Friday, September 2, 2011

Defector!

How many protest communities across Syria will end up endorsing the transitional council, this is the big question that this Friday will hopefully answer.

Thursday September 1, 2011

Hama City Attorney General submits his resignation and flees the country … 7 people were killed by Assad security forces: 6 in Homs City including an 11-year old boy and a 10 year-old girl (wounded on Wednesday), 1 in Rama Village in Idlib Province, a 7-year old man, and 1 in Deir Ezzor City … Meanwhile, dozens more activists were detained including in the Damascene suburbs of Zabadani, Qadam and Qaboun, the towns of Qourieyh and Jourah in Deir Ezzor, and the town of Jizah in Deraa/Hauran Province ... Fearing a contagion effect, security forces open fire on protesters in the Aleppo suburb of Tal Rif’at killing at least one …

Links
Activists seek a peaceful opposition to Assad regime, but others fear more conflict
If the EU were to impose real energy sanctions on Assad, their impact on his political future could be tremendous.
Reports suggest hotels in the tourist hubs of Damascus and Aleppo are empty. Tourism makes up about 12 percent of Syria’s $52 billion economy.
… the UN's Edward Luck, a special adviser for carrying out the "Responsibility to Protect" doctrine, believes that pressure is nevertheless mounting on Syria. "Many countries in the region are hardening their attitude and putting more pressure on the Syrian government to act," says Luck. "And we hope that will convince them to change course."
By day, a measure of normal life unfolds in Homs: stores and government offices are open, and people go about their business. Checkpoints have proliferated, though, and the most active youth try to stay off the streets, worrying that they are easier to identity in the daylight. By night, they gather in scores, sometimes in the hundreds, in open defiance of the regime.
Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi was blunt when he declared: “Either in Yemen, Syria or any other country, people have some legitimate demands and governments should answer them as soon as possible.” Gone was the facile epithet of ‘foreign conspiracies’ for even Iran knew there were none.
Amnesty International has said it believes that at least 88 people have died in detention in Syria during the past five months.
… the Syrian opposition has unified sufficiently to be an effective recipient of Western aid. Funds for striking workers, a wide variety of portable encrypting communications equipment and, critically, a cross-border WiFi zone that extends to the city of Aleppo, the commercial hub of Syria just 23 miles from Turkey, could greatly aid the opposition’s resistance. Covert action takes two to tango: Let the Syrian opposition tell us what it needs.
A new Syria is destined to emerge… from the months of upheaval engulfing the country in 2011. If that Syria is to be more democratic, Kurdish aspirations will have to be integrated into the broader spectrum of the country’s politics, moving the Kurds from the sidelines onto the field.

CNN asks: Syria's attorney general: Resignation or kidnapping? With reports from Turkey that Adnan Bakkour is now safely there, this seems like the genuine deal indeed. Here’s the video of the resignation http://youtu.be/GRRZsoAMtIA and here is the video in which Mr. Bakkour says he was not kidnapped http://youtu.be/DkcyvZpQMT8 .

Faytong and Patel looked at the Twitter network of an extraordinarily-well linked U.S-based Syrian and Middle East activist who tweets in both English and Arabic:  Ammar Abdulhamid—known to Twitter users as @tharwacolamus As they mapped the network of the several thousand followers of @tharwacolamus, Faytong and Patel noted that the most active 300 followers (with an average of 5,300 tweets each), in turn had a non-unique aggregated total of over 17 million followers—a size that made this whole “an excellent representation of the Middle East activist network.”

But

… many U.S. mainstream media, including CNN, ABC News and US News and World Reports “have very few primary sources with respect to Middle Eastern activists.  On Twitter, they mostly rely on secondary sources, which are often based outside of the Middle East, implying a mutual lack of interest.  Data shows the Middle Eastern activists are indifferent towards these media outlets.  One possible cause is that these activists cannot depend on U.S. media outlets for timely and richly detailed reports.  Their traditional news retrieval architecture results in delays in reporting developments from that region and watered-down analyses.  This in turn keeps them well-buffered from the activists that are the most-connected.”

In other words, Middle Eastern activists can be a major source of information on the different developments in our region, and are heavily inter-connected, but mainstream media in the U.S. is not taking full advantage of us. But that can easily change by simply pressing the follow button on our Twitter accounts.

Protests supporting the National Transitional Council announced in Ankara on Monday

Homs City / Stadium Street / Aug 29: protesters salute Bourhane Ghalyoun as the head of NTC and say that “the people want the transitional council” http://youtu.be/IWlJtkCXA4c , http://youtu.be/-FkH07lVFAM , http://youtu.be/T4ZIUxtlAnE A protester sprays “the people want the Transitional Council” on the ground in Qoussour Neighborhood (Aug 31) in Homs City http://youtu.be/s3vjGTrLfSs In the neighborhood of Baba Amr (Aug 31), protesters carried signs saying “a thousand yes to the Transitional Council” “the Eid is more beautiful with the Transitional Council” and “the people want the Transitional Council” http://youtu.be/VEKF4X1Hyi4 , http://youtu.be/E2h5OJi8luA On September 1, people carry a banner congratulating the Syrian people on occasion of the formation of NTC http://youtu.be/_GoDK3t-Z28 In Bayadah (Aug 31), protesters carried a large sign saying “yes to Transitional Council” http://youtu.be/Q3da3l4JQsE And on September 1, they chant “the people want the Transitional Council” http://youtu.be/BW5cNHP2wPk

In the Damascene suburb of Hamourieyh (Aug 31), the people salute the Change Council, one of the alternatives appellations proposed form NTC http://youtu.be/pRxqSsMH9TY In another suburb in Damascus, Arbeen (Aug 31), and in order to avoid any confusion, the cameraman made sure to name the NTC whose spokesman is Diaa Doughmoush, the young activist who announced the formation of NTC on Al-Jazeerah http://youtu.be/PaZ9_rdledU In Assaly (Aug 29), protester carried a banner blessing the NTC and congratulating the Syrian people for its formation http://youtu.be/DvfJEX1GCd8

Mseifrah / Deraa: protesters carry banners saying “We want a Homsi President” (head of the NTC, Bourhane Ghalyoun is from Homs) http://youtu.be/ju4pqZz1gkk 


Leaked videos of military operations in Idlib Province (Masrab) http://youtu.be/kYEDQ5u32fQ (Jabal Al-Zawiyeh) http://youtu.be/AHWpOSvNfTc , http://youtu.be/fI5NX4CH_D8

Another video of Assad soldiers misbehaving and abusing locals, this one from the town of Rastan in Homs Province http://youtu.be/IRgJ3IwbSwA Torturing a prisoner in Deraa City http://youtu.be/YRmIuLcMy2s In this video, Assad police, having prevented worshippers from entering the mosque for Eid prayers, shout slogans “For your sake Bashar” “God, Syria, Bashar and nothing more” “We salute the people of Qardahah (Assads hometown)”

ALEPPO

After weeks of nonviolent protests, security forces open fire on protesters in Tal Rif’at http://youtu.be/ahpfuE5jY_Q , http://youtu.be/QZVmAh49mTA wounding many http://youtu.be/L9e4V5pGzlk killing at least one http://youtu.be/Oo2WTujwtcI Mother of the martyr http://youtu.be/THW0R9Wk4XU In Eizaz, more protests take place at night in support with Tal Rif’at http://youtu.be/p3hyq7siLH8 Andan http://youtu.be/k-TQAQDWnco Meanwhile, Marei held a funeral on Thursday for an activist that was killed on Wednesday http://youtu.be/EXapfy2degA , http://youtu.be/ueCYo-_Fpr4 , http://youtu.be/IoVaVb7ww74 Mourners take the revolutionary oath http://youtu.be/S8uphW3rPCA

IDLIB

Thousands take to the streets in this new protest destination in Idlib Province, Al-Deir Al-Sharqi “See, Gaddafi is gone” http://youtu.be/df8i1OshYus , http://youtu.be/l08ipA4PG4o On August 31, in Kafroumah, people held a funeral for a local activist http://youtu.be/6CtIMkaQJbs


HAMA

Hama City / Souq Al-Shajarah http://youtu.be/wKfoUsabUOU , http://youtu.be/P9IwS7oDYcM Hamidiyeh http://youtu.be/qTuUg6suQog Shaikh Anbar http://youtu.be/nGffcsCtT9Q Elsewhere in the Province, Kafar Zita http://youtu.be/1N4mtDbWRwI The motorbike protesters in Kafar Zita merge with those from Latamneh http://youtu.be/FXibZPAHtIE Carrying banners saluting the Attorney General of Hama, thousands of protesters gathered in Karnaz chant “the people want to execute the president” http://youtu.be/AD3UrXc-cIc , http://youtu.be/0ZDnxfg3_BE

HOMS

Thousands pour to the streets in Khaldiyeh – protesters carry banner calling for international intervention http://youtu.be/qzxDik69qy0 , http://youtu.be/R7g856GKhyw (night) http://youtu.be/quNVfVbiz48 , http://youtu.be/KbLjyi5GuM0 in Baba Amr http://youtu.be/JKLXJ12Vy7Q Bab Dreib http://youtu.be/CYQOhKstAgk Bab Houd protesters demand a no-fly zone http://youtu.be/5hXXz2CWq8A , http://youtu.be/gvCbzOp5VJU Qoussour http://youtu.be/oNQI45QfLMc Bayadah http://youtu.be/Ll3sw2-JP1U Boustan Al-Diwan http://youtu.be/RELSR0P_Gt0 Bab Al-Sibaa http://youtu.be/R7jqtFkNNuo

Meanwhile, protesters in Insha’aat offer several new martyrs to the cause, including this 11-year old boy http://youtu.be/YwwG8NS_Yss , http://youtu.be/sCN8BKFw4SQ Another martyr http://youtu.be/t7QXLDxcH3w And another http://youtu.be/s5x6mmVu7OM The wounded http://youtu.be/GDnnfbRgpOQ , http://youtu.be/mcD-UzeGC_0

The children demonstration in Khaldiyeh – not a small affair http://youtu.be/K1j05BU3tQs , http://youtu.be/wH162NmMxuU , http://youtu.be/5p8IlgLxDys

Despite continuous military operations, people still take to the streets in their thousands in Rastan http://youtu.be/kZ4YIWJR8qY in Talbisseh http://youtu.be/mjY9dZpGmKs a banner saluting Adnan Bakkour, Hama’s attorney General who defected http://youtu.be/t6VoJ3o2Wv8 this one says “the people want no-fly zone, intervention to protect civilians, executing the presidents, removing tanks from streets http://youtu.be/YRmIuLcMy2s Palmyra/Tadmor http://youtu.be/-XkbEqewyNA  Wadi Al-Arab http://youtu.be/g45bLNHMJa8 Houleh http://youtu.be/W1q071la_i8 Security checkpoints http://youtu.be/PlEf8GAJA30 , http://youtu.be/mWh8QUvZ2Uk Snipers on top of government buildings http://youtu.be/fd1OQCvBbV8 Deir Baalbah http://youtu.be/ruV3puXIF64

HAURAN/DERAA

High Quality Video of Ankhel crackdown on August 30 http://youtu.be/wl7Zl2OU0n8 Today, it was Harra’s demonstrators’ turn http://youtu.be/-Jau2piaVyQ

After days of active celebrations and protests http://youtu.be/jPMxOM2JGYc , http://youtu.be/kjN2HoHIN_Q army troops invade Taybah http://youtu.be/jUPJK7WoKzM , http://youtu.be/XRqbwVf2jaQ

Deraa City / Sabeel Neighborhood (Night) http://youtu.be/uyy1DSJTTaI  Inside Al-Omari Mosque http://youtu.be/KRQSeGan5Rg Jizah from daytime http://youtu.be/H7NGG-hOsSA to nighttime http://youtu.be/75CfJF0q8qM Hraak http://youtu.be/nfBo7ggORPU

Nighttime

Daytime
Harrah http://youtu.be/R28ehIYJqKk , http://youtu.be/C9fk9Je5feg Tseel (banner: “to UN, blood-levels have risen to intensive bullet-fall” http://youtu.be/C0adDag_QYI

Wednesday
Mseifrah http://youtu.be/nDQu9bOI0js Kafar Shams “Banner: we want international protection) http://youtu.be/hOtwEyY5k1s  Khirbet Ghazaleh http://youtu.be/fWhup5AZ_II Basr Al-Harir http://youtu.be/apwHOD9s-Xw Yadoudeh & Tal Shihab http://youtu.be/J2rVNC7l18U

DAMASCUS

Douma thousands take part in the funeral of Youssef Al-Toukhi killed by security forces on Wednesday http://youtu.be/h3xurxXy9gk , http://youtu.be/6OA-PPM_ryA , http://youtu.be/P0AqwAwzfek , http://youtu.be/vb6HjeF0UEU , http://youtu.be/-zCWAYb-n4M Women take part http://youtu.be/PyQWH3DdzhU The martyr http://youtu.be/2dG-TSx-Kx0

A sit-in in Kafar Sousseh demanding release for all detainees http://youtu.be/GcDmvAa5WJo , http://youtu.be/aWoYqh60LBg

Midan / Abou Habel http://youtu.be/FZm9Tsi97Rc Mansour Mosque http://youtu.be/D8rGR8oG32U Meanwhile, in Salhieyh - a flash protest http://youtu.be/E3LmotYUgAo also, in Mazzeh http://youtu.be/GUSstTFDFwA


Despite the continuous intimidation, protesters take to the streets in Moadamiyah http://youtu.be/pNIMqyU7f-g