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People have held demonstrations against the Al Saud regime in the holy city of Mecca and the central city of Buraidah, Press TV reports.

The demonstrators took to the streets in the two cities on Tuesday, calling for the downfall of the Saudi regime. They also demanded the release of political prisoners.

On December 31, tens of thousands of Saudi nationals staged a protest in the oil-rich Eastern Province to condemn the recent killing of a teenage demonstrator.

The demonstration in Eastern Province was held following the funeral of Ahmad al-Matar, who was killed when regime forces opened fire on a group of protesters in the Qatif region of the province on December 27.

Since February 2011, protesters have held demonstrations on an almost regular basis in Saudi Arabia, mainly in Qatif and the town of Awamiyah in Eastern Province, primarily calling for the release of all political…

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Russia Today
January 1, 2013

Syria has reportedly opened the New Year with a horrifying discovery of dozens of corpses in the capital Damascus. Some of the bodies were decapitated and bore traces of torture. They have not yet been identified. This comes amid widespread doubt there will be any major breakthrough in Syria’s bloody civil stand-off any time soon. Asia Times Correspondent Pepe Escobar predicts that the conflict could follow the Lebanese Civil War scenario and continue for another fifteen years.


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The International Human Rights Commission (IHRC) says the so-called Free Syrian Army is just a group of terrorists, stressing that Turkey, Qatar and Saudi Arabia are granting money and weapons to the terrorists in Syria.

In an interview with the Syrian Arab TV on Wednesday, IHRC Chief Muhammad Shahid Amin Khan said the IHCR condemns terrorism across the world without any discrimination, adding that media reports by Western countries and certain Persian Gulf littoral states about the developments in Syria are “untrue.”

Syria has been the victim of the same terrorism targeting Pakistan and other countries because the al-Qaeda that was fighting against the US occupation in Afghanistan is now present in Syria, he added.

The IHRC chief lashed out at Qatar and Turkey for pursuing a policy based on funding the terrorists to destabilize Muslim countries.

He invited all sides in Syria to get involved in dialogue…

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Massive Turkish Anti-war protests against Interference in Syria

Global Research, November 07, 2012
World Socialist Web Site 6 October 2012
Economy Alone Fails to Explain Turkey’s Success

Tens of thousands of anti-war protesters gathered in Istanbul, Thursday evening, opposing military action against Syria. Marchers streamed through the capital’s commercial district, opposing Turkey’s alliance with the United States and pledging support for the Syrian people.

The demonstration took place after the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government used its majority in parliament to grant Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan powers to send soldiers into “foreign countries”.

The clear intent is to wage a cross-border offensive to depose the regime of Bashir al-Assad without consulting the national assembly. The motion submitted allows the government to determine “the scope, extent and time” of any possible intervention.

The motion was passed after a stray shell from Syria killed five people in the Turkish border town of Akçakale Wednesday. Two days of mortar fire followed; Turkish fighter jets also carried out strikes on targets including a Syrian military camp, killing an unspecified number of soldiers.

The measure, denounced as a “war bill”, was opposed by the opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP). AKP spokesmen denied that war was being considered, but Erdogan called the mortar shells that hit Akçakale “at the threshold of armed attacks” and pledged “to act in a timely and quick manner against additional risks and threats facing our country.”

The parliamentary session was held in closed session, under AKP instructions. Demonstrators outside parliament in Ankara were attacked by police with teargas.

Internationally, Turkey engaged in a flurry of diplomatic activity to secure support for its stand. It called repeatedly for the support of its NATO military allies against an external threat, citing Article 4 of the NATO treaty.

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu personally called United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen.

The response was bellicose.

A NATO statement declared, “The Syrian regime’s recent aggressive acts at Nato’s south-eastern border … are a flagrant breach of international law and a clear and present danger to security.” It demanded the immediate end of “aggressive acts against an ally”.

Pentagon Press Secretary George Little denounced what he called “depraved behavior” by Syria and called for the removal of the government.

Britain’s Foreign Secretary William Hague joined Secretary of State Hilary Clinton in expressing outrage.

Russia blocked the more inflammatory positions demanded by the US and its allies at the UN. A first draft of a resolution condemned the shelling of Akçakale and the deaths of five civilians as “violations of international law” and as constituting “a serious threat to international peace and security,” calling on “the Syria government to fully respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of its neighbours.”

Russia opposed the reference to violations of international law and a serious threat to international peace and security, urging an appeal to both parties for “restraint” and to “avoid military clashes”.

Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov made clear to Interfax news agency that Russia was seeking to block “pretexts for carrying out a military scenario or to introduce initiatives such as humanitarian corridors or buffer zones.”

Most media sources accepted the AKP’s denials that it is contemplating war, but war is clearly what it wants.

The resolution moved in parliament was in fact dated September 20, showing that the AKP cynically used Akçakale as a pretext to promote pre-existing plans to obtain authorization for an invasion of Syria.

In addition, on Friday, the Turkish General Staff declared 15 mountainous areas, predominantly in the East and Southeast of Turkey “temporary security zones.” Public entry into the areas will be forbidden between October 7 and January 7 due to “extensive military operations” being carried out against the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK). Turkey has already said it will not respect Syria’s border in pursuing its military campaign against Kurdish separatists it has accused Assad of encouraging and sheltering.

Turkey has repeatedly urged the establishment of military corridors and no-fly zones in Syria. It also hosts the Free Syrian Army and the Syrian National Congress. It provides bases for various opposition groups to enter Syria and conduct military attacks, including covert forces from the CIA and Gulf States such as Saudi Arabia and Qatar and numerous Al Qaeda-type outfits.

The AKP is intent on advancing itself as the head of an alliance of Sunni powers on which the imperialist powers can rely to police essential oil and gas extraction and to suppress social and political opposition in the working class through repression and whipping up ethno-sectarian tensions.

But the AKP wants military action to proceed under a NATO umbrella and with active US participation. For both the AKP and the Obama administration, this is fraught with difficulties. Both would face major domestic opposition to the launch of another war in the Middle East. Both will face opposition, possibly including a military response, from Russia and China to an attempt to exclude them from the strategically-vital region.

The Turkish media reflected these concerns, with Ismail Kucukkaya, writing in centre-right Aksam urging, “Let us scream from the very beginning: No war!” Warning of “incalculable dangers”, he asked, “Are we right to make a war and do we have enough legitimate reasons? Does the nation want that? Will our economy bear this?”

Melih Asik in Milliyet warned: “We’ve reached a critical point. We’re not only up against Syria, but also Iran, Iraq, Russia and China which support Damascus. Behind us, there is nothing but the provocative attitudes and empty promises of the United States.” Referring to the AKP’s recent conviction of Turkish generals on charges of plotting a coup, he added: “What we have is an army whose generals are arrested… and a terror problem we are struggling to deal with.”

Such comments indicate the sense of impending disaster that is developing in sections of the Turkish ruling class. Nonetheless, the AKP and its NATO allies are continuing to pour fuel on the flames.

Warning Syria that testing Turkey’s preparedness for war would be a “fatal mistake,” Erdogan said yesterday: “We are not interested in war, but we’re not far from it either. This nation has come to where it is today having gone through intercontinental wars.”

The logic of the AKP’s participation in the US drive for regime change in Syria and to destroy Iran’s nuclear program leads to war with both those countries and ultimately with Russia and China—that is, towards war throughout the Middle East and the world. The parliament vote authorizing military action brings Turkey and the world one step closer to such a catastrophe.

Deutsche Welle wrote: “Ankara is preparing for conflict and at the same time stating it does not intend to declare war. The West has responded slowly to play down the clash’s importance… Turkey is not limiting its response to howitzer fire. The air force and navy were put on alert, according to press reports.”

“Few doubts remain about Turkey’s resolve to consider a full military reaction against Syria,” it concluded.

At the same time, Simon Tisdall busily lobbied for military intervention in theGuardian. Asking “How long can the world’s great powers sit on their hands?” he condemned “do-nothing hand-wringing.” He solidarised himself with the “pressure for more direct, multilateral intervention, most probably via NATO,” coming from the Arab states and US Republicans.

The head of the Israeli military intelligence, Maj Gen Aviv Kochavi, used the occasion to threaten action to protect the Golan Heights. “The erosion of the Syrian regime’s control and the growing penetration of global jihadist forces present a new threat, for which Military Intelligence and the IDF [Israel Defence Forces] are preparing,” he said.

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November 4, 2012

In the midst of a 40 year war, suddenly the Arab spring offers an opportunity for Kurdish ambitions …

A Young Kurdish Man Explains – Recorded Nov 4 2012

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Occupied Palestine | فلسطين

Stephen Lendman | Indybay | Oct 27, 2012

What else can be expected from Israel’s worst ever leader. He’s a serial lawbreaker. He deplores democratic values. His contempt for non-Jews is palpable. He calls Palestinians sub-humans. It shows in how he treats them.

Under international law, Israeli settlements are illegal. Fourth Geneva’s Article 49 states, “The Occupying Power shall not deport or transfer parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies.”

Moreover, in July 2004, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled:

“Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, are illegal and an obstacle to peace and to economic and social development.” In addition, they’ve “been established in breach of international law” on sovereign Palestinian territory.

Netanyahu, past Israeli leaders, and current officials ignore what they’re obligated to obey. On October 23, Haaretz published a Reuters report headlined “Netanyahu pledges Israel will continue building…

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by Stephen Lendman, source

For decades, Israel has literally gotten away with murder. Crimes of war and against humanity repeat regularly. Human and civil rights are spurned.

Anyone not experiencing it firsthand can’t imagine the ruthlessness of occupation harshness. Besieged Gazans suffer most. For over five years, they’ve been lawlessly isolated and suffocated.

Former Ariel Sharon associate, Dov Weissglass, once said, “The idea is to put Palestinians on a diet, but not make them die of hunger.” In other words, make them suffer. Francis Boyle, Ilan Pappe, this writer, and others call it slow-motion genocide.

Call it anything you like but understand what’s going on. Why else would activists risk life and limb to help. No one pays them. They’re given nothing in return. They’re involved because it’s important to help.

They’re true heroes. Only friends, family, and supporters know them. Media scoundrels ignore them. Ship to Gaza Sweden (Estelle)…

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At least 50 Saudi judges have resigned in protest at the pressure exerted on them by the Riyadh regime to sentence political activists, Press TV reports.

The judges said in a statement that they made the decision in protest at the regime pressure.

According to Human Rights Watch, the Saudi regime “routinely represses expression critical of the government.”

The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information has called on regional and international organizations to take action against Saudi Arabia’s crackdown on rights activists…

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Hidden Agendas


Published on Sep 17, 2012 by RussiaToday

Biggest-ever rally over an anti-Islamic film has brought scores to Beirut, Lebanon, following a call for mass demonstrations by Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah.
Most of the demonstrators were wearing green and yellow headbands, indicating membership in Hezbollah. The official number of participants is yet to be released, but has been estimated based on video and photos to be over a hundred thousand people.


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