Press TV – Powerful explosion rocks Syrian capital Damascus
A powerful explosion has rocked the al-Mazzah neighborhood in the Syrian capital Damascus, witnesses say.
Thierry Meyssan – Sarin gas is as volatile as Washington’s promises
Did Syria or did she not use sarin gas against its armed opposition? After poring over newspaper columns, Paris, London and Washington came up with a positive answer. The red line had apparently been crossed. War would therefore be imminent. In reality, this media game comes too late. In terms of international law, Syria is not a signatory to the chemical weapons Convention and may use them freely. Moreover, inventing that Damascus has used weapons of mass destruction is a perfectly futile ploy, considering that the war is practically over.
Once accepted that sarin gas was used by the regular army, the White House has a legal argument for doing what it has done illegally since the beginning of the conflict: supply arms to the ”Contras” . Rushing into the breach, General Salim Idriss, commander of the Free Syrian Army has ordered anti-tank rockets and surface-to-air missiles. They can be helpful, but not decisive, because what his ”army” needs is men much more than hardware. However, U.S. deliveries should be limited to small arms and ammunition: the war is coming to an end. Washington no longer hopes to conquer Syria, just to have the FSA liquidate the Al-Nusra Front. Those who believed in Washington’s promises will pay the costs. Turkey is paralyzed by a political uprising against the Muslim Brotherhood, incarnated by Recep Tayyip Erdogan, while Washington has forced the Emir Hamad Al-Thani of Qatar to yield the throne to his son Tamim. The moment of the new division of the Middle East, between Russians and Americans, is at our doorstep.
english.ruvr.ru – ‘Russia supplies arms to legitimate government of Syria, we are not breaching any international laws’ – Putin
Russian President Vladimir Putin said that both Russia and Britain want the conflict in Syria to be settled as soon as possible. ”The blood is on the hands of both parties in Syria”, Putin said speaking at the joint conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron.
”One should hardly back those who kill their enemy and eat their organs and all that is filmed,” he said referring to recent rebel footage.
”Do you want to support these? Do you want to supply arms to these people?”
”It has hardly any relation to the humanitarian and cultural values that Europe has been professing for centuries,” he continued.
english.ruvr.ru – Saudi Arabia plans to supply anti-aircraft missiles to Syrian rebels
Saudi Arabia plans to supply the Syrian opposition with anti-aircraft missiles to counter President Bashar al-Assad’s air force, German news weekly Der Spiegel reported Sunday.
The article, citing a classified report received by the German foreign intelligence service and the German government last week, said Riyadh was looking at sending European-made Mistral-class MANPADS, or man-portable air-defence systems.
Der Spiegel noted the shoulder-launched surface-to-air missiles can target low-flying aircraft including helicopters and had given mujahideen fighters in Afghanistan a decisive edge against Soviet troops in the 1980s.
Saudi Arabia is a key supporter of the Syrian rebels and has long advocated providing them with better weaponry.
Patrick Cockburn – Only an all-out war can depose Assad. Anything less is like being ‘half-pregnant’, World View: Syria’s insurgents cannot win just by getting a few more weapons. If the West intervenes, it will be as a main player
Better by far for the G8 leaders to compel all parties in Syria to go to Geneva, agree a ceasefire, establish a UN mission in Syria to monitor it, and then seek to negotiate long-term solutions.
Tim Marshall – Syria: Obama’s Response Is Not All It Seems, An ambiguous statement from the White House on Syria’s use of chemical weapons does not mean Barack Obama is ready for action
Press TV – UN anti-Syria resolution biased: Russian Foreign Ministry
Russian Foreign Ministry has strongly criticized as ”one-sided” the UN Human Rights Council’s (UNHRC) recent resolution against Syria, calling on the international community to change its approach to the crisis in the Arab country.
In a Saturday statement, Russian Foreign Ministry said, “The resolution is biased and counterproductive.”
The ministry also stated that the resolution, initiated by the United States, Britain, Qatar, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates and Turkey, ignored the atrocities of the foreign-sponsored militants including those against women and children.
“It [the resolution] is directed against the government of Syria and ignores the crimes committed by … opposition,” the statement added.
Press TV – Syria rally hits US embassy in London
Hundreds of protesters calling for an end to the conflict in Syria and western intervention in the country have rallied outside the US embassy in London.
Around 400 demonstrators carried Syrian flags as well as placards reading “Hands Off Syria” and “Don’t be fooled again”, in reference to the claims of chemical weapons use in Syria and its similarities with the falsifications about weapons of mass destruction claims before the invasion of Iraq in 2003.
Israeli Professor: Assad Won, Global Media Cannot Be Trusted
Israeli University of Haifa Professor, Kais Firro, who is an expert on Syrian and Lebanese affairs has stated on Israeli TV that Syrian President has not only won militarily but also the public opinion battle, while indicating that the Global Media cannot be trusted and that most Syrians trust local Syrian news outlets.
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Om Carla Del Ponte, som i en FN-rapport sade sig sig ha fått uppgifter som pekade mot att de sk rebellerna använt kemiska vapen, från början av maj – UN accuses Syrian rebels of carrying out sarin gas attacks which had been blamed on Assad’s troops
Webster Tarpleys radioprogram 15 juni – Obama Takes Half-Step Towards Abyss in Syria; After Qusayr, Terrorist Death Squads Face Defeat in Aleppo
Michel Chossudovsky på Press TV – Obama orders arming Syria militants