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27. April 2014, 12.14 Uhr:

UNemanzipation

von Thomas von der Osten-Sacken

Neues aus der UN:

Commission on the Status of Women:  The Council elected 11 members for four-year terms beginning at the Commission’s sixtieth session’s first meeting in 2015 and expiring at the close of the sixty-third session in 2019:  Equatorial Guinea, Liberia, Malawi (African States); Iran and Mongolia (Asia-Pacific States); Albania and Bosnia and Herzegovina (Eastern European States); Colombia (Latin American and Caribbean States); and Belgium, Liechtenstein and Spain (Western European and other States).

26. April 2014, 15.54 Uhr:

Der Westen, Assad und das Giftgas

von Thomas von der Osten-Sacken

Nicht nur setzt das Assad-Regime weiter und (offenbar recht systematisch) Chloringas im Kampf gegen die Opposition ein, nein, nun wird auch bekannt, dass es vermutlich - wer hätte das gedacht? - nicht alle Bestände deklariert hat, und außerdem natürlich weiter über das  Know How verfügen wird, das nötig ist, solche Waffen wieder zu produzieren.

Warum auch sollte das syrische Regime sich anders verhalten? Es gibt ja keine, auch noch so imaginären, roten Linien mehr, die es noch überschreiten könnte. Seit Assad weiß, dass ihm zumindest von Europa oder den USA kein größeres Ungemach droht, wäre er ja dumm, gäbe er all seine Chemiewaffen auf.

Syria maintains an ability to deploy chemical weapons, diplomats say, citing intelligence from Britain, France and the United States that could strengthen allegations Syria’s military recently used chlorine gas in its bloody civil war. (…)

The verification of Syria’s declaration on its poison gas arsenal and its destruction has been overseen by a joint team of the United Nations and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), the global chemical arms watchdog.

Diplomats say Western governments have long suspected Syria did not declare all aspects of its chemical arms program. But the envoys say they have kept silent on the issue to avoid giving Assad an excuse to curtail cooperation with the U.N.-OPCW mission and slow down an already delayed timetable for shipping toxins out of the country.

With more than 90 percent of Syria’s declared chemical stockpiles now out of the country, Western officials have started to break their silence.

“We are convinced, and we have some intelligence showing, that they have not declared everything,” a senior Western diplomat told Reuters, adding that the intelligence had come from Britain, France and the United States.

When asked how much of its program Syria has kept hidden, the diplomat said: “It’s substantial.” He offered no details.

25. April 2014, 12.16 Uhr:

'Kick out ISIS'

von Thomas von der Osten-Sacken

Die nordsyrische Stadt Raqqa wird seit Monaten von den Jihadisten des Islamischen Staates Staates kontrolliert, die dort ihren Scharia-Terror ausüben. Immer wieder kam es zu Demonstrationen gegen diese Herrschaft, jetzt meldet die Zeitung Zaman Alwasl:

Raqqa city, which is completely under ISIS’s control, witnesses these days disturbance and tension inside the state, as news is circulated about cooperation between one of the biggest tribes in the region and many military groups and battalions, to attack ISIS’s centers and kick them out of the city.

“People in Raqqa have fed up of ISIS and its acts in the city and against its people, every day we wake up on news of slaughtering one of our people, cutting their hand, or lashing others in public squares in the city or the countryside without providing any evidence for their decisions, which are usually taken for personal benefits”, A sheikh from al-Brij tribe reported to Zaman Alwasl.

The Sheikh adds that Al-raqqa’s tribes are somehow responsible for enabling ISIS to control the city and now it is their responsibility to throw them out of it. He revealed that his tribe cooperates with many fighting battalions to start the “second revolution” of Raqqa, against the regime which has occupied their city under Islamic cover. He insists on the importance of support by other people in the city to help rebels in their battle against injustice and strangers.

Activists from Raqqa have initiated a campaign called “Raqqa is silently killed” to draw attention to crimes of ISIS in the city, aiming to gathering effort to find a revolutionary body able to return the city to the right track.

23. April 2014, 17.34 Uhr:

Wenn die UN appelliert

von Thomas von der Osten-Sacken

Eigentlich war es ja bislang die UN, an die sich alle möglichen und unmöglichen Appelle richteten, doch seit spätestens in Syrien sich gezeigt hat, wie einflusslos sie in Wirklichkeit ist (Darfur wäre ein weiteres Beispiel, aber wer redet schon noch von Darfur?), liegt es nun an der UN Appelle zu verfassen. So schreiben die Vertreter von gleich vier ihrer Agenturen einen neuerlichen Appell, der so ungehört verklingen wird wie früher, als sie selbst noch der Adressat war, Appelle an die UN:

One year ago, as leaders of UN agencies struggling to deal with the growing human impact of the Syrian crisis, we issued an urgent appeal on behalf of millions of people whose lives and futures hang in the balance: Enough, we said, enough!

That appeal has gone largely unanswered. The war escalates in many areas. The humanitarian situation deteriorates day after day. And for the civilians remaining in the cities of Aleppo and the Old City of Homs, as well as other parts of the country experiencing heavy fighting, the worst days seem yet to come.

As the fighting has intensified in recent weeks, at least one million people are now in need of urgent humanitarian assistance in Aleppo alone. The road from Damascus to Aleppo — a vital lifeline — has often been cut. 1.25 million people are in need of food in Aleppo city and rural parts of the governorate. Other key roads are blocked by different armed forces and groups.

All too often, humanitarian access to those in need is being denied by all sides. Aerial bom-bardment, rockets, mortars and other indiscriminate attacks slaughter innocent men, women, and children. In Aleppo it is reported that there are now only 40 doctors for a population of 2.5 mil-lion people – once there were more than 2,000 – and medical supplies are scarce. The city is sur-rounded on all sides.

6,5 Milliarden $ benötigte die UN, um den Millionen Flüchtlingen und Hungernden einigermaßen zu helfen, heißt es zudem in dem Appell, doch nur 1,2 seien bislang gerade einmal zusammengekommen.

“I think it’s fair to say there is a collective sense of frustration among all the agencies working in Syria,” U.N. spokesman Jens Laerke said. “We are witnessing … the gradual destruction of an entire population. I almost fear where my imagination takes me.” (Quelle)

22. April 2014, 23.39 Uhr:

Die islamische Nation blutet

von Thomas von der Osten-Sacken

Da ging er zum Suna-gemäßen Kopfabscheiden in den Orient und schloss sich dort ISIL an , der Berliner Rapper Denis Cuspert alias Deso Dog alias Abu Talha al-Almani, und nun, so scheint es, kam er nicht im Gefecht mit irgendwelchen Ungläubigen im heiligen Krieg ums Leben, sondern sein Licht wurde von der jihadistischen Konkurrenz der Jabhat al-Nusra ausgeblasen:

He was a member of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) and was reportedly killed in a double suicide bombing carried out by Al-Nusra Front, a rival jihadist group that is Al-Qaeda’s Syria affiliate.

Messages posted on jihadist Internet forums announced his death.

“The Islamic nation is bleeding with the news of the martyrdom of the jihadist fighter, brother Abu Talha al-Almani. May he be accepted by God,” one message read.

Seit zweit Tagen, und das ist auffällig, twittert Cuspert auch nicht mehr, allerdings wird auf einigen deutschen Jihadisten-Seiten behauptet, ein anderer Abu Talha al-Almani sei bei dem Anschlag umgekommen, Cuspert dagegen noch am Leben.

Update: Es scheint sich in der Tat um einen anderen Abu Talha gehandelt zu haben. Seit heute morgen (23.4.2013) twittert Cuspert wieder und erklärt: “as salamu alaikum dear brothers and sisters i did not become shaheed,it was a mistake,may allah accept the other bro.”

21. April 2014, 15.03 Uhr:

Iran ist der Kopf, Hizbollah der Körper

von Thomas von der Osten-Sacken

Aus einem Interview mit Heci Ehmet El Kurdi, einem Offizier von Jahbat al-Akrat, einer kurdischen Brigade, die innerhalb der Free Syrian Army kämpft:

Right now a large part of the aid which Western states are sending is ending up in the hands of Islamists.(…)

If it had been left to the state Syria would have fallen long ago. It went beyond the state a long time ago. It is Iran and Hezbollah which are keeping the regime on its feet. There is the Baath regime but unofficially the country has passed [under the control of] Iran and Iran is governing. It is Iran and Hezbollah which are controlling [the situation] and doing the fighting. On the Syrian War Council there are five people; two are from Iran and two are from Hezbollah. One is from the Syrian regime. In Syria the brain is Iran and the body is Hezbollah. (…)

We as Jabhat El-Akrad want and have as our goal a democratic Syria. We want a free country in which every people can live freely, those of different faiths can find their own space to live, and all constitutional rights will be guaranteed. Our foundational philosophy is to create a free and united country, not to destroy each other. We are fighting for this reason. It is our duty to show respect to every people and faith and to protect them. It is our responsibility to protect the lives and property of  whoever comes to us for help, no matter who they are.

19. April 2014, 11.40 Uhr:

UNHilfe

von Thomas von der Osten-Sacken

Die UN hilft  bedürftigen Menschen in Syrien, vorausgesetzt sie leben in Gebieten, die vom Regime kontrolliert werden, denn Regierungen sind nun einmal die Partner der UN. Wer unter Hungerblockade des Regimes leidet, hat eben Pech gehabt. Statt Nahrung gibt’s dann Giftgas, barrel bombs und täglichen Attilleriebeschuss. Und das mit voller Duldung, ja Unterstützung der sogenannten “Friends of Syria"-Gruppe, der auch die BRD und die USA angehören.

The UN continues to give the Assad regime complete control of all aid distribution, fully aware that, except for token quantities delivered to some areas in calculated regime PR exercises, none of the aid is going to people being deliberately starved to death by the regime.
The Western ‘Friends of Syria’ governments – three of which (the US, Britain and France) are permeanent UNSC members – who are fully cognisant and supportive of this UN policy, continue to give it their tacit approval, issuing no condemnation of the Assad regime’s ongoing deliberate mass starvation of much of the Syrian population.

With the silent complicity of the rest of the ‘international community,’ Assad, Iran and Russia continue to withhold food, medicine, fuel and all forms of humanitarian aid to areas outside the regime’s control – most of Syria – as well as cutting off supplies of water, electricity and all utilities.

These areas are also subjected to daily relentless aerial and ground carpet bombing, with Assad’s forces regularly regularly using ballistic, air-to-surface and surface-to-surface missiles, poison gas, white phosphorous and cluster bombs, again with no complaint from the international community and hardly any coverage by the world’s media.

This policy of collective punishment of a civilian population, which is strictly illegal under international law, is being implemented with full international support, with the victim being lambasted as “terrorists.”


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