China rejects Clinton’s criticism over Syria

China Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Weimin

BEIJING (AP) — China has denied criticism by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton that it is hampering efforts to end the Syrian conflict by supporting President Bashar Assad’s government.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Weimin said in a statement Saturday that Clinton’s remarks were “totally unacceptable” and that China has contributed greatly to the cause of Syrian peace.

He said China has wide international support for its “just and constructive” stance on Syria.

Clinton said at a recent conference on Syria that Russia and China should pay a price for supporting the Assad regime.

Neither Moscow nor Beijing attended the conference. The two countries have twice blocked U.N. condemnations of Syria’s government and last weekend worked to water down a transition plan by international envoy Kofi Annan.

Russia says no to no-fly zone over Syria

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov (file photo)

Russia has rejected a call to establish a Libya-like no-fly zone over Syria proposed by the United States and its allies.

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“We repeatedly pointed out… the counter-productiveness of various unilateral steps… like proposals about the creation of… humanitarian corridors and safety zones,” Xinhua quoted Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov as saying in Moscow on Friday.

“These ideas have not been supported by the international humanitarian organizations working in Syria. These dubious ideas are not needed,” he added.

Gatilov made the remarks hours after the Western-led Friends of Syria group met in Paris and called for the establishment of a no-fly zone over Syria.

During the meeting, which Russia and China boycotted, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton accused Moscow of “holding up progress” in efforts to resolve the crisis in Syria.
But Gatilov called Clinton’s remarks “inappropriate” and said that her statement contradicts the agreement reached by the major powers in Geneva the previous weekend.

“We have heard this numerous times before, but we are concerned that these types of remarks go against the final declaration of the Geneva meeting (on June 30), which was adopted with the participation of the US secretary of state,” he stated.

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Clinton: Russia and China will ‘pay price’ for supporting Assad

US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton listens during a meeting of the “Friends of the Syrian People” at the MFA Conference Center July 6, 2012 in Paris, France (AFP Photo Pool/Brendan Smialowski)

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Russia rejects in the strongest possible terms allegations that it supports President Assad in the Syrian conflict. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Moscow and Beijing must ‘pay a price’ for backing Assad.

“I do not believe that Russia and China are paying any price at all – nothing at all – for standing up on behalf of the Assad regime.  The only way that will change is if every nation represented here directly and urgently makes it clear that Russia and China will pay a price,” Clinton warned.­

Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov  said the west is operating within a friend-or-foe framework that he called outmoded.

“We categorically reject that such a question would even be posed regarding the current situation in Syria and Russia’s ‘backing’ of President Bashar Assad. This is not a question of supporting certain political figures or leaders. This is a question of managing a crisis situation in the country within a normal political framework,” Ryabkov said.

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US Attempting to Trigger Full Proxy War in Syria

By Tony Cartalucci, Infowars.com

Over the last week, the US has been outright caught lying – admittedly by Pentagon officials, regarding Russian gunships being shipped to Syria. In New York Times’ “Copters in Syria May Not Be New, U.S. Officials Say,” a senior defense department official admitted when US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made her fraudulent claim regarding Russian weapon shipments, she “put a little spin on it to put the Russians in a difficult position.”

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The New York Times continued by stating, “Mrs. Clinton’s claim about the helicopters, administration officials said, is part of a calculated effort to raise the pressure on Russia to abandon President Bashar al-Assad, its main ally in the Middle East,” indicative of the campaign of propaganda and lies orchestrated by the US State Department, the British Foreign Office, and Western and Gulf State news outlets around the world to demonize both the Syrian government and its extensive allies around the world, contrary to the facts on the ground.

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Iranian president slams US’ ferocious devouring of world

Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has criticized the United States’ expansionist policies across the world, describing it as ‘a wolf of our time that is trying to gobble up the globe.’

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Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad addressing students at Peking University in China

Addressing students at Peking University in the Chinese capital on Wednesday, President Ahmadinejad added that “this wolf (America) has waged several wars across the globe, and in collaboration with the Zionists, has brought the Palestinian nation under pressure and oppression.”
The president then emphasized that what we need in the world today are rulers that rise from among the people and those that possess moral values.

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Russian-Chinese Summit Stresses Categorical Rejection of Foreign Intervention in Syria

BEIJING, (Source: SANA)- Russia and China on Wednesday announced their categorical rejection of foreign intervention in Syria and the imposition of regime change on the Syrians.

A joint declaration, signed by President Vladimir Putin of Russia and his Chinese counterpart Hu Jintao and concluding talks in Beijing, warned of the repercussions which the Syrian crisis may have on the countries of the region, stressing that the developments in Syria are of a great importance in terms of ensuring peace and stability in the countries of the Middle East and the world as a whole.

Both sides reiterated urgent call for finding a peaceful and just solution to the Syrian crisis away from foreign intervention through halting violence by all parties to the conflict and starting an all-inclusive political dialogue.

The joint Russian-Chinese document stressed that Moscow and Beijing strongly reject the attempts at solving the Syrian crisis by means of force and foreign intervention.

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Mineral Resources Are Behind U.S. Interest in Africa

By Nile Bowie, The Intel Hub

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KUALA LUMPUR – As public interest in African affairs briefly found a place in mainstream talking points following a controversial viral video campaign about Ugandan rebel group, the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), both the United States and the African Union are mobilizing military forces to Central Africa to counter further threats to civilian safety posed by the group.

Following the US deployment of one hundred military personnel to Uganda in 2011, the African Union has recently announced the deployment of a 5,000-solider brigade to LRA affected areas, tasked with pursuing the group and its leader, Joseph Kony. [1]

In the United States, a new bill co-authored by U.S. Representative Edward Royce has been introduced to the Congress calling for the further expansion of regional military forces into the nations of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Central African Republic and the newly formed South Sudan. [2]

Although the Lord’s Resistance Army has been accused of recruiting child soldiers and conducting crimes against humanity throughout its two-decade campaign for greater autonomy against the Ugandan government, the group is presently comprised of less than four hundred soldiers [3] and remains a questionable threat.

Meanwhile, China’s deepening economic engagement in Africa and its crucial role in developing the mining and industrial sectors of several nations is reportedly creating “deep nervousness” in the West, according to David Shinn, former US ambassador to Burkina Faso and Ethiopia. [4]

As the Obama administration claims to welcome the peaceful rise of China on the world stage, recent policy shifts toward an increased US military presence in several alleged LRA hotspots threaten deepening Chinese commercial activity in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, widely considered the world’s most resource rich nation. [5]

As China maintains a record of consistently strong economic performance, Washington is crusading against China’s export restrictions on minerals that are crucial components in the production of consumer electronics such as flat-screen televisions, smart phones, laptop batteries, and a host of other products.

As the United States, European Union and Japan project international pressure on the World Trade Organization and the World Bank to block financing for China’s extensive mining projects [6], US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton’s irresponsible accusations of China perpetuating a creeping “new colonialism” of the African continent remain rather telling. [7]

As China is predicted to formally emerge as the world’s largest economy in 2016 [8], the successful aggregation of African resources remains a key component to its ongoing rivalry with the United States.

[Editor’s note: China and the United States are also facing off in the Asia-Pacific region, especially over the South China Sea Dispute. China rightly points out that America has no right inserting itself into the territorial dispute, but the United States has ignored all of these statements. Instead of pulling back and letting the situation resolve itself, the United States has chosen sides and is now appearing to goad China.]

The villainous branding of Joseph Kony may well be deserved, however it cannot be overstated that the LRA threat is wholly misrepresented in recent pro-intervention US legislation.

The vast majority of LRA attacks have reportedly taken place in the northeastern Bangadi region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, located on the foot of a tri-border expanse between the Central African Republic and South Sudan.

However, the small number of deaths reported by official sources in recent times relies on unconfirmed reports where LRA activity is “presumed” and “suspected” [9].

Considering the Congo’s extreme instability after decades of foreign invasion, falsely crediting the LRA with the region’s longstanding cases of violence for political gain becomes relatively simple for those looking to gain enormous contracts for Congolese resources.

In a 2010 white paper entitled “Critical Raw Materials for the EU,” the European Commission cites the immediate need for reserve supplies of tantalum, cobalt, niobium, and tungsten among others [10]; the US Department of Energy 2010 white paper “Critical Mineral Strategy” also acknowledged the strategic importance of these key components. [11]

In 1980, Pentagon experts acknowledged dire shortages of cobalt, titanium, chromium, tantalum, beryllium, and nickel, eluding that rebel insurgencies in the Congo (referred to as Zaire) inflated the cost of such materials. [12]

Additionally, the US Congressional Budget Office’s 1982 report “Cobalt: Policy Options for a Strategic Mineral” notes that cobalt alloys are critical to the aerospace and weapons industries and that 64% of the world’s cobalt reserves lay in the Katanga Copper Belt, running from southeastern Congo into northern Zambia. [13]

During the Congo Wars of the 1996 to 2003, the United States provided training and arms to Tutsi Rwandan and Ugandan militias who later invaded the Congo’s mineral rich eastern provinces to pursue extremist Hutu militias following the Rwandan genocide.

Although over six million deaths were attributed to the conflict in the Congo [14], findings of the United Nations suggest that neighboring regimes in Ugandan, Rwanda and Burundi benefitted immensely from illegally harvested conflict minerals, later sold to various multinational corporations for use in consumer goods. [15]

The US defense industry relies on high quality metallic alloys indigenous to the region, used primarily in the construction of high-performance jet engines.

The sole piece of legislation authored by President Obama during his time as a Senator was S.B. 2125, the Democratic Republic of the Congo Relief, Security, and Democracy Promotion Act of 2006; Section 201(6) of the bill specifically calls for the protection of natural resources in the troubled regions of eastern Congo. [16]

The Congo maintains the second lowest GDP per capita despite having an estimated $24 trillion in untapped raw minerals deposits [17]; it holds more than 30% of the world’s diamond reserves [18] and 80% of the world’s coltan [19], the majority of which is exported to China for processing into electronic-grade tantalum powder and wiring. [20]

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Alleged death of two Western journalists in Syria used to dance around UNSC veto

By Tony Cartalucci for Infowars.com

You are an embattled nation with the entire world watching. Your allies Russia and China just made a major decision at the UN Security Council in your favor with much of their reputation and future at stake. Western propagandists have been relentlessly making up news stories regarding your nation no matter what you do, for nearly a year, starting with “Gay Girl in Damascus” who Syrian activists insisted was still real even after doubts began to surface, and leading up to daily reports from “activists say” coming out of London, England.

Your choices: continue a campaign to restore order in Homs which is admittedly overrun by cross-border militants and foreign terrorists operating with NATO support and arms, fighting under the banner of the “Free Syrian Army.” Or, spend your time instead purposefully killing women and children in front of British and French journalists before plotting over easily-intercepted radios their spectacular deaths in front of a watching world?

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Image: Syria’s rebels are armed. Were they running loose in New York City, a military operation mobilized to neutralize them would not be described as a “massacre” by the corporate media.

Quite clearly there is something wrong with this narrative being given to us by the West, who have established themselves by a comfortable margin as serial liars. Iraq lost a million sons and daughters to these lies. Libya likewise was portrayed as a nation “massacring civilians” when it is now clear these “civilians” were US State Department-listed terrorists of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group who are now conducting nationwide murder sprees.

Reading any report out of the corporate-media, we find Syria’s campaign against admittedly armed rebels paradoxically referred to as a “massacre,” and an almost palpable fervor to justify circumventing the latest UNSC resolution veto. As news comes out of the death of two foreign journalists in Homs, Remi Ochlik and Marie Colvin who sneaked into Syria and were operating there illegally to begin with, Western leaders are unanimously calling this the “breaking point.” France’s Nicolas Sarkozy even stated, “that’s enough now, this regime must go and there is no reason that Syrians don’t have the right to live their lives and choose their destiny freely.”

One wonders where Sarkozy’s moral fortitude was when in January, while covering a pro-Assad rally in Homs, French journalist Gilles Jacquier was killed in a rebel attack. Unbelievably, not only does this contradict the news we’ve been told all along of Assad persecuting a brutal campaign against peaceful protesters, but while the attack was condemned by France, it was the Syrian government who was blamed for not protecting their journalists from armed thugs. Where were the calls for the rebels to lay down their arms? Where was the cessation of political support for the “Free Syrian Army?” Where was the decision by NATO to discontinue their support for rebels who had now murdered a Western journalist?

Clearly, reason is not driving Western foreign policy, rather a search for a convenient “casus belli” to serve where their “responsibility to protect” doctrine has failed. We will not know what really happened in Syria this week regarding the two journalists allegedly killed there, so long as “activists say” is attached to each claim made about the events.

What we do know is that the West has long ago predetermined that regime change will occur in Syria, and that they will do anything necessary, at any cost to achieve it.

Tony Cartalucci is the writer and editor at Land Destroyer Report