Not One Cent
Al Jizz is asking Â if a comprehensive deal is possible to get aid into Syria and how would it be implemented on the ground.
Infidels have no business to finance al Assad or al Qaeda.Â Not one cent should be given to either side. Let Iran finance Assad, and let Qatar finance the MuBro’s. Bring out the popcorn and a beer and watch…..
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How can a full grown man be that stupid?
His statements on the Middle East – Syria, Israel, “the Palestinians” — reveal a mind that is not prepared, and more and more separated, divorced, call it what you will, from reality. After having dined out, for forty years, on his Vietnam years, having lived a life of languor (Bobby Short at the Carlyle, clambakes and liquor — bought by the box — from the Old Barn Liquor Store right across from the Forbes ferry in Woods Hole, yachts and solitary rides on his boat — to think, “to think!” — in Nantucket Sound, andÂ une vie sentimentale bien remplie,Â a useful phrase which his cousin Brice can translate for him).
The latest offense, the latest ignoring of the evidence that lies all about us, isÂ here.Â (Hugh Fitzgerald)
‘Cashgate’ corruption scandal rocks Malawi
‘Cashgate’, the biggest financial scandal in Malawi’s history, has affected the country’s relations with donors and caused outrage among Malawians.
Allegations of the massive looting of government money became public following the shooting of the finance ministry’s then budget director Paul Mphwiyo in September 2013.
Just days before, a junior civil servant was allegedly found with bales of cash totalling more than $300,000 in the boot of his car.
The BBC’s Nomsa Maseko reports from Lilongwe.
As talks continue in Geneva to end the stalemate in Syria, there is little sign of any progress on the core issue: whether President Bashar al-Assad will stay in power or not.
Meanwhile, the Syrian government and opposition are also stuck on how to get much-needed aid into the besieged city of Homs.
Away from the politics, there has been a focus on Syria’s humanitarian disaster. More than 100,000 people have been killed in three years of fighting, and almost 2.5 million people have been displaced to neighbouring countries.
But it is inside Syria where the conflict has taken its biggest toll: the United Nations says 6.5 million people have been internally displaced and now require humanitarian assistance, and nearly another 2.5 million refugees have fled from Syria.
The UN appealed for $6.5bn in aid to provide for Syrian refugees – western and Gulf countries pledged $2.4bn to Syria earlier this month.
More than two million Syrian children do not attend school, according to the UN. Over 20 percent of Syrian schools have been destroyed or are unusable, and there are reports of people starving to death in refugee camps.
On Sunday, the Geneva II talks yielded some hope for civilians in Homs, with a deal on the safe passage of civilians.
Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad agreed that women and children could leave the city. The Syrian government said medicine and shelter would be given to those fleeing Homs, and that humanitarian aid would be allowed in through the UN.
Homs, in central Syria, is a strategic area for both sides. It was one of the first cities to experience widespread unrest, and has been labelled by some as ‘the capital of the revolution’.
Homs has been under siege by troops loyal to Assad since 2012. Most of Homs has been decimated by shelling and street fighting, but it is also not the only Syrian city under siege.
Government and rebel forces continue to tussle for control of areas in the capital Damascus. More attention is now being given to the 45,000 people in Yarmouk refugee camp – who have been besieged for months – with little access to food and medicine.
In Aleppo, a city once considered a rebel stronghold, the government continues to make gains. In just the last week, the city has come under intense bombardment by Assad forces.
And there are almost daily skirmishes in other contested areas of the country like Deir az-Zor and Idlib.
The clashes are not only a fight against President Assad’s troops – the end of last year saw fighting in Al Raqqa between competing rebel groups.
So, as the Geneva II talks continue, is a comprehensive deal possible to get aid to affected areas? And how would it be implemented on the ground?
To discuss this,Â Inside StoryÂ presenter Adrian Finighan is joined by guests: Monzer Akbik, a spokesman for the Syrian National Coalition; Robert Mardini, the head of operations for the Near and Middle East at the International Committee of the Red Cross; and Fawaz Gerges, a professor of Middle Eastern politics at the London School of Economics.
Al Jazeera’s James Bays also spoke to Bouthaina Shaaban, an adviser to Bashar al-Assad, who appeared to dismiss the importance of humanitarian aid to Homs.