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Protests which have recently broken out in "Taksim" square in Istanbul have dropped the mulberry leaf behind which the Neo-Ottomans shelter. Those claiming to spread Democracy over the Turks as they tend to believe that the own Turkey and not only winning the elections they once had.

They forgot or have relegated into oblivion that Turkey had an intellectual, ideological and multi-ethnic diversity.

Mention should be focused on the fact that the other half of the Turkish people have other opinions and views no matter what Erdogan brags about achievements and successes. These things could have been done by other governments too. All achievements made so far are already attributable to the Turkish people.

What happened in Taksim square, the freedom square was an expression of public wrath not to hinder the construction of a mall or a public garden, it was merely the straw that broke Erdogan's back.

The demonstrations exposed him and his party's political malpractices right before the eyes of the Turkish people. These demonstrations aimed at preventing Erdogan from tampering with the public freedom which he and his partner Uglu pursued since the so-called Ergenekon case where Erdogan prosecuted his antagonists the thing that culminated in the resignation of many officers denying the authoritarian policy.

The demonstration in Taksimsquare was not the only incident but there were hundreds of others in several Turkish towns. It was preceded by massive revolts, the most prominent of which compiled over 1000 Turks cascading from different walks of life on Dec. 13, 2012.It hinged on Silivri court where hundreds of military personnel, party leaders , parliamentarians, journalistsand ex-judges were charged with plotting a coup d'état against justice and development party under the name of Ergenekon conspiracy.

Is There a better relegation than what Erdogan and his party claim ?!

 

Ahmad Orabi Baaj

E & T by: H. Shamout

The People

President Bashar Al-Assad determined several significant and strategic points, in his Al-Manar TV interview. Therefore, shedding light on those important factors either at the current or forthcoming stage of the Syrian political status− is a necessity.

     Those points are focusing on a range of concepts in their forehead: putting populace as a supreme reference   regarding any political variable like state structure, sovereign institutions, and future of generations. Secondly, no authority, hand, or power whatsoever should prospect the country's future, or confiscate popular free will. Since State -People concept is characterized by continuity ; whereas Authority - Government concept is provisional.

   The People according to Mr. President own conception–which is also a stable regulation in International Law and Constitutional Jurisprudence- should determine by its free will  the political structure nature, and its sovereign institutions. This right is the People's exclusive right, where no power or authority whatsoever can confiscate it. Since, it is linked to the concepts of Popular Sovereignty and Separation of Powers-which have been constitutional and legislative regulation for about two-odd centuries- in addition to wise governance and guidance. Therefore, People is not only a source of authority; but is also the determinant of national, political, and struggle choices that will define friends as well as enemies

     Mr. President has stated another central point whenassociating power balance shift for the benefit of the Syrian Army advancement; side by side with the people'sembrace and conversion for the advantage of the  national vision. Furthermore, his highness has linked the growing public awareness towards the reality of what is happening on the Syrian arena, with the exposure of the misleading processplayed by misinformingmedia machine andits impact on power balance in the ongoing conflict to change Syria's geopolitical feature.

Finally, Mr. President strongest message via al-Manar TV is that we are all part of the people and are dedicated to it.People is the source of power and legitimacy, having the exclusive right to determine present and future Syria, not any other power. Besides, Geneva Conference and othersare not points of reference, but the only reference isthe Syrian people free and independent willing. Here lies the essence in understanding what is happening on the Syrian arena under failing attempts of deviating and repositioning the Syrian National Authority.

 

 

Dr. Kalaf Ali Al-Meftah

Translated & Edited by: L. Al-Hassanieh

The 46th anniversary of 1967 June aggression

 Since the separation of unity between Egypt and Syria in 1961 till mid sixties of the last century, it has been clear that the Arab revolution was put in the corner and in a blocked track. The Israeli aggression of June 1967 embodied this reality in the “Six-day war”.

The Six-day war shacked the Arab nation from the ocean to the Gulf. On the other hand, this incident motivated the Arab nation to wake up of the shock and to restore its self confidence and capability to confront the ordeals.

The 1967 aggression came as a result of the imperialist-Zionist-reactionary conspiracy to target the Arab revolution, hamper the Arab unity, topple the two Pan-Arabism  regimes of Egypt and Syria and to expand Israel’s geographic space as well as to enhance its supremacy on the Arab people.

Israel was able to convince the western public opinion that it is waging a defensive war, thus the Israeli aggression faced a great support from the USA and the western countries.

The “Six-day War “ was considered a “statement of account” to what the aggressive forces  have achieved during the years pre-aggression in all domains and also was a test to the nation’s military, economic and organization forces.

It is worthy to note to the issue of division as one of the “Six-day War” factors. So, it is not strange that resisting the Arab unity will be essential in Israel’s strategy.

The “Six-day War” opened the door in front of changing the Arab reality and launching a new political track. Then, Egypt and Syria began realizing pivotal economic, social and economic transformations which considered the backbone of the development process. So, a number of pan Arab realities represented with strategic lines were firmed as the following:

1-Confronting Israel seriously with guaranteed results requires an Arab country (or at least an Arab Orient) liberated from colonialism and backwardness and realizing unity and Arab solidarity as strategic goals.

2- Following up fortifying and technically modernizing the armies.

3-Developing the economy as a step not to keep the army just as a border guard.

4-Re-bringing up generations according to the culture of steadfastness, confrontation and resistance.

Thus, the secret word in the steadfastness and the confrontation of Israel will be the mobilization and reactivation of Arab potentials and making the Arab people partner in the battle.

It is clear that in 1967, the dreams of the Arab generation who was contemporary with the “Six-day War” were broken and until now we are still suffering from this war repercussions. But it was not the last war against the Arab nation; Israel waged its aggression on Lebanon in 1978 and 1982 and continued in carrying out attacks and violence against the Palestinian people and the Arab nation.

On the other hand, the Arab nation was able to restore its self confidence through the October Liberation War in 1973, and the Palestinian and Lebanese resistance movements began confronting the Zionist enemy.

The pan Arab and national forces refused yielding to the status quo and achieved key stages in the struggle process, the mostly important one was forcing Israel to withdraw from South Lebanon in May 2000 and from Gaza strip in 2005 after al-Aqsa intifada.

The combatant and defiant Arab forces are still waging the battle of confronting the foreign schemes and its agents in the Arab nation. 

Written by I. Abdulkarim

Two Kuwaiti charities finance militants in Syria - reports

Two charity organizations based in Kuwait have  admitted that they have been financing militants in Syrian, media reports say.

According to media reports from Kuwait, Two so-called charity organizations based in Kuwait have admitted that they have been financing the terrorists fighting in Syria against the secular government and all the secular people of Syria.

These Kuwaiti media outlets have published reports about these two so-called charity organizations in their country and according to these reports, none of these two “charities” is registered with the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor and this means that all their activities in order to get money and the fundraising events were and are illegal and can be considered as a crime.

Probably the support of the armed gunmen, terrorists, jihadists and other dumb religious fanatics who are fighting within Syria can also be considered as a crime and a violation of international law, although it seems that so-called democratic governments, for example France, do not really care about such international laws, as long as they are somehow able to maintain the proxy war in Syria and to gain some benefits now and afterwards.

A co-founder of one of the charities speaking on condition of anonymity told reporters that he has had no problems with the authorities since the organization started work two years ago.

“Even though our work is illegal, we have no problems with the government because we are a charity organization. There are other fundraising organizations as well. They regularly appear on local TV openly calling for boosting support for the Syrian opposition. Not a single one has been arrested,” the charity co-founder said.

He confirmed that the bulk of donations is used to purchase weapons for the opposition groups in Syria.

It is probably not correct that this “charity organization” had no problem with the Kuwaiti authorities because they are a so-called charity organization. It should be not so far-fetched to say that probably some money changed the hands and thus, they never had a problem. Beside the fact that the Kuwaiti authorities could be interested as well to support the terrorists in Syria or are just as lazy and corrupt as some other Arab governments in other states of the Middle East.

The person who spoke on the conditions of anonymity with the Kuwaiti media outlets also told the reports in this interview about the crimes of these two so-called “charity organizations” that the bulk of all the donations was and is still used to purchase weapons and probably ammunition for the terrorist organizations “ for such nice guys as the radical members of the al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front in Syria, because they are the only militants, who fight on the ground.

Source: Voice of Russia

Editted by: B.N

If We’re “Fighting for Democracy”, So what about Gulf states?

If We’re “Fighting for Democracy”, then Why Are We Arming and Financially Supporting Dictatorships throughout the Middle East?

Western Israeli leaders claim that Syrian government is a "dictator".

But what about Saudi Arabia? The Saudi royal monarchy has been ruling that region for hundreds of years.

Wikipedia notes:

Due to its authoritarian and theocratic rule, the House of Saud has attracted much criticism during its rule of Saudi Arabia. Its opponents generally refer to the Saudi monarchy as totalitarians or dictators.

There have been numerous incidents of demonstrations and other forms of resistance against the House of Saud.

All surviving males (including Utaybi himself) were beheaded publicly in four cities of Saudi Arabia.

While the Saudi royal family pushes the most strict and fundamentalist form Islam, the Saudi royal family’s debauchery and corruption is legendary. The monarchs – while pushing strict Wahabism as the official state religion – don’t practice it.

Similarly, Qatar has been ruled by one family monarchy for over 150 years:

Qatar has been ruled as an absolute and hereditary emirate by the Al Thani family since the mid-19th century.

CBS News includes Qatar on its list of “The world’s enduring dictators“, noting:

Like many of its neighbors, the controversial host of the 2022 World Cup in soccer is accused of many human rights abuses when it comes to its foreign workers, like setting them up in squalid labor camps separate from society, confiscating their passports upon arrival, and giving them a general lack of rights. That said, Amnesty International reports only sporadic instances of torture and abuse by state security forces. As for Sheikh Hamad’s dictatorial bona fides, The New York Times writes: “While Qatar calls for democracy outside its borders, democracy here is provisional at best. While there are municipal elections, and women can vote in them, the country has a Parliament building but no Parliament — or any other political institution, for that matter — that can challenge the royal family’s grip on power.”

Similarly, Bahrain has been ruled almost continuously by the Al Khalifa royal monarchy since 1820.

Bahrain also makes CBS News’ list of “world’s enduring dictators”. CBS noted in 2011:

Uprisings in the late 1990s as well as right now have been fueled as much by resentment from the repressed, poor majority against their privileged rulers as anything else. In both uprisings, accusations against the government of gross human rights violations and protester murders have been plentiful. At least 11 demonstrators have been killed so far this year. Most recently, Bahraini security forces stand accused of indiscriminate abduction and torture of dissidents.

Things have gotten worse since then.  Three-time Emmy award winning CNN reporter Amber Lyon reported on her first-hand experience of the systematic torture and murder of peaceful protesters by the government of Bahrain.  But she was fired by CNN for doing so … while CNN accepted payment from the Bahraini monarchs to run a fluff propaganda piece about them.

Indeed, the U.S. government has supplied substantial military support to the Saudi, Qatari and Bahraini dictators.

The U.S. Federal Reserve also bailed out the Arab Banking Corporation of Bahrain.

Why is the U.S. backing the dictators in Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Bahrain?

Yup … the U.S. is involved in a religious war – between the two factions of Islam (and is actually backing the most violent elements) – as part of a geopolitical strategy to exert control over the natural gas market.

Indeed, the U.S. is literally backing Al Qaeda  terrorists … in their fight against  moderate Muslims.

Source: washingtonsblog.com

Edited by: B.N

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