Arab League Enters Syria as Violence Rises. Syria’s Deficit Spending Explodes but Government Hangs On

Arab League monitors are visiting a number of restive Syrian towns and cities, including Hama, Idleb, and Deraa.

Though Syria has made some concessions to the monitors since they began work Tuesday, government forces have at the same time been pressing ahead with attempts to put down peaceful protests in Hama, Homs and other parts of the country. Activists said at least 39 people have been killed by security forces in the two days since the observers arrived.

The government released 755 prisoners following a report by Human Rights Watch accusing authorities of hiding hundreds of detainees from the observers. It was the second concession in two days to the Arab League.

On Monday, the army pulled some of its troops back from the city of Homs after bombarding it for days and killing scores of people. It allowed the monitors to visit and as they came, tens of thousands of protesters poured into the streets, chanting calls for the execution of President Bashar Assad.

The crisis in Syria was officially internationalized when members of the Arab League’s observer force arrived in Syria last Thursday. The following day, two car bombs exploded in front of state security offices in Kfar Sousa, Damascus, killing 44 and injuring another 100. The issue of who was responsible for the attack remains in dispute. Three days later, a second group of Arab League monitors arrived in Syria as violence in the central city of Homs intensified. Charged with monitoring the Syrian government’s implementation of the Arab League’s peace plan, the monitors have thus far been met with mixed emotions and varying levels of violence and disorder.

20% Deficit next year? Economy – EHSANI writes:

I think this Syria Steps article is extremely important coming from an economics expert at Damascus University. Usually, a budget deficit of nearing 10% of GDP starts to become a problem. This note claims the following:

1- Tax revenues next year will be less than half of what they were (50% drop).

2- Income from oil sale and the public sector will also drop.

3- The budget deficit as a result will be syp 529 billion out of a total budget of syp 1326 billion. In other words, 40% of expenditures will be unpaid for by revenue.

4- The resulting deficit of syp 529 billion is nearly $9 billion or 18% of GDP and this is assuming a GDP of $50 billion. The actual deficit/gdp ratio could top 20%.

5- The government has no access to credit markets. It never developed a local bond market and it can never access the international credit markets.

6- And here is the shocking solution: Force powerful companies, banks and even large car dealers to lend to the government especially that many made “enormous profits during the economic reform and liberalization process”. The way to do this would be through “tashreei” or passing laws that specifies the amounts, rates and tenor of these loans per company and even “individual”.

7- let me summarize it in simple terms: The state is only able to collect 60% of every syp it spends. It cannot borrow to bridge the gap. The only way to bridge the gap is to go to those companies, banks , car dealers, etc. that are thought to have benefited in the past and force them to lend to the state at rates and amounts that the government itself specifies.

The value of the Syrian Pound to the US Dollar has stabilized in the last few days on the back of the decision of the Central Bank to bring the national currency’s official rate closer to its black market value. The US Dollar now trades at around 59 Pounds per US Dollar from above 60 Pounds at the end of last week. (From Syria Report)

Government to Cut Overhead Expenses by 25 Percent – by Jihad Yaziji at Syria Report, 26-12-2011

The Syrian Prime Minister has issued instructions to all State administrations requiring them to reduce all their overhead expenses by 25 percent, excluding salaries.

The letter, which was issued by Adel Safar on December 18, says that the cuts must be made in various accounts including transport, stationery, office equipment, subscription to publications, staff bonuses, advertising, public relations and maintenance of equipment.

Both investment and current expenses are targeted by the measure.

The 2011 budget approved at the end of last year projected a budget deficit of 5.8 percent of GDP. However, a range of expenditure measures has been approved since last March by the Government in a bid to appease the protesters that have been taking to the streets across the country, leading to a significant hike in expenses. There is no estimate on how much these measures are going to increase the fiscal deficit.

The Syrian President also enacted last week the 2012 budget that forecasts a 58 percent increase in expenses to SYP 1,326 billion. This large increase is mainly due to the fact that expenses previously not accounted for in the state’s budget, namely energy subsidies, are now taken into account. The actual year-on-year difference in expenses with this year is ‘only’ 15 percent, according to the Minister of Finance.

The deficit should rise to SYP 335 billion in 2012. On the basis of this year’s Gross Domestic Product, the deficit would represent some 12 percent of GDP. It is not clear whether the 25 percent reduction in expenses required by the Government enters into account in this budget.

Current expenses are inceasing to SYP 951 billion and investment allocations standing at SYP 375 billion.

Many analysts had predicted the Syrian economy would collapse on the back of the political unrest, the economic downturn and the significant hikes in Government expenses. However, to this date the Syrian authorities have managed to keep a lid on inflation and to limit the decline of the Syrian Pound

Because of the absence of any data and the overall lack of transparency it is difficult to explain the performance of the Government. The decline in investment and spending has reduced imports and therefore reduced pressure on the national currency, while the good raining season has led to good crops, which in turn helped limit price increases.

Other analysts argue that the Government has been receiving outside help in the form of capital transfers from Iran or Iraq but there is no tangible evidence to confirm these assertions.

However, the closing weeks of 2011 have been difficult with the first large scale shortages of heating oil and domestic gas affecting Damascus. The Syrian capital is also facing daily power cuts of up to 3 hours, while until mid-November it was still largely void of any cut.

The last few weeks of the year have also seen increasing calls for strikes and boycotts. While the impact of these calls are discounted by Damascus-based analysts, in the countryside and many other cities they are relatively well enforced contributing to the general decline in business activity and government revenues.

Military repression in Homs is changing. Video of two T72s shelling Bab Amro sent by Thomas Pierret

This seems to be the first recording of tank fire or shelling of a Syrian city by a tank or heavy artillery. Earlier claims of tanks shelling Hama or ships shelling Latakia cannot be verified.

U.S. quietly preparing to support Syria opposition: report, December 29, 2011, The Daily Star

BEIRUT: White House officials are quietly preparing options to aid the Syrian opposition, Foreign Policy magazine reported.

In a blog posted Wednesday, the current affairs publication quoted two administration officials as saying the National Security Council (SNC), a body that aids the U.S. president in weighing national security policies, has commenced an informal, quiet interagency process of discussing options to assist the Syrian opposition.

Only a few select officials from the departments of State, Defense, Treasury and other agencies are engaged in the discussions headed by NSC Senior Director Steve Simon, the magazine reported.

The two officials, who were not taking part in the NSC meetings but familiar with the proceedings, said options being considered include setting up a humanitarian corridor or safe zone for civilians in Syria along the Turkish border, providing humanitarian assistance to the Syrian rebels, offering medical aid to Syrian clinics and engaging more with the external and internal opposition.

The interagency is now looking at options for Syria, but it’s still at the preliminary stage,” Foreign Policy quoted one official as saying. “There are many people in the administration that realize the status quo is unsustainable and there is an internal recognition that existing financial sanctions are not going to bring down the Syrian regime in the near future” the official said…..

Antiwar.com: Obama Secretly Preparing for Syria Intervention, 2011-12-29

Members of the Obama Administration are confirming tonight that the National Security Council has been instructed to begin seeking options for US intervention in Syria, including what they call the “unlikely” option of setting up a no-fly zone. …

….Abdo said many students in Idleb had stopped going to school and were instead on the streets calling for the downfall of the 41-year-old Assad family dictatorship.

“We are planning to close the international roads which link Aleppo with Damascus, Lattakia with Aleppo, and Idleb with Turkey in the near future,” he said. “We will do everything that hurts the Assad regime….

SNC president Dr. Burhan Ghalioun addresses the nation on Christmas and New Year -“The regime must be stopped by any means possible…”

U.S. arms sale to Iraq will proceed: Despite the recent political turmoil in Baghdad, the United States will sell nearly $11 billion worth of equipment and training to its military.

Syria’s Torture Machine – BBC 4

An investigation into the detention and torture of Syrian civilians, featuring shocking video evidence of men, women and children being subjected to beatings, whippings and more elaborate…

Des Libyens épaulent les insurgés syriens Figaro – Libyans have gone to Syria to fight.

Syria’s deep divide A group of Syrians gather in The Cafe to debate their country’s future. al-Jazeera

Max Weiss brings us Tha’ir Deeb interview on Jadaliyya

MA: What do the Syrian people have to do, in terms of escalation, in order to put an end to this regime, the most tyrannical in the Arab world? Put differently, when might this regime surrender?

TD: What the Syrian people need to do is continue the revolution, without violence, sectarianism, and asking for international intervention. This path, which seems long and heavy with casualties, is in fact the shortest and has the least casualties. What the Syrian opposition needs to do is to stop wasting time and jumping around from one place to another. It has to dare and put forward visions and practices right here and now in order to help dismantle the stumbling blocks of the Syrian people’s intifada. One stumbling block, for example, is the notion that the intifada is a “rural” one, meaning that it is “regional” and limited to certain classes and segments of society, that it needs to become more urban and adequately patriotic, with an acceptable platform and a clear program. The opposition also needs to stop imitating other experiences in spite of the importance of benefitting from them. A lot of people thought our trajectory was going to be similar to that of Egypt and Tunisia. However, with the exacerbation of this barbaric repression, they proceeded to pander to the Libyan model instead of standing first and foremost with the Syrian model—which has no equal…..

The Syrian Model

MA: You mentioned distinguishing the Syrian revolutionary model and how it differs from the Tunisian, Egyptian, and Libyan models. Can you elaborate on this?…..

Syrian unrest forces Hamas to plan for uprooting leadership across Mideast,  Associated Press, December 28

RAMALLAH, West Bank — Alarmed by bloody unrest in Syria, the Hamas militant group has pulled out many of its lower-level cadres from its Damascus headquarters and made contingency plans to move its leadership to locations across the Middle East, senior Hamas members have told The Associated Press.

NCB Announcement

The National Coordination Body for Democratic Change in Syria [NCB] reports that a meeting was held in Cairo in the past two days between delegates of the NCB and the Syrian National Council [SNC], to continue the work of unifying the Syrian opposition. The atmosphere between the delegates was positive and co-operative during two sessions, and as a consequence they established a basic understanding about the tasks and rules for the expected transitional phase regarding multiple political and procedural aspects.

The most important agreement under discussion between the two delegations was to establish a Syrian General Congress under the auspices of the Arab League, to bring together representatives of the opposition of both of the blocks outside and inside Syria, public figures and independents, as one opposition group so that a Committee would emerge with a unified voice to officially represent the opposition in all forums…

The NCB Delegation in Cairo
27 December 2011

Comments (469)


Ghufran said:

It looks like the regime and its opponents have no problem if Syrians suffer while the two competing factions settle their differences. It will take years to repair the damage done to the Syrian economy assuming that a solution to this crisis emerges soon, I am not sure anybody really believes that this solution is coming any time soon.

December 29th, 2011, 2:14 pm

 

aldendeshe معتز الدندشي said:

“…..U.S. arms sale to Iraq will proceed: Despite the recent political turmoil in Baghdad, the United States will sell nearly $11 billion worth of equipment and training to its military….”

This is disgusting. Why Iraq need these weapons. Can’t the U.S. find other U.S. made products to sell Iraqis and get cash other than useless military hardware?

December 29th, 2011, 2:22 pm

 

Tara said:

The money will run out at the end, what happens then?

Syria should brace for a financial collapse
Published December 29th, 2011 – 17:18 GMT via SyndiGate.info
Independent Syrian economists are now more inclined to ask not if the final collapse will come, but when and in what form?Enlarge Image

Syria’s GDP to increase by 1.6 percent by year’s endSyria subsidies to hit US$7 billion in 2008UAE: Average per capita income to hit $28,500 in 2005
Syria’s economy began 2011 in a strong state of health. The International Monetary Fund predicted moderate but meaningful growth, tourism receipts at more than US$8 billion (Dh29.3bn) were at a record high and set to rise, exploration for new oil and gas fields was under way. Multimillion dollar international investment projects had started, including much-needed upgrades to dilapidated infrastructure.

The bullish optimism of Syria’s monied classes was symbolised in the huge double tower block project under way in the centre of town: a high-tech steel and glass masterpiece for one of the world’s most ancient cities. A vast excavation was dug out for the foundations, surrounded by billboards showing President Bashar Al Assad’s face alongside the slogan “Together we build”. But work has stopped, leaving an enormous empty hole in the ground. If past unfinished Syrian building projects were an indicator, it may stay that way for many years – a perfect symbol of the current crisis now gripping the nation.

Tellingly, the posters of Mr Al Assad have also been covered by the authorities, replaced by images of the Syrian flag. There was always something deceiving in such glittering projects, as well as the proliferation of Beirut-style upmarket cafes and nightclubs in the richer parts of town and the Porsche and Range Rover dealerships.

The well-connected elite never had it so good. But the poor were sliding deeper into poverty, passed over by the brave new world of a market economy and buried beneath a landslide of corruption.

A crippling drought pushed more than a million farmers and their families off the land and tens of thousands were suffering from malnutrition. It was a disaster the authorities preferred not to acknowledge and their failure to act surely played a role in the uprising.

It is no coincidence that the provinces and slum-like neighbourhoods around major cities revolted. How could a million impoverished refugees and wiped-out farming communities be anything but angry at the authorities who had turned their backs on them in their time of greatest need?

As the uprising gained momentum through the year and the violence grew, the most profitable areas of the tourism sector evaporated, with only low-spending Iranian pilgrims left.

Economic sanctions have hit hard, most significantly the isolation of banks and European bans on the small but crucial oil sector – oil and tourism accounted for more than $12bn of Syria’s approximately $50bn gross domestic product.

Fuel shortages and long power cuts are routine across the country, unemployment has soared to 30 per cent according to officials, while the Syrian pound has lost 30 per cent of its value against the US dollar, driving up the prices of the cheap imports that have all but wiped out Syria’s own uncompetitive manufacturing industries.

Rapid inflation has eroded the spending power of public-sector employees who were already just scraping by. State overtime payments have been stopped and many staff confess to turning up at work largely to drink tea and enjoy the warmth of a heated building after freezing nights at home, rather than to do anything productive. Budget cuts mean that even that small luxury may end.

Independent Syrian economists are now more inclined to ask not if the final collapse will come, but when and in what form. Officials and pro-government analysts have looked hard for a silver lining. They claim Syria has weathered economic isolation before and will do so once again, thanks to self-sufficiency in basic foodstuffs and help from international friends such as Iran, Russia and neighbouring Iraq.

There have even been optimistic declarations that the economic incineration will leave behind a fertile ground for renewal; that Syrian industries will rise from the ashes – although businessmen have been surreptitiously moving their money abroad, rather than paying to modernise factories at home.

Then there is the strategic reserve of hard currency, a foundation stone for the regime to fall back on. September’s panic measures to ban imports and save precious US dollars did nothing to shore up confidence that the government was being honest in valuing its funds at $18bn – Syrian economic data being notoriously disreputable – but whatever does remain of the reserve should be enough to see the country through several more months of hardship. At best that will be a temporary reprieve, Syrian economists warn. The money will run out in the end and what happens then?

December 29th, 2011, 2:26 pm

 

Ghufran said:

They sell oil and buy weapons they can not or will not use.
WASHINGTON—The Obama administration plans to sell advanced F-15 fighter jets to Saudi Arabia but won’t equip them with long-range weapons systems and other arms whose inclusion was strongly opposed by Israel, diplomats and officials said.

The proposed $30 billion, 10-year arms package, which would be one of the biggest single deals of its kind, has been a source of behind-the-scenes tension during months of negotiations. Israeli officials have repeatedly conveyed their concerns in private that the U.S. risks undermining its military advantage by equipping regional rivals with top-flight technologies.

December 29th, 2011, 2:26 pm

 

jna said:

Time for a Rethink in Syria
By: Ibrahim al-Amin
Published Thursday, December 22, 2011

The first phase of the Syrian crisis was one of harsh confrontation. With the agreement to send Arab observers into Syrian towns and cities, a second phase of the crisis begins for all concerned.

There are no guarantees that the uprising will end, that armed operations by rebel groups will cease, nor that the foreign diplomatic, security, economic, and media pressure will ease. It easily follows, therefore, that there are no guarantees that the security remedy pursued by the regime will be discontinued either.

But the political divide persists, its intensity undiminished. And it daily takes on the semblance of civil warfare, both cold and hot.

But will the Syrians undertake the rethink necessary to avert further deterioration?

On the regime’s part, there is grudging admission that the problem was inaccurately diagnosed. Those in power ignored what people were really protesting about: the trappings of years of arbitrary rule.

These include the security agencies’ control over people’s lives, affairs, and interests, within or outside the state; the control of one party over the state’s administration and resources, resulting in pervasive and widespread corruption, and; the sharp reversal dealt to political and cultural development, accompanied by incomprehensible and senseless repression.

All these combined to reduce Syria to the state of political decay which the uprising so starkly highlighted.

Within the regime today there are people who concede that the security remedy was damaging in many cases and regions; that the response to the popular protests was mistaken; and that it would have been possible to contain the situation via clear and firm practical measures – such as arresting those responsible for torturing children in Deraa, or those unleashing blind repression in Homs and its environs, or those carrying out arbitrary arrests in Hama and the Damascus countryside.

Those in the regime who think in this way cannot explain why nobody has to this day been questioned or held to account. But they speak – though actions have yet to follow their words – of a clear decision to carry out an extensive purge that will transform the security apparatus that Syrians face beyond recognition.

In politics, they argue that change is already underway, that the amendments being made to the constitution effectively concede to popular demands for an end to one-party rule, and that the effects of this will be felt throughout Syria.

They also maintain that proposed political and party freedoms will become a reality, and that no government will be able to suppress or reverse them. Promised media freedoms will also be speedily introduced.

Discussions about the condition of the Syrian state media have apparently reached the stage of considering major changes, which may result in the complete disappearance of existing press outlets.

But outside the regime, there are people who refuse to even listen to such talk. Some want to see Bashar Assad removed from his post. But others want to see Syria in its entirety removed from its current position.

It is at this point that the debate with opposition forces – whether home-based or offshore – takes a different turn (while acknowledging the moral authority of the internal opposition, especially the young people leading the movement demanding political and economic change.)

It became clear that certain Syrians grew weary of leading popular protests. Perhaps the street itself grew weary, or could not withstand the price it was made to pay so far. But it was a mistake for the street to defer to political leaders and forces that seemed in a hurry to reap political rewards.

Some of these underestimated the regime’s strength. They thought it would all be over in a matter of weeks as in Egypt, and that failing that, it would always be possible to resort to the Libyan option.

This attitude prevented the emergence of a genuine political leadership for the popular movement. Indeed, the leaders became captive to the protesters’ daily declarations. No distinction was maintained between the protesters’ slogans and the near-term or ultimate objectives of the protest movement.

Meanwhile, the Syrian regime’s foreign adversaries near and far – Israel’s Western protectors, the US’s Arab clients, and others subscribing to their plans for the region – joined forces against it as never before.

They believed that the street protests could be used to appeal for international salvation. And the opposition groups in question obliged.

Rather than trying to formulate reasonable demands, or a mechanism for translating the protest movement’s achievements into concrete gains; rather than taking account of sectarian, ethnic, tribal, political, and regional sensitivities, and pursuing dialogue even if accompanied by protests and clashes with the regime; these forces, especially those based offshore, looked for foreign assistance.

They did so with a single-minded fixation on Libya and the foreign intervention that took place there. They have worked tirelessly to mobilize international and regional support for a similar march of folly in Syria. Yet they avoid discussing it directly, and even make a point of denying that it is what they seek.

They know that it is not the option the Syrian people want. To be more precise, there is no consensus in favor of it. But one could confidently assert that the majority of Syrians reject it.

Yet the offshore opposition has tried shamelessly to replicate the Libyan model: The Syrian National Council was named with Libya’s Transitional National Council in mind.

They supported supplying weapons into the countryside on the pretext of protecting civilians, but had the rebels of eastern Libya in mind.

They were quick to call for protected areas, with Benghazi in mind. And they demanded international protection, hoping for another UN mandate for regional and international powers to provide that protection via military intervention.

Inspired by Libya’s revolutionary brigades, they blessed the creation of the Free Syrian Army. And they remain at the service of any foreign army that may be willing to join a war aimed at toppling Bashar Assad’s regime.

With characteristic irresponsibility, they have no qualms about exhorting the Syrian people to engage in a bloody confrontation with the regime. Their leaders can scarcely conceal their delight when announcing the rising numbers of fellow Syrians who have been killed, injured, or arrested.

They rely on the media uproar to blur any details. Every casualty is counted as one of their followers, every gunman assumed to be a defecting soldier.

These characters have continued to solicit support from world capitals, and financial backing from various sources. But they have made no effort to try to win over the inhabitants of Syria’s largest cities, or other towns and villages that have not taken part in the protests.

Their only answer to the fears that are – rightly or wrongly – growing among Syria’s religious and ethnic minorities, are platitudes. This while a campaign of sectarian, confessional, and political vilification is being waged on the web.

And instead of vying to outdo the regime’s position regarding the conflict with Israel, they were quick to promise to break relations with the resistance axis, and opt for negotiations rather than resistance to recover the Golan Heights.

Yet they seem to have failed to accurately assess the extent to which their slogans repel the Syrian street. It is burning for change and reform, but not with oppositionists like these.

Ibrahim al-Amin is editor-in-chief of Al-Akhbar.
This article is an edited translation from the Arabic Edition.

http://english.al-akhbar.com/content/time-rethink-syria

December 29th, 2011, 2:47 pm

 

Mina said:

If a failed state like Syria has been able to accomodate, feed and give jobs to hundreds of thousands Iraqis, no doubt Israel will be able to absorb a few million Iraqi and Syrian Christians, in addition to the Palestinians refugees in Syria to whom it will open its doors wide!

December 29th, 2011, 3:41 pm

 

Majed97 said:

So the strategy of the opposition now is to discredit any investigation that doesn’t validate their cries of “peaceful revolution” and condemn the regime. They are now attacking the AL mission, which they lobbied hard for, because it is not saying what they want to hear. Even the head of the mission is now being targeted for reporting what he’s seeing. I can just imagine how they will react to a free election that doesn’t give them control of the country. This may all turn out to be a waste of time; nothing will please those guys, short of complete destruction of the country.

December 29th, 2011, 3:52 pm

 
 

defender said:

“The decision to attack Syria was made at a meeting at Camp David on 15 September 2001”

http://www.voltairenet.org/The-decision-to-attack-Syria-was

http://www.voltairenet.org/IMG/pdf/20111227_La_Nouvelle_Re_publique-2.pdf

December 29th, 2011, 4:16 pm

 

Syrialover said:

#7 Majed97

Interesting. I see. You think the AL delegation leader is good enough (you actually infer he’s great) and that they are doing their job in Syria well.

That bizarre post is your day’s work done for the Assadists and a few dollars earned. They should recruit someone better.

December 29th, 2011, 5:11 pm

 

Khalid Tlass said:

GHUFRAN,

I think the secular opposition to Assad regime – whether Leftist or Nationalist – does not have the support of the majority of the Syrian anti-regime people on the ground. Y

ou have to agree, how many people can Haytham Manna or Riad al turk get out on the streets ? The current opposition, be it the FSA, or the LCCs or even a section of the SNC has various strands of Islamist currents, which is actually the dominant “culture” of the Syrian sunnis nowadays.

In the same way that the secular opposition to the Zionist State has been discredited through defeat and compromise. How many Palestinains look up to Yasser Arafat or George Habbash today ?

And btw do you think that yoir favorite leaders like Manna, Louay Hussein etc. by negotiating with the regime are doing themselevs any good ? Do you remeber what happened to the PLO after they gave up armed struggle and agreed to sit at the negotiating table ? How can u not guarantee that manna and Louay Hussein’s fate will end up just like the PLO, reduced to being gatekeepres for the “enemy” while the Hamas, that is the FSA-SNC win the hearts and minds of the people.

Do not think that the FSA or SNC by advocating an extreme position will lose any of their support base inside Syria. 7,000 Palestinains died as a result of Hamas’ rocket attacks, yet Hamas doesn;t seem to have lost any significant support. Rather the NCC and other traitors will be forced to bow down and accept the friendship of the FSA and SNC, just like Abu mazen today. Louay Hussein is like Mahmoud Abbas, a guy always willing to negotiate with the enemy, now Mahmoud Abbas isn’t exactly a popular figure, is he GHUFRAN ?

December 29th, 2011, 5:27 pm

 

jad said:

“Members of the Obama Administration are confirming tonight that the National Security Council has been instructed to begin seeking options for US intervention in Syria, including what they call the “unlikely” option of setting up a no-fly zone. …”

The usual work of Zibaleh, no wonder Gahlyoun and his SNC cornice were barking since Tuesday wanting the mission to be cancelled and call for their ‘savior’ the states to occupy Syria.
And yet they still ask why Syrians don’t believe a word they say in their call for ‘freedom’ and ‘democracy’, because we already heard the same lies before and you, criminals, have nothing but destruction, violence, blood and misery to offer to all Syrians.

The criminal ‘angels’ at work in Homs in this report
http://www.ardmediathek.de/ard/servlet/content/3517136?documentId=9135936
linked by Jurgen, here are my points about it from the previous thread:

Both of Jurgen’s links are very much worth to watch, the CNN and the original ARD report, they have lots of information about the armed militias, how they work and how they attack the Syrian army, they even use the Syrian flag on their checkpoint not the independence flag, that must be for a reason, maybe to fool the AL observers to think that those armed militia men are the Syrian army (some one told use the other day that the Syrian army checkpoints are doing this trick of using the independence flag to fool the observers, it seems that the story is the other way around, no worries, it’s so trendy to spread outlandish stories these days)
What strike me the most is the way the presenter telling the story (if you speak German, you would understand my point) he is portraying the story as if the Syrian government is the armed militia and the armed militia are innocent from any killing, even when they are shooting, he tried to justify their actions, never the less the report is very professional, what it misses in my opinion to make this report even better is telling the story of other neighborhood that are affected by the militia attacks so it wont be as on sided as it is right now.
I also noticed that throughout all the report, except the beginning in his way to get to Homs, we see no Syrian army at all, only one guy pointing toward somewhere that the camera don’t even show, my question is, aren’t those armed militia allover that neighborhood, how can we know that those snipers on the roof they are talking about are not the armed militia themselves who are targeting other neighborhood?
One more thing, this time unlike the Skynews report, there are no shooting during the filming time against any civilian.
They showed the funeral of a 19 years old man they say he was killed while crossing the street, not in a demonstration, and when they asked who killed him, they claim it was the army, why the army killed him if he have no threat to them? For fun? Nobody can explain that.
The other sad story is the mother who was shot while opening her door, again not in a demonstration, who shot her and why? we don’t know. the only answer for every killing is one, the Army.
The two bodies on the street we don’t even know for sure who killed them, he just said what they told him it was, as usual, the army.
I think the victims in the hospital are most likely members of the armed militia.
One worth mentioning point is that there were lots of kids and fewer adults during the whole report and in the festive demonstration Sarot made especially for the filming, which is truly sad to see so many kids have been put in the front line of danger like that.

December 29th, 2011, 7:01 pm

 

Tara said:

This us Douma’s story.  Security forces shooting on Demonstrators who gathered after the word spread that the observers were coming to Douma.  4 were killed and the monitors were barred from entering the flash point.     

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/bloody-crackdown-meets-syrian-protesters-rallying-under-eyes-of-observers/story-e6frg6so-1226233136267

As word spread Thursday morning that the observers would be visiting Douma – which saw an intense government crackdown in the early days of the uprising – thousands of people began gathering outside the Grand Mosque, calling for Mr Assad’s downfall and for international protection for civilians. 

“It came like rain. They used heavy machine guns, Kalashnikovs, everything,” said Mr Abdel-Bari.

Four people were killed and scores others wounded, said Mr Abdel-Bari and various activist groups.

Rami Abdul-Rahman, head of the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said cars belonging to the Arab League monitors were seen in front of a municipal building close to the mosque around the same time.

But after the killings, Mr Abdul-Rahman and Mr Abdel-Bari said the monitors were barred by security officials from entering Douma and the situation quickly deteriorated. A witness said angry citizens closed off streets with rocks and garbage containers and thousands of people returned to the area around the Grand Mosque to stage a sit-in.

Troops also surrounded a mosque in Damascus’ central neighbourhood of Midan and tossed tear gas canisters at hundreds of people calling for the downfall of the regime.

In the northern Idlib province, some 150,000 protesters took to the streets – more than on any other day recently, the Observatory said.

“The presence of monitors is a source of comfort to the Syrian street and breaks the barrier of fear for those who were hesitant about protesting,” said Mr Abdul-Rahman.

Although the violence against protesters has not stopped, he said the death toll would have probably been double what it is had there been no monitors on the ground.

Much of the bloodshed of the past few days appeared to be a desperate attempt by authorities to keep protesters from gaining ground for multiple mass sit-ins where they can recreate the model of Cairo’s Tahrir Square.

On Tuesday, as monitors visited the flashpoint city of Homs in central Syria, troops shot at thousands of protesters trying to reach the city’s central Clock Square. On Wednesday, the scene was repeated in nearby Hama, where protesters were shot trying to reach Assi Square and activists said at least six people were killed.

“This is the regime’s biggest fear, to have hundreds of thousands of people gathered in one place,” said one Homs resident.
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December 29th, 2011, 7:20 pm

 

jad said:

After his ridiculous comment about hiding tanks inside building, today his latest outlandish story is that the Syrian government have 100,000 detainees(I guess his numbers are from the same resources of our friends on SC, tomorrow the detainees numbers will be in the millions) he doesn’t stop there, he continues that the regime hide them in ‘boats’ in the sea and he is afraid that the regime will kill them all to say that they don’t exist!!?….I guess he was talking to ja3ja3 before his statement or he totally lost his mind..

الجامعة العربية تدافع عن الدابي: تقرير البعثة سيقرّر مستقبل سوريا
المراقبون ينتشرون في مناطق ساخنة … ودمشق «مرتاحة» لعملهم ^ مقدسي لـ«السفير»: لا نتدخل وننسّق معهم حركتهم ^ غليون يتحدث عن معتقلات في البحر

دخل المراقبون العرب إلى دوما وحرستا في ريف دمشق وحماه ودرعا امس، فيما أعلن المتحدث باسم وزارة الخارجية السورية جهاد مقدسي لـ«السفير» أن دمشق «مرتاحة» حتى الآن للتصريحات الصادرة عن رئيس بعثة المراقبين العرب الفريق محمد أحمد مصطفى الدابي، الذي دافعت الجامعة العربية عن عمله بوجه الانتقادات المتزايدة من المعارضة والدول الغربية. وأعلن رئيس «المجلس الوطني السوري» برهان غليون أن «السلطات السورية تعتقل 100 ألف شخص، بعضهم في مراكز الجيش وعلى متن سفن قرب الشواطئ السورية. هناك مخاوف حقيقية من انه قد يقتلهم ليقول انه لا أسرى».
وقال مقدسي، ردا على سؤال لمراسل «السفير» في دمشق زياد حيدر عن تقييمه لليومين الماضيين من عمل البعثة في سوريا، «استقبلنا بارتياح التصريحات الصادرة عن رئيس البعثة، والتي تدل في النهاية على أن سوريا تقوم بواجبها لناحية تسهيل مهمة عمل البعثة».
وكان الدابي قد قال، أول أمس، إن الحكومة السورية التي تصاحب المراقبين تتعاون جيداً معهم. وأضاف أنه لم ير خلال جولته الأولية لمدينة حمص «شيئا مخيفا» رغم إشارته إلى أن البعثة تحتاج إلى مزيد من الوقت للحصول على صورة أكثر وضوحا.
وجاء كلام مقدسي بعد أن التقى وفد من البعثة كلاً من محافظي دمشق وريف دمشق. وعلق مسؤول الخارجية على اللقاء بأنه يهدف إلى «توفير الحاجات اللوجستية للبعثة، ووضعهم في صورة الأمكنة التي سيزورونها»، مشيرا إلى أن الاقتراحات باللقاءات تأتي من الجانب العربي وتقوم الحكومة السورية بتنسيقها أو تسهيل عملها.
وعن مستوى التنسيق القائم بين الطرفين، قال مقدسي إن دمشق «لا تتدخل على الإطلاق بعمل البعثة ولا بسير عملها، بل تنسّق معها» خصوصا «أن الحكومة السورية مسؤولة عن حماية عناصر الوفد» إلا في ما يتعلق بالمناطق «الساخنة نتيجة وجود عناصر مسلحة خارجة عن القانون» إذ تقوم الحكومة وفقاً لمقدسي «بشرح طبيعة هذه المناطق بحيث يترك للوفد أن يقرر في ما إن كان يرغب بدخولها أم لا». وأعلن أن عدد المراقبين الموجودين في سوريا
قارب المئة وأن فترة عملهم تستمر لمدة شهر من لحظة توقيع البروتوكول (في التاسع عشر من الجاري) بحيث يتم لاحقا الاتفاق على تمديده أو لا بموافقة الطرفين.
وقال مقدسي لوكالة «رويترز» إن «نجاح بعثة الجامعة العربية في مهمتها لإظهار حقيقة الأزمة السورية هو قطعا مصلحة حيوية لسوريا».
وردا على انتقادات دولية ومن المعارضة لرئيس البعثة، قال مسؤول في الجامعة العربية لوكالة «اسوشييتد برس» إن الدابي يحظى بدعم كل أعضاء الجامعة، موضحا أن مهمة المراقبين هي الاطلاع وتقديم تقارير إلى الجامعة العربية وليس التدخل في ما يحصل. وأضاف «نحن نعمل وفقا لضميرنا. سيقرر عمل البعثة وتقريرها مستقبل سوريا وهو أمر ليس سهلا».
وفي القاهرة، قال رئيس غرفة العمليات الخاصة بعمل بعثة مراقبي الجامعة العربية عدنان عيسى الخضير إن «البعثة تواصل عملها في المناطق السورية برئاسة الدابي وتوافي الجامعة العربية بتقاريرها دوريا»، مشيرا إلى أن «البعثة تحركت إلى عدد آخر من المحافظات السورية وهي درعا وادلب وريف دمشق بالإضافة إلى حمص التي تمت زيارتها».
وأضاف الخضير ان «الجامعة العربية زوّدت البعثة في سوريا بكل وسائل الرصد والتوثيق من حيث كاميرات التصوير الفوتوغرافي والفيديو وكل وسائل الاتصال والتنقل، حيث زوّدت قطر البعثة بـ10 سيارات عسكرية، كما زود العراق أيضا البعثة بـ10 سيارات ووعد بالإسهام بـ20 سيارة أخرى قريبا، بالإضافة إلى 5 سيارات من كل دولة من دول مجلس التعاون الخليجي ستقدمها للبعثة في وقت لاحق». وأشار إلى أن «بعثة المراقبين تباشر عملها على أرض الواقع، وأنه تم بالفعل التعرض لإطلاق نار، لكن البعثة لم تحدد بعد من أي جهة لأنه تم بشكل متبادل ويتم التحقق بشأنه».
وحول التطمينات التي تحدث عنها الدابي ووصفتها المعارضة السورية بأنها تتعارض مع الواقع، قال الخضير إن «الدابي يتحدث في تصريحاته عن عملية تسهيل الأمور والتزام الحكومة السورية تجاه البعثة وليس عما يجري على الأرض لأن ذلك يتم تضمينه في تقارير البعثة التي ترسل دوريا للجامعة العربية».
وحول البعثات اللاحقة التي ستتوجه إلى سوريا خلال الأيام المقبلة، قال الخضير إن «هناك 28 مراقبا عربيا قد لحقوا بوفد البعثة الذي سافر خلال اليومين الماضيين، كما أنه يجري الاستعداد لإرسال وفد آخر من المراقبين يصل عددهم إلى أكثر من 40 مراقبا من دول مجلس التعاون الخليجي والعراق والذين سيتلقون تعليماتهم من رئيس البعثة في سوريا».
وأعلن مصدر في مركز العمليات في القاهرة ان هناك مشكلة في الاتصالات لكن جدول أعمال المراقبين ما زال قائما. وقال المصدر لـ«رويترز» «اتصلنا بفريقنا. لن تتغير خطة اليوم (أمس)، والمشكلة الوحيدة التي واجهناها هي تدني الاتصالات الهاتفية، ما جعل اتصالنا بالمراقبين أضعف. استغرق الوصول إليهم وتحديد مواقعهم وقتا أطول».
غليون والعربي
والتقى الأمين العام لجامعة الدول العربية نبيل العربي في القاهرة رئيس «المجلس الوطني السوري» المعارض برهان غليون. وذكرت وكالة أنباء الشرق الأوسط انه تم «بحث مستجدات الأوضاع على الساحة السورية في ضوء مهمة بعثة المراقبين. كما تم الحديث عن مؤتمر المعارضة السورية المنتظر أن تستضيفه الجامعة العربية أوائل كانون الثاني المقبل بهدف بلورة رؤية وموقف موحد لكل أطياف المعارضة إزاء حل الأزمة في سوريا».
وأعرب غليون، في مؤتمر صحافي بعد الاجتماع، عن «أمله في نجاح المبادرة العربية لحل الأزمة في سوريا، وأن يتم تجنيب سوريا مخاطر الانزلاق نحو حرب أهلية أو تدخلات خارجية».
وقال «إننا نصر على أن العالم العربي يستطيع أن يؤدي دورا كبيرا في معالجة الأزمة السورية»، مشيرا إلى أن «الأمين العام للجامعة أكد له أن العرب حريصون على تقديم كل ما لديهم من أجل الانتقال بسوريا نحو نظام ديموقراطي يلبي حقوق الشعب وحاجاته، وقلنا إننا مستعدون لدعم كل الجهود العربية الرامية إلى هذا الاتجاه». وأضاف «تم الاتفاق مع الأمين العام على أن هدف بعثة المراقبين ليس مجرد المراقبة وإنما التأكد من تطبيق النظام السوري بنود البروتوكول الذي ينص أولا على وقف القتل وإطلاق النار والعنف وسحب جميع المظاهر العسكرية وإطلاق سراح المعتقلين».
وعن مدى الإحساس بوجود تجاوب من الحكومة السورية لأهداف البعثة، قال غليون «كما نرى حتى الآن فإن النظام السوري لم يغير أسلوبه من المراوغة والكذب ويعيد إطلاق شبيحة النظام والمرتزقة ويطلق عليهم قوات حفظ النظام حتى يبقيهم في المدن والأحياء يهددون الأفراد ويطلقون النار عليهم». وأشار إلى أن «السلطات السورية تعتقل 100 ألف شخص، بعضهم في مراكز الجيش وعلى متن سفن قرب الشواطئ السورية. هناك مخاوف حقيقية من انه قد يقتلهم ليقول انه لا أسرى».
وذكرت وكالة «مهر» ان السفير الإيراني في دمشق محمد رضا رؤوف شيباني بحث مع وزير الخارجية السوري وليد المعلم «مستجدات المنطقة، وخاصة سوريا، وكذلك موضوع الإيرانيين المخطوفين في حمص». وأعرب شيباني عن «أسفه للتفجيرات الإرهابية في دمشق، وأدانها بشدة، وأبلغه مواساة إيران حكومة وشعبا لذوي الضحايا».
ردود
أكد وزير الخارجية المصري محمد كامل عمرو، في مقابلة مع قناة «روسيا اليوم» بثت أمس، أن «مصر وروسيا متفقتان على أنه ليس من المصلحة تدخل أجنبي في سوريا من خارج المنطقة العربية. ونحن متفقون في هذا».
وناشدت منظمة التعاون الإسلامي السلطات السورية مجددا الاستجابة لطلبها إرسال مساعدات إنسانية. وقال مصدر مسؤول في المنظمة إن «دمشق لم ترد إلى الآن على طلب المنظمة السماح للهيئات الإسلامية العاملة في المجال الإنساني بالدخول إلى الأراضي السورية لتتمكن من تقديم المساعدات الإنسانية الضرورية هناك». وحمّل «النظام السوري مسؤولية تفاقم المعاناة الإنسانية في المدن السورية التي تواجه نقصا في الأغذية والأدوية بسبب حصار قوات الجيش والأمن لها».
وأعلنت المتحدثة باسم وزارة الخارجية الأميركية فيكتوريا نولاند أن «ما حققته لجان المراقبة العربية في سوريا ليس كافيا بل ويعد ضئيلا»، مشيرة إلى أن «وصول المراقبين الدوليين أتاح الفرصة للمحتجين السوريين للتعبير عن رأيهم في بعض المناطق إلا أن هذا الأمر لا يزال في حدود ضيقة». وكررت «مطالبة الحكومة السورية بتنفيذ المبادرة العربية بحذافيرها».
وفي بكين، قال المتحدث باسم وزارة الخارجية الصينية هونغ لي إن «الصين ترحب بالتحقيقات الموضوعية لمراقبي الجامعة العربية في سوريا». وأضاف ان «الصين تأمل أن تتمكن الأطراف المعنية من بذل جهود مشتركة لتمكين البعثة من العمل بإخلاص وصدق لتوفير الظروف التي تتيح إيجاد مخرج مناسب للأزمة في سوريا».
وقال مندوب روسيا الدائم لدى الأمم المتحدة فيتالي تشوركين، في مقابلة مع «روسيا اليوم»، إن «ما نشهده هو أن البعض يحاول تأجيج المشكلة، وعادة عندما تحصل أزمة تطفو إلى السطح جميع عناصر التطرف والإرهاب، وعلى سبيل المثال منذ أيام وقع عمل إرهابي مروع في دمشق، سبقه بيوم تصريح وزير الدفاع اللبناني (فايز غصن) الذي قال إن مجموعة تابعة للقاعدة تحركت نحو سوريا من لبنان. لذلك أنا لا أتفاجأ إذا وجدت عناصر إرهابية من ليبيا أو من أماكن أخرى طريقها إلى سوريا لتأجيج المشكلات وخلق نوع من النزاع الطائفي والإثني، وهذا ما يهدف إليه الإرهابيون». (تفاصيل صفحة 15)
وكرر المتحدث باسم وزارة الخارجية الفرنسية برنار فاليرو «دعم فرنسا ومساندتها لتنفيذ الخطة العربية التي يؤكد نظام دمشق قبولها والتي تتضمن نهاية القمع والإفراج عن كل المعتقلين السياسيين وعودة قوات الجيش السوري إلى الثكنات، بالإضافة إلى حرية دخول وسائل الإعلام الدولية إلى الأراضي الــسورية». وشــدد على أن «الأولوية اليوم تتمثل في تمـكين المراقبين العرب من القـــيام بمهمتهم والانتـــهاء منها، وهو الأمــر الذي ينتظره الشــعب السوري والمجتمع الدولي».
وطالب وزير الخارجية الألماني غيدو فسترفيله النظام السوري «بتسهيل وصول بعثة المراقبين العرب للمعارضين والسجناء، وإلى جميع النقاط المفصلية في سوريا، وليس فقط الوصول إلى مدن حساسة مثل حمص وغيرها من المدن».
ميدانيات
ودعا المعارضون إلى التظاهر اليوم في «جمعة الزحف إلى ساحات الحرية». وذكرت قناة «الدنيا» أن مجموعات من المراقبين العرب وصلت إلى درعا وحرستا بمحافظة دمشق وحماه.
وقال المرصد السوري لحقوق الإنسان، في بيان، «قتل 25 مدنيا برصاص قوات الأمن السورية، بينهم أربعة في دوما في ريف دمشق، وستة في حماه مع وصول مراقبي الجامعة العربية إلى المدينتين». وذكر أن «نحو 30 ألف مواطن يعتصمون في ساحة المسجد الكبير في دوما التي دخلت في حالة عصيان مدني مع تراجع قوات الأمن إلى المراكز الأمنية والحكومية». وأشار إلى «سقوط قتلى في ادلب وحمص».
وقال مدير المرصد رامي عبد الرحمن إن «مبادرة الجامعة العربية هي الضوء الوحيد في الليل المظلم الآن»، مضيفا «لا نريد أن نصدر الأحكام المسبقة قبل أن تنتهي مهمة الجامعة». وأكد أن «مجرد وجود اللجنة في حمص كسر حاجز الخوف عندما استقبلت بتظاهرة حاشدة مناهضة للنظام ضمت نحو 70 ألف شخص».
وذكرت وكالة الأنباء السورية (سانا) «فككت عناصر الهندسة ثلاث عبوات زرعتها مجموعة إرهابية مسلحة في حي بستان الديوان بمدينة حمص من دون وقوع أي إصابات أو أضرار».
وذكرت «اسوشييتد برس» أن السلطات السورية نظمت جولة لصحافيين في مدينة حمص. وقال مسؤول سوري إن 6 مراقبين لا يزالون في المدينة. وأوضحت الوكالة ان على مدخل المدينة نقطتي تفتيش، مشيرة إلى أن غالبية المحال كانت مغلقة وهناك عدد قليل من الناس في الشوارع، التي على أرصفتها الكثير من النفايات.
وفي المستشفى العسكري في المدينة كان هناك عدد كبير من المواطنين وعناصر القوات الأمنية يتلقون العلاج، بينهم جندي أصيب برصاصة أمس. وقالت والدة الجريح «ابني لم يؤذ أحدا. انه جندي يحمي البلد».
وقال رئيس المستشفى الجنرال علي عاصي انه منذ آذار الى تشرين الثاني الماضي تمت معالجة 1819 جنديا و251 شرطيا و232 مدنيا. وأضاف أن 557 شخصا، غالبيتهم من الجنود، قتلوا أو نقلوا إلى المستشفى أمواتاً.
(«السفير»، سانا، ا ف ب، ا ب، رويترز، ا ش ا)
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December 29th, 2011, 7:23 pm

 
 

jad said:

سوريا | رئيس المراقبين يواجه انتقادات
بعثة الجامعة تزور حماه وحرستا ودرعا… وسوريا تؤكّد أنّ نجاحها «مصلحة حـيويّــة لنا»

بينما أدخل مراقبو الجامعة العربية مناطق حماة ودرعا وحرستا ودمشق في دائرة جولاتهم التي يقومون بها منذ يوم الثلاثاء الماضي، برزت مطالبات باستبدال أو تقليص الصلاحيات الممنوحة لرئيس البعثة محمد أحمد مصطفى الدابي «غير المحايد»، بالنسبة إلى بعض المراقبين

تصاعد الجدل في سوريا، أمس، بشأن أداء بعثة مراقبي جامعة الدول العربية، وتحديداً رئيسها السوداني محمد أحمد مصطفى الدابي، في الوقت الذي انتقل فيه المراقبون إلى زيارة مجموعة جديدة من مناطق الاحتجاجات، وسط تأكيد السلطات السورية منحهم كافة التسهيلات اللازمة لعملهم.
في هذا الوقت، تفيد المعلومات الواردة من دمشق بأن الرئيس بشار الأسد يجري منذ ثلاثة أيام اجتماعات مكثفة مع مسؤولي النظام، ويستمع إلى تقارير بشأن محادثات تجري بين ممثلين للحكم وشخصيات من المعارضة في الداخل. كذلك يجري مشاورات مع عواصم إقليمية تمهيداً لخطاب من المتوقع أن يلقيه خلال الأيام المقبلة، يفترض أن يعلن في خلاله عزمه تأليف حكومة جديدة تضم شخصيات معارضة ومستقلة، وأن يشدد على سلوك الجيش وقوات الأمن في الشوارع، ويؤكد ضرورة تطبيق قانون التظاهر الذي أُقرّ منذ مدة.
وعلى صعيد عمل البعثة العربية، ذكرت قناة «الدنيا» الخاصة أن مجموعات من المراقبين العرب وصلت أمس إلى درعا وحرستا ومحافظة دمشق وحماه، فيما أشارت «الإخبارية السورية» إلى «دخول وفد من سيدات درعا وريفها مبنى محافظة درعا للقاء وفد الجامعة العربية لشرح ما تفعله العصابات المسلحة». وبينما لم تخرج تصريحات للمراقبين عن الأوضاع في هذه المناطق التي زاروها، قال مصدر في مركز العمليات التابع للبعثة العربية في القاهرة لوكالة «رويترز» إنّ المراقبين واجهوا مشكلة في تدني الاتصالات الهاتفية من دون أن يؤثر ذلك على جدول أعمالهم.
في هذه الأثناء، يواجه رئيس البعثة العربية انتقادات حادة وصلت إلى حدّ المطالبة باستبداله. وقال المعارض السوري هيثم مناع «نحن على ثقة بأن الجامعة العربية ستختار الحل الأفضل، سواء بتحجيم صلاحيات الرئيس أو تغييره بحسب ما ترى، كي تتاح للطاقات المتميزة المشاركة في هذه البعثة القيام بدورها وواجبها على أفضل وجه»، فيما عبر المسؤول في لجان التنسيق المحلية عمر إدلبي عن مخاوفه من ألّا يكون الدابي حيادياً. من جهته، انتقد تيار «بناء الدولة السورية»، المعارِض، السلطات لمنع وسائل الإعلام من التنقل بحرية ومرافقة وفد الجامعة العربية، وفق ما ينص عليه البروتوكول الموقّع معها. وأشار التيار إلى أنه سلّم وفد المراقبين العرب قائمة بأسماء معتقلين «نعتبرهم في عداد المفقودين، وعددهم 195 شخصاً اعتُقلوا في المحافظات التي شهدت تظاهرات»، مطالباً بتبيان مصيرهم.
في المقابل، دافع مسؤول في الجامعة العربية في القاهرة، رفض الكشف عن هويته، عن اختيار الدابي، قائلاً «نحن نتبع ضميرنا. البعثة وتقريرها النهائي سيقرران مستقبل سوريا، وهذه ليست مسألة صغيرة». بدوره، أوضح رئيس غرفة العمليات الخاصة بعمل بعثة المراقبين، عدنان الخضير، أن تصريحات رئيس البعثة بشأن «اطمئنان الوضع في سوريا» كان يقصد فيها «التزام الحكومة السورية تجاه البعثة وليس ما يجري على الأرض». أما المتحدث باسم وزارة الخارجية السورية، جهاد مقدسي، فأكد أن البعثة العربية «تحصل على كل التسهيلات التي تحتاج إليها من دون استثناء، وذلك انعكس في التصريحات الإيجابية التي أدلى بها رئيس البعثة».
ميدانياً، أعلن المرصد السوري لحقوق الإنسان مقتل 25 مدنياً موزعين على عدد من المناطق السورية، بينها دوما في ريف دمشق، وحماه ومدينة معرّة النعمان. كذلك ذكر المرصد أن «نحو 30 ألف مواطن اعتصموا في ساحة المسجد الكبير في دوما». أما قناة «الإخبارية السورية» فقد تحدثت عن «مقتل عنصر وإصابة اثنين آخرين من قوات حفظ النظام برصاص المسلحين في شارع العلمين في حماه ودوما».
(أ ف ب، رويترز، يو بي آي، أ ب)

(This is interesting, according to ‘Gaby’ the coming Syrian government is already decided ( probably in Tel Aviv) and the MBs won’t have the majority in the news Syria…SNC will be hurt to hear that their partners in the White House are not promoting them enough in Israel! How sad!
أشار رئيس أركان الجيش الإسرائيلي السابق غابي أشكينازي إلى وجود اختلاف بين ما يحدث في مصر وما يحدث في سوريا، لكنه رأى أن مصير الرئيس السوري بشار الأسد قد حُسم. ونقلت صحيفة «معاريف» الإسرائيلية عن أشكينازي قوله، خلال محاضرة أمام متخرّجين من جامعتي وورتون وهارفارد في أحد فنادق مدينة هرتسيليا في وسط فلسطين المحتلة، إنّ «غياب الأسد من شأنه أن يؤدي إلى تغيير في التوازن التاريخي بين إيران وسوريا وحزب الله، وإلى ولادة نظام جديد في سوريا، الذي، خلافاً لمصر، لن يكون فيه وزن كبير للإخوان المسلمين». وتابع أشكينازي «سيؤدي ذلك إلى تراجع العلاقة والدعم لحزب الله، وهذا بالتأكيد تطور ينطوي على فرصة سانحة بالنسبة إلى إسرائيل».
(يو بي آي)
http://www.al-akhbar.com/node/28687

December 29th, 2011, 7:47 pm

 

newfolder said:

One of the students killed at the university shootings, Khider Khazem’s mother makes an impassioned plea for national and sectarian reconciliation, but will it fall on deaf ears?

December 29th, 2011, 7:50 pm

 

Dale Andersen said:

Friday is a’comin’….

You Besho bootlickers, get your tongues ready….

December 29th, 2011, 8:39 pm

 

ss said:

15. Tara said:

“Islamophobes”,

Of course you should post this idiotic link. You tried hard all these months to bring christians yourside. The only one at your side is whatever his name Khoury. Now you are trying to retaliate. What can I say, all your tactics are useless. You have nothing to gain. The last few days sunnis are coming out from the shell you put on them. They are coming out to say: NO FOR TERRORISTS. Even some of your terrorists are backing off. Go and find a pile of sand and stick your hateful face in it. I will add some animal waste ferilizer with some water hoping it can bloom peace.

December 29th, 2011, 9:22 pm

 

ss said:

Defender comments 8 and 9.
What attack are you talking about???
What soften up Iran for an attack??

We have been listening to the same wishful long-waited story of attack on Syria. At the peak of the events no one attacked Syria.
Syria is strong man, strong. The regime absorbed the MB and islamic tornado, the goverment is dealing with the psot storm effect. Radicals are backing off, sunnis are coming about and saying we lived in peace, we want peace back. Losers like you and Hamad are going nuts, Aljazeera 24/7 repeating the same news (30-40) people are killed (why those stupid people choose 34, 35…) why they dont cghange the number a little, like make it 60 for example. its really boring to read the same 34 people killed on a daily basis. I want 50, or perhaps 100 so I would be able to digest their lies better.

What is left for you guys is to cause some damage to the innocent people. Thses are the weakest link and the easiest way to make some news. God will be at their side. You awaful people are finished. You are hateful.

December 29th, 2011, 9:33 pm

 

Norman said:

SS,

Tara does not know that the fight between the Greek orthodox and Armenian priests is part of the folklore of Christmas,

Tara,

At least when Christian Arabs fight they use brooms, when you, Muslims, fight each others you use guns.

December 29th, 2011, 9:50 pm

 

Son of Damascus said:

@Norman

“At least when Christian Arabs fight they use brooms, when you, Muslims, fight each others you use guns.”

I never knew Michel Aoun and Samir Geagea only used brooms on each other, or do you belong to the camp that thinks Lebanese Christians are not Arab, but rather Phoenician?

December 29th, 2011, 10:18 pm

 

Haytham Khoury said:

من جهة أخرى أعرب برهان غليون رئيس المجلس الوطنى السورى عن أمله فى نجاح المبادرة العربية لحل الأزمة فى سورية، وأن يتم تجنيب سورية مخاطر الانزلاق نحو حرب أهلية أو تدخلات خارجية.

وقال غليون فى تصريحات للصحفيين عقب لقائه مع الأمين العام للجامعة العربية نبيل العربى يوم الخميس 29 ديسمبر/كانون الأول “إننا نصر على أن العالم العربى يستطيع أن يلعب دورا كبيرا فى معالجة الأزمة السورية”، مشيرا إلى أن الأمين العام للجامعة أكد له خلال اللقاء أن “العرب حريصون على تقديم كل ما لديهم من أجل الانتقال بسورية نحو نظام ديمقراطى يلبي حقوق الشعب وحاجاته، وقلنا إننا مستعدون لدعم كل الجهود العربية الرامية إلى هذا الاتجاه”
http://arabic.rt.com/news_all_news/news/575182/

December 29th, 2011, 10:19 pm

 

Son of Damascus said:

@ SS

Don’t you think it is rather ironic that the Palestinian Authority Police (a largely Sunni Police force) went in to break up the fight between two Christian groups?

December 29th, 2011, 10:22 pm

 

Norman said:

SOD,

They do not deserve to be called Arab Christians.

December 29th, 2011, 10:23 pm

 

Son of Damascus said:

@ Norman

Osama Bin Laden does not deserve to be neither an Arab nor a Muslim (or a human being for that matter) does that negate the fact he is?

December 29th, 2011, 10:26 pm

 

jad said:

Is that you Jurgen? 🙂
In short Jurgen Todenhofer met with Bashar.
Jurgen, is convinced that both sides are lying and exaggerating, and he is also saying that Bashar told him that democracy in Syria is ‘compulsory’ in bashar opinion and it’s not an option anymore.
He is also criticizing the opposition that they should have the responsibility to fix the problem.
However, the scary part he mentioned is that he thinks that the situation is dangerous and closer to a civil war than an uprising:

http://www.dradio.de/aodflash/player.php?station=1&broadcast=196841&datum=20111227&playtime=1324964732&fileid=8d652693&sendung=57967&beitrag=1637828

December 29th, 2011, 10:28 pm

 

jad said:

Dear Haytham
You missed this joke out :), Ghalyoun is a funny man, no?
«السلطات السورية تعتقل 100 ألف شخص، بعضهم في مراكز الجيش وعلى متن سفن قرب الشواطئ السورية. هناك مخاوف حقيقية من انه قد يقتلهم ليقول انه لا أسرى».
In boats in the sea!? COME ON!

December 29th, 2011, 10:32 pm

 

Norman said:

SOD,

What the West did to the Arabs in the twentieth century created Ben Laden, He did not commit more atrocities than what was committed by the West against the Arabs of Palestine and Iraq.

Then i forgot, Arab Blood is cheep,

December 29th, 2011, 10:46 pm

 

ss said:

22. Son of Damascussaid:

“@Norman

“At least when Christian Arabs fight they use brooms, when you, Muslims, fight each others you use guns.”

I never knew Michel Aoun and Samir Geagea only used brooms on each other, or do you belong to the camp that thinks Lebanese Christians are not Arab”

Son of damascus; we are the masters of guns, suicidal attacks, thanks to the salafi, wahabi, MB, Qaeda branches of our religion. I do not think we will give this previlage to christians. Will you do that SOD?

Your example of Michel Aoun and Samir Geagea is a cheap one. These people are a drop in your salafi sea that is full of hate, attacks, alah wa akbar shootings.

December 29th, 2011, 10:51 pm

 

ss said:

Haytham Khourysaid:
من جهة أخرى أعرب برهان غليون رئيس المجلس الوطنى السورى عن أمله فى نجاح المبادرة العربية لحل الأزمة فى سورية، وأن يتم تجنيب سورية مخاطر الانزلاق نحو حرب أهلية أو تدخلات خارجية

You will see tomorrow the millions of Syrians who are going to say NO for your Galion. No for terrorists. Syrians will be out in millions and hopefully in all cities. That would be a big middle finger for your Galion. Your end is approaching. We are chasing your thugs and picking them one afet the other.

December 29th, 2011, 10:57 pm

 

Haytham Khoury said:

JAD#27.

The Syrian opposition did not learn diplomacy yet. When I met them on the 21&22 of December, I told them to do not get frantic as regard the observer mission. However, their anxiety did not calm down. I had to send an e-mail to Ghalioun yesterday before his visit to the Secretary General of the AL to calm him.

Do you think I will be able to teach them the sense of diplomacy?

December 29th, 2011, 10:58 pm

 

Son of Damascus said:

@ SS

Why is it a cheap one exactly?

And I never knew that hate and bigotry was exclusive to the Muslims, I guess no one ever told the Nazi’s and the Ku Klux Klan that either.

December 29th, 2011, 11:05 pm

 

Syrian Commando said:

US “economy” (debt hole) sinks into the mud yet has the time to critique Syria’s economy.

The debt hole known as the US dollar is quickly losing its influence as China and Japan ink a deal that will undermine the US power in Asia.

All this while the US posts record losses, record debt expansions and record misspending.

The Syrian economy can hang on for decades, just as we did during the 80s. Can the US economy survive 2013, let alone 2012? I highly doubt it! Besides, its not the 80s anymore, we have Iraq, Iran and markets in Lebanon and Jordan as well as the BRICS nations to trade with. Syria will simply put a short circuit around the west which is busy suffocating itself.

South stream project is approved and is being launched, Nabucco is all but a burnt dream of an short-lived (US) empire with a Napoleon complex.

December 29th, 2011, 11:15 pm

 

jad said:

The new target of the opposition to be put on the American and the European black lists is Asma, why? Because she is the ‘wallet’ of the regime (I have no clue what that means) and she worked in different banks therefore she must know how to do money laundering on behalf of the regime.
If you have any Syrian that you want to add to the black list please contact 3ammo 3ammar, he will talk to his Americans and EU friends for you 🙂

“Ammar Qurabi
ديالا الحاج عارف وزيرة الشؤون الاجتماعية والعمل السابقة تم ترقيتها بعد الوزارة لاستلام مكان لص سورية رامي مخلوف كرئيسة مجلس ادارة الشام القابضة براتب خمسين الف دولار وقد قامت في الفترة الماضية بتهريب اموال عائلة الاسد الى الخارج وشراء اسهم في شركات عالمية (يعني تهريب وتشغيل الاموال بذات الوقت )
اعمل حاليا على ضم ديالا واسماء الاخرس الى لائحة العقوبات الاوربية والامريكية .
هل من اقتراحات لضم اسماء لم نضمها الى القوائم بعد ؟”

“Fathi Zahzahan

Damas Free ستهداف أسماء الأسد… القشة التي ستقصم ظهر النظام السوري

هي محفظة النظام، وهي التي تملك الأرقام السرية لخزنة النظام.. خريجة جامعة لندن وعملت في أكبر بنكين في العالم هما جي بي مورغان ودويتشه بنك
غسلت أموال النظام المتراكمة والمبعثرة في الكثير من المصارف الغربية من دون حركة.. وقامت بتحريكها وتنظيفها مستغلة علاقاتها الدولية، فأصبح للنظام السوري مصدر دخل آخر غير سرقة أموال الشعب السوري

فقد نجحت جهود أسماء الأسد في تشغيل تلك الأموال في محافظ استثمارية ضخمة بدأت تدر على النظام عشرات الملايين

وبما أن هذا النظام المجرم يستخدم تلك الأموال في شراء أسلحة لقتل الشعب السوري الأعزل.. فهي أيضاً شريكة في هذه الجرائم.. مما يتوجب إصدار مذكرة اعتقال دولية بحقها.. ومساءلتها عن مصدر تلك الأموال وطريقة غسلها لها.. هي أحد أركان النظام بلا شك، وأي شيء يحدث لها أو حتى فقط تداول اسمها بهذه الطريقة سيربك الأسرة الحاكمة، والتي هي النظام من دون شك أو ريبة

لا قيمة تذكر للقائمة التي تحوي أكثر من 16 شخصية من رجال النظام السوري، والذين طالتهم عقوبات تراوحت بين تجميد أرصدتهم والتضييق عليهم دولياً.. فهؤلاء، غالبيتهم شخصيات محلية لم تغادر سورية في حياتها.. وأموالهم كلها من عطايا النظام، كالفلل والمزارع والمصانع الموجودة داخل البلد.. كذلك يمكن استبدالهم والاستغناء عنهم في أي لحظة على طريقة انتحر بإطلاق رصاصتين على رأسه.. المشهورة

استهداف زوجة الرئيس سيكون كذلك له تأثير معنوي كبير على الرئيس نفسه، حين يرى حبل العقوبات الدولية اقترب قليلاً من رقبته ودخل بيته.. بالإضافة الى أنه سيجفف البئر الذي أنشأته السيدة أسماء الأسد، والذي يغرف منه النظام أموالاً يقتل بها شعبه.
رصد تحركات السيدة الأولى سيقود الى تلك الأموال، ويوقف تدفقها على الأسرة نفسها، والتي ستجد نفسها في مصيدة الحصار نفسه، الذي فرضته على الشعب السوري..

أسماء الأسد هي القشة التي ستقصم ظهر النظام السوري، وأي أسماء غيرها ستكون فقط مضيعة للوقت وإعطاء هذا النظام المجرم المزيد من الوقت لقتل شعبه الأعزل ةةةة”

December 29th, 2011, 11:21 pm

 

Son of Damascus said:

@ Norman

Who is arguing about the worth of Arab blood? or about the Palestinians here?

Not me!.

You stated that Christian Arabs don’t use bullets on each, I asked you about Geagea and Aoun. You denied their Arabism and Christianity, I asked with the same logic you used if that negates the fact Osama is an Arab Muslim.

December 29th, 2011, 11:27 pm

 

Norman said:

Jad,

The Syrian government should stop playing nice and confiscate the assets of the oppositions members and their supporters, they are aiming for the jugular of the country and they deserve to be treated appropriately, I like to take that 4 season hotel from AL Walid Ben Talal and give it to his Syrian partners as compensation for the Saudi ruining the Syrian tourism market,

I heard that a Syrian American who worked in the oil refinery in Homs was killed when he was trying to fix the Gas pipeline that was bombed recently.

I am still waiting for condemnation from the American government, but not holding my breath.

December 29th, 2011, 11:34 pm

 

Tara said:

Islamophobes,

Judging the amount of hatred, bigotry, and vulgarity you are showing on SC, I think we need an overhaul of how they teach Christianity in Syria. We need to have a better education system similar to what SL and HK received. That is all. I think it mostly boiled down to education. Don’t you think?

In term of vulgarity, it must be your parents.. I don’t think we can find an immediate solution for that. May be we can focus on your children instead, so mistakes in your upbringing are not repeated, but you need to be cooperative. Families must be supportive in any educational initiative, no?

December 29th, 2011, 11:37 pm

 

Norman said:

SOD,

Ben Laden did not intentionally kill other Muslims or Arab Christians, he did not attack Shia or other Muslim groups, others did in the Name of AL Qaeda, he was responsible mainly for the attack on the American ship in Yemen and the American embassies in Africa, the 9/11/01 . I do not want to say what i think of Ben Laden.

Lebanese Christian did, Syrian Arab Christians never did .

December 29th, 2011, 11:42 pm

 

Norman said:

Tara,

I do not think that you are eligible to talk about our upbringing and our parents, thank GOD we do not consider you a good example, otherwise we would become like you, GOD Forbid,

December 29th, 2011, 11:47 pm

 

jad said:

Dear Haytham
I think the problem of our opposition members is that they are not professional at all, period.
There is a need to seriously educate them how to win the hearts of Syrians INSIDE Syria not the Americans or the Europeans, what count is the majority of Syrians themselves, not the extreme fractions they obviously are talking on their behalf.
Until today they failed miserably in doing that, and they won’t win any sympathy anymore, they are too radicals in the eyes of too many Syrians.
Calling for western intervention is not going to help them neither their pathetic way of cover and deny every crime done by the FSA militia or the armed civilians, please check Newfolder’s link to see how Syrians think, we are people of logic and passion, we are not bunch of stupid to be easily lied to, most Syrians are politicians by nature, yet every one around us think that we are stupid and weak, we proved them wrong many times before and will keep prove them wrong.
If you truly want to help them, you tell them to be honest, down to earth and full of passion ‘FOR’ the best of Syria and Syrians instead of spreading lies, hatred and sectarian feeling.
I was surprised that many of them don’t even know how to speak properly to people without being, emotionally charged with no passion, angry, yelling and pretty hateful to anything and everything.
How can you ask people to accept them when they are working day and night against Syrians’ best interests?

My brother Haytham, the opposition really and miserably blew it for all of us, more than the regime itself, they proved to be unethical and irresponsible for the people they pretend to care for.
I was happy to read Ghalyoun’s first and only message when he recognize the wrong doing and I was hoping that he can continue this message but I guess that outside powers are stronger than his morals and unfortunately he became nothing but a messenger for them, he stopped using logic anymore in his statements. 100,000 in boats in the sea!?

‘Do you think I will be able to teach them the sense of diplomacy?’
I think that they don’t have it in them and unfortunately for all of us, Syrians, nobody can teach it to them now, it’s too late, it’s a loose battle.

December 29th, 2011, 11:51 pm

 

Tara said:

Norman

I addressed my posts to Islamophobes. Do you consider yourself one? You should retract your statement if you don’t.

December 29th, 2011, 11:53 pm

 

jad said:

Dear Norman,
I think the Syrian government already confiscate Qataris investment in Lattakia, I’m not sure if they did anything to any other investors after that.
Regardless that we may like the idea of taking the four seasons from alwaleed and give it to the Syrian sector to invest in, but that is unethical and until today Alwaleed didn’t do anything wrong to the Syrians to be treated this way, right?
Syria and Syrians have much bigger problems and issues to deal with and be alarmed by than confiscating anybody’s properties as revenge.

December 30th, 2011, 12:07 am

 

jad said:

Another explosion in Damascus, but no details until now, may God protect and save Syria and Syrians from any and every evil:

عاجل || دمشق :
تم سماع منذ قليل صوت تفجير في أنحاء دمشق و بعد محاولة تتبع الصوت لم يتم التعرف على مصدر الصوت
و بعد الإتصال بالطوارئ و الإسعاف و شرطة النجدة نؤكد أنه حتى اللحظة لم يتم التبليغ عن اي حادث أو أي اعتداء ارهابي
و الصوت يبدو أنه قادم من ناحية الغوطة الشرقية لدمشق
نعود و نؤكد أنه حتى اللحظة لم يتم التبليغ عن اي حادث أو أي اعتداء ارهابي
في حال حدوث أي طارئ سنعود لنشر أي تفاصيل تصلنا

December 30th, 2011, 12:11 am

 

Syrialover said:

The petty sectarian, anti-western monkey chatter going on here- Norman, Jad, Son of Damascus et al (Tara excepted)is an insult to Syrians and the Arab world.

I challenge them to take a break from showing off to each other in their armchair debates and study the shocking images coming out of Syria.

Syrians desperately pleading, the world watching in dismay and disbelief, as weak-looking, overwhelmed, timid black Africans in slack-jawed confusion “play the role” of Arab League observers.

If you are adults and sane, time to put aside your personal obsessions about education, religion, the west and whatever else you feel big-headed about, and turn your attention to the Arab League and those responsible for this disastrous scandal.

I’m sure you’d deny being indifferent and bored with Syrians dying and the collapse of the country – so why act like it, particularly in a public arena dedicated to Syrian issues.

Try turning off your heating, ignoring your dollar-stuffed bank accounts, staying away from supermarkets bursting with cheap food, switch off from your comfortable lives in the safe west and focus on the reality for SYRIANS.

December 30th, 2011, 12:22 am

 

jad said:

التكرار يعلم الشطار

US seeks options for Syria intervention

The United States has instructed the National Security Council to begin seeking options for Washington’s intervention in Syria, especially through the Syrian opposition.

The options for US interference include what American officials have called the “unlikely” option of imposing a no-fly zone over the Arab country.

The process led by US National Security Council Director Steve Simon is expected to involve top members of the State, Defense and Treasury Departments and focus on ways to “aid” the Syrian opposition.

Other possibilities include providing “humanitarian aid” to rebel forces and establishing a “safe zone” inside Syrian territory, presumably through military means, near the Turkish border.

Establishing a no-fly zone over parts of Syria would likely involve large-scale attacks on the Syrian air defense and military command-and-control systems.

The possible resort to military force is believed to indicate the futility of a new round of sanctions the US has slapped against Damascus.

Many people, including a large number of security forces, have been killed in months of deadly unrest across Syria. The unrelenting bout of violence erupted when protests were held against and in support of President Bashar al-Assad’s government.

The Syrian opposition accuses the government of cracking down on anti-government protests. But Damascus blames the ongoing unrest on foreign-backed armed gangs, arguing that army and security personnel have been given clear orders not to harm civilians.

On Wednesday, the head of an Arab League (AL) delegation investigating the unrest in Syria described the situation in the crisis-hit city of Homs as ”reassuring”.

“There were some places where the situation was not good. But there wasn’t anything frightening, at least while we were there. Things were calm and there were no clashes,” Sudanese General Mohamed Ahmed Mustafa al-Dabi said.

Dabi’s remarks disappointed a number of Western countries, who were expecting an anti-Syria report from the AL delegation.

MRS/JR/IS
http://www.presstv.ir/detail/218384.html

December 30th, 2011, 12:26 am

 

jad said:

Syrialover ya 3nsri ya 7aywan, I didn’t say a word about the sectarian conversation Tara started, besides if you are the only smart one on this blog why don’t you go back to Syria and solve the problem…
“Blak African” who write such an ugly discrimination language anymore! 7el 3an 6izna ya.

December 30th, 2011, 12:28 am

 

son of Damascus said:

@ Syrialover

Why is it when I point out the obvious flaws in peoples arguments I get labelled into a sectarian, anti western, terrorist ?!

I have never advocated sectarianism, or any anti western sentiments, all I did is point out the Islamiphobia of what Norman and SS wrote.

And if you don’t think I am well aware of the atrocities in Syria, and the inaction of the so called observers you are sadly mistaken!

December 30th, 2011, 12:42 am

 

Juergen said:

Jad

No i am not Jürgen Todenhöfer.

December 30th, 2011, 12:53 am

 

jad said:

Jurgen
Thank you!

December 30th, 2011, 1:11 am

 

Ghufran said:

قتل ثلاثون شخصا على الأقل صباح اليوم الخميس في غارة شنها الطيران التركي وأعلن أنها استهدفت مقاتلين أكرادا جنوب شرق تركيا قرب الحدود مع العراق، لكن مصادر كردية تركية قالت إن القتلى من المدنيين القرويين الذين يعملون في تجارة المواد المهربة على الحدود.

December 30th, 2011, 1:15 am

 

jad said:

‎#Syria #Damascus #News
نبشركم خيراً أن الصوت الذي سمعناه لم ينتج عنه أي إصابات أو إستهداف لمراكز أمنية و مباني حكومية و بعد الإتصال بمصادرنا و مراسلينا في دمشق و تقصي الحقائق مع شبكة دمشق الإخبارية الصوت ناتج عن قنبلتين صوتيتين في منطقة الغوطة الشرقية و الهدف منها إثارة الرعب في قلوب الناس و نؤكد عدم سقوط أي خسائر

December 30th, 2011, 1:17 am

 

jad said:

The Syrian new trend of accusations and counter accusations is becoming more and more like a bad version of the Lebanese habit.
Nizar Nayouf reply to Mohammad Alabdallah:

من الذي أجرى مقابلة مع “يديعوت أحرونوت”؟ محمد العبد الله أم عهد الهندي أم كلاهما!؟

العبد الله ينفي ويؤكد أن زميله عهد الهندي ، ربيب السفارة الإسرائيلية في واشنطن، هو من أجرى المقابلة، أما رسالة “يديعوت أحرونوت” فتقول غير ذلك !؟

بروكسل ، الحقيقة ( خاص): أثارت الترجمة التي نشرناها يوم أمس لمقابلة معارضين سوريين مع صحيفة يديعوت أحرونوت الإسرائيلية ، والمعلومات الأخرى التي ضمناها الترجمة، الكثير من اللغط. هذا ناهيكم عن حفلة الردح والشتائم ، وصولا إلى وضع اسم نزار نيوف على “قائمة العار” ، ربما تهميدا لقتله كما فعلوا بالشباب الجامعيين الذين وضعوا أسماءهم على القائمة نفسها قبل أن يرسلوا أحد القتلة من أتباعهم ليطلق النار عليهم داخل حرم الجامعة!؟

حفلة الردح هذه ، التي ملأت صفحات “فيسبوك” ومواقع الإنترنت ، كان من الواضح أن من يقف وراءها مجموعة من الزعران أتباع “المجلس الوطني السوري”؛ أي الأشخاص أنفسهم ( أو زملاؤهم) الذين نصبوا كمينا في وقت سابق أمام جامعة الدول العربية في القاهرة لأعضاء في”هيئة التنسيق الوطني” لينهالوا عليهم بالعصي والسلاسل الحديدية على طريقة زعران السلطة و”شبيحتها”.

لكن أبرز فصول تلك الحفلة ، ربما ، هو التعابير السوقية التي كتبها الشاب محمد العبد الله وعهد الهندي ، المعنيان بالقصة. الأول لم يضف شيئا سوى أنه أثبت أنه يمكن أن يكون ربيبا لأي شخص ، بما في ذلك ضباط من زعران المرحومة “سرايا الدفاع” أو أحد أقبية المخابرات ، إلا أن يكون ربيبا لشخص مثل علي العبد الله المعروف بدماثته وأخلاقه الشخصية ، بغض النظر عن توجهاته السياسية والأيديولوجية التي نختلف معه فيها ، إلا أن هذا أمر آخر.

أما الثاني ، عهد الهندي، ربيب السفارة الإسرائيلية في واشنطن وضابط أمنها السابق الليفتينانت احتياط في المخابرات العسكرية الإسرائيلية نير بومس ، فقد أرسل لنيوف رسالة لم يترك مفردة من قاموس العاهرات إلا واستخدمها فيها ، قبل أن يشفعها بالتهديد!؟ ترى هل سيقدم على قتله عبر أحد مجرمي “بلاك ووتر” في طبعتها الثانية التي تعمل في الإمارات العربية على تدريب قتلة سوريين من أتباع”المجلس الوطني”!؟

كان بإمكان محمد العبد الله ، طالما أنه شعر بالظلم لأننا قلنا إنه ليس سوى “عمار” الذي أجرت معه “يديعوت أحرونوت” المقابلة ، أن يرسل نفيا وتكذيبا لذلك ، بدلا من حفلة الردح السوقية التي ملأ بها صفحات “فيسبوك”. وكنا قد أشرنا في نهاية الترجمة والتقرير إلى أننا نحتفظ له بحق الرد. لكنه لم يفعل ، واختار “الشوارع الإلكترونية” ليعبر فيها عن بذاءاته. والواقع إنه لم يفاجئنا. فمن تربى في زواريب آل الحريري ومن كان والده الروحي سعد الحريري لا يمكن أن يكون إلا كذلك ، حتى وإن كان والده البيولوجي علي العبد الله. فالأب الحقيقي ( أو الأم) هو/ هي من ربىّ وليس من أنجب! أو هذا على الأقل ما تعلمناه من رائعة الأدب الشعبي الروسي”دائرة الطباشير القوقازية”!

نحن عندما ننشر معلومات من هذا النوع لا نفعل ذلك إلا على أساس تطابق أكثر من مصدر ( مصدرين على الأقل)، في حال لم يكن لدينا وثيقة. وهذا هو أحد أسس العمل الصحفي ، لاسيما صحافة التحقيقات. أما حين يكون بين أيدينا وثيقة صادرة عن جهة معنية بالقضية، فيكفي ( من الناحية القانونية) أن تكون مستندا. وحين قلنا إن لدينا وثيقة من أحد العاملين في “يديعوت أحرونوت” ، حصلنا عليها عبر أحد الأصدقاء البلجيكيين ، فكنا نعني ما نقول ( ننشر جانبا صورة عن رسالة بالفاكس تلقاها صديقنا البلجيكي من أحد العاملين الإداريين في الصحيفة المذكورة مساء أمس).

إذن، مشكلة العبد الله ليست معنا ، بل مع الجهة التي قالت إنه “عمار”. وحفلة الشتائم السوقية التي شنها ، إنما تعبّر عن أنه معبأ سلفا ، سياسيا وطائفيا ومذهبيا، ضد شخص معين. ولا غرو في ذلك . فهو ربيب أيديولوجيا دينية مريضة لم يفلت من وبائها إلا من كان ذا حظ عظيم! مع ذلك ، فإن عملية الفضح التي ضمنها منشوره الزقاقي فيما يتعلق بعهد الهندي ، “زميله” في “المجلس الوطني” ، إنما جاءت لتؤكد ما كنا نشرناه عن الهندي في أوقات مختلفة خلال السنوات الماضية لجهة أنه عميل للسفارة الإسرائيلية في واشنطن!

تبقى ملاحظة أخيرة تتعلق بنزار نيوف و “علاقته” بما نشر. في الواقع أصبح أمرا مذهلا في وقاحته ورعونته أن ما قلناه خلال الأشهر الماضية ، وما قاله المذكور، عن وقف علاقته بالموقع ، لم يصل إلى أذن أحد من هؤلاء، لكأنما نخاطب مجموعة من العميان والطرشان والحمقى. ونحن نغتنم هذه الفرصة لنشير ، للمرة العاشرة ربما، أن المذكور لا علاقة له بالموقع منذ أيلول / سبتمبر 2010 ، وإن كنا نعتمد عليه في بعض الأخبار والتقارير التي يحصل على معلوماتها من مصادره الخاصة. وحين نفعل ذلك ، لا نحن نخفي الأمر ولا هو يتردد في الإشارة إلى ذلك وتحمل مسؤوليته. ولكن على من تقرأ مزاميرك يا داود!؟ على قطيع من الأنعام!؟

(*) ـ ملاحظة بشأن الوثيقة المرفقة: قمنا بـ”تعمية” بعض الأسماء والعبارات الواردة فيها انطلاقا من حرصنا على سلامة المصدر ، ولأن بعض المعلومات “المعماة” نحتاجها في تقرير لاحق ولا نريد الكشف عنها في الوقت الراهن.
http://www.syriatruth.org/news/tabid/93/Article/6313/Default.aspx

December 30th, 2011, 1:20 am

 

jad said:

ديبلوماسي عربي في باريس يكشف لـ”الحقيقة” سبب تصعيد الحملة “الخليجية”ضد نبيل العربي

دول الخليج أعطت توجيهات بشن حملة على الأمين العام للجامعة العربية على خلفية رفضه الاعتراف بـ”المجلس الوطني” ممثلا “وحيدا” للمعارضة السورية!؟

باريس ،الحقيقة ( خاص من : إيلين / سوزان برجوا + مكتب التحرير): لوحظ أن وسائل الإعلام العربية الممولة خليجيا بدأت منذ يضعة أيام حملة متصاعدة ضد الأمين العام للجامعة العربية،نبيل العربي ، على خلفية مواقفه التي وصفت بـ”المحابية” للنظام السوري . ومن المتوقع أن تتصاعد الحملة خلال الأيام القادمة على خلفية عمل بعثة المراقبين العرب في سوريا ، التي ستنال أيضا نصيبها من التهشيم والتشهير ، سواء بصفتها الاعتبارية أو فيما يخص رئيسها وبعض أعضائها ، وفق ما أكده لنا مصدر في مكتب الجامعة العربية في باريس. وبحسب المصدر ، فإن عددا من دول الخليج، وبشكل خاص قطر والسعودية، أعطت ضوءا أخضر لوسائل الإعلام الممولة من قبلهما لشن حملة تحريض ضد “العربي” شخصيا وضد بعثة المراقبين وتشكيك بنزاهتهما إزاء ما يتعلق بالملف السوري . وعزا المصدر سبب الحملة إلى جملة قضايا جرى تداولها في أورقة الجامعة العربية دون الإعلان عنها رسميا ، وأبرزها:

1ـ رفض نبيل العربي ” توجيهات” ومطالب كل من السعودية وقطر التعامل مع “المجلس الوطني السوري” بصفته الممثل الشرعي “الوحيد” للمعارضة السورية ، وإصراره على أن “المجلس” مجرد مجموعة معارضة من جملة مجموعات أخرى عربية وكردية. ويقول المصدر بهذا الخصوص إن العربي أبلغ موقفه بشكل صريح لممثلي “المجلس” في جلسات خاصة ، حيث أكد لهم أن الجامعة العربية ، وطالما بقي هو أمينا عاما لها، لن تعترف بـ”المجلس” بهذه الصفة، وبأن عليهم الانخراط في عملية مفاوضات لتوحيد المعارضة ، ولاسيما أقطابها الثلاثة الرئيسة ( “المجلس” و ” هيئة التنسيق الوطني” و “المجلس الوطني الكردي”) في إطار هيئة جديدة تمثل الجميع تحت اسم ” المؤتمر الوطني السوري” . كما أنه أبلغ موقفه هذا لكل من يعنيه الأمر في دول الخليج ، فضلا عن الطرفين الأميركي والأوربي ومعهما تركيا. وكانت هذه الأطراف الأخيرة مارست ضغوطا كبيرة عليه من أجل الاعتراف بـ”المجلس” بهذه الصفة . وحين رضخ “المجلس” ، أقلّه ظاهريا، لوجهة نظر العربي ، دخل في مفاوضات مع “هيئة التنسيق” و ” المجلس الوطني الكردي” ، لكنه حرص على أن يرسل مندوبين من ” الدرجة الثانية”إلى هذه المفاوضات التي جرت في القاهرة على مدى الأسابيع الماضية ، وحرص على أن يكون بعضهم من الوجوه ” الاستفزازية” و “المشبوهة” على خلفية علاقتها المالية بواشطن وحتى بإسرائيل ، مثل أنس العبدة الذي يعتبر ” ممثلا” للوبي الأميركي ولـ”إعلان دمشق” داخل “المجلس”، والذي كانت وثائق ويكيلكس كشفت علاقاته المالية ( كممثل لـ”إعلان دمشق”) بوزارة الخارجية الأميركية ، بينما تولت جهات أخرى الكشف عن اتصالاته بإسرائيل وبعثتها لدى الموفوضية الأوربية من خلال النائب التشيكية يانا هيباتشكوفا Jana Hybášková مفوضة العلاقات الأوربية ـ الإسرائيلية في البرلمان الأوربي. ويقول المصدر بهذا الخصوص إن مجرد قبول مفاوضي “هيئة التنسيق” ، هيثم مناع وعبد العزيز الخير و رجاء الناصر، التحدث معه اعتبر من قبل بعض موظفي الجامعة العربية ” اختراقا وتنازلا مهما”! ومع ذلك ، ورغم أن المفاوضات الماراثونية بين الطرفين توصلت إلى تفاهمات عديدة ،بعد أن قدمت “هيئة التنسيق” تنازلات سياسية غير مسبوقة خرجت حتى على ” ثوابتها الوطنية” وعلى الأسس التي وضعتها لنفسها منذ انطلاقتها، فإن الأوامر جاءت لمفاوضي “المجلس” في القاهرة بالهاتف بعد منتصف ليلة الإثنين / الثلاثاء من المكتب التنفيذي في”المجلس” ، الذي يسيطر عليه ممثلو قطر وتركيا وفرنسا ، للتنصل من جميع هذه التفاهمات ، وبشكل خاص التفاهم الذي ينص على أن “المؤتمر الوطني السوري” سيكون ” ممثلا ومرجعية للمعارضة السورية ككل”، والإصرار على أن يكون دور اللجنة التي ستنبثق عن المؤتمر العتيد مجرد ” هيئة متابعة وتنسيق لا يحق لها تمثيل المعارضة ككل أو الشعب السوري”. وبحسب المصدر ، فإن هؤلاء لا يقبلون سوى أن ” يلتحق أو ينضم” الجميع إلى “المجلس” ، سواء بصفتهم هيئات أو أفرادا ، على أن يبقى “المجلس” هو الهيكلية الجامعة لهم جميعا.

2 ـ إصرار نبيل العربي على أن يكون “المجلس الوطني الكردي” طرفا ثالثا في أي ” مؤتمر سوري” موحد على قدم المساواة مع ” هيئة التنسيق” و ” المجلس”. ويقول المصدر في هذا السياق إن العربي أبلغ هذا الأمر لكبير مفاوضي الجانب الكردي حميد حاج درويش ، فضلا عن الطرفين الآخرين. وفيما لاقى هذا الموقف استحسان ” هيئة التنسيق” ، رفضه “المجلس” جملة وتفصيلا ، وأصر على أنه يضم في صفوفه ” ممثلين للشعب الكردي”( عبد الباسط سيدا وأحمد رمضان وابراهيم اليوسف) ، رغم أن هؤلاء مجرد أفراد لا يتمتعون بأي تأييد حزبي ، واثنين منهما ( سيدا ورمضان) يمثلان بشكل أو بآخر ” الأخوان المسلمين” الذين يسيطرون أصلا على “المجلس”. ويكشف المصدر عن أن ” المجلس”، وفي الوقت الذي كان يتفاوض مع “هيئة التنسيق”، عمل على استمالة الطرف الكردي سواء بصفته الاعتبارية أو حتى كأفراد، مستخدما شتى صنوف الألاعيب السياسية و ” اللغوية” ( الحديث عن أن “المجلس” يقبل بتعبير”الشعب الكردي” لكنه يرفض الإشارة صراحة إلى الأراضي الكردية ، لأن الثانية متضمنة في الأولى تلقائيا!). ووصف المصدر سلوك “المجلس” بأنه ” ألاعيب ينقصها الشرف والنزاهة”.

3ـ إصرار نبيل العربي على أن يكون عمل المراقبين العرب في سوريا ” نزيها و مهنيا واحترافيا”، بينما طرح ممثلو ” المجلس” ، ومن ورائهم قطر والسعودية وتركيا ، شرطا مسبقا و ” معيارا وحيدا” لنزاهة عمل المراقبين يتمثل في “عدم تضمين تقاريرهم أي إشارة لوجود مسلحين ، وإذا كان لا بد من الإشارة إلى ذلك ، فيجب اعتبارهم جميعا منشقين ولا يوجد بينهم أي مدني أو وافد من الخارج أو من مجموعات إسلامية متطرفة”!؟

على الصعيد نفسه ، كشف المصدر عن أن جميع وسائل الإعلام التي تدعم”المجلس” تلقت توجيهات بتناول رئيس بعثة المراقبين ، الفريق الدابي، ليس عل خلفية وضع “الحقوقي” في بلده ، ولكن على صعيد اتهامه بقبض ” مبالغ مالية طائلة من النظام السوري هو وعدد من المراقبين العاملين معه”. وأكد المصدر في هذا السياق على أن أكثر من جهة معنية بالأمر ، سواء الجامعة العربية أو النظام السوري أو حتى المخابرات الروسية المهتمة جدا بعمل المراقبين، أصبح لديها ” أدلة وقرائن دامغة على وجود توجيهات من تلك الأطراف بالتشهير الشخصي والاعتباري برئيس اللجنة وفريقه” ، مشيرا إلى أن وزارة الخارجية الفرنسية “هددت الدابي شخصيا ، وعبر وزارة الخارجية السودانية، بأنها ستعمل على إضافة اسمه إلى قائمة المسؤولين السوادنيين المطلوبين لمحكمة الجنايات الدولية على خلفية دوره في دارفور ، إذا تضمنت تقاريره ، لاسيما التقرير النهائي ، أي إشارة إلى وجود مجموعات مسلحة في سوريا، أو أية إشارة يمكن للنظام السوري أن يستفيد منها في الدفاع عن موقفه”. وقال المصدر بهذا الخصوص” لقد كان الفرنسيون والسعوديون وراء جميع فضائح التزوير وشراء الذمم وشهود الزور في لجنة التحقيق الدولية الخاصة باغتيال الحريري في عهد ديتلف ميليس، وهم يريدون الآن تكرار الأمر نفسه في سوريا ، دون أن يستفيدوا أو يعتبروا مما آلت إليه هذه الفضائح وما كشف منها لاحقا”! وطبقا للمصدر ، فإن العربي قال للفريق السوداني محمد الدابي بصريح العبارة خللال اجتماعه به عشية سفره إلى دمشق” لا نريد ديتلف ميلس آخر في سوريا. فعمل هذه اللجنة إما أن يرفع الجامعة العربية إلى القمة أو ينزل بما تبقى من سمعتها إلى الحضيض”!؟

http://www.syriatruth.org/news/tabid/93/Article/6314/Default.aspx

December 30th, 2011, 1:24 am

 

stan catts said:

All the best to the Syrian people.May they rise up against oppression.May they succeed.May they all live in peace.
stan

December 30th, 2011, 1:28 am

 

Revlon said:

31. Haytham Khoury said:
((JAD#27.

The Syrian opposition did not learn diplomacy yet. When I met them on the 21&22 of December, I told them to do not get frantic as regard the observer mission. However, their anxiety did not calm down. I had to send an e-mail to Ghalioun yesterday before his visit to the Secretary General of the AL to calm him.
Do you think I will be able to teach them the sense of diplomacy?))

I share your disagreement with the SNC approach to the AL initiative as a whole, although mine is diametrically opposed to yours; while the SNC’s stands in the middle.

There are many facets to diplomacty.

Passive diplomacy: The SNC leadership adopted a passive wait and see diplomacy during the negotiations phase between the The regime and the AL. The outcome was undestandably a middle ground solution between the that of the Arab authoritarian governments and the regime, leaving the Revolution’s and their representative’s interests nowhere to be seen in the final draft.

What you are advocating, Haytham, is another phase of passive wait and see diplomacy!
The conclusion of the AL mission shall also represent a concensus interpretation of the events betwen that of AlDabi who was handpicked by the regime, and that of FM Mu3allem; It shall even be heavily in favour of the latter.

The SNC leaders have learned from their initial mistakes and are currently persuing a proactive diplomacy. They want to bring back the center of gravity of any outcome as close as needed to their and their constituencies interests.

Dear Haytham, the leaders you spoke about are as bright and proud of their diplomatic skills as your statement would imply you are. Some of those you have refered to might just be offended from the condescending undertones of your post.

Happy new year.

December 30th, 2011, 2:02 am

 

ann said:

Riot-hit Homs awaits New Year without festivity – 2011-12-30

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/indepth/2011-12/30/c_131335575.htm

HOMS, Syria, Dec. 29 (Xinhua) — As much of the rest of the world are getting ready to joyfully ring in the New Year, residents in the Syrian city of Homs seemed to have few causes to celebrate. The streets are empty, and the shops are closed.

In the third-largest city of the Middle East country, anti-government protests and ensuing riots have lasted for almost 10 months, resulting in many deaths of civilians and soldiers.

A soldier, who identified himself only as Muder, was undergoing medical treatment at the Abdul-Qader Shafta hospital in Homs. His arm was in a sling. Muder was shot by a group of militants Thursday morning while providing security services for the Arab League (AL) monitors.

Dr. Ali Assi, head of the hospital, told Xinhua that his hospital had received about 25 to 50 wounded; most were shot in the head or chest. His hospital had treated 2,302 wounded personnel by the middle of November, namely 1,819 soldiers, 251 policemen and 232 civilians.

Assi said his hospital also treated terror suspects on humanitarian grounds.

The ambulances and hospital walls, riddled with bullet holes, proved that the militants knew no mercy nor limits to their violence. They even opened fire in children’s wards. The Shafta hospital alone has been attacked five times.

Downtown, several small stores were still open, and snowmen on the billboards were the only harbingers of the new year. But in Homs, no one was in the mood to celebrate.

In a house on Al Midan street, a man was mournfully polishing a photo of his 28-year-old son Muhammed, an anaesthetist. Muhammed was kidnapped and tortured to death by militants recently for no apparent reason.

Such tragedies are not rare in Homs as local residents said militants lurked around at night and targeted them. A local official was killed after such an attack in the early hours Thursday on Al Midan street.

The AL monitors, which had arrived in Syria Monday, visited the chaotic city for two days and said they have made initial assessments of the situation but would need more time for a final decision.

On Thursday, security forces set up checkpoints on Homs’s main streets, without disrupting regular traffic.

Meanwhile, a group of local residents gathered in a downtown bazaar to show their support for the government and President Bashar al-Assad.

Among them, a 25-year-old man who identified himself as Munssef said they are “real Syrians” and those behind the attacks are Syria’s enemies.

December 30th, 2011, 2:03 am

 

Revlon said:

51. ((jad said:
#Syria #Damascus #News
نبشركم خيراً أن الصوت الذي سمعناه لم ينتج عنه أي إصابات أو إستهداف لمراكز أمنية و مباني حكومية و بعد الإتصال بمصادرنا و مراسلينا في دمشق و تقصي الحقائق مع شبكة دمشق الإخبارية الصوت ناتج عن قنبلتين صوتيتين في منطقة الغوطة الشرقية و الهدف منها إثارة الرعب في قلوب الناس و نؤكد عدم سقوط أي خسائر))

AlQaeda is using sound bombs!!
Gush, It looks like they have more mercy on people than junior who is using T72 guns!

December 30th, 2011, 2:11 am

 

Syria no kandahar said:

Islamokoko:Tara
This is how your terrorists Islamist friends clean:

December 30th, 2011, 2:13 am

 

Juergen said:

Jad

I always liked Todenhöfer for his unique cv and his deep affection toward the arab world and overall he right in his standing that the western world has committed the majority of crimes against humanity if we just take the last 2 centuries. He rightly asserts that islam and arabic civilization has not brought up the concentration camps, the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki nor the cruelty of the iraq war. I respect his opinion that he still believes that Assad is the man of reform and that the world should take his words for reform an reconciliation for granted. He said it many times but in the interview again, that he met with people and they all said to him that Assad itself is not the problem, its the regime. Sorry in that point i could not disagree more. One can not single out Bashar and the desertrose Asmaa and the soon become heirs of the throne from this brutal and inhumane dictatorship of the Assads. You know it may be better than me, there will be always people who may actually believe that. Victor Klemperer a jewish professor for french literature from Dresden survived the Hitler era because he was married to an german women. He wrote all that time how the language and the behaviour of the germans changed within this regime.(in his famous book LTI) Not just once he noted that people came to him and said that they are sorry how he is badly treated by local muhabarat officers or police or party members, if only Hitler would know what is really going on. This sparing of the beloved leader from the dirty work of his servants, that may be not only a sign of true worship but also a sign how some parts of society would react in times of oppression-in true neglection of the crimes committed. I know you understand german, we have a saying here that the fish always starts to smell from the head.

December 30th, 2011, 2:27 am

 

jad said:

“It looks like they have more mercy”
Keep up the marketing campaign for Alqaeda, it suits you, I just wonder what your american neighbors will think of you reading such comment.

FYI, even ‘Filthman’ is not dismissing Alqaeda responsibility and involvement in Damascus bombing, isn’t that strange!

فيلتمان : قلقون من أي محاولات من الاسد لتصدير مشاكله الى لبنان
الخبر برس : الإخبارية اللبنانية

مساعد وزيرة الخارجية الاميركية لشؤون الشرق الاوسط جيفري فيلتمان انه يجب اعطاء بعثة المراقبين التابعة لجامعة الدول العربيةبعض الوقت للتحقق من صدقية النظام السوري في تطبيق تعهداته الواردة في الاتفاق الموقع مع الجامعة ، لافتا الى انه في حال كانت الاجوبة في تقرير البعثة الشهر المقبل سلبية، فعلى المجتمع الدولي عندها ان يدرس الخيارات الاخرى الكفيلة بوقف العنف.

واوضح فيلتمان في مقابلة مع صحيفة “النهار”، ان ما يهم واشنطن ليس طبيعة بعثة المراقبين والخلفية الاستخبارية والامنية لرئيسها بل ما يفعله والذي سيفعله النظام السوري بالنسبة الى تطبيق الاتفاق مع جامعة الدول العربية.

وعن الانتهاكات السورية للحدود اللبنانية والتي أدت الى مقتل مواطنين لبنانيين، اشار فيلتمان الى انه كان قد اثار هذه المسألة مع المسؤولين اللبنانيين خلال زيارته الاخيرة للبنان وان السفيرة مورا كونيللي تتابع الاتصالات في هذا المجال، مبديا قلق واشنطن من أي محاولات من الاسد لتصدير مشاكله الى لبنان”.

واعلن فلتمان انه في حال كان صحيحا ان تنظيم “القاعدة” هو المسؤول عن تفجيرات دمشق الاخيرة، عندها يجب ان يدرك النظام السوري انه ساهم في جلبها الى سوريا.

December 30th, 2011, 2:33 am

 

Syrialover said:

# 46. Jad

I know it’s all so BORING compared with your data dumps and verbal sniping at the Syrian opposition.

Black Africans themselves living in Arab countries will tell you how racist Arabs officials are towards them. Fact of life. Ask them.

And they will also explain to you that there would be hardly any regime on the entire African continent that would be able to officially provide appropriatly trained and experienced personnel for an observation mission. Least of all Sudan!

The performance of current Arab League officials is an ugly joke. But Syrians living at gunpoint and and the rest of the Arab world aren’t laughing.

December 30th, 2011, 2:52 am

 

jad said:

Jurgen
‘Bashar is not the problem’ is as true as ‘Bashar is the problem’, I think that if ‘Bashar’ is the ‘problem’, Syria struggle would’ve been solved 10 months ago, removing him is the easiest solution, and if it was, he would’ve been gone by now, however, the issue is much bigger than him as a person, both sides made him their ‘God’/’Devil’ icon to simplify the struggle for the average Syrian, yet the oppositions couldn’t get the numbers they need to do it nor did they achieved what they promised the people with, the head of Bashar, instead of, a better future, hence we are in this deep hole at the moment.
What I say is that if activists are able to stop wasting time, energy and Syrian lives in focusing all their effort on him and instead concentrate on corruption, dignity, freedom and democracy values through forming political party, engage the public in their views, have a constructive vision for a better Syria and spread democratic values through public education instead of violence, blood and calling for occupation they will succeed and win much faster than this daily tragedy.
Cursing him doesn’t do it for me, it sounded rather stupid, besides, no human deserve people to die for, only nations deserve such ultimate sacrifice.
To do the change we must start somewhere, and I strongly believe that dialogue and nonviolence means are our only choices if we want to build a democratically sustainable nation, anything else is a crime against every Syrian.

December 30th, 2011, 3:16 am

 

Uzair8 said:

Tens of thousands give inspiring pledge to Allah in Homs, Syria [Dec 2011] – MUST SEE!

December 30th, 2011, 5:30 am

 

Mina said:

I guess the EU envoy does not understand Arabic and missed both last February’s Qardawi’s claims for his next preach in al-Aqsa mosque, and the Syrian opposition’s who “will get back the Golan because the Asad are famous Zionist agents”…

So the EU is scared to the point of banning niqab because of some 100 women wearing it, but the Middle East should not be afraid of the rise of Islamists? And what democracy is he talking about? The one that can raid 17 NGOs in Cairo yesterday? (For the Gulf, sorry, they didn’t reach the stage where you can open an NGO anyway).

So to this day, we are left with two MB-regimes that have actually been in power: Sudan and Hamas in Gaza. Famous success stories, if I recall.

EU envoy: Israel has nothing to fear from regional rise of Islamists
Europe’s envoy to the Southern Mediterranean says ‘It is much more difficult to have wars with democracies.’

The European Union’s special envoy to the Southern Mediterranean, Bernardino Leon, on a lightening visit to Israel Thursday, told Haaretz that he does not believe Israel need fear the rise of Islamist governments in Egypt, Tunisia and Morocco.

“It is much more difficult to have wars with democracies,” Leon said.

Leon, whose responsibilities include the EU response to the Arab Spring, was appointed to the post in July. He was previously the political adviser to the outgoing Spanish prime minister, Jose Zapatero, and is a diplomat with more than 20 years’ experience, dealing mainly with the Middle East and the Arab world.

Over the past few months, Leon has shuttled between Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia and Libya to begin to open lines of communication and dialogue between the EU and the new parties rising in those countries, particularly the Islamists.

Leon was in Israel to present the EU’s position on the regime changes in the Arab world to government leaders in Jerusalem, and to bring a calming message as to the impact the changes will have on Israel.

Leon met with National Security Adviser Yaakov Amidror, with Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon and with more than 20 Israeli ambassadors to the EU, on Thursday.

“I understand the feeling of uncertainty – but my message to my Israeli friends is that the result of the transition will be different if the international community will support it. If we wait as spectators it might not happen – but if we engage it can work. This is not only voting – it is also jobs and this will not come without investment and the international community,” Leon said.

Israeli political and defense officials are said to disparage the term “Arab Spring” and are suspicious of it and officials who still use the term, prefering to use the term “Islamic winter.”

“I know the feeling here about the Arab Spring. It is not going to be easy but the real winter is what we had before – countries with corruption and torture. The transition to democracy can take decades, but if this line will continue it will definitely be better,” Leon said.

Leon said he believes that for the new governments being established in the region in the coming months, Israel will be a marginal issue. “The focus will be on internal issues and on building new societies,” he said. “They need stability to create jobs for the people and they will have to move from the symbolic world to the real world to bring back tourists and investors.”

He said the Muslim Brotherhood will have to move from the comfort of the opposition, to a point of bearing responsibility.

“Those parties will have to experience running a country and providing services to the people – so things will be more practical than metaphysical and they will deal more with internal issues than international problems. If tourists do not come back to Egypt – they will lose the next election,” Leon said.

December 30th, 2011, 5:33 am

 

Uzair8 said:

Syria offers condolences for death of Kim Jong-Il

December 23rd, 2011

North Korea said Friday that the Syrian regime, accused of killing thousands in a crackdown on protests this year, had sent condolences for the death of Kim Jong-Il.

The message from Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was addressed to Kim’s youngest son Kim Jong-Un, who like the Syrian leader is inheriting power from his father, according to the North’s official news agency.

It described the fellow strongman’s death “as a great loss not only to the Korean people but to the people of all countries struggling for freedom, justice and peace”, adding, “May his soul rest in peace.”

The United Nations estimates that more than 5,000 people have been killed in the Syrian government’s crackdown on protests since mid-March.

http://www.nowlebanon.com/NewsArchiveDetails.aspx?ID=345578

December 30th, 2011, 5:44 am

 

defender said:

فيلتمان: قلقون من أي محاولات من الاسد لتصدير مشاكله الى لبنان
جهل سياسي أم نفاق اعلامي ! هل سوريا بلد مجاور للقمر ؟ صدرت أمريكا و لا تزال تداعيات أزمتها المالية الى كل بلدان العالم و لم يسم أحدا السيد أوباما بمحاولات تصدير أية أزمة !

December 30th, 2011, 5:51 am

 

Mina said:

Angry Arab asks some to make up their mind:
Hamas: defending the Syrian regime
The sectarian agenda of the Ikhwan Syrian opposition (and their liberal lackeys) were exposed this week. For months, we heard from those groups fierce criticisms of Hizbullah for its lousy defense of the lousy Syrian regime. But when Hamas came out this week in support and praise of the Syrian regime, there was silence on the part of the Syrian Ikhwan opposition. Not a word of criticisms was uttered: only words of justification and explanation. Why? Because this opposition is blatantly sectarian and they are tools of Saudi Arabia. Pure and simple. You want me to support such reactionaries? You must be kidding me.
http://angryarab.blogspot.com/2011/12/hamas-defending-syrian-regime.html

December 30th, 2011, 6:11 am

 

Mina said:

Uzair
You seem to have missed that the UN General Assembly has observed a minute of silence for Kim Jong Il’s death and that the flags at the UN building (including the UN flag)were at half-mast for the same reason two dys ago! This is what they call diplomacy.
Seeing the space given to Kim Jong Il’s death and burial in the Western media, you understand why dictators enjoy cult of personality so much!

December 30th, 2011, 6:14 am

 

Juergen said:

Just read that Hitler Germany was also once visited by a monitoring group from the International Red Cross.
The nazis had established an system of concentration camps throughout Germany and the occupied terrotories, including Theresienstadt in Bohemia. In 1943 Germany had deported 476 jews from Danmark to Theresienstadt, the Nazis had tried hard to get hold of every jew in Danmark, but many managed to escape to Sweden. The danish government intervened hard on the Nazis to free the jews. In the end the Nazis allowed a commission by the Red Cross to visit Theresienstadt on 23 June 1944. For that visit the Nazis had turned this detention camp into an holiday camp. They had builded Cafes and opened an hospital and a swimming pool as well as a children playground. There was an children opera “Brundibar” performed for the montitors, as well as beforehand an famous filmmaker from Potsdam made an film about this camp for the german audience, so all could see the benefits of the regime and how humane the conditions were for state enemies.
There was afterall a small success for the Red Cross after long negotiations with the Nazis,they were able to fly out 1500 jews to neutral countries on Feb 6 1945, and the remaining danish jews who survived the “holiday camp” were freed on April 15 the same year. The red cross then also was totally responsible for the camp for 2 weeks before the Red Army went in on may 8th 1945.

I wonder how Seydnaya or Tadmor prisons will look like if the AL mission will visit them. Anyone has a clue what the Opera in Damascus is playing these weeks?

December 30th, 2011, 6:14 am

 

Juergen said:

Forgot to mention, there was of course no time for the monitors to talk with the inmates.

December 30th, 2011, 6:18 am

 

Syrialover said:

# 59. Juergen

And Russians perishing in Siberian labor camps used to say in frantic desperation, if only Stalin knew what they are doing to us!

And news for Jad #62 who claims:

“….if activists are able to stop wasting time, energy and Syrian lives in focusing all their effort on [Assad] and instead concentrate on corruption, dignity, freedom and democracy values through forming political party, engage the public in their views, have a constructive vision for a better Syria and spread democratic values through public education instead of violence, blood and calling for occupation they will succeed and win much faster than this daily tragedy”

Jad, that is HOW THE PROTESTS STARTED – but the “reformist” Assad government didn’t want to know and instantly started randomly shooting peaceful protesters and rounding them up for torture and disappearance. And the ugly rest of it.

It was only a matter of months ago. Jad can go back to the start and read about it. It’s well documented here on SC how the protests began with peaceful calls for action on economic distress and corruption.

The vicious, stupid, lying and panicky reaction of the regime was what has inflamed and spread the protest movement. Even Syrians not targeted have realised what a doomed loser and clown Assad is and that the stains of the regime’s crimes against Syrian people are now so deep and wide that trust, credibility, national unity and stability will NEVER happen until the stench of this regime is eradicated.

And if Jad thinks it’s fair enough to turn live ammunition on gatherings of unarmed citizens, surely even he finds some problem with the economic vandalism, lazy ignorance, misrule, corruption, menacing injustice and criminalisation of Syria’s institutions Assad and co have imposed on 23 million people for many years with the aid of the gun and torture chamber.

That is, unless Jad and his associates are 1. as tragically deluded as those Siberian prisoners or 2. are among the privileged minority who have benefited from the Assad regime.

December 30th, 2011, 7:58 am

 

Juergen said:

Syrialover

I am sure you wont find one mnhbak after the downfall of the regime, all will declare then that they have lived in total opposition of this regime.
Let there be no mistake about it, for that sake he is president to know what is committed under his name, and given the size of the muhabarat he should know pretty well whats really going on in the country. If he doesnt know whats going on, if we follow the trail of Mina whole regions are governed by corrupt officals, sorry i just dont buy it, never would the regime give a piece of the cake away.

I read today on an other blog whích is run by supporters of him here in Germany that there is growing criticism against him among the supporters. There are fractions who seem to call out for Maher to stop the terrorists by even more brutal force, stating that the President is too weak to really save his people. Its a crazy world…

December 30th, 2011, 8:14 am

 

Tara said:

Juergen and Syria Lover

People outlive the tyranny. No doubt about it. It may take some time. What do you think would happen to SC’s Mnhebaks after the fall of the regime, I am wondering. Would they just stop posting? Are the going to reincarnate themselves under different pseudonyms and claim they were opposition? Are they going to slip into severe depression? It would be interesting to observe. Mina, when the people of Syria emerge victorious, what are you going to do?

December 30th, 2011, 8:29 am

 

Juergen said:

Tara

I suppose not all of the Mnhebaks are only loyal to Assad only, i read other blogs on Lybia and it got wild, there were many who cry over the death of Ghadaffi, i assume some will return with loveletters for the Iranians or other leftover despotic regimes.One can see the weirdest alliances now, right wing islamophobs and monarchistic Shalovers are among the worshipers now.

December 30th, 2011, 8:41 am

 

norman said:

Tara,

I do not think that you want people to talk about you and your parents under any label, treat others the way you want to be treated.

December 30th, 2011, 8:49 am

 

defender said:

73. JUERGEN

Soldiers of the USA are sent from Iraq, it is the fact. The fact also Syria has not fallen yet! You observe of well-being of Europe! It is necessary to underline that the capitalist world is sick and all planet is suffers from it
I recommend to be engaged in the affairs

December 30th, 2011, 9:31 am

 

Syria no kandahar said:

Islamokoko Tartora
What is going to happen to you when Syrian people shove your Islamist terrorist
Into the Ass of History Garbage?Are your parents going to force not to use the Internet again because it is haram or are they going go have you use niqab
Instead of your Hijab?or may they will punish you and force you to have Bashar
Picture on your screen ?

December 30th, 2011, 9:41 am

 

defender said:

The German mask , lack of morality by trading in blood and contribute to war

Germany’s contribution to the Arab spring: arms sales
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/jul/09/germany-arms-sale-saudi-arabia

German Arms Go East
http://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2011/12/20/german-arms-go-east.html

December 30th, 2011, 11:30 am

 

Juergen said:

Defender

Its not my intention to see Syria fall, after the fall of AssadSyria and his clan there will be still a Syria.
You run into open doors when you talk about the sick mind of capitalism, but i lived under communism and it failed as well, what do you suggest to live under Assadism?

December 30th, 2011, 11:30 am

 

Tara said:

Kandahar

Bashar’s photo on my computer screen? I did not imagine you are that evil…No thanks! There is a photo on my computer screen taken in a restaurant in Toronto that I consider priceless. I do not like your criminal Besho. Did you forget?

December 30th, 2011, 11:48 am

 

Tara said:

Massive demonstration in Syria today. 31 killed so far. The results of the AL’s conclusion is sealed unless they are all bought which I doubt. We will have to live through the daily killing for a month until the delegate submits it’s conclusion to the AL. Then, will see Bashar Jaafari’s face in the UNSC when it decides to refer Bushbush to the ICC. I am hopeful.

December 30th, 2011, 12:08 pm

 

Tara said:

Where is pro Besho demonstrations that SS promised us yesterday? In a school square? Or Bushbush can’t get any lover on Friday? It is quite embarrassing! Hoe about offering his lovers higher price? I think it is kinda worth it..at least for his self esteem.

December 30th, 2011, 12:14 pm

 

Observer said:

I usually start the day by checking pro regime sites such as Cham Press and Doonia and the pro regime Lebanese newspapers.
There is clearly a realization that the regime is in a dead end. Even our Dear Professor here is realizing that. I do not know what Alex thinks.
I even watch JAD clutching at straws of information and even ANN is no longer cutting and pasting the Chinese and Russian quotes.

I think it is the beginning of the end and today in Damascus going from one area to another is near impossible due to the presence of so many security people trying to prevent demonstrations.

There is a hint of a new government and it will include opposition figures and independents. The boy wonder will not run in 2014 or so it seems.

Now instead of insults and cut and paste I invite the reasonable people on this blog to start a forum with the title:
How to uproot the regime while preserving the institutions for their ultimate reforms.

This is really hard work guys and girls.

Time to rebuild Syria, the Arab cause, the economies in tatters and the education of millions and to continue resistance to occupation and to invite the remaining Arab people to join in free economic union.

December 30th, 2011, 12:15 pm

 

defender said:

كشفت الإذاعة العبرية، النقاب عن وقوع خلل فني وُصف بـ “خطير” في المنظومة الحربية الإسرائيلية “القبة الحديدية”، وكاد أن يتسبب بقتل عدد من الجنود والضباط الإسرائيليين داخل قاعدة عسكرية على الحدود مع قطاع غزة.

وقالت الإذاعة، صباح اليوم الخميس (28/12)، أن حادثاً وقع أثناء أعمال صيانة كانت تجري للمنظومة قبل عدّة أيام، حين انطلق عن طريق الخطأ حوالي عشرين صاروخ اعتراض سقطت على مقربة من مجموعة من الجنود والضباط إلا أنها لم تنفجر، الأمر الذي تسبب بإحداث أضرار جسيمة للصواريخ التي تحتوي على مئات الكيلوجرامات من المواد المتفجرة.

ونقلت الإذاعة، عن مسؤول عسكري إسرائيلي رفيع المستوى، قوله “إن الخسائر المادية كبيرة جداً بسبب انطلاق هذا الكم من الصواريخ دون جدوى، وقد تضرّرت ولم تعد صالحة للاستعمال ثانية في ظل عدم توفير كميات كافية منها”.

من جانبه، أعلن قائد سلاح الجو الإسرائيلي عيدو نحوشتان عن تشكيل لجنة تحقيق خاصّة للوقوف على تفاصيل الحادث، فيما أمر بالوقف الفوري لكل أعمال صيانة المنظومة إلى حين انتهاء التحقيق.

وكان جيش الاحتلال قد عمد إلى نصب عدد من البطاريات المشغلة لمنظومة “القبة الحديدية” لاعتراض الصواريخ قصيرة المدى على الحدود مع قطاع غزة، في محاولة لاعتراض صواريخ المقاومة الفلسطينية التي تنطلق من غزة باتجاه أهداف إسرائيلية داخل الأراضي الفلسطينية المحتلة عام 1948، والتي لم تظهر فاعلية على أرض الواقع في اعتراض الصواريخ، بحسب تأكيدات خبراء عسكريين إسرائيليين.

December 30th, 2011, 12:47 pm

 

Khalid Tlass said:

NORMAN,

I thought you were a tolerant person who though both Arab Christains and Muslims have the same roots and share much more with each other. Your comment about Arab Christians fighting each other with brooms while Arab Muslims fight each other with guns was DISGUSTING to say the least. ( btw Armenians are not Arab)….. I am expecting an aplogy from you….becoz by ur own admission, Arab Muslims and Arab Christians are just the SAME, but in ur previous comment you tried to show that they were DIFFERENT, so aren’t you playing with words ? And as I said, as an Arab Nationalist I expect an apology from you for what u said and you should take back ur words.

December 30th, 2011, 1:19 pm

 

Dale Andersen said:

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

“…Syrian security forces opened fire at protesters on Friday, killing at least 12, as hundreds of thousands filled the streets of restive cities to demonstrate against the government of President Bashar al-Assad…”

Quote of the day: “I even watch JAD clutching at straws of information and even ANN is no longer cutting and pasting the Chinese and Russian quotes…”

December 30th, 2011, 1:19 pm

 

Shami said:

SNK and the other islamophobs :
Do you also hate Ha$$oun ,Buti and the Kubayssiyat ?

December 30th, 2011, 1:20 pm

 

Khalid Tlass said:

Bismillah al Rahman al Rahim,

Ida jaa’ Nasr Allah wal FATH,

Wa ra aytan Naas yadkhulouna fee deenillahi afwaaja

FaSabbih biHamdi Rabbuka WaStaghfirh inna hu kana tawaaba.

December 30th, 2011, 1:23 pm

 

Khalid Tlass said:

,/
Bismillah al Rahman al Rahim,

Ida jaa’ Nasr Allah wal FATH,

Wa ra aytan Naas yadkhulouna fee deenillahi afwaaja

FaSabbih biHamdi Rabbuka WaStaghfirh inna hu kana tawaaba.

December 30th, 2011, 1:24 pm

 

Khalid Tlass said:

Bismillah al Rahman al Rahim,

Ida jaa’ Nasr Allah wal FATH,

Wa ra aytan Naas yadkhulouna fee DeenILLAHI afwaaja

FaSabbih biHamdi Rabbuka WaStaghfirh inna hu kana tawaaba

_____________________________________________________________-

December 30th, 2011, 1:26 pm

 

Khalid Tlass said:

Choke on this Assad supporters.

December 30th, 2011, 1:29 pm

 

ann said:

Turkish rights groups want U.N. probe into deadly raid – Fri Dec 30, 2011

Turkish rights groups called on Friday for a U.N.-sponsored investigation after Turkish warplanes killed 35 villagers in an airstrike targeting Kurdish rebels on the Iraqi border that the government has called an operational mistake.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/12/30/us-turkey-iraq-airstrike-idUSTRE7BT0DN20111230

The incident, which is under government investigation, has raised tensions with minority Kurds in Turkey, sparking clashes between stone-throwing protesters and police in cities in the restive mainly pro-Kurdish southeast and areas in Istanbul.

The attack, one of the largest single-day civilian death tolls since the militants launched their armed insurgency in 1984, came at a time when Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan has been trying to engage Kurds in talks to write a new constitution expected to address long-held Kurdish grievances.

“The incident requires a more detailed investigation, but it is an execution without due process, and carries the characteristics of a mass murder in terms of the number of victims,” human rights groups IHD and Mazlumder said in a preliminary report into Wednesday’s airstrike.

“Turkish and international non-governmental organizations should investigate the incident and the U.N. Human Rights Committee should send a committee right away.”

Erdogan’s government, which has admitted that those killed were civilian smugglers whom the military mistook for Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants, has promised not to allow a cover-up of the incident.

“We are waiting for the investigation results. We will share its results with the public,” Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc told reporters on Friday.

“These incidents can take place in the process of the fight against terror.”

IHD and Mazlumder said most of those killed near the border village of Uludere were between the ages of 12 and 18. Turkish media has reported that 28 out of the 35 dead belonged to the same extended family and carried the same surname.

In their report, IHD and Mazlumder quoted 19-year-old Haci Encu, who survived the attack and was in hospital, as saying the smugglers were a group of about 40-50 people with mules and were attacked by drones when they were crossing the border to Iraq.

“We were going for sugar and diesel. We even heard the drone, but we kept on walking because it’s our ordinary route,” Encu is quoted as saying.

“The first drone killed 20 people, who were right on the border. We started running towards Iraq, and bombs started to fall on those who were left behind on the rocky area. We were six people in my group, and three of us survived. We had civilian clothes and nobody was armed,” Encu said.

“The attack lasted around an hour. Me and a couple of other people with three mules, we went into a river, waited there for an hour and went out to hide beneath rocks,” he said.

“We have been doing this for a long time. Two people from the group were married, the rest were high school and secondary school students. Nobody has contacted me for testimony yet, and I haven’t seen a single soldier since the incident.”

“CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY”

The funerals were expected to be held on Friday.

Turkey’s largest pro-Kurdish party, the Peace and Democracy Party, or BDP, labeled the strike a crime against humanity, and has accused the armed forces of a cover-up.

The Turkish military had said its warplanes launched air strikes after drones spotted suspected PKK militants in the area. The military said there were was no civilian settlement in the area.

Turkish newspapers on Friday carried front-page pictures showing lines of corpses covered by blankets on a barren hillside, with weeping relatives around the bodies.

“Deadly intelligence,” read pro-government Zaman.

The incident threatens to ignite more violence from the PKK, which is regarded as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the European Union and the United States. The group has been fighting for an ethnic Kurdish homeland in a conflict that has claimed the lives of 40,000 people.

A PKK commander called on Kurds to rise up to what he called an organized and planned massacre.

“We call on all the people of Kurdistan and especially those of Hakkari and Sirnak to show their reaction against this massacre and to hold the perpetrators of this massacre accountable through their uprising,” Bahoz Erdal said in a statement.

December 30th, 2011, 1:44 pm

 

ann said:

Israeli general hints at another Gaza invasion – Dec 30, 2011

Israel and Gaza traded fire this week as Israel began discussing the possibility of another invasion to reestablish “‘deterrence.'”

A retaliatory Israeli airstrike killed a Palestinian militant today amid a gradual resurgence of fire across the Israel-Gaza border that has prompted discussions in Israel about an effort to reestablish “deterrence.”

This week marks the third anniversary of the swift, devastating 2008-09 Israeli invasion of Gaza that was intended to cow Hamas into ending its rocket campaign in southern Israel. Although the ceasefire that ended Operation Cast Lead has largely held, there has been occasional fire, including this week.

On Dec. 28, Israel killed one Islamic Jihad operative and wounded 10 “global Jihad operatives” in two strikes, Haaretz reports. The following day, Gazan militants launched four rockets into southern Israel’s Negev desert, causing no injuries.

The head of Israel’s Southern Brigade said yesterday that preparations for another “large-scale” Israeli incursion into Gaza are underway “to renew our deterrence,” Haaretz reports.

“We are preparing and in fact are ready for another campaign, which will be varied and different, to renew our deterrence, if we are called on to restore full quiet to the communities [in the south],” said the head of the division’s Southern Brigade, Brig. Gen. Tal Hermoni.

“But I wouldn’t eulogize Operation Cast Lead just yet,” Hermoni added, in a briefing for military reporters. “On a daily basis, it’s pretty quiet here. The mild response [to Tuesday’s targeted killings] is evidence that they don’t want to feel the IDF’s fists.”

The intention is a shorter operation that employs significantly more firepower than Cast Lead did. The IDF believes that Hamas and the many other terrorist groups operating in the Gaza Strip, some of them outside Hamas control, have more weapons than they did in 2008. Emboldened, they fired rockets at IDF troops for the first time this year, according to Haaretz.

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Israel holds Hamas responsible for all fire coming out of the Gaza Strip, but many of the rockets are believed to come from other Palestinian factions. The man killed in today’s Israel air strike, Muman Abu Daf, was leader of an Al Qaeda-inspired group known as the Army of Islam, BBC reports. The IDF believes the group planted explosives along the Israel-Gaza border and had a hand in planning an attempted attack along the Israel-Egypt border this week, according to The Associated Press.

Although Hamas continues to reject Israel’s existence, it has attempted to keep a tense peace with Israel by trying to rein in rocket fire from more radical groups in the Gaza Strip, The New York Times reports. The efforts mean little to some Israeli military officials.

“We shoot when we’re being shot at,” one security official told Reuters Friday. “It’s clear that Hamas does not have an interest in fanning the flames at this time, but it’s not dousing them either.”

According to a Haaretz report yesterday, in late November Hamas leader Khaled Meshal has ordered the group’s military wing to cease attacks on Israeli targets. Israeli officials say they’ve detected no change in the group’s behavior, nor have they received official word of Mr. Meshal’s order. They attributed the decision to convenience, not a change of heart. Hamas in Gaza scoffed at Meshal’s decision.

Hamas’ leadership in Gaza said it was surprised by Meshal’s statement and that “the only way to liberate the occupied lands is through the armed struggle.” The Hamas interior minister in Gaza, Fathi Hamad, added that the group’s “internal leadership” does not necessarily intend to abide by Meshal’s policy.

In an analysis for Haaretz, military affairs reporter Avi Issacharoff writes that Meshal’s decision is based on practicalities, not a true change in strategy or goals. He also notes that efforts to rein in rocket fire have earned Hamas in Gaza significant criticism, and prompted many defections to the more radical group Islamic Jihad, which continues to fire rockets.

The historical decision to modify the character of the Palestinian struggle – alongside Hamas’ agreement to join the Palestine Liberation Organization (and in large measure to accept the written agreements with Israel ) – does not necessarily attest to a strategic shift in terms of goals. It’s possible that Meshal and his aides realize that for now they need to forgo terrorist attacks in favor of new and more effective ways of achieving their goals: Indeed, Meshal and his colleagues admit that they have not completely abandoned the armed struggle and that they reserve the right to resist the Israeli occupation “using all means.” Meshal also emphasized that Hamas does not intend to disarm or to stop the organization’s huge arms buildup in Gaza.

December 30th, 2011, 1:55 pm

 

Khalid Tlass said:

The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said

“If war ensues, Allah shall inspire from al-SHAAM a group of aid, the best of Arabs in horsemanship and the best in weaponry, Allah shall support the religion with them”

( On the authority of Abu Hureirah (radiAllah) Ibn Majah and al Faswi and ibn Asakir and Al Hakim, and declared Hasan by Al Albani)

December 30th, 2011, 1:58 pm

 

Khalid Tlass said:

ANN,

Stick to the topic or get ASS wh***ed.

December 30th, 2011, 2:00 pm

 

Khalid Tlass said:

Bismillah al Rahman al Rahim,

Ida jaa’ Nasr Allah wal FATH,

Wa ra aytan Naas yadkhulouna fee DeenILLAHI afwaaja

FaSabbih biHamdi Rabbuka WaStaghfirh inna hu kana tawaaba

,t

December 30th, 2011, 2:01 pm

 

Khalid Tlass said:

Prophet Muhammad (saw) – said:

“Go to BILAD AL SHAAM for it is the best of Allah’s lands on earth, He drives the best of His slaves to it” (At Tabarani, and declared Sahih by Albani in Saheeh Al Jami)

December 30th, 2011, 2:03 pm

 

Ales said:

Wishes of Assad opponents to remove him still do not seem realistic.

Today demonstrations were larger than in previous days, but numbers of people on videos are still exaggerated by 10 times. Instead of 250.000 claimed (in one place), truth might be 25.000. Looks like largest demo was one Khalid pointed at post 92. There was no single video of protesters being shoot at by security. Instead of complaining, protesters should thank observers, as now they have a chance to prove they can increase numbers. If demos do not increase in one month observers will be in Syria, Assad will remain in power.

If this happen, it won’t be acceptable by many in opposition and they will wage armed insurgency. Syrians should probably not wish for this to happen, as it will lead to Idleb style military operations in Homs and other insurgency areas. So far, army has been holding back well, considering they are shoot at and killed. At some point, holding back will end.

December 30th, 2011, 2:07 pm

 

Haytham Khoury said:

Revlon#56.

Dear Revlon:

What I wrote was a joke/frustration (from the whole situation). I know it is easy for me to say. However it is hard for them to do. Indeed, they have to deal with a lot of pressures: the media, the public, the internal politics and the external relationship. For this reason, I felt I should help them to deal with AL with more controlled emotions.

December 30th, 2011, 2:39 pm

 

Khalid Tlass said:

Haytham,

Most of the observers are good, at least they went to Baba Amr on their own and heard the people, the problem is with Mustafa al Dabi ; also Governments of Sudan, Algeria, Iraq, even Kuwait, are interfereing in the due process and the observers from these countries are not behaving in an objective manner.

The behaviour of the Egyptian, Tunisian and Libyan observers is most satisfactory.

December 30th, 2011, 2:46 pm

 

Norman said:

Khalid,

It is sad for me to see Sunni and Shia killing each other in the name of who is more Muslim, while the West is laughing at us, i look at at Iraq, the country with massive resources that was lead to fight Shia Muslim Iran and lead to 30 lost years of moving forward, is that what we really want of Islam, is that really what the prophet expected Muslims to do , i really doubt it.

That is all what i meant. It was meant to push Muslims to see further ahead.

December 30th, 2011, 2:53 pm

 

Syrialover said:

Ann #93 and #94 does not know (or care) what the topic is. She clearly has no genuine interest, connection, understanding or background on Syria. She does not read anything posted on SC, justs blindly cuts and pastes. It’s very obvious she doesn’t even read the articles she herself pastes. She gets a childish buzz having her name here but is too lazy, ignorant and neurotic-compulsive to contribute properly.

I am sure this is one of a number of forums she is clogging up with her wild random cuttting and pasting.

I guess all public discussion forums attract an Ann or two. Sad types. Unfortunately she is messing with something of value in vandalising SC.

I wish she would get a life and move on from her “Syria phase”.

December 30th, 2011, 2:57 pm

 

Khalid Tlass said:

NORMAN,

The Shia are killing all the Sunnis in Iraq , their intention is to cleanse Iraq of all Sunni Arabs and nake Iraq a Shia-istan aand Kurdistan.

Norman, do not forget that it is this same Iraqi regine which blames any incident on “Baathist-Takfiri groups’.

Now tell me, NORMAN, since u support Nouri al Maliki, how do you like Baathi being equated to Takfiri ? Because the Iraqi regikme uses these two words interchangeably, “Baathist-Takfiri terrorist groups”. lol. Tell me, are you a Takfiri, Norman ? Nouri al maliki thinks so !!

December 30th, 2011, 3:00 pm

 

Khalid Tlass said:

PKK terrorist gangs sheltered by Assad fired on anti-regime demonstration in Qamishli today. These PKK terror gangs were later beaten up by patriotic Kurds. Bashar is now resorting to sowing ethnic division between Kurds and Arabs in Qamishli !!

December 30th, 2011, 3:08 pm

 

Khalid Tlass said:

NORMAN,

If you are an Arab and if you value honour, I dare you to condemn the current Iraqi regime for sowing sectarian discord and trying to destroy Arabism and secularism.

December 30th, 2011, 3:13 pm

 

Khalid Tlass said:

NORMAN,

Sunnis being a minority in Iraq are being massacred, and Sunnis being a majority in Syria are being massacred, very soon we will avenge our Iraqi brothers in Syria and it will be very chilling indeed, as Shaykh Arour has warned. But Christains will have nothing to fear, they are neutral in this conflict.

Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Sunnis are One.

We are the Sons of Omar.

December 30th, 2011, 3:17 pm

 

Khalid Tlass said:

Not to mention, to avenge the more than 100,000 Sunnis killed by this regime since 1964.

December 30th, 2011, 3:23 pm

 

Norman said:

Khalid,

I did not support AL Maliki and Syria did not support him either, as you might remember that Syria supported Allawi and his Iraqiya party, the violence overthrow of Saddam Hussein and the Baath party lead to this religous government in Iraq, your Sunni Arabs Like Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Egypt supported that Invasion, only Syria/ Assad stood against it, what they did in Iraq are trying to do in Syria to divide Syria as they did Iraq,

Syria needs reform but not a violent overthrow of the government and the Baath party,
Just remember that the Baath party with it’s principles what count not it’s membership that can come and go.

So if AL Maliki calls me Takfiri because i like the Baath party in Syria and in Iraq , that is an honer to me.

December 30th, 2011, 3:23 pm

 

Khalid Tlass said:

We will remind the times of the Ottomans and Umayyads. The Shias and Alawis have gone toooo far in Iraq and Syria.

Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Sunnis are One.

December 30th, 2011, 3:47 pm

 

Khalid Tlass said:

NORMAN,

Another thing I want to tell you, RIFAAT AL ASSAD is especially WANTED by the FSA and the Syrian people for the crimes committed in Hama in February 1982, do not thing that he will be spared, he is trying to save himself. It is known to all and sundry that he was totally “in charge” of operations in that incident.

Also the roles played by Abdul Halim Khaddam and Mustafa Tlass during the incident will be investigated. We are not sectarian.

December 30th, 2011, 3:54 pm

 

Khalid Tlass said:

NORMAN, since you are from Hama and quite old, I’m sure you can confirm this :

“The Churches were also affected by the destruction. The city of Hama used to have four ancient Churches at the time of the invasion. The regime forces blew up two, demolished part of the third and ransacked the fourth. These incidents coincided with the Christians’ preparations to inaugurate the new church which took 17 years to build, and the ordinary people in the city have spent a lot of money for their church to become a unique architectural masterpiece. Forces of the authority blew it up using dynamite.”

http://www.shrc.org/data/aspx/d5/2535.aspx

December 30th, 2011, 3:58 pm

 

Syrialover said:

From long term reading of SC I know Norman as an intelligent and interesting man who is proud of, cares about and values Syria as deeply as is possible.

I have enjoyed, admired and circulated a number of his posts over the years.

His comment #102 is the truth.

But Norman’s stressed anxiety and fear for what is happening in Syria seems to be now leading him to him say some wild things about the west, lose perspective and cry out and hope against reality.

Syria is daily emotional torture for all of us. But it is infinitely worse for those loved ones we are in contact with and supporting inside. We have to accept what is broken and lost and deal with reality, not what we would liked to unmake and deny.

The shabby veneer cracked beyond repair with the first live bullet fired by the regime on the first peaceful protesters.

All we can do is cling to a hope that the change that had to come will yield some positive outcomes.

But the rubbish AL delegation, the sight of creepy Assad lying on an international stage, the linking of Syrians’ fate to the current lunatics running Iran and so on are unrelenting undeserved punishment and insult after injury to Syrians.

I remind Norman that these things, like the vicious attacks on Syrian citizens by their State, aren’t the work of the west and the opposition, the ones he most often denounces.

And I know that Syrians inside who are exhausted with shock and uncertainty as their lives and country crumble certainly don’t think so either.

December 30th, 2011, 4:03 pm

 

Norman said:

Khalid said,
(( 110. Khalid Tlasssaid:

We will remind the times of the Ottomans and Umayyads. The Shias and Alawis have gone toooo far in Iraq and Syria.

(((Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Sunnis are One))

No Khalid ,

Everybody has gone too far ,not just Alawi and Shia,

Iraq, Syria and Lebanon, Arabs are one Christians, Sunni and Alawi, Shia and others are one, we need to use all the resource that we have to lift our nation.

Khalid,

We had a house in Souk AL Shajara and at one time we owned the whole neighbourhood, my dad learned Arabic in the neighborhood Mosque, the one that was destroyed and rebuilt by President Assad,

Refaat Assad and Khaddam, they deserve everything you want for them

What happened in Hama is for history to evaluate and judge

I am not that old , you know, i am just a news junky since i was 10 years old, sport was never one of mu interests.

December 30th, 2011, 4:44 pm

 

Khalid Tlass said:

Destroyed and rebuilt by President Assad.

Now, shouldn’t you be asking, WHY was it destroyed ?

And you owned the whole neighbourhood ? Didn;t you say you spent your childhood in modest circukstances and your dad was an electrician ?

December 30th, 2011, 4:57 pm

 

Norman said:

Khalid,

My Grandfather lost all his money and property in the late thirties during the depression, he paid his bills but could not collect what was owed to him, and yes my father was an electrician that started working at the age of 14, he said to help the family and help put his brother into law school, The Church in the Souk AL Shajara was supported by our family and my father’s uncle is buried there,

To me i feel that the mosques and the Churches are just buildings that can be rebuild, it the communities of these Churches and mosques that are scarred forever, as i said what happened in Hama is for history to judge , i do not think that we are going to agree on this one.

December 30th, 2011, 5:10 pm

 

jad said:

“How to uproot the regime while preserving the institutions for their ultimate reforms.”
Coming from a guy/girl who never stopped calling for making Syria 5 Syrias depending on each Syrian sect and ethnicity according to the new Sykes-Picot…I so trust your observations and your recommendations, I’m sure it’ll take all the 5 Syrias’ Syrians to ‘heaven’ and solve all there problems!

December 30th, 2011, 5:38 pm

 

jad said:

Aldabi denies what he said, the usual game, don’t they get bored of denying everything they say couple days later not immediately? I guess they don’t read news.

رئيس بعثة مراقبي الجامعة العربية بسوريا ينفي إدلاءه بأي تصريحات صحفية

أكد رئيس بعثة مراقبي الجامعة الدول العربية إلى سوريا الفريق أول محمد مصطفى الدابي أن ما جاء منسوبا على لسانه لا أساس من الصحة ولا يمت إلى الحقيقة بصلة.
كانت تصريحات نُسبت إلى الدابي قال فيها معقبا على ما رآه في سوريا: “لم نر شيئا مخيفا”.
وذكر بيان الجامعة العربية أنه “في هذا الاطار، وحرصا من البعثة ولتفادي نقل تصريحات مغلوطة من أي جهة سيكون تصريح البعثة مكتوبا ليعمم على كافة وسائل الاعلام الاقليمية والدولية”.
وأكدت البعثة التعاون التي وجدته من كافة الأطراف والذي تأمل تواصله بما يحقق تنفيذ التعهدات التي التزمت بها الحكومة السورية.

December 30th, 2011, 5:45 pm

 

jad said:

نبوءات وأخبار.. من حقائب الأسرار
by بقلم: نارام سرجون

في آخر صفحة من عام 2011.. ماذا نقول؟
أنا لاأحب الانضمام الى مجالس العزاء وحفلات الوداع التي تقام بمناسبة رحيل الأعوام والسنوات.. وها أنا الآن أمام عام 2011 الذي صدر قرار من الزمن بانتهاء ولايته علينا واحالته الى التقاعد وتعيين العام 2012 بدلاً عنه ليدير شؤون الحياة ..فاذا عساي اقول؟
صحيح ان عام 2011 عام مجنون امتلأت حقائب سفره التي حزمها بالضحايا والرصاص وقصص المؤامرات.. وصحيح انه كتب في دفتر مذكراته معترفا أنه لن ينسى أنه قتل كثيراً من السوريين والليبيين.. ولكن من الواجب تذكيره ألا ينسى أيضا أن يدون في مذكراته أن الزمن لايهزم شعباً يمسك بأوتاد قاسيون..

سيعترف عام 2011 وهو يقف على عتبة الباب مغادرا وقد ناء كلكله بالأحمال والأثقال والعتاب والدموع والخيانات والمؤامرات والاكاذيب والخيبات بأنه هزم في دمشق وأن “المهمة لم تكتمل” .. ومع أنه سيدس في جيوبه قانون الطوارئ الراحل ومحكمة أمن الدولة .. فانه كذلك سيدس في جيوبه مصداقية الجزيرة وسيضع في جيب معطفه الطويل اسم رجب طيب اردوغان كزعيم للشرق كان منتظرا ولم يعد ينتظره الا الرحيل .. وسيقول عام 2011 خجلا: لقد قتلت الكثيرين منكم .. ولكنكم الشعب الذي لم أهزمه رغم كل مافعلت .. وها أنذا أرحل ..وأنتم الباقون .. ولاأملك الا أن أكتب في الصفحة الأخيرة من دفتر مذكراتي بأنني أودع اليوم شعبا جريحا .. لكنه شعب لايموت..
وكما لاأحب حفلات النهايات فانني كذلك لاأحب حفلات الاستقبال ومراسم الترحيب بالزوار مجهولي الهوية ..ومن بين أهم هؤلاء الزوار المجهولين يطل علينا عام 2012 مزهوا .. لكنه وكما نتوقع لايرى في عيوننا الترحيب بل الأسئلة والتوجس والفضول .. حيث يقف الحاكم الجديد لأقدارنا على العتبة ويتسلم منا أسئلة كثيرة عن محتويات حقائبه الكثيرة ..ويمسك بمظروفات دفعنا بها اليه وفيها سؤال واحد: ماذا لديك لنا عن الأزمة السورية واتجاهاتها؟؟ وفي مظروفات أخرى أسئلة عن الجامعة العربية ..وعن مصير المسلحين والسلاح وأصوات الرصاص وشقاء المعذبين في القلق على الوطن ..وعن الصفقات السياسية واتفاقات ما تحت الطاولة وعن قطر وحكامها القتلة وتحولات الحكم في السعودية ومصير أردوغان و.. و.. الخ ..
وبرغم انني لاأدعي معرفتي بمحتويات حقائب عام 2012 الا أن مراجعة لمحتويات حقائب السفر التي حزمها عام 2011 للرحيل ربما تدلنا على أن عام 2012 سيكون بلا شك عاما تنقلب فيه الموازين .. كما ان من يفتش فيها ويقرأ في مذكرات عام 2011 فانه سيعرف ماذا في الحقائب المغلقة التي تنزل الآن من عربة الزمن والتي ترجل منها أمير الزمن الجديد الذي يطلق عليه عام 2012 ..
ورغم حبي للتفاؤل وسعادتي الطفولية بقراءة الطالع عندما يكون مليئا بالأمل فانني أعترف أنني لاأحب كلام المنجمين ولا أثق بحسابات الفلك والأبراج ولابتحركات زحل وعطارد ..لأنني ببساطة أحب قراءة المنطق قبل النجوم .. وقراءة المنطق تجعلني أقدر على أن أقول بمستوى كبير من الثقة ان فيها مفاجآت ستريح الوطنيين السوريين وستسبب الغصة لمن في معسكر الشر .. وفيها انطلاق كل الأسرار الحبيسة ..وسيكون عام 2012 هو عام الافراج عن الأسرار .. التي ستخرج الى النور .. وسيفتح السوريون أفواههم دهشة .. من حجم هذه الخفايا ومن الطريقة التي نجوا فيها من أكبر العواصف والأمواج والأعاصير .. وسنعرف جميعا كيف أن من تآمر على السوريين من العرب .. ربما سيجف حلقه في هذا العام وسيعيش القلق والأرق .. ربما في حقائب أمير الزمن الجديد أخبارعن أمير قطر وجزيرته..وفيها اجابات عن الحرب والسلام ..وعن مصير المجلس السوري الانتقالي ..

الى اللقاء في عام 2012 حيث ربما سنعرف فيه معنى روايتين روسيتين عظيمتين .. واحدة اسمها (الحرب والسلام) للروائي الروسي العملاق ليو تولستوي .. وأخرى اسمها (الجريمة والعقاب) للعبقري الروسي ديستويفسكي .. دون الغوص في المعاني الفلسفية للروايتين ..

فهل كان عام 2011 عام الحرب وسيكون عام 2012 عام السلام أم العكس؟؟ .. وهل كان عام 2011 عام الجريمة بحق الشعب السوري وسيكون عام 2012 عام العقاب؟؟ .. العقاب من المتورطين في محاولة اغتيال دمشق ..

كل عام وأنتم.. لسورية.. وكل عام والخير في سورية..

December 30th, 2011, 5:59 pm

 

Syria no kandahar said:

هيثم الشابي
ذنب الاخوان
اذا الشعب يوما أراد الخراب
فلابد ان تستجيب قطر

December 30th, 2011, 6:06 pm

 

Syria no kandahar said:

Road map to solving syria crisis:

December 30th, 2011, 6:24 pm

 

Norman said:

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مصريون مسلمون غاضبون يحرقون ثلاثة منازل قبطية في أسيوط

صبري حسنين GMT 7:00:00 2011 الجمعة 30 ديسمبر

أقدمت مجموعة من الشباب المسلمين على إحراق ثلاثة منازل تابعة لأقباط مصريين على خلفيّة مشادّة وقعت مساء الخميس. وتتضارب المعلومات حول أسباب الخلاف، حيث تشير مصادر إلى أنّ السبب مرتبط برسوم، قيل إنها “مسيئة إلى الرسول”، رسمها طالب ثانوي.

مواجهة سابقة بين مسلمين وأقباط في مصر

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القاهرة: أحرق محتجّون مصريون ثلاثة منازل قبطية في أسيوط، بعدما نشر طالب قبطي رسوماً، اعتبرها المعتدون “مسئية إلى الرسول”.

وتدخلت قوات الشرطة والجيش لإخماد الحرائق الثلاثة، ونقلت أسرة الطالب إلى مكان آمن.

ووفقاً لشهود عيان، وقعت المشاجرة بين طلاب مسلمين وزميل لهم قبطي، يدعى مسعود عبد اللاه في مدرسة منقباد الثانوية المشتركة في أسيوط، على خلفية نشر الأخير رسوماً على صفحته الشخصية في موقع فايسبوك، رأى فيها الطلاب المسلمون إساءة إلى النبي. تطورت المشاجرة إلى تراشق بالحجارة بين أسرة الطالب ومجموعة من المسلمين الذين إنضموا لاحقاً إلى المهاجمين.

وقال وليد عبده من أهالي أسيوط لـ”إيلاف” إن مجموعة من الأهالي توجّهوا إلى منزل أسرة الشاب، للاحتجاج على سلوك عبد اللاه، وسرعان ما تطور الأمر إلى مشادات كلامية، فمشاجرة، فتراشق بالحجارة والزجاجات الحارقة، ما أدّى إلى احتراق منزل أسرة الشاب، وامتداد النيران إلى منزلين آخرين مملوكين لأعمامه.

وأضاف عبده أن بعض الأهالي اتصل بالشرطة، التي حضرت مع قوة من الجيش، وطوّقت البلدة، ثم أخرجت الأسر القبطية إلى مكان آمن، وسيطرت على الحريق.

في المقابل، قدم سعيد شكري من أهالي أسيوط رواية مختلفة للحادث. وقال لـ”إيلاف” إن الأحداث اشتعلت عندما هاجمت مجموعة من المسلمين من أهالي قرية بهيج مدرسة منقباد الثانوية، وطالبوا بتسليم الطالب القبطي لتأديبه.

وأشار شكري إلى أن أسرة الشاب علمت بالحادث، فهرعت إلى المدرسة، التي شهدت إشتباكات بين الطرفين المسيحي والقبطي، قبل أن تتوجّه مجموعة أخرى من المسلمين لاحقًا إلى منزل أسرة الطالب، وتضرم فيه النيران.

وألقت الشرطة القبض على مشعلي الحريق، وتجري النيابة تحقيقاتها في الحادث، فيما يحاول الأهالي إحتواء الموقف، وعقد جلسة للصلح بين الطرفين.

http://www.elaph.com/Web/news/2011/12/705903.html

إغلاق النافذة

December 30th, 2011, 6:39 pm

 

Haytham Khoury said:

KHALID TLASS#101.

Dear Khalid: I still believe the observer mission is good for the Syrian people. Indeed, we saw reduced killing and violence in the last two days. I still believe the mission will be successful in conveying the reality to the AL.
I wrote more about that in my article in Arabic.
لا أعرف لماذا كل هذا التشاؤم؟
http://haytham-khoury3.blogspot.com/2011/12/blog-post_30.html

December 30th, 2011, 6:46 pm

 

jad said:

The real face of the observers is showing more clearly today, with one of them, a Saudi, was even leading the demonstration 🙂
I wonder what the reaction of the Syrian government and the AL will be on such thing, it’s like Detlev Mehlis allover again.
I read that some people are asking the government to expel this observer, will see how that will play for the mission itself because today, the mission made too many moves at once, denying Al Dabi statement, the observers being extremely vocal and give statement to TV and phone cameras and going from being observers to lead and encourage the demonstrations.
” I still believe the mission will be successful in conveying the reality to the AL.”
You mean what Qatar told them to write, not ‘reality’, nobody is interested in reality or the truth any more.
As Haytham and my friend wrote before, the mission final statement is already written and in it they will declare the Syrian regime solely responsible for every and each crime happening as the SNC and its masters Qatar-Tureky-France want and refer Syria to the UNSC to do the ‘Iraqi’ scenario allover again, all the visits are nothing but the needed theatrical moves, it’s a done deal.

Funny that I was writing my comment When Haytham put his links, anyway, Haytham, you wrote this ‘we saw reduced killing and violence in the last two days’ isn’t that partly because the armed militia of the SNC decided to make a self truce? Why not to write everything instead of ignoring the elephant in the room?

December 30th, 2011, 6:58 pm

 

ss said:

121. Normansaid:

مصريون مسلمون غاضبون يحرقون ثلاثة منازل قبطية في أسيوط

This is a war between secular people and radical people. It is ugly. Christians being killed in Syria and Egypt. Innocent people are being killed and kidnapped because they are not supporting the islamist awaful agenda.

I challenge the opposition to go to their library and bring us some videos and clips of women supporting this so called revolution. I want women out demonstrating against the regime and you bitcha I am interested in seeing the dress code

December 30th, 2011, 7:15 pm

 

Haytham Khoury said:

JAD#123.

The final report of the mission is already written. It has been written for a while now. Unfortunately, the regime did not understand. The regime had to reduce violence longtime before signing the protocol in order to have zero violence when the observers arrived. The regime did not understand the events of history well. The Russian pressured the regime to sign not because they would protect it, but because Russia can’t protect the regime anymore. For this reason, the regime committed big mistake by signing the protocol.
Hamad Bin Jasim, by the mission, wanted to give Lavrov a big lesson.

December 30th, 2011, 7:20 pm

 

ss said:

110. Khalid Tlasssaid:

“We will remind the times of the Ottomans and Umayyads. The Shias and Alawis have gone toooo far in Iraq and Syria.

Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Sunnis are One”

Waw, you did well today, SC today is full of your shit.
Indeed time has never changed. When we bring up the killing of the family of Muhammad PUH some in this form say that happened 1400 years ago, thats old, we shoudl not open that page, move on, etc….I think the only changed in the facts are time and only time. We in 2011 have the same awaful people, hateful people, who manipulated Islam, who massacared the family of Muhammad PUH.

I know some will come out and start barking,,,,but what is happening now is no different than the massacres these awful wahabis, MBs has done throughout history. Indeed terror runs in your genes

December 30th, 2011, 7:22 pm

 

ss said:

125. Haytham Khourysaid:

“The final report of the mission is already written. It has been written for a while now. Unfortunately, the regime did not understand. The regime had to reduce violence longtime before signing the protocol in order to have zero violence when the observers arrived. The regime did not understand the events of history well. The Russian pressured the regime to sign not because they would protect it, but because Russia can’t protect the regime anymore. For this reason, the regime committed big mistake by signing the protocol.
Hamad Bin Jasim, by the mission, wanted to give Lavrov a big lesson”

I will keep this post for future reference. I will remind you who was playing with who. Soon you will realized who was playing it right.

December 30th, 2011, 7:26 pm

 

Haytham Khoury said:

هام :نص الاتفاق بين هيئة التنسيق الوطني مع المجلس الوطني
مكتب هيئة التنسيق في القاهرة :
من مكتبنا في القاهرة تم التوقيع على بروتوكول مشترك مع المجلس الوطني تمهيداً لعقد المؤتمر السوري في الشهر القادم في ظل الجامعة العربية وسنوافيكم بالتفاصيل لاحقاً
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نص الإتفاق بين
هيئة التنسيق الوطنية لقوى التغيير الديمقراطي والمجلس الوطني السوري
المقدم للأمانة العامة للجامعة العربية كوثيقة سياسية مشتركة تقدم إلى مؤتمر المعارضة السوري المنوي عقده تحت مظلة الجامعة العربية في يناير/كانون الثاني 2012.

إثر مباحثات امتدت لأكثر من شهر وتخللها تواصل مع قيادة الهيئة والمجلس، اتفق الطرفان على ما يلي:
1- رفض أي تدخل عسكري أجنبي يمس بسيادة واستقلال البلاد ولا يعتبر التدخل العربي أجنبيا.
2- حماية المدنيين بكل الوسائل المشروعة في إطار القانون الدولي لحقوق الإنسان.
3- التأكيد على صون وتعزيز الوحدة الوطنية للشعب السوري بكل أطيافه ورفض وإدانة الطائفية والتجييش الطائفي وكل ما يؤدي إلى ذلك.
4- نعتز بمواقف الضباط والجنود السوريين الذين رفضوا الانصياع لأوامر النظام بقتل المدنيين المتظاهرين السلميين المطالبين بالحرية ونتفهم أزمة الضمير الإنساني والوطني التي زج بها النظام أفراد القوات المسلحة ونحمل النظام كامل المسؤولية في ذلك.
في المرحلة الانتقالية:
أولا: تبدأ المرحلة الإنتقالية بسقوط النظام القائم بكافة أركانه ورموزه الأمر الذي يعني سقوط السلطة السياسية القائمة مع الحفاظ على مؤسسات الدولة ووظائفها الأساسية، وتنتهي بإقرار دستور جديد للبلاد يضمن النظام البرلماني الديمقراطي المدني التعددي والتداولي وانتخاب برلمان ورئيس جمهورية على أساس هذا الدستور.
ثانيا: المرحلة الانتقالية بهذا المعنى هي الفترة التي تقع بين قيام سلطة ائتلافية اثر سقوط النظام وقيام مؤسسات الدولة وفق دستور دائم يقره الشعب ولا تتجاوز السنة من تاريخ قيامها قابلة للتجديد مرة واحدة.
ثالثا: تلتزم مؤسسات الدولة والسلطة السياسية في المرحلة الانتقالية بالمبادئ الأساسية التالية:
أ ـ الشعب مصدر السلطات وأساس الشرعية.
ب ـ استقلال سورية وسيادتها ووحدتها، شعبا وارضا.
ج ـ تأصيل فصل السلطات الثلاثة: التشريعية، والتنفيذية، والقضائية.
د ـ حماية أسس الديمقراطية المدنية (وبشكل أساسي حرية التعبير والتنظيم والتجمهر والتعددية السياسية والتداول على السلطة، واللا مركزية الإدارية).
هـ ـ التأكيد على أن الوجود القومي الكردي جزء أساسي وتاريخي من النسيج الوطني السوري، وهو ما يقتضي إيجاد حل ديمقراطي عادل للقضية الكردية في إطار وحدة البلاد أرضا وشعبا، الأمر الذي لا يتناقض البتة مع كون سورية جزءا لايتجزأ من الوطن العربي.
و ـ المواطنون متساوون أمام القانون في الواجبات والحقوق المدنية والسياسية والاقتصادية والثقافية والاجتماعية. حرية الدين والاعتقاد مكفولة في الدستور، وتحترم الشعائر والطقوس الدينية والمذهبية، مع نزع القداسة عن العمل السياسي والمدني.
ز ـ نبذ العنف والتمييز القومي والطائفي والديني والجنسي، والوقوف ضد الارهاب والاستئصال والفساد، وإلغاء القوانين والقرارات الاستثنائية الصادرة في ظل الدكتاتورية ومباشرة العمل لمعالجة آثارها.
ح- مباشرة مشاريع تنمية مستدامة على الصعيد الوطني وبشكل خاص المناطق الأكثر حرمانا
ط ـ التمسك بالتراب الوطني وتحرير الأرض السورية، وإقامة علاقات أخوة وتعاون مع الدول العربية وعلاقات متينة ومتكافئة مع الدول الاقليمية، وتعاون واحترام متبادل مع دول العالم، لتأخذ سورية الديمقراطية موقعها الفاعل في المجتمع العربي والإقليمي والدولي، بما يخدم المصالح الوطنية العليا والأمن والسلام والاستقرار في المنطقة والعالم.
ي ـ الالتزام بالمواثيق والاتفاقيات الدولية وميثاق الأمم المتحدة وميثاق الجامعة العربية والشرعة الدولية لحقوق الإنسان.
ك- الإستفادة من كافة الاطر والطاقات السورية، داخل وخارج البلاد، من أجل إنجاح المرحلة الإنتفالية وبناء الديمقراطية في الجمهورية السورية.
بشأن المرجعية القانونية والدستورية: ينبثق عن مؤتمر المعارضة لجنة مشتركة للعمل الوطني تنسق مواقف المعارضة وتوحد نشاطاتها السياسية والحقوقية والإعلامية والدبلوماسية والإغاثية وتحترم قراراتها الأطراف المشاركة.

برهان غليون رئيس المجلس الوطني السوري
هيثم مناع رئيس هيئة التنسيق الوطنية في المهجر
القاهرة في 30/12/2011
أقر الاتفاق بحضور: وليد البني، هيثم المالح، كاترين التلي، صالح مسلم محمد، محمد حجازي.

December 30th, 2011, 7:28 pm

 

ss said:

83. Tarasaid:

“Where is pro Besho demonstrations that SS promised us yesterday? In a school square?”

Actually I was bussy all day long looking for organic fertilizers. We used in Syria to use cows and sheep organic fertilizers. in order to grow nice colorful plants I need an organic fertilizer made of Camels waste. See the problem camels are not plenty in Syria. I was told they exist in Qatar and they are really cheep. I was ordering some to use it if needed. But the problem the sellers there wants to know if I am with the opposition or not. Well for the sake of Camel waste and for the nobel use of it I said I am with the opposition. I was able to order enough to get the task done. I hope your parents are well and in peace

December 30th, 2011, 7:35 pm

 

jad said:

جمعة “الزحف المعارض” تتحول إلى جمعة “زحف سلطوي”، والمعارضة تفشل في استثمار وجود المراقبين

القنوات الفضائية العربية تبث مظاهرات “مباشرة “لا وجود لها ، و جمهور السلطة يستثمر أخطاء وخطايا المعارضة .. بما فيها رشاشات”عوزي” والقنابل التي حملت كتابات عبرية!؟

دمشق ، محافظات ـ الحقيقة ( خاص): هو أول يوم جمعة تشهده سورية في ظل وجود المراقبين العرب الذين باشروا عملهم رسميا يوم الثلاثاء الماضي. وإذا كانت قوى المعارضة ، وبشكل خاص جناحها الأميركي ـ الإسلامي الممثل بـ”المجلس الوطني” و “الهيئة العامة للثورة السورية” ، قد استنفرت وعبأت أقصى ما لديها من الإمكانيات التنظيمية والإعلامية والمالية التي تدفقت من الخارج بحجوم خرافية من أجل جعل هذا اليوم ” مفصليا” في مسار الانتفاضة ، فإن السلطة وجمهورها ، فضلا عن الجمهور” الثالث ـ الصامت” الذي خسرت الانتفاضة قسما كبيرا جدا منه خلال الأشهر الأخيرة ، لم يعدم الحيلة والوسيلة والدوافع العديدة لحشد قوته في هذا اليوم ، بما في ذلك الأخطاء والخطايا والجرائم التي ارتكبت على أيدي مسلحين محسوبين على “المجلس الوطني”، وليس أقلها انتشار ظاهرة “رشاش عوزي” الإسرائيلي والقنابل التي تحمل الكتابات العبرية بين أيدي المقاتلين في جبل الزاوية وغيره من الأمكنة!؟

فصائل المعارضة المذكورة كانت تقدر عدد المتظاهرين الذين سينزلون إلى الشارع اليوم بمئات الألوف على أقل تقدير ، بينما جاءت الأرقام الإحصائية شبه الدقيقة مساء اليوم لتؤكد أن عدد المتظاهرين لم يزد كثيرا عن أي يوم عادي من الأيام أو الجمع الماضية. بل إنه انحسر نسبيا في أكثر من منطقة “معارضة” لصالح مظاهر وأشكال تعبيرية محلية مختلفة يبدو من الواضح أنها أصبحت “في صف السلطة”، وإن يكن كرها بالأولى لا حبا بالثانية ، أو كما يقول المثل العربي العتيق ” لا حبا بعلي، ولكن كرها بمعاوية”!

وكانت تظاهرات معارضة خرجت اليوم بعد صلاة الجمعة في إدلب وحمص وحماة ودرعا ودير الزور وبعض القرى والبلدات في ريف حلب ( مثل : مسكنة، الباب، عندان، رتيان، دارة عزة، مارع، كفر نوران ، أتارب، حريتان، تل رفعت) وحيين من أحياء حلب ( الفردوس و بستان القصر) ، وريف دمشق و”درعا البلد” و بلدة “إنخل” في ريفها ، فضلا عن عدد من مناطق “كردستان سوريا” كعامودا والدرباسية والقامشلي. وبحسب مصادر ميدانية مختلفة ، فإن المظاهرات الأكثر تحشيدا كانت في محافظة إدلب “بسبب هيمنة التيار الإسلامي على المحافظة وسيطرته شبه المطلقة على الحراك الشعبي وقوته التنظيمية ، سواء منها المدنية أو العسكرية المسلحة”. وقال نشطاء ميدانيون إن مدنيين اثنين استشهدا وأصيب العشرات بجروح خلال إطلاق نار كثيف وقع في المدينة أثناء خروج مظاهرة حاشدة بعد الصلاة. وقد جرى إسعاف الجرحى إلى مشفى الهلال الأحمر في المدينة. ونقل موقع “عكس السير” عن مواطنين في المدينة قولهم إن مظاهرات خرجت من عدة مساجد في المدينة و توجهت جميعها برفقة وفد بعثة المراقبين إلى ساحة مسجد جامع سعد بن ابي وقاص. وأفاد أحد المواطنين للموقع نفسه بالقول إن بعثة المراقبين واكبت المظاهرة و” استمعت لشهادات عدد من المواطنين وقاموا بتوثيق الشهادات وتصويرها بواسطة آلة تسجيل فيديو “. وقال مواطن آخر إن المظاهرة “هي الأكبر في مدينة ادلب منذ بداية الأحداث ، حيث توجه المتظاهرون إلى ساحة هنانو ، وتم تفريقهم بالغاز المسيل للدموع عند وصولهم بالقرب من مبنى المحافظة و جرى إطلاق النار بالهواء “، وأشار إلى أن مئات المتظاهرين “جاؤوا من مناطق بنش و تفتناز و معرة النعسان باتجاه مدينة ادلب في محاولة للتظاهر فيها لأول مرة و الانضمام الى المتظاهرين في المدينة ، الا ان قوات حفظ النظام توجهت إلى دوار المحراب لمنع دخولهم المدينة وقامت بإطلاق قنابل المسيلة للدموع بكثافة عند وصول المتظاهرين عند مدخل المدينة ومن ثم تطور الوضع الى اشتباكات بين مسلحين و قوات حفظ النظام “. و تابع المواطن القول ان ” عددا من المتظاهرين قاموا بإشعال الإطارات عند دوار المحراب و الحي الشمالي و دوار معرتمصرين لعرقلة وصول قوات حفظ النظام الى تلك المناطق ، في حين استمر اطلاق النار بكثافة لأكثر من ساعتين في ظل انقطاع للتيار الكهربائي في عدد من الاحياء “.و بيّنت مصادر أخرى في المدينة امتداد الاشتباكات حتى طريق الكورنيش في المدينة و سمع صوت اطلاق نار كثيف تبعه عدة أصوات لانفجارات لم تعرف ماهيتها حتى الآن.

وعلى صعيد التقويم العام للتظاهرات التي خرجت اليوم ، وهو أول يوم جمعة في ظل وجود المراقبين العرب، قال ناشط موثوق به في إحدى ” تنسيقيات” حمص لـ”الحقيقة” إن عدد المتظاهرين في إجمالي المناطق السورية ، إذا ما وضعنا المناطق الكردية جانبا، لم يصل مع ساعات المساء لأكثر من 50 إلى 60 ألفا ، بينما تمكنت السلطة من حشد ” مئات الألوف” في عدد من المحافظات كدمشق واللاذقية وحلب والحسكة والسويداء وطرطوس . كما أن مناطق أصبحت تعتبر “معاقل للمعارضة” لم تخل هي الأخرى من تظاهرات وتعابير “موالية” ، كدرعا نفسها وبعض أماكن ريف دمشق وبعض أحياء حمص . وبحسب الناشط ، فإن العدد الأكبر من المتظاهرين كان في حماة التي شهدت صدامات “قوية” بين المتظاهرين وعناصر الأمن أسفرت عن سقوط خمسة شهداء وحوالي عشرين جريحا لم يعرف حتى الساعة “انتماؤهم”. ففيما قال عضو هيئة التنسيق الوطنية منير البيطار لوكالة ” يونايتد برس إنترناشيونال” إنهم من المتظاهرين ، قالت مصادر أخرى إنهم من”الطرفين”. وتعزز هذا الرأي مع تصادف إسعاف عناصر من ” حفظ النظام” إلى المشفى الوطني بحماة في الوقت الذي كان يزوره المراقبون العرب. وقد أدلى أحد هؤلاء العناصر بإفادة للمراقبين العرب خلال إدخاله إلى قسم الإسعاف لإصابة في رجله أكد فيها أن ” قنابل يدوية ألقيت من قبل المتظاهرين على عناصر الشرطة”.

فضائح وسائل الإعلام العربية ، لاسيما “الجزيرة” التي يبدو أنها تعيش في عالم آخر، لم تقل اليوم عما كانت عليه في السابق. وسجلت “الجزيرة” اليوم فضيحتين جديدتين تضافان إلى “الماركة المسجلة” باسمها. الفضيحة الأولى كانت حين زعمت أنها تبث بثا مباشرا من ساحة الساعة الجديدة في حمص ، لكن تبين أن لم يكن هناك متظاهرون في الساحة . ومن سوء حظ القناة أن المراقبين العرب كانوا في الساحة آنذاك وشاهدوا خلوها بأم أعينهم في الوقت الذي كانت “الجزيرة” تبث “منها”! أما الفضيحة الثانية لها فكانت من درعا ، حيث زعمت أن السلطة ” صادرت سيارات المراقبين ومنعتهم من دخول المدينة”، ليتبين أن المراقبين كانوا ” ينصبون كمينا رقابيا” فوق سطح أحد الفنادق يطل على وسط “درعا البلد” ، وقد شاهدوا بأعينهم أن ” التظاهرات الحاشدة بالألوف” كانت بالمئات وحسب . وقد نزل المراقبون لاحقا من سطح الفندق وواكبوا التظاهرة في الشارع نفسه ، حيث قاموا بالتسجيل والتصوير والحصول على إفادات المتظاهرين. وكان افتضح مؤخرا ، بالأدلة والقرائن الدامغة ، أن معظم “البث المباشر” الذي تزعم “الجزيرة” أنه من المدن السورية ، إنما هو من أشرطة فيديو مسجلة من تظاهرات سابقة ، حيث يجري تسليط الكاميرا على شاشة عرض في الاستديو وربطها بكاميرا الاستديو، ليبدو المشهد وكأنه حي . وكان عدد من الأخطاء الفنية التي اتركبتها القناة قد أدت إلى افتضاح الأمر، لعل أشهرها ما حصل مؤخرا مع جمل ريان حين أعلن مرتين عن الانتقال إلى بث مباشر من سوريا ، ليظهر ـ بسبب خطأ تقني ـ أن الكاميرا تنقل عن شاشة عرض داخل القناة. وقد تكرر الخطأ مرتين خلال أقل من دقيقة ، الأمر الذي دفع ريان إلى وقف الخبر والانتقال إلى خبر آخر بينما كان العرق يتصبب من وجهه وعلامات الإرباك تقلبه رأسا على عقب!

ميدانيات أخرى :

ذكرت مصادر مختلفة أن حماة شهدت اليوم انتشاراً أمنيا كثيفا بعد الأنباء التي تحدثت عن عزم المتظاهرين الاعتصام في ساحة العاصي في المدينة قبيل وصول المراقبين العرب . وشهد حي الحاضر (شارع الحميدية) أعنف المواجهات حيث سقط شهداء وجرحى بينما سقط اثنان في شارع 8 آذار. وفي منطقة “جسر التمانعة” بريف حماة تعرض العميد المتقاعد عبد الجبار كحيص إلى محاولة اختطاف فاشلة على أيدي عصابات العميل رياض الأسعد بينما كان في سيارته مع أفراد أسرته ، الأمر الذي أدى إلى استشهاد ابنته وإصابة زوجته وولده وابنته الأخرى بجروح بعضها خطير . وقد نقل الجرحى إلى المشفى الوطني في مدينة السلمية. وفي دير الزور انفجرت عبوة ناسفة قرب جامع الروضة، دون وقوع إصابات. كما وانفجرت عبوة أخرى في بلدة “الباب” بريف حلب دون أن تؤدي إلى أية أضرار بشرية. وفي حماة فككت وحدة الهندسة في قوى الأمن الداخلي عبوتين زرعتا بجانب جامع عبد الرحمن بن عوف ، بينما انفجرت عبوتان أخريان في حي الصابونية دون وقوع أي إصابات.

وإلى ما تقدم علمت “الحقيقة” من مصدر موثوق به في إحدى التنسيقيات بمدينة حمص ، أن بعض أحياء المدينة التي يهيمن عليها مسلحو ” كتيبة الفاروق” و ” كتيبة خالد بن الوليد” ، شهدت تبادلا لإطلاق النار بين المجموعتين خلال اليومين الماضيين . وقال المصدر إن الاشتباكات بين الطرفين تعود إلى مجموعة أسباب أبرزها الصراع على تقاسم الأموال والنفوذ و ” الخوّات ” التي يسمونها ” زكاة”. إلا أن السبب الأبرز ، وفق المصدر هو أن أغلبية المسلحين هم من بقايا الجيل الأول من ” الطليعة الإسلامية المقاتلة” التي اشتهرت في الثمانينيات ، ومن أبنائهم، والتي تريد وضع يدها على كل شيء ، بينما القسم الآخر هو من العسكريين الفارين/المنشقين الذين لا يقبلون بممارسات هؤلاء ، لاسيما منها ذات الخلفية الدينية ، أو الأعمال التي تتعلق بدمير وتخريب المنشآت العامة والاختطاف والقتل على خلفية مذهبية. و كان مسلحو ” كتيبة الفاروق” عمدوا مؤخرا إلى نسف خطوط الغاز والنفط والسكك الحديدية ، فضلا عن محاولة تدمير معمل الآزوت قرب بحيرة قطينة وحي “باباعمرو” ، ومحاولة حرق الجزء الجنوبي من مصفاة حمص بعد استهدافها بقذائف ” آر بي جي” بعد حصولهم على فتوى تجيز لهم ذلك ، لأن هذه المنشآت” تخدم خزينة مال السلطان”!؟

http://www.syriatruth.org/news/tabid/93/Article/6320/Default.aspx

December 30th, 2011, 7:55 pm

 

Tara said:

SS

Great! You are farming nowadays? We found something in common to discuss. I am interested in farming too. Never done it before. I have a job that requires intense human interaction and sometimes I don’t feel like it. I am a rather quite person in real life. Farming is a possibility that I may consider when I have my mid lifer crisis. I would love to plant flowers, roses, and herbs. Oh yes, lemon and orange trees too. I guess I would save a lot on buying flowers, an obsession that I have.

My parents are well and in peace. Thank you.

December 30th, 2011, 7:59 pm

 

jad said:

Haytham
Either the NCB was lying when Hasan Abd Alazeem attacked the SNC and blame them for not making the deal or there were somehow forced to accept the deal for other reasons, the coming days will explain.
Why the Kurds council is not included in the deal and outside the general meeting? Isn’t that a strange way to start a ‘National’ unity conference by excluding the Kurds?
Will see how both sides will react to this news, I just hope that the NCB can have some say in anything out of this unity otherwise they are simply used as a cover for something bigger planned for Syria and apparently the Kurds refuse to be part of it, probably involving Turkey.

December 30th, 2011, 8:06 pm

 

Tara said:

Syria: Assad’s Arab League gamble looks unlikely to pay off
By David Blair, Chief Foreign Correspondent8:00PM GMT 30 Dec 2011
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/syria/8985070/Syria-Assads-Arab-League-gamble-looks-unlikely-to-pay-off.html

After months of resistance, President Bashar al-Assad finally buckled under international pressure and allowed a 100-strong mission to enter.
This decision amounted to a high stakes gamble.
Mr Assad hopes the observers will produce a report that vindicates his regime’s explanation for the unrest. In short, he is gambling that they will believe the official narrative and blame the bloodshed on “armed gangs” and the supposed meddling of foreign powers.
But Mr Assad’s deep reluctance to admit the mission betrays his own lack of confidence in the authorised version of events. If the president really thought that any impartial outsider would buy his explanation for why Syria has dissolved into violence, he would surely have avoided fighting a costly – and ultimately fruitless – diplomatic struggle to exclude the Arab League mission.
The reason why he was determined to keep them out is simple: Mr Assad fears their report will drive a coach and horses through his account of the bloodshed. Moreover, he thinks their presence could embolden the protesters – and yesterday’s events seem to have vindicated this judgment.
Hundreds of thousands of Syrians marched against Mr Assad after Friday prayers, following appeals from the opposition that specifically mentioned the Arab League observers. Two motives lie behind staging larger protests while they are in the country.
Mr Assad’s opponents believe they will be slightly less unsafe – and the security forces might show a modicum of restraint – when outside monitors are around. In addition, the opposition wants to demonstrate the strength of popular feeling against the regime.
If tens of thousands were willing to protest against Mr Assad when no outsiders were around to register their views and cast a modest shadow of protection, then many more now appear to be taking the opportunity.
Mr Assad may have watched the television footage of Friday’s demonstrations and regretted his decision to allow in the observers. But he will hope that his gamble may yet succeed.
At Syria’s insistence, the monitors will only spend a month in the country and their presence beyond that deadline will be conditional on Mr Assad’s agreement. If his gamble clearly fails, he could simply ensure they leave.
In addition, the mission is led by General Mohammed Ahmed al-Dabi, a former head of Sudanese military intelligence, who is viewed with deep suspicion by Syria’s opposition. They fear that this pillar of Khartoum’s repressive regime may indeed produce a report that gives comfort to Mr Assad.
So the jury is out on whether the president’s gamble will pay off. On Friday, however, the odds seemed against him.

December 30th, 2011, 8:19 pm

 

jad said:

حمد بن جاسم: حماس انتهت ويجب حرق هيثم مناع

تتحدث أوساط المعارضة السورية في القاهرة عن كلام لحمد بن جاسم في اجتماع مع أعضاء في المجلس الوطني السوري في العاصمة المصرية قال فيه بن جاسم “أن حركة حماس انتهت كحركة مقاومة مسلحة وحسب ما يقول المعارضون السوريون هنا في القاهرة ، قدم وزير خارجية قطر تحليلا قال فيه أن خروج حماس من دمشق الذي أصبح مؤكدا هو نهاية الحركة في المقاومة. واعتبر حمد بن جاسم أن الإخوان المسلمين في مصر لن يتمكنوا من حماية حماس كما هي الآن حركة مقاومة مسلحة بسبب اتفاقية كامب دافيد ووجود الجيش المصري والضعف الاقتصادي الكبير الذي تعانيه مصر فضلا عن عدم الاستعداد النفسي للمجتمع المصري للدخول في حرب على حدود مع فلسطين، فيما لا يمثل إخوان الأردن حالة احتضان لأن الوضع الأردني لا يمكن له تحمل هذا العبء.
ولم يعد سرا في أوساط المعارضة السورية المقيمة حاليا في القاهرة الجلسة التي طلب فيها حمد بن جاسم من حمد بن خليفة أمير قطر أن يعهد إليه بالملف السوري وتحديد السياسة الإعلامية للجزيرة. كان حمد بن جاسم يحمل صورا ووثائق وأقراص مدمجة جمعها فريقه في المخابرات القطرية تظهر غياب صور الأمير من عدة أماكن في جنوب لبنان وصور للشيخة موزة طولها ثلاثة أمتار وضعت أمام السفارة القطرية في دمشق ومقاطع من تلفزيون دنيا السوري والتلفزيون السوري تهاجم الأمير والجزيرة. وقد كان هناك أخطاء في السياسة الإعلامية السورية تم توظيفها في خلق شعور عدائي عند الأمير وقبوله لمشروع حمد بن جاسم القائم على إيصال حكومة في دمشق تأخذ أوامرها منه ومن أجل ذلك، اجتمع عدة مرات مع أحمد رمضان الإسلامي الثقة عند الأميركان والأتراك ووضع تحت تصرفه موازنة مليونية، طالبا منه أن يقطع علاقته التاريخية بحماس وموقف عدائي واضح من المقاومة اللبنانية والفلسطينية وتنسيق مباشر مع مسؤولة التنسيق الفلسطيني الإسرائيلي في مؤسسة فورد بسمة القضماني.
وقد تحرك الإثنان لتوفير غطاء سياسي من تنظيمات سورية لمشروع اسطنبول القائم على استبدال معارضة الداخل بمعارضة خارجية تتبنى مشروع حمد بن جاسم المدعوم فرنسيا والمقبول أميركيا والمحتضن تركياً. بعد التحويل المالي الأول اعتبر أحمد رمضان نفسه الزعيم الفعلي للمشروع، إلا أن ضغوطا مارسها المفكر عزمي بشارة جعلت أمير قطر يطالب بعدم وضع الإسلاميين في الواجهة والتنسيق مع باقي أطراف المعارضة. لم يقبل حمد بن جاسم بهذه الفكرة وأصر على أن خطته هي الأساس وأن يكون برهان غليون الواجهة عوضا عن أحمد رمضان وقبل رمضان بذلك مقابل ضمانات بانتساب رياض الترك ومجموعته ورياض سيف ومجموعته للمشروع وبعض السوريين المستقلين مثل ميشيل كيلو وعارف دليلة وفايز سارة وهيثم المالح. كانت مهمة برهان سهلة في اجتذاب رياض الترك وجماعته خاصة وقد تعهد بمساعدات مالية كبيرة لهم من التحويلات المالية التي قدمها له الملياردير السوري البريطاني أيمن الأصفري وقد طلب رياض سيف من سمير نشار ووليد البني مغادرة البلد للالتحاق “بمجلس اسطنبول” على أن يبقى سيف الجوكر المطروح من المجلس لرئاسة الحكومة الانتقالية. وقد رفضت الشخصيات الوطنية رغم الضغوط الفرنسية القطرية الإنتساب للمجلس ولم يدخل إليه سوى هيثم المالح وعدنان العرعور.
كانت هيئة التنسيق الوطنية العائق الأكبر أمام نجاح مجلس اسطنبول في مصادرة المعارضة السياسية السورية، خاصة أن أهم الشخصيات النضالية في سورية والشخصيات النقابية كانت في هيئة التنسيق أو تنسق معها مثل حسين العودات وحسن عبد العظيم وعبد المجيد منجونة وراسم الأتاسي ومحمود مرعي ومحمد القداح وعارف دليلة وعبد العزيز الخير وسمير عيطة وهيثم مناع ومحمد العمار وميس كريدية وجان نسطة وعزة البحرة وصدى حمزة وصالح محمد وعبد الله وغيرهم. وقد جاء المشروع الروسي باقتراح حكومة إنقاذ وطني يرأسها هيثم مناع ضربة في الرأس لحمد بن جاسم الذي شعر بأن مشروعه ينهار رغم كل الأموال التي دفعها والتوظيف الإعلامي لخدمة جماعة اسطنبول في الجزيرة ووصال. فطلب من كل من له قدرة على التأثير عليه شن حملة على هيثم مناع، وكان ملاحظا حشر اسم مناع في شعارات مثل (باع دم أخيه الشهيد، يزور سورية سرا، يتبرأ منه أبناء درعا وعميل حماس وحزب الله وغير ذلك من الجمل) في برامج الجزيرة الأكثر مشاهدة (الاتجاه المعاكس، حديث الثورة، ما وراء الخبر..) وقد أرسل حمد بن جاسم هدية مالية للهيئة العامة للثورة السورية للهجوم على شخص هيثم مناع وكلفت الهيئة بسام جعارة بهذا العمل. وحسب ما يتداول في القاهرة من داخل مجلس اسطنبول فقد سرق الوسطاء من المجلس معظم ما أرسل من أموال وجرى إخراج عدد من الأفلام ضد هيئة التنسيق وتجلى طلب حمد بن جاسم هذا في الاستشراس الإعلامي عبر المقاطعة الثابتة لهيثم المناع من قبل قناة الجزيرة. بناء على هذا أعدت هيئة التنسيق الوطنية اجتماعا سريا مع ولي عهد قطر الشيخ تميم بن حمد وهناك أنباء لم تتأكد عن أكثر من اجتماع سري بين ولي العهد والمعارض السوري هيثم مناع نظمها عزمي بشارة لشرح وجهة نظر هيئة التنسيق ومتابعة الملف السوري معه خارج علم حمد بن جاسم الأمر الذي يزيد في كراهية الأخير للدكتور مناع الذي رفض حتى اليوم إي لقاء مع حمد بن جاسم والتقى بأطراف عربية ودولية خارج الدائرة القطرية (روسيا، إيران، مصر، البرازيل، الهند، مجلس حقوق الإنسان ووزراء خارجية أوروبيين شماليين). وقد قال لنا معارض مخضرم أثناء زيارته لباريس مؤخرا: “معرفة حمد بن جاسم بالملف السوري هزيلة واقتراحاته مدمرة حتى لأصحابه. تصور أن شخصا سيحسب عليه فشل خطة العمل العربية يحرض ضد الخطة ويطلب من جماعته السورية الهجوم عليها ويفتح الجزيرة لكل ما يسئ لها. ويطلب من جماعته تقديم ضمانات لأمريكا وإسرائيل بالمجان، حيث يعتبر بن جاسم المثل الليبي الحل الوحيد للقضية السورية، هذا الرجل يظن أن خطه المباشر على واشنطن والمال الغازي والجزيرة والقرضاويين يمكنهم أن يقرروا مستقبل العالم العربي”.
نضال حمادة – موقع المنار الالكتروني

http://www.almanar.com.lb/adetails.php?eid=158046&frid=51&cid=51&fromval=1&seccatid=161

December 30th, 2011, 8:23 pm

 

jad said:

روسيا تؤكد رفضها مساعي دول الغرب لفرض عقوبات جديدة ضد سورية

أكد مندوب روسيا الدائم لدى هيئة الامم المتحدة فيتالي تشوركين خلال المؤتمر الصحفي الذي عقده ان بلاده لن تسمح بتمرير اي قرار يقضي بفرض عقوبات جديدة ضد سورية، وأضاف: “يجب نسيان ذلك لان ” هذا لن يمر مطلقا”.
يأتي هذا الموقف الروسي الحازم بعد تلقي موسكو معلومات عبر نصوص التعديلات الغربية على مشروع القرار الروسي حول سورية في مجلس الامن حيث تسعى بريطانيا وفرنسا والمانيا والبرتغال والولايات المتحدة الاميركية من خلال تعديلاتهم على مشروع القرار الروسي المقدم الى مجلس الامن الدولي الى استصدار قرار أممي لفرض عقوبات جديدة على سورية، بهدف جعل الحكومة السورية البلد اكثر تجاوبا مع الضغوطات الخارجية. وتقترح تلك الدول فرض منع السفر لـ 19 مسؤول سوري وكذلك تجميد ارصدتهم في الخارج. وايضا تجميد ارصدة المصرف المركزي السوري والمصرف التجاري، وايقاف الرحلات الجوية من والى سورية، وكذلك ايقاف كافة التعاملات التجارية مع سورية على المستوى الحكومي، باستثناء البضائع الاستراتيجية التي سيؤدي اختفائها الى تضرر المواطن السوري.
ويقترح اصحاب التعديلات انه في حالة عدم تنفيذ سورية المبادرة السلمية العربية بحذافيرها سيتم ” اتخاذ تدابير اشد من بينها فرض العقوبات”.
كما تتضمن التعديلات “شجبا شديدا لانتهاكات حقوق الانسان وحريته بصورة مستمرة وواسعة واستخدام القوة ضد المدنيين من قبل السلطات السورية”.
كما تسلم الامين العام للامم المتحدة بان كي مون طلبا “لتشكيل لجنة دولية للتحقيق” لتقوم بمهمة التحقيق بانتهاكات ” كافة الاطراف” للقانون الدولي الانساني والاعراف الدولية لحقوق الانسان.
روسيا اليوم

December 30th, 2011, 8:26 pm

 

jad said:

تشديد دولي على أهمية حيادية البعثة: من المبكر الحكم على مهمتها
المراقبون يشهدون تظاهرات سورية للموالاة والمعارضة

شهد المراقبون العرب في سوريا، أمس، أول مواجهة مع تظاهرات متعارضة للموالين للنظام والمعارضين له في عدد من المناطق السورية، فيما كررت رئاسة بعثة المراقبين أنها «وجدت تعاونا من كافة الأطراف خلال تأديتها مهمتها في سوريا وفقا لتكليف مجلس جامعة الدول العربية».
وقام فريق من بعثة المراقبين بزيارة دوما وحرستا في ريف دمشق. وتجول الفريق في المنطقتين، والتقى بعض المواطنين واستمع لهم وأجرى معاينات ميدانية، فيما قام فريقان آخران من البعثة بزيارة منطقتي بابا عمرو وباب السباع في مدينة حمص.
وأظهرت لقطات فيديو عرضتها قناة «الجزيرة» احد أعضاء لجنة المراقبين يقول لمحتجين، عبر مكبر للصوت في مسجد الجامع الكبير في دوما في ريف دمشق، «نحن هدفنا المراقبة. الهدف مهمة إنسانية لنقل المعاناة والمشاكل الموجودة لحلحلة (حل) المشكلة. ليس هدفنا أن نزيل رئيسا أبدا أبدا، هدفنا أن ترجع سوريا أمنا وأمانا وسلاما».
وطلب عضـو اللجنة من الجميع عـدم تصويـره أو تسـجيل حديثـه، إلا أن «الجزيـرة» كانت تبثه مباشـرة قبل أن ينقطـع التيار الكهربائي عن الجامع الكبير في دوما وينقطع البـث. وفـيـما كان احـد المتحدثين في المسـجد يحاول إسـكات الجمهــور صـاح رجــل قائـلا «ابني شـهيد قتـلـوه»، وهتفـت الحشـود «بالروح بالدم نفديك يا شـهيـد».
وقال المراقب «سمعت من عدد كبير منكم، لكن الذي سمعته أن هناك دما يسيل، وهذا شيء أكيد. إن مهمتنا كمراقبين ليس أن نتكلم ولكن أجبرني الحدث أن أتكلم. نحن نراقب تفاصيل (عملية تطبيق) البروتوكول الموقع بين الحكومة (السورية) والجامعة العربية. هذه مهمة إنسانية للإبلاغ عن المشكلات الموجودة وحل الأزمة».
وقلل عضو خليجي من التوقعات بشأن البعثة. وقال لـ«رويترز» إنه حتى لو جاء تقرير البعثة سلبيا فإنها لن تكون «جسرا للتدخل الأجنبي» ولكنه يشير فقط إلى أن «الحكومة السورية لم تنفذ المبادرة العربية». وأضاف «الوفد لا يستهدف البحث أو التفتيش عن شيء عدا هذا. إنه ليس بعثة لتقصي الحقائق أو لجنة تحقيق. الهدف من اللجنة هو إبلاغ الجامعة العربية ما إذا كانت سوريا ملتزمة بسحب جيشها من المدن والتحقق من إطلاق سراح الذين احتجزوا أثناء الحوادث في الآونة الأخيرة والتحقق مما إذا كانت وسائل الإعلام العربية والدولية قادرة على تغطية الأوضاع بحرية».
إلى ذلك، نفى رئيس بعثة المراقبين الفريق محمد مصطفى الدابي، في بيان وزعته الجامعة العربية، الإدلاء بأي تصريحات صحافية. وأكد أن «ما جاء منسوبا على لسانه لا أساس من الصحة ولا يمت إلى الحقيقة بصلة». وكانت «رويترز» نقلت عن الدابي قوله بعد زيارة حمص «لم نر شيئا مخيفا».
وأضاف البيان «حرصا من البعثة ولتفادي نقل تصريحات مغلوطة من أي جهة سيكون تصريح البعثة مكتوبا، ليعمم على كافة وسائل الإعلام الإقليمية والدولية. وتؤكد البعثة التعاون التي وجدته من كافه الأطراف، والذي تأمل تواصله بما يحقق تنفيذ التعهدات التي التزمت بها الحكومة السورية».
وذكرت رئاسة البعثة، في بيان آخر، أنها «وجدت تعاونا من كافة الأطراف خلال تأديتها مهمتها في سوريا وفقا لتكليف مجلس جامعة الدول العربية». وأعربت عن «أملها في تواصل هذا التعاون بما يحقق تنفيذ التعهدات التي التزمت بها الحكومة السورية».
وقال قائد «الجيش السوري الحر» العقيد رياض الأسعد إنه «أصدر أمرا لضباطه بوقف كافة الهجمات على قوات الأمن الحكومية لحين عقد اجتماع مع مبعوثين من الجامعة العربية». وأضاف في اتصال هاتفي مع «رويترز»، «أصدرت أمرا بوقف كل العمليات من اليوم الذي دخلت فيه اللجنة سوريا يوم الجمعة الماضي. كل العمليات ضد النظام ستتوقف إلا في حالة الدفاع عن النفس». وتابع «لقد حاولنا التواصل معهم وطلبنا اجتماعا مع اللجنة وحتى الآن لم يتحقق ذلك ولم نحصل على أية أرقام (الهواتف) طلبناها لأعضاء اللجنة ولم يتصل بنا احد».
تظاهرات
وذكرت وكالة الأنباء السورية (سانا) «يواصل المواطنون السوريون نشاطاتهم الوطنية رفضاً للتدخلات الخارجية في شؤون سوريا الداخلية، وتأكيدا على الوحدة الوطنية ودعمهم لاستقلالية القرار الوطني وبرنامج الإصلاح الشامل الذي يقوده الرئيس بشار الأسد مؤكدين إصرارهم على التصدي بكل طاقاتهم للمؤامرة التي يتعرض لها الوطن».
وأضافت «تجمعت حشود من المواطنين في عدد من ساحات وشوارع محافظات دمشق وريفها وحلب وحمص واللاذقية وطرطوس والسويداء والحسكة، مرددة الهتافات التي تعكس الصورة الحضارية للشعب السوري وتؤكد أنه قادر بوعيه وإخلاصه والتفافه حول قيادته أن يواجه جميع الضغوط والحملات المغرضة التي تستهدف زعزعة أمن واستقرار سوريا بهدف حرفها عن نهجها القومي الذي تحرص من خلاله على حفظ حقوق ومصالح الأمة العربية ومنع استغلالها من قبل قوى الهيمنة والاستعمار».
وذكر المرصد السوري لحقوق الإنسان، في بيان، «تظاهر مئات آلاف المعارضين السوريين في مدن كان المراقبون العرب موجودين فيها، الأمر الذي لم يمنع قوات الأمن من التصدي لهذه التظاهرات بعنف ما أسفر عن مقتل 20 مدنيا».
ورشق متظاهرون قوات الأمن في دوما بريف دمشق بالحجارة، التي ردت بقنابل الغاز المسيل للدموع، فيما قال المرصد «في دوما بريف دمشق تظاهر اكثر من 60 ألف شخص»، مشيرا الى ان «قوات الامن استخدمت قنابل مسمارية والغاز المسيل للدموع لتفريق المتظاهرين ما أسفر عن اصابة 24 منهم». وأشار الى «اشتباكات عنيفة بين الامن ومنشقين عن الجيش في ضاحية دوما».
وقال المرصد إن «مراقبين عربا توجهوا إلى ادلب وحماه وحمص ودرعا»، متحدثا عن «مقتل 20 مدنيا، وإصابة العشرات، برصاص قوات الأمن، خلال تظاهرات جمعة الزحف إلى ساحات الحرية».
وذكر المرصد ان «تظاهرات حاشدة ضمت اكثر من 250 الف متظاهر خرجت في عدد من مناطق محافظة ادلب». وقال ان «دبابات الجيش السوري سحبت من خان شيخون وسراقب تمهيدا لزيارة المراقبين». وقالت مصادر سورية رسمية ان عدد المتظاهرين لم يتعد 30 الفا في كل سوريا.
وأشار الى «مقتل خمسة من عناصر الامن في بلدة تل ذهب في محافظة حمص اثر اشتباك مجموعة منشقة مع عناصر الحاجز ردا على اصابة امرأة خلال اطلاق رصاص عشوائي من الحاجز». كذلك، تحدث عن «استشهاد مدنيين اثنين وجنديين منشقين اثر كمين نصبته لهم القوات السورية قرب مدينة تلكلخ» في محافظة حمص.
ردود
وأعلن الأمين العام للأمم المتحدة بان كي مون عن دعمه لمهمة بعثة المراقبين. وقال المتحدث باسمه مارتن نيسيركي انه من المهم على الحكومة السورية تقديم كافة الدعم للبعثة وعدم منعها من زيارة أي مكان، مشددا على أن جهود الجامعة العربية لحل الأزمة بطريقة سلمية أمر مهم جدا.
ورداً على الانتقادات التي وجهت للبعثة ورئيسها، شدد نيسيركي على انه من المهم «الحفاظ التام على استقلال وحيادية» البعثة. وحث على «اتخاذ كل الخطوات الممكنة لضمان ان تتمكن بعثة المراقبة التابعة لها من إنجاز تفويضها وفقا لمعايير القانون الدولي لحقوق الانسان». وأضاف أن الامم المتحدة مستعدة لتوفير تدريب لمراقبي الجامعة بشأن مراقبة حقوق الانسان.
وعبرت موسكو عن ارتياحها لبدايات مهمة بعثة المراقبين، مؤكدة ان التقارير الأولية حول الوضع مطمئنة. وقالت وزارة الخارجية، في بيان، «لقد دعت روسيا منذ البداية إلى ذلك خلال اتصالاتها ببلدان المنطقة، منطلقة من ضرورة الحصول على معطيات نزيهة عما يجري في سوريا».
وأضاف البيان «استنادا إلى تصريحات الدابي، رئيس البعثة العربية التي زارت قبل كل شيء مدينة حمص، التي تذكر في نشرات وسائل الإعلام أكثر من غيرها باعتبارها مركزا لحركة المعارضة، فإن الأوضاع هناك تدعو إلى التفاؤل ولم تسجل أي صدامات. إن جميع أعضاء البعثة يؤكدون تعاون السلطات المحلية معهم». وتابع «من الواضح أن عمل بعثة المراقبين ما زال في بدايته، وعليها أن تقوم بالكثير وخاصة من خلال اتصالاتها بالسكان المدنيين. وارتباطا بهذا ندعو القيادة السورية إلى عدم تخفيض مستوى التعاون مع بعثة الجامعة العربية وخلق ظروف ملائمة لانجاز مهمتها، استنادا إلى الاتفاقية الموقعة في القاهرة. وفي الوقت ذاته فإن روسيا تعول على مهنية ونزاهة أعضاء بعثة المراقبين العرب. وإن مهمتهم تهدف إلى منع العنف وفتح الطريق لتحقيق مبادرة الجامعة العربية الرامية إلى تسوية الأزمة سلميا، من خلال حوار وطني ومن دون أي تدخل خارجي. إننا نعتقد انه من المهم ضمان الدعم اللازم لبعثة الجامعة العربية على المستويين الدولي والإقليمي لتنفيذ المهام المناطة بها».
وفي بروكسل، قالت وزيرة خارجية الاتحاد الأوروبي كاثرين اشتون إن الاتحاد «يحث سوريا على الالتزام بخطة العمل التابعة للجامعة العربية بكل عناصرها، بما في ذلك الوقف الفوري للعنف والإفراج عن السجناء السياسيين وسحب الجيش من المدن».
وقال وزير شؤون الشرق الأوسط وشمال أفريقيا في بريطانيا اليستير بيرت، في بيان، «للأسف تشير التقارير إلى أن العنف مستمر في سوريا على مدى الأيام القليلة المنصرمة. أحث الحكومة السورية على الوفاء التام بالتزاماتها مع الجامعة العربية بما في ذلك وقف القمع على الفور وسحب قوات الأمن من المدن. يجب أن تسمح الحكومة السورية لبعثة الجامعة العربية بالتحرك من دون قيود وباستقلال».
من جانبها، اعتبرت وزارة الخارجية الفرنسية أن «من المبكر» الحكم على نتائج مهمة المراقبين. وقال المتحدث باسمها برنار فاليرو إن «المهمة بدأت للتو. لم تتمكن بعد من إعطاء كل قوتها. سيكون من المبكر أن نحكم الآن على نتائج أو على مخرج». وأضاف «المهم هو أن يتمكن مراقبو الجامعة العربية من إتمام مهمتهم بكل حرية وكل استقلالية على مجمل الأراضي السورية». وتابع «ينبغي أن يتمكنوا من إجراء كل الاتصالات التي سيرون أنها ضرورية بهدف التأكد من التطبيق الفعلي من قبل السلطات» لخطة الجامعة العربية.
(«السفير»، سانا، أ ف ب، أ ب، رويترز، أ ش أ)
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December 30th, 2011, 8:30 pm

 

jad said:

لافروف والحل السوري!
ميشيل كيلو
يبدو أن الروس يتلمسون طريقهم إلى موقف جديد حيال الأزمة السورية ، أولى علاماته تطور لافت جعل وزير خارجيتهم السيد لافروف يطالب مرتين خلال وقت قصير بحل سوري على الطريقة اليمنية، يكون بدل الحل على الطريقة الليبية، التي رفضها. هذا الموقف يضمر جانبين مهمين، هما:
– تغير في النظرة إلى النظام عامة ورئيسه الدكتور بشار الأسد خاصة، الذي يبدو أن روسيا صارت مستعدة لقبول بديل له في سدة الحكم، يقال إنه نائبه الأستاذ فاروق الشرع، الذي يحظى بقبول أطراف سورية كثيرة، بينها جهات معارضة، وتوجد معلومات حول زيارة سرية قام بها يوم 16 من الشهر الماضي إلى موسكو، دون أن يؤكدها أي جانب أو يعلن عن موضوعها.
– تغير في الموقف من المعارضة، التي كانت النظرة الرسمية الروسية تعتبرها إلى ما قبل أيام قليلة مسلحة وتتحمل قسطا كبيرا من المسؤولية عن العنف، وها هي تقترح، أن يكون رئيس الوزراء القادم منها، طبقا لنموذج الحل اليمني، وتقبل بالتالي أن يوضع جزء رئيس من السلطة التنفيذية بين يديها، وأن تكون هناك مرحلة انتقالية نحو نظام بديل للنظام الراهن ، يشبه ما تدعو المعارضة إليه .
وكانت بدايات التغيير في الموقف الروسي قد لاحت مع تقديم مشروع قرار روسي إلى مجلس الأمن أدان العنف الرسمي فضلا عن عنف المعارضة ، فكان ضربا من إشارة لافتة إلى يأس الروس من نجاح الحل الأمني المعتمد من النظام منذ قرابة عشرة أشهر، ودليلا على عجزهم عن تغيير موقف الدكتور الأسد ، الذي كان الرئيس الروسي ميدفيديف قد هاتفه مرتين خلال الأشهر الثلاثة المنصرمة، طالبا وقف الأعمال الأمنية وبدء إصلاح جدي وملموس ، بينما بعث رئيس الوزراء بوتين إليه رسالتين تطالبانه بالشيء ذاته : وقف العنف وتطبيق إصلاحات حقيقية . بيد أن مطالبات الزعيمين الروسيين لم تلق قبولا لدى الرئيس السوري ، الذي واصل تأييد سياسات الحل الأمني وإرجاء أي إصلاح داخلي جدي، وعلق آماله على احتمال أن يعيد العنف الوضع إلى ما كان عليه قبل يوم 15 آذار الماضي، فيبقى الإصلاح عندئذ برانيا ومسيطرا عليه ويعيد إنتاج وتجديد النظام وعلاقاته السائدة منذ نيف وأربعين عاما مع الشعب .
وكان وزير الخارجية السوري وليد المعلم قد أعلن في آخر مؤتمر صحافي عقده أن الدبلوماسية السورية تنسق بصورة يومية مع من أسماهم الأصدقاء الروس ، وألمح إلى أن الدعم الروسي لدمشق لم يتراجع أو يفتر، فجاء تقديم مشروع القرار إلى مجلس الأمن يقترح إدانة عنف السلطة ، ثم أعقبه تصريح لافروف الذي يؤيد حلا للأزمة السورية من النموذج اليمني ، ليدحضا ما قاله الوزير المعلم ، ويؤكدا أن الروس سئموا سياسة سد دروب السياسة والتغيير التي يمارسها النظام ، التي تغلق أبواب خروج سوريا من أزمة تهدد بإشعال نار إقليمية ودولية منفلتة من عقالها ، في حين تتزايد يوميا احتمالات تدويل الأزمة، مع ما يعنيه ذلك من إحراج روسيا ووضعها أمام اختبار ليست بحاجة إليه في ظل حالها الداخلي الراهن ومشكلاتها الاقتصادية والاجتماعية الكثيرة، ولا قدرة لها على قبول ما ينطوي عليه من تحد للغرب ، ومن إطاحة محتملة لما بقي لها من مصالح في سوريا ، ستخسرها في حال عجزت عن حماية النظام، وستفوت على نفسها فرصة تحقيق حل وسط يريده الغرب، يحفظ مواقعها ودورها في حل يجنبها وغيرها من القوى الدولية الذهاب إلى سياسات تتسم بتحديات لا وقت لديها لها ، يجهل الجميع في موسكو وعواصم الغرب كيف ستكون نتائجها ، لكنهم يعلمون أنها ستكون مفتوحة على مخاطر شتى لا حدود لتعقيدها، علما بأنهم يراقبون تطورات العالم العربي الراهنة بعين القلق ، ولم يطوروا بعد طرقا ناجعة لضبطها والتعامل المفيد معها ، تستطيع توجيهها إلى حيث يرغبون .
لم تأت مبادرة روسيا في مجلس الأمن من فراغ ، ورغم تحفظات الغرب عليها فإنه كان بحاجة إليها لأسباب عديدة ذكرتها قبل قليل . لكن الروس ما لبثوا أن طوروا موقفهم بعد مشروع قرارهم في المجلس ، عندما أعلن وزير خارجيتهم ، المعروف بدعمه القوي للنظام السوري ، فكرة تطبيق حل يمني في سوريا ، مع ما يضمره من تبدل في موقفهم من بعض رموز النظام في دمشق، وقبول بحل وسط يضع سلطات مهمة في يد معارضيه ، مع تأسيس مرحلة انتقالية تأخذ البلاد إلى نظام حريات وانفتاح على المشاركة الشعبية ، يتم التوافق عليه في مفاوضات بين أهل الحكم وأهل المعارضة ، تخرج سوريا بعده من مأزقها ، مثلما أخرج اليمن من مأزقه .
هذا الحل ، وهنا تكمن نقطة قوته ، يفترض أن يتم بجهود أهل الداخل السوري الرسمي والشعبي ، وبجهود عربية ودولية متضافرة ، وأن يقطع الطريق على تدويل الأزمة ، ويسد المسالك التي يمكن أن يتسرب منها التدخل العسكري، فيكون في إقراره وتنفيذه مصلحة سوريا والعرب والعالم، ووصول الوضع الفائق الخطورة بالنسبة لجميع هذه الأطراف إلى مخرج عملي يأخذه بعيدا عن احتجازه الراهن ، ويضعه في عهدة مصالحة داخلية وضمانات عربية ودولية لا يستطيع أحد رفضها كي لا يعرض نفسه لما لا يستطيع تحمله من مواقف موحدة ، حاسمة أو فاصلة.
لا مفر من أن تناقش المعارضة السورية اقتراح لافروف بالجدية اللازمة، ومن أن تقبله ، على أن يوضع جدول زمني تنفيذي قصير الأمد لتحقيق ما تضمنته مبادرة الجامعة العربية من وقف لأعمال القتل ، وإطلاق لسراح المعتقلين على خلفية الأحداث الأخيرة ، وسماح بالتظاهر السلمي ، مع تحديد موعد يكون قريبا يبدأ فيه التفاوض حول النظام الانتقالي الجديد ، يكون الروس من المساهمين في إقامته والضامنين لوجوده واستمراره ، ضد من قد لا يقبل بتنفيذه من أهل السلطة وأجهزتها الأمنية أو بعض الأطراف في المعارضة أو الشارع. لا بد إذن من اتصال مع موسكو، تتمثل فيه أطياف المعارضة جميعها، ينصب على تنفيذ الحل وشروطه وضماناته، ما دام الحل اليمني مخرجا جديا ومقبولا لأزمة تبدو بلا مخارج ، وليس لدى المعارضة أو النظام القدرة على الخروج بقواهما الخاصة منها، أو وضع حد لها، أو إيجاد تسوية مقبولة حولها .
سيطمئن الدور الروسي المميز موسكو إلى وضعها في سوريا الغد ، وسيقنعها بأنها لن تكون ضحية لعبة أمم جديدة ، وأن السوريين لا يريدون لها الخروج من بلادهم ، ولن يتخلوا عن صداقتهم التاريخية معها ، وأنهم بحاجة حقيقية إليها ، حماية لدولتهم ومجتمعهم ، وتوطيدا لاستقلالهم وحرية قرارهم .
لا يجوز أن تعطل المعارضة دورا روسيا هذه نتائجه وممكناته ، ومن واجبها تسهيله وجعله حاكما في حل الأزمة ، لأن ذلك هو ، في جميع الأحوال ، أفضل الخيارات المتوفرة لنا اليوم كسوريين يحبون وطنهم ويؤلمهم ما آلت إليه أحواله !.
http://www.assafir.com/Article.aspx?EditionId=2040&ChannelId=48445&ArticleId=3190&Author=%D9%85%D9%8A%D8%B4%D9%8A%D9%84%20%D9%83%D9%8A%D9%84%D9%88

December 30th, 2011, 8:34 pm

 

jna said:

http://english.al-akhbar.com/blogs/angry-corner/arab-league-monitors

Arab League Monitors

By As’ad AbuKhalil – Fri, 2011-12-30 19:08- Angry Corner

The folks of the Syrian National Council (it should be renamed the Syrian National Congress as it increasingly resembles Ahmad Chalabi’s outfit The Iraqi National Congress that served as a tool for the American invasion of Iraq) insisted on Arab League Monitors being sent to Syria. But the Syrian National Council (SNC) has been inconsistent. It started its business by stressing the need for a Syrian solution and it ruled out any outside interference or intervention. It then changed its tune.

It called – nay pleaded – for Arab League intervention while ruling out Western intervention (under the title of UN or “international community” and various other code words that are used to disguise – in theory – the US/Israeli role). The SNC then changed its tune again and started calling for a no-fly zone (as if the war on Iraq and on Libya did not start with “no-fly zone” rhetoric). The council then accepted international intervention but only “to protect civilians.” The folks of the Syrian National Council assumed that we forgot the NATO bombing campaign in Libya (which included the deployment of ground troops and special forces) was undertaken under the UN pretext of “protecting civilians.” So NATO killed Libyan civilians (as the New York Times revealed in an extensive report) in order to protect Libyan civilians. Such are the rules of the US-dominated UN.

Sheikh Adnan al-Arur (the fanatical cleric based in Saudi Arabia who holds sway among at least some of the protesters and whose name is often chanted in some protests – it would be unfair, of course, to characterize the entire Syrian uprising with his fanatical views as propagandists of the Syrian regime do) went further. He threatened this week to cut off the tongues of any member of the SNC who does not call for international intervention in Syria. No one from the SNC protested the words of Arur. The alliance between Ikhwan and their liberal lackeys is too delicate to bother with reactions to the likes of Arur.

But the goal of calling for international intervention is now clear: on the very first day of the Arab League Monitor’s mission, the SNC declared its failure to undertake its mission. Western media (which now are reduced to publishing the pronouncements and claims of the pro-Saudi Syrian Monitor for Human Rights) quickly echoed the opinion of the council.

The criticisms of the SNC are correct but come very late in the game. They should have been raised earlier and those criticisms apply to (potential) Western intervention in Syria. Neither the Arab League nor Western governments care about the Syrian people. The notion that the league of Arab tyrants are in a position to monitor human rights violations in a sister country is ridiculous. To make the exercise of the Arab League mission more absurd, Qatar selected an intelligence commander from the tyrannical regime of Omar al-Bashir of Sudan to head the Arab League monitoring mission. Those representatives of Arab tyrants wouldn’t recognize human rights violations even if they hit them in the face. The exact nature of their mission is not clear. Qatar is implementing a plan on behalf of the US/Israel, but the public has not been informed of the exact features of the plan.

The Syrian people continue to die; the peaceful uprising remains peaceful in some areas, and has degenerated into sectarian killings in some areas. Clearly, Saudi/Turkish/US/Qatari/Jordanian/Israeli/Hariri intervention in Syrian affairs is only increasing the suffering of the Syrian people but the primary responsibility of the suffering should be blamed on the Syrian regime, which is obligated to protect its population. What other element of legitimacy does the regime parade to the people other than security? And how can the regime claim to protect the population when its army and security forces are still killing protesters (who in his/her right mind buys that all the killings in Syria are the work of “terrorist groups”)?

The mission of the Arab League is not serious. It has so far failed to stop the killing and will not stop the killing. It is merely a phase to camouflage another more dangerous phase that Western governments and their clients in the region have in store for Syria.

December 30th, 2011, 9:26 pm

 

sheila said:

Dear Jad,
I understand that you do not see eye to eye with Dr. Ziadeh, but why don’t you stick to attacking his views rather than attacking him personally?. Dr. Ziadeh is someone who all Syrians should be proud of, including you. Very few in Syria have reached the levels that he has reached.
Here is some information about the man that you are calling names:
Radwan Ziadeh is a visiting scholar at Carr Center for Human Rights at Harvard University and Visiting Fellow at Chatham House (The Royal Institute of International Affairs) in London .
He was a Senior Fellow at United States Institute of Peace (USIP) –in Washington, D.C., and he is the founder of the Damascus Center for Human Rights Studies in Syria. In 2008, Ziadeh also co-founded and served as the executive director of the Syrian Center for Political and Strategic Studies in Washington, D.C. Before that, Ziadeh was chief in-editor of Tyarat magazine in 2001-2002 and secretary of the Syrian Organization for Transparency. He was a researcher with the UNDP project “Syria 2025” and was named best researcher in the Arab world in political science by Jordan’s Abdulhameed Shoman Foundation in 2004.

December 30th, 2011, 9:32 pm

 

sheila said:

Dear Syrialover #72,
Thank you.

December 30th, 2011, 9:48 pm

 

ss said:

139. sheila

TOZ, 6EZ, TUZZZ, TDUZZZ
I hope you got it
Its a difficult arabic word to express it in English letters
Your Galion is from Sorbon, should I be proud of him as well. TUZZZZZZZZZZ

December 30th, 2011, 10:00 pm

 

Ghufran said:

Haytham
I read the famous 4 legged political animal declaration of the understanding between the SNC and the NCC,
It remains to be seen if the SNC will abide by it and manage to control the militants in their ranks,if they lose one leg they will be limping and they lose two they can not walk.
Sheila,the neocons in the US had better credentials than Ziadeh,are you proud of the neocons?

December 30th, 2011, 10:16 pm

 

sheila said:

Dear #142. Ghufran,
Really?. I hold you to a higher standard than this statement: “ the neocons in the US had better credentials than Ziadeh,are you proud of the neocons?”. This is comparing apples to oranges. In the US, there are many people who have much better credentials than the neocons, so comparatively speaking, the neocons have nothing special. In Syria, there are very few who reached the level that Dr. Ziadeh reached.
To answer your question: no, I am not proud of the neocons. They are not special compared to their compatriots.
Yes, I am pround of Dr. Ziadeh, because he is distinguished compared to his compatriots.
And yes, I am proud of Dr, Ghalioun too.
I think that even a pro-regime person should be proud of the accomplishments of these individuals.

December 30th, 2011, 10:25 pm

 

Haytham Khoury said:

jad#136
I like this:
وفـيـما كان احـد المتحدثين في المسـجد يحاول إسـكات الجمهــور صـاح رجــل قائـلا «ابني شـهيد قتـلـوه»، وهتفـت الحشـود «بالروح بالدم نفديك يا شـهيـد».
وقال المراقب «سمعت من عدد كبير منكم، لكن الذي سمعته أن هناك دما يسيل، وهذا شيء أكيد. إن مهمتنا كمراقبين ليس أن نتكلم ولكن أجبرني الحدث أن أتكلم. نحن نراقب تفاصيل (عملية تطبيق) البروتوكول الموقع بين الحكومة (السورية) والجامعة العربية. هذه مهمة إنسانية للإبلاغ عن المشكلات الموجودة وحل الأزمة».
وقلل عضو خليجي من التوقعات بشأن البعثة. وقال لـ«رويترز» إنه حتى لو جاء تقرير البعثة سلبيا فإنها لن تكون «جسرا للتدخل الأجنبي» ولكنه يشير فقط إلى أن «الحكومة السورية لم تنفذ المبادرة العربية»

December 30th, 2011, 10:27 pm

 

Haytham Khoury said:

Ghufran#142.

Hopefully, it will be honored by all parties.

December 30th, 2011, 10:29 pm

 

sheila said:

Sorry SS, I was not really addressing you, but since you asked: yes, you should be proud of both Dr. Ziadeh and Dr. Ghalioun. But maybe you should start by learning how to spell the name of the university where Dr. Ghalioun teaches: it is spelled Sorbonne not Sorbon.
From people like you, I do not expect more than your post #141.

December 30th, 2011, 10:32 pm

 

Haytham Khoury said:

jad#132.

The Kurds are represented within both the SNC and the NCB. The Kurdish factions included in both represent more than 80% of the Kurdish political parties in Syria.

I think Ghalioun’s visit to Cairo played a role in signing the deal. Ahmad Ramadan was the obstacle.

December 30th, 2011, 10:45 pm

 

jad said:

Dear Sheila,
I didn’t wake up one day and decided that Radwan ‘Zibaleh’ is a traitor to Syrians, I built my convection according to his writing, his actions and his message.
Ghufran is right, Radwan is a puppet for the neocon, he is their favorite Syrians because he represent and call for everything they want.
Don’t take my words about this traitor, I’m nobody, just check his own words, his statement and his debates, even before the Syrian uprising he was promoting a solution for the Jolan that will take almost all of the Jolan out of Syria it was a horrible plan, again don’t take my word for it, just read his writing.

After the uprising started he was the first and only Syrian to be calling for an American intervention, he wasn’t calling for any ‘humanitarian’ corridors like the French, that Ghalyoun later promote as his own ‘suggestions’, no, he was calling for a military intervention.

I post before many articles exposing this person, and I’m not the only one who see him as an opportunist neocon puppet and a true traitor to all Syrians many do, including Asad Abukhalil and many Arabs and Syrians living in the sates:

“Ikhras is pleased to announce that the winner of the Muntadhar Zaidi Shoe of the Month Award for July 2011 is Radwan Ziadeh. A self-declared “Human Rights Activist”, Mr. Ziadeh is currently Washington’s favorite Syrian and can usually be found attending meeting and events at the State Department and auditioning for a role as the Ahmad Chalabi of Syria. He’s very liberal, very Pro-American government– Basically everything America likes. Before presenting Mr.Ziadeh with the July 2011 Ikhras Shoe let’s take a look at how the Syrian Hakawati and inspirational, fiery orator beat out the competition for this prestigious award.

Mr. Ziadeh earned the July 2011 Shoe based on his activities inside the U.S. and abroad, his support for US intervention and meddling in Syria, and his lobbying efforts on behalf of a US foreign policy hostile to Syria and its people. The shoe is also awarded in recognition of his efforts to exploit the current unrest in Syria to endear himself to the Washington political class, and his willingness to reach out to racist, Zionist groups that support an entity which remains at war with Syria and occupies Syrian land.

Ziadeh has been affiliated with, the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) which earlier this month presented him with a “Democracy Award.” Far from being a component of global civil society, the NED is a Washington-based, quasi-government organization that functions as a tool of the US government. Operating under slogans such as “promoting democracy” the largely US government-funded NED offers financial assistance and training to pro-US foreign actors, political parties, and individuals cultivating them for later use as pliant tools against regimes the US foreign policy establishment has deemed unfriendly to US economic and political interests. It’s expected, and common sense dictates, that any group or individual associated with and supported by the NED would be closely linked to US (Neo-liberal) economic, diplomatic and military policies and initiatives. This was evident in Ziadeh’s appearance on Aljazeera this week in which he defended anti-Syrian, pro-Israel US policies. He also expressed satisfaction with the flagrant violation of diplomatic protocol by the US Ambassador to Syria earlier this month, called for replacing the Syrian regime with one more friendly to Western governments and the Neo-liberal economic model, and argued for increased US intervention (did not exclude military) and meddling in Syria.

In addition to lecturing at the NED, maintaining a relationship with the State Department, and promoting US policies on Arabic language news channels, he also travels internationally claiming to be drumming up support from the “International community” to bring “freedom” and “democracy” to Syria. In reality he is operating as a global lobbyist for the US government’s anti-Syrian policies. His role was clearly on display during a recent trip to Moscow to lobby the Russian government and try to win its support for any US action targeting Syria in the UN Security Council. That trip was particularly amusing. The notion this barely intelligible, very unintelligent and stunningly superficial person could convince anyone, let alone the high caliber Russian diplomatic corps, of anything is laughable. This buffoon might win over a few of the mediocre personalities within the US Administration and State Department that view Arabs with contempt, but the Russian Foreign Ministry with its vast array of experts, a highly trained staff, and extensive knowledge of Syria and the Arab world wouldn’t take him seriously.

Ziadeh also recently appeared before the rabidly anti-Syrian, racist Zionist group The American Jewish Committee (AJC). The AJC is one component of the Pro-Israel Lobby in Washington. The group which has been described as the “foreign policy wing of the Israel lobby” has taken its activities abroad to promote and defend the Zionist entity. The group has also campaigned for defining any criticism of Israel, a hostile entity in a state of war with Syria that occupies the Golan Heights and remains committed to the destruction of Palestine, as anti-Semitic. The obvious questions are why was Ziadeh invited to share the stage with Zionist fanatics like Gary Bauer, Elliot Abrams, and Jeffrey Goldberg. What was it about Ziadeh that won him the approval of this pro-Israel organization and earned him an invitation to speak at their event? And why would any Syrian “Human Rights advocate” take his case to this group? These are but a few of the questions swirling around the activities of Washington’s favorite Syrian.”
http://ikhras.com/2011/07/ikhras-shoe-of-the-month-award-july-2011/

Here are couple recent examples of too many of this person and why no Syrian should be proud of him, even the average American don’t trust him, I’m really sorry that you don’t see him for what he is…..a traitor who doesn’t deserve any respect, especially from Syrians.

http://youtu.be/ruqLoslms2w

Syria opposition activist calls for international intervention to halt carnage

Why to even talk and beg for the AJC support?!
Radwan Ziadeh address to American Jewish Committee
http://youtu.be/krTtu7LAmBI

December 30th, 2011, 11:11 pm

 

jad said:

Haytham
“The Kurds are represented within both the SNC and the NCB.”
Are you kidding me or you think that I’m stupid?
The SNC has only 2 guys who represent nobody but themselves.
The few Kurds who were in the NCB at the beginning went out and made their own ‘kourdish’ only coalition, where do you read your news from? last year newspaper?

Check out this article, didn’t I wrote to you that the NCB signed under pressure and intimidation:

” الهيئة ” و “المجلس” يوقعان اتفاقا “مفخخا” يسمح ضمنا بتدخل عسكري عربي في سوريا لإسقاط النظام

مصادر مقربة من الطرفين : الاتفاق جاء بفعل ضغط من الجامعة العربية وقطر أرغم “هيئة التنسيق الوطني” على القبول بصيغة مليئة بـ”الأفخاخ والألغام”!؟

القاهرة ، الحقيقة ( خاص): وقعت “هيئة التنسيق الوطني” ، ممثلة بهيثم مناع ـ مسؤول الهيئة في الخارج، و برهان غليون ، رئيس “المجلس الوطني السوري” ، اتفاقا في ساعة متأخرة من مساء أمس الجمعة ينص في فقرته الأولى ، ضمنا وفي أي قراءة قانونية، على السماح بتدخل عسكري عربي لإسقاط النظام في سوريا ، باعتبار أن التدخل العربي “لا يعتبر أجنبيا” ، بحسب ما ورد في الفقرة الأولى من الاتفاق . ونصت هذه الفقرة على ” رفض أي تدخل عسكري أجنبي يمس بسيادة واستقلال البلاد، ولا يعتبر التدخل العربي أجنبيا”. وهو ما يعني حتما ـ وفق مرجع قانوني ـ السماح بجميع أشكال التدخل العربية ، بما فيها العسكرية ، طالما أن الاتفاق “لا يعتبر التدخل العربي أجنبيا”. وقالت مصادر”الجقيقة” إن توقيع الاتفاق جاء بعد ضغوط مارستها الجامعة العربية ، وبشكل خاص قطر ـ رئيسة اللجنة العربية المعنية بالملف السوري ، على قيادة ” هيئة التنسيق الوطني”. وطبقا لمصدر مقرب جدا من المتفاوضين في القاهرة ، فإن الفقرة الأولى “صيغت على هذا النحو من الجانب القطري”. وقال المصدر إن هيئة “التنسيق” لم ترفض الصيغة لأنها اعتبرتها “حمالة أوجه ويمكن لكل طرف تفسيرها بالطريقة التي تناسبه . فالهيئة يمكنها أن تجعل مبدأ عدم التدخل العسكري شاملا للتدخل العربي أيضا ، والمجلس يستطيع أن يقول إن التدخل العسكري مرفوض إذا كان أجنبيا فقط”!

وجاء توقيع الاتفاق بعد أقل من أربعة أيام على بيان من “هيئة التنسيق” اتهم ” المجلس” بالتنصل من التفاهمات التي جرى التوصل إليها خلال الأسابيع الأخيرة. ولوحظ أن الاتفاق تجنب الإشارة إلى أهم نقطة خلافية بين الجانبين ، والتي كانت “الهيئة” أصدرت بيانها المذكور على خلفيتها ، وهي المتعلقة بـ” الصلاحية التمثيلية ” لأي لجنة تنبثق عن “المؤتمر الوطني السوري” العتيد ، والذي يفترض أن يعقد في ظل رعاية جامعة الدول العربية الشهر القادم. وكانت “الهيئة” أكدت في بيانها أن “المجلس” يرفض إعطاء أي لجنة تنبثق عن المؤتمر صلاحية تمثيلية للمعارضة السورية ، وأصر على أن تكون “لجنة تنسيقية أكثر مما هي لجنة تمثيلية للمعارضة ككل”.

وإلى ما تقدم ، ثمة فقرة أخرى مفخخة تضمنها الاتفاق ، وهي المتعلقة بالعسكريين الذين ينشقون عن الجيش أو يفرون منه لأسباب تتعلق بـ”الضمير”. فقد اكتفى الاتفاق بالإشارة إلى تقديره وتثمينه موقف الضباط والجنود الذين رفضوا الانصياع للأوامر في قتل المدنيين والمتظاهرين. وهذا أمر ربما لا يختلف عليه أحد في سوريا. لكنه تجنب الإشارة من قريب أو بعيد إلى العمليات العسكرية والتخريبية التي ينفذها مجرمون وقتلة تحت اسم “الجيش السوري الحر” الذي أصبح عباءة فضفاضة لكل من يريد حمل السلاح في سوريا مدعيا أنه ضابط أو عسكري ” منشق” ، بما في ذلك المهربون وقطاع الطرق وتجار المخدرات وحتى الجواسيس. وقد رأينا خلال الأشهر الأخيرة أمثلة لا حصر لها على ذلك. وأبرز دليل على هذا أن ” الجيش” المذكور بات يتزود بالأسلحة الإسرائيلية ويظهرها بشكل صريح دون أي خجل، بما فيها رشاشات “عوزي” وقنابل يدوية وقذائف مضادة للدبابات. وكانت أجهزة السلطة ضبطت كميات كبيرة من هذه القنابل والقذائف التي تحمل كتابات عبرية. كما أن المسؤول الإعلامي لـ”الجيش الحر” في منطقة جبل الزاوية وإدلب ، حمزة عبد الرحمن ، أعلن جهارا أن لديهم أسلحة إسرائيلية ، مبررا ذلك بالحاجة إلى السلاح ، وبالتساؤل على صفحته الخاصة في موقع ” فيسبوك”: “من أين سنأتي بالسلاح أذن”!؟ علما بأن المذكور طرد قبل ثلاث سنوات لأسباب أمنية من المعهد العالي للعلوم التطبيقية ، وهو معهد فائق الحساسية بالنسبة لأمن الدولة ( وليس أمن السلطة)!؟

وبحسب تعبير أحد المراقبين ، فإن ” كل فقرة في الاتفاق تحتاج إلى اتفاق خاص بها لتفسيرها” ، وإن الاتفاق تجنب الخوض في المسائل الأكثر حساسية ، وحين تطرق إليها ، فإنما بشكل غامض و ” حمال أوجه مثل القرآن ” ، وهو ما يمكن أن يتحتاج قريبا إلى محكمين مثل ” أبو موسى الأشعري” و ” عمرو بن العاص” ، وإلا فإن “صفين” جديدة يمكن أن تنشأ عنه وبسببه!؟

وفيما يلي النص الكامل للاتفاق الذي تلقت “الحقيقة” نسخة منه قبل قليل من أحد أعضاء “لجنة النسيق الوطني”:

الإتفاق بين “هيئة التنسيق الوطنية لقوى التغيير الديمقراطي” و”المجلس الوطني السوري” المقدم للأمانة العامة للجامعة العربية كوثيقة سياسية مشتركة تقدم إلى مؤتمر المعارضة السوري المنوي عقده تحت مظلة الجامعة العربية في يناير/كانون الثاني 2012.

http://www.syriatruth.org/news/tabid/93/Article/6324/Default.aspx

December 30th, 2011, 11:15 pm

 

jad said:

BTW, many of the CNB members are extremely angry and disappointed, will see how Haytham can calm them down and keep them together after this step.

December 30th, 2011, 11:34 pm

 

jad said:

I’m not sure what was Mr Haytham Manna thinking when he accepted to sign this agreement, he puts every member of the coordination in a dilemma in front of their own supporters of how to justify what’s written in that agreement..
He had lots of support, why he shot himself in the foot like that and especially in this extremely dangerous period for Syria.
How could he trust the SNC?

British Writing Obama’s Script for
Syrian Trigger for World War III

Dec. 29, 2011 (EIRNS)—This release was issued today by the Lyndon LaRouche Political Action Committee (LPAC).

A posting on The Cable, a blog of Foreign Policy magazine, Dec. 28, headlined the creation of a secret committee by the Obama Administration, which is preparing “options” for aiding the Syrian opposition. The process, led by NSC Senior Director Steve Simon, involves only a few select officials from State, Defense, Treasury, and other relevant agencies. It is unusually small, presumably to prevent media leaks, and bypasses the normal channels of Interagency Policy Committee, Deputies’ Committee, and Principals’ Committee meetings. A key participant is Fred Hof of State, who called the Syrian government a “dead man walking” earlier this month.

After reviewing the fact that intervention in Syria is likely to be much more “complicated” than that in Libya, the posting suddenly shifts to the options paper produced by the Syrian National Council, the London-based “opposition” which has recently called for international military intervention. Lo and behold, that policy paper, entitled “Safe Area for Syria,” ends up as a virtually word-for-word reprint of the call for military intervention issued earlier this month by London’s Henry Jackson Society (HJS), a Round Table descendant committed to the Empire program of perpetual war and the end of the nation state. The Henry Jackson Society piece was more explicit, titled “Intervention in Syria?”

The only difference in content between the two documents is that the SNC paper says that on Dec. 19, the group “formally endorsed foreign military intervention for Syria,” a step the HJS document had demanded they take in their document, which was released earlier.

The brief for a military attack on Syria was written by Michael Weiss, communications director of the Society. But don’t let the relative obscurity of Weiss fool you. The HJS has enlisted such foaming-at-the-mouth American neo-cons as James Woolsey, Richard Perle, William Kristol, and Josh Muravchik, with Obama’s choice as Moscow Ambassador, Michael McFaul — all under the direction of such British heavyweights as Rt. Hon. Michael Ancram, 13th Marquess of Lothian, grandson of Round Table Leader Philip Kerr, 11th Marquess of Lothian — and Sir Richard Dearlove, Tony Blair’s choice for head of British SIS, 1999-2004.

The blueprint was supposedly edited by British puppet Syrian dissident Ausama Monajed, the same who provides all the purported daily death-totals of demonstrators killed by Assad which are featured in the international press and given further credibility by the United Nations. The options-paper, titled “Safe Area for Syria,” was given the imprimatur of Monajed’s London-based “Strategic Research and Communication Centre.” We recap:

The first part of the document is an open search for some “pretext” (their word) for foreign military intervention. If the Security Council will not call for intervention, any mere condemnation of the Assad government might serve as such a “pretext,” the British author says. If not the Security Council, then try the UN General Assembly — a UNGA resolution provided such a pretext for the Korean War in 1950, he writes.

Weiss then proceeds to today’s version of the Iraq “cakewalk” argument. Syria is militarily weak and can offer no effective resistance. Iran will complain but not intervene. Hizbullah can do nothing. Russia will not act, no matter what they say. It is from such insane denial of reality, that holocausts are made.

http://www.larouchepub.com/pr_lar/2011/lar_pac/111229brit_obama_script.html

December 31st, 2011, 2:36 am

 

Revlon said:

128. ((
هام :نص الاتفاق بين هيئة التنسيق الوطني مع المجلس الوطن
مكتب هيئة التنسيق في القاهرة :
من مكتبنا في القاهرة تم التوقيع على بروتوكول مشترك مع المجلس الوطني تمهيداً لعقد المؤتمر السوري في الشهر القادم في ظل الجامعة العربية وسنوافيكم بالتفاصيل لاحقاً))

Dear Haytham Khoury,
Thank you for linking to this important document, which promted me to ponder and ask myself ta couple of related questions as follws:

1. Who asked for, and whom shall this agreement serve?
My answer: Pro-regime regional and Global powers.

The agreement was not prompted by internal pressure or request by the revolution.
It came in response to specific request made by pro-regime Arab countries represented in the AL, on behalf of pro-regime global powers represented in the security council.

The agreement provides an agreeable framework, for the concerned parties, for current and future regional and international intervention in the political life until the election of a new president and parliament in Syria.

In a nutshel, the revolution represented by the SNC’s call for western intervention was offset by NCB’s call for Russian and Iranian intervention.

2. Will this agreement have any significant influence on the future of political life in Syria?

The answer is: No!

The constitution shall be written by an elected body of representatives. The latter shall be dominated by figures or sypathisers of the Revolution.
Manna3 and his NCB members may barely have their own family members votes.

The Revolution, represented by the SNC already provided an all inclusive, and a more detailed vision of Future Syria, that covers and includes all of the caveats in the agreement.

December 31st, 2011, 2:48 am

 

Revlon said:

A view point on item 4 of the NCB and SNC agreement liked to earlier by haytham.
4- نعتز بمواقف الضباط والجنود السوريين الذين رفضوا الانصياع لأوامر النظام بقتل المدنيين المتظاهرين السلميين المطالبين بالحرية ونتفهم أزمة الضمير الإنساني والوطني التي زج بها النظام أفراد القوات المسلحة ونحمل النظام كامل المسؤولية في ذلك.
في المرحلة الانتقالية:
أولا: تبدأ المرحلة الإنتقالية بسقوط النظام القائم بكافة أركانه ورموزه الأمر الذي يعني سقوط السلطة السياسية القائمة مع الحفاظ على مؤسسات الدولة ووظائفها الأساسية، وتنتهي بإقرار دستور جديد للبلاد يضمن النظام البرلماني الديمقراطي المدني التعددي والتداولي وانتخاب برلمان ورئيس جمهورية على أساس هذا الدستور.

This clause simplay says: The president and the cabinet leave, but every thing else stays; including the four security agencies and scores of branches, the republican guards, and all commanders of Assad’s army down to the smaller ranking officer who have been involved in crimes against humanity!

In brief, Secular Mannaa and Galioun are saying to all help us to have our say and we will help you have yours!
1. To the West: help us to guarantee the eradication of fundamentalism and establish peace with Israel.
2. To Russia: your economic and military interesrsts shall be guaranteed.
3. To Assad armed forces: Collect illegal arms and protect us from the FSA and we shall gurantee you amnesty and continued job benefits.
4. To security forces: protect us from hard line activists and non-compliant media and we shall protect your living.

The agreement that Ghalioun and Manna3 have signed is bound to lead to a post-regime scenario similar to Egypt’s.

Mubarak left power hanging on to the key to hsi future survival; his personal thumb drive that holds thousands of documents incriminating all of his security and army commanders with all kinds of corruption practices.
His motto: If I go down, so shall all of you my old friends. The army and security officers shall do every thing in their capacity to have a decent exit for the president.

The top brass in the army is corrupt. Their corruption related, thick folios are also in the hands of their nemesis; the security agencies. They dare not enforce any ruling against them without risking a damaging reprisal.

The outcome of Egypt’s model of the revolution shall be the rejuvination of the face of the existing, corrupt security, military, neopolitical syndicate by a facelift that shall have the in-look of a modern democratic system.

December 31st, 2011, 2:59 am

 

jad said:

Where are you Bronco when we need you 🙂
I can’t get over Haytham Manna signing this agreement, was it meant to burn his reputation as Hamad wanted according to the article I linked earlier because Haytham was so adamant against the intervention issue more than Hasan Abd Alazeem and anybody else, how did he agree on that this easily? very strange!

http://www.almanar.com.lb/adetails.php?eid=158046&frid=51&cid=51&fromval=1&seccatid=161

December 31st, 2011, 3:14 am

 

Mina said:

Revlon took a reality-check (see #153)!
And you thought the duwal uzma would agree to anything but that?? Poor naive.
It doesn’t seem weird to you that after a few pictures in the magazines, we don’t hear of the “Tahrir youth” anymore, now that some are openly pro-MB and other “socialists”? The West will always chose for you your political parties and who should be interviewed, don’t worry. But you can still call for more “independent journalists” to visit Syria and organize the future elite if you want. Since the Gulf is so much involved in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon politics, this is where it start and it is not just by sending people barking and get killed that you will change that and avoid all the ‘sensitive issues’ (women, minorities) that the bailers don’t wan’t to address.

Instead of giving us more fatiha-s why don’t you pray for islamic countries to have descent hospitals where killers and corrupt people get arrested when they make medical mistakes, or worse, are involved in organs traffick? Why don’t you explain the layman that adoption is not haram? That shaykhs are often corrupt? by the way, if it is justice and equality that is wanted, why are Mrs Ben Ali and Mrs Mubarak still free and unaccountable? Should international justice consider women as “half men” while they were for years accused of corruption and of bad interference in their respective country’s politics?

December 31st, 2011, 4:35 am

 

Juergen said:

funny list i found, you all may know it already…

http://www.el-baghdadi.com/projects/the-arab-tyrants-manual/66-the-canonical-qarab-tyrants-manualq.html

“Firstly, insist that your country is not “X” (“X” experienced a revolution just before yours). Blame everything on al-Jazeera then close their office in your country. Say that you “support youth” (while your security forces are killing the same young people). Condemn Islamists; start at the bottom rung (Muslim Brotherhood) then work your way straight up to the evil al-Qa’ida. At the beginning (of social unrest), pretend that nothing is going on, and, when you learn of the seriousness of the crisis too late, address your nation at midnight. Warn against sectarianism, tribalism and other ‘isms’ that get people frightened. Blow up a church and blame Islamists. Announce that your remaining in power is synonymous with stability.”

December 31st, 2011, 5:54 am

 
 

defender said:

‘West’s policy on Syria could ignite WWIII’

December 31st, 2011, 7:07 am

 

defender said:

http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Foreign-Policy/2011/1223/US-Russia-ties-Chill-over-Syria-replaces-warmth-of-Obama-s-reset-policy

US-Russia ties: Chill over Syria replaces warmth of Obama’s ‘reset’ policy
Obama once touted improved US ties with Russia as a major achievement. But the contentious wrangle over Syria at the UN is threatening to undo the ‘reset.’

December 31st, 2011, 7:15 am

 

Amir in Tel Aviv said:

Guys, I’m losing track. What is the NCB ?
.

December 31st, 2011, 8:40 am

 

Tara said:

United opposition, clear road map to democracy, AL’s initiative failing to stop the killing are the highlights of the second half of December that are clearly essential milestones in toppling the regime. 

The opposition is now UNITED.  I see this as a great news in the last day of 2011.  It provides a pretext for stronger measures by the international community against the regime of Bashar al Assad.  The day after Basho is now well drawn with preservation of all state institutions and guaranteeing pluralist parliamentary democratic system the protects the rights of women and minorities.  United opposition, clear road map, and failure of the AL’s initiative will encourage much stronger measures by the international community to aid the opposition in toppling the regime without the need for foreign physical intervention.   Russia will not be able to stand pressure against the flow of events nor might be actually interested in continuing to support Besho.  The next step for the new united opposition is to contact the Russians and assure them unchanged relation after Besho.   

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle-east/syrias-two-largest-opposition-groups-sign-draft-to-unite-against-assad-establish-democracy/2011/12/31/gIQAgzY6RP_story.html

BEIRUT — Syria’s two largest opposition groups signed an agreement on setting up a democracy after President Bashar Assad’s regime falls, opposition figures said Saturday.

Ghalioun, leader of the Syrian National Council, and Haytham Manna of the National Coordination Body for Democratic Change in Syria, or NCB, signed the draft in Cairo on Friday night, according to an NCB statement and Omar Idilbi of the SNC.
….
The draft, of which a copy was obtained by The Associated Press, says both groups reject any foreign military intervention in Syria and call for the protection of civilians by all legitimate means in the framework of international laws.

It also said that as soon as Assad’s regime falls a “transitional period” begins by preserving all state institutions then drafting a new constitution that guarantees a “civilian pluralist parliamentary democratic system” after which a parliament and new president are elected.

The draft also says that all Syrian citizens are equal and the country’s Kurdish minority is a “fundamental and historic” part of Syria’s national structure. It also calls for “liberating Syrian territory,” an apparent reference to the Golan Heights occupied by Israel since 1967.

The two umbrella groups, the SNC and NCB, arose after the revolt began in March as activists and the opposition tried to organize their ranks against Assad. The national council has been the more active of the two abroad, with Ghalioun meeting international leaders in a bid to build support. The NCB has organized opposition conferences inside Syria, suggesting it has a stronger presence on the ground.

The Syria-based head of the NCB, Hassan Abdul-Azim, told the AP that the aim is to have a “united opposition inside and outside the country” making it a more active force.

“The opposition, inside and outside the country, agree that this regime should go and a new democratic system be set up,” said Abdul-Azim, one of the most prominent dissidents inside Syria.

His group adopted the draft agreement. The SNC’s Ghalioun signed the agreement but the membership of the group must still formally adopt it, though the SNC’s Idlibi said he expects that will happen without any changes. The groups said they will hand an official copy to Arab League Secretary General Nabil Elaraby in Cairo on Sunday.
…..
Arab League officials say they have no illusions that Assad will stop trying to crush a street movement that has raised the most serious challenge to the 40-year rule of his family. Assad, who inherited power from his father in 2000, has denied issuing orders to kill protesters.

December 31st, 2011, 9:00 am

 

Tara said:

Amir

To answer your question, see above link. The NCB is more like the internal opposition. That does not mean of course the revolutionaries themselves who are your average Syrian citizens.

December 31st, 2011, 9:04 am

 

Tara said:

Dear Juergen,

Thanks for your link in# 156. I find it very funny. I am so grateful that the Syrian people have friends like you.

December 31st, 2011, 9:13 am

 

Revlon said:

160. Dear Amir in Tel Aviv,
NCB stands for national coordination body.
It consists mostly of veteran Syrian politicians and activists that enjoyed a margin of freedom and protection by the regime in return for their symbiotic political agenda.

Happy new year.

December 31st, 2011, 9:21 am

 

Revlon said:

155. Dear Mina,
((Revlon took a reality-check (see #153)!))

The last time you addressed me, several months back, you expressed disinterest in discussing anything with the likes of me!

What a pleasant surprise to see you change your mind!!

I have read your comment several times, and am still unable understand what is it that you wanted to say.

I thank you for discussing my post.

Happy new year, Mina.

December 31st, 2011, 9:32 am

 

Tara said:

Dear Revlon,

Ah…it is not only me. I can never really truly understand most of what Mina wants to say in most of her comments. I thought I was the only one who couldn’t. I think she process info at a completely different level. I get especially intrigued when statements like “see Kongo or Kenya” etc come out of the blue. I also sometimes can’t fathom how one sentence lead to other. I try hard to work on it to no avail. I think Mina’s profound analysis is above and beyond my intelligence.

December 31st, 2011, 9:49 am

 

Amir in Tel Aviv said:

Thank you Dear Tara and Revlon !
.

December 31st, 2011, 9:52 am

 

Juergen said:

Melhem Chaoul:

A dictator’s power is personal and absolute, he says. Laws exist only to protect the system of domination. Whoever is in power must be surrounded by a loyal family circle. Terror, corruption and propaganda are the triple pillars of this power. Citizens who object become “rats” (Gaddafi), “monstrous criminals” (Assad), “earthworms” according to Saddam. Everyone is invited to participate in the “comic opera” of corruption, from the small customs officers to the great merchants of Cairo, Damascus, Aleppo, Sanaa and Tripoli. “If there is one right under an Arab dictatorship,” Chaoul says, “it is the right to be corrupt. Everyone is implicated, everyone is an accomplice. Those who refuse to play this game are suspects and traitors … Watch out! Honesty is suspect.”

“When these regimes pretend to struggle against ‘terrorism’, especially the Islamist-fundamentalist version, they are fighting against groups that they themselves have created.”

December 31st, 2011, 10:26 am

 

Haytham Khoury said:

The Opposition has fulfilled the demands of the AL initiative by being united.

The regime has failed to meet the demands of the AL initiative.
هآآآام جدا درعا احد المراقبين يعترف برؤيته للقناصة 30/12
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=wVKX_4UPq8U#!

I told you yesterday my scenario of the subsequent events. PLease remind me in few weeks.

December 31st, 2011, 10:30 am

 

ss said:

“146. sheilasaid:

Sorry SS, I was not really addressing you, but since you asked: yes, you should be proud of both Dr. Ziadeh and Dr. Ghalioun”.
Thank you for your spelling leasons, FYI, I did not spell Ghalioun right either, but you care less about that. May I ask you; is Tuz spelled correctly?..You see I used different terms because I was looking for the right spelling. can you help me.

After reading 148 comment, I was very generous to you in what I said. I think “Tuz” is the least word to use. I think I am going to use this word in a way similar to the P value that is used to evaluate scientific literature.

I am certainly not proud of Ghalioun or Ziadeh.

Anyone can provide us with some videos of women demonstrating against Al-Assad in Syria. Perhaps some readers are interested in the identity of such women

December 31st, 2011, 10:34 am

 

Syria no kandahar said:

Hytham Boco Haram was in Harasta:
قالت مصادر سورية متابعة ان أحد اعضاء وفد المراقبين العرب، قد قام بالصلاة مع من أسمتهم «المسلحين في الجامع الكبير في حرستا».
 وأضافت المصادر أنه وبعد الانتهاء من الصلاة حمل على الأكتاف، وألقى كلمة وصفتها المصادر بـ«التحريضية» وقالت انه «دعا فيها المسلحين إلى حمل السلاح بوجه الجيش والأمن والنظام، ما حدا بهم أن يتصلوا بالمجموعات المسلحة إذ حضرت سيارة كياريو على الفور وقامت بتوزيع السلاح على المتظاهرين مباشرة» بحسب المصادر.

وأضافت المصادر أن «المقدم قام بتوبيخ المسيرات المؤيدة داعيا إلى عدم توثيقها وطلب أن يذهب إلى مستشفى حمدان للقاء المسلحين المصابين وعندما ابلغه الأمن السوري أن هناك خطرا على حياته قال «الله يحميني» ومن ثم خرج محمولا على الأكتاف بعد صلاة المغرب وهو يهتف محرضا المسلحين على حمل السلاح ضد النظام».

وزادت المصادر بأن الجهات المختصة قامت بتوثيق ما قام به من تصرفات أساءت لمهمته الحيادية في توثيق ما يشاهده ويسمعه من جميع الإطراف. وعلمت الأنباء أن السلطات السورية قد تقوم بترحيله نظرا لعدم مصداقيته بالمهمة الموكلة إليه.

من جهة اخرى، اكد جهاد تركي مراسل «الانباء» المرافق لبعثة الجامعة العربية في مدينة درعا ان «المتظاهرين قاموا برشق الوفد الاعلامي المرافق للمراقبين بالحجارة اثناء توجههم للجامع العمري مما ادى الى تدخل عناصر حفظ النظام لحماية الاعلاميين». 

December 31st, 2011, 10:35 am

 

Haytham Khoury said:

أكبر فضيحة للنظام السوري أحد المراقبين يشهد بوجود قناصة تطلق النار وأحمد الحاج علي ينكر ويتلعثم ود برهان غليون لحصاد اليوم الجزيرة 30 12 2011

December 31st, 2011, 10:40 am

 

Revlon said:

((How to uproot the regime, while preserving the institutions until they undergo their ultimate reforms.))

Dear Observer, You have presented us with a stern task.
To start to tackle the problem I find it necessary that I spell out my arbitrary understanding of each of the provided , technical terms:

Part I/II
What is the regime?
It is the group of people that dictate rules that govern all aspects of life in Syria.
It is comprised of the Chairman of the board, Jr, and the board of directors of Assad Syria company limited, namely Asad-Makhloof clan! They are a handful of people.

The regime as such must be removed from power completely.
They are already charged with crimes against humanity. All shall be properly tried and convicted if found guilty.

December 31st, 2011, 10:41 am

 

Revlon said:

Dear observer,
Here is Part II/II
Institutions are comprised of groups of people that work within a hierarchy of organisational structure, within appropriate infrastructure (Buildings, facilities, utilities, etc.).

The only element of the three mentioned above that requires urgent attention and reform is the leadership of institutions. All of those holding ministerial, director, and manager positions across all public institutions need to be suspended from work. They could be sent home, on open leave, pending investigation.
Their positions could easily be filled from within the same sections, departments, or ministry by colleagues with high reputation.

What is the purpose from applying such urgent measures?
– The protection of the achievements of the revolution.
– To provide immediate medical, economical, and social relief to victims of Assad forces.

What are the concerned institutions?
What immediate measures need to be applied upon assuming power?
1. Political:
A) Executive:
– President: replaced by Executive office of the SNC
– Cabinet: Replaced / or works in coordination with the General secretariat of the SNC
B) Legislative: Replaced by the General assembly of the SNC and its various committees

2. Security:
– Armed forces and related intelligence forces:
All Generals to be sent on an open leave pending investigation. They are temporarily replaced by junior, non-corrupt ones.
General Al Asaad assumes the position of acting commander of chief of the army and related intelligence agencies.
– Police: All top commanders to be sent on an open leave pending investigation. They are replaced by younger non-corrupt subordinates.

3. Ideological
– Baath party: disbanded
– NPF: disbanded.

Happy new year!

December 31st, 2011, 10:43 am

 

Syria no kandahar said:

Revlon the scorpion
Killers of 2000 Syrian soldiers using isreali رشاش عوزي؟
Send them to Hawaii

December 31st, 2011, 10:58 am

 

Ghufran said:

Sheila,
There are thousands of Syrians who hold PhD degrees and their credentials are comparable to Ziadeh but they did not go on tv asking for military intervention and the bombing of army installations in Syria.
ان أكرمكم عند الله اتقاكم
Education is only one factor in judging a person’s value in any society,I am not trying to lecture you here ,I think you may actually agree.
Revlon
شر البلية ما يضحك
I nominate عرعور to become the head of لجنة اجتثاث الكفار
Happy new year to all

December 31st, 2011, 11:26 am

 
 

jad said:

Ghufran
About Mr. Manna3:
أسمع كلامك أصدقك أشوف عمايلك أستعجب

Now the SNC members are more angry than anybody else regarding the agreement and they are asking for the removal of Ghalyoun! Huh?!

“جميع أعضاء المجلس الوطني رفضوا الاتفاق,يقول المعاق أنس العبدة أن رئيس المجلس غير مخول بعقد الاتفاق, أنا بقترح على المجلس الوطني يفصل برهان غليون من المجلس الوطني خلي المجلس الزبالة يعرف حقيقته و انو لولا برهان غليون ما حدا شايلن من ارضن مجموعة ناس زبالة عن جد خطابهن السياسي تافه مثلهم”

عريضة موقعة من أعضاء المجلس الوطني لإسقاط الاتفاق مع هيئة التنسيق

عريضة موقعة من أعضاء المجلس الوطني للمطالبة بسحب اتفاقية هيئة التنسيق فوراً امتحاننا الديمقراطي الأول. السادة أعضاء المكتب التنفيذي، السادة الأمانة العامة، السيد رئيس المجلس الوطني السوري المحترم. نحن الموقعون أدناه أعضاء المجلس الوطني السوري نطالب وبالسرعة القصوى سحب الاتفاق مع هيئة التنسيق الوطني وذلك للأسباب الآتية على الأقل: 1- عدم التزام الاتفاق المذكور بالبيان السياسي لاجتماع المجلس في تونس والذي ينص على مطالبة المجتمع الدولي بإقامة مناطق آمنة ومناطق عازلة لحماية المدنيين، وهو ما يخالف الاتفاق مع الهيئة في بنده الأول والذي ينص على “رفض أي تدخل عسكري أجنبي يمس بسيادة واستقلال البلاد”. 2- عدم احترام النظام الأساسي للمجلس الوطني والذي ينص على أن توقيع الاتفاقات يخضع لموافقة الأمانة العامة أولاً ولتصديق الهيئة العامة ثانياً . 3- الاتفاق يجعل للمجلس مرجعية غير مرجعية الهيئة العامة فالاتفاق ينص على أنه: “بشأن المرجعية القانونية والدستورية: ينبثق عن مؤتمر المعارضة لجنة مشتركة للعمل الوطني تنسق مواقف المعارضة وتوحد نشاطاتها السياسية والحقوقية والإعلامية والدبلوماسية والإغاثية وتحترم قراراتها الأطراف المشاركة.” وهم برهان غليون رئيس المجلس الوطني السوري هيثم مناع رئيس هيئة التنسيق الوطنية في المهجر”.. 4. ليس من حق رئيس المجلس أن يتصرف بكامل الكيان السياسي دون الرجوع للهيئة ويحولها إلى كيان تابع لكيان جديد، وهو مرة أخرى يشكل خرقاً فاضحاً لنظامنا الأساسي. 5- إن الاتفاق الذي يمنع التدخل الدولي وينص على قبول تدخل وحيد حصري مقبول (هو تدخل الدول العربية) سوف يؤدي إلى إحباط الشارع السوري بعد أن سببت له لجنة المراقبة خيبة واسعة مما أدى إلى تصاعد دعوات عسكرة الثورة بشكل مخيف. 6-إن الاتفاق ينقض أساس فكرة المجلس الوطني كمظلة وطنية جامعة ويحوله إلى طرف سياسي يوازي ويكافئ هيئة التنسيق التي أسقطها الشارع، وهو أمر لا يمكن قبوله بالمطلق . إن أعضاء المجلس الوطني هنا يحذرون من مغبة مسؤولية فقدان الأمل في الشارع السوري وتزايد الشعور بعدم جدوى دعم المجلس الوطني السوري والإيمان به كمظلة سياسية تمثلهم للخلاص والعودة، مما يؤدي إلى دوامة فقدان البديل داخلياً وخارجياً واللجوء إلى العنف كخيار وحيد. :نحن الموقعون أدناه نطالب فوراً بـ طلب عقد اجتماع عاجل للمكتب التنفيذي والأمانة العامة والتراجع عن الاتفاق بأي طريقة وعدم تسليمه للجامعة العربية يوم الأحد. ونقترح – وتداركاً للموقف – أن يتم الإعلان فوراً أنه تم التوقيع على الاتفاقية بشكل أولي، وهي تحتاج إلى موافقة الأمانة العامة وتصديق الهيئة العامة للمجلس، وباجتماع الأمانة العاجل يتم عدم إقرارها بحجة عدم تصديقها من قبل السلطة الأعلى في المجلس وهي الهيئة العامة. ونحذر من نتائج عدم التراجع عن الاتفاق، وإلجاء أعضاء المجلس وهيئته بالعموم إلى البدء بإجراءات نزع الثقة عن المسؤولين عن الاتفاق في اجتماع عاجل للهيئة العامة يتم الإعداد له. الرحمة لشهدائنا وعاشت سورية حرة أبية

December 31st, 2011, 11:43 am

 

Ghufran said:

Since the SNC is a cover for islamists and since Ghalioun is their marketing agent,this marriage will not last,this was said before,many times. As soon as the SNC under Ghlioun tries to moderate ,he will be called a traitor and either expelled or see the SNC dissolve.
A new body that has moderate opposition figures from all sides is needed,and the islamists should feel free to form their own party,unifying the opposition in Syria is undoable,islamists must ride their own horses not use the back of others to climb the power chair.

December 31st, 2011, 11:53 am

 

jad said:

The SNC members who never stopped of asking for ‘western’ intervention along the most radical opposition are going bazook against the agreements because it rejects the ‘western’ intervention, and people keep telling us that we should be proud of those ‘Syrian’ thugs, sure!

رضوان زيادة يعلق عضويته احتجاجا على هذا الاتفاق

أنس العبدة رئيس اعلان دمشق بالخارج يرفض رفضا تاما الإتفاق

غسان النجار يعلن انسحابه من المجلس

عماد الدين الرشيد يعترض على هذا الاتفاق

Aljazeera invited the most radical of all oppositions, Ashraf Almoukdad to tell us his priceless opinion, I thought Qatar wanted this agreement, why they are attacking it now? Is it true then that the Emir of Qatar forced Mr. Manna’s views over Hamad’s team? this is too vague.

Largest Syrian opposition groups sign unity agreement
http://youtu.be/ooiv3tWXFIY

December 31st, 2011, 12:05 pm

 

Revlon said:

I know! It is hard to teach an old a new trick!
But they should be able to do a better job than this.

The SNC leadership need to take a crash course and / workshop in governance before they become eligible to assume their official repsonsibilities.

Syrian National Council المجلس الوطني السوري
Kurdish representatives in SNC see procedural as well as objective inconsistencies in the NCB SNC signed agreement, with SNC platform and governance
31/12/2011
http://www.facebook.com/TheSyrianNationalCouncil

بيان من الكتلة الكردية في المجلس الوطني السوري

فوجئت الكتلة الكردية كغيرها من مكونات المجلس الوطني السوري بإعلان هيئة التنسيق عن توصلها إلى اتفاق مع المجلس على وثيقة سياسية مشتركة للمرحلة الانتقالية. وبالفعل تم توزيع هذا الاتفاق على وسائل الإعلام من قبل الهيئة في حين التزمت قيادة المجلس الصمت ولم تطلع الهيئة العامة على مضمونه.

إننا في الكتلة الكردية إذ نستغرب هذا السلوك من قيادة المجلس، نؤكد رفضنا لهذا الاتفاق ونعتبره غير شرعي للأسباب التالية:

1. لا توجد مرجعية في المجلس تعلو على مرجعية الهيئة العامة التي حظيت بدعم الحراك الثوري في الداخل، وبالتالي فإن أي اتفاق يتم دون موافقة الهيئة العامة يعتبر التفافا على الثورة

2. يتناقض هذا الاتفاق مع البرنامج السياسي للمجلس وبيانه الختامي اللذين أقرا في الاجتماع الأول للهيئة العامة في تونس بتاريخ 17 و 18/ 12/ 2011.

3. لقد تخلى المجلس من خلال هذا الاتفاق عن ثوابت صادقت عليها الهيئة العامة ومنها:

ـ دعم الجيش السوري الحر واعتباره جزءاً من الثورة السورية

ـ تأمين الحماية الدولية للمدنيين.

ـ الاعتراف الدستوري بحقوق الشعبين الكردي والآثوري.

4. عدم إتباع الأصول والإجراءات القانونية في عقد الاتفاقيات من خلال تجاهل دور الهيئة العامة للمجلس بالمطلق.

لكل هذه الأسباب ترى الكتلة الكردية في المجلس الوطني السوري أن الاتفاق المذكور يعد باطلاً من النواحي القانونية والسياسية والإجرائية وهي تجد نفسها في حل من الالتزام بمضمونه. وتدعو الكتلة بقية مكونات المجلس وأعضائه للعمل معا من أجل إسقاط هذا الاتفاق المجحف بحق شعبنا السوري وثورته المباركة.

الكتلة الكردية في المجلس الوطني السوري

December 31st, 2011, 12:34 pm

 

Juergen said:

Interview with the most famous syrian writer Rafiq Schami,who lives in Germany since more than 40 years. Unfortunatly his fine books are unknown to Syrians so far.

Midani Nadia: I hoped but, unlike you, still believe that the son has now gradually permeated reforms and Syria into a polyphonic democracy … Now, I admit, with ashes on my head, I have criticized at the time your stubborn refusal,as you wrote, “Syria needs democracy, not Assad’s heirs.” Still, I wonder now, there would have been in the place of rebellion other options?

Rafik Shami: My irreconcilable attitude has to do with my exile, which, in addition to its known disadvantages and advantages. One can better inform and develop freely and express his thoughts. Syria was the first Arab Republic, which inherited the rule. As in all of Syria were not able women or men who could govern this country – and by the will of the people. This pale man Bashar al Assad, who wanted nothing to do with politics, to name a successor, was an insult to the republican idea. The intelligence community had serious doubts. He was taught in a crash course etiquette, and raised him in military ranks, which usually require 20 years of experience in an army. He has been sold as a “reformer” and he had a few working groups meet in public, of course, under close supervision of the intelligence services. He allowed a satirical magazine and arrested a couple of corrupt ministers. It is a drama whose director he was led from the start until all the army generals, all the political leadership cadres expressed their loyalty to either, or were dismissed. And then he reigned eleven years without a single reform. From here this was more obvious than inside the country. We, here in the exile, watched scecpticaly the euphoria and saw the old mafia was only replaced by their sons. That was the only change. And the sons of this regime were still cheeky. Who gave away all rights to open a telecommunication company to his cousin? How can a cousin of the President from a poor man to a millionaire in ten years? Where did the billions of the Assad family came from which are on European and American banks?
And then this same Assad is sold to us as being antiamerican.

Midani Nadia: But anyway, why can not such a regime be reformed?

Rafik Shami: Because it will collapse and implode from inside in the moment when a serious reform is placed. This first step would be the dismisal of all 15 or so intelligence agencies. The second step then would be ,to give back to the Syrian people the looted billions. We do not need foreign aid or depend on it.
Everything else is just superficial theater for an equally superficial press. Nevertheless, there was a possibility for a few days. Immediately after the outbreak of the uprising. If the President on 15.3.2011, based on the masses who never and nowhere called for his overthrow, but for freedom, democracy and demonstrated against corruption, gathered some of his best advisors and immediately dismissed the the secret agencies then he would have had to introduce radical reforms in daily controllable and comprehensible steps. He would have become the hero of the people and that would have protected him and his life. But perhaps he would have been dead even before he uttered the last sentence of his planned reforms. Murdered by his own henchmen.
But then the shift to democracy would have happened more quickly because no time would have had to build a successor.
But what did he do? He was gone for 14 days and left the dirty work to his murderous brother Maher al Assad and Assef Shaukat. Until today he showed great autism, like all Arab dictators who learned nothing. He appears, promises reforms, promises that the regime will immediately stop firing at the demonstrators and the following day twice as many are killed.

Nadia Midani: How big is the influence of writers and cultural workers to the democratization of Syria? Intellectuals have to say about politics and revolutions?

Rafik Shami: literature and art can only take an indirect political influence. And whenever they tried to be direct, which had catastrophic consequences. The role of artists, writers and intellectuals in my opinion is to deepen the discussion during the Revolution, to encourage people to adopt a humane way and the hand to hand and the former enemies. Sure, independent courts need to ensure the proper punishment of those crimes, committed by the deposed ruler. But not as revenge, but in the sense of a democratic process of maturation. The flight from responsibility with hypocritical arguments would be a mistake.

Nadia Midani: Are there any Syrian artists who engage in domestic politics? What will become of those who worked with the power?

Rafik Shami: Sure there is. Both in exile and in Syria there are courageous artists, writers and intellectuals who are against the dictatorship. But there are also those who always flirting with the dictators and their promotions and cash prizes. The irony of history is that you can find the same name later on the signature lists of subversives again.
But now the revolutionaries publish the names of these corrupt sycophants. Dictators are similar to nuclear power plants: They promise a lot and infect anyone who comes into contact with them. It’s not just Arabs,who swear allegiance to the dictators. Even German and Europeans are seduced again and again by the money, and they became accomplices of Saud, Assad, Qaddafi and Saddam Hussein.

N. M.: What is in power so seductive that Intellectuals are drawn to?
RS: It’s less of a direct benefit, money, car or house
rather than the vanity, by the proximity to power
is satisfied. Writers, artists and intellectuals are
the least immune to this disease. One could accompanies
a president during a state visit …, you will be reiceived by other cultural ministers or one could dine with the most important men who casually will mention that they have spoken with Obama, Sarkozy or the devil spoke on the phone. This all is very tempting. Many of my aging colleagues who find themselves slowly fading, try hard to come into the spotlight – and look ridiculously by doing so. For example, when Joachim Sartorius,
a permanent resident of the rulers in Damascus in 2007
write in the FAZ report on his visit to
Damascus, or if the pathologically vain Jürgen Todenhöfer who wrote a full page in the ZEIT about his stupid and cynical report on his visit to Daraa.

N. M.: Is the concern for the Christians by the West justified?
R. S.: This is pure hypocrisy. The West has not cared for a second
in fifty years to the welfare of Arab Christians
care under this dictatorship. Quite the contrary. The bashing
against the Prophet Muhammad by Pope Benedict fueled, without the slightest responsibility towards the Fate of the Christians who live in the Arab and Muslim countries. Mrs. Merkel was not too dumb, just to find that great what hurted Muslims most. She hurried as Protestant and applauded the insults of the Pope, and she appeared in person to the awarding of a prize to a
third-rate cartoonist, whose main achievement was to draw Muhammad with a bomb in his turban.
The Christians in Syria were always of course, like all
minorities at risk, but they enjoyed for thousands of
Years, the protected life with the Muslims … even during
the Crusades … and they will also survive the transition to
Democracy.

December 31st, 2011, 12:35 pm

 

jad said:

المجلس الوطني ضد وحدة المعارضة: التاريخ يعيد نفسه

من منا لا يذكر ذلك اليوم التاريخي في حياة الثورة السورية؟ اليوم الذي ظهر فيه “ضياء الدين دغمش” على قناة الجزيرة ليصرح عن تشكيل أول مجلس وطني سوري. أثار هذا اليوم التاريخي أكبر حالةِ حوارٍ وسجالٍ حقيقي ومؤسس في حياة السوريين يومها، وزاد في ذلك التصريحات اللولبية التي تلت هذا الإعلان سواء من قبل المرشحين لعضوية المجلس أو غير المرشحين من ناشطين وصفحات. ومضت أيام عصيبة على السوريين انتهت بمصالحةٍ ناقصة لا تختلف في وضعها النهائي عن وضعها البدائي إلا في شكلياتٍ تجاوزناها مع تغيير التسمية من “المجلس الانتقالي السوري” إلى “المجلس الوطني السوري”، واضطر الجميع للقبول بها ومن ثمّ القبول بفرضها عبر تسميةٍ أطلقتها صفحة الثورة السورية، وعفا الله عما سلف وعن الأيام التي ضاعت في تقبل حقيقة وصعوبة تشكيل مجلس وطني يرضى عنه الجميع.
يبدو أن الثورة السورية لا تتعلم من أخطائها، ولا تريد المضي قدماً إلى الأمام. فاليوم وعلى مشارف نهاية العام 2011 عام الثورات العربية، وبعد انتشار الأخبار عن التوقيع على اتفاق بين “المجلس الوطني السوري” و”هيئة التنسيق الوطنية من أجل سوريا” عادت إلى أجواء الشارع السوري آمال وأفكار تشابه ما عشناه منذ أشهر وعقدنا عليه الآمال. وما لبثت أحلامنا وآمالنا أن انهارت مع إعلان كتلةٍ من المجلس الوطني موقفها الرافض لهذا الاتفاق، ورغم أن هذه الكتلة قد لا تكون أغلبيّةً في المجلس الوطني إلا أنها تتسلح بأعضاء المكتب الإعلامي الذين لم يدّخروا جهداً منذ ساعات الصباح الأولى في تكريس موقفٍ نهائي رافضٍ للاتفاق. وما لبثت أن انتشرت عريضة على موقع “غوغل دوكس” لحشد أكبر عدد من التواقيع لرفض هذا الاتفاق بين أكبر كتلتين للمعارضة السورية.

تفاصيل ما حدث خلف الكواليس:
عند قراءة الأسباب والتبريرات التي يقدمها أعضاء المجلس الوطني لرفضهم هذه الوثيقة، يتبدى لنا الموقف الأساسي وراء هذا التخبط. فأولاً يبدو أن رئيس المجلس برهان غليون ومعه بعض الأعضاء من المجلس الوطني (على رأسهم الشيخ هيثم المالح) قد عقد مع رئيس الهيئة في المهجر “هيثم مناع” سلسلةً من الاجتماعات المتواصلة للوصول إلى صيغةٍ (توافقية) بين المجلس والهيئة.
تم التوقيع في 30-12-2011 حوالي منتصف الليل. وأعلنت بعض المصادر الناشطة أخبار التوقيع على الوثيقة على حساباتها ضمن شبكة (فيسبوك) الاجتماعية. وبعد ساعاتٍ قليلةٍ فقط تم نشر نص الوثيقة على موقع هيئة التنسيق وصفحاتها على فيسبوك كذلك. أما المكتب الإعلامي للمجلس الوطني فقد أعلن مباشرةً اعتراضه على الوثيقة وقدم تبريراته بأن لا علم له بها إطلاقاً.
إذاً فالتوقيع على الوثيقة تم مباشرةً بعد الاتفاق على صيغتها النهائية بشكلٍ ثنائي شبه فردي بين رئيسي الكتلتين، وبالتالي فإن برهان غليون تجاوز المؤسساتية في العمل السياسي والتي تقتضي أن يختم التوقيع جميع المشاورات والتعديلات والتصحيحات على الوثيقة، ولا يمكن تحديد ما إذا كان الأمر نفسه قد تمّ من هيثم مناع رئيس الهيئة الذي لم يصدر منه أي تصريحٍ حول هذا الموضوع. إنما يبدو أن الاتفاق كان فردياً ضمن (جلسة عرب) اتفق فيها الزعيمان الأوحدان، ورفعت الأقلام وجفت الصحف.
لماذا لم تعترض الهيئة كذلك؟ ولماذا بادرت لنشر النص الذي نشأ عن مشاورات مناع-غليون مباشرةً دون أن تقدم الاعتراض ذاته الذي قدمه المكتب الإعلامي للمجلس الوطني؟ هل لاتفاقها المسبق مع رئيس الهيئة على جميع التفاصيل؟ أم لولائها المطلق وإيمانها برجاحة عقل رئيسها؟ أم لأنّها تريد أن توفّر على نفسها المهاترات طالما أنّ الطرف الآخر – المحب للمشاكل – سيعترض بما يكفي ليجهض المشروع، ولن يجعل الهيئة في حاجةٍ لتقديم أي موقفٍ للرفض أو المساومة؟

التجربة السياسية الأولى (الفاشلة) للمجلس
هذه الأزمة تكشف بشكلٍ لا لبس فيه ثلاث مصائب تعتري المجلس الوطني السوري اليوم.
أول هذه المصائب هي انعدام العمل المؤسساتي برغم تخمة المجلس بلجانٍ ومكاتب وممثليات لم يتم حصرها بعد. فهو عند أول تجربةٍ لمأسسة العمل يعتمد العمل الفردي كلاً على حدة، فيعمل رئيس المجلس وحده ويوقع على وثائق باسم المجلس دون العودة لهيئته العامة. ومن ثم حين قام المكتب الإعلامي للحراك الثوري في المجلس الوطني بإطلاق تصريحاتٍ غير مسبوقة – وأظن أنها غير ملحوقة – ترفض هذه الوثيقة، أعلن أنه سوف يدعو لاجتماع الهيئة العامة للمجلس لطلب التصويت على هذه الوثيقة!!!! يا للهول، إذاً فهو يطلق تصريحه قبل أن يتم اجتماع الهيئة العامة الذي سيفرز الموقف الذي سيكلّف المكتب الإعلامي بالتصريح عنه! أي أن المكتب الإعلامي يصرّح عن رأيه الشخصي في المسألة! وبعد أن انتهت قضية إعلان الآراء الشخصية ها هي العرائض قد بدأت تحضّر والدعوة للاجتماعات قد بدأت توزّع. جميع الأمور التي كان ينبغي أن تكون السابقة، أصبحت اللاحقة.
ثاني هذه المصائب هي ابتعاد المجلس عن واقع السوريين السياسي بشكل عام الذين يتوقون إلى أي نوعٍ من توحيد المعارضة تحت لواءٍ واحد، وانعدام شعوره بالمسؤولية في توحيد صفوف المعارضة السورية. فالعريضة التي يطالب أعضاء المجلس بتوقيعها تسعى للحفاظ على مكتسبات المجلس الوطني لا على مكتسبات السوريين، ورفضها للاتفاق عائد إلى رغبة المجلس في تنازل الهيئة دون تقديم أي تنازلاتٍ من قبل المجلس. برغم أن صيغة الوثيقة تدلّ – وبشكلٍ لا لبس فيه – مقدار التعب والجهد والتشاور الجاد الذي تمّ. ويعلم جميع السوريين أن الاتفاق في حدّ ذاته صادم بالنسبة إلى كلّ سوري لم يكن يحلم على الإطلاق أنّ الهيئة والمجلس قابلان للاتفاق على أيّ صعيدٍ كان. والآن حين تم الاتفاق، يريد أعضاء المجلس من الهيئة أن تنضم تحت لواء المجلس دون قيدٍ أو شرط، هكذا وبدون لفٍّ أو دوران، ودون أيّ تنازل من قبل المجلس. حتى ولو كان هذا التنازل سيقرّب طريق السوريين نحو إسقاط النظام.
ثالث هذه المصائب هي فقر الديبلوماسية السياسية فيما يصدر عن المجلس الوطني السوري، فقد كان بالإمكان تأجيل هذه التصريحات والعرائض التي تؤخر ولا تقدم. كان يمكن التصريح بأن الوثيقة مبدئية وقيد الدراسة من قبل الهيئة العامة للمجلس، وأن قرارات المجلس ديمقراطية تتخذ بالأغلبية وأنه سيتم بحث الوثيقة وفق أسس العمل المؤسساتي في المجلس، ومن ثم يمكن استدراك المواقف بشكلٍ نظيف وهادئ بدلاً من تشويه صفحة المجلس الوطني داخلياً بهذه الطريقة، وبدلاً من إظهار رئيس المجلس بمظهر “المنشق” عن صفوفه.

الاستحقاق الأكبر:
أمام المجلس الوطني استحقاق كبير هو الاختيار بين سيادة المجلس وبين وحدة صفوف المعارضة. وإذا كان الاختلاف على المادة الأولى من الوثيقة فهي أمر ما زال قابلاً للنقاش بدليل أن النقاش تم فيه أصلاً. أما إذا كان الاختلاف على شكليات وجود ممثل توافقي للمعارضة سوى المجلس الوطني السوري فهذا يعني رغبة أعضاء المجلس بالاستفراد بالقرار، وهذا يجهض أي محاولةٍ للتوافقية ويكرّس سعي المجلس الوطني لا إلى اتفاقٍ توافقي بل إلى اتفاق احتوائي تنضوي هيئة التنسيق فيه تحت جناح المجلس الوطني. وفي حين ينتظر الجميع من موالين للمجلس أو موالين للهيئة أن يتمّ تكريس وتنفيذ التوافق بين الطرفين، فإنّ المجلس الوطني يضع اختلافاته ونظرته قصيرة المدى أولاً، ويهمل تماماً أهمية توحيد المعارضة السورية على نقاطٍ توافقية. إذ أنّه اعتمد خطّةً لحركته ولم يعد بإمكانه تغييرها ولو كان في ذلك إمكانية لتحويل مسار حراك الثورة السورية نحو ما هو أسرع وأجدى نفعاً.

أتمنى من المجلس الوطني أن يأخذ بعين الاعتبار أهمية المسؤوليات الملقاة على عاتقه، ويتخلى عن بعض المهاترات الآنية التي لا تدل إلا على مراهقةٍ سياسية لطالما أتحفتنا بها الكتل الثورية على مدى أشهرٍ طويلة، غير عابئةٍ بالثمن القاسي الذي يدفعه السوريون. ليست وحدها الجامعة العربية تلام على المهل التي تمنحها للنظام السوري. ثمة من يمنحها مهلاً غير محدودة نتيجة نظرته المحدودة للغاية.

http://www.bloggers4syria.com/?p=447

December 31st, 2011, 12:36 pm

 

jad said:

Amazing how this agreement exposed the true face of many opposition members and what they really want, Mo is not happy with the agreement..it wont kill as many Syrians as he wished for the new year:

Mohammad Al Abdallah
الاتفاق الذي وقعه المجلس الوطني السوري أمس مع هيئة التنسيق الوطني هو إساءة كبيرة للثورة والشهداء. جوهر الاتفاق هو تفريغ المجلس من مضمونه ومنع المجلس من طلب حماية دولية للمدنيين تحت ذريعة رفض التدخل الخارجي.

بنود الاتفاق الاربعة لا تنم إلا عن حشو مطلق وهباء كتبه أعضاء هيئة التنسيق الوطني ووقع عليه أعضاء المجلس الوطني السوري. أعضاء المجلس الذين لم يستشيروا أحداً لا داخل المجلس ولا خارجه ووقعوا الورقة منفردين دون أن يرف لهم جفن أو يأن لهم ضمير مما يجري في سوريا اليوم.

الاتفاق ببساطة هو إنضمام المجلس الوطني السوري لهيئة التنسيق الوطنية وليس العكس… المجلس الوطني (أو الأربعة الذين وقعوا بالنيابة عنه) وافقوا على شروط هيئة التنسيق وقبلوا بورقتها.

الورقة تم تثبيتها في الجامعة العربية ولن نقبل أن يخرج أي من أعضاء المجلس الوطني السوري ليكذب علينا أكثر ليقول أنها توقيع أولي وتحتاج لتصويت أو موافقة المجلس الوطني كاملاً.

أي محاولة لترقيع ما حصل وحفظ ماء الوجه أدنى من فسخ الاتفاق وإدانته وإصدار بيان من المجلس الوطني يتبنى بشكل واضح لا يحمل اللبس أو التأويل مطالب الشعب بالحماية الدولية للمدنيين هو أمر مرفوض ولا يعدو عن كونه ذراً للرماد في العيون.

إن استمر المجلس (أو الأربعة الذين وقعوا الاتفاق على موقفهم) باختطاف المجلس وسياسته الخارجية دون الرجوع عما حصل فإما عليهم أن يرحلوا من المجلس أو أنه علينا أن نفكر حقيقة بإسقاط المجلس!

لتكن الجمعة القادمة جمعة “لا لهيئة التنسيق، لا لاتفاق القاهرة”.

December 31st, 2011, 1:27 pm

 

jad said:

هيثم مناع على البي بي سي : من شارك في عمل الوثيقه انس العبده واخرون كثر فلماذا يعترضون الان

December 31st, 2011, 1:39 pm

 

Revlon said:

حركة سوريا شباب من أجل الحرية Youth Syria For Freedom
The NCB-SNC agreement has also been rejected by the representative of the higher command of the Revolution in the SNC.

It is kind of cool that the SNC avail their website to comments that might be highly critical of their performance.
31/12/2011
http://www.facebook.com/Youth.Syria.Freedom

ورد بيان على صفحة الشيخ المهندس مطيع البطين يرد فيه على
الاتفاق الذي تم بين المجلس الوطني وهيئة التنسيق هذا نصه
الصفحة الرسمية للمهندس مطيع البطين

السادة أعضاء المجلس الوطني : تحية طيبة و بعد :
فيما يتعلق بالاتفاق الذي تم مع هيئة التنسيق نعلن نحن في المجلس الاعلى للثورة السورية , براءتنا من هذا الاتفاق الذي يتلاعب بدماء الثوار و نعتبره قرارا لاغياً و باطلاً و ندعوا الموقعين للتراجع عنه فوراً و إلا سيكون هنالك موقف حاسم للمجلس الاعلى و للحراك الثوري و ننتظر رداً حتى تمام الساعة الثانية عشرة ليلاً بتوقيت دمشق 31122011
عن المجلس الاعلى : عضو المكتب التنفيذي في المجلس الوطني السوري المهندس مطيع البطين

وكان رد تنسيقية جاسم الحرة عليه :
السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركات
الشيخ مطيع البطين المحترم نحن ثوار جاسم ومن امامنا ثوار حوران
نعلن تاييدنا لكم ولقراراتكم ونحن من ورائكم فسيروا على بركة الله
ونامل منكم التواصل مع الدكتور عماد الدين رشيد وتنسيق مواقفكم
واعلان بيان مشترك لعلمنا بمواقفكم المتطابقة والرؤية المشتركة
والتي تطابق تطلعاتنا كثوار على الارض
فامضوا على بركة الله والله الموفق وهو نعم المولى ونعم النصير
ولا تدعوا من لم يشعر بالامنا ويحس بامالنا يقرر عنا
الا بعد الرجوع لنا أخوكم بالله ابو تمام تنسيقية جاسم الحرة

December 31st, 2011, 1:59 pm

 

ann said:

The Threat of War Against Iran and Syria is Real – Dec 31, 2011

http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=28427

For those who think that the United States wouldn’t possibly instigate another war in the Middle East, think again. Empowered by his “success” in the bombing of Libya and consequent assassination of Muammar Qaddafi, Obama is now seeking to use the exact same strategy against Syria, while using alarming military threats against Iran. In both cases the U.S. is creating the conditions for war in a region that is already boiling over from decades of U.S. backed dictators combined with past U.S. military aggression.

In Syria, the Libya war formula is being implemented with precision: in the name of protecting “human rights,” the U.S. is enlisting the Arab League to open the gates for a U.S.-backed “coalition” of regional countries to implement a “no fly zone,” i.e. war.

Numerous U.S. news outlets reported–without verification– that protesters in Syria were “demanding a no fly zone” and an “Arab army” to invade and topple the Syrian government.

The U.S. is attempting to channel the popular protests in Syria into “regime change,” with the end goal of having a future regime that will serve U.S. interests better than the present one. The “leaders” of the Syrian opposition are handpicked and very friendly with the United States. This non-representative leadership is now asking the United States for military intervention. The Daily Beast reports:

“… the Obama administration is preparing options for aiding the Syrian opposition directly [militarily]. Two administration officials tell Foreign Policy that a small group of representatives from several [U.S.] agencies has convened to discuss extending humanitarian aid [military aid] to the Syrian rebels and appointing a special coordinator to work with them. They also discussed establishing a humanitarian [military] corridor along the Turkish border, but that would require establishing a no-fly zone…” (December 29, 2011).

The above usage of the word “humanitarian” to describe military action is used unquestionably by the U.S. government and media alike, after having been media-tested in Libya. It is highly unlikely that working people of any Middle Eastern country would invite the U.S. Army in to “help” them, especially after the U.S. military destroyed Iraq and left the country on the verge of civil war while continuing to pummel Afghanistan, pretending this is a war it can win. Libya is still smoldering from the U.S. assistance.

The lie of humanitarian intervention is best exposed when U.S. relations with Saudi Arabia are considered: On December 29th the Obama Administration agreed to send $30 billion worth of sophisticated weaponry to one of the most repressive regimes in human history. The U.S. media publishes anti- Syria “humanitarian” news and Saudi arm sales on the same page, on the same day, without a second thought as to the hypocrisy in plain sight.

To shield the U.S. motives and U.S. weaponry used in a possible Syria attack, the Arab League will again be enlisted. What is the Arab League? Most of the Arab League consists of nations that have very close political/military ties to the U.S. and are utterly dependent on the U.S. for weaponry and political support. is not an exaggeration to call the Arab League diplomatic puppets of the U.S. The membership of the Arab League includes the brutal dictatorships of Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Jordan, United Arab Emigrates, Egypt, Bahrain, Iraq, Kuwait, Oman, Sudan, etc., nearly all exist purely because of U.S. military/police support.

Syria has pointed out the hypocrisy of the Arab League’s humanitarian “monitors,” headed by a Sudanese General long known for being an enemy of human rights. The Associated Press correctly noted that Syria’s complaints about the Sudanese General:

“…raises troubling questions about whether Arab League member states, with some of the world’s poorest human rights records, were fit for the mission to monitor compliance with a plan to end to the crackdown on political opponents by security forces loyal to President Bashar Assad.” (December 29, 2011).

If the Arab League expels Syria from its membership, as it did Libya, the U.S./ Arab “coalition” will have been given the green light for a military “humanitarian” invasion. If an “Arab army” does invade Syria for “humanitarian” purposes, it be under the direction and assistance of the U.S. military, which will–as in Libya– be the behind-the-scenes leader, coordinating actions while providing military intelligence for the invasion. All of the dropped bombs will be “made in the USA.”

The Iranian situation is no better. The new economic sanctions that the Obama administration plans to implement equal an act of war against Iran, since they would have a crippling effect on Iran’s economy. Sanctions are used in this case to provoke, and when Iran reacted by threatening to close the Strait of Hormuz (a vital trade point), the U.S. military instantly responded. The spokesperson for the U.S. Navy’s Fifth Fleet, Lt. Rebecca Rebarich, threatened Iran by saying: [the U.S. Navy] is always ready to counter malevolent actions to ensure freedom of navigation.” This is a blatant threat of war. Obama’s silence implies agreement.

Many other high-ranking U.S. government officials have recently made highly provocative war comments against Iran in the media, focusing on the “near future” threat of Iran having a nuclear weapon. There is no concrete evidence that Iran is anywhere near having a nuclear weapon, just like no evidence existed proving that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. The constant rhetoric against Iran having a nuclear weapon is dishonest hyperbole; even if Iran were to obtain nuclear weapons it would have little motivation to use them, since Israel could easily obliterate Iran with its arsenal of nuclear weapons.

Attacking Syria and/or Iran opens the door to a wider regional or even international war. Reuters reports:

“Russia is sending a flotilla of warships to its naval base in Syria in a show of force which suggests Moscow is willing to defend its interests in the strife-torn country as international pressure mounts on President Bashar al-Assad’s government…Russia, which has a naval maintenance base in Syria and whose weapons trade with Damascus is worth millions of dollars annually, joined China last month to veto a Western-backed U.N. Security Council resolution condemning Assad’s government.” (November 28, 2011).

Russian military officials have stated that having a military presence in Syria is meant, in part, to act as a deterrent against foreign attacks. This is because Syria is an ally and trading partner of Russia. If Russia were to invade Saudi Arabia for “humanitarian” purposes, would not the United States jump to defend it?

The international situation is on the verge of a larger explosion, with Russia and China viewing the U.S. actions in Libya– and possibly Syria and Iran–as attacks on their border, threatening their own national security.

The U.S. is assuming that Russia or China will not respond militarily, but they’ve been wrong before. When President Bush Jr. gave the green light to the President of Georgia–a U.S. puppet– to attack South Ossetia, Russia surprised everyone by responding militarily and crushing Georgia’s invasion. If an “Arab army” invades Syria and Russia again responds, the U.S. will no doubt become directly involved.

The game of war is often played like poker, where one nation bluffs and hopes the other folds. Obama’s reckless provocations have a limit that may soon be reached, at the expense of the Middle Eastern people and possibly the rest of us. If the U.S. becomes militarily involved with Syria and Iran, it is up to the working people of the U.S. to mobilize in massive numbers in the streets to prevent such an attack.

Shamus Cooke is a social worker, trade unionist, and writer for Workers Action (www.workerscompass.org)

References

http://www.thedailybeast.com/cheats/2011/12/29/u-s-mulls-aid-for-syria-opposition.html

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hc6ahdq6fAQslErRXxwFZP8Wlavw?docId=6c09aa017897483eb56131187e6b7474

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/11/28/us-russia-syria-warships-idUSTRE7AR0S820111128

December 31st, 2011, 2:18 pm

 

Haytham Khoury said:

Arab League observers ‘saw snipers’ in Syria

December 31st, 2011, 2:20 pm

 

defender said:

معطيات تصوير الطائرات الاسرائيلية بدون طيار تسببت بهذه الفاجعة

http://arabic.euronews.net/2011/12/31/kurdish-anger-over-turkish-airstrike-turns-to-violence/
حاكم إقليم أولوديري في تركيا يتعرض للضرب المبرح وهو يحاول تقديم تعازيه لعائلات ضحايا القصف الجوي

الأجواء ما زالت متوترة جنوب شرق تركيا بعد مقتل 35 كرديا في غارة للقوات الجوية التركية قالت أنقرة إن ضحاياها قُصفوا خطاً للاشتباه فيهم الانتماء إلى المتمردين الأكراد.

حاكم إقليم أولوديري زار قرية غوليازي لتقديم التعازي لعائلات الضحايا، ولا شك أنه ندم على مبادرته بعد هذا الاستقبال من طرف جزء من السكان. ربما فقد حياته لولا مجموعة من المحسنين قاموا بإنقاذه من أيادي الغاضبين.

رئيس الحكومة طيب رجب إردوغان وعد بالتحقيق في قصف الأكراد الخمسة والثلاثين الذين قُتلوا خطأ وهم يقومون بنشاط غير قانوني في تهريب السجائر عبْر الحدود. ووصف الحادث بالمؤسف والمثير للحزن دون أن يشفع له ذلك لدى سكان قرية غوليازي الذين يصفونه بالمجرم.

في ديار بكر وقعت مشادات قبل ساعات بين مئات الشباب وقوات الأمن التركية بعد مقتل اثنين من المتمردين الأكراد في اشتباك مسلح مع الشرطة.

December 31st, 2011, 2:26 pm

 

ann said:

Syria’s Enemies Strike New Deal to Arm Opposition

Intelligence and security elements of several states, in a meeting in Ankara, discussed a detailed plan on how to arm opposition groups to carry out military operations in Syria as part of their regime change plans for the Muslim state.

According to dispatches from Syria, intelligence and security elements of the US, France and Italy together with Saudi, Israeli and a number of Lebanese agents have recently attended a meeting in Ankara, Turkey, to make the necessary coordination to send large weapon cargos from Saudi Arabia and Israel to Lebanon and Turkey to be smuggled and delivered to terrorists operating in Syria.

The coordination meeting was aimed at carrying out new brutal and criminal acts inside Syria to push seditious moves in the Arab state.

To that end, a number of groups which have been trained in Israel and Turkey will be dispatched to Syria under the intelligence umbrella of French and Italian intelligence agencies.

Reports about the western countries’ involvement in arming terrorist groups in Syria came days after a prominent Lebanese analyst said that the US is using the al-Qaeda elements to carry out terrorist attacks in Syria to destabilize the Arab state.

Speaking to FNA, Director of the Arab and International Strategic Studies Center Qaleb Qandil said that Washington has freed hundreds of al-Qaeda prisoners in Iraq before withdrawing its forces from the war-torn country and infiltrated these terrorists into Syria to carry out attacks against the Syrian people.

He pointed to the recent terrorist bombings in Damascus that killed dozens of people, and stated, “The incident reminds us of those cases in which the US and its allies provoked the al-Qaeda elements in the region.”

Qandil stated that hundreds of al-Qaeda elements have penetrated into Syria through the country’s borders with Lebanon, Jordan and now Iraq.

The attacks in Damascus 9 days ago hit two bases belonging to the Syrian security service, killing 55 people.

Syria has been experiencing unrest since mid-March, with demonstrations being held both in favor of and against the country’s President Bashar al-Assad.

Damascus blames “outlaws, saboteurs and armed terrorist groups” for the unrest, saying it is being orchestrated from abroad.

December 31st, 2011, 2:48 pm

 

ann said:

The year of dissent: The Arab Spring – 31 December, 2011

http://rt.com/news/egypt-2011-revolution-election-075/

The protests are still raging across the Arab world as the year 2011 ends. Despite the fact that some autocratic rulers have already been removed from power, it seems others are on the waiting list as the Arab Spring shows no signs of easing up.

­Three revolutions shook the Arab world in 2011, and other countries are now seeing protests but no change of power as yet. The successful revolution in Tunisia was the ignition point for the whole Arab world to seek democracy and freedom from autocratic rule.

Almost a year has passed since President Ben Ali of Tunisia was forced to flee the country on January 14 after the revolt there. The Ennahda Islamist party came to power but has dragged its heels in introducing any real reforms. The economic and social situations have become worse, unemployment has risen, and people are saying they have not achieved anything they had been fighting for.

The violent protests in Egypt began in January. Thousands of Egyptians inspired by the successful uprising in nearby Tunisia took to the streets demanding the resignation of the authoritarian President Hosni Mubarak, who had been in power for some 40 years.

After a week of protests across the country, President Hosni Mubarak was forced to reshuffle the government and to renounce the idea of participating in September’s presidential elections. But this did not stop the Tahrir Square protesters and only succeeded in uniting different opposition groups, who agreed on their number one demand – that Mubarak step down and leave the country immediately and also that the newly appointed military parliament to be dissolved.

A week later Hosni Mubarak’s position had become largely untenable and he was compelled to relinquish some of his powers, transferring many of them to the vice president. But only a few days later he surrendered to pressure and resigned completely, leaving the Higher Military Council and its head, Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, in charge of Egypt.

Hosni Mubarak was charged with causing the deaths of some 850 protesters during the popular uprising and may face the death penalty if convicted. His trial was postponed several times following his arrest.

The new military leaders cancelled the country’s constitution and disbanded parliament, and stated they would stay in power until democratic elections take place and only then hand power to a civilian government.

Since then, the interim government has held a nationwide referendum which set the parliamentary elections for late 2011. But many believed it was too soon for the newly-emerged political movements to gain enough momentum before the vote.

Autumn brought concerns that revolution 2.0 could take place in Egypt, as thousands returned to Tahrir Square, demanding the military rulers surrender power immediately. The authorities cracked down on the protesters hard, reportedly using military-grade neuro-toxic nerve-gas and even live ammunition.

Although the series of protests had left scores of people dead and hundreds more injured, the opening round of Egypt’s first parliamentary elections since Mubarak’s fall began as planned. Islamic parties took an overwhelming lead in the elections. The Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party gained 40 per cent of the vote, with the fundamentalist Al-Nour Party claiming around 25 per cent.

However, the results are not final as another election round, which is to take place at the beginning of 2012, may change the democratic future of Egypt.

Libya saw the deadliest uprising among all Arab countries so far, with a civil war that left tens of thousands dead – ex-dictator Colonel Muammar Gaddafi among them. NATO weighed into the conflict with airstrikes which caused civilian casualties. Several months after Libya was “liberated” there is still no peace for the Libyan people. Libya is also becoming an increasingly Islamist state, with few improvements in the social or economic spheres.

Meanwhile, Syria remains one of the flashpoints in the Arab world, with the situation there said to be teetering on the brink of civil war, and control of the situation slowly slipping from President Assad.

“Tunisia was picked as the first in a series of dominoes in a very carefully-planned destabilization strategy, which was planned out more than a decade ago in the Pentagon by the RAND Corporation and others in Washington to redraw the map essentially of the Middle East,” political analyst William Engdahl told RT. “It’s not intended to stabilize or bring democracy to any of these countries.”

“The idea is to create as much chaos through the region as possible in order to justify, I believe, a stronger NATO role permanently in the region,” Engdahl added.

December 31st, 2011, 3:09 pm

 

jna said:

Most Syrians ‘supportive of Assad’ (poll)

Although the majority of Arabs believe Syria’s President Basher al-Assad should resign in the wake of the regime’s brutal treatment of protesters, fewer Syrians are supportive of an immediate leadership change.

According to the latest opinion poll commissioned by The Doha Debates, Syrians are more supportive of their president with 55% not wanting him to resign. One of the main reasons given by those wanting the president to stay in power was fear for the future of the country.

http://www.gulf-times.com/site/topics/article.asp?cu_no=2&item_no=478192&version=1&template_id=36&parent_id=16

That level of support is not mirrored elsewhere in the region with 81% of Arabs wanting President Assad to step down.
They believe Syria would be better off if free democratic elections were held under the supervision of a transitional government.

The poll’s finding support the result of November’s Doha Debate in which 91% of the audience called for President Assad to resign.

If President Assad resigns, Syria’s relations with Turkey, Lebanon and the United States are expected to improve while relations with Iran and Israel will worsen, according to the opinion poll findings.

The poll conducted by YouGov Siraj questioned more than 1,000 people in the Arab world between December 14 and 19.

December 31st, 2011, 4:31 pm

 

Tara said:

Dear all,

I want to wish all of you (including the Islamophones) happy and prosperous new year.  I wish and pray that 2012 will bring peace to our Syria.  I pray that we all find a space in our heart for forgiveness and reconciliation.  I wish that 2012 brings us a democratic secular non-puppet and proud government where Alawis, Christians, and Sunnis live equal without fear and with human dignity.         

December 31st, 2011, 5:13 pm

 

Haytham Khoury said:

Dear all:

Happy New Year to all of you

December 31st, 2011, 5:35 pm

 

defender said:

كل عام و أنتم بخير اخوتي السوريين أينما كنتم و ان شاء الله يعم السلام و المحبة و الرخاء ربوع سورية الحبيبة ! الرحمة للشهداء السوريين عاش الوطن السوري الحبيب !

December 31st, 2011, 5:36 pm

 

Tara said:

And Dear Josh

A special Happy New Year for you and your family!

December 31st, 2011, 5:37 pm

 

Majed97 said:

Here is another example of exaggerations and twisting of facts by some anxious members of the opposition. Looks like that story about the AL observer witnessing a government sipper in Deraa was missing was on key word: IF

From BBC News:

Dispute among Arab League observers over Syria snipers

Arab League observers in Syria have given apparently conflicting accounts of an incident said to have involved snipers in the restive city of Deraa.

Footage posted online appears to show one official saying he had seen government snipers on rooftops and calling for them to be withdrawn.

However in a BBC interview, the chief of the Arab League mission later denied that the official had seen the snipers.

Violence in Syria has continued unabated despite the monitors’ mission.

The latest footage posted on the internet cannot be verified, but it shows what appears to be an Arab League observer complaining about snipers shooting at demonstrators in Deraa.

The man is filmed telling protesters: “You’re telling me there are snipers? You don’t have to tell me, I saw them with my own eyes.”

He says the observers’ concerns would be conveyed to the Arab League, and that if the snipers were not removed within 24 hours, action would be taken.

In a separate report, the German news agency DPA also quoted a source close to the mission saying observers had also seen snipers in Douma, a suburb of the capital Damascus.

However the head of the Arab League mission, Gen Mustafa al-Dabi, later contradicted these accounts. He told the BBC’s Newshour programme that the official seen in the video was making a hypothetical remark.

“This man said that if he saw – by his own eyes – those snipers he will report immediately,” Gen Dabi said. “But he didn’t see [snipers].”

Correspondent say the statement will add to protesters’ allegations that Gen Dabi – who is Sudanese – is biased towards the Syrian government.

After a visit to the restive northern city of Homs on Thursday, he told Reuters news agency that “some places looked a bit of a mess but there was nothing frightening”.

Gen Dabi has held a number of senior Sudanese military and government posts, including in the troubled Darfur region.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-16372833

December 31st, 2011, 5:58 pm

 

ss said:

Happy new year to our brave men and women in the Syrian army who put their lives in danger to secure ours. Your shoes are on our heads. I bend on my knees with full respect to your efforst. God bless you

December 31st, 2011, 6:08 pm

 

Ghufran said:

Haytham
It is clear now that the SNC is divided over what to do, they will either dissolve or stage a coup to kick out Ghalioun and every body who is willing to negotiate with the NCC because people like najjar and abdeh never wanted any solution other than a Libyan style revolution headed by turkey and NATO nations,just read revlon’s wish list and laugh.this means that the opposition is officially split and there will be another wave of violence to push the Syrian file towards the unsc.

December 31st, 2011, 6:40 pm

 

ann said:

Syrians gather to show solidarity with gov’t, opposition to intervention – 2011-12-30

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/world/2011-12/30/c_131336175.htm

DAMASCUS, Dec. 30 (Xinhua) — Syrians gathered in the main squares across the country on Friday in an effort to show solidarity with the government and express opposition to foreign intervention in their own national affairs.

According to the official SANA news agency, massive crowds of citizens, chanting pro-government slogans, took to the streets and gathered in landmark squares in such cities as the capital Damascus, Aleppo, Homs and Tartous.

Some demonstrators told local TV stations that they aimed to show the world their determination to face up to all the pressures imposed by some Western countries and to end the country’s months- long crisis in their own way.

Some denounced the biased reports by certain media which were in fact “lies and fabrications,” about the real situation in Syria.

The participants meanwhile hoped the Arab League (AL) observers, who were currently in the country’s major cities for ground monitoring, to “be credible and professional in conveying the facts of what the terrorist groups are perpetrating of killing innocents, terrifying people and sabotaging public and private properties,” SANA reported.

As the gathering went on, major Syrian cities like Damascus have beefed up their security inspections on Friday with more armed policemen and checkpoints on the roads than usual.

A week ago, two powerful suicide bombings rocked the capital’s two security institutions, killing at least 44 people and leaving 166 wounded.

The government put the blame on Al-Qaida terrorists, but no individual or organization has by now claimed the responsibility for the fatal attacks, which were rarely seen in Syria even after the outbreak of the domestic rift in March.

December 31st, 2011, 6:56 pm

 

ann said:

Arab observers carry on with monitoring some restive Syrian provinces as opposition reaches agreement – 2011-12-31

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/world/2011-12/31/c_131337679.htm

DAMASCUS, Dec.31 (Xinhua) — Arab observers continued their monitoring job in Syria for the fifth day by visiting a number of neighborhoods in central and southern Syria, as two key opposition parties at home and abroad have reached a common political vision to reject foreign intervention.

A group of Arab observers visited the National Hospital in Daraa province in southern Syria and a number of restive neighborhoods in central Homs province, which has emerged as one of Syria’s most volatile areas.

A day earlier, the observers visited Harasta and Douma suburbs of the capital Damascus and met with local residents there, state- run SANA news agency reported.

They also visited the National Hospital in central Hama province and met with a number of injured people, said SANA.

The observers have so far traveled to a number of cities including Daraa and Homs, and preparations are underway for sending 40 observers from the Gulf Cooperation Council states and Iraq to Syria, according to AL sources.

The Syrian government signed the observer mission protocol in Egyptian capital Cairo on Dec. 19, after the AL threatened to refer the Syrian crisis to the United Nations Security Council.

The observers are tasked with ensuring that the Syrian government abides by its commitments agreed in the AL peace plan, including removing its security forces and heavy weapons from urban streets, starting talks with opposition leaders and allowing human rights workers and journalists into the country.

Meanwhile, the opposing National Coordination Body has reached an agreement with the Turkish-based Syrian National Council that would lay foundations for the basic rules of democratic struggle and the transitional era, mainly rejecting the idea of any foreign military intervention that might infringe upon the country’s sovereignty and independence, and paving the way for a transitional era that would begin with the collapse of the current regime and the endorsement of a new constitution.

Hassan Abdul-Azim, the general coordinator of the National Coordination Body, reportedly said that the two sides reached a ” common political vision to reject foreign intervention, armament, violence and sectarian rifts.”

He stressed that the agreement is binding for the two sides, adding that they have agreed to unite and coordinate efforts towards political, media, and diplomatic issues.

He said his group has provided the Arab monitors with the names of activists in different parts of the country to contact them.

Syrian government has said more than 2,000 of its security forces and army personnel have been killed by alleged terrorist groups since the beginning of unrest in Syria in mid March.

December 31st, 2011, 6:58 pm

 

ann said:

47 Iraqi, Gulf observers to join AL mission to Syria – 2012-01-01

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/world/2012-01/01/c_131337808.htm

CAIRO, Dec. 31 (Xinhua) — Another 47 observers will join the Arab League (AL) delegation to Syria, an AL official in charge of the observer mission said Saturday.

Adnan Issa al-Khoudhir, head of the AL operation room for the observer mission, said at a press conference that “22 observers from Iraq and 25 others from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) will be dispatched to Syria.”

The AL has sent dozens of observers to Syria to monitor the situation there. The Cairo-based AL operation room, established on Dec. 22, is in constant contact with the observers and has received their reports on the Syrian crisis.

Adnan said the “most complaints were about the detainees and prisoners, and we sent all the information regarding their names and addresses to the delegation in Damascus to check them on the ground.”

Asked about the possibility for foreign media to cover the Syrian crisis on the ground, Adnan said that the Syrian authorities would allow the media in after they obtain necessary licenses.

The official also expressed hope that the media should be accurate in reporting news about the AL observer mission, otherwise it will have a negative impact on the whole work.

Syria signed the AL observer protocol on Dec. 19 in Cairo after the AL threatened to refer the Syrian crisis to the United Nations Security Council.

The Syrian government said a total of 2,000 army and security personnel were killed during the months-long unrest. The United Nations put the total death toll in the country at more than 5,000.

December 31st, 2011, 7:01 pm

 

Abughassan said:

Happy new year to all Syrians.
2012 will be a better year,inshallah.

December 31st, 2011, 7:17 pm

 

Haytham Khoury said:

Abughassan#203.

Happy New Year, to you

December 31st, 2011, 7:21 pm

 

Haytham Khoury said:

Ghufran#199.

Unfortunately, the SNC has a huge organizational problem.
They can’t kick Ghalioun out because they do not have a face that is acceptable to the outside world. That will happen when they go inside the country. However, I will contact some people in the next few days to prepare for that possibility.

December 31st, 2011, 7:26 pm

 

Ghufran said:

Happy new year,dr abughassan.

December 31st, 2011, 7:33 pm

 

Ghufran said:

Hayrham
The regime and militiants on all sides love the fact that the opposition is confused and ineffective.
What you and others may consider is insist on the principles that unite most Syrians and let those who disagree form their own parties and oppose the “opposition”. We had enough..

December 31st, 2011, 7:39 pm

 

Ghufran said:

منصور عبد الحميد
(الامارات)
للأسف يبدو أن بعض الحكام العرب لا يرون خطورة إلا في نشوء قوة عربية أو مسلمة، فهم على إستعداد للتضحية بالأموال الطائلة في سبيل منع نشوء قوة عربية تقف في وجه المخططات الغربية الهادفة لتحطيم وإذلال وإستغلال الشعوب العربية والمسلمة، كانت البداية عندما تمردوا بإسم الدين على حاكم مصر القوي محمد علي باشا وساندتهم بريطانيا وفرنسا في تكسير وتحجيم الجيش المصري، وكذلك قاموا بنفس الدور ضد جمال عبدالناصر، وعندما خاض السادات الحرب بإسم الأمة جميعاً وكسر أسطورة الجيش الذي لا يقهر تركوه يدفع فاتورة الحرب لوحده ولم يعطوه قرشاً بل وأذلوه, وعندما أخطأ ووقع تلك الإتفاقية المشؤومة أعلنوا الحرب عليه وقاطعوه ليس حبا في فلسطين وإنما لدفعه إلى الإرتماء في أحضان أمريكا.
وعندما قامت الثورة الإسلامية في إيران أعلنوا الحرب عليها في مهدها وأغروا صدام بحربها ولم يبخلوا عليه بمليارات الدولارات لتدمير بلاده وايران، وعندما إنتبهت القيادة في إيران وأوقفت الحرب بدأت تلك القيادات العربية التخطيط لتدمير صدام صديقهم بالأمس واعدوا له مصيدة الكويت، وبعدما تم تدمير العراق وشعبه بحيث خرج العراق من السياسة والتاريخ والحضارة والقوة العربية هاهم يحرضون العالم على تدمير إيران بحجة أن لها أطماعا في بلاد العرب ويدفعون مئات المليارات في سبيل تدمير إيران، فيما تقف اكبر دولة معادية للعرب والمسلمين عبر التاريخ تدوس مقدساتنا في القدس وتقتل شعبنا وتحتل اراضي العرب، تلك القيادات لا ترى أي خطورة في دولة الصهاينة التي ذهبت لتحتل منابع النيل وتسيطر بدعم من تركيا على مصادر مياه الفرات ودجلة، والأدهى من ذلك أنهم يسعون لتدمير آخر معاقل القوة العربية متمثلة في حزب الله والمقاومة الفلسطينية حتى وصل الأمر باحلال إفتاء علماء الخليج بأن شريعة الإسلام تستوجب الفرح والبهجة إذا إنتصر الصهاينة في حربهم على حزب الله والشعب اللبناني. الله واكبر الى اين اوصلنا قادة الخليج العربي؟!

December 31st, 2011, 8:01 pm

 

Haytham Khoury said:

Ghufran#207.

I agree with you.

December 31st, 2011, 8:26 pm

 

Dale Andersen said:

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

“…to beat the opposition and survive, Assad has to play his equivalent of the race card. He has to rally the support of his tribe by telling the Alawite and Christian minorities that they must unite behind him or face extermination. To make certain his prediction comes true he burns down the house just to make sure. He is organising the sectarian cleansing of Sunni neighbourhoods and trying to turn his desperate bid to hold on to power into a Sunni-Shia civil war.

As in the Spanish civil war, when Britain and France preached non-intervention while Hitler and Mussolini sent arms and men to help Franco’s fascists, so the “international community” does nothing in Syria today while Iran and Hezbollah pour in Shia troops to slaughter civilians. Contrary to Syrian state propaganda, Sunni terrorists from al-Qaida are not in Syria to fight back against the regime just yet. But I cannot see them staying out for long.

Intervention to stop a regional war carries vast risks. But we should be honest about the consequences of acquiescing to Assad. A failed state and nest for terrorism will sit on the edge of the Mediterranean. Foreign mercenaries and Alawite paramilitaries will continue to massacre a largely defenceless population and the conflict may spread into Iraq, Israel, Turkey and Jordan. As the news that escapes the control of the Syrian censors reminds us every day, those who say we should do nothing also have blood on their hands…”

http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Observer/Pix/pictures/2011/12/31/1325330862249/A-Syrian-refugee-child-si-007.jpg

December 31st, 2011, 8:50 pm

 

Revlon said:

Happy new year to all

December 31st, 2011, 8:53 pm

 

Ghufran said:

The signed agreement between Ghalioun and the NCC is a good document,those who oppose it are wrong and should be ignored,the future of SNC will be sealed if they refuse to accept the agreement. Like anything in the middle east,there are people who may try to kill this plan,namely regime thugs and armed anti regime criminals hiding behind a religious mask,I read the document and I am waiting to hear why anybody who wants a regime change and political freedom is against it.

December 31st, 2011, 9:06 pm

 

ann said:

211. Revlon

How do you say happy new year in your hebrew language?

December 31st, 2011, 9:07 pm

 

ann said:

Syrian opposition factions broker shaky agreement – December 31, 2011

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/syrian-opposition-factions-broker-shaky-agreement/2011/12/31/gIQAc5O0SP_story.html

“The reaction so far has been very negative,” said Amr al-Azm, a U.S.-based member of the Syrian National Council. “The vast majority of the SNC were unaware of this agreement and they are very discouraged.” He added that many in the opposition have criticized council leader Burhan ­Ghalioun for signing an agreement that did not call for international intervention in Syria.

Another SNC member, Rami Nakhle, posted on Facebook that he was expecting the group’s general assembly to refuse to ratify the agreement. “We might be living the first democratic experience in ages,” he wrote. “You can say that it is like the Syrian government signed an agreement and the people’s council refused it.”

Khalid Kamal, an NCC member in Syria, told al-Jazeera satellite television that members of his group also had not been consulted on the agreement and that they would call for a no-fly zone.

Such fragmentation has frustrated the opposition in Syria, according to an activist near Damascus who gave his name as Adam Nasir. People are “sick of the politicians,” he said. “Their opinion is that all of the politicians should unite.”

The divisions also have posed problems for Western policymakers, who have not been presented with a clear alternative to Assad’s rule, said Andrew Tabler of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

“The problem is that the Syrian opposition can be quite begrudging,” Tabler said. “They complain a lot about the different accords that are signed, and that doesn’t help their cause.” The tendency is for the diverse groups to join together, he added, “but it’s happening more slowly than we would like.”

December 31st, 2011, 9:18 pm

 

ann said:

SYRIA WILL BE BLOODIEST YET – 1st January 2012

BRITAIN is gearing up for fighting in Syria that could be bigger and bloodier than the battle against Gaddafi.

http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/view/227911/Syria-will-be-bloodiest-yet/

The Ministry of Defence is drawing up secret plans for a NATO-sponsored no-fly zone but first it needs backing from the United Nations Security Council.

As the unrest and killings escalate in the troubled Arab state, agents from MI6 and the CIA are already in Syria assessing the situation, a security official has revealed.

Special forces are also talking to Syrian dissident soldiers.

They want to know about weapons and communications kit rebel forces will need if the Government decides to help.

“MI6 and the CIA are in Syria to infiltrate and get at the truth,” said the well-placed source.

“We have SAS and SBS not far away who want to know what is happening and are finding out what kit dissident soldiers need.

“Syria supports Hezbollah. That threatens Israel and the whole of the Middle East.

“This has been given the highest priority as the whole thing could implode.

“This is all going like Libya but this will be bigger and bloodier.

“Syria is killing civilians. It’s looking bad all round.”

The NATO-backed flight ban over Syria has been discussed by the British Cabinet’s National Security Council.

And the Ministry of Defence has made provisional plans to implement any government order. The security source revealed military planners are considering the use of Tornado GR4 attack fighters and other aircraft.

NATO forces took eight months to oust Gaddafi with his army of mercenaries. But they accept that the Syrian forces are far better trained and armed.

Their airforce has highly-rated MiG29 Russian jet fighters.

The Foreign and Commonwealth office has warned Prime Minister David Cameron that a UN Security Council sanction would be required before any action. But it is likely to be vetoed by Russia or China. But if killings in Syria escalate even further then the UN will come under intense pressure to take action.

American Republicans have called for a no-fly zone, while the Arab League is considering a similar plan with Turkish warplanes tipped to take the lead.

A Ministry of Defence spokesman said: “It is all speculation.

“It is not our job yet. We are looking at what-ifs all the time.”

A Foreign Office spokesman said: “We are monitoring the situation in Syria. We are obviously very concerned about increasing violence and we are calling for an end to the killings.”

December 31st, 2011, 9:55 pm

 

N.Z. said:

212. Ghufran said: “The signed agreement between Ghalioun and the NCC is a good document” December 31st, 2011, 9:06 pm

I cannot agree with you more.

La tzebzeb, don’t oscillate for once ya Abughassan!

December 31st, 2011, 10:37 pm

 

Norman said:

Happy new year to all of you,

The problem with the opposition is that they are fighting for position before they get to power, what they and the government need to do is design a system that will make it open for all to seek power then go to the poles and run on their policies and then after they win they can implement these policies that the people them in for.

December 31st, 2011, 10:52 pm

 

jad said:

Ghufran, Haytham,
The lies of Ghalyoun and the filthy reaction of the traitor thug called Zibaleh&co is despicable to say the least, how can any Syrian trust those people for the future of Syria.
Mr. Manna proved to be the most honest opposition, but I doubt that his honesty will help him with this mafia of thugs.

قناة الجزيرة: مقابلة الدكتور هيثم مناع
http://youtu.be/J4smqbuVaRI

الدكتور هيثم مناع: قناة ال BBC
http://youtu.be/WhuZ2NEulrU

خوارج “المجلس الوطني” يرفضون الاتفاق مع “هيئة التنسيق” و”يخلعون” صاحبهم برهان غليون!؟

“المجلس الوطني” يرفض الاتفاق الذي وقعه ممثله مع “هيئة التنسيق” ويكشف عن عورته الأطلسية جهارا: نعم للتدخل الجوي وقصف الجيش السوري!؟

باريس ، الحقيقة (خاص) : بعد بضع ساعات وحسب على نشرنا التقرير المتعلق بالاتفاق الموقع بين “هيئة التنسيق” و”المجلس الوطني” ، وتوقعنا أن تندلع حرب”صفين” على خلفية الاتفاق ، جاءت التطورات لتؤكد ما كنا توقعناه. فقد رفض “المكتب التنفيذي للمجلس”الاتفاق في بيان رسمي بعد أن توالي أعضاء “المجلس” زرافات ووحدانا على شاشات الفضائيات لإدانة الاتفاق واتهام غليون بالتوقيع عليه دون الرجوع إلى الهيئات القيادية والتشاور معهم ، وهو ما يؤكد تقديرا عاما معروافا يقول إنه غليون ليس أكثر من واجهة أو طربوش لمجموعات تديرها واشنطن وتركيا وقطر ماليا واستخباريا. و وصل الأمر ببعض أعضاء “المجلس” حد اتهام “هيئة التنسيق” بأنها ” أداة شيعية إيرانية” أو “حرس ثوري ” أو “عملاء إيران” ( كما فعل الدكتور عبد الرزاق عيد)! وخلال ساعات النهار توالت الاتصالات والضغوط إلى أن أذعن غليون واضطر للحس توقيعه ، وإصدار بيان “يزاود” فيه حتى على أعضاء”المجلس” من الجناح الأميركي ـ الأطلسي ـ الإسرائيلي الذي يمثله الأخوان المسلمون و”مجموعة إسرائيل” و وكالة المخابرات المركزية في “المجلس”(رضوان زيادة ونجيب الغضبان وأنس العبدة). وجاء بيانه مزيجا من الشعوذة والعته ( الهبل) والاحتيال ، حيث أكد أن “المجلس” هو ضد التدخل البري فقط الذي من شأنه”المساس بوحدة واستقلال الأراض السورية”، لكنه “يوافق على التخدل الأجنبي الذي يفرض مناطق عازلة تحت حظر جوي وبحري”! وهو ما يرادف المقولة الشعرية الشهيرة لمظفر النواب “أولاد …. نصف لواط يعني!؟”. وفي تعليق أقل سخرية على ما في بيان غليون ، قال أحد المراقبين إن ما ساقه غليون في بيانه لا يمكن أن يقوله سوى ” معتوه حقيقي ، وجاهل بأمور بلده كجهله بأدغال أفريقيا”. فهو يعتقد أن حظرا جويا أو بحريا يمكن أن يقوم دون مواجهة عسكرية مع الجيش السوري، وبالتالي حرب إقليمية. هذا ناهيكم عن إمكانية إقامة منطقة عازلة أصلا بعد أن نشر الجيش السوري قواته على امتداد المناطق الحدودية المرشحة لاختراق من هذا النوع ، وأخذ أوامر قاطعة بتدمير أي محاولة من هذا النوع والقضاء عليها في مهدها.

النقطة الأخرى التي زعمها غليون هي مزيج من الشعوذة والكذب. فهو يزعم أن الوثيقة هي “مشروع وليست اتفاقا نهائيا” ، دون أن ينتبه إلا أنه لا أحد يضع توقعيه على “مشروع” سوى شخص أخرق . فالمشروع ، وهو بمثابة مسودة ، توضع عليه الأحرف الأولى لموقعيه وليس تواقعيهم. ووحده الاتفاق النهائي ما يجري توقعيه أو بصمه ( بالنسبة للأميين ، وحتى وإن كانوا خريجي السوربون!). وإذا كان لا يعرف الفرق بين “المشروع” ( المسودة) و “الاتفاق النهائي” ، فالأشرف له ولغيره أن يريح العالم من سماجاته وسخافاته التي أصبحت مثار تندر وسخرية منذ ما قبل مقابلته الشهيرة ـ الفضيحة مع “وول ستريت جورنال”. فكل بيان من بياناته وكل تصريح من تصريحاته وكل مقابلة من مقابلاته بات يتاج إلى تصريح جديد أو بيان جديدة أو مقابلة جديدة لشرح وإيضاح وتفسير ما قاله سابقا!؟ وهو بذلك يؤكد أنه ليس سوى نسخة ، ولكن أكثر ابتذالا وتفاهة، من بشار الأسد نفسه!

بيان الدكتور برهان غليون
الموضوع : توضيح حول مشروع الرؤى بين المجلس الوطني وهيئة التنسيق الوطنية
نوضح في البيان التالي كل ما أثير من لبث حول مشروع الرؤى مع هيئة التنسيق الوطنية , كمسودة تعرض على الأمانة العامة للمجلس الوطني و تقرها الامانة العامة و المكتب التنفيذي للمجلس الوطني .
ونؤكد بأن هيئة التنسيق قامت بنشر المشروع على اساس اتفاق نهائي قبل الرجوع إلى الهيئات القيادية المعنية لدى الطرفين و هذا مخالف لكل قواعد العمل المشترك و هو أول خرق لمشروع التفاهم المحتمل .
أولاً : الوثيقة هي مشروع و ليس اتفاق نهائي , و سيتم عرضه على الأمانة العامة و المكتب التنفيذي في المجلس الوطني و يجب أن تقر في المجلس الوطني حتى تصبح وثيقة اتفاق معترف بها , مع العلم بأن هذه المسودة جاءت بعد مناقشات طويلة قام بها أعضاء من الأمانة العامة للمجلس الوطني و هيئة التنسيق الوطنية , نذكر منهم ( الاستاذ أحمد رمضان , الاستاذ أنس العبدة , الأستاذ نجيب الغضبان , الأستاذ وائل ميرزا , الأستاذة بسمة قضماني …….. ) . ويأتي هذا المشروع تلبية لطلب جامعة الدول العربية في توحيد رؤية المعارضة لتقديمها إلى مؤتمر المعارضة السورية الذي سيضم المجلس الوطني و هيئة التنسيق الوطنية و كافة أطياف المعارضة السورية , و ضمن هذا المؤتمر يمكن قبول أو رفض هذا المشروع .
ثانياً ـ ثانياً : تعليقاً على بند رفض التدخل الأجنبي , فإننا نبين نحن نرفض التدخل الأجنبي البري الذي من شأنه المساس بوحدة واستقلال الأراضي السورية ، ونوافق على التدخل الأجنبي الذي يفرض مناطق عازلة تحت حظر جوي وبحري وهذا هو ركيزة أساسية من مطالب الحراك الثوري في المجلس الوطني والشارع السوري .
ثالثاً : إن كون هيئة التنسيق الوطنية جسد ليس له أرضية شعبية واسعة في الشارع السوري فإن موافقة هيئة التنسيق على هذا التفصيل يعني انشقاقاً سياسياً من طرفها عن النظام السوري وضربة ذات ثقل ضد النظام السوري ومحاولة لعزله سياسيا واثباتاً من الهيئة على ممارستها الحقيقية لإسقاط النظام السوري .

رابعاً : بند الدستور : الدستور يتم صياغته على أساس المبادئ الثورية الوطنية التعددية الديمقراطية من قبل لجنة جامعة من المختصين القانونيين والاجتماعيين وبحضور مؤسسات لا حكومية مراقبة دولية مستقلة من دول غير منحازة ثم يتم عرضه على البرلمان المؤقت وتحت استفتاء عام ، ثم يتم اعتماده للموافقة عليه من البرلمان الرسمي بعد تشكيله .

خامساً : بالنسبة لنقطة اسقاط النظام القائم , فإننا نعني به إسقاط النظام الحالي و جميع أركانه من رأس النظام وحتى أخر عنصر في أجهزة الدولة كان أداة بيد النظام لقمع الثورة السورية الحرة .

أخيراً , فإنني أؤكد على ضرورة تدويل الملف السوري و تحويله إلى مجلس الأمن الدولي بأسرع وقت ممكن لأن دماء السوريين ليست مجال للمفاوضات أو المساومات , و أؤكد على دعمي الكامل أنا و المجلس الوطني للجيش الحر و هو موقف ثابت لامجال لتغييره .

انتهى البيان ـ التحفة!

ـ اضغط هنا لتصفح نسخة من الاتفاق يظهر عليها توقيع غليون الكامل
http://www.syriatruth.org/news/tabid/93/Article/6333/Default.aspx

January 1st, 2012, 1:18 am

 

N.Z. said:

Norman,

The problem with the opposition and Syrians is division, unity is what we need.

It is 2012! what “government”?

January 1st, 2012, 1:19 am

 

jad said:

Chalabi is just an amateur comparing to some members of the Syrian opposition, they proved to be the devil itself, WOW:

الحقيقة تكشف أخطر عملية تواطؤ على “التجسس” بين “المجلس الوطني” وعواصم غربية

مذكرة من “المجلس الوطني” إلى حكومات غربية تتضمن ملاحق مصورة لأماكن عسكرية استراتيجية سرية تزعم أنها لإنتاج رؤوس حربية غير تقليدية!؟

باريس ، الحقيقة ـ( خاص): نشرت منظمة “هيومان رايتس ووتش” في السابع والعشرين من الشهر الجالي تقريرا اتهمت فيه السلطة في سوريا بنقل المئات من المعتقلين السوريين إلى أماكن اعتقال سرية بعيدا عن أعين المراقبين العرب. وزعمت المنظمة أنها تلقت هذه المعلومات من ضابط أمن سوري. وقالت ما حرفيته إن ضابط الأمن أبلغها بأنه بعد توقيع سوريا على بروتوكول الجامعة العربية في 19 من الشهر الجاري ” تلقى أوامر من مدير السجن الذي يعمل فيه بالمساعدة في عملية نقل مفاجئة للمحتجزين”. وأضاف القول إنه “بين 21 و22 ديسمبر/كانون الأول تم نقل نحو 400 إلى 600 محتجز إلى خارج منشأة الاحتجاز التي يعمل بها إلى مراكز احتجاز أخرى”. وقال المسؤول الأمني المزعوم “تمت عمليات النقل على مراحل (…)وكانت الأوامر الصادرة لي من مدير السجن هي إخراج المحتجزين المهمين”! أما بيت القصيد في القصة كلها فهي أن المسؤول المفبرك هذا ، وسنكشف أدناه لماذا هو مفبرك ، زعم بأن المسؤولين الذين نقلوا السجناء خارج منشأة الاحتجاز “أخبروه بأنهم نُقلوا إلى مصنع صواريخ عسكري في زيدل على مشارف حمص”!

وكان برهان غليون أعلن أول أمس الخميس ، عقب لقائه مع الأمين العام للجامعة العربية ، أن عددا كبيرا من المعتقلين يتم إخراجه من السجون و” يوضع في ثكنات عسكرية وحاويات في سفن بعرض البحر في طرطوس ، وجزء منهم في الفرقة الثالثة ، وجزء آخر موجود في الفرقة 138 من أجل إخفاء وجودهم”.

لسنا معنيين هنا بالحديث عن التخريف المتعلق بالفرقة 138 ، لسبب بسيط جدا هو أنه لا يوجد في الجيش السوري فرقة تحمل هذا الرقم! ما يعنينا هنا هو حديثه عن الحاويات البحرية ، وعلاقة ذلك بما قالته “هيومان رايتس ووتش” و بالمذكرة السرية الخطيرة جدا التي أرسلها”المجلس الوطني” لوزارة الخارجية الأميركية والخارجية الفرنسية والاتحاد الأوربي قبل نحو ثلاثة أسابيع ، وتمكنت “الحقيقة” من الحصول على مضمونها وعلى صور من بعض ملاحقها ، كما سنكشف أدناه . وهي مذكرة لا يمكن أن يضعها أي قضاء في سوريا ، مهما كانت طبيعته ، إلا تحت بند ” الخيانة الوطنية والتجسس لصالح قوى أجنبية معادية وتزويدها بمعلومات تمس الأمن الوطني الاستراتيجي و أمن القوات المسلحة السورية”، آخذين بعين الاعتبار أن أي معلومة من هذا النوع تصل الولايات المتحدة تجد طريقها بشكل أتوماتيكي إلى تل أبيب!

لكن دعونا نبدأ بما زعمته “هيومان رايتس ووتش” ، ونكشف عن كذبها لجهة ما يتعلق بمصدرها.

أولا ـ يعرف أي شخص لديه ولو حدا أدنى من المعلومات عن الشؤون الأمنية و”الحقوقية” في سوريا أن مدير سجن لا يمكن أن ” يأمر” مسؤولا أمنيا بنقل سجناء ، ليس إلى مكان آخر فقط ، بل حتى إلى المشفى ، والعكس هو الصحيح. إذ يعرف أي معتقل سياسي في سوريا أن مدير أي سجن ليس سوى مجرد ” أمين مستودع” يحتفظ لديه بالمعتقلين الذين تحولهم له أجهزة الأمن ، ولا يستطيع في بعض الحالات نقلهم حتى إلى مشفى دون موافقة الفرع الذي الذي اعتقلهم وأودعهم لديه، فكم بالأولى أن يطلب منه نقلهم إلى مقرات عسكرية ذات طابع استراتيجي!!؟ وينطبق هذا على السجون المدنية والعسكرية ، سواء بسواء. ولكن من هو مصدر “هيومان رايتس ووتش”؟ هذا ينقلنا إلى الفقرة الثانية.

ثانيا ـ مصدر “هيومان رايتس ووتش” ليس ضابط أمن سوريا ، بل وزارة الخارجية الأميركية ، وتحديدا جيفري فيلتمان ، نائب وزيرة الخارجية لشؤون الشرق الأوسط . ليس فقط لأن مسؤولا في المنظمة المذكورة أخبرنا بالأمر منذ ثلاثة أسابيع ، كما سنبرهن بالأدلة والوثائق أدناه، بل لأن هذا المسؤول الذي أخبرنا بالأمر ، هو نفسه من كشف لنا محتوى مذكرة “المجلس الوطني” وأرسل لنا صورا عن ثلاثة من ملاحقها “العسكرية”، وهو الذي كشف لنا في حينه أن الخارجية الأميركية هي من طلبت من ” هيومان رايتس ووتش” بدء حملة إعلامية حول نقل المعتقلين إلى أماكن سرية بهدف تهيئة الرأي العام للخطوات اللاحقة المتعلقة بإثارة ملف الأسلحة الاستراتيجية السورية على الطريقة العراقية!

ثالثا ـ إن ما قاله الدكتور غليون في تصريحه عن الحاويات البحرية ، وعن الفرقة 138 المزعومة، ورد حرفيا في مذكرة “المجلس الوطني” إلى الخارجية الأميركية، كما سنبرهن أدناه.

رابعا ـ إن حديث “هيومان رايتس ووتش” عن مصنع الصواريخ في ” زيدل” ورد حرفيا في الفقرة الثانية من مذكرة”المجلس الوطني” المشار إليها.

هذا كله ينقلنا إلى موضوع المذكرة المعنية بحديثنا. ففي 12 من الشهر الجاري تلقينا معلومات من ثلاثة مصادر ، أحدها ” مكتب سوريا ولبنان” في الخارجية الفرنسية ، والثاني في قسم الشرق الأوسط بمنظمة “هيومان رايتس ووتش” ، والثالث من أوساط قيادة “المجلس الوطني” نفسه. وقد أكدت المصادر الثلاثة أن “المجلس” أرسل لوزارتي الخارجية الأميركية والفرنسية والاتحاد الأوربي مذكرة يزعم فيها أن النظام السوري نقل سرا آلاف المعتقلين إلى حاويات في عرض البحر تحملها زوارق وطوربيدات تابعة لقاعدتي ” مينة البيضا” وطرطوس السوريتين . وقد حرصت المذكرة على التلميح الخبيث ( مفهوم المقاصد) إلى أن الخبراء الروس المرابطين في قاعدة طرطوس ربما يكون لديهم علم بذلك!

المذكرة زعمت أيضا أن المئات من المعتقلين ” المهمين ” ( التعبير نفسه ورد في بيان ” هيومان رايتس ووتش”!؟) جرى نقلهم إلى مصنع ” زيدل ” للصواريخ ، وحرصت ليس فقط على تحديد مكانه ، بل وإرفاق ملحق مصور عن المصنع مع إحداثياته على خطي الطول والعرض!؟ كما وأشارت إلى أن بعض هؤلاء المعتقلين جرى نقلهم إلى مصنع آخر للصواريخ أيضا قرب بلدة السلمية في محافظة حماة ، على علاقة بالمصنع الأول. ولم تكتف المذكرة بذلك ، بل قالت إن قسما آخر من المعتقلين جرى نقلهم إلى مصنع ” الزاوي” قرب منطقة مصياف في المحافظة نفسها.

الأدهى من هذا كله ، وما يؤكد أن الغاية من المذكرة ليس حقوق الإنسان ولا أي ” بطيخ” من هذا القبيل ، بل المساهمة في ” تركيب ملف” شبيه بالملف العراقي قبيل الغزو، هو أن المذكرة زعمت أن المصانع الثلاثة تحتوي على أنشطة بيولوجية وكيميائية ونووية محظورة دوليا ، وأن هذه المنشآت هي نفسها التي تطالب “هيئة الطاقة الذرية الدولية” بتفتيشها منذ سنوات!؟

النغم الأكثر وساخة الذي نفخته المذكرة في طنبورها القذر هو أن هذه المصانع ـ وكما قالت حرفيا ـ تضم “خبراء شيعة من إيران وحزب الله ، وهؤلاء قد يعملون على قتل المعتقلين لأن المعتقلين كلهم من السنة ، ولأن العاملين في هذه المنشآت كلهم من العلويين الذين لا يثق النظام إلا بهم”! ولمزيد من التحريض ، أضاف إليهم خبراء من روسيا وكوريا الشمالية!

“الحقيقة” ، وفور تلقيها هذه المعلومات ، عملت على إعداد تقرير بشأنها ووضعه في “السيرفر” بتاريخ الثاني عشر من الشهر الجاري ، بحيث لا يكون متاحا الوصول إليه من القراء إلا في الوقت المناسب. والواقع إنما كنا “ننصب كمينا” لمن وقف وراء “المذكرة” ، لإدراكنا بأن لسانه سيزل به لاحقا وينطق بما يشير إلى مضمونها ، أو أن جهة غربية ما ستقوم بتسريب محتواها. وهذا ما حصل فعلا ؛ فبعد أقل من ثلاثة أسابيع على إرسال المذكرة، وفي يوم واحد، أطلق الدكتور غليون تصريحه عن ” الحاويات البحرية” ، فيما تكفلت ” هيومن رايتس ووتش” بالحديث عن قضية ” مصنع زيدل”! ولم يكن بإمكان غليون الاقتراب من أمر القضية الثانية (” مصنع زيدل” )، لعلمه المسبق بأن إثارة قضية هذا المصنع ربما تكون سببا لضربه وضربه أعضاء مجلسه كلهم بالأحذية في الشوارع السورية. فهو يعلم أن الأمر يتعلق بالأمن الوطني ـ الاستراتيجي لسوريا ، وليس بأمن السلطة ، وبنقل معلومات تخص هذا الأمن إلى جهات “معادية” ، فضلا عما ينطوي عليه ذلك من تحريض على غزو بلاده ومن سلوك لا يمكن لأي قاض وصفه قانونيا إلا بسلوك تجسسي فاضح وسافر لا ريب فيه.

التقرير الذي أعددناه في 12 من الشهر الجاري لم يكن متاحا الوصول إليه في حينه. أما الآن فبإمكان الجميع الضغط هنــــا لقراءته مع الملاحق المصورة التي أرسلها “المجلس الوطني” للجهات المذكورة.

تبقى الإشارة أخيرا إلى أن لدينا المزيد من ” الكمائن” التي نحتفظ بها على هذا الغرار، وسيتم الكشف عنها في وقتها ، أي بعد أن تخون أصحابها ألسنتهم . وهو ما كنا قمنا به أيضا الأسبوع الماضي حين كشفنا عن فضيحة “العربية” والمحتال المصري ” مستشار محجوب” الذي زعم أنه مراقب في البعثة العربية ، وأنه يتحدث من “بابا عمرو”!

http://www.syriatruth.org/news/tabid/93/Article/6326/Default.aspx

January 1st, 2012, 1:28 am

 

Dale Andersen said:

Memo To: JADDIE

RE: “…this mafia of thugs…”

You should know, you unconscionable cunt. You work for a thug mafia. You spend all day and night, cutting and pasting Assadist propaganda on this and God knows how many other blogs on the Internet. If anyone knows about thug mafias, it’s you!

So, having said that, what’s the difference between the thugs you work for and the thugs in the opposition? The answer is, the opposition isn’t paying you. Right, Jaddie baby?

January 1st, 2012, 1:34 am

 

Revlon said:

Mr Ghalyoun clarified ambiguities concerning the “draft”agreement with NCB.
Mr. Ziyadeh accepted the clarification and the document shall be debated on the SNC floor soon.

I congratulate all involved in the NCB and SNC for being fallable humans, and the SNC’s president for his prompt clarification.
Democracy is working!

بيان صحفي صادر عن مكتب رئيس المجلس الوطني الدكتور برهان غليون :
بيان صحفي رقم 31 / 2011
تاريخ: 31 / 12 / 2011

Statement released by office of SNC president clarifying the nature of the published document of agreement with NCB.
31/12/2011
الموضوع: توضيح حول مشروع الرؤى بين المجلس الوطني وهيئة التنسيق الوطنية

بداية نترحم على أرواح شهداء سوريا الأبرار , ونتمنى الشفاء العاجل للجرحى , و الفرج القريب للمعتقلين في سجون نظام الاستبداد الأسدي
ونوضح في البيان التالي كل ما أثير من لبس حول مشروع الرؤى مع هيئة التنسيق الوطنية, كمسودة تعرض على الأمانة العامة للمجلس الوطني و تقرها الأمانة العامة و المكتب التنفيذي للمجلس الوطني .
The document that was published by NCB was a draft agreement with SNC. It was to be presented to the General secretatiat and executive office of the SNC for debate.

ونؤكد بأن هيئة التنسيق قامت بنشر المشروع على أساس اتفاق نهائي قبل الرجوع إلى الهيئات القيادية المعنية لدى الطرفين و هذا مخالف لكل قواعد العمل المشترك و هو أول خرق لمشروع التفاهم المحتمل .
The NCB published the document as final in breach of basic rules of cooperative work, and of the draft agreement itself.

أولاً: الوثيقة هي مشروع و ليس اتفاق نهائي , و سيتم عرضه على الأمانة العامة و المكتب التنفيذي في المجلس الوطني و يجب أن تقر في المجلس الوطني حتى تصبح وثيقة اتفاق معترف بها , مع العلم بأن هذه المسودة جاءت بعد مناقشات طويلة قام بها أعضاء من الأمانة العامة للمجلس الوطني و هيئة التنسيق الوطنية , نذكر منهم ( الأستاذ أحمد رمضان , الأستاذ أنس العبدة , الأستاذ نجيب الغضبان , الأستاذ وائل ميرزا ,الأستاذة بسمة قضماني …….. ) . ويأتي هذا المشروع تلبية لطلب جامعة الدول العربية في توحيد رؤية المعارضة لتقديمها إلى مؤتمر المعارضة السورية الذي سيضم المجلس الوطني و هيئة التنسيق الوطنية و كافة أطياف المعارضة السورية, و ضمن هذا المؤتمر يمكن قبول أو رفض هذا المشروع.
The document represents a plan, rather than a final agreement.
It represents the common ground reached by several SNC members who contributed to the long discussions leading to the agreement.
It was intended to be presented later to SNC bodies for debate.

ثانياً: تعليقاً على بند رفض التدخل الأجنبي , فإننا نبين نحن نرفض التدخل الأجنبي البري الذي من شأنه المساس بوحدة واستقلال الأراضي السورية ، ونوافق على التدخل الأجنبي الذي يفرض مناطق عازلة تحت حظر جوي وبحري وهذا هو ركيزة أساسية من مطالب الحراك الثوري في المجلس الوطني والشارع السوري .
We are against “land foreign intervention”, that may threaten the integrity of Syrian land. However, we support foreign intervention that seeks to impose a buffer, no-fly and no-drive zone, which is a vital component of the revolutions demands.

ثالثاً: إن كون هيئة التنسيق الوطنية جسد ليس له أرضية شعبية واسعة في الشارع السوري فإن موافقة هيئة التنسيق على هذا التفصيل يعني انشقاقاً سياسياً من طرفها عن النظام السوري وضربة ذات ثقل ضد النظام السوري ومحاولة لعزله سياسيا واثباتاً من الهيئة على ممارستها الحقيقية لإسقاط النظام السوري .
Being a body with marginal popular base, the NCB’s agreement to the draft amounts to a major political defection from the side of the regime to the side of the SNC.

رابعاً: بند الدستور : الدستور يتم صياغته على أساس المبادئ الثورية الوطنية التعددية الديمقراطية من قبل لجنة جامعة من المختصين القانونيين والاجتماعيين وبحضور مؤسسات لا حكومية مراقبة دولية مستقلة من دول غير منحازة ثم يتم عرضه على البرلمان المؤقت وتحت استفتاء عام ، ثم يتم اعتماده للموافقة عليه من البرلمان الرسمي بعد تشكيله .
The constitution shall be written in accordance with the principles of the revolution by an all inclusive commission of social and legal experts, in the presence of concerned NGO’s. It is later subjected to approval by the temporary parliament and a popular referandum.
The final draft is to be approved by the elected parliament.

خامساً: بالنسبة لنقطة إسقاط النظام القائم, فإننا نعني به إسقاط النظام الحالي و جميع أركانه من رأس النظام وحتى أخر عنصر في أجهزة الدولة كان أداة بيد النظام لقمع الثورة السورية الحرة .
Dismantling the regime implies the ousting of all of its pillars from the very top to every element involved in atrocities against the revolution.
أخيراً, فإنني أؤكد على ضرورة تدويل الملف السوري و تحويله إلى مجلس الأمن الدولي بأسرع وقت ممكن لأن دماء السوريين ليست مجال للمفاوضات أو المساومات , و أؤكد على دعمي الكامل أنا و المجلس الوطني للجيش الحر و هو موقف ثابت لامجال لتغييره .
I hereby emphasise the need to refer the Syrian file to the SC as soon as possible. People’s lives are not for negotiation. My and the SNC’s support for the FSA is unwavering.

و أنني أطلب من دول العالم التحرك فوراً لإيقاف شلال الدم السوري الذي يراق يومياً على يد نظاماً قمعي فاشي.

I plea to the international community to intervene to stop the blood shed.

عاشت سورية حرة أبية .
Long live proud Syria.

صدر البيان بتاريخ: 31 / 12 / 2011 / الساعة 7.41 دقيقة بتوقيت دمشق
رئيس المجلس الوطني السوري

See Translation

January 1st, 2012, 2:43 am

 

Revlon said:

Dear ann,
((211. Revlon,
How do you say happy new year in your hebrew language))

Unfortunately I can communicate with very few languages; Hebrew is not one of them.

By the way, from my sketchy readings in some history books I relaised that hebrew and Arabic languages share more wards than I intially realised. Those wards my sound slightly different because either some have letters that are spelled differently and others have their initial letter in one language as second in the other.

I some times even think that the grandfathers of the Arabic and Hebrew tribes were brothers; one of them happended to be dyslexic to the other!

Happy new year ANN.

January 1st, 2012, 3:01 am

 

ann said:

‘Arab League observer promoting unrest’ – Sun Jan 1, 2012

A Saudi Arabian member of the Arab League delegation visiting Syria has reportedly encouraged Syrians to engage in armed struggle against the government of President Bashar al-Assad.

During a speech in a mosque in Harasta city on Friday, a Saudi member of the delegation expressed support for the people who are in a military confrontation with the country’s army and security forces.

Meanwhile, the forces known as the Free Syrian Army, which is seeking to overthrow the Syrian government, have taken up positions in northern Syria, near the border with Turkey.

The heavily-equipped militia has remote-controlled anti-tank missiles, mortars, cannon, and Katyusha rocket launchers.

An Arabi Press reporter has said he has several authentic photos of the anti-tank missiles. However, there is no confirmation that the group has rocket launchers.

According to the Arabi Press report, about 6,000 fighters of the Free Syrian Army are based in the northwestern Syrian city of Adlib and its suburbs.

Foreign diplomatic missions have contacted the opposition in the Syrian city of Jabal al-Zawiyah, and witnesses have seen members of the Syrian opposition being transported in vehicles of foreign diplomatic missions, the report added.

It also said US Special Forces are in Syria to train the Free Syrian Army.

A delegation of Arab League observers is currently in Syria to monitor the situation in the country.

Syria has been experiencing unrest since mid-March, with demonstrations being held both in favor of and against President Assad.

Damascus says “outlaws, saboteurs and armed terrorist groups” are responsible for the unrest and it is being orchestrated from abroad.

January 1st, 2012, 3:25 am

 

ann said:

The pressure mounts. But Assad could hang on for years – Dec 31, 2011

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/shashank-joshi-the-pressure-mounts-but-assad-could-hang-on-for-years-6283397.html

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad looks to be on the ropes.

A countrywide uprising against his rule began in March, but it seemed manageable. Assad himself was seen as a reformist hemmed in by hardliners. In April, US Senator John Kerry called him “a man who understood the challenge of his country”. The government retained the support of many influential groups, including the Sunni business classes and many of Syria’s minorities. Outside powers, fearful of what would follow Assad, held back.

All that has changed. Across Syria yesterday, Friday prayers gave way to mass protests. They reached into Duma, a suburb of the capital Damascus. They shook Deraa in the south, a city that incubated this uprising, and Hama in the heartland. Newly arrived observers from the Arab League, overseeing the government’s compliance with a peace agreement, bore witness to the crackdown – in Homs, protesters placed a five-year-old child’s body on the observers’ car.

In fact, Assad is probably far from defeated. Of course, he is straining under the pressure. His regime has released more than 700 prisoners and pulled tanks out of Homs. Oil export and tourism revenues have collapsed. Tax revenue next year will fall by half, and the government is severed from world credit markets. The squeeze on public spending will anger many civil servants, but printing money will result in destructive inflation.

At the same time, Assad is in a better position than Colonel Gaddafi was earlier this year. The Arab League’s observer team is led by a Sudanese general who oversaw some of that country’s worst atrocities in Darfur – little surprise that he said he found nothing to concern him in Homs. Russia, which sells arms to Syria and enjoys access to a naval base there, has suggested a condemnatory UN resolution – but placed equal blame on both regime and rebels. And although the Syrian army is facing a major problem of defections, there remains a core of loyal and well-armed units led by Alawites, the sect to which the Assad dynasty belongs.

Even if the Arab League imposes harsher sanctions, who will police them? European members of Nato will spend next year consumed with their own problems. In the US, elections mean a risk-averse White House. Turkey is best-placed, but knows Assad could hit back, possibly through Kurdish rebels. The Arab League’s mission will end in acrimony, and firmer Western support for Syria’s opposition will follow. The question will then be whether Assad hangs on for months – or years.

January 1st, 2012, 3:33 am

 

Syria no Qom said:

Anyone can tell me his predictions about the end of the regime after the massive demonstrations in all syria.
It seems that the syrian regime is slowly losing his momentum, and losing ground in the cities, even in damascus.
I predict in november 2012, the regime will end

January 1st, 2012, 5:51 am

 

Khalid Tlass said:

GHUFRAN,

Puppet mukhabarati NCB and ineffective SNC better reflect the character and demands of the majority of the anti-regime protesters on the ground. You know very well that majority of anti-regime protesters inside Syria as well as FSA is Islamist. They recognize NOBODY as their leader.

Any attempt at cheating them and the SNC will have dire and bloody consequences, hot-headed members of the FSA will target NCB members and moderate SNC figures and there wil be massacres of Alawis everwhere.

This is a warning, not a threat.

January 1st, 2012, 6:13 am

 

Amir in Tel Aviv said:

Congratulations My Syrian friends!

You will have your first democratic elections next month (“February or March”).
.

January 1st, 2012, 6:30 am

 

ss said:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Xh3JhGVlMk

CNN report about Homs.
Indeed peaceful!

January 1st, 2012, 7:47 am

 

Revlon said:

Executive officer of the SNC M. Tayfour to Al Sharq Al Awsat news Paper:
– Cost of humanitarian relief for inside Syrians is USD20 million; Gulf coutries promised contributions.
– Syrian Institute for Humanitarian Relief and Development has been established, and opened an office in Istanbul. It is an SNC office run by a specilised team, and dedicated to the assistance of needy victims inside Syria.

طيفور لـ«الشرق الأوسط»: التكاليف أكثر من 20 مليون دولار شهريا ودول خليجية وعدتنا بالمساهمة
الخميـس 04 صفـر 1433 هـ 29 ديسمبر 2011 العدد 12084
جريدة الشرق الاوسط
الصفحة: أخبــــــار
بيروت: بولا أسطيح
كشف عضو المجلس التنفيذي في المجلس الوطني السوري ونائب المراقب العام للإخوان المسلمين في سوريا، محمد طيفور، عن إنشاء منظمة في إسطنبول لإغاثة الشعب السوري تحمل اسم «المؤسسة السورية الإنسانية للإغاثة والتنمية».
وتعتبر المنظمة جزءا من المؤسسات التابعة للمجلس الوطني السوري، تم تسجيلها في الدوائر الرسمية في تركيا وخصص لها مكتب في إسطنبول، على أن يدير شؤونها فريق مختص من أعضاء المجلس الوطني لتلبية حاجات الشعب السوري.. ولفت طيفور إلى أن التكاليف الشهرية لتأمين حاجات السوريين في الداخل تتخطى الـ20 مليون دولار.
وأوضح طيفور أنّه تم التواصل مع عدد من منظمات الإغاثة الدولية وعدد من الحكومات للمساهمة بالتبرعات، كاشفا أن عددا من الدول الخليجية وعدت بالمساهمة بالتمويل، وقال لـ«الشرق الأوسط»: «في بداية الثورة كان السوريون يسعفون بعضهم البعض، ولكن اليوم وبعد 10 أشهر، استنفذت كل الإمكانيات. فحتى التجار باتوا يستغيثون لمدّهم بالمواد الأساسية بعد افتقارهم للغذاء، والدواء واللباس».
ويذكر أحد القيمين على المؤسسة أن «الهدف الرئيسي منها إيجاد جهة رسمية معنية وبشكل واضح باستقبال تبرعات المؤسسات الخيرية والدولية، وحتى تبرعات الحكومات، على أن يتم الإعلان وبشكل واضح عن حجم التبرعات وبشكل دوري مراعاة لمبدأ الشفافية»، لافتا إلى أنه «وبعدما تم إعلان عدد من المناطق السورية مناطق منكوبة، وبخاصة درعا وحمص وادلب، بات من الواجب تأمين مساعدات دولية لتغطية الحاجات الكبيرة الإنسانية والاجتماعية لمكونات الشعب السوري كافة».
………….. More.

January 1st, 2012, 9:03 am

 

Juergen said:

Amir
just found this one…

January 1st, 2012, 9:12 am

 

ROCKY said:

Happy new year.

Mike Feghali 2012 Predictions

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yIs4hHdJpKA

-Qardawi: possible assassination
-Azmi bechara: sickness & scandal
-King Abdullah: Allah yerhamu, will die
-Husni mubarak: Allah Yerhamu
-Hamad ben jasem: Allah Yerhamu
-Mahmud Abbas: Alla Yerhamu

Euro Zone: economic disintegration
US: Natural & economic catastrophes – divine justice
Turkey: blood
Libya: civil war
Yemen: could be divided
Egypt: could be divided
Yemen: could be divided
Oil kingdoms: wars

etc.. etc .. enjoy 🙂

January 1st, 2012, 9:29 am

 

Tara said:

Makhlof wanted to visit his Swiss lawyer? I don’t believe it.  I bet he wanted to manage a Swiss bank account placed under a name of a wife or a middle person.
 
http://www.todayszaman.com/newsDetail_getNewsById.action?load=detay&newsId=267332&link=267332

Cousin of Syria’s Assad denied visa to Switzerland  
1 January 2012 / AP, GENEVA

The Swiss supreme court has rejected a demand by a cousin of Syrian President Bashar Assad to visit his lawyer in Switzerland.
Hafez Makhlouf had petitioned Switzerland’s Federal Tribunal to grant him a visa so he could discuss with his lawyer how to overturn international sanctions imposed against him.

The verdict published Thursday was reported Sunday by Switzerland’s NZZ am Sonntag newspaper.

The 40-year-old army colonel heads the Damascus branch of Syria’s General Intelligence Directorate.

European Union sanctions against Makhlouf say he is close to Assad’s younger brother Maher, believed to be leading the crackdown against regime opponents.

January 1st, 2012, 9:50 am

 

Tara said:

The Arab Parliament is calling for immediate withdrawal of the AL’s observer mission.   I support their withdrawal.  There is no point to continue to witness the daily killing under the “auspice” of AL supervision.  The AL should call it a quit as it is encouraging more killing and refer the case to the UNSC.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2012/01/201211125540595255.html

Arab body wants withdrawal of Syria monitors

An advisory body to the Arab League has called for the immediate withdrawal of the group’s observer mission in Syria, saying its monitors are inadvertently helping the government cover up continued violence.

The Arab Parliament, an 88-member advisory committee of delegates from each of the League’s member states, said on Sunday that the violence in Syria was continuing to claim victims despite the presence of Arab League monitors.
….  
 
But the parliament called on the League’s Secretary-General Nabil Elaraby to convene a meeting of Arab foreign ministers to adopt a resolution to withdraw the mission immediately.

“For this to happen in the presence of Arab monitors has roused the anger of Arab people and negates the purpose of sending a fact-finding mission,” Ali al-Salem al-Dekbas, the Arab Parliament’s chairman said.

“This is giving the Syrian regime an Arab cover for continuing its inhumane actions under the eyes and ears of the Arab League,” he said.

The Arab Parliament was the first body to recommend freezing Syria’s membership in the organisation in response to Assad’s crackdown.

An Arab League official, commenting on the parliament’s statement, told the Reuters news agency that it was too early to judge the mission’s success, saying it was scheduled to remain in Syria for a month and that more monitors were on their way.

January 1st, 2012, 10:01 am

 

Tara said:

Syria: finally a genuine observer
http://www.asharq-e.com/news.asp?section=2&id=27930

01/01/2012
By Tariq Alhomayed

It seems that we have discovered the first genuine Arab observer in Syria, with potentially more to come, from the group of what I previously termed the delegation of Arab spectators! This “genuine” observer has contradicted the head of the Arab League observer mission in Syria [Mustafa al-Dabi], and has also undermined all the efforts of the Arab League Secretary General, who previously tried to “patch up” al-Dabi’s comments.

The “al-Arabiya” satellite channel recently aired a video showing one Arab observer, speaking in a North African dialect, saying that the al-Assad regime’s snipers are currently deployed in Daraa. He called for their withdrawal in clear and direct language. This undermines everything al-Dabi said about conditions being “good” in Syria, and also destroys the illusion, or “patching up” attempt, undertaken by the Secretary General of the Arab League, Nabil el-Araby. Against the background of al-Dabi’s comments, el-Araby said that what the head of the Arab mission in Syria meant by “good conditions” in the country was not a reference to the situation on the ground, but rather the al-Assad regime’s willingness to cooperate. The fact is that the video broadcast by al-Arabiya, showing a genuine Arab observer complaining about al-Assad’s snipers, discredits el-Araby’s words and renders them redundant. This clearly shows that the Arab League is confused and conflicted.

What is happening in Syria does not require delegations and observers, but rather it requires a real effort to stop the al-Assad killing machine there. What the regime is doing to the Syrians is a genuine crime, and to remain silent about this is to enter into partnership with the al-Assad killing machine. The story is not about emotions, it is about defending the Syrians and condemning Bashar al-Assad. The Arab stance has so far fallen short, and cannot be considered rational.

What is happening in Syria today, at the hands of a tyrant and his killing machine, does not need delegations and observers, the facts have already been proven. There is also no need for al-Dabi’s great efforts to serve the al-Assad regime, or for a delegation of Arab “spectators”, amongst whom we have found only one genuine observer so far, with the courage to talk from Syria in front of a camera, and say that the al-Assad regime’s snipers are actually there. How many banners have we seen like the one carried by protestors in Hama, which said: “Observers are like ghosts, we have not seen one in Hama!”

What is needed today, as I have said repeatedly, is to grant the Syrians a buffer zone and impose a no-fly zone, under the umbrella of the UN Security Council or outside of it. This must be done without worrying about what is said or done by the Russians, who recently rushed to issue a statement praising the efforts of the al-Assad regime, and its cooperation with the Arab observers, in reference to al-Dabi’s comments which the Arab League Secretary General then tried to “patch up”. The Russian Foreign Ministry simply said in its statement that “judging by the public statements made by the chief of the mission [Mustafa] al-Dabi, who in the first of his visits went to the city of Homs…the situation seems to be reassuring”. Moscow does not care about the Syrian victims, who now total 6 thousand people. There is a need for genuine action to help the Syrians turn over a depressing page in the history of Syria, and the region as a whole. We need a courageous Arab stance, like that of the one genuine, brave Arab observer.

January 1st, 2012, 10:22 am

 

Revlon said:

عمر كوش

التنسيقيات
الهيئات والمجالس
Coordination Committees, Assemblies, and Councils of the Syrian Revolution
Omar Kosh
02/01/2012
http://www.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/F976D81D-1AA6-41D2-A828-74E47B08AAFF.htm?GoogleStatID=1
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التنسيقيات
تتكون التسنيقيات -بشكل عام- من شباب متعلم ومثقف، ونشطاء المجال العام، من سياسيين وحقوقين، ومختلف الطامحين إلى التغيير السلمي الديمقراطي في بلدهم، ومعظمهم يتعامل مع وسائل التقنية الحديثة بمهارة واقتدار.

ويعود ظهورها إلى أوائل شهر مايو/أيار 2011، حيث نشأت في ضوء الحاجة الملحة إلى قيادة وتنظيم المظاهرات ومختلف فعاليات الحراك الاحتجاجي الشعبي، الذي بدأ عفوياً، دون قيادة سياسية أو تنظيمية، ثم انخرطت فيه قطاعات واسعة من المتضررين من ممارسات النظام.

ومعظم هؤلاء لا يمتلكون خلفيات أيديولوجية، ولا ينتمون إلى أحزاب المعارضة التقليدية، لكن ذلك لا يعني عدم انخراط العديد ممن ينتمون إلى أحزاب المعارضة التقليدية، وخاصة الشباب منهم، إضافة إلى الذين تعرضوا إلى الاعتقال والسجن والملاحقة والتهديد وإسكات أصواتهم.

وليس صحيحاً ما يحاول تسويقه بعض “المثقفين التقنيين”، الخارجين من حواشي السلطة، الذين يعتبرون أن تدين شباب الانتفاضة يدخل في خانة الإسلام السياسي، من باب “السلفية الشعبوية”، إذ إن واقع الأمر يدحض مثل هذا التزييف المتعمد، ذلك أن الانتفاضة تجمع الناس من مختلف المشارب والانتماءات، ضمن حراك احتجاجي اجتماعي، يتطلع إلى الحرية والعدالة، وتديّن معظمهم يدخل في إطار ما يمكن وصفه تيار الإسلام الاجتماعي العام، حيث يشكل الإسلام، بالنسبة إليهم، مرجعاً أخلاقياً، يوجه سلوكهم، ويضبط نوازعهم، ويحدد وجودهم في عالم اليوم، فيما السلفية والنوازع الطائفية التي يحاول بعضهم تسويقها، مقصود لها أن تلتقي مع مزاعم السلطة وقوى النظام، وتدخل في باب التغطية على اصطفافهم في مراكز الارتزاق.

واللافت هو تكييف شباب التنسيقيات لأدوات التواصل الإلكترونية والمعلوماتية وتسخيرها في خدمة الحراك الاحتجاجي، سواء من خلال التحشيد وتصميم الشعارات أم من خلال تحقيق إجماع احتجاجي عام، بعيداً عن قيود ورقابة أجهزة النظام الحاكم. وبالتالي ظهرت أجيال جديدة، يحركها قادة من الشباب أنفسهم، لا ينتمون إلى حزب معين، ولا يعتنقون أيديولوجية معينة، ويحذوهم الإحساس العميق بالخلاص من الظلم والإذلال والإحباط واليأس وانعدام الأمل بإصلاح الأوضاع القائمة.

واختاروا طريق الخلاص بالانتقال من حالة انسداد الأفق إلى مواقع الفعل الاجتماعي، وتمكنوا من الاستفادة القصوى من إمكانياتهم، فاكتسبوا جرأة التفكير والتنسيق، والتعبير عن تطلعاتهم وتوقهم للحرية والتغيير وقيادة الحراك الاجتماعي الاحتجاجي.

وتتألف التنسيقية من مجموعات من الشباب المتطوعين، الذين يتقاسمون العمل بحسب تخصص ومهارة كل واحد منهم، فيقومون باقتراح أسماء مظاهرات أيام الجمعة وسائر أيام الأسبوع الأخرى، واختيار وكتابة اللافتات والشعارات، وتنظيم مسار التظاهرات، وتصوير أماكن وأحداث التظاهرات، ونقلها إلى مواقع التواصل الاجتماعي، وخاصة فيسبوك وتويتر، وإرسالها إلى مختلف وسائل الإعلامية العربية والعالمية، وإلى لجان ومنظمات حقوق الإنسان، إضافة تأمين بعض حاجات عائلات الشهداء، وجمع الدعم المادي لها، وتأمين وإسعاف الجرحى، وتوفير الأدوية ومتطلبات المشافي الميدانية البديلة عن المشافي الحكومية، وسوى ذلك.


التنسيقيات هي الشكل التنظيمي المناسب للحراك الاحتجاجي، والفاعلة ميدانياً، وشكلت البديل الميداني والعملي لمختلف الأحزاب والتنظيمات السياسية المعارضة

ولا شك في أن التنسيقيات هي الشكل التنظيمي المناسب للحراك الاحتجاجي، والفاعلة ميدانياً، وشكلت البديل الميداني والعملي لمختلف الأحزاب والتنظيمات السياسية المعارضة، حيث تجاوزتها كثيراً في العمل على الأرض، وفي التنظيم والتحشيد واستخدام التقنيات ووسائل الاتصال الحديثة، التي تفتقر إلى توظيفها واستخدامها معظم الأحزاب السياسية السورية. وقد تعرض العديد من أعضاء التنسيقيات إلى الاعتقال والتعذيب والتصفية الجسدية.

وانتشرت لجان التنسيق بكثرة في مختلف أحياء المدن، وينطبق ذلك على سائر البلدات والقرى السورية، من محافظة درعا جنوباً إلى القامشلي شمالاً، ومن اللاذقية ومختلف مناطق الساحل وصولاً إلى البوكمال شرقاً. ومع تصاعد وتيرة الاحتجاجات، بذل نشطاء الانتفاضة جهوداً لتنسيق العمل بين مختلف التنسيقيات، فتشكلت هيئة جامعة، سميت “الهيئة العامة للثورة السورية”.
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January 1st, 2012, 11:47 am

 

Tara said:

Revlon

I heard that Haytham Manaa is the nephew of Farouq al Sharaa and that he was bought by the regime lately. He was expelled from the HR organization he was part of. Do you have any info?

January 1st, 2012, 11:51 am

 

ann said:

Arab observers visit Syria, parties wrestle hard – 2012-01-01

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/world/2012-01/01/c_131338678.htm

DAMASCUS, Dec. 31 (Xinhua) — The Arab League observer mission started a month-long inspection of Syria on Tuesday, triggering an intense game playing between the Syrian government and the opposition groups.

Upon arrival, the observers were divided into five teams to conduct on-spot inspection violence-hit cities of Homs, Daraa and Hama, as well as Rural Damascus and Idlib provinces.

Syrian media on Thursday cited General Mohammed al-Dabi, head of the observer mission, as saying that the Syrian government didn’t stop the observers from going “anywhere,” and the situation in Homs, the turmoil center, was “reassuring.”

Al-Dabi’s words caused dissatisfaction among the Syrian opposition groups, with some accusing the Arab observer mission of failing to keep its promise and “cooperating with the government” during the inspections. Some others called for Al-Dabi’s dismissal.

There were also opposition groups willing to coordinate with the observer mission. “Free Syrian Army,” a Syrian opposition armed force, said on Friday it had stopped attacking the Syrian troops and security forces.

The leader of the organization, Riyad al-Asad, said he had ordered a halt to all attacks after the Arab observers entered Syria. He also hoped to make contact with the observer mission.

The Syrian opposition groups have also taken the opportunity to voice their appeals. They organized a “march to freedom squares” on Friday in many cities across the country and Syrian security forces used tear gas to disperse the demonstrators.

The opposition said protestors clashed with police in Homs, Daraa, Idlib and Rural Damascus, resulting in a number of casualties.

However, the official SANA news agency made an extensive coverage of those demonstrations in support of the government and against external interference.

The security situation in Syria has kept deteriorating as various parties wrestle to gain the upper hand. The second day after the advance observer mission arrived Damascus on Dec. 22, the city was rocked by the worst suicide bomb attacks since March this year, causing at least 44 deaths and 166 injuries.

Last Tuesday, some militants attacked a family in Hama province, killing eight and abducting five others.

Local media reported on Wednesday that a car carrying four Arab League observers was besieged by a group of armed rebels in Homs, and managed to leave the troubled hotspot after law enforcement officials opened fire at the assailants.

Analysts believe that during the observers’ inspection, larger-scale demonstrations are likely to erupt as various parties try to put forward their appeals so as to win more support in their future efforts to address the Syrian unrest.

It is still hard to tell whether the Arab League observes will deliver a report on time that can satisfy all the conflicting sides in the country.

January 1st, 2012, 12:29 pm

 

N.Z. said:

The west has a duty to intervene in Syria and those who continue to appease junior also have blood on their hands. An interview with Hamza Fakher, one of the most reliable sources on the crimes the regime’s news blackout hides.

….It is so bad. This needs to be highlighted: Syrians are fighting for their lives now, not for freedom.”

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/jan/01/nick-cohen-intervene-in-syria

January 1st, 2012, 1:00 pm

 

Revlon said:

235. Dear Tara,
Thank you for this bit of background on Dr. manna3.

Unfortunately I can not confirm either.
I do remeber that He was allowed to enter Syria several years ago, and stay there for quite some time, in spite of his pro-human rights activities.

After that visit I did notice a sudden change in his tone and attitude twords the Syrian regime which reflected more acceptance, and a different rather accomodating underastanding of the regime’s policy’s.

To my knowledge, he is not wanted by Syrian intelligence; unlike SNC opposition, yet like all NCB members, he can enter Syria any time should he chooses to.

I would therefore regard him as an iternal opposition located in Europe for job related issues, and not as a political regfugee.

I watched the video clip of his interview on the BBC yesterday.
His attitude twords the uprising and the SNC has dramatically changed compared to several months back.

He sopke respectfully of the Syrian uprising and described it as “Revolution”, which seemed a marked departure from his early views when he characterised the rising youth as thugs!

He also acknowledged the SNC’s success in unifying a significant segment of the opposition, while just a couple of months ago he dubbed its members as merely representing themselves.

His last comment on that clip showed his willingness to accomodate the SNC’s request for modifying the published document.
He seemed very eager to ratify some sort of agreement with the SNC to enable him to be a part of the transitional government.

I do sense that he is now standing on the edge of the Regime’s ship.

What is he bargaining with?
The SNC’s need for the agreement to meet the Al demand for a unified opposition.

What is he bargaining for?
A position in the upcoming transitional government.

What do I think the SNC should do?
I think they should not negotiate with the NCB either as a body or as individuals.
The SNC represents the Revolution.
The revolution’s interests are at odds with Dr Manna3 and NCB’s Agendas.

The NCB are potential trosians.
They should not be allowed entry into the transitional government.
Like any Syrian citizen, They have the vested right, to form the political parties and lobby for change the way the wish after the transitional period and after the regime is completely uprooted.

January 1st, 2012, 1:03 pm

 

N.Z. said:

Revlon,

What is the NCB agenda, and why, suddenly, is Dr. Manna3 now the subject of discussion. I will really like to understand. Both councils were asked by the AL and others to come with a unified agenda/program.

I will really like to understand why “The NCB are potential trosians”?

Thanks in advance.

January 1st, 2012, 1:33 pm

 

ann said:

*** WHAT THE BLOOD THIRSTY ISLAMIST TERRORISTS REALLY WANT ***

‘World should bomb Syria’

Special: In first interview with Israeli media, two Syrian exiles urge world to wake up

A few weeks ago, Amar met with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. He presented to her, among other things, information about soldiers who defected and plan to launch a guerilla fight against the army. “To my surprise, she asked that the defectors lay down their arms,”

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4168102,00.html

WASHINGTON – Rahim knows the Syrian horror story from the inside: A short while after the great uprising got underway, in late March, he was detained, imprisoned and tortured. A few weeks later he managed to somehow flee from prison, cross the border, hide in the mountains and escape to the United States, where he was granted asylum.

“I cannot yet reveal the exact story of the escape route,” he says. “I left family behind, and any mistake I make could cost them their lives.”

Western diplomats who learned to appreciate Rahim’s activity on behalf of human rights in Syria and his efforts in the struggle to topple Bashar Assad’s oppressive regime helped him behind the scenes as much as they could. Since then, for some three months now, he has been hiding somewhere, receiving inside information from comrades left behind in the homeland, and using social networks to provide updates on the daily horrors taking places there, far away from the public eye.

Rahim is a human database who has recorded and filed everything that has happened in Syria since the start of the uprising. He is apparently the last of the activists in the campaign to replace the regime who managed to leave the country and secure an asylum. The information he possesses is fresh and up-to-date.

Rahim is not his real name. He must not be exposed, especially not in an Israeli media outlet. He is unwilling to be photographed, even from behind or as a silhouette. The moment he entered the home where our meeting was held, he violated Syrian law, which bans any contact with Israelis. By law, such meeting constitutes treason.

Yet this is the smallest risk he has assumed. The great risk is that someone will hurt his relatives in Damascus: His parents and siblings. “If authorities find out that I spoke to you, they will butcher my family. This is a brutal, radical regime. What people know in the West is merely the tip of the iceberg. They don’t know about the torture, the raping of women and the massacres of civilians by snipers during funerals.”

“In recent months, people started to bury their dead in their backyards, in improvised graves, until the dust settles. People are scared to gather in public. If more than five people come together, it constitutes an illegal gathering, and then the army arrives and fires indiscriminately.”
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‘We don’t hate Israel’

Rahim received his permit to stay in the US courtesy of one of the organizations affiliated with the State Department. He joined his friend Amar here (another pseudonym.) Amar too was an anti-regime activist. Some three years ago, when he was sitting at an Internet café at the heart of Damascus, security agents raided the site, cuffed him, and threw him in jail. He was released after a few weeks and somehow made it to America. Today he heads the Syrian exile organization and provides authorities and the media with information about what goes on in his homeland: Abuse, murder, rape and other acts of grave violence perpetrated by Assad supporters against protestors.

Both of them are in their early 30s and seek to topple the regime. They reside in a suburb of a large city and cannot keep in touch with family members left behind, because the Syrian regime listens in. For lack of other choice, they convey their well-wishes via mediators, learned to avoid being followed, evade people who can endanger them, and like every exile dream of the day when they can board a plane to Damascus and land in the free Syria.

I brought Israeli-made Turkish coffee for my meeting with them. The Mideastern coffee made the atmosphere more relaxed. The cigarettes were lit one after another and a short while later the tension and suspicion evaporated.

Why are you telling your story to the Israeli media? Do you wish to convey a message to the government in Jerusalem?

“We do it so that you bomb Assad’s palace,” Amar quips. “But seriously now: I’m not a captive of the myth that Jews run the world and America, but Israel does have power and influence. We are engaged in a public relations campaign worldwide to put Bashar Assad on trial for crimes against humanity and for war crimes. If Israel supports the move, it would be greatly helpful.

“The Syrian opposition and Israel share a joint interest. We have no ideological hatred for Israel or for Jews. I know that’s what you think, but it’s not the case. It’s true that for years they taught us to hate Israel and fight is, but many Syrians already realized that they are being taught to hate Israel to divert attention away from the oppression in the country. We realized that Assad senior and junior educated people to hate Israel in order to stay in power; to blind us with hate for Israel so that we don’t channel our energies to the fact that we live with no freedom or future.

“This is over. People got it. Assad still has his supporters, the Alawites who depend on him, because if he falls they will fall too. Yet among other groups, and there are very diverse ethnic groups in Syria, he lost support. In the army too there are thousands of defectors by now, and they left with their weapons. They are hiding away, getting organized, and at the right moment they will act.”
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‘Most Syrians despise Iran’

We head to the computer. Amar opens his encrypted files, which contain photographs and videos smuggled by the rebels. On the screen we see protestors in the city of Homs burning Hezbollah flags with fury and also burning Hassan Nasrallah’s photos. This is a new phenomenon in Syria, which for years allowed the group to arm itself.

“In all protests thus far, an Israeli flag wasn’t burned even once,” Amar says. “This uprising demonstrates that the Syrian people’s hatred is reserved for Assad’s tyrannical regime and for those who support it and safeguard it. They realize that Hezbollah caused Syria grave damage.”

“They also burned Iranian flags in the protests. I can promise you that the alliance between Syria and Iran that threatens the Middle East will come to an end after Assad is gone. Most Syrians despise Iran, because it dragged Syria into becoming an ostracized state. The protestors are also burning Russian flags, because Russia supports Assad in the United Nations,” he says. “It’s not as though there are no disagreements with Israel. There are. A dispute over borders. The Golan is ours and we shall demand it back under any regime. Yet there is no hatred for Israel and for the Jews. We, the young people’ proved it.”

Iran has played a key role in assisting Assad. Both Rahim and Amar tell of Iranian-speaking snipers who do not speak Arabic being deployed across Damascus and helping in repressing the protests. Rahim adds that other Arab world protests, in Tunisia, Egypt, Bahrain and Libya inspired Syrian’s citizens.

“Social networks played a key role for us too,” he says. “We were able to call or protests and convey messages. Yet then the terrible oppression started. In a protest held on March 15, authorities detained a group of 13 or 14 year-old boys who chanted against the regime and another boy who wrote on a wall ‘Assad go home.’ They were thrown into prison and when their fathers came to release them, members of the secret police told them: ‘If you want your children, bring your women in their place.

“Some of the children were eventually released and others were not. Among those who remained in prison was the boy who drew the graffiti. Two months later, they sent his mutilated body to his parents. He underwent severe abuse; his fingernails were pulled out before he was beaten to death. They told the parents: ‘That’s what happens to those who write a slogan against the leader.’ The parents photographed the body and sent us the images.”
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Women rape, children killed

The testimonials include reports by husbands whose wives were raped in front of them by security agents and by brothers who say their sisters were raped as a form of revenge. There are many testimonials by parents about their children being sexually abused and dozens of horrific photos of mutilated and dismembered bodies.

An expert team of the UN’s Human Rights Commission in Geneva recently published a report asserting that since the protests started and through November, Syrian security forces detained some 100,000 people and killed more than 5,000, including at least 256 children. Some of them were tortured beforehand, both physically and sexually. The report contains difficult photos and videos. For example, a soldier shooting a two-year-old girl to death and telling the parents: “She should die now instead of growing up to be a protestor.”

However, Amar says the figures he possesses are much higher. “I estimate that nearly 15,000 protestors were killed so far. The report does not take into account people who were buried in backyards or those who disappeared.”

Zainab Hosseini was 18 when her parents last saw her in April. She disappeared from her home and only a few weeks later her brother was summoned to pick up her body. The sight he encountered was horrifying: Zainab’s head was severed and her face was completely mutilated. The grave violence used against her made it impossible to identify her. The brother assumed that the regime decided to punish him by hurting his sister because he acted against the government. He invited CNN to his home and published the photographs. Yet a few days later the regime presented Zainab alive and claimed that the protestors are making false accusations against security forces.

However, Rahim says the regime was unable to answer one question: “Whose mutilated body was it that was handed over to the family? Perhaps it wasn’t Zainab, but there was a body of a girl there who underwent terrible torture. Who tortured and murdered her? Who’s this girl?”
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Israeli opportunity

A few weeks ago, Amar met with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. He presented to her, among other things, information about soldiers who defected and plan to launch a guerilla fight against the army. “To my surprise, she asked that the defectors lay down their arms,” he says. “That’s an odd request. Why didn’t they ask the rebels in Libya to lay down their arms? How can they do it if at any moment they can be fired at and murdered? It’s impractical.”

“I can’t understand why the Americans are silent,” Amar says. “We expected them to intervene. Militarily. To bomb the Syrian army from the air. They intervened in Libya and managed to prompt Gaddafi’s removal, and that is what we expect them to do to Assad now. Thus far, more people were killed in Syria than in Libya at the point where Obama decided to launch a military offensive in order to avert a greater massacre. NATO also bombed in Kosovo when it was necessary. Why this hypocrisy?”

“Obama urged Assad to leave, but he won’t leave out of his own accord. He’s a coward, he’s naïve, and he is convinced that he has support. He boasts that his children support him. His wife benefited him greatly over the years by providing, with her very presence, a moderate image in the eyes of the world, yet people who met her said she is very shallow and we don’t count on her to influence him to leave.”

Meanwhile, Rahim stresses that Syria is a secular state and that the West should not fear a radical Islamic takeover. “We have many groups, but we live with respect for each other. What’s clear is that the oppressive regime must pass from this world. Our slogan is freedom and dignity. This is what Syria deserves, and we hope that the world will help us, including Israel.”

These voices reached Israel too. Knesset Member Isaac Herzog, who is a member of the Knesset’s Defense and Foreign Affairs Committee, met with Syrian exiles in Washington in recent weeks and he suggests that we listen to them.

“We in Israel often complain that they don’t know us and don’t understand us. We should know that we too do not possess sufficient understanding of our neighbors, and when it comes to Syria we see total ignorance. Following these and other meetings, I can say that what’s happening there does not resemble any other change taking place in our region. The Syrians are a secular nation comprising a fascinating coalition of ethnicities.”

“In my view, following the Assad era there is a chance for positive processes vis-à-vis Israel as well, and they will require us to meet the challenge,” Herzog says. “The US and its partners, along with human rights groups, must grant the protestors more massive support, so that these processes mature as quickly as possible. Otherwise Syria will be plunged into chaos.”

For the exiles, the clock is ticking. Every passing day means more fatalities, more wounded and more prisoners. This is on top of the personal fears for the safety of family members left behind. “The world must wake up,” both Rahim and Amar say. “This is a call for help and for intervention. Assad will not leave on his own accord. He isn’t Mubarak. In order to prevent more bloodshed the world must do something. Now.”

January 1st, 2012, 1:42 pm

 

ann said:

Discrediting observers – Jan 1, 2012

Why U.S. media turned on Arab League this time

Once again, we see the frightening collusion of the U.S. government with their war partner British colonialists, but this time not in Iraq but in Syria. Immediately upon the arrival of the UN sponsored Arab League Delegation (AL) into the Syrian capital and cities, the American media antagonists wasted not a second in discounting the AL’s initial reporting, fearful that the 150+ observers in the delegation weren’t going the way of their interventionist plans, and not siding with the opposition’s claims, coming primarily from the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR). Anderson Cooper, the CNN poster boy popularized by the corporate media as “going beyond the headlines to tell stories from many points of view, so you can make up your own mind”, (amazingly covering events in Haiti, Libya, Somalia, the Sudan, etc.) all reinforcing the dominant White House/British/French narrative, is now busy promoting the opposition in Syria. (Original Piece)
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Over the past several days CNN via Cooper has presented on national TV a supposed ‘independent journalist’ who was ‘smuggled into Homs’ at ‘great personal risk to his safety’. This brand of phony journalism: “reporters we can’t name” and “videos we can’t verify the authenticity of” is shamelessly presented by Cooper as “going behind the scenes and keeping them honest”. Yet if we listen closely to the entire report by this so-called ‘independent journalist’ we have a shining example validating the Syrian government’s assertion that these are ‘armed terrorist groups’ funded and armed by outside foreign forces. In the reporter’s own words: “We are getting armed, we have the Free Syrian Army. We will have to fight.” Where is his independence?

A White House statement directly interfering with the AL’s mission and revealing Washington’s clear interventionist goals and overt support for the London-based opposition, condemned what it called ‘the Syrian military attack’ on Homs, adding that “…if the violence continues, the international community (meaning NATO, Britain and the United States) will have to consider – quote – “other means to protect Syrian civilians.” This was the same excuse used nine or ten months ago to unleash the brutal assault on Libya by the U.S. and NATO, in order to secure Libya’s vast oil and gas reserves for the western ‘democracies’. But since U.S.-NATO has the blood of close to 50,000 Libyans on its hands, it’s going to be more difficult to pull this off in Syria.

A recent trip to Homs and Syria by eyewitness journalists and political analysts Webster Tarpley and Tierry Meyssan, both of whom spent time in Libya before and after the NATO attack, in November 2011 interviewed Syrian citizens and witnesses who attest to the presence of black hooded snipers appearing on rooftops in Homs who randomly kill innocent civilians on their way to work or school or shopping. The major difference is that the West and SOHR, not even inside the country proclaim these hooded criminals are Syrian police and military officials, while two genuinely independent (not hired or paid by foreign governments) reporters strongly suggest the hidden hand of extremist external Salafi and Al Qaeda elements whose job is to sow chaos and fear among the Syrian people in order to destabilize the Syrian government. We encourage readers to visit these two sites to listen for themselves: Tierry Meyssa here and Webster Tarpley on KPFA radio program “Guns and Butter”.

If this sounds far-fetched, let’s look back at a little history.

Let’s recall a BBC’s World news headline back in 1996: ‘Middle East Unscom ‘infiltrated by spies’ when the United Nations’ Special Commission known as Unscom was in Iraq monitoring Iraq’s nuclear facilities. So many American and British Intelligence Spies were sent inside Iraq as to render Unscom’s mission impotent, and this paved the way for the invasion of Iraq. Are we seeing a similarity of 1996 but now in Syria and with the United States trying to discredit an organization not entirely in its intelligence hands? Hearing these same two governments infamous for attacking Middle Eastern/African governments not toeing Washington’s line bellowing against the AL’s mandate is indeed a sorry replay of history.

Who can forget that it was the United States, under George W. Bush, in service to the Tel Aviv war machine, who killed the UN fact-finding mission to Jenin following Israel’s massacre of civilians in April 2002, rendering an investigation of Israeli war crimes there meaningless? When it suits Western hegemonistic goals to destroy UN fact-finding missions, they will attempt to do so, but when they can USE them as in the case of Unscom in Iraq, we know the outcomes.

What makes the Western media coverage of events in Syria eerily similar to the scenario orchestrated at the United Nations about Libya is that all the spokespersons of the opposition speak NOT from inside Syria, but from London, Cairo and New York, as the British-US-NATO funded opposition in Libya did for months preceding NATO’s assault. Asserting that Bashar Ashad is “killing his own people” are the West’s code words for the U.S.-British SCRIPT about governments they want overthrown. Why not make cases against Saudi Arabia, Yemen and Bahrain? They ARE “KILLING THEIR OWN PEOPLE” in front of the eyes of the world, but how is it that there is no outcry from the self-appointed ‘international community’ calling for investigation and an end to those governments’ violence against truly peaceful protestors? We’re not talking about a double standard here: we’re talking about a crime of war and destabilization against sovereign governments!

January 1st, 2012, 1:57 pm

 

Haytham Khoury said:

Arab Parliament urges end to Syria monitors’ missio

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-16379727

January 1st, 2012, 2:08 pm

 

ann said:

Professor warns that religious civil war may spread across the Middle East – January 1, 2012

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zKh2MvuK0Z8&feature=player_embedded

The Arab Spring which dominated the news over the past year resulted in the overthrow of the regimes in three Arab countries. Not all protesters who demanded change are happy with the results because of the renewed efforts of religious groups to control government. Mark Almond, a professor of international relations at Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey, warned in an interview with Russia Today that the unrest in Syria may soon spread into religious civil war in the Middle East.

In Tunisia, there was an election to choose a new parliament and a new president. Tunisia was more of a secular state, but the Islamic party won the majority of the vote, resulting in a conflict between Islam and secular society, according to Almond.

Almond told Russia Today that in Egypt, protesters see the change in government as merely cosmetic because many of the people who had worked in Hosni Mubarak’s regime are now in power. Additionally, they sense that the democratic process has been usurped because of the influence of the Muslim Brotherhood.

In Libya, where Col Gaddafi was killed after a violent civil uprising, the people are not seeing the economic changes that they expected. There are also splits forming over the role of religion in politics, Almond said. Many are armed in Libya due to NATO involvement.

Syria is in the midst of an uprising. So far, an estimated 5,000 persons have been killed and it is feared that the situation will turn into a civil war. Not only is there an incipient civil war, Almond observed, but there is a religious civil war between Shiites and Sunnis. He remarked that there is a danger of outside forces becoming involved to create theocratic monarchies.

Almond fears that Syria’s religious civil war can expand into Lebanon and Iraq, and that instead of a democratic revolution resulting from the Arab Spring, the region could experience religious civil wars.

January 1st, 2012, 2:20 pm

 

ann said:

Arab monitors continue mission amid cautious satisfaction from Syrians – 2012-01-02

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/world/2012-01/02/c_122524532.htm

DAMASCUS, Jan. 1 (Xinhua) — Arab observers in Syria visited several provinces on Sunday as part of their one-month mission, which started a week ago to oversee the country’s unrest amid cautious satisfaction from Syrians.

On the sixth day of their mission, the monitors were divided into three groups and visited several neighborhoods as well as military hospital in the rebellious province of Homs, state-run SANA news agency said.

In northern Idlib province, another hotbed of insurgency, another observer group toured the city and visited the National Hospital there, according to SANA.

A third team also roamed Damascus’ suburb of Muadamiah and met with its residents, said SANA.

The observers have so far traveled to a number of cities including Daraa and Homs, and preparations are underway for sending 47 observers from the Gulf Cooperation Council states (GCC) and Iraq to Syria, according to AL sources.

Adnan Issa al-Khoudhir, head of the AL operation room for the observer mission, said at a press conference that “22 observers from Iraq and 25 others from the GCC will be dispatched to Syria.”

Syrians, from all spectra of the society, have expressed cautious satisfaction with the job of the observers as they believe that they need more time.

Observers have started their mission on Tuesday and toured a number of restive areas in the country, mainly in central Syria and the flashpoint city of Daraa in the south.

In November, Syria signed an Arab League-sponsored plan providing for ending all acts of violence, release all detainees and halt all armed aspects across the country.

The first item of the plan provides for sending some 150 observers to visit hospitals, prisons and restive areas to determine the extent the Syrian authorities have committed themselves to the items of the Arab plan.

George Jabbour, a prominent political analyst, told Xinhua the observers visit is “a very significant measure,” urging all concerned parties to “fully cooperate with it.”

Officially, the Syrian government seemed contended with the work of the Arab mission and its local media, the mouthpiece of the government, urged observers to work professionally and objectively.

Even the Syrian opposition groups have positively dealt with the observers mission, and the head of the so-called “Free Syrian Army,” colonel Riyad al-Assa’ad, announced a halt of all attacks against Syrian security forces during the observers visit, pointing out that his army will wait for two or three months “to see what the Arab League would determine.”

Another Syrian activist, Farouk Hajji Mustfa, has called for an increase in the number of observers to be able to monitor broad areas of Syria that witness anti-government protests.

“The Arab League is shouldering a historic responsibility,” he told Xinhua, adding that Syria’s destiny hinges upon its reports.

Hassan Abdul-Azim, the general coordinator of the National Coordination Body, said the observers are exerting “earnest efforts” in all Syrian cities, expressing hopes that they would disclose facts before the Syrian and world public opinions.

He told Xinhua by phone on Saturday that his group has reached a “common political vision to reject foreign intervention, armament, violence and sectarian rifts” with the Turkey-based Syrian National Council (SNC).

He stressed that the agreement is binding for the two sides, adding that they have agreed to unite and coordinate efforts towards political, media, and diplomatic issues.

He said his group has provided the Arab monitors with the names of activists in different parts of the country to contact them.

In Cairo, SNC leader Burhan Ghalioun said on Thursday he insisted the Arabs can play a major role in solving the Syrian crisis and wished a success of the Arab initiative to avoid civil war or foreign interference.

“We insist that the Arab world can play a big role in tackling the Syrian crisis,” Ghalioun told reporters after meeting with AL Secretary General Nabil el-Arabi.

January 1st, 2012, 2:31 pm

 

Majed97 said:

The Speaker of the Arab Parliament, Salem al-Diqbassi, calls for withdrawing the AL mission. Is he speaking his own opinion, or has the Arab parliament actually voted for such measure? Do any of the AL organizations communicate with each others. I’m not at all surprised of the contradictions and disorganization of anything associated with the AL …

January 1st, 2012, 2:33 pm

 

ann said:

Turkish PM Again Slams France – Sunday, 01 January 2012

http://www.historyoftruth.com/special-news/10884-turkish-pm-again-slams-france

Turkey sees bleak future for EU accession talks in 2012 – Jan 1, 2012

http://www.todayszaman.com/news-267358-turkey-sees-bleak-future-for-eu-accession-talks-in-2012.html

Turkish PM meets Hamas leader Haniyeh in Istanbul – 01 January 2012

Erdogan received Ismail Haniyeh, prime minister of the Palestinian administration in Gaza, in his residence in Istanbul on Sunday.

http://www.worldbulletin.net/?aType=haber&ArticleID=83733

January 1st, 2012, 2:46 pm

 

Revlon said:

239. Dear N.Z,
((What is the NCB agenda, and why, suddenly, is Dr. Manna3 now the subject of discussion. I will really like to understand. Both councils were asked by the AL and others to come with a unified agenda/program.
I will really like to understand why “The NCB are potential trosians))

The following is my opinion!
Based on their relationship with the regime, I like to categorise the internal opposition as:
1. Unable to Cope: They are either in heavens, or still rotting in prison.
2. Coping: They remained true to their belief, yet traded freedom for silence; that when broken got them back to prison.
3. Adapted: they compromised on their ideology in return for freedom, and material advantages (NCB)
4. Prospered: NPF and some free lancers who work as snitches to spy on other activists.

NCB opposition members belong to the third group.
Their ceiling for political demands has been rising yet persistently lagging behind those of the revolution.

Their current agenda calls for regime change, yet remains ambiguous about the fate of the president and his influential clan, and calls for preserving the army and security establishments.
Their cautious approach, for those still in Syria (not Dr Manna3) could be regarded as reasonable means for survival.
However, it remains uncertain how much of that also stems from fear of regime threat of blackmail to expose their mutual cooperation.

Their joining of the SNC’s General secretariat or executive committee, or the later to become the Transitional Government could render both bodies vulnerable to manipulation via NCB elements, by current or remnant regime elements, respectively (trojans).

There is no problem in accommodating them in the SNC’s General Assembly, since their influence then would be restricted to their own personal vote.

Happy New Year N.Z.

January 1st, 2012, 2:49 pm

 

Khalid Tlass said:

TARA, I admit it is outrageous that civilian killings are still going on despite Arab League observers presence, but the fact nobody can deny, the daily death toll has gone down since the Observers came, because the regime can no longer openly use Tanks and launch large-scale assaults, it is confinded to using snipers. I admit that even that is outrageous, but pls think of it, if the obserevrs withdraw the regime will go back to using Tanks and try to crush Homs. I think the one silver lining of the AL mission is that it has given a bit of breathing space to people in Homs and Idlib to stock up on essentials, and also give the FSA a chance to reorganize and regroup. So I don’t see why you would want the mission to be withdrawn at this moment ; becoz that will only give the regime another green light to kill, rape and plunder with impunity.

What is going on inside the A.L mission team is a factional power struggle between the Observers. KSA, GCC, Jordan, Libya, Tunisia, Morocco, Palestine, Egypt on one side ; and Algeria, Sudan, Iraq, Yemen and Lebanon on the other side.

Iranian petrodollars has played its part as well.

You have to take into account that most of the observers are in fact Government officials on deputation to A.L and they have to answer to their respective regimes once they get home.

January 1st, 2012, 2:51 pm

 

Khalid Tlass said:

I think the NCB are cowrads and gutless, do not have the guts to give up their comfortable lives. If Manna3 was true to his belief he would have joined the FSA boys in Homs or Idlib, thats what I call “internal opposition”.

Manna3 is like Mahmoud Abbas of Palestine, not having the guts to conront the enemy.

January 1st, 2012, 2:55 pm

 

ann said:

AP Demands Immediate Pullout of Observers from Syria – Jan 1, 2012

Cairo, Jan 1 – The Arab Parliament, the first body of the Pan-Arab system that demanded sending observers to Syria, requested on Sunday their immediate withdrawal from Damascus, considering insufficient the major objectives of the mission.

The 22-member AP deplored that violence “continues causing too many victims”, though it only referred again to fallen opponents of the Syrian government.

Head of AP, Ali Al-Salem Al-Dekbas, requested Secretary General Nabil El-Arabi to call on a special meeting of the Foreign ministers council in order to adopt a resolution for a rapid pullout of observers.

Al-Dekbas referred to persistent clashes between armed opponents and government forces of President Bashar Al-Assad, without taking into account official figures according to which 2,000 police officers and Army troops have been killed in terrorist acts in different regions.

“That this is occurring in the presence of Arab observers has sparked the anger of the Arab people and denies the purpose of sending a mission to investigate and clarify the events,” he said.

Al-Dekbas also argued that that situation “gives the Syrian government an Arab cover” to continue what he described as “inhuman actions in front of the Arab League.”

Despite the government of Al-Assad accepted the plan of November 2 proposed by the Arab League to end the clashed with the armed opposition, lethal to both sides, the head of the advisory body of the League considered the foreign observers work insufficient.

In remarks that triggered controversy in this capital and in Damascus, head of the observer mission, Gen. Mohammed Ahmed Mustafa Al-Dabi described as “calm” the situation in Homs, a most conflict-torn region in nine months of riots.

The AL mission has an initial working term of a month, which may be extended for a similar period, to verify that the Syrian government is complying with the terms of the Arab plan to put an end to conflict and revoke the sanctions against Syria.

January 1st, 2012, 2:58 pm

 

Khalid Tlass said:

TARA, I admit it is outrageous that civilian killings are still going on despite Arab League observers presence, but the fact nobody can deny, the daily death toll has gone down since the Observers came, because the regime can no longer openly use Tanks and launch large-scale assaults, it is confinded to using snipers. I admit that even that is outrageous, but pls think of it, if the obserevrs withdraw the regime will go back to using Tanks and try to crush Homs. I think the one silver lining of the AL mission is that it has given a bit of breathing space to people in Homs and Idlib to stock up on essentials, and also give the FSA a chance to reorganize and regroup. So I don’t see why you would want the mission to be withdrawn at this moment ; becoz that will only give the regime another green light to kill, rape and plunder with impunity.

What is going on inside the A.L mission team is a factional power struggle between the Observers. KSA, GCC, Jordan, Libya, Tunisia, Morocco, Palestine, Egypt on one side ; and Algeria, Sudan, Iraq, Yemen and Lebanon on the other side.

Iranian petrodollars has played its part as well.

You have to take into account that most of the observers are in fact Government officials on deputation to A.L and they have to answer to their respective regimes once they get home.

I think there is only one fault with this observer mission, and that is appointing a Sudanese official (that too a dumb thug) as the Head, the Iranian petrodollar bribe money inside is so full you could hear them jingling.

January 1st, 2012, 3:07 pm

 

Khalid Tlass said:

TARA, I admit it is outrageous that civilian killings are still going on despite Arab League observers presence, but the fact nobody can deny, the daily death toll has gone down since the Observers came, because the regime can no longer openly use Tanks and launch large-scale assaults, it is confinded to using snipers. I admit that even that is outrageous, but pls think of it, if the obserevrs withdraw the regime will go back to using Tanks and try to crush Homs. I think the one silver lining of the AL mission is that it has given a bit of breathing space to people in Homs and Idlib to stock up on essentials, and also give the FSA a chance to reorganize and regroup. So I don’t see why you would want the mission to be withdrawn at this moment ; becoz that will only give the regime another green light to kill, rape and plunder with impunity.

What is going on inside the A.L mission team is a factional power struggle between the Observers. KSA, GCC, Jordan, Libya, Tunisia, Morocco, Palestine, Egypt on one side ; and Algeria, Sudan, Iraq, Yemen and Lebanon on the other side.

Iranian petrodollars has played its part as well.

You have to take into account that most of the observers are in fact Government officials on deputation to A.L and they have to answer to their respective regimes once they get home.

I think there is only one fault with this observer mission, and that is appointing a Sudanese official (that too a dumb thug) as the Head, the Iranian petrodollar bribe money inside his pockets is so full you could hear them jingling

January 1st, 2012, 3:08 pm

 

ann said:

QATAR INVADED LIBYA, NOW INVADES SYRIA – 01.01.2012

http://english.pravda.ru/world/asia/01-01-2012/120132-Qatar_invaded_Libya_now_invades_Syria-0/

Qatar created anti-Syrian mercenary force, denounces digital Israeli website DEBKAFile.

According to this information, released Thursday by the news agency, Cham Press, the contingent is composed of mercenaries from several countries in the region, mainly the more radical Syrians of the Muslim Brotherhood, which was named the Free Syrian Army.

The complaint specifies that this force is financed by Doha, and is constituted in the form of battalions and brigades in military camps on Turkish territory, with the permission of the government of Ankara, near the border with Syria.

This month, Syrian border guards aborted four attempts at infiltration by armed groups, and in the latter case in the early hours of Wednesday in Idleb. Deadly casualties were inflicted on the aggressors, who were supported by a group already on Syrian soil.

Information from the Syrian news agency, SANA, said, citing the authorities of that province located in the north of the country, that the group used large quantities of weapons, military uniforms and the most modern communication devices.

The information through the Israeli official site added that Qatar decided to start this plan after the badly staged “overthrow and murder” of Libyan leader Muammar el-Gaddafi.

The monarchies of Doha and Saudi Arabia jointly approved of such a conspiracy, and even made an agreement to assign to the leader of the biggest state of Qatar, General Ali Hamas al-Attiya, the leadership of the anti-Syrian army to ensure a rapid shift in the Turkish-Syrian border.

According to the information so far, about 2,500 men were recruited, for a total of 20,000. The main nucleus consists of one thousand members of the so-called Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG), who with the support of NATO, faced Qaddafi, and the other thousand comes from an Iraqi extremist organization.

DEBKAFile says that Qatar has already transported these troops from Libya and Iraq to the Turkish town of Antakya, to the south, in the border province of Hatay.

As other investigations have already revealed, the commander in chief of the anti-Syrian mission, based in Antakya, is Abdel Hakim Belhaj, a collaborator of Osama bin Laden, whose militia took control of the Libyan capital, Tripoli, in August with the total support of NATO.

Officials of Qatar’s media established communication between the camp where the Syrian mercenaries meet with the base of the Iraqis, to coordinate the operations of such a terrorist group of NATO stooges, the “Free Syrian Army.”

The DEBKAFile site notes that their military and intelligence activities collaborate with the Turks, but they do not interfere.

The extremist anti-Syrian mercenary force for intervention, funded by Qatar and Saudi Arabia, has been channeling millions to finance the hostilities against Damascus. They have the “quiet support” (actually blatantly obvious support) of the United States and other NATO members. Turkey leads this support group, affirms the Israelis.

On the other hand, the news agency SANA reported today that an armed group killed eight people in a family in the village of Kfar Nabouda, rural central province of Hama, and also kidnapped five of their relatives while burning their homes.

The armed terrorists tried to kidnap another family member, but were prevented by other family members. Later the entire armed group returned and attacked with weapons of various calibers, SANA reported.

Also, in Hama, Syrian army soldiers managed to demolish three explosives planted by terrorist gangs in various parts of the central city.

The agency also informs that an armed group sabotaged a high tension power line of 230 kV that links two power stations between Daraa and Sweida.

All this happens when at this moment the Arab League observer mission is in Syria, part of the plan of the regional organization in which Qatar functions as president of this round, supposedly to end the crisis in this country.

January 1st, 2012, 3:11 pm

 

N.Z. said:

Dear Revlon,

It is with great sadness I read your post. I will convey to you my heartache, hoping that we can all see through the eyes and hearts of our men, women and children, and borrow from them a sliver of nobility. Their sacrifices are UNCONDITIONAL. With bare chests they are facing one of the most barbaric regimes, not for their village, not for their parents, but for all Syrians, regardless of who that Syrian is. Unconditionally!

In return, they deserve without any conditions a unity from these two groups and their members. Their dirty laundry is not for display. They should be ashamed. When the blood of dead Syrians is lying on the streets, when noble bodies are being tortured by the regime’s henchmen, inner fight and overcoming differences, is the least they can offer. If not, dissolving the two councils is sound. They were fast to attack AL’s observers, rightly so, but do they have a mirror to see themselves and hear their childish disagreement and blaming game?

If egos are put aside, this signed agreement is a good start, in fact it is an excellent start. If prestige and positions is not their aim, then, they have to agree. No wonder why AL and all the International community and organizations are not in a hurry.

Their unity is key to stopping the bloodshed, our unity as a people is key to ending this regime and its unconditional hatred for everything Syrian. Assad and his family hatred toward the Syrian people is legendary.

As Hamza Fakher rightly said “Syrians are fighting for their lives now, not for freedom.”

These are the differences between the two “factions”. I do not see differences, I see blood and the death toll rising! Please save our people or dissolve the councils.

تيارات سورية في المجلس الوطني أبدت تحفظا على الاتفاق، وقال التيار الوطني السوري برئاسة عماد الدين رشيد إن الاتفاق لا يتضمن إدانة واضحة للنظام وجرائمه ضد الشعب


بدورها أبدت تيارات سورية في المجلس الوطني تحفظا على الاتفاق، وقال التيار الوطني السوري برئاسة عماد الدين رشيد إن الاتفاق لا يتضمن إدانة واضحة للنظام وجرائمه ضد الشعب.

وأضاف التيار أن الاتفاق ينطوي على تناقض في طلب حماية المدنيين بكل الوسائل ويرفض في الوقت نفسه التدخل العسكري الأجنبي، كما أنه بسط قضية الجيش الوطني الحر بصورة تمتهن تضحياته ويتعاطى معه كأفراد.

أما الهيئة العامة للثورة السورية فقالت إن الاتفاق يجب أن يحدد موقفه من الجيش السوري الحر بوضوح، لأن الشعب يعتمد عليه ويجب دعمه بكل الوسائل.

من جهته قال ممثل الحراك الثوري في المجلس الوطني السوري المعارض خالد كمال إن التوقيع على الوثيقة المشتركة بين المجلس وهيئة التنسيق الوطنية تم دون علمهم.

وأضاف كمال أنهم لا يعارضون الاتفاق، لكن المشكلة تكمن في مواقف هيئة التنسيق الوطنية التي لا تلبي مطالب الثوار، على حد

January 1st, 2012, 4:39 pm

 

Khalid Tlass said:

NZ, bro, the FSA is the first and last in the fight against the regime , its our only and surest hope, mark my words. If u have noticed, the protestors on the ground have already realized that. In their minds the FSA is fighting a defensive war of liberation against an invading aggressor Army.

Allah Souria FSA w bass.

January 1st, 2012, 4:54 pm

 

Tara said:

Khaled

The presence of the observers is not the goal of the AL’s initiative.  The goal is to stop the killing.   The killing has not stopped.  Completing a full month is only prolonging the final solution three more weeks.  That means three more weeks of killing.  There is nothing else to be gained.  Hopefully, Homs and other revolting cities have already restock on essentials, reorganized, and regrouped.  The regime does not understand any language except the language of power.  It is when the UNSC handles the Syrian file that we will see concessions from this tyranny.

January 1st, 2012, 4:58 pm

 

Tara said:

I think SC is dying. There is a great difference in the level of intellect between SC and Heetan. It was a great loss that anti-regime migrated to Heetan. Pro-regime intellect consists of happily cutting-and-pasting in Arabic (Jad) or English (Ann). The rest is non-moderated vulgarity and obsession with name callings and insults. There is no real intellectual exchange. The only highlight nowadays is when anti-regime contribute.

I feel bad that the reputation and fame of SC is going down the drain. I was one of the advocates of keeping SC on while Josh finishes writing his books. I think that was a mistake as the quality is adversely affected. I have personally started to lose taste for it..

January 1st, 2012, 5:11 pm

 

Mina said:

Tara
You do copy and paste from Turkish newspapers and CNN once a while, and SC has had one of the best news round-up on the subject these days.
But people who compare the Asad regime with Hitler like Jürgen and others like Tlass who give an idea of the sick mind of some of the fundamentalist protesters do not help to keep a sane environment. Then we have the teenagers, who cannot see the link between Kenyan troops in Somalia, UN troops in South Sudan, North Sudan troops in Tripoli, and Qatar. Or even between Syria and Palestine.
SC bi-khayr. Allah yusturha.

January 1st, 2012, 5:17 pm

 

ann said:

OIC Opposes Military Intervention in Syria – Jan 1, 2012

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) is firmly opposed to any international military intervention in Syria

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article557411.ece

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia – Damascus is called on to resolve the situation in the country through dialogue and implement promised reforms, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation said.

An observer mission from the Arab League is on the ground in Syria to ensure Damascus is honoring a deal to pull its forces from the streets.

Arab monitors said following a tour of the restive city of Homs that the area was disheveled but “no clashes” were observed. Critics charge Damascus is selective in what it allows the monitoring team to observe.

A member of the opposition Syrian National Council told al-Arabiya on condition of anonymity that its leaders were working to address the monitoring mission. The Arab broadcaster reported at least four soldiers were killed in clashes by defectors in the southern province of Deraa and at least two civilians were killed while monitors were on the ground.

The OIC said it condemned “all violent acts” in Syria, including a series of explosions that rocked Damascus in recent days.

“The OIC reiterated its call for the Syrian crisis to be resolved through dialogue, for the reforms promised by the Syrian leadership to be implemented in order to meet the legitimate aspirations of the Syrian people, and for security and stability to return to Syria,” the group said in a statement.

Mark Toner, a spokesman for the U.S. State Department, added during his regular press briefing that it was premature to assess the work of the Arab monitors.

“We need to let this mission get up and running, let them do their job, and then let them give their judgment,” he said.

January 1st, 2012, 5:21 pm

 

Ghat Al Bird said:

TARA @257.

The overidding issue no one seems to consider is the existing realities in the Middle East.

On one side you have a what some have called an “erzats” state [ with some population estimate of 6 or so million] that since its inception has been the recepient of over $134 billion dollars… is supported and by the present leading military power in the world and who jointly would like to remake the Middle East nations supplicants.

Admiteddly some of the ME states have co joined in their own into remaking the ME states. My intent is not to leture except to point out that Ms. Allbright President Clinton’s Secretary of State was brazenly frank in telling CBS news that…”yes its worth starving over 500,000 Iraqi children as the means to remove Saddam Hussein from power.

Given the above reality of both military power, and financial commitments to the entity that considers all arabs as “cockroaches” the outlook does not seem to bode well especailly for Syria.

But as Churchill once said its “better to talk than to kill others”. Lets hope for the best for the New Year.

January 1st, 2012, 5:48 pm

 

majedkhaldoun said:

The AL Observers are few in number,and has no freedom of going to many places, meanwhile killing is still going on by the regime,while the regime withdrew the tanks, the snipers continue to kill peacefull demonstrators.
I believe the monitors must have the freedom to talk,but sooner or later,one of them will be killed by the Shabbiha.

Burhan Ghalioun made a mistake,by signing the pact with CB,he was under pressure from AL,one positive thing about the agreement is that they imply that Arab states intervene militarily in Syria, The question is What can the Arabic states do? the only country they can use is Jordan,they can apply no fly zone with the help of other countries,this will help FSA.
The other good thing about this agreement is that they both recognize and respect the FSA,FSA is our only hope and they are true angels, they listened to their conscious,refused to kill their fellow citizen, and in doing so they risk their lives and the lives of their family, anyone who call them thugs or criminal is despicle and he himself is criminal and must have no conscious.

The true battle is Damascus,if the regime loose Damascus,it will be a matter of one month and the regime will collapse completely, just like Tripoli in Libya Gaddafi was finished once he lost Tripoli,the NFZ should only include Damascus,FSA can finish the regime if NFZ applied to Damascus.

January 1st, 2012, 6:20 pm

 

Norman said:

The problem with Heetan is that each pats the other on the back, it is like talking to ones self in the mirror,

Appearing and writing on SC is not mandatory, people should not stay if they are not happy,

And yes Tara, it is an insult to say that the intelligence of the people on SC is not up to your standard ,

Please note that i am not asking you to apologize .

January 1st, 2012, 6:28 pm

 

N.Z. said:

Ricken Patel, Executive Director of Avaaz, said: “With more than 6,000 dead and almost 70,000 detained in Assad’s brutal prisons, no one can now turn a blind eye to the horror-show in Syria. Russia has gone too far — delaying international action and arming Assad’s death squads. 1 in every 300 Syrians has either been killed or imprisoned. The world faces a choice: it stands by while the Syrian regime continues to slaughter people or it steps up the pressure to force Assad out.”

These are conservative figures, many are unaccounted for.

Avaaz’s research, which is consulted on by the UN for its own death toll, adheres to a strict verification process. Each death is confirmed by three independent sources, including a family member of the deceased and the imam who performed the funeral procession.

Death toll breakdown: Death toll (including Syrian army loyal to Al Assad, Military security forces, National Security Forces, Political Security forces, Shabeha, Informers and resistance): 6,237

City-by-city:

Homs: 2582
Hama: 813
Daraa: 1259
Damascus: 18 (including Palestinian refugee camp Yarmuk and Al Hajar Al Aswad Golan Heights camp)
Damascus suburbs: 116
Lattakia: 208
Aleppo: 19
Aien Al Arab (Kubani): 13
Baniyas: 8
Idlib: 886
Deir Ezzor: 117
Al Bou Kamal: 46
Hassaki: 17
Qamishli: 7
Raqaa: 26
Bodies in Teshreen Military Hosiptal 102

Men: 5,361
Women: 473
Children: 403

Regime forces: 917

FSA: 36 names confirmed

Killed under torture: 617, including 39 children

January 1st, 2012, 8:26 pm

 

jna said:

Democracy and human rights in Libya??

Helena Cobban
December 20, 2011

I just caught up with this piece by the Guardian’s Chris Stephen in Tripoli. (H/T B of MofA.)

Tell me again why anyone ever thought that NATO missiles were capable of somehow ‘delivering’ democracy and a system of respecting basic human rights in Libya?

Stephen writes of the country’s current rulers, the National Transitional Council:

The NTC refuses to say who its members are, or even how many there are. Although it appointed a cabinet last month, policy decisions are taken inside what amounts to a black box. Meetings are held in secret, voting records are not published, and decisions are announced by irregular television broadcasts.

Typical was last week’s announcement, which came out of the blue, that the oil and economy ministries would be moved to Benghazi, and the finance ministry to Misrata. Diplomats scoffed at the impracticality of such a scheme, which would leave Libya’s administration scattered over hundreds of miles. This opacity reminds some Libyans of how things were run in former times…

And there’s this:

According to diplomats, the country can move forward only when the national army controls the militias. However, the national army is neither national nor an army.

It was formed in the February revolution in the eastern city of Benghazi by several hundred army officers who defected to the rebels. But most of the army itself remained loyal to Muammar Gaddafi. All of which has left this “national army” with plenty of chiefs but precious few Indians.

The militias, meanwhile, are getting organised. Those of Zintan and Misrata are in effect citizen armies, controlled by their leaders and military councils. Discipline remains a problem, with older members complaining of too many unemployed young men with guns, but order in both cities is more complete than in Tripoli, where gunfire crackles on most nights.

The news peg on which Stephen hangs his article is a grim reminder of how deep the political fragmentation in Libya currently is. basically, it’s the tale of how the militias were all lining up to control tripoli’s international airport, in the expectation that the UN was about to fly in several planeloads of Libyan dinar bills that had just been printed in Germany… with the hope that whoever could control the airport and the road from there to the central Bank could take a hefty rakeoff from the booty in the name of “providing security services.”

Here is the scene that Stephen described:

Last weekend the army tried to storm the airport and was stopped in a battle at the main airport checkpoint, which left two militiamen wounded and flights suspended as tracer fire arced over the runways. The army tried again midweek, summoning reinforcements from eastern Libya, only for the column to be stopped 200 miles west by units from Misrata, which are allied with Zintan.

More fighting is expected after unidentified gunmen shot and wounded a son of army commander General Khalifa Hifter in a battle outside Tripoli’s biggest bank, then kidnapped another on Friday.

Meantime, even people in the ranks of the rebels are conceding that somewhere between 20,000 and 30,000 Libyans were killed during the seven months of fighting that followed NATO’s entry into the fighting March 19. Prior to that, the death toll was only one-tenth as high.

My old friend Hugh Roberts knows 100 times as much about North Africa as I do. In November, he was writing these very sane words in the LRB:

The claim that the ‘international community’ had no choice but to intervene militarily and that the alternative was to do nothing is false. An active, practical, non-violent alternative was proposed, and deliberately rejected. The argument for a no-fly zone and then for a military intervention employing ‘all necessary measures’ was that only this could stop the regime’s repression and protect civilians. Yet many argued that the way to protect civilians was not to intensify the conflict by intervening on one side or the other, but to end it by securing a ceasefire followed by political negotiations…

This was, of course, the very same argument that I was making back in March. So was Hugh: He was then working for the International Crisis Group, which as he noted in the LRB piece put forward its own very sensible proposal for a negotiated de-escalation at the time. But no: The foul humors and animal spirits of the west’s warmongers won the day on that occasion– as they seem to, only too, too often.

But why, I wonder, had so many western liberals and rights activists learned nothing from what had happened in Iraq over the preceding eight years? Truly tragic.

http://justworldnews.org/archives/004246.html

January 1st, 2012, 8:39 pm

 

ann said:

Two Syrians confess smuggling weapons, intimidating civilians – 2012-01-02

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/world/2012-01/02/c_122524651.htm

DAMASCUS, Jan. 1 (Xinhua) — Two Syrians have confessed carrying weapons and intimidating civilians in central Syria’s Homs province during the country’s months-long political crisis, the official SANA news agency reported on Sunday.

Rddad al-Akari and Khaled Taqtaq, who were called “terrorists” by SANA, also admitted setting up barricades in several neighborhoods in Homs.

The 35-year-old al-Akari, who had took part in the anti- government rallies in Homs last April, told local media on Sunday that he joined a group of gunmen in a neighborhood in Homs and coerced the residents into getting armed by intimidation.

The money and the smuggled weapons were from Lebanon, said al- Akari.

Taqtaq, 34, said “unknown gunmen” intimidated local residents and even fired at the Syrian soldiers who entered the neighborhood.

The confessions were made during the Arab League (AL) observers ‘ mission of monitoring the ground situation in Syria.

Three groups of AL observers visited the central Homs province, the northern Idlib province and capital Damascus’ suburb Muadamiah on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Preparations are underway for sending another 47 observers from the Gulf Cooperation Council states and Iraq to Syria, according to AL sources.

January 1st, 2012, 8:51 pm

 

ann said:

AL’s advance team of observers back to Cairo – 2012-01-02

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/world/2012-01/02/c_122524659.htm

CAIRO, Jan. 1 (Xinhua) — The advance team of the Arab league ( AL) observers to Syria returned to the Egyptian capital of Cairo on Sunday after a ten-day visit to unrest-hit Syria, official news agency MENA reported.

The 11-member team, led by Samir Saif al-Yazal, assistant to AL chief Nabil al-Arabi, was assigned to prepare for the observers’ delegations and to take part in some monitoring of the situation in Syria.

Yazal refused to give any details about the actual status in Syria, asserting any new developments will be published in statements by the AL general secretariat.

Syria signed the AL observer protocol on Dec. 19 in Cairo after the AL threatened to take the issue to the United Nations Security Council.

Dozens of observers have so far traveled to a number of cities including Daraa and Homs, and preparations are underway for the arrival of 47 observers from the Gulf Cooperation Council states and Iraq.

The AL observers are monitoring the situation in Syria as part of the AL peace initiative to end the months-long turmoil in Syria. The Syrian government said some 2,000 army and security personnel have been killed since the unrest began in March, while the United Nations said more than 5,000 people have died in the violence.

January 1st, 2012, 9:10 pm

 

ann said:

Syrian off. reports on abducted Iranians – Mon Jan 2, 2012

A senior Syrian security official has reassured that the seven Iranian nationals, who were recently abducted in Syria, are in good health and have been transferred to an area in western Syria.

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/218889.html

The source rejected earlier reports that the Iranian professionals were being kept in the city of Homs in western Syria and said that they had been transferred to an area west of Talbiseh in the central Syrian province of Homs.

He added that the Syrian security forces had not raided the whereabouts since any attack could put the safety of the abductees at risk.

On Wednesday, December 21, eight technicians, including five Iranian electrical engineers, were kidnapped on their way to a power plant.

Two more Iranian specialists, who were trying to clarify the fate of the five abducted engineers, have been also kidnapped.

Iran’s Embassy in Damascus has issued a statement, calling on the Syrian government to take immediate action for the release of the abductees and identify the kidnappers.

The technicians have been building the city’s Jandar power plant for the past two years.

Some Syrian security officials have contacted the head of the abductors, who are known as ‘al-Haji,’ to learn their conditions for the release of the Iranians, the Syrian official said.

The kidnappers want to exchange the Iranian professionals with some of the leaders of anti-Damascus armed groups, who have been arrested during clashes with Syrian security forces, and also ask for safe passage in the city of Homs, particularly in the Baba Amr district, for anti-government armed men so they can leave, he added.

The abductors have so far failed to use the hostages to their advantage, having found out that the abductees were only engineers and technicians and had no political affiliation.

January 1st, 2012, 9:43 pm

 

ann said:

A Turkish Assad? – January 1, 2012

“A leader who kills his own people has lost his legitimacy,” Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey said of President Bashar al-Assad of Syria in September. Now Selahattin Demirtas, the Kurdish member of parliament who heads the Peace and Democracy Party, finds Erdogan’s words delicious. not to quote back to him.

http://latitude.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/01/01/a-turkish-assad/

January 1st, 2012, 10:05 pm

 

Ghufran said:

It is not clear how much actual support the SNC and the NCC have inside Syria but they seem to be able to mobilize support when they need it. From the first look,the SNC looks more organized and better financed but unlike the NCC,most of their leadership have been outside Syria for decades and very few were actually political prisoners.
Excluding the NCC and other opposition groups and people in the middle can not be good for Syria,and calling them Trojans is a reflection of how militant members of the SNC plans to deal with dissent in the future,and this exclusionary thinking puts them in the same camp with the regime.
It is a race between Libyalization of Syria and true national reconciliation,and unless Libyalizers succeed in taking the Syrian file to the UNSC,their violent approach will indeed prolong the life of the regime.
KSA and Egypt are not in the same front with Qatar and Turkey,and upcoming events will tell if this opinion is right or not,even the US is more open to a national unity government but most players,,and many Syrians,do want Assad,his family and top officials to go,
I always supported this demand.

January 1st, 2012, 10:06 pm

 

Ghufran said:

The attacks on Manna’ is due to his moderate positions and his likely future role in a unity government, the guy lost his brother on the hands of regime thugs and was never a regime supporter,and his alleged family ties to F. Alsharaa,whether true or not,does not reduce or increase his ability to serve his country.

January 1st, 2012, 10:15 pm

 

Mohamed Kanj said:

@269 – thanx Ghufran for ur annoying ignorant comment. U said most syrians want Assad to go? Well i am still yet to see a popular uprising against Mr Assad. I am yet to see the so called strikes put into effect in Syria by ur extremist buddies. While u live outside of Syria and make urself out to be a moderate syrian expat, we all very well know that u r one of the extremist, that once given power will strike ur hatred and evilness upon the minorities and secular Syrians ( which make up 80% of the syrian population ) . Leave the western democracy to ur corrupt brutal regimes of america,france and britain and the gulf countries. Let them stick to their lovely democracy and the Syrian will prefer stability and security in their homeland. I prefer to live side by side with christians, druze , allawites and kurds, rather than have to live beside a hateful extremist like urself and the opposition outside of syria. Look next door in Iraq, Lebanon , Egypt,Turkey, Libya , Gulf countries , and can u tell me which country out of those has freedom given to minorities similiar to the freedom given in Syria? The answer is 0%. Shove ur western democracy up ur terrorist ass scumbag. Their will never be a Libya or Iraqi style intervention in Syria. Syria right now, has gladly been given plenty of time to build up it missile arsenal and defenses. Russia, China and Iran have and will keep arming the Syrian army to the bone militarily and financially. The economy will never collapse as u and ur extremists wish. The government is stable, no defections. The only thing the extremist opposition have on their side is the media. I have relatives living in Aleppo, Damascus, Qamishli, Rakka, Latakia, Tartus. Life is fine their my friend. These cities make up 80% of the syrian population 🙂

January 1st, 2012, 10:30 pm

 

Ghufran said:

I obviously can not compete with people who are here for delusional PR purposes.
Most Syrian officials and their relatives have bank accounts in those “corrupt” western democracies,and many have dual citizenship,denying this fact does not make it disappear.
Assad and his circle do not have the support of 80% of Syrians,this 80% figure is a pain killer not a cure,we all know that but some are unwilling to say it .The same regime figures that keep talking about a western conspiracy are eager to strike a deal with the US as long as they can secure their political and financial future. When an average Syrian like myself is called a regime supporter by some and an extremist by others,a smile comes up. The blood shed will not stop until all parties compromise,and that will include a change in leadership that comes up with votes not bullets,Bashar,like him or not,has been president,without being elected,for more than 11 years,it is healthy for Syria to finally get a president through clean elections,this is 2012.

January 1st, 2012, 10:57 pm

 

Ghufran said:

د.علي الهيل
النتيجة الأولى لافتعال أزمة (مضيق هرمز) هو شراء السعودية أو لنقل إجبارها على شراء طائرات أمريكية بنحو ثلاثين مليار دولار. إنها (شغلة) مخابرات مكشوفة يشترك فيها الموساد والمخابرات الإيرانية والسي أيْ إيْ والمخابرات البريطانية والغربية الأخرى بدرجات متفاوتة وكلها (تشتغل) على رؤوس حكومات الخليج العربي. وكسابقاتها ستصدأ تلك الطائرات لأنها لن تُستعمل لا ضد إيران ولا ضد أحد بل لإرعاب الشعب السعودي المطحون في غلاء الأسعار والرواتب المتدنية إذ يتقاضى مثلاً .. مثلاً.. الحارس الأمني السعودي راتبا شهريا لا يتعدى السبعة مائة دولار أمريكي بينما حكومته صرفت حتى الآن ومنذ بداية السبعينات وحتى صفقـــة الطائرات الأخيرة ما يقارب إثنين إتريليون دولا أمريكي. دول خليجية أخرى ستحذو حذو السعودية أو سيُفرض عليها ما فُرض على السعودية وستشتري مستمرئةً كارهةً طائرات مقاتلة أمريكية وأوروبية لتقاتل في فراغ المخازن ومساحات الصمت لينهض الإقتصاد الأمريكي والأوروبي من كبوته التي لم يرَ لها مثيلا منذ 1928. إنها الإتاوة التي على الدول الضعيفة عسكريا الغنية فقط إقتصاديا أن تدفعها للدول القوية.
إن إيران و(إسرائيل) وقوى الضغط الموالية لها والتي لها التأثير الأضخم على صنع القرار الأمريكـــــي والأوروبي لصالح (إسرائيل) ودول الغرب ولا سيما الولايات المتحدة الأمريكية كلها خطر على أمن الخليج العربي واقتصاده وموارده المحسودة دوله عليها والتي يذهب ما نسبته أربعين في المائة من دخــــولها سنويا للغرب ومنه لإسرائيل، وإن بدت الصورة على السطح مغايرة للتحليل في العمق. ونختم أن على حكومات دول الخليج العربي أن تدرس النموذج الفنزويلي-هوغو شافيز الذي تخلص من الهيمنة الأمريكية وأن تستفيد منه وتطلِّق للأبد كونها توابعَ لإسرائيل وأمريكا والغرب وتطلق صرخة (عمر بن الخطاب) ‘متى استعبدتم الناس وقد ولدتهم أمهاتهم أحرارا’.

January 1st, 2012, 11:19 pm

 

Ghufran said:

This is a sample of what previous Ghalioun supporters are saying:
من الحكمة ابعاد غليون عن رئاسة المجلس لأنه فقد شرعيته بذلك نكون قد حققنا أول تجربة ديموقراطية بسورية تنحي رئيس المجلس لمخالفته لإرادة الشعب. من سيحل محله؟
لازمنا واحد ينال اعجاب  كل أطراف المعارضة, مستحيل هذا الشخص غير موجود و لم تلده أمه بعد, لنبحث عن شخص من خارج المجلس شخصية مقبولة من الحراك الشعبي,الثورة بحاجة لروح جديدة هي روح الشباب الثائر و حراكهم
Next: Ghalioun will probably be asked to step down.

January 1st, 2012, 11:28 pm

 

ann said:

Moving closer to Gaza war – 01.01.2012

Regional developments make large-scale operation in Gaza increasingly likely

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4169475,00.html

January 1st, 2012, 11:53 pm

 

syria no kandahar said:

The destruction plan by the islamists goes on,The stupit opposition
terrorismed deep to the bone does not get it:you can destroy your country in one year,it will take you generations to build it(if ever):
أصدر الكاتب سليمان يوسف تصريحا لوسائل الأعلام، تلقت ” عنكاوا كوم ” نسخة منه، حول قيام أشخاص مجهولين في بلدة القحطانية السريانية ( قبري حيوري) بسوريا، برسم إشارة ” x ” باللون الأحمر على أبواب منازل المسيحيين.
وأعتبر الكاتب يوسف هذه الإشارة بأنها قد تكون رسالة تهديد الى المسيحيين، منتقدا السلطات الامنية لعدم أتخاذها أجراءات مناسبة. أدناه نص التصريح:

الأعزاء رؤساء تحرير الصحف والمواقع ومراسلي الوكالات : لنشر التصريح المرفق … مع الشكر الجزيل..
تصريح لوسائل الاعلام، من الناشط السياسي والمعارض السوري (سليمان يوسف):
رسائل تهديد الى آشوريي ومسيحيي الجزيرة السورية:
استفاق أهالي بلدة القحطانية (قبور البيض) الهادئة،التي يسكنها آشوريون مسيحيون وعرب وأكراد، صبيحة يوم عيد الميلاد على وجود اشارات (X) بالون الأحمر على أبواب لمنازل مسيحيين. أجمعت معظم آراء وقراءات سكان البلدة، من مسيحيين وغير مسيحيين، على أن هذه الاشارات هي رسائل تهديد وانذار للمسيحيين،ربما لحثهم على الهجرة وترك وطنهم الأم سوريا..لكنهم أجمعوا على أن من الصعب معرفة الجهات التي تقف خلف هذه الرسائل، وان كانت أصابع الاتهام موجهة لـ”خلايا اسلامية متشددة”..
رغم ابلاغ الجهات والسلطات المعنية في البلدة بهذا التطور اللافت والخطير، بابعاده وتوقيته، على السلمي الأهلي، لا يبدو أن هذه السلطات حركت ساكناً. فرغم بذور الفتنة الطائفية والعرقية التي ينطوي عليها ويحملها هذا العمل المنافي للأخلاق الوطنية ولروح التسامح الديني الذي نعمت وتنعم به سوريا حتى الآن ،ورغم مضي اسبوعاً كاملاً على الحدث،لم تقم السلطات المعنية في محافظة الحسكة بما يجب أن تقوم به من تحريات وتحقيقات للوصول الى الفاعلين،حتى أنها لم تتخذ اي اجراءات أمنية واحترازية لطمأنة المسيحيين واشعارهم بأن ثمة دولة تخشى عليهم وحريصة على بقائهم وحمايتهم . الأمر الذي أثار شكوكاً بجدية السلطات المعنية في الوصول الى الفاعلين والقبض عليهم ،كما ترك استياءً شديداً في الشارع الآشوري والمسيحي عموماً في منطقة الجزيرة السورية.
في ظل هشاشة وتراخي النظام الأمني وانشغاله بحماية سلطته ومصالحه وبقمع وقتل واعتقال المناهضين لحكمه، ثمة مخاوف حقيقة لدى الآشوريين(سريان-كلدان) والمسيحيين عموماً من أن يتركوا وحيدين من غير حصانة وطنية ليلاقوا مصير مسيحيي العراق وأن يقعوا ضحية أجندات سياسية وطائفية للقوى المتنفذة على الأرض.
يذكر أن في هذه البلدة(القحطانية) نفسها قبل سنوات(آذار 2007) قام مجهولون باسقاط “صليب” من أحد أعمدة شوارع البلدة وألقي به في حديقة دار “خوري” البلدة مع رسالة انذار وتهديد مكتوبة بخط اليد.وقد مضى الحدث من غير أن تلقي السلطات الأمنية على أي مشتبه به وتم طي الملف رغم مخاطره على السلم الأهلي..
نتمنى على المرجعيات والمؤسسات والفعاليات،القومية والدينية، الآشورية والمسيحية، في سوريا أن تأخذ رسائل التهديد التي يتلقاها المسيحيون من حين لآخر على محمل الجد وأن لا يستخفوا بهذه الرسائل وأن تضع السلطات السورية أمام مسؤولياتها القانونية والأخلاقية في حماية أمن وسلامة مواطنيها والعمل كل ما من شانه أن يجنب المسيحيين مخاطر انزلاق البلاد الى الفتنة والاقتتال الداخلي على خلفية الصراع على السلطة في سوريا…
سليمان يوسف
سوريا

January 2nd, 2012, 12:22 am

 

Ghufran said:

قالت وكالة رويترز للأنباء إن الشرطة البحرينية أطلقت الغاز المدمع وقنابل الصوت، وأصابت شخصا واحدا على الأقل بجروح، بعد أن تظاهر مئات من الشبان الشيعة اليوم الأحد احتجاجا على مقتل صبي (15 عاما) أمس السبت.
 
وتقع مواجهات بين قوات الأمن والمحتجين بشكل يومي تقريبا في البحرين بالمناطق ذات الأغلبية الشيعية التي قادت الاحتجاجات المعارضة للحكومة وتم سحقها في العام الماضي.
 
وقال أحد سكان قرية سترة الشيعية جنوب العاصمة المنامة لرويترز إنه بعد الجنازة بدأ مشيعون في الاحتجاج، وبدأت الشرطة في استخدام الغاز المدمع وقنابل الصوت، وما زالت الاحتجاجات مستمرة بعد مضي ساعات.

وقال نشطاء على موقع تويتر إن متظاهرا واحدا على الأقل جرح بعد أن أصابته قنبلة غاز مدمعة في رأسه.
 
وقالت المعارضة في وقت سابق إن سيد هاشم سعيد الذي توفي يوم السبت أصيب بقنبلة غاز مدمعة أطلقت من مسافة قريبة.

January 2nd, 2012, 12:38 am

 

Ghufran said:

قدري جميل: على الهيئة حسم أمرها من المجلس الوطني خاصة بعد التجربة الفاشلة.. وأن تنسِّق مع المعارضة الوطنية لبناء حكومة وطنية
Mr jamil does not have a lot of supporters inside Syria and many opposition figures have called him regime collaborator,what he says represents Russia’s current position.

January 2nd, 2012, 1:01 am

 

Juergen said:

Has anyone seen this Mike Feghali on syrian state tv? He said in an interview that the crisis is soon over and that Syria will be stronger than ever, and that Assad will remain president.
I never heard that Syrian tv relied or broadcasted an clairvoyants claim. Pretty desperate arent they?

January 2nd, 2012, 1:13 am

 

syria no kandahar said:

The only exit is :QUIT IRAN
The events going on the last 10 months are pointing out to that rality:the only way syria will get out of this is to QUIT IRAN.This rlationship has opned the doot of hell on Syria and president Assad has to make the same degree of historical desicion done by president Sadat when he visited Alquds and call the special relation with Iran over.US,Turkey,Europ,Qatar,Isreal…All will be satisfied,The war of Aljazera and Alarabia…all will stop,Gulf money will return to syria,AL will close eyes,ears and nose.Once the external pressure stop,Syria will be another Bahrain
and blood supply to the terrorist nests will be cut,soon they will die.Syria can be reformed by syrians much better than reform done by Beduins.
The current regime has been calling for Panarbism and Arab unity for generations,it is time to do that.Iran can coninue to be a friend country.The bottom line is:No matter what electively or by force,IRAN-SYRIA special relation will be killed as per orders of most of the world fighting Syria right now,what is wrong with being smart and cutting it by Assad and taking credit for that.
Syria support by Russia and china is not being looked at as extramarital affair by the west and can be kept.
Again if Syria quits Iran,GAME WILL BE OVER.

January 2nd, 2012, 1:37 am

 

Juergen said:

Just in, an 35 year old Syrían got shot dead in Sarstedt(Germany). There are reports that the victim was in his car and got killed while waiting at a red light. There are reports that he was approached by two killers. The victim is from Hildesheim and so far its not clear if this murder is related to the revolution in Syria.

January 2nd, 2012, 2:56 am

 

Syria no kandahar said:

فرفش مع ثوار باب السباع
Complaining about the garbage removal!!
These are Syria’s future leaders:

January 2nd, 2012, 3:52 am

 

Mohamd Kanj said:

@272 – blablablabl GHUFRAN – the time has come for these extremists to either give up their arms or be slaughtered. The only delusional ignorant person on this blog is urself claiming to pretend all this revolution is about freedom and democracy. This is a choice they have. Stop living in ur fantasy land. This revolution is not about democracy mr islamist wahhabi “liberal”. It is about Iran and Israel and the gulf countries shivering in fear over the dominance of Iran in the middle east. If it was about democracy, than the gulf nations would have been the first to embrace freedom. U remind me of the activists who have shaven their hairy beards and suddenly claimed to be liberal freedom lovers. These days talk and compromise gets u nowhere. Ur either with us or against us. U choose. The only delusional ignorant person on this blog is urself claiming to pretend all this revolution is about freedom and democracy. Their will never be any free or fair elections until ur cousins and relatives give up their arms and renounce terrorism.

January 2nd, 2012, 3:56 am

 

Syria no kandahar said:

Halab demonstrations!
Out of 6 millions(25%)of Syria ,these are the revolution supporters:

January 2nd, 2012, 3:57 am

 

Syria no kandahar said:

Very convincing:killed while trying to get some milk,not armed or any thing like that!!

January 2nd, 2012, 4:09 am

 

Syria no kandahar said:

I have said all along that this is ALAAROOR revolution,watch this:
عدنان عل الراس وكلامه هو الأساس
مطالب عدنان العرعورهي مطالبنا

ورقة التوت سقطت أيها الكلاب

January 2nd, 2012, 4:16 am

 

Syria no kandahar said:

ثورة توابيت
كما وعد العرعور الكلب ولم يخب

January 2nd, 2012, 4:26 am

 

Syria no kandahar said:

You can’t give what you don’t have,how would you give secular revolution if your revolution is purely Islamic .watch carefully and see the islamic
Flags لا اله الا الله محمد رسول الله .See the kids dragged from their houses(regime copy)also see the funny and sad picture of a victim named
فاروق خوري which is being carried by someone could be his family so that they don’t have to
Have his faith by the ALAAROOR revolutionists:

January 2nd, 2012, 5:01 am

 

Mina said:

264 JNA

On Libya, add that saturday 4 Tunisian border guards were abducted but managed to escape.
http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/90777/90855/7694710.html
http://www.tap.info.tn/en/en/component/content/article/366-la-une/8766-head-of-border-guards-patrol-abducted-in-libya-arrives-in-tunis.html
(Chinese and Tunisian media, the Western press is not interested).

Cameron-Sarkozy’s plan was to help establish a lever against the Leftish revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt. Plus get a little oil-cash. Obey us or chaos. Same goes with US-Israel-Netherlands in South Sudan. Poor Angela, she must be back studying her Russian grammar.

January 2nd, 2012, 6:29 am

 

Mina said:

Another journalist who was trying to say something about KSA?

SANAA (Reuters) – Le corps d’un journaliste franco-algérien de France 24, porté disparu depuis quatre jours, a été découvert lundi par la police dans sa chambre d’hôtel à Sanaa, la capitale du Yémen, rapporte la police.

Le journaliste, qui travaillait pour la chaîne de télévision française France 24 selon un papier d’identité retrouvé sur place, a été étranglé avec un câble électrique, a dit à Reuters un responsable de la police.

Les raisons pour lesquelles le journaliste a été tué n’étaient pas connues dans l’immédiat, a-t-il ajouté.

January 2nd, 2012, 6:34 am

 

Revlon said:

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

بيان صادر عن الجيش السوري الحر
Announcement by the FSA in tacit response to the the NCB-SNC draft agreement.

01/01/2012
إن الجيش السوري الحر ولد من رحم الثورة السورية وهو كيان قائم يعمل على تحقيق تطلعات الشعب السوري المتمثلة بإسقاط النظام وإسترداد حريته المسلوبة
إن جيشنا الحر سيقف بحزم ضد أي محاولة لحرف الثورة عن أهدافها بالإنجرار إلى أليات تبدد جهود الشعب السوري التي بذلت حتى الأن
ونؤكد على ضرورة إقامة منطقة عازلة ومنطقة حظر جوي وإحالة ملف الأزمة السورية إلىمجلس الأمن للتسريع في إنهاء معانات شعبنا

العقيد رياض موسى الأسعد
قائد الجيش السوري الحر
والنصر لشعبنا الحر العظيم

January 2nd, 2012, 7:20 am

 

Revlon said:

1 يناير. 2012Posted by T-admin

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
Announcement by and FSA unit:

( وَمَا رَمَيْتَ إِذْ رَمَيْتَ وَلَكِنَّ اللَّهَ رَمَى )

قام أبطال سرية الشهيد ماهر رمضان التابعة لكتيبة الله أكبر في البوكمال بالدفاع عن المتظاهرين حيث تصدوا لسيارة كانت تطلق النار على المتظاهرين في الشارع العام مقابل مطعم البستان مما أسفر عن قتل3 عناصر من الشبيحة والحمد لله على منه وكرمه
We confronted a group of armed militia men shooting at demonstrators in BuKamal and killed 3 Shabbeeha.

الله أكبر الله أكبر والنصر لشعبنا الأبي

January 2nd, 2012, 7:24 am

 

Revlon said:

Local coordination committee is cautioning activists against divulging any sensitive information relating to activists to the Iraqi team of observers, for suspicion of being snitches of Maliki-Asad alliance.
02/01/2012

Faez Nabil عاجل غاجل عاجل للإخوة الناشطين في تنسيقيات الثورة السورية يرجى الحذر من بعثة مراقبين ( مور المالكي ) لأن أغلبهم جواسيس لمخابرات بشار وانهم من ميليشيات الصدر و عصابات فيلق الغدر المجوسي ؟؟؟ يرجى عدم إعطائهم اي معلومات و تفاصيل عن أمن الثوار أو مقاطعتهم إذا أمكن
a few seconds ago

January 2nd, 2012, 7:40 am

 

Revlon said:

A sample of staged demos for the ALC. The facts in this visit shall be part of AlC report. They shall be interpreted with Mu3allem, in conjuction with the AlDabi.

The activists are doing a marvellous job in documenting each of the observers visits by video. The resulting material comprise a great rescource that would be useful to check the accuracy of the expected ALC report.

– The team of observers was brought to Cement factory instead to restive neibouhoods of Rastan where demonstrations and marks of regime shelling destruction are.

– The team was shown offces with destroyed furniture and computers, claimed o have resulted from anarchist demonstrators.
Surrounding activists state that workers already confirmed that the office vandalism was inflicted by the factory security contingent.
الرستن _لجنة المراقبين تترك الرستن وتزور معمل الاسمنت
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=4BuqK_XVd-8
Uploaded by ALLAHsoldiers on Jan 2, 2012

January 2nd, 2012, 7:54 am

 

Revlon said:

Syrian Dream . سوريا الحلم

Syrian Revolution Council of Homs in response to Al Arabi statements:
Military manifestations in and around Homs city, tanks, and number of checkpoints have not changed from status quo ante before the arrival of the ALC!

We urge the AL to start the procedure for referal of the Syrian file to the SC.

‎#syria
مجلس الثورة في حمص, تصريح صحفي2-1-2012
صرح ناطق إعلامي باسم مجلس الثورة في حمص: تعقيبا على المؤتمر الصحفي للسيد نبيل العربي، أمين عام الجامعة العربية, وحول ماقاله بشأن سحب المظاهر العسكرية من المدن أثناء تواجد البعثة، نؤكد في مجلس الثورة في حمص بأن الدبابات لاتزل متواجدة في مدينة حمص وقراها حتى اليوم كما لاتزال الحواجز الأمنية في محيط الأحياء والقرى في حمص, ولايزال القناصه يعتلون أسطح الأبنية السكنية والحكومية ويطلقون النار على الناس.
وأفاد الناطق أن دوار القاهرة ودوار باب تدمر ودوار باب الدريب هي أمثلة فقط على التواجد العسكري في المدينة كما أفاد أن ان الجيش يحاصر في حي الخالدية -مثلاً لا حصراً- خمسة حواجز أمنية, وإن الوضع في حمص من جهة التواجد العسكري والأمني قبل دخول المراقبين لم يختلف عن الوضع بعد دخولهم, و وطالب الناطق الجامعة العربية بالبدء الفوري بتحويل الملف لمجلس الأمن وبدء التحركات من أجل حماية الشعب السوري من آلة القتل الأسدية

02/01/2012
https://www.facebook.com/TheSyrianDream

January 2nd, 2012, 9:27 am

 

Revlon said:

Message of Artist Fadwa Sulaiman to SNC urging material support of the FSA.

رسالة الفنانة فدوى سليمان الى المجلس الوطني وادي العرب1_1_2012
حمص وادي العرب رسالة الفنانة فدوى الى المجلس الوطني
حمص تنسيقية وادي العرب


Uploaded by mhrmadmmm2009 on Jan 2, 2012

January 2nd, 2012, 9:32 am

 

Mina said:

Qardawi and Sarkozy were not free for comment (Sarkozy promised in his first speech as elected president in 2007 to help every martyred women in the world)

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/jan/02/afghan-girl-tortured-by-inlaws
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-15991641
http://expertscolumn.com/content/afghan-sex-cutting-stepfather-tried-rape-her

Sarkozy: “Je veux que partout dans le monde, les opprimés, les femmes martyrisées, les enfants emprisonnés ou condamnés au travail sachent qu’il y a un pays dans le monde qui sera généreux pour tous les persécutés, c’est la France !”
http://www.rfi.fr/actufr/articles/089/article_51616.asp

January 2nd, 2012, 9:34 am

 

Revlon said:

This videoclip shows a group of four armed men walking by, unconcerned in the presence of onlooking ALC observer in Baba Amr!

The video commentator described them as Shabbeeha.
We shall soon know how this observer recorded this encouncter, and how AlDabi-Mu3allem interpreted it!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fqff1Hkoshs
باباعمرو الشبيحة في الحي أمام اللجنة 2-1-2012

January 2nd, 2012, 9:45 am

 

Syria no kandahar said:

Revlon Alaroor puppet
Very interesting وما رميت اذ رميت,so now we know who is doing all these crimes
In Syria :it is not your terrorists gangs,it is actually God?what kind of god is this
?this god has killed Nidal Janood,sari Saood,Sari Hassoon…2000soldiers and many innocent civilians?
So your god work for Qatar,Turkey,MB …,He uses RBG and and رشاش عوزي?
What a political god he is taking sides in a political conflict?He is supporting
SNC and he is helping Riad Alassad criminals and Turkey supported puppets
When they kill their brothers?This is a god who supports killing in one direction
According to your criminal wishes?
I much rather be a Hendo and worship a cow than this criminal bastard Revlon God.

January 2nd, 2012, 10:16 am

 

Ghat Al Bird said:

Of specific interest to both pros and cons…..

The Obama Administration has used 2011 to unleash Washington’s so-called “Coalition of the Moderate” against the Resistance Bloc, which pins together all the countries and forces united by their opposition to U.S. and Israeli hegemony in the Middle East-North Africa (MENA) region. The two camps, that are becoming more and more visible in the MENA region, are falling along the lines of what Washington, Tel Aviv, and NATO planned on forming after the 2006 Israeli defeat in Lebanon as a means of tackling Iran and its allies.

In 2007, the United States of America, represented by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Defence Secretary Robert Gates, held a meeting in Cairo under the “GCC + 2” formula with the Gulf Cooperation Council – Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, the U.A.E., Oman, and Qatar – plus Egypt and Jordan to form a strategic and all encompassing front against Iran, Syria, and their regional allies. This “Coalition of the Moderate” formed by Washington was a direct extension of NATO that also included Israel and Turkey as important and central participants.

The balance of power is being played out in Syria and Iraq

While Syria is being targeted for regime change as a means of re-orienting the balance of power in the Middle East, Iraq is also being destabilized as a means of catalyzing a sectarian civil war between Muslim Shia Arabs and Muslim Sunni Arabs.

The bombings in both Iraq and Syria carry all the trademarks of Washington and its network of allies, as do the murder of civilians by Salvador-style death squads. For years Iraqi refugees have been reporting that U.S. and British forces were leading the death squads in Iraq and that they were the main perpetrators behind the explosions targeting civilians in Iraq. In regards to Syria, even the press in North America and Western Europe has been forced to admit that there are “mysterious death squads” killing Syrian civilians. One example is the National Post in Canada, which admitted on December 7, 2011 that unknown death squads were causing havoc in Syria by killing civilians.

The massive waves of explosions in Iraq targeting civilians are a means of not only destabilizing Iraq, but igniting sectarianism as the U.S. pulls out.

It is no coincidence that the neighbourhoods in Baghdad and its galaxy cities were quickly turned into sectarian enclaves under U.S. administration. It is also worth noting that the current Vice-President of the United States, Joseph Biden, was the man that in 2006 authored a plan – or more correctly stamped his name on the plan – called the “Biden Plan” to divide or balkanize Iraq into three sectarian entities. It is in this context that the political tensions between Prime Minister Nouri Al-Malaki and Vice-President Tariq Al-Hashimi are being played out and utilized.

If a genuine sectarian civil war occurs in Iraq it could galvanize the region along the lines of Sunnites and Shiites as Washington, Tel Aviv, NATO, and the Arab dictatorial families wish. Regional chaos is their goal. Such chaos and divisions would preoccupy and distract the peoples of the region with internal fighting and allow the U.S. and Israel to maintain advantageous positions while the petro-sheikhdom rulers would be able to maintain their illegitimate hold on power.

Turkey’s central role in Syria and the Middle East spy war

In Libya, while Qatar was designated as the main Arab country, Britain and France were the NATO members were entrusted with the handling of the war by Washington (at least publicly). In Syria, the campaign was farmed out to France, Germany, and Turkey by Washington, while Qatar and Saudi Arabia, with the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan to follow in the future, were designated as the principle Arab players.

Berlin was initially pushing for foreign intervention in the Syrian Arab Republic, but its role seems to have subsided as has the possibility of direct NATO military intervention in Syria. Focusing back on Turkey, Ankara is nonetheless the central player in besieging Syria and without Turkey’s participation the operations against Syria have a slim chance of success.

From the end of November to the start of December, the Syrian Army began to setup positions near the Syrian-Turkish borders, including Hatay Province where Alexandretta (Iskenderun) is located. As Syrian troops positioned themselves near the Turkish border a little after mid-December, U.S. or NATO aircraft violated Syrian airspace. The aircraft entered Syria’s airspace via Incirlik Air Base from the nearby Adana Province of Turkey and dropped off electronic spy devices near the predominately Kurdish-inhabited vicinity of the town of Afrin in the Governate of Aleppo.

This is part of the broader electronic monitoring and spy war that has also gripped Lebanon and Iran. Recently in Lebanon large numbers of Israeli and U.S. spies were apprehended with direct ties to the U.S. Embassy in Beirut. In parallel, U.S. spies and spy networks have also been ensnared in Iran by the Iranian intelligence apparatus. This spy war is tied to the stepped up efforts by Washington to infiltrate Iran. With this view, Washington has also augmented its Iranian special interest office in the United Arab Emirates with a virtual embassy for Iran.

Playing the Turks; Ankara may back down in its Syrian gambit

Public in-fighting is not new to NATO states and in this respect Paris and Ankara have begun to squabble over the Armenian Genocide. For years Nicolas Sarkozy and legislators in Paris have talked about passing legislature that would outlaw the denial of the Armenian Genocide in the dying Ottoman Empire. This legislature was recently passed in France and has been widely analyzed as an elections stunt by Sarkozy to win Armenian support and votes in France. Nevertheless, it should equally be noted that Paris has also predicted that the situation in Iraq after the U.S. military evacuation could radically modify the stance of the Turkish government towards Syria. This is a key point.

If Iraq becomes an assertive single entity that aligns itself completely with Tehran and Damascus, then Turkey will be forced to change its position. Turkish trade could heavily decelerate and a contour would be formed around Turkey going from Iran to Iraq to Syria that could cut Turkey’s land routes to North Africa, Jordan, the Arabian Peninsula, Central Asia, Pakistan, India, and East Asia. Along with the Republic of Armenia, Tehran, Baghdad, and Damascus could form a wall around Turkey. The only open borders to Turkey would be Greece, Bulgaria, and Georgia. The latter of which, Georgia, could be cut off too by the Russian Federation.

Hence, the course of events in Iraq will be pivotal to Turkish foreign policy and to the shape of the balance of power in the Middle East. It is in this context that creating internal tensions in Iraq is being used to keep Iraq from asserting itself as a staunch Iranian and Syrian ally. Should the regime in Syria manage to hold out and should Iraq manage to maintain stability, Washington’s time in the Middle East will be over; followed by Israel’s capabilities to launch anymore wars.

Moreover, the Turks are slated for relatively short-term use. It is not in the interest of Washington or Israel to allow Turkey to become a major power. The U.S. and Israel have been working behind Ankara’s back to also weaken Turkey after it serves it purpose in their regional strategy. This is one of the reasons they have been supporting Kurdish separatist movements opposed to Turkey. Turkey itself is slated to erupt into internal fighting and divisions. Turkish involvement in Syria or a war with Syria involving the Turks will ultimately weaken Turkey itself and have disastrous side effects like Saddam Hussein’s invasion of Iran did for Iraq. If a war does erupt between Ankara and Damascus, the war itself will be damaging to Turkish national unity and could lead to a civil war; such a war will also erupt into a conflict with Syria’s Iranian and Russian allies.

Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya . Research Associate of the Centre for Research on Globalization (CRG), specializing in geopolitical and strategic issues.

January 2nd, 2012, 10:44 am

 

Syria no kandahar said:

According to the mob representative here,this poor woman was not killed by his
Criminal MB gangs,she was killed by his mean god(according to ومارميت اذا رميت)
Theory:
وخطف ثلاثة مسلحين المستخدمة رحاب غزال العاملة في مدرسة السيدة عائشة في شارع ابن رشد بمدينة حماة لمدة ثلاثة أيام ومن ثم قاموا بقتلها.

وأفاد مصدر رسمي لمراسل سانا بأن المسلحين اختطفوا المستخدمة من منزلها على طريق حلب وقاموا بقتلها انتقاما من زوجها الذي يعمل مستخدما في مدرسة عثمان الحوراني بحي الحاضر لرفضه دعوة المسلحين إلى ترك عمله.

January 2nd, 2012, 11:49 am

 

Mina said:

For once, a pretty well informed report on the security apparatuses in Syria, and who control them (not Bashar, but he is one of the few to have the map):

The state of Syrian military/intelligence apparatuses: the mafias
I asked an informed Syrians to update me about the status of the Syrian military/intelligence apparatus. He says: The Army is different in its composition from the security apparatuses> The critical security apparatuses are led by `Alawite officers while the army is different in its sectarian composition but suffers from the same problems that afflict the security apparatuses in terms of the loyalty of many of its officers to mafias of corruption. The Syrian Army is certainly not a combat army and has lost much of its preparedness due to the internal Syrian situation especially after the withdrawal from Lebanon. Most officers were transformed into protectors of corruption and partners with it. And there local officers (in various provinces who occupy senior administrative positions) who are business agents for Mr. Rami Makhluf in the various provinces. And most of those officers are educated youths who are very corrupt and are appointed by Hafidh and Rami Makhluf. And you can imagine the unbelievable number of middle ranking officers who are waiting at the doors of Hafidh and Rami Maklhuf hoping for positions in new appointments. He tells me that early on protesters were calling for the downfall of the governors (those military officers) in Homs and Hamah and Idlib and in general were involved in across border smuggling with shares for them, and the operations are led by senior Army officers. And he tells me that the government then arranged for large scale dismissals of the officers of Rami Makhluf and then they brought back into services all the surviving officers who formed the team of Hafidh al-Asad in the 1980s and 1990s at the rank of Liwa> Divisions that are talked about in the army are highly exaggerated and don’t extend beyond the defections of conscripted soldiers and some volunteers in the army and internal security forces and most are from extremely religious environments like from rural Hamah and Idlib and Dir`a. Asnd the middle ranking officers who defected don’t possess critical information and don’t hold high ranking positions in the army. The Free Syrian Army is comprised mostly of volunteers who are very extreme in religiosity. He reports that Syrian security apparatuses (especially Al-Amn Al-Askari and Amn Ad-Dawlah) are infiltrated…Al-Amn AlAskiri is the most dangerous and is run by Hafidh Makhluf, from a to z. It perpetrates raids and killings en masse and individually in all Syrian cities. It is responsible for the movement of military detachments and the movement of officers. The transfer of Asaf Shawkat to the staff command (which does not follow Ministry of Defense but follows Al-Amn directly) was at the suggestion of Muhammad Makhluf, father of Rami and Hafidh. It was done to take him out of house arrest that he has been under. Of course, he reto mains insignificant politically. It is part of the tug of war with the Iranian military team in Syria which works closely with Muhammad Nasif, the strongest security man in Syria. Al-Amn Al-Askari is the only authority that can interrogate offices and practices carrot and the stick approach with everybody. I also have information (my informant adds) that Al-Amn Al-Askari is under the control of the Saudis totally, since 2008. The evidence is that all the mosque clerics are appointed by Al-Amn Al-Askari in Syria and the regime was surprised to learn after the eruption of the uprising that most of those clerics are heavily funded by Saudis and were undertaking sectarian campaigns against the regime. More later.

http://angryarab.blogspot.com/2011/12/state-of-syrian-militaryintelligence.html

January 2nd, 2012, 12:07 pm

 

ann said:

Syria evacuates consulate general in southeastern Turkey – 2012-01-02

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/world/2012-01/02/c_131339678.htm

ANKARA, Jan. 2 (Xinhua) — Syria Monday evacuated its consulate general in province of Gaziantep in southeastern Turkey, the semi- official Anatolia news agency reported.

Syria evacuated the consulate building in Gaziantep while Consul General Mohammad Najdat Shahid refused to interview with Turkish reporters, said the report.

Some of the furniture will be sent to Syrian embassy in the Turkish capital of Ankara and some of them to Consulate General in Turkey’s largest city of Istanbul, said the report.

Syria closed its consulate general in Gaziantep for five days at the beginning of December, but then re-opened the consulate. But it totally halted diplomatic procedures as of December 26, 2011.

January 2nd, 2012, 1:38 pm

 

ann said:

Arab monitors tour restive cities as “terrorism” continue in Syria – 2012-01-03

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/world/2012-01/03/c_122526880.htm

DAMASCUS, Jan. 2 (Xinhua) — Arab observers carried on with their mission on Monday and toured some restive Syrian provinces as “terrorist acts” continued unabatedly nationwide.

The monitor mission in unrest-torn Homs province in central Syria visited Rastan, Baba Amro and the National Hospital, state- run SANA news agency reported, adding other teams toured the northern province of Idlib and some suburbs of the capital Damascus and met with the residents.

In the Egyptian capital of Cairo where the Arab League (AL) is based, AL chief Nabil al-Arabi said Monday that the Syrian military has pulled back from residential areas and is on the outskirts of the country’s cities, calling on Syria to clear snipers and immediately halt shootings.

“There are still snipers on the roof of buildings. Syria must stop the gunfire immediately,” said Arabi during a press conference held in Cairo.

“The Arab League monitors visited six Syrian cities, and has an operation room to follow up the situation in Syria via the mission, ” Arabi said, adding that the pan-Arab body has 70 monitors and the number could be increased to more than 100 within a few days.

“The duty of the Arab League mission in Syria is difficult and could not be carried out within a few days”, Arabi said, pointing out that crimes were committed even in places where peacekeeping forces existed.

He meanwhile called on the media not to publish stories until being sure of their credibility.

Back in Syria, also on Monday, a law-enforcement member was killed in front of the National Hospital in Homs when “an armed terrorist group” opened fire at police patrol stationing before the hospital, according to SANA.

In another incident, an engineering unit dismantled two explosive devices weighing 10 kg each in two areas near Homs, said SANA, adding that the two explosives were handmade and were set to go off remotely.

Also in Homs, “an armed group” stormed a medical center in al- Qusair area and stole its contents, including medical supplies, equipment and assorted items such as telephones and fans, SANA reported Monday.

In central Hama province, a woman was found killed Monday after being kidnapped for three days by gunmen, said SANA.

January 2nd, 2012, 1:53 pm

 

ann said:

Head of Arab observers in Syria’s Idlib describes the situation as “quiet” – 2012-01-02

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/world/2012-01/02/c_131339556.htm

DAMASCUS, Jan. 2 (Xinhua) — Head of the Arab observers’ mission in restive Idlib province in northern Syria said Monday that there were no “military aspects and no gunmen” there and the situation was “quiet.”

Abdul-Latif al-Jibali said in a statement published Monday by the private al-Watan newspaper that the situation in Idlib was “quiet,” with no military aspects or gunmen, and that he noticed the atmosphere was “dead due to the lack of any activity in it.”

Al-Jibali, whose mission in Syria started a week ago, said the team had visited the national hospital and toured parts of the area, noting that some observers went with opposition figures to visit local residents.

He said that the city witnessed two demonstrations on Friday, each of which was attended by about 10,000 people. According to him, Syrian authorities had done nothing to disperse demonstrators.

“I saw two handcuffed bodies of two policemen with signs of violence on them at the national hospital in Idlib,” he said, adding that “the two men were killed on Saturday,” but there were not tanks or armored vehicles in the streets.

In the central province of Homs, al-Watan said some of the observers visited districts of al-Armen, al-Zahra, al-Abyssiyeh, Akramah, Bab Dreib and Wadi al-Zahab, and interviewed residents there. It added that observers also visited a military hospital in Homs and met with a number of wounded.

The observers have so far traveled to a number of cities including Daraa and Homs, and preparations are underway for sending 47 observers from the Gulf Cooperation Council states (GCC) and Iraq to Syria, according to AL sources.

Adnan Issa al-Khoudhir, head of the Arab League (AL) operation room for the observer mission, said at a press conference that “22 observers from Iraq and 25 others from the GCC will be dispatched to Syria.”

Observers started their mission last Tuesday and toured a number of restive areas in the country, mainly in central Syria and the flashpoint city of Daraa in the south.

In November, Syria signed an AL-sponsored plan providing for ending all acts of violence, releasing all detainees and halting all armed aspects across the country.

The first item of the plan provides for sending some 150 observers to visit hospitals, prisons and restive areas to determine to what extent Syrian authorities have committed themselves to the items of the Arab plan.

Meanwhile, the advance team of the AL observers to Syria returned to Egypt’s capital Cairo on Sunday after a ten-day visit to unrest-hit Syria, Egypt’s official news agency MENA reported.

The 11-member team, led by AL chief Nabil al-Arabi’s assistant Samir Saif al-Yazal, was assigned to prepare for the observer delegations and to take part in some monitoring of the situation in Syria.

Yazal refused to give any details about the situation in Syria, saying any new developments will be published in statements through the AL general secretariat.

January 2nd, 2012, 2:02 pm

 

ann said:

*** 250 BLOOD THIRSTY JORDANIAN MERCENARIES IN SYRIA ***

Relatives of Jordanians jailed abroad call for their release – 2012-01-02

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/world/2012-01/02/c_131339647.htm

AMMAN, Jan. 2 (Xinhua) — Dozens of families of Jordanian prisoners abroad held a sit-in Monday, calling for intensified efforts to secure the release of their family members jailed abroad.

The demonstrators, who urged the Foreign Ministry to perform its duties and exert its utmost efforts to secure the release of those Jordanians jailed abroad, slammed the government for its ” weakness” in addressing the issue.

According to Amman-based human rights organization, Jordanians jailed abroad suffer repeatedly from mistreatment and are not allowed to be visited by their family members.

The Arab Organization for Human Rights indicated that there are 33 Jordanians jailed in Iraq, 250 in Syria, 41 in Saudi Arabia, 37 in Israel, seven in the U.S., five in Iran and one in Kuwait.

The organization has repeatedly called for the activation of the Riyadh Convention that allows Jordanian prisoners in Arab states to complete the rest of their prison terms in Jordan.

The 1983 Riyadh Convention on Judicial Cooperation between states of the Arab League allows for repatriation of Arab prisoners in any Arab state to spend the rest of their imprisonment in their respective states.

January 2nd, 2012, 2:13 pm

 

ss said:

There is no future for the MB in Syria period. The army will fight them until the last drop of blood. We will make a deal with the internal opposition and yes with Mana3, it seems that he is with the goverment now, will cut a deal with the internal opposition and the regime will do that. The external opposition lead by Ghallious has not future at all. His biggest mistake is that he allied with MB. There is no single secular person in Syria that will welcome MB, none.

They talk about free Syrian army. I really liked the comment made by Mana3 when he said the FSA represents less than 3% of the Syrian army, we should not lie on ourselves. The FSA is not able to throw the regime.

I hope the AL monitoring agents get out so the army will start grilling those MB again. I know they are grilling at low scale now but I cannot wait until they take on Baba ffff Amro and wipe it out. God bless the syrian army

January 2nd, 2012, 2:13 pm

 

Syrian Nationalist Party said:

Could you please allow the user name change:

311. Syrian Nationalist Party الحزب القومي السوريsaid:

*Your comment is awaiting moderation.*

“….I much rather be a Hendo and worship a cow than this criminal bastard Revlon God….”

I reached that conclusion long time ago SNK. Not only worship cats and cows, but nature, sun and p****ies. As long as the sun comes up, water is available, green grows and women has womb, life will eternally goes on, despite what all other Reptilians wanted us to worship. The ancient Syrians had it right. We got corrupted and now we pay for it.

January 2nd, 2012, 2:46 pm

 

majedkhaldoun said:

I suspect the regime is broke already, he is only surviving because of Iran help, if Iran is prevented from selling its oil iran will not help Syria and the regime will collapse,this is expected to end in March,
I wonder if Ehsani can tell us about syrian economy.

Haytham Manna3 said he will not negotiate or have dialogue with the regime, do not expect him to form any goverment where Bashar the booha is president,those who put their hope on Manna3 they are dreaming.

I believe Burhan Ghalioun is very reasonable person,along with Haytham Maleh

January 2nd, 2012, 3:13 pm

 

ss said:

312 comment:

I think you need more training in politics. Mana3 is nothing when it comes to the Syrian regime. We are not counting on him because he is a card but i think the regime will know how to play it. You will remember in the future; Mana3 will side with the regime if he is not already doing so. Its a card game Mr. Khaldoon and the regime is master when it comes to playing its cards.

Listen to Mr. Osi the head of the national syrian kurd movement. No such talk was allowed a year ago in support of the Kurd movement; well things changes.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ohofaWnGDew

Do not be surprised.

Iran is well and will continue to support Syria.
You are talking about March?? I though the regime had fallen back in Ramadan. Perhaps you mean March 2030, may be, who knows.

CCN broadcasted a report showing these thugs in Homs making bunkers, and shooting on people.

The regime is supported by Russia, China. Iran is a major support to Syria. I advice you not to count on your FSA, its a freakin joke

January 2nd, 2012, 3:54 pm

 

ss said:

312. majedkhaldoun

Let me make it clear for you

IKHWAN MUSLEMMEN WILL NEVER EVER control Syria.
We are ready to fight them until the last drop of blood.
We will never ever allow them to take over Syria. Conservative can go to their mosques and pray as much as they want but will never allow them to rule.

January 2nd, 2012, 3:58 pm

 
 

defender said:

313. SS

برافو للسيد أوسي !!! نشد على يده !

January 2nd, 2012, 4:20 pm

 

Tara said:

The Iranian rial is trading at it’s lowest point ever.  Is It a divine punishment for aiding a tyrant killing his own people?  I am sure for the mothers of the 400 some children killed by Assad’s Shabeeha, aided by the IRG, Iran deserves it’s punishment.  Iran should stop pouring money on the failing Syrian economy and start looking at it’s own interest.  There is no political gain from supporting a dead man walking.

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/iran-worried-over-plunging-currency.aspx?pageID=238&nID=9700&NewsCatID=344

Iran worried over plunging currency
MARC BURLEIGH / TEHRAN – Agence France-Presse
 
The rial was trading at 15,800 to the US dollar yesterday.
Iranian officials, lawmakers and media yesterday worriedly snapped their focus on to the sanctions-hit economy amid a sudden plunge in the currency.

The rial was trading at 15,800 to the U.S. dollar – its lowest point ever, and an indication of the fragility of the economy as international sanctions bite.

Concerned lawmakers summoned the economy minister, central bank chief and foreign ministry officials to testify on the economic situation and how Iran could weather more sanctions.

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad put the currency slide down to “rumors” started by profiteers nd sought to reassure the public that the economy was “stable and calm,” in a speech broadcast on state television.
“We are not experiencing any particular problems,” he said, asserting that foreign exchange reserves were at a historic high. 

On Tuesday, Ahmadinejad said “mischief from outside and inside” the country was affecting gold and currency prices, according to Iranian media.

Central bank figures quoted by Iranian media say the amount of rials in circulation has jumped 20 percent in the past five months as more money is printed.

That in turn has driven inflation sharply higher. The central bank says it is now running at 19.8 percent per annum.

The United States and Europe are expected to soon announce additional sanctions on Iran, targeting the country’s vital oil sector and central bank.
December/22/2011

January 2nd, 2012, 6:05 pm

 

Syria no kandahar said:

تارا العوره
You mean this mom:

January 2nd, 2012, 6:39 pm

 

Tara said:

The regime killed Saree but the mother blinded by her hatred accused the revolutionaries.  

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/jan/01/nick-cohen-intervene-in-syria?newsfeed=true

one of the greatest satires of the fascist and communist era. The supporters of dictatorship, Milosz says, must:

Learn to predict a fire with unerring precision 
Then burn the house down to fulfil the prediction.

To beat the opposition and survive, Assad has to play his equivalent of the race card. He has to rally the support of his tribe by telling the Allawite and Christian minorities that they must unite behind him or face extermination. To make certain his prediction comes true he burns down the house just to make sure. ….

January 2nd, 2012, 6:56 pm

 

ss said:

319: “He has to rally the support of his tribe by telling the Allawite and Christian minorities that they must unite behind him or face extermination”

He already (meaning Assad) played it and we swallowed it, and it tastes good. yummy. We love it. We, secular syrians, are united behind him. NO FUTURE FOR MB in Syria. We are ready to die for one thing: only to kill these bastared islamists.

January 2nd, 2012, 7:13 pm

 

syria no kandahar said:

Tara levy
Sari saoud killed by Assad
Sari Hassoun killed by Assad
Nidal Janoud killed by Assad
2000 soldiers killed by Assad
you are a brillint blind liar,May your god Alaaroor bless you.

January 2nd, 2012, 7:19 pm

 

Observer said:

This blog is now a joke. Sorry Joshua, most of the commentators and they happen to be pro regime are just plain shouting slogans. There is really no debate just “un dialogue de sourds”. Just like Syrian TV that are touting the great investment opportunities that have just opened up in Syria due to the recent “reforms” that the most enlightened and dear leader Kim Jong Ill has instituted in NK…. oops I meant Betho the laughing giraffe has instituted in Syria Alassad.

January 2nd, 2012, 7:28 pm

 

majedkhaldoun said:

Kandahar no syrian
You are astonishingly right in 321

January 2nd, 2012, 8:18 pm

 

Dale Andersen said:

Memo To: OBSERVER

RE: “…this blog is now a joke…”

Absolutely correct, Dude. It’s dumb-and-dumber, the bland- leading the bland and look-at-me-I’m-with-stupid.

And it will get worse before it gets better. Ann and Jaddie and Bronco and Syria No Khandahar get paid by Besho’s pals to post. So until the Syrian economy gets so deep into the toilet that they’re paychecks stop coming, look for more of the same.

But don’t worry. After the revolution, they’ll be taken to Dara’a where a big ugly smelly man will rip out their tongues and chop off their thumbs…

January 2nd, 2012, 8:28 pm

 

zoo said:

“Burghul was the first journalist get killed during the nearly 10-month-old unrest.”

Syrian journalist dies of his wounds in restive suburb of Damascus
English.news.cn 2012-01-03

DAMASCUS, Jan. 2 (Xinhua) — A Syrian journalist died Monday of his wounds after being shot on Friday by armed men in a restive suburb of the capital Damascus.

The 56-year-old Shukry Abu Burghol, was shot by gunmen last Friday in his house at the Damascus suburb of Darya during an anti- government protest there, an official source at Syria’s state-run radio told Xinhua.

The source said Burghol had received death threats by unknown parties due to his work in the official media.

Burghol, who had worked for state-run al-Thawra daily, “was an active journalist in defending his homeland,” said the source.

The slain journalist’s son, Adham, told the state-TV that ” while sitting at home on Friday we heard heavy gunshot near our house and my father wanted to know the reason but once he stood up to see what was going on, a bullet tore through the window and hit his eye.”

Burghul was the first journalist get killed during the nearly 10-month-old unrest.

The Syrian government has recently said that a total of 2,000 army and security personnel have been killed during the months- long unrest. The United Nations put the total death toll in the country at more than 5,000.

January 2nd, 2012, 8:41 pm

 

Ghufran said:

أعلنت جماعة مجهولة تطلق على نفسها اسم ‘سرايا الشهيد الجنرال حسن طهراني مقدم’ مسؤوليتها عن قتل البروفسور الكيميائي الاسرائيلي ايلي لولاز فجر يوم الاثنين الماضي الموافق 26-12.
ووفقا للبيان الذي وزع بعنوان بلاغ عسكري رقم ‘1’ قالت الجماعة إن عناصرها تمكنوا من التسلل لمنزل البروفيسور في شارع ديزنغوف في تل أبيب وقتله بسكين ومن ثم العمل على حرق المنزل بعد ساعات بطريقة معقدة ومن ثم العودة لقواعدهم بسلام.
وأوضحت المجموعة أن العملية “تأتي ردا أوليا على اغتيال الشهيد حسن طهراني مقدم وهو لواء إيراني قتل في طهران بتفجير اتهم فيه الموساد”.

January 2nd, 2012, 9:13 pm

 

Ghufran said:

A regime created by invaders can only increase division and corruption, the regime in Syria must be changed but not move from one extreme to the other. Look at Iraq:
الضاري اعتبر أن العملية السياسية بنيت على أسس باطلة ونوايا سيئة (الفرنسية-أرشيف)

قال رئيس هيئة العلماء المسلمين السنة بالعراق حارث الضاري إن العملية السياسية في بلاده “ثبت فسادها وفشلها”، في حين تحدث رئيس مجلس النواب أسامة النجيفي عن “انتهاكات جسيمة لحقوق الإنسان في البلاد”، وحذر من انهيار العملية السياسية هناك.
وقال الضاري في رسالته التي نشرها موقع الهيئة الإلكتروني إن “الأحداث والوقائع التي مرت بالعراق وشعبه منذ العام 2003 إلى اليوم أثبتت أن العملية السياسية التي وضع الاحتلال الأميركي أسسها وأشرف على تنفيذها وحمايتها، قد ثبت فسادها وفشلها للقاصي والداني، وأنها كانت وما زالت وراء كل الخراب والدمار والمآسي التي ألمت بالعراق وشعبه”.

January 2nd, 2012, 9:22 pm

 

Ghufran said:

Iraq Body Count (IBC) recorded 4,063 civilian deaths from violence in 2011. Evidence of these deaths was extracted from some 6,828 distinct reports collected from over 90 sources covering 1,874 incidents, each of which is openly listed on the IBC website. This brings the total number of deaths in the IBC database so far to 114,212. These numbers represent a verifiable documentary record of deaths, and are not estimates
( Iraq is screaming: do not repeat me again)

January 2nd, 2012, 9:36 pm

 

ann said:

Israel And US Corporate Qaeda Are At It Again – January 3, 2012

On stand alone basis 9/11 attacks were not a significant blow to the American economy, definitely far less than Katrina, if insurance claims are any indication (9/11= $39.5 billion vs Katrina= $100+ billion). However, it is what followed as the US ‘reaction’ – Afghan-Iraq wars and homeland security and associated corruption – that cost the American economy and public dearly.

Even though very much suspect, Afghanistan war may have some political and security justifications. And had the US limited its war to Afghanistan, it is certain to have wound up the mission in far less time and without accumulating so much debt and without millions of Americans in desperate financial straits.

But that wasn’t to be. It manufactured a stinking lie for the war on Iraq to appease the most vocal protagonists of the war– Israel and the US corporate community. As was always believed, both saw, and harvested, benefits in this inhuman enterprise.

Well, Israel has no more to worry about Saddam Hussein and the US corporate community is richer by hundreds of billions of dollars.

But each war has its unintended consequences. Iraq war has proved no different.

Even before the US was to stealthily withdraw its last troops from Iraq on 18 Dec (instead of publically announced 31 Dec) and however loudly VP Joe Bidden may declare US determination to use its “diplomatic and economic might” to help Israel have sound sleep, Tel Aviv has already lost more of its sleep than it had recovered with Saddam’s ouster. Nouri al-Maliki’s immediate rebuff to Biden on Syria was yet another clear signal to the US that Iraq intends to pursue its interests independent of Washington’s guiding hand; repeating what it did in awarding oil contracts back in 2009 to Russian and Chinese companies when American forces were still firmly stationed there and shooting down Iraqi’s at will. Which means the Iraqi Government will be still less bothered about how the US feels in its dealings with Iran. Add to this the US-trained 650,000 predominantly Shia Iraqi army that can seamlessly coordinate with the Iranian army on the east and the Syrian army and Hezbollah fighters on the west should a need arise. It is just the ego that makes the US administration see Iran having “less influence in the region than they have had in the last 20 years”!

Enter the Arab liberation wave.

Obama and his media spin masters may try to claim credit for masterminding the Arab revolution, the world however knows it took the US and Israel both quite unawares, as did the dethroning of Reza Shah in 1979 in Iran. And what followed as election outcomes in Morocco, Tunisia and Libya and Egypt is hardly what Tel Aviv and Washington could have bargained for.

No birth of Western-version of neoliberal corporate democracies hallmarked by lure, deception and outright lies on both domestic and international platforms. Instead, the ideology that is gaining power wherever Arabs are voting is genetically and stubbornly programmed over the past six decades against Israeli occupation and US’ brazenly partisan role in perpetuating this occupation as well as the miseries Arab masses have suffered under the American pet dictators. And whichever way the turmoil in Syria, Yemen, Bahrain and in other left out American outposts in the region turns out, the end result is assured to be far more than “very, very disturbing” (Netanyahu’s words) for Israel and the US. Ironically, for both, this threat is born through the spread of their much vaunted electoral democracy! Include Pakistan and Afghanistan, you have a long, contiguous swath of globe from Arabian Sea to Atlantic where hundreds of millions of Muslims are united in their anger against and denunciation of US and Israel.

Arab revolution didn’t limit its influence on US-Israel external political environment. Long before it is to turn its full course in the Arab lands it began echoing within America in the form of OWS sowing seeds of a phenomenon that has potential to transform Western democracies from their current exploitative and oppressive version to one that is benign for its people and for the world at large.

The tragedy for the American public, like the Arabs, is that the root of their woes is their own people – the big business and financial corporations, the 1%. Used to manipulating American politics and economy, they, in league with Zionist and neocon lobbies proved the worst for the country and the public by pushing America to two lost wars and simultaneously sabotaging the economy. Yet, listen to the American political class and their pliant media it is Al Qaeda, Taliban and, now increasingly, Iran! Not even a whisper against the Corporate Qaeda or Israel.

Selfishness and arrogance are like a blind wall to learning lessons and the two are in perfect harmony defining the Israel-US relationship. In concert with corporate lobbies and media, Israel is again forcefully waging the US into yet another foul war over the drummed-up stand off between the “international community” and Iran. Downing of drone by Iran has deeply hurt American ego and Israel is trying its utmost to cash in this opportunity to get the US declare war on Iran. Well, with economy in doldrums, may be the empire also needs a final push for an assured fall off the precipice. Go ahead Mr. Obama. The United States history, too, must have its own Gorbachev.

When mending economy and job creation should have been the top political and moral priority to instill some hope among the despairing millions Americans, you have the aspiring presidential candidates – Democrats and Republican – instead trying to out drink one another on the ultimate elixir – allegiance to Israel – to achieve political nirvana in the presidential race. None is bothered about the homeless and protesters out on streets and thousands already behind the bars; none is talking to or about them, not even indirectly.

Contrarily, one Republican aspirant, Michele Bachmann, ridicules them: “[OWS] want other people to pay for their stuff. That doesn’t work in the United States of America.” Of course, Americans and world knows that works for Israel only.

But then you can’t really blame politicians; they all need money and favorable media, something where Zionist and neocon lobbies control the levers. They can’t overlook the example the Republican Jewish Coalition and the corporate-owned-media made out of another Republican aspirant, maverick Ron Paul, for daring to put America and Americans’ interests before Israeli and Corporate Qaeda’s. (For starters, Ron Paul voted against war on Iraq, is against US worrying for Israel’s security, wants end to US annual $3 billion aid to Israel, and is against war on Iran.) Obviously crimes serious enough for the Republican Jewish Coalition not to invite him to address Jewish Presidential Coalition Forum the other day and for the media to down play his election campaign.

The influence Israel hold on US politics is legendary but the manner The New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman put it in plain words reveals the depth and nature of this influence: “I sure hope that Israel’s prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, understands that the standing ovation he got in Congress this year was not for his politics. That ovation was bought and paid for by the Israel lobby.”

Knowing Israel doesn’t count previous largesse and needs to be constantly attended to its ever new demands – this time it is military assault on Iran — Obama activated, not the Secretary of State, but the Defense Secretary. Immediately Leon Panetta, reversing on his earlier (10 November) warning to Israel of the risks of a strike on Iran and “Just get to damn table” (3 Dec), declared (19 Dec) “Iran’s nuclear bomb is less than a year away,” in effect repeating verbatim Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak’s words (20 Nov interview to Fareed Zakaria, CNN). Panetta added “We will take whatever steps necessary to stop it” and “Doing nothing is no longer an option.”

He didn’t just take u-turn but the language itself got vulgar: “the chap [Iranian President Ahmadinejad] whose name sounds like ‘I’m a dinner jacket’ seems to be impervious to [diplomatic pressure].” What a shameless low for the “civilized’ world!

This loss of minimum civility doesn’t seem surprising when he adds that “the destruction of Iran’s nuclear capacity is a matter of life or death, not only Israel’s but ours as well.”

Very true, Mr. Panetta. Lives of the Master and the serfs are in danger!

AIPAC lost no time to applaud Panetta this time.

Further down the line the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Dempsey, too, chipped in (21 Dec): “We are examining a range of options,” and “I am satisfied that the options that we are developing are evolving to a point that they would be executable if necessary.” However, unlike his boss, Gen. Dempsey was forthright in revealing the real motive of the impending war was not to save the lives of the serfs but to satisfy Master’s desires: “We are trying to establish some confidence on the part of the Israelis that we recognize their concerns and are collaborating with them on addressing them.”

Before the war has begun, Corporate Qaeda has started making hay through enhanced weapons sales to the member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council, the so-called “mini-NATO” in the Gulf. The deals, according to Financial Times, are estimated to be worth $123 billion – indeed a huge piece of beef for the crisis-hit American businesses.

The weapons are of varied types – 84 F-15 fighter jets, 72 Black Hawk and 70 Apache Longbow attack helicopters, Patriot Advanced Capability-2 and -3, several hundred Hellfire air-to-surface missiles, Stringer missiles, and other missiles, 2,000-pound bunker-busting bombs, thousands of joint direct attack munitions, etc.

With Saudi Arabia alone the deal is said to be worth $ 60 billion – the single largest US arms sale in history of which $29.4 billion deal was signed Thursday. Another $ 3.5 billion deal, a part of $ 35.6 billion arms sales package with UAE, was signed Christmas day with UAE for of supply of missiles.

Interestingly Israel hasn’t raised any objections to these arms supplies this time.

Additionally, there are reports of US quietly transferring large military supplies to Israel paid by Pentagon to help the country prepare for war on Iran.

There will certainly be much more for the US arms industry, private contractors and other allied businesses as and when war actually begins.

If Afghanistan-Iraq wars have taught any lessons it is not to anticipate a particular outcome of the impending Iran war on Iran. But one thing can be said with certainty: This time around Israel may not have a chance to cheerlead the American bombing mission.

January 2nd, 2012, 10:58 pm

 

Ghufran said:

بغداد – اتهم الزعيم العراقي الشيعي مقتدى الصدر جماعة “عصائب اهل الحق” التي قررت القاء السلاح والانخراط في العملية السياسية الاسبوع الماضي، بقتل سياسيين وعناصر في الجيش والشرطة العراقيين بحجة “العمالة”، مقرا للمرة الاولى بان ايران مسؤولة عنها.

وقال الصدر ردا على سؤال لاحد اتباعه عن موقفه من مواقف عصائب اهل الحق، في بيان “اليوم حيث جاءت فرصة الانتخابات بانت نواياهم وبان مدى عشقهم للسياسة الدنيوية وكراسيها”.

واضاف “لقد طلبت من مسؤوليهم في الجمهورية الاسلامية ان يغيروا اسم العصائب وان يغيروا القيادة الثنائية ليكون بابا لرجوعهم لأبيهم الصدر والمكتب الشريف، فأبت كل الأطراف ومنهم العصائب ذلك”.

يشار الى انها المرة الاولى التي يشير فيها الصدر الى ان ايران تدعم هذه المجموعة التي كانت واشنطن تتهمها باستمرار بدعمها، فيما كانت طهران تنفي علاقتها بها.

ولم يحدد الصدر في بيانه القيادة الثنائية، لكن المجموعة يقودها قيس الخزعلي وشقيقه ليث.

وهاجم الصدر العصائب بشدة وقال “انهم سلموا اسلحتهم لينخرطوا في العملية السياسية التي كانوا يقتلون أفرادها ابتداء بالشهيد صالح العكيلي”.

وتابع “واستمروا بقتل افراد الجيش العراقي وشرطته مدعين عمالتهم”، متسائلا “فلماذا تنخرطون بالعملاء”؟

January 2nd, 2012, 11:05 pm

 

N.Z. said:

Dale Andersen,

The racist lyrics of a Disney movie, Aladdin quickly became a beloved Disney classic. Your words, reminded me of the racist lyrics in Aladdin, read and compare.

Where they will cut off your ear, if they don’t like your face, its barbaric, but hey its home.

“After the revolution, they’ll be taken to Dara’a where a big ugly smelly man will rip out their tongues and chop off their thumbs…”

Dale, words are like trees. A nice word will go a long a way. Us, like you, we have the good, the bad and the ugly.

Quran, 14:24 Are you not aware how God sets forth the parable of a good word? [It is] like a good tree, firmly rooted, [reaching out] with its branches towards the sky This is the tree to which God likens the believer because it is good in all aspects, it is lasting and it offers different kinds of benefit.

January 2nd, 2012, 11:38 pm

 

Vedat The Turk said:

HAFEZ MAKHLOUF DENIED SWISS VISA / Bank Accounts Frozen

While everyones attention has been focused on the events in Syria there has been a very interesting development out of Switzerland.

Switzerland announced sanctions on the leaders of the regime some time ago. Today it was revealed that Hafez Makhlouf has been trying to obtain a visa to enter Switzerland in order to clear his name. When the Swiss government rejected his visa request Hafez undertook a legal challenge through the countries courts. The court decision not only rejected his request but challenged the truthfulness of the reason he gave for wanting to enter the country. Seems like this is a prime example of one of Assads inner circle trying to flee.

Another interesting note of the article below was that funds seized by the Swiss included accounts held directly by Bashir Assads and his immediate family. Talk about a corrupt leadership – they steal from the poor Syrian and stash it away in Switzerland.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/switzerlands-top-court-rejects-visa-bid-by-cousin-of-syrias-assad/2012/01/01/gIQAdTk1TP_story.html

January 3rd, 2012, 12:12 am

 

Haytham Khoury said:

Dear SNK:

اللاذقية بيان الحرائر المسيحيين و الدعاء لسوريا 31 12

January 3rd, 2012, 12:22 am

 

Ghufran said:

The idea of sending monitors to Syria is one that I supported but their number needs to be large enough for them to make a difference,if the AL does not boost the number of those monitors,we have to assume that the whole thing was a show. As long as the UNSC stays out of this,Syria has to wait until fighting factions get tired and start accepting mediators.
Tayfour today declared that the MB will win back the Golan by useful means,the guy kept his face down for the whole interview,it was a strange scene to say the least. I will try to get a clip later.

January 3rd, 2012, 12:31 am

 

Ghufran said:

سعى اثنان من قيادات حزبي الحرية والعدالة وحزب النور السلفي لتهدئة بعض المخاوف التي أثارها التقدم الكبير الذي أحرزه الحزبان في الجولتين الأولى والثانية للانتخابات التشريعية المصرية، وأكدا على احترام الحزبين لحقوق الأقلية القبطية والابتعاد عن المساس بالحريات الشخصية أو التدخل فيها، ولكنهما اتفقا على عدم جواز تولي قبطي منصب رئيس الدولة وإن اختلفا في الأسباب.

وقال الدكتور عادل عبدالمقصود عفيفي رئيس حزب الأصالة، وهو الحزب الثاني الرئيس في قائمة حزب النور إن الخلاف مع العلمانيين ينحصر في موقفهم من تطبيق الشريعة وأن على العلمانيين تحديد موقفهم من هذه المسألة.

January 3rd, 2012, 1:06 am

 

ann said:

334. Ghufran said: “””Tayfour today declared that the MB will win back the Golan by useful means”””

Useful means?!

Let me guess. He wants to win back the Syrian Golan from Israel by weakening and destroying Syria’s military capabilities.

Better yet, maybe what he has in mind is to pray to Allah Syria’s enemies will give back all Syrian invaded and occupied land to a weak and destroyed Syria with no military capability whatsoever.

Did he say anything about how he plans to win back turkish occupied Syrian Iskandarun?

January 3rd, 2012, 1:22 am

 

Amir in Tel Aviv said:

Tara,

The Rial is trading today at 1:17,400 ! A fall of 15% in two days.
Isn’t it divine? Allah is very angry.
.

January 3rd, 2012, 3:57 am

 

Juergen said:

I wrote yesterday about an 35 year old Syrian who got shot with ten bullets in his car in Sarstedt/Germany. As it turns out this was an other honor crime, political motives are propably not involved said the police. He was married and was in love with an other syrian women who was also married. The police is still looking for the two killers.

January 3rd, 2012, 4:38 am

 

Mina said:

Jürgen
Thanks a lot, I didn’t expect less confusion from someone who does not see the difference between Syria and Hitler’s Germany.

Observer,
You are wrong, it must be a delight for Western think-tanks to evaluate the stupidity of some pro-“revo” here… Just like the Tahrir youth last year when they did have a momentum and cameras of the whole planet: “What is your programme?” “We don’t have a programme!! This is our strength!! We just want X’s head” “Ahhh and who is your leader?” “We don’t need a leader!! We are the X generation! Okay maybe Anonymous and Wael Ghoneim, because they are famous on the internet”… Sure. You’ll go far.

So now that the US+Western coalition has officially lost against the Talibans, let them change alliances and crush a few secular states.

Enter the year of the Taliban
By M K Bhadrakumar

No matter what the Chinese may say about 2012 being the year of the dragon, this is going to be the year of the Taliban so far as the United States is concerned.

The New Year began with an exciting media “leak” by senior United States officials in Washington that the Barack Obama administration was considering the transfer to Afghan custody of a senior Taliban official, Mullah Mohammed Fazl, who has been

detained at the US facility at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba for the past nine years.

The officials claimed Fazl might be released (or transferred to Qatar) in response to a longstanding request by Kabul as a “confidence-building measure” intended to underscore to the Taliban the US’s seriousness in engaging them.
(…)
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/NA04Df01.html

January 3rd, 2012, 6:12 am

 

Mina said:

http://english.al-akhbar.com/content/haytham-al-manna-politics-behind-pact-ghalioun
Haytham al-Manna: The Politics Behind the Pact with Ghalioun
by: Serene Assir

Published Monday, January 2, 2012

Cairo | Interview – The pact concluded on Friday between Haytham al-Manna of the National Coordination Committee (NCC) and Burhan Ghalioun, head of the Syrian National Council (SNC) establishing a framework for unifying the Syrian opposition and its vision of a post-Assad Syria may have been stillborn.

After the pact became public, various SNC members publicly criticized its take on foreign intervention and domestic armed action against the regime, and claimed the SNC is not bound by it. Ghalioun later said what he signed was a draft yet to be approved by the SNC and is not a final declaration.

Al-Manna spoke to Al-Akhbar in Cairo on Sunday about the circumstances surrounding the agreement and his understanding of its provisions.

For an English text of the pact as provided by al-Manna, click here.

Serene Assir: Tell us about the pact between Burhan Ghalioun and you, and the conditions around its creation.

Haytham al-Manna: Burhan and I were the only ones who signed it, but the two main groups behind the creation of the pact comprised a total of 15 activists. So the pact is not about Haytham and Burhan. It just so happened that we were the ones who were working on the last phase, and discussing the final details, in order to include the points of view of all those who took part in the drafting over the course of 35 days.

We were planning to complete it on December 26, but we were late for a number of reasons. A number of points in the pact gave rise to big disagreements, at least within the SNC.

At the NCC we are very well coordinated. We know what we want. Most of the time, we would be the ones proposing the ideas, while the other side (the SNC) would modify them. We in the NCC have clarity and an internal understanding on the fundamental issues. We held a conference in September during which we discussed all the main issues the revolution has brought to light. Because of that, the work on the pact was easy for us.

On the other hand, the SNC is a conglomeration of disparate groups. These groups diverge from each other politically. And when they came together they did not do so on the basis of a program. They came together on the basis of the demand for the fall of the regime. Because of this, establishing a program was very difficult for them.

Many of the declarations they have made were taken from our texts. This political and intellectual laziness by some actors, who in turn focused their energy on the media and lobbying more than on building a political foundation, was clear in our discussions.

Because of this we were afraid of co-signing on any issue. But we were eager to hand over the pact to the Arab League before the end of 2011, because that way we would honor our commitment to ourselves and to Secretary General Nabil Arabi.

This created an organizational problem for the SNC. I was aware this might happen. I spoke with my leadership and asked whether I had the authority to sign a pact. I received instructions on what our red lines were, and I acted on them.

Because of this, there was not a single person from the NCC that voiced disagreement with the pact. On the contrary, there was 100 percent agreement.

We don’t want anyone to destroy our country. We’ve never seen a situation where Santa Claus appears, saves a country from a dictatorship, and then waves goodbye peacefully and leaves. We understand the pressure on the Syrian people is immense – but Western military intervention is simply not a solution. We need to be able to face the Syrian regime’s violent discourse with rationalism.
This was not the case with the SNC. If we look on the bright side, we can consider it a good thing that the SNC is not a homogeneous body. It includes both secular and ultra-religious groups. That’s what the SNC is about. It includes all kinds of thinking. That’s why it is difficult for the SNC to accept the pact as a whole.

This is a new kind of pact. The extreme right couldn’t possibly accept it. It is a democratic pact. Among those who disagreed with it are actors who are new to politics. Others are affected by the fact that they have been living in a prison camp of a state. It was difficult for them to even read it.

Because of this I am not surprised by attacks against the pact. I hope those attacks are dealt with within the SNC. At least, there should be an understanding that there is a democratic majority within the SNC that accepted the pact.

SA: The agreement rejects “any foreign military intervention that affects the sovereignty and independence of the country” and adds that “Arab intervention is not considered to be foreign intervention.” What do you mean by Arab intervention.

HM: There are precedents for Arab intervention without casualties, whereas there is not a single example in the history of, say NATO intervention without victims. Syria is a member of the Arab League. If the Arab League cannot help protect civilians through the presence of human rights monitors, then we should be considering the possibility of “green helmets” (Arab League peacekeeping troops) on the ground.

I do not think that lightly armed Egyptian, Tunisian or Moroccan troops on Syrian soil would raise any alarm. On the contrary, I think the Syrian people would welcome them and feed them better than the Arab League does. Egypt, Tunisia and Morocco have neither the intention nor the capacity to occupy Syria, so we have no reason to worry.

Of course we hope that we do not have to come to that point. We continue to urge the Arab League to send the remaining monitors to Syria, and we hope the number of monitors rises to more than 500. I am impressed because people in Syria are dealing with the 150 who are already there as a real force – not as a force with no capacity for real work. They are being shown around and urged to do their work well.

The notion that international monitors would have been preferred to Arab monitors is a fiction propagated by the Gulf-based media. It is simply not true. The simple fact of the matter is most Syrians can’t speak any other language than Arabic, so international monitors would have a hard time communicating with the people.

Similarly, the idea that the Syrian file can be transferred to the hands of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) from the Arab League, as a matter of course, is untrue. But that is the fiction we are being targeted with at the moment.

SA: What if Arab military intervention were to come from the Gulf?

HM: The key problem with that is that the Gulf Cooperation Council countries are not neutral. They have taken a side in the media war, and also in urging for the UNSC to intervene. We have heard more than once that they are willing to take this to the UNSC. This weakens the Gulf’s position when it comes to Syria.

In the Gulf there is a campaign against the Iranians. This might mean that the Gulf countries might try to turn Syria into a battleground against Iran. But we refuse to become the victims of a war by proxy. We want democracy and freedom in Syria; we do not want to be used by any other power for their interests.

It is worth clarifying that once the regime has fallen we will want to develop good regional state relations not only with our Arab brothers, but also with Turkey and Iran.

SA: There are those inside Syria who are at the forefront of the revolution who are calling for Western military intervention. What do you say to this?

HM: The pressure on people is so strong that it has created what I call the Party of Let the Devil Come. It’s simply not constructive. I was in Iraq two weeks after the US invaded. I requested a meeting with (the then-head of the US Coalition Provisional Authority, charged with supervising the occupation, Paul) Bremer. I told him I wanted to know what he would do to ensure Iraq was reconstructed, after the US destroyed it. He said, “It’s not our job.”

We don’t want anyone to destroy our country. We’ve never seen a situation where Santa Claus appears, saves a country from a dictatorship, and then waves goodbye peacefully and leaves. We understand the pressure on the Syrian people is immense – but Western military intervention is simply not a solution. We need to be able to face the Syrian regime’s violent discourse with rationalism.

In addition, we need to bear in mind that foreign powers are not speaking in a united voice on Syria. At one point, France and Turkey were cooperating to send in aid to the Free Syrian Army through the Turkish border. Now France is using Lebanon’s borders for this. As such, the changing nature of foreign states’ relations among each other affects the reality on the ground in Syria. It’s good for the Syrians to feel that there is international solidarity with their cause, but going from that to calling for military intervention is quite a stretch.

SA: What suggestions do you have in order for the Arab League monitors to be able to do their work better?

HM: When Richard Goldstone went to Gaza, the Israelis made him wait at the border for eight hours. Others were refused access altogether. The work of every human rights monitor is difficult and problematic.

If we deal with the monitors with patience and humanity, we may make some progress and ensure the entry of more. If we look for errors or shortfalls at every step of the way, that’s all we’ll find, and we may even end up contributing to the end of their mission. You can’t expect the monitors to work this way, under pressure from every side. We need to decide whether we want the monitors to succeed in their mission or not. If we do, we need to find ways to help them. I don’t want to judge anyone, but I think we just need to make sure the Arab monitors’ presence yields positive results. The monitors are making a sacrifice at the end of the day by just being in Syria – we can’t start off their mission by showering them with accusations.

SA: What has been the response of the opposition inside Syria to the agreement you signed with Ghalioun?

HM: As for the NCC, I am the only member living outside Syria. The rest of the body’s membership is all inside Syria. I also tried to travel to Syria as frequently as I could, even if that meant I was put under surveillance by the regime. The last time I visited Syria was in July 2010.

The SNC’s members are all outside. They are, in a way, the council of exiles. What we would like the SNC to understand is that the struggle is not a media struggle, or a competition among balloon organizations. The real struggle is on the ground.

SA: Tell us what you know about where the Syrian revolution stands right now, and what you would say to those who say even the stability of the regime is preferable to foreign intervention.

HM: The Syrian revolution has risen because of the mobilization of hundreds of thousands of people. The vast majority had no prior experience in politics. Each day, their presence on the street acts as their schooling and training.

But for the revolution to succeed we need three levels of involvement. Of course we need the massive popular mobilization. But we also need people with historical legitimacy to be involved. In Tunisia, the revolution succeeded partly because people who had already been dissidents for years, and who had a proven political track record, got involved.

Secondly, we need leadership on the streets. We need people like my martyred brother, Maan Eludat, who was a union activist before he was killed. These leaders are now either in prison or dead. This is part of the reason why the Syrian revolution is experiencing chaos. We need people to keep check of what is happening in the absence of authority, so that we develop a revolutionary consciousness that helps the country get rid of corruption at the micro-level, for instance. Without leadership, we face the danger of having the revolution hijacked by street thugs.

In Homs, the most important leaders are currently cut off from the world. Of course, that is what the regime wants. It is because of this absence of leadership that we are witnessing the spread of sectarian revenge killings.

On the other hand, what needs to be made very clear is that the lowest recorded number of people killed on the back of Western military intervention was in the Libyan case. As an observer in the International Criminal Court case on Libya, I can confirm to you that 52,000 people were killed in the war there. There is not a single positive example in history of Western military intervention. In Rwanda, the humanitarian corridor established did nothing to stop the genocide.

We will not be forced to choose between cholera and the plague. After all the sacrifice and advances made in the struggle against the regime, we won’t step back now. We don’t want either occupation or the regime. Some play on the idea that the regime is protecting the minorities. This is an absurd idea, because the revolution is based on a citizen-building project by a people that has risen.

January 3rd, 2012, 6:36 am

 

Juergen said:

Mina

Well i do see many similarities when it comes to dictatorships, so Nazi Germany was a dictatorship and Syria has with Assad also an opthamologist as an dictator. But dont worry i did not say he has created an syrian Auschwitz, but we will see will be discovered after the downfall of this family.

January 3rd, 2012, 6:43 am

 

Uzair8 said:

If anyone has any doubts about these regimes willing to carry out black operations and more to stay in power then just remind yourselves of the Algerian regime over the past several decades.

How many massacres did they commit and blame on the Islamists?

I remember some articles I came across during the past summer.

Here is one comment from the end of one article that refers to a relevant article:

In 1997 the army murdered 250,000 Algerians. & the general who calls himself the God of Algeria his name is Toufik Mediene said that he was ready & willing to murder 3 million more just to maintain the status quo.
If you don’t believe this, I cordially invite you to look up online the article that first appeared on aljazeera.net/english entitled:General Toufik: ‘God of Algeria’

Here is the General Toufik: ‘God of Algeria’ article:

http://english.aljazeera.net/indepth/briefings/2010/09/201092582648347537.html

I tell you. If there is one regime I despise other than the Syrian one it is the Algerian one. Having said that I’m not sure there will be a revolution there as they have already been thru a civil war.

January 3rd, 2012, 7:44 am

 

Uzair8 said:

Some extracts from article on previous post on the ‘god-General’ General Mohamed ‘Toufik’ Mediène, the director of Algeria’s Département du Renseignement et de la Sécurité (DRS).

‘A year later, Zeroual tried again, this time deciding to appoint Betchine as minister of defence in order to get rid of Mediène. Mediène’s retaliation was again swift and preemptory. He organised civilian massacres on a massive scale – at Raïs, Bentalha, Beni-Messous and elsewhere – bringing horror and psychosis to the gates of Algiers. At the same time, he set the DRS machinery on destroying Betchine’s businesses and reputation, forcing him to resign – a broken man. Zeroual followed suite.’

…..

‘Mediène’s response to the prospect of Betchine being brought back to power by a Said Bouteflika succession has been devastating. His strategy has been to destroy all those linked to Said Bouteflika using the age-old combination of ‘corruption’ and ‘blackmail’. Indeed, one reason why Mediène backed Bouteflika in 1999 and why corruption has become so pervasive over the last 10 years is that the DRS has encouraged it and uses it as a form of control.’

….

‘Algeria’s relations with Morocco are likely to be damaged further by the activities of al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM). Morocco is aware of the involvement of the DRS in establishing AQIM in the Sahara-Sahel. Now that the kidnapper of the three Spanish aid workers abducted in Mauritania last November, Omar Ahmed Ould Sidi Ould Hama, has been revealed as a member of Polisario, which is closely managed by the DRS, Morocco’s claims that the Polisario is being used by Algeria, or at least the DRS, for ‘terrorist’ objectives, is suddenly taking on a new light.

Moreover, the increasing number of articles indicating that AQIM in the Sahel was a DRS creation is causing unease in Washington. Again, the blame lies with Mediène.’

My comment: Immoral people need to be removed from power. They are willing to encourage and spread corruption and use false flag ‘terrorism’ in order to use it as a form of control. We want principled and moral leaders. I would say God-fearing people.

Others don’t like mention of ‘good and evil’ or ‘morality’. The above are reasons for its importance.

January 3rd, 2012, 8:03 am

 

Adam Neira said:

Prayers for Syria.

Somehow all the factions must agree to end the violence. Outside military intervention is not an option. A no fly zone will also not be imposed. The Syrian people must resolve their internal differences on their own. There must be enough wisdom within Syria and in the Syrian Diaspora to create a circuit breaker to deal with the crisis. Hopefully this latest escalation is the high water mark of the violence and things will improve from here on in. This comment is not insensitive, just realistic. It gives many people all around the world great pain to see what is unfolding in the ancient region of Syria, but most people just want peace to prevail for the Syrian people. I also believe President Assad is a very different character to Muhammer Qaddafi and the Libyan case should not be a comparison. Syria’s economy can grow by more than 5% p.a. over the coming 37 years from 2013 onwards if the country is stabilised.

January 3rd, 2012, 8:11 am

 

Revlon said:

مثقفون سوريون يؤسسون رابطة للكتاب للاسهام “في صنع سوريا الجديدة”

موقع أخبار الشرق – الثلاثاء، 03 كانون2/يناير 2012 00:33 بتوقيت دمشق
03/01/2012
http://www.levantnews.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=10466:——q—q&catid=66:syria-politics&Itemid=118
سورية اليوم – سياسة

بعد تسعة أشهر من اندلاع الاحتجاجات الشعبية في البلاد استهل أكثر من 110 مثقفين سوريين بارزين العام الجديد بالاعلان عن تأسيس (رابطة الكتاب السوريين) وإتاحة عضويتها لكل كتاب سوريا من مختلف التيارات الادبية والفكرية.

وقال الشاعر نوري الجراح لرويترز ان الرابطة ستكون مفتوحة أيضا لكتاب عرب وغير عرب مساندين للشعب السوري كأعضاء شرف. وسوف يتمتع الكتاب الفلسطينيون المقيمون في سوريا “بالعضوية الكاملة في الرابطة وينطبق عليهم ما ينطبق على اخوتهم من الكتاب السوريين”.

وأضاف أن الرابطة “أول مولود ديمقراطي للثورة السورية” هي ثمرة مناقشات على مدى شهرين بين مثقفين هم الناقدان حسام الدين محمد وخلدون الشمعة في لندن والمفكر صادق جلال العظم في برلين والكاتب ياسين الحاج صالح في دمشق والشاعر علي كنعان والناقد مفيد نجم في أبوظبي وفرج بيرقدار في السويد.

وتابع أن الرابطة ستكون اطارا للكتاب داخل سوريا وخارجها “يمكنهم من التعبير بقوة وصراحة عن مواقفهم مما يجري في بلادهم. وليكون لهم دور فعال ومعلن في مساندة ثورة شعبهم ولعب دور حقيقي في مستقبل سوريا والعمل على استعادة الدور الطليعي للثقافة والمثقف في حياة المجتمع… بما يساعد على تسريع عملية الانتقال من نظام الاستبداد والقمع والاقصاء الى نظام ديمقراطي مدني تعددي حر أساسه المواطنة يتيح أوسع الفرص للطاقات الابداعية الادبية والفكرية”.

وقال الجراح وهو مقيم في لندن انه “بموازاة ثورة شعبنا السوري من أجل الحرية والكرامة والنهوض الوطني” تتأسس الرابطة كتعبير عن المشاركة “في الثورة السورية” وعن الحاجة الى اطار ديمقراطي ومستقل لعموم الكتاب السوريين يعبر عن الواقع الجديد لسوريا “التي تولد الان في شوارع الحرية”.

ويوجد في سوريا اتحاد للكتاب ورئيسه حسين جمعة الذي ووجه بهجوم حين شارك في أعمال مؤتمر اتحاد الكتاب العرب في القاهرة في يوليو تموز “لتأييده سياسة القمع والقتل” كما عبر الكاتب المصري مجدي يوسف انذاك وطالب باخراجه من الجلسة وأيده مثقفون مصريون.
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أعضاء رابطة الكتاب السوريين (حتى تاريخه)
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January 3rd, 2012, 8:47 am

 

Revlon said:

Al Arabi: We do not know who is shooting at whom!
This was in spite of the fall of 315 martyrs since the arrival of the ALC in Syria.

03/01/2012
http://www.levantnews.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=10465:-315-&catid=81:syria-politics-headlines&Itemid=55

The conclusion uttered by Al Arabi was not his.
He was merely relaying Al Dabi’s, after consultation with Mu3allem, in accordance with the singed ALC agreement.

This statement shall be the theme for the final conclusion of the ALC on the issue of “armed gangs”.
It was not possible to identify the shooters!!
This is for an obvious reason; the ALC was commissioned to only observe and to gather intelligence.
They have no authority or capability to stop and question armed people!
Al Mu3allem shall be able to comfortably claim that the ALC was a credible witness to the presence of these gangs.
He might even play some Syrian revolution videos of armed Sahbbeeha passing by ALC observers to describe them as armed terrorist gangs as a proof of his claim!

Groups of Shabbeeha were actually made to appear in front of the observers to make that point. Their passing by the observers was not a coincidence or casual.

The sniper’s shooting falls in the same vein.
Snipers were making their presence known and even their positions recognised on purpose. They are saying we are armed people in hiding!

The regime can easily switch on/off sniping and visibility of Shabbeeha at ALC visiting sites; remember ALC teams are constantly chaperoned by the security officer in charge of the visited neighbourhood.

Activists should not be fooled into believing that such incidents shall be interpreted their way.

Every observation shall be duly filtered by the discretion of pro-regime, Army General Al Dabi, and duly judged by the armed gangs media expert, Al Mu3allem.

The other, even more saddening sequel to Agents Orange visits might be their detrimental, virtual exposure of activists’ movements and hideouts by the watchful eyes of a fully mobilised security team!

العربي: لا نعرف من يطلق النار على من رغم سقوط 315 شهيداً منذ بدء مهمة المراقبين!

موقع أخبار الشرق – الثلاثاء، 03 كانون2/يناير 2012 00:32 بتوقيت دمشق
سورية اليوم – أهم الأخبار
http://www.levantnews.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=10465:-315-&catid=81:syria-politics-headlines&Itemid=55
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وقال العربي في اول مؤتمر صحفي يعقده منذ بدء مهمة مراقبي الجامعة العربية في سورية الثلاثاء الماضي: “نعم هناك اطلاق نار..اخر تقرير تليفوني..هناك اطلاق نار..اطلاق نار من اماكن مختلفة بحيث من الصعب القول من اطلق النار على من”. وتابع: “قناصة نعم هناك قناصة ونرجو أن تختفي هذه المظاهر كلها”، مؤكدا ان “هذا موضوع يجب اثارته مع الحكومة السورية لأن الهدف (من ارسال المراقبين العرب) هو وقف اطلاق النار وحماية المدنيين السوريين”.

January 3rd, 2012, 10:13 am

 

majedkhaldoun said:

the Syrian writer association is good one, God bless them

January 3rd, 2012, 11:01 am

 

Revlon said:

Dear NZ,

Dr Manna3’s contributions to this massive human drive for freedom has been to provide condescending views from its early days.
Among other othings, his earliest description of the rising people was “thugs”

Now he claims that the credible revolutionists have eithe been killed or impsrisoned; “the revolution now is no longer pure”!

Dr Manna3 claims that the current revolutionaries do not represent the public!
Only yesterday he was paying tribute and speeking respectfully of the revolution

I belive next Friday should be dedicated to distancing of the revolution from Dr Manna3 and his followers.

Here is how Dr manna3 thinks of the revolution and activists as of today!

هيثم مناع لـ«الحياة» رداً على اتهامات «المجلس الوطني»: كل النقاط الخلافية نوقشت وأقرت

الثلاثاء, 03 يناير 2012

الدوحة – محمد المكي أحمد
http://www.daralhayat.com/internationalarticle/346262
ورأى مناع «أن هيئة التنسيق التي يتولي هو رئاستها في المهجر (منسقها في الداخل هو المعارض حسن عبد العظيم) تمثل الوسط واليسار السوري. وأن هدفنا بكل صراحة من الاتفاق مع المجلس الوطني، هو أن يكون الاتجاه الديموقراطي الأكثر بروزاً منذ اليوم الأول. لأننا شئنا أم أبينا فإن من في الشارع السوري اليوم أي من يسمى الثوار والثورة لا يمثلون الشعب السوري، لأن الجزء الأساس والأكثر ديناميكية والأكثر جذرية في المطالبة بالتغيير وبناء الديموقراطية تعرض لضربة في الصدر لم تكن قاتلة لحسن الحظ لكنها أثرت على المسار العام للثورة».

وأوضح أن «الضربة التي تعرض لها الجزء الأساس في الثورة السورية تمثلت في الاعتقالات واغتيال الكوادر الرئيسية للثورة. كما أن هناك ثلاثة آلاف من كوادر الثورة السورية في السجن الآن. وكان لهم دور أساسي في درعا وبعض المدن وهو دور نسميه دور (الكُباريه)، أي كبار القوم. ولذلك نحن لا نقول ثورة الشباب. صحيح هي بدأت بالشباب لكنها تحولت إلى ثورة شعبية تشمل كل الفئات بفضل تلك المجموعة التي ضمت مهندسين وأطباء وغيرهم».

وأكد مناع أن نحو «150 طبيباً من أفضل أطباء سورية هم في السجن الآن وكان هؤلاء بالنسبة لنا الضمانة للترشيد الدائم لحركة الشباب الثورية. وإن غيابهم اليوم خلق مجموعات صغيرة لكنها غير تمثيلية»، مشيراً إلى أن «الهيئة العامة للثورة السورية والتنسيقيات هذه مجموعات صغيرة. ومعظم من يتحدث باسم الهيئة العامة للثورة السورية يقول إنه يتحدث من درعا وهو في اربد في الأردن أو يتحدث من حمص وهو في لبنان».

ورأى مناع «أن الثورة لم تعد تحمل النقاء والدقة والأمانة التي حملتها في البدء. والقيادات التي تقول إنها الحراك الثوري ولا تقبل السياسيين ليست هي القيادات التي صمدت خلال أشهر من الثورة السلمية، وحرصت على ترشيد الحراك الاجتماعي وعدم زجه في شكل مذهبي وطائفي. كما رفضت أي تدخل خارجي. هذه كانت هي مبادئ الثورة».

January 3rd, 2012, 11:10 am

 

Zoo said:

Why the Libyans Have Fallen Out of Love with Qatar
By Steven Sotloff / Tripoli Monday, Jan. 02, 2012


But with Gaddafi dead and his regime a distant memory, many Libyans are now complaining that Qatari aid has come at a price. They say Qatar provided a narrow clique of Islamists with arms and money, giving them great leverage over the political process. “I think what they have done is basically support the Muslim Brotherhood,” says former NTC Deputy Prime Minister Ali Tarhouni, referring to the Islamist organization that has won elections in Egypt and Tunisia. “They have brought armaments and they have given them to people that we don’t know.” Some Qatari officials have indeed exerted influence in Libyan politics. During deliberations to choose a new Cabinet in September, a senior Qatari official was seen huddled with the outgoing Defense Minister, allegedly trying to guide appointments to sensitive security positions.

Read more: http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,2103409,00.html#ixzz1iPdrNLi7

January 3rd, 2012, 11:17 am

 

Zoo said:

“The Syrian president must leave power,” he told members of the French military.
France Says Syrian Regime Committing Massacres
By ELIZABETH A. KENNEDY and MAGGIE MICHAEL
BEIRUT January 3, 2012 (AP)

French President Nicolas Sarkozy accused Syrian leader Bashar Assad of “barbarous repression” Tuesday and demanded that he step down, saying the regime is massacring its own people.

Sarkozy said Syrians should be allowed to determine their own future.

“The massacres being committed by the Syrian regime rightly arouse disgust and revolt in the Arab world, in France, in Europe and everywhere in the world,” Sarkozy said during a New Year’s address at a Navy air base in Lanveoc-Poulmic, France.

“The Syrian president must leave power,” he told members of the French military.

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/arab-league-calls-urgent-meeting-syria-monitors-15277871

January 3rd, 2012, 11:28 am

 

zoo said:

Syria has accepted observers from the AL after receiving threatening ultimatums and pressures from western countries. Now the same western countries are trying to discredit the observers probably because these observers are describing the reality on the ground at odds with what has been considered as the ‘reality’ by the media fed by the opposition groups. Articles trying to criticize and stop the observers mission are pouring daily.
In addition the opposition disparate groups has “united” to create a hybrid monster that has obviously no chance to survive: one more reason for the western medias to destroy the Arab League initiative that is seen as preventing the regime change through military occupation so wanted by the western countries.

Chief of Arab League’s Mission in Syria Is Lightning Rod for Criticism
By KAREEM FAHIM
Published: January 2, 2012
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/03/world/middleeast/arab-league-criticized-over-syria-observer-mission.html

But the killings have continued, and the mission has been mired in controversy, much of it focused on its leader: a Sudanese general who, rights activists say, presided over the same kind of deadly and heavy-handed tactics in Sudan that the Arab League mission is seeking to curb in Syria.

Lt. Gen. Muhammad Ahmed al-Dabi, who once ran Sudan’s notorious military intelligence agency, has only compounded the criticism with his recent statements.

Last week, he spoke dismissively about the damage in Homs, a rebellious city that was shelled by government tanks and where dozens of people were killed. “Some places looked a bit of a mess, but there was nothing frightening,” Reuters quoted him as saying.

The Arab League’s phony mission
From Tuesday’s Globe and Mail
Published Monday, Jan. 02, 2012 7:30PM EST

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/opinions/editorials/the-arab-leagues-phony-mission/article2289086/

January 3rd, 2012, 11:43 am

 

zoo said:

Syria lira within a context of heavy sanctions has lost 25% against the US dollar, while the Turkish lira in a context of ‘booming economy’ has lost 22%. One wonders…

“Turkish Central Bank reserves, including gold, total around $88.2 billion after yesterday’s intervention. The lira lost around 22 percent against the U.S. dollar in 2011, becoming the worst performer against the greenback. Even the battered euro gained 19 percent against the lira last year.”

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/bank-burns-reserves-to-defend-lira-against-dollar.aspx?PageID=238&NID=10593&NewsCatID=344

January 3rd, 2012, 11:59 am

 

zoo said:

Despite intense pressure from the opposition groups and their western allies, the AL seems to refuse to back down from the observer mission

….
Arab foreign ministers could meet as early as next week to review a report expected to be submitted later this week by the mission’s chief and to consider Diqbassi’s remarks, Arabi said.
But he stressed the League would not back down from the mission and would be sending more observers soon.

“We have 70 observers in six cities who carried out 26 missions (so far). Thirty more monitors will join them within days,” Arabi said.

He also revealed Damascus promised to allow foreign journalists into Syria to cover the unrest, “with the exception of three television stations.”

Arabi did not identify the networks but an Arab League official said on condition of anonymity they were Al-Arabiya, Al-Jazeera and France 24.

The head of the observer mission, Sudanese General Mohammed Ahmed Mustafa al-Dabi, is due to send his “first report in the next two days” on the situation in Syria, Arabi said.

http://news.yahoo.com/syrian-cities-remain-under-fire-arab-league-141735347.html

January 3rd, 2012, 12:14 pm

 

Mina said:

Libya
Breaking: Armed clashes erupt in central Tripoli
Armed clashes erupt between unknown factions in Libyan capital Tripoli outside former intelligence HQ, interior ministry to issue statement
AFP , Tuesday 3 Jan 2012
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Armed clashes erupted in the centre of Tripoli on Tuesday, with unknown gunmen trading anti-aircraft and heavy machinegun fire, an AFP reporter said.

The fighting broke out at a building used as intelligence headquarters by the former regime of slain dictator Moamer Kadhafi, which was surrounded by former rebel fighters who toppled him last year.

There was no immediate clarity on the identities of the combattants.

Former rebels who remain organised in militia brigades are visible in many parts of the Libyan capital, and some have taken control of former government buildings, using them as headquarters.

Some witnesses near the scene told AFP that forces from the new government’s interior ministry tried on Tuesday to retake the intelligence building, provoking a clash with the militia group that is currently occupying it.

While those reports could not be independently verified, the interior ministry declined to comment when contacted by AFP, saying only that it would comment on the clashes in the coming hours.

AFP sources said militiamen had blocked traffic from reaching the building, even as two ambulances tried to access the area of unrest, with witnesses reporting a number of injuries.

Many gunmen could also be seen circulating in the area and the situation remained chaotic, according to AFP reporters on the scene.
http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/30834/World/Region/Breaking-Armed-clashes-erupt-in-central-Tripoli.aspx

And the FSA can’t wait for the same mess!

Head of Syria rebels plans to escalate attacks
Head of Syrian rebel army Riad al-Asaad threatens to escalate armed operations against state military if Arab League monitors prove incapable of stopping crackdown
Reuters , Tuesday 3 Jan 2012

The commander of Syrian armed rebels said on Tuesday he was dissatisfied with Arab monitors’ progress in halting a military crackdown on protests and threatened to wait only a few days before escalating operations with a new style of attack.

“If we feel they (the monitors) are still not serious in a few days, or at most within a week, we will take a decision which will surprise the regime and the whole world,” the head of the Free Syrian Army (FSA), Colonel Riad al-Asaad, told Reuters.

Army defectors and armed rebels, loosely organised under the FSA umbrella, have began assaults on Syrian state forces in the past months, killing hundreds of soldiers in operations they said are meant to defend the uprising’s peaceful protests against President Bashar al-Assad.

Asaad told Reuters last week he had ordered a halt to attacks on security forces to give the monitors a chance to operate and “prove that it is the regime that is the criminal”. The president says his forces are fighting against foreign-backed “armed terrorists” that have killed 2,000 of his men.

The colonel, speaking by telephone from his safe haven in southern Turkey, said that the monitors’ presence in Syria last week had not stemmed the bloodshed.

A Reuters tally based on activist reports shows that at least 129 people were killed in the team’s first week. Other activist groups put the toll as high as 390.

“What is most likely now is that we will start a huge escalation of our operations,” Asaad said.

He said it would not be an outright declaration of war, but “it will be a transformative shift in terms of the fighting and we hope the Syrian people will stand behind it”.

The Arab League began its one-month mission to Syria last week to check whether Damascus was implementing a deal to withdraw troops from cities, speak to the opposition and release tens of thousands people believed to be detained since the uprising against the president began in March.

The secretary-general of the Arab League, Nabil Elaraby, told journalists on Monday that tanks had been withdrawn but that snipers and gunfire continued to be a problem. He said the mission needed more time to work.

Asaad asked: “For how long? Since they entered we had many more martyrs. Is it in the Syrian people’s interest to allow the massacre to continue?”

The colonel also rejected the monitors’ assessment that tanks had been withdrawn or that Damascus had shown any willingness to cooperate with the Arab initiative, arguing that tanks were still present on the perimeters of flashpoint cities.

“The regime hasn’t stopped shooting and killing, they haven’t released all the prisoners … the first order was to send soldiers back to their barracks, not to surround the cities from outside,” he said.

The Arab League said it had secured the release of 3,484 prisoners last week. Before the monitors’ arrival, human rights group Avaaz estimated that up to 37,000 were in detention.

Asaad said he spoke to one monitor in Deraa but said the mission had yet to respond to his complaints, such as the 1,500 army defectors the FSA believes to be detained.

Despite Asaad saying the FSA had ordered a temporary halt on attacks, at least nine state soldiers have been killed in three attacks, underscoring scepticism that army officers steering the FSA from Turkey are in full control.

Asaad said those operations had all been in self defence.
http://english.ahram.org.eg/~/NewsContent/2/8/30840/World/Region/Head-of-Syria-rebels-plans-to-escalate-attacks.aspx

January 3rd, 2012, 12:23 pm

 

Mina said:

3 January 2012 Last updated at 17:15 GMT

Syrian army deserters ‘kill 18’
Demonstration in Idlib January 2, 2012 Demonstrations against President Assad show no sign of abating

Syrian army deserters have killed at least 18 members of President Bashar al-Assad’s security forces, according to a human rights group.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says soldiers deserting their posts at dawn near the southern town of Jassem came under fire from a police station.

They returned fire, killing at least 18 people, it said.

Meanwhile President Sarkozy of France has demanded that Mr Assad step down, accusing him of “barbarous repression”.

Nicolas Sarkozy said President Assad had committed massacres that “rightly arouse disgust and revolt in the Arab world, in France, in Europe and everywhere in the world”.

Arab League foreign ministers will meet this Saturday to discuss a preliminary report from their observers in Syria. The emergency meeting will look at whether the mission should continue, as Syrian government forces have shown no sign of stopping their violence against protesters, an Arab official said.
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Syria deaths

The League sent observers to Syria a week ago to check compliance with a peace plan agreed with Damascus.

The UN says more than 5,000 civilians have been killed in a crackdown on anti-government protests since March.

There has been no let-up in the violence, and activists say at least 390 people have been killed since the observers arrived last week.

On Monday the head of the Arab League, Nabil al-Arabi, said shots were being fired and there were still snipers in action.

He said the military had withdrawn heavy weapons from cities in accordance with the peace plan.

Casualty figures and other details are hard to verify as most foreign media are barred from reporting freely in Syria.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-16397975

January 3rd, 2012, 12:31 pm

 

Mina said:

From Angry Arab

He finally said it. Ghalyun wants NATO
Here is what the puppet of Muslim Brotherhood and Qatar, Burhan Ghalyun, has to say about foreign intervention in Syria: “قال غليون «نحن نرفض التدخل الأجنبي البرّي الذي من شأنه المساس بوحدة الأراضي السورية واستقلالها، ونوافق على التدخل الأجنبي الذي يفرض مناطق عازلة تحت حظر جوي وبحري، وهذا هو ركيزة أساسية من مطالب الحراك الثوري». ”
(Ghalyun said: “We reject a ground foreign intervention that could violate the unity of Syrian territory and its independence, but we agree to a foreign intervention that would impose buffer zones under an air and naval ban, and this is a major element of the demands of the revolutionary movement.”) What definition of revolution are you using, Mr. Ghalyun?
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What is the Syrian National Council
The brave Syrian opposition figure, Haytham Al-Manna`, gives the best definition I have seen of the Syrian National Council: and he should know because he has been negotiating with them for a month now, prior to signing the agreement that Burhan Ghalyun quickly reneged on. Here is what Al-Manna` said: “قال مناع: «المجلس الوطني مكون من ثلاثة تيارات سورية: هي التيار الديني أي الإخوان المسلمين وغيرهم. والتيار اليميني الليبرالي. واليمين المتطرف الإسلامي وحتى وقت قريب كان هذا التيار يكفر النصيريين والشيعة وغيرهما».”
(Manna` said: The [Syrian] National Council consists of three Syrian currents: the religious one, i.e., the Muslim Brotherhood and others. And the Right-wing liberals. And the far-right Islamist current, which until very recently was declaring the unbelief of `Alawites and Shi`ites and others.)
You expect me or you expect other progressives to legitimize such lousy political forces–all three of them??? You must be kidding me.

http://angryarab.blogspot.com/

January 3rd, 2012, 12:40 pm

 

defender said:

http://nstarikov.ru/blog/14382#more-14382
Fairy tale on how one person deceives the whole world

To tell lies, it is necessary to refer — such is an iron principle of “free mass-media». That information have believed, it is necessary to present it not as a fruit of the imagination, and to give the reference to a foreign source of the information. Sometimes this rule is broken, when falsifiers work too топорно when they hasten. So was in Moscow when journalist Bozhena Rynska has written about arrival in Moscow a nonexistent regiment in the nature of the Chechen OMON, referring to journalist Kashin. Which has in turn published this news referring to Bozhenu Rynsku.
But world mass-media work nevertheless more professionally.
But also here threads can be tracked. We will ask a question: and whence take these most «BBC» and «CNN» news about events in Syria?

The information on this question the commentator nstarikov.ru Dmitry, for what has sent it many thanks.
There is all information of the western mass-media … undertakes from one person!
Where it is, you, I hope already have guessed?
Correctly – in London. There where always throughout last 250 years fighters for freedom »hide«.
The source to which all world mass-media to which all Russian mass-media then refer refer is called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. And in this here “observatories” also observe of human rights in Syria.
Staff of this establishment isn’t exaggerated – only one person. It “director” of this organization by name of Rami Abdul Rahman. At least, so he of names.
And so, the matter is that this organization supplies with “news” about Syria practically in an exclusive mode all basic news agencies of the world.
Here a site of this organization Syrian Observatory for Human Rights in two variants plus in face book in English:
http:// http://www.syriahr.org/
http:// http://www.syriahr.com/
http:// http://www.facebook.com/pages/Syrian-Observatory-for-Human-Rights/121855461256134
On a site (for example, us) it is possible to find the information in department Contact that news of this organization extend Reuters agencies and AFP. But also and other large agencies of the world refer in the news about Syria to this organization, more truly simply repeat and duplicate lie.
Here an example: «Lenta ru» informs about more than 100 lost on December, 20th in Syria, refers to news agency (Reuters). And here the reference on Reuters which in turn refers to organization Syrian Observatory for Human Rights in London.
Besides, on the basis of words of this organization, this “director”, the government of the countries make statements concerning Syria that it is possible to read in the same article «Lenta ru».
Then that ONE UNCLE, sitting in London forms world public opinion? One mister in London practically dictates to the governments of the countries their relation to Syria?
No. It simply works as “a drain tank». Gives out on mountain the information necessary to the West, and all «independent mass-media» pretend that don’t know that quote ONE person. Daily and hourly.
It is arrangement. There are exclusive arrangements in the price for gasoline. And them punish under the antimonopoly law. And here the monopoly for the information and just the same arrangement is available. All are obliged to take the information ONLY from one source.
Doubt? Trust in accident? Specially for you one German site has made investigation and has established that on Syrian Observatory for Human Rights from a nice city of London following news agencies refer, I quote literally:
«CNN, CBS, Associated Press, Reuters, AFP, BBC, Tagesschau, FAZ, Holtzbrinck, Springerpresse, Spiegel, Focus, Al Jazeera, al Arabiya und so weiter und so fort bis hin zu taz, Guardian und RIA Novosti.»
And so there are some questions?
1. Why also paternal practically ALL news agencies take news about Syria in one place?
2. How so it turns out, what one person forms opinion of a planet on some question?
3. Why the governments of the different countries how parrots repeat the same nonsense’s which have been thought up by one person?
4. Really at these governments isn’t present either investigations, or special services, experts in the given region?
5. Whether there can be all aforesaid accident?
Or just special services of Great Britain and the USA also have organized all this circus?
To blow up the Near East and to construct there Big Islamic Halifat. As the future means for a reorganization of the world what in the XX-th century beginning was social democracy and class struggle, and in the middle of the XX-th century – fascism and Nazism.

January 3rd, 2012, 1:03 pm

 

defender said:

Iran to retaliate if US aircraft-carrier is back to Gulf
Jan 3, 2012 19:10 Moscow Time

Iran will resort to retaliatory measures if the US aircraft-carrier that’s recently left the area of Iran’s war games is back to the Persian Gulf. This came in a statement by General Ataollah Salehi.

The Iranian Navy, which was holding a military exercise off the country’s southern coast, spotted a US aircraft-carrier a short distance away last Thursday.

The situation in the region became aggravated following statements by the Iranian authorities concerning a likely sealing of the Strait of Hormuz if the West imposes an embargo on Iranian oil exports.

But then the Iranian Foreign Ministry said that Tehran would not put obstacles to navigation in the Strait of Hormuz, which is used for oil exports from the Gulf nations.

EU may slap oil sanctions on Iran before end of January

The European Union may impose a ban on oil imports from Iran before the end of January, a high-ranking EU diplomat announced in London on Tuesday.

The French-proposed oil embargo will be discussed by the EU foreign ministers first.

If approved unanimously, the issue will go before the EU leaders when they meet in Brussels on January 30.

Earlier, French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said that France would push for tougher sanctions against Iran. In addition to the oil ban, it suggests freezing the European assets of the Iranian Central Bank.

(RIAN, TASS)

January 3rd, 2012, 1:21 pm

 

Khalid Tlass said:

Beautiful, powerful FSA sing :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Ca6voBCCAw&feature=related

Spine chilling !!!

January 3rd, 2012, 3:49 pm

 

ann said:

*** GREAT NEWS FOR OUR israelis PRETENDING TO BE SYRIANS POSTERS
*** ON THIS BLOG

Israel predicts missile strikes on Jerusalem in future conflict – 2012-01-03

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/world/2012-01/03/c_122529275.htm

JERUSALEM, Jan. 3 (Xinhua) — A threat scenario drafted recently by the Israeli military predicted that Jerusalem could experience missile attacks in a future war.

“We now believe that in a future war, there’s a possibility that Jerusalem will also come under missile fire, even from the Gaza Strip,” a senior military official told The Jerusalem Post on Monday, declining to say how many missiles could potentially hit the city.

The assessment, the first of its kind, comes after years during which Israel’s defense establishment considered the city immune to such attacks due to its large Arab population and abundance of Muslim holy sites.

The Home Front Command which periodically updates similar threat scenarios for every major city in the country based on fresh intelligence information, has reportedly presented the Jerusalem Municipality with details of the potential missile attacks.

Israel has conducted numerous nationwide drills to test the preparedness of its military and first-responders to handle a national emergency since July 2006, when thousands of rockets fired by Hezbollah from Lebanon showered northern Israel’s cities and communities, forcing hundreds of thousands of their residents to flee their homes.

Military planners say the next Middle East war would likely see thousands of missiles and rockets — from Lebanon, Syria and possibly Iran — landing throughout Israel. The scenario concerning Jerusalem does not rule out the possibility that Palestinian militants in Gaza will target the city during a smaller-scale conflict. Both the Islamic Hamas movement and the Islamic Jihad are believed to be in possession of Iranian-supplied rockets with a range that covers Jerusalem and nearby communities.

Jerusalem municipal officials said they were briefed on the scenario and are taking steps to prepare for the day when it could potentially unfold.

“We are getting ready for all scenarios, and residents will get the best security and defense that they need,” said Elisha Peleg, a city councilor in charge of security and emergency services.

He said the municipality was searching for funds that would enable it to build more public bomb shelters in Jerusalem and examining the maintenance level of existing ones as part of a general policy of war preparedness.

In related news, the Israel Atomic Energy Commission (IAEC) and the military have formulated a plan to shut down the nuclear reactors at Dimona and Nahal Sorek should warnings come of impending war, according to the Ha’aretz daily.

Officials said the decision was made following assessments that the reactors’ defense systems were not completely impenetrable to a missile strike on Israel’s urban centers. Deactivating the Dimona reactor, located at southern Negev desert, would minimize potential damage to its outlying area should it be targeted by missiles from as far away as Iran.

“The enemy is unable to reach Dimona, but his rockets can reach sensitive sites in the area,” Home Front Defense Minister Matan Vilnai said Tuesday during a visit at a high school in the city.

“The rockets at the disposal of Gaza militants today have far longer ranges than those launched [at Israel] so far, but we can handle the situation,” Israel’s Channel 10 quoted Vilnai as saying.

The secret Dimona facility, which foreign military observers claim to produce nuclear weapons, is one of the most heavily guarded sites in Israel since the early 1960s and the airspace above it is closed to all flights. It was first targeted by Scud missiles fired from Iraq during the first Gulf war in 1991.

Top IAEC and military officials estimated that the reactors’ multi-layered defense systems, which include anti-missile and aircraft batteries and fortified installations, are currently sufficient to minimize damage in a future attack.

January 3rd, 2012, 3:49 pm

 

Khalid Tlass said:

Beautiful, powerful FSA song :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Ca6voBCCAw&feature=related

Spine chilling !!!

January 3rd, 2012, 3:59 pm

 

zoo said:

” the Moroccan delegation participating in the Arab League observer mission denied that one of its members – human rights observer and media expert Tala al-Saud al-Atlasi – had made a statement to television channels about snipers being located on the roof of a building in Daraa.”

Arab League observer denies receiving death threats
03/01/2012 By Latifa al Arousni
http://www.asharq-e.com/news.asp?section=1&id=27957
Rabat, Asharq Al-Awsat- A Moroccan member of the Arab League observer mission in Syria has denied that its members are receiving telephone death threats; a sentiment reiterated by Ahmed Ramadan, a media officer in the Syrian National Council.

The Moroccan observer, who chose to remain anonymous, said in a telephone interview with Asharq al-Awsat: “We have not received any death threats, at least in the delegation I am in”. He added “these rumors are not true, we have instead found great interest in our work, whether from the governmental authorities or from the Syrian people of various affiliations”.

In response to a question about whether the mission’s personnel are undertaking their tasks in normal conditions, the Moroccan observer said: “We are working in difficult conditions, of course, by virtue of the ongoing demonstrations”. He added “we also receive enquiries from people about the nature of our work, and we have noticed that the Syrians respect the Arab observer mission”.

Furthermore, the Moroccan delegation participating in the Arab League observer mission denied that one of its members – human rights observer and media expert Tala al-Saud al-Atlasi – had made a statement to television channels about snipers being located on the roof of a building in Daraa.

Television channels had broadcasted a video of an Arab observer speaking with a North African accent, confirming the presence of snipers in Daraa, saying: “there are snipers, we saw them with our own eyes…We call on the authorities to remove them immediately”. The Moroccan observer speaking to Asharq al-Awsat commented on the video saying “there is a resemblance between the Arab observer who made that statement and al-Atlasi, but I assure you that he was not present in that area”.

In turn, a source from the Moroccan delegation told the Morocco News Agency yesterday that al-Saud al-Atlasi was not present in the location where the Daraa statement was given; rather he was on another mission elsewhere in the city. He added that the statement attributed to al-Atlasi by a number of satellite channels was in fact from another member of the delegation of Arab observers. Morocco is participating in the Arab League observer mission in Syria with a high-level delegation, consisting of Abdul Rahman Benomar, the Moroccan Ambassador to Nouakchott [Mauritania], as coordinator of the delegation, in addition to ten diplomats, human rights observers and military and security experts. Benomar is also heading the delegation of Arab observers in Hama, central Syria.

Members of the Arab League observer mission in Syria’s respective delegations, including the Moroccan observers, are continuing their field visits for the seventh day in succession in five regions of Syria, namely Hama and Homs (central Syria), Idlib (in the northwest), Daraa (in the south) and Damascus.

For one month – with the option of a further month extension in agreement with the Arab League and Syria – the mission will survey and monitor the full implementation of the Arab League initiative. This includes the cessation of all acts of violence, from any source, in cities and residential areas, ensuring that the Syrian security services are not obstructing peaceful demonstrations, ensuring the release of those who have been detained as a result of recent events, as well as the withdrawal and evacuation of all armed vehicles or movements in cities and neighborhoods that have witnessed, or are witnessing, the demonstrations and protest movements that have been ongoing for approximately the last 10 months.

January 3rd, 2012, 4:25 pm

 

zoo said:

A proof that the observers mission is probably effective and impartial is the amount of criticisms, calls for its withdrawal and relentless personal attacks on the head of the mission General Al- Dabi from the media mouthpiece of Saudi Arabia. Strangely Qatari Al Jazeera seems less dismissive.

General, go back to Khartoum!
01/01/2012 By Mshari al-Zaydi

Time for Al-Dabi’s team to leave
03/01/2012
By Tariq Alhomayed

http://www.asharq-e.com/news.asp?section=2&id=27953

January 3rd, 2012, 4:46 pm

 

Uzair8 said:

‘Salafis Of Libya Destroying Mazaar(shrines)’

There is growing concern at the behaviour of some of these people. They should know Ahle Sunnah will not put up with such things for much longer. You can misbehave while the Ahle Sunnah Lion sleeps. When it stirs and wakes up you will regret it.

http://www.yanabi.com/index.php?/topic/424249-salafis-of-libya-destroying-mazaarshrines/page__p__438739

January 3rd, 2012, 5:18 pm

 

Khalid Tlass said:

UZAIR,

“Mazar” as you call it is a place of Shirk, Allah forgives every crime except that of shirk, the Libyans are doing a fine job cleaning up shirk, Inshallah it will become another land of Salafism after the anti-Sudairi clan hijacked the Saudi official ideology.

What Ahl Sunnah lions ? the Ahl Sunnah lions in Arab countrues are the Salafis, Sufis in Arab countries are very weak, so be careful what u say, this is not Pakistan ( or rather Shirk-istan). You are buddies of the Shiites, you should learn from the Sufis of Iraq, they allied with Salafis against Shia, you will come to regret all your decisions later.

January 3rd, 2012, 5:28 pm

 

Tara said:

Several reports have surfaced that the US and the west are not yet dead serious about a regime change in Syria.  If true, it seems that the announcement Viki has been giving are for media consumption only.    

http://www.trust.org/alertnet/news/us-says-syria-not-living-up-to-arab-league-deal

WASHINGTON, Jan 3 (Reuters) – The United States has serious concerns about an Arab League monitoring mission designed to halt Syria’s crackdown on anti-government protests and does not believe Damascus is ready to fulfill the terms of the Arab-backed peace deal, the U.S. State Department said on Tuesday.

“The Syrian regime has not lived up to the full spectrum of commitments that it made to the Arab League when it accepted its proposal some nine weeks ago,” State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland told a news briefing.

“For example, the violence hasn’t stopped. Far from it,” Nuland said, citing independent reports of dozens of new deaths in Syria since Dec. 31.

The Obama administration’s top diplomat for the Middle East, Assistant Secretary of State Jeffrey Feltman, was due to travel to Cairo for talks ahead of an Arab League ministerial meeting on Saturday called to discuss Syria, Nuland said.

“We support their efforts to ensure that this mission is credible, is effective, if it’s going to continue to go forward,” she said.

The League mission has already been plagued by controversy. Protesters have complained about its small size and were appalled when the head of the mission suggested he was reassured by first impressions of Homs, one of the main centers of unrest.

The United States was concerned by reports that in some cases Syrian military forces were putting on police uniforms to mask their actions, Nuland said.

“In some cases the regime is actually putting out its own false reports that monitors are on the way, demonstrators come into the streets, and then they fire on them,” she said.

Nuland said the United States would continue to consult both with Syria’s nascent opposition groups and its allies on possible next steps in the crisis, which the United Nations estimates has killed more than 5,000 people since Assad launched the crackdown.

But with Syria’s armed rebels threatening to step up attacks on Assad’s forces, Nuland underscored Washington’s repeated warning that an escalation of violence would only exacerbate the problem.

“That’s exactly what the regime wants …to make Syria more violent and have an excuse to retaliate itself,” she said.

January 3rd, 2012, 5:28 pm

 

Khalid Tlass said:

TARA,

Remember what I said, Allah and FSA are our only hope, we do not need USA or anybody else, just some passive help from Turkey and Libya.

FSA s going strong and there are more than 10 defections every day. I also got a hint from some sources that recently FSA has acquired the technology to destroy heavy Tanks like T-72.

At this moment I am praying that FSA gets hold of heavier weapons like 12.7 mm Heavy machine guns, anti-Tank Guided missiles, Grad 21 rockets, SA-7 and SA-13 anti-aircraft rockets, etc. That would really turn the tables.

January 3rd, 2012, 5:44 pm

 

Syria no kandahar said:

It will turn the table on your head,and based on the famous وما رميت اذ رميت
يمكن القول : ولم نقلب الطاوله اذ قلبناها ولكن الله قلبها

January 3rd, 2012, 5:52 pm

 

Observer said:

There is referendum on some of the pro regime websites that is asking whether Syria should become a kingdom? a constitutional kingdom that is with the Assad family as hereditary rulers.
Please confirm is you heard or read of anything similar. I will hold judgement on this news as it is not verified.

January 3rd, 2012, 5:53 pm

 

majedkhaldoun said:

Haytham Manna said(the article in Syria news) he welcoms Arab troops to put an end to the regime brutal suppression,I think this solution should be considered soon,

January 3rd, 2012, 6:29 pm

 

zoo said:

Syria to get electricity, railways connections, religious tourism and expertise in building low income housing from Iran.

Iran, Syria explore ways to broaden relations
14 December 2011
http://english.irib.ir/radioislam/news/top-stories/item/81165-iran-syria-explore-ways-to-broaden-relations
Damascus – Iranian Minister of Transportation and Urban Development, Ali Nikzad, in a meeting with Minister of Transport Dr. Fayssal Abbas focused on means of activating cooperation in the fields of land, air, sea and rail transport.

In the field of rail transport, the Syrian and Iranian sides agreed on holding a tripartite meeting between Syrian, Iran and Iraq to follow up the implementation of this project, in addition to activating the existing railway between Syria and Iraq, from the Syrian ports till Basra in Iraq.

Elsewhere, Syrian Tourism Minister Lamia Assi and Iranian Minister Nikzad reviewed the possibility of tourism cooperation, especially religious trips.

Nikzad highlighted the importance of improving religious tourism in Syria which will positively contribute to enhancing the Syrian economy.

Activities of the 9th session of the Syrian-Iranian Follow-up Committee for Economic Cooperation started in Damascus on Tuesday co-chaired by Syrian Minister of Economy and Trade, Mohammed Nidal al-Sha’ar and Iranian Minister of Transportation and Urban Development, Ali Nikzad.

The two sides agreed on forming four committees to discuss means of enhancing economic, trade and investment cooperation between the two countries. During the meetings, the Syrian side indicated the importance of benefiting from the Iranian expertise in housing sector as the Ministry plans to build 50,000 housing units.

For his part, the Iranian minister talked about the Iranian experience in this filed through building 2,800 million housing units for law-income people in different Iranian provinces which was the first of its kind in the world regarding high quality and implementation time period. Iran also announced readiness to provide parts of Syria and Lebanon electricity needs. The Iranian official is also to meet Syrian President Bashar Assad and the country’s Prime Minister Adel Safar during his visit.

January 3rd, 2012, 6:31 pm

 

irritated said:

#367
A new night prayer for the opposition supporters

Dear God

Please send from heaven to the FSA heavier weapons like 12.7 mm Heavy machine guns, anti-Tank Guided missiles, Grad 21 rockets, SA-7 and SA-13 anti-aircraft rockets, etc.
We promise you to send you back lots of martyrs.

January 3rd, 2012, 6:39 pm

 

irritated said:

#370. majedkhaldoun

A Libyan-Bahraini-Saudi-Iraqi Arab peacekeeping force? a recipe for a disaster.

January 3rd, 2012, 7:52 pm

 

Tara said:

Soon Syria would need to offer Iran some material help.  I suggest Iran should ramp up on it’s beaches and other touristic attractions to encourage Syrian tourists to visit.  May be then, the Iranian rial would improve by fraction percentage.  I also suggest that the Syrian and the Iranian central banks consider merging their reserve to may be hopefully maintain the falling rial.

It is a pity how I changed from a big fan to feel nothing but contempt.  I do contempt murderers.  The Syrian and the Iranian regimes are co-murderers.  I do not hold the average Iranian people responsible.  It is their rotten government.  Iran should change course and stop supporting the tyranny.  

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/01/03/iran-currency-dollar-idUSL6E8C30JN20120103

Iran’s rial falls to record low on U.S. sanctions
Jan 3 (Reuters) – The Iranian rial fell to a record low against the dollar on Tuesday following U.S. President Barack Obama signing a bill on imposing fresh sanctions against the country’s central bank.

The new U.S. sanctions, if fully implemented, could hamper the world’s major oil producer’s ability to sell oil on international markets.

The exchange rate hovered at 17,200 rials to the dollar, marking a record low. The currency was trading at about 10,500 rials to the U.S. dollar last month.

Some exchange offices in Tehran, when contacted by Reuters, said there was no trading taking place until further notice.

“The rate is changing every second … we are not taking in any rials to change to dollar or any other foreign currency” said Hamid Bakhshi in central Tehran.

Imposing sanctions on Iran’s central bank would tighten the screw and make it more difficult for the world’s fifth biggest oil exporter to receive payments for exports — particularly oil, a vital source of hard currency for Iran.

Sharp rial fluctuations are linked to the foreign sanctions imposed on Iran since 2006 over its disputed nuclear programme, coupled with high inflation and concerns over potential military strike by the United States and Israel.

The United States and Israel have not ruled out military option if diplomacy fails to resolve Iran’s nuclear dispute. Tehran denies the West’s claim that it is after nuclear bomb, saying its response to any military strike will be firm.

WITHDRAWING SAVINGS

Some analysts suggest that the government is making profit out of the souring price of dollar but the currency drop has created concerns among ordinary Iranians.

Iran’s economy is 60 percent reliant on petrodollars and any sanctions imposed on its oil income will put further pressure on the country’s ailing economy.

“I have some savings in my account … I am trying to withdraw it and change all of it to dollars,” said housewife Zohreh Ghobadi, while waiting in a long line at a bank.

Iranian authorities have played down any link between the souring exchange rates and the imposition of the U.S. ban.

“The new American sanctions have not materialised yet,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast told a weekly news conference on Tuesday.

“It will take a few months until these sanctions are fully implemented.”

Iran responded to the growing international pressure by warning last week that it could shut the Strait of Hormuz in the Gulf if sanctions were imposed on its oil exports.

It launched 10 days of naval wargames in the Gulf as a show of strength, further rattling oil markets and pushing up the price of crude.

The U.S. Fifth Fleet, based in Bahrain, said it would not allow shipping to be disrupted in a waterway through which 40 percent of the world’s oil passes.

The price of staple foods has increased by up to 40 percent in recent months and many critics have put the blame on increasing isolation brought about by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s economic and foreign policies.

January 3rd, 2012, 7:52 pm

 

Haytham Khoury said:

zoo#363.

Tariq Alhomayed has no idea what he is talking about.

http://haytham-khoury3.blogspot.com/2011/12/blog-post_30.html

January 3rd, 2012, 7:58 pm

 

ann said:

Arab observers continue monitoring mission in restive Syrian provinces – 2012-01-04

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/world/2012-01/04/c_122529522.htm

DAMASCUS, Jan. 3 (Xinhua) — Arab League (AL) observers in Syria continued their mission for the seventh consecutive day in restive provinces, as the AL ministerial committee in charge of handling the Syrian crisis will meet on Saturday to look into the first report on the country’s unrest.

State-run SANA news agency said Arab teams carried on with their tasks in central Homs, northern Idlib, and southern Daraa provinces.

Earlier in the day, Afifi Abdul-Latif, an AL observer, told private al-Watan newspaper that the Syrian government is committed to the peace plan, adding that the observers have already fulfilled 40 missions till now in Syria.

“We have faced some expected things,” he said, adding that there are now 84 observers in Syria.

Meanwhile, the AL on Tuesday called for an emergency meeting for the ministerial committee in charge of handling the Syrian crisis to discuss the first report submitted by the AL observer mission in Syria, which began on Dec. 27.

The meeting, which is set to take place Saturday at the AL headquarters in Cairo, will talk about the latest development of the situation in Syria and would adopt new measures of the Arab initiative, according to an AL statement.

A new team of 14 Arab observers arrived in Syria’s capital of Damascus on Tuesday to join the AL mission there, according to Egypt’s official MENA news agency.

Meanwhile, another six Bahraini observers will head to Syria as well to join the team within a few hours, MENA said.

A day earlier, AL chief Nabil al-Arabi said that Syrian military has pulled back from residential areas and is on the outskirts of the country’s cities. He called Syria to withdraw all snipers out of cities and immediately halt all shootings.

“The Arab League monitors visited six Syrian cities, and has an operation room to follow up the situation in Syria via the mission, ” said Arabi, adding that the pan-Arab body could increased the number of observers to more than 100 within a few days.

In November, Syria signed an AL-sponsored plan which demanded an end to all acts of violence and release of all detainees in the country.

According to the peace plan, some 150 observers will be sent to visit hospitals, prisons and restive areas to determine to what extent the Syrian authorities have committed themselves to the Arab initiative.

On Tuesday, “an armed terrorist group targeted in a sabotaging operation” a gas pipeline near al-Rastan town in central Syria that feeds two power stations, according to SANA.

The gas pipeline connecting al-Rayan field in Homs to the central province of Hama was blown up by an explosive device at 9 a.m., said the report, adding that the explosion caused no casualties.

At least five pipelines have been targeted since the eruption of unrest in Syria in mid March. Syria held the “saboteurs” responsible for the attacks.

The Syrian government said recently that a total of 2,000 army and security personnel were killed during the months-long unrest. While the United Nations put the death toll in the country at more than 5,000.

January 3rd, 2012, 8:03 pm

 

majedkhaldoun said:

I am encouraged by this report
http://www.aawsat.com//details.asp?section=4&article=657399&issueno=12090
FSA is coming,God bless them

January 3rd, 2012, 8:11 pm

 
 
 

zoo said:

As expected, a new criticism of the mission observers: “they are unprofessional”.
The increased agitation of the activists seems to indicate that the mission is actually doing a professional job in reporting the reality on the ground. In addition the massive demonstrations predicted by the opposition are not materializing because the ‘observers are not respecting the schedule time of their visits’
On the race of who will step down first, the current view is that Bashar al Assad will probably see Sarkozy step down first.

Syria activists denounce ‘unprofessional’ Arab mission
AFPAFP – 3 hrs ago
http://news.yahoo.com/sarkozy-demands-assad-step-down-000810888.html
Democracy activists on Tuesday denounced as “unprofessional” an Arab League observer mission in Syria after the bloc’s chief admitted snipers remained active in the country despite their presence.

“We want to tell Nabil al-Arabi that the lack of professionalism of the observers and non-compliance with their arrival times in specific places have left many people killed,” said the Local Coordination Committees, which organise the protests.
….
But Algeria expressed optimism about the Arab mission, with Foreign Minister Mourad Medelci saying it would evaluate the situation “in a more credible manner”.

And opposition Syrian National Council leader Burhan Ghaliun met the prime minister of Portugal, a current member of the Security Council, and said the observer mission “remains useful even if it does not lead to the implementation of the Arab plan”.

“It remains politically, morally and psychologically useful,” he said.

But the unity in opposition ranks which Western governments say is vital for a new and democratic Syria remained elusive on Tuesday with the SNC saying that a deal signed on Friday with a rival grouping — the National Coordination Body for Democratic Change in Syria — had unravelled.

“This document conflicts with the SNC’s political programme and with the demands of the Syrian revolution,” the grouping said on its Facebook page.

Widely regarded as the most inclusive of Syria’s opposition alliances, with representation from both the Muslim Brotherhood and parties drawn from the Christian and Kurdish minorities, the SNC has been at odds with some activists over the extent of foreign intervention required to bring change.

January 3rd, 2012, 8:40 pm

 

Tara said:

I am certain, had Asma not married Besho the murderer, she, in her exquisite high heels described in this article, would be a very vocal anti-tyrant activist. 

http://edition.cnn.com/2011/12/25/world/meast/asma-al-assad-profile/index.html

Will Asma al-Assad take a stand or stand by her man?
By Ashley Fantz, CNN
December 26, 2011 — Updated 1221 GMT (2021 HKT)

….
Tabler said he suspects the first lady “is in denial” about just how severe the violence in Syria has become — and about her husband’s culpability.

“They talked so much about reform that I think she has fooled herself,” he said.
But Asma al-Assad’s head seemed quite clear two years ago when she spoke with CNN about how she would not tolerate an oppressive and violent regime, except in this instance she was talking about the conflict between Palestinians and Israelis.

She said that 60% of Middle Easterners are under 25 and feel increasingly frustrated with a lack of economic opportunity. Governments must make those young people “believe in a future,” she said.
“The reality on the ground is increasingly … going further and further and further away from that,” she said, foreshadowing the causes of the Arab Spring, a movement led primarily by young people.

The first lady went on to speak about 2009’s Gaza War, a three-week bombing and invasion of Gaza by Israel that began in late December when Israel launched a surprise airstrike.
Asma al-Assad called Israel’s actions “barbaric” and said innocent Palestinians were dying in droves. She was appalled by reports from human rights workers who witnessed the carnage.
“This is the 21st century. Where in the world could this happen? Unfortunately it is happening,” she said.
“As a mother and as a human being we need to make sure that these atrocities stop.”

January 3rd, 2012, 9:39 pm

 

Syria no kandahar said:

When Tara levy ,Hytham Aroor,and Majedkharion
Watch these stories they get revolutionary orgasm:

January 3rd, 2012, 9:40 pm

 

jad said:

«المجلس الوطني»: قصص التسلّط والانشقاقات

رغم مرور أكثر من ثلاثة أشهر على تأسيسه، لم يستطع «المجلس الوطني السوري» أن يضع حدّاً لخلافات المعارضة. أُريد لهذا «المجلس» أن يمنحها صوتاً موحّداً لتمثيل الحراك الشعبي في «المحافل الدولية»، لكن «العقلية الإقصائية» التي يُدار بها، ومحاولات فرضه «ناطقاً شرعياً وحيداً باسم الثورة السورية»، حوّلته إلى مشكلة جديدة تضاف إلى مشاكل المعارضة

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باريس | يعيب مَن هم خارج صفوف «المجلس الوطني السوري» على هذا التنظيم الذي تأسس في إسطنبول، عدم احترامه لباقي مكوّنات المعارضة السورية، ولجوء بعض أقطابه إلى العنف والإقصاء لتهميش من يخالفونهم الرأي. أما داخل المجلس، فقد ارتفعت أصوات عديدة للتعبير عن استيائها من «هيمنة» مجموعة صغيرة من القيادات المحيطة برئيسه، الدكتور برهان غليون، داعيةً إلى «مأسسة» أداء المجلس، والنأي به عن «الفردية» و«التسلُّط» و«العقلية الأحادية». يرى الدكتور هيثم منّاع، رئيس «هيئة التنسيق الوطني» في المهجر أن «من الطبيعي أن يحاول كل طرف سياسي تقديم نفسه باعتباره الأفضل في الأداء والبنية والبرنامج، فذلك جزء من مشروع عملية التعبئة السياسية والشعبية»، لكنه يستدرك بأن المرفوض هو تعامل «المجلس الوطني» بمنطق «الهيكل القائد للثورة والمجتمع الذي يذكّرنا بالحزب القائد للدولة والمجتمع، فنحن لم نحارب المادة الثامنة من دستور العام 1973 لكي نعود اليوم لنسقط في المنطق نفسه».
من جهته، يقول الناشط في «تجمع الجاليات السورية في المهجر»، فهد المصري إنه «في البداية، رحّبنا بتأسيس المجلس الوطني، واعتبرناه خطوة نحو توحيد صفوف المعارضة. لكن، اتضح لنا يوماً بعد يوم، أنه يعمل على عكس ذلك، إذ إنه لا يتردد في ممارسة التسلط والعنف والإقصاء ضد أي جهة تعبّر عن رأي مغاير، سواء خارج المجلس أو حتى داخله».
يردّ الدكتور منذر ماخوس، نائب رئيس لجنة العلاقات الدولية في «المجلس الوطني» على هذه الانتقادات باعتبار أنّ ما يُقال عن نقائص وأخطاء «المجلس» فيه الكثير من المبالغة. ففيما يعترف بوجود «نقائص كثيرة في أدائه»، سواء على الصعيد الداخلي أو في علاقاته بباقي أطياف المعارضة السورية، يعزو ذلك أساساً إلى كون مؤسسات «المجلس» عبارة عن أُطر مؤقَّتة لم تكتمل بعد. غير أن ماخوس لا ينكر في الوقت نفسه وجود عوامل أخرى «لا تشجع على التعامل بأسلوب ديموقراطي»، ويضعها في خانة «تراكمات غياب أي فضاء للعمل السياسي الديموقراطي في سوريا على مدى عقود، مما ينعكس حتماً في عادات وتصرفات البعض، وهو ما يفسر بالفعل العديد من حالات الإقصاء»، من دون أن يتفق مع الرأي الذي يفيد بأن الأمر نابع عن رغبة أو خطة متعمدة لإقصاء أطراف أو أشخاص أو تيارات أخرى.
بدوره، يرى صالح مسلم، رئيس حزب «الاتحاد الديموقراطي الكردي السوري»، المنضوي في «هيئة التنسيق»، أن إشكالية «المجلس الوطني» لا تكمن في الأفراد، بل في «طبيعة تركيبته السياسية». ويشير في هذا الصدد إلى أنه تم تشكيل «المجلس الوطني» على عجالة إثر تصريح لوزيرة الخارجية الأميركية هيلاري كلينتون كشفت فيه أن الرئيس باراك أوباما لن يستقبل المعارضة السورية لأنها ليست موحدة. تصريح يرى مسلم أنه كان وراء الاستعجال في تأليف «المجلس» من قبل الأطراف «التي راهنت على نفوذ الحلف الأطلسي والتدخل الخارجي». أسباب أدّت إلى تأسيس «المجلس» من دون الاتفاق على برنامج أو منهج سياسي واضح وفق تعبير المسؤول السوري الكردي، إضافة إلى سبب موجب آخر في الاستعجال بتأليف «المجلس»، وهو استباق الوقت قبل انعقاد مؤتمر «هيئة التنسيق الوطنية» على حد تعبيره. ويعود مسلم ليضع مشكلة «هيئة التنسيق» مع «المجلس» على النحو التالي: إن العامل المشترك الأبرز بين القوى المنضوية في «المجلس» هو الرهان على دعم القوى الغربية للاستقواء بها على بقية أطياف المعارضة وعلى الحراك الشعبي الداخلي، وفق رأيه. من هنا، يخلص مسلم إلى أن «خلافنا مع المجلس ليس صراع أشخاص، بل هو خلاف سياسي، لكون هذا المجلس مرتبطاً بأجندات خارجية، أما نحن (في هيئة التنسيق)، فنريد أن نتّخذ من الديناميكيات الداخلية للمجتمع السوري أساساً للتغيير الديموقراطي، من دون الاستنجاد بالقوى الأجنبية أو التدخل الخارجي».
رأي يعلّق ماخوس عليه بوصفه أنه لا يخلو من التجنّي، على قاعدة أنه «يوجد داخل المجلس الوطني من يؤيد التدخل الأجنبي، مثلما يوجد من يرغب بذلك خارج المجلس، لذا، لا ينبغي التعميم». لذلك يشدد ماخوس على أنه قادر أن يؤكد «وجود العديد من الأطراف الوطنية المخلصة داخل المجلس ممن يبذلون محاولات جادة لجعل أساليب التعبير أكثر ديموقراطية ولتطوير آليات عمل المجلس لتتسم بطابع العمل المؤسساتي والممنهج». غير أنه يعترف في المقابل بأنه «للأسف، لا نزال بعيدين عن ذلك، فرغم الجهود الكبيرة التي تُبذل، لا تزال هناك العديد من الأخطاء والنواقص، ونحن نبذل كل ما في وسعنا من أجل تداركها وتصحيحها».
كلام لا يقنع فهد المصري الذي يجزم بأن «العقلية الإقصائية» التي يتعامل بها «المجلس الوطني» ليست مجرد هنات أو أخطاء يمكن تداركها. ويلفت إلى أن الإشكالية أكثر تعقيداً من ذلك، لأنها «لا تقتصر فقط على علاقات المجلس بباقي أطياف المعارضة السورية، بل تلقي بظلالها أيضاً على الأسلوب الذي يُدار به المجلس من داخله»، إذ إن «آليات اتخاذ القرار في صفوفه قائمة على الإقصاء والتفرد بالرأي». وبكل ثقة، يجزم المصري بأن «المجلس» يتحكم فيه حالياً ثلاثة أشخاص فحسب، هم أحمد رمضان وعبيدة النحاس ومحمد فاروق طيفور. ويصل به الأمر إلى اعتبار أنه «حتى رئيس المجلس، الدكتور برهان غليون، يُدار سراً من قبل هذا الثلاثي، أما باقي الأعضاء فهم لا يُشرَكون في اتخاذ القرار، ومعظمهم لا يبلغون أصلاً بما يعتزم المجلس القيام به من نشاطات أو مبادرات». وعن هذا الموضوع، يتابع المصري أن «هذا الأسلوب غير الديموقراطي الذي يُدار به المجلس أدى إلى العديد من الاستقالات والخلافات والانشقاقات. ويورد محدثنا أمثلة عن هذه الاستقالات التي كان أبرزها ربما مغادرة وليد البني، «المعارض المرموق» وأحد الأقطاب البارزة لـ «إعلان دمشق»، و«المثقف صاحب الصدقية بالنسبة لمختلف تيارات المعارضة السورية». ووفق تعابير المصري، بذل البني «جهوداً مخلصة من أجل توحيد الصفوف، لكنه في النهاية اضطر للاستقالة من صفوف المجلس احتجاجاً على ما اعترضه من ممارسات إقصائية وغير ديموقراطية». وبحسب شهادة المعارض نفسه، انسحب من «المجلس» أيضاً محمد العبد الله، وهو من قيادات المعارضة المقيمين في واشنطن، وقد انسحب أيضاً بسبب غياب الديموقراطية داخل هذا التنظيم. ولمزيد من التأكيد على رأيه، يحيل المصري الحديث إلى الدكتور منذر ماخوس «القادر على أن يعطيكم نموذجاً واضحاً للأسلوب الإقصائي الذي يُدار به المجلس، بعدما أخفى عنه الثنائي برهان غليون وبسمة قضماني مسألة اللقاء مع وزير الخارجية الفرنسي آلان جوبيه رغم أن ماخوس يُعدّ المسؤول عن قطاع أوروبا في لجنة العلاقات الدولية في المجلس».
ولدى استفسار ماخوس عن هذه الواقعة، يجيب «هذه الحادثة صحيحة. لقد اجتمعتُ ببرهان غليون وبسمة قضماني عشية اللقاء مع جوبيه، ولم يطلعاني على موضوع اللقاء الذي تابعت أخباره عبر وسائل الإعلام!». ورغم أن ماخوس يوضح عدم اعتراضه على أن تكون بعض اللقاءات أو النشاطات مقتصرة على أعلى هرم القيادة في «المجلس»، غير أنه يعود ليشدد على ضرورة أن «يندرج ذلك ضمن أسلوب عمل مؤسساتي واضح المعالم». ويتابع «أتفهم تماماً أنه ليس من الضروري أن يكون أعضاء لجنة العلاقات الدولية حاضرين في كل اللقاءات، ومن المفهوم أن بعض النشاطات قد يكون لها طابع استثنائي أو خاص، إلا أنّ التستر على مسألة انعقاد اجتماع كهذا، وعدم إبلاغنا بأي معلومات عنه، يعد خللاً غير طبيعي في أسلوب عمل المجلس». لا يريد ماخوس أن يعطي هذا الموضوع «أكثر مما يستحق حتى لا يُفهم أن في كلامي أي شخصنة للأمور»، لكنه يرى حاجة ماسة إلى أن «يُعاد النظر في مثل هذه الممارسات لأنها تتنافى مع أسلوب العمل المؤسساتي والديموقراطي الذي يجب أن يكون منهجنا». ويختصر الاشكالية بعبارة بسيطة: نحن نناضل ضد نظام غير ديموقراطي يستعمل أساليب الإقصاء والاستبداد، وهذا يتطلب منا ألا نكرّر تلك الممارسات، وأن نعطي عن أنفسنا صورة مغايرة وأكثر ديموقراطية».
يتفق صالح مسلم مع هذا الرأي، ويشير إلى أن أضرار «العقليات الإقصائية» لا تقتصر فقط على إثارة الخلافات بين فصائل المعارضة، بل تؤثر سلباً في «النَفَس الديموقراطي الذي يجب العمل على زرعه في المجتمع السوري». ويختم بالتحذير من أنّ «ما يقوم به المجلس من إعادة إنتاج غير واعية لممارسات النظام الاستبدادي، من حيث التسلط والإقصاء، يكشف أن الخلفية الفكرية لأغلب القوى المنتمية إليه تفتقر إلى الثقافة الديموقراطية، ولا تحترم الرأي الآخر، وهو ما من شأنه أن يؤسس لسوابق خطيرة تتنافى مع ما يجب أن تضطلع به المعارضة على صعيد تعميم الفكر التعددي، ونشر القيم الديموقراطية في المجتمع السوري».

«شبّيحة المجلس»

أثار الاعتداء على وفد «هيئة التنسيق» في القاهرة من قبل من باتوا يعرفون بـ«شبيحة المجلس الوطني» استياءً واسعاً في أوساط المعارضة السورية. عنه يقول ميشيل كيلو إن «البعض في المجلس الوطني يكرِّرون ممارسات إقصائية شبيهة بما عانيناه من النظام التسلطي، وإذا تأملنا في ما حدث في القاهرة، نجد أننا أمام عقلية مفادها أنه لا ينبغي أن يكون خارج المجلس أحد وإلا فسنقمعه بالقوة». لذلك كتب كيلو بعد تلك الحادثة أنه «إذا كان هؤلاء هم الذين سيسقطون النظام، فإن سوريا ليست ذاهبة إلى الديموقراطية، بل سننتقل من طغيان أقلية إلى طغيان أغلبية، وذلك، على رأي أرسطو، أسوأ ما يمكن أن يقوم من أنظمة فكرية». من جهته، يرى منذر ماخوس أن «ما كتبه كيلو لا يخلو من الصحة، فما حدث في القاهرة هو بكل المقاييس تصرّف غير ديموقراطي، وينمّ عن عقلية متسلطة»، مع إصراره على ضرورة عدم التعميم، لأن وجود أطراف غير ديموقراطية في المجلس الوطني «لا ينطبق على كل من هم معنا في المجلس».

http://www.al-akhbar.com/node/28893

January 3rd, 2012, 11:00 pm

 

ghufran said:

I do not care whether Bashar goes to exile, becomes a transitional president or else, but I do not want to see another Libya or Iraq in Syria.
عندما يحذر السيد مصطفى عبد الجليل رئيس المجلس الانتقالي الليبي من انفجار حرب أهلية في بلاده بسبب الفوضى التي تعمها، وانتشار الميليشيات المسلحة، فان هذه التحذيرات يجب ان تؤخذ بجدية مطلقة، لان الرجل يحتل المرتبة الأعلى في سلم الحكم، ويعرف جيداً ما يجري على الأرض من احداث.
قليلة هي الأخبار التي ترسم تفاصيل دقيقة للمشهد الليبي، بعد نجاح حلف الناتو والميليشيات المنضوية تحت عباءة المجلس الوطني في اسقاط نظام العقيد معمر القذافي، واستعادة العاصمة الليبية طرابلس وباقي المدن الاخرى من قبضته، فمحطات التلفزة العالمية التي كانت تزدحم بها العاصمة الليبية طرابلس او شقيقتها بنغازي التي شهدت الشرارة الاولى للاحتجاجات، غادرت فور انتهاء عمليات حلف الناتو ولم تعد تهتم بما يجري من تطورات، او ترصد الاعراض الجانبية لمرحلة ما بعد الاطاحة بالنظام الديكتاتوري السابق.
الاشتباكات المسلحة والدموية التي انفجرت في مدينة طرابلس بين عناصر تابعة لكتائب مصراته واخرى تابعة للمجلس العسكري، وأدت الى مقتل ستة أشخاص واصابة العشرات، تعيد تسليط الاضواء على حالة فوضى السلاح والميليشيات التي باتت الطابع الرئيسي للعاصمة وبعض المدن الأخرى.
في ليبيا أربع ميليشيات رئيسية، الاولى كتائب الزنتان التي تسيطر على مطار العاصمة وبعض احيائها، وكتائب المجلس العسكري التي يتزعمها السيد عبد الحكيم بلحاج، وكتائب مصراته وأخيراً قوات الجيش الوطني.
أهالي العاصمة ضاقوا ذرعاً بوجود هذه الميليشيات والحواجز الامنية التي اقامتها لتفتيش السيارات، وتظاهروا اكثر من مرة للتعبير عن غضبهم من هذه الفوضى، ولكن وعود المجلس الوطني ورئيس وزرائه السيد عبد الرحيم الكيب بجمع السلاح واستيعاب المسلحين في القوات المسلحة لم تطبق حتى الآن، ولا يوجد اي مؤشر الى انها ستطبق في المستقبل القريب، بسبب ضعف السلطة المركزية اولا، وعدم رغبة الميليشيات في التنازل عن سلاحها.

January 3rd, 2012, 11:00 pm

 

ghufran said:

Basma Bint Saud
مشكلة السعودية في مسؤوليها غير القادرين على تنفيذ اوامر السلطات العليا، كما ان الفي امير من 15 الف امير واميرة، يحتكرون السلطة ويتمتعون بالثروة وكلهم من اصحاب المليارات، ولا يستطيع احد التفوه بكلمة ضدهم خوفا من ان يفقد امتيازاته، خاصة ان بقية الامراء والاميرات لا يتمتعون بالثروات مثلهم.
هذا ما تقوله الاميرة بسمة بنت سعود بن عبدالعزيز (47 عاما) ابنة اخ الملك عبدالله، والتي وصفتها صحيفة ‘اندبندنت’ في مقابلة معها باميرة اكتون ـ غرب لندن تقود حملة تدعو فيها للاصلاح في بلدها السعودية.
وتصر الاميرة التي اصبحت سيدة اعمال ناجحة انها ليست معارضة او تدعو لتغيير النظام في السعودية، بل هي داعية للاصلاح حيث تستخدم موقعها كعضو في العائلة المالكة كي تتصدى للقضايا الحساسة في بلدها، فمن خلال عملها الصحافي، ونشاطها كمدونة اضافة لنشاطاتها التجارية تقوم بالتصدي لاوضاع الفقر والانتهاكات لحقوق النساء وممارسات المطاوعة او الشرطة الدينية. كما ان مدونتها تعتبر النافذة الاخرى للدعوة للاصلاح ونقد الاوضاع في السعودية وعدد اصدقائها على الـ ‘فيسبوك’ الخاص بها 25 الفا.

January 3rd, 2012, 11:04 pm

 

zoo said:

Disinformation at its best. The author’s name says it all.

Iran sought to broker Syria deal between Assad, Muslim Brotherhood
By Ben Birnbaum
The Washington Times Tuesday, January 3, 2012

ISTANBUL — A leader of Syria’s Muslim Brotherhood says Iran has sought to coax the Islamist group’s support for President Bashar Assad in exchange for four high-ranking positions in the Syrian government.

Mohammed Farouk Tayfour, the top political leader in Syria’s Muslim Brotherhood, told The Washington Times on Tuesday that Iran’s supreme leader — Ayatollah Ali Khamenei — sent three emissaries to Istanbul in late October to try to broker the deal.

“We refused to meet with them,” said Mr. Tayfour, one of nine members of the Syrian National Council’s executive committee, which is leading opposition to the Assad regime. “We told them [through a Turkish mediator] that Iran has been taking sides against the Syrian people.

“When Iran takes the side of the Syrian people, then we are willing to meet with the envoys and talk with them,” he said at the council’s office in Istanbul. “Otherwise, there is no way we can meet with the Iranians when they are assisting in the killing of our people.”

Mr. Tayfour said the Turkish mediator was a personal acquaintance, not a government official, and that he did not know if Ankara had no knowledge of the matter.

He said the mediator reached out to him three times in one week in an attempt to set up a face-to-face meeting the emissaries, who were then staying at an Istanbul hotel.

The Muslim Brotherhood, one of the largest and most influential Islamist groups in the Middle East, is banned in Syria, which is engaged in a months-long deadly crackdown on dissent and has long enjoyed support from Iran’s Shiite theocracy.

January 3rd, 2012, 11:10 pm

 

ghufran said:

هوت العملة الإيرانية الريال لمستويات متدنية مقابل الدولار في تعاملات اليوم الثلاثاء، وذلك بعد ثلاثة أيام من توقيع الرئيس الأميركي باراك أوباما على مسودة قانون بفرض عقوبات جديدة على البنك المركزي الإيراني.

ويتوقع في حالة تنفيذ العقوبات الأميركية بالكامل أنها ستعرقل قدرة طهران على بيع النفط في الأسواق العالمية وتحصيل عملات صعبة مما يعرض الاقتصاد الإيراني للمزيد من المصاعب ويزيد من ضعف العملة الإيرانية.

وتهدف واشنطن من العقوبات الجديدة إلى حرمان طهران من عائدات النفط التي يتم تحصيل جزء كبير منها عن طريق البنك المركزي، وأيضا بالضغط على الشركات الأجنبية لوقف تعاملاتها التجارية مع السلطات الإيرانية تحت طائل التعرض لعقوبات اقتصادية أميركية.

وحام سعر صرف العملة الإيرانية حول 17200 ريال مقابل الدولار، وهو مستوى قياسي منخفض، وكان سعر الدولار في الشهر الماضي عند 10500 ريال

January 3rd, 2012, 11:13 pm

 

Syria no kandahar said:

Listen to this guy and try not to cry:
If I lost one leg I have another one
If I lost a brother I have others
But if we lose Syria ….

January 3rd, 2012, 11:14 pm

 

jad said:

Ghufran,
“I do not want to see another Libya or Iraq in Syria”
I share your concerns.

سوريا | ضباط أميركيّون في لبنان وفرنسيّون في تركيا

مهمتهم تحفيز الجنود المنشقين عن الجيش السوري… وضمان أمن الترسانة الصاروخية السورية

مجدّداً، فجّرت الصحيفة الفرنسية الساخرة «لوكانار أنشينيه» قنبلة متصلة بالمسألة السورية، عندما كشفت عن مضمون تقرير أميركي كان سرياً، يتضمن تأكيداً على انعدام النية لدى فرنسا بدعم التمرد العسكري ما دام الرئيس بشار الأسد ممسكاً بمفاتيح ترسانته الصاروخية

عثمان تزغارت
باريس | كشفت صحيفة «لوكانار أنشينيه» الفرنسية عن تقرير أميركي سري أعدّته لجنة خبراء من مركز RCS، التابع للكونغرس الأميركي، حول تطورات الأوضاع في سوريا. و​قالت الصحيفة إن وزارة الدفاع الأميركية والبيت الأبيض قرّرا إحاطة هذا التقرير بطابع السرية، وذلك خلافاً لما هو معمول به عادةً، إذ تُنشر تقارير مركز RCS على موقع مكتبة الكونغرس. وأوضحت الصحيفة أنها اطلعت على فحوى هذا التقرير من خلال مصدر في المديرية الفرنسية للاستخبارا​ت العسكرية، التي حصلت على نسخة منه عن طريق ملحق عسكري فرنسي في واشنطن.

وذكرت «لوكانار أنشينيه» أن التقرير الأميركي، الذي يقع في عشرين صفحة، حذّر من أنّ «انعكاسات الأزمة الحالية ستتجاوز حدود سوريا، وتهدّد بمزيد من الاحتقان والمواجهات ذات الطابع الطائفي في لبنان والعراق، وبنزاعات مسلحة في الدول المعنية بالمسألة الكردية (تركيا، إيران، العراق)».
كذلك تضمّن التقرير انتقادات تشكك في جدية المعارضة السورية وقدرتها على إطاحة النظام. وقد عاب الخبراء الأميركيون على «المجلس الوطني السوري» أنه «يركّز فقط على استقطاب المعارضين والمنشقين في المنفى، مما يعرّضه للانتقادات من قبل نشطاء الداخل». أما «هيئة التنسيق الوطني»، فقال التقرير إنها «كانت، إلى غاية أيام قليلة ماضية، لا تزال تراهن على أن (الرئيس) بشار الأسد سيتراجع». ولم يخلُ التقرير من النظرة الاختزالية التي عادةً ما تطبع التحاليل الأميركية عن العالم الإسلامي، حيث صوّر النزاع السوري من منظور كاريكاتوري يصنّف غالبية المحتجين ضد السلطة «مسلمين سنّة يغلب عليهم التوجّه الإخواني». أما أنصار النظام، فهم «شيعة وعلويون» على حد تعبير معدّي التقرير.
وكان لافتاً تجاهُل التقرير بشكل تام للثقل الذي يمثله الحراك الشعبي السوري، داعياً إلى التركيز على «قلب موازين القوى العسكرية». وأشار في هذا الخصوص إلى أن «المنشقين، من مدنيين وعسكر فارين من الجيش، ليس لديهم ما يكفي من الأسلحة، وهم لا يمثلون قوة قادرة على مواجهة جيش يتّسم بالحرفية والانضباط، وهو ما يدفع بالعديد من الأقليات إلى الاستمرار في تأييد النظام، بما في ذلك المسيحيون». تحليلات لا تكاد تختلف عما هو دارج في الإعلام الغربي من رؤيات نمطية غالباً ما تتسم بالتعميم وتفتقر للدقة.
من هنا يتساءل البعض عن سبب إحاطة هذا التقرير بطابع السرية؟ لعل ذلك يعود إلى الجزء المخصّص منه للمنشقين عن الجيش السوري، حيث كشف أن عدة آلاف من الجنود والضباط قد انشقوا بالفعل، لكن الغالبية الساحقة منهم اختارت المغادرة إلى بعض دول الجوار، بعد فرارها من الخدمة. أما الذين انضموا إلى «الجيش السوري الحر»، أو «حركة الضباط الأحرار»، فإنهم لا يمثلون ـ وفق ما ورد في التقرير ـ سوى أقلية ضئيلة. ويتابع التقرير أن «هناك بضع مئات فقط من المنشقين الذين يشاركون في القتال ضد الجيش النظامي، في حين أن عدة آلاف من الجنود الفارين فضّلوا اللجوء إلى المناطق القريبة من الحدود في تركيا ولبنان»، مع الاشارة إلى ان هؤلاء «لا يشاركون حتى الآن في المواجهات المسلحة». وعن هذا الموضوع، يتحدث معدّو التقرير عن معلومة جديدة في تأكيدهم وجود «ضباط أميركيين من القوات الخاصة في لبنان، وزملاء لهم من القوات الخاصة الفرنسية في تركيا، يعملون بشكل سري على تحفيز هؤلاء الجنود الفارين على العودة إلى بلادهم والمشاركة في القتال». معلومة تدفع إلى التساؤل: لماذا قامت مديرية الاستخبارات العسكرية الفرنسية بتسريب هذا التقرير، وهي تعلم أنه يتضمن أسراراً قد تُعرِّض حياة أفراد القوات الخاصة الفرنسية المشار إليهم للخطر؟ لعل الجواب على ذلك يكمن في ما أوردته «لوكانار أنشينيه» في ختام مقالها، حيث كتبت أن مديرية الاستخبارات العسكرية في باريس «قلقة على مستقبل الترسانة الصاروخية السورية في حال سقوط النظام، فلا أحد يعلم بأيدي من ستقع أطنان الأسلحة والصواريخ المتطوّرة التي حصلت عليها سوريا من روسيا وإيران؟». وتشرح قائلةً «لا يزال حاضراً في الأذهان ما تعرضت له مخازن نظام معمر القذافي من أعمال سطو أدت إلى اختفاء ترسانة خطيرة من الأسلحة والصواريخ التي تسعى الاستخبارات الأميركية والفرنسية والبريطانية والجزائرية حالياً لتقفي آثارها واسترجاعها». ولمّحت الصحيفة إلى أن الاستخبارات العسكرية الفرنسية «تعارض دعم قواتها للتمرد العسكري ضد النظام السوري، لأنها تدرك أن الخطر الذي تخشاه لن يقع ما دام الأسد ممسكاً بمفاتيح ترسانته الصاروخية».
http://www.al-akhbar.com/node/28872

January 3rd, 2012, 11:15 pm

 

jad said:

حركة سورية «مناهضة للشيعة» تتبنى خطف خمسة إيرانيين

تبنّت منظمة سورية معارضة، تطلق على نفسها اسم «حركة مناهضة المد الشيعي في سوريا»، أمس، خطف خمسة إيرانيين في حمص في كانون الأول الماضي، وحذرت إيران و«حزب الله» من مغبة المضي في دعم النظام السوري.
وقالت هذه المنظمة، التي لم تكن معروفة في السابق، في بيان وصل عبر الفاكس إلى وكالة «فرانس برس» في نيقوسيا، «لقد أخذنا على عاتقنا مهمة كشف وضرب كل أشكال الدعم والمساندة التي تقدمها كل من إيران وحزب الله إلى النظام المجرم».
وأضافت «لقد كللنا باكورة عملنا باحتجاز خمسة إيرانيين كإنذار أولي لإيران ولحزب الله من مغبة استمرارهما في تقديم الدعم للنظام السوري لقمع الثورة السورية المباركة في كل أنحاء الوطن عامة وفي حمص قلب الثورة النابض خاصة». وتابعت «ننذر إيران وحزب الله بأن مصير عناصرهم في سوريا سيكون كمصير هؤلاء الخمسة إذا لم يتوقفوا على الفور عن تقديم أي شكل من أشكال الدعم للنظام المجرم لقمع الثورة». (ا ف ب)

http://www.assafir.com/Article.aspx?EditionId=2042&ChannelId=48486&ArticleId=231&Author=

January 3rd, 2012, 11:20 pm

 

Syria no kandahar said:

Jad
I thought you quit ,I heard Hytham is selling رشاش عوزي on sale,he gives you a lecture for free with it,he also gives holly communion and Riad Alassad posters,
All in one package.
Happy new year.

January 3rd, 2012, 11:21 pm

 

majedkhaldoun said:

Ron Paul proved again and again that he is the best republican and the smartest, congratulation to Ron Paul.

January 3rd, 2012, 11:29 pm

 

zoo said:

Interview with Haytham al-Manna
Published Monday, January 2, 2012

Haytham al-Manna: The Politics Behind the Pact with Ghalioun
http://english.al-akhbar.com/content/haytham-al-manna-politics-behind-pact-ghalioun
Cairo | Interview – The pact concluded on Friday between Haytham al-Manna of the National Coordination Committee (NCC) and Burhan Ghalioun, head of the Syrian National Council (SNC) establishing a framework for unifying the Syrian opposition and its vision of a post-Assad Syria may have been stillborn.

After the pact became public, various SNC members publicly criticized its take on foreign intervention and domestic armed action against the regime, and claimed the SNC is not bound by it. Ghalioun later said what he signed was a draft yet to be approved by the SNC and is not a final declaration.

Al-Manna spoke to Al-Akhbar in Cairo on Sunday about the circumstances surrounding the agreement and his understanding of its provisions.

For an English text of the pact as provided by al-Manna, click here.
http://www.al-akhbar.com/system/files/Mannaa_English.pdf

Serene Assir: Tell us about the pact between Burhan Ghalioun and you, and the conditions around its creation.
(..)

January 3rd, 2012, 11:32 pm

 

ann said:

At UN, Syria Briefing Likely Jan 10, No Comment on Dead Syrian Journalist

http://www.innercitypress.com/syria1alscbrief010312.html

UNITED NATIONS, January 3, updated — As South Africa on Tuesday fully took over the presidency of the UN Security Council and met with other Council members, requests were made for a Council briefing on Syria.

By Tuesday afternoon, Inner City Press learned from a country not pushing for it that a briefing on the topic will “most probably” take place on January 10, by the UN Department of Political Affairs, led by Lynn Pascoe of the US.

This country argued, as have others, that the Council should wait for the outcome of the much-questioned Arab League mission to the country.

In response to questions from Inner City Press over the holiday, the Office of the Spokesperson for Secretary General Ban Ki-moon declined to comment on the killing of citizen journalist Basil al-Sayed in Homs, and on the fact that the Arab League team is headed by a Sudanese military figure active in the war crimes zone of Darfur.

Rather, Ban’s office replied that

On Syria: The Arab League efforts to stop the bloodshed and facilitate a peaceful solution to the crisis in Syria that will address the democratic aspirations of the people are important. As we have said, we welcome the arrival in Syria of the advance team of the Arab League observers, and look forward to the deployment of the full-scale observer mission

which is the first of its kind undertaken by the League of Arab States. It is critical that the observer mission be given unhindered access and full cooperation by the Government of Syria, and that its independence and impartiality be fully preserved. We look forward to hearing more from the mission. We hope that the League of Arab States, under the able stewardship of its Secretary-General and its membership, will take all steps possible to ensure that its observer mission will be able to fulfil its mandate in accordance with international human rights law standards.

On Syrian journalist: We are checking for more specifics on this. If we have more we’ll let you know.

Since then, Ban’s office has said nothing about the dead journalist, nor the appropriateness of the Arab League team’s leadership.

Likewise, when Inner City Press asked in writing then in-person on January 3 about Egyptian authorities’ raiding NGO offices, Ban’s spokesman Martin Nesirky, saying he was “carefully” choosing his words, emphasized that Egypt is in transition.

Why so careful? Some say it is a response to Russia’s complaints about Ban taking sides by claiming that Security Council resolution 1973 in Libya was fully complied with, despite even the New York Times counting as least 50 civilians killed by NATO bombing. So now Ban sways the other way. But what will Pascoe say?

While even a country not favoring the Syria briefing says it will happen “most probably” on January 10, the issue will still have to come up in Council consultations to be formalized. Thus, when Inner City Press asked French Permanent Representative Gerard Araud when he emerged, “Syria briefing on the tenth?” he said, “Not yet.” But even a country not favoring the briefing says it is “most probably” January 10. Watch this site.

Update of 6 pm — Inner City Press is informed that the Syria briefing, by Lynn Pascoe, will be on the morning of January 10, under the heading “DPA Briefing.” On the Council’s Libya meeting this month, there are moves afoot to get High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay, and “maybe Gebril” / Jibril. Watch this site.

January 3rd, 2012, 11:42 pm

 

jad said:

Dear SNK,
Same to you 🙂 I’m no quitter my friend.
I disagree with you about Haytham as much as I may disagree with some of his views, however, I do like him.

Zoo,
Nice to have you back, hopefully Bronco would come back too.

January 3rd, 2012, 11:45 pm

 

Haytham Khoury said:

jad # 383.

I agree on most of it

January 3rd, 2012, 11:46 pm

 

zoo said:

Why the silence on the murder of Shukri Abu Burghol?

After the international media outrage at the kidnapping and mistreatment of the anti regime Syrian cartoonist Ali Ferzat, a deafening silence for the first journalist murdered in Syria, Shukri Abu Burghol. Why? Is it simply because he was supporting the regime and he was killed by opposition supported terrorists?

January 3rd, 2012, 11:47 pm

 

Haytham Khoury said:

Dear SNK:

I will celebrate with you when Bashar leaves.

January 3rd, 2012, 11:48 pm

 

Haytham Khoury said:

JAD#395.

Thank you

January 3rd, 2012, 11:52 pm

 

jad said:

Zoo,
Apparently he is not worth mentioning because Radwan Zibaleh’s ‘men’ are the ones who killed him..so let’s keep it quite!

تشييع جثمان الشهيد الصحفي أبو البرغل .. محمود : استشهاده هو استهداف لرسالة الإعلام الوطنية والأخلاقية والإنسانية

دمشق..
شيع من مشفى المواساة أمس إلى مثواه الأخير بدمشق جثمان الشهيد الصحفي شكري أحمد راتب أبو البرغل الذي طالته رصاصات المجموعات الارهابية المسلحة قبل أيام فى داريا بريف دمشق أثناء تواجده فى منزله عندما كان يعد رسالته الأسبوعية لإذاعة دمشق.

وزير الإعلام خلال تقديم واجب العزاء لأسرة الصحفي أبوالبرغل يؤكد أن استشهاده هو استهداف لرسالة الإعلام الوطنية والاخلاقية والانسانية..
وقدم الدكتور عدنان محمود وزير الاعلام واجب العزاء لأسرة الزميل الصحفي شكري أبوالبرغل, وقال: إن الأسرة الإعلامية فقدت باستشهاد ابوالبرغل زميلا قضى حياته في سبيل الرسالة الاعلامية التي أحبها وأخلص لها وكان مثالا للتفاني بالعمل والتحلي بالأخلاق وتكريس الإطار الوطني وخدمة المجتمع في نشاطه الصحفي مؤكدا أن استشهاده برصاص الإرهاب وهو ينجز عمله هو استهداف لرسالة الإعلام الوطنية والاخلاقية والانسانية.
وأضاف الدكتور محمود إن الإعلام السوري بكوادره ووسائله كان منذ بداية الاحداث هدفا للارهاب الذي يتعرض له الشعب السوري بكل شرائحه ومكوناته.
ولفت الدكتور محمود إلى أن دماء الشهيد أبو البرغل لن تزيدنا إلا عزما وتصميما على متابعة رسالتنا الاعلامية السامية مؤكدا على دور الاعلام السوري في تقديم الحقائق والارتباط العضوي مع قضايا المواطن ومشيرا إلى أن هذا الإعلام جزء من النسيج المجتمعي الذي اثبت قدرته على مواجهة التحديات من خلال الروح الوطنية العالية والادراك العميق والقراءة الواعية للحظة الراهنة واستشراف المستقبل.
من جانبه أكد الياس مراد رئيس اتحاد الصحفيين في سورية أن استشهاد الزميل شكري أبو البرغل لن يثني الصحفيين عن أداء مهمتهم في نقل الوقائع والأحداث والالتزام بالكلمة الحرة ودعم برنامج الإصلاح الشامل الذي يقوده الرئيس بشار الأسد .
وأشار مراد إلى أن استشهاد الزميل أبو البرغل هو ثمن الكلمة المسؤولة في مواجهة المؤامرة التي تتعرض من خلالها سورية وشعبها لأعمال تخريبية من قبل مجموعات إرهابية مسلحة تستهدف الدولة ومؤسساتها.
بدوره أوضح الدكتور خلف المفتاح مدير عام مؤسسة الوحدة للصحافة والنشر أن ثقافة الموت لن تنتصر على ثقافة الحياة وأن فقد الأسرة الإعلامية لأحد صحفييها هو شرف للأعلام السوري لافتاً إلى أن المجموعات الإرهابية المسلحة لا تفهم لغة الحوار وأن أعمال القتل والتخريب التي ترتكبها تعكس ثقافتهم وإجرامهم وتفكيرهم الظلامي.
وأشار المفتاح إلى أن الإعلام السوري سيستمر في ممارسة دوره الوطني في كشف فبركات واكاذيب قنوات الاعلام المضللة ونقل الصورة الحقيقية للعالم عما ترتكبه المجموعات الإرهابية من أعمال القتل والتخريب خدمة لأجندات وجهات خارجية تريد الشر بسورية.
من جهته قال علي قاسم رئيس تحرير صحيفة الثورة إن الشهيد أبو البرغل كان مثالا في الأدب والأخلاق ويؤدي واجبه الوطني بكل شرف وأمانة لكن رصاص الإرهاب لا يفرق بين صوت الحق والفكر الإجرامي مضيفاً إنه مهما فعلت المجموعات الإرهابية فلن يثني ذلك عزيمة اصحاب الأقلام الصادقة عن مواصلة عملهم ونقل الحقيقة بكل مهنية وموضوعية .
من جانبه بين الصحفي محسن عبود أن المجموعات الإرهابية المسلحة لم تكتف باستهداف عناصر الجيش العربي السوري والأمن بل اتجهت الى إسكات الصوت الوطني الحر الذي يعبر عن انتمائه الوطني متمنياً أن يلهم الله أهل الزميل الصحفي الصبر والسلوان وأن يعود الأمن والاستقرار إلى ربوع سورية.
حضر مراسم التشييع رؤساء تحرير وسائل الاعلام المحلية وأعضاء المكتب التنفيذي لإتحاد الصحفيين وعدد كبير من زملاء الشهيد وأصدقائه وأهله.
وكانت الدكتورة شادية الخضري المدير الطبي في مشفى المواساة قالت لوكالة سانا إن الزميل أبو البرغل توفي في الصباح متأثراً بإصابته بطلق ناري في الرأس أسفل العين.
وخضع الزميل جراء إصابته إلى عمليات جراحية في الرأس ومكان الإصابة من قبل الفريق الطبي الاختصاصي في الهيئة العامة لمشفى المواساة ليستقر وضعه الصحي يوم الجمعة ليعود ويتأزم جراء شدة الاصابة حيث فارق الحياة.
والزميل الصحفي أبو البرغل من مواليد 1956 متأهل وله ولدان وبنت وحاصل على شهادة معهد التأهيل الإعلامي وقد مارس عمله محرراً صحفياً في صحيفة الثورة منذ عام 1980 كان خلالها مثالاً للصحفي الناجح والحريص على الاهتمام بشكاوى المواطنين وايصال صوتهم على مدى سنوات طويلة قضاها بين زملائه في دائرة الرقابة الشعبية إضافة إلى إعداده التقارير والرسائل الاذاعية المتنوعة عبر أثير إذاعة دمشق وقد عرف عنه حسه الوطني والإنساني العالي.
وكان الشهيد أبو البرغل كلف بمهام معاون رئيس دائرة الرقابة الشعبية في جريدة الثورة في 3-8-2000 ومعاون رئيس دائرة المندوبين والمراسلين في 2-2-2003.

اتحاد الصحفيين ينعي الصحفي شكري ابو البرغل ويستنكر ارتكابات المجموعات المسلحة من اعمال القتل والتخريب والاعتداء على المنشآت العامة والخاصة ..
ونعى اتحاد الصحفيين الزميل الصحفي في جريدة الثورة شكري ابو البرغل وجاء في بيان للاتحاد إن الاتحاد وهو ينعي الراحل الزميل ابو البرغل الذي توفي متأثرا بجراحه وشيع الى مثواه الاخير منضما إلى شهداء الكلمة الحرة والاعلام في مواجهة الارهاب المسلح الذي قرر شعبنا ان لا مكان له بيننا وباتت ايامه معدودة يؤكد التزام الصحفيين السوريين باقلامهم الوطنية الشريفة وحرصهم على استقرار سورية وعلى الكلمة الحرة والحياة الديمقراطية التي يشارك فيها افراد المجتمع كافة من خلال تعددية حزبية وسياسية وان الحوار هو الطريق الى الحرية الحقة التي تكفل للجميع المشاركة من خلال المؤسسات الديمقراطية المنتخبة في بناء الوطن.
واستنكر الاتحاد في بيانه ارتكابات الارهابيين المسلحين الذين يقومون بالقتل والتخريب والاعتداء على المنشآت العامة والخاصة واجهزة حفظ النظام والمواطنين بهدف الترهيب واثارة الفوضى بدعم من اطراف خارجية تقدم لهم المال والسلاح لتأجيج الوضع في سورية مؤكدا ان المخطط التآمري على سورية ومواقفها خدمة للمشاريع الخارجية مصيره الفشل كما فشل غيره من مخططات بفضل الوحدة الوطنية التي يعيشها شعبنا بمختلف فئاته حاميا للوطن وامنه واستقراره.
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تشييع الصحفي الشهيد شكري أبو البرغل الذي اغتيل من قبل مسلحين على تواصل مع رضوان زيادة!؟

دمشق ، الحقيقة ( خاص) : شيع عصر اليوم في بلدة داريا قرب دمشق جثمان الصحفي الشهيد شكري أبو البرغل وسط شتائم أفراد أسرته لبرهان غليون و “الدعاء إلى الله بأن يصيبه ما أصاب الأسرة”! وكان المغدور أصيب بطلق ناري في عينه اليسرى بينما كان يقف على نافذة منزله في بلدة داريا يوم الجمعة الماضي، لكن جميع العمليات الجراحية التي أجريت له على مدار اليومين الماضيين في مشفى”المواساة” فشلت في إنقاذ حياته ، حيث توفي في الساعة السابعة من صباح اليوم.

مصادر في داريا قالت لـ”الحقيقة” إن من أطلق النار على منزل الصحفي المغدور هم مسلحون من آل زيادة في البلدة ، وهم من أتباع وزير الأوقاف السابق محمد زيادة ، عم المدعو رضوان زيادة، الذي أنشأ علاقات مع المجموعات المسلحة التي تنضوي تحت لواء ما يسمى “الجيش السوري الحر”. وأكد مصدر مقرب من من آل زيادة أن “الناشطين المسلحين وغير المسلحين في بلدة داريا ، ممن يوالون المجلس الوطني السوري ، هم على اتصال برضوان زيادة “المقيم في الولايات المتحدة.

يشار إلى أن الصحفي المغدور ( 56 عاما) كان من أكثر الصحفيين العاملين في الإعلام الرسمي ، المكتوب ( حيث عمل في صحيفة الثورة) والمسموع ( من خلال برنامجه المفتوح في الإذاعة) ، اقترابا من الحياة والهموم اليومية للناس . وعمل في الصحافة منذ العام 1980، حيث شغل مهمة معاون رئيس دائرة الراقابة الشعبية في الجريدة المذكورة منذ العام 2000 إلى العام 2003 حين عين رئيسا لدائرة المندوبين والمراسلين حتى تاريخ استشهاده.ولعل الأهم من هذا هو أنه لم تعرف عنه أية أنشطة مهنية يمكن تصنيفها في خانة “بروباجندا” السلطة.

January 4th, 2012, 12:00 am

 

jad said:

Haytham
I mean it!

January 4th, 2012, 12:01 am

 

jad said:

موت الأسئلة وعصر الفلسفة الثورية تعلنه سيدة من دمشق
by بقلم: نارام سرجون

في اليوم الأخير من عام 2011 اكتشفت ان الفلسفة قد أنهت مهمتها من الوجود الانساني وأن كل الأسئلة الفلسفية الكبرى قد تمت الاجابة عنها.. وأحسست أن ايمانويل كانت وتوما الاكويني وباروخ سبينوزا وفريدريك نيتشه وجان بول سارتر والفارابي والكندي والمعري وابن رشد وابو حامد الغزالي وكونفوشيوس وأرسطاطاليس وكل رهط الفلاسفة في التاريخ البشري قد ضيعوا عمرهم هباء وأنهم أفنوا حياتهم في التساؤلات الفاسفية الكبرى التي اكتشفت في الأيام الأخيرة من عام 2011 أنها كانت الملهاة الكبرى.. فالسؤال لم يعد هو: هل الله موجود أم لا؟ ولم يعد السؤال هو: ماهي الغاية من الوجود؟ وكيف سينتهي الوجود؟ بل هناك السؤال الكبير الذي ابتلع كل هذه الاسئلة التي أحيلت على المعاش في الفلسفة البشرية.. سؤال تكرر بالأمس في كل ثانية..
بالأمس لم أجد برنامجا على التلفزيون في كل الفضاء الاعلامي العربي الا وهو يسأل نفس السؤال الوجودي القلق وهو: هل سيبقى الرئيس بشار الأسد في الحكم؟ يالقوة الله.. والفلسفة !!

وبالطبع ألحقت أسئلة صغرى بهذا السؤال العملاق الذي صار يشغل حتى ثوار بوكو حرام في نيجيرية وعلماء وكالة ناسا الامريكية أسئلة من مثل: كيف ستؤول الأوضاع في سورية ..؟ والى أين سيلجأ الرئيس السوري؟ وفي أي شهر ستنتصر الثورة السورية؟
ولاشك أنني استمعت لكل النابئين من مايك فغالي الى ماغي فرح وميشال الحايك والى عشرات السياسيين والمحللين العرب على كل الفضائيات وغيرهم والذين اختلفوا حول الجواب .. وبالتأكيد استمعت الى زعيم المنجمين ودرة المحللين السياسيين وذهبهم المصفّى عزمي بشارة الذي قررت التخصص في متابعة نبوءاته لأن عزمي تحول من العمل العقلي للفلسفة الى تجارة الغاز الثوري وبيع الاوهام والدم العربي والتنجيم السياسي ..عزمي بشارة انتقل من التشاؤم فجأة الى اليقين بسقوط النظام السوري هذا العام بالذات وأن الاقتصاد السوري الأعرج لن يكفي الرئيس بشار الأسد أكثر من عام .. وكاد يقسم الأيمان المغلظة بأن البراق الالهي ذهب به في رحلة الاسراء والمعراج الى السماء وأنه سمع في السماء حديثا وخبرا عن نهاية الرئيس بشار الأسد هذا العام تحديدا ..البراق أخذه من الدوحة الى الصخرة المقدسية “التي حررها حمد بن جاسم والقطريون الأحرار” قبل تحليقه في السماء .. حيث تحدث الله اليه وربما استشاره فيما يفعل عام 2012 ..فأشار عليه راكب البراق الثوري عزمي بشارة أن يحرك مدينتي حلب ودمشق بصناعيي الأولى وتجار الثانية .. لان الاقدار قد قررت نهاية الأسد والأقدار قررت تحريك دمشق وحلب ..ولم ينس راكب البراق عزمي أن يقول انه لاينكر أن الأسد مقاوم لكنه لن يقايض دم السوريين بمقاومة اسرائيل .. قال راكب البراق ذلك من أرض قطر ومن قصر صديقه الديمقراطي المنتخب دستوريا حمد بن خليفة آل ثاني والمحاط بالبرلمان الحر.. قال عزمي ذلك ورأينا أن الاستوديو الذي يتحدث منه في “الجزيرة” كان يتأرجح ويتمايل كسفينة عائمة مع تمايل جزيرة قطر كلها من ثقل واقلاع وهدير طائرات قاعدة العيديد والسيلية ..

العالم واقف يحبس أنفاسه ولم يعد يعنيه فلسفة العالم القديم عن الوجود والله ..بل عن استمرار الرئيس بشار الأسد ونظام حكمه
وعن يوم اعلان النصر .. وربما كان أكثر سؤال مطروح في العالم كله هو: هل سيبقى الرئيس بشار الأسد؟؟
وأنا في هذه المقالة لن أجيب عن السؤال ولن يستدرجني هذا السؤال المصوغ في تل أبيب في آخر تقليعة للحرب النفسية على السوريين .. وكسوري وطني أنا سأطرح سؤالا أكثر عمقا ويمسني أكثر ..وهو: هل سيبقى الوطن السوري الذي عرفناه؟ وهل سيصمد المشروع الوطني الكبير للانطلاق نحو شرق أوسط بهيمنة تيار المقاومة والرفض؟ أم سنتحول الى امارات طالبانية ظلامية؟ وهل سيتحول جنرالات الجيش السوري الأبطال الى أمراء حرب يتبعون الملا برهان غليون أم الملا رياض الشقفة؟ .. هذا اذا لم يكن أميرنا الحقيقي هو الملا عمر نفسه ..

الأوطان ياسادة لايمثلها رئيس ولانظام ..بل الأوطان هي التي تبقي الرؤساء أو تستغني عنهم؟ وليست الأحلاف الخارجية .. والسؤال الأكبر هو: أين ستكون سوريا وشعبها في عام 2012 ؟ وسواء بقي الرئيس الأسد ام لم يبق فالوطن السوري هو الأهم من الجميع.. ويحضرني الآن حديث للشاعر المصري الشعبي احمد فؤاد نجم الذي فوجئ عام 1967 بمظاهرات عارمة تجتاح شوارع مصر رفضا لتنحي الرئيس جمال عبد الناصر بعد الهزيمة ..فنزل نجم الى الشارع وهناك صادف شخصا متأثرا فسأله بانفعال: قل لي .. من هو الأكبر اليوم .. الشعب المصري أم جمال عبد الناصر؟ فقال له المتظاهر الغاضب: بل مصر هي أكبر من الاثنين معا .. لاشيء اكبر من مصر ..وأنا أصرخ الآن من أجل مصر ..
وأنا أكرر ماقاله هذا المصري الوطني الغاضب وأقول ان سورية أكبر من الجميع ..ومع ذلك فسأنقل لكم بأمانة رأيي في أن الوطن السوري بغالبيته يريد الرئيس الأسد ممثلا لمشروعه الوطني وأن الشارع السوري يصدق الرئيس ولايصدق الثورة ..وان الشعب يصدق الرئيس ويؤمن أن الرئيس لن يخذله في التخلص من البطانة الفاسدة كفساد الثورة وبطانتها ..ولذلك سيحميه ويتمسك به .. والشعب لاشك أصدق انباء من الفضائيات .. خاصة أن أهم انجازات الثورة أنها ألقت الرعب والهلع في نفوس الفقراء والآمنين والمؤمنين من هذه الثورة الغنية بالمال والنفط والغاز ودعم العربان الذين يديرون بلدانا تحولت بكاملها الى فنادق للاسرائيليين ورجال السي أي ايه .. وجل هم العربان بناء أوسع اوتوستراد للدبابات الأمريكية كما وصفهم الراحل صدام حسين ..
صدقوني كلما قررت أن أذهب في استطلاع للرأي الآخر “الثوري” ولآلامه ولوجهات نظره ولاعادة النظر فيما أكتب أحس بالاحباط .. أزور الثورة في مواقعها وفي فضائياتها وفي تنسيقياتها ليكون حكمي عليها أو لها أكثر توازنا لكن يزداد اغترابي عنها وعدم اطمئناني لها وأعرف مأزق محامي القضية الشائكة عزمي بشارة ..
ولأن العدل والتوازن يقتضي الاستماع للآخر لمعرفة تطور ومصير الثورة فأنا أتردد على الثورة وأسافر الى شوارعها كيلا يكون ميلي في صالح النظام دائما لعل لدى منطق الثورة مفتاحا للولوج الى حقائق لانعرفها أو ربما حجبها عنا ولاؤنا الشديد لآرائنا وشوفينيتنا في مواقفنا.. لكنني أعود من رحلتي وأضع حقائب السفر كثائر متعب ..لم يجد ثورة ولاثوارا ..ولم يجد تصوفا ثوريا .. ولم يجد الا ثورة الجاهلية ..
حصيلة رحلتي كانت دوما أكثر ايلاما مما توقعت .. فقد وجدت أنني مقصر جدا في احتقار هذه الثورة وازدراء هؤلاء الثورجية ..واعذروني ان قلت مايجرح البعض ممن يهيم بالثورة لأنني لاأريد استعمال هذه الكلمة لاستفزاز الطرف الآخر.. لكن يخطئ من يعتقد أنني لم أحاول معانقة هذه “الثورة” ..وانني لم أحاول أن أبحث في وجهها عن أي شيء جميل ..وأن أتشمم رائحة ورودها ..
ماهذه الثورة التي تتحدث الي منذ عشرة أشهر بكل اللغات والمحطات فلم تقنعني حتى في أن أشرب منها كأس ماء؟؟ وماهذه الثورة التي وقفت الدنيا الى جانبها ولكن قلبي لم يطمئن لها وبقي هاربا منها كطائر سنونو صغير يقف على أغصان بين الثلوج ولايرحل الى دفء الثورة؟؟..ماهذه الثورة التي أمضيت مافات من عمري انتظرها وأنتظر الغاءها لقانون الطوارئ ولاطلاق الحريات وعندما وصلت قررت أن أمضي مابقي من عمري في رجمها وملاحقتها ولعنها..ماهذه الثورة التي صورت حتى الحجر الصغير في سوريا ولم تصور أظافر أطفال درعا التي قيل ان النظام اقتلعها والتي قامت من أجلها الثورة .. ولم نجد الا الصور الممنتجة والمفبركة ….؟؟
هل يمكن أن يكون أحدنا عنيدا وعميلا للنظام الى الحد الذي