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

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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.

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

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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

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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.

Syria: The Faces Behind The Terror

By Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich

In her extraordinarily bold and direct speech addressed to the Irish Parliament, Clare Daly (TD, Dublin North) called Obama a “war criminal” and “hypocrite of the century”.  In describing the fawning reception of Obama in Ireland akin to pimping and prostituting of that nation,  Ms. Daly hit the nail on the head.   Sadly, America dwarfs Ireland and elsewhere in the undignified category of prostitution – the 29 standing ovations from Congress in May 2011 for war criminal Benjamin Netanyahu attests to this tragic fact.  

While Daly was quite right in censuring Obama for his criminal policies, including aiding terrorists in Syria, it is worthwhile noting that Obama is merely a willing instrument; the  faces and factors behind his handlers and the policies merit greater scrutiny and exposure. 

The US's Afghan Exit May Depend on a Syrian One

Washington’s options in Syria are dwindling - and dwindling fast.

Trumped up chemical weapons charges against the Syrian government this month failed to produce evidence to convince a skeptical global community of any direct linkage. And the US’s follow-up pledge to arm rebels served only to immediately underline the difficulty of such a task, given the fungibility of weapons-flow among increasingly extremist militias.

United Statement and Call for Action to Oppose U.S./NATO and Israeli War on Syria

No more wars – U.S. out of the Middle East!

National Days of Action, June 28- July 17, 2013

The White House’s June 13th announcement that it would begin directly supplying arms to the opposition in Syria is a dramatic escalation of the U.S./NATO war against that country.  Thousands of U.S. troops and intelligence personnel are training opposition forces and coordinating operations in Turkey and Jordan.  Israel, the recipient of more than $3 billion annually in U.S. military aid has carried out heavy bombing raids against Syria. The Pentagon has developed plans for a “no-fly” zone over Syria, threatening a new U.S. air war.

The pretext for this escalation is the assertion, presented without any actual evidence, that the Syrian government has used chemical weapons in the conflict that has been raging for more than two years.  Like their predecessors, President Obama and other top U.S. officials pretend to be concerned about “democracy” and “human rights” in Syria, but their closest allies in the campaign against Syria are police-state, absolute monarchies like Saudi Arabia and Qatar.  Once again the so-called ‘Responsibility to protect’, R2P, is used as a pretext for NATO to dominate this region.  

Just as the false claim of “weapons of mass destruction” was used as justification for the invasion and occupation of Iraq in 2003, the allegations that chemical weapons were used by the Syrian military is meant to mask the real motives of Washington and its allies. Their aim is to carry out “regime change,” as part of the drive to create a “new Middle East.”

The invasion of Iraq in 2003, the U.S.-backed Israeli war in Lebanon in 2006, the 2011 NATO bombing of Libya, the now-escalating war in Syria and the growing threats against Iran are part of a coordinated regional effort by the United States, Britain and France to dominate this oil-rich and strategic region.

The U.S. government cuts basic services and has eliminated hundreds of thousands of public sector workers jobs in the last three years in the name of  a discredited austerity which has destroyed the economy, but has unlimited billions available for wars of aggression and NSA surveillance of almost every American.

We join together to call for National Days of Action, June 28- July 15, 2013, to demand:

StoStop the U.S./NATO/Israeli war and allforms of intervention against Syria!

·        Self-determination free from outside intervention for the Syrian people!

·        Fund people’s needs, not the military!

·        U.S. Out of the Middle East!

Endorsers:

  • United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC)
  • ANSWER Coalition (Act Now to Stop War & End Racism)
  • United for Peace and Justice (UFPJ)
  • AFI3RM
  • All-African People’s Revolutionary Party (GC)
  • Alliance for a Just and Lasting Peace in the Philippines
  • Arab Americans for Peace
  • Arab Americans for Syria - AA4S
  • BAYAN USA
  • CRI-Panafricain
  • Freedom Road Socialist Organization
  • Global Network Against Nuclear Power in Space
  • Green Party of the United States
  • Honduras Resistencia USA
  • International Action Center
  • International Coalition to Free the Angola 3
  • Iran Working Group VFP
  • KmB Pro-People Youth
  • March Forward!
  • May 1 Workers and Immigrant Rights Coalition
  • Pakistan USA Freedom Forum
  • Party for Socialism and Liberation (PSL)
  • Revival of Panafricanism Forum
  • SI Solidarity with Iran
  • Socialist Action
  • Syrian American Forum
  • The Green Shadow Cabinet
  • U.S. Palestinian Community Network (USPCN)
  • U.S. Peace Council
  • Ugnayan (Linking the Children of the Motherland)
  • Veterans For Peace
  • World Can't Wait
  • Akbar Muhammad, International Representative, Nation of Islam
  • Ardeshir Ommani, President, American Iranian Friendship Committee (AIFC)
  • David Swanson, RootsAction
  • Glen Ford, Black Agenda Report(organization for identification purpose only)
  • Heidi Boghosian, Executive Director, National Lawyers Guild
  • Jill Stein and Cheri Honkala, candidates, Green Party
  • Jim Lafferty, Executive Director, National Lawyers Guild/Los Angeles
  • Margaret Flowers & Kevin Zeese, PopularResistance
  • Margaret Kimberley, Black Agenda Report(organization for identification purpose only)
  • Nada Khader, WESPAC
  • Prof. Jared Ball, radio host
  • Ramsey Clark, former U.S. attorney general
  • Ron Jacobs, journalist
  • Sami Ramadani, journalist and scholar
  • Advocates for Indigenous California Language Survival
  • ANAKBAYAN Los Angeles and San Diego
  • BAYAN-SOCAL
  • Bob Carter, Justice for Palestinians, Houston(organization for identification purpose only)
  • Coalition to Stop $30 Billion to Israel
  • Community Futures Collective
  • Eugene E Ruyle, Peace and Freedom Party
  • Habi Arts
  • Kevin Akin, California State Chair, Peace and Freedom Party
  • LEF Foundation
  • Los Angeles Peace Council
  • Maine Code Pink
  • Peace and Freedom Party, Santa Cruz County
  • Peoples Video Network
  • Puerto Rican Alliance-LA
  • RI Peoples Assembly
  • RI SOS Save Our Schools Coalition
  • RI Unemployed Council
  • Sabah Jawad, Iraqi Democrats Against Occupation
  • School of the Americas Watch - LA (SOA Watch-LA)
  • SiGAw-GABRIELA USA
  • Southern California Immigration Coalition (SCIC)
  • Stop the War Machine, New Mexico
  • Teach Peace Foundation, Sacramento, Calif.
  • The Dream Team 2013, RI
  • Union of Progressive Iranians
  • West County Toxics Coalition, Richmond, Calif.

Syria News June 25

 




 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Trafficking in Lies about Syria

 

Trafficking in Lies about Syria

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Media scoundrels substitute lies for truth and full disclosure. They violate core journalistic ethics doing so. They threaten world peace. 

 

They're waging war on freedom. They do it shameless, recklessly and unapologetically. They continue ad nauseam.

 

Enemies of Syria Plan Escalated Aggression

 

Enemies of Syria Plan Escalated Aggression

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

So-called "Friends of Syria" are their worst enemies. They're a rogue's gallery of scoundrels. They're complicit with Washington's imperium. They violate core international law principles. 

 

They're no friends of peace, stability and freedom. Umbrella group members America, Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, UAE, and Qatar met in Doha. 

Syria News June 23

 

 

Friends of Syria pledge to arm rebels -  Al Jazeera English

Qatar: Friends of Syria agree on ‘secret’ measures to arm rebels - Alarabiya.net

Syrian rebels say they received heavy weapons that could ‘change the course of the battle’, CIA secretly providing training - Washington Post

FSA leader urges extremist fighters to unify in return for weapons - The National

In Turnabout, Syria Rebels Get Libyan Weapons - NYTimes.com

First European & NATO heavy arms for Syrian rebels. Russian reprisal expected - DEBKAfile

900 U.S. Troops In Jordan To Boost Security In Wake Of Syria Conflict - Reuters

US troop buildup in Jordan after Turkey shuts US-NATO arms corridor to Syrian rebels - DEBKAfile

VIDEO: Friends of Syria approve 'urgent' support for rebels - YouTube

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UN expert says still no proof who used Syria chemical arms - AFP

In Syrian chemical weapons claim criticism about lack of transparency, experts say there is no reliable way to assess its authenticity - The Washington Post

Putin: Chemical weapons produced for Syrian rebels in Iraq - Fars News Agency

Al-Akhbar: Two Qatari officers transferred chemical materials used by terrorists in Khan al-Assal - Friends of Syria

Syrian Troops Launch Offensive On Rebel Strongholds Outside Damascus - AP

Damascus raises army, civil service pay - AFP

Damascus rebels reject SNC in favour of Islamic committees - The National

Suspected Syrian rebels fire over 12 rockets at Lebanon - Al Akhbar English

New wave of foreigners in Syrian fight - The Washington Post

Spain: Arrest of 8 suspected jihadists busts terror recruitment network that attacked in Syria - The Washington Post

Military Source: Most Salafis Fighting in Syria Come from Afghanistan - abna.ir

Iraqi military: Security efforts thwarted plans to set up direct contact between Jabhat al-Nusra in Syria and al-Qaeda in Iraq - Central Asia Online

Iraq Minister warns thousands of Shiites ready to join fight in Syria - Middle East Online

'Rebels murdered my 14-year-old for a joke': Anguish of Syrian mother who saw her son being shot dead - Mail Online

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Turkey protests put strain on Syria planning - The Washington Post

Police clash anew with Istanbul protesters - AFP

31 protesters arrested over Gezi Park protests in Ankara and Istanbul - hurriyetdailynews

 

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Syria News June 21

 

 

Russia says it will fulfil S-300 missile system contract with Syria as a deterrent to no fly zone, will block all demands for the Assad resignation - Yahoo! News

Russian Yak-130 Jets For Syria Awaiting 'Political Decision' - Source - RIA Novosti

Russia: West 'not sure' it can bring Syria rebels to peace meet - AFP

Syria no-fly zone would cost billions, say analysts - ArabianBusiness.com

France's Fabius wants more talks with Syria rebels before arming - Reuters

Syria: President Assad’s grip on Damascus suggests David Cameron’s ‘coup’ is little more than fantasy - The Independent

Germany will not supply weapons to the Syrian opposition - Merkel - The Voice of Russia

Four U.S. senators seek to bar military aid to Syrian rebels - Reuters

POLL: Obama agenda: Pew shows Obama's approval holding steady - First Read

Lebanese president urges Hezbollah to pull out of Syria - Reuters

Tunisia FM urges peaceful solution to Syria crisis-THE DAILY STAR

World Refugee Day: UN calls Syria 'worst humanitarian disaster' since two decades - CSMonitor.com

UNESCO lists 6 Syrian heritage sites as "endangered" - AFP

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Syria rebels seek arms, no-fly zone from Friends of Syria to avert disaster - The Times of India

Rivalries complicate arms pipeline to Syria rebels, A fighter says the new shipment by Gulf countries went to an extreme Islamist group, Ahrar al-Sham - Boston.com

FSA general grapples with disarray in his ranks - Reuters

Syrian Rebels: We've Received Heavy Weapons from Saudis, Missiles Making Impact in Aleppo - Telegraph

Rebels hang on near Damascus, hope for deal on arms from Jordan - Reuters

Special Report: How Syria's Islamists govern with guile and guns, the national coalition has little influence on the ground - Reuters

Syrian ‘National Coalition’ Rejects G8 Call to Fight Qaeda - almanar.com

Aleppo prison: More than 100 prisoners killed by the rebel bombardment, malnourishment, lack of medicine and execution by the regime forces - Syrian Observatory for Human Rights

Syria’s internal opposition: An alternative proposed from within? - The Economist

Arab Islamist rebels, Kurds clash in northern Syria - Reuters

Syriac Christians, Kurds Boost Cooperation in Syria - Al-Monitor

Alawites and Christians in Syria–United in Uncertainty - The American Conservative

Syria Complains to UN Over Edicts Urging Jihad, SANA Reports - Bloomberg

VIDEO: FSA receive the first batch of sophiscated weapons - LiveLeak.coms

VIDEO: Missile Konkurs targeting Syrian tank - YouTube

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Istanbul to vote for Gezi Park if court gives green light - hurriyetdailynews.com

Istanbul: memorials and vigils honour anti-government protesters (VIDEO) - euronews

Bikini-clad woman joins standing protesters in Istanbul's Taksim Square - hurriyetdailynews.com

 

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10 Problems with the Latest Excuse for War

If you own a television or read a newspaper you've probably heard that we need another war because the Syrian government used chemical weapons.

If you own a computer and know where to look you've probably heard that there isn't actually any evidence for that claim.

Below are 10 reasons why this latest excuse for war is no good EVEN IF TRUE.

1. War is not made legal by such an excuse.  It can't be found in the Kellogg-Briand Pact, the United Nations Charter, or the U.S. Constitution.  It can, however, be found in U.S. war propaganda of the 2002 vintage.  (Who says our government doesn't promote recycling?)

2. The United States itself possesses and uses internationally condemned weapons, including white phosphorus, napalm, cluster bombs, and depleted uranium.  Whether you praise these actions, avoid thinking about them, or join me in condemning them, they are not a legal or moral justification for any foreign nation to bomb us, or to bomb some other nation where the U.S. military is operating.  Killing people to prevent their being killed with the wrong kind of weapons is a policy that must come out of some sort of sickness.  Call it Pre-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

3. An expanded war in Syria could become regional or global with uncontrollable consequences.  Syria, Lebanon, Iran, Russia, China, the United States, the Gulf states, the NATO states . . . does this sound like the sort of conflict we want?  Does it sound like a conflict anyone will survive?  Why in the world risk such a thing? 

4. Just creating a "no fly zone" would involve bombing urban areas and unavoidably killing large numbers of people.  This happened in Libya and we looked away.  But it would happen on a much larger scale in Syria, given the locations of the sites to be bombed.  Creating a "no fly zone" is not a matter of making an announcement, but of dropping bombs.

5. Both sides in Syria have used horrible weapons and committed horrible atrocities.  Surely even those who imagine people should be killed to prevent their being killed with different weapons can see the insanity of arming both sides to protect each other side.  Why is it not, then, just as insane to arm one side in a conflict that involves similar abuses by both?

6. With the United States on the side of the opposition in Syria, the United States will be blamed for the opposition's crimes.  Most people in Western Asia hate al Qaeda and other terrorists.  They are also coming to hate the United States and its drones, missiles, bases, night raids, lies, and hypocrisy.  Imagine the levels of hatred that will be reached when al Qaeda and the United States team up to overthrow the government of Syria and create an Iraq-like hell in its place.

7. An unpopular rebellion put into power by outside force does not usually result in a stable government.  In fact there is not yet on record a case of U.S. humanitarian war benefitting humanity or of nation-building actually building a nation.  Why would Syria, which looks even less auspicious than most potential targets, be the exception to the rule?

8. This opposition is not interested in creating a democracy, or -- for that matter -- in taking instructions from the U.S. government.  On the contrary, blowback from these allies is likely.  Just as we should have learned the lesson of lies about weapons by now, our government should have learned the lesson of arming the enemy of the enemy long before this moment.

9. The precedent of another lawless act by the United States, whether arming proxies or engaging directly, sets a dangerous example to the world and to those in Washington for whom Iran is next on the list.

10. A strong majority of Americans, despite all the media's efforts thus far, opposes arming the rebels or engaging directly.  Instead, a plurality supports providing humanitarian aid.

We might better spread democracy by example than by bomb. 

There are nonviolent pro-democracy movements in Bahrain and Turkey and elsewhere, and our government doesn't lift a finger in support.

But if you remember all those years of protesting wars and wishing millions of foolish partisan Republicans would join us in protesting blatant mass-murder even though the president was a Republican, I have good news for you.  The Republicans are leading the way in pretending to oppose war this time.  So, if you Democrats, who I'm sure were 100% sincere in opposing wars some years back are still ready to act, maybe -- just maybe -- we can build right now the sort of broad movement we've wanted.

If you're not too busy.

Syria News June 20

 

 

Syrian troops backed by Hezbollah fight rebels in Damascus suburb housing major Shiite shrine - The Washington Post

Syrian rebels get first heavy weapons supplied Saudi Arabia on the front line of Aleppo - Telegraph

Regime Erodes Hopes for Rebel Enclave in Syria's North - WSJ.com

Special Report: Syria's Islamists seize control as moderates dither - Reuters

Analyst: Al Qaeda affiliate in Syria now best-equipped of the opposition groups - CNN

VIDEO: 60% of Free Syria Army fighting for Islamic State: Channel 4 News - Informed Comment

Al-Nusra kills several Free Syrian Army officers - alalam.ir

Syrian rebels claim attack on Shias in Lebanon, say they were members of Hizbullah - Irish Times

VIDEO: Syrian rebels claim responsibility for killings in Lebanon - euronews

VIDEO: Kuwaiti Sheikh beheaded Hezbollah fighters and captured village in Syria - YouTube

Hezbollah says spared lives of wounded Syrian rebels - THE DAILY STAR

Syrians turn to dollar as local currency tumbles - Yahoo! News

VIDEO: Group of opposition fighters in Syria beheading a man and shooting two women near Aleppo - YouTube

VIDEO [ENG SUB]: Jabhat al Nusra terrorize thier supporters in Aleppo - LiveLeak.com 

VIDEO: A bomber prepares for the fight in an Aleppo suburb - The Globe and Mail

VIDEO: FSA accuses Syrian army, Hezbollah of chemical weapons use - Alarabiya.net English

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Obama refuses to specify US aid to Syrian rebels - AFP

Senators' letter to Obama: Arming Syrian rebels not enough , U.S. should consider no fly zone- MiamiHerald.com

U.S. slow to deliver promised aid to Syrian rebels - FresnoBee.com

Core Group on Syria to probe FSA "wish list" on Saturday - KUNA

Qatar PM: Al Assad exit a must for Syria peace - GulfNews.com

Syrian Brotherhood says Geneva conference aims to legitimise regime - middleeastmonitor

Syria opposition says any solution must bring down Assad - AFP

Russia urges presence of Iran, Saudi Arabia in Geneva talks on Syria - The Shia Post

Abdulbaset Sieda asks Syria Kurds to join SNC - Kurdpress News Aganecy

Hamas says its Iran ties worsen over Syrian civil war - Reuters

 

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Republicans Lead Opposition to War on Syria

Americans alternate in their pretended opposition to mass-murder, depending on the brand name attached to their president.  When Bush was in the White House, Democrats filled the streets against an attack on Iraq.  With Obama in the White House, the usual anti-war folks are nearly comatose, but Republican columnists like Cal Thomas and idiots like Sarah Palin are against arming and bombing in Syria.  And we're starting to see local Republicans rise up in pretended opposition to warmaking:

Anti-war rally to be held at Oklahoma State Capitol

OKLAHOMA CITY – A state lawmaker will lead an anti-war rally on the south steps of the Oklahoma State Capitol at 7 p.m. Friday, July 12. The public is invited.

The rally’s theme is “Not Our War!” and will be held to reflect the views of those who oppose U.S. intervention in the Syrian civil war, state Rep. Paul Wesselhöft said.

“The U.S. has no political or moral obligation to intervene in Syria’s intractable civil war. It’s none of our business,” said Wesselhöft, R-Moore. “Our involvement in shipping arms to the Syrian rebels commits us to a proxy war with Russia. This is not good, not wise, not acceptable, so we object.”

Wesselhöft said the rally will be bipartisan in nature. Musical entertainment will precede the speakers from 6-7 p.m. There will be co-sponsors representing both the left and right political spectrum. Each spectrum will be given equal time, he said. Wesselhöft hopes the Oklahoma rally will spark similar events in other state capitols and Washington, D.C.

“I was working on a significant project this summer and did not want to lead an anti-war rally,” he said. “I was hoping the President would not involve America in another country’s civil war, but we are now arming the rebels.

This rally will be a single-issue event on our involvement in the Syrian civil war.  It will not be about other issues supported or opposed by the President. We will be united, regardless of political party, in one clear message to our government: ‘Syria is NOT OUR WAR!’”

Iran to send 4,000 troops to aid President Assad forces in Syria

World Exclusive: US urges UK and France to join in supplying arms to Syrian rebels as MPs fear that UK will be drawn into growing conflict

By Robert Fisk, the Independent

Washington’s decision to arm Syria’s Sunni Muslim rebels has plunged America into the great Sunni-Shia conflict of the Islamic Middle East, entering a struggle that now dwarfs the Arab revolutions which overthrew dictatorships across the region.

Putin at G8

 

Putin Alone at G8

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

On June 17, G8 leaders began two days of talks in Northern Ireland. Seven nations want escalated war on Syria. Putin's alone. He's an outlier for peaceful conflict resolution.

 

Obama's hands are bloodrenched. He bears full responsibility for ravaging Syria. It's been ongoing since early 2011. It was planned many years earlier. 

 

Syria News June 19

 

 

G8 calls for urgent peace talks and a transitional government in Syria, no mention of Assad's fate in statement - AFP

Obama on Charlie Rose of PBS: Syria is not Iraq, "It is very easy to slip slide your way into deeper and deeper commitments" - usatoday

Obama: Striking Syria carries risk of hitting chemical weapons sites, Skeptical About Syria No-Fly Zone - Alarabiya.net 

VIDEO: Obama on Syria in interview on Charlie Rose of PBS - CBS News

Putin: Russia won't rule out new arms supplies to Syria's Assad - AFP

VIDEO: Putin on Syria at G8: Do You Want to Supply Arms to People who Eat their Enemies' Organs? - YouTube

Pentagon Shoots Down Kerry’s Syria Airstrike Plan - Bloomberg

Consideration of Syria no-fly zone relies on Iraq experience - Navy Times 

France's Hollande open to Iranian presence at Syria talks - Alarabiya.net

UK's Cameron wants Syria peace plan, with or without Russia - Yahoo! News

Lavrov Says Syria Talks Must Not imply 'Capitulation' of Regime - Naharnet

Syria rebels assail G-8 leaders on Syria - usatoday

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Saudi Arabia, France sending Syria rebels anti-aircraft guns: Der Spiegel - Al Akhbar English

Iran reportedly preparing to send 4,000 troops into Syria - Fox News

Iran Denies Plans to Send Troops to Help Syria’s Assad - RIA Novosti

Syria Counts on $1 Billion Iran Fund to Support Pound - Bloomberg

Analysis: Saudi role in Syria driven by fear of Shi'ite 'full moon' - Reuters

Hezbollah leader's brother killed in Syria clashes - The Times of Israel

Lebanon Clashes: Security Officials Clash With Gunmen Loyal To Hezbollah Critic In Port City Of Sidon - AP

4 Lebanese Shiites Killed In Ambush Near Syria -huffingtonpost.com

Hamas to Hizbullah: Leave Syria, Fight Israel - Israel National News

Iraq Moves Troops To Syrian Border - Al-Monitor

Egypt seen to give nod toward jihadis on Syria - Yahoo! News

The adventures of a Libyan weapons dealer in Syria - Reuters

Private money pours into Syrian conflict as donors pick sides - The Japan Times

Qatar Red Crescent Funds Syrian Rebel Arms - Al Akhbar English

Qatar shares edge down; Syria fears weigh on most markets - Gulf Times

U.A.E. Shares Retreat as Syria Civil War Concern Grips Region - Bloomberg

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Full transcript of Assad interview to the German Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper- SANA

Assad denounces chemical arms claim as ‘lies’ – FAZ : The Voice of Russia

Defected Syrian general will be conduit for U.S. military aid to rebels - The Washington Post

Qaeda-linked militants blow up Shiite hall in Syria - AFP

VIDEO: The Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham have exploded a Muslim Shi'i place of worship - YouTube

VIDEO: More on the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham exploding a Muslim Shi'i place of worship - YouTube

Syrian Observatory for Human Rights: Hundreds of thousands of civilians besieged by rebels in Afrin -YALLA SOURIYA

Is Anyone Counting the Guns in Syria? - psmag.com

Syrian fighters funded in part by jizya - Money Jihad

In civil war, Syria's Kurds search for place but increasingly clash with Arab rebels - Fox News

VIDEO: FSA Fighters Insulting Kurdish Flag - YouTube

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Turkey's Defiant PM Says Police to Get More Power - ABC News

Dozens held in Turkey, silent protester goes viral - Reuters

POLL: Poll shows Erdogan's popularity has taken a hit. Could he lose his mandate? - CSMonitor.com

POLL: Most Turks Do Not Support Erdogan's Syria Policy - Al-Monitor

Turkish unions march in support of Istanbul protesters - latimes.com

Anti-Government Protests In Turkey Reach Syrian Border (RADIO) - KGOU

Syrians protest in Damascus backing Turkey demos - THE DAILY STAR

VIDEO: Istanbul: silent standing protest shut down by police - guardian.co.uk

VIDEO: Mayhem in Istanbul hotel as police target protesters seeking rufuge - CBS News

 

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U.S. 'backed plan to launch chemical weapon attack on Syria and blame it on Assad's regime'

  • Leaked emails from defense contractor refers to chemical weapons saying 'the idea is approved by Washington'
  • Obama issued warning to Syrian president Bashar al-Assad last month that use of chemical warfare was 'totally unacceptable'

By Louise Boyle

Daily Mail, January 29

Leaked emails have allegedly proved that the White House gave the green light to a chemical weapons attack in Syria that could be blamed on Assad's regime and in turn, spur international military action in the devastated country.

A report released on Monday contains an email exchange between two senior officials at British-based contractor Britam Defence where a scheme 'approved by Washington' is outlined explaining that Qatar would fund rebel forces in Syria to use chemical weapons.

Barack Obama made it clear to Syrian president Bashar al-Assad last month that the U.S. would not tolerate Syria using chemical weapons against its own people.

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War games: An explosion in the Syrian city of Homs last month. It has been now been suggested that the U.S. backed the use of chemical weapons to spur international military intervention

War games: An explosion in the Syrian city of Homs last month. It has been now been suggested that the U.S. backed the use of chemical weapons to spur international military intervention

According to Infowars.com, the December 25 email was sent from Britam's Business Development Director David Goulding to company founder Philip Doughty.

It reads: 'Phil... We’ve got a new offer. It’s about Syria again. Qataris propose an attractive deal and swear that the idea is approved by Washington.

'We’ll have to deliver a CW to Homs, a Soviet origin g-shell from Libya similar to those that Assad should have.

'They want us to deploy our Ukrainian personnel that should speak Russian and make a video record.

'Frankly, I don’t think it’s a good idea but the sums proposed are enormous. Your opinion?

'Kind regards, David.'

Britam Defence had not yet returned a request for comment to MailOnline.

The Chemical Weapons Hoax

 

The Chemical Weapons Hoax

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Greater US intervention in Syria looms. Manufactured threats facilitate doing so. Replacing Assad with puppet leadership is planned. Independent governments aren't tolerated. More on that below.

 

Fact: Washington bears full responsibility for Middle East/North Africa/Central Asian wars. Resource control is prioritized. So is imperial dominance to Russian and Chinese borders.

 

One-Sided Anti-Syrian Human Rights Council Resolution

 

One-Sided Anti-Syrian Human Rights Council Resolution

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

HRC mocks human rights, It systematically spurns them. It's a de facto US imperial tool. It defiles its own mandate. It does so lawlessly. It does it unapologetically.

 

HRC was established to strengthen "the promotion and protection of human rights around the globe and for addressing situations of human rights violations and make recommendations on them."

Syria News June 16

 

 

Russia questions Syrian chemical weapons evidence as it doesn't meet criteria for reliability, says Assad has no need to use them - Yahoo! News

Chemical weapons experts still skeptical about U.S. claim that Syria used sarin - McClatchy

U.S. missiles, jets to stay in Jordan as Syria crisis rages - Yahoo! News

The Syrian War: Israel and U.S. Coordinating How to Target Assad’s Arsenal - TIME.com

Kerry: Syria's use of chemical weapons jeopardizes political solution - Haaretz Daily Newspaper

G8 Summit: David Cameron pushes for no-fly zone over Syria - The Independent

Mursi cuts Egypt's Syria ties, backs no-fly zone - Yahoo! News

Russia says illegal to impose Syria no-fly zone from Jordan - Yahoo! News

VIDEO: Zbigniew Brzezinski on Syria: US is engaging in "mass propaganda", "Who's fighting for democracy?" - YouTube

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Syrian rebel commander urges West to provide heavy weapons and a no-fly zone, says he could defeat Assad's army within six months - chicagotribune.com

Getting U.S. weapons to Syria rebels will take weeks - latimes.com

Syrian troops capture Damascus suburb near airport, days after attack on the facility - Fox News

Al-Qaeda in Iraq rejects Zawahiri ruling on Nusra - AFP

Nusra Militants Kill Young Man Accused of Theft by Amputating Hand, Foot in Syria's Aleppo - abna.ir

Moscow blasts UNHRC's 'Hezbollah-focused' resolution on Syria - RT Russian politics

Russia says 50 groups in U.S. raise funds for North Caucasus extremists, Some of them are in Syria - Money Jihad

Russian Laurov stresses Syria Kurds should attend in Geneva 2 - Kurdpress News Aganecy

VIDEO: Kurdish YPG forces in Afrin against the FSA - LiveLeak.com

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Saudi Arabia funding fuels jihadist terror,  Oil earnings spent on spreading a violent and intolerant variety of Islam - Vancouver Sun thru Money Jihad

Qatar: State Sponsor of International Terrorism - Oriental Review thru Money Jihad

Saudi Arabian Shares Drop Most in Two Years on Syria Escalation - Bloomberg

Saudi king flies home early as Syria war intensifies - zeenews

Moderate cleric Rowhani declared new Iran president, says "This is a victory of intelligence, of moderation, of progress... over extremism" - AFP

Turkish riot police storm Istanbul park to end protests after Erdogan ultimatum - Reuters

Mother of Turkish protester killed in Ankara: 'Erdogan must resign' - Telegraph

 

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Obama Ups the Stake in Syria

 

Obama Ups the Stakes in Syria

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Obama lied. He's a serial liar. He claims Syria used chemical weapons. His so-called red line was crossed. No verifiable evidence provides proof. Clear facts prove he lied.

 

Syria's Foreign Ministry called Obama's accusations "a caravan of lies" and "fabrications."

 

Syria News June 15

 

 

U.S. says it has proof that Assad's government used chemical weapons, starts arming Syria rebels but still moving warily - Chicago Tribune

Obama move to arm Syrian rebels comes as Assad gains upper hand (VIDEO) - The Washington Post

Russia: U.S. claims of Syrian chemical arms use unconvincing, military support for Assad's opponents undermines the peace talks - Yahoo! News

Syria: US chemical weapons charges 'full of lies', cheap tactics to justify decision to arm the Syrian opposition - News-Sentinel.com

VIDEO: Syria Denies Using Chemical Weapons - YouTube

U.N. leader Ban Ki opposes U.S. plan to arm Syrian rebels, says there is no certainty of chemical weapons use without on-the-ground investigation - AP

Text of White House Statement on Chemical Weapons in Syria - NYTimes.com

U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice: Syria regime used sarin twice in Aleppo - San Jose Mercury News

UK: Al-Qaeda groups in Syria tried to obtain chemical weapons - The Times of Israel

Report: CIA will run US arming of Syrian rebels - The Hill's DEFCON Hill

U.S. aid to Syria rebels likely to include mortars, RPGs: sources - Reuters

Syrian rebel commander urges West to provide heavy weapons - chicagotribune.com

As the US wants to arm 'nice Syrian rebels' hardware will end up in the hands of al-Qa’ida, says Robert Fisk - The Independent

U.S. studying Syria no-fly zone near Jordan border: diplomats - Yahoo! News

White House: No plans for no-fly zone over Syria for now - Army Times

US sees "downsides" to Syria no-fly zone, Rice says - AFP

US to leave air defense weapons in Jordan along Syrian border — RT USA

Russia Keeps Freeze on S-300 Contract with Syria – Kremlin - RIA Novosti

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Syrian troops, rebels clash in Aleppo, Syria’s largest city - Boston.com

Unspecified US weapons for Syrian rebels, but no intervention in Aleppo - Debkafile

Lebanon’s Hezbollah says to keep fighting in Syria “wherever needed" - Chicago Sun-Times

Syria says UN should condemn massacre in Hatla village - PressTV

Hatla Massacre: Sectarian Beasts Prey on Children, Women, Elderly - Friends of Syria

English Transcripts Of Witnesses Describing The Execution Of A 14-Year-Old For Blasphemy In Aleppo - Brown Moses Blog

VIDEO (Arabic): The father of Muhammad Qatta gives first hand testimony of the murder of his child - YouTube

VIDEO (Arabic): Testimonies of the younger brother of Muhammad Qatta and a passerby by Muhammad's coffe stand - YouTube

7 of 9 key Syrian rebel fighter groups are Islamist - WashingtonExaminer.com

Egypt Brotherhood backs Syria jihad, denounces Shi'ites - JPost

Thousands of Egypt Islamists rally for Syria jihad - FRANCE 24

Gezi Park protesters win a concession, but Erdogan insists they must still leave - The Independent

Regime Change in Qatar - Foreign Policy

On Syria, OHCHR Didn't See Any Reason to Ask Who Paid for Study Ascribed To It & UN by Reuters - Inner City Press

 

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