On the eve of the fighting, Syrian activist Hisham al-Alabi said in an interview with EFE that the troops are conducting a counter-offensive operation against opposition fighters. According to the human rights activist, Tanks и aviation strike in the areas of Salaheddin, Safe al-Daul and Al-Sukari.
Kofi Annan is very concerned about the concentration of troops in Aleppo. According to his statement, the Syrian military operation emphasizes the need for the international community to take urgent measures to establish a dialogue between the Syrian authorities and their opponents (information “BBC”).
According to the Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem, the opposition in Aleppo will be defeated. This statement was made by the Syrian Foreign Minister at a joint press conference with his Iranian counterpart, Ali Akbar Salehi in Tehran. He said: "We believe that all the anti-Syrian forces gathered in Aleppo to fight the government, and they will definitely be defeated."
200 thousand. The head of UN humanitarian missions, Valerie Amos, said on Sunday that about 200 thousands of Aleppo residents fled the city after a counteroffensive by government forces launched on July 28. Reports about it "Lenta.ru" with reference to France-Presse.
Amos believes that many more people would like to leave Aleppo, but they cannot. In the city, she said, there is not enough water, food, mattresses and blankets, hygiene supplies.
Eyewitnesses claim, reports "Lenta", that to break the resistance of the rebels, the government is not yet possible. Syrian authorities see the battle for Aleppo as the final stage of the civil war; Opposition commanders promise to build a cemetery for the Syrian army in the city. The United States Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta echoed the cheap hirelings of the West and its Arab satellites: this preacher of armed democracy, making a Middle Eastern tour, declared that the attack on Aleppo would be the “nail in the coffin lid” of Bashar Assad.
No inspection! As transmits "Lenta.ru", and the website of the Russian Foreign Ministry on Saturday issued a statement that Russia will not agree to inspect their ships in pursuance of EU decisions from July 23, directed against Syria.
The Russian Foreign Ministry said they would not participate in events against Syria, and stressed that they continue to adhere to the “principled and consistent position of non-acceptance of unilateral sanctions against Syria,” since these sanctions violate the sovereignty of the state.
Lavrov does not prescribe Assad in Moscow. It has long been rumored that Assad and his family are about to move to Moscow (option: to Minsk) for permanent residence. Distributors of rumors put forward a variety of versions: that Putin and Lavrov invited the Syrian President to Moscow, that Assad asked for political asylum, and that Assad’s spouse, Asma, already lives in Moscow, in an apartment overlooking Red Square.
Comrade Lavrov is already tired of refuting such rumors. The other day he had to do it again.
As reported by "Vesti"Referring to ITAR-TASS, Sergey Lavrov said that incessant talk about granting political asylum to Bashar Assad is a “duck”. He said: "Someone launched this" duck "that Russia should take Assad for itself, that Russia is ready for this, and Assad is ready for this, let's lean on Russia."
Comrade Lavrov stressed that "those who are trying to sow this idea in the minds of the international community, do it with unscrupulous goals." “We are not and were not the closest friends of the Syrian regime,” added the Russian Foreign Minister. - His closest friends are in Europe. If someone wants to solve this problem in this way, then let them think about their capabilities. ”
Saudi Arabia wants the “Syrian population” to have the right to protection. As transmits correspondent ITAR-TASS Alexandra PodervyanskayaThe representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Saudi Arabia believes that the people of Syria need to protect themselves from their own government.
“The position of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is known. It is to increase the amount of financial and humanitarian assistance to the Syrian people. The international community should also give them the opportunity to defend themselves, ”Reuters quoted the Foreign Ministry spokesman.
This representative believes that the “Syrian regime” is fighting not against foreign interventionists, but against unfortunate “unarmed Syrians.” To suppress its own people, the Syrian government, according to the Saudi, "imports and uses all types of weapons."
As for the “humanitarian aid to the Syrian people,” the kingdom’s office refused to comment on reports in the Western media that a center for coordinating the communications of Syrian rebels and supplying them to Syria’s rebels was established in Adana (Turkey) weapons.
LA-8 crashed in Iran. As reported yesterday RIA News"referring to Press TV, the amphibious aircraft LA-8 produced by the Russian NPO Aerovolga, when trying to take off Iran, touched the wing of the rock.
The incident occurred at 12.00 local time in Bandar-Enzeli. Onboard was a 3 man. One of them broke his leg, two received bruises.
According to IRNA, this twin-engine aircraft was imported from Russia a month ago.
One hundred people from Yemen. 29 July, about a hundred people in arms seized the building of the Yemeni Interior Ministry in Sana'a, reports "Lenta.ru" with reference to Reuters.
Invaders - representatives of one of the Yemeni tribes. History the conflict is curious: armed people, taking several ministry employees as hostages, demanded that they be taken to the police. Then the hostages were released, and the attackers, who wished to become policemen, still remain in the building.
Yemeni tribes participated in the liberation of cities in the south of the country from al-Qaeda militants. It clarifies that many Yemenis supported the former dictator Ali Abdullah Saleh, who was overthrown during the uprising.
Lenta reminds that Al Qaeda on the Arabian Peninsula is one of the most dangerous terrorist groups in the region, and indeed in the world. It was she who in May claimed responsibility for the terrorist attack in Sana'a, of which almost 100 people became victims.
Tajik militants began to hand over their weapons. As reported by "Vesti", in the Tajik Pamirs on Sunday night, the militants began the voluntary surrender of weapons. The State Committee for National Security of the Republic of July 29 reported: "While four units of firearms handed over, but the process went."
According to the official website of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Tajikistan, young people are disarming voluntarily, "which unknowingly took up arms and stood up against government forces, resisting the troops." According to the Ministry of Internal Affairs, “these young people belong to the grouping of former opposition field commander Tolib Ayembekov, upon whom Dushanbe blamed the killing of the Tajik secret service general Abdullo Nazarov.”
As emphasized in the message, "persons who voluntarily surrender weapons are exempt from criminal liability."
Romney is Israel’s best friend. US Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney visited Israel and made many loud promises. "Lenta.ru" citing Reuters, reports that Mr. Romney, if elected president, promised to support Israel if the latter decides to launch a military operation against Iran.
Romney’s foreign policy and security adviser Dan Senor told the press: “If, in order to prevent Iran’s plans to build nuclear weapons, Israel will have to use force, the governor will respect this decision.”
Earlier, recalls "Ribbon", Romney has repeatedly called Obama's Middle Eastern policy "weak" and even "wrong." The fact is that the Obama administration urged Israel to refrain from a preemptive attack on Iran. However, America cannot but do without double standards: on Friday, Barack Obama signed the law on expanding military cooperation with Israel, which facilitates access to US arms in the Middle East ally.
As the RIA News"On Sunday, Mitt Romney met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. One of the main topics of the talks was the Iranian “nuclear issue”. To solve it, Mr. Romney admits the possibility of conducting a military operation, if other means are exhausted.
Netanyahu responded to this: “Mitt, I cannot disagree with you and I also think that it is important to do everything in our power to prevent the ayatollahs from getting these (nuclear) capabilities. Let's be honest and say that all sanctions and diplomacy so far have not thrown back the Iranian program one iota. ” The head of the Israeli government added: "That is why I believe that we need to use a strong and credible military threat in addition to the sanctions in order to get a chance to change the situation."
Even on the eve of the talks, before arriving in Israel, Mr. Romney gave an interview to the press, in which he promised to do everything to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons in the event of his victory in the elections. He called the military operation the “least attractive” option, but nevertheless said that it should not be discounted.
If Israel independently attacks Iran, then, according to Dan Senor, Mr. Romney will treat this with respect: “If Israel will have to act on its own to stop Iran on its way to this (nuclear) potential, the governor (Romney) will respect this is a solution. "
As passed yesterday correspondent ITAR-TASS Dmitry Zlodorev, Mitt Romney made another statement - he called Jerusalem the capital of Israel. Speaking on July 29 in a Jerusalem-based social organization, he said: "This is an important experience - to be in Jerusalem, the capital of Israel."
Four years earlier, ITAR-TASS recalls, in March 2008, another Republican contender for the presidency of the United States, and now the famous senator - John McCain - also made a similar statement. “I support Jerusalem as the capital of Israel,” he said.
The fact is that the United States is represented in this city only by the consulate. Official Washington has repeatedly stressed that the status of Jerusalem should be determined through peaceful negotiations.
According to an ITAR-TASS correspondent from Tel Aviv, a representative of the leadership of the Palestinian Authority, the main Palestinian negotiator Saib Arikat said that the words of Mitta Romney about the “capital” violate the interests of the United States in the region. He said: “Romney’s statement undermines American interests in the region in his peace, security and stability. They are unacceptable, we completely reject them. ”
In addition to his words about the capital, Mr. Romney expressed his intention to move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem: “As far as I understand, the policy of our state is the desire to move the embassy to the capital. I would like to do this by coordinating the deadlines with the Government of Israel. ”
Thus, let us add, Mitt Romney is a man like McCain and McFaul and very far from the policy of “double standards”, so dear to the heart of all sorts of Nobel Peace Prize winners. In an effort to take the presidency, Mr. Romney will honestly and bluntly tell the whole world what he is going to do, and by taking this post, he will begin to fulfill the promise immediately. The US Embassy in Israel will move to Jerusalem, the rebels in Syria will be armed, Iran will receive total bombardment and rocket launcher, and Barack Obama’s friendship with the Kremlin, sometimes referred to as “reset,” will be replaced by geopolitical hostility, which Mr. Romney mentioned many times.
This presidential candidate will soon agree before declaring Washington the capital of the world.
"My answer is no". Sergey Lavrov confirmed the position of the Russian Federation that Russian officials will continue to travel to the Kuril Islands. This is reporting RIA News".
Comrade Lavrov spoke about this at a press conference following talks with his Japanese counterpart Koichiro Gemba. A Japanese journalist asked him to comment on the recent visit by Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev to the Kuriles.
"Russia can not accept protests that sounded from Tokyo on this issue," - the minister said.
He added that the Russian authorities will continue to work on improving the socio-economic situation of this region of the Russian Federation.
“My answer to the question of whether Russian officials will refrain from traveling (to the Kuriles), my answer is no. This is just a reality we discussed today, ”comrade Lavrov emphasized.
The crisis in Spain. Andrey Baranov tells about him ("Vesti").
On one of the main streets of Madrid - another demonstration of civil servants. The policies of the current Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy, who came to power seven months ago, do not like the protesters very much.
Tony Ferrer, secretary of the General Union of Workers of Spain, says: “Before the elections, Mariano Rajoy did not say anything about raising taxes, about what he was going to destroy health care and education, to ease the procedure for dismissal. He promised that he would respect our rights, but he lied. ”
A. Baranov reminds that a week ago trade unions brought 1,5 million people to the streets of Spanish cities. Democratic Madrid police used tear gas and rubber bullets against demonstrators. But representatives of workers are not going to retreat. They warn: in September, the protesters will seek a referendum on confidence in the government.
Rahoy’s plan is simple: the prime minister decided to win 65 billions of euros by increasing taxes, cutting public sector wages and reducing payments to the unemployed. Economists believe that this is not enough to save the country. Meanwhile, such a move could well lead to a social explosion in the country.
As in Greece, according to the author of the report, in Spain there are more and more of those for whom the protests on the streets are becoming the main way of spending time. State Statistics Service has published statistics: unemployment in Spain set a record: now 5,7 million people are looking for work, or every fourth adult Spaniard.
Revival of the IRA. A. Korchnitsky (Utro.ru), referring to The Guardian, reports that three of the four major terrorist groups in Northern Ireland intend to unite in order to revive the IRA and organize attacks against British security forces.
The united organization will include the Real IRA, the Republican Action Against Drugs and the coalition of independent republican armed groups. Has refused association "Successive IRA".
The new organization, according to the terrorists, will "obey the Constitution of the Irish Republican Army."
The number of organizations - a few hundred militants. The IRA will engage in terrorist attacks against British security services: their extremists are considered a symbol of the occupation of Northern Ireland. Militant targets: police stations and regional branches of Ulster Bank. Explosions in Derry are quite possible: the days of British culture are scheduled in this city in 2013.
According to the terrorists, they will wage an “armed struggle for the freedom of Ireland” and will achieve the withdrawal of British troops.
Impeachment did not take place. How reports from Bucharest correspondent ITAR-TASS Valery Demidetsky, the impeachment attempt of the Romanian President Traian Basescu failed. The reason was the low turnout at the referendum (approximately 44%, according to preliminary data, but more 50% is needed).
Commenting on the results of exit polls from polling stations, Basescu said: “The Romanians rejected a coup d'état organized by 256 deputies led by Prime Minister Viktor Ponta and Senate Chairman Krin Antonescu. Today, the people supported the course towards Europe. ”
It is interesting that, according to the data published after the voting by the sociological centers of the country, 86% supported the resignation of the president, while only 13 voted against. But due to low turnout, the vote is likely to be declared invalid.
Meeting of the Estonian SS. "Voice of Russia", referring to Interfax, talks about the Saturday rally of veterans of the 20-th Estonian SS division, which took place at Sinimäe heights near the Russian border.
The event was attended by former participants in the battles against the Soviet army in the summer of 1944. Also, representatives of neo-Nazi organizations from Denmark, Sweden and Latvia arrived at the rally. In order to protect the gathering from undesirable elements, the Estonian authorities did not allow Petri Kron, the head of the organization “Finland without Nazism”, into the country (he arrived in Tallinn on the anniversary of his sister, reports Rosbalt, but was detained, placed for two hours in a cell, after which he was denied entry.) The guards did not allow the leader of the Estonian Anti-Fascist Committee, Andrei Zarenkov, and the anti-fascist activist, Maxim Reva, to the rally site.
Young representatives of the organization “Young Friends of the Legion” carried the banners of the Estonian SS military units. The deeds and "deeds" of the SS men glorified at the rally not only with words, but also with books and albums, including telling about the only surviving Estonian Harald Nugisex, who was awarded the Knight's Cross.
Elderly veterans laid wreaths at the monument to Hitlerite soldiers on the Grenadier Hill.
As the representative of the delegation of Latvia stated, “we know where our enemy is. He has not gone anywhere, he, like a Trojan horse, lives in cities and villages. We must tell the Russians that we are ready to fight. ”
Speakers said that the Second World War was "anti-Bolshevik war, and so it should be taken in history."
At the conclusion of the rally, the participants were treated to soldiers' soup and were remembered.
The Russian Embassy in Estonia last Thursday stated: “In connection with the gathering of veterans of the 20 Division of the Waffen SS scheduled for the end of this week, the Russian Embassy in Estonia once again notes that in the state that is a member of the European Union, attempts continue glorification of the Nazis and their accomplices, including under the guise of the realization of the right to freedom of opinion and its free expression ”.
The Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs gave an answer, in which she described Russia's condemnation of support for SS veterans as “malicious and inadequate” and “deeply offensive to the people of Estonia”.
It should be noted that in Estonia SS veterans are perceived as “freedom fighters”. These people enjoy benefits at the state level, and their activities are funded from the budget of the Ministry of Defense.
British news. Olympic robbery. In London, arrested three men 27, 32 and 35 years. They are suspected of committing robberies, which were carried out, disguised as police uniforms. Told about it correspondent ITAR-TASS Maxim Ryzhkovreferring to Scotland Yard.
Having instilled confidence in the passers-by using the uniform of peace officers, the criminals traveled to the victims' wallets, and from there they took cash and credit cards. The "policemen" were targeted by tourists who came to the Olympics.
The head of the investigative unit of Scotland Yard, Steve Osborne, explained the principles of this police: “... Police officers will never take money from you and lead you to an ATM. It is unlikely that they could ask you for a bank card, and, moreover, authentic police will never ask you to name the PIN codes of these cards. ”
Corr. ITAR-TASS recalls that in June, the London police warned Olympic tourists. The police statement mentioned the possibility of potential robbers disguised as law enforcement officers on the streets of the capital.
Probably add on, the attackers carefully listened to this message - and acted as the police advised them.
Oxford: the triumph of tolerance. Newspaper The Guardian reported a new achievement of British democracy. The article “For the sake of transgender students, the University of Oxford has changed the dress code” tells about the wardrobe indulgences made by the administration of a prestigious educational institution for students.
From now on, when taking exams or attending official events, students do not need to observe gender in their clothes. Girls can wear jackets, trousers and ties, while boys have the right to wear stockings and skirts.
Oxford University, writes The Guardian with reference to Press Association, rewrote the law on strict academic dress code - due to concerns that the regulations were unfair to transsexual students.
The law, which has already entered into force, was “lobbied” by the movement of lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender people and other LGBT people, whose proposal was accepted by the Oxford Student Union.
Jess Pumphrey, executive director of the Oxford LGBT community, said that the new changes will make the exams significantly less stressful for the students: now they don’t have to change their clothes for fear of punishment.
According to the old law, male students had to wear a dark suit and socks, black shoes, a white bow tie and a simple white shirt with a collar. The students were required to wear dark skirts or trousers, white blouses, black stockings and shoes, and a black ribbon around the neck.
If a transsexual student wanted to put on the clothes of the opposite sex, he had to ask for special permission from a university inspector who had the right to punish violators.
So now, let's add, the Oxford lad may very well appear before the examiner in a skirt and stockings.
Observed and translated by Oleg Chuvakin
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