Syria Places 30% Tariff on Turkish Goods; Conditionally Accepts Arab League Observers; Syrian Muslim Brotherhood: “To Hell with Syrian Identity”

Syria struck out at Turkey in response to Turkish sanctions by imposing 30% tariffs on Turkish imports. This will bring trade to a standstill between the two countries that had expanded their trade to well over 2 billion dollars a year. Syria also pulled out of the Barcelona Agreement for EU Partnership in reaction to EU sanctions.

Aleppo and Damascus consume more than half of Syria’s mazoot (fuel oil). Many believe this is because they smuggle so much outside to countries where its price is much higher. In Turkey, mazoot costs six times more than the official price in Syria.

Syria Says It Accepts Arab League Observer Request
By ALBERT AJI and BASSEM MROUE Associated Press
DAMASCUS, Syria December 5, 2011 (AP)

Syria has accepted an Arab League request to send observers to the country in an effort to end its eight-month crisis, a move that could ease Arab sanctions on Damascus, the Foreign Ministry said Monday.

The Syrian statement came after Damascus announced it conducted mass military maneuvers over the weekend in an apparent show of force as President Bashar Assad’s regime defies pressures over its deadly crackdown on opponents.

The ministry’s spokesman, Jihad Makdissi, told reporters that Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem “responded positively” to the League demand and sent a letter to the organization’s chief Nabil Elaraby on Sunday night.

There was no immediate reaction from the Arab League, which has already suspended Syria, to Damascus’ announcement.

But Makdissi said that al-Moallem’s message to the League combined some “minor amendments that won’t affect the essence of the plan,” stressing that Damascus is still insisting that the protocol be signed in Damascus rather than at the League’s headquarters in Cairo.

“It is a right step on the road to a solution,” Makdissi said.

“To hell with Syrian [identity]! We do not recognize Syria”
Interview: Zuhayr Salim, Speaker of the Muslim Brotherhood in Syria:

KURDWATCH, December 4, 2011—Zuhayr Salim (b. 1947) is a writer and lives in London. In an interview with KurdWatch, the speaker of the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood speaks out about the Kurdish question in Syria.

KurdWatch: On May 17, 2005, the Muslim Brotherhood spoke at length about the Kurdish question in Syria for the first time. This was the first statement by a Syrian political party about the Kurdish question in Syria. You describe the Kurds as »a genuine part of the fabric of the Syrian people«, living on its »historic territory«. You further explain that in a state under the rule of law, the Kurds must participate in power. What remains of this vision today?

Zuhayr Salim: We are seeking a state under the rule of law. Every person who lives in Syria or was born there must enjoy the same rights, regardless of whether he is an Arab, Kurd, Muslim, Christian, Sunni or Alawi. This stance will not change. Everyone must be convinced that he is equal. So, for example, an Alawi cannot think that he has more rights than a Sunni. And an Arab cannot think that he has more rights than a Kurd. And vice versa. That is a patriotic approach. The cultural and ethnic characteristics of each group, for example, customs and rituals, must be respected and accepted. KurdWatch: Yes, but not an Arab as it is written on the identity card.

…… KurdWatch: In Syria, a Kurdish citizen’s identity card states that he is a Syrian-Arab citizen, even though he is a Kurd and not an Arab. Will this also be the case in the new Syrian state?
Zuhayr Salim: A counter question: What is the status of a Turkmen living in Iraqi-Kurdistan?

KurdWatch: He is an Iraqi-Turkmen. He is not designated as a Kurd.
Zuhayr Salim: In Syria, a Kurd is also a Syrian.

Zuhayr Salim: Do only Kurds live in Iraqi-Kurdistan? Or do Arabs, Turkmen, Armenians, and Assyrians also live there? The general identity is that of the majority. With one condition: The identity of a group that defines itself as a minority must not be negated. We are not talking about minorities. Nevertheless, there are people who say that they do not belong to the majority. The identity of the majority is the identity of the state. The minorities have the right to enjoy their own rights. I don’t see a contradiction here. If an Arab lives in Zakho or Erbil in Iraqi-Kurdistan, then he is called an Iraqi-Kurdistani. That just isn’t a problem. Why shouldn’t we grant to others that which we want for ourselves?

KurdWatch: Kurdistani isn’t an ethnic term, but rather refers to the Kurdistan region. In contrast, Arab is an ethnic term and applies to members of the Arab nation. And the Kurds are definitely not Arabs.

Zuhayr Salim: To be Arab is not an expression of citizenship, but rather an expression of identity.

KurdWatch: Why don’t we forgo the label »Arab« and speak only of Syrian identity?

Zuhayr Salim: No, no. To hell with Syrian [identity]! We do not recognize Syria. Who created Syria? Sykes-Picot. Is that true or not?

KurdWatch: Yes, that’s true.

Zuhayr Salim: You and I do not recognize Sykes-Picot. You [Kurds] feel that you have been treated unjustly by Sykes-Picot. We also feel that we have been treated unjustly by Sykes-Picot. Syria is a temporary phenomenon, a state that exists only temporarily. Our goal is the creation of a state for the entire umma. A Kurd will be ruler in this state, for he will be supported by a people that numbers anywhere from thirty-five to forty million.

KurdWatch: Are you talking now about an independent Kurdish state?

Zuhayr Salim: No, about an Islamic state for everyone. Arabs, Kurds, Turks, Circassians, and all others will live there……

Riad Shaqfa interview – Head of Muslim Brotherhood:

Bashar al-Assad is mentally unbalanced – Syrian Muslim Brotherhood chief,  05/12/2011
By Mohammed Al Shafey

Istanbul, Asharq Al-Awsat – Asharq Al-Awsat spoke with Syrian Muslim Brotherhood leader, Mohammed Riad Al-Shaqfa, on the sidelines of the Arab – Turkish Media Forum in Istanbul earlier this week. Al-Shaqfa spoke about the situation in Syria, his hopes for the future of the country, and the Muslim Brotherhood’s plans for the post-Assad era.

The following is the full text of the interview:

[Asharq Al-Awsat] Do you believe that the pressure being exerted on Damascus – whether we are talking about the international or Arab League pressure – will ultimately lead to the collapse of the al-Assad regime?

[Al-Shaqfa] We hope that all countries around the world put pressure on the arrogant [al-Assad] regime until it is completely isolated and has no choice but to responds to the will of the people. I pray for the end of this suppressive regime, and the [al-Assad] regime will collapse; it is only a matter of time. As the Prophet Muhammad said “the pens have been lifted and the ink has dried.” [i.e. what will come to pass has already been written]. The al-Assad regime will collapse within the next few months. The Syrian people will accept Turkish military intervention to protect them from the forces of President al-Assad, but not western military intervention. However I personally do not want to see any foreign military intervention [in Syria] because the Syrian people have the will and commitment to isolate and oust the Syrian regime, particularly if the international community intervenes and real sanctions are imposed on the Syrian regime and it is [internationally] isolated with the world recalling their ambassadors from Damascus. In this case, it would be easy for the Syrian people to overthrow the al-Assad regime, and so we want the Arab and Islamic states to intervene to protect the Syrian civilians…..

Economist

COULD economic collapse bring down Bashar Assad’s regime even when mass protests have not? Pressure on the economy is mounting from every direction. On November 27th the 22-country Arab League took an unprecedented decision to impose economic sanctions on a fellow member. It voted to stop trading with the Syrian state in all but essential goods, to ban Arab investments in Syria, to freeze assets held by senior members of the regime abroad, and to end dealings with Syria’s central bank. Three days later Turkey, one of Syria’s biggest trading partners, said it would follow suit.

Meanwhile, American and European Union (EU) sanctions are starting to bite. A ban on oil imports, applied by America in August and the EU in September, is costing Syria $400m a month. The shrinking of foreign-currency reserves, estimated at some $18 billion when the crisis began in March, is making trade increasingly tricky. The Banque Saudi Fransi, a Saudi bank, has announced it is selling its 27% interest in one of Syria’s private banks. Foreign investment has halted. International credit cards no longer work. The Syrian pound has fallen on the black market to its lowest point yet. To prevent even more unrest, the government has brought back some subsidies on staples. Tourism, which accounted for over 10% of GDP in 2010, has virtually disappeared.

Officials sound less confident that Syria can weather the sanctions. In recent years, thanks to a tentative liberalisation policy, the country has come to depend more on the global economy than before. “If you’ve always been North Korea, you may be able to stay closed,” says a Damascus businessman. “But you can’t open up and shut the doors again.” Syria’s foreign minister, Walid Muallem, reacting angrily to the league’s decision, threatened to close transit routes between Arab states.

No one knows how long Syria can continue to pay its bills. In September the government sought to shore up foreign reserves by banning imports. Prices of various goods immediately rocketed. Ten days later, facing outrage among business people, the government did a volte face. In any case, not all of Syria’s neighbours will ban trade. Iraq, its second-largest trade partner after the EU, says it will not apply sanctions. Some of Lebanon’s banks are likely to act as a haven for Syrian money. The Assad regime and its business friends say they will look to other countries, such as China and Russia.

But that may not be easy. “Until two weeks ago we didn’t have any contacts with a bank in either country,” says a financier. Early in the uprising, the IMF predicted that Syria’s economy would shrink by 2% this year. But local analysts think sanctions may push that figure into double digits. Inflation is steadily rising. Insurance companies are loth to cover business.

Ordinary Syrians will suffer first as the cost of food soars and queues for fuel for heating and cars snake round buildings. But dissidents welcome the sanctions. The hardship they inflict is a lot less severe than the regime’s bullets and batons—and may in the long run be more powerful.

Foreign Policy Brief

U.N. official calls for “urgent” actions in Syria as death toll far exceeds 4,000

In an emergency meeting held by the United Nations Human Rights Council, Navi Pillay, U.N. High Commission for Human Rights, called on the international community to take “urgent and effective measures” to protect Syrian civilians and pushed for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to be tried before the International Criminal Court. The meeting was called by the European Union, and supported by the United States and Saudi Arabia, following an independent commission of inquiry report that found evidence of security forces committing crimes against humanity. Meanwhile, the Free Syria Army is gaining strength as Syrian army defections escalate, with forces believed to number between 1,000 and 25,000. While initially the group acted primarily to protect unarmed civilians and protesters, offensive actions taken by the FSA have increased, evidenced today in an attack on a Syrian air force intelligence base. Navi Pillay, characterized the declining situation as a civil war and placed an estimate of the number of people killed in the nine month long uprisings at 4,000. However, she stated, “the information coming to us is that it’s much more.”

Headlines

Ranks of Free Syrian Army gain strength

Syrians’ fear recalls dark days of Assad the elder

Syrian activists initially had hoped to avoid reliving history by organizing a different uprising that would be characterized by peaceful protests, attempts to cut across sectarian lines and, in the early days, demands for reform rather than a leadership ouster.

But painful parallels with the past became undeniable this summer, the day before the Muslim holy month of Ramadan began, when security forces laid siege to Hama and killed dozens of people.

Now talk of history repeating itself is a common topic of discussion, Dima said.

“These tactics are played and replayed. These are the tactics they know; they are not very imaginative,” said Murhaf Jouejati,

Jordanian Debate on Syrian Crisis Degenerates into Brawl; Syrian Political Analyst Accuses Free Syrian Army of ‘Working for the Mossad’; Syrian Cleric Weeps at the Thought of the Wounded in Syrian Demonstrations… MEMRI Daily-December 4, 2011

Analysis: Syria opposition labors for united front

Jerusalem Post

Doubts abound over cohesion, inclusiveness of Syrian National Council, Free Syrian Army; dissident to ‘Post’: Reports of SNC’s Islamist sympathies are overblown. Fragmented for months, Syria’s opposition is showing signs it may be …  questions remain over the internal cohesion of each organization as well as its inclusiveness – whether it represents the broad mosaic of Syrian society or narrower sectarian interests. The Sunni-majority SNC touts its inclusiveness, noting that its membership includes Christians and Kurds. But in an email to The Jerusalem Post, a spokesman for the Washington- based Kurdistan National Assembly dismissed those Kurds in the SNC as “opportunistic.”

“Yes, there are a few opportunistic individual Kurdish expats being used as stooges, but the Kurdish street does not support them – period,” he said, adding that the majority of Syrian Kurds view his own organization and the Syriabased Kurdish National Council as their legitimate representatives.

Critics have also described the SNC as Islamist-heavy, but one US-based Syrian dissident who supports the council said both charges – sectarianism and religious fundamentalism – are overblown.

“There are a lot of rumors, and many of these stem from the regime. The SNC leader is Burhan Ghalioun – he’s a leftist and he’s pretty powerful,” the dissident told the Post on condition of anonymity. “I think the SNC will give more room for minorities and secular people. We’re working now to strengthen the secular bloc inside the SNC.”

On Friday Ghalioun told the Wall Street Journal a post-Assad Syria would cut or curtail the close ties the country has nurtured for decades with Iran and its Lebanese proxy Hezbollah. “Our future is truly tied to the Arab world and the Gulf in particular,” he said, dismissing Damascus’s bonds with the Islamic Republic as “abnormal.”…

Analysis: Army defectors complicate Syria uprising
San Francisco Chronicle – ‎Dec 3, 2011‎

Nov. 21, 2011…. the defectors could make it harder for the West to give strong diplomatic support to a movement that so far has been largely peaceful….

The Cutting Edge - The Washington Institute

…. The Asad regime cannot survive without killing, and the FSA has changed the game from one in which the regime was free to kill its citizens at will and without cost, to one in which it faces an armed opposition and is suffering losses. Increased demands on government forces and further civilian deaths will produce more defections, and these processes will in turn escalate the fighting.

Because the FSA is an increasingly important player that will likely influence the outcome of events in Syria, the United States and its partners should make contact with its members and learn as much as possible about the group. Questions concerning its nature, its potential as an armed force, and the role of Islamists can be resolved through such contact as well as intelligence work. If the results are positive, then the FSA should be assisted ….

   ي العمق – الربيع العربي والسياسات الغربية  Jamal Barout

Waging Nonviolence—a discussion about the Syrian resistance movement by Gene Sharp, the foremost theorist of nonviolent conflict alive today

Religion/Morality, Syria/Resistance: For Syria, What is “Left?” (Part 2 of 3)
Bassam Haddad.  . . .

A conversation among friends . . . and not necessarily for everyone…. the free and unfettered voices of the Arab masses is the fountain of resistance (without quotations marks) to both domestic oppression as well as external designs and domination. Judging by the courage of protesters’ bare bodies against rifle and metal, who needs anything else to make oppressors and occupiers tremble?

Syrian Elite Smuggle Out Billions, New Report Finds – Wall Street Journal Blog, 2011-12-02

As Syria teeters on the edge of revolution, the ruling elite are likely diverting millions in illicit capital out of the country, according to a forthcoming report by Global Financial Integrity. The report, titled “Illicit Financial Flows from …

the ruling elite are likely diverting millions in illicit capital out of the country, according to a forthcoming report by Global Financial Integrity.

The report, titled “Illicit Financial Flows from Developing Countries over the Decade Ending 2009,” found that Syria lost $23.6 billion to corruption, crime and tax evasion from 2000-2009, a practice it said has likely accelerated as President Bashar al-Assad’s regime is gripped by violent unrest. The report will be released later this month, according to a news release Thursday.

GFI Economist Sarah Freitas, who co-authored the report, said the study also found evidence that bribery, kickbacks, and corruption increased dramatically in Syria from 2005 to 2009.

“In a country with a per capita GDP of just US$2,891 in 2010, these outflows represent a loss of US$1,048 for every Syrian citizen,” Freitas wrote in a blog post on the website of the Task Force on Financial Integrity and Economic Development. “It’s no wonder that Syrians are discontented.”

The study drew on data from the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund on external debt and trade mis-pricing to calculate illicit capital leakage….

Carnegie Endwmnt: The Next Move for Syria – by Paul Salem, 2011-12-02

With Tunisia and Egypt holding democratic elections as their transitions move forward, Syria continues its descent into violence. In a video Q&A, Paul Salem says that even with Syrian demonstrations spreading and additional sanctions from the Arab … “Syria not yet in civil war… Yes, there is likely to be a violent transition…..I don’t think the the risk of long term civil war is high.”

Inside the City of Fear; James Harkin is one of the few non-Syrian journalists to get into Homs., 5 December 2011, Newsweek International

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201. Ghufran said:

هيثم مناع
لندن ـ ‘القدس العربي’: هاجم المحامي هيثم مناع منسق ‘هيئة التنسيق من أجل التغيير الديموقراطي’، ‘المجلس الوطني السوري’ بقيادة برهان غليون، وقال ان المجلس جسم بلا رأس وان ‘هناك مشاكل ذاتيه وتدخل تركي في قرارته’ مما ادى الى عدم الاتفاق على اجتماع لتوحيد صفوف المعارضة.
وقال مناع في اتصال هاتفي مع ‘القدس العربي’ ان ‘مشكلتنا الاساسية بالفعل ان المجلس الوطني جسم بلا رأس، وكل اتجاه داخل هذا المجلس له توجه مختلف عن الاخر، وهناك صقور وحمائم داخل المجلس، لقد اعطينا الاولية لوحدة المعارضة على اساس وطني ديمقراطي، الا ان اعضاء المجلس الوطني انشغلوا مؤخرا بتصريحات ومعارك جانبية، همها الوحيد اعتراف الجامعة العربية والعالم بالمجلس الوطني، او الحديث عن مرحلة ما بعد اسقاط النظام وتحديد العلاقات الخارجية لسورية، (في اشارة الى تصريحات برهان غليون لصحيفة وول ستريت جورنال التي قال فيها ان سورية بعد الانتفاضة الحالية ستعيد النظر بعلاقاتها العسكرية مع ايران وحزب الله وانها ستحتفظ بعلاقات دبلوماسية واقتصادية فقط مع ايران) عوضا عن التركيز على اسقاط النظام بحد ذاته، ونحن في هيئة التنسيق نعتبر انفسنا ثورة مقاومة وليس ممانعة’.
وحول اسباب عدم انعقاد المؤتمر السوري العام حتى الان اضاف مناع ‘هناك مشاكل ذاتيه وتدخل تركي في قرارت المجلس الوطني، ولم يتمكنوا من توحيد الاصوات حول الاساسيات، وللاسف الشعب السوري يدفع الثمن، لقد غابوا عن الاجتماعات منذ 12 يوم، هم غير جديين’.
وقال مناع ‘ اقترحنا ان تكون الهيئة المنظمة للمؤتمر الوطني 4 و4 اضافة الى عناصر من الكتلة الكردية وعناصر وطنية، ثم تقترح 100 الى 150 شخص للمؤتمر السوري العام، وعرض الاخوة في تونس استضافة المؤتمر، ونحن موافقون على تونس ونعتبر عقده في اسطنبول او حتى باريس غير مطروح لدينا لانها اطراف غير محايدة’. وقال أحد المشاركين في اجتماعات القاهرة بين أعضاء من ‘المجلس الوطني’ و’هيئة التنسيق’ إنه لم يتم التقدم خطوة واحدة نحو الاتفاق على لجنة تحضيرية لمؤتمر وطني سوري يوحد المعارضة، وتستند إليه الجامعة العربية في تقرير مراحل العملية الانتقالية.
وقال معارض سوري إن الاتفاق الوحيد الذي أمكن التوصل إليه هو وقف الحملات الإعلامية بين المجلس الوطني وهيئة التنسيق، ومنع رفع اللافتات المعادية لكلا الطرفين في التظاهرات، وتنظيم لقاءات على كل المستويات.
وبحسب معارضين في هيئة التنسيق فإن الهيئة سمّت ست شخصيات لتمثيلها في اللجنة التحضيرية المشتركة لإنشاء المؤتمر السوري. وضمت لائحة هيئة التنسيق هيثم مناع، وعبد العزيز الخير، ورجاء الناصر، وحسين العودات، وصالح مسلم، ومحمود مرعي. ولم يتقدم المجلس الوطني بالأسماء المطلوبة.
ويقول معارض من هيئة التنسيق إن الوقت الذي حددته الجامعة العربية لإنشاء المؤتمر السوري يشارف على الانتهاء في الأسبوع المقبل، وأبدى تشاؤمه من إمكانية التوصل في الأيام المقبلة إلى اتفاق مع المجلس الوطني ‘لأنه غير قادر على اتخاذ قرارات واضحة يفرضها على أجنحته المتعددة’.

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December 6th, 2011, 8:21 pm

 

202. NK said:

Jad

No, unlike you I actually listened to what the guy said, was he sectarian because he was explaining how the regime was trying to incite sectarianism ? dude compare what he said to what you posted last night in comment #69, now which one is more sectarian ?

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December 6th, 2011, 8:26 pm

 

203. Ghufran said:

رشاد ابو شاور
Ghalioun,using American lingo,is not ready for prime time.
http://www.alquds.co.uk/index.asp?fname=today%5C06qpt998.htm&arc=data%5C2011%5C12%5C12-06%5C06qpt998.htm

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December 6th, 2011, 8:30 pm

 

204. jad said:

NK
The usual idiot you are! where in my comment I wrote about your new friend b3aj that you are dying to defend that he is sectarian? I wrote that he is disgusting because he was encouraging the killing, but since you mentioned the sectarian issue, I just noticed that he was actually speaking in a sectarian language when all his interview was about Sunnis and Alawites and calling people according to their sect, so yes, he was disgusting on both topics.

“now which one is more sectarian ?”
Bringing in the sectarian crimes for awareness about the reality in Homs and condemning any side who commit those crimes is different than hiding the sectarian crimes in a tireless effort to give the criminals and terrorists who did it the cover as your ba3aj God and obviously you are doing, that, my silly silly friend, is called ‘Sectarianism’.

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December 6th, 2011, 8:48 pm

 

205. Bronco said:

Tara

Do you agree now that the neither the US nor anyone are taking the SNC seriously anymore?
Heckle Ford is back in Syria also because it is the only way he can meet the members of the NCC. I think the US is probing the NCC to become the major representant of the opposition, snubbing France that has made its choice on the SNC and its french leaders. The NCC members seem slow but genuine and not polluted like the SNC members.
By the way, I never heard the NCC saying they want to topple Bashar Al Assad as preconditions for the dialog. That was the main difference between the two organization. Did they change their stance?

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December 6th, 2011, 8:56 pm

 

206. NK said:

Jad

I was approaching the issue from your point of view, not mine, I didn’t call you out on what you posted and have been posting for awhile now, did I ?
As for your silly excuse (oh I wasn’t talking about sectarianism) maybe you ought to read the titles you post more often let alone pay attention to their content), where exactly did he call for more killing, or is this another interpretation (beyond = except) kinda thing ?

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December 6th, 2011, 9:06 pm

 

207. majedkhaldoun said:

Ghufran
Do you have a proof that you can show me that prove the FSA are targeting civilian, like a video,I will not accept some silly guy like Bassam Al Kadi I want a video.

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December 6th, 2011, 9:09 pm

 

208. zoo said:

ABC to broadcast Walters interview with Assad Wednesday
December 06, 2011 05:28 PM
The Daily Star

BEIRUT: U.S. network ABC will air Wednesday an interview with Syrian President Bashar Assad conducted by veteran news broadcaster Barbara Walters.

ABC said the interview would be the first by an American broadcaster with the Syrian president since the popular uprising began in March. Assad has faced international pressure to step down as leader of the crisis-hit Arab country.

“Walters’ no-holds-barred interview with President Assad in Damascus comes as he is under unprecedented international pressure to step down and stands accused by the Arab League, the United Nations and human rights groups of gross and systematic human rights violations,” ABC said on its website Tuesday.

The American broadcaster said Walters had questioned the controversial Syrian leader about a Nov. 25 report by the United Nations, “which recorded the human rights violations including the detention and torture of children in his country, and recommended for Syria to be referred to the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity.”

“Walters also pressed President Assad on his government’s violent crackdown on protesters, the impact of economic and travel sanctions against his country, calls for the president to step down, and whether he will allow Arab League monitors and foreign press free and unrestricted access to Syria,” the agency added.

Read more: http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2011/Dec-06/156188-abc-to-broadcast-walters-interview-with-assad-wednesday.ashx#ixzz1foL4vGuj
(The Daily Star :: Lebanon News :: http://www.dailystar.com.lb)

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December 6th, 2011, 9:13 pm

 

209. Jad said:

Ghufran
Haytham Manna3 proved to be one of the most honest, respected and ethical opposition so far, this is why he is attacked the most. How pathetic!

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December 6th, 2011, 9:17 pm

 

210. NK said:

Majedkhaldoun

Regime supporters don’t have cell phones and don’t know how to shoot a video.

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December 6th, 2011, 9:19 pm

 

211. Tara said:

Bronco

I just heard Abdul Aziz al-Khair ( the spokesperson of the NCC)  debate with Oubida Nahas  (from the SNC) on Aljazeera.  I promise you that al-Khair said that both SNC’s and the NCC’s goal is to topple the regime.  I have read it before and he confirmed on Aljazeera today.  He also said that the AL is discussing with them transition ( as opposed to proceeding with reform).  Al-Khair sounded a bit bitter to me and tried to emphasis that the NCC figures are in the business (of opposition) over the last 40 years as opposed to the SNC.   

I found something for you to look forward to.  For me, since I can’t stand the blue-eyed doctor, I will find something else to watch.  Any recommendation?

http://masress.com/en/youm7en/349738

Syria’s Assad speaks to US TV on crackdown
AFPYoum7 : 06 – 12 – 2011
WASHINGTON – Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has given an interview to U.S. television in a rare attempt to defend his regime’s deadly crackdown on protests to a Western audience, ABC News said Tuesday.
The network said veteran television personality Barbara Walters traveled to Damascus to speak to Assad, who gave his first interview to U.S. media since he launched the nine-month-old assault which the UN says has killed 4,000 people.
ABC News said that it would air the interview Wednesday. It said Walters questioned the Syrian leader about a recent UN report that documented the killing and torture of civilians including children.
Walters also pressed Assad on his “violent crackdown on protesters, the impact of economic and travel sanctions against his country, calls for the president to step down and whether he will allow Arab League monitors and foreign press free and unrestricted access to Syria,” the network said.
Syria has come under intense international pressure as Assad tries to crush the worst threat to his family’s four-decade rule over the country.
The Arab League has threatened to impose new sanctions unless Syria lets in monitors. In a letter late Sunday, Assad’s regime said it will allow monitors but only if conditions are met.
Syria accuses “armed terrorist groups” of fueling the unrest, which comes amid a wave of street protests across the Arab world this year that have toppled authoritarian regimes in Egypt, Libya and Tunisia.
Walters, 82, is known for interviews that seek to probe high-profile figures’ personal sides. She is a creator of the popular ABC News morning show “The View,” which features a panel of women hosts. 

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December 6th, 2011, 9:19 pm

 

212. N.Z. said:

المعارض المجرم الطائفي سقراط البعاج

NK, do you read Arabic? If not here is the translation:

The opposer, the criminal, the sectarian Sucrat Al-Baa’j

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December 6th, 2011, 9:26 pm

 

213. Jad said:

NK
- the title of the video wasn’t put by me, go complain to YouTub
-of course you will miss the killing part, you don’t listen.

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December 6th, 2011, 9:27 pm

 

214. majedkhaldoun said:

NK
They say things which are not true,they have no proof, they were ordered to say something, they do not make sense,
Look at Muallem, he brought video which is proven to be from lebanon not Syria,this is how they make lies.

Tara
is this interview,recorded by now or will be live tomorrow?

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December 6th, 2011, 9:28 pm

 

215. Tara said:

Majed

It sounds like the interview is already done.

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December 6th, 2011, 9:32 pm

 

216. NK said:

N.Z.

LOL have you read what I said in the last couple of comments, I obviously know exactly what it says!

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December 6th, 2011, 9:33 pm

 

217. Friend in America said:

Here is a summary of the Russian fleet according to the Russian site, rusnavy.com. Political leaders in Damascus should not get excited about this new “protection.”

“Lately, the pro-Kremlin mass media has been talking a lot about restoring the Russian Navy to its former prowess. Undoubtedly, the recent march of our combat ships into the Atlantic and the Mediterranean was an important and a necessary endeavor, but it would be good to dot all the “i”s and separate the veneer of bravado of the news broadcasts from the real condition of the Russian Navy.

AMERICANS ARE NO AUTHORITY FOR US
First thing someone more or less familiar with the naval subject matter will immediately notice is the composition of the naval group that took part in the march. Let’s start with the heavy aircraft carrier “Admiral Flota Sovetskogo Soyuza Kuznetsov” (“Admiral of the Soviet Navy Kuznetsov”). Despite being in-commission for over 15 years, its aircraft group is still not fully equipped with aircraft and, what’s even sadder, not fully staffed with experienced pilots able to take off and land on the deck of the “floating field.” What’s more, all the “Kuznetsov” Su-27Ê (aka Su-33) airplanes were released for the most part during the Soviet times, while the construction of the aircraft carrier itself was in progress, and, partially, during the Yeltsin era. Already in the mid-1990s, a need arose for a thorough modernization of these carrier-based fighters to expand their capabilities for engaging in an airborne missile fight and for hitting the ground and surface targets with guided missile weapons. Nevertheless, for all the years of “restoring the Navy to its former prowess”, the funds (or, more likely, the desire) necessary to carry out work on the 18 winged craft did not turn up.

It’s quite difficult to call the escort of the only Russian aircraft carrier, consisting of just two large anti-submarine ships, anything but scanty. The Americans (who, by the way, have 11 multi-purpose aircraft carriers, 10 of which are nuclear) include, as a rule, 1-2 cruisers and 3-4 fleet destroyers in their aircraft carrier strike group. Each of these ships is armed with cruising missiles “Tomahok” (among other things, used for destruction of large enemy surface ships), and equipped with a powerful anti-aircraft defense system “Idzhis”, which includes modern radar systems, multi-missile launching and control facility, control and information exchange system, as well as 1-2 guided missile frigates. Escort ships protect the aircraft carrier from cruising missile and enemy submarine attacks, deck-based aircraft allows to dominate the airspace and carry out bombing-missile attacks on enemy objects (together with the SLCMs (“Tomahok”), carried on the ships).

But, evidently, in this situation our present-day “partner”, who possesses the greatest experience of aircraft carrier usage in the world, is no authority for us. At any rate, for a long time nothing has been mentioned in the televised coverage of the Northern Fleet combat ships about the heavy nuclear GM cruiser “Pyotr Velikij” (“Peter the Great”), which requires no open sea refueling and is equipped with our Navy’s most powerful anti-ship missile system “Granit” (“Granite”), a multi-missile launching and control facility “Fort” (marine adaptation of the famous C-300 air defense system), and state-of-the-art radar and sonar stations. Same goes for its “blood brother”, similar cruiser “Admiral Nahimov”, even though it’s the two of them, who, together with the heavy aircraft carrier, are supposed to make up the core of the domestic aircraft carrier groups. In this case the silence in the media is easily explained – these ships are listed as part of the effective combat strength of the Navy, but, in spite of their potential power, in reality do not possess it due to being in terrible technical condition as a result of the lack of technical maintenance necessary for such complex fighting units.

But one time a lot was told about a fleet destroyer, “Admiral Ushakov”. In 1996, it escorted “Kuznetsov” on its first Mediterranean march (not counting the carrier’s march from Sevastopol to Severomorsk). This time though, the destroyer did not go with the aircraft carrier, but stayed to protect our northern borders (probably because there are no more combat-capable ships available in the Northern fleet)…..”

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December 6th, 2011, 9:35 pm

 

218. Bill said:

Syria’s tariffs on Turkish products will last as long as Bashar’s regime is in power. In the future, liberated Syrians will reward Turkey for its support of their revolution and punish Iran and Hizbollah for siding with the dictator. I just read this post that makes a similar point: http://arabspring2011.wordpress.com/2011/12/03/syria-in-the-post-assad-era-end-hizb-allah-iran-strategic-ties/

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December 6th, 2011, 9:44 pm

 

219. Bronco said:

#205 Tara

I don’t expect any surprise in this interview. It will create the usual outcries from his opponents, and admiration for his fans. I’ve seen that before.
Concerning the NCC, no wonder they are bitter, the recognition by France and the media focus is on the SNC. I hope this will change thanks to Heckle.
I would like to see a clear statement that the NCC wants Bashar to step down. I don’t know anymore what ‘toppling’ means. Next year after the Constitution is ready and the election are held, the regime will cease to exist as it was. Is this called soft toppling? Transition?

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December 6th, 2011, 9:46 pm

 

220. NK said:

Jad

I’m obviously deaf then, please since your hearing sense is still intact maybe you can mark the exact location where the guy is calling for more killing (there’s a timer at the bottom of the video in case you didn’t know lol)

Majed

The problem is that the regime lied so much that the gullible now believe every little lie even if it doesn’t make any sense!

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December 6th, 2011, 9:46 pm

 

221. Uzair8 said:

Just watched an excellent tv interview with Robert Fisk from earlier in the summer. A must watch.

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December 6th, 2011, 9:47 pm

 

222. irritated said:

#213 Bill

“Syria’s tariffs on Turkish products will last as long as Bashar’s regime is in power.”

That’s for sure and it could last a long time… Turkish economy will feel the pinch.

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December 6th, 2011, 9:49 pm

 

223. Ghufran said:

As far as I know,the FSA boasts about attacking security and army forces claiming that they do this to protect civilians without giving us the evidence majed requested from doubters like me. As for attacking civilians,the FSA is denying it and I have no proof that the FSA has killed civilians, but other armed groups,claiming to represent or work with the FSA have killed many civilians and assassinated educators and scientists. This blog is full of claims of such attacks,read revlon’s daily death reports for example, all of those victims are called Shabeehas to justify the crimes. The FSA also gave conflicting statements about attacking AFI and Ba’ath party HQ, and just few days ago,6 military pilots were killed by revolutionists,who may or may not be part of the FSA,it is becoming increasingly clear that anybody with a gun who says that he is against the regime is using the FSA badge to glorify his violent actions.
My point is that violence, unless in clear self defense ,is a sure way to push Syria deeper into a dark hole that will kill prospect of a political solution,that solution is obviously not desired by some on this blog and rouge elements of the regime.

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December 6th, 2011, 9:57 pm

 

224. Bill said:

#216,
I agree with you that Bashar’s murderous regime could last for a long time because its strategy is “either I rule you, or kill you.” There are 23 mill. people of syria and at least 18 million of them don’t want him. Thus, a lot of killing will take time. OR, which what I support, Turkey and the newly-freed Arabs would form a military coaltion that would first establish “safe havens,” and then (with assistance of the Syrian people) march all the way to free Damascus and send its dictator to hide with his chief apologist, Nasrallah. Freedom can be delayed, but it will not be denied forever. The murders, according to a recent U.N. Human Rights report, of at least 250 children do not deseve to rule Syria.

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December 6th, 2011, 9:58 pm

 

225. Uzair8 said:

Haven’t heard from Buthaina Shaaban for a while now.

I think the regime puts out its people in turns and rotates them. It used to be Reem Haddad at first until she went into the background. Then Buthaina Shaaban came out for a while doing her bit facing the media, visiting Russia etc. More recently it’s been Walid Muallem. Obviously the current AL situation required his role.

I predict Buthaina Shaaban will be back again soon. She’s had time to do some prepatory work and will be out there fighting the fight. Giving the impression that the regime is functioning as normal. Eating away at couple more weeks.

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December 6th, 2011, 10:00 pm

 

226. Norman said:

President Assad is giving an interview to Barbra Walters,tomorrow .

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December 6th, 2011, 10:07 pm

 

227. zoo said:

Sharp Spate of Killings Traumatizes a Syrian City
By ANTHONY SHADID
Published: December 6, 2011
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/07/world/middleeast/large-scale-killings-reported-in-restive-syria-city.html

BEIRUT, Lebanon — In one of the worst episodes of sectarian carnage in Syria since the uprising began nine months ago, dozens of corpses were recovered from the streets of Homs this week, some of them dismembered, decapitated and bearing signs of torture, activists and residents said Tuesday.

Most of the bloodshed occurred Monday, as Homs, a central Syrian city, was convulsed by kidnappings, random shootings and tit-for-tat killings, activists said. In the worst episode, 36 bodies were dumped in a square in a neighborhood that sits along a fault line between the city’s Sunni Muslim majority and its Alawite minority, said Mohammed Saleh, a 54-year-old activist there who has tried to stanch the growing sectarian tension.

“What happened yesterday is a massive crime,” he said by phone. “I am in pain, so much pain. I was getting a call every minute telling me that someone new got killed.”

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an opposition group based in London, called it “one of the deadliest days since the start of the Syrian Revolution.”

Several residents said the killings grew worse after a report on Monday that Syria had agreed, with conditions, to accept the entry of monitors from the Arab League.
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December 6th, 2011, 10:08 pm

 

228. irritated said:

Bill

“18 million of them don’t want him.”
Really? Where did you get this figure?
A military coalition Turk-Arabs? not in a century or two.

I don’t know where you get your information from, but it’s time you change your sources.

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December 6th, 2011, 10:14 pm

 

229. majedkhaldoun said:

Ghufran
FSA members defected because they did not want to kill civilians, why would you then believe they would kill civilians?

You said 6 pilots were killed by revolutionists, do you have a proof that the revolutionists did it? could they have been killed by Shabbiha?, I heared yesterday that Shabbihah killed 34 civilian and threw them in Zahera street,and claimed the Homsi killed them, do you believe everything, remeber a cat gave birth to elephant,go make big story from it.
As a physician you should verify before you state anything.

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December 6th, 2011, 10:17 pm

 

230. Tara said:

Bronco#213

I do agree that it is not crystal clear the NCC’s position and what they really mean by toppling the regime. They might very well mean reforms as they have not clearly stated they would only dialogue an acute transition.

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December 6th, 2011, 10:20 pm

 

231. Bronco said:

Tara

I think you’ll be interested…It’s a more colourful than the old journalist interviewing the blue-eyed “increasingly isolated” president

http://www.payvand.com/news/11/dec/1062.html

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December 6th, 2011, 10:21 pm

 

232. mjabali said:

Mr NZ comment number 134

you said:

“Mjabali,

Can you tell, Mr. Mjabali, what are the contributions/positive change that the Assads, who are SECULAR & ALAWITES, brought to Syria? and to the Alawites?”

AS for the Assads they are not Secular in my book. al-Assads tried to be Sunnis in their practice. There were more mosques built during the rule of Hafez al-Assad than the previous rulers combined. The leftist and communist parties (except for a clown model of a communist party) were fought with heavy hand. The communists filled prisons. al-Assads were not progressive and turned a blind eye to the growth of Muslim schools (like al-qubaysiyat for example) and institutions.

The sad thing is that al-Assads did not figure out that the Sunnis of Syria will always consider them infidel Alawis no matter what. In this regard al-Assads have done nothing to the Alawis as a group while depending on that Alawi pool to recruit soldiers to protect them,. al-Assads did not do anything to change the inhumane way Sunnis think of Alawis. They did not encourage any dialogue of any sort. They wanted to merge into the Sunnis, who in reality never ceased to look at them as inferior infidels.

The Syrian constitution did not CHANGE under al-Assads to a secular constitution. The president stayed a “Muslim” under al-Assad.

You said: ” Rather than spewing a few hateful paragraphs, you owe us an explanation, if I remember, you encouraged such kind of dialog. I hope you will not disappear without answering.”

I am here mr. NZ and hope to hear your view about the matter.

Salam

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December 6th, 2011, 10:26 pm

 

233. Ghufran said:

Norman,
I have to confess that I stopped paying attention to Bashar after his disastrous speeches in March and after. I yet have to see any evidence that the regime has learned from its mistakes or is willing to listen to repeated calls from moderate Syrians who are eager to see an end to this crisis. The only line that can earn Bashar any points is announcing the death of article 8,the release of all political prisoners ,allowing free elections and confirming that he will not run again,I am not under any illusions that he will because he is part of the problem not the solution.

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December 6th, 2011, 10:26 pm

 

234. Syrian Nationalist Party said:

“..President Assad is giving an interview to Barbra Walters,tomorrow ….”

Is President Assad going to say in the interview that new Party Law will pass soon, or it is just sweet interview to sugar glaze cover for that Washington Ambassador humiliating return to Damascus. One wonder what kind of sweet cover, sugar coating will Bashar creatively come up with when those Bedouins starts crawling into Damascus one by one, so lowly, so humiliating, having to come under cover to say sorry your highness and make all those bombastic news interview about how great Syrians are. Loooooooooooooooooosers.

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December 6th, 2011, 10:27 pm

 

235. jad said:

Ghufran
What do you expect from a terrorists who claims that ‘War is smart’ or who threats those who doesn’t agree with his terrorists plan or that he doesn’t want the US or Eu to intervene while couple weeks ago he was kissing the ass of NATO to bomb and occupy Syria? Nothing but covering the crimes of his terrorists gods!

You wrote this “unless in clear self defense”, Self defense!? for terrorist like the fsa and their criminal supporters self defense is killing anybody even when there is no threat whatsoever:

محاولة قنص عناصر من الجيش من قبل ارهابيي سوريا

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December 6th, 2011, 10:28 pm

 

236. Ghufran said:

Majed,
I do not know if the FSA killed civilians,please read my post again if you have time.
I respect physicians and I take it as a compliment when I am called a physician,I actually have a PhD in healthcare-related sciences and I am not a fan of doctors becoming politicians ,remember Bashar ? I hope the few docs here stay out of Syrian politics.
We have the right to disagree on the FSA but I respect your opinion.
BTW,a Syrian doctor from Daraa,Khaldoun Alaswad,is representing the opposition in the US (I think he is not affiliated with the SNC),one friend speaks highly of his family but I do not know the guy.

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December 6th, 2011, 10:39 pm

 

237. Syrian Nationalist Party said:

Let’s see how many real Syrians here, what was the name of intelligence minister that supposedly committed suicides back in the 60’. A Clue: He was a homsi and rumor was that Defense Minister Hafez Assad shot him.

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December 6th, 2011, 10:40 pm

 

238. jad said:

Zoo,
Al can’t do but what their masters tell them to do:

مصادر القاهرة للحياة: وزراء الخارجية العرب يرفضون رد المعلم برسالته

كشف مصدر ديبلوماسي عربي في القاهرة في تصريح لصحيفة “الحياة” أن الأمين العام للجامعة العربية نبيل العربي أرسل نص رسالة وزير الخارجية والمغتربين السوري وليد المعلم إلى وزراء الخارجية العرب مع طلب إبداء الرأي، مشيرة إلى أن العربي في المشاورات الهاتفية مع عدد منهم اقترح عقد اجتماع عاجل لمجلس الجامعة على المستوى الوزاري.
وأوضح المصدر أن مجمل الردود كانت مستاءة من الموقف السوري الجديد، واعتبرته محاولة لكسب الوقت، وشدد بعض الوزراء على ضرورة التحرك العربي الفوري لأن صدقية الجامعة باتت على المحك.
وأشار المصدر إلى أن بعض الدول الأعضاء اقترح قيام العربي بصوغ رسالة رداً على رسالة المعلم يبلغه فيها برفض ما جاء فيها وتحذيره من عواقب عدم توقيع بروتوكول بعثة المراقبين في مقر الجامعة ومن دون شروط إذا ارادت سورية الإبقاء على فرص الحل العربي للأزمة.
وأكد المصدر أن الرد جاهز فعلياً، لكن العربي يفضل أن يأتي الرد في اطار قرار اللجنة العربية المعنية بالشأن السوري والمجلس الوزاري العربي

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December 6th, 2011, 10:43 pm

 

239. Norman said:

SNP,

You are older than us, LOL,LOL,LOL

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December 6th, 2011, 10:52 pm

 

240. Tara said:

Bronco

Interesting colorful pictures indeed. I wonder why coloring the face black and what those black bold boys wearing furry things represent. Would be interesting to watch the mourning life but not alone as the scene appears…intimidating especially the 3 men with very log fuzzy beards…. Their poor wives..Can you imagine being married to one of them?

See I trust your recommendations. You know my taste by now very well.

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December 6th, 2011, 10:58 pm

 

241. jad said:

ألف شاحنة في باب الهوى و600 في نصيب…أزمة الشاحنات التركية إلى حل

بعد أيام أربعة من الانتظار أوجدت الجهات المعنية في سورية حلاً لمشكلة الشاحنات التركية العابرة (ترانزيت) المنتظرة على الحدود السورية عبر السماح لها بالعبور وفق مبدأ المعاملة بالمثل.
وذكرت مصادر مسؤولة على المعابر الحدودية أن الشاحنات التركية لن تمنع من المرور بل يسمح لها وفقاً لما فيه مصلحة الاقتصاد الوطني، من خلال تطبيق الرسوم الجمركية الجديدة على البضائع التركية أو ذات المنشأ التركي بإضافة 30 بالمئة كرسم جمركي فوق رسمها الأصلي، وإضافة مبلغ 80 ليرة سورية على كل ليتر مازوت تستخدمه هذه الشاحنات خلال عبورها الأراضي السورية.
وأوضحت المصادر أن الحل جاء بعد أن أصدر مجلس الوزراء باجتماعه الأخير أمس قراراً بهذا الشأن، مع الأخذ بالحسبان أن سورية لم تطبق ما قامت الحكومة التركية بتطبيقه من تجميد كامل ورفض كامل لكل ما هو سوري.
وفي اتصال هاتفي مع «الوطن» قال مسؤول في الحدود السورية مع الأردن: إن عدد الشاحنات المتوقفة ارتفع من 300 الإثنين إلى نحو 600 شاحنة أمس وهي في أغلبيتها من الشاحنات التركية المتجهة إلى تركيا كبلد مقصد أو إلى إحدى دول أوروبا الشرقية كبلد مقصد، مبيناً أن القرار الصادر عن الحكومة بعد اجتماعها أمس وصل إلى جمارك درعا ومعبر نصيب الحدودي نحو العصر تقريباً، متضمناً الرسوم الجمركية الجديدة وفارق سعر المازوت حتى لا تكون جيوب السوريين تدعم المازوت لأجل تخفيف العبء الاقتصادي على الحكومة التركية.
مسؤول آخر في الحدود الشمالية مع تركيا قال لـ«الوطن» في اتصال هاتفي: ما إن وصل قرار الحكومة إلى معبر باب الهوى حتى باشرت الجهات المعنية بتنفيذه وتمرير الشاحنات التي كان عددها قد وصل إلى ألف شاحنة في معبر باب الهوى وحده، مبيناً أن عدد التي مرت منها وصل إلى نحو 150 شاحنة.

http://alwatan.sy/dindex.php?idn=113342

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December 6th, 2011, 11:27 pm

 

242. Syrian Nationalist Party said:

@NORMAN,

Now you sound like my 32 years young Russian wife. You are older than me!!!. I am 30, well I stopped counting then, so it can’t be more, it will be a mathematical impossibility. You are born in the 70′ Norman, you are a kid, you write comments like a wise and experienced man, someone in their 80′s, but I guess you are young since you express in most of your comments the fear element. Such as what is going to happen tomorrow in Syria, so worried, when SNP told you calm down man, don’t worry.

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December 6th, 2011, 11:30 pm

 

243. Syrian Nationalist Party said:

@Norman
I know you work in the L.A. area but what is your specialty field اختصاص ?

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December 6th, 2011, 11:42 pm

 

244. Halabi said:

An excellent and important report from Sky News reporting in Homs. It doesn’t really help the regime’s position that sectarian strife has taken over in the city, just reinforces what we all, even the menhebaks, know: that the Syrian army and security forces have been using brutal force to crush the city because its people are inspiring millions of Syrians and are demanding an end to humiliation.

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December 6th, 2011, 11:44 pm

 

245. Shami said:

Thank you Halabi,hayallah Ahel Homs ashraf el nass.

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December 7th, 2011, 12:04 am

 

246. jad said:

Ghufran
Haytham Manna3 latest interview:
مابين بيع الوهم والنضال بالأمل

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December 7th, 2011, 12:05 am

 

247. Syrian Nationalist Party said:

Read the horror story at Al Hakika dot info. And here is some bit of news:

CAIRO: The arrival of 7 and half tons of tear gas to Egypt’s Suez port created conflict after the responsible officials at the port refused to sign and accept it for fear it would be used to crackdown on Egyptian protesters.

Local news sites published documents regarding the shipment shows that the cargo that arrived in 479 barrels from the United States was scheduled to be delivered to the ministry of interior.

The reports also mentioned in the documents that a second shipment of 14 tons of tear gas was expected, making the total 21 tons, in one week.

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December 7th, 2011, 12:08 am

 

248. Dale Andersen said:

From the EU/CIA/Jew/Salafist/Saudi/al Qaeda/Non-Buttboy Press:

“…Mark Toner, U.S. State Department spokesman, said Ambassador Robert Ford (AKA Heckle) was returning to Syria to continue the work he had been doing previously — namely, delivering the United States’ message to the Syrian people, providing reliable reporting on the situation on the ground, and engaging with the full spectrum of Syrian society. Mr Toner also stated Ambassador Ford had put a notice in Craig’s List regarding a Syrian fellow named Bronco who allegedly stole his wallet at a cocktail party while he was busy signing autographs…”

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December 7th, 2011, 12:10 am

 

249. Revlon said:

217. Dear Ghufran,
“This blog is full of claims of such attacks,read revlon’s daily death reports for example, all of those victims are called Shabeehas to justify the crimes”

Sahbbeeha are armed regime paramilitias.
- They are indeed armed terrorists, and not innocent civilians.
- They finance, organise,manage, and carry out the ongoing brutal regime crackdown on demonstrators.

All of the related reports that I have quoted were of FSA attacks on Shabbeeha and security forces.

I never saw a video or posted a report thereof of attacks by anti-regime demonstrators on either civilians or regime forces.

Your choice for your name projects a decent personality.
I is also decent to provide/link a reference when commenting on someone else’s post!

Cheers!

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December 7th, 2011, 12:14 am

 

250. Syrian Nationalist Party said:

@Revlon
You score 8 out of 10 being possible Homsi, You will get additional score point if you answer comment # 231

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December 7th, 2011, 12:22 am

 

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