Syria Newslinks 13-14 December 2011

14 December 2011 —

14 December 2011
Syria military convoy ‘ambushed’

BBC News Today at 15:47
Army defectors open fire on a military convoy in central Syria, killing eight soldiers, in retaliation for a deadly attack on civilians, activists say.

Western Elite Wages Info-war to Justify Syria Invasion? Today at 14:47
For more details, please click on the link to read the article.

THE ROVING EYE : NATO dreams of civil war in Syria
Asia Times Online Today at 11:00
By adopting a pincer movement from bases in Turkey and Jordan, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization is actively diversifying into an Iraq-in-the-1990s strategy; to submit Syria to a prolonged state of siege before eventually going for the kill. But NATO’s dream is to push Turkey to do the dirty work, even though this country remains the great imponderable on a complex chessboard. – Pepe Escobar (Dec 14, ’11)

Lesson of the Arab Counter-Revolution: Syrian Must Allow No Benghazis
Black Agenda Radio Commentaries Today at 14:43
A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford
The Arab Spring was not allowed to get very far before the Arab Counter-Revolution pounced, first on Libya, now on Syria, to reconfigure the region by military means and, thus, make it safe for the various members of the imperial club. The Americans and their European and Arab allies are seeking Syrian territory to place under their ‘humanitarian’ shield – a ‘liberated’ city like Libya’s Benghazi for them to ‘defend.’

US Troops Surround Syria on the Eve of Invasion? Today at 02:35
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Syrian regime charges blogger and fires on mourners, activists say
The Guardian
The Syrian authorities have charged a US-born Syrian blogger with trying to incite sectarian strife, and the regime has fired on a funeral procession, according to activists. The reported events come at the end of a day in which at least 28 people were …

UN recommends Syria be referred to ICC
ABC Online
ELEANOR HALL: The United Nations is adding to the growing international
pressure on the Syrian regime. Overnight, the UN human rights commissioner
recommended that the Assad regime be referred to the International Criminal
Court, as her commission …

For Syrian Medics, a Deadly Bid to Save Lives
Wall Street Journal
By MARC CHAMPION TURKEY-SYRIA BORDER—Early Saturday morning, Mohammad
Mourey set off from Turkey, carrying a tall black backpack filled with some
50 pounds of blood, antibiotics, sutures and other medical supplies bound
for Syria. …

Assad’s Detachment From Syria Killings Reveals Life in Cocoon
14 (Bloomberg) — Ten months into Syria’s unrest, those who know President
Bashar al-Assad say there’s good reason he has outlasted other leaders
threatened by the Arab Spring uprisings: stone-hearted detachment. This
trait was evident to the public …

Syria’s wounded make perilous trek for medical care
He jumps in his jeep and races into the foothills on the Syrian border,
searching for the wounded protester he knows is waiting for his help.
“Sometimes I get a call to treat a stomach ache, but find a Syrian smuggled
in with a bullet in his side. …

Future: South not for score settling
The Daily Star
By Hussein Dakroub BEIRUT: The parliamentary Future bloc of former Prime
Minister Saad Hariri warned Tuesday against attempts to use south Lebanon
as “a platform to settle regional and international scores” – a clear
allusion to Syria’s confrontation …

Syria, Egypt and Middle East unrest – live updates
The Guardian (blog)
There’s much to catch up in Syria and Egypt is going to the polls in the
second round of voting for the parliamentary elections. Here’s a round up
of the main developments: • More evidence has emerged of how violent the
uprising has become in videos …

Activists: Syrian troops fire on car, 5 dead
Central Florida News 13
Activists say Syrian troops have fired on a car in the center of the
country, killing all five passengers inside. The Local Coordination
Committees activist network and the British-based Syrian Observatory for
Human Rights say the five were traveling …

Over 32 killed as sectarian tension grows; Syria should be referred to ICC, UN …
eTaiwan News
By Gobby Wang Addition to the top UN human rights official told the
Security Council that Syria”Syrian crackdown death toll has topped 5000.
Syria”Syria’s opposition groups announced that at least 32 people killed
across Syria”Syria on Tuesday, …

US troops surround Syria on the eve of invasion? — RT
A former official from within the ranks of the Federal Bureau of
Investigation is reporting that US and NATO forces have landed outside of
Syria and are training militants to overthrow the regime of President
Bashar al-Assad.

Syria Death Toll Passes 5000, 11 Killed In Latest Attacks
By The Huffington Post News Editors
(Reuters) – More than 5000 people have been killed in nine months of unrest
in Syria, the U.N. human rights chief said, as an insurgency began to
overshadow what had initially been street protests against President Bashar
al-Assad’s 11-year …

U.N. human rights chief: Syria should be referred to ICC | FP Passport
By David Kenner
Top story: U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay told the
U.N. Security Council that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s crackdown
against domestic protesters “constituted crimes against humanity,” and that
Syria should be …

‘Hardliners’ ruling Syria is threat to Iraq: general
Baghdad (AFP) Dec 13, 2011 – A top Iraqi security official voiced fears on
Tuesday over any change in the Syrian regime that would bring Islamic
hardliners to power, which he described as a threat to the Middle East.

U.S. wants Russian help on Syria – CNN Security Clearance – CNN …
By keyescharley
By Charley Keyes Amid continued expressions of outrage Tuesday over
violence in Syria, the U.S. State Department singled out Russia for
blocking a United Nations response.

Syrian Forces Kill At Least 24 as Protests Spread | Middle East …
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says three boys, ages
10 , 12, 14, were shot and killed Friday in and around the restive city of

13 December 2011
Deadly clashes hit northern Syria

BBC News Yesterday at 17:56
Clashes have left at least 28 people dead in Syria, activists say, including 20 in the restive north-western province of Idlib.

‘West does not want dialogue with Assad’ Yesterday at 17:55
With international rhetoric hardening against Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad, peace activist Dr Maher Salloum tells RT the West is not really seeking a dialogue with the Syrian regime.

Lavrov: Sanctions not way forward on Syria
Morning Star Yesterday at 17:12
Russia refused to back Western sanctions against Syria today, insisting that the country’s crisis should be solved through the Arab League and without any ultimatums.

US troops surround Syria on the eve of invasion? Yesterday at 16:41
A former official from within the ranks of the Federal Bureau of Investigation is reporting that US and NATO forces have landed outside of Syria and are training militants to overthrow the regime of President Bashar…

The Washington-“Moderate Islam” Alliance
Dissident Voice Yesterday at 15:59
The dynamic of democratic, nationalist and class struggles throughout the Muslim world has set in motion a new constellation of alliances between the imperial West (US and European Union) and Islamist parties, leaders and regimes, dubbed ‘moderate’ by US officials, propagandists and academics.

Syrian opposition: dying for foreign intervention? Yesterday at 12:54
Using the ‘Libyan scenario’ as their template for regime change, the Syrian opposition is provoking a humanitarian crisis in the country in order to win foreign intervention, Russia says.

West ‘immoral on Syria’ – Russia
BBC News Yesterday at 12:25
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov accuses the West of taking an ‘immoral’ stance on Syria by refusing to condemn violence by the opposition.

Syria sanctions ‘counterproductive’ – Moscow
Strategic Culture Foundation Yesterday at 10:55

Dis-Syrian-formation Yesterday at 10:19
Escalating tensions surrounding Syria are preparation for aggression. Writer and political scientist Igor Panarin believes that part of the British-American and Israeli elite is waging an information war to justify a…

VIDEO: Syria uprising deaths top 5,000
BBC News Yesterday at 05:24
More than 5,000 people are thought to have died since the start of the uprising in Syria, the UN’s top human rights official has said.

Syria rejects UN estimate of 5000 dead
CNN International
By the CNN Wire Staff (CNN) — Syria’s ambassador to the United Nations
rejected the world body’s estimate that 5000 people have died in an
uprising against the government, calling the allegation “incredible.”
Ambassador Bashar Jaafari was responding …

Syria holds local elections as deadly clashes reportedly continue
Los Angeles Times
Syrians look at campaign posters in Damascus on the day of local elections.
(Youssef Badawi, European Pressphoto Agency / December 13, 2011) By
Alexandra Zavis and Alexandra Sandels, Los Angeles Times Local elections
were held across Syria on Monday …,0,7007900.story

Activists: Syrian troops kill 11 in northwest
USA Today
BEIRUT (AP) – An activist group says Syrian security forces have killed
11 civilians in a northwestern region where the army clashes frequently
with anti-regime military defectors. The British-based Syrian Observatory
for Human Rights said Tuesday …

Leaving Syria the right move for Suncor
Calgary Herald
By Deborah Yedlin, Calgary Herald December 13, 2011 3:09 AM Whether it was
the safety of its employees or the fact other oil and gas companies had
complied with sanctions imposed by the European Union on Syria this month,
Suncor’s determination to …

Juppe: Syria behind attack on French troops in Lebanon
France’s Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said Paris believed Syria was behind
the attack on its troops in Lebanon earlier last week. A roadside bomb
wounded five French peacekeepers in southern Lebanon Friday, in the third
attack this year on United …

With lives at stake, beleaguered Syrians opt for pain of exile
Jordan Times
By Khetam Malkawi MAFRAQ – Although aware of the hardships they would face,
a desire to live in peace and security has prompted many Syrians to flee
violence in their country and seek refuge in Jordan. “I left my house, I
left my belongings with no …

Russia Supports Internal Dialogue in Syria, Rejects ultimatums Language
Syrian Arab News Agency
MOSCOW/ NEW YORK, (SANA)- Russia’s Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, renewed
on Tuesday his country’s rejection of using the language of ultimatums in
dealing with Syria by the Arab League (AL). Lavrov stressed that dialogue
is the only way to reach a …

For Syria’s Dissidents, Even Exile Isn’t Safe
Ghorayib, wife of an exiled Syrian dissident, said Syrian men kidnapped and
held her captive for 30 hours in November Courtesy Thaer al-Nashef / AP On
Friday, Nov. 25, Mona Ghorayib woke up on a metal bed in a tiny room that
she didn’t recognize. …,8599,2102131,00.html?xid=gonewsedit

Iraq warns of wider sectarian conflict should Syria’s regime fall
Deutsche Welle
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki fears that the fall of the Syrian
regime could spark an internal sectarian war which could expand into a
wider conflict in the Middle East between Sunni Muslims and the Shia sect.
Al-Maliki recently admitted that …,,15584176,00.html

Iran’s Top Legislator Reiterates Necessity to Support Syria
Fars News Agency
Addressing a parliament session here in Tehran on Tuesday, Boroujerdi said
that the US and Israel and their European allies are spending billions of
dollars to change the political structure in Syria as part of their broader
efforts to undermine the …

Syria Death Toll Over 5000, German Foreign Minister Says
By The Huffington Post News Editors
NEW YORK (Reuters) – German ForeignMinister Guido Westerwelle said Monday
heunderstood 5000 people had now been killed in Syria’s crackdownon a
nine-month-old uprising – a higher figure than other recentestimates. “I am
really …

World News – UN: Syria death toll tops 5000
By The Associated Press
UNITED NATIONS — More than 5000 people have died in the nine-month-long
Syrian uprising, U.N. human rights chief Navi Pillay said Monday. Pillay,
the U.N..

France condemns UN Council silence on Syria deaths | The Raw Story
By Agence France-Presse
But in a sign of growing divisions within the 15-member council over Syria,
Russia’s ambassador accused western nations of seeking “regime change”
in the Middle East nation and discouraging a political settlement. French
envoy Gerard …

Syria: Major Battle Between Troops And Defectors As Municipal …
By The Huffington Post News Editors
BEIRUT (AP) The death toll from Syria’s crackdown on a 9-month-old uprising
has exceeded 5000 people, the top U.N. rights official said Monday, as
Syrians closed their businesses and kept children home from school as part
of a general …

Syria holds local elections as violence escalates | FP Passport
By Uri Friedman
Top news: The Syrian government is holding local elections today as a sign
of its commitment to democratic reform, as the opposition calls for a
boycott of the polls and launches a general strike. The BBC notes that
turnout is low and that …

12 December 2011
Media Lies: Syria’s President Bashar Assad Sets ABC News Senior Propagandist Barbra Walters Straight. 12/12/2011 at 20:26
For more details, please click on the link to read the article.

Syrian news fog getting denser 12/12/2011 at 18:19
Despite daily amateur video accounts of the Syrian government’s harsh crackdown on the opposition, many are still able to say, only, that there is violence in Syria – but this is all we know.

Slouching Towards Disaster: America’s Covert War Against Iran
Dissident Voice 12/12/2011 at 16:00
Legendary investigative journalist I.F. Stone famously observed: ‘All governments lie, but disaster lies in wait for countries whose officials smoke the same hashish they give out.’

Syrians vote amid continued conflict
Morning Star 12/12/2011 at 15:21
Syrians went to the polls today in a key test of the embattled government.

Slovak monitors arrive in Syria
Morning Star 12/12/2011 at 15:20
Slovak journalists, politicians and academics arrived in Syria on Sunday to observe the country’s long-running civil strife.

Hundreds of US-NATO Soldiers Arrive and Begin Operations on the Jordan-Syria Border 12/12/2011 at 14:47
For more details, please click on the link to read the article.

U.S.-listed firms told to reveal Syria, Iran links
Strategic Culture Foundation 12/12/2011 at 10:34

Washington continues campaign for Syrian regime-change
World Socialist Web Site 12/12/2011 at 09:11
Washington and the European powers have stepped up their campaign to oust the Bashar government through efforts in the UN and talks with Syrian oppositionists.

Uprising overshadows Syria polls
BBC News 12/12/2011 at 08:00
Syria holds local elections despite an opposition boycott and continuing violence between security forces and protesters.

Syrian embassy in Jordan attacked
Strategic Culture Foundation 12/12/2011 at 03:01

AL, Trojan horse in anti-Syria scenario
Strategic Culture Foundation 12/12/2011 at 02:22

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