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G20 IN MOSCOW: WORLD LEADERS BLAME ASSAD

 

putinobamasub.jpgMOSCOW – The G20 summit's  agenda was largely dominated by the conflict in Syria and the international community's possible intervention; the summit's host, Vladimir Putin, continued to oppose a US military strike while the US envoy accused Russia of holding the UN hostage in this issue with its irresponsible vetoes in the Security Council.

The frosty relations between Putin and Obama are reminiscent of the cold war in the eighties, before Presidents Reagan and Gorbachev met in Reykjavik to discuss nuclear disarmament. They did not hold each other in high esteem as Gorbachev has told us: Reagan being seen as a "dinosaur" by Gorbachev and Gorbachev as a "demagogue" by Reagan and others, but in the end they managed to develop a trustful relationship, which led later to the elimination of many of both superpowers' dangerous nuclear missiles and effectively brought the Cold War to an end.

In the face of continued civilian suffering in Syria, such a breakthrough could not only bring an end to the war in Syria. The vision to end all wars could be achieved if the world's most powerful nations would agree on working together, protect human lives and make the UN Responsibility to Protect binding or at least abolish the veto-rule in the UN Security Council in the future.

US-president Barack Obama mentioned in the past days that it was not only him and his administration that articulated the red line that using chemical weapons would cross; but that it was based on an international treaty signed after the World War I. The red line has then been crossed only by Saddam Hussein, by Adolf Hitler in the concentration camps and now by Bashar al-Assad on August 21st, 2013. The international community has jointly signed a treaty that prohibits the use of chemical weapons, and thus it is now everybody's responsibility to punish for the breach of that agreement.

The leaders of eleven G20 countries have said they hold Syrian President Bashar al-Assad responsible for a deadly chemical attack which is thought to have killed 1,400 people.

The joint statement issued by Australia, Canada, France, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Turkey, the UK and the US condemned the "horrific" attack in Damascus and called for a "strong international response".

It came at the end of the G20 summit in St Petersburg, with US President Barack Obama and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin still at odds over the need for military action.

"The use of chemical weapons anywhere diminishes the security of people everywhere," the statement said. "Left unchallenged, it increases the risk of further use and proliferation of these weapons."

The leaders also criticised the UN's response to the crisis, claiming it was "paralysed" and adding:"The world cannot wait for endless failed processes that can only lead to increased suffering in Syria and regional instability."

 

DAVID FROST IN MEMORIAM

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LONDON –  Legendary British broadcaster and journalist David Frost died of a heart attack last Sunday at the age of 74. He conducted interviews with such notable people as President Richard Nixon, Muhammad Ali and Orson Welles. The interviews with President Nixon eventually led to the creation of the film "Frost/Nixon" which received an Academy Award nomination and showed how the journalist finally managed to bring the US President to admit wrongdoing and that he lied to his people.

olympics_londfinal234.jpgDavid Frost was also the presenter at the Sports for Peace 2012 Gala in London during the London Olympics, where Muhammad Ali was honored for his lifetime achievements and attended the Opening Ceremony as a surprise guest. During the ceremony Muhammad Ali received the Olympic flag in a peace & justice procession with humanitarian icons.

Frost was the only person to have interviewed all six British Prime Ministers between 1964 and 2007 as well as the seven U.S. presidents in office between 1969 and 2008. 

We invite you to watch the following trailers on the G20 members' responsibility to protect, conflict on Syria and David Frost:

  • A COLLECTION OF VIDEOS documenting the chemical weapons attack and its effects on civilians in Goutha, close to Damascus.
  • GROUND ZERO: SYRIA by Robert King  is a compilation of photojournalist and videographer King’s footage into a series of raw, largely unedited vignettes that present a snapshot of the ancient city of Aleppo as it crumbles and burns while its citizens are killed indiscriminately.
  • SYRIA: THE RECKONING by Suhaib Abu Doulah presents the history of modern Syria offering an intriguing and incisive perspective on the current war in the country.
  • DIPLOMACY: THE RESPONSIBILITY TO PROTECT by Rasmus Dinesen and Boris B. Bertram is a rare film that demonstrates the frustration, the slowness, and obstacles to the peacekeeping and consensus building processes.
  • LINCOLN by Steven Spielberg recounts how the Civil War continues to rage and America's president struggles with continuing carnage on the battlefield and as he fights with many inside his own cabinet on the decision to emancipate the slaves.
  • FROST/NIXON by Ron Howard is a dramatic retelling of the post-Watergate television interviews between British talk-show host David Frost and former president Richard Nixon.
  • MUHAMMAD ALI – THEN AND NOW features an interview with Muhammad Ali in 1974 and 34 years later, conducted by Sir David Frost.
  • ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN REVISITED with Robert Redford looks back at Watergate, the original game changer of America politics. How has Watergate changed the Presidency? What effect has the scandal had on our political leaders?