News Round UP (12 Sept. 2011) – Turkey as Emerging Leader of the Resistance

The Muslim Brotherhood

The Muslim Brotherhood, speaking on al-Jazeera, said that ex-V.P. Khaddam contacted them 2.5 years before he left Syria in 2005. They later broke up their alliance, the MB explained,  and dissolved the National Salvation Front because Khaddam wanted to support Fatah. The MB sided with Hamas and Gaza in 2009.

It should be added that the alliance was created in large measure to respond to the push by the Bush administration to “reform the larger Middle East.”  Once Obama came to office, the National Salvation Front seemed fated to disintegrate as Khaddam and the Muslim Brotherhood had little in common other than the desire to bring down the Assad regime. This fact is born out by the refusal of the MB and other opposition groups to cooperate with Khaddam now that a grass roots uprising has begun.

Aron Lund adds:

The breakup of the NSF seems more related to Saudi Arabia and the Hariris, Khaddam’s main sponsors. When they began to prepare for a compromise settlement over Lebanon with Bashar, in 2008-2009, Khaddam seems to have been told to stand down. It wasn’t just that there was a split with the MB, he also shuttered his satellite channel and basically went out of active politics (until 2011). As for the MB, whether they picked their course in 2009 (“suspending opposition”) for tactical reasons or because they, too, faced pressure/promises from KSA or other external actors — who knows? In any case, the official explanation, that it was all about attitudes to Gaza, doesn’t hold water at all.

Turkey: Leader of Resistance?

Today, Turkey has picked up sponsorship of the Muslim Brotherhood and is striving to replace Saudi Arabia as the MB’s main sponsor and guide. This Saudi-Turkish competition over leadership of the Syrian opposition establishes an interesting dynamic when it comes to Israel, as Turkey seems to be in the process of stealing Syria’s role, and perhaps Iran’s role  as well, as leader of the resistance. It is maneuvering itself in this direction with growing indignation over Israel’s denial of Palestinian rights and threats to send its navy to protect boats headed for Gaza.

Rather than fall into line behind Saudi Arabia, Israel and the US on Syria and Iran, Turkey is finessing Washington. It has condemned Syria’s authoritarianism and military suppression of dissent, but it is not allowing its deteriorating relations with Syria and Iran to force it into patching up its damaged relationship with Israel. This is what most of us believed would happen. We thought that Turkey would close ranks with Washington and Tel Aviv in order to take on Syria.

Being anti-Israel and pro-Palestinian must has greater resonance with Turks than being anti-Assad and pro-Syria revolution. Erdoghan seems to be responding to popular sentiment in the same way that Obama does in supporting Israel and its anti-Palestinian policies.

Haytham Khoury reports that the Syrian opposition is deeply divided over how to construct an“National Council”. His article entitled “المجلس الوطني الإنتقالي بين الإنقلابات ومضادتها” explains

The Arab Counterrevolution by Hussein Agha and Robert Malley | The New York Review of Books

The Arab uprising that started in Tunisia and Egypt reached its climax on February 11, the day President Hosni Mubarak was forced to step down. It was peaceful, homegrown, spontaneous, and seemingly unified. Lenin’s theory was turned on its head. The Russian leader postulated that a victorious revol…

From all corners of the Arab world, Islamists of various tendencies are coming in from the cold. Virtually everywhere they are the largest single group as well as the best organized. In Egypt and Tunisia, where they had been alternatively—and sometimes concurrently—tolerated and repressed, they are full-fledged political actors. In Libya, where they had been suppressed, they joined and played a major part in the rebellion. In Syria, where they had been massacred, they are a principal component of the protest movement…..

The Islamists are on a mission to reassure. They might play down controversial religious aspects of their project, with emphasis less on Islamic law than on good governance and the fight against corruption, a free-market economy and a pluralistic political system that guarantees human and gender rights. They will argue for a more assertive and independent foreign policy, but might at the same time strive for good relations with the West. They will be skeptical about peace agreements with Israel but they will neither abrogate them nor push for open hostility to the Jewish state. The model they will hold out will be closer to Erdogan’s Turkey than to the ayatollahs’ Iran or the Taliban’s Afghanistan though, since they lack Turkey’s political culture and institutions, the model they eventually build will be their own.

Quietly, the Islamists might present themselves as the West’s most effective allies against its most dangerous foes: armed jihadists, whom they have the religious legitimacy to contain and, if necessary, cripple; and Iran,….The thorniest challenge to the traditional middle-of-the-road Islamists will come from the Salafists.

Revolutions devour their children. The spoils go to the resolute, the patient, who know what they are pursuing and how to achieve it. Revolutions almost invariably are short-lived affairs, bursts of energy that destroy much on their pathway, including the people and ideas that inspired them. So it is with the Arab uprising. It will bring about radical changes. It will empower new forces and marginalize others. But the young activists who first rush onto the streets tend to lose out in the skirmishes that follow. Members of the general public might be grateful for what they have done. They often admire them and hold them in high esteem. But they do not feel they are part of them. The usual condition of a revolutionary is to be tossed aside.

The Arab world’s immediate future will very likely unfold in a complex tussle between the army, remnants of old regimes, and the Islamists, all of them with roots, resources, as well as the ability and willpower to shape events. Regional parties will have influence and international powers will not refrain from involvement. There are many possible outcomes—from restoration of the old order to military takeover, from unruly fragmentation and civil war to creeping Islamization. But the result that many outsiders had hoped for—a victory by the original protesters—is almost certainly foreclosed….

Things are not as they seem. The sound and fury of revolutionary moments can dull the senses and obscure the more ruthless struggles going on in the shadows.

Emad Moustafa interview with NPR

Syrian dissidents to announce members of “national council”

Syrian dissidents on Thursday will present the list of members of a “National Council” to coordinate their struggle against the regime of Bashar al-Assad, their spokesperson Basma Qadmani said Monday.

“The composition of the council will be announced this Thursday. Meanwhile, consultations [with dissident groups] are still ongoing,” Qadmani said during a press conference in Istanbul.

Syrian opponents declared the establishment of a “National Council” in Istanbul on August 23, after four days of discussions.

The board “represents all major forces [of Syrian dissidents]: political parties, independent personalities who are symbols of the Syrian opposition” and most of them live in Syria, Qadmani told AFP.

“Once it is announced, the council will remain open to all remaining opposition forces,” Qadmani said, adding that the aim of the council is not to eliminate other groups but to offer a “national framework” for the whole opposition.

Qadmani, a political activist based in Paris, said the members of the council were selected by consensus according to their “personal qualifications” from a list of 700 names representing a wide range of opposition forces.

Nickolas Van Dam on Syria on The World Today

Assad Can stay in power for quite a long time….

3 prominent Alawi clerics speak out against Assad’s regime: – Al-Arabiya

“بريئون من الأعمال الوحشية التي يقوم بها أعوان بشار من كل الطوائف”

أصدر ثلاثة من كبار مشايخ الطائفة العلوية في مدينة حمص بياناً أعلنوا فيه براءتهم من “الأعمال الوحشية” التي يقوم بها النظام السوري بحق المحتجين، ومؤكدين في الوقت نفسه أن نظام الأسد لم ولن يمثل طائفتهم الشريفة في أي حال من الأحوال”.

وأوضح البيان الموقع بأسماء المشايخ: مهيب نيصافي، ياسين حسين، موسى منصور: “نعلن براءتنا من هذه الأعمال الوحشية التي يقوم بها بشار الأسد وأعوانه من الذين ينتمون إلى كل الطوائف – ونتحمل مسؤولية ما نقوله”.

من كبار مشايخ الطائفة العلوية بحمص: نظام الأسد يسعى للفتنة الطائفية

Kremlin firmly opposes UN sanctions on Syria, Medvedev added that Moscow believes there is no need to introduce new U.N. sanctions against Syria in addition to the U.S. and the EU sanctions already in place.

Syrian assets frozen by Swiss reach 45 mn francs, 2011-09-12 16:42:39.381 GMT

Sept. 12 (PTI) — The amount of Syrian assets frozen by Switzerland has now reached 45 million francs (37.3 million euros, USD 51 million), Bern said today. “This is a total for all sanctions against Syria, whether they be individuals or companies” and is up from 27 million francs in mid-August, a spokeswoman for the economy ministry told AFP.

The Syrian Social Nationalists: In the Hurricane of Revolt – al-Akhbar

Syria offers nuclear cooperation, IAEA says – 09/12/2011 19:06

VIENNA – Syria has offered to cooperate with a UN nuclear watchdog probe into a suspected reactor site after years of stonewalling, and a meeting on the issue has been proposed for October, the Vienna-based agency’s head said on Monday.

Iranian president Encourages Assad to Resolve His Social Problems Peacefully..

Syria: Testing Time – 07.09.2011 – Monthly Review
Syria remains relatively calm as efforts to destabilise its government through orchestrated attacks by rebels fail.
John Cherian, who was recently in Damascus and Hama, is Associate Editor of Frontline in India.

Life in the Syrian capital, Damascus, seems to be continuing as normal. The streets and the mosques are crowded after the devout break their Ramazan fast in the evening. The security presence is minimal. In fact, there are more armed police and paramilitary men in central Delhi than in the heart of Damascus. This does not mean that all of Syria has suddenly become calm. Although the two biggest cities, Damascus and Aleppo, have not witnessed any major anti-government demonstrations or violence so far, smaller cities such as Homs, Jisr al-Shughour and Deraa continue to be rocked by intermittent protests and violence.

Arab League says Syria reform deal agreed – 11 September 2011

Nabil el-Araby, the head of the Arab League, says he has reached an “agreement on reforms” in Syria during talks with President Bashar al-Assad.

El-Araby met Assad and other senior officials in Damascus on Saturday.

“We have reached agreement on steps to carry out the reforms, [and] the elements will be submitted to the council of the Arab League,” which meets in Cairo on Monday, El-Araby said after the meeting.

El-Araby told journalists in Egypt that he had urged Assad to “speed up reform plans through a timetable that will make every Syrian citizen feel that he has moved to a new stage”.

The state-run Syrian news agency SANA said el-Araby had “affirmed the Arab League’s rejection of all forms of foreign interference in Syrian internal affairs” and that the two leaders had agreed on “a number of practical steps for speeding up the reform process in Syria”.

According to information leaked to the media earlier this week about el-Araby’s visit, he was to call for the withdrawal of troops and tanks from Syrian cities and towns and to push for elections to be held within three years.

Revlon Writes:

Activists, on the ground and in exile have moral obligation to put their differences aside and unite to form a representative oppositional Council.

Their first task should be to garner reconnaissance and logistical support for the FOM and FSA.

Tomorrow, 57 defected army personel, including 17 officers are reported to await execution tomorrow, in addition to those that have already been executed at Mazzeh military airport.

Ugarit News | أوغاريت الإخبارية

أوغاريت || داريا ريف دمشق :: الآن انتشار للجيش في المدينة والأمن يطلق الرصاص على أي شخص يحضر للتشييع وهناك انشقاق في صفوف الجيش واطلاق النار ما بين الأمن والمنشقين وهناك أنباء عن اصابات

وأحد المنشقين أورد أنه غداً يوم الأحد سوف يتم اعدام 57 عسكري منهم 17 ضابط انشقوا في الايام السابقة في مطار المزة العسكري , ويقول ايضاً هناك الكثير من الشهداء في مطار المزة تم اعدامهم خلال اأيام الماضية والاعدام كان باشكال فردي من قبل الشبيحة في المطار

Globe Mail [Reg]: Youth unemployment the kindling that fuels unrest, 2011-09-12

What is the most dangerous force in the world? Answers that might come to mind are AL-Qaeda-inspired terrorism, or the threat posed by Iranian and North Korean nuclear weapons. These are indeed dangerous, but the most pervasive threat is the large …

Egypt police raid Al Jazeera office as sense of crisis grows,  Sunday, 09.11.2011

Deputy Observor of the Syrian MB: The time for Dialogue with the regime has passed. Our political vision for New Syria was finalized in 2004 and falls in 130 page document.!
By Muhammad Daf3allah, 2011/09/12

نائب مراقب الإخوان في سوريا لـ “الشرق”:الحوار مع النظام انتهى ومشروعنا السياسي جاهز

محمد دفع الله:الشرق

أكد محمد فاروق طيفور نائب المراقب العام للاخوان المسلمين في سوريا ان الاخوان لديهم مشروع سياسي جاهز لسوريا الجديدة بعد القضاء على نظام الاسد.

واشار في حوار مع الشرق الى ان هذا المشروع تم انجازه منذ عام 2004 ويسمى بالمشروع السياسي لسوريا المستقبل ويتكون من 130 صفحة يضمن رؤية واضحة للدولة الجديدة التي يريدها السوريون وهي دولة مدنية ديمقراطية تعددية تتداول فيها السلطة وتحتكم الى صناديق الاقتراع ويرضى الجميع بما تتمخض عنه الانتخابات.

وقال: لا نطمح في تشكيل الاكثرية او تسلم الحكم وصناديق الاقتراع هي الفيصل بيننا وبين القوى السياسية الاخرى.

وشدد على ان وقت الحوار مع النظام قد انتهى بعد أن سالت الدماء وأزهقت الأرواح.. ولفت الى الاخوان في سوريا يتشارون مع الاخوان في مصر من أجل الوقوف بجانبهم في صراعهم مع نظام الأسد.. وقال ان السوريين يأملون في موقف حاسم من الجامعة العربية لصالح ثورتهم..

وذكر أن الاخوان في سوريا ربما يشكلون حزبا سياسيا عقب نظام بشار الاسد اذا اقتضى الحال، مبينا ان التخوف من وصول الاخوان الى الحكم سببه التداعيات التي نجمت عن النظام العقائدي في ايران

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Free Officers’ Army asks for international protection and Turkish support to establish a Syrian Benghazi in Jabal Az-Zawiya,  2011/09/1

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101. ann said:


Al Qaeda releases video supporting Arab Spring – 3 Hours Ago

DUBAI (Reuters) – Al Qaeda has released a message in which Osama bin Laden’s successor as the group’s leader, Egyptian Ayman al-Zawahiri, said al Qaeda supported the Arab Spring.

The hour-long video was released to mark the 10th anniversary of al Qaeda’s September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States.

The SITE Monitoring Service, which tracks jihadist statements, quoted al-Zawahiri as saying he hoped the protest movements that have overthrown leaders in Egypt, Tunisia and Libya would establish what he called true Islam.

The video was posted on jihadist websites on Monday and titled “The Dawn of Imminent Victory,” SITE said.

Al Qaeda, which called for the violent overthrow of secular Arab governments, lost a great deal of relevance as a result of the political upheaval across the Middle East and North Africa.

The video also included a message that al Qaeda said was recorded by Osama bin Laden before his killing in May by U.S. special forces, in which he warns Americans against “falling as slaves” to the control of major corporations.

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September 13th, 2011, 6:08 am


102. ann said:

Turkey says flotilla raid was ’cause for war’ – 14 Hours Ago

Erdogan’s visit to Egypt coincides with increasingly troubled ties between Cairo and Israel following an attack on the Israeli embassy there. Israel fears that it is being left increasingly isolated by the Arab Spring, which is changing the power dynamics in the region, alongside tense relations former ally Turkey.

“The Israeli-Egyptian relations are undergoing change. Israel cannot afford tensions with both Turkey and Egypt. It will have to review its security policies in the Middle East.”

“Right now, there is no question of my visiting Gaza,” Erdogan told a news conference before flying to Cairo on Monday night. “But I would like to clearly say that I am longing to visit Gaza. I am longing to visit to Gaza as soon as possible.” He did not elaborate.

“I know that my brothers in Gaza are waiting for me. I too long for Gaza,” Erdogan told Al-Jazeera. “Sooner or later, if God allows it, I will go to Gaza.

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September 13th, 2011, 6:09 am


103. ann said:

Russia dooms Western hopes for tough UN action against Syria

Western countries including the US say the United Nations needs to get tough on Syria for its crackdown on pro-democracy protesters. But Russia appeared to block those plans Monday.


The United Nations said Monday that more than 2,600 Syrians have died in the Assad regime’s repression of pro-democracy protests, but the grim report seemed unlikely to boost prospects for international sanctions against the Syrian government.

The reason? Russia.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Monday expressed publicly his opposition to any UN Security Council resolution on Syria that includes sanctions.

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That leaves Russia and Western powers including the United States poles apart on Syria – and suspicious of the other side’s motivations.

Russia sees the West’s hardening stance towards the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and worries that tough Security Council action could open the door to the kind of armed intervention that NATO has undertaken in Libya. Western countries consider Russia’s historic ties to Syria and wonder if it isn’t trying to preserve a foothold in the Middle East – a suspicion bolstered by recent reports of a percolating Russia-Syria arms deal.

Mr. Medvedev said that any new resolution “mustn’t automatically involve sanctions,” adding that, “There is absolutely no need now for any additional pressure.” Later, in a meeting with British Prime Minster David Cameron, Medvedev said a resolution was possible but would have to be “balanced.”

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With Russia one of five permanent Security Council members who wield a veto over council action, Medvedev’s statements appeared to doom a resolution the US and European powers proposed last month. The resolution calls for an arms embargo and other sanctions aimed at stopping what the State Department has called Assad’s “despicable violence” against his own people.

On Sunday, French Foreign Minister Alain Juppé said it was a “scandal” that the UN had so far failed to act on what he called a “terrible crisis.” He also acknowledged that Russia and other Security Council members including France remain divided over what action to take toward Syria.

With many world leaders gathering in New York later this month for the annual fall opening of the UN General Assembly, the US and its Western partners had hoped to avoid an embarrassing perception of inaction on Syria.

On Monday, the US ambassador to the UN, Susan Rice, told reporters that the Syrian government’s unrelenting attacks on civilians demonstrate that international sanctions on Syria are overdue. “We continue to think it is past time for the council to take action,” she said.

Russia says that while it does not oppose all council action on Syria, it wants any resolution to be “balanced” by sounding “tough” on both the government and the “extremists” – or “terrorists,” as Medvedev calls them – whom they believe are fomenting violence against the government.

Medvedev also says that the West “exceeded the mandate” of the Security Council’s resolution on Libya that called for protection of Libyan civilians, and he wants to be sure any Syria action would bar any outside military intervention.

The wrangling over UN action came as UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay told the Human Rights Council in Geneva that at least 2,600 Syrians have died in more than six months of repression there. Syria has barred Ms. Pillay’s investigators from entering the country and has turned away other international monitors, but Pillay told the council that the new UN death count is based on “reliable sources on the ground.”

Syrian officials responded with figures of their own, saying that 1,400 Syrians have died in the violence – with half of those being security forces under attack from “insurgents.”

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September 13th, 2011, 6:15 am


104. ann said:

Turkish premier threatening civil war in Syria – Sep 13, 2011

Cairo – Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned of the danger of a civil war breaking out in Syria if the government did not stop its violent crackdown on pro-democracy protesters, in interview remarks published Tuesday.

‘I am afraid it will end in civil war between the Alawites and the Sunnis,’ Erdogan told the independent Egyptian daily al-Shorouk.

The Syrian government and army are dominated by members of President Bashar al-Assad’s minority Alawite sect, a Shiite Muslim offshoot, loyal to al-Assad and his ruling Baath party, which has ruled Syria since the 1963 coup.

‘We see no hope for an exit from this crisis as long as the Syrian president keeps those around him, who support repression of the Syrian people,’ Erdogan said, adding that if al-Assad did not change this, then ‘President Bashar will personally pay the price.’

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September 13th, 2011, 6:36 am


105. hsyrian said:

409. ann said:

Darryl, how do you highlight your name in green color?

September 11th, 2011, 11:57 pm

418. Darryl said:

Dear Ann, I am embarrassed to say I do not know, it could be some default setting on my system or the moderator targeting my post? I will investigate for you.

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September 13th, 2011, 6:47 am


106. ann said:

Escapees of Nukheib massacre reunited with their relatives


ANBAR / Aswat al-Iraq: At least 18 children and a woman, who were able to escape the massacre of Anbar’s al-Nukheib area, which left approximately 25 men who were travelling on a buscarrying pilgrims coming back from Syria to Iraq on Monday night, were reunited with their relatives in different Iraqi provinces, an Anbar Police source reported on Tuesday.

“The Army and Security forces have handed over on Tuesday morning 18 children and a woman, who escaped the massacre of al-Nukheib bus, attacked by a group of terrorists,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

He said security forces from other provinces had arrived in Anbar to receive the said children and a women, including 6 from Karbala, 5 from Falluja and Ramadi, 4 from Salah al-Din and 3 from Baghdad, adding that they were handed over following the completion of investigation with them, as eyewitnesses to the incident.

An armed group had kidnapped a bus, carrying about 30 persons, coming from Syria in Wadi al-Qadhir, 70 km from al-Nukheib township in Anbar Province, forcing women and children to get off of the bus and shooting dead 22 men.

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September 13th, 2011, 6:48 am


107. hsyrian said:

To 409. ann said:

Darryl, how do you highlight your name in green color?

September 11th, 2011, 11:57 pm

418. Darryl replied:

Dear Ann, I am embarrassed to say I do not know, it could be some default setting on my system or the moderator targeting my post? I will investigate for you.

September 12th, 2011, 1:11 am

The reality is :
The color comes when one fills the website field in the form

My little contribution to Syria 2.0

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September 13th, 2011, 6:54 am


108. ann said:

Syrian opposition upscales demands during national dialogue


DAMASCUS, Sept. 13 (Xinhua) — Syrian opposition has raised the ceiling of their demands during the national dialogue sessions in a number of provinces, local al-Watan newspaper reported Tuesday.

Participants at a session held in the southern province of Daraa called for reins in security apparatuses, an end of detention, and a chance for all political parties in an evenhanded competition, according to the paper.

Discussions at the Damascus sessions focused on the service and social issues, and the need to amend the constitution and formulate a new modern one.

Combating corruption and implementing economic reforms were the main topics brought up during the dialogue sessions in the northern province of Aleppo, the paper said, adding that opposition figures have boycotted all dialogue sessions in the northeastern province of Hasaka and the northwestern province of Latakia.

The national dialogue sessions on the level of provinces started on Sept. 5, in an effort to achieve the widest popular participation in the dialogue on the future vision for Syria in the political, economic and social fields, and to follow up the overall process of reform.

The sessions, which gathered representatives of parties, government officials, independents and opposition figures, in addition to other political, social and economic personalities representing the civil society, aimed to discuss three main issues, the political life and political reform, the current socioeconomic situation, and requirements of the provinces.

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September 13th, 2011, 6:58 am


109. syria no kandahar said:

Erdogan is flexing his muscles in Turkey.he is trying to be Rambo of the middle east. MB members in Egypt are so happy and delightful. They are willing to have Egypt be part of turkey, that speaks about their nationalism.Erdogan is shifting from zero problems with his neighbors policy to 100% problems with neighbors policy. He has threatened Syria and Israel. Right now Egypt is his sweetheart tomorrow god knows.he is killing the kurds in the eastern part of his country and goes around to other countries either threatening them or teaching them democracy.MB clawns in Egypt are showing the world how inferior there’s a shame that the country like Egypt will be run by people who have no self-esteem.

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September 13th, 2011, 7:00 am


110. ann said:

`erdogan is a paper tiger who lives in a very expensive glass house

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September 13th, 2011, 7:12 am


111. Akbar Palace said:

The Spann and AP NewZ Report

News Round UP (12 Sept. 2011) – Turkey as Emerging Leader of the Resistance

Professor Josh,

It’s not too late for you to take the spotlight. I think you would do a bang-up job, especially since you have this website at your disposal…

I encourage all mamnhebaks to post anti regime article he or she likes so we can have a balanced “press news round up”.


You can count on me! BTW, what is the difference between mamnhebaks and Menhebak?

Syrian soldiers executed for refusing to target activists

Eight soldiers were executed in the Syrian capital Damascus on Friday for refusing to fire on protesters, activists have claimed.

The Local Co-ordination Committees (LCCs), which monitor demonstrations in the country, said the soldiers were killed in the Kesweh area of the capital after a dispute at their barracks. Six people were injured, some of them critically, when security forces fired on demonstrators, the LCCs said.

Analysts say the number of soldiers defecting from the Syrian army seems to be increasing, but this poses little threat to President Bashar al-Assad’s regime because there is no sign of senior figures deserting or heavy weaponry being lost.

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September 13th, 2011, 7:12 am


112. hsyrian said:
DAMASCUS, (SANA) – President Bashar al-Assad on Monday discussed with the Lebanese Defense Minister Fayez Ghosn cooperation and coordination between the Syrian and the Lebanese armies.

President al-Assad expressed appreciation of the Lebanese Army’s great efforts in coordination with the Syrian counterpart to monitor the borders between the two countries which helped foil several weapons smuggling attempts targeting the two countries’ stability and security.

The Syrian Defense Minister Dawood Rajiha attended the meeting.

In the same context, General Rajiha and Minister Ghosn discussed cooperation relations between the two brotherly armies and means of enhancing them.

The meeting was attended by Chief of Staff Fahd Jassem Al-Freij, senior officers and the delegation accompanying the Lebanese Minister.

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September 13th, 2011, 7:28 am


113. hsyrian said:

Raqqa Customs Seize 300 KG of Cannabis after Armed Clash with Smugglers

Sep 12, 2011

DAMASCUS, (SANA) – Raqqa Customs Department personnel on Monday confiscated 300 kilograms of cannabis transported in a Kia Rio car on the road of Hasaka-Raqqa.

After suspecting the car, the customs patrol followed it and the smugglers in the car opened fire at them. The smugglers were engaged, leading to injuring the head of the patrol, a guard and a civilian.

The car and the items inside it were confiscated and referred to the proper authorities.

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September 13th, 2011, 7:30 am


114. hsyrian said:

yria Ranks Second in Cotton Production and Third in Asia in Organic Cotton Production

Aug 23, 2011

DAMASCUS, (SANA) – The Syrian cotton is one of the best cottons around the world due to its high productivity and its good fiber type, as Syria is considered a world pioneer in cotton production.

Cotton production is closely related to other vital sectors which provide job opportunities to thousands of people, starting from planting the crop until it reaches to cotton gins and spindles.

Syria ranks second around the world in producing cotton with regard to planting area and the third in Asia in producing the organic cotton which is planted without depending on chemical fertilizers or pesticides.

The government pays great attention to this sector, realizing the vitality of it, providing facilities and establishing specialized institutions to supervise the sector process.

Ministry of Agriculture works in its plan for 2011-2012 on increasing the planted areas, as the total area allocated for the irrigated cotton is 192,430 hectares compared with 183,657 hectares during the previous season. 165,462 hectares were implemented with an execution rate of 90%. The production plan for the next year is set as 770 thousand tons compared to 714 thousand tons in the last season.

Head of plant production department at the Ministry, Abdul Moen Qadamani, said that Syria has made advanced strides in the field of biological control by national expertise, depending on safe biological control without the need to use harmful or poisonous chemical pesticides.

Head of Aleppo Cotton Office, Nayef al-Salti, pointed out that cotton plantation faces some obstacles including the frequent drought waves and pests that affect crop, noting that the environmental condition during July and August of 2010 in addition to the insects affected the productivity of the crop.

Syria first started exporting the organic cotton in 2008 and now it exports it to 18 countries. There is developed cotton textile industry around Syria, particularly in Aleppo which is well-known for its high quality textiles.

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September 13th, 2011, 7:33 am


115. hsyrian said:

Anti-Money Laundering Commission… No Sale of Foreign Currency without Economic Justifications

Aug 15, 2011

DAMASCUS, (SANA)-Anti-Money Laundering and combating the Financing of terrorism Commission on Sunday issued a note to all banks and exchange institutions who deal with the foreign currency not to sell foreign currency except for an economic justification.

The Commission which is affiliated to the Central Bank of Syria obliged the banks and exchange institutions not to sell the foreign currency for travel purposes for more than twice per year and before one day of the date of travel.

The note allowed for the banks only to sell the Syrian citizen foreign currency with maximum one thousand USD per month and for 3 times per year without asking an economic reasons.

The Central Bank move comes in the framework of other measures to meet the demands of citizens who need foreign currency according to economic reasons to put an end to manipulation in the currency market and speculation with the Syrian pound.

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September 13th, 2011, 7:33 am


116. hsyrian said:

Petroleum Company Official: Work Continuing Normally in Syria

Aug 03, 2011

LONDON, (SANA) – Director of Communications and Cooperative Development at Gulfsands Petroleum Ken Judge said on Wednesday that work in the field of petroleum in Syria is continuing normally.

Judge said that armed men infiltrated protests and attacked government buildings and facilities related to the petroleum industry without causing any damage to these facilities, affirming that work will continue.

Gulfsands owns 50% of the contract for investing Area 26 in Syrian oil fields. The company decided to increase its output from 21,000 barrels per day to 24,000 by the end of the year.

Judge said that Syria is among the leading countries in the Middle East in terms of investment facilitations, noting that it took him only 8 days to get the contract to excavate for oil for 35 years.

He added that production costs are low in Syria, and that his company and several others are expecting to receive licenses to work in Syria by the end of December 2011.

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September 13th, 2011, 7:35 am


117. hsyrian said:

Assi: Work underway to Attract More Russian Tourists

Aug 18, 2011

DAMASCUS, (SANA)- Minister of Tourism Lamia Assi said that the Ministry is working to make Syria among the important tourist destinations for the Russian people and increase the number of Russian tourists in Syria through organizing activities that highlight the tourist attractions in the country.

The Minister’s remark came during her meeting on Thursday with a Russian delegation that includes a number of journalists, artists and investors.

Assi underscored the importance of activating inter-tourism between Syria and Russia, pointing out to the increase in the number of Russian tourists from 18,000 to 55,000 after 2010.

“It is important to develop relations between the two countries, attract more investments and increase the number of tourists in both directions,” said Minister Assi, noting that the Ministry is preparing to organize tourist activities to promote Syria in Petersburg and Moscow.

Waddah al-Jendi, deputy head of the Russian community in Syria, said the delegation’s visit aims at acquainting different spectrums of the Russian people with Syria and giving them a true image of what is happening in the country.

The delegation members expressed their sympathy with the Syrian people in the face of the crisis, highlighting the volume of misinformation and exaggeration exercised in reporting news on Syria.

They called for paying more attention to tourism in Syria, particularly beach tourism as it is favorable for the Russian tourist.

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September 13th, 2011, 7:37 am


118. hsyrian said:

Syrian Football Union Resigns after FIFA Ban Syria from World Cup 2014 Qualification

Sep 11, 2011

DAMASCUS, (SANA)- Syrian Olympic Committee on Sunday accepted resignation of the Syrian Football Union following a meeting held in Damascus, headed by Chairman Mouafak Jomaa.

The resignation came after the International Federation of Football Association (FIFA) had banned the Syrian national football team from taking part in the 2014 World Cup qualification.

FIFA objected the participation of player George Murad with the Syrian national team in its game against Tajikistan on the pretext that he was playing for Sweden.

Trouble are always coming with Syrians from Sweden like the Syria Revolution 2011 Facebook MB owner

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September 13th, 2011, 7:41 am


119. ss said:

100 “Abood; I see another all nighter for you Man; 12:07 AM to 7:51 AM, Homs time).

If he was indeed in Homs we would have added some chicken meast on him to comlpete si7′ shawarma. 2500 syrian lost, it would be okay to add a homsi to this number. I do not think the UN would do anything if Aboud was added to that number. However, he claims to be very busy during the day demonstrating, and then he stays all night (Homs time); meaning he never sleeps. Aboud is in the US and writing from the US as its easy to figure that from his IPO.

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September 13th, 2011, 7:52 am


120. Abu Umar said:

” 45. Darryl said:

447. ABU UMAR said:

Dear Abu Umar (It should be Abu Omar),”

Someone named “Darryl” teaching the correct pronunciation
of Arabic!

” It appears you have not considered my last recommendation to you. It appears you are in the UK, here is what I suggest for you and Mr Tlass to do:”

Actually, I am closer to Syria.

“up to the lakes district, trek up that beautiful mountain with a back-pack. Make sure you have a few bottles of ice cold beers. I recommend Australian beer, Cascade brewed from virgin clean and crisp Tasmanian water as God has intended it to be.”

Enjoy your effete snobbery and arrogance. You and your ilk will be in a permanent exile when Fashar falls.

“While you are on top of the mountain, listen to the cascading water falls and absorb the scenic beauty around and below you, while having the beers off course, and take in life as the creator would have wanted you to do. I recommend you stay at one of the many Bed and Breakfast places and do some fishing.”

Since you’re down under, why don’t you go snorkel in crocodile-infested waters?!

“You see Abu Omar, you are to fixated on death and you are not enjoying the beauty of the life cycle, what a shame that only the thought of death is always on your mind.”

When your regime slaughters tens of thousands of my people, then yes, I will be fixated on revenge and toppling your beloved regime. I am pretty sure if the shoe was on the other foot, your tone would be totally different. Why do you expect the Syrian Sunnis to go their graves like sheep so that you can have peace of mind? Also, you’re the last person to be talking about open-mindedness as your people are among the most extreme sectarians in the Arab world and aren’t known to engage in self-criticism. You’re no different than the hypocritical Jews who call on the Arabs and Muslims to engage in self-criticism, while they demand absolute loyalty to Israel.

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September 13th, 2011, 8:46 am


121. Mina said:

Free comments on the New York Review of Books article
Remarks for Malley and Agha
– The Tunisian revolution was the result of the maturity of a society where education is obligatory for males and famales until the age of 16. The French influence (through TV) led the whole society to refuse living in a medieval state where an absolute monarch and his family and wife’s family concentrate all privileges and businesses.
– The MB in Egypt did not step in AFTER the fall of Mubarak on 11th. They directly led to it by finally joining the protests some 3 days before his fall. This changed dramatically the figures on the ground. They stepped in only AFTER the greenlight was given by Qardawi on al Jazeera. Before that, they had refused to participate to protests (since in Saudi Arabia they would have termed it Ibda’, and duly passed a law to forbid them before it was too late.) No one on Tahrir had requested Qardawi’s comments but al Jazeera did invite him everyday at 8 PM from about a week or ten days before Mubarak’s fall, and he started to give fatwas explaining that Mubarak was just the same tyrant as the Pharaoh of the Bible/Quran. The religious tone given by Qardawi to the uprising was quickly imitated by the Lybians, who were given some TV space by al Jazeera, instead of allowing more coverage of the protests in Iraq and Jordan, which were already strong. Yemen also served in this purpose. No one ever seems to ask what happened with Omar Suleiman, the mubkhabaraat guy who became vice-president of Egypt and started to organise talks with the MB.
– Why writing “whether Bahrain will drift from Saudi Arabia’s influence” (totally impossible: secret agreements have been signed to transform Bahrein in a de facto Saudi province, see R. Fisk’s article, and renewal of the agreement with the US has also been signed), but omitting “will Yemen drift from Saudi Arabia’s influence”?
You criticize Lenin’s quote as irrelevant, but it is actually more relevant than ever: only the MB, a politically organised party, is able to make gains and transform uprisings into concrete revolutions. Where there is no such strong organisation (Yemen, Syria), there is no way into success. Now powers are trying to figure out a way to cooperate with the MB into actual states (promoting the new KSA-Turkish model of manufacturing TV soaps for export that promote freedom, same-sex love, etc. while maintaining a strong puritanist society at home.) This is a guarantee for: Israel (a religious, and non-secular state), and having a toy to play with against Europe, which have thousands of people registered in semi-religious Muslim parties on the making. When needed, these will be easy to manipulate for local elections.
The Houthi and South secessionist movements in Yemen have been the crux of the problems for years and among the reasons people took to the streets (united betwen Shiis, Sunnis, pro-Houthis or not). It is watching their own governement bombing these Yemeni folks with the help of the US that led to protests, as much as Saleh’s stupid idea of promoting his son as the next president. As for the parallels you draw between ‘civil war’ in Yemen but not yet in Syria, turn it the other way round: there is already a civil war in Syria: security forces and segments of the society who are with the regime and consider everybody else as an Islamist (it reminds of Turkey and Algeria not too long ago) versus the youth, the idealists and the guys paid by Khaddam and/or KSA and/or Hariri.
For people who won’t read the NRB article, here is the cherry on top: “The model they will hold out will be closer to Erdogan’s Turkey than to the ayatollahs’ Iran or the Taliban’s Afghanistan though, since they lack Turkey’s political culture and institutions, the model they eventually build will be their own. Quietly, the Islamists might present themselves as the West’s most effective allies against its most dangerous foes: armed jihadists, whom they have the religious legitimacy to contain and, if necessary, cripple; and Iran, whose appeal to the Arab street they can counteract by not shunning the Islamic Republic and presenting a less aggressive, more attractive, and indigenous Islamic model. There are precedents: in the 1950s and 1960s, Islamists in the region sided with the West and Saudi Arabia against Nasser’s Egypt; not long ago they supported Jordan’s monarch against the PLO and domestic dissidents; and, today, Islamist Turkey is both in Washington’s good graces and an active NATO member.”
Now you know exactly what to expect from the US-Israeli think-tanks…
The presentation of Iran as a monolithic state is far from accurate. There are many currents there too and a coming presidential election in the Autumn where Ahmadinejad can’t run because he has already done his two mandates.

Regime change: Yugoslavia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Ivory Coast, why can’t we read about the concrete situation of the people there?
Bombing countries who crash on opponents: why not Russia, China, Uzbekistan, Zimbabwe, while you are at it?

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September 13th, 2011, 9:22 am


122. hsyrian said:

Killed without trial

As the crowd scattered, Y****, a 30-year-old protester, became separated from his activist friend, ……

When Y**** didn’t come home that evening, his mother and brother grew worried.

Y****’s body was later found in some bushes in ????, his hands and feet bound, and his neck bearing the marks of strangulation,

“At first we thought security had kidnapped and killed him,”

“Then a group from ?????, an area nearby, said Y**** was a shabeha [pro-regime thug] working with security forces… and they noticed him when they were protesting in ??????.”

The ???? group has never admitted to killing Y****. His activist friend said he doesn’t know whether Y**** was an informer or not. Now, no one will ever know.

“These awainiyya website pages are really bad,” said the activist friend

“I have always been against disseminating the names of informers because they could be killed,” said the activist friend.


How is the UNHRC counting a alleged shabeha “peaceful protester” killed by other alleged peaceful protesters .

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September 13th, 2011, 9:58 am


123. Aboud said:

“However, he claims to be very busy during the day demonstrating,”

The demos are held at night during the week.

Guy’s, what’s an IPO? Do I have a tech start up that I don’t know about and that’s about to go public? ROFL! 🙂

Keep stewing menhebaks. I love being the center of your obsessions 🙂

Every post I make, is a khazoq up Besho’s scrawny behind.

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September 13th, 2011, 10:00 am


124. ann said:

You’ve been exposed as a fraud, and you’re still posting your anti-Syrian agenda/propaganda with smiley faces!

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September 13th, 2011, 12:04 pm


125. ann said:

France fails to twist China’s arm on Syria – 4 hours ago

BEIJING — French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said he made little headway Tuesday in convincing Beijing to back a tough United Nations resolution condemning Syria’s crackdown on pro-democracy protests.

The visiting Juppe met his Chinese counterpart Yang Jiechi and discussed the need for a resolution condemning the military crackdown on protesters, he told journalists.

But asked if he had the impression that China’s position had changed, Juppe said: “Not really.”

For weeks France and Britain have tried to get a UN resolution, but Moscow and Beijing, both veto-wielding members, and numerous other members of the Security Council have refused to come on board.

“I said that our relations are excellent, but this does not mean that we are in agreement on everything,” Juppe said.

The US said Monday it wanted “stronger” United Nations action on Syria and will push the Security Council for a resolution that has sanctions with “teeth.”

Russia has opposed attempts by Western governments to push through a resolution directly targeting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, whose regime has waged a deadly six-month crackdown on protesters.

Juppe also said there was only a small chance of avoiding a confrontation over Palestinian statehood at this week’s meeting of the UN General Assembly in New York.

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas is expected to formally submit a request for United Nations membership to Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on September 20.

The bid is opposed by Israel, which calls it a unilateral move that undermines peace efforts, as well as Washington.

“There is a small chance that there will be an effort at reaching a resolution that is acceptable to a large number of nations,” Juppe said when asked about the Palestine question.

China has voiced support for Palestine statehood and its membership to the United Nations.

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September 13th, 2011, 12:10 pm


126. Mina said:

122 HSyrian
The UNHCR can count anything you want as long as it avoid mentioning the 20,000 deaths of the NATO Lybian campaign (and showcase, as brilliantly termed by Pepe Escobar in the Asia Times). They will keep counting the 2000-3000 ++ Syrian dead that include the loyalists with no doubts in their super clean consciousness.

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September 13th, 2011, 12:33 pm


127. ann said:

On the Regime and the Opposition in Syria
by Nabil Fayyad

Despite my very negative position on the regime for private and public reasons, the truth is that the regime is very strong, and neither the outside nor the inside were able to make it change its usual stances. This strength does not come from a vacuum. The regime has a broad popular base that supports it at home and abroad, whether out of conviction or opportunism. And ignoring this issue on the part of the Transitional Council is the first indication that the opposition does not know yet the true meaning of democracy. . . .

Nabil Fayyad, an expert in comparative religion and biblical criticism, is a Syrian intellectual who is an outspoken critic of the Syrian regime. He has been arrested and detained by the Syrian authorities in the past. The original Arabic note by Fayyad was first published on a Facebook page administered by Fayyad’s supporters on 29 August 2011. The English translation above was adapted from Sate Hamza’s translation published in his blog Syrian Musings on 30 August 2011. Cf. As’ad AbuKhalil, “Syrian Opposition Council” (Angry Arab News Service, 29 August 2011); Kate Seelye, “Why Can’t the Syrian Opposition Get Along?” (Foreign Policy, 1 September 2011); Aziza, “#Syria activsts have labelled next Friday as ‘Day of Rage’ against #Russia. Does this mean they are losing hope of winning w/o foreign help?”

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September 13th, 2011, 1:29 pm


128. ann said:

On the Regime and the Opposition in Syria – Nabil Fayyad

Despite my very negative position on the regime for private and public reasons, the truth is that the regime is very strong, and neither the outside nor the inside were able to make it change its usual stances. This strength does not come from a vacuum. The regime has a broad popular base that supports it at home and abroad, whether out of conviction or opportunism. And ignoring this issue on the part of the Transitional Council is the first indication that the opposition does not know yet the true meaning of democracy. . . .

Nabil Fayyad, an expert in comparative religion and biblical criticism, is a Syrian intellectual who is an outspoken critic of the Syrian regime. He has been arrested and detained by the Syrian authorities in the past. The original Arabic note by Fayyad was first published on a Facebook page administered by Fayyad’s supporters on 29 August 2011. The English translation above was adapted from Sate Hamza’s translation published in his blog Syrian Musings on 30 August 2011. Cf. As’ad AbuKhalil, “Syrian Opposition Council” (Angry Arab News Service, 29 August 2011); Kate Seelye, “Why Can’t the Syrian Opposition Get Along?” (Foreign Policy, 1 September 2011); Aziza, “#Syria activsts have labelled next Friday as ‘Day of Rage’ against #Russia. Does this mean they are losing hope of winning w/o foreign help?”

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September 13th, 2011, 4:09 pm


129. Aboud said:


“I want freedom for all Syrians, but not willing like you to kill one or many to save one”

I’m not sure I understood that sentence. Did the demonstrators who first come out in Dar’a kill anyone? What about your home town of Hama? Do you subscribe to the regime’s line that it was taken over by armed gangs who burned down every single state institution, even though every reporter who had secretly been there, and the US Ambassador, all clearly stated that no such gangs or burning of police stations ever happened.

“Does this mean they are losing hope of winning w/o foreign help?””

Yet another nawari interpretation of events. If Besho so popular, let the army stand down for one day. But he doesn’t dare, it would be the end of him. Crushing peaceful demonstrations with tanks is as much a sign of strength, as funding an opulent lifestyle through massive borrowing is a sign of wealth. Only a nawari would call beating up a cartoonist “strength”. It’s a Qurdaha mentality that is outdated in this modern world.

So, where is the desperate Jamal these days? Hitting on the butt ugly Persian women on Shiachat? LOL!

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September 13th, 2011, 4:15 pm


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