Saturday, February 22, 2014

The West and Egypt

It is not a strange reaction from the west countries to move against the current Ukrainian regime after the attacks which the regime launched on the protesters there.The west countries considered the attacks violations for human rights and pressed on the regime through the opposition and came out with  early presidential elections,constitutional reform and forming national government .This reform comes after killing 77 protesters from the opposition by security  forces  .The EU penalized Ukraine and froze money of  some of the officials who took part in  bloodshed and banned them from travelling to EU countries. On the other hand, we find the West countries giving a deaf ear to what happened of bloodshed in Egypt and killing of more than thousand persons ,more than twenty thousand jailed persons ,daily violence by police against the peaceful protesters who defend the legitimacy of the elected president Mohamed Morsy ,who is kidnapped since 3 July 2013 in the military coup.
The EU has double standards of dealing with the countries and the governments in the Middle East different from that they care for.

Saturday, February 15, 2014


BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian troops pressed an offensive near Lebanon on Saturday, heavily bombarding a rebel-held town and forcing many residents to flee to safety across the border, activists said.
The violence came as an activist group said the death toll in the three-year Syrian conflict has reached 140,000. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the figure includes civilians, rebels, members of the military, pro-government militiamen and foreign fighters.
The group based its count on information from a network of informants on the ground.
The group said violence had escalated of late, with more than 3,400 people killed so far this month even as the government and opposition hold peace talks in Geneva. Since Jan. 22 when talks began, 5,792 people have been killed.
U.N.-Arab League mediator Lakhdar Brahimi ended a mere half hour of direct talks between the Syrian government and opposition Saturday with the situation still at an impasse and the future of negotiations in in doubt. No date was set for a third session.
The U.N.'s human rights office said in January it had stopped updating its own tally of the Syrian dead because it can no longer verify the sources of information that led to its last count of at least 100,000 in late July.
Also Saturday, the main opposition group in exile, the Syrian National Coalition, said its leader entered rebel-held areas in the northwestern province of Idlib a day earlier. Moderate rebels in the area are fighting government forces on one front and members of the al-Qaida-breakaway group, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.
"I have come here to say we are with you. We are connected with this land and will not compromise on the values of this Revolution. We will get rid of this corrupt and criminal family who has been ruling this country for decades," a coalition statement quoted Ahmad al-Jarba as saying, referring to the Assad dynasty that has ruled Syria since 1970.
It was not the first visit by al-Jarba to rebel-held areas, but is significant because it came as the Geneva peace talks flounder. Al-Jarba spends much of his time in Turkey.
The Observatory said the government shelling concentrated on the town of Yabroud as well as nearby villages of Sihil and Falita. It had no immediate word on casualties.
State-run Syrian TV said troops killed several members of al-Qaida-linked Jabhat al-Nusra in the hamlet of Rima Farms on the edge of Yabroud. It added that large amounts of ammunition were also destroyed by government forces in the area.
Amer al-Qalamouni, an activist in the area, told The Associated Press via Skype that poor weather had grounded government warplanes. "Most of today's shelling is either artillery, mortar or with tanks," al-Qalamouni said.
He said government troops were backed by members of Lebanon's militant Hezbollah group, which openly joined President Bashar Assad's forces in the battle against opposition forces last year. He said the fighting was concentrated in areas near Yabroud such as Rima Farms and Qastal.
The army along with Hezbollah fighters has been on a crushing offensive in the Qalamoun region since early December, trying to sever a main thoroughfare for rebels from Lebanon. Yabroud, which has a large Christian population, is the last major town in the region to still be held by rebels.
Kasem Alzein, a Syrian doctor who lives in the Lebanese border town of Arsal, said six wounded people were brought from Syria for treatment early Saturday. A long line of cars and trucks carrying people are fleeing toward Lebanon, he added.
Alzein said about 1,000 families and some 35 wounded people have arrived in Arsal over the past days. The town's population has almost doubled over the past two years because of the flow of Syrian refugees.
In the capital Damascus, Syrian state TV quoted Palestinian official Anwar Raja as saying that officials entered the contested refugee camp of Yarmouk Saturday to make sure that fighters who are not from the camp have left.
Syrian authorities have allowed the flow of thousands of food parcels into the camp over the past weeks on the condition that gunmen who are not Palestinians from the camp leave.
A government siege of Yarmouk that is home to some 18,000 people has been in place for about a year, and activists estimate more than 100 people there have died of hunger-related illnesses and a lack of medical aid.


Turkey Corruption Probe

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's parliament has approved a bill that would tighten the government's grip on a judicial body after a tense, all-night session that saw two legislators injured in a brawl.
The legislation, which would give the Justice Ministry increased control over a council which appoints and oversees judges and prosecutors, was endorsed Saturday.
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government proposed the bill as it fights a corruption scandal that implicated people close to him.
Erdogan claims the corruption charges are a conspiracy orchestrated by followers of an Islamic movement which he insists has infiltrated the police and judiciary. The opposition says the bill, which still needs the president's approval, limits the judiciary's independence.
Media reports said one legislator was hospitalized with a broken nose. Another broke a finger.


GENEVA (AP) — U.N.-Arab League mediator Lakhdar Brahimi ended direct talks between the Syrian government and opposition Saturday without finding a way of breaking the impasse in peace talks.
Saturday's talks, which lasted less than half an hour, left the future of the negotiating process in doubt and no date was set for a third session.
Brahimi told a news conference that both sides agreed that the agenda for the next round should focus on four points: ending the violence and terrorism, creating a transitional governing body, building national institutions, and reconciliation.
To avoid losing another week or more before resuming discussions, Brahimi said he proposed that the first day should be reserved for talks on ending violence and combating terrorism, the main thrust of the government's stance, and the second for talking about how to create a transitional body, as the opposition and Western powers insist.
"Unfortunately the government has refused, which raises the suspicion of the opposition that in fact the government doesn't want to discuss the TGB (transitional governing body) at all," Brahimi said.
"In that case, I have suggested that it's not good for the process, it's not good for Syria that we come back for another round and fall in the same trap that we have been struggling with this week and most of the first round," he said. "So I think it is better that every side goes back and reflect and take their responsibility: do they want this process to take place or not?"
Brahimi said he would consult with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov about a way forward.
"I am very, very sorry, and I apologize to the Syrian people that their hopes which were very, very high that something will happen here," Brahimi said.
Syria's ambassador to the U.N., Bashar Jaafari, said the government accepted Brahimi's proposed agenda but a problem was raised "by the other side when they gave their own interpretation of the agenda."
He insisted that the government is committed to returning to negotiations.
"We promised our own people to get back to Geneva to continue the Geneva talks as long as it takes, because we are extremely careful about stopping the bloodshed in Syria and combatting terrorism," Jaafari told reporters. "This I promise you: We will be committed to doing so."
Anas al-Abdeh, a member of the opposition negotiating team, said his side accepted the agenda but the government's unwillingness to go along with the order of discussions put the prospects of a third session of talks within the "Geneva 2" negotiating round in doubt. The first two sessions lasted from Jan. 22-31 and Feb. 10-15. The first round, known as "Geneva 1," resulted in a roadmap for peace in June 2012 that was not followed.
Al-Abdeh called the continuing stalemate in negotiations a result of the government's "continuous effort to not talk and not to discuss the issue of the transitional governing body."
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, citing on informants on the ground, said Saturday that the death toll has reached 140,000 from three years of violence.
More than 3,400 reportedly have been killed this month even while the peace talks were being held in Geneva. The U.N.'s human rights office said in January it has stopped updating the death toll from Syria's civil war, confirming that it can no longer verify the sources of information that led to its last count of at least 100,000 in late July.