Friday, January 27, 2012

Act now or forever embrace your shame!

Does the world really need to wait until Rwanda-scale massacres are perpetrated until it realizes that the Assads are carrying out Rwanda-style genocide? The Assads have gone mad. There is a clear responsibility to protect here. World leaders can ignore this to their own dying shame.

Thursday 26, 2012

Today’s death toll: 62, 35 of whom, including 11 children, fell in Homs City in the indiscriminate pounding of the neighborhoods of Al-Rifai and Karm Al-Zeitun. 4 were killed in Hama City, 2 in Rural Damascus (Eastern Ghoutah), 1, a teenager, in Nawa in Deraa/Hauran Province, 1 in Saraqib and 1 Idlib City in Irlib Province…  

Loyalist troops continued their sweep operations of restive neighborhoods in Hama City involving hundreds of arrests and a number of summary executions http://youtu.be/sYGPT3Ok8qY

Sweep operations by loyalist troops take place in the Damascene suburbs of Eastern Ghoutah as well, including Douma, Harasta, Misraba and Arbeen where hundreds of arrests were made. Clashes between loyalists and defectors were also reported leaving 8 loyalists, including a general, and 7 defectors dead.

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An old Syrian proverb goes as follows: “Oh Pharaoh, what turned into a tyrant?” Ask the people. “No one ever stood up to me,” replies the Pharaoh. Well, the people of Syria have finally gotten the gist of this wise saying and are now doing their part standing up to their local pharaoh and his cronies, and they are paying the price for that with that certain magnanimity that comes with the realization that they have become free the moment they have stopped being afraid.

But standing up to a modern day Pharaoh, one supported by regional (Iran & Cronies) and global powers (Russia & China), requires a certain measure of support from the free world, real support not the sanctimonious platitudes we keep hearing.  

Some of the victims of a new massacre in Homs City perpetrated by regime loyalists

Homs City

Karm Al-Zeitun: an entire family is killed, including 5 children, when loyalists stormed their home (graphic and heart-wrenching) http://youtu.be/fA_KgHH6Xq4 , http://youtu.be/2zCP6PvSdik The father taking his last breaths http://youtu.be/ppWNeBM1-K4 The children http://youtu.be/fXjQeW1c_VM , http://youtu.be/XpW3BBfdRAU , http://youtu.be/aoSTaERgh3g , http://youtu.be/pDvy2aTFeIY , http://youtu.be/hFAk1fcmBeY But one little girl in the family survived http://youtu.be/QS6eOpjnyDM

At night, several neighborhoods come under heavy pounding Rabei Al-Arabi: As activist making the video put it: “this is a real war, albeit one-sided” http://youtu.be/uywjmA3CdwQ Bab Al-Sibaa Defiant prayers can be heard streaming from the minarets of all local mosques http://youtu.be/TFCbE6SplG0 Karm Al-Zeitun: http://youtu.be/WvbuapDX_OA Deir Baalbah: http://youtu.be/uNhfLwBjRZ8 , http://youtu.be/C13sP6J4Fx8 Qoussour: http://youtu.be/DKKaRJFAaBw Bab Houd: http://youtu.be/eCi3dh43Qb8 Baba Amr http://youtu.be/IjQ95YTvUsE Bab Dreib http://youtu.be/b52Clv9Ht1M Insha’aat http://youtu.be/cN39ax81lhs , http://youtu.be/KH9Zl_5saAQ

The continuous pounding and the killing of children and teenagers is having a toll on protest leaders’ ability to keep sectarian sentiments in check. In this clip, a relative of one of today’s martyred teenagers tells local activist Omar Tellawi that Alawites and communists are waging war against all Muslims in the city, and says the Arabs are dogs for refusing to help http://youtu.be/s-f2Zw5SZmo This is the body of the martyred teenager, he was killed while foraging for wood http://youtu.be/cU0fe6hYtz0 This is the sniper outpost responsible for his murder http://youtu.be/k0x61hEIBz4 This is the funeral http://youtu.be/t7Ys0LUOt_0 The martyrs friends say goodbye http://youtu.be/F_gB2tjxN8w and pray for their friend http://youtu.be/EDZmiGtDNZQ

Al-Rifai: the pounding of the neighborhood resumes http://youtu.be/EnUE2o4_mUQ , http://youtu.be/CjkgSwkK0Gk Treating the wounds of a little girl http://youtu.be/e8paDNcTW1c A martyred defector http://youtu.be/FhxH2ZAvwOU A martyr http://youtu.be/l_EjvJw34e4 Rescuing the wounded http://youtu.be/oPlVwUqL4OY


Activist Omar Tellawi complains of the difficulties involved in trying to treat victims of snipers in makeshift hospitals without access to any imaging equipment. He also rails against the Arab League and the head of the current observer mission, Mustafa Al-Dabi, accusing him of being in the pay of the Assads and his loyalists http://youtu.be/dD-zwmIY2Tk , http://youtu.be/whSFDjAjHK0

Bab Tadmor: locals tell Omar Tellawi how the 2 buildings in their neighborhood were recently destroyed. Loyalist troops targeted the foundations of the buildings with RPGs until the buildings came tumbling down. Bodies are still trapped underneath the rubble as locals have no lifting equipment and the authorities refuse to come in http://youtu.be/gswQzMte-jQ  Three days after the collapse, the site is still smoldering http://youtu.be/hYsKzm0jROM Omar then shows the impact of today’s pounding on the neighborhood http://youtu.be/r1m0_G0nWco

Bab Al-Sibaa: treating the wounded http://youtu.be/Rac6IpPgIOw A martyr http://youtu.be/cpDSGd9G4SM

Asheereh: the neighborhood is pounded with RPGs http://youtu.be/eVHeTjmXwzk A funeral for 2 children http://youtu.be/x9XEOT2lefU

Nazheen: treating the wounded http://youtu.be/MZADD9opvIU Martyrs http://youtu.be/i45KXMeYv78


Jub Al-Jandali: many locals now live among the ruins of their homes and are forced to burn paper and wood for heat. Locals complain that Arab League observers toured the loyalist neighborhoods where nothing is happening and did not pay enough attention to what is happening in their http://youtu.be/5s6uoOiSa5A

All-women rallies took place in Baba Amr http://youtu.be/Yq9t0hClLn4 Wa’er http://youtu.be/Y_YgXKiYgxg , http://youtu.be/6lXnLeTsetw

Khaldiyeh rally http://youtu.be/AIvcYZUrVvQ under the protection of new defectors from the 4th Division who decided to join local units affiliated with the FSA http://youtu.be/eLyBpc6SyC0 , http://youtu.be/YSlWjHF7PyY The defectors pay a visit to Bayadah Neighborhood as well http://youtu.be/qWikzBLvLX4 And Wadi Arab where they address the crowd denouncing regime loyalists and promising protection http://youtu.be/OMo9OJWuOhU , http://youtu.be/cjMROOFkL-I “We want to free Homs, we want to free Syria, of the oppressors” http://youtu.be/PKXtwkloBg8 Back in Khaldiyeh, protesters stage a little play telling the story of the revolution and the oppression of the regime. Appropriately, Godfather theme plays in the background http://youtu.be/GSFnw7ug84s Act II http://youtu.be/cxuQNWSxATE


Al-Farouq Brigade affiliated with the Free Syrian Army released a video showing 7 Iranians that says it recently captured, including 5 members of the Iranian Republican Guard as well as 2 electrical engineers that the group promises to release http://youtu.be/geZx__5m_m0 This belies earlier reports that a group affiliated with Al-Qaeda were behind the kidnapping, and claims by Iranian authorities that all captured were electrical engineers.

Damascus – East

Douma: Tanks on their way in http://youtu.be/WQa9PCXKUVQ the town is pounded at dawn http://youtu.be/d0seHPRtKZM , http://youtu.be/DgGWjgPy7M4 But people still come out at night calling for execution of Assad http://youtu.be/e5zO3F_J4T8 , http://youtu.be/idFb3OX7mR4 , http://youtu.be/k9GLnWWs-OA Elsewhere in ton another nighttime rally http://youtu.be/yYQ70Dc38dg

Hamouriyeh: the town was pounded at dawn, but people took to streets in defiance shortly after http://youtu.be/qjMi1TwryFk

Ain Terma: a nighttime funeral http://youtu.be/dRZXmnmX0v0 Jisreen: nighttime mourning ceremony http://youtu.be/4SVRgM7bEIA Misraba: a martyr http://youtu.be/NFDexulWa8s Saqba: a martyr http://youtu.be/4E7xyb12bD8

Nighttime Rallies Zamalka a mass rally takes place in defiance http://youtu.be/n4yF--BubHA , http://youtu.be/z_gM2irRmX8 , http://youtu.be/f4VgfStfq6I Kafar Batna http://youtu.be/c9Ey3lFt5co  Zabdeen http://youtu.be/vGe0NVxGp0U

Damascus – North

A new fighting unit is formed in the mountain of Qalamoun under the banner of the FSA http://youtu.be/BOMH4gHwDKY


Jairoud: A funeral http://youtu.be/nVu2Opc2DD8 for this martyr http://youtu.be/vDVzmEdYkok

Nighttime Rallies Qarrah http://youtu.be/6YlcmMmMqQQ

Damascus – West


Damascus - South

Qatana: the town comes under fire at night http://youtu.be/mZvhY2aOL5U , http://youtu.be/6pze3-ItxA0 Earlier, locals held a small rally http://youtu.be/UbikyIk3CB8


Damascus City

Midan: while massacres are taking place in Eastern Ghoutah, locals of Midan are not daunted with high schoolers, boys and girls, continuing their daily after-school protest rally http://youtu.be/B2MZHJrDjz4 , http://youtu.be/UfZA6C0U6FY Similar rally takes pace in Barzeh http://youtu.be/MRrnyRu3x1g and in Kafar Sousseh http://youtu.be/_JUkfOlOYDc and Qadam http://youtu.be/gkICrRiW8WY and Moadamiyeh http://youtu.be/F8jWkYSglUA But in Daraya, loyalist troops stand outside the local girls high school to prevent them from demonstration http://youtu.be/APuojrzKHYI Their show involved automatic machineguns mounted on trucks http://youtu.be/GOmQdTCHO9M


Deraa City

Al-Balad: locals organize a funeral http://youtu.be/hlDQN1Kk1W4 , http://youtu.be/0nFTZtwdc8o for a man http://youtu.be/cG9j3cg0Hno killed during yesterday’s pounding of the city by loyalist troops http://youtu.be/k4gUFYkJrB0  But rallies still take place at night http://youtu.be/KN90aYxWqE0

Al-Mahatah: The neighborhood gets pounded at night http://youtu.be/Yef3t0cE_hE

Al-Kashif: despite the crackdown, locals organize a nighttime rally http://youtu.be/SeeO64WPD-4

Nazheen: a nighttime rally http://youtu.be/RW0B4Waifrs

Deraa/Hauran

A new fighting unit is formed under the banner of the FSA http://youtu.be/aDm-FbKTs5w

Khirbet Ghazaleh: sounds of daytime clashes between defectors and loyalists http://youtu.be/uLCr-RnAR2I Clashed took place shortly after this rally http://youtu.be/S7uhYnjJuew

Nawa: Protesters come under fire http://youtu.be/kzWcZDtPjsg and a child is killed http://youtu.be/zZJtvqMbGV0 A sister’s grief http://youtu.be/QuJ276QxpOM The independence flag hovers over the main mosque during the funeral http://youtu.be/UZH0WYKNG0s The funeral http://youtu.be/FECFQLa8flw

Basr Al-Harir: the town comes under fire at night http://youtu.be/9rdYfbO1X54 Hraak comes under fire at night http://youtu.be/fwUtL72MHCc


Hama City

Bab Qibli: loyalist troops storm the neighborhood and carry out mass arrests and several massacres. These are the bodies of locals who summarily executed http://youtu.be/sYGPT3Ok8qY In Hamidiyeh, the body of an unknown young man was found showing signs of torture http://youtu.be/GZneTDSHq3c

Leaked Video: loyalist troops firing randomly while saluting “God and Assad” and chanting “Fuck Hama” http://youtu.be/4ZEyQYRv6MU

Checkpoints everywhere: Sbahee Square http://youtu.be/ITxly8BiATY Bahra Square http://youtu.be/I0UgymT3HV8 Armored vehicles roam the streets Qoussour http://youtu.be/97kETR8t8-c And pound the neighborhood http://youtu.be/2wPek0KVLHI The scene in Assy Square http://youtu.be/_wLG-h8QFDE The pounding of Hamidiyeh http://youtu.be/S4RqIKG6EZk

A martyr http://youtu.be/G0cPQedl3lI Another http://youtu.be/GBGt9FXytow A martyred defector who died while trying to protect the city http://youtu.be/_QLyFpe9tfk A small impromptu funeral takes place at night http://youtu.be/840Zj3iSo0c Treating the wounded http://youtu.be/K6fzPkls39k , http://youtu.be/4t5AwldIa0s

But for all the pounding, people rally at night Qoussour http://youtu.be/8mH_sU8wGwY Tauheed http://youtu.be/scQGpJ8zqIA But late nights are reserved for pounding Hamidiyeh http://youtu.be/oXixBxQ_ZQ0

Idlib

Idlib City: locals organize a mass funeral for Red Crescent VP, Abdulrazak Jbeiro. Locals blame his murder on regime loyalists. Regime claim terrorists did it http://youtu.be/_UkYtIi8PUo , http://youtu.be/IhEqBiTqTnc Another martyr falls http://youtu.be/SKf6juWYlrs

Ma’arrat Al-Nouman: locals line up to fill up their gas cylinders – a daily sight in most protest communities http://youtu.be/0dUE1TqPeco

Jisr Ashoughour: A martyr http://youtu.be/XfXeDsG_7sI Taftanaz A martyr http://youtu.be/oubodqcliS4 A nighttime funeral http://youtu.be/doJ4G3xDQM4

Saraqib: A funeral http://youtu.be/d6GmQNugD40

Rallies Bsheiriyeh http://youtu.be/-IeHJHlTMwI