I am off for a week of vacation, Back to posting Thursday July 7. Best, Joshua

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101. Friend in America said:

When tension is high and angry words fly, humor is a welcomed relief. The following story is from an New York Times article:

Minot, North Dakota is in the high plains region of the U.S., not far from the Canadian border. Its population of 41,000 makes Minot the largest community for over 100 miles in all directions. Because of rapidly melting of snow in the Rocky Mountains, Minot faced the forecast the river that ran through the city will overflow its banks and flood all of the low lands in the city. In response city officials directed the zookeepers to move the animals, birds and reptiles from the city’s zoo to a warehouse located on high ground outside the city. The zookeepers found two cages fit well side by side in the truck. So the animals were moved two by two. The zoo also had a little lamb no more than 3 months old, which they let roam free. They named the lamb Noah. The move was accomplished with little difficulty and the animals adjusted to their new location with few disruptions except the camels learned to turn the lights on and off with their tongues.
Night time was the only problem. The wolves howled all night scarring the workers as well as the other animals, and the camels kept turning the lights on and off the entire night.

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July 2nd, 2011, 10:09 pm


102. daleandersen said:

Memo to: SHAMI:


After the Assad mafia is gone, there will be hardly a memento left of their era. No statues, no monuments, no billboards. It will be like they never existed.

Bashar would do well to read about Stalin after his death. His mausoleum was shut down, his statues were broken up, Stalingrad was renamed.

Oh, and by the way, the last man on earth who openly admired Stalin died a few years back: Saddam Hussein

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July 2nd, 2011, 11:32 pm


103. vlad-the-syrian said:

Nasrallah on the STL

no comment

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July 2nd, 2011, 11:52 pm


104. haz said:


I once met a policeman from Latakia who, when asked which two famous people from history he would like to invite to dinner, replied Stalin (a great leader) and Julio Iglesias (a great artist). What a party that would be!

Read into this what you will, but Hussein was not the last.

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July 3rd, 2011, 12:25 am


105. Simon said:

Well deserved vacation, after reading our craps,enjoy it.

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July 3rd, 2011, 2:00 am


106. Syrian Commando said:


>@ NK: Professional chess players resign the game as soon as they see they’re going to be beaten; the don’t play it out to the last move in hopes of a miracle. Same goes for professional army generals when they see it’s a lost cause; they don’t fight to the bitter end.

What we’re dealing with here, is people who don’t give a damn about their lives, reputation or the lives of their countrymen. If they think they can achieve a Pyrrhic victory they will fight to the bitter end.

No doubt they’re already making preparations for Syria Revolution 2012 and 2013, to be attended by all 70,000 members of the MB in Hama everyday.

I hope part of the reforms introduces a mechanism to turn off gas, electricity and water to people who don’t pay bills. After all, this is the freedom these assholes are asking for right? They want to westernise right? Why should we pay for their electricity and water while they use all their time to protest on behalf of the zionist west?

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July 3rd, 2011, 2:08 am


107. MOHMED KANJ said:



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July 3rd, 2011, 5:48 am


108. Aboud said:

Zzzzzzzzz…Aleppo joined the revolution, Hama and Dayr Al Zour are out of the regime’s control, and the best the Baathists can come up with is “protest on behalf of the zionist west”.

Someone wake me up when junior gets a clue. At this rate, I’ll be having a long, long nap.

Isn’t it wonderful how the Baathists never fail to do our work for us, damning themselves with their own perverse comments.

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July 3rd, 2011, 8:16 am


110. Observer said:

Nice article from the WSJ. I do not like their editorial policy and their positions in general, but one thing is for sure they do have their stories right although they practice omission of news they do not like.
So take it with a grain of salt, the point I am making is that these are indications of a failed state that I argued are intrinsically present in the Syrian regime

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July 3rd, 2011, 8:47 am


111. G in A said:

We’re going to fill all the cells, we’re going to fill all the prisons. We want to empty the Russian guns, for the sake of the Assadi nation.

We are your soldiers Bashar, we are just dust on your boot! For your eyes’ sake we will knock down the Syrian homeland, you are the democracy!

Wherever you walk and step we will kneel and kiss the ground. We will step over every single infiltrator like the animals in the wild.

We’re going to fill all the cells, we’re going to fill all the prisons. We want to empty the Russian guns, for the sake of the Assadi nation.

We are your lions, don’t mind anything. We will fill the square with blood. It’s never about the quantity, we are the quality.

Screw freedom! Screw this rubbish! It’s a conspiracy coming from Mars. We don’t have Hindus, we don’t have Sikhs, we don’t have Zardashtis.

We’re going to fill all the cells, we’re going to fill all the prisons. We want to empty the Russian guns, for the sake of the Assadi nation.

You with high forehead, I will sacrifice my soul and my money for you. And for your eyes’ sake, you precious thing, I will slaughter my own family with a knife.

They said ‘God, freedom only!’ We will chop them like lettuce. They are only like a couple of million infiltrators, they were never the majority.

We’re going to fill all the cells, we’re going to fill all the prisons. We want to empty the Russian guns, for the sake of the Assadi nation.

Without you we’re screwed. May you get over my shoulder and hang. Your media is using all the superstition and they discovered the terrorist salafi group.

Terrorism has no cure, for you we will occupy Deraa. We will never get tired, we will never give up, until we have a genocide.

We’re going to fill all the cells, we’re going to fill all the prisons. We want to empty the Russian guns, for the sake of the Assadi nation.

Your name is always up there, your voice is heard up in the skies. Even if your own people starve to death we will elect you for eternity.

We don’t have one opinion, or two opinions. We have your light that blinds the eyes. You are our magnificent, you beautiful thing. You are the king of humanity!

We’re going to fill all the cells, we’re going to fill all the prisons. We want to empty the Russian guns, for the sake of the Assadi nation.

We’re going to fill all the cells, we’re going to fill all the prisons. We want to empty the Russian guns, for the sake of the Assadi nation.

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July 3rd, 2011, 9:04 am


112. Syrian Commando said:

>Zzzzzzzzz…Aleppo joined the revolution



>Nowadays, Turkey, Syria and Iran seem to be undertaking measures that only adversaries would in the face of imminent threats from each another. While busy picking on each other, they are unable to recognize the looming threat, which has the potential to dwarf the so-called “Arab Spring.”

Looming threat only to Turkey, which routinely abuses and kills Kurds.

>Tehran has reportedly alleged that Turkey has been instigating the civilian protests, and has also reportedly armed supporters of the Baath regime.

Stopped reading here, no one has time for this bullshit propoganda. I wish these idiots would collectively jump off a cliff and spare us all.

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July 3rd, 2011, 9:07 am


113. Mina said:

Indeed I saw the person was not exactly endoarsing Kurdish rights. But still in terms of timing and agenda, it is important to notice the article.

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July 3rd, 2011, 9:21 am


114. Syrian Commando said:

I see it as Turkish backpedaling. The idiots thought they could take us on but they changed their mind when the prospect of a two-front attack (and eventual world war) was on the table. The US must be pressuring them heavily.

BTW, the internal opposition is on television arguing and disagreeing. They’re not unified at all and this isn’t really a good sign.

I’m just about ready to give up. If people on here are a reflection of what expat Syria society is like (polarised, not willing to even MOVE AN F**KING INCH in their position), I’m moving to another planet. There’s no hope for humanity.

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July 3rd, 2011, 9:24 am


115. Mango said:

Stalin’s illegal Grandson at the western military maniac

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July 3rd, 2011, 9:47 am


116. why-discuss said:

Lebanon After the Indictments—The Arab World’s Next Crisis?
Paul Salem Q&A, July 2, 2011

…One of the reasons for the calm situation in Lebanon today is the warmer relations between Saudi Arabia and Syria. Saudi Arabia is grateful for Syria’s cover on how Riyadh handled the unrest in Bahrain. And Saudi Arabia has been tolerant and supportive of what is going on in Syria. Riyadh is not eager for revolution in Syria as it does not want to see the Arab awakening spread around the region.

While Saudi Arabia was unhappy when the Hariri government fell earlier this year, Riyadh clearly started leaning on its allies in Lebanon not to escalate the situation against Syria when the Arab Spring began to take off with speed. And this more or less still seems to be the case.

This is a significant reason for why the indictments are not being exploited right now. But there is a legitimate fear that under different political circumstances the tribunal’s findings can be used as a huge weapon if someone wants. This could ultimately bring down the government if forces were aligned to do something in the future.

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July 3rd, 2011, 10:12 am


117. Syrian Commando said:

*face palm*

Saudi Arabia is the main player of the ongoing crisis in Syria and Khariri’s operatives are calling for hezbollah arrests.

Unfortunately for all of Lebanon’s enemies, Nasrallah has presented evidence that is so damning of the STL that I’m going to be surprised if we hear their name again next year… did anyone watch the hour long presentation?

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July 3rd, 2011, 10:26 am


118. Tara said:

Why, # 110

Religion intolerance?

Syria to turn a blind eye on oppressing the Shiite in Bahrain for KSA to turn a blind eye on oppressing mostly Sunni (and other disenfranchised minorities) in Syria. Yet, we are here arguing religion intolerance.

What religion intolerance?

This is just for us, the people, to fight it off.

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July 3rd, 2011, 10:34 am


119. Syrian Commando said:


For once I agree with you.

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July 3rd, 2011, 10:57 am


120. why-discuss said:


“oppressing Sunnis and minorities in Syria”? are you serious?
If I believe you, Syria is a goulag, I wonder how anyone would want to live there!

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July 3rd, 2011, 11:31 am


121. why-discuss said:

Bahrain begins national dialogue after upheaval

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July 3rd, 2011, 11:34 am


122. why-discuss said:

Syrian regime loyalists urge political reforms

Any more information about this meeting? the info in this article is very sketchy.

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July 3rd, 2011, 11:38 am


123. Tara said:


What “concept ” exactly in #112 you have a problem with?

your response is too vague.

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July 3rd, 2011, 11:44 am


124. jad said:

تـــــــــــــذكير هام
دعوة لدعم الليرة السورية عبر شراء شهادات الاستثمار فئة ج
دمشق-مصرف التسليف الشعبي ( فرع أبو رمانة ) – ساحة النجمة – فوق نقابة
الأطباء الساعة العاشرة صباحاً

Dear WD,
They are not loyalist as the AP wrote, they still have their own ideas different than the regime

Syrian opposition, independent figures hold “national initiative” meeting

Check out my links in the previous thread

مؤتمر “المبادرة الوطنية من أجل مستقبل سورية” يبدأ بعد تأخر .. ويتوقف “مؤقتا” إثر اعتداء على أحد المشاركين

أجواء اجتماع المبادرة الوطنية من اجل سوريا

The fight:

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July 3rd, 2011, 11:50 am


125. Tara said:


That is great. A journey of 1000 miles start with a single step.

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July 3rd, 2011, 11:53 am


126. jad said:

عاجل: مجلس إدارة جديد لشام القابضة يضم وزيرين سابقين

علم موقع الاقتصادي أنّ شركة شام القابضة انتخبت وفي اجتماع طارئ لأعضاء مجلس إدارتها مجلس إدارة جديد ضم شخصية حكومية سابقة هي وزيرة الشؤون الاجتماعية والعمل ديالا الحج عارف إلى جانب رئيس غرفة صناعة حلب فارس الشهابي ووزير الصناعة السابق أحمد الحمو وكلاً من المستثمر خليل طعمة وكبير موظفي الشركة سامي بركات.
وعلم موقع الاقتصادي أنه لم ينتخب حتى الآن رئيس مجلس إدارة الشركة ونائبه.. وسنوافيكم بجديد التفاصيل فور ورودها.
واللافت في الأمر أن أحداً من أعضاء مجلس الإدارة السابقين لم تضمهم التشكيلة الجديدة وهم نبيل الكزبري الذي كان يشغل منصب رئيس مجلس الإدارة، ونائبة رجل الأعمال رامي مخلوف ورجل الأعمال عماد غريواتي وكامل صباغ شرباتي وعصام أنبوبا وعمر كركور وهاني عزوز وسمير حسن ووليد الزين.
يذكر أن عقوبات أمريكية وأوروبية صدرت بحق رئيس الشركة السابق نبيل الكزبري ونائبه رامي مخلوف.
وتعتبر شام القابضة أكبر شركة سورية يصل رأسمالها إلى 360 مليون دولار وتضم نحو 70 مساهماً من كبار رجال الأعمال في سورية.

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July 3rd, 2011, 11:55 am


127. jad said:

Someone on SC told us that the president alone has more than $3 billions, how come they couldn’t get more than $31.8 millions out of 23 Syrian person including the president, some people love to exaggerate:

سويسرا تجمد 31,8 مليون دولار من أرصدة القيادة السورية العليا

قامت حكومة سويسرا بتجميد 31,8 مليون دولار من أرصدة القيادة السورية العليا.وأكدت أنتيه بيرتشي المتحدثة باسم أمانة الدولة لشؤون الاقتصاد يوم الأحد 3 يوليو/تموز أن هذه الإجراءات تم اتخاذها في إطار العقوبات الأوروبية الجديدة المفروضة على الرئيس السوري بشار الأسد و 22 مسؤولا آخر.

ويشار في هذا السياق إلى أن إجمالي الأرصدة العائدة لزعماء ومسؤولي دول عربية وإفريقية والتي تم تجميدها في سويسرا يقارب 1,22 مليار فرانك سويسري (1,44 مليار دولار)، بحسب صحيفة “ماتان”. ويعود نحو 650 مليون فرانك من هذا المبلغ للعقيد معمر القذافي و410 ملايين – للرئيس المصري السابق حسني مبارك و60 مليونا – لرئيس ساحل العاج المخلوع لوران غباغبو و60 مليونا – للرئيس التونسي السابق زين العابدين بن علي.

وكانت سويسرا قد أعلنت في مطلع مايو/أيار الماضي فرض عقوبات على النظام السوري قضت بحظر تصدير الأسلحة إلى سورية ومنع 23 مسؤولا سوريا من دخول سويسرا وتجميد أرصدتهم.

المصدر: وكالات

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July 3rd, 2011, 12:04 pm


128. Tara said:


Where did the 23 million Dollars came from? Saving their monthly salary?

How much is the president annual income in Syria? 23 mil divided by 11 years?

Just curious?

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July 3rd, 2011, 12:10 pm


129. TarA said:

Meant the 31mil. Was a mistake.

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July 3rd, 2011, 12:12 pm


130. why-discuss said:


Syria’s crisis is not about oppression but about the economical failure of the Syrian Governemnt. If the country’s economy was booming (China) no one would have complained about the one party authoritarian system, or the lack of political freedom.
So please spare me the Sunnis or any one being “oppressed”!

Freedom of expression does not produce bread! Lack of bread requires freedom of expression to protest (Spain). Yet no one can expect results from any different political system (In the West, they keep switching “democratically” from left to right and the economical problems are still here).

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July 3rd, 2011, 12:13 pm


131. jad said:

رجال أعمال عرب من الكويت والإمارات، يستعدون للإعلان عن استثمارات ضخمة في سوريا خلال الفترة القريبة المقبلة، بما يساعد في توفير المزيد من فرص العمل على أكبر مساحة جغرافية ممكنة وتعزيز مقومات الأمن الغذائي.
وأضافت المصادر لصحيفة الشرق الأوسط: أن الكثير من المشاريع التي سيتم طرحها ستوجه نحو القطاع الزراعي والغذائي، وأن حجم الاستثمارات التي سيعلن عنها في هذا السياق تقدر بنحو 500 مليون دولار، وأكدت المصادر أنها جاهزة مباشرة للضخ عبر مشاريع يجري إعدادها حاليا وسيتم إطلاقها قريباً.
وأشارت الصحيفة إلى أن زيارة أمير الكويت إلى سوريا الأحد المقبل ستحمل في شق منها جانبا اقتصاديا.، يجري من خلاله الإعلان عن استثمارات مشتركة وإطلاق مشاريع كان متفقا عليها في زيارة الأمير الأخيرة إلى سوريا قبل أشهر.

Are you kidding me! Your apt in Damascus alone worth more than $1m.
They are corrupted but not to the extend some people are saying, that was the point.
Having $3M is different than having $3B unless you are Austin Powers.

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July 3rd, 2011, 12:19 pm


132. Syrian Commando said:


I don’t agree with you that there’s any oppression of minorities in Syria (total lie) but I agree that we should take the right stance on Bahrain, which is to condemn the “kingdom”.

To compare Syria to Bahrain is sick, the latter is pre-historic.

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July 3rd, 2011, 12:28 pm


133. Norman said:


The 31 million if that is true are not his money they are the Baath party money and he as secretary general is the one who can sign for it, so it is in his name-during Hafiz Assad there was 61 million in Swiss banks for the same reason.

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July 3rd, 2011, 12:45 pm


134. jad said:

the $31.8 M is not for the President, read the article, it`s the max the Swiss could collect from him and other 22 person, which is about $1.4m each, compare that to the $410m of Moubarak alone.
The point is about the exaggerations and the lies, not about the money, do you think if the Swiss banks could`ve get more than that wouldn’t they use it against him in a huge media coverage like what they did to Moubarak, they simply don`t have anything to proof against him, this is why they collect all the money of 23 person together and put his name in the middle.

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July 3rd, 2011, 1:10 pm


135. Norman said:

Yes , i see that now, It is interesting that everybody claims how much corruption in Syria but still Syria has no foreign debt while Lebanon has more than 40 billion dollar debt, you wonder where Hariri got his 16 billion on a teacher salary,

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July 3rd, 2011, 1:20 pm


136. Observer said:

The Syrian Ambassador to Romania has gone on more than 20 trips over the last three months to Lithuania and Beolorussia and other former Soviet Republics with the aim of stashing away billions of dollars.

A high ranking officer of the security services is selling his lands and villas in Syria.

Now these are the rumors that members of my family told me after they left the country for a few days that are circulating in the country.

Once again, these are just rumors so far.

The issue for those defending the regime like JAD and WD is that not a single piastre should go to the President and his cronies without accountability. As an important high ranking official the responsibility is even greater than on a simple official.

Now, my great aunt was the wife of one of Syria’s prime ministers in the 50’s and she had the gal of using the prime minister’s car to go for an errand and her husband realizing that she had used the official car, went after her to the Souk Hamidyeh and asked her to walk home and ordered the driver to go back to the prime minister’s office forbidding him from ever using official car for personal use. He did this in public in front of the shop keepers of the Souk.

Now that is one form of integrity.

As for the 31 million, that must have been the loose change they forgot to transfer in time.

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July 3rd, 2011, 2:02 pm


137. Norman said:


I am sure that you agree that your Aunt’s husband is the only Syrian with integrity, at least i hope so,

We all, Jad WD included want transparency and zero corruption and we want to move to a multiparty system where all Syrians can have a chance to provide their services, We just do not want violence as violence will produce more violence ,

About the high ranking security officer, He is just to stay liquid and if he got his money by stealing, he should be prosecuted, not lynched without trial.

The Guilty should be punished individually, not their families or their party or their tribe.

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July 3rd, 2011, 2:34 pm


138. why-discuss said:

I learned that many hotel owners in Damascus are still paying full salaries to their employees despite the absence of tourists.
I find that extraordinary. I also got the confirmation that the government employees are also getting their full salary with no deduction as was mentioned by someone here.
I think solidarity and ethics are still present in Damascus and that is comforting.

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July 3rd, 2011, 6:03 pm


139. why-discuss said:

Lebanon: Another Frame-up?

“If Western intelligence agencies played this kind of game over the Lockerbie bombing, what’s to stop them from doing the same over the murder of Hariri? And why would they want to do that? Because Hebollah and its Christian and Druze allies now dominate the Lebanese government, and are seen as a threat to Israeli and American interests. The Middle East runs almost entirely on conspiracy theories, most of them ridiculously implausible. But some of them are real.”

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July 3rd, 2011, 6:25 pm


140. jad said:

Very very depressing:

أخر لحظات شهداء جسر الشغور بعد نفاذ ذخيرتهم

Yet some of the x-opposition deny the existence of those brave Syrian soldiers.

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July 4th, 2011, 1:28 am


141. Gameboy Cases said:

hop you’re having a good vacation. Look forward to having you back. Have a good day!

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July 5th, 2011, 6:07 pm


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