Friday, 28 September 2012

Zionist and Al Qaeda: No difference

Via Press TV
The CEO of Press TV says the al-Qaeda and the Zionists act in the same ways when it comes to committing crimes.

“The Zionists and the Americans, who are apparently the al-Qaeda’s enemies, have gone to the point that today their infantry, which is al-Qaeda, commits the same crimes that the Zionists did in Lebanon and Palestine,” Dr. Mohammad Sarafraz said in an interview with IRIB late Thursday.

Regarding the assassination of Press TV’s correspondent in Syria, Maya Nasser, Sarafraz said that Naser and his colleagues had received 'numerous death threats' months before his murder.

He said the Press TV and Al-Alam Damascus Bureau had received numerous threatening messages over the past few months, adding journalists working for the two Iranian news networks had been directly and repeatedly threatened with death.

Sarafraz said that such threats were part of Western efforts to block the free flow of news dissemination on the regional developments including what is going on in Syria.
"The enemy now targets the free flow of news dissemination and anyone trying to express views that are different from the enemies is either intimidated as part of the psychological warfare so that they fail to do their job efficiently, or the threats are actually carried out and the news person is assassinated,” the top IRIB official added.

Insurgents in the Syrian capital of Damascus attacked Press TV staff, killing the Iranian English-language news network’s correspondent, Maya Naser, and injuring Press TV and Al-Alam Damascus Bureau Chief Hosein Mortada, on Wednesday.

Naser was shot and killed by a sniper, while Mortada, a Lebanese national, was shot and wounded in the back.

The two were covering twin bomb blasts, which targeted the military command building in the Syrian capital and killed at least four Syrian security forces.

Kenyan Army captures Kismayo: The Implications

Picture courtesy of Al Jazeera

Nicodemus M. Minde
Friday 28th October 2012: Kenyan army says it has entered Somali port city of Kismayo and captured an al-Shabab major military stronghold. “[Report that] Kismayo fell today to KDF [Kenyan Defence Forces] and TFG [Somali government troops] forces are indeed very true," Cyrus Oguna, military spokesman, told Kenya's Citizen television. Oguna said that the troops had entered Kismayo early on Friday. Kenya sent its troops into Somalia last October after the fighters were blamed for a series of raids on Kenyan soil targeting its security forces as well as Western tourists.

Ever since the KDF entered Somalia, Kenya has faced reprisal attacks many of which have been claimed by the Al Shabaab terror group. The implications of the seizure of Kismayo means more attacks aimed at Kenya. The militia group are notorious of grenade attacks aimed at religious targets mostly churches, entertainment spots and other key strategic places. With a majority of Al Shabaab sympathizers in Kenya mostly jobless youth who are radicalized by Islamic extremism, then it’s certain that Kenya should embrace itself for more reprisal attacks in the coming days.    

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

The Dirty Tricks of Save the Children

25 September 2012: In my usual daily routine, I open all the major news websites in the world upon my getting to work. I also listen to world news on the radio on my way to work. I have now been accustomed to that. Today, I was greeted with the headline Syria child trauma 'appalling' - Save the Children in one news website. The Syrian crisis has gone for over a year now. Anti-government protests erupted in the southern city of Deraa in mid-March 2011 which ignited countrywide protests and have been going on to date. There have been repeated calls for the Syrian President Bashaar Al Assad to step down. Nowhere have these calls been so fervent than from the Western nations. The protests in Syria were part of the Middle East and the Arab Spring uprisings last year. The protests saw the deposition of leaders such as Muammar Gadhafi of Libya, Tunisia’s leader Ben Ali, President Hosni Mubarak, the Western puppet, and Yemeni longtime leader Abdullah Saleh. Attempts to see off Mr. Assad have been thwarted partly due to the divided ‘opposition’ the likes of the Free Syrian Army (FSA), the National Coordination Committee (NCC) and the Syrian National Council (SNC) which is the equivalent of the then opposition council, the National Transitional Council (NTC) of Libya. As part of the move to end the escalating crisis in the country, the Arab League appointed Kofi Annan as a peace envoy to mediate the crisis. He failed miserably and decided to throw in the towel. Kofi Annan with his six-plan peace strategy failed due to undoubtedly western interference and western incessant desire for regime change and backing rebels. Long time Algerian diplomat Lakhdar Brahimi replaced Kofi Annan. Brahimi has also started on a bad footing. In his first interview, he admitted that his work will be challenging. In yet another move of western interference, Mr. Brahimi says that the government of President Bashar al-Assad was "not serious about making reforms". He was speaking the UN Security Council.

I would like to draw your attention to the striking headline: Syria Child trauma “appalling” as documented by a report by Save the Children.  It says almost every child it spoke to has seen a family member killed. The report gives testimonies collected from refugees in camps outside Syria. The report reveals that children are been killed, maimed and tortured in the country's brutal civil war. The report further indicates that children have also witnessed the deaths of parents, siblings, other children, and torture. I don’t totally discount these finds nor do I totally agree with them either. Of great concern is the motive of such a report. It is not new to the cycles of a humanitarian disaster to witness the horrendous and harrowing sights of children suffering from the traumas of wars and its effects. The children of Iraq and Afghanistan long for such reports. This British Charity firm may have clear and humanitarian intentions, but their intention is no doubt driven by the Western agenda of regime change. Brahimi has a lot to do. He must do a great balancing act to solve the crisis in Syria. Western International NGOs and Western pressures will be enomous. His task now is to balance it out. It is not going to be easy.