Pessimistic About US Future’
WASHINGTON (Press TV) - A recent poll shows that an
overwhelming majority of Americans are becoming more
pessimistic about the direction of their country.
According to a Reuters/Ipsos telephone poll conducted
between September 2 and 6, with a sampling of 1,623 US adult
citizens, 61 percent of respondents believed the country was
on the wrong track, while 27 percent believed it was on the
Twelve percent of those surveyed also had no idea.
The numbers bore great resemblance to August, when 64 of the
respondents thought the United States was on the wrong track
and 31 percent believed the country was on the right track.
Majority of American voters agree that the sluggish economy
and lingering high unemployment are the most important
problems facing the United States.
The claim of Republican nominee Mitt Romney for presidency
rests upon his success as a businessman and the skills to
Obama and his Democratic allies have in return hammered
Romney's record as a private equity executive at
Boston-based Bain Capital, and painted him as being out of
touch with the concerns of middle class Americans.
The Democrats say has some of his wealth invested in the
Cayman Islands and elsewhere overseas. They also accuse
Romney of plundering companies and shipping jobs overseas.
In recent days, Republicans have called on Romney to clearly
state what he would do as the occupant of the Oval Office to
help middle class Americans.
Sudan Warns UK to Mind Own Business
Khartoum (Dispatches) - Sudan has warned Britain that it is
not taking lessons from London after British Foreign
Secretary William Hague called his Sudanese counterpart
earlier this week to demand increased security around
Western diplomatic missions in Khartoum.
Hague’s call on Tuesday came after Western missions
including those of Britain and Germany faced protests last
Friday over the insulting anti-Islamic film “Innocence of
Muslims” that mocked Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
The demonstrators targeted the German embassy but after its
personnel fled to the adjacent British embassy, they turned
their attention to the British mission.
Hague told Sudanese Foreign Minister Ali Karti that he is
concerned about the safety of the British embassy staff in
case of renewed protests suggesting the Sudanese police are
responsible for failing to fend off protesters.
“Sudanese police attended the scene, but demonstrators were
able to break down a perimeter wall and cause minor damage
to the compound,” he said.
However, Karti reacted to the comments saying the protesters
targeted the British embassy after its guards fired tear gas
at the demonstrators, and even then, no one attacked the
Karti also said he does not take lessons or warnings from
anyone about the duty of the Sudanese government to ensure
the safety of diplomatic missions, while warning London to
mind its own business as Germany’s embassy was the real
target of protests.
France Will Assist Intervention in
Mali: Defense Minister
PARIS (Dispatches) - France says it will give logistical
support for any military intervention in northern Mali,
which was taken over by rebel groups earlier this year.
French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian made the
announcement in Paris on Thursday, a day after West African
ministers discussed the possible deployment of regional
troops in northern Mali.
He said the initiative for military intervention would come
from African states, saying "clearly, that is being
The French defense minister noted that logistical support
means indirect support, sending material, but not men.
The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has
been considering sending 3,300 regional troops to help
restore order in northern Mali.
When the French foreign minister was asked about armed
intervention, he said: "There is a process that has already
been initiated as the president of Mali on Monday appealed”
to his ECOWAS neighbors in the Ivorian capital Abdijan “for
their help recapturing the north."
In January, Tuareg fighters in the north of the country
revolted against the government in Bamako to demand an
On March 22, renegade Malian soldiers led by Amadou Haya
Sanogo toppled President Touré, and took control of
The coup leaders said they mounted the coup out of anger at
the government's inability to contain the two-month-old
Tuareg rebellion in the north of the country.
The irony was that rebels managed to take full control of
the region, which is the size of France, immediately after
Quebec Calls for Paris’ Support
QUEBEC (Dispatches) - Canadian separatist movement has
expressed its expectations of France’s support for its
former colony’s independence from the rest of Canada.
The pro-independence Parti Quebecois, the standard-bearer of
francophone Quebec Province of Canada, won the control of
Quebec’s National Assembly earlier this month.
The party is now calling for support from Paris and is
urging it to return to its traditional policy of
"non-indifference, non-interference", concerning Quebec’s
On Thursday Quebec’s new Foreign Minister Jean-Francois
Lisee said, “Now that Nicolas Sarkozy is gone, I think we'll
see a return to France aligning its support for Quebec."
On September 4, the separatist Parti Quebecois defeated the
federalist Liberals who ruled since 2003, at the ballot
"Sarkozy is very close to the Desmarais family," one of the
richest and most influential in Quebec, and "strong
supporters of Canadian federalism," noted political
scientist Stephane Paquin.
"The [former] French president had adopted their views, but
it was an untenable policy" for many in France and Quebec,
During a visit to Quebec in 2009, Sarkozy had sparked anger
of the pro-independence people of Quebec when he presented
the federalist Quebec Premier Jean Charest with one of
France's highest distinctions, Commander of the Legion of
Paris’ old and ambiguous "non-indifference,
non-interference" policy had sought to bolster historical
ties to Quebec while avoiding a diplomatic row with Ottawa,
which views outside support for Quebec independence as
interfering in its domestic politics.
South Korea Fires on North Korean
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's navy fired warning
shots Friday toward North Korean fishing boats that crossed
a disputed maritime boundary, but the shots didn't hit the
fishing boats and the vessels retreated, a South Korean
Fishing boats routinely jostle for position in the
seafood-rich Yellow Sea waters claimed by both countries
during crab-catching season, which is now in high gear.
Three deadly naval clashes since 1999 have taken a few dozen
lives. The disputed sea boundary is not clearly marked, and
incursions by North Korean military and fishing boats are
No North Korean navy ships were involved in Friday's
incident along a tense western sea boundary that the North
has long refused to recognize, an official with South
Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said, speaking anonymously
because of office policy.
Six North Korean fishing boats crossed the boundary and
refused to return until the South Korean Navy fired the
warning shots, the official said.
North Korean fishing boats already crossed the boundary four
times earlier this month but retreated each time after being
warned by the South, the official said. Seoul says North
Korean fishing boats also crossed the boundary in April.
The Korean War ended nearly 60 years ago with a truce, not
with a peace treaty, so the U.S.-led U.N. Command divided
the Yellow Sea without Pyongyang's consent. The boundary
favored South Korea, cutting North Korea off from rich
fishing waters and boxing in one of its crucial deep-water
ports. North Korea has bitterly contested the line ever
Pyongyang argues the line should run farther south. But for
Seoul, accepting such a line would endanger fishing around
five South Korean islands and hamper access to its port at
In 2010, a North Korean artillery barrage on Yeonpyeong
Island, which is near the boundary, killed four South
Koreans, including two civilians. Also in 2010, an explosion
ripped apart a South Korean warship in the area, killing 46
sailors. Seoul says Pyongyang torpedoed the vessel. North
Korea denies responsibility.
German Opposition Struggles to
BERLIN (AP) — Germany's main opposition party is itching to
end Angela Merkel's 7-year grip on power — but with
elections a year away, there is no challenger in place and
little sign of a winning strategy.
Recently, the center-left Social Democrats' leader declared
that elections expected next September must be about "taming
the banking and financial sector," and issued a proposal to
boost pensions for low earners.
But his party keeps being asked one question: Who will
challenge Merkel to lead Europe's biggest economy? The
choice could be months away. Meantime, Merkel enjoys stellar
popularity ratings and polls suggest she would trounce any
of her potential challengers.
One of the main sources of Merkel's popularity, her handling
of the eurozone debt crisis, is making it hard for the
opposition to land blows.
The Social Democrats and their allies, the Greens, criticize
Merkel for what they decry as a too-little, too-late
response — before invariably supporting her plans in
The Social Democrats have given themselves until the new
year to choose between a trio of potential challengers — all
ministers from Merkel's 2005-9 first term, when she governed
in a left-right "grand coalition" with the party of
predecessor Gerhard Schroeder.
Georgia Minister Quits in Torture
TBILISI (Dispatches) - Georgia's interior minister has
resigned amid protests over videos showing physical and
sexual abuse of inmates in the country’s prisons.
"I feel moral and political responsibility that we failed to
eradicate the horrible practice (of torture)," Bacho
Akhalaia said in a statement on Thursday.
"This is why I have submitted my resignation to the
president," he added.
Before taking office as interior minister, Akhalaia was the
official overseeing the country's prisons.
Several video recordings emerged on September 18, showing
graphic images of prison guards at a jail in the capital
Tbilisi brutally beating prisoners. In one video, a prison
guard is seen sexually assaulting an inmate.
The videos, which were released by the Ministry of Internal
Affairs and two opposition leaning channels, TV Maestro and
TV 9, triggered a widespread public outrage and sparked
On Thursday, several thousand people demonstrated for a
second day in the cities of Tbilisi, Batumi and Rustavi in
protest at the inhuman treatment of the prisoners.
President Mikheil Saakashvili has vowed to punish those
responsible for the abuse. He has suspended the country's
entire prison staff and appointed Georgia's public defender,
Giorgi Tugushi, to oversee the prison system.
Zionist Troops Kill 3 in Egypt
CAIRO (Dispatches) – The Zionist regime’s troops have killed
at least three people after they clashed with armed men on
the Egyptian border, the occupying regime’s media said.
One Zionist trooper was also killed and another injured in
the clashes that took place near Mount Harif on Friday.
Zionist military sources say the violence erupted after
unidentified gunmen, who sneaked across the Egyptian border,
opened fire on an Israeli military patrol at a point where
work is under way to complete the new security fence.
"They opened fire toward IDF (army) troops ... in that area.
Another force that was nearby... rushed to the area and
targeted those three terrorists," army spokeswoman
Lieutenant Colonel Avital Leibovich told reporters adding
that all three assailants have been killed.
She, however, declined immediate comment on reports of
Armed groups have launched several attacks on Israeli troops
from the Egypt's Sinai peninsula since the overthrow of
Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak.
On August 2011, at least eight Zionists were killed after a
group of gunmen from Sinai infiltrated southern parts of the
occupied territories and staged a series of ambushes.
Also on June 18, at least three gunmen sneaked across the
border from Sinai and ambushed two cars carrying Israeli
construction workers, killing one and sparking a firefight
with the army in which two of the gunmen died.
Five Civilians Killed in Afghan
KABUL (AFP) – At least five civilians have been killed in a
roadside bomb explosion in southern Afghanistan’s Uruzgan
Uruzgan officials say incident took place on Thursday, in
Deh Rawood district.
The victims were reportedly members of the same family. Two
women, two children, and a man were killed when the bomb
struck their vehicle.
Although the Taliban are usually held responsible for such
instances of violence, no group has yet claimed
responsibility for the bomb blast.
Roadside bombs and improvised explosive devices (IEDs) are
by far the most lethal weapon Taliban militants use against
Afghan forces and foreign troops.
Violence in Afghanistan has been on the rise in recent
months despite the presence of thousands of US-led foreign
forces in the war-weary country.
The United States and its allies invaded Afghanistan in 2001
as part of Washington’s so-called war on terror.
The offensive removed the Taliban from power, but years into
the invasion, insecurity continues to rise across the
In another incident, US-led forces have killed an Afghan
citizen in an overnight attack on a house in the country's
eastern province of Paktia.
Zionist Regime Not Attend Nuke-Free
TEL AVIV (Dispatches) – The Zionist regime says it will not
attend a conference on creating a nuclear-free Middle East,
which is scheduled for December in Finland, despite Tel
Aviv's reputation as the region’s sole wielder of nuclear
The head of Israel's Atomic Energy Commission (IAEC)
announced the decision, claiming that the situation in the
Middle East was not yet "conducive" to the creation of a
nuclear weapons-free zone, AFP reported.
"The concept of a region free of weapons of mass
destruction, that has never been put to the test, even in
the most peaceful regions of the world, is certainly much
less applicable to the current volatile and hostile Middle
East," Shaul Horev told a meeting of the International
Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna on Wednesday.
"Such a process can only be launched when peaceful relations
exist for a reasonable period of time in the region," Horev
stated, insisting that the drive for a nuclear weapons-free
Mideast must come from within the region, and "cannot be
imposed from outside."
Earlier this year, Finnish representatives held talks with
Israeli leaders to convince TEl Aviv to attend the meeting.
The occupying regime, which has pursued a policy of
ambiguity over its military nuclear program with the help of
the United States, is not a signatory to the nuclear
Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), which governs and restricts
the development of nuclear technology.
The regime is widely known possesses 300 to 400 nuclear
warheads, 80 of which remain in high operational alert,
according to Stockholm International Peace Research
Institute, that is, they are ready to fire.
Romney Slammed Over Remarks on
WASHINGTON (Press TV) – A top aide to acting Palestinian
Authority chief Mahmoud Abbas has accused US Republican
presidential challenger Mitt Romney of dashing hopes of
peace in the Middle East.
Saeb Erakat was reacting on Thursday to recent scandalous
remarks by Romney who said Palestinians have “no interest
whatsoever” in peace.
"No one stands to gain more from peace than the
Palestinians, and no one stands to lose from the absence of
peace like the Palestinians," the Associated Press quoted
Erekat as saying.
In a video footage secretly taken from a donor speech on
Tuesday, Romney said: “Palestinians have no interest
whatsoever in establishing peace, and that the pathway to
peace is almost unthinkable to accomplish.”
Erekat noted that Romney’s remarks implied his support for
the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories, saying he
is "working against democracy and peace".
Another senior Palestinian figure said on Tuesday that
Romney’s comments were “absolutely unacceptable” and accused
him of spending all of his time “pandering to the Israeli
“He seems to think of himself as a mind reader since he
claims to know what Palestinian intentions are,” Hanan
American Iraq War Resister Deported
OTTAWA – A US Army female soldier who fled to Canada to
avoid fighting in the Iraq war has been arrested in the US
after the Canadian government ordered her deportation.
The War Resisters Support Campaign said that Kimberly Rivera
was immediately arrested at the border at Gananoque, Ont.
and transferred to US military custody.
“Kimberly now awaits punishment for refusing to return to
Iraq, a conflict which Kimberly and Canada determined was
wrong,” the anti-war campaign group said in a statement.
Rivera served as an Army private in Iraq in 2006. Upon her
return to the US, she said she had become disillusioned with
its cause and thought it was "immoral.”
She escaped to Canada in 2007 and sought refugee status
after she was ordered to be redeployed to the war zone.
Canadian authorities dismissed her claim and ordered her
deportation in 2009, apparently believing that she would
receive a stiff punishment for desertion. She appealed
against the decision but lost her appeal last month.
Rivera’s supporters said the Canadian government’s decision
to deport the Army private clearly demonstrated that
conscientious objectors to the Iraq war are targeted for
“It doesn’t get any clearer that this,” said Ken Marciniec,
a spokesman for the War Resisters Support Campaign, adding
that “The risk that we’ve pointed out, of Iraq War resisters
being punished as prisoners of conscience, isn’t just risk.
It’s fact. Kim’s case today proves that.”
Rivera is one of an estimated 200 war resisters who fled to
Canada during the Iraq conflict. Her lawyer says she faces
between two and five years in prison.
Significant MDG Gains Risk Slowing
Under Declining Aid
TEHRAN (UNIC) – Despite several important global targets
being met ahead of the 2015 deadline, for the first time in
many years aid shows a decline that risks slowing the
momentum of significant development gains, warns a United
Nations report issued Thursday ahead of the annual
high-level General Assembly meetings next week. With no
apparent commitment by donor governments to reverse the
trend, it is possible that fewer of the Millennium
Development Goals (MDGs), the UN’s poverty reduction
targets, will be reached in fewer countries by the 2015
In the 2012 MDG Gap Task Force Report, entitled “The Global
Partnership for Development: Making Rhetoric a Reality”,
experts from across the UN system found difficulty in
identifying areas of significant new progress in the global
partnership to achieve the Goals, and for the first time
there are signs of backsliding. After reaching a peak in
2010, the volume of official development assistance (ODA)
fell almost 3 per cent in 2011, as measured in constant
prices and exchange rates. Poor countries also suffered
setbacks in market access for their exports.
While the funding challenges are enormous, global targets on
poverty, water, slums and parity between girls and boys in
primary education have been met, according to this year’s UN
Millennium Development Goals Report, issued in July. Also,
there have been significant improvements in access to
primary education and availability of HIV treatment. While
challenging, meeting the remaining targets by 2015 is still
possible, but only if Governments do not waiver from their
commitments made over a decade ago and international support
is adequate, says the MDG Gap Task Force Report issued
today. It offers recommendations for the global community to
sustain momentum on important MDG gains.
Gaps in development aid
Citing a $167 billion gap between actual aid disbursement
and the amounts committed, the Report of the MDG Gap Task
Force warns that a delayed impact from the economic crisis
on donor country budgets between 2013 and 2015 threatens to
further widen the delivery gap. At the 2005 G8 summit in
Gleneagles, donor countries made commitments to increase aid
to Africa by $25 billion a year by 2010. This target,
however, was not met. Aid from Development Assistance
Committee (DAC) donors fell $18.2 billion (in 2010 dollars)
short of the target, while disbursements to the sub-Saharan
region actually declined by almost 1 per cent in 2011.
In his preface to the report, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
said, “At the just-concluded Rio+20 Conference, commitments
were made on an ambitious sustainable development agenda.
But to keep those pledges credible, we must deliver on
previous commitments. As a world community, we must make
rhetoric a reality and keep our promises to achieve the
Millennium Development Goals.”
Anger Against Anti-Islam Movie
Still Rages Across Muslim World
CAIRO (Dispatches) – Protesters have gathered outside French
Embassy in Cairo to express their anger over recent
publication of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) cartoons by a French
Demonstrators chanted anti-US and anti-France slogans,
calling on the government to cut ties with US and France.
Meanwhile, Lebanese people have held anti-US demonstrations
to protest against an anti-Islam film insulting Prophet
The protest rallies were held in several cities, including
the capital Beirut, and Baalbek on Friday with demonstrators
chanting slogans against US and the Zionist regime.
Anti-Western sentiment has been stoked further across the
Muslim world after a French magazine published caricatures
of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) on Wednesday.
Thousands of protesters staged a demonstration in the Afghan
capital to condemn the United States and France over recent
anti-Islam moves that disrespect Prophet Mohammad (PBUH).
The protesters took to streets in western Kabul on Friday to
express their outrage against the production of a
blasphemous film in the United States and a French
magazine’s recent publication of cartoons insulting the
prophet of Islam.
Similar demonstrations were held in the city on Thursday,
with protesters calling for the trial of those behind the
production of the sacrilegious movie and demanding that the
government break all diplomatic ties with Washington.
Over the past days, thousands of Afghan protesters have
staged anti-US demonstrations.
Protesters demand that Washington apologize to the Muslim
world over the film, which was reportedly financed by more
than 100 Zionist Jews.
Saudi protesters also held a demonstration in the oil-rich
Eastern Province to condemn the United States, the Israeli
regime and France over anti-Islam moves.
On Thursday, the demonstrators took to the streets in the
Qatif region of Eastern Province, chanting anti-US and
The demonstration came despite a ban imposed by the Saudi
regime on any protest in condemnation of the recent
Outrage is growing across the Muslim world over the
$5-million movie, named Innocence of Muslims, which was
reportedly financed by more than 100 Zionist Jews.
Demonstrations against the movie have been held across the
Muslim world, with protesters in some countries marching on
the US embassies and torching US flags.
In Libya, angry protesters attacked the US consulate in the
eastern city of Benghazi on September 11 and set fire to the
consulate building, while gunmen and security forces
The violence led to the killing of US Ambassador Christopher
Stevens and three other staff members.
Turkey Dreams of New Ottoman Empire
DAMASCUS (Press TV) –n Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has
lashed out at Turkey for supporting the insurgents fighting
against his government, saying his ambitious neighbor is
dreaming of “a new Ottoman empire.”
In a Thursday interview with the Egyptian newspaper Al-Ahram
al-Arabi, whose full text will be published on Friday, Assad
said Turkey was unconcerned "about the interests of its
people, focusing solely on its ambitions that include 'the
new Ottoman empire'."
Syria says Turkey has opened its borders and airports for
Syria-bound terrorists, calling it a flagrant violation of
the international law, AFP reported.
Assad also said that Qatar is using “the power of money and
revolves in the orbit of the West by providing weapons and
money to terrorists to repeat the scenario of Libya.”
He noted that Qatar has been “the quickest to fuel the
Assad said Turkey, Qatar along with Saudi Arabia - which
have thrown their support behind the insurgents in his
country - would not win the battle.
"They suddenly saw money in their hands after a long period
of poverty and think they can buy history and play a
He said the Syrian government will finally defeat the
insurgents "using terrorism against the Syrian state",
noting that they "have no support among the people.
Ultimately they will not emerge victorious."
Meanwhile, the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says the
ongoing violence in Syria should stop and the crisis should
be resolved through political dialogue.
“That [Syrian crisis] should be resolved through political
dialogue, reflecting the genuine aspirations and will of the
Syrian people,” Ban said in a press conference to the
sidelines of the 67th UN General Assembly meeting on
“This is exactly what joint especial representative, Lakhdar
Brahimi, conveyed seriously to President [Bashar] Assad, the
representatives of opposition forces, and many other key
partners in the region,” he added.
The UN chief also said those who send arms to Syria are
reducing Brahimi's chances of achieving a political
Lakhdar Brahimi was appointed as the UN and Arab League
special envoy to Syria on August 17, 2012, and formally took
over the job on September 1.
US Pulls Out 33,000 Troops From Afghanistan
KABUL (AFP) – The remaining contingent of 33,000 of US
military troops ordered to Afghanistan in 2009 by President
Barack Obama as part of a “surge” force have departed from
the war-torn country.
Announcing the troop withdrawal on Friday, US Secretary of
Defense Leon Panetta told reporters traveling with him
during his week-long tour of the Asia-Pacific region that
the number of American troops in Afghanistan has been
reduced to 68,000, marking the conclusion of a critical
period of Obama’s war strategy in the troubled country, the
Washington Post reports.
The development comes as US-led forces in Afghanistan
continue to face strong resistance by local Afghan militants
and struggle to contain persisting insider attacks in which
Afghan police officers and soldiers point their weapons at
their trainers from the US and other occupying NATO
Such insider attacks have reportedly disrupted joint
operations, undermining a supposed US-led plan to hand over
security tasks and authority to Afghan military and police
“There’s no question there will continue to be difficult
days ahead in this [war] campaign,” Panetta said at a news
conference in New Zealand capital of Auckland, where he is
visiting in part to praise the country for its contribution
of nearly 180 soldiers to the US-led forces in Afghanistan.
Additionally, says the report, US and NATO commanders
announced this week their intent to sharply reduce their
joint patrols and training operations due to their inability
to avert the growing instances of insider attacks against
them by uniformed Afghan forces.
The announcement challenges what the US has boasted as the
principal part of its military strategy in Afghanistan.
Violence in Afghanistan has been on the rise in recent
months despite the presence of thousands of US-led foreign
forces in the war-weary country.
The US-led military invasion of Afghanistan began in 2001 as
part of Washington’s so-called war on terror. The offensive
removed the Taliban from power, but insecurity and civilian
displacement continues to climb across the country despite
the presence of tens of thousands of foreign forces.
Additionally, the United Nations announced in February that
2011 was the deadliest year on record for Afghan civilians.
The death toll rose eight percent compared to the year
before and was roughly double the figure for 2007.
Overall, 3,021 civilians died in violence related to the war
and 4,507 were injured in 2011.
Rights Violations Rampant in Bahrain
MANAMA – The acting president of the Bahrain Center for
Human Rights says the violation of human rights remains
widespread in the country.
“Use of excessive force is still a tool for suppressing
daily protests, with unprecedented use of tear gas during
protests and inside residential areas,” Maryam al-Khawaja
said on the sidelines of a meeting of the UN Human Rights
Council in Geneva on Wednesday.
Khawaja, whose father Abdulhadi has been sentenced to life
in prison for his human rights activities, also stated that
the Manama regime forces continue making arbitrary arrests
and beating of detainees.
She also censured rights violations in the Persian Gulf
kingdom and called for real change on the ground.
In the latest developments on Friday, Saudi-backed Bahraini
forces have fired tear gas at peaceful demonstrators to
disperse an anti-regime protest rally in the capital,
Bahraini protesters have been staging anti-regime
demonstrations since February 2011, and they hold King Hamad
bin Isa Al Khalifa responsible for the deaths of
demonstrators during the uprising.
The demonstrators say they will continue holding street
protests until their demand for the establishment of a
democratically elected government is met.
Meanwhile, the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH)
has stated that the Manama regime has failed to make good on
a promise to implement political reforms in the country.
FIDH has also urged the Bahraini authorities to release all
political prisoners and to “support the establishment of an
international monitoring mechanism… to monitor the
implementation of the recommendations” made by the
Meanwhile, officials in Iraq's Najaf Province have banned
the flights operated by Bahrain's carrier in a show of
solidarity with anti-regime protesters in the Persian Gulf
"The committee formed to oversee the airport decided to ban
the Bahraini company Gulf Air from conducting flights to
Najaf in solidarity with the Bahraini people who are
subjected to repression by authorities there," Najaf
provincial council said in a statement on Thursday.
Najaf provincial council made the decision on the day when
Gulf Air was resuming flights to various destinations in
Iraq after a break of more than a year.
The flights were halted in March 2011 after Bahraini
security forces backed by a Saudi troops and mercenaries
launched a brutal crackdown on peaceful protesters demanding
the downfall of the ruling Al Khalifa family.
Saudis Rally to Demand Release of
RIYADH (Press TV) – Anti-regime protesters in the Saudi city
of Qatif in the oil-rich Eastern Province have taken to the
streets, demanding that the kingdom release all political
prisoners, Press TV reports.
During a massive really on Thursday, they also called on
Saudi authorities to stop the violent crackdown on the
Since February 2011, protesters have held demonstrations on
an almost regular basis in Saudi Arabia, mainly in Qatif and
Awamiyah in Eastern Province, primarily calling for the
release of all political prisoners, freedom of expression
and assembly, as well as an end to widespread
However, the demonstrations have turned into protests
against the repressive Al Saud regime, especially since
November 2011 when Saudi security forces killed five
protesters and injured many others in the province.
Saudi police make random arrests of people who allegedly
look suspicious. The detainees are often held behind bars
for years without any indictment.
According to Human Rights Watch, the Saudi regime “routinely
represses expression critical of the government.”
UC Chief to Combatants Around
Find Peaceful Solutions to Conflicts
TEHRAN (UNIC) – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his
message on the International Day of Peace, 21 September
2012, called on combatants around the world to find peaceful
solutions to their conflicts.
The full text of his message reads:
On the International Day of Peace, the United Nations calls
for a complete cessation of hostilities around the world.
We also ask people everywhere to observe a minute of
silence, at noon local time, to honour the victims – those
who have lost their lives, and those who survived but must
now cope with trauma and pain.
The theme of this year’s observance is “Sustainable Peace
for a Sustainable Future”.
Armed conflicts attack the very pillars of sustainable
Natural resources must be used for the benefit of society,
not to finance wars.
Children should be in school, not recruited into armies.
National budgets should focus on building human capacity,
not deadly weapons.
On the International Day of Peace, I call on combatants
around the world to find peaceful solutions to their
Zionist Airstrike Kills 3 in Gaza
GAZA STRIP (Dispatches) – At least three Palestinians have
been killed and another injured in an assassination drone
attack on the besieged Gaza Strip by the Zionist regime.
The unmanned aircraft hit a car in the southern town of
Rafah close to the Egyptian border late on Wednesday, a
Press TV correspondent reported.
Two of the victims have been identified as Ashraf Saleh, 25,
and Anis Abu al-Ainain, 26.
The Zionist regime’s military frequently bombs the Gaza
Strip, saying the actions are being conducted for defensive
purposes. However, disproportionate force is always used, in
violation of international law, and civilians are often
killed or injured.
Gaza has been blockaded since 2007, which is a situation
that has caused a decline in the standard of living,
unprecedented levels of unemployment, and unrelenting