Archive for augustus, 2012

Barak: ‘Iran poses no immediate existential threat to Israel’

augustus 12, 2012

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Apr. 19, 2010 – Defense Minister Ehud Barak told Israel Radio on Monday that the only way out of the current stalemate with Iran is a bold Israeli move, adding that he felt that Iran did not pose an immediate existential threat to Israel.

The defense minister’s remarks came in response to a statement by Pentagon officials on Sunday, who said that U.S. President Barack Obama’s national security advisers were considering a broad range of options to curb Iran’s nuclear program, among them military strikes, if diplomacy and sanctions fail.

Barak also responded to remarks by Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the U.S. military’s Joint Chiefs of Staff, who said Sunday that the military options available to Obama would go “a long way” to delaying Iran’s nuclear progress but may not set the country back long-term. He called a military strike his “last option” right now.

The comments underscored the difficult choices facing Obama in trying to keep Iran from getting a nuclear bomb without setting off a broader conflict.

Barak told Israel Radio that the time has come for sanctions with a specific deadline “in order to facilitate what Mullen’s remarks imply.”

“I prefer to refrain from speculation about the future,” Barak added. “Right now, Iran does not pose an existential threat to Israel. If Iran becomes nuclear, it will spark an arms race in the Middle East. This region is very sensitive because of the oil flow ? the region is important to the entire world. The fact that Iran is not an immediate threat, but could evolve into one, means that we can’t let ourselves fall asleep.”…

http://www.haaretz.com/news/barak-iran-poses-no-immediate-existential-threat-to-israel-1.284529

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Photo:  A Tel Aviv beach on Friday.  Hundreds of thousands of tourists are still visiting the country each month. Nearly 300,000 tourists arrived in Israel in July, a record for the month and an 8% increase over the previous July. The Israeli Tourism Ministry: ‘Each month of 2012 has set an all-time record for the month.’  
Iran, a ‘threat to Israel’ ?

 

Syria: Ankara demonstrates against visit of warmaker Clinton

augustus 12, 2012

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Aug 12, 2012

ANKARA, (SANA) – The Turkish Communist Party on Saturday organized a demonstration outside the U.S. Embassy in Ankara to express condemnation of the visit of the US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

The demonstrators demanded Clinton to take the al-Qaeda fighters, who are stationed on the Syrian-Turkish borders and are launching terrorist acts against the Syrian people under the support of the USA, and go back to her country.

The participants chanted slogans demanding the USA to stop meddling in the Syrian affairs, describing the Turkish PM Recep Tayyib Erdogan as the ‘agent and slave of the USA’.

The Turkish security forces prevented the demonstrators from reaching the embassy to deliver a press release issued by the party.

M. Nassr/

Iran’s Parliament: Situation in Syria Improving

augustus 12, 2012

Boroujerdi: Situation in Syria Improving

Aug 11, 2012

TEHRAN, (SANA) – Head of the National Security and Foreign Policy Commission of Iran’s Parliament , Alaeddin Boroujerdi, said that the situation in Syria started to improve and is far better than the in the past months.

In a statement on Saturday, Boroujerdi said ”All the countries who interfere in Syria, including the US and its European allies who are supporting terrorists, try to target the axis of resistance that is confronting Israel,” calling upon these countries to shoulder their responsibilities before the world public opinion.

Boroujerdi hailed the consultative meeting on Syria which was held in Tehran, describing it as important. He added that prosing 3-month ceasefire in Syria is logical.

M. Ismael

Syria: Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-Moon

augustus 12, 2012

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Ki-Moon Stresses Need to Keep UN Presence in Syria

Aug 12, 2012

NEW YORK, (SANA) – Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-Moon on Saturday hoped that the UN will still be presented in Syria after the end of the observer mission.

In a letter to the UN Security Council, Ki-Moon called for keeping a ‘flexible and effective’ presence of the UN in Syria, adding that this presence will help the UN envoy continue playing the mediating role.

M. Nassr/ M. Ismael

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Ban-Ki-Moon: posted twice to the Republic of Korea embassy in Washington, D.C.

Ban Ki-Moon was born on Tuesday, June 13, 1944 in Eumseong and he is a famous politician from South Korea of Christian religion. He was a career diplomat in South Korea’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
In 1980 Ban became director of the United Nations’ International Organizations and Treaties Bureau, headquartered in Seoul. He has been posted twice to the Republic of Korea embassy in Washington, D.C. Between these two assignments he served as Director-General for American Affairs in 1990–1992. In 1992, he became Vice Chairman of the South-North Joint Nuclear Control Commission, following the adoption by South and North Korea of the Joint Declaration of the Denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. From 1993–1994 Ban was Korea’s deputy ambassador to the United States. He was promoted to the position of Deputy Minister for Policy Planning and International Organizations in 1995 and then appointed National Security Advisor to the President in 1996.
Ban was the Foreign Minister of the Republic of Korea from January 2004 to November 2006. In February 2006, he began to campaign for the office of Secretary-General. He received an MBA from Anderson School of Management at University of California, Los Angeles, and works for an investment firm in New York.

Photo:  Barack Obama and Michelle Obama are personal friends of  Ban-Ki-Moon and his wife

Latest News Syria: Russian Deputy Foreign Minister, Gennady Gatilov

augustus 12, 2012

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Gatilov: Ban Ki-moon Acknowledges that Armed Opposition Shoulder Responsibility of Escalating Violence in Syria

Aug 12, 2012

MOSCOW, (SANA) – Russian Deputy Foreign Minister, Gennady Gatilov, stressed that UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has acknowledged in a letter to the chairman of the Security Council concerning the implementation of the international resolution on settling the situation in Syria that the armed opposition shoulder the responsibility of escalating violence in Syria in general, and in Aleppo in particular.

Russia Today website reported Gatilov as saying on his Twitter account that the UN Secretary-General has offered objective assessment of the situation in Syria and acknowledged that the escalation of the crisis in Aleppo is because of the attacks of gunmen, pointing out that it is important that the UN Secretary-General calls for maintaining  the UN presence in Syria to provide objective information about the situation in the country and to remain in contact with all parties.

Earlier, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a letter sent to France’s Representative to the UN Gérard Araud, who is chairing the UN Security Council currently,  that members of the armed opposition had launched attacks in Damascus and Aleppo.

F.Allafi 

The website of the Syrian News Agency SANA is regularly blocked by Washington that doesn’t stop its war propaganda and its military aid to the gangs in Syria.

Syria: US. state terrorism

augustus 12, 2012

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DPRK Stresses Support to Syria against Conspiracy

Aug 12, 2012

PYONGYANG, (SANA)_The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) expressed full support to the Syrian leadership, army and people against the conspiracy targeting Syria.

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea leader, Kim Jong-un, and Foreign Minister, Pak Ui-chun, described the US and its Arab agents’ policies against Syria as ”state terrorism.”

M. Ismael

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Photo:  Serbian city bombed by NATO

Syria: Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki

augustus 12, 2012

 

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Al-Maliki: Countries Interfering in Other Countries’ Affairs Will Not Be Safe from Repercussions

 

Aug 12, 2012

BAGHDAD, (SANA) – Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki warned that the countries interfering in the affairs of other countries in the region will be affected by this, and that the coming stage will witness the fall of countries.

In a speech, al-Maliki said that Iraq is part of a region in which there are many fires set by either malicious ignorant sides or those who follow foreign policies and interests, warning that this fire will burn the ignorant, corruptors, sectarians and everyone else.

He stressed that the countries who interfere in others’ affairs mustn’t think themselves safe from repercussions, as destructive thoughts will come around to those who spread them sooner or later.

H. Sabbagh

Syria: Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Saeed Jalili

augustus 12, 2012

 

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Aug 12, 2012

TEHRAN, (SANA) – Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Saeed Jalili affirmed that democracy in Syria cannot be achieved by sending armed terrorists into it, calling for giving the Syrian people a chance to decide their own destiny and stressing that resolving the crisis in Syria cannot be done through foreign interference.

In an interview with Al-Alam TV, Jalili said that he pointed out to UN Envoy Kofi Annan during a visit to Tehran that the solution in Syria can be only achieved through democracy and allowing the Syrians to decide their own future and destiny, but this cannot be achieved through armed assaults and sending militants and terrorists; rather it’s achieved through the public willpower, not the desires of the centers of power and wealth.

He reiterated that the solution in Syria is internal, and not through national interference, noting that his country underlined articles for ending the crisis which are ending violence and bloodshed, entering national dialogue, and then holding free and fair elections.

Jalili pointed out that some of the countries that claim to be part of the solution in Syria are actually part of the problem as they are want to destabilize Syria, calling for exerting efforts to alleviate the suffering of the Syrian people.

He also noted that Syria and its people are paying the price of their firm and principled positions in support of the resistance, adding that the US has clearly declared that it has specific goals and interests regarding what is happening in Syria.

Jalili said that President Bashar al-Assad is still in power despite all pressure and conspiracies because he has popular support, with the popular willpower in general on his side and the side of the resistance.

He also denied that the Iranian Revolution Guard has any involvement in Syria’s internal affairs, saying that such rumors aim to harm the Syrian-Iranian relations.

H. Sabbagh, SANA

Syria: Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Saeed Jalili

http://sana.sy/eng/22/2012/08/12/436075.htm

The website of the Syrian News Agency SANA is regularly blocked by Washington that doesn’t stop its war propaganda and its military aid to the gangs in Syria.

Syria: Journalist Ali Abbas was killed by the U.S.

augustus 12, 2012

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On August 1, 2012,   Obama signed a secret order authorizing U.S. support for the gangs  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 armed gangs oust Assad.  That is why so many  journalists of  SANA are killed and why the building of the Syrian TV was bombed some days ago. The website of the Syrian News Agency SANA is also regularly blocked by Washington that doesn’t stop its war propaganda and its military aid to the gangs in Syria.

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Martyr Journalist Ali Abbas Paid Final Tributes

Aug 12, 2012

DAMASCUS, (SANA) – The body of the martyr journalist Ali Abbas, head of the Internal News Department at the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA ), was escorted from the Police Hospital in Harasta to his final resting place in Lattakia.

Solemn processions were held for the martyr who was assassinated by an armed terrorist group in his home in Jdeidet Artouz in Damascus Countryside.

The martyr’s brother, Captain Hussam Abbas held the international community responsible for this heinous crime through issuing decisions and imposing sanctions against the Syrian media as to prevent it from conveying the reality of what is taking place in Syria.

He added that this criminal act is another desperate attempt to silence the free and resistant voice which revealed the false and misleading news broadcast by satellite channels against Syria.

For his part, the martyr’s brother, Tammam Abbas, said that this crime exposed the reality of the armed terrorist groups backed by Arab and foreign sides, adding that attacking journalists aimed at assassinating the truth.

Journalist Safira Ismael said that martyr Abbas was noted for devotion to duty, high morals and diplomacy, adding that those who assassinated him increased determination of SANA workers to exert more efforts to reveal their deeds and crimes and protect the homeland.

In turn , journalist Hanadi Dayoub said that the martyr’s hardworking was an example for all of us, adding that targeting media cadres will not bow them down and that they will continue their mission in conveying the truth and facing the hostile media war.

Journalist Shahida Ajeeb said that martyr Abbas joined his colleagues and other sons of the homeland who sacrificed themselves to defend Syria in the face of the war aimed at undermining its people and land.

She added that the organized targeting of the national media which SANA is essential part of it came to weaken its national role in revealing the reality and exposing the essence of terrorism against Syria.

Martyr Ali Abbas was born in Dahr Barakat in Lattakia in 1975. He graduated from the Faculty of Information in 1997 – 1998. He started work at the Syrian Arab News Agency in 2002. He worked as head of the Internal News Department at the Agency before his martyrdom. He is single.

Syrian Human Rights Network Condemns Assassination of Journalist Ali Abbas

The Syrian Human Rights Network condemned the assassination of Journalist Ali Kamel Abbas who works for the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA).

The network stressed in a statement that this crime is a flagrant violation of human rights and freedom of speech.

The network called on the international organizations, Reporters Without Borders Organization, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization UNESCO, the United Nations and the UN Security Council to move swiftly to put an end to these violations.

R. Raslan/  F.Allafi

http://sana.sy/eng/337/2012/08/12/436013.htm

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Photo:  members of the Chinese embassy, bombed by NATO, Belgrade, Serbia. Washington said it was an ‘accident’…

U.S., Turkey: no-fly zone Syria

augustus 12, 2012

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ALEPPO, Syria (Reuters) – The United States and Turkey indicated they were studying a range of possible measures over Syria, including a no-fly zone, as battles between rebels and President Bashar al-Assad’s forces shook Aleppo and the heart of Damascus.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said after meeting her Turkish counterpart Ahmet Davutoglu in Istanbul on Saturday that Washington and Ankara should develop detailed operational planning on ways to assist their armed gangs fighting to topple Assad.

“Our intelligence services, our military have very important responsibilities and roles to play so we are going to be setting up a working group to do exactly that,” she said.

Asked about options such as imposing a ‘no-fly zone’ over the territory  of the with weapons and western technoly  supported gangs, Clinton said these were ‘possibilities’…

Photo:  Erdogan, friend of the U.S. and Israel.