Democratic Syria could destabilize region – political analyst — RT

6 May 2011 — RT

As violent clashes between the protesters and the security forces resume in Syria, political analyst Professor Mark Almond says democratic changes in the country could be for worse and not for better.

­Syrian tanks have reportedly stormed the coastal city of Banias on Saturday, and protesters tried to keep them out by forming human chains amid deadly confrontations with security forces.

It follows a day of nationwide protests across the country that left at least 30 people dead and hundreds arrested.

The US is warning the regime that it will take new steps against it, in response to the Friday’s bloody crackdown by security forces.

But international relations expert and visiting professor at Bilkent University in Turkey, Mark Almond, believes the Americans or the Europeans have little leverage to influence Syria.

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The liberation machine has turned against Syria – war correspondent — RT

6 May 2011 — RT

Another intense day of protest across Syria – dubbed ‘the day of defiance’- has claimed another 30 lives. With the regime conducting deadly crackdowns against its civilians and international pressure building, how long can President Assad hold out?

­War correspondent and columnist Eric Margolis believes that President Assad and his government can hold out for as long as the Syrian army and security forces – particularly the elite units – and the business community, which favors stability, stay loyal to him.

‘But certainly the regime is under tremendous pressure,’ he said. ‘The lid is about to blow off in Syria, it is very hard for [Assad] to release the pressure without creating an explosion. And Syria is also under attack from the outside. So it is going to be a close run thing.’

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Family Values and One Last Act of Magic By Dan Hind

7 May, 2011 — The Return of the Public

So, Osama bin Laden is dead.

It is a cliche to say that the popular uprisings against dictatorship in Egypt, Syria, Bahrain and elsewhere had marginalised him. The fusion of political Islam and spectacular terrorism for which he was the figurehead no longer holds out the prospect of radical transformation. Mohamed Bouazizi’s decision to set himself on fire in December of 2010 has done far more to change the culture and politics of the Middle East than any number of suicide bombers.

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The file on Osama bin Laden’s assassination

7 May 2011

A roundup of stories relevant to the assassination of Osama bin Laden

America again needs Osama
Osama bin Laden conscientiously accomplished the task set and, once September 11th 2001 was over, earned peace and quiet that he was promised by his US bosses. But 10 years went by, and the masters of America decided they needed him again, this time clearly for the last time. Had it not been for the hurriedly masterminded murder of the “terrorist No. 1”, the mass media throughout the world would have focused on the United States and NATO, which loom up behind the merciless killing of Gaddafi’s son and grandchildren…

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Nailing Bin Laden: Was it a military or a media operation? Why now? By Danny Schechter

7 May 2011 — media channel

The tip on bin Laden’s whereabouts came in back in 2010. You have to assume the house was under surveillance. If they thought they “bagged him” they would be watching closely and choosing the right time to deep six the target (I actually wrote this lead paragraph sentence before reading this “Breaking News” from the Washington Post: “CIA had secret outpost in Abbottabad”).

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The Sheikh who shook two Superpowers By Satya Sagar

7 May 2011

Long after he is gone, in the mythology of the Western world, Osama Bin Laden will always remain the fanatical architect of 9/11, the evil man who brought down the World Trade Center, a long standing symbol of US power. On the Arab and other streets of the Third World he will pass into fable as the interloper who dared to hit America in its heartland, eluding its wrath for a decade before becoming a martyr.

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New at Strategic Culture Foundation 30 April – 5 May 2011

7 May 2011 — Strategic Cutlture Foundation

America again needs Osama

06.05.2011 | 00:00 | Leonid IVASHOV
Osama bin Laden conscientiously accomplished the task set and, once September 11th 2001 was over, earned peace and quiet that he was promised by his US bosses. But 10 years went by, and the masters of America decided they needed him again, this time clearly for the last time. Had it not been for the hurriedly masterminded murder of the “terrorist No. 1”, the mass media throughout the world would have focused on the United States and NATO, which loom up behind the merciless killing of Gaddafi’s son and grandchildren…
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