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  • Britain, Germany: We won’t take part in Syria air strikes

    09/11/2014 9:12:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | September 11, 2014 | ED MORRISEY
    Last night, Barack Obama promised America that he would take the fight to ISIS/ISIL, using a four-pronged strategy that he laid out in his much-anticipated war speech. In each phase of this strategy, Obama insisted, we would be “joined by a broad coalition of partners,” emphases mine: Obama ISIS Speech [FULL] 9/10/14: Outlining a Battle Plan | The New York Times First, we will conduct a systematic campaign of airstrikes against these terrorists. Working with the Iraqi government, we will expand our efforts beyond protecting our own people and humanitarian missions, so that we’re hitting ISIL targets as Iraqi forces...
  • Arab League to join war against ISIS

    09/08/2014 8:14:35 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 09/08/2014 | Rick Moran
    Arab League foreign ministers meeting in Cairo have agreed to pool their resources and join the fight against Islamic State.The resolution passed at the end of the meeting hinted at some kind of League military action and tacitly supported US and Iraqi efforts to combat ISIS. NBC: The Arab League also endorsed in the closing statement of its meeting in Cairo a U.N. Security Council resolution passed last month calling on member states to "act to suppress the flow of foreign fighters, financing and other support to Islamist extremist groups in Iraq and Syria." Baghdad had earlier submitted a draft...
  • Arab League to back Iraqi, US campaign against ISIL

    09/07/2014 5:55:45 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 10 replies
    World Bulletin ^ | 07 September 2014 Sunday | World Bulletin/News Desk
    World Bulletin/News Desk Arab foreign ministers meeting in Cairo on Sunday are expected to issue a resolution backing Iraqi efforts to confront militants who have overrun large areas of Iraq and Syria, diplomats said. An Iraqi diplomatic source said Baghdad had proposed a draft resolution that would endorse its efforts to confront ISIL militants and condemn the group's actions as war crimes and crimes against humanity. Other diplomatic sources said the Arab League would agree a resolution endorsing the U.S. military campaign against the group. Egypt's official Mena news agency quoted a source saying the foreign ministers would agree to...
  • Legitimizing Hamas’s War Criminality

    08/01/2014 6:54:31 AM PDT · by nikos1121 · 12 replies
    NRO ^ | 8/01/2014 | Charles Krauthammer
    <p>John Kerry is upset by heavy criticism from Israelis — left, right and center — of his recent ceasefire diplomacy. But that’s only half the story. More significant is the consternation of America’s Arab partners, starting with the president of the Palestinian Authority. Mahmoud Abbas was stunned that Kerry would fly off to Paris to negotiate with Hamas allies Qatar and Turkey in talks that excluded the PA and Egypt.</p>
  • EU, Arab League join forces against jihadi threat

    06/11/2014 8:32:54 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 11, 2014 10:31 AM EDT
    European Union and Arab League countries agreed Wednesday to cooperate against the terror threat posed by home-grown radicals who return home from conflicts in the Middle East, following a deadly attack on a Jewish site in Belgium by a suspected jihadi. […] Many European authorities fear that home-grown jihadists who travel to Syria and other conflict zones will come back with skills and the will to carry out terrorism. Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders described returning foreign fighters as a “huge challenge.” …
  • So, Who is the Arab League?

    03/30/2014 6:55:40 AM PDT · by SJackson · 8 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | March 28, 2014 | Eli E. Hertz
    The Arab League has officially rejected Israel as a Jewish State. This is nothing new. Now that it rejected Israel as a Jewish state in its recent meeting, It is illuminating to examine the record of the League of Arab States since the founding of the League in 1945, which is hardly a model for peaceful settlement of disputes in the spirit of the United Nations. Prior to the establishment of the Jewish state, the League took the following steps: In December 1945, the Arab League launched a boycott of 'Zionist goods' that continues to this day. In June 1946,...
  • Arab envoys say no to Israel as a Jewish state

    03/09/2014 4:34:51 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 9, 2014 3:33 PM EDT
    Arab foreign ministers on Sunday rejected Israel’s demands that the Palestinians recognize it as a Jewish state, saying such a move would undermine the rights of Palestinian refugees. In a resolution released at the headquarters of the Arab League in Cairo, the foreign ministers called the issue of Palestinian refugees an integral part of a comprehensive and just peace. It blamed Israel for the floundering of peace negotiations. The Arab statement offers strong backing to Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, who said publicly last week he will never recognize Israel as a Jewish state despite facing strong international pressure. Abbas did...
  • UN Group Compares Boycott of Israeli Academics to Nazi Practice

    02/07/2014 4:59:18 AM PST · by SJackson · 4 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | February 4th, 2014 | Lori Lowenthal Marcus
    Whether intentional or not, says a UNESCO body, the boycott of Israeli academics bears a similarity to the practice of German doctors, who were leaders in the Nazi party, of segregating out their Jewish colleagues Of all the surprising opponents of the boycott of Israeli academic institutions by the American Studies Association, perhaps the most surprising is one that has not yet received any attention. A small but official organization of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) came out with an unabashedly strong criticism of the ASA boycott in one of the very first waves of condemnations....
  • Boycotts Driven By Hate, Not Settlements

    02/07/2014 4:56:25 AM PST · by SJackson · 3 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | 02.04.2014 | Jonathan S. Tobin
    Last week Secretary of State John Kerry raised the hackles of Israelis when he warned that if the Jewish state didn’t make enough concessions to allow him to achieve a peace deal with the Palestinians it would be targeted for boycotts. The stark threat was partially walked back later by the State Department when it claimed Kerry was merely taking note of a development he opposes. But he made his point. Israelis are acutely aware that they are particularly vulnerable to economic pressure from their European trading partners. Nor has it failed to come their attention that the BDS—boycott, divestment,...
  • Coke returns to the ‘Jews Out!’ movement

    02/04/2014 8:11:19 AM PST · by idov · 12 replies
    The Times Of Israel ^ | Feb, 4, 2014 | Dov Ivry
    When I moved to Israel from Canada in 1982 one of the first things I did was go to the local grocery to get some grub for the family. They wanted a bottle of Coca-Cola so I looked for it but didn’t see any and finally settled for Pepsi, the only brand name I recognized. I asked the cashier when I got to the checkout. “You don’t carry Coke?” “Boycott,” he replied. “Welcome to Israel.” The original boycott of doing business with Israeli companies was hatched by the Arab League in 1948 as an act of war. Coca-Cola went along...
  • UN chief invites Iran to Geneva II

    01/19/2014 6:35:34 PM PST · by mac_truck · 7 replies
    Global Times ^ | 1/20/2014 | Agencies
    UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Sunday that he had invited Iran to attend this week's Syria peace conference in Switzerland, also known as Geneva II. "I have decided to issue some additional invitations to the one-day gathering in Montreux. They are: Australia, Bahrain, Belgium, Greece, the Holy See, Luxembourg, Mexico, the Netherlands, the Republic of Korea, and Iran," Ban told reporters here at a press conference. "I believe the expanded international presence on that day will be an important and useful show of solidarity in advance of the hard work that the Syrian government and opposition delegations will begin...
  • Abbas defiant in speech of '3 noes'

    01/14/2014 4:41:15 PM PST · by SJackson · 12 replies
    Israel Hayom ^ | January 14, 2014 | Daniel Siryoti
    The Palestinians will never recognize Israel as a Jewish state, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said in a speech at the Muqataa government compound in Ramallah on Saturday. Abbas made the speech ahead of his planned trip to Paris for the Arab League conference, where he will ask for support for U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's emerging framework peace proposal. The Palestinian leader added another two stipulations regarding a future peace agreement in his speech: There will be no deal unless east Jerusalem becomes the capital of a future Palestinian state and the right of return for Palestinian refugees...
  • Arabs furious at Czech Jerusalem remarks

    10/10/2013 12:15:12 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct. 9, 2013 11:28 AM EDT
    The Cairo-based Arab League has condemned remarks by the Czech president about moving his country’s embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, calling them a violation of Palestinian rights and international resolutions. … The United Nations proposed an international jurisdiction for Jerusalem when it wrote the mandate for a Jewish state in 1947, but a 1948 war divided the city between Israeli and Jordanian control. …
  • U.S. Officials: CIA Has Been Supplying Arms To Syrian Rebels For Weeks

    09/12/2013 5:20:10 AM PDT · by xzins · 121 replies
    TPM ^ | September 12, 2013 | KIMBERLY DOZIER
    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials say the CIA has been delivering light machine guns and other small arms to Syrian rebels for several weeks, following President Barack Obama’s decision to arm the rebels. The agency has also arranged for the Syrian opposition to receive anti-tank weaponry like rocket-propelled grenades through a third party, presumably one of the Gulf countries that has been arming the rebels, according to a senior U.S. intelligence official and two former intelligence officials. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the classified program publicly.
  • House Intel Chair Volunteers Arab League to Help Secure Chemical Weapons

    09/12/2013 5:51:43 PM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies
    National Journal ^ | 9/12/2013
    Despite calling the available options to secure Syria's chemical weapons "pretty awful," House Intelligence Chairman Mike Rogers, R-Mich., said it was possible to transfer the country's massive stockpiles to international control—especially with Arab League troops on the ground."I do think you can get a good percentage of them, because the Assad regime is also worried these things could fall in the wrong hands and could be used against the regime," Rogers told the Intelligence and National Security Alliance summit on Thursday.President Obama this week asked a wary Congress to postpone a vote authorizing force to punish Syrian strongman Bashar al-Assad for...
  • Arab League to back Russian plan on Syria

    09/10/2013 5:15:48 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 11 replies
    Zee News (India) ^ | 9/11/2013 | Staff
    Cairo: The Arab League will back a Russian plan to place Syrian chemical weapons under international supervision for eventual destruction, its secretary general said on Tuesday. Nabil al-Arabi told reporters in Cairo the League will 'soon issue a statement announcing its support officially' for the Russian plan... "If you remember, I always insisted that (the Syrian conflict) needs a political solution" Arabi said. But they fell short of calling for military strikes as proposed by Washington, with several members opposed to foreign intervention in Syria.
  • Kerry Announces Saudi Support for Syrian Strike

    09/08/2013 9:31:58 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 90 replies
    NY Times ^ | 9/8/13 | MICHAEL R. GORDON
    ARIS — Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday that Saudi Arabia had agreed to support military intervention in Syria. At a news conference on the sidebar of a meeting with Arab League foreign ministers, Mr. Kerry noted that he had received Saudi assurances of support for what he called “the strike.”
  • Gulf Arabs greet Egypt's new leader, Turkey slams 'coup'

    07/04/2013 8:34:36 AM PDT · by don-o · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 4, 2013 | Sami Aboudi
    DUBAI (Reuters) - Gulf Arab states welcomed Egypt's interim leader on Thursday, hopeful his appointment would stem the rise of Islamists in the Middle East, but the military overthrow of an elected president drew a guarded response from Iran and condemnation from Turkey. The United States expressed concern at the ouster of Mohamed Mursi on Wednesday and called for a swift return to democracy, as did the European Union. But they stopped short of calling it a coup, which might have led to sanctions. The 54-nation African Union was likely to suspend Egypt for allowing "unconstitutional change", a senior AU...
  • Netanyahu to Abbas, in English: ‘Give peace a chance’

    06/06/2013 11:21:03 AM PDT · by haffast · 2 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | June 5, 2013, 5:29 pm | Raphael Ahren and Adiv Sterman
    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday called on Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to agree to return to the negotiating table without preconditions. “Since he doesn’t speak Hebrew, and my Arabic isn’t great, I will turn to him in a language we both understand,” Netanyahu said at a special Knesset session dedicated to the Israeli-Arab conflict. “I say: Give peace a chance,” he said, alluding to the title of John Lennon’s 1969 classic. snip Appearing in the plenum because 40 MKs had signed a petition forcing him to address the topic of the Arab Peace Initiative, the prime minister said...
  • Livni, Kerry meet in bid to renew peace talks (5-3-2013 Israel Palestine)

    05/05/2013 3:55:52 PM PDT · by haffast
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 05/03/2013 | HERB KEINON
    In a further indication of stirrings in the long-stagnant Israeli-Palestinian diplomatic process, Justice Minister Tzipi Livni met Thursday in Washington with US Secretary of State John Kerry, and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said for the second time in a week that he supports a public referendum on any agreement with the Palestinians. Yitzhak Molcho, Netanyahu’s envoy on the Palestinian issue, accompanied Livni to her meeting with Kerry, where they discussed the peace process as well as regional developments, particularly Syria. The meeting came three days after an Arab League delegation met with Kerry and US Vice President Joe Biden. Kerry...
  • PM Netanyahu's right hand: Peace is a historic process, not a timetable

    05/03/2013 4:34:00 AM PDT · by se99tp · 2 replies
    ChristianConceptsDaily ^ | May 2nd, 2013 | Zalman Shoval
    At first, Palestinians have to recognize Jewish state... "Dramatic." "Historic." These are the words used by some jubilant left-wing politicians (including one cabinet minister) upon hearing the Qatari prime minister announce the Arab League's decision to support Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations on the basis of the 1967 borders with the addition of a land-swap. Not only was this declaration neither dramatic nor historic, it heralded absolutely no change in the Arab attitude toward the conflict with Israel.
  • Kerry seeks to build Arab support for Israeli-Palestinian peace

    04/29/2013 6:43:15 PM PDT · by haffast · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | 4-29-2013 | Arshad Mohammed
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Secretary of State John Kerry met a group of senior Arab officials on Monday as he sought to build regional support for any fresh push for Israeli-Palestinian peace. Kerry has made no secret of his hope to revive peace talks, which broke down in 2010, but it remains unclear whether U.S. President Barack Obama will decide to back a major U.S. effort. In convening the group, Kerry is trying to ensure that a new peace process would have the backing of the Arab states, who, if they were to offer Israel a comprehensive peace, hold a powerful...
  • Outsiders can’t inflict changes in regime

    11/09/2012 7:57:46 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 6 replies
    The Pioneer ^ | Friday, November 9, 2012 | G. Parthasarathy
    The Bashar al-Assad rule in Syria has come under heavy fire from people who believe that the regime must quit over its atrocities. But any attempt by the US-led West to impose a replacement will backfire soon India’s oil-rich western neighbourhood, extending from the Arabian Sea to the Bosporus, is engulfed in conflicts arising from sectarian and civilisational rivalries, aggravated by the meddling of external powers. With an arsenal of over 100 nuclear weapons, Pakistan is today witnessing a period of internal strife, largely arising from the pernicious role of its military establishment and tensions across its disputed borders with...
  • Arab League calls for criminalization of blasphemy

    09/26/2012 1:00:55 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 30 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sept. 26, 2012 | MATTHEW LEE
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The head of the Arab League is calling for the international community to criminalize blasphemy, warning that insults to religion pose a serious threat to global peace and security. Nabil Elaraby's comments to a special session of the U.N. Security Council put him at odds with the United States and many of its western allies, which are resolutely opposed to restrictions on freedom of expression.
  • EUROPEAN UNION AND ARAB LEAGUE ‘CLOSE’ TO INTERNATIONAL AGREEMENT TO CRIMINALIZE CRITICISM OF ISLAM

    09/20/2012 7:40:39 AM PDT · by massmike · 27 replies
    http://patdollard.com ^ | 09/20/2012 | n/a
    Arab League chief Nabil al-Araby said Wednesday that the league, along with the Organization of the Islamic Conference, the European Union and the African Union are close to formulating an international agreement penalizing blasphemy and insults to religious figures.
  • Another stunner behind Obama's Libya doctrine (R2P- Holocaust denier helped devise policy)

    03/30/2011 9:30:07 AM PDT · by opentalk · 48 replies
    WND ^ | March 29,2011 | Aaron Klein
    TEL AVIV – A staunch denier of the Holocaust who long served as the deputy of late PLO leader Yasser Arafat served on the committee that invented the military doctrine used by President Obama as the main justification for U.S. and international airstrikes against Libya. As WND first reported, billionaire philanthropist George Soros is a primary funder and key proponent of the Global Centre for Responsibility to Protect, the world's leading organization pushing the military doctrine. Several of the doctrine's main founders sit on multiple boards with Soros. The doctrine and its founders, as WND reported, have been deeply tied...
  • We Will Regret Having Qatar as an Ally Qatar a U.S. Ally? Think Again

    02/27/2012 2:36:20 PM PST · by bayouranger · 11 replies · 2+ views
    After 9/11, it became commonplace to ridicule the status of Saudi Arabia as an “ally.” For decades, American leaders cuddled up to the Saudi Royal Family as it spent billions of dollars to export radical Islam around the globe. Today, the U.S. is eager to have our “ally,” Qatar, take a leading role in the region while it does the exact same thing. Qatar is home to Sheikh Yousef al-Qaradawi, the most influential Sunni theologian and top Muslim Brotherhood cleric. He uses his popular show on Al-Jazeera, also based in Qatar, to rally support for Hamas, the Muslim Brotherhood and...
  • Arab League requests UN action against Syria

    06/01/2012 6:23:11 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 31 replies
    Reuters ^ | Friday, June 1, 2012 | Marwa Awad
    The head of the Arab League has asked the U.N. Security Council to boost the size of a U.N. mission in Syria and give it expanded powers to protect people following a surge in violence there, according to a letter leaked to media outlets on Friday. Images of the bloodied bodies of children and others massacred in the city of Houla in attacks blamed on President Bashar al-Assad's forces have shocked the world and highlighted the failure of a 6-week-old U.N.-backed ceasefire plan to stop the violence in the 14-month uprising against Assad's rule. Nabil Elaraby, secretary-general of the Arab...
  • Israel to Demand Justice for Jewish Refugees

    04/03/2012 1:06:09 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 1 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 3/4/12 | Gabe Kohn
    Israel announced Tuesday it will launch an international awareness campaign highlighting the historic injustice done to Jews from Arab countries. Following the declaration of the State of Israel in 1948 numerous Arab countries expelled their Jewish citizens and seized their assets - forcing them to become refugees in Israel. Foreign ministry officials note that 850,000 Jewish refugees lost billions of dollars in assets and were forced to begin anew in Israel with only what they could carry on their backs. The officials added that while Arabs nations have perpetuated the status of "Palestinian refugees" in their nations for generations in...
  • Baghdad Arab summit spotlights fault lines

    04/01/2012 5:51:05 PM PDT · by U-238 · 1 replies
    Space Wasr ^ | 4/1/2012 | Space War
    The Arab League summit that began Thursday in Baghdad has illuminated the political and religious divisions splitting with Arab world, while powerful eastern non-Arab neighbor Iran looks on and tries to pull Iraq's strings. One of those fractures is between Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, branded a would-be dictator by domestic rivals, who is sitting down with the new leaders of countries that have overthrown tyrants in the often-bloody Arab Spring revolutions. The meeting of Arab leaders in the cavernous Republican Palace built by Saddam Hussein is the first such gathering since those political convulsions began in Tunisia in January...
  • Russia stares down the West on Syria

    03/29/2012 6:41:22 PM PDT · by U-238 · 3 replies
    The Hindu ^ | 3/29/2012 | Vladimir Radyuhin
    If one needed a textbook example of how propaganda can help turn defeat into victory then one should look at Western media coverage of recent diplomatic battles on Syria. Everybody agrees that the so-called “presidential statement” on Syria the U.N. Security Council adopted on March 21 was a turning point in efforts to resolve the Syrian crisis. It marked the first time the Security Council (SC) had reached an agreement on Syria and endorsed a peace plan proposed by U.N. and Arab League envoy Kofi Annan. The surprise consensus in the Council, which was earlier riven by divisions, raised the...
  • India, Arab League differ on Syria: India says it is for Syrians to internally decide how...

    03/03/2012 2:11:24 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 3 replies
    The Hindu ^ | Sunday, March 4, 2012 | Atul Aneja
    Diplomatic sources said that while the Arab League called for Mr. Assad's exit, there was hardly any consensus within the 22-nation grouping on how that result could be achieved. The call by Qatar, which was endorsed by Saudi Arabia to arm the Syrian opposition, which itself stood divided, had not been endorsed by the rest of the League... With the divergences on how to resolve the Syrian crisis remaining unbridged, the Arab League and its components are set to hold a flurry of meetings. Their diplomatic activism includes an upcoming meeting of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), whose core members,...
  • 1922-2012 90 Years to first Arab-Islamic anti-Jewish boycott

    02/21/2012 11:27:03 PM PST · by PRePublic · 6 replies · 1+ views
    Liberty News Online ^ | Feb. 22, 2012
    The current bigoted anti-Israel boycotts, are NOT related to any "policies." It began many years before Israel was re-established, in 1922. It was pushed mainly by the infamous Mufti Haj amin al-Husseini, who allied himself with Hitler later on. A call went out in 1922 from the Fifth Arab Congress, meeting in Nablus, for all Arabs to boycott Jewish businesses; seven years later, the First Palestine Arab Women's Congress asked "every Arab to buy nothing from the Jews but land, and to sell them everything but land." Other, similar calls went out in 1931 and 1933, and in 1936 a...
  • Syria crisis: UN assembly approves Arab-backed resolution

    02/16/2012 6:47:49 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 1 replies
    BBC ^ | Thursday, February 16, 2012 | unattributed
    The UN General Assembly has voted in favour of a resolution condemning human rights violations in Syria and calling for an end to the violence. The Arab-backed initiative, which also calls on President Bashar al-Assad to resign, is the latest of several attempts to bring an end to the crisis. Syria said the move would only worsen the crisis and encourage "terrorists". Earlier, China said it was sending a senior envoy to Damascus to negotiate a "peaceful and proper" solution. The non-binding resolution adopted by the General Assembly backs an Arab League plan aimed at stopping the killings. It was...
  • U.S. Turkey Seek Peaceful Resolution To Syrian Crisis

    02/15/2012 4:29:48 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 9 replies
    Bernama ^ | Tuesday, February 14, 2012 | unattributed
    The U.S. and Turkish foreign ministers vowed on Monday to work toward a peaceful resolution to the Syrian crisis. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called the escalating violence across Syria 'deplorable', saying that the government was using "artillery and tank fire against innocent civilians." ... She said the United States is looking forward to joining the Arab League initiative for the Friends of Syria group, which will have its first meeting in Tunisia on Feb 24. "Certainly, Minister Davutoglu and myself will play a very active role in trying to search for solutions," the top U.S. envoy said. ......
  • Arab League backs Syria opposition

    02/12/2012 4:54:01 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 11 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 2/12/2012 | Phoebe Greenwood
    Arab nations on Sunday night called for a joint United Nations peacekeeping force to be sent to the country. Syrians carrying the revolutionary flag and some of them weapons as they take part in a protest at Clock Square in Idlib, Syria. At a crisis meeting in Cairo, the Arab League agreed to take exceptional measures to halt President Bashar al-Assad's violent repression of civilian protesters. It voted to scrap its much criticised observer mission to Syria, severed all diplomatic relations with the Assad regime and reinforced economic sanctions. The League called for the opening of "communication channels with the...
  • U.S. 'Disgusted' With China, Russia Veto on Syria Resolution

    02/04/2012 2:39:01 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 40 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 4/2/12 | David Lev
    In a move that was decried by the U.S., France, and Arab countries, Russia and China on Saturday vetoed a U.S.-backed proposal at the UN Security Council to condemn Syrian leader Bashar al-Assed for violence against Syrian citizens. The resolution that had demanded that Assad resign was backed by the Arab League, and the League on Saturday night called on Arab countries to shut down their embassies and consulates in Syria, and remove Syrian ambassadors from their countries. U.S. Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice said that Washington was "disgusted" by the vetoes. The vetoes followed a particularly bloody night...
  • Russia, China block anti-Assad resolution at UN amid Syria bloodshed

    02/04/2012 9:37:02 AM PST · by ColdOne · 14 replies
    msnbc.com ^ | 2/4/12 | nbc and msnbc.com news services
    Updated at 12 p.m. ET: Amid fresh bloodshed in the Syrian city of Homs, the U.N. Security Council on Saturday failed to pass a resolution calling on the Syrian president to step down. Russia and China vetoed the draft resolution endorsing an Arab League call for Bashar Assad to leave power. The unusual weekend U.N. session came as Syrian forces pummeled the city of Homs with mortars and artillery. Activists said more than 200 people were killed in what they called one of the bloodiest episodes of the uprising. The U.N. says more than 5,400 people have been killed over...
  • Syria Condemns Arab League Pullout

    01/29/2012 8:25:20 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 9 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 29/1/12 | Chana Yaar
    The Syrian government has condemned a decision by the Arab League to pull its monitors from the raging civil war zone. The Arab League said Saturday it had decided to "immediately" suspend its mission to monitor the situation in Syria due to the growing violence, the BBC reported. The decision came less than a week after a vote to extend the mission another month. Fierce fighting near Damascus centered on several eastern suburbs that had been seized by opposition forces, and which government troops fought to recapture. At least 12 people were killed and 30 others were wounded in the...
  • World's Worst Human Rights Observer [Arab League's monitor al-Dabi of Darfur Genocide]

    01/27/2012 10:36:34 AM PST · by Milagros · 1 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | Dec 2011 | D. Kenner
    Mohammad Ahmed Mustafa al-Dabi The World's Worst Human Rights Observer As Arab League monitors work to expose President Bashar al-Assad's crackdown, the head of the mission is a Sudanese general accused of creating the fearsome "janjaweed," which was responsible for the worst atrocities during the Darfur genocide.BY DAVID KENNERDECEMBER 27, 2011For the first time in Syria's nine-month-old uprising, there are witnesses to President Bashar al-Assad's crackdown, which according to the United Nations has claimed more than 5,000 lives...
  • Arab League Tells Syria Again: Halt Violence

    01/08/2012 12:40:25 PM PST · by edpc · 4 replies
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 8 Jan 2012 | Aya Batrawy and Zeina Karam
    BEIRUT (AP) — The Arab League demanded Sunday that the Syrian government immediately stop all violence and allow more monitors in, as activists reported at least 10 more civilians, including two teenagers, were killed by regime forces.
  • The Arab League's phony mission

    01/02/2012 9:18:20 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 1 replies
    Globe and Mail ^ | Monday, January 2, 2011 | editorial
    Their mission appears to have been designed for failure. With 60 monitors on the ground and another 90 to follow, the number of atrocities is too many and their locations too vast for observers to even scratch the surface. The observers are completely dependent on the Syrian government for transport and security and are unable to speak to victims without tipping off authorities, who have reportedly hidden hundreds of detainees in off-limits military sites. Without unrestricted access to hot spots, the results of any observer mission will lack credibility. The choice of a Sudanese general to head the Arab League...
  • Syrian man assassinated in Germany... sparking fears Damascus is hunting down its critics in Europe

    01/02/2012 9:12:00 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 3 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Monday, January 2, 2012 | Allan Hall
    A Syrian man has been killed 'execution-style' in Germany as fears grow that the Damascus regime is actively hunting down its critics in Europe. The 35-year-old man was killed after he stopped in his Volkswagen car at a set of traffic lights in Sarstedt, near Hanover, and two men opened the doors and fired inside. The two assassins then fled the scene. The victim died from head wounds and a special murder squad has been formed at Hildesheim, where he lived. Police made no speculation whether his murder was linked to the unrest in Syria that has been continuing since...
  • Conflicting reports on withdrawal of Syrian military from cities as death toll mounts

    01/02/2012 9:05:20 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 4 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | Tuesday, January 3, 2012 | Al Arabiya with Agencies
    The Syrian opposition denied the reports about withdrawing troops and military vehicles from the Syrian cities, Al Arabiya reported on Tuesday. Arab League Secretary General Nabil al-Araby said on Monday that Syria's military had now withdrawn from residential areas and was on the outskirts of the cities, but gunfire continued and snipers were still a threat. Syrian activists published footage on the social networks showing an Arab observer saying that the Syrian military is still spreading in the cities and that snipers are still on the building roofs... As many as 24 people have been killed by the gunfire of...
  • [Russian amb. to Lebanon] Zasypkin: Syria observer mission deserves political, moral support

    01/01/2012 9:48:55 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 1 replies
    Daily Star (Beirut) ^ | Saturday, December 31, 2011 | unattributed
    Russia backed Friday a first assessment by the head of the observer mission to Syria, Sudanese Gen. Mohammed Ahmed Mustafa al-Dabi, that the situation in the country was "reassuring." "Judging by the public statements made by the chief of the mission Dabi, who in the first of his visits went to the city of Homs, ... the situation seems to be reassuring," Russia's Foreign Ministry said on its website. After meeting with Mansour Saturday, Zasypkin said Moscow was working on a U.N. Security Council Resolution that would press for a lack of foreign intervention in Syria, a halt to violence...
  • Syria's opposition join forces

    01/01/2012 9:31:59 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 3 replies
    YouTube ^ | Saturday, December 31, 2011 | Al-Jazeera (uploaded by AlJazeeraEnglish)
    The two leading Syrian opposition blocs have agreed on a roadmap, in the event of a popular uprising succeeding in toppling the government of President Bashar al-Assad. In a document signed in Cairo, the National Co-ordination Committee and the Syrian National Council, called for civilians to be protected under international law. They also rejected any foreign intervention that could affect Syria's sovereignty and demanded a new constitution with a transition to democracy. The latest development came as hundreds of thousands took to the streets across the country on Friday, aiming to demonstrate the strength of their movement to Arab League...
  • Antisemitic Banner Raised at Egyptian Soccer Game: "One Nation for New Holocaust"

    01/01/2012 8:51:02 AM PST · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 20 replies
    MEMRI TV ^ | April 2011
    This clip presents footage of an Egyptian soccer game, in which an antisemitic slogan appeared on a huge banner held by soccer fans. The footage was posted on the Internet on April 6, 2011. Slogan: "One Nation for New Holocaust"
  • Qatar Creates Anti-Syria Mercenary Force based in Turkey [ DEBKAFile ]

    01/01/2012 9:42:35 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 13 replies
    National Turk ^ | Friday, December 30, 2011 | unattributed
    Qatar Creates 20000 strong Anti-Syria Mercenary Force based in Turkey, Israeli Media Reports. Qatar finances and arms radical intervention force based in Turkey to activate it in Syria with the purpose to defeat the government of Tyrant president Bashar al-Assad reports the Israeli website DEBKAFile. According to this report, which Cham Press Agency echoes today, that paid contingency made of mercenaries from several countries of the region plus radical Syrian from Muslim Brotherhood had named it Syrian Army of Liberation, DEBKAFile says. The statements specifies that the paid force by Doha had been mobilized in battalions and military brigades in...
  • Arab mission 'is failing' in Syria

    01/01/2012 9:13:29 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies
    YouTube ^ | Sunday, January 1, 2012 | Al-Jazeera (uploaded by AlJazeeraEnglish)
    Arab League observers have been on a mission since Monday to assess whether Syria has halted its nine-month crackdown on protests against President Bashar al-Assad. But a group that advises the Arab League says the monitors, some with a controversial history, are inadvertently helping the Syrian regime cover its continued violent crackdown. Some Syrian opposition groups are even calling for the immediate withdrawal of the mission, which was expected to last for a month. Ashraf Al -Moqdad, an opposition activist, spoke to Al Jazeera from Cairo, Egypt's capital, on why he believes the Arab mission has failed in Syria.
  • Arab mission statements on Syria "reassuring": Russia

    12/30/2011 2:08:11 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | Friday, December 30, 2011 | Thomas Grove
    Russia's Foreign Ministry said Friday that the comments from Arab League observers in Syria sent to check whether government forces have halted violence against protesters showed that the situation in the country was "reassuring." "Judging by the public statements made by the chief of the mission M. Al-Dabi, who in the first of his visits went to the city of Homs...the situation seems to be reassuring," the ministry said in a statement on its website. The ministry said that Moscow was counting on the team's "professionalism and impartiality."