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Ex-CNN Reporter: I Received Orders to Manipulate News to Demonize Syria and Iran


Ex-CNN reporter Amber Lyon revealed that during her work for the channel she received orders to send false news and exclude some others which the US administration did not favor with the aim to create a public opinion in favor of launching an aggression on Iran and Syria.

Lyon was quoted by the Slovak main news website as saying that the mainstream US media outlets intentionally work to create a propaganda against Iran to garner public opinion’s support for a military invasion against it.

She revealed that the scenario used before launching the war on Iraq is being prepared to be repeated where Iran and Syria are now being subject to constant ‘demonization’.

The former reporter clarified that the CNN channel manipulates and fabricates news and follows selectiveness when broadcasting news, stressing that the Channel receives money from the U.S. government and other countries’ governments in exchange for news content.

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Arab Spring Big Lie: World Must Unite Against US-Saudi-IsraHell Proxy War in Syria ” 13 ”


Posred By: Sammi Ibrahem Sr
  • US, Saudi Arabia, and Israel have conspired to destroy Syria by way of arming sectarian extremists since 2007.
  • The West now admits it, along with Saudi Arabia and Qatar, have provided thousands of tons of weapons to militants in Syria – while also conceding that Al Qaeda’s Syrian franchise, Jabhat al-Nusra is the best armed, most well equipped militant front in the conflict.
  • US, Saudi, Israeli-backed terrorists are now committing a myriad of horrific atrocities against all of Syria’s population, including Sunni Muslims – meaning neither “democracy” nor even “sectarianism” drives the conflict, but rather the destruction of Syria in its entirety.
  • US State Department acknowledges Syria faces threat from Al Qaeda, demands blockade of arms/aid from reaching government to fight terrorists the US State Department admits are present in every major Syrian city.

March 30, 2013 (LD) – Since 2007, the US, Saudi Arabia, and Israel have been documented as conspiring to overthrow the Syrian government by way of sectarian extremists, including groups “sympathetic to Al Qaeda,” and in particular, the militant, sectarian Muslim Brotherhood. While the West has attempted to portray the full-scale conflict beginning in Syria in 2011 as first, a “pro-democracy uprising,” to now a “sectarian conflict,” recent atrocities carried out by US-Saudi-Israeli proxies have shifted the assault to include Sunni Muslims unable or unwilling to participate in the destruction of the Syrian state.

Such attacks included a mortar bombardment of Damascus University, killing 15 and injuring dozens more, as well as the brutal slaying of two prominent Sunni Muslim clerics – the latest of which was beheaded, his body paraded through the streets of Aleppo, and his head hung from the mosque he preached in. While the West attempts to mitigate these events by labeling the victims as “pro-government,” the reality is that the forces fighting inside Syria are funded, armed, directed, and politically supported from abroad – and therefore do not represent any of the Syrian people’s interests, including those Syrians who do not support the government.

It is abundantly clear that the West’s goal is neither to institute “democracy,” nor even take sides in a “sectarian conflict,” but rather carry out the complete and permanent destruction of Syria as a nation-state, sparing no one, not even Sunnis.

Such a proxy war exists contra to any conceivable interpretation of “international law.” The world is left with a moral imperative to not only denounce this insidious conflict brought upon the Syrian people, compounded and perpetuated entirely by external interests, but demands that concrete action is taken to ensure that this act of aggression is brought to an end.

The US, UK, Saudi Arabia and Qatar have admitted to colluding together, flooding Syria with thousands of tons of weapons via Jordan to Syria’s south, and NATO-member Turkey to Syria’s north. And in an otherwise inexplicable conundrum, while the likes of US Secretary of State John Kerry insist this torrent of weapons is being directed to “moderates,” neither the US nor its allies are able to explain why Al Qaeda terror front Jabhatal-Nusra has emerged as the most heavily armed, best equipped militant organization in the conflict.

AP reported specifically in their article, Officials: Arms shipments rise to Syrian rebels,” that:

US Secretary of State John Kerry said on the sidelines of a Syrian opposition meeting in Italy last month that the weapons are ending up in the hands of secular groups. “I will tell you this: There is a very clear ability now in the Syrian opposition to make certain that what goes to the moderate, legitimate opposition is in fact getting to them, and the indication is that they are increasing their pressure as a result of that,” he said, without elaborating.

But even AP admits that:

Syrian opposition activists estimate there are 15-20 different brigades fighting in and around Damascus now, each with up to 150 fighters. Many of them have Islamic tendencies and bear black-and-white Islamic flags or al-Qaeda-style flags on their Facebook pages. There is also a presence of Jabhat al-Nusra, one of the strongest Islamic terrorist groups fighting alongside the rebels.

The US State Department’s own statement regarding the designation of al-Nusra as a listed Al Qaeda terror organization states:

Since November 2011, al-Nusrah Front has claimed nearly 600 attacks – ranging from more than 40 suicide attacks to small arms and improvised explosive device operations – in major city centers including Damascus, Aleppo, Hamah, Dara, Homs, Idlib, and Dayr al-Zawr.

According to the US State Department, al-Nusra is carrying out hundreds of attacks with a wide array of weaponry, across the entire nation of Syria, indicating a massive front and implying an equally massive network of logistical support, including foreign sponsorship. What’s more, is that the US State Department acknowledges al-Nusra’s presence even in cities close to Syria’s borders where the CIA is admittedly overseeing the distribution of weapons and cash. The New York Times, in their June 2012 article, C.I.A. Said to Aid in Steering Arms to Syrian Opposition,” reported that:

A small number of C.I.A. officers are operating secretly in southern Turkey, helping allies decide which Syrian opposition fighters across the border will receive arms to fight the Syrian government, according to American officials and Arab intelligence officers.

And in New York Times’ more recent March 2013 article,Arms Airlift to Syria Rebels Expands, With Aid From C.I.A.,” it is admitted that weapons are being funneled into Syria across both its borders with Turkey and Jordan:

With help from the C.I.A., Arab governments and Turkey have sharply increased their military aid to Syria’s opposition fighters in recent months, expanding a secret airlift of arms and equipment for the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad, according to air traffic data, interviews with officials in several countries and the accounts of rebel commanders.

The article would also state:

Although rebel commanders and the data indicate that Qatar and Saudi Arabia had been shipping military materials via Turkey to the opposition since early and late 2012, respectively, a major hurdle was removed late last fall after the Turkish government agreed to allow the pace of air shipments to accelerate, officials said.
Simultaneously, arms and equipment were being purchased by Saudi Arabia in Croatia and flown to Jordan on Jordanian cargo planes for rebels working in southern Syria and for retransfer to Turkey for rebels groups operating from there, several officials said.

The US State Department acknowledges that the well armed, prominent terror front al-Nusra is operating in the very areas the CIA is feeding weapons and cash into.

Image: (Left) West Point’s Combating Terrorism Center’s 2007 report, Al-Qa’ida’s Foreign Fighters in Iraq indicated which areas in Syria Al Qaeda fighters filtering into Iraq came from. The overwhelming majority of them came from Dayr Al-Zawr in Syria’s southeast, Idlib in the north near the Turkish-Syrian border, and Dar’a in the south near the Jordanian-Syrian border. (Right) A map indicating the epicenters of violence in Syria indicate that the exact same hotbeds for Al Qaeda in 2007, now serve as the epicenters of so-called “pro-democracy fighters” and also happen to be areas the US CIA is admittedly distributing weapons and other aid in.  


Such a reality directly contradicts the US State Department’s official position, and no explanation is given as to how “moderates” can be provided with such extensive support, and still be eclipsed militarily and logistically by terror-front al-Nusra. That is, unless of course, the US, British, Saudi, and Qatari weapons aren’t simply just handing the weapons directly to terrorists, precisely as planned as early as 2007.

The Destruction of Syria Began in 2007, Not 2011

While the West has attempted to reclaim Syria as part of its sphere of influence for decades, concrete plans for the latest proxy war were laid at least as early as 2007. It was admitted in 2007 that the US, Saudi Arabia, and Israel conspired together to fund, arm, and direct sectarian extremists including militants “sympathetic” to Al Qaeda, particularly the Muslim Brotherhood, against the governments of Iran and Syria. In Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh’s 2007 New Yorker article,  The Redirection: Is the Administration’s new policy benefiting our enemies in the war on terrorism? the conspiracy was described as follows:

To undermine Iran, which is predominantly Shiite, the Bush Administration has decided, in effect, to reconfigure its priorities in the Middle East. In Lebanon, the Administration has coöperated with Saudi Arabia’s government, which is Sunni, in clandestine operations that are intended to weaken Hezbollah, the Shiite organization that is backed by Iran. The U.S. has also taken part in clandestine operations aimed at Iran and its ally Syria. A by-product of these activities has been the bolstering of Sunni extremist groups that espouse a militant vision of Islam and are hostile to America and sympathetic to Al Qaeda.

Hersh also cited US, Saudi, and Lebanese officials who indicated that, “in the past year, the Saudis, the Israelis, and the Bush Administration have developed a series of informal understandings about their new strategic direction,” and that, “the Saudi government, with Washington’s approval, would provide funds and logistical aid to weaken the government of President Bashir Assad, of Syria. The report would also state:

Some of the core tactics of the redirection are not public, however. The clandestine operations have been kept secret, in some cases, by leaving the execution or the funding to the Saudis, or by finding other ways to work around the normal congressional appropriations process, current and former officials close to the Administration said.

Mention of the Muslim Brotherhood already receiving aid even in 2007 was also made:

The Syrian Muslim Brotherhood, a branch of a radical Sunni movement founded in Egypt in 1928, engaged in more than a decade of violent opposition to the regime of Hafez Assad, Bashir’s father. In 1982, the Brotherhood took control of the city of Hama; Assad bombarded the city for a week, killing between six thousand and twenty thousand people. Membership in the Brotherhood is punishable by death in Syria. The Brotherhood is also an avowed enemy of the U.S. and of Israel. Nevertheless, Jumblatt said, “We told Cheney that the basic link between Iran and Lebanon is Syria—and to weaken Iran you need to open the door to effective Syrian opposition.”

There is evidence that the Administration’s redirection strategy has already benefitted the Brotherhood. The Syrian National Salvation Front is a coalition of opposition groups whose principal members are a faction led by Abdul Halim Khaddam, a former Syrian Vice-President who defected in 2005, and the Brotherhood. A former high-ranking C.I.A. officer told me, “The Americans have provided both political and financial support. The Saudis are taking the lead with financial support, but there is American involvement.” He said that Khaddam, who now lives in Paris, was getting money from Saudi Arabia, with the knowledge of the White House. (In 2005, a delegation of the Front’s members met with officials from the National Security Council, according to press reports.) A former White House official told me that the Saudis had provided members of the Front with travel documents.

The Wall Street Journal in 2007 would also implicate the Muslim Brotherhood and more specifically, the so-called “National Salvation Front,” in its article, To Check Syria, U.S. Explores Bond With Muslim Brothers.”

It is clear that the US, Saudi Arabia, and Israel planned to use sectarian extremists against the nation of Syria starting at least as early as 2007, and it is clear that now these sectarian extremists are carrying out the destruction of Syria with a massive torrent of weapons and cash provided by the US and its regional allies, just as was described by Hersh’s report.

A Moral Imperative to Save Syria 

Syria is under attack by an insidious, premeditated foreign assault, intentionally using terrorist proxies in direct and complete violation of any conceivable interpretation of both national and international law. The world has a moral imperative to support the Syrian people and their government as they fight this assault – both politically and logistically. While US Secretary John Kerry is unable to account for how his nation’s support for moderates has left Al Qaeda’s al-Nusra front the premier militant faction in Syria, he has demanded that Iraq help stem the flow of alleged aid Iran is providing the Syrian government as it fights these terrorists.

Does US Secretary of State John Kerry deny that Syria is fighting a significant (and continuously growing) Al Qaeda presence within their borders, which according to the US State Department’s own statement, is operating in every major city in the country? What conceivable explanation or excuse could be made to justify the blockading of aid sent to Syria to fight Al Qaeda terrorists? In fact, why isn’t the US aiding the Syrian government itself in its fight against Al Qaeda – a terrorist organization the US has used as an excuse to wage unending global war since 2001 when Al Qaeda allegedly killed some 3,000 American civilians?

Does Secretary Kerry believe that further arming “moderates” is a legitimate strategy to counter Al Qaeda’s growing presence in Syria when these “moderates” openly defend Al Qaeda’s al-Nusra? The US’ own hand-picked “Syrian opposition leader,”  Mouaz al Khatib, demanded the US reconsider its designation of al Nusra as a terrorist organization. Retuers reported in their article, Syrian opposition urges U.S. review of al-Nusra blacklisting,” that:

The leader of Syria’s opposition coalition urged the United States on Wednesday to review its decision to designate the militant Islamist Jabhat al-Nusra as a terrorist group, saying religion was a legitimate motive for Syrian rebels.

“The decision to consider a party that is fighting the regime as a terrorist party needs to be reviewed,” Mouaz Alkhatib told a “Friends of Syria” meeting in Morocco, where Western and Arab states granted full recognition to the coalition seeking to oust President Bashar al-Assad.

The US is directly responsible for the emergence and perpetuation of Al Qaeda and other extremist groups in Syria. The statements of Secretary John Kerry are made merely to maintain an increasingly tenuous “plausible deniability.” The precedent being set by the US and its allies is one of using full-scale proxy invasions, that if successful in Syria, will be directed into Iran, up through the Caucasus Mountains in Russia, and even onto China’s doorstep via extremists the West is cultivating amongst the Uighurs. It is also clear that the West is directly responsible for the extremists within their own borders, and that these extremists are being used as a political tool against the people of the West, just as they are being used as a mercenary force abroad.

A united front between nations against this wanton state sponsorship of terrorism is needed – with nations pledging political and logistical support to the Syrian people to defeat this open conspiracy. Individually, we can identify, boycott, and permanently replace the corporate-financier interests who conceived of and are driving this agenda. Failure to stop such wide scale criminality against the Syrian people now, will only invite greater criminality against us all in the near future.

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For GOP rising star, IsraHell and US are ‘in it together’


Rep. Peter Roskam (R-IL)

House chief deputy majority whip Peter Roskam has been a keen supporter of pro-Israel legislation whether on budget cuts, visa waivers or Iran

Times of Israel

In mid-February, as he listened intently to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress, there were moments when House budget committee chairman and recent vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan couldn’t contain himself. Seated at a table with other House Republican leaders, Ryan turned repeatedly to a fellow Republican to comment on the presidential address.

Ryan’s “wingman” that night, to borrow the Washington Post’s designation, was Peter Roskam, 51, a representative from the counties just west of Chicago.

Roskam is a “rising star” in the Republican House. His seat in Illinois’ 6th District is secure, with victories of 18%, 28% and 18% in 2008, 2010 and 2012 respectively, and comfortable leads in all five counties (or parts of counties) in his district in 2012. As chief deputy whip of the House Republicans for the second term in a row, “a position that has been a traditional stepping stone for higher spots in GOP leadership,” according to Politico, he is comfortably ensconced as the fourth-highest ranked member of the majority party in the 435-member House.

Govtrack, a website that ranks the ideological positions and influence of members of Congress through Google-like algorithms of each member’s bill sponsorships, testifies to Roskam’s influence – and his notable capacity to reach across the aisle. It has ranked Roskam a “moderate Republican leader,” not far on the graph from Majority leader Eric Cantor, Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, and House Foreign Affairs Committee Chair Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. It is an appellation that confirms both his influence on bills and his penchant for working with the other side to get things done.

It doesn’t hurt that he had a good working relationship with President Barack Obama back when both served in the Illinois Senate.

Yet one of the least-noticed elements of Roskam’s long political career – he has been a state and federal elected official for some 20 years, after serving as a House legislative assistant in the 1980s – is his increasingly pivotal role when it comes to Israel and the Middle East.

Now starting his fourth term in the House, Roskam co-chairs the House Republican Israel Caucus and is a member of both the bipartisan Israel Allies Caucus and the Congressional Hellenic Israel Alliance, which supports efforts to strengthen the relationship between Israel and Greece.

He has pushed for several key AIPAC-supported proposals in Congress, including the Iron Dome Act, the Nuclear Iran Prevention Act and the United States-Israel Strategic Alliance and Security Act. When 100 members of Congress sent President Obama a letter ahead of his trip to Israel urging him to make the US-Israel security relationship the centerpiece of the visit, that letter was co-authored by Roskam and a pro-Israel (and Jewish) Democrat, Henry Waxman of California. When another recent bipartisan letter made news for calling on the administration to tighten efforts on Iranian sanction-dodging through reflagging of vessels – it, too, was coauthored by Roskam and a Jewish Democrat, Rep. Ted Deutch of Florida.

Indeed, Roskam’s office is one of the few in Congress to have a staff member devoted solely to Mideast issues.

Roskam’s interest in Israel is not new, either. He has been to Israel five times, including twice since becoming a congressman. And his support for “unambiguous” – a word he uses frequently – US backing of Israel is consistent with a more assertive stance on foreign policy in general. He was a strong supporter of an aggressive US response to the insurgency in Iraq in his first House bid in 2006, and was a supporter of the Bush administration’s 2007 Iraqi troop surge.

“I think the world admires strength and clarity from the United States,” he told the Times of Israel in a recent interview in his bustling Washington office.

Asked whether strong US backing for Israel could be a drain on US political capital in a volatile region, Roskam’s reply suggests he believes that US support for Israel is the shorthand by which America explains to the region what it stands for.

“Regardless what their position is, the world admires a country that sticks with its allies. And I think strength and clarity are virtues that are well-served. Remember, this is not a one-way relationship. Countries that have values that are closely knit, and defend those values in a region that has not had a history of celebrating democracy, has not had a history of celebrating individual liberties, has not had a history of celebrating the role of women in the marketplace, all of these things are joint values that need to be defended and articulated.”

AIPAC has recently expressed strong support for legislation designating Israel a “major strategic ally” of the United States. While some critics of Israel have railed against the legislation, the Jewish and Israeli press has largely scratched its head trying to understand what practical significance the new designation might have.

For Roskam, the significance is clear.

“I think if you peel away the veneer,” he says, “what it’s really doing at a macro level is saying unambiguously to the world, and particularly to Israel’s neighbors in the Middle East, ‘This is an incredibly important strategic relationship that the United States has. Israel’s strength and prosperity is in America’s best interest, and as a result this relationship is going to be recognized as such.’ All it’s saying is, this relationship is unique, special, and the US and Israel have a joint value system, joint goals, and are going to enter into strategic relationships that reflect that.”

The regional perspective is part of the strength of the US-Israel relationship.

The Arab Spring, “as we all know, has turned out to be incredibly disappointing at one level, based on the level of carnage in Syria, the disappointment with the ascendancy of the Muslim Brotherhood and their attitude in Egypt. So without question the Arab spring has an influence” on the importance of Israel as a US ally.

And US support for Israel is good for the region as well. A strong Israel, Roskam explained, is more likely to take chances for peace. That idea, widely held on both sides of the aisle, was a key message on Obama’s recent visit to Israel.

“I’ve long maintained, and I’m sure I’m not the first, that the ability of Israel to demonstrate any kind of flexibility as it relates to negotiating is premised on a strong US relationship. Or said another way, if Israel is confident in its relationship with the United States, then Israel has more confidence and as a result more flexibility in its ability to deal with its Arab neighbors. If its relationship is tenuous, it has an adverse impact on Israel’s ability to interact with its neighbors,” he said.

That principled view of the relationship is tempered by an instinctive pragmatism.

On sequestration: Congress’ friendliness to Israel will not save it from cuts to military aid and joint missile defense projects. When the administration starts to cut from the budgets of the departments of State and Defense, “there’s only so much bandwidth to make changes within the sequestered cuts.”

Should Israeli security assistance be exempted from sequestration cuts, as AIPAC has asked?

“They can’t,” he responded simply. “We’re all in it together.”

On Iran, while calling for US backing for any Israeli action Israel feels it must take, Roskam acknowledges American fatigue when it comes to military action in the Middle East.

“The United States and the American public are tired. They’re tired of an obligation in Iraq. They’re tired of an obligation in Afghanistan. In terms of lives, sacrifice and treasure the United States is feeling weary right now.”

But, he adds, “the United States doesn’t have the luxury of being weary very long in light of the obvious threat” from Iran.

The hope of some “that somehow Iran is going to reconcile itself by itself is not going to happen. So the US needs to be very clear. Israel needs to be very clear. There ought not to be significant daylight between leaders of the two nations as it relates to their assessment of the nuclear threat and their clarity about what they will do with their threat.

“All options” – Roskam referenced Israel’s 1981 strike on Iraq’s Osirak reactor – “need to be on the table unambiguously. That’s not to say that the US is ready to run headlong into a new conflict. But that is to say that the United States needs to be clear that it has no tolerance for the Iranian regime to get this capability. And we also need to be clear that if Israel acts, that we’re in a position to stand by Israel.”

Would there be support for a potential Israeli strike?

“I think the best analogy is to go back to 1981. Don’t you get the feeling that when Menachem Begin made the decision to move that there were some folks in the United States who ‘denounced’ it, [while] at the same time they were cheering? Isn’t that the subtext of this whole story? That is, Arab neighbors of the Iranians are basically looking at Israel and the United States, saying, ‘doesn’t this get fixed somehow?’

“There would be a level of understanding should action have to be taken,” Roskam believes.

But what of the US administration? Would it countenance Israeli military action?

“I hope so. Look, I hope that there’s a high level of coordination. I go back to 1967, where Israel made a decision to act. The US at the time wasn’t giving the green light. Israel made a decision that it was an existential threat, and was exonerated by history. That’s a bit of a watchword I think today.”

It’s hard not to use a couple minutes of an interview with one of Congress’ key legislative wranglers to ask about the issue that the average Israeli would likely place at the top of the US-Israel legislative agenda: H.R. 300, the Visa Waiver for Israel Act of 2013, which would grant Israelis the ability to visit the United States for 90 days at a time, for business or pleasure, without a visa.

Roskam supports the bill. “Adding Israel to the Visa Waiver Program will strengthen the cultural and economic bond between our two nations,” he said in a statement when he became a cosponsor of the bill in February.

But can it pass?

“The traditional objections to visa waivers don’t exist with Israel,” Roskam explains. “You take a combination of a strong strategic relationship, strong economic ties, strong security [and border control arrangements on the Israeli side], and all of those come together to say, this is something that should enjoy bipartisan support to be expanded.”

But it will take time, he cautioned. “It will go through what’s described as regular order here. That means that the Judiciary Committee has jurisdiction over this issue, and you’ll have input on a cross-jurisdictional basis from committees that have something to say about it, maybe from [the] foreign affairs [committee], for example.”

But, he assures, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) is “a good supporter of Israel,” and the bill “would enjoy strong support on the floor of the House if it were something that were to stand alone, and if it were a bill that were presented. At this point, I wouldn’t be able to predict what’s the format or form of the bill that would come out of committee. But in concept, I think it would be very strongly supported on a bipartisan basis. So I’m very optimistic.”

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Zio-NATO Rats set fire to oil wells



Heavy shelling in a neighborhood in the northern city of Aleppo sent civilians fleeing for their lives on Sunday, and the state news agency accused rebels trying to topple the government of setting fire to three oil wells.

Syria’s civil war has battered the country’s infrastructure and torn its social fabric. After more than two years of conflict, neither President Bashar Assad’s regime nor the rebels fighting for his ouster appear close to victory.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said civilians were vacating the Sheikh Maqsoud neighborhood of Aleppo under heavy shelling by government forces. Rebels took over parts of the neighborhood late last week and were still clashing with Assad’s troops who are trying to push them out. The Observatory, which relies on a network of contacts inside Syria, said four people, including two children, were killed in the shelling.

In the east, the state news agency, SANA, said rebels had set fire to three oil wells in the province of Deir al-Zour, causing a daily loss of 4,670 barrels of oil and 52 cubic meters of natural gas. It accused “terrorists,” the government’s term for rebels, of setting the fires after fighting among themselves about how to divide the oil.

Rebels battling Assad have seized large areas of territory in Syria’s oil-rich east, including a number of oil fields. Although they lack the ability to exploit them, their loss represents a setback to the cash-strapped government they are trying to overthrow.

SANA said rebels have burned a total of nine wells in recent months. The three set ablaze on Sunday are the only ones still burning.

Also on Sunday, the government and the opposition blamed each other for killing a group of people found dead near the Lebanese border.

The Observatory said the bodies of 11 people, including eight women, were found near the town of Talkalakh in Homs province. The group said they were killed when government forces stormed the area. But SANA blamed rebels for the “massacre,” saying they stormed the area, killed 10 people and looted homes and shops.

In another development, the head of the Syrian opposition’s umbrella body said the group’s military chief planned to visit Arab countries to solicit military aid. The trip follows a declaration last week by the Arab League that its member nations have a “right” to aid the Syrian opposition. Mouaz al-Khatib, the head of the Syrian National Coalition, told the Qatari daily Al Sharq of Gen. Salim Idris’s travel plans, but did not say which countries he would visit.

Syria’s conflict began in March 2011 with protests calling for Assad’s ouster. It has since become a civil war, with hundreds of independent rebel groups across Syria fighting Assad’s forces. The government says the war is an international conspiracy to weaken Syrian being carried out by terrorists on the ground. The U.N. says more than 70,000 people have been killed.

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SYRIA: Cute Girl on Pro-Assad Rally

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طلاب الأزهر يقطعون طريق النصر واشتباكات بالأيدى مع قائدى السيارات.. الصحة تعلن تسمم 228 طالبا.. ووفد النور يزور المصابين.. بكار: الحادث فساد لأركان الدولة.. بدران: صمت حكومى أمام الكارثة

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Arabic Shoah  Editor in Chief

الطلاب المصابين

كتب إسماعيل رفعت

تزايدت أعداد طلاب المدينة الجامعية مقر جامعة الأزهر بمدينة نصر، وذلك بعد وصول أنباء عن وفاة 4 من زملائهم المصابين فى حالات التسمم نتيجة الإهمال داخل المدينة الجامعية.

ورفع الطلاب العديد من اللافتات منها، “يسقط رئيس الجامعة” و” لا تشترى العبد إلا والعصى معه أن العبيد أنجاس مناكيب”و” ارحل لا للظلم لا للفساد”، وردد الطلاب الغاضبون العديد من الهتافات المطالبة بإقالة رئيس الجامعة.

وفى ذات السياق، وضع الطلاب العديد من الحجارة بمنتصف الطريق ناحية جامعة الأزهر لقطع الطريق أمام السيارات والمارة كنوع من أنواع الغضب.

نشبت مشادات كلامية بين عدد من سائقى السيارات وطلاب المدينة الجامعية بجامعة الأزهر، تطورت إلى الاشتباك بالأيدى، وذلك عقب قيام طلاب المدينة بمنع قائدى السيارات بالمرور، ضمن قطع الطريق اعتراضاً على حالات التسمم لزملائهم داخل المدينة.

ورفع الطلاب العديد من الشوم والعصى أمام قائدى السيارات فى حين افترش البعض الآخر الأرض.

رفض طلاب المدينة الجامعية بالأزهر دخول وفد من وزارة الصحة المطبخ الرئيسى للمدينة لأخذ عينات من الطعام.

وارتفعت صيحات الطلاب، للمطالبة بإقالة رئيس الجامعة ونوابه والتدخل الفورى، تزامناً مع توافد بعض أسر الطلاب اللذين حضروا من محافظات عدة للإطمئنان على ذويهم.

زار وفد من قيادات حزب النور برئاسة الدكتور يونس مخيون، رئيس الحزب وعبد الله بدران، رئيس الكتلة البرلمانية للحزب بمجلس الشورى وعدد من أعضاء الشورى مستشفى الدمرداش منذ قليل، للاطمئنان على صحة طلاب الأزهر الذين تعرضوا إلى حالة تسمم جماعى بالمدينة الجامعية.

د الدكتور محمد سلطان، رئيس هيئة الإسعاف المصرية، أن إجمالى عدد حالات المصابين بالمدينة الجامعية جامعة الأزهر بلغت 228 حالة.

وأضاف رئيس هيئة الإسعاف، أنه تم نقل 160 حالة لمركز سموم الدمرداش و26 إلى مستشفى التأمين الصحى بمدينة نصر و24 حالة بمحميات العباسية و10 لجراحات اليوم الواحد و8 إلى منشية البكرى.

وقال سلطان، إن مدير مركز السموم بعين شمس، أكد أن العينات التى أخذت من المرضى أثبتت عدم وجود حالات تسمم غذائى، وأن جميع الحالات تعانى من نزلة معوية حادة وحالتهم مستقرة.

قال النائب عبد الله بدران، رئيس الهيئة البرلمانية لحزب النور فى تصريحات خاصة، إنه تحرك على رأس وفد من قيادات ونواب الحزب بالشورى إلى مستشفى الدمرداش للاطمئنان على الحالة الصحية للطلبة المصابين بحالات تسمم بالمدينة الجامعية للأزهر.

وأشار بدران من داخل مستشفى الدمرداش، إلى أنه لم ير أى تواجد حكومى أو أى من قيادات وزارة الصحة رغم ضخامة الكارثة، مضيفا، أن سيارات الإسعاف ما زالت تنقل الطلبة المصابين فى ظل اختفاء كامل من أى مسئول، مشيرا إلى أنه حاول الاتصال أكثر من مرة بوزير الصحة أو نائبة ولم يتلق أى إجابة منهم.

وأكد بدران إلى أنه سيرفع الأمر إلى رئيس الوزراء وسيتخذ موقفا اليوم بمجلس الشورى أمام الصمت الحكومى تجاه الكارثة.

عقب الدكتور وسام عبد الوارث، مؤسس ائتلاف شباب الحكمة، على تظاهرات طلاب جامعة الأزهر، وقطعهم طريق النصر، بسبب إصابة طلاب المدينة الجامعية بحالات تسمم، قائلا،”يبدو أن الأمر لدى طلاب الأزهر كارثى أرجو أن أسمع شيئا من رئيس الجامعة وشيخ الأزهر ما يفيد بالاهتمام وأرجو أن تتابع الرئاسة هذه الكارثة”.

جاء ذلك عبر تغريدة لوسام عبد الوارث على موقع التواصل الاجتماعى “تويتر”.

حمل محمد أبو حامد، النائب البرلمانى السابق، الرئيس محمد مرسى مسئولية كارثة تسمم الطلاب، موضحا أن نظام الإخوان والرئيس محمد مرسى هو امتداد لمسلسل الفساد والإهمال والاستهتار بأرواح المصريين.

وأضاف أبو حامد فى تغريده له بموقع التواصل الاجتماعى “تويتر” أنه كان أولى بالرئيس محمد مرسى ونظامه بدل من التخطيط للاستيلاء على الثورة والهيمنة على السلطة أن يعملوا يقوموا بخدمة الشعب لعدم حدوث كوارث كتسمم طلاب الأزهر.

قال نادر بكار، المتحدث الإعلامى باسم حزب النور، أن تسمم طلاب الأزهر من وجبات فاسدة للمرة الثانية أو الثالثة خلال فترة وجيزة، مثال صارخ على استهتار بالأرواح وفساد ضارب فى أركان الدولة.

وأضاف بكار فى تغريدة له بموقع التواصل الاجتماعى “تويتر”، أن وفدا من حزب النور على رأسه الدكتور “يونس مخيون” رئيس الحزب، قام بزيارة الطلبة المصابين، موضحا أن الوفد الآن فى طريقة لمكان اعتصام الطلاب.

أعلن مصطفى النجار، العضو السابق بمجلس الشعب، تضامنه مع طلاب جامعة الأزهر، موضحا أن يجب أن تتحرك النيابة العامة فورا لمعاينة الأوضاع وأخذ عينات من الطعام الفاسد وضبط وإحضار المسئولين عن الحادث، ثم تساءل “متى” سيستيقظ النائب العام؟.

وأضاف “النجار” فى تغريده له بموقع التواصل الاجتماعى “تويتر” أن عدد الطلاب الذين أصيبوا بالتسمم مساء أمس الاثنين، بالمدينة الجامعية للبنين بمدينة نصر يتجاوز عدة مئات، وتابع “أوقفوا قتل أبناء مصر كفاكم إهمالا وتراخيا”.

وأعلن “النجار” أن هناك مظاهرة حاشدة صباح اليوم الثلاثاء، أمام إدارة جامعة الأزهر وسيشارك فيها حركات واتحادات طلابية من عدة جامعات، وذلك تضامنا مع طلاب الأزهر بعد كارثة التسمم.

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القصة الكاملة لوفاة المواطن سامي حمدان قشطة فى سجون حماس

Posted by: Siba Bizri

Arabic Shoah  Editor in Chief

فلسطين برس

توفي مساء الأحد المواطن سامي حمدان قشطة (50) عام من مدينة رفح في إحدي سجون الشرطة في حكومة غزة علي أثر نوبة قلبية حادة ألمت به بعد إعتقاله لمدة 10 ايام متواصلة علي ذمة قضية خلاف علي ميراث بين أفراد عائلته.

وتعود القصة الحقيقية الي تقديم شقيقة المواطن سامي قشطة بشكوي الي الشرطة فى شقيقها تتهمه فيه بحرمانها من الميراث واعتمدت علي قوة منصب ابنها فى حكومة غزة واحد العاملين فى كتائب القسام وبالفعل تم حبس سامي قشطة رغم انه مريض بالقلب والسكر والضغط ولديه اعاقة بسيطة فى قدمه اليمني وامرت الشرطة بحبس ساي قشطة والذي طالب الحكومة بعلاجه لانه يشعر بالتعب الشديد داخل المحبس وبالفعل قامت الشرطة بعلاجه فى مستشفي النجار وعاد الي محبسه وقبل ساعة من وفاته قام سامي قشطة بالنداء علي الشرطة لانه يشعر بالتعب الشديد وآلام فى الصدر والقلب ولكن لم يستمع اليه احد وتوفي بعدها بساعة واحدة فقط حينما دخل عليه احد افراد الشرطة ووجده قد فارق الحياة.

هرعت قوة من الشرطة تحمل جثمان سامي قشطة الي مستشفي النجار الذي اكد وفاته ورفضت ان تكتب فى تقريرها انه وصلها مريض وتوفي داخل المستشفي حسب طلب شرطة الحكومة فى غزة .

يذكر ان المتوفي سامي قشطة هو آخر أخوته خاصة بعدما فجعت العائلة بوفاة ابنها ناجي احد افراد كتائب القسام الذي توفي نتيجة مرض عضال ولديه طفل واحد وبعد سنوات خرج شقيقه هاني من السجون الصهيونية وهو احد مقاتلي كتائب شهداء الاقصي وتوفي بعدها بشهور متأثرا بمرض عضال ولديه 3 اطفال وها هو آخر أفراد العائلة ومعيل الاطفال الايتام سامي يتوفي نتيجة مرض القلب ولديه 7 ابناء وجميع الابناء والاطفال اصبحوا الآن آيتام .

عائلة قشطة تجمعت منذ الصباح امام منزل المتوفي وامام مستشفي النجار وهم فى حالة غضب شديد مرددين اتهامات بحق شقيقة وابن شقيقة سامي باستغلال نفوذهم فى حكومة غزة بحبس ابنهم المريض سامي حمدان قشطة ومنددين بحكومة غزة التي رفضت نداءات كثيرة بالافراج الصحي عن ابنها المريض .


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لا طعام أشهى من الماء والملح

Posted by: Siba Bizri

Arabic Shoah  Editor in Chief

مها إغبارية- الأخبار

يافا | يشهد «دوار الساعة» المعروف منذ النكبة بـ«دوار الشهداء» في يافا، مولداً جديداً كل يوم. فهناك، منذ أربعين يوماً، تولد فيه صرخاتنا وغضبنا تمام الساعة السادسةِ مساءً. فقد قررت «حركة الشبيبة اليافاوية» بالتعاون مع مجموعات شبابية ناشطة ومستقلة، أن تتضامن يومياً وتعتصم اعتصاماً مفتوحاً من أجل الأسير البطل «سامر العيساوي» المضرب عن الطعام منذ أكثر من 230 يوماً ورفاقه في سجون الاحتلال. ويافا الجميلة كانت تحتلّ دوراً مهماً ومكاناً خاصاً في فلسطين التاريخية كلها ما قبل عام 1948. فقد كانت المركز الاقتصادي والثقافي الأقوى من بين مدن فلسطين الكبيرة، وذلك لموقعها الاستراتيجي وتاريخها العظيم وكثافة سكانها، حيث إنها إحدى بوابات فلسطين التي تربطها بدول حوض البحر المتوسط، فضلاً عن أنّ ميناءها من أقدم موانئ العالم إلى ما بعد النكبة بقليل، بالإضافة إلى حقيقة احتوائها على أهم دور السينما والمسارح ودور النشر والطباعة وأهم الصحف والمجلات الفلسطينية آنذاك.

بعد نكبة عروس البحر وتهجير أهلها للشتات (الذين كانوا نحو ثمانين ألف نسمة يومها، وأصبحوا حالياً ما يقارب 3000 ــ 5000 نسمة فقط)، مرّت البلد بتغيّرات كثيرة، ابتداءً من محو معالمها التاريخية، حتى ضمّها إلى مستعمرة «تل أبيب» اليوم، أسرلة سكانها وخلق صراع في تحديد الهوية، اعتباراً بالحياة الثقافية الإسرائيلية واللغة العبرية للمدن المحيطة بها. فكما هو معروف، «تل أبيب» (تل الربيع) هي من أهم المدن في فلسطين المحتلة، ونمط حياتها يشبه إلى حد كبير «كما يقولون» ذلك النمط في مدينة نيويورك، سواء في الحياة الليلية أو سرعتها في التطور، أو كونها «المدينة التي لا
لم يكن سهلاً على أبناء يافا، بناتها ونشطائها، بناء قلعة وطنية من جديد تحتضن قضيتهم الوطنية، أمام المركبات العديدة التي تواجههم حتى الآن. لكن رغم كل هذه الصعوبات، قامت حركة الشبيبة اليافاوية منذ سنتين تقريباً، بمحاولة رفع مستوى الوعي السياسي والاجتماعي في يافا من خلال فعاليات عديدة أنتجتها وروجت لها.
أما اليوم، فتشهد مدينة يافا وجوداً واضحاً وفرضاً لكيانها الفلسطيني؛ ففي أربعين يوماً متواصلة، وحتى إشعار آخر، رفعت خلالها سقف نضالها وسجلت في تاريخها رغم التعتيم الإعلامي المحلي على نشاطنا هذا، أنْ لا صوت أعلى من صوت الشارع، ولا طعام أشهى من الماء والملح.

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TUT Broadcast: Palestine’s version of Braveheart

TUT Broadcast April 1, 2013

by crescentandcross

Jesus Christ–someone who ‘died to save us from our sins’ or Palestine’s version of Braveheart sent to save us from the tyranny and madness of Judaism?


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‘IsraHell tracked Russian navy in Syria’



Israeli naval commandos planted spy camera near Tartus to monitor Russian naval movements, UK paper says

Times of Israel

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Espionage equipment hidden on an island across from the Syrian city of Tartus was being used to monitor Russian naval movements and Syrian troop movements, The Sunday Times reported on Sunday.

The devices were discovered earlier this month by fishermen on Ant Island, near a naval base Russia considers a strategic asset.

According to the report, the materials were planted under cover of darkness by the IDF’s Shayetet 13 naval commandos, who spent several hours on the island installing the equipment and ensuring that it worked. The commandos had allegedly visited the island previously to collect information on the local rocks, so that the equipment could be properly camouflaged.

“Any unusual activity by the Russians in Tartus, such as a sudden evacuation of families and non-essential personnel, would be good indicators for the Israelis that something big was happening,” The Times quoted a defense source as saying.

Russia has provided the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad with diplomatic support throughout the two-year conflict, but it believes the end is inevitable and Assad “will be forced to retreat to the Alawite enclave [along the coastal region], so they want to be there,” said the source.

Earlier this month, Syrian state-run TV released pictures of the devices Damascus said were designed to photograph, register and transfer data.

The television footage aired on Syrian TV showed what looked like a camera and a satellite dish, and other objects that resembled rocks. Plastic boxes resembling batteries and cables were also displayed.

In January, Syria accused Israel of carrying out an aerial attack near Damascus. US officials said the target was a convoy of sophisticated Russian SA-17 anti-aircraft missiles, while Syria maintained that a research center was hit. Israel never confirmed having undertaken the operation.

For the past several months, Israel has watched warily as the Syrian war raged closer and closer to its borders, with several incidents of mortars, shells and stray bullets reaching the Golan Heights. Israeli officials are increasingly concerned that radical Islamist groups among the rebel forces may take control of villages near the Golan, posing an unprecedented security threat.

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