Tunisian protestors deplore recognition of 'Doha coalition'

TUNISIA,(ST)_ More than one hundred Tunisian citizens have protested against their government's recognition of  the Syrian opposition's  "Doha coalition".

The protestors, on Saturday, gathered in Habib Bourguiba Street in Tunis' capital, waved Syria's flags and raised banners slamming conspiracy hatched against Syria.

They chanted slogans supporting the Syria's steadfastness in confronting aggression against it, stressing the conspiracy seeks to destroy resistance and brings the Arab peoples to their knees.

For more than two hours, the protestors shouted slogans hailing Syria and its leadership, deploring attitudes of the west, Turkish PM RecepTayyibErdogan and Emir of Qatar against Syria, which is the last fortress in front of the Israeli enemy.

The Tunisian activist, Naela Rahim, who organised the protest, told SANA reporter: "the Tunisian citizens, who responded to the call for taking part in the protest, have denounced the Tunisian government's stance towards Syria since the beginning of the events."

She added the protest aims at backing Syrian leadership, the Syrian Arab Army, and the people of Syria.

"The Arab region, as a whole, is witnessing a well-hatched conspiracy to destroy our countries to protect Israel's security and enhance west interests in the region and the world as well," the activists said.



Bahrainis Demand Al-Khalifa Regime to End Suppression

Thousands of the Bahraini people in a peaceful protest rally in the capital Manama on Saturday demanded an end to the Al-Khalifa regime's cruelty and suppressive acts.

The peaceful protest took place in Barbar district in Western Manama today, the Lebanese television al-Manar reported.

The protesters, holding Bahrain's flags, reiterated that punishment of those who have committed crimes against the Bahraini citizens and freedom of all political prisoners are their prerequisite for holding dialogue with the Al-Khalifa regime.

The protest gathering was then addressed by several Bahraini opposition leaders and families of the martyrs killed in the security forces' brutal crackdowns on the people.

On Friday, Bahraini security forces attacked demonstrators protesting the Al- Khalifa regime's ongoing crackdown on peaceful protests.

The Saudi-backed forces also fired teargas canisters and rubber bullets at rallying crowd in the village of Mugaba near Manama.

Anti-government protesters have been holding peaceful demonstrations across Bahrain since mid-February 2011, calling for an end to the Al Khalifa dynasty's over-40-year rule.

Violence against the defenseless people escalated after a Saudi-led conglomerate of police, security and military forces from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member states - Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Oman and Qatar - were dispatched to the tiny Persian Gulf kingdom on March 13, 2011, to help Manama crack down on peaceful protestors.

So far, tens of protesters have been killed, hundreds have gone missing and thousands of others have been injured.

Police clampdown on protesters continues daily. Authorities have tried to stop organized protests by opposition parties over the past month by refusing to license them and using tear gas on those who turn up.

The opposition coalition wants full powers for the elected parliament and a cabinet fully answerable to parliament.

Amnesty International has announced that more than 200 people, arrested as part of the clampdown against Shiite political opposition in Bahrain, are at the risk of being tortured. Around 250 individuals in Bahrain, who are believed to have been detained, are at risk of torture, the group said. Human Rights Watch also accused Bahrain of restricting the travel of rights activists to prevent them from talking about the arrest of opposition members.


Two Camps in Lebanon for Training Terrorists fighting in Syria: Minister

BEIRUT,(ST)- Lebanese Minister of the Interior Marwan Sharbel disclosed information on the existence of two camps for training  armed terrorist groups for the ( Syrian Opposition) in a remote area in Lebanon .

In a statement to the Lebanese daily As-Safir issued on  Friday , the Lebanese minister expressed fears that what is happening in Syria will take place in Lebanon, since the Lebanese internal arena  is stuffed with all inflammabilities  that are explosive at any time.

"Israel is the major beneficiary  of this partitioned project of the area because it assumes that the existence of ( sectarian  state lets  and islands) around it is a  guarantee for it to exist,"  describing what is happening in the Arab world now as "an Israeli Spring, rather than  an Arab Spring."

He noted  the decision  taken by the Jordanian and Turkish governments to prevent the entry of displaced Palestinians to their territories  and to keep this file confined to Lebanon and warned of the security implications of the  file of the displaced ,  indicating that the rate of murder, robbery and kidnapping crimes  increased  by 50 to 60 percent .

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Jalili Calls on US to Stop Double-Standard Policies towards Nations

Iran's top negotiator Saeed Jalili lashed out at the US for its double-standard policies towards the world nations, and called on Washington to respect the other nations.

The US is working against Syria imposing economic sanction on it and has flooded arms into the country and supports terrorists.

 They (Americans) must stop dual attitudes and respect rationality and wisdom of nations. World people are well monitoring the US attitudes," Jalili, who is in New Delhi for an official visit, said in a press conference in the Indian capital city on Friday,acoording to FNA.

He noted that the US attitude has led to the highest level of public hatred in countries from East Asia to the Horn of Africa, and stated, "The Americans need to make a real change in their policies,"

The senior Iranian security official also said that the US acted in full contradiction to its claims about democracy in its foreign policy, and said that he US made its utmost efforts to counter democracy in Iran and used its utmost capacity to impede the progress of this democracy.

Jalili noted that the US double-standard policies have not been limited only to Iran.

Washington and its Western allies accuse Iran of trying to develop nuclear weapons under the cover of a civilian nuclear program, while they have never presented any corroborative evidence to substantiate their allegations. Iran denies the charges and insists that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only.

The Vienna-based UN nuclear watchdog continues snap inspections of Iranian nuclear sites and has reported that all declared nuclear material in Iran has been accounted for, and therefore such material is not diverted to prohibited activities.

Iran, a Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT)-signatory, has also repeatedly called for the removal of all weapons of mass destruction, including nuclear weapons, from across the globe.

Israel, the Middle East's sole nuclear power, possesses hundreds of nuclear warheads while it is not a signatory to the NPT or any other international convention.

The Zionist regime has never allowed UN inspectors to visit its nuclear sites or arsenals.


Turkey will pay price for supporting Syria militants: Iran MP

An Iranian lawmaker says the Turkish government will suffer the consequences of its wrong policy of supporting terrorist groups in Syria,according to Press TV.

“Supporting the extremist groups, which have infiltrated into Syria from different countries and have no respect for any principle, is one of the wrong policies that the Ankara government is pursuing,” Aziz Akbarian said on Wednesday.

 He went on to say that training terrorist groups  in Turkey, which come from different ethnic and religious backgrounds, will presage a dangerous future for that country.

On December 25, members of the main Turkish opposition party, the Republican People’s Party, said Libyan and Saudi terrorist groups are freely entering Syria via Turkey's border.

They added that Turkish military escorts and protects the militants on their way to join terrorist groups in Syria.

Analysts believe that the move is part of an anti-Syria plot hatched by the US, Qatar and Saudi Arabia to fuel the unrest in the country by increasing the number of militants fighting against the government.

    “Meddling in the internal affairs of Syria, which has a representative in the United Nations and is independent, is against the international law and will create new precedence for interfering in countries’ internal affairs,” Akbarian pointed out.

The Syrian government says the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country, and there are reports that a very large number of the armed terrorists are foreign nationals.