Fuel Subsidies to be Cut April 1? Syria Eyes Western Intervention in Libya with Caution. Denies Giving Military Aid to Qaddafi

The head of Egypt’s military council expressed his hope to meet President Assad soon and to open a new page of Egyptian Syrian relations. Also, el-Baradei said during an interview on ON TV that Egypt’s relations with Israel were the master-slave type and he would never allow that again. For Syria, it is all about the Golan.

The Arab League unanimously called today on the United Nations Security Council to impose a no-fly zone on Libya, Secretary General Amr Moussa told a news conference in Cairo. Two countries — Syria and Algeria — had reservations about the decision because they feared that foreign influence in Libya might be open ended. Syria views the Arab revolutions largely in terms of which new governments are likely to line up with Syria to pressure Israel to give back the Golan. So far Egypt and Tunisia are distancing themselves from Israel. The prospect the Libya may fall under Western influence as the price of getting ride of its terrible leader has Syria worried.

Here’s a tweet from an influential Libyan: “To the govts of #Algeria & #Syria: the #Libyans will remember your actions against us & when your people turn against you we fight with them.”

Syria has issued this statement denying all allegations that Syria has two fighter jets in Libya and a ship on the way to help Qaddafi. The Syrian Foreign Ministry denies that Syria has any military presence in Libya and reports that allegations to the contrary are false.

بيان صحفي

للتوزيع و النشر (12/3/2011)

إشارة إلى المعلومات التي نشرتها بعض الجهات الإعلامية المغرضة و أدعت فيها وجود طيارين سوريين يقاتلون ضد أحد أطراف الصراع في ليبيا ، ووجود سفن سورية تغادر مرفأ طرطوس لتزود السلاح للحكومة الليبية أو وجود معسكرات تدريب في ليبيا فيها ضباط سوريين.

تؤكد وزارة الخارجية في الجمهورية العربية السورية أن هذه المعلومات عارية عن الصحة و لا أساس لها على الإطلاق . كما نؤكد عدم وجود أي حضور عسكري سوري على الأراضي الليبية. و سورية حريصة على وحدة و استقرار الأراضي الليبية وأمن و أمان الشعب الليبي الشقيق و إن البواخر السورية التي زارت ليبيا كانت حصراً لنقل الرعايا السوريين لسورية، و كل هذه الادعاءات عارية عن الصحة و لا تتماشى اصلاً مع المواقف السورية

السفارة السورية في لندن

Syria’s Ambassador to the US defends the Vanity Fair article in the WSJ:

Instead of targeting Vogue’s profile on Syria’s first lady, the anger and indignation emanating from Bari Weiss and David Feith’s op-ed “The Dictator’s Wife Wears Louboutins” (op-ed, March 7) should be directed toward matters of grave proportions, such as the recent killing of nine boys in Afghanistan by the U.S. military, the hundreds of thousands of dead Iraqis as a result of the U.S. invasion, or the “war crimes and crimes against humanity” committed by Israel in Gaza (as reported by the United Nation’s Goldstone Report).

Indeed, such vitriol on behalf of Ms. Weiss and Mr. Feith begs the larger question: Why does the Journal turn down op-ed submissions on the aforementioned momentous topics, and instead devote so much space for an op-ed that finds as a grievance the first lady’s “manicured toes”? One possible explanation: Vogue succeeds in showing a side of Syria that the editors at the Journal don’t want, or refuse, to see: “a country that’s modernizing itself, that stands for a tolerant secularism in a powder-keg region, with extremists and radicals pushing in from all sides,” as a Western ambassador observes in the article. Make no mistake, this is what angered the authors, not red soles on a first lady’s feet.

Imad Moustapha, Ph.D., Ambassador of Syria to the U.S.

Those unhappy about Western institutions engaging with Syria will also be dismayed at several other events taking place this spring.

  • Harvard’s Alumni Association is sponsoring a conference in Damascus on March 17, at the Four Seasons Hotel. The university’s vice provost for international affairs, Prof. Jorge I. Dominguez, will deliver the Harvard guest address.  I will be sorry to miss it, but the guest list is long and illustrious. A number of fellow Alumni will be there. I know that Rami Khouri will be covering it.
  • In April, the First Lady will be sponsoring the “Cultural Landscapes Forum” beginning on Sunday April 10.  Many French, British, German and Italian officials will be giving talks to celebrate Syria’s heritage, museums, and archeology. Both Frédéric Mitterrand, France’s Minister of Culture, and  Henri Loyrette, the Director of the  Musée du Louvre will be giving talks.

Aleppo Chamber of Commerce comes out swinging against cutting fuel subsidies

On April 1, the Syrian government plans to cut fuel subsidies which cost the state billions of Syria pounds every year. The subsidies encourage smuggling and overuse. Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan all pay much more for fuel products than Syria so much of the subsidies go to helping neighbors. Syrian industry is helped by the subsidies. The looming fuel price rise is about to go into effect, and the Aleppo Chamber of Commerce is fighting back. Faris Shihabi, the head of the Chamber argues that 100,000 textile workers may lose their jobs. Aleppo has always been the home of Syria’s thriving textile business. He argues against having a 3 tier pricing system that will hit the larger manufacturers hardest. Aleppo is spinning this price hike as an attack on the city’s industrial base. Two other factors are hitting Syria’s textile industry. Higher cotton prices due to the drought and lower import taxes on foreign competition due to liberalization and economic agreements with neighbors. Already several textile businesses have collapsed. The pressures on the budget will mount in the coming years…….at some stage a devaluation will become unavoidable — or the government will have to resort to printing money. Either Syria must cut cut subsidies, raise taxes, borrow,  print money or devalue its currency. )

لشهابي يبرهن رياضياً أن عجز شركة المحروقات لن يتجاوز 17% جراء رفع سعر الفيول

08-03-2011

ضمن تحقيق مطول نشرته مجلة الاقتصادي مؤخراً حول ارتفاع أسعار الفيول، ردّ رئيس غرفة صناعة حلب فارس الشهابي على مبررات الحكومة برفع أسعار الفيول، بالقول: إن العجز التجاري لشركة المحروقات والبالغ 47.7 مليار ليرة سورية هو لجميع المشتقات النفطية، وأعتقد أن دراسة موضوعية توضح أن العجز يتركز في المازوت والبنزين، حيث بلغ استهلاك القطاع الخاص الصناعي من الفيول حتى النصف الأول من العام 2010 ماقدره 250000 طن، وكان السعر العالمي للفيول بتاريخ 31/8/2010 هو 20705 ل.س للطن، والسعر المحلي لهذه المادة بتاريخ 1/9/2010 هو 9000 ل.س، وعلى هذا فإن المبلغ الإجمالي لعجز مبيعات الفيول إلى القطاع الخاص الصناعي هو 250000× (9000_ 20705)= 2.937.500 مليار ل.س، وأن نسبة هذا العجز إلى العجز الكلي لشركة محروقات البالغ 47.705 مليار ليرة، هو 2937/ 47.705 = 6.1% وأن العجز الكلي لمبيعات القطاع العام الصناعي (عام وخاص) من هذه المادة هو 700000× (20750 _ 9000)=8.225.000 مليار ليرة، وأن نسبة هذا العجز إلى العجز الكلي لشركة محروقات هو 8.225 / 47.705 = 17% من كامل العجز، والنسبتين السابقتين تعتبران حسب الشهابي نسباً ضئيلة مقارنة بمجمل العجز. مقترحاً اعتبار الخسائر التي تتكبّدها شركة محروقات جرّاء دعم سعر الفيول والبالغة 2.9 مليار ل.س جزءاً من المبلغ المخصّص من الدولة لدعم الصادرات وهو 16 مليار ل.س لعام 2010، والذي يفترض أن يكون أكبر من ذلك برأيه في العام 2011.

ويحذّر الشهابي من لجوء المنشآت الصناعية في حلب التي تستخدم مادة الفيول وتشغّل عمالة قدرها 100 ألف عامل، إلى تسريح هؤلاء جميعاً كنتيجة حتمية، متسائلاً كيف للصناعة السورية التي تعاني من أزمة كساد وارتفاع في تكاليف الإنتاج ونقص السيولة المادية أن تواجه زيادة كبيرة في أسعار الفيول تقارب 100%، وهذه الزيادة على تكاليف الإنتاج ستجعل الصناعة السورية تفتقد حتى للأسواق.

كما يلفت الشهابي إلى أن اعتماد مبدأ الشرائح في تسعير الفيول سيشجع السوق السوداء بشكل غير مباشر، فالشريحة الأولى المستهلكة لأقل من 50 طن شهرياً ستتحول من الصناعة إلى تجارة السوق السوداء لمادة الفيول، مقترحاً استبدال هذه الشرائح بشريحة واحدة هي شريحة الصناعة بغض النظر عن فروقات استهلاك المعامل.

يذكر أن وزير النفط قدّم اقتراحه لتعديل أسعار مبيع مادة الفيول، بحيث تكون ضمن ثلاث شرائح: الأولى حين يكون الاستجرار كحد أقصى 50 طناً شهرياً لكل زبون، ويباع الطن لهذه الشريحة بـ 10000 ليرة سورية، وتقدّر نسبة المستهلكين من هذه الفئة بـ 69.9%، وتستهلك 22.2% من إجمالي الاستهلاك.

الثانية حين يكون الاستجرار من 51 إلى 200 طن شهرياً لكل زبون، وضمن المخصصات الشهرية، ويباع الطن في هذه الشريحة بـ12500 ليرة سورية، وتقدّر نسبة المستهلكين من هذه الفئة بـ25.2%، وتستهلك 39.1% من إجمالي الاستهلاك.

والثالثة حين يكون الاستجرار أعلى من 201 طن شهرياً لكل زبون، ويباع الطن في هذه الشريحة وفق السعر العالمي والذي يحدد شهرياً من شركة محروقات، وتقدر نسبة المستهلكين من هذه الفئة بـ 4.6% وتستهلك 36.1% من إجمالي الاستهلاك

انتخابات بلديات 2011. .استرد حارتك وبلدتك

Population surge in Syria hampers country’s progress
Phil Sands, Mar 6, 2011, The National

With 500,000 people added to the country’s numbers every year, the huge growth rate severely hampers efforts to tackle widespread poverty and raise living standards for Syria’s more than 20 million citizens.

….The government is putting together a strategy to slow the rate of population expansion but those plans are not expected to be drawn up before the end of this year, at the earliest, and will take years to implement or take effect. In the meantime, development experts are warning Damascus can ill afford to wait if attempts to rein in a booming populace are to succeed.

Mohammad Akram Alkech, the dean of the Higher Institute for Population studies at Damascus University, said: “Until today there is still no clear or official policy to use family planning in order to contain the growth rate.” He said such a “hands off” policy towards population growth was no longer viable.

“There have been a few laws and piecemeal measures that are supposed to stop women just being seen as machines for producing babies but that is not a comprehensive policy and will not be effective,” he said. “By the time the growth rate is reduced through that method, there will be 100 million people in Syria and it’ll be too late.”

In Syria’s parched farmlands, echoes of Egyptian woes, Thu Mar 10, 2011
By Khaled Yacoub Oweis

TISIA, Syria, March 10 (Reuters) – Under rainless clouds covering Syria’s strategic Hauran plateau, grave digger Khalil al-Meqdad toils for 12 hours a day to feed his eight children.

“I barely make enough money to buy bread. I keep sinking in debt,” Meqdad said, as he stuck his shovel in the volcanic soil that made Hauran a Middle East bread basket when rain was plentiful during Ottoman times.

With its faded vineyards, pomegranate tree groves and historical sites, Hauran is hundreds of miles from the political upheaval shaking the Middle East, and Syrian officials say the unrest will not spread to their country.

But Meqdad’s lot is similar to the masses who toppled Tunisia and Egypt’s presidents and who are taking to streets in Yemen and elsewhere, driven by frustration with falling living standards and perpetuation of corrupt autocratic systems they consider an affront to their dignity.

Syria, a country of 20 million people, has been ruled by the Baath Party since it took power nearly 50 years ago, imposing emergency law still in force and banning any opposition.

Since the uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya in the last three months, officials have insisted that the government, a self-declared champion of Arab rights and foe of what it describes as Islamic extremism, is “close to the people”.

They say gradual economic liberalisation, since President Bashar al-Assad succeeded his late father 11 years ago, has changed Syria, pointing to banks, insurance companies and private schools, in contrast to decades of nationalisation. But parallels with Egypt, which failed to translate economic reform into rising living standards, are hard to ignore…..

See this An Interview With Gary Gambill, by Qifa Nabki. At his site.

Nicholas Noe responds to it on his site, here

ElBaradei Says Israel-Egypt Relation Is That of Master-Servant, 2011-03-09 By Nadeem Hamid

March 10 (Bloomberg) — Egyptian opposition leader Mohamed ElBaradei, who earlier said he would seek to run for president, said he favors a strong ties with Iran and that the relationship with Israel is that of master-servant. He spoke with Egypt’s ONTV channel.

Jerusalem Post: Shalom predicts collapse of Iranian, Syrian regimes, 2011-03-11

The protests in Syria and Iran, and intensified sanctions against the latter, will succeed in bringing down the regimes of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Syrian President Bashar Assad, Vice Premier Silvan Shalom told The Jerusalem Post

Hezbollah on Offense, March 8, 2011
Nicholas Blanford, Bilal Y. Saab in National Interest

The spate of popular uprisings in the Arab world has overshadowed all other “traditional” problems in the Middle East. That is why when Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah, Hezbollah’s secretary-general, recently called upon his fighters to be ready to invade Galilee in case Israel wages war against Lebanon, it attracted little attention.

His threat to dispatch Hezbollah units into Galilee is the first public articulation of a tactic Hezbollah fighters have privately hinted at since the end of the last conflict in August 2006. It bolsters Nasrallah’s previous carefully phrased warnings of what Israel can expect from Hezbollah in the next war. They include a vow in February 2010 to rocket Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion airport if Israel bombs Beirut’s Rafik Hariri International airport. And a declaration by Nasrallah three months later that Hezbollah can and will attack shipping along Israel’s entire coastline if the Israeli navy shells Lebanese infrastructure.

Now, with his vow to send fighters into Galilee if Israel invades Lebanon, Nasrallah is announcing that Israel can no longer take for granted its long-established doctrine of fighting wars solely on the soil of its neighbors.

This tit-for-tat approach is a cornerstone of Hezbollah’s military strategy. The group claims it serves as deterrence during times of peace and as a plan to be implemented in the event of war.

Hezbollah’s statements and actions since 2006, therefore, suggest that the next war with Israel is not likely to be one based on defensive “resistance” on Lebanese territory as in the past but one of offense, penetrating deep into Israel. Israel’s home front will become a front line for the first time since 1948.

إعلان دمشق: إنهاء حالة الطوارىء مهمة راهنة

بيان إلى الرأي العام :

اليوم يتم الشعب السوري عامه الثامن والأربعين أسيراً في قبضة قانون

الطوارىء سيء الذكر . تلك الحالة التي عطلت الحياة السياسية في سورية

وأدخلتها في سلسلة من الأزمات التي لا تنتهي ، وشكلت استباحة فاضحة

لكرامة السوريين وحقهم في الاجتماع والرأي والتعبير .

يصر أهل النظام على صم آذانهم عن المطالبات الدائمة للخروج من هذه الحالة

Jordan’s king accords unlimited powers to anti-corruption panel, 2011-03-07

Amman (DPA) — Jordan’s King Abdullah II on Monday told the country’s anti-corruption watchdog that it would have a free hand in ridding all the government’s institutions from corruption, including the royal court.

“There are no red lines for the panel’s work, because no corruption should be entitled to protection in this homeland,” the monarch said during a meeting with head and members of the Anti- Corruption Department.

“All the country’s institutions, including the royal court, should be subject to the scrutiny of the department, and those found guilty should be sent to the courts,” he added.

Al Akhbar, a newspaper with a ‘casual’ association with PM designate Mikati had this: “US Sources informed Lebanese officials that the new strategy towards Lebanon is based on the premise of preventing President Najib Mikati from forming his government, and to allow economic, political and diplomatic pressures to take their tolls, … rendering him unable to commit to a  joint strategy with the components of March 8. The hoped for result is to, either give March14 (13 really) a ‘blocking third’ or declare forfeit. US sources said that the Lebanese-Canadian Bank episode is but an ‘appetizer.'”

Search on for Syrian opposition activists missing in Lebanon, Mar 6, 2011

Beirut – Lebanese authorities began a search Sunday for four Syrian opposition activists who went missing shortly after passing out fliers in Beirut calling for a demonstration to oppose Syria’s government. The four brothers were taken in by Lebanese security for questioning shortly after passing out the fliers in front of the Syrian embassy, reported a Lebanese security source Sunday. It was not immediately clear when they had been detained.

Thanks to Friday lunch Club

A new Turkish satellite has Israelis eyeing the end of a U.S.-backed blackout on high-resolution commercial photography of their turf from space.The GokTurk satellite due in orbit by 2013 will sell images of objects more detailed than 2 meters across — currently the finest grain available when it comes to pictures of Israel, thanks mainly to U.S. legislation from the 1990s. Turkey’s leap into the aerospace market treads on Israeli security sensitivities given the former allies’ recently strained ties. Unlike with other nations that have fielded commercial satellites, Israel has little leverage over Ankara. “We try to ensure that we are not photographed at high resolutions, and most [countries] accommodate us,” a senior Israeli defense official said. “Should we request this of the Turks? We won’t ask for it. There is no one to talk to.” ……..Turkey, whose Islamist-rooted government froze relations with Israel after its deadly raid on a Gaza aid ship last year, has shown no interest in veiling the Jewish state from GokTurk. “We decide how to use the images taken by our satellite,” an unnamed Turkish official told the newspaper Today’s Zaman…. The Israeli official said such measures helped prevent “sensitive material falling into the hands of terrorists”. Israel also frets about its nuclear facilities and other secretive projects becoming too open to public scrutiny……”

UK Tourists on the Road to Damascus

February 20 (Press Association) — Syria is seeing a surge in interest from British holidaymakers, according to latest figures. There was a 486% rise in internet searches for hotels in the Syrian capital Damascus last month compared with January 2010, Hotels.com said. This made Syria the fastest-rising destination last month, with the Spanish island of Menorca in second place (up 466%) and Medina in Saudi Arabia third (up 457%)…

Syria: Weapons Intercepted
By REUTERS, March 11, 2011

Syria said Friday that its security forces seized a large shipment of weapons, explosives and night-vision goggles this week in a truck coming from Iraq. The official news agency SANA said the shipment, intercepted at the Tanaf border crossing on Monday, was intended “for use in actions that affect Syria’s internal security and spread unrest and chaos.” It did not say how many weapons were seized, but published pictures showed dozens of grenades and pistols as well as rifles and ammunition belts.

Comments (195)


Pages: « 1 2 3 [4] Show All

151. Revlon said:

# 148
Norman,
“Give president Assad and the Baath Party a space to maneuver or nothing will change, the Syrian army is ideological Army and the fear of the people from civil war will out way any opposition goals, or screams”.

What space are you talking about?
The guy has said it bluntly, just a couple of weeks ago:
The people of Syria are not ready for democracy.
Syrians must wait for the next generation to see if they are fit for that mission.
What on earth has he based his conclusion on?

Freedom of expression and collective counsel are ancient Arabic traditions. They go back in time to thousands of years. Islam embraced them. Collective counsel was called “Shoora” in the Quran.
Bedouian tribes, without the enlightenment of the “modern liberal” education of the “Lycee Francais”, are practicing this basic form of democracy on Syrian soil.
In the cities, family clans have their own counsels.
A heritage and a structure for democracy have existed long before jr, his father, and Baath party founders were borne.

Syrian independence in 1945 ushered in a new form of modern democracy. There were dozens of news papers, several parties, and elected parliament and president. It was not unusual to down a government by demonstrations.
Military coups, partly succeeded in slowing its progression. It was finally terminated by the currently ruling Baathist party military coup.

Finally,
The threat of civil war is a scare craw.
Both H and B Asad used it to justify their indefinite military presence in Lebanon. Twenty years later, they were finally kicked out. The threat of civil war, much to their dismay, turned out to be a false alarm!

Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

March 17th, 2011, 1:02 pm

 

152. NK said:

Norman

A federal judge sentenced Sharpton to 90 days in jail. for trespassing on U.S. Navy property as part of a May 1 protest against bombing exercises on the Puerto Rican island of Vieques.

He was not Court martial-ed, he was not held without trail, he was not beaten or insulted, oh and get this, he was not sentenced to 7 years for “وهن نفسية الأمة”.

Revlon, Nafdik

While there’s no way the regime or the police state will survive (not for long anyways), I truly believe Bashar might be able to turn things around for himself if he played the right cards. And while him being president-for-life is not going to happen, with the right reforms he has a real shot at a clean exit.

Personally I’d rather see genuine reform implemented gradually, leading to free elections come 2014, than face the uncertainty and chaos of a revolution. However the time to implement change is right now, and this window is closing fast.

Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

March 17th, 2011, 1:15 pm

 

153. jad said:

Norman,
When a political party take power and stay in it for 40 years and stop implementing its core political principles the good 50% that you and many like, is prove that this political party is not doing good job and at that point it has three options to choose from if it really want to lead the country and do the improvement:
-Improve and update its political core and reflect that in its work on ground
-Or work with other true political parties to deliver its message
-Or if it fails in any of those two it have no choice but to Step down and let others to lead.

The Baath party didn’t choose any of those three options, it turns into a dictatorship with no room for improvement and now it stuck in its own trap, it can’t improve, nobody really want to work with it and it can’t leave, which leave us the Syrian citizens in huge ethical conflict and keeping us hostage of this political party lethal narcissus.
The majority of the Syrians don’t want revolution out of fear of the unknown and because they don;t have any clear vision of who will lead them after any revolution (the Baa’th is to blame for that because it kills any meaningful opposition or civil society or organizations to grow healthy),
The majority of the Syrians want to move forward and build the true beautiful face of Syria that reflect our true potentials but the way works is done there is overloaded with corruption
The majority of Syrians are tiered of trying to communicate with the system when they are always let down and humiliated which is pushing many of them to the dangerous zone of crimes and the back door of doing things.
The existing status-quo wont let any of the changes to happen at the same speed we want it and this is the problem.
I like many of the Syrians wont live on words and political ideas, I’m bored of all political parties, all of them proved to be failing in understanding what we want and how smart we are to be treated like kids. We want actions, we want to see changes delivered to us now, it’s our rights and we want to feel the same way we think of Syria, PROUD of what we are and where we are coming from and above all proud of what we can achieve in Syria, of what our university publish in all fields of science and literature world wide, and what our Doctors can do in our hospitals and our engineers on our landscape.
Norman, it’s getting tiering and sad to see Syria living in the 70s when the whole world is in 2010..enough of the same mentality we grow up on, it doesn’t fit any more.

Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

March 17th, 2011, 1:37 pm

 

154. norman said:

NK Said,

(( Personally I’d rather see genuine reform implemented gradually, leading to free elections come 2014, than face the uncertainty and chaos of a revolution. However the time to implement change is right now, and this window is closing fast.))

I agree ,

When my opponent is moving toward my position, i try to let him move freely so the gap can be bridged easily ,
President Assad is moving ,

Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

March 17th, 2011, 1:43 pm

 

155. jad said:

تل أبيب وواشنطن وراء الحملة الشرسة التي تشنها وسائل اعلام عربية .. ” سوق الجمعة ” لم يشهد أية تحركات و دعوات التخريب تواجه بوعي المواطنين

دمشق .. شام برس من نديم رشيدي
لم تلق دعوات للتظاهر والتخريب بثت يوم أمس على موقع التواصل الاجتماعي ” فيس بوك ” صدى لدى الشباب السوري ، حيث بدت منطقة سوق الجمعة في الشيخ محي الدين ” وهو المكان المفترض للتظاهر” خالية من أية تجمعات غير اعتيادية وكانت حركة المواطنين فيها طبيعية جدا ً ، وأدى الأهالي صلاة الظهر في مسجد الشيخ محي دين وسط السوق كالمعتاد ثم عادوا لأعمالهم.
ولدى وصولنا إلى المنطقة لاستكشاف الوضع اقترب منا بعض البائعين من أهالي المنطقة مستفسرين عن هويتنا والغرض من وجودنا ، حيث أكدوا أنهم سمعوا أن هناك نية للتظاهراليوم في السوق من قبل مجهولين يريدون استغلال الازدحام في السوق مع فترة خروج المصلين من المسجد لترديد شعارات مرفوضة من قبل أغلبية الشعب السوري.
وقال الأهالي لن نسمح لهم ببث فتنهم في هذا المكان الطاهر وسنتصدى لهم فوراً في حال ملاحظتهم او ترديدهم لأية شعارات فوراً ، مؤكدين أنهم سيبقون يداً واحدة ولن يسمحوا للمعارضين من خارج البلاد بزعزعة الاستقرار والأمن الذي ينعم به الجميع في سوريا بقيادة الرئيس بشار الأسد .
وأشار احد الشباب الموجودين إلى أنه وبعض اصدقائه قرروا عدم الذهاب لاشغالهم اليوم والبقاء في السوق (بالقرب من منطقة سكنهم) للتصدي لأي غرباء يحاولون نشر الفوضى و الفتنة بين أبناء الشعب ، مؤكداً أنه على اقتناع تام بأن الدعوات للتظاهر هي من مخربين لايريدون الخير لسوريا وشعبها.
إلى ذلك فإن جميع المحافظات حسب اتصالاتنا تشهد حياة طبيعية واعتيادية ولاوجود لأية تظاهرات.

http://www.champress.net/index.php?q=ar/Article/view/85685

Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

March 17th, 2011, 2:14 pm

 

156. norman said:

Jad,
I understand your frustration and agree with all of it and on the need to change the way things are run, now , we need to know how to get there .

Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

March 17th, 2011, 2:15 pm

 

157. nafdik said:

Norman,

You suggest that:
“I expect changes in Syria in the next 2 to 3 months , President Assad always wanted that but was alarmed by the other people in the Syrian government , what happened in the last few days will give him the justification to move faster , We should help him by showing the way , not by attacking the regime that we need to implement the change .”

Since Assad wanted to reform but was blocked by other regime forces we should help him put pressure on them by promoting the protesters message not by giving him space.

He has enough people around him pulling into the status-quo what he needs is to show those who benefit from the status-quo that unless radical changes are done urgently the house will collapse on their head.

So those who want to help Assad should join the protests.

Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

March 17th, 2011, 2:20 pm

 

158. Ziadsoury said:

I am glad the discussion is civilized in the last couple of days.

OTW, please keep writing because the pen is mightier the sword.

Norman, the Baath party does not believe in the Baath party.

Alex, how long are you willing to give Bashar and his gang to turn around? The country’s morale is corrupt. People are sick and tired of corruption and lack of freedom. A 15 year old is accused of being a spy; an 80 year old man is jailed for speaking his mind; and everyone in between is either jailed without trial or missing for just saying enough is enough.

You want the Syrian to forget and forgive about Hama? How about the president coming clean on that? He could come out and apologies to the people. There is no reason to kill one innocent person just to capture the MB. How many of these 20,000 people were innocent? I bet most of them. My friend disappeared when he was 17 in 1980 and has not been seen to this day. He had no relation to the MB. We used to drink and chase girls together. His main fault, he did not shave for few days. They took him from the street.

I believe the window is either about to be or already closed shut. The regime, including Bashar, believes they can rule the country forever. Their mantra has been Souria Alsad for forty years now. Let me tell you Souria does not belong to anyone. It belongs to the people.

Latest news report that Republican Guards tanks have are surrounding Dimashq. What a shame? 200 people scared them? Why? Because they know the real pulse of the Syrian people.

This proves to all that Arab armies are made to kill and control their people. We are all, not just Palestinians, under military occupation. Look at what is happening in Libya, Bahrain, Yemen,…

All the scare tactics are the same. We need this god like figure to protect us from ourselves. What a sham? Enough is enough. Time for a change

Time for a change. Like I said before, this is a Tsunami; you either ride it, get out of its way or get destroyed.

Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

March 17th, 2011, 2:57 pm

 

159. norman said:

Nafdik,
He and they can see what is happening, you need to leave an out for your opponent, otherwise he will fight back, nudge him without threatening him or the Baath party, after what happened in Iraq, any violent move for change will be fought back severely for the fear that the end of the Baath party in Syria will be the same as in Iraq.

Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

March 17th, 2011, 3:15 pm

 

160. nafdik said:

Norman,

Agree with you that somebody has to create a vision for Syria that will be inclusive of all those who are associated with the regime.

I believe that change in Syria will only happen if at least 20% of army officers buy into it.

Unfortunately I do not see anybody credible with such a message.

Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

March 17th, 2011, 3:54 pm

 

161. LeoLeoni said:

Jad,

Actually it was the employees of the Syrian embassy in Cairo who attacked the protesters who were standing OUTSIDE of the embassy and holding placards peacefully.

Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

March 17th, 2011, 5:28 pm

 

162. jad said:

Leo,
Where are the Egyptian police to protect the Syrian embassy?
There are 4-5 Syrians in that video and the rest are all Egyptians with not enough police to protect the embassy, isn’t that unusual?
The other video I saw showed many Egyptians attacking and kicking the Syrian embassy gates and the guy who was taken inside the embassy was Egyptian too, what the business of Egyptians to do with Syrians protesting and why they attack our embassy, we didn’t attack theirs or anybody in their embassies in Damascus.
Besides, the peaceful protester of today are the same ones of yesterday who attacked the embassy with rocks and bottles, why didn’t you raise any issue of that?
There is something fishy and not right there.

Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

March 17th, 2011, 5:49 pm

 

163. Alex said:

Leoleoni, ZiadSouri

Not only do we have to suffer from the antiquated parts in the Syrian system of government and security, but we have to go through a multi-stage chaotic system that starts with a daily set of lies and exaggerations and always negative interpretations about Syria that come out of

1) The loud propagandists in “The opposition” … which include, Khaddam’s, Rifaat’s, Ikhwan’s and US funded individuals and parties. Not to be confused with the decent critics like Haytham Maleh, Michel Kilo, Aref Dalilah who are much more selective in what they criticize.
2) The right wing in the US (and their many many analysts and opinion wirters)
3) The idealists (nothing but perfect democracy is acceptable)
4) Lebanese M14 losers
5) Islamists from all over the Arab world
6) Arabs competing with Syria … Saudi Arabia, Mubarak’s Egypt …

After these daily rumors are introduced by one of the above, the rest of the lovely group rush to copy them on their sites … their supporters copy them in comments all over the net … and everyone gets outraged at the savagery of the Syrian regime as justified again by each of those daily rumors.

Then you have Egyptians demonstrating in front of the Syrian embassy and other Egyptians filling up the comments on the “Syrian revolution” facebook page ….

I’m sure some Egyptians are genuine … but others are not.

Want to understand a bit more what is going on? here is an example:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2011/mar/17/us-spy-operation-social-networks?CMP=twt_gu%3FCMP%3DNECNETTXT766

And

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/middle_east/article693911.ece

Many of these online soldiers have multiple personalities … for example on Syria Comment you get some called Ahmed elmasri and Samir El-souri who are American and Israeli propagandists.

I had enough of the massive disinformation campaign that all of you love to believe. Believe what you want … some of it is true, most is not, but you WANT to believe it anyway.

Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

March 17th, 2011, 6:08 pm

 

164. Nour said:

Ziadsoury,

I agree with a lot of what you said. Syria definitely needs to move down the path of reform a lot faster or else there are going to be consequences that the regime will have no one to blame for but themselves. The type of governance that existed as a result of over 40 years of Baathist rule is inexcusable and must be redressed if we are to move forward. However, there are three points I always like to emphasize.

1. I think it is dishonest of us not to admit that there has been a palpable change in Syria in the last 10 years. Syria of today is not the same Syria of the 1980’s and 1990’s where people were too afraid to criticize even minimal things that the government was doing. Today we see public denouncements and criticisms of government policies and programs in the media, of course as long as they do not directly touch the regime or the president. Is this ideal? Of course not, but it’s definitely a step forward from the Syria of the previous two decades.

2. Fighting corruption is a prolonged process that cannot be achieved overnight. There is no light switch to turn off on corruption, as corruption has to do with a lot of various factors that will take years and years to be completely addressed. There is now a battle against corruption in Syria. Many here ridicule this war against corruption as people claim to not have seen any real reduction in corruption since this campaign began. First, it is naive to think that we are going to witness the elimination of corruption in a matter of a couple years. Second, there has indeed been a reduction in corruption in Syria, even if it’s not to the degree that we would all like to see. But to think that the situation can be completely turned around overnight is not reasonable to say the least. And even if there was a complete change of regime today, the culture of corruption which is prevalent today and which has been present in Syria since before the Baath even took over will not disappear, but will take many years to be significantly reduced.

3. Let’s not delude ourselves into thinking that anything actually takes place in a vacuum. If a “revolution” were to take place in Syria, don’t think for one minute that foreign forces will not step in to attempt to move it in the direction that best serves their interests. Once that door opens, there will no doubt be a flood of foreign influence from, among other countries, the US, Saudi Arabia, and “Israel”, attempting to install a government that best suits their collective agendas.

Now, having said all that, I will state again that should things spin out of control, the regime will be largely to blame for the resulting consequences for their failure to release the pressure off the Syrian people.

Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

March 17th, 2011, 6:24 pm

 

165. Nour said:

Jad:

I had the same questions when I saw the different videos. Where were the Egyptian police to protect the embassy and the protesters? It is common practice that police are placed in front of embassies to protect them from possible mob attacks, but that seems to be completely absent here. I also did see the other video where the protesters were attacking the embassy. I don’t understand why Egyptians feel compelled to attack the Syrian embassy.

Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

March 17th, 2011, 6:30 pm

 

166. LeoLeoni said:

Jad,

Egyptians have a right to peacefully protest with their Syrian brothers in front of the Syrian embassy the same way that Syrians protested in front of the Egyptian embassy last month.

I just saw several videos on youtube on what was happening in front of the Syrian embassy:

– One video showed both Syrians and Egyptians standing chanting against the regime.
– Another video video showed bunch of employees from the embassy as well as Syrian students in Egypt attack peaceful demonstrators outside the embassy.
– Another video showed a bunch of Syrians and Egyptians confronting a bunch of pro-regime Syrians who were standing in front of the Syrian embassy. The pro-regime Syrians were telling the demonstrators they had no business standing there. Few arguments along with some shoving ad pushing going on from both sides.

There was also news that an Egyptian was taken inside the embassy and claims that he was beaten inside. A video showed him being released, walking outside the embassy with a fellow Egyptian officer. There were a bunch of Egyptians standing outside demanding his release.

In some of the videos I saw the police standing, and in others I didn’t see any police, but so far I have not seen videos of the embassy being “attacked”. If you have a video please share. If this happened, then this is not accepted and the Egyptian authorities are to be blamed along with the perpetrators. The Egyptian police need to put a barrier in between the protesters and the gate. (One video shows a barrier being implemented). In any case, whatever happens to the embassy does not justify the beating of peaceful demonstrators holding placards by embassy personnel thugs. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lFS1Lby2IYE

Cheers

Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

March 17th, 2011, 7:20 pm

 

167. Nour said:

Leo:

Of course the behavior of the Syrian embassy personnel was shameful to say the least, and I don’t think anyone would disagree with that. After all embassy employees are supposed to represent their country’s diplomatic corps, and behaving in such a way is definitely inexcusable. The question is, however, why was there no barrier placed between the embassy and the protesters by Egyptian police. I don’t believe that there were orders from the Syrian government for those embassy employees to behave in this way, but many times people let their emotions get the better of them, and that’s why barriers are set up to protect different sides from each other, especially in the case of foreign embassies. I know here in the US if you want to demonstrate in front of a foreign embassy or consulate, you must first obtain a permit and then you must confine yourself to the barrier set up by the police. Anyone crossing those barriers is immediately arrested and detained.

Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

March 17th, 2011, 7:27 pm

 

168. majedkhaldoon said:

I am sure if the regime in Syria lasts ,it will take very very long time to change corruption,why? becAUSE THE REGIME IS CORRUPT
to say that if the regime changed corruption will last, this is pure assumption, it may not be true.
I am sure you heared the saying;
Power corrupt,too much power ,too much corruption

Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

March 17th, 2011, 8:02 pm

 

169. NK said:

I think people are promoting the rumors that Syria is helping Ghadafi, add to that the shameful videos of how the Syrian security forces are treating their own people and the Facebook pages asking Egyptians to support the Syrian revolution and you get yourself a pretty hyped up demonstrators who are ready to go the extra mile … Still if you look closely, you’ll notice some demonstrators rushed towards the guy who kicked the embassy door to stop him, so it’s hard to tell what was going on in there really, maybe he was kicking the door after the embassy guards attacked the demonstrators. That video doesn’t tell the whole story.

As for the Egyptian police, it’s my understanding that the police hasn’t been back in full force yet, and they’re still getting attacked by people for the way they used to treat people before the revolution, notice that they didn’t allow the police officer to take the guy who was held inside the embassy, and later the officer said that he only wanted to take his statement. Hopefully, some trustworthy news outlet will publish the full story soon.

Alex

I think whenever you deal with internet news, there’s really no way to tell what is true and what is not, I watched a program awhile back where journalists were talking about the online news outlets and how they’re deceiving the public opinion by spreading misleading info, this is not exclusive to Syria or the Middle east, it really affects everyone, so I think it’s your responsibility aswell as mine to check the sources when we read something online rather than being that of the poster. and while its impossible to control what people say on the world wide web, in a tight community, just like the SC one, this job is much more manageable.

Norman

I think the main difference between you and me is that you think the President is moving while I think he isn’t. He is very charismatic but like the Egyptians say “أسمع كلامك يعجبني .. أشوف أمورك أستعجب”.

Nour

Bashar said in his WSJ interview, and this is a direct quote “we have to wait for the next generation to bring this reform”, do you think people in Syria will wait 30 more years ?. Same goes to fighting corruption, the campaign started 11 years ago, and yet corruption in Syria is more rampant than ever!. Scapegoating low level government employees stopped being effective a long time ago.

Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

March 17th, 2011, 8:10 pm

 

170. Norman said:

It is obvious from the heading of the video that the producer is Egyptian , and i do not know why you expect the Embassy security that is protecting basically a Syrian land to get upset and fight back, Yes God bless them, they even fought back wearing suites, nobody should expect the Syrian embassy not to fight back.

These Egyptian are better off marching to the border with Gaza to demand the lifting of the shameful blockade that Egypt is part of.
After what Sadat then Mubarak did to Syria we will not trust the Egyptians,until we see new deeds ,that can convince us that Egypt has changed.

Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

March 17th, 2011, 8:19 pm

 

171. Norman said:

To all of you,

Can we define corruption, is it MR abu Ahmad putting his hand out when you want a new ID card or a driver licence, is is MR Policeman forgetting the ticket for 500 Syrian pounds, or is it MR minster getting a commision for giving away no bid contracts or the army officer letting smugglers through with a truck load of Marlborough and Winston cigarettes, can you participate, after we define what we think corruption is then we can put some solution together.

Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

March 17th, 2011, 8:30 pm

 

172. Nour said:

Majed,

Yes, the regime is corrupt, but the regime did not come from outer space. They are from among the people. Moreover, not every government employee, every civil servant, or even every member of the military is part of the regime, yet people in all those fields practice corruption. And this has been the case since before this regime came to power. It’s going to take a long time to terminate this culture of corruption in our nation. And it is not only present in Syria, but also in Lebanon, Palestine, Jordan, and Iraq, as well as other countries in the Arab World. Moreover this corruption has transcended different regimes. You cannot just turn off a switch and eliminate it.

Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

March 17th, 2011, 8:30 pm

 

173. Nour said:

NK,

Bashar is actually correct. It is going to take a generation for reforms to really go into effect, especially with respect to corruption, as you have to raise an entire generation on anti-corruption values. Moreover, you have to improve the economy so that wages are high enough to where employees no longer feel compelled to take bribes.

As for the anti-corruption campaign, it hasn’t actually been going on for 11 years. In fact it was just in the last couple years when it really went into effect. It is also factually incorrect to say that corruption is now worse than it has ever been. Government ministers are actually today less corrupt than before and officials on various levels have been either relieved of their duties or arrested for their corrupt activities, including Hassan Makhlouf.

Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

March 17th, 2011, 8:41 pm

 

174. NK said:

Norman

I wonder if you would have the same view, if say the American embassy employees in Syria attacked Syrian demonstrators.

As for corruption, I agree we need a definition,
“is it MR abu Ahmad putting his hand out when you want a new ID card or a driver licence, is is MR Policeman forgetting the ticket for 500 Syrian pounds” while this is bad, abu Ahmad in most cases is not ending up with millions, with the joke that is the Salary that he takes, I’m not sure how else someone like him would survive.
The real issue is “Mr minster”, “Mr army officer” and a lot of times “Mr I can make a phone call and have the prime minister fired!”. Some of the ministers (current and previous) are well known to have made millions if not billions while in office, while before their office were well below average.

I guess it comes down to one simple question, is the president himself corrupt or not ?. And if he’s truly not, why are those officials who are bankrupting the state getting a free pass, or just being let ago ? again, we’re talking big fish here, not Abu-Ahmad and Abu-Abdo.

Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

March 17th, 2011, 8:59 pm

 

175. majedkhaldoon said:

Completely out of touch.

Norman
definition of corruption

impairment of integrity, virtue, or moral principle : improper or unlawful means (as bribery)

Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

March 17th, 2011, 9:03 pm

 

176. Norman said:

NK,

I agree that abu Abdo, Mr Policeman and Abu Ahmad are not the problem, the question is how to solve that, I do not see that this is a major problem, As you said that these people are trying to survive, so to solve that which effect every Syrian trying to get his papers , Id Card an application for business, all government employees should have a living wage including policemen and military officers and civil workers, then empower county district attorneys and police to investigate small level corruption and complains, few prosecutions can teach the rest manors and morals,

About MR minster playing salesman and getting commissions for no bid contracts, that is not difficult to solve either, just forget about the past and if you should not start by stopping future corruption in contracts and that can be done by NO No bid contracts , make all contracts subjects to bids from qualified contractors, then open the bids at the same time by a committee of about 13 members of highly qualified individuals who are familiar with all matters of these contracts , The lowest bid will win and will be announced in the public newspapers giving one month for challenges from the losing contractors and challenges in court , having a committee to open the bids will make it impossible to bribe everybody, there are still honest people in Syria,there is always going to be corruption but will not be organized.
and violators will be prosecuted .

Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

March 17th, 2011, 9:31 pm

 

177. Revlon said:

#160
Nafdik,
“I believe that change in Syria will only happen if at least 20% of army officers buy into it”.

The Special Forces, the higher and most of the lower officers of the armed forces are an integral part of the regime. They feel they would have no future should it fall.

The ranks and files of the armed forces are part of the great, silenced majority of Syria.
They are subject to same sorts of abuse by their commanders and the security forces
They are underpaid.
They experience the discrimination and corruption that compatriot civilians do.

Should and when an uprising picks up steam, their allegiance to their abusive system shall crumble, and with it the tools that the higher officers need to effect their aggression.

Time is on the side of the people. The pressure is piling up on the intransigent regime.
The forcefully imposed 40 year long political and socioeconomic stagnation is drawing to end.
The regime has one of two options: Change or you will be changed.

Bashar is in “a situation in which a desired outcome or solution is impossible to attain because of a set of inherently illogical rules or conditions”, to quote the definition of catch-22 situation.

Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

March 17th, 2011, 9:42 pm

 

178. NK said:

Nour

I wouldn’t accept bribes, I certainly wasn’t born in outer space or raised by aliens and I’m most certain I not the only honest Syrian among 22 million. Describing the entire Syrian population as morally bankrupt is untrue and unacceptable.

The government have the responsibility to pick and choose the best man for the job, ideally a government employee progresses upward and laterally, so when someone corrupt end up as a high ranking government official something went very very wrong and an investigation on how and why he ascended to his position should be closely looked at as to make sure the same thing doesn’t happen again, and if he was a part of a bigger corruption ring then everyone should be held accountable.

Norman

Pretty good solutions that are easy to implement and don’t require a generation for Syrians for see the results. In my opinion, a better solution for the corruption when it comes to big contracts, is to have a committee for such contracts in the Parliament, one that looks at and studies these type of contracts where a lot of money is involved.

Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

March 17th, 2011, 10:07 pm

 

179. majedkhaldoon said:

The security council impose no fly zone on libya
from now on the people will be stronger,let Gaddafi try to violate it,let those pilots (whoever they are ,and wherever they came from) let them dare fly.
The world will not accept a dictator to kill his people,let this be a lesson to other dictators.
The days of dictators are getting short,we will see positive changes in Libya ,from now on.

Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

March 17th, 2011, 10:16 pm

 

180. Nour said:

NK,

I certainly wasn’t saying that most Syrians are morally bankrupt, as you alleged. I said that there is a prevalent culture of corruption in our society right now which rewards those who are corrupt. This is not unique to the Syrian regime, or even to governments, but is actually present in our private companies and other organizations. My father, for example worked for such a private company. He always worked hard, was extremely professional, and never stole a penny from the company. He was never awarded a high position, yet those who stole and embezzled money from the company, costing the company millions of dollars, were always project managers, VP’s, etc. which allowed them to continue to steal. They have built fortunes. Another example is Lebanon. People there can vote whomever they want into office. Guess who always wins? The most corrupt figures and most debased characters, partly because of the sectarian nature of Lebanon, but partly also because people think that corrupt figures can get things done.

Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

March 17th, 2011, 11:04 pm

 

181. Jad said:

شو هلثورة يللي بلزور، شو هلدعوات يللي عمتستخدم البلبلة و تخويف العالم و اختراع احداث ما صارت، ليش استخدام الجوامع و الدين كمنطلق، ليش لتدعو الابناء ما يردو على أهاليهم و ليش نشر منشورات بلشوارع و ليش استثنوا الساحلً؟؟
كل شي من هدول النقاط بدو مليون تفسير و مانو نظيف

Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

March 17th, 2011, 11:57 pm

 

182. NK said:

Dear Jad a link to the things you’re seeing and commenting on will help a lot :p

I’m gonna take a wild guess here and assume people are calling for demonstrations after Friday prayers tomorrow, the why is pretty easy, 90% of the population is Muslim, and most if not all Muslims attend Friday prayers. As for the rest, I’m clueless to what you’re talking about.

I just watched this, looks like the embassy employees attacked the demonstrators, and started what later turned into a big mess, shame on them

Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

March 18th, 2011, 12:15 am

 

183. Jad said:

Dear NK,
Regarding using religious gathering place for protests never been a good idea in a mixed religious-ethnic society, it would work in Egypt, Tunisia but not a good idea in Syria, it’s a touchy subject to use religious in your protest.
Please go read what those guys are writing on their site to understand my other points.

Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

March 18th, 2011, 12:38 am

 

184. NK said:

Jad

I asked for the link to the website you’re talking about. I just googled الثورة السورية and there’s about 14 million hits, please don’t make me search every single one of them 🙂

Not sure why you’re assuming what worked in Egypt wouldn’t work in Syria, Egypt religion-wise have pretty close numbers to that of Syria, 85-90% Muslims 10-15% Christians, but that’s beside the point. The calls for demonstrations to start from mosques have nothing to do with religion itself, it’s just that there will be thousands of people at each mosque, which will make it easier for a demonstration to pick up momentum.

Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

March 18th, 2011, 12:50 am

 

185. Jad said:

NK
The link is in one of Alex comments above.

Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

March 18th, 2011, 1:01 am

 

186. Jad said:

NK,
here you go a sample of the chat and comments going there now, please notice that 3people LIKED the first comment شي بيرفع الرأس!!!!!!

Kinda Khalill سريان القامشلي يا مسيحين -للاسف هم معه لانهم يخافون من القادم على أنفسهم و انت تفهم قصدي سيد مالك
about an hour ago ·  3 people

Nour Douchi ولك واحد عم بيطول لسانه عالمسيحيين ينضب و يقص لسانو. اللعمى شو كلاب. ولك أنا مسيحي و حارقين دمنا على شو؟ اللعمى بضميركون صحيح. قال حياديين و مانهون ضد حدا و لا مع حدا. يعني نسيتو العامل العددي؟ في كل حي صار يوجد مسيحي واحد. كانوا المسيحيين 40 بالمئة و صاروا عشرة بالمئة. عمي حارب بحرب تشرين و خالي التاني كان بالفدائيين و لكن عليكم ألا تنسوا بأن الفئة الضخمة عدداً و نسبةً في المجتمع عادةً يقع على عاتقها عبء التغيير بسبب العمق الاجتماعي فهي تستطيع امتصاص الاختراق من كل النواحي أكثر من غيرها. هذا حال الثورات في كل الدول و في كل الأزمنة. و لكن للأسف ما تتكلمون عنه لا ينجم عن منطق و لكن عن انطباعات طائفية خاطئة من أساسها. يا ريت لو كان سمع جول جمّال هالحكي قبل ما كان يقرر ينتحر من شان مصر. يمكن كان قرف و ضل يعيش و يتهنى بعيشته

Ziad Malki يا أخ نور ..ما حدا غلط على المسيحيين على هي الصفحة يا حبيبي.هي صفحة كل السوريين. يلي بيسمعك بيفكرك عم تفطر فوارغ على الصبح !! بدك تطول بالك
27 minutes ago

Syria MyCountry يا شباب عيب الحكي عن الدين كلنا سوريين و كلنا عايشين بنفس الظلم و اصلا هاد الي مأخرنا و مخلي هالطاغية يتحكم فينا هو بيخلق هالنعرات بشان نلتهي و ما بنفكر بحقوقنا يا اخ او اخت نور انا كمان مسيحي بس انا سوري قبل ما كون مسيحي باعبد سوريا بعد الله و عندي ديني هو سوريا
26 minutes ago

Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

March 18th, 2011, 2:13 am

 

187. OFF THE BAT said:

Guys!
Check out this link and watch the video of this young man advising president Asad and his wife on what to be done to get the country out of trouble. It is a cracker!
http://thawrtalsoryienalahrar.blogspot.com/

Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

March 18th, 2011, 2:31 am

 
 

189. Badr said:

Syria and Algeria were in opposition to the Arab League’s backing of a no-fly zone in Libya. Isn’t it clear what outcome of the Libyan revolution, the repressive authoritarian Syrian regime would like to see!

Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

March 18th, 2011, 4:40 am

 

190. MONTAGNARD said:

Who will replace Muaammar as the chief entertainer at Arab summits? A tough act to follow?

Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

March 18th, 2011, 6:05 am

 

191. Nafdik said:

Finally the security coincil does something useful.

Hopefully ben ghazi has been spared the destiny of Hama.

Hopoefully his will give hope to the syrians that the world has changed and this time a massacre will not be allowed to happen.

Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

March 18th, 2011, 6:09 am

 

192. Norman said:

NK,
Parliamentary committee is a good idea, I understand what Nour is saying as there is the impression in Syria that the people who do not use the system to their advantage are stupid and that will change gradually with few prosecutions and shaming in the media .

Majid ,
What i see taking place in Libya is the same that took place in Iraq and that is to use a civil strive backed by the Stupid Arab league and the US behind the sean through it’s stooges in KSA, Egypt and others to have an excuse to occupy Libya, destroy it and take it’s oil, he issue is not the freedom of the Libyan people the goal is to occupy Libya.as they did Iraq.do we really want that , i do not .

Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

March 18th, 2011, 7:40 am

 

193. Alex said:

Off the beat, again … here is a sample from the account in the link you posted (and it is probably full of lies as usual):

بعدها نزلت مجموعة من البنات الي أقسم بالله نموذجهن من نموذج نانسي عجرم وهيفاء وهبي وحاملين بإيديهن صور لبشار كانوا بالأول واقفين عم يتفرجوا نزلوا بناء على طلب من قوات الأمن للعاملين بمبنى المراقبة المالية الي كان مطل على ساحة المظاهرة وكان بيرأس هالبنات زلمة كبير وشب بال30 سنة وبتذكرهن وحدة وحدة وواحد واحد وما رح يفلتوا من إيدنا بعد النصر بإذن الله..

1) Girls who are not dressed conservatively enough are prostitutes class

2) Revenge, God blessed revenge … وما رح يفلتوا من إيدنا بعد النصر بإذن الله

No thank you.

Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

March 18th, 2011, 7:42 am

 

194. Atassi said:

هذا بيان من عائلة الاتاسي لإعلان تضامنهم مع ابنتهم الناشطة الحرة السيدة/ سهير جمال الأتاسي

https://www.facebook.com/pages/%D8%A8%D9%8A%D8%A7%D9%86-%D8%AA%D8%B6%D8%A7%D9%85%D9%86%D9%8A-%D9%85%D8%B9-%D9%83%D8%B1%D9%8A%D9%85%D8%AA%D9%86%D8%A7-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%AD%D8%B1%D8%A9-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%B3%D9%8A%D8%AF%D8%A9-%D8%B3%D9%87%D9%8A%D8%B1-%D8%AC%D9%85%D8%A7%D9%84-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%A3%D8%AA%D8%A7%D8%B3%D9%8A/106786486069665?sk=wall

بيان تضامني مع كريمتنا الحرة السيدة سهير جمال الأتاسي

صادر عن عموم آل الأتاسي في سوريا و بلاد المهجر

ينظر عموم آل الأتاسي في سوريا و بلاد المهجر ببالغ الأسى لما أقدمت عليه أجهزة الأمن السورية من اعتقال لكريمتنا الناشطة السيدة سهير الأتاسي، وذلك عندما كانت تقوم بواجبها الوطني مُشارِكة ً في الاعتصام السلمي الذي دعى إليه أهالي معتقلي الرأي في مدينة دمشق يوم ١٦ آذار للقاء وزيد الداخلية السوري وطرح قضية أبنائهم من معتقلي الرأي و الضمير.

و حيث أن السيدة سهير الأتاسي لم ترتكب جُرماَ يعاقب عليه القانون السوري، بل مارست حقها الدستوري و القانوني بالتعبير عن رأيها حين استجابت للدعوة السلمية من منطلق احساسها الوطني الخالص و ضمن ايمانها بالواجب الانساني و بحقها في المشاركة البناءة و كل هذا بأسلوب سلمي و حضاري ، فإننا نعلن تضامننا الكامل مع السيدة سهير الأتاسي وعائلتها الصغيرة في محنتهم و نطالب بالافراج الفوري عنها فهي لا تشكل خطرا أو تهديدا على أحد و لا يعقل أن تبقى حبيسة سجون الوطن الذي أحبته و دافعت عنه. و إذ ندعوا أيضا المؤسسات الحقوقية المختصة للإطلاع بدورها في ضرورة العمل الجاد بغية الافراج الفوري عن كريمتنا السيدة سهير الأتاسي و ابنائنا و بناتنا الأحرار و الذين اعتقلوا أيضا في الاعتصام السلمي آنف الذكر.

ونحب أن ننوه إلى تاريخ السيدة سهير الأتاسي – سليلة الكرام من آل الأتاسي و حفيدة بيت من بيوت العلم و أقطاب الدين و السياسة و الأدب و الشعر و الذين كانت لهم دائما مواقف وطنية شجاعة في مواجهة الاستعمار ضد بلدنا الحبيب سوريا- وهي المعروفة بوطنيتها و مواقفها الشريفة و من قبلها والدها الراحل الدكتور و الوزير السابق جمال الأتاسي، و الذي شهد له القاصي و الداني بوطنيته و اخلاصه و تاريخه القومي العربي و النضالي.

حفظ الله بلادنا من كل شر و مكروه و فرج أسر حرائرنا وأحرارنا .. و الله ولي التوفيق

الموقعون: عموم آل الأتاسي في سوريا و بلاد المهجر

18/3/2011

Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

March 18th, 2011, 9:52 am

 

195. Revlon said:

The past week marks the birth of the ground, Syrian People’s Revolution.
Friday prayer appears to be its rhythmic beat.

Street savvy, young revolutionists, have come out of their hiding, and appeared on video (YouTube Syrpres).
They are presenting their own arguments for the need for change
They have declared their determination to take on, and resist the system’s police

Women are taking the driving seat in the protests. It says a lot. For one thing, it is a proof that the regimes stone age philosophies and practices and not the people’s traditions that are the impediment to women progress.
The public is starting to rally behind the courageous, young uprisers, along traditional family allegiances.
Demonstrations have taken place in several cities: Damascus, Homs, Daraa, and Banyas.
Some demonstrators, beaten up by regime forces have dared to write their actual names on Al Jazeera comments.

The UNSC has passed its resolution of a no-fly-zone over Libya.
The message from the UNSC “Police”, to Asad is:

Every breath you take
Every move you make
Every bond you break
Every step you take
I’ll be watching you …..

The few drops of rain, are rousing the nation’s sleeping pride
Tomorrow’s rush of rain, shall wash away, the tyrant reign.

I bow to my brothers and sons of the Syrian revolution.

Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

March 18th, 2011, 11:48 pm

 

Pages: « 1 2 3 [4] Show All

Post a comment