Pharaoh al-Sisi sits tight By M K Bhadrakumar

16 August 2013 — Asia Times

The highly opportunistic stance taken by the “big powers” who are veto-holding permanent members of the United Nations Security Council has prevented that august body from articulating an outright condemnation of the brutality with which the Egyptian military massacred more than 1,000 civilians in Cairo on Wednesday. 

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‘Turkey should show evidence for their complaint’

12 October, 2012RT

A Syrian passenger plane is seen after it was forced to land at Ankara airport on October 10, 2012

A Syrian passenger plane is seen after it was forced to land at Ankara airport on October 10, 2012 (AFP Photo / Adem Altan)

Syria has refuted as “absolutely untrue” Turkish allegations that a civilian plane headed for Damascus was carrying Russian-made munitions. Meanwhile, analysts doubt the Turks could have found anything compromising enough to back their claims.

­Following claims by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan that the Syrian commercial jet was carrying “munitions for the Syrian Defense Ministry,” a Syrian Foreign Ministry spokesman said the plane was not carrying any ammunition, or any other illegal cargo, calling the allegations “absolutely untrue.”

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