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The Syrian Mass Media means have paid a heavy price due to the ongoing crisis, where scores of colleagues and media outlets were brutally targeted by the foreign-backed terrorist and takfiri groups. The Syrian Satellite transmissions were illegally cut off by anti-free speech ewes and their pardons.

Actually, and as Information Minister Omran al-Zoubi has recently declared in Moscow, the media war, Syria has been facing, is also based on preventing the country from getting the modern technology necessary to broadcast facts and real information messages about what is really going on in Syria: "Syria is being exposed to a real aggression in which the media plays a main role and the armed terrorist groups act as a military arm to destroy Syria".

The minister cited t tens of satellite channels and public relations companies that are highly paid to contribute to implementing a conspiracy aiming to weaken the Syrian state and its establishments, pointing out that many of the journalists, who were martyred or wounded in the war waged against Syria, reiterating that tens of foreign journalists had entered Syria illegally and were targeted by the armed terrorist groups.

Minister al-Zoubi underscored that Syria wants the mass media to broadcast the reality of events in the country without fabrications or falsification, so the Information Ministry has so far  given permission to more than 300 media outlets from different countries to enter Syria, stressing that the Syrian armed forces didn't target a single journalist directly neither through arrests nor through fire shooting.

'' Syria has been exposed to a media attack; media, notwithstanding its importance, cannot outdo the reality. They might be stronger in space- satellite transmission-, but we are stronger on the ground than in the space. Still, we want to win on the ground as well as in the space." said H.E. President Bashar Al-Assad in press statements following the casting of his vote in Syria's New Constitution referendum, February 26  2012.

In his statements, President Al-Assad underscored that the Syrian official media is the best in the region, with an eye on competing not with those who are less, but who are better. Such a mad hysterical media attack of fabrications, lies and disinformation against everything Syrian has been escalated and aggravated by petro-dollar and western media outlets, which affirms, as President Al-Assad declared on August 29, 2012, that the '' Syrian media managed to expose them and undermine their media empires'' as a further ''proof of the success of Syrian media''.

Here comes, actually, the underway modifications, upgrades, and-at times- drastic changes in Syrian mass media means tackling of domestic, regional and international issues of interest. More space as well as coverage- opposition meetings in Syria are being covered live on State TV- is accorded to different ideas and views representing many angles of Syria's spectra. Many of the analysts, researchers, and politicians, unfortunately absent for a long time, do contribute nowadays to enriching the said spectra, especially during the ongoing crisis imposed upon Syria.  An invitation was even addressed by the Syrian Minister of Information, Mr.Omran al-Zou'bi, to national opposition figures as to have their say heard a loud. Most of the Syrians nowadays are in waiting for their Syrian TV main news broadcast at 8:30 p.m., which starts with the newly-introduced brief political analysis. Such a far-sighted deep analysis raises optimism, courage, pride and awareness in most of the Syrians, given the heroic operations- some of which are being broadcasted live- by the heroes of the Syrian Arab Army against the foreign-backed mercenary terrorists.

Further, the Syria Times was re-launched by Minister al-Zoubi, where the number of its readership on line today nears a million. This is but the new Syrian media live coverage for events on the ground, where the brave colleagues stand shoulder to shoulder with army personnel in defence of the sacred homeland. Such coverage for the reality on the ground does make the Syrian media excel in the space. One here can't but to reiterate that such a coverage has instigated those involved in the crime being perpetrated against the Syrians to cut Syrian Satellites transmission.

The ongoing developments in Syrian Mass Media means can also be seen in the light of President Al-Assad's far-sighted vision for media role as has been clarified and reflected in his interview with Addounia TV on August 29, 2012. The work is ongoing, with persistence and determination, on enhancing the role of media means' investigating role as part of 'popular oversight' in Syria's national interest. The issues discussed and topics raised, considered until recently a taboo, if to say, or somehow forbidden, are being highlighted and fleshed out in a series of TV, radio programs, and written articles, offering some suggestions, at times solutions, to the concerned.

The unjust war waged against Syrians by foreign media means made the concerned throw their hats in the ring, standing up to the challenges imposed. Hopefully, the re- launching of the Syria Times would further contribute to shedding the more of light on the realities of everything Syrian, as to get closer to the aspired-for noble objectives. Truth, according to Minister al-Zou'bi, in statements to the Independent quoted by Robert Fisk, ''will no longer be a casualty'' and ''Nothing can be hidden. There is no justification to hide anything. People are used to the real facts now….Thus we don't want a lying media.'' Hopefully, the Syria Times, with about a million readership, were able to say the truth in a simple, straight to the point and clear way as to help in exposing, encountering and foiling those who are so good at marketing their lies, not to mention those whose media outlets are but the partners in the shedding of Syrian blood with prior knowledge of many terrorist attacks against Syrians.

 

Dr. Mohammad Abdo Al-Ibrahim

Minister Omran al-Zoubi's Recent Visit to Russia

Syria's Information Minister, Omran al-Zoubi's recent visit to Russia and the talks held with Russian officials have yielded positive results in bolstering of the firm standing relations of friendship between Syria and Russia. Actually, Minister al-Zoubi underlined, on different occasions during the visit, some important principles and facts regarding the ongoing crisis in Syria as well as regarding Syria's political orientations and aspirations.

Among  the underlined was that Syria, a secular Country, has been the target for extremism and terrorism, where a war is being waged by  ignorant takfiri thinking fighting, under the name of Islam, against present secularism and  Islamic-Christian moderation. "Syria is now paying the price for this secularism and religious diversity," underlined Minister al-Zoubi.

Syria is facing foreign-backed terrorists and mercenaries coming from 29 countries, causing tragic events and killing innocent citizens, outlined the Minister, stressing that the Armed terrorist groups in Syria have become a US political and military tool as they keep seeking to undermine Syria via the Iraqi and Lebanese gates or by using direct tools like Israel and that successive US administrations realize well that Syria is not and will not be the ground for implementing the U.S policies.

 Syria has some documents proving that American officers are training and providing all kinds of assistance to terrorists and mercenaries of al-Qaeda-affiliated groups, underlined the minister, pointing out that the structure  of the armed opposition in Syria consists mainly from  foreign mercenaries who infiltrated into Syria, not only from neighboring countries, but also from scores of EU countries like Britain, Belgium, Australia, France and others. Unfortunately, major European countries, including France and Britain are involved in Syria events, where their intelligence units are working on the ground since the beginning of the crisis.

Minister al-Zoubi, however, reiterated that despite all pain, suffering  and sadness, the Syrian Arab Army, supported by the people and peace-loving parties, will protect the Syrian land and defend the state sovereignty as the crisis would  definitely come to an end, thanks to the awareness of the Syrian people and the support of the Russian people and leadership.

Another fact underscored by Minister al-Zoubi is that though the tools of the conflict in the world have been changed, the American goals haven't, and that Moscow and Damascus will continue to be a US target, not only because of their distinguished historical relations, but because they represent an exceptional case in terms of political work and relations between people and states. Syria and Russia  have to defend their common interests and as the crisis is to be over, Syria and Russia, whose support is indeed a dire need,  would work in partnership as to rebuild and rehabilitate Syria's all sectors.

The Syrian Government has been the first to call for internal political dialogue since May, 2011. However, dialogue should be among the Syrians alone away from any terrorist groups or the countries which seek interference in Syria's affairs, reiterated the Minister of Information, citing the political program outlined  by H.E. President  Bashar Al-Assad on January 6th, 2013 as an integrated political, social, economic and humanitarian plan to solve the crisis in Syria, but the United States, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey are hindering its implementation and blocking launching dialogue with the "opposition", which  has no political program, but only calls for "toppling the regime" as to undermine and weaken the Syrian State.

Minister al-Zoubi pointed out that the Syrian State is never to use chemical weapons, if they exist, against its own people, nor even against Israel- stockpiling hundreds of nukes- and that the US and Western hysteria to this effect is because of the Syrian Arab Army success in eliminating  terrorists who came from 29 countries with 5,000 gunmen from Yemen alone

Further, the minister declared that Syria's desire and work as to  join the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), founded in 2001 grouping Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan,  and the grouping of the emerging economies – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS). Thus, it has been by all accounts a multifaceted fruitful visit by Minister al-Zoubi and up to the expectations of millions of Syrian and Russian friends and up to the standing deep-rooted historical relations between the two peace-loving countries.

 

Dr. Mohammad Abdo Al-Ibrahim

Syria’s Friends won’t Let It Fall

His eminence Sayyed Nasrallah underscored that goal behind the ongoing  War against the Syrians is but to destroy it and is no longer to "take it out of the axis of Resistance and the Arab-Israeli conflict. It is no longer to gain power at any price".

"It could be said that the goal of anyone standing behind the war in Syria is destroying Syria so that a strong, centralized state would not be established in it, and so that it would become too weak to take decisions related to its oil, sea, or borders," said Sayyed Nasrallah in a televised speech broadcast by al-Manar TV.

"Since the beginning of the Syrian crisis, a military decision was taken to topple the regime. It reached slaughtering people, calling for foreign intervention, the use of chemical weapons. Some scholars even issued strict Fatwas that permit the killing of civilians," reiterating the call  for a political settlement of the crisis.

Sayyed Nasrallah  pointed out that because of what is happening in Syria, the Palestinian Cause is facing the danger of serious elimination, citing too the impact and dire consequences of the events in Syria on Lebanon, Iraq, and the entire  region.

"Syria has real friends, in the region and the world, that will not let it fall in the hands of America, Israel, and Takfiri groups," underlined Sheikh Nasrallah. Hopefully, anti-Syria ewes and their masters would get the message. Sayyed Nasrallah's words are indeed deeds; our armed forces pursuit of terrorists is unabated; and any aggression against Syria would never be a picnic for the aggressors who would definitely pay a price much heavier than any price ever.

Thus,  those "who claim they grieve over the bloodshed in Syria, those who do not want to lose the Palestinian cause,  and those who are worried about Syria, should work to reach a political settlement and a political solution for the Syrian situation." Accordingly, it is hopefully expected that those who support,  train, arm, and mushroom the hired killers takfiris and al-Qaeda terrorists would refrain from their destructive policies and resort to reason, logic and dialogue in the interest of ALL.

 

Dr. Mohammad Abdo Al-Ibrahim

Better late than never !

Better late than never! Finally some western countries have started to recognize the reality of the ongoing in Syria as a defense war launched by the majority of the Syrians against al-Qaeda terror. Many European countries felt the heat and risk of terrorism against their own countries and citizens, including those governments of France, Britain, Belgium, Austria and Australia. Israel and the USA are still, however, in waiting for the worst coming from the same terrorists sponsored, trained and mushroomed by them.

The US, particularly its C.I.A., according to the International Herlad Tribune, has run a "covert program to train 'rebels'- terrorists- in Jordan." Israel, not to mention its sponsoring of al-Qaeda affiliated terrorism on the 1974 armistice line, according to Global Post, wounded Syrian "rebels"- terrorists- who have received medical care in Israel "are transported across the "border" only once they are positively identified and receive initial emergency medical treatment while still on the other side," meaning on Syrian soil.

Expectedly, Australian FM, Bob Carr stated yesterday that the increase in the number of Australians believed to be fighting in Syria marked a "significant potential threat to national security and confirmed the Gillard government is currently looking at banning new terrorist organizations". An Australian daily quoted Australian intelligence sources as declaring that at least half of the now 200 Australians believed to be in fighting in Syria are fighting for radical al-Qa'ida offshoot, the al-Nusra Front.

Minister Carr added that it was a "big" concern that Australians were fighting in Syria, which had "without a doubt" become a magnet for jihadists, voicing deep concern over the influence of al-Qa'ida affiliates within the Syrian "Opposition".

Earlier, Belgium asked Turkey to help in its efforts to prevent Belgian nationals from crossing into Syria to fight alongside opposition forces: “We are in close cooperation with Turkey on this issue and we have asked them for additional monitoring of border crossings,” Joelle Milquet, Belgium's deputy prime minister and interior minister, said during a radio interview on Saturday. She said she was planning to travel to Turkey for further talks on the matter.

The Belgian government has taken some measures to prevent such travels, introducing restrictions on traveling to Turkey for teenagers younger than 16. Particularly those youth living in neighborhoods populated by Moroccan immigrants are reported to be under increased police scrutiny.

On his part, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belgium, Didier Raiendres, urged the Belgium authorities to penalize Belgian citizens who come to Syria or other countries to fight as mercenaries.

Dr. Mohammad Abdo Al-Ibrahim

Disrespect for UNSC Counterterrorism Resolutions

Syria repeatedly declared that the ongoing crisis in it is the result of a terrorist scheme by takfiri and extremist al-Qaeda affiliated organizations to obliterate the existing coexistence, tolerance and amity among all of its citizens. The takfiri terrorists aimed at the creation of mini-islamic emirates countrywide. They do threaten all of Syria's population and that of the neighboring countries too. Syria's assertions to this effect went unheeded for by many in the world, particularly those who have been arming, sponsoring and training terrorists before smuggling them into Syria, where they slaughter Syrians, destroy worshipping houses, and target every form of life and civilization.

Yesterday's Foreign and Expatriates Ministry statement came to this effect; the UN Security Council is called upon to enlist 'al-Nusra Front in the Levant among al-Qaeda-affiliated organizations according to the UN resolutions No. 1267  issued in  1999 and No 1989 issued in 2011. The call came after a series of revelations and recordings that al-Qaeda affiliated branches in Syria are waging a 'jihad' to create an 'islamic emirate' in the Levant!

Actually, UNSC  resolutions No. 1267  issued in  1999 and No 1989 issued in 2011 have all been adopted under Chapter VII of the United Nations Charter and require all States to take the following measures in connection with any individual or entity associated with Al-Qaida, as designated by the Committee: freeze without delay the funds and other financial assets or economic resources of designated individuals and entities, prevent the entry into or transit through their territories by designated individuals, and prevent the direct or indirect supply, sale and transfer from their territories or by their nationals outside their territories, or using their flag vessels or aircraft, of arms and related materiel of all types, spare parts, and technical advice, assistance, or training related to military activities, to designated individuals and entities.

The statement carried the Syrian warning against the proliferation of  terrorism in the Middle East region and outside it as the International Community has been turning blind eyes and deaf ears to the crimes perpetrated by al-Qaeda-linked Takfiri terrorist  groups and the so-called "Free Syrian Army" in Syria. The USA, Britain and France, UN Permanent Security Council members have blocked for several times the Council condemnation of terrorist attacks against the Syrians.

Such a blockage and inaction have indeed  encouraged terrorists to pursue their crimes against Syrian citizens through suicide bombings and random mortar shells targeting homes, state services establishments, hospitals, mosques and churches.  

 The statement lashed out at  the transporting sophisticated weapons by Saudi Arabia and Qatar, according to international media outlets, to terrorists, not to mention the US training of terrorists in neighboring countries. The UN has to shoulder its responsibility under the UN resolutions related to combating terrorism and the states involved in supporting terrorism in Syria should  halt violations that threaten security and stability in the region and the world as well.

Dr. Mohammad Abdo Al-Ibrahim