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At U.N., Syria compares rebel violence to 9/11 attacks

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Syrian Foreign Minister Moualem addresses the 68th session of the U.N. General Assembly in New YorkBy Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Syria's foreign minister on Monday compared what he described as an invasion of foreign terrorists across his country to the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States, remarks that Washington dismissed as offensive and disingenuous. In a speech to the annual meeting of the U.N. General Assembly in New York, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem also said that "terrorists from more than 83 countries are engaged in the killing of our people and our army" under the appeal of global jihad. …

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The sovereign & poweful Bahraini FM: "Nasrallah is a ‘criminal’ "

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 ‘A man of the people!’

“The people of Bahrain (aka. he, himself & his boss) are above being addressed by a criminal whose hands are stained by the blood of innocents in Syria, Lebanon and Iraq,” Khalid al-Khalifa wrote on his Twitter account…”


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Syria’s neighbours plead for help with refugees

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Young Syrian refugees from Aleppo beg with their mother on the steps of a bank in a street in Beirut on September 18, 2013Geneva (AFP) – Syria's neighbours pleaded Monday for more international support to tackle the huge influx of refugees from the war-ravaged country, warning the burden could destablise the whole region.

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Qatar deny World Cup ‘slavery’ claims

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Protesters demonstrate against the perceived exploitation of workers in Qatar, the location of the 2022 World Cup, before a UEFA Congress in central London on May 24, 2013Doha (AFP) – The Chairman of Qatar's National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) on Monday denied claims by the Guardian newspaper that the 2022 World Cup organisers were treating Nepalese construction workers like 'slaves'.

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More Warming with Iran

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While Washington is preoccupied with the question of a government shutdown, the US-Iran thaw continues apace, with President Rouhani suggesting a restoration of airline flights, and other elements in the Iranian power structure signing on to the thaw. Robin Wright brings us up to date at USIP’s Iran Primer.
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The Army of Islam and the Army of Muhammad in Syria

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In the last few days alone, important developments occurred in the landscape of Syrian rebels: but those developments went unnoticed in the Western press although they occupied headlines in the Arabic press.  Three armed groups, Ahrar Ash-Sham and Liwa’ Al-Islam and Liwa’ At-Tawhid declared a joint army called the Army of Muhammad.  Yesterday, 43 different military organization declared the formation of the Army of Islam: its members are required to be part of Sunnah wa-l-Jama`ah and it aims to combat “the Nusayri [`Alawite] occupatio and its Shi`ite allies and Zoroastrian”.  Please, don’t take this information as a refutation to the persistent Western media stories to the effect that Syrian rebels are a bunch of secularists, liberals, feminists, and with a touch of Sufis. 

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Wave of car bombings kill 45 in Iraq

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BAGHDAD, Iraq – A dozen car bombings in Shia dominated areas in the Iraqi capital Monday killed at least 45 people and left over 150 wounded, officials said, amid rising concerns over unabated sectarian violence in the country battling years of bloodshed.

According to police officials a total of 12 car bombs ripped through the Iraqi capital’s nine districts.

Eleven bombs exploded in busy …
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Netanyahu to Obama – Tighten sanctions if Iran defies West

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U.S. President Barack Obama meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Oval Office of the White House in WashingtonBy Matt Spetalnick and Dan Williams WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday to step up sanctions on Iran if it pursues its disputed nuclear drive while negotiating with the West. Seeking to ease Israeli concerns about U.S. diplomatic engagement with Iran, Obama said Tehran must prove its sincerity with actions, insisted that Washington would not ease sanctions prematurely and reaffirmed U.S. readiness to resort to military action if all else fails. …

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Spain and chemical weapons in Morocco

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Joerg in Berlin sent me this:  “Spain still does not recognize the use of chemical weapons against the Moroccan Rif Republic under the Emir Abdelkrim in the 20s. These weapons were delivered by Germany and France, though Germany was not allowed to produce, host, or export it, because of the WWI peace treaty. Normally this subject is “tabu” in Morocco. In 2001 (?) Morocco cancelled an international conference about the War in the Rif Mountains, probably because they did not want to embarrass Spain.” (I remember that I read once that France used chemical weapons in the 20s in Syria, but I do not find it anymore”.)

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returning a stolen artifact is called a gift by the US

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“Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Saturday brought home a 2,700-year-old Persian artifact the US administration gave him as “a special gift” to Iranians, media reports said. “The Americans contacted us on Thursday and said ‘we have a gift for you’,” Rouhani told reporters upon arrival at the airport in Tehran, the ILNA news agency reported. Rouhani was speaking of a 7th century BC silver Persian drinking cup in the shape of a winged Griffin, a legendary creature with the head of an eagle and body of a lion. After being looted from a cave in Iran, the cup was seized by US custom officials in 2003 when an arts dealer attempted to smuggle it into the country, according to a State Department tweet.” (thanks Basim)

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