Qatari Waves of the Unreasonable

Muhammad Ibn al-Dheeb al-Ajami, was sentenced by the ruling Qatari family to spend  15 years  in jail in Qatar, because he posted a poem online that was deemed to offend the emir and contravene the Gulf state's penal code which explicitly bans calls for the overthrow of the government.

According to Derrick O'Keefe in an article republished by uruknet on Feb. 26th, that's apparently the technical basis of the outrageous criminal charge; however many believe the real reason for his imprisonment is his 'Jasmine Poem,':

Knowing that those who satisfy themselves and upset their people will tomorrow have someone else sitting in their seat,

For those who think the country is in their names and their children’s names — the country is for the people, and its glories are theirs.

Repeat with one voice, for one faith:

We are all Tunisia in the face of repressive elites.

We are all Tunisia in the face of repressive elites.

The question that frames the thoughts of those who wonder will not find an answer in any official channels.

As long as it imports everything it has from the West, why can’t it import laws and freedoms?

Why can’t it import laws and freedoms?

Qatar, which has been wasting  its gas  wealth to become a major international player, especially in recent years, has been spending the millions of petrodollars on the destruction of Syria and the slaughtering of the Syrians. What does the ruling family want from and for the Syrians? Does it want a Moslem Brotherhood Wahabi government for the Syrians, given the Qatari dirty role in supporting and even imposing such failing governments in other Arab countries; if such a model of governance is acceptable by the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani; why doesn't he implement it in his own state and for his own people!

 

Dr. Mohammad Abdo Al-Ibrahim

dialogue means to provide a mechanism for free elections

 Ali Haidar raises prospect of free elections in response to surprise change of line by Syrian National Coalition leader.

The Syrian government is ready to send a minister abroad for talks with Moaz al-Khatib, leader of the opposition Syrian National Coalition, who recently threw "rebel" politics into turmoil by coming out in favour of dialogue with the regime.

"I am willing to meet Mr Khatib in any foreign city where I can go in order to discuss preparations for a national dialogue," Ali Haidar, the Minister for National Reconciliation, told the Guardian. His remarks were the most positive response the Syrian government has yet given to the opposition leader's surprise change of line.

In explaining the purpose of the national dialogue, Haidar raised the prospect of a genuine contest for a multiparty parliament and for the presidency when Assad's mandate runs out next year.

"The dialogue is a means to provide a mechanism for reaching free parliamentary and presidential elections. This is one of the subjects which will be discussed at the table. Such a thing could be the result of negotiations, but not a precondition," he said. "We reject a dialogue that is just to hand power from one side to another."

President Al-Assad offered talks with opposition leaders in a speech last month. But he appeared to rule out any contact with the Syrian National Coalition, which was put together under US, Turkish and Qatari pressure in Doha last summer in an attempt to unite the disparate opposition groups.

"Who do we conduct dialogue with? Those who are carrying extremist thinking and do not believe in anything except blood, killing and terrorism? Should we speak to gangs that receive their orders from abroad to reject dialogue because they believe that dialogue will foil their schemes aimed at weakening Syria?" Assad said.

Khatib's political bombshell came three weeks later, prompting debate in Syrian government circles. They also noted last week's revelations that Barack Obama rejected Pentagon and state department recommendations to arm the opposition. The US has since come out in support of Khatib's initiative, and there is speculation in Damascus that it was co-ordinated in advance with Washington.

Haidar's offer to meet the coalition leader is clearly designed to prevent Khatib's initiative from collapsing under resistance from "rebel" colleagues. Haidar pointed out that like other regime ministers he was banned from the EU under sanctions, but said Geneva was a possible venue for preliminary talks. "But we insist that the actual national dialogue take place on Syrian soil because it is a matter of Syrian dignity," he added.

He recognized that exiled politicians were concerned about being arrested if they returned to Syria. In announcing his shift toward negotiations, Khatib demanded the government renew the passports of all Syrians who were overseas so they ceased to be stateless. Haidar said the Justice Ministry had already started taking steps to cancel any proceedings against Syrians overseas.

"The ministry of the interior has agreed to relax its policies and give them all the necessary documents to return and let them in even if they don't have any. I don't want to close the door to any opposition people who have concerns. I personally invite anyone to return and guarantee their safe entry and departure, if that's what they want," Haidar said.

He made it clear the new impetus for negotiations came not just from Khatib's policy switch but from a change in the regional and international climate, as well as because of the military stalemate. "There are hardliners on both sides but 80% on each side now realise that no military victory is possible. I'm in contact by phone with some leaders of the Free Syrian Army and they used to say, 'We'll be in Damascus in a few days' time,' but today they say, 'We've found out that the international community is playing games with us and working for their own interests only so we realise we can't defeat the Syrian army,'" he said.

In spite of the Syrian government's apparent readiness to talk to representatives of the armed opposition, differences remain over the shape of any transition. Russia, the US and several other key players including Britain and France agreed in Geneva in June that one element should be the appointment of a coalition government that could include members of the opposition as well as the present government and would have "full executive powers".

"In his discussions here it was Brahimi who said it was a bit early to form a government. His point was that it's not possible because there are so many factions in opposition in exile who are not yet ready to participate. Unfortunately, when he left Syria we heard something else from him," Haidar said. "There were contradictions in his statements which weakened his position of being equidistant from all Syrians. We wouldn't say his mission has completely failed but he has to regain his previous position of equidistance."

Haidar's conciliatory views confirm his reputation as a regime dove. As leader of the Syrian Social Nationalist party, a small opposition party, he was among a group published the Damascus declaration, a manifesto for democratic reform and radical political change, in 2005. Some were jailed and others went into exile. He remained in Damascus and was appointed a minister in 2011. He continues to have differences with the regime and during last year's referendum on a new constitution he appeared three times on state TV calling on voters to reject it.

Under the constitution Assad would be entitled to put himself forward for a new term next year, after two terms in office. Haidar suggested Assad should do so unless the national dialogue resulted in major changes. "Personally I have not discussed this with the president. But the current constitution does not prevent him running. As a Syrian citizen he has the right like any other citizen," he said.

 

Dr. Mohammad Abdo Al-Ibrahim

 

 

 

'Everyone Should Save Syria from Falling into Hell'

'Everyone Should Save Syria from Falling into Hell' underscored Faisal al-Miqdad, the veteran Deputy Foreign and Expatriates Minister in a recent interview with the German Spiegel Online

Mr. al-Miqda, in a distinguished interview by a high ranking Syrian official with foreign press published on February the 7th, reiterated that the Syrians are but to defeat the international conspiracy and "prevail", hence " We are optimists and strong enough to overcome this challenge, even against the attack of an alliance of Western countries and Gulf states which claims to be promoting democracy and freedom. Until four months ago, Aleppo was one of the safest cities in the world. So I congratulate the advocates for human rights and democracy on the destruction of the Umayyad Mosque, the historic souks and the old town of Aleppo."

The deputy Foreign and Expatriates Minister warned  the Europeans  not to "go on supporting" the foreign-backed armed terrorist groups in action against the Syrians, and who are but to fight against "the order of all civilized nations" including Germany.

Dr. al-Miqdad, in reply to another question, outlined that H.E. President Bashar Al-Assad has "responded to the demands of the demonstrators" since the very beginning of events in Syria, citing  new constitution, the ending of the supremacy of the Baath Party, establishment of new parties, elections for a new parliament, and the enacting of  new laws concerning demonstrations, which, unfortunately  were completely ignored abroad, adding that " President Al-Assad has heard the political demands of his people and he wants to reconcile with them, and indeed with everyone, as he announced in his speech on Jan. 6. If the fighting and the outside support are brought to an end and everyone sits around a table, then we can begin to shape the future of the country.

"The armed opposition wanted the escalation from the beginning. They took that position from day one. The provocateurs hid among the peaceful demonstrators and shot down police and protesters alike." Dr. Al-Miqdad clarified.

al-Miqdad underscored that the crisis in Syria is mostly "externally organized, externally funded" and that the militant groups receive billions of dollars from certain Gulf states. It is a global, multi-billion-dollar mercenary business, reiterating that it is not for other countries to decide on the Syrian president: "Leave that to the Syrian people and the voting booths. We will not allow anyone to undermine the country's sovereignty. If the president were to give up, there would be nothing here but death and destruction. President al-Assad is ready to do anything to prevent that, no matter what the cost."

In reply to a question regarding Turkey, Al-Miqdad added: " We have long tried to maintain good relations, but we were forced to realize that the Muslim Brother Recep Tayyip Erdogan was pursuing a completely different plan. Namely, he wanted to legally bring the Muslim Brotherhood back to Syria with help from Al-Qaida, the Al-Nusra Front and other extremist religious groups in order to establish a powerful network from Egypt to Tunisia, Libya, Syria and Iraq -- a new Ottoman Empire. Because they now shelter all types of armed groups -- and opened the border with Syria for them -- Erdogan and his foreign minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, are personally responsible for the deaths of thousands of Syrians. Why has Turkey not been reprimanded by the UN?

As for Syria's relation with Saudi Arabia, Dr. Al-Miqdad said: "Saudi Arabia is under immense American pressure and is therefore supporting certain religious groups that are fighting here. At the same time, the country understands very well that in doing this, it's working against its own interests. Therefore they should free themselves as quickly as possible from American dependency."

In reply to a question about the Americans desire to have Syria succumb to violence and destruction, the deputy Foreign and Expatriates Minister pointed out  that "the protection of Israel is the only explanation. It began with sanctions, and now it's come to this. The so-called friends of Syria, who meet in Doha, Istanbul and Marrakesh, are actually the enemies of Syria and under the command of American ambassadors. But now the matter has gotten out of control for them. At least now they've put the Al-Nusra Front on the list of terrorist organizations, but unfortunately not the many others who are here indiscriminately killing my countrymen every day."

 

Dr. Mohammad Abo Al-Ibrahim

A Message to Secretary of State, John Kerry!

 Mr. secretary of State, John Kerry, you went overseas to fight in Vietnam for your country's sake, as you claimed, what about our own legitimate right to defend ourselves on the very Syrian territory against the extremist terrorists, some of whom were even enlisted by the State Department on terrorism list. Your Excellency, it is indeed as you have recently put it accurately: ""What I do know is that there are a lot of weapons there," "There are people in the Gulf, and you know who they are, who are not hesitating to provide weapons. And that's one of the reasons, together with the fact that al-Nusra has been introduced to the equation that the movement on the ground is faster than the movement in the politics."

Syria, the peace-loving country, which you have earlier visited several times, is in need for some US carrots, and never more for unjustified sticks and sanctions. The US Administration of President Obama took the right decision by turning down  Pentagon leaders and former Secretary Clinton and CIA's recommendation to arm the foreign-backed extremists fighting and slaughtering the Syrians. Expectedly in presence of a veteran secretary of State, no orders would be given to the armed men as not to surrender weapons and as not to accept dialogue with the Syrian Government, supported by the majority of the Syrians.

Mr. Kerry, the majority is encouraged by your recent statements to help in solving the ongoing crisis by "peaceful means", as well as by your pledge "to work for peace". Terrorism , defined according to  the US yearly congress report, as the "premeditated, politically motivated violence perpetrated against non-combatant targets by sub-national groups or clandestine agents, usually intended to influence an audience," is unabated against  Syria, which according to a statement in 2002 by US State Department official, Richard W. Erdman, the chief State Department specialist for Syria, "saved American lives," in the aftermath of September 11 terrorist attacks! Hopefully, Mr. Secretary of State,  that you will work as to change your predecessor's statements before the 2-day US  House of Appropriations Committee on April 24-25, 2009: ''let`s remember here… the people we are fighting today we funded them twenty years ago…and great, let them come from Saudi Arabia and other countries, importing their Wahabi brand of Islam.''

Unfortunately, your remote controlled ewes and new Ottomans have turned almost all of the Middle East into a bloodbath minefield, where to every terrorist and extremist is sent for jihad! The majority does live in fear! Sir, it is unbearable nightmare once the people of this sacred region are slaughtered  like sheep at the hands of the most notorious terrorists, among whom many were set free from prisons in return for jihad! They are but the hired killers of modern century. The majority is indeed in waiting for your promised evaluation of '' new options to halt Syria's civil war'', lest it would be indeed a "civil war" burning all people of the region. Indeed, the majority is waiting for your " steps, if any, diplomatic particularly" in "an effort to try to reduce that violence and deal with that situation." It is encouraging that two thirds of the Syria Times' poll respondents replied positively that  your designation could contribute positively to a change in US foreign policy.

Hopefully Mr. Kerry's new political approach isn't only to curb the warmongers inside the US Administration, like Senator John McCain, but to contribute further to halting whatever support to terrorists. Syria, given your past judgment, is moving and changing. Syria, which you described in  April 2010, following your meeting with H.E. President Bashra Al-Assad in Damascus as “an essential player in bringing peace and stability to the region'' is ever ready to play this role; the ongoing is but to protect and safeguard such a role, without which the entire region would be but fertile for every extremism and terrorism. Mr. secretary of State, you very well know that Syria, who has been ''very generous'' with you in the past, is more than happy to cooperate for peace, stability and security.

Dr. Mohammad Abdo Al-Ibrahim

 

 

 

Enemy attack on Syrian Research Centre amounts to aggression

 

 

 

New Delhi, (ST)_ An emergency meeting of the National Secretariat of the Panthers Party was held in New Delhi under Chairmanship of its Chief Patron and Chairman, Indo-Arab Solidarity Council to review the serious situation that has developed in the Middle-East following air attack on Syrian Research Centre on Wednesday threatening the integrity and sovereignty of a Member State, Syria by another Member State, Israel.

    While addressing the Panthers Party leader, Prof. Bhim Singh urged Russia and China for their urgent intervention to provide security to the people of Syria and save its integrity from the Zionist hawks. The NPP leader accused Anglo-American Bloc for supporting Israel since 1947 which has been violating the mandatory resolutions of the Security Council like 242, 338 and several others which amounted to flagrant violation of UN Resolution by Israel.

Prof. Bhim Singh called on the Arab League States to wake up lest Zionism shall accomplish its agenda to grab Arab oils, waters and strategic land with the abetment of Anglo-American Bloc including France. Prof. Bhim Singh hoped that India shall rise from its silent to save the Middle-East from any further death, destruction and devastation as it happened in Iraq, Sudan, Yugoslavia and lately in Libya. The Panthers Party Supremo urged Prime Minister of India, Dr. Manmohan Singh, to take urgent initiative for convening a meeting of the NAM countries at the earliest by involving Arab League in it. He said that Israeli aggression against Syria has left no doubt that Israel intends to grab entire Middle-East with the active support of the Anglo-American and EU Blocs. This must be stopped, he said.

The Panthers Party shall present a Solidarity Charter to Dr. Bashar-al-Assad, President of Syria tomorrow (3rd February, 2013) through the Syrian Ambassador in New Delhi. The Panthers Party and Indo-Arab Solidarity Council also expressed full solidarity with and support to the great people of Syria fighting for the integrity and sovereignty of their country under the leadership of President, Dr. Bashar-al-Assad.

M.A.