NPR Show with Anthony Shadid, Rami Khouri, and Joshua Landis

This hour On Point: Uprising and crackdown in Syria.
On Point is an NPR radio chat show with host Tom Ashbrook

Guests:

* Anthony Shadid joins us from Beirut, Lebanon. He is a Pulitzer Prize-winning foreign correspondent for the New York Times.

* Rami Khouri also joins us from Beirut. He is an internationally-syndicated columnist and editor-at-large for Lebanon’s Daily Star Newspaper and Director of the Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University in Beirut.

* Joshua Landis, joins us from Norman, Oklahoma. He is Director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Oklahoma. He runs a blog called “SyriaComment.com.”

It is worth noting that Anthony Shadid is from Oklahoma City and went to the University of Oklahoma!

We peer into the uprising and brutal crackdown in Syria. Will the “Arab Spring” come to a grinding halt at Syria’s doorstep, or will it sweep away the Assad regime along with the others? The jumpy, helter-skelter cell phone videos coming out of Syria are terrifying. Tanks and heavy machine gun fire tearing up streets full of screaming, running protestors. Defiance. Blood. Funerals. Despair.

Syria is not Egypt. Not Tunisia. Not even Libya. There is no NATO intervention here, just a hot wing of the Arab Spring grinding up against a determined dictator whose army is fully ready to shoot and kill.

And yet, Syria is in the heart of the Arab world. If the power falls here, all bets are off. For Jordan, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Iran.

Here is the link to the hour, with the streamed audio:
Also, the podcast is downloadable from iTunes for the next two weeks.
Thanks, Stefano H. Kotsonis, Producer
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51. syau said:

Shami,

I feel honoured to be put in the same sentance alongside Bashar.
Your seeing me fit to be alongside the Syrian president is uplifting to say the least.

By the way, more insurgents caught. More admittions into the anarchy caused by the ‘revolutionists’ endorsed by the MB and Syrian revolution.

One of the groups admitting to the evil SELECTIVE executions and mutilations of innocent Syrians. Anyone endorsing such acts belongs in a sentance alongside Satan.

It’s wonderful to see the Syrian security services capturing these terrorists and regaining stability to the country.

FYI- All of the terrorists captured are pointing the finger at the religious leaders of their mosques as being ring leaders and advising them the any murders and mutilation they commit will send them directly to heaven.

How sad it is that first, their ‘religious leaders’ put their hands inhand with Satan and gave them the green light to commit cold blooded murder.

And second, they were stupid enough to believe and trust and follow their orders.

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April 29th, 2011, 8:41 am

 

52. Shami said:

SYAU,you are a mini-sectarian alawite who is scared from the inescapable change over, thus Asad is your God so it’s normal that we are Satan in your eyes.

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April 29th, 2011, 8:50 am

 

53. Mina said:

Shami,
It is so weird that for a lot of the anti-regime, taking back Golan seems the only priority in a world which is suffering the worst economic crisis since 1929.
As you hate the Syrian regime, aren’t you afraid the Golan-people may say “sorry but we prefer to stay in Israel, there are more job opportunities”.
By the way, it is well-known that Netanyahu was ready to give up on Golan, so why do you wish for a war when something can be retrieved peacefully?
http://www.haaretz.com/news/report-netanyahu-ready-to-discuss-golan-pullout-1.4309

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April 29th, 2011, 8:58 am

 

54. syau said:

Shami,

Wrong, there is only one God, and that is the Almighty, merciful Allah. Bashar on the other hand is a great man, and I hold my head high with the knowledge that he is the Syrian president and that he will regain stability for the Syrian people.

I did not say you were satan, I said the ones endorsing the evil cold blooded murder and mutilation belong alongside satan. I did mention the Syrian revolution and the MB, but I suppose with your comments, you put your own self in the same sentance as those organisations. By the way……Change over, not going to happen. Get used to it and stop deluding yourself. Bashar will be the Syrian president for a long time to come- meaning decades and decades to come.

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April 29th, 2011, 9:04 am

 

55. Shami said:

“sorry but we prefer to stay in Israel, there are more job opportunities”

Mina ,do you believe that Rami Makhlouf is good or bad for Israel ?

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April 29th, 2011, 9:08 am

 

56. Ghat Al Bird said:

SHAMI, SYAU,MINA and others might be interested in viewing the “other” side of the God versus Satan from a neighbor’s angle.

http://www.gilad.co.uk/writings/israeli-humour-mocking-jesus-on-israeli-tv.html

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April 29th, 2011, 9:14 am

 

57. syau said:

Ghat Al Bird,

I’ve seen this already, it was despicable.

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April 29th, 2011, 9:21 am

 

58. jad said:

It’s 4:30pm in Syria and until now the protests are small in numbers, which means blood is the alternative to make news.
There are news that 4 soldiers were killed which means a retaliation will start and more Syrian blood will be spelled in yet another bloody Friday.
تلفزيون الدنيا : جماعة ارهابيه في درعا تهاجم حاجز للجيش الباسل مما ادى إلى استشهاد 4 من جنودنا البواسل واختطاف مجندين

Allah yestor!

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April 29th, 2011, 9:32 am

 

59. vlad-the-syrian said:

to #56

the same monotheist shit, blood thisrt and fantasmagory alongside with terrorism : muslims, christians and jews alike

my dream is that monotheism which emerged in Syrian ends too in Syria.

Syrians : i say down with monotheism ! down with this bloody ideology ! FUCK ALLAH , SOURIA BASS !

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April 29th, 2011, 9:46 am

 

60. Revlon said:

أوغاريت || إستشهد الشاب” هيثم خالد الريس ” في مظاهرات تلبيسة الأن وهو من قرية تيرمعلة

12 minutes ago

Al Fati7a upon his soul,
May God bless his family with solace and empower them with patience.

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April 29th, 2011, 10:20 am

 

61. Revlon said:

عاجل..رويترز: القوات السورية تطلق النار على آلاف المتجهين إلى وسط درعا
-حقوقيون سوريون: قتلى وجرحى بإطلاق نار على محتجّين في درعا

31 minutes ago

فلاش || درعا ||سقوط مايزيد عن ١٥ شهيدا في منطقة المفطره

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April 29th, 2011, 10:21 am

 

62. Sophia said:

Qatar promoting the Syrian MUslim Brotherhood as an alternative.

http://angryarab.blogspot.com/2011/04/syrian-muslim-brotherhood-and-qatar.html

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April 29th, 2011, 10:25 am

 
 

64. jad said:

Sophia,
They’ve been doing that for a month now.
Enjoy the show of Mr. Abou Alqasem ;)

http://www.youtube.com/user/addounia#p/u/18/r15U2Ke9L1s

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April 29th, 2011, 10:40 am

 

65. Revlon said:

7ama is back! Demonstrators of Friday of rage in 7ama have made their stongest statement of intent yet.

Their number has doubled.

Their path through the central square (Orantis Square) was daring.

Tearing down a huge poster of Jr atop the commercial bank and two others in 7ader area has announced their emancipation of any lingering fear from their ruling tormentors.

7ama has joined 7oms and Dar3a, as the major urban hotspots of the revolution.

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April 29th, 2011, 10:43 am

 

66. Revlon said:

Ma Min7bbak Ma Min7ibbak, ir7al 3anna inta w7izbak
(We do not like you, Go and take Baath with you)

Ya Bachar Bye Bye, Bidna Nshoufak bilahai
(Hey Bashar Bye Bye, We will see you at the Hague)

La salafiyeh w la Ikhwan, Thawritna thawret shuj3an
Neither salafi nor MB, our revolution is the brave’s

Asha3b, Yurid, Isqatinnizam
Down the System

Sample of today’s Talkalakh demonstration chants

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April 29th, 2011, 11:10 am

 

67. Revlon said:

اتحاد قراصنة سوريا الأحرار لدعم الثورة السورية
إتحاد قراصنة سوريا المحترفين وجميع الأحرار لدعم صفحات الثورة وإغلاق والرد على جميع المواقع الخائنة و العميلة تم تدمير موقع وزارة العدل السورية موقع قناة دنيا العميلة والخائنة موقع وزارة الإقتصاد في سوريا موقع حزب البعث العربي الإشتراكي موقع مجلس الشعب السوري ترقبوا أنجازات قراصنة العرب والسوريين الأحرار

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April 29th, 2011, 11:14 am

 

68. majedkhaldoon said:

It is ironic that Bashar is eye doctor,yet he can not see that he lost his legitamcy,he is blind he can not see the suffering of the people of Deraa,He has no vision,neither in his eyes nor in his head

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April 29th, 2011, 11:28 am

 

69. Revlon said:

يا صناع الفتن …حلوا عن هالوطن.
A new contributin to the Library of the Syrian Revolution

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April 29th, 2011, 11:51 am

 

70. Revlon said:

عاجل : الرستن : تأكيد استشهاد خمسة أشخاص في الرستن والمشفى يتحول لبركة من الدماء من كثرة الشهداء و الجرحى و النداءات للتبرع بالدم ونداءات الفزعة لكل القرى و المدن المحيطة للرستن … إلى جنان الخلد يا أحفاد خالد …
إلى جنان الخلد يا أحباب … إلى جنان الخلد يا قرايب … إلى جنان الخلد يا أصحاب

AlFati7a upon their soul,
May God bless their souls and empower them with patience.

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April 29th, 2011, 12:21 pm

 

71. Revlon said:

حركة سوريا شباب من أجل الحرية Youth Syria For Freedom
فلاش || حمص || سقوط الشهيدين مهند احمد المطر وهيثم الريس من قرية تيرمعلة

8 minutes ago

Al fati7a upon Muhannad and haytham’s souls,
May God bless his family with solace and empower them with patience.

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April 29th, 2011, 12:28 pm

 

72. Revlon said:

A landmark decision from the United nations
Another nail in the coffin of the regime’s international legitimacy.شام : عاجل : الجزيرة : مجلس حقوق الانسان التابع للامم المتحدة يبتنى قرارا امريكيا يدين سورية و يتبنى ارسال بعثة تحقيق الى سوريا
و عقوبات على 5 شخصيات وكيانات سورية بتهمة انتهاك حقوق الإنسان
وبيان إدانة الجرائم التي ترتكبها السلطات السورية بقرار صوت معه 26 دولة وضده تسع دول وامتنع عن التصويت سبعة

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April 29th, 2011, 12:31 pm

 

73. Revlon said:

• نشطاء: دمشق تشهد اكبر مظاهرة في الاحتجاجات السورية | أخبار الشرق الأوسط | Reuters
ara.reuters.com
عمان (رويترز) – قال نشطاء حقوقيون ان حوالي عشرة الاف سوري شاركوا في مسيرة لدعم مدينة درعا في منطقة الميدان القديمة في دمشق يوم الجمعة في اكبر مظاهرة في العاصمة السورية منذ بدء الاحتجاجات الشعبية المؤيدة
2 minutes ago

Another one in the old city (Jazamatiyeh)

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April 29th, 2011, 12:37 pm

 

74. Revlon said:

رويترز |||| 83 شهيد اليوم بينهم أطفال ونساء وهم الان في مستشفيات درعا عقب هجمات للجيش اليوم،،،،، الفزعة الفزعة يا شباب سوريّا الان مجزرة في درعا …
24 minutes ago

Al Fati7a upon their souls,
May God bless their families with solace and empowere them with ptience.

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April 29th, 2011, 12:47 pm

 

75. jad said:

How come 4 days of sieged and shelling by artillery of Daraa as Aljazeera and oppositions said with no more than 20-40 dead according to the media while in less than 2 hours today always after 7:30 Syrian time the numbers of victims in Daraa jumped from 15 to 83, along 5 in Rastan, 2 in Homs’ village?
How is that possible? are they counting every person die normally in Syria with those martyrs or are they keeping all bodies hidden to introduce them on Friday as fresh blood when the number of protesters are not as high as they wished?
I’m sorry for not showing any sympathy to any side anymore, because both sides are still treating us Syrian as their stupid subjects.

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April 29th, 2011, 1:09 pm

 

76. AIG said:

Jad,

How is it possible? Why don’t you ask your friend and “father” Assad why he does not let the press in? Only one side is trying to hide information.

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April 29th, 2011, 1:25 pm

 

77. jad said:

My ‘father’ Assad is busy with you ‘mother’, I don’t want to disturb him.
Are you going to fuck off and stay away from me or not?

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April 29th, 2011, 1:30 pm

 

78. AIG said:

Jad,

If you do not understand the concept of freedom of speech, that is your problem. You don’t have to answer me if you don’t want to. Just ignore me if you like. But you can’t shut me up.

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April 29th, 2011, 1:41 pm

 

79. why-discuss said:

Revlon

: الجزيرة : مجلس حقوق الانسان التابع للامم المتحدة يبتنى قرارا امريكيا يدين سورية و يتبنى ارسال بعثة تحقيق الى سوريا

Is any other news channel other that al Jazeera saying it? I haven’t read it anywhere. Or another Al Jazeera ‘eye witness” report.

“Despite Reports of Brutality Toward Civilians, Syria to Join U.N.’s Human Rights Council”

From al Jazeera, incitment from the MB.. finally confirming their link to the opposition.

Significantly, Friday’s demonstrations have the backing of the outlawed Islamist group, the Muslim Brotherhood, which was crushed by the regime in 1982.

It is the first time that the Brotherhood has called directly for protests in Syria since pro-democracy demonstrations against Assad erupted nearly six weeks ago.

A declaration by the Brotherhood, sent to Reuters news agency by its leadership in exile on Thursday, said: “Do not let the regime besiege your compatriots. Chant with one voice for freedom and dignity. Do not allow the tyrant to enslave you. God is great.”

So far, the Brotherhood has been trying to keep a low profile, as the government has been trying to link them to protests, Amin said.

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April 29th, 2011, 1:45 pm

 

80. Shami said:

Why discuss and Sophia are you supporters of Aoun ?

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April 29th, 2011, 1:51 pm

 

81. jad said:

What was Alex thinking when he let a provocative person who was banned at least 5 times from SC for attacking almost everybody on SC and who did lie many times just to come in and to provoke Syrians under different names to come back? Is your business not flourishing at Qifa’s blog?

Let me remind you that you get back on SC under the condition of not provoking others, especially those who tell you more than 4 times not to address them directly. Stick to this condition and I promise that I’ll keep ignoring you as I was always do.

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April 29th, 2011, 1:54 pm

 

82. AIG said:

Jad,

You are lying. I never lied to get back to SC and have always posted under one name.

Let me remind you that Alex has not set any conditions for my return. Furthermore, let me remind you that “provoking” is simply a code word you use for describing difficult questions I ask and you feel uncomfortable with. Grow up and figure out good answers to my questions. You are also welcome to just ignore me.

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April 29th, 2011, 2:04 pm

 

83. why-discuss said:

Protests in Damascus according Al Fantazeera

“Protests against Bashar al-Assad, the Syrian president, (were there specifically addressed to Bashar?) took place in most major centres ( which ones?) around Syria on Friday, in a repeat of pro-democracy rallies that have become the norm after weekly Muslim prayers.( Earlier it is mentionned that there were ‘anedoctical’ demonstrations in villages )

Friday brought the largest anti-regime protest in the Syrian capital since protests against President Bashar al-Assad’s decade-long rule began last month. ( it seems to always the largest, how many this time 100,000?)

Gunfire was reported in Damascus and in the coastal city of Latakia, with witnesses claiming that security forces have fired on protesters, according to the Associated Press news agency. (The usual witnesses )

An estimated 15,000 protesters demonstrated in Damascus, many ( how many? 50? calling for the toppling of the regime. ( According to who? Rula Amin in the video says they were 500 in Damascus }

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April 29th, 2011, 2:11 pm

 

84. Mina said:

WD,
The Guardian has better eyes even, they saw ten thousand people walking from al Maydan in Damascus to the Umayyad square (on the videos it looks no more than two or three hundred).
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/blog/2011/apr/29/syria-libya-yemen-middle-east
(4:04 PM)
while the Al Jazeera English Rula Amin was speaking of a very short demo of 500 persons (but on their blog they seem to like bigger figures).
BBC Arabic has shown one of the “Liberals”, on Skype from Manchester, talking nonsense about the “National Initiative”. It was later discussed (and dismissed) by two senior analysts, Samir Aita, director of Le Monde Diplomatique and someone in Washington whose name I forgot, at 6h15 PM GMT

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April 29th, 2011, 2:45 pm

 

85. why-discuss said:

In one week, Egypt has ”democratically’ made provocative decisions that are making the US and its allies, especially Israel grind their teeth:

- Permanent opening of Rafaa crossings, thus canceling Gaza blockade
- Reunification of Hamas and Fatah thus getting ready for the September showdown at the UN
- Diplomatic opening to Iran thus stopping Iran isolation, just after the GCC is accusing Iranians of interference

Any connection with the events in Syria?
What does US has in mind for Syria? changing it from a hardline into a “moderate” since Egypt and the Fatah seem to say goodbye to the ‘moderate’camp?

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April 29th, 2011, 4:48 pm

 

86. Mina said:

The way the West tries to change Syria to “moderate” reminds very well of Saddam Hussein’s role in their games. To ask al-Asad to finish with the ultras before any peace process starts is almost an intronisation in this club of blood-thirsty weapon salesmen.

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April 29th, 2011, 5:12 pm

 

87. jad said:

#82,
“You are lying. I never lied to get back to SC and have always posted under one name.”
When you lie be sure to get rid of all evidence “just saying”
http://www.joshualandis.com/blog/?p=5185&cp=all#comment-233314

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April 29th, 2011, 7:04 pm

 

88. why-discuss said:

I guess the egyptian new democratically dictated decisions about Israel is giving second thoughts to the US about blindly promoting democracies in the middle east.
A Moslem brotherhood controlled Syria will become a moslem extremist haven, al Qaeda style with a border with Israel, Jordan and Lebanon, Turkey… Hello troubles…

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April 29th, 2011, 8:55 pm

 

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