US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged world powers on Friday to show Russia and China they would pay a price for impeding progress toward a democratic transition in Syria.
"It is frankly not enough just to come to the Friends of the Syrian People (meeting) because I will tell you very frankly, I don't think Russia and China believe they are paying any price at all - nothing at all - for standing up on behalf of the Assad regime," Clinton said at a gathering of countries seeking to speed the departure of Syrian President Bashar Assad.
Russia and China have in the past vetoed UN Security Council resolutions designed to pressure Assad, who has sought to crush a rebellion against his family's 42-year rule.
In her comments, Clinton repeated the US call for a Security Council resolution under Chapter 7 of the UN Charter, which allows the council to authorize actions ranging from diplomatic and economic sanctions to military intervention.
French president Francois Hollande on Friday called for stiffer sanctions against his Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad, and increased support for rebels seeking Assad's ouster, at a meeting of Western and Arab powers.Meanwhile, Abdulbaset Seyda, the head of the Syrian National Council, asked for the implementation of United Nations special envoy Kofi Annan’s peace plan under Chapter 7 of the UN charter, which allows for sanctions ranging from economic measures to an arms embargo, and if necessary military force.
Seyda also called for humanitarian corridors and a no-fly zone.
Chapter 7 was last used against Libya last year. But doing so against Syria at the UN Security Council is highly unlikely, given Russia and China’s use of their veto powers to protect Assad thus far.
Libya's top politicians have hatched a deal that would see the Muslim Brotherhood lead the government after the country's first free elections in almost five decades takes place on Saturday.While the elections for a 200-member National Congress is unlikely to grant a majority to any one faction, the Muslim Brotherhood and its Islamist allies are confident they can join their counterparts in Tunisia and Egypt at the helm of leadership.
Negotiations between the Muslim Brotherhood and a secular-based political movement led by former interim prime minister Mahmoud Jibril have focused on forming a post-election government as soon as the result is known.
An adviser to Mr Jibril said the former prime minister was likely to take the post of figurehead president with Mustafa Abu Shagour, currently interim deputy prime minister of the Muslim Brotherhood, taking the prime minister's slot as head of government.The Muslim Brotherhood would dominate the ministries.
Now, however, things seem to be changing. When the Egyptian revolution erupted in January 2011, the Islamic Republic rushed to welcome the move, while pointing out the parallels to their Islamic revolution of 1979. Even though differences between the two countries abound, some are predicting that Egypt may turn into a Sunni version of Iran.
Six years after the outbreak of the Second Lebanon War, the IDF is saying openly that Israel is preparing for another Lebanon war.
The commander of the IDF's 91st Division, Brigardier-General Hertzi Halevy told journalists on Thursday, "We understand that there is more than one factor, whether this is Lebanese, or whether it will come from somewhere else, that can ignite the border here."
The 91st Division, part of the Northern Command, and responsible for the front with Lebanon, sees developments in Syria as one of the factors that could upset the calm that has prevailed in the region since the war. The collapse of the Syrian regime may also bring with it an increase in Jihadi or Hezbollah operatives, who may try to carry out targeted attacks in the area.The IDF has stated that there are some 60 thousand missiles in Lebanon, ten times more than there were in the country during the first Lebanon war. Hezbollah has the capability to launch a large quantity of rockets in a short period time, and this could cause significant damage on the Home Front.
Amid energetic lobbying from both sides, the Obama administration is taking part in month-long negotiations at United Nations headquarters aimed at finalizing a conventional arms trade treaty, which supporters say will save millions of lives but opponents fear threatens to restrict Second Amendment rights at home and U.S. arms sales policies abroad.In a letter to Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on the eve of the conference, 130 Republican lawmakers outlined their concerns that the treaty being negotiated could negatively affect U.S. security, foreign policy and economic interests – as well as Americans’ constitutional rights.At home, it says, the Second Amendment must be upheld: “There will be no dilution or diminishing of sovereign control over issues involving the private acquisition, ownership, or possession of firearms, which must remain matters of domestic law.”Second Amendment advocacy groups are adamantly opposed to the treaty, which Gun Owners of America calls “a backdoor attempt by the Obama administration to impose radical gun control on America citizens.”
Addressing the Conservative Political Action Conference last February, National Rifle Association vice-president Wayne LaPierre accused Obama of working behind the scenes with the U.N. on a “treaty that could effectively ban or severely restrict civilian ownership of firearms worldwide.”
“I've been around long enough to know that the U.N. has little regard for our Constitution and none at all for the Second Amendment,” LaPierre said. “But I never thought I’d see the day when an American White House would tolerate a proposal that would literally gut one of our most fundamental freedoms in this country.”
Thank you so much Scott for all your time effort and coverage for us. This stuff is real pin point info.
Ally, thank you for sharing your visions too.
We exist to have fellowship with our heavenly Father as His child in Christ Jesus. Jesus said 'if you love me - you will keep My commands' This isn't the law, the law is dead and finished. This is based on what Jesus said First love for the Father. Fellowship with Him by obedience and application of His Word to our individual lives.
Knowing His Word is not enough – nowhere near; even Satan knows the Bible and quoted Scripture, out of context, AT Jesus in the wilderness. Jesus put it back into context saying ‘It is written…’and it was different to how Satan spoke it.
The fruit of the Holy Spirit is His Character that we aspire to. An immature tree never bears fruit, it is fruitless for many, many seasons until the Gardener applies manure to help it produce fruit, not just leaves. Of our own selves, we can do nothing except mimic and that has no power to change us.
Only the Holy Spirit can affect that change in us. He is the ONLY One you can trust because the human heart is exceedingly wicked. The only way forward into maturity is the ABIDE in Christ. John 14.
Repeatedly recognise where we fail, get right with Father quickly through 1John1:9 and TRUST the HOLY SPIRIT to gradually, slowly, carefully make the change in us over time with our obedience.
As young, unfruitful branches, we can but choose to rest in the Doctrines of Christ; doctrines are scoffed today, or ‘legalism’ is ignorantly claimed, but each doctrine shows us what God wants for us, how HE wants us to be changed from moment to moment into Christ’s likeness.
Bible verses are best learned and absorbed into ourselves like sap surging up from the root. Words on their own have no power to change, it must be in context, as God means them to be understood, not plucked up and scattered into the wind. They are MEANT to be UNDERSTOOD, they are communication from Father to child.
The enemy of our souls is like the birds of the air. If our hearts/ ground do not absorb the Word, then they fall unheeded and the enemy snatches it away so it cannot sprout and eventually bear fruit.
When as a branch we are dry and unproductive, in His loving care the Gardener removes the dead growth from the vine and burns it – not us, not our salvation but our dead WORKS. Fire burns, but it also cleanses us from dead works as Fatherly discipline so that we can then put forth new shoots drawing sap from the Jesus Root.
IF we choose to ABIDE in His Doctrine, who is Christ, in time we shall reproduce genuine character/fruit of the Holy Spirit.
Everything we need to know is written in Scripture, there are no new revelations since the Canon was closed. Our feelings and experiences MUST bow to Scripture. Gods Word is a lamp to our feet and a light to our path never, ever, feelings and experiences.
When we have fellowship with Father God, it is then that we can successfully share fellowship with other believers as HE wants us to fellowship.
Trust NO man (or woman – especially women, easily deceived) trust ONLY Christ Jesus the ManGod.
Correction. John 15
And yet, stocks continue to meander
around. the dow was down, BUT well
off the lows. There are MANY comments
on this blog as usual HOPING for
the rapture to come soon, some
saying at any time.
HEY, i have heard all that before.
The WAVE COUNTS will determine when
the season is right, as I have STATED
AND NOT YET !!!!
Stocks were down BUT no where NEAR
breaking that good old 12, 400
level. AND UNTIL THAT HAPPENS,
bulls still have a chance at HIGHER
LEVELS above 13,000.....
The game in Syria is a joke really.
the players are ALL TOO WIMPY to really start hostilities, no
doubt due to the NEED to pacify
Wall Street greedy bulls.
there really is confusion here.
i want to see 12,400 busted, until
then, the END is delayed.
Please go here >>>>>>
This is what our GREEDY LITTLE BULLS
do when no one is looking.
from 2005 - 2009
Israeli Believer - Many thanks for that; and I agree, I too always love to read Ally's comments :)
Stephen, I'll check out that link
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