Syria Newslinks 14 March 2012

14 March 2012 20:03:07 —

Obama and Cameron: No intervention in Syria, pullout in Afghanistan Today at 19:31
The US and the UK are just as determined as ever to remove Bashar Assad from power, but are unlikely to go for a full-scale military intervention – at least for now.

Military intervention would destabilize Syria – Brzezinski Today at 18:50
Resolving the Syrian conflict by force would be “counterproductive, premature and destabilizing,” says former US National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski.

012 war propaganda
Stop NATO Today at 18:09 In Context March 13, 2011
In this episode we speak with journalist Rick Rozoff, manager of the blog Stop NATO about NATO’s broader plans in the Middle East and how they connect to the possible interventions in Syria and Iran.

Amnesty reports Syria torture rife
Morning Star Today at 17:15
Syrian security forces routinely torture people detained during the country’s year-old uprising, Amnesty charged in a report released on Wednesday.

Frustrated trio quit Syrian opposition council
Morning Star Today at 17:15
Three prominent Syrian dissidents announced on Wednesday that they have quit the country’s main opposition group.

Syria Divide: Advocates Of Diplomacy Versus Advocates Of Aggression
Stop NATO Today at 16:24
China Daily March 14, 2012 Peaceful approach to Syria
Times have changed and we no longer live in an era when a few big powers can assume they have the right to dictate the fate of smaller countries. Respect for sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity, which are enshrined in the UN Charter, must prevail.

Syrian ‘yes’ to ceasefire initiative
Voice of Russia, News Today at 16:00
According to the Syrian Foreign Ministry, the Syrian government has given a ‘yes’ response to the proposal by international envoy Kofi Annan, made during his Damascus visit last weekend, that both sides in the Syrian conflict immediately cease fire.

New Cold War: U.S.-Russia Confrontation Over Pakistan
Stop NATO Today at 15:50
Trend News Agency March 14, 2012
US-Russia confrontation over Pakistan Azer Ahmedbeyli Edited by RR
About which reset can we speak, if the United States and Russia from time to time show polar opposite positions on the major international problems?

Dear Mr. President
Dissident Voice Today at 15:01
Maidhc Ó Cathail According to its June 3, 1997 Statement of Principles, the Project for the New American Century (PNAC) was created to advance a “Reaganite foreign policy of military strength and moral clarity,” a policy PNAC co-founders, William Kristol and Robert Kagan, had advocated the previous year in Foreign Affairs to counter what they construed as the American public’s short-sighted indifference to foreign “commitments.” Calling for a significant increase in “defense spending,” PNAC exhorted the United States “to meet threats before they become dire.”

United State of Emergency: Outlawing Dissent
Dissent Dissident Voice Today at 15:00
Zakk Flash During the 1967 Six Day War, a series of strict emergency laws were enacted across the Arab World, most notably in Egypt and Syria. Police powers became absolute while constitutional rights were suspended; any non-governmental political activity such as street demonstrations, rallies, protests, and organization of dissident political groups was quickly crushed by the iron fist of dictators. The laws were called temporary defensive measures, emergency acts that would be lifted once the nation was safe again.

The Angry Arab News Service Today at 14:35
Haythal Al-Malih and a whole contingent resigned from the leadership of the Syrian National Council. I mention that because it will unlikely be reported in the Western press.

Syrian opposition disunited
Voice of Russia, News Today at 14:25
According to reports from Turkey, three senior Syrian opposition figures have shut the door on the Istanbul-based Syrian National Council. In February, close to two dozen left the SNC, forming a separate opposition organization known as ‘The Group of Syrian Patriots.’

Report: Clinton Tells Russia Next Month Last Chance To Avoid U.S. Attack On Iran
Stop NATO Today at 14:24
Russian Information Agency Novosti March 14, 2012
April Talks Last Chance for Iran to Avoid U.S. Attack – Hillary Clinton
MOSCOW: The United States has warned that the six-nation negotiations on Iran’s nuclear program in April would be the last chance for Tehran to prevent a U.S. attack, the Kommersant daily said on Wednesday.

NATO Proxies behind Syria Massacre Today at 13:46
For more details, please click on the link to read the article.

Annan gets Assad response
Voice of Russia, News Today at 13:36
According to a spokesperson for Kofi Annan, the international envoy has received a Syrian response to the settlement initiatives that he brought to Damascus last weekend. The response is contained in a letter to Mr Annan the contents of which have to be kept secret, so as not to undermine any diplomatic moves concerning the settlement plans.

Syrian army regains full control of Idlib
Strategic Culture Foundation Today at 13:35

Syria holds Homs killers
Voice of Russia, News Today at 13:26
The Syrian authorities say they have detained several of the thugs who slaughtered 47 women and children in Homs in an incident this weekend. The detained people reportedly include mercenaries from other Arab countries.

Obama Richly Deserves Impeachment for War Policies, But Only a Few Dare Say So – and Most of Them are Republicans
Black Agenda Radio Commentaries Today at 12:58
A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford It has fallen mainly to Republicans to challenge President Obama’s military flaunting of both U.S. and international law. A North Carolina congressman named Jones has submitted a resolution that would hold Obama liable to impeachment if he attacks Syria or any other country without an act of authorization from Congress. It is an action that “should have emanated from the Congressional Progressive and Black Caucuses, rather than the Republican Right.”

Syria ‘cooperative’ on international settlement plans
Voice of Russia, News Today at 12:34
According to the Syrian press, Syria is prepared to cooperate with international envoy Kofi Annan and has already forwarded a response to the settlement initiatives he had brought to Damascus.

Syria troops ‘take northern city’
BBC News Today at 12:09
Syrian government forces take control of the north-western city of Idlib, after days of clashes with rebel fighters, opposition activists say.

Annan receives Syrian response to peace proposals
Voice of Russia, News Today at 11:46
International mediator Kofi Annan confirmed Wednesday that he had received a response from Damascus to his “concrete” proposals earlier to Damascus on ways to halt the crisis. “The Joint Special Envoy (JSE) for Syria Kofi Annan has now received a response from the Syrian authorities.

Annan receives Syrian response, seeks further answers
Voice of Russia, News Today at 11:46
International mediator Kofi Annan confirmed Wednesday that he has received a reponse from the Syrian regime, after he made “concrete” proposals earlier to Damascus on ways to halt the crisis. “The Joint Special Envoy (JSE) for Syria Kofi Annan has now received a response from the Syrian authorities.

In Syrian conflict, Russia defends principles of justice – Lavrov
Voice of Russia, News Today at 10:42
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has told the State Duma deputies that it is the principles of justice, rather than the Bashar al-Assad regime, that Russia is defending in the Syrian conflict. He said the people of Syria should decide for themselves who should be at the helm in their country.

Russia against the new U.N. Draft Resolution on Syria
Voice of Russia, News Today at 10:34
Crystal Park On Monday representatives from the U.S., Russia, European Union and the United Nations convened at the U.N. headquarters in New York to discuss the ongoing stagnant peace process in Syria and the newly developing Israel-Palestine conflict. We are joined today to discuss the meeting is Sergey Strokan , a correspondent for the Kommersant Newspaper.

Russia claims to protect justice, not Assad
Voice of Russia, News Today at 09:47
In Syria, Russia has been protecting the justice, not the Bashar al-Assad regime, Russia Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said today. “;It’s up to the Syrian people to decide who should run Syria.

Syrian rebels confirm loss of control over Idlib
Voice of Russia, News Today at 09:19
fighters of the so-called Free Syrian Army have confirmed that they have lost control over the city of Idlib. According to the Al-Arabiya Pan-Arabist television channel, the rebels said that the Syrian Government Army has been in control of the city since Tuesday night.

New bid for UN resolution aimed at Syrian regime-change fails
World Socialist Web Site Today at 08:37
On Monday, Russia again refused to sign a draft resolution put before the United Nations Security Council condemning the regime of Bashir al-Assad, on the grounds that it could be used to justify military intervention in support of the Syrian opposition.

Syrian army overruns Idlib, rebels flee: activist
Voice of Russia, News Today at 08:10
The Syrian army has seized full control of Idlib following a four-day assault and rebel troops have retreated, an activist in the northwest city told AFP on Wednesday. “Since last night there has been no more fighting,” said Noureddin al-Abdo, reached by telephone from Beirut.

President Assad declines Annan’s settlement plan
Voice of Russia, News Today at 05:30
President Bashar al-Assad has declined the settlement plan that was put forward by the UN and Arab League special envoy to Syria, Kofi Annan.

David Cameron urges peaceful change in Syria
Voice of Russia, News Today at 04:54
David Cameron has said he wants to see peaceful transition of power in Syria, rather than revolution, ahead of talks with US President Barack Obama. The UK prime minister said he was frustrated at the “appalling” situation in Homs, which has been under assault by government forces.

PM urges peaceful change in Syria
BBC News Today at 04:15
UK Prime Minister David Cameron and US President Barack Obama will discuss Syria and Afghanistan when they meet at the White House.

Syria will take part in Olympics
Voice of Russia, News Today at 02:31
The heads of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) have allowed Syria to take part in the 2012 Olympics despite the ongoing violence in the country. According to the IOC they are constantly in touch with Syrian athletes who are all trained in Syria. (TASS)

War crimes, international law and the elephant in the room
Links – International journal of socialist renewal Today at 02:16
By Rupen Savoulian
March 9, 2012 — Antipodean Atheist, submitted to Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal by the author — US secretary of state Hillary Clinton, speaking to the US Senate Appropriations Committee in February 2012, stated that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad meets the criteria of a war criminal. The Telegraph newspaper in Britain reported as follows:

Who Cares About Revolutionary Socialism?
The Greanville Post Today at 02:08
By Ed Lewis, Paul LeBlanc, New Left Project Thank you, New Left Project
What is the “Get Political” initiative?
The current “Get Political” campaign is focused on three of the most influential representatives of the revolutionary socialist movement in the early twentieth century – V. I. Lenin, Rosa Luxemburg, and Leon Trotsky.

VIDEO: Concern over Syria refugees
BBC News Today at 00:33
Human Rights Watch has accused Syria of laying landmines near its borders with Lebanon and Turkey, along routes used by refugees fleeing the country.

Analysis: Options for military intervention in Syria
BBC News Today at 00:32

Syrians ‘tortured’ in detention
BBC News Today at 00:01
Detainees in Syria’s prisons are routinely and systematically tortured in what amounts to crimes against humanity, says Amnesty International.

Syria forces attack town; Annan receives Assad response
(Adds fighting in south; Syria replies to Annan) * Annan considers answers
from Assad to peace bid * Syrian forces hit rebels next to Jordan border *
China offers aid, Wen says not taking sides * Assad calls parliamentary
election; …

Syrian regime retakes opposition stronghold near Turkey, gaining momentum …
Washington Post
BEIRUT — The Syrian army has recaptured most of the northern rebel
stronghold of Idlib near the Turkish border, pushing hundreds of military
defectors out of a major base they had held for months even as pockets of
resistance keep up their fight.

Sarkozy calls Syria’s Assad a ‘murderer,’ says he should face international court
Washington Post
PARIS — French President Nicolas Sarkozy said Wednesday that Syria’s
leader is acting like a murderer and should be sent to the International
Criminal Court. With diplomatic efforts to end the bloodshed in Syria
faltering, the French leader urged …

Amid New Claims of Torture, Syria Maintains Assaults
New York Times
BEIRUT, Lebanon — Emboldened by faltering diplomacy and a Russian pledge
to keep supplying weapons, Syria’s armed forces maintained their assault on
insurgent enclaves in several parts of the country on Wednesday , invading
the city of Idlib in an …

Syrian forces take over Idlib as group reports torture by regime
By the CNN Wire Staff United Nations (CNN) — After a four-day military
onslaught, Syrian forces have taken control of the rebel stronghold of
Idlib, opposition activists said, with only pockets of city held by
defected soldiers. Syrian state-run media …

Syrian troops press offensive in Idlib after rebels retreat
Los Angeles Times
The assault in Idlib, on the heels of the Homs advance, suggests the Syrian
government is making headway against the poorly armed rebels. Rebels gather
in a mountainous area of Idlib province in northwestern Syria. (Ricardo
Garcia Vilanova / AFP/Getty …,0,7755210.story

Annan: Syria to reply on ending violence
March 13, 2012|Suzan Fraser, AP Syrian officials are expected to respond
Tuesday to a number of concrete proposals on how to end the violence in
their homeland, UN peace envoy Kofi Annan said. Annan, who is in Turkey,
had visited Syria over the weekend …

Journalist recounts fleeing Syria under fire
CBS News
(AP) ANTAKYA, Turkey – Explosions illuminated the night as we ran, hoping
to escape Syria after nearly three weeks of covering a conflict that the
government seems determined to keep the world from seeing. Tank shells
slammed into the city streets …

Report: Syria army takes northern rebel stronghold
March 13, 2012|Bassem Mroue, AP Syrian military forces have recaptured the
northern rebel stronghold of Idlib along the border with Turkey, a major
base that army defectors had held for months, a pro-government newspaper
reported Tuesday.

World News – Syria laying mines on routes used by civilians fleeing …
By staff and news services
Syrian forces have laid mines near the borders of Lebanon and Turkey along
routes used by those trying to escape the conflict in Syria, advocacy group
Human Rights Watch said on Tuesday. Opposition activists who have waged a
year-long …

Syria’s Losing Battle to Control the News –
Nearly 12 months into the uprising in Syria, government attempts to stifle
news coverage by barring independent reporters from the country are still
being confounded by a network of activists.

Syria’s Assad Regime Responds To Kofi Annan Proposals
By The Huffington Post News Team
ANKARA, Turkey — Syrian officials responded Tuesday to a number of
concrete proposals by international envoy Kofi Annan on how to end the
violence in their country, a U.N. diplomat said. Annan, who visited Syria
over the weekend and …

Syria Activist: Defectors Kill Soldiers In Ambush
By The Huffington Post News Editors
Syrian government forces killed dozens of people in the northern city of
Idlib, dumping their bodies in a mosque, while some 22 soldiers died in two
separate rebel ambushes, opposition activists said on Tuesday. The army
intensified its …

Syria: Campaign to Stop One Year of Bloodshed · Global Voices
By Tarek Amr
To mark the first anniversary of the violence which accompanied the Syrian
revolution, which started on March 15th, a campaign is being launched to
mobilise a global action for celebrities, leading Twitter users and NGOs
(CIHRS, FIDH, etc.) …

Syria’s Armed Opposition | Institute for the Study of War
This report provides detailed information on Syria’s armed opposition
movement, highlighting where structure exists within the movement and where
Syria’s …


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Posted 14th March 2012 by InI in category Syria

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