Syrian Opposition Conference: Semiramis Hotel: 200 members – First Impressions

Syrian opposition conference held in Semiramis hotel in Damascus with 200 opposition members. This marks the first time the opposition has meet openly in Syria. Opposition members have come out from hiding and into the open to voice their desire for democracy and reform.

“Every step that helps bring together an opposition is a positive step,” said Burhan Ghalioun. “We need a unified opposition that can be engaged in a political battle with the regime to force it to transfer the country into a democratic civil state. (NYTimes)

Addendum” BBC’s Roundup

Syrian opposition meet in Damascus; critics suspect gathering is government-sanctioned ruse


BEIRUT (AP) – Critics of Syria’s authoritarian regime, at a rare gathering in Damascus, called Monday for a peaceful transition to democracy and an end to the Assad family’s 40-year-old monopoly on power. Otherwise, they said, Syria’s current chaos might destroy the country….. In a final communique, participants declared their support for the “popular uprising seeking a peaceful transition to a democratic, civil and pluralistic state” and called for an immediate end to the security crackdown and the army’s withdrawal from towns and villages. They also called for an independent committee to investigate the killings of Syrian citizens and soldiers, the release of all political prisoners, and the right to peaceful protests without the government’s prior approval…..

WSJ [Reg]: Damascus Gathering Shows Syrian Opposition Split, 2011-06-27

BEIRUT—Syrian opposition members met Monday in Damascus, in the first such gathering sanctioned by the government, but activists abroad rejected the move, signaling that President Bashar al-Assad’s offer of a national dialogue could widen. The meeting, which discussed a political transition to democracy from the four-decade rule of the Assad family, was the first of its kind to gather opposition activists in a public venue, attendees said. It appeared to show the scope for political conversation that more than three months of street protests have forced on Mr. Assad’s regime…..

Tweets and video about the conference follow

US_Syrians meet with Assad

A delegation of US Syrians met with President Assad yesterday. This is the article by Syria-News in Arabic.

Syrian Opposition Conference started with national anthem and a minute of silence for the martyrs #OppositionConference #Damascus #Syria #march15

Luay Hussein: This is the first time we meet in front of our people so we have huge responsibilities #OppositionConference #Damascus #Syria #march15

Luay Hussein: those meeting here are not advocates of violence #OppositionConference #Damascus #Syria #march15

Media was allowed in the first session and Syrian local Radio Cham is broadcasting live from the conference #OppositionConference #Damascus #Syria #march15

Munther Khaddam: who would have thought we can have this conference ever here #OppositionConference #Damascus #Syria #march15

Munther Khaddam: they used to count our breathes. Thanks to the martyrs we are having this conference today #OppositionConference #Damascus #Syria #march15

Munther Khaddam: a peaceful transition to democracy is the way forward. Anything else could be disastrous #OppositionConference #Damascus #Syria #march15

Michel Kilo: Some people want to fix the symptoms and this can cause new problems. Solving the core issue is the solution #OppositionConference #Damascus #Syria #march15

Michel Kilo: the following are my recommendation for a solution.. #OppositionConference #Damascus #Syria #march15

Michel Kilo: 1-immediate recognition of political parties which are not religious or ethnic in nature .. #OppositionConference #Damascus #Syria #march15

Michel Kilo: 2- clause 8 of the constitution should be “frozen” immediately as a trust building measure #OppositionConference #Damascus #Syria #march15

Michel Kilo: 3- the opposition should be given immediate license to publish a paper as a trust building measure #OppositionConference #Damascus #Syria #march15

Michel Kilo: 4- reforming the legal system is a priority #OppositionConference #Damascus #Syria #march15

Michel Kilo: these should be immediate trust building measures #OppositionConference #Damascus #Syria #march15

Michel Kilo: Additionally security “solution” should be stopped and army should go back to bases #OppositionConference #Damascus #Syria #march15

Michel Kilo: 80 percent of the Syrian population are under 35. Where are they in this conference? #OppositionConference #Damascus #Syria #march15

Michel Kilo: There is no security solution to the problem of unemployment #OppositionConference #Damascus #Syria #march15

Michel Kilo: The security solution is a failed one and cause more cracks in society #OppositionConference #Damascus #Syria #march15

Michel Kilo: it is not feasible to start national dialogue with “security solution” taking place #OppositionConference #Damascus #Syria #march15

Michel Kilo: releasing all political prisoners is a prerequisite for national dialogue #OppositionConference #Damascus #Syria #march15

Michel Kilo: the past few months felt like Afghanistan not Syria! #OppositionConference #Damascus #Syria #march15

Michel Kilo: these are not conditions for national dialogues but success factors #OppositionConference #Damascus #Syria #march15

Michel Kilo: the ideology that was embedded in the regime for 50 years lacks mechanisms for finding solutions #OppositionConference #Damascus #Syria #march15

Michel Kilo: recreating the modern society starts from granting Syrians their freedoms #OppositionConference #Damascus #Syria #march15

Munther Khaddam: we reiterate our rights to free our occupied lands and Palestinian lands #OppositionConference #Damascus #Syria #march15 #Israel #palestine

Munther Khaddam: there is no middle ground between authoritarianism and democracy #OppositionConference #Damascus #Syria #march15 #Israel #palestine

Munther Khaddam: trust in the current system is very low. A transition into a new system is needed #OppositionConference #Damascus #Syria #march15

Kilo is suggesting this as an “immediate” trust building measure until it is canceled constitutionally

Pro demonstrations outside Samiramis: it’s probably spontaneous. We say the same “spontaneous” pro demos outside the opposition conferences in Turkey and Belgium #syria

Shawqi Baghdadi: we don’t claim to represent the street #OppositionConference #Damascus #Syria #march15

Shawqi Baghdadi: Michel Kilo made suggestion for immediate trust building measures. if authorities agrees then a solution is possible #OppositionConference #Damascus #Syria #march15

Ibrahim Zur (Kurdish opposition): other Syrians should not look suspiciously at Kurds #OppositionConference #Damascus #Syria #march15

Hasan Al-Ali: those with blood on their hands should be brought to justice publicly #OppositionConference #Damascus #Syria #march15

Hasan Al-Ali: Kurds who suffered in the past should be compensated #OppositionConference #Damascus #Syria #march15

Sabah Hallaq: women should have an integral role in the process of building the new Syria #OppositionConference #Damascus #Syria #march15

Mohammad Al-ammar: random detentions which happened in Banyas was to intimidate the people #OppositionConference #Damascus #Syria #march15

Anis Kanj: a new constitution under which everyone is equal is the translation of social justice #OppositionConference #Damascus #Syria #march15

Joseph Ibrahim: The conference should also tackle economic issues #OppositionConference #Damascus #Syria #march15

Jaudat Saeed: now that Egypt is on its way to democracy, the Arab world should follow #OppositionConference #Damascus #Syria #march15 #Egypt #jan25

Jaudat Saeed: arms will solve nothing. Voting booths will #OppositionConference #Damascus #Syria #march15

Burhan Naseef: the violence and external meddling in Syria are the authorities fault #OppositionConference #Damascus #Syria #march15

Suleiman Yousef: it unacceptable that our constitution has a sectarian clause and claims that the religion of the state is Islam #OppositionConference #Damascus #Syria #march15

Suleiman Yousef: there can be no civil state based on sectarian constitution #OppositionConference #Damascus #Syria #march15

Suleiman Yousef: Christians should be allowed to run for presidency in Syria #OppositionConference #Damascus #Syria #march15

Mousa Hanna: civil movements should continue while we move in the transitional phase #OppositionConference #Damascus #Syria #march15

Mousa Hanna: we reject any external intervention or meddling #OppositionConference #Damascus #Syria #march15

Jalal Naufal: There is a big portion of the society who do not agree with the uprising #OppositionConference #Damascus #Syria #march15

Anwar Mohamad: Authorities should punish all those who allowed weapons to enter the country #OppositionConference #Damascus #Syria #march15

Anwar Mohamad: Syrian opposition should be given space on Syrian state TV and media #OppositionConference #Damascus #Syria #march15

Interviews with opposition members in the conference:

Article about the conference by Syria News (Arabic)

Georgette Atieh:

Watch minute 6:00: the opposition is as bad as the regime it seems!

Barghouti, a Palestinian (head of Arab Nationalists Movement) is angry that he was not allowed in!

Abbas Alnouri (Syrian actor) attended:

meanwhile outside Samiramis hotel:

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351. SANDRO LOEWE said:

I see that oppositors need blood to keep momentum while assadists and conservative who do not want a 180 degree revolution prefer to keep blood inside prisons and terror inside brains. Rich and powerful people, specially those who got richness by illegal means, will always find a reason to create fear for change. Me or chaos…

Saying that revolution needs blood is not a mistake. If the regime did not kill protesters then the change would be done peacefully but since they kill protesters, it is obvious that as long as there are protests will be blood. And as long as there is blood it means there is protesters and repression.

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June 29th, 2011, 1:56 pm


352. Nour said:

Yes Aboud, anyone who doesn’t agree with you is a “Baathist scum.” That is the level of your thinking and speech. I suppose I should instead rely on the reporting of the “revolutionists” and “eyewitnesses” who have proven to be completely honest and credible. As for the 4th Division, it’s amazing how it can be in all parts of Syria at the same time. People who supported the entrance of the Army did so in order to put a stop to the armed terrorists, which now just about everyone, except for the completely delusional or those supporting the terrorists, admit that they do exist. I suppose the army should have just stood aside and allowed the terrorists to roam freely, set up checkpoints without any harassment, and allowed to kill and maim police officers and soldiers unabated. What a joke.

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June 29th, 2011, 1:56 pm


353. daleandersen said:


RE: “Smart timing from Nasrallah”

Maybe they’re really CIA spies. Maybe not.

More likely Nasrallah is paranoid and cleaning house. Anyone who spends as much time hiding as he does has to have a streak of paranoia as wide as Hamra Street.

The most likely scenario is, Hizbollah is doing a purge. Saddam used to do this to keep his people off balance. You take two guys you don’t like who hold middle-level positions, accuse them of working for the CIA/the Jews/the Saudis/al-Qaeda/whatever, force them to confess. It puts everyone else on notice. Stalin was a master at this.

The TSL thing must be driving the poor little fuck crazy. If I had a choice between being Nasrallah’s butler or his pig, I’d choose pig to be more likely to stay alive…

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June 29th, 2011, 1:56 pm


354. jad said:

Listen to this crap, they are asking for guns now, but NO it’s PEACEFUL and doesn’t want the DESTRUCTION of Syria, it’s all LIES!!!!, be ready for the bloodiest Friday to come:

حسن شندي ـ مسؤول تنسيقي للضباط الأحرار في سوريا

Is this the work of Syrian Commando too?
أديب ميالة حاكم مصرف سوريا المركزي :بعد التحقيقات و التحري تم اغلاق حوالي 30 مركز صرافة خاص كانو يقومون بعملية تلاعب بالعملة

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June 29th, 2011, 2:06 pm


355. majedkhaldoon said:

I am libertarian
I support the right of everyone to be free,I support the jews in Syria to form their own party,and I support the kurd to form their own party.
I condemned the MB and SSNP and Baath because they have blood on their hands,I am against dictatorship,
I support Ron Paul,in USA,
I came from a family who are Baath,communist ,but when I came to this USA I became libertarian.
I know nothing about the possible agenda of MB

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June 29th, 2011, 2:08 pm


356. Tara said:


So you said Tara has MB brain because you see genuine elements of MB thinking in my posts or because I have an opposing views?

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June 29th, 2011, 2:10 pm


357. Nour said:


I would caution against falling victim to the ongoing psychological warfare, which is a huge part of the war on Syria. I’m still hopeful that all this talk is going to prove to be nothing but hot air.

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June 29th, 2011, 2:16 pm


358. daleandersen said:


re: “…people must be allowed to demonstrate as long as they do not carry arms,destroy properties or use violence…”

You mean, as long as they are polite and play nice? Oh please! And what about the other guys? You think Bashar’s thugs will play by your rules?

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June 29th, 2011, 2:16 pm


359. Tara said:


I hear you.

Does any one know their program when they were a party.

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June 29th, 2011, 2:21 pm


360. jad said:

Check out the title and check out the content:
The title is saying that the security is armed and confronting the people in Khaldiye Homs and the video clearly showing the people throwing stones and cursing the security while the security is not even getting closer tot them or attacking them:

مواجهة أهل الخالديّة في حمص للأمن المسلّح

Dear Nour,
“I’m still hopeful that all this talk is going to prove to be nothing but hot air.”
I hope that too.

Check out this interview regarding the visit of Dr’ Boring to Russia, he is saying that the Syrian opposition is a provocative one when it’s calling for the fall of the regime it doesn’t have any alternative or solution.

And the media lies continue:
التضليل الاعلامي

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June 29th, 2011, 2:26 pm


361. Mawal95 said:

During the past few months the educated Sunnis, just like the non-Sunnis, had one and only one vision about what the alternative to the regime would be, if the regime were overthrown, and that was a big black hole.

Assuming now that there’s soon soon going to be a civilized transition to a democratic election (religious and tribal parties banned), I ask myself, what vision do the educated Syrians have today as to what the alternative to the regime would be in the upcoming election contest. In my own personal subjective vision I can only see another black hole of nothingness; I can’t see an attractive alternative to voting for continuity of the regime. Do educated Syrians see something that I don’t see? No they don’t: if they were seeing something, I’d have heard them chattering about it, whereas today they’ve got practically nothing to say as to why you shouldn’t vote for the regime in the election. In the upcoming months there will be efforts by new-born political parties to create a competing vision. From the landscape of today, however, you have to think the regime’s party will be very strongly advantaged going into the contest.

With regard to the uneducated classes, the past few months have proved that most of them won’t join a Know-Nothing Party with no leadership from the better educated classes. Hence to understand the upcoming evolution of the political landscape, you can focus on what the better educated are thinking.

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June 29th, 2011, 2:31 pm


362. Syrian Commando said:


For the nasty exchanges we had together, I apologise. You must understand, I have spoken to many people who turned out to be fake Syrians and my frustration has grown steadily throughout that time. Also, what I said to you pales in comparison to the shouting matches me and my own father have had in relation to the ongoing events in our country.

I can tell from what you write that you are a real Syrian, though we disagree on the facts, we seem to have the same intentions. I don’t want Syria to be destroyed, but I don’t want it to remain stagnant either. I’m a hyper-patriotic Syrian, not to simply a cult of personality, an organisation or a government, but to the land and the people.

I’ve seen the west destroy so many nations and I refuse to allow them to destroy the last bastion of genuine resistance (unlike Iran, whose actions in Iraq show that it is simply another nation-state who only serves its own interests) and high culture. I am not religious at all, but I observe that the west is decadent society in decline, dragging all those around it to the abyss. Everything they touch turns into khara. I don’t want them to lay a single finger on my beloved Syria. All they have are lies, even their currency is based on lies and blackmail. They are the most insidious force on the Earth and must be fought to the end, lest the entire world collapse into a dark age.

We Syrians, unfortunately, must carry the entire world on our backs. I have full confidence we will prevail — we need only exist long enough for the bastards to decay away, an ongoing process that has reached the terminal phase.


>SC, you only quoted the second half, agreed with it, and persisted with name-calling. Did you wish to ignore the first half of the statement? Leave names out of your posts (all name-calling), and it’d be a pleasure to discuss issues with you.

I read it, I understand he knows that family well, I have heard of them, but I must say it says very little about the character of that Mayor. My own family is well respected in Halab and Damascus as well as Istanbul/Antioch, yet my little cousin has it in his head that it would be a GOOD THING if Turkey comes and invades us. The apple might not fall far from the tree, but sometimes it falls directly into a pile of sh*t!

I find the Mayor’s action turning twitter — which is meant facilitate a grassroots news feed — into a anti-Syrian spam machine disgraceful. This is why I will continue to point out his actions. As far as I can tell he is persisting. Even if he is writing the truth (which is certainly isn’t), I find spamming abhorrent. I never repeat myself unless I need to add additional information. I wish others would respect the medium as well. He wants “democracy” yet his actions make a mockery of it, which is very appropriate given he represents the American government now.

>My ilk? I don’t post here 24/7 as you stated, and I’ll say it again: You don’t know me. You don’t know who I am, and you don’t know my opinions.

We got off to a bad start. You entered a conflict between me and OTW and I attributed all his opinions as well as those of the people aligned to him to you. I apologise for that, but time is short and everyone must make certain assumptions before entering a discussion, though I admit mine were too far reaching.

>I have been very patient with you in this, our first exchange. At least you finally admitted that death threats are wrong.

I never said they were right, I just said I have no sympathy for him. His actions, unlike the empty threat he has received, are meant to drum up support for a “foreign intervention”, which will destroy an entire nation. To me this makes him a murderer and there’s no way I can feel sympathy for that kind of person.

>How can you be so sure that it was a girl? Do you not know about these types of threats?

The photo is that of a girl … you know most Syrians don’t do the whole “pretend you’re a girl online” thing so prevalent in the west. It’s very likely it’s a girl who doesn’t know any better. He’s making a mountain of a mole hill and notice how the media just calls him an activist instead of accurately calling him a spammer and a lobbyist with a conflict of interest. He should represents his constituent on matters than concern them, not drag his barbaric nation into a conflict through lies.

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June 29th, 2011, 2:39 pm


363. vlad-the-syrian said:


well said and i agree with you

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June 29th, 2011, 3:24 pm


364. Amir in Tel Aviv said:


Why me? Why me commenting on the “New Born” issue? 🙂

Any way, I’m a devoted Spinozist. Just like Spinoza, I recognize the power of religion on people. And like him, I regard (any monotheistic) religion as a mean to control (if not to manipulate) the (mostly ignorant) masses. There’s no such thing as religion (Judaism Christianity Islam) of peace.

Syrian Commando #362,

I liked and appreciated your address to AboAli (one of the most gentle and kind commentators on SC). And yes, you both want the best for Syria.

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June 29th, 2011, 3:43 pm


365. vlad-the-syrian said:


monotheistic ? aha !

this was your instrument of terror for long centuries and you borrowed this ideology from the Assyrians who were the first monotheists. Besides i remind you that your God is a JEALOUS God and so therefore is your nation.

The monotheistic mistake has maybe been useful for humanity for some time. Now it isnt’t anymore. Shall we cling to this mistake for your only sake and benefit ?

I say down with monotheism … et tant pis pour les juifs ! 🙂

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June 29th, 2011, 4:01 pm


366. Tara said:


“why me?”

Interesting that you asked. The honest and the simplest answer is that I like your opinions. The ones I’ve read so far at least.

Additionally, I just find the “New Born” views to be astonishing in regard to supporting Israel not really for the good of the Jews but rather in preparation for the eventual second coming that after wich there will be no Jews or others at all for that matter.

There is another question I have for you but I am hesitant to ask…

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June 29th, 2011, 4:02 pm


367. vlad-the-syrian said:

TARA #366

your mystical nonsense and ravings prove perfectly that i’m right (comment #365)

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June 29th, 2011, 4:11 pm


368. Tara said:


I would leave others to judge if you are right or wrong otherwise you would be characterized as self-righteous. Don’t you think?

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June 29th, 2011, 4:22 pm


369. NK said:


It doesn’t really matter if the MB reformed, or if they don’t, the fact is the MB and their followers are part of the Syrian society whether we like it or not, they have as much right to have a say in Syrian political life as anyone else. Protecting minorities is not the responsibility of any single party or party law, that’s why there’s a constitution, a bill of rights, and a supreme court.

This is not really about the MB though, the loyalists have been throwing accusations left and right (MB, Salafist, Wahhabi, CIA, MacMaster, Harriri, Erdogan, Clinton, and the list goes on and on), they just want to sell the “outside cospiracy” at any cost, just look at SNK’s comment above, now 911 is an MB plot, EL OH EL.



بعد حجب “وطن” تهديد “شبيحي” لرئيس تحريرها بقطع رأسه

حجبت مؤسسة الاتصالات السورية موقع جريدة ” وطن ” في خطوة همس لنا مندس انها استكمال لمسيرة الاصلاح وإحترام حرية النشر والتعبير وتقبل وجهة النظر المخالفة .

موقع ” وطن ” وخلال الاشهر الاخيرة تعرض لعمليات قرصنة واختراق وتهديد ممن وصفهم ” بشبيحة النظام ” و ” شبيحة الورق ” البعض اعتبر وطن وبعض المواقع التي تصنف انها ضد النظام السوري اصبحت ” ملطشة ” شبكة الانترنت , فالمؤيد للنظام يدعوا ويساهم في تخريبها وحجبها وفي الناحية الاخرى يقوم من يدعون انهم ضد النظام بتخريب نفس الموقع ان حاول نشر مادة لاتتفق مع وجهة نظره .

تجربة زمان الوصل مريرة مع الحجب – سنفصلها لاحقا – من قبل السلطة والقرصنة من قبل اشخاص حتى اننا وثقنا اختراقا للموقع من قبل مجهولين لنشرنا خبر مباراة رياضية ؟! .

فإن فازت مصر على الجزائر او سوريا على الجزائر او نشرنا مقال رأي لايعبر الا عن وجهة نظر صاحبة او خبرا حاولنا من خلاله ان نكون موضوعيين اخترقنا وعبث بقاعدة بياناتنا من قبل الطرفين ؟

آخر تهديدات ” وطن ” قوبلت بمادة ساخرة من محرر الموقع ننشر نصها :

الشبيحة وصلوا إلى لوس أنجلوس وتهديدات بقطع رأس المحرر.. بمئة دولار

أكثر من رسالة تركها أحد الشبيحة في منطقة لوس أنجلوس على هاتف وطن يهدد ويتوعد ويشتم ويتحدى بأن نرد على مكالمته التي لا يحلو له أن يجريها إلا بعد منتصف الليل.
وأمام هذا التهديد الخطير تداعت اسرة تحرير وطن إلى اجتماع أمني عاجل للبحث في أمر التهديد.. واجمع العاملون بأنه لا بد من ابلاغ السلطات الأمنية. فالرجل يشرح سيناريو جريمته قبل أن يرتكبها.

اذ قال انه سيوظف مجرما مخضرما بمئة دولار ولن يكتفي برصاصة بل بقطع الرأس.. ولم يهدد بقطع الاعضاء التناسلية كما فعلوا مع الطفل حمزة الخطيب. وربما لهذا السبب رأى رئيس التحرير ان التهديد ليس له جدوى.
ومارس ديكتاتوريته المعتادة ومنع التبليغ عن التهديد رغم ان الجميع خالفه الرأي، وقام بالاتصال هاتفيا بالرقم الذي ظهر على الجهاز، وكانت المفاجأة ان رد الشبيح نفسه الذي وصفه رئيس التحرير بالشجاع.!
سأله عن مصدر ازعاجه.. قال لماذا تتهجمون على بلدي؟ رد: نحن لا نتهجم على أي بلد. رد: انكم تتهجمون على الرئيس بشار. قال: بشار ليس البلد. ولم يزد بكلمة واحدة اذ لم يسمح له الشبيح ولم يتوقف عن ترديد الشتائم والتهديدات حتى اغلق الهاتف.
يا سيادة يا قراء – لا تصدقوا ان رئيس تحرير هذه الصحيفة له علاقة بالديمقراطية واحترام الرأي الآخر.. انه ديكتاتوري بامتياز.. وان قطع رأسه لن نفعل شيئا سوى تقبل التعازي ونعيه بموضوع رئيسي يليق به… وبديكتاتوريته.


المذيعة في قناة الجزيرة رولا إبراهيم: عائلتي تبرأت مني بعد تهديد “الشبيحة”

وصفت المذيعة السورية رولا إبراهيم، البيان الذي تبرأت فيه عائلتها منها، بأنه جاء نتيجة ضغوط شديدة مورست على عائلتها من قِبَل من يوصفون بـ”الشبيحة”، مضيفةً في الوقت نفسه أنْ لا معلومات مؤكدة لديها حول التقارير التي تحدثت عن إحراق “شبيحة” منزلها في مدينة “طرطوس” السورية.
وقالت رولا التي تعمل في قناة الجزيرة الفضائية، لـ، إنها قرأت هذه التقارير عن تبرؤ عائلتها منها عبر الإعلام وصفحات “فيس بوك”.
ولفتت إلى أن صفحات “فيس بوك” الموجهة ضدها، ذكرت أنه لم يُحرق منزلها، لكنها لم يتأكد لها الأمر، بسبب انقطاع اتصالاتها بأسرتها تبعًا للوضع القائم في سوريا حاليًّا، وخصوصًا بعد بيان التبرؤ.
وأوضحت أن بعض “الشبيحة”، حسب وصفها، هددوا عائلتها بحرق المنزل ومقاطعتهم اقتصاديًّا، إذا لم يتبرؤوا منها، وذلك قبل نحو أسبوع، ثم عادوا في اليوم التالي لتنفيذ تهديدهم؛ الأمر الذي دفع العائلة، تحت الضغط والتهديد، إلى التبرؤ منها في بيان.
“الضغوط ستخفت”
وأكدت رولا تمسكها بالعمل في “الجزيرة” رغم الضغوط الشديدة ورسائل التهديد التي تلقتها عبر “فيس بوك”، معتبرةً أن القناة لم تصنع الأحداث في بلادها، ولم تختلق الصور ولا “الفيديوهات” التي بثتها.
وأضافت المذيعة السورية: “هذه الصور حينما رأيتها لأول مرة عرفت أنها تحدث في بلادي؛ فأنا أعرف أغلب مدن سوريا؛ لأنني عشت فيها زمنًا ليس قصيرًا، وأعرف جيدًا شوارعها”.
وتوقعت رولا أن الضغوط عليها ستبدأ في الخفوت، مستعبدةً أن يستهدف “الشبيحة” حياتها بشكل مباشر.
كانت تقارير صحفية ذكرت أن عددًا من “الشبيحة” أحرقوا بيت رولا إبراهيم بعد أن رفضت الاستقالة من “الجزيرة”، زاعمة أن عملية الحرق تمت بعد محاصرة بيت العائلة والضغط عليهم للتبرؤ من ابنتهم.
يُذكر أن مسيرة رولا الإعلامية انطلقت من إذاعة دمشق والتلفزيون السوري، ثم انتقلت إلى قناة “روسيا اليوم” لمدة قصيرة، ثم التحقت بقناة “الرأي” الكويتية، لتستقر أخيرًا في “الجزيرة” القطرية.
وتنتشر صفحات مؤيدة لرولا إبراهيم على موقع التواصل الاجتماعي “فيس بوك” تعلن تأييدها ومحبتها الإعلامية السورية، وتطالب بمساندتها؛ منها صفحة حملت عنوان “رولا إبراهيم: صوت يرفض الصمت”، يقابلها صفحات تناهضها وتطالبها بالاستقالة من قناة “الجزيرة”، فيما وصل البعض إلى حد إنشاء صفحة تطالب بسحب الجنسية السورية منها.

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June 29th, 2011, 4:25 pm


370. vlad-the-syrian said:

MAWAL #361

“my own personal subjective vision”

you haven’t to be subjective. Try objectivity and assume that the syrians (educated or non-educated as well) are reasonable and own common sense.

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June 29th, 2011, 4:31 pm


371. Syria no kandahar said:

Putting Syria and MB together is like putting a beautiful teenager girl in a room with a rapist sexual offender in the same room and asking him to be careful.

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June 29th, 2011, 4:40 pm


372. Tara said:


Thanks for your response and Majed too.

I am scared of the MB but I acknowledge and agree to the libertarian view that you and Majed expressed. I agree that everyone should have equal political rights. I just can not mentally reconcile the two.

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June 29th, 2011, 4:44 pm


373. vlad-the-syrian said:


“after wich there will be no Jews ”

interesting ! instructive ! promising ! delightful !

well I keep the jews and decline your “second coming”

do you get it now ?

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June 29th, 2011, 4:48 pm


374. vlad-the-syrian said:

it is too funny how the sick and insane congratulate each others

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June 29th, 2011, 4:50 pm


375. Tara said:


No Vlad, I did not get it. Sorry. I need further clarification.

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June 29th, 2011, 4:51 pm


376. vlad-the-syrian said:


no i cannot i have a loud outburst of laughing right now

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June 29th, 2011, 4:55 pm


377. Amir in Tel Aviv said:


I’m not an expert about the different currents of Christianity, but could it be that you confuse the Evangelicals with the New-Born’s??
I believe that most Israeli Likudniks understand what you mean about the Zionist Christians, regarding Israel and the fate of the Jews, but are preferring to turn a blind eye.

Please don’t be hesitant, and feel free to ask me whatever you want.

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June 29th, 2011, 5:03 pm


378. vlad-the-syrian said:


ah yes ABOALI ? the smart اكابر business man from Aleppo with high morality who has been boasting here of smuggling dollars to Saudi via Lebanon and supporting the brave peaceful protesters from Homs that you and i like very much ?

هو مو غيرو ؟

Perhaps he left Aleppo by now. I’m thinking wether i should apologize too. In english or in arabic ? This is really a “cas de conscience” .

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June 29th, 2011, 5:05 pm


379. vlad-the-syrian said:

SNK #371

no doubt you are a poet !

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June 29th, 2011, 5:10 pm


380. Tara said:


Yes I meant the Christian Zionist.

I am vacationing in Spain and need to leave in few minutes to watch a Flamenco dance so I will postpone the question for now to be continued later.

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June 29th, 2011, 5:19 pm


381. vlad-the-syrian said:


it is a paradox that the thinkers and writers, mainly christians by the way, to whom the Nahda (the renaissance) is commonly attributed were decadent. Take Khalil Gebran for instance. The Prophet ? weak tasteless lyrism, shallowness and plagiarism.

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June 29th, 2011, 5:23 pm


382. Amir in Tel Aviv said:


#365: “…you borrowed this ideology (monotheism) from the Assyrians who were the first monotheists”.

I’m quite sure you didn’t read Friedrich Delitzsch’s – ‘Babel and Bible’. I read it translated to Hebrew. This is a propaganda book, intendant on hurting the Jews, by claiming we are plagiarists. His propaganda was refuted by many scholars.
The Assyrians are a distant history, while the Jews are alive and kicking asses. That is my answer to Delitzsch and his ilk.

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June 29th, 2011, 5:26 pm


383. vlad-the-syrian said:

exquisite TARA

now the Flamenco dance and after the “second coming” the ashes of the jews. Delightful for the likudniks !

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June 29th, 2011, 5:32 pm


384. vlad-the-syrian said:


no i didnt read this book and i dont know this man. I know the history and some jewish books.

By the way, your modern israeli folk music is stolen mainly from the contemporary assyrian singers nd composers. I say STOLEN not borrowed 🙂

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June 29th, 2011, 5:38 pm


385. vlad-the-syrian said:

the word “plagiarism”

a funny coincidence between comments 381 and 382.

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June 29th, 2011, 5:44 pm


386. Mawal95 said:

Vlad-the-Syrian thinks that to understand Syria I should first “assume that the syrians (educated or non-educated as well) are reasonable and own common sense.”

That’s a potentially bad and dangerous way to approach things. If I study the facts and reach a conclusion that the Syrians are reasonable, that’s good. Doing it the other way around means beginning with my own preconceived notion of reasonableness, and presuming the Syrians act according to it, and then interpreting the facts under the light of that presumption. As one analogy of how that approach can lead me dangerously astray, take a look at all the stuff in the Western press about Syria which is being produced and consumed by people who — presumably — “are reasonable and own common sense”.

By the way, here’s an example of “common sense” for you Vlad, since you quoted in an earlier thread from “Amnesty International”. For others who may not know, Amnesty International is a UK-based international human-rights promotion organization, which was once awarded a Nobel Peace Prize (year 1977).

On June 25th, Amnesty International’s Secretary General Salil Shetty met with Amr Moussa, head of the Arab League [until 1 July 2011, btw]. Mr. Shetty’s main goal was to call for a tougher stance against Syria in the face of the ongoing crisis. Mr. Shetty said: “In Syria the situation is going from bad to worse…. The people of Syria are suffering and they are not seeing the same support that the people of Libya got and that is causing a lot of harm and a lot of unnecessary deaths.” [Source: Al-Arabiya News]

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June 29th, 2011, 7:17 pm


387. Akbar Palace said:

Tara, Amir,

I think most people (on this website as well as in the Israeli and American-Jewish community) have a lot to learn about Christian-Zionists.

My best friend (and his twin brother) came from a Messianic-Jewish family. That is, the whole family was devotely Christian, however, both parents (Holocaust survivors) were born Jewish.

The myth that these Christians are pro-Israel so they can bring on the “rapture” and see every non-believer die in Hell is plain defamation. Without Christian-Zionists, it is my belief Israel would have fallen a long time ago.

Read their own words if you have the time. It is more than interesting:

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June 29th, 2011, 7:57 pm


388. why-discuss said:


“And you obviously did not understand a word of Asad Abu Khalil’s post.

Of course I didn’t see the subtle nuances you are trying to add to the comment after you realized how disparaging they were to Kucinich.
Asad Abu Khalil (and you) seems to agree with Fouad Ajami who said Kucinich is an amateur and a minor congresssman
I guess you are an admirer of Fouad Ajami too. Good for you.

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June 29th, 2011, 9:30 pm


389. vlad-the-syrian said:


“since you quoted in an earlier thread from “Amnesty International””

this is untrue, you’re probably mistaken me for someone else

“Vlad-the-Syrian thinks that to understand Syria I should first “assume that the syrians (educated or non-educated as well) are reasonable and own common sense.””

I don’t think anything about what you should do in order to understand Syria. I only suggested you to try objectivity.

Given your harsh tone, I dont feel i should apologize for your misunderstanding. 🙂

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June 29th, 2011, 9:34 pm


390. vlad-the-syrian said:


“Without Christian-Zionists, it is my belief Israel would have fallen a long time ago”

what a rare confession you’re delivering here ! The most reactionary and dumb OBSCURANTISM backing Israel. I guess that many jews would feel honored !

Wallah this deserves a standing ovation 🙂

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June 29th, 2011, 9:39 pm


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