How Belgium Became Home to Recent Terror Plots (2)

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September 27th, 2012 – Some weeks ago the Belgian Senator Nele Lijnen said that she intends to launch a discussion at the Belgian Senate regarding the fact that the terrorists in Syria possess weapons made in Belgium.

But Belgium is not only responsible for sending weapons for terrorist bomb attacks in Syria.

The Belgian State Security knows that Belgian jihadists are going to Syria for organizing these bomb attacks.

The U.S. and its allies work all on the same way: They send money and weapons to the jihadists coming from their country to carry out bomb attacks in Syria.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon who has been posted twice to the Republic of Korea embassy in Washington, D.C. and served as Director-General for American Affairs in 1990–1992, conceals these matters and talks about a ‘civil war’ all the time.

NATO’s headquarters are in Brussels…

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August 3th, 2012

The Belgian State Security “has not confirmed” the rumor that Belgian jihadists are fighting in Syria. Thursday, the newspapers ‘Het Belang van Limburg’ and ‘Gazet van Antwerpen’ argued the opposite: “The State Security confirmed the presence of” Belgium”.

It is uncommon, that the Belgian State Security issued a statement Thursday to correct statements that were attributed to him: “The State Security (…) confirms that Syria is a destination for international Islamist fighters. But the State Security has not been confirmed (…) that there are Belgians among them. ”    In short, if the Security denies to have confirmed does not mean – this is important – it can deny the information.

Originally Flemish newspapers relied on a report by Reuters, dated July 31, citing statements from “several rebel commanders in the north-west Syria,” according to which “Muslims in Great Britain, Belgium and the United States had joined the Free Syrian Army (SLA)”. On July 13th, Reuters pointed out a flood “of thousands of assault rifles Belgian FN FAL was in the hands of the rebels”.

In its annual reports, the Belgian State Security explains how and why she follows people attracted by fighting abroad: there was attention for Iraq, then, from 2010, to the movement towards Pakistan-Afghanistan border area; Finally, most recently, to new locations: “If the Afghan-Pakistan area, more than Iraq, was still popular in 2010 with the majority of volunteers for jihad”, the Belgian State Security wrote in his latest report, “some of them began to plot their way to Yemen, Somalia and the Caucasus”. And Syria now? “Obviously. Where they are beaten, those who return and who actually participated in the fighting have gained knowledge on how to handle weapons, strategy and tactics of war,” noted the Belgian State Security yesterday. “This is the central reason for the Belgian concern”.

Alain Lallemand, Le Soir


Photo: Former Belgian Prime Minister Verhofstadt and  the former Syrian General Isis (‘Free Syrian Army’) in the European Parliament. Verhofstadt, leader of the European liberals, who was pleading  for military interventions in Libya and Syria, pleaded there for the delivery of weapons to the so called Syrian ‘opposition’.  Verhofstadt has good contacts with the European weapons and arms lobby. He is also board member of the Brussels based multinational Sofina (oil- and gas industry)

http://atwar.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/04/06/profit-and-proliferation-part-2-will-belgian-arms-end-up-in-syria/?_r=0

http://diversdiverse.skynetblogs.be/archive/2013/10/22/latest-news-syria-belgian-weapons-7963660.html

http://www.ipisresearch.be/publications_detail.php?id=387

 

Google censorship

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‘We believe that more information means more choice, more freedom and ultimately more power for the individual’ – David Drummond, Chief legal officer, Google

Google releases censorship tools

September 15th, 2010 – The US government asked Google for user information 4,287 times during the first six months of 2010.
During the same timeframe the UK government put in over 1,000 such requests.
This is just two snippets from Google’s new Transparency Report, a set of tools designed to show censorship levels around the globe.
Civil liberty groups welcomed the tool but called on Google to provide even more detail about the requests.
Earlier this year, Google released details about how often countries around the world ask it to hand over user data or to censor information.
The new map and tools follows on from that and allows users to click an individual country to see how many removal requests were fully or partially complied with, as well as which Google services were affected.
In the US, for example, there were seven court orders to remove content from YouTube from July 2009 to the end of the year.
There is also a traffic graph showing Google services around the world and related traffic outages, caused either by governments blocking access to information or, more mundanely, cables being cut.
Google’s public policy head Scott Rubin demonstrated the tool to the BBC.
“Last year after the Iranian elections access to the internet was cut off and we saw a sudden drop in traffic to YouTube,” he said.
Civil liberties groups said the tool would prove invaluable to activists determined to plot against government censorship around the globe.
“I think it is a tremendous initiative and it would be helpful if other networks could do the same thing,” said Lilian Edwards, professor of internet law at the University of Sheffield and board member of the Open Rights Group.
“I think there will be some embarrassing data and it will vary from country to country. The UK is neither the best or the worst,” she said.
More data about the nature of the requests would be useful, she added.
“It would be interesting to see whether these take-downs refer to libel, surveillance and intercepts or the content industries. The more data we have the more useful it will be,” she said.
“It would, for example, be interesting to compare Google’s data with published UK surveillance requests.”
Google can provide such data and is examining whether it can release more detail about the requests.
Explaining the genesis of the tool, David Drummond, Google’s chief legal officer wrote in the official blog: “When Google’s services are blocked or filtered, we can’t serve our users effectively. That’s why we act every day to maximize free expression and access to information.
“Free expression is one of our core values. We believe that more information means more choice, more freedom and ultimately more power for the individual,” he added.

http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-11380677

Syria will be rebuild

Syrian President Bashar Assad

Syria will not allow countries supporting terrorists on its market 

December 15th, 2016

“We won’t be able to distinguish between the private sector in such states and their official policies,” the Syrian president said
Syria will not issue permission to operate in its market for any company from a country that pursues anti-Syrian policy and supports terrorists, President Bashar Assad said in a televised interview with the Rossiya 24 channel on Wednesday.
“The Syrian people will not let in any company from the countries pursuing anti-Syrian policy that were calling against our country’s territorial integrity or supporting terrorists. It’s absolutely evident,” Assad said. “We won’t be able to distinguish between the private sector in such states and their official policies.”
Syria’s head of state is convinced that after the end of war most Syrian business people will return home and will be involved in the country’s restoration.
“As far as Syria is concerned, we have very good material resources in the private sector belonging to those entrepreneurs who are in the country or left it long ago or during the crisis,” he went on to say. “Most of them will come back to Syria as here they have homes and property. They will return to restore their country so there will be an economic turnover. In this regard, we do not have any fears, we need just time.”
The states friendly to Syria or at least neutral will be given priority in the revival of its economy, namely Russia, Iran and China, he said.
Earlier, Syria’s Ambassador to Russia Riyad Haddad had said that the Syrian government had collected precise data on damage in all sectors of the economy and infrastructure. The diplomat was hopeful that the Syrians “will be capable of restoring their country and rebuilding its infrastructure.”

More: http://tass.com/world/919452

SYRIA: Intra-Syrian talks

December 14th, 2016

Kerry assures Lavrov US is working with opposition groups that sabotage intra-Syrian talks – Lavrov told his US counterpart that Damascus was ready to give the militants a free exit from besieged Aleppo

US Secretary of State assured Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov that Washington has been working with opposition groups that sabotage intra-Syrian talks, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.
“While considering prospects for a political solution, John Kerry assured [Lavrov] that the US is working with those groups of opposition who sabotage the UN Security Council’s demand to urgently relaunch the intra-Syrian talks without any prior conditions,” the ministry said.
In a phone conversation Lavrov clarified the joint efforts of Russia and Syria aimed at alleviating the conditions of civilians in Aleppo:
“The parties discussed the humanitarian aspects of the situation in Aleppo. The Russian top diplomat clarified the steps that Syrian government has been taking with Russia’s assistance in order to alleviate the conditions of civilians in Aleppo,” the statement reads.
“Sergey Lavrov pointed out the fact the Syrian government had been prepared to assure free access to the encircled militants from Aleppo for a long time but the latter refused to stop combat actions under the impact of Jabhat al-Nusra warlords,” the report said.
“The [Russian] minister called on the US to influence the units of the militant opposition, which Washington gives support to,” it said.

More: http://tass.com/politics/919426

Syrian Press Agency SANA

The Syrian Press Agency Sana is back on Google Research and its website is accessible again

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SYRIA: National solidarity

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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.’

Source: http://www.infoplease.com/country/syria.html?pageno=1

(Latest News Syria https://latestnewssyria.wordpress.com/2014/02/26/national-solidarity-and-unity-will-stop-the-war-on-syria/ )

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.

http://www.usnews.com/opinion/articles/2016-06-22/google-is-the-worlds-biggest-censor-and-its-power-must-be-regulated

Google censorship: May Day Protest

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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.”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jb-powell/did-google-censor-an-anti_b_99286.html