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Families of theater shooting victims plan goodbyes – The Associated Press

July 24th, 2012 Comments off

The Associated Press

Families of theater shooting victims plan goodbyes
The Associated Press
By By P. SOLOMON BANDA and NICHOLAS RICCARDI – 1 minute ago CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — With their anger and tears stirred by the sight of James Holmes in a courtroom with red hair and glassy eyes, the families of those killed in the Colorado theater
Colorado shooting suspect's family: 'Hearts go out to the victims'Los Angeles Times
Colorado shooting suspect's apartment like a "house bomb": expertReuters
Holmes appears disengaged, lethargic in courtmsnbc.com
Christian Science Monitor –Huffington Post
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This will never make it to the Western press

July 21st, 2012 Comments off
Suo Yola, one of the Franciscan women religious who every day help the families of refugees, told Fides: “We are doing our best to help the displaced families. People cry and hope for better times. The cost of living is very high, there are no medicines, the impact of the embargo that we suffer is all on the civilian population and on the poorest. We hope and pray that this suffering will end soon. We have no trust in these so-called ‘revolutionaries’. Who are the revolutionaries who harm the people? They have corrupted all, Christians and Muslims, many families who have lost everything. “
“In these armed actions and in this suffering – the nun continues – religion has nothing to do with it. With Muslims we have always lived side by side and we will continue to do so. The Syrian government has hitherto been secular, has guaranteed security and stability to Syria . Today we have only chaos, insecurity, and suffering. And what will happen tomorrow? But we know, as Christians, that God protects us and our hope is alive. And as Christians, we know for certain: we will never abandon Syria.” (PA) (Agenzia Fides 21/7/2012)“. (thanks Alan)

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Russia’s Churkin: ""It’s all about Iran, stupid!"

July 19th, 2012 Comments off

“… Rice replied that the opposition would be covered by Chapter Seven. When Inner City Press asked UK Ambassador Mark Lyall Grant the same question, he said he had offered to discuss this with Russia, without avail.  But Russia’s Vitaly Churkin told Inner City Press that these discussions led nowhere, to statements that arms embargoes are violated all the time.   He said that a recent meeting in Geneva considered harm to the Syrian people from US unilateral sanctions.  Lyall Grant focused on China’s explanation of vote, about Chapter 7 of the UN Charter not being in the Geneva communique.   Lyall Grant said that Russia, whose foreign minister Sergey Lavrov in Geneva said that Chapter Seven is a matter for the Security Council, couldn’t now use that to put weight on the fact that Chapter Seven wasn’t agreed in Geneva.    Inner City Press put this question to Churkin, who said that Lavrov’s statement of jurisdiction had been correct, but that hadn’t meant that Russia would agree to Chapter Seven in the Security Council.Then Churkin went bigger picture, paraphrasing Bill Clinton by saying “It’s all about Iran, stupid” (and striking the last word).He said that after the US invasion of Iraq worked out differently than the US expected — with an expanded Shi’a and Iranian role, that is — now they had to try to contain Iran, by way of Syria..…”



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Hizbullah attacks Al-Akhbar newspaper II: the dirty hands of Syrian regime intelligence

July 17th, 2012 Comments off
Akram from Syria sent me this:  “This article is initially published in Arabi Press by someone called Imad Al-Amin. Nizar Nayouf accused this outlet of being manipulated by a key member of Syrian Mukhabarat, Major General Hassan Khalouf (Arabic).”

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Not in the US press: Hillary in Cairo

July 15th, 2012 Comments off

This was from a demonstration against her visit in Cairo.  (As I read in the Western media, shoes (but not socks) are signs of disrespect in Arab culture).

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"There is reason to doubt that Washington really wants Assad to fall!"

July 10th, 2012 Comments off

“…Mr. Assad has successfully kept out the international press and has prompted the failure of the UN monitor mission by restrictions and deliberately inadequate protection. The operators of amateur social media have not been able to compensate effectively for such blockage. World leaders could be hesitant to create an intervention policy based on the killing of children, for example, when it is not fully clear who did the killing.
They have perhaps learned a lesson from the babies allegedly killed in Kuwait in 1990 by Saddam Hussein’s soldiers according to the congressional testimony of Kuwaiti diplomats. When investigators attempted to confirm these stories after Iraq was expelled from Kuwait in 1991, they turned out to be fabrications.
Despite its rhetoric condemning the Syrian regime, there is also reason to doubt that Washington really wants Assad to fall. Assad’s regime is “the devil we know,” and one with demonstrated weaknesses: Witness its expulsion from Lebanon and its defeats by Israel. At the same time, it has a professional and mostly loyal army and an identifiable and mostly loyal power base in one-fifth of the population: the Alawite and Christian minorities.
The Free Syrian Army and other adversaries of Assad are far less professional and unified, with a possibly far more volatile power base, the country’s Sunni Muslim majority.
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Mahmud Jibril

July 10th, 2012 Comments off
The deck was stacked in Libya for the victory of Mahmud Jibril.  His coalition comprised more than 60–yes, sixty–parties.  2) it is identified in the West as “liberal” and “secular” when Jibril himself–former mentor of Sayf Al-Islam Al-Qadhdhafi–specifically denied that his coalition is secular and said that one of its main planks is the commitment to Islamic law.  That is being ignored in the Western press to promote the headline of “liberal victory” in Libya. 3) Who was behind the unification of the more than 60 parties?  4) the electoral law (combination of voting for parties and single candidates–to weaken the Islamists) produced the desirable outcome.  5) typical in Arab countries where elections take place, not a single report in the press about external funding.  It is undemocratic to speak of external funding in Arab elections.  

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Iraq backs off on forcing 44 media outlets closed

June 26th, 2012 Comments off

Iraq has suspended orders to close 44 media operations in the country, including the BBC and Voice of America, after an outcry by press freedom advocates, an official said Tuesday.
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Tropical Storm Debby strengthens off Gulf – The Associated Press

June 24th, 2012 Comments off

The Associated Press

Tropical Storm Debby strengthens off Gulf
The Associated Press
MIAMI (AP) — A tropical storm warning was issued Sunday for Alabama to the Florida Panhandle as Debby lashed parts of the Gulf Coast with wind and rain. The National Hurricane Center in Miami said Sunday morning that Debby was about 190 miles (310 km)
Tropical Storm Debby threatens Louisiana, FloridaCNN
Tropical Storm Debby dumps wind, rain on Gulf Coastmsnbc.com
Tropical Storm Debby Strengthens on Course Through Oil FieldsBloomberg
NOLA.com
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Protest as Iraq moves to close 44 media outlets

June 24th, 2012 Comments off

An Iraqi press freedom group is condemning the government for ordering the closure of 44 news organizations, including a U.S.-funded broadcaster.
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