Syria Newslinks 2 December 2011

2 December 2011 —

Maybe updated as the day wears on…

2 December 2011
Done deal: Russia supplies cruise missiles to Syria Today at 10:59
Fulfilling a contract signed in 2007, Russia has supplied Bastion coastal missile systems with Yakhont cruise missiles to Syria under a contract signed in 2007, a diplomatic source in Moscow has told Russian media.

Call for ‘urgent’ action on Syria
BBC News Today at 10:53
UN human rights chief Navi Pillay calls for ‘urgent’ action to protect civilians in Syria, as the human rights council begins emergency talks.

Syria answers Turkey by suspending free trade deal
Strategic Culture Foundation Today at 07:27

Libyan in(ter)vention: False facts fatal for Gaddafi Today at 06:49
Sanctions against Syria and looming prospects of an intervention into the country are drawing ever more parallels with the war in Libya. But as it turned out, the ‘facts’ used to wage a ‘humanitarian war’ on Tripoli,…”

Iran and the Strategic Encirclement of Syria and Lebanon
Strategic Culture Foundation Today at 06:26
The encirclement of Syria and Lebanon has long been in the works. Since 2001, Washington and NATO have started the process of cordoning off Lebanon and Syria… While Washington is engaged in its naval build-up, the mainstream media networks controlled by the Saudis and Arab clients of the U.S. are focusing on the deployment of Russian naval vessels to Syria, which can be seen as a counter-move to NATO… France has sent its military trainers into Turkey and Lebanon to prepare conscripts against Syria… The so-called Free Syrian Army and other NATO-GCC front organizations are also using Turkish and Jordanian territory to stage raids into Syria… What the world is facing is a pathway towards possible military escalation that could go far beyond the boundaries of the Middle East and…

Egypt’s Revolution: Creative Destruction for a ‘Greater Middle East’?
The Greanville Post Today at 04:38
Editor’s Note: American foreign policy has many layers of duplicity, all designed to hide its true motives, and now that American power is aggressively on the move in many areas simultaneously, from the Middle East to Burma, Eastern Europe, and the larger Pacific, it’s critical for Americans to understand what is really going on. This piece goes a long way to explaining the actual situation.  As usual no such analysis will ever be found in the mainstream media.
By F. William Engdahl

UN rights watchdog to demand Syria access Yesterday at 23:27
Members of the UN’s human rights body are set to push Syria to allow independent monitors into the country to investigate alleged human rights abuses.

EU toughens sanctions against Iran, Syria
Strategic Culture Foundation Yesterday at 18:53

US, EU Tighten Syria Sanctions as Death Toll Mounts
Voice of America
December 01, 2011 US, EU Tighten Syria Sanctions as Death Toll Mounts David Gollust | State Department The United States and the European Union tightened sanctions on Syria Thursday as the United Nations said the death toll in the Damascus government’s …

Biden urges Syria’s Assad to quit
Sydney Morning Herald
US Vice President Joe Biden urged Syria’s Bashar al-Assad to quit, in a Turkish newspaper interview published on Friday, adding to growing global pressure on the regime over its crackdown on dissidents. “The United States’ position on Syria is clear. …

‘Syrian rebels attack intelligence base, kill 8′
Jerusalem Post
By REUTERS Military deserters storm Air Force Intelligence center in Idlib province, says Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. BEIRUT – Syrian army deserters killed eight people in an attack on an intelligence building in the north of the country, …

White House Welcomes Tightened EU Sanctions on Iran, Syria
Voice of America
December 01, 2011 White House Welcomes Tightened EU Sanctions on Iran, Syria Dan Robinson | White House The White House on Thursday welcomed new steps by the European Union to tighten sanctions on Iran and Syria. The latest steps by the EU expand the …

UN rights chief urges ICC referral of Syria crimes
The Associated Press
GENEVA (AP) — The UN’s human rights chief called Friday for Syria to be referred to the International Criminal Court over allegations that its crackdown on opposition protesters has led to crimes against humanity. Navi Pillay, the UN High Commissioner …

Syrians in Michigan say calling conflict a civil war could hurt Syrians further
Detroit Free Press
By Eric D. Lawrence News that a United Nations official has described Syria as being in a state of civil war was met with disbelief by at least two prominent members of the southeast Michigan Syrian community Thursday. “I’m actually disappointed that …

Report: Russia delivers anti-ship missiles to Syria
Jerusalem Post
By REUTERS MOSCOW – Russia has delivered anti-ship cruise missiles to Syria, the Interfax news agency cited an unnamed military source as saying on Thursday, days after a United Nations commission of inquiry called for an arms embargo on Damascus. …

No Syria Link in Topkap? Raid
Journal of Turkish Weekly
30 at Topkap? Palace in central Istanbul after wounding a soldier and a security guard has no links to Syria, the Hürriyet Daily News has learned. Samir Salem Ali Elmadhavri, a Libyan citizen born in 1975, arrived in Turkey on a scheduled Turkish …

Filipino workers in Syria ignore repatriation program – DFA
By Jerry E. Esplanada MANILA, Philippines — The majority of an estimated 17000 Filipino workers in Syria, mostly undocumented domestic helpers, have ignored the government’s voluntary repatriation program, prompting an intensification of efforts to …

Syria Death Toll Over 4000
By The Huffington Post News Editors
BEIRUT — Syria has entered a state of civil war with more than 4000 people dead and an increasing number of soldiers defecting from the army to fight President Bashar Assad’s regime, the U.N.’s top human rights official said Thursday.

RealClearPolitics – To Confront Syrian Barbarism, Decry Russian …
By Mark Salter, RCP
Following the release of a U.N. report accusing the Syrian government of crimes against humanity — a report that stirred the Arab League to announce new economic sanctions against the Middle Eastern nation — the government organized …

Syria: Opposition Calls For General Strike, At Least 6 Dead In New …
By The Huffington Post News Editors
By BASSEM MROUE, Associated Press BEIRUT — Syria’s opposition called a general strike Thursday over President Bashar Assad’s deadly crackdown on an 8-month-old revolt, ramping up efforts to persuade the country’s business elite to …

Is Syria Nato’s Next? – the Dry Bones Blog
By Yaakov Kirschen
Is Syria Nato’s Next? NATO, Syria, Arab Spring, Libya, Egypt, Riots, No Fly Zone Is NATO going to do it again? Is Syria NATO’s next target? Here’s the view from Iran. According to the Tehran Times: “Russia is sending its warships to Syrian …

EU increases pressure on Syria | European Voice
eu steps up pressure on syria additional sanctions in response to fierce security crackdown.

Arab League Approves Syrian Sanctions –
The group approved a battery of economic sanctions meant to sever most trade and investment from the Arab world, an unprecedented step against a member …

‘Gunfire erupts on border with Syria’ | Jordan Times
AMMAN – Shots rang out at the Jordanian-Syrian border late Sunday as Syrian forces attempted to prevent civilians from entering the Kingdom, hours after an …

Arab League votes to impose sanctions against Syria – CNN
Foreign ministers from 19 Arab League countries voted Sunday to slap economic sanctions against the Syrian regime, officials said.”All the steps that we are …

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Posted 2nd December 2011 by InI in category Syria

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