Monday, October 31, 2011

Seeing the Signs!

Protesters continue to try to communicate their message to the world through signs and banners. Today’s demonstrations were meant to protest Assad’s latest threats to set the entire region on fire and transform Syrian into a new Afghanistan, and to demand that Arab league freezes Syria’s membership.     

Sunday October 30, 2011

11 people were killed in the continuing crackdown led by pro-Assad militias. 3, including a young women  fell in Homs City (Deir Baalba, Khodr and Baba Amr neighborhoods), 1 in the village of Ghanto in the larger Homs Province, 1 in M’arrat Al-Nouman in Idlib Province, 1 in Tseel in the Deraa/Hauran Province and 1 in Khattab in the Hama Province.

Featured Videos

HOMS CITY: Deir Baalbah a female martyr http://youtu.be/IFKYZQH1tBE Karm Al-Zeitun impact of shelling on Oqbah Mosque http://youtu.be/sHbo_RBKLH0 , http://youtu.be/EEz_1GZsJ_Y Bayadah ambulance stopped, wounded whisked away by pro-Assad-militias http://youtu.be/WheSf5Qpors Baba Amr a funeral http://youtu.be/P2fktusrV44  , http://youtu.be/38kMD6aByFA for 6 locals http://youtu.be/6QrFeWJBb50 Baba Amr impact of shelling on homes http://youtu.be/fqH1Kf_gJzE , http://youtu.be/KY9_9gc5jDo Khaldiyeh protesters carry signs critical of Samir Kantar, the former Lebanese prisoner in Israeli jails, for his pro-Assad stand, comparing him unfavorably to the recently released Syrian prisoner, Wi’am Amasheh who sided with the protesters http://youtu.be/9NOC7XrnqJg Arresting a local female activist and putting her into a mobile interrogation center http://youtu.be/zlbDhJuEHS4


IDLIB: M’arrat Al-Nouman a martyr http://youtu.be/OiMO7cLPXBc His funeral http://youtu.be/HDIIucRXnE8 , http://youtu.be/2V0LZrekOtY

HAMA: Kafar Nabboudeh a funeral http://youtu.be/QolfgNF_wOc

Major Demonstrations


HOMS PROVINCE: Tadmor (Palmyra) sign curses Samir Kantar, the former Lebanese prisoner in Israeli jails, for his pro-Assad stands “God curse the hour in which you were released you son of bitch” http://youtu.be/Yilvv3-SeW4




HAMA: Taybat Al-Imam http://youtu.be/-IXII_7RdPQ

DEIR EZZOR: Qrayah http://youtu.be/WLTf19bpHjA

Student demonstrations



DERAA/HAURAN: Ankhel sign notes the message of today’s demonstration: to protest Assad’s threats to set the entire region on fire and transform Syrian into a new Afghanistan http://youtu.be/lDblpAL3l9o Basr Al-Harir http://youtu.be/iUlrex2vxwI Da’el http://youtu.be/G9dEIUIWfE0 , http://youtu.be/rh8NbqrBrys , http://youtu.be/uZ6eXB9cPas


Sunday, October 30, 2011

The Syrian People Want A No-Assad Zone!

Defections increase as fast and wide as the continuing Assad-ordained crackdown on dissent- a development that thickens the plot and raises the stakes for the Syrian people and all regional and international players.    

Saturday October 29, 2011

43 people were killed on Friday during continuing crackdown by pro-Assad militias on peaceful protest. This Friday was dedicated to urging the international community to impose a no-fly zone on the Assad.

22 fell in Homs City (mostly in the neighborhoods of Baba Amr, Khaldiyeh and Deir Baalbah), and 2 in Qseir and Rastan towns in the larger Homs Province.

13 were killed in Hama City in addition to 3 in the town of Karnaz in the larger Hama Province. 3 were killed in the town of Tseel in the Deraa/Hauran Province, in addition to 1 in M’arrat Al-Nouman in Idlib Province, and 1 in Lattakia City in the Lattakia Province.

Also on Friday, 17 loyalists from the regular army were killed by defectors trying to repel a nighttime assault on Baba Amr and other inner city neighborhoods.

On Saturday, 10 loyalist militiamen were killed by an ambush organized by defectors near the town of Hbeit. 20 loyalists belonging to the regular army were also killed in Homs City and 53 were injured by defectors who were trying to repel an assault on inner city neighborhoods of Baba Amr, Bayadeh, Bab Dreib, Deir Baalbah, among others. The assault led to the destruction of five armored vehicles. 12 civilians had been killed by the earlier shelling by loyalists.

9 more protesters were killed in the continuing crackdown in to communities across the country, including 4 in Hama province, 2 in Damascus (in Zabadani and Kisweh suburbs), and 1 in Deraa/Hauran, Deir Ezzor and Idlib provinces. 

Meanwhile, the Assad issued a directive for mining all Syria’s borders, especially the Borders with Lebanon and Turkey, in an attempt at hindering the movement of defectors and preventing arms smuggling.

Links
Friday
Saturday

“Stop barking Bashar, the people want a no-fly zone” http://youtu.be/rvWqhf7q_R8
Homs City, Baba Amr Neighborhood, Friday October 28, 2011

Saturday, October 29: In Homs, it’s war

In an interview with The Telegraph, the Assad shows his disdain for his own people, as well as his own cut-off from reality, that is, if he truly believes the bullshit he is trying to peddle. Who, but a highly delusion individual would, at a time when defections are increasing and the violence in the country has never been worse, make such an assertion: “Now, we are only fighting terrorists. That's why the fighting is becoming much less?"

Assad also warns that regime change would produce “another Afghanistan,” because, to him it seems, all his opponents are Salafists and members of the Muslim Brotherhood. Indeed, the whole revolution for him is nothing but an “uprising,” a “struggle between Islamism and pan-Arabism [secularism]”, one which has been ongoing for decades: "We've been fighting the Muslim Brotherhood since the 1950s and we are still fighting with them," he said.

Unfortunately, we cannot but admit that many Alawites, Christians, Druzes, Ismailis and secular Sunnis believe this hogwash, or convince themselves of it, because it justifies the status quo in which they are emotionally invested, even if they didn’t derive real direct material benefits from it.

This is what the battle of ideas part of the revolution is all about: in exposing the falsehoods of this kind of assertions. And this is where Syrian opposition groups have been and continue to be missing in action.  Treating the revolution is a mere logistic and technical challenge is undoing every success we have had so far. Syria is the beating heart of so many isms in the region, and the Assads have survived for so long due to their amazing agility at manipulating and subverting these isms to serve their designs. Our challenge is in part to expose their hypocrisy and lies and shed a spotlight on the realities and truths buried underneath. We also have the responsibility of charting a new vision for the future, now and not tomorrow, as so many opposition figures want us to do. For if we don’t produce our visions now, we may never get to the morrow we yearn for.

People have to know what they are fighting for, what they are transitioning into, in order to join the revolutionary movement and take full advantage of the revolutionary moment. People have to see in this revolution a true opportunity for improving their lot in life, as individuals and groups, otherwise they would have no reason to risk anything. The aura of promise that came with the Tunisian and Egyptian revolutions has long dissipated, and the one presented by the success of the Libyan revolution will not last for long, we need to come up with our own.

The regime has presented its case, which, no matter how stupid it sounds to us, hits all the “right” emotional notes for its constituency. This is what its propaganda campaign is designed to do, a campaign that has proven highly effective, even among the educated, despite its intellectual shallowness. For the battle is not about intellectual prowess, but about understanding your audience and its basic fears, prejudices and concerns, then manipulating them. The task ahead of us is even more complex, seeing that the success of the revolution requires inclusion, while the regime’s power is premised on exclusion, as such, the challenge of understanding the fears, prejudices and concerns of both camps, and of hitting the right notes for both camps rests squarely on our shoulders.

Martyrs, Funerals & Protests (October 28)

Idlib Province/M’arrat Al-Nouman: a defector who fell in clashes with loyalists on the morning of Friday, October 28 http://youtu.be/fqfnWE1gCss his funeral http://youtu.be/spI_qZw9FwQ Karnaz http://youtu.be/l2lJL_ZE9Og , http://youtu.be/DBn8MYiHlEw For her part, Jisr Ashoughour offers three martyrs on October 28 http://youtu.be/OPVi27xrQgY Meanwhile, the town of Kafroumah comes under attack http://youtu.be/aisWsMSZHhE

Hama Province/Kafar Nabboudeh: another funeral http://youtu.be/zdvNRp4zlGQ In Hama City, worshippers come under fire even as they are still inside the Mosque of Ibn Auf http://youtu.be/5EY8A_FnY4Y The martyrs http://youtu.be/bV19a6bj32U The same happens to protesters elsewhere in the city http://youtu.be/F0fE5q4n3XA This was the demonstration before the crackdown http://youtu.be/D4EX4vQV9NI A martyr http://youtu.be/cEOV567s8LM Pro-Assad militias take the streets http://youtu.be/h2624UN9-0A But protesters remain defiant and cry out “these are Assad’s dogs, these are the armed gangs” http://youtu.be/11JWMOv1vaM

Martyrs from Baba Amr Neighborhood in Homs City (Oct 28) http://youtu.be/FheDOFLf_Fc , http://youtu.be/j9sL8hmiQ64 A martyr from Bab Al-Sibaa Neighborhood http://youtu.be/Rv2nE2JRPec Another from Khaldiyeh http://youtu.be/7gc1dRC4ut0 Wounded in Baba Amr http://youtu.be/kYPmrJ3bzFo , http://youtu.be/TRET9gCdkuc , http://youtu.be/KXZuw03Pj0Y Wounded in Khaldiyeh http://youtu.be/0SwJPp6Nk74 A female martyr from Bayadah http://youtu.be/FFzj2lfcTB4 , http://youtu.be/VlkfGcmKncA

In Karm Al-Zeitun Neighborhood, in Homs City, protesters carried signs making their demands clear “no-fly zone, safe zone, support to the Free Syrian Army” http://youtu.be/qmf_2bnm1qw A sentiment echoed in Bab Houd Neighborhood, where a banner said “we want no-fly zone, protection of civilians and support to the FSA” http://youtu.be/HbDRZAJZPS0 A sentiment also echoed in this sign from Assaly Neighborhood in Damascus City http://youtu.be/kWJWiOLFdpk In the suburb of Tal Rif’aat in Aleppo Province, protesters carried a banner saying “to the free people of the world, we are being killed, we need a no-fly zone” http://youtu.be/HmWIRasyIDo

In the Damascene suburb of Zamalka, protesters came under fire as they demands a no-fly zone on October 28 http://youtu.be/puvyb7LJLLk , http://youtu.be/CZ9rPcCa-h8

In Ataman in Deraa/Hauran Province, protesters come under fire, but remain defiant http://youtu.be/0MNSt6J-gC8 and they took to the streets again at night http://youtu.be/8udsOAet61Y In nearby Da’el, locals held a mass funeral for a child martyr http://youtu.be/eVnh7N7KHOM

In the town of Qseir in Homs Province, protesters come under fire http://youtu.be/6csKlFvItQI

In Douma suburb in Damascus, detainees are tortured in public by pro-Assad militias http://youtu.be/l4C4mqoj5NY

A leaked video shows loyalists standing over the body of a dead protesters http://youtu.be/iasxu7gVJPU

Friday’s Demonstrations
Demonstrations took place in over 250 communities throughout the country urging the international community to impose a no-fly zone. I highlight only the biggest below.

HAMA PROVINCE: Taybat Al-Imam http://youtu.be/H4zq5gnMJwY Hilfaya large banner hang from tower demands no-fly zone http://youtu.be/qWf8a7aKN-0 Ellatamneh http://youtu.be/yINDrzJb5GA Hama City (Sharqiyeh) http://youtu.be/a7D1yvUKq6w Madeeq & Tuweineh http://youtu.be/c32_7ACMdwQ

HOMS CITY: Deir Baalbah http://youtu.be/4skP_sCPxKQ , http://youtu.be/RL2Ed2WvBRE Hamidiyeh http://youtu.be/qwQV8g4NKug Insha’aat a nighttime demonstration in defiance of snipers and shelling http://youtu.be/z94yB8qZ6dM during the day, locals chanted saying “the people want a no-fly zone” http://youtu.be/SYO9iTL0938 In Qoussour, thousands sang “the Syrian Revolution is a Revolution for Dignity and Freedom” http://youtu.be/0ytl9YzU7Pc  A song picked up by the protesters in the nearby neighborhood of Khaldiyeh http://youtu.be/v82bh5lBJZM Wa’er http://youtu.be/AwCzYIy2OZU Bab Houd http://youtu.be/_bb3JIVbk2Y Bayadah http://youtu.be/7xV7J9K0zko Jib Al-Jandali http://youtu.be/syiuzXjGBLs

HOMS PROVINCE: Palmyra (Tadmor) http://youtu.be/L-LSYCngzgM (nighttime) http://youtu.be/rHW1u0FgnRI Rastan despite the siege http://youtu.be/RiVdbuPMyEc Sukhnah http://youtu.be/mogJGkXYoi8 In Talbisseh despite the siege, protesters come out to chant “”Mother, thee are Bashar’s last days” http://youtu.be/APv27Qxtb_U Houleh despite the siege http://youtu.be/eGW4wmq4QQs


IDLIB PROVINCE: Binnish http://youtu.be/kwM7akYm2AA Idlib City http://youtu.be/9itVZmLsYNw , http://youtu.be/sXRR1HayKMg Jarjanaz http://youtu.be/bMjZ-9Xsy0U M’arrat Hourmah Banner “we say it in Arabic, English, French, Russian and all the languages of the world: we want a no-fly zone” http://youtu.be/Db217x677JY Taftanaz http://youtu.be/t4nqjYCQFgA Saraqib http://youtu.be/VLwhN7al0u8 Jabal Al-Zawiyeh http://youtu.be/HkLGcbwi7Os , http://youtu.be/UAxsqUyoL00 Kafar Sajnah http://youtu.be/uwAe48FTHLU Hbeit http://youtu.be/Gh_Pc_fM7dc Dbeit http://youtu.be/wb6kyeR-wsY M’arrat Al-Nouman http://youtu.be/ydFz_IVk4sM


DEIR EZZOR: Qrayah http://youtu.be/aByp6_Pk40Q



Saturday October 29, More War News

In Homs City…


Funeral for 2 activists in Khaldiyeh Neighborhood http://youtu.be/h2V_nne-6r0 A funeral in nearby Bab Al-Sibaa http://youtu.be/PXQfXGggqsU

The neighborhood of Dablan observes a strike http://youtu.be/db0EmIffdlc


A female martyr from the town of Talbisseh in the larger Homs Province http://youtu.be/-SttW8nZtro , http://youtu.be/A7k8LRdQjls Her funeral http://youtu.be/SDI_N-Ine0w a martyr from Qseir http://youtu.be/DzlPrAFaZXw

Elsewhere…  


Saraqib, Idlib Province – a funeral for a child martyr http://youtu.be/DAq9JkzybwQ Nearby Khan Shaikhoon comes under fire http://youtu.be/94BwOAGjd5k And organizes a funeral for an activist http://youtu.be/5efOWfUDdY8

Harasta, Damascus – a funeral for an activist http://youtu.be/AUyCDK_P8Eo , http://youtu.be/iFFH55TCqSQ In Zabadani, thousands take part in a nighttime burial of a local hero http://youtu.be/PedYXQV_qmY , http://youtu.be/omuvcpMqnQU In Kanaker, protesters come under fire http://youtu.be/G7zOwWc5-I4

The town of Basr Al-Harir in the Deraa/Hauran Province buries http://youtu.be/Nzvkmmvs-AY  this defector http://youtu.be/tYbjNIGNA7M

Saturday October 29, Major demonstrations


DEIR EZZOR: Qraya http://youtu.be/MQAfuUgYytQ




IDLIB: Ma’arrat Al-Nouman (Elteh) http://youtu.be/22QAR19Yt3E Sarmeen http://youtu.be/NENoIatmV0Y Idlib City http://youtu.be/EqHXrhncMCQ