According to human rights activists from the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, 35 of those who died were soldiers of the government army, 34 were rebels, and 30 were civilians. Most civilians, according to human rights activists from a London diner, died in a government raid aviation to one of the villages in the province of Idlib.
"Tape" recalls that both the rebels and the government forces began to violate the previously announced truce in the very first hours of its operation. On Friday and Saturday, at least 175 people were killed.
Dispersal of the "oppositionists" in Mecca. The Saudi authorities broke up a protest against the “Assad regime” in Mecca. As transmits "Lenta.ru" with reference to Reuters, several hundred pilgrims from Syria participated in the action.
The protesters with rebel flags marched across Mine, the eastern suburb of Mecca, where over three million pilgrims are now located. The Syrians expressed dissatisfaction with the inability of the world community to stop the bloodshed in their country.
The police asked the crowd to disperse. The protesters dispersed, mingling with other pilgrims.
Reuters reports that the Saudi authorities have made the protesters understand that they would like to see the holy land free from political speeches.
Two explosions in Iraq. ITAR-TASS reports that yesterday there were two explosions in al-Madain, 20 km south-east of Baghdad. According to employees of local medical institutions, as a result, three people were killed and eight were injured.
Two explosive devices worked simultaneously near the city market. Details are not yet known.
The goal - a nuclear reactor in Dimona. Early Sunday morning, Palestinian militants fired several Grad rockets, clearly targeting a nuclear reactor in the city of Dimona. Reports about it MIGnews.com with reference to the Israeli resource DEBKAfile. Rockets exploded in open areas in the Ramat Negev region southwest of the city.
What goals can Hamas militants pursue? Obviously, the first goal is this: the leadership of the group provides Tehran with the Gaza Strip to use as a southern operational base for actions against Israel, thereby complementing the role of the Lebanese Hezbollah on the northern Israeli border. Another goal: obtaining improved ground-to-ground missiles that Hamas will aim at the most sensitive Israeli targets located within reach. Among them may be a nuclear reactor in Dimona, an air force base and a US radar station in the Negev.
The Islamists who control the coastal enclave will probably continue to strike at their targets.
It is curious that the Grad rocket fired at a nuclear reactor at 07: 44 in the morning was followed by several hours of official silence. Even when the press service of the IDF outlined in general terms a rocket that had fallen into Ramat ha-Negev, the report did not mention that a nuclear reactor was located in the north of this region.
Meanwhile, this is already the second attempt in the last three weeks, clearly indicating that Tehran (represented by Hamas) has focused on the Israel nuclear plant. So say military sources referenced by DEBKAfile.
The fact is that on October 6, an Iranian unmanned aircraft that invaded Israeli airspace managed to photograph a reactor building and an air defense system radar. The data collected was, quite likely, transferred to Hamas for the subsequent correction of the missile attack.
Egypt requires. The Egyptian government demanded that Israel stop building in Jerusalem "and in the occupied West Bank," reports MIGnews.com with reference to Al-Jazeera.
Egypt stated that the continuation of the construction "will have negative consequences for the peace negotiations between the parties to the peace process."
The al-Qaida leader turned to the Egyptians and criticized the US president. Ayman az-Zavahiri called on Egyptians to fight for Islam and kidnap Westerners, reports "Lenta.ru" with reference to France-Presse and The Jerusalem Post.
The video message of Ayman al-Zawahiri takes almost an hour. It was spread on the Internet in connection with the outlined normalization of relations between Egypt and Israel and in connection with the reached informal agreement between Tel Aviv and Hamas on a cease-fire.
The leader of al-Qaeda had to turn to Muhammad Mursi via video, in order to clarify his position on the “jihad for the liberation of Palestine” and at the same time Egypt’s participation in the “US war against terror”.
Lenta recalls that Mr. Mursi was supported by the Muslim Brotherhood Islamist movement during the presidential election in June 2012; moreover, he has been a member of the leadership of the movement since 2000. After his election, he, with the inherent flexibility of other politicians, declared that he was withdrawing from the movement to be “the president of all Egyptians”.
The less flexible az-Zawahiri called the Egyptians to protest against the normalization of relations with Israel and to continue the revolution in order to get rid of the government, which it considers to be corrupt and under the influence of the United States.
Hence the leader of the terrorists logically turned to criticism of the United States. Al-Zawahiri called the President of the United States a liar, and then demanded that he recognize the defeat of America and its allies in Iraq, Afghanistan and the countries of North Africa.
A good election program for the Obama peacekeeper, we add. None of the candidates was able to play for a fall. If az-Zawahiri had the right to vote in the USA, he would have voted for Merlin Miller or Gary Johnson. Both of these guys promise to withdraw the United States from the UN and NATO, and Miller in addition would completely ban immigration and withdraw troops from all countries that the United States recently unsuccessfully democratized.
One problem: as soon as Obama publicly repents of defeat, all his voices will flow not to Miller, about whom few in the US have heard, but to Mitt Romney. But such a shift in the electorate of az-Zavahiri is just not necessary: the Republican Romney is much more militant than the democrat Obama and is in favor of increasing the Pentagon’s budget.
However, Romney and Zawahiri have a common goal: Syria. Time will tell who is more Islamist: Obama or Romney - if only the latter manages to bypass the "spoiler" of Miller, Johnson and other candidates and bypass the November 6 election of Comrade Obama.
The explosion in Nigeria. The victims of the explosion, thundering near the Catholic Church in the Muslim north of Nigeria, turned out to be eight people. As a result of this strong explosion, more than 100 people suffered. The attack was arranged by a suicide bomber who attempted to drive a jeep stuffed with explosives into the crowded church where the service was held.
One of the walls in a powerful explosion partially collapsed; in many neighboring houses there were cracks, transmit "Vesti" with reference to ITAR-TASS.
In response, Christian youth took to the streets, armed with knives and sticks. There were calls to crack down on Muslims.
Local media blamed the attack on Christians on the Islamist group Boko Haram, seeking to establish sharia in northern Nigeria. The means of grouping one thing - terrorist acts.
The Romans demand the resignation of Monty. On Saturday, mass demonstrations against the economic policy of Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti took place in Rome, reports "Lenta.ru" with reference to France-Presse.
The actions were organized by Italian trade unions, as well as left-wing parties. In addition, other public organizations joined them. The protest was directed against cuts in budget expenditures in the framework of overcoming the crisis in the eurozone. Among the main demands of the protesters - the resignation of Monty.
Some protesters, wearing masks, portrayed the prime minister, while others had life-size puppets by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and US President Barack Obama. Participants stocked eggs, bottles of water and paint - they threw all this at banking institutions.
The Italian newspaper Leggo writes about 150 thousands of demonstrators. According to other sources, we are talking about 30 thousands. There are no exact calculations. Protest actions take place in other cities of crisis Italy.
Berlusconi spoke about the conspiracy - against him and against Italy. Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has accused European leaders of plotting against him, reports "Voice of Russia" with links to open internet sources. The roles of the main conspirators were performed, according to Berlusconi, Angela Merkel and Nicolas Sarkozy.
The former head of government spoke at a press conference at his Ville Gernetto in Lesmo, near Milan.
“With a smile on the lips of Angela Merkel and Nicolas Sarkozy, they tried to discredit my political image on the world stage,” Berlusconi told the public. And he added that he resigned solely for reasons of the interests of the motherland.
The technical cabinet, according to Berlusconi, “acts on the orders of Germany.” The former head of government also said that he had never shared the course of Germany in dealing with the crisis in the euro area, including measures against banks and delays in assisting Greece.
Greek military parade with Russian orchestra. According to correspondent ITAR-TASS Sergey Latyshev, in Thessaloniki - the northern capital of Greece - yesterday a military parade was held in connection with the celebration of the national holiday of the Day “Oh” (“No”) - the 72 anniversary of the heroic entry of Greece into the Second World War.
In the presence of President Karolos Papoulias, members of the government, top military leaders, hierarchs of the Orthodox Church and representatives of foreign diplomatic missions along the Primorsky Prospekt of the city, cadets of military schools, ground forces, paratroopers, marines, naval sailors, special forces divers, evzones (soldiers of the presidential Guard), rescuers, firefighters, veterans, students and schoolchildren, brass bands.
Several ships of the Greek Navy and the newest submarine “Papanicolis” entered the Gulf of Thermaikos.
Alas, for the first time in history military parades on the occasion of "Okha" did not show military equipment. The reason is trivial: financial savings.
There were no planes of the Greek Air Force in the sky. As if on purpose, the parade was held in the rain and clouds ...
Corr. ITAR-TASS recalls that in 2011, a group of demonstrators with black flags and banners with slogans against the government’s economic policy blocked the central avenue in Thessaloniki from both sides, interfering with the military parade. The special forces detachments held back the demonstrators, but the police did not use measures to disperse the protesters and unblock the highway.
On that day, having waited for about half an hour, the President of Greece, himself a member of the Greek Resistance, expressed regret over what had happened and left the podium with other officials.
But at the current celebrations, the Black Sea Brass Band performed fleet RF The concert took place on the main Thessaloniki square named after Aristotle.
Party of Regions leads the Ukrainian elections. As transmits RIA News", after counting the 10% of protocols in the elections to the parliament of Ukraine, the ruling Party of Regions leads with party lists with 39,97% of votes.
The opposition Batkivshchyna ranks second (19,56%). In third place - the Communist Party (15,79%). In fourth place - the party "UDAR" Vitali Klitschko (11,59%), on the fifth - the nationalists of "Freedom" (6,18%).
The rest of the parties participating in the parliamentary elections did not get 5% of votes.
Voter turnout was 57,99%.
In Indonesia, prevented the explosion of the American embassy. In Indonesia, on Saturday, 11 people were arrested who were suspected of preparing bombings for the buildings of the American diplomatic mission, reports "Lenta.ru" with reference to France-Presse.
A group of intruders was going to blow up the US embassy in Jakarta, as well as the building of the US Consulate General in the country's second largest city - Surabaya. The Australian embassy in Jakarta was considered a secondary target of the attack.
During the operation, explosive devices and instructions for making bombs were seized. Police said all those arrested were members of the new Hasmi terrorist group.
The case of Bo Xilai and American revelations. Dmitry Sobiev ("Vesti") talks about the investigation into the scandalous Chinese politician Bo Xilai, initiated by the prosecutor's office.
He is suspected of money laundering and corruption. On Friday, Bo Xilai was deprived of his deputy’s mandate. Interestingly, the American newspaper The New York Times published a report that Premier Wen Jiabao is an underground billionaire himself. Access to the relevant page of the publication on the Internet, the Chinese authorities immediately closed.
Meanwhile, American journalists write that Wen Jiabao, this implacable anti-corruption fighter, is in fact an underground billionaire.
A Chinese comrade, appearing at official events without a wife, is married to Zhang Bailey, the “diamond queen of China” who controls the diamond market. In addition, the children of influential couples dispose of a whole business empire, including construction, insurance and telecommunications firms. The total value of the family business of spouses and their two children is close to three billion dollars.
This big money was mainly earned on government orders. The family-controlled companies reportedly participated in the construction of the Olympic Village in Beijing and the disposal of medical waste during the SARS epidemic.
Billions emerged precisely after the appointment of Wen Jiabao to the post of prime minister. His elderly mother, in the past an ordinary school teacher, in her 90 years, suddenly became the owner of a business worth 120 million dollars.
Most of the family fortune, American journalists believe, is sheltered from prying eyes with the help of ingenious schemes.
As for Bo Xilai, he, deprived of his deputy’s mandate, will surely go to court.
His wife, Gu Kailai, was found guilty of murdering Briton Neil Heywood, who essentially managed the family capital of an influential couple. Corruption and money laundering accusations have been prepared for the official himself. His wife was sentenced to death with a suspension. Analysts believe that Bo Xil himself will not be given a delay.
Hillary's decision. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will leave the US administration - even if Barack Obama is re-elected. She confirmed her plans in an interview with The Washington Post; "Vesti" with reference to ITAR-TASS.
She said: “I am going to leave shortly after the inauguration; such is my plan. ” The head of the American diplomacy acknowledged that “she has not yet had the opportunity to talk with the president,” since he is busy with the election campaign. “I hope everything will be resolved soon,” H. Clinton noted. - And then we will discuss issues related to the "changing of the guard."
Earlier, Clinton announced that she intends to stay on as US Secretary of State only one term.
The Secretary of State declined to say whether she recommended to the president someone who could change her.
Meanwhile, Clinton herself is called the likely contender for the US presidency in 2016. However, earlier she claimed that she did not want to participate in the elections.
In America, they don't like blacks and mexicans. According to a survey by the Associated Press, interracial relations in the United States have not improved over the past four years. The first Negro president had no effect on this. Just over half of the respondents are prejudiced against blacks, reports Washington Post (translation source - "InoSMI"). From this it is concluded that Barack Obama may miss the “white” votes in the election. However, negros will vote for him.
According to AP, at the moment 51% of Americans openly expresses a negative attitude towards blacks (compared to 48% in 2008 year). When experts tried to assess the level of hidden racial prejudice, the number of Americans who were negatively opposed to blacks jumped to 56% (compared to 49% during the last presidential election).
Most Americans have previously expressed prejudice against the "Latinos". According to a survey conducted by “AR” in 2011, 52% of the non-Latin American population expressed negative attitudes towards Latin Americans. According to the results of the experimental test, this figure was 57%.
President Obama has been very cautious about the racial theme, but many African Americans have expressed that they have begun to feel a negative attitude just since Obama took office. They recall cases of police brutality or stickers on bumpers, cartoons, posters at demonstrations, in which the president is mocked, portrayed by a monkey or even a hanged man.
According to the survey, due to racial prejudice, Obama could lose 5 percentage points in elections. At the same time, Obama has an advantage in 3. Pp thanks to the sympathies of the blacks.
Thus, two percentage points are Obama's net national losses.
Humanitarian aid for the obedient - and bombs for those who re-read. The "war" of drones, which the US is leading not so much against terrorists as against the civilian population of Pakistan, has already been told more than once in "VO". However, an interesting point of view on this and related issues of aggressive US foreign policy was shown in a short article by Daniel McAdams published on Infowars.com.
The author refers to a large publication in the Washington Post, which describes in detail the military activities of the American camp Lemonnier - a special base of 500 acres in the Horn of Africa, which is under the jurisdiction of the United States Special Operations Command. This camp is the center from where the drones are waging war against al-Qaeda (with the exception of its cells in Libya and Syria — the US administration is in union with these).
The teeth of the American empire, the author writes, are ugly. Considering the recent study of the war of drones conducted at Stanford and New York universities, UAVs not only fail to achieve their goals, but innocent civilians are killed most of the time. In fact, Lemonier is the largest terrorist base in the world.
A quote from a Stanford University study:
“Drones are guided twenty-four hours a day, with the objectives of a community in northwestern Pakistan. Houses, vehicles, public places - all of this is affected without any warning. The constant presence in the sky of drones terrorizes men, women and children, causes anxiety and fear, which are sources of psychological trauma among the civilian population. Those who live under drones constantly have to fear lethal blows that can be inflicted at any time - and these people are well aware that they will not be able to defend themselves. ... From June 2004 to mid-September 2012, according to available data, 2562-3325 people were killed by drones in Pakistan, of whom 474-881 were civilians, among them 176 children. ”
But the “most exciting” episode in the Washington Post article, according to the journalist, is the one where the secrets of the Lemonnier camp activities are revealed.
In total, there are about 3200 US military personnel, civilians and contractors. Foreign campers are being trained in the camp, intelligence is collected, and humanitarian aid is distributed as part of a campaign to prevent extremists from rooting in East Africa.
Ron Paul notes on this point that the US foreign policy is clearly demonstrated here: the US government does not just kill Lemonnier drones, but also gives out “help” to those who obey!
Comrade Paul has long held this point of view:
“I often expressed the opinion that we treat our“ colleagues ”in countries around the world as follows: we tell them what to do and if they do, we give them money. If they don’t, we bomb them ... ”
As a result, the promotion of American democratic "values" is achieved through a deadly threat. Anyone who does not promote American interests will be bombed. Others will be satisfied with working with us. This thought Ron Paul once again reported to the public.
Perhaps such efforts to spread democracy, says Daniel McAdams, are effective. Cash - to those who do what he is ordered, and unmanned aerial vehicles - in the direction of those who re-read the White House.
Well, let us add, the notions of “value” and “price” for a great and free America have always been not just words with the same root, but often merged into a trade chain directly according to Marx's formula: commodity — money — commodity. What value cannot be calculated on Uncle Sam's calculator? And only one thing worries advanced Washington minds: so that the calculator does not have a long minus on the board.
Observed and translated by Oleg Chuvakin
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