Syria: Feeding off the carcase By William Bowles

16 February 2012

An uncle of mine, a quite extraordinary individual, used to say that he was privileged to have a ‘ringside seat’ when viewing the rampages of capitalism. To which I must add that the ticket to gain admission has been extremely costly, for the planet, but not for my uncle in spite of his lefty leanings. But privileged he was, as all of us are here in the West, insulated from the worst extremes of Empire by all those dead brown bodies.

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Syria’s ‘Arab Spring’: failed or hijacked? By Fiona Hill

14 February 2012Syria’s ‘Arab Spring’: failed or hijacked? – The Drum Opinion (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is ‘disgusted’ at the stance taken by Russia and China against foreign military intervention in Syria. But clearly ‘Madame Clinton‘, as many Syrians enjoy calling her, has not made time to read the report by the Head of the Arab League (AL) Observer Mission that was deployed throughout Syria‘s provinces from December 24, 2011 to January 18, 2012.

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Gaza Is on the Brink of Health and Environmental Catastrophe Due to Power Outages and Lack of Fuel

15 February 2012PCHR Palestinian Centre for Human Rights LTD (non profit) – Press Release Ref: 19/2012

Gaza Is on the Brink of Health and Environmental Catastrophe Due to Power Outages and Lack of Fuel

The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) is gravely concerned over the current power crisis in the Gaza Strip. The Gaza power plant stopped working yesterday as the fuel required for it operation ran out completely, which has caused long periods of outages throughout the Gaza Strip. Continue reading

IRAQ UNDER US MILITARY OCCUPATION: Maliki Proxy Government orders Execution of former PM Tariq Aziz

15 February 2012 — Global Research: IRAQ UNDER US MILITARY OCCUPATION: Maliki Proxy Government orders Execution of former PM Tariq Aziz

MOST URGENT

Ms Navanethem Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, United Nations, Geneva.

Dear Ms Navanethem Pillay and Colleagues,

I am forwarding this self explanatory alert, as is.

Iraq has been illegally invaded, occupied and decimated. Surely the UN cannot sit by as these terrible executions – pogroms – go ahead. Death sentences for no other reason than that Mr Aziz and his colleagues were part of the legitimate, sovereign government of Iraq – a ‘sovereignty and territorial integrity’ which was guaranteed by the UN itself, prior to the invasion.

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Stop NATO News: February 15, 2012: Russia To Counter U.S. Interceptor Missile Ships Off Coasts

15 February 2012012

  • Russia To Counter U.S. Interceptor Missile Ships Off Coasts
  • U.S. Aircraft Carrier Passes Through Strait Of Hormuz
  • NATO Holds High Level Consultations With Four Gulf Countries
  • Russian Foreign Minister: West Preparing Replay Of Libyan Model In Syria
  • NATO Representative: Georgia’s Full Membership Is Decided Issue
  • Germany Supports Macedonia’s Full NATO Membership
  • War Zone Deployments: U.S. European Command Director Solidifies Ties With Armenia

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Tariq Ali says Assad has to go: I’m depressed – no, I’m outraged By William Bowles

15 February 2012

Prequel: I’m going to write a longer piece on this issue, not Ali per se but  on the entire ‘orientalism’ approach that saturates all of us, left and right.

All quotes from, ‘Assad must go to save Syria from intervention’, RT 15 February 2012

Today, I see that the well known ‘revolutionary’ Tariq Ali is telling that:

“He [Assad] has to be pushed out,” Tariq Ali insists, for which “the Syrian people are doing their best”.

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Video: Debate About Iran Strategy Heats Up in Israel

14 February 2012The Real News Network

At the annual top security conference in Israel sharp divisions over talk of attacking Iran

In Israel the debate over whether to attack Iran has seen the political leadership of the Minister of Defense, Ehud Barak and the Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu face a resistant security echelon with the heads of Israel’s intelligence agencies (and their predecessors) opposing such an attack. The question of Iran was expected to be at the top of the agenda at this year’s Herzeliya Conference, which took place last week. The conference is Israel’s main security and strategic gathering with speakers from the army, various ministries, major corporations, and security think tanks. The army’s chief of staff, head of military intelligence, minister of defense, and the former head of the Mossad spoke, with the later warning for the leadership to be patient as the sanctions are working.

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Aleppo betrayed by attacks that are foreign to its nature By Charles Glass

13 February 2012 — Aleppo betrayed by attacks that are foreign to its nature – The National

Aleppo is a town of eminent consequence, and in all ages its fame has flown high. The kings who have sought its hand in marriage are many, and it place in our soul is dear. — Ibn Jubayr, Arab-Andalusian traveller, June 1184

Last week’s suicide bombings that killed at least 28 people in Aleppo are drawing Syria‘s second city into a conflict that it had struggled to avoid for the past year. President Bashar Al Assad blamed Al Qaeda terrorists, while the Syrian opposition accused the regime. American officials, despite Washington’s hostility to Mr Al Assad and the recent closure of the US embassy in Damascus, told McClatchey Newspapers correspondent Jonathan Landay they thought Mr Al Assad was right.

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