Daily Archives: July 15, 2012
Fares is a Sunni who is said to have close ties to Syrian security. Heis the second senior diplomat to quit the embattled government since the beginning of the Syrian uprising. The first was Bassam Imadi, the Syrian ambassador to Sweden.
Western diplomats have hailed recent defections as a sign that the Bashar-al-Assad government is slowly beginning to crumble from within.
He stated this in an interview:
“The regime and Bashar al-Assad himself gave us illusions about reforms. We are now convinced that this regime will never do anything for the sake of the people. Lies are going on, the head of the regime is lying, it’s mirage, it’s illusion, killings everywhere, destruction everywhere and oppression everywhere …. He [Bashar-al-Assad] carries the genes of a dictator. His father killed people 30 years ago. Those who deal with him know that he is a liar …
The Russian support, the Iranian support and the hesitation or the inability of the international community to protect the Syrian people are the main reasons why the regime is buying time and why the regime is staying for a longer period of time. But from inside, the regime is dead. Economically, socially, in all domains …
Reforms could have given some fruits if applied at the very beginning of the revolution. But after waves of blood it’s impossible for the Syrians to trust Bashar al-Assad again, to accept his existence in Syria even …. This regime is dead, it’s just a matter of time.”
– Nawaf Fares, the former Syrian ambassador to Iraq
- Ex-Syrian ambassador: My defection may hurt the regime the most (edition.cnn.com)
- Exclusive interview: why I defected from Bashar al-Assad’s regime, by former diplomat Nawaf Fares (telegraph.co.uk)
- Syria’s defected Baghdad envoy criticises Iraq’s Maliki (dailystar.com.lb)
- Most senior diplomat to defect from Syria talks to CNN (security.blogs.cnn.com)
- Syrian ambassador to Iraq defects to opposition – BBC News (bbc.co.uk)
- Ex-Syrian Ambassador Says Military Intervention Only Way To Stop Bloodshed (ibtimes.com)
- Defected Syrian envoy lashes out at Assad (english.ruvr.ru)
- Syria ambassador to Iraq defects (aljazeera.com)
This morning’s pundit shows brought the increased demand for release of the tax returns… or questioned what he was hiding.
“The cost of not releasing the returns are clear.Therefore, he must have calculated that there are higher costs in releasing them.”
“There’s obviously something there, because if there was nothing there, he would say, ‘Have at it.’ So there’s obviously something there that compromises what he said in the past about something.
“Many of these politicians think, ‘I can do this. I can get away with this. I don’t need to do this, because I’m going to say something and I don’t have to do this. If he had 20 years of ‘great, clean, everything’s fine,’ it’d all be out there, but it’s arrogance.”
Romney should “release the tax returns tomorrow and take the hit for a day or two.”
You know, I think the Obama team is making the right move here. Eventually, even if Romney releases a dozen years of returns, people won’t forget his stalling and wonder why he couldn’t be transparent to the American People.
Celeste Holm, the versatile actress who achieved fame on Broadway in the original production of Rodgers and Hammerstein‘s hit musical “Oklahoma!” in 1943 and five years later won an Oscar for best supporting actress, died today.
In a career of over 70 years, Holm did other Broadway shows such as “Bloomer Girl” and as the replacement for Gertrude Lawrence in “The King and I.” She made films like “Three Little Girls In Blue,” “The Snake Pit” and “All About Eve.”
Celeste Holm won an Academy Award for supporting actress in the 1947 film “Gentleman’s Agreement” and was nominated two other times. She also had frequent roles on television, including in the 1990s series ‘Promised Land.’
Holm died in her apartment on Central Park West in New York City.
- Celeste Holm – Actress Celeste Holm Dies At 95 (contactmusic.com)
- ‘Gentleman’s Agreement’ Academy Award-winning actress Celeste Holm dies at 95, niece confirms – @CNN (cnn.com)
- Oscar-winning actress Celeste Holm dies aged 95 (itv.com)
- Photos: ‘All About Eve’ Star Celeste Holm Dead at 95 (abcnews.go.com)
- Oscar-winning actress Celeste Holm dies at 95 (cbsnews.com)
- Oscar-winning actress Celeste Holm dies at 95 (miamiherald.com)
- Actress Celeste Holm dies at 95 (hollywood.com)
Thanks, Mr. Walker. You have made Romney’s need to answer these quite clear.
- 35 questions Mitt Romney will have to answer to concerning Bain Capital. (ireport.cnn.com)
- 35 Questions Mitt Romney Must Answer About Bain Capital Before The Issue Can Go Away (forbes.com)
- 35 Questions Mitt Romney Must Answer About Bain Capital Before The Issue Can Go Away (tjwalker.com)
- Abbreviated Pundit Roundup: Brilliant Bain ad keeps Romney on defense (dailykos.com)
“There is no whining in politics. Stop demanding an apology, release your tax returns.”
“If you have things to hide, then maybe you’re doing things wrong. I think you ought to be willing to release everything to the American people.”
— Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley (R), calling on Mitt Romney to release his tax returns.
Hey, Mitt… how about the returns for 2000, 2001 and 2002? Do they show your income from Bain Capital?
(Thanks to Taegan Goddard.)
- Alabama’s GOP Governor Calls On Romney To Release More Tax Returns: ‘Release Everything To The American People’ (thinkprogress.org)
- GOP governor calls on Romney to release more tax returns (news.yahoo.com)
- Mitt Romney Says He’s Unlikely To Release More Than Two Tax Returns (lindaluke.newsvine.com)
- Romney says he’ll only release 2 tax returns (newsday.com)
- More GOP Calls for Romney to Release Tax Returns; Take a Look at His $77K Dancing Horse Tax Deduction (pamshouseblend.firedoglake.com)
- Romney says he’ll only release 2 tax returns (newsobserver.com)
- Romney: I had nothing to do with running Bain. I just owned it. Oh, and no more tax returns! (dailykos.com)
- MITT ROMNEY: I’m NOT Releasing Any More Tax Returns (investmentwatchblog.com)
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Rick McKee in the Augusta Chronicle:
Or the morality of our heroes?
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Or the progress we have made in race relations?
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Or how politicians can bamboozle voters?
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Jack Ohman in The Oregonian:
Or why we let our representatives have what they deny us?