Qaddafi’s Death, Mazoot Prices, Opposition

Posted by Joshua Landis

The Syrian opposition has been given renewed vigor following the killing of Qaddafi. Senator John McCain said Sunday that military action to protect civilians in Syria might be considered now that NATO’s air campaign in Libya is ending.

Mohammad Habash, a member of Syria’s outgoing parliament, said such military action “will only bring catastrophes, wars and blood and this is what we don’t wish at all.”  “We believe that the best way to protect civilians is diplomatic pressure and pushing the regime to sit and talk with the opposition and pushing the opposition to sit with the regime,” said Habash, who has been linked to the regime but has recently tried to position himself between the government and the opposition.

President al-Assad has named new governors for the province of Idlib and the Damascus governorate. Assad forces shelled civilian houses in Baba Amr, Homs At least thirty civilians were killed in Homs, Hama, Daraa and Idlib in the last few days.

Qaddafi’s downfall can only be cheered even as one is horrified by his brutal end and the unruly vengeance and looting that has overtaken several towns and parts of Libya. Unfortunately, it is easy to envisage similar destruction and violence being visited on Syria as so many now predict civil war. The government’s primary tactic for regaining control — inducing fear — increases the desire for retribution. Those of us with family in Syria are plotting ways to get them out as the situation becomes ever more violent.

Lest anyone think that revenge is a specialty of the Arab World, it is worth remembering that after the fall of the Vichy government in 1945, the French killed over 10,000 collaborators during the first phase (the épuration sauvage) of retribution. Once France’s provisional government got control of the process many fewer were killed. The commissions d’épuration sentenced approximately 120,000 persons but only 6,763 people were condemned to death (3,910 in absentia) and only 791 executions were actually carried out. Many were given prison terms. More common was “national degradation,” a loss of face and civil rights, which was meted out to 49,723 people.


Inflation has hit Syria. Nowhere more brutally than the energy sector – the main target of European sanctions. Ehsani writes:

The topic in Syria is mazot (kerosene oil, used for heating) as we enter winter. The official price is syp 15 but no one sells at that price. Families who want to stock up for the winter and who have mazot tanks on their roofs or basements need to pay syp 32-33 to get them delivered. An average house (my sister) consumes 2000 liters a year. Others (like my dad) consume as much as 8000 liters a year. With a price difference of syp 17-18 from official prices, filling up 2000 liter tanks is a hit of syp 35,000. Most don’t want to bite the bullet and pay it for they still hope to avoid the hit and pay the official price of SYP 15. This is the recent major calculation of households. Many cars use mazot too (taxis and service). Those are essentially stranded at gas stations. They wait for hours hoping to fill in at SYP 15 with little luck.

National Budget did not increase by 58% and the missing oil revenue

As many of us were unable to account for the oil revenues, the government is finally trying to explain the discrepancy. In a nutshell, the subsidies of close to $7 billion were never part of the budget. Instead, they were accounted for by lowering the revenues from oil. The budget this year did the right thing. It counted oil revenue correctly and then hit the subsidies as expenditures (rather than lower revenues). This is why the whole budget went up by 58% (both sides went up). If you exclude this accounting change, they claim that the budget is up 15%. This is a significant move in the right direction. The total subsidies now of syp 386 billion of which over SYP 300 are on energy are now fully accounted for. They make up 1/3 of every dollar that the government spends/invests. The subsidies go largely to the rich.

Opposition News

As the situation deteriorates, ever more importance must be placed on the Syrian opposition to see that something good comes out of this struggle and that it proceeds with as much central and rational direction as possible. See this invaluable website on the Syrian parties and currents:

Samer Araabi explains how the Syrian National Council Seeks Legitimacy At Home and Abroad. Western governments seem to be keeping the Syrian National Council are arms length for the time being, fearing that it is heavily tilted toward the Islamic currents.

Here is what Anthony Shadid writes in NYTimes on the National Council:

Unlike with Libya, Western officials have called the council’s formation a positive step but offered little more. “I think we will have to find out a bit more yet,” said Catherine Ashton, the European Union’s foreign policy chief. (So far, only Libya’s new government has recognized the council as the representative of Syria’s people.)

An Obama administration official was especially critical, saying the council had lobbied the international community more than Syrians themselves, particularly the Christian and Alawite minorities. The official declined to refer to the council as the opposition, but rather as “oppositionists,” in reflection of the body’s embryonic nature.

“It’s a right step, but we’re still skeptical basically,” the official in Washington said. “We’re far from a real body that fully represents the Syrian people.”

Within the opposition, some worry about the disproportionate power of Islamists, namely the Muslim Brotherhood, especially given its lack of any organizational presence inside Syria. Others suggest Turkey may seek to corral the opposition, and some activists were opposed to holding the meeting in Istanbul. Though Turkish officials have sought to place themselves broadly on the side of change in the Arab world, they have deep relations with Islamist movements in Egypt, Tunisia and the Palestinian territories.

While Mr. Ghalioun has said the council opposes the intervention of NATO, even if it is not on the table, others have endorsed what they call international protection of protesters, an admittedly ambiguous position, or no-fly zones or havens along Syria’s borders. Inside Syria, some dissidents still caution against the overthrow of Mr. Assad — fearing civil war — and instead endorse gradual reform.

And though this month has witnessed one of the biggest Kurdish demonstrations, the community has yet to forcefully enter the fray on the opposition’s side.

“Things are still very blurred,” said Abdel-Basit Hammo, a Kurdish activist.

Some analysts say the opposition’s biggest challenge in the coming months is to elaborate precisely its vision for a future Syria, beyond a set of principles. Mr. Assad’s government is remarkable for its lack of any ideology; fear of chaos drives much of its support. Most slogans at last week’s pro-government protest paid tribute to the remnants of Mr. Assad’s personality cult, itself diminished by the viciousness of the crackdown.

“The key is whether they can offer a real alternative,” said Nadim Houry, senior researcher with Human Rights Watch in Beirut. “If they do, they would be setting the agenda, regardless of whether they are in Damascus or not. This is where their true power lies today, if they can set the agenda and define what tomorrow’s Syria will look like.”

Many Syrians are perturbed that not one of the opposition groups in Syria has proposed any economic plan or a new constitution. Indeed, the parties have been very slow to outline the answers they propose to Syria’s main problems other than overturning the regime. The press has been slow to ask such questions to the new leaders that are emerging.

1- what will you do about population growth?
2- what are your plans on subsidies and the public sector?
3- what is your vision of a new education system. How will you change it?
4- women in the region have the lowest labor participation in the world. Do you plan to change this for syria and how (highest correlation with fertility)?
5- what are your plans regarding the Golan?

Barry Rubin is pulling his hair out over the Islamists and blames the Obama administration for trusting the Turks with this.
Largely Islamist Leadership for Syrian Revolution, October 22, 2011 – 12:13 am – by Barry Rubin

The leadership of the Syrian revolution, or at least those recognized as such by the United States and the European Union, has released the names of 19 of the 29 members of the General Secretariat and five members of the Presidential Council. A lot of research should be done on the individuals, but let’s do a quick ethnic and political analysis based on this information.

But first let me give you my analysis: I believe that the Turkish Islamist regime deliberately helped produce a Syrian leadership that is more Islamist and more Muslim Brotherhood controlled than was necessary. Since Turkey’s government was empowered to do this by the Obama administration, the White House is responsible for this extremely dangerous situation. It is a blunder or a betrayal — in effect, the motive and cause don’t matter — of the greatest dimensions. The Obama administration may “only” have paved the way for the triumph of Islamist regimes in Egypt, Libya, and Tunisia — we don’t yet know the final result — but it has been actively involved in helping promote an (avoidable) Islamist revolution in Syria.

Of the 19 members of the committee whose names have been published, 4 are identified as Muslim Brotherhood and 6 more as independent Islamists. That means 10 of the 19 — a majority — and hence 10 of the 15 Sunni Muslim Arabs (two-thirds) are Islamists!

Of the non-Islamist Sunni Arabs, two are leftists, two are liberals, and one represents the tribes. Some of the non-Islamists are really good people, as are some of those who have not yet been named publicly (and whose names aren’t going to be made public by me).

Still, thanks, Obama Administration, for putting Islamist Turkey in charge of the negotiations!

There are also two Christians (one a representative of the small Assyrian community), one Druze, and one Kurd. So that 40 percent of the non-Sunni Arab population (there are no Alawites listed) has only 20 percent representation. This might partly be due to the walk-out of many Kurds to protest the Turkish bias favoring the Islamists. But the over-representation of Sunni Arabs sends a signal to the minority groups as well as helps empower Islamists.

Of course, it is true that 10 members remain anonymous because they are inside Syria, but there’s no particular reason to believe they are of a different composition.

To my knowledge, not a single journalist or expert in the entire world has yet used this publicly available information and done the simple math involved. Yet this is the body that’s going to be receiving Western help and money, if any is offered to help bring a new government to Syria.

Name Political Affiliation Sectarian Background
1 Burhane Ghalioun Independent Left Sunni Arab / Homs
2 Samir Nashar Damascus Declaration Council Sunni Arab / Aleppo
3 Muhammad Taifur Muslim Brotherhood Sunni Arab / Hama
4 Basma Kodmani Independent Left Sunni Arab (spikesperson)
5 Abdelbasit Sida Independent Kurdish Activist Kurdish
6 Abdel Ahad Steifo Christian: Assyrian Democratic Movement Christian / Hassakeh
7 Ahmad Ramdan Old SNC, Islamist (Syrian Hamas Adviser) Sunni Arab
8 Ahmad Sayyid Youssef Muslim Brotherhood Sunni Arab / Homs
9 Abdel Hamid Atassy Damascus Declaration Council Sunni Arab / Homs
10 Abdel Ilah Milhem Tribal Coalition Sunni Arab / Homs
11 Emadiddine Rasheed Old SNC, Islamist (Religion Instructor) Sunni Arab / Damascus
12 Jabr Al-Shoufi Damascus Declaration Arab / Druze
13 Wa’el Mirza Old SNC, Islamist Sunni Arab
14 Muhammad Bassam Youssef Muslim Brotherhood Sunni Arab / Homs
15 Anas Al-Abdeh Damascus Declaration Council, Islamist Sunni Arab / Damascus
16 Kathryn Al-Talli Local Coordination Committees, Christian Christian
17 Motei Bateen LCCs, Islamist (Imam) Sunni Arab /Deraa (Hauran)
18 Najib Ghadbian Old SNC, Independent Islamist Sunni Arab / Damascus
19 Nazeer Hakeem Muslim Brotherhood Sunni Arab

The Presidential Council:

1 Burhane Ghalioun Independent Left Sunni Arab / Homs
2 Samir Nashar Damascus Declaration Council Sunni Arab / Aleppo
3 Muhammad Taifur Muslim Brotherhood Sunni Arab / Hama
4 Abdelbasit Sida Independent Kurdish Activist Kurdish
5 Abdel Ahad Steifo Christian: Assyrian Democratic Movement Christian / Hassakeh

Note that the Presidential Council is much more balanced with only one Islamist, and the remaining names include a leftist, a liberal, a Christian, and a Kurd. This seems, however, to be more for show to conceal the imbalance in the overall leadership.

Again, this doesn’t necessarily mean the actual leadership is highly Islamist, but it does indicate that the official leadership, chosen with U.S. participation, is far more balanced with only one Islamist…..

Islamists are increasingly gaining attention in Syrian affairs and organizing themselves. Not only are Israelis and US diplomats wringing their hands over this new phenomenon, but some Syrians and Lebanese are clearly interested in this constituency that is stepping out of the shadows for the first time in decades. The Jizel Khoury interview with one of Syria’s leading Salafis drew notice.

Interview: Loai Zou’bi by Jizel Khouri:(Youtube)

Loai Zou’bi is the leader of Syria’s Salafi movement called “Haraket al-Moumineen.” He claims that over 60 percent of Syria’s Muslims are Salafis. He refuses to quibble over whether they are Muslim Brothers or Salafis, preferring to group Syria’s Islamists in one camp.

Khoury asks Zou’bi if he would be willing to choose a Christian as president. He said, “Yes, if he is just (`aadil and not “zaalim”) He refuses to look at Jizel during the interview. He says that rather than veiling Jizel, he chooses not to look at her. Her blond hair is uncovered and her dress reveals the beginning of her cleavage, which he must find provocative. He keeps his eyes trained on a distant point on the floor throughout, in an attitude of humility and self-discipline.

On Syrian frontier, Turks bemoan soured ties

ANTAKYA, Turkey — Until recently, Hamdi Esen would make the short trip across to Syria several times a month, fill his father’s car up with gas, maybe buy a few bags of sugar and some cigarettes and then return home to Turkey.

But after Turkey stepped up criticism of Syria’s crackdown on pro-democracy protesters, Esen stopped going because of long waits at the border and the hostility he faced from Syrian security officials and even some regular citizens.

“I used to drive over to Syria every week and fill up my tank. Gasoline is so much cheaper there. But now I don’t go,” said 31-year-old Esen as he sat chatting with friends at a roadside tea house.

“They treat us differently. It’s as if they don’t like us anymore.”

Esen is from Antakya, the ancient city of Antioch, in Turkey’s southern Hatay province, a panhandle that juts down into Syria and was once part of it.

Syria May Switch From Euro to Ruble Banking
21 October 2011

Syria may start using the Russian ruble for banking transactions if the European Union bans it from operations in euros, central bank governor Adib Mayaleh said Thursday.

As a first step, the Syrian central bank has begun posting the exchange rate for the ruble as well as the Chinese yuan on its daily bulletin, Mayaleh said in an interview with the Arabic-language Russia Today channel.

“Don’t forget that we can carry out operations in rubles,” Mayaleh said, according to an e-mailed transcript of the interview. “In the nearest future we will agree on parameters for switching to close cooperation with Russian banks and using the ruble for international settlements.”

The EU last week expanded sanctions against Syria in a bid to end a violent crackdown on demonstrators, freezing assets of organizations affiliated with the government. At least 3,000 people have been killed in the seven-month uprising against President Bashar Assad, according to the United Nations.

Syrian Arab Airlines, the country’s biggest carrier, agreed Wednesday to buy three new planes from Tupolev as Western sanctions block the state-owned company’s access to maintenance and renewal services for its fleet. Syrianair, as the company is known, signed a letter of intent to take delivery of the Tu-204SMs from Tupolev, part of state-owned United Aircraft Corporation, starting in 2013. The airline will later set up a maintenance center for the jets at its headquarters in Damascus, it said on its web site.

An Alawite girl, Abeer Safi, was killed today by the regime during an anti-government protest. The growing presence of young Alawites in protests and on Facebook opposing the regime must be a troubling sign for the government.

Comments (453)

Dale Andersen said:

RE: “…the Turkish Islamist regime deliberately helped produce a Syrian leadership that is more Islamist and more Muslim Brotherhood controlled than was necessary…”

Maybe true. But perhaps the Turks understand, better than the Syrians, what the Syrian government should look like after Besho, Asma and the little Beshos are dead…

October 23rd, 2011, 12:38 pm


Ghat Al Bird said:

Worth repeating as a consideration to pursue the saving of lives rather than following the path of killing more people.

All Syrians aught to read this link, especially those who have applauded the demise of Khaddafi in Libya. Interesting to say the least.

October 23rd, 2011, 12:38 pm


jad said:

Regarding Abeer Safi ‘sectarian’ death story:
1- It’s impossible that an Alawite girl to be in the middle of Baba Omar demonstration which almost excluded for male, especially in the ‘war zone’ of Homs
2- She wasn’t killed during the demonstration of Baba Omar as claimed, but AFTER the demonstration of Alinsha2at on her way BACK walking which leave lots of questions especially in the hostile sectarian life of Homs
I wont be so quick to blame her death on the regime since now a days in Homs the killing is very sectarian and she might be killed by the terrorist group themselves but when they knew that she was ‘near’ the inhsa2at demonstration it was a good catch, Alawite, Girl, Killed…you have an excellent story of showing that ‘Alawite’ ‘Female’ also participate in the uprising and she was killed by the regime..too good to be true.

October 23rd, 2011, 1:02 pm


Majed97 said:

Remember all the chants and slogans for democracy and freedom for all Libyans to live in a modern and progressive society? Well, it didn’t take long for the Islamists to take control of the Libyan revolution and reveal their true agenda for Libya’s future to be based on Sharia law. They, of course, wished the Syrian revolution similar success. I wonder how the Libyan secularists feel today…

How any secularist with any knowledge of Islamists ideology believes in any movement led by Islamists is beyond my comprehensions!!

أعلن مصطفى عبدالجليل، رئيس المجلس الوطني الانتقالي الليبي، اليوم الأحد، في الاحتفال بتحرير ليبيا في مدينة بنغازي، أن “الشريعة الإسلامية هي المصدر الرئيس للقوانين”.

وأكد أن كل القوانين التي تخالف الشريعة الإسلامية ستصبح ملغاة ومنها قانون حظر تعدد الزوجات.

وترحم عبدالجليل على “كل العسكريين والمدنيين، ومن بينهم الفريق عبدالرحمن يونس ورفاقه”.

وأضاف أنه سيتم إنشاء مصارف إسلامية في البلاد لا تتعامل بالربا. وأعلن كذلك ترقية استثنائية لكل العسكريين والمدنيين الذين شاركوا في القتال. ودعا الشعب الليبي إلى “التسامح في تسوية الحقوق الضائعة خلال حقبة القذافي”.

وتمنى رئيس المجلس الانتقالي للشعبين السوري واليمني النصر في ثورتيهما.

وبدأت اليوم الأحد في مدينة بنغازي الليبية الاحتفالات بتحرير كامل التراب الليبي عقب مقتل معمر القذافي الذي حكم البلاد لمدة 42 عاماً.

وقال مسؤول افتتح المراسم في بنغازي: “نعلن للعالم أجمع أننا حررنا بلادنا الحبيبة بمدنها وقراها وسهولها وجبالها وصحرائها وسمائها”.

وقال المتحدث باسم أسر الشهداء إن “القذافي ذهب إلى قمامة التاريخ.. وإن روحه تصلى الجحيم الآن.. بينما جثته ملقاة تحت أقدام الثوار”.

ووجه المتحدث باسم سرايا الثورة “التحية إلى الأبطال والشهداء الذين شاركوا في النصر”.

وتجمع الآلاف في الساحة المركزية في بنغازي، ثاني مدن البلاد، التي منها انطلقت في منتصف فبراير/شباط الثورة على نظام القذافي الذي قتل الخميس الماضي.

وبدأت الاحتفالات بعرض عسكري رمزي، فيما عمّت الاحتفالات باقي المدن الليبية.

وأظهرت لقطات تلفزيون زعيم المجلس الوطني الانتقالي وهو يحيي مسؤولين أمام ألوف الأشخاص الذين يلوحون بالأعلام. وكان الكثير من الجنود والمقاتلين حاضرين في المكان.

October 23rd, 2011, 1:14 pm


Tara said:


Open joshua’s link and read Abeer writings on her FB then judge for yourself how lack of intellectuals honesty post# 3 expresses.

October 23rd, 2011, 1:15 pm


ann said:

Syria to emerge stronger, stick to national principles: chief of staff


DAMASCUS, Oct. 22 (Xinhua) — Syria’s army chief of staff said Saturday that Syria will emerge from the months-long crisis stronger and will stick to its national principles.

General Fahd Jassem al-Freij was quoted by the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) as saying at a graduation ceremony of maritime college students that Syria is subject to “a new chapter of Western, American and Zionist conspiracy against the region’s peoples.”

He accused the West of attempting to undermine Syria’s national coherence and destabilize the country.

He stressed that Syrian people reject foreign intervention, support the ongoing process of reforms announced by the Syrian leadership a few months ago, and strongly back the armed forces in their confrontation with armed terrorist groups.

He criticized the West for turning a blind eye to “Israeli occupation’s persisting violations of human rights in Palestine, the Golan Heights and south Lebanon, mistakenly believing that they could push Syria to abandon its support of resistance.”

“Syria would never make compromises on Arab rights and would walk out of the crisis stronger and more determined to cling fast to its national principles,” he said.

Freij said media coverage by some “provocative” channels is unprofessional “and they are part (of those) carrying out the plot against Syria.”

In another development, hundreds of Syrians staged a sit-in Saturday in front of the Turkish embassy in Damascus to voice rejection of the Turkish government’s stances, Sana reported.

Participants holding Syrian flags and banners called for respect of the sovereignty of Syria and the independence of its decision-making, chanting slogans for national unity and rejecting foreign interference in Syria’s internal affairs.

Syria has been in turmoil for more than seven months, which it blames on foreign conspiracy and armed thugs. It said more than 1, 000 army members have been killed since the eruption of protests in mid-March, while a recent UN tally put the number of civilian and army personnel deaths at more than 3,000.

October 23rd, 2011, 1:27 pm


ann said:

Iranian president urges West not to provoke Syria – 2011-10-23

TEHRAN, Oct. 22 (Xinhua) — Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said the West should avoid repeated provocations toward Syria or exerting pressure on the country, Iran’s presidential website reported Saturday.

Ahmadinejad made the remarks in an interview with CNN Saturday.

Asked about Iran’s stance concerning Syria’s recent developments and Turkey’s position toward the country, Ahmadinejad said that “Iran has condemned massacre and killings in every part of the world and believes that governments and people can resolve all their problems through dialogue.”

NATO and other countries should not interfere in the internal affairs of the countries, he said, adding that European states should avoid provocating or exerting pressure on Syria.

According to Ahmadinejad, Iran is seeking to encourage understanding and dialogue between the Syrian government and the opposition.

October 23rd, 2011, 1:33 pm


Habib said:

Oh. My. God. From the comments section of that Pajamas site, the most erroneous commentary on the situation yet:

“You are so right. We are assisting Obama in ushering in the SHIITE CALIPHATE. We are being duped by our current unvetted President, Barack Hussein Obama who is using an old Shiite custom of Taqiyya, ie. deceive your enemies . BHO Sr. (father of current U.S. president) was a Shiite as is our U.S. President. (Please seeShiite Muslims make-up 15% and Sunni Muslims 85% of the Middle East total. Iran is Shiite. Obama’s friendship with Amedinajhad and the Muslim Brotherhood (Shiite)as he slaughtered Iranian students and now protestors in Pakistan (Sunnis) is not so difficult to understand if one is following the pattern Mr. Obama is leaving in the Middle East and Northern Africa. Please note how only Al-Queda is ever mentioned as terrorists in the world. Al-Queda is a radicalized Sunni organization. President Obama is always talking about and KILLING Al-Queda operatives. Obama leads the charge with U.S. blood and money toward his Shiite caliphate. One only needs do the research.
Obama is supporting the Rebels and NATO, better known as the Shiite-dominated Muslim Brotherhood. Note how he ushers in quick elections where only the Muslim Brotherhood can win using U. S. dollars. Our illegal involvement in Afghanistan, Libya, Egypt, Yemen, Bahrain, Syria, Tunisia and now Pakistan, moderate Sunni-led governments, while Obama pulls out of Iraq and overlooks Iran’s (Shiite) threats show BHO’s loyalties. Now Israel will be fully exposed to barbarian elements, and BHO will, with our blood and money, destroy Israel. Osama Bin Laden (ex leader of “Al-Queda”, radicalized Sunnis, who Obama puts forth as THE TERRORISTS of the world) and family was the beginning of the dismantling of Pakistan, not to avenge the heinous murder of 3,000 U.S. civilians (very clever). Obama’s administration pays the Shiite Muslim Brotherhood as advisors and are on the payroll of the United States.
BHO is destroying the U.S. (as is his goal) through monetary waste, dependency on Middle Eastern oil, job loss, etc. all of which is laying the groundwork for a radical global Shiite take over . Are we using our best and bravest resources along with all of our money to render us powerless in order to build Obama’s Shiite Caliphate throughout the world?”

October 23rd, 2011, 1:40 pm


ann said:

Syrian opposition rallies in central Homs province: report


DAMASCUS, Oct. 21 (Xinhua) — Few anti-government rallies were held Friday in Syria’s central province of Homs, as armed groups opened fire in some neighborhoods there, the private Sham FM radio station reported.

Crackles of gunfire were heard at Insha’at, one of Homs’ neighborhoods, witnesses told Xinhua by phone.

Homs, located some 160 km north of Syria’s capital of Damascus, has been a hotbed of dissents and mass protests since the popular uprising against Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime began in mid-March.

Syria’s official media has been reporting on a daily basis confessions by alleged terrorists in Homs and other cities in addition to news of seizing weapons and ammunition particularly in Homs.

Anti-government rallies were held also in the predominantly Kurdish northeastern region of Qamishli region and some rural areas of northern province of Aleppo.

The Private Addounia TV said Friday that Syrian authorities arrested an armed group in Homs, adding that seven unidentified bodies were founded in a car there.

Meanwhile, the pan-Arab al-Jazeera TV aired live footage picturing massive protest against the regime of Assad in Homs. It quoted activists as saying that 16 people were killed in several Syrian cities.

However, Syria’s state-run TV disputed the footage by al- Jazeera as “baseless” and fabricated.

The Syrian government has staunchly defended its crackdown in the face of increasing international pressure to end the bloodshed, claiming that it’s hunting down armed groups that carry out a foreign conspiracy in the country.

October 23rd, 2011, 1:40 pm


Uzair8 said:

Unreported World this time from Syria – Amazing Channel 4 documentary film 21.10.2011

October 23rd, 2011, 1:41 pm


jad said:

Dr Landis,
You never stopped to surprise me with your ‘sectarian’ views/analysis of Syria.
Is the religion of any ‘politician’ is that important in the ‘new’ Syria that it needs to be clearly put in the ‘politician’ CV?
Didn’t you know that Syrians don’t put the religion or sect or the tribe name on their IDs and Passports since the 70s?
Are the States/Europe politicians are introduce by their religion-ethic-gender backgrounds?
Why Syria through your eyes and analysis must be dissected by religion-tribal elements instead of the qualities of it’s people?
Instead of steering this sectarian ideas you have to be part of the new Syria that everybody is judges according to his/her qualities not his/her sect and tribe.

October 23rd, 2011, 1:49 pm


majedkhaldoun said:

It is good to see Joshua posting,Syria will go through major changes in the next two months,and I like to see you part of it

October 23rd, 2011, 1:59 pm


N.Z. said:

Sadek’s story is a journey into the mind of Gaddafi.
To all those saddened by the ousting of no. 3, you ought to read this:

FOR three days, Ibrahim Shwehdi was strung up and had his legs beaten by Muammar Gaddafi’s thugs. That was more than a quarter of a century ago, but Ibrahim never walked properly again. Today he is confined to a wheelchair.

But that is nothing, he says, compared with what happened to his brother. “Everyone in Libya knows Sadek’s story,” he tells The Australian. “He was a beautiful brother.”

Sadek’s story is a journey into the mind of Colonel Gaddafi.

Sadek was a student who had been educated in the US but returned to Libya to complete postgraduate studies. While qualifying as an aeronautical engineer at university in Oklahoma, he arranged forums about the direction of Libya under Colonel Gaddafi. Libya’s secret police had obviously been monitoring him, and soon after his return he was detained.

On the morning of June 6, 1984, about 6000 students ranging from six-year-old primary school children to university students were told they were being taken to see Colonel Gaddafi make a speech.

Dozens of buses took them to the major venue in Libya’s second city, Benghazi, the Suliman al-Darat Sports Hall.

As they walked into the massive stadium, they saw in the middle of the basketball court a long, thin curtain hanging from the roof.

Finally, at 4pm, the show started, broadcast live on state television. Seven judges appeared and announced they were putting Sadek Shwehdi on trial.

As the students watched, the judges asked: Are you Sadek Shwehdi? He was, he answered.

Had he been disloyal to Muammar Gaddafi? He had not, he said.

The judges said they had evidence he had been – and declared he had been found guilty.

A stunned Sadek was walked over to the centre of the basketball court and the curtain dropped away revealing a noose.

At this point, says Ibrahim, there were sounds of horror from the audience. Some shouted “No!”

The noose was put around Sadek’s neck, at which point he began crying and, although 30 years of age, shouted: “I want to see my mother.”

The rope was pulled up until he was hanging. But without the usual trapdoor and sudden fall, it was too slow to kill him.

One of Colonel Gaddafi’s supporters in Benghazi, a woman called Hoda Benamer, rushed over and began swinging on Sadek’s legs, trying to finish him off.

He would not die. So he was lowered to the floor and taken to Hawari Hospital, where five doctors examined him before one injected him with poison.

Still they could not kill him. So one of the doctors filled a sock with sand and pushed it down his throat. They held his nose so he couldn’t breathe. Finally, he died.

Far from hiding his regime’s brutality – and incompetence – Colonel Gaddafi insisted the botched hanging be replayed on television three times a day.

October 23rd, 2011, 2:21 pm


Syrian Nationalist Party said:

Started to read Landis post and got so bored and annoyed this Sunday morning. I am sorry, it is frustrating to go though his articles and how he writes everything with sectarian binocular, zooming in on sect only. It is even more depressing to read about the various opposition or oppositionist parties and personalities, because, any experienced and western trained person can see that none of them have chance at getting to the position they are clamoring and, if they did, what a sad ending for Syria, downhill from that point. I am not saying that the Baathists ought to rule Syria for another year, or even another day, I am saying that for those Syrians that oppose the regime better stop wasting time and assemble an inspiring team with creative and technocratic agenda now, not next week. Those assembled by NATO support and the “Three humps slobbering Musluman Turkmen” just don’t cut it. It seems that the Council was deliberately installed that way just to add fear and pressure on Assad but not really to move one step toward the falsely intended goal. No wonder that they are split on foreign Intervention, one side that wants to prolong this Council mission for few decades while they are making good use of the cash given to them, the other side, are the realist and sincere in their mission in fact because they understand that without NATO or Turkey military back up they are not going anywhere. Assad can spend few decades doing the very same and not have to give in. How long the wait it is going to be? SNP can wait 1-2 years no more. It will come a time in the end that for Nationalist Party, it is Un-Nationalistic position not to join the opposition.

October 23rd, 2011, 2:32 pm


Tara said:


Thank you for post # 13. Although I was horrified by his mode of death but sure he deserved it. I hope a complete closure is brought to libya by capturing the “civil” Seif al Islam and trying him. Utter humiliation is what I ‘d like Seif to go through.

October 23rd, 2011, 2:37 pm


Tara said:


You mentioned women and their role in the SNC. I think you might like to read this:

Women began protesting in large groups of women in late March However, because women were not seen street-protesting in the first few electrifying days of massive protests especially in Dara March 18-24, the Syrian revolution was early typified by the viewer reaction, “Where are the women?” This characterization of women’s absence deserves to be overturned, however. 

Besides providing logistical work for protest activity, and moral and intellectual guidance for the nonviolence movement, and besides the fact that two very large coalitions of grassroots protest organizations are led by two women, Suhair Atassi and Razan Zaitouneh, Syrian women have in fact been participating in mass street protests, regularly and in relatively large numbers.  By late April, one can say that almost no two days went by without a mass protest by women somewhere in Syria.  To give a bare-bones count for one month, there are videos of twenty-six different June protests on YouTube characterized by their uploaders as “women’s protests.” By mid-October (to Oct. 14th), I counted 12 street protests characterized as “women’s.”

Women’s mass protest activity in Syria takes all the same forms taken by mass protests populated mostly by men: day protests, night protests, marches through main streets, marches through small neighborhood streets, candle vigils, sit-ins, interfaith and inter-sect rallies, silent marches (actually I don’t think men have used this last form). In addition, women have innovated one form of protest men have not done: the Indoor Protest, usually held in what often appears to be an events hall or somebody’s large living room, with curtains drawn. In the Indoor Protest, women at the front of the room may read a statement, while the crowd stands holding up signs and chanting protest songs. Women of Tal and Kisweh, for example, held such protests in summer.

Outdoors, women have had separate women-only rallies; rallies where large contingents of women form a wing in a rally with usually much larger numbers of men; family rallies which include men, women, and children; rallies which include women and children; and mixed gender rallies where a large number of women are marching side by side or in the middle ranks of men, as in a Binnish student rally on October 3 ( A woman’s voice is heard at the megaphone of the all-women’s rallies leading the songs, about as often as a man’s voice is heard.  At times, women addressed rallies populated mostly by men, such as nonviolence teacher Hanan Laham addressing a Daraya rally on April 25.

Early rallies were done primarily with women’s faces bare. By mid-May, many women were wrapping their faces in protest videos to protect identities; later face-veiling became widespread at Syrian protests, among men, too. This is due to the enormous numbers of detentions that are part of the regime’s military response to the protests; videos are used by state police to pursue and imprison protesters. The number of women who face-veil in Syria under normal circumstances is far, far fewer than the proportion of face-veiled women in protest videos. Ironically, the regime whose severity causes them to mask their faces uses footage of face-veiled women on state tv to dismiss the opposition as extremist Muslims. Face-masking for identity protection has become quite creative among both women and men. In a July 25 protest by young women in Zabadani, little Syrian flags serve as face veils.

A turning point in the timeline of women’s rallies seem to be the Bayda women’s rallies of April 13. Nearly every adult male from Bayda had been imprisoned in an attack on the town, and the rally demanded their release. With this protest, women’s rallies seemed to gain more visibility in the consciousness of people following the Syrian revolution. Perhaps this is because of the drama with which the Bayda women’s rallies marched along the highway, including a moment when they blocked a tank on the highway and spoke directly to cameras. One video from this protest features an elder woman who declares “I am a free woman daughter of a free woman!” It went viral.

The most massive all-women’s rally seems to be the one held in Jasem, Dara, on April 28. The prize for most creative protest in my book goes to these schoolgirls of Zabadani, who on September 4 formed a living Syrian flag by wearing red, white, and black headkerchiefs. Two middle girls carry green stars.

The release of prisoners has been a rallying call in most women’s rallies. Prisoners of conscience are a key theme in this revolution from the Dara children imprisoned in February for writing revolutionary slogans on school walls, to the March 16 trigger event, a family vigil for the prisoners organized and highly populated by women, held in front of the Interior Ministry at Marjeh Square, Damascus. “The fall of the regime” became a call in women’s rallies at the same time as it became a general call in male-populated Syrian protests. Other rallying calls in women’s protests, as in protests with mostly male participants, are the names of the fallen, and solidarity with whatever Syrian city is under military attack by the regime that week. However, the release of prisoners as a rallying call seems more constant in women’s protests, overall.  Thus, women of Syria seem to be keeping the prisoners, a trigger and theme of this revolution, at the forefront of consciousness. 

Mohja Kahf’s blog

October 23rd, 2011, 2:43 pm


jad said:

Could you please understand my comment, my point wasn’t that the regime didn’t kill her or to say that the regime is incapable of doing this crime or to say that she is not a pro-freedom.
My point is that her death circumstances are a bit questionable during these horrible times of Homs and that she might be a victim of the sectarian war.
Many people in Homs are getting killed according to their sects not to their stand with/against any side.

October 23rd, 2011, 2:45 pm


Tara said:


Ok. Your civil and honest way of answering me leaves me no choice not to read you reply and agree.

October 23rd, 2011, 2:50 pm


Norman said:


Because Syrians are sectarian, We have to acknowledge that they do not like president Assad because of his religion not because of his policies.

October 23rd, 2011, 2:51 pm


N.Z. said:

To those who did not applaud his demise, and are petrified by replacing his green book, with Islamic laws:

The Italian author and journalist Oriana Fallaci interviewed Gaddafi in 1979. Towards the end of the interview, he explained to her how his Green Book will change the world and protect the Libyan people. He is yelling:

‘The Green Book is the new Gospel! The Gospel of the future, the new age! The Green Book is the world! In the beginning there was the word, say the Gospels. The Green Book is the word, my word! A word from my book can destroy the world, it can make the world explode! A word from my book can redeem the world and change the value of things. Their weight. Their volume. Everywhere and always! Because I am the Gospel. I am the Gospel.’

October 23rd, 2011, 3:04 pm


N.Z. said:


Hopefully we will hear soon about his capture.

October 23rd, 2011, 3:10 pm


Syrian Nationalist Party said:


Has nothing to do with his sect as a President, he and many high end Alawites in the regime are married to good Sunni families. It is all about standard of living, career, unemployment, freedom, progressiveness, women standards and issues, draconian family issues, legendary Baathist bureaucratic nightmare, citizen dignity, futures, cost of living, youth marriage/residence, army service, and of course the standard mahsoubieh, waasta and corruption. It is about an outdated, worn out socio-econo and politico system. Assad and his Baathist are acting with slogans like this:
اهدافنا رجعية انتهازية استعمارية

October 23rd, 2011, 3:11 pm


jad said:

Thank you!
I just went to the facebook site dedicated to Abeer Safi, please read this post by the admin

تصحيح لما جاء في خبر استشهاد عبير الصافي : كانت عائدة من مظاهرة الإنشاءات ، أي بعد انتهاء المظاهرة و هي عائدة إلى بيتها أطلقت قوات الأمن و الشبيحة النار فأصابتها برأسها ، لم تصب في بابا عمرو و التصحيح ضروري بسبب ما حصل من إشكاليات حول استشهادها ، و الغموض لا يزال يلف قضيتها بسبب ضغط الأمن على أهلها … رحم الله شهيدتنا فتاة السماء

October 23rd, 2011, 3:22 pm


jad said:

I disagree with this sentence, “Because Syrians are sectarian”
the majority of Syrians are NOT sectarian otherwise, you will see them in the streets killing each others.

“because of his religion not because of his policies.”
Some Syrians with radical influence may think this way but the majority of Syrians are more concern about ‘his policies’ that proved not to be working properly and it needs to be revisited and corrected for the best interests of all Syrians not only the top ‘few’.

I strongly believe that only by Nonviolence movement and dialogue we can do all the changes in Syria, violence and sectarian strategies doesn’t work in our society, and those who keep pushing it on us are too ignorant of the Syrian society, we are way too civilized than most the world think.

October 23rd, 2011, 3:40 pm


Atheist Syrian Salafist Against Dictatorships said:


“How sectarian of you, Dr Landis!” says the one who forecasts all sorts of doom that will befall Syria if Islamists are allowed to have any role in a non-Assadist Syria, while looking the other way when it comes to the most sectarian/tribal dictatorship one can ever imagine. Can’t you see how sectarian it is of you to doubt that an Alawi girl would demonstrate against the regime, and how it offers the greatest evidence of the sectarian nature of the current gangesters?

I think all of those who fear the Islamists of all shades and colors truly insult the Syrian People by implying that they would elect religious fanatics to completely dominate the new Syria or would approve a constitution that would discriminate against minorities. But you know that and yet you continue with your propoganda for the Mafiosi and against true meaningful change (not the sort that Louai Hussien will ever be able to bring about by going along with BtB’s “reforms”).

Violence should not be the way, I agree, but have you tried telling that to the killers jailers and torturers Bashar depends on to survive and who “drew first blood”? Why is it that the people must submit to the violence from the regime? Because it is nobler to die that to fight back? Easy for you to say.

October 23rd, 2011, 4:07 pm


Tara said:

Mustafa Abdul Jalil said that the law prohibiting men from marrying 4 wives is now cancelled. Lybian men can now marry more than one woman.

October 23rd, 2011, 4:23 pm


ann said:

Islamic Sharia law declared source of new Libya legislation

October 23rd, 2011, 4:25 pm


Tara said:

What is the percentage of Christian Lybians?

October 23rd, 2011, 4:30 pm


Khalid Tlass said:


This is the link to the website of Darus Salaam Publications, you can check Al Raheeq al Makhtum from there –

October 23rd, 2011, 4:30 pm


Khalid Tlass said:

27. Tara said:

“What is the percentage of Christian Lybians?”

Very less, probably around 3 to 5 %.

We must not forget that Christians are Ahle el kitab, they are good, but NOT the collaboartors like Norman, Daryll, Camille Otrakji, etc.
We like honest Christains like Haytham and our Lebanese friend Antoine.

October 23rd, 2011, 4:36 pm


Amir in Tel Aviv said:

Tara #25,

So what? In Israel there’s a law preventing more that one wife. Still, many Israeli Arabs, mainly Beduwins marry more than one. So is Israel a Salafi state?

Unlike many “experts” on Libya, who claim that Libya is going Islamist, I don’t think so. Yes, Islam will have it’s say. Just like Judaism has it’s say in Israel, and much of our law system is influenced by Jewish values and traditions. That doesn’t say that Israel is ‘Hala7a’ (Jewish Sharia) state.

Libya is mostly urban. More than 90% of Libyans live in cities. They are above average educated, and the standards of living is relatively higher. This is not the typical background for Islamism. Same goes for Syria. The countries that have the potential to go Islamist are Egypt, Jordan and Yemen. Not Syria, Tunisia, Libya and Algeria.

October 23rd, 2011, 4:37 pm


Amir in Tel Aviv said:

What’s the real story about the Tunisian elections? Hint, it’s not all about Ennahdha

October 23rd, 2011, 4:39 pm


Tara said:


Good argument as long as the Shariaa law does not translate into cutting the hand of a thief, stoning an adulterer or forcing women to wear the hijab or forbidding them from mixing with men. I am not sure any man in his full mental capacity at this day and age wants or can handle more than one wife.


Norman is not islamophobes. Whatever little Camille had written that I read does not qualify him either. I will check out the book you recommended.

October 23rd, 2011, 4:47 pm


NK said:


Ironically secular Syrian constitution written by papa Assad clearly states that “Islamic Sharia law is the source of legislation”, a point that Assad Jr emphasized a couple months ago in his speech before the Islamic scholars where he assured them this article will not be changed in any future constitution.

Care to guess how many of those spreading the news today objected back then ? 😉

October 23rd, 2011, 4:50 pm


Tara said:

Bashar has no regard to people whatsoever. He appointed a Makhlouf as a mayor. He is thirsty for more Syrian blood. He will never change.

October 23rd, 2011, 4:51 pm



It is fabulous to see you back, even if briefly, which i hope it isn’t.

October 23rd, 2011, 4:55 pm


Tara said:


Exactly! I never heard a single voice complaining. That tell you the kind of people we are dealing with…they are not abiding by principals. They are only motivated by hate and the minorities’ complex disorder.

October 23rd, 2011, 4:56 pm


Areal said:

Nobody is born sectarian but everybody can be induced to act as a sectarian.
Unfortunately , some comments here may produce such result.

Unproven statements such as ” killed by the regime”
“the subsidies go largely to the rich”
” In Syria , Islamic Sharia law is THE source of legislation ”
will only stir more controversies when intelligent people should call for dialogue and violence abating.

October 23rd, 2011, 5:01 pm


Syrian Nationalist Party said:

The international community has hit Mommar Gadhafi with a raft of sanctions and asset freezes aimed at cutting off his funding. But the embattled Libyan leader is sitting on a pot of gold.
The Libyan central bank — which is under Colonel Gadhafi’s control — holds 143.8 tonnes of gold (SNP estimate (190+-), according to the latest data from the International Monetary Fund, although some suspect the true amount could be several tonnes higher.

Those reserves, among the top 25 (SNP 20th) in the world, are worth more than $16.5 billion at current prices, enough to pay a small army of mercenaries for months or even years.
While many central banks hold their gold reserves in international vaults in London, New York, or Switzerland, Libya’s bullion is in the country, said people familiar with the country’s activities in the gold market.
U.S. and European governments have frozen billions of dollars in Libyan assets, as sanctions have hit the central bank, sovereign wealth fund, and state oil company.
But Libya’s gold reserves may provide Gadhafi with a lifeline — if he can sell them. To raise large amounts of money, bankers said, Gadhafi would have to transport the bullion out of Libya.
Before violence broke out the gold was stored at the central bank in Tripoli. But since then it may have been moved to another location, such as the southern city of Sebha — within reach of the borders with Chad and Niger.
The political turbulence in the Middle East – besides boosting the price of gold to a record $1,444 a troy ounce — has highlighted the property that has for centuries made gold so appealing to criminals, investors and dictators alike: It does not rely on a government for its value.
Following the revolution in Egypt, the country banned gold exports for four months in order to prevent officials of the former government from moving their wealth abroad.
At the same time, Iran has been quietly stocking up on gold in recent years, in an apparent attempt to shift away from the U.S. dollar and thus protect its reserves from risk of seizure. Other significant buyers of gold include China, Russia, and India.
No international bank or trading house is likely to buy gold with any hint of a link to the Libyan regime, bankers said. “Physical trading houses are now quite reluctant to deal with countries that have been involved with conflict — they don’t know who’s on the end of the trade,” said one banker.
But Gadhafi could transport the gold to Chad or Niger, where the gold could be swapped for currency transferred into a bank owned by the Libyan Foreign Bank — a branch of the central bank.
“If a country like Libya wants to make its gold liquid, it would probably be in the form of a swap — whether for arms, food, or cash,” said Walter de Wet, head of commodities research at Standard Bank.
In addition to the gold reserves, Gadhafi may also have hoarded some cash from oil sales outside of the traditional channels.

October 23rd, 2011, 5:06 pm


Syrian Nationalist Party said:

So loud when MSM media brag about freedom and Democracy for Egypt, Tunisia and Libya but it is so quite, not a hint about those frozen assets and gold reserves, who stole them all?

October 23rd, 2011, 5:08 pm


jad said:

“Islamic Sharia law is the source of legislation”

In the Syrian Constitution Islamic FIQH (not Sharia) is an essential source of legislation
ﺍﻟﻔﻘﻪ ﺍﻹﺳﻼﻣﻲ ﻣﺼﺪﺭ ﺭﺋﻴﺴﻲ ﻟﻠﺘﺸﺮﻳﻊ.
‘A’ source not ‘THE’ source

“بين الشريعة والفقه فرقاً مهماً؛ وهو أن الشريعة هي الدين المُنَزَّل من عند الله تعالى، أما الفقه فهو فهم المجتهدين لتلك الشريعة، فإذا أصاب العلماء الحق في فهمهم كان الفقه موافقاً للشريعة من هذه الحيثية، وإذا أخطأوا لم يخرج اجتهادهم عن الفقه وإن كان ليس من الشريعة حتماً. انظر “تاريخ الفقه الإسلامي” لـ د. عمر سليمان الأشقر.”

October 23rd, 2011, 5:09 pm


Amir in Tel Aviv said:


Excellent point.

This what I like about the Arab spring-awakening-uprise. It exposes so many hypocrisies and contradictions in terms. It forces the Arabs to rewrite their sets of beliefs, and ways of life.

October 23rd, 2011, 5:27 pm


NK said:


Thanks for the correction, you are right it’s Fiqh not Sharia.

That being said, I think that makes it even worse, because the way I see it Fiqh is an expansion of Sharia, here’s a bit more about Fiqh and Sharia

Also note that a secular state or a secular constitution should not have such an article regardless whether it says (A) or (THE).

October 23rd, 2011, 5:55 pm


ann said:


Strong earthquake hits Turkey, up to 1,000 feared killed

2 hrs 25 mins ago

“Ambulances, soldiers, emergency teams are everywhere now, working on getting people out of collapsed buildings. I have seen many dead bodies being taken out, the teams are trying to find people alive,”

Turkey’s Kandilli Observatory and Earthquake Research Institute said the magnitude 7.2 earthquake struck at 1041 GMT and was five km (three miles) deep. It was among the strongest in Turkish history, and the worst since 1999.

October 23rd, 2011, 6:06 pm


Khalid Tlass said:

I wih a MASSIVE earthquake hits Iran and 50,000 ppl die. That day things will get a lot easier for Syrian revolution

October 23rd, 2011, 6:23 pm


Mango said:

11. JAD
the answer as known to evrybody in this link:

October 23rd, 2011, 6:43 pm


Darryl said:

You know Tlass I was going to respond to your earlier post where you mentioned my name as collaborator. Then you produce a post in #45 and thought only a fool would engage you and the people who think like you, unfortunately there are a people like you.

So Tlass, go right ahead, mention my name as many times as you wish and I am going to deprive you of the pleasure of having me responding to your inhumanity.

October 23rd, 2011, 6:59 pm


Norman said:

Thank you, The problem is not the Christians in Libya, it is how the laws will treat women.


What we see in Homs is an example of the whole country, the reason we do not see more sectarian war is because the Syrian Arab army is not standing on the sideline as did the Lebanese army , but involved directly in protecting the people from each other.

October 23rd, 2011, 6:59 pm


ann said:

What is the percentage of Muslim women who will suffer under islamist terrorist laws in Lybia?

October 23rd, 2011, 7:09 pm


ann said:

Syria, Iraq to establish Joint Free Trade Zones – 23/10/2011

DAMASCUS- Director-General of the General Establishment for Free Zones Abdul-Hakim Qaddah on Sunday discussed with Chairman of the Iraqi Free Zones Commission Saleh al-Qaisi and the accompanying delegation the possibility of establishing two joint Syrian-Iraqi free trade zones in al-Ya’arubyia and al-Bukamal in Syria and in Rabia and al-Qaem in Iraq.

The two sides also discussed the means of facilitating the work at the joint free trade zones to increase the volume of trade exchange between the two countries and to introduce the businessmen and the investors on the available economic and investments capabilities and to develop them.

Clarifying the economic and investment regulations in force at the free trade zones, and highlighting the facilitations provided to the Arab and foreign investors through holding conferences, scientific and economic symposiums and benefiting from the experiences in this domain were also on the table.

Qaddah said that the meeting comes in implementation of what was agreed upon during the meetings of the ministerial committee which was held in Baghdad including the establishment of two joint free trade zones, in addition to overcoming the obstacles hindering the Arab and foreign investors from carrying out economic activities that would contribute to increasing the volume of trade exchange between Syria and Iraq.

He added that establishing joint free trade zones would contribute to increasing the flow of goods between the two countries and would enhance the operational capacity of the Syrian and Iraqi ports, in addition to decreasing the costs of goods.

He indicated that a third free trade zone can be established in al-Walid area in Iraq and in al-Tanf in Syria after studying the economic feasibility by both sides taking into consideration that the zone will be an Arab and international distribution center.

For his part, al-Qaisi stressed his country’s desire to further enhance its economic relations with Syria, indicating that Syria has a great experience in the domain of free trade zones.

October 23rd, 2011, 7:21 pm


ss said:

I just came back from a 2-wk vacation to Syria. I did not take the road trip from Damascus to Lattakia as I was concerned about the news coming from Homs, I have not been to Syria for 2 years. It was a tough decision as our source of news has been CNN, ABC, BBC, Aljazeera and the rest of biased media. I took the flight from Damascus to Lattakia. The life is as normal as it can be in Lattakia. After one week I drove with 2 of my cousins to Damascus. I was uncomfortable with my expectations and with what SC fellows had posted in the past; people like Tara, Tlass, Aboud, to name few who really did not pass a transparent facts to readers of SC, anyway. I thought I will see demonstrations, roads blocked, people shooting and getting shot at…..Damascus that morning was beatiful as usual…..Fairoooz was on the radio, people are runing to work, life is as usual…I finished the work I supposed to do and my cousin said; before we head back, will go and have Fata in Almidan. I did not like the idea at all but they went ahead and drove to Midan. Seeing the facts on the ground and driving all day in Damascus gave me a peace of mind so I did not object the idea and we went ahead and had the best Fata, Homos and 7’bz on Saj.

I should not even mention the word sectarian anymore. I have not seen it, so I am sorry I cannot use this word anymore. I visited two cities Lattakia and Damascus and I can assure readers that life in both cities are normal, I have not encountered any event. Alhamra street is full of people and yes you can get yourself Manaqeesh. You may go for an ice cream at Damer. It was amazing. I hope that people in the opposition be factual. I also encourage people to go back home. FYI the highway close to Homs is well secured. Just seeing the army on the side of the highway brings relief to your heart. The situation in Homs is not good, unfortunately, but I can assure you that the highway is very safe.

October 23rd, 2011, 7:37 pm


Syrian Nationalist Party said:

It appears that military action against Syria Assad is in the offing, they cannot agree on its form or participants as of now, and that is what is stalling it. President Assad is being naïve thinking that he receives calls from Qatar and he has normal relation with Turkey and the Arabs. Even Jordan is part of a coalition that is being prepared and stocked up with tanks and weapon so it may invade Syria or provide assistant to invading force, in addition to Turkey.

Assad may think that the revolutionary forces are weak or cannot pose a serious threat to his rule. He may think that the NATO-Turkey installed Council is not apt, but that is all by design. NATO/Saudi/ Israel have no interest whatsoever is seeing Syria coming out strong and stable. The goal is to create a facade like the Council but use the same CIA trained foreign fighters used in Libya to wage mayhem in Syria disguised as Syrian Islamic fighters, with the same intended goal of ensuing civil strife in Syria, similar to that of Libya. They too will be sent back to operate against Iraq should Maliki waver away too much in Iran direction.

October 23rd, 2011, 7:40 pm


ann said:

Syria’s president seeks AU support amid protests – October 23, 2011


Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is seeking Africa’s support to overcome mounting pressure against his regime.

President Assad sent his deputy foreign minister Dr Fayssal Mikdad to Africa Union headquarters in Addis Ababa over the weekend to deliver a message to AU commission chief, Dr Jean Ping.

Africa Union spokesperson Nouredin Mezni said the Syrian envoy explained the current situation in the country to African Union officials and asked for solidarity to defend the interest of Syrian people.

“Syria delegation has requested AU’s diplomatic support in the international stage and at the UN,” Mr Nouredin said.

“We also discussed some issues of common interest between AU and Syria” he added.

Dr Mikdad said his country become a victim of some international media campaign against its image.

The minister explained the ongoing political reforms in Syria to respond to the demands of Syrian people.

Dr Fayssal stressed the importance of solidarity between the Arab and African peoples to overcome the challenges they face.

AU commission chief Jean Ping on his part underlined the need for the reforms Syria has started implementing in response to its people’s desire, and noted that this is the only way to preserve Syria’s stability.

Syria is one of the Arab countries has an observer status at the African Union.

October 23rd, 2011, 7:40 pm


bronco said:

“Mustafa Abdul Jalil said that the law prohibiting men from marrying 4 wives is now cancelled. Lybian men can now marry more than one woman.”

With so many widows of men who died in the “coup d’etat” of Libya, it is natural and healthy that men could marry up to 4 women so they can replenish the rich and underpopulated country. They will probably get financial support.
Good examples abound in the region: The octogenarian Saudi Arabia King Abdullah has had more than thirty wives, and has fathered at least thirty-five children. ( Wikipedia)

That’s one of the ‘good’ side of the Sharia for men, among others … I am not sure women always agree. Will Tunisia follow?

October 23rd, 2011, 8:04 pm


Tara said:

Is Bashar felling lonely and isolated? Does he miss his role model Quaddafi? Seeking African Union support now!

When is sending an envoy to enlist Myanmar support?

October 23rd, 2011, 8:04 pm


ann said:

Libya’s liberation: interim ruler unveils more radical than expected plans for Islamic law – 23 Oct. 2011

Libya’s interim leader outlined more radical plans to introduce Islamic law than expected as he declared the official liberation of the country.

Mustafa Abdul-Jalil, the chairman of the National Transitional Council and de fact president, had already declared that Libyan laws in future would have Sharia, the Islamic code, as its “basic source”.

But that formulation can be interpreted in many ways – it was also the basis of Egypt’s largely secular constitution under President Hosni Mubarak, and remains so after his fall.

Mr Abdul-Jalil went further, specifically lifting immediately, by decree, one law from Col. Gaddafi’s era that he said was in conflict with Sharia – that banning polygamy.

In a blow to those who hoped to see Libya’s economy integrate further into the western world, he announced that in future bank regulations would ban the charging of interest, in line with Sharia. “Interest creates disease and hatred among people,” he said.

Gulf states like the United Arab Emirates, and other Muslim countries, have pioneered the development of Sharia-compliant banks which charge fees rather than interest for loans but they normally run alongside western-style banks.

In the first instance, interest on low-value loans would be waived altogether, he said.

Libya is already the most conservative state in north Africa, banning the sale of alcohol. Mr Abdul-Jalil’s decision – made in advance of the introduction of any democratic process – will please the Islamists who have played a strong role in opposition to Col Gaddafi’s rule and in the uprising but worry the many young liberal Libyans who, while usually observant Muslims, take their political cues from the West.

October 23rd, 2011, 8:08 pm


Syrian Nationalist Party said:

“……..The minister explained the ongoing political reforms in Syria to respond to the demands of Syrian people. ..”

Wonder why not a single opposition person in Syria, or outside it, thought much of these reforms bragged about by the Baathist regime? It is telling, so far, there were no reforms that an opposition can take advantage of whatsoever, that is the obvious answer. Just going around bragging on reforms made and reforms that will be up coming to unbelieving world may give Assad a comforting feeling, but it does not resolve the real problem and for sure not the consequence of this feel-good sherade.

October 23rd, 2011, 8:15 pm


irritated said:

Khalid Tlass #45

I think that God will hear you because you are the kind of authentic Moslem everyone wants to emulate. You are probably even inspiring many conversions. Keep the good work and you’ll get the promised reward, for sure.

October 23rd, 2011, 8:19 pm


Tara said:


Ah..I am not so sure that marrying more than one is a good side of Sharia for men. Lots of men can’t handle one woman let alone four. Women being often moody and catty can be difficult to handle…except of course for King Abdullah. His charm is irresistible….don’t you agree?

October 23rd, 2011, 8:31 pm


Tara said:



Just like in Syria:  The regime corrupted the soul of the nation:  everyone wondered if everyone else was an informer.  Just like in Syria, you pass the habit of fear on to your children….

22 October 2011

Colonel Gaddafi: The last of the buffoon dictators?
By Kevin Connolly


He corrupted the soul of the nation. Everyone wondered if everyone else was an informer.

One middle-aged woman told me, at the beginning of this last revolution in the battered centre of the city of Benghazi, that she thought the worst thing about living under a dictatorship was that it made you ashamed that you did not resist, that you were not a hero.

October 23rd, 2011, 8:58 pm


Syrian Nationalist Party said:

“…except of course for King Abdullah…”

He is actuially a charming person, specially without the rag on his head and with blue pin stripe suite, he is just not very smart at all.

October 23rd, 2011, 8:58 pm


majedkhaldoun said:

I think Libya is starting on the wrong foot, They are changing the constitution without going to the people, any change of the constitution must be approved by the people, this should be in my opinion over 90% of the people, if it is to be part of the constitution, if it is a law,it can be over 50%.the 90% for the constitution is necessary to protect minorities.

The second thing they are asking the people to give up their arms,This is a sure way to go back to dictatorship, I believe people should never give up arms,Arming people defend democracy.

October 23rd, 2011, 9:28 pm


bronco said:


So what do you do with the widows of war? Let them bring up their children as single mothers?

4 women under a heavy burka, after a convincing Sheikh briefing about their duties to their husband, plus government financial grant for a big house and support would probably be a good reward for a “revolutionary hero”. I think they can handle that easily and willingly.

As for King Abdallah the rate wife/children is a bit weak. His back problem maybe? And he dies his wig or light hair and his beard black.

October 23rd, 2011, 9:34 pm


Ghufran said:

هيثم مناع
الثورجيه الان صاروا ضده بعد ان كان بطلا في نظرهم

October 23rd, 2011, 9:42 pm


Syrian Nationalist Party said:

Swiss officials have gone into Libya to help the National Transitional Council (NTC) freeze the Gaddafi regime’s assets in their tax haven.

The NTC is trying to trace billions of dollars that Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, who was killed on Thursday, has siphoned off during his 42-year rule. Much of this is suspected to have been hidden in Switzerland.

October 23rd, 2011, 9:44 pm


Ghufran said:

فتاة السماء

فتاة السماء فلتقدسك السماء
نشره CHE.KASSION في 22 تشرين الاول, 2011 – 05:03 الصبح – 20 تعليقات
 +16 (16 اصوات)

كنت دائماً أقرأ ما تكتبه هذه الشابة الرائعة وإليكم من بعض ما نشرت :

الخيانة لا تعرف ألوانا، لونها واحد، والإخلاص أيضا، من يخون الوطن سيخون الضمير و الانسانية… والعكس صحيح

كلنا بشر كلنا مشروع شهيد .ان كنا عرب او اكراد و العدو الأكبر هو النظام

اذا متنا بكون بسبيل هالوطن و اهلنا بيحتفلوا عنا


انا لا انشر الطائفية
لكن الكثير و الكثير يسأل عن مشاركة الاقليات بالثورة
و يعتبرونها ثورة دينية لان السنة هم القسم الاغلب فيها
ولكن انا اريد انا اقول ان النظام لا يفرق بين سنة و علوية
فكل من يخرج ضده له نفس الجزاء و له التعذيب و القتل
الكثير من المعتقلين السياسين العلويين بالسجون
اما الاغلبية الصامتة من العلويين و هم طبقة المتوسطة من الشعب فهم صامتين لشدة خوفهم للأسف
ثورتنا ثورة الكرامة و الحرية و ستنتصر بدماء شهدائنا سورية لكل السوريين …. احبك سورية .. احبكم يا ابناء بلدي


يوم مثل باقي الأيام معطر بالدماء.. اشلاء الناس المتناثرة على الطرقات
يوم ملئ بالبكاء و الحزن ..يكاد ينقطع النفس فيه كل شئ مقطوع …. و يطل عليناالأمل من فتحة متناهية الصغر لا نكاد نراها … تعب … حزن … بكاء ….
احس بالاختناق بعذاب الروح احاول النسيان
او الهرب من الواقع البائس و لكن محال اغفو قليلا فأرى في حلمي ناس تموت و أطفال تبكي.. ارى ابناء بلدي يموتون ارى وحوش يقتلونهم دون رحمة
احاول ان اقنع نفسي انه حلم ان الواقع افضل تأتيني صورة هاجر و هي ترقد تحت التراب بعينيها الطفولتين يالله ما ذنبها هذه الطفلة كي تموت علي ايدي الغدر
متى ستحرر سورية . متى سيتوقف نزيف الدماء .. صبرا يا انباء شعبي ان النصر آت مهما طال الزمن سنبقى ندفع دمنا و ارواحنا سورية الحبيبة

October 23rd, 2011, 9:54 pm


bronco said:

#60 Tara

How can you compare Syrians to Libyans! The Syrian\’s soul is not corrupted. In the contrary it is vibrant and so genuine, refined and friendly that all Arabs loved to visit Syria and loved the openness and kindness of the Syrians, as much as Arabs love visiting Lebanon or Egypt. Can’t say the same about visiting primitive Libya or Saudi Arabia.

Sorry, but your extrapolation appears like a sign of a hidden despise for the Syrian people.

October 23rd, 2011, 10:13 pm


ghufran said:

our Christian friends here may help us on this subject:
is it true that the position of Batrak Rai on Syria reflects the thinking of the majority of Lebanon’s Maronites?
A source close to the Batrak (a Lebanese Maronite too)thinks so.
My somewhat limited contacts with the Lebanese maronite community
in the US give me mixed signals,most people want the regime gone but are not sure that the new regime will be secular.
My Syrian friends on the other hand believe that Syria is too big of a fish for the Islaimists to fry by themselves and I tend to agree.

October 23rd, 2011, 10:23 pm


Hans said:

@ Tara
You are very good at dodging the question! and questions!
you manipulate the facts to self serve your point!.
I asked where are the women in the SNC I didn’t ask if they are in the street or not… to use your information it is very evident that women were and are big part of the movement on the street but the SNC ignored them as usaul in any retarded Islamic country… they have only two women in the SNC one of them in secretarial position who is christian therefore, she has no voice in a MB gang council, it is a well known manipulation of the big boys MB gang game for ever… you all the Islamist are full of hate to everyone else that’s what is making the revolution in Syria fail and it is clear that your champion USA is waking up to this, you need to read more about the recent white house reports that they are not happy with the Islamists taken over Syria with the help of Turkey which I am hoping few more earth quacks to come and get that Bastard Erodgan busy for the rest of his life. you say that women has been from the beginning of the movement and the continue but obviously they are already marginalized at the SNC and probably for ever if you the MB take over Syria. People are so naive to believe that we are going to have a democracy and better life in Syria, if this movement succeed, we are heading into theocracy similar to Iran, Pakistan, EGYPT and if you are lucky not the KSA.
religion should never rule a country in the 21st century and you guys are not ready for that, hope for the 22nd century or the 100 century before Islam accept true democracy not like the theocratic democracy Turkey has… where minorities in turkey religious or non religious are persecuted by the Turks.

@ Ann I am happy the Iraq is helping Syria now ( even it is because of Iran pushing Nouri Almalaki to do so!!! but Iraq owes Syria a lot for what we had to endure during the Iraqi wars.

@ Tlass many individuals here are irritated so rightly with your retard posting can you grow up if you are an adult and if you are a young man I think you should go to my space where no one follows anymore or FB and post there.

To All it is clear that Libya is not only an example but it is the future way this Arab Spring is heading, more violence, blood shed, destroying countries in the name of democracy, freedom, progressive future, obviously Libya is going back hundreds of years to the colonial time where the west is going to steel the oil for free after being pushed out of Iraq and didn’t get the money they spent there.

The berbric way Libya is heading is an example of where the Arabs are at the current time of civility. Said so remember in Libya it is Sunni against Sunni. Therefore, in Syria if we are going to have Sunni against Alawite then the Massacre is an earth quack of 7 or more on the Richter scale… Shame is only the word should be used.. but no shame in people who are closer to animals then human beings.

October 23rd, 2011, 10:30 pm


Tara said:


I don’t know how “tamed” Libyan women are but I know for sure that no Sheikh can be convincing enough to make the outcome of one man marrying four Syrian women looks manageable and appealing.. Trust me. I know what I am talking about…Just ask your Syrian male friends.

In regard to King Abdallah, agree the ratio is very weak. I don’t believe it is a physiological problem. I think it is because of his western education. …as average western family has one to two children. Now, what is the matter with some ME men and hair dyeing? Is this a ME thing? Shaky confidence of self-image? It is so gross.

October 23rd, 2011, 10:38 pm


ghufran said:
the Libyan NTC made two mistakes in 48 hours. The way Qadhafi,his son and his Defense Minister were executed and how their bodies were treated is in sharp contrast with international norms and Islamic tradition. Qadhafi would have faced the death penalty in the court of law but street justice by an angry mob is not a good sign,the NTC admitted publicly that they had little influence on the mob,and that may include future mobs too.
the second mistake is that decision about poligamy and Sharia law taken without the proper procedure expected in any promising democracy.
It remains to be seen if Libya will recover all of its money from western banks and whether the tons of missing gold will ever be found and given back to the Libyan people.

October 23rd, 2011, 10:46 pm


Norman said:

poverty can push people and women to do the unbeleivable.

October 23rd, 2011, 10:47 pm


Tara said:

Hans, Dear

I have (probably like yourself) literally a painfully busy life therefore I do not get engaged in a futile conversation. When you address me as MB then you either have inferior intelligence or pretending to have one. I think you are just pretending. In both cases however, it is a waste of time conversing. I hope you see my point and excuse my bluntness.

October 23rd, 2011, 10:50 pm


ghufran said:

a woman’s view in defense of intellectual dissent

October 23rd, 2011, 10:53 pm


ann said:

Cracks showing in Libyan opposition – Oct. 23, 2011

Cracks are showing in the Libyan opposition that united against Moammar Gadhafi, raising concerns among the NATO nations that helped topple the regime.

Michael Rubin, a former adviser to the Coalition Provisional Authority in Baghdad, says the United States should choose the group it prefers and back that faction with money and diplomatic support.

“There’s going to be a conflict anyway,” says Rubin, a senior lecturer at the Naval Postgraduate School. “The Saudis are going to be giving billions of dollars. The question is: Are we going to play the game for influence or are we going to forfeit? To play the game, it’s going to cost cold, hard cash.”

Others say the multitude of weapons left over from Gadhafi’s regime could allow some factions to try and dominate others. Mansour El-Kikhia, a Libyan-born professor of politics at University of Texas-San Antonio, says the U.S. should back away from the volatile situation.

Considering that such countries as Qatar and Saudi Arabia are funneling money and weapons to extremist Islamist militias, “the best thing the U.S. can do is say, ‘Hands off Libya; let the democratic process develop on its own,’” he says.

Libya’s interim rulers declared the country liberated on Sunday after an eight-month civil war, launching the oil-rich nation on what is meant to be a two-year transition to democracy.

“You should only embrace honesty, patience and mercy,” National Transitional Council head Mustafa Abdul-Jalil told a flag-waving crowd of several thousand in the eastern city of Benghazi, the birthplace of the uprising against Gadhafi.

Abdul-Jalil went on to announce that Islamic sharia law would be the “basic source” of legislation and laws that contradict “the teachings of Islam” would be nullified. He said the first thing to happen would be caps on interest for bank loans and the return of polygamy. The Muslim holy book, the Quran, allows men up to four wives.

Gulf News editor Abdul Hamid Ahmad said, “Mustafa Abdul-Jalil has just given an evidence to all (the) world that the Arab uprising will end up to be Islamic states.”

Gadhafi ruled Libya for 42 years before rebels killed him Thursday. The transitional government that has controlled the country since Tripoli fell in August says it will lead the country toward a democratic system. It faces challenges from the country’s tribal system, independent militias and Islamist extremists, groups which Gadhafi had suppressed sometimes brutally.

Leaders in Tripoli want power to remain in the capital. Those in Misrata, the coastal town that was battered for months by Gadhafi artillery, say a prime minister should be appointed from the district. In the western mountains, leaders say their abuse by Gadhafi earned them a share of the national income and political power, El-Kikhia says.

“You can’t force reconciliation if they don’t want reconciliation,” he says. “All the parties are putting conditions on reconciliation.”

Thomas Carothers of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace says the West can assist by helping to restart the Libyan economy and providing guidance to Libya’s transitional leaders in an effort to disarm the country, hold elections and write an inclusive constitution that offers benefits and protections to the country’s factions.

“In a revolution, a lot of people lose out, and those people have to accept that or you have to hope they don’t fight back against it,” Carothers says.

Disarmament can be achieved by offering money and jobs to fighters to sway them from joining paramilitary or organized crime groups, Carothers says. Gun-buyback programs worked in El Salvador, he says, when they were paired with job programs that integrated former fighters into the economy.

Rubin says the gun buybacks in El Salvador worked only after the populace was exhausted from a war and 200,000 deaths were tallied. The Libyan situation, he says, is similar to Iraq after the U.S. invasion, where neighboring countries funneled money and weapons to factions they wanted to prevail.

The U.S. should pressure oil-rich Gulf states such as Qatar and Saudi Arabia to stop sending billions of dollars in aid to Islamist groups in Libya, and it should threaten economic sanctions against Egypt, which is friendly to the Palestinian terror group Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood, Rubin says.

If the U.S. doesn’t support liberal secularists most likely to adopt pro-Western policies, those factions will end up losing, Rubin says. “There’s no such thing as an even playing field.”

October 23rd, 2011, 11:07 pm


ghufran said:

I am amazed that a guy like Mr N’Aiseh who spent more than 20 years in jail as a political prisoner is still trying to be objective and separate his personal animosity towards the regime from his political duty as a citizen.
You have to respect this man even if you disagree with him:

October 23rd, 2011, 11:09 pm


majedkhaldoun said:

Some of you are here only recently, I talked about divorce in the past and said that in Islam there is no financial settlement mentioned as far as divorce, Islam left it to the society,while Islam did explain finacial inheritance very clearly, but nothing is mentioned about divorce settlement.
I said before, that the best approach is to entitle women 1% of the man asset for every year they spent togather.
And I said that the women in Islam can get divorce if a man decided to have another wife,and yes divorce proceding should not last more than three months,divorced woman is equal to divorced man,we do not get education about marriage and divorce in school, nor we have education given to us from parent,but as easy as marriage is, divorce should be equal in easiness,in Islam women can divorce men,Islam unfortunately is misinterpreted ,and I said it before and now I repeat ,we need to interpret Islam correctly again old Ulamaa were biased toward men,they interpreted wrong.this subject is long,sorry for boring you.

October 23rd, 2011, 11:43 pm


ann said:

Syria using American software to censor Internet, experts say

LONDON — Syria is using equipment and software developed by an American company to censor the Internet and conduct surveillance of its citizens, according to data analyzed by technology experts and advocates for Syrian dissidents.

The equipment, developed by California-based Blue Coat Systems, is allegedly being used by Syria’s autocratic government to block access to the Internet and crack down on dissidents who have been protesting against President Bashar al-Assad for nearly eight months, the experts and advocates say.

U.S. officials say they are reviewing reports that Syria’s government is using the company’s products. “The issue of Blue Coat’s technology being used in Syria is one that the State Department is taking very seriously and is very concerned about,” said a State Department official who would discuss the matter only on the condition of anonymity.

A senior administration official, also speaking on the condition of anonymity, noted that sanctions restrict U.S. companies from trade with Syria. “Our sanctions provide for some exceptions for certain software,” the official said. “Anything exported that is not covered by exceptions would violate sanctions.”

Blue Coat, based in Sunnyvale, said it has not sold equipment or software to the Syrian government, but a spokesman did not deny that Syria could have obtained the products through a third party.

“Blue Coat does not sell to Syria,” spokesman Steve Schick said in an e-mail. “We comply with U.S. export laws, and we do not allow our partners to sell to embargoed countries.” Sales by U.S. companies to Syria are illegal under sanctions imposed by President George W. Bush in 2004.

Eric King of Privacy International, a London-based nonprofit group that challenges government surveillance, said the company’s products can enable a government to monitor the Internet activity of large numbers of people. “In the wrong hands, Blue Coat technology can all too easily be used as a tool of political control,” he said.

Given the nature of the gray market for surveillance and monitoring equipment, Syria may have acquired the Blue Coat equipment indirectly, according to Pratap Chatterjee of London’s Bureau of Investigative Journalism, which is probing the allegations.

“A lot of the manufacturers don’t know or don’t want to know who’s buying their technology because they could be subject to fines or prosecution in their countries,” Chatterjee said.

Reports of Syria’s alleged use of Blue Coat products originated with Telecomix, a group founded by Swedish hackers in 2006 that has been providing support to dissidents in the Middle East.

Telecomix released electronic records from the Syria Telecommunications Establishment, which the group said showed that the government was using Blue Coat equipment to prohibit its citizens from browsing certain Web sites and social media. In August, Telecomix activists said they downloaded 54 gigabytes of Syrian telecommunications data that indicated that the Blue Coat technology was being used to filter Internet communications in the country.

October 23rd, 2011, 11:43 pm


majedkhaldoun said:

As far as Gaddafi death he got what he deserve, How much fair court he gave to all his victims nothing,if he did not believe in fair court while he was president ,why should we give him the right of going to court?,killing him this way was the correct way.
the same for Bashar he should not expect trial, he did not gave the people he killed that right.

October 23rd, 2011, 11:47 pm


Syrian Nationalist Party said:

“……….. I talked about divorce in the past and said that in Islam there is no financial settlement mentioned as far as divorce……”

Yep, that is actually one of the most serious social challenge many not so rich Islamic societies faces. Islam does not address the issue of Divorce settlement, therefore the girl family demands as huge sum of money in advance for the girl hand in marriage as a security collateral, some of the money given to the family and some are placed in contract for later, when and should divorce occur within agreed time limits. It is called:
متقدم متآخر

Most young men today cannot afford the asking price, so either elope or be frustrated for 20 more years until they get a job in the Gulf and save enough cash for couple decades.

“……I said before, that the best approach is to entitle women 1% of the man asset for every year they spent togather…..”

That is cheaper than a street walking hooker. This is so unfair for what a wife raising kids should receive. Especially if she to start with him on dirt floor and they end up in travertine mansion 20 years later. This is what is disturbing about Islamists. I mean how can you work with them with this mentality?

October 24th, 2011, 12:07 am


ann said:

Drumbeats of War Begin as McCain Declares War with Syria?

October 23, 2011

Beating on his proverbial tom-tom, U.S. Senator John McCain wants a war with Syria now that NATO’s war with Libya is nearly finished.

In addressing the World Economic Forum in Jordan on Sunday, Sen. McCain stated: “Now that Military operations in Libya are ending, there will be renewed focus on what practical military operations might be considered to protect civilian lives in Syria.” In layman’s terms, a Syrian war is coming.

Does Sen. McCain have Alzheimer’s or is he just suffering from senility? It’s the prerogative of the President of the United States to carry out foreign affairs of this nature. As far as this writer recalls, Sen. McCain lost the election for President of the United States in 2008.

Gaddafi is not even in the grave and Sen. McCain says that the Syrian President, Bashar al-Assad, can’t “get away with mass murder.” The United Nations notes that 3,000 people have been killed in the Syrian government’s recent actions, while the Syrian government states that over 1,100 soldiers and police have been killed recently.

A wise man once told me that it is what comes out of a man’s mouth that makes him wicked.

October 24th, 2011, 12:11 am


ghufran said:

According to majed’s formula, a woman needs to spend 50 years with her husband to get half of his money if they get divorced,regardless of how and why they get divorced. Men may be at a disadvantage in western societies when it comes to divorce but the answer is not what Muslim countries do to divorced women. There will be no future for Muslim countries until women receive fair treatment.
بالتسبه لمقتل القذافي من الصعب الدفاع عن عدالة الشوارع و غياب القانون . تاريخ او شخصية الضحيه لا يعطيان. مبررا للسلوك الهمجي رغم ان القذافي لا يستحق الاحترام و لكن له حقوق انسانيه مكفوله في مواثيق الامم المتحده و المنظمات الدوليه و اولها عدم تنفيذ الاعدام في الشارع بدون محاكمه و عدم إهانة الجسد بعد الموت

October 24th, 2011, 12:18 am


Hans said:

@ Tara!
I am very happy that you are able to express your feeling and thinking toward me with all the freedom we wish to have in Syria. in spite of your very painful busy day to day life.
if it empowers you and make you feel rightful by saying that I pretend to have low IQ that’s is not a problem for me.
My IQ got me where I am and many would like to be in my shoes.
but back to the subject, I never said you are a MB….
I was talking about the big boys MB gang at the SNC, i don’t think you are a big boy MB or least I hope not!
At least I can say you are of a generation like mine ( I don’t know your age or know you) who is emotionally is charged for a new Syria, we dream of Syria as the Syria we want but we never have or had, Syria where freedom and equality is the source of the constitution, syria where a human being is respected just bc s/he is a human… at least that’s what i hope for.
what is being put on the table is far from this and we the people of Syria are either not aware of what’s going on, or being silenced by the others and that’s the problem of the SNC opposition who are paid by the west for their agenda and ignoring the good voices of the inside. I get angry when I see someone like Adel Nai’ssah ignored, or louay Hussin or OTHERS at this level of civility replaced with MB members or other Radicals who are receiving their decrees from retarded Imams all over the creation ( I am against organized religion even I am a believer in GOD) who wants Syrian male to marry as many as he can get his male organ get. or marry girls in their childhood to a Pig 50 years older ( happened in KSA I was there).. that is back stone Syria I don’t want… human relationship evolves through they years and cults are the one who deviate from the normal, the if the Islam doesn’t throw out the cult in it, muslims will never be called free humans….
Christ said only the truth will free you and that’s what Muslims needs a truth to free them…

October 24th, 2011, 12:24 am


ann said:

Seema Mustafa: Amid winds of change, India is Syria’s new hero

October 24, 2011

Chants of ‘Allah, Syria, Assad’ by enthusiastic crowds in Syria change to ‘Allah, Syria, Hind’ as soon as they realise that you are from India. India’s popularity in Syria is at its peak as the vote of abstention has been widely reported in the country as a vote in support.

At Homs, the trouble spot in Syria, enthusiastic young boys push ice creams and local chocolates into our hands. In the Damascus Souks, hard-bargaining shopkeepers give little gifts in support. In Aleppo, passersby stop us with a hug and a kiss saying, “you go around, see for yourselves and then project the right picture to the world. It is overwhelming, with thanks pouring out from the streets for the support as they shout in greeting, “Thank you India.” One gesture and India has become the new hero in Syria, with the word having spread like rapid fire through the country, into the remote streets of trouble torn Homs as well.

What is the real picture? For one, Syria is nowhere close to civil strife and the government, after the first flush of panic, has recovered to deal with the situation in some parts of the country with visible calm. The streets of Damascus and Aleppo, the two largest cities, are bustling in support of President Bashar al Assad. He is seen as the symbol of a sovereign Syria even by those who did not necessarily support him before the recent crisis.

Gaddafi’s fall and the continuing insurgency and violence in Iraq after the US invasion have made the Syrians virtually close ranks to isolate those who had gained some initial ground with their rebellion and demand for democracy through a regime change. In the Mediterranean resort of Latakia, shopkeepers and waiters pointed out that the Syrians would not ‘tolerate’ US interference. And that they would support Assad against the US, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Qatar that are all clubbed under one ‘anti Syria’ banner.

The government narrative seems to be succeeding within Syria, even though the media has ensured that it does not cross the boundaries to influence the world in the same manner. But as several officials said the intention is first to get the people to understand and close ranks at this critical hour. The narrative centres around two basic issues close to the hearts of all Syrians, except the Islamists and extremists, namely sovereignty and secularism.

The first argument that has clearly struck home seeks to point out that while President Assad could relinquish power and the Baath party could give up its ‘leading’ role in the country, this could be determined only by the Syrian people and not outside powers. And two, secularism would continue to remain central to Syrian polity and the government will not allow any compromise on this. All senior leaders from the Grand Mufti to the foreign minister made it clear that religious parties like the Muslim Brotherhood have no place in the country that will not give up its secularism at any cost.

People are convinced that the grand international plan is to divide Syria and the Middle East into ethnic and religious states, with a woman stopping us in a picturesque street in Aleppo to point this out adding, “and it is for you India to help stop them.” The general impression, even inside Homs, is that the Islamist groups are being used to spread violence and they in turn are using the smugglers and criminals to incite violence. The argument being used by those who want to change the regime is that the Sunnis are in a majority (74%) and are being ruled by a minority (Alawites) who are less than 12% of the population. But there is a strong strain of secularism running through Syria that is coming in the way of those trying to radicalise the environment for the past seven months.

Syria’s Grand Mufti Ahmad Badreddine Hassoun, a tall personality in every sense of the word, said in response to a question about the Muslim Brotherhood that he was not in favour of political alliances with religious parties. He said he told them, “be democratic brothers, put aside the word of Islam and dedicate that solely to your relationship with God, do not insert political ideology into the religious idea but they were not willing to listen.”

He said it was imperative for all to “get out of the religious circle into the national one” and keep religion out of politics to ensure a secular state where everyone had equal rights. His 20-year-old son was killed just recently by the Islamists as the Grand Mufti refused to concede the radicals demand to leave Syria. His face turning red as he tried to choke back the tears, he said that Syria would not surrender its sovereignty to Islamists and foreign powers regardless of the cost.

October 24th, 2011, 12:26 am


ann said:

Battle for East Mediterranean gas looms – October 24, 2011

There is no doubt that this battle will be fierce because all the countries involved

US Geological Survey, which released — coincidentally or not — in March its first assessment of the zone, estimating that it contained 1.7 billion barrels of oil and 122 trillion cubic feet (TCF) of gas.

October 24th, 2011, 12:43 am


ann said:

At Occupy DC, Egypt’s revolutionaries chide U.S. – Oct 23, 2011

Social media activists say U.S. has abandoned their cause

“The U.S. is now saying that the military will be the protector of democracy against the Islamists,” he told Salon. “Myself, I am totally secular and I don’t agree with the Islamists. But I think democracy is the best protector of democracy.”

When a woman in the crowd asked Fathy for the Egyptian movement’s views on U.S. support for Israel, Fathy was even more pointed.

“Our common mood is that we should have at the least the two states–one Israeli, one Palestinian–based on the 1967 borders, ” he said, a view that proved deeply controversial when expressed by President Obama earlier this year. Myself, I would like to see a solution like South Africa: One country for all the people who live there. I know that is a dream.”

As the crowd plied their guests for advice about how the U.S.-based occupation movement should proceed, the Egyptians responded by voicing the unorthodox tenets of a global movement without leaders or unified set of demands.

“People will want to know who your leaders are,” said Fatah, wearing a traditional head scarf. “Your demands must be your leaders.”

“My advice,” said Maher, an exemplar of cosmopolitan cool with his shaved head and sunglasses ”is not to accept any advice.”

October 24th, 2011, 12:58 am


jad said:

-“That being said, I think that makes it even worse, because the way I see it Fiqh is an expansion of Sharia”

Seriously Syrians, you have to know the basics of your Constitution before you wrongly criticize it and the basic of your Religion before you make mistakes

Syrian Fiqh is based on Alfiqh Alshafi3i, it’s the most balanced one between all four Fiqhi schools.
How could that be seen ‘WORSE’ than having Alshari3a as ‘THE’ source? It doesn’t make sense and it’s beyond the claim in comment #33

-‘Also note that a secular state or a secular constitution should not have such an article regardless whether it says (A) or (THE).’

Syria was never declared a SECULAR state so to say that using Islamic FIQH as one of the main sources of legislation shouldn’t be in the constitution when 90% of the population are Muslims of different sects is incorrect.
Any country in the world build its legislation around the basic law of what the customs-cultures-religions of its people not based of something that doesn’t exist.

I’m not going to argue any further, the starting of this debate was about one point and I was clarifying the mistake for people to know facts not fictions.

October 24th, 2011, 1:59 am


Dale Andersen said:

Memo To: JAD

RE: “…I’m not going to argue any further…”

Thank God!

October 24th, 2011, 2:27 am


jad said:

Jumblat flipped again and he is going to leave the Lebanese government:

جنبلاط: “يا حيف على دروز سورية”
دعا النائب وليد جنبلاط عدداً من أصدقائه إلى حفل طربي، «وجبته» الأساسية القدود الحلبية، في منطقة الجبل. ومع نهاية الحفل، حمل جنبلاط الميكروفون وخاطب الحضور قائلاً: «للأسف، نحن هنا نستمتع بالطرب، فيما الشعب السوري ينتفض في وجه الظلم والطغيان»، موجّهاً انتقادات قاسية للنظام السوري. وختم كلامه بالقول: «يا حيف على دروز سوريا الذين كانوا في طليعة كل الثورات».

October 24th, 2011, 2:28 am


jad said:

الوفد العربي في الدوحة غداً … لوضع آليات تنهي الأزمة
دمشق: إعلان وشيك عن لجنة تحضيرية للحوار

زياد حيدر
علمت «السفير» أن جهودا تبذل من أجل الإعلان عن تشكيل لجنة تحضيرية يقع على عاتقها التمهيد لمؤتمر حوار وطني موسع يترأسه الرئيس السوري بشار الأسد، وذلك في الوقت الذي تستعد فيه دمشق لاستقبال وفد اللجنة الوزارية العربية بعد غد الاربعاء، لإجراء لقاءات تشمل المعارضة الداخلية المتمثلة بـ«هيئة التنسيق»، التي طالبت السلطة بتهيئة «المناخ المناسب» للحوار قبل الخوض فيه.
وأعلنت جامعة الدول العربية أن اللجنة الوزارية العربية المكلفة إيجاد حل للأزمة السورية ستجتمع في الدوحة غدا الثلاثاء قبل التوجه الأربعاء إلى دمشق، فيما أوضح الأمين العام للجامعة نبيل العربي أن مهمة اللجنة «تتركز حول إجراء الاتصالات والمشاورات مع القيادة السورية وأطراف المعارضة السورية في الداخل والخارج بجميع أطيافها للبدء في عقد مؤتمر لحوار وطني شامل بمقر الجامعة العربية يفضي إلى وقف العنف وإراقة الدماء وإلى تنفيذ الإصلاحات السياسية التي تلبي طموحات الشعب السوري».
وقالت مصادر مطلعة لـ«السفير» إن تحضيرات بدأت للتأسيس لمؤتمر حوار وطني، وإن قرارا سيصدر بتشكيل لجنة تحضيرية تقوم بالإعداد والتمهيد لهذا اللقاء، على أن يتم استنادا
إلى «نتائج اللقاء التشاوري» الذي عقد في تموز الماضي، و«نتائج جلسات الحوار الوطني التي تمخضت عن حوار المحافظات السورية»، وأقيمت برعاية الحكومة، وضمن إطار التوجه الذي رسمه الأسد في خطابه الأخير في جامعة دمشق.
وكان من أبرز ما انتهى إليه اللقاء التشاوري حينها التأكيد أن «الحوار هو الطريق الوحيد الذي يوصل البلاد إلى إنهاء الأزمة»، وضرورة «الإفراج الفوري عن جميع المعتقلين السياسيين ومعتقلي الرأي الذين لم تشملهم مراسيم العفو السابقة»، و«إطلاق سراح جميع الموقوفين خلال الأحداث الأخيرة ممن لم تثبت إدانتهم أمام السلطات القضائية». وذكر البيان حينها أن «توجه اللقاء هو من أجل إقامة دولة الحق والقانون والعدالة والمواطنة والتعددية والديموقراطية التي تعتمد صناديق الاقتراع أساسا للتفويض السياسي». كما رفض البيان أي «تدخل خارجي في شؤون سوريا الداخلية، وعلى رأسه ما يدعى بمبدأ التدخل الإنساني المستخدم كذريعة للنيل من مبدأ السيادة وهو المبدأ المقدس غير المسموح بالمس به إطلاقاً».
ومن المتوقع أن يرأس اللجنة التحضيرية نائب الرئيس فاروق الشرع، على أن تضم شخصيات من «أطياف متعددة». وستعمل اللجنة على وضع الأسس لتهيئة مناخ انعقاد المؤتمر خلال مدة لم تحدد بعد، علما أن وزير الخارجية السوري وليد المعلم كان أعلن، في حديث صحافي، أن قرارا جمهوريا سيصدر خلال أيام بتشكيل لجنة تحضيرية تمهد لانعقاد المؤتمر خلال شهر «بمشاركة جميع مكونات الشعب والمعارضة الوطنية».
من جهته، ربط المتحدث باسم هيئة التنسيق الوطنية لقوى التغيير الديموقراطي حسين العودات بين «تأمين المناخ المناسب للحوار» وبين استعداد الهيئة لـ«النظر في متطلبات المرحلة التالية»، وذلك بعد استفسار «السفير» عما إذا كانت الهيئة بصدد إعلان موقف من دعوة جامعة الدول العربية للحوار بين أطراف الأزمة في سوريا.
وقال العودات إن الهيئة أبدت استعدادها للقاء اللجنة الوزارية التي ستزور دمشق الأربعاء، بهدف «التعبير عن وجهة نظرها والاستماع لوجهة نظر الجامعة العربية». وأبدى رغبة الهيئة في تسليم اللجنة مذكرة كانت أعدتها تبين تصورها لسبل الخروج من الأزمة الحالية.
وحول استخدامه عبارة «الاستعداد للنظر في متطلبات المرحلة» قال العودات إن هذا يتوقف على النظر في «الأشياء المسبقة التي تمثل شروطنا وشرط الجامعة»، مذكرا بها وهي «ضرورة إيجاد المناخ الملائم وسحب الجيش وإنهاء العنف وإخراج المعتقلين السياسيين وإنهاء الحل الأمني للأزمة». وذكر، ردا على سؤال عما إذا كانت الهيئة تنسق مع «المجلس الوطني»، أن «ثمة تنسيقا للتوصل إن أمكن لموقف موحد بين الداخل والخارج»، مشيرا إلى أن الهيئة لا زالت تنتظر ردا من المجلس على هذا الأمر.
وعلمت «السفير» في هذا السياق أن ثمة اتصالات تجري بين أركان السلطة وبعض شخصيات المعارضة بهدف التوصل إلى تفاهم، علما أن هذه الاتصالات لم تنقطع تقريبا وتتم دوما عن طريق شخصيات مستقلة.
وفي سياق مشابه، حذرت مجموعتان سياسيتان في سوريا «من تفاقم الأوضاع بعد دخول الاحتجاجات شهرها الثامن، ما يرفع من درجة التدخل الأجنبي في شؤون البلاد».
وأكدت كل من «الجبهة الشعبية للتحرير والتغيير» و«المبادرة الوطنية الديموقراطية»، في بيان مشترك، أن «أفضل حل للخروج من الأزمة الوطنية يكون برفض ومواجهة أي شكل من أشكال التدخل الخارجي». ودعتا «كافة القوى الوطنية لتوحيد صفوفها (وفي مقدمتها المعارضة الوطنية) من أجل تغليب صوت العقل والحكمة والانخراط في مؤتمر حوار وطني شامل ينتج صيغة وطنية جديدة للخروج من الأزمة، حفاظاً على سوريا ارضاً وشعباً، وضماناً لإقامة الدولة المدنية الديموقراطية التعددية».
وذكرت وكالة الأنباء السورية (سانا) أن الأسد اصدر مرسوما يقضي بتعيين ياسر سلمان الشوفي محافظا لإدلب بدلا من خالد الأحمد والمهندس حسين مخلوف مخلوف محافظا لريف دمشق بدلا من زاهد حاج موسى.
وأكد رئيس الأركان العماد فهد جاسم الفريج، خلال تمثيله الأسد بتخريج دفعة من طلبة الكلية البحرية في اللاذقية، أن «ما تتعرض له سوريا هو فصل جديد من فصول التآمر الغربي الصهيوني والأميركي على شعوب المنطقة ومقدرات أبنائها»، مشيراً إلى انه «لم يرق للدوائر المعادية ان ترى سوريا أمنة مستقرة فحاولت استغلال حالة الاضطرابات التي يعيشها الشارع العربي لضرب اللحمة الوطنية وزعزعة استقرار المجتمع السوري المتمسك بوحدته الوطنية والرافض لأي شكل من أشكال التدخل الخارجي».
واعتبر أن «الديموقراطية التي ينادي بها الغرب وأميركا هي ديموقراطية القمع والإرهاب، وأن حريتهم هي حرية استباحة المحرمات»، وأن «الشعب السوري يرفض التدخلات الخارجية ويؤيد الإصلاحات التي اتخذتها القيادة ويقف مع القوات المسلحة في تصديها للمجموعات الإرهابية المسلحة».
وأعلن (أ ف ب، أ ب، رويترز، أ ش أ) نائب الأمين العام للجامعة العربية احمد بن حلي، في القاهرة أمس، أن اللجنة الوزارية العربية المكلفة العمل لإيجاد حل للأزمة السورية ستجتمع في الدوحة غدا قبل التوجه الأربعاء إلى دمشق. وقال بن حلي إن العربي سيتوجه إلى الدوحة اليوم للمشاركة في اجتماع اللجنة الوزارية، التي يترأسها رئيس الوزراء القطري الشيخ حمد بن جاسم آل ثاني، وتضم وزراء خارجية مصر وسلطنة عمان والجزائر والسودان.
وقال العربي، من جهته، إن اللجنة «تسعى بكل جدية إلى حشد الجهود العربية من اجل مساعدة سوريا للخروج من الأزمة الراهنة، وذلك من خلال آليات محددة تتيح وقف إطلاق النار وأعمال العنف بكافة أشكاله وخلق الأجواء الملائمة للبدء بحوار وطني شامل يضع سوريا على طريق الحل السلمي السياسي، ويبعد عنها شبح التدخلات الخارجية والاقتتال الأهلي، وبما يضمن كذلك تنفيذ الإصلاحات السياسية المطلوبة تلبية لتطلعات الشعب السوري في الحرية والتغيير السياسي المنشود».
وشدد العربي على «ضرورة التعامل مع هذا الجهد العربي بصورة إيجابية من قبل القيادة السورية وجميع أطراف المعارضة السورية حتى يمكن إنجاح مساعي اللجنة الوزارية العربية». وأوضح أن مهمة اللجنة «تتركز حول إجراء الاتصالات والمشاورات مع القيادة السورية وأطراف المعارضة السورية في الداخل والخارج بجميع أطيافها للبدء في عقد مؤتمر لحوار وطني شامل بمقر الجامعة العربية يفضي إلى وقف العنف وإراقة الدماء وإلى تنفيذ الإصلاحات السياسية التي تلبي طموحات الشعب السوري».
وكان العربي قال، أول من أمس، «إن سوريا رحبت بزيارة اللجنة لكنها لم تعلن قبولها بأي شيء ولا نعلم ماذا سيحدث هناك».
وحول التحركات المقبلة للجامعة العربية في حال إصرار الجانب السوري على عدم وقف إطلاق النار، اكتفى العربي بالقول «إن الجامعة العربية ستتخذ إجراءات، ولكن لا أستطيع التحدث فيها قبل أن نصل لهذه المرحلة».
وحذر رئيس الاتحاد الأوروبي هرمان فان رومبوي، في بروكسل أمس، من أن الاتحاد مستعد لاتخاذ عقوبات جديدة بحق سوريا إذا لم يكف نظامها عن «قمع» التظاهرات. وقال إن قادة الاتحاد الأوروبي المجتمعين في قمة في بروكسل أعربوا عن «قلقهم الشديد من العنف ضد الشعب، السوري وإنهم سيفرضون قيودا جديدة على النظام إذا استمر القمع».
وقد فرضت أوروبا عقوبات عديدة على دمشق لا سيما الحظر على الأسلحة والإمدادات النفطية. ودعا قادة الاتحاد، في بيان في ختام القمة، مجددا الأسد إلى «التنحي عن الحكم وفتح المجال لمرحلة انتقالية سياسية». وأدانوا «بأشد العبارات القمع الشديد». كما دعوا مجددا «جميع أعضاء مجلس الأمن الدولي إلى تحمل كامل مسؤولياتهم إزاء الوضع في سوريا». وحثوا المعارضة السورية على الاتحاد، واعتبروا «أن الإعلان عن المجلس الوطني السوري خطوة إيجابية إلى الأمام».
وأعلن عضو مجلس الشيوخ الأميركي جون ماكين، في جلسة بعنوان «أولويات السياسة الخارجية الأميركية» في المنتدى الاقتصادي العالمي المنعقد في الشونة على شاطئ البحر الميت غربي عمان، «الآن وبعد أن تم الانتهاء من العمليات العسكرية في ليبيا، سيكون هناك تركيز من جديد على ما يمكن أن يؤخذ بالاعتبار من خيارات عسكرية عملية لحماية أرواح المدنيين في سوريا». وأضاف «يبدو أن الثورة السورية دخلت الآن مرحلة جديدة. هناك المزيد من الانشقاقات في صفوف الجيش وأكثر من ذلك يبدو أن السوريين قد حملوا السلاح ضد النظام».
وأوضح ماكين أن «هناك المزيد من الدعوات من قبل المعارضة لنوع من التدخل العسكري الأجنبي، ونحن نستمع إليهم ونعمل مع المجلس الوطني السوري». وتابع إن «على نظام الأسد ألا يظن انه يمكن أن يفلت مما ارتكبه من قتل جماعي، (العقيد الليبي معمر) القذافي ارتكب هذا الخطأ الذي كلفه كل شيء».
واعتبرت وزيرة الخارجية الأميركية هيلاري كلينتون، في مقابلة مع قناة «فوكس»، أن واشنطن «تدعم بقوة تغيير الأسد، كما أنها تدعم المعارضة السلمية»، لكنها شددت على أن المعارضة لم تدع إلى تدخل خارجي شبيه بما حصل في ليبيا.
وكان الرئيس الإيراني محمود احمدي نجاد قال، في مقابلة مع قناة «سي ان ان» الأميركية أول من أمس، «نحن ندين عمليات القتل والمجازر في سوريا، سواء كان القتلى من قوات الأمن أو من الشعب والمعارضة». وأضاف «لدينا صيغة واضحة بالنسبة لسوريا تنطوي على أن يجلس كافة الأطراف معا للتوصل إلى تفاهم، ومن ثم فإن أعمال القتل تلك لا يمكن أن تحل أي مشكلات وعلى المدى الطويل ستؤدي إلى طريق مسدود».
وأوضــح «حينما يتــعرض الناس للقتل فإن هذا يفتح الطريق أمام مزيد من النزاعات. لا ينــبغي أن يحدث تدخل خارجي» في سوريا. وتابع «موقـــف أميركا لن يساعد. لا ينبغي أن يحدث تدخل أجنبي. ينبغي أن يساعد الجميع على أن يسود التفاهم في سوريا».
وذكر المرصد السوري لحقوق الإنسان أن «8 أشخاص قتلوا في حمص وريف حماه»، مشيرا إلى «وفاة 3 أشـــخاص متأثرين بجروح أصيبوا بها السبت في ريف ادلب».
وفي حمص، أكد المرصد «خطف عميد كلية الهندسة الكيميائية والبترولية محمد خضور من قبل مسلحين مجهولين قتلوا ضابطا حاول حماية العميد من المسلحين». وكان المرصد أعلن «مقتل ثمانية مدنيين السبت في عمليات دهم وإطلاق رصاص، خمسة منهم في مدينة حمص». وذكر أن «ضابطا وعنصرين من حفظ النظام استشهدوا بإطلاق رصاص من مسلحين يعتقد أنهم منشقون، كما استشهد مساعد أول بالاستخبارات العسكرية من حي باب الدريب» في حمص.

October 24th, 2011, 2:31 am


jad said:

LOLOLOL, Fair enough and I agree 🙂

October 24th, 2011, 2:37 am


Antoine said:

The Syrian regime’s war crimes against Christians in Lebanon must be exposed and investigated. We hope after ASsad departs the new Syrian Government will listen with a sympathetic ear.

October 24th, 2011, 2:43 am


Antoine said:

At last a fair and balanced decision from Jumblat, but he too is a murderer and has the blood of 2,000 plus Christians on his hands, amoly supported by Syrian regime in 1982 till 1990.


October 24th, 2011, 2:45 am


NK said:

What counts as a terrorist act in Syria ?

الشرطة العسكرية تعتبر كتابة “سورية حرة” على العلم الوطني جرماً إرهابيا

The military police asks the DA in Hama to jail 2 suspects for committing a terrorist act, carrying the Syrian flag with (Syria is free) written on it!!!

October 24th, 2011, 3:11 am


Khalid Tlass said:

Thanks, Antoine, for speaking the truth, we need more like you.

October 24th, 2011, 3:17 am


Muhammad said:

@ 51 SS

So the fact that few Syrian cities are besieged by the army and we have more than 4000 killed and thousands more being tortured in Bashar dungeons caused you no worry as long as you could eat fatteh and ice cream ?

I don’t mean to be rude but what kind of a heartless callous selfish individual are you (and those who liked your post)?

October 24th, 2011, 4:14 am


Syria no kandahar said:

You inflate numbers by one thousand a day.does Rami Abdulrhman employee you.Any way wahabi like you don’t like Fatteh,they only like fitna…

October 24th, 2011, 5:36 am


Mina said:

Sherk, you are rejoicing now watching the “liberation” of Lybia with separate spaces for women and men during the celebration yesterday? You corrected me on Abdeljalil and I didn’t have time to check so here its is, yes he was a judge under Qaddafi, and promoted fro being harsh with the Bulgarian and Palestinian hostages:

“Abdeljalil fut le président de la cour d’appel qui confirma à deux reprises la peine de mort des infirmières bulgares et du médecin palestinien prisonniers-otages de Kadhafi. En récompense, il devint ministre.”
“From 2007 to 2011, Abdul Jalil was Minister of Justice (officially, the Secretary of the General People’s Committee of Justice) under Colonel Muammar al-Gaddafi.[2] He has been noted in some news media for his stance against various human rights violations in Libya, although others express a different view and accuse him, for example, of intransigence during the appeal by the Bulgarian nurses ”
Look at 0’19

As usual with Netanyahu, when he said there would be an “Iranian winetr” it was programmatic, isn’t it?
Cameron and Sarkozy have now to face tax-payers who are more angry than ever. Bravo BHL!

Addenda: so the most urgent issue was to legalize polygamy (it was authorized it seems, but the wife had to be alerted and should give her consent, as it appears in some of the different ways of fiqh and local traditions; the Coran says men can marry more than one “if they can be just/afford it”) AND to forbid divorce, which is not mentioned everywhere in the newspapers but should be understood, I believe, as “forbidden from the woman’s side”, since again it is about taking from the most extreme versions of fiqh (hanbali?) that only repudiation would exist.
Any comment, Tara?

October 24th, 2011, 5:44 am


Muhammad said:


Oh, I’m sorry .. .really really sorry since the accepted figure is only 3000 … so that’s OK then ! Pass me مخلل و الفجل.

Shame on you … if you really know what that means

October 24th, 2011, 6:16 am


Samara said:

So, I suppose it is OK for the Police to do this? (dont mind the add on this one).

what about their civil rights? human rights? dont they mean anything these days?

October 24th, 2011, 6:36 am


William Scott Scherk said:

منى ، هو دائما من دواعي سروري أن أقرأ التصحيحات التي تقدمها.

لديك هدية عظيمة ، هدية لالتحيز ، والتحيز ، هدية لمراوغات قذرة وغير مكتملة وغير ذات صلة في كثير من الأحيان.

كنت ألاحظ أن يبدو أيضا أن يحب طرح مجموعة متنوعة من يقتبس جزئية ، والمطالبات لم تنسبه لإعادة صياغة والتشوهات.

هذا أمر مؤسف ، لأنه يترك لك الكثير من الاخطاء من التركيز وراء المعنى زائدة تريد مسحة من المخاط.

على الرغم من الفظاظة الخاص يبدو أن ينمو يوما بعد يوم ، حدث من قبل الحدث ، وأتصور هذا فقط لأنك حتى الآن من وطنكم ، أينما التي قد تكون.

فإنه ليس من المستغرب لي أن تلقي نفسك التصحيحات بشعور من الغضب ، كما لو كنت تكره فكرة أنك يمكن أن تكون خاطئة.

لقد التقينا جميع المعلمين مثلك ، غاضبة ، يرتدون الزي العسكري ومقاومة للتصويب.

لغتي العربية هي بالتأكيد ليست شعرية ، ولكن أرجو أن تفهم أن أرى من خلالكم.

ويلاحظ الفظاظة والخاص عن توجهات والإطراء. شكرا لكم لاستكمال اللغز.

أما بالنسبة للاقتباسات مختارة بعناية من ذلك الخط من المعرفة ، ويكيبيديا ، أود أن أذكر لكم أنني مجرد تصحيح حيرتك.

هل تخلط بين الواقع أسماء جبريل والجليل. جليل ، جبريل ، الثرثرة ، رطانة.

أنا لن يكلف نفسه عناء تصحيح الإصدار الخاص من الكرتون جليل ، ولا الكراهه الخاص تغلي.

كل ما يمكنني القيام به هو دعوة للقراء التعليق سوريا لزيارة ويكيبيديا الفرنسية على دخول الزعيم الليبي المؤقت ، لتقرر لنفسها أبعادا أحد أقاربه من الخير والشر.

هذا سيكون ، كما آمل ، في المرة الأخيرة التي تتخذ من الوقت للرد عليك.

عادة ، مثل الظواهر الإنترنت المجهول تحتاج الضحك فقط. لكن التشوهات الخاص والتآكل والمدمرة ، وعائقا أمام نقاش عقلاني.

كما لآرائي على ليبيا ، ويقول لك أنا “ابتهاج الآن.” كما لو كان يمكنك ان ترى في نفسي ، دون النظر آرائي المعلنة. كما لو كان لديك هذا النوع من المعرفة. باه.

أتمنى أن ينعم الله لكم في ما تبقى من حياتك ، وباركتها الحكمة ، التي باركها الخيرية ، التي باركها والتسامح ، والتي باركها حب من أجل الحقيقة والإنصاف والمباركة من قبل الأصدقاء الذين يمكن تصحيح الاخطاء الخاصة بك دون اجتذاب غضب الخاص.

October 24th, 2011, 7:21 am


Mina said:


Scherk, or Pseudo-Scherk, I am not sure how to address you since you give a fake website (a wikipedia article) as if it was your personal website. Since WS Scherk has never written in Arabic before, I can only suppose you are a pseudo-. But the prose is so similarly boring as the Canadian folk that I am truly hesitating.

My sincere apologize for the keyboard slip that led me to write Jibril (CNT number 2 and a former Qaddafi’s regime guy) instead of Jalil (CNT number 1, and forme Qaddafi’s regime high court judge and later on minister of “justice”).
But basically you get an idea.

October 24th, 2011, 8:01 am


Syria no kandahar said:

ونعم الثورات العربيه
الثوره المصريه تسحق الأقباط كالجرذان
والثوره الليبيبه تعلن الشريعه الاسلاميه
مبروك لليبيين تعدد المنتكحات
مبروك فطع الأيدي
مبروك الجلد والأمر بالمعروف والنهي عن المنكر
مبروك بتر الراس بالسيف ورجم الزانيات
ياايها الشعب الغبي
الحالم بغد افضل
جعلوك تسحل القذافي كأكلة لحوم البشر
ورقصت ونكحت جثته وهو في سبرات الموت
ووعدوك بتعدد الزوجات
نكحك القذافي أرفين عاما
واليوم ينكحك برنارد ليفي
مكتوب للشعب العربي ان يظل منتكحا
طوال العمر
وعندما يعطوه الحريه
تكون بشكل نكحه
نكحة الزعيم الخالد
وبشكل تعدد النكحات
وفي سورية العظيمه
وفي الشعب اللذي انجب ستيف جوب
يبيعنا حمدالحريه
جامعة إدارة دفن الأموات العربيه
سوف تبيعنا الحريه
وتحل لنا قضيه
ادارة دفن الأموات بإدارة قطر هي العهر بعينه
عار الجلوس مع من يسعرون القرضاوي
عار ان تجعل من المجرم حكما
سوريا الابيه عليها لفظ إدارة دفن الأموات العربيه
فهي اشرف وأصدق واطهر من قطعان العرب

October 24th, 2011, 8:08 am


majedkhaldoun said:

Those who do not believe in justice they do not deserve justice.
Those who do not believe in freedom they do not deserve freedom.
Bashar will have the same fate as Gaddafi.

I said it before ,when Libya crisis ends,all eyes will be on Syria,get ready you, the supporters of Assad,learn from numerous lessons,be wise or continue to misjudge,it is your choice.

October 24th, 2011, 8:28 am


Revlon said:

Source in American Embassy in Damascus: Ambassador Ford has left for DC in an open leave.
Given reason was the concern for personal safety after the recurrent physical attacks on his entourage and the ubiquitous incitful campaign in Regime press.

السفير الأمريكي في سوريا يغادر دمشق “لعدم إحساسه بالأمان”

دمشق – د ب أ:

قال مصدر مسؤول في السفارة الأمريكية بدمشق اليوم الاثنين أن السفير روبرت فورد عاد إلى واشنطن في إجازة مفتوحة.
وأوضح المصدر لوكالة الأنباء الألمانية أن فورد غادر لأن عامل الأمان الشخصي لم يعد متوفرا له، في الظروف الحالية، “نتيجة استمرار حملات التحريض الزائدة ضده والمنتشرة باستمرار في وسائل الإعلام المحلية، والتي تتم تحت نظر السلطات الحكومية”.
وكان فورد تعرض مرات عدة لمهاجمة أعداد من الموالين للنظام، نظرا لاقترابه من أماكن ساخنة أو زيارة شخصيات معارضة، وهو ما اعتبرتها الموالاة “تدخلا سافرا في الشؤون الداخلية وتحريضا للمعارضة على مواجهة السلطات”.
وتعرضت السفارتان الأمريكية والفرنسية مطلع يوليو الماضي لاقتحام من قبل “موالين متحمسين للسلطات السورية رافضين سلوك فورد فيما يعتبرونه دعما للمعارضة وخروجا عن التقاليد والأعراف الدبلوماسية المعمول بها”، لكن فورد وعدد من الدبلوماسيين والسفراء الغربيين كانوا يبررون سلوكهم دوما بضرورة معرفة الحقائق على الأرض لأن السلطات الرسمية تمنع وسائل الإعلام الدولية أو أي جهات محايدة من نقل الأحداث الميدانية واستعراض مختلف وجهات النظر وتبقى اللغة والخطاب الرسمي مسيطران على المشهد العام..

October 24th, 2011, 8:35 am


majedkhaldoun said:

Washington.withdraw its ambassador,Mr. Ford from Syria, this is a prepation,Bashar must understand what this means,his weeks are numbered and few.

October 24th, 2011, 8:39 am


norman said:

The US Ambassador left Syria,

Is the West preparing for war, we can tell if other Ambassadors leave.

October 24th, 2011, 8:40 am


Ghufran said:

After the UNSC resolution on Yaman,the US announced departure from Iraq,Qadhafi’s death,and now the departure of amb Ford,the stage is set for more violence in Syria.
Qatar and Co. will make sure that the AL mission in Syria fails relying partially on a predictable hardline position from the Syrian regime.
سباق بين التيوس و جنبلاط يرقص بدون طبل

October 24th, 2011, 8:43 am


majedkhaldoun said:

Miqati, prime minister of Lebanon, may have to resign.

October 24th, 2011, 8:53 am


Revlon said:

Marks of torture and electrocution on the body of Martyr, Taleb Yusef Samra.
He was arrested on 28 September by Air Force Security mobsters.
His body was delivered to his family yesterday, 23 October.

Ugarit News | أوغاريت الإخبارية
أوغاريت || داريا ريف دمشق :: الشهيد البطل طالب يوسف سمرة “أبو صلاح” اعتقل من قبل المخابرات الجوية بتاريخ 28-9-2011 وقتل تحت التعذيب ، وسلم إلى اهله بتاريخ 23 تشرين الأول.

فيديو للشهيد البطل وعلامات التعذيب على كامل جسده​=SvkcLh8966c
40 minutes ago

October 24th, 2011, 9:10 am


Ghufran said:

The value of human life and the cost of war
(CNN) — The bodies of 53 people, believed to be supporters of ousted Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, have been found in a hotel that was under the control of anti-Gadhafi fighters, Human Rights Watch said Monday.

The rights group said it found the bodies clustered together at Hotel Mahari in Sirte on Sunday. About 20 residents were putting the bodies in body bags to prepare them for burial when Human Rights Watch found them.

“We found 53 decomposing bodies, apparently (Gadhafi) supporters, at an abandoned hotel in Sirte, and some had their hands bound behind their backs when they were shot,” said Peter Bouckaert, emergencies director of Human Rights Watch.

“This requires the immediate attention of the Libyan authorities to investigate what happened and hold accountable those responsible.”

Officials with the National Transitional Council, Libya’s new leadership, were not immediately available for comment.

The residents told Human Rights Watch investigators they found the bodies last week after the fighting in Sirte stopped and they returned home.

They identified some of the deceased as Sirte residents and Gadhafi supporters.

Sirte, Gadhafi’s hometown, was one of the last cities to fall before the National Transitional Council declared the country liberated Sunday following Gadhafi’s 42-year rule.

However, anti-Gadhafi fighters from Misrata had controlled the area of Sirte where the hotel is located since early October, Human Rights Watch said, citing witnesses.

On the entrance and walls of the hotel, the group said, it saw the names of several brigades from Misrata.

Based on the condition of the bodies, the group’s investigators determined the 53 had been killed between October 13 and 19.

“The evidence suggests that some of the victims were shot while being held as prisoners, when that part of Sirte was controlled by anti-Gaddafi brigades who appear to act outside the control of the National Transitional Council,” Bouckaert said.

“If the NTC fails to investigate this crime it will signal that those who fought against Gaddafi can do anything without fear of prosecution.”

At a different location, Human Rights Watch found 10 decomposed bodies that had been dumped in a water reservoir. The group could not determine whether the bodies belonged to pro- or anti-Gadhafi forces.

In addition, medical officials in Sirte told the group that pro-Gadhafi forces had carried out killings in the city and that they had found 23 bound bodies between October 15 and 20.

Meanwhile, questions linger about the circumstances surrounding Gadhafi’s death Thursday, with Human Rights Watch and others questioning the Libyan interim government’s version.

An autopsy revealed Gadhafi died from gunshot wound to the head.

Mahmoud Jibril, chairman of the National Transitional Council’s executive board, has said Gadhafi’s right arm was wounded when a gunbattle erupted between the fighters and Gadhafi loyalists as his captors attempted to load him into a vehicle.

More shooting erupted as the vehicle drove away, and Gadhafi was shot in the head, dying moments before arriving at a hospital in Misrata, Jibril said, citing the city’s coroner.

On Monday, Human Rights Watch said it found the remains of at least 95 people who were apparently killed at the site Thursday. Some died in the fighting and in the NATO airstrike on Gadhafi’s convoy prior to the ousted leader’s capture. But the group said that about six to 10 seemed to have been “executed” — with bullet wounds to the head and body.

October 24th, 2011, 9:21 am


Jim Reilly said:

When commentators use the above posting to accuse Joshua Landis of engaging in sectarian discourse, it shows that they do not know how to read carefully. The identification of different opposition figures with specific sects/religions is clearly attributed to Barry Rubin of Bar Ilan University. Joshua is simply quoting Rubin, for Syria Comment readers to make of Rubin’s analysis what they will. (P.S. Welcome back, Joshua.)

October 24th, 2011, 9:26 am


Ghufran said:

يحق للشاعر ما لا يحق لغيره
يبدو ان مغامرات فضيلة الشيخ ليست مجرد شائعات
علمني الفضيله ان لم تجدها في عملي
* لا ادري ما هي القاعدة الفقهية التي استند اليها يوسف القرضاوي حين تزوج (اسماء) الفتاة القاصر التي تصغر احفاده في العمر ولكن من المؤكد انه سيدافع عن نفسه بالقول ان الرسول تزوج من عائشة وهي ابنة تسع وان الاسلام يسمح للرجل بالزواج من اربع…. وهي حجج يلجأ اليها في الغالب النصابون الذين يتاجرون بالدين والاعراض من طراز القرضاوي الذي لم يخجل من الاقتران بطفلة يكبرها بستين عاما ليس لانها وقعت في غرامه وانما لانه اشتراها من اهلها واغتصب طفولتها وبراءتها.

* واذا كانت هناك تفسيرات كثيرة ومقبولة لزواج الرسول من عائشة في مجتمع قبلي كان قائما قبل 1400 سنة فان القرضاوي قطعا ليس الرسول…. ولا ارى من حكمة في زواجه من طفلة يكبرها بستين عاما اللهم الا اذا كان اغتصاب القاصرات باسم الدين من الفتاوى الجديدة التي لم نسمع بها من قبل .

* لو كان القرضاوي مقيما في امريكا التي يصفها بانها بلاد الكفر لاعتقل بتهمة اغتصاب فتاة قاصر ولزجوه في السجن المؤبد وفي بعض الولايات يعدم المجرم الذي يغتصب طفلة قاصر في غرفة الغاز او على الكرسي الكهربائي … لكن من حظ القرضاوي انه يقيم في مشيخة قطر التي يحمل جنسيتها والتي يحترف فيها الشيوخ اغتصاب الاطفال بموجب فتاوى يفصلها لهم القرضاوي نفسه.

* لقد اشرت من قبل الى سمة تكاد تجمع بين جميع النصابين الذين ادعوا النبوة او ركبوا على اكتاف الدين وصادروه وجعلوه ملكية خاصة لهم ونصبوا انفسهم وكلاء عن الله في الارض يحكمون في شئون العباد ويفصلون الفتاوى التي تبرر جرائمهم … هذه السمة هي التغول في الجنس وممارسة الدعارة تحت الف ستار وستار.

* فالدكتور شعيشع الذي ادعى النبوة في الاسكندرية وامن به المئات من اساتذة الجامعة كان ينام مع زوجات اتباعه ويقبلهن من افواههن امام ازواجهن بدعوى انه يكرمهن ويقربهن الى الله تماما كما كان يفعل (راسبوتين) مع نساء القياصرة.

* لقد اشرت من قبل الى ما نشرته مجلة روزاليوسف القاهرية من ان الشيخ خالد الجندي – احد اشهر الدعاة المودرن في مصر- يقضي لياليه في حضن امرأة غير مسلمة في احدى الشقق ولما اكتشفت علاقته بها زعم انه تزوجها سرا والزواج السري(العرفي) لا يقيد في الدفاتر وتلجأ اليه المومسات للتهرب من بوليس الاداب بل وكشفت المجلة النقاب عن ان ابنتي الشيخ خالد تدرسان في مدرسة قبطية وباللغة الفرنسية!!

* وجاءت حكاية الشيخ “عمرو خالد” مع احدى الفتيات في احد فنادق الشارقة لتزيد في بشاعة ما يفعله هؤلاء النصابون وقد نشرنا النص الحرفي لرسالة الفتاة في عدد سابق ولم يدافع عمرو خالد عن نفسه الا بتزوير رسالة الكترونية نسبها الى الفتاة الضحية ادعت فيها ان صديقة لها استخمت كومبيوترها وعنوانها الالكتروني للكتابة الى عرب تايمز ولم تنطلي لعبة عمرو خالد علينا بل اكدت ان ما ورد في رسالة الفتاة الضحية كان صحيحا!!

* وجاءت حكاية زواج شيخ النصابين يوسف القرضاوي من الطفلة (اسماء) التي تصغر حفيده لتضع النقاط على الحروف وتكشف عن هذا الشبق الجنسي الذي يجتاح الدعاة النصابين الذين يضفون على انحرافاتهم الجنسية شرعية من خلال فتاوى يفصلونها … وعمليات ارهاب يمارسونها ضد كل من يكتب عنهم ويفضح اسرارهم بدءا بالقول ان (لحم العلماء مر) وانتهاء بتحريم الكتابة ضد (رجال الدين) مع ان الاسلام لا رجال دين فيه … لا قساوسة … ولا رهبنة … ولم يعرف عن سيدنا عمر – مثلا- انه كان يضع عمة مثل يوسف القرضاوي … ولم يكن سيدنا علي رضي الله عنه حليق اللحية مثل عمرو خالد!!!

* نحن امة نكبها الله بحكامها … كما نكبها بشيوخها لحكمة لا يعرفها الا هو عز وجل….. لعله اراد ان يمتحن هذه الامة المنحطة التي بلغت ارذل المراتب واصبحت اضحوكة الامم وموضوعا للتندر والسخرية!!

* وكرجل مسلم معتدل ارى نفسي اكثر قربا الى الله من مليون “قرضاوي” اسأل هذا الشيخ النصاب: هل تقبل يا” قرضاوي” ان تزوج احدى بناتك الثلاث برجل يكبرها ستين عاما!!
ولان اجابتك ستكون (لا) بدليل انك زوجتهن لشباب من جيلهن فان السؤال الثاني و الاخير الذي اوجهه اليك ايها النصاب هو: كيف اذن تقبل لبنات واطفال الاخرين ما لا تقبله لبناتك ؟

October 24th, 2011, 9:59 am


bronco said:

Just as Heckle Ford is confirmed as an ambassador to Syria by the reluctant congress, he is withdrawn. Maybe he is allergic to eggs.

I guess his “heroic” trip to Hama brought some headlines but ultimately his babbling in his Facebook pages and his attempts to connect with young syrians and local opposition figures failed lamentably: No internal opposition accepted to deal with him, hatred for the US is on the increase, the UN resolution failed and the demonstrations turn out to be more violent. He did have any dissuasive effect on the Syrian government behavior.

Time to pack and go, Mr Heckle Ford! You are rated D. Please don’t come back.

October 24th, 2011, 10:00 am


Tara said:


Do you read anything more into it on behalf of the US other than concern about his personal safety? I don’t. I don’t see it as indication for incoming military intervention. I am also wondering about the ramifications on Imad Mistapha? Is he going to be expelled?

October 24th, 2011, 10:10 am


N.Z. said:

Aboud, responded to a question, “And what of the Syrian people? Are they firmly behind the opposition? They seem rather split”

I cannot but fully agree with Aboud. The humiliating exit of ambassador Ford, as being the only response to junior’s brutality. Here it is what he had to say On Off The Wall blog:

Let’s count all the potential Benghazis the Syrian revolution produced, areas that overwhelmingly came out against the regime before the regime did to them what Qadafi would have done to Benghazi were it not for the grace and mercy of NATO

Hama, Dar’a, Deir el Zour, Idlib, Homs, Rastan, Abu Kamal, Telkelakh, Baniyas, Damascus countryside, Aleppo countryside, Telbisa and Latakia. Yes, the Syrian people seem “split”, those areas only account for like 70% of the entire population.

Once again, “Yes” only has any real meaning when “No” is a realistic alternative. We can’t possibly know for sure what Aleppo’s true feelings are while there is a shabiha gang every 50 meters in the city. But if the regime was so sure about Aleppo, they wouldn’t need such a heavy handed security presence there.

“Anyway, this latest move is just another small step towards a military confrontation”

No, Robert Ford’s ignoble exit from Damascus is exactly what it appears to be; the regime successfully bullying the representative of the world’s sole super power, without suffering any consequences for its behavior. Besho is such a lucky dictator, the entire world has assured him time and again that he won’t be the target of any military action. Heck, they have to keep reassuring him the same way you’d reassure your children that there aren’t any monsters in the cupboard. NATO won’t do crap, and no one is asking for it.

What I want is for the opposition to get united behind a plan of action; a military, armed plan of action. Stop counting the size and frequency of demonstrations, and start counting the number of dead security thugs. A revolution cannot be sustained by a never ending stream of martyrs and stories of victomhood. That way we’d be no better than the Palestinians, who since 1948 have had nothing but victomhood to show for their efforts. I refuse to spend the next 20 years only to end up bitter and hateful of everyone like Angry Arab. Seriously, that guy has totally lost his marbles.

Human beings being what they are, they cannot be expected to live on a diet of doom and gloom. THAT is why the revolution hasn’t faltered in Homs, because we know how badly the security forces have had it in the city ever since Besho declared war on us back in April. I love nothing more than to drive by abandoned checkpoints and police cars. Seriously, some day I think I’ll grab a sand bag or two for my garden.

Empower your side. Let them know there is something tangible they can do. Banish the word “victim” from your language. People need a sense of being able to fight back. The National Council so far has utterly failed in that regard. It is time they stopped being such God damned gentlemen.

October 24th, 2011, 10:25 am


Syrian Nationalist Party said:


Sorry, could not comprehend reading what you wrote up there in Arabic, but I cannot complain, my Arabic is far, far, far worse. I can read well but cannot write anymore anything more than a single phrase.

@Jim Reilly

Landis searches hard to find sectarian materials when discussing Syria. That could be because he is married to Alawi and he is cognate of his wife minority position. But for Syrians like me and few more millions, we do not ever bring a person sect to discussion, it is rude and offensive, impolite and unmannered to do so, especially in the contest and the mean it is used for, when stated. It is not as casual statement such in its use in America, when someone say Romney is Mormon, or Kennedy is Catholic etc., this mainly stated to denote his voters and popularity base not his sect. But in Landis and all western media in fact, it is stated to either inflame, state it in derogatory term, or to make division.

It is really immaterial what person sect is in Syria, just as it is in America, they did elect (supposedly) a Moslem to the White House, in the hopes he will deliver America out of wars and ill economy, and it is no difference in Syria. People needs solutions and need problem solver, they will like him for honesty and his record, how he feels for them, not his sect. So he took it from Israeli, he should know better, there is nothing one can take from Israeli, they steal from me. Why do you think that a person who is born and grew up taught that he is a “Chosen one by God” and one that the State is setup as a “One sect State”, will be an expert on multi-sects Syria.

October 24th, 2011, 10:44 am


Haytham Khoury said:

@ majedkhaldoun # 105.

Bashar will not encounter the same fate as Kadhafi, because he will be tried in the International Criminal Court.

October 24th, 2011, 11:06 am


ann said:


U.S. ambassador ‘temporarily’ leaves Syria‎

Haynes Mahoney, the embassy’s deputy chief of mission, confirmed that Ford has left Syria but said Washington hadn’t not formally recalled him — a symbolically significant diplomatic step.

October 24th, 2011, 11:11 am


jad said:

أيّ حريق ستشعله أميركا تغطيةً للانسحاب؟
ابراهيم الأمين

شهران، هما المدة الفاصلة عن إنجاز الولايات المتحدة الأميركية لخطوة سحب جيشها المحتل في العراق. البيان الصادر عن باراك أوباما يقول إن الخطوة تامة وحتمية، وهو يضعها في سياقات عدة، من بينها مخاطبة جمهوره الذي كان أحد أسباب انتخابه وعده بإعادة الجنود الى الديار من العراق ومن أفغانستان. لكن ما سبق هذه الخطوة لم يتحدث عنه أوباما كفاية. وهو بالطبع ما كان ليقول لشعبه ولعائلات جنوده، وللجنود أنفسهم، إنه كان يفاوض على بقاء الاحتلال في العراق ولو لسنة إضافية. وإنه سعى الى اختراع ألف وصفة ووصفة وألف اسم واسم، لكي تبقى قواته في أكثر من مدينة وقرب أكثر من مرفق. لكنه لم يوفق في مفاوضات مباشرة مع الحكومة العراقية، ولا في مفاوضات غير مباشرة مع الإيرانيين ومع السوريين أيضاً.
الفريق الآخر الذي لا يودّ، أو يخشى، أو لا يرغب الآن، في الحديث عن الأمر، هو عواصم بارزة في دول مجلس التعاون الخليجي، إضافة الى الأردن، وإلى قسم كبير، ومع الأسف كبير جداً، من المعارضين السوريين الحاليين للحكم في دمشق، والذين تسنّى لهم مقابلة أو مراسلة المسؤولين الأميركيين. وكل هؤلاء، يريدون، مع الأسف أيضاً، بقاء قوات الاحتلال الأميركي في العراق.
إن انسحاب أميركا من العراق سيشكل المحطة الأبرز في تراجع مشروع التوسع الأميركي بعد 11 أيلول. وهي محطة ستليها، وليس في وقت بعيد، محطة أخرى تخصّ أفغانستان، برغم كل الفروقات والاختلافات. لكن الأميركيين يعرفون أنهم ليسوا قادرين البتّة على ادّعاء قدرتهم على حماية جنودهم، أو على منحهم شرعيّة شعبية، وأن المناصرين لهم من الحكام يخشون هم أيضاً الإعلان عن رغبتهم في بقاء هذه القوات.
ولأن الحدث كبير، وكبير جداً، فإن من المفيد اللجوء الى حديث من دون قفازات:
ـــــ تواجهت إيران والولايات المتحدة بقوة في المنطقة منذ ثلاثة عقود. وفي لحطة الصدام العنيف بين الإدارة الأميركية والإسلام الأصولي السني، بدا للبعض أن تقاطعاً للمصالح قام بين طهران وواشنطن. خصمان مشتركان، واحد في العراق هو صدام حسين، والآخر في أفغانستان هو حركة طالبان، ومعها الراحل أسامة بن لادن وتنظيم «القاعدة». وقد تصرف كثيرون، في العالم العربي والإسلامي، بأن هذا التقاطع قد ينذر بمرحلة تعاون وربما تحالف بين الجانبين. سارع قادة من عرب أميركا الى الالتصاق أكثر بالمشروع الأميركي. وقاموا، من دون طلب، بالكثير من الأدوار لخدمة الاستراتيجية الأميركية. سارعوا الى تعزيز مناخات فتنوية أهلية على خلفية سنية ـــــ شيعية. وقفوا ضد تيار المقاومة في لبنان وفلسطين. حاصروا سوريا بعدما شاركوا بقوة في إخراجها من لبنان ثم في عزلها. مدّوا أنظمة مصر والأردن واليمن بكل المقويات الممكنة. وسارعوا الى الإقرار بأن السلام مع إسرائيل واجب وأن الاعتراف بها أمر واقع. لكن كل ذلك، تمّ على خلفية تستهدف منع ما توهموه من حلف ممكن بين إيران والولايات المتحدة الأميركية.
كذلك سارع خصوم الطرفين الى إشعال مواجهات ذات بعد تخريبي لا أكثر. في السعودية واليمن ودول الخليج، جرى تهريب المئات إن لم يكن الآلاف من «المجاهدين الأفغان» الى العراق. دفعوا الى هناك ليفجروا أنفسهم في قلب أحياء ومؤسسات مدنية، وحاولوا استدراج العراقيين الى فتنة طائفية لم تكتمل عناصرها. وفي سوريا ولبنان وفلسطين، جعلوا المقاومة ضد إسرائيل شأناً فارسياً ـــــ إيرانياً ـــــ صفوياً ـــــ شيعياً لا مصلحة فيه لبقية المسلمين والعرب. وقرروا عزل أي حكم يقوم في العراق، على خلفية أنه أداة للغزو الفارسي ـــــ هم عادة لا يقاطعون من يكون حليفاً أو أداة بأيدي الأميركيين ـــــ وبدت الصورة الشعبية كما السياسية، أن السنّة في العراق يرفضون الاحتلال الأميركي وأن الشيعة هم العملاء الذين أتوا بالأميركيين. وأصروا على تكريس هذه الصورة. حتى إن قناة الجزيرة، بالإضافة الى قناة العربية، وطوال خمس سنوات حتى اليوم، رفضتا عرض أي لقطة أو مشهد مصوّر (بتقنية عالية) لعمليات تقوم بها مجموعات شيعية عراقية ضد قوات الاحتلال الأميركي في كل العراق. كما رفضتا إذاعة أي بيان يصدر عن هذه المجموعات. بينما هما عرضتا، وربما بفخر، تلك اللقطات الرهيبة لمتخلفين يذبحون أجانب بسبب انتمائهم إلى ديانة أخرى.
لكن الولايات المتحدة تعرف حقيقة مرة، وهي أن إيران رفضت التحالف معها، بل رفضت محاولات كثيرة للحوار. وتعرف أميركا أن لإيران اليد الطولى في غالبية العمليات التي تتعرض لها قواتها في العراق وأفغانستان، كما تعرف واشنطن، وبالوقائع، أن حزب الله في لبنان وفر منظومة دعم غير مسبوقة أدت الى إنهاك القوات الأميركية في العراق، وفي فترة لاحقة الى تطوير الموقف السياسي للعديد من القوى العراقية من مسألة الاحتلال. ومشكلة الآخرين، وخصوصاً من عرب أميركا، أنهم يعرفون هذه التفاصيل أيضاً. لكن أميركا ومعها هؤلاء، يخشون أمراً واحداً واضحاً وقاسياً كنتيجة سياسية: سيتصل العراق كجغرافيا هائلة، وكمجموع ديموغرافي، وكقوة اقتصادية، بسلسلة الشر ـــــ ما غيرها التي تعشقها أميركا وعربها ـــــ والممتدة من إيران الى غزة، مروراً بسوريا ولبنان… فهل لنا أن ندرك جانباً مهماً من الأزمة السورية القائمة الآن.
شهران قاسيان على الجميع، ومرّة جديدة… الله يستر!

October 24th, 2011, 11:11 am


Revlon said:

Ambasssador Ford’s decision to leave for security reasons is a wake up call for those within the SNC and without it who continue to day- dream about their international observors plan to protect Syrians!

October 24th, 2011, 11:30 am


Revlon said:

A video clip showing the wreckage of a Regime’s armored vehicle that was destroyed earlier by the free Syrian Army.
The scence is from a business cum residential area in Rastan town, which looks more like a war front.

Ar Rastan Homs أوغاريت الرستن حمص , أبطال الجيش الحر يدمر دبابة كانت تقصف الأهالي

October 24th, 2011, 11:46 am


habib said:

Anyone know what NATO can possibly do if Russia and China keep vetoing?

October 24th, 2011, 11:50 am


Revlon said:

Dear William Scott Scherk,
Thank you for attempting to post in Arabic.
The text unreadable.

If you attempt to copy from web page to a Word document and then copy again and past it on this blog the syntax may get jumbled up!

For analogy, the preceding paragraphy may read like this:

“If you from web page to a word attempt to copy document and then copy the syntax again and past it may get jumbled up on this blog!

Try to copy directly from the website without going throught Office Word.


October 24th, 2011, 11:55 am


majedkhaldoun said:

Russian and chinese veto, worth 0.

October 24th, 2011, 12:02 pm


ann said:

More Mass Graves, Atrocities Against Gadhafi Loyalists Found in Libya

October 24, 2011

I continued to be infuriated by the invocation of the summary execution of Moammar Gadhafi as a “foreign policy success” for the Obama Administration. Among the other reasons, it was pretty clear that the Libyan rebels and their allies didn’t solely execute Gadhafi and treat all their other perceived adversaries with dignity and respect. And I think over the next several months, stories like this will become more and more familiar.

The bodies of 53 Gaddafi loyalists have been found at a hotel in the Libyan city of Sirte after apparently being executed, a human rights group says.

Human Rights Watch (HRW) said the victims – some of whom had their hands bound – died about a week ago.

October 24th, 2011, 12:07 pm


Revlon said:

Ruler of the province of Kudistan of Iraq Masud Barazani has turned down an invitation to visit Jr in Damascus.
مسعود بارزاني رفض دعوة بشار الاسد الرسمية لزيارة دمشق.

الإثنين, 24 تشرين1/أكتوير 2011 14:52
اعلنت رئاسة اقليم كردستان، اليوم الاثنين، عن أن رئيس الاقليم مسعود بارزاني رفض دعوة بشار الاسد الرسمية لزيارة دمشق.

واكد رئيس ديوان رئاسة اقليم كردستان فؤاد حسين في تصريحات صحفية ان “بشار الأسد وجه دعوة رسمية لرئيس الاقليم مسعود بارزاني لزيارة دمشق”، وأن “بارزاني لم يلب الدعوة”.

واشار حسين الى ان “الرئيس مسعود بارزاني كان قد تلقى، قبل اشهر، دعوة رسمية من الاسد ليزور دمشق، بصفته رئيسا لاقليم كردستان”، وان “بارزاني لم يلب الدعوة، نظرا لتردي الاوضاع في سوريا والمنطقة”.

وكان رئيس حكومة اقليم كردستان العراق برهم صالح قد دعا سوريا مؤخرا الى الاستفادة من الدروس وما حصل في العراق ودول المنطقة ونبذ العنف والبدء بعملية اصلاح حقيقية، مؤكدا ان نمط نظام الحزب والقائد الواحد انتهى.

October 24th, 2011, 12:08 pm


habib said:


If that was the case, Syria would had been invaded long ago.

October 24th, 2011, 12:09 pm


Syrian Nationalist Party said:

“……Russian and chinese veto, worth 0…”

This is how World Wars starts. One Country or Allies pushes and pushes and at one point thier luck rrrrrrrrrrruns out.BANG

October 24th, 2011, 12:10 pm


norman said:


The Syrian government should not take comfort from these vetoes as they are not needed to invade Syria as they did in Iraq, the Syrian government should move on reform and election as that is the only way to pacify the people and the international community

October 24th, 2011, 12:10 pm


Revlon said:

Regime anarchists entered a house in Alqsair, Homs Governorate and looted:
– a piece of Gold worth over USD3000
– Appliances
– portable home and personal accessories, towels, bedsheets, shoes

They also destroyed non-potrtable items such as house furniture and bathroom porcelain fixtures

Ugarit News | أوغاريت الإخبارية
أوغاريت || القصير حمص :: خلال الإجتياح الأخير للمدينة قامت قوات الإحتلال بنهب العديد من البيوت , منها بيت أحد ابناء المدينة, حيث قاموا بسرقة مصاغ ذهبي ثمنه حوالي 150 ألف ليرة بالإضافة لسرقة محتويات البيت كافة, كل ما يمكن حمله سرق, حتى الأغطية والبطانيات والإسفنج والأحذية الموجودة في البيت, اما ما لا يمكن حمله من الأثاث والإكساء فتم تكسيره, حيث تم تكسير الأسرة والكراسي والخزائن والكنبات والمغاسل حتى سيراميك الحمامات تم إطلاق النار عليه وإتلافه
وفي بيت مجاور تم سرقة المؤونه كاملة من البيت, سرقة لا تبقي ولا تذر, لم يتركوا شيء, بالإضافة لمصاغ ذهبي ثمنه حوالي مئة ألف ليرة

القصير حمص
46 minutes ago

October 24th, 2011, 12:18 pm


Revlon said:

Two Shabbeha busses heading to Jabal AlZawiyeh were forced to turn back after comming under attack by a watchful, Free Syrian Army!

Ugarit News | أوغاريت الإخبارية
أوغاريت || جبل الزاوية إدلب :: منذ ساعة : محاولة باصين امن وشبيحة الذهاب الى جبل الزاوية على طريق شاغوريت الموزرو ولكن كتيبة الشهيد أحمد الجزار كانت لهم بالمرصاد حيث ردتهم على اعقابهم خاسرين …
جبل الزاوية إدلب
51 minutes ago

October 24th, 2011, 12:22 pm


jad said:

مصادر سورية : استدعاء السفير السوري في واشنطن الى دمشق للتشاور

October 24th, 2011, 12:26 pm


jad said:

جوبيه: فرنسا لا تنوي سحب دبلوماسييها من سوريا

قال وزير الخارجية الفرنسي ألان جوبيه يوم الاثنين إن “فرنسا لا تنوي سحب دبلوماسييها من سوريا”.

ويأتي هذا الإعلان عقب إعلان مساعد المتحدث باسم وزارة الخارجية الأميركية في وقت سابق من يوم الاثنين إن السفير الأميركي في دمشق روبرت فورد غادر سوريا “لمدة غير محدودة” بسبب “تهديدات جدية لسلامته”.

وأضاف جوبيه خلال مؤتمر صحافي “لقد اتخذنا احتياطات لتوفير أفضل وضع امني لدبلوماسيينا ولا ننوي حتى اللحظة سحبهم من دمشق”.

وكانت السلطات السورية قيدت تحركات السفراء الغربيين بمحيط جغرافي لا يتجاوز 25 كيلومترا من مقر عملهم وإقامتهم بدمشق.

وجدد وزير الخارجية أسفه “لان مجلس الأمن الدولي لم يتمكن من الاتفاق على قرار الحد الأدنى يحض النظام على وقف هذا القمع والانفتاح على الحوار”.

وكان مجلس الأمن الدولي فشل في إصدار قرار يهدد بإجراءات عقابية ضد سورية إذا لم توقف السلطات “حملة قمع” الاحتجاجات، بعد أن استخدمتا كل من روسيا والصين حق النقض.

وتشهد عدة مدن سورية، منذ بدء حركة الاحتجاجات منتصف آذار الماضي، أعمال عنف أودت بحياة الكثيرين من مدنيين ورجال أمن وجيش، تقول السلطات إنهم قضوا بنيران “جماعات مسلحة”، فيما تتهم منظمات حقوقية وناشطين السلطات بارتكاب أعمال عنف لـ “قمع المتظاهرين.

October 24th, 2011, 12:29 pm


ann said:

NATO in Libya may spark Balkan tinderbox – 24 October, 2011

The threat of inter-ethnic and inter-religious conflict in the Balkan countries, which experts define as “the European tinderbox,” could spark another Libyan scenario, says former Russian Intelligence head Evgeny Primakov.

Speaking at an international conference in Montenegro, Primakov said the threat of NATO interference in the Balkans is a real possibility that should be avoided at all costs.

“I fear that the NATO operation in Libya may cast a shadow on the Balkans,” Primakov said, in comments that were published in Nezavisimaya Gazeta on Monday and reported by Interfax. “Such a scenario is not so unrealistic, and ways to avoid it must be found.”

NATO’s operation in Libya has set a dangerous international precedent, especially for regions and countries whose policy does not conform to NATO standards, he said.

Primakov, an ex-prime minister, as well as the former Russian Intelligence head, paid special attention to the threat of inter-ethnic and inter-religious conflicts in the Balkans, specifically in Kosovo and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The respected academician from the Russian Academy of Sciences also alluded to the armed clashes between NATO troops and the former Yugoslavia.

From March 24, 1999 to June 11, 1999, NATO launched a massive aerial war against Yugoslavia, as Albanian militants battled with Yugoslav forces. The war led to a massive displacement of the population in Kosovo, estimated at about 1 million people. The conflict was condemned by many countries, including Russia, on the grounds that NATO did not have the support of the United Nations Security Council.

Primakov reiterated the position of Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, who NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen in September that the Libyan model of resolving regional problems must not become “a model for the future.”

Russia has a principled stand on “the problem zones”, and does not recognize the independence of Kosovo and Metohija, which it views as Serbian territory.

There is a realistic chance to avoid tensions with the division of Kosovo, he said.

“If the West welcomes the separation of Kosovo from Serbia due to the independence demands of local Albanians, why not apply the same approach to the compact Serbian areas in the northern part of Kosovo and Metohija?” Primakov speculated.

Russia also opposes the transformation of Bosnia and Herzegovina into a single state, arguing that such an idea does not follow the letter of the Dayton Agreement.

“If we speak about the development of the Dayton Agreement, apparently, it is necessary to strengthen sovereign rights of Bosnian Serbs, Bosnian Croats and Bosnian Muslims within the framework of Bosnia and Herzegovina,” he said. “Any other arrangement will lead to bloodshed.”

Meanwhile, Primakov denied that Russia opposes the accession of the Balkan countries to the European Union, saying Russia’s position is being either intentionally or unintentionally distorted.

“Moscow is perfectly aware of the reasons why the Balkan countries want to join the EU,” he said. “At the same time, Russia seeks to prevent the weakening of its economic, cultural and political relations with the Balkan countries by their involvement in the EU.”

The Balkans are a junction between three civilizations: West European, East European and Asian. Stability and security of the developing multi-polar world depend on the way that pressing problems of the peoples populating this special region, Primakov said.

October 24th, 2011, 12:35 pm


Tara said:

Reading the link in 121, I am not clear why wouldn’t the US reciprocate and expel Imad Mustapha in retaliation? This is the least they can do to protest RF being bullied by Bashar’s thugs.

October 24th, 2011, 12:35 pm


jad said:

النشرة:سفير سوريا يغادر واشنطن خلال ساعات ونائبه زهير جبور يستلم مهامه

علمت “النشرة” ان السفير السوري في الولايات المتحدة عماد مصطفى سيغادر واشنطن خلال ساعات حيث سيعود الى دمشق للتشاور مع القيادة السورية وسيستلم مهامه نائبه زهير جبور بحيث ستبقى السفارة السورية مفتوحة.
وبحسب معلومات “النشرة”، فإن مصطفى يغادر واشنطن في مهلة مفتوحة.

October 24th, 2011, 12:46 pm


ann said:

Reports on assassination attempt against Assad cousin dismissed

October 24th, 2011

Syrian official sources on Monday dismissed reports about a botched assassination attempt against the country’s leading businessman and the president’s cousin, Rami Makhlouf. The news about this alleged attempt circulated last night in various Web sites and social networking sites.

The Information Office of Makhlouf dismissed the rumors, saying they were part of a “media attack” against Syria. The statement noted that these rumors come in the context of the “disinformation campaigns of against the Syrian people,” in an attempt to weaken the Syrian society. According to Makhlouf’s office, the diinformation is increasing indicates the “failure of the Syrian opposition,” which is backed by foreign elements.

The statement added Makhlouf was in good health and exercising his daily activities normally.

Earlier, the “Free Syrian Army” has issued a statement confirming the assassination attempt against Rami Makhlouf. It said the convoy of Makhlouf came under fire in the Damascus region. Two of his bodyguards were killed, said the statement.

In recent weeks, the number of assassinations in Syria has increased. The most notably was the killing of the Grand Mufti’s son.

October 24th, 2011, 12:50 pm


ann said:

Christians Under Threat as Radical Islam Spreads in ‘New Middle East’

Monday, 24 Oct 2011

The Arab Spring removed a number of long-time despots who repressed and tortured their citizens, but the governments that are replacing them may prove to be just as dangerous for the Christian minority living in the Middle East, a region once known for accommodating Muslims, Christians and Jews.

As long-term governments were swept away in such countries as Egypt, Libya and Tunisia, Muslim extremists moved into the void and Christian minorities paid the price.

In Egypt, where Christians make up about 10 percent of the population, Coptic Christians have been subjected to a series of attacks. On New Year’s Day, 21 Coptics were killed leaving Saints Church in Alexandria, and dozens more killed in clashes that followed, all leading up to the Oct. 9 demonstration killed at least 24 Christians, many run over by military vehicles, and injured hundreds more.

In Libya, the head of the Transitional National Council, Mustafa Abdel Jalil, in a widely reported speech, has just called for all laws to conform to Islam. The myriad of practices that declaration covers is widespread and includes charging interest on loans, which Abdel Jalil promised will be abolished.

“We are an Islamic state,” he declared to a cheering crowd in Benghazi Sunday.

While Iraq was not part of the Arab Spring, the toppling of Saddam Husseim in 2003 by the U.S. military created its own vacuum and hundreds of thousands Christians have fled the country due to sectarian strife. In Syria, where Christians make up about 10 percent of the population, a similar fate is feared should President Bashar al-Assad be toppled.

“Virtually the entire region now experiencing the convulsion of the Arab Spring lived inside the very large tent of the Ottoman Empire until World War I,” James Traub wrote in Foreign Policy. “Ottoman rulers welcomed the Jews who fled the Inquisition. In great Ottoman capitals like Aleppo, in modern Syria, Jews, Christians, Kurds, and Sunni Muslims lived in the same neighborhoods.”

However, the fellow of the Center for International Cooperation and contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine noted that the pluralism once found in the region was destroyed by those stoking nationalism to consolidate power.

“Populist rulers can accommodate diversity, as they have largely done in today’s Turkey, or they can unleash the forces of sectarianism, as they have in Iraq, where Shiites and Sunnis kill one another and both kill Christians. Older Iraqis will tell you that no one ever spoke of ‘Sunni’ and ‘Shiite’ when they were young; but whether in Bosnia or Iraq, sectarianism, once provoked, has a very long half-life. There is no more volatile substance in the modern nation-state.”

Christian Syrians have clung to the government of Assad, fearing what might follow should it fall, having seen what has happened in neighboring countries. Indeed many Christians who have fled sectarian strife in countries such as Iraq have ended up in Syria.

Traub wrote that while violence against Egyptian Copts does not approach what has occurred in Iraq, it has been growing in recent years.

“There’s no wishing away the anti-Coptic attitudes, or prejudices, of ordinary Egyptians. But Copts have lived with that for a long time,” he wrote. “The big question is whether it will get worse — and how much worse. And that will be a matter of political choices and political leadership.”

Traub concluded that the situation could go either way.

“Egypt’s new military rulers, like the military ruler they replaced, have proved all too willing to exploit street-level resentment. Power-sharing cannot wait until a new president is elected in mid-2013 or so. Egypt’s democratic forces say that they are determined not to allow themselves to be divided against one another. Let’s hope so. In Egypt, and all across the former Ottoman outposts of the southern Mediterranean — Tunisia, Libya, Syria — it is not just democracy but also pluralism that is at stake. It would be a terrible thing, and a deeply unnecessary one, if the rise of the former meant the end of the latter.”

October 24th, 2011, 1:14 pm


ann said:

WASHINGTON (AP) — Syria has recalled its ambassador to the U.S. in response to Washington’s decision to bring home Ambassador Robert Ford from Damascus over security concerns. The State Department accuses the Syrian government of what it calls an “incitement campaign” against Ford. Ford has angered Syrian authorities with his forceful defense of protests against President Bashar Assad’s regime. He’s been the target of several incidents of intimidation by pro-government thugs.

October 24th, 2011, 1:25 pm


Mango said:
Russian ambassadors discuss bigger role for Russia in Mideast
MOSCOW, October 24 (Itar-Tass) —— Russian ambassadors in the Middle East met in Amman on Monday, October 24, to discuss how to increase Russia’s presence in the region.
The diplomats “discussed the current situation in the Middle East in the light of dramatic transformations there, as well as the tasks facing their embassies to increase Russia’s presence in this region and develop historically friendly relations with the Middle East states,” the Foreign Ministry said.
They “discussed the tasks of providing political and diplomatic assistance to the settlement of current conflicts and pockets of tension in the countries of the region by their own people on the basis of the U.N. Charter without violence and armed confrontation”, the ministry said.
The ambassadors paid special attention to “prospects for long-term and proper resolution of the Arab-Israeli conflict on the recognised basis of international law as an important condition for leading the Middle East to the road of safe, peaceful and sustainable development”.
The Russian ambassadors to Jordan, Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, and Israel, the Russian representative to the Palestinian National Authority, and the Russian foreign minister’s special representative for the Middle East settlement Sergei Vershinin attended the meeting held by Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov.
Tchurkin: Strategy of pressure and threats concerning Syria has not worked
«It is obvious that strategy of some members of the international community concerning Syria, namely strategy of threats, pressure and aggravating position in the country of sanctions, has not worked», – Tchurkin ascertained, transfers ITAR-TASS.
It has opposed to such approach a position of the Arabian world. «We support recent initiatives of League of the Arabian states about situation settlement in Syria», – has told representative the Russian Federation at the United Nations.

According to Tchurkin, Russia considers that the UN Security Council «could and still the constructive word» on a situation in Syria in the same way as it has made it with reference to Yemen can tell.

The ambassador has reminded that the Russian-Chinese draft resolution of Security council on a situation in Syria, «focused on settlement, instead of on conflict kindling, still is at the disposal of councilors».

Two weeks ago Russia and China have blocked acceptance in UNSF of the draft resolution containing threat of application of sanctions against the Syrian authorities for suppression of manifestations of protest of opposition.

October 24th, 2011, 2:06 pm


N.Z. said:

132. norman,

That was viable before they turned their guns inward. All despots tend to think that they are smarter. The longer they hold to power, the uglier their imminent finale. Our concerns is not how ugly or uglier their ending will be, but the death and destruction, to both, civilians and the infrastructure with every passing day.

They seem to be adamant to burn and destroy what is left.

October 24th, 2011, 2:51 pm


Mango said:


For Syrian it is spitting !!!
Anyway not welcome for spies and with hostility adjusted

October 24th, 2011, 3:26 pm



Not bad, i think it was more comprehensible, strangely more poetic, and assuredly more noble than the rambling of a resident poet.

October 24th, 2011, 3:46 pm


Bronco said:

Tara #118
“I don’t see it as indication for incoming military intervention.

I don’t either, I think that it is part of a concerted campaign with the EU to disrupt the AL visit.

The intervention of the AL and the possible resolve of the situation without a instantaneous “regime change” is a second blow to the EU and to the US that had wanted to remove once for all the arch eneneny of Israel and the ally of their arch enemy, Iran.

This is why simultaneously the EU is meeting before Wednesday to counter the AL visit and make further threats, MC Cain is calling for NATO intervention and they withdraw Ford.

It is all about disrupting the AL intervention and trying to keep the Syrian issue in the hand of foreign countries with their own pro-Israel agenda.

If the AL initiative prove successful and that would be an extraordinary achievement and the rebirth of Arab solidarity and diplomacy that had been hijacked by the western countries for decades.

October 24th, 2011, 4:08 pm


Bronco said:

#125 habib
“Any one know what NATO can possibly do if Russia and China keep vetoing?”

Nothing. NATO cannot act unilaterally, it needs a UNSC resolution.

October 24th, 2011, 4:13 pm


Khalid Tlass said:

I wondered why no one bothered to comment on this wonderful thing :-

“124. Revlon said:

A video clip showing the wreckage of a Regime’s armored vehicle that was destroyed earlier by the free Syrian Army.
The scence is from a business cum residential area in Rastan town, which looks more like a war front.

Just watch the video !! Its just grreaat.

October 24th, 2011, 4:19 pm


Bronco said:


I think Heckle Ford suffers from a serious personality disorder.

He is starting to forget that he is the ambassador of a country that did not stop ignoring basic UN human rights in Palestine and elsewhere for decades. After a year in Damascus, he may be thinking he is the reincarnation of St Paul, the apostle.
That’s probably why they are sending him back to treatment and debriefing.

He wrote on Facebook last month: “This isn’t about Western military intervention. This isn’t about oil (many governments have banned its import). This isn’t about Israel or the West wanting to dominate the Arab world (an old, discredited government line).
This is about basic political freedoms from the United Nations’ human rights charter – signed by Syria, don’t forget – which calls for freedom of speech and freedom of peaceful assembly.”

October 24th, 2011, 4:27 pm


irritated said:

#149 Khalid Tlass

“I wondered why no one bothered to comment on this wonderful thing :-”

Don’t wonder, most readers usually don’t bother anymore reading Revlon’s daily obituaries, as they don’t bother reading your daily rantings.

October 24th, 2011, 4:35 pm


Mina said:

Indeed, Ford must be raving. The famous AJA pills again?
He needs a reality check. I suggest he starts by reading C. Rice recent book, where she certainly does not boast too much about her job at Chevron
working on the famous Caspian Oil fields for years before joining the Bush administration
And guess what kind of model democracy is Kazakhstan?
Simply number 122 of the 146 world countries in terms of corruption.

The Wiki English article on Nazarbayev is nicely edited as to erase what he was doing before 1991, that is, that he was already the president (oh sorry, “president of the council of ministers” of the “Kazakh socialist republic” since….. 1984).

The guy deserves an award. As those who probably regularly edit his English wikipedia entry.

October 24th, 2011, 4:52 pm


Khalid Tlass said:

hahha, ya Murtad, did you see the video of Syrian Army armoured car lying blown up like trash ?

We are controlling Rastan and Homs and can kick anybody;s ass, anytime we want. We DARE Bashar;s sharmouta to do something about it, يا أيها المرتدين

October 24th, 2011, 4:53 pm


Uzair8 said:

I read the following comment on AJE Live Syria Blog posted a few minutes ago.:

Hezbollah chief Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah in interview on Al-Manar
The Syrian people support President Bashar Al-Assad’s regime, but if the people start opposing the regime, we will support the people.

– The situation in Syria is normal.

– Hezbollah is not taking part in the current Syrian events; we did not send any militants to Syria.

– Syria is confronting internal armed groups and foreign pressure, which is very dangerous.

– Concerning the Syrian violations of Lebanese borders, an envoy must be sent by the Lebanese government to discuss the issue with the Syrians, not through media.

October 24th, 2011, 5:00 pm


zoo said:

The Iraq war is finally over. And it marks a complete neocon defeat

Thanks to the toppling of Saddam Hussein, Iran’s greatest enemy, Tehran’s influence in Iraq is stronger than America’s

…The final troop withdrawal marks a complete defeat for Bush’s Iraq project. The neocons’ grand plan to use the 2003 invasion to turn the country into a secure pro-western democracy and a garrison for US bases that could put pressure on Syria and Iran lies in tatters.

But the neocons’ biggest defeat is that, thanks to Bush’s toppling of Saddam Hussein, Iran’s greatest enemy, Tehran’s influence in Iraq is much stronger today than is America’s. Iran does not control Iraq but Tehran no longer has anything to fear from its western neighbour now that a Shia-dominated government sits in Baghdad, made up of parties whose leaders spent long years of exile in Iran under Saddam or, like Sadr, have lived there more recently.

October 24th, 2011, 5:08 pm


Antoine said:

Will the SNC promise to investigate Syrian Army war crimes in Lebanon, and also the many illegal assassinations against Lebanese leaders carried out by Syria ?

October 24th, 2011, 5:33 pm


syria no kandahar said:

Kaled the terrorist
did you learn the word Sharmouta from Alrheek Almasmom.

October 24th, 2011, 5:36 pm


Hans said:

” Ford left Damascus on Saturday, he must left in secrecy!!! hahaha. too bad if i knew i would gone with all the tomato and eggs i bought for him on Friday.
He won’t tell people before he left!!! Coward… BTW when the rest of the spies are leaving… I wonder if one of the chopper picked him up from the roof of the american embassy.
good riddance…
He was not sent as an ambassador he was sent as a spy!!! it is clear and it seems more and more all it is planned for the middle east for years since Wolfowitz wrote the new map of the middle east prior to the american invasion of Iraq… too bad wilksleaks won’t tell us what is going on at the current time, we have months if not years to have it leaked out….
I am going to review few things here and who ever have ears should listen…
in the 80’s the USA supported Bin Laden made him a story then killed him and killed all his rats.
in the 80’s also USA supported Saddam then killed him and killed his rats… same goes for Gaddafi….
Now the USA is supporting the Arab spring, and in ten years is going to kill all the radicals who are taking the power in these new regimes. hehehe how dumb the ones who don’t read history it keeps repeating itself… I can’t wait to see the demise of the KSA and the rest of the pigs in the gulf counties… wait Iran too… one day I am going to hear the drones are hovering over Iran hunting all the rats there too. or maybe will have an artificial earth quack created by Israelis to kill them all…

October 24th, 2011, 5:38 pm


syria no kandahar said:

Kurdish(Baasa)to SNC.
إن الرسالة الموقعة بإسم الأمانة العامة للمجلس الوطني السوري بتاريخ 21/10/2011 الموجهة الى وزير الخارجية التركي أحمد داود أوغلو، و تمت فيها إدانة العملية الأخيرة ضد الجيش التركي، و وصفها “بالعمل الإرهابي الغادر”، لا تمثل رأينا ككتلة كردية في المجلس الوطني السوري، لا من قريب و لا من بعيد، و نعبر في الوقت نفسه عن إستغرابنا الشديد حيال مضمون الرسالة، خاصة على صعيد تجاهل واقع القضية الكردية في تركيا، كما نبين أنه لم تعرض علينا أي إتفاقات بين المجلس و أية جهة إقليمية، و نعتبر أنفسنا غير مسؤولين عن أي إتفاق.

و نرى أنه كان من الأجدى بالأمانة العامة للمجلس الوطني السوري أن لا تقحم نفسها في قضية حساسة و شائكة من هذا القبيل، على ألأقل حرصاً على مشاعر الشعب الكردي في سوريا الذي، لا يشك في عدالة القضية الكردية في تركيا، و ضرورة حلها بشكل ديمقراطي سلمي عبر الحوار, و نتمنى من الأمانة العامة عدم تكرار هكذا أخطاء في المستقبل، و إلا فسيكون موقفنا حازماً تجاه أية إساءات و تجاوزات حيال شراكة الكرد و عدالة قضيتهم في منطقة الشرق الأوسط.

الكتلة الكردية

October 24th, 2011, 5:48 pm


Tara said:

The withdrawal of Ambassador Ford back to the US could simply mean that his mission is now accomplished.  He was seen by the American administration as the US’ eye on the ground while the Syrian regime prohibited free press, and specifically valued for his attempts engaging the internal opposition.  Eight months have passed.  He initially conveyed the picture of peaceful demonstrations against Bashar al Assad’s brutal regime and the unprecedented savage oppression and disregard of human life practiced by Bashar and co.   He then acknowledged the presence of armed resistance in Homs and his fear of Iraq-style civil war.  He probably visited or tried to visit with all internal opposition figures widely perceived as “shy” or “timid”, to explore their positions as well as their potentials.  There is probably nothing left for him to do… Especially with the repeated attempts of bullying him by “rent-a-crowd” mob.. he was recalled

If anything, his withdrawal reflects perhaps that the US has now a clear vision of what the next step is for Syria.

I doubt that the AL has a backbone for any serious diplomatic intervention against Syria.  They refused to expel Syria from the league, a step that carries no real weight except for its symbolic meaning.  Egypt is overwhelmed with its internal issue and is definitely in no position to take a strong stand with or against.  Qatar is being intensely vilified by the Syrian regime and offering to step down from the league’s presidency.  Sudan and Algeria ruled by dictators would likely want Assad to finish off the revolution, and Oman..I don’t know about Oman….Oman never interested me so I have always skipped anything written about Oman.  Not for anything, just because I find  the name of its Sultan to be very unappealing..               

October 24th, 2011, 6:03 pm


Hans said:

@ tara
Usually you write much better than this boring comment, I hope no one using your name or hacked your account. what you just wrote is not worthy reading.

October 24th, 2011, 6:10 pm


Haytham Khoury said:

حاوره حسن عبدالله:
قال القاضي السوري المنشق خالد عبدالله شبيب الواوي رئيس اللجنة الحقوقية الخاصة بشهداء وأسرى حماة، إن أعداد الشهداء في سورية وصلت إلى أكثر من 10 آلاف شخص، وإن المعتقلين تجاوزت أعدادهم الـ50 ألفا، وإن المفقودين الذين لا يعرف أحد عنهم شيئاً تجاوزوا العشرين ألفا.
وأضاف القاضي الذي أعلن انشقاقه عن النظام السوري من الكويت التي يعمل بها مستشارا بوزارة العدل الكويتية وعبر «الوطن» أن الكويت منذ وصوله إليها مستقيلا وهاربا من الظلم الذي رآه يمارس على كل المستويات في سورية، فتحت له ذراعيها، وتعاطف معه أهلها، ووفروا له فرص العمل كما لو كان كويتيا.
وأشار المستشار والقاضي خالد الواوي في حوار مطول تنفرد «الوطن» بنشره على حلقتين إلى أنه وأشقاءه الثلاثة النقيب عمار الواوي قائد المنطقة الشمالية لجيش سورية الحر المنشق والرقيب مصعب من الدفاع الجوي، وصف الضابط حسام الواوي من الأمن الجنائي بالداخلية السورية. انشقوا عن النظام لأنه لا يمكن لأحد يحمل ذرة من ضمير أو خلق أن ينحاز إلى صف القتلة الذين يقتلون أبناء الشعب السوري ويقمعونه ليل نهار.
وأكد القاضي خالد شبيب الواوي في حواره الذي يكشف فيه الكثير من أسرار النظام السوري القانونية والتشريعية، وأسرار ارتباط عمليات حزب العمال الكردستاني بسورية وحزب الله وعلاقة السلطة في سورية بالتفجيرات والاغتيالات في العراق، أن الإصلاح في سورية أصبح مستحيلا، مشيرا إلى ان «العصابة الحاكمة» في سورية أفسدت كل شيء، ولم تعد المشكلة في إصدار تشريعات جديدة أو قوانين تحت أي مسمى، وإنما في الأجهزة الأمنية والاستخباراتية التي تتحكم في كل شيء، وفي رأس النظام «الديكتاتور» الذي يملك كل شيء ويترأس كل الأجهزة والوزارات.
وكشف القاضي المنشق خالد شبيب الواوي أنه لا توجد «عصابات مسلحة» في سورية، وإنما هي «العصابات التي شكلها النظام من الزبالين والعاطلين عن العمل والمسجلين خطر وتجار المخدرات الذين أطلقوا سراحهم من السجون كي تقتل الشعب السوري وتنشر الرعب في ارجاء سورية».
ولفت إلى أن شهداء وأسرى حماة ضاعت حقوقهم وصودرت عقاراتهم، واستبعدوا من الوظائف والتعليم حتى درجة القرابة الرابعة، في حين صدر قانون في سورية لحماية أملاك اليهود ومنازلهم بحيث ترد إليهم فور مطالبتهم بها.
وقال المستشار خالد شبيب الواوي إن الصلاة ممنوعة في الثكنات العسكرية وان أي شخص يلتزم بتعاليم دينه يوصف بأنه من الإخوان المسلمين ويعتقل أو يستبعد تماما وفيما يلي نص الحوار:
< ماذا عن عمل اللجنة الحقوقية الخاصة بالأسرى والمعتقلين في حماة التي تترأسها؟
– القاضي خالد شبيب الواوي: هذه اللجنة أنشئت في اسطنبول بتاريخ 2011/9/11 وهدفنا عرض المآسي والمجازر التي ارتكبت بحماة في المحافل الدولية، وبإذن الله بعد سقوط النظام الحالي فإن قضية شهداء حماة ستكون القضية الأولى التي تنظر فيها محكمة الثورة، لأن هؤلاء الشهداء الذين تجاوز عددهم خسمة وأربعين ألفا ضاعت حقوقهم ويذكرون بصفتهم إرهابيين، فاليهود حميت حقوقهم في سورية، أما المسلمون فلم يُقتلوا فقط في سورية وإنما عوقب ذووهم، فالشهيد الذي قتل في حماة لا يتولى أقرباؤه حتى الدرجة الرابعة أية وظائف أو مناصب وليس من الضروري أن يكون إخوانيا وإنما فقط لأنه ينتمي إلى حماة التي كلها بالضرورة من الإخوان المسلمين، وأحد المسؤولين الكبار قال لي: أنتم كلكم في حماة إخوان مسلمين حتى يثبت العكس، وحتى لو أثبت العكس فأنت في رأي السلطة كحموي مشبوه ومنافق وهو ما يستدعي مراقبتك والتوجس منك.
حتى أبناء وأقارب معتقلي شهداء حماة لا يُقبلون في الجامعات، بل صودرت حتى عقارات هؤلاء، فهناك 120 ألف عقار تخص شهداء حماة صودرت، ويمتلكها ويستثمرها المخابرات العسكرية في سورية، وأعتقد أن البشرية لم تشهد قانونا مثل هذا.
بالمقابل فإنه لدينا في سورية قانون اسمه «حماية أملاك اليهود» يحفظ أموال اليهود وعقاراتهم ويجمدها فلا تمس من قبل أحد، في حين أن المتهمين بأنهم اخوان مسلمون تصادر أموالهم وعقاراتهم ويسكن بها أفراد المخابرات العسكرية أو الجوية أو السياسية.

October 24th, 2011, 6:13 pm


ghufran said:

Qadhafi was killed 4 days ago but his dead body is still unburied and used as a show and tell item.

October 24th, 2011, 6:25 pm


ghufran said:

This is from Dr Ali Abu Alhassan, an Azhar scholar on Qadhafi’s death

October 24th, 2011, 6:41 pm


jad said:

توتر العلاقات السورية الأميركية … يسبق زيارة الوفد العربي
دمشق تستدعي سفيرها … وفورد في إجازة

ردت دمشق بسرعة على إعلان واشنطن مغادرة سفيرها لدى سوريا روبرت فورد بسبب «مخاوف أمنية على حياته» باستدعاء السفير السوري لدى الولايات المتحدة عماد مصطفى للتشاور، في تصعيد دبلوماسي بين الدولتين، لم يصل بعد إلى حد «سحب» السفيرين، لكنه عكس التوتر السياسي الشديد في العلاقات الثنائية، وجاء عشية اجتماع للجنة الوزارية العربية المكلفة إيجاد حل للأزمة السورية اليوم في الدوحة، قبل التوجه غدا إلى دمشق.
إلى ذلك، ذكرت صحيفة «الوطن» أن نائب وزير الخارجية السوري فيصل المقداد سيقوم بجولة على دول مجلس التعاون الخليجي الشهر المقبل بهدف إطلاع قادة هذه الدول على الأوضاع التي تشهدها سوريا حاليا، والإصلاحات التي اتخذتها القيادة لتلبية مطالب الشعب. وقالت مصادر سورية لـ«السفير» إن المقداد سيزور موسكو في 27 تشرين الأول الحالي.
وفي واشنطن، قال متحدث باسم السفارة السورية إن مصطفى استدعي إلى دمشق للتشاور، فيما قالت مصادر سورية في دمشق إنه «أمر اعتيادي ويجري دوماً وقد كان في دمشق الشهر الماضي أيضا».
وجاء الاعلان السوري بعد ساعات على قول المتحدث باسم وزارة الخارجية الأميركية مارك تونر «ان السفير فورد استدعي إلى واشنطن نتيجة لتهديدات ذات مصداقية لسلامته الشخصية في سوريا. في الوقت الراهن لا نستطيع القول متى سيعود إلى سوريا. هذا سيعتمد على تقييمنا للتحريض الذي يقوده النظام السوري والموقف الأمني على الأرض». وشدد على أن السفارة ستبقى مفتوحة، موضحا أن التهديدات تتناول فورد بالتحديد.
وعما إذا كانت واشنطن ستطرد مصطفى، قال مسؤول أميركي «ليس في الوقت الحالي». وأوضح أن فورد لم «يسحب» رسميا بل تم استدعاؤه للتشاور بسبب مخاوف أمنية.
وقالت المتحدثة باسم وزارة الخارجية فيكتوريا نولاند إن على الحكومة السورية أن «تنهي على الفور حملة الدعاية الماكرة والمضللة ضد فورد». وأضافت إن «تشويه وسائل الإعلام الحكومية السورية لسمعة السفير لاتصالاته مع معارضي الرئيس بشار الأسد قد تؤدي إلى عنف ضده».
وقال مصدر مسؤول في السفارة الأميركية في دمشق إن فورد «غادر البلاد لمدة غير محدودة»، مشيراً إلى أن «واشنطن اتخذت هذا القرار لأسباب تتعلق بسلامته». وكشف أن «واشنطن قررت إعطاءه إجازة غير محدودة نظرا لاطلاعها على تقارير تتناول شخصه».
وقال دبلوماسي غربي إن فورد غادر سوريا في أعقاب سلسلة من الحوادث التي أسفرت عن خسائر مادية من دون وقوع إصابات. وقال أحد الدبلوماسيين «ظهرت في وسائل الإعلام الحكومية في الآونة الأخيرة مقالات أكثر تحريضا من المعتاد على فورد. سافر السبت». وكان فورد تعرض للرشق بالبيض والبندورة، أكثر من مرة آخرها يوم الجمعة الماضي في حي الميدان في دمشق، وفق ما نقلت مصادر إعلامية سورية.
وفضلت مصادر دبلوماسية غربية في دمشق أمس عدم إطلاق توصيف «السحب» على مغادرة فورد، والذي أعلنت واشنطن أنه «غادر» بسبب «عامل الأمان الشخصي». وقال مسؤول في السفارة الأميركية في دمشق إن فورد «عاد إلى واشنطن في إجازة مفتوحة» وذلك إثر تعرضه إلى عدد من محاولات الاعتداء اللفظي والجسدي، في إشارة إلى مهاجمته بالبيض والبندورة. وقالت مصادر لـ«السفير» إن مغادرة فورد ومن ثم عودته ستتبع «لتقييم وضعه الأمني من قبل واشنطن، والنظر في ما إذا كانت دواعي القلق جدية»، نافية أن يكون القرار هو «سحب أو استدعاء» حيث تم الاتفاق على تسمية المغادرة «بإجازة».
وتزامن إعلان فورد مع تصريحات السناتور الجمهوري مرشح الرئاسة الأميركية السابق جون ماكين، أول أمس، عن اعتبار «احتمالات التدخل العسكري في سوريا أمرا ممكنا»، إلا أن مراقبين في دمشق تركوا مسافة واسعة في تعليقهم على موقف الإدارة الأميركية الرافض لأي تدخل عسكري في الشأن السوري وبين تصريحات النائب الجمهوري.
وكانت صحف محلية ومواقع إلكترونية انتقدت بشدة فورد على «نشاطه» داخل البلاد، ما شكل عاملا في «استحضاره» وفق ما علق مصدر في السفارة الأميركية لـ«السفير»، معتبرا أن ما كتب عن فورد في الفترة الأخيرة يمكن «اعتباره تحريضا ضد شخصه»، ولا سيما اتهامه بترؤس ما سمي بـ«فرق الموت» خلال خدمته في العراق، أو الدعوة المستمرة لاستهدافه بـ«الشظمظ» وهو تعبير شعبي لأكلة تجمع «البيض والبندورة»، الأمر الذي دفع الخارجية جديا إلى اعتبار «غيابه عن سوريا أسلم»، مؤكدا في الوقت ذاته أن السفير «ما زال على رأس منصبه».
من جهتها، علقت مواقع انترنت سورية على سحب السفير. ونقل موقع «شوكوماكو» القريب من السلطة عن متابعين للشأن السوري قولهم إن مغادرة فورد بحجة «الأمان الشخصي» عبارة عن «حركة إعلامية» تندرج في سياق مجمل تحركاته للتأثير على الشارع السوري وتشويه صورة الواقع في سوريا، ولكنها كباقي حركاته لا تتعدى كونها «فقاعة». يذكر أنه سبق لوزير الخارجية السوري وليد المعلم أن انتقد تحركات فورد معتبرا أنها تندرج في تحقيق «بطولة» لدى الإدارة الأميركية.
وأعلن وزير الخارجية الفرنسي آلان جوبيه، أن باريس لا تنوي سحب دبلوماسييها من سوريا. وقال «لقد اتخذنا احتياطات لتوفير أفضل وضع أمني لدبلوماسيينا ولا ننوي حتى اللحظة سحبهم من دمشق»، مضيفا «نندد بهذه التهديدات ونحن متضامنون مع الولايات المتحدة، لأننا نقاتل معاً ضد قمع وحشي ودام». وأبدى أسفه «لأن مجلس الأمن الدولي لم يتمكن من الاتفاق على قرار الحد الأدنى الذي يحض النظام على وقف هذا القمع والانفتاح على الحوار».
إلى ذلك، قال مساعد وزيرة الخارجية الأميركية لشؤون الشرق الأوسط وشمال أفريقيا جيفري فيلتمان، في مؤتمر صحافي عقده عقب زيارة للجزائر استمرت يومين التقى خلالها بالرئيس عبد العزيز بوتفليقة، إن «الجزائر تؤدي دورا فعالا في الجامعة العربية الذي سترسل وفدا إلى سوريا الأربعاء المقبل حتى تقدم خطة عربية تشمل النظام والمعارضة معا، بهدف المساهمة في وقف العنف والدفع بالأمور إلى الأمام». وأضاف «نحن ندعم مثل هذه المبادرات ولكن في الوقت ذاته سنواصل التعاون مع شركائنا للضغط أكثر على الرئيس بشار الأسد لكي يفهم أن هناك ثمنا سيدفعه نتيجة أفعاله ضد شعبه».
من جهة أخرى، نفى رجل الأعمال السوري رامي مخلوف أن يكون «تعرض لمحاولة اغتيال». ونقلت وسائل إعلام سورية عن مصدر إعلامي في مكتب مخلوف نفيه «صحة ما تداولته بعض المواقع الإعلامية عن محاولة اغتياله واثنين من مرافقيه». وأضاف أن «تلك الأنباء هي امتداد لحملة إعلامية شرسة تتعرض لها سوريا، وأن ناشري النبأ حاولوا إثارة الفتنة في سوريا من خلال شائعات مغرضة لا تمت للواقع بصلة».
ميدانيا، أعلن المرصد السوري لحقوق الإنسان «مقتل ستة مدنيين برصاص الأمن السوري، بينهم خمسة في حمص». وأكد «قيام قوات عسكرية في قرية تلدو في تجمع قرى الحولة (في ريف حمص) بقصف بعض المنازل بالرشاشات الثقيلة»، مشيرا الى «معلومات مؤكدة عن سقوط جرحى». وأضاف نقلا عن ناشط من المنطقة «ان «اشتباكات جرت في الحولة بين رجال الأمن ومسلحين يعتقد أنهم منشقون، ما أسفر عن سقوط عدد من عناصر الأمن بين قتيل وجريح».
(«السفير»، سانا، أ ف ب،
أ ب، رويترز، أ ش أ)

October 24th, 2011, 7:05 pm


jad said:

تقرير دبلوماسي
نظرة تيارين أميركيين الى الحراك العربي: «النموذج الإسلامي» لحماية أوروبا قد يصبح «طالبانياً»؟

داود رمال
يكاد لا يخلو تقرير ديبلوماسي من الاشارة الى وجود تباين داخل الادارة الاميركية حول كيفية تحريك الوقائع الشرق اوسطية ببعدها العربي، ليكشف احد التقارير عما اسماه «الصراع القائم بين تيارين في الادارة الاميركية يتنازعان على تحديد الاولويات من خلال الربط بين ما ينتظر خط الدفاع الاساسي عن الولايات المتحدة، اي اوروبا من تغييرات ديموغرافية ستؤثر حكماً على انظمة الحكم فيها، وبين ضرورة احداث التغيير المطلوب عربياً للحد من تغييرات مستقبلية كهذه.
ويوضح تقرير دبلوماسي أن هذا الصراع ينطلق من الالتقاء على الاستراتيجية ذاتها، ولكنه يختلف على الأداء، حيث يبرز تياران أميركيان، الاول، يقول إن الوجود الإسلامي المتنامي في اوروبا اصبح يشكل خطراً على مستقبل القارة الاوروبية وانظمتها الديموقراطية، وبالتالي هذا الوجود المتزايد ديموغرافيا يؤشر الى ان المسلمين المقيمين بات عددهم أكبر بكثير من المسلمين المجنسين، بحيث اذا جمعنا المجنس مع المقيم، فإنهم سيشكلون في وقت ليس ببعيد كتلة بشرية اكبر من عدد سكان اوروبا الاصليين، الأمر الذي سيفرض تغييراً في الانظمة الاوروبية، وهذا كان من الاسباب الجوهرية لمعارضة دخول تركيا الى الاتحاد الاوروبي، كما انه بعد تفكك الاتحاد السوفياتي وانضواء دول اوروبا الشرقية تحت لواء الاتحاد الاوروبي، أضحت مجموع دول الاتحاد محاطة بزنار من الدول الاسلامية».
ويضيف التقرير استناداً الى نظرية اصحاب التيار الاول «انه كي نحافظ على اوروبا كخط دفاع اول واساسي عن المصالح الاستراتيجية الاميركية في العالم، في مواجهة روسيا والصين، يجب البحث عن خطة ناجعة لإزاحة المسلمين من اوروبا لا سيما المقيمين غير المجنسين لانهم اصبحوا يفرضون تقاليدهم الدينية والاجتماعية ولاحقاً سيتغلغلون في الحياة السياسية ليغيروا في السياسات الاوروبية، لذلك يجب تغيير الانظمة التي صنعناها بأيدينا في الشرق الاوسط بعد الحرب العالمية الثانية واستبدالها بأنظمة إسلامية شبيهة بالنظام التركي والاندونيسي والايراني(..) على ان تبقى تدور في فلكنا وفق ما هو سائد في ظل الانظمة الحالية على ان يكون «حزب العدالة والتنمية» التركي هو النموذج، ومن ثم ندفع بالمسلمين في اوروبا للعودة الى بلادهم، حيث يستطيعون ممارسة كل المعتقدات والتقاليد التي يصعب عليهم ممارستها في اوروبا، وبذلك نحافظ على الحليف الاستراتيجي في العالم اي الاتحاد الاوروبي».
ويشترط أصحاب التيار المذكور على ان تترافق عودة المسلمين الى بلدانهم مع تهجير المسيحيين من الشرق وتوطينهم في اوروبا تحت ذريعة الخوف من الانظمة الاسلامية، والهدف هو إعادة التوازن الديموغرافي في اوروبا بحيث تعود الكفة الديموغرافية لمصلحة المسيحيين، وهذا التيار متقدم في الادارة الاميركية».
ويوضح التقرير «ان التيار الثاني، يحذر ويحاذر من توجه التيار الاول، ويقول بعدم إمكان اقامة انظمة اسلامية في العالم العربي على شاكلة النموذج التركي او الايراني، لان الثقافة الاسلامية السائدة راهناً في العالم العربي هي ثقافة وهابية – سلفية، وبالتالي فإن الانظمة الاسلامية التي ستنشأ لن تكون شبيهة بالنموذج التركي أو الايراني، انما ستكون شبيهة بحركة «طالبان» الافغانية، اي أننا سنكون أمام انظمة متشددة، وفي ظل وجود الثروة النفطية، قد تتحول هذه الانظمة الى خطر على المصالح الاميركية في المنطقة».
ويشير التقرير الدبلوماسي الى ان «اصحاب هذا التيار يقولون ان النظام الاسلامي في ايران اسس جمهورية اسلامية ولكن بالاستناد الى حضارة فارسية عمرها آلاف السنين وبالتالي يرتكز الاسلام في ايران الى هذه الحضارة، لذلك نرى المرأة في ايران متحررة وبإمكانها شغل كل الوظائف من الشرطة الى الجيش الى النيابة والوزارة.. اضافة الى ان «حزب العدالة والتنمية» لم يقم جمهورية اسلامية في تركيا انما يقود دولة مدنية علمانية بتوجه اسلامي، وهذا الحزب ليس كل تركيا انما يمثل نصفها والنصف الآخر تتوزعه الاحزاب العلمانية، من دون اغفال دور مؤسسة الجيش كحامية للنظام العلماني المدني، ولذلك من غير الجائز المقارنة بين نظام الحكم في تركيا او ايران من جهة، وبين الانظمة الاسلامية التي قد تنشأ في الدول العربية من جهة ثانية، لان النموذج التركي أو الايراني لن يطبق، «فأنظمة الحكم الاسلامية في العالم العربي ستتحول تلقائياً في ظل طغيان الثقافة الوهابية الى أنظمة طالبانية».
ويخلص التقرير الدبلوماسي الى ان جزءاً كبيراً مما يجري الآن على ساحة المنطقة يحمل في طياته تعبيرات عن استمرار الصراع بين هذين التيارين داخل الادارة الاميركية، ومن هنا يمكن فهم المخاوف التي عبّر عنها البطريرك الماروني بشارة الراعي، خصوصاً بعد الذي سمعه من نيكولا ساركوزي خلال زيارته الرسمية الى فرنسا، ما عزز المعلومات المتوافرة لدى الفاتيكان عن مشروع خطة لإفراغ الشرق من مسيحييه.

October 24th, 2011, 7:22 pm


Dale Andersen said:

Memo To: HANS & TARA

RE: “…withdrawal of Ambassador Ford back to the US could simply mean that his mission is now accomplished…”

It means more than that. Much more. It means the USA has come to the conclusion that Besho is hopeless and not worth any more effort. After all, you can lead an ass to water but you can’t make him drink.

Ford’s task was to show Besho and the rest of the Assad Mafia that the whole world is watching. Evidently, Besho doesn’t give a fuck. So Obama said “Fuck him” and called Ford home.

Mission accomplished. Now all we have to wait for is the final act of the play, in which the villain dies and his corpse is dragged through the streets for the people to spit on.

These scenes can be quite gruesome. There was a Roman General named Sejanus who ruled like a dictator during the reign of the Emperor Tiberius. He tried to overthrow Tiberius and failed. They marched him through the streets of Rome and all the people threw stones at him. They stuck a hook through his broken corpse and tossed him in the Tiber River. They also executed his wife and children, including an underage daughter. There was a law in Rome at that time prohibiting the killing of virgin girls. So a soldier raped the girl and then they cut her little head off.

Just something for Besho to think about.

October 24th, 2011, 7:49 pm


ghufran said:

Muslims in the West are going nowhere,only a small minority may consider going back to a poverty-stricken land just because the regimes turned islamist,but more and more Arab Christians are likely to leave the Middle East.Even the Islamists on SC are not going back to Syria any time soon,a similar scene is noticed among many American Jews who are more militant than the Israelis,yet most of them will not leave America to live in Israel.
The tough talk you see on blogs,including this one, does not reflect the real thinking of most Muslims when it comes to the US and Europe. Muslims in the West who have jobs,especially Muslims in N.America,can practice their religion freely and live in peace and dignity,compare that to how most Muslims live in corrupt and poor Muslim countries and add a future Talibanic touch to that and you will end up with a lost land.
If a Taliban style government can solve Islamic countries problems most of us will adapt an Afghani name and elect a Mullah,but common sense tells us that we can not treat a disease,current arab and muslim regimes,with another,militant political islam.

October 24th, 2011, 7:50 pm


jad said:

Bronco….bad news 🙁
The US is taking its decision back and may soon send the Mahatma Ford back to Syria!
Seriously, what is that!?

أمريكا: فورد عائد إلى سورية وعلى النظام حمايته

قالت واشنطن يوم الاثنين إن على سورية وقف “حملة التشهير” ضد السفير الأمريكي في دمشق روبرت فورد، الذي تم في وقت سابق اليوم إعلان استدعائه، موضحة أنه لم يتم سحب أو استدعاء فورد إلى واشنطن بشكل دائم، ودعت الحكومة السورية إلى “توفير الأمن له” لدى عودته.

ونقلت وكالة (رويترز) للأنباء، عن المتحدثة باسم وزارة الخارجية الأمريكية فيكتوريا نولاند قولها إن “على الحكومة السورية أن تنهي على الفور حملة الدعاية الماكرة والمضللة ضد السفير فورد”.

وأوضحت نولاند أن “بلادها تتوقع أن يعود فورد إلى سورية بعد مشاورات معه في واشنطن”، داعية الحكومة السورية إلى “توفير الأمن له” لدى عودته.

واضافت “يجب على الحكومة السورية أن توفر له الأمن عندما يعود وأن تفي بالتزاماتها في اطار معاهدة فيينا، كما نفعل بالضبط في حماية السفير السوري هنا عماد مصطفى”، موضحة أنه لم يتم سحب أو استدعاء فورد إلى واشنطن بشكل دائم، وقالت “نريد فرصة للتشاور والتحدث معه بشأن رؤيته للوضع في دمشق”.

وتتهم السلطات السورية السفير الأمريكي فورد بالتدخل بالشؤون الداخلية السورية، عبر مشاركته في تظاهرات شعبية في حماة ودمشق ودرعا إضافة لاتصالاته مع المعارضة السورية ونشر آراء للسلطات السورية، ما دعاه إلى تقييد حركة السفير بدائرة قطرها 25 كم عن مكان السفارة وإقامتها.

ورأت نولاند أن “تشويه وسائل الإعلام الحكومية السورية لسمعة السفير لاتصالاته مع معارضي الرئيس بشار الأسد قد تؤدي إلى عنف ضده”

October 24th, 2011, 8:15 pm


zoo said:

Next Arab Domino May Be Oil Darling Algeria: Reuel Marc Gerecht
But there is another tremendous threat to Libya’s progress waiting quietly next door. Algeria’s military junta is terrified that a rebellious spirit may finally cross its borders. Ever since the Tunisian revolt dethroned President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, Washington’s foreign- policy establishment has paid little attention to Algeria, the lodestar of “the Arab West.”

That’s a mistake. With Qaddafi’s fall and next week’s elections in Tunisia, the odds are decent that the Great Arab Revolt will start to shake Algeria. The country is now surrounded by states in transition: Libya, Tunisia and Morocco, where the king just might be laying the groundwork for the Middle East’s first real constitutional monarchy.

(APS) Monday 24 October 2011 12 : 02
U.S. understands Algeria interest in a “successful” and “stable” transition in Libya

ALGIERS – US Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Jeffrey D. Feltman said Monday in Algiers that the U.S. understands Algeria interest in a “successful and stable” transition in Libya.

October 24th, 2011, 8:21 pm


jad said:

Homs from bad to worse, that is a glimpse of what some people on SC are keep calling for:

HNN| شـبكة أخـبار حمص
خــاص شـبكة أخـبار حمص الأولـى

الكثير منكم يسألنـــا عن الأوضاع بالحــــارات
الكثير منكم متعطش ليعرف آخر المستجدات

حسناً … هذا هو حالنـــــــــــــا

حمص تعانى فوضى السلاح و الخطف و القتل
لم تعد تنفع حبوب التهدئة التي يتناولها بعض
المســــؤولين فيها و خاصة بعد غياب للحلول
السياسية التي من المفترض أن ترافق الجهود الأمنية
المهمة و الكبيرة و الضرورية لكنها شرط لازم و غير كاف
لإنهاء الوضع في حمص ….

تسألوننا و تأنبوننا أين الخبر و ماذا حدث هنا و هناك …
و نخوض برحلة بحث لا تنتهي للوصول إلى المعلومة
مؤكدة من مصــــــدر موثوق للوصول لحقيقة ما يجري..
و لكن لافائدة إلا ما ندر …

أصدقاؤنا و أقرباؤنا و أحباؤنا يستشهدون و منهم من هــــو
بين الحياة و الموت بالعناية و أصوات الرصاص و الانفجارات
من كل جهة ترافقنا في كل مكان …

تكدست عشرات الجثث المجهولة الهوية و التي ضاقت
بها شعبة الطبابة الشرعية في المشفى الوطني فتم نقلها
بسيارة براد شاحنة تموضعت أمام شعبةالطبابة الشرعية… في
صورة تعبر عما وصلت إليه الأحوال بحمص …

خطف في دير بعلبة … و قنص في باب الدريب و الفاخورة …
العثور على جثث في المريجة و في سوق السيارات …
تفجيرات في العباسية و المهاجرين …
قطع طرقات في باب السباع و جب الجندلي …
عبوات ناسفة و قذائف في البياضة …
و باب عمرو و حي السلطانية … شركاء يتقاسمون نشر الخراب
مسلحون إرهابيون … لا يخافون رب البرية
يستهدفون الحواجز و المدنيين و الطفولة …
هجرت فيروز صباحاتنا و احتلت الجنازات شوارعنا …

الوضع عندنا باختصار … لا يمكـــــــن أن يطاق …

عذراً أصدقائي … فقد أصبحت صفحاتنا
كسجلات وارد و صادر لمشرحة مدينة
كانت أم الحجار الســـــــــود …
و أصبحت أم القلوب السود …

يا الله لا تنسانا … كما نسيناك
يا عذراء … احمينا بشفاعتــــك
الله أكبر … على كل من خطف و قتل و نكل و أيتم …

خــاص شـبكة أخـبار حمص الأولـى

October 24th, 2011, 8:24 pm


jad said:

I agree with you, nobody will go back to the place where they themselves painted with their hatred, sectarian and ugly brush.
They’d rather stay in the safe west and order people back home to die and suffer for their twisted ‘views’.

October 24th, 2011, 8:29 pm


Dale Andersen said:


RE: “…Muslims in the West are going nowhere…”

Not so fast, Dude!

I can see a Muslim Europe in another generation or so. You don’t have to have a majority to change things. You simply need to be better organized and more aggressive than the other folks around you.

Also, it helps if you know how to fight. I say Europe, because the Europeans have forgotten how to fight. They were protected by the USA and the USSR for too long. They became soft and weak. Example: the German and Dutch armies used to be quite fierce. Now, they’re a joke. If you sent the Dutch military to fight, say, the Syrians, the Dutch would throw down their guns and surrender, just like they did at Srebrenica.

In time, I think the Arab and Turkish Muslims in Europe could take over.

October 24th, 2011, 8:38 pm


Syrian Nationalist Party said:

@Ghufran #168
Good thinkng. Realist.

October 24th, 2011, 8:45 pm


Tara said:

Beaware was in my mind all day today.  His style was very handsome….  I really liked “more…” at the end.  He was very well-read.  It was unfortunate that he never wanted to “have a dialogue”.     

“Hezbollah’s stance on events in Syria has also shattered its image in the Arab street, a street that not long ago adored the party for standing up to Israel and the United States. No more. Hezbollah’s flags are being burned in Syria and elsewhere.”

Ominous New Struggle for Hezbollah
Bilal Y. Saab | October 24, 2011

Hezbollah is facing a crisis that is unprecedented in its 30-year history, and it’s a crisis that the party’s strategic backers, Syria and Iran, are powerless to solve.

The intense pressures of the violent confrontations in Syria, the Arab uprising, the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) and the possibility of another war with Israel have combined to take a toll on the “Party of God.” These developments have increased the likelihood of Hezbollah’s biggest nightmare—that it finds itself alone and isolated at home, a scenario it has always worked with particular intensity to prevent (along with that of civil war). How Hezbollah navigates this truly existential crisis is a story U.S. officials are following with much attention.

Old and new challenges have made life increasingly difficult for Hezbollah over the past six years. The latest is the Arab uprising, which has profoundly challenged its philosophy of “champion of the downtrodden, underprivileged, and disenfranchised.” Hezbollah can hardly claim that it stands for restoring the Arab man’s rights and dignity when it has chosen to side with a Syrian regime that is killing its own people. More broadly, the Arab uprising has made Hezbollah irrelevant in Arab political discourse. While the concept of resistance against Israel will always generate strong emotions and resonate deeply in the Arab world, the Arab uprising’s clear message is that such a struggle cannot be at the expense of freedom and democracy. Hezbollah clearly thinks otherwise; for it, nothing takes precedence over the military struggle because no other form of resistance works.

Hezbollah’s stance on events in Syria has also shattered its image in the Arab street, a street that not long ago adored the party for standing up to Israel and the United States. No more. Hezbollah’s flags are being burned in Syria and elsewhere.

Hezbollah may have contained the immediate effects of the STL, but the international institution has already caused considerable damage to the party’s reputation by instilling serious doubts, even among Hezbollah’s friends, about the party’s role in killing former Lebanese prime minister and leader of the Sunni community Rafik Hariri.

Finally, another war with Israel may pump life into Hezbollah’s hardcore cadres and add fire to its resistance approach, but in reality such an extremely risky adventure could entail massive costs from which Hezbollah may not recover easily if at all this time around. Iran may not be in a position to send cash to the group after the war. And the Syrian regime, facing an existential crisis of its own, may not be operationally capable of providing necessary military and logistical support during any such war.

But for Hezbollah, the world can turn upside down and the party will still believe that it can survive as long as two critical factors exist: first, the unconditional backing of the Lebanese Shi’ite community; second, a non-threatening political coalition in the Lebanese political system. The first factor seems to be intact for now (given the deeply-rooted and historical bond between Hezbollah and Lebanese Shi’ites), but the second one is slowly but surely eroding, and it could become a fatal threat.

Since Syria’s withdrawal from Lebanon in 2005, Hezbollah has had to adjust domestically to compensate for the absence of direct political sponsorship previously provided by Syria. For that, it had to immerse itself deep into the Lebanese quagmire that is the sectarian political system, forming new political alliances, reaching out to old foes, and seeking adequate political representation in both the cabinet and Parliament to block any political attempts by its rivals to weaken or disarm it.

The current government of prime minister Najib Mikati is the latest attempt by Hezbollah to create a friendly political environment that poses no major threats to the party. The problem is that five months after its creation this government is on the verge of collapsing in large part, ironically, due to Hezbollah’s own actions.

The most immediate threat to governmental stability is the feud between Hezbollah and Mikati over the issue of STL funding. This is a serious issue over which Mikati has threatened to resign. Mikati does not want a confrontation with the international community that could turn Lebanon into a pariah state, and mostly for that reason (among other personal reasons), he has vowed to fulfill Lebanon’s commitment to provide funding to the STL. Hezbollah says that this is no time for niceties with the international community and has refused to pay a single dime to an entity it considers a tool used by the Israelis and the Americans to defeat it.

Relations between Hezbollah and Michel Aoun’s Free Patriotic Movement (FPM) have also been problematic, and it may be only a matter of time before things explode. Aoun’s increasing and aggressive political demands (the most recent of which is his electricity plan) have caused a dilemma for Hezbollah: if the party doesn’t accede to Aoun’s wishes, it could find itself without Christian backing in Lebanese society. If it does so unconditionally, it becomes hostage to Aoun’s politics. The fact that Druze leader Walid Jumblat and Lebanese president Michel Suleiman (two other crucial players in Hezbollah’s coalition) have serious issues with Aoun’s political agenda complicates things even further for Hezbollah. Aoun’s obsession with becoming president might have diminished recently, but should it come to the fore again, and should Hezbollah be unable to deliver the presidency to Aoun, it could well be game over between Hezbollah and the FPM.


October 24th, 2011, 9:01 pm


Bronco said:

Jad #170

After the fall of Qaddafi the US is very interested in Libya’s neighbors and principally oil rich Algeria. The US is now readjusting its ME policy with the new situation in Libya. That also includes Syria as Algeria has been consistently supporting Syria’s government and opposed to foreign intervention. Feltman was in Algeria to test Bouteflika about Syria while encouraging reforms and proposing more economic and cultural cooperation. I guess France did not appreciate Feltman propositions to spread more the English language in Algeria.

I think Heckle Ford was recalled because they needed to inform him about these adjustments in the wake of the AL visit that could change the whole equation in Syria.
I think the tone of the US toward Syria is much less aggressive now. It will probably reflect on Fords’ behavior when and if he comes back.

October 24th, 2011, 9:04 pm


Tara said:

I am happy that Imad Mustapha is in Syria. He should stay there. The US is not a good place for him. He may also want to eat ice cream at Damer and fatten at Midan then feel good and happy.

October 24th, 2011, 9:13 pm


Tara said:

This report freaks me out.  I always thought doctors and nurses have special gift of compassion.  Reports of Syrian doctors and nurses abusing the injured is really scary.
Patients tortured in Syrian hospitals: Amnesty
Updated October 25, 2011 11:48:41 

Syrian protesters injured in brutal crackdowns by president Bashar al-Assad’s regime are being tortured in state-run hospitals, a report claims.
Amnesty International says patients in at least four government-run hospitals have been tortured and ill treated.
Cilina Nasser, an Amnesty researcher for the Middle East and North Africa, has told ABC Radio’s AM program that in some cases hospital staff are behind the ill treatment, while at other times they are the ones being targeted.
“Unfortunately we received a lot of testimony from wounded persons who say that health workers, including nurses and sometimes doctors, physically abused them,” she said.
“And these testimonies are also corroborated by other health professions who are outraged by what’s going on.
“At the same time there are health professionals in Syria who are treating the wounded, performing their duty by treating the wounded, who find themselves a target for arrest and likely torture.”
Ms Nasser says the cases investigated took place at three government hospitals in Homs and one in the coastal city of Banyas.
She says in some cases patients have disappeared from hospitals.
“There are cases where wounded persons go to government-run hospitals and I spoke to doctors who told me that the following day they would come to the hospital, they would go to check on this wounded patient and they find out that the security forces have already removed them from there and they took them to an unknown destination,” she said.

October 24th, 2011, 9:24 pm


Norman said:


Please do not believe everything you read, first they said that the government is targeting the health care workers, then when they did not see health care workers running away the y started to claim that the demonstrators are being abused by the health care workers that they claimed first to abused by the government, next we will see them claim that wounded of the regime supporters are targeting the wounded from the opposition or even claiming that wounded opposition members and government supporters are attacking each other, there is a lot of chaos in Syria and that is when people are killed and nobody can figure who is responsible.

October 24th, 2011, 9:39 pm


majedkhaldoun said:

There is a guy his name is Ibrahim Mawsawi,he is close associate of Nasrallah, he is sent to the opposition to court them and make deals with them.

October 24th, 2011, 9:51 pm


Norman said:


The AL plan is going to fail, it is just a step toward the invasion, they need a failure of the AL Plan to take the second step, It is unfortunate but i do not think the Syrian government is taking the risk that is surrounding Syria as seriously as they should, and by the way the UN Security council can give cover but when the US and the West want to invade Syria they will do what they did in Iraq,they will do it anyway.

what is ironic in Syria is that with the greed of the opposition for all or nothing they are waisting the lives that are lost as if the regime manage to outlast it’s enemies, there will be no reform or change, it would be better for Syrians to eat half a loaf than nothing and partial remission with chemotherapy is better than progression of disease with nothing ,the patient will live longer with the first and buy time for better treatment that might be curable.

October 24th, 2011, 10:02 pm


Syrian Nationalist Party said:


There is a round of bets going around among SNP older “over 60” members in Europe who actually signed up on British (jersey) betting website, they setup a bet against the Syrian Revolutionaries, that by our next General Committee meeting April 7, 2012 , there will be no Syrian opposition around to be found. The general feeling is that all those doing terrorism in Syria and Homs are foreigners smuggled in, those operating online are former Al-cia-da assets who used to operates the fake Iraqi Zarqawi and fake Bill Laden Jihadist websites set up by neocons and Mossad. They are being recycled in Libya and Syria and will be moving them to other places as well. But in Syria, the game is pretty much exposed, and they will be shipping out soon to other places, possibly to Algeria and Iraq again to keep Maliki in check and keep more than 50,000 supposedly private security personnel (former badged US. forces) operating in Iraq within the 16,000 strong embassy employees. Imagine, in Iraq they are leaving 50,000 private contractors (security) and 16,000 Embassy employees. So SNP thinks that this faked out Syrian Revolution will soon fizzle and we again have to struggle to find out oppositionist by April of next year.

Speaking of the Iraqi situation, rumors are plenty, some are, unknown to the Iraqi government, Iraqi oil being pumped (stolen) piped though huge underground tunnels to Kuwait, Qatar and Bahrain. Another rumor, that the 16,000 employees are needed either to facilitate that smuggling operation or to operate a hidden multi level city underground, under the city sized embassy compound in the green zone. I said rumor intentionally so I don’t have to publish the known facts here, some of it could be top secret.

October 24th, 2011, 10:06 pm


Tara said:

League initiative for Syria will not fly
There is no common ground to build on between the opposition and government or between both sides and the Arab bloc
By Sami Moubayed, Special to Gulf NewsPublished: 00:00 October 25, 2011

Image Credit: Dana A.Shams/©Gulf News
Although their country is a founding member of the Arab League, Syrians of all colours, both the opposition and regime, were never too fond of the Cairo-based organisation. The Syrian regime understands its symbolic value of adhering to League resolutions, but realises that the League has failed, almost at every single occasion of its 67-year history, at preventing “undesirable events” from happening in the Arab World. The most recent failures, Syrian officials say, are the 2003 war on Iraq, the 2006 war on Lebanon and the 2011 Nato war on Libya.
Now the League is positioning itself as a credible mediator in the Syria crisis, offering to bring the government and the exiled Syrian National Council for talks at the League’s headquarters in Cairo. That needs to be done within a 15-day grace period, whereas violence needs to stop on the Syrian streets and so do operations of the Syrian Army in different Syrian cities. To date, Syria’s strong ally, Russia, has extended support to the League Initiative.
The street is furious with the 15-day grace period, staging demonstrations last Friday against the League timeframe, claiming that it paves the way for more bloodshed in Syria. The opposition also claims that the League is biased towards Syrian officialdom, and does not want more regimes to fall in the Arab world. For its part, the Syrian government has said that it will accept the League initiative, “with conditions.” Condition I would be for dialogue to take place in Damascus rather than Cairo. Condition II is for talks to take place with the Syrian opposition at large, and not the National Council, which was created in Istanbul last month and which includes the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood. As far as the regime is concerned, the Council “does not represent the Syrian street.” Condition III is that operations of the Syrian Army are “not up for negotiations” within the League framework.
Progress in doubt
Article continues below

Another sticking point is that Qatar currently heads the League and is due to supervise the upcoming League ministerial committee that is due to arrive in Damascus on Wednesday. The delegation will include the League Secretary General Nabeel Al Arabi and the foreign ministers of Algeria, Egypt, Oman and Sudan. The Syrian government is saying that Qatar is no longer impartial and has taken sides with the opposition against the Syrian regime. Syrian officialdom is furious, to say the least, with Al Jazeera’s coverage of events in Syria. Then last Wednesday, Qatar announced that it was willing to step down from the League’s ministerial committee, if that made life easier for the Syrians. Because of these two developments, Syria will welcome the League committee this week, but it is highly doubtful if any progress will be made, for the following reasons:
1. The League lacks enforcement measures to pressure Syria, if negotiations reach a bottleneck. The only measure it can take is freezing Syria’s membership in the League, which although symbolic, would not really damage or even hurt the Syrians. Egypt had its membership frozen for an entire decade, right after Camp David, but it eventually turned a new page with the League by the 1990s. Syria can do the same, if need be, although Syrian authorities are certain Arab countries would vote against suspending Syria’s membership, such as Lebanon, Iraq, Yemen, Sudan and Algeria.
2. The Syrian government is not willing to sit and talk with the National Council, and the Council has said that it will only sit down with regime officials to negotiate exodus of the Syrian regime. Both parties refuse to budge and the League is completely incapable of changing their views.
3. Syria is saying that dialogue in Damascus will take place with “the national opposition” that refused foreign intervention in the Syrian crisis. They point to figures like ex-economy professor Aref Dalilah, former Baathist Hussain Al Odat, and exiled human rights activist Haitham Manaa, who recently shocked the Council by siding with the regime against it, saying that its members are creations of the US, Turkey, and France. Manaa, who remains persona non grata in Damascus, remains one of the most balanced and respected opposition figures in the diaspora. Back in 2003, he visited Syria at the invitation of the Syrian government, hailed as an iconic figure for saying that there will be no Ahmad Chalabis in Syria willing to topple the regime through the assistance of US tanks.
Now he is positioning himself as a moderate yet again, although he was among the loudest of voices in the opposition back in March, when disturbances started in his native Daraa. The Council, which is already being courted by world capitals and Arab ones like Libya, has said that it refuses any dialogue with anybody but the Council itself. Al Odat, who is spokesman of the National Coordination Committee for Democratic Change, welcomed the League initiative as it stands.
Precisely because of the points mentioned above, it is doubtful that the League initiative will fly. Neither side takes the League very seriously, and today, eight months into the crisis, Syria feels it is “back in control” whereas the foreign-based opposition is certain that the regime “is about to fall, any minute now.” There simply is no common ground to build upon between the Council and government on one front, and between both sides and the League, on the other.
Sami Moubayed is editor-in-chief of Forward Magazine in Damascus, Syria.

October 24th, 2011, 10:10 pm


Bronco said:


Cilina Nasser is in Lebanon. In the report she uses ‘we investigated’ while the reports was prepared through phone calls interviews with “eye witnesses”. This is not mentioned in the report and leads to believe she was on site, in Homs and Banyas.
While there is probably some truth in them, I am not sure I trust fully such reports that are published at very convenient time, the visit of the AL on Wednesday.

BBC is careful to use the words : “alleges” and “claims” with a disclaimer about the impossibility to verify reports coming from Syria:
“Syria ‘using hospitals for torture’ – Amnesty

Patients in government-run hospitals in Syria are being tortured in an attempt to suppress dissent, an Amnesty International report alleges.

The 39-page report claims patients in at least four state hospitals have been subjected to torture and other ill-treatment, including by medical staff.”

International journalists face severe restrictions to reporting in Syria, and it is hard to verify reports.”

October 24th, 2011, 10:19 pm


Syrian Nationalist Party said:

Yeah TARA .., I am paying attention for some time how you are always ready with a bunch shitty long articles to post after me. No problem, after you post the usual 3-4 of them, I will repost my comment again and on top of the page.

October 24th, 2011, 10:19 pm


NK said:

Here’s the report published by Amnesty international

Climate of fear in Syria’s hospitals as patients and medics targeted

25 October 2011

The Syrian government has turned hospitals into instruments of repression in its efforts to crush opposition, Amnesty International said today in a new report.

The 39-page report Health Crisis: Syrian Government Targets the Wounded and Health Workers documents how wounded patients in at least four government-run hospitals have been subjected to torture and other ill-treatment, including by medical workers.

Hospital workers suspected of treating protesters and others injured in unrest-related incidents have themselves faced arrest and torture.

“It is deeply alarming that the Syrian authorities seem to have given the security forces a free rein in hospitals, and that in many cases hospital staff appear to have taken part in torture and ill treatment of the very people they are supposed to care for,” said Cilina Nasser, Amnesty International Middle East and North Africa researcher.

“Given the scale and seriousness of the injuries being sustained by people across the country, it is disturbing to find that many consider it safer to risk not having major wounds treated rather than going to proper medical facilities.”

Amnesty International found that patients have been assaulted by medical staff, health workers and security personnel in at least the National Hospitals in Banias, Homs and Tell Kalakh and the military hospital in Homs.

One doctor at Homs military hospital told Amnesty International he had seen four doctors and more than 20 nurses abusing patients.

”Ahmed” was delivered unconscious to the National Hospital in Tell Kalakh on 22 August after being beaten by security forces. A witness saw him in the emergency room:

“There were around seven or eight security men, some carrying rifles, and nurses wearing white robes crowded around him. He opened his eyes and said: ‘Where am I?’ They all suddenly jumped on him and started beating him and hitting him.”

Patients have also been removed from hospitals. On 7 September, security forces looking for an alleged armed field commander opposed to the government raided al-Birr wa al-Khadamat Hospital in Homs. When they did not find him, they arrested 18 wounded people.

A health worker present during the raid told Amnesty International he saw at least one unconscious patient having his ventilator removed before he was taken away.

Afraid of the consequences of going to a government hospital, many people have chosen to seek treatment either at private hospitals or at poorly equipped makeshift field hospitals.

Doctors at the National Hospital in Homs told Amnesty International that the number of admissions for firearms wounds has dropped significantly since May, in contrast to the spiralling toll of deaths and injuries on the streets outside.

But blood supplies in Syria can only be obtained from the Central Blood Bank, which is controlled by the Defence Ministry, leaving private hospitals with a terrible dilemma. One medic who had worked a private hospital in Homs told Amnesty International:

“We faced a dilemma every time we received a patient with a firearm injury and an urgent need of blood: if we send a request to the Central Blood Bank, the security would know about him and we would be putting him at risk or arrest and torture, and possibly death in custody.”

Medical workers have themselves been targeted by security forces, some for treating injured people, others on suspicion of attending demonstrations or filming protesters.

On 7 August, around 20 soldiers and security forces raided a government hospital in Homs governorate, arresting seven hospital workers. One of the group told Amnesty International about his interrogation, during which some of his colleagues were badly beaten:

“[The interrogator] asked: ‘do you want to be tortured or do you want to talk?’ … He accused me and my colleagues of treating the wounded without reporting them to the authorities, and asked me for the names of the wounded.”

Amnesty International called on the Syrian authorities to give strict and clear instructions to all hospitals to accept and treat all wounded patients without delay, and to prioritize the interests of the patients over any other priorities.

“Syrian medical workers are being placed in an impossible situation – forced to choose between treating wounded people and preserving their own safety,” said Cilina Nasser.

“The Syrian authorities must see sense and urgently act to ensure that all patients are treated equally, without discrimination based on their suspected political loyalties or activities.”

“Anyone, whether a health worker or a member of the security forces, who is suspected of delaying, obstructing or interfering in the work of health workers providing treatment to the wounded must be held to account.”

October 24th, 2011, 10:29 pm


Tara said:


Thanks for the link. I would never go to a Syrian hospital again, even in free Syria. Some Syrians are monsters in disguise. Never thought Syrians are capable of such crimes.

October 24th, 2011, 10:42 pm


Bronco said:

Tara , Norman

A smart article but very pessimistic and some caveats.

– The AL under a new leader, Nabil Al Arabi, may very well prove to be capable of solving Arab issue without allowing the destructive foreign military intervention. It’s the first AL League intervention with a new leader.
The reputation of Qatar and other Arab countries coming for the negotiations is at stake. I doubt they are ready for an easy failure.

– “The Council, which is already being courted by world capitals and Arab ones like Libya”

It is the other way around: The Council has courted Egypt and the Arab League and was bluntly ignored.
Turkey made it clear that it recognizes the Council only as an opposition group. Russia told them to dialog with Bashar Al Assad.

Beside France, the EU and the US gave the SNC a encouraging tap on the back. That’s courting?

If the AL agrees that the meeting will happen in Syria, the SNC will be pressed to send some of their members. If they reject the AL offer, they’ll bear the responsibility of the failure of the AL initiative and will appear to prefer their foreign sponsors plans for a military intervention. They’ll loose what is left of their credibility in the Arab world.

Remember that all the medias announced the meeting of the AL as a meeting to expel Syria. It did not happen. I am still hoping the AL plan will work.

October 24th, 2011, 10:46 pm


Ghufran said:

بصراحه اوروبا بشكل خاص و الغرب بشك عام في حالة انحدار و الشرق و البرازيل في حالة صعود
الغرب أيضاً يواجه تحديات ماليه خطيره و في اوروبا المصاعب مضاعفه و منها صعود نسبة المسلمين و الاثار السلبيه للزواج القسري بين دول أوربيه غير متجانسه و ليس مجرد هذيان الحديث عن اطماع اوروبا في نفط و ثروات الشرق و افريقيا. المؤسف مشاهدة العرب يقفون على الهامش و ينشغلون بالحديث عن شيعه و سنه بينما يعمل الآخرون
فشلت كل أنظمة الحكم في العالم العربي في قيادة مجتمعاتها نحو مستقبل افضل و في احترام مواطنيها و دفع ذلك البعض الى الكفر بالعروبة و الاشتراكية و كل النظريات الورقيه و الاتجاه نحو ما يرونه نظريه ربانيه للحكم
الربيع العربي سوف يزهر في النهايه اذا بقي عربيا و رفع الغرب أياديه عن الشرق
تصبحون على وطن
صلوا لحمص و لسوريا

October 24th, 2011, 10:47 pm


Norman said:

Amnesty international reports are just like the artillery that are used to soften the targets for the assault, they are just there to demonise Syria and the Syrians so killing and destruction that is planed for Syria will not be seen as criminal.

October 24th, 2011, 11:01 pm


Ghufran said:

شام أف ام تذيع الان مسرحية راجح
كل نظام عربي يحاول الصاق تهمة راجح بالمعارضة
راجح في النهايه كان شخصا عاديا و ساعد الناس في انهاء الخوف و الشك
هذه مقاله جيده عن مقتل القذافي

October 24th, 2011, 11:08 pm



From a previous post.

“111. NORMAN said:
Syria expat,
You owe me an apology, I was right and there was no need to ALEDGE , Don’t you think?”

Unfortunately, I don’t think so. In one of you earlier posts you claimed that “Qaddafi was captured alive then executed” without citing a source. You made that statement at a time when the news was still coming and it wasn’t clear what had happened. My response was to suggest that you qualify your statement with something like “some allege that Qaddafi was captured alive then executed.” Not a bad suggestion. I didn’t say that you were wrong. So there is nothing to apologize for.

Actually, it’s still unclear how Qaddafi was killed. Two people are claiming that they killed him. A third is claiming that while they were around him, shots were fired (his implying it was from far away) and Qaddafi was hit in the head. One of the people claiming to have killed Qaddafi said that he grabbed Qaddafi from behind while he was walking with some women and children. Others say they got him out of a pipe. So go figure. There’s a lot of lying. We heard the Libyan NTC confirm the capture of Qaddafi’s sons Muhammad and Saif Al-Islam and all news agency reporting the news only to discover that it was a lie. We heard the NTC confirm the capture of Qaddafi’s spokesperson only to find out it was lie. So it only makes sense to be careful when reporting the news.

By the way, it’s “allege” and NOT “ALEDGE.”

October 24th, 2011, 11:15 pm


Ghufran said:

M16 and Libya
Killing Qadhafi was the best solution for many parties especially his western friends who treated him as a useful idiot then gave him on a golden plate to angry Libyan fighters.

October 24th, 2011, 11:20 pm


zoo said:

More horrors on Ghaddafi’s torture and execution

Gaddafi sodomized: Video shows abuse frame by frame (GRAPHIC)

An analysis appears to confirm that a rebel fighter sodomized Gaddafi with a knife.

SIRTE, Libya — An analysis of video obtained by GlobalPost from a rebel fighter who recorded the moment when Col. Muammar Gaddafi was first captured confirms that another rebel fighter, whose identity is unknown, sodomized the former leader as he was being dragged from the drainpipe where he had taken cover.

A frame by frame analysis of this exclusive GlobalPost video clearly shows the rebel trying to insert some kind of stick or knife into Gaddafi’s rear end.

October 24th, 2011, 11:36 pm


Ghufran said:

مزرعة الآلام في طرابلس
ما اكثر مزارع الآلام في بلاد العربان

October 24th, 2011, 11:42 pm


zoo said:

What is ‘moderate islam’? Polygamy, full niqab, rights for minorities, women rights, mixity of genders etc..?

Contradictory statements from Libya’s leader Abdul-Jalil:

…I would like to assure the international community that we as Libyans are moderate Muslims,” said Abdul-Jalil, who added that he was dismayed by the focus abroad on his comments Sunday on polygamy.
Libya is a deeply conservative Muslim nation, with most women wearing headscarves or the all-encompassing niqab. Islamists were heavily repressed under Gadhafi and are eager to have their say, raising the prospect of a battle for influence between hard-line and moderate Muslims. Already several attacks have occurred on shrines in and around Tripoli belonging to Muslim sects whose practices are seen as sacrilegious.


October 24th, 2011, 11:55 pm


Bronco said:

Assad to preside over national dialogue conference

DAMASCUS, Oct. 24 (Xinhua) — Preparations have started for convening a national conference presided by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to discuss ways of finding an outlet for the months-long crisis the country is going through, the private al- Watan newspaper said Monday.

A preparatory committee chaired by Syrian Vice-President Farouk al-Sharaa would be formed soon to make preparations for an expanded national dialogue conference, said the paper.

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem has recently said that a presidential decree would be issued soon to form a preparatory committee grouping all spectra of Syrian people and national opposition figures.

The announcement came in the wake of calls by two moderate opposition parties on the Syrian government to speed up reforms, warning that some Arab and international sides are pushing towards military intervention in Syria.

The Popular Front for Liberation and Change and the National Democratic Initiative warned in two separate statements against the aggravation of the situation in the country given the slow pace of reforms.

The Popular Front urged other opposition parties to get engaged in the dialogue.

Syria has been plagued by unrest since mid-March when protests against Assad’s government erupted. More than 3,000 people including army and security members have been killed in the turmoil, according to figures released by the United Nations.

U.S. Senator John McCain said Sunday”now that military operations in Libya are ending, there will be renewed focus on what practical military operations might be considered to protect civilian lives in Syria.”

He made the remarks during the World Economic Forum in Jordan. However, the vast majority of the Syrian opposition has repeatedly dismissed the idea, while the U.S. administration also ruled out such ideas.

October 25th, 2011, 12:07 am


Syrian Nationalist Party said:

“………The Popular Front for Liberation and Change…”

If you grew up in the Fifties, Sixties and Seventies you would have known few thousands of these same named 2 men fronts, and that is all they are until somebody, a terrorist regime usually, found you useful and front the cash to launch your terror mission. This dude behind this front is way out of time, don’t hope much will come out of his front, just like the 1000 before him.

October 25th, 2011, 12:42 am


Darryl said:

Invitation for Mr Tlass

Mr Tlass you are invited on Tuesday 1st November for the running of the Melbourne Cup, it been going since 1861:

You can enjoy the race, the bubbly and the fashion on-field. Hey you can get a glimpse of the Emir of Dubai (Sheikh Maktoum) handing the trophy for the winning horse; what could be better than that mate?

Those Emaratis’ know how to live!

October 25th, 2011, 1:45 am


habib said:

I feel like pointing out that, for some reason, anti-government folks tend to think that anyone who doesn’t support them are in favour of killing protesters or something.

That’s not true, we simply do not believe half the stories that come out about what the Syrian government is supposedly doing. So many of them have been shown to be fraudulent, why should we accept all the other unconfirmed stuff as fact?

And by the way, Dale Andersen must be the most hateful commentator here, and he doesn’t even seem to have any stake in the conflict.

October 25th, 2011, 5:32 am


Tara said:

Habib @ 201

Has it ever occurred to you that you don’t believe it because you do not want to believe it?
What not to believe? The body trails? Banias veiled women shot down? Bodies being retrieved with ropes or metal sticks? Bodies of dead child sniped in the eye? Tal al Malouhi being imprisoned for blogging? Please tell me what part do you not believe?

October 25th, 2011, 7:14 am


Areal said:

187. Tara said:


Thanks for the link. I would never go to a Syrian hospital again, even in free Syria. Some Syrians are monsters in disguise. Never thought Syrians are capable of such crimes.


No Syrian will ever believe such tales from Amnesty International after their lies about the “decapited” Zainab-al-Hosni,-Zainab-al-Hosni-appears-on-TV-22833.html
The medical personnel in Syria is always doing its best in any circumstances.

Please do a favor to the Syrian people :
Stay out of Syria and Syrian affairs ( including SC ).

October 25th, 2011, 7:24 am


habib said:

It’s far simpler than that, Tara.

I believed in the gay girl. I believed in Zeinab Hosni. I believed in the videos that turned out to be from Lebanon and Iraq. The list goes on.

At this point, suspicion is natural. I feel bad now for not being more critical of the news coming out of Syria in the past.

October 25th, 2011, 7:26 am


Syria no kandahar said:

Tara’s liars friends

October 25th, 2011, 7:42 am


majedkhaldoun said:

You mentioned Zainab, do you not believe that there was dead body of a woman was given to the family of Zainab,a body of a woman that was killed and cut to pieces.
Who lied and said that the body was of a person name Zainab, it was your beloved Goverment who said that , it is the goverment who lied and said her name was Zainab, if you say the goverment lied then you are right, your biased opinion is your problem.

October 25th, 2011, 8:20 am


syau said:

Amnesty International belongs in the same category of CNN, Fox News, Al Jazeera, BBC and others alike.
This so called human rights body has simply become nothing but another propaganda tool which is being utilised alongside others propagating lies and fabrications against Syria. Those who still see Amnesty International as a respectable human rights organisation are clearly delusional.

When an organisation which claims to be one that stands against human rights abuses, completely ignores the deaths of over a thousand security and army personnel, as well as the many civilians who were slaughtered by the terrorists affiliated with the Syrian ‘Revolution’ of terror and only reports one narrative, they lose credibility which can’t easily be regained. I wonder what other falsifications, in and outside of Syria Amnesty International have reported.

October 25th, 2011, 8:32 am


Tara said:


I think Abdul Jalil made a mistake. He should not have said what he said. Constitutional issue should be publicly debated and undergo a referendum. If majority of Libyans approves of it then be it. it does not belong to one person to decide upon it just like that.

Niqab, polygamy, gender segregation, is not moderate islam.

October 25th, 2011, 8:47 am


habib said:


It is not “my government”. Anyway, yes, there’s a body, but why exactly should the death be attributed to the regime? Just because it fits your preferred narrative? Where did the government claim it was her? It was all over Western and anti-government news.

In any case, dismembering females is more of an Islamist thing than anything else.

October 25th, 2011, 9:28 am


zoo said:

#208 Tara

It was not a mistake, analysts said that the Libyans fighters were expecting a declaration where Islam would be put back at the front.
This declaration was for local consumption.
It was a way to reassure the fighters of the religious direction for the country. Polygamy and what Abdel Jalil considers “moderate islam” was not allowed during Ghadafi’s regime.
I am afraid that if they let the Libyans decide, it won’t be a “moderate Islam” at all. The Libyan people, divided and under- developed are in search of an common identity. They may find it better in the conservative expression of Islam, especially if Qatar and Saudi Arabia provide the necessary “help”.

Tunisia, who is much more united and socially developed than Libya has opted for a “moderate Islam”. Al Nahda has rejected The turkish model as too ‘secular. This is why it would be interesting to know what is meant by “moderate islam”.

October 25th, 2011, 9:42 am


Tara said:


Then see no evil is what you decide to do and no point of arguing facts.

How on earth Zainab’s mother could have gotten the body. She went to the morgue shoppong for cadaver, found one and claimed it to be her daughter? Give me one plausible explanation of how the female dead body ended as fake Zainab?

The mother went to receive her son’s dead body. You do not have access to other dead bodies in the morgue. There is no way that she stumbled into the body by chance and then claimed ownership.

October 25th, 2011, 9:43 am


Areal said:


The new Libyan constitution was published weeks ago on SC including the Sharia article.
It is not a surprise.
It should also be noted that the new government is still to be announced ,first delayed until the country was liberated , then now to be announced in two weeks ( until after NATO has stopped its operations ) .
Do not expect secularists/democrats to outnumber former Al Qaeda terrorists in this new Libyan government and the new government to move to Tripoli soon.

October 25th, 2011, 9:44 am


norman said:

Habib Said ;

((In any case, dismembering females is more of an Islamist thing than anything else.))


You are wrong , Islam has nothing to do with that, That is a criminal act that has no religion.

October 25th, 2011, 9:48 am


Haytham Khoury said:

بيان تجمع نبض بخصوص خبر استشهاد عبير الصافي الملقبة بطفلة السماء
by تجمع نبض للشباب المدني السوري on Tuesday, October 25, 2011 at 5:53am

بخصوص خبر استشهاد عبير الصافي الملقبة بطفلة السماء

منذ أيام قليلة روج على صفحات الانترنت خبر استشهاد عبير الصافي المتحدرة من أصول علوية أثناء تظاهرها في حي باب عمرو بحمص، نحن في تجمع نبض استقصينا و حصلنا على نفي للخبر من مصادر متعددة:

– نشطاء باب عمرو تقصوا و أكدوا عدم حدوث هذه الواقعة.

– مصادر حقوقية ناشطة في حمص تحرت وأكدت عدم استقبال المشفى لأي فتاة تحمل هذا الاسم في مشفى البر و الذي كان قد أعلن استشهاد عبير الصافي فيه.

– بسبب من غياب الشفافية و عدم قدرتنا على التحري في إدارة السجلات المدنية حول هوية عبير الصافي، فإننا في تجمع نبض اعتمدنا على مصادر أهلية متعددة و تبين لنا وجود فتاة تحمل هذا الاسم ولكنها عمرها مختلف عما أعلن و تسكن في مدينة أخرى غير حمص و هي بصحة جيدة.

تجمع نبض يهيب بكل النشطاء التأكد من مصداقية أي خبر قبل إعلانه و الترويج له فقد حدث مررا أن روج لأخبار مختلقة بسوء نية لإشاعة البلبلة ثم أعيد تكذيب الخبر من قبل أجهزة إعلام النظام بعد نسبه لمصادر الثورة بهدف ضرب مصداقية الحراك و النشطا

October 25th, 2011, 9:49 am


habib said:


Arguing facts? What facts? The only two facts is that there is an uprising, and that people are being shot on both sides. Everything else simply can’t be confirmed, because all info is provided by partisan sources, and any claim is as good as another.

The Zeinab story is fishy in many ways, yes, but like I told Majed, just because one version of the story fits your preferred narrative doesn’t make it truer than anything else.

What I find bizarre is that the body was filmed and the video was spread on anti-government sites. Who made this video, how did he get access to the corpse?

Norman: I said Islamist, not Islamic.

October 25th, 2011, 9:55 am


zoo said:

Peter Goodspeed: ‘Unimaginative, shrewd, outspoken’ and likely the next Saudi king

“Prince Nayef and his security services are on the front lines a Saudi battle to resist change. He commands a paramilitary force of about 130,000 men, the secret security services, local and national police, customs and immigration officials, and coast and border guards.

He is also responsible for the country’s notorious religious police, who enforce strict Islamic practices, such as women’s dress codes.

U.S. diplomatic cables, released by WikiLeaks, say Prince Nayef is “a hardline conservative who at best is lukewarm to King Abdullah’s reform initiatives.”

The cables described him as “elusive, ambiguous, pragmatic, unimaginative, shrewd and outspoken.”


October 25th, 2011, 9:55 am


bronco said:

Is the SNC call for a strike succeeds beyond Daraa and few villages?

“The group’s statement also called for a nationwide strike to coincide with the Arab officials’ trip.”

A separate SNC statement urged Syrians to comply with a nationwide call for a general strike to coincide with Wednesday’s visit, saying the strike would usher in a new phase of the uprising and elevate it to a civil disobedience campaign to bring down the regime.

Many villages in the southern province of Daraa, where the uprising against the Assad regime began in mid-March, have been on strike for five days to protest the killings of several anti-government demonstrators last week.

A local activist told The Associated Press on Tuesday that security forces were trying to intimidate people into opening their shops, even calling from minarets on people to show to work but that most people were staying at home in defiance. He spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals.

October 25th, 2011, 10:06 am


Areal said:

Peaceful unarmed unpaid “killed by the regime” “army defectors ” protesters


Terrorist al-Assaf Confesses to Attacking Government Establishments and Army Checkpoints, Kidnapping, Torturing and Murdering Citizens

Oct 24, 2011

Terrorist Muhannad Fouad al-Assaf, a leader of an armed terrorist group in Homs, confessed to attacking government establishments, kidnapping, torturing and murdering citizens, shooting and killing demonstrators to frame the army and security forces, attacking army checkpoints, and vandalizing public and private property.

In confessions broadcast by the Syrian TV on Sunday, al-Assaf said that he was a neighbor of Bilal al-Ghen who invited him to his home and asked him to join him in demonstrations, to which al-Assaf agreed.

Al-Assaf, a barber born in 1974, said that al-Ghen tasked him with collecting money from specific people, two of which gave him a total of SYP 300,000 while the third, a woman named Fadia al-Jandali, have him a box of medicine, a box of ammo and SYP 500,000 she collected as donations from rich people she worked for as a cook.

“Bilal would go out in his pickup truck on which he mounted a machinegun and opened fire on the Police Command… we also broke street and traffic signs… he told us that he will arm us and indeed he gave us weapons and I formed an armed group consisting of 9 people while Bilal’s group contained more than 20 gunmen,” he said.

“We began by opening fire on protestors, killing ten of them to accuse the government of killing them… we also attacked the Trade Union and the Workers Pharmacy which we attacked ten times… we attacked an infirmary in al-Khalidiya and opened fire on it,” al-Assaf elaborated, adding that Bilal’s cousin Majed al-Ghen fired an RPG round at the infirmary.

“We attacked dozens of checkpoints in Homs… We attacked the school of Yousuf al-Azma in al-Khalidyah neighborhood. We were about 100 gunmen… we had AK-47 rifles and pump-action shotguns. Bilal had a machinegun. Bilal used to give me money to buy rifles, pump-action shotguns, RPG rounds, grenades and ammunition from ‘Khalid al-Zoubi’ from Tel Kalakh area.” He confessed.

He indicated that the weapons were coming to them through vehicles transporting vegetables from Lebanon, smuggling weapons from Beirut to Tel Kalakh to Bab Amro in Homs, then they would phone Bilal to receive them.

“In one operation, we smuggled 15 RPG rounds and about ten hand-made explosive charges. Bilal had two Thuraya satellite phones and several mobile phones,” al-Assaf said, pointing out that the group of Bilal al-Ghen abducted people and took them to a house in Old Homs, where they beat them up and tortured them before putting them in a car.

“I would drive this car to distant areas… We killed several people and dumped their bodies… I knew some of the people whom we killed. One of them was Ahmad al-Abrash and another was called Bashar. I was among the group that killed al-Abrash,” he said.

On the attack on the Homs Police Command, al-Assaf said “Bilal phoned Abdul-Minim Kolko, AKA Abu Hassan, then Bilal asked us to go by car to observe if there are nearby army or law-enforcement personnel. Bilal then went in his pick-up truck with a machinegun mounted on it and opened fire on the Police Command along with his cousins.”

He concluded that “Once, we attacked the Police Command with grenades and RPG rounds… Bilal’s group also killed a policeman at night on Hama Road.”

October 25th, 2011, 10:27 am


majedkhaldoun said:

Sonny,you have a lot to learn before discussing, The goverment gave the family death certificate,with Zainab name on it,stop twisting facts.
you said Islamist, we have this discussion before, and you do not consider HA islamist even that they said they are islamist movement,again stop twisting facts you loose respect.

October 25th, 2011, 10:39 am


zoo said:

Tunisia’s Ghannouchi, ‘moderate’ Islamic radical

“We are much closer to the AKP of Turkey than we can ever be to the Taliban or Bin Laden.”

In a sign of tension between Islamists and secularists in Tunisia, Ghannouchi was heckled after voting in a Tunis suburb on Sunday, with queuing voters shouting “degage (leave)!” while calling him a “bastard” and a “terrorist”.

On the topic of gender equality, for which Tunisia is considered a pioneer in the Arab world, Ghannouchi told AFP last month: “… women’s rights cannot be touched. Women make up half of society and we need their votes.”

He has also ruled out a ban on alcohol


“I really feel a lot of fear and concern after this result,” said Meriam Othmani, a 28-year-old journalist. “Women’s rights will be eroded,” she said. “Also, you’ll see the return of dictatorship once Ennahda achieves a majority in the constituent assembly.”

‘Western diplomats say Ennahda is largely funded by Tunisian businessmen, which they say means the party will pursue pro-market economic policies.

It also sought to show it could represent all Tunisians, including the large number who take a laissez-faire view of Islam’s strictures, drink alcohol, wear revealing clothes and rarely visit the mosque.

Secularist opponents say they believe this is just a cleverly constructed front that conceals more radical views, especially among Ennahda’s rank and file in the provinces.

October 25th, 2011, 10:43 am


Areal said:

TURKISH efficiency
Everybody remembers how quickly the Turkish authorities set up emergency camps to fully accommodate the thousands of Syrian refugees who have flown UNEXPECTEDLY.
Now , the same authorities are struggling to reiterate the same fate for their own citizens in the same short timescale in the earthquake stricken region.

October 25th, 2011, 10:47 am


habib said:


In any case, the west and the anti-government sites ate it raw, which shows that fact-checking is somehow irrelevant now.

And if the hospital gave them the certificate, does that equal the government?

As for Hezbollah, you’re the one who is twisting my words, of course they’re Islamists per definition.

October 25th, 2011, 10:51 am


norman said:


Sorry, my mistake.

October 25th, 2011, 11:04 am


majedkhaldoun said:

When some one died this way a coroner has to examine the body and write a report, the coroner is goverment employee

October 25th, 2011, 11:08 am


Bronco said:

Interview with Walid Al-Muallem

West two-faced over rights violations in Syria – country’s FM
Published: 25 October, 2011, 12:22
The economic sanctions which are having a harsh impact on the Syrian population highlight a clear contradiction in the West’s approach to Syria, insists Syria’s Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem.

­The Minister gave an exclusive interview to RT discussing how the government of his country sees the way out of the bloodshed Syria has been plunged into since March.

RT: Your Excellency, you expressed reserve at the last meeting of foreign ministers of Arab states in Cairo on the situation in Syria, whereas the opposition welcomed their contribution. Do you think the Arab League has been playing a constructive role?

Walid al-Muallem: Unfortunately, due to the so-called Arab Spring, some countries that had been playing a significant role in the Arab League’s operation are now busy with their own domestic issues, and this doesn’t help consolidated solutions.

Hopefully, this situation will be resolved in the short-term, and these countries will become efficient again in consolidating the common Arab cause – this is first.

Do you think it would be reasonable to discuss a country’s problems without its participation?

Second, a proposal was made at this consultative meeting to freeze Syria’s membership of the Arab League – this is very dangerous. Most participating countries spoke against this proposal.

How can one imagine resolving common Arab problems without Syria?

And thirdly, this proposal contradicts the League’s charter, as the board of the Arab states’ leaders has the power to suspend or freeze membership. This power was breached when making a decision on Libya, and we’re all well aware of what happened then. The UN Security Council used the Arab League’s decision when adopting its resolution, and then NATO used this decision for its purposes. When Arabs speak up with such proposals they understand the purpose of these actions, which is to undermine what remains of the common Arab cause.

RT: The opposition states that the Syrian leadership has little time left to implement the reforms announced by President Bashar al-Assad. They are saying that the Syrian people are paying with their blood for delays in these reforms. Why is there such a delay in implementing them?

WAM: First of all, there is no delay. On the contrary, a universal reform program underway in Syria will be implemented in a record six months compared to other countries, including Russia, where reforms lasted for several years. I repeat that this is a record short period of time. Those who speak about reforms know that certain laws should be passed to see them through.

They include laws on political parties and parliamentary elections slated for next February. There are also elections to local self-government bodies. A law on the media should also be passed. A commission has been set up to draft the country’s new constitution. How fast should these things go? These are crucial issues, solutions to which will determine the face of new Syria, a pluralistic and democratic country, a model example to other nations in the region.

Is hasty action reasonable? These are serious problems that require serious approaches based on experience and international law.

Judging from that, I would say that the country’s leadership is not slowing down reforms and the deadlines set by the Syrian president are very short. In less than six months, the country will see these reforms carried out.

That is why I’m asking, if the opposition really cares for the future of this country, why it wouldn’t begin dialogue and lay out some serious approaches to creating a new Syria?

As for the bloodshed, let me ask you whether there’s a regime anywhere in the world whose purpose is to kill its own citizens? Or rather, isn’t its direct purpose to protect its own citizens from terrorists?

We are confronted with armed terrorist groups who have nothing to do with reform. These groups are being armed and financed from abroad. Every day, Syrian television reports new arrests of these groups’ members who are sowing terror. What objectives do they have other than how to earn more money? Therefore, we should differentiate the national opposition which is in favor of political and economic reforms from those armed groups.

RT:Could you please tell us what trends these groups belong to and who is giving them direct support?

WAM: According to our information, these are al-Qaeda groups operating from Iraq; also, “traditionalist” forces and Muslim Brotherhood units have been discovered. These units are financed from two sources – by Islamist organizations in the Arab world, including the Gulf States, as well as organizations based in European countries. The second source is weapons- and drugs-smugglers.

RT: Statements are made in the West one after another that the security forces continue to use violence against the protesters. We actually saw the security forces and armored vehicles in the streets of a few towns and around Homs ourselves during our visits to Syria. Why are so many troops needed in Syrian towns like Homs?

WAM: To start with, the West only pretends it is worried about human rights violations in Syria. In fact, it was the West that imposed economic sanctions that have hit the interests of the Syrian population so hard. This is an obvious discrepancy within the Western approach to Syria. They have a plan which clearly foresees impairment of the ruling regime in Syria, followed by its complete overthrow.

Why are they doing this? To minimize Syria’s influence in the region and force it to abandon its independent stance. The West seems to think that economic sanctions will help topple our government.

This is exactly why we should try to prevent this plan from being implemented. Secondly, we have not used tanks for seven months. We did use them in the very beginning to provide proper protection for soldiers who were safe inside them. But no tank has fired on the battlefield so far.

It is natural that no country would welcome a terrorist group financed and armed from abroad. These groups are a threat to citizens’ security and the work of state institutions and schools. Yesterday, three kids were killed in one family. There was a baby girl among the victims who was not even 17 months old. Is that what they call reforms? Or is it terror? Now you understand why I can openly confirm that we did deploy our security forces in the regions where militants are operating.

RT: Your Excellency, the Syrian opposition maintains that Russia’s Security Council resolution veto was supportive of the Syrian government’s position, whereas you say that this step prevented foreign intervention into Syria’s domestic affairs. As you know, Russia proposed a new resolution to the Security Council which is under consideration. What further steps can we expect Syria to take should this new resolution be approved by Western powers?

WAM: First of all, we do not expect the West to approve Russia’s new resolution. Secondly, vetoing that resolution has created benefit to Syria, but not only Syria. It gave us more time to implement reforms. Russia, above all other states, requires the Syrian government to implement the reforms in question and maintain a comprehensive dialogue.

We did more than just make use of Russia’s veto. We used it to lift external pressures from our reform process. And we agree with Russia that any foreign intervention into our domestic affairs is unacceptable, just as is any attempt to increase economic sanctions against Syria, since they infringe upon the interests of Syrian citizens. In the course of our consultations it became clear that Russia is even more demanding than other countries in urging Syria to complete reforms and maintain a comprehensive political dialogue. Another issue here is that Russia’s vetoing the proposed resolution gave new life to the Security Council itself by stripping the USA of its decision-making monopoly on the international stage – and that’s a very important thing. Just look at what their monopoly did in Libya, Iraq, and Afghanistan. The truth is that the policy the United States is trying to implement here, in our region, is far from unbiased. It’s not even their own policy. It is a policy that serves Israel’s interests. That’s the truth. I worked in the United States for ten years, and I know this to be true.

RT: Your Excellency, you have doubtless taken steps to alleviate the impact of economic sanctions in place against Syria. What role is Russia playing and what plans have you made with Moscow to cope with and resolve this situation?

WAM: The West, that is the European Union, Japan, and the USA, have levied economic sanctions against us that impede our economic development. They expected these sanctions to bring down the ruling regime.

Quite naturally, under such circumstances Syria must rely on its own resources and capacities. I am hereby saying that we have enough strategic resources. We have over a year’s supply of food and basic products to meet the population’s demand, starting with grain, and so on. Secondly, we need to develop economic ties with countries pursuing an independent policy, countries which haven’t joined this Western plan – I mean such countries as Russia, India, Malaysia, and China. There are enough states with developed economies and advanced achievements in science and technology. And these are the states we shall develop our relations with. Thus, by relying on our own capacities and building co-operation with friendly states, we hope to make it through the current situation.

RT: Your Excellency, it seems that Turkey is close to recognizing the National Council. How will Syria respond if this takes place?

WAM: I don’t want to get ahead of events, but Turkey knows the scope of Syrian-Turkish relations. We signed 50 intergovernmental agreements followed by growth in trade and cultural exchange. The end goal is to establish strategic relations between the two countries. We have been working towards this, which in practice means that citizens of both countries can visit each other under a visa-free regime. Hopefully we won’t go as far as to destroy the results of all our efforts over the last ten years.

RT: Could we move on to a different subject now? Did Damascus set any preconditions before agreeing to receive Palestinian prisoners? It’s known that the West has been putting pressure on Syria for hosting the Hamas leadership. Did Syria lay out any specific conditions before agreeing to receive Palestinians released from Israeli jails?

WAM: First, we have to remember that Syria has been part of the Palestinian issue. We handed over the Golan Heights in an attempt to resolve the issue. It’s impossible to break this strong link between Syria and the Palestinian problem, which is manifested both in our support for the resistance movement and in attempts to resolve the problem at regional and international levels. Therefore it’s natural that there could be no conditional requirements.

October 25th, 2011, 11:28 am


Amir in Tel Aviv said:

From Angry Arab blog:
“… Let me say this to my readers: the NATO intervention in Libya will bring you a Bin Ladenite republic the likes of which we have not seen since the overthrow of the Taliban in Afghanistan. A monster is about to be born there. And some of those armed factions will be engaging in a war against Western targets. I have seen this movie before”.

But wasn’t it you, Mr Angry, who for years criticized HA and Hamas for not being radical enough? And who called the “moderates”, stooges and buffoons, for potato sake?

I don’t share Mr AbuKhalil’s worries. He seems to be an expert on Arabia, and I’m just a commoner. But still. Every opinion poll from across Arabia shows that Arabs want democracy, and reject the Sharia state. Only time will tell whether Mr Angry’s grim predictions materialized.

October 25th, 2011, 11:30 am


Tara said:

I posted an article about HA last night. I am interested in hearing comments from Lebanese or interested Syrians if any. Do you guys agree with it?

October 25th, 2011, 11:32 am


Tara said:

Correction to my last post. Any one interested. Does not have to be Syrian or Lebanese. Do not want to give the impression that I am interested in uncovering people’s nationality. I learned to understand the sensitivity.

October 25th, 2011, 11:47 am


norman said:

This is Tara question ,

175. Tara said

October 25th, 2011, 12:08 pm


ann said:

League initiative for Syria will not fly – October 25, 2011

There is no common ground to build on between the opposition and government or between both sides and the Arab bloc

Although their country is a founding member of the Arab League, Syrians of all colours, both the opposition and regime, were never too fond of the Cairo-based organisation. The Syrian regime understands its symbolic value of adhering to League resolutions, but realises that the League has failed, almost at every single occasion of its 67-year history, at preventing “undesirable events” from happening in the Arab World. The most recent failures, Syrian officials say, are the 2003 war on Iraq, the 2006 war on Lebanon and the 2011 Nato war on Libya.

Now the League is positioning itself as a credible mediator in the Syria crisis, offering to bring the government and the exiled Syrian National Council for talks at the League’s headquarters in Cairo. That needs to be done within a 15-day grace period, whereas violence needs to stop on the Syrian streets and so do operations of the Syrian Army in different Syrian cities. To date, Syria’s strong ally, Russia, has extended support to the League Initiative.

The street is furious with the 15-day grace period, staging demonstrations last Friday against the League timeframe, claiming that it paves the way for more bloodshed in Syria. The opposition also claims that the League is biased towards Syrian officialdom, and does not want more regimes to fall in the Arab world. For its part, the Syrian government has said that it will accept the League initiative, “with conditions.” Condition I would be for dialogue to take place in Damascus rather than Cairo. Condition II is for talks to take place with the Syrian opposition at large, and not the National Council, which was created in Istanbul last month and which includes the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood. As far as the regime is concerned, the Council “does not represent the Syrian street.” Condition III is that operations of the Syrian Army are “not up for negotiations” within the League framework.

Progress in doubt

Another sticking point is that Qatar currently heads the League and is due to supervise the upcoming League ministerial committee that is due to arrive in Damascus on Wednesday. The delegation will include the League Secretary General Nabeel Al Arabi and the foreign ministers of Algeria, Egypt, Oman and Sudan. The Syrian government is saying that Qatar is no longer impartial and has taken sides with the opposition against the Syrian regime. Syrian officialdom is furious, to say the least, with Al Jazeera’s coverage of events in Syria. Then last Wednesday, Qatar announced that it was willing to step down from the League’s ministerial committee, if that made life easier for the Syrians. Because of these two developments, Syria will welcome the League committee this week, but it is highly doubtful if any progress will be made, for the following reasons:

1. The League lacks enforcement measures to pressure Syria, if negotiations reach a bottleneck. The only measure it can take is freezing Syria’s membership in the League, which although symbolic, would not really damage or even hurt the Syrians. Egypt had its membership frozen for an entire decade, right after Camp David, but it eventually turned a new page with the League by the 1990s. Syria can do the same, if need be, although Syrian authorities are certain Arab countries would vote against suspending Syria’s membership, such as Lebanon, Iraq, Yemen, Sudan and Algeria.

2. The Syrian government is not willing to sit and talk with the National Council, and the Council has said that it will only sit down with regime officials to negotiate exodus of the Syrian regime. Both parties refuse to budge and the League is completely incapable of changing their views.

3. Syria is saying that dialogue in Damascus will take place with “the national opposition” that refused foreign intervention in the Syrian crisis. They point to figures like ex-economy professor Aref Dalilah, former Baathist Hussain Al Odat, and exiled human rights activist Haitham Manaa, who recently shocked the Council by siding with the regime against it, saying that its members are creations of the US, Turkey, and France. Manaa, who remains persona non grata in Damascus, remains one of the most balanced and respected opposition figures in the diaspora. Back in 2003, he visited Syria at the invitation of the Syrian government, hailed as an iconic figure for saying that there will be no Ahmad Chalabis in Syria willing to topple the regime through the assistance of US tanks.

Now he is positioning himself as a moderate yet again, although he was among the loudest of voices in the opposition back in March, when disturbances started in his native Daraa. The Council, which is already being courted by world capitals and Arab ones like Libya, has said that it refuses any dialogue with anybody but the Council itself. Al Odat, who is spokesman of the National Coordination Committee for Democratic Change, welcomed the League initiative as it stands.

Precisely because of the points mentioned above, it is doubtful that the League initiative will fly. Neither side takes the League very seriously, and today, eight months into the crisis, Syria feels it is “back in control” whereas the foreign-based opposition is certain that the regime “is about to fall, any minute now.” There simply is no common ground to build upon between the Council and government on one front, and between both sides and the League, on the other.

October 25th, 2011, 12:09 pm


ann said:

Syria eyes ruble, yuan to head off EU sanctions – 25 October 2011

DAMASCUS — Syria’s central bank added the Russian ruble and China’s yuan to its list of convertible currencies ahead of tougher European Union sanctions, a newspaper reported on Tuesday.“The Russian and Chinese currencies were added two days ago to the list of exchange rates of Arab and foreign currencies issued by the Central Bank of Syria,” the bank’s governor, Adib Mayaleh, said in Al-Watan daily.

The listing allows foreign currencies to be traded against the Syrian pound.

Mayaleh said the decision was taken in anticipation of tougher EU sanctions.

The United States, for its part, has “applied sanctions against Syria and its people, and prevented them from dealing in US dollars as well as from using international Visa and MasterCard credit cards,” he noted.

Such measures “in reality target the Syrian people, contrary to what they say,” the governor said.

Mayaleh said Syria’s strategic reserves of US dollars were worth $18 billion. But $1.2 billion earmarked for projects by the EU, European Investment Bank and other European institutions had been lost due to sanctions.

European Union leaders on Sunday said they were ready to slap more sanctions on Syria until the regime halts the use of violence against dissenters.

It has already issued several rounds of sanctions against President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, extending measures against members of his inner circle to banks and the oil sector.

In an eighth round of sanctions earlier this month, the EU targeted a Syrian commercial bank.

Last month, it banned the delivery to Syria’s central bank of bank notes and coins produced in the EU and prohibited European firms from making new investments in Syria’s oil industry.

That measure followed a ban on imports of Syrian crude to Europe. The continent buys 95 percent of Syria’s oil exports, providing the regime with one-third of its hard currency earnings

October 25th, 2011, 12:29 pm


Syrian Nationalist Party said:


Hezbollah article does not mention these intercontinental sized missiles Syria and Iran gave them, …

[DELETED BY ALEX: Please avoid any similar humor in the future, next time will have to ban you for a week]

October 25th, 2011, 12:39 pm


Syria no kandahar said:

Majedoglu and Tarakanem will keep chewing the same bad gum which Aljazera and Alarabia spit out,they have no new gum to chew:

October 25th, 2011, 12:46 pm


Ales said:

Even if late, it’s interesting to know what exactly diplomats in UN SC said on Syria’s situation after last resolution vote. See how the professionals are playing their polite game.

October 25th, 2011, 12:49 pm


ann said:

SNP 232,

That was super funny! LMAO!

October 25th, 2011, 12:53 pm


5 dancing shlomos said:

US Ambassador Ford pulled out. Prelude to an attack or just more Syria-bashing? (he had to return to dc for a fresh supply of lies)

a simple way to debunk this government-controlled media report by the BBC is to replace the following terms used:

Replace “pro-Assad demonstrators” with “Defenders of Syrian sovereignty.”

Replace “Syrian Activists” & “activists and protestors” & “mostly unarmed demonstrators” & “human rights activists” with “renegades and mercenaries organized by the US State Department to overthrow the Syrian government.

Replace President Bashar al-Assad’s “rule” with President Bashar al-Assad’s “governance .”

Replace “Syrian regime-led incitement” with US-led incitement and resulting in Syrian defense of their country.

Replace “daily reports of activists and protesters dying” with US-backed renegades losing their lives in their attempt to overthrow the government. (imagine what the response of any US regime will be if/when the people lead an armed insurrection against it)

Replace “US Ambassador Ford” with Robert Ford, CIA operative working for the US State Department.

replace america with amurderka, inc

October 25th, 2011, 1:01 pm


Tara said:

Zoo @210

Just so to understand you better, do you agree that the Libyan revolution is not an Islamic one? It was carried by people who are Muslims but it was not born out of an Islamic zeal and its goal was to own back a country that was stolen by Quadafi for so many years.

I am not well versed on what is the percentage of conservative vs moderate Muslims in Libya but it appears intuitively that oppression is what radicalizeS the masses. Now I agree that some individuals can be very conservative by nature but it is rather the oppression that usually drives masses into becoming more religious. Syrian women in the 60s and 70s used to wear short above the knee dresses. Now lots of them cover their hair. Is their an explanation for that other than the Assad’ oppressive rules driving the masses into clinging to what they own the most:religion.

October 25th, 2011, 1:06 pm


ann said:


Clashes With Kurds Are Pushing Turkey Back Toward Conflict

October 24, 2011

“Our operations proved no results so far, but neither have the attacks by the P.K.K.,” Ms. Ozcan said. The P.K.K.’s aggressive attack and the government’s muscular response have provoked anxiety about the future, particularly because they follow several years of relative calm.

“These developments are a really disturbing escalation, because they appear to be an attempt by the P.K.K. to invite Turkey back to the hell of the 1990s,” said Hugh Pope, an analyst at the International Crisis Group, which researches conflicts worldwide.

violence has increased markedly here in the southeast since June, according to figures compiled by the International Crisis Group; 111 members of the security forces have been killed, as have 31 civilians and at least 80 P.K.K. fighters. The separatist group has also kidnapped at least 20 people viewed as supportive of the state, although data on kidnappings are imprecise.

“We have been down this road many times before,” Mr. Pope said, referring to the recent military action. “Politicians might say they can hit the P.K.K. out of the park this time, but it never has worked and it never can work.”

Turkey has refused to respond to the demands of the P.K.K. but recently approved public broadcasting in Kurdish. Kurds make up about a fifth of Turkey’s total population, 74 million.

“We want peace, but we also want our rights,” said Narinc, 55, a protester in Cizre who declined to give her last name. “We don’t want any of these poor boys to die, but we want the state to hear us and to see what our lives here are like.”

October 25th, 2011, 1:21 pm


ann said:

Ouster of Syria’s Assad would be ‘opportunity’ for Israel (video)

Michael Oren, Israel’s ambassador to the US, said Tuesday it will take more time to know how the democratic uprisings in Arab nations will affect relations with Israel. But ‘possible ouster’ of President Assad in Syria would afford ‘an opportunity to us,’ he said.

October 25, 2011

Michael Oren, Israel’s ambassador to the United States, said Tuesday it will take more time to determine how the Arab Spring, and the new governments it has ushered in, will affect Middle East nations’ relations with Israel.

He also indicated that the Jewish state is keeping a close eye on developments in neighboring Syria, where protesters are challenging the rule of President Bashar Assad. “We do see a possible ouster of Mr. Assad as affording an opportunity to us,” Ambassador Oren said at a Monitor-hosted breakfast for reporters.

Oren cautioned that the Arab Spring, which began in Tunisia last December with demonstrations surrounding the self-immolation of a vegetable seller named Mohammed Bouazizi, “is still in an inchoate period. And I think it is going to take a while to see how it plays out” in terms of various nations’ relations with Israel, he said.

Israel’s man in Washington noted that the Arab world is “focusing on their internal challenges, on job opportunities, futures for their children, figuring out how the democratic system works for them.” The American-born Oren, who was educated at Columbia University and Princeton, added, “eventually they will address the question of [their] relationship with Israel, and I hope they address it in a positive way.”

As a result of the Arab Spring, old governments are out in Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya, and new governments are taking shape. In Syria, President Assad is using the military to suppress demonstrations against his regime. The United Nations says 3,000 people have died in the crackdown there. Over the weekend, the United States withdrew its ambassador to Syria, Robert Ford, citing threats to his safety.

Oren offered two examples of how Assad’s downfall would be beneficial to Israel.

“We think that would possibly weaken the alliance between Syria and Iran. It would possibly loosen the Syrian stranglehold of Lebanon,” he said. “It would be good for just about everybody in the region except for the Ba’athist regime,” which has held power in Syria since 1963.

October 25th, 2011, 1:32 pm


Tara said:

Bronco @190

Where does it say that the AL agreed to have the location of the dialogue in Syria?
Also, do you know anything about Alarabi background?

October 25th, 2011, 1:57 pm


Tara said:


Was it you who said a week or two ago that SNC should call for general strike in Syria for us to evaluate their impact on the Syrian street? They did. Is that a coincidence?

Will see what happen tomorrow.

October 25th, 2011, 2:06 pm


Ales said:

An interesting article to read on RT.

Walid al-Muallem is presenting his cause well.
In contrast, here is USA’s foreign secretary approach:

October 25th, 2011, 2:19 pm


Mango said:

Syria eyes ruble, yuan to head off EU sanctions – 25 October 2011
Dared!!! Into practice enters currencies of the next 20 years! From it only to expect advantage!! Let the others cling to an old steam locomotive of 20 centuries

October 25th, 2011, 2:26 pm


Syrian Nationalist Party said:

Well Alex, I am going to ban myself from SC for a week or more, the information received today is very depressing, no light at the end of the tunnel seen. The Syrian Revolution was fake op and Assad knows that well, he has the intel and confession files. He is not going to give in one iota, the conmen are already negotiating. Have fun…I am getting depressed here, need to refresh on the beach.

October 25th, 2011, 2:28 pm


Mango said:

Syria eyes ruble, yuan to head off EU sanctions – 25 October 2011

Dared!!! Into practice enters currencies of the next 20 years! From it only to expect advantage!! Let the others cling to an old steam locomotive.

October 25th, 2011, 2:46 pm


ghufran said:

Abduljalil of Libya,older files
نشرت صحيفة (الشروق) الجزائرية الثلاثاء ما وصفته بـ”وثيقة” موقعة من قبل رئيس المجلس الوطني الإنتقالي الليبي مصطفى عبد الجليل عندما كان وزيرا للعدل في عهد نظام العقيد معمر القذافي المنهار، وافق فيها على إعدام 32 سجينا في العام 2008، بعدما مكثوا في السجن 13 عاما.
ونشرت الصحيفة الوثيقة التي وقعها عبد الجليل والتي تشير إلى أن الأحكام الصادرة شملت 187 سجينا، تم اعتقالهم العام 1995، حيث تمت معاقبة 32 سجينا بالإعدام رميا بالرصاص، فيما حكم بالمؤبد على 50 منهم وحكم على 15 سجينا آخرين بأحكام تتراوح بين السجن خمس عشرة سنة وخمس سنوات.
وكانت المراسلة المنشورة بخط واضح موجهة إلى رئيس الحكومة الليبي أو ما كان يعرف بأمين اللجنة الشعبية العامة، كما تشير إلى أن تنفيذ هذه الأحكام سيتولاها أمن الدولة.
وقالت الصحيفة إن عبد الجليل “لعب دورا مهما في الفبركة التي قام بها القذافي في ملف الممرضات البلغاريات للتغطية على الوضعية الحرجة للمستشفيات الليبية”.
وكان عبد الجليل حينها رئيس محكمة الاستئناف التي أكدت حكم الإعدام الصادر في حق الممرضات

October 25th, 2011, 3:26 pm


Alex said:


By all means enjoy the beach if you are lucky enough to live near one. But don’t get depressed yet … this is a period of fast change, not only in Syria and the Arab world, but god knows where else.

October 25th, 2011, 3:29 pm


Tara said:

Ah…exciting news

A demonstration in the “romantic” Hamidieh in downtown Damascus today. Of course quickly dispersed by the Shabeehas.

October 25th, 2011, 4:09 pm


ann said:

CIA’s Covert Iraq Mission – 15 hrs ago

As the U.S. military departs Iraq, the CIA is looking at how it can absorb and continue secret counterterrorism and intelligence programs run inside that country for years by the Joint Special Operations Command and other military organizations, officials tell The Daily Beast.

The programs involve everything from the deployment of remote sensors that scan the wireless spectrum of terrorist safe havens to stealth U.S.-Iraqi counterterrorism commando teams, and their status is uncertain as a U.S. diplomatic team negotiates with Iraqi leaders, according to officials, who made clear the CIA intends to keep a footprint inside the country even as troops leave by Dec. 31.

“There are of course parts of the counterterrorism mission that the intelligence community, including CIA, will be able to take on from other organizations—and there are parts of that mission that it won’t,” said one U.S. counterterrorism official who requested anonymity because of the sensitivity of secret negotiations with the Iraqis.

But the official added: “This idea that the U.S. military and CIA are somehow interchangeable is misinformed—they work together closely on some counterterrorism issues, but their missions, expertise, and authorities are fundamentally different. When the U.S. military leaves Iraq, some things just won’t happen anymore.”

In the last months of the Bush administration, the United States negotiated a plan to leave Iraq by the end of 2011. While the Pentagon pressed to keep between 5,000 and 15,000 troops in Iraq past that date, U.S.-Iraq negotiations broke down this month when Iraqi leaders refused to grant soldiers and military contractors immunity from Iraqi domestic law.

On Friday, many in the U.S. national-security bureaucracy were shocked when President Obama announced the end of the military mission in Iraq by Jan. 1. U.S. military planners had assumed that some intelligence missions would still be run from U.S. bases in Iraq into 2012. The new White House policy throws that plan into jeopardy.

Nonetheless, National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor said Monday that the United States was negotiating over the future elements of the U.S.-Iraqi military relationship. “As we complete the drawdown, we will continue to have discussions with Iraqi leaders about how best to meet their security needs in a manner that meets our mutual interests,” he said. “Possibilities could include training, exchange programs, tactical exercises, and regular coordination. But they will not include U.S. forces being permanently based in Iraq.”

Other U.S. officials say the CIA is examining how it can continue many of these secret programs once the U.S. military leaves. Many of these programs were developed in 2007 and 2008, when CIA Director David Petraeus, then a four-star Army general, assumed command of the multinational forces in Iraq.

The CIA, with its drones and paramilitary forces, has a far smaller, more stealth footprint than brigades of soldiers, meaning most Americans won’t see much of its continuing activity.

“My sense is that there will be some discussions about what can be given the CIA and whether some of the counterterrorism arrangements that exist today can be negotiated through a separate and secret channel,” said Marisa Cochrane Sullivan, managing director of the Institute for the Study of War, a think tank with close ties to Petraeus and the military’s new generation of counterinsurgency specialists.

While the CIA can pick up some of the slack for the departing military, another possibility is U.S. allies in the region. The United States is in talks with Kuwait about moving some equipment and troops there, said U.S. diplomats who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

Jasem al-Budaiwi, the deputy chief of mission for Kuwait’s embassy in Washington, declined to comment directly on the substance of the negotiations. “There is always continuous cooperation from both the Kuwaiti and U.S. side on military, political, and economic issues,” he said. “We have a great bilateral relationship. All issues are always discussed through many channels.”

The United States is also in discussions with Turkey about pre-positioning sensitive sensors, drones, and other equipment used in Iraq at the Incirlik airbase, which hosted a U.S. Air Force mission in the 1990s to monitor northern Iraq.

A Turkish Embassy spokesman in Washington said the United States would continue to assist Turkey in targeting Kurdish radical separatists, known as the PKK. “Moreover, the intelligence support provided by the United States will be continued on a bilateral basis,” he added. “We attach importance to this support. That said, we are not able to provide details on the content, equipment, or the methods of the cooperation between the two sides in this area.”

For now, a major issue for the military and U.S. intelligence community is retaining some of the capabilities of the Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) programs run out of Iraq when these cannot be launched from bases inside the country. These programs, in combination with a population-centric counterinsurgency strategy, are widely credited within the military with stopping al Qaeda’s efforts to turn Iraq into a Sunni Islamic republic. The programs included detailed full-motion video monitoring of known terrorist enclaves as well as the lightning-quick interception of temporary cellphone calls and text messages from suspected terrorists.

“We could run ISR collection activities out of Turkey and Kuwait, but the real problem is we have a lot of collection targets in Iraq,” said a senior U.S. intelligence official familiar with the details of negotiations over the programs. “We need to know what is going on all over Iraq, or at least in critical nodes.”

Such areas, the official said, include Anbar, the western Iraqi desert that produced al Qaeda in Iraq; Basra, Iraq’s second-largest city, which remains a hub for Iran’s Revolutionary Guard corps and other Shiite militias; and Najaf, the Muslim holy city that hosts the most prestigious seminary for Shiite theologians, known as the Hawza.

“We especially need to establish deep collection on the Najaf Hawza if and when [Grand Ayatollah Ali] Sistani goes belly up. We need to know who is going to replace him,” the official said.

Often through military channels to local militias and other groups, U.S. forces in Iraq also ran intelligence programs against Iran and Syria. In some cases, U.S. operations in those countries went beyond intelligence collection. In October 2008, U.S. special forces raided a compound in Sukkariyeh, Syria, a town just over the border from Iraq, to target an al Qaeda in Iraq planner named Badran Turki Hishan al-Mazidih, also known as Abu Ghadiya.

The United States also provides the Iraqi military with key capabilities, such as maintenance of its aircraft, logistics for the military’s supply lines, and “intelligence fusion.” One House staffer who follows the U.S.-Iraqi negotiations closely explained the latter term as “putting everyone on the same network,” or creating a system for intelligence sharing for Iraq’s national-security agencies.

At the moment, many of the programs for counterterrorism and intelligence collection are “in jeopardy,” the staffer said. “But they are saying they are still in ongoing negotiations on the training and security missions. It is entirely possible that this is touch and go. Everyone gets a political win on Jan. 1, but personnel will trickle in after the new year starts.”

Vietor said Monday that the post-2011 diplomatic presence in Iraq would include “a robust Office of Security Cooperation, which will serve as the primary mechanism for our continued security support to Iraq.” He added, “Among other training and support functions, it will manage the Foreign Military Sales program, through which Iraq has already committed billions of dollars.” Iraq has spent $7.5 billion on U.S. equipment since 2005 and committed another $4.8 billion for pending sales, including an agreement earlier this year to buy U.S.-made F-16 aircraft, according to Vietor.

The United States will need to find a way to remain in Iraq in 2012 just to keep the Iraqi military functional, said Cochrane Sullivan. “Right now we still provide important capabilities—for example, medical evacuation; we provide intelligence; we provide logistical support,” she said. “The Iraqis have some helicopters, but they are still reliant on the United States there as well.”

One possibility would be to “rotate forces in and out of Iraq for a set of exercises,” she said. “You bring them in to do an exercise or a training course, and then you pull them out. That’s the not the same as stationing troops in Iraq past 2011.”

October 25th, 2011, 4:37 pm


Ya Mara Ghalba said:

When Al-Jazeera TV airs news of events in Syria from testimonies of anti-regime eyewitnesses, Al-Jazeera says that these eyewitnesses are the ones responsible for the credibility of the news, while the channel itself not responsible. However, when pro-regime eyewitnesses contact Al-Jazeera with testimonies that contradict the anti-regime eyewitnesses, Al-Jazeera chooses to not air them. For example, according to Al-Jazeera news — citing residents in Homs City as the news source — the Syrian airforce dropped bombs on Homs City. When other residents in Homs City phoned Al-Jazeera to report that this story was completely fictitious, Al-Jazeera ignored those other reports. Thus because Al-Jazeera is picking and choosing its Syrian sources, with systematic bias against pro-regime sources, Al-Jazeera is in fact responsible itself for the credibility of its news. Besides hurting its own credibility, Al-Jazeera is hurting the anti-regime cause when it airs completely fictitious stories from anti-regime eyewitnesses when the stories are easy to refute, such as the story that the airforce bombed Homs.

The same can be said about the rubbish that Joshua Landis posts, such as Joshua’s link to “Assad forces shelled civilian houses in Baba Amr, Homs” (PS re time 0:50 in the video: Is it legal to keep chickens in apartments Homs City?). Besides hurting his own integrity he’s hurting the integrity of the anti-regime cause. The fake revolution has failed, thank God.

October 25th, 2011, 5:26 pm


zoo said:

#239 Tara

“Now I agree that some individuals can be very conservative by nature but it is rather the oppression that usually drives masses into becoming more religious”

After the fall of Qaddafi, one woman interviewed said: “At least now I can wear the hejab at the University!

Dictators in the region ( Ataturk, Shah of Iran, Ben Ali, Ghaddafi, Mobarak) have tried to “force” on their people western values sometime clashing with the traditional form of Islam. They were usually supported by Western countries eager to propagate the judeo-christian style of life. Islam conservatives people perceived it as “oppression”.
In Iran under the Shah, the style of life had become gradually more westernized, despite the political oppression, yet the revolution showed that there was a rejection of the western values as a whole and a desire to return to traditional Islam. Old countries usually rejects any values imposed brutally on them from outside. They prefer to have their own ones evolve within their culture.

The fall of a western oriented dictatorship is often followed either by a military or a religious regime. ( Turkey, Iran). It takes decades for it to transform into a democracy.

Libya is a conservative moslem country and Ghaddafi has fought against radical Islam to give rights to women and minorities. Shah of Iran, Ben Ali and Mobarak did the same.
Now that they are gone, depending on the education level of the citizens, there could be a return to a form a authoritarism, either military or religious.
While in Tunisia it may be a moderate religious authoritarian regime, I think Libya may turn out to be a much more rigid Islamic republic.

Democracy is far far at the horizon…

October 25th, 2011, 5:31 pm


Ya Mara Ghalba said:

Syria’s Foreign Minister Walid Al-Moallem says in an interview with Russia Today TV: “In the course of our consultations [with Russia] it became clear that Russia is even more demanding than other countries in urging Syria to complete reforms.” Many Russians, Chinese, and other non-Syrians with goodwill for Syria are feeling impatient: they think the pace Syria’s reforms is too slow. Here’s something to reflect on. has a ranking of 183 countries worldwide on the criterion of “enforcing business contracts”. This criterion is mostly a measure of how long it takes for a commercial legal case to move through the courts plus how long it takes to enforce the court’s judgment when the plaintiff wins the case. According to’s data, all Arabic-speaking countries rank low internationally on that criterion, and Syria ranks the lowest. Syria’s rank is 175 out of the 183 countries. Meanwhile Russia ranked 13th worldwide and China ranked 16th. So, apparently, bureaucracy moves a lot slower in Syria than in Russia or China.

An English-language transcript of Walid Al-Moallem’s interview with Russia Today TV was posted yesterday at In the interview Al-Moallem says the pace of the reforms program is not unduly slow. I disagree with him.

October 25th, 2011, 5:32 pm


Khalid Tlass said:

Tara, did you check out the book I recommended ? ( Al raheeq al makhtoum).

October 25th, 2011, 5:36 pm


majedkhaldoun said:

Watch for tsunami

October 25th, 2011, 5:36 pm


jad said:

Lately, every time I appear on Aljazeera I think it is my last time, and yet they surprise me with another invitation. But today, I really feel it was the last time. I will post a link once I receive it.
Posted by As’ad AbuKhalil at 8:49 AM
ممنوع تحكي على الجزيرة إلا كما يريد حمد !!فضيحة جديدة

October 25th, 2011, 6:00 pm


Tara said:


Thank you for your response.  In my views, the libyans revolted not because Quaddafi tried to impose western values but actually to the contrary, they revolted because of their genuine desire to have the real so called “western values” of democracy, freedom of expression, emotion, religion, expression, fair election and what have you.

There is a big difference between western lifestyle that Arabs might reject and western values of freedom, democracy etc..  The western lifestyle of sexual freedom (sexual relationship without marriage) for instance would never appeal to the Arabs no matter what their religion is.  And while sexual freedom is a way of life in the west and might be arguably considered by westerner to be a “value”‘, it is not the value the Arab society is looking for.  

Those dictator you mentioned did not rule by western values.  They imported or allowed the western lifestyle but not the values I am referring to.

We should not have problem if the new government in Libya allows girls to wear the hijab in the universities and even legalize polygamy as long as that same government does not impose wearing hijab on all women and as long as it protects the right of the seculars to wear a bikini at the beach if they desire to do so.

October 25th, 2011, 6:18 pm


jad said:

مزرعة الحيوانات في سوريا

“مزرعة الحيوانات” هي رواية شهيرة للكاتب جورج اورويل وتعد هذه الرواية التي انتقدت ستالين وهتلر مثالا على الأدب التحذيري على الحركات السياسية والثورات الاجتماعية التي تطيح بالحكومات و المؤسسات التي تعتبرها فاسدة و غير ديمقراطية إلا أنها في الحقيقة ثورات مشوهة مليئة بالسوء والرداءة والقبح وتنتهي إلى الفساد و القهر بسقوطها في كبوات السلطة و تستخدم أساليب عنيفة و ديكتاتورية للاحتفاظ بها..
أورويل وهو صاحب رواية الأخ الأكبر (العالم عام 1984) .. لم يكن يعتقد أن عبقرية مواطن سوري قد ترجمتها الى الأرض هذه الأيام بعدما رأى الثورات العربية التي أكلت كبده ..بفسادها ونشرها للكراهية والحقد والبذاءة والكذب

.. “مزرعة الحيوانات” لم تعد مجرد خيال روائي انكليزي بل هي موجودة على الأرض فعلا وفي احدى قرى سوريا بفعل عبقرية مواطن سوري عبر عن مشاعره المحترقة بصدق ومرارة .. ولو عاش جورج أورويل ليرى عبقرية هذا المواطن السوري في ترجمته لرواية “مزرعة الحيوانات” لتنازل عن حقوقه الفكرية لصالح هذا المواطن السوري الأصيل

هذا السوري الحر الذي رغم مؤهله الجامعي لم يتخل عن الريف بدأت صداقتي معه منذ سنوات طويلة هو من أولئك الأشخاص الظرفاء في الحياة الذين نلتقيهم فنحبهم .. يحولون الدنيا بعبقرية الى مسرح للابتسامات في زمن البكاء والصراخ والعذاب..وهؤلاء لديهم موهبة فريدة في جعل الآلام أقل ألما ويستطيعون أن يجعلوا الابتسام في ظروف جدية صارمة عابسة فعلا نبيلا ..لايناله الا الرضا والاستحسان ..

هذا الصديق يحب المرح والنكتة لكنه بارع في اطلاق الكوميديا السوداء اللاذعة .. وهو لايوفر شيئا في الدنيا من تعليقاته حتى أنا الذي نجوت من تعليقاته لفترة لم أتمكن من البقاء خارج حدود صواريخ لسانه .. كان هذا الصديق قد قرأ يوما أن أحد العراقيين الناقمين على مجلس الحكم الذي عينه بريمر في المنطقة الخضراء قد قرر تسمية دورة المياه في بيته (المنطقة الخضراء) كنوع من الثأر والنضال بأدنى الحدود على رأي (من رأى باطلا فليغيره بيده ..الخ ..فان لم يستطع فبلسانه وهو أضعف الايمان) ..وقد أعجبت صديقي الفكرة لأنه لم يكن معجبا بالثوار العراقيين وقائدهم أحمد الجلبي ..ولذلك وتضامنا مع الفكرة كتب على باب دورة المياه في بيته (المنطقة الخضراء) .. وكان كلما استأذن لقضاء حاجة قال : عذرا لدي زيارة للمنطقة الخضراء..وقد طور صديقي الموضوع بأن حذف حرف الضاد من الخضراء !! وأطلق على هذا التعديل “حركة تعريب” على اعتبار أن العربية تسمى لغة الضاد فيما المنطقة الخضراء غير عربية ..فسقطت منها الضاد
لم أزره في بيته الريفي الجميل منذ فترة طويلة وطالما عاتبني على عدم زيارته فيه .. ولذلك كانت فرصة جميلة أن نلتقي ونرتاح من عناء الأيام ونتحدث بالشأن السوري الذي يتحدث فيه كل الناس هذه الأيام حتى الاسكيمو بفضل الجزيرة..

وقد أصر صديقي على تناول الغداء في حديقة بيته الريفي الجميل في احدى القرى السورية التي زرعها بنفسه بأشجار الفاكهة .. وعندما هممنا بالخروج من البيت نحو فضاء المزرعة الصغيرة، توقف لحظة ثم صار يتلفت حوله كمن يبحث عن شيء فسألته: عم تبحث؟ …فلم يرد ..وبدا منشغلا في تقليب عينيه بين الأشياء ورأسه يتلفت في كل اتجاه وهو ينحني تحت الكراسي والطاولات ..لكنني سمعته يتمتم: ..وين عزمي؟!! فاستغربت .. ولكنه صاح مناديا ولده الكبير قائلا: ياولد وين عزمي بشارة؟؟ فقال الولد الكبيرمجيبا من على الباب: عزمي بشارة عند برهان غليون !! وعلى الفور اتجه صديقي نحو الدرج المفضي الى الفناء ثم قال مسرورا: نعم انه هنا؟ ثم تناول حذاء ضخما ثقيلا متسخا بالوحل ونظر لي مبتسما وقال: لاشك انك استغربت..لكني أطلق على أفضل أحذيتي التي أخوض فيها في الأوحال والأوساخ (عزمي بشارة) .. لافرق بينهما ..كلاهما حذاء متين مخلص يخاض به في الأوحال والقاذورات ..ثم تساءل بجدية: لماذا لايصمم الحذاؤون حذاء باسم ماركة (عزمي بشارة)..ستكون فكرة ممتازة ورابحة تجاريا..ثم ضحك وقال: ثق تماما أن أهل الخليج سيتركون الشباشيب وينتعلون عزمي بشارة ..ومن يدري ربما تصبح ماركة عالمية مثل ماركات بينيتون أو كريستيان ديور !! فابتسمت وقلت: ولكن من هو برهان غليون؟ فأشار عابسا الى قفص فيه ببغاء أبيض ..وقال: ومن غيره يكون؟؟!! ..يتحدث في السياسة ولايعرف ماذا يقول..

فضحكت وقلت له: ألن تكف عن هذه الخربطات؟؟!! ..منذ اكتشافك للمنطقة الخضراء وأنت تضيف المزيد .. فقال: ولماذا أكفّ وهم لم يكفّوا عن حياتنا؟ واستأنف قائلا : اذا عليك أن تعرف ماذا فعلت وأطفالي مستفيدين من الفكرة ..ثم نادى أبناءه وهم ثلاث أولاد وبنت صغيرة ..وقال لهم: هلا أريتموني ماذا حضّرنا للعيد ..عيد الأضحى؟ فوثب الصغار الى قن الدجاج في نهاية الفناء وبعد دقيقة سمعت فيها عراكا وصياح ديكة ثم عاد الأولاد وبيد كل منهم ديك..تقدم الأول وقال هذا اسمه: أردوغان ..فعلق صديقي شارحا وقال: وقد سميناه أردوغان لأنه كثير الصياح وأول من يصيح في الصباح ..دائما صبره نافد لكن عند الجد ليس ديكا .. وتقدم الثاني بديكه الذي بدا هرما وعرفه يتدلى منهارا على رأسه كالعقال الأحمر وبدا ريشه متساقطا وقال: وهذا أبو متعب لأنه أعتق ديك في البيت.. وهو قلما يتحرك وكثيرا اعتقدنا أنه ميت .. وأخيرا تقدم أكبر الأولاد وهو يحمل ديكا ضخما بليدا بدينا أبيض اللون وقال: وهذا حمد بن خليفة آل ثاني!! وان شاء الله انت معزوم عليه بالعيد الكبير

وكانت الطفلة الصغيرة تحاول الامساك بدجاجة في القن وهي تقول: أنا عندي “موذة” .. وهنا أطل صوص صغير من القن ثم “زمق” بسرعة الى السياج ..فالتفت الأولاد بسرعة ثم تركوا ديكتهم وركضوا خلفه بحماس وهم يصيحون: هرب سعدو ..هرب سعدو ..أمسكوه..أمسكوه

بالطبع كان المشهد مضحكا خاصة ان صديقي قال ان لديه في القن صدر الدين البيانوني وهو دجاجة نحيلة شمطاء .. ولديه رياض الشقفة وهو دجاجة مشاكسة جدا وهناك دجاجات كثيرة أشار الى واحدة سوداء على أنها سمير جعجع .. وأضاف: هناك جقل (ثعلب) يحوم دوما حول المزرعة أسميه وليد جنبلاط..لو رأيته ياأخي لعرفت كم أنا على حق ولربما غيرت رأيك في نظرية دارون بان أصل الانسان قرد وصارت اصل الانسان “جقل” للشبه الكبير بينه وبين جقل الحزب التقدمي الاشتراكي !!

ولكن صديقي الذي اكتفى بالابتسام أمسكني من يدي وأخذني نحو نهاية المزرعة وقال هذه المزرعة صارت هي سوريا والعالم ..تعال وسترى .. سرنا قليلا حتى حافة المزرعة حيث نهر صغير انعزلت منه بركة ماء وفيها ضفادع وسرطانات ..ثم ضجك وقال: هذا هو “المجلس الوطني الانتقالي السوري” ..أعضاؤه النقاقون لايجرؤون على مغادرة مياه النعيم في الغرب ولكنهم في الليل ينقون حتى نصاب بالصداع ..هنا ستجد الضفدع بسام جعارة، والضفدعة رزان زيتونة، وستجد الشرغوف (أي الضفدع الذي لم يكتمل نموه بعد) رضوان زيادة والضفدعة بسمة قضماني وو ..وكل من يخطر على بالك..

وعلى البعد خارج المزرعة بدت منطقة تجمع فيها النفايات والفضلات الحيوانية ..وكنت قادرا على رؤية بعض الجرذان التي تتجول على ضفاف تلك البقعة النتنة ..وسمعت صوت صديقي يقول من خلفي: أعتقد أنك تتوقع ماهي تلك البقعة وجرذانها؟ فبدت عليّ امارات الحيرة..فضحك وقال: يارجل انها ……..الجزيرة……..لايعيش عليها الا الجرذان ولايأتي منها الا الشر وروائحه ..هناك ستجد مذيعي الجزيرة وكتابها من القطسور فيصل القاسم الى فهمي هويدي الى ياسر الزعاترة الى عماد الدين حجاج ..

فبادرته الى السؤال: ولكن أين هو القرضاوي؟ فأجاب على الفور: انه “بوم” يعشش على شجرة الدلب هناك ..وأشار الى شجرة الدلب الضخمة وقال: ونسمع صوته المشؤوم كل يوم .. وأبنائي صاروا يعلقون كلما سمعوا صوته ويقولون لي: بابا بدأت الشريعة والحياة ..وفي الحقيقة صار يسبب لنا مشكلة .. والصغيرة صارت تخاف من صوته في الليل الدامس .. لكن أقسمت على أن أصيده يوما ببندقيتي
ثم بدا جديا وقال : ألا تعتقد أن هذا القرضاوي يجب أن يدير برنامجا اسمه “الشريعة والموت” أو مثلا “الشريعة في الغاب” !! .. كانت أسئلته صادمة لأنها صادقة ولأنه قال مافي نفسي !! .. فسألته متحديا: اذا من هو العرعور؟؟ فقال على الفور: انه في البيت ..أنه أكبر ساطور في المطبخ ..اذا ماأردنا تقطيع العظم واللحم استعملنا العرعور ..لم نعد نقول مثلا أعطني الساطور، بل أعطني العرعور ..على وزن الساطور

بالطبع الى جانب الكلب السلاقي الذي سماه صديقي “ساركوزي”، والقط البري الذي يمر بالمزرعة كل يوم محاولا السطو على أي شيء ويسميه صديقي “أبو عطوان” فالمزرعة الريفية لصديقي غنية .. فيها حمار رمادي سماه صديقي (عبد الحليم خدام) وقال هذا الحمار اشتغل 20 عاما دون شكوى لكنه الآن يرفسنا جميعا ..كل قادة الثوار هذه الأيام مثله .. مثل عبد الحليم خدام الذي اشتغل كالحمار 40 سنة ثم رفسنا وصار ثائرا ..ثوار المجلس الانتقالي الليبي كلهم عملوا 40 سنة كالحمير ثم صاروا ثوارا يرفسون سيدهم..كالحمير المجنونة ..أو كالأبقار المصابة بجنون البقر ..وعلى سيرة الأبقار أرشدني صديقي الى بقرتين سمى واحدة منهما وهي هولندية ملونة بالابيض والأسود “سعودية” والثانية بنية اللون ” كويت” لأنهما تدران حليبا كثيرا (يسميه الذهب الأبيض) تصادره زوجته كله ..التي اسمها هالة ولكنه يناديها “هيلاري” هذه الأيام

كنت مذهولا من قدرته على ترجمة أحاسيسه الى فعل احتجاج عارم بتسميته للحيوانات في مزرعته ..وعندما رأى دهشتي بدا مزهوا وأخذني الى شجرة منحنية تكاد تكون واقعة، لكنه رفعها بدعمها بالأخشاب والعوارض وربطها في عدة أماكن بأشرطة القماش ليثبتها حتى بدت كالجريح المريض المتعب وقال: هذا حزب البعث !! …وأضاف مبتسما منتشيا بانجازه: وهذه الأخشاب والأربطة هي “اصلاحات” ثم التفت الى قطين سمينين يتفيآن نائمين في ظل الشجرة وقال: لن تصدق ان هذين القطين الكسولين اللذين يقضيان جل يومهما تحت هذه الشجرة قد وجدنا لهما اسما ووظيفة.. انهما الرفيق سليمان قداح، والرفيق عبدالله الأحمر ..لاأنكر أني لم اتمالك نفسي من الضحك وخاصة عندما اشار الى ثقب في أعالي البيت وقال: وهناك يعيش عقاب صقر ..وعرفت أنه أحد الخفافيش التي تؤرق ليل صديقي الذي كان يضحك ويقول ..كل تيار المستقبل عندي في الشقوق وثقوب الجدران ..
وفي وسط المزرعة وصلنا الى شجرة سنديان عملاقة ..تأملها صديقي وقال وهو يربت بيده على السنديانة: هذا الخشب العتيق الصلد هو حافظ الأسد.. وهنا سنتناول الغداء اليوم بجانب تلك الصخرة الكبيرة (المستندة الى السنديانة) التي سميتها منذ عام 2006 “حسن نصرالله”..

ثم سار قليلا نحو ضفاف السور ووقف الى جانب نخلة فتية منتصبة وقال: هذه الشجرة التي زرعتها منذ 3 سنوات هي “صدام حسين” .. ثم أشار الى حفرة صغيرة وقال منقبضا بتأثر: وهنا ستكون نخلة أخرى .. سأسميها “معمر القذافي” ..

وقد تعجبت لما عرفته عنه من كره لصدام حسين .. فلمح في عيني الاستغراب فأضاف: لاتلمني ياصاحبي .. فمهما قيل عن الطغاة الا أنني أحترم الطاغية الذي لايكذب على نفسه وعلى شعبه ..ويموت بطلا .. كان بامكان صدام حسين أن يكون مثل حمد وأبو متعب لكنه فضل أن يرتدي حبل المشنقة كربطة عنق قبل حفل تكريم .. ولذلك استحق أن تكون له نخلته في نفسي .. واستحق القذافي الذي لم نفهمه يوما أن تكون له نخلته في نفوسنا .. كل من يسقط بسيف العدو هو نخلة سامقة مهما قلتم عنه وثرثرتم .. الأمم تحب الأبطال حتى لو كانوا طغاة ..انظر هل من طاغية يفوق نابليون ..الذي حوكم ونفي الى جزيرة ولم يهن (وليس مثل محاكمات ثوارنا المراهقين الذين يمارسون الدعارة الثورية) ..ان نابوليون الآن فخر فرنسا قبل أن تفخر فرنسا بثورتها الفرنسية وبثوارها..رغم انه قاد الفرنسيين الى أحلك هزائمهم وقضى على خيرة شبابهم في حروبه ..

ثم أضاف: خذ عني نبوءتي ياصديقي ..سيأتي جيل من العراقيين عندما ينتهي التشفي والغليل ويعود العقل والصواب وينتهي هذا الجيل المعاق يوما بعد عقود أو قرن من الزمن ليعيدوا تمثال صدام في وسط ساحة الفردوس كما كان ..سيكتبون كل الحقيقة من أنه كان حاكما قاسيا ومصدر جدل وخلاف لكنه بطل ووطني ..ووطنيته لن تكون مصدر نقاش .. وكذلك سيكتب جيل قادم من الليبيين أن لديهم قائدا حكمهم 40 عاما لكنه مات بطلا ..وسيرفع له تمثال في وسط طرابلس ..
سألته في نهاية ذلك اليوم الطويل السؤال الذي أبقيته حتى النهاية:
.. ولكن أين هو الرئيس بشار الأسد؟؟
فتوقف وقال:
لم أجد شيئا يناسبه سوى أن يكون ذلك السيف العربي المعلق في صدر غرفة الضيوف …لأنه مقاوم وأصيل وسيف عربي خالص .. ربما سميته .. بشار.!! لايهمني ماستقول عني أو مايقال عنه .. المهم أنه من يحمي هذا البيت .. أتمنى ألا ينكسر ..مارأيك؟؟
وقال مختتما بحسم: أؤكد لك لن ينكسر .. عندما تنكسر السيوف الشرقية .. يغضب منا التاريخ ويصفعنا ..لأن الأفاعي التي تلتف حول اعناق الشرق لاتجد من يقطعها .. التاريخ يحب السيوف عندما تكون شرقية أصيلة .. وأكثر سيوف الدنيا مهابة عندما تكون دمشقية ..

October 25th, 2011, 6:24 pm


Tara said:


I have not had a chance yet.

Do you think the Syrian street will respond to the SNC call for general strike tomorrow?

October 25th, 2011, 6:29 pm


Khalid Tlass said:

Tara, you ignore my post again.

Do you think I’m the one bothering you now ?

October 25th, 2011, 6:31 pm


Tara said:


See 261. I am not ignoring you and you are not bothering me.

October 25th, 2011, 6:35 pm


Khalid Tlass said:

^ Personally, I’m against the concept of “general strike”, it is usually bad for the people who do not have fat government jobs, so I’m not in favour of this strike, strikes are Leftist/Communist nonsense, strikes will only affect the poor people, not the tyrants. That being said, I think there will be a HUGE response throughout the areas that have come out proetsting, things may be a bit different in Halab and Deirezzor though, I think it was unfair that not one representaive from Deirezzor ( or al Jazira region in general) was included in the SNC. ( they do have 1 Kurd and 1 Assyrian from Al Jazira, but no Arab rep from Jazira). But I will be praying for the strike becoz that will establish the status of SNC as the most major opposition allaince.

October 25th, 2011, 6:37 pm


Haytham Khoury said:

Internationally renowned film-maker Sean McAllister describes what he saw and heard while detained in a Syrian cell by the authorities.

October 25th, 2011, 6:41 pm


Khalid Tlass said:

Sorry Tara, I didn’t see your post.

October 25th, 2011, 6:43 pm


jad said:

وفد الجامعة العربية في سوريا اليوم
واشنطن تؤكد عدم استدعاء سفيرها… ومبعوث صيني في دمشق

تستعد العاصمة السورية دمشق اليوم لاستقبال وفد من الجامعة العربية، في الوقت الذي حرصت فيه وزارة الخارجية الأميركية أمس على التأكيد أنها لم تستدع سفيرها لدى دمشق روبرت فورد، وطلبت منه فقط «القدوم إلى واشنطن لإجراء مشاورات»
بانتظار زيارة وفد الجامعة العربية المفترضة إلى سوريا اليوم، كانت التسريبات التي توالت أمس كفيلة بإيضاح جزء من الصورة المرتبطة بالمنحى الذي ستأخذه الزيارة. ففي موازاة تأكيد مندوب سوريا لدى الجامعة، يوسف أحمد، أن نائب رئيس الوزراء وزير الخارجية القطري الشيخ حمد بن جاسم مرحّب به في سوريا باعتباره رئيساً لوفد اللجنة، كشفت مصادر دبلوماسية عربية أن ترؤس بن جاسم للوفد «أمر تقدّره القيادة القطرية» وجدول أعمال رئيس الوزراء القطري، فيما تحدثت مصادر أخرى عن أن الزيارة ستقتصر على القصر الجمهوري السوري.
ونقلت صحيفة «الرأي» الكويتية عن مندوب سوريا لدى الجامعة العربية تأكيده أن بن جاسم مرحّب به في سوريا، وأن «دمشق تفتح أبوابها لأي مسؤول أو قيادة عربية»، فيما كان مصدر مسؤول في الجامعة العربية يوضح أن سوريا وجهت الدعوة إلى اللجنة الوزارية العربية المعنية بحل الأزمة السورية بكامل هيئتها، بما فيها الرئاسة القطرية، لزيارة دمشق.
وعن ترؤس بن جاسم للجنة قال المصدر «إن الأصل في الأمر أن يترأس الشيخ حمد الوفد العربي، وهو أمر مرحّب به عربياً وكذلك سورياً، وفقاً للرد السوري على المبادرة العربية. أما إذا كان الشيخ حمد سوف يسافر إلى سوريا أو لا في ظل توتر العلاقة بين البلدين والتحفّظ السوري السابق على الرئاسة القطرية، فهذا أمر تقدره القيادة القطرية». وأضاف «لا يمكن في النهاية حسم مثل هذه الأمور، فقد يطرأ جديد بالنسبة إلى جدول أعمال الشيخ حمد يضطره إلى إرسال ممثل له، إلا أن الجامعة العربية لم تبلغ أي شيء حتى الآن».
في هذه الأثناء، أوضح مصدر عربي لوكالة «آكي» الإيطالية أن الوزراء العرب لن يلتقوا في الغالب بأي من أطراف المعارضة السورية خلال الزيارة القصيرة لدمشق، وستقتصر زيارتهم على القصر الجمهوري فقط، بهدف الاطلاع من القيادة السورية على ما أُنجز من المبادرة العربية التي صدرت منتصف الشهر الجاري، بعد الاجتماع الاستثنائي لوزراء الخارجية العرب.
في هذا الوقت، تواصلت التسريبات عن مضمون الاجتماع العربي الذي أخرج المبادرة، إذ ذكرت مصادر عربية لـ«الأخبار» أنه «خلال البحث في ما يمكن القيام به إذا رفضت السلطات السورية اقتراح الحوار (في الجامعة العربية)، اقترح وزير الخارجية السعودي سعود الفيصل أن يتبنّى مجلس الجامعة قراراً بسحب سفراء كافة الدول العربية». وأضافت: «تلقّف وزير الخارجية القطري حمد بن جاسم آل ثاني الاقتراح السعودي، وأراد إضافته إلى البيان الخاتمي للاجتماع، إلا ان عدداً من الوزراء اعترضوا على تضمين البيان هذه الفقرة، فما كان من سعود الفيصل إلا أن طلب من حمد بن جاسم عدم تضمين البيان الختامي الفقرة التهديدية». وأكدت المصادر أن التوجه الخليجي يهدف إلى أن تكون قضية سحب السفراء خطوة جماعية، علماً بأن معظم الدول الخليجية سبق لها أن سحبت سفراءها. ورجّحت المصادر أن تمهّد هذه الخطوة للاعتراف بالمجلس الوطني السوري المعارض ممثلاً للشعب السوري.
وتزامنت هذه التسريبات عن طبيعة زيارة الوفد العربي مع دعوة أطلقها تيار بناء الدولة السورية المعارض إلى «ضرورة إيجاد مكتب دائم لوفد المبادرة العربية لمتابعة تنفيذ ما يُتّفق عليه، وأن تكون لهذا المكتب حرية التنقل والحضور في كافة المناطق السورية، وخصوصاً مناطق الاحتجاج».
في هذه الأثناء، سعت الولايات المتحدة أمس إلى التأكيد أن عودة سفيرها لدى دمشق حتمية، نافيةً أن تكون قد استدعته، في إشارة إضافية إلى عدم رغبتها في خلق أزمة دبلوماسية مع دمشق. وقالت المتحدثة باسم الخارجية الأميركية فيكتوريا نولاند إن «واشنطن لم تسحب أو تستدعي سفيرها في دمشق روبرت فورد وفقاً لما أوردته خطأً بعض وسائل الإعلام»، وأضافت «إننا نريد فرصة للتشاور معه، والتحدث معه عن كيفية رؤيته للوضع في دمشق. الوضع هناك متوتر جداً، ونريد أن نقدم له قليلاً من الوقت للراحة، وأؤكد من جديد أنه طُلب منه العودة إلى الوطن لإجراء مشاورات، ولم يُسحب».
وأضافت «أودّ أن أقول إننا نتوقع عودة السفير فورد إلى دمشق بعد استكمال المشاورات التي يجريها، وسيكون لزاماً على الحكومة السورية توفير الأمن له عند عودته، والوفاء بالتزاماتها وفقاً لاتفاقية فيينا، تماماً كما نفعل في حماية السفير السوري عماد مصطفى هنا»، وذلك بعدما أكدت أن الأخير لم يبلّغها أنه استُدعي أو أعيد إلى دمشق.
وفي موازاة التهدئة الأميركية، جدّدت الصين أمس دعوتها السلطات السورية إلى تلبية مطالب شعبها وتنفيذ وعودها بالإصلاح. وأشارت المتحدثة باسم الخارجية، جيانغ يو، إلى أن مبعوث الصين الخاص للشرق الأوسط وو سيكه، سيزور سوريا ومصر ابتداءً من اليوم حتى الثلاثين من الشهر الحالي، فيما ذكرت مصادر في دمشق أن نائب وزير الخارجية والمغتربين فيصل المقداد سيصل إلى العاصمة الروسية موسكو غداً.
(أ ف ب، أ ب، رويترز، يو بي آي)

October 25th, 2011, 7:01 pm


Tara said:


I am hoping for massive strike too so critiques stop arguing that the SNC does not represent the Syrian street. Not that I am against the internals opposition but at this point I can’t possibly know who is genuine and who is fake. The third way for instance is nothing but pseudo- opposition created by the regime who want to carry a dialogue with itself.

October 25th, 2011, 7:21 pm


jad said:

Finally Bassam Alkadi joined a political movement:

الإعلان عن تأسيس حركة “سورية الوطن”.. ونيازي: انتصار الدولة على شعبها لا يعتبر انتصاراً والعكس صحيح

(دي برس-أحمد محمود)
أطلقت مجموعة من الشخصيات السورية المستقلة الثلاثاء 25/10/2011 حركة “سورية الوطن” والتي تهدف إلى العمل بكافة الوسائل المدنية والديمقراطية إلى الخروج من الأزمة الراهنة، وترفض كل أشكال العنف المجتمعي والسياسي وتطالب بتفعيل القوانين والمراسيم الإصلاحية التي صدرت خلال الفترة الماضي.

وقالت رئيسة الحركة “مجد نيازي” في مؤتمر صحافي عقدته الثلاثاء في دمشق للإعلان عن حركتها “إن التنوع العرقي والديني والفكري شكل ثروة سورية ليست لسورية حياة من دونها، ولا يمكن أن تبقى هذه الثروة وتتطور في ظل أي شكل من أشكال العنف والتمييز مهما كانت مبرراته”، مشيرة إلى أنه “من هنا نقول دم السوري على السوري حرام”.

وأكدت نيازي “أن جزءاً مهماً من الأزمة يرجع إلى سوء إدارة الأزمة في بدايتها وتغليب الحل الأمني على الحل السياسي”، مضيفة “ما زالت أياد سورية تعمل للعبث بالأمن، كما لا يمكن نفي وجود الأخطاء التي غلبت على حركة الاحتجاجات”، وشددت على أن شباب حركة سوريا الوطن “يريدون ثورة إصلاح وتغيير لا ثورة أحقاد وانتقام.. فانتصار الدولة على شعبها لا يعتبر انتصاراً والعكس صحيح.. سورية تتسع للجميع، لا إقصاء ولا تخوين، كلنا نريد سورية وان اختلفنا في الأسلوب”، وقالت نيازي “إنها تستكمل حاليا الإجراءات الحكومية لأجل إن تتحول حركة سورية الوطن إلى حزب سياسي”.

وأضافت نيازي أن أهداف الحركة، تتلخص على النحو التالي: “وحدة التراب السوري ووحدة الشعب السوري والسلم الأهلي هي خطوط حمراء لا يجوز المساس بها، الحل الجذري والحقيقي والطويل الأمد للأزمة الراهنة، هو حل سياسي واقتصادي واجتماعي، ورفض أي شكل من أشكال التدخل الخارجي،مهما كانت تسميته أو مبرراته.

وتابعت “رفض عسكرة المجتمع ، والعمل على دعم كل مبادرة مدنية تنبذ العنف والتمييز، العمل لضمان تعديل الدستور مدنياً وديمقراطياً بحيث يخلو من أي تعسف وتمييز أو تهميش لأي مواطن أو مواطنة بسبب دين أو جنس أو قومية أو اعتقاد، وتشكيل حكومة وطنية ديمقراطية لا تستثني تياراً وطنياً موالاة كان أم معارضة”.

وأشارت إلى من أهدافها أيضاً “العمل الفوري للإعداد لعقد مؤتمر وطني على الأرض السورية، يشارك فيه كل من يرغب ممن يعيشون داخل سورية أو خارجها، وممثلين عن التنسيقيات، وأن تتعهد الحكومة السورية بضمان أمن المؤتمر والمشاركين فيه، وضمان دخول وخروج المشاركين من السوريين خارج سورية دون اعتقال أو ملاحقة”.

وأكدت على “ضرورة الإفراج الفوري عن كافة المعتقلين ممن لم يثبت تورطهم باستخدام السلاح أو تهريبه أو التشجيع على استخدامه، والعمل على تقديم كل من تورط في إهدار الدم السوري، مهما كانت صفته الوظيفية في الدولة أو أجهزتها، أو في الشارع السوري أو خارج سورية إلى محاكمة مدنية علنية عادلة، الدعوة لانتخابات تشريعية ديمقراطية نزيهة، وإطلاق ودعم أي مبادرة مدينة لبلسمة الجراح وتعزيز السلم الأهلي وتمكين المواطنة”.

وعرف بيان صحافي حركة سورية الوطن بأنها حركة اجتماعية، سياسية، شبابية ومدنية مستقلة تهدف إلى العمل بكل الوسائل المدينة والديمقراطية والسلمية للخروج من الأزمة الراهنة والتفعيل الجدي لسلسلة الإصلاحات التي أعلنت عنها الحكومة السورية”.

ودعا البيان إلى رفض كل “أشكال العنف والتدخل الخارجي”، واعتبر أن “سورية مدنية ديمقراطية وحرة هو الخيار الوحيد لوطن لا يميز بين أي من مواطنيه”.

وعلى هامش المؤتمر التقى “دي برس” قالت رئيسة الحركة “مجد نيازي” :”إن الحركة تضم في صفوفها شخصيات فلسطينية ولبنانية، وترحب بأي شخص يخاف على سورية لينضم إلى الحركة”.

من جهة أخرى، قالت “إنها ضد سحب الجيش والأمن من المدن السورية لأن هناك عنف في الشارع”، مشيرة إلى “أن هناك عدد كبير المتظاهرين ممثلين في الحركة”.

لا لعسكرة المجتمع
بدوره، قال بسام القاضي أحد مؤسسي الحركة: “إننا كحركة نرفض عسكرة المجتمع السوري بما في ذلك الاستخدام المفرط وغير المقنون وغير الخاضع لاعتبارات حقوق الإنسان وقواعد الاشتباك مع المسلحين أثناء تواجد المدنيين، بشكل كامل وندين استخدام العنف من الجيش والأمن”، مشيراً إلى “أن الحركة المسلحة المتواجدة في سورية تحتاج إلى مواجهة جدية عسكرية بالتالي نحن ندعم الجيش والدولة في مواجهة هؤلاء المسلحين، مشدداً على ضرورة حماية المدنيين والتركيز على أهداف المعنية”.

وأضاف لـ”دي برس”، “أن الحل الأمني ليس هو الحل الأفضل للأزمة، مشيراً إلى أن هناك خطوات جدية من النظام السوري هو الحل السياسي والاجتماعي”.

وفي سؤال حول وجود أي اتصالات مع المعارضة بالخارج أو بالداخل، قال لـ”دي برس”: “إننا كحركة على اتصال مع كل من يرفض التدخل الخارجي وينبذ العنف”، مشيراً إلى “أنه على جدول أعمالنا الاتصال مع بعض المعارضة التي ترفض تلك الأمور”.

وعن المبادرة العربية، أكد القاضي أن الحركة ترحب بكل ما يخدم مصلحة سورية للخروج من الأزمة بعيداً عن أي وصاية أو تدخل في شؤونها، مشيراً إلى أنه في حال وجود أي مساس في السيادة الوطنية أو فرض شروط أي إملاءات فإننا نرفض ذلك”.


October 25th, 2011, 7:21 pm


jad said:

The kidnapping, torturing and killing of Syrians now reached those who are active in the virtual world too:

From FB

“torturing and murdering one of the Admins of Syrian Electronic Army “Mohammad Ahmad Kabbani” today in Idleb
تعذيب وحشي و قتل أحد مدراء الجيش السوري الالكتروني “الشاب محمد أحمد قباني” اليوم في إدلب”

“تم اليوم العثور على جثة الشاب محمد احمد قباني احد كوادر الجيش السوري الإلكتروني اليوم بأدلب و عليها اثار تعذيب و صعك كهربائي مخيف..
وقد قال والد الشاب محمد : ”
اليوم انتم عذبتم محمد بالدنيا ولكن عذاب ربي اكبر و اعظم و انا سلمت أمري لربي.” .”

October 25th, 2011, 7:41 pm


Ya Mara Ghalba said:

#127. HABIB asked: “Anyone know what NATO can possibly do if Russia and China keep vetoing?”

Here’s an indirect answer:

(1) France has a fundamental and firm policy that the UN Security Council is the only authority that can authorize a military attack against a sovereign country. That policy is self-serving for France; see France’s status on the Security Council. But France also has the influence to keep Germany and other European countries going along with the same policy.
(2) As reported by Today’s Zaman newspaper in Turkey, the foreign ministry of Turkey is advising the Syrian National Council in Turkey to “to work in a peaceful manner for democratic transformation in Syria”. Turkey’s foreign ministry is also saying that it will not recognize the Syrian National Council as representative of anything, at least not any time soon.
(3) The USA position was summarized as follows by USA Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford in an interview with “Time Magazine” published on 28 Sep 2011: “One of the things we’ve told the opposition is that they should not think we are going to treat Syria the same way we treated Libya. The main thing for the opposition to do is figure out how to win away support from the regime, and not look to outsiders to try and solve the problem. This is a Syrian problem and it needs Syrian solutions….” Ford is strongly advising the opposition against a turn to arms. “It would be a mistake,” he says, not least because “you want to be sure that if you’re even contemplating this, you have a way to know that whatever you’re going to do militarily is going to be effective … I very frankly say to people, you don’t have enough force to fight the Syrian army, you’re not even close. We have to be realistic.” Other USA officials have said much the same thing during the past few weeks. (US foreign ministry spokesman Jeffrey Feltman said on Al-Arabiya TV yesterday “We are looking for better ways to protect Syrian civilians, but we do not look here to apply the Libyan model in Syria” — )
(4) The Arab League has said repeatedly recently that it is opposed to foreign intervention in Syria. At the Arab League meeting in Cairo on 16 Oct, as reported later by Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari, three measures against Syria were considered and rejected: foreign military intervention, the imposition of trade sanctions, and freezing Syria’s membership in the Arab League. Arab League countries who rejected those measures included Egypt, Algeria, Iraq, Oman, Lebanon, Yemen, Sudan, and Syria.
(5) Hezbollah chief Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah in interview on Al-Manar (#156) said the Syrian people support President Bashar Al-Assad’s regime, but if the people start opposing the regime, we [Hezbollah] will support the people. Think about that.

October 25th, 2011, 7:41 pm


Tara said:

Why did Turkish economy prosper while the Middle East fell behind?
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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The special meeting on “Economic Growth and Job Creation in the Arab World” of the World Economic Forum (WEF) at Dead Sea, Jordan that I attended over the weekend showed me once more how Turkey was shining like a “star” in the region.

The focus was on the Arab Spring that affected such countries as Egypt, Tunisia and Libya and the probability of the phenomenon to spring to other countries in the Middle East and the Gulf starting from Syria. However, the giant economic troubles of the region are thus standing there.

I am counting some of them: Unemployment among the youth rising up to 40 percent, the minimal share of the private sector, bribery and corruption, lack of accountability and transparency, no presence of women in business life and, most importantly, powerlessness of institutions.

Coca Cola’s CEO Muhtar Kent, co-chair and speaker at the WEF meeting, gave truly striking figures for the rich Gulf countries. The volume of the private sector in Gulf countries is 15 percent of the gross domestic product (GDP) because everything is under the control of the ruling families, just like the Libya of Gadhafi.

There is no atmosphere for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) and entrepreneurship, in short the private sector, to flourish. As Kent says, jobs should be created for 85 million people in the region in coming years.

Let us leave aside this picture I summarized in a nutshell and move on to the evaluation of Professor Timur Kuran from Duke University, whom I met at the WEF meeting at the Dead Sea. Economist Kuran, the author of books “The Economic Predicaments of Islamism” and “The Long Divergence: How Islamic Law Held Back the Middle East,” said: “If Turkey has an economic power in the region, the roots of this were planted in the 19th century. The Middle East lagged behind because it did not change its Islamic Law system. I am always saying that. Turkey is one to three generations ahead of Arab countries because it has achieved the modernization of its legal system.”

The first secular commercial courts were formed in the 1850s in the Ottoman Empire. Professor Kuran said: “If the achievements of the Anatolian Tigers of the conservative segment are being spoken, this is because they have been using modern tools from accounting system to competition laws.”

Doesn’t it show how correct Kuran’s evaluations are when you compare the dynamism of the Turkish economy with countries of the region?

I will not go very far. I will give two examples again from the weekend’s forum. While talking with members of the Libya National Transitional Council, names of Turkish companies that have undertaken contracts worth billions of dollars came up.

The airport runway that was heavily damaged during clashes at the capital Tripoli will be repaired by TAV which, as a consortium, had also undertaken the building of its terminal. TAV construction work had stopped because of clashes, but it is highly probable that the construction will restart in the first quarter of 2012.

The second example is from Dubai. A young Turkish businessman, Arda Tokbaş, attended the WEF meeting. He has been heading a company named HDF in Dubai for 10 years. HDF, which has one of the most well-known brands in Turkey, Pınar, under its umbrella, belongs to the Yaşar Group and is growing at a rate of 20 percent each year by exporting dairy products to neighboring countries. Tokbaş said some cheese products such as labne (mild cream cheese) were market leaders.

Who can stand against the Turkish entrepreneur in the region?

October 25th, 2011, 7:55 pm


Tara said:

How can any decent human being not support the revolutionize.?  Where is your humanity people?

“You hear a sound that you’ve never heard before. I’ve never heard before.
“And I’ve seen people dead. And I’ve seen people dying. And I’ve seen people decapitated, but this sound hearing a man cry, is just like, awful, there’s nothing to compare it with.”

October 25th, 2011, 8:15 pm


Tara said:


I do not see stigmata of personality disorder in need for treatment.  I think the retarded giggles are much more indicative of mental disorder.  

Terra Incognita: Robert Ford’s heroic diplomacy
10/25/2011 23:09 

US envoy to Syria’s personal investigation of abuses and his shows of support for protestors is a welcome sign.

The American decision to withdraw Ambassador Robert Stephen Ford from Syria should raise eyebrows, not only because it represents a fundamental fear for his safety, but also because of what he has come to represent.

Through Ford’s courageous use of personal diplomacy, travelling to the most dangerous areas of Syria to show support for the protestors, he has carved out a niche for himself in the region, defying stereotypes about what diplomats can and should do.

On the face of it the ambassador’s position and biography don’t necessarily lend themselves to this type of action. A career diplomat , Mr. Ford, born in Denver, Colorado in 1958, is considered one of the foremost Arabists in the State Department.

He served in the Peace Corps and obtained a BA and MA from Johns Hopkins University before entering the US foreign service in 1985.

Since 1985 he has been posted throughout the Middle East, most notably in Iraq after the American invasion and in Algeria from 2006 to 2008.

His posting to Syria in late 2010 was considered important because the US had withdrawn its ambassador to Syria in 2005 after the assassination of Rafik Hariri, the Lebanese prime minister.

Ford’s work in Syria has almost all taken place against the backdrop of the “Arab Spring.” During his confirmation hearings with the US Senate, before being posted to Damascus, Ford had promised that “unfiltered straight talk with the Syrian government will be my mission priority.”

It is interesting that through June of 2011 he was in fact criticized for doing little to show support for the protestors that Bashar Assad’s regime was gunning down in the streets. Richard Grenell, writing at the, asked, “Shouldn’t Ford be calling attention to and showing the violence coming from Assad’s government?” He also thought the US should withdraw its ambassador to protest the crackdown.

In early July, however, Ford made an important and visible statement against the actions of the Syrian regime when he visited Hama with the French ambassador, Eric Chevallier. After his factfinding trip, which brought temporary respite to the besieged protestors in the city, he told media that “the violence that the Syrian government is inflicting on Syrian protesters, from our point of view, is grotesque. It’s abhorrent.”

He also articulated a new type of “muscular” diplomacy: “I don’t particularly care [if Syria is angry], because we have to show our solidarity with peaceful protesters. I’d do it again tomorrow if I had to… I’m going keep moving around the country. I can’t stop.”

Since July, Ford has been active in articulating opposition to the Syrian regime’s methods and showing support for those who oppose Assad. In September he travelled to meet with Hasan Abdel-Azim, an opposition figure. Pro-Assad protestors surrounded the ambassador’s vehicle, pelted him with tomatoes and eggs and temporarily interdicted his motorcade.

Stephen Ford is not the first US diplomat to find himself in harm’s way. One hundred and eleven US diplomats have been murdered or come to a bad end since 1780. Many died in Pakistan as a result of terrorism and most were not of ambassadorial rank.

One of the most famous cases of an American diplomat being murdered while at his post was that of Vice-Consul Robert Imbrie. Imbrie was beaten to death by a mob in Teheran in 1924 after being mistaken for a member of the Bahai faith. Local Islamists had whipped themselves into a rage, convinced that Bahais had poisoned a well .

Cleo Noel, US ambassador to the Sudan, was killed by Palestinian members of Black September in 1973. The US ambassador to Beirut, Frances Meloy, was murdered in 1977. Adolph Dubs, the US ambassador to Afghanistan was killed in 1979 when terrorists tried to kidnap him.

Ford’s departure from Syria is apparently based on credible intelligence that certain elements wanted him to meet a similar end.

The kind of blunt, heroic diplomacy that Ford has come to represent is a departure from the long-standing practice of US State Department functionaries, especially those considered Arabists, of toeing the line when it comes to dictators and human rights abuses.

Especially in the Middle East, US diplomats have been stricken with what is often termed “clientitis”; staying in a country too long and becoming too attached to it, rather than representing US interests.

US ambassadors in Saudi Arabia have been loathe to condemn killings in the Qatif region, in the Gulf states the US representatives do little to speak out on the mass human rights abuses, which amount to slavery, against foreign workers.

In Iraq, where it has just been announced that Iran and Turkey are both cooperating to suppress the Kurds, including incursions into Iraq, the US has remained silent.

There is obviously a question as to what constitutes going beyond the diplomatic mission’s purview, such as meeting with illegal opposition figures. But Mr. Ford’s personal investigation of abuses and his shows of support for protestors is a welcome sign, one that the US State Department might consider repeating in the future.

October 25th, 2011, 8:37 pm


Dale Andersen said:

Memo To: HABIB

RE: From the EU/al-Qaeda/Salafist/Jew/CIA/Saudi Press

A memo from China to Besho:

China, which blocked a U.N. resolution earlier this month that threatened sanctions on Syria, said Tuesday it was also sending an envoy to Syria. Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu said Beijing wants all parties in Syria to resolve the crisis peacefully.

“We believe the Syrian government should deliver on its reform pledges, respond to the people’s appeals and that all parties should, in a constructive manner, actively participate in the political process,” Jiang told reporters.

Must be a real bummer to see the Chinese waffling on their support for President Pencilneck. Obviously, they see him maybe losing control, like Qaddafi, and they’re hedging their bets. Can the Russians be very far behind?

Stay tuned…

October 25th, 2011, 8:37 pm


Revlon said:

Imad Mustapha fled to Damascus as evidence mounts on his connection with the Spy Sweid!
Mustapha was apparently assigned the task of facilitating Sweid’s mission that was mandated by Jr himself.

السلطات الأميركية تؤكد علاقة الجاسوس السوري المقبوض عليه في واشنطن مع السفير عماد مصطفى وهو ما يفسر مغادرة الأخير أميركا


قال ممثلو ادعاء أمريكيون ان رجلا سوري المولد متهما بالتجسس على المحتجين المناهضين للحكومة السورية في الولايات المتحدة كان على صلة بسفير دمشق لدى واشنطن ، وتزايدت التوترات بالفعل بين واشنطن ودمشق مع استدعاء السفير الامريكي لدى سوريا بسبب ما قالت عنه ادارة الرئيس الامريكي باراك أوباما امس الاثنين انها تهديدات ضده بتحريض من الحكومة

……………. More

October 25th, 2011, 8:44 pm


majedkhaldoun said:

I very much wanted the US to arrest Imad Mustfa,because he was spying,but I guess since he has immunity they can not,he is evil man ,I had arguments with him twice,he is obnoxious person, I have good friends who know him well.He will be one of the pro regime that I support in the post Assad era, to be arrested and tried, I went to the embassy one day and found that he has each syrian name on the computor,and their addresses and his comments,this was not there before he arrived to the embassy.
Imad never helped us ,syrian who oppose the regime,

October 25th, 2011, 9:01 pm


jad said:

“How can any decent human being not support the revolutionize.?”
People can support any revolution/uprising without the need to lose their humanity and become violence, hate machines or preacher of death and destruction.
Nonviolence is the only answer, there is no need for anybody to die, and there is no need to see blood or support blood to be a revolutionary.
‘Revolution’ doesn’t need to be always violence and painted with blood and fire, every person can be a rebel in anything he/she does without the need to become a killer or a victim.
Ideas, Creativity, Words, Stories, Dialogue, Colours, kindness, Humility are few of the means that people should work on instead of blood, violence and hatred to get support.
In my humble, non-experience, non-political, somehow naive opinion, Logic and Passion are the only two things you need to use to communicate with the majority of people in your mission to get the support for any cause you are calling for and those two things are essentials to win any struggle.
Manipulation, lies, using ideology and propaganda may get you some support but it won’t build anybody a better society, it only spread anger, hate and revenge that doesn’t last long and blind everybody from the ultimate goal, to become a better HUMAN.

October 25th, 2011, 9:21 pm


Revlon said:

A video of a Regime army tank shelling civilian house in Talkalakh; The tank crew celebrated their artillary hit and destruction with joy!
Notice the lack of any firing back!

Talkalakh, Homs أوغاريت تلكلخ حمص , مقطع مسرب , الجيش السوري يتمركز على تلة ويقصف الناس

October 25th, 2011, 9:23 pm


Revlon said:

Horan in defiance; Demonstratroes challaenge Asad army and security forces.
Notice that the Asad forces do not feel threatened and are not taking defensive positions; No challenging armed terrorists.

25 10 As Sanamyen, Daraa أوغاريت الصنمين حوران , عصابة الأسد
المسلحة في مواجهة مع أبطال المدينة ج1!

25 10 As Sanamyen, Daraa أوغاريت الصنمين حوران , عصابة الأسد المسلحة في مواجهة مع أبطال المدينة ج2

25 10 As Sanamyen, Daraa أوغاريت الصنمين حوران , عصابة الأسد المسلحة في مواجهة مع أبطال المدينة ج3

October 25th, 2011, 9:52 pm


Revlon said:

Day 7 of Horan Strike
Video of business districts of Dar3a, Al7arra, and KafrShams

25 10 Daraa أوغاريت درعا , اليوم السابع للاضراب العام

25 10 Al Harra, Daraa أوغاريت الحارة حوران , إضراب عام

25 10 Kafar Shams, Daraa أوغاريت كفر شمس حوران , اضراب عام

October 25th, 2011, 10:02 pm


N.Z. said:

Haitham Khouri,Tara,

Those who ignore facts and call it fabrications, had lost their humanity. The moment they aligned themselves with a thuggish mafia.

Every single Syrian knows what takes place in these dungeons. We do not need film-maker Sean McAllister detailed account of what he saw and heard during his brief detention. There was not one family in Syria who did not have a relative or a distance relative, or a friend that did not pass through these dungeons. Many perished, those who survived, have either fled, all are living with distress.

Those who allow such kind of injustices to take place under their watchful eyes, will not go quietly.

October 25th, 2011, 10:11 pm


zoo said:

Accelerating inevitable Israeli-Libyan relations
10/25/2011 06:07

Libya and Qatar could serve as Israel’s real entry point into the Middle East.

The death of Muammar Gadaffi is yet another sign that Libya and Israel could establish diplomatic relations. Last summer, Bernard Henry Levi accidentally leaked the National Transitional Council’s desire to establish ties. Then Raphael Luzon, the leader of the exiled Libyan Jewish community (and an Israeli citizen) was invited by NTC chairman Mustafa Abdul Jalil to run for office. Most recently, Haaretz quoted an NTC spokesperson, Ahmad Shabani, as speaking favorably about Israel- Libyan relations.

Shabani’s decision to speak to Haaretz was most likely a calculated move by the NTC to gauge Arab public opinion, as that newspaper is widely read throughout the region. There was no protest in the Arab world.


October 25th, 2011, 10:32 pm


zoo said:

Sound of silence over Syria

Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Serkan Demirtaş –

In addition to these points, there is growing concern among some Turkish officials that either Syria or a third party that wants to create further tension between Ankara and Damascus might have been behind the recent attack. The growing influence of Syrian nationals within the PKK and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s statements are the factors that most clearly point to this connection. Ankara’s silence on such claims is expected to be broken in the coming days when the prime minister makes his much-expected statement on Syria, most probably before U.S. top diplomat Hillary Clinton arrives in Turkey on Nov. 1.

October 25th, 2011, 10:44 pm


majedkhaldoun said:

I agree with you,those who call this revolution as violent ,they do not tell the truth, they are despicable criminals supporting criminal regime, worst is the fact that they acknoledged that the regime is brutal yet they still support the regime.and call themselves educated, what a waste.

Election in Tunis proved
1) the people paricipated close to 80%, they are eager to prsctice freedom and democracy.
2) the Ben ALi previous election where the president get99% is false, and it is false that Bashar got 99% of the people support.
3)the revolution was correct,and the lies that scared the people before the revolution are just lies,to scare the people.

I salute Tunis for their great election

October 25th, 2011, 11:23 pm


Khalid Tlass said:

By the way, I forgot to thank Dr. Landis for this article, it was like a breath of fresh air after the 3 months of un-objective and biased articles from him. If Dr. Landis continues to be objective like this, this blog will see a lot of sane and clamer voices. Landis should not let his Sunni-phobia get the better of him.

October 26th, 2011, 1:45 am


Khalid Tlass said:

Has anyone heard from Syrian Commando lately ? What is the bastard upto nowadays ?

October 26th, 2011, 1:55 am


jad said:

I wonder what Oglu is planning for the coming days that he is doing a tour in Qatar and Jordan…nothing good can come out of that, Turkey-Qatar-Jordan.

مصادر دبلوماسية : أمير قطر يبحث مع داود اوغلو الوضع السوري

بحث أمير قطر الشيخ حمد بن خليفة آل ثاني مع وزير الخارجية التركي احمد داود اوغلو، في الدوحة بحضور رئيس الحكومة القطرية، العلاقات الثنائية بين البلدين والقضايا ذات الاهتمام المشترك. وكانت مصادر دبلوماسية تركية قالت لقناة “ان تي في” إن داود اوغلو سيناقش خلال زيارته قطر والأردن التطورات في ليبيا ووما أسموه ” انتفاضة الشعب السوري” من بعد الربيع العربي، إضافة إلى المرحلة الانتقالية التي تشهدها تونس عقب الانتخابات.

شام برس

October 26th, 2011, 2:19 am


Dale Andersen said:

Memo To: JAD

RE: “…In my humble, non-experience, non-political, somehow naive opinion, Logic and Passion are the only two things you need to use to communicate with the majority of people…”

Sweet Baby Jesus, Jaddy, you have got to be the sorriest excuse for a revolutionary in the known universe. Someone should turn you upside down and shake the Besho Bribe Money out of your pockets…

October 26th, 2011, 2:28 am


jad said:

Robert Fisk: Assad’s army remains defiant as it buries its dead
Syrian officers told me 1,150 soldiers have been killed in Syria in the past seven months – an extraordinary death toll

Robert Fisk
Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Sergeant Jassem Abdul-Raheem Shehadi and Private Ahmed Khalaf Adalli of the Syrian Army were sent to their graves yesterday with the send-off their families would have wished for; coffins draped with the Syrian flag, trumpets and drums and wreaths held by their comrades, and the presence of their commanding officer. There was a Last Post, Chopin’s funeral march – mixed with ululating staff at the Tishreen Hospital to which their remains had been transferred – and then the nine-hour journey by ambulance to their hometown, Raka. Shehadi was 19, Adalli was 20. And their uncles swore they had died for President Bashar al-Assad.

They were shot dead in Deraa – by snipers, according to their commanding officer, Major Walid Hatim. “By terrorists,” he said several times. Assad’s opponents might have no sympathy with these dead soldiers – nor Amnesty, nor Human Rights Watch, nor the United Nations, who say 3,000 civilians have been killed by Syrian security forces, nor the Americans, nor the British et al – but those two coffins suggested that there is more than one story to the Syrian Revolution. Syrian officers told me yesterday that 1,150 soldiers have been killed in Syria in the past seven months, an extraordinary death toll for regular Syrian troops if correct. On Zawi mountain near Idlib, Major Hatim said, 30 Syrian soldiers had been killed in an ambush. Mazjera was the word he used. A massacre.

Shehadi and Adalli were based in Deraa, where the opposition to Assad began. Shehadi was there for six months, Adalli for four. It was a sign of the times that Major Hatim arrived at the Damascus funeral in civilian clothes. Why was he not wearing his uniform, I asked? “It is easier,” he replied. Because of the dangers driving from Deraa? “Maybe,” he replied. That, too, told its own story. Both the dead soldiers had lost their fathers years ago and their two uncles had travelled here from Raka to escort the bodies home. They were from poor families, they said. The boys and their uncles had been looking after their mothers.

Shehadi’s uncle, Salim Abdullah, in a brown abaya and drawing heavily on a cigarette, was on the edge of tears. “My nephew had three brothers and two sisters, and they are very poor,” he said. “His mother Arash will now have to be looked after by us. Those killers have killed the hope of our family. He was the youngest boy.”

Behind Salim Shehadi, Syrian troops stood in full battledress as the coffins were brought from the hospital mortuary. All Syria’s military dead leave from the gloomy portals of the Tishreen Hospital, a vast concrete building in the suburbs of Damascus. Even the ambulance driver prostrated himself in tears over his vehicle.

Syrian television had a crew at the hospital, along with the ever loyal Syrian Arab News Agency, but it was highly unusual for a foreign reporter to be invited to this ceremony, let alone to speak to Syrian officers. Major Hatim explained to me that the two soldiers were killed in a planned ambush; the sniper was firing from between two houses. There was a strange confluence in this description. Opponents of Assad often claim that it is they that are fired on by snipers using the cover of buildings.

But few people in Syria now doubt that, however peaceful – and yet bloody – the anti-government demonstrations in Homs and Hama are, the Syrian Army has become a major target. Needless to say, Major Hatim, a 25-year army veteran, was also a supporter of the President.

Hatim talked of Syria’s “resistance” on the part of the Palestinians, that soldiers sometimes had to die for their country, that their enemy is Israel. There is much talk in Damascus of a “foreign hand” behind the killings in Syria, although the Major admitted that, in this case, “unfortunately the killers are Syrian”.

But Salim Shehadi wanted to say more. “I hope you will be honest and tell the truth,” he said. “Tell the truth about the killing of Syrian people. The hand of terrorists took my nephew. We are all ready to be martyred for Syria and for our President Assad.” It sounded too pat, this little speech from a grieving man, and a reporter must ask if this was a set-up. Yet the military had only four minutes before I arrived for the funeral, and I doubt if they could have coaxed this poor man to say these words.

Perhaps, up in distant Raka, they believe these words of loyalty – Abdullah Hilmi, Adalli’s uncle, an older man in a brown robe, said much the same – and certainly Major Hatim believed what he said. But what of those YouTube pictures, of the shooting of demonstrators and mourners at funerals – no danger of that at this funeral yesterday – and the 3,000 civilian dead of which the UN now talks?

I suppose that, until we Western journalists can investigate without government restrictions, it’s a YouTube picture against the word of two poor men in peasants’ clothes.

October 26th, 2011, 2:43 am


Khalid Tlass said:

Syrian student from Banias has something to say :

October 26th, 2011, 2:52 am


Khalid Tlass said:

The FSA is killing the soldoers, YES, Syrian Army IS a major target, and it should be.

October 26th, 2011, 3:05 am


Khalid Tlass said:

Syrian student from Banias has something to say, :-

October 26th, 2011, 3:11 am


Mina said:

Every now and then on SC, some people are trying to depict Turkey as a success story.
Everybody who know a little Turkey knows that businessmen and mafiosis are often hard to distinguish. It’s all in their films too.
Of course, there has been a tourism boom, thanks to the cheap package tours, but with the crisis this is not going to survive because European workers have to cancel their holidays and raising prices do not allow any to offer the same cheap prices.
Also, without the Turks emigrated in the EU (and especially Germany) who had been sending millions and investing, this miracle would not have occured.
I believe many in Turkey are afraid Erdogan will turn down Ataturk’s laws on laicity and bring Turkey closer to the Gulf standards of backwardness.

October 26th, 2011, 3:39 am


Khalid Tlass said:

The Islamsists won the election in Tunisia, lest just hope the authoroties don;t act stupid and launch a coup or delacre the results null and void, the way Algerian authorities did in 1991 and Turkish autorities did in 1998. The Arab secular middle and professional classes must get rid of their absurd fear of Islamists and stop using the Army to keep them out of power.

Also, expect Islamists to win hands-down in Libya and Egypt ( in Egypt the authorities are colluding with Salaffis). Also Shia Islamists will win IF the revolution succeeds in Bahrain, and so will Syria.

The credibility of Islamists is quite high among the general Arab populace ( this is what Ghalioun repeatedly says as well), and that of Leftists/Communists is quite low.

October 26th, 2011, 3:41 am


Dale Andersen said:

Good News for the Besho Boys (and girls) on SC:

In a wide-ranging television interview that stretched late into Monday night, Hassan Nasrallah, Hizbollah’s secretary general, said that the regime of President Bashar al Assad had weathered the worst of the crisis.

“Is Syria out of danger? We can say, to a very large extent, yes,” Mr Nasrallah said…

October 26th, 2011, 3:48 am


Revlon said:

Having failed to lend support to or rescue his buddy Qiddafi, Jr is desparately trying to save his last; Saleh.

Pro-Yemeni Revolution Army: Eight Syrian mercenry pilots were killed and three were wounded as their Antonove air plan crashed in AlSbai7a, Yemen.

الثورة السورية,منطقة :جاسم-نمر-الحارة-انخل-نوى
عملية فدائية نفذها ظابط لقتل طيارين سوريين استقدمهم الرئيس صالح لضرب اليمنيين
نشوان نيوز الأربعاء 26-10-2011الساعة 2:29 صباحا

استقدم الرئيس صالح
11مرتزقا من سوريا نظرا لامتناع الطيارين اليمنيين من تنفيذ مهام قتالية ضد أبناء شعبهم والمناطق المؤيدة للثورة وذلك في إطار التنسيق بين علي صالح وبشار سوريا

وفور وصول الطيارين المرتزقة السوريين إلى مطار صنعاء التاسعة مساء أمس الأثنين 2011/10/24 وبعد رفض عدد من الطيارين اليمنيين لنقل هؤلاء إلى قاعدة العند الجويه لقيادة طائرات ميج 29 تطوع الثائر البطل الشهيد الطيار عبدالعزيز الشامي بنقلهم على طائرة الأنتي نوف لكنه أخبر سرا بعض زملائه قبل إقلاعه أن هؤلاء المرتزقة لن يصلوا قاعدة العند ولن يتحقق لهم مراد الأعتداء على أبناء الشعب اليمني

وبالفعل اقلع بهم من مطار صنعاء متجها إلى قاعدة العند الجويه ومعه مساعدة الطيار محمود العرمزة وقبل وصوله إلى قاعدة العند في تمام الساعة 11و55 دقيقه من مساء نفس الليله وفي عملية إستشهادية بطوليه أسقط الشهيد البطل الطيار عبدالعزيز الشامي الطائرة بمن فيها في منطقة الصبيحة
لتنفجر الطائرة ويقتل الشبيحة في منطقة الصبيحة

ونجم عن ذلك إستشهاد الطيار الحر الثائر وجرح مساعدة فيما قتل ثمانية من المرتزقة الطيارين السوريين تم التعرف على جثث بعض منهم مثل المرتزق ديمو حاج قاسم والمرتزق عبدالحميد حلبوب وجرح الثلاثة الباقون

وتم نقلهم إلى مستشفى إبن خلدون في محافظة لحج في حالة حرجة وهم المرتزق محمود محمد العربد والمرتزق محمد محسن الحميد والمرتزق رمزي غفاري

هذا من بيان الجيش اليمني الموالي للثورة الشبابية

October 26th, 2011, 3:50 am


Revlon said:

The Syrian independance flag is increasingly replacing he Baath era one in demonstrations; Interestingly, its colors resemble those of the recently liberated Libya’s.

(Ya Ahel Tartous,
Ni7na bi7omos,
3alAsd mindoos.)

Video of a nightly demonstration in Wa3r neighbourhood,in support of the ongoing city-wide civil strike.
حمص الوعر مسائية الاضراب العام 25 اكتوبر 2011 ج 6 – سوريا – أموي

October 26th, 2011, 4:01 am


Revlon said:

Martyr Luay AlAmer was arrested by Asad forces, tortured and his body returned to his family.

The video shows the victim being sticked and stamped on by Asad forces and later as a body with marks of torture all over his body.

AlFatiha upon his soul,
May God bless his family with solace and empower them with patience.

خطير فيديو تعذيب لؤي العامر حتى استشهاده

October 26th, 2011, 5:44 am


Revlon said:

The SNC has succeeded to largely unite the opposition in exile.
However, and in spite of the unanimous and spontaneous mandate given by demonstrators to lead the way to liberate Syria, the SNC as a body, members, and a president have failed to reciprocate in both making an impact on the ground and in assuming a visible leadership role.

Mr Haytham AlMaleh has been filling the void in the Revolution leadership.

He has been the only prominent opposition leader in exile to look the nation in the eye and to frequently offer guidance, encouragement, and inspiration.

He is a savvy activist, an experienced human rights lawyer, a good communicator, a pragmatist and a no nonsense debater.

His views and agenda for effecting change most closely echo those of the Revolution on the ground.

The following video is a promo featuring Mr AlMaleh encouraging and guiding country mates to enter the next phase of the Revolution; Civil disobedience

الأضراب العام على كل التراب السوري 26-10-2011

October 26th, 2011, 5:44 am


majedkhaldoun said:

Syrian pilots,sent to Yemen to help Ali Saleh,they were killed in a suicidal act.
Syrian pilots were sent to Libya in the past to help Gaddafi and two died.
The syrian regime is trying hard to keep Saleh in power, Bashar and Saleh are the only two left.

October 26th, 2011, 6:30 am


Areal said:

291. jad said:

Robert Fisk: Assad’s army remains defiant as it buries its dead
Syrian officers told me 1,150 soldiers have been killed in Syria in the past seven months
Syrian television had a crew at the hospital, along with the ever loyal Syrian Arab News Agency, but it was highly unusual for a foreign reporter to be invited to this ceremony, let alone to speak to Syrian officers.

Foreign reporters from the Free Press are not asking to go to the Tishreen Hospital just across their Sheraton Hotel , they don’t need to be invited ; they just prefer to ask for a visit to the place where the protesters have been gathering last Friday for 5 minutes and watch and copy “juicy” fake videos on Youtube .

Certainly, Robert Fisk cannot say that in his “article” in the Independent if he does not want its comments to be banned from the UK website.

October 26th, 2011, 6:49 am


Areal said:

Syrian military personnel in foreign countries


Two Syrian Officers Martyred in Terrorist Attack in Cherchell, Algeria

Aug 29, 2011

DAMASCUS, (SANA)- Two officers from the Syrian Armed Forces were martyred in a terrorist attack which targeted the Military Academy in the Algerian city Cherchell on Saturday, a military source said on Sunday.

The two officers were attending a military training course at the above-mentioned Academy when it came under a terrorist attack which claimed the lives of a number of military members and injured others, the source pointed out.

October 26th, 2011, 7:03 am


Areal said:

299. Revlon said:

The Syrian independance flag is increasingly replacing he Baath era one in demonstrations; Interestingly, its colors resemble those of the recently liberated Libya’s.


Interestedly , the red color band in the Syrian flag is replaced by a green one , the color of the Saudi flag.

October 26th, 2011, 7:31 am


majedkhaldoun said:

Withdrawing the american ambassador from damascus,is for vague reason,US said it is done for safety of Mr Ford,I do not think he was in real danger,I think there is more to the story than this,specially he left so quickly and suddenly.

October 26th, 2011, 7:45 am


zoo said:

This time “packed’ on the largest square in Damascus: Omayyad Square

Syrians rally for Assad before Arab mission visit
By ZEINA KARAM – Associated Press | AP
26 October 20111
BEIRUT (AP) — Tens of thousands of Syrians packed a Damascus square Wednesday in a show of support for embattled President Bashar Assad, a few hours ahead of a visit by senior Arab officials trying to start a dialogue between the regime and the opposition.

The Arab ministerial committee led by Qatar’s prime minister was expected to arrive later in the day, but prospects for the mission’s success were dim in light of the opposition’s refusal to talk to the Syrian leadership.

The visit follows a meeting in Cairo last week by the 22-nation Arab League, which gave Syria until the end of the month to end military operations, release detainees arrested in the crackdown, and start a dialogue with the opposition.

Syria’s opposition refuses any dialogue with the regime, particularly while it continues its military crackdown on protesters, which the U.N. says has killed 3,000 people since the uprising against Assad erupted in March.

Bassma Kodmani, spokeswoman for the broad-based opposition group, the Syrian National Council, said it is “impossible” to talk about a dialogue within the current security crackdown.

“And even if the right conditions for dialogue prevail, the only thing to discuss would be a roadmap for the peaceful transfer of power,” she told The Associated Press.

Paris-based Kodmani echoed the feelings of Syrian anti-government protesters, many of whom expressed disappointment with the Arab League and called for suspending Syria’s membership.

“Russia gives Bashar international protection, Iran gives him weapons, and Arabs give him time,” read a banner carried by protesters in northern Syria Tuesday evening. “No dialogue with the killer of children,” read another.

The SNC had said in a statement Tuesday it was worried that the Arab League’s initiative “did not distinguish between the victim and the executioner.”

It also called for international protection for civilians, and for Arab and international observers to be allowed immediately into Syria to monitor the situation.

Human Rights Watch also called on the Arab ministers to demand that the government allow independent, civilian monitors into Syria to observe the behavior of security forces.

“Such monitoring would be an essential step to end the violence in Syria and restore a climate of trust,” the New York-based group said in a statement Wednesday.

Tens of thousands of Syrians carrying white, red and black flags and posters of Assad gathered at Damascus’ Omayyad square in a rally timed to coincide with the Arab ministers’ visit.

The opposition says authorities regularly stage massive rallies in support of the embattled leader even as his regime becomes increasingly isolated.

Assad, however, still has significant support among many Syrians, including those who benefited financially from the regime, minority groups who fear they will be targeted if the Sunni majority takes over and others who see no clear and safe alternative to the president. He also still has the loyalty of the bulk of the armed forces, key to his remaining in power.

Damascus appears to have grudgingly agreed to the Arab mission even though it refuses to have outsiders interfere in what it considers its internal affairs. Qatar, in particular, has been critical of the Assad regime’s crackdown.

Gulf countries seeking to suspend Syria’s membership in the Arab League because of its bloody crackdown on protesters failed to gain enough support for the move at the Oct. 16 meeting in Cairo.

Human Rights Watch also quoted Syrian activists as saying at least 186 protesters and residents have been killed in Syria since the Cairo meeting.

The Syrian government has staunchly defended its crackdown on protesters, saying it is the target of a foreign conspiracy.

On Wednesday, it issued a rare rebuttal to a recent report by Amnesty International that accused security forces and medical personnel of torturing wounded protesters at state-run hospitals. A statement issued by the Syrian Health Ministry said the Amnesty report was “full of fallacies and fabrications.”

The accusation that Syria is targeting doctors and raiding hospitals in search of wounded protesters has been made before by leading international human rights groups.

October 26th, 2011, 8:28 am


bronco said:

#307 MajedAlKhaldoon

Ford recalled:

As I said it before, the US is probably changing its strategy in Syria, in the wake of the Arab League initiative, the failure of the SNC and the immense regional changes( Libya, US withdrawal from Iraq, Turisk Kurdish uprisings etc..)

I believe Ford was recalled to be told that Syria should become peaceful at any cost, even keeping Bashar Al Assad in power until next election..

What happened to “the massive nationwide strike” called by the SNC?

October 26th, 2011, 8:43 am


Haytham Khoury said:

Documentary Film

October 26th, 2011, 8:45 am


Haytham Khoury said:

Military escalation before the Arab League visit to Syria

October 26th, 2011, 8:47 am


zoo said:

Instead of Ghaddafi, NATO leaders may end up in the International Criminal Court for homicide.

Kadhafi family to file NATO war crimes complaint
Moamer Kadhafi’s family plans to file a war crimes complaint against NATO with the International Criminal Court (ICC) for the alliance’s alleged role in his death, the family’s lawyer said Wednesday.

Marcel Ceccaldi, a French lawyer who previously worked for Kadhafi’s regime and now represents his family, told AFP that a complaint would be filed with the Hague-based ICC because NATO’s attack on the convoy led directly to his death.

“The wilful killing (of someone protected by the Geneva Convention) is defined as a war crime by Article 8 of the ICC’s Rome Statute,” he said.

October 26th, 2011, 8:48 am


Bronco said:

SNC legitimacy and popularity test: Any ‘massive ‘response observed?

“The Syrian National Council, an umbrella group bringing together Assad’s opponents, hailed the call for a general strike as “the first step towards civil disobedience that will bring down the regime,” in a statement.”
“We will not accept anything less than Bashar al-Assad’s resignation and his trial,” they said.

October 26th, 2011, 9:01 am


majedkhaldoun said:

Syria is in danger
the regime supporters say dialogue is the answer, then why are they supporting brutal and military suppression of the people?if they want dialogue they must stop the killing ,arrest and torture of peaceful protest.

October 26th, 2011, 9:14 am


Revlon said:

301. This the correct link to the revolution promo cited on top.

October 26th, 2011, 9:24 am


bronco said:

According to “activists and residents”, towns and rural areas around Homs and Idlib are reported to have followed the call for the “massive nationwide strike”.
Any confirmation for Homs center and other cities or towns?

Homs, northwest Syria strike to protest crackdown

AMMAN, (Reuters) – People in the city of Homs and nearby areas of northwest Syria staged a general strike on Wednesday over President Bashar al-Assad’s intensifying military crackdown on protesters, and two were killed in one town, activists and residents said.

They said most employees stayed home and most shops closed in the city of one million, and the strike was observed in wide swathes of the countryside around Homs and cities and towns in the northwestern province of Idlib near Turkey.

“Public employees participated for the first time. A few food shops have remained open,’ said a resident of Homs, who gave his name as Omar. Youtube footage showed shuttered shops on both sides of a main street in the nearby rural region of Houla.

Two protesters were reported killed in the Idlib town of Maarat al-Numaan on the Damascus-Aleppo highway, where businesses had shut down, anti-Assad activists said.

“Everyone closed shop and a crowd of thousands assembled near the mosaics museum in the centre of the town, where they came under fire. The AMN (security police) are still firing at random to break the strike,” a local resident said.

He was speaking by phone. The sound of machinegun fire was heard in the background.

Last week, businesses closed in the southern province of Deraa, which borders Jordan, in signs of expanding civil disobedience against 41 years of Assad family rule. The popular revolt is now in its eighth month.

“There is total closure. The streets of Deraa are empty, even the few butcher shops and pharmacies that were open are now closed,” said Jasem Masalmeh, a resident of Deraa town.

October 26th, 2011, 9:35 am


Tara said:

Pro-Assad rallies should not mean anything to any one. It is rent-a-crowd Inc business that can provide you with any volume of crowd for whatever purpose, including birthday celebration. Please do not feel excited about. NothinG exciting about “bought love”.

October 26th, 2011, 9:44 am


Revlon said:

MIAS Phalange of the Free Syrian army engaged with Asad Shabbeeha who tried to spoil the ongoing civil strike in Darayya, Damascus Governorate.
Compliance rate with the call for strike in Darayya was 90%

حركة سوريا شباب من أجل الحرية Youth Syria For Freedom
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
بيان صادر عن الجيش السوري الحر كتيبة معاوية بن أبي سفيان
قامت سرية المهام الخاصة التابعة لكتيبة معاوية بن أبي سفيان رداً على الممارسات القمعية لعصابات الأسد من أمن وشبيحة وإجبارهم للأهالي وأصحاب المحلات على فتح محالهم بالقوة فقامت السرية بالإشتباك مع هذه العصابات الأسدية في بلدة داريا المناطق التالية : ((شارع الثورة-شارع المعضمية-شارع الشهيد غياث-الدوار-جامع المصطفى-الثانوية الشرعية – ثانوية بنات داريا)) حيث أستخدمت عصابات الأسد المجرمة القنابل اليدوية لإحراق بعض المحالات مما نتج عن حرائق في بعض المناطق لإرهاب السكان تصدى أبطال بني أمية للأمن والشبيحة وكبدهم خسائر عدة بين قتيل وجريح
نسبة الإضراب في داريا كان(( 90% ))
عاش شعبنا الحرالأبي
17 minutes ago ·

October 26th, 2011, 9:46 am


jad said:

Hama: this report is saying that people where forced to stay home using intimidation and explosives against schools and the main market areas to scare people:
Homs: still a battle field with death in every corner

شـبـكـة أخـبـار حـمـاه | H.N.N
حماة || الأربعاء 26-10-2011 ||

هدوء الصباح و طمأنينة صلاة الفجر اغتيلت بعمليات تفجير بأيادي الجبناء، كتمت نداء أصوات المأذن بقوله “الله أكبر”.

استيقظت حماة اليوم على صوت انفجارين هزوا المدينة وفي أحد أكثر شوارع حماة حيوية “شارع العلمين”، وقد سمع دويهما في معظم أنحاء المدينة.
أراد اعداء الله أن تكون هذه الضربة هي الفاصلة بوجه من يريد الخروج من بيته (الطلاب الأطفال , المدرسات والمدرسين والموظفين).

تلى الانفجارات أصوات اطلاق نار في (ساحة العاصي وشارع العلمين والفراية والعليليات) ومناطق متعددة أخرى من السوق، أدى ذلك الى تخوف الأهالي من ارسال أبنائهم الى المدارس أو خروج الناس الى أعمالهم. لكنه ورغم ذلك خرج الكثير من الطلاب والكثير من الموظفين لطلب العلم والرزق.

وما صُدمنا به هو السبل الشيطانية لأبناء العهر لتنفيذ مآربهم بالإضراب القصري، حيث قامو بزرع عبوات ناسفة على حائط إحدى المدارس الخاصة وأخرى على حائط جامع النوري، وبفضل الله تم تفكيك هذه العبوات من قبل فريق الهندسة المختص.

وقام بعض مدراء المدارس وبعض المدرسين الخونة بدعوة الطلاب بالعودة لمنازلهم على الرغم من أن هذه المدارس في أماكن آمنة ولا يحيطها أي توتر , وقد قمنا بتسجيل أسماء الكثير من الخونة ليتم تسليمها للجهات المختصة، نذكر منها (مديرة مدرسة “مصطفى الكفت” و مدرسة “محمود حصري”).

وقام عدد من المندسين بتحريض الطلبة العائدين الى بيوتهم عند منطقة “البحرة” على التظاهر وتصويرهم … من ثم اقتادوهم الى مكان من الأمكنة التي ذكرناها سابقاً والتي زُرع بها عبوة ناسفة. أرادوا ازهاق أرواح أطفال لإستخدامها اعلامياً .. ولله الحمد، سلم الله ولم يصب أحد بأذى.

وقد قامت مجموعات ارهابية مسلحة بقطع الطريق على الكثير من الموظفين والمدرسين القادمين من الريف لكي لايتحقق شرط حضور الموظفين.

أحد مشرفين الشبكة أخبرنا أن المسلحين انتشروا داخل “سوق الطويل” وبدأوا بإطلاق النار تزامناً مع موعد فتح أبواب المحلات، مما أدى لعودة معظم الباعة لمنازلهم وقطع أرزاقهم في هذه الأيام المباركة قبل عيد الأضحى.

أحد مشرفي الشبكة مر في شارع العلمين أثناء قيام بواسل الجيش السوري البطل ووحدات الهندسة بتفكيك عبوة ناسفة في نقطة في الشارع تتصف بازدحامها بقربها من المديريات.

حماة الأن:
– الدوائر ووالمديريات فاتحة أبوابها وتعمل بشكل عادي والحركة بها خفيفة.
– البنوك والمصارف فهي تعمل والحركة بها خفيفة.
– معظم المحلات مغلقة بمنطقة الحاضر , اما في السوق ومنطقة المرابط :
فقد لاحظنا أن الكثير أصحاب المحلات يجلسون أمام محلاتهم ولم يفتحوا ابوابهم خوفاً من الوضع الأمني. ولم يمنع العديد منهم التجرؤ على فتح محله ضارباً عرض الحائط بالقنابل والرصاص.
– الحركة في سوق “8-آذار” جيدة والعديد من بسطات الخضرة متواجدة وتعمل بشكل طبيعي.
– الكثير من المدارس الدوام الرسمي بها نظامي وتعطي حصصها بشكل طبيعي.
– الأفران والبقاليات والصيدليات في الأحياء فاتحة وتعمل بشكل طبيعي مثل حي القصور.
– محلات الحلويات فاتحة وتعمل جيداً (سلورة و الروادي).
– الكراجات فاتحة والحركة بها نظامية.

تجمع حوالي 250 طالب عند الكليات وبمسيرة سريعة هتفوا من خلالها بإسم سوريا وللرئيس بشار الأسد.

*مرفق صور لمدينة حماة اليوم*

شـبـكـة أخـبـار حـمـاه | H.N.N
تقرير ريف حماه 26/10/2011
جماعات مسلحة تقطع طريق حيالين لمنع الناس والموظفين من الوصول للمدينة كم تم رصد اطلاق نار قريب من مدينة محردة كما وتم أيضا قطع طريق مصياف حماه في منطقة تيزين لمنع نزول الموظفين إلى المدينة
كما تم استهداف باص مبيت تابع لشركة أدى لاستشهاد اثنين وجرح 4 قرب محردة
كما تم استهداف أصحاب السرافيس لمنعهم من العمل اليوم ومنع الناس من النزول إلى المدينة
ننوه بأن جيشنا الباسل يقوم بمتابعة المسلحين الارهابيين والاشتباك معهم
قرى ريف حماه الشمالي ( طيبة الامام ومورك وكفرزيتا ) خروج مظاهرات ومنع أصحاب المحال من فتح محالهم
استهداف باص مبيت قرب سلمية على طريق سلمية – زغرين في منطقة جبل كاسون
مما أدى إلى استشهاد 11 جندي من جنودنا الأبطال 9 منهم من قرية واحدة بينهم ضابط برتبة عقيد وجرح 3 آخرين
وقتل أحد المسلحين واعتقل آخر من الذين هاجموا باص المبيت
كما وصلنا أنباء عن اعتقال 3 مسلحين كانوا مصابين ومختبئين في سلمية صباح اليوم
وكانوا في إحدى مشافي سلمية منذ يومين
البارحة تم اختطاف مواطن من آل مجحود من قمحانة على يد مسلحين ووجدت اليوم جثته مذبوحا ومنكل به
كما تم اختطاف المواطن غسان دنيا البارحة في السقيلبية على يد مسلحين من داخل محطة المحروقات العائدة له
كم وردنا اختطاف 3 أشخاص من محردة ( بنتين وشب )
وهناك معلومات مؤكدة عن اختطاف عدة شباب من حماه على طرقات ريف حماه تم الافراج عن اثنين منهم بدفع فدية مقدارها ( 1 مليون ليرة )
اللهم احمي جيشنا الباسل وارحم شهداءه واجعل مثواهم جنات خلدك
اللهم احمنا من شياطين الارض وأصحاب الفتن يا الله
اللهم آمننا في أوطاننا واحمنا واحم شعبنا يا رب العالمين

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*سقوط ثلاث جرحى في حي باب دريب اثنان منهما بحالة خطرة , نتيجة اطلاق الرصاص الارهابي من عبدة العرعور باتجاه المواطنين
* استهداف حاجز عشيرة من دون اصابات . بقذيفة آر بي جي
* أصيب العميد المتقاعد يونس الجردي بطلق ناري في الفخذ و نقل إلى المشفى الأهلي بحي الزهرا .
* عدد كبير جداً من القنابل و القذائف الصاروخية اطلقت على المدارس
* قذيفة تصيب مجمع صحارى بحي عكرمة الجدية .
*استهداف سيارتين للأنشاءات العسكرية على طريق مصياف و لم يعلم حتى الآن عن الاصابات .
* اختطاف ممرضة من المشفى الوطني الساعة 12.00 و تم اطلاقها الساعة 2.00- محطة كفر عاية للقطارات , هجوم مسلح كثيف منذ ليل أمس و حتى الساعة الاشتباكات مستمرة . بالاضافة إلى استهدافها بـ 5 قذائف آر بي جي أحدها أصاب ميكروباص كان في المحطة مما أدى إلى اصابة عامل
خطف موظف بالشركة السورية للتأمين حسن ادريس من بيته في منطقة السكن الشباب .

October 26th, 2011, 10:03 am


Revlon said:

General strike: Saif Addouleh street, City of Aleppo.

أوغاريت || حلب :: حـي سيف الدولة , تقرير ميداني مصور أربعاء الإضراب العام 26\10\2011 الساعة الواحدة ظهرا ً

كان حي سيف الدولة بمسجد آمنة العريق والسباق لاحتضان مظاهرات أهالي حلب منذ البداية
واليوم أثبت أبناء حي سيف الدولة أنهم السباقون في بدء الإضراب الذي دعا إليه المجلس الوطني السوري
فكل من يعلم حلب ومر بشارع سيف الدولة الممتد من أمام جامع آمنة حتى نزلة المشهد يكون غاصا ً بالمواطنين الذين يأتون للتبضع من هذا السوق التجاري المعروف
واليوم … يمكن لكل من يشاهد الفيديو المرفق بالتقرير أن يلاحظ الفرق … فأغلب المحلات مغلقة والحركة التجارية مشلولة إلى حد كبير
نعم هناك من قام فتح محلاتهم وصورنا بكل شفافية الحالة كما هي …
كما لاحظنا بمحاولة لزيادة عدد البساطات التشبيحية في هذا اليوم في هذا السوق التجاري لمحاولة للإيهام بأن الحالة طبيعية وإشغال الأماكن قدر المستطاع أمام المحالات المغلقة.
ولكن والحمد لله لم تكن طبيعية بتاتا ً وهذا ما كان واضحا ً على ملامح كل من مر بشارع سيف الدولة
وهي الاستجابة الأولى المباشرة من تجار حلب الشرفاء لدعوة الإضراب العام … وستكون الخطوات القادمة أشد وأمر عليهم والمؤدية نحو العصيان المدني الشامل

October 26th, 2011, 10:06 am


Revlon said:

Not only healthworkers are partaking in Sahbbeeha atrocities, journalists and exjournalists also are; No wonder why regime news networks’ correspondants have balways been on top of events and able to quickly provide the reverse of the facts!
عناصر امن سابقون صحفيون لاحقون مشاركين في عمليات القتل والتشبيح في حمص
2011/10/26نشر فى: أخبار محلية

خاص كلنا شركاء – حمص
علمت كلنا شركاء ان بعض ما يدعى بالصحفيين في مدينة حمص والذين كانوا يعملون بصحف خاصة صفراء شاركوا بشكل فعلي وعملي بعمليات قتل المتظاهرين واعتقالهم , وبالتدقيق بهذه المعلومات فإن هؤلاء هم حقيقةً عناصر ينتمون الى أجهزة أمنية وإما تم طردهم منها سابقاً وتم إعادتهم إلي العمل الأمني الفعلي منذ بداية الاحتجاجات في سورية, أو كانوا يعملون صحفيين كغطاء لمهمات أمنية قبل الثورة السورية واليوم هم في قائمة قادة التشبيح الميداني بحمص

ومن هؤلاء الذين التقت بهم كلنا شركاء بشكل سري ودون الإفصاح عن هويتنا
المدعو ( ف – ح) وهو الشبيح الأخطر في حمص والذي كان يعمل كمدير تحرير في مجلة سياسية واجتماعية صفراء وهو عنصر مطرود بحسب زعمه من جهاز أمن الدولة منذ عدة أعوام وعمل صحفيا ميدانيا في هذه المجلة مدة سنتين وقبلها في مواقع الكترونية تابعة تمويليا وتحريرا لأجهزة الأمن… وشوهد المدعو (ف ح) يقوم بضرب المتظاهرين في ساحة الساعة الجديدة وفي البياضة وجب الجندلي ودير بعلبة وباب تدمر كما شوهد يحمل أسلحة حربية هي عبارة عن بندقية روسية ومسدسات وقنابل يدوية ,وفي حديث معه كان يتباهى بقتله لعدد من المتظاهرين!!! وفي الفترة الأخيرة تركز تواجده بحسب أقواله مع الأمن السياسي في باب السباع حيث اعطي كاميرا حديثة بغية تصوير المتظاهرين أو مجموعات مسلحة على حد زعمه كما اتبع دورات على القنص في معسكرات تابعة للمخابرات الجوية….

المدعو ( ن – ع – ر) وهو عنصر سابق ايضاً في جهاز أمن الدولة ويعمل ك “صحفي” في مجلة خاصة غير مشهورة اضافة لعمله حاليا مسؤولا عن تنسيق عمليات الشبيحة في عدة أحياء وشارك بتأسيس مجموعات تشبيحية تعمل تحت إمرته وشوهد وهو يعتقل عدد من المتظاهرين كما أنه ساهم في قتل متظاهرين في أحياء الشماس وباب سباع وبابا عمرو والوعر ,وبحسب حديث معه فإنه يتلقى رواتبه من مكتب الأمن القومي وهو يملك روسية خاصة به اضافة الى مسدس مرخص وأعطي من قبل الجهة الأمنية التي يعمل معها وهي الأمن العسكري قنابل يدوية وبندقية بومب أكشن وتتولى الأجهزة الأمنية امداده بالذخائر والأموال اللازمة كما تم تزويده بسيارتين مرسيدس نمرة ريف دمشق ودمشق.

المدعو (م – س) مساعد أول سابق في احد الاجهزة الأمنية وعمل كرئيس تحرير لمجلة خاصة بعد ذلك وهو يقوم بعمليات التشبيح مع فريق مؤلف من خمسة زملاء له في ريف حمص بأوامر أمنية وتقوم هذه الأجهزة الأمنية بامداده بالأموال والسلاح والسيارات بغية تنفيذ مهمات قذرة.

المدعو ( و – ي) وهو عضو في مايسمى بمجموعة الإعلاميين الشباب في اتحاد شبيبة الثورة ومسؤول فعليا وعمليا ً عن عمليات تشبيح وضرب وقتل متظاهرين منذ أول مظاهرة في حمص ومسؤول مباشرة عن تكسير محلات في المناطق الموالية بعد العثور على جثث الشباب الثلاثة منكل بها حيث افتعلت احداث لتظهر كردة فعل على وجود جثث الشبان الثلاثة , كما قام المدعو (و واخوه م ) وهو يضرب متظاهرين ويلاحقهم وخاصة من كان منهم من الاقليات وكان موكل اليه بشكل مباشر بث شائعات عن هجوم الحارات على بعضها في حمص ومسؤول عن التجييش الطائفي , المفارقة ان المدعو (و) شارك بجلسات الحوارات التي جرت في حمص وشارك فيها بصفتها مستقلاً وظهر على شاشة التلفزيون السوري والدنيا عدة مرات بنفس السياق.

October 26th, 2011, 10:22 am


ann said:

Tens of thousands of Syrians rally in support of Assad ahead of Arab


DAMASCUS, Oct. 26 (Xinhua) — Tens of thousands of Syrians rallied Wednesday in support for President Bashar al-Assad hours before the arrival of an Arab League (AL) ministerial delegation that aimed at finding ways to end the months-long crisis in the country.

The Umayyad Square in the capital of Damascus and nearby streets were packed with supporters of Assad, who is up against blistering international criticism over his alleged bloody crackdown on protest movement.

The crowds, waving Syrian flags and hoisting posters of Assad, shouted slogans such as “God, Syria and only Bashar,” while others carried banners, some of which read “Yes to the process of reforms launched by President Assad.”

Syrians took to streets to demonstrate solidarity with Assad in the face of the criticize by the United States against our people, Dr. Jamal Abbas, a professor in the Faculty of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering in Damascus, told Xinhua.

Muna Masri, a housewife told Xinhua during the event that “we came here out of love for our president and nobody coerced us demonstrating.”

“My son is in the military … The Libyan scenario will not occur here, we feel sorry for what the president is going through, we are with him till death,” Masri said while choking back her tears.

The rally came hours ahead of the arrival of the AL ministerial delegation, combining foreign ministers of Qatar, Egypt, Oman, Algeria, Sudan and the AL chief Nabil Arabi.

The delegation would hold a single meeting on Wednesday afternoon with Assad amid speculations that it would propose an Arab initiative to help put an end to the crisis in Syria through initiating dialogue between the regime and the Syrian opposition.

Gulf countries who were working to suspend Syria’s membership in the AL failed to gain enough supports during an AL meeting held in Cairo on Oct. 16.

They then decided to give Syria a 15-day deadline to enact a cease-fire and to form a ministerial committee to participate in Syria’s national dialogue.

The Syrian National Council, recently formed by Syrian opposition in Istanbul, urged the Syrians nationwide to observe a general strike on Wednesday to express rejection of the regime’s violent assaults on protesters across Syria that, according to the UN, have claimed the lives of more than 3,000 people including military personnel.

Al-Watan newspaper said Wednesday that Syrian authorities seized in the central province of Homs leaflets instigating youths to stage a general strike.

The United States and its European allies have slapped sets of sanctions on senior Syrian officials and entities while calling on Assad to step down.

The latest move by the United States was pulling its ambassador from Syria due to “credible threats against his personal safety in Syria,” according to a statement issued by the U.S. State Department. In response, Syria recalled its ambassador to the U.S. for consultations.

October 26th, 2011, 10:24 am


ann said:

Assad to preside over national dialogue conference – 2011-10-24

DAMASCUS, Oct. 24 (Xinhua) — Preparations have started for convening a national conference presided by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to discuss ways of finding an outlet for the months-long crisis the country is going through, the private al- Watan newspaper said Monday.

A preparatory committee chaired by Syrian Vice-President Farouk al-Sharaa would be formed soon to make preparations for an expanded national dialogue conference, said the paper.

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem has recently said that a presidential decree would be issued soon to form a preparatory committee grouping all spectra of Syrian people and national opposition figures.

The announcement came in the wake of calls by two moderate opposition parties on the Syrian government to speed up reforms, warning that some Arab and international sides are pushing towards military intervention in Syria.

The Popular Front for Liberation and Change and the National Democratic Initiative warned in two separate statements against the aggravation of the situation in the country given the slow pace of reforms.

The Popular Front urged other opposition parties to get engaged in the dialogue.

Syria has been plagued by unrest since mid-March when protests against Assad’s government erupted. More than 3,000 people including army and security members have been killed in the turmoil, according to figures released by the United Nations.

U.S. Senator John McCain said Sunday”now that military operations in Libya are ending, there will be renewed focus on what practical military operations might be considered to protect civilian lives in Syria.”

He made the remarks during the World Economic Forum in Jordan. However, the vast majority of the Syrian opposition has repeatedly dismissed the idea, while the U.S. administration also ruled out such ideas.

October 26th, 2011, 10:32 am


newfolder said:

Horrific video little girl Katherine Khabour, shot in the head and killed by security forces in Homs

October 26th, 2011, 10:49 am


ann said:

Syrian Human Rights Network Denounces the Amnesty International’s Baseless Statements about Syria

Oct 26, 2011

DAMASCUS, (SANA)- The Syrian Human Rights Network denounced the Amnesty International’s continuation to issue statements that are not based on real grounds and which lack credibility and distort facts regarding the situation in Syria.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, the Network said this distortion was evident in the organization’s earlier report on the situation in the Syrian prisons “which had been contradictory with the reality and completely untrue and was refuted by the monitoring committee at the Network.”

The statement stressed that the Amnesty International can not name any single prisoner who allegedly could have died under torture in the Syrian jails over the period of the events Syria is undergoing.

The statement cited the story of Zainab al-Hasni whom the organization had claimed she was abducted, killed and burned at the hands of the security personnel, and who later appeared on the Syrian TV well and sound and belied the false news about her death.

The Network dismissed as “totally untrue” the organization’s allegations about the situation in the Syrian hospitals which claimed that abuse practices and cases of abduction of patients took place in some of them, noting that the field visits it has made to the national hospitals and the interviews it had with Syrian and Arab patients refuted these allegations.

It called upon the Amnesty International and the human rights organizations to commit to objectivity and neutrality when writing reports and issuing statements so that they comply with the work mechanisms of human rights bodies called for by the international legitimacy and the International Declaration of Human Rights.

On Tuesday, the Ministry of Health issued a statement in which it refuted the allegations of the Amnesty International on patients undergoing abuse practices at the national hospitals in the cities of Homs and Baniyas as “untrue and full of contradictions and fabrications”.

The Ministry confirmed that till date no complaints of any assaults or any form of abuse practices committed by medical cadres or health staff against patients have been reported to the Ministry by any of the patients or of their relatives.

The Ministry denounced such allegations “which aim to distort the reputation of the Syrian health sector and create a state of lack of confidence in the national hospitals to serve biased purposes.”

The statement said that the Amnesty International’s report contradicted itself referring to abuses against patients at a private hospital, while at the same time highlighting the people’s fear to go to government hospitals and preferring to go to private hospitals.

The Ministry referred to the huge human and material losses the health sector has suffered due to the attacks launched by the armed terrorist and sabotage groups against doctors and medical cadres while performing their national duty in transporting injured people to hospitals.

It also cited the abduction of doctors and the sabotaging of several health establishments.

The Ministry said these attacks caused the martyrdom and the injury of dozens of high profile doctors and the damage of 60 ambulance cars and some parts of public hospitals which were burned by terrorists.

October 26th, 2011, 10:59 am


Revlon said:

Calender of Freedom
A series of innovative, peaceful means of activism to futher the cause of freedom.
It is periodically updated as new ventures arise.

Tha latest two were:
– Activists in Damascus launched an attack on the Republican palace at 1:00 am using a stong laser beam.
– Other activists managed to hang a carton made model of B Asad on Kafr Souseh Bridge!

روزنامة الحرية | هجوم على قصر الشعب المسلوب وإعدام الرئيس

أول شي عذرا لسع ما صار هالشي… قريبا إن شاء الله و لكن لنقل إنها كانت بروفا — بعدين إذا بالكم إنه اعدمنا لشوشو كنت ما حطت المقالة بالرئيسية؟

ملاحظة هامة: سيتم تحديث الصفحة كل مدة للعمليتين و ذلك للتشويق
قبل أن يعدم الرئيس اليوم كان هناك “هجوم لليزر الحرّية على قصر الشعب المسلوب!!”

تحديث 1:
قام شباب و شابات الحرية في أرض مهد الحضارة بهجوم الساعة الواحدة ليلا أمس عبر إطلاق حزمة قوية من الضوء مباشرة باتجاه القصر الجمهوري في دمشق لإخافة فاقد الشرعية و ليستيقظ مرعوبا على نداء الحرّية الذي تسرب لمخبأه بكل جرأة.. بعدها انطلق الرصاص المذعور من الحرّية في كل اتجاه!!

مفاجأة روزنامة الحرية اليوم هي إعدام الرئيس اللاشرعي أمام الشعب السوري بعد محاكمته من أحرار الشام و نفوس كرام!!! بقية المقاطع و المفاجآت ستنشر قريبا فانتظرونا.. !

October 26th, 2011, 11:01 am


ann said:

Amnesty International is a pro `israel organization

October 26th, 2011, 11:02 am


majedkhaldoun said:

Waching the child, Katryn Khabour shot is heartbreaking,was she posing any danger to Bashar, the killer of children,did he not think about his own kids,what a crime! be happy bronco,Ann, Habib and the rest of this gang,sleep well tonight, you will see this kid in your dreams,this blood could be one day one of your own kids.

October 26th, 2011, 11:07 am


Revlon said:

Sources: Colonel Harmoush was executed on Sunday, 23/10/2011 in the presence of Maher AlAsad.
ترحموا على البطل الشهيد المقدم حسين الهرموش

نشره زكي الأخضر في 26 تشرين الاول, 2011 – 05:23 المس

لم أتمالك نفسي ولم أصدق الخبر… تنفيذ حكم الاعدام بالبطل المقدم حسين هرموش، رحمة الله عليه رحمة واسعة، وإنا لله وإنا إليه راجعون، أؤلئك الأوغاد… سيدفعون الثمن غاليا قريبا إن شاء الله.

نص الخبر:

ماهر الأسد يحضر إعدام المقدم البطل حسين هرموش

تسربت أخبار مفادها تنفيذ الحكم الجبان بإعدام الناطق بأسم الضباط الأحرار وأول ضابط منشق عن جيش عصابة الأسد المقدم البطل حسين هرموش الأمس في مطار المزة العسكري وبحضور المجرم ماهر الأسد وأفادت الأخبار المسربة من قبل احد الضباط وهو برتبة لواء الى احد الضباط المنشقين والذي حضر عملية الإعدام إن الحكم الجبان نفذ يوم أمس 23 / 10 / 2011 صباحا وبحضور المجرم بشار الأسد وبمشاهدة مجموعة من الضباط الكبار لبث الرعب والأرهاب في قلوبهم وانذارهم بحال أنشقاههم بنفس المصير
. وكم أكد المصدر أنه جرى فيما بعد التمثيل يجثمانه الطاهر بطريقة وحشية وبربرية ولا نعرف أن كان تم تذويب جثمانه بالأسيد او تقطيعه للخلاص من جثمانه الذي ارعبهم حيا ويرعبهم وهو شهيداً .

أننا إذا نطالب النظام المجرم بالكشف عن مصير الهرموش وتسيلم جثمانه إلى ذويه أصولاً نحمل النظام المجرم عواقب هذا الخبر وعواقب تنفيذ هذا الحكم الجبان بالقائد الشهيد الهرموش، ونذكر النظام والجيش ألأسدي المتورط بجرائمه ضد الثورة وضد الشعب السوري الأعزل إن أيادي الضباط الأحرار وبنادق الثوار سوف تلاحقهم وتثأر للبطل المقدم حسين هرموش وتنفيذ القصاص العادل بكل الذين تورطو في تنفيذ هذا الحكم الجبان وتنفيذ الجرائم بحق الشعب السوري وسوف تشهد الأيام القادمة عن صدق قسمنا في الأخذ بالثأر من كل مجرمي هذا النظام ولن نستثني احد من أهدافنا وبنادقنا .

وكما نناشد المنظمات الدولية والصليب الأحمر للتدخل لدى النظام المجرم لتسليم جثمان الطاهر للمقدم حسين هرموش لذويه ليتم دفنه حسب الأصول والأعراف الدينية وبما يليق هذا البطل الشهيد .

عاش الشهيد البطل المقدم حسين هرموش
عاشت سوريا حرة أبيه
والخزي والعار للقتلة
والثائر والثأر والقصاص للشهيد حسين هرموش ولكل الشهداء من نظام بشار وماهر أسد

كتيبة القائد البطل الشهيد حسين هرموش
24 / 10 / 2011

تعليق: كل منا يشعر بالذنب لأنه لم يستشهد، كل منطقة في سوريا ليست محاصرة يشعر أهلها بالذنب لأنهم ليسوا محاصرين، ولكن أقول هذا النظام اللاشرعي المجرم هو وحده من يجب عليه أن يشعر بالذنب، هو أراد ذلك من أجل أن نلوم بعضنا البعض، ولكن من يرى استشهاد أخيه، فالأصل أن يشعر بالرغبة في الثأر له وإحقاق العدالة، لا أن يشعر بالرغبة بالموت، فإذا كل الشعب مات فمن يسقط هذا الطاغية؟؟!!


زكي الأخضر

October 26th, 2011, 11:11 am


ann said:

BBC Arab spring coverage to be examined for impartiality

Wednesday 26 October 2011

Review for BBC Trust will look at reporting of events in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Bahrain, Syria and Yemen

The impartiality of the BBC’s coverage of the Arab spring is to be examined by the former UN director of communications, Edward Mortimer, in an independent review for the BBC Trust.

The trust’s review will look at the BBC’s coverage of events in Tunisia and will then focus in particular on reporting of events in Egypt, Libya, Bahrain, Syria and Yemen.

Pro-democracy rebellions erupted across north Africa and the Middle East after a young Tunisian man set fire to himself in December 2010.

All coverage on BBC national TV and radio, online and from its World News operation will be examined and a report will be published in the autumn of 2012.

The review will be led by Mortimer, who is senior vice-president of the Salzburg Global Seminar and a Middle East affairs expert.

It will be the fourth examination of the corporation’s impartiality. Previously the trust has looked at BBC business coverage, its news and current affairs reporting of the four UK nations and the “impartiality and accuracy” of its science coverage.

Alison Hastings, BBC trustee and chair of the trust’s editorial standards committee, said: “The events that came to be known as the Arab spring were extremely fast-moving and complex. That makes it a difficult story to cover.

“The challenge for the BBC, as with all controversial areas, is to ensure that it maintains the high standards of impartiality and accuracy that audiences expect, both in the UK and around the world, where many rely on the BBC’s international news services.”

BBC coverage of the region is a delicate subject, as its Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen has previously highlighted.

In 2010 he attacked a BBC Trust ruling that found him guilty of inaccuracies in a report about Israel, saying: “As Middle East editor for the BBC, I’m under pressure from lobbyists. I am recognised by my peers as also being able to stick to my guns.”

He said he was attacked from all sides relentlessly, adding, “the BBC Trust, wrongly in my view, found me guilty of some inaccuracies, because of [complaints from] a campaign group in the USA, and in this country, who are the enemies of impartiality. They got through to the BBC Trust. I was found guilty.”

October 26th, 2011, 11:14 am


ann said:


Syria opposition strikes as Arab League holds talks – 26 October 2011

October 26th, 2011, 12:46 pm


jad said:


Actually they were only 5 people in the rally 🙂

نشيد العزة و الكرامة

مسيرة ساحة الأمويين طير الحرية ناصيف الزيتون

October 26th, 2011, 1:10 pm


Tara said:


Most non-Syrian Arab support the Syrian revolution.  Assad’s support is dwindling among Lebanese Shiaa!  While some minorities in Syria support Bashar out of minorities’ complex disorder, I find it extremely difficult to excuse non-Syrians of their support to Assad especially the Iraqi Shiaa.  There must be a deep seated hatred to explain some of this support.  It really is shame.   

“The overwhelming majority of Arabs in the six nations covered in the survey side with those Syrians demonstrating against the government (from 83% in Morocco to 100% in Jordan). And when asked whether Bashar Al Assad can continue to govern, the highest affirmative ratings he receives are 15% in Morocco and 14% in Egypt.

Most telling is the scant support the Syrian leader receives in Lebanon. From other results … we can see that the Lebanese haven’t stopped giving Hezbollah a net favorable rating and more than one-half of Lebanese Shia have a favorable view of the role played by Iran in Syria. But in questions dealing with the Syrian leader, it is clear that whatever support he might have commanded in the past is now gone.”

Opinion polls and regional media coverage suggest that the anti-Assad protests are widely backed the citizens of Arab countries, and they might even support an intervention — though not one by the West 
Foreign ministers at the Arab League headquarters on October 16 to discuss suspending Syria from the Arab League / AP

As atrocities in Syria continue, the question is inevitable: is the international community doing enough? Certainly the Syrian regime is, in analyst-speak, “increasingly isolated,” but what does that actually mean? There have been the usual condemnations of violence. Individuals like the U.N. high commissioner for human rights have called for the international community to protect Syrian civilians. It’s no surprise, of course, that the Western bit of the international community in particular is increasingly irritated, to say the least, with Syrian president Bashar al-Assad. But if you’re really looking to nail down what kind of “isolation” we’re talking about, perhaps the best indicator lies in the attitude of the Arab world.

The big pan-Arab dailies, at least, appear to universally support the anti-Assad protesters. Furthermore, a new public opinion poll out Tuesday suggests this trend extends to ordinary citizens — in other words, this is not a case of media elite-public divide. On the one hand, this seems obvious: even over the summer, an Arab American Institute poll found that while a plurality of respondents in their “Arab Attitudes” survey thought it was “too early” to call the Arab Spring, the second most popular response was that the uprisings were leaving the Arab world “better off.” On the other hand, consider the particulars: many in the Arab world are sensitive to signs of foreign interference, or even foreign judgment and the infiltration of Western values. Many in the Arab world also want leaders who prove themselves against Israel: Assad has unquestionably done that. Neither Israel nor its European and American supporters has been overly fond of the Syrian regime.

But it appears that favorability to the Arab Spring overrides these concerns. An article at the daily Al-Hayat directly addresses some of these issues, for example the fear of foreign interference, also expressed in an article in Al-Quds Al-Arabi (a notably pro-Palestinian and often anti-Western paper). “What if the people rebel and cannot achieve victory?” the author at Al-Hayat asks. “There must be no foreign interference,” runs the refrain. “The problem with this way of thinking,” though, the author continues, referring to the hardliners, is that “first, adherents [to this creed] love strategy and geopolitics and their calculations more than they love the people […] Second, they hate America more than they love the people.” Third, the article continues, somewhat redundantly, this view shows insufficient interest in supporting individual Arab communities.

It’s interesting to see the pro-Palestinian and generally aggressively anti-Western Al-Quds Al-Arabi also siding with the Syrian people. The paper runs one article questioning dictators’ mindsets, another with a Syrian’s recollection of his own disillusionment process, and another flatly stating in the first sentence, “It is not correct for one to ignore the great pain of Syria.” This last article also talks about “the regime of Bashar al-Assad, who repeats the massacres of his father,” comparing those massacres to terrorism. The article argues that the Syrian people “deserve” a chance to build a “modern national democratic Arab state.”

Even those articles concerned with regional stability are quick to express horror at Assad’s actions. The Egyptian Al Ahram, for example, describes “growing fears that Syria will slide into civil war,” but also distastefully refers to the “Syrian regime’s excessive use of force” and “opposition leaders who are being murdered in suspicious transactions.” Asharq Al-Awsat published an article worrying about regional repercussions, as Syria was once the “corner joint in the relationship between Iran and Turkey.” It also dedicates another article almost entirely to expressing skepticism at Assad’s feints at reform.

In addition, New York Times readers might note that the Times’s Anthony Shadid isn’t the only one suggesting Qaddafi’s killing might embolden the Syrian opposition. It’s also a view widely held in the Arabic-language media: “If there were those who thought that the violent repression of demonstrations would keep Arab rulers from Mubarak’s fate,” runs an Al-Quds piece, “the shattered body of Libya’s former governor has shown the alternative to the detention cage.”

All this isn’t to say that the Arab world isn’t still highly skeptical of Western attitudes on the Arab Spring — readers trolling through online articles will come across some pretty aggressive denunciations of NATO’s involvement in Libya. But if you’re looking for proof of the near universality of support for Syria’s protesters, look no further than a report published today by the Arab American Institute.

“The overwhelming majority of Arabs in the six nations covered in the survey side with those Syrians demonstrating against the government (from 83% in Morocco to 100% in Jordan). And when asked whether Bashar Al Assad can continue to govern, the highest affirmative ratings he receives are 15% in Morocco and 14% in Egypt.

Most telling is the scant support the Syrian leader receives in Lebanon. From other results … we can see that the Lebanese haven’t stopped giving Hezbollah a net favorable rating and more than one-half of Lebanese Shia have a favorable view of the role played by Iran in Syria. But in questions dealing with the Syrian leader, it is clear that whatever support he might have commanded in the past is now gone.”

So what does that mean for those who’d like to see the international community intervene to stop the slaughter of the opposition? Actually, the poll addresses this, too, and the message is exactly what you’d expect from reading the Arabic-language media on the subject: 

“Turkey’s interventions with Syria to date have won majority support in every Arab country […] The country receiving the lowest rating for its role in Syria is the United States, which should serve as a cautionary note for U.S. policy-makers. […] Syria appears not to be a place where U.S. interference will ultimately be welcomed.”

Is Syria the place where the countries of the Middle East will finally start policing themselves, calling repressive regimes on their games — at least the worst of them? Hard to know what CIA analysts would say to that right now, but the public opinion and media message is clear: it’s not as far-out a suggestion as you might think.

October 26th, 2011, 1:13 pm


Badr said:

“Amnesty International is a pro `israel organization”

Oh Really? Then check out this report.

October 26th, 2011, 2:01 pm



Umayad Square: Generous allowance for side streets and tunnels: 8.6 Hectare. You do your calculation about excessive capacity.

But that is not the issue, This is the issue

Nothing surprises me any more.

October 26th, 2011, 3:06 pm


Areal said:

332. Tara said:

Most non-Syrian Arab support the Syrian revolution. ……

The poll report is there :
by the Arab American Institute Foundation !!!

Any statistician can explain why the methodology of this poll is clearly flawed and biased to obtain the PRE planned results by this “opposition” organization.

Furthermore and not unexpectedly , they did poll people in
Egypt Lebanon Jordan KSA UAE**
but not in Algeria and in Irak.

October 26th, 2011, 3:11 pm


Tara said:

Egypt, Lebanon, and KSA are good enough samples. Egypt specifically is the cornerstone of what “Arabic” is.

I always liked the Egyptians and I always liked most Lenanese, although some Lebanese are annoying me lately. I think the long lasting Syrian occupation made some of them them more like the primitive occupier (the regime that is). Just see the Lebanese sycophants on TV, fat and ugly with no charm and no sophistication: very not Lebanese.

October 26th, 2011, 3:24 pm


Haytham Khoury said:

الصفحة الرئيسية > الأخبار > اخبار اشورية

الشبكة الآشورية لحقوق الإنسان تكشف اسم معتقل سوري جديد قاربت مدة اعتقاله العشرين عاما

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ADO اورغ – خاص : كشفت الشبكة الآشورية لحقوق الإنسان عن اسم جديد لمعتقل سوري قاربت فترة سجنه العشرين عاما. وقالت الشبكة في بيان لها من استوكهولم أن “السلطات السورية لازالت تعتقل المواطن السوري فهمي زيا نانو منذ شهر كانون الأول العام 1991”.

وأكدت الشبكة أن نانو “اختطف من منزله في بيروت الشرقية اثر مكالمة هاتفية من أحد عملاء المخابرات، استدرج على إثرها وتم نقله في سيارة جيب الى سجن المزة في سوريا ، وفق الرواية التي قدمتها شاهدة عيان في بيروت كانت قريبة جدا من الحدث لمراقبين في الشبكة الآشورية لحقوق الإنسان”.

وأدانت الشبكة الآشورية لحقوق الإنسان “اختطاف واعتقال مواطن سوري دون جرم ودون محاكمة أو تهمة مدة عشرين عاما، بما يتناقض ومبادئ الشرعة الدولية لحقوق الإنسان من جهة، ومع مواد الدستور السوري من جهة أخرى”، داعية السلطات السورية “للافراج الفوري عن المعتقل فهمي نانو دون تأخير وبضرورة وقف الانتهاكات الفاضحة ضد حقوق الإنسان الممارسة على نطاق واسع في سوريا، وإطلاق سراح جميع الناشطين والمعتقلين السياسيين فورا”.

وهذا نص البيان كاملا :

علمت الشبكة الآشورية لحقوق الإنسان (قيد التأسيس) أن السلطات السورية لازالت تعتقل المواطن السوري فهمي زيا نانو منذ شهر كانون الأول العام 1991. والمعتقل من مواليد بلدة تل جمعة في محافظة الحسكة العام 1964، والده زيا نانو (متوفي) والدته خاوا نويا وردا (متوفية)، وله خمسة اشقاء : كريم وزهير وسفر و موسى وعيسى، وشقيقتان : كريمة (متوفيه) وفهيمة.

ولم تتمكن الشبكة من تحديد تاريخ الاعتقال بسبب عدم توافر أي معلومات لدى عائلة المعتقل، إلا أن مصادرنا أكدت أن نانو اعتقل إثر عودته الى لبنان بعد أن زار والدته التي كانت ترقد في أحد المشافي في مدينة دمشق لتفارق الحياة بعد اعتقاله بأسابيع أو أشهر قليلة.

وتفيد المعلومات المتوفرة لدى الشبكة الآشورية لحقوق الإنسان بأن نانو اختطف من منزله في بيروت الشرقية اثر مكالمة هاتفية من أحد عملاء المخابرات، استدرج على إثرها وتم نقله في سيارة جيب الى سجن المزة في سوريا ، وفق الرواية التي قدمتها شاهدة عيان في بيروت كانت قريبة جدا من الحدث لمراقبين في الشبكة الآشورية لحقوق الإنسان.

ولايزال فهمي نانو معتقلا الى غاية هذا التاريخ دون أن تتمكن عائلته خلال عشرين عاما من معرفة مصيره أو معرفة مكانه ولا جرمه ولاحكمه، ولم تجرؤ يوما على المطالبة العلنية بكشف مصيره خوفا من بطش السلطات السورية وانتقامها. إلا أن بعض الروايات المنقولة عن سجناء أطلقوا من سجن صيدنايا مؤخرا أكدت أن نانو لا يزال على قيد الحياة، الأمر الذي دفع عائلته الى التحرك من أجل معرفة مصيره من جديد.

ان الشبكة الآشورية لحقوق الإنسان إذ تدين اختطاف واعتقال مواطن سوري دون جرم ودون محاكمة أو تهمة مدة عشرين عاما، بما يتناقض ومبادئ الشرعة الدولية لحقوق الإنسان من جهة، ومع مواد الدستور السوري من جهة أخرى، فإنها تدعو السلطات السورية للافراج الفوري عن المعتقل فهمي نانو دون تأخير. كما تطالبها بضرورة وقف الانتهاكات الفاضحة ضد حقوق الإنسان الممارسة على نطاق واسع في سوريا، وإطلاق سراح جميع الناشطين والمعتقلين السياسيين فورا.

الشبكة الآشـورية لحقوق الإنسان

October 26th, 2011, 3:44 pm


Haytham Khoury said:

عبد الأحد اسطيفو من القاهرة : التقينا أوغلو والعربي و زيارتنا إلى ليبيا لشكر المجلس الأنتقالي

ADO – القاهرة – خاص : قال عضو المكتب التنفيذي في المجلس الوطني السوري عبد الأحد اسطيفو أن وفد المجلس الذي زار ليببيا للقاء المسؤولين في المجلس الانتقالي الليبي عقد قبلا في انقرة مباحثات مع وزير الخارجية التركي ولاحقا في القاهرة مع نبيل العربي الأمين العام للجامعة العربية.

وأوضح اسطيفو في تصريحات صحفية لـ “ADO اورغ” أن “وفد المجلس الوطني قدم التهاني للثوار الليبيين لمناسبة انتصار ثورتهم وتحرير بلدهم من نظام القذافي وشكرهم على اعترافهم بمجلسنا وغلقهم للسفارة السورية وتسليمها للمجلس الوطني السوري”. وأضاف اسطيفو “كانت الاجواء ودية جدا، وقد أعرب الإخوة في المجلس الانتقالي الليبي وفي مقدمتهم الاخ مصطفى عبد الجليل عن دعمهم الكامل للمجلس الوطني السوري”.

وعن لقائهم بوزير الخارجية التركي أحمد داوود أوغلو أوضح اسطيفو ان “الاجتماع كان بدعوة من الخارجية التركية وكانت الاجواء ايجابية الى حد كبير”. وعن إمكانية أعتراف تركية بالمجلس الوطني أعرب اسطيفو عن اعتقاده أن “الاعتراف التركي بالمجلس الوطني وارد جدا في الاسابيع القليلة القادمة”.

و حول اللقاء الذي جمع وفد المجلس الوطني بالامين العام للجامعة العربية نبيل العربي

أوضح اسطيفو ان “الدعوة جاءت من طرف الامين العام للجامعة وان الحوار كان بناء ومثمرا”، معتبر ان “هذا اللقاء هو بمثابة اعتراف شبه رسمي من الجامعة العربية بالمجلس”.

هذا و من المقرر أن يغادر وفد المجلس إلى استنبول لاستكمال اجتماعاته من أجل بناء هيكلية مؤسسات المجلس الوطني السوري.

يذكر ان السيد عبد الأحد اسطيفو يمثل المنظمة الآثورية الديمقراطية (تنظيم سياسي سوري آشوري معارض يتواجد قيادته ومعظم أعضائه في سوريا) في المكتب التنفيذي للمجلس الوطني السوري الذي أعلن عن تشكيله في الثاني من أوكتوبر الحالي.

October 26th, 2011, 3:48 pm


majedkhaldoun said:

Ultimatum SUNDAY

October 26th, 2011, 4:15 pm


amal said:

306. majedkhaldoun said:

Withdrawing the american ambassador from damascus,is for vague reason,US said it is done for safety of Mr Ford,I do not think he was in real danger,I think there is more to the story than this,specially he left so quickly and suddenly.

Oh really!

U.S. hopes its envoy will return to Syria by November 24

go on feed us more of your believable muslim brotherhood propaganda

we’re all dumb here on sc


October 26th, 2011, 4:20 pm


Tara said:


Heard the same thing. If thug one does not agree, the AL would declare their failure which would be the basis for foreign intervention. I think prince Hamad said it clear. The AL is doing everything possible to relieve their conscious before any foreign intervention takes place. I think Besho wants the time to discuss with IrN

October 26th, 2011, 4:20 pm


ann said:

339. majedkhaldoun said:

Ultimatum SUNDAY

is that before or after church service? 😀

stop you’re killing me 😀


October 26th, 2011, 4:23 pm


majedkhaldoun said:

Amal said
“we’re all dumb here on sc”

No , only you.

October 26th, 2011, 4:25 pm


Tara said:


Just want to tell you, I never heard a women in my entire life saying ” LMAO”. I think you are a different breed of women. Very “unusual” one if you will.

October 26th, 2011, 4:27 pm


majedkhaldoun said:

Ann said
“is that before or after church service?

stop you’re killing me ”
That will be after Bashar burial

October 26th, 2011, 4:37 pm


Tara said:

I was pretty worried and felt cranky all day long until I heard prince Hamad interview on Aljazeera. I think Thug one is finally cornered. He knows that if he does not agree to the AL initiative, he is facing foreign intervention. It is his choice. Foreign intervention means an end for him similar to Quaddafi’s. I expect him to agree to the AL initiative and then try to maneuver his way around. I hope AL outsmarts him in the second phase too. His final end is approaching and I deserve a very well made cup of Arabic coffee. tfadalou.

October 26th, 2011, 4:43 pm


Khalid Tlass said:

I say, is Katherine Khabour, the girl whlo was shot today in Homs, Christian ? If she is, what does NORMAN DARYLL ANN SNP have to say ?

October 26th, 2011, 4:57 pm


alex said:

The Pentagon and social media

The Pentagon is actively seeking to understand, influence and control these platforms and the messages they transmit. In July, the technology arm of the Department of Defense, DARPA, announced a $42 million program to enable the U.S. military to “detect, classify, measure and track the formation, development and spread of ideas and concepts (memes)” within social media.

Wired magazine calls the project the Pentagon’s “social media propaganda machine” because of its plans for “counter messaging of detected adversary influence operations.”

In order to “allow more agile use of information in support of [military] operations” and “defend” against “adverse outcomes,” the project will enable the automation of processes to “identify participants and intent, measure effects of persuasion campaigns,” and ultimately, infiltrate and redirect social media-based campaigns overseas, when deemed necessary.

October 26th, 2011, 5:04 pm


alex said:

DJ US Ambassador Hopes To Be Back In Syria Next Month
2011-10-26 20:17:51.187 GMT

WASHINGTON (AFP)–U.S. Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford, who was abruptly withdrawn this week because of security threats, hopes to return to Damascus before the end of November, the State Department said Wednesday.

“Let me just say he has bought his Thanksgiving turkey for his embassy staff, and he wants very much to have Thanksgiving dinner for his folks there. So that’s our expectation, it will be sometime before Thanksgiving,” State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said.

Thanksgiving falls on Nov. 24 this year.

(END) Dow Jones Newswires
October 26, 2011 16:17 ET (20:17 GMT)- – 04 17 PM EDT 10-26-11

October 26th, 2011, 5:08 pm


majedkhaldoun said:

Do you agree this is weird?

October 26th, 2011, 5:12 pm


amal said:

351. majedkhaldoun said:

Do you agree this is weird?

going for broke huh


October 26th, 2011, 5:18 pm


Khalid Tlass said:

About pro-Government rallies, people are broyght in from Lebanon, Palestinian refugees are forcefully brought in at gunpoint 9 thoigh the PFLP terrorists come most willingly).

And those who accuse us of terrorism shold be careful what they wish for, these large menhebak gatherungs can easily be BOMBED, and you know the extent of casualties if that were to happen, people would be scared shitless to come out and attend Menhebak rallies. That it has not happened only proves we are not terrorists, becoz bombing such dumb gatherings is a piece of cake for the dumbest terrorist.

October 26th, 2011, 5:19 pm


amal said:

majedkhaldoun your credibility on this board is as high as khalid tlass


October 26th, 2011, 5:24 pm




In response to the US $48 Million MEMES Manipulation project, the Iranian and Syrian Research Labs have produced an Artificial Neural Network software that does more for less (Just feed it). The program known as ANN has been in operation since the first day of unrest in Syria and seems to have influenced many, thought to be sane people, into showing their REALITY as insane, Giraffe loving singers and dancers on bodies. However, the infamous statistististician realistician REAL says that REALITY is different from real reality (as long as it is all capitalized). The rediscovery of this fundamental axiom is sending shockwaves that sent thousands of soldiers into civilian clothes to pray for the eternal giraffe of Damascus.


October 26th, 2011, 5:28 pm


Ya Mara Ghalba said:

You-are-a-bad-boy-and-you-should-resign-by-all-means principle:

Formal statement of the European Council of the European Union, dated 23 Oct 2011: “The European Council… stresses its strong support to the Syrian people as they express their legitimate aspirations for a life in freedom and dignity. It condemns in the strongest terms the ongoing brutal repression led by the Syrian regime against its population as well as the widespread human rights violations. President Assad must step aside to allow a political transition to take place in Syria.”

Lavrov: The principle of the West, “You are bad” is a dangerous principle to resolve disputes with.

Lavrov: “If the international community promotes the theory that “You are so bad you cannot make any Hawwarmek and should leave government office no matter what the consequences”, of course, that would be incitement to violence and unrest.”

Makes sense to me.

The European Council statement of 23 Oct also says “The EU has decided to place restrictive measures aimed at those… who support or benefit from the regime, not at the civilian population.” Thus the EU seems to think that the civilian population doesn’t support or benefit from the regime. That is not just ignorant. It is psychotic.

October 26th, 2011, 5:35 pm


majedkhaldoun said:

Bashar asked for two weeks,Hamad insisted on three days,Bashar wanted to pracrastinate,he failed.

October 26th, 2011, 5:38 pm


amal said:

hamster you had an excellent oppurtunity to overturn the government in Syria and you blew it! now it’s time for you and you killer buddies to admit defeat, bow down and kiss assad shoes


October 26th, 2011, 5:39 pm


Tara said:


Failed prediction? It is ok. Anything can we do to comfort you?

AL is strongly anti-Bashar. He is not going to last until the new election. He will deal with a major defeat before 2012. I told you I have a sixth did not believe me.

October 26th, 2011, 5:49 pm


majedkhaldoun said:

Go join SNK at the beach.

October 26th, 2011, 5:53 pm


Tara said:

The guy who heads the Nahda part in Tunis is very annoying. I did not like him. He appeared very arrogant on 2interviews I followed on Aljazeera.

October 26th, 2011, 5:56 pm


Bronco said:

Tara #359

Are you joking? Whose predictions failed???

1- You predicted a ‘massive nationswide strike” and it failed: only a few villages around Homs and Hama followed(“One of the largest took place in the village of Halfaya in the central province of Hama”)
Do you know how many people live in this village?
2- One million supporters of Bashar Al Assad were on Omayayad Square and not a small square as you predicted.
– The SNC refused the dialog against your recommendation to Haytham’s
– Sheikh Hamad of Qatar will meet again with Bashar on Sunday.

Even the heavily biased Zeina Karam from AFP had to admit it.

Arab delegation says Syria eager to end crisis

BEIRUT (AP) — Arab officials held a “frank and friendly” meeting with Syrian President Bashar Assad Wednesday, the head of the delegation said at the beginning of a regional effort to resolve a bloody 7-month revolt, the most serious challenge yet to the four decade Assad dynasty.

The Arab committee is trying to start talks between Assad’s government and its opponents, but protest leaders reject any dialogue with the regime while it continues its brutal crackdown, which the U.N. says has killed more than 3,000 people since March.

Activists said at least 15 civilians were killed Wednesday in military operations across the country, 12 of them in the flashpoint central city of Homs.

The meeting in Damascus between the Arab ministerial committee and Assad came hours after tens of thousands of Syrians packed a main square in the Syrian capital, chanting, “the people want Bashar Assad.” Assad succeeded his father, and together the family has ruled Syria for more than 40 years.

Qatari Prime Minister Sheik Hamad Bin Jassem Bin Jabr Al Thani was quoted as saying that the Arab delegation felt that the Syrian government is eager to work with the Arab committee “in order to reach a solution.”

Sheik Hamad told reporters that the Arab committee and the Syrian government will hold another meeting on Sunday either in Syria or in Qatar.

October 26th, 2011, 6:40 pm


Darryl said:

348. KHALID TLASS said:

“I say, is Katherine Khabour, the girl whlo was shot today in Homs, Christian ? If she is, what does NORMAN DARYLL ANN SNP have to say ?”

Tlass, I do not support any killing of any form and I am not sure we you get this idea that I am an unshakable supporter of the government.

Having said that, the answer to your question above, a mentally blind Muslim like you is definitely partly to blame. A person like you who is preoccupied with death instead of life it self, is always part of the problem instead of being part of the solution. Do you get my drift Tlass?

October 26th, 2011, 6:41 pm



Honest Bethoist
Amal is not a hypocrite
She practices what she preaches

She kisses betho’s shoes in the morning
And at night she’s one of his leeches

Behold the two cells in her brain
which are enough for all of his speeches

But when she thinks out loudly
Al we hear is rust and her screeches

For Amal is a primo shoe kisser
A practitioner of what she preaches

Devoid of an ounce of integrity
But patriotism to the honorable she teaches

Amal is not a hypcrite
She practices what she teaches

She kisses betho’s shoes in the morning
And at night for sure one of the leeches

October 26th, 2011, 6:48 pm


zoo said:

Gaddafi son wants to surrender to The Hague – NTC

If he gets alive to the ICC, he may reveal all what Ghaddafi was prevented to reveal about deals with Sarkozy and the UK and other countries? I think the Western countries prefers him dead.

Former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s son and heir apparent, Saif al-Islam, and ex-intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senussi have reportedly suggested turning themselves in to the International Criminal Court in The Hague.

October 26th, 2011, 7:07 pm


Areal said:

However, the infamous statistististician realistician REAL says that REALITY is different from real reality (as long as it is all capitalized).


“Will laugh well who will laugh the last”

October 26th, 2011, 7:09 pm


Tara said:



I am not kidding at all.  

First, I hoped and prayed for massive strike and did not predict it.  Secondly, the million supporters you are claiming filling Umayad square are not million but even if they are, they are rent-a-crowed.  In authoritarian brutal regime, you can buy about anything you like including what appears to be love and passion.  You can have people kneel to you and kiss your toes.  You know that Bronco…You do not need Tara to tell you.  Thirdly, the square thing was not my prediction either.  It was a joke I heard going around and I shared it.   

Now my only prediction was that the AL and specifically Qatar will outsmart Bashar and leave him with no choice.  I also predicted that they are not in support of him and they support the revolution.  YOU, on the other, hand insisted that the AL is in favor of Bashar and wants him to stay.  

Also, Hamad said that if Bashar agreed to the AL’s initiative, he then would take it up with the opposition.  He did not say that the opposition declined.  We have heard contradictory comments from the SNC.  I still do recommend that if Besho agrees on sitting down with the SNC in one of my favorite Arab capital, Cairo that is, they should go for it.

Sunday is 3 days from now. I will again ask you then if there is anything we can do to comfort you as I would like you to admit that power and money can buy you almost anything but not true love, not the AL’ love at this time.  Have you checked the Arab’s sentiment poll I linked earlier?    

October 26th, 2011, 7:12 pm


irritated said:

Syrian Hamster #365

I thought it was impossible to write poems more stupid that the ones written on SC by the Israeli self-claimed poet, Andersen.

You proved the contrary.

October 26th, 2011, 7:14 pm





Will laugh well who will laugh the last

Good because this fool was the first to laugh

October 26th, 2011, 7:17 pm


Tara said:

Syrian Hamster

Your writings are fine art…Lots of people can’t appreciate fine art. You need the taste for it.

October 26th, 2011, 7:26 pm


jad said:

I never trusted Jordan or Turkey regarding Syria, there is always something suspicious:

داود أوغلو يحذّر الأسد من اللعب بالورقة الكردية

أطلق وزير الخارجية التركي أحمد داود اوغلو، امس، ما يشبه التحذير من أن أية محاولة من قبل سوريا للعب بالورقة الكردية، واستخدامها من جديد، ستكون نتائجها معروفة سلفاً، معتبراً أن ما يحصل في سوريا «أليم جداً»، مؤكداً ضرورة وقف العمليات «غير الإنسانية» ضد المدنيين، مؤكداً أن بلاده «تسعى لتنسيق التعاون مع الأردن وبقية دول المنطقة كي لا نسمح بحدوث أي نوع من الظلم في سوريا، سواء تجاه الحكومة أو المواطنين، ونسعى للوصول إلى حل جذري في هذا الموضوع».
وقال داود اوغلو، في مؤتمر صحافي مع نظيره الأردني ناصر جودة في عمان، «نحن جيران لسوريا، ونتأثر بجميع الأحداث التي تحدث في سوريا، وأوضحنا موقفنا تجاه ما يحصل في هذا البلد بشكل واضح. نحن نرى أن ما يحدث أليم جداً والعمليات التي تحدث هي غير إنسانية ووجود قتلى مدنيين هو أمر مؤسف حقاً».
وأضاف داود اوغلو، الذي التقى الملك الأردني عبد الله الثاني، «نحن سعينا بكل ما بوسعنا لحل هذه المشاكل، لكن الحكومة السورية، لم تستجب لمطالبنا ولا زالت مستمرة في استخدام أساليب قاسية ضد مواطنيها». وتابع «نتمنى أن يكون هناك نجاح للجهود التي نسعى إليها في أن يتوقف سيل الدماء في الشارع السوري»، مؤكداً أن «على الحكومة اتخاذ خطوات جادة لإيقاف ذلك بدلاً من زيادته، وسحب قواتها العسكرية من مختلف المدن».
وأوضح داود اوغلو انه «منذ آب، ونحن نحاول التواصل مع الجامعة العربية والدول العربية ووزرائها لكي نجدد التفاعل في هذا الموضوع، فنحن لا نستطيع أن نغضّ النظر عن هذا الموضوع المهم والحساس للمنطقة ولنا ولكم». وقال «يجب علينا جميعاً أن نفعل ما بوسعنا لإيقاف الأحداث المستمرة يومياً»، مؤكداً أن أنقرة «تسعى لتنسيق التعاون مع الأردن وبقية دول المنطقة كي لا نسمح بحدوث أي نوع من الظلم في سوريا، سواء تجاه الحكومة أو المواطنين، ونسعى للوصول إلى حل جذري في هذا الموضوع».
من جانبه، أكد جودة أن «تركيا هي الجار الشمالي لسوريا ونحن الجار الجنوبي لها، ومصلحة سوريا هي مصلحتنا. وبحثنا المساعي التي تبذلها اللجنة الوزارية العربية المشكلة من قبل مجلس جامعة الدول العربية لمحاولة إيجاد حل للأزمة في سوريا وتوحيد الصف ووقف إراقة الدماء وإعادة الاستقرار والأمن وتحقيق الإصلاحات المطلوبة»، مشدداً على أن «سياسة الأردن الخارجية ثابتة، وهي عدم التدخل بالشؤون الداخلية لأي دولة».
وفي حوار مع صحيفة «يني شفق» قال داود اوغلو، رداً على سؤال عما إذا كان يمكن لسوريا أن تلعب بالورقة الكردية ضد تركيا، «إذا نظرنا إلى التجارب السابقة فإن استخدام مثل هذه الورقة يجب ألا يمر لحظة في الأذهان. فالجميع يعرف النتائج التي تسفر عن ذلك».
ونفى داود اوغلو حصول أية لقاءات جديدة على أي مستوى مع الرئيس السوري بشار الأسد منذ لقائه معه في أوائل آب الماضي.
وعن اعتبار البعض أن سقوط العقيد الليبي معمر القذافي هو مقدمة لسقوط الأسد، قال داود اوغلو «إن لكل بلد شروطه الخاصة. البنية المذهبية والاتنية في سوريا مختلفة كثيراً عن ليبيا. وتوجد في جغرافيا حساسة جداً. ولها مشكلة لم تحلّ بعد مع إسرائيل. إنها مثل دول أخرى ذات بنية حساسة مثل لبنان والعراق. الأمر الوحيد والمشترك والذي لا يتغير هو أن أية سلطة لا تأخذ مشروعيتها من الشعب لا يمكن أن تبقى. الزعماء الذين يلحظون ذلك يعطون أولوية للتغيير. ومن لا ينهجون ذلك يحصدون نتائج سلبية، وكل واحد يجب أن يستخلص من المثال الليبي الدروس الضرورية».
وانتقد داود اوغلو المشاهد التي عرضت للقذافي أثناء اعتقاله وقتله، وأعرب عن أسفه لها وكان يفضل ألا تُعرض. وقال إن القذافي قد ارتكب أخطاء كثيرة «وقد عملنا لأشهر لعدم وصوله إلى هذه النهاية. لكنه فضّل أن يحارب شعبه وأن يصفه بالجرذان».
وحول إعلان رئيس المجلس الانتقالي مصطفى عبد الجليل عن اعتماد الشريعة الإسلامية في نظام الحكم، قال داود اوغلو «إن عبارات عبد الجليل كانت عامة، والعالم العربي سيشهد مثل هذه النقاشات. ويجب النظر إلى هذه المناقشات على أنها طبيعية في ظل الديموقراطية. والمهم أن تلتقي كل النظرات تحت قبة البرلمان».
وقال داود اوغلو إن المساعدات التي أعلنت تركيا عن استعدادها للقبول بها من اجل منكوبي زلزال فان شملت 30 دولة، من بينها إسرائيل، و«قد سارعت إيران وأذربيجان إلى تقديم كل المساعدات لأنهما دولتان جارتان برياً. وعندما أرسلت تركيا طائرات لإخماد الحرائق في إسرائيل كان على إسرائيل تقييم الخطوة وتتخذ قرارات. واليوم إذا أرسلت إسرائيل مساعدات فلا يعني أي تغيير في موقفنا منها. لا زلنا على موقفنا الكامل. إذ إن الجهة التي عليها أن تبادر إلى خطوات هي إسرائيل، وليس تركيا».
(السفير، بترا، ا ف ب، ا ش ا)

October 26th, 2011, 7:33 pm




October 26th, 2011, 7:41 pm


Bronco said:

Tara #368

I am sorry you “hopes” of massive strikes failed.

What about the “next it will be smaller square” was it just a hope?
You can always try to convince yourself it was a costly rent a million Syrian operation. I have serious doubt. Sorry, your poll is as ‘valid’ as the one of that ridiculous Christian university in California that made the headlines a few weeks ago.

About the SNC, sorry, but I think you did not read the article. It says specifically that the SNC has rejected the dialog.

Bashar has NO choice, we all know it, and he will very probably go along with the offer from the AL and proceed with the dialog whether in Syria or in Doha. I doubt it will happen in Cairo. This will be negotiated in Sunday. Bashar will not sit with any opposition that has called for him to step down, so the SNC as an organization is out of the equation.
Bashar will lead the national dialog as announced and he will not step down.

The SNC has two choices, one is to become irrelevant by not participating in a AL sponsored dialog, the second is to send some of its members to the dialog discreetly so they save their face. The SNC has been ‘outsmarted’ and squeezed. They are probably debating what to do now.

My predictions are clear while yours are fuzzy.
Could you spell out clearly what are your “hopes” and what are your “predictions”

October 26th, 2011, 7:51 pm


Tara said:

Seif al Islam is now pleading to surrender himself to the ICC. Not too long ago, he pointed a finger at the Libyans on TV warning them that he will turned Libya into hell. Ironically, the hell affected his family the worst. His father was bludgeoned to death, 3 brothers were killed, and the rest of the family fled.. Not only that, but also the whole family entered the dustbin of history as brutal criminal psychopaths who stole a country.

I am amazed how people think they are invulnerable. Bashar is obviously unable to learn any lesson from the Qaddafi’s chapter. Sad sad fate appears to be pre-destined for him. Of course, After all he is a children killer…

October 26th, 2011, 7:53 pm


Tara said:


Sorry but you are not nice today.

“Bassma Kodmani, spokeswoman for the broad-based opposition group, the Syrian National Council, said it is “impossible” to talk about a dialogue within the current security crackdown.
“And even if the right conditions for dialogue prevail, the only thing to discuss would be a roadmap for the peaceful transfer of power,” she told The Associated Press”

Above does not mean they rejected the AL initiative. Does it? Of course, the only thing to dialogue about is the peaceful transfer of power, nothing else. That is the only dialogue I personally support.

Were you referring to a different article that ” I did not read”? My prediction is not fuzzy. Bashar destiny is approaching. He is not gonna last till 2014. And AL initiative is anti- not pro Bashar. It is to remove him and not to sustain him in power.

October 26th, 2011, 8:13 pm


Syria no kandahar said:

Tara’s bought love:

October 26th, 2011, 8:21 pm


majedkhaldoun said:

You said Bashar agrees to go for dialogue,AL is saying he must stop the killing machine first,refusing to do that means he does not caccept AL demands,AL demending not the dialogue first, but stop completely the killing arrest and also demanding the release of all ppolitical prisoners,this is where you are wrong.
If and when he stop the killing and release the prisoners,then the SNC will accept to join the dialogue,SNC did not refuse dialogue in a case he stopped the killing,SNC said he must stop the killing first,then SNC will join the dialogue.
AL in its demands outsmart Bashar and his regime, he is trying to buy time,give him three days only AL outsmart him .Bashar was given ultimatuim,if he does not comply,AL will say they failed,that will open the door for foreign intervention,and Turkey and China are saying his refusal will be a major mistake.
You said Bashar will not sit with SNC,He may but this means he refuse to talk with the opposition.

October 26th, 2011, 8:23 pm


Tara said:


Thanks. That is exactly what I was trying to say.

October 26th, 2011, 8:31 pm


Ghufran said:

حماية المدنيين ام تغيير النظام؟
اعتقد ان النظام لن يرفض المبادره العربيه و لكن سيحاول بالتدريج كسب بعض التنازلات و إحراج المعارضه
لن يقبل النظام بالتفاوض مع المجلس الوطني الا بمشاركة اطراف المعارضه من الوسط و اليسار
اقول للجميع بان الوقت قد حان لنبذ العنف و السماح للسوريين باختيار من يمثلهم و القبول بالآخر و الاحتكام لصناديق الاقتراع و ليس الرصاص
كانت سوريا قبل الاسد و غيره و سوف تحيا بدون الاسد و غيره

October 26th, 2011, 8:38 pm


Dale Andersen said:


RE: “…the Israeli self-claimed poet, Andersen…”

I am not a JewBoy, you pathetically ignorant son of a three-legged goat…

October 26th, 2011, 8:52 pm


Zoo said:

Foreign minister tells Syria not to stir up Turkey
Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has sent a stern warning to Syria’s government, telling Damascus to not even think about seeking to raise tensions in Turkey by inciting the country’s Kurdish citizens
Syria’s embattled government should not even consider trying to incite Turkey’s Kurds in a bid to foment tension in its northern neighbor, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has warned Damascus during talks on the Arab Spring in Qatar.

“They should think about the past and not even think about playing such a card. Everyone will see the results of such an act,” Davutoğlu said Oct. 25 during an official visit to Doha.

Davutoğlu met the Libyan National Transitional Council (NTC) Chairman Mustafa Abdul Jalil as part of his talks in Doha.

Speaking about the death of former Libya leader Moammar Gadhafi, Davutoğlu said he was sorry about the violent nature of the colonel’s end.

“Even though it may be explained through social and psychological reasons, I was sorry [to see this end]. I watched for a while and then could not watch more. It is saddening that a political and biological life has ended in this way for a leader who was present for almost the entire time during and after the Cold War,” said Davutoğlu.

But Gadhafi was also somewhat responsible for his end because he ignored his people’s demands and international calls, including ones from Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, for reform, Davutoğlu said.

‘Can’t survive without legitimacy’

Davutoğlu refuted recent reports that Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad could share Gadhafi’s violent end, saying the two countries had different structures.

“Syria’s ethnic structure is different than Libya. It is located in a more critical political region. [Syria] has unsolved problems with Israel. It [is close to] sensitive places like Lebanon and Iraq,” said Davutoğlu.

The minister, however, said Syria was similar to Libya in that it was not possible for governments who lose legitimacy in the eyes of their people to survive. “There are lessons from Libya that everyone can take.”

October 26th, 2011, 8:59 pm


majedkhaldoun said:

He will not refuse AL demands,is something and doing what AL demands is something else.AL is saying he must stop the killing,release political prisoners, if Bashar does not do it ,this means he refused,just saying he will not refuse AL demands,,but at the same time he will not stop the killing and will not release political prisoners this equivalent to not accepting AL initiative.
I agree that Bashar is trying to extract concessions from the opposition, but the opposition has only one demand,for Bashar to resign and hand down the authirity to the interim goverment, all the fake reforms are not what the opposition is asking for.

October 26th, 2011, 9:02 pm


Tara said:


In case you missed the raving about RF  personal integrity.

“Stu Jones, the U.S. Ambassador to Jordan who worked with Ford in Baghdad, said he is known for personal integrity”

October 26th, 2011, 9:03 pm


jad said:

الوفد الوزاري العربي إلى دمشق بين المصداقية ونظرية المؤامرة
الجمل: وصل إلى دمشق في الساعة الثالثة من بعد ظهر اليوم الأربعاء 26 تشرين الأول (أكتوبر) 2011م، الوفد الوزاري العربي، والذي سوف يعقد لقاء هاما مع القيادة السورية، حول ملف الاحتجاجات السياسية السورية، وفي هذا الخصوص، وبرغم التوترات التي حدثت خلال الأيام والأسابيع والأشهر الماضية بين دمشق وبعض الأطراف العربية، فمن المؤكد أن ينطوي حوار دمشق ـ الوفد الوزاري العربي على المزيد من الانفتاح المتبادل وتبادل الآراء، وما هو أهم من ذلك يتمثل في أن الوفد الوزاري العربي سوف يكون قد تعرف على تطورات الأحداث والوقائع الميدانية، بعيداً عن تأثيرات عمليات التضليل الإعلامي التي تجاوزت الحد المعقول خلال الأشهر الماضية.

* الوفد الوزاري العربي في دمشق: توصيف المعلومات الجارية
تحدثت التقارير عن تشكيل وفد وزاري عربي، ضم خمسة وزراء خارجية عرب، لجهة القيام بالتفاهم والحوار مع دمشق بخصوص ملف الاحتجاجات السياسية السورية، وفي هذا الخصوص نشير إلى النقاط الآتية:
• برزت بعض التوترات على خلفية النقاش حول ملف الاحتجاجات السياسية السورية داخل الجامعة العربية، إضافة إلى تولي قطر رئاسة الوفد والتي ينظر إليها الجميع بأنها أصبحت طرفاً حقيقياً في الصراع.
• أكدت التقارير، قيام الوزراء العرب المعنيين بزيارة دمشق، بزيارة دولة قطر يوم أمس الثلاثاء، وعقد لقاء تشاوري مع وزير الخارجية القطري.
• لم تصدر حتى الآن أي تصريحات أو مواقف رسمية حول طبيعة اللقاء، ولكن، وبحسب التسريبات والتقارير، فإن هناك العديد من النقاط الخلافية، التي من المتوقع أن يتصدى لقاء الوفد الوزاري العرب لها في اجتماع اليوم مع القيادة السورية.
اللافت للنظر، أن طرفي الصراع في مسرح الاحتجاجات السورية، قد سعوا إلى جعل زيارة الوفد الوزاري العربي، مناسبة لجهة القيام بعمليات استعراض القوى، وفي هذا الخصوص نشير إلى الآتي:
• سعت المعارضة السورية لجهة المطالبة بإضراب عام يهدف إلى إصابة الحياة اليومية بالشكل التام، وذلك بما يؤدي إلى توصيل رسالة قوية تقول بأن المعارضة السورية هي التي تنفرد بالسيطرة على المسرح السياسي، وحتى الآن لا يوجد ما يشير أو يؤكد بأن عملية الإضراب العام قد نجحت.
• سعت السلطات السورية إلى تسيير موكب وبناء حشد جماهيري ضخم ضم أنصارها، وقد امتلأت ساحة الأمويين إضافة إلى الشوارع الفرعية الرافدة لها، وتقول كل المؤشرات بأن موكب اليوم هو الأكبر والأكثر ضخامة في كل تاريخ الاحتجاجات السورية، الأمر الذي يشير بوضوح إلى أن السلطات السورية قد بعثت برسالة قوية للوفد الوزاري العربي مفادها، إن دمشق ما تزال الأكثر حصولاً على الدعم والسند الشعبي.
تبادل الرسائل الميدانية بين أطراف الاحتجاجات السورية، سبقته عملية إعلامية كبيرة سعت من خلالها بعض القنوات الفضائية الكبرى الداعمة للمعارضة لجهة القيام طوال يوم أمس باستضافة رموز المعارضة السورية الخارجية، إضافة إلى التحدث تلفونياً مع من ظلت هذه القنوات تطلق عليهم تسمية مسؤولي التنسيقيات الاحتجاجية في المناطق السورية وبالذات حمص وريفها.

* الوفد الوزاري العربي: المصداقية أم نظرية المؤامرة
على أساس اعتبارات فعاليات تحركات الجامعة العربية إزاء سوريا، تنظر الأوساط الشعبية والرسمية، وأيضاً الدولية والإقليمية، لهذه التحركات ضمن منظورين:
• المنظور الأول: يقول بأن تحركات الجامعة العربية تهدف حقيقة إلى حل أزمة ملف الاحتجاجات السياسية السورية بالوسائل العربية، وذلك بما يدرأ شبح التدخل الأجنبي، ومنع أي مخاطر جديدة على غرار ما يحدث ويجري حالياً في ليبياً.
• المنظور الثاني: يقول بأن تحركات الجامعة العربية، تهدف حقيقة إلى إكمال إحدى ملفات المؤامرة الكبرى الجارية ضد سوريا، وذلك لأن الجامعة العربية بعد قيامها باستدعاء التدخل الدولي في ليبيا، فإنه سوف لن تجد في المضي قدماً باتجاه إنفاذ المزيد من التدخلات الأجنبية في المنطقة.
هذا، وبكل وضوح يلاحظ أن الداعمين للمنظور الأول هم قلة من الناس، أما الداعمين للمنظور الثاني ـ منظور نظرية المؤامرة ـ فهم يشكلون الأغلبية العظمى، وتأسيساً على ذلك، نلاحظ أن تحركات الجامعة العربية إزاء سوريا، بدأت بعض الأطراف تنظر لها بالمزيد من الريبة واللايقين، وذلك بسبب المعطيات الآتية:
• سعت واشنطن أكثر من مرة لجهة القيام باستهداف سوريا عن طريق القرارات الدولية، بما يتيح إنفاذ نفس نسخة سيناريو التدخل الدولي الجارية ضد ليبيا في سوريا.
• استطاعت واشنطن الحصول على دعم قرار الجامعة العربية الذي طالب بالتدخل ضد ليبيا.
• تفادت واشنطن إصدار أي قرار دولي لجهة التدخل في اليمن. ولكن بعد قيام دول مجلس التعاون الخليجي الحليفة لواشنطن بتقديم مبادرة لحل الصراع اليمني، لجأت واشنطن لاحقاً لجهة دعم صدور قرار مجلس الأمن الدولي الذي طالب صنعاء بإنفاذ بنود المبادرة الخليجية.
وتأسيساً على ذلك:
• سوف ينعقد اليوم لقاء الوفد الوزاري العربي مع القيادة السورية، فهل يا ترى سوف يسعى الوفد الوزاري العربي لاستخدام نتائج لقاء دمشق من أجل بلورة مبادرة عربية تكون على غرار المبادرة الخليجية التي هدفت لحل الأزمة اليمنية.
• تحدث زعيم المعارضة السورية الخارجية خلال اليومين الماضيين مراراً وتكراراً حول مطالبة المعارضة بالتدخل الدولي في سوريا، وأكد رفضه لأي مبادرة عربية أيا كانت، فهل سيسعى الوفد الوزاري العربي للتفاهم والتعامل مع المعارضة الخارجية الرافضة أصلاً للمبادرات والحوار، أم مع المعارضة الداخلية التي أبدت رغبة في الحوار والاستماع للمبادرات.
المثير للشكوك يتمثل في حقيقة التطورات الجارية بشكل موازي لزيارة الوفد الوزاري العربي للعاصمة السورية دمشق:
• تحدث السيناتور الأمريكي جون ماكين قائلاً بأنه لا يستبعد حدوث تدخل خارجي ضد سوريا، ولكن حدوث هذا التدخل يتوقف حصراً على نتيجة جهود الجامعة العربية الجارية حالياً.
• سوف يقوم السيناتور جو بايدن (نائب الرئيس الأمريكي) على رأس وفد رفيع المستوى بزيارة العاصمة السعودية الرياض، بهدف تقديم العزاء للسعوديين في وفاة ولي العهد السعودي، وما هو جدير بالملاحظة يتمثل في أن زيارة بايدن قد جاءت بعد إنهاء مراسم العزاء، إضافة إلى أن توقيتها قد جاء بعد مرور يوم على زيارة الوفد الوزاري العربي إلى دمشق.
وبكلمات أخرى، أكثر اختصاراً، هل المطلوب أن تتم فعاليات زيارة الوفد الوزاري العربي إلى دمشق، ثم بعد ذلك تقوم الجامعة العربية بإصدار مبادرة تتوافق بنودها شكلاً ومضموناً مع توجهات محور (الرياض ـ الدوحة ـ واشنطن ـ أنقرا) المرتبط بالمعارضة الخارجية السورية، بما يجعلها مبادرة تطرح سقفا تعجيزيا غير قابل للتنفيذ، وبعدها يتم الزعم بأن دمشق قد رفضت المبادرة، بحيث يتم لاحقاً إفساح المجال أمام أطراف مثلث واشنطن ـ باريس ـ لندن، والسعي للضغط من أجل دفع مجلس الأمن الدولي على إصدار قرار يدعم المبادرة المتوقعة افتراضياً؟
حتى الآن، لا نستطيع سوى أن نتوقع، ولكن على الأطراف الأخرى أيضاً أن تتوقع، لأن بيئة دمشق الجيوسياسية تختلف كثيراً عن بيئة صنعاء وطرابلس الغرب.

الجمل ـ قسم الدراسات والترجمة

October 26th, 2011, 9:16 pm


Ghufran said:

الضغط مطلوب من الجامعه و غيرها لدفع مسار الحوار و نبذ العنف و هذا الضغط يجب ان يستهدف النظام اولا لانه الطرف المسبب في العنف منذ البدايه و لانه الجهه القويه عسكريا و الضعيفه سياسيا
يريد النظام الكثير و تريد المعارضه الكثير و لن يكون هناك حل بدون تنازلات خاصة من جانب النظام
المشكله ان اي اتفاق لن يعيش بدون ادراك الطرفين ان القوه لن تنفع في سوريا و لذلك فان انسحاب الجيش و تقليم اظافر المخابرات و اطلاق سراح السجناء السياسيين مطالب جوهريه للناس
ليس واضحا حجم نفوذ المعارضه السياسيه في الشارع الذي لا يسمع اليوم الا خطابات الدم و العنف و الانتقام
كيف يمكن إيقاف العنف اذا كان ابطاله لا يسمعون؟
اقترح بعض المعارضين ان يتم توسيع جبهة المعارضه و استقطاب شخصيات من الداخل و تشكيل حكومة وحده وطنيه بدلا من محاولة انشاء لجان متعاطفه مع النظام تقوم بسن القوانين بدون اي مشاركه حقيقيه من المعارضه
اساس المشكله في سوريا النظام و اساس الحل تغيير النظام و لكن بدون سفك الدماء و دعوة الناتو لتدمير ما بقي من الوطن الجريح

October 26th, 2011, 9:24 pm


Bronco said:


Unless you forgot, the SNC said in their official statement in Turkey and repeated it in the media. “We will not dialog with a killer. Bashar al Assad must step down. Our aim is to topple Bashar al Assad.”
Now you are telling me they will have an amnesia crisis and sit in a dialog lead by Bashar if the latter complies with AL requests?

Why is Qatar calling Syria for another meeting on Sunday, if according to you he gave Bashar an “ultimatum” of 3 days?
My opinion is that the time frame and the way of pacifiying Homs and Idlib is part of a deal covering all aspects of the solution proposed by the AL. In case of failure, AL will have to face its second defeat in peaceful diplomacy after the “no-mercy” disaster of Libya and Qatar will loose its credibility as a peace broker in the region.

There is much more than you think going on in the background. We shouldn’t oversimplify it.

October 26th, 2011, 9:25 pm


Tara said:

Ghufran 385

Agree with you completely. The only problem is that I have serious doubt that the regime is not going to fight until the bitter end.

October 26th, 2011, 9:32 pm


Bronco said:

Tara #383

“Stu Jones, the U.S. Ambassador to Jordan who worked with Ford in Baghdad, said he is known for personal integrity”

A US Ambassador publicly praising another US ambassador? He must have something serious to hide.

October 26th, 2011, 9:35 pm


Ghufran said:

التجاوب مع الدعوه للاضراب كان واسعا في بعض المناطق و محدودا في معظم المناطق

1 حماة دير الزور درعا ريف دمشق حمص الحسكة حلب ادلب طرطوس دمشق ريف دمشق اللاذقية
2 حلفايا اعتصام حلفايا – اعتصام الثوار نصرة لحوران 26-10-2011 دقة عالية ج3 مسيراتهم تخرج بل الحديد والنار ومظاهراتنا تخرج تتحدا النار احرار حلفايا شارع ستة إلا ربع اضراب ديرالزور :: إضراب عام بكافة محلات شارع ستة إلا ربع بديرالزور تنديداً بموقف الجامعة العربية والمهلة التي يقتل فيها الشعب السورية 26-10-2011 ناحتة اضراب شام : حوران : بلدة ناحتة : اضراب تام و شامل و تم اغلاق الطرقات الرئيسية دوما محاولة فك الاضراب الغوطة اضراب القامشلي اضراب تل رفعت اضراب بانياس اضراب شهدت بانياس اليوم إضراب عام بنسبة 95 بالمية وشمل الإضراب إغلاق المحال التجارية​v=a1gM1wxfuwA القيمرية إضراب دوما جبلة كامل المدينة
3 سهل الغاب اضراب سهل الغاب : إضراب عام يشمل المدارس و مؤسسات الدولة و القطاع الخاص بكافة قرى سهل الغاب القورية اضراب بصر الحرير اضراب حمورية اضراب تم تنفيذ الإضراب في مدينة حمورية بشكل كامل وقامت مظاهرة حاشدة رداً على مسيرة التأييد اللاعفوية شارع الدبلان اضراب عامودا اضراب الجامعة اضراب معرة النعمان سوق التجار اضراب برزة إضراب حرستا شارع هنانو (سوق الصاغة)
4 شارع صلاح الدين اضراب شارع التكايا اضراب المليحة الشرقية اضراب مضايا اضراب حمص المدينة اضراب حي الصاخور اضراب معرة النعمان محاولة فك اضراب اطلاق رصاص على المحلات التجارية القابون إضراب سقبا الصليبية
5 شارع المرابط ضراب دير الزور اضراب درعا البلد محاولة فك الاضراب : قوات الأمن تقوم بتكسير السيارات المارة في درعا البلد انتقاما من الإضراب الذي شل الحركة في المدينة و كامل المحافظة الصامدة حرستا اضراب تلكلخ اضراب إضراب عام في مدينة تلكلخ وإغلاق جميع المحلات والمصالح كفرنبل محاولة فك الاضراب كفرنبل : بعد نجاح الإضراب بشكل تام الجيش ينتشر في شوارع كفرنبل ويقوم بالإعتقالات العشوائية الميدان إضراب حمورية
6 شارع نزلة الجرذان اضراب البوكمال اضراب بصرى الشام اضراب بصرى الشام | الاضراب يدخل يومه الثامن في المحافظة وفي بصرى الشام وهناك عمليات اجرامية تقوم بهﻻ العصابة الاأسدية سقبا اضراب جورة الشياح اضراب كفر نبل اضراب مضايا
7 شارع الدباغة اضراب الطيانة اضراب قريتي الطيانة والقورية بدير الزور اليوم تقوم بإضراب كامل تضامناً مع جميع المحافظات نصيب اضراب اضراب شامل داريا اضراب جورة الشياح والقرابيص اضراب الهبيط اضراب‏ الزبداني
8 شارع 8 آذار اضراب دير الزور فك اضراب ديرالزور :: تواجد كثيف لعصابات الأمن والشبيحة في داخل المدينة .. وقاموا بالهجوم على عدد من أصحاب المحلات وكسر الأقفال لاجبارهم على فتحها واعتقال عدد منهم الحارة اضراب الكسوة اضراب الوعر اضراب كفرومة اضراب عربين
9 حي الشمالية اضراب نامر اضراب نامر اضراب شامل في نامر يشل حركة الحياه وقد تضامن الاخوه المسيحية مع اهالي نامر وشاركو بالاضراب والنسبه هي مئة بالمئة القصير اضراب معرة مصرين اضراب الكسوة
10 طريق حلب اضراب داعل اضراب تدمر اضراب خان شيخون اضراب الضمير
11 الحاضر اضراب تلبيسة / القرحانية اضراب تلبيسة : الفرحانية : إضراب كامل في تلبيسة وقرية الفرحانية شمل جميع المحلات والمدارس الثانوية والابتدائية حتى الموظفين وطلاب الجامعات والمعاهد سرمين اضراب سرمين _ إدلب || إضراب عام في سرمين شمل الموظفين والتلاميذ وكل المحلات التجارية وحالة شلل اقتصادي تعم البلدة قارة
12 كفرنبودة اضراب درعا المحطة اضراب لليوم الثامن دير بعلبة اضراب تفتناز اضراب تفتناز || جميع المحال التجارية والمدارس مغلقة وقد شارك جميع موظفي القطاع الحكومي والخاص وجميع الفنيين والحرفيين والصناعيين الاضراب وتم قطع طريق ادلب حلب كفر بطنا
13 سوق الطويل اضراب خربة غزالة اضراب لليوم ال 11 حي الكورنيش اضراب خان السبل اضراب خان السبل || تم الإضراب في قرية خان السبل وانطلقت مظاهرة طلابية في القرية وتم فض المظاهرة من قبل الجيش مع اطلاق نار داريا
14 أسواق حماة / المدينة الرئيسية اضراب جباب اضراب تيرمعلة اضراب أريحا اضراب قطنا
15 طلاب ثانوية العثمان مظاهرة ازرع اضراب إزرع: ما زال الاضراب مستمرا في مدينة إزرع لليوم الرابع على التوالي وما زالت قطعان الامن تجوب شوارع هذه المدينة طوال النهار حيث يجوبون كل الشوارع ويحاولون إجبار أصحاب المحلات على فتح محلاتهم ولكن دون جدوى ادلب اضراب زاكية
16 كلية الطب البيطري طفس اضراب طفس: الاضراب اليوم في مدينة طفس يشمل كل الفعاليات وكل مقومات الحركة بالمدينة المحال التجارية مغلقة بالكامل والمدارس مغلقة وسوق الهال مغلق والحركة متوقفة بالمدينة جرجناز اضراب
17 حي الحميدية مظاهرة ردا على مسيرة التأييد المسيفرة اضراب بنش اضراب
18 اسواق مدينة حماة الشيخ مسكين اضراب محمبيل
19 الحاضر الصغير سحم الجولان اضراب
20 مظاهرة طلابية شارع الشهداء اضراب
21 مظاهرة طلابية
22 شارع ابن رشد تسيل اضراب اضراب عام وشامل في بلدة تسيل يشل المنطقة تضامنا مع باقي المدن السورية
23 أسواق الحاضر الصورة اضراب
24 شارع العلمين كفرشمس اضراب اضراب في بلدة كفرشمس لليوم الخامس على التوالي مع رفض الطلاب الذهاب الى المدارس لليوم الرابع مع تحركات للجيش الموجود على الحاجز الموجوجد في البلدة توقعا لدخوله الى البلدة لفك الاضراب
25 شارع الزاغة (الصابونية) الحراك اضراب
26 شارع الجلاء جاسم اضراب جاسم: اعلان عن عصيان مدني واضراب يشمل كافة القطاعات العام والخاص والطلاب والجيش الان في الساحة العامة يقوم باجبار اصحاب المحال التجارية على افتتاح محالهم
27 دير البخت اضراب لليوم الرابع على التوالي قام ثوار دير البخت في حوران بإغلاق جميع المحال التجارية وقطع جميع الطرقات المؤدية للبلدة استعداداً للإضراب العام في سورية و تجهيزاً للعصيان المدني
28 نوى اضراب اضراب عام في مدينة نوى,وخروج عدة مظاهرات طلابية ,تنادي باسقاط النظام
29 انخل اضراب
30 المنطقة الصناعية اضراب شامل
31 درعا / شارع هنانو اضراب
32 درعا محاولة فك الاضراب
33 درعا محاولة فك الاضراب

October 26th, 2011, 9:38 pm


Tara said:

Bronco @386

Qatar meeting Assad again on Sunday because Bashar agreed to some but not all AL’s demands. You probably missed Hamad’sinterview on Aljazeera. Hamad said that if Assad does not agree to the rest of the demands of the AL on Sunday, he will call it a quit and declare failure. If Assad agrees to Al’s demands then the opposition will be approached.

October 26th, 2011, 9:38 pm


Ghufran said:

الإضراب حسب اوساط المعارضه

1 حماة دير الزور درعا ريف دمشق حمص الحسكة حلب ادلب طرطوس دمشق ريف دمشق اللاذقية
2 حلفايا اعتصام حلفايا – اعتصام الثوار نصرة لحوران 26-10-2011 دقة عالية ج3 مسيراتهم تخرج بل الحديد والنار ومظاهراتنا تخرج تتحدا النار احرار حلفايا شارع ستة إلا ربع اضراب ديرالزور :: إضراب عام بكافة محلات شارع ستة إلا ربع بديرالزور تنديداً بموقف الجامعة العربية والمهلة التي يقتل فيها الشعب السورية 26-10-2011 ناحتة اضراب شام : حوران : بلدة ناحتة : اضراب تام و شامل و تم اغلاق الطرقات الرئيسية دوما محاولة فك الاضراب الغوطة اضراب القامشلي اضراب تل رفعت اضراب بانياس اضراب شهدت بانياس اليوم إضراب عام بنسبة 95 بالمية وشمل الإضراب إغلاق المحال التجارية​v=a1gM1wxfuwA القيمرية إضراب دوما جبلة كامل المدينة
3 سهل الغاب اضراب سهل الغاب : إضراب عام يشمل المدارس و مؤسسات الدولة و القطاع الخاص بكافة قرى سهل الغاب القورية اضراب بصر الحرير اضراب حمورية اضراب تم تنفيذ الإضراب في مدينة حمورية بشكل كامل وقامت مظاهرة حاشدة رداً على مسيرة التأييد اللاعفوية شارع الدبلان اضراب عامودا اضراب الجامعة اضراب معرة النعمان سوق التجار اضراب برزة إضراب حرستا شارع هنانو (سوق الصاغة)
4 شارع صلاح الدين اضراب شارع التكايا اضراب المليحة الشرقية اضراب مضايا اضراب حمص المدينة اضراب حي الصاخور اضراب معرة النعمان محاولة فك اضراب اطلاق رصاص على المحلات التجارية القابون إضراب سقبا الصليبية
5 شارع المرابط ضراب دير الزور اضراب درعا البلد محاولة فك الاضراب : قوات الأمن تقوم بتكسير السيارات المارة في درعا البلد انتقاما من الإضراب الذي شل الحركة في المدينة و كامل المحافظة الصامدة حرستا اضراب تلكلخ اضراب إضراب عام في مدينة تلكلخ وإغلاق جميع المحلات والمصالح كفرنبل محاولة فك الاضراب كفرنبل : بعد نجاح الإضراب بشكل تام الجيش ينتشر في شوارع كفرنبل ويقوم بالإعتقالات العشوائية الميدان إضراب حمورية
6 شارع نزلة الجرذان اضراب البوكمال اضراب بصرى الشام اضراب بصرى الشام | الاضراب يدخل يومه الثامن في المحافظة وفي بصرى الشام وهناك عمليات اجرامية تقوم بهﻻ العصابة الاأسدية سقبا اضراب جورة الشياح اضراب كفر نبل اضراب مضايا
7 شارع الدباغة اضراب الطيانة اضراب قريتي الطيانة والقورية بدير الزور اليوم تقوم بإضراب كامل تضامناً مع جميع المحافظات نصيب اضراب اضراب شامل داريا اضراب جورة الشياح والقرابيص اضراب الهبيط اضراب‏ الزبداني
8 شارع 8 آذار اضراب دير الزور فك اضراب ديرالزور :: تواجد كثيف لعصابات الأمن والشبيحة في داخل المدينة .. وقاموا بالهجوم على عدد من أصحاب المحلات وكسر الأقفال لاجبارهم على فتحها واعتقال عدد منهم الحارة اضراب الكسوة اضراب الوعر اضراب كفرومة اضراب عربين
9 حي الشمالية اضراب نامر اضراب نامر اضراب شامل في نامر يشل حركة الحياه وقد تضامن الاخوه المسيحية مع اهالي نامر وشاركو بالاضراب والنسبه هي مئة بالمئة القصير اضراب معرة مصرين اضراب الكسوة
10 طريق حلب اضراب داعل اضراب تدمر اضراب خان شيخون اضراب الضمير
11 الحاضر اضراب تلبيسة / القرحانية اضراب تلبيسة : الفرحانية : إضراب كامل في تلبيسة وقرية الفرحانية شمل جميع المحلات والمدارس الثانوية والابتدائية حتى الموظفين وطلاب الجامعات والمعاهد سرمين اضراب سرمين _ إدلب || إضراب عام في سرمين شمل الموظفين والتلاميذ وكل المحلات التجارية وحالة شلل اقتصادي تعم البلدة قارة
12 كفرنبودة اضراب درعا المحطة اضراب لليوم الثامن دير بعلبة اضراب تفتناز اضراب تفتناز || جميع المحال التجارية والمدارس مغلقة وقد شارك جميع موظفي القطاع الحكومي والخاص وجميع الفنيين والحرفيين والصناعيين الاضراب وتم قطع طريق ادلب حلب كفر بطنا
13 سوق الطويل اضراب خربة غزالة اضراب لليوم ال 11 حي الكورنيش اضراب خان السبل اضراب خان السبل || تم الإضراب في قرية خان السبل وانطلقت مظاهرة طلابية في القرية وتم فض المظاهرة من قبل الجيش مع اطلاق نار داريا
14 أسواق حماة / المدينة الرئيسية اضراب جباب اضراب تيرمعلة اضراب أريحا اضراب قطنا
15 طلاب ثانوية العثمان مظاهرة ازرع اضراب إزرع: ما زال الاضراب مستمرا في مدينة إزرع لليوم الرابع على التوالي وما زالت قطعان الامن تجوب شوارع هذه المدينة طوال النهار حيث يجوبون كل الشوارع ويحاولون إجبار أصحاب المحلات على فتح محلاتهم ولكن دون جدوى ادلب اضراب زاكية
16 كلية الطب البيطري طفس اضراب طفس: الاضراب اليوم في مدينة طفس يشمل كل الفعاليات وكل مقومات الحركة بالمدينة المحال التجارية مغلقة بالكامل والمدارس مغلقة وسوق الهال مغلق والحركة متوقفة بالمدينة جرجناز اضراب
17 حي الحميدية مظاهرة ردا على مسيرة التأييد المسيفرة اضراب بنش اضراب
18 اسواق مدينة حماة الشيخ مسكين اضراب محمبيل
19 الحاضر الصغير سحم الجولان اضراب
20 مظاهرة طلابية شارع الشهداء اضراب
21 مظاهرة طلابية
22 شارع ابن رشد تسيل اضراب اضراب عام وشامل في بلدة تسيل يشل المنطقة تضامنا مع باقي المدن السورية
23 أسواق الحاضر الصورة اضراب
24 شارع العلمين كفرشمس اضراب اضراب في بلدة كفرشمس لليوم الخامس على التوالي مع رفض الطلاب الذهاب الى المدارس لليوم الرابع مع تحركات للجيش الموجود على الحاجز الموجوجد في البلدة توقعا لدخوله الى البلدة لفك الاضراب
25 شارع الزاغة (الصابونية) الحراك اضراب
26 شارع الجلاء جاسم اضراب جاسم: اعلان عن عصيان مدني واضراب يشمل كافة القطاعات العام والخاص والطلاب والجيش الان في الساحة العامة يقوم باجبار اصحاب المحال التجارية على افتتاح محالهم
27 دير البخت اضراب لليوم الرابع على التوالي قام ثوار دير البخت في حوران بإغلاق جميع المحال التجارية وقطع جميع الطرقات المؤدية للبلدة استعداداً للإضراب العام في سورية و تجهيزاً للعصيان المدني
28 نوى اضراب اضراب عام في مدينة نوى,وخروج عدة مظاهرات طلابية ,تنادي باسقاط النظام
29 انخل اضراب
30 المنطقة الصناعية اضراب شامل
31 درعا / شارع هنانو اضراب
32 درعا محاولة فك الاضراب
33 درعا محاولة فك الاضراب

October 26th, 2011, 9:39 pm


Ghufran said:

الإضراب بحسب مصادر المعارضه
Two previous posts went for “moderation”

October 26th, 2011, 9:43 pm


Bronco said:


“He is not gonna last till 2014. And AL initiative is anti- not pro Bashar. It is to remove him and not to sustain him in power.”

Your predictions are still fuzzy. Will the AL sponsored dialog take place of not? If it is not until 2014, until when Bashar is going to remain the president of Syria?

October 26th, 2011, 9:46 pm


Bronco said:

Tara #389

They are obviously still negotiating on ‘some’ issues. Did he mention which ones?
So nothing is yet definite, so why jump to conclusions.
Media declarations are only ways to put pressure on the protagonists..

For different reasons Syria, the AL and Qatar cannot afford a “failure”. They’ll work very hard to make it work.

October 26th, 2011, 9:53 pm


majedkhaldoun said:

The Ultimatum is for Assad to agree to stop the killing and to end the suppression using the army and the shabbiha. Three days is to accept the AL demands.
And yes once he stop the killing SNC will start dialogue about how to hand down authority,this is the meaning what they say, we will not have dialogue with the killer.
The Idea that there is a deal to cover up the killing,I can not accept it,this is your suspicion only.
You call it defeat, it is actually failure, it is a door for foreign action, Bashar is to blame for.

October 26th, 2011, 9:53 pm


Bronco said:

Majedalkhaldoon #393

Let’s wait 3 days and see how it unravels. We may have more surprises.

October 26th, 2011, 9:59 pm


zoo said:

كلمة الاستاذ ناصر قنديل في ساحة الامويين 26-10-2011

October 26th, 2011, 10:03 pm


Tara said:


Ok.  I will spell it out.  I believe AL headed by Hamad genuinely wants to avoid foreign intervention in Syria if possible.  They wants to sponsor peaceful transition of power.  

What they mean by that is for the opposition and Bashar to dialogue and agree to a road map to accomplish this peaceful transition of power.  I don’t think they are implying a dialogue about reforms such as cancellation of article8, changing the constitution, setting up a date for election, etc to be led by Bashar.  I think they mean a dialogue that culminate into the disintegration of the Syrian regime and the transition of power into a unity government that will then set the stage for all that Jazz of reforms.

I think the difference between your understanding and mine is that my understanding or prediction is that the dialogue would not be about reform.  It would be about power transfer without civil war or foreign intervention.  In the interim, Bashar life is saved….I think your understanding or prediction is that the AL want to sponsor a dialogue where reforms are taking place during Bashar continued presidency.

The initiative is not about reforms any more.  This is about finding a way for transfer of power without civil war or foreign intervention.  Reform is now an old and forgotten story.  

October 26th, 2011, 10:04 pm


Bronco said:


Do you seriously think that after 7 months, 3000 dead syrians, of which civilians, soldiers and security elements, while facing a disunited and shaky opposition or small groups of armed defected soldiers and armed gangs creating terror in Homs and villages that Bashar Al Assad will be bullied to negotiate his own removal? You obviously underestimate him.
In my view, the AL sponsored dialog can only be about ways to rein the violence on both sides, and the establishment of working groups with the opposition (the ones who accept the leadership of the president) to develop a timeframe for the implementation of the reforms. There will be no transition of power other than through planned elections.
Any other proposition is a sure NAY. I trust Qatar and the AL are smarter than that.

October 26th, 2011, 10:27 pm


Ghufran said:

الامتحان الكبير للحكومه هو في حمص
يجب اعادة الأمان لهذه المدينه
يقول صديق حمصي ان الناس مع او ضد النظام يلومون النظام لان الأمن كان و لا يزال اول و اهم وظيفه للدوله
الكثيرون غير مهتمين بمساندة هذا الطرف او ذاك لانهم قبل اي شيء يخافون من ان يصيب الموت أطفالهم
الاباء يأكلون الحصرم و الأبناء يضرسون

October 26th, 2011, 10:28 pm


Tara said:


The AL mentioned they want Bashar to respond to ” the legitimate demands of the Syrian people”. The Syrian people legitimate demand after 8 months of the killing and torture is “isqat al nizam”. I might be mistaken but the AL would be too naive to think that the Syrian people has different demands than what stated above i.e isqat al nizam. Will find out on Sunday…

Btw, this is not about whether my prediction or yours materializes. This is my reading of the situation and I might be wrong. We are not in a competition and I have no doubt of your brilliance.

October 26th, 2011, 10:47 pm


SyR.EXPAT said:

وزارة الدفاع اليمنية تعلن أن سقوط طائرة كانت تقل مدربين سوريين سببه “خطأ الطيار”

أشارت وزارة الدفاع اليمنية، يوم الأربعاء، أن سقوط الطائرة العسكرية، التي كانت تقل عددا من المدربين السوريين أمس ناجم عن “خطأ الطيار” وليس عن “عملية مدبرة” كما أعلن الجيش المنشق بقيادة اللواء علي محسن الأحمر.

ونقلت الوزارة، عبر موقعها الالكتروني، عن مصدر عسكري، قوله إن الحادث “أسفر عن استشهاد ثمانية مدربين سوريين ويمني واحد فيما نجا من الحادث سبعة أشخاص، خمسة يمنيين، من بينهم قائد الطائرة النقيب طيار محمود العرمزة، وسوريين اثنين”.

أوضح المصدر أن ” الطيارين السوريين الذين استشهدوا في حادث تحطم الطائرة من نوع أنتونوف يعملون مدربي طيران في كلية الطيران والدفاع الجوي للطيران التدريبي الأساسي منذ أحد عشر عاما”.

ولفت إلى أن “القوات المسلحة اليمنية ليست بحاجة للاستعانة بطيارين مقاتلين من أي دولة لأن لديها ما يكفي من الطيارين الذين يتمتعون بقدرات عالية ومتميزة من الكفاءة”.

وكان الجيش اليمني المنشق زعم أن الطيارين السوريين الذي قضوا في حادث سقوط طائرة يمنية أمس الثلاثاء تم بعملية “استشهادية”، وذلك بقيام قائد الطيارة بإسقاطها عمدا في منطقة الصبيحه، بعدما اتهمهم بمحاولة “تنفيذ مهام قتالية” ضد الشعب اليمني.

فيما قالت وكالة “سانا” للأنباء إن “ثمانية تقنيين سوريين استشهدوا وأصيب اثنان كانوا بمهمة تدريبية في إطار اتفاقات تبادل الخبرات بين سورية وبعض الدول العربية ومنها اليمن وذلك بتحطم طائرة يمنية لدى هبوطها في محافظة لحج جنوب اليمن”.

وأضافت الوكالة أن “مهندسا يمنيا استشهد في حادث تحطم الطائرة انتونوف روسية الصنع الذي رجح الخبراء أن يكون ناجما عن خلل فني”، مشيرة إلى أن “هناك العديد من الاتفاقيات الموقعة بين الدول العربية لتبادل الخبرات التدريبية والفنية في مثل هذه المجالات”.

وكان مصدر عسكري بقاعدة العند أفاد بان الطائرة التي على متنها 15 شخصا كانت آتية من صنعاء وانفجرت لدى هبوطها بمدرج مطار قاعدة العند الجوية، مما أدى إلى مقتل 9 أشخاص بينهم 8 مهندسين سوريين.

ونشر المصدر العسكري أسماء بعض القتلى السوريين الذين يعملون خبراء طيران في اليمن وهم عبد الحميد حلوب وديمو حاج قاسم.

ونقلت جثث القتلى إلى مستشفى ابن خلدون المركزي بحوطة لحج, حيث فرضت سلطات الأمن حراسة مشددة على المشفى ومنعت الاقتراب منه.

October 26th, 2011, 10:56 pm


Bronco said:

Tara #400

Don’t overestimate my ‘brilliance’. I have doubts too, it’s all speculations. All predictions have a margin of failure, even Nostradamus’s.

October 26th, 2011, 11:22 pm


jad said:

Qatar can’t hide its reality for too long:
اقتراح خليجي بسحب كافة السفراء العرب اذا لم تستجيب دمشق لمبادرة الجامعة العربية

October 27th, 2011, 12:11 am


Ghufran said:

الغزل القطري

في محاولة من دولة قطر لعدم قطع الخيوط المتبقية مع سوريا أفادت مصادر بأن الأمير القطري الشيخ حمد بن خليفة آل ثاني أصر على الوفد السوري برئاسة نائب وزير الخارجية الدكتور فيصل المقداد الوقوف معه ومشاركته في استقبال وتكريم الوفود العربية في الحفل الذي أقامه لرؤساء الدول والوفود العربية المشاركة في اجتماعات الجمعية العامة للأمم المتحدة في مدينة نيويورك.


وأضاف المصدر: أن الشيخ حمد بن خليفة سأل نائب وزير الخارجية السوري عن الأوضاع في سوريا وعن حال الرئيس الأسد.
وطلب حمد بن خليفة آل ثاني ألا يبدي السوريون انزعاجهم من قطر بسبب استضافتها لاجتماع المعارضة ( الذي أشرف على عقده د.عزمي بشارة المقيم في قطر وبمساندة من المعارض السوري برهان غليون والذي واجه صعوبات حيث رفضت الأطراف المستقلة وبعض الإسلاميين القبول بالمبادرة القطرية)،وقال: “من الأفضل أن نحتويهم مع ثقتي بأن فيهم زعران”.

وطلب الأمير القطري من سوريا إعادة فتح مكتب قناة الجزيرة في دمشق والقيام بتفعيل عملها وقال: للأسف لا أستطيع التأثير كثيراً على سياسة الجزيرة ولاسيما أن العاملين في المحطة على حد زعم الأمير حمد لا يستطيعون بعد مواكبتهم الثورة في تونس ومصر ألا يواكبوا التحركات في سوريا.

October 27th, 2011, 12:25 am


Dale Andersen said:


RE: “…do you think, after 7 months, 3000 dead Syrians, facing a disunited and shaky opposition, that Bashar Al Assad will be bullied to negotiate his own removal?…”

Of course not. That’s why he has to be killed.

October 27th, 2011, 12:40 am


jad said:

“الأخبار” عن الأسد للوفد العربي: سوريا لا تريد لأحد التدخل في شؤونها

أفادت مصادر مطلعة على اللقاء الذي جمع الرئيس السوري بشار الاسد والوفد والوزاري العربي في دمشق لـ”الاخبار” بأن الوفد العربي قدم عرضاً مفصلاً لمناقشات متصلة بالمبادرة، وكرر عرض إجراء حوار برعاية الجامعة بين النظام والمعارضة.
وقدم الوفد موجزاً عن مواقف لدول غربية كبرى، بما في ذلك التحذيرات من أن التأخر في حل الأزمة سيؤدي إلى مزيد من العقوبات الاقتصادية والدبلوماسية على سوريا.
وحسب المصادر، أوضح الأسد للوفد أن حكومته بصدد إطلاق حوار قريب عام في البلاد سيكون مدعواً إليه كل من يرغب في المشاركة من القوى والشخصيات، بمن فيها الموجودة خارج البلاد.
وكرر عرضاً للوضع الميداني في سوريا، مقدماً تفاصيل كثيرة عن أعمال العنف الجارية وحديثاً عن تحول المجموعات المسلحة إلى مجموعات منظمة تقوم بأعمال تشير إلى أنها منظمة ومدعومة من جهات خارجية. وتحدث عن حجم الخسائر التي لحقت بعناصر الجيش والأمن. وانتقد المبالغات الإعلامية التي تتحول إلى عمليات تحريض للسوريين على الاقتتال.
وقالت المصادر إن الأسد حرص على تكرار عبارة أن سوريا لا تريد لأحد أن يتدخل في شؤونها الداخلية، ولكنه ميز بين الحرص العربي وسعي دول غربية إلى النيل من سوريا بسبب مواقفها السياسية الداعمة للمقاومة.
ولم تفصح المصادر عن أسباب وخلفية القرار بعقد لقاء جديد الأحد المقبل في دمشق. لكنها أشارت إلى أن الوفد لم يطلب عقد لقاءات مع معارضين في سوريا الآن.

October 27th, 2011, 12:42 am


jad said:

Interesting article:
الجامعة العربية حصان طروادة
قاسم عز الدين

“بيان الجامعة العربية الذي يُمهل سوريا 15 يوماً للتفاوض مع المجلس الوطني السوري، هو إنذار من دول الحلف الأطلسي على لسان الجامعة العربية. فهذه الدول هي اليوم بأمسّ الحاجة إلى غطاء الجامعة العربية لأسباب متعددة منها: أ ـ تبرير تدخلها «الإنساني» في المشرق العربي بمثابة تلبية لطلب نجدة منزهة عن المصالح الخاصة. ب ـ تكثيف الضغط على روسيا والصين وباقي دول مجلس الأمن المعارِضة لتوسيع نفوذ الأطلسي. ج ـ توفير غطاء عروبي لحركة دول مجلس التعاون الخليجي، ثم حرية مبادرتها لاحقاً بعد استنفاذ الجامعة العربية. فدول الأطلسي تجد في الحل الأمني الذي توفره لها السلطة السورية على طبق من ذهب، فرصة لا تُعوّض للعمل على توسيع نفوذها ومصالحها في الشرق الأوسط لعلّ هذا التوسع يجدّد شبابها ويخفف من انحدارها.”

“والسلطة في سوريا متمرّسة في لعبة القط والفأر مع الجامعة العربية ولها طول باع في هواية تفكيك المؤامرات على غرار أسئلة مبسّطة مثل سؤال مَن يمثّل المعارضة وأين يجري الحوار ومن يترأس وفد الجامعة العربية… إلخ. وهي تهوى أيضاً تفكيك مؤامرات الأطلسي ولها في هذه الهواية باع وطويّة. لكنها فوّتت على نفسها فرصة الاستثمار في الثورات العربية لتغيير وجه التاريخ. وفوّتت على نفسها فرصة الاستناد إلى ثوّار سوريا من الشباب وصنّاع الحياة لتغيير منظومة القهر والتبعية وحكم الأجهزة الأمنية في المنطقة العربية. فهواية تفكيك المؤامرات قد تصيب وقد تخيب، ولعبة القط والفأر ملهاة تنتهي أحياناً بمأساة. وقد يكون حصان طروادة هذه المرّة ليس خشباً، فهو باكورة أسطول.”

October 27th, 2011, 1:10 am


jad said:

اللجنة العربية تفاوض بإسم “تحالف” كان قرر اسقاط الأسد
طارق ترشيشي -السفير

مما لا شك فيه ان الازمة السورية قد دخلت مرحلة جديدة على اكثر من مستوى، فزيارة اللجنة العربية التي تضم ممثلين لدول متعاطفة مع الرئيس بشار الاسد، وعلى رأسها رئيس الوزراء القطري الشيخ حمد بن جاسم الذي كانت حكومته تعتبر “رأس الحربة” في المعركة ضد دمشق، هي خطوة في اتجاه التسليم بصعوبة إسقاط النظام في سوريا على رغم كل المطالبات الاميركية والاوروبية والتركية بتنحي الاسد.
ويبدو ان دمشق قد نجحت في الايام التي تلت اجتماعات مجلس وزراء الخارجية العرب في القاهرة بإحاطة موقفها من اللجنة الوزارية العربية بدرجة عالية من الغموض، فبعد أن أعلنت تحفظها عن مبادرة الجامعة العربية عادت ورحّبت بقدوم الوفد الوزاري مع ايحاء بنوع من الاعتراض على ترؤس ممثل قطر لها. ثم فتحت ابوابها فجأة للجنة كلها ولرئيسها القطري خصوصاً، ووجهت عبره رسالة الى كل الحكومات العربية من خلال ممثلها في الجامعة يوسف الاحمد الذي اعلن في مقابلة صحافية “ان ابواب سوريا مفتوحة لكل عربي”.
وقد ترافق هذا الانفتاح السوري على اللجنة العربية مع تكليف الرئيس السوري نائبه فاروق الشرع تمثيله في مأتم ولي العهد السعودي الامير سلطان بن عبد العزيز، وهو أمر يوحي بأن العلاقات بين القيادتين السعودية والسورية هي في احسن حالاتها.
وحرصت دمشق على ان تواجه دعوة “المجلس الوطني الانتقالي” السوري المعارض لها الى اضراب عام يوم وصول اللجنة الوزارية العربية امس بحشد مئات الالاف في ساحة الامويين في العاصمة السورية، وفي الحسكة التي تعتبر معقل الاكراد والعشائر العربية ذات الصلة بالعائلات الحاكمة في الجزيرة والخليج العربيين. واستفادت القيادة السورية من إقدام المسلحين على تنفيذ عمليات موجعة ضد الجيش السوري في محاولة لرسم صورة تقول “ان الشعب يتظاهر تأييدا للرئيس فيما العنف ينفذه معارضون مسلحون ضد العسكريين والمدنيين”.
وتقول مصادر واسعة الاطلاع ان مندوب سوريا في الجامعة العربية قدم لائحة باسماء وأعداد العسكريين الذين قتلوا على يد المسلحين، مظهرا ان هذه الاعداد تفوق في شكل ملموس اعداد القتلى الذين ينشر المعارضون اسماءهم على مواقعهم الالكترونية. وهكذا تكون القيادة السورية قد نجحت في ان تقدم للأزمة في سوريا صورة متوازنة، وفي آن معا، تقدم نفسها على أنها منفتحة وايجابية الى حد كبير.
وما عزز الموقف السوري في نظر اصدقاء دمشق ايضا، هو التغيير السريع في الموقف الاميركي من مسألة سحب السفير روبرت فورد من دمشق، إذ ما أن بررت واشنطن ذلك بـ “الدواعي الأمنية” حتى سارعت وزارة الخارجية الاميركية في مساء اليوم نفسه الى الإعلان ان سحب السفير كان استدعاء بهدف التشاور، وانه سيعود بعد ايام الى ممارسة مهماته في العاصمة السورية.
ولم ترَ المصادر المطلعة نفسها في هذا التغير السريع في الموقف الاميركي مجرد “خطأ في الترجمة”، حسبما حاول بعض المصادر ان يُشيع، بل اعتبرته تراجعا عن خطة كان يجري الترويج لها بحيث يكون سحب السفير مقدمة لإحكام عُزلة ديبلوماسية على سوريا تُمهّد لعمليات عسكرية اطلسية على غرار ما جرى لليبيا.
وترى المصادر ايضا ان الطريقة التي نُشِرت فيها صور مقتل العقيد معمر القذافي ونجله المعتصم ووزير دفاعه ابو بكر يونس قد اثارت استياء كثيرين، بمَن فيهم خصوم القذافي داخل ليبيا وخارجها، ما اضطر الرئيس الاميركي باراك اوباما نفسه الى استهجان بث تلك الصوَر، وكأن المشكلة هي في الصوَر، وليست في العمل الوحشي نفسه، وهو عمل سبق لوزيرة الخارجية الاميركية هيلاري كلينتون نفسها ان مهدت له بتصريح شهير قبل يومين من مقتل القذافي تدعو فيه الى اعتقاله أو قتله، وهو أمر مخالف للقانون الاميركي نفسه، ناهيك بالقانون الدولي.
ويرى متابعون للمشهد الليبي ان الطريقة التي آلت اليها الامور في ليبيا قد ساعدت النظام السوري تماما، كما ساعد المشهد العراقي بعد الاحتلال دمشق الى حد كبير. ومن هنا يأتي وفد اللجنة العربية بالرئاسة القطرية ليعيد الامور مع العاصمة السورية الى مرحلة الحوار الذي يعتقد البعض أنه سيبدأ حوارا سورياً ـ قطرياً، قبل ان يتحول حواراً سورياً ـ سورياً.
وعلى رغم من ان تفاصيل ما جرى في لقاء الرئيس السوري مع الوفد العربي لم تتسرب بعد، لكن العارفين بالعقل الذي يقود سوريا يؤكدون ان موقف القيادة السورية “يتسم بمرونة في الشكل وصلابة في المضمون، أي أن دمشق سترحّب بالحوار، ولكنها تحرص على ان يجري على أرضها، فهي ليست دولة مُحتلة، ولا دولة فاشلة، وجزء كبير من شعبها ما زال يؤيد النظام، واذا كانت الدعوة الى الحوار في الخارج مرّدها عدم اطمئنان معارضي الخارج للذهاب الى دمشق، فإن القيادة السورية مستعدة للبحث في كل الضمانات التي تضمن سلامة هؤلاء المعارضين، وهي ليست غبية الى درجة النيل من معارضيها القادمين اليها برعاية عربية، وحتى بتشجيع من حلفاء دمشق في موسكو وبكين وطهران، وكل عاصمة من هذه العواصم تدعم دمشق وتدعوها الى الحوار في آن.
ومَن يتابع هذا النوع من الاتصالات لا يستبعد ان يكون طلب المندوب القطري عقد اجتماع آخر مع الأسد في الثلاثين من الشهر الجاري مردّه الى رغبته في اطلاع حلفائه في تركيا والاتحاد الاوروبي والادارة الاميركية على ما جرى، فهو يعرف تماما أنه، وإن كان في الشكل رئيسا لوفد الجامعة العربية، الاّ انه، في الواقع وفي المضمون، يفاوض باسم تحالف اقليمي ـ دولي اتخذ قرارا باسقاط النظام السوري، ولكنه بدأ يكتشف صعوبة تنفيذ هذا القرار.
وبعض السياسيين يعتقدون ايضا ان رئيس وزراء قطر يريد من خلال الاجتماع الثاني مع القيادة السورية أن يساهم في تطبيع العلاقات بين الدوحة ودمشق، وفي اعادة الامور بين البلدين الى مجاريها، خصوصا ان الدوحة تشعر بأنها ذهبت بعيدا في اكثر من ساحة عربية بما يفوق قدراتها وامكاناتها، وان البعض قد مدّ لها حبال التدخل هنا وهناك لكي تلتف حول عنقها في الوقت المناسب. ولذلك فالقلق القطري من تذمر الاشقاء والاصدقاء من دور مبالغ فيه تلعبه، والقلق التركي من أزمات تعصف بأنقرة على اكثر من صعيد وتحتاج معالجتها دعما ايرانياً عاجلاً، والقلق الاميركي من تحولات في الشرق الاوسط لا تُعرف نهايتها، وقلق اوروبي من تصاعد الاحتجاجات السياسية والاقتصادية والاجتماعية داخل بلدان الاتحاد الاوروبي، والمشادة التي حصلت قبل يومين بين الرئيس الفرنسي نيكولا ساركوزي ورئيس الوزراء البريطاني ديفيد كاميرون، كلها عوامل تضع سوريا على طريقة معالجة الأزمة التي تعصف بها، خصوصا اذا استمر الاسد في مشروعه الاصلاحي، وفي خطوات سريعة تعيد التواصل مع شرائح محتجة في المجتمع السوري خصوصا في بعض الارياف التي كانت تعتبر تاريخيا معاقل حزب البعث العربي الاشتراكي، وخصوصا في أرياف حماه وادلب وحمص.

October 27th, 2011, 1:12 am


jad said:

Robert Fisk: Syria slips towards sectarian war
Stories of killings in Homs are reinforcing support for Assad in Damascus

Robert Fisk

So there was the reporter from Syrian television asking what I thought of the situation in Syria, and there was I saying that you can no longer infantilise Arabs, that the uprisings/revolts/revolutions/unrest in the Arab world were all different; but that dictatorship didn’t work, that if there were – if – a serious new constitution, pluralist political parties and real and genuine free elections, Syria might just climb out of its tragedy but that the government was running out of time, fast.

We shall see if this gets on air on Saturday (readers will be kept informed) but outside in the street another pro-Assad demonstration was starting, 10,000 then 50,000 – it might have reached 200,000 by midday – and there was no Saddam-style trucking of the people to the Omayad Square, no mukhabarat intelligence presence and the only soldiers were standing with their families. How does one report a pro-government demo during the Arab Awakening? There were veiled women, old men, thousands of children with “Syria” written on their faces. Most held Syrian flags, some held the flags of Russia and China.

Were they coerced? I don’t think so – not by the Assad government, at least. Some played football games in the parks round the square. Others signed their names – Muslim and Christian – on a banner decorated with the branches of a massive Syrian tree. But if they were coerced, it was by stories from further north.I spoke to 12 men and women. Five spoke of relatives in the army killed in Homs. And the news from Homs was very bad. I had dinner on Tuesday night with an old friend. His 62-year-old cousin, a retired engineer, had given water to some soldiers in Homs. Next morning, armed men knocked at his front door and shot him dead. He was a Christian.

Of course, the Assad government had been warning of a sectarian war. Of course, the Assad government has set itself up as the only sure protector of minorities. Of course, the Assad government had claimed that Islamists and “terrorists” were behind the street opposition to the regime. It’s also clear that the brutality of the Syrian security forces in Deraa and Homs and other cities against unarmed protesters has been a scandal, which those in the government privately acknowledge.

But it’s also transparent that the struggle in Syria now cuts through the centre of the country and that many armed men now oppose the army. Indeed, I have been told that Homs slips – for hours at a time – out of government control. Damascenes travelling to the northern city of Aleppo can take the bus. But now more than ever, they are flying to avoid the dangerous road between Hama and Aleppo. These are the reasons, I suspect, why so many thousands came to demonstrate in Damascus yesterday. They are frightened.

Foreign journalists are not allowed to travel to Homs – a serious error by the regime – where Sunnis, Alawites and Christians live close together amid Armenians, Circassians and other groups. A sectarian war may well be in the cynical interests of any regime fighting for its life. But unless everyone I’ve met is lying (which I don’t believe), this is now a growing reality in central Syria. Against this, no Russian or Chinese vetoes in the United Nations are of any use.

A delegation from the Arab League – that pathetic and most useless of Arab institutions – was due to arrive in Damascus yesterday afternoon. To what effect? Are they supposed to send a “peace” force? Two days ago, Mohamed Kadour, the Dean of the Petrochemicals Faculty at Homs University, was kidnapped in return for the freeing of detainees. He was released a day later. Whether imprisoned men were released, we don’t know. But it has happened before. In Idlib, so they say, everyone is armed. And the weapons – so they say – are coming from Lebanon.

Ask who the armed men are in central Syria and you receive a spread of replies: Bedouin who smuggle drugs to Saudi Arabia, army defectors, “Islamists” from Iraq, “people who just think there is no other way to get rid of the regime”. Damascus is safe; bright lights and late-night shopping and restaurants and thousands wandering the streets. But Damascus is not the rest of Syria. It lives in a kind of bubble.

I got up yesterday after only an hour and a half of sleep – because outside my hotel, government workers were testing the deafening sound system for the demonstration. All night there were bursts of taped cheering and drums and cheers and trumpets. But did those crowds yesterday really need this false applause and fraudulent additions to their own demonstration? Officially, things are getting better in Syria. I doubt it.

If the UN figure of more than 3,000 civilian dead is correct and if the Syrian statistic of 1,150 military deaths are correct and if the deaths of the last three days – perhaps another 50 – are true, then up to 4,200 Syrians have been killed in seven months. And that’s enough to frighten anyone.

October 27th, 2011, 1:34 am


Mina said:

Soon the CNT will boast that it is not racist since it has used Sudanese troops to enter Tripoli!

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir says his country gave military support to the Libyan rebels who overthrew Col Muammar Gaddafi.

In a speech broadcast live on state television, Mr Bashir said the move was in response to Col Gaddafi’s support for Sudanese rebels three years ago.

Sudan and Libya have had a complicated and frequently antagonistic relationship for many years.

Libya was declared liberated on Sunday, two days after Col Gaddafi’s death.
‘Opportunity to reciprocate’

President Bashir said the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), a Darfuri rebel group, had attacked Khartoum three years ago using Libyan trucks, equipment, arms, ammunition and money.

He said God had given Sudan a chance to respond, by sending arms, ammunition and humanitarian support to the Libyan revolutionaries.

“Our God, high and exalted, from above the seven skies, gave us the opportunity to reciprocate the visit,” he said.

“The forces which entered Tripoli, part of their arms and capabilities, were 100% Sudanese,” he told the crowd.

His speech was well received by a large crowd in the eastern Sudanese town of Kassala.

JEM leader Khalil Ibrahim lived for some time in southern Libya.

Now he is back in Darfur, in western Sudan, where an eight-year-old civil war continues.

Mr Bashir’s remarks show a desire to forge firm links with Libya’s new government.

But the easy availability of weapons in Libya, and that country’s porous border with Darfur, are also of great concern to the Sudanese authorities.

October 27th, 2011, 4:21 am


annie said:

@364 Hamster

Love you !
I have weaned from SC cold turkey but a little shot to take in a Hamster poem, why not ?

October 27th, 2011, 9:00 am


majedkhaldoun said:

The regime response will be more countre offers, and more procrastination and will try to buy more time.
My question the next meeting will be in Qatar, who will go there? Bashar himself or Muallem?

October 27th, 2011, 9:14 am


Bronco said:

#412 Majedalkaldoon

Buy time for what? What, in your opinion, Bashar expects to happen with more time? He is squeezed by the Russians and the Chinese, he can’t ask from more time unless he looses their support..
I think Moallem will go, not Bashar. It’s a meeting of arab foreign ministers, not of rulers.

October 27th, 2011, 9:30 am


majedkhaldoun said:

Dear Bronco
Are you suggesting Bashar will accept AL initiative?

October 27th, 2011, 9:48 am


Tara said:

Bashar wants the time because he thinks he is able to crush the revolution and subdue Homs, Idleb, Horan, Damascus suburb, etc with more time. He is disillusioned. He is trying to manipulate the situation. He accepted to receive the AL but will not stop the killing, withdraw the army, release the prisoners, etc. His Yes to AL is hollow and empty.

October 27th, 2011, 9:55 am


Bronco said:

MajedAlkaldoon #414

I believe he has no other choice. Yet he will accept without appearing to yield to pressures. This is why there will be negotiations and mediatized give and take on both sides.
Qatar and especially the AL want it to succeed. They don’t want to appear weak and relying again on the West to solve Arab issues (Like Libya). The AL, under Nabil Al Arabi, may want to gain its role as a unifiying entity for Arab countries and not as a puppet of the Western countries. A success in Syria may give it some clout it has lost a long time ago.

This is why I think that something can be worked out, respecting both the dignity of the government and the legitimate demands from the people.
If the Syrian government evaluates that it needs help to stop the ‘civil war’ and killings in Homs and Idlib, then they may discuss how to stop that, maybe through an Arab peacekeeping force.
We’ll see on sunday.

October 27th, 2011, 10:08 am


norman said:


No foreign forces in Syria even Arab ones.

They need to move on the reform fast and the AL need to make the opposition recognize that they won, so do not blow it.

October 27th, 2011, 10:18 am


majedkhaldoun said:

Yes no Arab army,Arab army is powerless anyway.
Turkey sent a message to Bashar, you try to instigate the Kurdish resistance against Turkish goverment,it will be the start of war.Bashar is playing with fire.

The demonstrators pro Bashar are bussed,pictures of the busses are shown

October 27th, 2011, 10:48 am


Bronco said:


Nobody, least the opposition, can control the violence going on in Homs and Edlib. The mixture of criminals and legitimate protesters make it hard to deal with. It needs police and military forces to stop the criminals and peacekeeping forces to control the protesters (a curfew for example).

It is impossible for the Syrian army to stop the bloodshed in 15 days without being accused by the foreign opposition and the media of ‘trying to crush the opposition”. By imposing this deadline, the AL has the responsibility to ensure that the killings in these areas are stopped and it won’t stop by the army withdrawing, in the contrary.
How would they do that, I don’t know. It is not an easy issue.
One solution would be that Qatar provide some kind of peacekeeping forces in these areas when the army withdraws. There may be other solutions they are discussing now.

October 27th, 2011, 10:59 am


Haytham Khoury said:

Jordan’s King Abdullah on Egypt, Syria

Lally Weymouth for The Washington Post

During the World Economic Forum he hosted at the Dead Sea over the weekend, Jordan’s King Abdullah II spoke with The Post’s Lally Weymouth. Excerpts:

Q. How do you see Egypt’s future?

A. I went to Egypt after visiting the U.S. in May. I had a message from the administration for General Tantawi. [Mohammed Hussein Tantawi is head of Egypt’s military ruling council.]

How did your visit to Egypt go?

With Tantawi — fantastic. We had a very good meeting.

It is astounding that Tantawi did not take President Obama’s call for hours the night the Israelis were trapped in their embassy in Egypt.

The feeling I got from the Egyptian leadership is that if they stick [their] necks out, they will just get lambasted like [former president Hosni] Mubarak did. So I think they are playing safe by just keeping their heads down, which I think . . . sometimes allows things to get out of control. . . . Tantawi thinks there is too much pressure on him.

From the streets?

No, from the West.

Do you and other leaders in this area believe you cannot rely on the U.S.?

I think everybody is wary of dealing with the West. . . . Looking at how quickly people turned their backs on Mubarak, I would say that most people are going to try and go their own way. I think there is going to be less coordination with the West and therefore a chance of more misunderstandings. Egypt is trying to develop its own way of moving forward.

And Jordan?

Two things make Jordan stand out. One is that we reached out to everybody and got a national dialogue committee. The other thing that made a major impact is that we have had demonstrations for the past 11 months but . . . nobody has been killed. It was a decision taken [from] Day One that we disarmed all our police. In other countries . . . their solution was to pull out their guns and shoot.

Do you think President Bashar al-Assad of Syria can last?

We have been very careful to keep all channels of communication open with the Syrians.

Does that mean you have talked to President Assad?

I spoke to Bashar al-Assad twice in the springtime. . . . Basically, they were not interested in listening to our advice. They basically told us that there are a bunch of thugs in Syria and they had everything under control. A couple of times I have felt that I should reach out to him, but I really don’t know what to say. I think he does have reform in his soul but I don’t think that type of regime allows for any potential reformist.

People are asking about an alternative to President Assad — can another Alawite or a Sunni overthrow him?

Nobody has an answer to Syria. . . . The regime seems to be quite strong. I think you are going to see continued violence for the time being.

In the West, you hear over and over that Assad’s days are numbered.

My view is when you use violence on your people, that never ends well. But anybody would be challenged to say if that’s [in] six months, six years or 16 years.

October 27th, 2011, 11:02 am


zoo said:

Syrian troops ‘plant mines by Lebanon border’
Syrian troops were seen planting mines along a region bordering northern Lebanon early on Thursday in a bid to stem weapons smuggling, a local Lebanese official told AFP.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, he said the troops began planting the mines at dawn in an area facing two Lebanese villages — Knaysseh and Al-Hnayder.

“Lebanese officials told us the Syrians undertook the measure to prevent weapons smuggling,” he said.

“A number of Syrian soldiers were also seen deploying on their side of the border, near the Syrian villages of Heet and Buwayt,” he added.

The area is separated only by mounds of earth and for long has been used to smuggle goods between the two countries. Lebanese and Syrian nationals previously also circulated freely between the two countries.

But tension in the region has mounted since the revolt against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime erupted in March and some 5,000 Syrians, among them defecting soldiers and opposition activists, have sought refuge in Lebanon.

Experts say weapons smuggling from Lebanon to Syria has thrived since the revolt began but not on a large scale. They also point out that, the smuggling appears to be the work of individuals rather than political parties opposed to the Assad regime.

October 27th, 2011, 11:05 am


Haytham Khoury said:

Tarek Sawah
انا موجود في حمص و ابعد عن بابا عمرو 300 متر خط نظر .. لا يوجد مناظر للخراب من مكان مشاهدتي .. لكنني لن أجزم .. والمنطقة شبه مغلقة يعني مسموح للمواطنين الراغبين بالخروج منها إلى أعمالهم فقط بس ممنوع للأغراب زارتها .. يمكن الحصول على معلومات أكثر بعد ازالة الحواجز الطرقية

October 27th, 2011, 11:10 am


zoo said:

I guess Turkey is busy with many dramatic and military issues. Putting the blame on Syria for the renewed PKK violence is a cheap way of diverting the public opinion on its own flaws.

Some questions to Turkey.

What happened to the Syrian Free Army Riad al Assaad in Turkey? Silenced?
Is Adnan Bakkour in Turkey? Silenced?
When is Erdogan going to visit Hatay’s camps and impose sanctions on Syria?

Foreign minister tells Syria not to stir up Turkey

Wednesday, October 26, 2011
DOHA – Radikal
Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has sent a stern warning to Syria’s government, telling Damascus to not even think about seeking to raise tensions in Turkey by inciting the country’s Kurdish citizens

October 27th, 2011, 11:24 am


Mango said:

403. JAD
اقتراح خليجي بسحب كافة السفراء العرب اذا لم تستجيب دمشق لمبادرة الجامعة العربية

جميع الخليجيين أصحاب الاقتراح مسلوبي القرار السياسي و يعملون ببغاوات لدى العم سام ! ما هي قيمةاقتراح من لا يملك السيادة السياسية ؟

October 27th, 2011, 11:57 am


majedkhaldoun said:

If some Arab countries pull their embassy staff,europe will begin pulling their ambassadors.

October 27th, 2011, 12:27 pm


Syria no kandahar said:

And if NATO bombs Damascus and Aleppo
And if Turkey invades the north
And if 50000 Syrians get killed
And if…,
You and Hamad will have Orga..m

October 27th, 2011, 12:33 pm


Syria no kandahar said:

Syrian oppositions are like these …watermelons:

October 27th, 2011, 12:39 pm


Areal said:

428. Syria no kandahar said:

Syrian oppositions are like these …watermelons:

If you look at the other productions of this Jordanian producer on its website , it would not be surprising if some of its manufactured videos has been uploaded anonymously on Youtube in a far less funny register.

October 27th, 2011, 1:46 pm


Tara said:

The Syrian revolution 2011 FB calling tomorrow “No Flying Zone Friday”

October 27th, 2011, 1:47 pm


norman said:

Dear Bronco,

peacekeepers are to separate two legitimate waring parties, in Syria there is only one legitimate party and that is the Syrian Arab army, the other party is the criminal elements and the deserters who need to surrender their weapons , the Syrian Army is able to finish the job when these elements are called for what they are GANGS and the political cover from the opposition is lifted from them. That is if the opposition wants to join the political game, and that questionable.

October 27th, 2011, 1:48 pm


Dale Andersen said:

From the EU/Salafist/al-Qaeda/Western/JewBoy/Saudi Press:

Once one of Syria’s closest allies, Turkey is hosting an armed opposition group waging an insurgency against the government of President Bashar al-Assad, providing shelter to the commander and dozens of members of the group, the Free Syrian Army, and allowing them to orchestrate attacks across the border from inside a camp guarded by the Turkish military.

The support for the insurgents comes amid a broader Turkish campaign to undermine Mr. Assad’s government.

And as a side note: The Chinese and the Russians are MUCH more interested in currying favor with Turkey than they are with a train wreck like Besho…

October 27th, 2011, 1:58 pm


Tara said:


The regime lost its legitimacy when it started killing its own prople. The army lost its legitimacy when it pointed their guns towards the people it swore to protect. The children killers will never recoup any legitimacy. When you become illegit, you are illegit forever.

October 27th, 2011, 1:59 pm


norman said:


It does not matter what you say, don’t you think that the people should say in a free and open election whom they want or you want to shove your opposition down the throat of the Syrian people.

October 27th, 2011, 2:11 pm


Areal said:

peaceful unarmed protester and illegitimacy of the Syrian army
poor unemployed people are protesting
Palestinian neighborhood is arm free


3 Terrorists Confess to Smuggling Weapons, Working among Armed Groups and Committing Criminal Acts in Jisr al-Shughour

Oct 26, 2011

DAMASCUS, (SANA) – Terrorists Ala’a Ahmad Nanna and Walid Ahmad Nanna confessed to joining armed terrorist groups in attacking the Military Security Detachment in Jisr al-Shughour in the northern province of and killing its personnel, in addition to smuggling firearms and ammo from Turkey.

Terrorist Mouayad Ghannam confessed to participating in smuggling firearms and ammo from Turkey to the Palestinian neighborhood in al-Ramel al-Janoubi in the coastal province of Lattakia, in addition to smuggling large quantities of fuel to Turkey.

The 26-year old terrorist Alaa Nanna, who lives in al-Raml al-Janoubi in Lattakia and works at al-Zain Company for Food Industry, confessed that he and someone called Hazem Faido from Khirbat al-Jouz village transported 50 pump-action shotguns to protesters in Jisr al-Shughour to help launch their attack on the Military Security Detachment there.

Alaa said that he took a gun and participated in opening fire on the detachment with 700 other armed men while a person called Mustafa Baydaq drove a bulldozer to transport barrels full of explosives into the detachment and then detonated them.

Terrorist Alaa confessed to cutting the hand and the leg of an injured soldier with a cleaver before Baydaq shot him dead with a machine gun.

The terrorist added that having had the detachment under their control, Baydaq used the bulldozer to put the dead security members into cars and threw some of them into the Orontes River, while other bodies were thrown in a waste landfill and in an unknown place.

He also confessed to transporting 50 pump-action shotguns to Lattakia City after Hazen smuggled them into Syria from Turkey.

Alaa said that he and the other armed men were shooting at the army personnel from the buildings’ roofs in al-Ramal al-Janoubi. “I shot an army member in his waist. He fell to the ground and I fled.”

In turn, the 32-year old Walid Nanna, Alaa’s brother, who was born in al-Sleibeh neighborhood and also works at al-Zain Company, confessed to participating in transporting pump-action shotguns in bags from the Turkish borders to al-Hamboshiyeh village to be later taken to Lattakia.

October 27th, 2011, 3:15 pm


Bronco said:

#432. Norman

I agree with you that an external military intervention is difficult to justify because the Syrian army is united behind Bashar Al Assad.
Yet any move by the army is perceived and reported by the media as an attack on ‘peaceful demonstrators’.
So the dilemma is how to cleanup these gangs without being criticized of oppression and crimes on peaceful citizens?

Also I really don’t see how the Syrian Army can manage to pacify these areas in a short time. Maybe they should impose an indefinite curfew on Homs and Edlib for a while, who knows?

As for the legitimacy of Bashar Al Assad versus the SNC:
How many thousands Syrians demonstrated for the SNC: a few hundreds or less in Turkey? How many demonstrated in favor of Bashar in Syria? Millions.

October 27th, 2011, 3:23 pm


Areal said:

Opposition’s claim
Release all the peaceful arrested protesters from prison before the dialogue can start


The terrorist Mahmoud Faiyyad Ghour from Abu Kamal city, who was released from prison on a general amnesty by President Bashar al-Assad, confessed to working among an armed group and committing criminal acts.

“On my way back home from prison, I was stopped by a guy who gave money for people to go out to the streets. He gave me a sum of money and I went on the protest,” Ghour said.

He admitted that he was part of an armed group of more than 1500 members, with whom he participated in burning the building of the Region’s Leadership Department, stealing cars belonging to the Security and Police Forces and shooting dead an army member in a narrow street who was on duty to protect citizens.

October 27th, 2011, 3:29 pm


Majed97 said:

Turkey is playing a very dangerous game interfering in Syria so bluntly by hosting armed fighters. Will Syria retaliate by hosting Kurdish fighters? This situation could easily escalate quickly. I guess there is no denying now that armed groups (not shabiha) are really behind the attacks on Syrian soldiers and infrastructures.

I’m still trying to figure out how 70 fighters/defectors turn into 10,000!?! I guess everyone is entitled to their own facts…

From The New York Times
Slapping at Syria, Turkey Shelters Anti-Assad Fighters
Published: October 27, 2011

ANTAKYA, Turkey — Once one of Syria’s closest allies, Turkey is hosting an armed opposition group waging an insurgency against the government of President Bashar al-Assad, providing shelter to the commander and dozens of members of the group, the Free Syrian Army, and allowing them to orchestrate attacks across the border from inside a camp guarded by the Turkish military.

The support for the insurgents comes amid a broader Turkish campaign to undermine Mr. Assad’s government. Turkey is expected to impose sanctions soon on Syria, and it has deepened its support for an umbrella political opposition group known as the Syrian National Council, which announced its formation in Istanbul. But its harboring of leaders in the Free Syrian Army, a militia composed of defectors from the Syrian armed forces, may be its most striking challenge so far to Damascus.

On Wednesday, the group, living in a heavily guarded refugee camp in Turkey, claimed responsibility for killing nine Syrian soldiers, including one uniformed officer, in an attack in restive central Syria.

Turkish officials describe their relationship with the group’s commander, Col. Riad al-As’aad, and the 60 to 70 members living in the “officers’ camp” as purely humanitarian. Turkey’s primary concern, the officials said, is for the physical safety of defectors. When asked specifically about allowing the group to organize military operations while under the protection of Turkey, a Foreign Ministry official said that their only concern was humanitarian protection and that they could not stop them from expressing their views.

“At the time all of these people escaped from Syria, we did not know who was who, it was not written on their heads ‘I am a soldier’ or ‘I am an opposition member,’ ” said a Foreign Ministry spokesman, who spoke on the condition of anonymity in keeping with diplomatic protocol. “We are providing these people with temporary residence on humanitarian grounds, and that will continue.”

At the moment, the group is too small to pose any real challenge to Mr. Assad’s government. But its Turkish support underlines how combustible, and resilient, Syria’s uprising has proven. The country sits at the intersection of influences in the region — with Iran, Hezbollah in Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and Israel — and Turkey’s involvement will be closely watched by Syria’s friends and foes.

“We will fight the regime until it falls and build a new period of stability and safety in Syria,” Colonel As’aad said in an interview arranged by the Turkish Foreign Ministry and conducted in the presence of a foreign ministry official. “We are the leaders of the Syrian people and we stand with the Syrian people.”

The interview was held in the office of a local government official, and Colonel As’aad arrived protected by a contingent of 10 heavily armed Turkish soldiers, including one sniper.

The colonel wore a business suit that an official with the Turkish Foreign Ministry said he purchased for him that morning. At the end of the meeting, citing security concerns, the colonel and a Foreign Ministry official advised that all further contact with his group be channeled through the Turkish Foreign Ministry.

Turkey once viewed its warm ties with Syria as its greatest foreign policy accomplishment, but relations have collapsed over the eight months of anti-government protests there and a brutal crackdown that the United Nations says has killed more than 3,000.

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey was personally offended by Mr. Assad’s repeated failure to abide by his assurances that he would undertake sweeping reform. Turkish officials predict that the Assad government may collapse within the next two years.

“This pushes Turkish policy further towards active intervention in Syria,” said Hugh Pope, an analyst with the International Crisis Group. He called Turkey’s apparent relationship with the Free Syrian Army “completely new territory.”

“It is clear Turkey feels under threat from what is happening in the Middle East, particularly Syria,” said Mr. Pope, who noted that in past speeches Mr. Erdogan of Turkey “has spoken of what happens in Syria as an internal affair of Turkey.”

Turkish officials say that their government has not provided weapons or military support to the insurgent group, nor has the group directly requested such assistance.

Still, Colonel As’aad, who thanked Turkey for its protection, made it clear that he was seeking better weapons, saying that his group could inflict damage on a Syrian leadership that has proven remarkably cohesive.

“We ask the international community to provide us with weapons so that we, as an army, the Free Syrian Army, can protect the people of Syria,” he said in the interview. “We are an army, we are in the opposition, and we are prepared for military operations. If the international community provides weapons, we can topple the regime in a very, very short time.”

The words seemed more boast than threat, and with mass pro-government rallies and a crackdown that has, for now, stanched the momentum of antigovernment demonstrations, the Syrian government appears in a stronger position than it did this summer. Though deeply isolated, Syria’s government felt emboldened by the vetoes of Russia and China of a relatively tough Security Council resolution. Despite predictions otherwise, the military and the security services, in particular, have yet to fracture in the eight months of a grinding, bloody crackdown.

Colonel As’aad said he defected from the military and fled to Turkey after protests erupted in his home village, Ebdeeta, in northern Idlib Province, drawing a government crackdown that killed several relatives and saw his sister’s house shelled. But he also fled, he said, because “I knew there was greater potential to lead operations in a place in which I was free.”

He said all the residents of the camp where he lives in Turkey are members of the Free Syrian Army. The camp includes a personal assistant and a “media office” staffed by about a half-dozen people. He said the group’s fighters were highly organized, though only armed with weapons they took when they defected or those taken from slain members of Syrian security and pro-government forces. He would not specify the number of fighters, saying only that it is more than 10,000, and he was unwilling to disclose the number of battalions, claiming that the group had 18 “announced” battalions and an unspecified number of secret ones. None of his claims could be independently verified.

“Our strategy for the future is that we will confront the regime in its weak places, and in the next period we hope to acquire weapons so we can be able to face the regime more strongly,” Colonel As’aad said.

Though many analysts contend that defectors’ attacks in Syria appear uncoordinated and local, Colonel As’aad claimed to be in full operational control. He said that he was in charge of planning “full military operations” while leaving smaller clashes and day-to-day decisions up to commanders in the field. Nevertheless, he is in daily contact with the commanders of each battalion, he said, spending hours a day checking e-mail on a laptop connected to one of four telephones — including a satellite phone — provided to him by Syrian expatriates living in the United States, Europe and the Persian Gulf.

Andrew Tabler, a fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, said the emergence of the fledgling group was crucial to the larger question of whether the opposition would stick to peaceful protest, as it largely has, or if it would “go down another path to fighting back.”

“They are organized and they are speaking to people outside,” Mr. Tabler said. “But the question is to what degree are they receiving financial support from people outside, such as individuals in Turkey and Saudi Arabia.”

October 27th, 2011, 3:31 pm


Bronco said:

President al-Assad discusses situation in Syria with the Arab Ministerial Delegation
(Dp-news – Sana) 27/10/2011
DAMASCUS- President Bashar al-Assad on Wednesday met the Arab Ministerial delegation, headed by Qatari Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jasem bin Jabr Al Thani.

Talks during the meeting dealt with the Arab initiative about the situation in Syria.

Discussions were frank and cordial on the events in the country and agreement has been made to hold a meeting between the Arab Ministerial Committee and the Syrian government on October 30 to continue today’s discussions.

In a statement to journalists following the meeting, Sheikh Hamad described the meeting with President al-Assad as long, frank, serious held within a cordial atmosphere, saying “We are happy to meet President al-Assad.”
“We talked about all topics included in the Arab initiative… we found a commitment by the Syrian government to reach a solution for this issue along with the Arab Committee… so we agreed to meet on October 30th, The Qatari Premier said.

He referred to another meeting to be held between the Arab Committee and the Syrian government in Damascus or on the sidelines of the Peace Initiative Committee Conference in Doha.

Sheikh Hamad added “we have agreed on some points, but there were other points that need more discussion.”

He said “We want to realize outcomes, so we agreed that this issue will be secret till we agree or not agree… God’s will, we will agree on a practical solution, based on the seriousness of the meeting… we don’t want to come out with a statement that will not give a result that won’t be in an interest for the Syrians or the Arabs.”

He added ”There are issues that the Syrian side wants to study further, and they made proposals that we want to study and we will meet, yet there are some points that we agreed on in general, and there were other points that the Syrian side asked to study in the Syrian institutions in two days.” ”As an Arab committee, we wanted to discuss among us and meet the brothers in Syria to come up with a clear outcome,” he said, adding ”What we are interested in is for fighting and violence to stop and that we see no victims from either side.”

Answering a question on the terrorist acts of the armed terrorist groups against the Syrians, the Qatari Prime Minister said ”Terrorism is rejected anytime, anywhere,” adding ”but when there is a crisis, it is likely that there are people who would exploit it, and it is important how we can stop fighting by discretion and that the dialogue among the Syrian starts to reach outcomes that meet the aspirations of the Syrian people.”

”Reform is needed today to solve the crisis, not only in Syria. There has been a protest movement in other Arab countries and it might go on since radical, not cosmetic, reform is needed.”

”It is important that the citizens in Qatar or Syria or anywhere else feel a genuine intention for enacting reforms, not mere promises, but it is equally important to stop violence, fighting and armed phenomena by either side,” he concluded.

The Ministerial Committee which attended the meeting comprises the Arab League Secretary General Nabil al-Arabi, Oman’s Foreign Minister Yousef bin Alawi, Algerian Foreign Minister Murad Medelci, Sudanese Foreign Minister Ali Ahmad Kirti, Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohammad Kamel Amro and the Assistant Secretary General of the Arab League Ahmad bin Hili.

The meeting was also attended by Syrian Foreign and Expatriates Minister Walid al-Moallem, Presidential Political and Media Advisor Bouthaina Shaaban, Deputy Foreign and Expatriates Minister Fayssal Mikdad and Syria’s permanent Ambassador to the Arab League Yousef Ahmad.

October 27th, 2011, 3:37 pm


Khalid Tlass said:

Go, Free Syrian Army, Go

Finish off the tyrants

Deal the tyrants the only punishment

The punishment of death

Finish them off with your bayonets and sodomize them

And behead Maher al Assad.

October 27th, 2011, 4:20 pm


Son of Damascus said:

For people that are saying that the regime has millions supporting it, and that the SNC have a “few hundreds or less” supporting it, seem to miss the obvious.
As long as Syrians are not able to gather and protest without the regime stooping to levels of inhumanity and injustice that it has and continues to do so, you cannot compare the two.
The army and shabeeha are NOT killing the pro-regime supporters (whether rent-a-crowd, or people that truly believe in the “conspiracy”), but they are doing that to anyone that dares to utter the word freedom.
If the regime wanted dialogue it is 8 month, 3000+ dead, 25k imprisoned too late.
The assiduous attacks on peaceful citizens is the main reason that the revolution is turning into a sectarian conflict, we have reached this point NOT by the actions of the protesters but by the inaction of the regime to listen to its own peoples demands and needs, and by the heavy handed tactics employed by this regime from day one.

October 27th, 2011, 4:43 pm


Ya Mara Ghalba said:

@ GHUFRAN #389 & #391: Thank you for the links. Many of them are undoubtedly bogus, but I’m used to that by now. I’ve seen similar videos before that were proved to be bogus a day or two later from testimonies of people who were in the area at the time.

The dissidents haven’t been able to achieve an effective general strike anywhere in Syria before today (unless you count the cases where everyone was afraid to go out on the street because of violence from armed dissidents, but that’s not a general strike, that’s terrorism). So I don’t believe these videos you’re offering today that purport to depict effective general strikes. I believe right now that most of those videos are undoubtedly bogus. If those videos were for real, it’d mean there’s a whole lot of anti-regime sentiment out there, and there’d be big trouble ahead soon, including demonstrations. If we don’t have big trouble soon, your videos are fakes. Okay?

“Fake it till you make it” is a failed strategy.

October 27th, 2011, 4:51 pm


Areal said:

The document includes 44 pages and outlines a 4 year plan (2010-2014) , the steps which are being currently applied in Syria in terms of terrorist actions and false media reports.
by Ghassan Ben Jeddo

وثيقة تكشف عن وجود جهاز استخبارات للإخوان المسلمين في سورية منذ

by دعم قناة الميادين الاخبارية التي اطلقها الاعلامي غسان بن جدو on Thursday, October 27, 2011 at 9:10am

وثيقة تكشف عن وجود جهاز استخبارات للإخوان المسلمين في سورية منذ 2010

أظهرت وثيقة تضم (44) صفحة حول مشروع الخطة العامة التي وضعتها جماعة الإخوان المسلمين لمدة أربعة أعوام، )2010 – 2014 عن دورها في التخطيط لاندلاع وتأجيج الأوضاع في سورية قبل الاحتجاجات وأثنائها ، وحصل موقع عربي برس على هذه الوثيقة ، وتم التأكد من صحتها من مصدر تركي على علاقة بحركة الإخوان المسلمين ، وهذه الوثيقة التي وزعت على (300) عضو قيادي من الجماعة بداية 2010 وتكشف الوثيقة في سياق بنودها عن وجود أجهزة مخابراتية فاعلة للاخوان المسلمين (داخل سورية) وتزعم الوثيقة ان مخابراتهم تخترق أجهزة والمخابرات والجيش السوري ، وتستخدم هذه الحركة ” الأخوات ” (هذا المصطلح الذي يطلقوه على النساء في منظمتهم) ” تستخدمهم إعلاميا وإعلانيا في نشاطاتهم الأمنية والاستخباراتيه (خاصة في المحافظات التي تتواجد فيها أعضاء هذه الحركة بكثافة كحماه وإدلب ودرعا) ، وأظهرت الوثيقة كيف أنها تركز على نشاط منظمة حقوق الإنسان وتتواصل مع المرصد السوري لحقوق الإنسان الذي يتخذ من بريطانيا مقرا له، من أجل تضخيم أعداد القتلى والتي أصبحت المصدر الرئيسي الذي يغذي الفضائيات بهذه الأعداد التي يقول الاعلام السوري الموالي بانها اعداد وهمية ، وتقوم الحركة بتغذية الفضائيات بفيديوهات وصور اظهرت الوقائع احيانا بانها مفبركة وذلك لتكثيف الهجوم على سورية ولدعم محاولات رفع دعاوى قضائية ضد النظام السوري في المحاكم الدولية .

وهنا ملخص لأبرز نقاط الوثيقة

مشروع الخطة العامة

هدفها العام

(بناء جماعة قوية ، تحقق شروط الحركة الإسلامية العصرية، القادرة على تأدية دورها المؤثر في الساحة السورية )

أهدافها الفرعية

أولا : إعداد “النواة الصلبة” البشرية ، وتأهيلها ، لتكون قادرة على حمل أعباء العمل والدعوة ، (25% من وزن الخطة)

ثانيا: إعداد المؤسسات التنفيذية –شكلا ومضمونا وتواصلا وآلية عمل – وفق هيكلية فعالة متطورة ن ملائمة لأوضاع الجماعة وروح العصر، (15% من وزن الخطة)

ثالثا: تحقيق الاستقرار المالي والتنموي ، وإيجاد حلول عملية ، لفصل العمل الإغاثي عن عمل الجماعة والتخفيف من أعبائه المالية (15% من وزن الخطة)

رابعا : تفعيل العمل العام وترشيده:الدعوي ، والاجتماعي ، والإنساني ، والشبابي … وذلك في أوساط المجتمع السوري خارجيا وداخليا (15% من وزن الخطة)

خامسا : ممارسة المرأة دورها البناء الفاعل المناسب في الجماعة (10% من وزن الخطة)

سادسا: إدارة محاور الصراع مع النظام السوري وفق فاعلة متكاملة ، على ثلاثة محاور أساسية: المحور السياسي الإعلامي تجاه (النظام ، والشعب السوري وقواه المعارضة، والقوى العربية والأجنبية، والقوى الإسلامية الشقيقة)، والمحور الأمني (الداخلي والخارجي) ، ومحور حقوق الإنسان (20% من وزن الخطة)

مدة التنفيذ

أربع سنوات (2010-2014) توزع على أربع مراحل زمنية .

أدوات التنفيذ

مكتب الطلاب والشباب والتطوير التربوي ، ومكتب التخطيط والدراسات، ومكتب تنمية الموارد، والمكتب الإداري والمالي ، وإدارات المراكز ، واللجنة المركزية لمنظمات المجتمع المدني ، ومكتب الأخوات ، والمكتب السياسي والإعلامي، والمكتب الفني ، وهيئة حقوق الإنسان.

بيئة التنفيذ

جميع الساحات التي يتجمع فيها أبناء الجماعة وأنصارهم .

متابعة التنفيذ

يقوم بها مكتب التخطيط والدراسات بشكل أساسي، بالتعاون مع المراقب العام والقيادة بكامل هيئتها.


· أساسية “وهي المهمات المدرجة نصا في هذه الخطة”.

· فرعية ” تضعها كل جهة منفذة ، بما يتلاءم مع إمكاناتها وظروفها”.

ملخص لبعض النقاط الهامة في التقرير السنوي المجمل عن أعمال القيادة خلال الفترة الواقعة مابين (27/7/2010 – 8/7/2011) م


والتي أشارت إلى أن للتطورات الداخلية السورية وما تبعها من اندلاع الثورة الشعبية ، أبلغ الأثر على أوضاع الجماعة بشكل عام حسبما جاء في التقرير.

أهم الأعمال المنجزة

· (المرحلة التمهيدية قبل اندلاع الثورة السورية) : ومنها تكليف المكتب السياسي والإعلامي بالاتصال بالشخصيات السورية المعارضة، مع دعوة النظام السوري لإجراء تغييرات جذرية داخلية ، والمشاركة في الحث على اندلاع الاحتجاجات السورية بالوسائل المتاحة، خارج وداخل سورية.

· (أثناء اندلاع الثورة السورية ) : اعتماد”خطة التحرك” بالتعامل مع الحراك الداخلي السوري ، مع تشكيل لجان لإدارة الأزمة ولدعم الاحتجاجات في سورية ، ووضع الورقة الأولية لسيناريوهات تطور الأحداث وتكليف مكتب حقوق الإنسان بالتعاون مع الجهات الأشخاص المعنيين بإعداد الملفات اللازمة لرفع دعوى قضائية ضد النظام السوري، لاسيما ما يتعلق بجرائمه المرتكبة مؤخرا حسب زعمهم، ومن أعمالهم أيضا عقد “مؤتمر النخبة” في استانبول ليكون بداية لتحرك الجماعة على صعيد جمع المعارضة السورية ، وإجراء مختلف المقابلات بجميع أنواعها ، والتواصل مع الحركات الإسلامية وتوجيه الروابط من (العلماء والشباب والمرآة) بأنشطة داعمة للحراك السوري، وأشار التقرير أيضا إلى قيام الجماعة برفع سقف المطالب و”طمأنه الطوائف”والتلاحم مع هذه الاحتجاجات من خلف الستار، مع عدم التحدث (باسم الجماعة) إعلاميا في هذه المرحلة، وحول الإجراءات المتخذة وخاصة للشباب كانت الخطة العاجلة بزج شباب المجموعة في الحراك السوري لدعمه وتوجيه وترشيده ، مع تشكيل مجموعات وفرق عمل في الفيسبوك وتويتر والمواقع الإخبارية والمنتديات كـ(الجزيرة والعربية نت ولإيلاف والجزيرة توك …. وغيرها ، وأيضا فريق للتواصل مع الفضائيات لاسيما (الجزيرة والعربية والبي بي سي ووصال وأورينت وصفا والفرنسية 24 والحرة …. إلخ ) لإرسال الأخبار والفيديوهات لهم ، وإنشاء أيضا فريق لنشر يوميات الاحتجاجات السورية وفريق الأرشفة والتغذية المستمرة وفريق آخر للتواصل والتنسيق،ومن الوسائل والأساليب المتبعة التي احتواها التقرير: (إجراء عمليات مسح لمواقع النظام المهمة والمنتديات التي ينشط فيها عملاء النظام حسب وصفهم والتصدي لهم ، إرسال رسائل قصيرة إلى بعض القنوات الفضائية وإحداث صفحات على الفيسبوك باللغتين العربية والإنكليزية وأهمها ” الثورة السورية ضد بشار الأسد … ثورة حتى الحرية … فيديو الثورة السورية” وذلك للتفاعل ونشر الأخبار الساخنة والبروشورات ونشر أسماء أيام الجمعة ، مع محاولة الجماعة لتجميع حوالي نصف مليون رقم هاتف جوال داخل سورية لإرسال الرسائل القصيرة إليها ، ومن السياسات “الظاهرية المبطنة بعكس ذلك” والتي اعتمدتها المجموعة كان : التركيز على سلمية الثورة ، الابتعاد على إظهار الهوية الإسلامية والروح الطائفية والحزبية ، التركيز على هموم المواطن السوري مع تجريد النظام من مزاعمه وبيان كذب شعاراته حسبما ادعى هذا التقرير .

October 27th, 2011, 4:57 pm


Ya Mara Ghalba said:

@GHUFRAN #391 reports that today the army was forcing shopkeepers to open their shops, when the shopkeepers wanted to close to participate in a general strike. That is utterly unbelievable, because the army doesn’t have the authority to do any such thing, and nobody wants to give it any such authority.

“Fake it till you make it” has no only failed in Syria, it is backlashing against the dissidents, and will backlash more to come.

October 27th, 2011, 5:17 pm


Darryl said:


Dr Khaldoun, you never stop amazing me with your impeccable judgement and logic. When a demonstration is held, people are always transported by bus, train or some form of mass transport. Do you actually expect tens of thousand or more people to walk or drive their car to that location? Even in the more advanced west, people are transported by mass transport infrastructure!

October 27th, 2011, 5:21 pm


Khalid Tlass said:

Darryl,, are you open to reading Al Raheeq al Makhyoum of Darus Salam Publications ? Its a biography of the Prophet.

October 27th, 2011, 5:53 pm


Darryl said:

“449. KHALID TLASS said:

Darryl,, are you open to reading Al Raheeq al Makhyoum of Darus Salam Publications ? Its a biography of the Prophet.”

I am open to reading books Khalid, but why are you asking me?

Let me be clear with you, I have no issues with the Messenger and Islam and I respect what he was trying to do in Arabia. However, I have issues with close minded Muslims who do not understand their Islam, the Qur’an and have never read any AHadith and only get Islam from apologists and Sheikhs and then want to force their version of Islam on me especially when you do not have solid foundations.

I have read Islam’s foundations, and I make no apology that they do not impress me and do not agree with them, but I still respect you if you were a human being who made a choice to be a Muslim. However, the majority of Muslims did not have a choice and cannot make a choice.

Lastly, Khalid, I am not a religious person, I am a human being first and I use my brain to guide myself as to what is right and wrong. I do not need religion to remind me how to treat and respect people. Remember, you are a human being first and then you are a Muslim not the other way around.

October 27th, 2011, 8:36 pm


Frontier Strategy Group said:

The death of former Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi marks the symbolic beginning of a new era in North Africa and transitioning states are keen to attract foreign investment. Companies should avoid being paralyzed by uncertainty, and must begin planning to re-engage and expand in the region to capture medium to long-term opportunities. Even though Bashar al-Assad isn’t gone, it can’t hurt for companies to start looking at ways to engage the Syrian market in the future.

October 31st, 2011, 1:33 pm


Dale Andersen said:


RE: “…it can’t hurt for companies to start looking at ways to engage the Syrian market of the future.

Exactly! And the best way to do that is to fund the Syrian revolutionaries so they can arm their followers and drive the Assad Mafia out. Then Besho and Asma can spend their declining years in Zimbabwe. Besho can write his memoirs and Asma can open a nail salon…

October 31st, 2011, 11:36 pm


Inside Syria’s Economic Implosion said:

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November 16th, 2011, 9:09 pm


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