The Cease-fire Shakes; “Syria’s Phase of Radicalisation” by Harling

Qatar’s Emir has attacked the UN as immoral for its stand on Syria. The UN’s efforts in Syria, led by Kofi Annan, have “no more than a 3 percent” chance to succeed, the emir said at a press conference in Rome today.

Meanwhile U.N. Truce observers arrive in Syria as shelling continues. The contingent is expected to grow to 250 after further negotiations with Syria. Reports suggested that the cease-fire, which went into effect on Thursday, was holding in places, with notable exceptions. Youtube reports from Homs show buildings being bombarded. Government sources have claimed violations by opposition members. Government forces have been striking out at Khirbet al-Jouz in the north.

The Syrian Muslim Brotherhood, a force within the Syrian National Council, the main umbrella group for the opposition, issued a statement saying the Annan plan should not be open-ended but rather require a timetable for the political transition it envisions. “We stress that continuing to carry out Annan’s plan without a time limit while the other side maintains its killing and violations will be a means of mocking the lives of the Syrian people,” it said.

At least 17 people were killedacross Syria by midday Monday, according to the Local Coordination Committees. Reported death tolls since Thursday, however, have been lower than those before the deadline. Since April 1, opposition groups have reported more than 50 deaths a day; on four days, they said the death toll was more than 100.

By contrast, the Local Coordination Committees reported at least 37 deaths Thursday, at least 13 on Friday, 30 on Saturday and 28 on Sunday.

How high are the chances that Kofi Annan’s plan will be met? Will Annan’s peace efforts lead to any diplomatic solution? If there is regime change in Syria, who will fill the power vacuum? How fragmented is the Syrian opposition, and will the death toll go up if there’s outside military intervention?

CrossTalking with Diana Johnstone, Joshua Landis and Josef Olmert. is the most important article

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Peter Harling’s newest report - Syria’s Phase of Radicalisation -  is superb as always.

He agrees in broad outline with my assessment of Syria’s opposition that I set out last month in my report: Upheaval within the Opposition: Defections, Terrorism, and Preparing for a Phase II Insurgency. He believes Syria is headed for a new “phase of radicalisation,” which is based on the need to develop a new and more violent insurgency to take on the Syrian Army. The Syrian army has become an “occupation force.” Islamiszation, terrorism, and growing hatred will be hallmarks of this new phase.

He fleshes out new trends, in particular, the growing worship of Mahar al-Assad among some regime supporters. The violence is creating a new cult of barbarity and war.

I cannot help but turn back to Khudr’s famous warning that the Alawis would assume fascist characteristics not unlike those of the Germans and Japanese who supported their leaders blindly in WWII. He wrote the following in his article, “The Alawi Dilemma” for Syria Comment almost a year ago in June 2011.

….Baathism, amplified the prejudices of Arab nationalists against local, religious, and cultural peculiarities to an absurd degree. It would have been suicidal during the late president’s rule to establish any sort of gathering or group of Alawis under any cultural, social or religious banner. We couldn’t even mention the name of our communities openly. We lived in a stifling world of taboos and social conformism.

The only meeting ground or assembly point for Alawis, where we didn’t have to pretend that we were something we weren’t, was deep in the inner sanctums of the security state. We found ourselves in the clubby security of the secret services, the Republican Guard, the army officer academies, and the worker and agricultural syndicates in the coastal area. These were all regime sanctioned and established institutions that linked our identity to the security state and Assad rule.

This is where Karfan comes from when he states that we have been systematically deprived of any attachment to our religious, cultural and social identity under Hafiz rule. Thus, you can see where his claim comes from: “We were turned into identity-less supporters of “Asad’s” rule…  meaningless tribes ranked by how much we support “him”.”

The full ramifications of this fact were not visible or even felt among Alawis until the current crisis challenged us with the notion of radical change. Alawis are subconsciously realizing that being an Alawi means nothing outside of Asad family rule. We haven’t much history – at least not that we have documented. We have been too busy pretending that we are no different from Muslims to build our common identity. We suffer from a devastating lack of institutionalized cultural or social institutions and marker apart from those connected to the Assad regime. We don’t even know much about our religion to grasp on to. Alawis have defined themselves over the past 40 years as the rulers of Syria, and not much else.

You can then understand why almost all Alawis, even those who had shown fierce opposition toward the Assad regime, are turning into “Basharists” now that the entire edifice is under attack. A subconscious fear of losing our identity supplied by Assad rule and the security state is consuming us and taking precedence over rational thought.

Again, this is not something new. We saw it in Germany or Japan during WWII. Two very civilized populations turned into blind followers of a crazy elite that committed atrocities and led their nations to destruction. In both cases, the very identity of the nation was linked to the person of the leader, Hitler and Showa. To defend the leader in the minds of the people was nothing less than to defend their own identity.

We should be careful not to compare too closely the situation in Syria to that of Iraq under Saddam Hussein. His Sunni followers certainly identified with Saddam and his rule, but they had a confident Sunni identity to fall back on. The Sunnis have long fashioned themselves as the natural leaders of the Arabs and Islam. They can point to uninterrupted dominance in countries stretching from Morocco to Saudi Arabia. They have an illustrious history and established religion. They did not need to fight to the last breath to protect their heritage and they did not.

Alawis today believe that they are under attack – not because anyone is actually attacking them as a group of people or community; they are not. Rather, they feel under attack because the regime is threatened and may fall. This is tantamount – at least subconsciously – to their identity being shattered. Similar to those German and Japanese who wasted their lives fighting a lost battle street-by-street, the Alawis will fight to the end. It is hard to convince someone fighting for such high stakes to abandon their cause….

Syria’s Phase of Radicalisation
By Peter Harling, Middle East Briefing N°33 10 Apr 2012
International Crisis Group

OVERVIEW

As the 10 April deadline Kofi Annan (the UN and Arab League joint Special Envoy) set for implementation of his peace plan strikes, the conflict’s dynamics have taken an ugly and worrying turn. Syrians from all walks of life appear dumbfounded by the horrific levels of violence and hatred generated by the crisis. Regime forces have subjected entire neighbourhoods to intense bombardment, purportedly to crush armed opposition groups yet with no regard for civilians. Within the largest cities, innocent lives have been lost due to massive bomb attacks in the vicinity of key security installations. Perhaps most sickening of all have been pictures displaying the massacre of whole families, including the shattered skulls of young children. The first anniversary of what began as a predominantly peaceful protest movement came and went with only scattered popular demonstrations. Instead, there was immeasurable bloodshed….

WILL SYRIA’S SECTARIAN DIVISIONS SPILL OVER INTO TURKEY?
By Soner Cagaptay, WINEP

It seems a real possibility that the prospect of domestic sectarian unrest could tie Turkey’s hands in devising a policy toward Syria. That said, it’s a problem Ankara could still avoid. The key would be for Turkey to alleviate any concerns that its approach to Syria is meant to serve narrow sectarian interests. …..

…should Ankara intervene in Syria against the Assad regime, some in the Turkish Alevi community might be inclined to view this as a new “Sunni attack” against a fellow minority. That likelihood is further bolstered by many Turkish Alevis’ belief that they actually are the same as the Alawites, though they are not ethnically or religiously related (the Alawites are Arabs and the Alevis are Turks). It is not uncommon to meet Alevis who, due to a lack of religious education, assume that Alawite is just another name for Alevi….

Patrick Seale on Syria: in Guardian

Another way to help is through negotiation with Iran over its nuclear program and that must include Iraq with its new dictator Almaliki who is seen by most as an Iranian puppet.  A solution in Syria requires a regional approach,the the GCC will follow as usual.

Why Religion is Fueling the Conflict in Syria: President Assad’s Religion Problem – Listen - NPR Interfaith Voices with Joshua Landis – Date: 29 March 2012

In Syria, Alawite Muslims are kind of like the Mormons of Christianity: they’re a branch of Islam, but many Muslims, especially the Sunni majority, don’t consider them legitimate. That’s always been a problem for Alawite president Bashar al-Assad. Now that more than 9,000 are dead in a revolt against the Assad regime, we explore why theological differences are playing a huge role.

As Syria Falls, Russia Rises…on Twitter

For this experiment, I utilized DiscoverText – the commercial text analytics solution from Texifter - to capture nearly three months of Tweets containing the word “روسية” (“Russian” in Arabic). I then created a topic model (using natural language processing) to classify the content of those tweets according to their relevance to the Syrian uprisings as well as the presence of Islamist rhetoric.  The following classification charts demonstrate how these trends have shifted between February and April on Twitter…..

حلب – سيف الدولة || هتافات الاحرار إيد وحده 12-4-2012

Syrian National Council leader Burhan Ghalioun pushed for intensified Friday protests to “demonstrate even more and put the regime in front of its responsibilities — put the international community in front of its responsibilities.”

Zbigniew Brzezinski: “Whatever Turks&Saudis would like to do re Syria, US should support. Period. Just like supported French&Brits in Libya”

A friend writes:

Dear Joshua

When I read people commenting on your blog about foreign agents providing weapons and training to the rebels, I can’t help but wonder if these people know anything about what is going on in Syria. A week ago ( before the major assault on the northern countryside of Aleppo began ) members of the so called Free Syria Army came to our village and offered people double the normal price for whatever guns or bullets people had. They were carrying no more than old rusty Klashnikoves. The question is if they were really receiving weapons would they roam the area looking for bullets!

With regards
abdo

Danger Saudi Will Turn Syria into an Islamist Hotbed, Thursday, April 12, 2012, CS Monitor

A steady stream of firebrand Islamic clerics and senior religious officials took to the airwaves with official Saudi sanction to excoriate the Assad regime and encourage pious Muslims to strive against it. The influence of these clerics and the increasing connection between them and fighters in Syria is evidenced by communiqués from armed groups like the “Supporters of God Brigade” in Hama.

The Saudi decision to endorse such religious statements is a sign that the rulers are once again willing to embrace one of the most potent weapons in the kingdom’s arsenal – state-directed jihad. It is one of the most tried and true weapons the kingdom possesses, having been utilized to fight Egyptian President Gama Abdel Nasser’s pan-Arab movement in Yemen, the Serbs in Bosnia, and of course the Soviets in Afghanistan, to name just a few cases.

Independent: Adrian Hamilton: Syria’s opposition can now turn this ceasefire to its advantage
2012-04-12

Kofi Annan has been trying to do more than just produce a ceasefire. He has been attempting a diplomatic solution to the growing civil war in the country. He has called his a “peace plan” and bent his efforts – and they are considerable – to try …This is not a fight about democracy in which the ruling regime could, like the generals in Burma or the king in Morocco, give a little in order to preserve themselves in power. This is, like other movements in the Arab world, a revolt against the whole nexus of corruption and internal suppression which keeps the Assad family in wealth as well as power.

Give in with even minor concessions, the regime fears, and the whole edifice will start to crumble as ethnic, religious and regional differences surface. No one need believe for a moment Damascus’s claims that it still has the support of most of the population. But it can, and does, play to fear – fear both of the brutality of the security services and fear of the chaos which civil war and religious conflict might bring.

The adoption of a ceasefire represents not so much a desire for any of the parties directly concerned to stop fighting, so much as a sense of exhausted stalemate.

The authorities have managed to use their heavier weaponry to reduce to ruins the places of resistance. But they have not been able to crush all signs of opposition. Their opponents have failed to set up viable independent centres of power, as the Libyan rebels did in Benghazi, but they have survived the bombardments to fight on. Assad’s hope at this point is that, by stopping the bombardments but keeping his troops in position, he can get the world off his back and starve the rebels into giving up or fading away.

The opposition’s hope is that they can use the period of calm to recuperate, re-supply and bring out their supporters on to the streets in peaceful protest. That is what will achieve their purpose, if anything can. Assad has the upper hand militarily but, if the ceasefire is followed by a resumption of mass and peaceful protest demanding his resignation, what can he do but return to suppression in front of the cameras?

A bit of bad judgement:

This is the house of Syria’s Finance Minister. He built it before becoming minister and from money earned in the Gulf.

THE ROVING EYE
What’s goin’ on at the Turkish-Syrian border?
By Pepe Escobar, Apr 12, 2012, Asia Times

There is a video [1] that could be loosely translated as “Terrorist Turkish border opening fire on the Syrian side” that pretty accurately sums up what’s going on at the ultra-volatile geopolitical hotspot of the moment.

The voice over says, “This is the Syria-Turkey border, and this is an operation of the Free Syrian Army [FSA] … The Gate [that would be the Syrian side of the border, housing the Gate checkpoint] is going to be seized.”

What this means is that Turkey is sheltering the FSA right on the border, only a few meters – and not kilometers – away from Syrian territory. Way beyond hosting a North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) command and control center in Iskenderun

for months now – a fact already reported by Asia Times Online – Turkey has now advanced right to the border, enabling a back-and-forth by heavily weaponized guerrillas/mercenaries to attack a sovereign state.

Imagine a similar scenario happening, say, at a Mexican-US border in Arizona or Texas.

This can be seen as a very peculiar Ankara interpretation of “safe havens” and “humanitarian corridors” as outlined by what can be seen as the prime blueprint for regime change in Syria: a report [2] by the Saban Center at the Brookings Institution, authored by the usual cocktail of Israeli firsters and Qatar-affiliated Middle East “experts”.

So expect to see this movie generating countless sequels; the FSA attacking a Syrian border checkpoint, killing soldiers and then retreating under a hail of bullets, which will inevitably hit a nearby Syrian refugee camp.

The border escalation graphically illustrates the wider scenario: civil war.

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1. Aldendeshe said:

Qatar’s Emir has attacked the UN as immoral for its stand on Syria. The UN’s efforts in Syria, led by Kofi Annan, have “no more than a 3 percent” chance to succeed, the emir said at a press conference in Rome today.

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Now the Emir is talking about the U.N. like an SNP rep. It is beyond immoral, did he ever get into meeting in the subteranean conference room. The one Phil Schneider walked out of when he saw the IGIGI staff the upper seats. And 3 % chance, man he is an optimist.

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April 16th, 2012, 11:39 am

 

2. Syrian Nationalist Party said:

“……This is tantamount – at least subconsciously – to their identity being shattered. Similar to those German and Japanese who wasted their lives fighting a lost battle street-by-street, the Alawis will fight to the end. It is hard to convince someone fighting for such high stakes to abandon their cause……”
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The above statement is why the Foreign backed Syrian revolution will fail and lead to serious world wide confrontation. And that is why it needed BRAINS and STRATEGISTS, not MUD! to lead it.

What about Tlass and kid… Comfortably living in Europe while they spent 40+ years helping drive Syria to the ground. Is that fair?

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April 16th, 2012, 12:00 pm

 

3. Mina said:

UK desperate for 100 millions Euro assets “belonging” to Mubarak and his family.
On the verge of a new financial crash?
http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/3/12/39267/Business/Economy/Exclusive-EgyptUK-consultations-on-Mubarak-regime-.aspx

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April 16th, 2012, 12:11 pm

 

4. Syrian Nationalist Party said:

“……….Danger Saudi Will Turn Syria into an Islamist Hotbed, Thursday, April 12, 2012,……”

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الله واكبرAllah Wa Akbar- I sure hope so, how else we can resurrect Muwaiya Islamic army and head south to clear Arabia of infidel, get all the cash Syria and the poor Moslem World will needs to develop into modern people. Once Islamist manage to take control of Syria, will make sure they get rid of the AL CIADA محمد رسول الله لااله الا الله issued emblems and hav’em sport new headbanner: معاوية لنا النصر

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April 16th, 2012, 12:21 pm

 

5. Aldendeshe said:

“….This is the house of Syria’s Finance Minister. He built it before becoming minister and from money earned in the Gulf…”

This should be a school or SNP party branch headquarter, should be confiscated and turned as such just as the S.O.B.s Baathist did to our big homes, passed laws to hinder ownership of large land or 2 homes.

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April 16th, 2012, 12:49 pm

 

6. Tara said:

Mjabali,

Have you read Khudr’s article June 2011? What is your take? I find what he wrote back then to be a brilliant assessmrnt of the Alawi state of affair, true and saddening.^

[blue diamond + “The Alawi Dilemma – Revisited,” By Khudr

The Alawi Dilemma – Revisited
By Khudr
For Syria Comment
June 20, 2011]

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April 16th, 2012, 12:50 pm

 

7. Badr said:

Sorry for the long quotation, but the following analysis by the correspondent is illuminating and right on the mark in my view.

Syrian ceasefire leads to new challenges

By Jim Muir
BBC News, Beirut


Tough though it has been, getting agreement on the ceasefire in Syria is the easy bit compared with what comes next.

At this point, the key question could be: in whose interest is a ceasefire that holds on the basis of implementing all points of the Annan plan?

The objective answer is that it is not to the regime’s advantage – indeed, it could prove fatal.

But it would benefit the opposition, or at least those elements of it who want a peaceful settlement short of the violent overthrow of the regime, which is far from being a realistic possibility at present.

What is equally clear is that more pressure from Moscow will be needed if all clauses of the Annan plan are to be implemented, especially the withdrawal of troops, tanks and heavy weapons.

The Russian role will clearly be equally crucial when, and if, it comes to dialogue between the regime and its opponents. In many ways, Moscow will be the arbiter.

The alternative is stark: a return to the battlefield, with the regime trying to complete its control by force, and the opposition and its outside backers stepping up the arming and financing of rebel fighters, plunging the country into deep and prolonged chaos and a potential fragmentation that would have regional consequences.

That would not be in the interest of Russia or the regime’s other outside allies, such as the Chinese and indeed Iran. They would risk losing their key Arab ally to an abrupt regime change pushed by regional and international rivals such as Saudi Arabia and the West.

What exactly Moscow has in mind as an endgame is not clear but will obviously be important.

It could be something akin to the transition from the Soviet Union to the Russia of today.

Or perhaps Moscow sees it as a question of holding the ring while the Syrians themselves hammer out some kind of formula that would accommodate both the opposition and those still substantial sections of Syrian society that may still see the regime as a better alternative than sectarian chaos.

What is clear is that Russia does not buy into the idea that President Bashar al-Assad and his inner circle can simply crush dissent by force and implement “democratic reforms” that remain cosmetic and leave the core of the regime intact.


If a settlement is to have a chance, the opposition and its outside backers must be induced to give up their demand that Mr Assad must stand down as the first step in a transition process, and they must agree to talk to the regime.

In that sense, the Annan plan provided a face-saving way out for the Americans and others who had adopted the regime-change demand without having the means to bring it about swiftly or cleanly.

It also means that regional powers like Saudi Arabia and Qatar, who are engaged in a regime-to-regime vendetta with Damascus, would have to shelve their own ambitions, at least for the moment.

A successful peaceful resolution in Syria will depend strongly on a continuation and strengthening of the international consensus and collaboration

But negotiations on the country’s future remain a distant prospect as the smoke of war continues to hang over Homs and other places. The situation on the ground clearly must first be stabilised, at least relatively.

A daily struggle can be expected over consolidating the ceasefire and implementing the Annan plan’s provisions.

Nothing will come easy. The process involves a regime that is fighting for its survival and has shown it will stop at nothing to stay in power. So the chances are that pressure will have to be applied every step of the way.

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April 16th, 2012, 1:25 pm

 

8. Hopeful said:

This is worth watching… and reflecting…

[blue diamond +
Two different confessions on Syrian regime TV channel !!! Two different groups !!!! different names !!! Two different ways of assassination of Saria Hasson !!! But the result is one

فقط مع النظام السوري القبض على عصابتين مختلفتين بأسماء مختلفة وطرق مختلفة في تنفيذ الجريمة وكلا العصابتين تعترف (طوعاً) بتنفيذ جريمة قتل سارية حسون وتعطي تفاصيل دقيقة جداً حول العملية ]

Do you believe it is accurate?

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April 16th, 2012, 1:33 pm

 

9. Antoine said:

MAWAL 95 – Since you are an expert in searching and analysing video, can u search the videos of pro-regime rallies from the following towns – Kubaybat, Al Saan, Salamiyah in Hama ; Manbij, Al Bab, Deir Hafir, Khanasir and Al Safirah in Aleppo.

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April 16th, 2012, 1:52 pm

 

10. Tara said:

45 killed in Syria by Bashar and Asma today. Alfatiha upon their souls. The regime is bombarding Khaledya in Homs and other towns. Annan plan is failed. It should be considered null and void…. Next chapter please.

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April 16th, 2012, 1:55 pm

 

11. Syrian Nationalist Party said:

“……….Zbigniew Brzezinski: “Whatever Turks&Saudis would like to do re Syria, US should support. Period. Just like supported French&Brits in Libya”…..”

Zbig should make the statement more accurate for laymen to understand, something like this perhaps:

“…Whatever Turks&Saudis would like to do re Syria, US should support. Period, for as long as they will accept Crane paper cutout we gives them in exchange for real hard assets and resources. Just like supported French&Brits in plundering Libya deposited and reserve gold and cash assets, oil and water resources, and that is not my opinion, but it is my boss RA-KA-Phere orders. But should they stop taking those Crane Paper, will just may find a deal with the Muwaiya Islamic Army a handy option to use…”

“….Hamilton: Syria’s opposition can now turn this ceasefire to its advantage…”

Oh Yah…they sure will, they will surprise you as usual……expect a lot more more more MUD!!!!

The rest of the article it is good though, specifically this:

“……Assad’s hope at this point is that, by stopping the bombardments but keeping his troops in position, he can get the world off his back and starve the rebels into giving up or fading away….”

And that is where the problem is, as long as they think, or feel so, nothing will advance.

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April 16th, 2012, 1:57 pm

 

12. Afram said:

The Saudi decision to endorse such religious statements is a sign that the rulers are once again willing to embrace one of the most potent weapons in the kingdom’s arsenal – state-directed jihad. It is one of the most tried and true weapons the kingdom possesses, having been utilized to fight Egyptian President Gama Abdel Nasser’s pan-Arab movement in Yemen, the Serbs in Bosnia, and of course the Soviets in Afghanistan, to name just a few cases.
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1-to name just a few cases???like-9/11- the twin towers in Lower Manhattan.poor Iraqis paid dearly for the house of saud sins

2-fight Egyptian President Gama Abdel Nasser’s pan-Arab movement in Yemen!!!?King Faisal to Lyndon B.Johnson have Israel attack egypt-67-LBJ complied.read> The USS Liberty Cover-Up

about the qatari fatso and Zbigniew Brzezinski,both use the same Viagra drug dealer.
one threw his dad with the bath water in a coup,the other helped his boss-carter-out the back doors of the white house in disgrace

Inspite of them,Assad so far is walking tall..Russia driving the fatso crazy.

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April 16th, 2012, 2:09 pm

 

13. jad said:

Bronco

Thank you for the usual logical analysis about the Turkish stand.

Do you think it’s a coincidence that hours after Gule statement the elephant, barrel of zift* of qatar to escalate his rhetoric, the funny part is that he gave a percentage of 3% success to Kofi Annan plan, I wonder what was his ‘scientific’ equation…

+ أمير قطر: موقف مجلس الأمن غير أخلاقي إزاء شعب يقتل كل يوم في سوريا

رأى أمير قطر حمد بن خليفة آل ثاني أن “احتمال نجاح خطة مبعوث جامعة الدول العربية والأمم المتحدة لسوريا كوفي أنان للتوصل إلى حل للأزمة السورية، لا تتعدى نسبته 3%”.

ونقلت وكالة الأنباء الإيطالية “آكي” عن بن خليفة تأكيده أن “الدوحة أيّدت في الماضي فائدة التدخل العسكري لإنقاذ دماء الشعب السوري وهي الفرضية التي تضاءلت نتيجة لموقف روسيا”، لافتا إلى أن “موقف موسكو الآن يظهر تحسناً”.

وأضاف “إن موقف مجلس الأمن غير أخلاقي إزاء شعب يقتل كل يوم ويتلقى الصمت فقط”.

وفي ما يتعلق بالوضع داخل سوريا، أشار إلى أنه “لا يعتقد أن الشعب سوف يتراجع، ولو كلّف ذلك عشرات الآلاف من القتلى”، لافتا إلى أن “مطالب الكرامة والعدالة التي ولدت بطريقة سلمية، يمكن أن تصبح مسلحة”.

* Rights Registered to Afram :)

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April 16th, 2012, 2:09 pm

 

14. bronco said:

#10 Tara

“Annan plan is failed. ”

Are you trying, like Qatar and many other anti-regime do, to convince yourself as there is no evidence it has failed, despite some instabilities caused by the mercenaries funded by Qatar and KSA who desperately want it to fail.

The Qatar instigated Arab League plan failed lamentably. The Annan Plan has a much better chance to succeed, the reputation of the UN at a stake.

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April 16th, 2012, 2:16 pm

 

15. jad said:

The latest try of JL to clean the fsa fighters image is suspicious to say the least, especially when the media if full with visual proves of the opposite:

A friend writes:

Dear Joshua

When I read people commenting on your blog about foreign agents providing weapons and training to the rebels, I can’t help but wonder if these people know anything about what is going on in Syria. A week ago ( before the major assault on the northern countryside of Aleppo began ) members of the so called Free Syria Army came to our village and offered people double the normal price for whatever guns or bullets people had. They were carrying no more than old rusty Klashnikoves. The question is if they were really receiving weapons would they roam the area looking for bullets!

With regards
abdo

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April 16th, 2012, 2:20 pm

 

16. jad said:

Damascus – 16.04.2012 : President Bashar Al-Assad among his people Joining a Youth’s Initiative

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April 16th, 2012, 2:26 pm

 

17. jad said:

“He fleshes out new trends, in particular, the growing worship of Mahar al-Assad among some regime supporters.”

That is a very odd news, because on FB I’m registered to more than 400 pages from both sides, Pro-regime and Pro-revolution and out of all these pages only ONE is called after the name of Maher, and in it they don’t even write a word about what Maher is doing, it’s all similar to all other FB pages, filled with news and comments.

I wonder what trend the writer is referring to and that JL is even running with it without any explanation or proves.

Please provide evidences and proves of what you are posting as we all have been asked to do so.

Thanks!

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April 16th, 2012, 2:37 pm

 

18. jad said:

Bronco,
You will appreciate this official stand of Turkey.
It seems that the khalayjeh are on their own now, that explain the statement of the barrel of zift*

Turkey- on Syria ‘No Questions Pls”

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April 16th, 2012, 2:42 pm

 

19. MICHEL said:

Jad, there is maybe an argument to be made that this filthy dictatorship is the best alternative for syria right now, but can people like you at least admit that bisho and his crownies are criminals and thieves? Common, I thought all syrians knew this before this past year.

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April 16th, 2012, 2:48 pm

 

20. Mina said:

Michel

The problem is that criminals and thieves are legion; that the culture of impunity is what dominates the region (not a single exception to the rule); that even in the so-called clean accountable Western countries, corruption rules in finance and politics and crimes rule through weapon manufacturing and selling, not to mention the use of drone. So how can a clean politician survive on this planet? Many are advocating a regional solution, but who should start concessions according to you?

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April 16th, 2012, 2:53 pm

 

21. Tara said:

Bronco @13

No Bronco. I am not trying to convince myself with anything . I have no pre-conceived notions. I did hope that Annan’ s plan materializes. It didn’t. I am judging the events as they happen. The regime as usual talks the talk but does not walk the walk. It is buying time, hoping to level Sunni Homs in it’s entirety, thinking by doing that, the revolution will be buried. The shelling of Homs has not stopped since April 13. 45 people were killed today so what cease fire are you talking about?

My cutoff is more than 10 dead..How ironic and insensitive this statement that is! What is your cutoff? How many dead would you like to see before you call ceasefire a failure.

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April 16th, 2012, 3:08 pm

 

22. Antoine said:

SANDRO,

Regarding your previous comments about Raqqa, you mentioned many of them fled to Damascus and Aleppo during the famine, so are these people joining in the demonstrations in Damas and Aleppo ?

About your argument that Raqqa is not a large urban centre, the same argument can be applied for Kafr Nabl, jabal Zawoya and other small towns and villages of idleb ; plus villages like Yabroud, Rankous, Qaryatayn in the Qalamoun mountains, all of which have wholeheartedly joined the Uprising.

Also there were mass rallies in Raqqa (almost 20,000 strong) a few weeks ago, but then the momentum was lost. Huge rallies were also seen in Tabqa. Also there has been protests in the Civl. Engineering college in Raqqa.

Also correct me if I’m wrong, but the Tabqa Dam has proved to be disatrous for the rural people of the region in the long run ( as opposed to the State workers in Tabqa City).

You also said that most young adult males in Manbij-al Baab-Raqqa corridor work in the Gulf, but there has been quite large protest in al-Baab and even in Manbij. So why Raqqa is left out, why hasn’t it exploded like al Qouriyah or especially, al-Boukamal ?

Mind you, I’m asking you these questions bevause you seem to be knowledgable about the neglected, forgotten hinterland of Syria and its people.

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April 16th, 2012, 3:25 pm

 

23. Antoine said:

21. TARA said :

“How many dead would you like to see before you call ceasefire a failure.”

They would gladly see 10 million Syrians dead and 5 million displaced to Turkey and Lebanon, since only then their throne will be secure.

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April 16th, 2012, 3:27 pm

 

24. bronco said:

13. Jad

The “3%” shows not only the stupidity of Qatar but also its rage and impotency.

It is no surprise. Lately Qatar has suffered many humiliating blows.

- The Annan plan and the UNSC ignored totally the AL plan that Qatar forced into the throats of the Arab countries and failed miserably. A bitter pill.
- Turkey has come to the conclusion that it better supports the Annan plan than follow Qatar and KSA warmongering that want to fund the invasion of Syria by the Turkish army.
- The “Qatari’ MB candidate for the presidency in Egypt has been disqualified and Iran, using the constested Persian Gulf island is sending a mini-warning to the Qatar and the GCC.

It seems that, with the elections in the USA and France, KSA and Qatar are increasingly isolated in their anti-Bashar campaign. Even if they want to send weapons, Syria neighbors, namely Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq and Turkey are preventing it to happen.

Therefore Qatar only outlet to its frustration is making vocal declarations that no one takes seriously.
Like Turkey, Qatar has made many wrong assumptions about Syria and like Turkey, it is time it changes its tune

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April 16th, 2012, 3:33 pm

 

25. irritated said:

#23 Antoine

“They would gladly see 10 million Syrians dead”

They = The rebels

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April 16th, 2012, 3:35 pm

 

26. Juergen said:

Something funny to watch, my tunesian neighbor said i should share it with all of you.

So according to Al Dunya hairdressers, Ataricomputerowners, sheep farmers are a threat to the country. If the muhabarat makes an lousy job like Al Dunya, then i would say the end is near, or who would believe such schoolyard talk?

News on the german vessel:

DER SPIEGEL wrote that there are indications given by the captain of the ship that explosives and maetrials used to operate and handle explosives are on board, he declared that to Egyptian authorities before passing the Suez Channel as well as to Cyprus, who then refused to allow the ship to tank in their habour.

http://translate.google.at/translate?sl=de&tl=en&js=n&prev=_t&hl=de&ie=UTF-8&layout=2&eotf=1&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.spiegel.de%2Fpolitik%2Fdeutschland%2F0%2C1518%2C827875%2C00.html

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April 16th, 2012, 3:49 pm

 

27. Syrian Nationalist Party said:

Like Turkey, Qatar has made many wrong assumptions about Syria and like Turkey, it is time it changes its tune

__________________________________________________________________

The wrong assumptions are not about Syria or Assad, but who they relied on to carry out the plan. They were dead wrong. If they really need a Sunni Syria, not ruined Syria, they will have to contact SNP to group Syria’s and Lebanon Sunnis behind the solution. Otherwise, bite the desert dust. Neither Hariri nor Ghallioun and his MB are representative of Lebanon or Syria inflentual and notable Sunnis. Both are fakely made out to appear so by foreigners.

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April 16th, 2012, 3:50 pm

 

28. Juergen said:

Feras Hamdan a Syrian-German has written this song for Syria:

Rastan- for peace

Syria, a country of culture and religion,
It governs a family tradition of monarchy,
it brings suffering to the war, makes people
Demonstrations you can join us.
People do not destroy this country and know it,
This war requires sacrifices show the country is broken.
how can there only to protect the innocent
Freedom fighters are brave, may God protect you.
too long was the policy up to this time,
rap for Syria, which is a call for freedom.
Look at how we share the bread as brothers,
The sound has tears and blood in the lines.
People arm themselves and go on roads,
without reason, the struggle still exist
what I want? I just want peace,
and do not see how people shot uselessly.

Green, white, and black along the asphalt,
3 red stars and our fists clenched
not forget at the end is here to win the freedom
all good “Syria Inshallah” for peace.

No one is thinking of the families or the children,
the suffering must be stopped and I stand behind it.
But why are so few on my side?
You do not understand why it is done, the country
wonder where is the help from other countries?
a bit of support might change all that
and you are satisfied with how it looks on blindly
The shocking pictures of the military on it all?
I’m just wondering why you are doing here, just nothing?
why powers are in a different light
why criminals get away with this is genocide,
The sun shines everywhere so why not there?
comes to its senses and lay down your arms,
think of freedom because they are the real winners.
let the pigeons fly up into the sky,
because we want to finally get the freedom.

http://soundcloud.com/feras-hamdan-1/rastan-for-freedom

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April 16th, 2012, 4:09 pm

 

29. Tara said:

Bronco

“Sorry, I never heard about a ceasefire with zero casualties.
The die hards will not stop magically, in the contrary they will increase the provocations to make the plan fails”

Of course you never heard of a ceasefire with zero casualties because you never heard of a president killing his own people unabated for over a year.  Ceasefire occurs between warring parties with close military readiness.  This is one sided unabated killing… Can you tell me how you objectively assessed that the people in Homs provoking their own death and destruction as opposed to being killed as part of Assad’s original plan of finishing off the revolution and it’s activists?  Didn’t he estimated 60,000 “terrorists” in his first “historical” speech. 

Also, May you share with me why would I hide my “real desires”?  I do not hide anything from you…    

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April 16th, 2012, 4:31 pm

 

30. Mina said:

Some good news from the Angry Arab
http://angryarab.blogspot.de/2012/04/achievements-of-house-of-thani.html
You bet they don’t like the Syrians…

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April 16th, 2012, 4:47 pm

 

31. Khalid Tlass said:

28. SNP said :
“………”

The Sunni of Iraq shouldn’t be left out, especially not the Baathists (who are the only reps of Iraqi Sunnis), the entire Fertile Crescent needs to be protectded from anti-Sunni elements and neo-Safavids. Ofcourse Syria and Iraq are 2 most urgent cases.

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April 16th, 2012, 4:57 pm

 

32. Syria no Kandahar said:

3%?
Does any one know how the barrel of zift came up with 3% number?why not 3.5%?
Does it have to do with the amount of $ he is paying FSA criminals,or the amount
Of weapons he is sending them?
What is the chance that Moza’s husband will ever lose weight?
0.0001%

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April 16th, 2012, 5:07 pm

 

33. Antoine said:

In response to some crude comments from MINA regarding “beduins” from Deir al Zour and Maara allegedly keeping their women backward,

Here is a anti-regime protest video today from Deir al Zour, a protest almost exclusively for women, tell me what “backwardness” you see in them ? Are they being forced to do things against their will ?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&v=1yNe93I8Stg&NR=1

the same poster is on record disparaging a wide cross-section of the Syrian people, I ask him, what part of Syria do you like the most ?

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April 16th, 2012, 5:23 pm

 

34. Mina said:

Antoine
Thanks a lot for this interesting video. 20 women does not mean “Beduin women”. By “Beduins” I mean real semi-nomads.

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April 16th, 2012, 5:35 pm

 

35. Alan said:

http://rt.com/news/officer-rifle-video-israel-139/
Israeli officer hits unarmed protester in the face with rifle (VIDEO)

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April 16th, 2012, 5:35 pm

 

36. Tara said:

Idlib: The regime’s military has been shelling the city since dawn and are ongoing until now, despite Annan’s deadline and the arrival of thel UN observers in Syria. The constant bombardment has resulted in the destruction of several buildings, including one building where residents were able to pull 21 corpses out of the rubble while dozens remain buried underneath. The families of the victims are burying their loved ones today in Hadiqut al-Bustan located in the al-Shamali Neighborhood. Some of the identified martyrs include, 2 martyrs from al-Aswad, Saeed Hussien Natour, Ahmed Saed Yousef, Mahmoud Zain Meery, Mohammed Khair Faddel Rashid, 2 martyrs from Al Sameea’a, Abdo Zayad Sulieman Aoud, Ahmed Mohammed Daib Jaqmoor, Mohammed Naasan Haboush and Mahmoud Balq. It is reported that most of the martyrs are between the ages of 15-30 years. Due to a communication and an electricity blackout, and a closure of all exits and entrances into the city, we were not able to accurately identify the absolute toll of this military operation. The city has been absolutely isolated from its surrounding and in complete closure suffering a water outage. Meanwhile, military aircraft continue to hover above the city and regime tanks have been deployed in several areas including the industrial area and the Shuhada Roundabout.

I will provide the link later.

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April 16th, 2012, 5:44 pm

 

37. Alan said:

http://arabic.rt.com/news_all_news/news/583217/
رئيس لجنة العلاقات الدولية في البرلمان الروسي واثق من امكانية جلوس السوريين الى طاولة المفاوضات
هناك فرصة لجلوس ممثلي دمشق الرسمية والمعارضة السورية المتفرقة الى طاولة المفاوضات. أعرب عن هذا الرأي أليكسي بوشكوف رئيس لجنة الشؤون الدولية في مجلس الدوما الروسي، الذي التقى يوم 15 ابريل/نيسان بممثلي المعارضة السورية الداخلية المتواجدين في موسكو بزيارة.

وبحسب قول بوشكوف فان هذا اللقاء يساعد في فهم موازين القوى والسيناريوهات المحتملة. وقال بوشكوف:”هناك تفاؤل، وفي حال عدم احباط بعثة كوفي عنان لن تحبط الهدنة، بالرغم من وجود اشخاص راغبين في عمل ذلك. ويسمح حديثي مع فصيل المعارضة هذا بالتوصل الى استنتاج ان السوريين يمكن ان يجلسوا الى طاولة المفاوضات. وفي جميع الاحوال توجد فرصة لذلك”. واعاد بوشكوف الى الاذهان ان المعارضة السورية متشتتة وان انطباعاته تطال المحادثات مع هيئة التنسيق الوطني فقط. واوضح قائلا:” ومن اجل ان يبدأ الحوار الفعال، كما يقول ذلك ممثلو الهيئة، من الضروري اولا ان تلتقي فصائل المعارضة كلها وتشكل لجنة موحدة، تمثل المعارضة كلها وليس بعض فصائلها”.

وبحسب قول بوشكوف فان قرار” اصدقاء سورية” في اسطنبول حول ان المجلس الوطني السوري هو الممثل الرئيسي للشعب السوري اتخذ على عجل، لان المعارضة السورية الداخلية لا تؤيده، علما انها تحظى بنفوذ كبير في البلاد. وان القوى المعارضة في سورية يجب ان تقرر من يمثلها في الحوار مع السلطات، حسب رأي بوتشكوف.

واستطرد بوشكوف قائلا:” ان المرحلة الثانية هي مرحلة الحوار مع السلطة. والحديث عن صيغته يعتبر الان سابقا لاوانه. لكنه لا مفر منه”.

يذكر ان هيئة التنسيق الوطني التي يعتبر حسن عبد العظيم احد قادتها تقوم حاليا بزيارة موسكو. ويخطط لان تلتقي بسيرغي لافروف واعضاء مجلس الاتحاد الروسي، اضافة الى اللقاء ببوشكوف.

ممثل عن المعارضة: خطة كوفي عنان فرصة اخيرة لتسوية الوضع في سورية
صرح عارف دليلة ممثل المعارضة السورية الداخلية لوكالة “نوفوستي” الروسية للانباء بان خطة كوفي عنان هي الفرصة الاخيرة لتسوية الوضع في سورية. لذلك لا يجب ان تفوتها السلطة السورية. وقال:” نعتبر انه من اجل تغيير الوضع تغييرا جذريا من الضروري ان نتصرف سريعا. ويجب تطبيق خطة كوفي عنان، التي تعتبر فرصة اخيرة لتسوية الوضع”. ولفت دليلة الى ان السلطة السورية لا يجب ان تفوت هذه الفرصة، كما فوتت فرصة تسوية الوضع بمساعدة جامعة الدول العربية”.

وبحسب قول دليلة فمن اجل تطبيق خطة كوفي عنان يجب ان توفد هيئة الامم المتحدة فريقا للمراقبين الدوليين الذين يمكن ان يقيموا الاوضاع في البلاد. وقال:” نطلب ان تلعب روسيا دورا هاما وضروريا في تطبيق خطة كوفي عنان لكي يحقق الشعب السوري طموحاته”.

واشار ممثل المعارضة الى ان الجانبين بحثا في المحادثات مع ميخائيل بوغدانوف نائب وزير الخارجية الروسي اسباب الازمة السورية وتطوراتها الاخيرة وطرق الخروج منها. وقال:” سنبحث مع وزير الخارجية لافروف المسائل نفسها وننوي تبادل الاراء بشأن طرق الخروج من الازمة في سورية”.

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April 16th, 2012, 5:48 pm

 

38. Alan said:

http://arabic.rt.com/news_all_news/news/583220/
المعارضة السورية تجري لقاءات في موسكو

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April 16th, 2012, 5:53 pm

 

39. Tara said:

Bronco @37

Before we go any further in spelling out my feeling about Annan’s plan, can you tell me why do you think I am hiding my desire for Annan’s plan to fail? Fear? Image? What could possibly be my motive to just say I would like Annan’s plan to fail?

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April 16th, 2012, 6:04 pm

 

40. irritated said:

Ghaliun’s call for demonstrations last Friday got a very meager response.

Is the opposition waiting for the full team of UN observers to become operative before they call for “massive” demonstrations and strikes? Wouldn’t be too late?

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April 16th, 2012, 6:10 pm

 

41. ann said:

On Syria, Moroccan Follows Mood, Still Mystery, Guehenno in NY, Annan to Doha

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, April 16, updated below — As Kofi Annan and his Arab League selected deputy Nasser el-Kidwa head to Doha, and his first chosen deputy Jean-Marie Guehenno has been spotted in New York by Inner City Press, the mystery of Annan’s Norwegian General Robert Mood remains unresolved, even to some senior UN officials.

Saturday at the UN Russia’s Permanent Representative Vitaly Churkin told Inner City Press that Mood was unprofessional for leaving Damascus while Foreign Minister Moellem was away from a day in Moscow. Meanwhile Syria’s Permanent Representative Bashar Ja’afari told Inner City Press his government wanted Mood to return.

On Monday after Inner City Press asked about it at the noon briefing, Ban Ki-moon’s deputy spokesman Eduardo Del Buey provided the same answer as Annan’s Amhad Fawzi, with the additional detail of Mood’s replacement’s name and nationality:

Subject: Your question at the briefing
From: UN Spokesperson – Do Not Reply [at] un.org
Date: Mon, Apr 16, 2012 at 4:34 PM
To: Matthew.Lee [at] innercitypress.com

Major-General Mood went to Damascus from 5 – 10 April to discuss the modalities of the eventual deployment of a UN supervision mission. He then came to Geneva to report to the Joint Special Envoy on 11 April. As is mission was accomplished, he returned to Norway. The advance team in Damascus was being led by Moroccan Colonel Ahmed Himiche.

Even among Ban Ki-moon’s inner circle some drew a link between Morocco leading an advance team to Syria for which Ban demands freedom of movement, and Ban’s UN in Western Sahara accepting limitations on its free movement, as reflected even in the final MINURSO report as watered down, allegedly by not only Morocco but France.

In front of the Security Council on Monday it was argued that France has made it a mission to undermine democracy in Western Sahara. The briefing on that will be April 17 at 10 am, bookended by a briefing about Sudan by Thabo Mbeki at 11:30 am.

Update of 5:50 pm — in a closed door meeting Monday afternoon of troop contributing countries on the “Advance Team to Syria” held by the UN’s Department of Peacekeeping Operations Office of Military Affairs, sources complained to Inner City Press that a representative of Syria was present. But they remain a member state, no? And many countries attended which will never send personnel to Syria. Why all the secrecy?

[...]

http://www.innercitypress.com/syria2nomood041612.html

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April 16th, 2012, 6:17 pm

 

42. zoo said:

Syrian activists hack Lebanese photography website

April 16, 2012
http://english.al-akhbar.com/content/syrian-activists-hack-lebanese-photography-website

The website of a leading Lebanese photographers association was hacked by anti-Assad forces on Sunday night, with the site still down on Monday.

The Lebanese Photojournalists’ Association’s website was taken down and replaced by a message from the hackers which read “this website was hacked for the Syrian revolution”

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April 16th, 2012, 6:28 pm

 

43. zoo said:

UN monitors begin Syria mission
Published Monday, April 16, 2012
http://english.al-akhbar.com/content/un-monitors-begin-syria-mission
An advance team of UN ceasefire monitors started work in Syria on Monday, seeking to ensure that both government forces and the opposition respect the terms of a truce, mediator Kofi Annan’s spokesman said.

A team of six observers arrived in Damascus late on Sunday night, led by Moroccan Colonel Ahmed Himmiche.

“The mission will start with setting up operating headquarters this morning, and reaching out to the Syrian government and the opposition forces so that both sides fully understand the role of the UN observers,” spokesman Ahmad Fawzi said in a statement.

“The remaining 25 are expected to arrive in the next few days,” he said.

The United Nations Security Council agreed on Saturday to send the unarmed monitors to supervise the ceasefire that officially began last Thursday but has been marked by reports of violence and shelling in the flashpoint city of Homs.

On Sunday, Fawzi said he expected the Security Council to adopt a second resolution by the end of the week to authorize the deployment of a full observer mission of at least 250 monitors, including human rights experts.
(…)

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April 16th, 2012, 6:32 pm

 

44. zoo said:

تنسيقية دير الزور تطلب من الجيش الحر عدم حماية المظاهرات بعد مجزرة ارتكبها

http://www.arabi-press.com/?page=article&id=31902#.T4p88PzLqog.facebook

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April 16th, 2012, 6:36 pm

 

45. ann said:

Qatar Prince Says Syria Peace Plan Has ’3%’ Chance of Success

I give the prince the same odds ’3%’ of dying of old age

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April 16th, 2012, 6:39 pm

 

46. zoo said:

India position on Annan’ plan
http://blogs.rediff.com/mkbhadrakumar/2012/04/15/india-carries-brics-flag-on-syria/

India carries BRICS flag on Syria

It gives me great pleasure to study the document which just reached me — ‘Explanation of Vote’ on the United Nations supervision mission for Syria by Ambassador Hardeep Puri at the UN Security Council in New York a little while ago.

Puri made the following points:
A) India fully supports Annan’s mission. India appreciates that Annan’s mission has made progress and “resulted in cessation of violence.”
B) India welcomes Syrian government’s acceptance of the Annan plan. India hopes that the opposition too would “adhere” to the relevant action points in the Annan plan and “renounce violence and cooperate fully.” (Comment: The onus is on the opposition to show sincerity.)
C) India supports the UN supervision mission’s deployment and hopes that “all parties, including the opposition” will cooperate with the mission. Having said that, the UN supervision mission too should work “impartially, fairly and independently” and should give due respect to Syria’s sovereignty, unity and territorial integrity.”
D) India calls for an “inclusive Syrian-led political process”. The process should start as soon as possible. “We have noted the commitment of the Government of Syria to such a process. We expect that the opposition will also engage seriously in this process so that the crisis is resolved without any further bloodshed.” (Comment: Delhi’s endorsement of the Syrian government stance stands out.)
E) India feels that a special responsibility lies with “all countries in Syria’s neighborhood and beyond” to facilitate the success of the Annan mission. (Comment: A mild stricture of countries like Turkey or some Persian Gulf monarchies?)
The Indian stance on Syria has undergone a ‘makeover’, which is all for the good. To my mind, India never really belonged to the ‘Friends of Syria’. The ‘new thinking’ follows the BRICS summit in Delhi and the foreign-minister level Russia-India-China meet on Friday in Moscow during which the crisis in Syria figured in the discussions. In sum, India harmonized its position with the BRICS’s.
By the way, during the coming one-year period, India is holding the presidency of the BRICS as well as the RIC. I have no doubt EAM invited Annan to visit Delhi at an early opportunity. Of course, the road to peace in Syria is fraught with obstacles, but Syria needs Annan’s plan and India is right in unequivocally backing it rather than indulge in the corrosive scepticism about its prospects, as the Gulf monarchies and Turkey have been doing.

By M K Bhadrakumar – April 15, 2012

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April 16th, 2012, 6:44 pm

 

47. Hans said:

I am glad that so many here and out there agree that this so called revolution is nothing but superpower and sub super power new and old chess game. It is not about the Pawns after all they are too small of a creature.
The Kings are not Assad or Ghalioun they both bishops, could be the elephant in the room who no one wants to get rid of them. Kings are Russia and USA.
The pawns ( soldiers) are the Syrians on both sides.
KSA and GCC are the (Knight) horses I meant the night whores, will and can do anything to get back at someone who refused to sleep with them.
the beauty queens are Turkey and France Israel, all in bed with whores and
but afraid that sleeping with Whores the may catch same disease the whores have.

China, Iran are the Rooks in the game, won’t budge but will kick ass if need it to.
The field is the UN which is baseless given these players can play anywhere they can move the pawns to.
Check can occur many times but the end game here is to save both kings at the expense of all others if possible. The more likely result is a draw and another game is to be played.

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April 16th, 2012, 6:48 pm

 

48. anwar said:

Huh ??? those mountain people nouveau riche should not be calling anyone backward…just be glad you got out of Syria with your million of dollars before the revolution started or else you wouldn’t be able to enjoy your full time-job as an online gov’t propaganda agent.

Funny how they enjoy their lives in western countries but then go on about corruption in the US and Canada. At least people have basic human rights there and aren’t threatened to have their penis cutoff if they dont worship obama or harper.

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April 16th, 2012, 6:55 pm

 

49. Aldendeshe said:

I gave you thumb up for that truth talk Anwar. It is going to be a pretty nice school or Human Right Center Bldg. Something useful to society for the stolen public money.

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April 16th, 2012, 7:03 pm

 

50. Tara said:

Bronco

No.  You are wrong.  I told you before I don’t hide anything from you.  I am not against Annan’s plan.  If Annan’s 6 points plan is carried out in its entirety, it will lead to a regime change.  And with the regime change, Bashar will vanish.  It is my deepest conviction, that Assad can’t  stand a chance in a clean and fair election carried out under international observers.  It is also my deepest conviction that once a hyena, always a hyena.  Assad has proved once and again that he knows no repentance and that the only strategy he is capable of adhering to is kill, kill, and then kill some more until no one left.

Bronco, When I ask you a question, I simply believe your answer.  I disagree with you frequently, but I do not doubt your stated intentions.  Why am I so different?

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April 16th, 2012, 7:14 pm

 

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