Report: Arab/European elements helped Israeli intelligence kidnap a Palestinian in Ukraine

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Palestine, (Pal Telegraph) – UFree Network to defend the rights of Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli jails scrutinized the new information released by prisoner Dirar Abu Sisi for Al-Damir Association for Human Rights. According to his statement, Arab and European parties tracked him while in Egypt, Jordan and Ukraine in addition to contributing to his kidnapping then sending him to Israel. Al-Damir Association for Human Rights revealed on Thursday 27th December 2012, some details about the kidnapping operation that targeted him in Ukraine carried out by elements of the Israeli intelligence service (Mossad) in February 2011.
Al Damir’s lawyer, Mohammad Al Abid, met Abu Sisi in Israeli prison of Ashkelon on Wednesday 26th December 2012. Within the interview, Abu Sisi revealed exclusive information and details for the first time.

“Few days before I was kidnapped, I decided to travel with my wife and children to Ukraine so I can apply for a resident permit there as my wife, Noor, holds the Ukrainian citizenship. We packed our luggage and travelled after making sure we have all documents for citizenship process. In the meantime, I decided to go to Jordan via Egypt prior leaving to Ukraine thus I can meet my dad to check on his health.” Stated Abu Sisi
Abu Sisi added that once he left Gaza to Egypt and shortly after entering Egyptian territories, he felt restless and worried as some people monitored his movement until he arrived to Cairo Airport. Dirar suggested that those elements might belong to Egyptian intelligence.

His statements continued, “I travelled from Egypt to Jordan where I was received by Jordanian intelligence who investigated my identity and jailed me directly. They blindfolded and led me to a detention centre where they interrogated me constantly for14 hours. They kept me in the detention and banned me from travelling to Ukraine for 5 days. Within these 5 days, they would leave me sleep with my family after spending the whole day at the detention. On the fifth day I was told that I will be deported to Ukraine not Gaza which was accepted for me.”

Abu Sisi continued to narrate and spoke of his kidnapping in Ukraine, “I travelled by train to Kharkov where I applied for the resident permit. Then I asked my wife and children to return to Jordan then Gaza which happened later on. Then, my brother who lives in the Netherlands phoned me where I asked to meet him in Kiev. In a Friday night I participated in a religious ceremony to celebrate the birth of prophet Muhammad, an event organized by the Muslim community in one of Kharkov city. The event ended and I took the train to Kiev to meet my brother as arranged. While in the train, three men in Ukrainian police uniform came to me, checked my identity and asked me to get off at the next stop to make sure that I legally entered the country. Then, they confiscated all my belongings and put me in a special chamber inside the train escorted by a policeman until I arrived to Poltava city. On the way, I told them that what they were doing is illegal and that I did not commit any fault, yet they mocked me and laugh.”

As Abu Sisi arrived in Poltava, tens of policemen were awaiting him. They hit and banged him in all his body which left some injuries in his knees.

“Then they blindfolded my eyes, tied my feet and hands before they violently throw me in a car accompanied by two policemen. The journey lasted for more than 5 hours. After that, they took me out of the car to a house where they stripped searched me fully. I was then interrogated and intimidated for 6 hours by 5 people who presented themselves as Israeli Mossad. Then they blindfolded me again and took me away in another small van. This journey took few hours where later I heard the sound of airplanes which made me realise it was an airport. Then, I was put in a very small place in an airplane. I was not able to sit, stand or move but remained in squat position for 5 hours with my hands and legs cuffed. Afterward I felt suffocated then fainted. Later, the airplane landed and they put me in a room in the airport before I was taken by a car to an Israeli jail. I was then told that I’m imprisoned by Israeli Mossad in Bitah Tikva detention. From that moment, a harsh stage of suffering, intimidation, torture and bullying started.” Added Abu sisi

UFree Network has announced earlier that it possesses some top secret information which prove the involvement of some security services of a number of countries in the kidnapping of Abu Sisi. Upon, the released information by Abu Sisi, UFree reckons that it is a must  for Court Systems in the countries he mentioned to investigate what he exposed. It further calls for investigating these security services and their officials as they are responsible for what happened to Abu Sisi.

UFree Network calls on Human Rights organizations to immediately interfere and release Abu Sisi who is illegally jailed and exposed to torture and suffering. It also calls them to open an investigation on the information declared by Abu Sisi.
It is worth mentioning that UFree also calls on people to sign the International petition against solitary confinement and arbitrary detention practiced against Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails.

Click here to sign petition:http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/supportdirarabusisi/

(networkedblogs.com / 29.12.2012)

Syrian death toll climbs to nearly 400 as violence flares

Destruction in the southwest Syrian town of Daraya on Dec. 27, 2012. (AFP)

Destruction in the southwest Syrian town of Daraya on Dec. 27, 2012.

Nearly 400 people were reported dead in Syria Saturday, including some 150 charred corpses that were found in Deir Baalba in Homs, according to activist media.

In Aleppo at least 20 people were killed amid flaring clashes between the regime’s forces and members of the Free Syrian Army (FSA).

The Syrian Media Center reported that surface-to-surface missiles were launched on Mar’ea in the suburb of Aleppo.

Sana Revolution reported that a “massacre” took place in Khamsya town near Aleppo. The fighting in Aleppo forced Syria’s national airline to cancel a flight into the city.

Cairo airport officials said a flight that was supposed to stop in Aleppo before continuing to Damascus flew straight to Damascus “because of the deteriorated security situation” near the Aleppo airport.

It was the first time a flight to Syria’s largest city had been canceled because of fighting near the airport, they said. The Syrian government and its airline did not comment.

Rebels seeking to topple President Bashar Assad have launched a campaign to seize government airports as a way to cut the regime’s supply lines and strike a blow against its air power, the biggest threat faced by rebel forces.

While the rebels have yet to seize a major airport, they have disrupted traffic at some with heavy machine-gun fire, and flights to Damascus have been canceled due to fighting near its airport.

Syrian airlines is the only carrier still flying to Damascus, running one flight per day, though some officials still consider the trip too risky.

(english.alarabiya.net / 29.12.2012)

‘US using spy agencies of other countries against Pakistan’

* Defence secretary says Islamabad has ‘complete’ list of CIA agents in Pakistan

* US, UK against Pakistan’s nuclear programme

Staff Report 

ISLAMABAD: Defence Secretary Lt General (r) Asif Yaseen Malik on Friday said that the US is using the spy agencies of other countries against Pakistan.
Speaking to a select group of journalists at the Defence Ministry, the defence secretary said Pakistan had complete information about the CIA agents working in the country. He said Pakistan has been informed by the US regarding presence of the CIA agents.
He added that no country was allowed to work undercover in the country. “The CIA also uses the agencies of other countries.” He said the US and Britain are against the nuclear assets of Pakistan, adding that America is using agencies of other countries against the country.
General Asif said there is no formal agreement between CIA and the ISI for secret operation. He said 95 percent of the defence policy is made by the three defence services on the basis of mutual consultation. He added that negotiations were going on for the replacement of spy aircraft that were damaged in attacks on Mehran and Kamra bases.
Malik noted that after the case of Raymond Davis, the question of US agents was talk of the town in Pakistan and public wanted to know about it. The defence secretary said that compared to the past, the US tone with Pakistan has changed due to some dynamics. Pakistan developed ties with US on mutual interest basis, he said, adding that the country renewed its ties with the US after it restored NATO supplies suspended in November last year when NATO airstrike in Salala caused deaths of Pakistani soldiers.
Malik noted that the Pakistani and US officials have on several occasions said that irritants in the ties between the two countries have been minimised and they are developing on a positive trajectory. In response to a question, he said that the Defence Ministry had not received any order from the Law Ministry on former army chief Gen (r) Aslam Baig and former ISI DG Lt Gen (r) Asad Durrani in the Asghar Khan case.
Nevertheless, he said no objection could be raised if the civilian government takes action against them. The secretary clarified that there is no political cell in the ISI. To a question on operation in the North Waziristan, Malik said that Pakistan has the capacity to launch an operation in the area but doing so without sealing the Afghan border is not fruitful.
On the condition of the Pakistan International Airlines, he said that new airplanes were provided to the PIA and the government released 4-8 million dollars to it. Since September PIA has been earning profit and losses have been controlled, he further said. The debt against PIA was Rs 42 billion in 2008 but has now risen to Rs 152 billion, he said. “Government is working on a policy to get the PIA out of loss,” he said.

(www.dailytimes.com.pk / 29.12.2012)

A Palestinian village and its hostile Israeli neighbors

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Gaza, (Pal Telegraph) – Between the years 23 and 15 BC, Herod the Great, the Roman client king of ancient Judea, commissioned a lavish palace to be built for himself within the fortress of Herodium. Atop a large plateau situated 12 kilometers from Jerusalem, Herod placed his palace in a strategic position from which he could fortify the Roman Empire’s control of the area.

Today, upon the scattered remains of Herod’s palace and its accompanying city of Herodium, sits the Palestine village of Jabl al-Furdous. The village along with the ruins of Herod’s palace fall within what is now known as Area C of the West Bank in the occupied Palestinian territories – Area C signifies the 62% of the West Bank which falls under complete Israeli civil and military control.

During his rule, King Herod was known for his harsh attitude and polices directed towards the local Jewish population—a suppression which eventually came back to bite him in the year 112 AD when the native Jewish population rebelled and took over his palace.

As of 1990, the modern day Jewish population has once again attempted to reassert its control over the tiny hilltop and subsequently the entire surrounding area via its creation of an Israeli military base upon Herod’s ruins.

The ruins of Herod the Great’s ancient palace now play home to the antagonistic relationship between the newly built Israeli military base, vying to assert its control on the area, and the villagers of Jabl al-Furdous, struggling to gain access to their land in order to survive.

The Fawzi family lives directly alongside the new Israeli military base and represent the plight of a big part of villagers’ life in Jabl al-Furdous.

(networkedblogs.com / 29.12.2012)

Three Children Sentenced To 4 Months Each

The Palestinian Detainees Studies Center reported that the Israeli Salem military court sentenced three Palestinian children from Azzoun town near the northern West Bank city of Qalqilia, to four months imprisonment each

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The court also delayed deliberations in the case of another child from Jenin, and released his brother.
Lawyer Mustafa Azmouti told the Center that that Salem court sentenced Qais Waddah Shbeita, 16, Mohammad Adel Shbeita, 16, and Mohammad Abdul-Fattah Radwan, 15, to four months each. They were all kidnapped after the army broke into their homes in Azzoun on December 7, and are currently held at the Majeddo prison.

In related news, the Salem court postponed deliberations in the case of a detained child identified as Ihsaan Ayman Aabed, 14, until December 30 after ordering a psychological assessment, but refused to release him.

The court released his brother Osama, 13, after ordering his family to pay a NIS 3000 fine.

The two brothers were kidnapped by the army, on December 13, while in their family’s orchard, close to the Annexation Wall.

Furthermore, the court extended the remand of Palestinian Security Officer, Hamed Salim Badwan, 32, until January 10, 2013. Badwan, also from Azzoun, is currently held captive at the Majiddo prison; he was kidnapped by the army on December 17.

The court also decided to delay deliberations in the case of detainee Bahaa’ Mahmoud Marshoud, from the northern West Bank city of Nablus, to “grant the prosecution more time to prepare an indictment”. He is currently being held at the Al-Jalama interrogation facility.

Furthermore, the court ordered the release of Fadi Mohammad Abu Samra, 24, from Serees village, near Jenin, and ordered him to pay a 600 NIS fine; he was kidnapped by the army on November 2, 2012.

In a recent report, the Palestinian Ministry Of Detainees reported that this year witnessed a sharp increase in Israeli violations against Palestinian children, and that Israeli soldiers kidnapped 900 Palestinian children comparing to 700 kidnapped last year.

There are currently more than 140 Palestinian children who are currently under interrogation or awaiting trial, and a total of 200 who are held by Israel, including 32 who are under the age of 16.

Israel is currently holding captive at least 4600 Palestinians, including 200 children and 11 women, in addition to 1200 detainees who are ill, including 20 who are continuously held at prison clinics.

The ill detainees who suffering from different diseases and health conditions, including cancer, and are not receiving the adequate and specialized medical care they require.

20 of them are continuously staying at the Ramla Prison Clinic that lacks specialists, basic equipment and supplies, 18 detainees suffer from cancer, liver failure, or heart conditions, and 85 detainees who suffer from physical or mental conditions.

Israel is also holding captive 184 Administrative Detainees without charges or trial, in addition to 13 democratically-elected legislators, three former ministers, dozens of teachers, academics, political and social figures.

There are 530 detainees who have been sentenced to at least one life term,109 detainees have been imprisoned since before the first Oslo agreement was signed in 1993, 70 have been imprisoned for more than 20 years, 23 detainees have been imprisoned for more than 25 years, and one detainee, Karim Younis, has been imprisoned since 30 years.

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(www.imemc.org / 29.12.2012)

Swine flu kills nine Palestinians

Palestinian government says that at least nine people have died in an outbreak of the H1N1 influenza strain known as swine flu

Nine Palestinians have died in an outbreak of the H1N1 influenza strain known as swine flu, the office of Palestinian prime minister Salam Fayyad said on Saturday.”Latest figures and information…show that 187 cases have so far been recorded, the majority of which are in the northern West Bank,” it said in a statement. “The number of recorded deaths… stands at nine until now.”

It added that the Palestinian health ministry “has the necessary medicines, testing kits and equipment to deal efficiently with the spread of the virus”.

The virus has affected Israel and the Palestinian territories in the past, killing dozens of people.

In 2009, an H1N1 epidemic erupted in Mexico and spread into a worldwide pandemic that caused at least 17,000 deaths.

In 1997, the H5N1 strain of influenza, commonly known as bird flu, broke out in Hong Kong.

Spreading from live birds to humans through direct contact, it causes fever and breathing problems and claimed 359 human lives in 15 countries, mainly in Asia and Africa, from 2003 to August of this year, according to the World Health Organisation.

Nearly all major epidemic diseases in humans originated in livestock and health professionals keep a constant watch on animal diseases to assess the risk of strains developing that can cross the species barrier.

(english.ahram.org.eg / 29.12.2012)

Hoort u mij?!!!…..

Expertisecentrum WSG

Een maatschappelijk werker van de GGMD raadde moeder een aantal jaren geleden de WSG aan, om de OTS uit te voeren. ‘De WSG, zo zei hij, stelt zich ten doel ouders en/of kinderen met een beperking te begeleiden. Jullie (de ouders) zijn beide doof, dus lijkt mij de WSG de meest aangewezen instelling om mee in zee te gaan.’ En inderdaad in het foldertje van de WSG staat geschreven dat ze er ook zijn voor ouders met een zintuiglijke beperking. De contacten worden gelegd en het wachten is op het kennismakingsgesprek met gezinsvoogd nummer 1. Moeder heeft voor dit gesprek een gebarentolk uitgenodigd bij tolk.net. Na wat beleefdheden uitgewisseld te hebben, vraagt moeder de gezinsvoogd of hij ervaring heeft met dove mensen. Zijn antwoord is kort en bondig: ‘Nee!’

Moeder is evenals de maatschappelijk werker van de GGMD ietwat onthutst. Moeder weet van jongs af aan dat de meeste mensen niet veel ervaring hebben met dove mensen en nauwelijks iets van doofheid afweten. Zij heeft daarmee leren leven. Maar dat de gezinsvoogd van de WSG er ook niets vanaf weet?! Dit blijkt al tijdens het eerste gesprek. Hij begint harder te praten tegen moeder, en als het hem te moeilijk wordt, of als het overbrengen van de boodschap hem te lang duurt,  richt de gezinsvoogd zijn vragen en opmerkingen niet meer aan moeder, maar wendt hij zich tot de maatschappelijk werker.

Deze maakt de gezinsvoogd duidelijk, dat het moeder zelf is die hem de antwoorden op zijn vragen kan geven. ‘Ja, ja, ik begrijp het,  maar gezien de tijd…..!’ Onbeschofter kan haast niet. Na gezinsvoogd nummer 1 volgen er nog drie,  die net zo ‘deskundig’ zijn. Ook de verzoeken aan de rechter om verlenging van de OTS onthullen hun onwetendheid m.b.t. doofheid. De gezinsvoogden onderbouwen deze -zonder dat er enig deskundig diagnostisch onderzoek heeft plaatsgevonden- ondermeer als volgt:

Het feit dat beide ouders doof zijn beperkt ouders in hun inzicht en vermogens om tot een redelijke oplossing te komen van conflicten. Bij het vormen van een eigen mening zijn vader en moeder dan ook in grote mate afhankelijk van de mening van overige familieleden. Dit belemmert de vooruitgang van de hulpverlening.

Het staat er echt! Geschreven door een instelling die zegt expertise te bezitten t.a.v. ouder(s)/kinderen met een zintuiglijke beperking! En de rechter slikt het als zoete koek.

Het brengt mij tot de volgende stelling, die naar mijn idee meer waarheid bevat:

Het feit dat gezinsvoogden door gebrek aan opleiding incompetent zijn, beperkt gezinsvoogden in hun inzicht en vermogens om tot een redelijke hulpverleningsaanbod te komen. Bij het vormen van een eigen mening, zijn gezinsvoogden dan ook in grote mate afhankelijk van de mening van inhoudelijk- en/of teammanagers. Deze managers geven blijk onvoldoende kennis en competenties te bezitten op o.a. gebied van rechts- en wetskennis en menswetenschappen. Een en ander wordt door hen op geheel eigen wijze geïnterpreteerd of genegeerd of domweg niet begrepen. Dit versterkt de incompetentie van gezinsvoogden en belemmert zo de totstandkoming en/of voortgang van een goed hulpverleningsproces waaraan gezinsvoogden gestalte moeten geven. Het leidt tevens tot een onjuiste-, gebrekkige- of zelfs misleidende informatievoorziening aan de rechter.

De WSG is een grote organisatie met een eigen expertisecentrum, waar ze erg trots op zijn. Er zoemen zelfs plannen rond dat er een WSG Academie gaat komen! Hoe prijzen zij hun expertisewaar aan?

Even een greep uit de keuken van expertisecentrum William Schrikker Groep

Het Expertisecentrum draagt actief bij aan het ontwikkelen, borgen en overdragen van kennis en vaardigheden die nodig zijn op het grensvlak van jeugdzorg en gehandicaptenzorg.

Het Expertisecentrum:

* adviseert en ondersteunt professionals

* ontwikkelt nieuwe instrumenten en methodieken

* ontwikkelt trainingen en voert trainingen uit

* geeft advies aan organisaties die hun zorgaanbod willen uitbreiden of verbeteren voor kinderen met een beperking of voor kinderen van ouders met een beperking.

De WSG pakt dit aan middels deskundigheidsbevorderende bijeenkomsten/trainingen variërend van 2 uur tot 2 à 3 dagen. Afsluitend ontvangen de deelnemers een certificaat waarmee zij kunnen aantonen dat zij bekwaam zijn.

Wat biedt de WSG te koop aan:

1. Themapakketten:

kant-en-klare programma’s waarmee leidinggevenden op een inspirerende en actieve manier een inhoudelijke themabijeenkomst voor teams van maximaal 20 medewerkers kunnen organiseren.

Een themapakket bestaat uit een draaiboek, incl. programma , een powerpointpresentatie (op cd-rom) en alle materialen en werkvormen om het programma mee uit te voeren

Bedoeld als deskundigheidsbevordering bij uitvoerend medewerkers.

Een themabijeenkomst duurt gemiddeld 2 uur.

2. Klinische lessen:

In het kader van deskundigheidsbevordering organiseert het Expertisecentrum klinische lessen: dit zijn bijeenkomsten van maximaal 2 uur over een specifiek onderwerp.

Het Expertisecentrum verzorgt de match tussen de kennisvraag van de organisatie en het kennisaanbod van specialisten.

Tijdens een klinische les geeft een deskundige praktijkgerichte, up-to-date kennis over een ziekte, stoornis, handicap of (gedrags)problematiek.

Klinische lessen worden op maat ontwikkeld. Offertes kunnen worden aangevraagd bij het Expertisecentrum. De klinische lessen die voor de William Schrikker Groep worden georganiseerd zijn ook toegankelijk voor externe belangstellenden uit het werkveld.

Voorbeeld van zo’n aankomende klinische les:

Klinische les ‘Seksualiteit en Intimiteit’

Seksualiteit & intimiteit staan als gespreksonderwerp hoog op de kaart binnen de jeugdzorg. Een breed onderwerp waar veel over te zeggen valt. Daarom wordt de klinische les ‘seksualiteit & intimiteit’ in twee delen aangeboden. 17 januari 2013 (les 1) Als we praten over seksualiteit bij kinderen hebben we het echter al snel over seksueel misbruik. Maar wat verstaan we nou eigenlijk onder een “normale” seksuele ontwikkeling? In de eerste klinische les gaat Harriet Hofstede hierover met ons in gesprek. Daarnaast zal zij aandacht besteden aan het herkennen en signaleren van seksueel misbruik. 31 januari 2013 (les 2) Ook al hebben we alle kennis over de seksuele ontwikkeling en seksueel misbruik, dan is het nog niet altijd eenvoudig om hierover met kinderen in gesprek te gaan. In deel 2 van de klinische les laat Harriet Hofstede ons zien hoe we met kinderen in gesprek kunnen gaan over seksualiteit en seksueel misbruik. Het heeft uiteraard de voorkeur dat je beide klinische lessen volgt. De klinische lessen kunnen echter ook apart van elkaar gevolgd worden.

De kosten om klinische lessen te volgen, bedragen 20 euro.

Locatie De klinische lessen vinden plaatsen in het centrale kantoor van de William Schrikker Groep. Het adres: Bijlmerdreef 101, 1102 BP Amsterdam Zuidoost.

3. Trainingen:

Training (eigen)Wijze ouders Een 2-daagse training over communicatie en omgang met ouders van jongeren die met een jeugdbeschermingsmaatregel uit huis zijn geplaatst en wonen in een opvoed- en behandelgroep. Vaak tegen de zin van de ouders. Hoe kun je dan toch goed met deze ouders samenwerken?

Opzet van de training:

* De training bestaat uit 2 dagen.

* Voorafgaand aan de training ontvangen de deelnemers een cursusmap met literatuur.

* De training wordt afgesloten met een proeve van bekwaamheid en als deze voldoende wordt beoordeeld ontvangt de deelnemer een certificaat.

Kosten?

Voor de uitvoering van bovenstaand programma bedragen de kosten ca €3500,-.

Dit is exclusief reis- en materiaalkosten. Expertisecentrum William Schrikker is geen BTW verschuldigd. We hanteren hiervoor een maximale groepsgrootte van 12 deelnemers.

De WSG heeft uiteraard ook nog andere trainingen van 2 – 3 dagen. De kosten daarvan variëren van €3500,-. tot €4500,-.

Zo te lezen schijnt de WSG aardig wat in huis te hebben. Maar schijn bedriegt.

Ik lees: ‘Het Expertisecentrum verzorgt de match tussen de kennisvraag van de organisatie en het kennisaanbod van specialisten.’ Ik denk: ’t Zou nu zo maar kunnen, dat de WSG kennis gaat inkopen bij een doveninstituut. Die mag dan in een 2 of 3 daagse training onbekwame gezinsvoogden aan wat gebaren en weer een certificaatje helpen.’

(jeugdzorg.info /29.12.2012)

Saudi monarchy betraying the Muslim world: Kevin Barret

Interview with Kevin Barrett, an author and Islamic studies expert, from Madison

Saudi Arabia props up the US dollar by buying securities and so on. Basically, they are pumping oil into the American dollar and propping up American imperialism, and that means they’re making a huge compromise with Zionism because the pro-Israeli forces are so strong here in the US that by maintaining this alliance with the US, the Saudis have potentially betrayed the Arab and Palestinian cause and they’ve betrayed the Islamic world because, of course, Palestine has been an Islamically administered holy land ever since Islam existed.”
Saudi Arabia has betrayed the Islamic world, while supporting the United States and Zionists at the expense of Muslims in the Middle East, an outstanding political scholar tells Press TV.

The prominent political analyst goes on to say that Saudi Arabia has been the prime character in crushing the Arab Spring in the Middle East as Muslims call for unity and the downfall of imperialism. This comes as Amnesty International has called on Saudi authorities to stop using excessive force against pro-democracy demonstrators.

Press TV has conducted an interview with Kevin Barrett, an author and Islamic studies expert, from Madison, to further discuss the issue. Barrett is joined by Mark Dankof, a political analyst from San Antonio, and Ali Al Ahmad, director of IGA, from Washington. The following is a rough transcription of the interview.

Press TV: It’s pretty – I’m not too sure what the word for it would be, maybe you can tell us what that word is, when we’re looking at this country, Saudi Arabia, you have questions of rights, rights abuses, there’s rampant corruption, there’s calls for reform, the thousands that are languishing in their jails – I think 30 thousand is the figure based on last count in the report that we just broadcast – and it continues with their arrests.

But yet they come out and they support, for example, regime change in Syria, they promoted that deal in Yemen – it was a one candidate presidency that occurred there – not to mention what they’re doing in Bahrain as our guest, Mark Dankof, mentioned. Why would Saudi Arabia think that it’s okay that it can do that?

Barrett: Saudi Arabia has been a very tight, strategic partner of the United States since President Roosevelt met with Ibn Saud and formalized a relationship in 1945 that has continued ever since.

“Saudi Arabia props up the US dollar by buying securities and so on. Basically, they are pumping oil into the American dollar and propping up American imperialism, and that means they’re making a huge compromise with Zionism because the pro-Israeli forces are so strong here in the US that by maintaining this alliance with the US, the Saudis have potentially betrayed the Arab and Palestinian cause and they’ve betrayed the Islamic world because, of course, Palestine has been an Islamically administered holy land ever since Islam existed.” 

Historically, I think we have to recognize that it was the Saudis who killed the Arab Spring. The Arab Spring died in Bahrain when the Saudis crushed it by invading that country with the blessing of the United States.

The Saudis then used their fiscal might and their connections to push the Arab Spring towards civil wars rather than honest and peaceful protests, starting with Libya and then moving into Syria in an attempt to get rid of the leadership in countries in the region that are aspiring to be independent of this Saudi-American-Zionist – let’s call it what it is – axis of evil.

The Saudis are currently the main backers of the civil war in Syria and, perhaps worst of all, the Saudis are spreading sectarianism throughout the Islamic world by spending billions of dollars to whip up hatred against the Shia.

The Saudis have a brand of Islam that’s rather narrow minded, to say the least, and they’re exporting it all over the world. In many ways, the Saudi government is a perfect example of everything that’s bad in the Middle East today.

It’s just beyond hypocrisy for the Western so-called proponents of democracy to be constantly propping up this outrageously corrupt, vicious, brutal, undemocratic regime in Riyadh.

I hope that the people of Arabia would one of these days wake up and demand change. Once the Arab Spring finally reaches the Saudi Arabia, I think that’s when the Arab Spring will have actually arrived.

Press TV: Different dynamics going on in Saudi Arabia, Kevin Barrett, in terms of a breakdown that we can give of some of the weaknesses that exists there: we can talk about, for example, how two-thirds of the about 20 million residents or Saudis are under 30 – they’re educated, they’re outspoken, they’re aware of events abroad and around them; we could talk about the ailing monarchy – King Abdullah nearing 90, Crown Prince Salman is 76; also, the income gap disparity that exists there where there are people still in Saudi Arabia based on which province, in Jeddah, I believe, that they have to wait in line for water.

So, when you put all these together, it seems like a boiling pot of water that’s waiting to tip over. Your assessment and your gauge on when that might occur?

Barrett: You’re absolutely right. This has been the explosion that will rock the Middle East that’s been awaited for so many years and decades, and frankly I think the American policy makers are absolutely terrified because they realize that they’ve inherited an untenable situation in their relationship with the Saudis.

They realized that the deal they cut with the Saudis built by Roosevelt in 1945 and much, much earlier by the British who actually may have helped foster the Wahhabi movement which is a rather intolerant Islamic movement that had the unfortunate tendency to bring out Takfir out of their Muslims that have claimed that they’re not really Muslims, and in so doing spread strife among Muslims in the Islamic world.

This panicked relationship between the kind of extremist narrow-minded Takfiri movement out of Saudi Arabia and the West with the aim of dividing and conquering Islam, this has been going on for a long time.

But its days are numbered. As you said, the population of Saudi Arabia is very young and increasingly well-educated and increasingly aware of what’s really going on in the world, meaning increasingly aware that their own country is propping up Israel and propping up American imperialism.

If Saudi Arabia ever leaves the American orbit as was broached just one month before the September 11th attacks by the king of Saudi Arabia who said the time has come for parting of the ways, well, if that parting of the ways ever happened and the Saudis took their money out of the US dollar and started putting it into building infrastructure and education for people in the Arab world and the Muslim world, and put their money into uniting Muslims rather than dividing the Muslims, we would be in a whole new world, a world in which the people of Islam would have a much greater voice.

This is what the American policy makers and especially the Zionists are so terrified of. That’s why the future of Arabia is really at the heart of the future of the world in a sense because the American-Zionist empire really does rest on the total control of the oil resources in Saudi Arabia. If that changes, everything changes.

(www.presstv.ir / 29.12.2012)

Activists: Assad’s forces seize Homs district from rebels

Free Syrian Army fighters walk on rubble of damaged buildings in Juret al-Shayah in Homs, Nov. 1, 2012.

BEIRUT (Reuters) — Syrian government forces have pushed rebels from a district in Homs after several days of fierce fighting in the strategically important city, opposition activists said on Saturday.

The army moved into Deir Baalba, a neighborhood on the northeastern edge of Homs, they said, leaving the rebels controlling just the central neighborhoods around the old city and the district of Khalidiyah, immediately to the north.

Homs, in central Syria, was the scene earlier this year of some of the heaviest fighting in the 21-month uprising against President Bashar Assad which has killed at least 45,000 people, according to activist tallies.

On the junction of roads linking Assad’s power base in Damascus to the heartlands of his Alawite minority in the port city of Tartous and Latakia province, Homs has strategic value in his battle with the mainly Sunni Muslim rebels.

There were unconfirmed reports that dozens of fighters had been killed in the battle for Deir Baalba, the director of the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Rami Abdelrahman, said.

Rebels have been gaining ground in recent months, particularly in the northern provinces of Aleppo and Idlib, and launched an offensive in the central Hama province which would extend their control south towards Homs and Damascus.

But an activist in Hama province said on Saturday that the army had reinforced its positions in the town of Morek, which lies on the main north-south highway linking Damascus to Aleppo, to push back rebels who were running low on ammunition.

A rebel attack on the military base of Wadi Deif, further north on the same highway, had also slowed as rebels struggled to maintain supplies, the activist who used the name Ali al-Idlibi told Reuters by Skype.

He also said Assad’s forces had bombarded the provincial town of Karnaz in Hama on Saturday, killing 10 people. Other activists said 12 people were wounded, with no fatalities. It is not possible to verify reports from Syria because authorities restrict media operations in the country.

(www.maannews.net / 29.12.2012)

Egypt’s Mursi says Assad regime has no future in Syria

CAIRO (Reuters) — Egyptian President Muhammad Mursi said on Saturday his country supported the Syrian revolution and that President Bashar Asasd’s administration had no place in Syria’s future.

Mursi said Egypt’s priority was to halt the bloodshed and to work, with “Arab, regional and international support and consensus,” for a political solution that would allow “the Syrian people to replace the current regime” with elected leaders.

“All of that while preserving the unity of Syria,” Mursi, an Islamist, said during a televised speech to Egypt’s Shura Council, or upper house of parliament. “There is no place for the current regime in the future of Syria.”

Assad has been losing ground to rebels waging a 21-month-old uprising. Egyptians ousted their longtime authoritarian president, Hosni Mubarak, in a popular revolt in February 2011. Mursi won office in a free election earlier this year.

“The revolution of the Syrian people, which we support, will go forward, God willing, to realize its goals of freedom, dignity and social justice,” Mursi added.

(www.maannews.net / 29.12.2012)