McCarthyism is the practice of making accusations of subversion or treason without proper regard for evidence. It also means “the practice of making unfair allegations or using unfair investigative techniques, especially in order to restrict dissent or political criticism.” The term has its origins in the period in the United States known as the Second Red Scare, lasting roughly from 1950 to 1956 and characterized by heightened political repression against supposed communists, as well as a campaign spreading fear of their influence on American institutions and of espionage by Soviet agents. Originally coined to criticize the anti-communist pursuits of Republican U.S. Senator Joseph McCarthy of Wisconsin, “McCarthyism” soon took on a broader meaning, describing the excesses of similar efforts. The term is also now used more generally to describe reckless, unsubstantiated accusations, as well as demagogic attacks on the character or patriotism of political adversaries.
The near-unrestrained executive power claimed by the Obama administration will be transferred to the president-elect. From torture to Guantanamo to mass surveillance to Gitmo and on and on, the Obama Administration could have stood up for civil liberties and the US Constitution. It did not. On the contrary. He has handed his successor a huge gift: greatly expanded Executive power. Heckuva job there, Barack…
September 11th, 2013
SANA – Syrian Arab News Agency – وكالة الانباء السورية
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Keeping you up-to-date with the latest from SANA in English
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Syria: Turkish occupation of northern Syria. The U.N. keeps silent…
Turkey is dispatching hundreds of more soldiers to neighboring Syria to reinforce its first major US-backed incursion of its conflict-ridden southern neighbor. (Syrian Press Agency Sana)
Cooperation between India and Syria: Many Indian companies interested in housing and construction participated in the reconstruction exhibition which was held in September 2016 in Syria. (Sana)
Iraq-Syria: Our heart is with the children
Syria: humanitarian aid
Dec 9th, 2016 – Terrorism is main cause of humanitarian crisis and combating it demands cooperation with Syrian government – Syria’s Permanent Representative to the UN Bashar al-Jaafari reiterated that terrorism is the main reason behind the suffering of the Syrian people and that combating it requires cooperation with the Syrian government. He was addressing United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) session on Thursday where a draft resolution was proposed on humanitarian aid delivery. Read: http://sana.sy/en/?p=95647
Syria: humanitarian aid
Dec 8th, 2016 – Russian aid distributed to displaced people and martyrs’ families in Maaraba, Damascus Countryside – http://sana.sy/en/?p=95625
Syria: China condemns terrorist attack on Russian mobile hospital in Aleppo
Dec 8th, 2016 – China condemned on Thursday the terrorist attack that targeted a Russian mobile hospital in Aleppo city last Monday. “We condemn and oppose these attacks and attacks on civilians, civilian targets and aid workers during armed clashes,” said the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang in a press conference in Beijing, answering a question on Chinese reaction to the attack. He stressed that China’s stance on the crisis in Syria is clear. “We hope that all parties will adhere to cooperation with each other to avoid clashes and a humanitarian crisis,” he added. Terrorist organizations targeted last Monday with a rocket shell a Russian mobile hospital in al-Furqan neighborhood in Aleppo city. The attack killed two Russian medics. Read: http://sana.sy/en/?p=95603
Syria: Chinese Envoy
Dec 8th, 2016 – Chinese Envoy for Syria: Political dialogue is the only solution in Syria, no double standards in fighting terrorism – China’s Special Envoy for Syria, Ambassador Xie Xiaoyan stressed Thursday that any final and proper solution to the crisis in Syria can only be reached through political dialogue and coming to solutions that take into account the interests of all sides. In a press conference held at Damascus-based Four Seasons Hotel, the Chinese Envoy said the Chinese side calls for pushing forward the political solution through four parallel tracks, fighting terrorism, ceasefire, delivering humanitarian assistance and the political process. Read: http://sana.sy/en/?p=95600
Dec 8th, 2016 – President al-Assad: Failure of Western states and Turkey in the battle in Aleppo means failure of outside project and the transformation of the course of the war in Syria / Read: http://sana.sy/en/?p=95555
Syria: humanitarian aid
Dec 7th, 2016 – Syrian Army helicopters deliver medicines provided by the WHO to ISIS-besieged Deir Ezzor city / Read: http://sana.sy/en/?p=95487
Golan Heights Syria: UN resolution
Dec 7th, 2016 – New UN resolution demanding that Israel rescind its Golan annexation decision – The UN General Assembly (UNGA) reiterated demand that Israel comply with the Security Council resolutions, particularly resolution no. 497 for 1981 which declared Israel’s decision of 14 December 1981 to impose its laws and jurisdiction on the Syrian Golan as “null and void and without international legal effect”. During a session on Tuesday, the UNGA adopted a resolution titled “Occupied Syrian Golan” after it was endorsed by the Special Political and Decolonization Committee (the Fourth Committee). The resolution was adopted with 163 in favor out of 193 countries, 1 against (Israel), and a number of abstentions, including the US and Canada. The resolution called upon Israel to rescind its decision of annexing the occupied Golan, and to desist from changing the physical character, demographic composition, institutional structure and legal status of the occupied Syrian Golan, as these measures are null and void, asserting that all relevant provisions of the Regulations annexed to the Hague Convention of 1907, and the Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War, continued to apply to the Syrian territory occupied by Israel since 1967. It also called upon Israel to desist from imposing Israeli citizenship and identity cards on Syrian citizens and to stop its provocative measures against them. Read: http://sana.sy/en/?p=95475
Syria: Israeli bombs – U.N. and western governments keep silence…
Dec 7th, 2016 – Israeli missiles hit near al-Mezzeh Airport in Damascus
Syria/Belarus: medical cooperation
Dec 6th, 2016 – Means of boosting health cooperation between Syria and Belarus, exchanging medicine and establishing joint investments were discussed during a meeting between Syrian Health Minister Nizar Yazigi’s and Belarus Deputy Health Minister, Valery Shevchuk.
Minister Yazigi said that the two sides’ cooperation aims at developing pharmaceutical industry, exchanging expertise and opening new markets in order to achieve high quality standards at suitable prices.The minister briefed the visiting delegation on the damage caused to the health sector by the terrorist attacks and the because of the unjust unilateral economic sanctions which hindered the importation of cancer drugs and other essential medicines, noting that the ministry has rehabilitated 3 hospitals and a number of health centers. Read: http://sana.sy/en/?p=95460
All the links and pictures of the Syrian Press Agency don’t work anymore – Pictures have disappeared…
Gamal Abdel Nasser led the 1952 Egyptian revolution that overthrew the corrupt and ineffective monarchy of King Farouk. Nasser was born into a working-class family in Asyut province. His father was a postal clerk. Nasser graduated from the Royal Military Academy in Cairo and served in the Sudan. He fought in the 1948 Arab-Israeli War at Falluja, where Egyptian forces held out against Israel until the war’s end. After the 1948 war, Nasser and other junior officers blamed King Farouk for the war’s substandard weaponry and lack of military strategy.
Nasser was one of the founders of the secret Free Officers group that was determined to oust Farouk and set Egypt on a different path. Although the older and better-known Brigadier-General Muhammad Naguib was put forward to the public as the head of the officers’ group, Nasser was in fact the acknowledged leader. He was known for carefully listening to all viewpoints and then making decisions. On July 22, 1952, the Free Officers overthrew the monarchy in a practically bloodless coup d’état. A Revolutionary Command Council (RCC) was established with Naguib as its head. Nasser and Naguib clashed over whether to keep a parliamentary system or to establish a one-party state with populist support, a course Nasser favored. The majority of the officers favored Nasser, and a single party, the Liberation Rally, was established in 1953. After a failed assassination attempt on Nasser in 1954, the Muslim Brotherhood, with whom Naguib had close ties, was banned, and Naguib was removed from power. A new constitution was implemented in 1956 and Nasser was elected president by a huge majority of Egyptian voters. He was twice reelected to the position. A highly charismatic figure and a brilliant speaker in colloquial Arabic, Nasser was extremely popular with the majority of Egyptians and among average Arabs everywhere.
Not an ideologue, Nasser was a pragmatic political leader who sought to develop Egypt economically and socially. He moved toward socialism and the Soviet Union after his requests for military aid had been rebuffed by the United States. His regime jailed members of both the Egyptian Communist Party and the Muslim Brotherhood on the right.
After attending the Bandung Conference in 1955, Nasser joined with Jawaharlal Nehru of India and Marshal Tito of Yugoslavia in championing positive neutralism, in which Third World nations would not forge solid alliances with either the United States or the Soviet Union in the cold war but would instead act in their own best interests. Neither of the superpowers liked this approach, but the United States was particularly hostile to it. Steering a neutral course, Nasser opposed the Western-led CENTO/Baghdad Pact and opposed Arab regimes such as the Hashemite monarchies in Iraq and Jordan and the conservative, extremely pro-Western Saudi Arabian monarchy.
Nasser also spoke of Egypt belonging to three circles: the Arab, African, and Islamic worlds. Under Nasser, Egypt became a center for African and Arab political leaders and students. Although he was personally a devout Muslim, Nasser was committed to secular government and persecuted Islamists, particularly the Muslim Brotherhood, which sought to establish a state based on Muslim religious law and practice.
Like all Arab leaders, Nasser supported the Palestinian cause and their right to self-determination. He permitted some fedayeen (self-sacrificers) guerrilla attacks from the Egyptian-administered Gaza Strip in Israel, but he also recognized the superiority of Israel’s military. Consequently he initially sought, through back channels, to negotiate settlements to the conflict with Israel. Israel insisted on face-to-face negotiations, and the attempts all failed.
In 1956 after the United States had refused to grant aid for building the Aswān Dam, Nasser nationalized the Suez Canal. The nationalization led to the 1956 Arab-Israeli War, in which Great Britain, France, and Israel jointly attacked Egypt. The war was a military loss for Egypt but a political victory after which Nasser became indisputably the most popular man in the entire Arab world.
During the so-called Arab cold war Nasser’s influence dominated the liberal, progressive, and socialist governments in Syria and elsewhere, versus the conservative pro-Western monarchies, including Jordan and Saudi Arabia. With the formation of the United Arab Republic of Egypt and Syria in 1958, Nasser perhaps reached the peak of his popularity.
Following the devastating military losses in the 1967 Arab-Israeli War, Nasser accepted responsibility and resigned. Massive and generally spontaneous public demonstrations calling for his return led him to resume the Egyptian presidency, but he never regained the unquestioning support throughout the Arab world that he had previously enjoyed.
In 1970 Nasser was called upon to mediate a truce between the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and King Hussein of Jordan in the bloody war between the two. Shortly thereafter he suffered a massive heart attack, in part brought on by the tensions of the negotiation, and died in late September. Although Nasser was mistrusted and opposed in most of the West and Israel, millions of mourning Egyptians joined his funeral cortege. The legacy of Nasserism, secular pan-Arab nationalism, and state-directed socialism, spread throughout most of the Arab world during Nasser’s lifetime, but declined and, except in Lebanon, largely diminished after his death.
Profit and Proliferation, Part 2: Will Belgian Arms End Up in Syria?
April 6, 2012
In a post yesterday, At War looked at how legal arms sales by Belgium’s main weapons manufacturer, FN Herstal, became a troubling factor in the Libyan conflict over the past year. Now there are concerns about where those weapons may turn up next.
Does Belgium share any responsibility in trying to secure Libya’s arms? That depends on whom you ask, and what you mean by “arms.”
Photo: FN Herstal cartridges from 1977 in a magazine for an FN FAL assault rifle. Tripoli, February 2012.
Belgium promised 225,000 euros (about $300,000) to an international program led by the United States that is intended to secure the loose stock of heat-seeking anti-aircraft missiles in Libya. These weapons were provided to Libya not by Belgium but by former Eastern bloc states. In 2013, a future phase of this program could focus on securing small arms, which Belgium did supply to Libya. While Belgium doesn’t exclude participating in it, the Walloon government, which is FN Herstal’s sole shareholder, has categorically refused to get involved. Its president, Rudy Demotte, argued that the problem was exclusively Libya’s and that his government did not want to enter a “neocolonial logic.”
But Belgium could be confronted with another problem in terms of small arms. Many Libyans say that Qatar, France, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates provided Libyan rebels with weapons during the recent war. Some of these countries are FN Herstal customers, raising the question of whether Belgian small arms, exported to countries that agreed not to re-export them, were nonetheless re-exported.
On Feb. 26, 2011, the United Nations voted the Resolution 1970, imposing an arms embargo in Libya. Nevertheless, in the spring and summer of 2011, Qatar started shipping military material to the rebels in Benghazi. Some of the weapons shipped by Qatar could well have been FN FAL assault rifles produced in Belgium, according to anti-Qaddafi fighters who received them.
Several fighters said in interviews that their FN FALs were supplied by Qatar. Also, a Libyan operator who worked at the Benina airport in Benghazi in April 2011 said he remembered crates from Qatar full of Belgian FALs. Those particular FALs match the weapons sold by Belgium to the Qatar armed forces. It was impossible to trace serial numbers, however, as this procedure requires a special Interpol request. The Walloon authorities as well as FN Herstal declined to comment.
Belgium’s federal authorities insisted they did not receive any re-export request from Qatar, but also said they have no intention to investigate further.
“The Belgian interpretation of the arms embargo is strict: no weapons were to be supplied,” said Michel Malherbe, a spokesman for the Belgian Foreign Affairs. In this interpretation, if the anti-Qaddafi fighers’ accounts are accurate, then Qatar potentially breached the terms of the U.N. resolution, and Belgium’s refusal to investigate is at odds with the position of one of its neighbors.
Switzerland, upon seeing military material it sold to Qatar in 2009 reappear in Libya in 2011, suspended its arms-export licenses to Qatar from July to December 2011.
The European Common Position on Arms Sales, adopted in 2008, stipulates that the selling country has to assess “the existence of a risk that the equipment will be diverted within the buyer country or re-exported under undesirable conditions.” Qatar, according to the Libyan fighters’ accounts, presents such a risk, as it re-exported military goods to third parties without authorization.
As the fighting continues in Syria, this issue could become more pressing. Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim al-Thani, the Qatari prime minister, declared on Feb. 27 that he was favorable to supplying weapons to the Syrian rebels in their fight against Bashar al-Assad. “We have to do what it takes to help them,” he said during an official visit to Norway, “including giving them weapons so that they could defend themselves.”
The same position was adopted by Saudi Arabia. Prince Saud al-Faisal, the Saudi foreign minister, declared that humanitarian help was “not enough” and that arming Syrian rebels was “an excellent idea.” (On the other hand, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton voiced concerns that arming the Syrian opposition could also end up helping Al Qaeda and other jihadist groups get weapons more easily.)
Saudi Arabia is the second-most-important Belgian small-arms customer, behind the United States. This puts Belgian authorities into a difficult position: “The European code and the new Belgian law we tried to install are clear: we cannot export weapons to a country that doesn’t respect non re-export clauses,” said Sophie Paczkowski, spokesperson for the Walloon Region.
On March 9, the Walloon government invited Belgian federal authorities to ask the European Union partners about the Syrian situation. This request was made ahead of the meeting of an European Union Council Working Group on Conventional Arms Exports on April 26. The Walloon region first decided to suspend issuing new arms export licenses for Qatar and Saudi Arabia. On March 20, however, the region reversed its decision. Until the working group’s gathering, Wallonia will adapt its license policy to the decisions of other European Union countries.
Odds are that little will change after the meeting: no formal decisions will be made at this level. “For questions of this nature, it works more like a consultative body,” said Roy Isbister, from the violence watch group Saferworld. “Countries have an opportunity to ask their E.U. partners what they think about a particular issue, but they don’t have to, and anyway any decision is still then taken at the national level. The problem is that the European Common Position allows for multiple interpretations. It is the selling country that has to assess by itself, following its own interpretation of the criteria, including the risk of arms diversion, when it comes to selling military goods.”
The question remaining is: What will the European countries decide on their own national levels? If the arms licenses to Qatar and Saudi Arabia are not suspended, the sector’s regulations will prove to be no more than empty shells. If they are suspended, FN Herstal loses one of its bigger customers, and the whole Belgian weapons industry is endangered. Regarding Belgian and European arms interests, the Arab uprisings look more and more like a “damned if you do, damned if you don’t” situation. The Walloon region will not be able to indefinitely shift its responsibilities onto its European neighbors, and will ultimately face a critically tough decision.
Photos: A Belgian FN FAL assault rifle said to have been supplied by Qatar during the war. Benghazi, February 2012 – FN Herstal cartridges from 1977 in a magazine for an FN FAL assault rifle. Tripoli, February 2012 – Former Belgian Prime Minister and leader of the European liberals, who was pleading for military interventions in Libya and Syria, pleading for the delivery of weapons to the so called Syrian ‘opposition’. Verhofstadt has good contacts with the European weapons ans arms lobby.
(Info: ‘Divers’ http://diversdiverse.skynetblogs.be/belgian-weapons/ )
Internet giant Google is investing an extra 300 million euros at its data centre in the Walloon town of Dour near Mons. In time this will result in the creation of 200 long-trem jobs.
Google made the announcement during a visit of the Belgian Prime Minister, Elio Di Rupo (Francophone socialist). Google’s data centre in Dour is one of the three largest operated by the company in the continent of Europe.
The 300 million will finance a major three-year expansion programme. Google hardware operations manager Freddy Bonhomme told the Belgian press agency Belga: “Work has just started. Between 300 and 350 people are being hired.”
Employment levels may fall after the project is completed.
On 3.14.2012, America’s Defense Department’s best-known geek announced that she was leaving the Pentagon for a job at Google…
(Info: ‘Latest News Syria’ https://latestnewssyria.wordpress.com/2013/04/16/latest-news-syria-censorship-google/ )
Google Help Forum
December 11th, 2016
Google closed my account. The problems started after I published some articles about the American weapons deliveries to the so called opposition in Libya and Syria (2011-2012) and about the recent unacceptable Turkish, Israeli and American bombings on Syria.
These posts were constantly removed. I published them again and again. Sometimes Google+ put them back. I started then to remove all the double posts because of I am not a spammer. And then Google removed the original post again and so I was obliged to publish the same post again 3 or 4 times.
It was just a childish game of provocation.
My Google+ account is closed now for 14 days because of Google+ accused me of ‘spam’. And I have seen that Google+ has also put back all my removed posts 3 or 4 times. People which visit my Google+ account now, they think that I am indeed a spammer and that Google has made a fair decision.
I wrote to Google+ for an appeal but the unjust decision seems definitive. Google+ don’t answer me and my arguments are not taken serious. I have no right on defense.
I think that some political cases are too sensitive for the American government.
As you know Google has, like Facebook, a very good personal contact with the White House and during the war on Libya the directors of Google, Facebook, Twitter… were invited on the White House to have a drink with president Obama.
This is pure censorship. A lot of activists working about Palestine had the same problems on Facebook. They were also the victim of censorship.
During the past months I had a lot of problems with my internet connection (Google Chrome).
I hope that Google will take my complaint serious.
My idea is that Google can not silence people because of they are criticizing certain policy makers, unjust military interventions and war crimes. That’s undemocratic and unfair.
The Google+ account that was censored: https://plus.google.com/u/0/116481887107858150850/posts
Dec 9th, 2016 – Turkey is dispatching hundreds of more soldiers to neighboring Syria to reinforce its first major US-backed incursion of its conflict-ridden southern neighbor.
(‘Up to 300 elite Turkish commandos to enter Syria’: https://www.almasdarnews.com/article/report-300-elite-turkish-commandos-enter-syria/ )
Dec 8th, 2016 – Israel conference banned in UK moves to Ireland
Dec 9th, 2016 – New attack on Raqqa by US-led coalition causes a massacre / Read: http://sana.sy/en/?p=95650