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Syria forms new government, keeps top ministers | Reuters.

23 Jun

Syria forms new government, keeps top ministers | Reuters.

 

BEIRUT | Sat Jun 23, 2012 6:46am EDT

(Reuters) – Syrian President Bashar al-Assad formed a new government on Saturday, but kept on the heads of its interior, defense and foreign ministries, state television reported.

 The reappointment of Defence Minister Daoud Rajha will quash widespread rumors previously denied by the government that Rajha had been assassinated by rebels who are struggling to bring down Assad’s rule.

(Reporting by Erika Solomon; Editing by Alison Williams)

Turkey’s Gul says downing of jet cannot be ignored | Reuters.

23 Jun

Turkey’s Gul says downing of jet cannot be ignored | Reuters.

Abdullah Gul, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Bashar al-Assad
(older photo) Reuters

(Reuters) – Turkish President Abdullah Gul said on Saturday it was not possible to ignore the fact that Syria had shot down a Turkish fighter jet and said everything that needed to be done following the incident would be done, Turkish media reported.

“It is not possible to cover over a thing like this, whatever is necessary will no doubt be done,” Gul told reporters from the central Anatolian city of Kayseri.

The Turkish military said it had lost contact with one of its F-4 fighter jets off the southern Turkish coast near Syria on Friday morning and Damascus later acknowledged it had shot the plane down.

Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, who had been returning from a summit in Brazil when the news broke, called an emergency security meeting on his arrival in Ankara and in a statement his office said Ankara would act “decisively” once all the details had emerged.

Syria has said the Turkish aircraft was flying low and well inside Syrian territorial waters when it was shot down. Gul said it was normal for jets to briefly cross into foreign airspace and said a probe into the incident would look at whether in fact it was downed while in Turkish airspace.

“When we think of the speed of these jet planes while flying above the sea, crossing over borders for a short distance and then back again is a little bit routine,” said Gul.

He said because of the serious nature of the incident it was not possible at this stage to give any more detailed statement.

Asked whether Turkey was in contact with Syria over the incident, Gul said telephone contact had been made and said: “Because there is no security there, we withdrew our representatives from Syria. This does not mean there is no contact.”

Gul said Turkish and Syrian forces were still working together to search for the two missing crew of the aircraft.

Ankara, which had drawn close to Syria before the uprising against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, turned against the Syrian leader when he responded violently to pro-democracy protests inspired by popular upheavals elsewhere in the Arab world.

Turkey now gives refuge to the rebel Free Syrian Army on its frontier with Syria and is sheltering more than 30,000 Syrian refugees.

Ankara has previously floated the possibility of setting up some kind of safe haven or humanitarian corridor inside Syria, which would entail military intervention, but has said it would undertake no such action without U.N. Security Council approval.

Turkey has said, however, that Assad must step down.

(Editing by Alison Williams)

Americans love their servitude, Mass. town votes in favor of fines for public profanity

23 Jun

  I’d like everyone to join me in giving these  traitors from Middleborough, Massachusetts a round of applause for supporting the ever-growing police state and the further elimination of the fading first amendment. The people of Middleborough voted for a law that gives $20 fines for public profanity. The new law will supposedly decriminalize a 1968 bylaw that made public profanity a criminal offense, which is the reason the bylaw was rarely enforced. Now that it is an easy source of revenue and won’t be met with as much opposition from the public  as it would if profanity was enforced as a misdemeanor and arrestable offense, it is not an outlandish prediction to say the cops will start enforcing it more, spitting on the first amendment without any guilt or acknowledgment of their part in helping ruin all that America stands for (but don’t get your hopes up, you can still be arrested for it). Just wait until swearing in the presence of a cop becomes “assault on an officer.” It sounds crazy, but passive resistance is now resisting arrest in Arizona, and plenty of people have been charged with assault on an officer when nothing of the sort ever occurred, so why wouldn’t it escalate in the country that has the largest prison population in the world and so many laws that the average citizen commits three felonies a day?   Remember,  you can be arrested for non-criminal offenses, like not having a dog on a leash, and then be strip searched and put into the jail’s general population. Now it seems that exercising your first amendment, your right to free speech, could earn you a dehumanizing naked examination too. Now that’s freedom.

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