The Islamic State of Iraq and ash-Sham’s dhimmi pact for the Christians of Raqqa province

By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi

Traditionally, a ‘dhimmi’ in Islam is a Jew or Christian who agrees to live under the authority of an Islamic state, agreeing to pay a ‘jizya’ (poll tax) and enduring a number of discriminatory conditions in return for ‘protection’ from the state. The Qur’anic basis for this arrangement is 9:29. In practice of course, the dhimmi pact, far from being a model of historical multiculturalism and tolerance as hailed by Western Islamic apologists such as Karen Armstrong, is actually equivalent to Mafia racketeering, as failure to pay ‘jizya’, whose financial burdens often proved heavy historically, leads to a loss of ‘protection’ by the state.

For the Islamic State of Iraq and ash-Sham (ISIS), which has the backing of broad elements of classical Islamic theology in this regard, such a development comes as no surprise, as the group’s predecessors- Islamic State of Iraq (ISI) and al-Qa’ida in Iraq- similarly imposed jizya on Christians both in the Baghdad area (al-Dura neighborhood) and the north of the country. In Syria, the group has already imposed dhimmi terms in practice on Christians in Raqqa province, such as in Tel Abyad, where supposed violation of the dhimmi pact was the pretext for ISIS’ desecration of the Armenian church in the fall of last year.

One should also note that this pact has been imposed by ISIS’ leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and bears his signature as the amir al-mu’mineen (“Commander of the Faithful”- the traditional title of a Caliph, illustrating how ISIS is aiming to build the Caliphate and is projecting its leader as the future Caliph). It would thus indicate that Baghdadi is likely to be in Raqqa province at the moment.

Indeed, such a conclusion on Baghdadi’s location is quite logical, for I would also note how my ISIS contacts within Raqqa province have been referring to Raqqa city in particular as ISIS’ ‘capital’ since ISIS took over the city and most of the rest of the province, with the exception of a Kurdish enclave just west of Tel Abyad and two regime airbases (Brigade 17 and Tabqa military airport). Meanwhile, Liwa Thuwar al-Raqqa, FSA-banner groupings, and some Jabhat al-Nusra continue to wage an underground insurgency with sabotage attacks (which are also happening in other ISIS strongholds such as Manbij in Aleppo province), and an underground regime presence, which has existed since Raqqa province largely fell into rebel hands, is beginning to flaunt its presence in the city of Raqqa, for a Raqqa branch of the National Defence Force (NDF) has recently been proclaimed, giving news of raisings of regime flags and displays of pro-Assad graffiti in Raqqa.

Figure 1: Regime flag recently put up in Raqqa city.

Here is my preliminary translation of the relevant excerpts of the first formal dhimmi pact:

“In the name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful:

Text of the pact of security the Islamic State has given to the Christians of Raqqa with their embracing the rulings of dhimma.

Fight those who believe not in God, nor the Last Day, nor in what God and His messenger have forbidden, nor adopt the true religion [Islam], [even if they be] from the People of the Book [Jews and Christians], until they pay jizya with the hand, and feel themselves subdued- Qur’an 9:29.

We bear witness that there is no deity but God alone. He has fulfilled his promise. He has given victory to His servant. He has made mighty His soldiers. He has defeated the parties on His own: there is no deity but God whom we worship, having purified religion for Him even if the kuffar hate it.

And we bear witness that Muhammad is His servant and messenger- may God’s peace and blessings be upon him…and we bear witness that Jesus the son of Mary is God’s servant and His messenger…the Almighty has said: ‘Never would the Messiah disdain to be God’s servant, and nor would the Angels who are near, and whosoever disdains to worship Him and is haughty- He will gather them to Himself together’- Qur’an 4:172.


And for what follows: This is what the servant of God- Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the Commander of the Faithful [NB: this is the title of a Caliph] has given to the Christians concerning the pact of protection. He has given them security for themselves, their wealth, their churches and the rest of their property in the province of Raqqa: their churches should not be attacked, nor should anything be taken [by force] from them, nor from their domain, nor anything from their wealth, and there should be no compulsion against them in religion, and none of them should be harmed.

He has imposed these conditions on them:

1. That they must not build in their town or the periphery a monastery, church or monk’s hermitage, and must not rebuild what has fallen into disrepair.

2. That they must not show the cross or any of their scriptures in any of the roads or markets of the Muslims and they must not use any means to amplify their voices during their calls to prayers or similarly for the rest of their acts of worship.

3. That they must not make Muslims hear recital of their scriptures or the sounds of their bells, even if they strike them within their churches.

4. That they must not engage in any acts of hostility against the Islamic State, like giving housing to spies and those wanted for a reason by the Islamic State, or whosoever’s brigandery is proven from among the Christians or others, they must not aid such persons in concealing or moving them or other such things. If they know of a conspiracy againt the Muslims, they must inform them about it.

5. That they must not engage in any displays of worship outside the churches.

6. That they must not stop any of the Christians from embracing Islam if he so wishes.

7. That they must respect Islam and Muslims, and not disparage their religion in any way.

8. The Christians must embrace payment of the jizya- on every adult male: its value is 4 dinars of gold…on the Ahl al-Ghina [the wealthy], and half that value on those of middle income, and half that on the poor among them, on condition that they do not conceal anything from us regarding their state of affairs. And they are to make two payments per year.

9. They are not allowed to bear arms.

10. They are not to deal in selling pork and wine with Muslims or in their markets; and they are not to consume it [wine] publicly- that is, in any public places.

11. They should have their own tombs, as is custom.

12. That they must accept the precepts imposed by the Islamic State like modesty of dress, selling, buying and other things.


So for them is nearness to God and the dhimma of Muhammad, the Prophet and Messenger of God- may God’s peace and blessings be upon him- even as God brings his command: what they have embraced in the conditions outlined in this document.

But if they disagree with anything in this pact, then they have no dhimma, and the Islamic State of Iraq and ash-Sham will deal with them as it deals with the people of war and stubborn enmity.”

Update: After the implementation of this dhimmi pact in Raqqa province, the practice looks set to spread to Hasakah province (Wilayat al-Baraka in ISIS terminology), where ISIS is the dominant force in rebel-held areas. A Twitter account associated with ISIS news from Hasakah province- @barakah53731284- says “After Raqqa province, Christians from Baraka province offer to pay jizya and the Islamic State postpones their matter until it can be made completely possible with a guarantee of being able to implement the dhimmi pact.”

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Update 2: In case ISIS’ ambitions to a global caliphate were still not apparent to anyone, ISIS’ official Twitter account for Raqqa province had this to say on the imposition of the dhimmi pact: “Today in Raqqa and tomorrow in Rome.” Rome is traditionally seen as the Christians’ global capital.

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Comments (285)

Aor said:

Actually thats not harsh condition , except the jiza , the same condition are imposed by western secular countries against their muslim population

February 26th, 2014, 10:49 am


Observer said:

This is democracy at work from none other than Syrian Sana especially for the Spetnatz on this blog

February 26th, 2014, 11:20 am


Akbar Palace said:

Does any muslim/arab state today employ a jizya on non-muslims?

February 26th, 2014, 11:55 am


Mina said:

“Soldier of Allah” condemned to life sentence in the most discreet trial to date in the UK

February 26th, 2014, 12:21 pm


Alan said:

I look forward to seeing the end of the debauchery of the al-Saud family astray

February 26th, 2014, 12:44 pm


Alan said:

President Putin’s popularity rating in Russia highest in two years – poll

February 26th, 2014, 12:56 pm


Amir in Tel Aviv said:

Do you insinuate that Islam is not Multicultural?

February 26th, 2014, 1:35 pm


Amir in Tel Aviv said:


Lenin’s popularity rating in Ukraine lowest in 90 years

February 26th, 2014, 1:38 pm


Alan said:

keep your distance

February 26th, 2014, 1:51 pm


Altair said:

#105 (of the previous thread) Syrialover

CC: Amir

You accused me of being highly sectarian. Highly sectarian how? Are you reading the post all the way through? I criticized both sides in the Syrian conflict for being sectarian, and I greatly disapprove of the targeting of minorities by so-called “Islamist” militias.

I might also suggest that you use a search engine to see my previous posts and how I have consistently supported secularism.

You also misinterpreted what I said about your response. I did not invent any attitude for you. You were very defensive about that. I made the mistake of addressing both of you at once, so I could see why that may have happened.

Have another look. There was not 1500 years of Roman/Christian rule in Syria/the Levant, but you accepted his points uncritically, a generosity you did not extend to my points.

Who said anything about liberation? Amir did. Again have another look. He used the word “retaking” by the Crusaders (most of whom were Franks, Germans and other west Europeans), which to me amounts to liberation, kind of like the French retaking Paris from the Germans. Have I misinterpreted this?

February 26th, 2014, 2:45 pm


Alan said:

America vs. the World – Invasion, Occupation, Disruption: U.S. Imperialism is Alive and Well

President Obama has placed whole nations on his Kill List. Syria and Venezuela are to join Libya and Iraq as states that have been made to fail, while Ukraine is snatched into the NATO-EU orbit. “The neo-conservative project for a new American century has reached full fruition under a Democratic president, who now has many notches on his gun.”

February 26th, 2014, 3:03 pm


Altair said:

#108 (previous thread) Amir in Tel Abib

You raise a legitimate question. What makes the Muslim conquest superior in my opinion, is that it was very enlightened by the standards of the time, and the newcomers not only tolerated the Christians and the Jews, but even employed them in the highest reaches of government.

There is no known instance of a massacre during the period before and after the Battle of Yarmouk, unlike with the Crusading conquerors and the Zionists.

Unlike the Zionists, the Muslims made no effort to ethnically cleanse the region of all Jews and Christians, and there is no record of any village being eliminated wholesale as far I know. This is not true of the Zionists. Hundreds of Palestinian villages were wiped off the map and 3/4 of the population was expelled and is still not being allowed to return.

If you disagree with this assertion, I would refer you to Ilan Pappe’s “The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine”.

February 26th, 2014, 3:06 pm


Mina said:

Never too late to change side, in politics!

Some people should be obliged to go and live in the ruins of Homs or Yarmuk and build the country they have been dreaming of…

February 26th, 2014, 3:25 pm


Abdul said:

Very informative article, but I’m surprised by an obvious mistake: the signature is not by Baghdadi, it is by someone signing FOR Baghdadi. The line before the signature clearly says ” ‘an ameer al mu’mineen “, meaning “on behalf of the commander of the faithful”. The part earlier says the meeting was attended by a representative of ISIS without specifying who. This makes the conclusion that Baghdadi is there right now somewhat unfounded.

February 26th, 2014, 3:37 pm


Amir in Tel Aviv said:

Altair #11,

Your illustration of the Muslim occupation of the HolyLand and the Levant as enlightened and picnic-like is sheer fantasy and detached from reality.

The Jews were given 3 choices, convert to Islam, pay the Jizya or be killed. This is very well documented. Nothing noble about the way Muslims conduct their wars. Now and before.

If I may ask you about your origin? I guess you’re not an Arab but European or American. Please ignore my question if you’re not comfortable with it.

February 26th, 2014, 3:49 pm


Tara said:


Well said. The conquest of the levant and the Islamic empire is not comparable to the Zionist movement or the Crusades. Minorities flourished in the Islamic empire while the indigenous people were ethnically cleansed by both the crusades and Zionism. People can say whatever they like here but history is not going to be amenable to their views.

And dear SL, with all due respect you rushed to judge Altair. I do not see sectarianism in his response. He is just not accepting Islamophobe narrative that we have learned to accept since it is becoming a common and institutionalize language after 9/11. Amir’s view was contested by none other than Norman, a Christian.

Altair, thank you!

February 26th, 2014, 3:50 pm


Tara said:

Jizya for the pundits among us was a taxation system. The Muslims paid Zakat money to the poor and the minorities paid Jizya as they are not requested to pay Zakat. Please understand historical context before you make accusatory statements.

February 26th, 2014, 3:54 pm


Evian said:

I agree with Altair and consider the implementation of Jizya took different forms. The Jizya tax isn’t implemented in any Arab country, even Saudi, and many contemporary conservative Muslim scholars view it as part of its time, along with the Caliph and rulings regarding warfare, booty, freeing of captive slaves etc. For example, see Egyptian Azhar scholar Muhammad Salim ‘Awa.

The problem is that ISIS and other ‘fundamentalist’ groups adopts an uncritical application of tradition, so any pact or treaty from the time of Propehthood or companions becomes the basis of rulings pertaining to war, peace, political allegiances etc. for all time. It is absurd and it leads to absurd conclusions! For example, the idea of Rome being the capital of the Christians in the ISIS rhetoric. Also the quoted letter adopts many of the rulings narrated from the time of early caliphs e.g. the idea that no church to be repaired or built after Islam, is cited by medieval jurists as a consensus of the companions and because of this binding (though even this claim is a contentious issue). Other measures stated by some include that none build their properties higher than Muslims or even ride horses (horses being signs of dignity and honour)!

February 26th, 2014, 3:57 pm


Amir in Tel Aviv said:

Let us not make the “protection tax”, or rather the extortion blackmail mafia style payment (aka the Jizya), a “taxation system”. It’s beyond laughable.

Zakat is voluntary and the poor are not obliged, while the Jizya is obligatory poll tax, and it’s rate is arbitrary, or to be decided by the whim of the Muslim ruler.

The Jizya’s purpose is humiliation, exploitation and harassment. Be serious.

February 26th, 2014, 4:23 pm


Tara said:

It is beyond laughable to judge “laws” 1400 years ago based on current contemporary concepts and then try to use it to fit a preconceived notion.

February 26th, 2014, 4:34 pm


Amir in Tel Aviv said:

1400 years ago? This is happening now in your homeland, by the rebels that you support. Or haven’t you read today’s thread?

February 26th, 2014, 5:16 pm


Tara said:


I was not referring to the Jizya practiced by ISIS. Do not kid yourself to justify your new view. The Syrian people and I am included do not support ISIS or Alnusra. We are not looking to establish a retarded khilafa. ISIS et al took advantage of the situation in Syria and establish their stronghold in Raqqa and the regime is to be blamed no matter how I look at it. The rebels and the FSA has declared war against ISIS and it is all over the news if you have not heard. It is the rebels that are killing ISIS not the regime for your infoation. So please, resorting to the regimist’s propaganda and trying to portray us as “terrorist’s friend” or ” the rebels that you support”

February 26th, 2014, 5:29 pm


Amir in Tel Aviv said:

OK Tara, I get your point.

Eventually, the pro-democracy elements among the FSA and a sane opposition leadership will have to join hands with the Assadist regime in order to drive the Islamists out. They are grater danger to Syria’s future than Bashar.

February 26th, 2014, 6:21 pm


Tara said:


“They are grater danger to Syria’s future than Bashar.”

Well, I think that this is a matter of individual taste. Do I prefer to have my head chopped or getting burned or buried alive?

It is not a difficult choice for me. I prefer the former. It just sound less painful.

It is not appropriate for a non-Syrian to rate which mode if death is less evil for Syrians. Do you not agree?

February 26th, 2014, 6:45 pm


mjabali said:

The intentions of the Islamists are well known from day one. Many decided to turn their heads the other way.

Today, the map is very complicated. The future is bleak, unless priorities are set.

Look at the areas under the Islamic groups (Nusra, Ahrar, and ISIS) and see what they are doing for the education system and the minorites.

February 26th, 2014, 7:33 pm


sami said:

The argument that Assad is better than Islamists is one of the biggest lies one can make.

For it is an argument based along sectarian lines that blindly justifies the brutal nature of the regime and apologizes for its heinous masscares.

It is not Nusra and ISIS that are lobbing 215 barrel bombs on one civilan neighborhood in a week. It is not them shooting SCUDs at college students writing their exams, it is not them that have used sarin on civilians multiple times, it is not them that have strafed and bombed bread lines.

As bad as ISIS/Nusra/Islamists are (and they really are bad) the abomination that is the regime is by far worst.

It really takes a Baathists lowlife to make islamists look good.

February 26th, 2014, 8:28 pm


Ghufran said:

Jizya system in the 21st century?
Jizya today will be redundant at best and discriminatory in reality. Citizens of the same country should pay taxes based on their income not based on their religious affiliation.
Corruption in third world countries, including Syria, allowed the rich to evade taxes by bribing government officials but no government yet, including the Syrian government applied the jizya system, only fascist Islamist groups want the Jizya system.
The destruction in syria caused by the army and the rebels reflect a common disregard of human lives and the rules of military engament, rebels have little access to heavy weapons but they wasted no opportunity to use weapons on hand to inflict the maximum damage on areas perceived to be pro regime. There is no moral difference between using a car bomb in a civilian area or a barrel bomb, I have no doubt in my mind that the lesser scale of destruction due to rebels attacks is merely due to lack of access not lack of intention.
To oppose the regime is something but to find excuses for rebels is something else.
War crimes committed by rebels are too plentiful to list, they showed Syrians and the World that they can not be trusted as an acceptable alternative to the regime.
We have, on paper, 4 options:
– no regime, no rebels : a fantasy
– regime, no rebels: can not be done unless you want to create a mini state
– rebels, no regime: not an option today
– a mix of some sort: very difficult but the least insane solution
The fourth option does require the exclusion of certain elements on both sides if we want Syria to stay in one piece, otherwise it is either partition ( in one form or the other) or a long debilitating war that will eliminate any hope of seeing Syria rising up again.

February 26th, 2014, 9:12 pm


apple_mini said:

The latest news about elimination of over 175 rebel fighters indicates the SAA and Hezbollah are getting better on intel gathering and military coordination.

It is a major achievement. And it was done with zero civilian casualty.

If the opposition believe some MANPADs and anti-armor missiles supplied from Saudi and US will be game-changer, then keep fooling themselves.

Check out this video footage.

What the rebels are fighting against is way beyond their match. SAA and HZ seem to be able to use much advanced weaponry at massive scale.

February 26th, 2014, 9:53 pm


Observer said:

Tara and Syrian Hamster and of course SL

Here this is great news for you to watch

February 26th, 2014, 10:13 pm


Aboud Dandachi said:

This is what happens when the moderates are cut off from any sort of assistance; the crazies step in to fill the vacuum left by a regime in retreat. I doubt the wimp-in-chief residing in the White House will learn the lesson until ISIS becomes the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria and Lebanon and Jordan and Cyprus and the Isles of Greece.

Since the pro-Assadstanians are so fond of saying that their beloved leader must enjoy genuine popularity else he would have lost the war by now, by the same logic we must conclude that Daesh enjoys genuine popularity in Raqqa, otherwise they would have found it impossible to impose “jezya” on the city’s populace.

February 27th, 2014, 12:35 am


SimoHurtta said:

7. Amir in Tel Aviv said:


Lenin’s popularity rating in Ukraine lowest in 90 years

Amir what is Lenin’s popularity rating there in Soviet Israel? Millions of Israeli Jews are Soviet Jews and ethnic Russians. The rest of Israeli Jews are mostly actually Arabs (those Mizrahi Jews and Sephardic Jews).

By the way Amir the ideology of Lenin, Trotsky (= Lev Davidovitš Bronstein) and Stalin was created by your tribes men. And also much of the “disciplinary” order in Soviet Union was controlled by your tribes men. Many Stalin’s fellows on the top of the system, including Stalin, had Jewish wifes and/or were Jews. Jews in Soviet Union’s worst periods were not victims.

February 27th, 2014, 7:39 am


habib said:

24. sami said:

Salafists are a threat to the entire world, Assad is not.

February 27th, 2014, 7:55 am


Altair said:


cc Amir
cc Aymenn al-Tamimi

Thank you, Tara, for your kind words. I normally stay out of the kinds of arguments that become personal, but in this case I was drawn into one.


The issue of sectarianism is one of the most important ones, and I wish it hadn’t become an issue at all. This “revolution” was originally about freedom and human rights. It should have remained so. It was a supreme error of the opposition to use sectarian language.

I remember it starting with verbal attacks on Shi’ites and Hizbullah long before Hizbullah took an active role in Syrian affairs. This was a mistake, and may have tipped HA into intervention, which I also think was a grave mistake.

It is frustrating that there are almost no voices of reason among the active players in this conflict.

The Salafists? I would argue that the biggest threat they pose is to Islam itself. They are actively discrediting Islam. I would argue that they serve Zionism, probably unwittingly.

However, none of this means that Muslims in the 7th century were Salafists. Colouring the past with the notions of the present is wrong history, like this argument about jizya.

Jizya was downright humanitarian in the 7th century. This was a time when peoples of other religions were brutalized, enslaved or killed for their beliefs. It was revolutionary and highly enlightened to come up with a tax.

For Aymenn al-Tamimi to call it discriminatory today is unfair. Look at how Christians of that time and even centuries later treated Muslims or Jews. Again, have you all heard of the Inquisition? The Inquisition wiped out all Muslims and Jews in “Christian” lands for hundreds of years.

It was illegal, ILLEGAL!, to be non-Catholic in Spain until 1975! Even Protestantism was not allowed. Check the record. That’s only 2 generations ago.

Ok, you might say, look at the Ottomans. Well, here’s a fact: the Syrian Protestant College (not AUB) was established by American missionaries in the 1860s under the noses of the Ottoman authorities. How did that happen? An accident of history?

Now the most sectarian actor in the Middle East is the Zionist entity itself. It has enshrined sectarianism, served sectarianism and promoted sectarianism wherever it could. It allowed Druze to serve in its army but not Sunnis. Now it considers allowing Christians. Anything to keep dividing the people.

The Asads have also promoted sectarianism while preaching secularism, for the sole purpose of maintaining power. For this sole purpose, they have damaged Syria so badly it will take a huge effort to put it back together. It is academic who’s worse, the Asadists or the Salafis: they are both destroying the social fabric of the country and are both discriminatory.

When will this madness end?

February 27th, 2014, 8:45 am


Altair said:

Correction on the above post: I meant to say (now AUB).

The Syrian Protestant College was renamed the American University of Beirut.

February 27th, 2014, 8:57 am


Sami said:


Extremism in Syria is a byproduct of Assads actions, and not the other way around. In order to end this madness we need to realize the root cause of the problem or else anything we do will be nothing more than putting a bandaid on top of a gun wound.

Also I would add to your argument that another major flaw in the opposition was believing Syrian blood is worth more to the West than they believed. As it turns out our blood is worthless to Westerners.

February 27th, 2014, 9:18 am


Sami said:


Even if that was true, Assad is a bigger threat to Syrians than Jihadists are. Maybe it is high time Syrians start thinking about Syria and not the whole world.

February 27th, 2014, 9:20 am


Alan said:


February 27th, 2014, 9:20 am


mjabali said:


The Syrian Protestant College in Beirut was established under the nose of the Ottomans, because the Ottomans were very weak and could not say no.

The French and the British, before the Americans, were able to take guarantees from the Ottomans regarding many issues in the Middle East.

Remember: The Ottoman State was on its last leg when the Syrian Protestant College (AUB) was established.

February 27th, 2014, 9:51 am


habib said:

35. Sami said:

Statistics prove you wrong. Even SOHR admits at least half of those killed in this war are pro-regime.

February 27th, 2014, 10:12 am


Observer said:

It is irrelevant that Salafists are or not a threat to the whole world. The regime is a threat to 99% of Syrians as evidenced by the complete destruction, starvation, torture, corruption, and mismanagement of the entire country.

The core is a mafia/militia sectarian based group with a shell of a pseudo state: a UN ambassodor, a central bank, a currency, a flag, etc… are nothing than an outer shell that has within it a failed state and a mafia organized crime group.

I wonder with all the great victories that the regime is supposedly accomplishing why are regime supporters so gloomy and are raving mad against KSA and other places?

February 27th, 2014, 10:36 am


Aboud Dandachi said:

“Salafists are a threat to the entire world, Assad is not.”

An arsonist is a threat to just one building, even if his fire ends up engulfing the entire city. If you dont want any fires, arrest the arsonist.

February 27th, 2014, 10:48 am


Alan said:

Ukraine : Inconvenient truth about the shoots in Kiev : armed John McCain protesters killed their own people
US urges Russia to be cautious over Ukraine

The United States has called on Russia to be cautious demonstrate a “wise leadership” in dealing with the crisis in Ukraine as Moscow has begun large-scale military maneuvers along its border with crisis-hit Ukraine.

“This is a time for very cool, wise leadership, on the Russian side, and on everybody’s side,” said US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Thursday.

Hagel, speaking after a NATO defense ministers meeting, said that at such a “delicate time” Moscow should refrain from taking any measures that could be misinterpreted.

Russian military forces have been carrying out massive military exercises involving 150,000 troops, 880 tanks, 90 aircraft and 80 navy ships in central and western regions of the country.

February 27th, 2014, 2:41 pm


Altair said:

#37 Mjabali

The Syrian Protestant College was established in 1866, not quite the time the Ottoman State was on its last legs. It was also a time when the United States was not a major power in the world, and had just come out of a civil war. It was in no position to pressure the Ottomans. You can also be sure the French and the British did not assist the Americans in that regard.

I think the Ottomans could have said no to the American missionaries if they opposed it.

Another interesting historical note:

The Ottoman State was in decline, but you may know that the Ottomans under Sultan Abdulhamid were strong enough to reject the Zionist overtures of one Chaim Weizmann to allow special privileges in Palestine, like Jewish immigration. That was at around the turn of the 19th to the 20th century, when the Ottoman State was much closer to its demise.

February 27th, 2014, 4:11 pm


Amir in Tel Aviv said:


As most haters of Israel, you’re wrong, and you spread your ignorance to make others hateful. Or in other words, your hate blinds you from seeing the facts.

There are many Sunni Muslims within the IDF. Take for example this very combatant unit (it is only one out of many): [google translate it]

The IDF exempts the Muslim Arabs (for reasons of religious sensitivity), but welcomes them if they wish to volunteer.

February 27th, 2014, 4:28 pm


Amir in Tel Aviv said:


Believe it or not, in my core beliefs I’m more communist than I’m conservative-capitalist. I’m very proud that it were Jews who thought and established this revolutionary economic system, which promotes justice and equality.

The implementation of this system in the USSR, China and other places didn’t work. But in the Jewish state it worked and continues to work

It didn’t work in the USSR because it became oppressive and unjust. This is the reason for the toppling of Lenin’s statues. He represents the Russian oppressiveness.

February 27th, 2014, 4:42 pm


Bob said:

This is how Assad’s folks are;
Killing the horses livestock too: – Assad regime forces kill animals brutally as a revenge of opposition!

These rutheless …… must be stopped!
Fire of the Real God on them!!!!

February 27th, 2014, 5:06 pm


Amir in Tel Aviv said:


I do agree with you that in general, Muslim rulers and kingdoms treated their Jews much better than the Christians in Christian lands. I salute them for this.

How ever, let’s not forget that the Jews never enjoyed equal citizenship. Let us also not forget that the Muslim states benefited greatly from their Jewish citizens. This is why the Ottoman Sultan invited them, when they were expelled from Spain and Portugal during the 15th century. The Sultan was hoping to benefit from the Jewish skills, world-wide connections, commerce know-how, great wealth etc.

February 27th, 2014, 5:26 pm


Alan said:

Mr. Putin, it is necessary to move the horse!!

February 27th, 2014, 5:50 pm


Altair said:

#44 Amir

My ignorance? Really? Ok, I will admit to mis-wording my statement. Druze are CONSCRIPTED into the Zionist military. I should not have used the word “allowed”. The Sunni Muslims who do serve are tokens.

And now, the Zionist entity wishes to conscript Palestinian Christians, to separate them from their Muslim brothers.

Here’s a link:

An excerpt:
“Israel has tried to use military service as a way to break us up as a national group since the state’s earliest days,” Hakim said. “It wants us to be weak, separate religious communities incapable of organizing and demanding our rights.”

The Druze community, of a similar size to the Christian one, has been conscripted into the army since the 1950s. As a consequence, Israel designated the Druze a national group distinct from the rest of the Palestinian minority, and created a separate education system to inculcate “Zionist values.”

Israel also has persuaded some Bedouin to volunteer as army trackers. Otherwise, only a tiny number of Christian and Muslim Israeli citizens request to have their exemption waived—in most cases, according to scholar Rhoda Kanaaneh, in the hope of accruing extra financial benefits related to army service.

February 27th, 2014, 5:51 pm


Altair said:


In addition to what I just posted, you shouldn’t assume that I am a “hater of Israel” any more than I shouldn’t assume you are a hater of Syria or Palestine or whatever (and I do not accuse you, but you have accused me).

Let us just say I am not an admirer of Zionism or the Zionist entity and the hatred it spreads of Arabs in general, its apartheid system, its expulsions, murders, constant bombing of its neighbors, and worst of all, its promotion of sectarianism throughout the Middle East. It is for this reason I refer to the Zionist entity–it is Zionism I oppose.

February 27th, 2014, 6:00 pm


Amir in Tel Aviv said:

Altair #48,

I agree that it’s relatively small number of Israeli Arabs who join the IDF. But you cannot ignore the fascinating debate, going on right now among the Arab Christian community in Israel, whether to stick with the traditional “rejectionist” line, or to change this line in light of what is happening to Arab Christians in other Middle Eastern countries.

Father Gabriel Nadaf of Nazareth leads this new Arab Christian approach, quite bravely, I have to say.

Here’s from the official IDF blog:

When you don’t like it, call it “a token”… well.. never mind, as long as we agree that there are Sunni IDF soldiers.

February 27th, 2014, 6:18 pm


habib said:

40. Aboud Dandachi

So you’re saying we should arrest Bandar and Hamad Khalifa? Lol.

February 27th, 2014, 6:43 pm


Tara said:

“May God damn this family”. Amen! This family invented a fake enemy to its Alawi sect so their children die for Batta to live. It does not get any more stupid. Does it? Enjoy your stupidity, sacrifice your own sons while Asma’s brothers live and work in the Arabic gulf and enjoy the luxury and safety you will never have.
Alawites Fight for Assad, then Curse Him at Their Funerals

Mon 24 Feb 2014
By Al-Quds al-Arabi (Independent pan-Arab newspaper)

Anger is mounting in the coastal areas over the deaths of young army recruits for Assad

“Would he send his own sons to die?” asks Umm Hussein, from Jabla, of Bashar Assad, following the funeral 20-year-old son’s funeral.

Her son died in Deir Bealbaa, in Homs, after enlisting in the army before the revolution, like many others of his Alawaite sect, because he didn’t finish his studies.

As Umm Hussein utters her quesiton, she fails to register the picture of Assad hanging on the wall beside her son’s picture, showing him smiling and carrying his weapon close to Tal Kalakh in the Homs governorate.

But it grabnted her full attention when she ended a quarrel between her daughter, who began to insult the president, crying, and a cousin who defended him, saying that “we should keep him in his glorious position”. Umm Hussein may have been afraid of strangers, or of the red lines that sanctify the “sacrifice for the sect”.

This is a scene that has become frequent in the Alawite coastal villages whose citizens generally fight within what is officially called the National Defense Forces which support Assad. The people of the coastal villages are expressing anger over the death of their relatives see daily funerals held by the army to honor the “martyrs of the country”.

In the small village where Umm Hussein lives, 50 fighters have been killed in regions they hadn’t visited before in Syria.

Sahar, whose brother-in-law was killed in Akraba when the regime stormed it, says that “he sends them to death” – referring to Assad.

“He knows that this war is not going to end. He deprived my niece from her father, and he hasn’t lost a single member of his family.”

Ahmad, a dentist who lives in Damascus, recently travelled back to Tartus to attend the funeral of his brother who was killed in Dier El-Zor. At the funeral, he says, “I couldn’t bear the speech of one of the villagers who was praising Assad,” asking him to stop and to “respect the death of his brother.”

Umm Rami, from Jabla, recalls a young man that was arrested and sent to Adra prison, despite being Alawite, because he “insulted the president and blamed him for the death of many Alawite young men.” She lowers her voice as she speaks: “People should pay attention to what they say.”

Raed, 20, on the other hand, didn’t appear to care about arrest when he spoke about the murderous and terrifying actions of Hilal al-Assad: “May God damn this family,” he says.

February 27th, 2014, 8:03 pm


Akbar Palace said:

Hi Amir,

Communism in Israel today is small and on thr fringe. Kibbutzim worked well the first 30 years in Israel, but soon Israelis saw that they were becoming inefficient and losing money. The government spent a lot of wasted money to keep them afloat.

The only 2 parties embracing communism arethe anti-zionist Balad and Meretz party.
Here’s an Israeli arab from Abu Ghosh speaking about why he joined the IDF…

February 27th, 2014, 8:34 pm


Ghufran said:

There is no doubt that a fascist ideology like Wahhabism and Zionism is worse than any regime because eventually dictators will die or be removed but evil ideologies can easily outlive any dictator.
NPR finally decided to deviate from the typical rhetoric that any thing in Libya, the subject of their piece today, will be better than Qadhafi, they interviewed supporters of the uprising that was sponsored by NATO and led Libya to the unknown, the same people who were cheering for the rebels are racing to the nearest foreign embassy to get out of the mess called Libya, some were even courageous enough to admit that Libya was not as bad under dictatorship than the ” liberated” Libya today. A similar scenario took place in Iraq, and Egypt may not be as bad as Libya but many today refer to mubarak’s period as ” the good old days”, indeed Egypt’s much celebrated revolution has produced a Mubarak Lite regime.
The tragedy with Arabs and Muslims is that they move from bad to worse, that is why I called them a failed ummah. Where is the thug named Bernard Henri Levy when you need him, I guess his job in Libya is done !!
يا أمة ضحكت من جهلها الامم
(Rebels targeted hospitals in Damascus today, the French hospital was their latest Ghazwah)

February 27th, 2014, 9:03 pm


Akbar Palace said:

There is no doubt that a fascist ideology like Wahhabism and Zionism is worse than any regime because eventually dictators will die or be removed but evil ideologies can easily outlive any dictator.


How many more deaths has the fascist ideology of Wahhabism and Zionism caused than the non-fascist ideology of Baathism?

February 27th, 2014, 9:24 pm


Ghufran said:

Jacky Hougy- Israel:

Over the past three years, Bashar Assad has more than once ridiculed the leaders who showed contempt for him. They include ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, who called for Assad’s removal, but is now himself in prison; former French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who sought for Assad the same fate he bequeathed Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi, but lost his reelection bid to Francois Hollande; and Idris, who fought to topple him and fell.
In Israel, too, the time has come for some soul-searching. The short-term memories of the reservist officers and top politicians who amateurishly called for the toppling of the Damascus regime forgot to think about the consequences on Israel’s northern border.
The author is the Arab Affairs correspondent for “IDF Radio” (Galei Zahal).
Published by Globes [online], Israel business news – – on February 26, 2014

Back to albaath (Akbar):
Albaath failed miserably ( I talked about that a number of times), albaath ideology lost its appeal a long time ago and was only used since the 1960s to help a new class of corrupt politicians including members of Assad family and Syrians from all sects. It is not albaath itself that is causing the destruction and the misery in Syria, there are no Baathists in Syria’s ruling regime today except on paper.

Now, Homs:
The monster created by the regime (NDFs ) is now being accused of theft, kidnapping and armed robbery, the problem is so big even a station like sham fm had to openly bring the subject up. There are no good players in Syria any more, the only party that have a shot of bringing back law and order is the army, that army is fighting on many fronts and was unfortunately dragged into street battles and is blamed for many civilian death.
The country is screwed but wiping the army out will only make things worse, that is why the only option left is to preserve the army and try to reform it as hard as this process will be.

February 27th, 2014, 9:53 pm


mjabali said:


Mount Lebanon in the 1850’s and 1860’s witnessed lots of troubles. The outcome was determined by the Europeans. 7000 French soldiers landed in the early 1860 in Beirut. Believe me, the Ottomans did not have that much say. It was a miracle that they were still around.

February 27th, 2014, 11:53 pm


Amir in Tel Aviv said:


As far as I know, the communist Israeli party is Hadash, not Balad
Also, Meretz is Zionist.
The Kibutzim indeed had their economic crisis during the ’80, when they put funds in the stock exchange. Today, some of them are really rich. All of them still exercise some forms of communal management and life.

February 28th, 2014, 8:43 am


omen said:

hello again, how is everybody? still no majedkhaldoun?
i’ve fallen behind in my syrian studies, i fear. i need to start reading the blog more.

February 28th, 2014, 10:15 am


Akbar Palace said:


Thanks. I just attended a government run workshop of unemployed people, and the lecturer opened by saying working was a form of “slavery”. She said bosses abuse and mistreat their workers. She said her supervisors might not like her saying that. I asked what system she would prefer, but she deflected and didn’t answer.

If communal living is your bag, that’s fine. But you will need to sell something to pay the bills. See the comedy Wonderlust. Most kibbutzes are now tourist retreats or factories and they have lost many people because communal living isn’t attracting younger folks.

Thanks for pointing out Hadash. Israel is a socialist state like many European states. IMHO, socialism is the wrong direction. Get the government out of your lives unless you enjoy high taxes, high unemployment, and govt inefficiency.

February 28th, 2014, 11:07 am


omen said:

am i the only one not fascinated by ukraine? it is all the buzz. i should embrace them more in solidarity but cant yet manage. sure, events there are important, holding ramifications with regard to russia & syria will be affected by that tangentially, but still.

i think part of my problem is syria is getting overshadowed by ukraine coverage & that makes me resentful.

i was more entranced when it was the orange revolution. looking back, that took place during nov 2004 to jan 2005. before that were the large protests against the iraq war in 2003. skeptics discount the antiwar movement as a failure but i think these mass movements build upon one another & influence one another, even when the issues, countries & objectives are unrelated.

was the orange revolution the first revolt that got wall to wall coverage in broadcast media? cnn heralding the era of 24 hour cable news was launched in 1980. there was the cedar revolution but that followed on the heels of the orange rev & i dont recall lebanon getting the coverage in western media that ukraine got.

how much of the arab spring 2011 & even iran 2009 owes an influence to ukraine’s orange revolution? chauvinists argue what happened in another country doesn’t impact theirs but we’re a globalized world now. i think it does.

seeing the masses stand up for their rights is something that transcends culture & nationality. visuals that give others a model to follow i think are influential.

pausing to review the history, now this feels like we’ve come full circle.

February 28th, 2014, 11:49 am


Alan said:

No turning back!we already have Multipolar world! Even if unipolar wanted to commit suicide !

February 28th, 2014, 3:22 pm


Amir in Tel Aviv said:


Capitalism fits the rich. Not everyone has the skills to become rich. Still everyone needs good education for themselves and their kids, comfortable home, good and affordable medical service etc. A country like Israel, that is still fighting for her life, cannot afford an alienated society, split over economic fault lines. Unlike the recent years Bibism, our founding-fathers understood this.
Polls show again and again that the average Scandinavian is more happy than the average American (social democracy vs. swinish capitalism).

February 28th, 2014, 7:22 pm


Akbar Palace said:


I’m concerned about the Ukraine, because Obama is making empty threats and Putin is now in a position of fox in a big hen house. Have fun Vladimir!

February 28th, 2014, 7:26 pm


Akbar Palace said:

“Swinish Capitalism” only “fits the rich”?

Well Comrade Amir in TA, those are strong opinions. Anyway, we’ve learned spomething about you today. And that’s the cool thing about Israelis, they come from all corners of the earth and with them their customs and POV.

IMHO, the countries that succeed the most are those that allow freedom and encourage business. As businesses grow, job opportunities grow. You reap what you sow. Those who are ill or fall through the cracks will depend on government assistance. But that should be a SMALL percentage of the economy. If you’re able-bodied you should get no help except a list of job openings. There is something wrong when half your population pays tax and there are millions of job openings and millions of illegal aliens.

February 28th, 2014, 7:49 pm


Observer said:

Amir I propose the following reading for you: The Road to Serfdom by F. Hayek.

And once you finish that: Why Nations Fail.

Spetnatz are in Crimea this is great news and this will further expand the reach of Putin and help him create a Russian Empire again.

This is also very good news for me for all those appeasers these days have seen what unchecked power can do. The EU did not want to have Ukraine in NATO in 2008 when the US proposed it lest the Russians get nervous. Well Reagan was right when he said: we win they lose, that simple.

Very good, Ukraine will break up. The Western part will join NATO.

Alan should be having a great day seeing his favorite Spetnatz in action.

Cry havoc and let loose the dogs of war.

February 28th, 2014, 7:57 pm


Observer said:

Now it would make full sense to ask the Eastern Ukraine to vote on a referendum for separation.

Break it up.

Putin is playing with fire and he is daring the world to do something about it.

I love it, one more blow for the US but we are still told that it is behind every problem in the world.


February 28th, 2014, 8:26 pm


Observer said:

Obama is not going to the G8 in June, pleasssse Putin must be really upset.

February 28th, 2014, 8:33 pm


Amir in Tel Aviv said:

Observer, Akbar,

Social democracy doesn’t mean big fat government. In Scandinavia for an example, the governmental apparatus is small, slim and effective. Public services are being provided by the private sector (contractors), and funded through taxation. This way everybody wins. Polls show again and again that the Scandinavians are OK with the slightly higher taxes that they pay, as long as public services are efficient and fair. They are also much happier than the Americans.

Social democracy doesn’t negate freedom and entrepreneurship. Scandinavian states are way freer and democratic than America is. Just compare the relative numbers of prisoners, and the living conditions in Scandinavian and American jails.

February 28th, 2014, 9:05 pm


Ghufran said:

Russian troops are already in Ukraine’s province of Crimea while the State Department declared that the runaway president has ” lost legitimacy” but did not repeat Kerry’s warning for Russia not to intervene militarily !!
If you think that sounds familiar that is because it is.

February 28th, 2014, 11:19 pm


omen said:

see? we’re a globalized world.

Mexican gang bangers are now fighting in Syria, Check out these pair of idiots.


March 1st, 2014, 2:52 am


omen said:

mexican gangbangers, btw, fighting for assad.

March 1st, 2014, 3:08 am


omen said:

re israel’s kibbutz/communalism discussion…

this is said to be head of PKK ocalan’s ideology:

Capitalism, they remained certain, was an inherently, self-destructively flawed system. But if not the proletariat, then what was its weak point? Bookchin realized, early in the 1950s, that its fatal flaw was the fact that it was in conflict with the natural environment, destructive both of nature and of human health. It industrialized agriculture, tainting crops and by extension people with toxic chemicals; it inflated cities to unbearably large, megalopolitan size, cut off from nature, that turned people into automatons and damaged both their bodies and their psyches. It pressured them through advertising to spend their money on useless commodities, whose production further harmed the environment. The crisis of capitalism, then, would result not from the exploitation of the working class but from the intolerable dehumanization of people and the destruction of nature.

To create an ecological society, cities would have to be decentralized, so people could live at a smaller scale and govern themselves and grow food locally and use renewable energy. The new society would be guided, not by the dictates of the market, or by the imperatives of a state authority, but by people’s decisions. Their decisions would be guided by ethics, on a communal scale.

March 1st, 2014, 3:17 am


Mina said:

the parallels in the modus operandi in Syria and Ukraine are indeed very striking. even the absence of CNN etc “live with the protesters in Thailand” while they are in Ukraine, reminds the relative absence of coverage of Bahrein and Yemen at the time…

March 1st, 2014, 4:17 am


omen said:

5. Alan said: I look forward to seeing the end of the debauchery of the al-Saud family astray


have you read about putin’s billion dollar mansion?


March 1st, 2014, 5:43 am


Tara said:


I ‘m worried about the Ukraine too. I wish and pray that Obama doesn’t declare red line in Ukraine. It will be the end if that country..

March 1st, 2014, 9:16 am


Observer said:

Well I have not heard about his billion dollar mansion.

He is carving up Ukraine that he considers a territory and will have the Crimea back in Russian hands and I am sure the people there would like that.

In other parts they may vote to join Russia. If this is what they want so be it no issues.

Back to the East West divide, they will see eventually Western Ukraine thrive and the Eastern part stuck under oligarchs.

I love it, this is really great news. Let the people go as Moses said a long time ago.

Now back to Somaria; here is a nice piece of news

March 1st, 2014, 9:38 am


Akbar Palace said:

‘m worried about the Ukraine too. I wish and pray that Obama doesn’t declare red line in Ukraine. It will be the end if that country..
Hi Tara,

It looks like freedom-seekers around the world are doomed. Once upon a time, the US used to support freedom seekers around the world as a matter of principal. Now, in the Obama era, they are ignored. The world’s despots now just refer to these people as “terrorists” in order to kill them at will.

Putin will do whatever he get away with, which, as a permanent member of the UNSC, means anything.

March 1st, 2014, 10:31 am


Akbar Palace said:


I found this article (thanks to the www). Basically it says the US and Scandinavia tax their citizens about the same amount. Further, Scandinavia is MORE pro-business with LESS regulation. Lastly, Scandinavian countries could be considered poorer American states in terms of standard of living.

Considering Scandinavia has no enemies and no military spending, I think the “swinish” American system is doing OK. Obviously Americans can’t get a hold on spending.

March 1st, 2014, 10:53 am


Amir in Tel Aviv said:


You ruined my evening!
I thought we would spend some hours exchanging punches, but my friend, I have to agree with you. I never argued that the Scandinavians are socialist, the same way that east Europe used to be. In terms of numbers, there’s not that much difference between the US and the Scandinavians (GDP per capita, tax rates, development index etc). Where do you do find differences? when it comes to social issues. Take this for example Or the American homelessness issue, or the health insurance issue etc.

Tara #80,
Good one!

March 1st, 2014, 11:36 am


ghufran said:

Terrorists strike again in Al-Qassaa, a Damascus neighborhood with a heavy Christian presence. One of their victims was a teenage girl, 15:
من آمن بي وإن مات فسيحيا
الشهيدة ” جيما نعمة ” والتي ارتقت إلى علياء السماء إثر الانفجار الإرهابي في حي القصاع الدمشقي 2014/02/27
فليكن ذكرها مؤبدا

March 1st, 2014, 12:28 pm


Akbar Palace said:


Haha, sorry to ruin your evening! Still early afternoon here.

Your link, “perfect equality”??? “perfect inequality”? I’m not sure why this is an important indicator. I wouldn’t want to live in a country where everyone made the same amount of money. I prefer the MARKET to dictate wages. And I am also a strict advocate for a flat income or sales tax.

March 1st, 2014, 1:08 pm


Akbar Palace said:

I saw this on Drudge. Looks like Sarah was right…

“After the Russian army invaded the nation of Georgia, Senator Obama’s reaction was one of indecision and moral equivalence – the kind of response that would only encourage Russia’s Putin to invade Ukraine next,” she said in Reno, Nevada on October 21, 2008.

The former Alaska governor was happy to highlight her prediction on Friday and scold those who criticized her 2008 comments.

“Yes, I could see this one from Alaska,” she said on Facebook. That remark was a reference to a 2008 interview in which Palin argued that Alaska’s proximity to Russia helped boost her foreign policy experience.

Saturday Night Live parodied her remarks in a now-famous sketch with Tina Fey, who played Palin on the show, saying “I can see Russia from my house.”

On Facebook, Palin continued to explain how she anticipated a growing crisis between Russia and Ukraine, where there has now been an uncontested arrival of Russian military forces by air at a Russian base in Ukraine’s Crimea region. They are believed to be Russian land forces, according to a U.S. assessment.

March 1st, 2014, 3:44 pm


omen said:

sarah? do you know her personally? she doesnt need SNL. she’s a parody of herself.

March 1st, 2014, 4:02 pm


Akbar Palace said:

Obama may be intelligent, but he’s the worst US president in history, and Sarah had him pegged back in 2008.

March 1st, 2014, 4:32 pm


Tara said:


I can’t agree more. Obama is the worst American president in history. Sad! He is going to leave the White House with a terrible legacy. The president who never once upheld the American values! A president who is so weak, that a second-rated country Putin’s Russia had undermined every single value Americans stood for.

March 1st, 2014, 5:24 pm


Alan said:

do patching up your holes!

March 1st, 2014, 5:35 pm


Alan said:

Some people have symptoms of the disease deification of the United States! They are Exceptionals!

March 1st, 2014, 5:58 pm


Akbar Palace said:


The US has changed. American military force was a given. Heck, the democrats like John Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson got us deeper into Vietnam. Nixon through Bush all brought the US military into conflicts.

Today, military budgets are being slashed an US debt is astronomical. Americans are retreating and they are HAPPY about it. So it is a new mood. Despots and war-mongers around the world see opportunity to commit crimes and get away with it.

March 1st, 2014, 6:36 pm



Stupid Putin is beginning to have real problems at home (Ucrania Región).

I think Putin is a small insect compared to the polítical and militar power of US.

The whole civilized world is laughing at that rat racist sexist Putin and his Olympic Gay-ms.

March 1st, 2014, 7:23 pm


Uzair8 said:

If Kiev wants to avoid the possibly imminent Russian military intervention then perhaps it should give up it’s chemical weapons. They may buy themselves some time and may even be allowed to proceed to extending their rule over the rest of Ukraine (even Crimea).

March 2nd, 2014, 7:09 am


Uzair8 said:

Assad will be watching the Ukraine situation closely and hoping for an increase in US-Russia tension. Already the Russian upper house is demanding Putin recalls the Russian Ambassador from Washington.

Assad will be hoping an increase in tension between the two powers may increase Russian stubborness (grudge, spite etc) over Syria too and entrench positions further. All this would help Assad.

March 2nd, 2014, 7:15 am


Uzair8 said:

BBC News:

Syria al-Qaeda group gives rival jihadists ultimatum

25 February 2014

The leader of the al-Qaeda-affiliated rebel group in Syria has given rival jihadists an ultimatum to accept arbitration by clerics or be expelled.

Abu Mohammed al-Julani of the al-Nusra Front warned the Islamic State of Iraq in the Levant (Isis) that it would be driven from Syria and “even from Iraq” if it did not comply within five days.

The threat came after the killing of an al-Qaeda emissary, Abu Khaled al-Suri.


March 2nd, 2014, 7:19 am


Alan said:

/ The whole civilized world is laughing /
take care!

March 2nd, 2014, 7:23 am


Observer said:

This is from RT today: the number of Russians in Ukraine

“Out of some 45 million people living in Ukraine, according to the 2013 census, some 7.6 million are ethnic Russians.”

So 15000 troops are in Crimea and Putin is gambling that he will get away with it. Crimea may declare independence but it will be like Ossetia no one recognizing it.

However like all dictators it is great to have an outside power to fight against and to blame for all the corruption and oppression.

Very good news, back to Black and White world circa 1901.

March 2nd, 2014, 8:37 am


Alan said:

Degradation of the U.S. military
take care!

March 2nd, 2014, 10:19 am


Alan said:

Russia today can punish any square of the globe! STOP create

March 2nd, 2014, 10:23 am


Akbar Palace said:

Well, now we can clearly see why China and Russia consistently hampered UN efforts to sanction Assad: they both want to have a free hand to do the same thing. Keep the opposition down and stay in power, whatever the cost.

March 2nd, 2014, 10:23 am


Alan said:

bla bla

March 2nd, 2014, 10:31 am


ghufran said:

Bassam Al-Imadi attacks the NC:
رأيناكم فوق ورأيناكم تحت”. هل تستطيعون التخلي عن أهواءكم وعواطفكم الشخصية وتتجاوزوا الدسائس والشائعات وتتوقفوا عن اقصاء ومحاربة الاختصاصيين واصحاب الخبرات ليتمكنوا من ممارسوا حقهم في خدمة الوطن؟ في كل سفاراتكم لم تستعينوا بدبلوماسي واحد يساعد الجاليات في حل مشاكلهم القنصلية، بل وضعتم على رأسها من لايعرف الف باء الدبلوماسية ولا كيفية التواصل الحقيقي مع الدول المعين فيها، وكل مؤهلاتهم كانت انتماءهم لجماعة او لطائفة او لمزاج شخصي. وسلمتم الوزارات على اسس الولاء، وسلمتم مؤسسات الاغاثة لمن سرق اموالها. توزيع المسؤوليات لايكون كتوزيع غنائم على الاعضاء. بل على من يستطيع القيام بها وبناءا على قدراته وخبراته.
كفى نواحا وشكوى و”فش خلق” على صفحاتكم. واجهوا مسؤولياتكم وضميركم وقولوا كلمة حق لمن يسيطر على الائتلاف والثورة وليس لضحاياهم
Bassam is accusing the NC of corruption, incompetence and Nepotism, which are terms usually used to describe many government agents. Mr. Imadi however does not enjoy a good reputation himself, he served briefly as Syria’s ambassador in Sweden (in charge of the massage department? )and was dismissed in 2010 due to charges of embezzlement(may be he refused to share)and when the Syrian “Intifada” started he announced his “defection” from a regime he was not even part of at the time.

March 2nd, 2014, 11:15 am


ghufran said:

Meet Mohamed Badredin who practice Jihad as a life style, the guy lost one of his testicles fighting other Jihadists in Syria:
(By Judith Dubin)

Badredin first took up arms at the tender age of 11 for the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO). Badredin went with a group of PLO fighters to a Palestinian military training camp in Yemen. Badredin was eventually kicked out of Yemen, and ended up in jails in both Lebanon and Syria because of his PLO affiliation. He subsequently fought in Libya and then went to Bulgaria.

Badredin has traveled to Syria three times to fight alongside the Islamist rebel groups Suqour Al Islam and Suquor Al Sham. Both groups are part of the Islamic Front. According to its charter, the Front welcomes foreign fighters, referring to them as “our brothers who supported us in jihad.”

Badredin first entered Syria from Turkey through the small northern Syrian village of Atme. “I bought a Kalashnikov rifle on the Syrian-Turkish border with 120 bullets for $2,000,” he tells Vocativ, and then he stumbled on Suquor Al Sham. As for ammunition, “We worked very hard to conserve [bullets],” he says, “And if we had some extra money, we’d buy more. We had people from the Free Syrian Army,we bought them from. The [FSA] said they bought them from the regime. We would see them go and come back with bullets and grenades. The defectors bought from their old colleagues in the army.” Bullets cost a $1.50, but the locals were given them free. “Later things changed and we started getting weapons from outside, from Turkey.”

The 52-year-old Budredin farms cows and sells milk and yogurt to make a living. From that meager income he supports two families: a Bulgarian wife and three teenage children who remain in Bulgaria, and a wife and 2-year-old child who live in Syria.

Badredin, forever the fighter, intends to go back to Syria. “I have been [fighting] for 40 years,” he says. “I never had any education, never went to school. I can’t even go back to my country. Bashar, as long as he is president, we can’t return. So I fight to get rid of him.”

March 2nd, 2014, 12:09 pm


omen said:

majedkhaldoun, everybody is sorry to have upset you. please come back. we need your guidance.

March 2nd, 2014, 1:28 pm


omen said:

103. Alan said: bla bla

finally, alan is making sense.

March 2nd, 2014, 1:30 pm


Alan said:

Patching your holes! too they are many.

March 2nd, 2014, 1:47 pm


Uzair8 said:

Alan is Yoda, not!

March 2nd, 2014, 2:03 pm


Ghufran said:

So, how will the crisis in the Ukraine will affect Syria ?
A military conflict is likely to harden Russia’s position and reduce chances of a political solution in Syria, however if the military muscles of Russia serves its purpose without blood shed and Obama caves in, a compromise on Syria will still be possible. Putin may be betting on Obama’s unwillingness to play hardball but all calculations will be mere guesses if we see a military confrontation and blood shed.
Ukraine’s navy admiral decided to abandon Kiev and side with Russia !!

March 2nd, 2014, 2:07 pm


Alan said:

109. UZAIR8
Are not you ashamed?
By the way! Tell us about what is happening in Britain in connection with the imposition of the teachings of radical Islam, O long beard, do you constantly combing your beard? 🙂

March 2nd, 2014, 3:15 pm


Badr said:

Ukraine’s effect on Russia’s Syria policy? Not much

By Paul J. Saunders

“Ukraine’s impact on Syria is simply to make an already intractable situation even harder to address.”

March 2nd, 2014, 3:47 pm


Alan said:

Syria: The Crime and the Criminals
it was part of a strategy pre-planned by vicious, sociopathic foreigners called “Neocons” and they began their planning in 1991, following the first invasion of Iraq, code-named: Dessert Storm. To date, the major beneficiary of their diabolical planning has been Zionist Apartheid Israel, but that maybe coming to an end

March 2nd, 2014, 5:16 pm


Uzair8 said:

If the West (and/or Saudi/Turkey/Jordan etc) went into Syria, with what face would Putin oppose the move?

Imagine Turkey (perhaps with the US watching it’s back) went into Syria citing historical relations with Aleppo will Putin hypocritically oppose the move?

March 2nd, 2014, 5:36 pm




This is your last chance. Please get all your paranoias and go with Putin to fight in Crimea. If you really beliefe what you say there is not reason to stay at home.

March 2nd, 2014, 5:57 pm



ALAN losing papers

March 2nd, 2014, 5:59 pm


Uzair8 said:

Posted on Iran Military Forum today regarding lack of regime progress:

‘I don’t understand why the battle of Qalamoun is taking so long. Yabrud should have been liberated long time ago. I am starting to doubt whether there is actually a real offensive ongoing there, or if it’s just some shelling and air raids, with pro-Syrian media exaggerating a lot.

Meanwhile Aleppo front has been still since November. Even I had expected them to have at least reached Aleppo central prison by now…’

March 2nd, 2014, 6:09 pm


Alan said:

116. UZAIR8 said:

/If the West (and/or Saudi/Turkey/Jordan etc) went into Syria/

Is this choir provided an effort in infestation havoc on Syrian territory? deliberately do not mention Israel, being your business employer!

March 2nd, 2014, 6:52 pm


omen said:

regime is still gassing people. make it stop.

March 2nd, 2014, 6:54 pm


Amir in Tel Aviv said:

South African (black) MP explains why Israel is NOT an apartheid state

March 2nd, 2014, 7:13 pm


Alan said:

why Israel is NOT an apartheid state

March 2nd, 2014, 7:43 pm


Alan said:

116. UZAIR8 said:
Imagine if protesters – supported by Russia – established an encampment in front of the US Capitol, threw Molotov cocktails into government buildings, fired guns at the police, and demanded that the US government relinquish power.

Obviously, the response from the US government would not be peaceful and there would be a loud call for war on Russia.

What if there were demonstrators in front of the White House who announced their events on Facebook by saying that members of congress should be incapacitated by having their knees smashed? Or if those same protesters posted YouTube videos saying that buses going into Washington should be set ablaze by dousing the roads with gas and diesel in the hopes of burning all the passengers inside?

Certainly, every US government official would demand the protesters be immediately arrested and charged with terrorism.

And what would happen if Islamic fundamentalists who had pledged allegiance to al-Qaeda began to bomb police stations and schools across the US?

Clearly, the US government would punish the responsible parties, and probably the countries in which they received training.

March 2nd, 2014, 7:49 pm


Alan said:

NATO’s ultimate desire is to command a Western puppet Ukrainian government to kick the Russian navy out of its Black Sea base in the Crimea and scupper its plain-sailing to Syria. So far, the Ukrainian revolution seems to be keeping that party going, but the Russian-leaning Crimean parliament’s strong signal of a split from Ukraine adds a new twist to the plot.

There is a talk that the Maidan protesters were paid via Western handler 25-30 Euros a day, setting back the NED about $150/mo for each hired revolutionary. The fee is much higher than a base pay for a jihadist of Fake Syrian Army (FSA).

It is a good thing that EU and US are picking the tab on this “Tequila Sunrise”, because the new regime in Kiev announced that it needs $35 billion not to default and in order to spread chaos, violence, and instability as far as possible and as close to Moscow as possible.

The fascist “revolutionaries” demand of immediate rewards makes it clear that the $35 billion is meant only as a 1st installment/down payment for NATO’s experiment with sponsoring the first fascist government in Europe in decades.

The IMF is now officially fund fascists in power they just claim that joining the EU (and NATO) is for the sake of prosperity, never mind that the sole purpose of this fascist regime is to serve bounded Ukrainians as human meat in the Drang nach Osten led and resumed by NATO.

March 2nd, 2014, 9:25 pm


Ghufran said:

Aljazeera is reporting that the army made more advances in Aleppo:
قال عمرو الحلبي مراسل قناة الجزيرة في حلب إن الجيش النظامي حقق تقدماً في جبهة المنطقة الصناعية بعد سيطرته على بعض المعامل و المستودعات على مشارفها.
و أكد الحلبي أن المدينة الصناعية شهدت خلال الساعات الماضية هجوماً مكثفاً من قبل قوات النظام التي ألقت 15 برميلاً متفجراً، مشيراً إلى استشهاد عدد من المقاتلين المعارضين دون أن يتم التمكن من الوصول إليهم بسبب رصد قوات النظام لكافة مناطق المدينة الصناعية بعد السيطرة على قرية الشيخ نجار.
و كان ناشطون أكدوا صباح اليوم أن جبهة المدينة الصناعية، شهدت ركوداً بالتزامن مع وصول أرتال مؤازرة إلى المرابطين في تلك الجبهة، قبل أن تندلع المعارك مجدداً.
و يسعى النظام من خلال محاولته السيطرة على المدينة الصناعية، فك الحصار المفروض على سجن حلب المركزي، و هو الأمر الذي سيؤدي إلى إطباق الحصار على أحياء حلب المحررة و عزلها عن الريف بشكل كامل.
However, there are a number of angry posts from sites sympathetic to the regime accusing the field commandors in Aleppo of giving up Al- Kindi hospital and expressing concerns that the same leadership may do the same with the upcoming battle around Aleppo central prison. I am not sure I buy the story, I think the army will do its best to break the siege on Aleppo prison and if they succeed that will put nusra and Isis in is very difficult position.
Isis seems to be focused now on northern Aleppo but the situation is fluid even that it does not look good for the rebels who are also divided and those outside the nusra- Isis circle may be ready for a cease fire, needless to say Islamists will not accept a cease fire.
On a political level I agree with mjabali that alawites, among others, care more about not allowing Islamists to win than seeing Assad staying as President, there is a genuine resentment in the coastal areas against the regime but not against the army who to most remain as the only available defense against terrorists who made it clear that they want to wipe out the infidels, alawites included. Before you blame the army you need to reflect on how stupid and evil the alliance with known terrorist groups was.

March 3rd, 2014, 1:16 am



next post, Alan will announce the discovery of hallucination pills engraved with a joint CNN/FOX logo among the protesters in Ukraine, to be followed by the discovery of network of tunnels connecting Kiev and Raqqa…

They never learn, do they?….

March 3rd, 2014, 7:51 am


Uzair8 said:

#124 Alan

Those don’t seem to be your own words. (?)

Anyway, I haven’t followed the Ukraine situation in detail so I can’t respond to your claims.

About intervention, Russia is intervening to protect ethnic Russians in Ukraine. Why can’t Turkey intervene in Syria to protect the (?) 1 million Turkmen*?

*Estimates vary of the Turkmen population from 100,000 to 3.5 million.

March 3rd, 2014, 9:02 am


Uzair8 said:

I haven’t read the article but going by the headline, I hope it isn’t some kind of attempt to play down the involvement of Hezbo in Syria. If it is then I think Mr Fisk’s retirement is long overdue. The penny has finally dropped…

Robert Fisk: Were it not for the French, Hezbollah would all be Syrians fighting government’s side inside their own country

2nd March 2014

March 3rd, 2014, 10:06 am


omen said:

you’re a bunch of smarty pants in here, what does badran mean by this?


March 3rd, 2014, 2:01 pm


Badr said:

“what does badran mean by this?”


You tell me. Does it mean that the Saudis are going to supply manpads to Syrian rebels, notwithstanding Obama?

March 3rd, 2014, 3:28 pm


Uzair8 said:

Muhammad Al-Yaqoubi ‏@Shaykhabulhuda ·Feb 27
The conflict over the Crimean peninsula was caused several wars in Europe in the past. Will it spark the third world war?

March 3rd, 2014, 3:38 pm


Uzair8 said:

Muhammad Al-Yaqoubi ‏@Shaykhabulhuda ·Feb 11
The Light of the universe is Muhammad; A masterpiece from Aleppo…

March 3rd, 2014, 3:39 pm


omen said:

131. Badr said: You tell me. Does it mean that the Saudis are going to supply manpads to Syrian rebels, notwithstanding Obama?

not if this is any indication.

Clearly, America and Saudi Arabia now agree that Assad will not be deposed.

March 3rd, 2014, 3:45 pm


omen said:

even if saudis dont supply, maybe rebels can still manage to smuggle some in.

people say this is one that’s been spotted.

FN-6 MANPADS in Qalamoun.

screen grab w audio:

March 3rd, 2014, 5:15 pm


Tara said:

Guess what! The Mahdi is coming.

Didn’t they tell us he came already and landed in Harasta. Did they not like Harasta’s Mahdi ? I liked him! What is their problem?

إيران: المهدي المنتظر سيظهر قريبا ونحن جاهزون
الاثنين 2 جمادي الأول 1435هـ – 3 مارس 2014م
أحمد جنتي

لندن – هادي طرفي
قال أمين مجلس صيانة الدستور الإيراني، أحمد جنتي، إنه “تم التمهيد لظهور المهدي المنتظر ويجب أن نستعد للامتثال إلى أوامره”.
وأضاف جنتي خلال اجتماع حكومي أوردته وكالة “إيسنا” يوم الاثنين “المهدي لن يتخلى عن أصدقائه وأنصاره، يجب أن ننتظر ظهوره”.
ويمثل مجلس صيانة الدستور الذي يرأسه جنتي أعلى سلطة خاضعة لمرشد الجمهورية بشكل مباشر ومهمته النظر في أهلية المرشحين لجميع الانتخابات التي تجري في البلد والتصديق على تطابق القوانين التي يقرها مجلس الشورى مع الشريعة.
وكان عدد آخر من المقربين من علي خامنئي قد تحدثوا في وقت سابق عن قرب ظهور المهدي وضرورة التمهيد لاستقباله.
ودعا ممثل ولي الفقيه في الحرس الثوري محمد سعيدي مؤخراً إلى “الاستعداد المحلي والإقليمي والدولي، لأن موعد ظهور المهدي بات قريباً”.
وفي جانب آخر من حديثه أعرب أحمد جنتي عن قلقه لتغيير مناصب بعض المسؤولين في البلد وخاطب حكومة روحاني بقوله “نريد أن نعرف المعايير التي اعتمدتها الحكومة في تعيين المسؤولين الجدد”.
وأشار إلى التغييرات الواسعة في منظمة الطاقة الذرية المعنية بالبرنامج النووي قائلاً إن رئيس المنظمة طمأنه بأن المسؤولين الذين غادروا المنظمة استقالوا حسب رغباتهم.

March 3rd, 2014, 7:51 pm


Ghufran said:

Robert Ford who is retiring after 30 years of service at the state department gave a talk about Syria at Tufts University, the full article is published at CSM, here is a summary:

1. The future is bleak
2. Neither side can win, Syria is likely to become a collection of cantons
3. Not inviting Iran, hizbullah and other groups fighting in the war was a mistake (!!!)
4. Assad deserves most of the blame for the failure of Geneva but the opposition did not inspire or offer a formula that is acceptable to minorities. Alawites are ready to compromise but were not given a ship to jump to.
5. Assad should not run in June of 2014 but Ford admitted that clean elections are undoable in Syria today.

It is amazing how many US diplomats wise up AFTER they leave office. Ford did nothing to help Syria except convincing the NC to attend the circus at Geneva. To me the DOS pushed for a conference but did very little to help it succeed.

March 3rd, 2014, 8:50 pm


Sami said:


“South African (black) MP explains why Israel is NOT an apartheid state”

This (Black) MP reminds me of the Dave Chapelle character the blind black white supremacist.

March 4th, 2014, 12:53 am


Sami said:


I don’t know if MajedKhaldoun reads SC any longer but he stills posts on Off The Wall’s blog regularly.

March 4th, 2014, 12:55 am


Sami said:

recently ISIS declared that OBL, the Taliban, and Mullah Omar are kuffar.

I suggest they have a royal holy rumble in a cave somewhere near Tora Bora and leave Syrians alone.

March 4th, 2014, 1:00 am


sami said:

Ford never alluded at US military involvement in Syria, that was just wishful thinking from certain oppositionists.

Actually he has said the exact opposite right from the beginning. I have it on good authority that he was asked what if what was happening in Homs (at the time the military bombardment was there) would happen in Aleppo or Damascus would the US get involved and his answer was a clear no.

He went further to say that it would take a genocide on the scale of Rwanda and in the same time frame for the US to even really consider getting involved.

Obama will truly go down in history as not only the first African American to hold office, but the first wimp to do so.

March 4th, 2014, 1:08 am


Amir in Tel Aviv said:


I never argued that Israel is perfect. An Apartheid state we are not.

March 4th, 2014, 11:09 am


Tara said:

Syria from one group of peasants to a worse group of peasants. What a sad fate of once beautiful country…

Syrian girls are flogged in Raqqa for wearing a hair pin!

“داعش” تجلد الفتيات إمعاناً في إذلال أهل الرقة
الثلاثاء 3 جمادي الأول 1435هـ – 4 مارس 2014م

دمشق – جفرا بهاء
علمت “العربية نت” أن تنظيم “داعش” ممثلاً بكتيبة الخنساء “الكتيبة الداعشية النسائية” داهم مدرستين للبنات “مدرسة حميدة الطاهر ومدرسة عبد الهادي كاظم”، الأسبوع الماضي في مدينة الرقة، واعتقلت الكتيبة 10 فتيات تتراوح أعمارهن بين الـ 15و17 سنة “المرحلة الثانوية” واقتادتهن خارج المدرسة لمخالفتهن “بحسب تعبير عناصر داعش النسائية” القوانين التي يضعها التنظيم بالنسبة للباس المرأة، والتي تحاول من خلاله “داعش” مواصلة إذلال أهل المدن التي تسيطر عليها، خصوصاً وأن جميع المدن التي سيطرت عليها خلفت مقابر جماعية مروعة معظمها كانت تضم عناصر من الجيش الحر الذي يحارب النظام السوري.
وقامت كتيبة الخنساء بجلد الفتيات أمام المحكمة الإسلامية كما صرح بذلك محمد الرقاوي لـ”العربية نت”، وبقيت الفتيات قيد الاعتقال لمدة 6 ساعات.
وأما عن المخالفات التي ارتكبتها الفتيات فتنوعت ما بين “ظهور الحواجب من تحت النقاب أو وضع بكلة للشعر”، علماً أن معظم سكان الرقة هم من المسلمين ويمارسون شعائر الدين كلها.

March 4th, 2014, 2:40 pm


ghufran said:

A number of stories are worth following:
1. Hamas is now an illegal organization in Egypt
2. Putin may be ready to strike a deal over the Ukraine
3. more losses for rebels around Yabroud
4. Riyad alasad is in ICU in Turkey and his son passed away, rebel sources said that was due to a car accident, others called it an assassination attempt.

It is hard not to feel amused at comments describing Raqqa’s sad fate under ISIS because many of those comments came from people who were cheering the loss of Raqqa, to some anybody will be better than the existing regime, to many that assumption proved to be untrue (to be polite).

March 4th, 2014, 4:26 pm


Sami said:


“I never argued that Israel is perfect. An Apartheid state we are not.”


*Israeli society maintains Jewish and non-Jewish sectors…[including] two systems of education…as well as separate municipalities: Jewish municipalities and the so-called ‘municipalities of the minorities

*Israel is urged “to make every effort to eradicate all forms of segregation between Jewish and non-Jewish communities.

*The proliferation of acts and manifestations of racism that particularly target non-Jewish minorities in the territories under the State party’s effective control.

*policies and practices which amount to de facto segregation”, such as Israel’s implementation “in the Occupied Palestinian Territory of two entirely separate legal systems and sets of institutions for Jewish communities grouped in illegal settlements on the one hand and Palestinian populations living in Palestinian towns and villages on the other hand.

*two groups, who live on the same territory but do not enjoy either equal use of roads and infrastructure or equal access to basic services and water resources.

*Israel reminded of “the prevention, prohibition and eradication of all policies and practices of racial segregation and apartheid” and urged to “prohibit and eradicate any such policies or practices” which violate Article 3 of the Convention.

March 4th, 2014, 5:58 pm


Akbar Palace said:


The CERD report is flawed in so many ways. The fact that the majority of non-jewish Israelis want to live in Israel and NOT Palestine and certainly not Syria speaks for itself.

March 4th, 2014, 7:51 pm


Amir in Tel Aviv said:


This paper is too stupid to argue with.

Is Belgium an Apartheid state because 1/2 the country studies in French and 1/2 in Flemish?

About “segregated” municipalities: where ever it’s possible and beneficial, Jews and Arabs share the same municipality (Tel Aviv-Jafo, Ramla, Lod, Acco etc). In other cases, it’s better for both communities to run their communal life separately (Nazareth vs. Nazareth Illit).

The Israeli government spends on the Arab pupil *MORE* than it spends on a Jewish one. Call it an affirmative action. That’s the fact.

March 4th, 2014, 8:07 pm


Alan said:

I think that the United States involve Europe in a difficult position!

A top Russian lawmaker has revealed he is working on a bill that would freeze the assets of European and American companies operating in Russia in reply to Western economic sanctions.

March 5th, 2014, 6:33 am


Mina said:

For the archive: third party snipers shooting on both sides, in Ukraine too
(leaked conversation between Ashton and the Estonian FM, where he states that this implies the snipers are working for ‘someone’ who is now in the ruling coalition and that it was not on order of Yanukovitch)

Ashton says the EU have a lot of experience in tackling corruption. I wonder why they don’t try to apply it in Bosnia or Rumania, to start with?

March 5th, 2014, 8:34 am


Sami said:


Palestine is the hell-hole it is now because of the direct actions of the Israeli government, and the dismal governments (both Fatah and Hamas) ruling them.

Bringing Syria into the equation does not excuse the apartheid state. Hell Apartheid South Africa and segregated US were better off than Syria, does that mean both South Africa and US should revert back to their segregation?

March 5th, 2014, 9:36 am


Sami said:


Canada has two distinct societies, yet there is equal opportunity to both French Canadians and English Canadians. The same CANNOT be said of Israel.

Further more it is not simply just the segregation but the fact Arabs Israelis and Palestinians are NOT treated equally to their Jewish counterparts that is the issue.

again from the report (that both you and Akbar called flawed but have as of yet make a single argument to properly show the flaw):

*two groups, who live on the same territory but do not enjoy either equal use of roads and infrastructure or equal access to basic services and water resources.

That above is the very same definition of segregation. It is very reminiscent of how African Americans were treated in the US in the fifties.

Both you and Akbar are arguing the invalidity of a UN Commission for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination which is completely independent but have not provided a single shred to disapprove it. You both can state it is flawed, but that does NOT make it a fact.

The fact is Israel is an apartheid state, and for a supposed democratic state that is an abysmal fact.

March 5th, 2014, 9:47 am


Akbar Palace said:

Bringing Syria into the equation does not excuse the apartheid state.


With all due respect, using the term “Apartheid State” against Israel doesn’t make it so. Arabs and jews live and work together. There are no laws for arabs and a different set of laws for jews. You can ignore reality if you want or if it makes you feel better.

The reason for bringing up Syria or any other arab country is just to show the hypocrisy. Hammering on Israel and ignoring worse human rights across the ME is hypocritical.

March 5th, 2014, 9:48 am


ghufran said:

Bedouins fighting Bedouins:
KSA, UAE and Bahrain withdraw ambassadors from Qatar !!
صفت أوساط خليجية الخطوة المشتركة ضد قطر بأنها تعبير عن نفاد صبر السعودية والإمارات والبحرين من الدوحة، فطوال الأيام الماضية والتسريبات الإعلامية تتحدث عن نار سياسية مشتعلة في الخليج.
وملخص القصة في ما تقوله الرياض وأبوظبي والمنامة عن سلوك الدوحة المعادي لها يعود بسبب تدخل قطر المستمر في الشؤون الداخلية لدول المجلس، حيث أصبحت أراضيها ملجأ للأشخاص الذين يهاجمون نظام الحكم في السعودية والإمارات، آخرهم الدكتور يوسف القرضاوي، الأب الروحي لإخوان العالم، والذي تعدى على سيادة الإمارات، فردت قطر على استنكار الإمارات عليه، ببث خطبه على قنواتها الرسمية.
وتتهم كل من الدول الثلاث، قطر بالعمل على تهديد الاستقرار السياسي والأمني لدول الخليج، عبر تقديم الدعم المالي واللوجستي لجماعة الحوثيين في اليمن، التي تتمركز على مشارف الحدود السعودية، إضافة إلى استقطاب ودعم الرموز الإخوانية في السعودية، والتي صنفتها المملكة بحسب الأمر الملكي الأخير جماعة إرهابية استجابة لحظرها في مصر، ومع ذلك، دأبت قطر على تقديم العون لهؤلاء الأشخاص الذين هددوا وحدة السعودية والإمارات، وعملوا على تغيير نظام الحكم فيها بحكم محكمة إماراتية.
ووفق اتهام السعودية والإمارات والبحرين، فالمال القطري، هدد أمن المنطقة ككل، من خلال التقارير التي تحدثت عن دعمها لجبهة النصرة التابعة لتنظيم القاعدة في سوريا، ونشاطات الإخوان ضد الدولة المصرية، ما يمثل مصدر تهديد لدول الخليج، كما اتسمت قطر بعلاقات صداقة وشراكة مع إسرائيل.
وبلغت الاتهامات دعم الإعلام المعادي للسعودية والإمارات، بتحويل مؤسسات قطرية إلى منابر تهاجمها، خاصة في ما يخص الوضع في مصر، وأغدقت الأموال على الرموز التي تعارض نظام الحكم في هذه البلدان، كما أنها وظفت المال السياسي وشركات العلاقات العامة في الولايات المتحدة والغرب للنيل من مصالح السعودية والإمارات، والعمل على دعم كل ما يضر بمصالح جيرانها، كما تقول السعودية والإمارات.
وقررت السعودية والإمارات والبحرين سحب سفرائها من قطر، وجاء في بيان مشترك للدول الثلاث أن القرار اتخذ بعد فشل كافة الجهود في إقناع قطر بضرورة الالتزام بالمبادئ التي تكفل عدم التدخل في الشؤون الداخلية لأي من دول المجلس بشكل مباشر أو غير مباشر، وعدم دعم كل من يعمل على تهديد أمن واستقرار دول المجلس من منظمات أو أفراد، سواء عن طريق العمل الأمني المباشر أو عن طريق محاولة التأثير السياسي وعدم دعم الإعلام المعادي.
I still think the behavior of Qatar’s ruling elite since 2006 is worth studying, a lot has been said but something is still missing, I do not believe we have a full explanation of why a wealthy emirate like Qatar chooses to take a controversial and potentially destructive path against the interest of the region and its own citizens.

March 5th, 2014, 10:31 am


habib said:

“121. omen said:

regime is still gassing people. make it stop.”

The opposition is still lying about gas. Make it stop.

March 5th, 2014, 11:13 am


Alan said:

This is a normal part of US regime change; hire agents provocateurs to commit atrocities and blame them on the government being removed. We saw the same dirty trick in Syria where the hired mercenaries carried out chemical weapons attacks on civilians which were then blamed on Assad.

March 5th, 2014, 12:55 pm


sami said:


It is not me ignoring reality but rather you, and your dismissal of the UN report is akin to Assadists dismissing every report about Assads brutality.

I am well aware that Arab desposts are much worse than Israel, however their actions does NOT excuse Israels in any shape or form.

Also bringing Syria as an example of the hypocrisy as you said that I suffer from is false to say the least.

I have never apologized for the brutality in Syria (ffrom either side) and stand against everything that does not conform to the norms of society or respects the basic human rights that I enjoy here in Canada.

It would actually be hypocritical of me to prentend that Syria suffers from gross human rights abuses while ignoring what has been done and continues to be done in Israel and the occupied territories.

Lastly, it is not me that is calling Israel an apartheid state but the UN body that is in charge of combating discrimination. I fully agree with their assessment that is neither biased nor short on facts.

The same cannot be said of the link you posted.

March 5th, 2014, 2:20 pm


Alan said:

Pawn by pawn, moved the horse here!
An opponent Player has become in the deep thinking.

March 5th, 2014, 4:32 pm


Tara said:

Jaafari is restricted to 25 miles radius. Good! Well deserved. Jaafari has long served as a ring leader for a propagandists network in the US that spreads filth and lies. I hope the US expel him soon. We should not tolerate filth in our country.

US restricts movements of Syria’s UN ambassador

1 hour ago

Syria’s permanent representative at the United Nations Bashar al-Jaafari gives a press conference at the United Nations headquarters on February 15, 2014 in Geneva (AFP Photo/Philippe Desmazes)

Washington (AFP) – The United States is restricting the movement of Syria’s UN ambassador, limiting him to a 25-mile radius around New York City, the State Department said Wednesday.

Officials gave no explanation for the move against Bashar Jaafari but US relations have deteriorated sharply with Damascus since Syrian President Bashar al-Assad led a crackdown against a pro-democracy uprising in 2011.

“We have delivered a diplomatic note to the permanent representative of the Syrian mission to the United Nations in New York informing him that he is restricted to a 25-mile (40 kilometer) travel radius,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said.

The note was delivered at the end of February, she told reporters.

March 5th, 2014, 6:17 pm


ghufran said:

The telegraph posted an article by Peter Oborne that will certainly draw a lot of criticism:

“We can get rid of Assad or fight al-Qaeda, but we can’t do both”

“To get a proper picture of the Syrian conflict, the West needs to listen to its enemies”

“Syrian President Bashar al-Assad appears to be winning the war”

By Peter Oborne

9:24PM GMT 26 Feb 2014

March 5th, 2014, 11:41 pm


Aboud Dandachi said:

A powerful video by the Save the Children charity. What would happen if civil war came to London? A year in the life of a child, from birthday to birthday.

March 6th, 2014, 12:48 am


annie said:

US Ambassador Ford on what’s gone wrong in Syria and where it’s headed

Recently retired US Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford offered a bleak assessment of the Syrian civil war in his first remarks since departing his post last week.

March 6th, 2014, 1:02 am


omen said:

assad gassed people again.

keep pretending it’s the opposition that’s the problem.

March 6th, 2014, 8:11 am


Dawoud said:

Vladimir Putin’s and Bashar al-Assad’s propaganda outlet, Russia Today (RT), is exposed!

Courageous and principled anchors quit RT on Air!

P.S., Daniel Pipes’ fellow, Ayman Jawad al-Tamimi (, has written an excellent article here. Good for him!

March 6th, 2014, 8:45 am


Dawoud said:

Vladimir Putin’s and Bashar al-Assad’s propaganda outlet, Russia Today (RT), is exposed!

Courageous and principled anchors quit RT on Air!

P.S., Daniel Pipes’ fellow, Ayman Jawad al-Tamimi (, has written an excellent article here. Good for him!

March 6th, 2014, 8:47 am


Akbar Palace said:

It is not me ignoring reality but rather you, and your dismissal of the UN report is akin to Assadists dismissing every report about Assads brutality.


I appreciate your efforts against the brutal Assad regime, but I wouldn’t compare the Assad regime with Israel. Some here fall into that trap, and for what reason?

The CERD report you referenced is issued by OHCHR, The High Commissioner for Human Rights.

The OHCHR has hired Dr. Richard Falk to be the “United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967”.

It just so happens, Richard Falk is a Looney Tune:

Under “Notable Opinions”, Richard Falk has said:

– In October, 1973, Falk defended Karleton Armstrong, who pleaded guilty to bombing the University of Wisconsin Army Mathematics Research Center, which killed a researcher working there and injured another four people.

– In early 1979, when Falk was a professor of International Law at Princeton, he visited Iranian Revolution leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini at his home in exile in France.[76] In a February 1979 New York Times op-ed, after Khomeini had returned to Iran, Falk wrote, “The depiction of him as fanatical, reactionary and the bearer of crude prejudices seems certainly and happily false.”

(for someone who is charged with finding “racism”, Iranian anti-Jewish racism is epidemic, my comment)

– not surprisingly, Falk is a “truther”: In 2004, Falk wrote the preface to David Ray Griffin’s book The New Pearl Harbor: Disturbing Questions About the Bush Administration and 9/11 which maintains that the George W. Bush administration was complicit in the September 11 attacks.

– In a 2002 op-ed in The Nation, Falk was highly critical of Operation Defensive Shield, describing it as “state-sponsored terrorism”. He wrote that the view of an “overwhelming majority” of the UN Security Council, and a UN Human Rights Commission inquiry he was a part of, was that suicide bombings took place only after the Palestinians “ran out of military options”.

(I didn’t read his opinion on the thousands of missiles Hamas and Hezbollah has fired into Israel. I assume Falk thinks that’s just fine)

– In response to the spoiled American jihadists responsible for the Boston bombings:

In a posting on his personal blog called “A Commentary on the Marathon Murders”, reprinted in part on Al Jazeera’s website, Falk wrote regarding the Boston Marathon bombings, which he called “horrific bombings”. He also wrote that “the American global domination project is bound to generate all kinds of resistance in the post-colonial world” and that “the United States has been fortunate not to experience worse blowbacks”.


Please write a LIST for us showing how Israel discriminates against minorities and what makes Israel an “Apartheid State”, since this seems to bother you.


March 6th, 2014, 10:57 am


omen said:

uh oh, did i piss someone off?

testing 123

p.s. i really resent being forced to do math just to log a comment.

March 6th, 2014, 1:18 pm


omen said:

re 130. omen

it took kissinger on ukraine for me to decode badran on syria:

Kissinger then goes on to offer some principles that would produce, he feels, sufficient balanced dissatisfaction on both sides to broker a deal.


“Not a zero-sum endeavor” central to Obama’s vision. Implication in ME:

why not just say this obama realist policy at play?

i hate when pundits think they’re being clever by being coy. being difficult to understand doesn’t make you smart, it just makes you a poor communicator.

sheesh, make me work for it.

March 6th, 2014, 1:20 pm


Alan said:

I think that the Chinese will practice play chess too! The game will be more exciting! get it 😉

March 6th, 2014, 3:23 pm


Alan said:

Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Paet and Catherine Ashton discuss Ukraine over the phone
Officers of Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) loyal to the ousted President Viktor Yanukovich have hacked phones of Estonian Minister of Foreign Affairs Urmas Paet and High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton and leaked their conversation to the web. The officials discuss their impressions of what’s happening in the country after the revolution. The gist of it is that Ukrainian people have no trust in any of the leaders of Maidan.
However the most striking thing of all is the fact which concerns the use of force during the revolution, particularly the snipers who killed both protesters and officers of the riot police. Mr. Paet reveals astonishing information which confirms the rumours that the snipers were employed by the leaders of Maidan.
continuing lack of comments from the EU and their hypocritical massmidiya

Juergen! Can not you hear???

Snipers Are Commonly Used as “False Flag” Terrorists
Unknown snipers reportedly killed both Venezuelan government and opposition protesters in the attempted 2002 coup

Unknown snipers fired during Thailand’s 2010 protests

Unknown snipers allegedly have created bedlam in Syria

And the Estonian foreign minister claims that the new Ukranian government deployed snipers to discredit the former government of Ukraine
Brutal … but effective and cheap.

March 6th, 2014, 5:45 pm




Is it so difficult to kill a criminal that is the origin of this whole mess?

Or do we really need to attack Putin through Ucrania changes to proceed then to the Middle East?

March 6th, 2014, 5:58 pm


Akbar Palace said:

I bet this catches many here by surprise:

Syria to miss deadline to destroy 12 chemical arms sites-sources at OPCW–sector.html

March 6th, 2014, 6:36 pm


Alan said:

Are you frustrated? Do you want to restrict on al-Jaafari

March 6th, 2014, 6:58 pm


Tara said:


Of course, the monkey is a dear in his mother’s eyes. And despite that, the monkey remains one. Not less, not more.

The Assadists see Jaafari “beautiful and talented” and despite that he remains ugly and un-talented ( to be polite) in the eyes of the world. Remember when Christian Amanapur asked him how he coud sleep at night. Does it get any more contemptuous?

March 6th, 2014, 7:08 pm


Alan said:

171. TARA
Why Ibrahimi asked for his replacing ? And why the United States restrict his movement within the limits of 40 km
It is unreasonable to consider that the winner is the one who praises his opponents!

March 6th, 2014, 7:51 pm


Tara said:


“Why Ibrahimi asked for his replacing”

Ibrahimi wanted him excluded لا نه الجعفري قليل أدب.

America restricted him because he is a liar propagandist that took advantage of his living in NYC and traveled all over the US spreading the regime lies. The US is forced to put up with him staying in NYC because he is Barta’s Amnassador to the UN but made it clear that propagandist of a regime that used chemical weapons against its own people are not welcome across the US.

March 6th, 2014, 8:27 pm


Ghufran said:

Los Angeles (CNN) – U.S. authorities have learned more about two Los Angeles-area men claiming in a video to be gang members fighting in Syria: It turns out they are Syrian nationals of Armenian descent who were deported back to that country because of their criminal history.

March 6th, 2014, 9:00 pm


Ghufran said:

While the war was raging in more than one front there was a boxing match in a meeting between the NC and field commandors, aksalser and other opposition sources reported that jarba received 3 punches ( why not 4) from angry Salim Idris supporters which seemed to have convinced jarba to appoint Idris as a “military advisor”.
Areas under government control are becoming havens for thugs who in 3 areas at least (Latakia, Homs and Damascus) are staffing checkpoints that specialize in armed robbery and kidnapping. Assad cousins are still busy smuggling goods from Lebanon without paying any dues ( the latest involved men working for Ayham Alassad and a brother of the thief in charge rami Makhlouf) while rebels in Dair Azzour were engaged in a gun battle over stolen oil !!
يا أمة ضحكت من جهلها الامم

March 6th, 2014, 10:07 pm



Should Assad be sacrified in Exchange for Crimea?

Ucrania is mostly lost for Putin but he still hopes to get back Crimea and its strategic location by diplomatic means that includes recongnition by UE and US.

The head of Assad, the control over Syria and the gas lines from the Gulf could be in the negotiation rounds happening these days.

March 7th, 2014, 4:57 am


Alan said:

Stop Fantasies Hamad-Bandar ideas in barter!
Russia will not barter with the interests of any party it was! All interests will remain under it control!
That is not rational, that the ideas of the past nestled in mind
In order to serve in the future
Must keep up with the rapid changes of the 21st century

March 7th, 2014, 6:57 am


Alan said:

/that propagandist of a regime that used chemical weapons against its own people are not welcome across the US/.

Is the United States found weapons of mass destruction in Iraq?
Are the US wars in Iraq and Afghanistan returned well for interest on the American people?

Templates serving reasons U.S. wars are obsolete.

March 7th, 2014, 7:05 am


Alan said:

The Obama administration is incapable of controlling its affronts against foreign nations despite those nations having posed no threat to them.

the true reasons behind the travel restrictions have not been announced by the State Department, such a development is perhaps due to the fact that the administration does not want any officials of the Syrian government to have the ability to provide a different narrative of the Syrian tragedy than the one promoted by the State Department and its mouthpiece media outlets.

Any further developments arising out of this situation will continue to be monitored closely.

March 7th, 2014, 7:17 am


Sami said:


Falk did not write the report but 18 independent individuals from 18 different countries.

So far you have distracted from the report rather than demonstrating its invalidity as you claim.

If the report is false, then don’t distract from it and show me how it is so.

March 7th, 2014, 9:48 am



Saddam used chemical weapons against kurdish populations in Halabja (1988). Then the supporters of the dictatorship said the chemical explosion was due to kurdish and iranian intruders manipulating a chemical device. They accused Iran of being infiltrated in Halabja.

Assad used chemical weapons against syrian populations in East Damaascus last summer (2013). Then the supporters of the dictatorship said the chemical explosion was due to syrian and saudí intruders manipulating a chemical device. They accused Saudi Arabia of being infiltrated in Jawbar and Harasta.

The same role developed by US first and Rusia later show that it is not a question of who but a question of what.

There are criminals and Assad and Saddam are war criminals.

March 7th, 2014, 10:42 am


Akbar Palace said:


OK. I’ll be happy to refute the CERD report for you. If Israel were “racist”, Israel wouldn’t be spending so much time and money trying bring black jews to israel. If Israel were racist or an “apartheid state”, blacks or arabs would not be allowed to live or dine or work or ride in the same bus or go to the same school with “white” jews.

Secondly, Israel is not responsible for the well-being of people living under the Hamas or PA government. These areas are not even accessible to Israelis unless they get special permission. All roads in Israel are accessible to Israelis whether they are jews or non-jews.

Areas under control by Palestinians (Hamas and the PA) cannot be owned by jews and not ONE jew is allowed to live there. Speaking of racism. CERD does not recognize the fact that Palestine is a homeland for two people: arab (Palestinian) and jew and that the border is still undefined. Israel can live equally with a non-jewish minority, but the Palestinians cannot live with a jewish minority.

The Looney Tune and anti-jewish RACIST, Richard Falk, and his employment with the OHCHR is merely indicative of their bias through the CERD report. Here one person’s opinion of the report. Meanwhile, I’m still waiting for your list proving Israel is an “apartheid state”.

March 7th, 2014, 11:04 am


ghufran said:

KSA joins the choir and declares 3 islamist groups as “terrorist”
(ISIS, Nusra and yes the MB)
السعودية تدرج جماعة الإخوان المسلمين وجبهة النصرة وداعش ضمن قائمة
according to the guided kingdom, over a third of NC executive council are terrorists !!

March 7th, 2014, 11:44 am




If you are Assadist you are included in the same Saudi Arabian terrorist list.

March 7th, 2014, 2:35 pm


Alan said:

Is not the Saudi foreign minister, Prince Bandar bin demon brought these fighters? Crime will not be forgiven by declaration or statement or new instructions!
The victims were civilians. Unfortunately, people will keep on making excuses for these low life terrorists pointing them as “freedom fighters

March 7th, 2014, 4:17 pm


Ghufran said:

Welcome to the whore house known as Middle East politics. Qatar is now looking at opening channels with Syria after meeting with reps from Iran and hizbullah.

March 7th, 2014, 6:13 pm


norman said:

Saudi Arabia is trying to avoid paying compensation to Syria for the damage they caused, they will pay so will Qatar and Turkey,

March 7th, 2014, 6:45 pm


Badr said:

Should Obama be cut some slack?

Obama’s challenges

“New York Magazine’s Jonathan Chait . . . arguing that the Obama foreign policy is a practical form of idealism. He may harbour lofty principles, but he understands that there are not always good solutions, as in Syria.”

March 8th, 2014, 3:32 am


Alan said:

Dear Mr.President of the Republic of Chechnya – Ramzan Kadyrov
Please see this video!
And then I ask you, what practical measures that can be taken at an early age before they occur such crimes?
I look forward to the official answer!

March 8th, 2014, 5:53 am


Alan said:

1st city ‘liberated’ by ‘democratic’ forces in Syria
“You walk in streets of Raqqa and feel you are in Chechnya”

Militant grip transforms, terrorizes Syrian city

west democratization drive to a lab technician experimenting on mice!!!!!!!!!!!!!

March 8th, 2014, 7:01 am


Sami said:


The CERD report listed the many ways that Israel is an apartheid state. If you disagree with it, then please refute it rather than distracting from it.

Up to this point you have not shown me a single reason why the contents of the report are false.

If it is indeed false as you claim then you shouldn’t find it very hard to refute instead of comparing Israel to Syria, or blaming the Palestinians, or calling Richard Falk a racists.

If you want to discuss the content of the report and show me how it is false I am all game. If you want to rewrite history and make false claims such as Palestinians can’t live with Jews (Does that make Palestinian Jews, self hating Jews?) I am not interested.

March 8th, 2014, 9:55 am


ghufran said:

These are the people who are supposed to “liberate” Syria and bring democracy, they acted like a bunch of greedy Bedouins and Shabeehas while Syrians are being killed daily in a war that should not have started in the first place.
Idris gave embarrassing details to al-Quds alarabi about what happened in a meeting between Jarba’s gang and Idris boys, he accused the NC of corruption, autocratic and uncivilized behavior, this sounds like Mukhabarati conduct to me, Assad’s opponents have become images of Assad’s thugs or worse !!
انطاكيا ـ ‘القدس العربي’ في تصريح خاص لـ’القدس العربي’، إتهم اللواء سليم إدريس رئيس الائتلاف المعارض أحمد الجربا ووزير الدفاع وأعضاء مجلس الأركان، بإفشال صيغة التسوية لحل أزمة قيادة الأركان، ووصف إدريس الجربا بـ’مكمم الأفواه’ و’الطامح لدور القائد الأوحد’، كما شن هجوما على وزير الدفاع أسعد مصطفى وبعض أعضاء مجلس قيادة الأركان الثلاثين متهما إياهم بتلقي مبالغ مالية مقابل تصويتهم على إقالته في اجتماع عقد قبل أسابيع، قائلا ‘دفعت أموال وأعطيت ظروف مالية لشراء الأصوات ضدي’.
وقال اللواء إدريس، إنه تم التنصل من الإتفاق الذي كان يقضي باستقالته مع وزير الدفاع وإجراء انتخابات شاملة لاختيار قيادة جديدة للأركان، موضحا أن ‘اجتماعا عقد بين قادة الجبهات والمجالس العسكرية من جهة، وبين رئيس الائتلاف الجربا ووزير الدفاع أسعد مصطفى، بالإضافة إلى أعضاء مجلس الأركان الثلاثين ولكنه انتهى بعراك’.
وتابع ‘ذهبنا واستقالتنا في جيوبنا من أجل إنجاح التسوية، لكننا وجدنا أن الجربا ووزير الدفاع أسعد مصطفى تنصلوا منذ بداية الإجتماع من الإتفاق، ورفض وزير الدفاع الإستقالة، ما اضطر قادة الجبهات والمجالس العسكرية للإنسحاب، وفي هذه الأثناء فوجئ القادة بإقفال أبواب القاعة، ووجود عناصر أمن كالشبيحة قاموا بالتهجم عليهم واعتدوا بالضرب على قائد الجبهة الشرقية محمد عبود’.

March 8th, 2014, 9:58 am


ghufran said:

Kamal al-labwani is saying what many rebel supporters are unwilling to say, he is asking Israel to repeat its Free Lebanese army experiment in Southern Syria and fight on rebels’ side:
– أصبحت معظم القوى المسلحة على الأرض لا تمانع تعاون ما مع اسرائيل بعد الهمجية التي شهدتها من قبل النظام وايران وعصاباتهم وبعد ان خذلها المجتمع الدولي .

– يمكن ان تساعد اسرائيل على تأمين فرض منطقة حظر جوي فعلي، ولا يهم أن يعلن عن ذلك ام لا، تبدأ بمئة كيلومتر وتمتد حسب التطورات وتبريرها على أنها منع الأسد من قتل شعبه.
Labwani wants Israel to impose a no fly zone to “protect Syrians from Assad”.
– يمكن لإسرائيل تكرار تجربة جنوب لبنان لكن بنسخة ناجحة في جنوب سوريا ، حيث تلعب اسرائيل دورا في حماية المدنيين ودعم الأغلبية بدل لعب دور الاحتلال ودعم أقليات كما حدث في لبنان .
He makes it clear that Israel should support the “majority” meaning sunni muslims, he advises Israel not to support minorities.
– يمكن لإسرائيل تقديم الحماية الجوية والمساعدات الانسانية للاجئين وفتح روابط اجتماعية مع الداخل الإسرائيلي لكسر حالة العداء والكراهية والخوف. كما يمكن البدء باستعمال الجولان “كحديقة سلام” وتعارف لسكان المنطقة الذين عصفت بهم الحروب .
Labwani said that most rebel factions do not mind cooperating with Israel, he invited Israel to make the Golan heights a “garden for peace”, I am sure Israel is eager to follow Labwani’s thoughtful advice.
Let us wait and see if Labwani will explain in details his brilliant approach to Syria’s war, until he does that I will have to consider him an official nut case, what a sad fate for somebody who was seen as a “moderate” opposition figure !!

March 8th, 2014, 11:13 am


Alan said:

International politicians ! Please support the practice of local ceasefires in Syria!

I call upon all international community and opposition politicians who can influence the event happening ‘on the ground’ to provide active support of this process that can save many thousands of lives and alleviate the suffering of the civilian population,”.

U.S. allies in the region are not slowing down the pace of providing “assistance” to Syrian militants. the use of the territory of neighboring countries for the transit of weapons for armed opposition groups and training of militants in training camps!
Please stop acts against civilians!

March 8th, 2014, 11:16 am


Akbar Palace said:


Ok. That’s reasonable. I will go through each CERD report item and comment on it. The report is only 9 pages long, so it is doable. Since you are relying on this report and not your personal experiences, we’ll focus on the report. I just need to get to my desktop….doing this on my pda is not going to work….

March 8th, 2014, 12:21 pm


ghufran said:

Here is an interesting piece, it helps us understand how the head of the regime handled the crisis in 2011 and how influential and sectarian sheikhs have been from the beginning of the war until today.
The following are samples of what Sarya al-rifaee said in a recent interview, the man has a lot of followers in Damascus and beyond
أجرى الشيخ سارية نائب رئيس رابطة علماء الشام حوراً مع ” المثقف الجديد ” كشف فيه عما دار بينه وبين بشار الأسد قبيل و أثناء الثورة وما جرى في مسجد الرفاعي في قلب دمشق في عام 2011
This is how the sheikh responded to a question about whether he was surprised by how brutal the regime was, notice the sectarian tone and the historical hatred that jumps from the lines, what is ironic is that this is the same guy who is accusing his opponents of being sectarian and hateful:
لقد قرأنا التاريخ وعلمنا جرائم الصفويين والقرامطة وما فعله الرافضة في القرون السالفة وتعاونهم مع الصليبيين والتتار في قتل المسلمين من أهل السنة في العديد من البلاد الإسلامية. وقد كنا نتوقع القمع الشديد والقتل والسجن والتعذيب من نظام طائفي مرتبط ارتباطاً وثيقاً بأولئك الذين يعتقدون كفرنا ويتقربون إلى الله بقتلنا
Now notice how the regime operates and why it lost the trust of everybody they used to mediate (they hear something from Assad then they see something else from his thugs):
تم دعوتنا للقاء بشار الأسد مع مجموعة من العلماء والمشايخ . وكان من جملة ما قاله لي بشار الأسد : إن ما تكلمت به في خطبتك السابقة يعتبر تحريض للشعب ,فلو تكلمت هذا بيننا وبينك ، فقلت تكلمنا وبمعية المشايخ كثيراً في الغرف المغلقة ,ولم نجد آذاناً صاغية ,لذلك لم أجد سبيلا للحفاظ على الوطن إلا أن أفضح هذا الفساد وهذه الإساءات للمتدينين على المنبر . وبعد اندلاع المظاهرات طلب بشار لقاءً خاصا معي ومع أخي الشيخ أسامة فقط . وسألنا في ذلك اللقاء ما هي مطالبكم ؟ فتحدثنا عن الفساد المستشري في البلد وأنه أمر ممنهج ومقصود ,وتكلمنا عن الممارسات القمعية للدولة في السنوات الأخيرة تجاه المتدينين مثل إبعاد ألف ومئتي مدرسة محجبة عن التعليم وغير ذلك من الأمور . ثم قال لعل أهل درعا يستجيبون لكم ,وطلب منا أن نذهب إليهم ونسألهم عن مطالبهم ووعد بأنه سيستجيب لها بالكامل ، وطبعاً كان هذا في الأيام الاولى للثورة قبل أن تراق الدماء وقبل أن تشتعل سورية. وذهبنا بالفعل إلى درعا والتقينا في مجلس المحافظة مع أكثر من ستين من وجهاء حوران ,وتكلم الكثير منهم عن معاناتهم من ابن خالة بشار المسؤول الأمني الذي سجن أطفالهم وعذبهم ,وقال لوجهائهم انسوا أولادكم وأنجبوا غيرهم وإلا فأرسلوا نساءكم إلينا حتى يحملن أولاداً يحبون الوطن وسيد الوطن. قالوا نريد محاكمة هذا الرجل الخبيث وقدموا مطالب أخرى بسيطة للغاية وأخذنا تلك المطالب الى بشار ,فقال للأسف : إنه ابن خالتي وقال بالحرف الواحد : أزعر وعزلناه . ولم يمض أكثر من يومين إلا وأطلقوا الرصاص على المتظاهرين في درعا واستشهد فيها أربعون شابا . فقررنا وقتها ألا نزوره ولا أحداً من أعوانه أبداً . وبعد عدة أشهر جاءني لواء في القصر الجمهوري وطلب مني زيارة بشار لحل المشكلة ,فقلت وقتها إننا أقسمنا يميناً أن لا نزوره بعد أن خذلنا ,فأصر كثيراً فقلت له وهل يستطيع بشار أن يحل المشكله وحده ؟ فاستغرب هذا الكلام , فقلت له : لو أنني قلت لبشار إن حل المشكلة يكمن في تخليك عن الحكم فهل يفعل ؟؟. قال : إننا نريد أن نحل المشكلة لا أن نعقدها. فقلت: إنكم ومعظم ضباط الأمن يعلم أن بشار اً الأسد لم يعد يملك من الأمر شيئاً
You know that the country is screwed when a security chief ignores the crimes committed by members of his security agency and focuses on insulting his visitors.
Then Sarya tries to moderate his tone by “reminding” people that Syrians are not sectarian people:
سوريا لا تعرف الطائفية والتاريخ يشهد على ذلك, لاسيما والكل يعلم أن نسبة الطوائف في سورية كلها لا تتجاوز 26 % بالنسبة للمسلمين أهل السنة. ولم يجد الأقلية من الأكثرية عبر قرون متطاولة إلا التسامح والمساواة في الحقوق والواجبات
But minutes later he goes back to his sectarian line and compares pro regime forces to infidels in the time of Prophet Muhammad:
الكتائب القوية على الأرض أصابها العجب لما لديها من إمكانيات مادية ومعنوية. وربنا يحدثنا عن غزوة حنين ” ويوم حنين إذ أعجبتكم كثرتكم فلم تغن عنكم شيئاً وضاقت عليكم الأرض بما رحبت ثم وليتم مدبرين
Then he has the nerve to “assure” minorities:
لا خوف على الاقليات ولا خوف على أحد في سورية المستقبل إن شاء الله تعالى
However, he can not help reminding us where he stands by stating his belief that political, economic and social Islam did not and will not fall !!
الإسلام السياسي والإقتصادي والاجتماعي لم يسقط ولن يسقط بإذن الله تعالى, لكن التآمر عليه مع أخطاء بعض القائمين عليه هو الذي يضعفه
As usual, it is always somebody’s else fault when things go wrong with Islamists because they see themselves as god’s agents on earth who get challenged by the devil from time to time.

March 8th, 2014, 2:23 pm


mjabali said:


This Sheikh (Sariyah al-Rifa’i) is talking as if he is Ibn Taymiyah…or al-Baghdai, or al-Julani..

March 8th, 2014, 4:25 pm


Tara said:

The article says that in 20 years most of Iran will become Sunni due to high rate of conversion from Shiism to Sunnism as the Iranians find it more appealing compared to intolerant Shiism sponsored by the mullahs. Their sectarianism will “boomerang”.

تزايد أهل السنة في إيران يزعج مراجع شيعية
السبت 7 جمادي الأول 1435هـ – 8 مارس 2014م
حجة الإسلام والمسلمين الدكتور ناصر رفيعي

دبي – موسى الشريفي
أعرب مختص وخبير في الشؤون الدينية والمذهبية في إيران، عن قلقه من انخفاض عدد سكان الشيعة وارتفاع عدد أهل السنة في هذا البلد، قائلاً: “إن علماء ومراجع التقليد الشيعية قلقون جداً من انخفاض عدد الشيعة وازدياد أهل السنة في إيران”.
وقال حجة الإسلام والمسلمين، الدكتور ناصر رفيعي، العضو البارز في “الهيئة العلمية لجامعة المصطفى العالمية”، أمس الجمعة، خلال كلمة ألقاها بمناسبة افتتاح منتدى تحت عنوان “الفاطمية وفرص الدعوة”، في مركز “دين وانديشة” للثقافة، أن نسبة عدد أهل السنة في إيران ترتفع بسرعة، وفي المقابل نسبة عدد الشيعة تنخفض، مشيراً إلى أن عدد تلاميذ المرحلة الابتدائية من أبناء السنة يعادل 50% من كل التلاميذ في إيران، ما يعني أن عددهم أصبح يعادل الشيعة”.
وأضاف رفيعي: “في إحدى المدن في محافظة أذربيجان الإيرانية يفوق عدد أهل السنة عدد الشيعة، حيث أصبحت نسبة السنة 70%، والشيعة 30%، وهذا خطير جداً”، حسب قوله نقلاً عن وكالة “مهر” الإيرانية.
وعزا هذا الخبير ارتفاع عدد أهل السنة في إيران إلى تعدد الزوجات بينهم، وكثرة الإنجاب، وانخفاض عدد سكان إيران، والذي تشكل الشيعة غالبيته، حسب قوله.
وأضاف: “إن نسبة تعدد الزوجات في بعض مدن أهل السنة تصل إلى أربع زوجات للرجل، وعدد الأولاد إلى 40 ولداً في الأسرة الواحدة أحياناً”.
وأكد هذا الخبير في كلمته أن علماء ومراجع التقليد الشيعية أعلنوا عن قلقهم الشديد إزاء هذا التغيير، وانخفاض عدد السكان في إيران، موكداً أن المراجع الشيعية في إيران حثت المواطنين على التزاوج وكثرة الإنجاب وازدياد المواليد”.
وهذه ليست المرة الأولى التي يعلن المسؤولون الإيرانيون ومؤسساتهم الدينية عن قلقهم الشديد من ارتفاع عدد السنة في إيران. لقد نشر موقع “شيعة أونلاين” قبل سنة تقريراً أوضح فيه أنه خلال الـ20 عاماً القادمة ستصبح الشيعة في إيران أقلية مذهبية، في المقابل تتحول السنة إلى الأكثرية، تليها الأديان الأخرى مثل المسيحية والمجوسية.

وكان آية الله مكارم شيرازي، الذي يعد من كبار علماء الشيعة وأحد أبرز أساتذة الحوزة العلمية الشيعية في مدينة قم، كان قد حذر من ارتفاع عدد أهل السنة في إيران، حيث أعلن عن قلقه الشديد علناً في مؤتمر “الإمام السجاد الدولي”.
عندما قال “نرى اليوم أهل السنة يشترون الأراضي في أطراف مدينة مشهد (خراسان) كي يزداد عددهم”. واستطرد في نفس المحاضرة قائلاً: “إن أي أحد ينفق ريالاً واحداً لترويج المذهب الشيعي فهو يساعد على استقرار وأمن إيران”.
وكان هذا المرجع الشيعي هاجم من أسماهم أهل العقيدة “الوهابية”، وهي عبارة تطلقها إيران على كل من يتحول من المذهب الشيعي إلى المذهب السني، قائلاً: دعيت المسؤولين إلى تشكيل أحزاب ومجموعات للتصدي لهذه النشاطات (التحول لمذهب السنة)، ولا توجد أي محدودية لمن يقوم بمنعهم، ونحن طليقو الأيدي في هذا المجال.
من جهة أخرى، احتج الشيخ مولوي عبدالحميد، إمام السنة في إيران، على تصريحات آية الله مكارم شيرازي، واعتبرها تحريضاً علنياً على أهل السنة في إيران.

أسباب انخفاض عدد الشيعة في إيران
وخلافاً لما قاله خبير الجمهورية الإسلامية من أسباب ارتفاع عدد السنة وانخفاض عدد الشيعة، فإن بعض الخبراء يرون أن ارتفاع عدد السنة في إيران هو نتيجة الوعي الجماهيري والشعوب في إيران بالدين والمذهب والانتشار الواسع لوسائل الإعلام والإنترنيت، وأداء الحكومة الإيرانية وتبنيها المذهب الشيعي أساء لها من خلال تصرفاتها وسلوكها واستخدامه ورقة سياسية جعلته يتقهقر في إيران، خاصة في المناطق والمحافظات التي تغطيها قوميات غير فارسية، ودمج المذهب الشيعي بالتطلعات الفارسية، وطموح صنع امبراطورية شيعية فارسية من قبل حكام طهران، واختزال هذا المذهب في أصل ولاية الفقيه جعل الكثير من الذين كانوا ينتمون له أن يهربوا ويتحولوا إلى مذهب أهل السنة أو إلى الأديان الأخرى غير الإسلام.
السنة في إيران
يذكر أن الأغلبية في إيران كانت من أهل السنة قبل حكم السلالة الصفوية منذ حوالي 500 سنة، ولكن تحولت بالقوة والقتل والبطش إلى التشيع، وبقيت الأقاليم التي عصت على دخول جنود الصفويين مثل كردىستان وبلوشستان سنية إلى يومنا هذا.
أقاليم بلوشستان وكردستان وجلستان (ذات أغلية تركمانية) وأجزاء كبيرة من إقليمي الساحلي وبوشهر تسكنها أغلبية سنية، كما يشهد إقليم الأهواز أو عربستان، الذي تطلق عليه إيران مسمى خوزستان، تحولاً مطّرداً إلى المذهب السني بين الشيعة العرب الذين كانوا يشكلون الأغلبية في هذا الإقليم. وتفيد بعض التقارير بأنه على الرغم من قلة الموارد الاقتصادية واستمرار العقوبات وتفشي البطالة، فإن الإحصائيات تظهر ارتفاع نسبة السنة في البلاد، ما دفع السلطات الإيرانية إلى ترويج زيادة الولادة وإلغاء خطة تحديد النسل التي كانت تبنتها منذ عقود، خوفاً من فقدان الانسجام الطائفي.

March 8th, 2014, 4:30 pm


Ghufran said:

The article Tara posted is interesting, I happen to believe that Iran will be better off with more Sunni and less mullahs who in my own experience with Iranians in the state are afraid of allowing fair elections. This Shia- Sunni conflict is self destructive for Muslim countries and can only help Israel and those who want Muslims to stay in the middle ages.
A lot was written about how the mullahs hijacked the Shia Islam and much of that is true, the same can be said about Wahhabism except that the latter is worse, more violent and has a global reach.
In Syria, the day when people in areas under regime control rise against Assad thugs and shabeehas will come but the time today is not right for a major dissent because people in the coast see terrorists as a bigger threat. Things got much worse lately in the coastal areas and Homs after the army was forced to stretch itself thin and that gave thugs carrying the false banner of Muqawamah, when most of them never wore uniform,an opportunity to practice their old hobby of thuggery while poor alawites are dying in the battle field.
I have studies syria’s history since I was a teenager and watched how the country moved from ok to bad to worse since 1963 ( happy 8th of March !!) and I can say with a great degree of confidence that the rule of the Assads ( which has few bright spots) produced one of the worst class of citizens in Syria’s modern history. The country I left decades ago will have no future until both Sunni and alawites get rid of the thugs fighting in their name when in reality they are only serving their own narrow selfish interests.

March 8th, 2014, 6:02 pm


Alan said:

As the Syrian crisis enters its fourth year, with more jihadists arriving and more militia being formed across the political and religious spectrum, the US intelligence community and congressional sources are now predicting the war will continue for another decade or more. It’s anyone’s guess what the post-Syrian crisis period will bring to this region given the rise of ethno-nationalism along with demands for the return of Sykes-Picot land grabs. There are also growing signs of a cataclysmic intifada in Palestine. When you add to all that US intelligence predictions of the overthrow of two, and possibly three, Gulf monarchies, another Hezbollah-Zionist war, plus the deterioration of the social and religious fabric across the region, the future looks bleak indeed.

March 8th, 2014, 6:22 pm


Alan said:

If the U.S. and its allies does not take action to stop the Jihadists flow through the Syrian borders, the rules of the game can be changed, jumping at irrevocable direction! Remember and take care

March 9th, 2014, 11:49 am


Ghufran said:

News of the release of the nuns who were kidnapped by Islamists last year.

March 9th, 2014, 12:25 pm


Uzair8 said:

Alan #201

Alan, blame Assad. The borders are his responsibility and he has long abandoned them in order to focus inland. He cannot control the entry of men and supplies hence his regime and allies will find themselves futilely fighting the same battles again and again, each time his forces dwindling until they disappear, all memory of the regime lost, like tears in the rain*/**.

* Apart from nostalgic memories in the minds of die hard Menhabeks.

** Courtesy of Blade Runner (1982).

March 9th, 2014, 12:27 pm


Uzair8 said:

Good Morning VietSham!

Continuing on the theme of my last comment (#201).

Iran and Hezbo have got themselves trapped in an escapable vortex. They’re in big trouble. Any token advances here and there are nothing the rebels cannot recapture like they’ve done before.

It’s the borders, the border’s!

Once more advanced arms (as reported) from Saudi enter and come into play then it’ll mean more pain for the doomed Assad camp.

The Syrian people will come out on top.

March 9th, 2014, 12:39 pm


Uzair8 said:

Another point, regarding the possibility of western intervention in Syria.

If Russia keeps behaving like it is (Ukraine), and if the unfriendliness and mutual blame between Russia and Saudi over Syria continues, then Obama and the west may have to reverse the trend of disengagement from the middle east that has been observed under the Obama years. Intervention in Syria could be the ‘Statement of Intent’ signalling the change of course.

The west may also feel they have become too soft thus Putin taking advantage and throwing his weight around (Ukraine).

Don’t rule out the possibility of intervention in Syria.

March 9th, 2014, 12:50 pm


Alan said:

203. UZAIR8
I think that your loved Israelis understand speech better than you!

March 9th, 2014, 1:01 pm


Alan said:

What is the news U.S. bonds and Eurobonds?
How is the heat of the U.S. stock exchanges?
keep sleeping and do not forget to stock the products!

March 9th, 2014, 1:58 pm


Ghufran said:

Alhayat newspaper, funded and directed by KSA, dared to post a story about short term marriages among Syrian refugees in Jordan after anti Shia media tried for years to suggest that those marriages only exist in Shia communities. The bride is often an under age girl as young as 14 and the groom is usually a Bedouin sheikh from the GCC with few thousand $ to spare.
What some boneheads do not understand is that exploitation and maltreatment of women is the product of poverty and illiteracy and is not a Shia or a Sunni problem. As for the animals who prey on poor Syrian girls I yet to see any serious response from any Muslim government, the sheikhs of the GCC buy access to those girls by bribing officials and paying middle men who act as good doers while indeed they are Pimps wearing a religious dress.

March 9th, 2014, 2:29 pm


ghufran said:

Syrian government is tight lipped about leaks indicating that they agreed to free a detained Qatari intelligence officer and another Qatari national, among others, in return of the nuns detained by Islamists. SOHR tried to mediate the release of 4 soldiers from Alawite areas and secure the release of 50 rebels and opposition prisoners but according to SOHR the regime refused. News about a possible thaw in Syrian-Qatari relations only added fire to the story. I said that before, Assad and his circle will not hesitate to sell the blood of Syrian soldiers and “forgive” the GCC (including Qatar) if they get paid and receive assurances that their financial interests and their political hegemony will remain intact or at least largely protected, that is why there will never be any serious retaliatory measures against KSA and Qatar by the regime and that is why none of the detained Saudi and Qatari officers were shown on TV. The regime prefers to use any leverage it has to help keep top thugs in power even if that means making nice with the Bedouins of the GCC. The dirty Sheikhs of KSA and Qatar know this, the US knows it, and they are not worried about the empty threat coming from regime mouth pieces regarding the GCC.

March 9th, 2014, 6:55 pm


omen said:

someone i didn’t know at all but used to chat with on rare
occasion was killed.

if you live in syria, take lots of photos. it could be your only legacy.

March 10th, 2014, 12:30 am


omen said:

the genius of assad supporters:

March 10th, 2014, 1:48 am


Alan said:

Can We Afford Ukraine?

Officially, US debt stands at more than $17 trillion. In reality, it is many times more. The cost of the US invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq may be more than six trillion dollars. President Obama’s illegal invasion of Libya cost at least a billion dollars and left that country devastated. The costs of US regime change efforts in Syria are likely thus far enormous, both in dollars and lives. That’s still a secret.

So who in his right mind would think it is a good time to start a war with Russia over Ukraine? And worse, who would commit the United States to bail out a Ukraine that will need at least $35 billion to survive the year?

Who? The president and Congress, backed by the neocons and the so-called humanitarian interventionists!

March 10th, 2014, 2:01 pm



Shabbeeha and loyalists are a real circus riot. After months of buying and selling the nuns’ cause, all of the sudden they are now badmouthing these nuns with the worst possible epithets. Just because mother superior and a few nuns burst the media goofs’ bubbles by stating that they were treated well during their hostage ordeal despite of the media goofs trying to put words in the nuns’ mouths. Touche….

The funniest part was when mother superior said:

I thank president bashar al-assad for contacting the emir of Qatar….LOL.

March 10th, 2014, 4:39 pm


Alan said:

U.S. Gen. Martin Dempsey! Will cause yourself defeat inevitably!
In a short time , and regular Snowden publish State Department and CIA documents , which will be about 5 billion dollars, to pay for Kiev abandoned revolution , and dozens of silent foreigners in the same uniform , well- fought on the barricades undercover Maidan.
But it will be later , after the war. If the war would be local rather than global nuclear .
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, U.S. Gen. Martin Dempsey said the U.S. military is ready to support allies in Europe and to support Ukraine in case of deterioration of the situation in the country. Literally : the U.S. is ready to “respond if necessary .” When such statements makes the most senior military and Secretary of State Kerry said that diplomatic options have been exhausted to resolve the crisis , really smell of gunpowder and blood.

March 10th, 2014, 4:47 pm


Alan said:

أجهزة الأمن الامريكية تسعى لتشديد الرقابة على الموظفين لمنع تكرار حادثة سنودن :روسيا اليوم

March 10th, 2014, 5:00 pm


Alan said:

U.S. Gen. Martin Dempsey!Did you take a cold shower?

March 10th, 2014, 7:28 pm



Syria in Five Minutes. Good letting other understand what happens in Syria.

March 11th, 2014, 5:14 am


omen said:

apparently, there are negotiations ongoing for release of hostages:

ISIS, Opposition Factions in Raqqa Discuss Captive Exchange

The General Commander of Raqqa Rebels Brigade, Abu Issa, has told al-Quds al-Arabi that negotiations to exchange captives have begun with the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS).

The brigade agreed on the exchange deal, which was prepared for by figures from Raqqa tribes sent by ISIS to discuss the situation of their captives.

Abu Issa said the main condition to continue the negotiations is the release of all the civilians and fighters captured by ISIS, and if the organization admitted the death of a captive, it should deliver the body to his family.


One prison survivor said the kidnapped civilians and fighters all remain in ISIS’s biggest prison; al-Sad prison in Tabqa city, including the rights advocate Abdullah al-Khalil, the activist Firas Alhaj Saleh, Father Paolo Dall’Oglio, the activist Ibrahim al-Ghazi, and the military leader lieutenant Abdulwahab (nicknamed Memati), who was transported to the prison later.


March 11th, 2014, 2:24 pm


omen said:

lockerbie blamed on iran:

Tuesday 11 March 2014 Iran , UK
Iran, not Libya, behind Lockerbie, claims defector

The Lockerbie bombing was ordered by Iranian officials in retaliation for the US shooting down one of its civilian aircraft, a high level defector claims.

Former Iranian intelligence official Abolghassem Mesbahi, who has defected to Germany, said that the attack was organised in Tehran and carried out by the Syrian-based Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command (PFLP-GC).

The claim follows a Channel 4 News report in December 2013, in which it was revealed that an undercover CIA agent said he was told by up to 15 high-level Syrian officials that the PFLP-GC was involved in the December 1988 bombing, which killed 270 people.


with video report.

March 11th, 2014, 2:38 pm


omen said:

The Lockerbie bombing was ordered by Iranian officials in retaliation for the US shooting down one of its civilian aircraft, a high level defector claims.

March 11th, 2014, 2:49 pm


Alan said:

220. OMEN
Advertising tools exceeded common sense!Villainy!
Next week they will claim Lockerbie was the work of Crimeans working for Russia!

March 11th, 2014, 4:43 pm


Alan said:

By now, it should be clear to all informed observers that there are only two options regarding the true motivation behind the decisions being taken by the American ruling class, particularly in terms of foreign policy – a truly hidden agenda aimed at moving geopolitical chess pieces into place for the purposes of initiating a world conflict and the establishment of a hegemonic world order or, simply put, absolute mental insanity.

March 11th, 2014, 4:45 pm


omen said:

alan, do you have a little girl? she could be your daughter.

March 11th, 2014, 5:01 pm


Alan said:

this is a cheap trick! Do you consider yourself to be more merciful than we her countrymen? Hands off Syria!

March 11th, 2014, 5:28 pm


Tara said:

ابن أنيسة بالصرماية أطلق سراح ام وأطفالها والشبيحة بالصرماية وقفوا يسمعوا الله اكبر
And also from Tara: الله اكبر. Any intention to do similar operation with أنيسة وبنتها؟بالفيديو-امرأة-وأطفالها-الـ-4-مقابل-راهبات-معلولا.html

March 11th, 2014, 7:25 pm


Tara said:

Read what the Shabeehas said about the nuns because they did not lie. Those who think that Christians are better off with the Shabeehas of Syria are fooling themselves.

To the criminals on this site: yes you, you know yourself. Read and enjoy the language your parents raised you on.

March 11th, 2014, 8:24 pm


Ghufran said:

The press reports that followed the release of the nuns caused a storm, I do not think people who are angry are unhappy because the nuns are free but they did not like hearing a nun praising a terrorist organization that killed many of their sons and kidnapped scores of civilians who were not lucky enough to have a rich Bedouin to pay for their freedom.
We still do not know the price Qatar paid to finish the deal or what they got in return and we may never know except that Nusra won the release of the wife of one of their commandors. Zou’bi claimed that no armed men were let go and denied that there was any communication between the Syrian government and Qatar, I am not sure I am ready to believe him. Civilians should not be taken hostages or used as human shields by any party in any war but this is the status of Arabs and Muslims today.
يا أمة ضحكت من جهلها الامم

March 12th, 2014, 12:15 am


Alan said:

U.S. Gen. Martin Dempsey!
Take an example from McFaul and resign!this respect to you will be counted!

March 12th, 2014, 7:14 am


Syrian said:

بسام الخوري
4 hours ago
سيذكر التاريخ يوما بفضل الأم بيلارجيا على المسيحيين والمسيحية في سوريا فقد غسلت بمواقفها خ** انصاف الرجال من رجال الدين امثال لوقا الخوري و الياس زحلاوي و غريغويس لحام و فاديا لحام

March 12th, 2014, 7:16 am


sami said:

And the Russians left Afghanistan with its head held high… What was it over half a million Russians died in Afghanistan?

I wonder how many Russians will parish in Putins latest gamble. Playing Russian roulette with innocent lives is all Russia is good for these days. Oh and fighting the gays…

March 12th, 2014, 3:21 pm


Alan said:

Pakistan,Afganistan, North Korea, Iran, Venezuela, Cuba, Syria, Egypt, Algeria, Belarus lebanon etc.. etc..warm nano-techno-Hello from Moscow!!!

March 12th, 2014, 3:52 pm


Alan said:

What do you say? What event(s) will usher in a new America which will quickly enter into martial law? Will you find yourself on the outside looking in, or the inside looking out? The next part of this series will detail what your daily life will be like in a society governed by martial law.
Dave Hodges -The Common Sense Show

March 12th, 2014, 4:09 pm


SimoHurtta said:

231. sami said:

And the Russians left Afghanistan with its head held high… What was it over half a million Russians died in Afghanistan?

I wonder how many Russians will parish in Putins latest gamble. Playing Russian roulette with innocent lives is all Russia is good for these days. Oh and fighting the gays…

What do they “feed” to you there in USA? Soviet Union losses were 14,453 killed.

USA and its allies have has lost 3,427 as killed in Afghanistan. The much higher US medical treatment level and the fact that the Soviet Army had much more control of the land area of Afghanistan, than USA ever has had, the difference in losses is understandable. Also if China and Russia had given to Talebans more advanced weapons, like USA did in the 80’s, the gap would be even smaller.

The amount of wounded US soldiers during the war in Afghanistan was in September 2012 17,674. Now probably the sum is near 20,000.

Soviet Union (=Russia) did loose in Afghanistan. So did USA and is soon kicked out of the country. USA also lost in Iraq and Vietnam. The best US military victory during the past decades is the victory of the great and evil GRENADA. Grenada had a army of 1,500 soldiers without heavy weapons. USA need 7,500 soldiers, 75 attack planes, numerous war ships + a carrier group to beat them.

March 12th, 2014, 6:15 pm


Sami said:

First of all I live in Canada, not the US.

But I stand corrected it was 14k fatalities for the Russian, I mistook the civilians killed by the soviets (which I grossly underestimated) with Russian fatalities.

Btw I wonder why you did not mention anything about the Afghan civilian fatalities by NATO in comparison to the Soviets.

And the proper word you are looking for is lose and not loose, contrary to what they might be feeding you in Finland…

Another thing, I don’t give a flying f*ck whatever military victories the US or any other nation have accomplished or not, considering I oppose arms and all.

But make sure you keep supporting tyrants in all the colours and shapes out there. Putin, Assad, and Kim Jong Ill must sleep better knowing wilful morons still support them, especially wilful morons in the West.

March 12th, 2014, 6:38 pm


Sami said:

Meant Kim Jong Un not Il

March 12th, 2014, 6:51 pm


Alan said:

236 SAMI
get it: ( And it is likely that when American hardware leaves Afghanistan, it will do so via the Northern Distribution Network. There is also an eastern extension of the network that traverses Kazakhstan and eventually ends up in Vladivostok, on the Russian Pacific Coast.)

How Ukraine Spillover Could Complicate the US Withdrawal From Afghanistan

March 12th, 2014, 7:45 pm


Alan said:

I believe that Taiwan will inevitably be the case that will follow the Crimea

March 12th, 2014, 7:59 pm


Ghufran said:

Terrorists connected with Qarar admitted to kidnapping 94 women and children from northern Latakia villages, they sent a video to aljazeera including their demands to release the hostages, now the government must show the families and relatives of the victims that the lives of those is as valuable as the nuns and the lebanese citizens who were set free.

March 12th, 2014, 9:48 pm


Alan said:

Syrian Catholic Archbishop: Western Leaders are Screwing all Syrians by Supporting Terrorists

This is an excerpt from an interview with the Archbishop of Hassakeh-Nisibi for the Syriac Catholics, Jacques Behnan Hindo, where he expresses his anger at Western foreign policy that has been actively backing hardline Wahhabi terrorists to topple the Syrian government while causing all Syrians to suffer as a result.

March 13th, 2014, 6:46 am


omen said:

i could have sworn laws were for little people…

Maxim Eristavi: Arrest of gas magnate Firtash basically means that EU/US have decided to play hardball & destroy Russia’s corrupt gas schemes in Ukraine

March 13th, 2014, 11:30 am


Akbar Palace said:


Here are my comments directed at the CERD report you referenced. Sorry it took so long my computer is freezing all the time…

My comments are preceded with a “>>” symbol. Hoping for the day where Israel makes peace with all her neighbors including Palestine, but I doubt it…

Review of CERD report 18th Session dated Feb 13 to Mar. 9, 2012 on Israel
CERD (Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination)

A. Introduction

2.STATEMENT: Welcomed detailed report by the State.
3. STATEMENT: Ensure measures are proportionate and do not discrimate. Full respect to human rights and international law.
4. STATEMENT: Settlements are illegal.

>>No examples of racial discrimation were made at this point.

B. Positive ascpects
5. STATEMENT: Welcomed efforts by Israel to address inequality.
6. STATEMENT: Welcomed enactment of Violence in Sport Law and Representation of Ethiopian Community Act.
7. STATEMENT: Welcomed economic development of Druze and Circassian Sectors.
8. STATEMENT: Welcomed interministerial team to address Jewish settler violence.
9. STATEMENT: Welcomed measures to enhance integration of Arab and Druze population.

>> Just positive aspects of GOI addressing minority issues.

C: Concerns and Recommendations (points 10 – 38)

10.) STATEMENT: Committe objects to GOI not taking reponsibility for areas not under Israel’s “effective control” which includes West Bank, Gaza and “occpuied syria Golan”. CERD “urges” GOI to ensure all Civilians under Israel’s “effective control” enjoy “full rights under the COnvention without discrimination based on ethnicity, citizenship, or national origin.”

(Israel is responsible for what goes on in Hamas controlled Gaza and PA controlled WB??)

11.) Issue 1 – Committee is concerned with Jewish and non-Jewish sectors and two systems of education where lessons are in either Hebrew or Arabic.

Considering the laws and money being spent, I see no racism against arabs, blacks or religious Israelis.

12.) STATEMENT: Committe wants more “statistical information on the ethnic plurality of the Jewish population of Israel”.

>> Has nothing to do with racial discrimination of minorities.

13.) Issue 2 – Committe concerned there is no general provision for equality and the prohibition of racial discrimination included in the “basic law”.

As in most countries, racism exists. Israel is still at war with muslim and arab countries, however, Israel has done a LOT to make racism illegal:

The fact that most arab-Israelis prefer living under a jewish Israeli government as opposed to a arab palestinian government is a testiment to this.

14.) Issue 3: While noting there are laws in Israel against “incitement to racism, racists organizations, and support for such organizations”, Israel could do more.

>> In this case, does CERD know how racist Hamas and the PA are??

15.) Issue 4: The Israel Land Administration Law of 2009. Committee strongly recommends ensure equal access to land and property.

>>Arabs and Jewish Israelis have equal access to state-owned land. There are no restrictions on the purchase of private land in Israel. Israeli Arabs or non-citizens, including Arab foreigners, may freely purchase it. JNF lands are leased to Arab citizens of Israel even though they were orginally meant for the settlement of Jews.

16.) Issue 5: “The Committee notes with concern the adoption of laws and the consideration of bills conditioning social and economic benefits on completion of military service, thus excluding non-Jewish communities who are exempted from military service such as Palestinian citizens of Israel.”

>> Military service provides benefits for those that serve. Both jews and arabs can be exempted if they are religious jews or arabs. This is not discriminatory; this is what both communities prefer. Since military service is an option for these two group of citizens, if they choose to serve, they receive these benefits. If israeli-arabs want social benefits, they can join the IDF or do national service. Right now, they have that choice, and the GOI could make such things mandatory.

17.) Issue 6: Israel should “consider the establishment of a national mechanism for redress of racial discrimination either as a specialized agency on racial discrimination or as a national human rights”.

>> There are plenty of NGO and organizations that help minorities in Israel: B’Tselem, Adalah, ACRI, etc. I think Israel is the least racist of the states in the ME. I am sure, like all nations, more can be done.

18.) Issue 7: “The Committee reiterates its concern at the maintenance of discriminatory laws especially targeting Palestinian citizens of Israel such as the Citizenship and Entry into Israel Law (Temporary Provision). The Law suspends the possibility, with certain rare exceptions, of family reunification between an Israeli citizen and a person residing in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, or the Gaza Strip, thus greatly affecting family ties and the right to marriage and choice of spouse.”

>>This law is unfortunate but necessary in my opinion. Citizens from countries at war with Israel do not have the right to enter Israel and live. Perhaps when Israel is at peace from this small group of countries, the law will change.

19.) Issue 8: “It is of great concern that the two communities often continue to be compartmentalized, with one accessing education in Hebrew in Jewish schools and the other often living in separate municipalities and attending Arabic-language schools.”

>> Again another education-related issue. Not clear arab-Israelis are against having their education in arabic.

“In 2012, Israel was named the second most educated country in the world according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s Education at a Glance report, released in 2012.”

In 2010, the number of computer science teachers in the Arab sector rose by 50%. The Arab sector also saw a rise of 165% in instructors teaching technology classes and a 171% increase in the number teaching mathematics. The number of physics teachers in Arab schools grew by 25%, those teaching chemistry by 44% and in biology by 81.7%.[36]

20.) Issue 9: “The Committee is concerned about the current situation of Bedouin communities, particularly with regard to the policy of demolitions, notably of homes and other structures, and the increasing difficulties faced by members of these communities in gaining access on a basis of equality with Jewish inhabitants to land, housing, education, employment and public health.”

>> Looks to me, whatever the GOI proposes, it is never enough. I think the GOI has done enough for these people. They have to decide if they want to remain in tents or to join the 21st century.

21.) Issue 10: “the Committee remains concerned at the lack of consideration given to de facto and perceived discrimination towards minorities within the Jewish population. Worrying information provided by civil society and observed in the media sheds light on the issue of under-representation of Mizrahi groups in higher education, the academic-management job market and the political/judicial sphere.”

>> Again education and “perceived” but unqualified “racism”. My ex’s cousins are all very dark yemeni jews and all received university degrees and worked hard to get excellent jobs and even opened their own businesses. It’s BS.

22.) Issue 11: “The Committee is, however, concerned at the stigmatization of migrant workers on the basis of their country of origin, as suggested by the enactment of the 2012 Law to Prevent Infiltration”

>> again what “stigmatization” do migrant workers face? They are free to leave Israel if they don’t like it. Furthermore, Israel takes in plenty of asylum seekers, since so many risk their lives to get to Israel and this “racist” state. Israel has no obligation to make all asylum seekers Israeli citizens.

23.) Issue 12: “The Committee is concerned at the recent increase in racist and xenophobic acts, manifestations and discourse, especially against Palestinian citizens of Israel, Palestinians residing in the Occupied Palestinian Territory including East Jerusalem, and asylum-seekers of African origin. The Committee is greatly preoccupied at the unavailability of precise data on complaints…”

>> What gave the committee the idea that there is a “recent increase”? What acts were committed and what was the result? Israel has punished numerous jews who were caught causing harm to Palestinians.

Why does the lastest CERD report (Feb. 13 – Mar. 12, 2012) only include 9 countries: Canada,Israel, Italy, Jordan, Kuwait, Lao, Mexico, Portugal, Qatar, Turkmenistan, and Vietnam??

In any case, settler violence does exist, and it is repugnant. See

The Israeli pro-Palestinian organization, B’Tselem counted 49 Palestinians killed by Israeli civilians between 2000 and 2010. B’Tselem also states that 754 Iraeli civilians were killed by Palestinians from 2000 to 2012. This is about 15x more… see

I know of no pro-Israel or pro-peace Palestinian organization that speaks out against this type of Palestinian violence like B’Tselem

24.) Issue 13: “The Committee is extremely concerned at the consequences of policies and practices which amount to de facto segregation, such as the implementation by the State party in the Occupied Palestinian Territory of two entirely separate legal systems and sets of institutions for Jewish communities grouped in illegal settlements on the one hand and Palestinian populations living in Palestinian towns and villages on the other hand. The Committee is particularly appalled at the hermetic character of the separation of two groups, who live on the same territory but do not enjoy either equal use of roads and infrastructure or equal access to basic services and water resources. Such separation is concretized by the implementation of a complex combination of movement restrictions consisting of the Wall, roadblocks, the obligation to use separate roads and a permit regime that only impacts the Palestinian population ”

>> Israeli citizens, muslim, jewish and christian have full access to roads. Citizens of Palestine do not. The border is still not defined, therefore, military law is placed on non-Israeli citizens. Israel does not consider their occupation “illegal” since there was no country defined in these areas before Israel’s occupation.

25.) Issue 14: “The Committee is increasingly concerned at the State party’s discriminatory planning policy, whereby construction permits are rarely if ever granted to Palestinian and Bedouin communities and demolitions principally target property owned by Palestinians and Bedouins”

>> One day the media will present the full story, but I doubt it. See

26.) Issue 15: “Despite explanations provided by the delegation during the dialogue, the Committee remains concerned at the dramatic and disproportionate impact of the Israel Defense Forces’ blockade and military operations on Palestinians’ right to housing and basic services in the Gaza Strip.”

>> Another housing related issue. There seems to be repeat issues surrounding housing and education. Housing and services in Palestinian areas are the responsibility of the PA authorities and Hamas in Gaza. Roadblocks and the wall are necessary to stem Palestinian violence which has decreased substantially as these efforts have been implimented. A binding peace treaty is preferred to help ease these hardships, but this is not solely Israel’s fault.

27.) Issue 16: “The Committee is extremely concerned at the existence of two sets of laws, for Palestinians on the one hand and Jewish settlers on the other hand who reside in the same territory, namely the West bank, including East Jerusalem, and are not subject to the same justice system (criminal as well as civil matters).”

>> same as Issue 13. Israel has no obligation to compensate for losses suffered in Operation Cast Lead just as Israelis do not get compensated for their losses at the hands of Hamas terrorists.

28.) Issue 17: “The Committee is concerned about the increase in racist violence and acts of vandalism on the part of Jewish settlers in the Occupied Palestinian Territory targeting non-Jews, including Muslims and Christians and their holy places, and about information according to which 90 per cent of Israeli police investigations into settler-related violence carried out between 2005 and 2010 were closed without prosecution.”

see Issue 12 About 15x more Israelis were killed by Palestinian violence than by settler violence.

From the above wiki/Palestinian_political_violence website, between 2000 and 2012, and 669 Palestinians were killed by Palestinians.

29.) Issue 18: “The Committee remains concerned at the vulnerable situation of Syrian residents of the Occupied Syrian Golan and their unequal access to land, housing and basic services. The Committee is also gravely concerned at the continued impact of the Citizenship Law on family ties, which continue to be disrupted as a consequence of the territory’s illegal annexation in 1981 (Articles 2 and 5 of the Convention).”

>> All those living in the Golan region enjoy the same rights as all other Israelis. Those planning to marry citizens from enemy countries cannot immigrate to Israel. This is understandable considering the political situation.

30.) Issue 19: “Bearing in mind the indivisibility of all human rights, the Committee encourages the State party to consider ratifying those international human rights treaties which it has not yet ratified…”

>> The International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families (1990) is obviously a bad convention since it has been ratified by only 34 countries, all from the 3rd world, including Syria.

31.) Statement: “In light of its General Recommendation 33 (2009) on follow-up to the Durban Review Conference, the Committee recommends that the State party give effect to the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action, adopted in September 2001 by the World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance…”

>> The Durban Conference is an excellent example of the world communitiy beating up jews and Israel and a supposedly “anti-racism” forum. It was a joke, and the conference was boycotted by 9 free countries including the US, Canada, Italy, Australia, Germany, Holland, New Zealand, Poland, and Israel. A number of other countries only sent low-level delegations.


32.) Statement: “The Committee recommends that the State party consult and expand its dialogue with organizations of civil society working in the area of human rights protection, in particular in combating racial discrimination in Israel proper and the territories under its effective control, in connection with the preparation of the next periodic report.”

33.) Statement: “The Committee encourages the State party to consider making the optional declaration provided for in article 14 of the Convention recognizing the competence of the Committee to receive and consider individual complaints.”

>> The committee isn’t competent. The committee needs hard facts so it can tell both sides of the story. For a country like Israel who takes in jews from africa and the middle east as well as afford freedoms to all her citizens in the midst of a state of war from across her borders, Israel does not have a serious racism problem. Like all countries, however, more can be done.

34 thru 38.) Statements for requesting more information or ratification of certain ammendments.


The work CERD does is noble and important, however, the committee should investigate specific occurrences and offer good statistics backin up their claims. They must also look into the root causes of whatever they find offensive. There are many pro-minority groups in Israel to help with specific problems and law cases that CERD has not mentioned. Why?:

1.) The Center for Jewish-Arab Economic Development
2.) Adalah – The Legal Center for Arabs Minority Rights in Israel
3.) Adva – Information on Equality and Social Justice in Israel
4.) The Arab Association for Human Rights – Association in service of the Palestinian Arabs minority in Israel
5.) The Center for Bedouin Studies and Development (Ben Gurion University)
6.) B’Tselem – The Israeli information center for human rights in the occupied territories.

Pro-Peace, Pro-Arab, Pro-Leftist Organizations:

Active Stills,

AIC, Alternative Information Center:

American Friends Service Committee,

Anarchists Against the Wall,

Alternative Information Center,

Badil Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights,

Boston Coalition for Palestinian Rights,

Boston to Palestine, tours, advocacy, & information,

Breaking the Silence: Testimonies of former Israeli soldiers:

Brit Tzedek v’Shalom, Jewish Alliance for Justice & Peace:

B’Tselem, The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories, studies and reports:

CAMERA, Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America, a monitoring and advocacy group usually highly supportive of mainstream Israel,

(for an expose of one of CAMERA’s efforts to undermine Wikipedia)

Caterpillar campaign, about the bulldozers used to demolish homes and uproot olive trees,

Christian Peacemakers Teams, nonviolent intervention,

Coalition of Women for Peace, Israeli women’s peace & justice initiative,

Combatants for Peace,

Committee for the Open Discussion of Zionism,

The Compassionate Listening Project, methods for resolving conflict thru dialog,

Electronic Intifada,

Ecumenical Accompaniers for Peace in Palestine & Israel, witnessing and supporting,

Families Forum-Bereaved Israeli & Palestinian Families,

Friends International Center in Ramallah, hope and reconciliation where despair and violence too often reign ,

Friends of the Earth Middle East, working with and through the environment to foster peace & justice,

Gaza Community Mental Health Programme, (this site accepts donations from US residents for the Programme)

The Geneva Accord, one of many peace proposals, this one worked out by high level but unofficial people from Israel and Palestine,

Grassroots International, reality tours,

Gush Shalom, education and direct action by Jewish Israelis,

Haaretz, Left-Mainstream Israeli Daily Newspaper:

Holy Land Trust, reality tours & nonviolence training,

If Americans Knew, What Every American needs to know about Israel/Palestine:

Interfaith Peace Builders, reality tours,

International Solidarity Movement, direct action & education led by Palestinians,

Itisapartheid, about apartheid in Israel-Palestine,

Israeli Committee Against Home Demolitions, youth outreach & prevention of home demolitions & rebuilding homes,

Israel/Palestine Center for Research & Information,

Jewish Voice for Peace,

J Street, the new address for Middle East peace & security,

Machsom Watch, checkpoint monitoring by Jewish Israeli women,

MIFTAH, Palestinian Initiative for the Promotion of Global Dialogue & Democracy, information and analysis,

New Profile, Israeli feminist challenge to militarized Israeli society,

Palestine Monitor, news source,

Palestine Remembered, al-Nakba 1948,

Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel, information about the boycott-sanction-divestment movement,

Palestinian Centre for Human Rights,

Palestinian Hydrology Group, promoting awareness and collecting data ,

PASSIA, Palestinian Academic Society for the Study of International Affairs,

Physicians for Human Rights-Israel,

Rabbis for Human Rights, justice for Palestinians and Israelis,

Ramallah Friends School,

Refuser Solidarity Network,

Right to Education Campaign, at Birzeit University,

Quakers with a Concern for Palestine-Israel, network of Friends groups in North America,

Settlement Watch, a project of Peace Now,

Skip Schiel,,,

Solomania, a blog critical of critics of Israel,

Somerville Divestment Project,

Stop the Wall, the grassroots Palestinina anti-apartheid wall campaign),

Ta’ayush, Arab-Jewish partnership in direct action,

Unitarian Universalists for Justice in the Middle East, peace & justice in Palestine/Israel,

UN OCHA, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs,

US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation,

Vermonters for a Just Peace in Palestine/Israel,

Women in Black, Israeli women in support of Palestinian rights,

The World Comes to Jerusalem, originally partially in Russian, a compendium of photos of world celebrities visiting Israel in the 1960s, by Sara and Eli Ross,

Yesh Gvul, refusnik support,

March 13th, 2014, 12:23 pm


ALAN said:

The United States is not able to deliver itself to the toilet!
Smell of feces ! It seems they did it again!!!

March 13th, 2014, 1:03 pm


sami said:

Yes the US should learn a thing or two from the Russians as they seem adapt at getting themselves in shit…

Between Georgia, Syria and Crimea the Russians are the Tzars of the Toilet.

March 13th, 2014, 1:31 pm


ALAN said:

тrack тhe Crow to steer you towards ruins
The american deep State Ukraine agenda will cement the East/West divide that in the near future will lead to greater catastrophes!

The Farce that is the United States, aka “the tail that wags the world”, is too funny in its in-your-face hypocrisy and hubris that one can only laugh through one’s tears. It is beyond amazing that they could get away with their sh*t so publicly. Of course, when the presstitutes and the owners of their lamestream media are in complete cahoots with that “iron fist in a velvet glove”, it all makes total sense. One can only jeer at these yankees: for above all else, the Devil cannot stand to be mocked.

March 13th, 2014, 2:25 pm


omen said:

you better start stocking up on your food pantry, alan. load up on cigarettes, vodka & potatoes.

Russia Said to Ready for Iran-Style Sanctions in Worst Case

Russian government officials and businessmen are bracing for sanctions resembling those applied to Iran after what they see as the inevitable annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea region, according to four people with knowledge of the preparations.


may you get a taste of the same medicine you’ve been so indifferent of with syrians.

March 13th, 2014, 2:47 pm


ALAN said:

I hear crows cawing

March 13th, 2014, 2:54 pm


ALAN said:

Ukrainian phenomenon will spill over Europe! European right-wing parties will rise as a tsunami in the European elections soon.

March 13th, 2014, 5:19 pm



Syriacomment that once was the ¨creme de la creme¨ of the Syria comments on politics and society has become the ALAN COMMENT, where he speaks with himself and fills the empty space and the silence and solitude created by its billiant criminal Assad.

ALAN, this is really pathethic and boooooooooooring.

March 13th, 2014, 6:38 pm



242. Alan

This is a mercenary of the faith. A fake Christian as much as you are a fake syrian.

March 13th, 2014, 6:40 pm


apple_mini said:

Those rebels and its supporters dared to ask for exchange those poor Alawite women and children for their fighters as so-called POW swaps.

People cannot expect an iota of honor or moral codes from those savages.

Recent news has mentioned strong support from Iraq. I guess normal people know one thing: there is only one way to deal with those savages.

March 13th, 2014, 10:01 pm


Badr said:

Jordanian “veto” against manpads supplied by the Saudis to Syrian rebels

أردني على مضادات طيران سعودية إلى سوريا

Alarab Alyawm – العرب اليوم

English translation

March 14th, 2014, 3:22 am


Badr said:

Syria anniversary: the psychopaths are unstoppable

By Richard Spencer, in Aleppo province
The Telegraph

Then, miraculously, our governments listened, rejecting no-fly zones, humanitarian corridors, or arms supplies to try to strengthen moderates – and moderates there once were – against the regime’s thugs and the jihadists’ crazies.

March 14th, 2014, 4:20 am


ghufran said:

Walid Al-Mouallem was rushed to the AUB hospital in Beirut, news that he is having heart surgery have surfaced.

March 14th, 2014, 9:09 am


Observer said:

If they can find a heart in the first place 🙂

Why not in the glorious Syrian Arab University Al Assad Tichreen Hostpial? Or they may harvest his organs there?

March 14th, 2014, 10:23 am


Tara said:

I wish Tabl al Moulem a divine just fate with his current ordeal. I’d like his punishment (or rewards) now, not in the afterlife.

His morbid obesity at the expense of Syrian and Palestinian children killed by starvation is not going to play in his favor.

March 14th, 2014, 11:39 am


Ghufran said:

The army is inside Yabroud now, I did not think that a land incursion will take place because of the possible high scale loss of lives but it is clear that the army wants to take Yabroud and not just surround the rebels and the jihadists.

March 14th, 2014, 1:07 pm


omen said:

all is forgiven, alan. now i understand your attraction:

March 14th, 2014, 1:46 pm


omen said:

give us a death bed confession, fatso.

March 14th, 2014, 1:51 pm


sami said:

La Vache Syrie is at AUB, there goes the moqawameh BS…

March 14th, 2014, 2:49 pm


ghufran said:

This is how the parliament of a country at war look like under albaath and the guided Assad,II
the council of clowns is giving Bashar a new election law that is tailor-made, the same council changed the constitution in 2000 to appoint Assad president at age 34

March 14th, 2014, 3:00 pm


omen said:

who was it who argued syrians put down their arms and rely upon this same parliament to introduce reform & to somehow edge assad out of power? even if it would take decades.

March 14th, 2014, 3:14 pm


omen said:

anybody know why?

255. Badr said: Jordanian “veto” against manpads supplied by the Saudis to Syrian rebels

March 14th, 2014, 3:24 pm


omen said:

254. apple_mini – how was your dinner?

March 14th, 2014, 3:55 pm


Sami said:


I am guessing you’re with the Falaheen and not falahoun club? (considering your dislike of bedouins et all)

what a sad and pathetic display of a “parliament”; if one can even call it that.

March 14th, 2014, 6:24 pm


Tara said:

“Mahdi is going to behead the leaders of the western powers”. Said an ayatollah in Iran.

Haven’t I told them again and again that Mahdi بحرستا ظهر. He lives in Harasta and we, the Syrians, got him married.. And he ain’t beheading anyone. And…the couple is now expecting. A نونو مهدي or نونو مهدية والله اعلم. Don’t these people read?!

رجل دين إيراني: المهدي سيضرب رقاب قادة الدول العظمى
السبت 14 جمادي الأول 1435هـ – 15 مارس 2014م
إمام جمعة طهران المؤقت آية الله محمد إمامي كاشاني

دبي – سعود الزاهد
قال إمام جمعة طهران المؤقت، آية الله محمد إمامي كاشاني، في خطبة صلاة الجمعة اليوم، إنه “عندما يظهر المهدي المنتظر
سيضرب رقاب قادة القوى العظمى في العالم”، ووصفهم بالأوباش، رداً على دفاع الدول العظمى عن حقوق الإنسان بإيران.رجل-دين-إيراني-المهدي-سيضرب-رقاب-قادة-الدول-العظمى-.html

March 14th, 2014, 6:30 pm


Uzair8 said:

What’s this talk of alleged US/Saudi preparations for a major rebel push from the South towards Damascus?

If true it’ll give the regime camp a real headache. They’re currently focusing on the border areas with Lebanon (Yabroud, Qalamoun etc) and Aleppo. They’ll have to drop everything, even after spending much effort, blood and treasure in them areas, and divert resources to face the threat from the Jordanian border.

March 14th, 2014, 7:00 pm


ghufran said:

I am a member of the “Arfaneen Club” (disgusted) like most Syrians, I am just lucky to be safe and live in a country that respects the rights of its citizens who in return do not cheer the killing of other citizens with different religious affiliations or political beliefs.
I wish that all of us do something to help the needy, I gave up on politicians from all sides, the Middle East is a hopeless case, and regional and Western power are only making things worse for Syria. I posted the video because I want the expats who think Assad is the best Syria can offer to take a look at Syria’s “parliament” under Assad and albaath and compare it to the Congress or People’s Assembly where they live. Syria may not have been ready to be the Switzerland of the Middle East but it certainly deserves a better government.

March 14th, 2014, 7:37 pm


Hopeful said:

#270 Ghufran

Thumb’s up!

March 14th, 2014, 10:38 pm


ghufran said:

The man behind the kidnapping and the release of the nuns was killed:
أكد المركز السوري للتوثيق أن “أبو عزام” الكويتي نائب قائد تنظيم “جبهة النصرة” قتل خلال اشتباكات مع الجيش العربي السوري في أطراف مدينة يبرود بمنطقة القلمون بريف دمشق.
الجدير بالذكر أن “أبو عزام” ظهر مؤخراً في تسجيل بثته “جبهة النصرة” حول عملية تبادل الراهبات المحتجزات،
حيث كان يشرف شخصياً على سير عملية التبادل
ISIS is on the retreat, the terrorists left Idlib country side and Northern Latakia and are now in Raqqa and eastern Aleppo outside the city.
قالت مصادر إعلامية متقاطعة إن تنظيم داعش سحب قواته من ريف إدلب و ريف اللاذقية بشكل كامل.
و قال المرصد السوري لحقوق الإنسان إن عناصر التنظيم أكملوا اليوم انسحابهم الكامل الذي بدأ قبل أسبوع.
و تم الانسحاب من ريف جسر الشغور في محافظة إدلب إلى الرقة و ريف حلب الشرقي بوساطة من جبهة النصرة دون معارك.
و في سياق متصل، أنهت داعش تواجدها في ريف اللاذقية أيضاً حيث استكملت انسحابها الذي بدأته في قرية دورين، بالانسحاب من كافة قرى جبل الأكراد في ريف اللاذقية.
و نقل ناشطون أنباء عن انشقاق أكثر من ثلاثين عنصراً من التنظيم، غادر معظمهم مع عوائلهم إلى تركيا.
و بهذا الانسحاب، يتركز تواجد داعش في الرقة و ريف حلب الشرقي.

March 15th, 2014, 12:53 am


Uzair8 said:

There’s only one way to deal with shrine vandals:

Posted on AJE Syria blog yesterday:

Turkey has put its military on alert against any threat from armed groups to a historic tomb inside Syria, local media has reported.

Approximately 25 Turkish soldiers on guard around the Tomb of Suleyman Shah were ordered to retaliate in case of any attack by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), according to the Hurriyet newspaper, on Friday.

The area – 25 kilometres (15 miles) from the border – remains Turkish territory under a 1921 treaty signed between France and Turkey.

“The risk has been there since the Syrian crisis first erupted,” a Turkish official said on condition of anonymity. “We are prepared for any scenario as always,” the official said, without elaborating.

Another official said: “We are following the issue in its entirety and we are in coordination with the relevant institutions.”


March 15th, 2014, 10:50 am


ALAN said:

What temperature at you there ?

March 15th, 2014, 11:21 am


Uzair8 said:


A couple of days ago days we had the arrival of beautiful blue sky and warm weather. Spring is upon us. Yesterday was chilly and windy. Today it’s cloud cover.

Why Alan, how’s the weather in Tartous?

March 15th, 2014, 12:14 pm


Alan said:


By suspending you feel that you have the hot weather! There is no place in Turkey more sanctity than Aleppo or other !Shown warm of faith! I am from Aleppo! For Turkey we have file does not accommodate the World Wide Web to its contents about criminal Turkish adventures!

March 15th, 2014, 12:49 pm


ghufran said:

AFP is reporting that rebels lost most of their leaders in Yabroud:
أفادت وكالة “الصحافة الفرنسية” (أ ف ب) عن مقتل قادة العمليات العسكرية للمعارضة في يبرود.
وقالت الوكالة انّ “القادة الـ 13 الذين يقودون العمليات الميدانية للمعارضة في يبرود، قد قتلوا جميعهم”.

March 15th, 2014, 2:34 pm


Badr said:


You gave “GHUFRAN’s” comment, in which he wrote that “the Middle East is a hopeless case”, the thumbs up. So what are you still hopeful for?

On the other hand,

Syria activists undeterred by death and disillusionment

Lina Sinjab, Damascus

“Our dream of a free democratic Syria has not been achieved yet, but change is on the way and will find different ways to end dictatorship”.

March 15th, 2014, 2:58 pm


Tara said:

انشاالله الله يرحمه ويدخلوا الجنة ويعطي ٧٢ virgins

هو ي اللي قال “بعًًد عنها أيدك ولا”استشهاد_أبو_عزام_الكويتي

March 15th, 2014, 5:06 pm


Chun Jiuqien said:

Wasn’t Israel a colony of the Soviet Union?
I doubt so♪
The basis is following 3 points♪
(1)The point which Soviet Union was positive about the founding of Israel♪
(2)The point which Nazis was positive about the emigration of Jews to Palestine♪
(3)The point which there is a suspicion which Nazis was a Front of Soviet Union♪
Wasn’t Israel a colony of Soviet Union?
Later, Soviet Union fell into Russia♪ So, at the present time, it is conceivable as follow♪
Isn’t Israel a colony of Soviet Union?
By the way, I doubt as follow♪
Isn’t Israel a wirepuller of Islamic State?
>Isn’t Israel a wirepuller of Islamic State?
Israel is a colony of Russia♪
then, following speculation will stand up♪
RUSSIA is the true wirepuller of Islamic State♪
RUSSIA is the true wirepuller of Islamic State♪
Russia is a threat against the International Community♪
It is necessary to ruin Russia♪
Using “Annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation” as a model case♪
Dear Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan
This is a chance to recover the Northern Territories♪
Let’s agitate independence movement in the Northern Territories♪
m9(゚∀゚)Идиот!> номенклату́ра
נומנקלטורה עמלק
Ceterum autem censeo, Nomenklaturam esse delendam.

January 24th, 2016, 7:39 pm


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