Syrian Pound Falls to 59.4 to the Dollar

The Syrian pound is trading at 59.4 to a dollar today. It has lost 25% of its value since March, when the per-revolution equilibrium was maintained at 47 per-dollar. Only a week ago, the pound was at 54 to a dollar. The Arab League announcement of its possibly stiff sanctions has taken much of the remaining wind out of the Syrian economy. In talking to Syrians over the last two days, I have heard everyone say that a very somber mood of isolation prevails among Syrians. Many of the minorities claim that Syrians are evincing a spirit of solidarity in the face of the latest round of sanctions, but that the general mood is one of profound isolation. Businessmen will be counting the days until change. In the meantime, most will be hemorrhaging money.

Arab Airlines have not been completely banned from landing in Syria yet. The resolution says a committee headed by Qatar with Saudi, Egypt, Jordan, Algeria, Sudan, Oman as members will decide in a week on the date of the flight ban and other details, include what to exempt from sanctions.

An Anbar Faction in Iraq for support of the Syrian revolution has been announced. This militia has been supposedly been formed with to object of targeting buses that carry Shiite militiamen from al-Mahdi, Sadr’s militia, to Syria. We are told that Sadrists have been flocking through Deir Azzour- Anbar border point to support the Assad regime. Many videos were propagated showing the Anbar Faction targeting passenger buses protected by the Iraqi Army.

Turkey to impose ‘step-by-step’ sanctions on Syria
29 November 2011, Tuesday / SERVET YANATMA

Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu attended the Arab League meeting on Syria in Cairo on Sunday. (Photo: Today’s Zaman, Mehmet Ali Poyraz)
Turkey has opted to impose step-by-step sanctions on Syria over its brutal crackdown on eight-month uprising that claimed thousands of lives as the Arab League endorsed a set of sanctions on Sunday to push Syrian regime to stop its bloody clampdown.

Turkey says it will follow the Arab League sanctions but it failed to deliver its own sanctions despite Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s promise in September that Turkey will press ahead with sanctions on the Syrian regime.

Arab states agreed on Sunday to impose economic measures – the toughest against a member state – that include a travel ban on top Syrian officials and a freeze on assets related to Syrian President Bashar Assad’s government.

“Turkey has taken up the issue of sanctions in line with the decision made by Arab League on Sunday. We have been working on our own measures for a while. Our priority at this stage is that these measures are implemented as soon as possible,” İbrahim Kalın, Erdoğan’s chief foreign policy adviser told a Turkish network on Monday.

Muallem Says Sanctions Have No Impact on Day-To-Day Life
2011-11-2, By Shaji Mathew

Nov. 28 (Bloomberg) — Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Al-Muallem said Arab League sanctions on the country will have no impact on day-to-day life, though they may affect some luxury goods. He said Syrians should trust their economy.

Russian Mediterranean Navy Mission Not Linked to Syria, RIA Says
2011-11-29, By Henry Meyer

Nov. 29 (Bloomberg) — Russia’s dispatch of warships to the Mediterranean is part of planned exercises and isn’t linked to the unrest in Syria, RIA Novosti reported, citing Nikolai Makarov, the head of the Russian military’s General Staff. Izvestia reported yesterday that Russia will send three warships to its naval base in Syria next month, including the country’s only aircraft carrier. The naval mission to Syria, which has been an ally since the Soviet era, will prevent NATO military involvement in the Middle Eastern country, the newspaper cited former Russian naval chief Victor Kravchenko as saying.

Isolating Syria, Arab League Imposes Broad Sanctions
NEIL MacFARQUHAR and NADA BAKRI

The sanctions against Syria, backed by 19 member states meeting in Cairo, reflected widespread frustration among Arab governments that Damascus has refused to put in place a peace treaty it accepted three weeks ago as the toll from its crackdown on antigovernment demonstrators continues to mount.

“The position of the people, and the Arab position, is that we must end this situation urgently,” said Sheik Hamad bin Jassem al-Thani, the foreign minister of Qatar and the league’s current chairman. “It has been almost a year that the Syrian people have been killed.”

The immediate catalyst was Syria’s refusal to admit Arab civilian and military observers to oversee the peace agreement, ending a military crackdown that the United Nations says has claimed more than 3,500 lives since March.

The stated aim of the sanctions was not regime change, but to press Syria to comply with the peace plan it had ostensibly accepted.

The league “is trying its best to get the Syrians to accept the political solution that it is offering them,” said one diplomat involved, speaking anonymously in line with his government’s guidelines. “But the Syrians keep maneuvering and haggling, and it is just not going to work. They don’t get it. They still want to play as if they are in the driver’s seat.”

The sanctions include a travel ban against scores of senior officials, a freeze on Syrian government assets in Arab countries, a ban on transactions with Syria’s central bank and an end to all commercial exchanges with the Syrian government.

They carve out an exception for important consumer goods, to try to lessen the impact on ordinary Syrians, although those exceptions were not yet spelled out. A ban on all flights from Arab nations will not be enforced yet because of objections from Algeria, diplomats said. The league said it would reconsider that measure in a week.

The sanctions are due to take effect immediately, the Qatari foreign minister said, and the resolution encouraged similar action by the United Nations.

Turkey also threw its support behind the sanctions. “Nobody can expect Turkey and the Arab League to remain silent on the killings of civilians and the Syrian regime’s increasing oppression of innocent people,” said Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, who attended the Arab League meeting.

But two other neighbors, Iraq and Lebanon, two of Syria’s largest trading partners, signaled that they would not participate, opening potentially significant gaps in the restrictions.

Iraq abstained from the vote and Lebanon “disassociated” itself from the resolution.

Economists estimate that about 50 percent of Syria’s exports go to the Arab world and 25 percent of its imports originate there, much of that from its immediate neighbors. Iran and Russia would also probably provide aid to Syria to compensate for lost government revenues.

Libya to arm rebels in Syria
Ruth Sherlock
November 27, 2011, sydney morning herald

MISRATA, Libya: Syrian rebels have held secret talks with Libya’s new authorities, aiming to secure weapons and money for their insurgency against Bashar al-Assad’s regime, it has been revealed.

At the meeting, which was held in Istanbul and included Turkish officials, the Syrians requested assistance from the Libyan representatives and were offered arms and, potentially, volunteers.

”There is something being planned to send weapons and even Libyan fighters to Syria,” a Libyan source said, on condition of anonymity. ”There is a military intervention on the way. Within a few weeks you will see.”
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Demonstrators, draped in white cloths with red colouring symbolizing blood, hold a placard during a protest against the government of Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad after Friday prayers in front of the Syrian consulate in Istanbul November 25, 2011. Turkey said on Friday it could tolerate no more bloodshed in Syria and it was ready to take action with Arab powers if President Bashar al-Assad failed to take steps towards ending the crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators. The placard reads, “We condemn the attack on our pilgrims”.

It has also emerged that preliminary discussions about arms supplies took place when members of the Syrian National Council – the country’s main opposition movement – visited Libya earlier this month. ”The Libyans are offering money, training and weapons to the Syrian National Council,” said Wisam Taris, a human rights campaigner with links to the council.

The ministry of economy and trade and also finance had their websites suspended today. SANA’s website is down as well. (were hosted in canada)

القومي السوري يدعو الرئيس الأسد إلى تحمل مسؤوليته في حل الأزمة

الاخبار المحلية
شارك

وانتقد حيدر دور الجامعة العربية منذ دخولها على خط الأزمة السورية ،ودعا الى مقاطعتها معلنا رفض “الاستقواء بالخارج أو فتح الحدود لأيً كان تحت أية ذريعة كانت “.‬

دعا الحزب القومي السوري الاجتماعي الرئيس بشار الأسد إلى تحمل مسؤوليته التاريخية في حل أزمة البلاد التي دخلت شهرها التاسع، وقال إن الحل لا يبدأ إلا بإجراءات جراحية عاجلة .

و نقلت وكالة (يونايتد برس انترناشونال) عن رئيس الحزب علي حيدر قوله إن “المسؤولية الأساسية تقع على عاتق السلطة بصفتها الحاضن للوحدة الاجتماعية والراعي لشؤون المواطنين والحامي من الخطر الخارجي “.
وطالب حيدر في مؤتمر صحافي عقد اليوم الأحد بدمشق لمناسبة العيد الثمانيين لتأسيس الحزب “بإعفاء الحكومة الحالية من مهامها”، موضحاً “بأنها لم تستطع أن تتحول إلى حكومة إدارة أزمة وطنية، بل حصل العكس في الكثير من المواقع “، داعيا إلى “تشكيل حكومة وحدة وطنية تشارك فيها مختلف القوى”.

ومن الواضح أن العقوبات لاتشمل وقف التبادلات التجارية مع القطاع الخاص، بل تشملها مع الحكومة فقط، كما تنص على وقف رحلات الطيران من وإلى سورية (وهنالك تفاصيل للتطبيق تجدونها في الملف).

كما تنص على وقف التعامل مع مصرف سورية المركزي والمصرف التجاري السوري، ومنع تمويل المشاريع في سورية، مما سيؤثر بحسب المحلل الاقتصادي لموقع الاقتصادي على احتمال انسحاب شركاء من مصارف ومشاريع استثمارية كبرى في سورية.

economic sanctions on Syrian regime’s internal structures of power.
Armand Hurault argues that sanctions will destroy regime patronage structures and hasten its fall.

The BBC’s Paul Wood was smuggled into Homs were he met military defectors

“They’re asking for RPGs (rocket propelled grenades) in al Bayadah,” said the young fighter, naming another district in Homs.

“Assad’s armoured vehicles are coming and they have nothing to stop them.”

“Give them five or six of ours. God willing we will find some more,” replied the man in charge, sitting cross-legged on the floor.

This conversation took place in the Bab Amr quarter of Homs.

The man giving the order for the RPGs to be sent had an M-16 automatic rifle, complete with sniper sight. The weapon did not have a scratch on it. It was brand new, just smuggled from Lebanon, they said.

We had entered Syria the same way the M-16 had, from Lebanon, with men running guns to what is a growing insurgency.
Avoiding patrols

Passage was arranged for us by the Free Syrian Army, or just “Free Army” as it calls itself, a force comprised of defectors from the government forces.

DOHA, Qatar, November 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ –
Sunday, November 27, 2011

Motion: This House believes that President Assad must resign – passed by 91%
to 9%

The reputation of Syria’s President Bashar Al Assad came under sustained attack at the latest Doha Debate, where more than 90 percent of the audience called on him to resign.

The session provoked tense and often bitter exchanges between panelists, who argued that Assad should stay and reform, and young, predominantly Arab debaters who repeatedly condemned the killing of more than 3,500 people at demonstrations in Syria and the wide-ranging abuse of human rights.

In response to suggestions that the uprising was initiated by foreign powers – a version of events, touted widely by the regime – one female audience member
declared: “This is a Syrian revolution and it’s insulting to keep insisting that it was inspired outside.”

At the end of the session 91 percent voted for the motion: “This House believes that President Assad must resign” – the single, highest margin of victory in the seven-year history of the debates…..

Syria’s Muslim Brotherhood to Follow Turkish Model, Shun Iran’s
2011-11-28, By Massoud A. Derhally

Nov. 28 (Bloomberg) — Syria’s Muslim Brotherhood would follow the quasi-secular Turkish republic were it to gain power should President Bashar al-Assad’s regime fall, said Mohammad Shafka, the exiled leader of the outlawed Syrian group. “We are impressed with the Turkish governance system and we are not keen on the Iranian model,” Shafka said in a telephone interview from Turkey today. “We don’t want to impose anything on the people.”….“This regime is stubborn and it knows that any step toward reform will mean its end,” Shafka said. “We want protection for the civilians, though we prefer it from the Arabs. If that’s
not possible, then from the international community.”

November 28, 2011 by sks
Filed under News, Syria, Syrian Revolution

Agreement has been reached between the National Coordination Body for Democratic Change [NCB], the Syrian National Council [SNC] and individuals to form a preparation committee that will draft a common political framework for a Syrian Conference that it is proposed will be held under the auspices of the Arab League in the coming days.
22 November 2011

The National Coordination Body for Democratic Change – NCB reports that it has been following with great interest the recent statements by French Foreign Minister, Alain Juppe, and in particular those made on Wednesday, 23 November 2011. The NCB said that while it appreciates the position of the French government and the leftist French parties which is supportive of the Syrian people, reports suggest that the French Foreign Minister shows limited knowledge of the Syrian reality and the political map of Syria, for example comparing the situation to that in Libya and talking about creating a human corridor. The NCB was surprising to learn that one opposition group – the Syrian National Council, was identified to be the negotiators on behalf of the Syrian people, when this does not reflect reality. This approach contradicts the European and international approach which aims to work with all democratic Syrian forces. The NCB notes that this approach by Alain Juppe has come at a sensitive time as the opposition is trying to form one umbrella group through dialogue in order to represent an inclusive and more credible front. They call on the French government to take a responsible position and constructively listen to all the forces of democratic opposition, and avoid creating obstacles to unity.

The National Coordination Committee for Democratic Change is communicating with all those concerned with the Syrian situation, with parties and non-governmental organizations, and governments. It has thanked the French left parties whose position supports the revolution of the Syrian people in its rejection of external military intervention, and which is eager to communicate with all Syrian Democrats, without exception.

Damascus. 24 November 2011, http://www.ncsyria.com

The Arabs Gang Up Against Syria: Stop the Killing or Foreigners May Intervene
By: Rania Abouzeid | Time

Syrian Pound Falls to 56 per Dollar

As Banque Saudi Fransi announced that it was quitting the Syrian market, Al-Baraka Bank said that it was planning to expand its presence in the country. [From Syria Report]

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51. Juergen said:

Baroness Valerie Amos, the UN under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs stated that the Red Cross/Red Crescant are feeding 1.5 mio Syrians at this moment. I think its time for Bashar to open his pocket…

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November 30th, 2011, 2:09 am

 

52. Mina said:

Well sorry to say that but in democratic states, governement always lie; remember unemployment statistics? remember details on who attacked first in every major conflict?! Still, it would be ridiculous to think that Mu’allim has so much free time that he said “let’s use some fake Lebanese pictures”.

Now of course it is the newest headline for the Western media to do a new escalation, when they lack news (remember how Revlon was wuiet these last days?).

Did you see Colin Powell losing his job after he used fake pictures at the UN?

When will anyone comment the hundreds fake videos of Lebanon and Iraq used at the beginning of the Syrian uprising and passed from one cell phone to another to convince people of the atrocities and get them to take the streets?

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November 30th, 2011, 3:02 am

 

53. Mina said:

Some people seem decided to destroy the next touristic season in Egypt (Christmas) after already 1 year of very low tourism resulting in a sharp increase in poverty for many.

Molotovs and gun shots rain down near Tahrir
A fight with molotov cocktails rages in Abdel Moneim Riad directly north of Tahrir, reports say gun shots are heard, at least 88 are injured according to The Ministry of Health
Ahram Online, Mostafa Ali, Sherif Tarek, Tuesday 29 Nov 2011

Minutes past 10pm, Mohamed El-Badry, a member of the General Secretariat of the Revolution, told Nile TV , which is carrying live footage from the square, that scores of what appeared to be armed men were launching an attack on the square from the direction of Abdel Moneim Riad.

“I can see molotov thrown into the square and I hear gun shots fired,” El-Badry said. “There are also people standing on top of 6 October bridge which overlooks the square, and they are throwing stones at protesters,” El-Badry said.

“Two people have been shot in the eye and ambulances have transferred them to one of the field hospitals in the square at Omar Makram mosque for emergency treatment,” El-Badry added.

Nile TV footage did show a few hundred people who appeared to be protesters rushing towards Abdel Moneim Riad to confront the attackers.

Mohamed El-Sa’id, a member of the Revolution Youth Coalition, told state Nile TV that hundreds of people are exchanging molotov cocktail bombs in Abdel Moneim Riad square, but he asserted that protesters sitting-in in Tahrir square against the ruling military council (SCAF) are not involved.

Earlier Tuesday evening, activists in Tahrir Square told Ahram Online that several men wearing red T-shirts and wielding truncheons have attacked a number of street vendors who sell food and tea to the thousands of protesters who have been holding a sit-in at the Square since November 19.

“The men in red tried to wreak havoc in the square, and they claimed to be part of a ‘Tahrir public safety brigade’, ” Ahmed Kamal, an activist who is currently in the area told Ahram Online.

Kamal, who is still in the centre of the massive square a few hundred yards from Abdel Monein Riad, confirmed to Ahram Online at 10:30pm that he heard gun shots coming from the direction of Riad.

“I have not seen any army or police in the area so far to attempt to separate the two sides,” El-Badry, on the other hand, told Nile TV.

Ahram Online reporters have confirmed that individuals in civilian clothes, not soldiers in uniform, are the ones attempting to attack the square.

Ahram Online reporters also spotted an army tank moving up El-Galaa street in the direction of Abdel Moneim Riad.

The number of protesters in the Square has thinned out in the last 24 hours as millions of Egyptians flocked to polling stations to cast ballots in the parliamentary elections.

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/28053/Egypt/Politics-/Molotovs-and-gun-shots-rain-down-near-Tahrir.aspx

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November 30th, 2011, 3:18 am

 

54. Syria no kandahar said:

Turkey’s prisons are called by Turks:The place where god does not exist.The Turkish Democracy is as good as the polyps removed from the paper tiger colon:

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November 30th, 2011, 4:11 am

 

55. Juergen said:

@Mina

Its interesting to see the same paradigm. When one does not have clear arguments one is always sanctioning his own faults by showing that others do the same. This tactic did not work with my Mum when i tried to argue that others also lie. Government officials who are caught lying can be removed by democratic elections, folks like Assad and Mouallim cant be removed that easily.

I do not say that the opposition is always telling the truth, one wise man has said that in a war the truth is the first victim. But given that we are talking about professional servants of this regime, one really doubts that they have left any credibility. I would argue that given they are leaders and role models, such behavior disgrace them, and of course we have a free and independant media in syria, which does not propagade lies. Assad even went further to argue that syrian media is an example to the worlds media.

I give you one example, in June i saw that syrian state tv showed an demonstration in Damascus midan area. i was surprised to see such a demonstration on a state media outlet. The commentator said: “It has finally rained in Damascus, and see how joyful the people are about the rain!” Thank God Syria has no english speaking satellite channel, we would be spoiled to hear such truth….

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November 30th, 2011, 4:12 am

 

56. norman said:

DOC,

You are wrong to think that he was chosen because he was President Assad son, the party members felt that he is the best to continue the policies of president Hafiz Assad of security and stability with economic liberalization,

And why not , he is as qualified as anybody else , even more, being the son of a president should not make unqualified,

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November 30th, 2011, 4:57 am

 

57. Mina said:

Democratic elections?
You will soon get a taste of it: in Egypt the Muslim Brothers will be first and the Salafis second. Then the MB can say when they will slowly reduce the rights of people that they have to do so because of their partners in the future coalition, no?

So for years the West tells Arab governments: the red line is “don’t speak with Islamists and do not make concessions; torture them when we deliver them to you from Afghanistan or elsewhere” and suddenly the West says, sorry guys, this didnt work, let’s change the recipe.”

What I see is that both the UN and EU are calling the Palestinians to restart negociations but do not provide any pressure about Israeli colonisation.

How can you expect the Gulf to deliver democracy? Are you so naive? They consider it a foreign concept, and the structure of their society (few citizens, imported police and doctors, slaves for hard work) is anything but democratic.

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November 30th, 2011, 5:55 am

 

58. Mina said:

Mina, our topic is Syria. I dont think anyone but the Syrians have to decide if they want real democracy. I believe all we can expect 2011 is first of all the rights of every citizen should be sanctious to any government, and everybody should be able to face fair justice, true freedom of speech and free elections. That does not mean that democracy is the only tool to achieve that. I used the term democracy because even Assad promised an democratic society. Growing up under the communist rule, we even had the name democratic in our name, but hundredthousand or so worked for the muhabarat and made life hell to its fellow citizen, not to mention the prisons filled with political opponents and the extrajudical killings.

By the way KSA, VAE are not neutral states, they are part of the game and the problem. I believe that such talk democracy is not for us, we need many years to reform all that is nonsense in the eyes of those peacefully demonstrating for a change. The time is over for despotes lullabies.

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November 30th, 2011, 6:10 am

 

59. Juergen said:

@ Mina

Our topic is Syria. I dont think anyone but the Syrians have to decide if they want real democracy. I believe all we can expect 2011 is first of all the rights of every citizen should be sanctious to any government, and everybody should be able to face fair justice, true freedom of speech and free elections. That does not mean that democracy is the only tool to achieve that. I used the term democracy because even Assad promised an democratic society. Growing up under the communist rule, we even had the name democratic in our name, but hundredthousand or so worked for the muhabarat and made life hell to its fellow citizen, not to mention the prisons filled with political opponents and the extrajudical killings.

By the way KSA, VAE are not neutral states, they are part of the game and the problem. I believe that such talk democracy is not for us, we need many years to reform all that is nonsense in the eyes of those peacefully demonstrating for a change. The time is over for despotes lullabies.

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November 30th, 2011, 6:24 am

 

60. Mina said:

Well, sorry I dont buy this. In this case you should admit it is also not the role of our governments to say who and who should step down.
The people on the social media who made Syria bigger than Bahrein and Yemen in March were everything but Syrians. Mainly KSA, Israelis, Lebanese, US expats. A lot of “tourists” (even the US gay lobby was used!)
In the end, no matter what the West wishful thinking is, the expats wont have a big slice of the cake. But the Idlib and Homs conservatives will. As I said since March, you can prepare refugee camps all along the borders for women and Christians. Great victory of the racist Lebanese Christian rightists and their lobbies in Europe and the US.

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November 30th, 2011, 7:24 am

 

61. Juergen said:

that means that you dont see Assad credible for what he says, he is promising democracy. If not even you believe or listen to him who does?

Well never underestimate the syrians, they are capable of having their own revolution, this kind of talking suggest me that you dont give any credit to the people risking their lives to express their opinions.Again the time is over for people like Assad and his followers to people what to think and what to do.

By the way, the number of christians fleeing are steady, even before March. I know personally of a family who sought political asylum here. They stated that in Syria Christians are persecuted…

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November 30th, 2011, 7:50 am

 

62. irritated said:

Juergen #50

She also added:

“As of now, the United Nations and partners have been unable to comprehensively assess people’s needs,” Amos said.

The UN official referred to a number of suggestions for setting up humanitarian corridors and safe zones.

“At present, the humanitarian needs identified in Syria do not warrant the implementation of either of these mechanisms. Before any further discussion of these options, it is essential to get a clearer sense of what exactly people need, and where,” Amos said.

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November 30th, 2011, 8:01 am

 

63. irritated said:

Juergen #58

“They stated that in Syria Christians are persecuted…”

By Assad’s thugs or by the peaceful ones risking their life to express their opinions while denying others the right to disagree?

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November 30th, 2011, 8:05 am

 

64. irritated said:

Juergen #56
“The time is over for despotes lullabies.”

Putin is back and Erdogan is called the new Fuhrer: despotisms are back under a different name and more subtil shapes. The despotism of powerful religious based parties is one of them. Watch Tunisia, Libya, Morocco and Egypt in a year or two.

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November 30th, 2011, 8:22 am

 

65. Mina said:

Syria has released 912 prisonners. They seem to try to satisfy the AL. At the same time the Turks claim that the guy who has shot people in Topkapi museum had a car with a Syrian plate. Are they going to blame Muallim for that?

The question about democracy is not just to call each other name and say let s fight it at the polls. In Egypt, no one know the parties or the candidates except very broad designations: ikhwan? salaf? hiz watani? The other smaller parties dont have a space on TVs and radios to explain who they are.
Then come the question of women and iliteracy. How do you solve it? If women go to vote but cannot read and do not know who are the candidates and what are the parties, is this what you call democracy?

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November 30th, 2011, 8:29 am

 

66. Mina said:

Without a “cultural revolution” bringing a fresh “democratic culture” (and somehow, this is what is going on through the internet since 9 months in the whole Arab world… but this does not mean that every person is using the internet…) you cannot expect the parties to be something else than another name for the “religious trends” in competition. And these religious trends, in my view, are another name for tribalism. It is a vicious circle, based on patriarchy. Sorry but this is my experience of visiting villages and small towns in Egypt.

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November 30th, 2011, 8:31 am

 

67. Doc said:

Norman,
And why is he the secretary-general of the Baath party?

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November 30th, 2011, 8:36 am

 

68. zoo said:

A Libyan kamikaze, a Syrian plate and Allah u Akbar in Topkapi

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5iO4mb_tqaxJERaqwEfm-qZZhz3eg?docId=a2ffd06987bb41f98b5ed1e1e1756c5a

ISTANBUL (AP) — A heavily armed Libyan man opened fire at one of Istanbul’s main tourist attractions on Wednesday, wounding a Turkish soldier and a security guard before police snipers killed the attacker, officials said.

Police also said the attacker arrived at the scene in a car with Syrian license plates

Witnesses said the man shot the soldier in the leg and the guard in the abdomen before running into the palace courtyard through the main gate, chanting in Arabic “God is Great!”

Mutlu said the gunman made no demands and that police decided to shoot him when he refused to surrender.

Interior Minister Idris Naim Sahin said the attacker had entered Turkey on Sunday. The state-run Anadolu Agency, citing authorities, identified him as 36-year-old Samir Salem Ali Elmadhavri. Sahin said it was not immediately known if the attacker was affiliated with any groups or organizations in Libya or Syria.

A spokesman for Libya’s National Transition Council, Jalal el-Galal, said authorities in Tripoli have no information at this point on the gunman.

The man was seen at an outdoor cafe in the area before going on his rampage, witnesses told Associated Press television. A photo obtained by The Associated Press shows the attacker carrying a rifle and a cartridge belt around his neck.

“I saw the gunman carrying a gun on his shoulder, like a hunter. He had ammunition around his neck and a backpack. His overcoat was buttoned, I couldn’t see what was underneath,” witness Idris Cengiz told AP television. “He was coming toward us and my friend said he looked like a hunter so I asked him in English ‘Are you a hunter?’ He said something in Arabic which I didn’t understand. Then he said ‘Allahu Akbar’ (God is Great).”

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November 30th, 2011, 8:43 am

 

69. Doc said:

Irritated,
Ever increasing liberal democracy is the name of the game. On a global scale seen over several years. Numbers and stats attest to this. Despotism is increasingly rare. The power of individuality is triumphing over the power of the collective. Saying this will have repurcussions on the Arab world us redundant. The changes are here to see. The shift towards a liberal society has started. It might be bumpy, as in islamists winning elections (which is quite understandable), but individualism will very likely triumph in this contest as well. Opposing forces are divided (salafists, political shiism).

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November 30th, 2011, 8:47 am

 

70. norman said:

DOC,
here it is agin,

You are wrong to think that he was chosen because he was President Assad son, the party members felt that he is the best to continue the policies of president Hafiz Assad of security and stability with economic liberalization,

And why not , he is as qualified as anybody else , even more, being the son of a president should not make unqualified,

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November 30th, 2011, 9:04 am

 

71. Revlon said:

Officer Zuhair AlSheikh announces the formation of Usama Bin Zeid Phalange and presents the commanders of his units.

أوغاريت إعلان تشكيل كتيببة اسامة بن زيد وبتعدادها وعدادها الكامل في منطقة ريف ادلب الجنوبي 30 11 2011

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November 30th, 2011, 9:09 am

 

72. irritated said:

#68 Doc

What you are missing is that individualism is a western concept that emerged as a reaction to the excesses of the Christian religion oppression.
Aside or being a religion, Islam is a style of life wholly based on the family and the community. It is a collective movement that denies the right to individualism for the sake of the community.
This is why Islamic conservative movements appeal more to common religious Arabs than a western liberal societys where families are extincted and morals have become loose.

Until Islam societies reject the intrusion of religion in the state social and political affairs, all these countries will continue denying and rejecting all forms of individualism.

Turkey under Ataturk is one the countries that have attempted to do that to become more ‘european’, but we can see that religion is coming back again in the politics and with it the rejection and repression of individualism.

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November 30th, 2011, 9:21 am

 

73. Revlon said:

A couple of funny comments on AlMu3allem’s lies:

ليش بتكزب ياوليد؟؟
طربوش مندس

ما بتعرف أنه حرام و عيب و مش من الآداب
حلبي

http://the-syrian.com/archives/55305

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November 30th, 2011, 9:31 am

 

74. zoo said:

Extraordinary and powerful photos of the UK Embassy being ransacked.

http://www.payvand.com/news/11/nov/1309.html

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November 30th, 2011, 9:50 am

 

75. zoo said:

A recap of all the sanctions imposed in Syria

http://www.dp-news.com/en/detail.aspx?articleid=104725

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November 30th, 2011, 10:01 am

 

76. newfolder said:

a new video, showing Sari Saud being taken in an ambulance, refuting regime media’s lies about rebels kidnapping his body to film it. As I told you, this regime kills people’s children and then parades them on it’s tv to sing their praises for the monsters who ordered it.

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November 30th, 2011, 10:15 am

 

77. Revlon said:

More on AlMu3allem’s fabricated video stories:

- The clip of th woman he alleged to be a gangster firing from a machine gun turned out to be from a several years old video recording of a wedding; the woman was shooting in the air in celebration!!
- Addunya TV interview with the bereft mother of the Child Sari was much like Hamzahs family’s, staaaaaaaaaaaged.
The two videos released by the revolution clearly showed attempts by onlookers to rescue the child which refutes her dictated claims to the contrary.
- Clips released earlier by the revolution for Shabbeeha throwing revolution martyrs over into the river were reintroduced by regime as evidence for armed gangs!

فضيحة أخرى من فيلم وليد المعلم: استخدم مقطعاً من فيديو لأمرأة تطلق النار في عرس قبل سنوات على أنها من العصابات المسلحة!!

موقع أخبار الشرق – الأربعاء، 30 تشرين2/نوفمبر 2011 10:25 بتوقيت دمشق

سورية اليوم – أهم الأخبار

http://www.levantnews.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=10038:2011-11-30-00-43-37&catid=81:syria-politics-headlines&Itemid=55

إضافة إلى فبركات عدة جرى كشفها في وقت سابق، ضمن الفيلم الذي عرضه وزير الخارجية السوري وليد المعلم خلال مؤتمره الصحفي الاثنين، تم الكشف عن كذبة أخرى في المقاطع، وهي تتعلق بالمقطع الذي تضمن صوراً لأمرأة تطلق النار من رشاش بزعم أنها من العصابات المسلحة لكن تبين ان هذا المقطع أخذ من تسجيل فيديو يعود لعدة سنوات وهو لأمرأة تطلق النار في عرس.

وحسب التسجيل الكامل للمشهد الذي اجتزأ منه شريط المعلم عدة ثون فقط؛ تظهر المرأة وهي تطلق النار من شرفة منزلها في ريف دمشق قبل عدة سنوات، وفي الشارع بدا تجمع كبير لأناس يحتفلون ابتهاجاً بالعرس ويطلقون الأهازيج والزغاريد بل وبعضهم يطلق النار في الهواء وهو ما كانت تفعله المرأة التي يتضح أنها تطلق النار في الهواء وليس باتجاه أي أحد كما زعم فيلم المعلم. ويظهر في التسجيل الكامل للمشهد أن المرأة التي يبدو أنها كبيرة في السن؛ قد أعادت تعبئة مخزن البارودة عدة مرات وأفرغته بذات الطريقة. ويظهر في التسجيل أيضاً فتاة تقوم بمناولة المرأة الرصاص لتعبئته في البندقية، كما بدا في المشهد شاب يكلم الحشد المحتفل في الأسفل.

ويشار إلى أنه لم يمر سوى بضع ساعات على بث الفيلم المفبرك في المؤتمر الصحفي لوزير الخارجية السوري وليد المعلم الاثنين، حتى خرج شبان لبنانيون ظهروا في الشريط على أنهم من العصابات في اللاذقية ليعلنوا أنهم لبنانيون وأن الصور التي عرضت التقطت لهم عام 2008 في شمال لبنان، علماً بأن أتباع النظام سبق أن نشروا هذه المشاهد قبل أشهر على أنها في جسر الشغور!

الصور التي عرضت تعود إلى فترة الاشتباكات التي اندلعت بين السكان السنة والعلويين في حي باب التبانة وجبل محسن في طرابلس في شمال لبنان عام 2008، بحسب ما أكده أصحاب الصورة اللذين ظهروا على تلفزيوني المستقبل والعربية. بل إن الشاب الذي صور المشهد ما زال يحتفظ به على هاتفه المحمول وقام بعرضه أمام كاميرات التلفزيون. وأكد عدد من الشهود ذات الأمر، مشيرين إلى أن المناطق التي يرد ذكرها في الشريط بينها اسم مدرسة تقع كلها في باب التبانة.

والثلاثاء قال اللبناني احمد عيسى في مؤتمر صحفي عقده في طرابلس ان مشاهد وردت في الشريط على انها “لمسلحين ارهابيين” داخل سوريا هي في الواقع له مع “مجموعة من الشباب (…) عند المدخل الشمالي لطرابلس حيث كنا ندافع عن منطقتنا واهلنا في 2008″.
وكان عيسى يشير الى الاشتباكات العنيفة التي وقعت في ايار/مايو 2008 بين منطقتي باب التبانة السنية وجبل محسن العلوية المجاورة واسفرت عن مقتل وجرح عدد من الاشخاص.
وقال ان قناة “دنيا” السورية القريبة من السلطات تعرض هذه المشاهد منذ خمسة اشهر، مضيفاً “لكننا لم نلتفت لذلك. اما اليوم فإننا مجبرون على الرد خوفا على حياتنا اولا ولكي نفضح كذب النظام السوري”. وأوضح عيسى انه ورفاقه نشروا هذه المشاهد على موقع فيسبوك منذ العام 2008.
وشارك في المؤتمر الشبان الآخرون الذين قالوا انهم ظهروا في الشريط ايضا، وكلهم اسلاميون اكدوا عدم انتمائهم الى اي حزب سياسي في لبنان. وعرضت المجموعة على الصحفيين الشريط الاصلي الذي قالت ان احد افرادها التقطه بواسطة هاتفه الخلوي، وهي مطابقة للمشاهد التي تضمنها الشريط السوري.
وقال احمد سعيد في المؤتمر الصحفي الذي حضره حوالي مئتي شخص في باب التبانة: “كل ما عرض في هذا الفيلم السوري هو فبركة وكذب”.
ويظهر في المشاهد المصورة شبان ملتحون مسلحون في منطقة حرجية، قال التلفزيون السوري انها لـ”عصابات ارهابية تتدرب في اللاذقية” في سوريا. واصطحب الشبان الطرابلسيون السبعة الصحفيين الى منطقة سقي طرابلس عند المدخل الشمالي للمدينة، مؤكدين ان الفيلم صور بين حقول القصب في هذه المنطقة المطلة على جبل محسن.

أكاذيب أخرى:

أكاذيب أخرى تضمنها الفيلم الذي عرضه المعلم، والذي تضمن مشاهد دموية بشعة دفعت محطات تلفزيونية مثل العربية والجزيرة لقطع بث المؤتمر الصحفي إلى حين انتهاء عرض هذه الصور.
ومن بين الفبركات التي أمكن التحقق منها، صور لمصري تم قتله وتعليقه على عمود للكهرباء في بلدة كترمايا في جنوب لبنان عام 2010 عرضت في فيلم المعلم على أنها لعنصر أمن في جسر الشغور، وهي الصور التي جرى عرضها سابقاً من قبل موالين للنظام على اليوتيوب على أنها في حماة.

وتأكيداً لهذه الخلاصة التي توصل المراقبون السوريون إليها، عرض تلفزيون “المستقبل” اللبناني المشاهد التي قدمها المعلم والتي بينما هي تعود لرجل “مصري ارتكب جريمة في (بلدة) كترمايا (جنوب بيروت) وانتقم منه الاهالي”. وقارنت المحطة التلفزيونية في تقرير على شاشتها بين المشاهد المأخوذة من الارشيف المصور حينها في كترمايا والمشاهد التي بثها الشريط السوري، وبدت متشابهة الى حد بعيد.
وكان المصري محمد مسلم تعرض للقتل والتمثيل بجثته في بلدة كترمايا في نيسان/ابريل 2010 على ايدي جموع غاضبة من ابناء البلدة للاشتباه في ارتكابه جرائم قتل واغتصاب.

نعرات طائفية:

فبركة أخرى من شأنها إثارة النعرات الطائفية، وهي تتعلق بمشهد المرأة المسيحية التي تبكي ابنها الذي قتل برصاص قوات الأمن حي البياضة في حمص. ففي حين ينقل فيلم المعلم مقطعاً بثته قناة الدنيا للمرأة وهي تقول أن هذا حدث بسبب غياب الجيش وأن ابنها أخذ منها بعدما أصيب برصاص مسلحين بحجة معالجته لكنه أعيد بعدما تم تصويره دون أن تتم معالجته، يظهر تسجيل فيديو سبق أن سُجل وعُرض قبل مقطع قناة الدنيا أن المرأة تطلب من أناس معها في الغرفة العمل إنقاذ ابنها الذي يظهر في الصورة ممدداً على الأرض وبدا أنه قد فارق الحياة وتحته بقعة دماء كبيرة. ويظهر في التسجيل مقطعان أحدهما لرجال يحاولون إسعاف الطفل ومقطع آخر وفي ذات الغرفة بل وفي ذات المكان تماماً للمرأة وهي تحتضن ابنها بعدما فارق الحياة وتستغيث أن يتم إنقاذه. كما يظهر تسجيل آخر مسعفين جاؤوا بسيارة إسعاف وهم يحاولون إنقاذ الطفل الذي وضع في سيار نقل صغيرة (سوزوكي) ويظهر الطفل في الصورة وكأنه قد فارق الحياة وأمه تبكيه.

وعلاوة على ذلك، فقد تضمن فيلم المعلم أثار سخرية النشطاء على التويتر؛ مشاهد ليس هناك أدلة أماكن تصويرها وبعضها يظهر لضحايا يظهر أنهم سقطوا نتيجة تفجيرات، والأهم أن بعض المشاهد تعود لتسجيلات سبق أن عرضها الثوار السوريون لشهدائهم. ومن تلك المشاهد تلك المتعلقة بإلقاء الشهداء في نهر العاصي وهو ما كان النشطاء السوريون قد نشروها سابقاً حيث أكدوا أن عناصر الأمن والشبيحة يلقون بشهداء حماة في الماء بعد خطفهم وقتلهم.

فبركات المعلم ذكرت السوريين بمشهد وزير الخارجية الأمريكي الأسبق كولن باول حين وقف أمام مجلس الأمن قبل غزو العراق بأيام قليلة وهو يحمل بيده انبوباً صغيراً قال إنه يحتوى مواد كيماوية حصلت عليها المخابرات الأمريكية من ترسانة الرئيس العراقي الراحل صدام حسين، قبل أن يتذرع الأمريكيون بهذه الترسانة لغزو العراق ليبتين لاحقاً أن صدام حسين لم يكن لديه أي أسلحة كيماوية كما لم تكن الأنبوبة التي حملها باول أي مواد كيماوية.

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November 30th, 2011, 10:16 am

 

78. Juergen said:

@Irritated

The message from Baroness Amos is correct, and i shall hope each one of us can find the sources and the articles. I only found this figure amazing that the Red Cross is already giving aid to so many Syrians.

About christians who ask for asyslum here, i mentioned that i know one family who came in 2006. I just wanted to point out even back then there were syrian folks coming to our country stating persecution is done because of them being christian. I dont think that this reason is true, i believe this family as well as others who go out of the country is merely an econmic issue for them.

I guess in your view of the events christians and alawites are not participating in the revolution, right?

Please, lets face it, Putin was elected,so was Erdogan. Assad junior was elected by his father and no one else choosed him.
I worry about Russia, there are tendencies toward absolutism and old sovier grandesque behavior which violates the rights of their citizens and the rights of other countries.
But at least we have seen more or less democratic elections, that alone makes a destinction between autocracy and an elected government by the people.

Well about your bet on the postrevolutionary countries, my dear have you thought for a sec that you would face the events we see now in Syria lets say a year ago? I think we all should be modest observers and should not rule out that the agenda is set by the people and not of those who think they have everything under crontol.

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November 30th, 2011, 10:29 am

 

79. Revlon said:

ضمن عقوبات الجامعة العربية

قطر والإمارات توقفان طيرانهما لدمشق
الأربعاء 5/1/1433 هـ – الموافق 30/11/2011 م (آخر تحديث) الساعة 17:37 (مكة المكرمة)، 14:37 (غرينتش)

أعلنت الخطوط الجوية القطرية عن وقف رحلاتها إلى سوريا بشكل فوري اعتبارا من اليوم الأربعاء، فيما قالت حكومة دبي إن شركات طيران الإمارات ستعلق رحلاتها لسوريا الأسبوع القادم.

يأتي هذان الإعلانان من قبل الشركتين الخليجيتين استجابة للعقوبات التي فرضتها جامعة الدول العربية على سوريا بسبب عدم التزامها بالمبادرة العربية التي دعتها لوقف العنف ضد المتظاهرين المطالبين برحيل نظام الرئيس السوري بشار الأسد.

وتتضمن العقوبات منع سفر كبار الشخصيات والمسؤولين السوريين إلى الدول العربية وتجميد الأموال السورية، ووقف التعامل مع البنك المركزي السوري ووقف الاستثمارات ووقف رحلات الطيران العربية من وإلى سوريا.

وقالت “القطرية” –وهي شركة الطيران المحلية الوحيدة بالبلاد- في بيان وزعته في دمشق “نود إعلامكم أنه سيتم إلغاء الرحلات من وإلى دمشق بشكل فوري حتى تاريخ 28 نوفمبر/ كانون الثاني2012″.

وطالب بيان “القطرية” شركات السياحة والسفر “بعمل التعديلات اللازمة وإبلاغ الركاب اعتبارا من اليوم”.

وقال المكتب الإعلامي لحكومة دبي على صفحته على موقع تويتر اليوم الأربعاء إن شركات الطيران الإماراتية ستعلق رحلاتها لسوريا الأسبوع القادم في إطار عقوبات جامعة الدول العربية. ولم يذكر المكتب تفاصيل أخرى.

وشركتا الطيران الرئيسيتان بالبلاد هما طيران الإمارات وطيران الاتحاد فضلا عن شركتين أخريين للطيران منخفض التكاليف واحدة في دبي (فلاي دبي) والثانية بالشارقة (العربية للطيران).

…………More.

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November 30th, 2011, 10:40 am

 

80. Mina said:

Lebanon has followed Turkey in applying sanctions against Syria. Secretly I start to think that even Bashar al Asad has voted for the sanctions. The sole explanation to his survival until now is that he has accepted with the west a deal of the type: i get you rid of the extremists in Edleb and Homs. Just like Fatah had to do.

Good news from Kuwait: elections within 2 months. An al-Sabah has replaced an al-Sabah as new PM. He is the former “minister of defence” and “vice-MP”. What a change. Just like Tantawi, the former Egyptian minister of defence, is now the chief of the SCAF.

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November 30th, 2011, 10:42 am

 

81. Juergen said:

Mina, you know what my teacher always said, the head is not made just to get haircuts.

When we talk about Egypt we have to admit that f.e. illiteracy has rised under Mubarak, it was much lower under Sadat. Rural areas are still governed by Zsar like figures, who will not only treat people like they belong to them but also manipultes them to think as they do. This is first of all an problem of illiteracy and education. I was in Egypt 4 weeks ago when the massacre took place against the coptic.
I was shocked to hear horror stories from both sides. Some coptic said to me that muslims take their sons and daughters and turn them into muslims. The muslims told me that the coptic would kill muslim boys and girls in their churchservice. Needless to say that such ignorance on both sides cause misunderstandings and can end up in sectarian warfare if the right propaganda makes usage of such poor souls.

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November 30th, 2011, 10:44 am

 

82. ghufran said:

There is no doubt that the regime still has support but there is also no doubt that Syria needs a new and a better government. nobody today can discount the other side because the country is divided,and most Syrians do not want a civil war,however,very little has been achieved in the area of dialogue and political negotiations despite the obvious standstill in the country. Eventually,Syrians inside Syria,not expats and bloggers,will have to choose between the two pathways,dialogue or war,we are only exchanging ideas here but we have to deal with large doses of lying coming from all sides including our own government. I hope those of you who are part of the SEA or any other army realize that the time for domination and monopoly is gone,Syrians have the right to speak and the right to choose their government without being called traitors,regime boys or agents for a foreign country.
I,and all of you,must continue to speak up my mind and ignore those who are unable to see the light but are capable of name-calling and mud-throwing,these times are a test for all of us.

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November 30th, 2011, 11:04 am

 

83. Doc said:

Norman,

“You are wrong to think that he was chosen because he was President Assad son, the party members felt that he is the best to continue the policies of president Hafiz Assad ”

You’re kind of saying what I’m saying. BECAUSE he was the president’s son he was the one destined to follow in his footsteps. To become President. To succeed his father. You’re delusional if you think anything else. The son of Hafez was groomed to be the next president. When the heir was killed in a car crash the one next in line needed to fill the vacuum. So, again, he became president because he was Hafez’s son. And who was Hafez? He was one of a small group of Alawites who took power in a coup some forty years ago. So they took control in a coup, elevate themselves to power and their sons fill their slots when they perish and die. And you say this is ok, “because he was qualified..”??

Go figure!

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November 30th, 2011, 11:13 am

 

84. irritated said:

Juergen #77

“my dear have you thought for a sec that you would face the events we see now in Syria lets say a year ago?”

Yes, a year and a half ago exactly I had observed that the free market ‘opening’ in Syria had only benefited a minority of rich businessmen and neglected the common people who were getting more and more squeezed financially.
The economical gap between the poor and the rich was growing so quickly, that there was some glimpse of awareness in the newspapers from the government officials that it was betrayal of the ‘socialist’ aspect of the regime and that they should make a u-turn before it was too late.

I was forecasting some kind of unrest, but in a tightly controlled country I was wondering how it will happen.

The genuine Arab spring and the foreign plots to change the regime were the triggers and the executors.

In my view, the only serious reasons behind that revolution in Arab countries is economical and geopolitical. Countries where there has been a revolution are either poor countries where large gaps existed between rich and poor or countries where the regime was politically not suitable for Western countries in their geopolitical strategy.
Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the GCC countries are absolute authoritarian regimes ruled by a family. They are much more oppressive than Syria. They had no real revolution because they concur with the Western plans and because they have so much money that there is no economical crisis and people are too financially comfortable to even think about a revolution, despite the human rights abuses on women and the lack of freedom of speech.

In case they were poor or antagonists to the Western regional plans, Saudi, Qatar and the other GCC countries would have disappeared a long time ago.

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November 30th, 2011, 11:15 am

 

85. jna said:

50. Juergensaid:

Baroness Valerie Amos, the UN under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs stated that the Red Cross/Red Crescant are feeding 1.5 mio Syrians at this moment. I think its time for Bashar to open his pocket…

This is a widely read public forum on Syria, so let’s clear up this misinformation.

http://www.skynews.com.au/topstories/article.aspx?id=689720&vId=

Syria needs international help – UN
Saturday November 26, 2011

The United Nations says international help is needed to feed 1.5 million people in crisis-torn Syria, but humanitarian corridors are not yet justified.

UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos said almost three million people out of Syria’s population of about 20.5 million had been affected by the deadly crackdown on protests launched by President Bashar al-Assad since March.

Note Ms Amos did not say the Red Crescent is feeding “1.5 mio Syrians at this moment” but that international aid should help the Red Crescent to provide this. Maybe we’ll see this number go up if insurrections and sanctions should create more chaos in Syria.

How many are the Red Crescent actually feeding now? We have a report:

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/News/2011/November/Red-Cross-volunteers-in-Syria-uniquely-positioned-to-help-but-it-is-dangerous-work

Red Cross volunteers in Syria uniquely positioned to help, but it’s dangerous work
28 November 2011

As unrest in Syria continues, the Red Cross’ neutrality enables the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and Syrian Arab Red Crescent to continue assisting people affected by the violence, despite difficult and dangerous conditions.

So far, more than 8,000 ICRC food parcels and over 800 ICRC hygiene kits have been distributed – enough to cover the needs of nearly 48,000 people. Moreover, the ICRC and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent have together started distributing 30,000 school kits to the neediest children affected by the unrest in several places.

With support from the British Red Cross and other National Societies, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies is providing the Syrian Arab Red Crescent with 14 ambulances. The ICRC has also donated dressing kits and other medical equipment to private and government hospitals and to Syrian Arab Red Crescent branches and clinics in those areas.

Read on…..

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November 30th, 2011, 11:24 am

 

86. Doc said:

Irritated,

I know, a western concept. And this is fundamentally what political shiism is about, to counter this influence. It’s actually more from the Protestant part of Christianity. Catholicism does not really have the same emphasis on the individual. Catholic-inspired political parties are thus more social conservative and would probably agree with Islamists on some family values. However, the force of the individual’s right to decide what is best for him/her is a force to strong to subjugate. It’s a battle Islamists will loose, I firmly believe. And I’m not talking about materialism. I’m talking about a social contract that emphazises the individual, legally speaking. Away with honor crimes. Away with women’s lack of rights relative to those of man. The more conservative elements of Islam, and I don’t necessarily mean the militant ones, are a reaction to the advances of western culture during the 20th century. But it’s temporary.

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November 30th, 2011, 11:27 am

 

87. Bronco said:

#70 Mina

Do you understand which sanctions Lebanon will apply as the Ministry declared that are “no trade dealings with Syria”?

No transfer of funds in/out Syria? Closing Lebanese banks operating in Syria? No goods trade through the borders? No flights to Syria? What else?

“Economy Minister Nicola Nahhas told AFP Wednesday.

“We are committed to implementing the Arab League sanctions,” Nahhas said, pointing out that the Syrian government in any case had no trade dealings with Lebanon.

“The Lebanese state has no trade dealings or financial transactions, neither with the Syrian government nor the central bank,” he said.

Nahhas said the Arab League sanctions were clear in that while no transactions could take place with the Syrian government, that did not apply to the private sector.

He said Lebanese banks however would have no dealings with the Syrian central bank or any individuals targeted by the sanctions.

Read more: http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Politics/2011/Nov-30/155622-lebanon-to-enforce-arab-syria-sanctions-minister.ashx#ixzz1fCqsdPtJ
(The Daily Star :: Lebanon News :: http://www.dailystar.com.lb)

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November 30th, 2011, 11:29 am

 

88. Mina said:

According to Le Monde it is only transactions between banks and a list of a few individuals (who probably have already left the country, sorry Mr FSA). It says explicitely that it does not concern private transactions between businesses.

http://www.lemonde.fr/proche-orient/article/2011/11/30/la-turquie-va-prendre-des-sanctions-contre-le-regime-de-bachar-al-assad_1610998_3218.html

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November 30th, 2011, 11:42 am

 

89. irritated said:

#85 Doc

“It’s a battle Islamists will loose, I firmly believe.:

It took centuries for the western society to separate church from state and the cost has been the weakening of the Christian values in these societies.
Individualism promotes consumerism and vice versa and this is why it is the preferred path for the capitalistic society to thrive. Yet the resistance comes not only from the Shias that have always defended a ‘socialist’ view of the islamic society but also from some advanced Sunni countries.
Look at Turkey. After more than 40 years of secularism, its has elected a government with a clear religious agenda that invests trillions of dollars to promote family values, religion and community life.

Contrary to Christianity, Islam is not only a religion, it is a pervasive social system with basic laws that no one would dare attack for fear of destroying the whole structure.

I have doubts individualism will take over in Islamic countries in that century.

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November 30th, 2011, 11:47 am

 

90. Mina said:

Humanist,

Just for you, Angry Arab has posted that. I don’t believe anything in what this “shuhud ayan” is saying. The testimony is too perfect, encompassing all aspects as if it was a composition!

http://angryarab.blogspot.com/2011/11/angry-arabs-correspondent-in-homs.html
So I asked Angry Arab’s correspondent (protester) in Homs to comment on relations with `Alawites and about women, he answered (he asked me to remove some personal references to protect his safety): “I don’t know what Shadid said. But do you mean are there checkpoints at which people are butchered according to their ID? Yes, from the shabihas side, but not from the thuwar. X was severely beaten up several times by the army just for being from Baba Amr. And his sister in law’s husband was kidnapped, and severely tortured to death. He was a taxi driver. Also, Y owns a store in a suburb of Homs. The guy he was renting it to was kidnapped and murdered, and SANA claimed that he was the leading funder of the “terrorists”. Y hadn’t received rent on the place for three months, the guy was so poor.
Y is a university student, and him and a hundred Homsi students were arrested, just for being from Homs. Thankfully they only spent a day in jail, but most of them needed medical aid when they came out.
So you see As’ad, this is just what happens to people I know. Multiply that by what happens in Homs, Latakia, Hama, Deir al Zour, Damascus country side, and a thousand other places that don’t make it to the news, and ask yourself what people’s feelings towards Alawites should be? They should have murder in their eyes when they hear the name Alawite, right? Well, amazingly, they don’t. Inevitably some extremists might take matters into their own hands, but so far I have been astonished by the Syrian people’s forbearance in the face of this unprecedented brutality. The regime wants to turn this into a sectarian war, and people in general have refused to oblige them…By the way, the latest Homsi joke is about the mazot shortage. You heard the phrase “Souria, Allah Hamiha”. Well, now its “Souria, Allah Emdafiha”…There are women in the demonstrations, but they always go out veiled to hide their identity. I know girls who usually don’t wear the veil but do so at demonstrations. There are quick women only demonstrations at the main commercial areas.
With regards to the chants, they haven’t changed much. Songs adapted to political slogans. Believe me, I have not once heard anything against Alawites or Christians, and it was only a couple of months ago that people started chanting “Khayen khayen khayen, el jaish el Souri khayen”.
As for organization, all I can tell you is what goes on in my own neighborhood. How do I know that the Ikhwan aren’t organizing the demos? Because they would be better organized if they were. Once at a Friday demo we tried to simulate the Syrian flag with colored pieces of cardboard. It took us half an hour just to get the red, white and black in the proper places. We didn’t even try to put the stars. Often I’ve seen disagreements on which chant to shout, and even on who the chant leader should be at any given moment. Half the time the video shots of the demos in my area aren’t very good.
I don’t know the people who organize the demos. I moved to my area at the start of the year, and I’ve deliberately kept a low profile so no one in my immediate area knows me too well. I’ve given numerous interviews to the BBC, and the last thing I need is some shabih recognizing my English accent. The only people who could possibly turn me in are close relatives, and if it’s come to that, then I give up on this whole freedom idea.
I am however, amazed at how quickly professional looking banners are printed for the occasion. It is only on Wednesday when the slogan for a particular Friday is decided. By Friday morning banners are printed and disturbed all over the city.
You mentioned on your website dodgy anti-regime videos. It’s the regime’s fault really, they don’t allow impartial press coverage, so there is no way to guarantee anything. Please remember that a video camera isn’t always around for most of the atrocities that happen in Homs.”
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November 30th, 2011, 11:57 am

 

91. norman said:

bronco,
It is safer for Lebanon to say yes to sanction and do nothing than to say no and do nothing,

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November 30th, 2011, 12:12 pm

 

92. jad said:

Mina,
Don’t you recognize who wrote this email to the Angry Arab?
Think a little bit and you will know that it’s the same person who was banned from SC couple months ago.

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November 30th, 2011, 1:02 pm

 

93. Mina said:

Jad,

Of course I recognized, that’s why I posted it!

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November 30th, 2011, 1:07 pm

 

94. jad said:

Mina,
This sounds more realistic of what’s happening in Homs than the one eyed ‘shahed al 3yan’:

التمهيد للحرب الطائفية في سوريا عبر مدينة حمص
ناصر فقيه | خاص الخبر برس

تتسارع خطى الغرب والعرب من أجل الدفع بسوريا لتصبح البلد العربي الثالث الذي قد تنشب فيه حرب طائفية بعد لبنان والعراق، فبعد المسارعة بقرار تجميد العضوية، بإيحاء غربي وتركي، على الرغم من معارضة لبنان وتحفظ العراق، أقر وزراء المال العرب عقوبات اقتصادية ضد دمشق وسط رفض عراقي وأردني وجزائري ولبناني، في وقت رأت دمشق في قرارات الجامعة العربية “استجراراً للتدخل الأجنبي” ومقدمة للتدويل.

واللافت أن التمهيد للحرب الأهلية في سوريا، بدأت مقدماته في التصريحات التركية والأوروبية والأميركية، لنجد كالعادة مقدمات ميدانية لها في أخبار الوكالات والفضائيات الغربية، وآخرها ما برز في تقرير أعدته وكالة الصحافة الفرنسية (أ.ف.ب) عن أحوال مدينة حمص، وآخر نفذته قناة “بي بي سي” البريطانية عبر تسلل مراسلها إلى داخل المدينة عبر الحدود اللبنانية.

وكالة الصحافة الفرنسية تحدثت في تقريرها عن تصفيات دموية على خلفية طائفية، في حمص ثالث مدن سوريا، والتي يبلغ تعداد سكانها مليوناً و600 ألف نسمة، وإذ أكدت الوكالة قيام مسلحين بقتل من ينتمون إلى الطائفة “العلوية” و”الشيعية”، فإنها أرجعت الأمر إلى انتقام “السنة” لمقتل أبنائهم على يد قوات الأمن السورية، وكشفت عن امتلاء المستشفيات بجثث مئات الضحايا من أبناء الطوائف كافة.

ونقلت “أ.ف.ب” في تقريرها شهادات واقعية عن اختفاء مواطنين سوريين “على يد مسلحين ملثمين، لتلقى جثثهم في شوارع المدينة”، والعلامات الفارقة للضحايا “إصابات بالسواطير، أو بالسكين، أو خنقاً، وإما برصاصات قاتلة، فيما كانت الأيدي والأرجل مربوطة” (تشابه مع الحالات التي جرت في العراق على يد الجماعات التكفيرية)، وتقسم الوكالة، بحسب شهودها، سكان المدينة إلى قسمين، بحسب انتمائهم الطائفي (حيي الزهراء والنزهة “للعلويين”، وبابا عمرو وباب السباع والخالدية والبياضة “للسنة”)، ويذكر مراسل الوكالة أن القوى الأمنية تتمركز على أطراف المدينة، بينما يصف الوضع الميداني في أحيائها الداخلية، كما لو كانت مقسمة عبر خطوط تماس (تشابه مع حال الحرب الأهلية اللبنانية)، حيث تفصل شوارعها حجارة لمنع مرور أحد “عن طريق الخطأ”، وفيما تسود حياة شبه طبيعية في أغلب المدينة نهاراً، فإن “أصوات الرشاشات والقذائف الصاروخية تخرق سكون الليل”، ليخلص تقرير الوكالة الفرنسية إلى أن “حمص أصبحت إحدى المدن الأكثر خطورة”.

وكأي حرب طائفية يحتاج الأمر إلى تهريب سلاح وقد يقتضي ذلك، بيعه وتأمينه إلى الأطراف الموالية للنظام لتدور عجلة التطهير الطائفي (من قبل معارضي النظام) كفعل، والانتقام (من قبل مؤيديه) كرد فعل درءاً لأي هواجس مستقبلية وجودية، وفي تقريرها الخاص، كشفت قناة “بي بي سي” البريطانية عن تهريب واسع عبر الحدود اللبنانية إلى الداخل السوري، وتحديداً حمص، وقد تمكن مراسل القناة “بول وود” والمصور “فريد سكوت” من مرافقة مسلحين معارضين قالوا أنهم ينتمون إلى ما يسمى بـ “الجيش السوري الحر”، بعد أن عبرا الحدود السورية من لبنان بشكل سري وأمضيا أسبوعاً في حمص، وهما بذلك أول مراسلين استطاعا تغطية نشاطات المعارضة المسلحة داخل الأراضي السورية.

رابط فيديو بتقرير قناة “بي بي سي” عن حمص:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BX67mpoQmvg

ويبدو أن الأميركيين والأوروبيين والأتراك وبعض العرب عاجزون، حتى الآن، عن القيام بتدخل عسكري مباشر لقلب نظام الحكم في سوريا، نظراً لثبات حلفائها الدوليين والإقليميين، ولذلك فهم يراهنون على رصاصة الحرب الأهلية، عبر البوابة الطائفية التي قد تنهك بلداً عرف بتنوع طوائفه

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November 30th, 2011, 1:29 pm

 

95. Bronco said:

#90 Norman

I fully agree… yes, yes, and they do what they want as most other arab countries will do, unless the AL switches its resources from the Israeli boycott to the Syrian boycott. With Minnie Qatar and Mickey KSA on board anything is possible.

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November 30th, 2011, 1:38 pm

 

96. irritated said:

#92 Mina

Was he banned or did he move out voluntarily looking for a more gullible audience?

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November 30th, 2011, 1:43 pm

 

97. zoo said:

The TOP FP 2011 global thinkers

http://www.foreignpolicy.com/2011globalthinkers

Among them Ali Ferzat, Razan Zeitouneh, Erdogan, Davutoglu

but also… Sarkozy, Bernard Henri Levy, Condoleeza Rice and Dick
Cheney..

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November 30th, 2011, 2:00 pm

 

98. Mina said:

There is no such thing as a conspiracy. And people in ministries are paid to watch TV, not to plan and in case of events, to try to turn them in the favour of their governments’ interests.

http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/commentators/fisk/robert-fisk-sanctions-are-only-a-small-part-of-the-history-that-makes-iranians-hate-the-uk-6269812.html

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November 30th, 2011, 2:52 pm

 

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