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The tenuous ceasefire across Syria - not including the "beloved" head-choppers of ISIS and Al Qaeda that the Gulf autocracies and Western regimes sponsor - looks to be slowly spreading and holding. This is very, very good news.

The neo-cons in the USA must be apoplectic with rage. And some "leftists" that, somehow, find themselves always agreeing with them.

CONFIRMED: Syrian ceasefire in place

If this shocking peace continues, I rather expect sudden stories of cruelties to babies in incubators, yellow cake powder, "clear and present dangers" sprouting up like dandelions in the backyard, etc., etc. in the Western MSM. And dutifully regurgitated here.

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Speaking about what this means, the Russian president said: “This agreement we’ve reached is very fragile, as we all understand. It requires special attention and patience, professional attitude, and constant contact with our partners.”

Hitler! Why Putin is JUST LIKE Hitler! Think of the children!

Tongue out

ETA: Oh look. More shelling of the Russian Embassy in Damascus.

NewsLine RT wrote:
Russian embassy in Syria shelled from rebel-held area

Russia’s embassy in Damascus was shelled again on Thursday evening, it said in a statement. The firing came from a rebel-controlled neighborhood of the Syria capital, the embassy said, adding the the shells caused minor damage to the mission. The statement said the attack was apparently meant to derail an attempt to establish a comprehensive ceasefire in the country brokered by Russia, Turkey and Iran.

I'm sure it was "just a mistake" by the moderate head-choppers. They would never, you know ...

ikosmos ikosmos's picture

Details of the agreement (still not public entirely)

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The first was signed by the Syrian government and the Syrian opposition to stop hostilities in the territory of the Syrian Arab Republic. The second one is a set of measures to control the ceasefire. The third document is a declaration of intention for Syrian settlement,” the Russian president said.

The agreement is the result of joint efforts by Russia, Turkey, and Iran, the president said.

Great work has been done in cooperation with our partners from Turkey. We know that only recently there was a trilateral meeting in Moscow of the foreign ministers of Russia, Turkey, and Iran, where all of the nations made obligations not only to control, but also to act as guarantors of the peace process in Syria.

The truce is supported by seven major armed opposition groups that have over 60,000 fighters in their ranks, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said.

The Russian Defense Ministry has released a list of the groups that have pledged to stop fighting, which includes Faylaq Al-Sham, Ahrar al-Sham, Jaysh al-Islam, Thuwar al-Sham, Jaysh al-Muwahhideen, Jaysh Idlib and Jabhat al-Shamiyah.

The minister said under the deal any armed group that refuses to cease hostilities would be considered a legitimate target for the use of force, as is the case with terrorist groups Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) and Al-Nusra Front, which are not included in the truce.

Shoigu added that if the agreement holds, it would allow Russia to scale down its military presence in Syria.

This last must be particularly galling to the Americans. They've done a "VietNam-ization " strategy in the past (Russia in Afghanistan - Zbig Brzezinski still gloats about it) and to see talk of reducing the Russian presence in Syria must really "chap their asses".

Comments from the US regime and the UN louts that have been sabotaging peace efforts so far are entirely predictable. "A change in administration" is the sort of phraseology, to replace "Assad must go". Talk of discussion in Geneva, that, e.g., excludes key players like Iran, is "next", etc.

Well, give them credit for trying. But have they been schooled, OMFG. Even the brutal assassination of the Russian Ambassador at an art gallery didn't slow down these peace efforts by Russia. It's simply outstanding on their part.

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NDPP

Obama Really Pissed About Russia Success With Ceasefire in Syria

https://twitter.com/MoonofA/status/814556985127501824

Reuters: "US expels 35 Russian diplomats, giving them 72 hours to leave..."

 

ikosmos ikosmos's picture

OK, so the US regime and its satellites, UN toadies, etc., have switched tack and now want to see:

1. US involvement ASAP. That means Geneva negotiations, fuggetabout the negots in Astana, XYZ, and let's get back to excluding the Iranians just like the apoplectic Israeli leadership insists;

2. Partitition of Syria in a "federation". This is more complicated as even the Russians talked to the Syrians about something along these lines at one point. However, the US regime, etc., simply want a toe-hold so they can "assist" a new, rump statelet carved out of Syria, a nice little baby caliphate, some sort of Kurdish statelet requiring US "intervention" etc., etc. ... you get the idea. 

This all is Plan "B". None of it will happen, natch, but that won't stop the Western barbarians from making noisy demands and threatening anyone who doesn't compliment them on these, their most recent flatulent emanations.

ikosmos ikosmos's picture

Meanwhile, back in the Golan Heights ...

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Cheney, Murdoch, Rothschild unlawfully dig for oil in Syria

Instead of bringing food, shelter, and help into Syria, western billionaires and politicians scheme to take oil and money out of the already ravaged country ... [in Israeli occupied Golan Heights ... ]

Genie in an Oil Barrel

6079_Smith_W

Hm.

Between the two of them, Murdoch and Rothschild have a 5.5 percent stake in the company, though both are on the advisory board. The controlling shareholder is Howard Jonas.

Never let an opportunity to bang that old drum pass though, I suppose.

Rev Pesky

From an article in The Economist re: Genie Energy (Nov. 7, 2015)

Black gold under the Golan

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...An influential group is now lobbying Israel’s government to take advantage of the chaos in Syria and demand international recognition of its control of 1,200 square kilometres (460 square miles) on the Golan. The group includes Zvi Hauser, a former cabinet secretary to the prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, who has urged that Israel should demand this as a compensation for having to tolerate the nuclear agreement with Iran.

It is not clear whether Genie shares this objective, but if it chose to, it would be no surprise. Genie’s founder and CEO is Howard Jonas, an influential American-Jewish businessman. The president of Genie’s Israeli subsidiary is Effie Eitam, a Golan settler and a former general who is close to the prime minister. And in America Genie has increased its clout. In September it added some influential new members to an advisory board that already included a former vice-president, Dick Cheney, and a media tycoon, Rupert Murdoch. One was Larry Summers, who was treasury secretary in the Clinton administration and director of the National Economic Council under Barack Obama. Also added were two other Clinton-era appointees: Bill Richardson, an ex-ambassador to the United Nations and energy secretary, and James Woolsey, a former CIA director.

Not sure whether this qualifies as 'banging the old drum'...

 

6079_Smith_W

The old Rothschild drum, Rev.

Of course his name is more of a dogwhistle than that of the guy who actually owns and controls the company. So he's the one digging for the oil.

 

ikosmos ikosmos's picture

That revolving door between government and the private sector is really getting a workout.

Maybe Obama could grease it on the way out himself.

NDPP

There Will Be No Partition of Syria  -  by Sharmine Narwani

http://rt.com/op-edge/372142-us-russia-syria-partition-turkey/

"East Aleppo is liberated and regime-change has lost its luster. It's no surprise Syria's foes are ready to promote the next big goal: partition..."

 

The Day Before Deraa: How the War Broke Out in Syria

http://ahtribune.com/world/north-africa-south-west-asia/syria-crisis/113...

"The CIA agents running the Deraa operation from their office in Jordan had already provided the weapons and cash needed to fuel the flames of revolution in Syria. With enough money and weapons, you can start a revolution anywhere in the world. In reality, the uprising in Deraa in March, 2011 was not fueled by graffiti written by teenagers and there were no disgruntled parents demanding their children to be freed.

This was part of the Hollywood-style script written by skilled CIA agents who had been given a mission: to destroy Syria for the purpose of regime change. Deraa was only Act 1: Scene 1..."

Rev Pesky

6079_Smith_W wrote:

The old Rothschild drum, Rev.

Of course his name is more of a dogwhistle than that of the guy who actually owns and controls the company. So he's the one digging for the oil.

Well, in fact Rothschild is on the companies advisory board, and his name wasn't the only one mentioned. Would you prefer that they didn't mention the names of the company advisors?

6079_Smith_W

Clearly they can do what they want Rev, and the reason why they put him front and centre even though it isn't his company, and he only owns a small percentage of it, is as a tip of the hat to the old International Jewish Conspiracy.

Think I am just seeing things? Well it isn't the first time for this same program:

http://www.tabletmag.com/scroll/194211/russia-today-airs-bizarre-anti-se...

As it mentioned in the article, they pulled that segment after someone noticed the line about "hebrew backers".

To be honest, I wouldn't mind if RT went back to the good old days of 9-11 theories, chemtrails, crop circles, and chasing the illuminati. The international Jewish conspiracy stuff? Not so much, even though the Rothschild thing is so done that only real fools still believe it. Unfortunately I know one or two of those fools over on FB. Which is why you see some media still trying to shovel that lie.

 

bekayne

ikosmos wrote:

Meanwhile, back in the Golan Heights ...

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Cheney, Murdoch, Rothschild unlawfully dig for oil in Syria

Instead of bringing food, shelter, and help into Syria, western billionaires and politicians scheme to take oil and money out of the already ravaged country ... [in Israeli occupied Golan Heights ... ]

Genie in an Oil Barrel

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/11/11/trump-woolsey-was-there-a-bait-an...

 

6079_Smith_W

Funny thing is, there is a good chance Jonas doesn't have to worry about anything at all, no matter who controls the land.

There are other oil deals worth far more that depend on people who are probably going to be sitting across the cabinet table from Woolsey. Why would anyone risk those deals by upsetting this one?

 

 

NDPP

bekayne wrote:

ikosmos wrote:

Meanwhile, back in the Golan Heights ...

Quote:
Cheney, Murdoch, Rothschild unlawfully dig for oil in Syria

Instead of bringing food, shelter, and help into Syria, western billionaires and politicians scheme to take oil and money out of the already ravaged country ... [in Israeli occupied Golan Heights ... ]

Genie in an Oil Barrel

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/11/11/trump-woolsey-was-there-a-bait-an...

Yes, there is every reason to expect a renewed full court press on Iran. The presence of people like Woolsey, Bolton, Sheldon Adelson and other ardent Zionists in the Trump camp, strongly suggest that the Israeli agenda will most certainly continue in US foreign policy. This will obviously impact Syria [and Russia] as well. Probably worthwhile to remember Wesley Clark's '7 countries in 5 years' revelation, or the Oden Yinon plan for a 'Greater Israel'.

Oden Yinon was described by analyst Mahdi Nazemroaya in 2011, as "an Israeli strategic plan to ensure Israeli regional superiority. It insisted and stipulated Israel must reconfigure its geo-political environment through the Balkanization of the surrounding Arab states into smaller and weaker states.' Here it is for those unfamiliar with it

Oden Yinon: 'Greater Israel'  A Zionist Plan For the Middle East

http://informationclearinghouse.info/article33220.htm

 

NDPP

Syria: 'Aleppo did not FALL Aleppo was LIBERATED'

https://youtu.be/w8DJJDCGQ9g

"Why did you only show one side?"

NDPP

BBC News Caught Staging FAKE News Chemical Attack in Syria

http://youtube.com/watch?v=blg9XVBUEZg

Fake blood' and other staging common among Syrian rebels. Fabrications used to justify more foreign arms

 

Aleppo Starts Uncovering Washington's Evil Designs  -  by Jean Perier

http://journal-neo.org/2016/12/16/aleppo-starts-uncovering-washingtons-e...

"In their report BIRN and OCCRP stated that the acquisition of significant amounts of military weapons from the countries of Central and Eastern Europe for the Syrian opposition were directly controlled by Washington.

Earlier, the respected military journal Jane's Defense Weekly in its article US Arms Shipment To Syrian Rebels Detailed stated that the US supplies the Syrian opposition with weapons and ammunition from Eastern Europe and noted that these facts were almost officially recognized by the US Senate.

Over the last five years, Ukraine alone has sold nearly 615,000 small arms to Syria. But it's curious that its official customers are not third world nations but large Western companies..."

Busted! The US sent ISIS $1.5 Billion in weapons from E Europe

6079_Smith_W

NDPP wrote:

BBC News Caught Staging FAKE News Chemical Attack in Syria

http://youtube.com/watch?v=blg9XVBUEZg

Fake blood' and other staging common among Syrian rebels. Fabrications used to justify more foreign arms

NDPP, that is the fake news piece that got RT sanctioned by British regulators because they lied about the BBC.

http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-34316047

You know this. Why are you rehashing these old lies, even though you know they are false?

 

NDPP

There's lots to rehash.  Offcom is hardly a disinterested regulator. Nor do I share your 'fake news' description.  Nor is it the first time BBC got 'creative' in its Syria coverage.  As Marco di Lauro of Getty Images opined after his 2003 photo of Iraqi dead was ''faked' by the Beeb to supposedly portray a Syrian massacre:

"What is amazing is that a news organization has a picture proving a massacre that happened yesterday in Syria and instead it's a picture that was taken in 2003 of a totally different massacre."

MSM coverage of Syria has been a farrago of lies from start to finish.

6079_Smith_W

Well, they were found to have been knowingly lying in that program. Over a year ago.

NDPP

UN Security Council Approves Russia Drafted Resolution on Syria

http://rt.com/news/372381-unsc-russia-syria-resolution

"The UN Security Council has unanimously passed a resolution drafted by Russia that endorses a nationwide Syrian ceasefire which was earlier brokered by Moscow and Ankara..."

NDPP

Hezbollah's Nasrallah on Aleppo Victory

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P44C4mUYDgY

"It does not mean the end of the conflict (nor) that the conflict has been decided..."

 

ME Analyst Nasser Kandil

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zfbQY6pMsI8

"Trump election result of US defeat in Middle East and victory of Syria, Iran and Russia."

NDPP

India's World: Is Syrian Civil War Coming To An End?

http://youtu.be/mvImYONSuPo

"This is a war against Syria, not a civil war. A multi-national proxy war."

 

Syria's War Was Only Ever The Beginning

http://journal-neo.org/2017/01/02/syrias-war-was-only-ever-the-beginning

"But to assume the Syrian conflict is on the verge of resolution is to assume the Syrian conflict was fought in a geopolitical vacuum, disconnected from regional even global agendas. In fact, the proxy war the West waged on Syria, was considered from the years before it began, during its planning and preparation stages, as only a prerequisite for  war with Iran and a greater global conflict to prevent the reemergence of Russia and the rise of China."

 

Jimmy Dore: What Corporate News is Not Allowed To Say About W-A-R

https://youtu.be/eG2aYzdfbGg

 

NDPP

Sami Ramadani on ME War

https://twitter.com/SamiRamadani1/status/812650084588548096

"One major reason terrorism will still plague the ME in 2017 is that Israel prefers al Qaeda/ISIS and sectarian Wahhabism. 'I prefer ISIS to Iran..' - Moshe Yaalon, Israel Defense Chief

Bec.De.Corbin Bec.De.Corbin's picture

NDPP wrote:

"Trump election result of US defeat in Middle East and victory of Syria, Iran and Russia."

And how stupid is that? Trump was elected on/for domestic economic and political reasons not that bullshit.

ikosmos ikosmos's picture

Trump campaigned on a reset of relations with Russia - something Obama failed miserably at - as well as on a foreign policy focus on fighting terrorism and less on regime change.

These are facts, not bullshit. They helped get him elected.

The Queen of war, OTOH, never got her chance to finish the regime change agenda in Syria.

Wahh.

6079_Smith_W

Well, actually it was bulshit because most of the things he promised he has now revealed were lies.

As for the reset with Russia, I suppose you could say a new arms race is a reset, but he didn't mention it during the campaign.

 

ikosmos ikosmos's picture

You gotta hand it to Obama, though. Making all those weapons available to the "moderate" head-choppers at the last moment, manfully expelling Russian diplomats and their families right at Christmas, helping with Ministry of Truth legislation and a $20 million slush fund to back it up .... are solid signs that his term in office will end with a bang and not a whimper.

bekayne

6079_Smith_W wrote:

Well, actually it was bulshit because most of the things he promised he has now revealed were lies.

As for the reset with Russia, I suppose you could say a new arms race is a reset, but he didn't mention it during the campaign.

 

Actually he did mention increasing nukes

bekayne

ikosmos wrote:

Trump campaigned on a reset of relations with Russia - something Obama failed miserably at - as well as on a foreign policy focus on fighting terrorism and less on regime change.

These are facts, not bullshit. They helped get him elected.

He also campaigned on increasing military spending, closer relations with Israel, and more hostility towards China and Iran.

6079_Smith_W

@ bekayne

Did he? Not saying you are wrong; I just hadn't heard him say he wanted a new arms race.

He has talked about increasing military presence in the South China Seas. He refused to rule out the use of nukes in the middle east or against Europe. He did say other nations should have nukes, and that the U.S. arsenal was falling into disrepair, but I hadn't heard him explicitly say he wanted to get into a new arms race.

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NDPP wrote:

Syria: 'Aleppo did not FALL Aleppo was LIBERATED'

https://youtu.be/w8DJJDCGQ9g

"Why did you only show one side?"

That was a very interesting piece. Very pro-government but then that is what the majority of Syrians have become. I suspect that in Canada we would put our differences aside and the vast majority would back a government of any stripe that authorized the military and the RCMP to use lethal force if our cities were under attack by foreign backed terrorists and a violent dissident group armed by foreign governments.

The same subset of people in Canada who are cheering on "moderates" to commit acts of violence against their fellow citizens also freak out when a Black Bloc person throws a rock through a window. 

kropotkin1951 kropotkin1951's picture

6079_Smith_W wrote:

Well, actually it was bulshit because most of the things he promised he has now revealed were lies.

Indeed like our PM he seems to have lied about anything that he thought would get him elected. That doesn't change the fact that different lies influenced different voters.  Both the Donald and the Prince of Selfies stood in front of the cameras and lied through their teeth. Strangely after getting elected they also both appointed the same type of advisors from the same class of people.  They both pretended to be men of the people and when elected they showed their privileged roots and connections.

6079_Smith_W

I don't disagree with you, k.

We've been disappointed on plenty (though not everything) with Trudeau. I am waiting to see how long our friends here are going to be cheering for Donald. Or at the very least how long they can keep up the facade.

 

NDPP

I am certainly not 'cheering for Donald'. Just because I am glad Killary lost, doesn't mean I  think Trump will be better. Furthermore, I am glad to see at long last an awakening to dangerous developments that were largely ignored under the peace-laureate misleader and war-maker Obama.

Al Qaeda Cut Leaves 5 Million Thirsty in Damascus

http://moonofalabama.org/2017/01/al-qaeda-leaves-5-million-thirsty-in-da...

"There is a humanitarian catastrophe unfolding in Syria and the western media ignore it. Surely a few people 'fleeing' (to the government side) 'as Assad's forces bombs', are way more important than 5 million people in Damascus without access to water..."

 

kropotkin1951 kropotkin1951's picture

6079_Smith_W wrote:

I don't disagree with you, k.

We've been disappointed on plenty (though not everything) with Trudeau. I am waiting to see how long our friends here are going to be cheering for Donald. Or at the very least how long they can keep up the facade.

I don't really see anyone cheering for Trump not even people like me who really dislike Clinton.  In places like Syria we will soon see whether the American rulers let Trump change direction in foreign policy. It would be a great thing for the people of Syria if he ordered all the various US agencies and military "advisors" to leave the country immediately. However the real rulers of the US seem to pushing for regime change followed by chaos. Hilary would be sabre rattling over Syria if she was President elect rather than letting the potential for peace unfold.  

Boze

I despise Clinton, Obama, and the Democrats generally, as well as Putin, and authoritarians generally, and I am not in any way cheering for Trump. I try to see the silver lining where possible, and refuse to join in the Russophobic circle jerk, but it does look as though Trump is going to be awful, especially as far as Iran is concerned.

NDPP

Terrorists Attack Electrical Towers near Damascus (and vid)

https://youtu.be/xA_QzCnl52A

"Local media said terrorists from al Nusra Front were behind the attacks."

 

Public Forum: Aleppo Crisis (19/12/2016

https://t.co/9TlshsjKKU

"I hope that the world learns that the era of 'regime change' is over. This is going to be a fight to the finish. Right lessons should be taken by the Western powers and the powers that be, that they should stop lying to the whole world.."

 

'History is Not the Same as Before': The Liberation of Aleppo and its Geopolitical Implications  -  by Patrick Armstrong

https://goo.gl/ZyqaN3

"The liberation of Aleppo is an 'inflexion point' in global geopolitics."

iyraste1313

While the Aleppo operation has been a turning point in the Syrian armed conflict, the White House is still in a hurry to provide maximum support to the so-called “moderate opposition” in Syria, but now it’s clear for pretty much everyone that Washington is assisting ISIS. Last December alone Turkish bloggers spotted the passage of three large cargo ships through the Bosporus Strait, presumably carrying arms for the Syrian rebels. In particular, in mid-December a freighter Karina Danica left Bulgarian shore, while heading to Saudi Jeddah with weapons on board, reports Bosphorus Observer on Twitter. This data is confirmed by a specialized tracking site known as MarineTraffic. It is a well known fact that the freighter Karina Danica is a Danish vessel, chartered by the American company Cherming, which is the official supplier of non-standard NATO weapons for the US “allies” in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan. It’s curious that the Bulgarian Vazovski Machine-Building Plant that sells weapons to Cherming, increased its sales by 12 times in 2016, making a profit of 170 million dollars.

What makes this whole arms supplies story awkward is the scandal that broke out in 2015, when the Chairman of the Iraqi Parliamentary Committee on Defense and Security, Hakim Zamili asked PM Haider al-Abadi to intervene immediately to stop the 300 million dollars worth ammunition deal that with Romanian weapons being delivered to ISIS directly, while financed by one of the neighboring countries. In 2016, the director of the Conflict Armament Research, James Bevan stated that the weapons from Eastern Europe that were officially designated for the so-called “moderate opposition” are falling in extremist hands.

The decision to supply anti-government troops in Syria with all sorts of weapons, including MANPADS, that was signed by President Barack Obama on December 23, may lead to the further escalation of the Syrian conflict and new victims.

So there’s more than enough reasons for Ankara’s resentment of the Obama administration, since it is directly responsible for every single Turkish soldiers murdered by radical militants.

Martin Berger is a freelance journalist and geopolitical analyst, exclusively for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook.”  

 

NDPP

US/UK Paid 'White Helmets' Help Blocking Water To 5 Million Thirsty Syrians

http://www.moonofalabama.org/2017/01/usuk-paid-white-helmets-help-blocki...

"Even after 14 daysof water crisis in Damascus the 'western' media are not reporting about the al Qaeda blockade of water for 5 million Syrians. We can be sure that not a word will be written by them about this illegal hostage-taking of millions of civilians in Damascus by their favorite propaganda organization White Helmets..."

 

Canada: White Helmets Should NOT Be Nominated For Nobel Peace Prize - Open Letter From Hamilton Coalition to Stop War

http://21stcenturywire.com/2016/09/26/canada-white-helmets-should-not-be...

"Dear Member of Parliament: It is with great disappointment and regret that we find ourselves calling into question your unanimous caucus decision, announced by MP Nathan Cullen, to support the nomination of the White Helmets organization  in Syria for the Nobel Peace Prize for 2016..."

 

How We Were Misled About Syria: The Role of MSF

https://timhayward.wordpress.com/2016/12/30/truth-a-casualty-neglected-b...

"My question simply concerns the reliability of uncorroborated witness statements coming from potentially compromised sources. It appears MSF had no independent access to verifiable information from Syria. So while MSF has often been cited as an independent source of support for White Helmet testimony, its press statements have in fact merely repeated White Helmet claims..."

NDPP

Edmonton Man Killed While Fighting ISIS in Syria

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/edmonton-man-killed-while-fightin...

"Nazzareno Tassone, 24, was killed Dec 21 near Raqqa Syria, his family and YPG officials say. The family has been told that ISIS still has his body. The family is now lobbying Canadian officials to make a deal to bring him home ' so we can lay him to rest' and has launched a Facebook page called Bring Nazzareno Tassone Home."

NDPP

Open Letter To Human Rights Defenders

http://www.counterpunch.org/2017/01/04/open-letter-to-human-rights-defen...

"...Recently, a number of such leftists, have joined the chorus of the Washington war party in reproaching the Obama administration for failure to intervene more in the military efforts to overthrow the government of Syria. In short, they are blaming the Obama administration for not having sufficiently violated international law.

For the 'human rights defenders' political realism and the consequences of their actions have no importance: what matters to them is to show that they belong to the 'camp of virtue.' You imagine yourselves as being free, while following at each step the indications of the dominant media as to what should be the object of your indignation..."

ikosmos ikosmos's picture

ISIS has taken a beating around Palmyra and they are in mass retreat - to Raqqa and so on.

The liberation of Palmyra may be at hand.

What? Where are the "moderates" ?

ikosmos ikosmos's picture

BBC gives a loving touch to terrorism. I guess they won't be admitting their "mistakes" wrt Syria, the liberation of Aleppo, and so on, anytime soon.

"Real Housewives of ISIS"


 

NDPP

Syrian Army Intensifies Military Operations West of Palmyra. ISIS Units Retreat - Reports

http://southfront.org/syrian-army-intensifies-military-operations-west-o...

"If reports about the withdrawal of ISIS units from the area are confirmed, the Syrian army and its allies will be able to conduct a series of military operations north and south of the Tyas Airbase to build a large buffer zone around this crucial defense site."

 

Military Situation in Eastern Ghouta Region Near Damascus (Syria Map update)

http://southfront.org/military-situation-in-eastern-ghouta-region-near-d...

"This map shows the current situation in the Eastern Ghouta region near the Syrian capital."

 

In Syria, Western Media Cheer Al Qaeda  -  by Rania Khalek

http://fair.org/home/in-syria-western-media-cheer-al-qaeda

"...Since 9/11, US corporate media have portrayed Al Qaeda as a monstrous organization whose existence justifies a global war without end. Who could have predicted that by 2016, these same media outlets would become Al Qaeda's most enthusiastic cheerleaders."

NDPP

ISIL Amasses Large Force For Imminent Deir Ezzor Offensive

https://t.co/VhowRU4cqk

"The Islamic State (ISIL) has reportedly begun to amass a large force inside the Deir Ezzor Governate in preparation for their upcoming offensive in and around the provincial capital."

 

Kerry's ISIS Hopes Revealed (audio)

https://twitter.com/LinaArabii/status/817103027576438786

"Behind closed doors, Kerry told Syrian opposition activists that US watched rise of ISIS, and hoped it would force Assad to negotiate."

NDPP

Syria and the United States: We Now Know  -  by Michael Jabara Carley

http://strategic-culture.org/news/2017/01/09/syria-and-united-states-we-...

"Somehow, it has not sunk into the general consciousness of US public opinion that the Obama administration has supported or is supporting, directly or indirectly, overtly or covertly, the forces of Al Qaeda and the Islamic State in Syria in order to overthrow the government of President Bashar Assad in Damascus."

 

Sen L Graham on Syria (2015)

https://youtu.be/mC7Fz0d9H8M

Canada supports

ikosmos ikosmos's picture

Alieda Guevara March wrote:

What can the left in the West do to help Cuba maintain the assets of its revolution?

AGM: What it has been doing so far. Keep standing by Cuba, first of all out of respect, that’s a fundamental issue. Not always judge things one doesn’t live oneself. Trust the revolutionary process and, when you have doubts, please, ask, we will answer, we are not infallible, we keep trying to improve ourselves. What matters right now, is the fight against the blockade. It has to be lifted. But what is also important for us, is that the left in the West attains the necessary popular support for changing their societies. What would help us most would be that the left clears itself a way through the capitalist centers in order for us to change the present reality together. One has to take into account that without us, without the peoples of the Third World, you will not survive. In the meantime, people have to abandon their egos and unite in search of connections—for true unity. One has to fight every kind of interference between countries. One has to fight the fact that the money of the great powers supports international terrorism. The aggressions against the Syrian people are financed by the West. You cannot allow that! You cannot allow that your territories continue to be used to plot and wage wars! There have been two World Wars, the third one will be the end of humankind. That’s why, once the left in the capitalist centers has developed enough strength to change this reality—from that moment onward we can really advance and create “a different world.”

Guevara's daughter has figured it out. Pity that so many babblers haven't.

Interview with A. Guevara March

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ISIS, Al Qaeda and the US Airforce Wage War on Syria's Public Utilities

https://t.co/6Ac2o2WcVw

"There is a campaign underwayto destroy Syria's public utilities. Al Qaeda, ISIS and the US airforce are involved. Their action is coordinated..."

 

Water as Weapon of War

https://youtu.be/njotkwWOfvc

Weeks of fighting to control supply in Damascus. White Helmets endorse water war

 

US B-52 Bombed Idlib Syria Killing 20 Civilians

https://youtu.be/3uIVB7Nb7gg

"More than 20 civilians killed in a B-52 strike carried out by US, according to Russian Chief of Gen Staff"

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In Video: Syria's Rebels Beg Israelis For Help, Ask For Military Support

https://www.almasdarnews.com/article/video-syrias-rebels-beg-israelis-he...

"In a phone call made by an Israeli reporter and a field commander from the Saudi-backed Jaish al Islam, the latter confirmed that they are not abiding by the ceasefire with the Syrian government, offering the reporter - who spoke fluent Arabic - to send him combat footage from the battlefield. When asked to address the government of Israel, the rebel commander demanded full support of arms, food and all kinds of aid.

'I call on our bothers the Israelis to support the revolution in Syria, and provide us with everything, weapons, food, aid...anything brothers. You Israel must attack the Syrian Army and help us defeat this 'infidel regime', he added. Today the Syrian Army shot down an Israeli fighter jet while targeting Army positions in Sa'sa town, located nearly 30 km to the southwest of Damascus, near the occupied Golan Heights.

The Syrian government has long accused Israel of backing up the militants operating near the border."

 

Syrian Army Warns Israel It Will Respond After Military Airport Bombed

https://www.rt.com/news/373522-syria-army-base-bombed-israel/

"Syrian state news agency SANA says Israeli jets have bombed the Mezzeh military airport west of Damascus, accusing Tel Aviv of supporting terrorism. The Syrian Arab Army has warned that there will be repercussions for Israel for the 'flagrant attack' on the military base, state TV said, citing a Syrian army command spokesman.

It also linked the alleged strike to Israel's support of terrorist groups. There was no information on the death toll resulting from the airstrike immediately available."

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