The Battle for Homs By Alexey Pilko

7 March, 2012 — Voice of Russia

Recently, Syrian government forces completed the assault on Homs, a stronghold of anti-government military groups. According to media reports, a mop-up operation of the city is under way. However, even President Bashar al-Assad’s opponents did not dispute the fact that the Syrian army carried out a successful military operation last week that ended an almost month-long siege of a key strategic city.

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Role of mass media in Syrian conflict By Yekaterina Kudashkina

7 March, 2012  — Voice of Russia

Interview with Aisling Byrne – projects coordinator with the Conflicts Forum coming to us all the way from Beirut.

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Aisling, thank you very much for joining us. So, as far as I understand the United States has dismissed the results of the referendum saying it was cynical because it took place while the Syrian Government guns, tanks and artillery were still firing in Homs and other cities. So, basically that’s what the statement said.

I think that what we continue to see is that there are two sides to this media war and much of the conflict in Syria is a media war. For example if you read certain newspapers or websites and look at certain television stations you will see everything by essentially the mouthpieces of the Syrian opposition. And if you look at the other television stations or websites, or publications – you will see reporting given from both sides.

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Zionism loves colonialism, Zionism is colonialism By William Bowles

7 March 2012

Ynet Op-ed: Zionism will only cease being demonized when West stops to demonise colonialism

If I didn’t know any better I’d think the following Op-ed piece from the rightwing Israeli news source Ynet was another Yes Men spoof but it’s for real. I decided finally to publish the opinion in its entirety (if in a somewhat fragmented form) for it reveals the insane irrationality that underpins Zionism as the only ‘defender of the Jewish people’ (aside that is from its benefactor the US).

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Wikileaks Newslinks 7 March 2012

7 March 2012williambowles.info

 

Wikileaks: Bin Laden’s body moved on CIA plane to US

Gant Daily

Washington, DC, United States (AHN) – WikiLeaks on Tuesday made another stunning revelation when it released e-mails claiming that the body of former Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden was not buried at sea, but instead moved on a CIA plane to the United …

http://gantdaily.com/2012/03/06/wikileaks-bin-ladens-body-moved-on-cia-plane-to-u-s/

 

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Bradley Manning Newslinks 7 March 2012

7 March 2012williambowles.info

 

‘US world’s worst human rights violator’

Press TV

The UN special rapporteur on torture has found that the US authorities subjected WikiLeaks suspect Bradley Manning to cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment. Juan Ernesto Mendez says he is not convinced with the US authorities’ explanation regarding …

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/230322.html

 

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«Arab Spring» is Arab Socialism’s Fall By Wayne Madsen

7 March 2012 — Strategic Culture Foundation

The fall of autocratic regimes in the Arab Middle East and North Africa, which had more to do with skyrocketing unemployment and inflation than in a desire to «democratize,» gave the circling vultures of Western «pro-democracy» think tanks and foundations the opportunity to put stakes in the hearts of governing pan-Arab socialist political parties long seen as a threat to the goals of «uber-capitalist» globalization. The Ba’ath socialist party of Saddam Hussein in Iraq was the first victim of a desire by the global forces of extreme capitalism to re-make the Middle East’s financial, demographic, political, and social construct. 

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Fighting the “Rising Tide” of Arab Nationalism: The Eisenhower Doctrine and the Syrian Crisis By Andrew Gavin Marshall

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The following sample is a compilation of unedited research, largely drawn from official government documents of the State Department, CIA, Pentagon, White House, and National Security Council, outlining the development of the Eisenhower Doctrine and the American imperial perceptions of the threat of ‘Arab Nationalism.’

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Syria: China Blocked New War, Global Bloodshed, Western Middle East Takeover

6 March, 2012 China.org.cn

China votes against an excuse for war By Qu Xing*

During the six-month war in Libya, at least 25,000 civilians lost their lives, and no one can tell the exact number of the people injured. If the Libyan model is applied to the case of Syria, a similar disaster will undoubtedly occur, and the wounds of war will be difficult to heal.

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NATO behaving like a law unto itself By M. D. Nalapat*

7 March 2012 — China Daily

The impunity with which NATO personnel have killed and injured civilians in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya has resulted in a sense among its personnel that they are “superior” to the people of these countries, all three of which are outside the charmed circle of those countries NATO considers “civilized”

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Responsibility to Protect or Justifying the Right to Project Power? By William Bowles

7 March 2012

Frankly, it’s not easy defending the Ba’ath regime in Syria, after all not so long ago the Communist Party in Syria and other left groups were suppressed by the ruling Ba’ath Party, its members thrown in jail and even killed[1]. But I make no apology for defending the Assad regime’s right to independence and to resist foreign subversion and an attempted takeover by the Empire under the guise of the ‘Responsibility to Protect’.

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VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 6 March 2012: Israeli settlement waste ‘poisoning Palestinians’

6 March 2012 — VTJP

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International Middle East Media Center

Military Court Extends Administrative Detention Order Against PLC Member
IMEMC – The Israeli “Ofer” Military Court ruled, Monday, for extending the Administrative Detention order, for the second time, against elected Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) member, Mohammad Abu Teir, for additional six months. …

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