The SNC – Conversation between Kodmani, Labwani, & Landis

Joshua Landis, Bassma Kodmani (spokesperson for the Syrian National Council), and Kamal Labwani (opposition leader who recently broke away from the SNC) discuss the Syrian opposition on aljazeera English. May 20, 2012

Afghan war dominates NATO summit: Obama announces that Assad must leave: NATO commander says that NATO will not intervene in Syria.

Economy: Three articles from Cham Press about the struggling Syrian economy (in Arabic)

  1. Run up in prices on Chicken, eggs and sugar because of transportation difficulties
  2. Gold settles at 3075 Syrian Pounds a gram: سعر كغ البندورة 35 ليرة والفاصولياء الخضراء 60 والكوسا 40 والخيار 40 والفول الأخضر 25 والباذنجان الأسود 50 والبطاطا 40 والبازلاء الخضراء 55 والجزر 30-40 والبصل اليابس بـ 25 أما الأخضر فثلاث جرز بـ 10
  3. Syria’s main glass factory will close due to lack of fuel.

Cooking gas was no where to be found in Aleppo this week. A friend writes, “My father offered to pay 2000 pounds yesterday, but no one could supply him with a new tank.”

The al-Nusra Front said it was behind the attack in Deir ez-Zur on Saturday which targeted military installations.

“There was a limit to the ferocity of the dogs of the regime in Deir al-Zor at which they had to be punished, so the soldiers of the al-Nusra front undertook this mission,” read the statement on an Islamist web forum.

“The blessed operations will continue until the land of Syria is purified from the filth of the Nusayris (Alawites) and the Sunnis are relieved from their oppression.”

 Al-Assad must leave, Obama tells G-8 meet
2012-05-20, Turkish Daily:

Al-Assad must leave, Obama tells G-8 meet CAMP DAVID REUTERS Photo G-8 leaders on May 19 called for a “political transition” in Syria and for an end to violence after U.S. President Barack Obama told G-8 leaders meeting at Camp …

NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen on Sunday maintained that the alliance has “no intention” of taking military action against Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime, according to AFP.

Syria attacks kill 33, opposition says
By the CNN Wire Staff, May 20, 2012

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Most of the dead are in Hama, which opposition activists say is being shelled
  • Syria’s government denies reports that defectors killed top officials
  • Estimates of the death toll range as high as 11,000 over 14 months

….A total of 21 deaths were in the northwestern city of Hama, where reported heavy shelling of a neighborhood by government troops, said Rafif Jouejati, a spokesman for the Local Coordination Committees of Syria. Sunday’s toll follows 26 deaths Saturday, according to the LCC, a network of opposition activists…

CNN: Syrian Government Denies Assassination of Top Officials

… Syria’s government Sunday denied claims by the rebel Free Syrian Army that it had killed several of its leading government officials. The state-run news agency SANA called the claim “categorically baseless” and quoted two of the supposedly slain officials dismissing the report.

“I am speaking from my office at the Interior Ministry,” SANA quoted Lt. Gen. Mohammad al-Shaar, the country’s interior ministry. “All my colleagues are performing their duties.”

Al-Shaar and Syria’s assistant vice president, Gen. Hasan Turkmani, were both quoted criticizing Arabic news networks Al-Jazeera and Al-Arabiya, which broadcast the claim.

Gunbattle in Beirut amid fears of Syria spillover
By HUSSEIN MALLA, Associated Press

BEIRUT (AP) — Gunmen fired rocket-propelled grenades and machine guns early Monday in intense street battles in the Lebanese capital, wounding six people as fears mounted that the conflict in neighboring Syria was bleeding across the border.

The fighting appeared to be among the worst clashes in Beirut since 2008. The clashes erupted hours after an anti-Syrian cleric and his bodyguard were shot dead in northern Lebanon.

The vain search for dialogue in a battle-scarred Syria, 20 May 2012
By Lyse Doucet, BBC News

Holding on to power: Privately, some of President Bashar al-Assad’s officials accept change may be necessary

Deported Palestinian journalist speaks out about torture in custody

Journalist Salameh Kaileh describes his brutal torture in a Syrian prison and hospital before he was deported to Jordan.

Syria: The Citadel & the War
The New York Review of Books 07/06/12

Archaeologists believe that human beings settled on the hilltop that became Aleppo – some 225 miles north of Damascus – around eight thousand years ago. Cuneiform tablets from the third millennium BC record the construction of a temple to a chariot-riding storm god, usually called Hadad; while mid-second-millennium Hittite archives point to the settlement’s growing political and economic power. Its Arabic name, Haleb, is said to derive from Haleb Ibrahim, Milk of Abraham, for the sheep’s milk the biblical patriarch offered to travelers in Aleppo’s environs. Successive conquerors planted their standards on the ramparts of a fortress that they enlarged and reinforced over centuries to complete the impressive stone Citadel that dominates the city today.

 

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101. SANDRO LOEWE said:

It seems pro-Assad followers are happy today. Syria is in disarray, regular soldiers and free syrian army solders die every day, thousands of people under arrest and tortures, state terrorism and unknown terrorism spreading all around, economics in total chaos, but you seem satisfied. It seems you love Syria so much that you are able to be happy and satisfied even in this situation. The only condition your happiness demands is Assad remaining in power. Sad, very sad indeed. Come on thumbs down if it lets you be happier.

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May 22nd, 2012, 5:36 pm

 

102. Uzair8 said:

“The requirement of permission to hold public rallies is unfair. In times of revolution it gives the authorities an advantage.”

Anonymous Syrian activist 22/5/2012

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May 22nd, 2012, 5:36 pm

 

103. Juergen said:

FSA announced via FB that Hafez Machlouf father of Rami Machlouf is dead, no further details were mentioned.

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May 22nd, 2012, 5:38 pm

 

104. Syria no Kandahar said:

Omen
So the jihadists in FSA were lying when they declared responsibility for poisoning
In the name of god?

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May 22nd, 2012, 5:38 pm

 

105. Uzair8 said:

100. Syria no Kandahar

Quaid-e-Azam means ‘Great Leader’. The founder of Pakistan Muhammed Ali Jinnah was given this title.

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May 22nd, 2012, 5:45 pm

 

106. aron said:

103 Juergen: Hafez Makhlouf is Rami’s brother. Their father, dead or not, is Mohammed Makhlouf.

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May 22nd, 2012, 6:03 pm

 

107. omen said:

kandahar, regime poisoning was juergen’s story. you need to ask him. i was suggesting something else.

elsewhere somebody pointed out how independent basil was. while bashar does what he’s told. that made me wonder.

p.s. what would the regime run by basil have been like, do you think? anybody care to speculate?

was he more charismatic than bashar is?

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May 22nd, 2012, 6:10 pm

 

108. omen said:

curiouser & curiouser:

Free Syrian Army’s Lieutenant Colonel Khaled Hamoud denied on Tuesday that the FSA kidnapped Lebanese Shiite men in Syria.

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Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblatt condemned during a phone call with Speaker Nabih Berri the abduction of Lebanese Shia men in Syria, the National News Agency reported on Tuesday.

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did the regime stage a kidnapping in order to sow dissension within the opposition?

or to even rile up the shia to take arms?

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May 22nd, 2012, 7:07 pm

 

109. Uzair8 said:

http://www.joshualandis.com/blog/?p=14609&cp=all#comment-310308

Found an english translation of Sheikh Yaqoubi’s statement previously mentioned in above May 16th post. Found it on a not-too-sufi-friendly Salafi-type forum:

The Fall of the Regime is Necessary
Shaykh Muhammad al-Yaqoubi

Question:
Why do you call for a change of regime in Syria? We seek an explanation of the reasons behind your call for protests and uprising, so that the situation may become clear to us.

Answer:
Rising up against the regime and to remove the president and get rid of this gang is incumbent upon those who are capable in Syria. The harm in accepting the regime is far worse and greater than the risks and harms taken when rising up to remove it. In fact abstinence from supporting the revolution without a valid reason, for those who are able to support, is a major sin.

Rebelling against this regime of the Baath Party and the Assad family which has been ruling for forty years is necessary. The top scholars of Syria in the seventies, whom we witnessed and whose words we carefully heard, were not pleased with Hafiz Assad seizing power and prayed for his destruction. They considered him unqualified for Presidency and ruled that ousting him is obligatory. However people in that time did not comply nor did they listen and follow the Ulema, who were the first to rise up against him and the Ba’th party; for they were preoccupied with their own business. Even when Shaykh Hasan Habannaka, stood up against the regime in the sixties and was imprisoned, very few people supported him. People were not expecting the regime to soon do what it did in Hama; nor were they convinced that the Baath party was against Islam.

Hafiz Assad had a cunning way of persuasion which enabled him to deceive the masses and some of the Ulema for a while. Hence we repeat today what we said yesterday, it is not permissible for anyone to support this tyrannical regime unless he is compelled. They rule in the name of secularism, and the president uses the name of Islam to please people. The vilest people came to rule while few millions of the most skilled people of virtue and knowledge were forced into exile.

The regime desecrated sacred sites and nullified much of the Islamic laws which were implemented. The regime gradually continues to eradicate Islam while people remain indifferent. Let alone murdering women, children, and the elderly, and the crimes of torture, rape, deification of the tyrant leader and mocking our religion. With all of this taking place, only people with no conscience would keep silent.

http://forums.islamicawakening.com/f18/fall-syrian-regime-necessary-shaykh-muhammad-al-58935/#post622170

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May 22nd, 2012, 7:07 pm

 

110. Juergen said:

Aron
Thank you for clarifying.

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May 22nd, 2012, 7:12 pm

 

111. omen said:

aleppo:

regime tank on fire.

taken out by anti-tank weapon?

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say buh bye, bashar.

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May 22nd, 2012, 7:27 pm

 
 

113. jad said:

Tsk tsk tsk…while the criminal Americans/Europeans politicians and regimes are openly and through their congress and parliament members, the media and the mercenaries on the ground are supporting, promoting, financing and training terrorists/Jihadists in Syria to kill more Syrians.
They are tasting the same poison they are promoting. This time by Taliban, the students of Alqaeda who are hitting the US-EU-NATO pretty hard in Afghanistan.
I wonder how many American and European soldiers will be killed and send back in boxes before the NATO go out of Afghanistan and declare its defeat to the terrorists who will defiantly move its business to the capitals of the NATO’s countries…

Report: Taliban, Afghan troops forge agreements as NATO prepares draw-down
By msnbc.com staff
Members of the Afghan army are forging secret alliances with the Taliban, threatening to undermine the ability of Afghan authorities to maintain control just as NATO troops prepare to hand over power to the country’s security forces, Britain’s Sunday Times reported.
In Ghazni province an hour from capital Kabul, Afghan army lieutenant Mohammad Wali admitted to the newspaper that he and a local Taliban commander were working together. (The Sunday Times operates behind a paywall)
“We lost seven men in an ambush when I first arrived at the base,” Wali, who commands 18 men, told The Times. “So I thought, why risk my life when there’s another way?”
{…}
http://worldnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/05/20/11776735-report-taliban-afghan-troops-forge-agreements-as-nato-prepares-draw-down?lite

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May 22nd, 2012, 7:58 pm

 

114. jad said:

Alqaeda-like terrorists declaring responsibility for the criminal attack in Damascus March 17th…

بالصوت والصورة القاعدة جبهة النصرة تتبنى تفجيري القصاع الذي وقع بـ 17 3 2012
http://youtu.be/JCK7tBSqfbw
بالصوت والصورة القاعدة جبهة النصرة تتبنى تفجيري القصاع الذي وقع بـ 17.3.2012
وبالفيديو يظهر الانتحاريين قبل دقائق من تفجير انفسهم:
أبو هاجر الشَّامي الانتحاري في التفجير الاول
أبو الخير الشَّامي الانتحاري في التفجير الثاني
ويظهر ايضاً الفيديو لحظة الانفجار والذي وقع في المكانيين والسيارة والمتفجرات التي اعدت للتفجير

ونذكر ان التفجيرين الارهابيين ” االانتحاريين “وقعا صباح يوم السبت 17 أذار 2012….. استهدفا دوار الجمارك وبعده بدقائق وقع التفجير الثاني في ساحة التحرير التي تصل بين شارع بغداد ومنطقة القصاع وقد خلف التفجيران دمارا كبيرا في الأبنية السكنية والسيارات المتوقفة في موقعي التفجيرين الإرهابيين وأوقعا خسائر وأضرارا مادية جسيمة. ونذكر ان التفجيرين الارهابيين أدو إلى استشهاد 24 شخصا وعثر على أشلاء آخرى لثلاثة شهداء بينما أصيب 140 آخرون من المواطنين المدنيين وعناصر حفظ النظام.

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May 22nd, 2012, 8:05 pm

 

115. Norman said:

Where Syria was heading before the crises.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/27/magazine/the-syria-paradox.html?_r=1

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May 22nd, 2012, 8:42 pm

 

116. omen said:

norman, it will take a while to recover, of course, but studies have shown economies under democracies are more prosperous than ones led by dictatorships.

economies with less disparity between rich and poor are probably more stable as well.

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p.s. can we get agreement on terms?

a regime army made up of a few thousand terrorizing a nation’s populace – is not a civil war.

civil war is like half the population of a country fighting the other half of the country.

isn’t it?

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May 22nd, 2012, 9:25 pm

 

117. sheila said:

Dear Mjabali,
I do not see any shame in being a maid or a servant, rather in being a thief or a murderer. I have a lot more respect for the Alawi ladies who worked honorably as maids to feed their children (by the way, that was not an exclusively Alawi profession by any stretch of the imagination), than the bastards who are robbing the country blind while driving their sedans and pretending to be high class.
It is interesting how history does nothing but repeat itself over and over. It is precisely this utter contempt that we Syrians have for the poor that is fueling the revolution today. I have never seen that sharp divide between the Alawis and Sunnis in Syria. There are poor people in both groups, rich people in both groups and educated people in both groups. You and I and many others here can tell many stories and bring a lot of evidence to, in the end, prove nothing. Alawi women and Sunni women also run the gamut from the highly educated to the illiterate and from the extremely religious to the die hard liberal. I do not blame your indignation but please stop this exercise in futility. Even though you and I do not see eye to eye regarding what is going on in Syria today, I do have a certain level of respect for you.

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May 22nd, 2012, 9:50 pm

 
 

119. Tara said:

Zoo

Check 96 and 44.

Salwa ya Salwa? I am in.

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May 22nd, 2012, 9:54 pm

 

120. Tara said:

Mjabali

Please drop the argument that Tara by virtue of not being Alawi looks down at them. I promise you that had I lived during the time Alawis were oppressed by whomever, I would be all Alawi.

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May 22nd, 2012, 10:06 pm

 

121. omen said:

this explains that strange oped i ran across that argued washington wants an opposition in syria willing to develop ties with iran and iraq (instead of rejecting them both, like the muslim brotherhood has been doing, in a mistaken attempt to reassure the u.s.)

while norman’s article says it’s a blessing syria doesn’t oil, it still is strategically located. a factor that’ll help grow the economy after the regime falls.

Syria’s transit future: all pipelines lead to Damascus?

In late 2010, his government signed a memorandum of understanding with Iraq for the construction of two oil and one gas pipeline to carry gas and oil from Iraq’s Akkas and Kirkuk fields, respectively, to the Syrian port of Banias on the Mediterranean Sea. In July 2011 Iranian officials announced a $10 billion gas pipeline deal between Syria, Iraq and Iran that would transport gas from Iran’s South Pars gas field, the world’s biggest, through Iraq to Syria. Also planned was an extension of the AGP from Aleppo, in Syria, to the southern Turkish city of Kilis that could later link to the proposed Nabucco pipeline linking Turkey to Europe, if that pipeline ever materializes.

It would be a boon for Syria if these proposed deals were eventually followed through. But at this point, of course, with the government isolated and the country on the brink of civil war, the whole strategy seems wildly speculative. No foreign contractors or foreign money will get involved in the proposed projects as long as Assad clings to power.

[…]

The political terrain is tricky. Turkey, a NATO member, is firmly anchored with the West and will presumably want a new Syrian government as different as possible from Assad’s discredited regime. The new government’s ability to work with Iraq, meanwhile, may depend on its relations with Iran. If the transitional government, like Assad, is beholden to Iran, it may be easier for it to coordinate with the Maliki government in Iraq than if it is more closely aligned with Turkey and the West.

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May 22nd, 2012, 10:15 pm

 

122. Ghufran said:

There is a strong possibility now that the tension between Iran and the West will ease a little bit,at least,this comes at the same time when UN and western diplomats chose to change their tone somewhat about Syria and the release of Molawi in Lebanon.
Nobody is ready for an escalation in the next 6 months except hawks who are afraid of losing momentum if the multiple hot spots received a US- ordered cooling dose.
This relative turn in strategy will produce results only if political initiatives gained enough support from big players,unlike some bloggers here,i am skeptical that the next 6 months will bring any major shift in the balance of power in Syria and the Middle East .
Obama,if reelected,is more likely than his opponent,Romney,to try diplomacy,but that makes him a natural enemy to advocates of war ,he ,if gets reelected,will be freed from the pressure of kissing behinds to keep his job. What Obama wants is moderation and compromise,you may not hear that in his upcoming campaign rhetoric but you will see it in his actions after November.

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May 22nd, 2012, 10:41 pm

 

123. ann said:

West seems sending soothing signals to Syria by excluding military action – 2012-05-23

• Recent signals have to some extent raised optimism Syria will not be caught in a Libyan scenario.
• Al-Sabah said there are ongoing Iraqi efforts to host a conference to deal with the Syrian crisis.
• Observers say softened tone stems from fears Syria violence would spill over to neighboring countries.

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/world/2012-05/23/c_123175542.htm

DAMASCUS, May 22 (Xinhua) — Recent world assurances that there would be no military intervention in Syria, coupled with consensual statements by UN officials and observers about the performance of the Syrian government, has to some extent raised optimism that Syria will not be caught in a similar Libyan scenario.

After nearly 15 months of unrest across the country and worldwide vitriolic criticism of the government’s crackdown on protesters, as well as calls on the Syrian President Bashar al- Assad to step down, there has been recently a noticeable leniency and to some extent a shift in the superpowers’ stands.

In a joint statement issued recently, the G8 leaders said “The Syrian government and all parties must immediately and fully adhere to commitments to implement the six-point plan of UN and Arab League Joint Special Envoy Kofi Annan.”

U.S. President Barack Obama has also said the only solution to the lingering problem in Syria is for the Syrian government to commit itself to Annan’s plan.

For his side, The U.S. ambassador to NATO said the alliance has no plans for military intervention in the Syrian crisis. Ivo Daalder told reporters late Sunday there is “no planning going on that’s related to a NATO role in Syria.”

Meanwhile, UN Under-Secretary-General Herve Ladsous, who is on a current visit to Syria, warned Monday that there is in Syria a third party that try to capitalize on the current situation to achieve certain gains.

He said the violence in the country has not ceased “but clearly it diminishes.” He however urged the Syrian government to take some confidence-building measures by giving access to prisoners and allow peaceful demonstration.

There are now in Syria some 270 UN military observers monitoring the cease-fire that has gone into effect on April 12.

The head of the UN observers’ mission in Syria, Maj. Gen. Robert Mood, has praised the Syrian government, saying it is a ” professional government … it met you with hospitality and respect.”

“I am sending back Mr. Ladsous back to New York with a different understanding of what Syria is about than what he reads in the headlines in the media,” he said, noting that foreign media is giving different picture about what is really happening in Syria.

Al-Sabah, an Iraqi newspaper said Monday that there are ongoing Iraqi efforts to host a conference in Iraq to deal with the Syrian crisis and which will combine all conflicting parties.

The paper, quoting senior Iraqi officials, said the conference would be held under the auspices of the Arab League and the United Nations. It said that Iraqi initiative would be very similar to the Gulf plan in Yemen and would call for a government of national unity that represents all components of the Syrian people, to be followed by a Security Council resolution banning interference in the internal affairs of the Syrians.

The Iraqi initiative would propose that all parties should stick to an immediate cease-fire and demand from regional and international parties to stop arming both sides, before entering into direct negotiations in Syria.

Observers in Syria believe that the softened tone stems from mounting fears that violence in Syria would spill over to neighboring countries, and recent fighting in Tripoli in Lebanon between pro- and anti-Assad Lebanese has further stoked those fears.

They attribute this moderate position to a set of interlocking internal and external factors, mainly the fact that Obama, before nearly five months of the presidential elections, is not ready for a new military adventure, neither in Syria nor in Iran. So the American position on Syria is characterized by a “reservation.”

[…]

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May 22nd, 2012, 11:32 pm

 

124. mjabali said:

السيدةSheila:

It is common among many Sunnis these days to tell the Alawis that they are servants and peasants. The ones who are using this terminology do not take into consideration what you said about the dignity in work no matter what was the profession. Syrians had learned through the last 1000 years how to look down at each others and at others too. It is a malady that needs attention.

I try to present the narrative that never had the chance to see the light regarding the Alawis. Even with the rule of Hafez al-Assad and his son Bashar, not one single Alawi historiography appeared to challenge the erroneous history being told about the Alawis. I am trying to shed some light on the true story in Syria. The truth is what is going to bring a better understanding between the Alawis and the Sunnis, something they need very bad.

As for the sharp divide between the Alawis and the Sunnis that you claimed that you never saw, well, it is different times right now and the Syrians of today are very aligned according to their sect.

The Syrian identity is getting murdered day after day with the hatred Syrians had exhibited in the last year. This last year showed us and to the world the hatred Syrians have for each other. The level of killing by the government and the opposition is appalling to say the least. Syrians showed in the last year an appetite for blood that has no reason behind it except for hate and disregard to each other. People are worthless today in Syria. They are dying in the tens very casually. No one is trying to stop this.

Why can’t you see eye to eye with someone with this type of logic and who wants democracy and safety for his country and people? I have said it from day one: Syrians need to sit on a table and solve their problem where the killing has to stop at once. Is that too hard to ask for?

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May 22nd, 2012, 11:55 pm

 

125. ann said:

124. mjabali said:

“” Why can’t you see eye to eye with someone with this type of logic and who wants democracy and safety for his country and people? I have said it from day one: Syrians need to sit on a table and solve their problem where the killing has to stop at once. Is that too hard to ask for? “”

Very well said thank you

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May 23rd, 2012, 12:06 am

 

126. ann said:

Moderator NoteAnn, please do not reproduce offsite material in its entirety.

SC Moderator

Feature: Damascus’ blast-hit ancient alley still draws visitors – 2012-05-23

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/world/2012-05/23/c_123175552.htm

DAMASCUS, May 22 (Xinhua) — Dating back to the 14th century, or the Mamluk era, Al-Jazmatiya lane, which stretches about 1 km from Damascus’ Bab Musala square to al-Midan neighborhood, is one of Syria’s oldest alleys.

Better known as the “lane that doesn’t sleep,” Al-Jazmatiya lane mingles the distinguished features of the past with the modernized capital city.

The lane was named after the manufacturers of long boots. But since early 1970s, most of the boots workshops transformed into kitchens that prepare the most famous and traditional Damascene food, and the neighborhood, over the past 25 years, has manifested unparalleled culinary skills in preparing the most delicious Damascus sweets.

There are now more than 25 large kitchens on the sides of this old narrow road and around 100 shops selling sweets.

Syrians from almost across the country have visited this place, where shops remain open around the clock and full of customers day and night.

Al-Midan neighborhood, which has a special flavor as it blends ancient architectures with new ones and gives people a window to feel the Syrian traditions, was struck earlier this year by two suicide attacks that claimed dozens of lives. The government blamed the blasts on terrorist groups backed by regional and Western powers.
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May 23rd, 2012, 12:10 am

 

127. ann said:

UN Ban’s Capitulation of Policy to Feltman Unanswered, Sri Lanka Q Not Taken

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, May 22 — With UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on the verge of handing over the UN’s Middle East policy to US Assistant Secretary of State for Near East Affairs Jeffrey Feltman, as exclusively reported by Inner City Press on March 28, on Tuesday Ban’s spokesman Martin Nesirky refused to respond to Press questions about whether this conflation harms or helps the UN.

When we have something to say, we will, Nesirky said, apparently meaning after Feltman is officially named. After Inner City Press ran the scoop in March, many diplomats and senior UN officials responded with criticism of Ban’s plan. One even on Tuesday said, there was some wobbling (or re-consideration of if Feltman was right.)

On May 21 Reuters then some others ran the Feltman story as if it were theirs, with no credit or analysis. Even Lynn Pascoe, whose retirement triggers Obama’s election year appointment of Feltman, said they should have given credit. But Reuters has blocked even a comment on its story to this effect, pointing to the omission. Inner City Press first wrote to one of the three reporters on Reuters story, so far without response.

By contrast, appropriate credit was given by Josh Rogin of FP’s The Cable, here.

http://www.innercitypress.com/banpress1feltman052212.html

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May 23rd, 2012, 12:24 am

 

128. omen said:

125. mjabali said:
It is common among many Sunnis these days to tell the Alawis that they are servants and peasants. […]
Syrians had learned through the last 1000 years how to look down at each others and at others too. It is a malady that needs attention.

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harsh rhetoric and discourse can be forgiven. genocide is harder to forgive.


The Syrian identity is getting murdered day after day with the hatred Syrians had exhibited in the last year. This last year showed us and to the world the hatred Syrians have for each other. The level of killing by the government and the opposition is appalling to say the least. Syrians showed in the last year an appetite for blood that has no reason behind it except for hate and disregard to each other. People are worthless today in Syria. They are dying in the tens very casually. No one is trying to stop this.

Why can’t you see eye to eye with someone with this type of logic and who wants democracy and safety for his country and people? I have said it from day one: Syrians need to sit on a table and solve their problem where the killing has to stop at once. Is that too hard to ask for? 11:55 pm

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this isn’t an attack on you. like sheila, i too respect you, but i’m afraid this is false equivalency.

the regime is responsible for 99.9% of murder and mayhem that is destroying syria.

that minority sects continue to give assad support – is what is enabling the regime to remain in power.

the sooner the regime is ousted, the sooner syrians can come together at the table in order to settle differences. the sooner the country can begin to heal.

not pulling support away from the regime is what is blocking dialogue from happening.

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May 23rd, 2012, 1:06 am

 

129. omen said:

“that minority sects continue to give assad support” plus a minority of sunnis, especially the business class – i meant to add.

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May 23rd, 2012, 1:21 am

 

130. Jad said:

False statements come in bunches!

Typical propaganda:
“the regime is responsible for 99.9% of murder and mayhem that is destroying syria.”
99.99%???

هذه أرقام تقترب كثيرا من حقيقة توزع ضحايا العنف السوري.. بعيدا إيحاء المجرمين بأن الضحايا هم ضحايا عنف النظام وحسب..
عشرة آلاف ضحية سقطت في الحرب الدائرة رحاها في سورية؟

هذا رقم مضلل بالمطلق، لأنه يخفي الحقائق التالية:

– أكثر من 2000 ضحية هم من جنود الجيش السوري وعناصر الشرطة والمخابرات.

– أكثر من 1000 ضحية طفل (تحت 18 سنة)، ذهب أغلبهم ضحايا العصابات المسلحة نفسها عبر استخدامهم كجنود أو استخدامهم في العمليات اللوجستية لهم، أو كدروع بشرية.

– أكثر من 3000 ضحية من عناصر الميليشيات المسلحة نفسها.

– أكثر من 2000 ضحية من الضحايا المدنيين الذين تم اختطافهم أو تصفيتهم من قبل الميليشيات المسلحة نفسها، أو من قبل العصابات الإجرامية التي تزدهر في ظل غياب الأمن.

– نحو 2000 ضحية شخص سقطوا في ميادين المعارك، بعضهم بسبب وجودهم في ميدان المعركة في بعض المناطق دون أن يتمكنوا من مغادرتها، وبعضهم بسبب إجرام بعض أجهزة الأمن خاصة في المراحل الأولى من الأزمة، وبعضهم بسبب الميليشيات المسلحة الداعمة للنظام..

المصدر: شوية عقل لتجميع المعلومات المتناثرة عبر سنة وشهرين.
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=459730624044229&set=a.270165189667441.87105.252598098090817&type=1&theater

Typical Sectarian message:
“that minority sects continue to give assad support – is what is enabling the regime to remain in power.”
What happened to the 75% Syrian Sunnis???

Typical neo-con old trick:
“the sooner the regime is ousted, the sooner syrians can come together at the table in order to settle differences. the sooner the country can begin to heal.”
Here are Egypt, Yemen and Lybia no dialogue whatsoever and they are more segregated than ever.

The typical “carrot”: Oh heaven here we come!
“not pulling support away from the regime is what is blocking dialogue from happening.”

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May 23rd, 2012, 1:39 am

 

131. Jad said:

Dear Bronco,
Thank you, be sure that my respect to you is very genuine 🙂

Dear Alan,
I’m too sick of all this!

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May 23rd, 2012, 1:52 am

 

132. omen said:

jad, how many of those 2,000 soldiers (source for this number?) were killed by the regime itself? the regime has killed soldiers who tried to defect or refused to slaughter civilians.

no matter how you look at it, the regime has ultimate responsibility. it sent soldiers out to commit war crimes. the people have a right to defend themselves. soldiers wouldn’t have died if the regime hadn’t sent him off on an illegitimate mission.

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May 23rd, 2012, 2:10 am

 

133. Jad said:

“no matter how you look at it, the regime has ultimate responsibility. it sent soldiers out to commit war crimes. the people have a right to defend themselves. soldiers wouldn’t have died if the regime hadn’t sent him off on an illegitimate mission.”

I’m confused are you talking about your american army of mercenaries who’s been sent and continue to go in missions to slaughter innocent people and children in Iraq and Afghanistan, Lebanon and any where in the world. Who commited war crimes the world never seen before along its EU followers and get away with all those crimes as if they never happened?
Are you referring to the billions of dollors the Americans and Europeans are sending to the illegitimate occupation of Palestine and supporting all it’s crimes and wars?
Using the same way of thinking I guess every attack the Americans, Europeans and Israelis faced and will face can be justified and all 100% of the victims civilians and from the army are the western countries administration responsibility and they should pay for that.
Let us know when the court of justice looking at those war crimes committed against millions of victims begin so we can all go and support, since your goal is ultimate justice to all.
Good to know!

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May 23rd, 2012, 2:48 am

 

134. omen said:

the difference between me and you, jad, is that i would love to see my government tried for war crimes.

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May 23rd, 2012, 3:06 am

 

135. Jad said:

Actually we are identitical, I too would LOVE to see your government tried for war crimes.
How many millions did they kill? Do you know?

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May 23rd, 2012, 3:28 am

 

136. Halabi said:

Where are the tens of thousands that were supposed to show up at the pro-Assad rally at Aleppo University yesterday? Maybe two hundred came, a huge embarrassment for those calling for another “million” man march. The pro-Assad thugs weren’t beaten by protesters, the FSA or the police, even though they are all criminals…

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May 23rd, 2012, 4:24 am

 

137. irritated said:

Omen

“The regime staged the kidnapping the lebanese shia?

After having bombed their own intelligence buildings, killed or spread the rumour of the the death of many of their important officials by poisoning or shooting, they now have “staged” the kidnap of people that are their allies, Shia and Lebanese. All this us supposed to discredit the opposition that has show such unity and intelligence that all countries in the world admire and respect its integrity.

The government does not need to make all these efforts to discredit the SNC and the armed opposition, they have discredited themselves a long time ago with their internal fights, the flurry of fabricated videos, their fake announcements and their political failure.

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May 23rd, 2012, 10:22 am

 

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