#Geneva2 : ” Syria & Peace are Misnomer’ s Provided to Make Us Believe in Miracle’s”

#AceGuestNews and `Views’ says `Syria and the Geneva 2 Charade’

Courtesy of: Pepe Escobar is the roving correspondent for Asia Times/Hong Kong, an analyst for RT and TomDispatch, and a frequent contributor to websites and radio shows ranging from the US to East Asia.In the summertime, people flock to Montreux, Switzerland, to follow the jazz festival. This week, though, the ‘performance’ is by a positively un-swinging lot, part of the (in theory) very serious Geneva 2 conference on Syria.

What is Geneva 2 for? It has nothing to do with ‘peace’. It won’t yield an international deal to end the Syrian tragedy. The horrible war facts on the ground will remain facts, and horrible; many perpetrators won’t be gathering in Montreux. Syrian civil society has not even been invited.

And then the whole charade degenerated into pitiful parody even before it started.

This past Sunday, it seemed that UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon had decided to spring out of his trademark vegetable slumber, inviting Iran to Geneva 2. The invitation lasted less than 24 hours; after the requisite ‘pressure’ by Washington – instigated by those sterling democrats of the House of Saud – it was duly rescinded.

Thus we had Ban Ki-moon parroting the US State Department, according to which Tehran had not agreed to the principles of the Geneva 1 communiqué, which called for a sustained cessation of armed violence. Iranian diplomats strongly begged to differ, stressing how Tehran understands that the basis of the talks is the full implementation of the previous, June 2012 conference, even if Iran was not part of it.

Ban Ki-moon also invited the Holy See, as well as Australia, Luxembourg, Mexico and the Republic of Korea, among others, to Montreux; as if these actors had any clue about what’s going on in Syria.

But the apex of the farce is that Iran cannot go, while Saudi Arabia and Qatar – who continue to weaponize every Syrian ‘rebel’ in sight, from young adrenaline seekers to Western-supported Takfiris and beheaders – can. And will.

Members of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) shoot at advancing government troops in the al-Jadeida neighbourhood, in the Old City of Aleppo, on August 21, 2012. (AFP Photo)

Members of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) shoot at advancing government troops in the al-Jadeida neighbourhood, in the Old City of Aleppo, on August 21, 2012. (AFP Photo)

Meet ‘good’ and ‘bad’ Al-Qaeda

Time to break it down. Washington ruled that Iran cannot be in Montreux because it supports Assad. It’s as simple as that.

Washington dictating to the UN is the norm. Washington dictating to the Syrian exiled ‘opposition’ is also the norm. Everyone is a puppet in this lethal comedy.

As for Western spin doctors, they are dizzier than flies over corpses. As part of the new Western myth that the Saudi Arabia-sponsored Islamic Front – formed last September against the US-backed Supreme Military Council – are nothing but ‘good Al-Qaeda’, now we have top ‘rebels’ routinely acknowledging to Western corporate media they are, well, Al-Qaeda.

Tens of thousands of foreign jihadis using Al-Qaeda’s network of safe houses in Turkey – well, that’s not such a big deal. As the narrative goes, ‘our new friends’ in the Islamic Front are just ‘conservative Salafi Muslims’. What if they are fond of the odd torture binge and will think nothing of slaying the odd Shiite or Christian? Not such a big deal.

As for the ‘bad’ Al-Qaeda gang – from Al-Nusra Front and Ahrar al-Sham to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) – they are on a roll. After all, they are the ones with fighting experience/leverage on the ground. And when push comes to shove, they just run yet another ring around clueless Western necks.

Take Ahrar al-Sham. They now lead the Islamic Front – and talk to the Americans. And guess what; they’re going to Montreux! The icing on this Takfiri cake is that, ultimately, their “interests” are being defended by no less than US Secretary of State John Kerry. Washington promoting al-Qaeda? Well, we’ve seen that movie before.

Should I stay or should I go?

Washington is selling the fiction it is ‘leading’ Geneva 2 to ‘reconstruct’ Syria. This is utter nonsense.

Theoretically – and even that is still extremely debatable – the Obama administration’s core interest in Southwest Asia is to negotiate a very complex deal with Iran, which will take most of 2014.

Ultimately, this whole charade is between Washington and Tehran. The US Navy won’t make Assad ‘go’anytime soon – or ever; so everything, in theory, remains on the table.

A Syrian army tank is seen in the Christian town of Maalula on September 11, 2013. (AFP Photo)

A Syrian army tank is seen in the Christian town of Maalula on September 11, 2013. (AFP Photo)

And everyone else, the UN, the Holy See, the House of Saud, are just onlookers, even as several players, from the EU to India, China and Japan, can think of nothing but finally normalizing everything with Iran.

The Syrian government, for its part, will be in Montreux; it had agreed to the conference long ago. Yet President Assad laid down; he won’t ‘leave’, as US President Barack Obama demanded. He won’t let the foreign-sponsored ‘opposition’ take over. And he may even contest the next presidential elections.

Assad went for the jugular when he said Geneva 2 should be about his own ‘War on Terror’. Terror, incidentally, widely supported by the West.

So under this perspective, even Washington needs Assad not to go. The bottom line is that the only players who really want Assad to go are the House of Saud and the House of Thani in Qatar. Many in the West have now realized Assad must stay to fight ‘the terrorists’.

The notoriously shady US Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford – who always pops up when the US is destabilizing something – this time called an urgent meeting in Istanbul, supported by Turkey and Qatar, and pulled a ‘go to Montreux because I said so’ shtick.

He just needed to follow the money. Those who won’t travel – a lot of Syrian National Coalition (SNC) hangers-on – will find themselves short of cash.

So listen to the sound of ‘patriotism’ talking. The SNC, which was always rabidly against any talks with Assad, suddenly said they’ll go, even though one-third of their shady members boycotted the Istanbul meeting.

What’s even more farcical is what Ford may have told the SNC stalwarts – still subject to much debate across the Middle East. If Ford really said that Bandar Bush’s strategy has been a total failure (in fact turning Syria into an Al-Qaeda hub) then this points to the Obama administration, for all practical purposes, sharing the same objective as Assad’s: fighting ‘terror’.

Still, Geneva 2 won’t ‘solve’ anything. Iran and Russia will keep supporting Damascus. The desert wasteland from Syria to Iraq will keep being occupied by Bandar Bush-supported and Gulf-supported hardcore sectarian jihadis.

The war will keep spreading deeper into Lebanon. The government in Damascus won’t collapse. The refugee crisis will soar. And the West will keep striking a pose of being concerned with ‘terror’.

All that non-jazz in Montreux will come to nothing. And then some bureaucrat will call for a Geneva 3.

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#Geneva2 : #Syria Peace Convention – `Day One’ – Latest – 22 January 2014

#AceNewsServices say ‘We have taken the first small step’ – Ban Ki Moon on Syria peace talks’

Published time: January 22, 2014 17:09
Edited time: January 22, 2014 17:46
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon (R) looks on alongside UN-Arab League envoy for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi (L) during the so-called Geneva II peace talks dedicated to the ongoing conflict in Syria, on January 22, 2014, in Montreux.(AFP Photo / Fabrice Coffrini)UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon (R) looks on alongside UN-Arab League envoy for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi (L) during the so-called Geneva II peace talks dedicated to the ongoing conflict in Syria, on January 22, 2014, in Montreux.(AFP Photo / Fabrice Coffrini)
UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon said that ‘the really hard work begins on Friday’ with regard to reaching a diplomatic solution in Syria. “Nobody underestimates the difficulty of this issue,” he announced on the first day of peace talks in Switzerland.

Lakhdar Brahimi added that it was unclear whether they would be able to successfully bring the two Syrian sides face to face in the same room on Friday.

“Hopefully by the afternoon we will be able to meet with both sides in one room…of course the results will not be brought about in a speedy way, this will take a great deal of time,” Brahimi said.

Ban added that all parties must “respect international humanitarian law, which he said had been“flagrantly violated in this conflict.”

While the state’s institutions must be preserved, civilians are facing desperate health conditions.

Ban added that arrangements must be made for a local ceasefire.

Ban urged the resolution of the violent conflict in the country through political dialogue, rather than military means.

“There is no other solution,” he said. “I have been urging all the countries – who have provided arms to either side…[to] stop – and encourage them to engage in political dialogue.”

Some 100,000 people have been killed over the course of the conflict, and millions displaced.

The Geneva communiqué seeks to formulate plans for political transition within Syria.

However, Wednesday’s talks witnessed fraught scenes between international heavyweights, with Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem telling US Secretary of State John Kerry that no one had the right to“withdraw legitimacy” from the Syrian president or government.

 

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#AceNewsDesk : ” World News – Latest Headlines – 22 January 2014″

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Israel – Palestine – Gaza Strip – Syria – Bashar Assad – Al Qaeda – Germany – Latvia – Saudi – United States – Ukraine – Security – Cyber-Crime    

15:23

Israel detains 2 Palestinians in Jerusalem ‘planning attacks’ for Al-Qaeda

Israel has arrested two Palestinians from East Jerusalem who were planning to carry out attacks for Al-Qaeda, with the help of foreign suicide bombers posing as Russian tourists, the Shin Bet intelligence agency said. The men were recruited by another Al-Qaeda agent in the Gaza Strip, Reuters reported. Hamas Islamists governing Gaza rejected the spy agency’s account as “silly fabrications” and described it as an attempt to justify Israeli military strikes in the territory.

14:56

Syria govt, opposition to start talks in Geneva on Friday – UN

Delegations of the Syrian government and the opposition will start bilateral talks on Friday, Itar-Tass reported, citing the UN secretary-general’s spokesman, Martin Nesirky. UN chief Ban Ki-moon earlier met with representatives of the Syrian opposition. He will also meet with Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem.

14:32

German cyber crime watchdog knew of mass cyber theft

Germany’s cyber crime watchdog said on Wednesday it had learnt last month of the mass theft of 16 million digital identities through a criminal probe. The Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) said it required weeks of investigation before alerting the public, AFP reported. Cyber criminals stole email addresses and matching passwords, which could also compromise linked social media, shopping and other online services.

13:15

Assad ‘won’t step down’ – Syrian minister

President Bashar Assad will not step down, as demanded by some of the international powers, Syria’s Information Minister said on Wednesday. “Assad isn’t going,” AFP quoted Omaran Zoabi as saying on the sidelines of peace talks in the Swiss resort of Montreux. The Syrian opposition had just before called on the Syrian leader to hand over power to a transitional government.

11:52

Straujuma becomes Latvia’s first female PM

Latvian lawmakers have confirmed the country’s first government led by a female prime minister, Laimdota Straujuma. Sixty-four votes were cast in favor of the center-right government, while 27 were against on Wednesday, AP reported. Straujuma, 62, a long-time civil servant, is a compromise figure after Latvia’s president rejected several other candidates. She joined the senior coalition party Unity earlier this month to take the post. The previous government of Valdis Dombrovskis resigned in November after a supermarket roof collapse killed 54 people.

11:24

No role for Assad in Syria transition – Saudi FM

There can be no role in Syria’s transition for President Bashar Assad and those whose hands are “stained in blood,” Reuters quoted Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal as saying on Wednesday. Speaking at an international conference on Syria in Switzerland, Prince Saud called for the withdrawal of all foreign forces from Syria, including Lebanese Hezbollah fighters and Iranian Revolutionary Guards. They are backing the Syrian government against rebel forces.

10:49

US revokes Ukrainian officials’ visas for crushing protesters

The US has revoked the visas of several Ukrainian citizens who were allegedly linked to violent actions against the protestors in Kiev in November and December 2013. Their names were not disclosed due to US confidential policy. The US Embassy in Kiev said it is considering further sanctions against people responsible for violence in Kiev.

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#AceNewsDesk : ” World News – Latest Headlines – 21 January 2014″

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20:02

Iraq executes 26 men convicted of ‘terrorism’ in Al-Qaeda offensive

Iraq forces announced the execution of 26 men on Tuesday as part of a sharp crackdown on “terrorism” in the midst of a spike in violence. Ten people were killed in violence across the country on Tuesday, bringing the January total to 700. Last year marked the country’s bloodiest year since 2007.

19:42

One killed in Purdue University shooting, suspect in custody

A shooting at Purdue University has left one person dead. The shooter was taken into custody. The Electrical Engineering Building remains on lockdown, though police believe the shooter targeted only the victim. The male shooter entered the building, shot one person in a basement classroom area then left the scene, police said in a press conference. Police believe the shooter acted alone. The shooting occurred around noon, and the campus-wide lockdown was partially lifted after two hours.

18:39

Presidents Putin, Obama discuss Geneva 2 peace talks in a phone call

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart have discussed the agenda of the Geneva 2 peace talks in the Swiss resort city of Montreux opening on January 22. The phone call was initiated by the US side, the Itar-Tass news agency reported, citing Russia’s presidential press-office. The two Presidents also touched upon a wide range of issues, including bilateral relations and the implementations of the Iran nuclear agreement reached in November 2013.

 

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