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Elections in Syria as war winds down

Shaath added “US and Western governments are misleading their own public opinion, while spending the tax payers money on terror gangs in Syria, its own Western Intelligence Services, gathered from around 83 countries and deployed them in Syria labelling them Syrian political opposition, or armed Syrian political opposition”.

Voters line up to cast their ballots during parliamentary elections in the city of Homs, Syria, on July 19, 2020. (Photo by SANA)

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Syrians have gone to the polls to elect a new parliament, as the country strives to liberate controlled lands from the hands of foreign-backed militants. 

More than 7,400 polling stations opened at 7:30 a.m. local time on Sunday, including in former militant strongholds of Eastern Ghouta, east of Damascus, and the southern countryside of the northwestern Idlib province.

Many candidates are running on a platform to curb inflation and to fix the infrastructure ravaged by 9 years of war.

This is the third elections to be held in Syria, since foreign-sponsored war of terror broke out in March 2011. The two previous polls were staged in May 2012 and April 2016 respectively. In the last legislative elections in 2016, turnout stood at 57.56 percent.

elections in the coastal city of Tartous, Syria, on July 19, 2020. (Photo by SANA)

The elections, twice postponed from April due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, come weeks after the United States imposed new economic sanctions on Syria under the so-called Caesar Act.

Saeb Shaath, a Middle East Political expert, in an interview with Press TV said “I believe that President Bashar al-Assad’s Baath party and his allies are going to win most of the parliament’s 250 seats” he added “the American- European economic war of terror that has been ravaging Syria, aided with the blockade and sanctions, is aimed to rebuild and strengthen the terror groups, to help them to spread throughout Syria, to keep the destruction of Syria going”.  

Shaath added “US and Western governments are misleading their own public opinion, while spending the tax payers money on terror gangs in Syria, its own Western Intelligence Services, gathered from around 83 countries and deployed them in Syria labelling them Syrian political opposition, or armed Syrian political opposition”.

Shaath stated that “Let’s not forget that, this is the third election to be held in Syria since the unleashing of the war of terror on Syria, 9 years ago”.

He went and added “during them 9 years the Syrian government didn’t disconnect or restrict access to the internet, and did not restrict social media platforms, even when they were used heavily by the terrorist groups to destabilise the country”.

The Syrian government and the country’s leadership, during the nightmare of the global war on terror, protected the democratic rights of its citizens and their values.

Shaath explained,  “On the other hand,  the countries who sponsors  terror  in Syria and serves the US- Zionist plans to destroy Syria, are accusing President Assad of being a dictator. Let me say that, in KSA and UAE, they do not have any form of democratic practices, no elections,  social media platforms  such as WhatsApp, twitter Facebook and  YouTube etc. are heavily monitored and restricted.

 I will remind you with  (Jamal Khashoggi‘s killing in the Saudi consulate in  Istanbul)  his WhatsApp app was monitored, that’s how they got to him.  In the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, and Oman, bans on Voice Over IP (VoIP) on platforms, such as WhatsApp, Skype, and FaceTime are blocked ,  so people are  prevented from using these apps to communicate, they have restricted their fundamental rights of privacy and access to information.

While the Syria government and the country’s leadership, during the nightmare of the global war of terror unleashed on Syria, protected the democratic rights of its people.

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Iran’s ‘logical path’ to saving JCPOA

Press TV talkes to Dr Saeb Shaath about his take on roadmap that leads the US to return to its commitment and lift the sanctions imposed on Iran.

Tehran has never severed ties with the IAEA

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says Tehran is proposing a logical path to the US for its full compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal. Zarif said the United States should first return to the full compliance and then Iran will reciprocate after rapid verification of Washington’s compliance. Zarif also stressed that all sanctions imposed by Former President Donald Trump must be removed. This comes as Iran and the remaining signatories to the nuclear deal end another round of talks aimed at reviving the agreement. More negotiations are set to be held next Wednesday.

Press TV talkes to Dr Saeb Shaath about his take on roadmap that leads the US to return to its commitment and lift the sanctions imposed on Iran.

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Thousands of political prisoners in Bahrain are facing deaths

Most of the prisoners were imprisoned as part ‎of a crackdown on a 2011 uprising… they are ‎detained in prisons that are known to be ‎overcrowded and lacking proper sanitation…its ‎done to break the spirt of the activists through ‎dehumanising and humiliation

Saeb Shaath Said “Thousands of political activists, political ‎dissidents, opposition figures, women and even ‎children in Bahraini prisons are facing deaths ‎
cleric …Sheikh Isa Qassim …has warned of that ‎and demanded their immediate release ,,,,,, he ‎called on the Al khalifa regime to choose between ‎the deaths of the dissident inmates and their ‎release…‎

Most of the prisoners were imprisoned as part ‎of a crackdown on a 2011 uprising… they are ‎detained in prisons that are known to be ‎overcrowded and lacking proper sanitation…its ‎done to break the spirt of the activists through ‎dehumanising and humiliation …‎”

Shaath explained

“That is to force them to stop demanding Al ‎Khalifah regime to allow reforms for ‎establishing of a just and fair system that ‎reflects and represents the people interests .‎
On April 6 2020, 21 International ‎human rights organisations among ‎them were Amnesty international and ‎human rights first
‎ called on the Bahraini regime to release ‎all political prisoners ….as the release of ‎‎1,486 prisoners on 17 March 2020 only ‎included 394 prisoners sentenced on ‎political charges….‎
‎While the western governments applause ‎Bahrain’s so called great amnesty .‎”
‎ Saeb Shaath noted that “Most political opponents, activists, ‎human rights defenders, and journalists ‎remain incarcerated.‎
‎ Among them are influential members of ‎Al Wefaq party such as former ‎secretary-general Hassan Mushaima, ‎and Sheikh Ali Salman, ‎
as well as human rights activists ‎Abdulhadi Al Khawaja and Nabeel ‎Rajab”.‎
‎ Shaath added ” the hypocrisy of the west shines by keeping ‎closed eyes over atrocities committed by the ‎Bahraini regime against the prisoners … All ‎are well aware that Bahrain carries out ‎the execution of political prisoners. ‎
Bahraini authorities habitually diluting ‎human rights abuses by sentencing or ‎executing prisoners during holidays or ‎on days of religious celebrations to ‎prevent any reaction from international ‎institutions or media.‎”

Shaath concluded by saying ” Its well documented that the actions of ‎the Bahraini regime violate ‎international law and Bahrain’s ‎international human rights obligations, ‎
including the UN Convention Against ‎Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or ‎Degrading Treatment or Punishment, ‎
the International Covenant on Civil and ‎Political Rights, the International ‎Covenant on Economic, Social, and ‎Cultural Rights along with the Arab ‎Charter of Human Rights “..‎

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Who is behind the assassination of Iranian Scientists?

“NYT summarizes the “chilling message” that “American officials” want to send to Iranian top nuclear scientists with today’s assassination: “If we can get him, we can get you, too.” Indistinguishable from Mafia talk.”

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US officials say Zionist entity “Israel” was behind the assassination: New York Times “One American official — along with two other intelligence officials — said that “Israel” was behind the attack on the scientist,” The New York Times reported on Friday.

Fakhrizadeh’s name was mentioned multiple times in a presentation in 2018 by Zionist entity “Israeli” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, during which he repeated baseless claims about the Iranian nuclear program. Netanyahu described the scientist as the director of Iran’s nuclear program and threatened, “Remember that name, Fakhrizadeh.”

The Tel Aviv regime has made several attempts over the past years to throw a wrench in Tehran’s peaceful nuclear work. The regime has been behind the assassination of several Iranian nuclear scientists. It has also conduced cyberattacks on Iranian nuclear sites.

Dmitry Polyanskiy @Dpol_un “That’s a telling analysis from @nytimes reflecting readiness of US establishment to give green light to political extra territorial assasinations. Not a thing to boast for a democratic country! #Iran #Fakhrizadeh”.

“NYT summarizes the “chilling message” that “American officials” want to send to Iranian top nuclear scientists with today’s assassination: “If we can get him, we can get you, too.” Indistinguishable from Mafia talk.” @aaronjmate .

The senior Iranian defense official was assassinated near the capital Tehran in a terrorist attack. In a statement, the Defense ministry said the vehicle of the head of the Organization of Defensive Innovation and Research, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was targeted by terrorists.

The Iranian FM Mohammad Javad Zarif said the act of cowardice shows the desperate warmongering of its perpetrators adding that there are serious indications of an Israeli role in the assassination. Zarif also urged the international community, especially the EU, to end QUOTE “their shameful double standards and condemn the Iranian defense official’s assassination.

Between 2010 and 2012, four other Iranian nuclear scientists were assassinated. Tehran and western intelligence agencies have long put the blame on Zionist entity “Israel”, an accusation that was never rejected by officials of the Israeli regime.

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