English presentation starts minute 1:23. Obama introduced the policy of supporting the Muslim Brotherhood, which destroyed Libya and continues to wreak havoc there. Remember that a group of Democrat senators called for sanctions on Russia for its involvement in supporting Haftar, who is anti-Muslim Brotherhood and hence anti-Serraj. https://www.quora.com/Do-you-support-Black-Lives-Matter-1/answer/Vince-Dhimos Will Biden continue this pro-terror policy?
Vince Dhimos answered a question at Quora.
Why do Syrians claim they are secularists even though they have apostasy law and ban homosexuals and Jews in their country?
There is no brief explanation of this that could explain it all in a few minutes or in a short post. But let me first say that Assad is indeed a secularist, one of the few in the Muslim world, that there is no law criminalizing apostasy in Syria and that Jews are not banned there. The truth is that hundreds of Jews were banished from Aleppo long before the Assad family rose to power and at the beginning of the civil war, ISIS (not Assad) was persecuting and killing them and they were rescued by an international organization. As for homosexuals, an old law from decades prior to the Assads, banning homosexual behaviour — similar to a law on the books in Texas until recently — has been de facto suspended under Assad (LGBT rights in Syria - Wikipedia). So where do these stories come from and why do they all make Assad appear to be the villain when in fact his government has been at the forefront of the fight for human rights in Syria?
Understanding the conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) requires long hours of hard study, which is why very very few Westerners have even the slightest clue as to what is going on and whom to believe. They complain that they can’t understand the Middle East but they won’t do any homework. This is also why few understand that both US political parties actually support the wars and the Muslim Brotherhood in the Middle East — even though some politicians claim they aim to end these wars. Yet, watch what they do, and ignore what they say. (Recently, prominent Democrat senators condemned Russia for fighting against the terror-supported GNA in Libya – which supports the Muslim Brotherhood – even though this illegitimate regime turns a blind eye to black slavery).
The US official narrative is that Muslims are simply untrustworthy and anti-Semitic so the wars are all their fault and Israel is their innocent victim – even though Jewish terrorist gangs like the Stern Gang and Irgun ethnically cleansed most of Palestine in 1948, displacing 700,000 of them, mostly into refugee camps. This oversimplified version of the current situation is generally accepted by Western news consumers and is precisely why these wars never seem to end — as they help the manipulators in Washington and European capitals perpetuate them without having the little people every suspect what they are up to. If the grassroots ever learn the truth, it will be all over for the warmongering elites. The trouble is, the warmongers in Washington control the media.
The negative allegations against Assad and Syria in the Western press are all the product of a campaign of long duration to eliminate Assad and to support terrorists and Islamic extremists, including the Muslim Brotherhood, which have been supported by the US and European countries for many years. There are a number of motives, some of which are exposed in the analysis presented below.
The most authoritative source on the Middle East conflicts is Thierry Meyssan, whose revelations and in-depth analyses are so contradictory to the allegations and reports we read in the West that they will sound like fiction to many, but they are in fact supported by detailed thorough research — in contradistinction to the simplified narrative fed to the gullible public.
It is important to understand how the West introduced Muslim terrorism into the Middle East in the first place. We reproduced a detailed report on the origin of Middle Eastern terrorist groups. Yes, nothing is free. Learning the truth will take a long time and will cost you a lot of midnight oil. It may even cost you friendships and tend to isolate you from your brainwashed peers. But if you’re game, the following is an analysis by the eminent scholar Thierry Meyssan that will help you understand where the many horrendous allegations against Assad come from, and will lead you to the conclusion that 99% of the stories you read or hear about Assad’s alleged abuse of his own people – and about non-US aligned states in general – are simply propaganda whose ultimate aim is full US control of the Middle East, even if this means flirting with nuclear holocaust. In fact, such flirtation is underway even as we write this. Fortunately, Russia is there as a spoiler.
My intra-textual notes are in [brackets].
I realize you may simply not have time to read the following in one sitting, but if not, please file it for reference.
Germany and the UNO against Syria, by Thierry Meyssan
Germany and the UNO against Syria
by Thierry Meyssan
The neo-conservatives and liberal hawks who have been preparing the war against Syria since 2001 have been relying on several states from the UNO and the Gulf Co-operation Council. While we know about the role played by General David Petraeus in launching and pursuing the war until today, two personalities - Jeffrey Feltman (number 2 at the UNO) and Volker Perthes (Director of the main German think tank) - have remained in the shadows. Together, with the support of Berlin, they have been using and are still manipulating the United Nations in order to destroy Syria. [Syria’s only salvation is in Russian intervention]
VOLTAIRE NETWORK | DAMASCUS (SYRIA) | 28 JANUARY 2016
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The German academic Volker Perthes has been working with the CIA in the preparation of the war against Syria since 2005. He directs the most powerful European think tank, the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP).
In 2005, when Jeffrey Feltman – then the US ambassador in Beirut - supervised the assassination of Rafic Hariri, he relied on support from Germany, both for the assassination itself (Berlin supplied the weapon) , and for the UNO [UN] Commission charged with accusing [Lebanese] Presidents el-Assad and Lahoud [Lebanese presidens] (prosecutor Detlev Mehlis, police commissioner Gerhard Lehmann and their team). The international campaign against the two Presidents was notably led by the German political analyst Volker Perthes .
[Thierry Meyssan also researched the story of the UNSC’s deliberately shoddy investigation of the Rafic Hariri assassination in Lebanon: https://www.voltairenet.org/article167553.html, whose purpose was simply to indict Assad and get him out of the way. Eliminating Assad has always been the key to US involvement in Syria and Lebanon]
Volker Perthes studied in Damascus, Syria, in 1986 and 1987, funded by a German research grant. He then went on to pursue a career as professor of political science in Germany, with the exception of the period between 1991 and 1993, during which he taught at the American University of Beirut. Since 2005, he has been the Director of the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP), the main German public think tank, which employs more than 130 specialists, half of whom are university professors.
However, when Feltman organised the Israeli attack on Lebanon in 2006, he implicated only the United States, hoping that once Hezbollah was beaten, Syria would come to its rescue in Beirut, which would provide an excuse for US intervention. Finally, Berlin sent only its marines to participate in the United Nations Forces (Finul). [Clearly the Hariri assassination was aimed at stripping Lebanon of Syrian military assistance in preparation for the 2006 Israeli attack on Lebanon. Hezbollah saved Lebanon from destruction and led Israel to give up the war effort. This is why Lebanon will never bow to US pressure to stop supporting Hezbollah under the false pretext that it is a “terrorist organization”. Any organization that opposes Israel too strongly is automatically branded a terrorist organization by the Washington crime syndicate. We posted variously on the Hariri assassination and why the US and Israel organized and perpetrated it, including here]
During the annual meeting of the Bilderberg Group, between the 5th and the 8th June 2008 - five years before the war - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice gave a presentation which underlined the necessity of overthrowing the Syrian government. She was accompanied in this task by the Director of the Arab Reform Initiative , Bassma Kodmani (future founder of the Syrian National Council), and the Director of the SWP, Volker Perthes. The Bilderberg Group is a NATO initiative, and NATO directly handles security for these meetings .
According to a cable revealed by Wikileaks, Volker Perthes advised Ms. Rice concerning Iran. He believed that it would be dangerous to launch a military operation which could have unpredictable regional consequences - it was, however, more efficient to sabotage its economy. Volker Perthes’ advice was followed, in 2010, with the destruction of the software of Iranian nuclear plants by the Stuxnet virus .
In March 2011, Volker Perthes published an opinion column in the New York Times mocking President el-Assad’s speech to the People’s Chamber, during which the President had denounced a “conspiracy” against Syria . According to Perthes, the “revolution” was under way in Syria, and el-Assad had to go.
In the summer of 2011, the German government managed the breakthrough of the Muslim Brotherhood in Tunisia and Egypt. It noted that at the CIA’s demand, it hosted the international coordination of the Brotherhood in Aachen [Mistranslated as Aix-la-Chapelle in the linked-to text]. Berlin thus decided to support the Brotherhood everywhere they attained power, with the exception of Hamas in Palestine, in order to avoid annoying Israël. Under the influence of Volker Perthes, the German Minister for Foreign Affairs – at that time, Guido Westerwelle – persuaded himself that the Brotherhood was not “Islamist”, but “guided by Islam”. He created a discussion forum with the “moderate Islamist movements” (sic), and a Task Force for Syria. As for Perthes, he organised a reception at the Ministry in July for a delegation from the Syrian opposition, led by Brother Radwan Ziadeh.
Speech by Ahmet Davutoğlu [Turkish PM served 2014-2016] during the closed Tusiad-Stratfor conference, 6th October 2011.
On the 6th October 2011, on the proposition of the State Department, Volker Perthes took part in the closed conference organised by the Turkish Industry & Business Association (Tusiad) and the private US intelligence company Stratfor [CIA-linked, aka “Shadow CIA”] in order to study Turkey’s energy options, and also the possible responses of eight other countries, including Germany . Present at the meeting were the ten top Turkish fortunes and Taner Yıldız – the Minister for Energy – the man who was supposed to help the Erdoğan family organise the funding of the war with oil stolen by Daesh. [The illegitimate Libyan government GNA, recognized by the UN and US, among others, has a complicated relationship with the MB, but the latter opposes the legitimate Libyan National Army of Khalifa Haftar, thereby at least indirectly supporting the GNA. Obama supported the candidacy of MB-linked Egyptian presidential candidate Mursi, who was later overthrown by the current presidet Al-Sisi. Some US Democrats are warm toward the illegitimate Turkish-backed GNA]
In January 2012, Jeffrey Feltman – then State Department director for the Near East – asked Volker Perthes to direct the “The Day After” programme, which was tasked with putting together the next regime in Syria. These meetings were held over a six-month period and resulted specifically in a report which was made public after the Geneva Conference.
“The Day After” mobilised 45 members of the Syrian opposition, including Bassma Kodmani and the Muslim Brotherhood. It was financed by the US Institute of Peace, the equivalent of the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), but is under the authority of the Department of Defence. Also solicited were Germany, France, Norway, Holland and Switzerland.
“The Day After” drew up the first draft of the plan for the total and unconditional capitulation of Syria, which became the obsession of the United Nations once Jeffrey Feltman was nominated Director of Political Affairs for the UN, in July 2012.
At his official swearing-in as the number 2 of UNO, the 2nd July 2012, Jeffrey D. Feltman takes the oath before General Secretary Ban Ki-moon. As of that date, the Organisation, which is supposed to promote peace, has been under the control of the “liberal hawks”.
Here are the principles of the Perthes-Feltman plan
the sovereignty of the Syrian People will be abolished; [This US-supported item shows why US “democracy” is a farce]
the Constitution will be repealed;
the President will be relieved of his functions (but a vice-President will remain in charge of formal functions);
the People’s Assembly will be dissolved;
at least 120 leaders will be considered guilty and banned from any political function, then judged and sentenced by an international Tribunal;
the Direction of Military Intelligence, the Direction of Political Security and the Direction of General Security will be dismantled and dissolved; “political” prisoners will be freed and anti-terrorist procedures will be repealed;
the Hezbollah and the Guardians of the Revolution will be made to withdraw; then, and only then, will the international community [read: US-controlled Western community] fight terrorism 
At the same time, Volker Perthes organised the “Working Group on Economic Recovery and Development” for the “Friends of Syria”. In June 2012, under the co-presidency of Germany and the United Arab Emirates, this group distributed to the member states of the “Friends of Syria” concessions for the exploitation of Syrian gas, which could be claimed in return for their support for the overthrow of Assad’s regime . [This is a very important reason the US is bogged down in Syria. It has promised to distribute these gas concessions – and probably oil concessions as well – to the corrupt states that tried to throw out Assad. It may explain why Trump was obliged to say “we’re going to keep the oil” in Syria]
Volker Perthes also organised the “Working Group on Transition Planning” for the Arab League.
Finally, he set up the “Syrian Transition Support Network” in Istanbul.
As from the Geneva Conference (30th June 2012) and the meeting of the “Friends of Syria” in Paris (6th July 2012), we can find no more public traces of Volker Perthes’ role, apart from his publications, which are aimed at maintaining Germany’s support for the Muslim Brotherhood. Germany is maintaining its policy, and after the abdication of the Emir of Qatar and the powerful rise of Saudi Arabia, nominated Boris Ruge - the director for Syria in the Ministry for Foreign Affairs - as its ambassador to Riyadh.
In January 2015, Chancellor Angela Merkel demonstrated for tolerance and against terrorism, arm in arm with Aiman Mazyek, the General Secretary of the Central Council of Muslims in Germany. In reality, he is one of the leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood. [Incredibly, Merkel seems to have been permanently influenced by these anti-Assad people. She still talks as if Assad is the main problem in Syria, and not the terrorists.]
In the summer of 2015, during his visit to Damascus, the Syrian government asked Staffan De Mistura for an explanation concerning the Perthes-Feltman Plan, of which he had only just been made aware. Highly embarrassed, the special envoy of the General Secretary of the UNO confirmed that these documents did not engage him, and promised to take no notice of them. It seems that Moscow had threatened to make them public at the Security Council during the presence of the heads of state at the opening of the General Assembly in September 2015. However, the documents were not divulged – their revelation would have questioned the very existence of the United Nations Organisation. During the same period, Berlin once again made contact with Damascus, but the Syrians were unable to determine whether this secret initiative was a reflection of a new policy by Chancellor Merkel, or one more attempt at infiltration.
However, at the same time, Volker Perthes was nominated by Staffan De Mistura and his superior Jeffrey Feltman  as a « peace negotiator » (sic) for the next meeting in Geneva. He will be tasked with meeting alternatively with the delegation from the Syrian opposition and the delegation from the Syrian Arab Republic.
For the last three years, in violation of their own Charter, the United Nations, far from doing anything at all to help restore peace to Syria, and without presenting the slightest evidence, accuse the Syrian Arab Republic of having put down a revolution, of using chemical weapons against its own population, of the massive practice of torture, and of starving its people [How ironic! The US sanctions and ban on sale of Syrian oil are starving the Syrians, not Assad]. Above all, it is dragging its feet on any peace initiative, leaving time for NATO and the Gulf Co-operation Council to pilot the overthrow of the regime by foreign mercenaries, in this instance the terrorist organisations al-Qaeda and Daesh. [Further confirmation of what we posted here]
Keep in mind:
Since 2005, the group assigned to preparing the war in Syria is being piloted by the US diplomat Jeffrey Feltman, assisted by the German academic Volker Perthes.
In 2005, Feltman organised the assassination of Rafic Hariri (because the security of Lebanon was handled by Syria); in 2006, he organised Israel’s war against Lebanon (because Hezbollah was then armed by Syria); in 2011, he directed the 4th generation war from the State Department; since 2012, from the United Nations, for which he has become the number 2, he has been working to make the war last long enough for the jihadist groups to achieve victory.
Perthes associated himself with Feltman and the private group Stratfor [CIA-linked] in order to influence German policy in the Middle East. In 2008, he presented the project for regime change in Damascus to the Bilderberg Group. In 2011, he convinced Merkel’s government to support the Muslim Brotherhood during the “Arab Spring”. In 2012, he presided over a work group tasked with preparing the new regime, then drew up a plan for the total and unconditional capitulation of Syria. Today, he is the UNO director for the Geneva peace negotiations. [And all for naught because in 2015, Russia entered the war and took back from the terrorists land seized from Syria]