NIGHTWATCH: Syria Ground Truth vs. US Media

Syria:  Special comment: Over the weekend, news video footage from Homs, the so-called center of the opposition uprising, raised questions about the actual effectiveness of the opposition. The videos showed Syrian police, firefighters and militia using fire hoses to disperse a major opposition rally in Homs. So who controls Homs? Apparently the government does, with …

NIGHTWATCH: Syria is About Sunni-Shi’ite Divide

Syria-Qatar: Qatari Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabor al-Thani said he thinks Qatar should do whatever is necessary to support the opposition in Syria, even if it means giving them weapons. Al-Thani made the remarks while visiting Norway to meet with Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg. Comment: Al Thani’s remarks match those of …

NIGHTWATCH: Syria Update

Syria-Saudi Arabia: During Friday’s meeting in Tunisia, Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal said he supported giving weapons and ammunition to groups fighting the Syrian regime. “I think it’s an excellent idea,” Prince Saud told reporters in Tunisia. Asked why, he replied: “Because they have to defend themselves.” Comment: Prince Saud’s remarks make clear that Saudi …

NIGHTWATCH: US “Diplomats” Out of Touch with Syria

Syria: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the opposition Syrian National Council is emerging as an alternative to the Bashar al-Asad regime and that the consensus among Arab League and other nations is that the group is a credible representative. Comment: Lacking a territory that it can defend, the opposition remains inchoate, not unified …

NIGHTWATCH: Iran-Syria

Iran-Syria: Iran rejected any Yemeni-like scenario in Syria, according to Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Abdollahian who spoke to the press on 8 February at the Iranian Embassy in Damascus. Abdollahian added that Iranians recently kidnapped in Syria were released after Turkish mediation. Comment: The visit by the Iranian Deputy Foreign Ministry corresponds to reports that …

NIGHTWATCH: Syria, Russia, US, Iran, Israel, Lies, & Truth + RECAP

Syria: Special comment. Readers are rightly perplexed about conditions in Syria. Syrian press restrictions inhibit any neutral or balanced coverage. Everything reported from opposition sources and activists is biased and some reports of massacres include manufactured images, according to eyewitnesses. International news descriptions of a worsening crisis receive no offsetting coverage of testimony from non-Sunni …

NIGHTWATCH Plus: Syria – Iran RECAP

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NIGHTWATCH: Syria, Iran, and the Regional Context

Syria-Iran: The Iranian news agency reported Ayatollah Khamenei on Tuesday criticized the US for interfering in Syria’s internal affairs, but said Iran would accept political reforms in Damascus. Khamenei said, “Iran’s stance towards Syria is to support any reforms that benefit the people of this country and oppose the interference of America and its allies …

NIGHTWATCH: Iran a New Cuba? Worse, a Pakistan?

Iran: Supreme Leader Khamenei made a significant statement of defiance against sanctions and Israel during a rare Friday prayer lecture at Tehran University. “‘From now onward, we will support and help any nations, any groups fighting against the Zionist regime across the world, and we are not afraid of declaring this,’ Khamenei said. Comment: This …