From the Comment Section (26 April 2012)

From Foreign PolicyViolence continues in Hama

An explosion in the Masha at-Tayyar district in the city of Hama killed up to 70 people. The Syrian government and opposition activists have offered conflicting accounts of the blast. According to Syrian state media, 16 people were killed in an accidental explosion in a house that was used as a bomb factory by “armed terrorist groups.” However, activists have reported several houses have been destroyed by what they claim could have been a Scud missile attack, killing up to 13 children and 16 women. The BBC’s Jim Muir reported that the magnitude of devastation could not likely have been achieved by conventional shelling. The opposition Syrian National Council called for an emergency United Nations Security Council meeting “so that it can issue a resolution to protect civilians in Syria.” France has recommended stronger action by the United Nations, calling for a Chapter 7 mandate that would allow for the use of force if President Bashar al-Assad’s forces do not pull back according to Kofi Annan’s peace plan.

Members of the UN monitoring team in Syria, with opposition activists in Homs. Photograph: Handout/Reuters

Nour said:

The previous blog entry seems to be inciting against the Annan plan and hoping it would fail so that a subsequent phase of possible military intervention may take place. Moreover, the report on the electoral list is misleading and disingenuous. It links to an article listing the candidates of the Baath Party only, implying that those are the only candidates running in Lattakia, which is not true. Members of other parties as well as independents are running both in Lattakia and across the rest of the country. The Popular Front for Change and Liberation, for example, which includes the opposition SSNP and Qadri Jamil’s The Will of the People Party, has 45 candidates across Syria. Other new parties have also listed their candidates and the ballot boxes will determine who wins the majority of the seats in the People’s Assembly.

[Landis adds: thanks for this correction, Nour]

Ghufran said:

The next 6 months are unlikely to include a major shift on Syria unless the opposition scores a significant military defeat against the regime. This period will be used by both parties to strengthen their position on the ground. The lack of any serious political proposal that adresses the grievances and concerns of the sizable pro regime Syrian forces mean that the only option on the table is to fight and preserve as much as possible of the gains made in the last 2 months. If Syrians themselves are not willing to compromise nobody will do that job on their bahalf.

Observer said:

I have been in the ME for some time now. The regime is losing grip on significant part of the countryside including around Damascus. Only 15% of new conscripts showed up to be recruited this year. The number of defectors has reached 100 000.

Cham Press announces that the dollar is trading below 70 pounds in a so called sign of improvement therefore countering the official rate of 60.

Very little support is available to the FSA from the outside and this will await the US elections before any real policy to emerge

zoo said:

Rice: The “friends of Syria” have been ironically promoted to the “Friends of Democratic Syria” when the most influent members, Qatar and KSA are non democratic countries preaching democracy to others…

Amir in Tel Aviv said:

Rami Khouri: “…For many tens of thousands who were prepared to demonstrate peacefully – albeit at the cost of their lives – this has become a disaster. Syrian friends of mine call it a “tragedy”. They blame the Gulf states for encouraging the armed uprising. “Our revolution was pure and clean and now it’s a war,” one of them said to me last week. I believe them”.

I utterly agree with Khouri and his friend. The irreversible mistake of resorting to arms will be fully revealed in the coming years, if not decades.

amnesia said:

In comments above I read that the secular opposition will join the Assad government, and that the opposition arming was a mistake. Please make some sense guys for a change. The soldiers who defected did so rightfully, and their willingness to risk their lives to create a challenge for Assad’s remaining forces is laudable.

DAWOUD said:

The Syria Revolution against Bashar’s, and his father’s before him,oppression began as completely peaceful. I has become militarized because of the regime and its allies (Hasan Nasrallah, Iran,…) began to use violence and murder innocent unarmed demonstrators. People have the right to defend their lives, property, dignity, and honor!.. The overwhelming majority of Syrians are opposed to the murderous Bashar and his shabiha. Free Syria, Free Palestine!

irritated said:

Dawood, What proof do you have that the “overwhelming majority of Syrians are opposed to Bashar?” If it was true how come nobody goes on strike when asked to? That’s the least the ‘overwhelming majority’ could do. … Most anti-Syrian government types keep repeating “It started peacefully’ trying to justify the issue that ‘it continued violently’ and that it is now made of death squads infiltrated by islamist extremists and criminals.

ZOO said:

This is what will happen in Syria whether Bashar stays or not?

“The terror network has taken advantage of the country’s political turmoil of the past year to capture several southern areas, and the Americans are eager to coordinate efforts with the Yemenis to push them back.

An al-Qaida settled and safe in the remote interior of southern Yemen would allow its militants to plan and execute more attacks on Western interests, taking advantage of proximity to strategic shipping lanes in the Red and Arabian seas through which much of the West’s energy needs to pass.
(…)

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401. Uzair8 said:

#370

‘…members of the Hashemite Royal family visited the Sheikh in recent days. I wonder who?’

Just watched more of the video and it was Prince Abbas of Jordan. The Sheikh gives oath to King Abdullah via Prince Abbas on 34 minutes.

http://saltanat.org/SaltanatTV/tabid/210/Default.aspx

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April 30th, 2012, 7:31 pm

 

402. daleandersen said:

Memo To ZOO

RE: “…Iran hosts the first exhibition of Syrian goods…”

Syrian goods. So this will be an exhibition of 500 kinds of garlic? Quick! Where’s my passport…

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April 30th, 2012, 7:32 pm

 

403. omen said:

390. Alan said: Assange Episode 3: Torture & double standards of the West

you know, assange came out in favor of the revolution and attacked hezbollah’s support for a brutal regime guilty of war crimes in his interview with nassar.

i had braced myself beforehand to be disappointed with a misguided, reflexive anti-imperialist stance. but to my relief, assange had done his homework!

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April 30th, 2012, 7:45 pm

 

404. Syrian Nationalist Party said:

@DALE
Don’t laught at garlic, just look what Sabra and other companies makes in sales of Hummus a year in the United State alone.

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April 30th, 2012, 7:45 pm

 

405. omen said:

382. Tara said: Yara Shamas, a 21 yo female activist, could face the death penalty for defending the people right to bear arms to defend themselves.

What kind of monster can try or execute a 21 yo girl for wanting freedom?

people are killed for holding a camera. i saw one video of a young girl, dead. still in her hand was a small camera, disguised to be worn as a ring. she was killed for trying to get the truth out.

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April 30th, 2012, 8:02 pm

 

406. Alan said:

http://www.debka.com/article/21961/

Bombings spread in Syria as Al Qaeda seizes control of rebel factions

anniversary of the death of al Qaeda’s iconic leader Osama bin Laden at the hands of US special forces, the jihadist movement is making an operational comback in the Arab world and Africa. The suicide bombings hitting Damascus and Idlib in the last 24 hours were the work of Al Qaeda in Iraq – AQI, whose operatives have been pouring into Syria in the last two weeks, DEBKAfile’s counter-terror sources report.

Washington has not asked Iraqi premier Nouri al-Maliki to stem the outward flow, realizing he is glad to see the backs of the terrorists and waving them across the border into Syria. Our sources report from Western agencies fighting al Qaeda that several thousand operatives have arrived in Syria to fight the Assad regime, most entering the country from the north. They come fully armed with quantities of explosives. Among them are hundreds of Saudis, Egyptians, Lebanese, Palestinians, Iraqis and Sudanese.

They quickly join up with the hundreds of al Qaeda fighters from Libya present at Free Syrian Army-FSA training camps in southeast Turkey. There, they are instructed in the geography of Syrian government, army and security forces locations, led across the border and transported to their targeted locations by special guides.

[ ... ]

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April 30th, 2012, 8:02 pm

 

407. omen said:

an iranian/syrian exhibition? what, are they going to impress one another by showing off demonstrations of various torture techniques?

i can hear them already going “oooh” and “aaahhh” in admiration. sick effers.

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April 30th, 2012, 8:09 pm

 

408. Alan said:

402. OMEN
all colors of a rainbow form white light !

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April 30th, 2012, 8:12 pm

 

409. zoo said:

It’s the first time Ban Ki Moon use the word “terrorists attacks ” about Syria violence

U.N. chief condemns “terrorist bomb attacks” in Syria
Reuters – 4 hrs ago

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon condemned on Monday “terrorist bomb attacks” in the Syrian cities of Damascus and Idlib, and noted that while there had been security improvements in areas monitored by U.N. observers, he was “gravely concerned” by the continued violence.

“The Secretary-General condemns the terrorist bomb attacks in the cities of Idlib and Damascus which took place today and on 27 April 2012, killing and injuring scores of people,” Ban’s press office said in a statement
(…)

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April 30th, 2012, 8:26 pm

 

410. Son of Damascus said:

Dale,

“Syrian goods. So this will be an exhibition of 500 kinds of garlic? ”

What kind of backwards statement is this?

What benefit do you think you are bringing here when you not only choose to attack commentators in every comment of yours, but belittle an entire nation as well?

Under what pretence are you choosing to use the word “boy” to address Arabs? Are we somehow a race or group of people that should revere you? Or is it being used under a racist guise similar to what African Americans were called by their slave bosses?

I think you keep mistaking SyriaComment for 4Chan, you will find a much better audience there for your “comments”.

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April 30th, 2012, 8:34 pm

 

411. Tara said:

Bronco

Not all blue eyes are created equal. Some are more equal than others….

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April 30th, 2012, 8:43 pm

 

412. Syria no Kandahar said:

Aljazera the Chanel of Blood and the other blood:

[ + التضليل الاعلامي 30-4-2012 عملية قنص تمثيلية ]

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April 30th, 2012, 9:04 pm

 

413. omen said:

409. zoo said: It’s the first time Ban Ki Moon use the word “terrorists attacks ” about Syria violence

activists have noted every time foreign monitors touch ground in syria (whether from the un or the arab league,) coincidentally, “terror attacks” happen. a pattern now predictable enough to count upon like clockwork.

one illustration of this argument.

state sponsored terrorism is always much worse than stateless actors (see the u.s. & israel, for example.) syrian regime is worse than alqaeda.

i don’t know why bashar isn’t in an orange jumpsuit, sitting in gitmo. only reason he isn’t is because he benefits the u.s. or israel somehow.

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April 30th, 2012, 9:14 pm

 

414. Syria no Kandahar said:

Arab terrorists and jihadist killed in Syria:

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April 30th, 2012, 9:24 pm

 

415. Gregory Carlin said:

If the Hama explosion was a Scud missile, it would have been observed from space. The explanations from the Free Syrian Army for one bombing or another have a common element, the narrative is ubiquitously surreal. I think this conflict also has the record, since the technology came into being, for fabricated videos.

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April 30th, 2012, 9:51 pm

 

416. Mick said:

Omen
#413

You know what the foreign minister said and what happened are two different things.

He was asked if an attack on the observers would look bad on the government. The attack was on government forces.

I fail to see why you are using the weak argument to deflect attention from terrorists acts.

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April 30th, 2012, 9:55 pm

 

417. Tara said:

Dale Andersen

If I to bet, I would say you are a first or second generation Christian Lebanese-American who, suffered by the Syrian imperialistic excursion in Lebanon, despises everything Syrian. You are too much fixated on the Syrian “excursion” in Lebanon. Am I wrong?

I asked you once and you told me you hate Syria and everything Syrian, yet you are intensely drawn to Syria comment and to that ancient Syrian Queen.. Dare I ask What was her name again? You were vey much “hurt” by being banned and never lost interest. You are politically correct with the Israelis (genuinely or not) but not so dealing with the Syrians. What are all these contradictions about?

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April 30th, 2012, 10:22 pm

 

418. Syria no Kandahar said:

[SNK Please refrain from labelling an entire group of people. Emotions are high, name calling and labelling will do nothing but raise the emotions even further. We appreciate your understanding and help in keeping Syria Comment open and safe place for everyone.]

Where is the next suicide bombing? Huh ??? Any one has bakara(cow)of Qater e mail ?Huh ??? Does anyone knows
The color of the eyes of the next jihadulutionist?Huh ??? Or jihad supporters can’t looke jihadulutionist in the eye? Huh ??? Why did revolutionists turned onto jihadulutionists?

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April 30th, 2012, 10:54 pm

 

419. Syria no Kandahar said:

When opposition criminals يقتلون نفسا بغير حق their supporters would say خلوها مستوره لامنشاف ولامين دري
http://www.aksalser.com/?page=view_articles&id=da5d0383bf10de76684adbee1cae1bd5&ar=192298950

اغتيل مساء اليوم  الشيخ “اسماعيل السيراني” في محافظة درعا ، بعد اقتحام منزله من قبل مجموعة مسلحين أثناء تأديته صلاة العشاء داخل منزله .

وذكرت صفحات على موقع التواصل االجتماعي فيسبوك أن “مجموعة ارهابية مسلحة سبق لها أن اغتالت ابنه قبل نحو اسبوع ” .

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April 30th, 2012, 11:35 pm

 

420. zoo said:

Davutoglu: People in Arab countries love us..
( armenians too?)

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/do-arabs-want-turkey-to-lead-the-arab-awakening-.aspx?pageID=449&nID=19618&NewsCatID=412

Davutoğlu seems to have no doubt, since he said, “I’d like to advise those who are criticizing us: Go to Cairo. Go to Tripoli. Go to the streets of Beirut, Tunisia, Jerusalem, and ask about Turkey’s policy on Syria. They will hug you and express their appreciation for Turkey’s honorable policy.”

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April 30th, 2012, 11:38 pm

 

421. ann said:

Ambassador calls for passive approach to Syria – April 30, 2012

http://www.duclarion.com/news/ambassador-calls-for-passive-approach-to-syria-1.2865376#.T59oLNVaf1A

The world needs to have a hands-off international approach when it comes to the violent revolution in Syria, according to Ambassador Vitaly Churkin, permanent representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations, during a speech at the Sié Chéou-Kang Center in the Josef Korbel School of International Studies last Friday.

“We believe that United Nations Security Council, by charter, is not supposed to get involved in regime change,” said Churkin.

“In case of a crisis, we believe that the role of the international community should be to support various groups in the country involved in the crisis to find a peaceful solution,” said Churkin.

“As long as there is no serious monitoring of the situation, [violations] will keep happening,” said Churkin. “I don’t believe the armed groups are going to simply heed Kofi Annan or the Security council, unless there are a fair number of monitors who will be able to spot their activity in contravention of cease-fire relations.”

[...]

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May 1st, 2012, 12:56 am

 

422. Uzair8 said:

Some coincidences:

- Each friday demonstrations are given a different name. The recent friday was named:
“The command of Allah is coming, so be not impatient for it.”

- On the same friday (27/4) Sheikh Nazim received visiting members of the Hashemite Royal family in cyprus. The Sheikh advised King Abdullah to prepare for Syria and revealed:

“He was hesitant, but support is coming, support is coming for His Majesty to make a move…”

- While these words are being uttered, we hear the sound of the call to prayer breaking out in the background. *

* http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QjmsWAs9NJc&t=20m11s

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May 1st, 2012, 1:32 am

 
 

424. Uzair8 said:

Crisis deepens in Syrian cities
Tue 24 Apr 2012

by Simon Assaf

The arrival of United Nations observers has triggered a new round of protests in the Syrian cites that remain under siege. In return the cities of Idlib, Hama and Douma could face attacks by government forces.

Angry street confrontations continue in Aleppo and Damascus, and significant protests have emerged in their industrial districts.

Young rebels on the streets are calling to be sent weapons—rather than calling for foreign support. A debate is raging over tactics, with the “peace camp” losing ground significantly.

An intense debate has broken out among the Shia Muslim clergy in its religious heart at Najaf, Iraq. A significant and vocal minority are citing Shia Muslim tradition of always siding with the oppressed, and want to issue a general call for solidarity with oppressed Sunnis in Syria.

http://www.socialistworker.co.uk/art.php?id=28251

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May 1st, 2012, 2:00 am

 

425. Alan said:

423. JUERGEN
when comment repeat, it means there are uncertainty signs! better if comment contains a material about dolphins!

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May 1st, 2012, 2:15 am

 

426. Juergen said:

Robert Fisk: Robert Fisk: After the Arab Spring, an Islamic Awakening?

he qouted Nasr Hamid Abu Zeid: “If you consider the situation in the Muslim world, the absolute absence of political freedom and the failure of all the projects which were started by socialism, communism, nationalism – absolute failure – the poor Muslim citizen finally got nothing. And he was deprived even of his liberty to think – 40 years with the absolute absence of democracy, of liberty! Only one voice was allowed. We had to echo the voice: the president, the king, whatever. Obedience to the ruler became some sort of religious conviction. So obedience here is the key word.”

http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/commentators/fisk/robert-fisk-after-the-arab-spring-an-islamic-awakening-7685143.html

interview with Nasr Hamid Abu Zeid:

http://en.qantara.de/For-a-Plurality-of-Koranic-Interpretations/16516c77/index.html

I find Abu Zeids stand a bit too radical, Thomas Bauer has just published an very interessting book: The culture of ambiguity-an other history of islam. Here is an overview of his book.

http://en.qantara.de/Plurality-as-a-Matter-of-Course/18272c18958i0p82/index.html

It may be off the topic a bit, but find it suits well some claims that radical jihadis are the worlds biggest problem. Here is an documentary of evangelicals in the US, i just found the film on youtube. May be i am the only one, but i really am afraid of those folks. In the film one teacher lady said that because in Palestine the muslims send their kids to terror camps we send them to bible camps. Just a reminder, there are more evangelicals in this world than salafists…
“Jesus camp”

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May 1st, 2012, 2:32 am

 

427. Uzair8 said:

:lol: :lol: :lol:

Iran & Syria implement Free Trade Agreement

Saturday Apr 28, 2012

http://presstv.com/detail/238567.html

The title on google news had me laughing.

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May 1st, 2012, 3:07 am

 

428. daleandersen said:

[UN blue helmet Dale Andersen has returned to moderation.

Dale, the rules are plain. They apply to everyone. Your personally-directed scorn and expressions of contempt against Syria are intolerable. You were warned several times that you would re-enter moderation if you could not alter your habitual patterns of expression.

SCModeration@mail.com @SCModeration (Twitter) ]

RE: “…that ancient Syrian Queen…”

She wasn’t ancient, Tara, just pre-Muslim. And she wasn’t a queen, but an Empress. people like you You Syrians think nothing happened in Syria until the Muslims came. people like you You seem to be totally ignorant of the thousands of years before the first jihad. Too bad about that.

Her name was Theodora. You can look her up. It never ceases to amaze me what people like you you so-called educated people don’t know about your own country. It would be sad if it weren’t so funny.

By the way, I wasn’t upset about being banned. I told the SC Moderator to jam it.

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May 1st, 2012, 3:30 am

 

429. omen said:

7:11 – sorry zoo, should have watched video first. indeed, syria produces such beauty.

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May 1st, 2012, 3:53 am

 

430. omen said:

Juergen, fisk is infuriating. from iran onwards, he’s taken cheap pot shots against protesters while being too soft against dictators. during an aljazeera english roundtable a couple of weeks ago, he praised bashar as being a very smart man!

an egyptian activist ran into fisk:

iyad_elbaghdadi:

I asked him about citizen journalism and again, he sounded very dismissive. I don’t know if he’s heard of @acarvin and his work. #Fisk

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May 1st, 2012, 4:00 am

 

431. ann said:

Syria Attacks Seen as Sign of Extremists’ Rise – April 30, 2012

Suicide Bombings Signal Growing Role Of Islamist Militants Amid Opposition

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304050304577375432196914106.html?mod=WSJEUROPE_hpp_MIDDLESecondNews

Suicide blasts on Monday and a series of other bombings across Syria have renewed concerns that unrest there is giving extremist Islamist groups room to grow, a scenario Western officials fear will make it more difficult to contain the crisis.

The development also complicates efforts to encourage compliance with a United Nations-brokered cease-fire by President Bashar al-Assad—who has long held that the uprising against him is the work of terrorists.

Western and Arab officials and some members of the Syrian opposition say the attacks point to the growing activities of al Qaeda and radical Sunni Islamist groups in operations against the Syrian regime, as the popular uprising against Mr. Assad has developed into armed conflict.

U.S. officials, including Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, have said strikes on security and intelligence buildings in Damascus and Aleppo over the past four months have resembled al Qaeda attacks, and that extremists, mainly al Qaeda insurgents from Iraq, may have infiltrated Syrian opposition groups.

“We are increasingly concerned that these attacks are beyond the control of the Syrian opposition…that other groups are involved,” a U.S. official said.

“Core al Qaeda was caught somewhat flatfooted in the Arab Spring,” the official said. “They’ve had more time on something like Syria” to plan.

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May 1st, 2012, 4:14 am

 

432. omen said:

fisk works out of lebanon. did he suck up to bashar out of concern for his safety? this obscene culture of fear needs to be put to rest.

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May 1st, 2012, 4:21 am

 

433. ann said:

Syria prepares for elections – 2012-05-01

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/video/2012-05/01/c_131562028.htm

For the first time in 40 years, seats in the Syrian parliament will be up for grabs by multiple parties in the country’s much-postponed elections, now scheduled for May the 7th.

Previously, only parties that belonged to the National Progressive Front were allowed to stand for election. More than 7,000 candidates from more than eight parties will be competing for 250 seats in parliament.

Streets in Syria are decked with candidates’ election campaign banners and posters, with most of the slogans emphasizing national unity, greater youth participation and peaceful change. Many Syrians believe the upcoming elections can bring vitality to the country and pave the way for reforms.

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May 1st, 2012, 4:31 am

 

434. ann said:

Syrian sanctions finding unintended targets – April 30, 2012

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/f567116a-92d4-11e1-b6e2-00144feab49a.html?ftcamp=published_links%2Frss%2Fworld%2Ffeed%2F%2Fproduct#axzz1tbDriszf

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May 1st, 2012, 4:35 am

 

435. Tara said:

Zoo

I want to have an honest word with you..Your 2 or 3 dots between boring round short, and fat brackets are becoming a problem and simply not doing the cut for me. I can’t copy them all the time plus they were invented by Mina, And it tires me to copy something dull. I like versatility. I miss Beaware so much. Very very handsome..style.

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May 1st, 2012, 7:19 am

 

436. Antoine said:

MINA,

Do you have anything to say about the protagonist in this video ?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JwNTH889k9A&list=FL0_voKwggIqSz1VkIbWvX4A&index=28&feature=plpp_video

Is he a Zionist agent ?

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May 1st, 2012, 7:48 am

 

437. zoo said:

#435 Tara

I guess the content of my posts from newspapers annoy you more than the brackets. I can’t change the world news even if they go against your predictions. I ‘ll try to think for an alternative to the bracket-dots, just to make the annoyance of the articles and your jealousy less painful.

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May 1st, 2012, 7:57 am

 

438. zoo said:

“around half” of the SNC’s members are Islamists.”

In Syria, America Allies with the Muslim Brotherhood
The president’s support for the Syrian National Council strengthens Islamists.

By John Rosenthal
http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/297361/syria-america-allies-muslim-brotherhood-john-rosenthal

While the Obama administration’s burgeoning contacts with the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt continue to cause controversy, the administration’s policy of growing cooperation with the Syrian opposition continues to enjoy almost unanimous support. This is remarkable, since by virtue of that policy the administration is openly allied with none other than the Muslim Brotherhood: that is, openly, but with perhaps just enough misdirection for the alliance to escape the notice of the broader public.

The Syrian opposition organization that the United States and other Western powers have been officially supporting is, of course, the Syrian National Council (SNC). At a meeting in Istanbul on April 1, the so-called Friends of Syria, including the United States, recognized the SNC as “a legitimate representative of all Syrians.” Although the use of the indefinite article suggests there were reservations on the part of some participants, U.S. State Department statements both before and after the Istanbul meeting leave no doubt that the Obama administration treats the SNC as its principal Syrian interlocutor. The SNC is also the presumptive recipient or at least conduit of the aid that the Obama administration has pledged to the Syrian opposition. While in Istanbul, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met with representatives of the SNC, and she afterwards promised that “there will be more assistance of all kinds for the Syrian National Council.”

But who is the Syrian National Council? Although the chairman and most recognizable face of the council is the secular Paris-based political scientist Burhan Ghalioun, it is openly acknowledged that the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood is a major force within the council. In fact, there is strong evidence that it is the major force. When several members of the council resigned in mid-March, they cited the overwhelming influence of the Brotherhood as a reason for their decision. “The Brotherhood took the whole council,” departing council member Walid al-Bunni told the New York Times. “We became like extras.”

The Belgian Syria expert Thomas Pierret, a lecturer in contemporary Islam at the University of Edinburgh, estimates that “around half” of the SNC’s members are Islamists.
More…

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May 1st, 2012, 8:02 am

 

439. Juergen said:

Antoine

very funny indeed, he really got the vibe taking down the posters. I hope syrian schools will be better ( and more colorful places ) places after this family regime will be ousted.

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May 1st, 2012, 8:15 am

 

440. zoo said:

Marzouki worries about Salafists and call for dialog in Syria

http://english.al-akhbar.com/content/tunisian-president-salafis-threaten-our-democracy-0

The President of Tunisia has said that Salafis in his country pose a “threat to democracy,” but called on his security forces to not resort to the torture and suppression that plagued the country until last year.

Speaking to Assange, Marzouki distanced himself from backing the insurgents and called for a negotiated settlement.

“We are not supporting any kind of foreign intervention in Syria. I do believe that giving weapons to Syrians would lead to civil war. I think it’s not a good choice. I still believe that the only solution must be political, and that we have to find common… common ground between opposition and the regime. I still believe that the only solution is the Yemeni scenario,” he said.
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May 1st, 2012, 8:15 am

 

441. Tara said:

Zoo

Thank you Zoo. I Iove you too.

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May 1st, 2012, 8:24 am

 

442. Mina said:

Antoine,
Sorry, I am currently in the Middle East and cannot open videos anymore. Too dangerous in the land of “freedom of expression and prosperity” (not Syria, you guess).

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May 1st, 2012, 8:34 am

 

443. Syria no Kandahar said:

عزيزي سوريا ليست قندهار
الأمس طلبت منك أن لا تسمي مجموعة كاملة بكلمات سيئة – شكراً على احترامك ومساعدتك في جعل سيريا كومنت (التعليق السوري) مقار للجميع
SCModeration Team

Opposition criminals killing a Homsi Christian then transporting his body to his family so that he does not appear on Aldonia:
الثوره يقوم بها الأغبياء
يقودها المثقفون
يستفيد منها المنافقون
In Syria’s case:
يقودها العراعره

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JnE0wJmeAcQ&feature=youtube_gdata_player

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May 1st, 2012, 8:44 am

 

444. DAWOUD said:

Tara,

If you read Arabic, please read the following article. Please notice that Sunnis are 45% of Bahrain’s population. If they achieve civil rights for non-Bahrainis born in Bahrain, and grant citizenship to long-term residents, Sunnis would be a majority in Bahrain. This is bad news for Hasan Nasrallah-in-waiting, Ali Salman and his sectarian al-Wifaq agenda. I still support the Bahraini uprising for freedom as long as it would lead to a non-sectarian inclusive democracy for ALL. Similarly, I support a non-sectarian inclusive democracy in Syria, regardless of the fact that Sunni Syrians are at least 80% of the population.

Final thought: thanks to the editor/moderator for posting my comment in this post, “from the Comment Section.” I wonder why the Xinhuanet/RT/Press TV commentator did not have anything to contribute to this post (you did not pick anything for her). Could it be because of the fact that she is a cut-and-paste pro-dictator commentator? Her recently acquired knowledge of the Middle East is inadequate!

http://www.aljazeera.net/pointofview/pages/93517800-f9ba-43b3-beab-8be382b60987?GoogleStatID=1

هذا التصعيد السياسي المذهبي إلى أين؟
معركة كلامية لا تتوقف بين رئيس الوزراء التركي أردوغان، وبين نظيره العراقي نوري المالكي، ويتطوّع الطرفان والمتحدثون باسمهما في الردِّ والهجوم على نحو غير مسبوق، بينما “يحج” المالكي إلى طهران في زيارة ليومين لا يمكن النأي بها بعيدا عن جهة التصعيد مع الجار التركي، فضلا عن عموم الوضع الذي تعيشه المنطقة وفي مقدمته الثورة السورية. وتصل الحفاوة بالضيف العراقي حدّ الحديث عن وحدة بين البلدين (إيران والعراق)!!
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May 1st, 2012, 10:11 am

 

445. ann said:

German police arrest 30 SALAFISTS after clashes – 1 hr 32 mins ago

http://news.yahoo.com/german-police-arrest-30-salafists-clashes-131138508.html

BERLIN (AP) — German police say 30 protesters of an ultra-conservative Muslim group were arrested after clashing with security officials.

Police spokeswoman Anja Meis said a group of Salafists protesting against a far-right march threw stones and attacked officers separating the two rallies in the western German city of Solingen Tuesday. Three policemen and a passer-by were injured.

Germany’s domestic intelligence agencies are keeping a close eye on Salafists, suspected by officials of spreading a radical ideology condoning violence

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May 1st, 2012, 10:50 am

 

446. Alan said:

some music!
Marcel Cartier & Agent of Change – Hands Off Syria

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May 1st, 2012, 10:51 am

 

447. Alan said:

some laughing with Webster T
http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/305586-1

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May 1st, 2012, 11:00 am

 
 

449. Mina said:

Even aljazara does not believe in the “rebels” or in zibalah anymore.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=hPdRB162UPw

(from the Angry Arab today, http://angryarab.blogspot.com/)

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May 1st, 2012, 11:20 am

 

450. Halabi said:

Syrian Regime Confiscates Sky News Camera – (the link has a photo of the shabeeh)

A television camera belonging to Sky News has been confiscated by Syrian officials after the crew filmed an impromptu protest in the capital, Damascus.

“A uniformed officer with a machine gun approached us and violently ripped the camera away from us.

“There was a struggle between us and the policeman. He then ran off down the road with it and I subsequently followed the policeman.
“More armed men with truncheons later came out towards my two colleagues, who were taken into the court building.

Marshall and the Sky News team have been filming in Damascus and other areas in Syria with full credentials, filming permits and media visas.
“It is a contravention of the six-point peace plan on two counts,” Marshall said.

“Firstly not to allow journalists to film freely and secondly, not to allow demonstrations.”

http://news.sky.com/home/world-news/article/16219728

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May 1st, 2012, 11:29 am

 

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