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Monday, 6 February 2012

Lavrov Sez UN Resolution on Syria “Too Hasty”

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On Monday, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov defended Russia’s rejection of a UN resolution condemning the violent crackdown in Syria, saying the UN Security Council was too hasty in putting it to a vote. He told reporters in Moscow after talks with the Bahraini Foreign Minister, “It’s unfortunate that the [resolution’s] co-authors decided to put it to a vote hastily, although we had asked them to delay it for several days so that we could discuss the situation after [Russian Foreign Intelligence Service head] Mikhail Fradkov and I visited Damascus on 7 February. Nothing would have changed if they’d waited three days”. Lavrov and Fradkov are due to hold talks with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Lavrov’s comments came as the Syrian army launched one the fiercest assaults on the city of Homs in the 11-month uprising. On Monday, the BBC reported that it believes that 15 people are dead so far in the attacks.

Russia and China vetoed a draft resolution criticising Damascus over the weekend, claiming it lacked balance. Russian Ambassador to the UN Vitaly Churkin said it targeted Assad’s government, but contained no measures against armed rebel groups. The vetoes drew a barrage of criticism from Western powers and the Syrian opposition. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called them a “travesty”, and the Syrian National Council said Russia and China were “responsible for the escalating acts of killing”. However, on Monday, Lavrov said that Security Council members were seeking to “blame the unrest on somebody” and accused “interested parties” of trying to topple Assad’s regime by encouraging the activities of armed groups and of supplying them with weapons. He also said that Russia was “surprised” at the Council’s rejection of the proposed Russian amendments to the text. He added, however, that Russia continued to support the Arab League’s efforts to halt violence in Syria. On Monday, China also defended its move, saying the proposed resolution wouldn’t help defuse the conflict.

6 February 2012

RIA-Novosti

http://en.rian.ru/russia/20120206/171174048.html

Editor’s Note:

Let’s not be coy. The Old Master’s pointing the finger at Langley and saying that they’re shipping arms to the Syrian rebels, just as they did to bin Laden and the Taliban in the ‘80s. He’s simply saying that Russia won’t go along with a Western rape of Syria by the rapacious multinationals and their drooling Western pol enablers. “Sorry, Charlie… Starkist wants tunas that taste good”… and Chilly Hilly doesn’t even have good taste (remember her husband and Monica?). The Syrian people won’t suffer Western invasion and bombing… God bless Russia and China for standing tall.

BMD 

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Rightwing Romanian Prime Minister Resigns

Romanian Prime Minister Emil Boc (1966- )… don’t cry for this rightwing Neoliberal bastard… he wanted to squeeze the people so that the McMansion dwellers could party on, scot-free. The people have had enough of paying for the mistakes of the oligarchs and their affluent effluent lickspittles.

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On Monday, media reports indicated that Romanian Prime Minister Emil Boc announced the resignation of his government. After a government meeting, he said, “It’s time for important political decisions. That’s why I made the decision to give up the government’s mandate”. In January, protestors at several anti-government demonstrations in Romania (an EU member) demanded the resignation of President Traian Băsescu and Boc. Romanians voiced their disapproval of the government’s decision to enact budget cuts that would lead to a reduction in social programmes.

6 February 2012

RIA-Novosti

http://en.rian.ru/world/20120206/171173777.html

Obama Sees No Grounds for Iranian Attack on USA

US President Barack Obama (1961- )

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In an interview with NBC on Sunday night, US President Barack Obama said he saw no grounds for rumours that Iran may be planning an attack on the United States, saying, “We don’t see any evidence that they [Iran] have those intentions or capabilities right now”. Tensions over Iran’s nuclear activities have reached boiling point since the Islamic Republic announced earlier this month that it had launched a nuclear enrichment program at a well-protected underground facility near the city of Qom. A number of experts don’t rule out that the diplomatic spat with Iran and unilateral US and EU sanctions may develop into a full-scale military conflict. The anti-Iranian coalition may include Georgia, Turkey, Israel, and Persian Gulf monarchies.

In Sunday’s interview, Obama said he opposed military operations in the Persian Gulf region, saying, “Obviously, any kind of additional military activity inside the Gulf is disruptive and has a big effect on us, it can have a big effect on oil prices. We’ve still got troops in Afghanistan, which borders Iran. And so our preferred solution here is diplomatic, we’re going to keep on pushing on that front”. Obama also discounted US media reports that Israelwhich views Iran’s uranium enrichment activity as a major threat to its security, may attack Iran in four months. On Friday, a Washington Post journalist attributed the statement to US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta, who refused to comment on the statement on the record. Obama said, “I don’t think that Israel’s made a decision on what they need to do. However, we’re not going to take any option off the table”.

6 February 2012

RIA-Novosti

http://en.rian.ru/world/20120206/171167552.html

Greek Unions to Hold General Strike

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Greece’s largest trades unions announced that they‘d hold a 24-hour hour general strike on 7 February in a show of protest against austerity measures the Greek government is now considering. General strikes typically paralyse public transport traffic all across Greece. The government is currently in talks with the European Commission, the European Central Bank, and the International Monetary Fund to try to get a new 130 billion Euro (5.133 trillion Roubles. 170 billion USD. 108 billion UK Pounds) bailout in exchange for austerity measures.

6 February 2012

Voice of Russia World Service

http://english.ruvr.ru/2012/02/06/65407112.html

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