The Effect of the Conflict on Syrian Banking and Economy

A parody of obituary announcements commonly posted in Syrian neighborhoods when someone dies, this one announcing the passing of the "Syrian Pound"

Someone’s parody of obituary announcements commonly posted in Syrian neighborhoods when someone dies: this one announces the passing of the “Syrian Pound”


Economics are often neglected in coverage of the Syrian conflict. In this post we offer a helpful article provided to us by Andrew Cunningham, followed by a brief response from our resident financial expert Ehsani, followed by a new article from the Atlantic Council.


Deconstructing the Syrian Banking System

Andrew Cunninghamby Andrew Cunningham with Darien Middle East


Amid the daily turmoil in Syria, it comes as something of a surprise to see the financial statements of 12 of the country’s banks posted, quarter by quarter, on the website of the Damascus Securities Exchange (DSE).

By the end of May, all 12 had published audited financial statements for 2012, complete with detailed accounting notes.

But despite the apparent normality projected by the DSE’s website (daily changes in stock prices stream across the home page; weekly trading reports are easily available and up to date), echoes of the civil war can be detected.

In recent weeks, three banks have had trading in their shares suspended because they did not provide the Exchange with reports on their Annual General Assembly meetings –it is hardly surprising that convening an annual meeting, to be attended by numerous prominent directors and shareholders, is difficult to arrange when large gatherings present easy targets for bombs.

On 17 January Bank Bemo Saudi Fransi informed the Exchange that it had transferred all funds in its Deir al-Zour branch to its head office in Damascus. (A few days later, rebel forces captured strategic positions around the city.) On 5 March the bank informed the Exchange that a convoy taking money to the Central Bank had been attacked by an armed gang, resulting in lost funds of S£25mn.

Amid the acres of news that have been published about the conflict in Syria, little has been written about how the conflict has affected the financial system. Economic reporting tends to focus on the exchange rate (which has depreciated by more than 100% since the start of the conflict) and the level of the Central Bank’s foreign exchange reserves (now probably around $2bn-3bn).

Banking Activity Has Declined Dramatically

Cash, of course, is playing a much greater role in the economy than before. Banking activity is at a minimum as banks run down existing credit facilities while continuing to fund basic imports such as food and medicine. Banks say that they are able to get dollars as well as local currency to stock their ATMs (in areas under government control), although money exchangers are playing an increasingly important role in the distribution of cash.

Banks’ financial statements should give a reasonable impression of the broad trends in a country’s financial system. Those published in Syria – one of the least developed banking systems in the Middle East, even before the civil war – need to be treated with considerable care, although the figures published by subsidiaries of overseas banks are likely to be more reliable since overseas head offices are subject to supervision and auditing standards that are more robust than those applied in Syria.

With that caveat in mind, the financial statements of the 12 banks that report to the DSE show an aggregate 28% decline in loans extended in the two years to the end of 2012 and a 29% decline in customers’ deposits. In both cases the figures under-state the effective shrinkage in the banking system. Syrian banks report their financial results in Syrian pounds but have, at least in the past, extended some loans and taken some deposits in foreign currency. A 50% devaluation in the Syrian pound will increase the reported value of a foreign currency loan by 50% on a bank’s local currency-denominated balance sheet. Without that effect, the banks’ loan portfolios would have shown a much greater decline.

As the crisis has deepened, banks have been converting foreign currency loans into local currency loans in the hope of improving their borrowers’ ability to repay. Again, the accounting treatment around such transactions has a big effect on the banks’ balance sheets, inflating the apparent size of a their loan portfolios.

Well-placed observers comment that the assets and liabilities of the banking system have fallen dramatically since the end of 2012.

Syrian Banks listed on Damascus stock exchange

Syrian Banks listed on Damascus stock exchange: Summary of Financial Position (click image to view full resolution)


Syrian Banks’ Exposure to Banks in Major Economies is Now Minimal

The decline of international lending and borrowing by Syrian banks can be seen in figures published by the Bank for International Settlements (BIS), an institution that tracks overseas exposures of banks in the major world economies. According to the BIS, banks in major economies had placed $264mn with banks in Syria (including the Central Bank) at the end of 2009. This figure halved by the end of 2010 and at the end of 2012 was down to $42mn. Placements by Syrian banks (including the Central Bank) with banks in the major economies stood at $16,310mn at the end of 2009, remained steady through 2010 before falling to $2,328mn at the end of 2012. The fall in placements by Syrian banks reflects both the repatriation and spending of much-needed foreign currency, as well as the redeployment of funds out of the major international banking systems and into others where the reach of international sanctions is less keenly felt.

The Syrian banking system was one of the smallest in the Middle East even before the civil war. Assets of $47.7bn at the end of 2010 represented 2.1% of the assets of commercial banks in the Arab Middle East. Private sector deposits of $23.5bn represented about 2.2%. This was a little more than Oman and Tunisia. Private sector credit was equivalent to 23% of Gross Domestic Product – a very low figure in a region where banks dominate financial intermediation.

Non-Performing Loans Double or Treble

Income and net profit figures of the 12 listed banks have been fluctuating wildly as a result of revaluations of assets and as a result of loan loss provisioning. All 12 of the listed banks reported a doubling of non-performing loans (NPLs) in 2012 and in some cases a trebling or even quadrupling. Eight banks showed NPLs as more than 20% of their total loan portfolio.

Three of the 12 listed banks declared net losses for 2012 but income statements carry little meaning in the current Syrian environment. Quite apart from the exchange rate, which can turn revenue streams into losses, or vice versa, from one reporting period to another, the physical destruction of a client’s businesses can render loans which were performing yesterday uncollectable today.

(Although the exchange rate has depreciated considerably during the last two years, it is interesting to note that the unofficial rate shows big fluctuations and at times can show significant appreciation as well as depreciation. The collapse of a country’s exchange rate during a time of civil war cannot be assumed. For example, the Lebanese pound remained around $1=LL3 for the first seven years of the Lebanese civil war and only started to slide after the Israeli invasion of 1982, with the really big devaluations happening in the late 1980s and early 1990s. As any seasoned Lebanese banker will tell you, militias expect to be paid in cash, and usually in dollars, so civil wars bring a lot of foreign currency into a country, regardless of whether the official sector is running low on its own foreign reserves.)

The State-Owned Banks Dominate the Banking System

The 12 listed banks account for about a quarter of banking assets and liabilities in Syria. The state-owned banks dominate the system but their financial statements for recent years are not available.

The Central Bank of Syria’s public disclosure of aggregate banking statistics peters out in early 2011. Statistics for year-end 2010 show aggregated assets for the 20 banks at $47.7bn (converting the Central Bank’s Syrian pound figures into dollars at a rate of $1=S£45.79). State banks account for 71% of this. Note that not all private sector banks are listed on the DSE – Cham Bank and al-Baraka Syria are not.

Overview of Syrian Commercial Banks

Overview of Syrian Commercial Banks (click image to view full-resolution)


Physical Safety and Hard Cash Are Crucial for Banking Activity to Continue

Looking ahead, the most obvious threats to the continuation of banking services in Syria are physical – the destruction of bank branches or security threats that prevent banks restocking their ATMs or prevent their staff from going to work. (In mid-June, the website of Arab Bank Syria announced that banking services had been discontinued at eight of its branches (out of 19), most of them in the south western corner of Syria, near the Lebanese border.)

The availability of physical cash in government-controlled areas will be another challenge for the banks. Much will depend on the willingness of the regime’s foreign backers to facilitate the printing of local-currency bank notes and the provision of foreign currency notes. (It is assumed that rebel-held areas will continue to receive cash dollars from their foreign benefactors).

The state-owned banks will continue to support local industries, providing loans and not calling-in bad debts. They will be able to do this because the Central Bank of Syria will not enforce its own regulations. And because state-owned banks account for such a large part of the banking system, a significant part of the economy will be able to continue to operate as if all is well and everyone is paying everyone else on time. Again, it is when banking gets “physical” – for example, when wages have to be paid in cash, or foreigners paid in Dollars or Euros – that problems arise. If confidence in the regime declines, then, in regime-controlled areas, cash will become even more important than it is now.

When the Fighting is Over

What will the Syrian banking system look like when the fighting stops? The obvious answer is that it will depend on how long the fighting continues and who emerges as the victor.

And to some extent, that obvious answer is the correct one.

If the rebels overthrow the Asad regime, fighting their way to Damascus, the destruction to the country’s infrastructure will be huge. Regime figures who have been managing the financial system in recent years will either flee or be removed, and physical assets will be looted, either by the departing regime or by uncontrolled elements of the victorious forces.

In the final days of Saddam Husain’s rule in Iraq, the Central Bank of Iraq was emptied of millions of dollars by regime figures preparing for a last stand or a future fight back.

If the Asad government prevails and regains control of its territory, then destruction in the regions outside Damascus will be considerable, but the Damascene key infrastructure, both physical and professional, will probably be in reasonable shape.

Yet whoever controls Damascus in the years ahead will inherit a banking system dominated by decrepit state-owned institutions that have been managed by public servants with little appreciation of modern banking.

Any country’s banking system reflects the broader economy in which it operates, and there has been little real change in the structure of the Syrian economy and the relationships within it for decades. (The rise of private sector businessmen and industries is a chimera – their success has been reliant on regime patronage.)

The so-called “reform” of Syrian banking in recent years has combined the granting of new banking licenses to private sector interests and foreign banks with the acquisition of shares in many of those banks by cronies of the regime. The process has brought new skills and technology into the system.

Six of Syria’s 20 banks now have Lebanese banks among their major shareholders. Jordanian banks are the largest shareholders in another three, and Qatari investors in another two.

Lebanese banks in particular stand to gain once the fighting stops and business resumes (and assuming sanctions are lifted). With their strong personal connections to the Syrian business community, geographical proximity, and entrepreneurial acumen, they were already building strong franchises when the Syria civil war began in 2011.

But the experience of Iraq since the overthrow of Saddam provides a cautionary tale to any who think that a change of regime will lead to quick and dramatic change in an antiquated banking system.

In Iraq, state owned banks continue to dominate the banking scene, with Rafidain and Rashid accounting for about 90% of banking assets. Reform programmes implemented by foreign advisors backed by millions of dollars achieved little over many years. The Central Bank of Iraq, focussed on upgrading its own operations and on winning the political knife fights that threatened its independence, was unable to force the two big banks to make meaningful changes to the way they conducted business.

Iraqi bankers with long experience in developed markets were discouraged from returning to Baghdad by the appalling security risks and by their inability to navigate the lethal sectarian environment that continues to pervade all areas of Iraqi life.

So what are the realistic priorities for the reconstruction and development of the Syrian banking system once the conflict ends?

Assuming that head offices and branch buildings are physically in tact, the first task will be to restore the provision of reliable electrical power and internet connections through bank networks. Without these, the process of reconciling branch accounts into a consolidated ledger – and managing the bank’s liquidity position — is delayed and dependent on couriers.

Then the focus should move to the Central Bank. An authoritative and competent Central Bank is the key to upgrading a banking system because only the Central Bank can force commercial banks to take the difficult decisions that are needed to modernise their operations.

Thirdly, the loan portfolios of state-owned banks will have to be realistically re-valued and restructured, and then the banks re-capitalised.

Alongside these moves, a modern electronic payments system needs to be introduced.

But most important of all, and most difficult, will be the need to bring competent and motivated senior staff into the state-owned banks, and to modernise and enforce the laws and regulations that underpin financial activity. The timetable for doing that kind of change is more likely to be measured in decades than in years.

The Lebanese Example

Lebanon provides a case study of a banking system which was able to quickly regain its footing and then move forward after a devastating civil war. In Lebanon’s case, the war lasted fifteen years, entailed considerable physical destruction (though not on the scale being seen in Syria) and saw large-scale displacement of population.

Yet when rating Lebanese banks for Moody’s just a few years after the war had ended and stable government established, I saw institutions that were well managed, entrepreneurial, profitable and solvent.

Before the war, Lebanese banks had been privately owned and they were managed by businessmen and financiers determined to make money. True, regulation was light, scandals occurred, and corruption widespread in the economy, but it was a dynamic environment always with an eye on the future.

Bank shareholders worked hard to protect their banks during the war, and when peace returned, the system benefitted from the return of thousands of young Lebanese who had spent the war years in London, Paris or the U.S. earning university degrees and developing a taste for high standards and good living.

Then there is the Central Bank. Supposedly the only institution not to be targeted during 15 years of war, but certainly one that retained its reputation and integrity, Lebanon’s Central Bank has taken a lead in setting high standards and requiring compliance with international regulations.

Andrew Cunningham has spent over 25 years writing, training and consulting on banking and finance, both in the Middle East and in Europe and the U.S. He can be contacted at:


A response from Syria Comment’s Ehsani to Mr. Cunningham’s article:

Mr. Cunningham does an excellent job of deconstructing the Syrian Banking system. As his article states: “The physical destruction of a client’s businesses can render loans which were performing yesterday uncollectable today.”

It is indeed the case that most banks appear to be severely under provisioned. Before banks write off a loan, they tend take provision charges. Such provisions are done with consent of the clients (borrowers). Some have claimed that the provisions are understated by a factor of at least 1 to 4. Without adequate and accurate provisioning, recorded interest income is overstated.

It would not be a stretch to argue that the Syrian Banking system is perhaps technically insolvent. Once the provisions are raised by four times and interest income takes a significant hit, the current capital of the banks may fall short of the total hit emanating from the credit losses.


A new article from Mohsin Khan and Faysal Itani available at the Atlantic Council explores the economic impact of the crisis:

The Economic Collapse of Syria

Faysal Itani Mohsin KhanThe violent civil war in Syria that began with the uprising in March 2011 has already imposed tremendous costs on the Syrian population. More than 100,000 people have died and millions have become refugees in Jordan, Turkey, and Lebanon, in addition to the internally displaced in Syria itself.  Naturally, the focus of the international community has been on the human suffering and costs that the war has caused. What has taken a back seat is the cost of the fighting on the economy. This may not be of immediate concern to outsiders, but it is something members of the international community, both those that favor the present regime of President Bashar al-Assad and those that do not, should keep in the back of their minds. The Syrian economy is in total disarray and will eventually have to be resurrected when the fighting is over. The Syrian government is in a state of denial and Prime Minister Wael al-Halqi is reported to have said that the economy is “strong and balanced,” a view that is at total variance with the facts.

While very little is known about precisely what shape the Syrian economy is in, available indicators point to a virtually complete collapse of output, trade, and finance. Once the war ends the international community will have to deal with the consequences of the fighting that has destroyed a large portion of the country’s capital stock and productive capacity. Aside from the need to stabilize the economy, reconstruction will require substantial external financing as the costs of rebuilding the Syrian economy will be huge.

Economic developments prior to the uprising

Syria’s macroeconomic indicators in the decade before the uprising were relatively sound. During 2000-2010, the country’s growth rate averaged 4.3 percent per year, about a percentage point below the average growth experienced by the MENA region. Inflation was kept in check at less than 5 percent and only once during those years did it hit double-digits. In 2008, the sharp rise in commodity and oil prices led to a spike in the inflation rate to 15.2 percent, but the following year the government had brought the rate down to 2.8 percent. Overall, inflation in Syria was considerably below the rates witnessed in the MENA countries group. To a large extent this good inflation performance was the outcome of a sensible fiscal policy that maintained a relatively low fiscal deficit of under 3 percent of GDP until 2009. While the fiscal deficit jumped to nearly 5 percent of GDP in 2010, over the entire period the Syrian fiscal deficit was about one half of the average fiscal deficits of MENA oil-importing countries.

On the external front too, Syria’s performance, though not stellar, was nonetheless positive. The current account deficit, which averaged about $400 million a year (1.6 percent of GDP) during 2000-2007, started to rise steadily thereafter to reach $1.7 billion (2.9 percent of GDP) by 2010. However, capital inflows comprising mainly foreign direct investment (FDI) from other Arab countries and Europe, led to overall balance of payment surpluses and increases in the international reserves holdings of the Central Bank of Syria (CBS) that reached $18.2 billion at the end of 2010. The largely positive external picture was reflected in the relative stability of the exchange rate. The Syrian Pound (SYP) appreciated steadily against the US dollar at an average rate of 2 percent per year and at the end of 2010 reached SYP 47 to the US dollar.

While the overall macroeconomic picture was generally positive, in the years leading up to 2010 real household expenditures steadily declined, unemployment and poverty rates rose, income inequalities increased, and regional disparities in development grew larger. The economic seeds for the uprising were clearly evident in Syria, and were essentially the same as those seen in other Arab transition countries.

Furthermore, prior to the start of the civil war, Syria was undertaking a number of structural reforms to liberalize the economy to make it more market-oriented. These reforms included unifying multiple exchange rates, allowing the opening of private banks and the Damascus Stock Exchange, eliminating controls on interest rates, and raising prices of some subsidized items. Nevertheless, in 2010 the economy was still tightly regulated both internally and externally and the process of reform was designed to be very gradual.

Economic developments since the uprising

Following the uprising the economy started to deteriorate significantly, slowly in 2011 and much more rapidly in 2012. In 2011, official estimates show a decline of real GDP by 2.3 percent, although some observers question this number, arguing that the decline in the growth rate was much larger. The inflation rate stayed at about 5 percent for the year, although this was achieved by tightening price controls on basic food items and increasing subsidies to placate the population. The increase in military spending and subsidies, coupled with a decline in tax revenues, caused the fiscal deficit to nearly double to 9 percent of GDP.

However, the external balances of the country worsened quite dramatically. The current account deficit shot up to nearly $8 billion (from $1.7 billion in the previous year) and was financed largely by running down international reserves, which fell to $14 billion by the end of 2011. Undoubtedly, the decline in international reserves would have been far larger had the CBS not imposed limits on the amount of foreign currency that could be bought to $1,300 per month. Syria also received financial assistance from Iran during the year. Through a mix of selling foreign currency in the market and controls on purchases by the public, the CBS was able to maintain the exchange rate at SYP 47, or close to what it was in December 2010. This was obviously an unsustainable policy as events in 2012 and early 2013 proved.

The full damage to the economy became evident in 2012. While there are only a few reliable economic indicators on recent developments in the Syrian economy, those that are available show an economy in a high state of distress. Inflation in 2012 jumped ten-fold to over 50 percent and international reserves fell to $2 billion at the end of 2012. The current account deficit did decline to $6 billion, but that was because of the dramatic drop in foreign trade. Exports fell by 60 percent to under $5 billion and imports to $10 billion from $18 billion in the previous year.

Clearly the economy in 2012 was in freefall. As direct estimates of real GDP are unavailable, other indicators are needed to proxy the growth rate during 2012. These estimates indicate that real GDP fell by between 50-80 percent, depending on whether the fall in trade or the fall in the broad money supply are used as the indicator. By any token, this was a massive decline in the country’s output. While more than a halving of real GDP in one year is highly unusual, it is not unknown in wartime situations. For example, non-oil real GDP of Libya fell by 52 percent in 2011 when it was engaged in its civil war. As a matter of fact, Libyan total real GDP, that is including the oil sector, fell by 62 percent in that year.

The unholy combination of spiraling inflation and a rapidly shrinking economy showed up in the behavior of the exchange rate during 2012 and into the first half of 2013. In December 2012, the currency fell to SYP 60 to the US dollar, a decline in value of some 50 percent from the previous year.  In early 2013, however, it fell off the cliff. At the beginning of June 2013 the currency had fallen to SYP 170 to the US dollar, and when the United States announced that it was going to supply arms to the rebels, it really tanked. On June 17, the currency reached a low of SYP 220 to the US dollar as Syrians tried desperately to get out of the Syrian Pound and into foreign currencies. It had now become a full-fledged run on the currency and the government did not have the foreign exchange reserves to counter it.

Some foreign exchange was provided to the market by the CBS utilizing a $1 billion credit line with Iran, but this effort only slowed down the run and did not reverse it. Even Governor Adib Mayaleh of the CBS recognized that the “normal” rate for the currency was now around SYP 170 to the US dollar and that “speculation” had pushed the rate way beyond that level. The central bank would intervene to achieve the normal rate using the financing that had been provided by Iran. However, having lost $15 billion in reserves in trying to defend the rate, it is difficult to see anything but a temporary pause in the drop of the Syrian Pound by activating the Iran credit line. Furthermore, absent sustained support from Iran, a highly unlikely prospect given Iran’s own financial constraints, it is completely rational for Syrians to move out of the local currency as fast as they can.

Syria now has all the characteristics of collapsed economy with falling economic activity and trade, inflation that is likely to move into hyper-inflation as the government finances its spending through printing money, and a currency that is depreciating at a breakneck pace.

What happens next?

While the timing and outcome of the civil war in Syria is for politicians, diplomats, and political scientists to predict, there is the big question of what will need to be done to salvage the economy when it is all over. At this stage, virtually no one can say with any degree of certainty as to when and how the conflict will ultimately end. Irrespective of who emerges victorious—the rebel Syrian forces, Bashar al-Assad, or some type of national unity government—they will face the monumental task of fixing the broken economy. So what will they need to do?

In the short run, the government will have to stabilize the economy and reverse the direction in which it is currently headed. This means bringing inflation down, arresting the continuing falling output, improving the external balances, and managing the exchange rate. This is not by any means going to be an easy task, but it will need to be done. Fortunately, the recipe to stabilize an economy is well known—appropriate monetary, fiscal, and exchange rate policies have brought many countries back from the brink. External financing will, of course, be needed but, if the government is willing, approaching the IMF for a program is the typical choice for many countries emerging from conflict. In the Middle East, Iraq is one example of a post-conflict country going into an IMF program in 2004 to stabilize the economy.

Over the longer term, there will need to be a major emphasis on reconstruction. This is more difficult than stabilizing the economy because it will require large-scale financing to undertake the rebuilding of the capital stock and infrastructure destroyed in the war. Cost estimates of reconstruction are obviously uncertain as the war continues. However, the UN has estimated that were to be peace today, the country would need at least $80 billion to put the economy back to what it was prior to the uprising. The examples of Iraq and Libya would argue for a much higher level, possibly running into hundreds of billions of US dollars.

Unfortunately, Syria is in a worse situation than Iraq and Libya because these two countries could count on future oil revenues to support reconstruction. Syria, on the other hand, will be almost entirely dependent on the international community to assist in what will be a massive reconstruction effort involving roads, telecommunications, electricity, factories, etc. Will the international community be ready to provide such financing? Unfortunately, there is probably little or no chance it will, and particularly if Bashar al-Assad prevails and remains in Syria. There is a degree of hope if the rebel Syrian forces prevail or a national unity solution emerges. In that event, it is possible that the wealthy Gulf countries—notably Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates—could provide a large share of the needed financing.

At present, naturally the focus of the world is on the fighting and the humanitarian catastrophe in Syria. Eventually, however, the international community will have to face up to the question of how to deal with Syria on the economic front. There should be some type of contingency plan to assist Syria irrespective of who wins in the end. An economically failed state would struggle to secure it own territory and population, deepen the suffering of the Syrian population, and pose a geopolitical threat to its immediate neighbors and beyond.

Mohsin Khan
 is a senior fellow in the Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East focusing on the economic dimensions of transition in the Middle East and North Africa.

Faysal Itani
 is a fellow with the Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East whose focus is political economy and transition in the Arab world, with an emphasis on the Levant.

Comments (592)

Ziad said:

Jordanians wary of US military deployment

Jordanians are suspicious about US weapons and troops being deployed to the kingdom, even if Washington seeks to help its ally protect itself from a possible spillover of Syrian violence, experts say.

Worried about the security of Jordan, which is already struggling to cope with around 550,000 refugees from its war-torn northern neighbour, the United States has kept F-16 warplanes and Patriot missiles in the country since a joint military exercise ended on June 20.

A US defence official has said that Washington has expanded its military presence in the country to 1,000 troops.

“Jordanians do not feel comfortable about the presence of US troops, weapons and equipment in the kingdom,” analyst Oraib Rintawi, who runs the Al-Quds Centre for Political Studies, said.

June 28th, 2013, 11:36 am


Ziad said:

How We Lost
The Syrian Revolution

So what went wrong? Or to be more accurate, where did we go wrong? How did a once inspirational and noble popular uprising calling for freedom and basic human rights degenerate into an orgy of bloodthirsty sectarian violence, with depravity unfit for even animals? Was it inevitable and wholly unavoidable, or did it not have to be this way?

The simple answer to the above question is the miscalculation (or was it planned?) of Syrians taking up arms against their regime, a ruthless military dictatorship held together by nepotism and clan and sectarian loyalties for 40 years of absolute power. Former US ambassador to Syria Robert Ford specifically warned about this in his infamous visit to Hama in the summer of 2011 just as the city was in the grip of massive anti-regime protests and before it was stormed by the Syrian army. That warning fell on deaf ears, whether by design or accident, and we have only ourselves to blame. Western and global inaction or not, we are solely responsible for our broken nation at the end of the day.

June 28th, 2013, 11:56 am


Ziad said:

Saudi Arabian Women’s Conference… With Not A Female In Sight (PICTURE)

June 28th, 2013, 12:12 pm


Ghat Al Bird said:

The following are excerpts from how Henry Kissinger believes Syria’s problems can be solved as reported by a western website.

” There are three possible outcomes. An Assad vitory. A Sunni victory. Or an outcome in which the various nationalities agree to co-exist together but in more or less autonomous regions, so that they can’t oppress each other.” [ A balkanized Syria is the best outcome ]

” That’s the outcome I would prefer to see. But that’s not the popular view.”

Its amazing how some people believe their views about resolving other people’s lives/problems really amount to much.

June 28th, 2013, 12:33 pm


revenire said:

Balkanizing the region has been a long-time goal of Western powers.

Kissinger the war criminal of Vietnam. I wonder if he is a Satanist?

June 28th, 2013, 12:45 pm


Ziad said:

Anti-Obama protests kick off in Pretoria

JOHANNESBURG – Just hours before US President Barack Obama and his family are due to land in at the Waterkloof Air Force Base, protests against the visit have begun at the Caledonian Sports Field in Pretoria.

According to a statement released by the No You Can’t Obama Campaign (Nobama), the issues being raised include American domestic and foreign policy, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, US-Middle East relations, globalisation and global warming.

On Saturday, the campaign, along with students from the University of Johannesburg (UJ) SRC, South African Students Congress and the Young Communist League will be protesting UJ’s “poor and undemocratic” decision to award Obama an honorary doctorate.

Obama is expected to address students at the UJ Soweto campus at 3.30pm on Saturday.

June 28th, 2013, 1:15 pm


ilya said:

Q&A: S African group calls for Obama’s arrest
US President might not be received in South Africa with the aplomb he enjoys elsewhere on the continent.

June 28th, 2013, 1:29 pm


Jasmine said:

So Rafik Hariri centre is proposing a method of rebuilding the Syrian economy,and why exactly Syrians have to trust them and their gulf sponsors.
What about the Eastern block ?
Can’t they create a sound investment in Syria?
Or this what the war was about for the last 2 years,is to create an opportunity for the gulf to expand and rule and use their surplus in a failed state,just to satisfy the ego of some Sunnis corrupted monarchy at the expenses of Syrian bloods.

June 28th, 2013, 1:42 pm


Matthew Barber said:


Remember that bit about not embedding multiple videos in the same thread?

To all: if the problem persists in which pasting in a video link automatically embeds it, I will try again to have it fixed.

June 28th, 2013, 1:55 pm


revenire said:

Matt videos embed so the url address can’t be pasted without the video being embedded.

Juergen embeds plenty more than one video in a thread.

Who has access to IP addresses Matt? I emailed Dr. Landis about it a few months ago when Ann brought to my attention that Bill Scherk – a former moderator – was handing out private IPs to those sympathetic to the cause (whatever that cause is). Joshua said there was nothing he could do about it and I wonder why that is? It would seem to me only a few would have admin rights to see IPs. Is this site safe? I would not want any cannibals showing up at my house just because – as a Syrian – I support the government.

And, I am not kidding about the cannibal part. Many pro-government families I know have lost loved ones, been kidnapped and/or threatened with death.

June 28th, 2013, 2:03 pm


revenire said:

Morsi scared he will be deposed? Let’s hope he is. He belongs on trial with the other US puppets.

שחררו את פלסטין ‏@SultanAlQassemi 27m
Al Hayat TV: Morsy and his family relocate to the Republican Guards House #Egypt

June 28th, 2013, 2:05 pm


don said:

Full Disclosure: What the Media Isn’t Telling You About War in Syria

June 28th, 2013, 2:10 pm


Ilya said:

A Chinese View of the Muslim World

Report from China: What Keeps the Muslim World Back?

by Harold Rhode

The Chinese, at behind-the-scenes conferences and discussions during the past few months, kept saying they were perplexed about the Muslim world’s – particularly the Arab world’s – inability to deal with the modern world. The Chinese and the Muslims, they repeated, had suffered the same humiliation and occupation by foreigners over the past two hundred years, but the Chinese and Muslim reactions to these experiences seem so completely different.

“We also suffered,” the Chinese said, “but now we control our destiny, and are doing everything we can to learn from these foreigners so that we can benefit from the modern world and ensure that we do not suffer this humiliation again. We Chinese ‘look to the future.'”

The Muslims, on the other hand, the Chinese stated, seem to have a different approach: Instead of looking to the future, they “are mired in the past,” more concerned about taking revenge against those foreigners whom they believe had humiliated and oppressed them.

It was because of this focus on the past, these Chinese intellectuals and leaders stated, that Arabs and Muslims were therefore unable to build societies which could participate in the modern world. “Revenge and victimhood,” these Chinese argued, could permanently cause “the Arabs and Muslim world” to “remain behind the West and Asia.”

These Chinese, many of whom had spent considerable time in the Muslim world and had gone to the trouble of becoming fluent in Arabic, Persian, and Turkish, asked why our Muslim friends are “obsessed” (their word) with portraying themselves as victims. Victimhood, they said, gets people nowhere; what was necessary was to remember the past but put it behind you so that you could deal with contemporary problems.

The Chinese are practical: although they harbor deep resentment to what other cultures — specifically the Japanese — have done to them, they say that if they indulge in self-pity, they will never be able to improve their lot in this world.

The Islamic culture, however — and Middle Eastern culture in general — is acutely concerned with righting perceived wrongs. The Shari’a, in fact, sees the role of the ruler as one who “commands good and eradicates evil” — meaning it is more important to “correct” past wrongs than to think about how to improve one’s situation. First one must correct the evil, and only then may one concentrate on how to have a better life. Saddam Hussein and Bashar al-Assad have focused much of their time and money fighting their enemies rather than building their societies. The Americans, before they invaded Iraq, tried to negotiate with Saddam to find a way to stop him from developing weapons of mass destruction and intimidating his neighbors, but Saddam would not compromise. To do so, from his point of view, would have shamed him, a condition to be avoided at all costs. Bashar al-Assad now seems committed to doing the same. Fighting evil, in their eyes, is a never-ending battle: they cannot – nor can, for that matter, the Palestinians — put their past perceived wrongs behind them. They therefore cannot turn their attention to any future. Middle Eastern leaders might want to eliminate Israel, or hire engineers to build buildings, but anything more elaborate requires importing foreigners – mostly Westerners or Asians for building airports, highways, or whatever.


The Chinese perspective, to quote the former Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Kwan Yew, is that, despite “everything we do for our Muslims, they continue to remain at the bottom of society” — poor, backward and uneducated.

June 28th, 2013, 2:21 pm


ilya said:

Kerry meets Abbas,others such unhappy ,disinterested group

June 28th, 2013, 2:37 pm


Akbar Palace said:

If only Israel could be as peaceful and democratic as arab and muslim nations:

June 28th, 2013, 2:38 pm


Citizen said:

The region is no longer accommodate the goodness and charity of America
Obama Sending U.S. Troops to Egypt after Jordan and Iraq!!!!
So, this deployment is a ruse for pre-positioning military assets in Egypt in advance of some kind of massive attack against Syria.
The big date for protests in Egypt will be this Sunday, the 30th; if these troops haven’t yet been deployed to counter them, that is not the reason they are being deployed.
Egypt borders Israel, and is very close to Jordan, which has a border with Syria. After Operation Eager Lion in Jordan, the US government left troops and material, pre-positioned.

June 28th, 2013, 2:51 pm


majedkhaldoun said:

The regime brutality was what forced the opposition to resort to arms.

Today Qadri Jamil accused KSA and USA to manipulate the Lira, and the regime imposed 5% tax hike for war tax, tax on Syrians to kill syrians.
If Balance of power is now the objective,this more likely will increase the chances of dividing Syria, but will not end the fight, the north will need different currency ,

June 28th, 2013, 3:49 pm


majedkhaldoun said:

مسيحي يتحول مع إعلام #بشار_الأسد إلى انتحاري إرهابي
Another cannibal according to idiots

June 28th, 2013, 3:55 pm


Citizen said:

Turkmen militants in Syria

June 28th, 2013, 3:56 pm


majedkhaldoun said:

God bless Mandella,he died

June 28th, 2013, 3:58 pm


jo6pac said:

Citizen at 6 Thanks

Don at 13 Thanks

For the truth

Ziad, Thanks

June 28th, 2013, 4:11 pm


don said:

Thank you ALL

23. jo6pac said:

Citizen at 6 Thanks

Don at 13 Thanks

For the truth

Ziad, Thanks

June 28th, 2013, 4:14 pm


revenire said:

Brother Majed no, he has not died.

June 28th, 2013, 4:20 pm


don said:

Great find Citizen. At the end of the video they talk about bringing in the Algerian mercenaries. I was wondering if you have that video also. Thank you.

21. Citizen said:
Turkmen militants in Syria

June 28th, 2013, 4:21 pm


revenire said:

Muslim Brotherhood headquarters in Alexandria has been burned to the ground.

June 28th, 2013, 4:29 pm


Majed97 said:

The rumor of Mandela’s death has been greatly exaggerated; so was the rumor of Bashar’s fall a year ago…

June 28th, 2013, 4:40 pm


zoo said:

New video of ‘Islamist’ public beheadings of ‘Assad loyalists’ surfaces in Syria (GRAPHIC CONTENT)

A video purportedly showing an extrajudicial public beheading of two Bashar Assad loyalists has been uploaded onto the internet. Its authenticity has been verified by pro and anti-Assad sources, though it remains unclear who is behind the execution.

In the nine-minute clip, a group of several hundred people, including men, women and children stands around a hill, when the sentenced men, bound with ropes and wearing bags on their heads are led out. As the crowd closes in with shouts of Allah Akbar (“Glory to God!”) the two, who are wearing civilian clothes, are laid on the floor, and a bearded ‘executioner’ methodically saws through the throat of first one, then the other with a knife. The heads of the dead men are then placed on top of their bodies as the crowd continues to bay.

The phone-filmed video was uploaded on Wednesday to video-sharing site YouTube by Syrian Truth, a group that supports President Bashar Assad, which previously uncovered a clip of an anti-government fighter eating what appeared to be a human heart. According to the voices in the footage, it was shot in Khan al-Assal, near the city of Aleppo the north of the country.

The authenticity of the video was also endorsed by resources that have chiefly backed the rebels in the internal conflict that has lasted over two years – such as the UK-based Observatory for Human Rights and, which moved to condemn its contents.

June 28th, 2013, 4:51 pm


zoo said:

The West promises of weapons are falling like a house of cards

Poll finds most Britons oppose sending arms to Syrian rebels
Friday 28 June 2013

With 80 Tory MPs opposed to sending arms, the plan is not likely to win Commons approval

A majority of the British public are against sending arms to the opposition forces who oppose the Assad regime in Syria, according to a poll for The Independent.

In a setback for David Cameron, 52 per cent of people say they would oppose the Government providing arms to the Syrian rebels, while 35 per cent would support the move and 13 per cent are undecided.

June 28th, 2013, 4:51 pm


Citizen said:

Thanks and gratitude to the heroes of the brave Syrian Arab Army!!!!

June 28th, 2013, 4:52 pm


zoo said:

Egyptian getting ready for 30th June anti-Morsy protest

VIDEO: Tamarod (Rebel) rally for 30 June

June 28th, 2013, 4:56 pm


zoo said:

With the departure of the Qatari snake HBJ, are we witnessing the collapse of his Moslem Brotherhood creation in Egypt?,-FJP-offices-attacked-throughou.aspx

Muslim Brotherhood, FJP offices attacked throughout Egypt
While massive rallies are held in Cairo in support of Egypt’s President Morsi, offices of Muslim Brotherhood and its Freedom & Justice Party (FJP) are attacked and torched in the governorates

June 28th, 2013, 5:02 pm


revenire said:

Morsi will not be welcome in Syria if he is overthrown.

June 28th, 2013, 5:06 pm


zoo said:


I wonder if Tamim and Moza would even allow him in Qatar.

June 28th, 2013, 5:10 pm


Citizen said:

casually reports on Salafists in Kuwait raising $$$ to buy heat-seeking missiles for Syria What’s next? Nuclear warheads?

June 28th, 2013, 5:45 pm


zoo said:

Will Syria retaliate on Jordan to stop the flow of weapons and threaten the lives of US soldiers?
Wil Al Nusra be lured to attack US bases in Jordan?

Toward a second front in Syria?
By Brian Downing, on June 28th, 2013

The Obama administration is reluctantly upping its involvement in the Syrian civil war. Though the White House offers few details, reports indicate that American personnel will arm and train teams of rebel fighters on Jordanian territory, then send them across the border to fight the Assad government.

This is unlikely to bring a rapid turn of events in the war. The Syrian army is on the move and rebel forces are in disarray. The new US directives will nonetheless present problems for Assad, though they may

Syria may opt to retaliate against training bases in Jordan, forcing King Abdullah to reconsider things. Thoughtful Russian or Chinese statesman will delight in comparing to the US’s 1970 incursion into Cambodia to destroy Viet Cong base camps. Such retaliation could inflict casualties on US personnel. Indeed, it might be designed to do just that, forcing President Obama and the American public to reconsider things.

This may lead to further escalation – the “slippery slope” into another Middle Eastern morass. The Obama administration’s foreign policy team is not without champions of intervention in the name of democracy, who have more in common with the Neoconservatives than either Susan Rice or William Kristol would care to admit. However, the team also has less adventurous figures, who served in Vietnam and who are not unmindful of the lead-up to that war. Most importantly, the president is determined to avoid deeper involvement in a conflict which offers few if any benefits to US national security and which would greatly distract from pressing domestic concerns.
– See more at:

Brian M Downing is a political/military analyst and author of The Military Revolution and Political Change and The Paths of Glory: War and Social Change in America from the Great War to Vietnam. –

June 28th, 2013, 5:47 pm


Citizen said:

Lavrov Information “Guardian” about the imminent closure of the Russian Embassy in Damascus and points in Tartus, rumors of discharge provocations

June 28th, 2013, 6:08 pm


Tara said:

Why Russia evacuated its naval base in Syria

“The first and likeliest reason for the closure is that Russia doesn’t want to risk the lives of 70 military personnel stationed at Tartus,” says Vladimir Sotnikov, expert with the official Institute of Oriental Studies in Moscow.

“Now that the battlefield initiative in Syria’s civil war is in the hands of the Assad regime, Russia might fear some [rebel] provocations against our people. Another possible reason may be to help promote the Geneva-2 talks. We have information that Russia, the United Nations and the US have agreed to a format for the talks. So, perhaps Russia wants to dispel impression that its position is based on some desire to hold on to this station,” Mr. Sotnikov says.

“In any case, Russian ships have the opportunity to go to Cyprus for supplies and maintenance, and it’s safer for them to do so right now,” he adds.

Russia has also been steadily evacuating the estimated 30,000 Russian citizens living in Syria since early this year, and yesterday the Ministry of Emergency Services reported that it had extracted another 130 Russians from Latakia in northwest Syria and flown them back to Russia.

Other Russian analysts agree that, whatever the reasons for Russia’s personnel pullout, it probably doesn’t signal any change of the hard, pro-Assad position that Mr. Putin most recently reiterated at last week’s G8 summit in Northern Ireland.

“Russia’s position hasn’t changed. In fact it’s getting tougher,” says Sergei Strokan, a foreign affairs columnist with the pro-business Moscow daily Kommersant.

June 28th, 2013, 6:59 pm


revenire said:

Tara I guess you missed the news that Russia has already denied evacuating the base.

Russian Tartus base operates normally, no evacuation plans – Lavrov

Russia denies closure of embassy, naval base in Syria

Poor Tara.

Maybe more time reading the news and less time obsessing over me?


June 28th, 2013, 7:18 pm


Tara said:


I do not believe

Who is Donna (Your trolling partner).

Is she your wife?

June 28th, 2013, 7:31 pm


revenire said:

LOL I knew that would get you going. 🙂

You don’t believe a quote from Lavrov?

Grow up Tara.

June 28th, 2013, 7:40 pm


revenire said:

Russian Defense Ministry refutes reports of Syria evacuation

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov also refuted the evacuation reports at a press conference on Friday. “The evacuation of this base is out of question as well as the evacuation of its personnel,” the minister said. Lavrov also blasted the reports that Russia had closed its embassy in Damascus as a provocation claiming that the embassy was working in an everyday mode, despite complicated conditions.

“The information on the withdrawal of Russian troops from the base of Tartus are a provocation to set the stage to accept the efforts to change the government,” said Lavrov, who said he is not performing any type of evacuation.

Speak Spanish Tara? If not I can translate for you.

You’re just wrong – as usual.

June 28th, 2013, 7:53 pm


zoo said:

Don’t hold your breath on Syria talks

29 June 2013
By Louis Charbonneau

Richard Gowan of New York University predicted that a collapse of Kerry’s peace conference plan will increase pressure on Obama to send more and heavier weapons to the Syrian rebels. “If the Geneva proposal fails, there will be pressure on the US to move beyond its current offer of light weapons to the rebels, especially if Assad’s forces score more victories,” Gowan said.
“Kerry’s bet on Geneva may backfire by demonstrating that diplomacy is really a lost cause, but perhaps Kerry, who has reportedly argued for air strikes, is fine with that,” he said.

“The Syrian civil war is likely to go on for years,” said Richard Haass, President of the Council on Foreign Relations.
“It is not just that it is proving harder and taking longer to oust the Assad regime than many expected,” he said.
“It is also that even if the regime were to be removed, what would follow would be a prolonged round of fighting among opposition forces who disagree on just about everything except their opposition to the current regime.”

June 28th, 2013, 7:56 pm


zoo said:

After weeks of excitments and pompous promises, Europe is not in a hurry to deliver weapons to the rebels that have become increasingly suspicious. The rescue operation of the armed rebels now depend almost exclusively on Saudi Arabia and the USA.
Europe lured Obama into arming the rebels by pushing on the chemical weapons incidents, now they desert him.

Europe likely to stay on sidelines when U.S. ships arms to Syria rebels

Read more here:

Despite the end of the European Union’s embargo on supplying weapons to the rebels, which expired May 30, experts see little will or appetite among European nations for adding more weapons to the bloody Syrian civil war. Not even the British, who were pressing just weeks ago for arming the rebels, are likely to do so.

In part, that sentiment is based on a deep concern that not enough is known about the groups that make up the rebel forces. In particular, the prominence of the Nusra Front, with strong ties to al Qaida and the al Qaida-affiliated Islamic State of Iraq, raises concerns that any weapons sent into that conflict might be used eventually against international troops or interests, either in Syria or elsewhere.

“There is a sense of guilt in Europe at seeing the Russians and Iranians continue to supply the regime,” said Dominique Moisi, a security expert at the French Institute of International Relations in Paris. “But there is no enthusiasm for getting involved.”

Read more here:

June 28th, 2013, 8:04 pm


Tara said:


KSA and the US are good enough.

June 28th, 2013, 8:09 pm


revenire said:

Tara I have a secret for you: Don’t count on the USA arming the terrorists with any great force. It seems Obama has a slight problem with the US government. A little bird in Washington whispered that to me today.

Shhh. It will be our secret.

June 28th, 2013, 8:46 pm


Tara said:


Go play somewhere else.

Find some vulnerable mental patients on Benzodiazepines and troll them. That was your biggest achievement.

June 28th, 2013, 8:54 pm


revenire said:

So RT Español doctored Lavrov’s words? They’re lying? The other media is lying? They’re ALL lying? LOL

This reminds me of the FSA Air Force all over again Tara.

Where’s Mick? 😉

June 28th, 2013, 9:03 pm


Ziad said:

“Just watched on RT a video supplied by the murderers themselves a Christian Bishop being beheaded (with two others) by Syrian “rebels” funded by the US,UK,France, by butchers shouting the name of God. Enough, Enough, Enough. Tell your MP now; no more taxpayers money for the heart-eating, head-severing maniacs who should be shouting the name of Satan rather than the name of God.”

George Galloway

June 28th, 2013, 9:03 pm


omen said:

tara, what does this mean?

565. majedkhaldoun said:

There is saying in Syria it says
Iza shift al khara ma3joo2 3ref anno stalam wazifeh

June 28th, 2013, 9:04 pm


Ziad said:

Horrific video of beheading raises questions of arms supply to Syrian rebels

June 28th, 2013, 9:05 pm


Ziad said:

RIP François Murad, a Syrian priest who was brutally murdered by WilliamJHague + SenJohnMcCain’s al-Qaeda friends.

June 28th, 2013, 9:12 pm


omen said:

did kissinger really say this?:

“Control oil and you control nations; control food and you control the people.”

kissinger had to turn down chairing the 9/11 commission because his firm did business with bin laden construction. (bush was a bastard for thinking he could get away with nominating him.) wonder what other interests he represents.

June 28th, 2013, 9:13 pm


Tara said:


I really do not know. Never heard it before.

It has a very inappropriate and vulgar word in it.

June 28th, 2013, 9:18 pm


omen said:

38. Citizen said: casually reports on Salafists in Kuwait raising $$$ to buy heat-seeking missiles for Syria What’s next? Nuclear warheads?

but russia & iran arming your heartthrob is okie dokie?

June 28th, 2013, 9:21 pm


revenire said:

Omen yes he said it.

“Control oil and you control nations; control food and you control the people.”Henry Kissinger: 1970

June 28th, 2013, 9:23 pm


revenire said:

Omen Russia and Iran are arming a legitimate government and doing that is legal. Arming terrorists dedicated to murder and rape is illegal.

It doesn’t matter if you don’t like Assad. He is president and president of all Syria and all Syrians.

June 28th, 2013, 9:26 pm


Ilya said:

usa arming Israel,KSA,Qatar,Turkey is ok
Russia arming its allies is forbidden?
great logic!!!

June 28th, 2013, 9:26 pm


Tara said:


Harassment complains has been filed against you in the Midwest.

Normally I wouldn’t care but it just irked me that you pretended go be a minority Syrian calling for carpet bombing in order to sow more hatred and satisfy your morbid personality.

Have you not misrepresented yourself to add oil to the fire, I wouldn’t have bothered..

June 28th, 2013, 9:28 pm


zoo said:

Australia joins the USA in declaring al Nusra a terrorist organization

Anti-Assad group listed as terrorists

Date June 29, 2013 – 10:26AM

An extremist group fighting against President Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria has been listed as a terrorist organisation by the Australian government.

Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus used the country’s anti-terrorism laws to make the declaration against Jabhat al-Nusra, saying the group was supplied with weapons, recruits and equipment by al-Qaeda in Iraq.

Jabhat al-Nusra, also known as the al-Nusra Front, has a history of suicide attacks and bombings in Syria, and was not part of the recognised Syrian opposition movement, he said on Friday.

Its listing as a terror group makes it illegal to be a member of or recruit members to the group, or receive training from the organisation. The offences apply to anybody in Australia and Australian citizens living abroad.

“This organisation was listed following careful consideration of advice from security agencies for the purposes of the Criminal Code,” Mr Dreyfus said in a statement.

“The Australian government deplores the violence and suffering tha

Read more:

June 28th, 2013, 9:33 pm


revenire said:

Tara yawn to your obsession with me.

I never mentioned whether I was Sunni, Shia, Alawite, Druze or Christian.

You’ve been trying to have me banned for a long, long time. You just about jumped out of your skin when Matt started moderating but what happened? People you didn’t believe would be banned were.

I called on the army to give 24 hour notice for civilians to leave the area and the army to start bombing until we achieve peace. I call for it almost once a week.

That’s called a peace plan.

I didn’t ask whether you liked it.


June 28th, 2013, 9:34 pm


revenire said:

The war continues.


June 28th, 2013, 9:35 pm


PenGun said:

“Yet whoever controls Damascus in the years ahead will inherit a banking system dominated by decrepit state-owned institutions that have been managed by public servants with little appreciation of modern banking.”

I’m not sure this is a negative, given modern banking.

June 28th, 2013, 9:39 pm


Ziad said:

Enough of this silliness. It is not of your ——g business to find out who the commenters are. All of us comment anonymously, so we can speak out our minds, and people debate our messages without regard of who we are.

You have accused REV of trolling several times so far. Trolling is defined as posting deliberately inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community. According to this definition you are the perfect troll.

June 28th, 2013, 9:49 pm


omen said:

62. Ilya said: usa arming Israel,KSA,Qatar,Turkey is ok
Russia arming its allies is forbidden?
great logic!!!

i’ve objected to american “aid” to israel before. but that aside, are half the cities of ksa, qatar & turkey been demolished and reduced to rubble? have those countries been idiotic enough to destroy their very own infrastructure? with scud missiles, no less. no.

June 28th, 2013, 9:50 pm


zoo said:


“KSA and the US are good enough.”.

Tara I am not sure anymore if USA will be on board for delivering weapons: the UK and France have defected because of internal political pressure. Obama may be obliged to do the same in view of the motion presented to the Congress.

KSA alone has zero chance to do anything constructive. Just look at the mess in Yemen, Bahrain and Egypt. They are in a state of panic at the growth of the Shia power in the region that may encourage their own minorities to join.
If the USA is not on board with them they will change their aggressive policy and return to dialoging with Iran and calling for the peace conference.
They are far too weak and vulnerable to enter this military adventure alone.
In addition if the USA enters with them, at the first US soldier dead, Obama will immediately withdraw the USA from the conflict. The USA is an unreliable partner.

June 28th, 2013, 9:54 pm


revenire said:

Tara flipped her wig when Marigoldran, Visitor and a few others were banned for violating SC rules. She has been obsessed with me for months. First her obsession was Bashar – she would go on and on how she would be so happy if US missiles rained death down on President Assad. Then she made up stories about knowing Asma’s cousins. She never forgave me for pointing out she said the FSA had an air force but she did say it and she was gleeful imagining this air force would be conducting bombing runs on Assad’s house. It is all here on SC if anyone is so bored they want to delve into the archives.

Omen knows about it. I’ve joked with him a dozen times he is captain in Tara’s FSA air force.

June 28th, 2013, 9:55 pm


Tara said:


I post what I want when I want.

You too go play somewhere else. You are vulgar and I can’t be bothered by vulgar people.

June 28th, 2013, 9:56 pm


omen said:

i didn’t know this. there is precedence for seeking help.

The prophet
also sought help from the Jews and Polytheists against the pagans, so it is permissible to seek help from the Kuffar.

June 28th, 2013, 10:00 pm


revenire said:

I think the Saudis are terrified of Iran and Iranian power. After all the Saudis are nothing but a pack of corrupt nothings with a lot of oil money. Saudi Arabia is the one of the world’s largest backers of terrorism.

June 28th, 2013, 10:00 pm


revenire said:

Tara you need to learn this isn’t your site. It is the site of Joshua Landis. If you don’t like something don’t read it.

Your cause has zero hope of winning against my people. If you hate hearing that stop reading what I write.

I stand with Assad 1000% – as does most of Syria.

I said I want the army to issue 24 hour notice for civilians to leave areas where rebels are and then start bombing and don’t stop until victory. This is war. This is not little girls playing with dolls.

As I said, there is a reason you can’t live in Syria. I am welcome there any time. If that bothers you that’s life.

June 28th, 2013, 10:04 pm


Ziad said:


Of course you can write what you want, so can I. I just did. It is not up to you weather I go or stay.

June 28th, 2013, 10:05 pm


Tara said:


Who do you think supplying quality weapons to the rebels then? We saw anti tanks and we heard several statements that they now have game changing weapons although we yet to see any game changing results yet..

June 28th, 2013, 10:06 pm


omen said:

are these bans forever? isn’t that a little heavy handed?

are the bans related to the fact there is no longer a search feature for the comments section?

i wanted an article somebody posted about western unions in damascus.

June 28th, 2013, 10:08 pm


Tara said:


In our Islamic teaching, Christians and Jews are not kufar. They are ahl al kitab. They are not kufar. Kufar are those who do not believe in a divine God. Do not believe what you hear.

June 28th, 2013, 10:15 pm


majedkhaldoun said:

3am tfet wa te3jen and te7ki sharawi gharawi
Assad is not president,he is criminal ,he lost his legitimacy once he started to kill Syrians

Revenir estalam wazeefeh

June 28th, 2013, 10:19 pm


zoo said:

While Al Qusayr has been the door to weapons and terrorists coming from Lebanon, Deraa is the door to US and Saudi weapons and terrorists coming from Jordan.
Will Deraa’s fate be the same as Al Qusayr?

Syria rebels seize key position in Daraa city

June 29, 2013

BEIRUT : Syrian rebels advancing from the Jordanian border seized a strategic army position in the southern city of Daraa on Friday as fighting raged in the surrounding province, a watchdog said. “They seized two buildings in the provincial capital that regime forces were using to keep the whole city under surveillance,” Syrian Observatory for Human Rights director Rami Abdel Rahman said.”This is the most important army position that the rebels have seized in Daraa” in 27 months of conflict, he told AFP.

June 28th, 2013, 10:20 pm


revenire said:

It’s got to be frustrating for the other side to have backed a loser. But what did they expect with the Muslim Brotherhood and Al-Qaeda? We handled them in Hama in 1982 and will do it again today.

June 28th, 2013, 10:21 pm


zoo said:

The truth about Dara’a that the Islamic groups claim loud they have occupied

An anti-Assad activist from Dara’a who is currently in Jordan agreed in a telephone interview that the seizure of the Binayat checkpoint was a setback for Syrian forces in Dara’a, but cautioned that the rebel claims of victory could be overstated. “The Islamic groups are trying to make a big deal behind this operation, a boasting attempt,” said the activist, who identified himself only by his given name, Taysir, for security reasons.

Dara’a is also near the border with Jordan, which anti-Assad activists say has emerged as a conduit for supplying rebels with weapons and supplies.

June 28th, 2013, 10:32 pm


omen said:

oh god, is there shabiha i can pay off to come pick up you-know-who in order to send him off to battle? i bet i can raise funds for the effort.

June 28th, 2013, 10:33 pm


revenire said:

Rami Abdel Rahman the “one-man band” in Coventry. Runs a clothing shop aye?

June 28th, 2013, 10:34 pm


majedkhaldoun said:

Zoo said
Will Deraa’s fate be the same as Al Qusayr?

Is this again one of your prediction?

Every country passed through civil wars, the criminal tyrants and their thugs supporters,they always accuse the rebels of being terrorists ,while the true terrorists are the Assad thugs and his supporters, rebels are not terrorists,it is pure nonsense, that we hear a lot from Assad thugs

The prophet never seeked help from Jews or Christians, meaning he never seeked their help to fight with him,or supply him with weapons, he tried to reason with them

June 28th, 2013, 10:46 pm


revenire said:

So cannibals are not terrorists? People who behead others are not terrorists? Suicide bombers are not terrorists?


You are a terrorist-supporter Majed.

June 28th, 2013, 10:58 pm


Ilya said:

Imam Of Jarusalem: ”The Jihad in Syria is A Lie”

June 28th, 2013, 10:58 pm


majedkhaldoun said:

Terrorists are children killers that you support without shame even that you should be shameful, terrorists who bomb christians area and blame it on rebels ,this you and others who has no dignity lie and accuse rebels for regime crimes, terrorists are those who raped women, arrest them and torture them ,and cut women to pieces like your thugs did to zainab huseini and gave her back to her family in pieces.
you support those terrorists, beheading the enemy is not terrorism,beheading innocent civilians is terrorism, this you proudly support.and bombing of cities ,what YOU called for is terrorism.
It is about time you admit that you are calling for terrorism ,you stalemt wazeefeh

June 28th, 2013, 11:11 pm


Mick said:


Sorry, can’t resist.

June 28th, 2013, 11:17 pm


revenire said:


June 28th, 2013, 11:27 pm


Mick said:

I have misunderestimated the U.S. will on supporting the rebels.

June 28th, 2013, 11:37 pm


omen said:

80% sunni? how many regime loyalists posting are sunni?

June 28th, 2013, 11:38 pm


Ilya said:

Here is this famous Chechen beheader from few days ago
his name is Abu Banat he is on the left
here they are saying, local Syrians come here asking them to teach shariah law and Islam
denying some rumours about in fighting between rebels + some propaganda talk

June 28th, 2013, 11:54 pm


Ilya said:

terrorist Abu Banat teaching how to use RPG!!!
Future Jihadis taking notes!!!

June 29th, 2013, 12:04 am


don said:

Flight TWA 800 was shut down by an anti-aircraft missile

CNN Edits Out Comparison of TWA 800 and Benghazi

Although McLaine’s testimony demolished the CIA’s case, Polk and CNN brushed right by the CIA’s corrupt analysis as though it were an incidental detail, but it was not. If the eyewitnesses did not see a rocketing 747, they saw missiles.

As to what was left out, Kosik asked me with about one minute left who fired the missiles, why, and why the cover-up. I chose to answer the last part of the question. I said TWA Flight 800 was Clinton’s “Benghazi moment,” a national security disaster that threatened his reelection, and like Obama, he just tried to kick the can down the road past November.

CNN edited those comments out of the transcript. What they left in was the Rosetta stone of the whole damned investigation.

June 29th, 2013, 12:22 am


don said:

Maliki Blames Morsi, Brotherhood for Continuing Syria Bloodshed

“I am astonished to see the head of a state telling people ‘go to Syria and fight,’” Premier Nuri al-Maliki told a religious gathering of Faili Kurds in Baghdad on Thursday. “He openly gathers clerics and endorses the fight in Syria,” he added, “They also ask for the killing of Shiites,” he charged.

June 29th, 2013, 12:30 am



The principle of state sovereignty under which the fool and its hyenas claim legitimacy is not a static principle. It is subject to limitations among which is the fulfillment of the fundamental underpinning of the the social contract establishing any government.

The athad regime has been violating these fundamental underpinning for its entire existence. Its legitimacy has always been in question. The difference now is that its illegitimacy is no longer questionable no matter who much the shrieking hyenas scream and hoot.

June 29th, 2013, 2:38 am


apple_mini said:

Just a little more than a week ago, Morsi declared to cut diplomatic ties with Syria at a stadium with one of the largest gathering of hardline Islamist. A Syrian opposition flag was above the center stage side by side with Egyptian flag. Also Egyptian government openly endorses any Egyptian to fight Jihad war in Syria.

The message from Morsi and his gangs is clear: They are with Syrian revolt because it is a fight against infidels.

Everyone is anticipating a dangerous turnout tomorrow in Egypt. So many Egyptians reject Morsi and his ideology. As a society, Egypt is conservative but her history is full of religious harmony including Sunni and Shia. Egyptians are very proud of their history and those enlightened eras are always inspiration and guideline for Egyptians.

The blow-back from Morsi’s sectarian tone and radicalism can’t realize faster.

The Syrian opposition make another blunt by betting their support from those foreign hardliners. Not only it further smears their image among Syrians, but also it further loses sympathy among those moderates in places where the opposition is so closed tied to the country’s radical groups. We have seen Turkey falling from one of the biggest supporter and sympathizer. Now we are watching Egypt to fall. Lebanon is in the process.

The reality is that as this conflict keeps dragging on, the opposition is losing its support and voice everyday.

June 29th, 2013, 6:28 am




June 29th, 2013, 6:42 am




As usual from regime propagandists, full of lies and exaggerations and baseless accusations.

Most voices within the Syrian opposition are warning Syrians against interference in the political power struggle in Egypt and asking the Syrian refugees, who were sent into exile by regime bombing cities and murderous crimes against humanity, to respect their host country’s independence. Those wishing to support the current ruling party and its allies in Egypt do so in their own name, so do those supporting the current opposition to Morsi and his party. Enough is enough would have been a sufficient call to stop rational people form spreading lies and deceptions, but for regime propagandists, there is never enough confusion of issues and obfuscation of realities to serve the goal of keeping the fool on his its thrown.

Declaring that the “syrian revolution is losing support” would have had meaning if it came from someone who supported the peaceful revolution, but not from a fraud who was waiting like a vulture for the regime to brutally massacre the peaceful protesters into arms, and has been very busy denying the regime’s atrocities for two years now. a fraud is a fraud is a fraud. Which is exactly what “hardly-a-massacre” is.

June 29th, 2013, 6:43 am


zoo said:

US-Trained Militants Attack Syrian Army in Daraa

The US-trained rebels attacked two buildings in the provincial capital,” the so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights director Rami Abdel Rahman said on Friday.

The army used these buildings to monitor the city which has been suffering deadly attacks carried out by militants throughout the two-year old bloody conflict in Syria.

The Los Angeles Times reported last week that US special forces were providing training in Jordan to militants in Syria, that included instruction in the use of anti-tank and anti-aircraft weapons.

Opposition activists who several months ago said the rebels were running out of ammunition said in May 2012 that the flow of weapons – most bought on the black market in neighboring countries or from elements of the Syrian military in the past – has significantly increased after a decision by Saudi Arabia, Qatar and other Persian Gulf states to provide millions of dollars in funding each month.

June 29th, 2013, 7:49 am


zoo said:


Deraa and Al Qusayr fate
No, it is not a prediction but my hope.

June 29th, 2013, 7:51 am


majedkhaldoun said:

It is true FRAUD, it is irrational thinking among propagadists, infact it comes close to stupidity.
No one switched sides, Turkey with Erdogan as PM is still the same, Erdogan just increased his support to the rebels in Syria, The military support and humanitarian support is best coming from Turkey, and in Egypt Mursi is increasing his support to the Syrian rebels, infact the mutiny movement is bound to lose,as Mursi supporters exceed his opponents who took the wrong approach in refusing dialogue,Mursi is not a dictator, he was elected,there has never been revolution against democracy.
After this mutiny fade away, there will be thousands of Egyptians who will go to Syria,just like thousands of Iraqi sectarian fighters who came to help Assad, the difference is that our number will by far exceeds their number, thousands of Iraqi and HA lebanese are dying,if they think they can win in Syria they are miscalculating

June 29th, 2013, 7:56 am


majedkhaldoun said:

Ziad said
It is not up to you weather I go or stay.

While Ziad criticized our english ,his english is not better

Now you are calling your predictions Hopes, very funny and absurd

June 29th, 2013, 8:01 am


zoo said:

#99 Hammy

You seem to be worried. The opposition has lost HBJ, its strongest and most clever friend in Qatar and now is about to loose Morsy its best friend in Egypt. UK and France are becoming mute about supplying arms, and the USA, besides having the CIA giving training to ‘good’ rebels in Jordan is struggling to decide what to do next.
Selim Idriss is sending letters after letters crying, complaining and asking for help with no avail. His troops are taken over by Al Nusra and other criminals.
The SNC has not elected a president and Hitto and the three stooges ‘ambassadors’ are the only members of the promised ‘liberated areas’ government.
Saudi Arabia in state of panic at the sight of the ‘heretics’ taking the country back and Iran discreetly threatening it, went into a frenzy of sending weapons to any rebels after buying out the King of Jordan to cooperate in the transfer. Turkey has lost interest in Syria as it has to deal with pressing internal issues.

All this are “lies”. The opposition is doing very well, indeed.

June 29th, 2013, 8:09 am


zoo said:

#103 Majed

I am not surprised you can’t make the difference.
How many years have you been in the USA?

June 29th, 2013, 8:13 am


zoo said:

A very smart move away from the currencies controlled by the West. It may become an example to other countries that are fed up of having its financial system controlled by the USA and Europe.

Iran, Russia and China propping up Syrian economy, says minister
Saturday, 29 June 2013

Al Arabiya

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime is doing its business in Iranian rials, Russian roubles and Chinese renmini, leading the Financial Times on Saturday to state that Iran, Russia and China are supporting Syria’s war-ravaged economy.

Syria’s three main allies are supporting international financial transactions, delivering $500 million a month in oil and extending credit lines, Kadri Jamil, deputy prime minister for the economy, said in an interview with the Financial Times.

June 29th, 2013, 8:17 am


zoo said:

Lifting The Arms Embargo On Syria – A Decision Whose Results Will Be Measured In Hecatombs

So we saw the European Union and its member states acting as major paymasters for the Egyptian and Tunisian dictatorships.
Though the European Mediterranean Programme paid lip service to promoting ‘democracy’, nothing much was done about this, while the so-called ‘market economy’ and liberalisation were pursued with great enthusiasm. It was clear even to mainstream commentators that the real aim was simply to create and sustain markets for European manufactured goods and services, while ensuring a supply of foodstuffs, oil and other commodities, as well as cheap labour, when such was in demand.
Suddenly, however, when the dictatorships toppled and fell, the EU was all for democracy, and Tony Blair’s bizarre statement that Mubarak was ‘immensely courageous and a force for good’ was revealed clearly for what it was, one criminal speaking out in defence of another.

Geopolitical considerations, added to the likely reaction from various sides in the Syrian diaspora, added to the possible involvement of groups with a grudge (often a perfectly understandable grudge) against the ‘West’, added to Israel’s combination of jumpiness and an eye for the main chance in any situation, added to the withdrawal of Austrian UN troops from the Golan Heights and the possible withdrawal of the entire force, added to the involvement of Turkey, of Lebanon, of Jordan…. a peaceful, reassuring solution to this grim calculation is hard to see.

The idea that the weapons will go only to ‘moderates’ would be very funny indeed, if circumstances weren’t so tragic. We are approaching six figures in the tally of death in Syria, and there’s nothing moderate about that. Assad may stay in power, or he may fall. If the latter occurs then the most likely outcome would seem to be that the terrorist mobs who are the real counterforce will replace him, and the country will descend further into ethnic and religious conflict, just as Iraq did after its ‘liberation’.

June 29th, 2013, 9:09 am


zoo said:


“After this mutiny fade away, there will be thousands of Egyptians who will go to Syria,just like thousands of Iraqi sectarian fighters who came to help Assad,”

A hope, a prediction or a suggestion?

June 29th, 2013, 9:20 am


zoo said:

Be inclusive, Morsi, or you may face a second Egyptian revolution

Will it take a second revolution to complete Egypt’s democratic transition? Anti-government protesters plan to turn out in massive numbers Sunday. President Mohamed Morsi should heed cries for more inclusiveness. Otherwise, he may find himself toppled like Mubarak.

June 29th, 2013, 9:24 am


Tara said:

Whenever I read that Assad is destroying Homs I remember The story of Esther and the Persian King Ahasuerus.  Asma will enter history as the woman who helped burning her people.  

Syrian regime forces launch attack on rebel-held area of Homs

June 29th, 2013, 9:35 am


revenire said:

Assad isn’t destroying Homs – he is saving Homs. There is a section of Homs, a very tight section, that has an infestation. That infestation must be cleansed and it will be cleansed.

People who beheaded priests are hiding in Homs and they must be brought to justice.

Asma is a beacon of hope for Syrians. Stop picking on her Tara.

June 29th, 2013, 9:52 am



Regime propagandists would have been funny if the poison they spew was not in support of murdering Syrians using the money of three of the less than a dozen remaining thuggish dictatorships on the face of this globe.

Clueless about the extent of disgust and abhorrence of the foolish buffoon they salivate about and to its defunct regime, they go about inventing friends and enemies and even history of the revolution that has nothing to do with the reality on the ground and they go about boxing every single person and opinion as their screwed up image of what an opposition to the buffoon should look like. This is natural, for only those who identify with humanity can understand the human desire for deposing and punishing such an abomination as the athad regime.

As for worrying about me sounding worried, i can only laugh, once more, because of the stupidity of this transparent anxiety such a statement betrays. The fraud of cynical concern, through which an armature is trying give the impression of confidence as if saying so makes it so is rather pathetic. It is a laughable tactic practiced by most of the foolish buffoon’s anxious propagandists around here. Deconstructing their anxious euphoria is a child-play for their anxiety is very obvious through several indications, including for example their obsession of finding and projecting, thoughtlessly, what they deem to be friendly stories from the worst and stinkiest dumpsters of bad journalism in russia, china, iran, and other lefty fringes and nazi and anti semitic and racist “friends” of the buffoon.

Back to reality, it seems that the very anxious propagandist, happy about Syria becoming an iranian protectorate, did not read the main article, or if it did, it did not understand the content and the message. Otherwise, it would have cried foul at the pathetic 500 Million US Dollars figure in oil and credits its buffoonish friends are dolling out every month. The buffoon’s joke of a government approved the 2012 state budget of nearly 25 Billion US dollars. Without much income for the buffoon (except from drug smuggling in lebanon, iran, and elsewhere), with loans defaulting in the banking system, sanctions hitting the regime everywhere, and astronomical military expenditure and resupply of depleted (and lost to rebels) ammunition depots, along with the high cost of maintaining the remnant of shabee7a forces, most of the sources for a similar budget in 2013 and beyond are dried. A 500 million dollars per month, most of it in oil and bad weapons, stupid security systems (especially in the hand of shabee7a), and grafts, will not go very far even if the “government” does not perform any of its obligations in areas that it has already lost. It may suffice, however, in the inevitable situation when the buffoon loses the rest of Syria and makes a last cockroach stand in the sewer of its prethidenthal palath.

I haven’t been posting much here, mainly because the regime propagandists on this site are of very poor quality, boorish, and are extremely boring with tricks that have exposed them like the naked servants of the naked emperor. Yawn….I need better challenges.

June 29th, 2013, 9:53 am


Tara said:

Are the Iranians trying to influence the young Emir?  I just hope that Tamim is indoctrinated enough into Arab nationalism.  This whole story of “regime change” in Qatar is surprising.  Why did they choose the worst time.  Could try have stayed until the revolution wins?  Or is the retired Emir not worried that his son will not change course?     

Iranian foreign minister leaves for Qatar to discuss Syria crisis

June 29th, 2013, 9:56 am


zoo said:

The British have swiftly destroyed Berlin and many other cities to free them from the terrorists Nazis without caring much about human casualties among the civilians. The USA has bombed Hiroshima without thinking of the horrors they were causing to the civilian Japanese for generations.

The heroic Syrian army is risking the lives of its soldiers but it is advancing slowly to preserve civilians lives.

June 29th, 2013, 9:57 am


revenire said:

Erdogan is afraid.

Turkish government combing Twitter in search of protest organizers to arrest

June 29th, 2013, 10:02 am


revenire said:

More Christians slaughtered by extremists.

New video of ‘Islamist’ public beheadings of ‘Assad loyalists’ surfaces in Syria (GRAPHIC CONTENT)

June 29th, 2013, 10:04 am



An added insult to the buffoonish cockroach athad is that its friends are only dolling their own currencies, meaning that it can only buy crap from them. Had they really valued the creepy laughing cockroach and its athma, they would have given them some dollars or euros so that athma “the beacon” could buy some ugly low-taste fake diamond studded shoes.

June 29th, 2013, 10:09 am


zoo said:

#114 Tara

HBJ made a mess of the Syrian opposition and Qatar’s reputation as a honest broker was going down the drain. Western countries as well as KSA were increasingly suspicious of HBJ’s pro Moslem Brotherhood agenda. It had to stop and HBJ had to be kicked out yet gracefully.
In my view the early passing over to Tamim was all about that.
The old emir will follow up but HBJ the snake is not here to give him his poisonous advices.
Also maybe Sheikha Moza is iranophile..

June 29th, 2013, 10:09 am



An added insult to the buffoonish cockroach athad is that its friends are only dolling their own currencies, meaning that it can only buy crap from them. Had they really valued the creepy laughing cockroach and its athma, they would have given them some dollars or euros so that athma “the beacon” could buy some ugly low-taste fake diamond studded shoes.

June 29th, 2013, 10:10 am


zoo said:


Gezi park is maybe the beginning of Erdogan’s downfall.

There is nothing he can do to make the Turks and the whole world forget the display of arrogance and brutality on people doing yoga and dancing in a park.
He is struggling hard to get back the momentum but his chances of becoming the next president in 2014 are seriously compromised.

June 29th, 2013, 10:18 am


majedkhaldoun said:

The south is more important than the north, because of its proximity to Damascus, now Deraa is almost liberated from Assad trhugs, it is the third city that is cleaned now.The rebels has not used anti aircraft yet,not even anti tanks weapons,
Syria will be disinfected from Barbarian persians

June 29th, 2013, 10:19 am


zoo said:


Do you suffer of asthma? I appears so in your out-of-breath posts.

June 29th, 2013, 10:21 am


zoo said:

#122 Majed

Daraa ‘almost’ liberated? Ha Ha Ha!

June 29th, 2013, 10:23 am



Not so smart propagandist

Yawn… dull, boorish and boring and definitely not smart in taking snide shots. Don’t keep at it, you’r hopeless, and you’ll only embarrass yourself with your lack of abilities.

June 29th, 2013, 10:24 am


Tara said:



Iranophile.. What an intelligent description.

Never in my life, I thought I coud be catty jealous if a country..

Not that the country itself merits jealousy..

June 29th, 2013, 10:27 am


revenire said:

Majed last year you said Damascus was “almost liberated” – SC archives all posts you know. I’d be careful with these wild predictions.

Last week you said there were 70,000 Iranian troops in Syria but Iran has zero troops in Syria. Even the recent story of 4,000 Iranians sent turned out to be false.

I suspect it is Saudi fear that is behind your wild tittering.

Are you a Saudi brother?

June 29th, 2013, 10:29 am


Ziad said:

Assma Al Assad is the perfect first lady. She never interferes in any political decision. In fact she never gave a political statement in any of her interviews. She concentrates her activities to giving Syria a good image in the world, on promoting cultural events, and on supporting children issues particularly peasant children. She was encouraging the youth to form NGOs and speak out against corruption. If the civil war did not start, she would have been instrumental in giving Damascus one of the most beautiful structures in the Middle East that would have been the landmark of Damascus in the same way as the Opera in Sydney. The project would have been financed completely with private donations without costing the state a single Lira.

Her enemies never seize picking on her, yet without any substance. Even when her emails were leaked, the only thing they revealed is that she bought a book for her child and may be she bought a couch. Comparing her to Imelda Marcos is and affront to the sane brain.

The fact that she stayed in Syria with her children next to her husband, visiting victims and soothing widowed women, during the civil war proves that she is more of a man than most GCC Arabs.

June 29th, 2013, 10:35 am



And before i leave this boring place, i an still waiting for the buffoon’s loyalists to demonstrate:

1. That i supported Erdoghan’s suppression of peaceful protest
2. That i made up non-existent resolutions.

Unless these demo are provided, the regime loyalists and propaganda trumpets fully deserve the dishonorable title of Liars.

Just to show the type of lying. Here are the titles of the children books and couch athma purchased . Yuck….

June 29th, 2013, 10:36 am


annie said:

Robin Yassin-Kassab on Assadist worship and Alawi religion

my response to a friend who thinks that assad-worship is part of the alawi religion: was saddam hussain’s regime ‘sunni’ when it murdered hundreds of thousands of innocent iraqis, particularly shia? no, it wasn’t – it was a saddamist regime which had nothing to do with religion but which exploited religion and ignorant sunnis for its own divide and rule purposes. is the bahraini regime ‘sunni’ when it denies democratic rights to its people? no – it’s using religious divisions to keep itself in power. same in syria. i know alawis who are working for the revolution – people like samar yazbek, rasha omran, and so many who are working in silence or in secret to deliver food and medicine to the besieged areas.

it’s true that sunni areas are being hit particularly hard, but there are also thousands of christians, alawis, and ismailis who have been tortured and murdered. I agree that this is a savage regime killing mainly sunnis. but we shouldn’t be helping assad, khamenei and nasrallah to make this a sectarian war.

that’s exactly what they want. why? because assadism has almost no supporters – but there are millions of shia in the world. if they are fooled into believing that the revolution is not one for freedom for all but a war for extermination of minorities, then they will fight to defend assad, we have to fight this discourse, however hard it is.

we also have to show the west – which until now has done everything it can to prevent the syrians defending themselves – that this is not a Muslim civil war, but a popular revolution. let’s not fall into assad’s trap. then, as a matter of plain fact, the alawi religion (i’m not alawi, but i have studied it) is certainly very very far from orthodox Islam, but it does not involve worship of the assad family.

this is a blasphemy against the alawi religion. it is also a fact that the alawi ulema have been assassinated, imprisoned and silenced over the last four decades by the assad regime. this is the problem. the assads have tried to kill the alawi religion and replace it with worship of the assads.

from facebook

June 29th, 2013, 10:36 am


zoo said:

#125 hammy

On a contest of sleep-inducing posts filled with apnea and asthma, you win in large..

June 29th, 2013, 10:37 am


revenire said:

Asma Assad is a woman of great courage. She is beautiful inside and out.

June 29th, 2013, 10:42 am


Ziad said:


“While Ziad criticized our English, his English is not better”

Majed; For us expat Syrians, English is second or third language. We all write in less than perfect English. But if some one writes a single paragraph message with seven or eight typos and grammatical errors that could be eliminated using a spell/style checker is sheer sloppiness.

June 29th, 2013, 10:43 am


zoo said:


I agree, Asma al Assad is exceptional. Her discretion and her class without any arrogance or pretense makes her a real first lady that all Syrians should be proud of.

June 29th, 2013, 10:43 am


majedkhaldoun said:

Zoo said
Gezi park is maybe the beginning of Erdogan’s downfall.
Another prediction,

Syrian Hamster
Zoo is maltasheh, because of his absurd predictions and silly analysis

June 29th, 2013, 10:55 am


Tara said:

Syrian Hamster@129

Thanks for the link. I flipped through the images to review Asma’s taste. Not that I do not know hers looking at her man.

Image 7 tells how classy she is.

The poor girl does not even know how to decorate her house. I assure you this is NOT a family trait.

June 29th, 2013, 10:56 am


revenire said:

Tara you are full of hatred.

Please stop insulting Asma. It is petty.

This gossip has to stop!

June 29th, 2013, 11:00 am


zoo said:

Is the “fall” of Dar’a in the hands of the rebels a real fact or a fantasy?

After the crushing defeats they suffered and the others looming, the Islamist terrorists are desperate to claim at least one victory. That’s why they used their allies in the media to claim their fantasy: The fall or Dar’aa.

It appears to be a false news and the next few days will confirm it.

The heroic Syrian army is advancing carefully and systematically in Homs and in Damascus suburbs trying to protect civilians that are been used as human shields by the armed terrorists.

Syrians are proud of their united army fighting criminals paid by Saudi Arabia and helped by the USA, Israel’s best friend.

June 29th, 2013, 11:20 am




The moth likes butterflies paintings..i almost fell off my chair laughing, and what’s with the metallic dining room set?. And, did you find the children book or a the couch zouzou referred to?, i couldn’t.

All is very much like the pompous empty statements such as:

Syrians are proud of their united army fighting criminals paid by Saudi Arabia and helped by the USA, Israel’s best friend.

ya…. really really ya, and this is why they have been calling it جيش أبو شحاطة from the moment it became an over armed mafia enforcement gang of the athad mafia gang. Even its coward nus-lira partners weren’t impressed with أبو شحاطة performance.

June 29th, 2013, 11:20 am


Syrian said:

Other than Rev. All regime progandists know that Asama was never called in 14 yeras with the 1st lady title.
Someone might bring an artical way back when she was called that for only one day, but after that Bushra the now GCC residence was all up in arms that the title only belong to Anisa( Rev. That is Bashar mother not his mother in law)and was never called with title again.That is of course one of the many sings of a true mafia family.
Asma wanted it all but was stopped hard by her in laws.

June 29th, 2013, 11:20 am


majedkhaldoun said:

The truth is that Asma in not beatiful,she is 3/10, she reminds me of Mary Muneeb when she was young,the good thing is once Assad get killed,we will not see her anymore

You refered to Asma as it not as she, you are right in this, the same in petty not pretty

June 29th, 2013, 11:24 am


zoo said:

#130 Annie

“my response to a friend who thinks that assad-worship is part of the alawi religion:”

Obviously Robin Kassab shows she is as confused as her friend

June 29th, 2013, 11:27 am



An army only thieves and scoundrels can be proud of

What’s the matter… Truth hurts… don’t think truth hurts regime propagandists, it just scares them. I heard that plastic bags for looting are now standard issues for hizb nus-lira and athad gangs. May be rourou could tell us since as a fake native, it is so knowledgeable about the athad mighty army.

June 29th, 2013, 11:32 am


majedkhaldoun said:

We need to name a square in Damascus after angelina jolie, she is angel, she wants to adopt a syrian child,she is the fourth best woman in this world

June 29th, 2013, 11:44 am



You, Tara, Majed and a few others mitigate the dullness, boredom and nausea caused by regimists. You’r right only rourou seems to be so ill informed about the real history of the thuggish clan it loves to defend. What a fraud?..

June 29th, 2013, 11:45 am


zoo said:


You are petty
Asma is pretty

Check you “english for dummies” book

June 29th, 2013, 11:46 am


zoo said:

#144 Majed

This square will be known as the “Botox’ square.

June 29th, 2013, 11:50 am


Tara said:


3/10! Hahaha. That would kill any woman to describe her as 3/10..

Funny, I also use the 1 to 10 scale to describe beauty.

June 29th, 2013, 11:51 am


Tara said:

Zoo @147

Hers are natural lips. I have a clinical eye for unnatural things. Believe me. Some people are born beautiful. There is no Botox work there. Ask Ameera. She’ll tell you.

June 29th, 2013, 11:59 am


Ziad said:

Discussing and rating the level of beauty instead of character and actions of someone is a clear sign of absolute shallowness.

June 29th, 2013, 12:01 pm



beware of what you wish, it is in athnma’s advantage to talk about beauty and taste, as low as her share of both, for once discussion of character starts, the names and ranks it would deserve would not be as flattering as a 3/10 on beauty and perhaps -2/10 of class and taste.

June 29th, 2013, 12:06 pm


Tara said:

Ziad@ 150

That is who we are. Syrians are people who enjoy love, life, and everything beautiful. We used to smile, laugh, eat, picnic in hot summer nights, dance, and rate beauty on scale of 1 to 10. Hyenas stole it from us and we want to have our life back.

If you do not like it, go to Iran. You would not have to deal with our shallowness. you will like it there. They are serious there. They will stone people if they misbehave in elevators.

June 29th, 2013, 12:11 pm


observer said:

A few points

Freddo’s father in law the famous surgeon living in filthy Britain conspiring against the great rethithtance does not travel through Damascus airport but through Beirut, as it was witnessed by a friend of mine 10 days ago. It tells me that the airport road is not secure

The taste of the last lady ( and the term lady is a great exaggeration ) as posted by Hamster is truly an indication of a lower class riffraff that know the “price” of everything and the “value” of nothing.

The Russian made weapons used by the mafia army has once again demonstrated that it can only use massive destruction and is decades behind the more sophisticated Western weapons.

Laughvrov is shrieking about his Geneva 2 meeting and he is screaming in the wind with absolutely no one giving him any heed.

It is better and easier for the Russians to move to Cyprus for Tartous has ugly women, polluted beaches, retarded pseudo modern officers, and spotty internet. The food is known to have Entameoba Histolytica as the sewer system in Syria has no purification procedures and is used to irrigate fields ( literally the people fertilize their food with their own sewer system ). You also cannot buy anything with the russian currency as the merchants want either Dollars or Euros.

Now the economy, not only was the economy subjected to the destructive process of socialism when it was already an agricultural based economy in the sixties and seventies but the current mafia has transformed it into a personal farm for a one way extraction economy. I know for a fact that the pumping of the 500 million a month can be continued from Russia and China but not from Iran. However the bleeding of Iran in Syria and Iraq is well on its way.

The conflict will last at least 10 years in my opinion and all the efforts that we are seeing now are to secure the north and south borders to prevent spilling and to contain it within the country where the slaughter can continue unabated.

Now the so called SAA is mainly Alawi in leadership composition and the conscripts are no longer allowed to finish their service even after two years of service. There are no new conscripts and there are fewer remaining conscripts and therefore it needs the HA troops.

What a great day where the front for HA has become Homs and its back is the Lebanese Shia community and Lebanon when it used to be that its front was the Israeli border and its back was Lebanon Syria and Iran.

This is great news as it is going to have a breakup of the country and once and for all we will be rid of the mafia.

June 29th, 2013, 12:20 pm


revenire said:

Observer that’s funny.

June 29th, 2013, 12:25 pm


revenire said:

Tara wrong again.

Jolie’s had work done on her. Check pics out of her nose when she was a teenager.

Tara do you ever get anything right?

June 29th, 2013, 12:29 pm


apple_mini said:

Several days ago in the morning, we rode a cab ride to southern part of Damascus. We seldom have chats with cab drivers but that day we did.

The driver was wearing a robe. He is an IDP. He says sometimes his whole family including three kids have to spend the night in his car. He says people he knows who have fled to other country are treated badly by those hosting countries. As an IDP, his relatives in the city are not helping.

We ask him whether he wants to get help from charity. He says he has his cab and he can manage to make a living and support his family. Charity is for people who have no means to keep it going.

He says those people are fighting for power so why not split it and let them have their own seats. In that way ordinary people can get their lives back like it used to be.

Words from those “little” people who are suffering carry the heaviest weight.

We hear the opposition claiming Syrians need to make sacrifices in order to change the country to a “land of freedom”. We try not to argue that as we know even the cab driver would not buy it.

But please don’t insult us by saying the regime has stolen the peaceful life from Syrians.

June 29th, 2013, 12:46 pm


Ziad said:


We Syrians, loyalists and oppositionists, love Syria and are worried about our country, each in his/her own way. We visit SC to get news and opinions about the civil war, and have some civilized debate.

You have been filling this site with off-subject messages, value judgments, personal innuendos, name calling, and frequent commands to leave this site and go to different sites. Now you order me to leave and go to Iran, as if you live in Syria like most unlucky Syrians do.

Without a doubt you have been the biggest troll on this site. No wonder you get few green thumbs up. You should be crowned as the queen of the red thumbs down.

June 29th, 2013, 12:58 pm


mjabali said:

Many can not face the truth that Russia has interests in the Middle East. Russia lost many clients and allies, now it won’t let Syria go away without a fight.

Russia also is going to show more teeth to Qatar and Saudi Arabia. If Russia hits the Qatari Gas fields, Qatar would be left with nothing but sand and lots of it also.

If Russia hits Saudi Arabia’s economical assets, Saudi Arabia would have nothing left but lots sand also, plus its low skilled populace.

June 29th, 2013, 1:41 pm


majedkhaldoun said:

please don’t insult us by saying the regime has stolen the peaceful life from Syrians.

It sure did

June 29th, 2013, 1:43 pm


mjabali said:

We are now in the half time show. The war is going to pick up soon. There is a battle in Dar’a brewing and also in Allepo.

June 29th, 2013, 1:43 pm


revenire said:

Daraa historic sites witness secret excavations and looting by terrorists

Daraa, (SANA)-An official source at Daraa Antiquities department said that 11 historic towns and sites in the city came under attack and sabotage by the armed terrorist groups, causing huge damages to their layers and looting their rich values.

“The majority of regions which were subject to acts of secret excavations, sabotage and looting are in Daraa’s western countryside where the armed terrorist groups are active, ” the source said in a statement to SANA.

It added that those regions are well-known of their historic richness as they are considered one of the most ancient sites in the world where they have witnessed the succession of a number of civilizations.

“Tal Shihab was one of the sites which witnessed acts of digging in the historic hill , the surrounding valley and on the two banks of the railway to the south of hill in addition to excavations of the walls and mills of Tal shihab,” the source said.

It added that acts of secret excavations extended to Kharab al-Shahm town and to the bottom of the valley through hand-made tools and heavy vehicles, while Sahm al-Jolan has witnessed the demolition of historic houses and secret excavations in addition to the border villages of Abdeen, Tal al-Ashaari which are considered as one of the most important historic sites in Syria.

“The families in the area notified the Directorate about the existence of groups dividing themselves to 5 workshops which periodically excavate the sites through heavy vehicles, and this indicates to a systemized looting process of the historic belongings of Tal al-Ashaarai,” the source said.

It added that the systemized terrorism against Syria’s civilization and history is considered as a big crime, and those who trade with the Syrian treasures don’t differ from the perpetrators of bloody crimes.

The source called on the neighboring countries, particularly Jordan to assume responsibility, retune the looted ruins and extradite the thieves to the Syrian authorities.


June 29th, 2013, 1:45 pm


revenire said:

please don’t insult us by saying the regime has stolen the peaceful life from Syrians.
It sure did”

Nonsense. Before the terrorists started killing civilians there was peace. You didn’t even live there so how would you know?

Who is “us” by the way?

June 29th, 2013, 1:50 pm


Citizen said:

good day!
you as orbitora made ​​the remark! and decided to leave one video of 3, please tell me! where is it ?? who canceled it??

June 29th, 2013, 2:12 pm


omen said:

apple, thank you for these vignettes you offer.

what about before the revolution when the violence was hidden? the regime grabbing dissidents off the street, torturing and killing them.

was that okay as long as it was hidden?

June 29th, 2013, 3:00 pm


Uzair8 said:

The latest post on Yalla Souriya from nearly an hour ago:

#yallasouriya 7:07 pm on June 29, 2013
#Syria, Damascus int’l airport, the main radar was destroyed, stopping the air traffic

June 29th, 2013, 3:01 pm


omen said:

apple, i don’t mock the extent of the sacrifices already made. i am not in a position to even begin to understand the level of pain. but there is no such thing as a peaceful revolution. it is because of bashar’s intransigence that things have gotten worse. he’s the one who escalated the violence by mowing down peaceful, unarmed protesters. what is your solution? continue with the status quo and allow the regime to remain?

June 29th, 2013, 3:09 pm


Badr said:

From: Syria’s Metastasising Conflicts

“With the benefit of hindsight, many governments might well wish they had shown greater prudence at the outset, avoided direct engagement and refrained from dramatically raising the stakes; to this day, they almost certainly would welcome some form of negotiated compromise. Yet given both their current posture and the improbability of a diplomatic deal, even they likely would find it far more problematic to give up than carry on. As a result, an opposition that by and large has failed to meet its patrons’ expectations is virtually guaranteed, at a minimum, the level of support required to endure.”

June 29th, 2013, 3:15 pm


revenire said:

“It would not be a stretch to argue that the Syrian Banking system is perhaps technically insolvent.”

It also would not be a stretch to argue that the US banking system is also technically insolvent.

I can elaborate.

June 29th, 2013, 3:18 pm


ghufran said:

The assumption that Islamist groups in Syria are fighting Israel or planning to fight Israel is a myth, at least for the near future. More than 100 rebel fighters have been treated in Israel, serious injuries are taken to a hospital in Safad.
Food packages from Israel and Israeli weapons were found in rebel areas on more than one occasion, and assurances that rebels are fighting Assad not Israel were delivered publically by rebels leaders. When a captured MB fighter in the 1980s in Syria was asked why the group was fighting regime forces but not Israel he replied ” we have to get rid of our internal enemy first” , and when he was asked what if half of Syrian population is connected to the government in a way or the other, he did not answer.
Syria like most Muslim and Arab countries is going through a dangerous period where people have not yet decided the shape of government and their country, but one thing is certain, both the Assadist model and the islamists groups are not good for Syria.

June 29th, 2013, 3:30 pm


Matthew Barber said:

We are trying to fix the issue with the auto-embedding of pasted video links. Until then, I am selectively deleting comments with videos, my apologies.

If previous admins abused their privileges by unethically revealing personal information about users, there’s nothing I can do about the past. It will never happen under my watch, however, and if you believe it has happened, why not email me with a specific example, rather than throwing out oddly-conspiratorial suggestions?

The comment search feature was deactivated by a particular update to the site (strange, yes I know). I hope we will be able to bring it back, as I know it has value.

June 29th, 2013, 4:04 pm


Citizen said:

Ex-deputy of the Parliament of Kuwait (Majlis Al-Umma), Salafi Al-Walid Tabatbai, owner of Takfiri channel “Safaa” visited the northern area of ​​the province of Aleppo.
He arrived in the territory of SAR illegally entering through the Turkish border, led a group who decided to take part in the “jihad” fighters – from Arab Gulf countries, including Kuwait, as well as foreigners from other countries.

Walid Al-Tabatbai – one of the main sponsors of the Salafi groups operating in Syria.

June 15, 2013, according to the Kuwaiti newspaper “Al-Marsed”, he said that he would take part in the “jihad” in Syria.

June 21 he arrived in the province of Aleppo, as reported by the electronic site “Houna Al-Kuwait” (

June 29th, 2013, 4:11 pm


apple_mini said:

Omen, sometimes strength does not come from brawn.

Gandhi did it.

If revolution requires blood, do it the way Castro did.

In any scenario, a true revolution must come from people. Lots of people, enough to be called majority.

Situation in Syria is none of those. And people clearly see the alternative to the regime is much much worse.

We cannot support that kind of “revolution”. I know a doctor who was jailed and tortured. He gave up this revolution a long while ago.

June 29th, 2013, 4:13 pm


Ziad said:

U.S. Army Now Censoring The Guardian

The U.S. Army admitted Thursday to blocking employees’ access to The Guardian which broke the NSA spy gate scandal.

Credit: Wikimedia Commons

This rampant restriction to truth has been ongoing since June 6 when Glenn Greenwald exposed the NSA for collecting millions of Verizon phone records every day.

The Department of Defense refers to the censorship as “network hygiene” to cleanse military servers of “unauthorized disclosures of classified information,” according to Gordon Van Vleet, a spokesman for U.S. Army NETCOM in an e-mail to the Monterey County Herald.

June 29th, 2013, 4:19 pm


Ziad said:

Western War of Terror Comes Out of the Closet

Western publics sit like deer in the headlights, unable to move despite the illegal night hunter about to shoot them through the head.

But it also could be said we are shooting ourselves in the head.

I use that dramatic analogy because that seems to be exactly what is happening to us. A new generation of terror is being created right before our very eyes using our own tax dollars to do so, and the effort led by those sworn to protect us…people we elected.

Let’s review the current Syrian mess and how some very evil people, maybe an evil empire really, saw a way to exploit the situation to launch a new generation of terror not only in the Mid East but the Caucus region and Europe and North Africa.

The devastation that this will bring upon those areas is so certain I can only conclude that it is actually the purpose of the whole effort. The motivation seems a bit hazy as there is no real understandable beneficial motive for the people of these countries…like a real security threat. A war for commercial interests is the only feasible reason.

Syria in particular has not been a threat to any of the new terrorist sponsor club members that just met in Doha. It has no strategic offensive power whatsoever. Why did it so quickly become the replacement for the bogus Iran threat? Was it because the world became more educated about the attempted hoax over Iran’s nuclear programs, peddled upon us by international institutions that are forever stained for the deception?

June 29th, 2013, 4:23 pm


revenire said:

I don’t want to sound too conspiratorial Matt but I’ve emailed twice and never had a reply. Maybe you didn’t receive them.

If you are too busy I do apologize.

Thank you.

June 29th, 2013, 4:25 pm


ghufran said:

Moza does not want Qataris to read about her role in Qatar’s government and how much she spent on gifts abroad, I looked at some leaked emails, you can easily tell that the GCC sheikhs have a lot of money, no plans to advance their countries and the region , no shame and no desire to say NO to their masters:
اخترق الجيش السوري الالكتروني اليوم الايميل الخاص بمكتب الشيخة موزة زوجة أمير قطر السابق حمد بن خليفة آل ثاني، حيث قام بنشر نص ايميل وجهه مكتب الشيخة لمزود خدمة “أوريدو” من أجل حظر موقع التسريبات الخاص بالجيش السوري الالكتروني في قطر.
هذا وقد رد مزود الخدمة على مكتب “موزة” بالتالي:
عزيزي الزبون الكريم، شكراً لاتصالكم بشركة أورديو لخدمة الزبائن، الموقع أدناه قد تم حظره من قبل قسمنا كما طلبتم، لمزيد من المساعدة لاتترددوا بالاتصال بنا على رقمنا من داخل قطر أو من خارج قطر، مع تحيات بلال محمد خان.
Here is a sample of her gifts paid for by dirty gas money:
الرمز نوع الهدية العدد السعر
سر/238 ساعة فاشرون رجالية ذهب اصفر كرونو 1 QAR 101,000
سر/466 ساعة هيبلو تيتانيوم كرونو كلاسيك 1 QAR 53,105
سر/511 ساعة شوبارد تيتانيوم اسود كرونو 1 QAR 30,500
سر/138 ساعة Bertulucci رجالية ستيل جلد أسود 1 QAR 13,700
سر/684 ساعة ايز ود رجالية ستيل ربر 1 QAR 5,400

Here is another rejecting Junblat’s request for money:
رسالة من النائب/ وليد جنبلاط مؤرخه في 11/11/2012 يطلب فيها تقديم الدعم لمؤسسة وليد جنبلاط للدراسات الجامعية . يرى معاليه الاكتفاء بالدعم الذي قدم للمؤسسة عبر طلب ورد لهم وتم تقديم دعم مقداره مليون دولار أمريكي
files are available on line now.

June 29th, 2013, 4:31 pm


omen said:

172. apple,

the regime has slaughtered thousands of ghandhis.

gandhi did not liberate india alone. armed insurgencies were fighting for independence alongside his peace movement. a noted rebel leader is more celebrated in india today than gandhi is. armed insurrection plus protests: twin pressures were needed to throw off the colonialists.

according to a former british diplomat, england gave up on india because they had run out of money and could no longer afford to hang on to it after ww2.

June 29th, 2013, 4:43 pm


revenire said:

Omen Gandhi didn’t behead anyone or shoot anyone or, God forbid, eat anyone.

June 29th, 2013, 4:45 pm


ghufran said:

I never thought that the Qata’s filth will reach Alaska in the name of building mosques (one has to wonder how many Muslims Anchorage has anyway). KSA, and now Qatar, uses donations like that to build support for the GCC and Wahhabism in western countries while they refuse to let Christians build churches in GCC countries:
(this is taken from aldiwan alamiri leaks)
وزير الاوقاف يرفق طلب مقدم لصاحب السمو “حفظه الله” من المسلمين المقيمين في ولاية ألاسكا الأمريكية بتاريخ 19/7/2012 لمساعدتهم في استكمال بناء المركز الإسلامي بمدينة (أنكرج) ويوصي بتقديم الدعم لهم بمبلغ أربعة ملايين دولار أمريكي . يرى معاليه المساهمة بمبلغ مليون دولار على أن يقومون بجمع باقي المبلغ ومن ثم تقديم المساهمة من قبلنا .

June 29th, 2013, 4:49 pm


omen said:

there are churches in qatar.

June 29th, 2013, 5:01 pm


Ziad said:

A nice message from the protesters of Haas – Syria in solidarity with Mandela

June 29th, 2013, 5:06 pm


Matthew Barber said:

Revenire, I replied to your emails before (perhaps your filter snagged them) and my replies contained the following request: please explain why you think that someone has access to your IP, provide me with some evidence — draw specific comments to my attention.

June 29th, 2013, 5:11 pm


ilya said:

Christianity is forbidden there
Islam is state religion
In Gulf states and in Egypt,Libya,you cant in public openly display your religion unless its Islam, in many of these countries you cant build or even repair churches,that’s why their numbers are going down…
Yet name one west country that does such things as forbidding building mosques…?
these countries want to lecture Syria on democracy?

June 29th, 2013, 5:30 pm


revenire said:

Matt will do in the future. I just checked and I didn’t receive replies but it wasn’t a filter issue – maybe the NSA grabbed them.

June 29th, 2013, 5:36 pm


omen said:

172. apple_mini said: In any scenario, a true revolution must come from people. Lots of people, enough to be called majority.

Situation in Syria is none of those. And people clearly see the alternative to the regime is much much worse.

We cannot support that kind of “revolution”. I know a doctor who was jailed and tortured. He gave up this revolution a long while ago.

one doctor does not a majority make.

typically, when rebels take over a town, elections are held to ensure local representation. surprisingly enough, this holds true even when the town remains largely pro-regime!

Salkeen was captured by rebels after fierce fighting with regime forces two months ago, but opposition activists say 70 per cent of the town either supports Assad, or at least is opposed to the uprising against him.


Despite the occasional outburst or argument, residents with opposing views on the conflict mostly live in peace in Salkeen, buying from each others’ shops and paying visits to one another.

“It’s a difference of opinion, and we are okay with that,” Abu Ahmad said.

“As long as they support Assad verbally and not militarily, they are welcome here,” he said about those siding with the regime. “Most of the Alawite families remained in the town because nobody disturbed them.”

Instead of being preoccupied with disagreements, residents are focusing on rebuilding state institutions.

The rebels established courts and police centres after the withdrawal of the regime forces to maintain law and order. Most state employees remain in their positions, managing services such as electricity, water, telephone and the post office. They try to stay neutral so that they can receive their salaries from the government while helping their hometown.

In Salkeen, electricity runs for only two hours a day and running water is a luxury. Even so, the town is one of the few in Idlib province that still has functioning state services.

While the regime has lost control of Salkeen, the state has not collapsed, Abu Ahmad said.

“Yes, we have some problems in Salkeen. But we are solving our issues as they come, with our own hands. We’re always trying to overcome our differences for the sake of the town.”

June 29th, 2013, 5:39 pm


Citizen said:

Some commentators make excursions to my mailbox after I became involved on this blog! that’s a fact!

June 29th, 2013, 5:39 pm


Citizen said:

Brilliant cartoon how the US is feeding extremism in Syria:

June 29th, 2013, 5:46 pm


omen said:

ilya, just google: churches in qatar. there are even photos.

June 29th, 2013, 5:48 pm


ghufran said:

Qatar waited until 2008 to allow a church to be built in Doha, most of the GCC countries do not have churches. Read this mr Omen
(we both know that you are not Christian):

The Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia has said it is “necessary to destroy all the churches of the region,” following Kuwait’s moves to ban their construction.
Speaking to a delegation in Kuwait, Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah, stressed that since the tiny Gulf state was a part of the Arabian Peninsula, it was necessary to destroy all of the churches in the country, Arabic media have reported.
Saudi Arabia’s top cleric made the comment in view of an age-old rule that only Islam can be practiced in the region.
The Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia is the highest official of religious law in the Sunni Muslim kingdom. He is also the head of the Supreme Council of Ulema (Islamic scholars) and of the Standing Committee for Scientific Research and Issuing of Fatwas.

June 29th, 2013, 5:52 pm


omen said:

177. ghufran said: Moza does not want Qataris to read about her role in blah, blah, blah.

ghufran, are you peddling regime propaganda?

The web-hack wing of Ahrar al-Sham announce stopping that is run by Assad regime to post ‘qatari scandels’

how can you claim to be anti-regime yet spend time propagating its lies?

p.s. what does my christianity have to do with anything?

June 29th, 2013, 6:05 pm


Citizen said:

As Syria battles Islamist fighters, China’s own battle against Islamist fighters in Xinjiang is starting to intensify.

June 29th, 2013, 6:15 pm


omen said:

ghufran (we both know that you are not Christian)

what, are you implying i’m mossad? wow…

June 29th, 2013, 6:17 pm


majedkhaldoun said:

Ghufran is not against the regime, he is strongly pro regime and against the revolution, do not believe him ,he does not tell the truth,never did

Revenir, FBI has to check you always, since you called for carpet bombing,you are under FBI list,all of us are.

June 29th, 2013, 6:25 pm


ghufran said:

Israeli army radio:
senior government officials prefer alqaida over assad:
قالت إذاعة جيش الاحتلال الإسرائيلي إن مسؤولين كبارا في حكومة بنيامين نتنياهو يفضلون أن يحكم تنظيم القاعدة في سورية على انتصار الرئيس السوري د. بشار الأسد على المعارضين الذين يحاربون من أجل إسقاط نظامه. وساقت إذاعة الجيش قائلةً إنه يسود تخوف في الحكومة الإسرائيلية من تزايد قوة الأسد خلال المعارك بين الجيش السوري والمتمردين في الأيام الأخيرة، ونقلت عن مسؤولين في الحكومة قولهم إن حكم القاعدة في سورية أفضل من انتصار الأسد على المتمردين، على حد تعبيرها.
وأضافت أن المسؤولين الإسرائيليين برروا أقوالهم بأنه في حال صمود الرئيس السوري الأسد في المواجهة المستمرة ضد المتمردين واستمر في حكم سورية، فإنه سيكون متعلقًا كثيرا بإيران ومَديناً لها، معتبرين أن وضعًا كهذا سيُعزز مكانة إيران كدولة عظمى إقليمية تهدد إسرائيل، على حد قولها. وأضاف المسؤولون، بحسب إذاعة الجيش الإسرائيلي، أن العلاقة بين سورية وبين إيران وحزب الله ستتعزز وستصبح أكثر خطورة بالنسبة لإسرائيل، وأشار المسؤولون عينهم إلى أنه توجد دولة واحدة تعلن بأن هدفها هو القضاء على إسرائيل وهي إيران، والأسد هو إيران ولذلك فإن أي حكم آخر في سورية مفضل، حتى لو كان الحديث يدور عن القاعدة والإسلام المتطرف، فكل شيء أقل سوءاً من الأسد ضعيفًا الذي سيكون دمية بأيدي الإيرانيين
the truth is that Israel can not ask for a better situation:
islamists attacking Syrian soldiers, and a historical enemy, Syria, is getting weakened and destroyed without Israel firing a bullet or losing a soldier.
I think attacking the GCC governments and sheikhs is a noble thing to do, those criminals are supplying arms and money to get Syrians killed while they go to refugee camps and prey on young Syrian girls.
I have not met any Christian who argues against the fact that GCC countries are intolerant to other religions.

June 29th, 2013, 6:25 pm



every time i think GHUFRAN reached bottom, he surprises me by finding yet a deeper abyss of racism and sectarianism to sink into.

The answer is 3000. And following your logic, there should be no synagogues in many US cities, nor should there be churches for many denomination of your faith.

June 29th, 2013, 6:40 pm


revenire said:

Majed the FBI? LOL brother lay off the martinis.

June 29th, 2013, 6:49 pm


ghufran said:

I think you should be more worried about your own intellectual bottom than mine, I never had a problem with Muslims building mosques but there is a big problem when many mosques are funded by the GCC and become centers of intolerance and extremism.
Mosques in the Muslim world have commonly become storage places for weapons and command control for rebels, every convicted terrorist in the US have had a “mentor” at mosques often built or supported by GCC money.
Militant Muslims since the 1970s have taken advantage of Western countries liberal policies which allowed Takfiri and Salafi Muslims to brain wash many Muslims in the west and transform them into killing machines. I am really disappointed at your decline but you are not unique, many Syrians today have lost the ability to be objective, what the war did goes far beyond material losses.

June 29th, 2013, 7:01 pm


ghufran said:

I think you should be more worried about your own intellectual bottom than mine, I never had a problem with Muslims building mosques but there is a big problem when many mosques are funded by the GCC and become centers of intolerance and extremism.
Mosques in the Muslim world have commonly become storage places for weapons and command control for rebels, every convicted terrorist in the US have had a “mentor” at mosques often built or supported by GCC money.
Militant Muslims since the 1970s have taken advantage of Western countries liberal policies which allowed Takfiri and Salafi Muslims to brain wash many Muslims in the west and transform them into killing machines. I am really disappointed at your decline but you are not unique, many Syrians today have lost the ability to be objective, what the war did goes far beyond material losses.

Here is a sample of Qatar’s meddling in internal affairs of other countries (Iraq here):

التعاون مع طارق الهاشمي

Maha Laram []

Mona Al-Hajri []; Dr. Abdulla Al-Kubaisi []; Kholoud Ali Al-Sheeb []

March 8, 2010 10:32 AM


الدكتور الفاضل عبدالجليل لحمنات

بناء على اجتماع صاحبة السمو بسعادة السيد/طارق الهاشمي، يرجى التكرم بوضع السيد الهاشمي ضمن بؤرة التعاون المستقبلي وملف دعم العراق. كما يرجى إفادتنا في حال تم التنسيق معه.

مع الشكر.

June 29th, 2013, 7:02 pm


majedkhaldoun said:

This is for Revenir

Abdulrahman Al Rashed is a smart man, he is refering to the Barbaric Persians

June 29th, 2013, 7:14 pm


majedkhaldoun said:

He is really way in the bottom, now he is against a good man Tareq Hashemi

June 29th, 2013, 7:18 pm


Ziad said:

اسرائيل عقدت لقاءات مع تميم وكانت على علم مسبق بنقل الحكم بقطر

كشفت صحيفة “يديعوت أحرونوت” العبرية في عددها اليوم، عن “لقاءات سرية جرت بين امير قطر الجديد، تميم بن حمد، ومندوبين اسرائيليين خارج قطر وداخلها، وذلك قبل الشروع في نقل السلطة في الامارة”، مشيرة الى ان “الاميركيين تأكدوا أن “روح الاسلام القتالية” لن تدخل قطر من جراء التغيير، الامر الذي سهل عملية انتقال السلطة “.

ونقلت الصحيفة الاسرائيلية عن مستشار سياسي رفيع المستوى في الدوحة، تأكيده أن “اسرائيل كانت الى جانب الولايات المتحدة، على علم مسبق بانتقال السلطة في قطر “.

واشار المسؤول القطري، الذي وصفته بانه مقرب جدا من الامير المتنحي، ان “رئيس منظمة “اسرائيلية” مختصة وصاحبة تقدير، التقى ولي العهد الامير تميم اكثر من مرة، بهدف الاستخبار عن توجهاته، وانه لا ينوي الدخول في مغامرات خطيرة”، وبحسب المسؤول القطري، جرت اللقاءات في مكان آمن خارج قطر واسرائيل، الا ان “لقاءً واحداً او اكثر، حدث في الملعب المنزلي في الامارة” القطرية .

واضافت إن “الإجراء القطري لا يشبه شيئاً في العالم العربي، وخاصة ان الامير المتنحي كان يعمل على نحو سري وطوال سنة، على نقل السلطة الى نجله”، مشيرة الى ان “الشيخ حمد بن خليفة أطلع قبل خمسة اشهر، جهات مختلفة في الغرب، على السر الكبير لنقل السلطة، مع إبعاد ابن عمه ومستشاره المقرب، الشيخ حمد بن جاسم، رئيس الحكومة ووزير خارجية الإمارة “.

وتنقل الصحيفة تأكيدات على لسان حمد، بأنه لا تغيير في السياسة القطرية، إذ اشار في لقاء مع مندوب اسرائيلي الى ان “الامر يشبه ان انقل سيارتي اليه (تميم ) وادير محركها من اجله، وتكون السيارة قد اصبحت تعلم الى اين تتجه، وبالتالي ما من تغييرات حادة على طول مسارها “.

وقالت الصحيفة ان الرئيس باراك اوباما، ومسؤولي وزارة الدفاع الاميركية، اضافة الى اجهزة الاستخبارات في واشنطن، كانوا على علم بالتحول القطري، وبالتالي لم تمثل المسألة اي مفاجأة. وبحسب احد المستشارين المقربين من الامير القطري المتنحي، الذي اكتفت الصحيفة بالاشارة الى اسمه الاول، سليمان، فإنه “لو كانت المسألة تتعلق بانقلاب في الحكم يرمي الى ادخال روح الاسلام القتالية الى قطر، لأظهر الاميركيون عصبيتهم وبدأوا بالعمل، اذ لقطر اهمية استراتيجية، وخاصة كونها العين الاميركية على ايران، وبإمكانهم هناك ان يتحركوا بحرية تامة، بل إنّ اياً من القطريين لا يعرف ما يحدث في المعسكرات الاميركية (في الامارة )، واي معدات تدخل اليها، وما عدد القوات الموجودة فيها “.

June 29th, 2013, 7:23 pm


don said:

Glenn Beck: Shocking Video- THIS Is Who We Are Helping In Syria?! SHARE WITH EVERYONE!

June 29th, 2013, 7:25 pm


ghufran said:

This is a link to webpage of the mosque in Alaska(notice Aljazeera icon and the video). We now know that Qatar pledged to donate, or have donated already, a million dollar for the project, I am curious to know if other corrupt governments have donated money too.
This is the type of thawra that scared people away:
محافظة حمص- المرصد السوري لحقوق الانسان::تعرض حي العباسية الموالي للنظام بمدينة حمص للقصف بصاروخ محلي الصنع وانباء عن خسائر بشرية
people have realized that they have no way out, it is either the evil regime they know or the new evil rebel forces they were forced to know.

June 29th, 2013, 7:32 pm


majedkhaldoun said:

God bless Tamim ibn Hamad and his father, and now that HBJ is free may be he accepts to become Amir of Syria, after the thug Bashar is dead

June 29th, 2013, 7:35 pm


Ziad said:

هيكل: مرسي يتحمّل مسؤولية التحريض ضد الشيعة.. والزمن أثبت أن عبد الناصر كان محقاً في سياسته مع الإخوان

قال الكاتب الكبير محمد حسنين هيكل إن خطاب الرئيس محمد مرسي سبقته شائعات كثيرة قصد تسريبها، لافتاً إلى أن العالم يهتم بشأن مصر، وكنت أتصور أن يعلن الرئيس عن استعاد الحياة المصرية وليس أن يعلن حرباً على الإعلام، مضيفاً إن استمرار الخطاب الرئاسي لأكثر من ساعتين خطأ فادح.

وأضاف هيكل، خلال حواره على قناة “سى بى سى” مع الإعلامية لميس الحديدي: إن كل كلمة وردت في خطاب الرئيس مرسي كانت بمثابة دق لطبول الحرب، إضافة إلى أنه متناقض، كما أن الرئيس ظهر حائرا بسبب ضغوط الجماعة والأزمات التي تواجهه، قائلاً: “إنني رأيت مرسي أمس رجلا حائرا ولا يخدم من مستشاريه كرجل دولة”.

وأكد هيكل، أنه عندما يتحدث رئيس الدولة لابد أن يكون في موعد محدد، لافتا النظر إلى أن الرئيس الأمريكي يتحدث 12 ظهرا لتمكين الصحف من النشر والتعليق عليه، وأن ميعاد خطاب أمس خطأ فادح، معربا عن صدمته من عنوان في جريدة أفريقية بعنوان “مصر وسورية تموتان”.

June 29th, 2013, 7:37 pm


Ziad said:

Morsy video from 2012: I want the people to rise up against me if I didn’t respect the law & constitution

انا عايز الشعب يثور ضدي لومحترمتش الدستور والقانون

June 29th, 2013, 7:43 pm


revenire said:

Believe it or not Majed I’ve read him before. He is a bit too sectarian for my taste but I can understand why you would like him.

June 29th, 2013, 7:52 pm


don said:

Syrian Air force Surgical Strikes Against Al Qaeda terrorists

June 29th, 2013, 7:53 pm


Syrian said:

Not just a fraud but also a member the Lyndon Larouche youth movement,a Chicagoan on disability with all the time in the world to troll
While not talented enough to be in the group of a wasted talent, but a waste none the less.

June 29th, 2013, 8:25 pm



I think you should be more worried about your own intellectual bottom than mine,

Who said I am worried about your bottom, what ever that is. Merely stating a fact doesn’t mean that I have any personal worries about its subjects.

As for me worrying about my own intellectual bottom, all i can say is laugh out loud. The moment this blog loads on my screen, I am already mentally prepared to be at intellectual rock-bottom. I have to do so in order to be able to read the crap regime posters post. Why do i denigrate myself to this level, what can i say, I am for the revolution, and this is my piece of sacrifice, to know the lies regime propagandists spew and to keep reminding them all that they are liars, supporters and worshipers of murderer buffoon cockroach, and that they are empty shells of humanity. In fact, it ain’t much, because even in my mental rock bottom, i can resist and recover from the nauseating and disgusting utterances of the rourous and the zouzous and the goofies, quite fast, after this site is off the screen. This is part of the so called mental agility.

June 29th, 2013, 8:35 pm



If the moderator knows or has strong reasons to believe that someone is pretending to be Syrian and is affecting the discourse on this blog in such poisonous way, then both the moderator and owner, if informed, are committing ethical violation against future researchers who may be fooled into believing that the fraudulent poster represents the opinion of legitimate Syrians. Since the moderator can not expose the fraudulent poster and at same remain in compliance with the site’s promise of maintaining a reasonable expectation of privacy, a warning should be promptly issued to cease and desist. If not followed, the entity should be permanently banned. Joshual Landis gets a lot of press and prestige mileage from this blog, and if the comments have anything to do with the mileage, then he is risking his own credibility due to allowing fraudulent representation. At least from academic point of view. This may be addressed by disclosure to the readers that there is no guarantee that those presenting themselves as if they are Syrians are in fact so and that the academic research value of the comment section is made zero due to such fraud.

June 29th, 2013, 8:55 pm


don said:

Thank you 212. SYRIAN HAMSTER

June 29th, 2013, 9:40 pm


don said:

What’s the meaning of this 213. ricky

June 29th, 2013, 9:45 pm


zoo said:

The Dera’aa “victory” claimed by rebels and hailed with excitement by Majed seem to be have been a hoax…
It has disappeared from the news.

June 29th, 2013, 11:04 pm


ghufran said:

I do not believe the Egyptian army will stand idle tomorrow as the country slips into chaos, Morsi after his speech left no doubt that he is not fit to lead Egypt.
AB Atwan has a prediction:
المعارضة المصرية التي هتفت بأعلى ما في حناجرها من صوت بسقوط حكم العسكر عندما استولى المجلس الاعلى للقوات المسلحة على الحكم، بعد اسقاط حكم مبارك اثناء المرحلة الانتقالية، ستكون سعيدة بهذا التدخل لاطاحة حكم الرئيس مرسي بالدبابات بعد ان عجزت عن اطاحته عبر صناديق الاقتراع، ولكنها لن تحتل مكانه، ربما لعقود قادمة، ان الجيش اذا ما مسك زمام الامور لن يعود الى ثكناته مثلما كان الحال قبل عامين، وسيعلن حالة الطوارئ فورا، وسيجد تأييدا قويا من الشعب
One source claimed that Morsi will be forced to resign by the army.

June 29th, 2013, 11:29 pm


don said:

Blog search feature was never disabled. Here’s the link:

June 29th, 2013, 11:42 pm


omen said:

209. Syrian Air force Surgical Strikes Against Al Qaeda terrorists

surgical strikes found their targets.

the rats regimists want to exterminate.

June 29th, 2013, 11:45 pm


ghufran said:

A guy claimed that he had a conversation with Ali Al-Kilani (Mi’raaj Ozal) who is accused by the opposition of taking part in the last violent clashes in Banyas:

– سؤالي الأول له كان: لماذا تشارك في حرب ليست حربك وفي أرض ليست أرضك؟
أنا سوري بن سوري، عشت في لواء اسكندرون، وأنا ابن حركة العروبة التي علّمت كل العرب معنى العروبة، وسوريا هي الوطن الأم لكل أبناء اللواء.

– يتهمك الكثيرون بارتكاب \”مجزرة بانياس\” كيف ترد على هذه الاتهامات؟
لست في الجيش السوري، وليس لدي صفة رسمية فيه..كل مافي الأمر أنني أقف إلى جانب \”الشعب السوري\” في نضاله ضد \”الإرهاب\” وأنفي أن يكون لي أية علاقة بما حدث في بانياس، ولا أعلم كيف تم إقحامي بها، وسأحاكم من افترى عليّ بالأكاذيب.

– ألا يحق للشعب السوري أن يطالب بالديمقراطية والحرية كما الشعب التركي؟
بالتأكيد لهم الحق.. ولكن سوريا استطاعت صناعة دستور مدني ديمقراطي على عكس تركيا، وأنا كتبت مقالات مطولة بهذا الخصوص.

– ولكن المطالبة بالديمقراطية في تركيا ووجهت بخراطيم المياه، أما في سوريا فوجهت بالرصاص والقنابل والصواريخ؟
هذا ليس صحيحاً، أنا عشت كل مراحل الحرب في سوريا، والسلاح موجه ضد القتلة فقط.. في تركيا توجد مظاهرات سلمية ولذلك لم يُستخدم العنف، وللإعلام دور كبير في فبركة الأخبار حول سوريا.

– ماهي الرسالة التي أردت إيصالها، من خلال ظهورك باللباس الداخلي احتجاجاً على أردوغان؟
الديكتاتور أردوغان ظالم، وأنا حملت له رسالة الشعب التركي: سأقاتلك عاري الصدر بطريقة سلمية !

– مالذي يجري في تركيا اليوم برأيك، وهل للمعارضة التركية دور فيما يحدث؟
يمكن وصف مايحدث في تركيا، بالانتفاضة الشعبية، التي لها نضال قديم ضد القمع والديكتاتورية.. المشكلة الأساسية التي انتفض ضدها الأتراك عدم وجود دستور ديمقراطي يشمل فسيفساء الشعب التركي.

– مالذي يجمعك بحزب مثل \”حزب الله\”، على الأراضي السورية، أنت تدّعي العلمانية والتنوير وحزب الله حركة دينية؟
ليس لدي علاقات بأية حركة دينية، فأنا علماني..ولكن إذا كان السلفيون من كل بقاع الأرض يشاركون في الحرب السورية، فلماذا يُحرم على حزب الله مناصرة النظام؟

– إذن لماذا لم تناصر حزب الله في حربه ضد إسرائيل 2006؟
أنا دائماً من أنصار حزب الله، بصفته حزباً عربياً مقاوماً، حقق انتصاراً على إسرائيل..وهذا الأمر منفصل عن حب الأحزاب الدينية..أي أنا أناصره بصفته مقاوماً وليس بصفته حزباً دينياً.

– لاحظت أن لديك اهتمامات فكرية ومعرفية فما هي حصيلة ذلك؟
بالتأكيد لدي اهتمامات فكرية..كتبت 700 مقالة، و60 كتاباً عن القضية السورية باللغة التركية، وقسم منها تُرجم للعربية.

فارس الرفاعي- زمان الوصل

June 29th, 2013, 11:56 pm


ghufran said:

This is the original Tamarod form that was signed by 22 million people against Morsi:

حملة تمرد

(سحب الثقة من محمد مرسي العياط)

•عشان الامن لسه مرجعش .. مش عاوزينك•عشان لسه الفقير مالوش مكان .. مش عاوزينك•عشان لسه بنشحت من بره .. مش عاوزينك•عشان حق الشهداء لسه مجاش .. مش عاوزينك•عشان مفيش كرامه ليا ولبلدي .. مش عاوزينك•عشان الاقتصاد انهار وبقي قايم علي الشحاته .. مش عاوزينك•عشان لسه مصر تابعة للأمريكان ,. مش عاوزينك
منذ وصل محمد مرسي العياط الي السلطه .. يشعر المواطن البسيط بانه لم يتحقق اي هدف من اهداف الثوره , التي كانت العيش والحريه والعداله الاجتماعيه والاستقلال الوطني , وفشل مرسي في تحقيقها جميعا , فلم يحقق لا الامن , ولا العداله الاجتماعيه واثبت انه فاشل بمعني الكلمه , ولا يصلح لادارة بلد بحجم مصر.
اعلن انا الموقع ادناه بكامل ارادتي , وبصفتي عضوا في الجمعيه العموميه للشعب المصري ,سحب الثقه من رئيس الجمهوريه الدكتور محمد مرسي عيسي العياط وادعو الي انتخابات رئاسيه مبكره واتعهد بالتمسك باهداف الثوره والعمل علي تحقيقها ونشر حملة تمرد بين صفوف الجماهير حتي نستطيع معا تحقيق مجتمع الكرامه والعدل والحريه.
I think the army was too quick to hand Egypt to the MB, a similar scenario should be avoided in Syria, there is a definite need for a transitional period where people feel safe enough and confident enough to go to work, send their kids to school and then we can start talking about a vote.

June 30th, 2013, 12:07 am


don said:

These are some (not all) of the trackers on this blog:

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June 30th, 2013, 12:14 am


Matthew Barber said:

Auto-embedding fixed — post away with video links!

Citizen, you can re-post those videos that I deleted. And if you suspect that some users are making “excursions to your mailbox” (not sure what that means, exactly) then perhaps you should send me an email explaining what’s happening.

“Special Disclaimer for Readers about the Comments Section”: Since it is obviously impossible for a moderator to look within the minds and souls of those who post comments in order to know whether they present truth or falsehood in regards to aspects of their personal identities or backgrounds, all sensible adults should keep in mind that people on the internet may not always be honest, and therefore “there is no guarantee that those presenting themselves as if they are Syrians are in fact so.”

“Academic research value of the comment section” — seriously? The comments section is often more a source of embarrassment than of “prestige.”

June 30th, 2013, 12:23 am


don said:

al-qaradawi has 48 hours to clear out of Qatar

June 30th, 2013, 12:38 am


don said:

Matt, is this an embarrassment or prestige?

223. Matthew Barber said:
“Academic research value of the comment section” — seriously? The comments section is often more a source of embarrassment than of “prestige.”

June 30th, 2013, 12:50 am


ghufran said:

Aljazeera is caught fabricating news:

Patrick Cockburn-The Independent
Sunday 30 June 2013

On Tuesday I travelled to Tal Kalakh, a town of 55,000 people just north of the border with Lebanon, which was once an opposition bastion. Three days previously, government troops had taken over the town and 39 Free Syrian Army (FSA) leaders had laid down their weapons. Talking to Syrian army commanders, an FSA defector and local people, it was evident there was no straight switch from war to peace. It was rather that there had been a series of truces and ceasefires arranged by leading citizens of Tal Kalakh over the previous year.
But at the very time I was in the town, Al Jazeera Arabic was reporting fighting there between the Syrian army and the opposition. Smoke was supposedly rising from Tal Kalakh as the rebels fought to defend their stronghold. Fortunately, this appears to have been fantasy and, during the several hours I was in the town, there was no shooting, no sign that fighting had taken place and no smoke.


Every time I come to Syria I am struck by how different the situation is on the ground from the way it is pictured in the outside world. The foreign media reporting of the Syrian conflict is surely as inaccurate and misleading as anything we have seen since the start of the First World War. I can’t think of any other war or crisis I have covered in which propagandistic, biased or second-hand sources have been so readily accepted by journalists as providers of objective facts.
A result of these distortions is that politicians and casual newspaper or television viewers alike have never had a clear idea over the last two years of what is happening inside Syria. Worse, long-term plans are based on these misconceptions. A report on Syria published last week by the Brussels-based International Crisis Group says that “once confident of swift victory, the opposition’s foreign allies shifted to a paradigm dangerously divorced from reality”.

June 30th, 2013, 12:52 am


Ziad said:


Qaradawi kicked out of Qatar? Source?

June 30th, 2013, 12:55 am


don said:

e-mail from a friend Ziad. Still searching for confirmation. Stay tuned.

228. Ziad said:
DON Qaradawi kicked out of Qatar? source?

June 30th, 2013, 1:00 am


Ziad said:


I would not consider it likely after the cordial Qaradawi kisses by both father and son Emirs.

June 30th, 2013, 1:12 am


don said:

Ziad, I found this contradictory news article

“The father was ostensible in paying his respects and the son duly followed,” he said. “This is part of our culture of respect for the father and for scholars, and everyone knows that Shaikh Tamim was groomed for such social roles. Maybe some people thought that Qatar would change course quickly with the son taking over, but it is obvious they do not know our culture well enough. Maybe Shaikh Tamim, by showing his respect, wanted to dismiss publicly the reports that emerged in some countries that he had stripped Al Qaradawi of his Qatari nationality and given him 48 hours to leave Doha,” he said.

June 30th, 2013, 1:13 am


don said:

Is Qatar guilty of sectarianism in Syria? Michael Stephens 10 June 2013

Let’s be clear here, Qatar lost in Qusair. It is embarrassing and undermines two years and $3bn of financial support to the rebel movement. And it is time that Qatar began to take some responsibility for things Qaradawi has said, and is saying with regards to Syria.

Qaradawi has struggled to maintain coherence since the outbreak of the Arab Spring. His more recent sermons have rambled into incoherent self-contradictory tirades against whomever he has deemed worthy of finding fault with that week. His knee-jerk rejection of protests in neighbouring Bahrain as simply being a sectarian attempt by Iranian backed Shia to harm Sunnis first got me wondering whether he was really seeing events in the Arab world outside of sectarian parameters. Those who follow Bahrain closely will know that it is a far more complex conundrum than a simple Sunni-Shia paradigm.

Last week Qaradawi revealed his true colours when he called Hezbollah the party of Satan and urged “a jihad in Syria against Bashar al-Assad and Hezbollah, which are killing Sunnis and Christians and Kurds.” One hardly expects that Kurds and Christians will run to the Sheikh’s call, and so it is Sunnis alone who will be spurred into action to defend Syria, something the garrulous Sheikh of course intended. Unsurprisingly Saudi Arabia’s Grand Mufti Abdulaziz Al sheikh has backed Qaradawi to the hilt.

June 30th, 2013, 1:23 am


revenire said:

Comment section embarrassing?

Well… is Assad still living on the Russia ship off the coast Matt?

How about Eshani and the bankrupt banks of Syria but not bothering to point out to readers that so are the European banks and the American banks (bankrupt that is).

I’ll stick with the comments section.

Thank you.

June 30th, 2013, 1:37 am


don said:

Washington ships arms to Al Qaeda-linked forces in Syria

The United States is to officially begin arms shipments to Syria, after months of doing so through third parties, such as Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

Washington’s reliance on Saudi Arabia to arm the opposition gives the lie to all claims that it is seeking to prevent Al Qaeda securing weapons, given Saudi intelligence agencies’ close ties to far-right Islamist forces throughout the region.

This week and last, new videos have emerged on YouTube of opposition fighters beheading and shooting Syrian civilians, including two women. Two men, beheaded with a small knife before a cheering crowd, were accused of aiding Assad and were reportedly a priest and another Christian.

On Thursday, four people were killed in a suicide blast in a Christian neighborhood in the Syrian capital, Damascus. The blast took place near the Greek Orthodox Virgin Mary Church in Bab Sharqi. Several people were wounded.

June 30th, 2013, 1:57 am


don said:

Video: FSA Militants with Gas Masks Firing Gas Canisters

June 30th, 2013, 2:22 am


don said:

Eyewitness: Al-Qusayr Report

Kris Janssen, a Belgian journalist, wrote the following eyewitness account after he visited Al-Qusayr on 22 June during a visit to Syria.

Because of its strategic importance, the extremist militants designed a plan to capture al- Qusayr and to use the city as a launching pad for further attacks and terrorist actions. Their operations started in February 2012 and were build around the same tactics used before in other parts of Syria, especially in the city of Daraʼa near the Jordanian border.

Like Daraʼa, the city of al-Qusayr is near to a border, in this case the Lebanese border, which made it an easy target to infiltrate. The master plan was to have some rough elements infiltrating the city and making trouble after the Friday prayers as to provoke the security services and police. The extremist elements hoped for a heavy handed intervention of the security services and by doing so provoking violence and conflict between the civilian population and the security services. The local administration, well aware of these attempts, didn’t trap into this provocation and stayed as much as possible on the sidelines. When this provocation failed, some terrorists with a foreign nationality intervened and opened fire from sniper positions killing an innocent civilian hoping that the inhabitants would put the blame on the security services. This started a vicious cycle of violence and while making use of the confusion more terrorists infiltrated the city and began a campaign of sectarian cleansing in which they forced all Christians, Shi’a Muslims and Alawites out of the city or to be killed. When these families fled the city their houses were immediately taken by the terrorists and their belongings looted.

From this moment on they started to terrorise the remaining inhabitants who decided to stay and to attack the local police- and security services gradually taking over full control of al-Qusayr. It should be mentioned that some families refused to flee al-Qusayr and decided to stay whatever the cost and by doing so risking their lives and that of their relatives. One person became a local hero and a symbol for his actions representing others who made similar attempts to defend their streets and neighbourhoods till the last moment sacrificing their lives for the defence of the homeland. His name was Hanna (Arabic for John). Hanna was a Christian from al-Qusayr. When the extremist militants took over the city he refused to give in to the threats and organised with his family, friends and neighbours a self-defence brigade to protect his street and neighbourhood against the sectarian cleansing carried out by the terrorists. For more than four months he managed to defend the neighbourhood although fully surrounded by the extremists and even after the killing of his father and brother he continued his courageous defence efforts. When after four months Hanna himself was killed he became a symbol for the inhabitants of the city and the slogan “We are all Hanna” became a household name along the population of al-Qusayr used not only to honour Hanna but also to honour and remember all the other martyrs who gave their lives in the same circumstances to defend al-Qusayr and its inhabitants against the two barbaric acts of the terrorists. There was not only one Hanna but many Hanna’s who sacrificed their lives for the noble goal of freedom and against extremism.

Once the terrorists took over al-Qusayr, they began implementing their diabolic plan of destroying every possible symbol of peaceful coexistence between the inhabitants of al- Qusayr. They destroyed the local church, mosques and other important places where Shiʼa Muslims, Alawites or Christians used to come together.

Furthermore, these terrorist elements began to dig tunnels under all public buildings and placed explosives beneath them to blow them up. Especially those building which provided a service to the community as the public hospital that had such an excellent reputation that it even was used extensively by the Lebanese living over the border, but also schools, electricity- and water supply infrastructure were destroyed. The purpose of these destructions was to erase every form of peaceful cohabitation between the citizens of al- Qusayr and make living conditions so harsh as to force the Christian, Shiʼa and Alawite community out of the city or to be killed. It should also be mentioned that in the sick and twisted minds of these extremists the public buildings were not there to provide services to the population but symbolised the authority of the Syrian government. According to their vision the public hospital providing healthcare for the whole population of al-Qusayr and surroundings was “the hospital of Bashar al-Assad”. The schools providing education for the children of al-Qusayr were in analogy “the schools of Bashar al-Assad”, etc… . In this twisted logic every public building or infrastructure providing services to the population had to be destroyed bringing living standards in al-Qusayr back to the stone age.

On the 19th of May 2013, the Syrian National Army began a massive military operation to liberate al-Qusayr. This resulted in a decisive victory and the Syrian army regained full control of al Qusayr on June 5th. The terrorists, faced with an absolute defeat, began implementing the tactic of the scorched earth. While retreating, they carried out the destruction of the whole city by blowing up the remaining private houses or using them as hiding places to open fire on the advancing Syrian army. At the end of the battle of al- Qusayr, not a single house or building in the centre of the city was spared by the destructive actions of the terrorists. Not a single house or building in al-Qusayr was or demolished or heavily damaged. These destruction didnʼt really have a military tactical purpose but was carried out by these extremist militants for the sake of the destruction itself. To make a return by the inhabitants of al-Qusayr to their homes or what is left of it as difficult as possible and also to let the Syrian authorities face the tremendous task of rebuilding the demolished city from scratch.

June 30th, 2013, 2:39 am


Citizen said:

Obama’s support for terrorism
Does the U.S. Administration have poor understanding?

“On Sunday, June 23, Syrian Catholic priest François Murad was murdered in the locality of Gassanieh, northern Syria, according to a statement from the Custody of the Holy Land sent to the Fides Agency.

Murad (49), having led a religious life and studied in Palestine, was ordained a priest and set about building a monastery in Gassanieh, Idlib.

Murad was targeted by armed militants, while he was residing at the monastery, which was dedicated to Saint Simon Stylite.

Citing the head of all Franciscans in the Holy Land, Pierbattista Pizzaballa, the Vatican News Agency said that Father Murad recently chose a monastic way of life and resorted to the monastery, with Franciscan Friars, a few weeks earlier.

‘The world must know that the support of gunmen by the west is helping extremists in killing Syrians’, Pizzaballa said, adding that, ‘with such stances, not a single Christian will remain in the East.’

June 30th, 2013, 3:23 am




Academic research value of the comment section” — seriously? The comments section is often more a source of embarrassment than of “prestige.”

This is not how it was, i believe, three years ago. But you are wrong. There is much to discover in the comment section for a serious researcher. This comment section, boring as it is, tells more about why certain news are made more than the news itself.

I am sorry, it is really sad when someone who posts main article thinks so low of the opinion of those who provide the blog with the “bulk” of traffic. Kindly remember, you would probably have 10, 20, even 300 visits per day from those interested in reading the main posts (which are rehash of other people’s writing) with very infrequent genuine articles. The bulk of traffic is generated by the “Embarrassing” comment section. Intellectually, i would agree that big part of it is embarrassing, but the embarrassment should belong to the commenter, not the moderator or the owner unless they are encouraging certain type of “monologue” that would make the site controversial and more frequently visited.

As for the disclaimer, it is a little reactionary, but a good one nonetheless. Thanks.

June 30th, 2013, 4:26 am


Citizen said:

The reasons for the Syrian conflict Part 1.
Why does the United States, like a bulldog, clung to Syria stranglehold? What are the reasons for such persistence and unwillingness to resolve the conflict in a peaceful way?

It is clear that Syria is not an end. It is a link in the chain. United States and its partners in crime are chosen to Iran and to the direct control of the supply of oil to China. This is a geopolitical problem. In Beijing, for example, are well aware of this fact and establishing energy cooperation with Russia in order to diversify energy supplies. That’s just being here in Turkey, a NATO member since 1952?

It is also clear that Washington needs some control over the entire Islamic world, and over all the oil, no matter what country it is not mined. In this case, the Islamic world is also the only link in the chain.

In reviewing the events in the Middle East Observer all currently faced with a contradiction. On the one hand, like, all these wars and revolutions clearly smell the oil, on the other – oil is not the primary cause, but it is very closely linked with this cause.

What’s the deal here?

June 30th, 2013, 6:43 am



Think as an ancient history anthropologist, your only source of information on people’s habits would be their trash, and bodily refuse. It is still serious research. Much of the comments here, particularly from regime propagandists side is the intellectual trash of what humanity can offer nowadays. Occasionally a pro revolution dump shows up, but for the most part, the trash conveyance and generation from regime side is far far bigger. An excellent opportunity for future generation of anthropologists to understand the anemic, nutrition-less intellectual diet of the mental slaves of the 21st century. Just keep it backed up and someone will make their name researching the comments from the zouozous, zizies, and the rourous.

In addition, some understanding of those who have seventh century intellectual digestive problems may come up every once in a while, but there are far more qualified garbage dumpsters for this purpose than this blog. Just visit any Jihadi blog.

June 30th, 2013, 7:05 am


Citizen said:

The plan of the CIA and the Friends of Syria to somehow seek an end to the war by increasing the flow of weapons is equally absurd. War will only produce more war. John Milton’s sonnet, written during the English civil war in 1648 in praise of the Parliamentary General Sir Thomas Fairfax, who had just stormed Colchester, shows a much deeper understanding of what civil wars are really like than anything said by David Cameron or William Hague. He wrote:

For what can war but endless war still breed?

Till truth and right from violence be freed,

And public faith clear’d from the shameful brand

Of public fraud. In vain doth valour bleed

While avarice and rapine share the land.

June 30th, 2013, 7:51 am


zoo said:

Comment section embarrassing or useful?

It is true that some comments are so infantile and snooty that they could be embarrassing from an academical point of view.
Yet I noticed that most of the main posts have always fed themselves from the core of the comment section: excerpts, links, etc…
Then it is a give and take…

June 30th, 2013, 7:59 am



Yawn, zouzou must shove its nose in every single topic…Just like the intellectual giant d-p athad.

June 30th, 2013, 8:38 am


majedkhaldoun said:

Matthew is right
Most of the comments are embarrassing, examples
Don today says Qaradawi was given 48 hour to leave Qatar.
Ziad told us crimes are committed by the rebels when it is clearly the regime who committed such crimes, pure lie.
Zoo always says absurd political analysis and silly opinions
Ghufran always comes with fabricated news.
Revenir advocates crimes

I can go on and on ,the assad supporters using SC as fake propaganda forum, they have no respect for this forum,

June 30th, 2013, 8:43 am


majedkhaldoun said:

In Egypt the demonstrators come in thousands,loyalists to Mursi staged their own rally,this is not like the demonstrations against Mubarak,
Mursi did not kill Egyptians, hardly any violence.
Mursi has to be given more time

June 30th, 2013, 8:48 am


revenire said:

Majed I advocated no crimes. You’re lying. I said the army should CRUSH the terrorists without mercy. That is what ANY nation would do to Al-Qaeda.

I am also not sectarian in the least. That can’t be said of you – who is always going on about Shia and Persians etc.

June 30th, 2013, 9:36 am


revenire said:

“Children Massacred in a Mosque in Qaterji, Aleppo

What a pack of lies from terrorist supporters.

June 30th, 2013, 9:39 am


Tara said:

Most of the value of SC comes from the comment section with one caveat that comes from those who pretend to be Syrians when they are professional psychopathic trolls who skew the picture.

Significant amount of hatred induced by those professionsl trolls who should be banned once exposed.

June 30th, 2013, 9:50 am


revenire said:

Freedom loving US accused of spying by German ally

This is the country lecturing Syria?

June 30th, 2013, 9:55 am


revenire said:

Homs Governorate is almost completely terrorist free.

Praise our army and president! Syria loves Assad!!

June 30th, 2013, 9:58 am


zoo said:


Tareq Hashemi is a murderer. He has no chance to go back to Iraq ever except if he wants to die as martyr by hanging.

June 30th, 2013, 10:30 am


Citizen said:
“Postscript” with Alexey Pushkov

June 30th, 2013, 10:38 am


zoo said:


Any new development on the imminent fall of Dar’aa that you ‘predicted’ ‘suggested’ yesterday?

Any prediction, suggestion about Homs’s fate?

June 30th, 2013, 10:39 am


Atassi said:

All individuals, groups and organizations with an open-handed moral supports to the policies of this criminal, traitor, illusion occupied sick personality Bashar “ Al Jahsh” and his sectarian murderous and ill-fated armed gangs are indeed a real partners in the crimes done against the Syrian people and the country with real Syrian blood on their hands ….

June 30th, 2013, 10:41 am


zoo said:

Blackout in German media?

Syrian Rebels Abduct Three German Nationals

TEHRAN (FNA)- German aid group Gruenhelme said three of its members who had disappeared in Syria for more than 45 days have been abducted in Idlib Province.

“It has been 45 days since three members and employees of Gruenhelme were kidnapped overnight on May 14-15, in the village of Harem” of Idlib, the group’s founder Rupert Neudeck said in a statement on June 28.

The three members have been identified as Bernd Blechschmidt, Simon S. and Ziad Nouri, Alalam reported.

Neudeck added that Gruenhelme (Green Helmets) has asked the German Foreign Ministry, German police, and the Syrian opposition in Germany for help, but the identity of the kidnappers has not been clarified yet.

The German Foreign Ministry confirmed that three German nationals have been “reported missing” in Syria, without giving further details.

Neudeck said his group was “very surprised to see that… the media in Germany have been silent” on the issue.

“But we are no longer able to remain silent,” he said.

June 30th, 2013, 10:42 am


majedkhaldoun said:

On what basis you accuse Tareq Hashimi of being a murderer?only because he is sunni and you Shiaa, he never killed any person, and no court proved any crime against him, all what you say is accusations based on lies

Did you not call for carpet bombing?
Did you not call rebels calling for freedom terrorists, including infants and women?
You are advocating crimes against innocent Syrians and so you are criminal.

June 30th, 2013, 11:02 am


Atassi said:

One more ….
All individuals, groups and organizations with an open-handed moral supports to the destructive policies of this vicious criminal, traitor, illusion occupied sick personality Bashar “ Al Jahsh” and his sectarian murderous and ill-fated armed gangs are unquestionably a real partners in the crimes done against the Syrian people and the country. They are devouring real Syrian blood.
God bless, God help Syria and the Syrian people

June 30th, 2013, 11:17 am


majedkhaldoun said:

I agree

June 30th, 2013, 11:21 am


revenire said:

Did you not call for carpet bombing?”

I said give civilians 24 hour notice and start the bombing. Don’t stop until peace is achieved.


“Did you not call rebels calling for freedom terrorists, including infants and women?”

Infants? LOL

No, I said anyone killing Syrians is a terrorist. The UN recognizes Nursa as terrorists and Syria is fighting Nusra (Al-Qaeda).


“You are advocating crimes against innocent Syrians and so you are criminal.”

I am not advocating crimes against anyone. I am advocating the SAA eradicate all terrorists in Syria without mercy. The same policy the US backs – eradicate terrorism.

June 30th, 2013, 11:35 am


revenire said:

Atassi the ones killing innocent civilians are those fighting against the government. The terrorists, like Nusra. There are no secular forces fighting against Assad. All are Islamic extremists.

God doesn’t help beheaders, rapists and cannibals.

June 30th, 2013, 11:42 am


Ziad said:

Full Disclosure: What the Media Isn’t Telling You About War in Syria

June 30th, 2013, 11:43 am


ghufran said:

These are the lunatics who are supposed to liberate you. Ministry of education sources said that the people killed were teachers delivering exam materials to two towns that are surrounded by terrorists, I can not confirm or deny that claim, however the idea that giving militant rebels missiles that can down helicopters and jets is crazy, they use it to attack army planes now but they can use to attack ANY plane later (they indeed tried that twice at least) including civilian planes that may be carrying family members of both thawrajiyyeh and pro regime people on this blog !!

this is from the NY Times:

WASHINGTON — As an intermittent supply of arms to the Syrian opposition gathered momentum last year, the Obama administration repeatedly implored its Arab allies to keep one type of powerful weapon out of the rebels’ hands: heat-seeking shoulder-fired missiles.
The missiles, American officials warned, could one day be used by terrorist groups, some of them affiliated with Al Qaeda, to shoot down civilian aircraft.
But one country ignored this admonition: Qatar, the tiny, oil- and gas-rich emirate that has made itself the indispensable nation to rebel forces battling calcified Arab governments and that has been shipping arms to the Syrian rebels fighting the government of President Bashar al-Assad since 2011
(there will be a day when people who incite or commit violence pay the price, he who lives by the sword shall die by it, that clearly goes both ways just in case you were wondering)

Mr Majed (the crowned spelling bee winner here) who talks bout fabricated news:
when is Mandela’s funeral (you declared him dead few days ago)?
do you really think that anybody cares about what you say any more? The forum has deteriorated since people like you were trying to fill the shoes of educated and well spoken pro regime and anti regime bloggers who left the forum in disgust, your posts, sir, are a cheap form of entertainment and a proof that you can be a fool and still earn an MD degree.

June 30th, 2013, 11:46 am


Ziad said:

Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah on Sectarian and Takfiris

June 30th, 2013, 11:59 am


Ziad said:


“Mr Majed (the crowned spelling bee winner here) who talks bout fabricated news:

when is Mandela’s funeral (you declared him dead few days ago)?

do you really think that anybody cares about what you say any more? The forum has deteriorated since people like you were trying to fill the shoes of educated and well spoken pro regime and anti regime bloggers who left the forum in disgust, your posts, sir, are a cheap form of entertainment and a proof that you can be a fool and still earn an MD degree.”

Very well said

June 30th, 2013, 12:07 pm


majedkhaldoun said:

Mandella is clinically dead, he is kept alive on Machines

SC deteriorated since you started commenting here,all these fabrications and misinformations that you talked about proved that people like you who claim high education are nothing but fabricators, It would be a shame to have someone like you commenting here,we are tired of fabricated news that you are quick to propagate and quickly proved to be not true.
and you are supporter of this regime, your cousins are officers in Assad army, and you are supporter of assad thugs.

June 30th, 2013, 12:12 pm


revenire said:

Majed you did say Mandela was dead. That was yesterday, or the day before. Where did you hear that?

I am glad you said it because people can see that you repeat fabricated news stories. This one, like the FSA Air Force one, will be hard to deny brother.

June 30th, 2013, 12:12 pm


Atassi said:


Supporting the Assad and his sectarian gangs while disregarding the deliberate and calculated mass killings deeds of the Syrian people is by itself a crime against humanity. Please stop diverting attentions and twisting the facts, NO moral justifications can be established for what the Assad and his sectarian gungs done. Assad and his regime holds a full responsibility for destroying our country ..

June 30th, 2013, 12:27 pm


Citizen said:

Why is the Western media silent about how Syrian Jihadists behead Catholic priest, and silent about who is giving these thugs the money and weapons to fight in Syria?
The end seems to justify the mean and as long as these thugs aim is to topple Assad, everything then become permissible by the West.
Where are the condemnations for such acts by Western leaders?

June 30th, 2013, 12:30 pm


revenire said:

Atassi nonsense. Syria is being attacked by terrorism directed by the West. Evidently you support that terrorism. Assad has no sectarian gangs. That’s ridiculous.

The only ‘twisting’ going on is your own Atassi.

Our nation won’t be taken over by a foreign invasion and a few traitors.

June 30th, 2013, 12:31 pm


zoo said:


Tariq Hashemi is wanted by Interpol and condemned to death by the Iraqi court. If he goes back, he’ll be hanged no because he is a Sunni but because he is a criminal

Iraq’s Tariq al-Hashemi faces Interpol arrest notice

International police organisation Interpol has issued a worldwide alert for the arrest of fugitive Iraqi Vice-President Tariq al-Hashemi.


Tariq al-Hashemi, fugitive Iraq vice president, sentenced to death

Iraq’s Sunni vice president fled to Turkey to avoid murder charges.

An Iraq court sentenced Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi to hang today for his role in forming a death squad.

The court found the Sunni politician – who fled to Turkey earlier this year – and his son-in-law guilty of two murders, Reuters reported.

“The high criminal court issued a death sentence by hanging against Tariq al-Hashemi after he was convicted,” a representative of the Iraqi judiciary, Abdul-Sattar al-Birqdar, told Reuters.

The conviction – which came in abesentia – was for the deaths of a lawyer and a security official.

June 30th, 2013, 12:32 pm


zoo said:


“NO moral justifications can be established for what jealous and greedy oil rich countries and their paid sectarian gangs have done on a once peaceful country and people.

June 30th, 2013, 12:36 pm


zoo said:

#269 Reve

Hysteria leads to memory loss.

June 30th, 2013, 12:38 pm


revenire said:

Atassi I don’t expect an answer from you but I will ask anyway: Do you really believe people that support cannibals have the moral high ground?

June 30th, 2013, 12:40 pm


zoo said:

#268 Majed

You are the king of fabricated stories on SC: The fall of Damascus, the fall of Dera’a, the fall of Bashar al Assad etc…

The only fall you won’t fabricate is your own.

June 30th, 2013, 12:40 pm


zoo said:

#260 Atassi

Please don’t stop parroting yourself in more posts, if this is the only contribution you can bring from the pro-rebels point of view.

June 30th, 2013, 12:48 pm


zoo said:

Double-faced GCC countries, they don’t even ask weapons from the EU anymore, they bought their own to fight the dreaded ‘Shia’ power symbolized by Hezbollah

Gulf-EU meeting calls for Syria political settlement
30 June 2013, 18:17

(DUBAI) – The Gulf Arab nations and the European Union pledged Sunday to pool their efforts to help convene a peace conference on Syria, as they wrapped up a one-day ministerial meeting in Bahrain.

The gathering attended by EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton and the foreign ministers of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council also called on Shiite Iran to play “a constructive role” in the Sunni-dominated region.

The ministers “reiterated the utmost urgency of finding a political settlement of the Syrian conflict,” said a statement issued at the end of the meeting.

They also pledged to “spare no effort in helping to create the appropriate conditions for a successful convening of the peace conference on Syria” which Russia and the United States have been striving to hold in Geneva.

The GCC and the EU also took a swipe at Lebanon’s Shiite militant movement Hezbollah which backs the Damascus regime in the 27-month conflict and “condemned” its role “in military operations in Syria”.

The statement, however, made no mention of demands by Syria’s armed opposition for weapons to fight the regime of President Bashar al-Assad — a request that has also the backing of GCC powerbrokers Qatar and Saudi Arabia.

Ashton told the gathering “we need to work harder together to find the political solution that will bring peace” to Syria and expressed concern about a spillover of the war into neighbouring Lebanon and Iraq.

June 30th, 2013, 12:53 pm


ghufran said:

طالب “الائتلاف الوطني” المعارض, يوم السبت, بفرض منطقة حظر جوي وتوجيه “ضربات عسكرية مدروسة” ضد النظام السوري, وذلك على خلفية الهجوم الذي شنه الجيش النظامي في عدد من احياء حمص, معتبرا أن الحديث عن مؤتمرات للحل السياسي للازمة السورية أصبح “عبثيا”.
ودعا الائتلاف, في بيان له, الدول الداعمة له لـ “اتخاذ اجراءات حاسمة تتضمن إقامة منطقة حظر جوي وتوجيه ضرباتٍ عسكرية مدروسة إلى مفاصل القوة العسكرية للنظام السوري”.
وياتي بيان الائتلاف بعد ساعات من دعوة الرئيس السابق لـ”الائتلاف الوطني” المعارض أحمد معاذ الخطيب، الاتحاد الأوروبي إلى اقامة “ممرات آمنة لاغاثة السوريين” وتوسيع مدى صواريخ “باتريوت” في الاردن وتركيا لتوفير الحماية للشعب السوري، معتبراً أن الاتحاد لم يقم بـ “دور كاف” لايجاد حل سياسي لرفع المعاناة.
وطالب الائتلاف “المجموعات المقاتلة الى “الاستنفار بشكل كامل لنصرة مدينة حمص, مشيرا الى ان “الاحداث الاخيرة في المدينة ستنعكس سلبا على الجهود الدولية المتعلقة بجنيف 2”.
وأشارت مصادر معارضة, في وقت سابق اليوم, الى ان الجيش النظامي شن هجوما كبيرا في احياء حمص, حيث تركز القصف بشكل كبير على حي الخالدية, في ظل حدوث اشتباكات بين مقاتلين معارضين والجيش, في حين قال مصدر مسؤول ان وحدات من القوات المسلحة احرزت تقدما كبيرا في حي الخالدية بحمص
in that sense, the NC and Israel are on the same page. The NC is now being ignored by the US and the internal opposition in favor of Idris group (supported by the US) and Islamists (supported by GCC and Turkey), this means that the NC is “clinically dead”, salamaat majed Baik, keep entertaining us please !!

June 30th, 2013, 1:02 pm


Atassi said:

Revenire, ZOO & Company..

I will punt back a question to your side ”please note I punted the question and did not pass it back to you personally so do anyone from your side can reply ” ..
DO you support the slaughters and body burning of the Syrians people by Assad sectarian gungs? I do except an answer

Ps .. NO I don’t really believe the Syrian people DO support cannibals. trust me on this one.

June 30th, 2013, 1:08 pm


Atassi said:

I have been contributing sensibly 🙂 for over 12 years. I am free to post and repeat as I wish. get lost.

June 30th, 2013, 1:15 pm


apple_mini said:

It seems everyday we see some fresh exposé on country which happens to be FOS. Today’s new headline is about NSA spying on US allies, especially Germany.

We have been watching US being backed by its superior military prowess unbashfully intruding and praying on other countries.

Had US government any conscience about saving human lives, we would have seen a peace conference held.

June 30th, 2013, 1:29 pm


revenire said:

Atassi the army has never slaughtered anyone but terrorists and the terrorists deserved it.

You’re been posting here for 12 years hoping the Zionists would attack Syria? That’s funny. Here’s to 12 more brother!

June 30th, 2013, 1:54 pm


Badr said:

Just wanted to keep spreading the word:

“Given the current impasse, focus should be on a negotiated endgame: What kind of power-sharing solution can protect regime and opposition interests alike? What kind of state could emerge from a political process and be the foundation of a lasting solution? How must existing institutions change for this vision to gain substance? Is there a way to accommodate the concerns of rival regional actors? This is where most agreement is to be found among Syrians and where the concerns of their allies can be addressed in practice. This report [Syria’s Metastasising Conflicts] suggests ideas as a basis for further discussion.”

“This war is not a zero-sum game in which one side’s gains definitely mean the other side’s losses”, says Senior Middle East Adviser Peter Harling. “It is past time to put daydreams away and come to terms with a realistic assessment of the situation on the ground and available options”.

June 30th, 2013, 2:09 pm


majedkhaldoun said:

Zoo #273

Zoo you are lying, there was no trial to Tareq Hashemi, it was political accusations by Shiaa Maliki agains Sunni VP,you need to know the difference between accusations and conviction by court.

you among other being a doctor you should know what clinical death is.

No one support cannibalism, we condemned it, it was individual act of revenge, today Salim Idris condemned it too,this revolution is against tyrant, a brutal murderer, that you support, 100,000 died officially, another thousands tortured, raped, mutilated, wipped to death, massacres against children were committed by your type, this is what you support, and Zoo and Ghufran support
you all provoke crimes and have no shame in supporting these crimes.

What is wrong with freedom?, what is wrong with democracy?, what is wrong to do good reform?
While we call for criminals only who has blood on their hands to be punished you call for carpet bombing and and you and Zoo and Ghufran keep coming with fabricated news

June 30th, 2013, 2:13 pm


revenire said:

Majed wrong again: SOHR posted figures of Syrian deaths this week and most of the dead were 1.) Syrian soldiers in the 80% Sunni army 2.) civilian supporters of the government.

There is nothing wrong with freedom. There is something wrong with suicide bombings, beheadings and cannibalism.

Idris is a traitor who should be hung from the gallows.

Syria is already free and doesn’t need any lessons from a dictator like Obama.

We are not stupid and know who is behind this fake revolution. We remember who was behind Hama in 1982.

I have zero shame in supporting Dr. Assad. Why would I? He has saved Syria from being destroyed by barbarians.

June 30th, 2013, 2:20 pm


revenire said:

Homs has been totally liberated. It is just clean-up now.

Praise the heroes of the SAA!

June 30th, 2013, 2:23 pm


revenire said:

He is Nasr Hudayhid, rube arms smuggler to FSA and J.N. His accent gives it all away. Just a yokel who, according to his statements on Syrian t.v. yesterday, got snookered into buying and selling weapons to the ____*. He’s from a town called Qirwaana in the area of Ma’arrat Al-Nu’maan where he grew up spending his youthful hours roasting crows for the family. In his short statement, he confessed to distributing 14.5mm anti-aircraft guns and the occasional RPG. He looks so provincial you almost feel like you’re watching the Beverly Hillbillies.


June 30th, 2013, 2:25 pm


Atassi said:

Again and again.. you are the master of the Facts twisting and false propaganda spreading system. But, I am sure your alike will disappear when the master is departed ..seen it time and time.

June 30th, 2013, 2:28 pm


Ziad said:

United Statement and Call for Action to Oppose


No more wars – U.S. out of the Middle East!

National Days of Action, June 28 – July 17, 2013

June 30th, 2013, 2:28 pm


majedkhaldoun said:

Syria is already free, No Revenir Syrians are not free
SAA 80% Sunni, No revenir now they are not.
Revenir said”I have zero shame in supporting Dr. Assad”,no you have no shame at all

June 30th, 2013, 2:36 pm


revenire said:

Atassi Assad isn’t going anywhere. Syrians love him. Without the support of his people Assad would be dead by now. That is just a simple fact.

If you don’t like him that’s called “tough luck Charlie” isn’t it?

Twelve years on SC? Hard to believe but I believe in live and let live (except for terrorists etc.)

Take care.

June 30th, 2013, 2:37 pm


zoo said:

#281 Atassi

I support all the efforts and means the legitimate, heroic and united Syrian army is using in their fights to eradicate from Syria the cannibals, the head cutters, the snipers, their allies and anyone who uses religion to slaughter anyone.

Any civilians death is the exclusive responsibility of the opposition who has rejected the peace conference accepted by the Syrian government months ago. By promising more deadly weapons to the armed terrorists, they are encouraging them to use the civilians as human shields.
The Syrian Army is doing everything it can in these difficult street wars to protect the civilians so as to bring back the social peace and harmony among sects that was prevailing in Syria for decades.

June 30th, 2013, 2:42 pm


Citizen said:

/What is wrong with freedom?, what is wrong with democracy?, what is wrong to do good reform?/
Do the right thing in ignorance?
Or right to open the door to external aggression on the country?
Or in alliance with Israel?
Or in hyperbole and bullying by foreigners
Or choose the Qaeda and takfir as a as a way?

June 30th, 2013, 2:48 pm


revenire said:

Atassi, and others, the film of the cannibal eating the flesh of a dead soldiers showed his comrades chanting “Allahu Akbar” as he ate the man’s lungs. This was not one isolated incident.

You can’t defend that as an act of revenge or anything else. It is symbolic of your dirty revolution that is not a revolution at all.

I could document hundreds of atrocities by the rebels but to what end?

My view is our army must eradicate every terrorist in Syria. I am against negotiations with anyone fighting against the government. I am for destroying them 100% without mercy. I am for using the same shock and awe tactics the US used against Iraq but this time in any areas of Syria where we can ensure civilians are absent of the rebels. I want the air force to rain Hellfire down on the people who have done this to Syria.

It is either them or us. Every honest man, woman and child knows if the rebels win in Syria there will be mass killings of minorities. Any Sunni suspected of loyalty to the government – 80% of the SAA – will be killed or imprisoned. Christians will be crucified as Morsi has done in Egypt. Women will be forced into sexual slavery by sex maniacs.

This war is simple: civilization vs barbarism.

June 30th, 2013, 2:52 pm


revenire said:

All Syria saw you traitors cheering when the Zionists attacked our country. Have you no shame?

June 30th, 2013, 2:53 pm


Uzair8 said:

From AJE Syria Blog twitter wall:

Basma Atassi | بسمة @Basma_ 47mSyrian National Coalition warns that Assad forces may use chemical weapons in #Homs, as rebels continued to repel regime advances

June 30th, 2013, 2:53 pm


zoo said:


You are the one living in your fantasy world of the good Sunnis and the bad Shias.

There WAS a court trial. Hashemi was tried and convicted in absentia because he ran away in Kurdistan then Turkey under the pretext he needed medical treatment according to Erdogan..
He is wanted by Interpol, he is a criminal and will be hang if he is caught.

Tariq Al Hashemi Trial: Iraq Vice President Trial Starts In Baghdad


BAGHDAD — Former bodyguards for Iraq’s fugitive vice president testified Tuesday that they were ordered to kill security officials and plant roadside bombs as a politically charged terror trial against the Sunni leader got under way.

Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi, who was in Turkey but faced trial in absentia, has denied all charges against him. If convicted, he could face the death penalty.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Mr Hashemi was currently in Turkey for medical treatment.

“Mr al-Hashemi is in our country due to his health problems and to hold talks regarding latest developments,” Mr Erdogan said. “I believe, he will return his country following his treatment.”

Interpol on Tuesday issued a “Red Notice” – a request for local police to detain a wanted person with a view to their extradition.

Many of Interpol’s members consider it a valid arrest request,

June 30th, 2013, 2:54 pm


Uzair8 said:

The other day I attributed an article to Lauren Booth, Press Tv journalist, convert to Islam and Tony Blair’s sister-in-law. I cannot confirm it was by her. Google search results indicated it was by her. I apologise.

7 myths about the syrian revolution

June 30th, 2013, 3:05 pm


Uzair8 said:

Btw Lauren Booth was on ITV’s flagship morning programme Daybreak. [Video about 5min long].

Anti-Muslim attacks
Published: Wed, 19 Jun, 2013

Five weeks on from Woolwich, faith leaders including the Archbishop of Canterbury are to meet at an interfaith summit to discuss how to resolve the growing tensions between communities.

Figures show a spike in anti-Muslim attacks after Lee Rigby’s murder. Lauren Booth joins us to tell us her thoughts…

[Or watch on Youtube]:

June 30th, 2013, 3:10 pm


zoo said:

The West plays with fire in Syria
by David Cronin
30/06/2013 –

Propaganda is easy. Use touchy-feely words like “human rights” to sell wars. Claim to cherish “values”. Demonise your enemies; ignore the crimes of your allies. Don’t be afraid to lie.
The greatest innovation that William Hague has brought to the dark art of spin is that he has mastered it in a Yorkshire accent. The West must “be prepared to do more to save lives” in Syria, Britain’s foreign secretary said recently. Hague’s preferred method of saving lives is to arm one side in a civil war.
Why should be we sceptical of the erudite statesman? In 1916, Britain and France negotiated a secret deal on carving up the Middle East between them.

Ordinary Syrians know a thing or two about the West’s commitment to democracy. Syria achieved independence in 1946; it was supposed to be a parliamentary republic. In 1949, the CIA orchestrated a coup in order to put Husni al-Zaim in power. Declassified documents indicate that the US regarded the colonel as a “likeable rogue”.
For all their talk about wanting to protect lives, the imperial powers’ only real objective in Syria is protecting their interests. Not for the first time, they are determined to ensure that Damascus is ruled by someone who answers to Western orders.
There is a nasty sectarian aspect to Syria’s civil war. Like the invasion of Iraq, it has exacerbated tensions between Sunni and Shia Muslims.
Moreover, the conflict has not stayed within Syria; it has spilled over into Lebanon. Israel has got involved, perhaps as a test run for an attack on Iran.
Shovelling fresh weapons into this civil war is flagrantly irresponsible. In their arrogance, the West’s imperialists are prepared to play with fire, if it means that they can keep the Middle East under their control.

June 30th, 2013, 3:10 pm


Ziad said:

Very astute situational analysis:


سألتني صديقتي ما رأيك بالتالي:

Mohamad Dughmosh
بكل صراحة

شبه مؤمن بان انسحاب النظام من دمشق بات قريبا ما ان تتم له السيطرة على حمص بشكل كامل وهذا ما يجري الآن لصالح دولة حمص طرطوس الاذقية بضمانات دولية

النظام يعمل على خطين:
الأول تعزيز موقعه العسكري في الدولة الجديدة نهائيا عبر قتل وتهجير عرقي طائفي سياسي “وهذا ما يجري الآن”

والثاني: استمراره في تشويه صورة الثورة عبر إرساله مرتزقة يظهرون الفريق الآخر كقاطعي رؤوس ومضطهدين للأقليات خاصة ما أكدته تقارير إعلامية واستخباراتية عدة عن تعاقد النظام مع مافيات روسية لا تمت للإسلام بصلة تعمل على تشويه صورة الثوار واغتيال قياداتهم

على المقلب الآخر دولة فاشلة برأسين حلب ودمشق متصارعين مع دولة الساحل ودولة المتشددين إلى ما لا نهاية

رغم تفاؤلي بعدم نجاح ما سبق الا أن خطوات جبارة مطلوبة من الشباب العظماء في حلب والرقة وادلب وباقي مناطق سيطرة المعارضة لتعزيز المجتمع المدني وخلق مناخ ينفي الصورة النمطية التي يحاول النظام إظهارها

نعم في الرقة وحلب تحديدا هناك جهود جبارة ورائعة من قبل النشطاء وقادة الرأي وشيوخ أفاضل يؤمنون بسوريا الوطن المتعدد لكن المطلوب أكثر فالمخطط خطير جداً

على الجيش الحر البطل ان يضمن سلامة المدن المحررة وعدم السماح الأوباش باستبعاد المواطنين فهذه مسؤوليته وإلا فلا يحرر المدينة !!!!

اين حكومة هيتو ؟؟ لم تفعل ولن تفعل لماذا لا يتم اختيار شخص من الداخل وما اكثرهم رجال عظماء اثبتوا عملهم المؤسساتي سواء في المجالس المحلية أو منظمات المجتمع المدني؟

تعليقي الوحيد XXX:
لينقع كاتب هذه الخزعبلات كلماته في ماء مالح، مع شعرة من قرد أزرق، ويشربه ثلاث مرات في اليوم..
وبإذن طابوش ومابوش سوف يشفى في ثلاثة أيام..

Bassam Al Kadi

June 30th, 2013, 3:11 pm


majedkhaldoun said:

Pure nonsense, political accusation,one of the bodyguards refused to do what torturers asked him to say, he was killed, Maliki is criminal and you support him,Tarq Hashemi is innocent

3am tzet wa tolhosh,sharawi gharawi

June 30th, 2013, 3:14 pm


Tara said:

“the social peace and harmony among sects that was prevailing in Syria for decades”

Where the Alawi sect was subjugating the majority and enslaving them. Yeah.. A text book example of harmony.

June 30th, 2013, 3:17 pm


revenire said:

The monsters will kill anyone that doesn’t worship their perverted idea of Islam (which is not Islam at all).


Syrian Catholic priest Francois Murad killed last weekend by jihadi fighters was beheaded, according to a report by Catholic Online which is linking to video purportedly showing the brutal murder.

As TheBlaze reported last week, Murad, 49, was setting up a monastery in Gassanieh, northern Syria. Last Sunday, on the Christian leader’s Sabbath, extremist militants trying to topple President Bashar Assad breached the monastery and grabbed Murad.

While earlier reports suggested Murad may have been shot to death, Catholic Online reported Saturday: “The Vatican is confirming the death by beheading of Franciscan Father, Francois Murad, who was martyred by Syrian jihadists on June 23.”

June 30th, 2013, 3:27 pm


Tara said:


Stop deceiving. Syria ain’t your country .

Care to tell us what LaRouch youth movement stands for and how does it feel to run for the House of Representatives and not win. Did you get a single vote?

June 30th, 2013, 3:28 pm


revenire said:

Syria is my country Tara. Is it yours?

June 30th, 2013, 3:42 pm


ghufran said:

How do people survive with these prices?

غرام الذهب عيار 21





اسطوانة الغاز


clearly, the Lira and economic sanctions are used as a weapon in this war, however, the real victims are not the intended targets, they are rather simple and ordinary Syrians who are now poorer and less able to feed their families. This happens while some of you celebrate the continuous deterioration of living standards in Syria, in a way that is an evil way to punish a population that refuses to join rebels in this dirty war.

June 30th, 2013, 3:46 pm


Tara said:


Learn the language first.

June 30th, 2013, 3:47 pm


revenire said:

LOL Tara you will never be in a position to decide who is Syrian and who isn’t. You can even travel to Syria legally. You’d have to sneak in like McCain. I can go home tomorrow.

The languages I speak are my business.

June 30th, 2013, 3:49 pm


zoo said:

#309 Ghufran

This is called collective punishment.
The West use that tool all the time, then they show their generosity and feel good in sending ‘humanitarian’ aids.

This hypocrisy is sickening.

June 30th, 2013, 4:00 pm


Tara said:

That is what you think. I can travel anywhere I want.

Your only speak English. You do not speak Arabic. Simply because you are not Syrian.

Next time you troll on some other topic, remember that it is stupid to use the same trolling names.

And again, had you not led us to believe that you were a minority Syrian calling for carpet bombing and chemical weapons and causing more hatred, I would have not bothered.

June 30th, 2013, 4:03 pm


zoo said:

#305 Tara

I am sure you and your “well-connected” family in their villa in Zabadani were happily ‘subjugated and enslaved’ by Alawites.

Again you use the recurrent leitmotiv of the Sunnis victims. In any case I think you are right. The sunnis will remain whining victims until they have the guts to revolt not against the Shias or the Alawites but against the Sunni extremists who are subjugating them, enslaving them and ruining their reputation.

I am still waiting for that day where the Sunnis will be free from the fear and suspicion of their own kin.

June 30th, 2013, 4:08 pm


revenire said:

Tara you’ve shown your hatred of Syria for years here calling for the death of soldiers and of our president. I am more Syrian than you are. You don’t know what you’re talking about. If the name “revenire” bothers you that’s life.

Who is “us”? You and Majed? You and Marigoldran?

June 30th, 2013, 4:09 pm


zoo said:

The EU offers a deaf ear to FM Saud al Faycal calls for the EU to arm the rebels ‘immediately’ and to stop Russia’ supply of weapons to the Syrian Army

In Manama, EU foreign police chief Catherine Ashton and the foreign ministers of Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia pledged to pool their efforts to help bring peace to Syria.

They underscored “the utmost urgency of finding a political settlement of the Syrian conflict” and vowed to “spare no efforts” to help convene a conference on Syria, which the US and Russia have been striving to hold in Geneva.

There was no mention of an oft-repeated demand by Gulf Arab powerbrokers Saudi Arabia and Qatar to arm the opposition.

But Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal insisted the EU should do so “immediately” while urging the international community to take steps “to ban the supply of weapons” to Damascus from its allies Iran and Russia.

June 30th, 2013, 4:17 pm


Tara said:


Yes. My extended family is well connected. It is because of your corrupt president who bought corrupt unscrupulous Sunnis.

Sorry to disappoint you though that my immediate family is not. I do not have those greed genes
in me.

Persecution complex? i thought that is is exclusive to Syrian Christians.

June 30th, 2013, 4:21 pm


revenire said:

Tara most Sunnis support our president. Exiles don’t count. They are exiled for a reason – one they are usually ashamed of.

June 30th, 2013, 4:25 pm


zoo said:

Protection of children in Syria: Have we seen a similar law promulgated by Hitto the PM of the ghost opposition ‘government’?

Damascus — President Bashar al-Assad on Sunday issued law no. 11 for 2013 which adds a new article to the penal code to cover involving children in combat activities.

The new article stipulates for a penalty of a sentence of penal labor for 10-20 years and a fine of SYP 1-3 million to individuals who recruit a child under 18 for the purpose of involving them in combat activities or other related activities.

The sentence is extended to of penal labor for life if the recruitment results in a permanent disability to the child or of the child suffers sexual assault or is given narcotics or any mind-influencing substances, and the sentence is extended to the death penalty if the child dies.

The updated penal code punishes everyone who recruits a child under 18 for the purposes for involving them in combat activities, carrying and transporting weapons or equipment or ammunition, planting explosions, standing watch at checkpoints or carrying out surveillance or reconnaissance, acting as a distraction or human shield, or assisting or serving the perpetrators in any way or form.

June 30th, 2013, 4:26 pm


revenire said:

I hear Qusayr and Homs are nice this time of year. Who wants to go? 🙂

President al-Assad issues law on penalties for individuals who enter Syrian territories illegally

Damascus, (SANA) – President Bashar al-Assad on Tuesday issued law no. 9 for 2013 which stipulates penalties for individuals who enter Syrian territories illegally.

As per this law, individuals who enter Syrian territories illegally are punished by a prison sentence of 5 to 10 years and/or a fine of SYP 5 to 10 million.

H. Sabbagh

June 30th, 2013, 4:30 pm


zoo said:

#317 Tara

If so, then why are you accusing the Alawites of having the exclusivity of ‘subjugating and enslaving’ the Sunnis when you admit that some Sunni members of you family are just doing that and worse?

Whether they are ‘scrupulous’ or ‘unscrupulous’ is irrelevant, they are still Sunnis and they represent a sizeable portion of the Sunnis, I guess.

What do you think is a reasonable proportion of Syrian Sunnis living in Syria who are “unscrupulous”?

Do you consider the Sunni opposition in Turkey on their knees begging the West for money and weapons, refusing a peace conference thus allowing more violence and death, scrupulous or unscrupulous?

June 30th, 2013, 4:39 pm


Tara said:

And Zoo,

In regard to your last point, I agree with you, moderate Sunnis should speak much louder against their own kin. I do not know why are they timid? Is it apathy or confusion and dare I say it fear of God?

June 30th, 2013, 4:41 pm


Tara said:


Sorry. Until you carry a conversation with me in colloquial Syria at a time I Choose, nothing you can say that will convince anyone that you are Syrian.

June 30th, 2013, 4:45 pm


majedkhaldoun said:

Revenir is not Syrian, he does not understand Arabic, he is american,who claim to be syrian, does he understand what I write in Arabic, no,
Even Zoo is not Syrian, most likely he is Lebanese,shiaa

It is funny that Jad(Ziad) is back quoting Bassam Qadi

June 30th, 2013, 4:48 pm


revenire said:

Tara when you decide who is Syrian let me know. I’ve seen you operate a long time. You amuse me.

June 30th, 2013, 4:56 pm


zoo said:

#317 Tara

If Christian Syrians are afraid, they have good reasons. First they are a tiny minority, secondly they’ve seen what happened to Christians in Iraq and historically in Turkey.
The Sunnis are a majority in Syria, they occupy key positions in the government and the army, they are in the financial elite, they have really no reason to feel victims.
Yet, you seem to say they feel ‘subjugated and enslaved’ by Alwawites. By saying so, despite the reality in Syria, you seem to attribute them, from your secure exile in a christian country, a feeling of being persecuted by the Alawites.
It sounds to me more of a fairy tale with the ‘good’ sunnis against the ‘bad’ alawites.
Don’t you think it’s time to get over that infantile oversimplification.

June 30th, 2013, 4:56 pm


Tara said:


I do not know their “size” but yes there are wealthy Sunni Syrians who support the regime. Not too long ago I heard some woman from a rich Sunni family calling the rebels and those who support them الحثالة where she herself is the “الحثالة”. Her own brother is very much pro revolution. They are mostly concentrated in Damascus and Aleppo I guess. May be 5% of the Sunnis?

Zoo, greed, power, and religion are much more powerful than humanity and I do not buy any of the above with a Syrian Frank (as goes the saying). I am with the revolution because I personally witnessed the oppression.

June 30th, 2013, 5:00 pm


AMEERA said:

امتحان عربي لريفن

شو يعني حفلة سكر بالشامي؟

June 30th, 2013, 5:01 pm


zoo said:


Since you are playing Sherlock Holmes, I think you are Saudi or worse a Qatari. Certainly a fervent Wahhabi who thinks that living in the USA gives him a secure cover up for his extremist opinions.
I am sure you dream of returning in a Sharia-ruled Syria. Unfortunately you may have to live in Al Raqqah or in Aazaz where you could even become the caliphe or eventually a Salafi predicator, calling for the destruction of Persia.

June 30th, 2013, 5:05 pm


majedkhaldoun said:

Revenir does not understand tzet wa tolhosh, Google will not translate it correctly, he does not understand Estalam wazifeh, does not understand Abu Shakeeb
We should use only these words with him it is fun when he does not understand

June 30th, 2013, 5:05 pm


revenire said:

I don’t believe either Tara or Majed are Syrian. No one would betray their nation as they have. How many hours a week do they call for Syrian soldiers do be killed? 20? 30?

They can say they’re Syrian but what proof do we have? Their word?

Majed said Mandela was dead. Tara said the FSA had an air force.

Those are just two of the “big ones” they’ve tried to pass off as being true.

June 30th, 2013, 5:07 pm


AMEERA said:

عم يئولوا انون لائو ماكينة طبع مصاري سورية مع المسلحين بزملكا

طيب بدي افهم بكون تسقطوا النظام و فهمنا بس ليش بدكن تسقطوا العملة و الليرة السورية والله حرام الشعب معتر و فايت بمية حيط

June 30th, 2013, 5:08 pm


zoo said:

#330 majed

No one can understand them until you write them in arabic letters instead of a gibberish english.
Why don’t you?

June 30th, 2013, 5:08 pm


revenire said:

Majed you can write in any language you like and “we” know the result will be the same: nonsense.

Why do you try to do this to “us”?

June 30th, 2013, 5:10 pm


AMEERA said:

شو اخي ماجد تركت الثورة و النضال الالكتروني و صاير محقق لغة عربي يعني لازم نسميك إمام العربية Sibawayh زمانك

June 30th, 2013, 5:16 pm


zoo said:

#327 Tara

You dream of an ideal country where people in power are good, moral and generous and nobody from outside interferes to destroy its harmony.
Sorry, this is only in fairy tale.

June 30th, 2013, 5:17 pm


revenire said:

Especially in New Jersey. 🙂

June 30th, 2013, 5:19 pm


majedkhaldoun said:

Zoo and Revenir
7undo2 bendo2 kaffantak bilfulfol iat teq wa tunbu2

June 30th, 2013, 5:22 pm


Tara said:


May be I did read beauty and the beast too many times. I can’t deny it.

June 30th, 2013, 5:24 pm


majedkhaldoun said:

You never answer me what is the diference between shishbarak,and tatabarak?

June 30th, 2013, 5:24 pm


zoo said:


شكرا ما كنت عارف مين هو سيبويه، اليوم تعلمت شي جديد

June 30th, 2013, 5:24 pm


zoo said:

#339 Tara

It seems so.

June 30th, 2013, 5:26 pm


zoo said:

Majed #337

In arabic please…

June 30th, 2013, 5:27 pm


Tara said:


I don’t have Arabic keyboard either. Google Arabic keyboard. Type in Arabic letter, then cut and paste. That is how I do it.

June 30th, 2013, 5:32 pm


Tara said:



June 30th, 2013, 5:34 pm


majedkhaldoun said:

*Your comment is awaiting moderation.*

You never answer me what is the diference between shishbarak,and tatabarak

June 30th, 2013, 5:34 pm



Google language tools allow you to integrate typing directly in the browser. It can give you completion choices, dumb to start, but then the software learns from your choices and gets smarter. Something regime propagandists can not do, whether fake like most on this blog, or real, which is unlikely.

عند جد صدقتي قصة ماكينة طبع العملة … بتعرفي كم جبل عملة لازم يطبعوا لحتى تنزل العملة لهلدرجه المخزية .

June 30th, 2013, 5:40 pm


AMEERA said:

كيف يعني ما جاوبتك
ما إلتلك مع حشوة الشيشبرك منحط كزبرة
ازا مافي كزبرة بالحشوة منساويهم اكبر شوي على شكل القوس و مندوب سمنة عليهم وهاي اسمها تاتابرك يا حباب

June 30th, 2013, 5:44 pm


revenire said:

Hamster yes, everyone is a fake Syrian here except those calling for the Zionists to bomb Damascus. Makes sense doesn’t it?

June 30th, 2013, 5:45 pm


majedkhaldoun said:

Thank you Ameera, you almost right

It is late there, al qamar mo na3san

June 30th, 2013, 5:51 pm


revenire said:

Brother you remind me of Morsi.

“I remember a movie. Which one? Planet of the Apes. The old version, not the new one. I still remember, this is the conclusion: When the big monkey, he was head of the supreme court, I think — in the movie! — and there was a big scientist working for him, cleaning things, has been chained there. And it was the planet of the apes after the destructive act of a big war, and atomic bombs and whatever in the movie. And the scientist was asking him to do something – this was 30 years ago: ‘Don’t forget you are a monkey,’ and ‘Don’t ask me about this dirty work.’ What did the big ape, (the monkey) say? He said, ‘You’re human, you did it [to] yourself.’ That’s the conclusion. Can we do something better for ourselves?” Morsi

June 30th, 2013, 5:56 pm


AMEERA said:

الهامستر السوري والله ما عدت عارفة مين صدق و لا كذب انا بنظري كلهم وحوش و مصلحجية وبابا حسن

شي بدي إلك اسمك هيك فهمان بالانترنت و الكومبيوتر انا بنصحك تشوف الانترنشيب تبع جوجل او غوغل لانو فيو شغلات بتضحك خصوصا لما يحاولوا يلاؤو البك يلي بي السوفتوير

June 30th, 2013, 5:59 pm


zoo said:

#347 Hammy

Your computer erudition is as impressive as your English literary talent.
I know some rebel propagandist who would greatly benefit from your enlightening advices. Usually regime-propagandist seem to manage well in english or arabic.

Show some generosity as God granted you with so many talents.

June 30th, 2013, 6:05 pm


AMEERA said:

شو اخي ماجد شو عم بطبئني روح الله يبعتلك الهنا فرفحتلي ألبي من جوا

تعا تزوزني و ابعتلي فيزا لاطلع من هالقرف يلي هون

June 30th, 2013, 6:06 pm


Uzair8 said:

edward dark ‏@edwardedark 41m
how great are the Egyptian people eh? They will not stand for tyranny, they will revolt until they get their freedom. truly inspirational


Rafif Jouejati ‏@RafifJ 19m
@edwardedark nope, no excuses. Just wondering why you support Egyptian protesters while your own people suffer chemical attacks.

June 30th, 2013, 6:13 pm


zoo said:

#322 Tara

Apathy, insecurity, confusion? I would say also greed and fear of loosing the Sunni hens with the eggs of gold: Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the GCC.

June 30th, 2013, 6:17 pm


Ziad said:

America: Government by Terror, Torture and Tyranny

America governs lawlessly. Out-of-control rogues run things. Conditions go from bad to worse. Tyranny threatens everyone. So does possible global war.

Fear-mongering, saber rattling, hot wars, proxy ones, drone ones, geopolitical ones, financial ones, anti-populist ones, mass incarceration, censorship, lawless sanctions, subversion, sabotage, targeted assassinations, mass murder, cyberwar, and horrific draconian harshness reflect out-of control governance gone mad.

Lying is official policy. So is state terror. Independent governments aren’t tolerated. They’re targeted. Regime change is prioritized. World peace is threatened. Humanity’s menaced. Survival’s uncertain.

Daily revelations explain more. War is called peace. State-sponsored assassins are called freedom fighters. Real ones are called terrorists.

Capital has divine rights. Monied interests run things. Plundering the earth for profit is prioritized. Popular needs go begging. Social America’s dying. Poverty, unemployment, hunger, homelessness and human misery go unaddressed. Corporate rights alone matter.

Democracy’s a four-letter word. Out-of-control power is unaccountable. Rule of law principles are mocked. Tyranny’s the law of the land. Advancing America’s imperium matters most.

Workers are exploited. They’re unprotected. Human and civil rights are sacrificed. Wealth, power and privilege are served. Militarized control supports them. Nonbelievers aren’t tolerated.

Torture is official policy. Gitmo is America’s public face. Innocent detainees suffer. So do many others. Thousands of political prisoners fill America’s gulag. It’s the world’s largest. It operates globally. Mercy isn’t in Washington’s vocabulary.

June 30th, 2013, 6:18 pm




June 30th, 2013, 6:21 pm


revenire said:

Uzair you left a few out. Why? Afraid to tell the truth?

edward dark ‏@edwardedark 26m
@RafifJ also, plz tell the world, where was your statement on rebel execution of Father Franҫois Mourad? see:

edward dark ‏@edwardedark 15m
@RafifJ I’m sorry Rafif, but as long as your LCC refuses to acknowledge rebel war crimes(like the SOHR does) then u can’t be taken seriously

edward dark ‏@edwardedark 13m
@RafifJ u don’t need to apologize for, or justify any war crimes u just need to report & acknowledge them. something u r not prepared to do

June 30th, 2013, 6:24 pm


revenire said:

Two kidnapped Orthodox Priests reportedly killed in Syria

The Inter-Parliamentary Assembly of Orthodoxy (IAO) has evidence that the Metropolitans who were abducted in Syria were killed. This was announced on Sunday, by the Deputy Speaker of the State Duma Sergei Zheleznyak.

He headed the Russian delegation to the 20th anniversary of the General Assembly of the IAO in Athens.

Islamists in the Syrian province of Aleppo kidnapped the two Christian Priests on April 24th.

A few days ago information about their deaths was received.

The Vice-Speaker of the Lower House of the Parliament of the Russian Federation has promised to check the accuracy of this information.

Voice of Russia, RIA
Read more:

June 30th, 2013, 6:28 pm


Ziad said:

Earth’s alpha predator: Zionist Mafia

Humanity free of Zionism . . . try to imagine the horizon, the potential for positive growth and decency—the sheer humanity of disarming the elite. Imagine the elite global war/genocide machine dead in its tracks.

Actions trump lies. Evidence does not lie . . . so how has the American public been so brainwashed by lies, in light of so much evidence? Are Zionists that intelligent, or is the American public that unintelligent—and how did even that obvious question become a “third-rail issue”?

Totally uncool, our tradition of being outsmarted by Zionists even to the point of “Rothschilding” our descendants’ future.

Is it possible for the American public to think their way out of Zionist enslavement . . . or is Gaza a preview of our future?

There certainly is genius behind creation of the terms, “conspiracy theory,” and, “anti-Semitism.” Mere concepts, these two seem among the highest human inventions in terms of neutralizing independent thought. Both terms are amazingly popular and effective; a function, perhaps, of both being technically meaningless—a reliable Zionist mind-control touch, confusion.

June 30th, 2013, 6:30 pm


Uzair8 said:

359. Revenire

LOL. No lie can evade your silencers.

Joking aside, I can’t post too many tweets as the one I want to highlight would get drowned out.

– Sh. Yaqoubi already issued a statement on the execution of the Father.

Anyway, it’s upto @RafifJ to respond to the questions and I’m sure he/she will do so.

June 30th, 2013, 6:37 pm


revenire said:

Uzair yeah okay but it makes it look less than honest when the exchange is edited like that. Dark was the darling of the opposition in Aleppo until he started exposing their crimes.

June 30th, 2013, 6:49 pm


Ziad said:

Mideast Backlashes Yet to Come

The Middle East is treading water these days. Two years of rhetoric about ousting dictators, revolution, freedom, honor, dignity, and democracy – without result – has people on edge, their disillusionment now demanding an outlet.

There are no outlets though. Sensing the fast-growing disenchantment with undelivered promises, even the “bright new leaders” are tightening the reins and demanding compliance.

These new heads of state simply can’t deliver the goods for one main reason: they are just as caught up in global and regional power contests as were their predecessors. Nothing has changed with these uprisings – nothing.

Except now the stakes are higher than before. A recession-bound West, the fast-rising BRICS and their respective regional allies are locked in a competition to consolidate power and influence in this important region before it finds its bearings.

The relatively new influencers on the Arab scene like Qatar and Turkey have recognized this as a unique opportunity to slip into region-wide leadership roles. For the entrenched old hands – Washington, Riyadh, Paris, London – a race is on to prevent the region from shrugging off their decades-long dominance and embracing the anti-imperialism of the Resistance Axis.

The result has been an onslaught of interventions. Every tool in the arsenal has come out to play. Money, espionage, propaganda, weapons, assassination and that old colonial trick: divide-and-rule.

The main game is still the old battle of the blocs, Iran versus the United States, with everyone else filing in line behind their team. There have been a few surprises thrown into the mix: the newcomers like Turkey and Qatar have moved over to the US side; the BRICS, however, have lent their considerable clout to team Iran. Iraq has moved behind the latter formation and Hamas still doesn’t know where to stand so it straddles the two.

June 30th, 2013, 6:59 pm


omen said:

zaid, sharmine narwani? teehee. good call to leave out her name.

June 30th, 2013, 7:09 pm


don said:

اعترافات الارهابي نصر هديهد 29-2013-6-

June 30th, 2013, 7:14 pm


omen said:

she leaves out the fact that the west is going to need to buy iranian oil and iran is going to need to sell it to the west. both will eventually hammer out a settlement with one another.

even israel bought iranian oil (via third party cut-outs) pre sanctions.

June 30th, 2013, 7:15 pm


omen said:

227. ghufran said: Aljazeera is caught fabricating news:

Patrick Cockburn-The Independent
Sunday 30 June 2013

On Tuesday I travelled to Tal Kalakh, a town of 55,000 people just north of the border with Lebanon, which was once an opposition bastion. Three days previously, government troops had taken over the town and 39 Free Syrian Army (FSA) leaders had laid down their weapons. Talking to Syrian army commanders, an FSA defector and local people, it was evident there was no straight switch from war to peace. It was rather that there had been a series of truces and ceasefires arranged by leading citizens of Tal Kalakh over the previous year.
But at the very time I was in the town, Al Jazeera Arabic was reporting fighting there between the Syrian army and the opposition. Smoke was supposedly rising from Tal Kalakh as the rebels fought to defend their stronghold. Fortunately, this appears to have been fantasy and, during the several hours I was in the town, there was no shooting, no sign that fighting had taken place and no smoke.

the regime could easily allow for wider reporting by allowing in more foreign media & hr orgs. patrick cockburn has a minder. the regime only allows him to see what they want him to see.

threats of fines and jail time for reporters caught sneaking into the country isn’t going to win us a clear picture of events happening on the ground.

so, ghufran, you don’t believe half of syria is lying in rubble? you don’t believe 100,000 plus are dead?

June 30th, 2013, 7:45 pm


revenire said:

Omen I saw that too. Al Jazeera lies all the time saying there is fighting when it is quiet as a mouse.

The information war is almost as important as the real war.

Thank you.

June 30th, 2013, 7:57 pm


omen said:

355. Uzair8 said:
@edwardedark: how great are the Egyptian people eh? They will not stand for tyranny, they will revolt until they get their freedom. truly inspirational
‏@RafifJ: @edwardedark nope, no excuses. Just wondering why you support Egyptian protesters while your own people suffer chemical attacks.

killer quip. if it were me, i’d be ashamed. but ed has no shame.

June 30th, 2013, 8:02 pm


revenire said:

Ed is in Aleppo. Rafif? Not.

June 30th, 2013, 8:28 pm


zoo said:

moslem masihi eed wahda

tahrir square 30 jun 2013

June 30th, 2013, 8:39 pm


revenire said:

HNN Homs News Network

The Syrian Arab Army have advanced strongly towards the City of Al-Raqqah with only 15 km now separating ground Troops, that are being reinforced with strong coverage from Military Helicopters …


June 30th, 2013, 8:43 pm


majedkhaldoun said:

Mursi has to give major concession,new election has to be announced soon , he failed to understand the revolution, Egyptians do not want MB rule, they want civil rule,the constitution has to be annuled , the authority has to be in the hands of parliament,till parliament is elected the Army has to take over,Mursi has to accept limiting his power.

June 30th, 2013, 8:56 pm


Ilya said:

Russia Threatens to Bomb Qatar and Saudi Arabia
Posted on June 30, 2013 by Womens Rights Advocate
A senior source in the Russian Air Force told to Moscow website Telegrafistthat Russia had plans to bomb Qatar and Saudi Arabia.

He claims that the combat mission can be done by a unit of Su-27s, as well as by modern bombers Su-34s with extra fuel tanks, accompanied by the Su-27s.

“Today, the situation is such that even in case if the Su-34s do not have enough fuel to get out of Iran’s airspace on return flight, they will be able to land right there”, he said – “a combat radius of the Su-27s allows fly to the capital of Qatar and Saudi Arabia and return, the Su-34s do not have such radius”.

On the question when and why these plans developed, the Russian Air Force officer replied:

“Saudi Arabia is a key US ally in the region, not Israel, as many suggest, namely the regime of King Abdullah who is willing to get involved where you want to please his masters, so of course the Soviet Union was preparing plans for the destruction of this regime because without it – Saudi Arabia will no longer be an integral state and Washington will get hordes of barbarians who destroy their bases by using the same US military hardware”.

The Russians also claimed they needed no more than 24 hours for the entire operation to destroy the ruling circles of the two monarchies from the air.
If its true, it would be like my dreams come true, cant wait till this happens world is freed from Wahhabism!!!

June 30th, 2013, 9:21 pm


Tara said:

Taking Outsize Role in Syria, Qatar Funnels Arms to Rebels
But one country ignored this admonition: Qatar, the tiny, oil- and gas-rich emirate that has made itself the indispensable nation to rebel forces battling calcified Arab governments and that has been shipping arms to the Syrian rebels fighting the government of President Bashar al-Assad since 2011.

Since the beginning of the year, according to four American and Middle Eastern officials with knowledge of intelligence reports on the weapons, Qatar has used a shadowy arms network to move at least two shipments of shoulder-fired missiles, one of them a batch of Chinese-made FN-6s, to Syrian rebels who have used them against Mr. Assad’s air force…

… The strategy is expected to continue even though Qatar’s longtime leader, Sheik Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, stepped down last week, allowing his 33-year-old son to succeed him.

“They punch immensely above their weight,” one senior Western diplomat said of the Qataris. “They keep everyone off balance by not being in anyone’s pocket.”

“Their influence comes partly from being unpredictable,” the diplomat added.
Qatari officials did not respond to requests for comment.

The United States has little leverage over Qatar on the Syria issue because it needs the Qataris’ help on other fronts. Qatar is poised to host peace talks between American and Afghan officials and the Taliban, who have set up a political office in Doha, the Qatari capital. The United States Central Command’s forward base in Qatar gives the American military a command post in the heart of a strategically vital but volatile region.

Read more..

June 30th, 2013, 9:25 pm


Tara said:


معو حق ماجد خلدون

واللهِ قمر

June 30th, 2013, 9:39 pm


zoo said:


It is a bold move but if they take Al Raqqah, then the North will be much easier to take back.

If Al Raqqah falls all the Islamist fighters will take refuge in the North on the Turkish borders where the SAA can’t reach them. Erdogan is less than enthusiastic to see all the Al Nusra fighters taking refuge on his border, but he called for it.

June 30th, 2013, 10:02 pm


Ghufran said:

British press, not SANA or Aljzeera, has been the most objective source of information on Syria. Assad and his thugs are obviously not good for Syria and I want to see them go, but the opposition made huge and unforgivable mistakes:
Using violence as early as the summer of 2011
Allying with or tolerating of takfiri and Islamist terrorists
Using GCC thugs as their main source of support
What Syria has now is a war not a revolution, I am not sure the country can be ruled by one government after all of that bloodshed and destruction , I got to the point where I just want the bleeding to stop even if a monkey becomes the president, it will not matter much in the near future, a cease fire is far more important than any thing else.
I and millions of Syrians can not trust a weak and a fractures entity, the FSA, or a collection of militias headed by Nusra terrorists to provide peace and security for Syrians, the Syrian army, forget security forces, with all of its ills is the only body today that has the ability to stop the total collapse of the state , if that army is not allowed to be in areas dominated by rebels then I want that army to save what can be saved, I think the regime realizes that bringing the north and the east under its control will be a major and probably unattainable task, that leaves half of Syria under the mercy of competing militias that have no allegiance to Syria as a country, the next war, which has started already, will be among those militias if a defacto partition is implemented, I assure you that most of the big mouthed posters here will either stay in the west or live in areas under regime control instead of living in
” liberated” areas, that is why I believe a lot of what is being said on this blog is hot air, most of my Sunni relatives hate the regime but they hate Nusra and Islamist thugs even more, Syria or most of it is definitely screwed since Syrians have to choose between two group of thugs, a third choice is not on the horizon now, I hope things change in the future.

June 30th, 2013, 10:16 pm


Observer said:

Well well, with Morsi relying only on his MB to rule he has now learned that a majority can not crush the minority. It has to rule by insuring that ALL rights are preserved and in this time of crisis bringing the other side in is essential. The time of the pharaohs is over.

I also pointed out earlier that the Islamist in power is the best thing for the society to evolve as their sham solutions to the crisis in the society will be exposed as devoid of meaning and lacking in solving any problem. So they will need to either solve problems or get out of the way.

The Egyptian people are a hundred years ahead of the Iranians who toppled the Shah but are unable to topple the Mourshid. How ironic it is that the pro regime Cham Press and Mayaddeen and Manar and Al Alam are showing the Egyptian demonstrators demanding the end of the Mourshid. As if it does not indicate that it is a clear attack on the Velayet e Faqih of the retarded clerical establishment of that bizarre cult practiced in Persia.

Laughvrov is shrieking for a Geneva 2 and begging for “dialogue’ He reminds me of Morsi who is asking for dialogue now that millions are against him.

I wonder how does Freddo Corleone see this. Does he think that he can take comfort or does he not see that the rule of dictatorships is over forever.

As for treason, how about the treason of declaring in 67 that Qunietra fell to the enemy when he did not even breach the border? Was not treason by the father?

I love it, the retard iPad inferiority complexed pseudo modern rethithtanthe prethident is sitting in his own excrement pointing out the “mess” in Egypt.

Hehehehe, now people want dialogue. Dialogue my foot.

Syrian Hamster the news from back home remain great. From graffiti on the walls we now have manpads on the ground. And the pound is the envy of the world and the central bank is dealing in Iranian Rial. And that is called thuctheth indeed.

Death to Sykes Picot indeed as we are seeing in right in front of our eyes.

June 30th, 2013, 10:18 pm


revenire said:

Gee, where does Qatar get weapons from? Oh yeah, the USA. 😉

June 30th, 2013, 10:27 pm


zoo said:

Morsy and the Moslem Brotherhood have lost the trust of the Egyptians. Egyptians refuse to have an amateur president who wants to give all the power to his cronies and who works more by errors than by trial.
The same way the Syrian refuse to have a Hitto with his MB cronies become their prime minister.
The Sunni Egyptians appear to be much more mature than the Sunni Syrians: they don’t want to be ruled by Islam.

The situation in Egypt may have a direct impact on the situation in Syria. It may convince the West that the Moslem Brotherhood is not an alternative to Bashar Al Assad and that the opposition controlled by the MB is a dead wood.

The only horse they can bet on is Idriss, who represent a very small minority of Syrian and who without manpower and weapons may be wiped out.

By refusing to attend the conference, the opposition has given a chance for the Syrian Army to take back rebels held areas.
Unless a dramatic reverse happens militarily in favor of the rebels, we will see the West calling desperately for the conference to take place at the soonest. The opposition will be heavily pressed to drop their conditions and accept. They will be made to understand that by refusing again, they would offer more chances for the Syrian army to continue its advance. As a consequence, they may end up by having nothing to negotiate on the conference table and they might even loose the chance for them to have a role in the transitional government.

June 30th, 2013, 10:40 pm


zoo said:

“Now, one can imagine what Bashar is up against. He is fighting against the combined might of the liberal West and the Islamist militants of the East”

The fall of the House of Assad?

Bashar braves the storm
Why has Bashar survived despite these doomsday predictions? There can be three possible explanations: one, resilience of Bashar. Two, weakness of the opposition; and three, the struggle to maintain the balance of power in the Middle East by those external powers who have a stake in the game.

It’s over two years now, since the civil war erupted in Syria and throughout the turmoil Bashar showed a great sense of leadership by leading from the front. While the critics kept harping that he would prefer the comfort of an exiled life rather than bearing the hardships of war, time and again, he reiterated that he would live and die in Syria. Bashar has seen how the imperial powers affected de facto partitions of Iraq and Libya. He understands well that the same game is being played in his country and thus warned the predatory powers in unambiguous words: “[Syria] is the fault line, and if you play with the ground, you will cause an earthquake. Do you want to see another Afghanistan, or tens of Afghanistans? Any problem in Syria will burn the whole region. If the plan is to divide Syria that is to divide the whole region.” –

It is not just the US. The hands of some of the Muslim countries are equally soaked in the Syrian blood. For example, the guerillas of the so-called Free Syrian Army found gracious comfort in Lebanon, Jordan and particularly Turkey which has not only played host to the opposition groups but has also not shirked away from providing safe havens to the armed resistance. As if all this was not enough al-Qaeda, too, jumped in the fray with its chief Ayman al-Zawahiri first calling Bashar ‘the leader of criminal gangs, the protector of traitors” and later on “the butcher son of a butcher” capping his message for a call of jihad against him.

Now, one can imagine what Bashar is up against. He is fighting against the combined might of the liberal West and the Islamist militants of the East. If Syria falls apart, its cataclysmic effects will put the entire Middle East in flames. And Bashar will not be responsible for that. The House of Assad has ruled Syria for over four decades. It has been the only secular state in the sea of Arab religious conservatism –

See more at:

June 30th, 2013, 10:50 pm


zoo said:

Ignoring the Civil War, Tribes Battle it Out over Syrian Oil Fields

This has led to conflicts which are not just between rebels and Assad’s regime, but also different tribes. Abu Zayed, a clan leader, told the Guardian that “there is chaos now. The Free Syrian Army is chasing loot, and they don’t care about civilians. The military councils are stealing the aid and then selling it. There are dozens of battalions here, we don’t even know who is manning a checkpoint at the end of the street. Some people are saying the days of Bashar [al-Assad] were better, that the opposition has betrayed the people.

Most of the people who control the oilfields around here are making about 5m Syrian pounds [£32,000] a day. They exploit a field for a few weeks, but because of the chaos, another powerful cousin or battalion soon arrives to fight for it and take control of it.”

As tribes battle it out over the oilfields, they gather more weapons to defend their territory. Any party wishing to gain control of the country will have to rest the oil fields back off the tribes. A move that Zayed warns will not be easy; “not even the Americans could take these fields from us with all the weapons we have now.”

June 30th, 2013, 10:59 pm


don said:


384. zoo said:
“not even the Americans could take these fields from us with all the weapons we have now.”

June 30th, 2013, 11:29 pm


Ziad said:

Two Syria shrine towns: Worlds apart yet united in battle

Sednaya is Christian and Sayyida Zainab is Shiite Muslim, both famous for their shrines. And both say they face constant threat from Sunni rebels hoping to evict or kill them.,0,2150161.story

June 30th, 2013, 11:32 pm


don said:

Today was payday for Croatia for the plane and boat loads of weapons they shipped to the terrorists in Syria

Breaking News
Croatia Celebrates Historic EU Entry

June 30th, 2013, 11:38 pm


Ghufran said:

This is for those who love Damascus:
( I yet have to meet a Syria who does not like or love the city of Jasmine)

طالت نوىً ، وبكى من شوقه الوترُ=خذني بعينيك واهرب ايها القمرُ
لم يبقَ في الليل الا الصوت مرتعشاً=الا الحمائم .. الا الضائع الزهــرُ
لي فيك يا بَرَدى عهدٌ اعيش به =عمري .. ويسرقني من حبه العمرُ
عهد :كآخر يوم في الخريف بكى=وصاحباك عليه الريح والمـطرُ
هنا الترابات من طيبٍ ومن طربٍ=واين في غير شآم يطرب الحجرُ
شآم اهلوك احبابي ، و موعدنا =أواخر الصيف آن الكرمُ يعتصرُ
نعتّق النغمات البيض ، نرشقها=يوم الآماسي بلا خمرٌ ولا سهـرُ
قد غبتُ عنهم ، ومالي في الغياب يدٌ=أنا الجناحُ الذي ينـأىبه السفر
ياطيب القلب ياقلبي ، تحملني=هــَّم الأحبة إ غابوا ، وإ حضروا
شآم ياابنة ماضٍ وحاضرٍ ابداً=كأنك السيفُ مجدُ والـقـول يُختصرُ
حملتِ دنيا علىكفيك ، فالتفتت ..=إليــك دنيا ، وأغضى دونك القــدرُ

June 30th, 2013, 11:44 pm


omen said:

376. Tara said:

Taking Outsize Role in Syria, Qatar Funnels Arms to Rebels

somebody else pointed to this:

Western officials and rebels alike say these missiles were provided by Qatar, which bought them from an unknown seller and brought them to Turkey. The shipment was at least the second antiaircraft transfer under the Qataris’ hand, they said. A previous shipment of Eastern bloc missiles had come from former Qaddafi stockpiles.

The shipments were small, the Western officials and rebels said, amounting to no more than a few dozen missiles. And rebels said the Chinese shipments have been plagued with technical problems, and sometimes fail to fire. The first FN-6s were seen in the custody of groups under the Free Syrian Army banner, suggesting that they were being distributed, at least initially, to fighters backed by the United States and not directly to extremists or groups with ties to Al Qaeda.

who did the qataris buy from? an undercover regime agent? what’s the point of having faulty weapons that are not dependable?

is this just a case of unfortunate faulty batch? or was this sabotage? nobody’s around to check the quality of the product?

In meetings with Mr. Obama, the leaders of Jordan and the United Arab Emirates have expressed a host of grievances about the Qatari shipments and have complained that Qatar is pursuing a reckless strategy.

did cia based in turkey turn into gremlins and do a number on the shipments?

July 1st, 2013, 12:10 am


ghufran said:

I think Morsi is finished politically, he will either have to resign, be removed by the army or become a figure head to save the face of his supporters. Next is another white coup in KSA after Qatar happy duo were removed by the US.
In Syria, the battle in Aleppo which was around the corner seemed to be put on the back burner, Raqqa, what is left of Homs, and Damascus suburbs will be easier targets for regime forces.
Three factors remain essential to end the war:
Jordan’s cooperation, Turkey’s closure of borders and Assad’s future. The chances of a rebel force dominating Syria are next to zero now, what rebel supporters may try to do is keep enough territories and apply enough pressure to convince Assad and his supporters to make concessions, I hope the regime’s allies understand that going back to the days before march,2011 is not possible and they manage to broker some type of cease-fire that is monitored by a credible neutral or semi neutral force, the regime is unlikely to make any concessions unless Russia pulls the plug, Putin has the red button now.
قال محمد حسنين هيكل مرة لزواره «إما يمر مشروع التقسيم في سوريا فينهي المنطقة، أو ينهار في سوريا فتتغير المعادلة». يبدو ان المعادلة قد بدأت تتغير. لم يعد البحث حاليا في كيفية إسقاط الأسد، وانما في كيفية تجميل الوضع بحيث لا يبدو المنتصر منتصرا كبيرا ولا المهزوم مهزوما كثيرا. هذا جوهر «جنيف 2» ان حصل

July 1st, 2013, 12:20 am


don said:

Turkey protests over Kurdish death come to Taksim Square

In Istanbul Taksim Square buzzed with the sound of protesters once again chanting ‘together against fascism’. Thousands gathered to denounce the death at of a Kurdish activist on Friday.

Ten more were also wounded in the clashes with Turkish security forces in Lice, as Kurdish protesters fought against the construction of a new police outpost.

It comes as Kurdish rebels seeking autonomy are leaving Turkey as part of peace negotiations with Ankara.

“Peace will not come with security outposts. Peace will come with more human rights, more freedoms, more democracy but they shot at people who defended those principles. Soldiers at that outpost opened fire on villagers without any warning,” declared Pro-Kurdish politician Sebahat Tuncel.

The incident was the most bloody since a ceasefire was declared in March. The Turkish Interior Minister has launched an inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the death.

July 1st, 2013, 1:34 am


ghufran said:

This leaves little doubt about where things are headed:
قال رئيس أركان “الجيش الحر” سليم ادريس، “لن نذهب إلى جنيف 2، فهذا مؤتمر دعت إليه روسيا ولتذهب هي إليه”، وشدد على حاجة عناصرع على السلاح والذخيرة
وأوضح ادريس في اتصال هاتفي أجرته معه وكالة الأنباء الألمانية، فيما يتعلق بمؤتمر جنيف2 حول سوريا، قائلا “نحن لن نذهب إلى جنيف 2، فهذا مؤتمر دعت إليه روسيا ولتذهب هي إليه.. ونحن سنقاتل والله معنا”.
without the participation of rebels there will be no cease fire. Idris is taking a big risk by refusing to play along when everybody else wants some type of an agreement to stop the blood shed, usually every time we hear a hardline position from the rebels it means they have received weapons or at least promises, but I think what Idris is doing now is a mistake.

July 1st, 2013, 1:56 am


Citizen said:

375. ILYA
Source: Al-Qaeda= Department of Monitoring، Kavkaz Center

July 1st, 2013, 1:57 am



How ironic it is that the pro regime Cham Press and Mayaddeen and Manar and Al Alam are showing the Egyptian demonstrators demanding the end of the Mourshid. As if it does not indicate that it is a clear attack on the Velayet e Faqih of the retarded clerical establishment of that bizarre cult practiced in Persia.

The mullas’ press is most notorious in self deception and lies. Perhaps the best inheritor of Stalinist style media, and I know for fact that they are even worse than the baathist-style propaganda in believing that defeat is victory. They are totally oblivious to irony. Just watch their agents on this blog.

July 1st, 2013, 1:57 am




A big example of the d-p athad thuctheth was the convey it sent yesterday from brigade 93 to re-occupy Raqqa. That convoy has been highly effective in achieving iranian style victory by becoming a heap of metal on the road. Likewise, the shabee7a and nus-lira thugs were incredibly victorious in Aleppo, as manifested by their ability to place the FSA in many areas they dominated a couple of weeks a go when their “great” aleppo offensive started. me think reevee’s shrieks are the cries of victory of what it calls “our prethident”. Reevee should be packed by the local law enforcement and sent to the battle field so that it can share in these victories. Just make sure it has enough papmers.

July 1st, 2013, 2:19 am



Here is another example, this time from zouzou,

Unless a dramatic reverse happens militarily in favor of the rebels, we will see the West calling desperately for the conference to take place at the soonest.

It is laughwruff who is shrieking for the conference, not Kerry and yet, zouzou is euphoric. Some nasty brain wiring…

doodoo, on the other hand shows great skill in victory-currency exchange where kurdish protests in Turkey have been exchanged easily for d-p athad victory-currency. Athma is great. Man, real nasty brain-wiring.

July 1st, 2013, 2:30 am



The big news, we discover from doodoo’s nastily wired brain is that the conthpirathy against d-p athad is very old and started in 2003 when Croatia was recommended for official EU membership. What a great leader that the EU world will have to set a side 10 years in advance, its membership as a pay-back for conthpiring against. Talk of megalomania and deeply screwed up brain wiring.

Now, recalling zouzou, mini-pad, reevee, and the dancing monkeys shrieking about the demise of the EU for two years now, one wonders whether the EU is paying-off croatia or punishing it. Again, the nastily-irony-oblivious-brain-wiring is not only demonstrable, but dominant, but athma remains “great” and athad should be the leader of the univerth, or better yet, multiverth.

Note : I am cutting my comments short into multiple comments so that the d-p athad boot-lickers can achieve more victories by scoring their impotent-rage through the impotent rage dislike button. More chances to hate and despise the little rat. See, I am generous with flawed nastily-wired brains.

July 1st, 2013, 2:50 am


Badr said:

Right on the money, in my view:

Syria’s Sunni vs. Shia Myth

By Khaled Diab

July 1st, 2013, 5:23 am


mjabali said:

Egyptians in general do not have that much to do. Employment is not that good. Education is limited and middle level. Progress is not that clear.

Overall the future is bleak at best, especially with the dominance of the hardcore conservative Salafi Sunnis.

The secular Sunnis are taking to the streets. You can see them clearly in the demonstrations. They feel betrayed. But the teeth of the Salafis did not show yet.

Violence is just around the corner.

The army is the key to stability. Mursi is dominated by the agenda of his boss at his party.

Sending your men to die in Syria is an option, as well pouring gas on the fire instead of helping find an end to this fiasco in Syria taking into consideration the political weight of Egypt in the region.

July 1st, 2013, 5:57 am


mjabali said:

Dialogue is the only way out. The war solution is leading nowhere but to ruins.

Syria, the jewel of the Middle East is getting destroyed and its people killed or displaced.

There is nothing that would end this blood bath but Dialogue.

July 1st, 2013, 6:07 am


habib said:

These days the comments section here is more relevant and informative to the situation on the ground than the actual articles are.

July 1st, 2013, 6:34 am


Akbar Palace said:

Ziad’s Favorite “News” Source: “Veterans Today”

361. Ziad said:

Earth’s alpha predator: Zionist Mafia


Just a suggestion, if you’re going to cut & paste an article that is critical of Israel, you may want to do it from a widely respected news organization, not an anti-semitic website like “Veterans Today” or “Storm Front”.

The articles are written by 9-11 “truthers” who, for some strange reason, can’t find anything positive to say about Israel.

For example, they post a picture of the Israeli twins who wore a stupid twin tower costume in very bad taste and the Veterans Today staff call that “Israeli policy”. Veterans Today can be counted on for twisting the truth or just not reporting it. They left out the following:

The day after the attacks, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon urged the world to fight terrorism and declared a national day of mourning in solidarity with the United States.[10]

Meanwhile, Veterans Today didn’t comment on the celebrations that were occurring in the Palestinian cities and refugee camps.,2933,34187,00.html

Majedkhaldoun, Observer, Omen, Tara and President Hamster: your posts are great, keep up the good work!

July 1st, 2013, 7:16 am


Ghat Al Bird said:

Water, water everywhere except in Israel.

Whats happening in Syria was planned years ago according to the ich website.

The Need for Water

The primary goal of the early Zionist leadership was to control and secure the region’s waters. At the Paris Peace Conference of 1919, Chaim Weizmann declared that ‘it was of vital importance not only to secure all water resources feeding the country, but to control them at the sources – and the development of these waters became the primary aim of the Yishuv as a whole].

This policy remained in place. As Israel ’s third Prime Minister Levi Eshkol put it, water was “the blood flowing through the arteries of the nation”.

As previously stated the chaos we witness in Syria today has been in the making for years with the aid and backing of Israel-firsters in order to accommodate Israel’s agenda – expansion and control of regional water supplies while weakening its adversary/ies.

Israel faced one of its worst droughts in 1990-91. A second more serious drought in 1998, forced it to turn to water rich Turkey . Turkey and Israel engaged in serious negotiations starting in May 2000 to import 50 billion cubic meters of fresh water from Turkey using tanker ships, but using tankers was not cost effective for the transport of water. Alternate plans were suggested.

In September 2000, the same year that young Bashar-al Assad succeeded his father as President of Syria, a strategy paper entitled “The Geopolitics of Water” by the Institute for Advanced Strategic and Political Studies (IASPS) opined that “Since extensive water planning proposals will necessitate the establishment of pipelines and energy grids stretching across borders, a political and military structure that can ensure the safety and security of the carriers will be the prerequisite to effective water sharing” …..

“But an effective regional system would require political-military cooperation against Syria ”.

July 1st, 2013, 7:53 am


Citizen said:

بندر بن سلطان يسيطر على «ائتلاف الدوحة» ويمنع أعضاءه من لقاء الروس…واشنطن تريد إدريس زعيما للمعارضة

July 1st, 2013, 8:18 am


Dawoud said:

375. ILYA

Not even in your wildest dreams, ANN. Your evil thoughts about Russia attacking Saudi Arabia and Qatar will never materialize. Please wake up Ms. ANN! 🙂

July 1st, 2013, 8:43 am


Akbar Palace said:

SC turning into IC NewZ

404. Ghat Al Bird said:

Water, water everywhere except in Israel.


Where do you get your information? You should broaden your data base.

Syria drought pushing millions into poverty

July 1st, 2013, 8:47 am


majedkhaldoun said:

We are used to fabrications from Ghufran, but for Revenir to start more fabrications, it is so silly, Revenir does not speak Arabic and does not understand Arabic, When we talk Arabic he is like Atrash bil zaffeh, or 3ish dyyana tesh tesh tesh

July 1st, 2013, 9:05 am


Akbar Palace said:


Reverse’s only God is d-p Assad. Pretty pathetic. His choice…

July 1st, 2013, 9:12 am


revenire said:

Well, well, well – look who feels threatened by free speech.

July 1st, 2013, 9:31 am


revenire said:

“406. DAWOUD said:
375. ILYA
Not even in your wildest dreams, ANN. Your evil thoughts about Russia attacking Saudi Arabia and Qatar will never materialize. Please wake up Ms. ANN!”

Your only post in maybe a week and it is an accusation someone posting here is someone else? LOL

Dave do me a favor and stop the childish antics accusing others of being banned posters. It is paranoid and worse boring.

How old are you? 12?

July 1st, 2013, 9:35 am


Ziad said:

Netanyahu On ‘The Jew’, Herzl and Tikkun Olam

Netanyahu is indeed coherent and consistent, but there is one small detail he may fail to see. It’s more than likely that the so called ‘Goyim’ i.e. the rest of Humanity, are not that interested in the Judeo-centric notion of ‘Tikkun Olam’ – those ‘progressive’ and ‘moralist’ ideologies that are mainly concerned with: the primacy of Jewish suffering (holocaust religion), plundering oil from Muslims in the name of democracy (Neoconservatism), stealing from the rich in the name of Marx (Marxism) or stealing from the poor in the name of Milton Freidman (free market).

Netanyahu, Herzl and probably most Jewish ideologists always fail to detect the growing fatigue of ‘Tikkun Olam’ and its messengers. Zionists and Anti Zionists alike would do themselves and the rest of us a great favour once they gather that rather than ‘fixing the world,’ they better consider fixing themselves and their Jewish universe first.

July 1st, 2013, 9:40 am


Ilya said:

I Have a Dream !!!
They got warning ,not to behave recklessly or they will face consequences,that’s why this information was leaked,to let them know they can be punished ,these states are paper tigers despite buying american military equipment worth 100 BN $ but in reality they can not protect themselves without USA help.

July 1st, 2013, 9:42 am


Akbar Palace said:

D-P Athad’s Brain-damaged Supporters discuss “Free Speech” NewZ

Well, well, well – look who feels threatened by free speech.


Syrians are threatened by free speech. Once again, you have one set of rules for d-p Athad, and another for everyone else.

July 1st, 2013, 9:43 am


Citizen said:
The US claims it has found a way to make sure the arms it sends to the rebels in Syria won’t fall into the wrong hands.
What does this term mean (wrong hands)??? The western leaders are not only wrong politicians, but also wrong minds and wrong management and wrong decisions! They are unfit even as employees in the municipality!
200+ crimes & dishonorable acts since 2009 demanding US leadership arrests

July 1st, 2013, 9:48 am


Citizen said:

دسوني و لا تنسوني ، حسبوني حمصة الكي !حكا بدري !

July 1st, 2013, 9:52 am


majedkhaldoun said:

Reverin is 3esh dayyana tesh tesh tesh

C Tizen
7aka badri

July 1st, 2013, 9:53 am


revenire said:

Syrians have free speech now.

Who are you calling brain damaged? How old are you? The best you can do is calling someone you don’t know brain damaged?

Marigoldran used to call me “retard” about 1000 times a day. Tara calls me a “hyena” often. I guess we can add “brain-damaged” to the list.

To me, this shows just how much the truth bothers you if all you can do is call names and/or demand I be banned.

You didn’t even know who Nahum Goldmann was and call yourself a Jew? Educated in history at all? I would bet you 1,000,000 dollars I know 100 times more about Jewish history than you do.

July 1st, 2013, 9:56 am


Ziad said:

How are Takfiris, Zionists alike?

Takfiris and Zionists are little Pharaohs. They think their tribe is right, and everyone else is wrong. They think they are so much better than other people that they are justified in killing them…sometimes even eating them.

To be fair, most Zionists and Takfiris are not cannibals. But they are fanatics who commit atrocities in service to the tribal ego.

Unlike Takfiris, Zionists are usually smart enough not to film themselves doing horrible things. But some of their atrocities are as bad as those of the Takfiris.

Ten years ago, British Medical Journal detailed more than 600 cases of Israeli snipers murdering Palestinian children. The children were shot on sidewalks and in schoolyards. Chris Hedges, in his article “Gaza Diary,” described witnessing IDF soldiers hunting down and killing Palestinian children:

“Yesterday at this spot the Israelis shot eight young men, six of whom were under the age of eighteen. One was twelve. This afternoon they kill an eleven-year-old boy, Ali Murad, and seriously wound four more, three of whom are under eighteen. Children have been shot in other conflicts I have covered . . . but I have never before watched soldiers entice children like mice into a trap and murder them for sport.”

Such sport-shooting of children is a de facto official policy of the Israeli government. IDF soldiers proudly wear T-shirts showing a pregnant Palestinian woman with a target drawn on her belly. The T-shirt reads: “One shot two kills.”

July 1st, 2013, 9:59 am


Akbar Palace said:

Obviously, it’s Better to Discuss Israel right now than Syria NewZ


Since it seems as though we’re changing the subject from Syria to Israel, Zionists and Jews (which is fine with me), I thought I’d link to Netanyahu’s speech without the anti-Zionist and anti-Jewish commentary from you, “Veterans Today” and Gilad Atzmon so people can decide on their own.

Of course, if there is a statement that the PM made that you disagree with or you feel is in error, feel free to point it out to us.

July 1st, 2013, 10:05 am


zoo said:

The Syrian opposition exports its terrorists in China

China media blames Syria opposition for Xinjiang violence
Write Comment


Chinese state media on Monday blamed Syrian opposition forces in unusually specific finger pointing for training Muslim extremists responsible for the deadliest unrest in four years in China’s far-western region of Xinjiang.

July 1st, 2013, 10:08 am


revenire said:

It is on point to discuss the Zionists allied with the Takfiris as uncomfortable as that makes you feel.

Israel armed Iran during the Iran-Iraq War because they hated both sides and wanted them to kill each other. That says it all about Zionist morality.

July 1st, 2013, 10:09 am


revenire said:

Netanyahu is a war criminal. He backs Al-Qaeda against Syria today.

The Zionists used to blow up tons of civilians in their war against the British occupier. The King David Hotel being the most famous case. They even killed 17 Jews.

King David Hotel bombing
91 people were killed, most of them being staff of the hotel or Secretariat: 21 were first-rank government officials; 49 were second-rank clerks, typists and messengers, junior members of the Secretariat, employees of the hotel and canteen workers; 13 were soldiers; 3 policemen; and 5 were members of the public. By nationality, there were 41 Arabs, 28 British citizens, 17 Palestinian Jews, 2 Armenians, 1 Russian, 1 Greek and 1 Egyptian. 46 people were injured.[4][6] Some of the deaths and injuries occurred in the road outside the hotel and in adjacent buildings. No identifiable traces were found of thirteen of those killed.[4] One of the dead was Yulius Jacobs, an Irgun sympathizer.[18]

July 1st, 2013, 10:15 am


Akbar Palace said:

Syrians have free speech now.


Only someone in serious psychological denial would believe that:

The special court uses the overbroad provisions in the Counterterrorism Law, enacted in July 2012, to convict peaceful activists on charges of aiding terrorists in trials that violate basic due process rights, Human Rights Watch said.

July 1st, 2013, 10:25 am


Tara said:

China blames its own unrest on the Syrian revolution.  Hahaha!  The Syrian revolution is so powerful that it is now exporting fighters outside.  This Chinese stupidity can not be topped!

China state media blames Syria rebels for Xinjiang violence

July 1st, 2013, 10:25 am


revenire said:

Are the Chinese stupid as a race or just these Chinese?

China won’t tolerate any of this in their nation. They will crush the extremists (and probably send more support to Syria).


July 1st, 2013, 10:33 am


revenire said:

Akbar you can post anti-Syrian propaganda all day long. It won’t change a thing. Syria has free speech. HRW is a tool of the West used against Syria i.e. biased (like you).

Do you ever just talk without trying to “win” by posting propaganda? I guess not. I think you know you’d lose the debate.

PS – I asked who you were calling “brain damaged” Akbar. Man up. I asked Matt to clarify if name-calling is now OK at SC.

PPS – Sign of weakness = name-calling.

July 1st, 2013, 10:37 am


zoo said:

Rather to prevent the crushing of their proteges, the islamist terrorists
Gulf Arabs call for U.N. Security Council urgent meeting to prevent Homs massacre

3 hours ago

RIYADH (Reuters) – Gulf Arab states called on the U.N. Security Council on Monday to meet urgently to prevent a massacre in Homs, as pro-government forces in Syria try to wrest the city from rebels fighting to topple President Bashar al-Assad.

Assad’s army and allied fighters launched an offensive against rebels in control of the central city on Saturday after scoring victories against the opposition in other parts of the country.

Sunni Muslim Gulf states led by Saudi Arabia and Qatar have backed the rebels with arms and money in a fight to topple Assad, who is backed by Shi’ite power Iran and Lebanon’s Hezbollah group.

“Considering the Syrian regime’s insistence on ethnic and sectarian cleansing, as recently happened near Homs, and its use of chemical weapons against the Syrian people, the continued siege of Homs is inhumane and threatens a massacre,” said a statement from the Gulf Cooperation Council.

“The GCC calls on the Security Council to convene on an urgent basis to lift the siege of the city of Homs,” added the statement by the GCC, which comprises Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Oman.

The countries said they were particularly worried about the presence of Hezbollah on the government side, fighting “under the banner” of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps.

GCC foreign ministers met EU foreign representative Catherine Ashton on Sunday to discuss the Syrian conflict and later called on the European Union to arm rebels the immediately.

Saudi Arabia and Qatar have been supplying weapons including anti-aircraft systems, Gulf sources have said, but diplomats in the region say the rebels increasingly need improved training and organisational help from Western countries to avoid defeat.

July 1st, 2013, 10:43 am


Citizen said:

417. ماجد
أنا لم أسيء في الألقاب اليك!

July 1st, 2013, 10:51 am


zoo said:


Don’t rejoice too fast.
This shows that China will become even more supportive politically of Bashar al Assad’s efforts to eradicate the Islamist terrorists and they allies in Syria.

After the E.U has declared at Nusra a terrorist organization, UK and France have stop short of calling to send weapons to the rebels. They are getting frightened that it will blow back on them. By associating themselves with terrorists, the opposition has lost its staunchiest supporters. It is in a deep coma now.

Syrian suicide-bomber recruiter was “a reference point for jihad” in Ceuta

On a Ceuta beach, Karim would meet with his followers to collect money for the suicide bombers to travel to Turkey and then off to Syria to fight against the government of Bachar Al Asad.

July 1st, 2013, 10:55 am


zoo said:

Video of Egypt protests

July 1st, 2013, 11:01 am


zoo said:

Iraq, Turkey and Jordan closing their borders to Syrian refugees. Only Lebanon is allowing them in.

Syria’s neighbors are have closed or tightened border restrictions, leaving tens of thousands of Syrian refugees stranded, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Monday.

The New York-based group said Jordan, Iraq and Turkey had all restricted the flow of Syrians fleeing the civil war in their country which has left at least 93,000 people dead and forced 1.7 million to seek refuge outside of their country.

“Iraq, Jordan, and Turkey risk turning Syria into an open-air prison for tens of thousands of Syrians unable to escape the carnage in their country,” said Gerry Simpson, senior refugee researcher at Human Rights Watch, as quoted by AFP.

“Neither the pressure those countries are under due to rising refugee numbers, nor giving aid inside Syria, can justify violating people’s basic right to seek asylum from persecution and other abuse.”

The number of refugees entering Jordan suddenly dropped last month, from around 1500 per day to a few hundred. The Jordanian government said that the borders remained completely open but refugees and activists said thousands are stranded along the border and are being denied access.

HRW also said that Iraq has severely restricted the number of Syrians since August 2012, with new arrivals almost reduced to nothing in March this year.

Turkey is blocking thousands from crossing at the Bab al-Salam crossing and only allowing small numbers through sporadically, HRW reported.

July 1st, 2013, 11:09 am


Syrian Atheist Against Dictatorships said:

What has been happening in Egypt -as bad as it seems to both Egyptians and outsiders- is what we should have had happen in Syria, had the Assadist Mafiosi and Associates been, well, not a bunch of mafiosi. Instead, as the articles in this post tell us, we have a destroyed economy, a collapsed banking and financial system and a whole country in near total physical ruin. And again to use Egypt as a reference point, as bad and corrupt as the military is there, it is still a damn sight more honorable and patriotic than the Syrian Assadist Army (and I am talking about the higher officer ranks) which is using its firepower to protect the ruling mafia and in the process turning the country into a pile of rubble.

The latest we hear from Homs is the regime’s shelling and burning of the Land and Real Estate Registry Offices, most likely in an attempt to wipe out all records proving ownership of land and real estate, and which allows the filthy regime to expropriate lands to change the character of the city in favor of groups loyal to the regime.

ولك يخرب بيتك بو حافظ مثل ما خربت سورية يلي بحياتك ما اعتبرتها وطن

July 1st, 2013, 11:37 am



reevee’s badly wired brain confuses it. The equation is

anti d-p athad = [Pro Syria, pro-humanity]

pro d-p athad = [pro crimes against humanity, anti-humanity, ani-Syrian]

pro d-p athma = just dumb and low class

July 1st, 2013, 11:41 am


don said:

FSA General Gives Int’l Community One Month to Provide Anti-Tank, Anti-Aircraft Weapons

July 1st, 2013, 11:42 am


Akbar Palace said:

Akbar you can post anti-Syrian propaganda all day long.


I am not anti-Syrian. I recognize the Sryian state, the Syrian people, and their quest for human rights.

I hope one say Syria will be at peace at home and with all states in the region, including the Zionist Entity.;)

July 1st, 2013, 11:48 am


don said:

Do you have a label for those who behead Syrian Christian priests, and those who cheer them on while eating and taking pictures/videos to immortalize the moment? 436. SYRIAN HAMSTER

July 1st, 2013, 11:48 am


don said:

*Your comment is awaiting moderation.*

Do you have a label for those who behead Syrian Christian priests, and those who cheer them on while eating and taking pictures/videos to immortalize the moment? 436. SYRIAN HAMSTER

July 1st, 2013, 11:51 am


Ilya said:

General says give us heavy weapons,or we will spill beans on how USA used chemical on Syrians people then blame it on Assad
Here is the proof who really used WMD…

July 1st, 2013, 11:55 am


majedkhaldoun said:

Citizen said
431. Citizen said:

417. ماجد
أنا لم أسيء في الألقاب اليك!

Citizen You said : !حكا بدري , I repeated 7aka badri, it is what you said

Acctually I respect you, you are polite, not like Ghufran Jad ,Revenir Zoo, they missed classes in school

July 1st, 2013, 12:16 pm


Citizen said:

442 – ماجد
ان تجزئة C+TIZEN هو لقب ملغم !!!

July 1st, 2013, 12:21 pm


don said:

Do you think Ehsani can enlighten us on the deteriorating economic disaster in Egypt?

Egypt protests could heap pressure on currency

Egypt’s central bank faces an uphill task keeping the country’s currency stable if mass anti-government protests planned over the coming days turn violent or drag on for too long.

A round of violent protests in December triggered a run on the Egyptian pound that cost the government over $2 billion to bring under control and caused it to abandon its policy of a freely convertible currency.

“Politics has polarised, growth is poor, inflation is high and public finances are deteriorating,” said Simon Williams, an economist with HSBC. “In such an environment the currency is bound to be under pressure.”

Egypt has run through more than $20 billion in reserves, borrowed billions from abroad and delayed payments to oil companies to support the pound since the 2011 uprising drove away tourists and foreign investors, two of its main sources of foreign currency.

To obtain foreign currency, many private importers now turn to the black market, where the pound has weakened by almost 20 percent against the dollar since the end of December.

A dollar now costs 7.70 pounds on the black market and about 7.00 pounds on the tightly controlled interbank market, compared to 6.18 at the end of December.

This has pushed up the price of imports, helping to boost consumer inflation to an annual 8.2 percent in May from 4.7 percent in December.

Concerns about political unrest this week pushed the cost of insuring Egypt’s sovereign dollar debt against default to a record-high 865 basis points in the credit default swap market.

Capital Economics warned in a note last week that an increasing loss of confidence by investors could push the currency over the edge.

“There is a growing risk that the pound undergoes a ‘disorderly’ devaluation, whereby it could fall by as much as 50 percent in a matter of weeks,” it said in a research note last week.

Egypt’s foreign reserves stood at $16 billion at the end of May, equal to less than three months of import coverage, and much of this is made up of gold and other assets that would be hard to draw upon.

The run on the currency in December sent officials rushing to Qatar, which threw Egypt a $2.5 billion lifeline to help it prop up the pound.

Since then, the central bank has jettisoned its policy of a freely convertible currency and instead has been allocating its scarce foreign reserves through sales of $40 million dollars to banks three times a week.

Banks must limit these allocations for high priorities such as imports of essential commodities and supplies deemed crucial for manufacturing, Industry Minister Hatem Saleh said last month. Companies that needed dollars beyond this were free to turn to the black market, he added.

Depositors at banks can only withdraw a maximum of $10,000 in foreign currency per day under central bank rules, but in practice many banks restrict such withdrawals to much less and demand documents proving why the client needs the funds.

Egypt in December banned travellers from carrying more than $10,000 in foreign currency and prohibited them from sending cash through the mail.

July 1st, 2013, 12:23 pm


revenire said:

Akbar I apologize but I didn’t hear you say who you were calling brain-damaged? Me or everyone who supports the government of Syria?

July 1st, 2013, 12:26 pm


Ziad said:

Bradley Manning should win the Nobel Peace Prize

As a peace prize winner myself, I am nominating Manning for this honor for his work to help end the Iraq War and other conflicts

Peace is more than simply the absence of war; it is the active creation of something better. Alfred Nobel recognized this when he created alongside those for chemistry, literature, medicine and physics, an annual prize for outstanding contributions in peace. Nobel’s foresight is a reminder to us all that peace must be created, maintained, and advanced, and it is indeed possible for one individual to have an extraordinary impact. For this year’s prize, I have chosen to nominate US Army Pfc Bradley Manning, for I can think of no one more deserving. His incredible disclosure of secret documents to Wikileaks helped end the Iraq War, and may have helped prevent further conflicts elsewhere.

I recently visited Syria, where I met a few of the millions of refugees and internally displaced people whose lives have been torn apart by the ongoing conflict in that country. I learned from those I spoke to, both within the government and in opposition groups, that while there is a legitimate and long-overdue movement for peace and non-violent reform in Syria, the worst acts of violence are being perpetrated by outside groups. Extremist groups from around the world have converged upon Syria, bent on turning this conflict into one of ideological hatred.

July 1st, 2013, 12:27 pm


revenire said:

Hope the military takes over and allows free elections. This Muslim Brotherhood tool needs to go down.

Egypt’s military gives Morsi’s government 48 hours to ‘meet the demands of the people’

CAIRO — Egypt’s powerful military issued an ultimatum to the government of President Mohamed Morsi on Monday: resolve the crisis that has pitted hundreds of thousands of Morsi’s opponents against his supporters and ground this country to a political standstill — or the military will intervene.

July 1st, 2013, 12:28 pm


Ghat Al Bird said:


……I have respect for human rights.

Some respect….

‘Children have been Shot in 40 other conflicts I have covered. Death squads gunned them down in El Salvador and Guatemala, mothers with infants lined up and massacred in Algeria, and Serb snipers put children in their sights in Sarajevo.

But I’ve never watched soldiers entice children like mice into a trap and murder them for sport like in Gaza’ – Pulitzer Prize Winning NY Times photojournalist Christopher Hedges- HARPERS Magazine

July 1st, 2013, 12:29 pm


majedkhaldoun said:

يلي فيه شوكه بتنخزو

July 1st, 2013, 12:32 pm


majedkhaldoun said:

يلي فيه شوكه بتنخزوReverin

July 1st, 2013, 12:32 pm


Akbar Palace said:

Human Rights NewZ

448. Ghat Al Bird said:


……I have respect for human rights.


No you don’t. If you support the Assad family, you have no respect fo human rights. That’s just stating a fact. I’ll leave out the term “brain dead” and let the readers judge for themselves.

July 1st, 2013, 12:40 pm


revenire said:

Akbar has no respect for human rights – he supports Zionists murdering women and children every single day in Palestine.

July 1st, 2013, 12:42 pm


revenire said:

I’d describe supporters of the Zionist Entity as genocidalists. They might not be brain dead but are certainly soulless.

Maybe Akbar is a Golem? 🙂

July 1st, 2013, 12:44 pm


majedkhaldoun said:

ثوار الرقة يدمرون كامل الرتل الذي خرج يوم السبت من اللواء ٩٣ لفك الحصار عن الفرقة ١٧.
Revenir this is for you,what is your response?

July 1st, 2013, 12:45 pm


revenire said:

AL-RAQQA CITY: It’s a fact and we reported this to you over a month ago, to wit: that a large convoy of SAA armor and infantry is on its way to Al-Raqqa to liberate the only city controlled by Obama’s terrorist cannibals. Two days ago, the 3rd Mechanized Armored Division with support from units in Brigade 93 and Regiment 17 overran ‘Ain Al-‘Issa and took up positions outside the city. I tried to contact my only source in the area, Hanadi, without any success. I can only rely on Wael and Monzer who are both from the site.

Media reports from Syria tendentiously describe “___*-panic” at the sight of such a large force which will certainly be accompanied by substantial air power. The _______* in this city have not been supplied with any advanced weaponry, or so I’m told. This is due to the closure of northern smuggling routes from Turkey. Iraq routes have either been curtailed by Iraqi troops or represent a small percentage of weapons brought in to Syria. This will be pure street combat which the SAA has now perfected.

There are no indications of any Hizbollah fighters at all. The Saudi apes and their simian cousins, who are now braying about Homs, will soon be barking at the moon when the SAA and militia begin the pleasant process of exterminating the remnant vermin in this nice and quiet city.

I have been told that the Tabqa Dam is going to be secured shortly by the SAA and that the ___* have been seen leaving the area in droves.


July 1st, 2013, 12:50 pm


Ziad said:

Report: “1790 Palestinians Kidnapped, 16 Killed, In First Half of 2013”

The Ahrar Center for Detainees Studies and Human Rights have reported that Israeli soldiers kidnapped 1790 Palestinians in the first six months of this year, including 300 who were kidnapped in June, and added that 16 Palestinians have also been shot and killed by Israeli military fire in six months.

July 1st, 2013, 12:52 pm


revenire said:

Majed cite a source for us.

Reminds me of the bit about Mandela or the millions of Egyptians coming to Syria when in reality Mandela is getting better and Morsi was just given an ultimatum by the Egyptian military.

July 1st, 2013, 12:55 pm


Ziad said:

Interesting Reading: HasbaraHandbook..Propaganda Tool for Zionists to silence critics of Israel Policy.

July 1st, 2013, 1:00 pm


majedkhaldoun said:

موقع عكس السير | الصفحة الرسمية

July 1st, 2013, 1:02 pm


Tara said:

Muslim Brotherhood dead?
“The Muslim Brotherhood is dead,” says the respected academic Khaled Fahmy, professor of history at the American University in Cairo.

Writing on Facebook he sayd:

It is a very tragic death as it happens paradoxically just when they thought that the future is theirs. Their best days are already behind them. And what makes it even more difficult for them to accept this tragic end is that it was brought about not because of the clever tactics or the insightful leadership of the opposition, as much as it was the result of their own bullheaded, stubborn leadership that, in the words of my dear friend Sherif Younis, had caused them to win all the battles but lose the war.

Fahmy identifies what he calls the movement’s seven deadly sins, including its failure to reform the security services and its fundamentally undemocratic nature.

July 1st, 2013, 1:03 pm


don said:

Looks like Morsi is TOAST! hehehehehehe!

July 1st, 2013, 1:03 pm


apple_mini said:

The Chinese government’s claim of Syrian rebels being responsible for sending terrorists to Xinjiang is a little far-fetched. The story is that those people were recruited by East Turkestan groups in Turkey. Then they were sent to Syria to join the rebel ranks. It was rather disappointing experience for them. The guy got back to Turkey and then was assigned for mission to Xinjiang.

China has zero tolerance for those separatists. Considering the military and political power of China, no country dares to openly play a role in supporting those insurgents.

The economic assistance from China to Syria will be very helpful.

July 1st, 2013, 1:04 pm


Ziad said:

Listen to what the honorable Sheikh Ahmad Al Assir was preaching.

Ahmad al-Assir le chaykh de la sounnah qui fait trembler certains 1

July 1st, 2013, 1:20 pm


Akbar Palace said:

The Brave Rhetoric of the Assad Fan Club NewZ

I’d describe supporters of the Zionist Entity as genocidalists. They might not be brain dead but are certainly soulless.


Ooooo, tough guy! You calling “supporters of the Zionist Entity™ “genocidalists” and “soulless” is a badge of honor coming from you.

By your definition, this Israeli arab is “genocidalist” and “soulless” as well…

July 1st, 2013, 1:21 pm


apple_mini said:

Morsi is finished. Egyptians have shown the true essence of Arab Spring.

It is rather sad for Syrians. If the Syrian “revolution” had stayed genuine and clean without being injected by foreign players and radical agenda, the country and her people could have been saved.

July 1st, 2013, 1:23 pm


revenire said:

“By your definition, this Israeli arab is ‘genocidalist’ and ‘soulless’ as well…”

Only the ones attacking Syria, naturally.

Zionist soldiers have been killing Palestinian children since the 1940s.

July 1st, 2013, 1:30 pm


revenire said:

I wonder if Morsi will share the same prison as Mubarak?

July 1st, 2013, 1:31 pm


Tara said:

If the Alawi structured Syrian army did what the honorable Egyptian Army did, Syria would have been democratic and free just like Egypt. In our case the sectarian Assad militia formally known as the SAA burned the country and butchered the people instead. If Morsi falls, the West shall understand that they have nothing to fear in Syria. If the more conservative Egyptians bring the MB down, the less conservative Syrian would do just the same.

The West will eventually understand that the root of Islamic terrorism is the dictatorships. Getting rid of dictators and allowing the Arab countries to be free and prosper will cure radicalism and Islamic fundamentalism.

Same applicable to the “Malali” (Arabic pleural for Mullah) in Iran.

July 1st, 2013, 1:44 pm


revenire said:

Big difference Tara: so-called ‘demonstrators’ started shooting police, soldiers and civilians in Daraa from the very beginning. If foreign-armed terrorists were killing Egyptians the army would crush them.

On the point about the West I have to correct you: the West has backed all the dictatorships – from Mubarak to the Saudis to the Shah to the Qataris and back again.

The SAA is a majority Sunni army. It’s Minister of Defense is Sunni.

You’re simply wrong.

“Mick” 😉

July 1st, 2013, 1:47 pm


don said:

Muslim Brotherhood headquarters set on fire in Egypt

July 1st, 2013, 1:53 pm


omen said:

465. apple_mini said: It is rather sad for Syrians. If the Syrian “revolution” had stayed genuine and clean without being injected by foreign players and radical agenda, the country and her people could have been saved.

hear, hear, apple. iran & russia agrees with you.

July 1st, 2013, 1:57 pm


don said:

No. Prison is too good for Morsi, I heard the protesters bought him a one way jihad ticket to Syria instead hahahahahaha!

467. revenire said:
I wonder if Morsi will share the same prison as Mubarak?

July 1st, 2013, 2:04 pm


Citizen said:

Analyst: Obama has formed strategic alliance with Muslim Brotherhood
Arif Alikhan – Assistant Secretary for Policy Development for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Mohammed Elibiary – Homeland Security Adviser.
Rashad Hussain – Special Envoy to the (OIC) Organization of the Islamic Conference.
Salam al-Marayati – Obama Adviser, founder of Muslim Public Affairs Council and its current executive director.
Imam Mohamed Magid – Obama’s Sharia Czar, Islamic Society of North America.
Eboo Patel – Advisory Council on Faith-Based Neighborhood Partnerships.

July 1st, 2013, 2:05 pm


omen said:

this guy managed to write a beguiling piece about an ordinarily mundane subject: riding microbuses in damascus. (tara, i can imagine you writing something like this.)

he concludes:

The conflict in Syria cannot be oversimplified; it has become a sectarian civil war and an international proxy war as well as a local struggle against tyranny. But at its heart, it seems that the Syrian regime was a dictatorship that relied on old methods to deal with a new reality. Dictatorship depends on a precarious balancing act; finding the right combination of bread and terror to keep a people pacified. If the population are scared enough, a certain amount of hunger and hardship can be tolerated. But if the hunger becomes unbearable, then an escalation in terror is not enough to keep people silent. The balance is lost, and there is no turning back.

I never foresaw the intensity of the popular uprising in Syria, or the brutality of the government response. But the conflict could only be understood in light of those places that were absent from my map; those dark spots of brutality and the invisible band of poverty that encircled the city. With these blindspots, the unrest and violence seemed alien and surreal. Perhaps it is not surprising how many Damascenes swallow the regime propaganda that blames all unrest on foreign mercenaries and terrorists.

July 1st, 2013, 2:06 pm


zoo said:

The Syrian war’s economic toll: By the numbers

In just over two years, Syria’s civil war has devastated the once relatively safe and thriving Middle Eastern country. One in five schools and one in three hospitals are out of service, and of the total estimated 100,000 deaths, more than a third have been civilians. An additional million or more people have fled Syria’s boarders in search of safety.

Though the economic toll pales in comparison to the human toll, the two are inextricably bound. When schools, hospitals, and business are bombed, access to education, health care, and income are strangled, which has a lasting effect on people’s lives, impeding their ability to work, produce capital, and build a healthier, wealthier society for future generations.

Though a complete analysis is impossible while the war is still raging, a senior Syrian official released numbers Sunday on the economic toll. As reported by the AP:

Percent Syria’s economy was growing annually before the conflict began

$60 billion
Syria’s gross domestic product in 2010, before the uprising in March 2011

$33 billion
Syria’s current GDP

Unemployed Syrians before the crisis

2.5 million
Unemployed Syrians today

$17 billion
Syria’s foreign currency reserves before the conflict began

$4.5 billion
Estimated reserves left today

Syrian pounds it took to buy a U.S. dollar in 2010

Syrian pounds it takes to buy a U.S. dollars today

State buildings damaged in the uprising

$15 billion
Estimated loss to the public sector

Percent of oil now being produced compared to prewar output

$8 billion
The size of Syria’s tourism industry in 2010

July 1st, 2013, 2:07 pm


don said:

Where’s Qatar to give Morsi another $2.5 billions hehehehehehehehe!

Demonstrators were seen leaving the headquarters of the Muslim Brotherhood with furniture and files

July 1st, 2013, 2:12 pm


apple_mini said:

Syria has very different political and social reality than Egypt.

Regardless the difference, a true aspiring demand for democracy and rights will inspire same response.

In April of 2011, commends on NYT about Syria protest started to show writings like this: Christians to Beirut and Alawites to coffin. In the meantime, weapons bought by Qatar and Saudi already on the way to Syria.

Then twin blasts in Damascus even alerted US government since it is a hallmark of Al Qaeda.

We are expecting more spins from the opposition regarding Egyptians victory. But the truth is Islamist got defeated over there.

Islamists have not been defeated on SC though. We hope it will be soon enough.

July 1st, 2013, 2:13 pm


zoo said:


Does the West want the Arab countries to prosper? From what it has done for decades in the region by supporting dictators, pampering Israel and only calling for democracies in countries who distrust them, it seems they want just the contrary. They they want dumb oil sellers and West products consumers. Keep trusting them…

“The West will eventually understand that the root of Islamic terrorism is the dictatorships. Getting rid of dictators and allowing the Arab countries to be free and prosper will cure radicalism and Islamic fundamentalism.”

July 1st, 2013, 2:14 pm


Tara said:


I made a mistake confusing Mick and Mike57.

Apologies to Mick.

Revenire# Mike57 #Mentallo# Escapo#. #.. Those are your trolling name. You have no shame!

Anyone can look you up.

July 1st, 2013, 2:15 pm


Citizen said:

مايجري في مصر هو لعب الكشتبان الصهيوني في أمريكا ! أوجدهم (الاخوان) ليمسح مرحليا بهم ثم ليرميهم في السلة !

July 1st, 2013, 2:18 pm


zoo said:

After China, the virus is spreading in the Jordanian Air Force

Jordan air force captain deserts to join jihadists in Syria

Ahmad Atallah Shbeib al-Majali joins Al-Nusra Front to fight against Assad’s forces and could face death penalty if convicted.

AMMAN – A Jordanian air force captain has allegedly “deserted” and joined Syria’s jihadist Al-Nusra Front to fight against President Bashar al-Assad’s forces, a member of his family and a Salafist leader said on Monday.

“Ahmad Atallah Shbeib al-Majali, born in 1984, took a leave from his job last Wednesday and travelled to Turkey on Friday and from there he went to Syria to join the rebels,” the family member said on condition of anonymity.

The relative added that Majali was promoted just two weeks ago.

July 1st, 2013, 2:19 pm


Tara said:


I agree with you.

The West has to chose between getting ridding of radicalism and terrorism versus let live at the expense of less economic advantage to their own.

July 1st, 2013, 2:21 pm


Tara said:

482. TARA said:



I agree with you.

The West has to chose between getting ridding of radicalism and terrorism versus let live at the expense of less economic advantage to their own.

July 1st, 2013, 2:22 pm


zoo said:

Egypt forces arrest Brotherhood leader’s guards: Sources
Sources say shootout occurred when security forces went to arrest guards for alleged unlawful possession of firearms\

Reuters, Monday 1 Jul 2013

Egyptian security forces arrested 15 armed bodyguards of the number two in the ruling Muslim Brotherhood, Khairat El-Shater, on Monday after an exchange of fire in which no one was injured, security sources said.

The sources said the shootout occurred when security forces went to arrest the guards for alleged unlawful possession of firearms they are suspected of having used to shoot at protesters attacking the Brotherhood’s headquarters on Sunday.

Eight people were killed and more than a dozen injured in clashes around the Brotherhood building on a suburban hilltop overlooking Cairo.

July 1st, 2013, 2:23 pm


revenire said:

Tara you can call me any name you like. You’re still wrong. You’re always wrong.


July 1st, 2013, 2:26 pm


zoo said:

Contrary to Syria, Egyptians protest did no happen on a Friday and the protesters were not coming out from mosques where the Sunni preachers were calling for Jihad against the Alawites.

The Egyptians real revolution is starting. It is against replacing pro-US Mobarak dictatorship by a pro-US Islamic dictatorship promoted by the USA proxies, Qatar and KSA.

The Egyptian are saying No to another US sponsored dictatorship.

July 1st, 2013, 2:31 pm


revenire said:

Morsi made the mistake of targeting Alawites.

July 1st, 2013, 2:45 pm


don said:

The Heat 06/30/2013 How to end the civil war in Syria?

July 1st, 2013, 3:02 pm


Mina said:

Coherence, any?
France has money to make wars in Syria, but cannot prevent the Egyptians from starving?,-trade-do.aspx

July 1st, 2013, 3:11 pm


revenire said:

It reminds me of the rogue states that arm the terrorists. They have all promised refugees help but are letting them live like farm animals in camps run by criminals. This is a tragedy.

July 1st, 2013, 3:26 pm


ghufran said:

Morsi and the MB are responsible for the mess in Egypt today after trying to take over government institutions and every thing they can put their holy hands on. That is what Islamists , not Muslims, do when they are possessed by the satanic belief that god gave them a green light to rule and tell people how to live their lives.
Morsi and the MBs are the light sunni version of Khameini and the Mullahs, if it was not for the egyptian people Morsi and the MBs will be worse than the mullahs in Iran, in more than one way they already are. Egypt and its army showed us why it is important for people to say NO to their government but still remain peaceful, and showed us why it is essential for the army to be the people’s army and not the “guys in charge army”. compare Egypt to Syria and tell me if you still has any respect for Baathists and their chief.
There is no sunni-shia war in Egypt but the country is still divided and may witness more violence, something that defies the common assumption that the trouble in the Middle east is purely a shia-sunni war as fantasized by islamists, but you will not see the Egyptian army using jet fighters to bomb Khan Al-Khalili or shell Alexandria port with missiles, the regimists who are celebrating the mess in Egypt have no shame.

July 1st, 2013, 3:28 pm


Tara said:

Zoo @487

Short term memory loss?

Contrary to what you said, the Syrian revolution did not start on Fridays in Mosques. It started when Atef Najib told Daraans to forget about their tortured children and volunteered his filthy shabeehas to impregnate their women.

That is exactly how our revolution started.

July 1st, 2013, 3:32 pm


majedkhaldoun said:

Majority of Syrian army officers are Alawi, 80%, the majority of soldiers below lieutenant are Alawi or,Shiaa, now,
revenir you are not don’t know nothing about Syrian army composition

July 1st, 2013, 3:40 pm


Akbar Palace said:

Morsi and the MB are responsible for the mess in Egypt…


Is Assad responsible for the mess in Syria, or does he get the Resistance Professional/Despot-lover’s “Get-Out-of-Jail-Free-Card”?

July 1st, 2013, 3:52 pm


majedkhaldoun said:

وزير الخارجية القطري: لا يوجد تغيير في سياسة #قطر الخارجية تجاه دعم الثورة السورية والشعب السوري

July 1st, 2013, 3:57 pm


zoo said:


Syria the first group of people protesting came out of a Sunni mosque and this was repeated every friday after the prayer.

The Syrian protesters were Sunni using the mosque to launch their ‘peaceful’ protests thus not including the non-sunnis.

The Allah Akbar were flowing. It was a sectarian war from the first day

July 1st, 2013, 4:07 pm


Syrialover said:

What a surprise.

The MB in Eqypt cheated, manipulated and elbowed their way onto center stage.

Then once there they were quickly exposed as having NOTHING to offer. They were way out of their depth with economic, social and political realities, with no idea what to say and only a dangerously ignorant, narrow and crude dictatorial playbook to fall back on.

The arrogant and stupid Syrian MB are doing exactly the same with the Syrian opposition.

Just imagine the Syrian opposition without the pointless and destructive games played by the MB. Replay the last two years without them.

What a different story it would have been.

July 1st, 2013, 4:14 pm


omen said:

this is the kind of citizenship regimists adore:

To avoid criticism say nothing, do nothing, be nothing. ~ Aristotle

July 1st, 2013, 4:15 pm


zoo said:

Islamists in Syria’s Aleppo ban ‘provocative dress’ for women

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Islamist rebels in Syria’s northern city of Aleppo issued an order on Monday banning women from dressing in what it considered provocative styles, angering some locals who accuse the group of overstepping its powers.

The Islamic law council of Aleppo’s Fardous neighbourhood issued a fatwa, or religious edict, banning all Muslim women from wearing “immodest” dress and announcing plans to apply such rules to all female inhabitants.

“Muslim women are banned from leaving the house in immodest dress, in tight clothing that shows off their bodies or wearing makeup on their face,” the statement said. “It is incumbent on all our sisters to obey God and commit to Islamic etiquette”.

But these groups’ ascendance is stirring resentment among many Syrians, who are increasingly reporting incidents of Islamist councils silencing or even attacking groups with different views.

July 1st, 2013, 4:16 pm


Tara said:


I think you may enjoy reading this article.

Gulf states at odds over Syria war
By James Longman
BBC News
Qatar openly supports the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood, and is thought to provide money and arms to many different groups inside Syria – including al-Qaeda-affiliated Jabhat al-Nusra.

Saudi Arabia meanwhile has been chiefly concerned about Iran’s role, and has been much more cautious, choosing instead to back its own carefully selected groups so as not to help Islamists that may pose a threat to its own security.

Bahrain, conscious of its own majority Shia population that has rattled the leadership with months of clashes, has taken a more conciliatory tone, calling on Iran to withdraw its support for Assad, but hoping that a “new page” could be opened with the country following its recent presidential election.

Qatar is thought to provide money and arms to many different groups inside Syria
Kuwait’s position has until now been one of neutrality, but the ancient tribal networks that link it with Syria, and concerns about extremists in the country, means it too has had to tread more carefully, focusing instead on aid efforts.
The most active of all the Gulf states has been Qatar because it is not concerned about the consequences of its foreign policy on its domestic stability.

Its internal dynamics are not being rocked by sectarian divides, and the dangers of political Islam and religious extremism are much more acute elsewhere in the Gulf.

Qatar also need not worry about placating or managing an angry Shia population as the Saudis or Bahrainis do.

July 1st, 2013, 4:16 pm


AMEERA said:

ليكو اجا مرسي وراح مرسي و بشار بعدو محلو

July 1st, 2013, 4:20 pm


AMEERA said:

مصر ياما يا سفينه
مهما كان البحر عاتي
فلاحينك ملاحينك
يزعو للريح يواتي
اللي ع الدفه
واللي ع المجداف
واللي فوق الصاري كاشف
كل ماضي وكل اتي

عقدتين والتالته تابته
تركبي الموجه العفيه
توصلي بره السلامه
معجبانيه وصبيه
يا بهيه

July 1st, 2013, 4:22 pm


zoo said:

Thanks Tara

It confirms what I always be saying.

Qatar wants to ‘buy’ Syria as they bought islands in Greece for their business and leisure. They don’t care about Iran and Islamists.
Their country is a tiny tasteless desert with an overweight and diabetic population while Syria is a paradise with beautiful people. No wonder they’d like to own it.
But thanks to the resilience of Bashar Al Assad and the heroic and united Syrian army, even in ruins, they will never have it.

July 1st, 2013, 4:23 pm


zoo said:

Egypt military laying groundwork for new transitional phase: Military analysts

Military sources tell Ahram Online that Monday’s ultimatum by armed forces reflected decision to side with demands of the people

(Former deputy head of Egypt’s General Intelligence apparatus Hossam) Khairallah said the legitimacy of Morsi as president had expired, and that the 48-hour deadline set by the armed forces was intended for him to prepare his resignation speech.

On Monday afternoon, the Egyptian Armed Forces issued a televised statement giving political forces 48 hours to “fulfil the people’s demands.” Otherwise, he said, the armed forces would present a political “roadmap” for the country that would include all political currents.

July 1st, 2013, 4:25 pm


revenire said:

Majed I am more Syrian than you are.

No Syrian would cheer when the Zionists bombed Damascus.

You did.

July 1st, 2013, 4:27 pm


AMEERA said:

امتحان عربي لريفرن
شو يعني داء النئرازان بالشامي؟

July 1st, 2013, 4:29 pm


Syrialover said:

ZOO said in #499:

“Syria the first group of people protesting came out of a Sunni mosque … it was a sectarian war from the first day”

I hope he meant to be satirical because I am roaring with laughter.

Who does he imagine is reading his feverish irrational barks?

July 1st, 2013, 4:30 pm


Tara said:

Zoo@ 502

You forgot to quote:

“Others insisted the fatwa was fake and spread by Assad’s supporters to scare them away from the Islamist-led opposition.”

And in regard to #505, Nothing heroic in cowardice. Bombarding cities and towns is cowardice no matter how many time one states otherwise.

July 1st, 2013, 4:33 pm


Citizen said:

!صار بدها ألف أرغيلة

July 1st, 2013, 4:37 pm


zoo said:

#500 SL

The people who wanted a peaceful change were far too little and weak in Syria. Because of that they sold their soul to the revengeful and violent Moslem Brotherhood who was ready to jump in for years.

This hateful and power greedy gang managed to break all the possible bridges between the Syrian government and the local opposition, because their unique aim was to create a chaos where they could take full control of the country.

They were expecting that like Egypt, they could succeed and fool the Syrians like they fooled the Egyptians.
The Syrians with the Syrian government were not fooled, they resisted the islamization of the revolution as much as possible. In Egypt the Egyptians finally realized they have been fooled.

The Moslem Brotherhood, supported by Qatar and Turkey are responsible for 100,000 death and billions of destruction in Syria.
They must pay for that for their treason and their crimes.

July 1st, 2013, 4:41 pm


zoo said:

#510 Tara

The only way to know is for you to go there to visit “the model country” you have been longing for, with a provocative dress. If you don’t come back on SC, we know that it was not fake.

July 1st, 2013, 4:43 pm


zoo said:


You haven’t changed… still attacking the messenger.

July 1st, 2013, 4:46 pm


Syrialover said:

ZOO #512

Come on, lift your game if you want to jump aboard any discussion about the MB. You aren’t contributing anything sensible or substantial, you’re grabbing at a wheel trying to get a free ride.

Re #514

I was attacking your “message” and methodology ZOO, but you can whimper about feeling personally attacked if you imagine it supports your game.

July 1st, 2013, 5:10 pm


Syrialover said:

Sign of future twist to the tale?

Story: “China commits combat troops to Mali”


China has publicly committed combat troops on a UN peacekeeping mission for the first time, marking a big shift in Beijing’s foreign policy.

“This is a major breakthrough in our participation in peacekeeping,” said Chen Jian, head of the UN Association of China, a Chinese think tank. “With this, our contribution will be complete. We will have policemen, medical forces, engineering troops and combat troops.”

Having close to 1,900 personnel deployed as of December last year, China is already the largest contributor to UN peacekeeping missions among the five permanent member countries of the UN Security Council. But Beijing has long shied away from sending combat troops.

This was partly because non-intervention in other countries’ internal affairs and the refusal to use external military force to settle conflicts in other countries among the sacred principles on which Beijing’s foreign policy rests…But the political and military leadership have gradually become more flexible over the past few years..

July 1st, 2013, 5:13 pm


revenire said:

Coming from a guy who cries an army protecting civilians is really killing civilians Syrialover that seems less than honest.

July 1st, 2013, 5:14 pm


omen said:

sl, i remember your argument that got highlight on the blog, insisting that syria doesn’t have time to waste on the islamists. that that philosophy gets in the way of rebuilding syria. it would be tragic for the country to be hijacked by the mb only for it to be thrown off and the country come back full circle again, no better off than where it started. one step forward, two steps back.

forgive my paraphrasing. i’m sure i’m not doing it justice.

reading it, i thought yes! it verbalized a gut feeling i had but couldn’t yet articulate. i’m sure it spoke for a lot of syrians.

July 1st, 2013, 5:19 pm


omen said:

515. zoo said: You haven’t changed… still attacking the messenger.

that’s ironic, coming from you.

July 1st, 2013, 5:29 pm


don said:

Where’s our expert Ehsani? We urgently need his analytical expertise to tell us how soon Egypt will go bankrupt!

Central Bank of Egypt hikes rates as reserves dwindle and inflation rises

Monetary Policy Committee agrees 50 basis point rise despite ‘feeble’ growth, as inflation shows highest rise since 2010 and reserves fall to critical levels

The Central Bank of Egypt yesterday raised interest rates by 50 basis points, ostensibly to tackle rising inflation, but also – according to some commentators – in a bid to prop up the country’s dwindling reserves.

The central bank said inflation increased to 2.5% month-on-month in February, the fastest rise since August 2010, translating into a year-on-year increase of 8.2%. Growth however was 2.4% in the first half of fiscal 2012-13, a figure the central bank described as “feeble”.

In a statement, head of monetary policy Rania Al‐Mashat said the central bank’s monetary policy committee (MPC) had judged inflation to be the greater threat. “Despite the downside risks to the GDP outlook, the MPC judges that unanchored inflation expectations are more detrimental to the economy over the medium term,” she said. “Hence, a rate hike is warranted.”

Some parties, however, suggest concerns about the central bank’s shrinking reserves and the continued depreciation of the Egyptian pound were factors contributing to the decision. Reserves slid to $13.5 billion in February, having crossed the critical threshold of $15 billion – the amount needed to finance three months of imports – in January. The Egyptian pound has fallen 9.9% against the dollar this year, although capital controls recently imposed by the central bank have slowed the decline.

“We think the [rate] decision was directed towards shoring up capital inflows,” Capital Economics economists William Jackson and Jason Tuvey said in a research note, adding: “The move suggests that the Central Bank of Egypt has concluded that capital controls alone are not enough to ease pressures on the pound.”

With the central bank caught between weakening growth and a strained balance of payments, IMF assistance is looking more and more necessary, according to observers. The IMF however appears cautious about agreeing to another programme after two previous attempts, in 2011 and 2012, were postponed when the Egyptian government failed to push through tough economic reforms.

Talks resumed on March 17, when Masood Ahmed, director of the IMF’s Middle East and Central Asia Department, visited Egypt. He said “useful and constructive discussions” took place but gave no clues as to when or if a programme might be agreed.

Uncertainty surrounding the IMF programme was a factor behind a further downgrade of Egypt’s sovereign debt yesterday by ratings agency Moody’s. The rating was lowered one notch to Caa1, with a negative outlook, placing Egypt well within the ‘junk’ category.

July 1st, 2013, 5:29 pm


Citizen said:

مقتل ٦ و إصابة ٥٠ على الأقل و في مواجهات دامت الليل كله أمام مقر الإخوان المسلمين بالمقطم.

في ٣٠ يونيو خرجت المظاهرات الغاضبة و توجهت لمقر جماعة الإخوان المسلمين لمطالبتهم مرسي بالرحيل و لكن قوبلوا بثكنة عسكرية داخل المقر استهدفت المتظاهرين بالرصاص الحي و الخرطوش. في مواجهات دارت طوال ليلة الأول من يوليو أصيب العشرات من المتظاهرين و قتل على اللآقل ٦. في هذا الفيديو نرى تقرير طبيب مستشفى المقطم في منتصف الليل و تأكيد مقتل ٣ في وقتها بالرصاص الحي. يضيف الأطباء أن الرصاص الحي استهدف عنق أو رأس أو صدر المتظاهرين لتحقق قتل متعمد في العديد من الحالات. هذا بالإضافة إلى إصابة العديد من القصر.

July 1st, 2013, 5:32 pm



So what if one attacks fake personalities who call for murdering Syrian people. They deserve to be personally attacked. When one carries an immoral message, both the message and the messenger are fair game.

اختيار موفق جدا 🙂

July 1st, 2013, 5:37 pm


Tara said:


I am now visiting in Montreal.

I may consider your offer and see what happen.

July 1st, 2013, 5:49 pm



then, on the other hand you haven’t changed
you broke zouzou’s heart… i’m tearing.

July 1st, 2013, 5:51 pm



by the way,
I am still waiting for the proof
1. That i made statements in support of erdoghan’s suppression of protesters in Turkey
2. That i invented non-existing resolutions.

Failing to provide a proof all regime propagandists and D-P athad boot lickers will remain in the liars class.

July 1st, 2013, 5:56 pm


Tara said:

This is the Guardian’s summary:

• General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the head of the Egyptian military, delivered a statement in which he said that “political forces” have 48 hours to meet the “people’s demands” or else the army would impose a road map for the national politics. An hour later, five military helicopters trailing giant national flags flew in broad circles over the city.Is it a coup?

• In celebration of the announcement, millions of Egyptians entered the streets, where thousands remained from Sunday’s major protests against president Mohamed Morsi on the anniversary of his inauguration. The understanding of the rallying crowds appeared to be that the army statement signaled that Morsi is on his way out. A Morsi aide told the Guardian that Sisi’s ultimatum was “a military coup.”

• The army denied that it was mounting a coup, insisting that it was instead seeking to stop Egypt from entering a “dark tunnel of conflict.” The opposition National Salvation Front also said that the army ultimatum was not a coup. The NSF endorsed the army’s explanation of its action as a defense of the will of the people. Finally, late in the day the Muslim Brotherhood said the army action was not a coup but a security measure. 

• The headquarters of the Muslim Brotherhood in Cairo were looted and burned overnight, in violence that was part of larger clashes that killed at least 16 people and injured more than 780, according to health ministry figures. A home belonging to Muslim Brotherhood deputy Khairat al-Shater was also reportedly attacked.

• The future of the Morsi government is unclear. At least five cabinet ministers and Morsi’s main liaison officer to the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces resigned Monday. Millions vowed to stay in the streets until the 48-hour deadline had passed. 

July 1st, 2013, 5:59 pm


Syrialover said:


Thanks for your endorsement of what I said in #500.

The MB are wasters, spoilers and nuisances whose ignorance and arrogance are taking a massive toll on the Arab world.

The current scene in Egypt was 100% inevitable the day the MB manipulated their way to the throne.

Syria (and Egypt) just can’t afford to go though the pointless cycle of allowing Islamists to play with power.

It is a COMPETENCE issue – not ideological or religious, though that is the costume they prance around in.

The lesson is to stop the MB before they start. The cost of allowing those fools a run are too high.

July 1st, 2013, 6:27 pm


Syrialover said:

Even the most revolutionary Egyptians I know say they trust, respect and feel rapport with the army 1,000 times more than they do the MB.

That’s how hated the MB have become.

And that’s how hated the MB will become in Syria if they land on Syrians’ heads and try to sink their claws in.

Behind the shallow political games the MB’s now-exposed ignorance and incompetence is mind blowing.

July 1st, 2013, 6:41 pm


majedkhaldoun said:

Assad troops will use chemical weapons in Homs,if they are to defeat the rebels there,
So chemical weapons are not red line as Obama said, Syrians has to defend themselves,with no west help, everthing will be used, the future will be more destructive inside Syria and in the surrounding region, no one should blame Syrians,Syrians are determined to get rid of this tyrant and his thugs, one way or the other,let the whole world know,there are many things Syrians can do.
This is the message I heared from General Idris, this is not a threat, it is telling what in the future,Michael Kilo said

Revenir you are not Syrian, I am, when Israel attacked Assad I said both of my enemies are fighting ,that is why I was happy, the attack did not destroy Syria it killed 47 of Assad thugs.

July 1st, 2013, 6:48 pm


Ilya said:

Syrian Kurdish Group Linked to PKK Crushes Protests, Killing Seven

MUDA, Syria — “There are 35 million Kurds and only 30,000 of them live in Amuda. Now, if you have 35 kilograms of meat for a meal, you are not going to eat them because of a bunch of flies?” a Kurdish fighter with the Popular Protection Units (YPG) asked cynically while relaxing outside the military barracks. The Democratic Union Party (PYD) — the Syrian branch of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) and the political affiliate of the YPG — has carefully consolidated its project to manage the Syrian Kurdish areas. It will not accept anyone interfering with its hegemony — especially if this happens ahead of the Geneva II conference, where the party has been promised a seat by Russia.
About This Article
Summary :
A firsthand account of the clashes in Amuda, where seven people were killed in anti-PYD protests on June 27-28, prompting criticism by the US government.
Author: Andrea Glioti
Posted on: July 1 2013
Categories : Originals Syria
In Amuda, the PYD’s hegemony has become increasingly under threat from the pro-Free Syrian Army youth committees and other Kurdish parties, prompting its first military crackdown last week. Between June 27 and 28, seven civilians were gunned down by YPG forces following protests. According to witnesses, only one of them was armed. The United States issued a statement on Monday saying it was “appalled” by the PYD crackdown, calling on the PYD to “respect the human rights and dignity of all Syrians.”
It all started on June 17, when the Asayish — Kurdish security forces — arrested the vocalist of anti-regime protests Wilat Feto, the Yekiti Party member Dersem Omar and Serbest Najjari, known to be close to the youth committees. Only Omar has been released so far. They have officially been accused of drug trafficking, even though numerous residents understood their detention as politically motivated. A series of small silent sit-ins started to occupy one of the city’s main streets, and after a couple of days they turned into proper demonstrations with thousands of people, according to the participants.
On June 27, according to the PYD’s official version of the events, the Martyr Serhad Brigade that reached Amuda was heading back to Qamishli, after it defeated an Arab “mercenary armed gang” in control of a dam located on the road between Tell Tamr and Hasakeh. The operation is said to have restored water supplies to Hasakeh, after the city remained dry for several days.
“If they were going directly to Qamishli, then they didn’t need to pass from Amuda,” objected Omar Uge, a 41-year-old pharmacist who witnessed the killings. “At first, several demonstrators mediated with those throwing stones at the YPG forces, to convince them that the armed men were not there to stifle the protest, but as soon as they were allowed to cross into the main street they took control of it, and we realized it was a planned crackdown,” Uge told Al-Monitor.
“I was 100 meters away from the spot and saw them opening fire on protesters sitting in the street; they used kalashnikovs and doshka jeeps,” recalled Ciwan (not his real name), a 16-year-old student who spent that night carrying wounded to the hospitals.

Read more:

July 1st, 2013, 6:51 pm


Uzair8 said:

Does the Muslim Brotherhood really have much support in Syria?

I remember reading something about a Syrian scholar a few months ago:

Sayyid Makki {Katani} (rahimahuAllah) had a huge popular following. When he would return from hajj the city of Damascus would rejoice at his return, and it was through his support particular parties rose to power. It is known that when Shaykh Hasan Habannaka announced that Sayyid Makki will not support the Ikhwan in the elections, the outcome was that the Ikhwan lost miserably.

The preceding comment also mentions the Shaykh:

July 1st, 2013, 6:53 pm


don said:


The Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt gives the Int’l Community One Month to Provide it with Anti-Tank, and Anti-Aircraft Weapons.

July 1st, 2013, 7:08 pm


majedkhaldoun said:

After Israel attacked Assad thugs Syrians demanded that Assad responds, his thugs here on SC said he will(Zoo),I said he will not, as of yet and for the long foreseeable future he will not, because he is not patriotic, because all he cares about is his seat, because he is coward, this is the guy you Revenir,Zoo ,Ilya, Jad you are defending,you cheer killing Syrians,but cowards against Israel,shame on you million times

July 1st, 2013, 7:27 pm


revenire said:

Majed you can believe that if you like. 🙂

July 1st, 2013, 7:28 pm


revenire said:

Hamster speaking of book lickers where would your terrorists be without Turkey?

July 1st, 2013, 7:32 pm


revenire said:


I guess Air Force Intelligence has made a lot of you guys paranoid.


July 1st, 2013, 7:35 pm


Ziad said:

I agree

July 1st, 2013, 8:10 pm


AMEERA said:

مين جاد؟

July 1st, 2013, 8:37 pm


majedkhaldoun said:

The explosion in Kafr Souseh intended against Hafez Makhloof,Ahmad deeb and general zeitooneh, there are no report that they got hurt yet

July 1st, 2013, 8:47 pm


revenire said:

Rami Jarrah ‏@AlexanderPageSY 45m
BREAKING: Egyptian Foreign Minister has just forwarded his public resignation.

July 1st, 2013, 8:52 pm


Ziad said:


ماجد الذي لديه دماغ صغيرة يفكر أنا

July 1st, 2013, 9:19 pm


Ilya said:

Syria: 3,500 tons of weapons already sent to rebels, says Lord Ashdown
Syrian rebels “not fit or proper” to send weapons to” says Lord Ashdown.

Lord Ashdown, the former Liberal Democrat leader, spoke out against arming Syria’s rebels and called for pressure to be put on Qatar and Saudi Arabia to cut off funding for arms.

Lord Ashdown described the rebels as “not a fit and proper collection of people for us to be providing arms to”. Photo: JEFF GILBERT
By Robert Winnett, Political Editor6:36PM BST 01 Jul 2013
“They do not need arms. It is an unchallenged figure that 3,500 tons of arms have been shipped in by way of Croatia with the assistance of the CIA, funded by the Saudis, funded by the Qataris, going almost exclusively to the more jihadist groups,” the former international high representative for Bosnia said in a debate.
“I know where those weapons are coming from. They are the weapons left over from the Bosnian war. They are being shipped out in large measure through Croatian ports and airports and I can tell you they are making vast sums for corrupt forces in the Balkans.”
Lord Ashdown described the rebels as “not a fit and proper collection of people for us to be providing arms to”.
Britain and France favour arming the rebels, while in a change of policy Washington recently announed it would supply direct miltiary aid to opponents of President Bashar al-Assad. Officials have said they would select “moderate rebels” for assistance.
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Lord Ashdown said he knew of “no occasion” when a route to peace was to provide more weapons.
He said Syria was the “front line in a wider conflict” involving an attempt to build up a radicalised jihadist Sunni population to fight a war against the Shia.
“This is about the preparations some are deliberately making to have a wider religious conflict,” he said.
He said there was a “really serious diplomatic route” to take to remove the “steam” out of the conflict.
“If it is the case that Saudi Arabia and Qatar are today funding the very jihadists against which we are fighting, why are we not using international pressure, the United States, the European Union, to persuade Saudi Arabia and Qatar to stop, to prevent this?” he said.
“It seems to me we should not stumble towards arms when there is diplomacy still to be played out.”

July 1st, 2013, 10:05 pm


dawoud said:
Mohamed El Baradei has an Iranian wife?


This site describes El Baradi’s wife as an Iranian, and a first cousin of Ayatollah Mahdavi Kani, one of the “brains” of the Iranian regime and close associate of the tyrant Khomenei. In the article by Dr. Kameran Pirnia, he states “…Baradei cannot be neutral toward Iran” because of his wife relationship to Mahdavi Kani. A further Google search reveals that Mahdavi Kani heads up the Iranian Militant Clerics Association, one of the main political groups in Iran’s Theo-Nazi government.

July 1st, 2013, 10:32 pm


Ziad said:

We have no beef with Israel, Syrian Islamist rebel group says

The Yarmouk Martyrs Brigade, which operates near the border, praises Israel’s medical assistance for refugees, fighters

A Syrian rebel group operating along the Israeli border in the Golan Heights said it has no quarrel with Israel, and that its fight is with President Bashar Assad, not the Jewish state — and it will remain that way.

Speaking with The Times of Israel by telephone in Arabic, a spokesperson for the Yarmouk Martyrs Brigade — the militia that kidnapped UN peacekeepers in March and May — said, “We are only here to fight Assad; we want nothing from Israel and we want Israel to know this.”

Laeth Horan’s overarching message to Israel throughout the conversation was one of nonbelligerence, surprising considering the group’s overt Islamist agenda. Analysts, however, were split over whether the Yarmouk Martyrs Brigade and other Sunni Free Syrian Army outfits would really bury the hatchet with Israel.

“There is nothing between us and Israel. We only have demands of Assad, even after the war,” Horan said. ”The Yarmouk Martyrs Brigade has no international aspirations; we are only in conflict with the Assad regime.”

July 1st, 2013, 10:36 pm


revenire said:

Dave you should be a detective. That’s just stunning. An Iranian wife. How horrible. I am surprised he hasn’t leapt off a tall building.

July 1st, 2013, 10:40 pm


Ilya said:

Egypt in turmoil as defiant Morsi stands firm over ‘coup’ threat
President retains US backing and refuses to bow down to two-day ultimatum from the head of the nation’s armed forces
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An Egyptian protester celebrates in Cairo’s Tahrir square after armed forces gave Mohamed Morsi 48 hours to meet the demands of the people or it would intervene. Photograph: Gianluigi Guercia/AFP/Getty Images
Egypt was thrown into fresh turmoil on Monday when President Mohamed Morsi’s aides indicated he would not give in to the threat of a military coup just hours after the army gave him two days to placate the millions who have taken to the streets calling for his departure.

The head of Egypt’s armed forces, General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, threatened direct military involvement in the political process “if the demands of the people are not met”, in a statement implying that Morsi should either step down or at least call early elections.

The presidency indicated that it viewed the statement as a coup d’etat. “Obviously we feel this is a military coup,” a presidential aide said. “But the conviction within the presidency is that [the coup] won’t be able to move forward without American approval.”

According to a statement on the president’s official Facebook page, Morsi met Sisi along with the prime minister late on Monday.

As the night wore on, Morsi’s position seemed ever more untenable, with the Ministry of the Interior announcing its “complete solidarity” with Egypt’s armed forces, and the army taking control of local government headquarters in Fayoum, a governorship south of Cairo.

An army spokesman denied it was capable of a military coup, saying that it acted only in the will of the people.
the plot thickens Morsi rejects army treat,this is getting interesting, i knew MB wont go down without fighting.

July 1st, 2013, 10:40 pm


omen said:

545. really, ilya?

July 1st, 2013, 10:49 pm


majedkhaldoun said:

Dear Dawoud
Baradei has no chance of getting any job.

A while ago Kerry asked Saudia Arabia for one month delay in arming the rebels in Syria, quoting Egypt trouble,and things are not ready yet.

There are reports suggesting US bombs all airports in Syria,this will paralyse the airforce for a week or two , infact it may destroy the airforce in Syria

July 1st, 2013, 10:59 pm


AMEERA said:

انا برأيي انو لازم نخلي عيونا على مصر لانو يلي بيدو يصير رح يطبق على سوريا. يعني ازا ضلو الاخوان معناها بعدوا مشروع تركيا و قطر شغال ومدعوم غربيا و بالتالي الدعم لمجلس الاخوان السوري او مجلس اسطنبول او الدوحة يعني سمو متل ما بدكن. بس بالايد التانية ازا حطو للاخوان صابونة و حلئولهم على الناعم معناها الخيار الاخواني فشل و فقد الدعم وبالتالي احتمال نشوف طلوع الاسلام السلفي السعودي او يفتحوا و يدعموا العلمانيين

بالنسبة لبشار الشغلة زابطة معو على الحالتين لانو العالم رح يكون مشغول بتاهيل الاخوان او غيرهم

July 1st, 2013, 11:01 pm


don said:

OH NO! They should be beheaded!

546. dawoud said:
Mohamed El Baradei has an Iranian wife?

July 1st, 2013, 11:04 pm


majedkhaldoun said:

Russia promised in G8 meeting that in one month they will arrange for assad to be removed by white coup,I don’t trust Russia

July 1st, 2013, 11:44 pm


zoo said:


You are the king of fabricated stories accusing me is saying things I never said, and denying things that you said.
Your “USA destroying all Syria airports” is the dumbest idea I have heard for weeks. That’s a prediction-suggestion I will sure remember.

Please give us more of that, we need to laugh a bit.

Who cares if you don’t trust Russia?

July 1st, 2013, 11:44 pm


zoo said:


According to Majedpedia, Baradai is married with a barbaric Persian heretic

July 1st, 2013, 11:46 pm


revenire said:

Brother Majed when will the Egyptian troops be arriving in Damascus? I want to set up a stand there selling little Morsi dolls so they will feel at home when they arrive.

July 2nd, 2013, 12:03 am


Ghufran said:

أمين قموريه

ثورة مصر الجديدة اسقطت مقولة النظام السوري ان البديل منه هو الفوضى والارهاب والجماعات الجهادية بعدما قصف عمر التسوية برفضه الحوار حتى مع القوى الاسلامية المعتدلة بذريعة انها “طالبان” ومن شأنها ان تحوّل سوريا أفغانستان جديدة. فإذا كانت مصر المؤمنة رفضت ان تتلقى دروساً من “الاخوان” في التدين، فكيف يكون حال الاصوليين والسلفيين في سوريا حيث التنوع الديني والطائفي أكبر والانفتاح على الآخر اوسع اذا حاولوا رفض نمطهم الرجعي والتكفيري على السوريين؟ علما ان مصر هي مهد “الاخوان” ومدرستهم الاولى مع كل ما تفرع عنها من افكار جهادية او دعوية، في حين ان سوريا في هذا المجال فرع وليست اصلا. ولو تسنى لـ”الاخوان” ومشتقاتهم حكم سوريا لن يكون مصيرهم أفضل من مصير أمثالهم في مصر!
وبموجاتهم الثورية المتتالية، تمسك المصريون بسلميتها على رغم التنكيل الذي اصابهم من النظام الامني الساقط والنظام “الاخواني” الذي ورثه، ولم يراهنوا كثيرا على الخارج على رغم الاغراءات الكثيرة لجذبهم من هذه الدولة العربية او من تلك الدولة. ولعل هذه هي السقطة الأهم التي عانتها المعارضة السورية بأكثر تلاوينها ولاسيما منها تلك المقيمة في فنادق العواصم الاجنبية. فلو آمنت هذه المعارضة بقدرة شعبها – وهو أثبت فعلاً استعداده لبذل أغلى التضحيات من أجل حريته – لما أصيب هذا الشعب بهذا الجرح الكبير النازف ولما تعرضت الثورة للشوائب الاخلاقية ولظل التعاطف العربي والدولي الكبير معها مثلما يحصل اليوم مع شعب مصر. كذلك فإن ارتماء بعض قادة المعارضة السورية في احضان الخارج لم ينقذ الشعب السوري بل عمق جرحه وزاد الدمار دمارا.
Ameen may have been right two years ago when there was a chance to change the regime peacefully but both the regime and violent rebels blew that chance, these two factions never believed in sharing power, it is either my way or the highway,the result is a destroyed and divided country with no end in sight. Syria is not Egypt and it is unfair to compare any regime, with the exception of saddam’s , with the brutal regime in Syria that created a generation of angry impoverished and oppressed section in Syria that never learned the value of compromise and peaceful change, the regime wanted a war from day one and so did Islamists and unfortunately they succeeded, it matters not who killed more Syrians and who was more violent, it takes two to make a war.

July 2nd, 2013, 12:38 am


Ghufran said:

Morsi received a little boost from Obama but that does not mean much, Morsi’s spokesperson expressed his ” reservations” on the army warning and said that he was not ” consulted” before the army issued its warning. This is the latest since Morsi’s foreign minister resigned:
رفضت جبهة الإنقاذ الوطني التي تقود المعارضة في مصر أي حوار مع الرئيس محمد مرسي، في حين تحدثت وسائل إعلام عن استقالة وزير الخارجية محمد كامل عمرو، بينما طالب حزب النور السلفي الرئيس بالموافقة على إجراء انتخابات رئاسية مبكرة.
وقال المتحدث باسم جبهة الإنقاذ خالد داود “لن نتحدث مع مرسي لأننا لا نعتبره رئيسا شرعيا بعد الآن”.
وأضاف أن الجبهة اتفقت مساء الاثنين على أن يمثلها في أي محادثات مع الجيش منسقها العام محمد البرادعي، وتابع أن المطالب التي ستقدمها الجبهة إلى الجيش هي في الأساس استقالة مرسي وتشكيل حكومة قوية وتعيين رئيس مؤقت ترى الجبهة أن يكون رئيس المحكمة الدستورية العليا.
من جهته طالب حزب النور السلفي الرئيس محمد مرسي بالموافقة على إجراء انتخابات رئاسية مبكرة، ودعا إلى “إعلان موعد للانتخابات”، وتشكيل حكومة من الخبراء.
وقال بيان باسم الدعوة السلفية وحزب النور صدر الاثنين “رغم دعمنا للشرعية إلا أنه لا بد أن تراعي الشرعية مصالح البلاد وتراعي خطورة الدماء”، كما طالب بتشكيل لجنة لبحث اقتراحات لتعديل الدستور.

July 2nd, 2013, 12:57 am


omen said:

558. it takes two to make a war.

the nazis were justified in overkill because a little boy drew graffiti on a wall? hamza al khateeb didn’t know how to compromise? come on, ghufran. no excuse justifies this level of brutality.

the brutal regime in Syria that created a generation of angry impoverished and oppressed section in Syria that never learned the value of compromise and peaceful change,

history clearly shows this is not true. hama massacre happened in 1982. there was no retaliation in the aftermath. rifaat is still alive & kicking, living large in europe. uprising didn’t spring up again until 29 years later. what happened in between hama and now? there was no peace? there was no compromise?

i’m always reading about rebels reaching out to tribal elders of minority communities in attempt to reach accords. no compromise?

it matters not who killed more Syrians

yes, it does.

and who was more violent,

yes, it does.

it takes two to make a war.

the regime was, is & always will be the aggressor. you cannot fault the opposition for being forced to defend themselves. you’d do the same if some thug broke down the door and attacked your house. you cannot fault people for refusing to lay down and die quietly.

you can summarize all your posts down to this: keep blaming the victim.

why do you do that?

July 2nd, 2013, 1:14 am


don said:

A “coup with two days’ notice” hahahahahahaha!

Egypt on brink as army gives Morsi ultimatum

Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood was left reeling last night after the army pledged to intervene in the country’s political crisis in 48 hours if the government it leads could not reach a compromise with opposition forces filling the capital’s streets.

The unprecedented step, described by government opponents as a “coup with two days’ notice”, left the Islamist organisation looking beaten and outnumbered just a year after it won election.

“The armed forces repeat their call to respond to the people’s demands, and give everyone 48 hours as a last chance to fulfil the burden of historical circumstance,” the statement, signed by Gen Abdulfatah al-Sisi, the minister of defence and head of the armed forces, said.

“If the demands of the people are not met within this period, it will be incumbent upon us to announce a road map for the future and oversee measures to implement it.”

Earlier, some protesters had turned their attention to the Brotherhood headquarters in the new development of Moqattam on the edge of Cairo.

The police had refused to defend the property, and in the clashes that ensued gunshots were exchanged. Eight people, all protesters, were killed.

July 2nd, 2013, 1:15 am


don said:

Catholic priest executed in Syria monastery attack

A Syrian Catholic priest has been publicly executed by rebels at a monastery in the northern Syria, the Vatican says.

Father Francois Murad, 49, was beheaded on 23 June when militants attacked the convent where he was staying.

The Vatican news agency said the circumstances of the killing were not fully clear.

But local sources said the attackers were linked to the jihadist group known as al-Nusra Front.

Unconfirmed video footage claiming to show the priest’s death, together with that of two other unidentified people, has been posted on Catholic websites.

Father Murad had moved to the convent in the area of Gassanieh for safety reasons, the Vatican said.

July 2nd, 2013, 1:33 am


don said:

Congrats President Nobel: Obama Allies Behead Catholic Priest In Syria

Obama’s war on the Christian religion, particularly the Catholic variety, has claimed another casualty in the Middle East. The Vatican confirmed that “Syrian priest François Murad was killed in Gassanieh, in northern Syria, in the convent of the Custody of the Holy Land where he had taken refuge.… According to local sources, the monastery where Fr. Murad was staying was attacked by militants linked to the jihadi group Jabhat al-Nusra.”

A graphic video of unknown origin- linked below- shows a crowd of Islamic militants gathered in a circle around three men kneeling on the ground. Many of the onlookers were shooting video of the scene from cell phones and other devices.

Each of the kneeling men, in turn, is forced to the ground and their head is sawed off with a butcher knife.

Thanks President Nobel for helping him out, although, I’m not sure Father Murad really needed your assistance.

So why exactly are we arming Islamic extremists across the Middle East?

Explain to me just how spreading arms and radical ideas even further into the region are in the best interest of the United States and its allies.

July 2nd, 2013, 1:41 am


ghufran said:

Regardless whether rebels simply responded to regime atrocities when they had no other choice or that many of them actually wanted war from day one, which is my opinion, the use of violence did not help Syria, the “revolution” or the very people rebels revolted to “defend”, if the regime wanted this uprising to get militarized as opposition spoke persons claim the rebels certainly made the regime’s job much easier, saying that this simple logic is like “blaming the victim” may provide an easy exit from the most critical question about what went wrong but it hardly tells the truth about how complex and evil this war is.
I find it hypocritical that the same people who justified Israel’s bombing of Palestinian civilian targets are unable to “understand” that the easiest way to draw fire is to .. fire.
the discrepancy in the level of destruction caused by Islamist rebels and the Syrian regime is not because one is more merciful than the other, it is simply due to lack of resources not the lack of intent. Rebels did not miss any opportunity to show brutality when they were able to and now they want more lethal weapons to inflict more damage, the whole argument about how nice one thug is compared to the other thug does not hold water, the real victims in this war are the civilians who have no friends and when they run away they are forced to sell their daughters to filthy sheikhs who never cared about them, as fellow Muslims, in the first place, if one party in this war was holy this war would have ended a long time ago.
you have a lot to learn, my friends !!

July 2nd, 2013, 1:50 am


don said:

Syria crisis: Sharia law spreading in rebel-held areas

Mohammed Qataa’s mother tried to stop armed men shooting her son

The murder of a boy accused of blasphemy has come to symbolise concerns about the power of Islamist radicals in Syria’s armed uprising. Paul Wood reports from Aleppo on how Sharia law is spreading in rebel-held areas.

Mohammed Qataa’s mother wanders the streets of Aleppo looking into strangers’ faces as she tries to find her son’s killers.

She knows she would recognize them. She was looking right at them when, in front of a dumbstruck and terrified crowd, Mohammed was shot dead, accused of blasphemy.

She remembers Mohammed as a happy, dutiful son, well known and well liked in the Shaar neighbourhood where the men of the family scrape a living with a coffee cart.

He was 14 years old, but with no schooling possible because of the war he was usually to be found on the busy main thoroughfare through Shaar, selling the thick, sweet coffee they prefer here.

One day last month, someone asked him for a free cup. “Not even if the Prophet himself returns,” he had replied, laughing. That remark was a death sentence.

It was overheard by three armed men. They dragged him to a car and took him away. Half-an-hour later, a badly beaten Mohammed was dumped back in the road by his cart.

The men, showing no fear that anyone would question what they were doing, summoned a crowd with shouts of “Oh People of Aleppo. Oh people of Shaar.” Their bellows alerted Mohammed’s mother.

Recalling what happened next, she buries her face in her hands and weeps.

“One of them shouted: ‘Whoever insults the Prophet will be killed according to Sharia’,” she told me.

“I ran down barefoot to the streets. I heard the first shot. I fell to the ground when I got there.

“One of them shot him again and kicked him. He shot him for a third time and stamped on him.

“I said: ‘Why are you killing him? He’s still a child!’ The man shouted: ‘He is not a Muslim – leave!'”

After the murder on 10 June, pictures of Mohammed’s body went viral on Facebook and Twitter in Arabic.

He had been shot in the face, a hole where his nose and mouth should have been.

July 2nd, 2013, 1:57 am


don said:

Jordan Monarchy Threatened as Chaos Flows Across Mideast Borders

Some Jordanian militants who’ve joined the fight to oust Syrian President Bashar al-Assad are coming home in body bags. Those who return alive, possibly burning with Islamic fervor, concern officials there, in Israel and in the U.S., who worry that the Western ally on Israel’s longest and quietest border could be the next Arab nation to implode.

The specter of militant Islam isn’t the Hashemite Kingdom’s only challenge. King Abdullah faces a faltering economy, tribal tensions, anger over the pace of political reform, the spillover of Syrian violence, as well as the estimated half-million Syrian refugees who are straining the country’s scant resources and its political balance.

“The Jordanian government is terrified,” said Robert Blecher, the Arab-Israeli Project Director for the International Crisis Group, a New York policy group. “What’s happening to the north is fundamentally changing the nature of the country. This is an existential challenge.”

“All the elements are in place for a crisis,” said Hussein Ibish, a senior fellow at the American Task Force on Palestine, a Washington policy group.

July 2nd, 2013, 2:08 am


Badr said:

A Map of Non-Violent Activism in Syria

By Kristyan Benedict
Amnesty International UK

For Omar, the main objective of creating this map is to show the Syrian people and the rest of the world how powerful and widespread non-violence is within the Syrian uprising. He wanted to document the hundreds of activities involving tens of thousands of people to show a wider perspective of the revolutionary mosaic. This in turn would help challenge the narrative that all those opposed to the regime are “terrorists”.
. . .
Omar and the SNVM plan to keep updating the map every fortnight. It is an excellent work in progress – regime apologists or indeed anybody that justifies human rights abuses, hate this sort of thing which makes the experience of navigating this map so much sweeter.

So check it out, especially those who think those opposed to the regime’s crimes against humanity are medieval barbarians only looking to munch your heart out.

July 2nd, 2013, 3:57 am



Assad must die soon before more innocents people die like the franciscan catholic monk in Ghassanieh.

July 2nd, 2013, 4:55 am


Citizen said:

The Causes of the Syrian Conflict

There is nothing unique about the Syrian conflict. It is a stage in the ambitious plan Washington and its minions have to control the entire Islamic world. We might refer to it as a plan for a “New Middle East” or a “New Caliphate,” or whatever we like. Islamist organizations controlled by the White House have and will continue to have a special role in this project. These organizations are international by their nature.

By concentrating control of the Islamists in its hands, Washington is also using them to concentrate power over the entire Middle East. That provides a very cheap, direct and effective scheme for controlling the region’s resources. Under this scheme of “centralized democracy,” Washington doesn’t have to negotiate with each individual sheikh. It only needs to give orders to the “caliphate’s” single Islamist leadership.

People like Erdoğan are unnecessary, harmful and dangerous in the context of these plans. Erdoğan obviously is a real leader who is guided by national interests; therefore, he “must go.”

Because the “New Middle East” is to be founded on Islam, there should be no problems with material demands by the natives As we know, religious organizations are strict about recommending that their followers think less about material things and more about spiritual. It is particularly hard to ignore the recommendations of Muslim religious communities — they tend to stone people.

In the Arab Spring alone, the financial oligarchy of the West “earned” hundreds of billions of dollars by “freezing” the accounts of the regimes that were toppled in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, etc. It is frightening to imagine how much could they “earn” from the uncontrolled exploitation of the “Caliphate’s” resources. In that respect, the oil that the Middle East produces in abundance is of particular importance.

Let’s talk about some of that viscous black fluid’s properties.

The fact is that petroleum products, unlike natural gas, require the construction of complex engineering services, and petroleum products are used in every country in the world regardless of their climate, how well their people are educated, or the level of development of their economies. Oil is a universal means of exchange across the entire world. That is its chief significance. The US dollar is a worldwide currency put out by just one purely private shop — the Federal Reserve. The US dollar and oil should be directly linked, and they are.

If the Federal Reserve doesn’t want its paper to lose liquidity and intends that it continue being used strictly as a world currency, it needs for the United States to control oil production across the world, and not just oil production, but the buying and selling of oil, as well. Therefore, Washington is convinced that any leader who doubts the advisability of trading oil in dollars needs to be punished……….

July 2nd, 2013, 6:31 am


Citizen said:

TEL AVIV – Intelligence provided by China was utilized by Syria’s air force to bomb a Western weapons shipment on its way to arm the Syrian rebels, according to informed Middle Eastern security officials.

The officials said the air strike was carried out Saturday just as the weapons convoy entered Syrian territory from neighboring Jordan.


July 2nd, 2013, 6:34 am


Syrian Atheist Against Dictatorships said:

Ban Ki Mun is not “worried” about this? He should be ashamed.
From Radio Free Syria:
02-07-2013: As the United Nations continues to work closely with the Assad regime within Syria, the people in liberated areas of the country continue to be purposefully starved by a regime siege. In some parts of Syria, including Homs, regime troops have prevented supplies of food, medicine or any other essential goods from entering these areas for over a year, while food crops and storage silos are destroyed by regime bombardment.

Meanwhile, the humanitarian aid supplies given by UN bodies to feed these people are instead distributed by the regime to regime-controlled areas of the country not experiencing any siege or shortages, where these supplies – like this cooking oil (in photo) still clearly labelled as UN humanitarian aid supplies – is then sold at a profit. The UN is fully aware of this, but does nothing to stop it, effectively colluding with the regime in starving millions of Syrian people.

July 2nd, 2013, 7:26 am


majedkhaldoun said:

Revenir and Zoo
Both of you, you lie and twist comments and believe your lies, when I say I don’t expect,you change this to mean I predict,this showed how twisted your minds are.

July 2nd, 2013, 7:53 am


Observer said:

So if Baradei cannot be neutral for his wife is Iranian I guess the same applies to JL whose wife is Alawi, right? Hogwash as if all Iranians or all Alawis are by definition pro Freddo Corleone retard iPad rethithtanthe prethident with his pseudo modern shopping freak companion.

Messengers here have called for carpet bombing and chemical gas attacks and asserted that there are no “civilians” killed in Thouria Alathad and have completely dehumanized the revolution so as to permit war crimes against humanity to be perpetrated against it.

The messengers keep pointing out to the infinitely more civilized and true revolutions around them as proof that their opponents in Egypt and Turkey are evil when they are sitting on a pile of excrement on top of a garbage dump called Thouria Alathad.

I guess the olfactory nerve gets habituated quickly and stops smelling its own stench.

You are right Syrian Hamster there is not an ounce of honesty or decency or even morality in most of the regime messengers.

July 2nd, 2013, 7:55 am


majedkhaldoun said:

The nonsense we hear from Revenir,Zoo and Ghufran has no limits
Observer and Hamster are right ” there is not an ounce of honesty or decency or even morality in most of the regime messengers”

July 2nd, 2013, 8:07 am


don said:

The Morsi regime and his backward Islamist Muslim Brotherhood lost their legitimacy and needs to step down. TICK TICK TICK TICK

July 2nd, 2013, 8:42 am


don said:

The map provided by the Guardian shows Iran, Jordan, Pakistan and Egypt are the countries most subjected to U.S. intelligence surveillance.

July 2nd, 2013, 8:53 am


revenire said:

Majed your problem is the fantasy land you live in. For example:

Russia promised in G8 meeting that in one month they will arrange for assad to be removed by white coup,I don’t trust Russia”

Russia never said any such thing. It is ridiculous and bizarre of you to even mention it and it makes you look bad.

You don’t like the absurdities you utter pointed out. I wouldn’t either.

Last week you said millions of Egyptians would be coming to fight Syria.

July 2nd, 2013, 8:57 am


Akbar Palace said:

Don’s “legitimacy” metric

576. don said:

The Morsi regime and his backward Islamist Muslim Brotherhood lost their legitimacy and needs to step down. TICK TICK TICK TICK


Perhaps. But at least they don’t have 100,000 dead on their watch.

July 2nd, 2013, 9:14 am


majedkhaldoun said:

What I said ,Egypt has THE POTENTIAL to recruit million,you changed my words, There are more than 10 million egyptians who suppoert Islam strongly,

What Russia promised US in G8 meeting you deny,but I will get you the report in next comment

July 2nd, 2013, 9:17 am



Hamster speaking of book lickers where would your terrorists be without Turkey?

Book Lickers…. hahaha Not a chance. other than genocide for dummies d-p athad boot lickers and the likes,, most books will shiver and wither at the touch of knowledge haters like regime propagandists

boot-lickers , on the other hand, is the highest honor worthy of immoral, war-crime advocates regime propagandist can attain. Again, i was too generous with reevee and its cohort.

July 2nd, 2013, 9:20 am


majedkhaldoun said:

انقلاب داخلي بإشراف روسي / غازي دحمان
2013-06-30 — 21/8/1434

المختصر/ على عكس ما أشاعته وسائل الإعلام، من مناخ محبط، وما صورته من فشل، في محادثات الثمانية الكبار، فثمة ما يشير إلى أن القمة انتهت إلى مقاربة جديدة للأزمة السورية، ترتكز على عنصرين رئيسيين: ضمان مصالح مختلف الأطراف، والقدرة على تطبيق مندرجات الاتفاق على أرض الواقع من دون أية أوهام
الموقف الروسي، من الأزمة السورية، تزحزح أخيراً، صحيح أنه لم يصل إلى الحد الذي تطالب به دول الغرب، من مطالبة صريحة بانتقال الحكم وعزل بشار الأسد، إلا أن الروس أقدموا في قمة الدول الثماني الكبرى على اجتراح يمكن وصفه بالمعجزة، بالنظر للتعقيدات التي كانوا يضعونها في السابق بوجه أي محاولة لحل الأزمة السورية
أعطونا وقتا حتى شهر أغسطس/آب، واضمنوا لنا بقاء مؤسستي الجيش والأمن في أي ترتيب مستقبلي، وعدم الإشارة إلى مصير بشار الأسد في هذه المرحلة، وعلى المعارضة والجيش الحر التعهد بمحاربة التطرف “والقاعدة” في سوريا، إضافة إلى إرضاء إيران من خلال الموافقة على مشاركتها بمؤتمر جنيف المنوي عقده
تلك كانت خلاصة الموقف الروسي الجديد في إيرلندا، وكل هذه التفاصيل كانت واضحة وعلنية، ولا تحتمل الكثير من التأويلات ولا الاجتهادات.
لم يدع رئيس الوزراء الكندي ستيفن هاربر، المجال لاحتمال تأويل نتائج مباحثات السبعة الكبار مع روسيا، بل إنه ذهب إلى فضح ما حاولت الأطراف إخفاءه، بطلب من روسيا، فاعتبر أن البيان يمثل تحولاً حقيقياً في موقف روسيا، مضيفاً “لدينا نتيجة مختلفة تماماً ونتيجة أفضل كثيراً مما ظننت أننا سنحققه، أعتقد أن ذلك كان تحركاً مهماً جداً من جانب السيد بوتين والروس”. وكان هاربر نفسه قد قال قبل القمة إنه يخشى أن يكون الاتفاق في مجموعة الثماني صعباً بسبب دعم بوتين لسوريا.
ربما هذا الكلام هو ما دفع وزير الخارجية الروسي سيرغي لافروف إلى إضافة ملحق إعلامي ونفسي للاتفاق الروسي الغربي، عندما أكد أن الأمر لا يعني “استسلام” نظام الرئيس بشار الأسد، فيما بدا أنه نوع من الطمأنة المقصودة ورسالة مرسلة إلى جهات معينة وأطراف بعينها داخل أطر النظام وفي بيئة النظام الاجتماعية نفسها
وبحسب مؤشرات عديدة، فإن روسيا والغرب توافقا على أن يكون المخرج للأزمة السورية بإخراج بشار الأسد من السلطة، والاتفاق على حكومة انتقالية تضم أطرافاً من المعارضة والنظام بقدر متساو، على أن يتم ضمان بقاء المؤسسات والحفاظ على هيكلتها وفاعليتها في المرحلة التي تعقب انتقال السلطة، وخاصة مؤسسات الجيش والأمن، التي ينضوي في إطارها عدد كبير من العلويين، ما يشكل ضمانة للبيئة المؤيدة بعدم تعرضها لأي تصرفات انتقامية في المرحلة المقبلة، كما يضمن لروسيا وجود علوي مؤثر في أي سلطة قادمة في سوريا، باعتبار العلويين يشكلون ضمانة روسيا الوحيدة في سوريا المستقبلية

July 2nd, 2013, 9:20 am


majedkhaldoun said:

The rest of the articleالورقة الثانية، وهي الأهم والأكثر تأثيرا، تلويح الغرب بالتخطيط لانقلاب عسكري في سوريا، وهذا يعني أيضاً أن أجهزة الغرب الاستخباراتية قد توصلت أخيراً إلى اختراق النطاق الصلب في النظام، أو ما يسمى الدائرة المحيطة ببشار الأسد، وذهبت تقارير صحفية بهذا الخصوص إلى حد التأكيد بأن قادة مجموعة الثماني اتفقوا خلال قمّتهم على الدور المهم الذي يمكن أن يلعبه أعوان الأسد في إعادة بناء سوريا، وأنهم وعدوا كبار الشخصيات في أجهزة الأمن السورية بالنجاة في حال رحيل الرئيس بشار الأسد، بل إن ديفد كاميرون -رئيس الوزراء البريطاني- ذهب أبعد من ذلك حين قال “إن قادة مجموعة الثماني يريدون إقناع الموالين للأسد، الذين يعلمون في داخلهم أنه راحل، وبأن سوريا لن تسقط في مستنقع الفوضى من دون الرئيس السوري
خلاصة نتائج قمة الثماني، إلزام روسيا بإحداث عملية، التغيير السياسي، أو الانقلاب على بشار الأسد، أو تهيئة نافذة لخروجه من المأزق، وإخراج سوريا والمنطقة من أتون النار الذي باتت تقف على شفيره، والزمن هذه المرة محدود، لا يتعدى شهر أغسطس/آب، وذلك بالتزامن مع استمرار الأطراف الإقليمية والغربية بالعمل على استكمال تحضيراتها اللوجستية وتثمير الخيارات البديلة.

July 2nd, 2013, 9:26 am


majedkhaldoun said:

Now who is uttering absurdity, it is obviously you

July 2nd, 2013, 9:35 am


don said:

579. Akbar Palace said: Don’s “legitimacy” metric

Where do they teach you to talk like this? In some cheap mossad “Sailor wanna hump-hump” bar, or is it racist day at Avigdor Lieberman and your last shot at his whiskey? Go sell your naive prepubescent Israeli propaganda someplace else, we’re all stocked up on this blog.

You’re a disgrace to propaganda. Now, go play in your sand box and never, never interrupt me or address me again. Do you get me, sweetheart?

July 2nd, 2013, 10:16 am


revenire said:

“There are more than 10 million egyptians who suppoert Islam strongly.”

What does the number of Egyptians who support Islam have to do with the war on Syria?

July 2nd, 2013, 11:06 am


majedkhaldoun said:

Over 13 million voted for Mursi, so the potential for one million egyptian to support Syrian is not exageration

Did you not get google translation since you are not syrian and do not understand Arabic.
There are no limits to your nonsense

July 2nd, 2013, 11:26 am


Akbar Palace said:


Yes, but Assad got over 97% of the vote. So there!

July 2nd, 2013, 12:18 pm


majedkhaldoun said:

Akbar palace
yes that is why we have 200,000 dead, 5 million refugee inside and 1 1/2 million refugee outside ,and still have 200,000 fighting Assad, he will not get 20% in free election.
Syria, has three choices
1- civil war,the majority will win.
2- division.
3- political settlement according to big power countries

July 2nd, 2013, 12:35 pm


Akbar Palace said:


Glad you are safe here in the US. I can’t imagine.

July 2nd, 2013, 12:41 pm


Ziad said:

Excellent article detailing the background of the events in Egypt

Sectarianism and Counter-Revolution in Egypt: Not a Family Affair

July 2nd, 2013, 10:58 pm


Joy mclean said:

Have banks closed not allowing Americans to access their money?

April 26th, 2015, 12:23 am


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