Archivio | marzo, 2012

BAHRAIN – New Martyr in Bahrain

31 Mar
New Martyr in Bahrain
Local Editor

The Bahraini police continues attacking civilians, thus, leading to a daily scoring of more martyrs.

News Agencies reported that the Bahraini police martyred the 22-year-old protester Ahmad Ismail Hassan near the Bahraini capital early on Saturday.

According to al-Wefaq opposition group, Hassan was wounded in the stomach when Bahraini authorities militia men, in civilian clothing, fired on protesters calling for “democracy and an end to dictatorship” in Salmabad.
“Doctors were unable to save him,” the statement said adding that “regime militants carried out the shooting.”

However, the interior ministry claimed in its statement that “the autopsy showed the bullet was not fired by Barhaini forces.”
“The first results of the inquiry do not enable us to identify those responsible for the gunfire,” it claimed.

Al-Wefaq’s accusation came a week after the group said that a man and a woman died of asphyxiation caused by tear gas grenades fired by Bahrain’s security forces to disperse protests in villages.
On Thursday, hundreds of protesters staged a sit-in outside the offices of the United Nations in Manama demanding action over the “excessive use of tear gas against demonstrators.”

Bahraini police regularly clash with demonstrators who take to the streets in villages despite a brutal crackdown last year on protests that demanded democratic change in the tiny Gulf kingdom.

Source: News Agencies, Edited by

SYRI/ SAUDI ARABIA/ JORDAN – US Report: KSA Seeks to Funnel Arms to Syria’s Rebels via Jordan

31 Mar
US Report: KSA Seeks to Funnel Arms to Syria’s Rebels via Jordan
Local Editor

The US famous daily, “Wall Street Journal”, unveiled Saturday that “Saudi Arabia has pressed Jordan to open its border with Syria to allow weapons to reach armed groups fighting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime.”

However, officials from both countries warned that “this move could buoy Syria’s opposition and harden the conflict in the country and across the region.”
“In a March 12 meeting in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah asked his Jordanian counterpart to permit weapons shipments into Syria in exchange for economic assistance to Jordan,” these officials said adding that “Jordan hasn’t yet agreed.”

The report further expressed fear that “arming the opposition could escalate prospects for a broader regional conflict.”
“In Baghdad, Iraq’s Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki warned that arming the Syrian opposition could invite a repeat of the insurgency and sectarian strife that consumed Iraq for years after the 2003 US-led invasion,” The WSJ reported
“It will lead to regional and global proxy wars in the Syrian arena,” Maliki said.

Despite all warns, the paper pointed out that “Jordanian officials said they are unlikely to resist Saudi pressure for long.”
“We are a non-interventionist country. But if it becomes force majeure, you have to join-this is the story of Jordan,” said a top Jordanian official.
According to the newspaper, “Jordan remains nervous about arming the rebels, worried that a larger conflict in Syria could engulf the region.”
“Adding to these concerns are beliefs by several governments that extremist groups such as al-Qaeda are now actively fighting against al-Assad’s government, and that they may have been behind bombings in Damascus and Aleppo, Syria’s two largest cities,” the paper asserted.
 In parallel, a Jordanian official said “you have to be very careful who you arm and don’t arm. We don’t quite know who this opposition is.”
The paper also noted to the economic crisis Jordan is suffering due to Syria’s crisis.
“The Syrian crisis is already affecting Jordan’s economy. Before the conflict, about 70% of Jordan’s imports and about 25% of its exports were routed through Syria, according to the country’s Transport Ministry, which didn’t provide dollar figures. Now those imports and exports have fallen to virtually zero,” the ministry said.

Source: WSJ, Edited by

IRAN/ SYRIA – Iran supports reforms in Syria: Official

31 Mar

Iran supports reforms in Syria: Official

Tehran, March 31, IRNA – Head of National Security and Foreign Policy in Iranian parliament said Tehran hopes that Syrian President Bashar Assad will keep stability in his country and restore peace to Syria by implementing reforms and preventing foreign interference.

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According to Majlis (parliament) Media Department, Alaedin Boroujerdi said Syria crisis began with the planning of US and its allies and in fact it was US reaction to losing its most important ally in the Middle East i.e. Egypt.

He added reforms in Syria need peace to be put in practice and it seems that reforms can influence the developments in that country and the conditions are better than the past.

Boroujerdi criticized Turkey’s policy on Syria and said Ankara neglected the important principle of solidarity between neighbours and followed the superficial slogan of supporting Syrian people while majority of Syrians support reforms in Syria and are against foreign intervention.

He added Turkey is now moderating its policies on Syria and this is shown in (Turkey’s Prime Minister) Erdogan’s remarks.

Criticizing Saudi Arabia and Qatar’s policies on Syria, Boroujerdi said talking about democracy by these two countries is more like a joke since their political systems are extremely far from democracy.

On Kofi Annan’s peace plan on Syria, Boroujerdi said any plan which is confirmed by the government of Syria can be accepted.

Any foreign intervention in Syria will make more problems in that country and is naturally unacceptable but any proposal that is accepted by the people and government of Syria is welcomed by the Islamic Republic of Iran, too, said the official.


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