Another kind of war: unilateral economic sanctions damage Syria

The war in Syria has largely come to a standstill, except in Idlib and other areas in the north of the country. A different kind of war is now raging, however, due to the unilateral economic punitive measures of the European Union and an oil embargo by the USA — an economic war.

Thanks to John Catalinotto the text has been translated into English. It has been published by TLAXCALA, an international translation network. It can be read here:

European Union’s „humanitarian“ hypocrisy

Representatives of the legitimate government of Syria were not invited to the Brussels „donor conference“

From March 12 to 14 Brussels hosted the third international donor conference of the European Union on Syria under the motto „Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region“. Formally, it was announced that the meeting focused on the issue of assisting „millions of Syrians“, as well as states and communities that gave them asylum.

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Civilian Kurds come under attack as Al Qaida seeks control in Syria

The interview with Russia Today was aired on August 8th, 2013 and can be
listened to here.

Syria’s history dates back to 9,000 years before the Christian era. It was part of an area between the southern Iraqi marshes in the Gulf, the Zagros Mountains in the East, the Mediterranean Sea in the West and the Sinai. State borders did not exist. Because of its agricultural development and irrigation culture and the area’s shape, it was called the „fertile crescent.“

A historical Perspective on the Current Crisis was published in Junge Welt (8.4.2011) and translated for www. It can be downloaded here.

We did not start the war

Interview with Mohammed Abdulsalam, speaker of the Houthi movement in Yemen
(Junge Welt, December 28, 2009)

Since August 2009 the Yemeni Government launches war against the Houthi Movement in the Northwest of the country. The Houthis live in the border area to Saudi Arabia, the Saudi army started to support the Yemeni government in November 2009. Mohammed Abdulsalam is speaker of the Houthi movement. For the Berlin based daily newspaper Junge Welt he answered questions of Karin Leukefeld (December 2009)

1. Can you explain our readers, who are the „Houthis“? Are you a tribe, a group of tribes, a party? What is your history.
We are a part of the Yemeni population and we represent a large component of it. Our history is known since it represents a big part of the Yemeni history in the culture, beliefs, and civilization. We are not a specific tribe but from all the Yemeni tribes. We are a nation that has a great history and many of scholars and thinkers. We have a pioneer Islamic history that is respected by all Muslim sects because of its justice and fairness and commitment to the Holy Quran. In our methodology, we respect differences and refuse disperse between Muslim communities. Also, we see that all Muslims should come back to reunification and adhering to the Qur’an as the book of Allah.

Killing the two-state-solution

Medical doctor Mustafa Barghouti (55) works and lives in Ramallah, Occupied Palestinian Territories. In the government of national unity (March-May 2007) under Prime Minister Ismail Hanijeh, Mustafa Barghouti was Minister of Information. The interview was conducted via phone on February, 6th, 2009 by Karin Leukefeld. A german abridgement was published in the Berlin daily Junge Welt (7.2.2009).

Have you been to the Gaza Strip after the war? What did you see?
Yes, I was there for a week, I came back 4 days ago and what I’ve seen is just indescribable. First of all I saw devastation that never happened in this region before. I think the scene I’ve seen could only be compared with what happened in Second World War in some places. What I’ve seen is not only the death of 1340 people, mainly civilians, 87 percent of them are civilians and 50 percent of them are children and women, there are 410 children killed. About 5300 people injured, again mostly civilians, with a big number of children. The shooting on the people of Gaza was clearly indiscriminate. Weiterlesen

„The Americans Have Failed“

(Junge Welt, November 17, 2008)
An Interview with Nawaf al-Moussawi
by Karin Leukefeld

With Barack Obama, the US could improve its position in the Middle East. Lebanon’s Hezbollah believes that an attack on Iran is unlikely.

Nawaf al-Moussawi is Deputy Secretary and a member of the Politburo of Hezbollah in Lebanon. Al-Moussawi, a Doctor of Philosophy, is Hezbollah’s spokesman for international relations.

Mr. al-Moussawi, does the election of Barack Obama as the 44th US president mean that the United States will change its policy in the Middle East?
The US policy in the Middle East will not change just because there is a new administration, but because the aggressive policy of President George W. Bush has failed in Iraq and Lebanon and has yielded no results. Weiterlesen

“What else can we do?”

(Junge Welt, March 10, 2003)
Impressions of a city with a sentence of war hanging over it
A letter from Baghdad

By Karin Leukefeld

“You are like a beacon for me,” an Iraqi colleague said to me in the press center in Baghdad a few weeks ago, “as long as you are still here, there will not be war.” My stay in Baghdad, long compared to that of most Western journalists, was enough reason for this man to see something special in it. Weiterlesen