Thursday, October 20, 2011

Who You Gonna Believe?

If you believe the Assads, then the Syrian people are terrorists and terrorist wannabes. If you believe some in the opposition, the Syrian people just want to be left to die in “peace” under the daily hail of sniper bullets and tanks shells the Assads send their way as they pray to God. But how about just believe what your eyes and ears are telling you, and follow the dictates of your reason and conscience? The Syrian people want international protection, a no-fly zone, a safe haven, and everything that is necessary to help stop the killing and to help them rid themselves, and the world, of the Assads and their minions.

Wednesday October 19, 2011

Pro-Assad militias organize another show of sycophancy in Syria, this time in Aleppo, and again fail to impress, as only 50,000 people turn out, way below the usual million coward mark.

Meanwhile, the Syrian National Council announced today the names of some of its key members, but failed to issue a direct call on the international community to protect civilian protesters or to endorse the popular demand for a no-fly zone.

And on the forgotten front, 24 people were killed in security crackdowns and clashes between loyalists and defectors, including: 6 protesters in the Nazheen Neighborhood in Homs City, 7 loyalists killed in clashes by defectors that took place near the town Qseir in the larger Homs Province. Clashes between loyalists and defectors also took place near the town of Hraak in the Deraa/Hauran Province in South Syria.

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A SNC Update:

The Syrian National Council announced today the names of some of its key leaders in the General Secretariat (19 out of 29 names) and the presidential council (5 out of 7 names). Meanwhile, wrangling over the other names continues. Burhane Ghalioun was elected Council president for a period of 3 months in accordance with a rotation system, meaning he will be looking for a new council to lead in 3 months.

But for now, here is the rundown of the names of the members of the General Secretariat in the order provided on their website, it seems there was a dispute on the order:  


Name
Political Affiliation
Sectarian Background
1
Burhane Ghalioun
Independent Left
Sunni Arab / Homs
2
Samir Nashar
Damascus Declaration Council
Sunni Arab / Aleppo
3
Muhammad Taifur
Muslim Brotherhood
Sunni Arab / Hama
4
Basma Kodmani
Independent Left
Sunni Arab
5
Abdelbasit Sida
Independent Kurdish Activist
Kurdish
6
Abdel Ahad Steifo
Christian: Assyrian Democratic Movement
Christian / Hassakeh
7
Ahmad Ramdan
Old SNC, Islamist (Syrian Hamas Adviser)
Sunni Arab
8
Ahmad Sayyid Youssef
Muslim Brotherhood
Sunni Arab / Homs
9
Abdel Hamid Atassy
Damascus Declaration Council
Sunni Arab / Homs
10
Abdel Ilah Milhem
Tribal Coalition
Sunni Arab / Homs
11
Emadiddine Rasheed
Old SNC, Islamist (Religion Instructor)
Sunni Arab / Damascus
12
Jabr Al-Shoufi
Damascus Declaration
Arab / Druze
13
Wa’el Mirza
Old SNC, Islamist
Sunni Arab
14
Muhammad Bassam Youssef
Muslim Brotherhood
Sunni Arab / Homs
15
Anas Al-Abdeh
Damascus Declaration Council, Islamist
Sunni Arab / Damascus
16
Kathryn Al-Talli
Local Coordination Committees, Christian
Christian
17
Motei Bateen
LCCs, Islamist (Imam)
Sunni Arab /Deraa (Hauran)
18
Najib Ghadbian
Old SNC, Independent Islamist
Sunni Arab / Damascus
19
Nazeer Hakeem
Muslim Brotherhood
Sunni Arab

The Presidential Council:

1
Burhane Ghalioun
Independent Left
Sunni Arab / Homs
2
Samir Nashar
Damascus Declaration Council
Sunni Arab / Aleppo
3
Muhammad Taifur
Muslim Brotherhood
Sunni Arab / Hama
4
Abdelbasit Sida
Independent Kurdish Activist
Kurdish
5
Abdel Ahad Steifo
Christian: Assyrian Democratic Movement
Christian / Hassakeh

The more interesting development in this regard, however, is the carefully worded statement that was issued and the dispute that the revelations started off on Facebook between SNC members and supporters. It seems the dispute over names is still ongoing between people who belong to the same current or movement. 

Be that as it may, the statement we have was published by email, on the Damascus Declaration website as well as on the official website of the SNC. The important thing to note here is that despite an assertion that the SNC will be committed to “the demands of the revolutionary movement,” rejecting dialog with the regime seems to be the only demand that the SNC clearly endorsed, other demands such as the no-fly zone, the safe haven and the international monitors, were not mentioned, and there was even no clear demand for protecting civilians.

Rather, the statement “stressed the importance of national unity and the continuity of the revolution, of supporting it by all means while safeguarding its peaceful nature, and the importance of mobilizing all Arab, regional and international energies towards isolating and delegitimizing the regime and focusing on the importance of providing international protection for unarmed civilians.”  

This is a tortured language and does not constitute a clear demand, and it fails to address the realities on the ground. Coming now and not back in April, this statement makes absolutely no sense. Attempts by some Council members to push these limits in their pronouncements to the press do not compensate for this failure. The cut-off from reality that made the opposition useless and incapable of inspiring anything but contempt in pre-revolutionary times is now back in full swing, it seems.

Meanwhile, the devil and his minions lurk in the forgotten “details,” waiting to be brought out.

The FBI released today a photo proving that Mohamad Soueid, the Syrian man accused of spying on us, Syrian dissidents living in the U.S., did indeed meet with our ruling thug, Bashar Al-Assad, last Summer, despite the vehement denials of the Assad Embassy in Washington. Is anyone really surprised? I hope this proves what we have been asserting all along: that Assad officials are liars and hypocrites and that nothing they say can be taking at face value: there are no infiltrators, there are no armed gangs, but there is an Assad-sponsored killing machine that has been set against the people.


HOMS CITY:

Tanks shell their way into the neighborhood of Jib Al-Jandali http://youtu.be/FlVO5yxelqA Today’s martyrs from the neighborhood http://youtu.be/IKb5j1zpXIw Protesters get under sniper fire as they try to leave the local mosque and bring out their martyrs locked inside http://youtu.be/W9bi3lDvF10 Tanks move into Karm Al-Zeitun neighborhood http://youtu.be/O_SHzrB1gUk , http://youtu.be/9VbGuYSIRpA Today’s martyrs from the neighborhood http://youtu.be/D0-x225MhAE , http://youtu.be/hiCxNJ-DIgY A martyr from Bab Dreib http://youtu.be/Wm_MhMNmMwc The neighborhood observes a strike http://youtu.be/lOkXBA6Rdbw

Khaldiyeh heavy gunfire “Where are you Arabs… this is a real war” http://youtu.be/NpBT6YlYAJE  

In Bayadah neighborhood, signs of the previous shelling http://youtu.be/qwbeGP43ATg a burnt out apartment http://youtu.be/qwbeGP43ATg


HOMS PROVINCE:

Newly uploaded video from Rastan shows a 15-boy who shot dead while riding his bike, people cannot get to him to move his body on account of the shelling (September 30) http://youtu.be/M-fe9T_DPFw

Today in Qseir, woman shot by sniper http://youtu.be/GPDsnwIN2es This is the mother, she has lost three daughters to snipers http://youtu.be/je2Ch5zpbvg Another martyr from Qseir http://youtu.be/ojWeSjlhGUg Still, locals hold a demonstration http://youtu.be/QF8jzG6sCDs , http://youtu.be/u_y3XHhOxL4 But they get shot at (1:40 mark) http://youtu.be/mv2o-F-0aVo

Student demonstrations Tadmor (Palmyra) http://youtu.be/KUwYVqqty34 Houleh http://youtu.be/KV8oCvBsb0c Talbisseh Sign “SNC represents us but Arour is our inspiration”  http://youtu.be/WqK5LsJR44c Maher Al-Arour is a Salafi Sheikh, he is quite popular in communities throughout Syria, but he is not a member of the SNC, and has own movement. 

Major demonstrations Houleh http://youtu.be/v0VwoGsYweg Tadmor (Palmyra) Sign “Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails come out alive after decades of detention, prisoners in Assad’s prisons come out dead after mere days” http://youtu.be/xru8hGzfK_0

DERAA/HAURAN

In Hraak, a funeral for three of the five martyrs killed yesterday http://youtu.be/tGuRlenunnY , http://youtu.be/zm6yavrnvkI One of the martyrs http://youtu.be/DWJ7B3Z7KYI


Khirbet Ghazaleh observes a general strike for the 4th consecutive day http://youtu.be/ZTeBh2TMdrU Deraa City same http://youtu.be/Hjz974qCkHM

Student demonstrations Ma’arabah http://youtu.be/bpxMJ4XWiLE Khirbet Ghazaleh http://youtu.be/BE0Ly_-UNh4 Jassem http://youtu.be/jodlxOdv0MQ Izra’a http://youtu.be/FjcfQC9MQ90

IDLIB

Khan Shaikhoon a martyr http://youtu.be/uXKrT33HKW0 Binnish locals defy snipers http://youtu.be/0Sw3puxTvnY

Major demonstrations took place in Jabal Al-Zawiyeh “Syria Wants freedom” http://youtu.be/gw9a71251AA “Death is better than humiliation” http://youtu.be/DHpEma4qy-s , http://youtu.be/o-Lfx2MFEqk In Sarmeen a funeral http://youtu.be/OZeh9EvoIf4 Taftanaz http://youtu.be/Oaflb4yNTVE Ma’arrat Masreen http://youtu.be/Y6TJAxGdUoc T’aoum http://youtu.be/ZMvydxz8No8


HAMA:

Student demonstration: Hilfaya http://youtu.be/4xuvu0aa6HE Ellatamneh http://youtu.be/TQ6zl6WOMmU Taybat Al-Imam http://youtu.be/nusZpyc9BMM Hama City (Qoussour) http://youtu.be/oBmCye_xIG4 Hama City (Sabouniyeh) http://youtu.be/wpjDWFps4_I Karnaz http://youtu.be/AsgSRddIH98

Kafar Zita military reinforcements on the way http://youtu.be/O5Rk7kXTVlo In Taybat Al-Imam a major demonstration takes place at night http://youtu.be/0WfE4G0mtXw

DAMASCUS

Qadam Banner: “Arbitrary arrests are the fuel of our revolution” http://youtu.be/Xld6HNSP6CE Assaly Banner “SNC represents me, we demand a no-fly zone” http://youtu.be/eIHYYIw8ZTw In Arbeen a funeral http://youtu.be/ChG7KrLUDsQ , http://youtu.be/ECKlaTsV5Mk until Army troops ask people to leave the cemetery http://youtu.be/iPk8AT-PCTQ A vigil in Al-Hajar Al-Aswad http://youtu.be/XR_wQNDJ77A and in Zamalka http://youtu.be/pSgClKH0OPw and Ruknaddine http://youtu.be/_YhJwfU-Im4 Harasta http://youtu.be/OTzvZ0HuGrc Douma http://youtu.be/qgb7frn8tzY

In Moadamiyeh local women defy Assad’s militias http://youtu.be/imRTJvUELQg Elsewhere in the suburb children are out in the streets shouting “the Syrian army is a traitor” http://youtu.be/4yP9eNrISDI and girl students come out as well http://youtu.be/cPNa6R_ath8


In the larger province, more student demonstrations: Qarrah http://youtu.be/qOG7vA-JKtA Zabadani http://youtu.be/vRWQXq2NbHs Rankous http://youtu.be/PcRg9IgINoE  

ALEPPO: major demonstrations took place in places in a number of communities where people felt they needed to compensate for the loyalist demonstrations taking place in Aleppo City: Tal Rif’aat http://youtu.be/-3_nD2TnS0g , http://youtu.be/YwSfpxTXqxI Anadan http://youtu.be/iSwaaIZSUgo Marei http://youtu.be/Dahe9d9aO28 , http://youtu.be/PAsTAmmsjkI Bayanoun http://youtu.be/kqi6j1M7QOk Aleppo City (Maysaloun Neighborhood) Student demonstration http://youtu.be/j-46MRfxSzw