012 Foolishly ignoring the Arab League Report on Syria occupation magazine – articles Today at 23:59 Sharmine Narwani – Alakhbar English – There is powerful evidence that the mission of the Arab League Observers in Syria has been subjected to a campaign of sabotage aimed at eliminating the possibility of a peaceful solution to the crisis in Syria
A front page story in the Independent tells us about the gigantic rip off by the six big energy companies over the cost of gas and electricity. It’s estimated that eight out of ten households are cutting back on heating their homes, it’s just too expensive.
Pissed off about it? Then there’s a petition organized by a thinktank called Compass at http://www.endthebigsixenergyfix.org.uk and they’re looking for a million signatures.
‘De-Arabizing the history of Palestine is another crucial element of the ethnic cleansing. 1500 years of Arab and Muslim rule and culture in Palestine are trivialized, evidence of its existence is being destroyed and all this is done to make the absurd connection between the ancient Hebrew civilization and today’s Israel. The most glaring example of this today is in Silwan, (Wadi Hilwe) a town adjacent to the Old City of Jerusalem with some 50,000 residents. Israel is expelling families from Silwan and destroying their homes because it claims that king David built a city there some 3000 years ago. Thousands of families will be made homeless so that Israel can build a park to commemorate a king that may or may not have lived 3000 years ago. Not a shred of historical evidence exists that can prove King David ever lived yet Palestinian men, women, children and the elderly along with their schools and mosques, churches and ancient cemeteries and any evidence of their existence must be destroyed and then denied so that Zionist claims to exclusive rights to the land may be substantiated.’ — Miko Peled, Israeli dissident.
The international importance of China’s economy is twofold. The first is practical – the scale of China’s economic growth, its global impact, and the consequences for the improvement of the social conditions of China and the world’s population. The second is theoretical, including the potential international applicability of conclusions drawn from China’s economic policies.
11.02.2012 | 00:00 | Aleksandar PAVIC In the tantrums thrown by the Western powers in the wake of the Russo-Chinese veto of their UN Security Council resolution on Syria, the US’s UN Ambassador, Susan Rice, expressed «disgust» at these two states’ behavior. In addition to these kinds of «hysterics» – as Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov so aptly described them – being calculated to rally the global media further against the two Eurasian giants, they also serve the purpose of directing attention away from the West’s own disastrous intervention track record. On February 8, just four days after the failed Syria resolution, the UNSC had a chance to discuss another Western interventionist «success story» – Kosovo… more
Two Injured In Beit Lahia Blast IMEMC – Palestinian medical sources reported, on Friday at night, that two Palestinians were wounded in an explosion that took place in Beit Lahia, in the northern part of the Gaza Strip. …
Pakistan: ’11 militants killed’ near Afghanistan : Eleven Taliban militants were killed and 19 wounded in northwest Pakistan Friday during a crackdown by the Pakistani military near the border with Afghanistan, according to reports. http://bit.ly/wrtg88
Russia Gets Bad Rap Over Syria By Sreeram Chaulia*
Those who berate Russia for being an openly acknowledged supplier of weapons to the Assad regime ignore the fact that the rebel Free Syrian Army is being clandestinely armed and financed by the authoritarian Arab League members.
‘Foreign military presence in Syria raises ghost of Libya’ – Robert Bridge
Russia has expressed alarm over the increasing tendency of foreign powers – notably NATO countries – to resolve internal conflicts in foreign countries through military force. The latest such intervention happened in Libya, which recently experienced a full-blown civil war.
Russia will seek respect for sovereignty of states – Lavrov
Russia will seek respect for the sovereignty of states and non-interference in their internal affairs. This was stated by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at a Moscow function to mark National Diplomacy Day.
The minister said Moscow was opposed to violence, wherever it might originate from, while at the same time upholding fundamental principles of international law. This first and foremost pertains to the situation in Syria, said Lavrov. He noted that a Libyan scenario of events would undermine global stability. Continue reading this...