‘De-Americanized World’ provokes alarm in US


As fears mounted this week about a possible (and now, it seems, averted) US government default, the US press stumbled upon an Oct. 13 editorial in Xinhua, China’s largest news agency, calling for a “de-Americanized world” in light of Washington’s fiscal dysfunction.

News outlets including CBS, USA Today, and Bloomberg picked up the editorial, while the Los Angeles Times ran a story with the headline “Upset over US fiscal crisis, China urges a ‘de-Americanized world.’

“CNBC emphasized that Xinhua was a “government voice,” and that the editorial was “government propaganda” intended for local readers.

According to Foregn Policy, the op-ed hit something of a sweet spot for shutdown-traumatized Americans, touching on, as Max Fisher at the Washington Post put it, “the dual American anxieties that we are letting down the rest of the world and that China is finally making its move to replace us as the global leader.”

By Oct. 16, there were at least 15 articles in major Chinese-language media outlets on the international response to the piece.

Xinhua published one titled, “Incisive wording of Xinhua’s call for ‘de-Americanization’ surprises American media,” and the Communist Party mouthpiece Global Times’ top headline on Oct. 16 was “Washington Worried by ‘de-Americanization’ editorial run in China’s state-run media.”
China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, however, issued its last official comment on the fiscal showdown in Washington on Oct. 9: “China and the US are economically intertwined and inseparable. We hope that the US can resolve this issue and ensure the security of Chinese assets in the US” Admittedly, “Xinhua Journalist Calls for a ‘De-Americanized World'” makes for a less compelling — if more accurate — headline.
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West recruiting thugs to crush Syria: Analyst

An analyst says for “those with eyes,” the mask of Western pretence at defending international law and human rights has now been ripped off.

A political analyst says the West is hypocritically recruiting the same thugs it supposedly waged the bloody and costly ‘war on terror’ against a decade ago, to topple the Syrian government today

“In asserting their geopolitical objective over Syria, the Western governments are openly deploying terrorists and killers who supposedly were the reason why Western governments spent trillions of dollars fighting foreign wars, invading and occupying sovereign countries, destroying millions of innocent lives, incarcerating and torturing thousands, and turning over democratic societies into draconian police states,” Finian Cunningham wrote in an article on Press TV website.

Cunningham said the reports and videos showing the Western-backed mercenaries of the so-called Free Syrian Army bolstered by al-Qaeda brigades and other terrorists have been greeted with “barely veiled glee” in Washington and the European capitals.  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

Syrian Army takes control over areas in Aleppo

Soldiers of the Syrian Arab Army

Always in Aleppo, The Syrian Arab Army continues in cleansing the city of terrorism.

Media sources reported that the Syrian Army and after engaging in severe clashes, took control over al-A’damiah and al-Mashehad neighborhoods.

The armed conflict left large number of deaths and injuries among the terrorists of Free Army. Continue reading

Syria insurgents prevent Aleppo residents from returning home

Syrian insurgents in the center of Syria’s northern city of Aleppo on July 25, 2012

Armed insurgents have reportedly prevented residents of the Syrian northern city of Aleppo from returning to their homes.

On Sunday, civilians demanded to be allowed through into militia-held checkpoints around the devastated Salaheddin district.

The Salaheddin district had been the scene of intense fighting between government troops and insurgents for about three weeks.

Residents have stormed back after hearing from Syrian state television that government forces have regained full control of the neighborhood.

Earlier on Sunday, Syrian security forces arrested a group of foreign-sponsored insurgents in the central province of Homs.

The Syrian army killed a senior leader of insurgents in the capital Damascus on Sunday.

Several armed men were also killed in clashes with the Syrian troops in the northwestern city of Idlib and the southwestern city of Dara’a on Sunday.

Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011. Damascus says outlaws, saboteurs, and armed terrorists are the driving factor behind the unrest and deadly violence while the opposition accuses the security forces of being behind the killings.

The Syrian government says that the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country, and there are reports that a very large number of the armed militants are foreign nationals.

Source: Press TV




Syrian troops attack insurgents on Lebanon, Iraq borders

Syrian government troops have attacked foreign-backed armed insurgents on the Lebanese and Iraqi borders, according to the Syrian television.

Elsewhere, fresh clashes erupted between the government forces and insurgents in the northern city of Aleppo.

A large number of insurgents were killed as the Syrian army attacked them in Aleppo’s Halak area.

Source: Press TV




Iran Warns Turkey of “Changing Game Rules” in Syria

A pro-Syrian Arab diplomatic source confirmed that Turkey has received, during the past couple of hours, a strict Iranian letter warning it of “changing the game rules” in Syria.In an interview with Syrian daily al-Watan, the Arab source said that this warning comes as a clear response to the latest threats posed by Turkish Prime Minister, Recep Tayyeb Erdogan, claiming that his country will target Kurdish combatants inside the Syrian territories.
Also, the Ankara-based Arab diplomat, whose country’s government supports the Syrian al-Assad regime, said that Ankara had been preparing, in agreement with Washington, for a military interference in the Syrian crisis; under the pretext of Kurdish population.

However, Iran drew a line for the Turkish dreams, and informed it that any attack on the Syrian territories will witness a harsh attack; as Iran might put into force the mutual defense agreement signed with Syria, the source iterated.
Furthermore, the Arab diplomat went on to say that Turkey agreed with the US that a limited military interference in North Syria, especially in Aleppo, might introduce a buffer zone to be protected by the gangs funded and armed by Turkey, in cooperation with Qatar and Saudi Arabia.

The said scenario however would be implemented only if the Syrian refugees in that area were evacuated, especially as they have become a burden on Erdogan’s government; although they were supposed to be exploited to lead a UN resolution, imposing international sanctions on Syria.

Source: News Agencies, Translated and Edited by moqawama.org




Chavez Announces “Immediate” Withdrawal from Inter-American Court of Human Rights


Liverpool, July 26th 2012 (Venezuelanalysis.com) – Following an announcement earlier in April that his government would be withdrawing from the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights (IAHRC), Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez confirmed on Tuesday that his administration would also no longer recognise the IAHRC’s sister organisation, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACrtHR) with “immediate” effect.

Both organisations are affiliate bodies of the Organization of the American States (OAS), with the commission recommending and submitting human rights cases to the court for review.

In a televised address to the public on Tuesday evening, the Venezuelan head of state confirmed the country’s exit from the human rights tribunal after accusing the body of “political manipulation” and attacking the South American nation for “daring to liberate” itself from Washington’s influence. Continue reading