"And I have found both freedom and safety in my madness, the freedom of loneliness and the safety from being understood, for those who understand us enslave something in us. But let me not be too proud of my safety. Even a Thief in a jail is safe from another thief. "
Khalil Gibran (How I Became a Madman)
Khalil Gibran (How I Became a Madman)
Friday, July 31, 2015
Army chief Gen. Jean Qahwaji said in his Order of the Day on Friday that troops should be fully ready to confront terrorism and unite amid regional and local crises.
“You continued to confront terrorism relentlessly” and with “courage,” he told soldiers on the occasion of Army Day.
“The Lebanese army has reached a high level of professionalism in its confrontation of terrorist organizations,” the general said.
He urged the military “to be fully ready to confront terrorism and the Israeli enemy which continues to violate Lebanese sovereignty in different ways.”
“The strength of your institution lies in its unity,” he said, adding that troops stay at a distance from all sides and are committed to the National Accord.
Thursday, July 30, 2015
El Kaide’nin Suriye kolu El Nusra’nın, eğit-donat programı çerçevesinde eğitilen 18 muhalifi Azez kentinde kaçırdığı ortaya çıktı.
ABD ve Türkiye tarafından ortaklaşa hazırlanan eğit-donat programına katılan Suriyeli muhalif savaşçılardan 54'ü, temmuz ayı başında programı tamamladıktan sonra 13 Temmuz'da Suriye içlerine geçmeye başlamıştı.
Çoğunluğu Türkmen olan söz konusu ilk grup, Suriye'nin kuzeyindeki Halepvilayetinde Azez ilçesine bağlı Malikiye beldesinde konuşlanmıştı. Türkmenlerin yoğun olarak yaşadığı ve IŞİD'in elindeki Soran beldesinin yakınında güvenli bir bölge olduğu için birliğin yerleşmesi için burası uygun görülmüştü.
Anadolu Ajansı'nın haberine göre, birliğin Türkmen komutanı Albay Nedim Hasan ve yardımcısı ile emirlerindeki 18 savaşçı, Nusra Cephesi güçlerince alıkonuldu. Örgüt, ayrıca birliğin silah, araç ve gereçlerine de el koydu.
Birliğin serbest bırakılması için Nusra Cephesi'nin ikna edilmeye çalışıldığı, Özgür Suriye Ordusu'nun (ÖSO) müzakereler için devrede olduğu ifade edildi.
Suriye İnsan Hakları İzleme Örgütü, kaçırılan kişiler arasında Nusra Cephesi'nin ABD destekli "30. Bölük" grubunun lideri Nedim el Hasan'ın da olduğunu belirtti.
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
With the NATO council meeting to discuss the recent outbreak of violence in Turkey, the US and Ankara have reportedly spoken about establishing an ISIL-free buffer zone in northern Syria. However, there are fears that such a campaign would target other groups and trigger more violence in the region.
Anti-trash activists blocked on Tuesday several roads in Beirut to protest the authorities' failure to find a permanent solution to the waste crisis.
The demonstration was planned to coincide with a cabinet session which Prime Minister Tammam Salam adjourned to pave way for more consultations.
Tuesday's protest by "You Stink" activists at Riad al-Solh square near the Grand Serail was not the first. The same demonstrators held a sit-in in the area over the weekend to protest the mountains of garbage that had piled up in Beirut and its suburbs.
The protesters then blocked the road near Mohammed al-Amin mosque where the environment ministry is located, calling for the resignation of Minister Mohammed al-Mashnouq.
They later moved to Beirut's Hamra thoroughfare chanting slogans calling on the authorities to resolve the waste problem.
At one point, the demonstrators surrounded the vehicle of Social Affairs Minister Rashid Derbas, who later severely criticized them, telling Voice of Lebanon radio (93.3) that the protesters were on the verge of "smashing the car's windows."
Prime Minister Tammam Salam postponed a cabinet session that was set to take place on Tuesday to pave way for more consultations and to avoid a further confrontation on its controversial decision-making mechanism.
A statement issued by the premiership said Salam set Thursday as a new date for the cabinet to convene.
Speaker Nabih Berri and Progressive Socialist Party chief MP Walid Jumblat had urged him to postpone the session. They wanted the consultations carried out by the different parties to pave way for agreements to facilitate the work of the government.
Sources close to Salam told al-Mustaqbal newspaper that his resignation is still an option.
The prime minister prefers to have a caretaker government rather than keeping a cabinet that does not function, they said.
Monday, July 27, 2015
NNA - Burj Abi Haidar and Corniche Al-Mazraa roads have been blocked by the residents of both regions in protest against the state's negligence lifting the mounting garbage from the streets.
Progressive Socialist Party chief MP Walid Jumblat did not rule out another extension for the landfill that lies in Naameh south of Beirut to find a temporary solution for Lebanon's waste management crisis.
In remarks to al-Akhbar daily published on Monday, Jumblat said that he hasn't so far seen a serious initiative to resolve the crisis which erupted when the landfill was closed on July 17 in accordance with a government decision taken earlier this year.
The landfill opened in 1997. It was meant to receive trash from the capital and Mount Lebanon for only a few years until a comprehensive solution was devised.
But the government kept extending the deadlines for its closure.
Sukleen, which is the main company in charge of collecting trash in Beirut and Mount Lebanon, stopped its work last week after it was no longer able to store waste at its facilities. Mountains of trash have collected in the capital and suburbs meanwhile.
Sunday, July 26, 2015
Saturday, July 25, 2015
Turkey has revived calls for a “safe zone” in conflict-wracked northern Syria as it takes dramatic action to counter what it claims to be a twin threat of terror attacks from Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and Kurdish opposition forces.
Turkish F-16 jets mounted more raids against bases of the PKK, the outlawed Kurdish separatist group, in neighbouring Iraq’s Kurdistan Autonomous Region on Saturday - an unexpected add-on to Friday’s strikes against Isil targets in Syria.
Turkish officials defended the attacks, which threaten to shatter an official ceasefire with the PKK.
Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants on Saturday detonated explosive laden trucks in two villages near the Kurdish-controlled Syrian border town of Tel Abyad, with reports of casualties, a monitor that tracks the war said.
The UK-based Observatory for Human Rights said the attacks targeted Kurdish YPG checkpoints in two mainly Arab inhabited villages on the south eastern edge of the town.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Syrian President Bashar Assad has issued a decree amnestying army deserters in and out of the conflict-torn country, local media cited the legal document Saturday.
Nasrallah Says No Change in Ties with Iran after Nuclear Deal, Urges Mustaqbal to Listen to FPM's Demands- Naharnet
Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah stressed Saturday that newly issued sanctions by the U.S. against the party's officials were only aimed at targeting the Lebanese in general and that Iran's support for Hizbullah would not change following a nuclear deal with it.
“Sanctions on Hizbullah members don't make a difference because they neither have money nor have made deposits in banks worldwide,” Nasrallah said at the graduation ceremony of the sons and daughters of Hizbullah martyrs.
“We are proud to be sanctioned by the U.S. which will remain the great Satan after the nuclear deal with Iran,” he said from the Shahed Educational Complex in Beirut's southern suburbs.
On Tuesday, the U.S. Treasury Department slapped sanctions on three Hizbullah leaders and a Lebanese businessman.
The action freezes the U.S. assets of all four and prevents Americans from engaging in transactions with them, it said.
But Nasrallah said that Lebanese businessmen and businesses are being targeted by the sanctions.
KRG leadership angered by Turkish military operation as part of its double offensive against ISIL and PKK positions.
Tension was high in the Palestinian refugee camp of Ain el-Hilweh on Saturday following news of the assassination of Fatah official Col. Talal al-Ordoni, a security official said.
"Al-Ordouni was shot dead by two unidentified men while he was walking in the southern part of Ain el-Hilweh," the Palestinian official told Agence France Presse.
"He was accompanied by two bodyguards, one of whom was also killed and the other was wounded."
Voice of Lebanon radio (93.3) said that al-Ordoni was killed by the Jund al-Sham group.
Supporters of Fatah soon opened fire in the air upon hearing the news of his death.
Jund al-Sham has yet to claim responsibility for the assassination, but VDL identified al-Ordoni's shooter as Bilal Badr, a member of the group.
Turkey's military Saturday carried out a new wave of air and artillery strikes against both Islamic State (IS) jihadists in Syria and Kurdish militants in northern Iraq, putting in jeopardy a fragile ceasefire with Turkish Kurds.
The two-pronged operation against IS and the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) -- two groups who are themselves bitterly opposed -- came after a week of deadly violence in Turkey the authorities blamed on both organisations.
The strikes on the PKK threw into doubt a fragile ceasefire between Kurdish separatists and Turkey in place since 2013, with the rebels saying the conditions for observing the truce had been "eliminated".
After raids overnight, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Turkish war planes carried out new daytime raids against IS in Syria and PKK in northern Iraq.
The Turkish PM’s office announced their forces attacked several militant Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) targets and Islamic State positions. Kurdish fighters, who have been battling the jihadists for months, say the truce with Turkey is now meaningless.
The Turkish PM’s office has said their fighter jets bombed seven militant Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) targets in Northern Iraq, AFP reported.
Turkey also launched simultaneous ground attacks against the PKK and Islamic State in northern Syria, Reuters said, citing the PM’s office.
“Strikes were carried out on targets of the Daesh (Islamic State) terror group in Syria and the PKK terror group in northern Iraq,” Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu’s office said in a statement.
Prime Minister Davutoglu told reporters that some 590 suspected members of IS and PKK and other militant groups had been arrested in raids across Turkey that began on Friday, according to AFP.
Friday, July 24, 2015
Ankara will join the anti-ISIS coalition by providing jets and airbases as part of an agreement with the US, the country’s foreign ministry said in a statement citing the growing threat to Turkey’s security posed by the jihadists.
“Turkey and the US have decided to deepen ongoing cooperation in the fight against Daesh [Arabic acronym for ISIS],” the Turkish Foreign Ministry statement said on Friday.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan confirmed on Friday that Ankara has agreed to let the US use the Incirlik air base located near the city of Adana in southern Turkey for the coalition’s military operation against the jihadists. He told reporters that it will be used “within a certain framework.” The US Air Force contingent of about 5,000 airmen has been stationed there under an agreement between the two states as of 2002.
“Based on the authority provided by the Parliament on Sept 2nd, 2014, the Cabinet approved the deployment of manned and unmanned aerial vehicles of the United States and some regional countries joining aerial campaigns against Daesh [ISIS] in our bases. Turkish Air Forces will also be instructed in mentioned operations,” the Foreign Ministry statement said, as quoted by the Hurriyet daily.
Thursday, July 23, 2015
Ria Novosti haber ajansına konuşan Kinşçak, ''Suriye ordusunun savaşabilme kapasitesini artırmak için yeterince çok şey yaptığımızı düşünüyorum. Özellikle de onlara gerektiğinde tavsiye şeklinde yardım ediyoruz'' dedi.
As the Syrian civil war has dragged on with no recent decisive breakthroughs for the Assad regime and the loss of many peripheral territories including all major towns in Idlib and Palmyra, the problem of avoidance of conscription into the regular armed forces has only become exacerbated. Thus, at this point, a strategy of entrenchment and defence of vital areas seems most reasonable to ensure the regime’s survival, having locals recruited instead to focus on defending and retaking territory within their own provinces. For example, this approach is now well in evidence in the predominantly Druze province of Suwayda, which has remained under regime authority but is now threatened on two fronts by the Islamic State to the northeast and the Deraa insurgency to the west, with many Druze refusing to serve in far away fronts to no avail.
The formation of the Coastal Shield Brigade (Liwa Dir’ al-Sahel) for Latakia province is part of the same trend. Indeed, Latakia also finds itself under increasing threat with the Idlib losses, and even some of the Iraqi Shi’a militias deployed in Syria, such as Liwa Dhu al-Fiqar, have played a role in contributing manpower and fighting in Latakia province in recent months.
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Kataeb party leader MP Sami Gemayel stressed on Wednesday that the time has come for popular accountability against the dump collecting company Sukleen “which has been taking Lebanon hostage for over 20 years.”
“The contract of Sukleen was extended several times since the last tender in the 1990s until today. It is time for popular accountability for a company that has been taking Lebanon hostage for over 20 years,” said Gemayel in a press conference on the waste management crisis.
The government signed a contract with Sukleen in 1994 for collecting and transporting the garbage in Beirut and Mount Lebanon. The contract has been extended several times since for lack of any substitute.
“We have seen waste spreading all over the streets only when the contract of that company ended, which proves the existence of a scheme to keep the situation as it has and to keep the systematic theft of municipal funds,” he added.
The military wing of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) said on Wednesday it killed two Turkish police officers in a town on the Syrian border as a reprisal for a suicide bombing blamed on jihadists that killed 32.
"A punitive action was carried out... in revenge for the massacre in Suruc," the People's Defense Forces (HPG) said in a statement on its website, accusing the two officers of cooperating with the jihadists.
The two police officers were found shot dead at their home in the town of Ceylanpinar on the border with Syria, two days after the Suruc suicide attack blamed on Islamic State jihadists.
The statement by the HPG said that the attack took place at 6:00 am (0300 GMT) and that the police officers' identity cards and service weapons had been seized.
Saudi Arabia, usually considered a close ally of the US, plans to invest ten billion US dollars in Russia in the coming years. The agreement between Saudi Arabia and Russia is a sensitive geopolitical setback for the United States, DWN wrote.
The battle of Al-Zabadani has become a battle of survival for Jabhat Al-Nusra and their allies from the Free Syrian Army’s “Al-Zabadani Hawks Brigade
and Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham, as the Syrian Armed Forces and Hezbollah have relentlessly pounded this resort-city on the border of Lebanon with aerial bombardments, mortar shells, and repeated infantry attacks that have taken a toll on the Islamist rebels.
Rus devlet şirketi Rostec'in geçen yıl en çok Asya ve Ortadoğu ülkelerine silah ihracatı gerçekleştirdiği bildirildi. Şirketin yayımladığı raporda göre, Rusya'dan en çok silah alan ülkeler de Hindistan, Çin ve Irak olarak sıralandı.
Toplamda 59 ülkeye silah ihracatı gerçekleştirildiği belirtilen 2014 raporunda, askeri teçhizat gönderilen ülke ve bölgelerin dağılımı da şöyle verildi: Hindistan (yüzde 25), Çin (yüzde 22), Irak (yüzde 22), Suriye (yüzde 5), Venezüella (yüzde 5); Asya (yüzde 75), Latin Amerika (yüzde 9), Ortadoğu (yüzde 7).
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
İzmir’de yemek yiyen müşterilerin masalarına giderek mendil satmaya çalışan Suriyeli çocuk, esnafın saldırısına maruz kaldı. Burnu kanayan çocuğa çirkin saldırı objektiflere takıldı.
Türkiye'deki Suriyeli mültecilerin sayıları gün geçtikçe artarken, yoksulluk içinde büyüyen Suriyeli çocuklar da ekmek parası kazanmak için sokaklarda mendil satıyor. İzmir’de bir lokantada yemek yiyen müşterilere mendil satmaya çalışan Suriyeli çocuk, esnafın saldırısına uğradı.
BEIRUT — The issue of displaced Syrians in Lebanon is a hot topic, as are the related security, military, political, and even economic and environmental repercussions. The birth registration of displaced Syrians in Lebanon is currently debated by government agencies and the relevant United Nations bodies.
DAMASCUS, Syria — The military operation in Zabadani launched by the Syrian regime and supported by Hezbollah continues into its second week. Zabadani lies in the northwest of Rif Dimashq governorate, near the Lebanese border and the road between Damascus and Beirut.
Monday, July 20, 2015
Progressive Socialist party chief Walid Jumblat stressed on Monday that Lebanon will not be able to confront the financial challenges if the waste of state funds is not controlled.
“Lebanon will not be able to confront the economic and financial challenges if it does not pull itself together and conduct radical and urgent reforms to stop the waste of money in various sectors mainly the energy sector, customs, ministries and several others,” he said in his weekly editorial in the PSP-affiliated al-Anbaa website.
He urged for serious and effective measures to be taken.
“The state of economic and social indifference in Lebanon is really strange despite the fact that suffering affects all segments of society without discrimination,” said Jumblat.
He concluded saying that “although corruption, unemployment, deteriorating public services have become chronic problems, although it is not impossible to address them with the help of a political will.”
“Lebanon's public debt is growing and has become a major threat to the social and financial infrastructure of Lebanon and the treasury,” he said.