Syria Newslinks 21-22 February 2012: US to pump weapons into Syrian warzone?

22 February 2012 14:37:51 —

Maybe updated as the day wears on…

Turkish Secret Agents Trained by the Mossad Captured in Syria Today at 21:40
For more details, please click on the link to read the article.”=

Russia doubts loyalty of ‘Friends of Syria’ Today at 13:19
Alexei Pushkov, head of the Duma foreign affairs committee, provided a firsthand glimpse of the complicated situation in Syria in an exclusive interview with RT.

Syrian Resolution: Shows World’s Nation With a Backbone by Sean Fenley
Dandelion Salad Today at 12:33
by Sean Fenley Guest Writer Dandelion Salad The Anything and Everything February 20, 2012 Not much reported in the MSM was that Bolivia, Belarus, Ecuador, Iran, Venezuela, Nicaragua, Zimbabwe, the DPRK, and Cuba, joined with Russia and China in voting down on the Saudi penned UN General Assembly resolution. The MSM seems to be attempting at […]

Western journalists ‘die in Homs’

BBC News Today at 11:53
Two Western journalists – Marie Colvin of the Sunday Times and French photographer Remi Ochlik – are killed in the Syrian city of Homs, French officials say.

Two western journalists killed in Homs Today at 11:37
A Frenchman and an American woman have been killed in the Syrian city of Homs, during the 20th consecutive day of government bombardment of the flashpoint city.

US torn over arming Syrian rebels]
Asia Times Online Today at 11:00
As the “Friends of Syria” coalition lays an international path for ending a conflict that has claimed more than 6,000 lives, debate is raging over whether the United States should arm Syria’s untested opposition. Meanwhile, military and logistical assistance is likely to come from other state and non-state actors. – Samer Araabi and Jim Lobe (Feb 22, ’12)

US to pump weapons into Syrian warzone? Today at 08:06
The White House and US State Department are considering arming Syria’s rebels, claiming ongoing reports of government crackdowns would legitimize their actions. But it remains unclear what form the assistance would take.
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Marc Lynch Apparently Said Something Really Stupid…
China Matters Today at 06:45
Laura Rozen reported on a piece of Syria-related chinstroking by Marc Lynch at the Center for a New American Security titled Pressure Not War: A Pragmatic and Principled Policy Towards Syria.

‘Part of Syrian opposition wants violence to continue’ Today at 02:12
Syria’s President Bashar Assad has proposed an urgent referendum on a draft constitution. The announcement, however, was followed by reports of new violence. At least 100 people were killed in heavy shelling by…

Skewed Resolution For Syrian Regime Change
Stop NATO Today at 01:58
February 25-March 9, 2012
John Cherian
Russia and China veto a resolution in the Security Council for a forced regime change in Syria

New Alliances As Iranian Warships Leave Syria
Stop NATO Today at 01:57
The Hindu
February 21, 2012
Iran appeared to have carefully timed the visit of its warships, which have followed the docking earlier at Tartus of the giant Russian aircraft carrier, Admiral Kuznetsov. In Iran, influential law makers were quick off the blocks to suggest that developments in Syria were uniting Tehran and Moscow, with the open ended possibility of other major players occupying the tent.

VIDEO: Red cross urges for Syria ceasefire

BBC News Yesterday at 23:20
Syrian activists say 80 people have been killed in the latest clashes, mainly in northern Syria.

US backs Red Cross call for Syria
BBC News Yesterday at 20:24
The US backs calls by the Red Cross for a humanitarian ceasefire in Syria to allow aid into the worst affected areas.

Report: Over 10,000 Libyans Trained In Jordan For Syrian Invasion
Stop NATO Yesterday at 20:13
February 21, 2012
Made in Jordan: Thousands of gunmen preparing to enter Syria?
Over 10,000 Libyans are reportedly being trained in a closed-off zone in Jordan, before being snuck into Syria to fight for the opposition. These men are allegedly paid around US$1,000 a month, funded by Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

Arab League As An Anti-Arab Weapon
Stop NATO Yesterday at 20:05
Arab League As An Anti-Arab Weapon
Elena Pustovoitova
Elementary arithmetic routinely holds keys to much more complex political algebra. At the moment, for example, it appears that fairly simple regards explain the bizarre conduct of the Arab League which, contrary to reasonable expectations, aligned itself with the West in destabilizing Syria and keeping Bashar Assad under pressure.

The UN General Assembly Vote Threatens Palestine as much as Syria
Strategic Culture Foundation Yesterday at 20:00
It was very apparent that the aggressive U.S. ambassador to the UN, Susan Rice, and her staff worked behind the scenes to achieve the 137 vote in favor of the anti-Syria resolution. The vote came amid fears that Syria would end up in the same predicament as Libya, also the target of UN-manipulated Western intervention and now wracked by civil war. As they did in Libya, U.S.-supported “Al Qaeda” elements entered Syria to foment insurrection against Assad…

China Opposed To Armed intervention To Force “Regime Change” In Syria
Stop NATO Yesterday at 19:58
Xinhua News Agency
February 21, 2012
FM spokesman says China’s stance on Syria remains consistent, clear
China holds the view that the international community should fully respect Syria’s sovereignty, independence, unity, territorial integrity and the independent choice of the Syrian people, as well as the results of the political dialogue among various parties in Syria.

Is West Genuinely Trying To “Save” Syria?
Stop NATO Yesterday at 19:29
People’s Daily
February 21, 2012
By now it should be obvious that the West is not known for its altruistic considerations. It does close to nothing to rescue the worst suffering countries, simply because most of them are actually suffering as a result of Western economic and geopolitical interests.

SYRIA: “Human Rights” Warriors for Empire Yesterday at 18:12
For more details, please click on the link to read the article.

Lebanon, Russia Boycott ‘Friends of Syria’ Meet Yesterday at 17:33
For more details, please click on the link to read the article.

Russia: ‘We won’t go to Syria summit’
Morning Star Yesterday at 17:21
Russia said today that it would not attend a planned “friends of Syria” meeting this week because its organisers haven’t invited Syrian government representatives.

Escalating Syrian Tensions / w. VIDEO
The Greanville Post Yesterday at 17:03
by Stephen Lendman, Senior Contributing Editor
Syria: Pro-government rally. They are usually discounted or omitted from mainstream reporting.
For nearly a year, externally generated violence wracked Syria. Dirty Western hands planned and implemented it. Rogue regional despots were enlisted for support. Replacing an independent regime with a pro-Western one and isolating Iran are planned. Russia and China thwarted two Security Council resolutions designed to facilitate intervention.

Iraq Violence Drops as al-Qaeda Heads to Syria Yesterday at 16:58
For more details, please click on the link to read the article.

UN Will Deny Tamils Justice
Dissident Voice Yesterday at 16:01
Brace yourselves Tamils in and from Sri Lanka! The UN Human Rights Council will not grant you justice at its 19th session, February 27-March 23, 2012 or, perhaps, in any foreseeable future.

UN Resolution Shows World’s Nations With a Backbone
Dissident Voice Yesterday at 16:00S
Not much reported in the MSM was that Bolivia, Belarus, Ecuador, Iran, Venezuela, Nicaragua, Zimbabwe, the DPRK, and Cuba, joined with Russia and China in voting down on the Saudi penned UN General Assembly resolution. The MSM seems to be attempting at a worldwide brainwashing job into getting everyone into thinking that — only tinfoil hat wearers plus Russia and China would be so foolhardy — as to oppose the GCC, NATO, the Arab League, and the illustrious and all-powerful West, aka the “international community”. And as their typical one-sided reporting effort has, no doubt, cowed many otherwise good, innocent, and well-meaning people into believing.

“SWIFT Boating” Iran
Dissident Voice Yesterday at 16:00
Despite, though likely because, Iran is ready to restart negotiations with the so-called P5+1 group (the five members of the UN Security Council plus Germany) over its civilian nuclear program, belligerent rhetoric and sharply-worded political attacks from Israel and the United States have escalated.

Silence as Bahraini Children are Stabbed and Gassed
Dissident Voice Yesterday at 15:59
In one of the many horrific cases we heard, a 17-year-old boy Hasan, his friend and his 8-year-old brother left their home to go to the grocery store. As they were entering the store they noticed some other youngsters running. Fearing the police would be following them, they decided to wait in the store. The 8 year old hid behind a refrigerator. The police entered the store with face masks on. They grabbed the older boys, pulling them out of the store and into the street.

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