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Kremlin security agency to buy typewriters ‘to avoid leaks’
Russia’s agency responsible for the Kremlin security is buying typewriters – a move reportedly prompted by recent leaks by WikiLeaks and Edward Snowden.
A 486,540-rouble (£9,860) order for electric typewriters has been placed by the FSO agency on the state procurement website.
The FSO has not commented on why it needs the old-fashioned devices.
But an agency source told Russia’s Izvestiya newspaper the aim was to prevent leaks from computer hardware.
“After scandals with the distribution of secret documents by WikiLeaks, the exposes by Edward Snowden, reports about Dmitry Medvedev being bugged during his visit to the G20 London summit (in 2009), it has been decided to expand the practice of creating paper documents,” the source said.
The source added that typewriters were already being used at Russia’s defence and emergencies ministries for drafts and secret notes, and some reports had been prepared for President Vladimir Putin by typewriter.
Syria UN team ‘shot at’ near Qubair ‘massacre site’
The head of the UN has said monitors trying to reach the Syrian village of Qubair, where 78 people are said to have been killed, were fired upon.
None were hurt in the shooting but they have pulled back for the night.
Addressing the UN General Assembly, Secretary General Ban Ki-moon condemned the “killing of innocents” at Qubair as “shocking and sickening”.
Envoy Kofi Annan told the UN Security Council the crisis could soon “spiral out of control”, diplomats said.
Mr Annan earlier told the General Assembly his six-point peace plan was not being implemented despite having been accepted by Damascus.
Opposition activists blame the killings at Qubair on pro-government forces but the government accuses “terrorists”.
The White House said it strongly condemned “the outrageous targeted killings of civilians including women and children” in Qubair.
But both China and Russia repeated their opposition to outside intervention in Syria.
The UN has 297 unarmed observers in Syria to verify the implementation of a peace plan negotiated by Mr Annan. It includes a ceasefire, meant to have taken effect in mid-April.
‘Killing of innocents’
“I just learned a few minutes ago that while trying to [enter Qubair], the UN monitors were shot at with small arms,” Mr Ban told the 193-state assembly in New York.
Addressing a special closed meeting of the Security Council, Mr Annan urged world powers to warn President Bashar al-Assad of “clear consequences” if he did not comply with the six-point peace plan, diplomats said.
Sausan Ghosheh, spokesperson for the UN observer mission in Syria, told the BBC the monitors had been sent home for the night.
“We’re here serving the flag of the United Nations… until now we’re lucky no-one has been injured,” she said.
Speaking earlier in Syria, UN mission chief Gen Robert Mood said Syrian troops had blocked access to Qubair, which is near the western city of Hama.
In a statement, the White House said the killings, coupled with the “Syrian regime’s refusal to let UN observers into the area”, were “an affront to human dignity and justice”.
Source: BBC News Read more
The world pussy foots around while cowering to Russia and China.
What’s al-Bastard hiding in Qubair?
My guess is proof that his forces were responsible for the latest massacre, in which a whole village was as good as wiped out, men, women, children, all extinguished.
The six point plan for the Syrian ceasefire was, as I predicted, simply an excuse for al-Bastard to continue his bloody slaughter with impunity.
The UN observers have nothing to oversee. There was never and there won’t be a ceasefire as long as al-Bastard is at the helm. The best they can do is act as gathers of evidence for future prosecutions.
Now that UN observers have been met with hostile action; Russia and China MUST come to terms that their Syrian pet is out of control and totally beyond reason. He has fired on friendly forces. The world must now act.
Russia’s response should be to abandon its naval base in Syria and set sail and let the UN do its work.
Because after this mess is over both Russia and China should be held responsible and accountable.
Another Massacre in Syria: Qubair, Hama
It seems that Houla’s effect wasn’t “grand” enough for whatever force killing people in Syria to stop doing so. We all know who that force is but for the sake of keeping this about the people, I won’t throw names.
In the town of Qubair, near Hama in Northern Syria, 78 people have been killed including 35 from the same family. Half of those killed so far are women and children. The death toll is still rising. Did I mention the town counts only a 100 or so resident? They literally killed everyone there.
In the nearby town of Kfarzeita, 6 bodies were found burned till they became charcoal. There’s even a video for that.
In total, the death toll is at 130, more than Houla, and rising.
Source: A separate Sate of Mind Read more and see videos and pictures of the slaughter.
Warning: The content is horribly graphic
Syria unrest: Who are the shabiha?
Syria’s government has blamed “armed criminal gangs and terrorists” for much of the unrest since March 2011, but activists accuse state-sponsored militia of assisting in the crackdown that has left more than 9,000 people dead. Here is what is known about these armed regime supporters, known locally as the “shabiha”.
Throughout the uprising, many Syrians have said they have seen heavily-armed men dressed in black fighting alongside the security forces.
The men are accused not only of killing and beating people who attend demonstrations, but also of carrying out a campaign of intimidation that has included executions, drive-by shootings and sectarian attacks.
Activists say their presence has allowed the government to deny any involvement in the most brutal actions against protesters.
“They’re not afraid to use force, violence, weapons, racketeering and blackmail,” Ammar Qurabi of Syria’s National Organization for Human Rights told the Associated Press.
“That way, the regime will remain clean and will say: ‘Look these are gangs doing this, not us’.”
It is not clear exactly who they are and to whom they are loyal, but the term “shabiha” has repeatedly been used to describe them. Possibly derived from the Arabic word for “ghost” (“shabh”), it has come to mean “thugs” in modern day Syria.
Source: BBC News Read more
While it is not officially clear who the shabiha are loyal to, the answer must be al-Bastard if they are fighting alongside his troops and doing their dirty business.
US presidential candidate Mitt Romney has branded Russia as America’s number one geopolitical enemy.
This man is a danger to the USA.
His thinking is 40 years behind the times, almost prehistoric.
After his gaff about America’s No.1 enemy, his credibility has just dropped to BELOW ZERO.
Any American even thinking about voting for this idiot needs his head examined.
Talk, talk, talk, talk. Blah, blah, blah.
Meanwhile Bashar al-Bastard gets away with murder.
The time for talk is over!
The world now has Syrian blood on its hands, poured on by China and Russia when they effectively castrated the UN.
al_Bastard has made the world look like fools.
Syrians fleeing Homs accuse troops of atrocities
People fleeing the central Syrian city of Homs have told the BBC that security forces are committing atrocities there.
One woman told the BBC’s Paul Wood on the outskirts of Homs that soldiers had slit the throat of her 12-year-old son on Friday – a day after rebel fighters withdrew from the Baba Amr district.
She said 35 other men and boys from her area had also been detained and killed.
The government has denied the Red Cross access to Baba Amr for four consecutive days, citing security concerns.
Activists have warned of a humanitarian catastrophe.
Electricity, water and communications have been cut off, and in recent days temperatures have plummeted and snow has fallen. Food supplies are said to be dangerously low, and many people are too scared to leave.
On Thursday, government troops backed by tanks entered Baba Amr after the rebel Free Syrian Army (FSA) announced a “tactical withdrawal”.
While the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and its Syrian Red Crescent partners have been waiting to enter the district, state television said it had been “sanitised” of “armed terrorist groups”.
But opposition and human rights activists said security forces and pro-government militia had been rounding up men and boys over the age of 14 who had remained Baba Amr, and had tortured and killed them.
The claims could not be substantiated, but people fleeing Homs also told our correspondent that security forces had been committing atrocities, including summary executions and cutting the throats of prisoners.
One woman, who had walked for three days to escape, said that on Friday troops had taken 36 men and boys from one area and killed them.
“My son’s throat was cut,” she said. “He was 12.”
Her husband said he was hiding about 50m away and saw one soldier hold down their son’s head with his boot while another killed him.
“I could hear their screams,” he added.
Several men who said they had defected from an elite army unit last week told our correspondent that civilians were being targeted deliberately by security forces and their prisoners were being killed.
“A lieutenant gave us the order,” he said. “We were told in this operation: ‘You shoot anything that moves – civilian or military – you shoot at it.’
“An old man was arrested. An officer put a gun to his head. He said: ‘This is for freedom,’ and he shot him.”
Source: BBC News
A woman does not make up a painful story about her son. The reports maybe unverified, but I’d believe them before I believed al-Bastard.
All the above simply empower al-Bastard, giving him more time to commit more atrocities.
China and Russia using their veto power has only empowered the megalomaniac bastard in Syria.
He’s turned the world into fools, because he knows that he can get away with whatever he wants.
Daily reports of increased shelling, deaths are now being counted in hundreds, not dozens as before.
Syria crisis: Shelling ‘kills dozens’ in restive Homs
The Syrian army has launched fresh mortar and rocket attacks in the city of Homs, as the government continues a push aimed at crushing rebel forces.
Activists say 95 people have been killed so far on Thursday. Hundreds have reportedly died since last week.
Homs, Syria’s third-largest city, has been a leading focus of unrest in the 11-month uprising against President Bashar al-Assad’s rule.
UN chief Ban Ki-moon condemned the “appalling brutality” of the onslaught.
The international community is struggling to find a way to resolve the crisis after Russia and China blocked a UN resolution drafted by Arab and European countries on Saturday.
The assault on Homs, which began late on Friday, is focused on districts that are controlled by rebel forces.
The worst shelling has been in the Baba Amr district, where activists say 50 people were killed on Wednesday alone.
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Both Russia and China have Syrian blood on their hands. Blood that has been and blood that will be spilt by Bashar al-Bastard.
The Russians want a mediated solution, that idea is farcical. al-Bastard has thumbed his nose at the world, he has thumbed his nose at the Arab League, just as he will thumb his nose at the Russians.
al-Bastard is not interested in anything that will water down his megalomania. He is an A-Grade Bastard.
The UN was at least trying to afford a solution, they kow-towed to Russian demands and diluted the message that the Russians still sought to veto.
I am not in favour of the ‘Libyan’ solution, but in the end, if it was necessary, then so be it.
The Bastard has to be stopped.
The Syrian people deserve the chance to make their own future, but they cannot do so without assistance of some form from the rest of the world against the heavy hand of the dictator.
The mainstream media has been saying ‘more than 5,000’ have been killed by al-Bastard since the fighting began. That number has been quoted for nearly two months; in the meantime we daily read of more deaths, 200 in one day, by my reckoning that number should be revised to 7,000+.
al-Bastard cries in desperation, “but 2,000 troops have also died” sorry, I don’t give a shit. They died by the hands of al-Bastard just as surely as the freedom fighters.
As for al-Bastard bleating that the country’s problems are caused, first by armed gangs, then by terrorists, then by other countries, he just doesn’t know, he’s clutching at straws; let’s face it he will blame anybody but himself. This is the indelible watermark of a dictator. The same as all the other dictators that have existed, they are never at fault.