Syria Newslinks 14 March 2012

14 March 2012 20:03:07 — williambowles.info

Obama and Cameron: No intervention in Syria, pullout in Afghanistan
Russiatoday.ru Today at 19:31
The US and the UK are just as determined as ever to remove Bashar Assad from power, but are unlikely to go for a full-scale military intervention – at least for now.

Military intervention would destabilize Syria – Brzezinski
Russiatoday.ru Today at 18:50
Resolving the Syrian conflict by force would be “counterproductive, premature and destabilizing,” says former US National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski.

012 war propaganda
Stop NATO Today at 18:09 In Context March 13, 2011
In this episode we speak with journalist Rick Rozoff, manager of the blog Stop NATO about NATO’s broader plans in the Middle East and how they connect to the possible interventions in Syria and Iran.

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Video: Smuggled Cash, Arms, Jihadists Fuel Syria War By grtv

7 March 2012 — GRTV

Syrian government forces have regained control of the Baba Amr district in Homs – which has been the main centre of armed resistance for almost a month. Washington says it’ll keep up efforts to convince Russia and China to put pressure on President Assad and impose tougher sanctions against the Syrian regime.

James Corbett – editor of the Japan-based independent news website the Corbett Report, says it’s not developments within Syria, but international politics, that will shape the country’s future. Continue reading

Blindness On The Road To Damascus By Fiona Hill

17 February 2012New Matilda

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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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Tariq Ali says Assad has to go: I’m depressed – no, I’m outraged By William Bowles

15 February 2012

Prequel: I’m going to write a longer piece on this issue, not Ali per se but  on the entire ‘orientalism’ approach that saturates all of us, left and right.

All quotes from, ‘Assad must go to save Syria from intervention’, RT 15 February 2012

Today, I see that the well known ‘revolutionary’ Tariq Ali is telling that:

“He [Assad] has to be pushed out,” Tariq Ali insists, for which “the Syrian people are doing their best”.

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US, UK: Targeting Syria: Looking back at: “frighteningly frank” plans By Felicity Arbuthnot

7 February 2012

“’The very concept of objective truth is fading out of the world. Lies will pass into history.” George Orwell (Eric Arthur Blair, 1903-1950.)

For anyone in two minds about what is really going on in Syria, and whether President Assad, hailed a decade ago as “A Modern Day Attaturk”, has become the latest megalomaniacal despot, to whose people a US-led posse of nations, must deliver “freedom”, with weapons of mass, home, people, nation and livlihood destruction, here is a salutary tale from modern history.

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US, UK: Targeting Syria: Looking back at: “frighteningly frank” plans By Felicity Arbuthnot

7 February 2012

“’The very concept of objective truth is fading out of the world. Lies will pass into history.” George Orwell (Eric Arthur Blair, 1903-1950.)

For anyone in two minds about what is really going on in Syria, and whether President Assad, hailed a decade ago as “A Modern Day Attaturk”, has become the latest megalomaniacal despot, to whose people a US-led posse of nations, must deliver “freedom”, with weapons of mass, home, people, nation and livlihood destruction, here is a salutary tale from modern history.

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Outcome of the Visit to Syria by a Mission of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) By Alexander Lukashevich

8 September 2011 — MRZine

In August a UN OCHA Mission visited Syria to assess humanitarian needs in the country stemming from the ongoing crisis there.  The Mission included staff from several UN institutions and humanitarian agencies (UNHCR, UNICEF, WHO, WFP, IOM, etc.).  The Syrian authorities provided the Mission unimpeded access to all objects of interest.  The UN officials traveled to a number of populated areas, visited schools and hospitals, and had substantive conversations with governmental entities, local authorities and population.

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