Syria Newslinks 22-23 February 2012

23 February 2012 20:28:45 —

Maybe updated as the day wears on…

Russia, China Warn Against Foreign Intervention In Syria Today at 19:16
For more details, please click on the link to read the article.

US preparing for military intervention in Syria? Today at 18:02
The US and other NATO countries could soon launch a ground assault on Syria. The final decision will be made soon, following this week’s Tunis conference where allied countries will meet to discuss possible scenarios of… Read Full Article at

Effort to help Syria journalist
BBC News Today at 17:56
Diplomatic efforts are under way to get wounded Devon-based photographer Paul Conroy out of Syria, the Foreign Office says.

VIDEO: Rebel fighters press for free Syria
BBC News Today at 16:57
A United Nations panel has delivered a list of Syrian officials who could be investigated for crimes against humanity.

Veteran US Diplomat Questions Syria Storyline – Focus on Syria Derived From Iran Fixation Today at 16:07
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Puppets and Lackeys
Dissident Voice Today at 16:00
Marti Hiken and Luke Hiken On RT (Russia Today) television the other night, it was reported that a recent poll indicated that over 50 % of the American people considered Iran to be a threat to the U.S. and felt it would be appropriate to invade them. It would not have been a surprise if Fox News, CNN or MSNBC had made such a preposterous suggestion. Intelligent viewers would assume that this was just another propaganda piece and not worth taking seriously. RT, however, ends to have honest reporting, and is not a mere mouthpiece for North America’s ruling class.

Hurt reporter asks to leave Syria
BBC News Today at 15:27
Edith Bouvier, the French journalist hurt in an attack on the Syrian city of Homs, says she needs urgent medical attention and asks to be evacuated.

Obama’s Re-Election Isn’t Looking So In-the-Bag
The Wild Wild Left – Front Page Today at 15:06
Michael Kwiatkowski FDL’s Jon Walker posted a telling entry regarding the chances of any of the GOP candidates against Obama in November.  It’s telling in that the numbers show the race well within traditional GOP election-theft margins.

Syria: Seeking a Convenient Casus Belli Today at 15:02
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Inside Syria: Northern rebels press for freedom
BBC News Today at 12:10 BBC’s
Ian Pannell joins rebel fighters in northern Syria

Syrian rebels surrounded near Turkish border Today at 11:58
Syrian frontier guards are defeating militants infiltrating from the territory of Turkey, as the army deploys forces to eliminate a group of militants trapped in the mountains.

US, Egyptian junta seek to arm Syrian opposition
World Socialist Web Site Today at 09:35
On Monday the US Senators John McCain and Lindsay Graham met for talks with the Egyptian junta and leaders of the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood in Cairo.”

UN pushes aid mission to Syria Today at 09:30
The UN is asking permission to send a humanitarian ambassador to Syria to pressure for increased access for aid groups, amid worsening reports of bloodshed in the uprising against President Assad’s regime.

Tributes to killed Syria reporter
BBC News Today at 06:04
‘Heroic face of journalism’: Papers mourn Marie Colvin

Homs reporters’ deaths condemned
BBC News Today at 00:58
The killings of two reporters in Homs and the reported deaths of 60 people across Syria trigger Western condemnation of Bashar al’Assad’s regime.

Jim Muir’s tribute to Marie Colvin
BBC NewsToday at 00:49
The BBC’s Jim Muir pays tribute to Marie Colvin, killed in Syria

Dangerous To Stoke Civil War In Syria

Stop NATO Yesterday at 23:57
BEIJING: Some in the West are suggesting arming the Syrian opposition after the United Nations Security Council failed to approve a lopsided resolution aimed at toppling Syrian President Bashar al-Assad earlier this month.

Made in Jordan: Thousands of Gunmen Preparing to Enter Syria? Yesterday at 23:14
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Reporter killed in Syria
Morning Star Yesterday at 17:11
Sunday Times editor John Witherow paid tribute to “extraordinary” foreign correspondent Marie Colvin today after she was killed in the besieged Syrian city of Homs.

Silencing the Critics
The Greanville Post Yesterday at 21:08
by PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS In 2010 the FBI invaded the homes of peace activists in several states and seized personal possessions in what the FBI–the lead orchestrator of fake “terrorist plots”–called an investigation of “activities concerning the material support of terrorism.”

Russia backs Red Cross call for Syrian truce
Morning Star Yesterday at 16:19
Russia expressed “serious concern” for Syria‘s people today and backed a Red Cross call for a daily two-hour truce.

Real Cowards Go to Tehran
Real Cowards Go to Tehran Dissident Voice Yesterday at 16:00
Pepe Escobar Imagine the classic United States neo-conservative wet dream; staring at Iran on a map and salivating about the crossroads between Europe and Asia, between the Arab world and the Indian subcontinent, between the Arabian Sea and Central Asia, with 10% of the world’s proven oil reserves (over 150 billion barrels) and 15% of proven gas reserves — an energy complex bigger than Saudi Arabia and arbiter of the energy routes from the Persian Gulf to the West and Asia via the Strait of Hormuz.

International tensions mount over Syria conflict:
World Socialist Web Site Yesterday at 15:57
The conference of “Friends of Syria” in Tunis on Friday is aimed at paving the way for imperialist military intervention.

Foreign Intervention in Syria? A Debate With Joshua Landis and Karam Nachar:
A Debate With Joshua Landis and Karam Nachar Democracy Now! Yesterday at 13:30
With estimates of well over 5,000 deaths, the uprising in Syria is believed to be the Arab Spring’s bloodiest conflict to date. As the toll mounts, calls are growing for the international community to intervene by arming rebels fighting the Assad regime and even direct military intervention. We host a debate on the merits and pitfalls of foreign intervention in Syria with two guests. “I’m not opposed to helping the opposition — the problem right now is that we are not sure who to arm,” says Joshua Landis, director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Oklahoma and editor of “Syria Comment,” a daily online newsletter on Syrian politics. We’re also joined by Karam Nachar, a cyber-activist and Ph.D candidate at Princeton University working with Syrian protesters via social media platforms. “There’s a humanitarian disaster unfolding on the ground,” Nachar says. “[The world has] a moral responsibility to protect the Syrian people.” [Rush transcript to come. Check back soon.]”

Russia doubts loyalty of ‘Friends of Syria’: Yesterday 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.


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