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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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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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Trump finally conceding he lost the US election

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Donald Trump said Monday he no longer opposes government aid for Joe Biden’s transition team in his closest statement yet to finally conceding he lost the US election.

Trump’s tweet that the General Services Administration should “do what needs to be done” came after the agency’s head Emily Murphy said she was releasing the long-delayed assistance.

Biden hailed the step as allowing for a ‘smooth and peaceful transfer of power’.

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US president-elect Joe Biden and the Middle East

If Joe Biden rejoins the Iran nuclear ‎agreement ‎ and adopts Obama’s approach to the two-state ‎solution, with Palestine issue, which I believe he might do, since the ‎compromises made in the democratic party ‎between the Progressives ‎and the liberals during the ‎selection of the presidential candidate , indicated ‎that might be happening soon

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris

Interview with Saeb Shaath, Author and Middle East affairs expert and David Yaghoubian, Prof. of History, CSU San Bernardino.

Iran FM advises US president-elect to abandon Trump’s ‘disastrous lawless bullying’.

Shaath Said: “Zionist entity Prime Minister Benjamin ‎Netanyahu and Saudi Crown Prince ‎Mohammed bin Salman have kept silent since ‎American media projected Biden’s will win.‎ We can recall the Netanyahu-Kushner plan ‎which believed in and relied on Trump’s victory ‎for the second term, that would be followed by ‎Netanyahu’s victory in the elections, aiming to ‎implement their deal of the century and the ‎normalization of Arab countries ties with the ‎Zionist’ entity,‎”

Shaath went to say :” it did not accrue to the planners that ‎Trump would become the only American ‎president in three decades not be elected to ‎serve a 2nd term in office.‎”

Shaath added “what might do away with their planes …I think Biden ‎will revive the nuclear agreement with Iran, ‎since it was an Obama- Biden’s admiration ‎achievement …he will do it in a way that avoids ‎any clash with Zionist entity.”

Shaathe went on t o say “‎ If Joe Biden rejoins the Iran nuclear ‎agreement ‎ and adopts Obama’s approach to the two-state ‎solution, with Palestine issue, which I believe he might do, since the ‎compromises made in the democratic party ‎between the Progressives ‎and the liberals during the ‎selection of the presidential candidate , indicated ‎that might be happening soon.‎”

Shaath added “That means everything that Netanyahu and ‎Kushnaier, dreamed about in making the ‎Zionist entity the pivotal state in the ‎Middle East with the Gulf States and the rest of ‎the Arabic countries as their satellite States ‎such dream is over. ‎ Since its clear that Biden needs to pay attention ‎and to focuses US resources on fighting covid-19 and ‎to Jump Startg the US economy”. ‎

‎ Shaath concluded “Since the Netanyahu – Kushner’s Deal of the ‎Century and Arab normalisation relation with ‎Zionist entity geared up to create a military ‎alliance to face Iran… Joe Biden with reviving the US commitment to the Iran nuclear agreement does not need such alliance…as well Joe does not have a Dime to waist on Netanyahu’s dreams. ..This is the new way we going to see it happening in the region.”

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