Two amateur videos were posted on YouTube on Monday showing what appear to be images of 20 dead Syrian soldiers, blindfolded and handcuffed. They were reportedly executed by rebel fighters in the northern city of Aleppo.
The video showed the men dressed in army clothes, sprawled along a road with their bloodied heads lying on a pavement.
Men believed to be rebel fighters are then shown holding assault rifles calling the men “Assad’s dogs”.
It was not possible to verify the authenticity of the video.
A man off camera, filming a car with the name of the brigade written on the bonnet, said “The Suleiman al-Farisi brigade killed several members from the (state) security”.
The Suleiman al-Farisi brigade is one of a number of units from nearby Aleppo provinces, which have taken up arms against the Assad regime and pushed into the city itself.
Rami Abdulrahman, head of the London based opposition watchdog, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, told Reuters that four people in Aleppo had told him about the incident, which is believed to have happened on either Friday or Saturday.
“The soldiers were from the Aleppo district of Sekenat Hanano but they were killed in the district of Sabaa Baharat,” he told Reuters by telephone.
More than 27,300 people are believed to have died in an uprising to topple President Bashar al-Assad that has lasted more than 17 months.
As the violence continues to rage the UN has reached a diplomatic impasse on Syria. The US and Russia disagree over a Russian proposal for a new UN Security Council resolution, which calls for a ceasefire and political transition which the US says has “no teeth”.
He is also due to visit Damascus, the Syrian capital, in a couple of days. He has said he faces a “very difficult mission”.
But Editor in chief of the newspaper the Syrian Tribune, Dubai Mohamad, told RT that Brahimi might have a chance if he can persuade those countries supplying the rebels with weapons and money to stop, “Just like what we said regarding Annan, only if the countries backing the rebels and sending them weapons and money stop doing so, [then] we can have a peaceful resolution to the crisis. If Lakhdar Brahimi is capable of convincing these countries and I doubt it, then, yes, he has a chance,” he said.
New U.N.-Arab League envoy for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi.(Reuters / Amr Dalsh)
By Rachel Hirshfeld
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is expected to address the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday, September 26, which also happens to be Yom Kippur, the holiest day on the Jewish calendar.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu recently said that he will leave for New York after the conclusion of Yom Kippur. He is scheduled to meet with President Barack Obama on September 27, although sources said the date is subject to change due to the President’s campaign schedule.
Netanyahu is likely to address the General Assembly the next day, Friday September 28.
The Prime Minister’s decision to address the U.N. came a day after Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei spoke at the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) summit in Tehran, calling Israelis “ferocious Zionist wolves who digest the Palestinian people.”
“In Tehran today, the representatives of 120 countries heard a blood libel against the State of Israel and were silent,” Netanyahu said at the time.
“This silence must stop. Therefore, I will go to the UN General Assembly and, in a clear voice, tell the nations of the world the truth about Iran’s terrorist regime, which constitutes the greatest threat to world peace,” the Prime Minister asserted.
Western leaders, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, British Prime Minister David Cameron and French President Francois Holland are also expected to address the assembly.
The Iranian nuclear program and the Syrian crisis are going to be the focal points of this year’s meeting, sources said.
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Conservative activists around Texas are citing a 1992 U.N. resolution called Agenda 21 in protesting various local development initiatives. Agenda 21 is a non-binding resolution that promotes sustainable development..
A Lubbock County judge’s comments last week that President Obama might cede U.S. sovereignty to the United Nations and spark a civil war have been widely ridiculed. But concerns about U.N. overreach are gaining ground, with the attacks mostly focused on a 20-year-old nonbinding U.N. resolution called Agenda 21.
Texas critics of the resolution have seen their fears echoed by activists at city council meetings around the state and adopted by some of the state’s Republican leaders.
Agenda 21 was signed by more than 170 countries, including the U.S., in 1992 and aims to encourage governments to promote environmentally friendly development such as preserving open spaces and discouraging urban sprawl. A variety of organizations around the world promote similar principles.
Such issues have become of particular concern in fast-growing Texas. Many regions are struggling to integrate a steady stream of new residents while avoiding gridlocked roads and retaining communities’ character.
Critics of Agenda 21 view it as a sinister effort by an international organization to tell communities what to do and a blatant infringement on private property rights.
Dean Almy, director of the graduate program in urban design at the University of Texas at Austin, has taught classes on Agenda 21, and described the resolution’s 1992 adoption as an important moment in the history of urban design.
“It has to do with the way our cities are managed,” Almy said. “They’re basically saying things like, ‘It’s good to build more compactly. It’s more sustainable. It’s better ecologically. You use less cars, burn less fossil fuels.’”
Ted Cruz, the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate who will speak at the Republican National Convention this week in Tampa, has a page on his campaign website devoted to Agenda 21, describing the measure as an effort to abolish “golf courses, grazing pastures and paved roads.”
“It’s ostensibly to promote sustainable development and it manifests at the local level in all sorts of initiatives that seek to undermine property rights and undermine our economic liberty,” Cruz said on Glenn Beck’s radio show in January. He added later in the program, “More broadly, it’s about putting the tentacles of the United Nations into the very foundations of our government throughout this nation.”
The Republican National Committee adopted a resolution in January against Agenda 21 as “a comprehensive plan of extreme environmentalism, social engineering, and global political control.” The Texas Republican Party followed suit at its state convention in June, adding opposition to Agenda 21 to the party’s platform.
Almy said Agenda 21 has traditionally had greater sway in other countries, where some cities will explicitly cite the resolution in their development plans. Yet over the past year, he’s noticed it cited frequently by conservative activists and groups in Texas and other states amid protests on sustainability projects.
“It’s changing the status quo of how we operate as a country that is developing, and so it’s threatening to some people,” Almy said. “Urban design by its nature is about the collective good, and it isn’t necessarily about the freedom of any one person to do whatever the hell they want.”
In Garland, an effort by city leaders to approve a 2030 plan to guide development was delayed by months by residents who believed the plan was a plot to incorporate Agenda 21 principles into city government,according to Mayor Ronald Jones. He said he and other city leaders had never heard of Agenda 21 until critics brought it up.
“They were convinced I was part of a conspiracy,” Jones said at a transportation conference in Irving this month. “That after being involved in neighborhoods all my years, after becoming mayor, I had abandoned my commitment to work with citizens and neighbors and now I was part of a grand scheme to deceive the people.”
Houston City Councilwoman Helena Brown cited Agenda 21 in voting “no” on some energy-efficient building projects in April.
In College Station, City Councilman Jess Fields successfully pushed for the city to drop its membership with the U.S. chapter of the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives, a nonprofit that helps cities develop sustainability projects and is often targeted by Agenda 21 critics.
“It is an insidious, extreme institution that does not represent our citizens, and for our taxpayers to continue to fund it would be ridiculous,” Fields wrote on his blog.
Don Knapp, a spokesman for ICLEI USA, said the group does not force an agenda on anyone but rather helps local governments save money and energy by pursuing projects those communities want.
“If you look at the work that is actually being done on the ground, it has nothing to do with some conspiracy theory,” Knapp said. “It’s really common sense.”
Yet a motivated group of activists around the state view such efforts very differently.
On Saturday, the Concerned Citizens of Caldwell County held the First Annual Agenda 21 Symposium in Lockhart. About 25 people attended, according to Tracy Forester, one of the organizers. She said the event came about as she and others wanted to learn more about efforts by the U.N. to exert its control over American communities through initiatives approved by local governments.
“It’s coming up everywhere. City and county governments are passing very restrictive ordinances where you essentially don’t have any rights on your own property,” Forester said. “It absolutely is an attack on our sovereignty.”
By Elad Benari
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told Iran’s leaders to stop threatening Israel, his spokesman said on Wednesday.
Ban, who arrived in Iran on Wednesday for the Non-Aligned Movement Conference, had a series of meetings with Iranian officials, including Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, spokesman Martin Nesirky said.
“In all these meetings, the Secretary-General conveyed the clear concerns and expectations of the international community on the issues for which cooperation and progress are urgent for both regional stability and the welfare of the Iranian people,” said Nesirky.
He added, “On human rights, the Secretary-General in his meeting with the President said that the human rights situation in Iran remains a source of concern. He said fundamental, civil and political rights should be respected. He also mentioned in his meeting with the President, and separately with the Supreme Leader, that he strongly objected to recent remarks from Iranian officials denying the Holocaust and Israel’s right to exist. He said that such offensive and inflammatory statements were unacceptable and should be condemned by all.”
Both Ahmadinejad and Khamenei have repeatedly called to wipe Israel off the map. Most recently, Ahmadinejad said that “any freedom lover and justice seeker in the world must do its best for the annihilation of the Zionist regime in order to pave the path for the establishment of justice and freedom in the world.”
Khamenei recently said, “The light of hope will shine on the Palestinian issue, and this Islamic land will certainly be returned to the Palestinian nation, and the superfluous and fake Zionist (regime) will disappear from the landscape of geography.”
Ban’s spokesman said that the Secretary-General also discussed Iran’s nuclear program with Iran’s leaders, telling them “that Iran needed to take concrete steps to address the concerns of the International Atomic Energy Agency and prove to the world that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes.”
“He said that there is no alternative to peaceful, diplomatic and negotiated settlement which should be reached step by step and based on reciprocity,” said Nesirky.
Ban also “urged both the President and the Supreme Leader in separate meetings to use Iran’s influence to impress upon the Syrian leadership the urgent need for the violence to stop and to create the condition for a credible dialogue and a genuine political process that meets the will of the Syrian people.”
Meanwhile on Wednesday, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu attacked the participants in the Summit of Non-Aligned States, saying the summit “is a disgrace and a stain upon humanity.”
Netanyahu said this at the start of his meeting with David McAllister, Prime Minister of Lower Saxony, who is visiting Israel.
Before Ban’s trip, Netanyahu spoke with the UN Secretary-General and told him that a trip to Tehran is a major mistake.
Netanyahu told Ban that he sees no reason to visit a country the regime of which is anti-Semitic and which has set for itself the goal of destroying the State of Israel.
By Chana Ya’ar
The United Nations has accused Iran of supplying the Syrian governmentwith weapons, which it is aiming at its own population.
According to a U.N. Security Council panel of independent experts that has been monitoring sanctions against Iran, the Islamic Republic has transferred weapons to Syria several times. Government officials accused Western countries of supplying opposition forces with arms as well.
“The Secretary-General has repeatedly expressed his concern about the arms flows to the two parties in Syria, which in some cases appear to violate Resolution 1747 passed by this Council banning arms exports under Chapter 7 authority,” Feltman said.
The resolution bans arms exports by Iran, and under Chapter 7 of the charter, the Security Council is authorized to activate any intervention ranging from diplomatic missions to economic sanctions or military action.
It could now pave the way for the Security Council to authorize military action against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.
Resolution 1747 originally was passed in response to the Islamic Republic’s refusal to halt its nuclear development activities, including its uranium enrichment program.
“Both the government and the opposition are focusing on military operations and the use of force, with government forces using heavy weapons on population centers,” Feltman told the Security Council at a regular briefing on the Middle East. “The Syrianpeople are suffering grievously from the appalling further militarization of this conflict,” he added.
On Wednesday, at least 40 people died in Damascus alone, as government forces shelled and bombarded neighborhoods in the capital with heavy artillery from the surrounding mountains, and from Air Force helicopters.
By Chana Ya’ar
At least eight people were killed and dozens of others wounded Monday night in Turkey after a car exploded in the southeastern town of Gaziantep.
The car was apparently was packed with a bomb and was set off byremote control, officials said. It was situated near the Gaziantep police station when it exploded, according to Turkish media.
According to a report broadcast onNTV television, as many as 50 people were wounded in the blast.
No group has yet taken responsibility for the attack.
The PKK Kurdish terrorist group is active in the region, and violence is not uncommon. The battle between Turkey’s government and Kurdish separatists in the country’s southeastern region has recently intensified.
Earlier this month, a member of parliament – himself of Kurdish descent — was for the first time kidnapped by Kurdish rebels and held for several days. The lawmaker, Huseyin Aygun, a member of the CHP opposition party, was finally released unharmed.
The town and province of Gaziantep is located near the Syrian border and is a center for Syrian refugees who have fled the civil war ignited in March 2011 by the region-wide “Arab Spring” uprisings.
At present, some 70,000 Syrian refugees have taken shelter in the country as rebels continue their efforts to topple the regime of President Bashar al-Assad. The United Nations and various human rights organizations have estimated that more than 20,000 Syrians have died at the hands of government forces since the civil war began.
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Monday his country would cap the number of refugees from Syria at 100,000. Davutoglu recommended the United Nations set up a buffer zone within Syria to care for refugees. The U.N., he said, had the authority under international law to establish refugee camps in safe zones it establishes, even within Syrian territory.
In further advancement of the New World Order, progressives have plans to implement Agenda 21 during Barack Obama’s second term. Some people know a little about Agenda 21, while others know absolutely nothing. It bears perusal. Republicans, as well as Democrats, are in on it. It is increasingly becoming difficult to know whom to trust. Remember, absolute power corrupts absolutely. So what is Agenda 21?
In a nutshell, the plan calls for governments to take control of all land use and not leave any of the decision-making in the hands of private property owners. It is assumed that people are not good stewards of their land and the government will do a better job if they are in control. Individual rights in general are to give way to the needs of communities as determined by the governing body. Moreover, people should be rounded up off the land and packed into human settlements, or islands of human habitation, close to employment centers and transportation.
Land Confiscation & Centers of Habitation of Agenda 21
Another program, called the Wildlands Project spells out how most of the land is to be set aside for non-humans. U.N. Agenda 21 cites the affluence of Americans as being a major problem which needs to be corrected. It calls for lowering the standard of living for Americans so that the people in poorer countries will have more, a redistribution of wealth. Although people around the world aspire to achieve the levels of prosperity we have in our country, and will risk their lives to get here, Americans are cast in a very negative light and need to be taken down to a condition closer to average in the world. Only then, they say, will there be social justice which is a cornerstone of the U.N. Agenda 21 plan.
UN Agenda 21/Sustainable Development is implemented worldwide to inventory and control all land, all water, all minerals, all plants, all animals, all construction,all means of production, all information, and all human beings in the world. INVENTORY AND CONTROL; that’s what it’s about.
Considering its policies are woven into all the General Plans of the cities and counties, it’s important for people to know where these policies are coming from. While many people support the United Nations for its peacemaking efforts, hardly anyone knows that they have very specific land use policies that they would like to see implemented in every city, county, state and nation. The specific plan is called United Nations Agenda 21 Sustainable Development, which has its basis in Communitarianism. By now, most Americans have heard of sustainable development but are largely unaware of Agenda 21, according to Democrats Against UN Agenda 21.
Agenda 21 policies date back to the ’70s but it got its real start in 1992 at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro when President George H.W. Bushsigned onto it. President Clinton signed it later and continued the program in the United States. A non-governmental organization called the International Council of Local Environmental Initiatives, ICLEI, is tasked with carrying out the goals of Agenda 21. Over 600 cities in the U.S. are members. The costs are paid by taxpayers. Agenda 21 was adopted in 1992 at the international climate change summit in Brazil but has not been ratified by the Senate. The treaty has, however, been endorsed by all four presidents since it was adopted.
As part of the treaty, the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives was created to help local governments implement Agenda 21′s recommendations, which include implementing bike paths, solar panels, and land use ordinances. ICLEI has been a frequent target for Agenda 21 opponents, who believe it is a way for the U.N. to take a stronger grip on U.S. policy.
The Republican governor of Alabama declined to tell the Huffington Post why he signed a bill banning the United Nations Agenda 21 sustainability program in his state. “I am not going to answer that,” Gov. Robert Bentley (R) said when The Huffington Post asked about the decision at this weekend’s National Governors Association conference in Williamsburg, Va.
Bentley signed the legislation last month, making Alabama the first state in the country to ban the environmental treaty, which does not carry the force of law in the United States. Before answering the question, a Bentley aide told the governor that he didn’t have to answer questions about Agenda 21.
According to the Democrats Against Agenda 21, this plan is a whole life plan. It involves the educational system, the energy market, the transportation system, the governmental system, the health care system, food production, and more. The plan is to restrict your choices, limit your funds, narrow your freedoms, and take away your voice. One of the ways is by using the Delphi Technique to ‘manufacture consensus.’ Another is to infiltrate community groups or actually start neighborhood associations with hand-picked ‘leaders’. Another is to groom and train future candidates for local offices. Another is to sponsor non-governmental groups that go into schools and train children. Another is to offer federal and private grants and funding for city programs that further the agenda. Another is to educate a new generation of land use planners to require New Urbanism. Another is to convert factories to other uses, introduce energy measures that penalize manufacturing, and set energy consumption goals to pre-1985 levels. Another is to allow unregulated immigration in order to lower standards of living and drain local resources.
Citizens need to research Agenda 21 for themselves and vote for those officials who wish to see Agenda 21 defeated. Also, the United Nations needs to be told that its lease is up and it should relocate somewhere else in the world. Anyone who is anti-capitalist, anti-sovereignty, or anti-Constitution will promote Agenda 21. We are on the precipice of a one-world government, and the United States Constitution and Constitutional Patriots are the only things standing in the way. Unruly children, as Barack Obama once described us. America won’t fully understand until it’s too late, unless they take action now. Individual liberty, rights, and freedoms are at stake . . . and so are our children’s.
Published on Jul 27, 2012 by NRAVideos
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