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December 13, 2012
14:34 // 1 year ago
December 12, 2012
15:17 // 1 year ago
December 11, 2012
16:06 // 1 year ago
December 3, 2012
This is a red line for the United States. I am not going to telegraph in any specifics what we would do in the event of credible evidence that the Assad regime has resorted to using chemical weapons against their own people. But suffice it to say we are certainly planning to take action if that eventuality were to occur.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton • Making clear that the United States will not remain idle on the sidelines any longer if the Syrian government uses chemical weapons on civilians or rebel forces inside the country. The United States and other nations have maintained a mostly hands-off policy with regards to the conflict in Syria, instead pushing for change via diplomacy, though international pressure has yet to yield any significant results outside of occasional political defections. The Syrian government has already responded with a denial that they own such weapons, saying officials would never do such a thing “under any circumstances.” source
14:22 // 1 year ago
November 29, 2012
Palestine appeals to UN General Assembly: The Palestinian Authority is expected to make major headway at the United Nations today, where a majority of the General Assembly is expected to vote in favor of granting the Authority “non-member state” status. The United States continues to oppose such a change, preferring instead to see a two-state solution arise from peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. source

Palestine appeals to UN General Assembly: The Palestinian Authority is expected to make major headway at the United Nations today, where a majority of the General Assembly is expected to vote in favor of granting the Authority “non-member state” status. The United States continues to oppose such a change, preferring instead to see a two-state solution arise from peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. source

16:30 // 1 year ago
November 27, 2012
Not to go to the UN would be suicidal for the Palestinian Authority. All these people [in Gaza] took the brunt of the attack and now we should chicken out because they [the US and Israel] will cut off some money? What we’re doing is not violent; it’s not military; it’s not illegal. The world should see that if they keep maintaining the status quo, it will get you nothing but more bloodshed. That’s the lesson from Gaza.
Senior Palestinian official Nabil Shaath - Assuring the Guardian’s Chris McGreal that Palestinians’ resolve to seek recognition of statehood from the United Nations would be broken by monetary threats. Several countries, most notably the US and UK, have been pressuring the Palestinian Authority to make various concessions ahead of its next attempt to gain international recognition on November 29. Much of the concern allegedly stems from the Israeli’s government’s fear that it will be dragged before the International Criminal Court on war crimes charges related to the Gaza offensive that took place four years ago. source
16:22 // 1 year ago
November 26, 2012
15:58 // 1 year ago
November 15, 2012

Fears of a new war in Gaza follow escalation in hostility between Israel and Hamas

  • yesterday The Israel Defense Force conducted an airstrike to claim the life of high ranking Hamas leader Ahmed Jabari. Footage of Jabari’s final moments was uploaded to YouTube by the IDF within minutes, and the Israeli military’s international spokesperson began to taunt remaining militants inside of Gaza. Hamas reportedly responded by firing more than 200 rockets across Israel’s southern border.
  • today Israel responded by attacking a number of suspected launch sites and is reportedly amassing forces (including tanks) along the nation’s southern border in preparation for a ground offensive. Both sides have reported casualties, primarily civilians, and both the IDF and Hamas have attempted to use images of slain children to portray their opposition as the aggressors. Anonymous has also decided to enter the fray, following word that the Israeli government planned to cut internet connectivity inside of Gaza. source
13:28 // 1 year ago
June 28, 2012
Syria is our friend, and we fulfil all our obligations to our friends. According to a 2008 contract, we repaired three Mi-25s and are ready to deliver them on time.
Alexander Fomin, head Russia’s federal service for military-technical cooperation • Confirming that Russia still plans to deliver three attack helicopters to the Syrian government. Many assumed the deal was dead after a carrying the helicopters was forced to turn around last month, after when its UK-based insurer revoked the ship’s coverage.  While Russia has considered delivery via air, if they are unable to insure a ship, one official said that the delivery still ultimately depends “on whether we can withstand the pressure from the west.”  source (viafollow)
15:44 // 2 years ago
June 27, 2012
17:43 // 2 years ago