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SyrieLe terrorisme anti-syrien et ses connexions internationales
Bahar Kimyongur

Depuis le début du printemps syrien, le gouvernement de Damas prétend combattre des gangs terroristes. La plupart des médias occidentaux dénoncent, dans cette thèse, une propagande d’Etat servant à justifier sa répression contre le mouvement de contestation. S’il est évident que celle-ci tombe comme du pain béni pour l’Etat baassiste de réputation peu accueillante envers les mouvements d’opposition qui échappent à son contrôle, elle n’en est pas fausse pour autant. Plusieurs éléments objectifs accréditent en effet la thèse du gouvernement syrien.

D’abord, il y a le facteur laïcité.

La Syrie est en l’occurrence le dernier Etat arabe laïc. (1) Les minorités religieuses y jouissent des mêmes droits que la majorité musulmane. Pour certaines sectes sunnites championnes de la guerre contre l’Autre quel qu’il soit, la laïcité arabe et l’égalité inter-religieuse, incompatibles avec la charia, sont une injure à l’islam et rendent l’Etat syrien plus détestable qu’une Europe « athée » ou « chrétienne ». Or, la Syrie compte pas moins de dix églises chrétiennes différentes, avec des sunnites qui sont arabes, kurdes, tcherkesses ou turkmènes, avec des chrétiens non arabes comme les Arméniens, les Assyriens ou les Levantins, avec des musulmans syncrétiques et donc inclassables comme les alaouites et les druzes.

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Khodorkovsky spent 10 years in prison for fraud and tax evasion until he was pardoned in December 2013.

© RIA Novosti. Ramil Sitdikov

20:48 17.10.2014(updated 16:51 05.11.2014)
Alexander Mercouris

There is a certain type of Russian liberal who holds to particular beliefs with the same stubborn commitment as followers of a religious sect do. For these liberals, three of such beliefs are paramount and to question them is heresy.

LONDON, October 17 (RIA Novosti) — There is a certain type of Russian liberal who holds to particular beliefs with the same stubborn commitment as followers of a religious sect do. For these liberals, three of such beliefs are paramount and to question them is heresy. The liberal catechism is as follows:”:

1. Vladimir Putin is Lucifer’s Viceroy on Earth. Everything he does is evil. Everyone who opposes him, almost by definition, is therefore good.

2. The United States is God. Its actions are wise and good especially when targeting Putin, the embodiment of evil.

3. Mikhail Khodorkovsky is God’s representative in Russia and is a saintly figure, martyred for his beliefs.

Of these three it is the third that is the strangest.

Khodorkovsky is an unlikely hero. Through a series of ruthless manipulations he managed to capture control of a large part of the Russian oil industry becoming Russia’s richest man.  His methods included setting up an intricate web of companies through which, according to the Russian courts, he defrauded his investors and minority shareholders and by which, according to both the Russian courts and the European Court of Human Rights, he systematically cheated the Russian state of billions in unpaid taxes. There have been darker rumours as well – of methodical bribery and intimidation of officials and parliamentary deputies and even of contract killings, though since these have never been proved in court, it is perhaps better to avoid placing weight on them.  After all, what has already been proved is bad enough.

That Russian liberals ever rallied to the cause of this man is in itself a sign of their blindness to reality. That they have persisted in doing this, whilst the European Court of Human Rights has opposed him is testimony both to the fanaticism of their beliefs and to the extent of their blindness.
Given the extent to which liberal belief in Khodorkovsky stands reality on its head, it was however inevitable following his release at the end of last year that his actions would test this belief system to the breaking point.

Khodorkovsky first dismayed his liberal followers by saying that he did not intend to engage in politics.  However, he then appeared to contradict himself when in March he turned up at Kiev’s Maidan Square and made a vitriolic speech supporting the seizure of power that had just happened there.

Russian liberals seem to contend that the Euromaidan movement was therefore good, despite what the facts might say, just like they contended that Mikheil Saakashvili, the pathologically Russophobic former President of Georgia who launched the US-backed 2008 South Ossetia war, was also good for the same reason.

In March and September Russian liberals marched through Moscow waving Ukrainian flags and chanting their support for the present Ukrainian regime.  Of course for such people it is Putin, not the Maidan movement, who must be blamed for Ukraine’s problems despite what the facts might say; after all, the United States says he is.

Having pleased his Russian liberal followers by supporting the Maidan movement, Khodorkovksy then pleased them further by announcing that he was going to involve himself in Russian politics after all.

The subsequent horror for these same Russian liberals when Khodorkovsky, in a series of tweets, that first avoided giving a straight answer and then categorically confirmed that he would not hand over Crimea to Ukraine, is easy to imagine.  God’s representative in Russia, the martyred Khodorkovsky, is contradicting God, i.e., the United States, and appears to be siding with Putin and evil against Maidan and good.

Khodorkovsky’s refusal to return Crimea makes perfect sense. Crimea is a historic Russian land that only found itself part of an independent Ukraine as a result of an accident. Its people overwhelmingly consider themselves Russians and overwhelmingly want to be in Russia. The vast majority of Russians agree and support Crimea’s reunification with Russia.  No political figure, not even Khodorkovsky, who wants Russia to be taken seriously, can argue otherwise.

If one thing has however become abundantly clear, it is that Russian liberals simply do not think in a serious political way. In order to remain firm in their beliefs, however factually wrong or even absurd they may be, and however much this distances them from the Russian people, is always more important.  More important still, is retaining the favour of the United States, whose good opinion is of immeasurably greater value to them than is that of their own people, whom they hold in contempt.

What this bizarre episode therefore shows is the difficulty even Khodorkovsky will have if he tries to reach out beyond his liberal core supporters by challenging their beliefs. Since Khodorkovsky’s actual chances of attracting widespread support are in fact non-existent, the probability is that he will fall back onto his liberal supporters and that this “lapse” will be forgotten. That Russian liberals cannot accept reality even as it stares at them in the face, even when someone like Khodorkovsky tries to point this out to them, shows why they are doomed to remain a politically isolated, marginal force.

This episode also teaches an important lesson for the United States and for the West. If even someone like Khodorkovsky realizes that the handover of Crimea to Ukraine is an impossibility, then it is never going to happen. That is the simple truth, and the sooner the United States, the West and Kiev accept it, the better.

Alexander Mercouris is a London-based lawyer. The views expressed in this article are the author’s and may not necessarily represent those of RIA Novosti.



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By Timothy McGrath ~ [MintPressNews, ~ reissue from 22/9/2014]

The White House spent much of last week trying to figure out if the word “war” was the right one to describe its military actions against the Islamic State.

US Secretary of State John Kerry was at first reluctant:

“We’re engaged in a major counterterrorism operation,” he told CBS News on Sept. 11.
“I think war is the wrong terminology and analogy but the fact is that we are engaged in a very significant global effort to curb terrorist activity… I don’t think people need to get into war fever on this. I think they have to view it as a heightened level of counter terrorist activity.”

Kerry said similarly hedgy things during interviews on CNN and ABC.

By the next day, the Obama administration appeared more comfortable with the word war, yet hardly offered any more clarity. White House…

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This morning, President Obama met with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, marking the first bilateral summit between the two heads of state.

« It is an extraordinary pleasure to welcome Prime Minister Modi to the White House for the first time, » President Obama said in remarks after their meeting. The President recognized the Prime Minister’s historic victory in the Indian general election earlier this year, and the two leaders discussed the broad partnership that exists between the United States and India:

I think that the entire world has watched the historic election and mandate that the people of India delivered in the recent election.  And I think everyone has been impressed with the energy and the determination with which the Prime Minister has looked to address not only India’s significant challenges, but more importantly, India’s enormous opportunities for success in the 21st century.

We have had an outstanding discussion around a range of issues.  And we, during our discussions, reaffirmed that as two of the world’s largest democracies, vibrant people-to-people contacts between India and the United States, including an incredible Indian American population that contributes so much, that we have so much in common it is critical for us to continue to deepen and broaden the existing framework of partnership and friendship that already exists.

« I think that the entire world has watched the historic election and mandate that the people of India delivered in the recent election. »

— President Barack Obama

President Barack Obama talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India during their bilateral meetingPresident Barack Obama talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India during their bilateral meeting in the Oval Office, Sept. 30, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Prime Minister Modi thanked the President for « his invitation and his warm and generous hospitality, » and also expressed his commitment to expanding the U.S.-India partnership:

This visit, especially my conversation with President Obama, has reinforced my conviction that India and the United States are natural global partners based on our shared values, interests, and strengths in the digital age.  We already have the foundation of a strong partnership.  We now have to revive the momentum and ensure that we get the best out of it for our people and for the world.

During the last four days in the U.S. I have seen extraordinary interest and excitement about India and India-U.S. partnership among the people of our two countries.  We will draw strength and inspiration from it as we start a more purposeful course in our ongoing journey.

Read the President’s and the Prime Minister’s full remarks here.

Later in the day, President Obama and Prime Minister Modi visited the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial on the National Mall.

« Ties between the United States and India are rooted in the shared desire of our citizens for justice and equality. »

— Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Barack Obama

As the President and Prime Minister wrote in a joint Washington Post op-ed this morning, « ties between the United States and India are rooted in the shared desire of our citizens for justice and equality » — and they highlighted the connection between Dr. King and Mahatma Gandhi:

When Swami Vivekananda presented Hinduism as a world religion, he did so at the 1893 World’s Parliament of Religions in Chicago. When Martin Luther King Jr. sought to end discrimination and prejudice against African Americans, he was inspired by Mahatma Gandhi’s nonviolent teachings. Gandhiji himself drew upon the writings of Henry David Thoreau.

Read the full op-ed here.

President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India visit the Martin Luther King, Jr. memorialPresident Barack Obama and Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India visit the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., Sept. 30, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)


Sat Sep 20, 2014 8:45AM GMT

The United States has passed a bill strengthening relations with Israel and elevating Tel Aviv as its “major strategic partner”.

Over three-quarters of US Senate members unanimously voted to the United States-Israel Strategic Partnership Act on Thursday.

Senators Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Roy Blunt (R-MO) along with 81 co-sponsors authored the legislation out of a total of 100 Senators.






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