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

Bahraini Regime Attacks Ashoura Rituals


The Bahraini al-Wefaq opposition accused the regime of tightening against citizens’ religious freedoms and practice of religious rituals, as it has conducted a series of attacks on displays of Ashoura in some areas around the country.

It further clarified that the forces’ attacks on religious freedoms reveal the mentality of the forces, and that such acts can only be perpetrated under high-ranked orders.”The regime forces attack and provoke citizens rather than protect them,” al-Wefaq said.

Regarding threats by officials against religious freedoms, al-Wefaq stressed that suppression of religious freedoms to practice religious rituals is a dangerous attack that the regime solely bears responsibility of.

“Ashoura is held in most countries around the world, even non-Islamic countries. The event yearly takes place in Europe, America, Africa, Australia and the Asian countries, yet, has not been attacked anywhere around the globe except Bahrain, where the regime disrespects and targets religious freedoms,” it said.

Meanwhile, the party affirmed that religious freedoms in Bahrain are not subject to political use or bargaining, as the different sects of the Bahraini people have long respected these rituals and lived in harmony. “The only one who appears not able to live with this is the regime that continuously attacks these rituals,” it added.

Source: Al-Wefaq, Edited by Moqawama

The former Lebanese security chief warns against the consequences of Assad’s fall

Editor’s note: We post this article to inform on what’s being said about Syria around the globe. Posting is not fully endorsing.

Jamil Sayyed

Alternative views on the situation in Syria, long silenced in the mainstream Western press, are more and more often making inroads into some of the most important Western media outlets. One of the most interesting such comments was published in the French daily Le Figaro, which dared to present to its readers an interview with the general Jamil Sayyed, former head of the security service (Surete Generale) of Lebanon, a country situated nest to Syria and still linked to it by millions of human ties.

“Despite all the claims of the propaganda from the satellite television of the Gulf states, as well as from the states of the West, Syria has a state, and this state is very strong,” Sayyed told Le Figaro. “For 18 months these media outlets have been predicting the fall of Bashar Assad’s government, but this government is still in place! Do you know many other states, which, placed in a similar situation, would resist so long? Syria is facing an unprecedented media war, conducted against it on a planetary scale. It faces hostility from all of its neighbors and direct interference of the Arab petro-states of the Gulf region, which commit unlimited financial resources to the Syrian state’s destruction. But it is still there.” Continue reading

Syrian envoy to UN censures Saudi Arabia, Qatar

Syrian Ambassador to the UN Bashar Ja’afari

The Syrian ambassador to the United Nations says Saudi Arabia and Qatar are responsible for the deteriorating humanitarian situation of the Syrian people.

Bashar Ja’afari said in an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council on the humanitarian situation in Syria on Thursday that Riyadh and Doha should answer to the world for the turmoil in Syria.

He also stated that Saudi Arabia and Qatar are providing arms to terrorists inside Syria.

Ja’afari added that Syria “feels a great bitterness and sorrow when we see some of our brothers living in tents on the border in dreadful conditions.”  Continue reading

The Independent: Free Army rebels incapable…. Syrian Army will win The War

Soldiers of the Syrian Arab Army

The Independent Newspaper has released an article “First, Stop Syria’s war spreading”.

The article deals with the armed conflicts occurring between the Syrian Army and the rebels of Free Army.

Syrian Army forces are under continuous attack, the Newspaper stated.

There is no any sign that the Syrian Government, Leadership or regime imploding, despite the defection of the Prime Minister and the assassination of key security leaders.

The situation is very different from Libya, where Muammar Gaddafi’s support suddenly collapsed a year ago under the weight of NATO air attacks and its own isolation rather than pressure from the insurgents. Continue reading

Ahmadinejad mocks some Arab kings

Iran’s President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, says he was surprised, during a recent summit in Saudi Arabia.

He said he was astonished to see the monarchs of certain countries speak of the need for reforms in Syria while their own rules were unpopular at home.

Referring to the recent meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in Mecca, Ahmadinejad said “I was surprised in this summit to observe that the kings of some countries were speaking against Syria while the majority of their own people do not want them to rule.” Continue reading

Qatar Allocates $300m for Dissents in Syria

The role played by the Emirate of Qatar and its recruited capabilities in the regional events are no longer hidden for anyone. Perhaps this role has been gradually unfolded in parallel with the exacerbation in the Syrian crisis. The Qatari role is revealed as a main driver of what is going on the Syrian territory through the militarization and embracing opposition members and dissidents.

Sources of a Western capital, “friendly to Doha”, revealed Wednesday that the Gulf emirate has allocated $ 300 million to create splits within the ranks of military and political Syrian officials. Continue reading

CFR Strategist Praises Al-Qaeda Bombings In Syria

Winston, we were never at war with Eurasia!

Paul Joseph Watson
Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Senior Council on Foreign Relations fellow Ed Husain has hailed the presence of Al-Qaeda terrorists in Syria, praising their fighting prowess in aid of FSA rebels while also lauding the increasing number of successful bombings carried out by Al-Qaeda fighters.

In case you didn’t get the memo – Al-Qaeda – the same group the United States accuses of carrying out the most devastating terrorist attack on U.S. soil in history, is now our ally in Syria.

Terrorist attacks carried out by Al-Qaeda in Syria are inherently moral and good. Down is the new up.

Winston, we were never at war with Eurasia! Continue reading

Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Turkey have Syrians’ blood on their hands: Iranian general

TEHRAN – The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of Iran’s Armed Forces has accused Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Turkey of taking measures that help advance the warmongering policies of the United States in Syria.

“Al Saud, Qatar, and Turkey are responsible for the blood being shed on Syrian soil,” Major General Hassan Firouzabadi said in Tehran on Monday.
He added, “This is not an appropriate precedent that neighboring countries of Syria contribute to the belligerent purposes of the Great Satan the United States.
“If these countries have accepted such a precedent, they must be aware that after Syria, it will be the turn of Turkey and other countries.”
Firouzabadi also stated, “God forbid that Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar become victims of promoting the terrorism of Al-Qaeda, and we warn our friends about this.”
Source: Tehran Times

Iran threatens to ‘strike out’ at any intervention in Syria

Iranian 200-kilometre (120-mile) range Qader (Ghader) ground-to-sea missile is launched on the last day of navy war games near the Strait of Hormuz in southern Iran.(AFP Photo / Jamejamonline/Ebrahim Noroozi)

President Bashar al-Assad’s regime has friends in the region poised “to strike out” in the event of an intervention into Syria, says a commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards. The warning was particularly sent to “hated” Arab countries.

None of Syria’s friends or the great front of resistance has yet entered the scene, and in the event that this happens, decisive blows will be struck at the enemy, especially the hated Arab rulers,” Gen. Masoud Jazayeri, a spokesman of the country’s Joint Chiefs of Staff, told Fars news agency.

No country in particular was mentioned. Iran remains a key ally of official Damascus, while leaders of such Gulf countries as Saudi Arabia, Jordan or Qatar openly support Syrian rebels.

The hawkish rhetoric heard from Iran comes on top of the exchange over Syria’s chemical and biological arsenal, which the Arab country pledged Monday not to use against its own population, but only to combat “foreign aggressors.

This was the first time Syria’s arsenals became an official reality, since the nation is one of just six non-signatories to the Chemical Weapons Convention of 1992. Syria’s purported stockpiles of nerve agents, including mustard gas, as well as Scud missiles capable of delivery, are secure according to its Foreign Ministry. Media reports say the weapons are being moved away from sites of severe clashes between pro-regime and opposition forces.

A torrent of warnings flooded Damascus following the statements, as officials from the EU and UN voiced their concerns over the possible use of the chemical arsenal.  Continue reading