Al-Halqi,Al-Maliki discuss bilateral ties by telephone

DAMASCUS,(ST)-Premier Dr.Wael Al-Halqi phoned his Iraqi counterpart Nouri al-Maliki of Iraq on Friday .

During the phone call,al-Halqi and al-Maliki reviewed bilateral ties between Syria and Iraq ,ways of boosting and upgrading these relations ,other issues of common interest  and consolidating cooperation in s a bid to confront the ongoing challenges.

Al-halqi hailed Iraq's role towards Syria in all domains ,standing by Syria's side regionally and internationally, supporting the national dialogue only to attain a peaceful solution to the current crisis.

For his part,al-maliki reiterated Iraq's support to the Syrian people stressing his country's rejection of foreign intervention in Syria's internal affairs and the political solution to the crisis in Syria through dialogue, democratic option and peaceful means.


Cheney Admits that He Lied about 9/11

What Else Did He Lie About?

The New York Times

In a documentary soon to appear on Showtime, “The World According to Dick Cheney,” [Cheney said]  “I got on the telephone with the president, who was in Florida, and told him not to be at one location where we could both be taken out.” Mr. Cheney kept W. flying aimlessly in the air on 9/11 while he and Lynn left on a helicopter for a secure undisclosed location, leaving Washington in a bleak, scared silence, with no one reassuring the nation in those first terrifying hours.

“I gave the instructions that we’d authorize our pilots to take it out,” he says, referring to the jet headed to Washington that crashed in a Pennsylvania field. He adds: “After I’d given the order, it was pretty quiet. Everybody had heard it, and it was obviously a significant moment.”

When they testified together before the 9/11 Commission, W. and Mr. Cheney kept up a pretense that in a previous call, the president had authorized the vice president to give a shoot-down order if needed. But the commission found “no documentary evidence for this call.”

In other words, Cheney pretended that Bush had authorized a shoot-down order, but Cheney now admits that he never did … and Cheney acted as if he was the president on 9/11.

Cheney lied about numerous other facts related to 9/11 as well.  For example, Cheney:

  • Falsely linked Iraq with 9/11 (indeed, the entire torture program was aimed at establishing such a false linkage; and Cheney is the guy who pushed for torture, pressured the Justice Department lawyers to write memos saying torture was legal, and made the pitch to Congress justifying torture. the former director of the CIA said Cheney of overseeing American torture policies)
  • Falsely claimed that spying on Americans, torture, the Patriot Act, the Afghanistan war, the Iraq war and the “war on terror” were all necessitated by 9/11 … when none of it was true
  • Falsely stated that an attack such as 9/11 was unforeseeable, when Al Qaeda flying planes into the World Trade Center and Pentagon was something which American military and intelligence services – and our allies – knew could happen
  • Falsely pretended that he was out of the loop during the 9/11 attacks
  • Falsely blamed others for 9/11,  when Cheney was in charge of all of America’s counter-terrorism exercises, activities and responses on 9/11. See this Department of State announcement and this CNN article …
  • … And when Cheney was apparently responsible for letting the Pentagon get hit by an airplane(confirmed here and here)

And was instrumental in squashing a real investigation into 9/11

 The New York Times



India backs peaceful solution to crisis in Syria

NEW DELHI, (ST)_India reiterates its support for efforts being exerted to resolve the crisis in Syria peacefully and rejects foreign meddling in Syria's internal affairs.

The remark was made on Thursday by, Shivshankar Menon,  the Indian National Security Advisor, during a meeting  with Dr. Bothaina Shaaban, Presidency's Press and Political Advisor, who is visiting India.

The Indian official underscored need for halting violence and launching negotiations to bring about solutions that meet the Syrian people's aspiration, noting that his country's stance goes along with that of BRICS Group (which includes Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa).

"New Delhi, which is holding the current presidency of BRICS Group, is to confirm this stance in the Groups' next summit to be held in South Africa on March, 26th, 2013," Menon said.

Devilish goal

For her part, Dr. Shaaban talked about the latest development in Syria, saying: "The main goal of what is going on in Syria is to establish a hot-bed of terrorism by the western and Arab countries that back, fund and train terrorists."

She thanked the Indian government and people for their stance toward the war being waged on Syria by al-Qaeda-affiliated armed groups and extremists.

Today (Friday), Dr.Shaaban told reporters at a news conference that Britain and the Western countries must work to reach a peacefully solution to the crisis in Syria if they seek to spread democracy and human rights.

She described the western plot against the region as "devilish and colonialist" and aims at re-occupying the region, plundering its wealth and spreading chaos to serve Israel's interest.

Dr. Shaaban also talked in details about the criminal acts being committed by the foreign-backed terrorist groups all over Syria, asserting that the Syrian people's awareness would foil the conspiracy hatched against the homeland.

The Syrian Presidency's press advisor arrived in New Delhi on Tuesday. 


US, the West Want to Sow Chaos in Syria- Larijani

TEHRAN,(ST)_ Chairman of the Iranian Shura Council Ali Larijani  stressed that the US and the West  want to sow chaos in Syria , than  establishing  democracy in it.

 (IRNA) quoted Larijani as saying on Thursday in the public  forum held at the Supreme Academy for  National Defense in Tehran  under the title ( Pan national defense) that no matter what the circumstances in Syria, it does not require to send arms to  the armed groups.

On the nuclear negotiations between Iran and the Group of Five plus one, Larijani said, "the other party to the negotiations does not seek to resolve the nuclear issue but to impose more restrictions on Iran."

Larijani stressed that Iran  reached  a different technology such as  the missile  technology  which will be used in proper time,  adding that one of the  elements of the  inspiring task force is resistance in the region which " we support because it is oppressed."

He expressed belief that Major  countries are not capable of striking Iran, but " we must look at this matter as a priority and to focus on  military and defense issues,  stressing the  need to socialize the issue of defense and give it  a popular character .

For his part, the Iranian army chief of staff Maj. Gen Hassan Firuz Abadi  stressed that Iran's position towards Syria is that of  defense only and "we do not have any military presence there".

We will defend Syria but by all our means but  will not get into other issues,  Firouz Abadi said in a statement on Thursday on the sideline of the forum, "adding that the government in Syria is not alone and it enjoys the support of the Syrian people and it is not possible to fight and defeat people.

 T. Fateh

AL Decision to Give Syria' s Seat to " Coalition" is Null- ambassador

DAMASCUS,(ST)_ " The decision by the Arab League to give Syria's seat to Istanbul  Council in its  amended copy  of the so-called   "coalition" is a Qatari industry ," said  ambassador Youssef Ahmad,   describing this decision  as  null and void and of no legal effect because it is not based on the Arab League  Charter nor its  statutes and regulations.

In an interview with Syrian TV on Thursday night , Syria's former ambassador to the AL explained that the AL exercises systematic counterfeiting of  its charter and  agreements in order to make decisions serve U.S. , Israeli , Qatari  and Saudi interests.

" The  AL's  decision ended any role to resolving the crisis in Syria by peaceful means and at the same time makes of it a party to the crisis, not part of the solution," he said., pointing out that its call for this "coalition" to  occupy Syria 's seat to the AL contrasts with the first article of its charter, stressing that the third paragraph of this  illegal decision is a flagrant violation  of Arab national security.

" If the AL accepts this opposition party and placesit on the Syrian seat , this means it has  to agree on placing other oppositions  to occupy the  seats of other countries  like the ones in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.

He indicated that since the beginning of this "earthquake" that ravaged some countries in the Arab world, the AL has taken positions that serve policies of the sheikhdoms of money, oil and gas which kidnapped the Arab decision and pursued a different policy complies   with their work agenda against Syria.

"Qatar plays a conspiratorial role on behalf of all the enemies of Syria and the Arab world, in Tunisia, Egypt, Syria, and Mali." he continued

He explained  that the Syrian people are  to decide their  representative and no one else  is entitled , pointing out that the  small chiefdom of Qatar with its financial surplus managed to kidnap the AL 's  decision from  large Arab countries who have had an influential role .

"The issue of Palestine and its agendas were absent from the Arab League since the suspension of Syria 's membership, pointing out that the contradictory position of the AL Secretary General Nabil al-Arabi on Thursday  reflected this fact very clear when he said that the Arabs were unable to express the simplest of  what Israel is doing in the Palestinian territories while he said  the opposite when dealing with the Syrian crisis, the  ambassador stressed."

T. Fateh