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An interview by Kourosh Ziabari
Syrian activist: "Foreign support for the terrorists should be stopped"
31 October 2012 | The U.S.-based Syrian activist believes that the foreign-backed terrorists in Syria are committing atrocities against the innocent civilians while they receive military and financial support from a certain number of countries such as the U.S., Britain, France, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.


An article by Robert Bridge
Sergey Lavrov: Syria’s al-Assad being used in ‘great geopolitical game’
23 October 2012 | The process of transforming the geopolitical map of the Middle East is under way, and various outside players are seeking to secure their geopolitical footing, argues Russia’s Foreign Minister.


An article by Jeremy Salt
Syria and the Spanish Civil War
21 October 2012 | In a recent article (’Viewpoint: Echoes of Spanish civil war in Syria’, BBC News Magazine, October 9, 2012), Fouad Ajami has drawn parallels between the Spanish civil war and the conflict in Syria. He compares the cruelty of the warring sides, which is accurate enough. He compares the bombing of Guernica with the bombing of Aleppo, which is not.


Syria: Evidence of Foreign Countries’ Support to Terrorists - Letter to UN Security Council
20 October 2012 | Syria sent Thursday two identical letters to the UN Security Council and the General Secretary about that evidence on involvement of foreign countries, including Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey, in supporting and arming the terrorist groups in Syria.


Arms for Syrian rebels go mostly to jihadists
16 October 2012 | Most of the arms funneled to Syrian rebels reportedly end up in the hands of hardline Islamist extremists, including those affiliated with Al-Qaeda. There is no way of vetting rebel groups to bolster only those with more secular views.


An article by Melkulangara Bhadrakumar
Syria: Waiting for Someone Named Obama
16 October 2012 | Even as the German foreign minister Guido Westerwelle who was on a visit to China diverted himself to Istanbul in a mission Saturday ostensibly aimed at tamping down Turkish-Syrian tensions, Der Spiegel calmly reported that the information about the «non civilian cargo», which led to the interception of a Syrian aircraft by the Turkish air force the previous Wednesday night, was actually passed on to Ankara by the American intelligence.


Sibel Edmonds: ‘The West is looking for an excuse to attack Syria, but Assad is not giving one’
13 October 2012 | The Turkish interception of a Syrian civilian jet heading to Damascus from Moscow was yet another attempt to provoke Assad to give the West a reason to strike Syria, Sibel Edmonds of the National Security Whistleblowers Coalition told Russia Today.


Planes, strains and geopolitical spills: Syrian conflict goes global
12 October 2012 | The families of 17 Russian passengers on a Damascus-bound plane from Moscow got a midnight shock upon learning that Turkish jets had intercepted the flight. For those asking why, the answer begins in Syria, and ripples throughout the world.


Confirmed: Pentagon deploys military forces to Jordan-Syria border
11 October 2012 | US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta has confirmed that US troops have been dispatched to the Jordan-Syrian border to help bolster the former’s military capabilities in case violence escalates in the volatile region.


Turkish parliament authorizes cross-border military operations in Syria
4 October 2012 | Turkey’s parliament has authorized cross-border military operations into Syria ‘when necessary.’ The move follows a cross-border mortar-shelling into Turkey which Damascus has apologized for.


An article by Jeremy Salt
Ending the Violence in Syria
3 October 2012 | It would seem to be quite simple. All that has to happen for the fighting to end in Syria is for those with guns in their hands to put them down. So why isn’t it happening? Again the answer is simple and not just seemingly. Outside governments supporting the armed groups do not want them to put their weapons down. It has been deliberately locked into a cycle of violence which its enemies hope will end in its destruction.


An article by Tony Cartalucci
Turkey Attempts to Trigger a NATO-led War against Syria
3 October 2012 | Turkey fires rounds into Syria after unknown attackers fire mortars into Turkish border town.


At least 27 killed, over 70 injured in three blasts that rocked Aleppo
3 October 2012 | Syrian state TV reports of three powerful explosions in downtown Aleppo, the financial hub and largest city of the country. Reportedly the blasts were caused by car bombs that terrorists delivered to the city’s main square.


‘West wants end of Syria as a functioning independent state’
1 October 2012 | The Syrian insurgency will never win its war because its means are unsupported even among the opposition, political analyst Dan Glazebrook told Russia Today. But thanks to a flood of weapons from the West, they will continue to destabilize the country.


An article by Pepe Escobar
Why Qatar wants to invade Syria
30 September 2012 | Make no mistake; the Emir of Qatar is on a roll. What an entrance at the UN General Assembly in New York; Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani called for an Arab coalition of the willing-style invasion of Syria, no less. (*)


UN General Assembly
Lavrov: Rebel support ‘pushes Syria deeper into the abyss of bloody sectarianism’
29 September 2012 | Those who insist on a ceasefire only by the Syrian government encourage the opposition to intensify its hostilities, and “take upon themselves an enormous responsibility,” Russian FM Sergey Lavrov said in a speech to the UN General Assembly.


Interview with Tony Cartalucci
Western narrative on Syria is crumbling
27 September 2012 | American journalist and political analyst believes that the United States and its allies are taking serious steps to launch a military strike against Syria in an attempt to lay the groundwork for attacking Iran, an emerging regional power that has threatened the hegemony and imperial dominance of the United States over the Middle East.


Interview with Professor Andrei Ilyich Fursov
Hit Syria – Target Russia
24 September 2012 | The following conversation with Professor Andrei Ilyich Fursov, Director of the Centre of Russian Studies at the Institute of Fundamental and Applied Research of Moscow University for the Humanities (MosGU), a member of the International Academy of Sciences, and a member of the Writers’ Union of Russia was published on 9 August 2012 at KP.ru.


Interview with Prof. Guenter Meyer
On Syria and way beyond
23 September 2012 | One of Europe’s most outstanding experts on the Middle East, Professor Guenter Meyer, addresses in this exclusive in-depth interview for Asia Times Online the Syrian civil war and its international dimensions.


Sergey Lavrov: West accepts terrorism when it’s politically expedient
13 September 2012 | Western nations accept acts of terrorism when it suits them politically, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said. Lavrov was commenting on a refusal by Western members of the UN Security Council to condemn recent attacks in Syria.


20 Syrian soldiers executed in Aleppo (GRAPHIC VIDEO)
10 September 2012 | Two amateur videos were posted on YouTube on Monday showing what appear to be images of 20 dead Syrian soldiers, blindfolded and handcuffed. They were reportedly executed by rebel fighters in the northern city of Aleppo.


Aleppo: Bomb targets Assad forces, 27 civilians killed
10 September 2012 | A bomb rocked the flashpoint Syrian city of Aleppo on Sunday, killing up to 27 people and leaving dozens wounded. A rebel group claimed responsibly for the attack, saying it was targeting government troops.


An article by Tracey Shelton
Not everyone hates Bashar al-Assad
10 September 2012 | Some people even like the Syrian president. But they’re afraid to admit it.


’West "adventure" in Syria may backfire in face of the world by WW3’
9 September 2012 | France has started providing direct aid and money to rebel-controlled areas of Syria and is even considering supplying anti-aircraft weapons to the opposition, a diplomatic source has said. Geopolitical researcher F. William Engdahl says the rebel forces Paris is backing are fighting to impose their own order on the Syrian people.


Interview (EXCLUSIVE)
Putin: Using Al-Qaeda in Syria like sending Gitmo inmates to fight
6 September 2012 | In an Russia Today global exclusive premiere, President Putin gives his first post-inauguration interview, speaking in depth with RT’s Kevin Owen ahead of the APEC summit in Vladivostok. ­Touching upon a range of issues, he discusses topics from the Pussy Riot trial to the Julian Assange case, from the upcoming US elections to the situation in Syria.


Jeremy Salt interviewed by Claudio Gallo
The remapping of the Middle East
2 September 2012 | Jeremy Salt is a professor of History and Politics of the Middle East at Bilkent University, Ankara. His book The Unmaking of the Middle East is a brilliant history of the last hundred years in the region, not affected by "orientalist" cliches. We asked Professor Salt to explain the present transformation of the Middle East, including the Kurdish knot. The Kurds in Syria, Iraq, Iran and Turkey now can’t stop talking about the emergence of a Great Kurdistan.


Hands off Syria! Frankfurt protests against military intervention
2 September 2012 | The UN Security Council’s push for a human corridor in Syria, which critics say could bring military intervention, has sparked protests in Germany. About 1,000 people gathered in Frankfurt demanding an end to foreign meddling in the Syrian conflict.


Video by Lizzie Phelan and Mostafa Afzalzadeh
Syria: Manufacturing Dissent
1 September 2012 | Manufacturing Dissent is a documentary about the psychological-warfare by the media and political establishment of the west and their allies aimed at facilitating the US, European and Israeli agenda of getting rid of the current Syrian government. It demonstrates how the media has directly contributed to the bloodshed in Syria.


Lavrov: UN Security Council has no authority to support revolution in Syria
1 September 2012 | The UN Security Council has no right to support a revolution or foreign intervention in Syria, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov warned. Any plan to withdraw government troops while fighting continues is untenable, and naïve at best, he added.


Russia’s UN ambassador: Humanitarian aid to Syria must be neutral
31 August 2012 | Some of the proposals for solving the humanitarian crisis in Syria voiced at a United Nations Security Council meeting Thursday do not fully comply with the principles of neutrality and impartiality, Russian envoy Vitaly Churkin said.



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