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September 08 2013

A Political Solution in Syria : The Readership's View | Qifa Nabki

A Political Solution in Syria : The Readership’s View | Qifa Nabki

There’s no question that this debate has already been going for a long time in Washington and other capitals, but very few government officials have been willing to speak publicly or even anonymously about what kinds of scenarios are envisioned. This is interesting, given the insistence of the Obama administration, the EU, Russia, Iran, and China that the Syrian crisis cannot be solved militarily. Here are some informed speculations about the alternatives:

Prospectives intéressantes et de fait, on ne lit pas grand choise de ce type dans la presse française... Les scénarios de Nadim Shehadi et ses craintes ne sont pas les moins intéressante.

September 07 2013

Verify chemical weapons use before unleashing the dogs of war | The Daily Caller

Verify chemical weapons use before unleashing the dogs of war | The Daily Caller

The Obama administration has selectively used intelligence to justify military strikes on Syria, former military officers with access to the original intelligence reports say, in a manner that goes far beyond what critics charged the Bush administration of doing in the run-up to the 2003 Iraq war.

According to these officers, who served in top positions in the United States, Britain, France, Israel, and Jordan, a Syrian military communication intercepted by Israel’s famed Unit 8200 electronic intelligence outfit has been doctored so that it leads a reader to just the opposite conclusion reached by the original report.


According to the doctored report, the chemical attack was carried out by the 155th Brigade of the 4th Armored Division of the Syrian Army, an elite unit commanded by Maher al-Assad, the president’s brother.

However, the original communication intercepted by Unit 8200 between a major in command of the rocket troops assigned to the 155th Brigade of the 4th Armored Division, and the general staff, shows just the opposite.

The general staff officer asked the major if he was responsible for the chemical weapons attack. From the tone of the conversation, it was clear that “the Syrian general staff were out of their minds with panic that an unauthorized strike had been launched by the 155th Brigade in express defiance of their instructions,” the former officers say.

According to the transcript of the original Unit 8200 report, the major “hotly denied firing any of his missiles” and invited the general staff to come and verify that all his weapons were present.

Plus loin:

An Egyptian intelligence report describes a meeting in Turkey between military intelligence officials from Turkey and Qatar and Syrian rebels. One of the participants states, “there will be a game changing event on August 21st” that will “bring the U.S. into a bombing campaign” against the Syrian regime.

The chemical weapons strike on Moudhamiya, an area under rebel control, took place on August 21. “Egyptian military intelligence insists it was a combined Turkish/Qatar/rebel false flag operation,” said a source familiar with the report.

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August 26 2013

Veteran Saudi Power Player Prince Bandar Works To Build Support to Topple Assad -

Veteran Saudi Power Player Prince #Bandar Works To Build Support to Topple Assad -

Curieux quand même que l’article évoque l’effet boomerang du « contra-gate » sans évoquer celui du financement des Ben Laden contre l’URSS en Afghanistan.

(Lire aussi la terreur des #Jordaniens)

Not everyone in the Obama administration is comfortable with the new U.S. partnership with the Saudis on Syria. Some officials said they fear it carries the same risk of spinning out of control as an earlier project in which Prince Bandar was involved—the 1980s #CIA program of secretly financing the Contras in Nicaragua against a leftist government. The covert program led to criminal convictions for U.S. operatives and international rebukes.

“This has the potential to go badly,” one former official said, citing the risk weapons will end up in the hands of violent anti-Western Islamists.


A generation ago, Prince Bandar, in a role foreshadowing his current one on behalf of Syrian opposition, helped the CIA arm the Afghan rebels who were resisting occupation by Soviet troops.

Arab diplomats said that in meeting with Russian officials this summer, the prince delivered the same message he gave the Soviets 25 years ago: that the kingdom had plenty of money and was committed to using it to prevail.


Earlier this year it [the CIA] also began making salary payments to members of the Western-backed Free Syrian Army.

August 23 2013

The New York Times and Manning's prison sentence - World Socialist Web Site

The New York Times and Manning’s prison sentence - World Socialist Web Site

The New York Times and Manning’s prison sentence
By Thomas Gaist
23 August 2013

In an editorial published yesterday, “Bradley Manning’s Excessive Sentence,” the New York Times has endorsed the suppression of whistleblowers spearheaded by the Obama administration.

#wikileak #bradley_manning

August 08 2013

No maritime agreement at ASEAN meeting - World Socialist Web Site

No maritime agreement at ASEAN meeting - World Socialist Web Site

No maritime agreement at ASEAN meeting
By John Chan
8 August 2013

In another sign of mounting tensions fuelled by the Obama administration’s “pivot to Asia,” China ruled out any immediate commitment to a “Code of Conduct” in the South China Sea at a meeting with Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) foreign ministers meeting in Bangkok last week.

#frontières #frontières_maritimes #asean #asie #différends_frontaliers

July 18 2013

Jimmy Carter : NSA Intelligence Gathering Ruining Democracy

Jimmy Carter: NSA Intelligence Gathering Ruining Democracy

“America no longer has a functioning democracy,” former President Jimmy Carter said Wednesday, condemning the United States’ intelligence programs and the collection of data from Americans and persons overseas.

Carter, speaking at an Atlanta event sponsored by The Atlantic Bridge, a private, non-profit group working to further German-U.S. relationships, said the Obama administration has been trying to placate Europe’s anger over spying programs, the German publication Der Spiegel reports.

However, National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden’s revelations are proving useful, said Carter, because “they inform the public.”

NSA Controversy: Jimmy Carter Says U.S. “Has No Functioning Democracy”

“America does not at the moment have a functioning democracy,” he said at an event in Atlanta on Tuesday sponsored by the Atlantik Bruecke, a private nonprofit association working to further the German-U.S. relationship. The association’s name is German for “Atlantic bridge.”

Carter’s remarks didn’t appear in the American mainstream press but were reported from Atlanta by the German newsmagazine Der Spiegel, whose Washington correspondent Gregor Peter Schmitz said on Twitter he was present at the event. The story doesn’t appear in the English-language section of the Spiegel website and is only available in German.

The 39th U.S. president also said he was pessimistic about the current state of global affairs, wrote Der Spiegel, because there was “no reason for him to be optimistic at this time.” Among the developments that make him uneasy, Carter cited the “falling of Egypt under a military dictatorship.” As president, Carter managed to get then-Egyptian president Anwar Sadat and Israeli prime minister Menachem Begin to sign the Camp David peace agreements in 1979.

Carter said a bright spot was “the triumph of modern technology,” which enabled the democratic uprisings of the Arab Spring; however, the NSA spying scandal, Carter said, according to Der Spiegel, endangers precisely those developments, “as major U.S. Internet platforms such as Google or Facebook lose credibility worldwide.”

July 09 2013

Hands off Edward Snowden ! - World Socialist Web Site

Hands off Edward Snowden ! - World Socialist Web Site

Hands off Edward Snowden!
9 July 2013

The Obama administration and the US military and intelligence apparatus are waging an ever more aggressive worldwide campaign to capture Edward Snowden. At the same time, and undoubtedly in response to intensifying pressure from Washington, Russian authorities are sending increasingly blunt signals that they want the departure of the former National Security Agency contractor from the Moscow international airport where he has been trapped for the last two weeks.

The life of Snowden is in imminent danger. The vindictive character of Washington’s international manhunt has intensified with the mounting series of disclosures exposing massive unconstitutional and illegal spying on not only American citizens, but peoples and governments all over the world, from Western Europe to Brazil.

#snowden #prism #surveillance

June 28 2013

Obama administration convinced EU to drop measure that would have blocked NSA spying

Obama administration convinced EU to drop measure that would have blocked #NSA spying

Senior officials in the Obama administration successfully lobbied the European Union's executive body to drop an “anti-#FISA clause” from its privacy legislation over a year ago, the Financial Times reports. That measure, if adopted, could have blocked the U.S. requests for European citizens' computer and telephone data that are made as part of the just-revealed PRISM program.
The measure was dropped from consideration in January 2012, after debate within the European Union, according to the British newspaper.

ha ha ha #surveillance via @vincib

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