Syria’s Information Minister said that the Syrian Government will never participate in negotiations and discussions with Takfiris or Terrorists who had taken part in the bloodshed in the Syrian Civil War. The Syrian Government still believes in a diplomatic solution, but it will not talk to terrorist groups who participated in the skirmishes.
Information Minister Omran Al-Zoubi said that the Syrian government still condemns the actions of the international community for supporting Syrian rebels. Since in-fighting is heavy between different rebel groups, members of the al-Qaeda and other terrorist networks have slipped into the conflict, planning to overthrow the Syrian administration.
The Syrian Peace Conference is to be held in November 23-24 in Geneva, Switzerland. The Arab Leage Chief Nabil al-Arabi worked with the UN-Arab League Joint Special Envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi in providing a political solution to the Syrian crisis and the entire preparation of the conference including contacts in both sides of the conflicts.
The Syrian war had taken more than 400,000 lives, majority of them civilians and children, for over the two years and a few months it had begun. What began as a political uprising soon became a sectarian conflict that offset more than 2 million Syrians from their war-torn country.
According to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, the United States is trying to sabotage the US-Russian agreement on the destruction of Syrian weapons by force if Russia will not comply with the UN Security Council resolution that would use force if Syria will not cooperate with the procedure.
Western countries, including France and Britain, have expressed their intent for the UN resolution to place a “firm hand” on the Syrian situation. Military action or force can place pressure on the Syrian government to comply with the terms of the resolution.
Lavrov said that the US intends to accuse Syrian President Bashar al-Assad of everything that had happened in the Syrian civil war and carry through a use of force resolution against the regime. Lavrov pointed out that the US actually intends to replace the regime.
According to Lavrov the Syrian rebels were the ones likely to have used the chemical attacks in the Damascus suburbs. The Syrian government gave new evidence to prove such. However, the United States and the UN inspectors agree that the evidence greatly points against the Syrian government.
The foreign minister’s statement shows how the Kremlin is greatly irritated with the western countries trying to say that Assad used chemical weapons against his own people as a final fact without substantial evidence.
The United States, along with Britain, Russia, China and other Security Council members each have their own veto powers. On Thursday, the United States declared giving up to work with the UN Security Council about Syria and accused Russia of holding the Security Council “hostage”.
The remark from the United States indicated that it would not wait for United Nations approval to mount a military attack on the Syrian Regime in response to the chemical weapons attack that claimed the lives of more than 1,300 civilians including women and children.
US Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power said that the US considers that “there is no viable path forward in the UN Security Council”. She also added that the Security Council had failed in its role as the guardian of international peace and security and accused Russia of allowing their military technology be used by the Syrian regime and deny any action against the country.
Russia has vetoed three times the condemnation of Bashar al-Assad’s government, including sanctions and military action. Russia also blames that the Syrian rebels used the chemical weapons to attack civilians in August 21.
Russia is willing to provide support for any military strike given any evidence that the chemical attack was indeed done by the Syrian regime.
A Sussex MP named Tim Loughton, a former Tory minister, has defended the Prince’s right to have hushed-up meetings with government authorities, arguing he offers more “practical help” than those seek to prevent his involvement. The MP also mentioned it would be a “nonsense” to stop the prince talking to ministers as he had always come across as “well-briefed and knowledgeable” in their previous meetings. Loughton’s defence for the prince came about right after it emerged that Charles had held 36 meetings with government ministers since the government took office in May 2010.
The number of times that the prince has met David Cameron, local government ministers and energy ministers has been revealed as being seven times, four times and six times respectively. Neither Whitehall nor Clarence House would elaborate further on what was discussed in these meetings, even though those departments involved two topics on which the prince has campaigned most; planning and the environment. Many anti-royalist critics have spoken out about the lack of transparency surrounding these meetings, but Loughton simply replied to these claims by saying that all the “sniping” showed the royal family cannot win because they are seen as out of touch when they do not engage in society.
“The thing about him trying to influence policy is completely wrong,” he is reported to have said, “I found him hugely beneficial to me, well-briefed and knowledgeable, with real life experience. “He was really interested to hear what’s going on and make sure I was up to speed with the work of the Prince’s Trust. Lobbying is a grotesque caricature of what those meetings were all about. If you look at the sort of people he’s meeting it’s in areas of his interest and hands-on experience.”
Loughton’s intervention comes as MPs begin to prepare for the examination of Prince Charles’s controversial role in contributing to the shaping government legislation. The political and constitutional reform committee of the House of Commons will next month examine the prince’s little-known royal veto over any new laws that affect his private interests.
Graham Allen, a Labour MP, chairs the committee that will ask whether there is a risk that the requirement of royal consent, which is also granted by the Queen depending on the nature of the law being passed, “could be seen as politicising the monarchy”. Later this year, the court of appeal will hear the latest stage of an almost decade-long battle by a prominent newspaper agency to get the government to reveal a set of 27 letters written by the prince to ministers in seven departments over a nine-month period.
Prince William and Kate’s new baby boy, Prince George Alexander Louis, was born in the prestigious Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital. The hospital went through several renovations and was able to cater to Duchess Kate July 22, the start of her internment for labour.
The Lindo Wing became famous for witnessing and successfully delivering royal births. Princess Diana delivered both Prince William and Prince Harry inside the Lindo Wing. Prince William’s cousins Peter and Zara Philips were also born in the Lindo Wing.
At least 31 years ago, Princess Diana and Charles presented Prince William through the doors of the Lindo Wing to the public. According to observers, the scene was “very familiar and nostalgic” as Prince William and Duchess Kate walked through the doors to present the royal baby to the public.
Hospital records show that Prince George of Cambridge had a weight of 8 lbs 6oz by 4:24 pm on Monday after his delivery. He was cared for by the Queen’s gynaecologists past and present and was delivered by the Monarch’s top surgeon Dr. Alan Farthing.
On Tuesday, Egypt swore in its new interim cabinet members as two people were killed in the Nile bridge and five more in the district of Gaza after battles between Morsy supporters and security forces continued. According to the Egypt Head of Emergency Services, more than 260 people were injured and 400 arrests were made.
Mohamed Sultan of the Emergency Services said that the clashes between the supporters and police and military overnight have been the “worst violence” in a week. The clashes erupted Monday night into Tuesday morning.
The new interim cabinet had liberals and technocrats to lead a transition to civilian rule. However, the deaths among the clashes put Egypt far from stability. Interim government leader Adly Mansour swore in the new 33 cabinet members.
The Muslim Brotherhood, which supported Morsy, said that it would not recognize the transitional government as a legitimate government according to its spokesman. The political group said that it would step away from Egyptian politics until Morsy was reinstated into government.
President Mohammed Morsy was taken over by the military after Egyptian Armed Forces Chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi considered the government’s actions as incapable of addressing the needs of the Egyptian public.
Today, Egypt has a relative calm, but according to observers and Egyptians, the calm may easily break down as unrest and imbalance is still present with tensions between military and pro-Morsy advocates.
Sixteen new members were added to Syria’s ruling Baath party that replaced top leadership including the vice president with the exception of Bashar al-Assad. According to the Baath Party website, Syrian President Assad would remain as the party’s secretary general.
Among the newly-elected leaderships were Parliament chief Jihad al-Laham and Prime Minister Wael al-Halqi. According to Damascus Centre for Strategic Studies Bassam Abu Abdullah, the reshuffling was the result of discontent in the Baath Party. Abdullah said that much criticism within the party against the leadership’s inflexibility before, during and after the crisis gave way to the reshuffle. However, the reshuffling indicates a failure of leadership and dissatisfaction.
Other political analysts observed that the Baath Party reshuffle was a result of the old leadership’s inability to confront and provide a solution to the crisis.
The Baath Party, which began its leadership in Syria in 1983, is the most powerful political party in Syria.
At the side of the opposition, Syrian Interim Rebel Prime Minister Ghassan Hitto had announced his resignation because of his failure to form a government. Ahmad Assi Jarba would replace his position. The former Syrian political prisoner has close ties with Saudi Arabia and will begin his term on March.
Turkish trade unions confirmed their support to Taksim Square protesters by launching a nationwide strike on electricity and water supply. The trade unions have hundreds of thousands of members that include public services and utilities.
The motive behind their strike is that under the current Turkish Prime Minister’s government, Turkish workers are like “animals domesticated by hunger”. The protests in Taksim Square and Gezi Park convinced the workers that they are not animals and they must fight for their individual rights.
The two-week protests in Gezi Park and Taksim Square had led to the arrest of 242 people in Istanbul alone. Aroudn 116 people have been detained since Saturday in the Ankara protests.
The most popular protester arrested during the police-protester skirmishes is a performance artist named Erdem Gunduz, also known as “standing man”. He and his supporters claimed they were protesting to have the conflict to a standstill by standing silently in Taksim Square. However, the police may have arrested him. Some of his supporters were also arrested.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused outsiders for influencing and taking advantage of the ensuing chaos to achieve control. Some observers noted that the local enforcement and riot police are growing comfortable using aggression to deal with protesters.
The protests began when the government was to build a shopping mall built inside an Ottoman Empire Barracks replica in place of Gezi Park. Some secularists felt that they were being treaded upon by the project and began protesting against the plan.
Over the previous weeks of tension, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, or North Korea, had agreed to talks with South Korea in their shared manufacturing zone. The talks will focus on restarting their shared manufacturing zone where in April, the North Korean republic ceased their operations that started the tensions between the two countries.
The two countries will also talk about the shuttered Kaesong Industrial Zone, which is the symbol of the two country’s cooperation with each other.
South Korea responded with positive enthusiasm with the North Korean state media stating the venue of the talks and the date for the opening of the talks is set to the South Korean’s convenience.
In April, Kim Jong Un, leader of North Korea, began to block South Koreans from entering the shared manufacturing zone and pulled out their own 50,000 North Korean workers in the factories. Observers point out that Kaesong was the main source of income for North Korea.
North Korea gained notoriety as it launched rhetorics against the United States and South Korea in March, alerting the United Nations security and having even its closest ally China to impose tougher sanctions on the country regarding their actions.
North Korea is condemned by the United States and the UN because of their manufacturing and use of nuclear technology.