8 jan

presstv.ir – Syria ready to negotiate with opposition groups: President Assad

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad says he is ”optimistic” about upcoming peace negotiations due to be held in Kazakhstan between representatives of Damascus and dozens of foreign-backed opposition groups.
The Syrian president made the remark in a meeting with a visiting delegation of French parliamentarians and intellectuals in the Syrian capital, Damascus, on Sunday.
Damascus is ”ready to negotiate” with some 91 armed opposition groups, President Assad was quoted by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) as saying.

Tim Anderson – Syria: The Diplomatic Endgame

Wars are always concluded with political settlements. In the endgame over Syria, Russia has worked directly with Turkey, to agree on orderly evacuations of the NATO-backed terrorist groups from Aleppo and, with Iran, is now engaged in talks on a wider resolution to the failing war on Syria.

sana.sy – 11 civilians, including 5 children, killed in a new US-led coalition attack in Raqaa

voltairenet.org – A « Humanitarian NGO» deprives 5.6 million civilians of water

The Jihadists, who since 24 December 2016 have been polluting the sources of Barada — the river which provides the water supply for the inhabitants (now totalling more than 7 million) of Damascus and the region, – and that have exploded its canalization, have published a declaration laying down their conditions.
Currently, 5.6 million civilians have been completely cut off from running water for more than two weeks.

Syria: Eva Bartlett interviewed by Ajamu Baraka

Jean Bricmont – Open Letter to “Human Rights Defenders” on Aleppo

For the “human rights defenders” political realism and the consequences of their actions have no importance: what matter to them is to show that they belong to the “camp of Virtue”. You imagine yourselves as being free, while following at each step the indications of the dominant media as to what should be the object of your indignation.
If I had the slightest illusion concerning the lucidity that you may have about the consequences of your actions, I would call them criminal, because of the harm that you do to Europe and to the rest of the world. But since I harbor no such illusion, I will limit myself to call you hypocrites
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