Syria News Roundup 6-7 February 2012

7 February 2012 20:15:46 —

VIDEO: Syria’s first lady stands by husband

BBC News Today at 18:41
The wife of Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad has spoken out to defend her husband in a letter to a British newspaper.

Destination dialogue: Russia eager for negotiations in Syria Today at 16:39
The visit of a Russian delegation to Damascus has raised hopes of talks between the Assad government and the opposition. Experts say Moscow is eager for negotiations in Syria, while the West is only interested in…

US Thwarted at the UN: Imperial Ambitions Persevere
Dissident Voice Today at 16:01
To Washington’s great chagrin, the attempt to impose ‘regime change’ in Syria under the auspices of a United Nations Security Council resolution fell apart Saturday, thwarted by the double veto of Russia and China.

How About an International Award for Hypocrisy?
Dissident Voice Today at 15:59
Arising out the will of Alfred Nobel, the Swedish chemist who invented dynamite, the Nobel Prize  is universally recognized as the most prestigious award1 in the fields of peace-making, economics, chemistry, physics, medicine and literature. How about an international award – without the gold medal, the diploma and the money – for hypocrisy?

Gulf Arabs expel Syria’s envoys
BBC News Today at 15:29
Gulf Arab states say they are expelling Syria’s ambassadors in the region, accusing Damascus of shunning Arab efforts to end months of bloodshed.

Syrian opposition agrees to Russian mediation Today at 14:12
The opposition Syrian National Council does not object to Russia coordinating the talks with the Syrian government.

IDF Torturer Doron Zahavi Wants to Sodomize Arabs and Get Medal for It
occupation magazine – articles Today at 23:59
Richard Silverstein – Tikun Olam – Doron Zahavi, who still can be called only ¡°Captain George¡± in the Israeli media, has gone public with his grievance against the IDF, which employed him to torture kidnapped Arabs who were thought to have intelligence about affairs in Lebanon or Syria, specifically Israeli prisoners of war. Among those he worked his wonders on was Mustafa Dirani, who was thought to have specific knowledge of the whereabouts of Ron Arad.

Showdown in Syria: All roads lead to Tehran Today at 13:47
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Watch them go: Western powers withdraw diplomats from Damascus
Russiatoday.ruToday at 13:21
France and Italy have joined the US and the UK in recalling diplomats from Damascus, as Russian delegation is in Syria holding talks with the President Bashar Assad.

‘Syria spies’ arrested in Berlin
BBC News Today at 13:06
A Syrian and a German-Lebanese man are arrested in Germany on suspicion of spying on opponents of President Bashar al-Assad’s government.

US shuts Syrian embassy, threatens war
World Socialist Web Site Today at 12:29
The US shut its Syrian embassy and Britain recalled its ambassador to Syria yesterday, amid rising US and European war threats against Syria and tensions with Russia and China.

Showdown in Syria: All roads lead to Tehran Today at 11:05
While Israel believes that the road to Tehran is a straight ‘pre-emptive’ military attack super-highway, the US and UK seem to believe that the road to Tehran runs through Damascus.

US weighs options as Syrian violence rises
Asia Times Online Today at 11:00
The failure of the United Nations Security Council to pass a resolution calling for regime change in Syria has increased calls in Washington for independent action on the country to influence the course of events on the ground. Such a move would force Syria ever closer toward civil war. – Samer Araabi (Feb 7, ’12)

Statement on Syria
Today at 10:00
Foreign Secretary makes statement on the situation in Syria

Syria army renews assault on Homs
BBC News Today at 09:06
The Syrian army resumes heavy shelling in the restive city of Homs as Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is due in Damascus for talks.

Lavrov, Fradkov to visit Syria
Strategic Culture Foundation Today at 07:50

U.S. closes embassy in Syria, vows further pressure
Strategic Culture Foundation Today at 07:48

VIDEO: Russians due for talks in Syria
BBC News Today at 06:33
Russia’s foreign minister and the head of the country’s foreign intelligence service are heading to Syria for talks with President Bashar Al-Assad.

Syria endgame: Lavrov in Damascus to ‘strike peace Today at 06:33
Syria could get another chance at a diplomatic escape route from its continuing political crisis as the Russian delegation has arrived on Tuesday to hold talks with President Assad.

Revolutions are not over
Socialist Resistance Today at 06:22
Saudi Arabia, along with other Gulf states, have been key protagonists in the counter-revolutionary wave unleashed against the uprisings. Indeed, 2011 has clearly demonstrated that imperialism in the region is articulated with – and largely works through – the Gulf Arab states

Syria between civil war and sanctions
Recent articles from Today at 06:00
With the latest maneuvers by the West blocked in a UN Security Council vote, the regime of Bashar al-Assad is seeking to drown Syria’s revolution in blood.

Brazil Must Find its Voice Against Violence

Council on Hemispheric Affairs Yesterday at 22:08
Amidst the clamor of international outrage in the wake of the failed United Nations Security Council vote for regime change in Syria, Brazil has remained auspiciously silent. As the United States closed its embassy in Damascus, and as the UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, who rarely weighs in on pending Security Council decisions, called the vote ‘a great disappointment,’ while the dominant economic and political force in Latin America was not inclined take action.

‘Attack on Russian embassy in Tripoli violates Vienna convention’ Yesterday at 18:09
An attack on the Russian Embassy in the Libyan capital is a violation of Vienna convention, said Russia’s Foreign Ministry. The assault followed Russia’s veto of a UN Security Council resolution on Syria.

VIDEO: Syria artillery onslaught on Homs
BBC News Yesterday at 17:24
Residents in the restive Syrian city of Homs are suffering one of the fiercest assaults from government troops since the uprising began.

Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America, “ALBA Reaffirms Its Support for Syria” Yesterday at 17:14
The heads of state and government of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA) reiterate their condemnation of the systematic policy of interference in and destabilization of the brother Syrian Arab Republic, the aim of which is to impose, by force, regime change on the Syrian people. The ALBA member states condemn the acts of armed violence that irregular groups supported by foreign powers have unleashed against the Syrian people.

Hague ticks off Syria ambassador
Morning Star Yesterday at 17:11
Syria’s ambassador in London has been summoned to the Foreign Office for the government to make clear its ‘abhorrence’ at the violence in the country, William Hague told MPs today.

VIDEO: House of Commons
BBC News Yesterday at 17:06
Foreign Secretary William Hague has hit out at Russia and China’s veto of a recent UN Security Council resolution on Syria, describing the decision as ‘a betrayal of the Syrian people’.

Syrian government accused of fresh Homs attack
Morning Star Yesterday at 17:06
Government forces were accused by opposition activists of shelling a makeshift medical clinic and residential areas in Homs today during an assault they said killed 17 people.

West’s hypocrisy is flabbergasting
Morning Star Yesterday at 16:46
While the Stop the War Coalition condemns President Assad’s continued attacks and repression of the Syrian people, the hyprocrisy and moral grandstanding of Western leaders about Russia and China’s vetoing their resolution is flabbergasting.

Syria veto was ‘betrayal’ – Hague
BBC News Yesterday at 15:51
UK Foreign Secretary William Hague accuses China and Russia of ‘betraying the Syrian people’ by vetoing a UN resolution condemning violence there.

US war provocations against Syria
World Socialist Web Site Yesterday at 15:13
Washington and its imperialist allies in Europe are escalating preparations for a full-scale military intervention in Syria.

After Russia’s UN veto, US talks of “coalition of the willing” against Syria
World Socialist Web Site Yesterday at 15:13
The veto by Russia and China of a UN Security Council resolution will not halt ongoing preparations for Western-backed intervention against Syria.

US closes Syria embassy
Strategic Culture Foundation Yesterday at 14:50

China no-go: Why force Syria vote amid UN disputes? Yesterday at 13:58
China says it was forced to veto a United Nations vote on Syria because it was called before differences over the text had been bridged. Both state-run media and country’s foreign ministry spokesman defended the…

Heading for War on Syria Yesterday at 12:38
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Syria blame game: Rebels and govt. trade accusations as violence flares Yesterday at 12:36
Conflicting reports are coming out of Syria where the opposition says government forces have killed 50 in another assault on Homs. The Syrian government and state-run media deny the accusations, saying the ‘attacks’…

West ‘hysterical’ and wrong over Syria – Lavrov
Russiatoday.ruYesterday at 12:25
The western reaction to Moscow and Beijing’s veto on the UN Security Council resolution on Syria is ‘indecent’ and ‘almost hysterical’, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has said.

Syria standoff no Arab Spring – former Russian PM Yesterday at 11:15
Former Russian Prime Minister, ex-head of foreign intelligence and renowned Mideast expert Yevgeny Primakov says events in Syria are no drive for democracy but efforts by foreign states to displace the country’s leader…

China rejects US accusations it protects Syria regime
Strategic Culture Foundation Yesterday at 11:09

UN Resolution on Syria ‘Too Hasty’ – Russia
Strategic Culture FoundationYesterday at 11:03

Run-up to proxy war over Syria
Asia Times Online Yesterday at 11:00
Russia and China’s double veto of the Arab League resolution on Syria in the United Nations Security Council could come to mark the end of the ‘post-Soviet era’ in world politics. As a test of will develops over Damascus, the coordinated move to challenge Washington on its triumphalist march from Libya toward Syria and Iran constitutes a watershed event. – M K Bhadrakumar (Feb 6, ’12)

THE ROVING EYE : Syria and those ‘disgusting’ BRICS
Asia Times Online Yesterday at 11:00
United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called the double veto on Syria by Russia and China a ‘travesty’, while US ambassador to the UN Susan Rice says it was ‘disgusting’. Now it’s time to get on with Plan B – to plunge Syria into civil war. – Pepe Escobar (Feb 6, ’12)

Syria troops step up Homs bombing
BBC News Yesterday at 08:11
Heavy artillery fire rocks the restive Syrian city of Homs, in what anti-government activists are calling one of the fiercest assaults yet

Gunmen kill 3 Syrian army officers
Strategic Culture Foundation Yesterday at 07:10

EU to push new Syria sanctions Yesterday at 05:34
The EU is preparing a new batch of sanctions against Syria, which France says will be the harshest yet. The move came as government forces launched a fresh assault on the city of Homs on Monday, with reports of 50 dead.

Western intervention won’t help Syria
Green Left Weekly issue #782 Yesterday at 02:54
By Tony Iltis
The United Nations estimated early last month that more than 5400 people had been killed since protests against the dictatorship of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad began in March last year. Since then, the rate of killing has probably increased, but the UN said the violence has made further casualty counts impossible.

Avoiding Syria’s secret police
BBC News Yesterday at 00:56
The Syrian activists daring to evade the secret police

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Posted 7th February 2012 by InI in category Syria Newslinks

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