base on Iraq-Syria border - Al-Shorfa

 

 

 

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Syria News June 29

 

Vatican confirms Al Nusra jihadists beheaded Catholic priest (GRAPHIC VIDEO) - Catholic Online

Al Nusra captures major army post in southern city of Daraa after days of fighting - The Washington Post

Syria Report: Deadly Clashes Between Kurdish Militia and FSA in Amuda - eaworldview.com

Activists say armed Kurds clash with protesters in Amuda killing three - Al Jazeera English

Kurdish militia say rebel armed group attacked them in Amuda, Three of its members were killed - ANF

Kurdistan Presidency Holds Emergency Meeting With Syrian Kurdish Parties - Rudaw

The Catholic Church in Syria calls for an end to the proposed increase in weapons - Catholic World

New report on the Syrian civil war: Christians are among the "most vulnerable" - Fides News Agency

VIDEO: Henry Kissinger: If A Sectarian Group Is Put In Charge Of Syria, 'There Will Be A Bloodbath' - huffingtonpost.com

VIDEO: Ben Swann: What the Media Isn't Telling You About War in Syria - YouTube

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Qatar’s new PM signals lower key world role, no affiliation with hardline Salafists, no direct reference to Syria in his speech - Reuters

Qatar New PM Emir Tamim: Against Sectarianism - Al Akhbar English

A new Syria policy?: Qatar’s change of guard- DAWN.COM

Qatar’s Foreign Policy Under the New Emir - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Maliki Blames Morsi, Brotherhood for Continuing Syria Bloodshed - Rudaw

Iraq Shiites fighting in Syria alongside troops of Assad: ZebarI - AFP

Israel Deploys Iron Dome Battery near 'Bleeding' Syria - IBTimes UK

Europe likely to stay on sidelines when U.S. ships arms to Syria rebels - Wichita Eagle

POLL: Most Britons oppose sending arms to Syrian rebels - Middle East - World - The IndependentRussia flexes its muscles in the Mediterranean - DW.DE

Russia criticizes groups setting conditions for Syria talks - Reuters

Iran, Russia, China prop up Syria economy, Syria's deputy prime minister for economic affairs says - UPI.com

The Effect of the Conflict on Syrian Banking and Economy - Syria Comment

 

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New Bill Would Block War and Weapons to Syria Without Congressional Authorization -- Just Like the Constitution Does

From Rep. Peter Welch:
Welch Leads Bipartisan Coalition in Congress to Block U.S. Intervention in Syria

Legislation Would Block Intervention Without Prior Congressional Approval

Washington, DC (June 27th) - Rep. Peter Welch joined with Rep. Chris Gibson (R-NY), Rep. Rick Nolan (D-MN), Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY),  and Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC) at a press conference today to unveil bipartisan legislation to block U.S. military intervention in Syria without an affirmative vote of Congress.  

Specifically, Welch and his colleagues’ bill would require military intervention in Syria, including military assistance, to first be authorized by a joint resolution of Congress.  It would exempt ongoing humanitarian assistance from the requirement of Congressional approval.

“It is vitally important that we recognize the lessons learned from Iraq and Afghanistan,” said Welch.  “Syria is in a brutal and tragic civil war the roots of which go back hundreds of years. To the extent that America can help with humanitarian assistance to ease this tragic refugee crisis, we should do so. But sending military assistance to Syrian rebels, or intervening directly in this conflict, will lead to the Americanization of this Sunni-Shia conflict. If America walks down this path, Congress and the American people should first be part of a vigorous debate.  Congress has the constitutional responsibility to authorize any action and it should do its job.”

Identical legislation has been introduced in the Senate by Senators Tom Udall (D-NM), Chris Murphy(D-CT), Rand Paul (R-KY) and Mike Lee(R-UT).  Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) is also a cosponsor of the House bill.

Welch recently traveled to the region on a congressional oversight trip from April 28-May 4.  He visited a refugee camp on the Syrian-Turkey border.

Oh Thank God—Finally, War With Syria

Syrian-President-Bashar-a-06Don’t you hate it when someone says, “I told you so?” We do. That’s why we’ll revise the common statement.

We told you so.

We first told you, 18 months ago and again  here and here and here and  here and here and here and here and  here and here and here and here and here and here, that you couldn’t trust the Obama Administration when it began making noises about pushing out Syria’s President Bashar Assad for strictly “humanitarian reasons.” In fact, before that, we told you again and again and again (ok—we’ll stop) not to trust the Obama Administration when it urged intervention in Libya for the very same reasons.

Now, the Obama administration is preparing for war, in an astonishing echo of the George W. Bush administration’s misleading justifications for invading Iraq.

We saw the first little dribble to prepare us in a CNN Breaking News email Thursday, sent out at 5:14pm EST as most Americans were heading home.

Congress has been notified that the United States will acknowledge that Syria has used chemical weapons on a small scale multiple times and a “red line” has been crossed, according to congressional sources.

Friday, when it was clear that this trial balloon had met largely with silence — and certainly with no hail of outrage or skepticism—came the next salvo. Here, again, CNN Breaking News via email (this time, 4:53pm as most folks’s attention was fixed on the weekend):

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Syria News June 28

 

CIA Begins Shipping Arms for Syrian Rebels for Deployment by August; Saudi Antiaircraft Missiles Expected- WSJ.com


DOD wants assurances terrorists won't get US weapons - The Hill's DEFCON Hill


Dempsey: No-fly zone in Syria would be 'act of war' - The Hill's DEFCON Hill


Lawmakers want details before funding Syria - Longview News-Journal: Nation

 

Congressional bipartisan group opposes arming Syrian rebels - Yahoo! News

 

Robert Gates: No-Fly-Zone in Syria Will Change Nothing - Bahrain News Agency

 

American media not telling truth about Syria: Kissinger - Press TV

 

Syria: Would the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty Ban U.S. Aid to the Rebels? - Blog from The Heritage Foundation

 

Angela Merkel warns against arms in Syria: 'Incalculable' risks - Washington Times

 

Iraqi official: Baghdad would welcome US military help as Pentagon considers sending trainers - StarTribune.com

 

Russia says Saudi arming Syria terrorists - thenews.com.pk

 

Russia subs military with civilians at Syrian base Tartus- Yahoo! News

 

POLL: Hezbollah Losing Support Among Palestinians - Al-Monitor

 

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Suicide blast in Christian neighborhood in Syria kills 4 - Fox News


Syria troops storm rebel town, NGO says - AFP


Syria's Rebels In Rift With Aleppo's Civil Opposition - Al-Monitor

 

VIDEO: A rebel faction's statement warning residents that all cars on the Damascus Airport highway will be targeted - Syrian Observatory for Human Rights

 

Muhajireen Army, closely tied to the Al Nusrah Front, fires on Syrian helicopter with surface-to-air missile (VIDEO) - Threat Matrix

 

Muhajireen Army uses BMP to launch suicide assault on Aleppo airport (VIDEO) - The Long War Journal

 

VIDEO: Syrian rebels shell gas station near Idlib - Telegraph

 

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Turkey Investigates Social Media Postings That Allegedly Insult Officials - AP


Turkey takes steps to monitor Twitter content, users - Al Akhbar English


Turkish actor defends Gezi tweet misunderstood - World Bulletin

 

Annulment case for Taksim renovation plan underway - hurriyetdailynews.com

 

Turkey's Political Conflict Takes a Toll on Economy - VOA

 

 

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Syria News June 27


Christian leader testifies in a congressional hearing : Syrian religious minorities face threat of "eradication" by armed insurgents - WSJ.com









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Syria: Where the Obama Doctrine of Covert War Spectacularly Backfired

 http://www.alternet.org/world/obama-doctrine-covert-war-spectacularly-backfired-syria

Barack Obama's rise to power in 2008 raised fundamental questions about the duty of a newly-elected government in a country that has been engaged in war crimes, from aggression against other countries to systematic violations of the Geneva Conventions and human rights laws.

Syria and the Monarchs: A Perfect Storm

By Conn Hallinan, Foreign Policy in Focus

The Obama administration's decision to directly supply weapons to the Syrian opposition may end up torpedoing the possibility of a political settlement. It will almost certainly accelerate the chaos spreading from the almost three-year old civil war. It will also align Washington with one of the most undemocratic alliances on the planet, and one that looks increasingly unstable.

In short, we are headed into a perfect political storm.

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