Arkiv för september, 2013

30 sep

UPPDATERING

Maximilian Forte – On UN Security Council Resolution 2118 and Syria: Reality, Resolutions, Representations

Note the prohibitions that have been stacked into UNSCR 2118 that work against the U.S., France, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and any other states working to overthrow the Syrian government by arming the “rebels”:
Recalling the obligation under resolution 1540 (2004) that all States shall refrain from providing any form of support to non-State actors that attempt to develop, acquire, manufacture, possess, transport, transfer or use weapons of mass destruction, including chemical weapons and their means of delivery….
Decides that Member States shall inform immediately the Security Council of any violation of resolution 1540(2004), including acquisition by non-State actors of chemical weapons, their means of delivery and related materials in order to take necessary measures therefore….

Christof Lehmann – A Critical Review of Security Council Resolution 2118 (2013) on Syria

UNSC Resolution 2118 (2013) A Critical Review with regards to Syria´s territorial integrity, Syria´s accession to the Chemical Weapons Convention, attempted blackmail by a top-US diplomat, the unlawful threat of the use of force, the omission of evidence in support of chemical weapons use by State and non-State parties in the anti-Syrian alliance, the falsification of evidence, bias with regards to the prosecution of war crimes, the repetition of historic mistakes made in Iraq, and dangerous ambiguities on the use of force under Chapter VII of the UN Charter.

Press TV – Russia warns of more gas use by Syria militants

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says Moscow has serious suspicions that foreign-backed militants fighting in Syria will continue attempts to use chemical weapons in the Arab country.
“We have serious suspicions that these attempts [to use chemical weapons] will continue,” Lavrov said in an interview with the Russian Kommersant daily published on Monday.

voiceofrussia.com – UN chemical experts leave Damascus at end of mission

A team of UN chemical weapons experts investigating alleged use of the banned weapons in Syria left Damascus on Monday at the end of their mission.
The team, which arrived on Wednesday, is due to submit a report next month about seven alleged chemical weapons attacks during the conflict in Syria.

Robert Fisk – A Syrian solution to civil conflict? The Free Syrian Army is holding talks with Assad’s senior staff, Secret approach to the President could reshape the whole war

Six weeks ago, a two-man delegation arrived in secret in Damascus: civilians from Aleppo who represented elements of the Free Syrian Army, the rebel group largely composed of fighters who deserted the regime’s army in the first year of the war. They came under a guarantee of safety, and met, so I am told, a senior official on the staff of President Bashar al-Assad. And they carried with them an extraordinary initiative – that there might be talks between the government and FSA officers who “believed in a Syrian solution” to the war.
The delegation made four points: that there must be an “internal Syrian dialogue”; that private and public properties must be maintained; that there must be an end to – and condemnation of – civil, sectarian, ethnic strife; and that all must work for a democratic Syria where the supremacy of law would be dominant. There was no demand – at least at this stage – for Assad’s departure.
The reply apparently came promptly. There should indeed be “a dialogue within the Syrian homeland”; no preconditions for the dialogue; and a presidential guarantee of safety for any FSA men participating. And now, it seems, another remarkable development is under way: in seven rebel-held areas of Aleppo, most of them under the control of the FSA, civil employees can return to work in their offices, and government institutions and schools can reopen. Students who have become militiamen over the past two years will be disarmed and return to their classrooms.

Press TV – Mortar shell hits Chinese Embassy in Damascus

rt.com – Iran behind anti-WMD rider in chemical watchdog’s decision on Syria – Lavrov

French were ‘hours’ from military strikes on Syria before phone call from Obama

French President Francois Hollande called off military strikes against Syria on 31 August following a phone call from the US President only hours before fighter jets were set to take off, a French weekly magazine has revealed.

Syriens utrikesminister i FN, från rt.com – Syrian FM to UN: ‘Terrorists from 83 countries fighting in Syria’

Muallem then accused “regional and Western countries that are well known to all of us” of supplying chemical agents to “terrorists who used poisonous gases” in Syria.

Press TV – US, UK, France blocked naming CW culprits: Syria

Syria Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem says the US, Britain and France have blocked the naming of the real perpetrators of chemical weapons attacks in the Arab country.
In his address to the 68th UN General Assembly on Monday, Muallem also warned that ”terrorists” fighting against President Bashar al-Assad government are being supplied with chemical weapons.

Michael Parenti – Syria, Sarin, and Casus Belli

Why do (some) U.S. leaders seek war against Syria? Like Yugoslavia, Iraq, Libya and dozens of other countries that have felt America’s terrible swift sword—Syria has been committing economic nationalism, trying to chart its own course rather than putting itself in service to the western plutocracy. Like Iran, China, Russia and some other nations, Syria has currency controls and other restrictions on foreign investments. Like those other nations, Syria lacks the proper submissiveness. It is not a satellite to the U.S. imperium. And any nation that is not under the politico-economic sway of the U.S. global plutocracy is considered an enemy or a potential enemy.
The Assad government had social programs for its people, far from perfect services but still better than what might be found in many U.S. satellite countries. When Iraqi refugees fled to Syria to escape U.S. military destruction, the Assad government gave them full benefits. So with the Libyan refugees who crossed over a few years later. Generally Damascus presided over a multi-ethnic society, relatively free of sectarian intolerance and violence.

Mind the Credibility Gap: Syria and the History of US War Disinformation

Thierry Meyssan – The United States Feared No More

Never before has the authority of the masters of the world been so publicly challenged – a sign that after their Syrian retreat, they are no longer to be feared.

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Hur ska man tolka de här uttalandena av en av de verkliga krigsförespråkande hökarna i USA?
Press TV – Susan Rice: Regime change US objective in Syria

Rice added that the latest UN resolution which is aimed at destroying Syria’s chemical weapons is not limited to President Assad’s government.
“Now, the resolution and the agreement doesn’t speak about Assad as an individual, it speaks about the requirements and the obligations of the Syrian government. And that’s an important distinction, that whatever Syrian government is there, near-term or in the future, will have the same obligation to implement these commitments and this resolution faithfully. So this is not specific to Assad.”

voiceofrussia.com – Lavrov hopes West will stop Syrian opposition from derailing chemical weapons agreements

Russia will persuade the Syrian government to guarantee a smooth procedure of the elimination of chemical weapons and the West on its part should send a similar message to the Syrian opposition, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in his interview with The Kommersant.
On the other hand, Lavrov pointed out that the Western countries and the Persian Gulf states do not have access to and influence on all the forces currently waging a war in Syria.

globalresearch.ca – Interview with British, Canadian and Swedish Terrorists in Syria

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29 sep

Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich – UNSC Resolution 2118 on Syria: In Response to False Flag Chemical Weapons Attack. US Backed Terrorists “Get Away with Mass Killing”

There has been zero evidence that the Syrian government used chemical weapons on August 21s or at any other time. While the UN inspectors report did confirm the use of chemical weapons, it was outside its mandate to determine who carried out the heinous crime. Western experts were quick to point to the trajectory of the rockets as evidence of Assad’s involvement conveniently leaving unmentioned the important possibility of mobile launching by non-government forces.
While there is no evidence (or motive) pointing to the Assad government, there is little doubt among analysts that the rebels were responsible for the chemical attacks.

eller varje användande av kemiska vapen av vem det än är i Syrien”, kan medföra kapitel 7, dvs möjlighet att använda våld! Står det verkligen så i resolutionen man kom överens om i fredags? Då behöver bara de väpnade gängen upprepa det som hände den 21 augusti, om man nu antar att de var de som låg bakom, i samarbete med västs säkerhetstjänster och medierna. Iscensätt en attack med kemiska vapen och skicka upp några videor på youtube och påstå att det var ”regimen” som utförde den, och medierna drar igång en kampanj på högsta växeln. Så är vi tillbaka till samma situation som i slutet av augusti och början av september med hot om missilanfall! En sådan lucka kan väl inte Ryssland och Kina ha lämnat!
voiceofrussia.com – UN Syria resolution may allow action against rebel supporters – Rick Rozoff

But what’s most alarming is that the penultimate demand in the resolution, Number 21, and I’m reading it verbatim, decides in the event of non-compliance with this resolution including unauthorized transfer of chemical weapons or any use of chemical weapons by anyone in the Syrian Arab Republic, to impose measures under Chapter 7 of the United Nations Charter

Men det står så i nästa artikel också, med den skrivningen behöver man inte ens bry sig om att ta reda på vem som ligger bakom en ny attack med kem-vapen!
Press TV – Syria’s Assad rejects talks with Qaeda-linked groups

”decides, in the event of noncompliance with this resolution, including unauthorized transfer of chemical weapons, or any use of chemical weapons by anyone in the Syrian Arab Republic, to impose measures under Chapter VII of the United Nations Charter.”

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has ruled out the possibility of negotiations with al-Qaeda-linked militant groups, who ask for foreign military intervention in the Arab country.
”Regarding the militants, if they give up their arms we’ll be ready to discuss with them anything like with any other citizen,” he said in an interview with Italy’s state-run Rai News 24 television network on Sunday.
”We cannot discuss with al-Qaeda offshoots and organizations that are affiliated with al-Qaeda,” Assad said, adding, ”We cannot negotiate with the people who ask for foreign intervention and military intervention in Syria.”

! – almanar.com.lb – Russia Made Sure UN Syria Resolution Leaves no Loopholes for Use of Force

Press TV – UN chemical inspectors probing 7 sites in Syria

A team of UN chemical weapons experts has launched a probe into seven sites across crisis-stricken Syria, where chemical weapons were allegedly used.
The team is expected to look into two locations in the city of Aleppo, located 310 kilometers (193 miles) northwest of Damascus, one site in the city of Idlib, situated 295 kilometers (183 miles) north of Damascus, and four others on the outskirts of Damascus.
Three of the alleged chemical weapons attacks in Syria happened after the August 21 incident in the Damascus suburb of Ghouta, where hundreds of people lost their lives.
The team, led by Ake Sellstrom, arrived in Syria for its second visit on September 25, and hopes to finish its work by Monday.
It is working on a comprehensive report into the allegations that it hopes to have finished by late October.
Syria’s Ambassador to the UN Bashar Ja’afari has accused ”militants” of using chemical gas against the Syrian army troops in the towns of Bahhariya, Jobar and Ashrafieh Sahnaya.

Ny intervju med Syriens president, video och utskrift på engelska – President Bashar al-Assad interview with the Italian Rai_News_24 TV

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28 sep

Christof Lehmann – UN Security Council adopts Resolution on Syria unanimously

The UN Security Council has unanimously adopted a resolution on international control over and the destruction of Syria´s chemical weapons. The resolution also stresses that non-state actors who have used or use chemical weapons in Syria and state actors supporting them must be held accountable.
Members ot the Security Council vote on the resolution. UN Photo-Mark GartenAfter the Security Council unanimously adopted UNSC Resolution 2118 (2013), UN Secretary General Ban Kyi-moon called the resolution the first hopeful news on Syria in a long time, and stressed that the resolution aims at holding the Geneva 2 conference as soon as possible.

The Russian Foreign Minister emphasized that the text of UNSC Resolution 2118 (2013) had not been passed under the UN Charter´s Chapter VII nor did it allow for coercive measures.

Open Questions. Statements by respectively John Kerry and Sergei Lavrov underline that there are great differences with regards to their understanding of what consequences non-compliance would or should have to have. While the Russian Foreign Minister stressed that no military action would be possible without renewed debates at the Security Council, and on the basis of evidence, Secretary of State Kerry gives the impression that military consequences are understood as a given fact in the case of non-compliance.

voiceofrussia.com – UN aims to hold international peace conference on Syria in mid-November

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said on Saturday Moscow time the international community aims to hold an international peace conference on Syria in mid-November, the UN News Centre said. ”The United Nations is ready to host Geneva-2,” the UN chief was quoted as saying.

Press TV – Syria envoy welcomes UNSC resolution

Syrian UN Ambassador Bashar Ja’afari has welcomed a resolution adopted by the UN Security Council to eliminate chemical weapons in the country, saying it covers most of Damascus’ concerns.
Speaking to reporters after the UN Security Council meeting on Friday, he called on Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, France and the United States to abide by the resolution and stop supporting militants fighting in Syria.
Ja’afari added that the countries supporting the militants should be held accountable if they continued arming them.
You can’t bring terrorists from all over the world and send them into Syria in the name of jihad and then pretend that you are working for peace,” he said.
The envoy added that Damascus was ”fully committed” to taking part at a proposed November peace conference in Geneva aimed at ending the unrest in the country.

rt.com – Russia made sure UNSC Syria resolution leaves no loopholes for use of force – Lavrov

rt.com – No country can usurp right to judge chemical weapons use – Lavrov

plenglish.com – Russia Gives U.S. Evidence on Use of Sarin by Syrian Opposition

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov handed over to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry information about the involvement of Syrian opposition in the chemical attack with sarin gas on August 21 near Damascus.
Lavrov told The Washington Post that there is evidence that proves the same nature of the chemical agent used in the attacks in Aleppo and on the outskirts of Damascus on March 19.
Asked about the issue, the head of Russian diplomacy reaffirmed that there is ”very good evidence that ratifies the responsibility of the Syrian armed groups in the events”.
He explained that during a meeting on Wednesday, he had handed over to Kerry a compilation of evidence that, he noted, are not revolutionary at all and are accessible on the internet.

Syrian Observatory for Human Rights i London är ju inte precis någon oberoende och tillförlitlig källa, men t.o.m. siffror därifrån visar att den grupp som har flest dödade under Syrien-krisen är syriska armén – antiwar.com – Most Reported Deaths in Syria Have Not Been Committed by Assad Forces

Al-Hamwi: Commission of Inquiry Report on Syria Biased and Selective

Syria’s Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva, Dr. Faisal al-Hamwi slammed the new international Commission of Inquiry (COI) report on Syria as biased and selective.
”We have been presented today with a new draft resolution that is biased and selective, whose patrons have rebuffed every overture for cooperation and constructive contribution offered them by the delegations…a resolution that has overstepped the jurisdiction of the the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, the UN Security Council and a number of humanitarian organizations,” Dr. al-Hamwi said.

Press TV – Syria FSA militants declare war on al-Qaeda linked ISIL

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27 sep

UPPDATERING

Turkisk polis beslagtog för en vecka sen Red Mercury (rött kvicksilver?) när en bil med två turkar och en syrier stoppades. Denna substans används bl.a. till kärnvapen. Man kan tänka sig att detta skulle planteras någonstans i Syrien och ”upptäckas” och presenteras som bevis på att Syrien försöker framställa kärnvapen eller något liknande!
Christof Lehmann – Turkish Police seized rare Explosive with Possible Nuclear Utility

On 21 September, Turkish Police seized Red Mercury, a rare Substance which is sold at USD 1 million per Liter, at a Police Checkpoint in Turkey’s Kayseri Province. Red Mercury is, among others, used for triggering Hydrogen Bombs. The explosive contraband was seized from two Turkish and one Syrian national.

The question, whether an attempt was made to “set-up the Syrian government” as having a covert nuclear weapons program or as participating in nuclear proliferation, to justify US aggression against Syria or further sanctions against Iran is not necessarily a far fetched one.

En svensk expert på internationell lag varnar för att en text som antyder att syriska regeringen låg bakom gas-attacken den 21 aug kan öppna en farlig bakdörr till möjligheter att ställa representanter för syriska regeringen eller armén inför Haag-domstolen.
Christof Lehmann – Security Council Vote on Syria Friday or Saturday. No Chapter 7 Option

Also the United States UN Envoy, Samantha Power, confirmed that an agreement had been reached between Russia and the USA. Powers’ statement however, is raising questions whether the draft resolution assigns any guilt with regards to the use of chemical weapons in Syria.
Powers said, that the draft resolution is “legally obligating Syria to give up chemical weapons they used on their people. … The draft UNSC Resolution establishes that Syria’s use of chemical weapons is a threat to international peace and security and creates a new norm against the use of CW,” she wrote via Twitter. (Emphasis added)
A Swedish expert in international law contacted nsnbc international, saying on condition of anonymity, that any UNSC resolution that implies that Syria in fact has used chemical weapons against the Syrian people could have serious and complex legal implications. The Swedish expert warned, that any reference of that nature in the resolution could leave a backdoor for charging members of the Syrian government and the Syrian armed forces for chemical weapons use in The Haag, even though all available evidence points towards foreign backed terrorists being the perpetrators of the attack in East Ghouta and Khan al-Assal.
The text of the draft resolution is handled behind closed doors at the UNSC and will not be available for analysis until after the vote and the publication of the adopted resolution by the United Nations.

Ny intervju med Mother Agnes – rt.com – ‘Staged and scripted’: Mother Agnes finalizes chronology of Damascus chemical attack

…those children are the children of whom? From where did you get them? Why are you using them and manipulating them? Are they alive or are they dead? Now it is a humanitarian case and we’re asked to bring it to the highest level of the humanitarian and human rights community in the world.
RT: How did the UN respond to your findings?
MA: I said directly in a meeting with the commission of inquiry that I have been viewing the videos and that my impression was that they were a fake. They were very much interested. They’ve asked me to transmit to them the videos as well as my own observation.
Until today I have just transmitted to the commission of inquiry and also to the office of the high commissioner of human rights in Geneva my 50-page study. I did not transmit until today the videos because I wanted to be sure about my work and I will transmit to them, remit to them in an official way the whole work of chronology and evidences that they will be able to see, to view it in an audio-visual way.

voiceofrussia.com – Bomb kills at least 20 in Damascus provinc? – NGO – almanar.com.lb – Damascus Car Bomb Kills 20 People at Least – Press TV – 60 killed in car bomb blast in Damascus suburb

voiceofrussia.com – Military action against Syria can only make matters worsevideo från Lavrovs tal

Applying the principle of outside military intervention to the Syrian situation is ‘devoid of sense and also very dangerous’, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said, speaking to the 68th General Assembly of the United Nations.
”Unfortunately, many argue that although banned by the UN Charter, the use of force and threats to use force are potent methods to solve conflicts between states.”
”At the same time, past experience shows that outside military intervention is senseless, useless and only makes matters worse. Forceful intervention is fraught with eroding the world order and destroying the safeguards against the proliferation of dangerous weapon systems.”

Chemical Solution? Draft resolution on Syria weapons agreed, implies no immediate force

Den libanesiske fd generalen tror inte att väst med allierade kommer att fortsätta att beväpna och stödja de väpnade gängen!
Ex-Lebanese Army Commander: Assad fall would plunge Middle East in chaos, General Michel Aoun, a former Lebanese Army Commander, currently a politician and leader of the Free Patriotic Movement.

alalam.ir – More Israeli missiles found in Syria’s Daraa

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Tydligen är en FN-grupp på plats för att undersöka platser där kemiska vapen påstås ha använts tidigare, som platsen utanför Aleppo i mars. Så här skriver Sveriges Radio idag: ”Det ser ut som att inspektörer kommer vara på plats redan på tisdag i Syrien.” Är det så att det är olika grupper, en som ska undersöka tidigare incidenter och en som ska hantera förstörandet av regeringens kemiska vapen, och västmedierna försöker låtsas som att den förra inte finns? (UPPDATERING – nu, strax därefter, nämns den andra i ett inlägg )
voiceofrussia.com – Chemical experts to complete work in Syria Monday – UN

A team of UN experts investigating alleged chemical weapons attacks in Syria expects to complete its in-country work by Monday, the United Nations said on Friday.
In a statement issued from Damascus, the UN said the team would investigate seven alleged attack.

Press TV – Syria CW probe must start by Tuesday: Draft resolution

A draft resolution on Syria, agreed by Russia and the US, says the UN team of chemical weapons experts must start inspection of the Syria’s chemical stockpile by Tuesday.
On Friday, fresh details appeared about the draft resolution which is to be discussed by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) later on Friday.

Senaste budet, inget kapitel 7 – Press TV –Russia, US reach accord on UNSC resolution on Syria – rt.com – No ‘military measures’ in Syria draft resolution – Lavrov

The draft resolution “does not envision any actions based on Chapter 7 of the UN Charter,” which allows military action to restore peace and security, Lavrov said.

Carlos Martinez – Decriminalizing Bashar al Assad: Towards a More Effective Anti-War Movement

The Syrian state has been under direct attack by western imperialism for the last two and a half years (although the US and others have been “accelerating the work of reformers” for much longer than that). The forms of this attack are many: providing weapons and money to opposition groups trying to topple the government; implementing wide-ranging trade sanctions; providing practically unlimited space in the media for the opposition whilst effecting a near-total media blackout on pro-government sources; and relentlessly slandering the Syrian president and government. In short, the western media and governments have – consciously and deliberately – “created this climate that legitimates” a military regime change operation against Syria.

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26 sep

UPPDATERING

voiceofrussia.com – Russia ‘very close’ to agreement on Syria resolution, unlike US – Lavrov

Russia, unlike the US, is ”very close” to an agreement on the resolution on Syria chemical weapons, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told reporters on Thursday.
”Russia is very close, the US isn’t”, Lavrov said responding to a question about the progress on Syria resolution.
Lavrov also added that the resolution submitted to UN Security Council is largely in line with Geneva deal.

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Här påstår man att en överenskommelse ska ha nåtts om en resolution där en hänvisning till kapitel 7 ingår! Om det är sant får man anta att det är en lös formulering och att de våldsbenägna nationerna inte automatiskt ges rätt att anfalla om de får sådana idéer, utan att ärendet ska tas upp i säkerhetsrådet så att Ryssland och Kina får en chans att lägga in sina veton.
voiceofrussia.com – Security Council reaches agreement on Syria chem weapons resolution – UN diplomats

The five permanent members of the UN Security Council appear to have reached agreement on a resolution requiring Syria to dismantle its chemical weapons stockpiles, said unnamed UN diplomats.
The comments came a day after Russia’s deputy foreign minister, Gennady Gatilov, said negotiators had overcome a major hurdle and agreed that the resolution would include a reference to Chapter 7 of the UN Charter, which allows for military and nonmilitary actions to promote peace and security.

voiceofrussia.com – Format of high-level meeting on Syria expanded – UN spokesperson

A format of a high-level meeting on preparations for an international conference on Syria has been expanded but names of all the participants of the meeting will be announced later, the UN’s spokesperson Martin Nesirky said on Thursday.
“This is a high-level meeting. We said before it was going to be a trilateral meeting between Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, US State Secretary John Kerry, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and Lakhdar Brahimi, Arab League Special Envoy to Syria. Now the format has been expanded and further details will be revealed later,” Nesirky said.
Earlier, he said that UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon would hold the meeting on Friday.

almanar.com.lb – Assad: Our Enemies Are Confused, We Have Weapons That Can Paralyze Israel

Talking about Syria’s enemies, Assad said: “They are stressed. The failure they have ended in due to political and diplomatic confusion could prompt them to move in an unreasonable and hysterical way. For that, don’t find strange any diplomatic, political and security escalation, it will be unrealistic, it is not more than a bubble or media war in a bid to retake initiative.”

Asked by the Lebanese writer whether it is a strategic loss for Syria to lose its chemical weapon, Assad said: “We had produced our chemical weapon, during the eighties of the last century, in a bid to deter Israel. However it is no more deterrent and today we have weapons that are more important and sophisticated through which we can paralyze Israel in seconds.”

almanar.com.lb – Nationalities of Militants in Syria .. in Figures

According to the British newspaper, the study showed that the number of insurgents fighting against the Syrian army is estimated at about 100 thousand gunmen distributed to about a thousand armed band, who came from 83 countries, including all Arab countries except Djibouti.

rt.com – Homemade sarin was used in attack near Damascus – Lavrov

Russia has enough evidence to assert that homemade sarin was used on August 21 in a chemical attack near Damascus, the same type but in higher concentration than in an Aleppo incident earlier this year, Russian FM Sergey Lavrov said.
“On the occasion of the incident in the vicinity of Aleppo on March 19, 2013 when the United Nations, under the pressure of some Security Council members, didn’t respond to the request of the Syrian government to send inspectors to investigate, Russia, at the request of the Syrian government, investigated that case, and this report, i.e. the results of this investigation are broadly available to the Security Council and publicly,” Lavrov said.
“The main conclusion is that the type of sarin used in that incident was homemade. We also have evidence to assert that the type of sarin used on August 21 was the same, only of higher concentration.”

voiceofrussia.com – Some nations want a ‘free hand’ in Syria – Ryabkov

Syria was, of course, tabled at today’s panel. The recent Russian initiative to put the Syrian chemical stockpile under international control is a clear diplomatic victory that helped avert a new military conflict. But it feels like a very brief, shaky truce. What must be done in order to beef it up?
I agree with you that there is still no safeguard against a military operation. We have fended the threat of a brute force solution for the time being and are working on consolidating our progress to turn this respite into a long-lasting peace to avert the danger once and for all. What is to be done next? We must carry on with the Lavrov-Kerry plan. Let’s be fair to our US partners. They agreed with many arguments that we made, although Washington continues to pressure the regime and support its opposition in Syria, to supply it with weapons.

sana.sy – President al-Assad interview with TeleSUR TV

TeleSUR: Mr. President, going back to Syria and the chemical weapons issue. What are the real guarantees provided by your government that the list you submitted on your chemical arsenal is truly representative of the weapons you possess? And what are the guarantees you provide to the UN investigators in order that they do their job, inspect the sites and put the chemical weapons under international control?
President Assad: Our relationship on this issue will be with the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). Syria is not required to provide guarantees to the world or to the organization, it is required to deal with specific mechanisms or to abide by specific mechanisms stipulated in the chemical weapons convention. And as I said before, Syria is committed to all agreements it signs.
Syria has recently sent the required data to the OPCW. Shortly, OPCW’s experts will visit Syria to familiarize themselves with the status of these weapons. As a government, we do not have any serious obstacles. However, there is always the possibility that the terrorists will obstruct the work of the investigators in order to prevent them from reaching the identified sites, either because they have their own motives or because they are acting on instructions from the states that support and finance them. Either way, we expect that their objective is to blame the Syrian government for not cooperating with the investigators. But as far as we are concerned as a government, we have no problem with agreeing to the mechanisms provided by in this agreement.

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25 sep

rt.com – Chemical weapons held by all sides in Syria should be destroyed – Lavrov

During a “constructive” meeting on the sidelines of UNGA, US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov have agreed to continue pushing towards destruction of “all” chemical weapons in Syria under international supervision.
“There are some serious concerns that the Syrian opposition may possess components of chemical weapons,” Lavrov told the press after the meeting with his counterpart. “All chemical weapons must be destroyed in Syria including hazardous materials in possession of the opposition,” he was quoted by Interfax.

One of the main sticking points is a possible Security Council resolution that would include possibility of the use of force under Chapter 7 of the UN Charter. Russia as well as China have continually opposed the inclusion of any such reference in a draft UN resolution.

rt.com – UN chemical weapons experts to return to Syria Wednesday – Moscow

Patrik Paulov – ”Förfalskade bevis för kemisk attack”, Omfattande granskning av filmer från Ghouta

Den rapport som ISTEAMS sammanställt bör tas på allvar. Det avgörande är att den kraftigt ifrågasätter den ”sanning” som lagts fram av de syriska rebellerna och deras uppbackare i väst. De många frågetecken som väcks av rapporten måste undersökas vidare.
Det är viktigt att åter påpeka att ISTEAMS undersökning inte på något vis utesluter att kemiska vapen använts eller att många människor dödats i Ghouta. Men dess slutsats är att rebellernas filmatiserade skildring av vad som hänt inte visar verkligheten utan iscensatts i ett tydligt syfte. Nämligen att angripa den syriska regeringen och legitimera en västligt militär attack på Syrien.

jinge.se – Gasattacken – kan Saudiarabien och Israel vara inblandade?

Julie Lévesque and Prof Michel Chossudovsky – The Ghouta Chemical Attacks: US-Backed False Flag? Killing Syrian Children to Justify a “Humanitarian” Military Intervention

voiceofrussia.com – VoR investigation: Controversy surrounding MintPress chemical weapons Ghouta report continues

It does not surprise Professor Chossudovsky that Ms Gavlak now wants her name to be retracted from the article. “Obviously, she want to be cleared of that because she is threatened by Saudi Arabia and she also risks to lose her job with Associated Press”, says Chossudovsky.
Chossudovsky also contends that this story is very significant because “everything suggests that what Ms Gavlak and Mr Ababneh reported in that article is correct”. While the expert admits that the Mint Press report is incomplete, he nonetheless sees it as a credible piece of information when it is corroborated by other report. For Chossudovsky, the report not only supports the assumption that Syrian rebels, rather than Assad’s forces, waged Ghouta attacks, but also suggests that August 21st attacks were a “series of very carefully staged events.”
As for Ms Gavlak’s future prospects, Professor assumes that her career as a mainstream journalist might well be over. “I suspect she will be fired, if she hasn’t already been fired,” Chossudovsky claims. “Associated Press will not want to take her back as a mainstream reporter. They will do their outmost to camouflage this report and other reports which are being published concerning this east Ghouta chemical weapons attack.”

voiceofrussia.com – Islamist Syrian rebels abandon US-backed SNC, call for unity under sharia law

Thirteen major rebel groups in Syria signed a statement where they explicitly rejected the authority of the Syrian National Coalition (SNC), the key rebel umbrella group which closely cooperated with the US and Gulf allies, and declared their desire to establish a separate authority exclusively based on sharia law.

moonofalabama.org – Syria: The Mask Is Off

Who does the Obama administration suggest should now sit on the opposition side to negotiate with the Syrian government in Geneva? Neither the exile National Syrian Council nor the exile Supreme Military Command have any control over or traction with the groups fighting against the Syrian government. And how will the Obama administration justify further support for these groups?

Tony Cartalucci – VIDEO: Rockets Used in Damascus CW Attack Fired from Makeshift Flatbeds, Not Military Vehicles

While the video above is claimed to be a ”smoking gun,” it instead, under critical examination, illustrates the means with which the false-flag operation was carried out in late August – for the sole purpose of justifying direct Western military intervention to save a faltering proxy war.
That the same rocket used in Damascus has now been seen launched from makeshift flatbeds and not olive green military rocket launchers, along with answering the basic question of ”to whose benefit?” and considering that militants are confirmed to have US training in handling of chemical weapons – all at the very least tear down the narrative that ”only the Syrian regime” could have carried out the attacks.

rt.com – ‘Syria infiltrated by groups with CIA links’, No one knows for sure how the US aggression against Syria may play out, not even Washington, while Syria has been infiltrated by groups that have links to the CIA and are also backed by “certain Arab nations,” former Hezbollah MP Hassan Hoballah told RT.

Exceptional? You bet! ‘US wants to bully UN into overthrowing Assad’

theblaze.com – Al Qaeda-Linked Syria Group Enjoying USAID? You’ve Got to See This to Believe It

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24 sep

Press TV – Five killed, more wounded in Damascus explosion: State TV

Five people have been killed and several others wounded after a car bomb explosion hit the eastern suburbs of the Syrian capital, Damascus.

almanar.com.lb – Ban to UN Summit: Stop Fuelling Syria Bloodshed

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appealed Tuesday to all the world countries to stop sending weapons which fuel the bloodshed in Syria, as he opened the annual General Assembly summit.
”I appeal to all states to stop fuelling the bloodshed and to end the arms flows to Syria,” Ban told world leaders.

Press TV – Obama says US ready to use military force in Middle East

Richard Lightbown – The Syria Chemical Weapons Attack: Human Rights Watch is Manipulating the Facts

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23 sep

Ännu en viktig artikel om händelserna den 21 augusti. På en av de platser som FN-gruppen undersökte först fanns inga spår av sarin i proverna från yttermiljön. Ändå var det från denna plats som de påstådda offren för attacken hade mest spår av sarin. Ännu ett tecken på att händelsen är manipulerad. Det finns fler underligheter i denna artikel om FN-rapporten.
Sharmine Narwani and Radwan Mortada – Questions Plague UN Report on Syria

.. a closer look at the charts shows a massive discrepancy in lab results from east and west Ghouta. There is not a single environmental sample in Moadamiyah that tested positive for Sarin.
This is a critical piece of information. These samples were taken from “impact sites and surrounding areas” identified by numerous parties, not just random areas in the town. Furthermore, in Moadamiyah, the environmental samples were taken five days after the reported CW attack, whereas in Ein Tarma and Zamalka – where many samples tested positive for Sarin – UN investigators collected those samples seven and eight days post-attack, when degradation of chemical agents could have been more pronounced.
Yet it is in Moadamiyah where alleged victims of a CW attack tested highest for Sarin exposure ..

Christof Lehmann – Russia – China and CSTO draw Red Line about NATO Despotism

Following US attempts to blackmail Russia into adopting a Security Council resolution which would pave the way for a US aggression against Syria under the UN Charter’s Chapter 7, by threatening to block Syria’s accession to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, China and Russia responded by drawing an unequivocal red line with regards to Syria. The Chinese and Russian position has the support of the member states of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), who stressed the need for a peaceful resolution to the situation in Syria at a CSTO council meeting on Monday.

infowars.com –Saudi Arabia Threatens to “End Career” of AP Reporter Over Chemical Weapons Story – Press TV – US reporter threatened by Saudi Arabia over Syria chemical weapons attack

Associated Press reporter Dale Gavlak has been threatened over her involvement in a story which exposed how Syrian rebels were responsible for the August 21st chemical weapons attack after being handed the weapons by Saudi intelligence agents.

Intervju med den religiöse ledare som erbjöds en stor summa pengar för att delta på oppositionens sida, men som avböjde, och vars son senare mördades. Tror att det var på hösten 2011, inte förra året som det står i artikeln.
Robert Fisk – ”I had five sons, now I have four”: Syria’s senior cleric pardons the rebels who killed his son, The Grand Mufti of Syria preaches a message of forgiveness

‘I met those men who assassinated my own son – and they told me they didn’t even know whom they were killing.” Sheikh Ahmad Badreddin Hassoun, the Grand Mufti of Syria, sits in a straightbacked chair, his immaculate white turban atop a narrow, intelligent and very troubled face. His son Sania was a second-grade student at Aleppo University when he was shot dead getting into his car. “I went to see the two men in the court and they said they’d just been given the number of the car’s registration plate, that they didn’t know whom they had killed until they went home and watched the news on television.”
I ask for his reaction to the men’s confession, and the Grand Mufti puts his hands over his eyes and weeps. “He was only 21, my youngest son.

“All the men involved were Syrians, from the countryside of Aleppo. They said they received their command from Turkey and Saudi Arabia, that they were each paid 50,000 Syrian pounds. This shows that my son’s killing was not out of doctrine or belief. The two men were 18 or 19 only.”

The first major use of gas came in March at Khan al-Assal in Aleppo province, near the Mufti’s residence, when at least 26 civilians suffocated to death. This is his version of what happened.
“Some of the farm labourers reported to me that all the terrorists in the area had suddenly left – the night before the attack – and had evacuated all their people. So the civilians were happy – they were civilians and many were the wives and children of soldiers – and so they went back at last to their homes. Then came the chemical missile attack. I said at that time, in March, that this event is just an experiment, that gas will be used again in other places.”

Jean Bricmont and Diana Johnstone – No More War for Israel? The People Against the 800 Pound Gorilla

The past ten days have seen what could be the start of an historic turning point away from endless war in the Middle East. Public opinion in the United States, in harmony with the majority of people in the world, has clearly rejected U.S. military intervention in Syria.

For now, the threat of war has been avoided, or at least “postponed”. Let us not forget that Iraq and Libya also gave up their weapons of mass destruction, only to be attacked later. Syria is likely to abandon its chemical weapons, but without any guarantee that the rebels, much less Israel, won’t retain such weapons. The popular mobilization against the war, probably the first one in history to stop a war before it starts, has been intense but may be short-lived. Those whose war plans have been interrupted can be expected to come up with new maneuvers to regain the initiative. These past days have given a glimpse of what can be accomplished when people wake up and say no to war. This must be an inspiration for continued efforts to make diplomacy prevail over bullying, and mutual disarmament over endless war. If people really want peace, it can be possible.

Yekbun Alp – Al-Qaidas svenska värvningskampanj måste fram i ljuset

Efter inbördeskrigets utbrott i Syrien 2011 tog al-Nusra, undergrupp till al-Qaida, tillfället i akt att börja sprida sin terror i landet. Sedan al-Nusra inledde terrorn mot det syriska folket, med fokus på västra Kurdistan, Rojava, i norra Syrien, har hundratusentals flytt.
Men ingen frågar sig hur terroristerna kom in landet eller varifrån de får vapen och utbildning. Medierna fokuserar istället på Syriens president Bashar al-Assad och oppositionen i Fria syriska armén.
Vi glömmer eller ignorerar att terroristerna i al-Nusra dagligen dödar civila på de mest brutala sätt. Folk radas upp för att halshuggas med svärd, gravida kvinnor får magarna uppskurna och deras foster dödas.
Alltsammans filmas och läggs ut på nätet. Trots detta är det ingen som reagerar. Världens ledare är tysta och riktar all sin uppmärksamhet mot president al-Assad. Varför är medierna så beroende av information från länder som USA?

voiceofrussia.com – Assad slams US, France on UN draft resolution on Syria

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad denounced the United States, France and Britain for submitting a draft resolution to the UN Security Council to place Syrian chemical weapons under international control, saying they were fighting an ”imaginary enemy”.
Assad, who was interviewed by China’s state television CCTV in Damascus, the Syrian capital, said he was not concerned about the draft resolution and that Chinaand Russia would ”ensure any excuse for military action against Syria will not stand.”

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22 sep

USA hotar med att dra sig ur överenskommelsen om Syriens kem-vapen om de inte får hota med militärt våld, alltså kapitel 7 i FN, i en resolution. Webster Tarpley påpekar i sin senaste rapport att det inte behövs någon resolution, och absolut inte någon med kapitel 7 för att genomföra överenskommelsen. Det lyser allt tydligare igenom att målet för USA inte var att få bort kemiska vapen från Syrien, utan att få bort Syriens president. Och nu är man oroliga att stå utan svepskäl att hota med ett angrepp. Var dödskjutningarna på en amerikansk militäranläggning i veckan ett budskap till Obama från de mörkrets makter som agerar bakom kulisserna om att man inte var nöjda med en fredlig uppgörelse om Syrien?

rt.com – Lavrov: US pressuring Russia into passing UN resolution on Syria allowing military force

“Our American partners are starting to blackmail us: ‘If Russia does not support a resolution under Chapter 7, then we will withdraw our support for Syria’s entry into the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). This is a complete departure from what I agreed with Secretary of State John Kerry’,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told Channel 1’s Sunday Time program.

“Our partners are blinded by an ideological mission for regime change,” said Lavrov. “They cannot admit they have made another mistake.”

voiceofrussia.com – Russian foreign chief Sergei Lavrov says US ‘overtly blackmailing’ Moscow on Syria

The US is trying to blackmail Russia and the world by forcing its upside-down Syria peace scenario on the international community, Russia’s foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said Sunday in an interview to the country’s main TV channel, Channel One.

globalresearch.ca – Syria: Why War is Still on the Table, Global Research News Hour Episode 37

Tony Cartalucci – West Attempts Syria Cover Up – Claims ”Twitter Donations” Behind Rise of Al Qaeda

In the latest, and perhaps most absurd attempt yet by the West to cover up direct aid, arms, and funding it has been sending to Al Qaeda throughout the duration of the Syrian conflict, the Washington Post now claims ”Twitter donations” have somehow managed to outpace the collective resources of a 7 nation-plus axis who it claims is only backing ”moderate” fighters in Syria.

Artikelnmintpressnews.com den 29 augusti har fått ökat värde, då journalisterna bakom den har utsatts för hot – Official Statement On Dale Gavlak’s Involvement In Syria Exclusive – Det var i den artikeln det påstods att ”rebellerna” fått kemiska vapen från Saudiarabien.

Robert Fisk – Gas missiles ‘were not sold to Syria’, Export papers seem to back Assad’s denial over sarin attack – but Russians won’t go into detail

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21 sep

voiceofrussia.com – International experts scrutinize Syria’s disclosures

An announcement posted on the official website of the international Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons says the OPCW received the details of Syria’s chemical arsenal Friday and is now scrutinizing them.

Road to Disarmament: Syria hands over toxic arsenal info to intl agency

almanar.com.lb – Tunisia Arrests 86 Salafists Recruiting Mercenaries to Fight in Syria

The Tunisian security forces arrested Friday eighty-six salafists working to recruit militiamen in order to send them to the Syrian Arab Republic and fight for Al-Qaeda-affiliated Al-Nusra terrorist group.
In the meantime, local authorities stated that six thousand young men have been forbidden from travelling to Syria, after plots revealed they were planning to fight for Al-Nusra Front against the national military.

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20 sep

UPPDATERING

Thierry Meyssan – Putin warns US citizens about the consequences of their government’s policies

By this op ed column, Vladimir Putin reveals the thrust of his politics – to force Washington to recognise that it is not, or is no longer, the master of the world, and to bring it back to the level of the other great powers of the Security Council, in acceptance of the rules of international law. The Syrian crisis seems to indicate that he has succeeded, since the US, for the moment at least, has abandoned the idea of attacking Syria in defiance of international law. In this way, Russia will therefore have assumed the role of counter-balance, which used to be the position of the Soviet Union. US domination of the world will therefore have ceased after a period of 18 years, counting from its rearmament (1995) to its defeat in Syria (2013).

Tony Cartalucci – In Syria, There are no Moderates

This latest bid to portray the terrorists operating along and within Syria’s borders as ”divided” along extremists/moderate lines is a ploy to justify the continued flow of Western cash and arms into Syria to perpetuate the conflict, as well as create conditions along Syria’s borders with which Western partners, Israel, Jordan, and Turkey, can justify direct military intervention.

It is important to understand two undeniable, verified facts. First, there are no moderates in Syria, and second, Al Qaeda’s ascendance in Syria is the direct results of the West intentionally arming them, funding them, training them, providing them with tactical, logistical, and strategic support, as well as financing them through the purchase of Al Qaeda-controlled oil fields. Understanding these facts lifts the veil regarding the latest round of lies and fabrications by the West to regain the initiative amidst their premeditated, 2-plus year assault on Syria.

Press TV – OPCW receives Syria chemical weapons declaration

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said on Friday that the Syrian government has begun sending details of its chemical arms as part of a US-Russia brokered deal to put them under international control for their final annihilation.

globalresearch.ca – The Ghouta chemical attack: Kidnapped by Al Nusrah. Where are the Missing Children?

Vladimir Yevseyev – Syria: Chemical Attack or “Provocation” by Opposition Rebel Forces

moonofalabama.org – Syria: NYT, HRW Wrong To Claim Chemical Attack Origin

Christof Lehmann – Germany joins efforts to frame Syria on non-compliance

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Intervju med Mother Agnes – rt.com – Children in Syria chemical attack video ‘moved between locations’ before ‘staged’ filming

Children filmed as victims of the Aug 21 chemical attack in a Damascus suburb had been deliberately moved to the location from a different region after being kidnapped weeks before, Mother Agnes told RT after presenting her own investigation to the UN.

voiceofrussia.com – West clueless if extremists come to power in Syria – Putin

Speaking at the Valdai International Discussion Club on Thursday, September 19th, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Western countries did not know what to do if extremist came to power in Syria as a result of their interference. “Are they going to wave them away with a newspaper?” he asked.
President Putin urged the West to say honestly that it had started providing external support as soon as the conflict broke out in Syria. “How did the terrorist group Al-Nusra come into existence there? Even the US Department of State has admitted that Al-Qaeda units are fighting there,” he said.
“We can’t watch mass killings calmly, but if we try to interfere on either side, there will be no balance. We must find points of contact and equilibrium that would hold for some time,” Putin said.
He mentioned Libya as an example. “Has it become better there now? What is the result?” he asked, adding that the way proposed to solve the problem in that country had proven wrong. “This is why we want to forge constructive dialogue with the United States,” the president said.
The use of force against Syria would upset the balance of power in the world not to that country, Vladimir Putin said. “This would be a blow to the world order, not to Syria. This is what I mean.”
“There are no exclusive interests in Syria we would be pursuing by trying to keep the present government there. We are trying to preserve the principles of international law,” he said.

Bill Simpich – Rogue State USA: Missile Threats Make Any Syria Treaty Illegal

Article 2, Section 4 of the UN Charter makes it plain. “All members shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state, or in any other manner inconsistent with the purpose of the United Nations.”
This rule is so strong that it explains why Obama recently announced that he will not seek a Security Council authorization of the threat of the use of force in Syria. Under international law, the necessary conditions do not exist for the Security Council to take any such action in this setting.

Christian village Maaloula falls into jihadists’ hands as Al-Qaeda grows in Syria

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19 sep

rt.com – Russia: UN inspectors ignored evidence on Syria chemical attacks

UN inspectors ignored evidence on chemical weapons use in Syria secretly passed to them by Damascus, said Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister in an exclusive interview to RT. That is why the UN report is biased and needs reinvestigation, he said.

voiceofrussia.com – Russia may hand over evidence of rebels’ chemical weps use to UN today

Russia may provide the UN Security Council with evidence implicating Syrian rebels in the use of chemical weapons as early as today, Voice of Russia’s Polina Chernitsa has cited Putin’s Middle East envoy as saying Thursday.

Press TV – Chemical attack near Syrian capital smart provocation: Putin

“We have every ground to believe that it was a provocation. Of course, it was adroit and smart, but, at the same time, primitive in terms of technical performance,” said Putin during a Thursday meeting with Western politicians and journalists in Russia’s northwestern Novgorod region.

Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya – One nun puts entire US intel community to shame over ‘stage-managed’ Syria footage

Those who take the time to read the report by Mother Agnes and the International Support Team for Mussalaha in Syria (ISTEAMS) will realize that it disgraces the entire US intelligence community for endorsing video footage that is clearly dubious and not credible upon careful study by even a layperson.

Look With Your Own Eyes: The Videos of the Chemical Attacks in Syria Show Tampered Scenes

globalresearch.ca – How the Syrian Chemical Weapons Videos Were Staged, Detailed Video Analysis on GRTV
In the wake of the Syrian chemical weapons attack, shocking footage of the victims of that attack were widely circulated in an effort to raise the ire of the public and spur support for military intervention.
Now, a new report on that footage finds troubling inconsistencies and manipulation with the video that calls the official narrative of the attack and its victims into question.

nsnbc.me – Al-Nusra Producing Chemical Weapons in Turkey

The investigation into chemical weapon production in Turkey continues. Haitham Kassab, the number one suspect in the indictment, has given details of his contacts in Turkey and of work that they have carried out in his statement to the prosecutor’s office. Kassab’s expressions have revealed how Syrian terrorist groups have made Antakya into a center for exporting terrorism.

Press TV – 19 killed in bus bomb attack in central Syria

Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich – Syria and the Saudi-Israeli Connection: The Chemical Weapons Attack. Who was Behind It?

voiceofrussia.com – Obama regime is buying time to reshuffle its plans – Koenig

Sergey Lavrov and John Kerry reached an agreement that prevented a military intervention in Syria. Peter Koenig, a former World Bank economist and a Voice of Russia regular, shares his impressions from the place were negotiations were finalized, the Swiss city of Geneva.

Stephen Gowans – Counter-Questions on Syria: Obama Brushes Aside International Law

Not only is Washington willing to brush aside international law when the UN Charter gets in the way of its foreign policy interests, it is also willing to toss evidence, reason and logic aside when they threaten its pretexts for war.

Thierry Meyssan – The Secret of Israeli Chemical Weapons

If one can understand why neither Syria nor Egypt signed the Convention in 1993, the opportunity offered by Moscow to Damascus to join today is a bargain: it not only puts an end to the crisis with the United States and France, but it also helps to get rid of unnecessary stockpiles become increasingly difficult to defend. For all practical purposes, President al -Assad has specified that Syria was acting at the request of Russia and not under pressure from the United States, an elegant way of stressing the responsibility of Moscow to protect the country in the future from a possible chemical attack by Israel.

Finian Cunningham – Western lies, criminality unraveling in Syria

More damning is the new disclosure by the Syrian government purporting to show that the culpable party for the gas attack near Damascus is the insurgents. Syria shared this “factual evidence” with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov, who was in Damascus this week. Syria and Russia are to submit this information to the UN.
What is disturbing is that this latest evidence, which includes ballistic charts and chemical analysis data, was already presented to the UN team led by Sellstrom. Russia has also said that other evidence and information presented to the UN team during the investigation was ignored in its final report. That suggests that the UN team was compromised to accommodate Western political interests.

Ny intervju med Syriens president, utskriven som text här – President al-Assad’s interview with Fox News

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18 sep

En syrisk helikopter som var ett par km innanför turkisk gräns sköts ner av turkiskt flyg för ett par dagar sedan. Från syriskt håll sas det att helikoptern var obeväpnad och att den var på väg tillbaka mot syriskt område när den sköts ner. Piloten sköt sig ur helikoptern och landade med fallskärm, men dödades och halshöggs av väpnade gäng, en video med groteska bilder visar detta. Representanter för syriens ledning ansåg att det hela var en provokation från turkiskt håll, att de vill ha igång en konflikt. Vilket också visas av att turkiets utrikesminister därefter hotat med ”konsekvenser” vid en syrisk hämndaktion!
Och nu tycks Nato-chefen Fogh-Rasmussen ha givit ”rebellerna” tips om ett nytt ”game changing event”, just de ord Obama använde angående användning av kemiska vapen för ett år sen, om de nu inte kan försöka trigga fram utländsk inblandning genom false flag-kem-attacker längre. Han lär ha sagt att om Turkiet dras in i konflikten blir det en ”game changer”! Kan man gissa att de väpnade gängen kommer att avfyra missiler in mot Turkiet nu, och givetvis skylla på Assad, vilket man säkert kommer att få hjälp med av västmedierna. Precis detta har ju hänt förut, var det ca ett år sedan? Man har ju lagt grunden för en sådan historia med den onödiga nedskjutningen av helikoptern och den barbariska behandlingen av piloten!
Syrian pilot shot down by Turkish military most likely beheaded by jihadist rebels
Turkey threatens with ‘consequences’ if Syria tries to avenge military chopper downing

Ett klipp – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-HCJI5AbJkQ – ska ha hittats på mobilen hos en dödad ”rebell” som sägs visa att dessa avfyrar något som kan vara en kem-laddning just vid tidpunkten för attacken på morgonen den 21 augusti.
Unverified videos allegedly show Syria rebels using chemical weapons

voiceofrussia.com – Damascus provides Russia with new info on Syrian opposition’s use of chemical weapons – Ryabkov

Syria has provided Russian experts with additional evidence that the opposition used chemical weapons and it can be considered ”very convincing,” said Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov who is currently in Damascus.

”The material received, given to us in Arabic, will be translated into Russian. What kind of conclusions can Russia draw? This will be studied in detail and without hurry. I assure that this could change the course of further talks,” underlined Ryabkov.

”This evidence was previously given to Mr. Selstrem [UN experts head], who was here in Syria and headed the group of experts,” Ryabkov told reporters in Damascus.

rt.com – Russia to provide UNSC with data for chemical weapons’ use by Syrian rebels – Lavrov

hbl.fi – Ryssland: Bevis på att rebeller använt kemvapen

voiceofrussia.com – UN weapons inspectors to return to Syria soon – chief – Press TV – Russia demands ‘immediate return’ of UN inspectors to Syria

”Yes we will be returning to Syria. Our planning isn’t finished yet, so I can’t say when we will be going, but it will be soon,” UN chief inspector Aake Sellstroem said.

Yoichi Shimatsu – The Sellstrom Report: The United Nations’ Syria Inspector Shills for NATO and Israel

Instead of a non-politicized investigation and lab analysis, the UN investigation of alleged nerve-gas attacks inside Syria was led by Professor Ake Sellstrom, a man of mystery who keeps a veil of secrecy around his research and political-military relationships.
Sellstrom’s report on Syria for the UN and his prior inspections record in Iraq are dubious, to say the least. In the eyes of laymen, his seeming objectivity and non-partisanship is based on the myth of Sweden’s neutrality. The public assumes – wrongly- that Sweden never takes sides in wars or geopolitical conflicts.

Press TV – Consequences of US war on Syria ‘unbelievable’

Former Pentagon official Michael Maloof says the repercussions of US military action against Syria would be “unbelievable” throughout the Middle East and the world.
“If we were to use military action right now in Syria, the consequences would be otherly unbelievable throughout the entire Middle East region and maybe even the world,” Maloof told Press TV on Wednesday.

Former U.S. Officials Ramsey Clark and Cynthia McKinney Travel to Mideast Anti-War Conference & Syria to Oppose U.S. War Plans – sana.sy – President al-Assad to US delegation: US administration policies in the region do not serve the the American people

voiceofrussia.com – UN experts fail to locate suspected sarin launch sites in Syria – spokesman

jinge.se – Massakern i Ghouta, Syrien – falska videoinspelningar?

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17 sep

UPPDATERING

Michel Chossudovsky – Syria: Fabricating Chemical Lies. Who is Behind the East Ghouta Attacks?

While the ISTEAMS Report does not establish who was behind the mass killings of innocent children, it confirms that the videos released on August 21 including those presented on September 5 to the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee had been deliberately manipulated, that the bodies of dead children had been moved from one location to another in a staged event.

The ISTEAMS study demonstrates the following: the East Ghouda tragedy was a carefully planned staged event involving the US sponsored “opposition rebel forces”.

The Senate Committee Resolution 2021 (referring to the videos) points to “clear and compelling evidence”. In the words of John Kerry in his statement before the Senate Committee: “The images [in the videos] of that day are sickening. And in my view, the world cannot ignore the inhumanity and the horror of this act.”
But those images were part of a diabolical operation which consisted in triggering atrocities including the killing of innocent children, and then using the filmed footages of these atrocities for propaganda purposes.
Who was behind this criminal project?

Press TV – UN Syria resolution not to refer to Chapter 7 of UN Charter: Lavrov

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says the resolution that the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) is to adopt on Syria will not refer to Chapter 7 of the UN Charter, regulating the use of military force against Damascus.
The foreign minister made the remarks during a conference after a meeting held with his French counterpart Laurent Fabius in the Russian capital, Moscow.
“The resolution of the Security Council, which will approve the decision of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) executive council, will not be over Chapter 7. We said it distinctly in Geneva and the document that we agreed on says no single word about it,” Lavrov said.

Christof Lehmann – UN Report on Syria ambiguous and dangerous, USA, UK and France under Suspicion for Systematic Omission of Evidence for “Opposition’s Chemical Weapons Use, to Justify Military Aggression against Syria.

UN Secretary General Ban Kyi Moon has received the UN Inspectors report on the use of chemical weapons in Syria. The report was presented at a close session of the UN Security Council. The report clarifies that the experts did not find standard chemical weapons warheads as used by the Syrian Arab Army.
The way in which the debris of the missiles was scattered suggests, that a multiple rocket launcher (MRL) could have been used to launch the chemical laden projectiles. A procedure not used by Syria’s military forces.
Even though the report clearly supports Syrian and Russian statements and mounting evidence which points towards foreign-backed terrorists as perpetrators of the chemical weapons attack on 21 August, the report is ambiguous and leaves dangerously much room for political interpretations.

voiceofrussia.com – Russia willing to make contribution to security of OPCW experts in Syria – Lavrov

”The storage locations, which will be identified during the first stage of the experts’ work, will require some international presence, I am sure about this. Russia is willing to take part in the procedures ensuring such security along the perimeters of the sites where the relevant work will be done by Syrian experts and OPCW experts,” Lavrov said at a press conference following negotiations with French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius.

voltairenet.org – The chemical weapons of Ghouta came from the Turkish Army

The TV channel Al-Ikbariya broadcasted, on Sunday the 15th of September 2013, a long interview of a prisoner reporting the way that he had transported chemical weapons from a Turkish military base to Damascus.
According to this report, the Turkish army was aiming to provoke an international intervention against Syria.

Press TV –Syrian army gains control of Shabaa on Damascus suburbs almanar.com.lb

Murky Clues from UN’s Syria Report – Murky Clues from UN’s Syria Report

Norman Solomon – Next Step for Peace in Syria — Stop the “Lethal Aid”

Now that public pressure has foiled U.S. plans to bomb Syria, the next urgent step is to build public pressure for stopping the deluge of weapons into that country.

almanar.com.lb – Syrian Security Source Says Gunmen Have Land-Land Rockets, Sarin

gulfnews.com – Israel calls for toppling of Al Assad

Israel wants to see Syrian President Bashar Al Assad toppled, its ambassador to the United States said on Tuesday, in a shift from its non-committal public stance on its neighbour’s civil war.
Even Al Assad’s defeat by Al Qaida-aligned rebels would be preferable to Damascus’ current alliance with Israel’s arch-foe Iran, Ambassador Michael Oren said in an interview with the Jerusalem Post.

aydinlikdaily.com – 75 Thousand Islamist Terrorists Fighting Assad

David Swanson – Humanitarian Murder

pennyforyourthoughts2.blogspot.com.au – UN Report regarding Chemical attack at Ghouta

phstjernfeldt.blogspot.se – Två rapporter om kemvapenattacken i Gousha

nyhetsbanken.se – Ryska gasraketer i Syrien – eller hemmagjorda

jinge.se – Kemiska vapen har använts i Syrien av någon eller några

Is war biggest crime committed in Syria against Syrians? As the UN Independent Commission on Syria releases yet another report, one thing is painfully clear: both sides have committed countless war crimes and atrocities, with no end in sight to the hostilities. How independent and impartial can the Commission be, with so much at stake? Vitit Muntarbhorn, one of the authors of the report, joins Oksana in this special edition of Worlds Apart.

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Det vore väl konstigt annars. FN-rapporten (finns HÄR) om kem-attacken talar om att platsen för undersökningen, som kontrolleras av de väpnade gängen, kan ha manipulerats.
Press TV – Syria CW attack scene may have been manipulated, UN report says

The team reported that while it was at the Ghouta attack site, ”individuals arrived carrying other suspected munitions, indicating that such potential evidence is being moved and possibly manipulated.”

voiceofrussia.com – Report presented by UN mission on chemical weapons in Syria needs further review – Churkin

UN inspectors, who visited the sites of chemical weapons attacks carried out near Damascus in August this year, came to the conclusion that warheads of these missiles could be either made at factory or handicraft.

According to the report, the experts didn’t find warheads allegedly filled with nerve gas sarin.
The UN experts believe that the way missiles’ remainders are scattered suggests that they could be launched from a multiple rocket launcher (MRL).
The report says the experts don’t exclude the possibility of transporting material evidence of the chemical weapons attack to another place either immediately after the firing or before UN inspectors’ arrival.

Tony Cartalucci – 5 Lies Invented to Spin UN Report on Syrian Chemical Weapons Attack

As predicted days before the UN’s Syrian chemical weapons report was made public, the West has begun spinning the findings to bolster their faltering narrative regarding alleged chemical weapon attacks on August 21, 2013 in eastern Damascus, Syria. The goal of course, is to continue demonizing the Syrian government while simultaneously sabotaging a recent Syrian-Russian deal to have Syria’s chemical weapon stockpiles verified and disarmed by independent observers.

What the Washington Post fails to mention are the ”limitations” the UN team itself put on the credibility of their findings. On page 18 of the report (22 of the .pdf), the UN states [emphasis added]:
The time necessary to conduct a detailed survey of both locations as well as take samples was very limited. The sites have been well travelled by other individuals both before and during the investigation. Fragments and other possible evidence have clearly been handled/moved prior to the arrival of the investigation team.
It should also be noted that militants still controlled the area after the alleged attack and up to and including during the investigation by UN personnel. Any tampering or planting of evidence would have been carried out by ”opposition” members – and surely the Syrian government would not point rockets in directions that would implicate themselves.

Russia slams US blame game over UN Syria chemical attack reportRussia Today

Alla dessa barn på videorna som påstås komma från kem-attacken den 21 augusti! Det aktuella området var sen lång tid belägrat av de väpnade gängen och de flesta civila hade begett sig därifrån för länge sedan. Misstänkt bara det, och nästan inga kvinnor bland de döda, och nästan inga bilder på döda rebell-krigare, det var väl dessa som skulle vara målet för en attack av det slag som väst påstår har ägt rum?
Angående den rapport som det länkas till längst ner i gårdagens inlägg, det låter sannolikt att det är barn som kidnappats i början av augusti som syns på videorna. Sen har det säkert släppts ut någon sorts gas i området utanför Damaskus den 21 augusti, men alla dessa barn kommer knappast därifrån. En lång lista på saknade och döda finns i rapporten.
Jag har sett den här videon i en annan version med engelsk text tidigare. Enligt den säger kvinnan i svart att de hålls fångna och att de väpnade gängen vill ha en utväxling, några som tillhör deras grupp som är fångade av armén vill de ha i utbyte. Och den maskerade mannen säger också att de väntar på en utväxling. Detta ska vara i Lattakia-trakten i augusti. Är det dessa barn som dödats och använts i videorna till 21 augusti-attacken?

En video som är en sammanställning av flera klipp, visar bl.a. fler bilder på tillfångatagna civila och att ”rebellerna” har tillgång till avancerade vapen.

syriatimes.sy – Syrian Human Rights Organization Testimonies on Lattakia Countryside Massacres

” By the beginning of last month ( August) , hundreds of citizens were killed, kidnapped or missed in Lattakia countryside where they were subjected to the worst kinds of ethnic cleansing by terrorist groups, criticizing certain Lebanese parties which rejoice al-Nusra Front .

sabinachiaburu.wordpress.com – Update on Downed Helicopter

An official statement from the General Command of Army and Armed Forces: ”Earlier today 09-16-2013, a Syrian Air Force helicopter was missing in a recon mission over the Syrian-Turkish border villages or Latakia countryside, and after rescanning our radars showed that the helicopter accidentally crossed the Turkish airspace for a short distance before given an order of withdrawing and guided back inside the Syrian airspace, during its withdrawal the Turkish air force shot down the helicopter to fall inside the Syrian territory. The hasty reaction from the Turkish side, especially that the helicopter was unarmed, on a recon mission and on its way back to Syrian space, is an evidence of the real intentions of Erdog(an`s government toward Syria by escalating the situation on the borders and adding tension between the two countries and.” End of Statement. Syrian Arab Army

Adrian Salbuchi – Why the US, UK, EU and Israel hate Syria

Her ‘Top Eight Reasons Why They Hate Us’ is an excellent wrap-up, applicable to just about every self-respecting country in the world: no Rothschild-controlled Central Bank, no IMF debt, no genetically modified foods, oil and pipelines, anti-secret societies, anti-Zionism, secularism and nationalism.
Her brief message unravels as a sort of common sense manual which explains why the United States of America, the United Kingdom, the European Union (especially France) and Israel are so keen on destroying Syria, a country whose leadership just won’t bow down to the New World Order elites embedded deep inside the Western powers’ own public (government) and private (corporate/banking) power structures.

I samband med artikeln ovan kan den här passa att ta en titt på, också om tänkbara anledningar till att Syrien inte kan få lov att vara ifred – Making the World Safe for Banksters: Syria in the Cross-hairs

Like Libya and Iraq before they were embroiled in war, Syria provides free education at all levels and free medical care. It also provides subsidized housing for everyone (although some of this has been compromised by adoption of an IMF structural adjustment program in 2006 and the presence of about 2 million Iraqi and Palestinian refugees). Iran too provides nearly free higher education and primary health care.
Like Libya and Iraq before takedown, Syria and Iran have state-owned central banks that issue the national currency and are under government control. Whether these countries will succeed in maintaining their financial sovereignty in the face of enormous economic, political and military pressure remains to be seen.

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16 sep

Ännu en särskilt viktig artikel om händelserna de senaste veckorna! Phil Greaves – Syria: Has Obama Finally Forsaken the Insurgency?

Several reports leading up to the alleged chemical attack claim that the United States – in line with its covert policy of over two years – had prepared and deployed a “rebranded”, moderate, non-jihadist battalion of rebel fighters into Syria with the desired objective of creating a buffer-zone in the southern province of Da’raa (birthplace of the insurgency); from which the rebels would regroup and replenish supplies lost in consecutive defeats in preparation for a “Storm on Damascus”: a carbon-copy of the CIA’s strategy during the overthrow of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi – minus the crucial NATO airforce.
An article from August the 22nd, authored by Yossef Bodansky, an Israeli-American political scientist who served as Director of the Congressional Task Force on Terrorism and Unconventional Warfare of the US House of Representatives from 1988 to 2004 claims:
Starting Aug. 17 and 18, nominally Free Syrian Army (FSA) units — in reality a separate Syrian and Arab army trained and equipped by the CIA as well as Jordanian and other intelligence services — attempted to penetrate southern Syria from northern Jordan and start a march on Damascus. Two units, one 250-strong and one 300-strong, crossed into Syria and began advancing parallel to the Golan Heights border. Their aim was to break east and reach Daraa quickly in order to prepare the ground for the declaration of Daraa as the capital of a “Free Syria”. However, the CIA’s FSA forces met fierce resistance by the unlikely coalition of the Syrian Army, local jihadist forces (mainly the locally-raised Yarmuk Brigades), and even tribal units who fear the encroachment by outside forces on their domain. By Aug. 19 and 20, the FSA units were surrounded in three villages not far from the Israeli border.

In a revealing interview on Sunday, Obama gave further sign of a shift in US policy and refused to be drawn on the future of Assad. Obama effectively announced the US intention of giving up on the insurgency, and said the “United States can’t get in the middle of somebody else’s civil war.” and reiterated previous statements that “We can’t enforce– militarily, a settlement there.” Has a deal to halt the US-led insurgency been done? Will the US stop arming jihadists now? Is Russia urging Syria to destroy its CW stockpile the carrot necessary to appease the angry donkey and the 800 pound gorilla (aka: the US military industrial complex & Israel)? In the remote scenario of a solid reconciliation between Russia and the US and a move toward peace; are Washington still able to control their autocratic clients in the Middle East?

Kevin Barrett – Obama, Dempsey slap down neocons on Syrian false-flag

Now the neocon plan for a US war on Syria, followed by war on Iran, is off the table.
The neocons are furious. Their rage is palpable. The foul stench of their unrighteous anger rises like toxic fumes from the American editorial pages they so treasonously dominate.
How will Netanyahu and his neocons respond?

Press TV – Putin holds diplomatic cards on Syria: Christopher Walker

And this is really just – I think – a way of all these three countries saving their face in the face of the fact that Russia in the person of Mr. Putin has really taken the diplomatic initiative and holds the diplomatic cards.

almanar.com.lb – Brahimi: We Hope to Hold Geneva II Next Month

UN-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi said that there is a great hope to hold Geneva II next month, stressing that the Syrian militant groups have to recognize that there cannot be a military solution in Syria.

almanar.com.lb – Al-Nusra Claims Massacres in Homs Countryside

Al-Qaeda affiliated Al-Nusra Front terrorist group claimed on Monday the responsibility for massacres committed against dozens of Syrian residents in the east rural villages of Homs in central Syria.

Tony Cartalucci – Telegraph Parades UK-Coddled Syrian ”Defector” in PR Push, Unemployed, has lived in UK hotel for over a year, parroting Western talking points – strains limits of credibility – admittedly lodged at the expense of the UK government.

jinge.se – USA levererar åter vapen till rebeller, & stärker därmed al-Qaida

globalresearch.ca – The Option of “Regime Change” is Still “On the Table”: Who is Washington’s Protégé for Syria?

The only way out of this zugzwang situation is to stop challenging legitimate government in Damascus and to leave way for a broad national reconciliation process in Syria under the guarantees of the great powers. All alternatives are leading to a deadlock.

voiceofrussia.com – Chemical warheads of missiles launched near Damascus could be handicraft – UN

UN inspectors, who visited the sites of chemical weapons attacks carried out near Damascus in August this year, came to the conclusion that warheads of these missiles could be either made at factory or handicraft.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon received UN inspectors’ report on the use of chemical weapons in Syria and presented it to the UN Security Council.
According to the report, the experts didn’t find warheads allegedly filled with nerve gas sarin.
The UN experts believe that the way missiles’ remainders are scattered suggests that they could be launched from a multiple rocket launcher (MRL).
The report says the experts don’t exclude the possibility of transporting material evidence of the chemical weapons attack to another place either immediately after the firing or before UN inspectors’ arrival.

rt.com – West vows to boost Syria rebels, Russia says they should be ‘compelled’ to join peace talks

Meanwhile Lavrov said it may be time for the West to force the Syrian opposition to attend the planned Geneva conference. He was speaking in Moscow after meeting Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy.
He added that the plan that Russia agreed to follow did not involve any automatic use of military force against Syria unless sanctioned by the UN Security Council.

Viktiga pdf-filer för nedladdning, bl.a. en rapport som ifrågasätter äktheten hos videorna från attacken med kemiska vapen den 21 aug. – http://hands-off-syria.jimdo.com – mer om detta – Mother Agnes Mariam –The Chemical Attacks in East Ghouta Used to Justify a Military Intervention in Syria

Webster Tarpley – Sister Agnes Mariam of Syria Analyzes Goutha Videos Touted by Obama White House, Finds Overwhelming Evidence of Fabrication and Fakery; Were Victims Alawites Children Kidnapped from Latakia in Early August, Then Used as Grisly Props for War Provocation?

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