China Speaks Up Against Unilateral Action on Syria

BEIJING- China has urged Washington not to take unilateral action on Syria over the alleged use of chemical weapons against civilians, the country’s Xinhua news agency reported a senior Chinese official as saying on Monday, according to RIA Novosti.

"China is firmly opposed to the use of chemical weapons by any party in Syria and expresses serious concern about certain countries’ preparation for unilateral military action," a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman said during a daily news briefing.

The spokesman also said that China has been briefed by the United States about evidence relating to the use of chemical weapons in Syria. He said that Beijing opposed the use of chemical weapons by any party to the conflict and supported “an independent, objective and professional investigation” by UN experts.

"Any action by the international community should respect the rules of the UN Charter and basic rules of international relations," the Foreign Ministry spokesman said, warning against pre-judging the results of an investigation by UN chemical weapons experts in Syria.

The analysis of samples taken by UN inspectors in Syria could take “up to three weeks,” the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said Sunday.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Monday that the information provided by the US lacked any concrete details, such as names or geographical coordinates that would prove its case.

Russian President Vladimir Putin slammed the US Saturday, saying that Washington’s allegations about the Syrian government's use of "chemical weapons" against civilians were "unimaginable nonsense.”

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Russians Picket US Consulate Over Interference in Syria

ST. PETERSBURG- Nearly two dozen Russians picketed outside the US Consulate in St. Petersburg on Monday to show outrage at Washington’s interference in the crisis in Syria crisis.

According to RIA NOVOSTI ,the demonstrators denounced, as a “planned provocation,” US allegations that the Syrian government had used "chemical weapons" against civilians, a claim that the United States is considering as justification for launching an American military attack in Syria.

The protestors’ denunciation echoed one made by Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday that the US allegations amounted to a “provocation” to drag other countries into the conflict.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Monday that the evidence the United States had presented to Russia regarding Syrian government forces’ alleged use of chemical weapons was inconclusive.

The demonstrators outside the US Consulate held up signs saying, “Hands Off Syria” and “Syria: Destruction the American Way.” They dubbed their sanctioned protest “US – Laboratory of Death.”

“The US teaches the principles of freedom of speech and democracy to the whole world, but ignores them itself. This is the opinion of Russian society,” one protestor said.

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Lavrov: Evidence Provided by US of Chemical Weapons Use in Syria not Concrete, has not Convinced Russia

 

US strike on Syria to Put off Geneva Conference on Syria for Long Time

 

 

MOSCOW- A planned international conference in Geneva to end the conflict in Syria will be put off for a long time "if not forever" if the US goes ahead with military action against Syria, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned Monday, according to the Voice of Russia.

"If the action announced by the US President Barack Obama - to the great regret of all of us - does in fact take place, it will put off the chances of holding this conference for a long time, if not forever", Lavrov said at a news conference with his South African counterpart.

Earlier, Lavrov described as odd the statements of his US colleague John Kerry that Washington produced irrefutable evidence of the use of chemical weapons in Syria, but that Russia denies this evidence.

"It is very strange to hear, when we recently discussed the issue, my good colleague, US Secretary of State John Kerry say that the American side had produced irrefutable evidence for Russia of the Syrian government using chemical weapons and then claiming that Russians deliberately refused to recognize the fact," Lavrov told students of the Moscow Foreign Relations University (MGIMO) on Monday.

Evidence Provided by US of Chemical Weapons Use in Syria has not Convinced Russia

The evidence produced by Washington for Moscow of the Syrian government allegedly using chemical weapons is not concrete and has not convinced Russia, Lavrov has said. He added that "secrecy" by the West is unacceptable with regard to Syria and the use of chemical weapons there. Information sharing is a must.

"If there truly is top secret information available, the veil should be lifted. This is a question of war and peace. To continue this game of secrecy is simply inappropriate."

 US Secretary of State John Kerry told US media as he sought building support for a military strike, that samples collected by first responders after the claimed Aug. 21 chemical attack in a Damascus suburb have allegedly tested positive for the Sarin nerve agent. No knowledge of who was behind it has yet come to light.

"Yes, we were shown certain pieces of evidence that did not contain anything concrete - neither geographical locations, nor names, nor evidence that samples had been taken by professionals. Nor did they comment on the fact that numerous experts have serious doubts regarding the video footage circulating on the Internet," Lavrov said.

"There are plenty of contradictions and oddities, if we are speaking of footage of chemical weapons use and the condition of the victims," he said. "What we were shown before and recently by our American partners, as well as by the British and French, does not convince us at all," he said.

"There are no facts, there is simply talk about what we definitely know. But when you ask for more detailed evidence, they say that it is all classified, therefore it cannot be shown to us. This means there are no such facts to encourage international cooperation," the minister added.

Minister Lavrov has called the information provided to Russia by the US 'inconclusive'.

"We were shown some sketches, but there was nothing concrete, no geographical coordinates or details and no proof the test was done by professionals. There were no comments anywhere regarding the experts' doubt about the footage circulating all over the internet," Lavrov said.

He added that "what our American, British and French partners have shown us before - as well as now - does not convince us at all. There are no supporting facts. There is only repetitive talk in the vein of "we know for sure". And when we ask for further clarification, we receive the following response: 'You are aware that this is classified information, therefore we cannot show it to you.' So, there are still no facts".

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'Obomba, don't drone Syria': anti-war protests held around the world

People across the world have protested against possible US  military intervention in Syria. Demonstrators with anti-war and pro-Syria placards marched in the US, Jordan and Venezuela.

Anti-war protests have been held across the United States in response to President Barack Obama’s plans to use military force against Syria over the alleged use of chemical weapons.

Dozens of people took to the streets in Houston to voice their opposition to possible US strikes against Damascus. The protesters carried placards reading “We Don’t Want Obama’s War” and “Hands off Syria”.

In Washington, anti-war demonstrators rallied outside the White House as Obama made his statement on Syria.

In Los Angeles, about 200 protesters waived “No More War” signs at street intersections, blocking traffic in some areas. Two arrests were reported.

 

In Boston, some 200 people came to the Boston Commons to protest against possible intervention, chanting “Don’t Bomb Syria”.

An anti-war rally in the Arkansas Capitol drew more than two dozen protesters, some of whom wore T-shirts with the legend, “No US Intervention in Syria”.

In Chicago, about 40 people defied rain to express their disagreement with Obama by circling a sculpture in Daley Plaza, bearing signs reading “No War in Syria”.

Across the Atlantic, more than 1,000 protesters marched to Downing Street and Trafalgar Square in London, carrying Syrian flags and anti-war posters, hailing as a victory Parliament’s rejection of the use of military force against Syria.

In Frankfurt, about 700 people joined an anti-war rally in support of a sovereign and independent Syria free of foreign interference.

In Amman, Jordan, protesters set fire to American and Israeli flags during an anti-intervention rally outside the US embassy.

Activists march through London to protest against plans for US military strikes on Syria

The protesters carrying banners and Syrian flags marched along Whitehall, past Downing Street and Parliament chanting “Hands off Syria” and “USA shame on you”. Organisers claimed any attack on President Assad’s forces, which are being considered in response to the regime’s use of chemical weapons against its own people, would only fuel the conflict in Syria.

 

The Stop the War Coalition said opposition to any military involvement in Syria had been boosted by a vote by MPs that rejected the Prime Minister’s attempts to secure parliamentary backing for military strikes.

They insisted there was a groundswell of public anger that was similar to those which preceded the 2003 invasion of Iraq, although the numbers that turned out to take part in the protest were far lower.

Tony Benn, the former Labour MP addressed the crowd during the march. He said: “Today is a victory of British public opinion over those who want war and the vote in Parliament last week was a result of all the demonstrations, like the one we had today, against war and in favour of peace.

 “Speakers addressed the crowd from below Nelson’s Column as tourists visiting central London looked on. Lindsey German, convener of the Stop The War coalition, described the vote in parliament as a “victory”.

She said: “Never let them say demonstrations don’t work - our demonstration has worked”.

Sources:Voice of Russia, The Telegraph, Fox News, RT

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'Obomba, don't drone Syria': anti-war protests held around the world (2)

People across the world have protested against possible US  military intervention in Syria. Demonstrators with anti-war and pro-Syria placards marched in the US, Jordan and Venezuela.

Anti-war protests have been held across the United States in response to President Barack Obama’s plans to use military force against Syria over the alleged use of chemical weapons.

Dozens of people took to the streets in Houston to voice their opposition to possible US strikes against Damascus. The protesters carried placards reading “We Don’t Want Obama’s War” and “Hands off Syria”.

In Washington, anti-war demonstrators rallied outside the White House as Obama made his statement on Syria.

In Los Angeles, about 200 protesters waived “No More War” signs at street intersections, blocking traffic in some areas. Two arrests were reported.

 

In Boston, some 200 people came to the Boston Commons to protest against possible intervention, chanting “Don’t Bomb Syria”.

An anti-war rally in the Arkansas Capitol drew more than two dozen protesters, some of whom wore T-shirts with the legend, “No US Intervention in Syria”.

In Chicago, about 40 people defied rain to express their disagreement with Obama by circling a sculpture in Daley Plaza, bearing signs reading “No War in Syria”.

Across the Atlantic, more than 1,000 protesters marched to Downing Street and Trafalgar Square in London, carrying Syrian flags and anti-war posters, hailing as a victory Parliament’s rejection of the use of military force against Syria.

In Frankfurt, about 700 people joined an anti-war rally in support of a sovereign and independent Syria free of foreign interference.

In Amman, Jordan, protesters set fire to American and Israeli flags during an anti-intervention rally outside the US embassy.

Activists march through London to protest against plans for US military strikes on Syria

The protesters carrying banners and Syrian flags marched along Whitehall, past Downing Street and Parliament chanting “Hands off Syria” and “USA shame on you”. Organisers claimed any attack on President Assad’s forces, which are being considered in response to the regime’s use of chemical weapons against its own people, would only fuel the conflict in Syria.

 

The Stop the War Coalition said opposition to any military involvement in Syria had been boosted by a vote by MPs that rejected the Prime Minister’s attempts to secure parliamentary backing for military strikes.

They insisted there was a groundswell of public anger that was similar to those which preceded the 2003 invasion of Iraq, although the numbers that turned out to take part in the protest were far lower.

Tony Benn, the former Labour MP addressed the crowd during the march. He said: “Today is a victory of British public opinion over those who want war and the vote in Parliament last week was a result of all the demonstrations, like the one we had today, against war and in favour of peace.

 “Speakers addressed the crowd from below Nelson’s Column as tourists visiting central London looked on. Lindsey German, convener of the Stop The War coalition, described the vote in parliament as a “victory”.

She said: “Never let them say demonstrations don’t work - our demonstration has worked”.

Sources:Voice of Russia, The Telegraph, Fox News, RT

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Congressman: US Military Members Oppose Strike on Syria

TEHRAN - A US lawmaker said that members of the military have told him to vote against military intervention in Syria, arguing that President Barack Obama "hasn't come close" to justifying war against Syria,according to FNA.

"I’ve been hearing a lot from members of our Armed Forces," Rep. Justin Amash (R-Michigan) tweeted, according to the Business Insider.

"The message I consistently hear: Please vote no on military action against Syria."

Amash expressed his stance after Obama announced on Saturday he would seek congressional approval for any action. "President Obama hasn't come close to justifying war in Syria," he tweeted.

Last week, Amash issued a series of tweets arguing that unauthorized strikes against Syria would be unconstitutional and illegal.

Many military service members have expressed reservations with attacking Syria, especially following the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Congressional approval could prove difficult for Obama, where skepticism and anxiety in both parties about his drive toward military action have been high.

More than 140 lawmakers have signed a letter saying it would be unconstitutional for the president to take military action without getting authorization from Congress.

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War on Syria, Obama-Saudi plot to destabilize Mideast: Analyst

War against Syria is a scenario jointly hatched by US President Barack Obama and the Saudi regime to destabilize the Middle Eastern countries, a political analyst tells Press TV.

 “The real policy underlying this US war on Syria is that there is an alliance between the Obama administration, as there was with the Bush administration, and the Saudis through Prince Bandar and the British to overthrow these countries in the Middle East,” said Lawrence Freeman in a Sunday interview.

 “They’ve done it to a number of countries and they want to continue their policy in Syria, which will spread to Lebanon and will spread to other countries as well,” he added.

On Saturday, US President Barack Obama delayed a military strike against Syria to seek approval for the move from the Congress, which will debate the issue when federal lawmakers return from recess on September 9.

The United States has its navy ships in place at the Mediterranean and the vessels await orders to launch missiles against targets in Syria.

Freeman argued that any war on Syria will also provoke Russia to get involved in the confrontation, warning, “Any attempt for the US military involvement in Syria is a step moving us closer to nuclear war, which is an annihilation war if it takes place.”

On August 21, the Takfiri armed groups operating inside Syria and the foreign-backed Syrian "opposition" claimed that the government forces had used chemical weapons in an attack against militant strongholds in the Damascus suburbs of Ain Tarma, Zamalka and Jobar, killing hundreds of people.

The Syrian government has categorically rejected the accusation as part of a false flag operation.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that accusing the Syrian government of using chemical weapons against the militants is “utter nonsense.”

Putin also called on Washington to show proof that Damascus was behind the attack. The Russian president added that the US failure to do so means that “there is no proof."

Source: Press TV

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Pope announces day of fasting, prayer for Syria

VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis is asking people to join him next weekend in a day of fasting for peace in Syria, according,according to AP.

Francis invited people of all faiths to join him in  St. Peter's Square to invoke the "gift" of peace for Syria, the rest of the Middle East and worldwide where there is conflict.

Declaring "no more war," Francis spoke to tens of thousands of people gathered in the square on Sunday.

He says the "world needs to see gestures of peace and hear words of peace." He says that only dialogue, and not armed intervention, can end crisis in Syria.

The five-hour-long prayer vigil in the square Saturday will last until midnight.

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