Baby Thatcher Verhofstadt: “The weak position of the EU makes me sick”


Verhofstadt on Libya: “The weak position of the EU makes me sick”


Today at a meeting in Parliament to assess the results of last week's European Council, Guy Verhofstadt denounced the inability of the EU to take decisive action on the Libyan crisis. "This makes me sick," he declared.

"I want to use this opportunity to salute the fifty heroes, the fifty heroes in the power plant of Fukushima, the fifty heroes who at this very moment risk their life in order to save the people of Japan from a nuclear catastrophe. But Japan, for all its tragedy, is an event we cannot change. We can help. We must help. But unfortunately we cannot change.

"In Libya on the contrary we can change the course of events.  In Libya there are heroes as well. Thousands of them. Sacrificing their life for nothing else then freedom and democracy.  And what are we doing in order to prevent this? What are we doing to prevent what is in fact a new Srebrenica, a new Rwanda, a new Darfur?  Are we helping them? Defending them? Supporting them with arms or a no fly zone? Are we recognizing the opposition government? Are we trying to keep the democratic revolution alive?  No, we are sending fact finding missions".

"Have we learnt nothing from the past? It is now or never".



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Washington Post: war propaganda, disinformation, censorship


According to veteran journalist Greg Mitchell, The Washington Post yanked a story of his that he was commissioned to write about failures in the news media in the lead up to the Iraq War. His piece made the obviously true argument that the media not only failed to question the war propaganda, but actively served as a bullhorn for the pro-war crowd.

Instead of running Mitchell’s story that was critical of the paper and the broader media, the Post instead ran a piece by Paul Farhi defending the media’s coverage.

Mitchell explains at his blog:

The Washington Post killed my assigned piece for its Outlook section this weekend which mainly covered media failures re: Iraq and the current refusal to come to grips with that (the subject of my latest book)–yet they ran this misleading, cherry-picking, piece by Paul Farhi claiming the media “didn’t fail.”  I love the line about the Post in March 2003 carrying some skeptical pieces just days before the war started: “Perhaps it was too late by then. But this doesn’t sound like failure.”

Here’s my rejected piece.  I see that the Post is now defending killing the article because it didn’t offer sufficient “broader analytical points or insights.”  I’ll let you consider if that’s true and why they might have rejected it.

Now let’s revisit my recent posts here on when probe in the Post itself by Howard Kurtz in 2004 showed that it failed big time.  For one thing, Kurtz tallied more than 140 front-page Post stories “that focused heavily on administration rhetoric against Iraq”–with all but a few of those questioning the evidence buried inside.  Editors there killed, delayed or buried key pieces by Ricks, Walter Pincus, Dana Priest and others.  The Post‘s David Ignatius went so far as offering an apology to readers this week for his own failures.  Also consider Bob Woodward’s reflections here and here.   He admitted he had become a willing part of the the “groupthink” that accepted faulty intelligence on the WMDs.

Woodward, shaming himself and his paper, once said it was risky for journalists to write anything that might look silly if WMD were ultimately found in Iraq.  Rather than look silly, they greased the path to war.   “There was an attitude among editors: Look, we’re going to war, why do we even worry about all the contrary stuff?” admitted the Post’s Pentagon correspondent Thomas Ricks in 2004.  And this classic from a top reporter, Karen DeYoung:  “We are inevitably the mouthpiece for whatever administration is in power.“  See my review, at the time, of how the Post fell (hook, line, and sinker) for Colin Powell’s fateful U.N. speech–and mocked critics.  Not a “fail”?



Pentagon's War Campaign can not stop the news


Event Calendar: 5th December 2012: Your guide to tonight's events and concerts in

's Armed Forces Eliminate Jabhat al-Nusra Terrorists, Destroy 23 Caliber Gun-Equipped Vehicle in Countryside

: Terrorist Attack against Gas Station Puts 1,050 Megawatt out of Service

's Premier al-Halqi: Syrian Economy Able to Face All Challenges and Unjust Sanctions

's Information Minister: Escalation of Media Campaign against Syria is due to Armed Terrorist Groups' Defeat

Larijani: Solution in Should Be through National Dialogue, Halting Terrorism and Stopping Arms and Money Supply to Terrorists

Weather: Partly cloudy tomorrow turning cloudy in the evening & night, bringing showers over the NW & coast, extending to other areas

Weather: A cool night tonight with fog warnings in place in some inland areas tomorrow early morning

Weather: Temperatures will drop today to become around average. Partly Cloudy in general, chance of showers over the East. NW/W winds

's Meteorology Department released nationwide precipitation levels for the 24h ending 7am this morning, 130mm recorded in

enters 5 movies at the Carthage Film Festival in

: Actor Talhat Hamdi Passes Away at 71

's Foreign Ministry: Terrorists and Foreign Sides Supporting them Responsible for Targeting School Children in on Tuesday

: Youth Volunteers Carry out 'Help Me Repair My School' Campaign

: Al-Qaeda-linked Terrorists Eliminated, Their Cars Destroyed in Several Areas

Patriarch Ignatius IV Hazim of Antioch and All the East for the Greek Orthodox passes away

: 9 Students, a Teacher and 3 Other Citizens Killed in Terrorists' Shelling of a School, a Journalist Assassinated

's People's Assembly Passes a Number of Bills, Listens to Answers from Ministers of Information, Higher Education and Justice

Lavrov: We and the NATO Agree on Peaceful Solution in , Must Not Overdo it with Threats

's Vice President: Boosting Trade, Economic Relations with to Encounter Sanctions

and Discuss Means of Enhancing Health Cooperation

Port's Director General: Revenues over Past 10 Months Reached SYP 1,950 Billion

: Terrorists Assassinate Journalist Naji As'ad

Lavrov to Brahimi: No Alternative to Working with all Sides in to Stop Violence, Start Dialogue

Sakr Tapes: Saad Hariri in the Syrian Battlefield

: Three Citizens Killed, Others Injured in Terrorists' Mortar Shell Attack in

Putin: We have reservations on Deploying Patriot Missiles. We didn't reach Joint Principles with on crisis in

Cinema: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 tops the weekend box office in North and for the third week

Agriculture: 1,566,995 hectares of total agricultural land in irrigated for next season

Last night Hundreds of Kuwaitis gathered in the City to protest against the new parliament

's Ministry of Electricity to increase the number of rationing hours in South due to sabotage acts by armed terrorist groups

A new study shows that drinking fizzy soft drinks increases the risk of prostate cancer

: Guards of Tishreen Military Hospital Repel Terrorist Attack on the Hospital, Inflict Heavy Losses upon Terrorists

FM: Syria Stresses It Won't Use Any Chemical Weapons, If They Exist, against Its People No Matter the Circumstances

: Dozens of Terrorists, Snipers Eliminated, DShK-Equipped Cars, Motorcycles Destroyed, Bases for Launching Missiles Dismantled

: Four Citizens Injured, Material Damage Reported in Terrorist Car Bomb Blast in

Voices Concern over Deployment of Patriot Missiles on Turkish-Syrian Borders

Larijani: Deploying Patriot Missiles on Turkish-Syrian Borders Will Make Matters More Complicated

Lebanese MP Oqab Saqer Admits to Being Involved in Shedding Syrian Blood

Lebanese Army: Gunmen Opened Fire on Military Post in Border Area of Mashare' al-Qa'a

: Markets Crowded with Christmas Shoppers, Active Movement in its Streets, Children Play with Pigeons

Cinema: Twilight crushes Skyfall in revenue

Daily Mail: A study shows that drinking water has the ability to relieve headaches and migraine, reducing the need to take painkillers

's Olympic Equestrian Ahmad Saber Hamcho participates in the French Jumping Masters

Egypt Air to resume flights to

set to establish new spy network as big as CIA

's Ministry of Comms & Tech apologised for any inconvenience caused during the 25hr technical fault causing an internet cut in areas

reaches the No 1 spot in 's Official Hit Music Chart this week with her song 'Diamonds', moving 2 places up from last week

: SANA stresses that work is in progress to provide another hosting in one of the friendly countries

: In a New Aggressive Act against Syrian Media, Company Ceases Hosting of SANA Website

Iraqi PM: Committed to Preventing Passage of Weapons into across Its Territories

: Governor reveals plans to build an airport in South Tartous to boost transportation, business, travel & tourism in the area

Here is today's news bulletin in English from TV:

participates in the 9th Asian Swimming Championships 2012 in the UAE. 21.11s in the 200m freestyle, finishing 10th out of 23 swimmers

What is the difference between Messi and Ronaldo? Diario de Sevilla paper compares the two football stars Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi

: After a meeting with 's FA, premier league clubs agreed to launch a league in accordance with special regulations for 2013

Lavrov Warns of Dictates of Solutions on Syrians, Says Blood- and Iron-promoted Democracy Is Futile

: All internet and communications services in were back into service after technical workshops completed repairing a failure


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Israel and the ‘Iran threat’: war propaganda

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The Associated Press

‘Despite Iran threat, booming Israeli tourism sets records’

Nearly 300,000 tourists arrived in Israel in July, a record for the month and an 8% increase over the previous July • Tourism Ministry: Each month of 2012 has set an all-time record for the month.

Israel is priming for a risky showdown with Iran over its suspected nuclear program, concerned about neighboring Syria’s bloody civil war spilling across the border and dealing with terrorists attempting to infiltrate from Egypt’s lawless Sinai Peninsula.

But that does not seem to deter hundreds of thousands of tourists from flocking to Israel each month. Despite the region’s turmoil, Israel is enjoying an unexpected tourism boom, and 2012 is shaping up to be a record year.

Nearly 300,000 tourists arrived in July, a record for the month and an 8 percent increase over the previous July, according to the Tourism Ministry. The trend is nothing new: The ministry says each month of 2012 so far has set an all-time record for that month.

“It’s a period where, on the face of it, we should be struggling with an economic downturn and the Arab Spring around us, but it hasn’t worked out that way,” said Uri Steinberg, head of the America department at the Tourism Ministry,

He said Israel initially hoped that tourists fearful of traveling to Egypt would choose Israel instead. But more often than not, he said, tourists planned Israel-Egypt combination tours and then put off the whole trip because of the unrest in Egypt.

Israel has more than made up the difference with American and eastern European travelers, who are arriving to the Holy Land in record numbers.

Just a decade ago, Israel was overwhelmed with suicide bombings and shooting attacks on buses and restaurants that killed more than 1,000 Israelis and devastated incoming tourism. With the recent years of calm, a post-9/11 sense that Israel is no longer disproportionately dangerous and an aggressive worldwide campaign to promote Israeli tourism, the tables have turned.

Steinberg said Israel had also become a destination for specialized tourism. These include Jewish and Christian travelers to the Holy Land, bird watchers, opera fans and marathon buffs.

Gay travel has also provided a boost. Tel Aviv was recently crowned by readers of the travel website GayCities and American Airlines customers as “Best Gay City of 2011,” ahead of New York, Toronto and London.

Young American Jews taking part in organized trips, such as Birthright Israel, are increasingly spreading the word back home to older, wealthier relatives.

“Faith-based travel, though, is our bread and butter,” said Steinberg. “There are 85 million Americans who identify as Evangelical, and they all want to visit.”

The numbers point to an economic rebound in the U.S., he said.

Nearly 70,000 of July’s tourists were from the U.S., a 9 percent increase over the previous July.

The second largest source, with just under 30,000, was Russia. In the past two years, Israel dropped its visa requirements for tourists from Russia and Ukraine. In the Ukrainian capital of Kiev, dozens of large billboards promoting Israel as a tourist destination can be seen flanking downtown streets.

Naturally, the holy city of Jerusalem is a top draw, attracting 80% of all those who visit Israel, according to the Tourism Ministry.

Not everything is rosy, though. Tourism operators complain of a severe shortage of hotel rooms and affordable accommodations. In Jerusalem, for instance, rates in upscale hotels start at $450 a night, and quality budget rooming options are limited.

Mark Feldman, CEO of ZionTours, the largest American-owned travel agency in Israel, said Israel catered to high-end visitors and modest pilgrims but offers little in between.

“Tourists are being overcharged for hotel accommodation,” he said. “I’d say Israel is a happening place to get away to. I wouldn’t market it as good value for your money, though.”

The fear of violence is never too far away either.

“The biggest concern here is whether Israel is going to go to war with Iran, but that is the only concern, by and large,” Feldman said.

The Tourism Ministry says it has no control over that. But in a partial attempt to rectify the price of travel, on Thursday it announced a $20 million investment to renovate and expand six hotels across the country. The initiative will add 146 hotel rooms.

The ministry said projects approved in 2012 are expected to add 1,123 hotel rooms overall, with $190 million in investments.

“Increasing the number of hotels promotes competition and reduces the cost of vacation packages for many Israelis and foreign tourists whose numbers are increasing and therefore we need to make the necessary preparations in order to accommodate them,” Tourism Minister Stas Misezhnikov said in a statement.

Photo:  A Tel Aviv beach on Friday.  Hundreds of thousands of tourists are still visiting the country each month


Latest News Syria: Palestinians don't support American war propaganda


Palestinian Factions Condemn Attempts at Exploiting Refugee Camps against the Situation in Syria

August 4, 2012 - DAMASCUS, (SANA)

The Palestinian National Alliance factions stressed that the Palestinian people will remain faithful to Syria who has embraced this people and its resistance and supported its national struggle.

The factions issued a press statement commenting on the crime which armed terrorist groups perpetrated in al-Yarmuk Camp and claimed the lives of a number of martyrs and the statements aimed at distorting the reality of this crime.

The statement said that there are conspiring parties that insist on taking the camps out of the context of their message and national goals, the most important of which is the right to return.

It added that the factions have since the beginning of the crisis in Syria made all their efforts to keep the Palestinian refugee camps away from suspicious political exploiting by parties hostile to Syria, stressing that the massacre was the result of mortar shells fired by armed terrorist groups from the neighboring al-Tadamun neighborhood.

The factions condemned the statements of "the authority in Ramallah" which included "false accusations" against the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command- and its general secretary, Ahmad Jibril.

The accusations, the statement explained, claimed that the Front seeks to get the Palestinian camps involved in the internal situation in Syria, "at a time when the Front has made all its effort to protect the camps and prevent them from being exploited outside their goals, on top being the right to return."

The factions said in its statement that those who abandon 78 percent of Palestine's land, dropp the right to return, practice oppression against the resistance fighters in Palestine in coordination with the Zionist enemy, stand still towards the judaization of Jerusalem and call for putting the situation in Syria under Chapter VII "are not in a position that allows them to trespass against the symbols of resistance or claim to care for the people in Syrian and other camps."

The statement reiterated the factions' stress that the Palestinian people are looking forward for Syria to get out of its crisis stronger and more firm in the face of the conspiracy targeting its unity and national and pan-Arab stance.

H. Said


Turkish F-16 fighter: false information and war propaganda

nato-bombing-serbia.jpgSince November 2011, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and Turkey are preparing the ground for military intervention in Syria especially through providing Syrian gangs with weaponry. Large caches of weapons including anti-tank and anti-aircraft missiles, mortar bombs and heavy machine guns are sent via ground to major Syrian cities witnessing unrest. Turkey's military protect the arms caches on their passage to the so called 'Syrian rebels' even receive training inside Turkey to use the weapons.  

It is thus clear that NATO uses its own NATO-member for its intervention in Syria and to increase its pressure on Iran.

Turkey's call for a 'humanitarian corridor on Syrian soil if the refugee flow grew unmanageable'; its repeated calls for United Nations action against Syria and its repeated threat to invoke Nato's so called self-defence article 5 of the Nato treaty that allow Nato members to take military action against Syria legally without a UN security council resolution, are part of the intensive NATO war propaganda of the past months.

Turkey (NATO) uses all kind of incidents to justify its growing interference in Syria's internal affairs and to transmit Turkish troops to the Turkish-Syrian border.  

As was the case in the war against Lybia, U.N. special envoy Kofi Annan, who is a spokesman of NATO, was calling for a 'transitional national unity government as a potential solution to the crisis in Syria'.

NATO has 24 military bases in Turkey, which is the neighbor of Syria and Iran.  In January it estabished a missile radar site in Turkey for the realization of its continent-wide missile interception system.

NATO was originally founded to provide a strategic counterbalance to the Soviet Union. Its founding purpose no longer exists, but NATO continues to circumvent the authority of the United Nations and to provoke independant nations.



June 28, 2012

U.S. Tests New Interceptor Missile For NATO System Deployment
Rick Rozoff

Standard Missile-3 launch

On June 27 the U.S.'s Missile Defense Agency conducted its second test of the new-generation Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block 1B interceptor since last month.

The missile is to replace the current Block 1A version used on American Aegis class cruisers and destroyers capable of being deployed around the world and to be stationed in a land-based configuration in Romania in 2015.

A yet more advanced model, the Block 11A, will be deployed in Poland three years later. As the heart of what Washington calls the European Phased Adaptive Approach, 24 missiles apiece will be based in Romania and Poland to complement as many as 83 U.S. warships already able or upgraded to carry Standard Missile-3 interceptors (at the moment there are 24, with 36 by 2014) which can be dispatched to the Mediterranean Sea, where an Aegis class warship is already on deployment, and in future the Baltic, Norwegian, Barents and Black Seas if the U.S. and NATO desire to place them in those locations. 

NATO allies will provide other vessels equipped for missile radar purposes - perhaps dozens, perhaps scores; the missile radar site established in Turkey this January can be supplemented by others, likely in Caucasus and Baltic nations; and the Phased Adaptive Approach will be integrated with existing NATO programs like the Active Layered Theatre Ballistic Missile Defence and the Medium Extended Air Defense System to cover all of NATO's European territory with an eventually impenetrable missile shield.

At its summit in Chicago in late May, NATO announced that the continent-wide missile interception system has achieved interim capacity.

A system that extensive is hardly required for the purposes the U.S. and NATO claim it is being created for - missile threats from Iran, North Korea and, according to NATO, even Syria - and instead possesses the potential of presenting a threat to Russia's strategic assets.

The latest test of the SM-3 1B was off the coast of Hawaii where the USS Lake Erie fired the missile at what has been described as either a medium- or intermediate-range ballistic missile, destroying it in flight. In February 2008 the same guided missile cruiser launched an SM-3 130 miles over the Pacific Ocean to destroy a U.S. satellite, described as being disabled, in what some observers feared could mark the beginning of space warfare.

This week's was the second successful launch of the SM-3 1B in a month and a half and the 21st successful test of an SM-3 in 28 attempts.

The preceding test, on May 9, was characterized by Wes Kremer, vice president of Raytheon's Air and Missile Defense Systems, as being more "scripted" and the June 27 test as "more complex" because, he added, "We did do things on this mission that have not ever been previously done before with regards to the complexity of the target..." The latest test involved a separating target missile and the SM-3 Block 1B's new enhanced two-color infrared seeker which distinguishes missiles from decoys.

The president of Raytheon Missile Systems, Dr. Taylor W. Lawrence, stated that subsequent test scenarios will be progressively more complex "as we demonstrate the full capability of the SM-3 Block IB against more advanced threats." More complex than largely if not entirely fictitious Iranian and North Korean missile capabilities can serve as a pretext for.

After Wednesday's launch, Missile Defense Agency spokesman Richard Lehner announced that production of the new SM-3 model will begin in the autumn.

Two days following the test, the head of Russia's military, General Nikolai Makarov, stated that talks between his nation and the U.S. on the latter's European interceptor missile system have gone nowhere, as Washington refuses to provide Russia with guarantees that the system will not be aimed against it. In Makarov's words, "The work of experts continues, but no progress has been made."

Early last month the above general, chief of the Russian general staff, in speaking of the U.S.-NATO missile system warned that “A decision to use destructive force pre-emptively will be taken if the situation worsens.”


Photo: 'humanitarian' NATO-bombing of Serbia