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”Dictators & Dissidents”The honorary committee are CROOKED BANKERS,NEOCONS AND ZIONIST JEWS!!!

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Foundation for (overthrow) of democracies to host an event called ”Dictators & Dissidents”The honorary committee are CROOKED BANKERS,NEOCONS AND ZIONIST JEWS!!! 
Washington Forum 2012 Honorary Committee:
Kenneth and Nira Abramowitz  [ed note:backround..”HE’S A LIKUDNIK” !!! A U.S. (JEW) millionaire and illegal land grabs 
In 2008, the Israel Independence Fund was founded in New York. The nonprofit’s declared areas of activity are philanthropy, volunteering and distributing grants. The person behind the fund is Kenneth Abramowitz, a New York businessman and partner in NGN Capital, which describes itself as “a venture capital firm dedicated to health-care investing.”Abramowitz is also national chairman of American Friends of Likud and donated thousands of shekels to the campaigns of Yisrael Katz and Yuli Edelstein in the last party primaries. He also appears on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s “list of millionaires” − i.e., potential donors to Likud’s 2007 primaries. The existence of the list was exposed last year by the newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth.
Mark  Argosh • [ed note:he’s a JEW and a Managing director at Sterling&Sterling Insurance giant     Mark Argosh – Westport, Sterling & Sterling, Inc.,
Paul R. Bishop [ed note: Mr. Paul R. Bishop has been the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of H-P Products, Inc. since 2001. Mr. Bishop served as the President of H-P Products, Inc., from 1996 to 2001. He served as Vice Chairman of DPL Inc. He served as the Vice Chairman of Dayton Power and Light Co. He has been a Director of Hawk Corporation since May 1993. He serves as a Director of H-P Products Inc. He served as a Director of Dayton Power and Light Co. since 2003  http://investing.businessweek.com/research/stocks/private/person.asp?personId=740738&privcapId=2776552&previousCapId=98186&previousTitle=DPL%20INC
Bill Bloomfield • [ed note: Bill Bloomfield Receives Endorsement From James Woolsey yes hes running for office and he’s endorsed by former director of CIA!!!
Robert Child • [ed note; Biography:…After spending 15 years in New York directing and technical directing some of the most widely viewed programs on network and cable television; Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, Emeril Live, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart http://robchild.blogspot.com/p/about-rob.html 
Eric Dezenhall • [ed notes: Eric Dezenhall is the founder and President of Dezenhall Resources  which designs aggressive public relations campaigns to attack or “counter” progressive groups. Among his prior jobs, Dezenhall previously “served in the White House Office of Communications and the Office of Presidential Personnel during the Reagan  Presidency” “Eric Dezenhall, CEO”
Alvin Dworman [ed notes;a real estate developer magante ,was partnered with banker penny pritzker who donated to obamas campaign and whos also a CFR member..bank was broken up after many lawsuits,and fraud,for looting family trusts!!!  “A Partnership Frays After An S.& L. Fails; In Laying Blame, Trying to Sort Out One Deal Maker’s Complicated Legacy”   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Penny_Pritzker
Bill and Lois Edgerly  [ed notes:his wife donated to repuke party,bush,rudy gulliani and more.. http://www.campaignmoney.com/political/contributions/lois-edgerly.asp?cycle=08   he(husband) comes from MIT CORPORATION  http://web.mit.edu/corporation/members/Edgerly-W.html  THERE IS MORE…  1979 Banker and education advocate William Edgerly, together with other business leaders, founds the Boston Private Industry Council to organize private sector job training strategies in Boston.   http://www.bostonpic.org/about/history 
Steve and Rita Emerson [ed notes:some backround... Steven Emerson who runs the Investigative Project on Terrorism (ITP), Emerson has a history of deliberately fabricating evidence to suggest that radical Islam is infiltrating the United States. In 1997, he created a dossier that he claimed was authored by the FBI which discussed “ties between Muslim American organizations and radical Islamist groups.” However, AP reporters came to the conclusion that Emerson “had edited out all phrases, taken out anything that made it look like his.” He also predicted, without any corroborating evidence, that the Oklahoma City bombings were perpetrated by Muslim extremists.
Emerson’s organization, the IPT, has received substantial funding from organizations that promote anti-Muslim hysteria, including $400,000 from Donors Capital Fund, (Donors Capital Fund contributed $21,318,600 to “groups promoting Islamophobia, some of which included the Middle East Forum, Clarion Fund, Investigative Project on Terrorism, and the David Horowitz Freedom Center.) $100,000 from the Becker Foundation, ( Becker Foundation is a group philanthropic organizations that channels their donations “to the  Zionist Jewish community, particularly zionist Jewish organizations) and $250,000 from the Middle East Forum.( The Middle East Forum is a right-wing think tank founded in 1990 by Daniel Pipes  Its committee and boards include such right-wing Zionists as David Steinmann and Dalck Feith (father of Douglas Feith). MEF is closely linked to the Washington Institute for Near East Policy )
Eric Javits [ed notes: hes a zionist jew! who was appointed ambassador to venezuela in 1989-93 by bush sr(war criminal)and he defended the rightwing criminal client regime there.. http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/index.php?pid=17247   He was appointed by Mayor Giuliani to serve as a member of the New York City Commission for the United Nations and Protocol .In 2001 he was nominated by President George W. Bush as Ambassador and Permanent U.S. Representative to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva. http://www.americanambassadors.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=Members.view&memberid=309 
Len Leader •  [ed notes:he’s a zionist jew!!! he’s ”CHAIR” on board of direcors to TIP (THE ISRAHELL PROJECT) http://www.theisraelproject.org/site/c.hsJPK0PIJpH/b.905863/k.7D42/TIPs_Board_of_Directors.htm  After spending 25 years successfully building industry-leading information technology and Internet companies, Len Leader is now pursuing his philanthropic interests which are focused on working with organizations that promote Jewish education, inform the world about the growing threat of radical Islam and help ensure a strong and secure State of Israel. Mr. Leader is currently on the Boards of Directors of The Israel Project, the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, the Endowment for Middle East Truth

Robert “Bud” McFarlane • [ed note:hardcore ziocon warmonger tied to several war criminals… he was “the National Security Advisor under President Reagan from 1983-1985. In 1971 he was named a White House Fellow and served in the Office of Legislative Affairs in the White House. Following that assignment he became Military Assistant to Henry Kissinger and Brent Scowcroft.  Mr. McFarlane founded his own company, Global Energy Investors (GEl), a developer of energy infrastructure projects in Asia and South America. He is a co-founder (with Dr. Henry Kissinger) and Vice Chair of the America-China Society, serves on the Board of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, the White House Fellows’ Foundation, and has been a member of the Boards of The Travelers, Dillon Read (France Fund), andChurch & Dwight.”  Robert C. McFarlane
In 2009 Qatar has signed a $2.47 million contract  “Exhibit A to Registration Statement”  with McFarlane’s lobbying firm, to “sponsor and organize a peace process to resolve the conflict in Darfur and secure peace throughout Sudan.” (hes a ziocon and qatar hired him to oversee security and peace issues regarding Sudan)  hes also  Director, Aegis Defence Services   Aegis Defence Services was initially awarded a $293 million contract by the Pentagon  in May 2004 to act as the “coordination and management hub” for the fifty-plus companies involved in the US-funded reconstruction effort in Iraq and the private security companies protecting them. As of December, 2005, that contract was worth in excess of $430 million. 
A video appearing on an unofficial Aegis website by a disgruntled former Aegis contractor showed what appeared to be Aegis contractors firing rounds into cars along what might have been “Route Irish”, the dangerous stretch of highway between the Green Zone and Baghdad airportmore on aegis… Dog of war builds £62m business on Iraq   http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php/Aegis_Defence_Services
[ed notes:there are more,they are all zionists,neocons,in finance,and tied to israhell..for lack of space ill leave these to my readers..sufice to say these people are least qualified to speak about who they deem dictatorships(IRAN ,SYRIA),since they(THOSE ABOVE) are tied to fascists,war criminals,and wall street crooks..

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TURKEY ”THE IMPERIALISTS LACKEY

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The “Middle East Conference” organized by the People’s Democratic Congress (HDK) at Istanbul’s Bosphorus University between Sept. 20 and 21 ended with a 13 point declaration regarding the developments in the region. Various representatives and party officials from Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco, Lebanon, Palestine, Jordan, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Turkey and Germany attended the conference that lasted for five sessions through the weekend.Foti Benlisoy (Turkey, academic,) Mohamed Waked (Egypt, academic and activist),Hamma Hammami, (Tunisian Workers’ Party) Lhoussain Lahnnaoui (Morocco, Democratic Path Party,) Erhan Keleşoğlu (Turkey, academic,) Meryem Ebu Dakka – (Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine,) Ali Selman (Lebanon Communist Party,) Ahmed Ebu Suud Hanini (Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine,) Ali Fayyad (Lebanon, Hezbollah,)Mehmet Bekaroğlu (Turkey, academic,) Bahiga Hussei (Egyptian Communist Party,) Radia Nasravi (Tunisia, deputy) and Erhard Crome (Germany, Rosa Luxemburg Foundation) took the floor on the first day of the conference.
The second day kicked off with an opening speech by Sebahat Tuncel, the Istanbul deputy of the Peace and Democracy Party (BDP.)
“Missing the crux of the problem”İnam Elmasri from the Syrian Communist Party said the opposition in Syria was supported by imperialist forces and that the western press and the Qatar-based Arab broadcasting station Al-Jazeera were distorting the facts in the country, adding that they were defending Syria’s territorial integrity instead.Nermin Osman, a YNK deputy from southern Kurdistan, also delivered a speech that led to some dispute among the Arab participants in the conference. Osman was criticized for the southern Kurdistani administration’s collaboration with the United States during the invasion of Iraq in 2003 after he spoke about the Arabs’ silence in the face of all the cruelty and oppression that befell upon the Kurds and their muted response to the Halabja massacre during the First Gulf War.“[They] are trying to squeeze the debate on Syria into an equation with [either al-Assad on one hand or the Free Syrian Army on the other.]
This is causing us to miss the crux of the problem. The real issue is to support the egalitarian, libertarian and progressive movements in the region and to prevent Turkey from intervening there, as well as supporting the Kurds’ gains in the area… The United States and Europe are quite content to load all the burden of the proxy war in Syria on Turkey. Turkey caused grave harm there by positioning the opposition next to the Free Syrian Army rather than [attempting to] unite all the opposition. What we need to do is to unite the struggles for freedom,” the Peace and Democracy Party’s (BDP) Mersin Deputy Ertuğrul Kürkçü also commented.
The declaration The resulting declaration stressed the following points:-The participants affirm the progressive and democratic contents of the Arab uprising which at its core aspires to justice, freedom and bread for all peoples.-Our conference is in agreement that the struggle of the peoples in the Middle East and North Africa targets the neo-liberal policies of imperialism and the local dominant classes which lead to unemployment and deepening poverty, as well as the autocratic regimes that serve as a means to impose these policies on the people.-Our conference draws attention to the new tactics and policies of the imperialists who wish to sustain their dominance over these countries following the fall of Bin Ali andMubaraq who used to govern Tunisia and Egypt in accordance with the imperialists’ interests. 
At the same time, the conference expresses its support for the people who are striving to continue the revolution and to create a free and just society.-Major western powers are trying to expand their influence across the entire region by finding new collaborators, especially among Islamic movements that identify with neo-liberal policies.-Major western powers are now trying different methods in Syria after openly intervening in Libya based on a rhetoric of “democracy” and “fighting against oppression.”-Turkey sits at the center of all plans to intervene in Syria, as the strength of the al-Assad regime combined with the support it receives from Iran, Russia and China deters western imperialists from engaging in open conflict.
Turkey must immediately abandon this policy and shut down all NATO bases in its territory.-The government of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) in Turkey is arming and organizing the armed gangs in Syria under the name of the “Free Syrian Army” and the “Syrian National Council” while providing bases, training, logistics and managerial coordination for them.-Our conference strongly condemns the prospects of a military intervention against Syria and Iran by Turkey, major western powers and the United States and announces its support for all efforts toward achieving a permanent and fair peace in the region.-Our conference cautions the people against the policies of sectarianism in Syria followed by the United States, Turkey and other imperialist major powers. 
The people’s interest lies in a popular, democratic and secular opposition rather than the dichotomy of al-Assad versus an imperialist intervention.-Our conference announces its support for mass action by the people rather than acts that are disconnected from the people and which help to suppress true opposition by the people. To this end, our conference also announces its backing for the Kurds’ struggle to for self-determination and autonomy in west Kurdistan, as well as the Palestinian people’s liberation struggle against Israeli Zionism.
We recognize that Israel’s unconditional evacuation of occupied Palestinian lands and the recognition of Palestine as an independent and sovereign state with membership in the United Nations are in the interests of all the peoples of the region.-All revolutionary and dissident democratic movements in the region should pay special heed to women’s struggle for equality, freedom and liberation in view of the fact that all kinds of sexist repression and violence in the region bear a direct connection to the prevalent political and social circumstances there.-Our conference regards the ongoing hunger strikes in Turkish jails as part of our people’s struggle for freedom and democracy and identifies with the prisoners’ demands.-Our conference expresses its wish for the sustenance of organized efforts by all these peoples to unite their struggles and to take charge of their common destiny.(AS/HK)

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Franjieh: We Must Know Who ‘Betrayed’ al-Hasan

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Marada Movement leader MP Suleiman Franjieh on Friday said one should not ask who killed Intelligence Bureau chief Maj. Gen. Wissam al-Hasan but rather who “betrayed” him.“We must not ask who killed Wissam al-Hasan but rather who betrayed Wissam al-Hasan, and usually those who betray are the allies,” said Franjieh in an interview on al-Manar television.“Western intelligence agencies were asking Wissam al-Hasan about the rise of extremism and he was reassuring them before he got killed,” Franjieh added, wondering why al-Hasan was “assassinated amid the shift in the international stance on the Syrian crisis.”
The Marada leader accused the opposition March 14 camp of taking advantage of al-Hasan’s assassination in order to topple Prime Minister Najib Miqati’s government.“Blaming Miqati for al-Hasan’s blood is a way to seize the premiership,” Franjieh charged.“March 14 is not boycotting the government in order to topple it, but rather to form its own government or for the electoral law,” added Franjieh.Franjieh claimed that the Intelligence Bureau’s arrest of Israeli spies was “coordinated with the Americans in order to give credibility to the bureau that enables it to accuse the four Hizbullah members” of involvement in the 2005 assassination of former premier Rafik Hariri.Answering a question, Franjieh said: “If Wissam al-Hasan had a role in sabotaging Syria, that means that Syria has the motive to assassinate him, but I don’t believe that it had anything to do with the operation.”“March 14 are hinting that al-Hasan was a friend of Israel and an enemy of Syria by refusing to accuse Israel of the assassination,” he added.

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Syrian Kurds Become New Victims of Washington’s War on Syria .

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“Insurgents are Washington proxies. Key NATO partners, rogue Arab League states, and Israel are very much involved.”The same dirty game repeats. Independent states are targeted for regime change. All options are used. They include full-scale war, mass killing, and turning nations into charnel houses on the pretext of liberating them.” – Stephen Lendman,“Members of the YPG do not come from Libya, Saudi Arabia, and Iraq, and they are not pushing an extremist agenda, so they have popular legitimacy in the Kurdish communities. They say they have no support from outside powers.
They are mostly young, self-reliant Kurds who are fighting for their rights, their dignity, and their land. There are also women within their ranks. Here is a video of them: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=OglXNpTBoZE   A spokesperson for the YPG told Gold that the group is a purely defensive force. Gold says:”One point Hassan stressed over and over was that the YPG is a defensive force. The militia is meant as a deterrent to the FSA, Jihadi groups, and the regime, and they will only attack if provoked, he told me.”By supporting Al-Qaeda terrorists against the Kurds, the U.S. government has lost its narrative that the removal of Assad will lead to a democratic, free, and secular Syria.
The point has come where the war criminals in Washington have no choice but to get rid of the facade of the old propaganda and arm the Islamist terrorists unashamedly as a part of a larger effort to topple the Syrian government.
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Behind the Sources (I): The One-Stop Shop

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[Hizbullah Party (Lebanon)]

Once upon a time, Hezbollah parliamentarian Ali Fayyad was a much coveted interlocutor for western journalists passing through Beirut to do a story on USAia’s formidable enemy. It was recurrently reported that Fayyad, urbane despite his membership in an Islamist movement, spoke impeccable English, smoked cigars, and ate generous helpings of ice cream . These apparently curious details provided the mandatory “color” to many a report from Beirut. But no more. For the past year at least, Hezbollah has imposed a moratorium  on interviews with western media. One consequence of this “blackout” has been the ever-increasing reliance of western reporters on a miniscule pool of English-speaking “experts” who feign proximity to, or knowledge of, the party. This is the first of a three-part series in which al-Akhbar takes a hard look at the sources providing insight and analysis for the mainstream media.
Hilal Khashan , professor of political science at the USAian University of Beirut, is a one-stop shop for foreign reporters seeking commentary on a myriad of actors and issues, including of course insight into the inner workings of Lebanon’s premier resistance group, Hezbollah. In a sample of major western media stories from Oct 18 to 26, admittedly an unusually busy week for reporters stationed in Beirut due to the explosion in Achrafieh and subsequent street violence, Khashan was cited by AFP, Reuters, the WaPo, the FT and VoA, to name but a few outlets. During that week, the WaPo solicited Khashan’s commentary for no less than three separate articles, on Oct 18, 19 and 26.
On Oct 18, the newspaper’s Liz Sly interviewed Khashan in Beirut for a story about Syrian Alawis , who are allegedly turning against the regime in droves. The following day, Sly again sought comment  from Khashan, this time in regard to the assassination of Wissam al-Hassan. Apart from a Hariri spokesperson and an eyewitness only identified as George Azzi, a hilariously common name, Khashan was the only source interviewed and cited in this article:
After Friday’s killing, Lebanese braced for the fallout as angry Sunnis, some of them armed, took to the streets in several Sunni areas across Lebanon to protest the killing. Streets in the capital emptied and a brief gun battle was reported in Tripoli between Sunnis and members of the Alawite minority to which Assad belongs. “There will be repercussions, they will be severe, and I’m afraid the Sunni community will not accept this,” predicted Hilal Khashan.
A week later, Khashan’s hackneyed observations again  made their way into the paper:
“You know how we find out that Hezbollah is under pressure?” asked Hilal Khashan, a professor in the political science department at the USAian University of Beirut. “They remain quiet. They are keeping a very low profile during these days. There is already pressure on Hezbollah and the pressure is mounting.”
VoA also cited Khashan in three  separate  articles  on Syria and Lebanon, two of them filed from Cairo. In one of the stories, he appears to be the only source interviewed outside of official statements made to other media. The FT fared slightly better with only one  recent Khashan citation, though Beirut correspondent Abigail Fielding-Smith has cited his insights  in eight articles since the end of May, including one for a story on Hezbollah’s rumored participation in the fighting in Syria. In addition, both the widely-cited newswiresReuters  and AFP , whose stories are reprinted by thousands of outlets, quoted Khashan that week: the French agency published his rather trite observation that the Eid ceasefire in Syria would in all likelihood fail. One former stringer for a major US newspaper explained to al-Akhbar that Khashan was such a delectable source for western reporters, because he is always available to give comment and speaks English.
But aside from the digestible truisms he reliably supplies, al-Akhbar has uncovered that Khashan also moonlights as an informer for the US-based, private global intelligence agency, Stratfor. And he is not just any informer. Stratfor’s “analysis” of events in the Levant, according to a cache of the company’s internal emails obtained by WikiLeaks earlier this year, is primarily reliant on the insights and alleged “human intelligence” that an operative codenamed “ME1” provides for a steep fee. Even within Stratfor, ME1′s identity is a closely-guarded secret. Based on analysis of Stratfor’s email cache, al-Akhbar has established that ME1 is none other than Hilal Khashan. Incidentally, some of the same media outlets that regularly seek out Khashan’s views on a range of subjects also bolster their coverage of the region with Stratfor’s insights,  which are, unbeknownst to them, often gleaned from the same professor. Yazan al-Saadi has the story on Stratfor’s top Middle East source below.
“ME1” Unmasked: Stratfor’s Star Informer
Earlier this year, WikiLeaks, working with more than twenty media partners including al-Akhbar, released some of Stratfor’s private emails in a project dubbed the “Global Intelligence Files.” In relation to Lebanon and the rest of the Middle East, the emails instantaneously showed that Stratfor placed singular importance on one source, codenamed ME1. Prior to connecting the dots and uncovering ME1’s identity, al-Akhbar blogged about him in a Mar 26 post entitled “Our Man in Beirut,”  with evidence gleaned from the “GI Files”:
For the Levant, Senior Analyst for the Middle East and South Asia (MESA), Reva Bhalla, gains the bulk of her human insights from a single main source. Codenamed ME1, the identity of this valuable source is protected even in Stratfor’s own internal source listings. All the files listing the informants’ names and contact information were conveniently entitled “source lists.” We don’t yet know who ME1 is, but Reva describes her relationship with him as follows: “I have been working with ME1 for more than 4 years now. He needs ego stroking and is very defensive, but very well connected. I have caught several instances though where what he has reported is in the OS verbatim. When you inquire about it, he shows classic defensive tactics. He has great sources, but his source information can be difficult to evaluate b/c I can’t tell when he might be fabricating the information to justify his pay. Known since 2003. Tempermental (sic). Sometimes his immediate reaction is suspect. Often good info but hard to tell when it is and isn’t. Emphasized quantity over quality.”
Previous readings  by al-Akhbar reported that ME1 was an active source at least as far back as 2006. The Stratfor emails also indicated that he was a major link connecting the private intelligence firm to other sources, which allegedly included military, academic, diplomatic and media figures in Lebanon and elsewhere. Moreover, ME1’s importance to Stratfor was made evident by the fact that he received a significant pay raise last October, which brought his salary up from $3k/month to $6k/month, making him one of the highest-paid contractors for the so-called “Shadow CIA.”  Upon deeper examinations of the GI Files, ME1’s identity was uncovered: Hilal Khashan. Khashan is the author of a number of written works, notably a book titled “Inside the Lebanese Confessional Mind,” described by Daniel Pipes as “a stunningly original study on the political attitudes of Lebanese.” Khashan is also a fellow and regular contributor to Pipes’ Middle East Quarterly. Khashan first appears within the Stratfor files in Nov 2004. Corresponding with Anthony Sullivan, a recruiter for the firm, Khashan wrote  about his “great interest” in Stratfor founder George Friedman’s article scrutinizing the CIA and added:
I am writing this note to express to you my interest in cooperating in this worthwhile effort.
A month later, Khashan sent his CV  to Sullivan, who in turn passed it on to other senior employees within Stratfor’s Special Operations department. While Director of Special Operations Bob Rushing expressed concern over the new recruit’s ability to gain access as an academic, Sullivan assured him :
Khashan has knowledge of Muslim movements and connections with Muslim personalities in Lebanon and elsewhere [in] the Levant.
That seemed to put to rest any doubts over Khashan’s merits as a provider of “human intelligence.” The use of the codename ME1 appears to have begun in 2006.

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Chile: Court Approves Call for US Officer’s Extradition

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(CCR press release 10/18/12 ; El Mostrador (Chile) 10/18/12 ; New York Times 10/18/12 ) 
A panel of Chile’s Supreme Court of Justice voted 4-1 on Oct. 17 to approve a request for the extradition of former US Navy Capt. Ray E. Davis to stand trial for his involvement in the murders of two US citizens, journalist Charles Horman and graduate student Frank Teruggi, in the days after the Sept. 11, 1973 military coup that overthrew President Salvador Allende Gossens. Chilean investigative judge Jorge Zepeda asked for the extradition in November 2011 when he indicted Davis for allegedly failing to prevent the murders; the indictment was based in part on declassified US documents [seeU pdate #1108 ].
The court’s one dissenter held that a 15-year statute of limitations applied in the case, but the majority held that the charges were for a crime against humanity and therefore were not subject to the limitation. Horman’s widow, Joyce Horman, has persistently sought justice in the case. In 1977 the New York-based Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) filed a suit on her behalf in the US charging former secretary of state Henry Kissinger and other high-ranking US officials with complicity in the murders. The suit was eventually dismissed after the US government used “national security” as a pretext to prevent the discovery of evidence.
Later Joyce Harmon filed a suit in Chile with the assistance of Chilean attorney Sergio Corvalán and CCR vice president Peter Weiss, and this led to Judge Zepeda’s 2011 indictment.“It is gratifying that, while our own government invoked the state secrets doctrine in the US case, the investigating judge in the Chilean case spent years of determined effort to get at the truth,” Weiss said in response to the Supreme Court’s decision. According to the CCR, this is probably the first time a country has sought the extradition of a high-ranking US military official in a human rights case

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The pseudo plebiscite – cheating on Puerto Rico

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The government of the United States of America in Puerto Rico, through annexation colonial government in San Juan, has imposed a plebiscite on 6 November.The formulation of the same, legislated by the legislative majority government presents a colonial annexation of Puerto Rico, favors the integration of Puerto Rico, to the U.S. as its 51 state. Despite its continuous approaches that respect the status option you choose mostly the Puerto Rican people, Washington has never respected the consultations “plebiscitary” above, since the first in 1967 where he was favored an array of more powers to the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
In addition, the Decolonization Committee of the United Nations since 1972 – the first year it ruled on the issue – has never validated any consultation “plebiscitary” prior.In contrast, the Decolonization Committee of the United Nations has repeatedly reiterated the inalienable right of the Puerto Rican people to self-determination and independence in accordance with Resolution 1514 (XV) of the General Assembly which requires “the transfer of power to the people the territory. “
That is, the processes related to decisions of the people of Puerto Rico on the future status must be made in accordance with international law and relevant resolutions, in particular resolution 1514 (XV). This is not the case of the consultation to be held on November 6, legislated by the colonial government of Puerto Rico today, and which strangely held the same day as the general election in Puerto Rico. This course gives no real answer plebiscite to “debate that exists in Puerto Rico about finding a procedure to start the process of decolonization of Puerto Rico,” appointment of Special Committee resolutions which notes that debate in Puerto Rico on the subject. Moreover, the Bar Association of Puerto Rico, a pluralistic and respected entity, the oldest civic organization Puerto Rico, has always demanded the establishment of a Constitutional Assembly Status deliberate on the future relationship of Puerto Rico to the United States results and then negotiate with Washington.
The next pseudo-referendum has been imposed by the colonial government over annexation and most corrupt in the history of Puerto Rico, with a complete lack of consultation with the electoral majority and most of the political institutions and civil society in Puerto Rico on decolonization mechanism that must be implemented to solve the colonial status of Puerto Rico a  a project widely rejected by the country and the international community.Given the above, the plebiscite on 6 November, to be held in conjunction with the general election in Puerto Rico should be rejected. Of note is the approach of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean State (CELAC) in his speech at the recently concluded general debate of the UN Fourth Committee that the “question of Puerto Rico has been seen by more than 35 years in the Special Committee, as a result of which have been adopted 31 resolutions and decisions being adopted by consensus during the last 13 years. “
In the same debate, the voice of Chile, the President Pro Tempore, the CELAC also recalled that “These resolutions, inter alia, reaffirmed the inalienable right of the Puerto Rican people to self-determination and independence, in accordance with resolution 1514 (XV ) of the General Assembly. “CELAC concluded that,” Similarly, [these rulings] reiterate that Puerto Rico is a Latin American and Caribbean nation that has its own unequivocal national identity, and request the General Assembly to reconsider comprehensively and in all aspects of the question of Puerto Rico. “Anglada and Sanabria are leaders of the National Hostos Independence Movement and the Committee of Puerto Rico to the United Nations (COPRONU).

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Eritrea: A Nation In Defiance Of Imperialism

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By Press TV

This documentary probes into the achievements of the isolated country of Eritrea in spite of the sanctions impose against it by the US.

 

 

 

 

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Obama administration works to launch new Syrian opposition council

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Syrian opposition leaders of all stripes will convene in Qatar next week to form a new leadership body to subsume the opposition Syrian National Council, which is widely viewed as ineffective, consumed by infighting, and little respected on the ground, The Cable has learned.

The State Department has been heavily involved in crafting the new council as part of its effort oust Syrian President Bashar al-Assadand build a more viable and unified opposition. In September, for instance, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met with a group of Syrian activists who were flown in to New York for a high-level meeting that has not been reported until now.

During the third and final presidential debate, Republican nomineeMitt Romney criticized President Barack Obama’s Syria policy as a failure to show “leadership” in laying the groundwork for the post-Assad era and called for “a form of council that can take the lead in Syria.”

In fact, over the last several months, according to U.S. officials and Syrian opposition figures, the State Department has worked to broaden its contacts inside the country, meeting with military commanders and representatives of local governance councils in a bid to bypass the fractious SNC.

Many in the SNC are accordingly frustrated with the level of support they’ve gotten in Washington. “The Obama administration is trying to systematically undermine the SNC. It’s very unfortunate,” one SNC leader said told The Cable.

But U.S. officials are equally frustrated with an SNC they say has failed to attract broad support, particularly from the Alawite and Kurdish minorities. The new council is an attempt to change that dynamic. Dozens of Syrian leaders will meet in the Qatari capital, Doha, on Nov. 3 and hope to announce the new council as the legitimate representative of all the major Syrian opposition factions on Nov. 7, one day after the U.S. presidential election.

The Obama administration sees the new council as a potential interim government that could negotiate with both the international community and – down the line – perhaps also the Syrian regime. The SNC will have a minority stake in the new body, but some opposition leaders are still skeptical that the effort will succeed.

The Qatar meeting will include dozens of opposition leaders from inside Syria, including from the provincial revolutionary councils, the local “coordination committees” of activists, and select people from the newly established local administrative councils.

“We call it a proto-parliament. One could also think of it as a continental congress,” a senior administration official told The Cable.

U.S. officials and opposition leaders are calling the initiative the “Riad Seif plan,” named after the former Syrian parliamentarian and dissident who was imprisoned after he signed the Damascus Declaration on respect for Syrians’ human rights in 2005. He was released in 2011, beaten up by a Shabiha gang in Noember 2011, and finally allowed to leave Syria in June 2012.

Seif is central to the formation of the new council and is seen as a figure with broad credibility with both the internal and external Syrian opposition.

“We have to get [the internal opposition] to bless the new political leadership structure they’re setting up and not only do we have to get them to bless the structure, but they have to get the names on it,” the official said, noting that the exact structure of the council will be determined in Qatar, not before.

“We need to be clear: This is what the Americans support, and if you want to work with us you are going to work with this plan and you’re going to do this now,” the official said. “We aren’t going to waste anymore time. The situation is worsening. We need to do this now.”

Secretary Clinton’s personal involvement came when she met with select members of the 80-member “Friends of Syria” group in New York, which included internal opposition figures and several foreign ministers from the Friends of Syria “core group” of 22 countries.

“The New York meeting was designed to tee up the idea that there has to be a new political structure, not just the SNC,” the official said.

Two SNC leaders attended the meeting along with four representatives of the internal opposition, although only one such leader actually came from inside Syria. Of the other three, one traveled from Sweden, one from Jordan, and one from Kuwait. They all spoke briefly and then left the room while the foreign ministers discussed the road ahead.

“We wanted more [from inside Syria] but we couldn’t get them out. The other people were chosen by people from the inside,” the official said.

Even bringing that individual from within Syria proved to be a major undertaking, however, because he didn’t have a passport. It took high-level intervention between the State Department and the Department of Homeland Security. The Syrian caught his flight to New York for the meeting — but only at the last minute.

The U.S. government will be represented at the Nov. 7 Qatar meeting by Ambassador to SyriaRobert Ford, who has been dealing with various opposition groups and weighing in on the composition of the new council, a senior administration official said. For example, Ford pressed for the council to have 50 members in order to include 20 representatives of the internal opposition alongside 15 members of the SNC and 15 other representatives of various Syrian opposition organizations.

The idea is also to create an eight- to 10-member executive body — made up of technocrats who are not on the new council — that would be able to work directly with foreign governments on a day-to-day basis on practical items such as the delivery and direction of humanitarian assistance.

“We could finally have an interface to say ‘The needs of this place are greater than the needs of people in that place, so please direct assistance here or there,’” the official said.

 

The U.S. government is coordinating with governments in Europe and the region to forge consensus on the way ahead with the political opposition inside Syria and outside, the official added.

The Turkish government has been wary of the new effort because it has been heavily invested in the SNC, and the new council intentionally puts the SNC in a minority position.

But Washington’s relationship with the SNC has been deteriorating for several months, officials said, and the administration believes the Turks will ultimately come around to embrace the new body.

The mutual recriminations between the Obama administration and the SNC reached a tipping point over the late spring and summer, when two official visits by the SNC to Washington were canceled, one in May and one in July. The May meeting was canceled by the U.S. side because the administration wanted the SNC to visit Moscow first — a visit that didn’t go well, the official said. The July meeting was scuttled by the SNC itself.

But the SNC isn’t going away. The group’s leaders will hold their own meeting in Qatar on Nov. 3 to establish a new 15-member executive council and potentially a new president.

Other Syrian activists warn that the new council is far from a sure thing.

One external opposition activist with ties to military leaders inside Syria told The Cable there’s a risk the Doha meeting could be only the latest example of the opposition’s failure to coalesce around a common vision and plan for a post-Assad Syria.

“Right now, the opposition groups are very vague and there’s no agreement on who’s representing who and what and where,” this opposition activist said. “Right now there is a lot of risk that this will be another failed approach that will not achieve anything.”

But the Obama administration’s efforts go beyond the attempt to stand up the new council.

Although members of Ford’s staff have been in communication with representatives of the opposition Free Syrian Army for some time, in July, Ford made his first in-person contact with the FSA during a visit to Cairo. A special conference call was arranged earlier this month between Ford and several FSA commanders, the official confirmed.

The Obama administration is well aware of the growing influence of opposition military commanders and the effort by Islamist extremists, including groups linked to al Qaeda, to gain influence over the direction of Syria’s burgeoning civil war.

“There’s a rising presence of Islamist extremists. So we need to help these [military council leaders], the majority of them are secular, relatively moderate, and not pursuing an overly vicious agenda,” the official said.

But the Obama administration remains reluctant to directly provide weapons to the FSA and has all but ruled out committing U.S. military assets to the fight, despite the hopes of many Syrian opposition figures that the Nov. 6 election will mark an inflection point.

“We are providing to the political opposition all kinds of assistance and we’re going to ramp that up, as the secretary has said,” the official said. “I don’t think there’s going to be a big change after the election.”

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Syria paying price of standing up to Israel: Iran cleric

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Tehran’s interim Friday Prayers Leader Hojjatoleslam Kazem Seddiqi

The Israeli regime views Syria as on obstacle on its path and wants to remove this obstacle.”

Tehran’s interim Friday Prayers Leader Hojjatoleslam Kazem Seddiqi

 

A senior Iranian cleric warns certain regional states that the havoc they have wreaked on Syria will backfire on them, saying the Arab nation is paying the price of standing up to Israel.

“The disaster you have caused in Syria upon the order of certain parties will backfire on you,” Tehran’s interim Friday Prayers Leader Hojjatoleslam Kazem Seddiqi said, addressing certain regional governments and states neighboring Syria.
He noted that NATO has created a crisis in Syria under the direct supervision of the US.

Seddiqi added that certain regional countries encourage the youth to commit fratricide and to kill other Muslims instead of rising against the Zionists and global arrogance which have plundered the possessions of Muslims.

The Iranian cleric said some, who claim to be Muslims and uphold Islamic values, are causing conflict among Muslims instead of using the great capacity of Islam to resolve global problems.
Seddiqi stated that the Syrian nation is paying for years of standing up to the fake and usurping Zionist regime of Israel.
“The Israeli regime views Syria as on obstacle on its path and wants to remove this obstacle,” he added.
Syria has been the scene of unrest since March 2011 and many people, including large numbers of army and security personnel, have been killed in the turmoil.

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