english.ruvr.ru – Sergei Lavrov off to Brunei to meet US Secretary of State on Syria
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is leaving for Brunei today where he will discuss the Syrian issue with US Secretary of State John Kerry and participate in the meeting of Russian and ASEAN ministers, as well as in the ASEAN regional forum on security and the session of ministers of the East Asia Summit due on the 1st and 2nd of July.
At the meeting with his US counterpart Lavrov is expected to clear up the US position on convening an international conference on Syria. In spite of numerous declarations of the urgent need to convene Geneva-2, it is still not clear when it will be convened and who will participate in it.
Press TV – Syria militants down helicopter near Aleppo
Foreign-backed militants in Syria have downed a Syrian government helicopter near the northern city of Aleppo.
The civilian helicopter was carrying exam papers for schoolchildren and all seven people on board, including the deputy head of the Education Ministry were killed.
In a video released by the militants recently, advanced anti-aircraft missiles have been used to bring the helicopter down.
voltairenet.org – Congress against arms delivery to Syrian ”rebels”
An Ad hoc group of Congress members held, Thursday 27 June 2013, a special closed session on Syria with CIA Director John Brennan (pictured), in the presence of Vice President Joe Biden and Deputy Secretary of State William Burns.
The meeting, originally scheduled for only members of the Senate Intelligence Committee, was to focus on authorized interrogation techniques. But its agenda and the list of participants, including members of the Foreign Affairs Committees of both chambers, were altered at the last minute.
Although the details of the discussions are unknown, it nevertheless transpired that congressmen voted down the CIA plan the supply weapons to the ”rebels” in Syria. They deemed there were no grounds to consider the possible victory of the ”rebels” as a solution to the current problem.
This sudden and unexpected change of position leaves Washington without a policy for Syria.
Patrick Cockburn – Foreign media portrayals of the conflict in Syria are dangerously inaccurate
Every time I come to Syria I am struck by how different the situation is on the ground from the way it is pictured in the outside world. The foreign media reporting of the Syrian conflict is surely as inaccurate and misleading as anything we have seen since the start of the First World War. I can’t think of any other war or crisis I have covered in which propagandistic, biased or second-hand sources have been so readily accepted by journalists as providers of objective facts.
Slogans replace policies: the rebels are pictured as white hats and the government supporters as black hats; given more weapons, the opposition can supposedly win a decisive victory; put under enough military pressure, President Bashar al-Assad will agree to negotiations for which a pre-condition is capitulation by his side in the conflict. One of the many drawbacks of the demonising rhetoric indulged in by the incoming US National Security Adviser Susan Rice, and William Hague, is that it rules out serious negotiations and compromise with the powers-that-be in Damascus. And since Assad controls most of Syria, Rice and Hague have devised a recipe for endless war while pretending humanitarian concern for the Syrian people.
It is difficult to prove the truth or falsehood of any generalisation about Syria. But, going by my experience this month travelling in central Syria between Damascus, Homs and the Mediterranean coast, it is possible to show how far media reports differ markedly what is really happening. Only by understanding and dealing with the actual balance of forces on the ground can any progress be made towards a cessation of violence.
The plan of the CIA and the Friends of Syria to somehow seek an end to the war by increasing the flow of weapons is equally absurd. War will only produce more war.
Hela intervjun med Brzezinski som refererades i ett inlägg från Press TV som det länkades till i gårdagens inlägg – nationalinterest.org – Brzezinski on the Syria Crisis