Posts Tagged ‘president’

In this interview with Russia Today, the Syrian president al-Assad said that he is not going to leave Syria and that he will not leave Syria. Bashar al-Assad also mentioned the implications of the armed foreign intervention on Syria`s on-going internal conflict.

The Syrian president Bashar al-Assad said, for example, that Syria is the last stronghold of secularism and stability in this region of the Middle East and that there will probably be a domino effect that will affect the entire world from the Atlantic to the Pacific.

This is not contrast to what a lot of analysts and experts in Middle Eastern affairs have already explained in recent months. In addition, the implications on the rest of the world are already perceptibly and they will increase with a military intervention by NATO forces in Syria.

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The Middle East expert Günter Meyer draws a reality of the conflict in Syria which differs from the Western media reports. He believes neither in a breakthrough in Geneva or a Turkish intervention in Syria.

This interview was published by the Swiss newspaper bernerzeitung.ch and as stated, the statements by the expert in affairs of the Middle East, Mr. Günter Meyer, truly differ from the coverage of the situation in Syria by Western media.

But to be honest, that is no real surprise, because some people, after all, rather stick with the truth than with the propaganda and American aims.

The statements of Mr. Meyer are reminiscent of the information from the German journalist Mr. Jürgen Todenhöfer and some can also take it as given that the known Middle East expert, Peter Scholl-Latour, also shares this stance, which differs to the propaganda and one-sided reports in Western media.

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On Sunday, the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad spoke to the People`s Assembly on the occasion of the 1st legislative term of this new Assembly. The Syrian President al-Assad addressed some important topics in his speech to the general assembly but, as usually, some Western and Gulf mass media offices have decided to only use phrases which are helpful to boost the (false) propaganda against Syria.

Thus, it is important that there is an English version of the speech of the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad available now and that also others have noticed that some Western media offices missed important passages of the speech and just used phrases, often taken out of the context, for the usual propaganda purposes.

The Syrian President Bashar al-Assad spoke about the current situation of the country and that the sensitive circumstances which have hit the country will make Syria more courageous and stronger in future. Bashar al-Assad also played tribute and honor to all souls of innocent civilian and military martyrs and addressed that the martyr`s blood will not be wasted.

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Mrs. Evelyn Hecht-Galinski has asked the new German President Mr. Joachim Gauck to speak out for peace and freedom of the people of Palestine at his upcoming state visit to Israel. Clear and strong words of truth, for freedom, justice and peace, cannot be achieved by concealment of injustice.

This tells us the story of two dictatorships on German soil. The Truth is the duty of Germany, but where is the truth in Germany? (Source below)

Evelyn Hecht-Galinski is the daughter of the former chairman of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, Heinz Galinski.

Open Letter by Mrs. Evelyn Hecht-Galinski to the German President Mr. Joachim Gauck, who will soon visit Israel:

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In less than three weeks, the Presidential elections take place in Egypt. But the current situation, especially in the Egyptian capital Cairo, is sure a reason for concern. Since Wednesday, the escalation of violence takes again place in Cairo, especially at the square in front of the defense ministry.

The last demonstrations, which were started probably by Salafis and later, these riots have drifted into fights with other political camps, showed how shattered Egypt really is and how fragile the whole situation on the ground really is.

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A new Syrian constitution was published on the 15th of February. The Syrian opposition outside the country demanded a boycott of this constitution immediately, of course. In this matter it would have been totally immaterial what is finally written in the content of this new Syrian constitution.

The opposition, e.g. based in Istanbul, still reject any discussions with the Syrian government and Moscow is finally convinced that the non-democratically stances of this opposition are a reason for the increase of violence in Syria. Russia condemns the violence by armed “insurgents” and the delivery of weapons to rebels from abroad, just as Moscow condemns the violence of Syrian security forces.

The Syrian population is called upon to read this draft constitution and to form their opinions about the content of this new constitution for Syria. On the 26th of May, a constitutional referendum will finally decide if this new Syrian constitution will be accepted or if it will be rejected by the majority of the Syrian population.

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The current situation in Syria remains one of the most important components of the Middle Eastern and international policies. Using Syria’s domestic crisis and pursuing their own goals NATO’s leading states, Israel, Turkey and the monarchies of the Persian Gulf are trying to undermine the Syrian regime.

Since the beginning of the crisis in Syria I have made two trips to that country as a member of international delegations in August 2011 and in January 2012. If we watch the dynamics of situation’s development over that periodon the one hand we can state intensification of terrorist groups in Syria and on the other hand we see a broader people’s support of President Bashar Assad and a clear demarcation of political forces’ positions.

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Global Research, January 18, 2012

The Guardian

Suppose a respectable opinion poll found that most Syrians are in favour of Bashar al-Assad remaining as president, would that not be major news? Especially as the finding would go against the dominant narrative about the Syrian crisis, and the media considers the unexpected more newsworthy than the obvious.

Alas, not in every case. When coverage of an unfolding drama ceases to be fair and turns into a propaganda weapon, inconvenient facts get suppressed. So it is with the results of a recent YouGov Siraj poll on Syria commissioned by The Doha Debates, funded by the Qatar Foundation. Qatar’s royal family has taken one of the most hawkish lines against Assad – the emir has just called for Arab troops to intervene – so it was good that The Doha Debates published the poll on its website. The pity is that it was ignored by almost all media outlets in every western country whose government has called for Assad to go.

The key finding was that while most Arabs outside Syria feel the president should resign, attitudes in the country are different. Some 55% of Syrians want Assad to stay, motivated by fear of civil war – a spectre that is not theoretical as it is for those who live outside Syria’s borders. What is less good news for the Assad regime is that the poll also found that half the Syrians who accept him staying in power believe he must usher in free elections in the near future. Assad claims he is about to do that, a point he has repeated in his latest speeches. But it is vital that he publishes the election law as soon as possible, permits political parties and makes a commitment to allow independent monitors to watch the poll.

Biased media coverage also continues to distort the Arab League’s observer mission in Syria. When the league endorsed a no-fly zone in Libya last spring, there was high praise in the west for its action. Its decision to mediate in Syria was less welcome to western governments, and to high-profile Syrian opposition groups, who increasingly support a military rather than a political solution. So the league’s move was promptly called into doubt by western leaders, and most western media echoed the line. Attacks were launched on the credentials of the mission’s Sudanese chairmanCriticisms of the mission’s performance by one of its 165 members were headlined. Demands were made that the mission pull out in favour of UN intervention.

The critics presumably feared that the Arab observers would report that armed violence is no longer confined to the regime’s forces, and the image of peaceful protests brutally suppressed by army and police is false. Homs and a few other Syrian cities are becoming like Beirut in the 1980s or Sarajevo in the 1990s, with battles between militias raging across sectarian and ethnic fault lines.

As for foreign military intervention, it has already started. It is not following the Libyan pattern since Russia and China are furious at the west’s deception in the security council last year. They will not accept a new United Nations resolution that allows any use of force. The model is an older one, going back to the era of the cold war, before “humanitarian intervention” and the “responsibility to protect” were developed and often misused. Remember Ronald Reagan’s support for the Contras, whom he armed and trained to try to topple Nicaragua’s Sandinistas from bases in Honduras? For Honduras read Turkey, the safe haven where the so-called Free Syrian Army has set up.

Here too western media silence is dramatic. No reporters have followed up on a significant recent article by Philip Giraldi, a former CIA officer who now writes for the American Conservative – a magazine that criticises the American military-industrial complex from a non-neocon position on the lines of Ron Paul, who came second in last week’s New Hampshire Republican primary. Giraldi states that Turkey, a Nato member, has become Washington’s proxy and that unmarked Nato warplanes have been arriving at Iskenderum, near the Syrian border, delivering Libyan volunteers and weapons seized from the late Muammar Gaddafi’s arsenal. “French and British special forces trainers are on the ground,” he writes, “assisting the Syrian rebels, while the CIA and US Spec Ops are providing communications equipment and intelligence to assist the rebel cause, enabling the fighters to avoid concentrations of Syrian soldiers …”

As the danger of full-scale war increases, Arab League foreign ministers are preparing to meet in Cairo this weekend to discuss the future of their Syrian mission. No doubt there will be western media reports highlighting remarks by those ministers who feel the mission has “lost credibility”, “been duped by the regime” or “failed to stop the violence”. Counter-arguments will be played down or suppressed.

In spite of the provocations from all sides the league should stand its ground. Its mission in Syria has seen peaceful demonstrations both for and against the regime. It has witnessed, and in some cases suffered from, violence by opposing forces. But it has not yet had enough time or a large enough team to talk to a comprehensive range of Syrian actors and then come up with a clear set of recommendations. Above all, it has not even started to fulfil that part of its mandate requiring it to help produce a dialogue between the regime and its critics. The mission needs to stay in Syria and not be bullied out.

Global Research Articles by Jonathan Steele

Copyright © Jonathan Steele, The Guardian, 2012

Ali Abdullah Saleh, the first President of the Republic of Yemen, has resigned after a long struggle and gave his power provisionally to his vice president. However, the situation in the country on the Arabian Peninsula has not improved – not even a bit.

On the one hand, there are still regular demonstrations against the impunity of former long-time president. On the other hand, it seems that al-Qaeda fighters are able to spread their influence within Yemen. At the end.. ..No huge surprise. Of course, because of the situation within Yemen and all other events it was almost to expect that al-Qaeda might increase its influence also within Yemen.

Yemen has always been considered as a sanctuary for al-Qaeda and the United States were very grateful for their allies Saleh, the first and now former President of the Republic of Yemen. Saleh has nothing against U.S. troops within his country and has never asked any questions or for conditions. Maybe this is also one of the reasons why some people took on the streets.

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The Syrian President Bashar al-Assad gave the ABC News-Star Barbara Walters an interview, which was marketed absolutely typical for this American television station on 12/07/2011.

The interview with Bashar al-Assad took less than fifteen minutes, but nevertheless it has caused a stir and still makes even more. In this interview, the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad answered and addressed every question from ABC News journalist Barbara Walters, no matter how aggressively worded and provocative the question were.

Shortly after the broadcast of the interview on the American channel ABC News, all the media stations were looking forward to the exploitation of this interview with the Syrian President and the new allegations they were able to raise up against him afterwards.

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