Syria Newslinks 24-25 February 2012: Britain ‘recognises Syria opposition’

25 February 2012 18:11:32 —

Russian Secret Services: U.S., NATO, GCC Arm Syrian Rebels Through Iraq, Lebanon And Turkey Today at 17:06
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Red Cross corridor to Homs paves way for intervention in Syria?
Strategic Culture Foundation Today at 16:33

In Search of Syria’s True Friends Today at 16:09
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Progressives Embrace Humanitarian Imperialism – Again!
Dissident Voice Today at 15:59
“Foreign Intervention in Syria? A Debate with Joshua Landis and Karam Nachar” promised the headline on DemocracyNow! on 22 February. Eagerly I tuned in, hoping to hear a thorough exposé of the machinations of the US Empire in Syria on its march to Iran.

Spoiling for War on Syria
Global Today at 15:57
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“Friends Of Syria” Contradiction In Terms: Leading Russian MP
Stop NATO Today at 15:50
In search of Syria’s true friends Polina Chernitsa
“One should take into consideration that every country, Russia included, is subject to serious pressure. We are dealing with a powerful political union between leading NATO member-states and the wealthiest and non-democratic members of the League of Arab States. If you look through the reports on today’s conference in Tunisia, you will realize that all the documents had been drafted prior to the conference.”

NATO, GCC-Led Arab League “Friends” Of Syria?
Stop NATO Today at 15:42
US State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland said shortly before the ‘Friends of Syria’ forum that if they failed to pressure Assad into leaving office, the US would consider other options and a military intrusion couldn’t be ruled out either.

Syria gears up for referendum Today at 14:05
War-torn Syria is gearing up for an unprecedented referendum on a new draft constitution that would put an end to five decades of single-party rule. But the opposition is calling on the population to boycott the vote,..

Civil war? Arm the rebels
Corrente Today at 12:15
Or bomb government forces. Do both if possible. This seems to be the US new foreign policy – but only for selected countries. Most of the world’s countries in or on the brink of civil war we couldn’t care less about; we seem to make an exception for Middle Eastern countries, Syria being only the latest.

VIDEO: ICRC resumes Homs rescue effort
BBC News Today at 07:06
The Red Cross says it is resuming its attempts to rescue more Syrian civilians trapped by shelling in the city of Homs.

“Friends of Syria” plan war, regime change at Washington’s behest
World Socialist Web Site Today at 11:00
The “Friends of Syria” are a gang of political criminals, gathered in Tunisia to plan the latest in a series of destabilization campaigns that have all ended in colonial wars of aggression.

Red Cross evacuating people from Homs, Syria
Syria Strategic Culture FoundationToday at 07:46

Clinton Hopes Russia, China to Change Stance on Syria
Strategic Culture Foundation Today at 07:42

“Pro-Syria Protests in Tunisia, Against the Enemies of Syria Pretending to Be ‘Friends of Syria’” (Videos) Today at 03:30
See, also, the Communist Workers’ Party, et al.’s joint statement against foreign interventions in Syria:

Angelina Jolie Conscripted To Sell Genocidal ‘Humanitarian Intervention’ War Doctrine
empirestrikesblack Today at 03:26
Angelina Jolie, Goodwill Ambassador to the UN, is now using her profile to promote NATO’s genocidal ‘humanitarian intervention’ war doctrine. In an interview with the Balkans branch of Al Jazeera (NATO’s ‘Ministry of Truth’), Jolie (whose father has been a staunch defender of George W. Bush and who also visited Israel to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Nakba) promotes her new film ‘In the Land of Blood and Honey’, a pro-war propaganda set-piece centred around the ‘humanitarian intervention’.

Middle East: Stupid is the Order of the Day
China Matters Today at 02:39
China Hand The stupid Attack Iran meme seems to have infected virtually all discourse on the Middle East. Marc Lynch said something stupid…then Amnesty International said something stupid…and how about those stupid Islamic terrorist plots?

‘Some Arab states against political solution to Syria unrest’
Strategic Culture Foundation Today at 02:34

SNC ‘halfway to recognition’ by Friends of Syria Yesterday at 23:56
The Friends of Syria meeting in Tunisia has gone halfway to recognizing the Syria’s opposition umbrella group the National Council as legitimate representatives of the Syrian people. And promised more pressure and… Read Full Article at

VIDEO: Syrian villages form militia groups
BBC News Yesterday at 22:44
In many towns and villages around Syria, people are trying to organise themselves into an embryonic opposition and into armed militia groups.

The Syrian Crisis And World Politics
Stop NATO Yesterday at 22:42
The Syrian National Council rejects any talks with the Syrian leadership. It counts on NATO support and the repetition of the “Libyan scenario”. In January 2012 the Syrian National Council established a coordination bureau to interact with the so-called Free Syrian Army…

Irresponsible Anti-Iranian Fear-Mongering
The Greanville Post Yesterday at 21:41
Irresponsible anti-Iranian political and pack journalism rhetoric sound ominously like spurious Iraqi WMD threats in the run-up to the 2003 war.  In his January State of the Union address, Obama said:

OpEds: “Friends of Syria” plan war, regime change at Washington’s behest
The Greanville Post Yesterday at 20:51
Ah, at the level of the corporate plutocracy and its chief servants the world is a bowl of cherries…it’s so much fun to organize wars and other filthy crimes while being galaxies away from the carnage. Fancy restaurants, private planes, the treatment of potentates…Here US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton sits next to fellow criminal British foreign minister William Hague, left, at the start of the “Conference on Syria” in Tunis, Tunisia, Friday Feb. 24, 2012.—Eds

Iran, Israel and the U.S.: The Slide To War
The Greanville Post Yesterday at 20:03
Iran is not a military threat to Israel, but it is a political problem, because Tel Aviv sees Teheran’s fierce nationalism and independence from the U.S. and Europe as a wildcard. Iran is also allied to Israel’s major regional enemy, Syria–with which it is still officially at war — and the Shiite-based Hezbollah in Lebanon, Hamas in Gaza, and the Shiite-dominated government in Iraq.

Weapons divide: Arms supply issue splits Friends of Syria Yesterday at 19:57
The opposition National Syrian Council has called on the Friends of Syria to provide the rebels with arms. “Excellent idea,” said the Saudi foreign minister, while the US is calling for an end to “supplying weapons to…

Red Cross resumes evacuation of people from Homs, Syria Yesterday at 19:44
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has resumed attempts to evacuate people from the besieged Syrian city of Homs on Saturday. They have taken 27 people to safety in the last 24 hours.

Contempt for the law
Morning Star Yesterday at 17:42
The British government’s recognition of the Syrian opposition as a “legitimate representative” of the country’s people indicates its backing for Libya mark 2 regime change.

Britain ‘recognises Syria opposition’
Morning Star Yesterday at 17:41
Britain is to recognise the Syrian opposition as a “legitimate representative” of the country’s people, William Hague said today.

Russian Secret Services: U.S., NATO, GCC Arm Syrian Rebels Through Iraq, Lebanon And Turkey
Stop NATO Yesterday at 17:37
“[T]he scenario that has already been developed and administered by the United States and their NATO allies, mainly by France, Britain and Turkey, as well as the monarchical regimes from the Gulf Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf, in particular Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, is being implemented in Syria.”

Arming Syrian Opposition May Lead To Bloody Civil War
Stop NATO Yesterday at 17:35
BEIJING: The two-day Friends of Syria Conference, aimed at rallying support for the Syrian opposition, starts in Tunis on Friday, and outsiders will be watching closely whether it will grant essential backing such as arms to rebels in unrest-stricken Syria.

Opposition groups ask for guns
Morning Star Yesterday at 17:35
The self-styled Syrian National Council opposition group asked Western powers for arms today at an international conference in Tunis.

Letting It Come Down
Dissident Voice Yesterday at 16:01
People talk about collapse like it’s a bad thing. The Department of Homeland Security flags the word collapse itself for surveillance. But collapse makes the world go round. Anyone trained as a technocrat can tell you it’s a simple matter of oscillation, damping and convergence — a spiderweb pattern on a phase diagram, neutral as can be. For anthropologists, it’s a process called cycling. They can make it happen in the simplest of toy worlds, with a tessellation automaton with stochastic conflicts.  In fact, that’s the fun of the old board game Risk.

Belarus and Venezuela: Building the Multi-polar World
Dissident Voice Yesterday at 16:00
All over planet millions of people die of hunger every year. It is not a secret. Our media agencies tell us such facts quite often. Speaking about global inequality is not taboo in Western liberal democracies. To state that the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer is to repeat a cliché, a platitude of whose truth almost none are unaware.

Tunisia: Moderate Political Islam Eschews Violence
Dissident Voice Yesterday at 16:00
The world of journalism and that of the broader reading public suffered a major loss last week with the death of Anthony Shadid in Syria. Shadid one of the most daring, and daringly honest, journalists in the world succumbed to an asthma attack at the age of 43 last Thursday while on assignment for the New York Times. Before he died he sent this story which appeared in the NYT 2-18-2012 two days after his death. It is important to discuss and evaluate the story as it reveals the complexity of modern political Islam and upends many current false and bigoted notions being spread in the US and Europe.

EU to freeze Syrian Central Bank assets Feb 27 Yesterday at 15:59
The European Union plans to freeze the assets of the Syrian Central Bank starting next Monday, declared French Foreign Minister Alan Juppe, as quoted by Reuters.

Head in sand: UK recognizes Syrian rebels Yesterday at 15:54
Britain will recognize the Syrian National Council as a “legitimate representative of the Syrian people,” Foreign Secretary William Hague said in the run-up to the “Friends of Syria” meeting in Tunisia.

CIA-NATO Front Group Drafts “Humanitarian Aid” for Syria Yesterday at 15:29
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Reports: U.S., NATO Allies Preparing For Ground Assault In Syria Yesterday at 14:49
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Puppets, Lackeys And The Drums Of War
Stop NATO Yesterday at 14:13
On RT (Russia Today) television the other night, it was reported that a recent poll indicated that over 50 % of the American people considered Iran to be a threat to the U.S. and felt it would be appropriate to invade them. It would not have been a surprise if Fox News, CNN or MSNBC had made such a preposterous suggestion. Intelligent viewers would assume that this was just another propaganda piece and not worth taking seriously. RT, however, ends to have honest reporting, and is not a mere mouthpiece for North America’s ruling class.


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Posted 25th February 2012 by InI in category Syria Newslinks

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