Deadly new sanctions on Syria

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this By Judy BelloThis slightly edited guest article was originally published June 12 on the web site of the United National AntiWar Coalition (unac.notowar.net). On May 20, President Trump signed into law the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Embedded in this bill, a housekeeping bill of sorts where yearly “defense” appropriations and priorities are spelled out, was the basic text of the 2019 Caesar Syrian Civilian Protection Act. Perhaps the [details] were buried here because [there was no] bipartisan support, but there is certainly no reason to think that was the case. The war on Syria has had bipartisan support for the duration. The bill is named after a presentation that was a fraud, [a set of pictures allegedly taken by Syrian military photographer].These Caesar photos, which first emerged in January of 2014, were claimed to be 55,000 photos of people tortured to death by the Syrian government, brought out by a military defector. The subsequent research was paid for by the Qatari government and overseen by a law firm, Carter-Ruck, which had previously worked for Turkish President [Recep Tayyip] Erdoğan. The photos are real but who are the subjects? Nearly two years later, Human Rights Watch published an article that was light on analysis and made many baseless claims about the data. A few months after that, in March of 2016, Rick Sterling published a detailed analysis of the Caesar photos and the context in which they were published. On reviewing the photos, Rick says that they appear to be record-keeping photos from the morgue of a hospital in a war zone, and included the dead from both sides. (tinyurl.com/y7j4vpkm)Sterling says in summary:“The photos and the deceased are real. But how they died and the circumstances are unclear. There is strong evidence some died in conflict. Others died in the hospital. Others died and their bodies were decomposing before they were picked up. The photographs seem to document wartime situations where many combatants and civilians are killed. It seems the military hospital was doing what it had always done: maintaining a photographic and documentary record of the deceased. Bodies were picked up by different military or intelligence branches. While some may have died in detention, the big majority probably died in the conflict zones. The accusation by ‘Caesar,’ the Carter-Ruck Report and HRW that these are really victims of ‘death in detention’ or ‘death by torture or death in [Syrian] ‘government custody’ are almost certainly false.”Punishment, not protectionThe Caesar Syrian Civilian Protection Act doubles down on secondary sanctions which punish those who have any economic exchange with Syria, including aid. Though technically made anonymous, the bill was not killed, but rather hidden in the 2020 NDAA. Even the name didn’t really die. “Caesar” just became a meme which refers to the most severe sanctions on the Syrian people and attempts to justify them. But, six years after the Caesar files appeared, and three years after the claims that the photos of Syrian government victims were debunked, why secretly enact these sanctions now?This set of sanctions are an attempt to land a death blow on the Syrian government while the world is focused on other problems. The U.S. has lost the hot war [in Syria]. The U.S. has been unable to poison the world against Syria beyond close allies. The Assad government has restored order to the most populated areas of the country and also houses at least half of the displaced persons from other areas. But as long as Syria is still intact, the war against [that country] will be escalated on some front. Regardless of the term “regime change,“ the war is a hybrid war against the people of Syria. The demand is that they change their identity and their way of life along with their leadership.Syria has suffered under increasing U.S. sanctions for decades. After the beginning of the war in Syria, the sanctions were hardened and deepened with increased third party sanctions to include other countries in the sanctions. Either those abide by U.S. sanctions against Syria or suffer sanctions and economic penalties themselves. The Caesar Act sanctions have completely isolated the Central Bank of Syria. They impose secondary sanctions on any country or corporation that trades with Syria or even provides aid to Syria. They attack Lebanese banks that have so far supported Syrian trade, causing economic mayhem in that small and largely impoverished country. Only the biggest and boldest of their allies can take the risk of any kind of economic engagement with Syria.The dollar value of the Syrian Lira has plummeted to 1800:1 from 47:1 before the war. There are rumors of capital flight through Idlib, the last enclave of Al Qaeda in Syria, and other armed groups funded by U.S. dollars. According to the Guardian, the Lebanese currency is falling as well because Lebanon and Syria are traditional trading partners. According to the Syrian Arab News Agency, U.S. Envoy James Jeffrey claimed that the collapse of the Syrian currency is due to U.S. policies. In northern Syria, Turkish-backed militants are moving capital out of the country, while Erdoğan is enforcing the use of Turkish currency in the areas where his people have control.Devastating consequencesPeople in Syria can’t get basic necessities of food and medicine. The war has devastated Syria’s independent manufacturing sector. Mercenaries paid by Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey deliberately dismantled factories over the last decade, looting the machinery or destroying it before laying waste to the buildings that housed it. Earlier U.S. sanctions have denied Syria the most basic ingredients of pharmaceutical manufacturing. Tom Duggan and Mark Taliano detail the list of imports forbidden to Syria in their recent article, “Western Governments Collectively Punishing Syrian Civilians with Criminal Economic Embargoes.” (unac.notowar.net, June 7) The U.S. is occupying half of Syrian oil and gas fields, forcing Syria to import these fossil fuels. Earlier this year, U.S. troops occupied about half of Syrian wheat fields and burned them. On June 11, Global Research published Arabi Souri’s article and video “Hearing Is Not Like Seeing: NATO’s Terrorists Burning Syrian Wheat Crops,” documenting Turkish-backed militants burning crops in northern Syria.Syria has gone off the radar for activists, but not for the relentless U.S. imperialist warmongers. They have upped the ante once again, on a country suffering from nearly 10 years of war. You hear that in Syria, “rebuilding” is being undermined by the economic sanctions, but you don’t hear that even people who had food and medicine through the war now can’t get it. They can’t get oil and gas for cooking and heating. Their money is worthless and even the government is struggling to feed them because their money is worthless. Siege warfareThis is siege warfare. The people cannot feed their children. There are no resources for the sick and elderly. While the rest of the world is busy fighting COVID-19, Syrians are finally starving. It is hard, I think, to imagine this kind of cruelty even as vindictiveness. Even if the government of Syria was run by a cold-blooded serial killer and a pack of hyenas, which it is not, the sanctions target the people of Syria, the victims of a terrible war instigated and perpetuated, armed and funded by the United States and its allies.The “Caesar Syrian Civilian Protection Act” should be renamed the “Caesar Syrian Civilian Genocide Act.“ And yet, with the COVID-19 pandemic going on; with the dysfunction of the U.S. economy leaving hundreds of thousands unemployed and food insecure, without medical insurance and on the brink of eviction; with gunboats off the coast of Venezuela and nukes moving to the Russian border in Poland, there is silence around Syria. And, isn’t that convenient? How can we put an end to it? Hands off Syria! End the Syrian Sanctions! last_img read more

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first_imgDrew Angerer/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Movie mogul Harvey Weinstein Tuesday pleaded not guilty to rape and criminal sex act charges in a New York City courtroom.Weinstein, 66, wearing dark jeans, a blazer and white shirt, answered “not guilty” in a soft voice when asked how he pleaded to the indictment by a Manhattan grand jury last week.Weinstein was accompanied by defense attorney Benjamin Brafman and was surrounded by court officers during the brief hearing in Manhattan Supreme Court and answered a series of questions from the judge.“He intends to vigorously defend this case,” Brafman said.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img

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Low Key and Special! Pickford weds sweetheart in ripped jeans

first_img Jordan and Pickford settled for a low key wedding Crewe England and Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford tied the knot with his childhood sweetheart in a legal ceremony wearing ripped jeans and a baseball cap. The World Cup hero, 25, married his other half Megan Davison, 23, in a registry office in Crewe, Cheshire accompanied by their son Arlo, one, and only five guests in attendance. Just 25 minutes later, the couple emerged as newlyweds with their nearest and dearest while their friends took photos of the pair on their phones. An onlooker told The Sun: ‘They didn’t dress to impress. It looked like they were out shopping. It sure wasn’t Premier League! After the photos, the whole wedding party got in a people-carrier and left.’ The source added that Jordan and Megan wanted a ‘low-key’ day to mark becoming husband and wife. It was previously reported that the couple were originally planning on tying the knot in May in a romantic Maldives ceremony later this summer. A source told the newspaper: ‘Jordan and Megan have been engaged for quite a while. He proposed just before his heroics at the World Cup in 2018. A source previously said that Everton star Jordan is expected to head to Las Vegas for his stag party, joined by some of his England team-mates such as Kieran Trippier and Kyle Walker. Loading… The wedding comes just weeks before the 2020 European Football Championships, which will see England play their first group games at Wembley Stadium. While manager Gareth Southgate is yet to announce his squad for the tournament, Jordan is expected to feature. Megan and Jordan, who live together in Altrincham, Cheshire, have been dating since she was 14 and he was 16 after meeting at school. They appeared to announce their engagement when Megan was sported wearing a gorgeous engagement ring during the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The couple announced that they had welcomed their son Arlo together in February of last year. They met as pupils at St Robert of Newminster Catholic School, Washington, in Tyne and Wear. Instagram regular Megan often shares loved up snaps of them together in their mansion located in Cheshire’s so-called ‘golden triangle’. Her partner has been described as the most expensive goalkeeper in British history and rakes in £90,000 a week at Everton. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The WorldWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market ValueTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Time10 Of The Best Places Around The World To Go Stargazinglast_img read more

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Woman Accused of Performing Illegal Sex Act on Robert Kraft Arrested

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first_imgTWO of the four teams for the upcoming STAG Elite League (SEL) League Leaders tournament have expressed a state of readiness ahead of the kickoff this weekend in Georgetown.Present during a press conference yesterday morning, both the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) and Fruta Conquerors FC expressed a state of readiness for the competition.Bilaal Nantambo, coach of the GDF team contended that his team know what they have to do come match day.“We have identified a formation we want to work with and we will continue to work with that because there is always room for improvement. We weren’t really interrupted by the transfer so we didn’t have a major set of reshuffling to do, just the lengthy break that took its toll,” he said.“We are just preparing ourselves. Keeping our focus so when the league starts, we will come out victorious and play the same brand of football we played last year and continue on our winning ways,” GDF captain Delwin Fraser contended.Derrick Carter, captain of Fruta Conquerors FC, stated that his team are expecting nothing short of the top prize considering the various changes that have been made.“Our preparation going into this half of the league is much better than how we prepared in the first half. In terms of experience, our team is much more boosted whilst in the first half, we were more youthful and our training session is much more intense,” Carter added.“We are gelling because most of the players returned home. Their prodigal sons are coming back home. Most of the players with the exception of Konata Mannings would have played in the first season with Fruta or played some part with the team over the years,” contended head coach David Headley.He added that there is a hunger in the camp for the trophy considering these changes, adding that fans can expect higher quality football from the Tucville side.Also present was STAG representative Colin Stuart.He noted that the company will be giving out a Gillette hamper worth $5 000 as a gate prize as well as crowd supporters will have a chance to win six packs through skill contests.“Over the first half, it (the STAG Elite League) was a success for us and we are actually looking forward to better and more support in the second half, ” he stated when questioned about the company’s views.The other two teams, Victoria Kings FC and Buxton United, were unable to make the press conference.The League Leaders tournament will begin with its first double-header, featuring Victoria Kings FC against Buxton United FC and GDF FC vs Fruta Conquerors FC (Playoff #1 and #2).This will be followed by Playoff #3 and the final which will feature Winner of #1 Playoff vs Loser of #2 Playoff on March 1 and Winner of #2 Playoff vs Winner of #3 Playoff on March 5 respectively.last_img read more

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