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Turkey expels diplomats as Syria denounces Western diplomatic protest

30 May

AP reports that beginning Tuesday, countries came together in protest of the violence in Syria by expelling Syrian diplomats from their countries.  This includes United States, Britain, Canada, Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Turkey, Japan, and Bulgaria.

The Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement Wednesday, “It is out of the question to remain silent and without any reaction in the face of this action, which amounts to a crime against humanity,” and “This grave crime against humanity by those who have attempted a massacre of civilians cannot go unpunished.”

Death counts for the massacre are being reported at up to 116 people murdered during the slaughter in Houla on May 25.  The Syrian government continues to deny responsibility, while the survivors say Assad’s troops were responsible “for at least some” of the carnage.

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Image shows buildings gone at Iran site: diplomats | Reuters

30 May

Image shows buildings gone at Iran site: diplomats | Reuters

Iran’s chief negotiator Saeed Jalili addresses a news conference after a meeting in Baghdad. Reuters.

Satellite images taken May 25th show that Iran has removed some small buildings and was cleaning up the location.  With the accusations reported by Reuters on May 26th that Iran has enough low-enriched uranium to build five nuclear weapons, and the new reports of the removed buildings, suspicion expressed by the west that Iran is attempting to develop nuclear weapons is further fueled.

U.N. monitors say 13 killed in cold blood in Syria & Other Syria News | Reuters

30 May

A Syrian boy mourns his father who was murdered by the Syrian government forces.
Photo by Rodrigo Abd/AP

U.N. monitors say 13 killed in cold blood in Syria | Reuters

13 people, rumored to be defected Syrian soldiers, were killed Wednesday.  The victims had been shot and were found face down with their hands tied behind their backs 31 miles east of the city of Deir al-Zor .  Those responsible for this atrocity have taken the tragic fighting to a new, barbaric level.  The U.N. Human Rights Council has plans to meet on Friday to confront Syria for the third time since the rebellion began in March 2011.

China and Russia still refuse to impose U.N. penalties to force Assad to stop the brutality towards protesters and armed insurgents.

Turkey, United States, Britain, France and Germany have joined forces and ordered Syrian diplomats out of their countries in protest of the Houla massacre.  Reuters reports,

Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani accused U.S. and other Western officials of seeking to “prepare the ground for a new crisis” over Syria, Iran’s Press TV website reported.

“The Majlis (parliament) condemns the opportunistic intervention of certain countries in Syria and the U.S. terrorist measures and unwise warmongering messages,” he said.

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Twenty seven killed as Yemen army repels militant ambush | Reuters

30 May

Twenty seven killed as Yemen army repels militant ambush | Reuters.

My heart aches for the middle east.  It is a mess.

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