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Thatcher’s death: Thatcher created discord, not harmony

april 10, 2013


Unlike Margaret Thatcher, miners believed in society

9 April 2013

Miners were the ‘enemy within’. Their communities were targeted for destruction. If there is rejoicing at her death, bear this in mind

In 1984 Britain had 186 working coalmines and approximately 170,000 coalminers. Today we have four coalmines and around 2,000 miners. They lived in close-knit communities built around and based on employment at the local colliery. Miners were a hardy race of people who faced constant danger in the cause of mining coal but underneath that they were caring, sensitive individuals with a commitment to the communities in which they lived. They looked after their old and young as well as those who were ill or infirm.

They built and provided their own welfare facilities and, well before today’s welfare state was built, miners created their own welfare systems to alleviate hardship. They rallied around each other when times were hard. They recognised the need for cohesion when at any time disaster could strike a family unit or indeed a whole community. The latest pit to close, Maltby in Yorkshire, still has a death and general purpose fund to help fellow miners and their families in times of hardship. In short, miners believed in society.

These values were the exact opposite of those Margaret Thatcher espoused. For miners, greed was a destructive force, not a force for good. From the valleys of Wales to the far reaches of Scotland, miners were, by and large, socialists by nature but this was tempered by strong Christian beliefs. Thatcher’s threat to butcher the mining industry, destroy the fabric of mining communities and in particular the trade union to which miners had a bond of loyalty, was met with the fiercest resistance any government has met in peacetime.

For those miners and their families to be referred to as the “enemy within” by Thatcher was something they would never forgive and, if there is rejoicing at her death in those communities she set out to destroy, it can only be understood against this background.

Miners had always known that eventually any of the colleries would close and were always prepared to accept that as a fact of life and find employment somewhere else within the industry, but Thatcher’s attack was wholesale. It was seen for what it was, nothing to do with economics, but purely an attempt to destroy the National Union of Mineworkers by wiping out the entire industry.

Thatcher exposed the sharp edges of class division in Britain and the strike of 1984/5 was as much a clash of values as it was about pit closures. Arthur Scargill and the miners represented the only opposition to the prime minister and her destructive and divisive values and, after the strike, the way was open for the most aggressive neoliberal policies. Thatcher and Reagan went on to facilitate a colossal transfer of wealth from poor to rich, leading to the world economic crash we now witness.

Thatcher was a divisive woman who created discord, not harmony.—–

Photo: Police take action as violence flares with miners at Daw Mill colliery in Warwickshire, UK, in this 1984 file photo. It was a defining moment in British industrial relations, and its defeat significantly weakened the British trades union movement. It was also seen as a major political and ideological victory for Margaret Thatcher and the Conservative Party.

John Kane, a miner for 37 years and now a guide at the Scottish Mining Museum, south of Edinburgh: ‘The miners’ strike ended 28 years ago and there has been no softening of the anger toward Thatcher.’

Thatcher’s death: Party in London

april 10, 2013


London neighbourhood throws party on Thatcher’s death

9 Apr 2013

London: Hundreds of people took to the main square in Brixton, an area of south London which suffered serious rioting in the 1980s, to celebrate the death of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

Holding notices saying “Rejoice — Thatcher is dead”, around 200 people gathered in the neighbourhood, a hotspot of alternative culture, and toasted her passing by drinking and dancing to hip-hop and reggae songs blaring from sound systems.

“I’m very, very pleased. She did so much damage to this country,” said one man brandishing an original newspaper billboard from 1990 announcing Thatcher’s resignation. Others scrawled “Good Riddance” on the pavement.

“We’ve got the bunting out at home,” said Clare Truscott, a woman in her 50s wearing a sparkly beret and holding a homemade sign reading “Ding dong, the witch is dead”.

“I’m from the north, where there were no jobs, where the industry was rapidly disappearing, and her policies ensured it went more quickly.”

Brixton was the scene of fierce riots in 1981, two years after Thatcher became prime minister. Carole Roper, a full-time career in her 50s from north London, said: “We’re here to celebrate her death.”

Sipping from a can of beer, she insisted: “I don’t think it’s vindictive — it’s not so much about the death of Thatcher but what she has done, the policies she introduced to this country.

“Compare the coverage to that when Chavez died — she’s being eulogized. It’s been wall to wall coverage on the BBC but she did nothing to help the poor people of this country.”

Meanwhile, in the Scottish city of Glasgow more than 300 people gathered to hold their own impromptu “party”. Anti-capitalist campaigners shouted, “Maggie, Maggie, Maggie” while the crowd replied “dead, dead, dead”. The crowd also broke into a chorus of “So long, the witch is dead” while drinking champagne.

Thatcher, the controversial “Iron Lady” who dominated a generation of British politics and won international acclaim for helping to end the Cold War, died following a stroke on Monday. She was 87.

Photo: Britain, 1984, miner and police forces. It was a defining moment in British industrial relations, and its defeat significantly weakened the British trades union movement. It was also seen as a major political and ideological victory for Margaret Thatcher and the Conservative Party.

A Thatcher state funeral would be bound to lead to protests

april 8, 2013


Thatcher Dead At 87

4 January 2012

The Tory prime minister wasn’t a great leader. She was the most socially destructive British politician of our times…

It might seem an odd time to be trying it on, but a drive to rehabilitate Margaret Thatcher is now in full flow. A couple of years back, true believers were beside themselves at the collapse of their heroine’s reputation. The Tory London mayor, Boris Johnson, complained that Thatcher’s name had become a “boo-word”, a “shorthand for selfishness and me-firstism”. Her former PR guru Maurice Saatchi fretted that “her principles of capitalism are under question”.

In opposition, David Cameron tried to distance himself from her poisonous “nasty party” legacy. But just as he and George Osborne embark on even deeper cuts and more far-reaching privatisation of public services than Thatcher herself managed, Meryl Streep’s The Iron Lady is about to come to the rescue of the 1980s prime minister’s reputation.

As the Hollywood actor’s startling Thatcher recreation looks down from every other bus, commentators have insisted that the film is “not political”. True, it doesn’t explicitly take sides in the most conflagrationary decade in postwar British politics. It is made clear that Thatcher’s policies were controversial and strongly opposed. But as director Phyllida Lloyd points out: “The whole story is told from her point of view.”

People are shown to be out to get her – but not quite why. We see the angry faces of protesters and striking miners from inside her car, not the devastated communities they come from. By focusing on her dementia, it invites sympathy for a human being struggling with the trials of old age. Remarkably, a woman who vehemently rejected feminism is celebrated as a feminist icon, and a politician who waged naked class war is portrayed battling against class prejudice.

Lloyd herself is unashamed about the film’s thrust: this is “the story of a great leader who is both tremendous and flawed”. Naturally, some of Thatcher’s supporters and family members have balked at the depiction of her illness.

But her authorised biographer, the high Tory Charles Moore, has no doubts about the The Iron Lady’s effective political message. The Oscar-bound movie is, he declares, a “most powerful piece of propaganda for conservatism”. And for many people under 40, their view of Thatcher and what she represents will be formed by this film.

Meanwhile, last week’s release of 1981 cabinet papers has given another impetus to Thatcher revisionism. The revelation that she authorised a secret back-channel to the IRA during the hunger strikes and opposed Treasury attempts to deny Liverpool a paltry cash injection after the Toxteth riots has been hailed as evidence of the pragmatism of a leader known for unswerving implacability.

But most shocking are the secret preparations now being made to give Thatcher a state funeral. In the 20th century only one former prime minister, Winston Churchill, was given such a ceremonial send-off. Churchill had his own share of political enemies, of course, from the south Wales valleys to India. But his role as war leader when Britain was threatened with Nazi invasion meant he was accepted as a national figure at his death. Thatcher, who cloaked herself in the political spoils of a vicious colonial war in the South Atlantic, has no such status, and is the most divisive British politician of our time.

Gordon Brown absurdly floated a state funeral in a fruitless attempt to appease the Daily Mail. But the coalition would be even more foolish if it were to press ahead with what is currently planned. A state funeral for Thatcher would not be regarded as any kind of national occasion by millions of people, but as a partisan Conservative event and an affront to large parts of the country.

Not only in former mining communities and industrial areas laid waste by her government, but across Britain Thatcher is still hated for the damage she inflicted – and for her political legacy of rampant inequality and greed, privatisation and social breakdown. Now protests are taking the form of satirical e-petitions for the funeral to be privatised: if it goes ahead, there are likely to be protests and demonstrations.

This is a politician, after all, who never won the votes of more than a third of the electorate; destroyed communities; created mass unemployment; deindustrialised Britain; redistributed from poor to rich; and, by her deregulation of the City, laid the basis for the crisis that has engulfed us 25 years later.

Thatcher was a prime minister who denounced Nelson Mandela as a terrorist, defended the Chilean fascist dictator Augusto Pinochet, ratcheted up the cold war, and unleashed militarised police on trade unionists and black communities alike. She was Britain’s first woman prime minister, but her policies hit women hardest, like Cameron’s today.

A common British establishment view – and the implicit position of The Iron Lady – is that while Thatcher took harsh measures and “went too far”, it was necessary medicine to restore the sick economy of the 1970s to healthy growth.

It did nothing of the sort. Average growth in the Thatcherite 80s, at 2.4%, was exactly the same as in the sick 70s – and considerably lower than during the corporatist 60s. Her government’s savage deflation destroyed a fifth of Britain’s industrial base in two years, hollowed out manufacturing, and delivered a “productivity miracle” that never was, and we’re living with the consequences today.

What she did succeed in doing was to restore class privilege, boosting profitability while slashing employees’ share of national income from 65% to 53% through her assault on unions. Britain faced a structural crisis in the 1970s, but there were multiple routes out of it. Thatcher imposed a neoliberal model now seen to have failed across the world.

It’s hardly surprising that some might want to put a benign gloss on Thatcher’s record when another Tory-led government is forcing through Thatcher-like policies – and riots, mounting unemployment and swingeing benefits cuts echo her years in power. The rehabilitation isn’t so much about then as now, which is one reason it can’t go unchallenged. Thatcher wasn’t a “great leader”. She was the most socially destructive prime minister of modern times.

Twitter: @SeumasMilne

Georges Bush: Iran, Iraq, Syria and North Korea are an “axis of evil”

april 6, 2013



1 Sep 2010

Tony Blair: George Bush did not recognise Belgian prime minister
George W Bush did not recognise the prime minister of Belgium or understand why he was at a G8 meeting, Tony Blair has disclosed.

In his new book, A Journey, Mr Blair writes that the former US president was confused by the presence of Guy Verhofstadt at the 2001 G8 summit in Genoa.
“He didn’t know or recognise Guy, whose advice he listened to with considerable astonishment,” Mr Blair writes. “He then turned to me and whispered, ‘Who is this guy?’ ‘He is the prime minister of Belgium,’ I said.
“Belgium? George said, clearly aghast at the possible full extent of his stupidity. ‘Belgium is not part of the G8’.”
Mr Blair explained to Mr Bush that Mr Verhofstadt was there as “president of Europe”. Belgium held the presidency of the EU council at the time.
Mr Bush responded: “You got the Belgians running Europe?” before shaking his head, “now aghast at our stupidity”, Mr Blair writes.

Elsewhere in the book Mr Blair claims that the president held an uncomplicated view of international affairs.
“George had immense simplicity in how he saw the world. Right or wrong it led to decisive leadership.”
The former prime minister also suggests he was uneasy with Mr Bush’s 2002 State of the Union speech, in which he described Iran, Iraq, Syria and North Korea as an “axis of evil”.


Photo 1: A news conference at the White House in 2006. Verhofstadt, amused President Bush with a story about mountain biking.

Photo 2Chief of Staff of the so called ‘Free Syrian Army’ Gen. Salim Idris, addresses the media after he discussed the situation in Syria with Guy Verhofstadt, right, at the European Parliament in Brussels, Wednesday March 6, 2013.

Syria: Former Belgian Prime Minister involved in arms deliveries

april 6, 2013




Some days ago, General Selim Idris, Chief of Staff of the so called Free Syrian Army was in the European Parliament, where he was invited by Guy Verhofstadt, former Belgian Prime Minister and leader of the Group of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats ‘for Europe’.

Idris said that his army needed the West to supply “weapons and ammunition” so that his forces can “defend themselves.”

He said that, if such support arrived, “The regime will collapse in a month.” He added that Syrians ‘supporting the rebellion’ didn’t understand why the West had an arms embargo.

“There is no real action,” he said.

He was supported by Guy Verhofstadt, who said that there was “a growing consensus in Europe that the Syrian conflict cannot go on interminably.” The Liberal leader also said that arms should be supplied “in order that you can defend yourselves.”

Photo 1: Verhofstadt and Colonel Muammar Gaddafi a few years ago.  Some years later Verhofstadt pleaded in european parliament on a demogogic way to agree with NATO-bombings on Libya.

Photo 2: Verhofstadt and some ‘Syrian rebels’ at the european parliament.

Photo 3: Verhofstadt invited Selim Idris, Chief of Staff of the so called Free Syrian Army, to european parliament.


Syria: western backed terrorism

april 6, 2013




Belgian jihadists and weapons made in Belgium

Meanwhile, the Belgian State Security “has not confirmed” the rumor that Belgian jihadists are fighting in Syria. The newspapers ‘Het Belang van Limburg’ and ‘Gazet van Antwerpen’ argued the opposite: “The State Security confirmed the presence of Belgian terrorists in Syria”.  Originally the Flemish newspapers relied on a report by Reuters, dated July 31th 2012, citing statements from “several rebel commanders in the north-west Syria,” according to which “Muslims in Great Britain, Belgium and the United States had joined the Free Syrian Army (SLA)”. On July 13th, Reuters pointed out a flood “of thousands of assault rifles Belgian FN FAL was in the hands of the rebels”.  In its annual reports, the Belgian State Security explains how and why she follows people attracted by fighting abroad: there was attention for Iraq, then, from 2010, to the movement towards Pakistan-Afghanistan border area; Finally, most recently, to new locations: “If the Afghan-Pakistan area, more than Iraq, was still popular in 2010 with the majority of volunteers for jihad”, the Belgian State Security wrote in his latest report, “some of them began to plot their way to Yemen, Somalia and the Caucasus”. And Syria now? “Obviously. Where they are beaten, those who return and who actually participated in the fighting have gained knowledge on how to handle weapons, strategy and tactics of war,” noted the Belgian State Security yesterday. “This is the central reason for the Belgian concern”.  

A list of the top 24 countries, among the more than three dozen that are currently involved in sending weapons to Syria to achieve a puppet government include: USA, Iraq, Lebanon, Israel, Turkey, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Bahrain, UK, France, Canada, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Brazil, Portugal, Poland, Yugoslavia, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Italy, Spain, and Argentina.

Nearly two-thirds of the above listed arms suppliers are members of NATO and constitute almost half of NATO’s 28 country membership.

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. 

Photo: Victims of NATO backed bomb-attacks in Syria



‘Task Force to investigate Belgian participation in Syrian war’

Interior Minister Joëlle Milquet has launched a Task Force to look into the problem of Belgian youngsters going to Syria to join the civil war there. The Task Force will meet a first time on Monday and includes members of the counter-terrorism unit OCAD, intelligence services, the judicial authorities, the crisis centre and the police.

Over the past weeks, Belgian press reports told about Belgian Muslim converts travelling to Syria to take part in the war under the influence of the extremist organisation Sharia4Belgium. Although Sharia4Belgium was officially dismantled, it still has a big influence behind the scenes, it turns out. It is believed that 50 to 80 young Belgians left their homeland to fight in Syria.

The Task Force will try to find out how it can be avoided that even more youngsters join the Syrian war. Experts will monitor the present situation and examine how the youths can be brought back to Belgium.

Ms Milquet is not a supporter of new legislation to punish those joining the fights in Syria. However, last month anti-terror laws were given more scope. This implies that youngsters joining terrorist organisations to fight, will be subject to prosecution.

Latest news Syria: Russia wants a political dialogue

april 5, 2013


April 5th, 2013

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin stressed the need to stop supporting the “Syrian opposition” with weapons.

During an interview with the German ARD TV, Putin said that international law prevents sending weapons to groups that seek the destabilization of any country.

He called for an immediate cessation of violence in Syria and urged all sides to sit at the dialogue table.

Answering a question on Russian weapon shipments to Syria, Putin said that there is no embargo on supplying countries with weapons, adding that “the Syrian opposition acquired 3.5 tons of weapons lately through the airports of Syria’s neighboring countries only, according to the Washington Post, that what should be stopped.

“Our western partners suggest that the Syrian President must leave and then we can think of what to do; that is wrong. Libya, for example, is fragmenting into three states. All sides must sit at the dialogue table to discuss the future status of the country.

“We reached an agreement on Syria in Geneva, but unfortunately our western partners moved away from it, again.” President Putin concluded.

M. Nassr / H. Sabbagh

Photo: Russian humanitarian aid 

Latest News Syria: foreign backed terrorists killed

april 5, 2013


April 5, 2013

Units of our armed forces destroyed several terrorists’ hideouts in Homs countryside inflicting heavy losses upon terrorists.

A military source told SANA reporter that our armed forces on Friday destroyed several terrorists’ gatherings in al-Qarabis, Jeb al-Jandali and the al-Warsha areas.

Another army units targeted terrorists’ dens in Al-Rastan, al-Dab’a, Ibel and Kifin killing a number of gunmen and destroying their vehicles.

In the town of al-Rastan, infighting among two terrorist groups over splitting stolen items led to the injury and death of a number of terrorists. Mohammad Nizar Abaz and Ahmad Abdelkhaled Abu Amsha were among the dead.

Army units targeted terrorist gatherings in al-Mashjar al-Janoubi neighborhood and near the stadium and cultural center in Talbiseh area, eliminating a number of them and injuring other.

In Homs city, an Armed Forces unit clashed with a terrorist group in Bab Houd neighborhood, killing and injuring a number of terrorists, while an engineering unit dismantled a number of explosive devices in the same area.

Another unit destroyed 3 cars along with the terrorists inside them in Jouret al-Shiyah neighborhood.

Citizen Martyred, 11 injured by Terrorists Mortar Shells in Jaramana

A citizen Martyred and 11 other injured by Mortar shells fired by terrorists at Jaramana city in Damascus Countryside.

An official source told SANA that 5 Mortar shells fired by terrorists fell on al-Talalih residential neighborhood, which caused the martyrdom of a citizen and the injury of 11 others.

The source added that the terrorist attack caused material damage in the residential houses in the area.

Army Units Eliminate Terrorists in Damascus Countryside

A unit of the Armed Forces clashed with armed terrorist groups in the area surrounding the Great Mosque and near the Teachers’ Building in Jubar neighborhood in Damascus countryside, killing and injuring scores of terrorists. Among the dead terrorists were Mouafq Dalal and Issa Safia.

An official source told SANA that an engineering unit dismantled 4 explosive devices planted to the south of the Bus Station and were set to be detonated remotely.

The source pointed out that another Army unit killed and injured all members of an armed terrorist group in al-Tahouna neighborhood in Barza area. Among the dead terrorists were Abdul- Rahman al-Habul, leader of the so-called “Zaid Ibn al-Haritha” terrorist group and Zyad al-Sagher.

An official source told SANA reporter that a terrorists’ hideout was destroyed in al-Alya farms in the eastern al-Ghouta and scores of terrorists were killed.

The source added that terrorists Basem al-Dai’a, leader of a terrorist group, and Anas Ammoura were identified among the dead.

The source said that an army unit eliminated 6 terrorists who tried to attack the citizens in Douma’s north eastern area and seized their weapons and vehicle, among the confiscated weapons were heavy machineguns, sniper rifles and RPG launchers.

In Zamalka, a number of terrorists were killed or injured while they were trying to launch Mortar shells on the town.

In the town of al-Bahdaliye, Army units destroyed a gathering of terrorist, injuring a number of them and killing others including Maher al-Rahhal.

An Armed Forces unit carried out a special operation in al-Husseiniyeh in which it destroyed terrorist hideouts along with the weapons and munitions inside them, injuring a number of terrorists and killing others including Abbas al-Qarouni.

Armed Forces Eliminate Large Number of Terrorists in Aleppo and Its Countryside

Armed Forces units destroyed terrorist hideouts in the villages and areas of Andan, Bianoun and al-Brej in Aleppo countryside, eliminating a large number of terrorists including non-Syrians.

The Armed Forces eliminated terrorists near a gas station on the Aleppo-Damascus road and in Hreitan, Kwayres and Rasm al-Abboud.

In Aleppo city, the Armed Forces carried out special operations in Jisr al-Haj, al-Marjeh, Qarlaq, Baidin, near al-Halwaniye and Aghyour roundabouts, al-Naqarin, al-Shaqif, al-Layramoun, Bustan al-Basha, al-Ashrafiye and Sheikh Maqsoud areas, resulgint in the death of large numbers of terrorists.

Army Units Eliminate Terrorists in Idleb Countryside

Units of the Armed Forces continued operations against terrorists in Idleb countryside, inflicting heavy losses upon them, in addition to destroying their equipment.

A military source told SANA reporter that the Army units pursued terrorists and stormed their hideouts in Bishalmon and Eyn al-Bara in Jiser al-Shoughur and in Ma’art al-Nouman, Ma’ar Tmsaren, Sraqib, Tall Salmo and Abo Dhour, killing a number of the terrorists and destroying their weapons.

A military source said that a factory of explosive devices exploded while terrorists of “Jabhat al-Nusra” were preparing a huge explosive device inside a farm in Ma’ar Tamsaren  in Idleb countryside.

The source told SANA that the explosion led to killing scores of terrorists.

Army Unit Seizes Car Loaded with Explosives in Hama City, Eliminate Terrorists in Hama Countryside

An Armed Forces unit seized a car loaded with explosives in front of the porcelain factory in Hama city.

The car, a Kia, contained sticky explosive devices, dynamite, and explosive belts.

An Armed Forces unit clashed with a terrorist group affiliated with Jabhet al-Nusra near the towns of Mork and Tal Atshan in Hama’s northeastern countryside, eliminating 19 terrorists and destroying 4 of their vehicles, some of which were equipped with heavy machineguns.

Another unit destroyed 3 vehicles equipped with heavy machineguns in the town of Kafr Naboudeh, eliminating the terrorists inside them.

Armed Forces Destroy Boats Full of Weapons and Terrorists in Euphrates River

In Deir Ezzor province, Armed Forces units destroyed two boats in Euphrates River along with the weapons and terrorists inside them. The terrorists, some of whom were foreigners, were headed to the village of al-Misrab.

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Western Humanitarian aid for Syrian people ?

april 5, 2013


Jordan Confirms the Return of 35.000 of the Displaced Syrians Voluntarily to Home 

April 5, 2013

About 35.000 of the displaced Syrians returned from al-Za’tari camp in Amman to their home since the beginning of the crisis to escape the bad conditions they are suffering in the camp.

Spokesperson for Syrian refugee affairs in Jordan, Anmar al-Hamoud, affirmed to the AFP that the number of the displaced Syrians who returned to their country voluntarily since the beginning of the crisis reached 34.824, adding that Jordan government ensured on Thursday the return of 2500 refugees from al-Za’tari camp to Syria upon their request.

Scores of Syrian refugees returned to Syria in the last months due to the difficult living conditions in the camp because of the shortage of humanitarian and medical services, kidnapping acts, robberies and fires.

B. Mousa / Ghossoun

Syria: Parliaments have to exert Pressure on Terrorism-Supporting Governments

april 1, 2013


Al-Lahham Calls Upon World Parliaments to Exert Pressure on Terrorism-Supporting Governments

Apr 1, 2013

HAVANA, (SANA) – Speaker of the People’s Assembly, Mohammad Jihad al-Lahham, called upon the world’s parliaments to pressurize the governments which are supporting terrorism to stop these acts.

The remarks came in an interview with Cuban “The Workers” Newspaper (Trabajadores) after his participation in the 128th Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Assembly in Quito, Ecuador.

Al-Lahham called upon the international community to exert all efforts to stop violence and massacres committed by the armed terrorist groups in Syria and support the political program to solve the crisis as to preserve Syria’s sovereignty and the international security and peace.

He denounced the role of some regional and international countries which are funding and arming the terrorists, adding that the regionally and internationally backed terrorism targets the Syrian lands and people through destroying the infrastructure and the public and private properties.

Al-Lahham warned against the role of the misleading media outlets and their involvement in misguiding the Arab and international public opinion, condemning the Turkish government that made the Turkish territories a safe haven for the terrorists and a platform to launch terrorist attacks against Syria.

Speaker al-Laham expressed gratitude for the stances of Cuba in support of Syria, voicing appreciation for the stances of the (BRICS) countries in support of the struggle of the Syrian people.

He stressed that Syria is firm in its fight against terrorism and it will prevail thanks to the awareness of the Syrians and their support to their leadership.

M. Nassr/F.L