Syria Newslinks 27-28 November 2011

28 November 2011 —

28 November 2011
Closed-door politics: ‘Economic war’ against Syria seals crisis Today at 18:17
The Arab League’s sanctions against Damascus are in fact ‘a declaration of economic war’ against the Syrian people, which ‘closed windows’ for resolving the country’s crisis, the country’s senior diplomat says.

Syria forces ‘committed crimes’
BBC News Today at 14:58
Syria’s security forces have committed ‘crimes against humanity’ in their crackdown on anti-government protesters, a UN report says.

Glenn Greenwald: Is Obama Fulfilling the Neocon Dream of Mass Regime Change in Muslim World?
Democracy Now! Today at 13:18
Political blogger Glenn Greenwald recently wrote about retired General Wesley Clark’s recollection of an officer telling him in the weeks after the Sept. 11 attacks that the then U.S. Secretary of Defense had issued a memo outlining a plan for regime change within five years in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Iran.

Raising the stakes: Russian aircraft carrier heads for Syria Today at 11:19
Moscow is deploying war ships at its base in the Syrian port of Tartus. The long-planned mission comes, providentially, at the very moment when it could help prevent a potential conflict in the strategically important…

Mass Rallies in Syrian Provinces Express Condemnation of AL Decisions, Rejection of Foreign Interference
Strategic Culture Foundation Today at 11:08

‘West plans false flag ops in Syria’
Strategic Culture Foundation Today at 11:05

Syrian government days ‘numbered’
BBC News Today at 10:32
French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe says time is running out for the Syrian leader after the Arab League agrees sanctions against Damascus.

Moving towards a military coup in Syria?
Asia Times Online Today at 11:00
The increasingly isolated political and economic position of the Bashar al-Assad government, underlined by the Arab League’s sanctions, and the specter of heightened Sunni-Shi’ite violence could lead Syria’s armed forces to abandon their previously solid support. However, like many dictatorships the Assads came to power through multiple coup d’etats, so Damascus has safeguards in place to restrain ambitious colonels. – Brian M Downing (Nov 28, ’11)

Iran gets a mini-break – in Bahrain
Asia Times Online Today at 11:00
A 500-page independent report authorized by the Bahraini government into handling of the mass protests there earlier this year found no evidence linking the demonstrations to Iran. That will give a welcome respite to Tehran, and give it leverage against Saudi Arabia over Riyadh’s involvement in Syria. – Kaveh L Afrasiabi (Nov 28, ’11)

French petty-bourgeois “left” plots military intervention in Syria
World Socialist Web Site Today at 09:04
As the Western powers move to destabilize and foment armed rebellions against the Syrian regime of Bashir al-Assad, France’s New Anti-Capitalist Party is supporting and helping to plan military action against Syria.

Regime change: the 21st century energy source Today at 06:45
The US and Europe are to hammer out harsh penalties for Syria and Iran at a joint summit in Washington on Monday, but their objectives are being widely seen as far from democratic.

Report: US and Arab States set to impose No Fly Zone over Syria
Mathaba News Briefing (Alerts) Today at 06:01
Plan to cripple President Assad’s military forces within 24 hours.

Syria rallies against AL sanctions
Strategic Culture Foundation Today at 02:44

Syrians express anger at AL sanctions
Strategic Culture Foundation Today at 02:34

The Syria-Iran-Turkey Triangle: A New War Scenario in the Middle East Today at 01:49
While there were good relations between Syria and Turkey only a year ago, today we begin to to talk about NATO intervention led by Ankara into Syria. This is also tied to US efforts against Iran, the main regional power.

Spinning Invasions, from Nile to the Euphrates and Beyond by Felicity Arbuthnot
Dandelion Salad Today at 00:18
by Felicity Arbuthnot Featured Writer Dandelion Salad London, England 25 November 2011 ‘If a man seeks to understand Rome’s casuss reason for each foreign conquest, he needs only look into the Treasury.’ (Tacitus, AD 56 – AD 117) As the US and UK lead towards more illegal overthrows, invasions and destruction in Iran and Syria, […]

Syria hit with new sanctions: Will this weaken Assad?
Christian Science Monitor
The Arab League hit Syria with sanctions Sunday. The new sanctions include a travel ban on Syrian officials and a freeze on Syria government assets. By Yasmine Saleh, Reuters / November 27, 2011 A child is lifted next to a banner during a demonstration …

‘Gunfire erupts on border with Syria’
Jordan Times
By Taylor Luck AMMAN – Shots rang out at the Jordanian-Syrian border late Sunday as Syrian forces attempted to prevent civilians from entering the Kingdom, hours after an Arab League decision to impose sanctions on Damascus. Syrian soldiers opened fire …

Oil Advances a Second Day on Economic Outlook, Syrian Sanctions
28 (Bloomberg) — Oil rose a second day on bets that signs of economic growth in the US and steps by Europe to tame its debt crisis will boost fuel demand, while sanctions on Syria stoked concern Middle East crude supplies may be threatened. …

French FM says Syrian president “isolated”
28 (Xinhua) — French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said on Monday Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was “totally isolated” after the Arab League voted tough sanctions against Damascus. “It is absolutely clear that he is now totally isolated. …

Thousands rally in Lebanon to denounce Syria and Hezbollah
Herald Sun
Picture: AP Source: HWT Image Library A man shows a V-sign decorated as the
revolutionary Syrian flag during a rally against the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Picture: AP Source: HWT Image Library A supporter of Lebanese former Prime …

Syria rebels: Assad regime recruiting Iranian, Hezbollah mercenaries
The Free Syrian Army spokesman Ammar al-Wawi has said that The Syrian regime is beginning to lose control over its security forces and is thus forced to hire mercenaries from Iran, Iraq and Lebanon, The spokesman said that in recent months many army …

Syrian-Turkish Forum: Understanding Reality of Situation in Syria Away from …
Syrian Arab News Agency
ANKARA, (SANA)_The Syrian-Turkish Forum dubbed “Cause and Stance” on Sunday stressed that the interests of the Syrian and Turkish peoples lie in establishing the best relations between the two countries. In a closing statement issued at the end of the …

Russia to send warships to Syria in 2012
The Australian
Russia is sending a flotilla of warships on a visit to its naval base in Syria next year. Source: AP RUSSIA will send a flotilla of warships led by its only aircraft carrier to its naval base in Syria for a port call next year, amid tensions with the …

Syria Hit with Unprecedented Sanctions
By Max Read
The Arab League is hitting Syria with even harsher sanctions, including a ban on travel for Syrian officials and politicians and “a halt to all dealings with the Syrian central bank,” because nothing else has worked at stopping the violence.

JURIST – Paper Chase: UN rights panel asks Syria for report on …
By Ashley Hileman
JURIST – Paper Chase: UN rights panel asks Syria for report on child torture allegations.

Arab League: Syria Sanctions Approved
By The Huffington Post News Editors
BEIRUT — In an unprecedented move against an Arab nation, the Arab League on Sunday approved economic sanctions on Syria to pressure Damascus to end its deadly suppression of an 8-month-old uprising against President Bashar…

Arab League approves unprecedented sanctions on Syria — RT
A halt to transactions with the Syrian central bank, the suspension of commercial flights and a travel ban on senior officials are among the new set of sanctions approved by the Arab League – a move Damascus has slammed as a betrayal.

Syria, Turkey rhetoric increases
By (Elder of Ziyon)
Things are heating up between Turkey and Syria. Xinhua starts off with: Syria’s former ally, Turkey, has changed their diplomatic standing and has begun exerting pressure on the government as violence escalates. For years Turkey has been …

27 November 2011
VIDEO: Arab League adopts Syria sanctions

BBC News Yesterday at 22:44
The Arab League has approved fresh sanctions against Syria, including an asset freeze and an embargo on investments.

Arab League adopts Syria sanctions
Strategic Culture Foundation Yesterday at 20:03

The Obama Doctrine: Imperialism Masked as «Humanitarian Interventionism»
Strategic Culture Foundation Yesterday at 20:00
The Obama administration, in yet another display of the use of Orwellian language, has embarked on a military doctrine called ‘Mass Atrocity Prevention’ (MAP), the Pentagon operational plan to implement the White House’s ‘R2P’ or ‘Responsibility to Protect’ doctrine… And in yet another display of oxymoronic Orwellian ‘Newspeak,’ the main Defense Department activity for developing ‘Mass Atrocity Response Operations’ or ‘MARO’ is the Army’s Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute (PKSOI)… Current targets for meddling by MARO and the Soros NGO network are Syria, Somalia, Philippines, Kenya, post-Revolutionary Armed Forces (FARC) Colombia, Guatemala, Pakistan, Uganda (targeting the Lord’s Resistance Army), and North and…

VIDEO: Nuke Carrier Leads U.S. Strike Force Into Syrian Waters Yesterday at 17:17
For more details, please click on the link to read the article.

Arab League backs Syrian sanctions
Morning Star Yesterday at 16:59
The Arab League voted by 19 to three today to impose sweeping sanctions against Syria for seeking to quash a violent anti-government uprising by force.

VIDEO: Syria: We are Seeing the Initial Steps of a New Cold War Yesterday at 16:31
For more details, please click on the link to read the article.

Arab League approves unprecedented sanctions on Syria Yesterday at 15:26
A halt to transactions with the Syrian central bank, the suspension of commercial flights and a travel ban on senior officials are among the new set of sanctions approved by the Arab League – a move Damascus has slammed…

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