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Friday, August 31, 2012

Kashmiris mark Intl. Day of Disappearances

Published on Aug 30, 2012 by PressTVGlobalNews : Hundreds of people gathered in the summer capital Srinagar of Indian-administered Kashmir to mark the International Day of Disappearances.



International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance


Preamble

The States Parties to this Convention,

Considering the obligation of States under the Charter of the United Nations to promote universal respect for, and observance of, human rights and fundamental freedoms,

Having regard to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,

Recalling the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the other relevant international instruments in the fields of human rights, humanitarian law and international criminal law,

Also recalling the Declaration on the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations in its resolution 47/133 of 18 December 1992 ,

Aware of the extreme seriousness of enforced disappearance, which constitutes a crime and, in certain circumstances defined in international law, a crime against humanity,

Determined to prevent enforced disappearances and to combat impunity for the crime of enforced disappearance,

Considering the right of any person not to be subjected to enforced disappearance, the right of victims to justice and to reparation,

Affirming the right of any victim to know the truth about the circumstances of an enforced disappearance and the fate of the disappeared person, and the right to freedom to seek, receive and impart information to this end,

Have agreed on the following articles:
Part I
Article 1
1. No one shall be subjected to enforced disappearance.

2. No exceptional circumstances whatsoever, whether a state of war or a threat of war, internal political instability or any other public emergency, may be invoked as a justification for enforced disappearance.

Article 2
For the purposes of this Convention, "enforced disappearance" is considered to be the arrest, detention, abduction or any other form of deprivation of liberty by agents of the State or by persons or groups of persons acting with the authorization, support or acquiescence of the State, followed by a refusal to acknowledge the deprivation of liberty or by concealment of the fate or whereabouts of the disappeared person, which place such a person outside the protection of the law.

Article 3
Each State Party shall take appropriate measures to investigate acts defined in article 2 committed by persons or groups of persons acting without the authorization, support or acquiescence of the State and to bring those responsible to justice.

Article 4
Each State Party shall take the necessary measures to ensure that enforced disappearance constitutes an offence under its criminal law.

Article 5
The widespread or systematic practice of enforced disappearance constitutes a crime against humanity as defined in applicable international law and shall attract the consequences provided for under such applicable international law.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

NAM & is Iran isolated?

'US, NATO to fight any Syria deal offered at Iran summit'.

Published on Aug 29, 2012 by RussiaToday : The United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has arrived in Tehran to take part in the Summit of the Non-Aligned movement... that's a bloc of countries that don't consider themselves in union with the U.S.

Washington has voiced criticism of the UN chief's visit to Iran and of the gathering in general. Despite Iran's willingness and ability to help find a solution to the Syria crisis, any ideas put forward by Tehran could be met with resistance.





Gaza's Hopes Dashed by Morsi and Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood


Ever since the toppling of the Mubarak regime in Egypt, Palestinians in Gaza have hoped that they would see an end to the punishing restrictions on their movement through the Rafah crossing with Egypt, their only gateway to the outside world.

I know first-hand about the hardships these restrictions cause, not only because as a reporter I have covered them for years, but because my family has borne them personally as we have had to go back and forth from our home in Gaza to Egypt for my wife’s medical treatment.

But though there was a loosening of the restrictions since the fall of Egypt’s Mubarak regime, 1.6 million residents in Gaza now face the return of the tight closure imposed on their movement since 2007, as Israel, the occupying power, works with Egypt to impose a tight siege on the area.


Punishing Palestinians for electing Hamas
Israel claimed that the siege was necessary because Hamas, in power in Gaza, represented a threat; meanwhile Egypt bowed to international pressure by shutting down Gaza’s main gateway to the outside world. The goal was in fact the same — to tighten the siege on Gaza to make Hamas’ rule unviable, even though it had won an election in 2006.

Egypt then contended that the Rafah crossing terminal should operate according to the terms of the 2005 “Agreement on Movement and Access” brokered by the United States. This agreement required the presence of European Union “observers” who acted as Israel’s eyes, ears and hands, and the forces of the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah.

However, Hamas’ election victory has changed the rules of the political game, and hundreds of thousands of Palestinians who need to be able to move in and out of Gaza have been the victims.

Instead of welcoming one of the rare democratic exercises in in the Arab world, years before the Arab uprisings that have, so far, led to the fall of long-time rulers in Tunisia, Libya, Yemen and Egypt itself, the so-called international community imposed a boycott on the Palestinians to punish them for the result.

A year and a half after Hamas won legislative elections in both Gaza and the West Bank — declared free and fair by international monitors — Hamas and the western-backed Fatah faction of Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas, architect of the Oslo Agreement between Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization, engaged in a brief civil war.

Abbas’ forces aimed to prevent Hamas from gaining hegemony despite their election victory, while Hamas wanted to consolidate its control and prevent what it saw as a coup against its legitimate authority.

In June 2007, the conflict reached a climax, and Hamas ousted the forces loyal to Abbas and established sole control in the interior of Gaza. This only led Israel and its international allies to tighten the siege and closure.

In 2008, Israel declared Gaza — of which it is still legally the occupying power — a “hostile entity” that is dedicated to the destruction of the state of Israel.




French & US Intelligence Chemical Weapons False Flag in Syria Exposed

Published on Aug 28, 2012 by Arabi Souri : A meeting between Al Arabiya news channel manager with a US diplomat then with French & US intelligence plan to use chemical weapons on Syrians and accuse the Syrian Army for it, the long anticipated, exposed, consumed False Flag..

A Saudi company has already arranged for 1,400 ambulance cars equipped with chemical & poisonous gas filtering system for swift military intervention when needed..!

A public spontaneous revolution or a NATO covert & overt military intervention with NATO mainstream media coverage?! You decide.



Monday, August 27, 2012

Syrian Rebels Caught Using Captured Prisoners As Suicide Bombers

Published on Aug 22, 2012 by PlanetEarthAwakens01 : Syrian rebels try to use prisoner for suicide bombing.



Thursday, August 23, 2012

US, Pakistan must divorce as allies: Ex-Pakistani envoy to US


Pakistan’s former ambassador to the United States Husain Haqqani
Pakistan’s former ambassador to the United States Husain Haqqani

Pakistan’s former ambassador to the United States says the two countries must “divorce” as allies rather than prolong a dysfunctional marriage.

“If in 65 years, you haven’t been able to find sufficient common ground to live together, and you had three separations and four reaffirmations of marriage, then maybe the better way is to find friendship outside of the marital bond,” Husain Haqqani said, addressing the Center for the National Interest, a Washington think tank, on Wednesday.

“I’m not for [the US] declaring Pakistan an enemy,” Haqqani said, adding that his reason for proposing a “parting of ways” is due to the idea that “the important things can actually be addressed.”

He pointed to a survey by the Pew Research Center released in June, which indicated that nearly three-in-four Pakistanis considered the United States an enemy, although the US provides Pakistan with billions of dollars in aid.

“If this was an election campaign… you would advise the senator with these kinds of favorability ratings to pull out of the race, instead of spending more money.”

He also said there is friction between Pakistan’s civilian government and military about having good relations with the United States.

Haqqani noted that Pakistan’s military needed to be under greater civilian control, adding that the country’s national interests are defined “by generals, not by civilian leaders.”

He referred to the US assassination drone strikes, anticipating that the United States would push ahead with the campaign even in a post-alliance future.

“I have no realistic expectation of the United States ending the drone campaign and (no realistic expectation of) Pakistan accepting it,” he said.

Pakistani officials and opposition parties have shown their outrage at the drone strikes that have claimed the lives of many people in Pakistan’s tribal areas bordering Afghanistan.

Despite the Pakistani government’s repeated calls on Washington to end the drone attacks, the US government continues its strikes on the tribal regions of the country.

Washington claims its drone strikes target militants, although casualty figures clearly indicate that Pakistani civilians are the main victims of the attacks.

The killing of Pakistani civilians, including women and children, by the US drone strikes have strained relations between the two allies, prompting Pakistani officials to send warnings to the US administration over the assaults.

Pakistanis have held many demonstrations to condemn the United States’ violations of their country’s sovereignty.

original here    | 23 Aug 2012 >>


Will Israel Be The Next World Power?

Published on Aug 4, 2012 by zionget : buy this? do not buy this? - from a Jew & a leader of 1of the Christian Churches.



Wednesday, August 22, 2012

AJE lied this is not the first time 'peace came' to Somalia.

There was a brief period of peace before under ICU.

New Somali parliament sworn in:

Published on Aug 20, 2012 by AlJazeeraEnglish : After years of turmoil, Somalia's first formal parliament in two decades has been sworn in.

It's hoped a new President can be chosen in the next few weeks.The transitional govt has been in power since 2004. It's been criticised for being corrupt and failing to improve security.




Tuesday, August 21, 2012

AJE : How Syrian rebels are fighting back

AJE the voice of the US State Dept propagating another 'the coalition of the willing'? WHAT! turn Syria into another Iraq?

Published on Aug 19, 2012 by AlJazeeraEnglish : Brigadier General Mark Kimmitt, a former US state department military advisor, talks to Al Jazeera about how Syrian rebels are managing to fight the far better equipped and trained Syrian military.

 
 
 

Monday, August 20, 2012

Eid passes peacefully in Mogadishu, Alhamdullilah!

WHEN ICU brought peace, they ferment war? Will they be able to bring lasting peace? With all the might of America backing up AU, the arms embargo & the drones?
Published on Aug 19, 2012 by AlJazeeraEnglish : Somalis enjoy a peaceful Eid even if life remains precarious for most in the country's capital.



Sunday, August 19, 2012

UK and German spies feed intelligence to Syrian rebels - reports

Syrian opposition fighters take part in battles against Syrian government forces in the Karm al-Tarab neighborhood of Aleppo on August 17, 2012. (AFP Photo/Achilleas Zavallis)
British and German spy intelligence on Syrian government troop movement has been shared with rebels (pic) to aid attacks on pro-Assad forces, UK and German newspapers revealed on Sunday.
An unnamed Syrian opposition official admitted that British intelligence is covertly aiding antigovernment forces in Syria, UK weekly newspaper the Sunday Times reported.
British authorities "know about and approve 100%" of intelligence from their Cyprus military bases being passed through Turkey to the troops of the rebel Free Syrian Army (FSA), the official said.   
The UK owns two military bases on the island of Cyprus, one at Dhekelia and another at Akrotiri. The bases monitor regional airwaves and report to the GCHQ (Government Communications Headquarters), Britain’s national electronic surveillance center in Cheltenham, the report said.  
"British intelligence is observing things closely from Cyprus. It's very useful because they find out a great deal," the official said. "The British are giving the information to the Turks and the Americans and we are getting it from the Turks."
According to the source, the most valuable intelligence has been about the movements of troops loyal to President Bashar al-Assad towards the city of Aleppo, which has recently become the ground for fierce clashes between the government and the rebels. 
"The British monitor communications about movements of the government army and we got information about reinforcements being on their way to Aleppo," the official told the newspaper. "We hit at the government troops in Idlib and Saraqib [southwest of Aleppo], with success."
The official claimed that early in August, FSA fighters were given advance warning of two large columns of government troops advancing on Aleppo. One was from Latakia on the Mediterranean coast, and the other from the capital Damascus.
"We ambushed troops and a column of more than 40 tanks in a valley near Saraqib," the official said. "We cut them off and destroyed many of them with repeat attacks with rocket-propelled grenades."
German newspaper Bild also revealed on Sunday that Germany is much more active in Syria than was previously believed. German spies, stationed on ships off the Syrian coast, are transmitting intelligence to the FSA to aid in their campaign against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, Bild reported.
Agents from Germany's Federal Intelligence Service (BND) are equipped with high-tech spy technology, allowing them to observe troop movements as far inland as 600 kilometers (400 miles). The spies pass their findings onto US and British officers, who then pass the intelligence along to the FSA, Bild said.
The newspaper also claims that BND agents are currently operating at a NATO base in Adana, Turkey, where they eavesdrop on phone calls and radio traffic within Syria.
"No Western intelligence service has such good sources inside Syria" as Germany's BND, Bild quoted an unnamed US intelligence official as saying.
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Bernard-Henri Levy Urges Intervention in Syria: His Role in Libya as Example


2012-06-05-libyans.JPGBefore meeting with philosopher Bernard-Henri Levy, famed for the last 30 years as the most flamboyant "public intellectual" of France, I felt wary -- if not mefiante. After all, I live in France, where the greater percent of the French people I meet will immediately go into passionate denunciations of this 63 year old man's narcissism, his self-aggrandizing missions to Bosnia and Sudan to save the world for democracy, and -- for some reason, a pet peeve -- his trademark white shirt buttoned six buttons lower than the average man's (to the "navel", they say, but I myself saw no bellybutton).
But I also felt wary for a more grounded reason: I had just seen Bernard Henri-Levi's new documentary -- about himself, and Libya, and himself -- at its premiere at Cannes. The film details BHL's (as he is called, familiarly, in France) pivotal role in lobbying Western forces to intervene in Libya to protect civilians and bring Gaddafi down. In a nutshell: stirred by moral imperative, BHL snuck into Libya through Egypt in the height of the rebellion, met with the NTC (the National Transitional Council) and then, with one phone call to his buddy Sarkozy, he arranged for key NTC leaders to be flown to the Elysee palace in Paris, where, on March 10, 2011, France promptly recognized the NTC as the legitimate governing body of Libya.

This recognition spurred, the documentary suggests, the resolution a week later, on March 17, by the Security Council to declare a no-fly zone for Libya, and on March 19, NATO began bombing, with French jets the first to enter the fray. Gaddafi fell in August 2011.

The documentary basically follows the passionate self-declared diplomat through his eight month sojourn in the revolution. It begins with men hanging in Libya, killed by Gaddafi, and then follows the rebels on their mission to overthrow the dictator, with BHL in almost every shot.
Throughout, the documentary makes BHL appear to be a major military consultant for the NTC: it is his idea, for example, to open a second front at Jebel Nafusa, which appears to be the strategy that determined the outcome.

What AlJazeera thinks of Lakhdar Brahimi, Syrian Mission?

AlJazeera (Voice of US State's dept.) official Stance?
UN observers wind up their mission in Syria


Published on Aug 18, 2012 by AlJazeeraEnglish : The head of the UN observer mission in Syria has said he was frustrated with the failure to reduce the violence and end the government's use of heavy weapons.

Lieutenant General Babacar Gaye was giving his final news conference in Damascus ahead of the end of the mission on Sunday.The observers' departure follows the UN Security Council's decision to end the mission and replace it with a small liaison office.

The expiry of the observers' mandate represents a serious blow to international efforts to end the conflict.



Al Jazeera's Julie MacDonald speaks to new UN envoy to Syria

Published on Aug 17, 2012 by AlJazeeraEnglish : Speaking to Al Jazeera's Julie MacDonald from Paris, Lakhdar Brahimi, newly appointed joint Arab League-United Nations special envoy to Syria, says he was not confident he could resolve the situation, but he would do his best.



Deadline looms for naming of Somalia's transitional government.

Published on Aug 18, 2012 by DuniyaKiKhabrain : The deadline set by the international community for Somalia's transitional government is Monday. Disagreements about who should be among the 275 members of the next parliament, is threatening to delay the political process and destabilise the country. One of the most controversial issues is over women and their role in parliament. It was agreed that a third of Somali MPs will be women. But elders say this is a step too far.


  • MPs: There are 46,552 MPs in the world. The global average number of parliamentarians per country is 245. China has the largest parliament with 3,000 members in the Chinese National People’s Congress. 
  • The world’s smallest parliament is in Micronesia, with just 14 MPs. Women: There are 8,716 women parliamentarians globally, which is 19.25 per cent of the total number of MPs. 
  • Age: The global average age of an MP is 53. The average age for a woman MP is 50. Sub-Saharan African MPs have the lowest regional average age at 49 with Arab countries with the highest at 55. 
  • Budgets: The U.S. Congress has the largest parliamentary budget at US$5.12 billion. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines spends least on parliament budget at 1.8 million.


Friday, August 17, 2012

What the odds for Lakhdar Brahimi's to steer Syria to peace?

DN : U.N. to End Monitoring in Syria, Saying Both Sides Have "Chosen the Path of War"

The United Nations is phasing out its monitoring mission inside Syria amidst unrelenting violence between government and rebel forces. Saying both sides have "chosen the path of war," a top U.N. peacekeeping official said the last of the remaining monitors inside Syria will pull out by a week from today. The United Nations, meanwhile, has confirmed veteran Algerian diplomat Lakhdar Brahimi will take over as international mediator, replacing Kofi Annan, who resigned two weeks ago. On Thursday, U.N. humanitarian chief Valerie Amos said up to 2.5 million people affected by the Syrian conflict are in need of aid.
Valerie Amos: "Over a million people have been uprooted and face destitution. Perhaps a million more have urgent humanitarian needs due to the widening impact of the crisis on the economy and on people’s livelihoods. Back in March, we estimated that a million people were in need of help. Now as many as 2.5 million are in need of assistance, and we are working to update our plans and our funding requirements."
Lakhdar Brahimi :


Published on Aug 17, 2012 by AlJazeeraEnglish : Lakhdar Brahimi, the new United Nations-Arab League Joint Special Representative, has a difficult task ahead - but he certainly has plenty of experience. A former envoy to Iraq and Afghanistan, he's been highly regarded as a diplomatic troubleshooter for years.


Iranians effected with depleted uranium toxic air from Iraq?

Published on Aug 15, 2012 by presstvmobile.



Thursday, August 16, 2012

The Syrian Conflict is Not Sectarian?

Published on Jul 20, 2012 by 108morris108 : Bashar Assad married a Sunni (from Homs), of the three high officials assassinated the other day, there was one Sunni, one Christian and one Alawite.The West is interfering in these uprisings it will not allow the people's will to win, and the policies of the Muslim Brotherhood has changed and they are now more Western aligned.

Huge pressure on the Gulf States to be Sectarian, with accusations of an Arc of Shia The Sectarianism started when Iraq invaded Iran.

Ahmed is the Editor and Publisher of http://muslimnews.co.uk ... the oldest and most well established and respected Muslim newspaper in the UK.The only independent monthly Muslim newspaper in the UK which is neither backed by any country nor by any organisation or party...



Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Tel Aviv ready for 30-day war with Iran: Outgoing Israeli minister.

Outgoing Israeli Home Front Defense Minister Matan Vilnai
Outgoing Israeli Home Front Defense Minister Matan Vilnai

Outgoing Israeli Home Front Defense Minister Matan Vilnai has claimed that the Tel Aviv regime is prepared for a ‘30-day war’ with Iran.

The claim, first published by Israeli daily Yedioth Aharonot on Sunday, was made after Vilnai was appointed as the regime’s ambassador to China. 

Vilnai also said that ‘during the conflict with Iran, the Tel Aviv regime would suffer only 500 fatalities.’ 

The former Israeli minister also claimed that there are no worries and that the “home front” has never been so well-prepared. 

Iranian authorities have dismissed the repeated Israeli threats of military action against the Islamic Republic, warning that in case Israel makes the mistake of launching such an attack, it will spell the end of the Israeli regime. 

A number of senior Iranian military commanders have also emphasized that in case of any attack on Iran, the conflict is certain to expand well beyond the region. 

original report here >>>


Somalia Elections & Presidential sElection draws near?

Published on Aug 14, 2012 by PressTVGlobalNews : Mogadishu is visibly in election mood as the Presidential candidates are running their campaigns. Although the Somalian president is going to be elected by the MPs and not the public, the candidates still try to win popular support.



Syrian Union of Journalists condemn attacks on journalists

Published on Aug 14, 2012 by PressTVGlobalNews : The Union of journalists and media workers in public and private stance gathered in front of the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on Tuesday August 14th to honor the memory of their colleague Ali Abbas. Abbas, head of the Interior in News Agency, was assassinated at his home last Saturday.



New initiative presented to solve unrest in Syria.

Published on Aug 15, 2012 by PressTVGlobalNews : A new initiative for solving the unrest in Syria was presented, only this time by an opposition body. The National Coordination Committee for Democratic Change headed by Hassan Abdulazim held a press conference introducing its initiative that calls for a truce between the government and foreign backed armed groups and a release of prisoners and detainees by both sides.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Creative Chaos: 'Outlaws, smugglers US proxies in looting of Syria'

Published on Aug 14, 2012 by RussiaToday : The world's biggest global body outside the UN - Organization of Islamic Cooperation - is suspending Syria's membership. Iran's the only member of the bloc to have openly spoken out 'against' sidelining Damascus. But several member countries, like Qatar and Saudi Arabia are pushing to mobilize support for Syrian rebels. Syria's opposition steps up calls for a Libya-style intervention, with reports that fighters who toppled Gaddafi are among rebel ranks. Dr. Ibrahim Alloush from the Zaytoonah University in Amman spoke.





Monday, August 13, 2012

Implications Tehran Peace Conference on Syria.

Tehran Conference belies US Syria claims: Webster Tarpley

Published on Aug 12, 2012 by PressTVGlobalNews : An Iranian lawmaker says the United States seeks to downplay Iran's crucial role in resolving the Syrian crisis. Mohammad Saleh Jokar made the remark in response to the US reaction to Iran's holding of a recent consultative meeting on Syria. Iran hosted the day-long meeting on Thursday, August 7 to discuss the Syrian unrest. The gathering was attended by officials and representatives from nearly 30 countries.

The United States dismissed the importance of the conference and criticized the Islamic Republic for supporting the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government. Jokar reiterated that "the policy of isolating Iran will get nowhere," adding that Washington aims to bar Iran's participation in ending the Syrian crisis

An interview with Dr. Webster Griffin Tarpley, author and historian.



Egyptian authorities under Morsi's closed crossings & tunnels.

Mahmoud Abbas supports closing of Rafah crossing by Egypt‎

Published on Aug 12, 2012 by PressTVGlobalNews : The West Bank government led by the western backed acting Palestinian Authority chief Mahmoud Abbas has expressed its support to Egyptian authorities shutting down of tunnels between the blockaded Gaza Strip and Egypt.

Egypt sealed the tunnels last Sunday along with the Rafah crossing following the killing of Egyptian policemen near the border with Gaza.In a press conference held in Gaza, Hamas movement condemned the inciting statements by Mahmoud Abbas.

The Gaza population of over 1,5 million depends on tunnels for most of its goods including food and fuel.



Hamas calls on Egypt's president to reopen Rafah crossing

Published on Aug 12, 2012 by PressTVGlobalNews Hamas ministry of health says Egypt's closure of the Rafah border crossing could cause a health disaster in the blockaded Gaza Strip.

Since the closure of the passenger terminal following the killing of Egyptian policemen near the crossing suffering of patients and humanitarian cases has increased.

 


Sunday, August 12, 2012

'Rebel atrocities strengthen Assad, turn Syrians off opposition'

Published on Aug 12, 2012 by RussiaToday : The Arab League has postponed Sunday's crisis meeting on Syria, where rebels are struggling to regain ground in the country's biggest city, Aleppo. Foreign ministers were to discuss a new envoy to Syria to replace Kofi Annan, who quit earlier this month.

UK-based journalist and broadcaster Neil Clark says fighting in Syria will only escalate, as the rebels get strong support from their western backers aimed at regime change.



Morsi's coup detat - SCAF downed!



Egypt's President Retires Defense Minister

Egypt's Islamist president ordered the retirement of the defense minister and chief of staff on Sunday and canceled the military-declared constitutional amendments that granted the top generals wide powers previously reserved for the head of state.


Mideast Egypt.JPEGIt was not immediately clear whether President Mohammed Morsi's (Pic standing near the flag) decision had the military's blessing. But the appointment of outgoing Defense Minister Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi and Chief of Staff Gen. Sami Annan as presidential advisers suggests that the nation's top two soldiers may have agreed in advance to the decisions. Morsi also ordered the retirement of the commanders of the navy, air defense and air force.

Morsi on Sunday also appointed a senior judge, Mahmoud Mekki, as vice president. Mekki is a pro-reform judge who publicly spoke against election fraud during Hosni Mubarak's 29-year rule before he was ousted in last year's uprising.

Tantawi was the head of Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) which took over after Mubarak was forced from power in February 2011 and Annan was No. 2 on the ruling council. The two men appointed to replace them were also members of the SCAF — something that could indicate either the military's agreement to the shuffle or splits at the highest level of the armed forces.

"The question is now will these decisions end that conflict and the duality of powers or will there be resistance?" said analyst Gamal Abdel-Gawad. "These are huge changes."



Saturday, August 11, 2012

Clinton: Chemical warfare is planned for. Rebels get first anti-air Stingers



Aarb rebel with Stinger anti-air missile
Aarb rebel with Stinger anti-air missile
Turkey has sent the Syrian rebels fighting in Aleppo their first shipment of shoulder-carried, anti-air FIM-92 Stingers, DEBKAfile’s military sources report. More are on the way to insurgent groups battling government forces around Damascus and other parts of Syria.

In Istanbul, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton held talks Saturday, Aug. 11, with Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan and Syrian opposition figures, after which she announced US and Turkish intelligence services and military would set up a joint working team to plan for “many contingencies including the very horrible scenario of the use of chemical weapons.”

DEBKAfile’s US, Turkish and Israeli intelligence sources are taking into account that Bashar Assad will view the supply of Stingers to the rebels as a game changer that threatens to tip the balance of the war against him and respond with chemical warfare against the rebels, Turkey, Israel and Jordan.


In consideration of this menace, France last week flew a medical field hospital specializing in treating chemical poisoning from its medical base at Istres to northern Jordan and set it up close to the Syrian border.


Our sources also disclose that Pri
me Minister Tayyip Erdogan's decision to put Stingers in Syrian rebel hands came after Assad’s forces shot down a Turkish Air Force F-4 with Russian-made Pantsyr-1 air defense missiles over Latakia on June 22.

He was also paying Bashar Assad back for allowing Turkish Kurdish rebel PKK forces to transfer 2,500 fighters to the Syrian-Turkish border.

11 Aug 2012 | read more >>


New UN Peace Envoy Syria?

There was a Syria peace conference in Tehran, 30 countries was present, snubbed by the financiers of FSA as attempts at stealing the the headlines...etc *
  • Kofi Annan was UN Syria Peace Envoy 
what now? 

 
 Published on Aug 10, 2012: Lakhdar Brahimi, Algerian Diplomat 
replaces Kofi Annan as UN special peace envoy to Syria?


Morsi being pushed?

..to achieve Knesset's & Bibi Netanyahu's NKRA? : Uploaded on Aug 10, 2012



Friday, August 10, 2012

Libya's transitional council hands over power

Published on Aug 9, 2012 by NHKReloaded : Libya's transitional council has handed over power to a newly elected assembly, marking the first peaceful power transfer in the country's modern history.

The National Transitional Council, which has ruled Libya since last year's ouster of Muammar al-Qadhafi, was dissolved in a late-night ceremony in Tripoli on Wednesday.

Council chairman Mustafa Abdel Jalil declared that the assembly is now the sole legitimate representative of the Libyan people.

The assembly was elected in July in the country's first national poll held 60 years. Libya was without a constitution or legislature under the autocratic rule of Qadhafi, who took power in a bloodless coup in 1969.

The assembly will be tasked with advancing the country's democratization process towards the launch of a full government in one year's time. It will be naming a prime minister and drafting a new constitution.

However many things are still unclear. Political parties are scrambling to form alliances with independent candidates in a fight for leadership in the assembly. Also, it has yet to be decided how to choose members of the panel drafting a constitution.

Another challenge is the country's volatile security, especially in Benghazi and other eastern areas. Aug. 9, 2012



Saudi Arabia: 10 Truths Self-Censored by the West's Media Houses


1Saudi Arabia is so utterly autocratic it is literally named after the ruling dynasty, the House of Saud. Thus it is Arabia of the House of Saud, or "Saudi Arabia."

2. To this day, Saudi Arabia carries out barbaric executions against both criminals and political enemies, including victims accused of "sorcery and witchcraft" in the aptly named, "Chop-Chop Square" located in the capital of Riyadh where heads are literally chopped off by hooded swordsmen.

3. Women are banned from driving in Saudi Arabia, and most likely would also be banned from voting in national elections, if such a phenomenon even occurred - which it does not - as Saudi Arabia is an absolute monarchy and its leaders are determined by heredity, not even the feigned pretense of elections. There are local elections, however, in which woman are not permitted to vote (perhaps in 2015?).

4. Saudi Arabia has been and to this day is the primary underwriter of the notorious international terror organization, Al Qaeda. Created along with Saudi Arabia's long-time ally, the United States, money, weapons, and directives are laundered through the Saudis to maintain both plausible deniability for the Americans, and to maintain a degree of credibility for Al Qaeda's sectarian extremist foot-soldiers across the Muslim World.

5. Saudi Arabia maintains an extensive "re-education" program internationally to pervert the tenants of Islam as a means of keeping Al Qaeda's ranks full and fuelingWall Street and London's engineered "Clash of Civilizations."

6. Saudi Arabian corporate-financier interests (run by the royal family) are tied directly to Wall Street and London via conglomerations like the US-Saudi Arabian Business Council and representation upon the JP Morgan International Council (Khalid Al-Falih of Saudi Aramco, amongst the highest valued companies on Earth).

7. The alleged most notorious terrorist in modern history, Osama Bin Laden, was a creation of US-Saudi machinations, with the Bin Laden family to this day being a premier member of of both Saudi and Western elitist circles. The multi-billion dollar Saudi Binladin Group is an active member of the US-Saudi Arabian Business Council and plays a central role in deciding bilateral policy for the benefit of collective US-Saudi corporate-financier and corresponding geopolitical interests.

8. The autocratic House of Saud maintains Al Arabiya, along with a extensive list of unsavory investors from across the GCC and its sphere of influence, including Lebanon's Hariri faction. It is a propaganda outlet masquerading as an objective journalistic organization, working in tandem with state-owned Al Jazeera in Qatar. Occasionally admitted to be "state media" by the West, "state media" in Saudi Arabia actually means "Saud family-owned propaganda."

9. Saudi Arabia has played an active role in the violent destabilization of governments around the world, including most recently Libya and Syria. The use of sectarian-extremists indoctrinated at Saudi-funded faux-mosques and madrasas, armed and funded by Saudi cash, is the standard method of operation for these destabilizations.

10. Saudi Arabia's brutally repressive internal security apparatus is a creation of US advisers and operators. Its military, both covert and conventional, is also armed through astronomically large weapons sales (including a recent sale considered the largest in US history) by its Wall Street and London allies. The atrocities committed by the despotic Saud regime are directly facilitated by US advisers, operators, and arms. Saudi Arabia also hosts the US military, a sizable force until it was spread out amongst the orbiting despotic regimes of QatarBahrainOman, and the United Arab Emirates.

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Morsi - Sinai moves, right or wrong? israel's media views.


Morsi's anti-terror ploy to root out pro-US influence in Cairo, cut Israel from Sinai.


President Morsi with army chief Field Marshal Tantawi in Sinai
President Morsi with army chief Field Marshal Tantawi in Sinai
Israel willingly acceded to Cairo’s request for permission to deploy fighter planes and armored troop carriers in Sinai, which was ruled a demilitarized buffer zone under their 1979 peace treaty. It shared an interest in President Mohamed Morsi’s counter-terror offensive against lawless Islamist bands.

But when sensational reports started coming in from Cairo about non-existent Egyptian victories in which an improbable “60 gunmen killed,” they realized the “offensive” was largely bogus.


According to DEBKAfile’s intelligence sources, Washington and Jerusalem strongly suspect that they should be worried about what the Muslim Brotherhood president is really up, especially after the sweep he conducted Wednesday, Aug. 8 of pro-Western military officers and other moves.

1.  Until then, President Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood’s leadership were deemed two separate and competing power bases in Cairo, with the president ready to defy the Brotherhood by leaning on the supreme military council for support. 


This perception broke down in the aftermath of the terrorist raid of Aug. 5 in which 17 Egyptian troops were murdered at their Mansoura base in northern Sinai. By his subsequent actions, Morsi put paid to the impression, which was supported by many high-ranking members of Israel’s security community, that the Egyptian president of two months had chosen an independent path and was ready to break ranks with the Brotherhood.



Tehran Consultative Meeting on Syria

More than 30 countries attend  
Published on Aug 9, 2012



Thursday, August 9, 2012

What now? UN mulling over venturing militarily into Mali?

UN chief wants sanctions against Mali rebels 


Published on Aug 8, 2012 by AlJazeeraEnglish : Ban Ki-moon, the United Nations secretary-general, has called on UN security council to impose sanctions against fighters who have taken over northern Mali. Ban asked the council on Wednesday to consider financial and travel sanctions against rebels and fighters linked to radical Islamist groups, including several who are allied with al-Qaeda.

As Egyptian troops press to regain control of Sinai, gunmen attack police station in peninsula

CAIRO — Gunmen sprayed a police station in Egypt’s Sinai with bullets Thursday, setting off a brief firefight with policemen before speeding away in their truck, the latest in a series of attacks against security forces in the increasingly volatile peninsula, security officials said.

Meanwhile, the military sent additional armored and other army vehicles to boost its strength in a hunt for militants in the wake of a deadly weekend attack that killed 16 Egyptian soldiers.

The security officials also said army engineers were making preparations to destroy or shut an elaborate underground tunnel network linking Sinai and Gaza that is used to smuggle weapons, people and basic goods to circumvent border restrictions imposed against the Hamas-controlled territory by Israel and Egypt. The officials all spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss ongoing operations.

The lawlessness in northern Sinai, which borders both Gaza and Israel, reached a new level with Sunday’s attack on an Egyptian military border post. The attackers killed the 16 soldiers as they were breaking their daily fast for the holy month of Ramadan with a sunset meal. They then commandeered an armored vehicle, which they later used to storm across the border into Israel where they were hit by an Israeli airstrike that killed at least six militants.

The attack has rattled the Egyptian government, prompting the country’s new Islamist president to sack the intelligence chief for failing to act on an Israeli warning of an imminent attack just days before.

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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

U.S. Government is funding the opposition in Syria.

Reality Check: Is Al-Qaeda An Enemy Or Not?

Published on Aug 2, 2012 by BenSwannRealityCheck : Ben Swann Reality Check looks at a new report that the U.S. Government is funding the opposition in Syria including al Qaeda fighters.

 
 
 
 
 

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Tehran to host 16th Non-Aligned Movemnet summit.

Published on Aug 6, 2012 by iraniam100 : Details about the 16th Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement. The Spokesman for the 16th Non-Aligned Movement Summit in Tehran had his first press conference. The Summit will be held from August 26th until August 31st in the Iranian Capital, Tehran. He told Press TV about the major goals of this international event.



Syria : Oustide Story 3.0 Syrian Protesters Militarized - a conspiracy?

Published on Aug 6, 2012 : Sami Ramadani: The protest was militarized, otherwise Assad would have been pushed out by now.



Malaysia prepares for 13th general elections

Published on Aug 6, 2012 by PressTVGlobalNews : Everything in Malaysia is being politicized these days, as the long-awaited general election looms in the horizon.

The personal lives of politicians on both sides, an alleged water crisis in one of the opposition-held states and the government's awarding of contracts for infrastructure projects have all become hot issues.

Even the theme of the upcoming national day celebrations at the end of August has not been spared.



Saturday, August 4, 2012

Thousands of Israelis turn up for anti-govt demo.

They are protesting against the 'war budget', lopsided military drafts law and spending too much - on illegal settlements!

Published on Aug 4, 2012 by RussiaToday : "The time has come for an all out war," say Israeli students, social activists and the country's movement for equality in military service laws. The groups are joining forces for a major anti-govt protest in Tel Aviv on Saturday night.



The Syrian Civil War and Big Power Rivalry

Published on Aug 3, 2012 by TheRealNews : Sami Ramadani: The US and allied regional powers pushed early militarization of struggle as outside powers try to control outcome of Syrian revolution.



Thursday, August 2, 2012

Egypt's president & Muslim Brotherhood at war with the media.

Egypt president files lawsuit against media : 2 Aug 2012



Muslim persecution in Myanmar outrageous.

Published on Aug 2, 2012 by PressTVGlobalNews : A number of Rohingya Muslims who have been forced to flee Myanmar and travel to India have recounted their ordeal in their country, Press TV reports.

Interview with Massoud Shadjareh, head of Islamic Human Rights Commission

Ivory Coast Pushes for UN-Backed Military Action in Mali

Published on Aug 2, 2012 by aston79suara : Mali next? The controversial Ivory Coast President spoke in London, Chatham House, formally known as The Royal Institute of International Affairs - pushing UN to intervene in Mali. Is this a French request coming to London and the next step is the UNSC? Original video VoA http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UU3ZrqhqZRc



Somalia - Constitutional Assembly

Published on Jul 31, 2012 by MrNChoudhury | 26 July 2012 CNC, Sheikh Sharif Ahmed is Somali President.



Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Somalia set to birth new government

Published on Jul 25, 2012 by AlJazeeraEnglish : Somalia is on the brink of creating its first legitimate government in more than 20 years. The National Constituent Assembly is meeting in Mogadishu and is due to vote on a new Constitution and it will also pick members of parliament - who, in turn, will choose Somalia's next President. Al Jazeera's Nazanine Moshiri reports from Nairobi in neighbouring Kenya.



China curbs Ramadan fasting in Xinjiang.


Xinjiang has been under heavy security since 2009 when long-simmering ethnic tensions boiled over [GALLO/GETTY]

Chinese authorities in the northwestern province of Xinjiang have banned Muslim officials and students from fasting during the month of Ramadan, prompting an exiled rights group to warn of new violence.

Guidance posted on numerous government websites called on Communist Party leaders to restrict Muslim religious activities during the holy month, including fasting and visiting mosques.

Xinjiang is home to about nine million Uighurs, largely a Muslim ethnic minority, many of whom accuse China's leaders of religious and political persecution.

The region has been rocked by repeated outbreaks of ethnic violence, but China denies claims of repression and relies on tens of thousands of Uighur officials to help it govern the province.

A statement from Zonglang township in Xinjiang's Kashgar district said that "the county committee has issued comprehensive policies on maintaining social stability during the Ramadan period.

"It is forbidden for Communist Party cadres, civil officials (including those who have retired) and students to participate in Ramadan religious activities."

The statement, posted on the Xinjiang government website, urged party leaders to bring "gifts" of food to local village leaders to ensure that they were eating during Ramadan.

Similar orders on curbing Ramadan activities were posted on other local government websites, with the educational bureau of Wensu county urging schools to ensure that students do not enter mosques during Ramadan.

'Administrative methods'

During Ramadan, Muslims fast from dawn to dusk and strive to be more closer to God, pious and charitable.

An exiled rights group, the World Uyghur Congress, warned the policy would force "the Uighur people to resist [Chinese rule] even further."

"By banning fasting during Ramadan, China is using administrative methods to force the Uighur people to eat in an effort to break the fasting," said group spokesman Dilshat Rexit in a statement.

Xinjiang saw its worst ethnic violence in recent times in July, 2009, when Uighurs attacked members of the nation's dominant Han ethnic group in the city of Urumqi, sparking clashes in which 200 people from both sides died, according to the government.

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