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The humanitarian consequences of sanctions against Syria

UN-Expert: Unilateral coercive measures exacerbate humanitarian crisis in Syria, by Idriss Jazairy / It can only work on equal terms. Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un: prior to the meeting on June 12 in Singapore, by Willy Wimmer / History of a media campaign: The Geneva affair around the Syrian white helmets, by Guy Mettan / Against the arrogation of power by the “markets”. Freedom, the rule of law and democracy are the responsibility of the citizens, by Karl Müller / From the currency union to a debt union – via a union based on joint liabilities, by Eberhard Hamer / A framework agreement some time ago. The USA intervenes – Switzerland comes under pressure, by Werner Wüthrich / A visit to our twin town of Gatchina, by Doris and Gerhard Feigenbutz / Reading pleasure, cultural and knowledge transfer. On the importance of the Swiss Youth Literature, SJW, by Renate Dünki.

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Trump bombed Syria … to impress China

In an interview granted on 12 June in Singapore to the US presenter Sean Hannity, President Donald Trump talked about the first bombing that he ordered against Syria way back in April 2017.

Trump recalled that when the Chinese President Xi Jinping was on a state visit to the US, he entertained him at Mar-a-Lago (Florida), Trump’s well known private residence. Trump specified that at the end of the dinner, while pudding was being served, he announced to the Chinese leader that he planned to bomb a Syrian air base. Startled, President Xi asked him to repeat what he had just said.

According to Trump, his aim was to show his Chinese counterpart that he would not hesitate to use force if he deemed it necessary. Again according to Trump, the Chinese President got the message loud and clear and switched to becoming an ally on the issue of North Korea.

In the early morning of 6 and 7 April 2017, the United States bombed the Syrian air base of Sheyrat. Although the United States used as many as 59 Tomohawk missiles, the attack left only 6 dead and 7 injured and only destroyed several planes which had already been withdrawn from service. In actual fact, the personnel and the planes in service had already been evacuated from the Syrian base, hours before the attack.

(Watch from the 12th minute.)

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Syria strengthens its security in the South

In the South of Syria, the Syrian Arab Army is proceeding to set up batteries of anti-air missiles, specifically along the boundary marking off Syria from the Israeli occupied Golan.

At the same time, Hezbollah forces in this area have started withdrawing to Lebanon.

For several years now, Israel has been making requests for Iranian troops or troops linked to Iran (such as the Lebanese Hezbollah) to withdraw from Southern Syria. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has gone to Moscow several times to petition for this. However he is not sure that the Syrian deployment is more to his liking.

It was Russia that conceived the Syrian anti-air system. The Russian invention allows you to anticipate new air attacks. Over recent years, Israel has stepped up its incursions from its air space and the air space of Lebanon, to the beat of about one per month.

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Russian troops to stay in Syria as long as needed: Putin — Zio-watch, June 8, 2018

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani says North Korean leader Kim Jong Un got “on his hands and knees and begged” for a meeting with US President Donald Trump, suggesting a similar policy towards Palestinians.

Trump abruptly called off the meeting with a letter last month, leading to such reaction from Kim, Giuliani suggested at a conference in Tel Aviv on Wednesday, The Wall Street Journal initially reported.

“Well, Kim Jong Un got back on his hands and knees and begged for it, which is exactly the position you want to put him in,” he said.

Trump and Kim are scheduled to meet on June 12 in Singapore.

Giuliani, who is an attorney for the president, recommended the Trump administration to adopt the same approach with Palestinians.

“They also said they were going to go to nuclear war with us, they were going to defeat us in a nuclear war,” Giuliani said. “We said we’re not going to have a summit under those circumstances.”
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(JTA) — Following a major Spanish city’s vote to boycott Israel, the leader of Spain’s third-largest party called the Jewish state a “criminal country” during an interview aired by a public television broadcaster.

Pablo Iglesias Turrión, leader of the Podemos far-left party, made the comment in an interview earlier this week on RTVE.

“We need to act more firmly on an illegal country like Israel,” said Iglesias Turrión, whose party in 2015 won 20 percent of the votes in the general election just one year after its creation.

Last week, a motion promoted by a local fraction of Podemos on the City Council of Valencia, Spain’s third-largest city, was passed declaring a boycott of Israel and Valencia a “Israeli apartheid-free zone.”
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Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks at a rally in Reading, Pa., Dec. 3, 2017. (Lisa Lake/Getty Images for

(JTA) — In his historic 2016 run for president, Bernie Sanders was faulted for not having much of a foreign policy beyond reminding folks that his rival for the Democratic nomination, Hillary Clinton, had favored the Iraq War.

A key stumble in that campaign was a wide-ranging interview with the Daily News editorial board prior to the New York primary. The Daily News, then owned by Mort Zuckerman, wanted to hurt Sanders, and all it had to do was run the transcript in its entirety. Sanders was diffident, vague and not sure of his facts. He made a major error when he vastly overstated the number of Palestinians killed in the 2014 Hamas-Israel war, which got the Jewish candidate dinged by Jewish organizations.

The Independent senator from Vermont, 76, is considering another presidential run in 2020, and this time he’s making foreign policy a focus. Among issues where he has taken a lead: blasting President Donald Trump for pulling out of the Iran deal, calling for an end to support for Saudi Arabia in its bombing raids on Yemen — and offering tough criticism of Israel for how it’s responding to Palestinian protesters attempting to breach the fence with the Gaza Strip.

Sanders’ surprisingly effective challenge to Clinton as the flag bearer for the party’s left — he was the first Jewish candidate of a major party to win state primaries — and his focus on Israel is likely to spur more Israel-related debate within the party as the election approaches.
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All remaining ISIS resistance zones in Syria are in US-controlled areas – Russian MoD

“All the remaining pockets of resistance of ISIS terrorists in Syria are only in areas controlled by the United States,” Major-General Igor Konashenkov, a defense ministry spokesman, said on Saturday.

Earlier, US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said in a bold statement that pulling out of the Arab Republic “must avoid leaving a vacuum in Syria that can be exploited by the Assad regime or its supporters,” in apparent reference to Iran and Russia.

Russia has been fighting terrorists in the country on the invitation of the Syrian government, while the US presence there has been deemed aggressive by Damascus.

Konashenkov pulled no punches on the US military official, reminding him that the Washington-led invasion in Iraq under a false pretext in fact led to the rise of Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) and eventually its expansion into war-ravaged Syria.

“Further expansion of ISIS in Syria became possible due to criminal inaction of the US and the so-called ‘international coalition,’ which resulted in quickly gaining control by ISIS militants over the main oil-bearing areas of Eastern Syria and constant flow of funds from the illegal sale of oil products,” Konashenkov said.

Washington supplied arms worth hundreds of millions to the “fictitious” Syrian opposition, while the vast majority of it ended up in hands of Al-Qaeda offshoot Al-Nusra Front, and Islamic State, he claimed. That, in Konashenkov’s view, shows that the terrorists groups’ goals in Syria coincide with Washington’s policies.

Meanwhile, not a cent from the US budget has come to facilitate the recovery of the former conflict zones now controlled by the Syrian government.

“In the Syrian provinces controlled by the legitimate authorities of the [Syrian Arab] Republic, peaceful life is now actively restored, settlements are being demined; enterprises, markets, schools and kindergartens are working. Humanitarian aid and food is arriving there, from which there is not even a piece of packaging, paid from the budget of the United States.”

Earlier, mass loss of civilian life in Islamic State-held Raqqa, inflicted by the US-led coalition, was slammed by Amnesty International. Its damning report, published earlier this week, said that residents were trapped as fighting raged in the streets between Islamic State militants and the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), who were supported by coalition airstrikes.

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Syria’s Manbij military council rejects Turkish presence in region

Syria’s Manbij Military Council, a militia allied to the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in northern Syria, said on Wednesday that it will not accept a Turkish military presence in the town, according to the council’s official spokesman. “We will not accept that,” council spokesman Sharfan Darwish told Reuters. Turkey and the United States on Monday reached an agreement for jointly administering Manbij. Darwish said the council was “awaiting explanations and clarification from the international US- led coalition” about the details of the agreement. The Manbij Military Council said earlier that the Kurdish YPG militia would remove its military advisers from the town in the coming days.

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U.S. to Dismantle Base in Exchange for Iranian Withdrawal From Southern Syria

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Upcoming Offensive to Liberate Southern Syria

Upcoming Offensive to Liberate Southern Syria

by Stephen Lendman

Along with America’s illegal presence, US/Israeli-supported ISIS and other terrorists occupy southern Syria, bordering Jordan and Golan.

Large numbers of government forces are mobilizing ahead of an offensive to liberate Daraa and Quneitra governorates from their control.

According to AMN News, “the Syrian Army’s High Command redeployed much of the Republican Guard troops from Damascus to the Al-Quneitra Governorate on Friday.”

Elite Tiger forces and Raqqawi tribesmen joined them, the offensive still unknown numbers of days away. Efforts by Damascus to get US/Israeli-supported terrorists in southern Syria to surrender their heavy weapons and leave voluntarily so far failed.

Government forces began shelling their positions ahead of launching a coming ground offensive.

According to Russian UN envoy Vasily Nebenzya, Moscow and Tel Aviv agreed on having only Syrian forces operate in areas near Israel’s border – any foreign military elements there to leave.

It’s unclear if any are there, or if Iran and Hezbollah agreed to go along with this demand. Perhaps so, according to Sputnik News, citing an unnamed Syrian military source, saying no foreign forces will be involved in the upcoming offensive to liberate southern territory bordering Jordan and Israel.

Netanyahu regime propaganda falsely claimed otherwise, saying Iranian and Hezbollah military forces intend joining the offensive by Syrian forces to liberate southern areas.

No Iranian combat troops operate in the country, military advisors alone, Hezbollah forces deployed in other areas.

A Final Comment

According to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), US-led terror-bombing killed eight Dheeb Haddaj civilians in the Hasaka southern countryside.

Days earlier, US-led warplanes massacred 25 al-Fadel village civilians. A fabricated Pentagon report claimed US military operations killed around 500 civilians, injuring scores of others in all US war theaters last year.

Post-9/11, Washington and its rogue allies have been responsible for countless millions of casualties – from naked aggression, related violence, untreated diseases, starvation, and overall deprivation.

From October 2016 to July 2017, US-led terror-bombing massacred tens of thousands of Mosul civilians on the phony pretext of combating ISIS Washington supports.

Tens of thousands more were massacred in the US-led rape and destruction of Raqqa – terror-bombing the city from June through mid-October last year.

Countless thousands more were slaughtered in all US war theaters last year alone – victims of US imperial viciousness.

Since taking office, Trump escalated aggression the Obama regime began, continuing unaccountable high crimes of war and against humanity daily – no end of it in sight.

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