Tuesday, June 21, 2011

The Long Goodbye Continues!

Assad’s new strategy, sort of, calls for fighting protests with pro-Assad rallies and promote civil strife.    

Tuesday June 21, 2011

Assad issues new amnesty for offenses committed before June 20… Assad loyalists and the security forces open fire on unarmed protesters killing 7 in the cities of Homs, Hama and Mayadeen… Meanwhile, Syrian army continues its scorched earth crackdown on communities along the Turkish border… Russian PM, Valdimir Putin, urges international community to increase pressure on the Assads to stop their violent crackdown, saying that Russian has no special relations with or interests in Syria, all while rejecting military intervention… Paris urges UN to break its silence on Syria… UN Secretary General joins Turkish, Canadian and European officials in expressing disappointment in Assad’s speech and demanding true democratic reforms…  

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Obama should do what he has so far refused to do: call on Syrian President Bashar Assad to resign.
A province in northern Syria has been almost entirely turned into a ghost town after a scorched-earth campaign by government forces, a diplomatic mission to the area has found.
Point being, global leaders should think twice before invading countries like Libya and telling the world it was done for humanitarian purposes. They should think twice before wholeheartedly backing a militarized opposition movement while standing silent and providing limited support to an entirely peaceful one.
In addressing the issue of why reform in Syria has been so slow, Assad said there was "no reason" -- a reference to his speech on March 30 in which he dismissed the notion that a group of hardliners or "old guard" figures were holding Assad back.
(Reuters) - Syrian security forces shot dead seven people on Tuesday during clashes in two cities between President Bashar al-Assad's loyalists and protesters demanding his removal, a leading activist said.
So the test is: in any reform President Assad has in mind, will he sack his brother, the murderous Maher al-Assad, who is directing the army’s response? The answer is clearly “no”, and his promises are therefore equally clearly hollow.
When reports of the deaths first emerged, spokesperson for the opposition Ammar Abdulhamid told me it meant one of two things: either the regime had already committed a massacre; or they were just about to. The latter proved correct and as state television reported the deaths variously – first 40, then 80, then 120 – the regime moved into the town and brutally suppressed the protesters.
Tourism is a key branch of Syria's economy and when hotels lay off workers and restaurants send waiters on vacation, the middle class is likely to join in the protests eventually.
The European Union is close to a deal on a new list of sanctions on Syria that would likely include 10 individuals and entities, including three from Iran, EU diplomats told Dow Jones Newswires. The new sanctions would take effect Friday when the names would be published in the EU’s Official Journal. This round of sanctions, the third in the last seven weeks, was reportedly under consideration as of last week.
“We share the concerns of the Turkish government. I think you see that their concern is mounting, particularly as they've had to handle all of these refugees and have done so with such a big -- a big heart. But clearly, Turkish patience appears to be wearing thin, and we share all of their humanitarian and political concerns," Nuland said.

Featured Videos

Hama / Hama City: a showdown between protesters and loyalists
Hama / Hama City: city comes under fire following the above showdown
Homs / Homs City: Homs under siege
Damascus / Midan / June 17: a just uploaded video shows a pro-Assad thug stabs a worshipped in Hassan Mosque
Deir Ezzor / Mayadeen: security forces open fire at protesters killing 4.
Homs / Homs City: security forces open fire at protesters
Homs / Homs City: an abandoned official department empty in daytime, after employees were bussed to join a pro-Assad rally. This is how Assad gets all that love.
Idlib / Bdama: tanks at the gate
http://youtu.be/MpbBGbTZjHM
Refugees on the Turkish borders / June 21: parents allow their children to swim in a dirty pond to take minds away from the shelling across the border.
Refugees on the Turkish borders / June 21: women complain against lack of supplies, say can’t return to Jisr Ashoughour because army tanks are still there.
Refugees on the Turkish borders / June 21: anti-Assad demonstration with protesters shouting “God is greater than the oppressor”

More protests against Assad Speech

Deraa / Deraa City: “leave, leave”
Deraa / Al-Jaizaj: “the people want to topple the regime”
Hama / Hama City
Hama / Hama City: funeral for an activist
Hama / Hama City / June 20: protesters chase out Assad envoys
Damascus / Qaboun: more and more demonstrators are adopting the Independence flag also adopted by the Antalya Conference.
Damascus / Jobar
Damascus / Kisweh: “the people want to topple the regime”
Damascus / Arbeen: “the people want to topple the regime”
Damascus / Al-Qadam
Lattakia / Tabiyat
Lattakia / Al-Ramel
Homs / Homs City: funeral for an activist
Homs / Homs City: Assad’s thugs beaten up an unarmed protester
Homs / Rastan: a local high school showing signs of the shelling that took place 2 weeks ago as part of the military take over the city.
Aleppo / Salahiddine Neighborhood
Hassakeh / Amudeh: Kurdish demonstrators shout “Leave, leave”
Alboukamal
Deir  Ezzor / Deir Ezzor City