Zo'n zevenhonderd mensen kwamen zaterdag samen in Antwerpen om hun steun te betuigen aan het Palestijnse volk en om hun ongenoegen te uiten over het Israëlische geweld in Gaza.
Er waren toespraken van Ikrame Kastit (Groen), Karim Bachar (s.pa), Mohamed Chebaa (PVDA) en Karim Hassoun van AEL. Ze riepen België op verantwoordelijkheid te nemen en het Israëlisch geweld streng te veroordelen.
"De moord op de tieners moet in een democratie een voorwerp zijn van een politioneel onderzoek en geen voorwendsel om een bevolking collectief te straffen", klonk het.
Niet alleen in Antwerpen en Brussel werd er zaterdag betoogd tegen het geweld van Israël in de Gazastrook. In Sakhnin, in het noorden van Israël, trokken 100.000 Israëlische Arabieren de straat op. Ook op andere plaatsen in de wereld werden woedende menigtes gesignaleerd.
Very savage arrests in Nilin village, one Palestinian shot and arrested by Israeli occupation soldiers
January 25th, 2014
At 8 am on the morning of January 21st the entrance to the village of Ni’lin was blocked off. A special car carrying armed Israeli special forces dressed up as Palestinians entered the village and they proceeded to surround the house of Murad Srour, 32 years old. The soldiers entered the house by force and the married 32 year-old tried to fend off the intruders as he did not understand who they were. He fled the house as the soldiers opened fire but was shot in the stomach with a live bullet. Trained dogs where set after Murad and bit down on his hands and feet.
Around 30 military jeeps entered the village and cleared the streets by firing live ammunition towards the civilians. As the people of Ni’lin struggled to save the life of Murad Srour by bringing him medical attention the soldiers kept them away by firing live bullets and tear gas at the people and the houses. Murad was denied medical attention and was instead arrested and taken away to an unknown location.
In this video you can see the soldiers arresting the injured Murad. The one taking these pictures were fired directly upon with live ammunition.
There has been a continuous rise is Israeli repression against the people in Ni’lin. Beside the night raids, three villagers were arrested this Thursday as they were farming their land. Two weeks ago Israeli soldiers set up sniper towers to use against peaceful protestors during Friday demonstrations. Villager Khamis Amireh was shot in his foot with a live bullet during a demonstration last week.
Friday the 24th the people of Ni’lin protested brutality of the Israeli occupation. The village hopes for the support of the PA and the rest of the world in speaking out against the everyday brutality of the Israeli occupation.
Since 2001, Israeli Minister of Foreign Affairs and leader of Israel’s far right party, Avigdor Lieberman, proposes to establish four townships in the occupied West Bank, hermetically sealed, which would be grouped the Palestinians. He sees it as a solution for the Palestinian citizens of Israel, who are more than one million, to move the vast majority of the group in tightly closed, self-administered areas.
Thus would arise a State ethnically homogeneous from the Mediterranean Sea until the Jordan, sheltering in its midst Palestinian “Bantustans”.
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On November 15, 2010, U.S. President Barack Obama praised Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for urging his cabinet to accept a U.S. proposal to extend a freeze on West Bank settlement building for 90 days. Under the plan, Washington would block UN resolutions critical of Israel, and supply Israel with fighter jets worth $3 billion. The US government also promised Israel that after the 90-day moratorium, they would not seek an extension, and settlement construction in the West Bank and East Jerusalem (all of which is illegal under international law) could continue unabated.
'America's imperial delusion'
The US drive for world domination has no historical precedent
The Guardian, 14 June 2003
The present world situation is unprecedented. The great global empires of the past - such as the Spanish and notably the British - bear little comparison with what we see today in the United States empire. A key novelty of the US imperial project is that all other empires knew that they were not the only ones, and none aimed at global domination. None believed themselves invulnerable, even if they believed themselves to be central to the world - as China did, or the Roman empire. Regional domination was the maximum danger envisaged until the end of the cold war. A global reach, which became possible after 1492, should not be confused with global domination.
The British empire was the only one that really was global in a sense that it operated across the entire planet. But the differences are stark. The British empire at its peak administered one quarter of the globe's surface. The US has never actually practised colonialism, except briefly at the beginning of the 20th century. It operated instead with dependent and satellite states and developed a policy of armed intervention in these.
The British empire had a British, not a universal, purpose, although naturally its propagandists also found more altruistic motives. So the abolition of the slave trade was used to justify British naval power, as human rights today are often used to justify US military power. On the other hand the US, like revolutionary France and revolutionary Russia, is a great power based on a universalist revolution - and therefore on the belief that the rest of the world should follow its example, or even that it should help liberate the rest of the world. Few things are more dangerous than empires pursuing their own interest in the belief that they are doing humanity a favour.
The cold war turned the US into the hegemon of the western world. However, this was as the head of an alliance. In a way, Europe then recognised the logic of a US world empire, whereas today the US government is reacting to the fact that the US empire and its goals are no longer genuinely accepted. In fact the present US policy is more unpopular than the policy of any other US government has ever been, and probably than that of any other great power has ever been.
The collapse of the Soviet Union left the US as the only superpower. The sudden emergence of a ruthless, antagonistic flaunting of US power is hard to understand, all the more so since it fits neither with long-tested imperial policies nor the interests of the US economy. But patently a public assertion of global supremacy by military force is what is in the minds of the people at present dominating policymaking in Washington.
Is it likely to be successful? The world is too complicated for any single state to dominate it. And with the exception of its superiority in hi-tech weaponry, the US is relying on diminishing assets. Its economy forms a diminishing share of the global economy, vulnerable in the short as well as long term. The US empire is beyond competition on the military side. That does not mean that it will be absolutely decisive, just because it is decisive in localised wars.
Of course the Americans theoretically do not aim to occupy the whole world. What they aim to do is to go to war, leave friendly governments behind them and go home again. This will not work. In military terms, the Iraq war was successful. But it neglected the necessities of running the country, maintaining it, as the British did in the classic colonial model of India. The belief that the US does not need genuine allies among other states or genuine popular support in the countries its military can now conquer (but not effectively administer) is fantasy.
Iraq was a country that had been defeated by the Americans and refused to lie down. It happened to have oil, but the war was really an exercise in showing international power. The emptiness of administration policy is clear from the way the aims have been put forward in public relations terms. Phrases like "axis of evil" or "the road map" are not policy statements, but merely soundbites. Officials such as Richard Perle and Paul Wolfowitz talk like Rambo in public, as in private. All that counts is the overwhelming power of the US. In real terms they mean that the US can invade anybody small enough and where they can win quickly enough. The consequences of this for the US are going to be very dangerous.
Domestically, the real danger for a country that aims at world control is militarisation. Internationally, the danger is the destabilising of the world. The Middle East is far more unstable now than it was five years ago. US policy weakens all the alternative arrangements, formal and informal, for keeping order. In Europe it has wrecked Nato - not much of a loss, but trying to turn it into a world military police force for the US is a travesty. It has deliberately sabotaged the EU, and also aims at ruining another of the great world achievements since 1945: prosperous democratic social welfare states. The crisis over the United Nations is less of a drama than it appears since the UN has never been able to do more than operate marginally because of its dependence on the security council and the US veto.
H ow is the world to confront - contain - the US? Some people, believing that they have not the power to confront the US, prefer to join it. More dangerous are those who hate the ideology behind the Pentagon, but support the US project on the grounds that it will eliminate some local and regional injustices. This may be called an imperialism of human rights. It has been encouraged by the failure of Europe in the Balkans in the 1990s. The division of opinion over the Iraq war showed there to be a minority of influential intellectuals who were prepared to back US intervention because they believed it necessary to have a force for ordering the world's ills. There is a genuine case to be made that there are governments so bad that their disappearance will be a net gain for the world. But this can never justify the danger of creating a world power that is not interested in a world it does not understand, but is capable of intervening decisively with armed force whenever anybody does anything that Washington does not like.
How long the present superiority of the Americans lasts is impossible to say. The only thing of which we can be absolutely certain is that historically it will be a temporary phenomenon, as all other empires have been. In the course of a lifetime we have seen the end of all the colonial empires, the end of the so-called thousand-year empire of the Germans, which lasted a mere 12 years, the end of the Soviet Union's dream of world revolution.
There are internal reasons, the most immediate being that most Americans are not interested in running the world. What they are interested in is what happens to them in the US. The weakness of the US economy is such that at some stage both the US government and electors will decide that it is much more important to concentrate on the economy than to carry on with foreign military adventures. Even by local business standards Bush does not have an adequate economic policy for the US. And Bush's existing international policy is not a particularly rational one for US imperial interests - and certainly not for the interests of US capitalism. Hence the divisions of opinion within the US government.
The key questions now are: what will the Americans do next, and how will other countries react? Will some countries, like Britain, back anything the US plans? Their governments must indicate that there are limits. The most positive contribution has been made by the Turks, simply by saying there are things they are not prepared to do, even though they know it would pay. But the major preoccupation is that of - if not containing - educating or re-educating the US. There was a time when the US empire recognised limitations, or at least the desirability of behaving as though it had limitations. This was largely because the US was afraid of somebody else: the Soviet Union. In the absence of this kind of fear, enlightened self-interest and education have to take over.
This is an extract of an article edited by Victoria Brittain and published in Le Monde diplomatique's June English language edition. Eric Hobsbawm is the author of Interesting Times, The Age of Extremes and The Age of Empire
'The war against Iraq and America's drive for world domination':
'The American Drive for World Domination':
'World Domination By the US: An Economic Disaster in the Making':
Russian President Vladimir Putin will be the symbol of a weak Russia if he would caputulate for the military pression of the U.S. and it's allies. And nothing will stop the U.S.and its satellite states then to isolate Russia politically, militarily and economically.
U.S. is responsible for war on Syria
Some time ago, Obama signed a secret order authorizing U.S. support for Syrian armed groups and terrorists seeking to depose Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his government. Obama’s order, approved earlier this year and known as an intelligence “finding,” broadly permits the CIA and other U.S. agencies to provide support that could help the terrorists oust Assad. C.I.A. officers are operating secretly in southern Turkey. Weapons, including automatic rifles, rocket-propelled grenades, ammunition and some antitank weapons, are being funneled mostly across the Turkish border by way of a shadowy network of intermediaries including Syria’s Muslim Brotherhood and paid for by Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar.
The Pentagon comes with the absurd story of the 'Syrian chemical weapons' to increase the military pressure on Syria.
In reality the colonial powers (United States, Britain, France, Germany,) have used incessantly chemical weapons against civilians during their imperial wars of the past decades...
Photo: a victim of american chemical weapons in Iraq
The participation of Google in the American war propaganda, is not coming as a surprise.
On 3.14.2012, America's Defense Department’s best-known geek announced that she was leaving the Pentagon for a job at Google...
Uncensored information and news:
Dec 10, 2012 - PROVINCES,(SANA) - A unit of the Armed Forces and guard members of Tishreen Hospital in Damascus Countryside on Monday clashed with an armed terrorist group which tried to attack the hospital, inflicting heavy losses upon it.
An official source told SANA reporter that the clash resulted in the killing of a number of terrorists and the injury of others.
In Sheikh Mohyeddin neighborhood in Damascus, the authorities eliminated ten terrorists who were attacking and looting people and confiscated RPG launchers, machineguns, and automatic rifles were in their possession.
The Armed Forces eliminated scores of terrorists in Douma in Damascus Countryside, among the killed terrorists were Ayman Kardas, leader of terrorist group, Mohammad Adenah, Hashem Sisan, Ahmad Basheer al-Tarabeshi, Zakaraya al-Bika'e, Adnan Falah, Khaled Arbash and Omar Noor Eddin.
45 Terrorists Killed in al-Dhiyabiyeh in Damascus Countryside
Another unit of the Armed Forces on Sunday killed a number of the most dangerous terrorists in al-Dhiyabiyeh town in Damascus Countryside.
An official source told SANA reporter that 45 terrorists killed near al-Khumaini Hospital in al-Dhiyabiyeh, among them terrorists nicknamed Abu Ali Jawish and Al-Arandas.
Terrorists Mohammad Safi, Abu al-Qassem al-Dirani, Hamadah al-Masri, Hassan Sharideh, Samir Sudani, Inad Halloum and Namer Eliwi, were also identified among the dead.
The source added that 150 terrorists, who took al-Hariri Hospital in Yalda town as a hideout, were injured.
Several Most Wanted Terrorists Killed in Douma
A unit of the armed forces killed a number of the most wanted terrorists in Douma, Damascus countryside, who terrorized the locals and vandalized their property.
An official source told SANA that the terrorists Ayman Kardas, a leader of a terrorist group, and Mohammad Adinah, Hashem Sissan, Ahmad Bashir al-Tarabishi, Zakarayya al-Bika'i, Adnan Fallah, Omar Noureddin and Khaled Arbash were identified among the dead.
Jabhat al-Nusra Terrorists Killed in Damascus Countryside
A unit of the armed forces killed in a qualitative operation on Monday a number of terrorists from al-Qaeda-linked Jabhat al-Nusra in Harran al-Awamid in Damascus countryside, and destroyed their dens and ammunition.
A source told SANA reporter that a number of the most wanted terrorists were killed in the operation, including Khaled al-Zeeb, Mansour Mansour, Yasser Ali Shukr, Alaa Samir al-Zoudieh, Malek Adib Zeeb and the terrorist Mohammad Kheir Eyoun with all the members of his terrorist group.
Terrorists Killed in Home-made Missile Blast in Aleppo
Five terrorists were killed as they were trying to launch a locally-made missile near al-Oroubeh Club in Bustan al-Basha in the city of Aleppo.
A Saudi Terrorist Killed among Others in Deir Ezzor
A military unit clashed with a terrorist group linked to Jabhat al-Nusra in al-Mouazafin, al-Jbeileh, al-Hamidiyeh and al-Hueika neighborhoods in Deir-Ezzor, inflicting heavy losses upon them.
An official source told SANA reporter that the bodies of the terrorists Mahmoud Abdul-Rahman al-Mshaoueh, Mohammad Abdul Rahman al-Motlaq from Saudi Arabia, Mohammad Ali Eyadeh, Ibrahim Hassan al-Nemr, Ahmad Dawood al-Rdesat, Mohammad Ali al-Abdallah and Jalal Abdul-Rahman al-Salibi were identified among the dead.
The source clarified that an explosive device blew up in a building that is taken as a den by terrorists, causing material damages to cars and motorcycles used to transfer terrorists and their weapons.
Ten Explosive Devices Dismantled in Hama Countryside
The engineering units on Sunday dismantled 10 explosive devices planted by terrorists on al-Suqaylabiyah- Kafr Nabboudeh road in Hama countryside.
SANA reporter quoted a source in the province as saying that the devices weigh between 25 to 40 kg, prepared to be detonated remotely.
Armed Forces Storm a Terrorists' Hideout in Lattakia Countryside
A unit of the Armed Forces carried out a qualitative operation during which an armed terrorist group's hideout destroyed in Salma town in Lattakia countryside.
An official source in the province told SANA reporter that the operation resulted in the killing of a number of terrorists who attacked and looted the citizens in the area.
Terrorists Killed, their Hideouts and Vehicles destroyed in Idleb Countryside
A unit of the Armed Forces killed all members of an armed terrorist group near al-Janoudiyeh town in Jisr al-Shughour in the countryside of Idleb.
A source in the province told SANA reporter that the army unit destroyed two vehicles equipped with DShK machineguns and two tractors loaded with amounts of weapons and ammunition.
It added that another unit of the Armed Forces destroyed a number of terrorists' hideouts in Hass and Heeash towns in Maaret al-Numaan in the countryside of Idleb, killing and injuring many terrorists.
Armed Forces Destroy Ten Cars Loaded with Weapons and Ammunitions in Aleppo Countryside
A unit of the Armed Forces targeted terrorist sites and dens in al-Sfeira, Anadan, Tal Shughaib, Fafin, Babins and al-Musailameh towns in Aleppo countryside, inflicting heavy losses upon the terrorists.
Another unit of the Armed Forces destroyed seven cars transferring weapons and ammunitions in Tal al-Rahal area and three cars loaded with weapons and ammunitions in Khanaser area.
In Aleppo city, the Armed Forces carried out qualitative operations in Bani Zaid, al-Zabdieh, Qadi Askar and al-Shaar areas, inflicting heavy losses upon the terrorist groups.
Armed Forces Inflict Heavy Losses Upon Terrorists in Homs
The armed Forces continued their operations against the armed terrorist groups in the city of Homs, inflicting heavy losses upon the terrorists.
An official source in Homs province told SANA reporter that the Armed Forces destroyed three terrorist sites in al-Qseir and eliminated tens of terrorists.
The source pointed out that a unit of the Armed Forces destroyed terrorist sites in al-Rastan city and its countryside and inflicted heavy losses upon the terrorists.
The Armed Forces clashed with armed terrorist groups in Bab Hud and Jouret al-Shayahand neighborhoods and eliminated several terrorists.
The source added that another unit of the Armed Forces eliminated a number of armed group members in al-Sultanieh and Jobar neighborhoods.
Abu Jassem, Mohammad Murjan, Nedal Qaddour, Khaled Fattoul, Mohammad Bakkar and Abdul-Latif al-Khouri were identified among the killed terrorists.
The source pointed that the Armed Forces destroyed a mortar used by terrorist groups to attack the army and citizens in Taldaw town and killed a number of gunmen.
Terrorists Killed as Explosive Device Went off While Preparing it
An explosive device went off as terrorists were preparing it yesterday in a building in Dael town in Daraa countryside.
The explosion killed 25 terrorists and destroyed the two-floor building in which the terrorists were preparing the explosive device, according to an official source in the province.
December 10, 2012 - Lebanon received the first three bodies from the group of 17 insurgents who were killed by the Syrian Army forces in Syria.
Local clerics said that the funeral of Mohammed al Meer, one of the militants, initiated in the northern port town of Tripoli.
Two other bodies were also returned to their relatives in Tripoli.
3 December 2012
At least 15 people were killed and 24 others wounded when a car bomb went off in a street in the central Syrian province of Homs on Sunday, Syria's local media said.
The car bomb went off near Omar Bin al-Khattab mosque at al-Hamra neighborhood, the state-run SANA news agency said.
On November 29, 2012, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon condemned 'in the strongest terms' the terrorist bombings which took place in the city of Jaramana in Damascus Countryside and claimed the lives of 34 people.
But at the same time he keeps silence about Obama's secret order authorizing U.S. support for Syrian armed groups and terrorists seeking to depose Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his government. Obama’s order, approved earlier this year and known as an intelligence “finding,” broadly permits the CIA and other U.S. agencies to provide support that could help the terrorists oust Assad. C.I.A. officers are operating secretly in southern Turkey. The weapons, including automatic rifles, rocket-propelled grenades, ammunition and some antitank weapons, are being funneled mostly across the Turkish border by way of a shadowy network of intermediaries including Syria’s Muslim Brotherhood and paid for by Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar.
The UN is also responsible for the thousands of new settler units that are build by Israel.
Israeli plans to build unspecified thousands of new settler units in the controversial strip of land known as E1 around Al Quds...
Israel, U.S. and U.N.
1) On November 15, 2010, U.S. President Barack Obama praised Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for urging his cabinet to accept a U.S. proposal to extend a freeze on West Bank settlement building for 90 days. Under the plan, Washington would block UN resolutions critical of Israel, and supply Israel with fighter jets worth $3 billion. The US government also promised Israel that after the 90-day moratorium, they would not seek an extension, and settlement construction in the West Bank and East Jerusalem (all of which is illegal under international law) could continue unabated.
2) In February 2011, more than 100 nations voted for a U.N. resolution that would have condemned illegal Israeli settlements and halted any new construction. The United States vetoed it.
3) On February 19, 2011, Israel said it was 'deeply grateful to the United States' after it vetoed a United Nations resolution put forward by the Palestinian leadership condemning Israeli settlement activity.
4) On Oct 27, 2011, Israeli jetfighters engaged in aerial bombing of the Palestinian city of Khan Yunes in the Gaza Strip.
Oct 14, 2012
CAPITALS, (SANA)- The Syrian community in Lebanon on Sunday organized a mass rally in solidarity with Syria in the face of terrorism and the US, Israeli, western and Arab campaign against it. A number of Lebanese figures and representatives of the national powers and parties took part in the rally.
The participants expressed rejection of the foreign interference in Syria's internal affairs, hailing the sacrifices of the Syrian army to defend Syria and its people and to cleanse the homeland from the armed terrorist groups which tampered with its security and stability.
They appreciated Russia and China stances in supporting Syria against the flagrant conspiracy targeting it, noting that the stances of the two countries reflect commitment to the UN charter in regard to respecting the sovereignty of the countries.
Meeting a delegation of the Syrian community and the Lebanese national powers at the Russian Embassy in Lebanon, Russian Ambassador Alexander Zasypkin reiterated his country's firm stance towards the crisis in Syria, expressing rejection of all forms of foreign interference in Syria's internal affairs.
Zasypkin stressed importance of the national dialogue among the Syrians.
Meanwhile, the Syrian students in Slovakia thanked Russia for its principled and balanced stance towards Syria in the face of the US-Zionist conspiracy hatched against it which aims at undermining its national and pan-Arab stances.
Visiting the Russian Embassy in Bratislava, the National Union of Syrian Students (NUSS) Branch delegation sent a letter of gratitude to Russia and the Russian people for their support to solve the crisis in Syria on basis of comprehensive national dialogue and the reform process launched by the Syrian leadership.
The Syrian students hailed the remarkable role of the Russian media in exposing the conspiracy against Syria and attempts of the armed terrorist groups and those who backed them to undermine Syria's stability and security as well as its contribution to divulging the fabrication and misleading campaign directed by the instigative channels against Syria as "a flagrant violation of the media humanitarian and ethical laws".
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Mehmanparast: Syrians Decide their Future through Dialogue, All Countries should Cooperate to Stop Flow of Weapons to Armed Terrorist Groups
TEHRAN, (SANA) – Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson, Ramin Mehamnparast, on Tuesday said that the Syrian people should decide their future and no one should interfere in the affairs of the Syrian people.
At a press conference, Mehmanparast stressed that the support that should be offered to the Syrian people is aimed at paving the ground to crystallize the popular will through free and independent elections with the participation of all Syrian people, reiterating Iran's support to the UN envoy to Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi's mission to solve crisis in Syria.
He added that Iran's proposal to Brahimi includes cooperation of all countries to stop violence and to stop flow of weapons to the armed terrorist groups.
Obama and William Hague are responsible for terrorist acts in Syria
Obama signed a secret order authorizing U.S. support for Syrian terrorists seeking to depose Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his government. Obama’s order, approved earlier this year and known as an intelligence “finding,” broadly permits the CIA and other U.S. agencies to provide support that could help the terrorists oust Assad. C.I.A. officers are operating secretly in southern Turkey. The weapons, including automatic rifles, rocket-propelled grenades, ammunition and some antitank weapons, are being funneled mostly across the Turkish border by way of a shadowy network of intermediaries including Syria’s Muslim Brotherhood and paid for by Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar. The United States is setting up joint military, intelligence and medical working teams with Israel, Turkey and Jordan.
British Foreign Secretary William Hague said Britain would step up its support for the armed groups in Syria, providing them with an additional £5 million (US$7.8 million). The money is used for bomb attacks in Syria.
Photo: Obama with his friend UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon during a State lunch in Washington. Ban Ki-moon has been posted twice to the Republic of Korea embassy in Washington, D.C. and served as Director-General for American Affairs in 1990–1992.
Today the UN is an institution and instrument of Washington and its allies.
“The regime in Syria has now become a terrorist state,” Mr Erdogan declared on September 5, 2012, at a meeting of Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development party. “We do not have the luxury to be indifferent to what is happening there.”
The military poker game of NATO
After US and UK, Germany is the largest weapons supplier to Turkey
October 4, 2012
NATO members have both sold and donated a wide range of weapons to Turkey, including more than 500 combat aircraft, 500 combat helicopters, 5,000 tanks, and thousands of artillery pieces, mortars, machine guns and assault rifles. The United States has been Turkey's main supplier, providing about 80% of Turkey's arsenal. Over the past decade (up to 1995), the US Congress has appropriated $5.3 billion in military aid (grants and loans to purchase weapons) for Turkey, making Turkey the third largest recipient of US military aid (after Israel and Egypt).
Turkey has recently invited bids for the supply of four early warning aircraft (AWACS) (mid-1998). The contract is worth around $1 billion. The aircraft would enable Turkey not only to command and control its own airspace but also that of the surrounding region. Likely suppliers are Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grunman, and Israel Aircraft Industries.
After US and UK, Germany is the largest weapons supplier to Turkey. Germany is currently trying to sell Turkey 1,000 Leopard II main battlefield tanks.
US. president Obama signed a secret order authorizing U.S. support for terrorist attacks in Syria. Obama’s order, approved earlier this year and known as an "intelligence finding,” broadly permits the CIA and other U.S. agencies to provide support that could help the terrorists oust the Syrian government. C.I.A. officers are operating secretly in southern Turkey. The weapons, including automatic rifles, rocket-propelled grenades, ammunition and some antitank weapons, are being funneled mostly across the Turkish border by way of a shadowy network of intermediaries including Syria’s Muslim Brotherhood and paid for by Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar. The United States is setting up joint military, intelligence and medical working teams with Israel, Turkey and Jordan.
British Foreign Secretary William Hague said some weeks ago that Britain steps up its support for terrrorists in Syria, providing them with an additional £5 million (US$7.8 million).
Over 30,000 various weapons, including boxes of gunshots with the words "NATO BALL" have been channelled to Syria. The overall amount of explosives makes up 300 tons. The deliveries were made by Qatar and Saudi Arabia. They depend on the United States, which is making every effort to overpower Syria.
Photo 1: On October 4, 2012, Adm. George Stavridis, the commander of US European Command (USEUCOM) and NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR), met with Chief of General Staff Gen. Necdet Ozel in Ankara. The meeting took place at General Staff headquarters but was only announced to the public in a statement released by the General Staff some days later. The talks were closed to the press and the statement did not elaborate on what Stavridis and Ozel discussed. But the smiling faces and the news about Turkey's attack on the Syrian civil aircraft, tell us something about the 'democratic' plans they made.
Photo 2: Turkish fighter jets forced a Syrian passenger plane that was so called 'suspected of carrying weapons' to land at Ankara airport. It proves once again that the Turkish government is not onlyarming Syrian terrorists but organizes with its NATO allies (with Israel in the background) also a real war against Syria.
Portugal jobless rate to hit 16.4% as income tax hike set for 2013
Portugal finance minister announces an income tax hike for the 2013 budget as the unemployment rate is expected to hit 16.4% the same year.
On Wednesday, the Portuguese Finance Minister Vitor Gaspar had announced that the average tax hike would rise from 9.8 percent to 13.2 percent in 2013, adding that the unemployment rate is also expected to rise from 16 percent to 16.4 percent next year.
The minister said the new austerity measures include a 4.0 percent “extraordinary tax” with Portugal's income tax brackets reduced from eight to five.
The recently announced austerity measures have been designed to replace the critically- defamed proposals arranged earlier.
This comes as train drivers in Portugal have begun a five-day strike on Monday to express their anger over new austerity measures imposed by the country's government.
Meanwhile, the global economic institutions including European Central Bank (ECB), International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the European Union (EU) are keeping an eye on Portugal's implementation of spending cuts and reforms required in return for the 78-billion-euro (USD 102 billion) rescue package the country received in 2011.
The international creditors have agreed to relax Portugal's deficit targets for 2012 and 2013, rewarding the Portuguese for pushing through reforms.
Battered by the global financial downturn, the Portuguese economy fell into a recession which led the country to negotiate in 2011 with the IMF for a bailout loan.
Spain, Greece, Italy, Cyprus and Portugal are all in recession and all five are receiving financial assistance from European bailout funds.
Photo: Portugal Finance Minister Vitor Gaspar
US preparing for attacks in Libya to kill militants suspected of envoy killing
Oct 3, 2012
The US is preparing for military operations to kill or capture militants suspected of involvement in the killing of US diplomats in Libya during an anti-American protest at the US Consulate in Benghazi.
“The top-secret Joint Special Operations Command is compiling so-called target packages of detailed information about the suspects,” The New York Times reported Wednesday, quoting “senior [American] military and counterterrorism officials.
“Working with the Pentagon and the CIA (spy agency),” the report adds, “the command is preparing the dossiers as the first step in anticipation of possible orders from President [Barack] Obama to take action against those determined to have played a role in the attack.”
Possible military options, the report notes, would include “drone strikes, Special Operations raids like the one that killed Osama bin Laden and joint missions with Libyan authorities.”
The report also points out the decision by American officials come as the “weak Libyan government” seems incapable of detaining or even questioning those suspected of involvement in the reported attack that came amid angry demonstrations at the American diplomatic post in reaction to the publication of a US-made anti-Islam video that grossly insulted highly revered Prophet Mohammad (PBUH).
The development comes nearly a month before US presidential election in early November as the Obama administration has come under increasing criticism by the rival Republican Party and its presidential nominee Mitt Romney over intelligence failures prior to the incident, including fresh accusations that repeated pleas for more security at the Benghazi compound had been ignored.
Any American military action inside Libya, however, would “risk casualties and almost certainly set off a popular backlash,” according to the US daily, as anti-American protest rallies still continue in many Muslim countries in reaction to US justification of the film’s release under the pretext of its free-speech rights, ignoring clear exceptions to the constitutional right that, for example, prohibits the use of the right to shout ‘fire’ in a crowded movie theatre.
US officials originally described the Benghazi incident as “spontaneous” but later claimed that it was an act of terrorism with links to al-Qaeda.
Meanwhile on Friday, the same daily emphasized in a report that US fears about lack of security for Americans in Libya have kept FBI intelligence agents and investigators from visiting the US consulate in Benghazi, forcing them to attempt to piece together the circumstances of the deadly attack on the diplomatic post from over 400 miles away in Tripoli.
Cuba: U.S., European Countries Support Armed Terrorist Groups in Syria
Oct 02, 2012
UNITED NATIONS, (SANA) – Cuba's Foreign Minister, Bruno Rodriguez, stressed that the US and some European countries are seeking to change the Syrian government through providing limitless support to the armed terrorist groups in Syria.
Delivering a speech before the United Nations General Assembly on Monday, which was quoted by the Associated Press news agency, Rodriguez said that the U.S. and its European allies are financing, arming and training the armed terrorist groups and working on recruiting mercenaries to send them to Syria.
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1) Obama signed a secret order authorizing U.S. support for Syrian terrorists seeking to depose Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his government. Obama’s order, approved earlier this year and known as an intelligence “finding,” broadly permits the CIA and other U.S. agencies to provide support that could help the terrorists oust Assad. C.I.A. officers are operating secretly in southern Turkey. The weapons, including automatic rifles, rocket-propelled grenades, ammunition and some antitank weapons, are being funneled mostly across the Turkish border by way of a shadowy network of intermediaries including Syria’s Muslim Brotherhood and paid for by Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar. The United States is setting up joint military, intelligence and medical working teams with Israel, Turkey and Jordan.
2) British Foreign Secretary William Hague said Britain would step up its support for the armed groups in Syria, providing them with an additional £5 million (US$7.8 million). The money is used for bomb attacks in Syria.
3) An official source told a SANA reporter that the seized arms included Nato sniper rifles, machineguns, hunting rifles, explosive devices of various weights, devices for remote control detonation and an amount of batteries and electrical wires.
4) Belgian Senator Nele Lijnen said that she intends to launch a discussion at the Belgian Senate regarding the fact that the terrorists in Syria possess weapons made in Belgium.
5) The Swiss Authorities announced that they are investigating into information published by Sonntags Zeitung newspaper about hand grenades used by armed terrorist groups in Syria.
6) The weapons and military equipment recently discovered and seized by the Syrian Army in Idlib province proves NATO's arms and logistic support for terrorists in Syria.
7) The seized weapons in Salqain district in Idlib included 7.26 guns along with other weapons as well as boxes of gunshots with the words "NATO BALL" carved on them.
8) The Lebanese army intelligence has seized a large quantity of wea Lutfallah II container pons hidden inside cars aboard an Italian ship at Tripoli port, north of Lebanon, Lebanese security sources told Al-Manar TV.
9) This comes just days after the Lebanese Army Marines confiscated Lutfallah II arms shipment off the Lebanese port of Batoun while it was carrying 300,000 pounds of weapons within three containers. Reports said the cargo ship, which was flying the flag of Sierra-Leone, had left Libya and was bound to Syria.
10) Lebanese terrorist Mohammad Hussein Fares confessed to participating in smuggling weapons, militants and journalists into Syria and committing terrorists acts against Syrians.
11) Fares said that they smuggled assault rifles, RPG rounds, sniper rifles, LAW missiles, machineguns and cases of ammo, delivering them to Amoun, with al-Jarban coming later to distribute them among terrorists.
12) US, Qatar and Saudi Arabia are arming AL-QAEDA Terrorists to commit Terrorism in Syria.
13) Over 30,000 various weapons have been channelled to Syria since unrest flared up there in April last year, Amin Khteit says. The overall amount of explosives makes up 300 tons. The deliveries were made by Qatar and Saudi Arabia. They depend on the United States, which is making every effort to overpower Syria.
14) The authorities seized weapons smuggled from Turkey in Tal Abyad area on the Syrian-Turkish borders in Raqqa countryside.
15) A Turkish parliamentarian has stressed that Turkish ambulances are transporting weapons to terrorist groups in Syria, expressing their opposition to Ankara's policies on the Syrian case.
Photo: State Lunch - Obama with his friend UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon who has been posted twice to the Republic of Korea embassy in Washington, D.C. and served as Director-General for American Affairs in 1990–1992
Oct 01, 2012 - PROVINCES, SANA - The armed forces on Monday carried out a qualitative operation against a large gathering of terrorists in the 5th Industry
School in al-Marjeh neighborhood in Aleppo city.
The operation resulted in inflecting heavy losses upon terrorists.
Meanwhile, units of the armed forces targeted gatherings of terrorists
in the area surrounding the Umayyad Mosque, the 3rd Industrial
Secondary School in al-Salhin area, the south of Souq al-Hal, Tayyba
Kindergarten in Bustan al-Qasr, al-Eweijeh School in al-Jandoul
roundabout in the city, inflicting heavy losses upon the terrorists.
Several operations also were carried out by our armed forces against
terrorists' headquarters in Qadi Askar and Bab al-Hadid roundabout,
near the Cultural Center in Hanano and Dar al-Shifaa in al-Shaar.
The operations led to the elimination of a substantial number of terrorists.
A unit of the armed forces carried out a qualitative operation against
terrorists near the Eastern Garage in Qadi Askar area in Aleppo. The
operation resulted in destroying a SUV and two vehicles and killing
all the terrorists inside them.
A unit of the armed forces destroyed 3 cars equipped with DShK
machineguns and three pick-up cars for transforming terrorists and
weapons near the Ophthalmology Hospital in, Qadi Askar area in Aleppo,
killing all terrorists inside them.
The armed forces carried out a qualitative operation against a
terrorist base in Urum al-Kubra area in Aleppo countryside, killing
and injuring tens of them.
Another qualitative operation targeted a gathering for terrorists in
al-Danah village in the countryside of the province, causing heavy
casualties among the terrorists.
In Aleppo countryside, an army unit targeted a headquarters of
terrorists north-east al-Bab city leading to killing several
terrorists and destroying two vehicles transferring gunmen and weapons
and two DShK-equipped vehicles.
Army units targeted terrorists' headquarters in Daret Azzeh area and
Khan al-Asal area and inflicted heavy losses on them.
The armed forces carried out qualitative operations in al-Sakhour and
Sheikh Said, Souq al-Hal, the Umayyad Mosque, al-Kallaseh and
al-Kastilo areas in Aleppo leading to inflicting heavy losses on the
Armed Forces Uncover Field Hospital, Explosive Devices, Weapon Cache in Harasta
In Damascus countryside, an armed forces unit uncovered a tunnel in
the fields of Harasta containing a large amount of mortar rounds,
ammo, and machineguns, including an Israeli-made Uzi SMG.
A unit of the armed forces targeted an armed terrorist group near
Erbin in Damascus countryside, killing and injuring all its members.
Another armed forces unit destroyed a terrorist hideout among the
farms in Douma, eliminating all the terrorists inside it, including
Mohannad Abdelkader Khabiye.
Dozens of explosive devices weighing between 10 and 50 kg were also
found in Harasta's fields, in addition to a field hospital in Aqil
Mosque in the same area which contained a large amount of medicine.
Authorities Eliminate Scores of Terrorists in al-Samalili, Homs Countryside
Authorities confronted an armed terrorist groups which were
intimidating the civilians and attacking the law-enforcement members
in al-Samalil village in al-Houleh area in Homs countryside.
SANA reporter quoted a source in the province as saying that the
clashes resulted in the killing of scores of terrorists and the injury
In Homs, the authorities clashed with armed terrorist groups in Jouret
al-Shayah and Bab Houd neighborhoods and eliminated several
The competent authorities clashed with an armed terrorist group in
Joret al-Shayyah and Bab Hood neighborhoods in Homs and killed a
number of them, also destroying weapons' caches.
Authorities Kill Scores of Terrorists in Idleb
Authorities confronted an armed terrorist group, which was
intimidating the civilians and perpetrating sabotage and looting acts
in Salqin town in Idleb countryside, inflecting heavy losses upon its
SANA reporter quoted a source in the province as saying that the
authorities pursued the armed group and clashed with its members in
the surrounding groves, killing scores of them and seizing their
The source added that a number of cars equipped with DShK machineguns
which the terrorists were using were destroyed.
The source also pointed out that a member of the army was martyred.
Competent Authorities Kill Terrorists in Tafas, Daraa Countryside
The competent authorities targeted a den for terrorists south of Souq
al-Hal in Tafas city in Daraa countryside, inflicting heavy losses
SANA quoted a source in the governorate as saying that the competent
authorities killed and injured the members of the terrorist group.
In Daraa countryside, the authorities pursued an armed terrorist group
in Zeizoun area and killed several terrorists.
Army units continued pursuing armed terrorist groups which terrified
the citizens in Deir Ezzor province and eliminated several terrorists
and destroyed a weapons dump.
The competent authorities pursued an armed terrorist group in Zaizoun
area in Daraa countryside and killed a number of its members. Al-Qaeda
terrorist member Mahmoud Khair Ghazlan, nicknamed Abu Rammah, was
identified among the dead.
The competent authorities pursued terrorists that terrorized citizens
in Deir Ezzour and killed several terrorists in al-Jbeilieh
neighborhood, and destroyed a weapons' cache.
Photo: Swiss made grenades used for terrorist attacks in Syria