Posts Tagged ‘Security’

This man is posing as the Arab revolutionary

July 8th, 2012 Comments off
Saudi Arabia and Qatar want to fund and arm the rebels, but Western powers have misgivings about sending more weapons into what could become a wider sectarian conflict. Qatari Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim al-Thani called in Paris for the Security Council to be sidestepped.  “Are we able to do something outside the Security Council? Yes. Have we done things outside the Security Council in the past? Yes, and there are many examples … “We are ready to take part in any effort of any kind to free the Syrian people of this tragedy they are in.“”

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Ban calls for reduction in Syria military observers

July 6th, 2012 Comments off

UN chief Ban Ki-moon, pictured in June 2012UN chief Ban Ki-moon on Friday called on the Security Council to consider reducing the number of unarmed military observers in Syria and put more stress on political efforts to end the conflict.

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Security concerns loom large ahead of Libya vote

July 5th, 2012 Comments off

Libyan firemen extinguish a fire in the eastern Libyan city of Ajdabiya at a warehouseSecurity concerns loom large in the minds of Libyans and international observers in the run-up to the first democratic elections after four decades of dictatorship under slain leader Moamer Kadhafi.

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Turkey warns of Syrian ‘threat’

June 26th, 2012 Comments off

Turkey tells the UN Security Council that Syria’s shooting down of a Turkish jet is “a threat to peace”, as Nato is set to discuss the incident.
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UN team in Syria ‘was targeted’

June 20th, 2012 Comments off

The head of the UN observer mission in Syria tells the Security Council his staff was repeatedly targeted by gunfire before halting operations.
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Syria violence as UN briefing due

June 19th, 2012 Comments off

Syrian towns are shelled by government forces, activists say, as the head of the UN’s observer mission prepares to brief the Security Council.
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Iraq bombings kill five in bloody end to deadly week

June 17th, 2012 Comments off

Shiite pilgrims during a ceremony in Baghdad on Saturday. Bombings targeting Shiites killed over 100 people this weekBombings in Iraq killed five people and wounded 34 others on Sunday, security and medical officials said, after a bloody week that cost the lives of more than 100 people.

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UN REPORT: Russian non-paper: Concept of an international conference on Syria

June 10th, 2012 Comments off

“… 1- Purpose of conference: to negotiate practical steps aimed at finding a durable political solution t0 the Syrian crisis. Encourage key external players who may exert real influence on various Syrian parties, to take coherent measures in support of Kofi Annan’s Peace Plan and to ensure full implementation of UN Security Council Resolutions 2042 and 2043, in which the Security Council endorsed the Plan and authorized the deployment of the UN Supervision Mission in Syria.2- Suggested participants of the conference: China, France. Russia, the United Kingdom, the United States, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Iraq, Lebanon, Turkey, Iran, LAS, OIC, EU, UN. (most of the participants will do everything to undermine this venture)
3- Level of the conference: foreign ministers, heads of regional organizations, with possible preparatory meetings of experts.
4- Expected outcome: all conference participants undertake to exert all their influence on the Syrian parties in order to immediately stop the armed conflict and fully comply with their obligations under Kofi Annan’s Plan and UN Security Council Resolutions 2042. and 2043.
They further undertake to give up any rhetoric which contradicts the letter and the spirit of Kofi Annan’s Plan, particularly with respect to ending all violence in all its forms by all parties and creating a favorable environment for starting a political dialogue between the Syrian government and opposition groups aimed at negotiating every aspect of the Syrian political system. The problems faced by Syria should be dealt with on the basis of agreements between the Syrians themselves.
All participants undertake to provide their practical support to Kofi Annan in his efforts to consolidate the opposition on a common platform of readiness to such a dialogue.
All participants undertake to support the UN Supervision Mission in Syria and to block any attempts to question its mandate.
All participants undertake to refrain from putting any limitations, other than for security reasons, on the activities of mass media Focused on the situation in Syria.
5- At first stage, the suggested conference should consolidate the potential of external players for the sake of the settlement of the Syrian crisis. In case of success, further meetings of the conference will he held in order to negotiate various aspects of the settlement in a more substantive way. At further stages the Syrian parties including the government and the opposition, united on a common platform of readiness to a political dialogue, might join the conference.
The suggested conference aimed at supporting the implementation of Kofi Annan’s Plan and UN Security Council Resolutions 2042 and 2043 that should be the only possible format for negotiating a coherent policy of external players with regard to the Syrian settlement.
6- Venue of the conference: Moscow or Geneva.…”

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racist attacks on blacks in Israel

June 8th, 2012 Comments off
Can you imagine if those attacks on black people in Israel were happening in an Arab country? Can you imagine the extent of the wide coverage? They would be on every news station, and speeches would be made in US Congress, and the UN Security Council would have met in a special session.  Instant books on Arab racism would have been rushed out to bookstore.  Bernard Lewis would have been awakened from his sleep to comment on Arab racism.  

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Kuwait warns against wearing bikinis on beaches

June 3rd, 2012 Comments off

Kuwait security officials have warned that wearing bikinis at public beaches is an act of indecency.
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