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Turkey Condemns Armenian Genocide Resolution in U.S. Senate

By , April 12, 2014 4:07 am

Turkey Condemns Armenian Genocide Resolution in U.S. Senate

(Reuters) — Turkey condemned on Friday a U.S. Senate committee resolution branding the massacre of Armenians by Ottoman forces during World War One as genocide and warned Congress against taking steps that would harm Turkish-American ties.

The nature and scale of the killings remain highly contentious nearly a century after they took place. Turkey accepts that many Armenians died in partisan fighting beginning in 1915, but denies that up to 1.5 million were killed and that this constituted an act of genocide — a term used by many Western historians and foreign parliaments.

The resolution, adopted by the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations on Thursday, called “to remember and observe the anniversary of the Armenian Genocide on April 24, 2014?.

“The President should work toward an equitable, constructive, stable, and durable Armenian-Turkish relationship that includes the full acknowledgment by … Turkey of the facts about the Armenian Genocide,” the text of the resolution said.

The Turkish Foreign Ministry said the committee had acted beyond its position, competence and responsibility by adopting a “hastily and ineptly prepared” draft resolution.

“We reject this attempt at political exploitation that distorts history and law and we condemn those who led this prejudiced initiative,” the ministry said in a statement.

“TRAGIC EVENTS”

It said Turks and Armenians could reach a “just memory of the tragic 1915 events” and that an earlier proposal from Ankara to set up a joint historical commission remained on the agenda.

Armenia did not take up the Turkish offer because it regards the genocide as an established historic fact and believes Turkey would use such a commission to press its own version of events.

“It is essential that the U.S. Congress engages in efforts aimed at strengthening our historic alliance … instead of damaging Turkish-American bilateral ties,” it added.

Last December, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu made Turkey’s first high-level visit to Armenia in nearly five years, raising the prospect of a revival in peace efforts between the historical rivals which stalled in 2010.

The legacy of the killings has remained a major obstacle to reviving frozen relations between Turkey and its small former Soviet eastern neighbour.

Armenia accuses the Ottoman authorities at the time of systematically massacring large numbers of Armenians, then deporting many more, including women, children and the elderly and infirm in terrible conditions on so-called death marches.

The issue has long been a source of tension between Turkey and several Western countries, especially the United States and France, both home to large ethnic Armenian diasporas.

Assyrian International News Agency

Draft resolution on Ukraine’s entry into NATO and EU submitted to Verkhovna Rada

By , March 22, 2014 4:37 pm

Draft resolution on Ukraine’s entry into NATO and EU submitted to Verkhovna Rada
By: Voice of Russia on: 22.03.2014 [14:51 ] (150 reads)

21 March 2014, 19:13

Draft resolution on Ukraine’s entry into NATO and EU submitted to Verkhovna Rada

© Collage: Voice of Russia

A draft resolution “On Ukraine’s gaining membership in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and the European Union” was submitted today to the Verkhovna Rada by radical Deputy Oleg Lyashko. It is registered at the Secretariat of the Ukrainian Parliament and sent to the Committee on Foreign Affairs, Committee on the Issues of European Integration and other committees of the Verkhovna Rada.

Political section of EU-Ukraine Association Agreement signed in Brussels

The heads of state and government of the European Union’s 28 member countries and EU leaders signed the political section of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement in Brussels on Friday in the presence of Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk. The document carries the signatures of Yatsenyuk, European Council President Herman Van Rompuy, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso and the heads of the union’s 28 nations

It was signed during the working session of the European Council, which discussed the situation in Ukraine on Thursday. The EU summit will continue after the signing ceremony.

All things considered, Kiev is building a Western-oriented policy, though, at the same time trying to keep a foot in both camps. However, the new Ukrainian government did not respond to the concerns of experts, who insist that there is the second side of the coin in Ukraine’s potential accession to the EU. The experts fear that there is a high risk of recurrence of the situation with Greece, Romania or Bulgaria, where such actions have led to a further weakening of the economies of these countries. Given the current poor state of the economy in Ukraine, such a policy could lead to an exacerbation of disturbances among the population.

EU summit participants promise Moldova, Georgia to sign association agreement by June

The European Union summit participants have promised Moldova and Georgia to sing agreements on association by June, it is said in the final statement of the summit on Ukraine.

Meanwhile, the document says nothing about the prospects for the EU membership of Ukraine, Moldova or Georgia.

The document says that the European Union confirms its goal to further strengthen political association and economic integration with Georgia and Moldova. It confirmed the EU goal to sign with them agreements on association and on a free trade zone no later than June 2014.

Ukraine to sign political association deal with EU

Ukraine’s interim Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk is due Friday to sign parts of a highly symbolic deal on closer political ties with the European Union.

The signing of the political chapters of the association agreement is a “concrete sign of the EU’s solidarity with Ukraine,” EU President Herman Van Rompuy said, adding that it would give Ukrainians “a prospect of a European way of life they deserve.”

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Russia vetoes US-sponsored UN resolution declaring Crimea vote invalid

By , March 15, 2014 1:11 pm

Russia vetoes US-sponsored UN resolution declaring Crimea vote invalid
By: RT on: 15.03.2014 [15:28 ] (127 reads)

Russia vetoes US-sponsored UN resolution declaring Crimea vote invalid

Published time: March 15, 2014 15:20

Russia has vetoed a UN Security Council’s resolution declaring the upcoming referendum on the future status of autonomous republic of Crimea invalid and urges all states not to recognize its results.

China abstained as 13 council members supported the resolution and Russia voted against.

The draft resolution noted that the Ukrainian government in Kiev has not authorized the referendum and said that it cannot be valid.

“This referendum can have no validity, and cannot form the basis for any alteration of the status of Crimea; and calls upon all States, international organizations and specialized agencies not to recognize any alteration of the status of Crimea on the basis of this referendum and to refrain from any action or dealing that might be interpreted as recognizing any such altered status,” the documents reads.

Moscow has a veto right as one of five permanent members of the Security Council. It was “no secret that Russia would vote against the US draft resolution,” Russia’s envoy at the UN Vitaly Churkin said ahead of the voting. He added that Moscow would respect the choice of Crimeans.

On Sunday, the Crimeans are going to decide if they want the republic to remain a part of Ukraine or join the Russian Federation.

European nations and the US said earlier they would not recognize the outcome of the referendum and warned Russia of sanctions over its stance on Ukraine.

DETAILS TO FOLLOW

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Russia vetoes US-sponsored UN resolution declaring Crimea vote invalid

By , March 15, 2014 10:28 am

Russia vetoes US-sponsored UN resolution declaring Crimea vote invalid
By: RT on: 15.03.2014 [15:28 ] (70 reads)

Russia vetoes US-sponsored UN resolution declaring Crimea vote invalid

Published time: March 15, 2014 15:20

Russia has vetoed a UN Security Council’s resolution declaring the upcoming referendum on the future status of autonomous republic of Crimea invalid and urges all states not to recognize its results.

China abstained as 13 council members supported the resolution and Russia voted against.

The draft resolution noted that the Ukrainian government in Kiev has not authorized the referendum and said that it cannot be valid.

“This referendum can have no validity, and cannot form the basis for any alteration of the status of Crimea; and calls upon all States, international organizations and specialized agencies not to recognize any alteration of the status of Crimea on the basis of this referendum and to refrain from any action or dealing that might be interpreted as recognizing any such altered status,” the documents reads.

Moscow has a veto right as one of five permanent members of the Security Council. It was “no secret that Russia would vote against the US draft resolution,” Russia’s envoy at the UN Vitaly Churkin said ahead of the voting. He added that Moscow would respect the choice of Crimeans.

On Sunday, the Crimeans are going to decide if they want the republic to remain a part of Ukraine or join the Russian Federation.

European nations and the US said earlier they would not recognize the outcome of the referendum and warned Russia of sanctions over its stance on Ukraine.

DETAILS TO FOLLOW

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Syria Agrees to Co-operate With UN Resolution on Humanitarian Access

By , February 24, 2014 3:25 am

Damascus said yesterday it is prepared to co-operate with a United Nations call for humanitarian access as long as Syria’s sovereignty is respected. The foreign ministry also said the “root causes” of the crisis, “foreign backed terrorism” and western sanctions, must be addressed.

The comments came in response to the unanimous adoption by the UN Security Council of a legally biding resolution demanding humanitarian access to civilians and urging all parties to lift sieges of populated areas, particularly in Aleppo and Damascus.

The resolution calls on the Syrian government to allow relief agencies to operate across conflict lines and borders; condemns the indiscriminate use of barrel bombs by the air force; and denounces terror attacks staged by insurgents.

Prosecutions and sanctions To secure the approval of Russia and China, which vetoed three earlier resolutions, the resolution’s authors — Australia, Jordan and Luxembourg — excluded references to prosecutions and targeted sanctions.

Russia’s UN ambassador, Vitaly Churkin, said Moscow’s concerns had been “borne in mind” and the text had become more “balanced”. His Chinese counterpart, Lie Jieyi, urged “all parties . . . to implement this resolution in good faith”.

UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon argued that humanitarian access is mandated by international law and expressed shock that “both sides are besieging civilians as a tactic of war”. He was asked to submit 30-day progress reports.

Although there is no threat of punitive action in case of noncompliance, France and Britain have vowed to press for council action if the resolution is ignored.

In Syria, local ceasefires agreed by the government and the rebel Free Syrian Army continue to hold in the Damascus suburbs of Babila, Muadhamiya, Qudsaya, Beit Sahm, Yalda, Barzeh and Yarmouk, the location of a Palestinian refugee neighbourhood. Army sieges on these rebel-held areas have been lifted and food has been delivered. Rebels have surrendered heavy weapons and are patrolling the streets and manning checkpoints with government troops. Similar arrangements have been reached around Homs.

The army has continued bombardment of insurgent-held quarters of Aleppo and a car bomb exploded near a field hospital in the insurgent-held village of Atmeh near the Turkish border, killing 14 and wounding 70. Al-Qaeda renegade Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (Isis) has been blamed for the blast.

The faction is also blamed for the death by suicide bomb of Abu Khaled al-Suri, dispatched by al-Qaeda central chief Ayman Zawahiri to arrange a truce between Isis and rival insurgent groups.

In Lebanon, spillover from the conflict in Syria has continued to take a deadly toll. A car bomb claimed by al-Qaeda affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra’s local branch killed two soldiers and a civilian in the pro-Hizbullah town of Hermel near the border with Syria.

In the Hague, Damascus has submitted to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons a revised plan for the export of its weapons chemicals by the end of May, missing the June 30th deadline fixed for their destruction. So far three shipments, 11 per cent of the 1,200 tons of chemicals, have left the country.

Assyrian International News Agency

Corrupt U.S. Congress Votes Up Resolution to Support Neo-Nazi Ukrainian Opposition

By , February 16, 2014 8:07 am

Corrupt U.S. Congress Votes Up Resolution to Support Neo-Nazi Ukrainian Opposition
By: larouchepac.com on: 16.02.2014 [06:40 ] (142 reads)

Corrupt U.S. Congress Votes Up Resolution to Support Neo-Nazi Ukrainian Opposition
February 10, 2014 • 9:32PM

On Tuesday evening, a corrupt U.S. Congress, with no concern for anything but its re-election, voted by a margin of 383 to 2 (with 50 not voting), to endorse a resolution supporting the fascist opposition in Ukraine, and therefore a nuclear war confrontation with Russia. LaRouchePAC representatives on the scene confronted particularly the Jewish members, and found them and others either ignorant, or totally craven. The two ‘no’ votes were by Reps. Walter Jones (R-NC) and Thomas Massie (R-KY), both sponsors of H Res. 428, the resolution to release the suppressed 28 pages of the Congressional Inquiry report on 9/11.

See earlier report for further background.

In response to the prospective passage, LaRouche had the following to say Monday afternoon on the LaRouchePAC Policy Committee Show:

“They’re talking about the elections being started now for this year in the Congress. That’s what it is; that’s how corrupt it is. They’re putting themselves in the pocket with Nuland Asst Secy of State, who’s really a creep — actually violated every principle of our Constitution already. But there are many Nulands in there. Why? Because they’re running for election; this is an election year in the House of Representatives, and that’s why you find so many prostitutes are running loose up there. And I will say it; they’re running as prostitutes. They just want, they’re concerned about getting elected. They don’t give a damn about the future of the United States; they don’t even want to hear about it. And I think we ought to broadcast that clearly.

“Now, I can assure you that Obama’s ready to sign that one. He’s ready to push that part of the button. He’s already got that in mind. He’s already committed implicitly to the button. He’s got the button; and if he puts his finger on the button, his thumb on the button so to speak, if he does that in this period, you and I and the rest of them are all dead! So you can say that in effect, these members of Congress who voted for a position on this thing are as good as already dead! And it shows you how smart they are.”

See Kenric Ward’s “Up in arms: Congress considers war powers in Ukraine,” from Monday’s Examiner.

Below is the full text of the resolution.

H. RES. 447

Supporting the democratic and European aspirations of the people of Ukraine, and their right to choose their own future free of intimidation and fear.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

December 16, 2013

Mr. ENGEL (for himself, Mr. ROYCE, Mr. LEVIN, Ms. KAPTUR, Mr. KEATING, and Mr. GERLACH) submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs

RESOLUTION

Supporting the democratic and European aspirations of the people of Ukraine, and their right to choose their own future free of intimidation and fear.

Whereas a democratic, prosperous, and independent Ukraine is in the national interest of the United States;

Whereas closer relations with the European Union (EU) through the signing of an Association Agreement will promote democratic values, good governance, and economic opportunity in Ukraine;

Whereas millions of Ukrainian citizens support closer relations with Europe and the signing of an Association Agreement;

Whereas the Government of Ukraine has declared integration with Europe a national priority and has made significant progress toward meeting the requirements for the Association Agreement;

Whereas Ukraine has the sovereign right to enter into voluntary partnerships of its choosing, in keeping with its interests;

Whereas Ukraine’s closer relations with the EU do not threaten any other country, and will benefit both Ukraine and its neighbors;

Whereas on November 21, 2013, following several months of intense outside pressure, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych abruptly suspended negotiations on the Association Agreement one week before it was due to be signed at the EU’s Eastern Partnership Summit in Vilnius, Lithuania;

Whereas this reversal of stated government policy precipitated demonstrations by hundreds of thousands of Ukrainian citizens in Kyiv as well as in cities throughout the country;

Whereas the demonstrators have been overwhelmingly peaceful and have sought to exercise their constitutional rights to freely assemble and express their opposition to President Yanukovych’s decision, as well as their support for greater government accountability and closer relations with Europe;

Whereas on November 30, 2013, police violently dispersed peaceful demonstrators in Kyiv’s Independence Square, resulting in many injuries and the arrest of several dozen individuals;

Whereas on December 11, 2013, police raided 3 opposition media outlets and the headquarters of an opposition party;

Whereas on December 11, 2013, despite President Yanukovych’s statement the previous day that he would engage in talks with the opposition, police attempted to forcibly evict peaceful protesters from central locations in Kyiv; and

Whereas United States, European, and other leaders, as well as 3 former presidents of Ukraine, have urged restraint and warned against the use of violence against peaceful protesters, and have called for dialogue with the opposition to resolve the current political and economic crisis: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the House of Representatives—

(1) greatly values the warm and close relationship the United States has established with Ukraine since that country regained its independence in 1991;

(2) supports the democratic and European aspirations of the people of Ukraine, and their right to choose their own future free of intimidation and fear;

(3) calls on the United States and the European Union to continue to work together to support a peaceful resolution to the crisis, and to continue to support the desire of millions of Ukrainian citizens for closer relations with Europe through the signing of an Association Agreement, as well as for a democratic future;

(4) urges the Government of Ukraine, Ukrainian opposition parties, and all protesters to exercise the utmost restraint and avoid confrontation, and calls on the Government of Ukraine to live up to its international obligations and respect and uphold the democratic rights of its citizens, including the freedom of assembly and expression, as well as the freedom of the press;

(5) calls on the Government of Ukraine to bring to justice those responsible for violence against peaceful protesters, and to release and drop criminal charges against those detained for exercising their democratic rights;

(6) urges the United States and the European Union to continue to make clear to Ukraine’s leaders that those who authorize or engage in violence against peaceful protesters will be held personally accountable;

(7) states that in the event of further violence by government authorities against peaceful protesters, the United States House of Representatives may consider targeted sanctions against those who authorize or engage in this use of force; and

(8) urges all parties to engage in constructive, sustained dialogue in order to find a peaceful solution to Ukraine’s current political and economic crisis.

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Corrupt U.S. Congress Votes Up Resolution to Support Neo-Nazi Ukrainian Opposition

By , February 15, 2014 11:57 pm

Corrupt U.S. Congress Votes Up Resolution to Support Neo-Nazi Ukrainian Opposition
By: larouchepac.com on: 16.02.2014 [06:40 ] (26 reads)

Corrupt U.S. Congress Votes Up Resolution to Support Neo-Nazi Ukrainian Opposition
February 10, 2014 • 9:32PM

On Tuesday evening, a corrupt U.S. Congress, with no concern for anything but its re-election, voted by a margin of 383 to 2 (with 50 not voting), to endorse a resolution supporting the fascist opposition in Ukraine, and therefore a nuclear war confrontation with Russia. LaRouchePAC representatives on the scene confronted particularly the Jewish members, and found them and others either ignorant, or totally craven. The two ‘no’ votes were by Reps. Walter Jones (R-NC) and Thomas Massie (R-KY), both sponsors of H Res. 428, the resolution to release the suppressed 28 pages of the Congressional Inquiry report on 9/11.

See earlier report for further background.

In response to the prospective passage, LaRouche had the following to say Monday afternoon on the LaRouchePAC Policy Committee Show:

“They’re talking about the elections being started now for this year in the Congress. That’s what it is; that’s how corrupt it is. They’re putting themselves in the pocket with Nuland Asst Secy of State, who’s really a creep — actually violated every principle of our Constitution already. But there are many Nulands in there. Why? Because they’re running for election; this is an election year in the House of Representatives, and that’s why you find so many prostitutes are running loose up there. And I will say it; they’re running as prostitutes. They just want, they’re concerned about getting elected. They don’t give a damn about the future of the United States; they don’t even want to hear about it. And I think we ought to broadcast that clearly.

“Now, I can assure you that Obama’s ready to sign that one. He’s ready to push that part of the button. He’s already got that in mind. He’s already committed implicitly to the button. He’s got the button; and if he puts his finger on the button, his thumb on the button so to speak, if he does that in this period, you and I and the rest of them are all dead! So you can say that in effect, these members of Congress who voted for a position on this thing are as good as already dead! And it shows you how smart they are.”

See Kenric Ward’s “Up in arms: Congress considers war powers in Ukraine,” from Monday’s Examiner.

Below is the full text of the resolution.

H. RES. 447

Supporting the democratic and European aspirations of the people of Ukraine, and their right to choose their own future free of intimidation and fear.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

December 16, 2013

Mr. ENGEL (for himself, Mr. ROYCE, Mr. LEVIN, Ms. KAPTUR, Mr. KEATING, and Mr. GERLACH) submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs

RESOLUTION

Supporting the democratic and European aspirations of the people of Ukraine, and their right to choose their own future free of intimidation and fear.

Whereas a democratic, prosperous, and independent Ukraine is in the national interest of the United States;

Whereas closer relations with the European Union (EU) through the signing of an Association Agreement will promote democratic values, good governance, and economic opportunity in Ukraine;

Whereas millions of Ukrainian citizens support closer relations with Europe and the signing of an Association Agreement;

Whereas the Government of Ukraine has declared integration with Europe a national priority and has made significant progress toward meeting the requirements for the Association Agreement;

Whereas Ukraine has the sovereign right to enter into voluntary partnerships of its choosing, in keeping with its interests;

Whereas Ukraine’s closer relations with the EU do not threaten any other country, and will benefit both Ukraine and its neighbors;

Whereas on November 21, 2013, following several months of intense outside pressure, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych abruptly suspended negotiations on the Association Agreement one week before it was due to be signed at the EU’s Eastern Partnership Summit in Vilnius, Lithuania;

Whereas this reversal of stated government policy precipitated demonstrations by hundreds of thousands of Ukrainian citizens in Kyiv as well as in cities throughout the country;

Whereas the demonstrators have been overwhelmingly peaceful and have sought to exercise their constitutional rights to freely assemble and express their opposition to President Yanukovych’s decision, as well as their support for greater government accountability and closer relations with Europe;

Whereas on November 30, 2013, police violently dispersed peaceful demonstrators in Kyiv’s Independence Square, resulting in many injuries and the arrest of several dozen individuals;

Whereas on December 11, 2013, police raided 3 opposition media outlets and the headquarters of an opposition party;

Whereas on December 11, 2013, despite President Yanukovych’s statement the previous day that he would engage in talks with the opposition, police attempted to forcibly evict peaceful protesters from central locations in Kyiv; and

Whereas United States, European, and other leaders, as well as 3 former presidents of Ukraine, have urged restraint and warned against the use of violence against peaceful protesters, and have called for dialogue with the opposition to resolve the current political and economic crisis: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the House of Representatives—

(1) greatly values the warm and close relationship the United States has established with Ukraine since that country regained its independence in 1991;

(2) supports the democratic and European aspirations of the people of Ukraine, and their right to choose their own future free of intimidation and fear;

(3) calls on the United States and the European Union to continue to work together to support a peaceful resolution to the crisis, and to continue to support the desire of millions of Ukrainian citizens for closer relations with Europe through the signing of an Association Agreement, as well as for a democratic future;

(4) urges the Government of Ukraine, Ukrainian opposition parties, and all protesters to exercise the utmost restraint and avoid confrontation, and calls on the Government of Ukraine to live up to its international obligations and respect and uphold the democratic rights of its citizens, including the freedom of assembly and expression, as well as the freedom of the press;

(5) calls on the Government of Ukraine to bring to justice those responsible for violence against peaceful protesters, and to release and drop criminal charges against those detained for exercising their democratic rights;

(6) urges the United States and the European Union to continue to make clear to Ukraine’s leaders that those who authorize or engage in violence against peaceful protesters will be held personally accountable;

(7) states that in the event of further violence by government authorities against peaceful protesters, the United States House of Representatives may consider targeted sanctions against those who authorize or engage in this use of force; and

(8) urges all parties to engage in constructive, sustained dialogue in order to find a peaceful solution to Ukraine’s current political and economic crisis.

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Corrupt U.S. Congress Votes Up Resolution to Support Neo-Nazi Ukrainian Opposition

By , February 15, 2014 11:57 pm

Corrupt U.S. Congress Votes Up Resolution to Support Neo-Nazi Ukrainian Opposition
By: larouchepac.com on: 16.02.2014 [06:40 ] (26 reads)

Corrupt U.S. Congress Votes Up Resolution to Support Neo-Nazi Ukrainian Opposition
February 10, 2014 • 9:32PM

On Tuesday evening, a corrupt U.S. Congress, with no concern for anything but its re-election, voted by a margin of 383 to 2 (with 50 not voting), to endorse a resolution supporting the fascist opposition in Ukraine, and therefore a nuclear war confrontation with Russia. LaRouchePAC representatives on the scene confronted particularly the Jewish members, and found them and others either ignorant, or totally craven. The two ‘no’ votes were by Reps. Walter Jones (R-NC) and Thomas Massie (R-KY), both sponsors of H Res. 428, the resolution to release the suppressed 28 pages of the Congressional Inquiry report on 9/11.

See earlier report for further background.

In response to the prospective passage, LaRouche had the following to say Monday afternoon on the LaRouchePAC Policy Committee Show:

“They’re talking about the elections being started now for this year in the Congress. That’s what it is; that’s how corrupt it is. They’re putting themselves in the pocket with Nuland Asst Secy of State, who’s really a creep — actually violated every principle of our Constitution already. But there are many Nulands in there. Why? Because they’re running for election; this is an election year in the House of Representatives, and that’s why you find so many prostitutes are running loose up there. And I will say it; they’re running as prostitutes. They just want, they’re concerned about getting elected. They don’t give a damn about the future of the United States; they don’t even want to hear about it. And I think we ought to broadcast that clearly.

“Now, I can assure you that Obama’s ready to sign that one. He’s ready to push that part of the button. He’s already got that in mind. He’s already committed implicitly to the button. He’s got the button; and if he puts his finger on the button, his thumb on the button so to speak, if he does that in this period, you and I and the rest of them are all dead! So you can say that in effect, these members of Congress who voted for a position on this thing are as good as already dead! And it shows you how smart they are.”

See Kenric Ward’s “Up in arms: Congress considers war powers in Ukraine,” from Monday’s Examiner.

Below is the full text of the resolution.

H. RES. 447

Supporting the democratic and European aspirations of the people of Ukraine, and their right to choose their own future free of intimidation and fear.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

December 16, 2013

Mr. ENGEL (for himself, Mr. ROYCE, Mr. LEVIN, Ms. KAPTUR, Mr. KEATING, and Mr. GERLACH) submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs

RESOLUTION

Supporting the democratic and European aspirations of the people of Ukraine, and their right to choose their own future free of intimidation and fear.

Whereas a democratic, prosperous, and independent Ukraine is in the national interest of the United States;

Whereas closer relations with the European Union (EU) through the signing of an Association Agreement will promote democratic values, good governance, and economic opportunity in Ukraine;

Whereas millions of Ukrainian citizens support closer relations with Europe and the signing of an Association Agreement;

Whereas the Government of Ukraine has declared integration with Europe a national priority and has made significant progress toward meeting the requirements for the Association Agreement;

Whereas Ukraine has the sovereign right to enter into voluntary partnerships of its choosing, in keeping with its interests;

Whereas Ukraine’s closer relations with the EU do not threaten any other country, and will benefit both Ukraine and its neighbors;

Whereas on November 21, 2013, following several months of intense outside pressure, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych abruptly suspended negotiations on the Association Agreement one week before it was due to be signed at the EU’s Eastern Partnership Summit in Vilnius, Lithuania;

Whereas this reversal of stated government policy precipitated demonstrations by hundreds of thousands of Ukrainian citizens in Kyiv as well as in cities throughout the country;

Whereas the demonstrators have been overwhelmingly peaceful and have sought to exercise their constitutional rights to freely assemble and express their opposition to President Yanukovych’s decision, as well as their support for greater government accountability and closer relations with Europe;

Whereas on November 30, 2013, police violently dispersed peaceful demonstrators in Kyiv’s Independence Square, resulting in many injuries and the arrest of several dozen individuals;

Whereas on December 11, 2013, police raided 3 opposition media outlets and the headquarters of an opposition party;

Whereas on December 11, 2013, despite President Yanukovych’s statement the previous day that he would engage in talks with the opposition, police attempted to forcibly evict peaceful protesters from central locations in Kyiv; and

Whereas United States, European, and other leaders, as well as 3 former presidents of Ukraine, have urged restraint and warned against the use of violence against peaceful protesters, and have called for dialogue with the opposition to resolve the current political and economic crisis: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the House of Representatives—

(1) greatly values the warm and close relationship the United States has established with Ukraine since that country regained its independence in 1991;

(2) supports the democratic and European aspirations of the people of Ukraine, and their right to choose their own future free of intimidation and fear;

(3) calls on the United States and the European Union to continue to work together to support a peaceful resolution to the crisis, and to continue to support the desire of millions of Ukrainian citizens for closer relations with Europe through the signing of an Association Agreement, as well as for a democratic future;

(4) urges the Government of Ukraine, Ukrainian opposition parties, and all protesters to exercise the utmost restraint and avoid confrontation, and calls on the Government of Ukraine to live up to its international obligations and respect and uphold the democratic rights of its citizens, including the freedom of assembly and expression, as well as the freedom of the press;

(5) calls on the Government of Ukraine to bring to justice those responsible for violence against peaceful protesters, and to release and drop criminal charges against those detained for exercising their democratic rights;

(6) urges the United States and the European Union to continue to make clear to Ukraine’s leaders that those who authorize or engage in violence against peaceful protesters will be held personally accountable;

(7) states that in the event of further violence by government authorities against peaceful protesters, the United States House of Representatives may consider targeted sanctions against those who authorize or engage in this use of force; and

(8) urges all parties to engage in constructive, sustained dialogue in order to find a peaceful solution to Ukraine’s current political and economic crisis.

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Resolution of Anbar Crisis Requires Coordination

By , January 6, 2014 10:02 pm

Resolution of Anbar Crisis Requires Coordination

By Mushreq Abbas for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.

Resolution of Anbar crisis requires security, political coordination

When the Iraqi army marched on the Anbar desert on Dec. 22 to wage war against al-Qaeda fighters along the Iraqi-Syrian border, the operation was viewed as an opportunity to restore the hope of achieving internal consensus around the necessity to fight extremism.

Instead, however, it resurrected a state of confusion, leading to questions about the decisions being made in Baghdad as countless al-Qaeda militants brought the fighting from the border to the streets of the cities in Anbar province following the arrest of Sunni MP Ahmed al-Alwani, the dispersal of yearlong Sunni protests and the resulting rise in tribal anger.

The situation in Anbar was unstable to begin with. These areas had for 10 years been the scene of numerous security disturbances and skirmishes, as residents there continued to be subjected to marginalization and exclusion at the political level.

Al-Qaeda also played a major role in the instability plaguing Sunni cities, contributing to the necessity for military intervention, various conflicts and accusations of collusion burdening the local population. The Sunnis in the affected areas complained that accusations of their belonging to al-Qaeda were used to attack them and target their political figures, clan leaders and social and religious personalities.

It should have come as no surprise when in late December in Anbar hundreds of fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) flooded into cities to burn security stations and other government sites. During the past 10 years, al-Qaeda has learned to exploit social unrest in Iraq to expand its activities and has used the tense relationship between authorities in Baghdad and the Sunni cities as an avenue for spreading its influence. The roots of the situation in Anbar are many.

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UN Passes Resolution on Syria’s Chemical Weapons

By , September 29, 2013 3:57 am

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously Friday night to secure and destroy Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile, a landmark decision aimed at taking poison gas off the battlefield in the escalating 2 1/2-year conflict.

The vote after two weeks of intense negotiations marked a major breakthrough in the paralysis that has gripped the council since the Syrian uprising began. Russia and China previously vetoed three Western-backed resolutions pressuring President Bashar Assad’s regime to end the violence.

“Today’s historic resolution is the first hopeful news on Syria in a long time,” U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the council immediately after the vote.

Ban stressed, however, that eliminating chemical weapons from the Syrian conflict “is not a license to kill with conventional weapons.”

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said the “strong, enforceable, precedent-setting” resolution shows that diplomacy can be so powerful “that it can peacefully defuse the worst weapons of war.” Kerry said the destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile will begin in November and be completed by the middle of next year.

For the first time, the council endorsed the roadmap for a political transition in Syria adopted by key nations in June 2012 and called for an international conference to be convened “as soon as possible” to implement it.

Ban said the target date for a new peace conference in Geneva is mid-November.

As a sign of the broad support for the resolution, all 15 council members signed on as co-sponsors.

The resolution calls for consequences if Syria fails to comply, but those will depend on the council passing another resolution in the event of non-compliance. That will give Assad ally Russia the means to stop any punishment from being imposed.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov stressed that the resolution does not automatically impose sanctions on Syria.

The vote came just hours after the world’s chemical weapons watchdog adopted a U.S.-Russian plan that lays out benchmarks and timelines for cataloguing, quarantining and ultimately destroying Syria’s chemical weapons, their precursors and delivery systems.

The Security Council resolution enshrines the plan approved by Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, making it legally binding.

The agreement allows the start of a mission to rid Syria’s regime of its estimated 1,000-ton chemical arsenal by mid-2014, significantly accelerating a destruction timetable that often takes years to complete.

“We expect to have an advance team on the ground (in Syria) next week,” OPCW spokesman Michael Luhan told reporters at the organization’s headquarters in The Hague, Netherlands immediately after its 41-member executive council approved the plan.

The recent flurry of diplomatic activity followed the Aug. 21 poison gas attack that killed hundreds of civilians in a Damascus suburb, and by President Barack Obama’s threat of U.S. strikes in retaliation.

After Kerry said Assad could avert U.S. military action by turning over “every single bit of his chemical weapons” to international control within a week, Russia quickly agreed. Kerry and Lavrov signed an agreement in Geneva on Sept. 13 to put Syria’s chemical weapons under international control for later destruction, and Assad’s government accepted.

Tough negotiations, primarily between Russia and the United States, followed on how Syria’s stockpile would be destroyed.

The U.N. resolution’s adoption was assured when the five veto-wielding permament members of the Security Council — Russia, China, the United States, France and Britain — signed off on the text on Thursday.

Lavrov told the council that his country will participate in the destruction.

Russia and the United States had been at odds over the enforcement issue. Russia opposed any reference to Chapter 7 of the U.N. Charter, which allows for military and nonmilitary actions to promote peace and security.

The final resolution states that the Security Council will impose measures under Chapter 7 if Syria fails to comply, but this would require adoption of a second resolution.

It bans Syria from possessing chemical weapons and condemns “in the strongest terms” the use of chemical weapons in the Aug. 21 attack, and any other use. It also would ban any country from obtaining chemical weapons or the technology or equipment to produce them from Syria.

Kerry stressed that the resolution for the first time makes a determination that “use of chemical weapons anywhere constitutes a threat to international peace and security,” which sets a new international norm.

The resolution authorizes the U.N. to send an advance team to assist the OPCW’s activities in Syria. It asks Secretary-General Ban to submit recommendations to the Security Council within 10 days of the resolution’s adoption on the U.N. role in eliminating Syria’s chemical weapons program.

“Syria cannot select or reject the inspectors,” Kerry said. “Syria must give those inspectors unfettered access to any and all sites and any and all people.”

The resolution requires the council to review compliance with the OPCW’s plans within 30 days, and every month after that.

In an indication of the enormity of the task ahead, the OPCW appealed for donations to fund the disarmament, saying it will have to hire new weapons inspectors and chemical experts.

To that end, Britain’s foreign minister announced after Friday’s vote that the UK would donate $ 3 million to OPCW Syria Trust fund.

Earlier Friday, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told the U.N. General Assembly that China was prepared to help fund the disarmament mission.

New York Times

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