Posted by Joshua on Thursday, July 21st, 2011
New Syrian TV channel – for the opposition called “Syria of the People”,سوريا الشعب
Al-Haqiqa (An frequently unreliable source) and pro-Syrian government sources claim the new station which airs from London is funded entirely by Saudi Arabia and the Association of Muslim Scholars, is connected to Amir Bandar bin Sultan and is close to the Muslim Brotherhood. Its main spiritual inspiration is Said al-Hawwa, who was the general supervisor of the Muslim Brotherhood from 1979 to 1982 and “spiritual father” of the Fighting Vanguard that led the uprising in Hama. They state that all the guests to appear on the channel so far are “Takfiri,” meaning that they espouse Said Qutb’s radical philosophy of declaring fellow Muslims apostates.
Anyone wanting to know more about Said Hawwa should read these two articles about him:
- Itzchak Weismann, “Sa‘id Hawwa: The Making of a Radical Muslim Thinker in Modern Syria,” Middle Eastern Studies 29 (1993), 607-611.
- Itzchak Weismann, “Sa‘id Hawwa and Islamic Revivalism in Ba‘thist Syria,” Studia Islamica 85 (1997), 131-154.
شبكة أخبار حلب A.N.N
كشفت مصادر مقربة من جماعة “الأخوان المسلمين” السورية في لندن أن القناة السورية الإسلامية المعارضة ، التي بدأت بثها التجريبي من لندن يوم الجمعة الماضي تحت اسم “سوريا الشعب” ، ممولة بالكامل من السعودية و ” رابطة العلماء المسلمين ” التي تتخذ من السعودية مقرا لها ، والتي تشكل واجهة دينية لتيار الأمير بندر بن سلطان . وكان أعلن عن انطلاقة القناة على هامش مؤتمر الرابطة الذي عقد في استانبول الأسبوع الماضي ” لنصرة الشعب السوري” ، والذي شارك فيه نخبة من أئمة الفقه التكفيري في العالم الإسلامي والمحرضين على الفتن المذهبية السنية ـ الشيعية في العالم الإسامي.
القناة زعمت أنها قناة “وطنية الانتماء والولاء، والمبتدأ والمنتهى، بعيدة عن الدعوات الطائفية والعنصرية والفساد والاستبداد، وسطية الطرح والمعالجة، تستهدف الشعب السوري بكل مكوناته في خطابه، تنشد الحرية والديمقراطية وكرامة الإنسان، تتطلع إلى الغد الأفضل والمستقبل المنشود، سلاحها الكلمة الصادقة البناءة، والخبر الثابت الصحيح، والرأي العلمي الناضج”!
لكن ، ولأنه ما من أحد يستطيع الخروج من جلده أو الاختباء وراء إصبعه ، كشفت القناة عن وجهها الطائفي والمذهبي القميء منذ ساعات بثها الأولى ، حيث ” أخذ ضيوفها راحتهم” في تكفير هذا وزندقة ذاك ! وكان من اللافت أن جميع ضيوفها الذين استقبلتهم حتى الآن ليبثوا سمومهم هم من الطائفيين التكفيريين ، من قبيل الشيخ معاذ حوى الذي تجنبت القناة ذكر اسمه الثلاثي لئلا يجري الربط بينه وبين والده سعيد حوى الذي كان مراقبا عاما للإخوان المسلمين خلال الفترة 1979 ـ 1982 ، وومن العام 1985 إلى 1987 ، والأب الروحي والعسكري لجرائم الاغتيالات والتفجير التي نفذتها “الطليعة الإسلامي!
ة المقاتلة” في سوريا خلال صراع الإخوان المسلمين مع السلطة. ومن المعلوم أن سعيد هو هو من قاد الحركة الاحتجاجية في حماة العام 1973 للمطالبة بـ”إسلامية سوريا ودستورها”…..
In Scarred Syria City, a Vision of a Life Free From Dictators
By ANTHONY SHADID in New York times
In the revolt against President Bashar al-Assad, Hama represents the competing visions of the protesters and the government: liberation or chaos…..
“Syria is colonized by its own sons,” one resident quipped.
Hama is bracing for an attack by a government that may regret its decision to withdraw on the first week of June, after an especially bloody Friday. But the authorities seem at a loss over how to retake control of the rebellious city that is Syria’s most religiously conservative. Railing from fences was torn down and stones from sidewalks unearthed to build scores of barricades, which block entrances to most neighborhoods. Refuse has accumulated along streets where every trash bin seems part of a barrier. ….
“Hama is the cemetery of the nation,” say graffiti here. …
The protesters, though, hold little sway with the government, which has negotiated with the city to a surprising degree. These days, Hama is represented by Mustafa Abdel-Rahman, the 60-year-old cleric in charge of the Serjawi Mosque. Residents say he consults with worshipers at his mosque, along with doctors, lawyers and engineers in the neighborhoods, over ways to defuse tension. Under the latest deal, the government agreed to release prisoners if protesters dismantled checkpoints on the main roads. The protesters did, though in the end, only a fraction of the more than 1,200 detainees were freed.
“They will keep taking people, definitely,” said Tarek, a 22-year-old protester. “We can’t trust them. We just can’t trust them anymore.”
A Revolt’s Microcosm
Over these six weeks, Hama has, in a way, emerged as a microcosm of the revolt — what the protesters see as competing visions of liberation and what the government labels chaos. As in other places, the government has spoken of armed gangs and Islamists roaming the city’s streets, though over two days, not a single weapon was seen, save a slingshot. Islamists populate and perhaps dominate the ranks of protesters, and by some estimates, a fourth of the city has fled, fearing a showdown more than the brand of rule the Islamists might impose.
The government has spoken of losing control, though the city still functions. Shops have reopened, people walk the streets, and the municipal administration — from courts to trash collection — began working again Saturday after a two-week strike. Gardeners watered city squares, and cars obeyed traffic signals along streets where not a single government building was damaged beyond a few broken windows. Although the security forces have disappeared — all 16 branches of them, by some residents’ count — the traffic police still come to work.
“You don’t feel secure unless the security forces are gone,” Abu Muhammad said.
But episodes of lawlessness and vengeance have punctuated the city’s experiment. An informer was hanged from an electricity pylon last month; the bodies of three or four others were thrown into the Orontes River, residents say. A week ago, three Korean-made cars were stolen from a dealership, residents said, and some businessmen have complained about the checkpoints and a two-week strike that shut down Hama. Many frowned upon the dismantling of street lights and other infrastructure to build the barriers.
“There was no destruction with the protests, why does there have to be with the checkpoints?” asked a 40-year-old trader who gave his name as Ahmed. “Without a doubt, people are angry. I am myself. There are thugs out there, without question.”
At least anecdotally, his seemed to be a minority opinion.
The scenes on Saturday night were less chaotic than festive, as crowds lined the streets to watch a spontaneous protest celebrating the freedom of the few prisoners released. The demonstrators headed to the governor’s building, which was adorned in a slogan that still said “Assad’s Syria.” Youths jumped in their cars, speeding through pulsating streets, trading rumors and news over cellphones that rang incessantly. They joked with one another at checkpoints.
“Next time I see you, we’ll be playing cards together in jail,” one said.
Around midnight, a protester named Obada joined his friends in what seemed to be a cross between a dorm room and a safe house. The coals for water pipes smoldered in the corner, near computers, headphones, a big-screen television, a scanner, sound-mixing equipment and stacks of compact discs documenting protests, arrests and clashes with the security forces.
Each took a turn to celebrate what their uprising meant. “There’s no fear,” said Mustafa, 27.
“You can walk in the streets with security,” added his friend, Mahmoud.
“We’ve come closer together,” volunteered Fadi, typing on his computer. Another friend, Bassem, shook his head. “We’re not free yet,” he said.
Plotting a post-Assad road map for Syria
By David Ignatius, July 20, 2011, Washington Post
……A second White House official summarizes the new approach this way: “The Assad ship is sinking. The most important thing is to get people to realize this, so that, hopefully, they will jump off the ship and get on the lifeboat.” For the United States, this means working with Syrian dissidents, and also with Turkey and other regional powers that can help broker change.
The administration wants to encourage the Syrian opposition inside the country to unite, develop a clear agenda and build an inclusive leadership. Leading that effort is Robert Ford, the U.S. ambassador in Damascus; an administration official describes him as a “vehicle for transition.” In meetings with dissidents, Ford is said to have stressed that the opposition must reach out to minorities, such as Christians, Druze and Alawites, who fear that a post-Assad regime will be dominated by the Muslim Brotherhood.
With U.S. encouragement, the opposition hopes to hold a meeting inside Syria over the next several weeks to frame a unified agenda. It tried to hold such an internal gathering last week, in coordination with an exile meeting in Istanbul of the so-called National Salvation Council, but Syrian authorities blocked it.
A road map for the opposition was sketched in an interview by Radwan Ziadeh, a visiting scholar at George Washington University who closely follows the dissident groups. He said he has contacted people who might attend the planned meeting inside Syria, including prominent human-rights activists Riad al-Seif and Walid al-Bunni, as well as Druze, Christian and Alawite figures he named. The aim, said Ziadeh, is “solid leadership that can emerge inside the country” and draft a new “Damascus Declaration” as a platform for transition…..
The Syrian equation is shaped by two “X-factors.” The first is whether the army will split, with influential officers moving away from the regime. …..
The second wild card is sectarian violence between dissident Sunnis and the ruling Alawite minority. ….
Obama’s judgment is that “Assad is a guy who has taken all the wrong steps in response to protest,” says a White House official. The thinking in Washington now is about getting to the post-Assad era, quickly and peacefully.
….Assad late to reform
The foreign minister also responded to a question on ongoing revolts in neighboring Syria, whose leadership has so far failed to heed the demands of the people and launch a substantial reform campaign. More than 1,000 civilians have been killed by security forces in recent weeks, resulting in international anger toward Damascus.
“If some of these reforms had been done three months ago, so many lives would not have been lost. If some of the things being done now, such as removing the state of emergency and giving Kurds their identity, had been done in January, there would not have been this much tension,” Davutoğlu said.
Although Turkey sought to be a guide for its neighbor in terms of the reforms, Davutoğlu said Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was continuing to seek more time for reforms.
“The prime minister spoke to Bashar al-Assad. We are saying that the situation cannot continue,” Davutoğlu said.
Suggesting that leaders who resist change or only reform slowly risk losing their ability to persuade as they create tension, Davutoğlu said, “[We are] still expecting the Syrian leadership to lead toward a peaceful transition period.”
“But if they say that they will continue the status quo through oppression if necessary, then serious tensions will be unavoidable. Other factors will come into play. We suggest peaceful changes for both the administration and the opposition,” he said….
US-Syrian expats raise concerns during meeting with Assad
21 July 2011, Thursday / CELİL SAĞIR , İSTANBUL – Zaman
Amidst escalating tensions in his country, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad met with two groups of prominent Syrian expats from the United States over the past two weeks.
“I was one of some 30 Syrian-Americans invited to go to Syria to meet with President Assad and share with him our thoughts and concerns,” one of the participants, who asked not to be named, told Today’s Zaman….
According to him, “only 10 percent of Syrians, who are beneficiaries of corruption, do not want reform, but the 90 percent majority, who are pro-reform, have managed to sharply split into different groups. One group wants to see reforms happen gradually under President Assad’s leadership, while another first wants him to step down and wants reforms second; those who see continued demonstrations and protests as a must, even with the tension and dire economic consequences they are leading to, and those who see that enough has been achieved already and believe an interruption of protest for a couple of months is what is needed to grant the government the chance to deal with the proposed reforms.”….
In Hama, armed men also enforced a general strike, according to government sponsored Facebook Sites.
In Homs, all government departments in the city have been closed down and the city has observed a general strike for four days.
DAMASCUS- In a dialogue symposium under the title “Reform Process…Political, Religious and Legal Vision” at Damascus University, Foreign and Expatriates Minister Walid al-Moallem on Wednesday said the new political life in Syria demands new parties to be formed with a political, economic and social program so that each citizen can join whatever party he chooses.
Foreign and Expatriates Minister al-Moallem referred to the currently prepared new information law which will provide press space for to-be-formed parties.
He also pointed out to the new elections law taking, into consideration that the new parties will compete in the elections for the coming parliamentary term. ….
Syrian stock market composite index down 43 percent
Andrew Tabler at WINEP: “Fortunately, cash-strapped Iran does not have the resources to indefinitely bail out Assad if the United States organizes a Western effort to hit Syria in its Achilles’ heel — namely, its energy revenues.
….no matter how much most Americans might detest a government that has helped kill American troops in Iraq, while supporting attacks against U.S. allies in Lebanon, Israel and the Palestinian territories….. it is tempting to expel Moustapha, but for the time being patience may be the best counsel. As for the U.S. envoy in Syria, so long as Ford continues to be effective on the ground, he should stay in Damascus. If, as promised, the Assad regime curtails his activities or movement, however, Washington should recall him. If and when this occurs, the administration should also take the opportunity to expel Moustapha.
Netanyahu said that Israel hopes to establish peace with Syria and that he believes that the young people of Syria deserve a better future.
Britain’s foreign minister William Hague said today that “more pressure is needed to stop the government’s crackdown on pro-democracy activists”, and “the situation remains very serious and if anything is deteriorating. Certainly there will be a time for further sanctions and we need to be discussing now what those would be.”
The World’s Biggest Problem? Too Many People, By: Mary Ellen Harte and Anne Ehrlich | Los Angeles Times
Our unsustainable population levels are depleting resources and denying a decent future to our descendants. We must stop the denial.