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SYRIA: National solidarity


National solidarity of the suffering Syrian people and respect for Syria’s sovereignty are the only way to change the long colonial history:

‘Ancient Syria was conquered by Egypt about 1500 B.C. , and after that by Hebrews, Assyrians, Chaldeans, Persians, and Alexander the Great of Macedonia. From 64 B.C. until the Arab conquest in A.D. 636, it was part of the Roman Empire except during brief periods. The Arabs made it a trade center for their extensive empire, but it suffered severely from the Mongol invasion in 1260 and fell to the Ottoman Turks in 1516. Syria remained a Turkish province until World War I. A secret Anglo-French pact of 1916 put Syria in the French zone of influence. The League of Nations gave France a mandate over Syria after World War I, but the French were forced to put down several nationalist uprisings. In 1930, France recognized Syria as an independent republic but still subject to the mandate. After nationalist demonstrations in 1939, the French high commissioner suspended the Syrian constitution.’


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The New Censorship

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Google, Inc., isn’t just the world’s biggest purveyor of information; it is also the world’s biggest censor.
How did Google become the internet’s censor and master manipulator, blocking access to millions of websites?

June 22th, 2016 – The company maintains at least nine different blacklists that impact our lives, generally without input or authority from any outside advisory group, industry association or government agency. Google is not the only company suppressing content on the internet. Reddit has frequently been accused of banning postings on specific topics, and a recent report suggests that Facebook has been deleting conservative news stories from its newsfeed, a practice that might have a significant effect on public opinion – even on voting. Google, though, is currently the biggest bully on the block.

When Google’s employees or algorithms decide to block our access to information about a news item, political candidate or business, opinions and votes can shift, reputations can be ruined and businesses can crash and burn. Because online censorship is entirely unregulated at the moment, victims have little or no recourse when they have been harmed. Eventually, authorities will almost certainly have to step in, just as they did when credit bureaus were regulated in 1970. The alternative would be to allow a large corporation to wield an especially destructive kind of power that should be exercised with great restraint and should belong only to the public: the power to shame or exclude.

If Google were just another mom-and-pop shop with a sign saying “we reserve the right to refuse service to anyone,” that would be one thing. But as the golden gateway to all knowledge, Google has rapidly become an essential in people’s lives – nearly as essential as air or water. We don’t let public utilities make arbitrary and secretive decisions about denying people services; we shouldn’t let Google do so either.

Google censorship: May Day Protest


As a reminder

July 5th, 2008 – Workers’ May Day Protest Site Disabled

This coming Thursday, members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) are planning a historic May Day shutdown of 29 West Coast ports to protest the Iraq War. Here in San Francisco, ILWU’s local affiliate will host a protest march down the Embarcadero in support of the work stoppage. To get out the word about the action and the march, union members set up a website, hosted by Google. But according to several sources both inside and outside of the union, when interested web surfers went to the site last night and this morning, they saw only a blank screen hosting an Orwellian-sounding message:

“This site has been disabled for violations of our Program Policies”

Reached by phone, strike site webmaster Russ Miyashiro told me he was never contacted by Google to warn him of its impending takedown, which he said took place around 4 PM pacific time on Monday. And when he looked into the so-called “Program Policies” the site supposedly violated, he told me those policies restricted posting “things like pornography or stuff that has to do with criminality.”

Miyashiro claimed he fired off an angry email to Google early last evening. “We’re an anti-war and pro-labor website,” he said he wrote. “Pulling our website was an act of political censorship.” By around 11 AM this morning, the site was back up — though, again, Miyashiro said no one at Google bothered to contact him or anyone else affiliated with the site to alert them to the fact.

After Google was asked for comment on this issue, spokesperson Nancy Ngo said she would immediately look into the matter. As of press time there was no further comment.

ILWU’s Jack Heyman, who co-chairs the protest’s local organizing committee, said he believes Google “came to their senses” because people “from around the world started emailing them and protesting this egregious violation of free speech.”

Heyman says he expects the march on Thursday to be a watershed moment for the labor and antiwar movements. “Never in the history of this country have workers taken an action like this to oppose a war … our membership has decided enough is enough.”

SYRIA: Belgian weapons for terrorists


Belgian Senator to Launch Discussion at Senate on Possession of Belgian Weapons by Armed Opposition in Syria

Aug 14, 2012  – BRUSSELS, (SANA) – Belgian Senator Nele Lijnen said that she intends to launch a discussion at the Belgian Senate regarding the fact that the armed opposition in Syria possess weapons made in Belgium.

Lijnen will pose several questions on the issue as soon as the Senate and the Chamber of Representatives resume their work next month after the end of the summer vacation.

She stressed the need to uncover the fate of exported Belgian weapons, and that many questions must be answered as to how the weapons reached the armed opposition to Syria and to whom these weapons were actually sold and when.

Several sources indicate that the armed opposition is using Belgian weapons, with photos being published that show Belgian weapons in the hands of militants in areas in Damascus’ suburbs.

It should be noted that Belgian weapons are exported to Saudi Arabia and Qatar, which are supplying the Syrian opposition with weapons.

H. Sabbagh


Photo: M249 Automatic weapon


FN Manufacturing

Cost per item: about $4,000

Size of 2007 contract: $48.3 million

The Army’s primary machine gun can spit 850 bullets per minute. FN Herstal developed the gun in the early 1980s for the Pentagon, which wanted a lightweight automatic weapon (the one here is 17 pounds). The Belgian company’s South Carolina factory makes about 550 a month for the Army.

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SYRIA: Google censorship


I had some problems with the publication of this little message on Google +

SYRIA: Israel
My post and comments about Israel’s involvement in the war on Syria were removed. And I couldn’t post anymore: ‘Your post was not shared. Please try again.’ – ‘There was a problem updating your comment’
1) Dec 7th, 2016 – Israel Launches Airstrikes on Military Airport in Damascus – U.N. and western governments keep silent…
2) Sept 17th, 2016 – U.S., Israel Launch Airstrikes On Syrian Government Forces – Directly Supporting ISIS And Al-Qaeda
3) Aug 23th, 2016 – Israeli think tank: ‘Don’t destroy ISIS; it’s a useful tool against Iran, Hezbollah, Syria’
4) June 28th, 2016 – Israel And Turkey Strike Deal That Would Secure Control Of Syrian Oil
5) April 17th, 2016 – Netanyahu: ‘Golan Heights Will Forever Remain in Israel’s Hands’…
6) Dec 9th, 2014 – Israel Bombs Syria For Fifth Time in 18 Months, Gives Arms, Medical Aid to Terrorist Gangs

Syria’s Victory


December 13th, 2016

TASS/ The hostilities in eastern Aleppo have ceased, the city is under the control of the Syrian government, Russia’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Vitaly Churkin, told a meeting of the UN Security Council on Tuesday.

“The latest information we have received within the past hour is that military operations ,in Aleppo have stopped,” the diplomat said, adding that the Syrian government has regained control of eastern Aleppo, and now the stage of practical humanitarian actions is beginning.

The ambassador said earlier in the day that militants and members of their familes are leaving the city’s eastern neighborhoods via the agreed corridors.

“All militants along with members of their families and the wounded are now leaving the city via the agreed corridors moving in the directions chosen by them, including towards Idlib,” the diplomat said.

After the meeting, Churkin said that it was too early to speak that the conflict in Syria is about to be over following the liberation of Aleppo.


SYRIA: offensive in Aleppo has ended

December 13th, 2016

Russia has announced that the Syrian government’s military operations to free the city of Aleppo have come to an end.

“Over the last hour we have received information that the military activities in east Aleppo have stopped, it has stopped,” said Russia’s UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin during a UN Security Council meeting.

“The Syrian government has established control over east Aleppo, so the stage of practical humanitarian actions begins,” he added.

He noted that the militants within the city will start to leave “within hours” and that there is no need for civilians to leave their homes.

“This very difficult chapter related to the situation in eastern Aleppo has ended,” he said. “Let’s hope that this, indeed, will be a pre-condition for establishing the political efforts, re-launching of negotiations,” he added.