Thursday, February 28, 2013

Why Obama might not visit the Middle East?

“President Barack Obama will cancel his planned visit to Israeli next month if Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is unable to form a coalition by March 16, Israel's Channel 10 reported on Thursday.” Stay tuned.

"Friends of Syria" in Rome

The Friends of Israel ("Syria") Conference in Rome today was yet another striking episode of the circus. 

وثائق نادرة: بيان عن أعمال جمعية الموظفين السابقين لدى حكومة فلسطين

[وثائق نادرة: بيان عن أعمال جمعية الموظفين السابقين لدى حكومة فلسطين [الانتدابية البريطانية

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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Why is Obama visiting the Middle East? Part V

According to US Secretary of State Kerry, President Obama is visiting the Middle East in order to “listen”, and not to propose a peace plan. What is he going to listen to? Netanyahu singing for peace? Stay tuned. 

Human rights and Western arms embargoes: selective

“War Lord: Germany doubles arms export to Gulf nations

Sunday, February 24, 2013

My grandfather's passport under British Mandated Palestine

This passport was issued by the Government of Palestine under British Mandate, by virtue of Article 1 of the Palestinian Citizenship Orders of 1925.

Barack Obama's new team

“During President Obama’s first term, there was hidden friction between powerful Cabinet secretaries and a White House that wanted control over the foreign-policy process. Now Obama has assembled a new team that, for better or worse, seems more likely to follow the White House lead.”

Barack Obama's salary

“President Barack Obama’s salary pales in comparison to the average CEO. But does the president really need a raise? The historical data says “yes,” but the potential big payoff for newer presidents says “probably not.”

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Merkel is skeptical regarding Turkey's EU membership

“German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Saturday said she is in favour of opening up a "new chapter" in talks related to Turkey's bid to join the European Union, saying that even though she remains sceptical, discussions need to move forward. "We conduct negotiations without the result being fixed in advance. These negotiations have stalled a little recently and I am in favour of opening a new chapter in these talks so we can advance," Merkel said in her weekly video message, but added "a long path of negotiations lies ahead of us". "Although I am sceptical, I have approved the continuation of the membership discussions.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Syrians should wake up

Syrians should wake up and realise that Arab countries seek the destruction of their country. If Arab regimes truthfully stand for democracy and human rights, then they should first apply democracy and respect human rights in their own countries.

Those regimes only export destructive elements to Syria. They also abuse Syrian refugees, and exploit their plight for filthy political objectives. How are we supposed to believe that Arab regimes want Syrians to enjoy freedom when they suppress their own peoples? We are not fools!

Furthermore, the media should stop the dirty role it plays against Syria. It in no way serves the interests of the Syrian people. Enough fabrication, sectarianism and incitement.

Arab regimes - with their media - are exploiting Syrians in a proxy war. They should be stopped, and should keep their malicious hands off Syria! None of them seeks the interests of Syria and the Syrian people.

Erdogan of Turkey, too, should stop playing his dirty role; he should lock up the borders with Syria. The West - which is the architect of the whole turmoil in Syria - should stop as well. The West and its puppets in the region have to leave Syria alone. And only then can there be a solution to the Syrian crisis. 

Hollande to receive Félix Houphouët-Boigny Peace Prize

This is hilarious: “The Felix-Houphouët-Boigny Peace Prize—created in 1989—is intended to honour living individuals and active public or private bodies or institutions that have made a significant contribution to promoting, seeking, safeguarding or maintaining peace, in conformity with the Charter of the United Nations and the Constitution of UNESCO.” How would Hollande be awarded such a Prize when his intervention in Mali wasn't authorized by the Security Council, and thus not in conformity with the UN Charter?

How Arab States "support" Syrian refugees

“The deputy chairman of the Turkish opposition Republican People's Party, Faruq Logoglu, says female Syrian refugees in Turkish camps are being sold to rich sheikhs in Arab countries. Addressing the parliament on Tuesday, the Turkish official criticized the violation of human rights in the refugee camps in Turkey, saying women and girls are being sent to neighboring rich Arab states in exchange for money, Turkish Taraf daily reported on Tuesday.”

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Beit Safafa - a theatre of Israeli abuse and harassment, unknown in the Western press

“Since they began protesting against a main traffic artery being built smack through their neighborhood, say the inhabitants of Beit Safafa, police and other authorities have been abusing them. They suspect the authorities of trying to break them using means they would never apply in a Jewish neighborhood.”

How "magnanimous" on the part of Israel !

“Israel is set to return a chunk of farmland to its Palestinian owners.” Of course, this will now make world headlines !

Palestinian prisoners

How can peace be achieved in the Middle East when a portion of the Palestinian population is held in Israeli prisons?

It is the duty of the international community to intervene in order to put an end to the suffering of Palestinian prisoners.

Many Arab media channels devote much of their efforts towards incitement and demonization. They better focus on the issue of Palestinian prisoners!

Palestinian Oscar nominee held at LAX

“West Bank filmmaker Emad Burnat is hoping to make history Sunday by becoming the first Palestinian to win an Oscar, but he almost missed the chance to attend the ceremony when immigration officials at Los Angeles International Airport initially balked at letting him in the country.”

EU arms embargo on Syria

Lifting the arms embargo on Syria would prolong the crisis, and not put an end to it. Therefore, the European Union made the right decision.

However, it's amusing how Britain and France didn’t succeed in influencing other EU Member States regarding Syria.