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General Zdravko Tolimir, one of the top commanders in the Army of Republika Srpska during the Bosnian War, has died in The Hague detention center. He had been sentenced to life in prison in 2012 for “war crimes against Bosnian Muslim population.”
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened to “put refugees on buses” and flood Europe with migrants if EU leaders did not offer him enough cash to help curb the influx of asylum seekers, a leaked record of a high-level meeting claims.
Moscow provided the Netherlands with radar and other data on the MH17 crash but it has all been ignored, a Russian aviation official said, responding to the relatives of Dutch victims who recently wrote to President Vladimir Putin.
The Pope apparently doesn’t think that Europe is “a barren woman” after all. In a phone call with German Chancellor Angela Merkel after his 2014 European parliament speech, Pope Francis told her the continent wasn’t that ‘infertile,’ an Italian newspaper has reported.
Segundo essa matéria de Middle East Eye, o secretário de Estado dos EUA culpou a 'oposição' pelo continuado bombardeio na Síria:
O secretário de Estado dos EUA John Kerry disse a assessores sírios, horas depois de as conversações de paz de Genebra terem fracassado, que o país deve esperar mais três meses de bombardeio, que "dizimará" a 'oposição'.
Durante conversa à margem da conferência dessa semana de doadores que sustentam a ''oposição'' síria, em Londres, fontes dizem que Kerry culpou a 'oposição' síria por abandonar as conversações e preparar o caminho para uma ofensiva conjunta de Rússia e do governo sírio contra Aleppo.
"Ele disse 'Não ponham a culpa em mim – culpem lá a oposição de vocês mesmos'" – disse a Middle East Eye uma assessora, que pediu para não ser identificada, temendo represálias contra a organização que representa.
"[O secretário Kerry] disse, basicamente, que a oposição não quis negociar e não quis o cessar-fogo e que todos saíram da sala" – disse outra fonte ao MEE em conversa separada e também sob a condição de que seu nome não fosse divulgado.
"'Querem que eu faça o quê? Que declare guerra à Rússia? É isso que vocês querem?" – a primeira assessora disse que Kerry lhe teria perguntado.
O patético porta-voz do Departamento do Estado alegou que a matéria publicada estaria errada:
John Kirby Verified account @statedeptspox@Charles_Lister Story está errada. @JohnKerry não culpou a oposição pelo colapso das conversações, não tem comentários sobre o regime e não acenou na direção de Assad.
Mas o que se lê aqui me leva a crer que a matéria que mostra Kerry vergastando a 'oposição' está certa, pelo menos em parte:
U.S. Embassy Syria @USEmbassySyria#SecKerry sobre bombardeamento de civis na #Síria: Isso tem de parar. Mas não vai parar se as pessoas levantam-se da mesa de negociações ou não se empenham
Quer dizer: o porta-voz do Departamento de Estado nega que os EUA culpem a 'oposição'; e outra parte do Departamento de Estado culpa precisamente a 'oposição': "não vai parar se as pessoas levantam-se da mesa de negociação e não se empenham". Kerry está visivelmente incomodado por o grupo saudita de 'oposição' ter fugido das conversações da ONU em Viena. Mas a culpa é dos "aliados" que os EUA arranjaram.
“Russian and Syrian forces intensified their campaign on rebel-held areas around Aleppo that are still home to around 350,000 people and aid workers have said the city - Syria's largest before the war - could soon fall.”
Can you spot what’s wrong with that quote, from a Reuters piece out today? Here’s the problem: “could soon fall” implies that Aleppo is on the verge of succumbing to enemy forces. It’s not. It’s already in enemy hands and has been for quite some time. What Reuters should have said is this: “...could soon be liberated.”
While we’ll be the first to admit that Bashar al-Assad isn’t exactly the most benevolent leader in the history of statecraft, you can bet most Syrians wish this war had never started and if you were to ask those stranded in Aleppo what their quality of life is like now, versus what it was like in 2009, we’re fairly certain you’ll discover that residents aren’t particularly enamored with life under the mishmash of rebels that now control the city.
In any event, Russia and Iran have encircled Aleppo and once it “falls” (to quote Reuters) that’s pretty much it for the opposition. Or at least for the “moderate” opposition. And the Saudis and Turks know it.
So does John Kerry, who is desperate to restart stalled peace negotiations in Geneva. The problem for the US and its regional allies is simple: if Russia and Iran wipe out the opposition on the battlefield, there’s no need for peace talks. The Assad government will have been restored and that will be that. ISIS will still be operating in the east, but that’s a problem Moscow and Tehran will solve in short order once the country’s major urban centers are secured.
As we noted on Saturday, Riyadh and Ankara are extremely concerned that the five-year-old effort to oust Assad is about to collapse and indeed, the ground troop trial balloons have already been floated both in Saudi Arabia and in Turkey. For their part, the Russians and the Iranians have indicated their willingness to discuss a ceasefire but according to John Kerry himself, the opposition is now unwilling to come to the table.
“Don’t blame me – go and blame your opposition,’” an exasperated Kerry told aid workers on the sidelines of the Syria donor conference in London this week.
Dozens of activists claiming to be from Social Democratic People’s Bicycle Commando Germany trashed or torched nearly 50 luxury cars and storefronts in Berlin this weekend in response to growing gentrification and living costs.
American whistleblower and free speech advocate Chelsea Manning, who leaked 750,000 classified US military files to WikiLeaks, has spoken out about her experience of incarceration in a secure military prison.
Despite the restrictions on her freedoms, Manning has become a passionate free speech campaigner, taking opportunities to communicate from prison whenever she can.
In a tranche of letters sent to Amnesty International UK, she reveals snippets of her past, her life in prison and the perilous path that led her there. Amnesty, which has supported Manning since her arrest, has presented her account in podcast form using the voice of an actress. Early life
Manning, who was previously known as Private Bradley Manning, was serving in the US Army in Iraq in 2009 as a military analyst. Troubled by the actions of US forces and their allies, she made a decision to leak a large amount of classified US military files.
The leak, which her supporters say was in the public interest, led to her incarceration, isolation, and the loss of decades of her freedom. She is now locked up in a secure military prison in the US serving a 35-year sentence.
Speaking to Amnesty, Manning recounted her early life in an insular town in Oklahoma as being rough. She said both of her parents were heavy drinkers and were prone to erratic and abusive behavior. Her father traveled a lot, so much of her childhood was spent with her sister and her mother.
Turkish police have fired tear gas at thousands of people protesting in the city of Diyarbakir. Citizens of the Kurdish-majority city had been demonstrating against the continuation of a crackdown on Kurdish activists by Turkish police.
Parties to the Syrian conflict, including anti-government armed groups, as well as Al-Nusra Front and Islamic State, have committed "serious violations" of the rights of detainees, including torture and killing, according to United Nations investigators.
Russian citizens detained in Turkey on suspicion of terror-linked activities are usually deported to third countries, thus escaping prosecution, says Russia’s ambassador to Ankara. None of them have ever been charged in Turkey.
Riled by a meeting between a US official and the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), which controls the Syrian town of Kobane, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has told Washington to choose between Turkey and, as he put it, the “terrorists.”
A delegation featuring Brett McGurk, the United States' envoy to the coalition it leads against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL), met the YPG over the last weekend in January. The YPG took full control of Kobane late last June, in what was a powerful symbol of Kurdish resistance.
"He [Brett McGurk] visits Kobane at the time of the Geneva talks and is awarded a plaque by a so-called YPG general?" Erdogan told reporters on his plane while returning from a trip to Latin America and Senegal, the Beser Haber newspaper reported.
"How can we trust [you]?" Erdogan said.
"Is it me who is your partner, or the terrorists in Kobane?" the Turkish president said, adding that both the PYD and the YPG are "terrorist organizations." Ankara considers them to be part of the PKK, banned in Turkey as a terrorist group.
According to US officials, the trip appeared to be the first of its kind to northern Syria since 2013. It took place after the YPG's political wing, Syria’s Democratic Union Party (PYD), was excluded from new peace talks in Geneva. Ankara had threatened to boycott the talks if the PYD were invited.
The conflict between the Turkish government and Kurdish insurgent groups demanding greater autonomy for the large ethnic group has been continuing for decades. With several failed ceasefires between the sides, Ankara has been blamed by a number of human rights groups for putting civilian lives at risk in Turkey's mainly Kurdish southeast.
In August, Ankara launched a ground operation to crack down on Kurdish fighters linked to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). The violence ended a two-year truce with Kurdish militants fighting a guerrilla war for independence.
"Turks have a phobia of Kurds because they are scared of their Turkish Kurds, some 20 million of them living in Turkey,” Abd Salam Ali, the Kurdish Democratic Union Party's representative to Russia, told RIA Novosti, adding that “Kurds have interfered with Erdogan's plans in Turkey.”
"Islamic State has military bases in Turkey, and is using it as a corridor. Turkey currently plays a role similar to the one Pakistan played in the 1980s. When the Soviet forces were stationed in Afghanistan, jihadists arrived there through Pakistan, along with the money and arms," Abd Salam Ali noted.
In an interview to RT Arabic, the head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bahrain, Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, has denied media reports that Manama is planning to send ground troops to Syria.
Media outlets including Reuters have cited the kingdom’s ambassador to the UK, Sheikh Fawaz bin Mohammed Al Khalifa, who allegedly claimed his country will send troops to Syria “with the approval of Saudi Arabia.” Last week, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) stated their readiness to join the ground operation in Syria to fight Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL).
“The statement made by the Bahraini ambassador in London was misunderstood. Our ambassador did not say that Bahrain plans to send or is even ready to send its ground troops to Syria or any other country to fight terrorism,” Khalid Al Khalifa told RT Arabic. “Bahrain is true to its commitment to fighting terrorism, within the framework of the international coalition established in October 2014.”
However, Bahrain does not wish to be part of a ground operation in Syria:“We take great interest in the stability of the brother nation [of Syria] and the expulsion of terrorists from its land. In this regard, the international community must have full mutual understanding, and understand our position on the need to fight internationally recognized terrorists of all colors.”
Western nations are making “huge efforts” to prevent a NATO membership referendum in Montenegro, as pro-Alliance groups are not sure citizens would vote to join a force which bombed them a short while ago, Russia's deputy foreign minister has said.
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