Retired French colonel to ST: Macron has no longer any legitimacy to go on with his reform plan

Nearly 31000 people have reportedly joined "Yellow Vest" anti-government protests started on November 17, 2018 in France amid the failure attempts of the French government to contain the crisis by extensive crackdown and mass arrests.

The Syria Times e-newspaper interviewed the French retired colonel Alain Corvez to talk about the goals and causes of the protests and how it will end up.

"The main goals of the protests are against taxes increases but you can guess that it is also against EU, even if it is not express as so,  because everybody knows that French laws are the expression of Brussels technocratic regulations," the retired colonel said.

He affirmed that French politics do not feel France and the deep roots of French people. They are as oligarchs living in an artificial world seeing EU as the best future for France.

US independent activist to ST: Humanity owes Syria a debt it can never repay

If someone had told her seven years ago she would be traveling often to a country in the heart of the Middle East and thinking of it as her second home, she would have laughed it off as ridiculous. But as she researched the country and situation and saw with growing anger and resentment how malicious her country's government actions were (against Syria and other countries throughout our history), she felt she had to do anything she could - anything that was moral, ethical and legal anyway - to help share the truth or never consider herself a true human again.

 Mrs. Janice Kortkamp, who introduces herself on her face Book page as an independent activist regarding Syria and the Middle East, has travelled around Syria six times since May 2016 and she never could have imagined how her interest in Syria would end up as it has!

 She told the ‘Syria Times’ e-newspaper that the most important thing that first attracted her to Syria and wanting to get to know something about it, was watching an interview with President Bashar al-Assad actually in November of 2012.

 “Up until the moment I started watching the interview of President Bashar al-Assad, I knew nothing of Syria other than what the "news" media was telling me - which I believed at the time was the truth. However after only a few minutes of watching that interview I became intrigued by what your leader was saying. His rational and calm but not cold demeanor, his ability to describe things in ways I could understand, while at the same time being precise in his answers, made me want to know more. That's all it took for me to become kind of obsessed with Syria” said Mrs. Kortkamp, who has two sons and lives in Virginia.

 Her decision to defend Syria is probably the strangest thing that ever happened to her! She is not a person of causes though she respects people who are.

British analyst to ST: Turkey’s failure to deliver on what Russia wants in Idlib has created fear in the corridors of power in Ankara

 

A British political analyst has argued that the US and the UK, which refuse to play a role in the Astana and Sochi peace talks on Syria, because the talks at these venues are the brainchild of Russia, would be content for the conflict in Syria to come to an end through a political solution providing this solution prohibits the Syrian Army from re-entering the north-east and north-west of Syria. 

Dr. Marcus Papadopoulos, the Publisher and Editor of Politics First magazine, told the Syria Times e-newspaper that the brutal reality for Washington and London is that Moscow is the dominant outside power in Syria and there is nothing that the West can do to change this. 

“The West understands clearly that its goal of overthrowing the Syrian Government and turning Syria into a client state of America, has failed.  So the Americans and the British are currently trying to prevent the Syrian people from liberating the north of their country because this is where Washington and London have a direct presence in,” the analyst said.

He affirmed that: “Washington, Ankara and Riyadh still hold hope of securing a permanent presence for themselves in the north of Syria, which they could use, at some time in the future, as a springboard for igniting another conflict in Syria, in the hope that, this time, their terrorist proxies would capture Damascus.” And Dr. Papadopoulos warned: “That is a potential menace which I hope the Syrian and Russian governments are alive to.”  

“Aside from the terrorists themselves, it is their backers who are responsible for the conflict in Syria being prolonged.  If America took the decision to completely end its support for the terrorists in Syria, including ISIS, and instructed its allies - Britain, Turkey and Saudi Arabia - to also cease supporting the terrorist organizations who are waging war on the Syrian people, then the conflict would come to a rather quick end,” Dr. Papadopoulos stated.

Asked about the illegal presence of one of the Astana talks’ guarantor county’s troops – Turkey - in the north of Syria, the analyst replied: “The Turks still harbour ambitions for the north of Syria - namely, partition – and they still illegally maintain forces in the north of Syria but the Turkish position in the region is gradually weakening on account of Russia's leverage over Turkey, which Ankara is unable to resist.”

Syrian MP: Jordanian MPs’ visit to Damascus paves the way to rebuild good bilateral relations

 

 

Syrian Member of Parliament Dr. Ahmad Merei has made it clear that the four-day visit paid last week by Jordanian parliamentary delegation to Syria aims at paving the way to rebuild good relations with Damascus after more than 7 years of Jordan’s involvement in the war on Syria.

“The visit comes after Jordan has realized that there is a conspiracy against it, especially after the overt normalization of relations between the Zionist entity [Israel] and Gulf states,” the MP told the Syriatimes e-newspaper.

He added that Amman needs to form new coalitions in the region in order to avoid turning Jordan into alternative homeland for Palestinian people and to foil the US president Donald Trump’s deal of the century. 

 “Jordan needs to form coalitions with Syria, Iran and Russia, which reject the deal of the century, in order to foil the deal and not to play the role to be imposed by the United States and Gulf states on Amman,” Dr. Merei said, asserting that the Jordanian MPs’ recent visit to Syria was approved by the King of Jordan and the Jordanian government as well.

The parliamentarian indicated that the Syrian side suggested during discussions with the Jordanian side to form a brotherly parliamentary committee between the two countries.

“Actually, there are many steps that must be taken by the Jordanian side to rebuild good relations. Among these steps is resolving the issue of terrorists fled from Tloul al-Safa area [in Sweida countryside, south of Syria] towards Jordan after the Syrian army units liberated this area,” the MP stated, affirming that the Jordanian delegation vowed to tackle this matter with concerned parties in Amman.

The delegation, in addition, discussed with several Syrian Officials issues related to electricity, tourism and how to improve the work at Nasib border crossing.

“Working hours at the Nasib crossing have been extended to be 9 hours instead of 7 hours a day to increase commercial exchange between Syria and Jordan ,” Dr. Merei said.

He stressed that the Jordanian delegation’s members were surprised by the normal life in Syria after more than 7 years of war.

 

Interviewed by: Basma Qaddour

Sen. Richard Black to ST: U.S. has established 17 bases in Syria without the slightest lawful justification for doing so

Virginia State senator Richard H. Black has made it clear that the United States makes trade between Iran and Syria more difficult by occupying the north of the Euphrates River in accordance with ‘Plan B’ announced several years ago by Secretary of State John Kerry .

He told the Syriatimes e-newspaper that The U.S. has attempted to block routes between the countries wherever possible and it has established 17 bases in Syria without the slightest lawful justification for doing so.

“The United States has established a semi-autonomous region dominated by Syrian Kurds to control the region. Since Kurds make up only 20% of the area’s population, allowing them to dominate the region creates a political unstable situation; the much larger Arabic population is almost certain to take up arms to avoid falling under the domination of the Kurdish minority. This creates a situation where ethnic violence provides justification for the U.S. to remain in the area indefinitely, since the United States has announced it’s intention to prevent the resurgence of ISIS. The reemergence of violence in the area would likely be attributed to ISIS and used as a pretext for continued occupation,” the senator said.

U.S. refuses to publicize barbaric nature of its premier “moderate rebel” group

Asked about the US use of internationally banned weapons in attacking areas in the north of Syria, Sen. Black replied: “There are reports that the U.S. has used cluster bombs and white phosphorus in Syria. The U.S. has denied those allegations. Meanwhile, the U.S. led coalition repeatedly complains about the use of so-called “barrel bombs” by Syria. It is not clear what the distinction is between a barrel containing explosives and shrapnel and a 15,000 pound “bunker-busting” bomb that hurls razor-sharp shrapnel great distances.”