22 jan

Over 30 killed in car bombing in western Syriavideo

Over 30 people have been killed and many injured in a car bombing in the town of Salmiyeh in the western Syrian governorate of Hama.
The blast, which occurred on Monday, targeted a building in the heart of Salmiyeh and left 30 people dead and many others injured, AFP reported.
Medical sources say they expect the death toll to rise to well over 50, adding that some of the injured are in critical condition.

almanar.com.lb – Syria Blames Qaeda for Hama Attack

Syria government accused the extremist movement Al-Qaeda of being behind a deadly attack in Hama and criticized Turkey for sheltering what it called ”terrorists,” in a message to the UN aired by state television Tuesday.
”Armed terrorist groups headed by Al-Qaeda targeted citizens yesterday in the town of Salmiyeh in a cowardly terrorist act and destroyed the national hospital,” the foreign ministry said in a letter to the UN secretary general and head of the Security Council.

Franklin Lamb kommer med en ny rapport från Damaskus om det lidande västs sanktioner utsätter civilbefolkningen för – Shedding Crocodile Tears while Collaborating with US-led Sanctions

The Arab League’s recent ministerial-level meeting held in Cairo was called to focus on the Syrian refugees file. But the rather pathetic quick one day deliberations ignored the causes of the suffering of the civilian population as well as the fact that most of the 22 countries comprising the Arab League have been a main cause behind the displacement of the Syrian civilian population. Both the AL and the OIC stand accused here in Syria of participation in the sanctions which are decimating the Syrian people’s livelihood. Some AL and OIC officials are shedding crocodile tears about
the miserable living conditions of the Syrian refugees “in spite of spending millions on recruiting mercenaries and salifi-takfiries, training them and purchasing weapons for the terrorists,” the Sheik explained.
One frustrated American NGO director, affiliated loosely with the World Food Program, expressed her frustration: “If these organizations (AL and OIC) wanted to aid Syrian refugees they should stop supplying the gunmen with weapons and money and stop inciting sedition in Syria.”

Meanwhile, according to officials, Syria’s government has just authorized the UN World Food Program to extend its reach in the country where 2.5 million people are suffering from hunger. Ertharin Cousin, spokeswoman of the WFP, announced on Tuesday that Syria is allowing the organization to work with local aid groups to reach more of those in need. To boost the number of people receiving emergency assistance, the Syrian government last week drew up a list of 110 local NGOs authorized to participate in the aid effort.

Unlike the Arab League and the Organization of the Islamic Conference, SARCS, the World Food Program, and more than 40 other NGO’s can be observed any day of the week confronting and attempting to ameliorate the profoundly immoral and illegal US-led sanctions — manifold actions, not crocodile tears — in aid of the civilian population of Syria.

Alexander Mezyaev – Syria and International Crime Court. New Phase of Military and Diplomatic Stand-Off

Every State has the duty to refrain from organizing, instigating, assisting or participating in acts of civil strife or terrorist acts in another State or acquiescing in organized activities within its territory directed towards the commission of such acts, when the acts referred to in the present paragraph involve a threat or use of force”.
In 1986 the International Court of Justice ruled in favor of Nicaragua and against the United States. The Court held that the U.S. had violated international law by supporting the Contras. It unambiguously ruled that the fact of arms deliveries to rebel groups by another state was an act of violation. The ruling said there was no global norm allowing an armed intervention of a state pursuing the goal of supporting opposition forces in another country. It’s not without a reason the ”theories” like ”the concept of humanitarian intervention” or ”the concept of responsibility to protect” started to appear and multiply. All these speculative concoctions have no legal ground whatsoever – this view is supported by the majority of the countries in the world expressed in the Joint Declaration of the 130 member strong Group of 77 adopted in 2000, that says,
”We reject the so-called ”right” of humanitarian intervention, which has no legal basis in the United Nations Charter or in the general principles of international law”.

‘US policy in Syria, dangerous’, Sukant Chandan (Chandans del som text) political analyst from London, James Jatras, Ex-US senate analyst from Washington and Lee Kaplan, investigative journalist, from Berkeley.

nyhetsbanken.se – Massarresteringar av turkiska fredsvänner

Turkiska myndigheter har gripit advokaten Selcuk Kozagacli efter ett besök i Syrien
Selcuk Kozagacli är ordförande för vad som på engelska heter Contemporary Lawyers Association (CHD) i Turkiet och hans besök har syftat till att skaffa information om situationen i Syrien.

Samtidigt rapporterar många västmedia idag skadeglatt att Ryssland beslutat skicka tv flygplan för att evakuera sina medborgare från Syrien. Man gör dock klokt i att inte dra några förhastade slutsatser av dessa uppgifter.

english.ruvr.ru – Moscow does not exclude contacts with Syrian opposition

Moscow does not exclude contacts with the Syrian opposition in the near future, including those who did not take part in talks, the Russian President’s special envoy to the Middle East, Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said.
According to him, some opposition leaders are in Paris, Istanbul, Geneva and other cities.
The diplomat said that at present, there is a group of Syrians in Europe. Until now, it had no contacts with us but it wants to hold a dialogue.

The Bared Teeth of the Syrian War: Qatar Feels the Brunt

The war in Syria appears to be increasingly remote-controlled from abroad. Almost all states in the region seem to be involved to varying degrees, with Qatar providing the lion’s share of the funds going to the Free Syrian Army. However, the investment has generated disappointing returns. To avoid its funds from going up in smoke, Qatar has decided to dole them out on the basis of the actions carried out. As a result, the ASL began staging its most spectacular and deadly attacks to the detriment of its real military objectives.

arabianbusiness.com – Qatar hands Syrian opposition $20m

Qatar has agreed to give US$20m to the Syrian opposition to help it form a transitional government.
Syrian National Coalition President Moaz Alkhatib visited Doha to secure Qatari financial support, but the establishment of a transitional government to run rebel-held areas has nevertheless been postponed until next month.

US covers up Islamist involvement in Aleppo bombing

Video gjord av Syriska armén, varning för otäcka bilder – Syria, What you have to know, a Documentary: Armed gangs speak about their atrocities

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