Israeli trade minister Naftali Bennett dismisses two-state solution as ‘hopeless’ and urges swift annexation of West Bank’s Area C

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jun/17/naftali-bennett-two-state-solution-hopeless

“A rising star in the Israeli cabinet has declared that the idea of a Palestinian state is dead”

Naftali Bennett, who was appointed Israel‘s economics and trade minister following a strong showing in January’s election, told a conference of settlers in Jerusalem that Israel should urgently annex large tracts of the West Bank currently under its control.

Bennett said: “The most important thing in the land of Israel is to build, build, build. It’s important that there will be an Israeli presence everywhere.”

Two weeks ago, the deputy defence minister, Danny Danon, claimed a majority within the Israeli government staunchly opposed the creation of a Palestinian state.

Does Obama want to distract from the Snowden affair with his sudden “red line” accusation against Syria?

“Obama’s momentous decision on military intervention in Syria…is a desperate diversionary move when his administration is caught up deep in the cesspool over the Snowden controversy.

The entire moral edifice on which Obama built up his presidency and the values he espoused…when he began his long march to the White House five years ago – transparency, accountability, legitimacy, multilateralism, consensus – lie exposed today as a pack of lies.

The heart of the matter is that Obama is on the horns of the same dilemma as Bill Clinton found himself when, in a desperate ploy to deflect world attention from his strong libido, he fired cruise missiles at Kandahar in August 1998.”

http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/MID-01-140613.html

Syria: When “NGOs” organize meetings of ex-presidential candidates with kidnappers

“The first of these American ‘NGO’ workers responsible for setting up the McCain…trip into Syria is one Mouaz Moustafa, who is named as the Executive Director of…the ‘Syrian Emergency Task Force.’ (SETF)”

“Moustafa is listed as an ‘expert’ at the Wasington Institute for Near East Policy, (WINEP), the sub-branch of the huge Israeli lobby: the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee AIPAC…”

“The second ‘NGO’ worker…is one Elizabeth Obagy, named as Political Director of…SETF…Obagy is also a “Syria analyst” at the Institute for the Study of War (ISW).”

“Upon reading ISW’s Board of Directors and donors from their 2011 annual report,…ISW’s main donors for 2011 is telling; the list of military (defense) contractor’s donors include…”

http://notthemsmdotcom.wordpress.com/2013/06/09/john-mccains-illegal-trip-to-syria-and-the-ngos-that-got-him-there/

George W Bush raised $400 million for covert operations inside Iran

The White House has been reported to have secretly stepped up covert operations inside Iran with the aim of destablising its leadership.

President George W Bush requested and received funding of $400 million (£200 million) for the plan after he made a secret appeal to Congressional leaders last year.

The money is likely to be used for operations carried out by the CIA and other intelligence agencies, according to the New Yorker magazine.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/iran/2218623/George-W-Bush-raised-400-million-for-action-against-Iran.html

Who Killed the Syrian Peace Talks?

“The peace talks are dead because the…rebels are boycotting the negotiations, ruining any hope for peace, while threatening to turn an already-tragic disaster into a Yugoslavia-style catastrophe…or worse.”

“The U.S. and its European allies want regime change in Syria, and they are prepared to allow many more people to die to make it so.”

“Many Syrians that didn’t previously support Assad now do, having concluded that Assad in power is better than their country being obliterated in an Iraq-style invasion, or being dominated by Islamic extremists, as the the majority of the Syrian rebel groups are.”

“Behind this frenzy of rebel support lies the sick logic that, in order for successful peace negotiations to take place, the rebels need to be in a stronger battlefield position. Arm the rebels to the teeth for peace!”

http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/06/13/who-killed-the-syrian-peace-talks/

AngryArab: Who killed 93000 Syrians?

“In the Western media, the mantra has not changed: that Bashshar has “killed…93,000 “of his own people….But look at this sentence by the Qatari-funded, pro-armed opposition Syrian Observatory:  “It said the confirmed toll included 25,040 Syrian soldiers and security personnel, and 17,107 pro-Assad militiamen.”  We are talking about 42,147 Syrians dead–and that is when the death toll was 80,000.  So by that count, the armed opposition killed more than half of those killed in Syria…so if the armed opposition managed to kill over 40,000 armed Syrians, it is logical to wonder how many more thousands of Syrian civilians were killed by the armed opposition especially that some Western organization had to grudgingly admit that massacres were perpetrated by the armed opposition.  So by this count…it is possible to maintain that the armed opposition managed to kill more Syrians than the brutal Syrian regime itself. But please: feel free to enjoy the armed opposition and to call its fanatical thugs “revolutionaries”.”

http://angryarab.net/2013/06/13/93000-dead-in-syria-who-killed-whom/

Seymour Hersh revealing saudi-american anti-Shia/anti-Iran plans back in 2007

“To undermine Iran…the Bush Administration…has coöperated with Saudi Arabia’s government, which is Sunni, in clandestine operations that are intended to weaken Hezbollah, the Shiite organization that is backed by Iran.”

“Condoleezza Rice…pointed to the Sunni states as centers of moderation, and said that Iran, Syria, and Hezbollah…have made their choice…to destabilize.””

Bandar and other Saudis have assured the White House…It’s not that we don’t want the Salafis to throw bombs; it’s who they throw them at—Hezbollah, Moqtada al-Sadr, Iran, and at the Syrians, if they continue to work with Hezbollah and Iran.”

http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2007/03/05/070305fa_fact_hersh

Syria: Islamists celebrate Shi’ite deaths

“Islamist rebels celebrated the killing of some 60 Shi’ites…and burned their homes in eastern Syria”

“”Look Shi’ites, this is how you will end up, you dogs,” cries one man.”

“…All the Shi’ite houses have been burned down… Look at the fighters of the jihad (holy war) celebrating their entry into the Shi’ite infidels’ houses,” says the man filming the video.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/breaking-news/syria-islamists-celebrate-shiite-deaths/story-fn3dxix6-1226662803078

Syrian disease outbreaks ‘inevitable’, warns WHO

On Friday, UN organisations including Unicef will be launching a new appeal to combat the growing crisis in Syria and with refugees in neighbouring countries. When the last appeal launched in January, Unicef asked for $195.8m (£128m) to fund the work until the end of this month. Nearly a third was for work inside Syria, the rest to help refugees in neighbouring countries. The new appeal will cover work until the end of the year.

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jun/04/syrian-disease-outbreaks-inevitable-who

As EU prepares to lift Burma sanctions – Burmese police standing by as Buddhists attack Muslims

Video footage has emerged showing Burmese police standing by as Buddhist mobs wielding sticks and swords attack Muslims in Meikhtila – where last month more than 40 people were killed and 12,000 displaced – on the same day that the EU is expected to permanently lift all sanctions against the country.The new video footage also corroborates claims by Human Rights Watch (HRW) that security forces in Rakhine state, western Burma, failed to protect ethnic Rohingya Muslims in June and October last year, when 200 were killed and more than 100,000 forced to flee after intercommunal violence spread through the region.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/apr/22/burmese-police-buddhists-attack-muslims