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Unknown Snipers and Western-Backed Regime Change: Syria 2011

Contributed by Maidhc Ó Cathail

By Gearóid Ó Colm áin

Global Research

November 28, 2011

The people of Syria have been beset by death squads and snipers since the outbreak of violence there in March. Hundreds of Syrian soldiers and security personnel have been murdered, tortured and mutilated by Salafist and Muslim Brotherhood militants. Yet the international media corporations continue to spread the pathetic lie that the deaths are the result Bachar Al Assad’s dictatorship.

When I visited Syria in April of this year, I personally encountered merchants and citizens in Hama who told me they had seen armed terrorists roaming the streets of that once peaceful city, terrorizing the neighbourhood. I recall speaking to a fruit seller in the city of Hama who spoke about the horror he had witnessed that day. As he described the scenes of violence to me, my attention was arrested by a newspaper headline in English from the Washington Post shown on Syrian television: “CIA backs Syrian opposition”. The Central Intelligence Agency provides training and funding for groups who do the bidding of US imperialist interests. The history of the CIA shows that backing opposition forces means providing them with arms and finance, actions illegal under international law.
A few days later, while at a hostel in the ancient, cultured city of Aleppo, I spoke to a Syrian business man and his family. The business man ran many hotels in the city and was pro-Assad. He told me that he used to watch Al Jazeera television but now had doubts about their honesty. As we conversed, the Al Jazeera television in the background showed scenes of Syrian soldiers beating and torturing protestors. “ Now if that is true, it is simply unacceptable” he said. It is sometimes impossible to verify whether the images shown on television are true or not. Many of the crimes attributed to the Syrian army have been committed by the armed gangs, such as the dumping of mutilated bodies into the river in Hama, presented to the world as more proof of the crimes of the Assad regime.
There is a minority of innocent opponents of the Assad regime who believe everything they see and hear on Al Jazeera and the other pro-Western satellite stations. These people simply do not understand the intricacies of international politics.
But the facts on the ground show that most people in Syria support the government. Syrians have access to all internet websites and international TV channels. They can watch BBC, CNN, Al Jazeera, read the New York Times online or Le Monde before tuning into their own state media. In this respect, many Syrians are more informed about international politics than the average European or American. Most Europeans and American believe their own media. Few are capable of reading the Syrian press in original Arabic or watching Syrian television. The Western powers are the masters of discourse, who own the means of communication. The Arab Spring has been the most horrifying example of the wanton abuse of this power.
Disinformation is effective in sowing the seeds of doubt among those who are seduced by Western propaganda. Syrian state media has disproved hundreds of Al Jazeera lies since the beginning of this conflict. Yet the western media has refused to even report the Syrian government’s position lest fair coverage of the other side of this story encourage a modicum of critical thought in the public mind.

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US Police Dismantle Two Anti-Wall Street Protest Camps

Hundreds of police flooded into downtown Los Angeles and Philadelphia early Wednesday to clear anti-Wall Street protest camps where dozens were arrested.

The latest moves targeting the two-month-old protest movement against corporate greed and inequality came days after announced eviction deadlines.

In Los Angeles, dozens of officers in helmets formed lines to seal off an area around the City Hall park camp, while others began arresting around a dozen protesters and leading them away handcuffed.

Police announced over loudspeakers called on people to leave the area “immediately” or face arrest and possible other actions.

After a couple of hours of anticipation about where the police would come from, a mass of helmeted LAPD officers burst out of the City Hall doors while others began arresting people on the lawn outside.
The CNS news agency said that rubber bullets had been fired during the initial confrontation, but later dropped the report.

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Palestine vis-à-vis Challenges, Zero Tolerance and Focus on Unity Required

Ahmad Shaito’s report

Translated by Batoul Wehbe

The Palestinian cause upholds a long road of revolution and pain. Its course passes through major challenges that threaten the rest of the Palestinian rights in their land and identity. This ideological cause for both Arab and Islamic nations should remain the center of concern and interests.
Today, in light of international conspiracies and the Zionist intransigence and insistence on resuming settlement policy, which plagued the Palestinian land, and in the backdrop of escalating the process of Judaizing Jerusalem, Arab and Islamic world should spare no effort to preserve history.
At the time Zionist expansion continues controlling about 80% of historical Palestine as well as undermining the right of return, the internal Palestinian scene suffers from divisions which remain a challenge to achieve unity. The same scene experiences the old-new Arab dispersion, abandonment and cowardice towards the Palestinian cause. However, the resistance insists on ongoing preparedness and defiance, despite these major difficulties.

«Allah promised us
we’ll expell jews»

Concerning the cause’s challenges and what roles we should shoulder, the President of Beirut Dignity Federation Sheikh Khalid Othman told Al-Manar Website that “the Palestinian cause is central to our nation. We should not be lenient towards the enemy. The Zionists are expanding settlement and it is ideological to them as they believe that the return of Christ can be achieved only by freedom from ‘filths’. They are the spearhead against Islam. But God promised us that we’ll fight the Zionists and expel them.”
“Al-Quds (Jerusalem) is the first of the two Qiblas and the third of the two holy Sanctuaries. Thus, every noble Muslim should make every effort to preserve the holy sites of Al-Quds and especially Al-Aqsa, which Zionists desecrated,” Sheikh Othman said.

Sheikh Othman expresses his sorrow as “we witness division among our Palestinian brothers,” and hopes that they “achieve unity in order to be the mainstay in the restoration of Palestinian rights because Arabs cannot be relied on. The current situation requires unity and the honest people of this nation will liberate the land.”
On the role of the nation’s scholars and whether they are assuming their role in this sacred cause, Sheikh Othman said: “No doubt there are honest as well as laggard and conspiring scholars, hence, the nobles should play an important role especially that the cause is religious, ideological and purely Islamic. It is a conflict over existence not over borders.
The responsibility of scholars increases under the weakness of presidents and kings, Sheikh Othman indicates, “so they should consider the following:
Scholars should develop and re-install the theme of Liberating Palestine in the hearts and minds before raising it in public places
To redraw a new intellectual, cultural and Islamic map because what’s required is deviating the conflict from Arab – Israeli to Arab – Iranian, however our main struggle is with the Zionists.”
Sheikh Othman stressed that “it is required to strengthen the idea of resisting the occupation in the minds of future generations” and wished that the scholars “would make this issue their polestar especially that they have platforms they can speak through.”

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Special Reports on The Media Day in Support of the Palestinian Cause

In support for the Palestinian cause, Al-Manar Website provides a range of special reports and interviews as part of commemorating “The Media Day in Support of the Palestinian Cause” which falls on November 29.

Source: Al-Manar Website

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We, the Muslim Brotherhood in Syria,

“We, the Muslim Brotherhood in Syria, emphasize that the interview broadcast on the Israeli Channel Two – in the context of the bilateral campaign of the Zionists and the media of the Syrian regime – is aimed at tarnishing the image of the Muslim Brotherhood. This interview was originally made with Mr. al-Bayanouni in 2006 for a Spanish television channel. The interview has been tampered with and fabricated so as to serve the cheap and common goals of the Syrian and the Zionist regimes.”

They even support peace with Israel’ .

E.O. 12958: DECL: 08/23/2016

Saying that he maintains close contact with Khaddam (in Paris) and Syrian Muslim Brotherhood leader-in-exile Ali Bayanuni (in London), Saad urged us to “talk to Bayanuni. See what he’s like. You will see wonders.“…..”

Wikileaks: Hariri to Talwar: “A partnership between the ‘Brotherhood & Khaddam’ … They support peace with Israel”

Khaddam interview with Israeli TV Channel

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Innovating for Palestine

Marwa Haidar
Lots are those who are dreaming of Palestine, its soil, air, water, and olive trees. They even dream of a tent on that holy land.
Although they were forced out of it, they still hope to return. While they wait, they’ve decided to innovate for their dear Palestine. They became pioneers in writing, painting, singing , sciences, and medicine, among other fields.

Creative Cartoonist Naji Al-Ali Draws Refugee’s Injuries

Naji al-Ali was born in 1938 in the northern Palestinian village of Al-Shajara, between Tiberias and Nazareth. He was forced to leave his country to the south of Lebanon with his family after the 1948 Palestinian Catastrophe (Nakba) and lived in Ain al-Hilweh refugee camp near Sidon.

He moved to Beirut, where he lived in a tent in the Shatila refugee camp and worked in various industrial jobs. In 1957 he travelled to Saudi Arabia, where he worked for two years.
In 1959 Naji returned to Lebanon and joined the Arab Nationalist Movement (ANM), but was expelled four times in one year for lack of party discipline. Between 1960 and 1961, along with comrades from the ANM, he published a handwritten political journal Al-Sarkha (‘The Outcry’).

In 1960, he joined the Lebanon Academy of Arts, but was unable to continue his studies there as he was imprisoned for political reasons soon afterwards. After his release he moved to Tyr, south of Lebanon, where he worked as a drawing instructor in the Ja’fariya College.

In 1963 Al-Ali moved to Kuwait. There he worked as an editor, cartoonist, designer and newspaper producer for the Arab nationalist Al-Tali’a newspaper.
From 1968 on he worked for the Kuwaiti daily As-Siyasa. In the course of these years he returned to Lebanon several times. In 1974 he started working for the Lebanese newspaper As-Safir, which facilitated his return to Lebanon for longer periods.

During the Israeli invasion of Lebanon in 1982, he was briefly detained by the occupation forces along with other residents of Ain al-Hilweh refugee camp. In 1983 he returned to Kuwait to work for the Al-Qabas newspaper, and in 1985, Al-Ali moved to London where he worked for its international edition until his death.
He published three books about his cartoons, in 1976, 1983 and 1985, and was preparing another at the time of his death.

In 1979, Al-Ali was elected president of the League of Arab Cartoonists. In 1979 and 1980, he received the first prize in the Arab cartoonists exhibitions held in Damascus. The International Federation of Newspaper Publishers awarded him the “Golden Pen of Freedom” posthumously in 1988.

He created the character Handhalah, who was depicted as a ten-year old boy, and appeared for the first time in the As-Siyasa daily in Kuwait in 1969. The figure (Handhalah) turned his back to the viewers from 1973, and clasped his hands behind his back. The artist explained that the ten-year old represented his age when forced to leave Palestine and would not grow up until he could return to his homeland; his turned back and clasped hands symbolized the character’s rejection to outside solutions. In later cartoons, Handhalah got to actively participate in the caricature’s subject not only observe it.

Handhalah then became the signature of Naji’Al-Ali’s cartoons and remains an iconic symbol of the Palestinian identity and defiance.

Other characters in Al-Ali’s cartoons included Fatima and her husband. Fatima symbolized the strong and defiant Palestinian woman who didn’t agree to make peace with the invaders. Her husband was a thin, hard-working man.

There were also two more characters, a thin, miserable-looking man representing the Palestinian as the defiant victim of Israeli oppression and other hostile forces, and a fat man representing the Arab regimes and Palestinian political leaders who led an easy life and engaged in political compromises which the artist fervently opposed.

July 22, 1987, while outside the London offices of al-Qabas newspaper, Naji Al-Ali was shot in the face. He remained unconscious in the hospital until his death on 29 August 1987.

“Prince of Poets”: Tamim Bargouthi

In 1977, Tamim Bargouthi, a Palestinian poet and political scientist, was born in Cairo. He comes from a lineage that is well known in Arabic literature. His father is the Palestinian poet Mourid Barghouthi, and his mother is the Egyptian novelist and scholar, Radwa Ashour.

He obtained a B.A. in Political Sciences from the University of Cairo in 1999, and specialized in International Relations at the American University of Cairo, from which he graduated in 2001. He received a PhD in political sciences from the Boston University in 2004, and became an assistant professor at the American University of Cairo in 2005.

Tamim was well known as he delivered poems for al-Quds during the “Prince of Poets” program, broadcast by Abu Dhabi Channel.

He has written four poetry collections: Meejana (Ramallah 1999), Al-Manzar (Cairo 2000), Qaluli Bethebb Masr (Cairo 2005), and Maqam Iraq (Cairo 2005). He is also the author of Benign Nationalism: Egyptian Nation State Building under Occupation (2007) and has recently published a book entitled “The Umma and The Dawla: The Nation State and the Arab Middle East” (Pluto Press, 2008).

Between 1996 and 1997, he won the music prize of his faculty at the Cairo University. The faculty awarded him the poetry prize in 1998. During that same year, he won the poetry medal of the High Institute of Applied Arts. In 2000, he received the poetry prize of the Regional Cultural Foundation in Marrakesh, Morocco.

He is currently a visiting Assistant Professor at Georgetown University’s Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, where he teaches on Comparative Politics of the Middle East, Arab nationalism, and Islamic political thought.

The Palestinian creativity wasn’t restricted within arts and poetry. However it exceeded to reach the sciences.

“Jenin” Carved in Stone Sent to Moon

Issam Nemer, a Palestinian astronaut who had sent to the moon a stone with the name of his town, “Jenin” carved in it.
Nemer was born in 1926 in Jenin, where he has his elementary and secondary education. In 1949 he traveled to the United States of America to attend Uota University (University of the Arts) where he graduated in 1953 with a degree in engineering.

He continued his high education in the New York University where he received a PhD in Calculating Quantities. Then he worked at a pioneer missiles production factory in California.
After that, Nemer moved to work for NASA in Houston, Texas, where he led the experiment group of the moon spacecraft. He achieved several medals and certificates of appreciation.

In addition to these scientific achievements, Issam Nemer sent a small stone with the name of his hometown “Jenin” carved in it, with the Apollo 11 astronauts.

Political Palestinian writer, Hafez Touqan, said, in an essay published in the “Nablus” newspaper, that he had asked Nemer: “Why didn’t you write the name of Palestine”?
“He answered while laughing: so that the stone can reach the moon”, Touqan added.

And till now, the municipality’s library preserves an image, signed by Apollo’s astronauts, offered by Issam Nemer to the city residents in the first visit to his country following his travel.

Heredity Scientist: Doctor Ahmad Tibi

Doctor Ahmad Teebi, a prominent doctor in genetics field, especially in the Arab world.
He is the Charge d’affaire of the genetic diseases data base in the Arab world. He is also reputed as a genetics teratology researcher.

Teebi now heads the department of clinical genetics in the Hospital for Sick Children (also known as SickKids Hospital) in Toronto. He is also the deputy chief and pediatrics professor in Weill Cornell Medical College in New York and Qatar.

Doctor Teebi prepared more than 200 researches in genetics field. He noted to 38 new types of genetic disturbances. He also made several researches based on Mendelian inheritance law. He was an editor in several magazines specialized in genetics in the US.

Doctor Teebi also wrote, along with Talaat Farag, a book, of 25 chapters, on the genetic disturbances upon the Arabs. This book was published in 1997 by Oxford University.
He shared in developing the genetics services in several Arab countries, like Gulf States, Jordan, occupied Palestinian territories, Egypt and Tunisia.

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