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Syria suffers while "human rights activists" target only Israel

"Imagine the morale booster they would get from an international flotilla! Ships and boats, an armada of morality, led by a former member of the Canadian Parliament, with no one less than the iconic Apartheid-buster, Nobel Prize winner, Archbishop Desmond Tutu atop its advisory board. Imagine the international impact of a flotilla of ships carrying humanitarian aid and the critical message to Syrians: YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN!
Forget it.

"For these human rights ‘activists,’ Syrians are as good as forgotten. There is no flotilla heading to either of the Mediterranean Syrian ports of Latakia or Tarsus. Instead, it is heading to help the ‘beleaguered’ people of a few miles south in— Gaza.

"But there is no invasion of Gaza, no one starving. Hamastan’s new neighbor—Muslim Brotherhood-led Egypt—has even opened the border for the transit of goods and a whole lot more."

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Israelis recently marched in Tel Aviv calling upon the government to pass a fair draft law that would include all sectors of society including the Arab and Haredim minorities.

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Saudis to start funding of Syrian rebels

"Saudi officials are preparing to pay the salaries of the Free Syria Army as a means of encouraging mass defections from the military and increasing pressure on the Assad regime, the Guardian has learned. The move, which has been discussed between Riyadh and senior officials in the US and Arab world, is believed to be gaining momentum as a recent flush of weapons sent to rebel forces by Saudi Arabia and Qatar starts to make an impact on battlefields in Syria."

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France likely to join GCC in aid to Syrian rebels

"French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Friday his country is considering providing communications equipment to Syrian rebels to encourage a ‘stronger revolt’ against President Bashar al-Assad’s government."

The French consideration would join the nations of the Cooperation Council of the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC), notably Qatar, Bahrain, and Saudi Arabia, for public calls of support against Assad. While the French seek to aid the rebels with communication equipment, the GCC member states seek to arm the rebels directly.

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Bombs hit UN convoy escorts

"A roadside bomb struck a Syrian military truck near Deraa, wounding six soldiers just seconds after a convoy carrying the head of the UN observer mission passed by. An Associated Press news agency reporter who was travelling in the UN convoy said the explosion blew out the military vehicle’s windows and sent out a plume of black smoke. Vehicles in the UN convoy were not hit."

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The Old City walls of Jerusalem go pink in support of breast cancer awareness.

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Assad waffles on UN-Arab League ceasefire proposal

"Hopes for a peaceful end to the Syrian crisis were fading rapidly on Sunday after President Bashar al-Assad refused to meet Tuesday’s deadline for withdrawing his forces from flashpoints across the country without guarantees from the opposition to stop fighting first."

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Al-Qaeda taking over large regions of African continent post-Qaddafi

"The rebels, armed with weapons stolen from Muammar Gaddafi’s formidable arsenal, took over an area of the Sahara as big as France in an astonishing 72 hours, taking advantage of the chaotic aftermath of an army coup. Foreign governments were left scrambling to find out exactly who the rebels were, amid fears that a base for al-Qaeda will now be set up in the Sahara similar to ones in lawless parts of Pakistan and Somalia."

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US backs Saudi plan to arm Syrian rebels

"he US and its allies have warned president Bashar al-Assad that unless he halts his attacks on the Syrian population and implements a UN-backed peace plan, the rebels fighting him will be given more weapons. The move, made at an Istanbul conference of the Friends of Syria, a grouping of more than 70 countries, in effect gives Washington’s blessing to a Saudi Arabian bid to arm the opposition."

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Iraq urges nations not to give aid to Syrian rebels

"We reject any arming of the opposition, we reject attempts to bring down the regime by force, because it will leave a wider crisis in the region."

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Iran helps Syria ship oil in defiance of Western sanctions

"Iran is helping its ally Syria defy Western sanctions by providing a vessel to ship Syrian oil to a state-run company in China, potentially giving the government of President Bashar al-Assad a financial boost worth an estimated $80 million."

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Syrian media believes Messi is a rebel sympathizer

"Barcelona footballers don’t just have a slick passing game, they can also secretly indicate arms smuggling routes to Syria, a pro-government Syrian television channel claimed this week.

Without a hint of irony, Addounia TV superimposed a map of Syria on a screen to show how Lionel Messi and his team-mates, representing smugglers, had kicked a ball, representing a weapons shipment, into Syria from Lebanon.”

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