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The Syrian Expert has fake credentials

September 12, 2013 1 comment

The Inside Story Of How A Fake PhD Hijacked The Syria Debate

By Zack Beauchamp on September 11, 2013 at 7:54

 

s-ELIZABETH-OBAGY-FIRED-largeDr. Elizabeth O’Bagy, Syria expert, made quite an impression on Senator John McCain. During Senate hearings, the former Presidential candidate quoted at length from her recent Wall Street Journal op-ed painting a rosy picture of a mostly secular, pro-Western anti-Assad insurgency.

“John, do you agree with Dr. O’Bagy’s assessment of the opposition?,” the Senator asked the Secretary of State John Kerry. “I agree with most of that,” he replied.

Except Dr. O’Bagy wasn’t actually a doctor. Her PhD was fabricated, a lie she told her employers at the Institute for the Study of War (ISW), an influential neoconservative-aligned think tank, to get hired. Ironically, it ended up being the lie that got her fired Wednesday. This postmodern reenactment of the Icarus myth also provides a bizarrely informative window into the way that Washington’s foreign policy sausage gets made.

O’Bagy got her start last year, when she interned for ISW’s Iraq portfolio while completing a Master’s in Arab Studies at Georgetown University. Kimberly Kagan, the President of ISW, was so impressed that she hired O’Bagy to start even before the young analyst finished her degree. “Her insights and her [Arabic] linguistic skills were tremendous,” Kagan said.

But O’Bagy had already begun to misrepresent her credentials. Kagan told me that she “knew [O’Bagy] was a student at Georgetown in a combined masters/PhD program,” and that new hire was writing a dissertation on “female militancy in Islamic extremist organizations.” Several media outlets have repeated this account as fact in their write-ups of O’Bagy’s firing, all maintaining that she is still in the process of completing a Georgetown doctorate.

This is almost certainly false. Either O’Bagy was at one point enrolled a PhD program and dropped out, or she has been lying the entire time. Some evidence points to the latter.

To begin with, O’Bagy was enrolled in the Arab Studies Master’s program, which only partners with three departments for joint doctorate programs: Government, History, and Arabic Language, Literature, and Linguistics. Given her purported topic, she would have partnered with Government — according to one Georgetown PhD student who met O’Bagy, she had claimed a distinguished member of the Government Department as her adviser.

She is not listed as a PhD student on the Government department’s website. She does not exist in the university directory. A search of the entire Georgetown website turns up only one hit, a congratulations notice for her Master’s graduation.

There is “no evidence that she is associated with our department in any way; she’s not among our students as far as we can tell,” Daniel Nexon, a Government Professor who served as the Director of Admissions and Fellowships for all but one of the years she could have applied. The professor who was supposedly advising O’Bagy’s dissertation has never heard of her.

When I asked Kagan about the evidence of O’Bagy’s initial, ongoing deception, she demurred. “That I actually need to refer you to Georgetown for.”

After ISW hired her in the late summer of 2012, O’Bagy quickly went about using her top-notch Arabic skills to feel out the situation on the ground in Syria. She made a number of contacts among the anti-Assad insurgents, a feat relatively few DC analysts had accomplished.

Though we know those trips took place, it’s not quite clear who funded them. It certainly wasn’t ISW: when I asked Kagan how O’Bagy made all her Syrian friends, she sounded stumped. “That’s a really good question. I’m afraid I can’t really tell you that,” the ISW President said, acknowledging that O’Bagy’s expertise wasn’t gathered through ISW projects or ISW-funded trips. “She kept me informed about [her opposition contacts] and apprised me that they existed.”

However O’Bagy acquired her contacts, the work they helped her produce was influential and widely respected. Over the course of roughly a year, she went from a graduate student and intern to a pundit making regular appearances on Fox News and being published in Foreign Policy, The Atlantic, and well, The Wall Street Journal. She was promoted to Senior Analyst and then to Syria Team Lead at ISW, and had become known as a go-to expert on the Syrian rebels among foreign policy experts.

But the closer Icarus flew to the sun, the faster the wax on her feathers began to melt. The first hard record of her claiming a doctorate came in April 2013, when she told a friend, Jonathan Rue, that she was “soon to be Dr. O’Bagy.” According to Kagan, she began widely claiming the Dr. title in May, right around when she graduated from her Master’s program.

That’s also when she took on as second position as the Political Director of the Syrian Emergency Task Force (SETF), a pro-Syrian rebel lobbying group that identified her as “Dr. Elizabeth O’Bagy.” It’s in that capacity when she and Senator McCain likely first came into direct or indirect contact, as SETF assisted in planning the Senator’s secret trip to Syria.

The implicit tension between O’Bagy’s prominent public role and her fake credentials became unbearable after McCain and Kerry touted her work in the closely watched hearings on Congressional authorization for war in Syria. But weirdly, the first questions raised about O’Bagy weren’t because of anything she did wrong personally. The Journal op-ed cited by Kerry and McCain did not identify O’Bagy’s role at SETF, relevant information for readers of a piece that paints a picture of the Syrian opposition as relatively moderate.

The Journal’s mistake (which it later corrected) led to more intense scrutiny of O’Bagy’s past. The Daily Caller, which first broke the Journal’s omission on September 5th, did a follow-up on September 9th in which O’Bagy claimed to have written her dissertation.

More importantly, September 9th was also the day that a discussion broke out amongst a group of scholars about O’Bagy’s purported Georgetown credentials. Records obtained by ThinkProgress show a conversation, which included members of the Georgetown faculty, in which a number of academics expressed deep skepticism about O’Bagy’s Ph.D. Near the end of the conversation, one participant mentioned that “ISW was contacted” with the group’s concerns.

Just days before, on September 4th, ISW’s website had described her as “Dr. Elizabeth O’Bagy.” I confirmed with Kagan that O’Bagy had not updated the bio herself, indicating that ISW support staff had been notified of the purported change in O’Bagy’s status. By late on the 9th, the Dr. reference had been deleted, and O’Bagy had been dismissed — a move that was announced on the morning of the 10th.

Kagan credits O’Bagy with finally turning herself in. “I think the most important thing that I need to tell you is that Elizabeth told me [on the 9th] that she had not successfully defended her dissertation.” It’s not clear what finally prompted her to do that. I asked Kagan to forward a request for comment to O’Bagy but, as of yet, have heard nothing. I probably won’t: O’Bagy told Buzzfeed that she is “no longer legally allowed to discuss my employment with [ISW] or affiliate it any way.” So there’s a decent chance we’ll never know the whole story.

Regardless, O’Bagy’s rise and fall is yet more evidence that the talented people who populate America’s media and policy apparatus never seem to quite fully internalize: never, ever lie about something someone else can prove you wrong about. You’re going to get caught.

Qatar behind transfer of chemicals to Syria militants: Report


Published on June 23, 2013 by Akashma Online News

Some information shared from Press TV News

Archive Photo: Syrians gather near a hospital following a deadly chemical attack in the city of Aleppo on March 19, 2013.

 

A new report has revealed that chemical arms used by Takfiri militants in an attack near Syria’s northwestern province of Aleppo in March had been provided by two Qatari officers through Turkey.

According to a Saturday report by the Lebanese newspaper al-Akhbar, Qatari officers Fahd Saeed al-Hajiri and Faleh Bin Khalid al-Tamimi were behind the transfer of chemical substances to anti-Syria militants through Ankara.

The Qatari officers were later killed in a suspicious explosion in Somalia in May, the report said.

On March 19, over two dozen people were killed and many others injured when foreign-backed militants fired missiles containing a chemical substance into the Khan al-Assal region in the northwestern city of Aleppo, Syria’s official news agency SANA reported.

The new report by the Lebanese daily was based on information received from the security service of an unnamed country in the region. The details of the case had been handed over to the Russian intelligence agency (FSB), the report said.

Please do not forget the news that circulated world wide on January this year. A leaked email from Britam private contractor David Goulding head of Britam.
Where a German hacker went fishing around the servers of Britam Defense – a private military contractor, which provides such services as securing of oil production and transportation.

In an attempt to cover up the issue as Moscow demanded Ankara for explanation, Turkey announced that it had confiscated two kilograms of the nerve agent sarin following the arrest of 12 members of the terrorist al-Nusra Front, the report added.

On May 30, Turkish media reported that two kilograms of sarin gas as well as heavy weapons had been discovered during raids on the homes of 12 members of the al-Qaeda-affiliated al-Nusra Front in Turkey’s southern city of Adana, located some 150 kilometers (93 miles) from the border with Syria.

The United States has claimed that the Syrian government has used chemical weapons against the militants and thus crossed Washington’s “red line,” while Damascus dismisses the allegations as mere “lies” and “fabrications.”

On May 5, the UN Independent Commission of Inquiry on Syria said it found testimony from victims and medical staff that shows militants had used the nerve agent sarin in Syria.

A scandal around Britam Defense implicates the US and Britain in preparing a large-scale provocation in Syria

 

The news about the security breach of the military contractor Britam Defense was not reported by any Western media outlet. Instead it was shared through blogscommunities of hackers and social platforms.

Also, in Russia this news was first picked up by different blogs (EX I, EX II) and only later published in some mainstream sources (EX I, EX II).

When it comes to the international matters, RedHotRussia is more interested in the opinions of Russian netizens about them, than in the veracity of the information itself.

Anyway, I will first recap the news itself, afterwards translate an article from “Komsomolskaya Pravda” to show how it was presented in one of Russia’s major newspapers and finally translate the comments of Russian netizens.

Confidential files leaked from the hacked server of Britam Defense- Red Hot Russia February 28,

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Iran to send 4000 troops to Aid Syria


World Exclusive: US urges UK and France to join in supplying arms to Syrian rebels as MPs fear that UK will be drawn into growing conflict

By ROBERT FISK
SOURCE: The independent

SUNDAY SUNDAY Sunday 16 June 2013

Washington’s decision to arm Syria’s Sunni Muslim rebels has plunged America into the great Sunni-Shia conflict of the Islamic Middle East, entering a struggle that now dwarfs the Arab revolutions which overthrew dictatorships across the region.

For the first time, all of America’s ‘friends’ in the region are Sunni Muslims and all of its enemies are Shiites. Breaking all President Barack Obama’s rules of disengagement, the US is now fully engaged on the side of armed groups which include the most extreme Sunni Islamist movements in the Middle East.The Independent on Sunday has learned that a military decision has been taken in Iran – even before last week’s presidential election – to send a first contingent of 4,000 Iranian Revolutionary Guards to Syria to support President Bashar al-Assad’s forces against the largely Sunni rebellion that has cost almost 100,000 lives in just over two years.  Iran is now fully committed to preserving Assad’s regime, according to pro-Iranian sources which have been deeply involved in the Islamic Republic’s security, even to the extent of proposing to open up a new ‘Syrian’ front on the Golan Heights against Israel.In years to come, historians will ask how America – after its defeat in Iraq and its humiliating withdrawal from Afghanistan scheduled for  2014 – could have so blithely aligned itself with one side in a titanic Islamic struggle stretching back to the seventh century death of the Prophet Mohamed. The profound effects of this great schism, between Sunnis who believe that the father of Mohamed’s wife was the new caliph of the Muslim world and Shias who regard his son in law Ali as his rightful successor – a seventh century battle swamped in blood around the present-day Iraqi cities of Najaf and Kerbala – continue across the region to this day. A 17th century Archbishop of Canterbury, George Abbott, compared this Muslim conflict to that between “Papists and Protestants”.America’s alliance now includes the wealthiest states of the Arab Gulf, the vast Sunni territories between Egypt and Morocco, as well as Turkey and the fragile British-created monarchy in Jordan. King Abdullah of Jordan – flooded, like so many neighbouring nations, by hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees – may also now find himself at the fulcrum of the Syrian battle.  Up to 3,000 American ‘advisers’ are now believed to be in Jordan, and the creation of a southern Syria ‘no-fly zone’ – opposed by Syrian-controlled anti-aircraft batteries – will turn a crisis into a ‘hot’ war.  So much for America’s ‘friends’.Its enemies include the Lebanese Hizballah, the Alawite Shiite regime in Damascus and, of course, Iran. And Iraq, a largely Shiite nation which America ‘liberated’ from Saddam Hussein’s Sunni minority in the hope of balancing the Shiite power of Iran, has – against all US predictions – itself now largely fallen under Tehran’s influence and power.  Iraqi Shiites as well as Hizballah members, have both fought alongside Assad’s forces.Washington’s excuse for its new Middle East adventure – that it must arm Assad’s enemies because the Damascus regime has used sarin gas against them – convinces no-one in the Middle East.  Final proof of the use of gas by either side in Syria remains almost as nebulous as President George W. Bush’s claim that Saddam’s Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction.For the real reason why America has thrown its military power behind Syria’s Sunni rebels is because those same rebels are now losing their war against Assad.  The Damascus regime’s victory this month in the central Syrian town of  Qusayr, at the cost of Hizballah lives as well as those of government forces, has thrown the Syrian revolution into turmoil, threatening to humiliate American and EU demands for Assad to abandon power.  Arab dictators are supposed to be deposed – unless they are the friendly kings or emirs of the Gulf – not to be sustained.  Yet Russia has given its total support to Assad, three times vetoing UN Security Council resolutions that might have allowed the West to intervene directly in the civil war.In the Middle East, there is cynical disbelief at the American contention that it can distribute arms – almost certainly including anti-aircraft missiles – only to secular Sunni rebel forces in Syria represented by the so-called Free Syria Army.  The more powerful al-Nusrah Front, allied to al-Qaeda, dominates the battlefield on the rebel side and has been blamed for atrocities including the execution of Syrian government prisoners of war and the murder of a 14-year old boy for blasphemy.  They will be able to take new American weapons from their Free Syria Army comrades with little effort.From now on, therefore, every suicide bombing in Damascus – every war crime committed by the rebels – will be regarded in the region as Washington’s responsibility. The very Sunni-Wahabi Islamists who killed thousands of Americans on 11th September, 2011 – who are America’s greatest enemies as well as Russia’s – are going to be proxy allies of the Obama administration. This terrible irony can only be exacerbated by Russian President Vladimir Putin’s adament refusal to tolerate any form of Sunni extremism.  His experience in Chechenya, his anti-Muslim rhetoric – he has made obscene remarks about Muslim extremists in a press conference in Russian – and his belief that Russia’s old ally in Syria is facing the same threat as Moscow fought in Chechenya, plays a far greater part in his policy towards Bashar al-Assad than the continued existence of Russia’s naval port at the Syrian Mediterranean city of Tartous.  For the Russians, of course, the ‘Middle East’ is not in the ‘east’ at all, but to the south of Moscow;  and statistics are all-important. The Chechen capital of Grozny is scarcely 500 miles from the Syrian frontier.  Fifteen per cent of Russians are Muslim.  Six of the Soviet Union’s communist republics had a Muslim majority, 90 per cent of whom were Sunni.  And Sunnis around the world make up perhaps 85 per cent of all Muslims.  For a Russia intent on repositioning itself across a land mass that includes most of the former Soviet Union, Sunni Islamists of the kind now fighting the Assad regime are its principal antagonists.Iranian sources say they liaise constantly with Moscow, and that while Hizballah’s overall withdrawal from Syria is likely to be completed soon – with the maintenance of the militia’s ‘intelligence’ teams inside Syria – Iran’s support for Damascus will grow rather than wither.  They point out that the Taliban recently sent a formal delegation for talks in Tehran and that America will need Iran’s help in withdrawing from Afghanistan.  The US, the Iranians say, will not be able to take its armour and equipment out of the country during its continuing war against the Taliban without Iran’s active assistance.  One of the sources claimed – not without some mirth — that the French were forced to leave 50 tanks behind when they left because they did not have Tehran’s help.It is a sign of the changing historical template in the Middle East that within the framework of old Cold War rivalries between Washington and Moscow, Israel’s security has taken second place to the conflict in Syria.  Indeed, Israel’s policies in the region have been knocked askew by the Arab revolutions, leaving its prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, hopelessly adrift amid the historic changes.Only once over the past two years has Israel fully condemned atrocities committed by the Assad regime, and while it has given medical help to wounded rebels on the Israeli-Syrian border, it fears an Islamist caliphate in Damascus far more than a continuation of Assad’s rule.  One former Israel intelligence commander recently described Assad as “Israel’s man in Damascus”.  Only days before President Mubarak was overthrown, both Netanyahu and King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia called Washington to ask Obama to save the Egyptian dictator.  In vain.  If the Arab world has itself been overwhelmed by the two years of revolutions, none will have suffered from the Syrian war in the long term more than the Palestinians.  The land they wish to call their future state has been so populated with Jewish Israeli colonists that it can no longer be either secure or ‘viable’.  ‘Peace’ envoy Tony Blair’s attempts to create such a state have been laughable.  A future ‘Palestine’ would be a Sunni nation.  But today, Washington scarcely mentions the Palestinians.Another of the region’s supreme ironies is that Hamas, supposedly the ‘super-terrorists’ of Gaza, have abandoned Damascus and now support the Gulf Arabs’ desire to crush Assad.  Syrian government forces claim that Hamas has even trained Syrian rebels in the manufacture and use of home-made rockets.In Arab eyes, Israel’s 2006 war against the Shia Hizballah was an attempt to strike at the heart of Iran. The West’s support for Syrian rebels is a strategic attempt to crush Iran.

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Lybian Read Crescent to Help Syrians


Posted on May 28, 2013 by Akashma Online News
By Marivel Guzman in Collaboration with Omar Karem reporting from Syria/Turkish border
Delegation of Libyan Red Crescent
The humanitarian relief campaign organized by the Libyan Red Crescent to help the affected people in Syria, arrived today in Istanbul, they will be heading to Syrian border to deliver medicine and other aid.
Mohammed Mustafa Masrati, head of media and information for the Libyan Red Crescent Society
said, that the organization had conducted 14 humanitarian relief convoys for the Syrian people, campaign targeted to people living inside Syrian territory affected by the violence that is in its second year, after the Arab Spring fired up a series of uprisings that toppled Egyptian President Muhammad Hosni El Sayed Mubarak, and Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, that flared up violence in the region that lead to the murder of Libyan President Muammar Gaddafee by NATO and its allies.
This campaign for which it was formed to continue the works of the committee of the Red Crescent Association delegation leading the campaign and  to facilitate the legal and administrative procedures for the arrival of emergency aid to the Syrian people who suffers woes because of the internal situation, and a big shortage of medicines and basic needs.
The team  of the convoy of the Libyan Red Crescent has arrived in Turkish territory this morning, Tuesday, May 28, 2013, in preparation for transfer to Syria, and containing such relief are 25 ambulance that will be driven to the border to be transferred to Syrian territory,  as well as some medical equipment necessary for the treatment and ambulance many cases Alansanbh.
The head of delegation Mr. Nasser Dou Alwani, said that the aid, which will be presented during this convoy will be the best support for humanitarian efforts carried out by the Libyan Red Crescent to the aid of our brothers in Syria, said al-Alwani that this convoy is the fourteenth and thus bringing the total Libyan Red Crescent during those humanitarian campaigns they had delivered 235 ambulances. And number 7 field hospitals made into Syria.  International humanitarian appeal to withstand the Arab humanitarian organizations and international humanitarian  towards the Syrian people, and called for the mobilization of all potential relief to be able to deliver emergency aid to areas of displacement. In order to contribute to pain relief for people in Syria, he said.
Mr Al-Alwani explained, that the Libyan Red Crescent will not fall short in his humanitarian duty, but the needs of the Syrian people at home or refugees in neighboring countries and many come in the forefront of relief health and telemedicine, humanitarian relief, and continues the efforts of institutions relief unable to cover the minimum necessities, stressing that it is important to continue such campaigns relief and diversity of sources and non-stop, especially in light of the continued human tragedy and the continuing influx of refugees and the fall of a large number of civilian casualties and the majority of them women and children.

These convoy, which contributed to a number of branches Libyan Red Crescent Society in addition to the Association Yes Soeriaoahl charity inside Libya and abroad to confirm that the humanitarian need makes it imperative for everyone to extend a helping hand to alleviate the suffering of the Syrian people, especially who did not leave Syria and witness the continuing armed conflict in the region.

Israel Global Insecurity


Posted on January 06, 2012 by Akashma Online News

To present this article I had to borrow Benjamin Netanyahu lessons from the past. When Bibi was a young boy, he was already being nurtured in the path to terrorism. He was already presenting his case to the West on terrorism. In 1986 “Terrorism – How the West Can Win”

Any Nation that defend the rights of the Palestinians it is enemy of Israel. The PLO has been the nightmare of Israel for many years. Not because the PLO it is strong force against Israel aggressions but, because the PLO represents the Palestinian people.

In its 1986 TERRORISM book,  Benjamin Netanyahu gives us example of terrorist tactics and ideas.
“The TERRORIST embraces the totalitarian’s  substitution of unmorality for morality. Like the totalitarian the terrorist believes his particular cause justifies any atrocity and endows it with moral goodness, he politicizes all society and recognizes no restrains” Benjamin Netanyahu, 1986 on TERRORISM AND TOTALITARIANISM
As you can see Israel had followed its own lessons on TERRORISM. It has acted alone justifying its existence as the only valid reason to attack other nations that sympathizes with the Palestinian cause. To justify it’s existence, Israel had killed millions of people around the world. It had committed the most atrocious acts of terrorism. It has cheat other Nations, Spied on them. It has ignored the directives of the International Court of Justice on human rights issues, on the construction of the Illegal Apartheid Wall and had continuously refused to abide by the UN resolutions.

This is book is phenomenally instructive to learn the terrorist tactics that Israel had followed for few decades. In its ranting of defining TERRORISM, Benjamin goes on saying that “terrorism is not an sporadic phenomenon born of social misery and frustration. It is rooted in the political ambitions and designs of EXPANSIONIST STATES and the group that serve them, “They(States) neatly echo the terrorist’ own assertions, which are meant to legitimize their criminal actions and divert public attention from the real forces behind terrorism” pg 8 Defining Terrorism.” Benjamin Netanyahu

WikiLeaks: Israel destroyed nuclear facilities in Iran

 Israel destroyed Iran Nuclear Plant February 27, 2012

Israeli commando forces destroyed, with the help of Kurdish rebels, all of Iran‘s nuclear infrastructure on ground, an email by a US-based global security   analysis company released by WikiLeaks on Monday claims.

Israel bombs Baghdad nuclear reactor

Israel destroys Iraqi Nuclear Reactor Plant on June 07, 1981

On June 7, 1981 Israeli warplanes struck the Osirak nuclear facility near Baghdad. This “unprovoked” action by Israel was a pre-emptive strike to deny Iraq the capability of producing nuclear weapons, weapons Israeli intelligence believed were in the works. Iraqi defenses were taken by surprise and opened fire too late. In one minute and twenty seconds, the reactor lay in ruins. The IAF planes returned to base without losses.

The Israelis have bombed a French-built nuclear plant near Iraq’s capital, Baghdad, saying they believed it was designed to make nuclear weapons to destroy Israel.

It is the world’s first air strike against a nuclear plant.

An undisclosed number of F-15 interceptors and F-16 fighter bombers destroyed the Osirak reactor 18 miles south of Baghdad, on the orders of Prime Minister Menachem Begin.

The army command said all the Israeli planes returned safely.

The 70-megawatt uranium-powered reactor was near completion but had not been stocked with nuclear fuel so there was no danger of a leak, according to sources in the French atomic industry.

Sudan accuses Israel of bombing military factory, talks of “inside job”

Israel Destroyed Sudan Arms Manufacturer on October 24, 2012

The Sudanese government has blamed an Israeli airstrike for the explosion of a military factory in the capital Khartoum on Tuesday, warning that it reserves the right to respond, while Tel Aviv maintained the usual silence in response to the charge.

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Sudanese demonstrators hold banners and chant anti-Israeli slogans during a protest in Khartoum on October 24, 2012, as the Sudanese cabinet prepared to hold an urgent meeting regarding the Israeli missile strike that hit a military factory. Sudan has accused Israel of the attack and has threatened to take action.

Sudan’s Minister of Media, Ahmad Bilal Osman, made the charge during a press conference held in Khartoum on Wednesday, saying Khartoum has evidence of Tel Aviv’s involvement in the destruction of Al-Yarmook factory in the southern suburbs of Khartoum at midnight.

Dan Patir: ‘U.S. Apparently Disregarded Israel’s Intelligence Interests By Publication Of Secret Israeli Photos Of Syrian Nuclear Reactor Destroyed By Israeli Air Strike’

Israel destroyed Syrian Nuclear Reactor Plant on September 06, 2008

The latest Olmert-Assad peace overtures coincided with U.S. congressional hearings on an alleged clandestine Syrian nuclear facility destroyed by an Israeli airstrike last September. Some analysts suggested that the timing of the hearings might have been geared deliberately to torpedo peace efforts. Photographs shown at the hearings of the Syrian site bombed by Israel and a North Korean nuclear facility displayed an uncanny resemblance. U.S. intelligence suggested that the Syrian reactor was close to becoming operational and would have been able to produce enough plutonium over a year or two for several nuclear bombs.

‘Olmert and Syrian President Assad Should Learn From Menachem Begin & Egypt’s President Anwar Sadat’

‘A Dramatic Event Similar To Sadat’s Historic Visit To Jerusalem Could Also Alter Public Opinion Today’

The Syrian Nuclear Reactor – before and after

Has the U.S. jeopardized Israeli intelligence interests by publication of secret Israeli photos proving that the Syrian target destroyed by Israeli aircraft on September 6th was a nuclear reactor being built by North Korea? Dan Patir, an advisor to Prime Ministers Menachem Begin and Yitzak Rabin, told IsraCast that Washington apparently ignored the Israeli-Syrian situation and preferred to take North Korea to task. In an in-depth interview, Patir assesses prospects for Prime Minister Olmert and Syrian President Assad to follow in the footsteps of Menachem Begin and Anwar Sadat in forging a peace treaty.

I think that after all the atrocities committed in behalf of Israel Apartheid State, it is time that put responsibility on individuals and not on an idea. “Zionism” it is only an idealist term, worshiped and converted to a movement equipped with its own wheels. The leaders of the Nations that had made possible this pariah state to stays strong need to be brought to justice. The Elite that with their money has made possible the existence of this Terrorist Apartheid System that it is Israel need also to be brought to justice. The people behind the UN Club of 5 that for 6 decades had made impossible the impartiality of Justice when it come to Palestine they also need to be prosecuted.
I think the times has come to start the Jerusalem Trials against the Criminals that had supported Israel.
Justice is due NOW.

Syria: UN-Arab League envoy holds talks on crisis with President Bashar Al-Assad

December 25, 2012 1 comment

Posted on December 25, 2012 by Akashma Online News

UN News Service-Voice of America-Akashma News
UPDATED

Bashar Al Assad and UN envoy

The UN and Arab League envoy to Syria Lahdar Brahimi is in Damascus holding talks with President Bashar al-Assad and members of the opposition. Brahimi arrived in the Syrian capital by car because of the unstable situation at Damascus Airport where fighting between government troops and opposition forces has been ongoing for weeks.

The Joint Special Representative of the United Nations and the League of Arab States for Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, met with President Bashar al-Assad today for further talks on the situation in the war-torn Middle Eastern country.

“The President expressed his view regarding the current situation and I briefed him on the meetings I had in several capitals with officials from different countries inside and outside the region,” Mr. Brahimi told reporters in the Syrian capital of Damascus following the meeting.

“I also told him about the steps that in my view need to be taken to help the Syrian people find a way out of this crisis,” he added.

While the US declared publicly that they recognized the Rebel Groups-Syrian Opposition Council as the legitimate representative of the Syrian People,  the international body of the UN hold important talks for the region with President Bashar Al-Assad.  Yahoo News

Associated Press/Manu Brabo - Free Syrian Army fighters aim their weapons, close to a military base, near Azaz, Syria, Monday, Dec. 10, 2012. The gains by rebel forces came as the European Union denounced the Syrian conflict, which activists say has killed more than 40,000 people. (AP Photo/Manu Brabo)

Associated Press/Manu Brabo – Free Syrian Army fighters aim their weapons, close to a military base, near Azaz, Syria, Monday, Dec. 10, 2012. The gains by rebel forces came as the European Union denounced the Syrian conflict, which activists say has killed more than 40,000 people. (AP Photo/Manu Brabo)

Mr. Brahimi has been engaged in a series of meetings in the region and elsewhere as part of his efforts to bring about a negotiated, political solution to end to the fighting in Syria, where at least 20,000 people, mostly civilians, have been killed since the uprising against President al-Assad began in March 2011. The conflict has spawned more than 500,000 refugees, while an estimated four million people inside the country need urgent humanitarian assistance.

Few months ago the leaders of the world and the Arab League were talking in terms of ousting President Bashr Al-Assad as the only way to resolve the Syrian conflict, now after close to 40,000 deaths, 500,000 refugees and great parts of Syria infrastructure destroyed they change the tone.

On December 20, 2012 the United Nations released a report from their independent panel on human rights noting in their latest update, “UN independent panel finds more breaches of human rights law by parties to Syrian conflict” UN News Center

Arab League calls for Syrian president to hand off power

The regional bloc’s proposals come after a meeting to review the findings of an observer mission. It also seeks the formation of a unity government in Syria to prepare for early elections. Los Angeles Times January 2012

In addition to meeting with regional leaders and government representatives, Mr. Brahimi has also met with officials such as Russia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sergey Lavrov, and the US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, amongst others.

At the media encounter in Damascus, the Joint Special Representative also addressed claims of difficulty in arranging to meet with the Syrian President.

“I would like to seize this opportunity to comment on what was said a few days ago about the reluctance of President to receive me during my previous visits, and his refusal to see me this time, and that I asked the Russians to intervene with the President to convince him to meet with me, or otherwise I would resign – I would like to say that not one word of this is true,” Mr. Brahimi said.

The Joint Special Representative has previously stated that a peace process could be based on the so-called Geneva communiqué, which was issued after a meeting in the Swiss city of the Action Group for Syria – made up of interested parties – in late June and which lays out key steps in a process to end the violence in Syria.

“The situation is Syria is still worrying and we hope that all parties would adopt a solution that would meet the aspirations of the Syrian people,” Mr. Brahimi added.

Amongst other items, the Geneva communiqué called for the establishment of a transitional governing body, with full executive powers and made up by members of the present Government and the opposition and other groups, as part of agreed principles and guidelines for a Syrian-led political transition.

The parties involved in providing ammunition to the Rebel groups inside Syria are to blamed for the escalation of this conflict. From all the regions in the world where the US/NATO has mingled in the internal business of a country, Syria has backfired on everyone. It is reasonable to deduct that a strong country such Syria, surrounded by powerful allies like China and Russia was going to stand strong.
Every country with a working government should not be undermine with threats from outsides countries. The civilian population should be the first thing in mind when “Allies of the Willing” want to input their ideas of democracy. We must never forget Iraq and Afghanistan destroyed by the hungry armies of the Allies.

Boris Dolgov of the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, comments.

“The current talks in Damascus mark a major step towards Syrian settlement. However, things won’t change much as long as armed opposition groups are supported from abroad. But talks, no matter in what format, are always welcome.”

Forces that pushed Syria into civil war exceed Lahdar Brahimi’s diplomatic potential, says Sergei Demidenko of the Institute of Strategic Evaluation and Analysis. Voice of Russia

 

The Action Group is made up of the Secretaries-General of the UN and the Arab League; the Foreign Ministers of the five permanent members of the Security Council – China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States – as well as the Turkish Foreign Minister; the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy; and the Foreign Ministers of Iraq, Kuwait and Qatar, in their respective roles related to the Arab League.

Syria’s National Coordination Committee Visit Russia


Posted on December 17, 2012 by Akashma Online News

Source The voice of Russia
Yelena Suponina Original Posting Nov 30, 2012 21:23 Moscow Time

“We want Russian troops to stay in Tartus”: head of Syria’s National Coordination Committee.

Hassan Abdel-Azim Representatives of the Syrian opposition Photo: AFP

Representatives of the Syrian opposition traveled to Moscow to meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. The National Coordination Committee is one of most moderate opposition groups which are ready for talks with the government. However, now its members fear arrest on their arrival in Damascus and are seeking Russia’s protection.

The head of the National Coordination Committee (NCC) of Syria says the “internal” opposition strongly opposes foreign interference in the affairs of the country.

Hassan Abdel-Azim, the head of the Coordination Committee and Syria’s delegation to Moscow, told the Voice of Russia about the Moscow talks and further plans of the opposition.

Upon arrival in Moscow for the NCC delegation’s talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Hassan Abdel Azim said the committee wants to radically change the situation in Syria to build a democracy.

Deputy Coordinator Aref Dalila, in turn, said that the opposition was ready to negotiate with the regime of Bashar al-Assad.

During the meeting with Russia’s Minister the Syrians hope to hear Moscow’s assessment of events unfolding in their country, and shall offer their views on how to stop the violence and what should be done by “external players” in order to facilitate this.

Have you noticed any changes in Russia’s stance when meeting with Sergey Lavrov?

Not a single change. We had extremely frank talks and Moscow perfectly realizes that Syria is now following the most dangerous possible scenario. When we came to Moscow last April, we warned of this possibility and our fears came true – the more Syrian government resorted to force, the more violence they saw from the opposition. Syria now has jihadists from the Arab and the neighboring countries.

Minister Lavrov told us that he had forwarded a warning letter to Syria’s government against using military hardware and jets in the conflict. This was a right move. I wish this letter had been sent earlier, taking into account that all these tanks and warplanes are Russian-made. When people are hit by shells and rockets, it certainly affects their attitude to the country.

What else was on the agenda?

We all agreed that the conflict can be solved only through joint efforts of the global community. We need the UN Security Council members to be unanimous and agree on the ways to end the conflict. We also need Iran, Turkey, Qatar and Saudi Arabia on the one side and the Arab countries on the other to act together.

What can become the common ground?

For example, the Geneva resolutions adopted this summer.

Lakhdar Brahimi’s mission in the country should also carry on with its work and we need a transitional government as well as a new constitution. The amendments adopted in early 2012 didn’t take into account the opposition at all. And we really need to stop the bloodshed.

What can the global community do?

Syria needs the resumption of international peacekeeping mission and it should be expanded – not some hundred of troops we had before.

We need observers in every province, especially in the border regions to stop weapon supplies and smuggling. We already spoke about this with Lakhdar Brahimi. We also don’t mind a peacekeeping contingent comprising Arabs and other nationalities.

Have you discussed Russia’s Mediterranean naval facility at the Syrian port of Tartus?

Yes we have, and we think that Russia has a right to stay there even when Syria becomes a real democracy. The talks made us feel that we are trusted, as we had always opposed foreign interference in Syrian affairs and backed maintaining close ties with our former partners. We need a balanced foreign policy and ties with all countries except Israel, which still occupies the Golan Heights. They should be freed and here we’ll need Russia’s help.

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