Buti [not] Expelled From Mosque – Soldiers enter Kanaker: 8 Killed

Correction: Buti was NOT expelled from a mosque

Scooby said: Dear Josh,

Your title “Buti expelled from mosque” is extremely misleading. The clips that you show are from MONTHS ago, when the protests started to spread to Damascus. They occurred AFTER the Friday prayers were finished and when some people rushed the pulpit shouting anti-government slogans. All of the clips that follow took place in the week following that sermon, back in March.

Dear Joshua, The video with al-Buti is an old one, it dates back to the second Friday of demonstrations (March 25). Al-Buti was not expelled from the mosque, he just fled because he didn’t want to appear as a supporter of the demonstrators (which he’s not, of course). His comments on the demonstrators “who do not know how to pray” was broadcasted on TV before the Friday sermon on March 25 (either Thursday 24 or Friday morning). He was commenting on the first demonstration in the Umayyad Mosque on Friday March 18. Best, Thomas

Thomas Pierret writes:

Dear Joshua, The video with al-Buti is an old one, it dates back to the second Friday of demonstrations (March 25). Al-Buti was not expelled from the mosque, he just fled because he didn’t want to appear as a supporter of the demonstrators (which he’s not, of course).

His comments on the demonstrators “who do not know how to pray” was broadcasted on TV before the Friday sermon on March 25 (either Thursday 24 or Friday morning). He was commenting on the first demonstration in the Umayyad Mosque on Friday March 18. Best, Thomas

Dear Scooby and Thomas, many thanks for this correction. I was duped by this well crafted video forgery below. There are many misleading and falsified videos going around. I have frequently criticized the main stream press for not doing due diligence. Now I have been burned. Mea culpa. I have frequently used Buti as a measure of the “Sunni street.” He is a much respected Imam. I know he has many critics today because of his pro-stability stand, but for him to be expelled from a mosque would be big news and a turning point, of a kind. Thanks for correcting me. I count on the collective knowledge of this discussion board. Merci]

al-Buti – Syria’s senior Sunni cleric – was ejected from his mosque for speaking out against the uprising. He said: “Most of the people who come to Friday prayers and then go out to demonstrate, do not know how to pray.”

Syria forces kill eight in Kanaker raid – rights groups – BBCSyrian security forces have killed at least eight people in a raid on the town of Kanaker near the capital, Damascus, rights groups say…. The head of the opposition National Organisation for Human Rights (NOHR), Ammar Qurabi, said the dawn operation had also resulted in some 250 arrests.

International journalists have been denied access to Syria, so the BBC is unable to verify reports. Government forces are said to be intensifying their campaign ahead of Ramadan, when the opposition says it will launch daily demonstrations against the government. The BBC’s Owen Bennett-Jones in neighbouring Lebanon says events such as those in Kanaker are no longer unusual…

This is video of a few tanks and soldiers entering the town of Kanaker according to activists. On the tape they call the soldiers dogs and state, “They are liberating the Golan.”

Analysis: Syria faces slide into sectarian mayhem
By Samia Nakhoul | Reuter

LONDON (Reuters) – The popular upheaval in Syria is growing bolder and the cracks in the establishment are getting deeper — yet there is a long and bloody road ahead if protesters are to unseat President Bashar al-Assad and end his family’s 40 years in power.

The price of stalemate is rising daily: sectarian mayhem, a growing protest movement and a faltering economy, with no sign that Bashar and his minority Alawite clan are considering an exit strategy after four decades in power.

Yet so far, there is no sign of a tipping point that would assure success for protesters, as in Tunisia and Egypt, where millions took to the streets to topple autocratic leaders.

“The situation has not reached a critical mass,” said Patrick Seale, biographer of Bashar’s father, Hafez al-Assad.

“Damascus hasn’t risen, the security services haven’t split yet, the economy hasn’t collapsed. The regime looks weak and the opposition looks weaker,” he said…..

Syria in the throes of religious war,
By Hassan Hanizadeh 26 July 2011

The barbaric massacre of three Syrian families from the Alawi tribe in the city of Homs, 165 kilometers to the north of Damascus, shows that the demonstrations against the Assad government has been derailed from its legal and legitimate course.

These three Alawi families, who had no political affiliation whatsoever to the Syrian government, were killed in the most callous manner by the Salafis of the city of Homs.

Following the incident, some of the Alawis outraged by the murder attacked the Sunni mosques of the city, causing clashes with the Salafis.

The slaying of the three families also triggered a wave of resentment and enmity among the Shiites and Alawis against the inhumane acts of the Syrian Salafis so much so that it is feared that a religious civil war might engulf Syria.

Syria’s Alawis, which constitute 15 percent of the country’s 25-million population, never had any role in the country’s power structure prior to the 1970 coup de tat, staged by Hafez Assad.

This community, subsumed under the Shiite faith, has always been subjected to the Salafis’ harassment and abuse. A great number of them fearing Salafis’ night raids were forced to migrate to the heights of Jabal Horan in Southern Syria during the Ottoman rule.

The coup mounted by Hafez Assad, Syria’s former Prime Minister, introduced the Alawis into the power structure; they, however, never sought revenge against the Salafis.

Syria’s cabinet endorses general election bill – China News

DAMASCUS, July 26 (Xinhua) — The Syrian cabinet endorsed late Tuesday the general elections bill as part of the government’s reform program to tamp down more than four months of unrest that swept the country since mid-March.

The endorsement came during a session chaired by Syrian Prime Minister Adel Safar.

The bill aims to regulate the election of parliament and local council members and to ensure the integrity of the electoral process. It also stipulates the formation of the Supreme Commission for Elections to manage the election process.

The move, announced by the official SANA news agency, came two days after the government endorsed a multi-party bill that would allow a political pluralism in the country under the rule of the Baath party for 40 years.

The bill still needs endorsing by the parliament which is scheduled to convene on Aug. 7, before being enacted as a law in a presidential decree, the report said.

From Sana

The Supreme Commission for Elections is made up of five judges and enjoys full independence. Judicial sub-committees will be formed in each province, which will be affiliated to the Higher Committee and work under its supervision….

Minister of Local Administration Omar Ibrahim Ghalawanji said the law included 71 articles and the most important amendment stipulates for transferring the supervision of elections from the administrative authority to the juridical authority.He indicated that the elections in Syria were always monitored by the Interior Ministry while the Ministry of Local Administration was responsible for supervising the local council elections.

The Minister added that the draft law provides for forming the Higher Committee for Elections, in addition to forming juridical sub-committees in the provinces and each sub-committee includes three judges to supervise the eprocess at the electoral centers.

Minister Ghalawanji said the draft law stipulates for establishing electoral centers in the provinces and cities whose population exceed 100,000, in addition to allowing those who got the Syrian citizenship by the Legislative Decree No. 49 to vote and run for the local council membership.

The draft law allows all the will-be-formed parties according to the new political parties law to present their candidates individually or in collective lists, the Minister added.

He said the elections will be conducted publicly, honestly and neutrally in secret rooms and there will be electoral committees to monitor the elections and candidacy committees to receive and examine the candidates’ applications.

Minister of Justice Judge Tayseer Qala Awwad said the law included new articles on prosecuting manipulation of the electoral process.

The new law requires taht the ministries of Justice, Interior and Local Administration to work on automating the elections.

Minister Qala Awwad added that the new law follows the open-list electoral system,

Israeli President: Syrian leader Assad Must Step Down,  July 26, 2011

JERUSALEM – Syrian leader Bashar Assad must step down, Israel’s president declared Tuesday, sending his message to Israel’s neighbor at an unprecedented news conference with Arab media.

Israel’s government has largely kept quiet as anti-government protests swept the Arab world in recent months. While some Israeli officials have predicted the Assad regime will fall, President Shimon Peres’ comments marked the first time an Israeli leader has openly called for the end of the Syrian regime.

Meaningful Political Dialogue Can Only Take Place with an Accounting of the Deaths and Disappearances
Raja AbdulKarim, 25 July 2011
For Syria Comment

Unless the Government Carries Serious Inquiries into the Hundreds of Deaths, Arrest and Cases of Torture, no Meaningful Political Dialogue Can Take Place in Syria

The Syrian Government cannot expect to see its political reform steps taken seriously – supposing it genuinely wishes to reform – when it fails to carry any serious and independent inquiry into the hundreds of deaths, arrests and cases of torture reported by political activists in the last four and a half months.

One of these recent cases is that of Shadi Abou Fakhr, a young cinema producer, who “disappeared” last week while walking in the central area of Shaalan in Damascus and whose case is widely reported and circulation on Facebook and other social media websites.

The author of these lines knows well Shadi. He is probably one of the most brilliant Syrians of his generation. In a recent discussion with him, this young man in his early thirties talked extensively of how he and many men and women of his generations saw the future of their country. Shadi talked of citizenship, of a secular state, of the rule of law. He also talked of his hope that when Syria would get over its revolution it would set an example for neighbouring Lebanon and Iraq that remain plagued by sectarianism.

Of course this sounds very idealistic; but can revolutions be carried without such idealism?

Shadi is no Salafist – he is a Druze; he is not pursing the agenda of any foreign country – he never lived abroad and speaks no foreign language; and he is a pacifist.

In spite of all this he has been arrested, as thousands of his countrymen, in a country whose Government prides itself in the security it supposedly provides to its population; a Government that obviously does not consider in any way that it is its responsibility to carry an independent and serious inquiry in all these cases.

For weeks the Syrian Government and many of his supporters have been putting blame on the opposition for refusing a dialogue; “those who put conditions for dialogue refuse dialogue,” the Government says.

Of course no one must be fooled. Even if some segments of the Syrian opposition refuses dialogue, large segments of it do want it but at a certain number of conditions: the withdrawal of the security services from the street and the end of the shootings on demonstrators; the liberation of the thousands of political prisoners; and the enabling of peaceful demonstrations to take place.

As a matter of principle, putting conditions for dialogue is not in itself a refusal of a dialogue per se, and the Syrian Government knows that better than anyone else. Doesn’t it put a condition of its own for negotiating with the Israeli Government, i.e. the recognition of Syria’s sovereignty on the whole of the Golan Heights? The vast majority of the Syrian population does, actually, support its Government in that stand.

It is necessary to understand at this stage that as long as no serious efforts are made to force the Syrian authorities to carry independent and serious inquiries into all the deaths and arrests that have occurred in the last few months, the Government’s reform claims cannot be taken for serious and no meaningful political dialogue can take place.

Syrians on all sides of the political spectrum need to know what happened to the 1,500 people that the opposition claims have died since the beginning of the unrest; they need to know where are and what happened to the 15,000 or so, including Shadi Abou Fakhr, that have disappeared; why no independent media is allowed into the country; and, in case we get no answer for that, why doesn’t Syrian state TV provide live broadcast of the hundreds of demonstrations that take place every week across the country in the same way that it covers the pro-Government demonstrations.

Many continue to believe the Government’s story of armed gangs and Salafists disrupting the efforts for political reforms and killing civilians across the country. These people, as much as the opposition, have an interest in the Government carrying, with the help of the families of the victims, a transparent and serious inquiry on the arrest, disappearances and deaths of every single one of the country’s sons and daughters.

WSJ [Reg]: Iran Redistributes Wealth in Bid to Fight Sanctions

TEHRAN—Iran’s Islamist government may be public enemy No. 1 at the White House. But in the halls of the International Monetary Fund a few blocks away, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is being hailed as an economic reformer. In the face of mounting international sanctions, his government has embraced over the past seven months what the IMF calls one of the boldest economic makeovers ever attempted in the oil-rich Middle East.

Tehran has cut price subsidies on most energy and food products since December in a bid to shave about $60 billion or more off the government’s expenses annually. The move has …

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151. hsyrian said:

358 More Citizens Return Home from Turkish Camps, Making a Total of 11000

Jul 28, 2011

IDLEB, (SANA) – Over 11000 citizens have now returned to their towns and villages in the city of Jisr al-Shughour from the Turkish camps, who were forced to flee their homes by the armed terrorist groups, including the 358 returnees who came back over Tuesday and Wednesday through al-Hassanieh border point.

“The truth was finally revealed to the city’s residents and it has now become hard to believe the lies about homes being destroyed and the absence of security which, we are sure now, are mere rumors and completely false and untrue,” said As’ad al-Bustani, one of the returnees, in a statement to SANA.

He added that he was forced to leave his home and village along with the majority of the city’s citizens because of fear of the armed groups and their acts which spread panic all over the area.

Al-Bustani’s wife expressed gratitude to the Syrian army for restoring security and stability to their city.

Citizen Mousa Haj Mousa, who returned with 47 members of his family, told SANA that they were exposed to all forms of threats, lies and material attractions to stay in the Turkish camps, stressing their refusal to be used as tools of pressure on their country through staying at the camps.

Mousa and his family expressed rejection of any foreign interference in Syria’s internal affairs and stressed national unity among the Syrian people.

Mohammad Arab Hamada, a citizen from al-Soda village stressed the importance of exposing the false media reports and biased news of some tendentious media which contributed to convincing the Syrian families to stay in the Turkish camps that long.

Dr. Subahi al-Hamdo, in charge of the popular committees coordinating the citizens’ return, said all the families who were in the Turkish Baqshin camp returned home, pointing out that the Turkish Red Crescent removed all the tents at the camp.

He estimated the number of returnees till today at 11000 citizens.

R. Raslan/H. Said

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July 29th, 2011, 8:37 am


152. Tara said:

Bashar is a useless husband.  Asma should divorce him and find herself a nicer guy.  It is almost August.  She can’t go anywhere.  She can’t eat out.  Only take out I guess.  She is probably going to miss the fall collection.  No new wardrobe.  She can still shop on line as long as she finds a free shipping free refund site.  Her kids already carrying a legacy of a murderer dad and a murderer grandpa.  People already comparing her with Imelda Marcos.  I don’t think that was fair.  And worst, she gonna end up in a trendy neighborhood in Tehran wearing the…niqab.  I hope it is not too hot in Tehran.   

She surely deserves better.    

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July 29th, 2011, 8:49 am


153. hsyrian said:

Revolution: the Libyan way

General’s death puts Libyan rebels in turmoil

Abdel Fattah Younes has been subject of much scrutiny and scepticism among anti-Gaddafi Libyans.

Possible scenarios

Several theories about Younes’s death were circulating among the Libyan community and observers on Thursday night.

Gaddafi had placed a multi-million dollar bounty on Younes’s head after his defection, which could have been reason alone for the assassination.

Then there was the possibility that he had been involved in a confrontation with rebel officials after being recalled from the front lines by the NTC for investigation. Some believed he had been shot after tensions flared at a meeting between the two sides, though Jalil’s claim that Younes had been killed after being released from an interrogation seemed to belie that.

Finally, some believed, it was possible that Younes had been targeted for assassination by a rival, perhaps even Hifter. There was no proof to support the accusation, but it reflected a fear among Libyans in the opposition that political machinations had gotten dangerously out of control.

Younes’s home was under heavy armed guard on Thursday evening, and some Libyan activists expressed fear that his tribe, the Obeidat, would seek retribution for his killing.



“a fear among Libyans in the opposition that political machinations had gotten dangerously out of control”

REALLY , if Al Jazeera hints at it !!!

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July 29th, 2011, 8:49 am


154. hsyrian said:

A dream for cooking desperate housewife

Asma is the daughter of a consultant cardiologist and a retired diplomat, a Sunni family of Syrian origin.
Asma grew up in Acton .
She finished her schooling in London, attended King’s College London and graduated in 1996 with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and a Diploma in French Literature.

After university, Asma started work at Deutsche Bank Group in the Hedge Fund Management division with clients in Europe and the Far East.
In 1998, she joined the Investment Banking division of J.P. Morgan, specializing in mergers and acquisitions for biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies.

Asma married Bashar .

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July 29th, 2011, 9:30 am


155. Vexed Levantine said:

aaah yes. the Menhebakites examining possible 1940’s scenarios
doesn’t it fill you with pride?


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July 29th, 2011, 9:35 am


156. hsyrian said:

A dream for a cooking desperate housewife on SC

Asma is the daughter of a consultant cardiologist and a retired diplomat, a Sunni family of Syrian origin.
Asma grew up in Acton .
She finished her schooling in London, attended King’s College London and graduated in 1996 with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and a Diploma in French Literature.

After university, Asma started work at Deutsche Bank Group in the Hedge Fund Management division with clients in Europe and the Far East.
In 1998, she joined the Investment Banking division of J.P. Morgan, specializing in mergers and acquisitions for biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies.

Asma married Bashar .

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July 29th, 2011, 9:37 am


157. beaware said:


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July 29th, 2011, 9:42 am


158. mjabali said:

Syrian TV should ban all religious programing especially before children’s shows.

If you want religious programing you have now tens of religious tv stations broadcasting 24/7. They have a booming business these days.

Syrian TV should become a true secular TV where anyone who does not want to hear anything religious would be able to go.

Children would grow to be good citizens if they brush religion aside that they are fed through deception as we are witnessing. This brainwashing need to stop and some secular minds need to step up and make a real TV station that care less about religion.

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July 29th, 2011, 9:48 am


159. beaware said:

New round of anti-gov’t protests kicks off in Syria


DAMASCUS, July 29 (Xinhua) — Thousands of anti-government protestors poured down the streets in some Syrian cities Friday for a new round of protests.

The state television said the protests erupted Friday in areas including the flashpoint cities of Homs and Hama and some suburbs of the northern city of Idleb. The private Sham FM radio said thousands of people staged a protest in Hama’s main Assi square.

The state TV reporter in the southern city of Daraa, the epicenter of protests, disputed what al-Jazeera TV reported as large protests in the area and that Syrian security forces fired at demonstrators in the al-Sabeel neighborhood in Daraa. It showed live footage of the area which seems empty with no signs of protests.

The TV said armed men are firing bullets and hand-made sticks of dynamite at the law-enforcement members in the coastal city of Latakia, injuring one.

Meanwhile, al-Jazeera said a massive protest took place in the city’s main Assi square. Online footage showed a huge number of people gathered at the square, calling for the downfall of the leadership.

According to activists, many anti-government protesters recently chose to hold overnight protests in several cities, aiming for a time when the security presence thins out.

Abdul-Karim al-Rihawi, head of the Syrian League for Human Rights, told Xinhua earlier that security forces were conducting a “pre-emptive campaign” before the start of Muslims’ holy month of Ramadan, while some opposition parties said they would demonstrate daily during Ramadan to increase pressure on the government.

The Syrian crisis has drawn increasing international pressure. The European Union governments agreed Thursday in principle to extend sanctions against the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad over the alleged crackdown on protestors by security forces.

Under Thursday’s agreement, five more people will be targeted with restrictions such as asset freeze and travel ban. If approved by the EU envoys, the sanctions would come into effect early next week.

Earlier Friday, the state TV said saboteurs hit an oil pipeline with an explosive device in the Talkalakh town near the Tal Hosh Dam, causing a leak of oil and a 10-meter deep crater. It said the saboteurs aimed to contaminate the dam’s water with oil to ruin nearby agricultural crops.

Friday’s attack came one week after saboteurs caused a passenger train carrying 480 people to derail in Homs, said the state TV.

Syria has blamed the four-month unrest on armed gangs and religious extremists looking to stir up sectarian strife in the country, and stressed that it would track those who have intimidated people and damaged public and private properties.

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July 29th, 2011, 9:50 am


160. Aboud said:

MNA @ 144 Once again I humbly stand corrected.

@138 (this is gonna be great)

“Gay guy in Homs, Aboudi”

Tsk tsk…homosexual slurs? I thought you people were all about “secularism”. That’s all I’ve heard from you people over the last week, secular this and secular that. Turns out you are as intolerant as the MB.

Not that I’m gay, just ask any number of chicks at Hadara street. That place was so easy to pick up girls, it’s the one thing I miss in all this. And just when they started to wear their summer shorts. Darn 🙂

“i like my homsi people’s way of describing people like you (جلدة طيزو ع وجهو 🙂 ) or they say about you as well متل الكلسون مابينطلع فيك :)”

And this is the same person who cried and called me “rude” when I pointed out his atrocious spelling mistakes. You understand why I do so, of course? Because I find it amazing that most of the menhebaks who are, or have been, on this website seem to have the same level of English. It tells me we aren’t dealing with a widespread and representative sample of Syrians living abroad, but at best a small clique of Besho Lovers all crowding the same computer.

“Please keep correcting my English, at least i can get something useful from your posts”

Dude, whoever has been teaching you English is ripping you off. I’ve never lived in the USA or Canada, and yet I speak and write English as a first language. You want to know how? Like I keep telling my relatives, learning a language isn’t about sitting one’s butt in a classrom 6 hours a week, and then not practicing a word outside it.

The next time you and your friends get together to fawn over junior’s picture, do so in English. Ignore the subtitles on MBC 4, and listen only. Don’t speak a word of anything but English, and avoid people whose English is worse than yours (not too hard a challenge, I think).

“why officer Tellawi was killed with his tow sons and his nephew?”

You are despicable. Truly and utterly contemptible. First, you will refer to the deceased by his full name and rank, General Abdulkhudar Al-Tellawi.

Second, how dare you use his gruesome killing to score cheap political points. You care nothing for his abhorrent murder. Only now do you bring it up. The manner of his death shook all of Homs, it was terrorism in every meaning of the word.

So kindly tell your inept, incompetent “friend” in al Amin Al seyasi (who seems to keep bizarre hours, since it would have been early morning on a Friday when you supposedly contacted him) to take that plastic metal piece he uses to drink mahti out of his ass, and arrest the people responsible. Because it is inconceivable that after the way Homs has been flooded with security men these past four months, the perpetrators have STILL not been caught.

Buy hey, those idiots at Amin al Seyasi are great at picking up people like Mahmoud Issa, a well known activist who was arrested for speaking to a satellite channel about General Tellawi’s murder and that of his relatives. Oh, and the arrest came the day after the State of Emergency was supposedly lifted by that pseudo-president of yours.

Now, I see none of you have, as always, begun to even address the question of Najati Tayara, with the exception of the SANA spam-bot at #143. This is his delicious reply

“I went to great length to get
ONE official answer from a trusted source in the Ministry of Justice:”

Great lengths? You didn’t go and ask that bimbo Reem Hadad (aka Comical Sally), did you? She didn’t even know that Syria had arrested an al-Jazeera journalist of Iranian origin. So, according to you, Najati Tayara doesn’t even exist?


See people, this is the kind of mentalities we have to deal with. Israelis, consider yourselves lucky you only have to interact with them once every few years in half-hearted “peace negotiations”

@139 “Saboteur Groups Target Oil Pipline in Tal Kalakh, Homs”

Telkelakh has been under full military occupation for two months now. It is impossible to get in or out of it without going through several checkpoints. Kindly explain the feasibility of blowing up a pipeline there, when the area has been filled to the brim by security men and shabiha scum from the surrounding villages for 2 months.

Amir @ 140 “Guys, Please stop the personal insults. I don’t like it.”

No, I want them to keep the insults flowing. There is no better indication that they have reached rock bottom, and are still shoveling, than to be called gay. But I have yet to be called a gay Zionist. That would be an epic win. Still trying. Maybe I’ll be obliged by the guy who invented the “grounding machine” LOL!

You see, I’ve noticed it usually only takes a few days between them insulting me, them getting slapped by the censor, and their eventual departure for greener, more menhebak friendly pastures 🙂

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July 29th, 2011, 10:12 am


161. Majed97 said:

It’s Friday again…it must be happy hour time for the Islamists.

The level of violence by the “سلميا” phonies is growing by the day; blowing up oil pipelines, stabbing policemen, kidnapping officials, etc.. Their cover is blown now, and their support is dwindling, as would be expected. Their determination to control Syria or destroy it trying has exposed their ugly nature.

I hope the secularists in the opposition are waking up now to realize that they have allied themselves with a bunch of Saudi Wahabbies whose loyalty is only to Mecca. Nothing good ever came out of Saudi Arabia. Just imagine what that country would be like without the oil…

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July 29th, 2011, 10:28 am


162. beaware said:

LEBANON: Court releases names and pictures of Hariri’s alleged killers


The United Nations-backed international tribunal set up to bring to justice those responsible for the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri and others on Friday published the identities, photographs, and background information of four suspects named in the indictment, issued on June 28.

The Special Tribunal for Lebanon splashed photographs and detailed information on its website about the personal history of the four suspects — identified as Salim Jamil Ayyash, Mustafa Amine Badreddine, Hussein Hassan Oneissi and Assad Hassan Sabra.

The men range in age from 36 to 50. The published information includes the names of their parents, their passport and social security numbers, and their last known addresses.

…. more

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July 29th, 2011, 10:35 am


163. Syria Comment » Archives » Friday 29 July 2011: “Your Silence is Killing US” said:

[…] Correction: in my last post, I highlighted a video of Imam Buti being supposedly “expelled” from his mosque. This turned out to the a faked video. He was not expelled. Read the correction I place above the video. […]

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July 29th, 2011, 11:08 am


164. Majed97 said:

The Syrian secularists need to look at Egypt today and see how the Islamists in that country are hijacking that revolution with their Islamist slogans and unmistakable agenda for a Taliban like Egypt…

Now that the Mubarak regime is gone, new sub-revolutions are erupting in Egypt. The Islamists no longer have any use for the secularists, who actually started the revolution and paid for it with their blood, so they are turning against them. The MBs and Salafists are now taking off their masks and exposing their true intention for Egypt, an Islamic republic with Shariaa law. The secularists may very well lose this fight, as they are outnumbered, unless the military intervenes which I think it will.

Live and learn, and be careful what you wish for…

From BBC News:
Egypt uprising: Islamists lead Tahrir Square rally

Tens of thousands of people have packed Cairo’s Tahrir Square, after the first call by Islamist leaders for nationwide demonstrations since President Hosni Mubarak was overthrown in February.

The demonstrators – dominated by Muslim Brotherhood supporters – are calling for an Islamic state and Sharia law.

Correspondents say the rallies will be a worrying development for secularists.

The Brotherhood is the most organised political force in Egypt, although it was not prominent in the revolution.

Tensions have been running high between Egypt’s Islamist and secular groups, who are at odds over the transition to democracy in the Arab world’s most populated country.

Turning point?

Liberal groups first want guarantees of a constitution that will protect religious freedom and personal rights, whereas Islamists want speedy elections and a recognition of Islam – in one form or another – in the new Egyptian state.

Now, the Islamists want their voice to be heard and are showing their muscle for the first time since Mr Mubarak stepped down on 11 February, says the BBC’s Jon Leyne in Cairo.

Although the Muslim Brotherhood – Egypt’s oldest political party – can turn out huge crowds by rallying its supporters at mosques, it does not necessarily represent the majority of Egyptians and is predicted to win around 20% of the vote in an election, our correspondent says.

There was little sign of any secular groups at Friday’s rally, he says, adding that it will be interesting to see how they re-group after today’s events.

Since early July, the mainly secular protesters had camped out in Tahrir Square – the epicentre of protests that toppled Mr Mubarak – to denounce the ruling military council over the slow pace of reform.

Islamist groups had for the most part stayed away from the sit-in. Last week, they held their own demonstration and accused the Tahrir protesters of going against the country’s “Islamic identity”, the AFP news agency reports.

But with Islamists and the more conservative Salafist groups now filling Tahrir Square, it could mark a turning point in Egypt’s post-revolution period, our correspondent says.


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July 29th, 2011, 11:15 am


165. Abu Umar said:

“158. Majed97 said:

It’s Friday again…it must be happy hour time for the Islamists.”

Keep drinking your Ad-Dunya, Der Sturmer, koolaid. It is thugs like you who ignore the killing of tens of thousands by your regime. You want to kill and the people to smile at you? The regime is the one that started the killing, not the protestors. You menhebek khanazeer better be careful what you wish for

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July 29th, 2011, 11:39 am


166. Akbar Palace said:

I hope the secularists in the opposition are waking up now to realize that they have allied themselves with a bunch of Saudi Wahabbies whose loyalty is only to Mecca.


Are you suggesting that Syria continue to prohibit freedom of speech and free elections because there are Islamists in Syria?

Aren’t Hamas and Hezbollah Islamist and supported by the Syrian government?

It seems to me, you can have freedom OF religion (freedom to believe what you want) as well as freedom FROM religion (no state religion) at the same time.

If Junior really had Syria’s interests in mind, he would call for free elections, a parlimentary/multi-party system, and opt to lead the Baathist party ticket if he so chooses. What’s the big deal?

If he continues to sit on his throne, he surely doesn’t have the best interest of the Syrians in mind.

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July 29th, 2011, 11:45 am


167. Syria no kandahar said:

مجد كبلو عضمه لابو عمر…خطيه مافي عضام بغزه…عوعو

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July 29th, 2011, 11:46 am


168. hsyrian said:

122. Aboud said:

Why is Najati Tayari still in jail?

157. Aboud said:

Najati Tayara doesn’t even exist?

You don’t seem to be sure of the name of your friend :
TayarI TayarA , etc

May I suggest that you send directly your request to whom you choose instead on rel(a)ying on a spambot or a spamcop !

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July 29th, 2011, 11:56 am


169. Aboud said:

@164 I’m not surprised no Baathist wants to go near that hot potato. His imprisonment puts the lie to every propaganda piece produced on Bashshashararar Al-Fassad’s behalf (I’m guessing you got no problem in recognizing who I’m talking about there, do you?).

By the way, what’s a Spamcop? Is it some sort of new electronic mukhabarat that you use on this forum?

Once again, I’ll repeat the question, in small words so the menhebaks can understand.


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July 29th, 2011, 12:18 pm


170. SickNtired said:

This site’s comment section has turned into a two circle jerking groups .

TO the pro-revolution commentators:
You’ve been debating the menhebakites pointlessly for months . i suggest you stop that and focus more on how can you advance the revolution ,how can you attract the minorities to your side , to freely criticize some aspect of the revolution without fearing that some menhebakite will hold it against you.
Four months are enough!!!!We don’t need another facebook

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July 29th, 2011, 12:32 pm


171. Aboud said:

In Homs at least, today was a terrific day. As I understand it, there was one case of a wounded protestor (not seriously), and so far no deaths.

Having the Minister of Interior here is almost as good has getting Ambassador Ford, apparently. It proves that when the security forces need to be reigned in, they can be. There was nothing different about the demonstrations this Friday than the ones before it. The only thing that changed was the security forces’ response to them.

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July 29th, 2011, 12:44 pm


172. Revlon said:

101. Dear beaware, thank you for the link to the :
“NESSL condemns Criminal acts of Terrorist groups in Syria”


“National Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon (NESSL) expressed support to the reform program led by President Bashar al-Assad who seeks to build modern democratic Syria and preserve the national unity, denouncing all forms of foreign interference in Syria’s internal affairs.”

“The Synod condemned the killing, terrifying and sabotage acts committed by the “terrorist groups” in several Syrian cities, particularly the criminal acts against the army, police, law-enforcement, and security forces”.

The statement sets a serious / dangerous precedent in the long history of Muslem-Christian peaceful co-existance in Syria.

The Synod has moved from undeclared neutrality and support of peaceful change to unabashed support of the regime that was declared illegitimate by the demonstrators.

By naming the alleged ”terrorist groups” as the source of violence in this uprising and failing to acknowledge Jr’s responsibility for the thousands of abductions, torture, and killing of men, women and children, the Synod has proven themselves as either notoriously misinformed or plain complacent.

By supporting the aggressor in this crisis, the Synod will be viewed by the rising people as a party to the ongoing aggression.

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July 29th, 2011, 1:48 pm


173. Tara said:


Very well said. I was personally surprised with their line. It is indeed a backward step of how they are going to be viewed by mainstream majority. I always thought there was a nice coexistence. It is really shameful attitude.

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July 29th, 2011, 2:02 pm



Eye propouse a crush coarse in inglesh and in html for all SC menhebbakites

مهووس قندهار تعلم انلكيزي سماعي مو عالنوطه

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July 29th, 2011, 2:04 pm


175. Revlon said:

138. Dear louai
You said to Aboud:
“you kept harassing me about Najati Tayara till i had to call my friend who to works in al amn al seyasi and he told me why he got arrested and why he is still there”

This is very interesting!
With one phone call to a friend in Amn Siyasi, you were able to know the whereabouts of and the charges against Mr Najati Tayyara!
I am wondering whether you cared to ask whether he was being treated decently!

What gives you such a privilege over his children and wife who have been denied any information about him?
Let me help you out here!
Regardless of whether you are Mukhabarat or an informant thereof, your only privilege is your sect!

You are a privileged part of this sectarian machine of torture and killing.
Enjoy it while it lasts.

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July 29th, 2011, 2:26 pm


176. Revlon said:

“The people demand the execution of the president”
Chant demonstrators in Latakia,
Friday of “Your silence kills us”

أموي – اللاذقية – مظاهرات جمعة صمتكم يقتلنا 29-7-2011

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July 29th, 2011, 2:40 pm


177. Aboud said:

Revlon @ 174 “With one phone call to a friend in Amn Siyasi, you were able to know the whereabouts of and the charges against Mr Najati Tayyara!”

Revlon, this guy is full of crap. Just another shabeha scum wannabe. How many menhebaks have we seen on this forum claim to have relatives in Syria or special ties or special sources or a direct mind meld with Buthaina Sha’aban etc etc etc. They have all turned to be less than nothing.

This guy’s own “personal” experiences have all turned out to be contradictory, full of holes, and just not grounded in reality. He needs a “grounding machine”.

Syrian Hamster, it’s not like I want to play the role of grammar police, but how is it possible that almost every single menhebakite on this forum seems to make the same spelling and grammatical mistakes? The odds of that happening should be…remote.

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July 29th, 2011, 2:47 pm


178. Revlon said:

Hama demonstrators release doves of peace in 3asi Square.

Jr dares not undo Mr Ford’s charm!

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July 29th, 2011, 2:48 pm


179. Revlon said:

It is a revolution by the peasants against the party claiming to be their Guardian!

Large demonstrations in Kafr Zeita, Kernaz, and Tayyebt AL Imam Hama Governorate
Friday of “Your Silence Kills us”

أموي – حماة – مظاهرة في كفرزيتا جمعة صمتكم يقتلنا 29-7-2011

أموي – حماة – مظاهرة في كرناز جمعة صمتكم يقتلنا 29-7-2011

أموي – حماة – مظاهرة في طيبة الإمام 29-7-2011

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July 29th, 2011, 2:56 pm


180. Revlon said:

A hand-written placard reads: Sheikh Booti! Did you check the forheads of those who invaded the mosque without taking their shoes off, for marks of pioussness?

It was a sarcastic remark in response to Booti’s earlier claim that most of the demonstrators who start off from the mosque were non-pious!

Harasta, Damascus Governorate,
Friday of “Your Silence kills us”

ريف دمشق – حرستا – جمعة صمتكم يقتلنا – 29-7-2011 http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Dc4UOC3K7Mo

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July 29th, 2011, 3:17 pm


181. Revlon said:

“The people demand the execution of the president” chanted the mourners of the funeral of Martyrs: Majed 3ekl and Child Usama AlNahhas.

AlFati7a upon their souls,
May God bless their families with solace and empower them with patience.
“Deir AlZor, Friday of “Your Silence Kills us
ديرالزور 29 ـ 7 ـ 2011 مشهد من تشييع شهيدي الحرية البطل ماجد عكل والطفل أحمد أسامة النحاس

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July 29th, 2011, 3:26 pm


182. Revlon said:

Shabbeeha fire at demonstrators!
Their response was:
Good is greater!
Good is greater than the tyrant!
Duma, Governorate of Damascus
Friday of “Your silence kills us”

Syria – Douma 29/7/2011 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZiVF704CFKA&feature=player_embedded

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July 29th, 2011, 3:34 pm


183. Revlon said:

A major defection has taken place and a significant move twords the formation of the Future Syrian Army has been announced.

The announcement of the formation of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) in the presence of seven defecting officers:

Some observations on the the officers appearing in this video:
First: Their uniform tells that they are either special forces or Republican guards. If so, the prediction that Qasha3ami made in his last video, that I linked was true.

Second: The name of the appointed acting commander in chief tells that he is very likely a 3alawi officer.

They named several of their units after martyrs of the Syrian revolution.

Third: here is a summary of the announcement:
– Caveats of defection
– Objectives
To work with the people to down the system.
To protect the people from the armored killing machine of the system
– Call all members of the Syrian army to defect and join the FSA
– We hereby declare that all security forces attacking civilians are from now on justified targets to be neutralized by FSA.
– We call all opposition forces to unite

– The statement is hereby Signed by
Acting Commander in Chief of the FSA: Colonel(3aqeed) Riyad AlAs3ad

Deputy of Acting Commander: Colonel (3aqeed) Ahmad Hijazi

Commander of 7amza AlKhateeb Phalange: Colonel (Muqaddam) AbdelSattar Yoonso

Officer (Naqeeb)Ibrahim Majboor: Commander of Al7urriyi Phalange
Officer (Naqeeb) 3ala Eddin: Commander of Salah Euddin Phalange
Officer Ayham AlKurdi: Commander of AlQashoosh Phalange
Officer (Naqeeb) Qays
Officer (Mulazem Awwal) Tayseer Yoonso
Officer (Mulazem Awwal) Ahmad AlKhalaf
Officer (Mulazem Awwal) Mazen AlZein

اعلان تشكيل الجيش السوري الحر

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July 29th, 2011, 4:16 pm


184. Aboud said:

Revlon @182, exactly like I said a few weeks ago.

Two months back, the menhebaks were comforting themselves that there had not been any defections among the army.

A month ago, they were reduced to consoling themselves that among the defections, none had been a high ranking officer.

Now, they fearfully wonder which general is going to go and “Cross the Rubicon”.

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July 29th, 2011, 4:45 pm


185. louai said:

Gay Guy In Homs, Aboudi @160

by calling you that I ‘m not referring to your sexual orientation, I am not interested of that ,just for the record my best friend is gay . I was referring to your credibility ,didn’t you hear of the Gay Girl in Damascus ? or sure you forgot she {he} ever existed in Damascus ,just like all other lies and fabrications coming from this revolution ,keep hiding behind your finger and pretend no one can see you .

What the different between you and Aroor? a year a go he was asked by a homophobic on live on TV if he was a bisexual ,Aroor answered him angrily ,’ok give me some Shiite girl and we will see if she will get pregnant or not ,,that how ignorant and savage he is, but he is still fa7el ,just like you in Al Hadara street.

‘Not that I’m gay, just ask any number of chicks at Hadara street. That place was so easy to pick up girls, it’s the one thing I miss in all this. And just when they started to wear their summer shorts. Darn ‘
All of you who don’t know , Al Hadara street is an Alawite majority with some Christians , his perception to women who wear shorts as easy to ‘pick up’ show us only his sick sectarian mind.

Ok now I know where you got your good English from, ‘from watching MBC 4 without subtitles,’ thanks for the advice, but can you tell me as well where did you get your good knowledge of Israeli celebrities? MBC 4 as well? (you are now a gay Zionist 😉 )

Dear Revlon @ 174 ,

even Aboudi could understand that I didn’t actually call my friend and I actually know where this guy Najati is , he kept on asking about a guy no one apart of the opposition ‘activists’ ever heard about him before, and whom he is asking ? people who most of them live outside Syria ,what answer you want me to give him?
I am sorry that you think belonging to some sects and knowing some on Mukhabarat give you access to such sensitive information, and how stupid my friend needs to be to pass this information over the phone and confirm the opposition accusations?
what his point from the question by the way? We know that there are many ‘activists’ in prison, why he keep asking about this guy in particular, I don’t really know.

when Amir in tel aviv posted the video from Jisr Al shoughur as if it was happened in Homs in the military school ,he condemned the act and called for investigation ,for him that was a turning point ,but later when the reality of this video truned to be Syrian soldiers killed by Aboudis friends in Jisr Al shougur ,he kept silent ,sadly, just like most of the revolutionists in here .

I don’t really like to engage in such kind of conversations ,but the problem is, he keeps on spreading his lies and spam , he really needs a full time Mukhabarat just to clean up his mess , I have another Homsi saying about that الف مبخر ما بيلحقو ع طراط I just don’t have the time for this , but I will try every time on my spare time .

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July 29th, 2011, 6:03 pm


186. Aboud said:

@184 It’s just one climb down after another with every post you make. If you were a credit rating, you couldn’t get a loan to fill up your car with gas.

“by calling you that I ‘m not referring to your sexual orientation, I am not interested of that ,just for the record my best friend is gay . I was referring to your credibility ,didn’t you hear of the Gay Girl in Damascus ? ”

Everyone on this forum knew what you meant by calling me gay. Stop backtracking, be a man, and admit it. You find me hawt.

“All of you who don’t know , Al Hadara street is an Alawite majority with some Christians , his perception to women who wear shorts as easy to ‘pick up’ show us only his sick sectarian mind.”

There are some places, in every city, where guys and girls go to meet other guys and girls (I mean guys go to meet girls and vice versa you sickos). Hadara is one such place. Alawites may live there, but in the evening it used to be full of visitors from all over Homs, until the shabiha scum trashed the place. When it comes to girls, I’m as equal as the next dude, don’t care who she prays to, hehehehehe.

But thanks for that insightful look into your mind, where you “read between the lines” to catch sectarian slurs. It turns out you are quite paranoid. Who would have guessed *sarcasm*

“but can you tell me as well where did you get your good knowledge of Israeli celebrities?”

Extensive study of….Google search results. Dude, seriously, how hard do you think it is to put “sexy israeli actress” or “israeli super model” into a search engine? Oy Vey!


“even Aboudi could understand that I didn’t actually call my friend and I actually know where this guy Najati is”

Yet another climb down. You’ve come so far down your mountain, you’ve hit the base of it and have started digging your way to China.

“he kept on asking about a guy no one apart of the opposition ‘activists’ ever heard about him before”

Just because you haven’t heard of him, doesn’t mean no one else has. He is a highly prominent activist who knew he was being watched, yet courageously told the world of the barbaric incursion of the mukhabarat into Baba Amr. As long as he stays in jail, junior can take his offers of dialogue and shove it.

“but later when the reality of this video truned to be Syrian soldiers killed by Aboudis friends in Jisr Al shougur”

The story of Jisr Al Shoghour is very inspiring. How a funeral for brave demonstrators was itself shot up by the shabiha scum, hiding in a police station, and how units from the army broke away to protect those civilians and take out those dogs.

My friends? I would be proud and privileged to call such people my friends. We are known and measured by the friends we keep, and it is all too apparent what odious and despicable company you have chosen to align yourself with. Scum who steal ambulances to shoot up funerals. These are the kinds of thugs junior draws his support from. This is the kind of leader who is unfit to call himself president of Syria.

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