Saturday, 1 December 2012

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Syria’s DIY revolution

"Syria has become a do-it-yourself revolution, a fact that won’t be forgotten by the revolutionaries if the regime is ultimately defeated by its own hardware."

Friday, 30 November 2012

Shahnaz Taplin-Chinoy Headshot

Why Women Must Be at the Heart

of Phase II of the Arab Spring

"In the Syrian opposition front based outside Syria, and just being recognized by European governments, not a single woman is included."

Syria Internet Shutdown: A Loser’s Strategy

"Assad's move may backfire as Mubarak's did. When Mubarak cut the internet, he crippled the country's major industries and businesses, the ones connected to the global economy. Those businesses -- from oil to finance -- were crucial to keeping Egypt's economy functioning during what the regime hoped would be a passing protest phenomenon. Syrian business, while sputtering, is still generating revenue for Syria's cash-strapped economy.
"Technology doesn't "make" a revolution -- at least not after the initial stage. What keeps a revolution going is a citizenry turning against its government to such a degree that each new repressive step only makes them angrier."

The Final Countdown

"According to the Washington Post, both Egypt and Libya had shut its internet service during the height of their revolution as well. Considered a landmark event during their fight, the Syrian outage may hold similar importance."

Paint and Suffering: A Syrian Artist’s Cry for Help

"Fadia’s final painting in her exhibition, entitled “His Soul,” depicts the soul of her husband’s 19-year-old cousin, who was tortured and died before his parents’ eyes. Fadia hopes that the painting will send her audience a vivid message: “I died for freedom. What have you done?” "

Thursday, 29 November 2012

Nothing nuanced in Assad's bloody survival strategy


Why any socialists would think such people have any insight into events in the Middle East is mindboggling.
"Some activists, intellectuals and human-rights advocates who are defined as leftist, anti-imperialist and fiercely pro-resistance have mocked the revolution while warning against the "reactionary" tendency to frame Syria as a humanitarian crisis instead of a geopolitical catastrophe. Though they are committed to drawing attention to the unrest in Bahrain, cheering any whisper of trouble in Saudi Arabia, welcoming the unfolding protests in Jordan and expressing outrage over every Palestinian death in Gaza, they continue to watch with "critical" eyes as dozens are killed in Syria every single day."

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

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Yabroud: Assad is overthrown

In Yabroud, a child searches for a space in the sky for his kite, perhaps it can take him to his Syria, a country free from all tyrants and prisons.

Syrian regime draws battle lines as rebels advance

' "If the rebels make real progress around the capital, it could be the beginning of the end for Assad," the analyst said.'

Monday, 26 November 2012

Syrian rebels forced to police their

own as crime tarnishes reputation

"Revolutionary Security has struggled to communicate to the civilian population that it’s OK, even encouraged, for them to complain when they see members off the FSA engaged in inappropriate or illegal behavior.
Under the Assad regime, such complaints against the state and government could easily land the whistle blower in jail. Though the revolution was founded on challenging that type of authority, changing the deeply ingrained, 40-year-old culture of not questioning the government remains difficult."
A Syrian refugee girl, who fled the violence in her country, stands outside the Bashabsha camp near the Jordanian city of Ramtha, close to the Syrian border AFP Photo / Khalil Mazraawi

Egypt least worst option

for Syrian refugees

"Confronting humiliation is at the heart of the Syrian revolution said Salma Gazayerli, a Syrian activist living in Egypt. “Our revolution was mainly about dignity and freedom. In Syria, even though there is a discrepancy between different classes, the revolution was not as much about economics or poverty or bread like in Egypt. It was about dignity.” "

Sunday, 25 November 2012

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Syrian rebels capture air base near Damascus

"Helicopter base", but "outskirts of Damascus".

Jabal Mohsen tells its side of the story

Friends like this can be hard to find sometimes.
“I was working in a shop in Tripoli when a Salafist came and asked what sect I was. I said ‘Muslim,’ but he asked what kind of Muslim, so I replied, ‘Lebanese Muslim.’”
When the Salafist realized he was an Alawite, Hassan said, he told him that he could not continue working at the shop. “The owner couldn’t do anything. People interfered to stop him from hitting me. A Sunni friend of mine at work came to defend me, but the Salafist put a gun to his head and said, ‘You are a Sunni working with an Alawite.’ ”

Hezbollah: Ties with Hamas strong despite Syria differences

"Hezbollah has repeatedly voiced support for President Bashar Assad but Hamas has refused to take Assad’s side, although the Palestinian movement has always enjoyed the support of Syrian authorities."
I believe inserting 'verbal' between 'the' and 'support of Syrian authorities' would render this statement more accurate.

Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better

Nasrallah said in a speech in Beirut Sunday that Israel will face "thousands of rockets that will fall on Tel Aviv and other areas if it launches an aggression against Lebanon."

Ordinary Man

David Miliband: "The best way this could end is a palace coup". The butchers of Damascus are his preferred agency in Syria rather than a potentially Islamist popular insurgency. He's not the only one with such a contempt for ordinary people.

Syria rebels ready final assault on Sheikh Suleiman base

"Every soldier in the base understands that the end of the regime is near. They are just waiting for an opportunity to lay down their arms, but their Alawite officers prevent them," he said.