The First Legally Binding Decision Against Syria Fails At the U.N. (By Ehsani)

After nearly three months of negotiations and concessions, the U.S. and its European allies were dealt a blow at the UNSC.  Even after they agreed to a steady watering down of the language in the final text, both Russia and China still vetoed the UN resolution on Syria. This was a repeat of the same double veto by Russia and China back in 2008 against Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe.

This would have been the first legally binding resolution by the UNSC against Syria. The demand was that Syria immediately end violence, allow fundamental rights and freedoms, lift all media restrictions and allow unhindered access for human rights investigators.  The resolution would have allowed the UNSC to review Syria’s implementation of the above demand within 30 days, and “to consider its options, including measures under Article 41 of the Charter of the UN.”

Rather than admitting that this was a slap on the face to the sponsors of this resolution, France said that the veto showed a “disdain for the legitimate interests that have been fought for in Syria by protestors since March”. Susan Rice of the U.S. called the veto an “outrage” that utterly failed the Syrian people.  The British Ambassador also talked about the impact of this veto on the Syrian people saying that there “will be a great disappointment to the people of Syria and the wider region that some members of the council could not show their support for their struggle for basic human rights”.

Ambassador Rice accused Russia and China of wanting to sell arms to the Syrian regime rather than stand with the Syrian people. Russia’s Ambassador did not take too well to the accusations.

This White House thought that they found a winning formula in Libya. The U.S. would use force but only if it had the U.N. Security Council’s imprimatur, and only if it had clear commitments that the UNSC gave its blessing.   Once the Arab League also comes on Board, the road for a military assault is largely baked in the cake.

Mr. Obama had long favored a more multilateral engagement strategy.  The more unilateral attitude of the Bush administration was often criticized by the new team at the White House.  Such a low-key multilateralist strategy makes it easier to convince other states to support the use of military force to protect civilians.

This strategy was best described by Edward Luck, the senior vice president at the International Peace Institute when he said the following of the U.S. engagement in Libya:

“Historian have to look backward at the fact that the United States not being in the vanguard may have been helpful in the sense that it didn’t look like a U.S. effort to dominate Libya and intervene in the Islamic world,” Luck said. “It made it easier for others to get on board.”

While the Obama White House thought that they had a winner in Libya, both Russia and China were adamant that Syria does not become another Libya.  Russia’s opposition of the resolution was because it was “based on a philosophy of confrontation” that contained an ultimatum of sanctions which was against a peaceful settlement of the crisis. China’s Ambassador, on the other hand, said that his country wanted to see speedy reforms but opposed the resolution because “sanctions, or threat of sanctions, do not help the situation in Syria but rather complicates the situation”.

The sponsors of the resolution met the above with disappointment and outrage. Indeed, the U.S. Ambassador was so outraged that she decided to exit the hall once Mr. Jaafari of Syria warmed up and found his stride. Mrs. Rice’s exit coincided with the reminder that the U.S. used its veto 50 times in support of Israel. By this time, the U.S. Diplomat knew that it was time to cut her losses, leave the room and call it a day.

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Syrian Nationalist Party said:



October 5th, 2011, 12:45 am


Syrian Nationalist Party said:

This is from API news Worldwide Service: Massacre of 15 young women in Jeddah

Eyewitness reporting from Jeddah Saudi Arabia of massacre committed by Saudi Royal Security forces, the special units in charge of protecting the regime. Reliable sources inside Arab News in London said they have witnessed the security forces in 3 vans drive into a peaceful demonstration protesting ban on women driving in the kingdom, killing at least 5 women and leaving mutilated bodies on the curve until Red Crescent arrived 3 hours later. In another part of Jeddah, 15 nude and tortured bodies of female age 15-21 were found on the main Cornish road linking Jeddah with industrial city of Yanbou. Witness said security forces were seen earlier in the area. Parents are at loss who could have committed this massacre, but they suspect Saudi Security forces in the murder, a scare tactics used regularly in the kingdom against women seeking change in driving law that ban women behind the wheel in the Arabian Kingdom.

October 5th, 2011, 1:03 am


jna said:

Reuters reporting on Zainab al-Hosni: Syrian woman reported dead by Amnesty is alive: TV

-“Activists said in postings on the social-networking site Facebook that the woman was a lookalike.”

-“officials from Amnesty International were not immediately available for comment.”

October 5th, 2011, 1:49 am


Pirouz said:

This appears to be the second time regional circumstances have enabled Syria to duck the crosshairs of Western directed regime change through military means.

The first time was the result of the Iraq war insurgency, which forestalled the next likely war on the list: a U.S. directed war against Syria.

Now this second time is the result of the Libyan experience, where NATO took advantage of a UNSC resolution to impose regime change through direct military intervention. BRIC isn’t going to allow this to happen again; at least this is how it looks at this moment in time.

October 5th, 2011, 1:50 am


louai said:

Jad Alex Norman any one ,

Please can you explain to me why the government dont sack the US ambassador? why do we need him or any other ‘hero’ in Syria? dose it have a big impact on our current situation ?i just cant see it !

By the way I am happy that Zainab is alive, I didn’t believe she was killed by Mukhabarat. clearly there is some one dead in that video which I didn’t see it all , those terrorists most likely they did the horrific act on one of the kidnapped girls from Homs and presented to be a victim of the Police , I thank god zainab was found alive but I pray that the killers of the other girl will face justice one day

October 5th, 2011, 2:35 am


madmax said:

re: API news from Jeddah…now is the time for “The King” to take out the extreme salafi Wahhabi Prince Badr for his retrograde White Army killings of women in the most “modern” city in “The Kingdom.”

October 5th, 2011, 2:47 am


Solitarius said:

I’m getting tired of all of those who keep saying “clearly there is someone dead and mutilated in that video”.. “what happened to that other body”… etc

Guys.. there is no other body. let me put this in simple words.. it’s a plastic figure for clothing display. Go check out the video again. It’s pretty clear it was never an actual body. You can clearly see the shiny glossy body which is supposed to be decomposed and blue if it was dead.. also the plastic appearance of the arm pit where you see the mechanical and plastic appearance of the dummy most clearly.. and also the lack of developed female breasts. It’s hard to miss it if you watch the video again. I understand not noticing this the first time because people typically don’t expect this much fabrication, but it’s pretty clear if you watch it again with objective eyes.

This whole thing was a lie just like a lot of their stories… credibility sinking below zero..

October 5th, 2011, 3:55 am


kubbeh said:

“…the U.S. Diplomat knew that it was time to cut her losses and leave the room and call it a day”.
It not her losses it’s Syria’s.
She just won actually: she put Russia and China in the hot seat, while not commiting the US to anything since the resolution didn’t pass.

October 5th, 2011, 4:07 am


uzair8 said:

Syria…Has the page turned?

By Tariq Alhomayed

Wednesday, 05 October 2011

Lebanon’s “An-Nahar” newspaper reported that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad had told former [Lebanese] Prime Minister Omar Karami that “the story is over; we are pleased to have turned a page on these events. It is under control, we are no longer worried”. So has the situation in Syria truly settled down for the al-Assad regime?

I doubt it. Within 48 hours of this assertion, events occurred that proved this was not true when the formation of the Syrian National Council [SNC] was announced in Istanbul, with France being one of the first to welcome it. Following this announcement, various cities in Syria were engulfed in demonstrations in support of the SNC. News also spread that the al-Assad regime had targeted members of Burhan Ghalioun’s family, a prominent member of the Syrian opposition. Syrian reports also indicated that a statue of President Hafez al-Assad, the father of Bashar, had been destroyed, this time not in a Syrian village, but in the capital, the first statue in the capital to be destroyed!

Read more:

October 5th, 2011, 4:32 am


Uzair8 said:

Mr Assad, ‘crazy measures’ such as continued occupation of the Golan Heights?

October 5th, 2011, 4:35 am


Solitarius said:

Syrian NC is not a problem. It will self-disintegrate. A council that was formed by appointments from different countries will quickly be exposed. Internal strife will consume it within a matter of weeks. However a council that could be formed by actual election and based on qualities of members and their history as opposition figure would be something else. The Syrian government would be best served by ignoring this council or highlighting their weaknesses lightly and professionally. It’s already a big blow what Dr. Manna’ has already said about it.

Stories of Kidnapping Dr. Ghaliioun’s family member are completely baseless.

October 5th, 2011, 5:06 am


Badr said:


When it comes to electing representatives, tell me why the Syrians can’t have something similar to what the Iraqis have.

October 5th, 2011, 5:36 am


Mohamed Kanj said:


October 5th, 2011, 6:25 am


ann said:

Saudi Arabia Vows ‘Iron Fist’ After Attack in Oil Province

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Oct. 5 (Bloomberg) — Saudi Arabia vowed to use “an iron fist” after 11 members of the security forces were injured by attackers during unrest in a Shiite Muslim town in the east, the official Saudi Press Agency said.

The government accused an unidentified “foreign country” of seeking to undermine the stability of the kingdom as a result of the violence in Awwamiya, in which the assailants, some on motorcycles, used machine guns and Molotov cocktails, the Riyadh-based news service reported late yesterday. A man and two women were also injured, it said.

Saudi Arabia, the world’s largest oil supplier, escaped the mass protests that toppled the leaders of Egypt and Tunisia this year and spread to Saudi neighbors Yemen and Bahrain. There were rallies earlier in the year in mostly Shiite eastern Saudi Arabia, including Awwamiya and al-Qatif village.

Predominantly Sunni Saudi Arabia has accused Shiite-led Iran of interfering in the affairs of Arab countries in the Persian Gulf, home to three-fifths of the world’s oil reserves. Iran denies the charge and accuses Sunni rulers in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia of discriminating against Shiites. Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries sent troops to Bahrain in March to quell the mainly Shiite unrest.

‘Greater Trouble Ahead’

“Given that this happened in the predominantly Shiite area of Saudi Arabia, in its east, this could be a sign of greater trouble ahead,” Paul Sullivan, a political scientist specializing in Middle East security at Georgetown University in Washington, said yesterday in response to e-mailed questions. “It could easily ratchet up Saudi-Iran tensions.”

King Abdullah announced $130 billion in spending in February and March in response to the spread of unrest in the Middle East. The kingdom’s senior religious scholars responded by issuing a statement calling protests un-Islamic, ahead of a so-called Day of Rage planned for March 11 in Saudi Arabia. Protesters stayed off the streets amid a high security presence.

“Using motorcycles is a new tactic in Saudi Arabia,” said Theodore Karasik, director of research at the Dubai-based Institute for Near East and Gulf Military Analysis. “It is a new way to get around security forces. Oil prices will likely rise because of the nature of the attack and if the violence continues.”

Oil gained for the first day in four in New York after a surprise drop in U.S. crude stockpiles led investors to reduce bets that prices will decline. Crude for November delivery rose 2.8 percent to $77.75 a barrel at 6:45 a.m. in London.

‘Discrimination Condoned’

Saudi Arabia produced 9.8 million barrels of oil a day in September, while Iran pumped 3.6 million barrels a day, according to Bloomberg data.

Saudi Arabia’s Shiite minority is concentrated in its eastern oil-producing hub. The U.S. State Department said in a human-rights report on Saudi Arabia published in 2009 that Shiites face “significant political, economic, legal, social and religious discrimination condoned by the government.”

The rioters must decide whether “their loyalty is with their homeland or to that state and its authorities,” the Interior Ministry said in a statement, according to the Saudi Press Agency. The attack took place at 9 p.m. local time on Oct. 3, the news service said.

The government called on “rational members of their families, those of whose loyalties we have no doubts, to bear their responsibilities towards their sons,” the interior ministry said. “Otherwise, all will bear the consequences of their actions.”

Saudi-Iran Tension

Bahrain’s Saudi-backed rulers detained hundreds of people, most of them sharing Iran’s Shiite faith, following a crackdown on protesters who held rallies in February and March to demand a more representative government. At least 35 people were killed during the clashes. Shiites represent about 70 percent of Bahrain’s population, according to the U.S. State Department, while its hereditary rulers are Sunni.

“What we may be beginning to see is the response to the crackdown in Bahrain,” Karasik said in a phone interview. “There may be more radical, new groups, who are attacking Saudi security forces in terms of the Sunni-Shiite divide.”

Saudi Arabia, which holds 20 percent of the world’s oil reserves, enforces restrictions interpreted from the Wahhabi version of Sunni Islam. In addition to the restrictions on women, the government limits the practices of other branches of Islam.

October 5th, 2011, 6:35 am


ann said:


Saudi government blames ‘foreign country’ for unrest

October 5, 2011

The Saudi authorities have accused a “foreign country” of trying to undermine stability in the kingdom after 14 people were reported injured in clashes between police and protesters in the country’s predominantly Shia Muslim-populated east.

Saudi Arabia has confirmed that 11 security personnel and three civilians were injured in fighting in the eastern city of al-Qatif early on Monday. Other reports say 24 men and three women were wounded as police opened fire at protesters, The Independent newspaper said.

Analysts have interpreted the “foreign country” as a veiled reference to Saudi Arabia’s regional rival, Shia-ruled Iran.

The unrest reportedly began on Sunday in the Shia town of al-Awamiyah, when Saudi police arrested a 60-year-old man to force his son – an activist – to give himself up, the report said. The authorities said the violence broke out when police clashed with assailants who used automatic weapons and Molotov cocktails, Bloomberg said, quoting a Riyadh-based news service.

Saudi Arabia, the world’s largest oil supplier, has avoided the large-scale popular protests that toppled the leaders of Egypt and Tunisia earlier this year and continue in Syria, but small protests were seen in the country’s Shia-populated Eastern Province, including Awwamiya and al-Qatif.

Saudi Arabia’s Shia minority, who make up 10 percent of the kingdom’s 23-million population, have long complained of discrimination against them by the fundamentalist Sunni Saudi authorities.

October 5th, 2011, 6:42 am


Revlon said:

Tension between Jordan and Syria is rising in the aftermath of leaked threats of Thug Shawkt to the King and recent statement of Al maleh of an the impending establishment of a neutral zone for Syrian defectors.

توتر بين عمان ودمشق: سورية تنفي تهديد آصف شوكت للمملكة بقصفها بالصواريخ وضجة بعد تصريحات المالح لـ’سي إن إن’ حول منطقة عازلة أردنية في درعا


عمان ـ ‘القدس العربي’ ـ من بسام البدارين:

من بسام البدارين: الرابط الزمني فقط بين تصريحات المعارض السوري البارز هيثم المالح لمحطة ‘سي إن إن’ الأمريكية والضجة التي خلقتها صحيفة كويتية قبل أيام، هو ما دفع السفارة السورية في العاصمة الأردنية عمان للخروج أمس الثلاثاء عن قاموس التحفظ السوري المألوف، خصوصا في ساحة نشيطة جدا ومؤثرة على العمق السوري مثل الأردنية.
وهذا التسلسل الزمني هو الذي أخرج سفير سورية الناشط في عمان الجنرال بهجت سليمان، وهو مدير أمني سابق في الأجهزة السورية عن صمته، فوجد أن الصحافة الإلكترونية العربية والأردنية ‘بدأت بنهش نظامه السياسي ونسج القصص والحكايات’، خصوصا عن تهديدات مباشرة قالت صحف كويتية ان ‘العاهل الأردني الملك عبدالله الثاني تلقاها مباشرة من آصف شوكت الرجل القوي في نظام بشار’.
وهنا وجد الجنرال سليمان نفسه بصدد التوضيح، فأصدر أمس الثلاثاء بيانا صحافيا نادرا وقعه باسمه الشخصي وقال فيه بأن ما تدعيه مواقع إلكترونية متعددة حول تهديدات للأردن بقصف مدنه بالصواريخ وحول فبركات لقاء الرئيس بشار مع وزير الخارجية التركي أحمد اوغلوا عار تماما عن الصحة.
وكالعادة لم يوضح سفير سورية في عمان مقاصده واكتفى بالنفي الرسمي مجددا، مخاطبا الرأي العام الأردني والعربي بقوله ان لسورية عدوا واحدا فقط هو إسرائيل.
وللحديث مناسبة دوما فمعلومات كويتية نشرت مؤخرا حول زيارة مفاجئة قام بها لعمان الرجل القوي في نظام بشار آصف شوكت، وخلالها يفترض انه وجه تهديدات بقصف صاروخي للمدن الأردنية، إذا ما تورطت عمان بمخطط عسكري يستهدف نظامه، وهو ما أغضب العاهل الأردني حسب الرواية الكويتية، الني لم تنفها الحكومة الأردنية ولم تؤكدها.
وبشكل أدى إلى ان يطفو ملف العلاقات السورية – الأردنية الباردة على سطح الأحداث. وتزامن توضيح السفير السوري مع التعليقات المثيرة للمعارض هيثم المالح الذي قال بأن نظام بشار في أسابيعه الأخيرة وأن الأردن سيقيم منطقة عازلة جنوب سورية ويسيطر عليها ضمن حملة عسكرية لإنهاء نظام بشار.
وقد نشرت تعليقات المالح بكثافة في عمان وسط أجواء شعبية عموما متوثبة للحسم على الواجهة السورية.
وهذه المعلومات أيضا لم يتقدم أي مصدر رسمي أردني لنفيها، لكن التسريبات تتوالى حتى داخل صفوف المعارضة السورية عن نقل نحو سبعين عسكريا سوريا منشقا دخلوا الأردن هربا، منذ اندلعت أحداث درعا، واحتجزوا في ظروف خاصة وهي أيضا مسألة لم تعلق عليها المصادر الرسمية في عمان.
وكان العاهل الأردني قد استبعد حصول تغييرات وشيكة في سورية، لكنه جدد تلميحاته المنتقدة لغياب الحوار من الجانب الرسمي، فيما يزداد حرص الأردنيين شعبيا ورسميا على متابعة كل صغيرة وكبيرة لها علاقة بالمشهد السوري وتفاصيله اليومية، خصوصا أن عمان تسمح يوميا لمناهضي النظام السوري بإزعاج السفير سليمان عبر اعتصامات احتجاجية دائمة قبالة سفارته في ضاحية عبدون الراقية وسط عمان.
ويمكن القول ان مجمل هذه التسريبات والتسريبات المضادة يعكس مظاهر القلق التي تعتري العلاقة الرسمية بين دمشق وعمان وهي علاقة يسكت الطرفان حاليا عن مظاهر ‘التوتر’ الشديد فيها وتسودها الرقابة المتبادلة للتفاصيل.

October 5th, 2011, 6:45 am


Revlon said:

العثمانيون الجدد يتهيئون لإنقاذ الشعب السوري من البرابرة .. الجيش التركي يجري مناورات على مقربة من الحدود مع سوريا، وأنقرة تعلن إيوائها لقائد المنشقين


سوريون نت ووكالات

اعلنت قيادة الجيش التركي الثلاثاء ان سلاح البر التركي سيبدأ الاربعاء مناورات في جنوب البلاد على مقربة من الحدود مع سوريا.
وقال الجيش التركي في بيان نشر على موقعه الرسمي على الانترنت “ان مناورة التعبئة يلديريم-2011 وهي من المناورات المقررة للعام 2011، ستجري في اسكندرونة في محافظة هاتاي بين الخامس والثالث عشر من تشرين الاول/اكتوبر”.

واضاف البيان ان الجيش يسعى بهذه المناورات الى اختبار طاقاته في مجال التعبئة والاتصالات مع مؤسسات عامة في حالة حرب.
وسيشارك 730 عسكريا في هذه المناورات.

ويوجد حاليا نحو 7500 لاجىء سوري في جنوب تركيا بعد ان فروا من بلداتهم نتيجة قمع النظام السوري للحركة الاحتجاجية في هذا البلد.
في غضون ذلك دعا العقيد السوري المنشق رياض الاسعد الثلاثاء من انقرة الى محاربة نظام دمشق، في اشارة اضافية الى تخلي تركيا عن النظام السوري، بعد ان استضافت خلال الفترة الاخيرة العديد من مؤتمرات المعارضة السورية.

وفي تصريح لوكالة انباء الاناضول قال الاسعد الذي لجأ الى تركيا، “على قوات المعارضة في سوريا ان تتحد وترص صفوفها الى ان يسقط النظام” كما اوضحت الوكالة.

وذكر العقيد المنشق بانه انشأ قوة معارضة مسلحة اطلق عليها اسم “الجيش السوري الحر” موضحا انه قرر الانشقاق عن الجيش بعد قمع التظاهرات المعادية لنظام الرئيس بشار الاسد.
ونزح حوالى 7500 سوري هربا من اعمال القمع في البلاد ولجأوا الى جنوب تركيا.

واضاف الاسعد “في تركيا، ليس لدينا مشاكل”.
واتهم العقيد المنشق، الذي منحته الحكومة التركية منبرا نادرا للتعبير السياسي من خلال وكالتها الوطنية للانباء، النظام السوري بقتل ابرياء وبث انباء كاذبة.

وقال “قالوا انهم اطلقوا عملية لاعتقالي في مدينة الرستن (الواقعة بين حمص وحماة) واكدوا انهم اسروني” مشيرا الى ان الجيش السوري يطلق مثل هذه الانباء “الكاذبة” ليؤلب السوريين على بعضهم البعض.
واضاف الاسعد “انفي وادين كل الاكاذيب التي يروجها النظام. وعلى قوى المعارضة في سوريا الاتحاد ورص الصفوف”.
وكان الاسعد اعلن لفرانس برس في نهاية تموز/يوليو الماضي انشقاقه مع “المئات” من الجنود موضحا انذاك هاتفيا انه “على مقربة من الحدود التركية”.

وياتي تاكيد لجؤ الاسعد الى تركيا في الوقت الذي يواصل فيه رئيس الوزراء التركي رجب طيب اردوغان تشديد اللهجة ضد الرئيس الاسد الذي كان يؤكد منذ اشهر قليلة فقط انه “صديقه”.
وقال اردوغان الثلاثاء خلال زيارة رسمية الى جنوب افريقيا “لا يسعنا ان نقف متفرجين حيال ما يحصل في سوريا. انهم يقتلون ابرياء وعزلا. لا يمكننا ان نقول: لنترك الامور تسير على ما هي عليه”.
واضاف “سنعلن جدول عقوبات بعد زيارة الى انطاكية” جنوب تركيا. واوضح انه سيزور في نهاية هذا الاسبوع او الاسبوع المقبل هذه المدينة القريبة من الحدود السورية، حيث اقيمت مخيمات لالاف السوريين الذين هربوا من عمليات القمع.

كما اعلن اردوغان استعداد بلاده لدعم قرار في الامم المتحدة يدين القمع في سوريا.

October 5th, 2011, 6:49 am


Mediocrates said:

I’m happy to see that China and Russia took the moral high ground on this, and vetoed yet another American attempt to illegally invade yet another Middle East country.

Now Syria should kick the US and French ambassadors out of it’s country for inciting violence.

October 5th, 2011, 7:12 am


ann said:

Any Humans Rights activists in London reporting on the revolution in Saudi Arabia?

Where are those International human rights watch groups?!

Maybe the UN Human Rights office would give us a comment on the revolution in Saudi Arabia!

Is internet service up or down?

What about plain cloth Saudi Shabeha men?

A no fly zone on the eastern province maybe?

Videos / pictures?

Are they going to declare the saudi king failure to govern?

Will the great powers of the all mighty west demand that he steps down him now?

When will the UNSC share it’s outrage on the human right conditions in saudi arabia?

Any turkish outrage over the treatment of the revolutionaries and women in saudi arabia

The defenders of freedom and human rights france, england, italy, switzerland and portugal HELLO!

When will they recall their respective ambassadors?!


October 5th, 2011, 7:20 am


Mango said:

اشربوا البحر ! سورية منيعة منيعة منيعة !

October 5th, 2011, 7:21 am


Revlon said:

Jr’s mobsters alternate in raping kidnapped Homs girls while China and Russia use their veto to protect them!
May God have mercy on them in their plight and their agonising families!

Confessions of a Shabbeeh who was arrested by FSA
How shameful!

اعتراف احد الشبيحه بخطف 25 بنت من حمص

Name: Hasan rajab
City of Residence: Misyaf
Profession: Agent in security forces
Date of enlistment: 10 days earlier.

Why did you enlist?
– Enlistment Campaign arrived in Misyaf earlier and called for enlistment to combat Sunnis who are killing 3alawis!

What arms were you provided?
– Klashnikov and a pistol

Describe your day!
– We roam the city in packs of 4 to 5, in cars.

What is your mission?
– Abducting veiled girls

Who gave you orders?
– Bransh chief

What areas?
– Well to do; like AlGhuta, Hamra, Inshaat, Waár..

What becomes of them?
– We rape them in the branch.

How? The kidnappers rape them first in the basement. If another shift comes alater, they force them to wash and then re-rape them.

What rank is the rapist?
– The most good looking is taken up to the chief’s room!

How many girls have you kidnapped?
– 25 girls

Have you seen any armed gangs?
– No.
Who arrested and brought you here?
Are you aware of a girl that was rkdnapped today?
– Yes Galioun!

October 5th, 2011, 7:24 am


Revlon said:

الثوار يحملون” معارضة المزارع السورية” وزر الفيتو الصيني والروسي ويتعهدون بحرق أعلام البلدين اليوم، وواشنطن غاضبة لموقف الصين وروسيا

سوريون نت ووكالات الأنباء

تعهد ثوار الثورة السورية اليوم بحرق الأعلام الروسية و الصينية وكذلك بضائع البلدين في سورية احتجاجا على استخدام الفيتو من قبل البلدين لمنع تمرير قرار في مجلس الأمن الدولي يدين النظام السوري ويدعوه إلى وقف حملته القمعية، وحمل الثوار من وصفوه بمعارضة المزارع في إشارة إلى هيئة قوى التنسيق الوطني بزعامة حسن عبد العظيم والذين رفضوا حتى الآن الدخول في المجلس الوطني السوري مسؤولية القرار الصيني والروسي كون الهيئة لا تزال تدعو إلى الحوار مع النظام القمعي الاستبدادي السوري حسب الثوار، وأضاف الثوار إن هذه الدعوة من قبل معارضة المزارع هي التي تغطي الفيتو الصيني والروسي الداعي إلى الحوار، وبالتالي فإن هكذا معارضة تتحمل وزر سيل الدماء السورية في الشوارع الآن.

في غضون ذلك اعلنت السفيرة الاميركية في الامم المتحدة سوزان رايس الثلاثاء ان الولايات المتحدة “مستاءة بشدة” من فشل تبني قرار في مجلس الامن يدين النظام السوري، وذلك بعد لجوء روسيا والصين الى الفيتو.

وقالت رايس ان “الولايات المتحدة مستاءة بشدة من اخفاق المجلس تماما” في محاولة التعامل مع “تحد اخلاقي ملح وتهديد متنام للسلام الاقليمي”.

ونددت بموقف الدول التي رفضت القرار معتبرة انها “تفضل بيع اسلحة للنظام السوري”.

وقالت رايس “اليوم، لجأ عضوان الى الفيتو ضد مشروع تم تعديله في شكل كبير ولا يشير حتى الى عقوبات” في اشارة الى روسيا والصين.
واضافت “ساكون واضحة: تعتقد ان الولايات المتحدة انه حان الوقت ليتحمل هذا المجلس مسؤولياته ويفرض اجراءات قاسية محددة الاهداف وحظرا على الاسلحة ضد نظام” الرئيس السوري بشار الاسد.

وتابعت رايس “اليوم، يستطيع شعب سوريا الشجاع ان يرى من يدعم تطلعاته الى الحرية وحقوق الانسان العالمية داخل هذا المجلس ومن لا يقوم بذلك”.

ولجأت روسيا والصين، العضوان الدائمان في مجلس الامن الدولي، الثلاثاء الى حق النقض ضد مشروع قرار للدول الغربية يهدد النظام السوري ب”اجراءات محددة الاهداف” على خلفية القمع الدامي للتظاهرات.
وايدت تسع دول القرار في حين رفضته روسيا والصين الامر الذي حال دون تبنيه. وامتنعت اربع دول عن التصويت هي جنوب افريقيا والهند والبرازيل ولبنان

October 5th, 2011, 7:30 am


Revlon said:

More FSA operations against Thugs in Duma and Areeha

حركة سوريا شباب من أجل الحرية Youth Syria For Freedom
أموي مباشر #syria •◄ دوما ريف دمشق : قامت كتيبة ابو عبيدة بن الجراح بضرب حاجز في منطقة دوما بسبب ما كان يفعله عناصر الحاجز بمضايقة المدنيين وقد تم قتل ثلاث عناصر من الأمن والشبيحة وجرح أخرين كما قامت الكتيبة وفي وقت لاحق بضرب الأمن والشبيحة على حاجز جسر بغداد وتم قتل عدد من عناصر الحاجز وبينهم صف ضابط برتبة مساعد
25 minutes ago

حركة سوريا شباب من أجل الحرية Youth Syria For Freedom
أموي مباشر #syria •◄ الله أكبر ولله الحمد .. عااجل عااجل عااجل: قامت كتيبة أل هرموش سرية الشهيد سومر أبراهيم بضرب مجموعة من الأمن والشبيحة بسبب أعتقالهم للنساء والأطفال في منطقة أريحا فتصدت لهم مجموعة من قوات الجيش السوري الحر أزرهم مجموعة من الشرفاء الذين انشقو عنهم فتم جرح وقتل ما يقارب ثلاثين عنصر منهم بينهم ضابط برتبة ملازم أول وتم تحرير طفلين وأستشهد أحد أبطالنا في العملية والنصر لشعبنا العظيم الحر
16 hours ago

October 5th, 2011, 7:34 am


ann said:

ammar ABDULAHAMIR (abdulhamid) wants international (NATO) military to bomb his country so that he can rule with his islamist terrorist friends.

What a coward!

October 5th, 2011, 7:48 am


Revlon said:

Democratic traditions are taking roots and being nurtured on the streets.

Demonstrators and activists equally contribute to naming and voting for their favourite themes for Fridays.

They are succeding where the nationalist elite tink tanks of Baath party founders, followers, and their current day mutants have miserably failed!

The Syrian Revolution 2011 الثورة السورية ضد بشار الاسد
أيها الأحرار .. شاركوا معنا باختيار اسم الجمعة المقبلة 7 تشرين أول، شارك بصوتك، وانشر التصويت، سيتم اغلاق التصويت في منتصف ليلة الأربعاء.

أيها الأحرار .. شاركوا معنا باختيار اسم الجمعة المقبلة 7 تشرين أول، شارك…

5 hours ago

October 5th, 2011, 7:49 am


Areal said:

86. Ya Mara Ghalba said:

In 2005 the currency exchange rate of the SYP versus the US$ was 53:1; it was 52:1 in 2006; In 2011 it’s been around 47:1. If the Central Bank devalued the SYP back to 53:1, it would help Syria’s import/export balance of payments situation. To devalue it beyond 54:1 would be I believe undesirable and uncalled for. If I were with the Central Bank, and I was thinking about doing this, I’d talk publicly about it before doing it, and I’d listen carefully to what lots other pro-Establishment Syrians have to say about it. The mere talk of a devaluation would put downward pressure on the currency. But that’s okay. It is better to talk and get feedback and don’t act rashly and don’t act alone (as the folks who made the decision of 12 days ago have learned, I hope). The Bank has the power to enforce the decision that’s eventually made.

@ AREAL: Can you give me a link to a government source about what the “new plan” is.

October 4th, 2011, 6:51 pm


You can deduce the plan from
Nothing new : save the foreign currency

The non convertible Syrian Pound is now no longer pegged only to US dollars but to a basket of convertible currencies including US$ , Euro,Yen,

Currently the much hyped dollar is improving against most of the currencies , therefore the SP is improving as well.

To devaluate SP will not help the exporters who will get less SP for their US dollars .

No serious government will talk about devaluation ( or reevaluation ) of its currency before it takes action ,
to prevent speculation. ( remember Mr Soros )

I will not explain more , as it could give bad ideas to the MB crowd.

October 5th, 2011, 8:01 am


Revlon said:

Mr Nabil AlHalabi, Zeinab’s Family lawyer and director of the Lebanese institute for democracy!

The hospital officials were the ones who made the identifications of the unidentifiable subject, not the family!

توضيح محامي زينب الحصني!
05 Oct 2011

– Zeinab’s Mother was summoned to Homs Military hospital to be handed the body of her son.
– While waiting for rformalities, the offcials requested that she also receives the remains of whom they claimed to be her daughter Zeinab AlHusni. The body was defaced and mutilated beyond recognition. The calimed identification was undertaken by the Hospital offcials.
– The local operating procedure requires the Attorney General to request an autopsy since the cause of death was not natural. Autopsy iwould be followed by issuance of death certificate explaining the cause of death, and permission for burial
– We demand the release of Zeinab AlHusni to her family or to the safety of the international Red Cross.
– The Syrian TV is a security interrogation center; Zeinab’s account on TV can only be thought of in that context!

October 5th, 2011, 8:15 am


Areal said:

22. Revlon said:

Jr’s mobsters alternate in raping kidnapped Homs girls while China and Russia use their veto to protect them!
May God have mercy on them in their plight and their agonising families!

Confessions of a Shabbeeh who was arrested by FSA

Who arrested and brought you here?
Are you aware of a girl that was rkdnapped today?
– Yes Galioun!


Yet another wonderful confession of a fake guy about his fake crimes directly from Youtube .

Another wonderful story from the MB crowd after

the Gay Girl in Damascus : Amina
the Beheaded Eloped Girl in Homs : Zainab
the Raped Girls in Hamra, .. : Galioun ( any resemblance with Chairman Burhan Ghalioun of the Syrian National Council is fortuitous )

October 5th, 2011, 8:16 am


Areal said:

29. Revlon said:

Mr Nabil AlHalabi, Zeinab’s Family lawyer and director of the Lebanese institute for democracy!

The hospital officials were the ones who made the identifications of the unidentifiable subject, not the family!

The calimed identification was undertaken by the Hospital offcials.

We demand the release of Zeinab AlHusni to her family or to the safety of the international Red Cross.


The calimed identification ???

Only the family can identify or if it is necessary , DNA test can be performed at the family request.

No wonder why the girl escaped from her family when she reached the age of 18 and why she hid during several weeks from her “nice and loving” brothers.

The International Red Cross may be doing better than the the UNHCR:

October 5th, 2011, 8:46 am


Areal said:

Armed Terrorist Group Burglarize a Newspaper Delivery Truck in Idleb

Oct 05, 2011


IDLEB, (SANA) – An armed terrorist group burglarized on Wednesday morning a newspaper delivery Isuzu truck that belongs to the General Establishment for Publications Distribution on its way to Aleppo and Idleb provinces and kidnapped the driver by force.

Jack Shheid, the truck’s driver told SANA that a group of five gunmen driving a Pick up car intercepted him near the town of Khan Sheikhoun in Idleb province, blindfolded him and took him to an unknown place, pointing out that he was set free after half an hour, while the gunmen kept the truck with them.


Expect the MB crowd to claim that the driver was a “potential rapist” delivering pornographic reviews to the security force rapists.

October 5th, 2011, 8:54 am


Revlon said:

تعليمات شفهية لتخفية سيارات المخابرات

2011/10/04 أخبار محلية

مراسل المحليات – كلنا شركاء

صدرت تعليمات شفهية للسيارات الأمنية والعسكرية بطلاء اللوحات التي تحمل أرقامها باللون الأبيض..ويأتي هذا القرار الشفهي للتدليل على استهداف السيارات من قبل بعض العناصر التي تسميها السلطة بالمسلحة.

القرار الشفهي الذي بدا واضحاً تنفيذه السريع مكشوف، وكما أن السيارات الأمنية من ماركات واحدة ومعروفة لكل السوريين؟

October 5th, 2011, 8:55 am


Areal said:

Unfortunately for the innocent Syrian people,
OTAN countries don’t need a legally binding decision of the UNSC to invade Syria.

The Opposition Syrian National Council members , lavishly entertained in Turkey by their Muslim Brother self claimed democratic idol , are perfectly aware of it.

October 5th, 2011, 9:10 am


Revlon said:


“Only the family can identify or if it is necessary , DNA test can be performed at the family request”

DNA test!
– Your military hospital Shabbeha can only manage with slippers and vulcro shoes
– You just heard a lawyer talk about procedures; I hope you listened!
– The family can neither initiate nor decline any procedure for indentification. Thug One appointed Attorney Generalin Homs is obliged and is the only one authorised to initiate and consumate the identification process.
No murder victim can be released and permitted by autorities to be burried without full identification.

That is reality

October 5th, 2011, 9:12 am


Mango said:
Russia’s new ballistic missile falls at first hurdle
France threatens military action against Iran
سورية: معارضون يطالبون موسكو بمنع التدخل العسكري والاستماع لمطالب الشعب

October 5th, 2011, 9:21 am


Mango said:

نص كلمة ممثل روسيا الدائم في مجلس الامن الدولي حول التصويت على مشروع قرار بشأن سورية
نص كلمة فيتالي تشوركين مندوب روسيا الدائم في هيئة الامم المتحدة عقب التصويت على مشروع قرار حول سورية يوم 4 اكتوبر/تشرين الاول 2011:

السيد الرئيس

من الواضح ان نتيجة التصويت هذا اليوم ليست قبول صياغة، بقدر ماهي نزاع بين وجهات نظر سياسية. لقد بذل الوفد الروسي منذ البداية جهودا بناءة لكي تكون ردود فعل مجلس الامن ايجابية بخصوص الاحداث الدرامية التي تشهدها سورية. ولقد جاء اول رد فعل في بيان رئيس المجلس يوم 3 اغسطس/اب. انطلاقا من هذا اعددنا بمشاركة زملائنا الصينيين مشروع قرار، ادخلنا عليه التعديلات اللازمة مع تطور الاحداث، اخذين بنظر الاعتبار قلق الزملاء اعضاء المجلس. اننا نشكر شركائنا وفي مقدمتهم دول منظمة “بريكس” لمساندتهم مشروعنا.

ومن المهم مبدئيا ان نص مشروع القرار الروسي – الصيني تضمن احترام السيادة الوطنية ووحدة الاراضي السورية وعدم التدخل في شؤونها، ومن ضمنها التدخل العسكري، ويدعو الى وحدة الشعب السوري ورفض المجابهة ودعوة جميع الاطراف الى حوار بناء بهدف الى التوصل للسلام والمصالحة الوطنية على طريق الاصلاحات الاجتماعية – الاقتصادية وفي الحياة السياسية للبلاد.

ان القرار المرفوض هذا اليوم مبني على فلسفة مختلفة تماما، مبني على فلسفة المجابهات. نحن لا يمكننا ان نتفق مع الاتهام الموجه الى دمشق فقط. ولا يمكن ان نتفق مع التهديد بفرض عقوبات ضد السلطات السورية. ان هذا يتعارض مع مبدأ التسوية السلمية للازمة بالحوار الوطني. كما ان مقترحاتنا بخصوص رفض التدخل العسكري في سورية لم تؤخذ بنظر الاعتبار عند صياغة مشروع القرار. ان هذا يقلقنا جدا، خاصة اذا اخذنا بالحسبان احداث شمال افريقيا. اضافة الى ان الصياغات الخاصة بالمعارضة ركيكة ولا تتضمن دعوتنا الى الامتناع عن التطرف. ويمكن ان تؤدي تصريحات بعض الساسة الغربيين من ان بشار الاسد فقد شرعيته، الى نزاع شامل في سورية، وبالتالي الى عدم الاستقرار في المنطقة بكاملها. ان انهيار سورية نتيجة الحرب الاهلية ستكون له اثار سلبية على الاوضاع في الشرق الاوسط.

ولا يمكن لمجلس الامن الدولي ان يبحث الاوضاع السورية بمعزل عن تجربة ليبيا. ان المجتمع الدولي قلق من التصريحات التي تطلق بان قرار مجلس الامن الدولي بشأن ليبيا – كما فسره الناتو- هو نموذج لنشاط الناتو لاحقا من اجل تنفيذ ” مسؤولية الحماية”. وليس من الصعب تصور امكانية تنفيذ هذا ” النموذج المثالي” لـ ” مسؤولية الحماية ” في سورية ايضا.

يجب ان يدرك الحاضرون بوضوح ان الموقف الروسي بشأن النزاع في ليبيا لم يكن مرتبطا بأ ي شكل من الاشكال بعلاقات خاصة مع نظام معمر القذافي (خاصة وان ممثلي مجموعة من الدول التي كانت لها علاقات حميمة جدا مع قائد الجماهيرية جالسون حول هذه الطاولة). لقد قال الشعب الليبي كلمته النهائية حول معمر القذافي وقرر مصيره.

من المهم بالنسبة لنا، اعضاء هيئة الامم المتحدة، كيف يتم تنفيذ، وبصورة ادق هل حرفت فقرات قرار مجلس الامن الدولي عند تنفيذها. لقد تحولت مطالبة الطرفين بوقف اطلاق النار الى حرب اهلية شاملة، انعكست اثارها الانسانية والاجتماعية والاقتصادية والحربية خارج الحدود الليبية.

ان قرار حظر الطيران تحول الى قصف المنشآت النفطية ومحطات التلفزيون وغيرها من المواقع المدنية.

وتحول حظر توريد السلاح الى حصار بحري ضد ليبيا، حتى على توريد البضائع المدنية.

بالنتيجة ان ” مأساة بنغازي” تحولت الى مأساة مدن اخرى مثل سرت وبني وليد وسبها. ان مثل هذه ” النماذج” يجب ان تستثنى من التطبيق العالمي الى الابد.

اما مايخص سورية فنحن لسنا محاميي الدفاع عن نظام بشار الاسد. ولكننا ضد استخدام العنف، ونستنكر قمع المظاهرات السلمية، ولكن سبب استمرار العنف ليس بسبب اعمال السلطة. ان الاحداث الاخيرة تشهد بصورة خاصة الى ان المعارضة المتطرفة لم تعد تخفي اهدافها وبدأت باعمال ارهابية على امل الحصول على دعم ومساعدة من ممولين اجانب يعتبرون السلطة غير شرعية. ان العصابات المسلحة المزودة باسلحة ومعدات مهربة تستولي على مراكز سكنية وتقتل السكان وتتعامل بوحشية مع عناصر الاجهزة الامنية وتشعل النيران بدوائر الدولة. وفي الايام الاخيرة اصبح ضحاياها رجال العلم واساتذة الجامعات والمدرسين والمثقفين وموظفو الدولة.

اننا نقدم تعازينا الى مفتي سورية الاعلى احمد حسون المعروف في الشرق كناشط من اجل التسامح والحوار بين الثقافات، بمقتل ابنه ( 22 سنة) على يد الارهابيين يوم الاحد.

ويجب ان نأخذ بعين الاعتبار ان القسم الاكبر من الشعب السوري لا يطالب بتغير فوري للسلطة، بل هو مع التحولات التدريجية مع الحفاظ على السلم والصلح في البلاد. وبالرغم من ان الاصلاحات تاخرت، ولكن بدأ تنفيذها، ولا يجب غض النظر عن ذلك.

ان السبيل الامثل للخروج من الازمة هو الامتناع عن الاستفزازات والمجابهات، وتوحيد كافة الاطراف السؤولة في المجتمع الدولي من اجل بداية حوار سياسي سوري داخلي، كما هو الحال في ازمة اليمن، حيث تبذل الجهود من اجل التوسط لمصالحة الاطراف المتنازعة.

ان روسيا تستمر في مطالبتها دمشق الاسراع في تنفيذ الاصلاحات المعلن عنها، وكذلك اطلاق سراح الاشخاص المعتقلين خلال فترة الاضطرابات والذين لم يرتكبوا جرائم، واجراء حوار موضوعي مع المعارضة وضمان حق المواطن في التعرف على وسائل الاعلام العالمية وتنشيط التعاون مع الجامعة العربية. واستنادا الى مبادرات الجامعة العربية ومباشرة عدد من قنوات التلفزة الاجنبية بثها من سورية فان جهودنا بدأت باعطاء ثمارها.

كما اننا نستمر في عملنا مع المعارضة الوطنية السورية التي يعنيها مصير ومستقبل البلد، والتي ترفض أي تدخل اجنبي في الشؤون الداخلية لسورية. نأمل ان تتقبل القوى المعارضة بدرجة متكافئة ما جرى اليوم. لا بديل للحوار ولا يمكن ان يكون. واذا كانت المعارضة تعتقد ان القوانين التي صادق عليها بشار الاسد ناقصة، فعليها ان تلبي دعوة السلطة للمناقشة وطرح افكارها. وسوف ننقل مباشرة تصوراتنا الى المعارضة السورية خلال زيارتها موسكو في الايام القادمة.

هناك فرصة للخروج من الازمة في سورية ومن جانبنا سندعم هذه المسالة من خلال التنسيق بين كافة الاطراف التي ترغب بالسلام والعمل البناء.

واذا ما قرر زملاؤنا في مجلس الامن قبول منطق الحوار والمصالحة الشاملة في سورية، فنحن نقترح الاستمرار في دراسة المشروع المتوازن الذي قدمناه والصين والمتضمن مفاهيم لتسوية الازمة. ان مشروعنا يبقى مطروحا على ” الطاولة” ونحن بالاستناد اليه على استعداد لصياغة موقف جماعي موحد وبناء للمجتمع الدولي وليس تنفيذ العقوبات المقرة من جانب واحد ومحاولة تغيير النظام بالقوة.

ان الشعب السوري يستحق الاصلاحات في ظروف السلم وبدعم من المجتمع الدولي.

October 5th, 2011, 9:26 am


Areal said:

Revlon said:

تعليمات شفهية لتخفية سيارات المخابرات


What a credible source of “oral” information : urban legends !!


I heard from a trusted Human right activist that the Syrian intelligence are using US diplomatic plates and are wearing Ford masks and are speaking Arabic with Texan accent.

October 5th, 2011, 9:30 am


Revlon said:

غليون: الفيتو في مجلس الامن “سيشجع” العنف في سوريا

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منذ 13 دقيقة

قال رئيس المجلس الوطني السوري برهان غليون، الهيئة الرئيسية للمعارضة، في مقابلة مع وكالة فرانس برس أن الفيتو الروسي الصيني في مجلس الأمن الدولي ضد مشروع قرار حول سوريا “سيشجع” أعمال العنف.

وقال غليون في باريس بعد فشل إصدار قرار في مجلس الأمن يهدد نظام الرئيس بشار الاسد “باجراءات محددة الاهداف” ان “دعم بشار الاسد في مشروعه العسكري والفاشي لن يشجع الشعب السوري على البقاء في الثورة السلمية”.

وأضاف “أنهم (الروس) يشجعون فعليا العنف” متطرقا بشكل خاص الى الموقف الروسي.

وكانت روسيا والصين العضوان الدائمان في مجلس الأمن الدولي استخدمتا الثلاثاء حق النقض ضد مشروع قرار عرضته دول غربية يهدد نظام الرئيس السوري بـ”اجراءات محددة الاهداف” ردا على قمع التظاهرات.

وقال غليون الذي انتخب رئيسا للمجلس الوطني السوري في ختام مؤتمر عقد في نهاية الاسبوع في اسطنبول: “لتجنب هذا الانزلاق نحو العنف يجب أن تتحرك المجموعة الدولية فعليا بطريقة أخرى وأن تدرك المخاطر والمجازفات في هذه الفترة من التاريخ”.

وأضاف” “أعتقد أن المجموعة الدولية لم تتحمل بعد كل مسؤولياتها”.

ويضم المجلس الوطني السوري كل التيارات السياسية المعارضة للنظام لا سيما لجان التنسيق المحلية والليبراليين وجماعة الاخوان المسلمين المحظورة منذ فترة طويلة في سوريا وكذلك احزاب كردية واشورية.

ودعا غليون أيضا الى تنظيم “مؤتمر دولي حول سوريا مع القوى الكبرى والدول العربية لكن أيضا الروس الذين لطالما اتخذوا مثل هذا الموقف”.

مصدر وكالة الصحافة الفرنسية

October 5th, 2011, 9:35 am


Mango said:
NATO plans for a phased deployment of a European anti-missile defense system are moving forward, with Turkey and Romania having signed deals to host crucial elements of the system.
The US and Turkey signed a memorandum on Wednesday on the deployment of an American radar station in the east of the country as part of the NATO-backed missile defense system (AMD).

The AN/TPY-2 THAAD radar will be deployed in the southeastern Turkish province of Malatya by the end of the year. It will later become part of the anti-ballistic missile system which the US and NATO are building to protect Europe, pposedly from missile attacks by rogue states.

The news comes just a day after Romania agreed to a deal with Washington under which land-based SM3 interceptor missiles and over 100 military personnel will be based on Romanian soil. The deal also includes the deployment of American Navy cruisers with naval versions of the interceptors along the Romanian coast.

The project has caused concern in Russia, which believes the system may be targeted against its nuclear deterrence capabilities. Washington refused to build a joint Russian-NATO anti-missile system to protect Russia, as suggested by Moscow.

Apart from the potential to tip the strategic military balance, the AMD system may prove costly once you count in the maintenance, argued Ludo de Brabander, spokesman for the Belgium peace movement Verde.

“The US and NATO are arguing that this is small cost for big advantage,” he told RT. “It is estimated that this project will last 10 years and cost 200 million euros shared by all 28 NATO countries. So it seems little investment for each country. But maintaining this kind of system could cost much more. So it will not be easy to sell this project to the public.”
‘US is reintroducing the Cold War’
Bruce Gagnon from Global Network against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space says the plan has nothing to do with threats from Iran or North Korea.
“It is all about surrounding Russia and China today, and these systems are part of a larger US first-strike attack systems underway,” he told RT. “The United States is reintroducing the Cold War, both with Russia and China. The obvious response that we see from Russia and China – they’ve asked for negotiations, they’ve gone to the United Nations for many years seeking a ban on all weapons in space – the United States, through Democrat and Republican administrations, has ignored that offer to negotiate. So sadly, what we are seeing now is Russia and China having to take counter measures to deal with these growing US missile defense deployments surrounding their borders.”
Mark Avrum Gubrud, an assistant professor at the University of North Carolina, believes Washington is pursuing goals other than ensuring security.
“The real purpose of this move is political,” he told RT. “The AMD is being used as a tool of diplomacy and as a tool of domestic politics. I don’t think the high officials in the Obama administration believe the system really has great effectiveness as a defense against a potential threat that does not even exist.”

October 5th, 2011, 9:41 am


sheila said:

To #25. Ann,
You said: “ammar ABDULAHAMIR (abdulhamid)”. Obviously this indicates that you understand Arabic and know that Hamid is one of God’s 99 names. Practically, you just called God donkeys (Hamir). I respect your right to be and atheist or anything else you deem fit for you, however, please try to respect other peoples’ sensitivities when it comes to God and religion.

October 5th, 2011, 9:45 am


Mango said:
Syria hotbed of major geopolitical game
Syria has become caught in the center of a giant geopolitical game that involves the Western powers, Israel, Iran, Lebanon and other global powers. Pushing for the ouster of Bashar Assad, the US is trying to remodel the entire region, observers say.
The West could have used the resolution on Syria as a legal cover for it actions in the Middle East, John Laughland from the Paris-based Institute for Democracy and Co-operation told RT.
“The interest of Syria for the Western powers is great proximity to Israel,” the author and journalist claims, underlining the importance of the geopolitical factor in this case rather than energy interests.
“It [Syria] has been a party in the war against Israel, it’s one of the big opponents of Israeli state,” he explains. “There is an arch Lebanon-Syria-Iran of geopolitical opposition to Israel and to America’s role in the Middle East.”
The regimes that the US and other Western powers are hoping will come to power as a result of the Arab Spring are obviously friendly ones. They want the Middle East to be remodeled along the lines which make the region safe for Israel, Laughland claims.
According to the journalist, Moscow vetoed the resolution on Syria because it “has been very annoyed with NATO, with Britain, France and America for the way they exploited the Libyan resolution on Libya, the one which Russia abstained on and therefore allowed to pass.”
“Russia suffered a defeat over Libya because [it] opposed the policy of regime change but ultimately had to recognize the new regime in Libya,” he argues, explaining that now Moscow feels that “Russia was taken for a ride over Libya and won’t be taken for a ride over Syria.”
On Wednesday, the Russian Foreign Ministry announced that two Syrian opposition delegations will come for talks to Moscow in October.
“The veto cast by Russia and China on the UN resolution on Syria reflects the gravity of the situation,” Dr. Chandra Muzaffar, the President of the International Movement for a Just World., told RT. “Both Russia and China know that a resolution by the Security Council opens door for military intervention by NATO,” he says.
“It would be another attempt to oust an Arab government and replace it with a government which is sympathetic to the larger geopolitical aims of Washington, London, Paris, and other Western countries.”
“Washington is pressing Syrian regime because Bashar Assad’s ouster would allow it change the geopolitics of the entire region,” states Dr. Muzaffar.
“First of all, the US views Bashar Assad as a “leader of a resistance state, resisting Israeli agenda in the region,” he explains.
Secondly, Washington wants Assad’s ouster because of his very close ties with Hezbollah, labeled as a terrorist organization by the US.
Thirdly, as the Syrian government has very close ties with Tehran, the removal of Assad would impact Iran, leaving it without a key ally.
Meanwhile, the Russian fact-finding team sent to Syria has discovered that Bashar Assad has been trying to implement some of the reforms,” Dr. Muzaffar notes. “But in the situation where there is an armed insurrection against the state it’s difficult to carry out only reforms.”
Dr. Muzaffar underlines that the protest against Bashar Assad comes from two or three cities and not from the two principle cities, Damascus and Aleppo. The majority of population in fact supports Bashar Assad, he concludes.

October 5th, 2011, 9:47 am


irritated said:

The usual biased,increasingly stupid and “widely reported” gibberish of Zeina Karam at AFP in Jordan
My View
A hoax planned by the Syrian Authority to ’embarrass’ the human rights? Yes, Just like the Gay Girl in Damascus! The Syrian authorities should get the Nobel Prize of planting hoaxes while the computer savvy opposition in Western countries continues to produce fabricate videos without getting the Best Fabricated Videos Award.
Her View
“The episode, and Amnesty’s statement raised the prospect that the story may have been a hoax planted by Syrian authorities, possibly in an effort to embarrass the media and human rights group who have been reporting critically on the government’s brutal crackdown on mostly peaceful protesters that has killed nearly 3,000 people in six months.

October 5th, 2011, 10:03 am


Solitarius said:


How do you manage to breathe and go about your daily activities? Are you not disgusted with your own cells and existence in general? Happy because the Ottomans are showing off their military force next to Syria? Keep on dreaming.. just visit your gastroenterologist frequently to check on your ulcers. All these media and on the ground failures must make life quite stressful for you and your kind.

October 5th, 2011, 10:16 am


irritated said:


REVLON has been elected the Best Thumbs Upper of SC of the day. His popularity suddenly jumped in one day while all the others went down.
Great Revlon! you’re on for the race of the BSSO (Best support to the Syrian Opposition).

October 5th, 2011, 10:17 am


Tara said:


Revlon is free to post what he wants when he wants. If You do not like it find some other blog that suits your needs better. Do not try to silence him.

October 5th, 2011, 10:29 am


Atheist Syrian Salafist Against Dictatorships (ASSAD) said:

Damascus is not the capital of tv series for nothing. The regime set up the perfect trap to score a PR victory for itself and embarrass Amnesty Int’l and the revolutionaries. It was all planned from the start. Kidnap the girl to get to her brother, when the brother is caught torture him to death, then call the family to come pick up the body…”and oh while you’re here we’ve got your daughter’s cadaver in a bag here, mind that you don’t drop a leg or an arm”…

The kidnapped girl is kept until the media have had their outrage about the dismembered Zeinab, who in fact is meanwhile being “coached” for her tv appearance at an opportune moment.

The perfect set-up, a veritable sting

When Tara pointed out that SOMEONE’S dismembered body was handed to the family, we get a brilliant script writer/forensic detective/coroner for the Assadist Mafiosi And Associates volunteering the learned opinion that it was not even a real body but a mannequin!

Whatever PR points scored, this regime WILL FALL. I just pity the Syrian people the prolonged agony and suffering, and wonder what terrible sin they had committed to be cursed with such a monstrous bunch of people for rulers.

October 5th, 2011, 10:34 am


AIG said:


I recall in the past that when the US vetoes anti-Israel resolutions that this was viewed as a slap in the US and Israeli face and the victory chant was “We forced the US to veto!”. Why is your line opposite here?

All the Western countries on the UNSC, the countries that are critical for the economic development of Syria voted for the resolution. I just can’t see how this is a victory for Syria. It is a victory for nobody but it does highlight Assad’s isolation.

As to whether you think it is a victory for the Syrian people, that depends on your view of what is good for the Syrian people. I think it makes Assad less prone to negotiate a democratic transfer of power so I think it is quite bad for the Syrian people.

October 5th, 2011, 10:47 am


irritated said:

Ann’s reporting of the Saudi Arabia riots gets the worst score.

Ann, please don’t report anything against the sacro-saint Kingdom, many, many people here don’t appreciate criticism of this haven of human rights and democracy!

October 5th, 2011, 10:59 am


irritated said:


No one is silencing Revlon, in the contrary his popularity is obviously increasing by the hour. Of course it makes some less appreciated commenters jealous, that’s all.
That’s the price of success.

October 5th, 2011, 11:03 am


ann said:

Ukrainian Delegation Stresses Solidarity with Syria…Reality Contradicts False News Broadcast by Media

Oct 04, 2011

DARAA, (SANA) – The Ukrainian parliament and media delegation visiting Syria on Tuesday toured Daraa City and saw the situation of services and educational process in the city.

The delegation inspected the burned and sabotaged facilities. Touring the Justice Palace in Daraa, the Attorney General Tayssir Samadi said more than 100 thousand documents and legislative records were burnt on March 20th.

He added that sabotage acts included the Anti-Drug Department and burning records and documents on hunting drug traffickers and criminals.

For his part, Daraa Governor said that normal life returned to the governorate, stressing that Syria faces a misleading media campaign led by some satellite channels to undermine its pan-Arab and national stances.

The delegation members expressed solidarity with Syria against the conspiracy, stressing that they will convoy the reality of what is taking place in Syria which completely contradicts the misleading and falsified news broadcast by western media to spread fear and prevent people from visiting Syria.

Heading the delegation, People’s Deputy of Communist Party of Ukraine Alla Alexandrovska told SANA said that life in Daraa is normal and the educational process, services and health are also good in the city.

Alexandrovska regretted that some media are being used as tools to complement wars, stressing that there are still journalists and channels conveying the real image and we hope this image will reach the whole world.

For his part, journalist Igor Slisarenko from the Ukrainian “Den” newspaper said that he found life in Daraa City normal, indicating to the Ukrainian people’s deep amity and respect for the Syrians.

On the sidelines of the visit, Deputy Chairman of the Syrian-Ukrainian Friendship Association Vladimir Petrenko said that burning and sabotaging of facilities indicates terrorist acts committed by terrorists and reveals the false claims for freedom and democracy, expressing confidence in Syria’s ability to overcome the crisis.

The Ukrainian delegation also visited the injured army members at Tishreen Military Hospital in Damascus.

Journalist Slisarenko said “We came here today to inspect the reality of what is currently taking place in Syria on the ground…and to express support to the Syrian soldiers who bravely defend Syria, its people and its stances.”

Later, meeting the Ukrainian delegation, Assistant Foreign and Expatriates Minister Abdel-Fattah Ammoura briefed the delegation members on the foreign conspiracy facing Syria which is aimed to undermine Syria’s pan-Arab and national stances and its independent decision and comes under the framework of the US and the Western countries’ project of “the Great Middle East”.

Ammoura presented a review of the reform steps being taken in Syria in the context of comprehensive reform program launched by President Bashar al-Assad, stressing that these steps serve all spectrums of the Syrian society.

For her part, Alexandrovska expressed appreciation for being given the opportunity to inspect the reality of what is happening in Syria on the ground and see the events first hand.

“I will do my best to convey the truth of the events to the Ukrainian people in terms of the armed terrorist acts being perpetrated against the Syrian people,” she added.

October 5th, 2011, 11:15 am


zoo said:


I disagree with you.
Bashar al Assad is now squeezed more than ever to fulfill his promises. There is no escape as the Russian won’t accept a slap on their face if Bashar fails to implement the reforms. They’ll dump him.
The strategy of the Russians is to bring the independant opposition groups on the ground (not the French-MB-Turkish one) to act more decisively and find a middle way to save the country from civil war and chaos.
Bashar’s excuses has been the lack of social peace to implement the reforms, while the opposition’s reluctance is because of the use of force to get that social peace.
As the opposition on the ground lacks any charismatic and courageous leadership, the whole thing has been dragging its feet and has allowed foreign supported expats to carry the flag of the opposition while sitting on their computers or touring Turkey and the “lobbies”

The Russian hope to boost the local opposition to share the burden of imposing a social peace as well as pushing Bashar to implement the reforms in conjunction with the opposition.
It is a challenge that will be opposed and fought by the hawk western countries who prefer the full destruction of the country and a rebuild under their ‘knowledgable supervision’ to regain the upper hand on the ‘arab spring’ and better control its foreign policy, especially on Iran, Iraq and Israel.
The Russians have invested and risked a lot in that veto. They must deliver, their honor is at stake.

October 5th, 2011, 11:28 am


Revlon said:

44. Dear Solitarius,
“Revlon, How do you manage to breathe and go about your daily activities? All these media and on the ground failures must make life quite stressful for you and your kind”

It is nothing compared to the Mothers who have been left sleepless over the prospect that the mutilated body could be their missing daughter’s

“Are you not disgusted with your own cells and existence in general?”
– They are not mine. They are God’s!

“Happy because the Ottomans are showing off their military force next to Syria?”
– Asad-Makhloof mobsters have commanded the murdering in 4 decades several folds over the number of their fellow Syrians that the Ottoman Empire did in several centuries!

“Keep on dreaming.. just visit your gastroenterologist frequently to check on your ulcers”
– The greatest achievements start with a dream! Our dream is as big as life itself; it is freedom.
– It is to us as important as worshipping and kissing Bishos little toe to you!

October 5th, 2011, 11:35 am


zoo said:

#10 Uzair8

Tariq Alhomayed is the Editor-in-Chief of Asharq Al-Awsat

The newspaper is owned by Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, a member of the Saudi royal family.

His view always reflects the Saudi Arabia establishment, anti-Shia, anti-Iran, anti-Syrian and pro-wahhabism. So to take with a pinch of salt.

October 5th, 2011, 11:39 am


Haytham Khoury said:

Dear Revlon:

Once you posted ab article about the corruption of Mohammad Makhlouf, the father of Rami, could you please find it for me again.

October 5th, 2011, 11:45 am


Syrian Nationalist Party said:

“….غليون: الفيتو في مجلس الامن “سيشجع” العنف في سوريا”

العنف لا لمصلحة المعارضة القومية الشرعية و هي لمصلحة الأ ستعمار

October 5th, 2011, 11:50 am


Haytham Khoury said:

الإعلامي إبراهيم الجبين يستقيل من التلفزيون السوري بعد أن اعتبره «شاشة العصابة»

October 5th, 2011, 11:51 am


Haytham Khoury said:

دور المسيحيين في الربيع العربي

مكسب مهم لمجموعتنا انضمام فارس الحلو ومي سكاف فأهلا وسهلا بهما

بسام الخوري

October 5th, 2011, 11:58 am


Haytham Khoury said:

لا أشك بهذا .. الطائفية السياسية وتحالفات القوى المؤسسة على ثقافة تخويف الأقليات هو ثقافة الاستبداد السياسي .. نفس السيناريوهات المتبعة المكررة .. تحالفات واهنة .. فقر وخواء .

May Skaf

October 5th, 2011, 12:01 pm


N.Z. said:

Zeinab, story, is an example of the viscousness, cunningness of this self serving family.
Justice will be served. And the likes of Bashar know very well the future that is awaiting them.

Sassan is a good example.

October 5th, 2011, 12:02 pm


Haytham Khoury said:

مرجع دبلوماسي اميركي اعلن قبل قليل ، ان البطريرك الراعي لايمكنه اخذ موعد من الرئيس اوباما للمقابله ، لان ماصرح به في باريس بعد مقابلة الرئيس ساركرزي لايمكن ان يتكرر هنا في اميركا, ان مغامرة الراعي الفاشله لايمكن اصلاحها ، لقد تبنى ايديولوجية التحالف مع الشيعه السياسية ليواجه السنه السوريه ،وكأن المسيحيه ينقصها انقساما ، لقد خان رسالة السيد المسيح الذي نادى بالحرية وكرس حياته من اجل التخلص من قيود الناموس والمفاهيم الخاطئه لعلاقة الله مع الانسان . لقد رفض المسيح ان نكون عبيدا في العلاقه الروحيه مع الله ، لقد ارادها علاقه على مستوي واحد ، علاقة اب مع اولاده تسودها المحبه والاقتراب والاحترام ..الراعي ارادها علاقة خوف وتبعيه لمرجع ولاية الفقيه ..!?

October 5th, 2011, 12:07 pm


Revlon said:

Red dyed fountains in memory of the dead;
The water of the Fountains in Damascus main squares was stained red by activists who seek to draw attention to the ongoing regime sponsored blood letting in Syria.

كلنا شركاء

قام عدد من النشطاء السوريين اليوم بصبغ مياه بحرات الساحات الرئيسية في دمشق باللون الأحمر احتجاجاً على الدماء السورية التي تراق كل يوم وتعبيراً عن ما أسموه دموية النظام السوري في التعامل مع التظاهرات السلمية.

وفي خطوة بدت أنها شديدة التنظيم استفاق سكان مدينة دمشق على اللون الأحمر يملاً معظم بحرات الساحات الرئيسية في دمشق من السبع بحرات مروراً بالفحامة والجسر الأبيض وصولاً إلى باب مصلى وإلى مدخل مخيم اليرموك.

وقد نسبت صفحة اتحاد تنسيقيات الثورة السورية الحدث إلى من اسمتهم ابطال الشام وابطال الميدان معتبرة أن هذه العملية (نوعية) كما نشرت عدد من الصور التي تظهر البحرات باللون الأحمر.

ويذكر أن السلطات البلدية قامت ابتداءً من فترة ما بعد الظهر بتنظيم البحرات ومحاولة إزالة اللون الأحمر منها

October 5th, 2011, 12:10 pm


N.Z. said:

May Skaff, is a first class nationalist, a woman that has the bravery of half of our men. Ya May the Great. Thanks Khoury for posting. May her likes inspire us all.

Bashar ya jaban learn from May, and other men on this forum who supports the criminal, you will hide or deny, that you ever stood beside Bashar the murderer and his despicable savagery towards your people.

Your silence is more valuable than your babble.

October 5th, 2011, 12:16 pm


Mina said:

Another good article in the Atimes

Reading about the US embassy in Damascus, I always have a smile when I think of this odd building right across the street from the Iraqi embassy. It is not a large street and since it opened around 2003 I’ve always suspected they must have a common basement floor. But that was not enough to satisfy the hawks.

October 5th, 2011, 12:19 pm


AIG said:


Just as Mugabe was not squeezed to fulfill his promises, neither is Assad. The resolution is irrelevant any way. Europe and the US are going to sanction Assad which de facto means severe sanctions on Syria even without a binding UN resolution. Since the Assad regime really does not care about Syria, only about their survival, there is no good way to pressure them.

October 5th, 2011, 12:22 pm


Revlon said:

55. Dear Haytham Khoury,
Search in English was not fruitful.
To try search in Arabic, please quote the name in Arabic; I do not have Arabic keyboard.


October 5th, 2011, 12:24 pm


Tara said:


I think that Russia will eventually not veto a UNSC resolution against Bashar. Do you have an opinion?

October 5th, 2011, 12:38 pm


Syrian Nationalist Party said:

This is now for sure looking like a serious attempt at hijacking of Syria’s spring by foreign intelligence agencies and colonial interests using cheap puppets. It also shows that Israel who is the primary beneficiary of Syria roll back plan, covered with cloaks’ of lies, deceits and bloody violence, may be actually orchestrating this silly affair or using it for sinister murderous plan against Syrians.

The bottom line, you tried sanctions, you tried U.N., you tried terrorism, you tried genocide, and you tried antiquated silly media dog tricks that showed the lack of intelligence among the plotters, and all will fail miserably, what else left? Direct attack is not an option, Syria, Hezbollah and Iran will make it very costly, oil resources in the Middle East will be decimated and per barrel could reach $250-300, Europe is teetering on the verge of economic and social collapse and the U.S. is already drowned in debt and unemployment, the last nail to the coffin can wait, it is not worth the dry bone like Syria. Increase terrorism inside Syria is counterproductive for the plotters; they have neither control of the operation theater nor the audience. More violence means increasing prisoner numbers and their suffering, more negatives and bad exposure among Syrians and outright rejection of the so called revolution. So either the cash pipeline needs to be clogged from the foreign sources or a change of strategy is required. The problem here is that all those sponsored opposition have zero backing in Syria and are now totally discredited as colonial thugs.

YOU ARE OUT OF THE GAME, LIVE WITH IT, YOU GOT PAID FROM YOUR COLONIAL MASTERS, TAKE YOUR LAST CHECK AND GO PLAY BALL. Leave the legitimate Nationalist opposition to free Syria from Baathist economic, social and political clutches. Stop the hijacking.

October 5th, 2011, 12:41 pm


jad said:

خبير روسي: الفيتو الروسي الصيني بمجلس الأمن خطوة موجهة ضد السياسة الاستعمارية الغربية

في مقابلة مع قناة “روسيا اليوم” وصف إيغور خوخلوف الباحث والخبير السياسي الروسي استخدام كل من روسيا والصين لحق النقض في مجلس الأمن ضدّ قرار بشأن سورية بالخطوة الموجهة ضد السياسة الاستعمارية الغربية.

وقال خوخلوف يوم الأربعاء 5 أكتوبر/تشرين الأول “لم يكن هذا موقف روسيا وحدها، فهو موقف أيدته الصين كذلك، فهي أيضا استخدمت حق النقض ضد هذا المشروع .. من النادر جدا أن تستخدم دولتان من الأعضاء الدائمين في مجلس الأمن حق النقض سوية، الأمر الذي يدل على أن هذا المشروع الغربي لا يحظى بأي تأييد خارج إطار الناتو”.

وأضاف خوخلوف: “كانت الدول الأوروبية والولايات المتحدة تهدف إلى تمرير هذا القرار ذي المعالم الغامضة، قرار كان من شأنه أن يسمح، في حال تبنيه، باستخدام كل الوسائل، بما فيها العسكرية، مثلما شهدنا في حالة ليبيا. القرار بشأن ليبيا كان خفيفا نسبيا، لكن الأمر تحول فيما بعد إلى تدخل واسع النطاق وحرب استعمارية”.

وقال الخبير الروسي إن “روسيا والصين لم تكونا أبدا دولتين استعماريتين، فهما دولتان تشكلتا عبر التاريج على أراض واسعة. ولا شك أن روسيا والصين تقفان ضد أي سياسة استعمارية، وما نشهده حاليا هو استعمار كلاسيكي عنيف يهدف إلى فرض إرادة الأمم الأوروبية على دول تعتبرها مستعمرات لها. إنه أمر مرفوض تماما في القرن الحادي والعشرين. بل وأكثر من ذلك نرى أنه منذ عام 99، أي منذ الحرب في يوغوسلافيا، لا تزال دول الناتو تتجاهل كليا القانون الدولي. ما جرى في يوغوسلافيا ومن ثم في العراق جرى من دون قرار من مجلس الأمن وبالتالي فهو من وجهة نظر القانون الدولي كان عدوانا عاديا على دولة ذات سيادة”.

وأشار إيغور خوخلوف إلى أنه “لا شك أن أناسا يُقتلون في سورية.. لكن هل هؤلاء متظاهرون سلميون أم أفراد جماعات إرهابية؟ في ليبيا مثلا يتعاون الناتو عمليا مع تنظيم القاعدة والتنظيمات الأكثر تطرفا وصولا إلى الإطاحة بالقذافي أي زعيم الدولة المشروع، وذلك بعد أشهر مضت على مفاوضات الغربيين معه واعترافاتهم بشرعية نظامه! في المستقبل القريب يمكن لليبيا أن تتحول إلى معقل للقاعدة وغيرها من المنظمات الإرهابية بالقرب من أوروبا”.

وتابع: “أما الوضع في سورية فهو أكثر تعقيدا. تقع سورية في قلب عقدة هائلة من المشكلات التي يعانيها الشرق الأوسط. ثمة إسرائيل التي تتعرض حاليا لضغوط لا مثيل لها.. أولا، من قبل الفلسطينيين الذين اقتربوا من قيام دولة لهم اقترابا غير مسبوق، وثانيا، من قبل تركيا التي فترت علاقاتها مع إسرائيل بصورة ملحوظة على خلفية التصريحات التركية الأخيرة بشأن إرسال قافلة جديدة إلى الأراضي الفلسطينية”.

وأكد الخبير الروسي “إن الوضع في المنطقة متفجر. كما لا بد من الأخذ بعين الاعتبار أن سورية دولة عسكرية حديثة وقوية، خلافا لليبيا. كل هذه المشكلات تتطلب حلولا حذرة ومدروسة.. مطلع القرن العشرين أطلق على منطقة البلقان برميل بارود أوروبا. والآن، في أوائل القرن الحادي والعشرين، يعد الشرق الأوسط برميل بارود بالنسبة للعالم كله. لذلك فإن الموقف الروسي ينطلق من المبادئ التالية: أولا، هناك قانون دولي حديث أثبت عبر عقود من وجوده قدرته على ضمان السلام للبشرية. والآن نرى أن الولايات المتحدة والدول الحليفة لها تعمل على تفكيك منظومة القانون الدولي شيئا فشيئا. وثانيا، أيا يكن النظام السوري في نظر الغربيين، فهو كان يضمن الأمن في بلد ذي تركيبة اجتماعية معقدة جدا، وفي حال إزاحة هذا النظام سيمتص هذا البلد أعدادا هائلة من العناصر الإرهابية من كل أنحاء العالم، مثلما حدث للبنان بمطلع ثمانينات القرن الماضي. وإذا وقعت الأسلحة السورية الحديثة في أيدي الإرهابيين، فالعالم كله قد يشتعل. ذلك ما يجعل سياسة الغرب إزاء سورية خطيرة للغاية”.

I may disagree with the translation but it’s funny:
جلسة مجلس الأمن ضد سوريا والفيتو الروسي الصيني مترجم

October 5th, 2011, 12:42 pm


Mango said:

تعتبر وزارة الخارجية الروسية تناقل وسائل الاعلام الاجنبية تصريحات منسوبة للرئيس السوري بشار الاسد، بالتهديد بقصف اسرائيل بالصواريخ والمدفعية بشكل مكثف، استفزازا وقحا.

وجاء في تعليق لوزارة الخارجية الروسية وزع في 5 اكتوبر/تشرين الاول، انه “تدحض هذا السلطات الرسمية سواء السورية نفسها او التركية. ونرى انه نواجه في هذه الحالة استفزازا وقحا، وعملية حرب اعلامية سافرة، تشن ضد سورية. ومن الواضح، تقف وراء هذا قوى تسعى الى الحط من سمعة سورية وقيادتها امام الاوساط الاجتماعية الدولية الى اقصى درجة، وتهيئة الظروف بهذه الصورة لتبرير التدخل الخارجي في شؤون سورية للاطاحة بالنظام القائم هناك”.

وان هذه الاجراءات غير جائزة. وانها مجرد تعيق ايجاد السبل للخروج من الازمة الحالية في سورية، التي لا مجرد تضمن تحولها الى دولة ديمقراطية حديثة، بل وتؤمن صيانة السلام والاستقرار في كل منطقة الشرق الاوسط”.

October 5th, 2011, 12:42 pm


Shabbi7 said:

Louai, comment 6

My friend, there is a political game being played. I think the West are trying to provoke the Syrian government to dismiss ambassadors. If the Syrian government does this, then the West can have an excuse to be more belligerent because the Syrian “regime closed channels of bilateral communication, forcing us to be more unilateral.” Of course, they’re already unilateral, but politics is politics, and Western citizens are like sheep following whatever their media tell them. They would kick out all Syrian ambassadors and then those channels of communication could be shut for years.

But for that to happen, Syria has to be the one to kick the Western ambassadors out first. The Western countries can’t withdraw their ambassadors first because then it will be clearly them who ceased bilateral communication. Why doesn’t the US, France, and UK kick out the Syrian ambassadors who are being accused of “spying” on “activists” in those countries?

Besides, I think the fact that Syria did not even bother to kick out Western ambassadors made Western countries even more frustrated. During such events with Western ambassadors meddling in internal affairs of a country, it makes the West feel even weaker when that country doesn’t even both kick them out. It’s a sign of a leadership that is still rational and in control. Then when some Arabs withdrew their ambassadors, they looked like complete idiots, just like Sheikh A7mad Badr ed-Din 7assoun said.

October 5th, 2011, 12:43 pm


Dale Andersen said:

Memo To: MANGO

RE: “…Syria is the hotbed of major geopolitical game that involves the Western powers, Israel, Iran, Lebanon and other global powers….”

It’s much more than that, Mango Dude. Much much more. You’re just seeing the tip of the iceberg. It’s plots within plots within plots, yielding up a classic inside-the-beltway circle jerk connecting the dots between politicians, lobbyists, shadowy foreign nationals, POWs and Islamic jihadists, not to mention Asian Power Broker Joker Arroyo and fugitive Mafia Financier Frank “Frankie Five Angels” Pentangelo and the late Jimmy Hoffa and Lee Harvey Oswald. You can bet your old worn-out worry beads the Colombian Cocaine Kingpins and the Mexican Drug Lords are in the mix as well. And oh yeah, don’t forget the sinister back-channel money-laundering scheme to finance Brenda’s amnesia operation so she can remember what Lance told her about Heather’s motel rendezvous with Drake on the day Monica put strychnine in Lizbeth’s gumbo and…and…

Oh dear! Words fail me. Nothing I can possibly express could match the depth of my feelings on this matter…

October 5th, 2011, 12:43 pm


jad said:

Ammar the traitor nick name is ‘Ponytail’ and anybody who calls for bombing Syria is in the same category, a criminal and traitor to all Syrians.

Dr. Ghalyoun comment today that Russia encourage violence is not correct, many of his council members are calling for bombing and killing more Syrians to get to power, if he want Syrians to believe him, he should expose and reject any violence, any foreign intervention by any means and sectarianism in all its forms similar to the domestic opposition council, otherwise he is covering for his criminal friends, which he is already doing.

October 5th, 2011, 12:47 pm


zoo said:


US and Europe may sanction but it is not UN driven: all Middle Esatern, Asian and South American countries who want to help Syria, politically, economically and militarily can and will. US ans Europe are not the whole world and anyway both are in a deep crisis.

Israeli regime has benefited a lot from US-vetoed sanctions, why not Syria from Russia-vetoed sanctions?
Anyway Israel has nothing to envy to Syria’s isolation. Even the US say so

October 5th, 2011, 12:48 pm


some guy no longer in damascus said:

bbc reported zainabs story
so did al jazeera:

with that being said, i hope the flames of revolution spread to the KSA. it will be a bigger surprise than syria.

October 5th, 2011, 12:52 pm


Dale Andersen said:

Couldn’t the MB bomb just a little corner of Syria where nobody lives? Like out in the desert somewhere where they have nothing but jackrabbits and chaparral? I mean, it’d be just a symbolic bombing so everyone would know the MB is at least doing something…

October 5th, 2011, 12:52 pm


Haytham Khoury said:

بسام الخوري
دور المسيحيين العرب في النهضة العربية


دمشق – صحيفة تشرين
ثقافة وفنون

موفق خراط

كان المسيحيون العرب ـ من قبل بزوغ فجر الإسلام ـ في بلاد الشام كثرة كاثرة. وفي شبه الجزيرة العربية، كان ثمة قبائل عربية مسيحية، بعضها كثيراً عديده، من مثل قبيلتي «تغلب» و«بنو تميم»، وفي اليمن.

ومن طريق المعرفة، أن المسيحيين الموارنة هم من أصل يمني. هذا إضافة إلى الغساسنة في بلاد الشام، والمناذرة وتنوخ (في قنسرين، ومسليم، وبكر «ديار بكر» و«ربيعة».

عن دور المسيحيين العرب في النهضة العربية، القديمة والحديثة، كانت محاضرة الأستاذ حسين العودات، في النادي الأدبي النسائي، بقاعة محاضرات كنيسة الصليب المقدس.

بداية تحدث أ. العودات عن دور المسيحيين العرب في النهضة العربية، في العصر الوسيط «بواقع حال الحضارة العربية الإسلامية، وليس بالمفهوم الغربي، آنذاك، إذ كان الأوروبيون في حال تخلف، بمختلف أوجه حياتهم، فعلى الجانب العربي، كانت الحضارة العربية الاسلامية في أوج تقدمها وازدهارها، في العصرين الأموي «عصر الفتوحات» والعباسي، فقد كان للمسيحيين العرب دور بارز في العصر الأموي، في إنشاء الدواوين «الهيكل التنظيمي للدولة»، وكان منهم الأطباء المهرة. وقد كان طبيب معاوية بن سفيان مسيحياً. «ميسون زوجة معاوية التي طلبت الطلاق منه مسيحية».

وطلقها معاوية ملبياً رغبتها في العودة إلى حياة البداوة، وكان منهم شعراء مشهورون في البلاط الأموي، ومنهم الشاعر المشهور في هذا العصر «الأخطل»، وكان ثالث أشهر شعراء في «النقائض» مع جرير والفرزدق. وكان منهم أيضاً حرفيون مهرة، شارك عدد غير قليل منهم في بناء الجامع الأموي الكبير، الذي أمر الخليفة الوليد بن عبد الملك ببنائه، وقد كان الأخطل الشاعر رئيس الديوان في هذا العهد.

وكان ثمة شروط موضوعية ليبرز المسيحيون العرب، ويشاركوا في توطيد أركان الدولة العربية بدءاً من العهد الأموي، منها أن وجود الرومان في بلاد الشام أهلّهم ليشاركوا في إقامة الدواوين والإدارة، وكذلك كان شأنهم في العهد الفاطمي في مصر، وقد كان معظم الكتاب «كتاب الدواوين» من النصارى، «منصور بن ياسر، طبيب معاوية الخاص كان عربياً مسيحياً ومنهم من تقلد الوزارة كسعيد بن ثابت».

وقد كان للمسيحيين العرب، في هذين العصرين، لاسيما العصر العباسي دور كبير في التعريب، إذ كانوا يترجمون الكتب عن اليونانية ترجمة تعريب بصياغة عربية مبينة، بحيث يبدو الكتاب مؤلفاً بالعربية، ومن أشهر المترجمين النصارى في العصر العباسي «جرجيس بن يحتشوع»، وكان لترجمتهم كتب الفلسفة إلى العربية أثر كبير في ظهور «فرق المعتزلة» التي تجعل من العقل الحكم الوحيد في تفسير أحكام الشريعة الاسلامية.

وفي العصر العثماني كان لهم دور في التنوير، وفي إدخال المطبعة، وفي أواخر العهد العثماني كان لهم فضل في المشاركة بمقاومة التتريك والاستبداد التركي.

وكانت جمعية «العربية الفتاة» مكونة منهم وكان لها دورها في الداخل، وفي أوروبة «مؤتمر باريس». وشنق عدد منهم في عام (1916) بأوامر الوالي جمال باشا السفاح.

وفي العصر الحديث ظهر منهم مع عدد من العرب المسلمين ـ عدد كبير من المفكرين العروبيين، المحاربين لأي نزعة طائفية، وساهموا بفكرهم ومؤلفاتهم، في آخر العصر العثماني وبداية عصر النهضة في ظل الاحتلال الانكليزي لمصر، والاحتلال الفرنسي لسورية ولبنان، وكان منهم بطرس البستاني، وأديب اسحاق، وعدد من الأدباء والشعراء العروبيين، كالشاعر القروي، وبشارة الخوري… إلخ، ومن بينهم كان مؤسسو صحيفة الأهرام في مصر، إضافة إلى شعراء المهجر المسيحيين، بسبب كون كثير منهم من المتعلمين.

وكونوا في العصر الحديث الطبقة البرجوازية الأساس في سورية، ولبنان مما جعل مساهمتهم في النهضة الاقتصادية ذات أثركبير، على نحو ماكانوا أصحاب أثر كبير في النهضة الثقافية، وفي الثورة على الاستعمار الفرنسي ـ لسورية ولبنان ـ بفكرهم ومؤلفاتهم، وعملهم، وقد كان فارس الخوري عضو الكتلة الوطنية، في ظل الاحتلال الفرنسي، واحداً من أهم الشخصيات السورية التي ساهمت في صنع استقلال سورية.

October 5th, 2011, 12:53 pm


Amir in Tel Aviv said:

Russia vetoing anti Syria resolution is a big victory for Israel.
No one will be able now to criticize the US for vetoing anti Israel decisions. I can’t see how Syria won. Russian and Chinese flags are being burned in the streets of Syria.

October 5th, 2011, 12:53 pm


Amir in Tel Aviv said:

Dear Tara,

I can agree with the last comment you posted on the previous thread. The American envoy to the ME, Mitchel, admitted recently, that the Arab Israeli conflict is more complicated than the one in North Ireland.

October 5th, 2011, 1:07 pm


Mango said:


I am too much surprised from huge your potential! Unfortunately here to you not a place!!!

October 5th, 2011, 1:07 pm


sheila said:

To All,
Please make the effort to read #71 by Shabbi7 to learn how political analysis is done. Very smart, deep and thoughtful. A good reflection of our regime.

October 5th, 2011, 1:20 pm


5 dancing shlomos said:

taken from xymphora blogspot:

Tuesday, October 4,

2011 Remember the ‘mutilated & skinned’ Zaynab al Husni?

A few days ago; Human Rights Watch:

“…The killing and mutilation of Zaynab al-Hosni, 18, by unknown persons highlights the urgent need for the UN Security Council to demand access to Syria for an international investigation into rampant killings and torture in Syria, Human Rights Watch said today. Zaynab, whose brothers are active in anti-government protests, had vanished in late July after going out to buy medication for her mother. Syrian authorities returned al-Hosni’s dismembered body to her family on September 17, 2011, without providing any information on the circumstances surrounding her killing, and forced her mother to sign a paper stating that “armed gangs” had killed her….”

Well, apparently, Zaynab is alive and running away from home because of the abuse of her ‘activist brothers’:

“… Zaynab Al-Husni has become famous: she has been described as the victim of the Syrian regime who was decapitated and then skinned. Amnesty International published a report detailing her case and most Western media reported the story. Now, Zaynab Al-Husni has suddenly appeared on Syrian TV and said that she has fled her family’s home because her brothers were beating her and torturing her… Western media should now take pause and realize that the Syrian opposition media have been making unsubstantiated claims and fabricating news and that Western media have been automatically reproducing such claims…”

October 5th, 2011, 1:35 pm


jad said:

Dear Sheila,
We read Shabbi7 explanation, you were sarcastic about his views, “Very smart, deep and thoughtful.”
Could you please answer Louai’s question and explain so all of us learn how political analysis is done?
(I’m not sarcastic in my question, I really want to read your analysis.)

October 5th, 2011, 1:35 pm


Dale Andersen said:

Thank God Five Dancing Shlomos is alive. I was worried that some of Besho’s Boys got him.

October 5th, 2011, 1:55 pm


AIG said:


Are you joking? Israel has excellent trading agreements with the US, Europe, China, Russia, India etc. Israel sells and buys from all these countries. For example, hundreds of thousands of Russian tourists visit Israel each year. Israeli is not isolated at all. How can you even begin to compare that to how isolated the Syrian regime is?

As for belittling the West, you are gravely mistaken. That is still where most of the world’s technology comes from and it is the most important trading partner for Syria. Nobody else can refine Syrian oil for example. Most non-Arab tourists to Syria came from Europe, etc.

October 5th, 2011, 1:56 pm


5 dancing shlomos said:

Libya and Syria. (zionized)Western-led military operations
Interview by Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya

October 5th, 2011, 2:00 pm


Shabbi7 said:

JAD, 73

About Ghalyoun, after reading his comments today, I’m now 100% against him. I thought he had some potential but he’s still living in the fairy tale world of “peaceful revolution” and alliances with the vile terrorist Syrian MB. Also if we reflect upon the events of the past 6-7 months, things always got worse when the West would keep yapping. Passing that resolution would have encouraged a lot more violence in Syria. Can you imagine being part of an armed insurrection where you capture, torture, chop up, and assassinate civilians and soldiers, and then have the UNSC pass a resolution supporting you? After his comments today, there is no doubt: Ghalyoun li mazbalet et-tarikh.

Sheila, 81

How flattering. If you have your own analysis share it. After reading that bullshit you spread about a month ago about Dr. Yousef al-Yousef (God rest his soul), it would be nice to read some of your gems just so you can have a single ounce of credibility, and evidence of actual critical thinking, on here.

October 5th, 2011, 2:01 pm


Mango said:

The USA have blessed attack to Syria
The USA have openly supported an attack to Syria. The day before official representative Gov.Dep. Mark the Toner has blessed terrorist attacks against the Syrian military men, naming them “quite normal practice”. Reaction of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Syria has followed immediately: similar statements testify to support by the American management of “the armed terrorists”, attacking army divisions.

Under the statement of the Syrian ministry, such support “accurately shows that the USA are involved in an event and push the armed groups to violence concerning the Syrian military men”.

Official Damascus sees in Mark Tonera’s statement “an irresponsible appeal to carrying out of acts of terrorism and an establishment of anarchy which serves foreign interests and is opposite to the Syrian people”.

The sharp aggravation of the American-Syrian relations has coincided on time with one more incident in which the ambassador of the USA in Syria appears. We will remind that on September, 29th according to the western mass-media as if aggressively adjusted crowd from supporters of Bashara Asada “has attacked head of the American diplomatic mission in Syria”.

October 5th, 2011, 2:19 pm


Observer said:

First two news items
There is a you tube of an interview on Syrian TV of psychiatrist woman in a program discussing the dual role of mothers/professionals in society. The program is filmed with a window behind the interviewee that shows the Omayyad circle and if one pays attention there are multiple buses and vans trucks filled with the “shabiha” passing by. The content of the interview is not the story but the fact that the regime enforcers are being bused to various locales around Damascus to quell the revolt. It is another sign of the incompetence of the Syrian TV.

There is also the news that the people of Damascus woke up to find several fountains in the city with the water colored in red flowing through them to show the spilling of blood in the country and that the municipality workers have been called to clean up the mess.

ANN no one on this blog gives a hoot about your posts about KSA or about the Ukrainian delegation or the Kazakh parliament or whatever you like to post like a parrot of the regime propaganda.
Please if you have anything important to say do so otherwise spare our time.

It is clear that China and Russia are not keen on having the SC give any cover and therefore mandatory compliance with any sanctions coming through it to further isolate Damascus. I do not believe that they think that the regime is winning but they are fearful of a precedent being taken. China is thinking of North Korea and Russia is using this card to bargain for other issues inlcuding its sphere of influence and the missile shiled. I expect that there is going to be a drop in the price of oil if Russia continues to be obstructive.
This has one of several possible outcomes and these are dispassionate observations and not wishful thinking:
1. The regional powers must now decide to either contine to watch the deadlock unfold without intervention
2. The regional powers will intervene without a SC resolution to tigthen the noose on the regime with economic sanctions ( likely in my opinon )
3. There may be added military help to the defectors with bases established in Turkey and less likely in Lebanon ( likely as well )
The regime has now several options:
1. Having rejected the lifeline sent its way by the Arab league it can swallow its pride and proceed to re negotiate to accept it.
2. More likely it will feel emboldened and shielded and may proceed with an escalation of armed solution
In the later case, it will actually proceed further along the dead end of no return in my opinion. As I noted before, if there are genuine reforms then the regime is dismantling itself. If as we have seen we have cosmetic reforms then it is postponing the inevitable collapse of the regime. If its claim that there are genuine livelihood issues that need addressing it is not able to do so with the sanctions in place. If its claims that there is armed gangs it is showing incredible ineptitude in crushing them, defeating them, proving their alliance with foreign powers, and destroying the so called conspiracy against the country. After all the regime has armed forces ready to battle Israel and defend the country against invasion. If it has taken it 7 months to crush armed gangs and kill 800 or so of them then it is really in need of major improvements.

There is now more than ever a very wide gap between the sects on one level. On another there is a very wide gap between those in cohoots with the regime and those left out of the graft system. The increase in poverty will lead to criminality and to further economic instability.
My estimation is that the regime is blind to its outcome. It thinks that it can re hash the 80’s stories and dodge the sanctions and survive as it did after 2005. I do think that the mental state is very akin to that of the Ghadafi clan: either I rule over you or I kill you.
As for its role in the resistance it is joke of course. Hamas has shifted to an alliance with others. Egypt will regain its weight. KSA has adapted to the new reality and will ally with Egypt to re draw the political map. Turkey will work with the regional powers to enhance its standing and Iran is actually playing catch up: the Supreme Leader there is declaring that he is more Palestinian than the Palestinians themselves and will not recognize a state within the 67 borders even if Israel and the US do!!!! What next a meeting with Bibi to thwart the birth of the (rump) state of Palestine?

The people in my opinion are fed up with ineptitude and mafia rule.

October 5th, 2011, 3:24 pm


Haytham Khoury said:

Dear all
This my contribution on one of the forum that I am participating at. This will be my next paper to be sent to SNC.

إن صراع الشعب مع النظام هو معركة ستنتهي بانتصار أحدهما، و طالما أن الشعب يعي ذلك تماماً فإن على المجلس الوطني السوري أن يقود هذه المعركة، و لهذا يتوجب عليه أن يكون لديه غرف عمليات دائمة تدرس و تتكيف و تغير الخطط لهذه المعر…كة. لهذه المعركة عدة أبعاد:
البعد الجماهيري: نريد للمظاهرات أن تستمر و تنمو، لذلك على رئاسة المجلس أن تخاطب الناس مباشرة. هل تذكرون خطابات الخميني للناس. هناك متظاهرون يجب أن يحسوا أننا معهم لئلا يأسوا. هناك أغلبية صامطة يجب أن نحاكيها. نريد لعامة الناس أن يبقوا بعيدين عن السلاح لأن ذلك سيجلب المزيد من القتلى و الدمار. بالرغم من ذلك أنا لست ضد الدفاع عن النفس. لدي الكثير لأقول في هذا المجال و لكن سأتركه لمرة قادمة.
البعد الثاني هو بعد قضائي. يجب أن يعمل المجلس على إحالة بشار و حاشيته إلى محكمة الجنايات الدولية فهذا سيضع ضغطاً نفسياً عليه و على زوجته. و سيعطي المجلس أداة يقايض بشار عليها، فإذا أراد أن يحفظ حياته كرجل حر و مستقبل أولاده فعليه أن يفكر بالموضوع. بهذا الشكل يمكن للمجتمع الدولي أن يضغط عليه طالما هذا ليس ممكناً من خلال مجلس الأمن في الوقت الراهن.
البعد الثالث هو بعد سياسي، يجب أن يحاول المجلس الوطني المحاولة مع روسيا و الصين. يجب أن يتم ذلك بذكاء فلكل قضية باب و لكل شخص نافذة يمكن الدخول عبريها إليهم.
البعد الرابع عسكري. تركيا تعتزم إقامة منطقة آمنة على حدودها. هذا سيكون فرصة جيدة للجنود المنشقين للتمركز هناك. ما نريده منهم هو عمليات كرٍ و فر على و حدات ماهر الأسد.

October 5th, 2011, 3:26 pm


Ghat Al Bird said:

President Assad’s comments according to press reports…..

Syria will strike Israel and “set fire” to the Middle East if foreign forces choose to launch a military strike on the protest-ridden country, the Iranian news agency Fars quoted Syrian President Bashar Assad as saying on Tuesday, referring to remarks made by the Syrian leader during a meeting with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu last August.

During a meeting with the Turkish FM, the Fars report claimed, Assad indicated that Syria would not hesitate to strike major Israeli cities if it was attacked.

“If a crazy measure is taken against Damascus, I will need not more than 6 hours to transfer hundreds of rockets and missiles to the Golan Heights to fire them at Tel Aviv,” Assad said.

In addition, Fars reported that the Syrian president told the Turkish FM that he would also call on Hezbollah in Lebanon to launch a rocket attack on Israel, adding: “All these events will happen in three hours, but in the second three hours, Iran will attack the U.S. warships in the Persian Gulf and the U.S. and European interests will be targeted simultaneously.”

Assad’s comments to the Turkish FM came after Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said earlier Tuesday he would set out his country’s plans for sanctions against Syria after he visits a Syrian refugee camp near the border in the coming days.

The move heralds a further deterioration in previously friendly relations between Ankara and Damascus since the start of Assad’s crackdown on protesters.

“Regarding sanctions, we will make an assessment and announce our road map after the visit to Hatay in southern Turkey, setting out the steps,” Erdogan told reporters, adding he expected to visit the region at the weekend or the start of next week.

October 5th, 2011, 3:28 pm


Mina said:

If only you could prove us that Europe and the US are not ruled by mafias. Indeed they have more money, thanks to centuries of razzias, and it is more redistributed, thanks to a history of revolutions and creating a welfare state. But the “hedge funds” and the markets, who are now actually ruling th world, are not exactly happy with that and are dismantling it wherever they can.
When you say that “KSA will ally with Egypt” this is really cynical. Egypt would like to have its own destiny, but KSA will never let that happen.

October 5th, 2011, 3:29 pm


Areal said:

75. some guy no longer in damascus said:

bbc reported zainabs story
so did al jazeera:
The old story

Syria unrest: ‘First woman dies in detention’
Demonstration with placard referring to the death of Zainab al-Hosni

An 18-year-old whose brother opposed Syria’s regime is believed to be the first woman to die in custody in Syria, Amnesty International says.

Relatives found the mutilated body of Zainab al-Hosni by chance at a morgue in the city of Homs, the group says.

They had been called to the military hospital to pick up her brother’s body three days after his arrest.

A total of 103 people are reported to have been killed in Syrian custody since the uprising began in March.


According to the London-based human rights group, the 18-year-old’s body had been decapitated, the arms cut off and the skin removed.

“If it is confirmed that Zainab was in custody when she died, this would be one of the most disturbing cases of a death in detention we have seen so far,” said Philip Luther, Amnesty’s deputy director for the Middle East and North Africa.

Ms Hosni was abducted by men suspected of belonging to the security forces in July, apparently to put pressure on her activist brother Mohammad Deeb al-Hosni to turn himself in, according to Amnesty.

The case emerged as the office of the UN human rights chief warned that the Syrian government’s crackdown also appeared to be targeting activists outside the country.

Now the real story has reported by the BBC

“”Meanwhile, Syrian TV has broadcast images of a woman it said Amnesty International had declared dead.””

What an equal treatment of information to their previous story
the testimony of Zainab is covered by comments

Still waiting for the link from

Still waiting an equal treatment of information to

Amnesty still no comments


The free press has lost its credibility.

October 5th, 2011, 3:35 pm


Akbar Palace said:

Iraq all over Again

I say that if most Arabs and their respective governments want the UN to stay out of this conflict, we should oblige. At this point the actors prefer to go it alone.

Blocking of Security Council resolution on Syria a ‘shocking betrayal’

5 October 2011

Permanent members of the Security Council that used their veto yesterday to block a binding resolution on Syria have utterly failed in their responsibilities to protect the Syrian people, Amnesty International said today.

“It is shocking that after more than six months of horrific bloodshed on the streets and in the detention centres of Syria, the governments of both Russia and China still felt able to veto what was already a seriously watered down resolution,” said Malcolm Smart, Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa Director.

“Those countries which ducked this decision by abstaining must also bear a heavy responsibility for allowing the brutal crackdown on legitimate dissent in Syria to continue unchecked.”

“Attempt to justify this position by referring to the military intervention in Libya are utterly irresponsible. The Syrian people should not have to suffer because of political disagreements about the situation in a different country. Yesterday’s veto was nothing short of a betrayal of the Syrian people.”

Nine members of the Security Council voted in favour of the draft resolution, which condemned Syria’s crackdown on protesters and left open the possibility of sanctions.

Permanent members Russia and China used their vetoes to prevent the resolution from being passed, while South Africa, India, Brazil and Lebanon abstained.

October 5th, 2011, 3:56 pm


Chris W said:

Thank God for China and Russia. Sanity has prevailed.

October 5th, 2011, 3:59 pm


ghufran said:

So,Haytham, do you seriously believe that armed militias will hide in Turkey and only strike what you called Maher Alasad units and go back in hiding?
the armed militias are busy kidnapping people,killing anybody who says no,and committing random acts of theft and terrorism as if Syrians did not have enough of the regime shabeehas and the security forces,and now they have to worry about anti regime armed thugs.
I hope that you are not related to the late Fares Al-khouri since I would really like his family name to stay clean.
the most depressing aspect of the syrian tragedy is that average citizens have nowhere to hide,they are surrounded with hostile countries and sanctioned by the west while they suffer from the brutality of their own government and the lawlessness of the armed rebels.

October 5th, 2011, 4:00 pm


Some guy no longer in damascus said:

I kind of agree with ghufran,
Now anyone will get arms under the pretext of regime resistance. Prosecutor will become executor. Ughh how can this crisis be averted??

October 5th, 2011, 4:17 pm


uzair8 said:

Sayyidina Muhammad (s) is a Ruby and We Are Stones

Mawlana Shaykh Nazim al-Haqqani

30 September 2011


Now Arabs are asking to follow shaytanic ways, saying, “We must make a parliament.” May Allah make your parliament fall on your heads and all of you die! They are still not giving real respect to their prophet’s orders, which are from Heaven and written in the Holy Qur’an. Allah Almighty is saying, “O My most beloved one! don’t worry. I will teach them a lesson and give them good training. The angels of fire are going to make them good rubies!” But they will be in need for thousands and millions of years to be on that fire, to be real rubies. That is granted to them through their lives on Earth, but they refuse it.

I am sorry Arabs are saying (with false pride), “We are Arabs!” Nationalism is a curse from the Heavens, as addressed in the message of the Seal of Prophets (s). They are asking, “Which constitution should we follow? We don’t know.” Libyans, Palestinians, Syrians, and Turks are all asking to follow a constitution. The Russians, Germans, French, and Italians may do that, but we Muslims have been granted heavenly laws, Shari`ah. It is the biggest shame for Turks, Kurdish, and Arabs to leave the Holy Shari`ah, to say, “We are going to find this (new way) to bring to people.” Fear Allah! Allah Almighty already sent Holy Qur’an! Those were His orders, but you don’t like it, He (swt) is saying, “I am going to train them, to teach them a lesson!”

Therefore, now a heavenly whip is coming first on Arabs. Egypt is claiming, “We are the center of Islam, with the highest position of Islam in our country.” How are you saying this and you are looking to make a new constitution, asking to write this and that (implement new laws to govern the people). Let them take it and (…)! (Laughter) I am a very weak servant, but Allah (swt) gave us an unseen Creation, viruses, that He may send on them instead of the ababeel He sent on the tyrant Abraha of Yemen (Holy Qur’an 105:1-5).


O Arabs! You are saying, “We are Arabs,” but you must instead say, “We are Muslims!” Palestinians, Iraqis, Shami, Palestinians, Turkis Saudi, Libians, leave your nationalist titles and say, “We are Muslims!” and Allah Almighty will send His heavenly blessings on you. Say, “We are your servants, O Allah! We are servants of the Lord.” Until you return to Shari`ah, perhaps 10 million Arabs must pass away, 20 million Turks, 30 million Asians, and 50 million from Pakistan! We are asking forgiveness.

O People! Daily you should say, “Astaghfirullah, astaghfirullah, astaghfirullah.” Divine punishment will come first on men and secondly on women, because men allow their women to show their beauty and ornaments in public, dressing daily in new fashions. Are you (women) asking to be mannequins for these new fashions, or to show your bodies? For what? Shaytan is making new fashions for you, saying, “Now winter is coming and you need new clothes.” What about the old ones? They throw them away. Now the Greeks are bankrupt and after a while, Europe will also be bankrupt. For what? (They spend too much) and their citizens are so poor!


“Don’t kill your people.” Saleh (President of Yemen), Bashar (President of Syria), the Turks, and in so many countries they are killing, but for what? Allah (swt) said, “Don’t kill,” but they are disobedient!

O People! Heavenly revenge is coming and Allah Almighty will make everything clear. It is not good to protest in the streets, “Irhaal, irhaal, irhaal, go out (Mubarak)!” It is better to go to your village homes and leave the cities empty so they will ask, “Where are all the people? No one is here!” Don’t make yourselves a target so they can kill you. They lost Islam; the Muslims are ignorant, not learning Shari`atullah. Everything they do is against Holy Shari`ah and yet they say, “Irhaal, irhaal yaa Bashar!” He is not going away until something comes on him from the Heavens. When Allah Almighty orders, the tyrants will be sent away, but not until the people say, “Tawbah, yaa Allah!” No one blamed ababeel, the small birds that bombarded and killed Abraha. Keep your adab and your imaan though Shari`atullah, and Shari`ah will protect you! If not, you will be punished here and Hereafter.


That is a warning to all Mankind, and to me also. Tawbah yaa Rabbee, tawbah yaa Rabbee, tawbah yaa Rabbee! Shukran yaa Rabbee, shukran yaa Rabbee, shukran yaa Rabbee!

Read more:

October 5th, 2011, 4:22 pm


uzair8 said:

Current Precautions when Visiting Sultan al-Awliya

Mawlana Shaykh Nazim al-Haqqani
13 September 2011 Lefke, Cyprus

…in that month, during the time of Hajj, the season of hujaaj, pilgrims, they (visitors) may stay here, and at the beginning of Dhu ’l-Q`adah every one must go to their homes because there may be trouble in our Mediterranean area, and then it will be difficult for them and for our people here or for governments. Then there may be no planes or ships coming and going and it may be difficult for them (to return home) and for our people here (to host them).

See the following for this and more transcripts of the Shaykh.

October 5th, 2011, 4:32 pm


uzair8 said:

Our Political Vision:

By Shaykh Muhammad Al-Yaqoubi:

We should remember that the worst tyrants of the Arab World in our modern history did not rule in the name of Islam but in the name of secularism and democracy. There first victims were not the seculars but Muslims who were suppressed and Islamic movements which were banned. Why then “Islamists” are feared and prevented from reaching power. It was not “Islamists” who supported these oppressive regimes; rather the seculars, while the “democtaric world is helping these regimes stop the Islamic tide and applauding to them: France supported Ben Ali’ in Tunisia; USA supported Mubarak in Egypt; and the EU supported the Assad’s regime. It high time we proved that Islam is more tolerant towards its opponents than the fake democracies of the West which protect the secular and eliminate the religious under the claims of fighting extremism. All we are doing is replacing one alleged extremism by another already proven extremist. It is time for Islam to present its vision and solutions to the political, social and economic and crises in the Islamic World. For anyone who is trying to predict the future of the Middle East, I say, wait to see the Islamic choice being embraced by our people as the only guarantee to a better future. To all of that we see the start coming from Syria.

October 5th, 2011, 4:47 pm


jad said:

Haytham biggest mistake is that his writings in the last couple days of publicly supporting violence, calling for more armed gangs attacks and for shamelessly supporting genocide by calling for bombing innocent Syrians are actually putting him in the danger of being prosecuted under the Canadian law, for supporting violence and for calling of killing others out of political disagreements.

Dear Haytham,
A super friendly advice from someone who actually care, watch carefully of what you write, even if you write it in Arabic, especially under your full name, in Canada we have a very clear line between the freedom of supporting any political party we want and supporting ‘violence’ solutions, ‘criminal’ activities against others and advocating genocide, be very clear and smart of what you write.

Advocating genocide

318. (1) Every one who advocates or promotes genocide is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years.
Definition of “genocide”

(2) In this section, “genocide” means any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy in whole or in part any identifiable group, namely,
(a) killing members of the group; or
(b) deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction.

(3) No proceeding for an offence under this section shall be instituted without the consent of the Attorney General.
Definition of “identifiable group”
(4) In this section, “identifiable group” means any section of the public distinguished by colour, race, religion, ethnic origin or sexual orientation.

October 5th, 2011, 4:53 pm


uzair8 said:

Condolences to the Grand Mufti of Syria تعزية لسماحة مفتي سورية د. أحمد حسون

Shaykh Muhamad Al-Yaqoubi offers his sincerest condolences to the Grand Mufti of Syria Dr. Ahmad Hassoun upon the loss of his young brilliant son, Sariyah Hassoun, who was assassinated today. Sh. Al-Yaqoubi considers the Syrian regime fully responsible for the loss of all innocent lives including this one. The regime which killed Hamza Khateeb and Zaynab Husni and accused protesters of killing them, is capable of killing more and making more accusations.

Sh. Al-Yaqoubi, after offering his condolences and sympathy to the Mufti for this tragic loss, would like to repeat his call to him to resign and join the Syrian people in their uprising, to speak up the truth as he tried when the demonstrations started. We know that his eminence started re-thinking his position to take people’s side; this tragedy should not turn him back. May Allah send his Mercy on the young Sariah and all our martyrs.

October 5th, 2011, 4:53 pm


NK said:


The Syrian regime and its militias do not fit this description

(4) In this section, “identifiable group” means any section of the public distinguished by colour, race, religion, ethnic origin or sexual orientation.

October 5th, 2011, 5:11 pm


Tara said:


The most plausible story behind Zaynab is that she was indeed kidnapped by the shabeehas, not to force her brother to surrender but rather to stage a sinister plot against the support of the international media and the HRW of the revolution in order to portray them as biased and perhaps part of the conspiracy against Bashar   She was kept alive and was not tortured.  The family was led to believe by the hospital officials that the body of an unidentified defaced and mutilated girl was Zaynab.  The goal was to get the story out.  After all the regime reputation has already been trashed by multiple similar examples, a set up like that might be the only way to cast a doubt in regard to it’s brutality.  The news media across the globe did what is expected from a sensational case like that and reports and dwells on the brutality of the Syrian regime.  All of the sudden, on Tuesday, Oct 4th, the day when the UNSC is supposed to meet in regard to a resolution condemning the Syrian regime,  Zaynab appears on the state TV alive and well, coerced under the threat of torture to say she ran away because her brothers were beating her.  She declined providing info in regard to her whereabouts and states that the reason why she came clean is “her concern in regard to what to name to future children she may have when she gets married”.  

The evidence:

1- the mother was told by nobody else other than the regime that the body is Zaynab’s
2-the timing of the interview is very suspicious
3-it is very odd for an 18 year old from Bab alsbaa in Homs not only to run away, but also to find a family that gives her safe haven and does not call her parents with her whereabouts for more than 2month especially in the current circumstances.
4-the reason provided on camera by Zaynab for her going to the authority on is very suspicious unless she is coerced under torture or threat of killing her parents to do so.  Remember, her own brother was murdered by the regime yet she chose to contact the authority instead of her own mother and then asked her mother’s forgiveness.  This does not makes sense.  She is more likely to be forgiven by contacting the family directly rather than appearing on state TV. 

October 5th, 2011, 5:12 pm


jad said:

My point was about promoting genocide for Syrians in general not the ‘regime’, nice try!
Can you go and kill only the ‘Syrian Regime’ without killing any innocent Syrian in your mission?

I’m glad to hear that you don’t care for justice or law, you prefer the short cut..just killing everybody who doesn’t agree with you.
What do you care, you don’t live there so for you it’s acceptable to let all the Syrians inside Syria to be subjected to all kind of violence and bombing as long as nothing happened to you…Very humane!

October 5th, 2011, 5:50 pm


NK said:


You’re putting words in my mouth, I merely pointed out your intimidation attempts towards Haytham are baseless, legally.

I never stated my opinion regarding military intervention in Syria, because I believe this is something that Syrians living in Syria must decide on their own, those of us living outside the country should stay out of it.

By the way the same concept applies to you.
What do you care, you don’t live there so for you it’s acceptable to let all the Syrians inside Syria to be subjected to all kind of violence, torture and humiliation by a murderous regime as long as nothing happened to you…Very humane!

October 5th, 2011, 6:09 pm


jad said:

“I merely pointed out your intimidation attempts towards Haytham are baseless, legally.”
Intimidation!? Defending Haytham! how funny! He can defend himself very well, he doesn’t need NK help, besides, I’m just using the law of the country he lives in to tell him that calling for violence is something illegal, what’s the intimidation in that? He needs to become politically mature, it helps him.

Give me the comment that I wrote here on anywhere else that supported the violence in any shape by anybody being of the regime, the radicals or the international community toward Syrians, if you can’t find any then please don’t use this cheap shot on me, use it on someone else.

October 5th, 2011, 6:22 pm


NK said:


You are against intervention, you made this abundantly clear in many many comments, here’s one of them.

You live in the west, no ? In Canada if I’m not mistaken, but regardless, you live outside Syria. Thus you should support whatever the Syrians living in Syria decide, even if they decide it’s in their best interest to seek help from the U.S to protect them from the Assad death squads. They are the ones being killed and tortured, it’s their choice.

October 5th, 2011, 7:11 pm


louai said:

Yes it could be a plastic figure I cant argue with that , I actually didn’t see the video , I stopped watching videos after I saw the poor public sector employee was hanged and his body beating publicly ,it affect me so much seeing this kind of staff ! but I didn’t expect that some one could go that far fabricating specially that there are many vanished people from Homs , we hear every day of girls and men get kidnapped and later they found dead so if some one want to film a mutilated body they don’t have any lack of resources to do so .

I heard more than ten explanations from the revolutionaries point of view as how Zainab appeared to be alive , none of them admitted being so receptive to what ever being posted on youtube ,they do not care about any credibility unfortunately ,the international media trying to distance themselves from this story by not reporting the resurrection of Zainab or by pointing out that they copied the news from HWR .

October 5th, 2011, 7:53 pm


sam said:

Ambassador Rice accused Russia and China of wanting to sell arms to the Syrian regime rather than stand with the Syrian people. Russia’s Ambassador did not take too well to the accusations…..

If that isn’t the pot, calling the kettle black, i dont know what is……Nevermind the billions of tax dollars that we (U.S.) dont even have, goes to slaughter arabs by the hand of Isreal, they turn around and sell the technology. This world is going to the gutter!!!!! Susan Rice!! Lets worry about americans, and not syrians, isrealies, palestinians, lybians, etc. etc. etc. America first baby!!!!!!!!!!!!

October 6th, 2011, 5:02 pm


Gus said:

I feel sorry for the virtual revolutionists but someday they are going to face reality

October 7th, 2011, 2:23 pm


ken penethby said:

China and Russia could not show their support for the Syrian peoples’ struggle for basic human rights…

Unfortunately, China and Russia don’t know what basic human rights are. The Resolutionbn should have spelled what these men in words of one syllable – the maybe – just maybe – the light might dawn on them that people don’t like being told what to do by the same family for decades on end and or being punished for complaining about government corruption.

October 10th, 2011, 4:15 am


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