British analyst warns about dark and dangerous times for world peace


Over the past days, the Donald Trump Administration’s decision to withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, and the killing of the Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi have become top stories in Mainstream media (MSM). And this attention has raised questions about the consequences of US withdrawal from the treaty and why the killing of one man has set off a louder uproar than other Saudi actions such as the war against Yemen.

To answer these questions, the Syriatimes newspaper interviewed the British publisher and editor of "Politics First" Magazine, Dr. Marcus Papadopoulos, who affirmed that the INF treaty has been dying for the last 17 years on account of America's determination to be the sole superpower in the world by neutralising Russia's strategic nuclear deterrent, ruling out the adoption of arms embargo on Saudi Arabia by EU as this could have a knock-on-effect on the EU’s other business ties with and in investment in Saudi Arabia.

The British political analyst made it clear that when Vladimir Putin came to power in 2000, American policymakers believed - and correctly so - that the new Russian leader would strive to return to Russia its lost superpower status, threatening the American global supremacy that had emerged following the dissolution of the Soviet Union.

“Key to Washington's agenda was confronting Moscow's nuclear arsenal which, at that time in 2000, was the only possession that Russia had which the US had to take note of.  So, with much of Eastern Europe in 2000 either in NATO or on the road to gaining NATO membership, the Americans began to conceive of an American missile defence shield close to Russia's western borders which could firstly, neutralise the Russian strategic nuclear deterrent and secondly, be adapted, in the future, with offensive missiles to target sensitive Russian military, nuclear and civilian installations,” he added, indicating that the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty  signed between Washington and Moscow in 1972 was standing in the way of the American endeavor.

“The Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty prohibited the development of the kind of missile defence systems that Washington had in mind in 2000.  Alas, in 2001, the White House informed the Kremlin that it would be withdrawing from the landmark ABM Treaty,” Dr. Papadopoulos stated.

Syria’s adherence to CWC comes within its commitment to achieve international peace and security


Syria’s adherence to the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) it joined in 2013 without any pressure and within the framework of its sovereignty and independence hinders the attempts of the United States, which goes ahead with using false-flag chemical attacks as pretext to carry out aggressions, to impose its conditions on Damascus.

This is one of the main points mentioned in a joint seminar held on Sunday at al-Assad Library in Damascus between Deputy Minister of Expatriates and Foreign Affairs Dr. Faisal al-Mikdad and the Parliamentarian Dr. Ahmad Merei to shed light on a book entitled ‘Syria and Chemical Weapons- Facts and Documents”.

The book written by Dr. Merei explains in details the history of the use of chemical weapons in the world, Syria’s accession to the CWC in the light of public international law and Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties adopted in 1969, the official statements of the Syrian Ministry of Expatriates and Foreign Affairs on CWC, the UNSC resolution No. 2118 and International peace and security.

It puts forward (1) the necessity of the continuity of compliance with the CWC’s obligations by signatories and state-parties because the break of obligations damages human rights, (2)the need to clarify the standards of humanitarian conventions, (3)the importance of making world public opinion aware of the destructive effects of chemical weapons in order to gather world support for affecting political decisions of world countries to destroy any chemical weapons that they own or possess.

Add to that, the author underlines (4)the need to make public opinion aware of the danger of the terrorist groups’ possession of chemical weapons and using them and (5)to consider the possession or production or the use of CW as an international crime as these weapons pose threat to all mankind.

“The first countries used the chemical weapons in the modern era were the ones that took part in the  World War I ,i.e. Germany, France, UK, and US. Over 100.000 persons were killed by toxic gases in this war that claimed the lives of 1.300.000 persons,” Dr. Merei said.

Syria support committee in Sweden to defend Syria by all available means


Press officer of Syria support committee in Sweden Mr. Hussein al-Dawod has affirmed that there have been big obstacles in affecting the public opinion in Stockholm as the official stance of the kingdom of Sweden follows in the footsteps of the official stance of European Union and the West.

In an interview with the Syriatimes e-newspaper, Mr. al-Dawod made it clear that the state-run media outlets in Sweden were circulating –over the past 7 years- a lot of fake news about the events in Syria and that coincided with receiving many Syrians supporting terrorists plus many terrorists holding Swedish nationality.

“We are working in an environment containing a lot of risks, but fortunately the brutal crimes perpetrated by terrorist organizations in Syria proved their connection with hateful forces. This proof helped us to shed light on the fact that the western world defends the perpetrators of these heinous crimes,” the press officer said.

Reese Erlich details how US intelligence agencies admit Iran has had no nuclear weapons program

US presidents use the myth of a nuclear Iranian bomb because they can't argue "we are waging war for oil," according to the US correspondent Reese Erlich, who is the author of the ‘Iran Agenda Today’ book. 

The author told the Syriatimes e-newspaper that his book, published in October, details how the major US intelligence agencies admit Iran has had no nuclear weapons program since 2003.

“The Iranian government argues strongly that it never had such a program. But both the US and Israel use the myth of an Iranian nuclear bomb as a means to scare people and to justify military assaults on Iranians, whether in Syria or in Iran itself which has one of the largest oil reserves in the world,” he said.

German politician to ST: Germany is still being used to appease Turkey


German politician has described the plan of his country’s government to receive the Turkish regime’s head Recep Tayyip Erdoğan with military honors and a state banquet as a ‘dangerous signal’.

Dr. Christian Blex, the AFD [Alternative for Germany or Alternative für Deutschland] Member of Parliament told the Syriatimes e-newspaper in response to a question on his party’s attitude towards Erdogan’s forthcoming visit to Berlin: “I don’t mind his coming for diplomatic reasons. However, I don’t condone at all that our government plans to receive Erdogan with military honors and a state banquet. That is a dangerous signal given his politics and religious radicalism.”

He, in addition, clarified that the main agenda of the visit is money as it comes one week after the visit of Turkey’s finance minister to Germany.

“We know how much Turkey’s economy is struggling and Turkey’s finance minister has already visited Germany one week ahead of Erdogan. They will get some billions for sure. The party leader of the Social Democrats, Andrea Nahles, promoted the idea of funding Erdogan’s Turkey with German Euros as soon as the Lira collapsed. Maybe she hopes, that will get her dying party some votes from Turkish citizens,” the diplomat said.

He asserted that Erdogan –as per usual- uses this visit for a meet-and-greet with his faithful base, too. “On Saturday, he is supposed to be the guest of honor at the opening of a Turkish mega-mosque in Cologne.”