This morning’s key headlines from GenerationalDynamics.com:
- Egyptians approve the controversial Islamist constitution
- Russia says that Syria’s chemical weapons are under control
Egyptians approve the controversial Islamist constitution
The official results won’t be available until Monday, but the MuslimBrotherhood and others are saying that Egyptians voted “YES” in thereferendum to approve the new draft constitution, by a landslide voteof over 64%. The vote was conducted on two consecutive Saturdays,last Saturday in the urban areas, and yesterday in the rural areas.The draft constitution is considered controversial because it wasdrafted by the Muslim Brotherhood itself, and contains many clausesthat reflect strict Islamic Sharia law. Al-Ahram (Cairo)
Russia says that Syria’s chemical weapons are under control
Two weeks ago, intelligence reports were indicating that theregime of Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad was moving its stockpileof chemical and biological weapons, giving rise to fear in theWest that al-Assad was repositioning them in order to use themagainst Syrian rebel forces. However, Russia’s Foreign MinisterSergei Lavrov says that they were moved in order to bring themunder stricter control:
So far according to our information, which correlateswith Western data, the weapons are under control. The Syrianauthorities have concentrated these stockpiles in one or twocenters. Previously they were scattered around the country.
Our American colleagues acknowledge that the main threat is if(the chemical weapons) are seized by the insurgents. For us thisis very serious. We check every rumor that concerns chemicalweapons.
Lavrov also referred to “Russian military advisers training Syria’smilitary.” Debka connects the dots in these statements to concludethat the Russians themselves have taken control of the chemicalweapons in Syria.
Lavrov also said that the Americans and Europeans are secretlypleased that Russia and China have been blocking resolutions inthe United Nations Security Council.
“No one has any appetite for intervention. Behind thescenes, I have a feeling they are praying that Russia and China goon blocking intervention, as sanctioning it would mean they mustact – and they are not ready.”
Lavrov is also denying that al-Assad is welcome to take refugein Russia, if he decides to step down.