Assad loses envoy in first diplomatic defection
Syria’s ambassador to Iraq defected on Wednesday in protest over President Bashar al-Assad’s military crackdown on a 16-month uprising, Syrian opposition sources said.
Putin sends warships to boost Syria
RUSSIA has sent a flotilla of warships to its naval base in a key Syrian port in an apparent show of support for President Bashar al-Assad in what would be the largest display of Russian military power in the region since the Syrian conflict began almost 17 months ago.
Russian Navy Ready to Break Syria Blockade Says Arms Agency
Russian Navy warships will be sent to defend Russian merchant shipping in the event of a blockade due to the situation in Syria, the deputy head of Russia’s military technical cooperation agency said at the Farnborough air show in Britain on Wednesday.
Russia to deliver air defense systems to Syria
Since the contract to deliver Syria the air defense systems were signed before the outbreak of unrest in the country, Moscow is obliged to fulfill its commitments. “We are delivering weapons and military technology of an exclusively defensive nature,” Dzirkaln said.
Is Israel Inciting Genocide Against Alawites as Prelude to Creation of Kosovo-style Enclave in Syria?
Within the past week, fellows at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies have used rather unfortunate analogies to describe the plight of Syria’s besieged Alawite minority.
Iran calls for UN control on Syria borders
Iran’s deputy foreign minister for Arab and African affairs said on Wednesday that his country calls for United Nations control on Syrian borders, IRNA reported.
Iran Warns Media Not to Cover Impact of Sanctions
Insists Reports Must Reflect ‘Regime Interests’
The Iranian Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance, which oversees the nation’s media, has issued a warning to the various media outlets inside Iran not to cover the economic impact of Western sanctions against the regime.
Navy sends tiny submersibles to Persian Gulf
The Navy is rushing dozens of unmanned underwater craft to the Persian Gulf to help detect and destroy mines in a major military buildup aimed at preventing Iran from closing the strategic Strait of Hormuz in the event of a crisis, U.S. officials said.
Libya Vote: Pro-NATO Bloc Could Win Plurality But Lose Election
Islamists See Path to Coalition Government
Violence Is Not Victory
Mexico’s election results are the latest sign of Latin American dissent from the drug war.
Bravo, Cenk Uygur! Lethal Presidency: TYT covers Obama’s Drone Murder of Al-Awlaki’s 16yo Son
Would You Believe A US Teenager Who Grew Up In Denver Was Executed WITHOUT TRIAL With A Drone Strike
DoD Report Reveals Some Detainees Interrogated While Drugged, Others “Chemically Restrained”
Detainees in custody of the US military were interrogated while drugged with powerful antipsychotic and other medications that “could impair an individual’s ability to provide accurate information,” according to a declassified Department of Defense (DoD) inspector general’s report that probed the alleged use of “mind altering drugs” during interrogations.
The Last War Crime Debuts At Cannes – But Censored In US.
During this summer of Occupy and subsequent police brutality, the subject of torture is hotly denounced by protesters and conveniently ignored by candidates. Like that ostrich diving head first into the sand of political expediency–Americans want to focus on the alleged debt crisis or gay marriage–anything that absolves us from the messy subject of tortures committed in our names by the Bush/Cheney administration and which continue under Obama to the present day. The entire Bradley Manning debacle speaks volumes to this accusation.
Migrants die of thirst off N African coast
Fifty-four people trying to reach Italy die after a voyage in which their rubber boat gradually deflated, says UNHCR.
Dozens dead in Yemen police academy attack
A suicide bomber in Yemen has blown himself up outside a police academy in the capital Sanaa, killing dozens of people.
Timbuktu Arabs set up armed watch at ancient tombs
Members of Timbuktu’s Arab community said Wednesday they have set up an armed brigade to prevent further destruction of the tombs of ancient Muslim saints by Islamists occupying northern Mali.
Mali: After Tombs, Manuscripts Are Rebels’ Next Target
The city of Timbuktu in northern Mali is not only home to historic mosques and sacred tombs, but also an enormous collection of old manuscripts that illustrate the rich intellectual history of the region.
Palestinians pressured not to seek international probe into Arafat’s death
The United States has put pressure on the Palestinian leadership not to seek such an investigation because it can lead to some negative consequences on the Middle East peace process, which has been stalled since 2010, according to the official.