US shipping thousands of cluster bombs to Saudis

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Cluster bombs are banned by 83 nations, but that isn’t stopping the US military from selling them to Saudi Arabia.

US is shipping thousands on cluster bombs to the Saudi Arabia, despite international bans, as Saudi remains one of the main military and financial supporters of the ongoing deadly war in Syria.

Cluster bombs are banned by 83 nations, but that isn’t stopping the US military from selling $640 million worth of American-made cluster bombs to Saudi Arabia, despite the near-universal revulsion at such weapons.

Cluster bombs spit out dozens, even hundreds, of micro-munitions in order to cover a wide area with death and destruction.

These weapons are used for killing large groups of people, destroying thinly-skinned vehicles and dispensing landmines or poison gas.

The irony of the US selling one authoritarian Middle East country 1,300 cluster bombs while criticizing the use of indiscriminate weapons by others isn’t lost on the Cluster Munition Coalition, an international group dedicated to ending the use of such weapons.

These weapons are loathed because in addition to killing enemy combatants, their fairly indiscriminate nature means they can kill plenty of civilians. And not just in the heat of battle.

The little ball-shaped bomblets dispersed by cluster munitions don’t always detonate on first impact. Often, they will just sit there on the ground until someone, maybe a child, picks them up and causes them to explode.

So far, 112 countries have signed an international treaty banning cluster bombs, with 83 ratifying it.

United States has not signed the treaty and is selling thousands Textron-made cluster bombs to the Saudis between now and 2015.

Despite the fact that the US State Department says it “shares in the international concern about the humanitarian impact of all munitions, including cluster munitions” it’s in no hurry to sign the ban.
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Iranian Diplomat Blasts Silence on Human Rights Violations by Rebels in Syria

TEHRAN (FNA)- A senior Iranian diplomat lashed out at certain countries and international organizations for keeping mum on the severe violation of human rights in Syria by the rebel groups fighting Bashar al-Assad’s government.

Iran’s New Permanent Representative to the United Nations Office in Geneva, Switzerland, Mohsen Naziri Asl made the remarks on Wednesday, addressing an emergency meeting on Syria which was held by the UN Human Rights Council.

The Iranian diplomat expressed deep concern over continued conflicts in Syria, and said unfortunately the violence in Syria has been mounting with no control during the past days leaving scores of civilian dead.

He further criticized advocates of holding the emergency meeting on Syria at the UN Human Rights Council for turning a blind eye to the blatant cases of human rights violation by opponent groups in Syria.

Naziri urged the international community to change its approach towards Syria, and stressed that continuation of such biased approach would further encourage Syrian opponent groups to increase their violent armed conflicts.

He said that providing arms to Syria’s opposition groups would be catastrophic for the Syrian people and the entire region as well.

Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011 with organized attacks by well-armed gangs and terrorists against Syrian forces and civilians being reported across the country.

The US and its western and regional allies have long sought to topple Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his ruling system. Media reports said that the Syrian rebels and terrorist groups have received significantly more and better weapons, a crime paid for by the Persian Gulf Arab states and coordinated by the United States.

The US daily, Washington Post, reported in May 2012 that the Syrian rebels and terrorist groups battling Assad’s government have received significantly more and better weapons in recent weeks, a crime paid for by the Persian Gulf Arab states and coordinated by the United States.

The newspaper, quoting opposition activists and US and foreign officials, reported that Obama administration officials emphasized the administration has expanded contacts with opposition military forces to provide the Persian Gulf nations with assessments of rebel credibility and command-and-control infrastructure.

Opposition activists who several months ago said the rebels were running out of ammunition said last May that the flow of weapons – most bought on the black market in neighboring countries or from elements of the Syrian military in the past – has significantly increased after a decision by Saudi Arabia, Qatar and other Persian Gulf states to provide millions of dollars in funding each month.

Source: Fars News

Iranian FM Raps West’s Double-Standard Policies on Bahrain, Syria

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi blasted the western states’ double-standard policies on different developments in the region, saying that while the West supports Bahrain’s dictatorial regime, it equips terrorists with weapons in Syria.

Salehi said on Wednesday that other examples of the western double-standards are their approach to developments in Syria and Bahrain.

“The western governments turn a blind eye to peaceful demonstrations of the people in Bahrain,” he added.

Earlier, a senior Bahraini opposition leader had also lashed out at Washington’s double-standard policy and approach towards developments in the region, specially in Bahrain and Syria.

Speaking to FNA in January, Spokesman of Bahrain’s February 14 Revolution Abdul Raouf al-Shayeb said that the US holds a hostile stance on the Bahraini revolution and has given the Al Khalifa regime the green light for using different tactics and criminal acts to confront people and allowed Saudi Arabia to dispatch its forces to help Manama suppress protesters.

He pointed to the US support for anti-government armed groups in Syria, and added, “Washington is exercising a double-standard attitude towards Arab revolutions, on one hand it condemns the popular revolution in Bahrain and on the other hand it supports the Syrian opposition and supplies arms to them and also asks Saudi Arabia to help the Al Khalifa massacre and suppress the people by dispatching its forces.”  Continue reading

Syria demands UNSC, UN General Secretariat and UNHRC to condemn crimes of Terrorists

Syria demanded the UN Security Council (UNSC), UN General Secretariat and UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to expose the crimes of the armed groups, condemn them and punish these groups.

The demand came in identical letters sent by the Foreign and Expatriates Ministry to the Head of UNSC, UNSG, UNHRC Chairperson and High Commissioner of Human Rights.

The Syrian foreign ministry stressed in its letters that the armed groups and their supporters are continuing shedding the Syrian blood in contradiction with all human values and at a timing which became known being repeated before sessions held by the UNSC to discuss the situation in Syria.

The Ministry highlighted that the massacre committed by an armed terrorist group in Duma city in Damascus Countryside took place in an area where there is no presence of the Syrian Army or and where the armed terrorist groups are active. Continue reading

Press TV correspondent, Maya Nasser, killed in Syrian capital

By MKERone

Maya Nasser was killed by a sniper in Damascus, today. And that’s a Nato technique without a doubt. Another western assassination in Syria… Be sure that no international investagition will follow this hideous crime. No-one will be punished for this crime. No international community reaction will be displayed on all TV stations, no Hillary Clinton “the war criminal” declaration. No one will talk about it at the UN, no one will blame this assassination. Once again, you will witness international silence.

Don’t expect your usual PRESSTITUTES to talk about this great man, a man that knew the meaning of journalism, during the daily news.

That is the reason why we post about his assassination. We want the world to know. So please spread the word. The world needs to know!

Don’t make Maya Nasser lifetime work end up in the trash of history and useless. This man gave his life for truth. A hero. A real hero.

His death is such a terrible news.
I can’t belive he got killed. Such a courageous and honest man! May peace be upon him.

We will always remember him and will always be grateful for all he did to bring truth to light.

Brian Sayers lobbyist for International Law Violator – Syrian Support Group – speaks on BBC

 

In total Violation of International law & UN Charter, the SSG keeps asking for funds to finance terrorists fighting in Syria

 

As previously reported, the so called “Syrian Support Group” is in total violation of the UN Charter and International law. Still, it sends its lobbyists on TV to distort the truth, and convince people that Bashar Al Assad must be brought down. Though, as usual, they fail to mention that the vast majority of the Syrian people want Bashar Al Assad to remain in power. They also fails to explain who are the men fighting against the legitimate Syrian government. They also fail in explaining the chaos they’re bringing about, the suffering, the destruction, the psychological consequences, and more…

This video is another blatant proof of western double standard and absolute disregard for international law.

It seems incredible to me that Brian Sayers explains quietly, all dressed up, how the group he is representing is fomenting an illegal coup d’etat in Syria. And once he’s done, leaves the studio and goes back to raising funds to implement an international plot against a sovereign nation. He won’t get arrested. He will not be convicted of any crime. The International Criminal Court will never try to get him arrested (USA not being a member of the ICC, but still…). UN won’t blame him. Nato will applaud him.

In a very strict and fair respect of International Law and the UN charter, if Brian Sayers was in court saying the very same things he says in the above video, he would get sentenced to life !

But this is the WESTERN WORLD, LAND OF FREEDOM & DEMOCRACY… He is and will remain free while our Syrian brothers keep dying under foreign (GCC / USA / israHell / EU / Turkey / Western puppets) backed terrorists.

MKERone

 

 

 

 

UN chief refuses to condemn Iranian pilgrims’ abduction

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has refused to condemn the abduction of 48 Iranians kidnapped by insurgents near the Syrian capital Damascus, Press TVreports.

When asked about the kidnapping, Ban Ki-moon’s spokesman Martin Nesirky told reporters on Monday that “I don’t have anything at the moment.”

On Saturday, 48 Iranian pilgrims, who were traveling on a bus from Damascus International Airport to the shrine of Hazrat Zainab (AS) on the outskirts of Damascus, were abducted by insurgents.

Unconfirmed media reports said three of 48 Iranian pilgrims abducted by insurgents have been killed.

Press TV asked Nesirky if Ban might somehow intervene before more hostages are killed. “I think it’s obvious that there are a number of players involved in this already and I don’t think I want to go to any more details at this point,” he said.

The insurgents had claimed that the hostages are members of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) by simply referring to their military discharge cards.

An informed official at Iran’s Foreign Ministry on Sunday vehemently dismissed the reports by certain Arabic-language news networks that the Iranian pilgrims were military members.

Source: Press TV 

 

 

 

Barack Obama honors Israeli president with Medal of Freedom

US President Barack Obama awards Israeli President Shimon Peres the Presidential Medal of Freedom during a dinner ceremony in Washington, June 13, 2012.

US President Barack Obama has awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Israeli President Shimon Peres, the man who has overseen the killing of Palestinian women and children by Israeli forces in the occupied territories for decades

Obama awarded the 88-year-old Israeli president the highest civilian honor in the United States during a dinner ceremony in the White House on Wednesday.

“No individual has done so much over so many years to build our alliance… as the leader we honor tonight — our friend, Shimon Peres,” Obama said during the event, which also hosted former US President Bill Clinton.

Obama also stated that the “bonds” between the United States and Israel are “unbreakable” and “non-negotiable.”

The Israeli president has been honored by Obama a few months ahead of the US presidential election of November 2012.

“You have pledged a lasting friendship for Israel,” Peres told Obama.

The Washington ceremony in honor of a major Israeli figure comes two weeks after Israeli aircraft carried out an attack on southern Gaza Strip, injuring three Palestinians.

Israel conducts airstrikes and ground attacks against the occupied Palestinian territories on an almost regular basis.

The Tel Aviv regime also denies about 1.7 million people in Gaza their basic rights, including the freedom of movement and the right to decent living, work, health and education.

Source: PressTV

Iranian Envoy: Syrian Terrorists Killing People with US, Israeli Weapons

TEHRAN (FNA)- A senior Iranian diplomat blasted the western countries, specially the US, for their double-standard attitude towards terrorism, and said the Syrian people and security forces are being killed by the al-Qaeda-affiliated terrorists who are armed with the US and Israeli weapons.

“The West does not speak about the ties between the terrorist groups in Syria and the al-Qaeda which slaughters the people with US and Israeli weapons in that country,” Iranian Ambassador to Uruguay Hojjatollah Soltani said on Monday.

He also said that the western countries are making an instrumental use of the scene of massacres in Syria, which have been created by the al-Qaeda terrorists, to portray President Bashar Assad as a killer and pressure his government.

This is while Assad has done a lot in recent months to reform laws and conditions in his country. The Syrian president announced the end to the state of emergency, granted citizenship to many Syrian Kurds and promised parliamentary elections later this year. In January, he issued the latest of thousands of amnesties for those detained since the uprising began.  Continue reading