14 February, 2012 — Global Research


Between the chaos and artillery fire unfolding in Homs and Damascus, the current siege against the Baíathist State of Bashar al-Assad parallels events of nearly a century ago. In efforts to maintain its protectorate, the French government employed the use of foreign soldiers to smother those seeking to abolish the French mandated, FÈdÈration Syrienne. While former Prime Minister Faris al-Khoury argued the case for Syrian independence before UN in 1945, French planes bombed Damascus into submission. Today, the same government ñ in addition to the United States and its client regimes in Libya and Tunisia ñ enthusiastically recognize the Syrian National Council as the legitimate leadership of Syria. Although recent polls funded by the Qatar Foundation claim 55% of Syrians support the Assad regime, the former colonial powers have made a mockery of the very democratic principles they tout.

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Blindness On The Road To Damascus By Fiona Hill

17 February 2012New Matilda


As the calls for President Assad to step down get louder, including from Australia, evidence on the ground suggests that Syrians want elections, not international intervention, writes Fiona Hill

The Syrian Embassy in Canberra was attacked and ransacked earlier this month by a gang of 40 men who stole property and intimidated staff. We still await Canberra’s denouncement of the crime and a statement about failing public security.

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18 February 2012 — ICAHD

Even as I write this, the bulldozers have been busy throughout that one indivisible country known by the bifurcated term Israel/Palestine. Palestinian homes, community centers, livestock pens and other “structures” (as the Israel authorities dispassionately call them) have been demolished in the Old City, Silwan and various parts of “Area C” in the West Bank, as well among the Bedouin – Israeli citizens – in the Negev/Nakab. This is merely mopping up, herding the last of the Arabs into their prison cells where, forever, they will cease to be heard or heard from, a non-issue in Israel and, eventually, in the wider world distracted from bigger, more pressing matters.
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Syria: China, Russia Won’t Allow Further Transformation Of UN Into West’s Bludgeon

18 February 2012 — Global Times

China unwavering on Syria in new UN vote

Western powers are privileged to interpret interests and ethics at their own will due to their obvious dominance of public opinion. They label the 12 countries who voted differently to them at the UN as being ‘unethical.’ China should never be fooled by this hypocrisy.

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Syria’s Uprising in Context By Stephen Gowans

10 February 2012what’s left

Since the beginning of the unrest in Syria, “the government has said that while some protesters have legitimate grievances, the uprising is driven by militant Islamists with foreign backing.” [1] This hardly squares with the view of Western state officials and media commentators who say that an authoritarian regime is killing its people and violently suppressing a largely peaceful movement for democracy.

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Videos: Adam Curtis — The Mayfair Set, Buccaneer Capitalists

17 February 2012Adam Curtis

The Mayfair Set is a series of films produced by Adam Curtis that study how buccaneer capitalists of hot money were allowed to shape the climate of the Thatcher years, focusing on the rise of Colonel David Stirling, Jim Slater, James Goldsmith, and Tiny Rowland, all members of The Clermont club in the 1960s.

This is a fantastic resource, bookmark the page. Thanks to a reader at Media Lens for this link. Here’s one to whet your appetite. And all free!

VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 17 February 2012: Adnan Still On Hunger-Strike At Galilee Hospital

17 February 2012VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Detainees In Ramon Punished For Protesting Abuse
IMEMC – The Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) reported Friday that Palestinian political detainees held at the Ramon Israeli prison, are being punished for protesting abuse against their families, who are being ordered to undergo humiliation and strip search before they visit their detained family members. …

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Information Clearing House Newsletter 17 February 2012: It's Time We Recognised the Blair Government's Criminality

16 February 2012Information Clearing House

It’s Time We Recognised the Blair Government’s Criminality
 By John Pilger
 In the kabuki theatre of British parliamentary politics, great crimes do not happen and criminals go free.

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