Maronite Patriarch : Dark Forces Ignite Sedition in the Name of Democracy

BEIRUT,(ST)_ Maronite Patriarch Cardinal Mar Beshara Boutros al-Rai  stressed  the existence  of  dark forces seeking to dismantle the countries and institutions and to ignite sedition among different communities in the name of democracy and "Arab Spring."

In a sermon , he delivered in  Bkirki on Monday, Patriarch al-Rai said: . "We can only face these disastrous acts through faith in the resurrection, the ultimate  victory of life over death , the consciousness  of friendly countries and the good intentions, calling for reason  and peace among people."

He  warned against the escalation  of extremism , intolerance and the spread of obscurantism fed by political disputes and regional  and  international power centers noting that " We are driven  by painful events threatening  us to intensify efforts in the service of peace and the good for humanity."

The Patriarch noted  the need to address these challenges especially  as  "the region  which was the cradle  of civilizations  suffers division ,conflict, pain ,blood and tears."

T. Fateh

We support Iraq stances towards crisis in Syria: Canadian FM

Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird,who landed in Baghdad in the morning by plane, marking the first trip to Iraq by a Canadian foreign minister since 1976,underscored his country's support to Iraq's stances towards the crisis in Syria .

Baird's remark was made during the meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki on Monday,according to the CBCnews.

"Today's opening is a historic milestone in Canadian relations with Iraq and comes at a pivotal moment," Baird said in a release Monday from the Department of Foreign Affairs in Ottawa. "Ten years after the Iraqi intervention, Iraq is one of the fastest-growing economies in the world, despite deep and lingering sectarian tensions."

Baird spent the morning in meetings with members of the Iraqi parliament. Media reports said he was guarded by heavy security, and his convoy also took him to the compound of Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki.

Baird said he recognizes "Iraq is situated at the intersection of intrinsic international security challenges that affect us all."

He says his meetings in Iraq are driven by the "strong potential" of Canada's trade and investment interests in Iraq.

"To pursue our interests, we know that Canada needs to be on the ground in Baghdad," he says.

In early March, Canadian Immigration Minister Jason Kenney made a surprise visit to Iraq to meet with al-Maliki, as well as the country's migration and environment ministers, to discuss bilateral trade, migration management, political developments in Iraq and  the situation in Syria.


Turkish opposition slams Erdogan’s stance on Syria

Middle Eastern countries such as Qatar and Saudi Arabia have been accused of stepping up weapons supplies to militants fighting inside Syria. Turkey’s main opposition leader says these weapons could not get into the hands of the insurgents without Turkey's help-- a fact that has led to the deterioration of ties between Ankara and Damascus.

The head of the Turkish opposition has criticized Prime Minister Reccip Tayyip Erdogan for his policies on the crisis in Syria. The head of the CHP party said foreign backed terrorists were receiving training in camps inside Turkey. He also said weapons were being sent from Turkey to foreign backed militants in Syria to quote” kill our brothers”.

Kemal Kilichdaroglu went on to say that the major countries benefiting from the war in Syria were France, the US and Germany. He said the ruling AK party’s excuse of trying to bring democracy to Syria was not true.

The rhetoric coming from the head of Turkey’s CHP party comes two years into a bloody war between Syrian government forces and foreign backed terrorists supported by Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the West. The conflict according to the UN has left over 70,000 people dead and over 1,000,000 displaced.

Turkey’s main opposition CHP believes if Turkey were to close its borders for 10 days, thus preventing the flow of arms to the foreign backed terrorists in Syria, the brutal war would come to an end.

The recent rhetoric from the head of the Peoples Republican party comes as Ankara is becoming ever more isolated by its neighbors. The party says it does not trust US policies in the region and fears that the stance Turkish PM Raccip Tayyib Erdogan is taking could eventually lead to a war in Turkey. This is something they claim to be doing everything in their power to avoid.

 Source: pressTV



Three British Women from Gaza Aid Convoy raped by Taxi Driver and Two Libyan Soldiers

Three British woman working with a humanitarian aid convoy destined for Gaza have been raped by Libyan soldiers in Bengazi, after being kidnapped by the soldiers and a taxi driver.

After leaving Britain for the Palestinian Gaza Strip, the aid convoy had been stalled at the Libyan – Egyptian border for several weeks. After the rape, the three women were taken to a Libyan hospital and are reportedly in a bad psychological condition. Two of the perpetrators are soldiers of the regular Libyan military, while the third perpetrator is a taxi driver.

The Libyan Deputy Prime Minister Al-Basri, who visited the three women at the hospital, appeared on the Libyan television station al-Hurra, expressing his regret over, that two of the rapists had been Libyan soldiers.

Two of the raped women, who are sisters, were kidnapped together with their father. All three of the women were part of the humanitarian aid convoy. The woman were reportedly raped while the father of the two sisters, and colleague to the third woman was forced to witness the outrage.

The aid convoy has been organized by IHH, a humanitarian NGO based in Turkey. The convoy itself was named after the Marvi Marmara, the Turkish Gaza Flotilla vessel which was boarded by Israeli troops in international waters while en route to the Gaza Strip. After Libya was overrun by foreign backed Islamist Extremists with ties to the Al-Qaeda linked Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, LIFG, under the command of the mastermind behind the Madrid Train bombings in 2004, Abedelhakim Belhadj, and after a new Libyan government was installed with the aid of NATO and GCC member states, many of the extremists acquired positions of government. The country has since been unstable and the situation is by many described as a state of virtual anarchy.

One such example, would be, that the commander of Al-Qaeda´s LIFG, Abdelhakim Belhadj, has since become the military governor of Tripoli. Although a regular, or government sanctioned Libyan military exists, the country is still largely policed by local militia, many of them with ties to international terrorist organizations. Rape, robbery, kidnappings and extortion for ransom have become rampant in Libya after the Gadhafi led government was ousted in 2011.

During the foreign backed subversion of Libya, rape, often committed by so-called rebels who were drugged by synthetic drugs provided among other via Qatar, was systematically used as a weapon. During the height of the armed subversion in 2011, a French journalist was raped to death and the video was put on Youtube.

Although the Libyan Deputy Prime Minister states, that the behavior of the two uniformed soldiers who took part in the kidnapping and rape of the three British women does not reflect the ethical standards of the Libyan military forces, it may be true on a level of political leadership and at the level of the military high command. The reality on the ground, with the country largely being policed by armed gangs and militia who interface with the regular military forces however, indicates that rape, robbery and kidnappings very much reflect the reality of the Libyan military´s ethics.

Source : nsnbc


Abdollahian Blasts Arab League's Decision on Syria

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir Abdollahian lashed out at the Arab League for granting Damascus' seat to the Syrian opposition coalition outside Syria.

Amir Abdollahian made the remarks after a meeting with Arab League (AL) Secretary General Nabil al-Arabi in Cairo on Sunday,according to FNA.

Last week, the Arab League handed Syria's seat to the opposition during a two-day summit held in the Qatari capital of Doha.

"We condemn the Arab League's recent move to hand Syria's seat to a small group, which does not represent the Syrian people," Amir Abdollahian said.

"It is a wrong decision to support the Syrian opposition by supplying weapons to them because it will cause problems for the Syrian people," he added.

The Arab leaders rushed through a declaration in Doha and granted Damascus' seat at the Arab League to the Syrian opposition coalition.

The Arab League's decision to grant Damascus' seat to the Syrian opposition coalition was rejected by the Syrian government and the domestic opposition.

It legitimizes terrorist acts that are committed overtly and blatantly against the Syrians, their institutions and properties, the Al-Thawra newspaper said in a commentary.

Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011 with organized attacks by well-armed gangs against Syrian police forces and border guards being reported across the country.

Hundreds of people, including members of the security forces, have been killed, when some protest rallies turned into armed clashes.

The government blames outlaws, saboteurs, and armed terrorist groups for the deaths, stressing that the unrest is being orchestrated from abroad.