Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The Thick Red Line!

The Assads assert their authority in one place only to lose it in another. Their mad tactics in Homs City reflect desperation and lack of vision rather than confidence and a plan. Even if they succeeded in crushing the rebellion in Homs, which they won’t, that is unlikely to intimidate the revolutionaries. On the contrary, they will probably get more enraged and more committed to the cause. There are massacres being perpetrated by Assad loyalists every day, but while the world is at loss as to what to do about them, the revolutionaries are not. They’re fighting on and all they need is little material and logistical support.  

Tuesday 24, 2012 – Today was dedicated to showing appreciate to the free media covering the revolution.

Today’s death toll: 64, including 39 in Homs City and 5 in Hama City.

In addition to the pounding of the old town in Homs City and different neighborhoods in Hama City by loyalist troops, clashes between loyalists and defectors were reported in Qseir (Hama Province), Douma (Rural Damascus), Hilfaya and Madeeq (Hama), Jassem (Deraa/Hauran), Idlib City and Barrah (Idlib Province)

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Russia

Naïve or not, but Putin, Medvedev and Lavrov, among top Russian officials involved in approving the arms sale to the Assad regime, should be referred to the ICC for aiding and abetting in the commission of crimes against humanity. The evidence against them is clear and includes their own defiant statements in this regard.

State of the Union

“And in Syria, I have no doubt that the Assad regime will soon discover that the forces of change can't be reversed, and that human dignity can't be denied.”

For all the violence taking place in Syria all the stakes involved for the U.S. and the region that was the only mention Syria got in President’s Obama’s address. Lacking substance, statements like “We will stand against violence and intimidation. We will stand for the rights and dignity of all human beings -- men and women; Christians, Muslims, and Jews” rang hollow. While assertions such as “The renewal of American leadership can be felt across the globe” sounded well-nigh laughable. In Syria, for instance, it’s the total absence of this leadership that is being felt. (The full speech)

Kafrenbelisms: “My brother and I stand against my cousin, my cousin and I stand against the stranger, the stranger and I stand against the House of Assad” – Kafrenbel, Idlib Province / January 24, 2012 http://youtu.be/0Dj4pG1WZY0

Homs City

These leaked videos show the reinforcement that came to bolster loyalist troops taking part in the pounding of Homs City: http://youtu.be/RGhH984DoaQ , http://youtu.be/udurgxEnsrQ


Jub Al-Jandali: Local activist Omar Tillawi takes us on a tour of the neighborhood after it was pounded http://youtu.be/fb7tnyarH3s Locals are forced to use wood for heat http://youtu.be/fb7tnyarH3s A house is directly hit by a tank shell http://youtu.be/kOEsj1DRUb8  And again http://youtu.be/N0Nnj9XT7uw A Martyr http://youtu.be/n-FiiI87m2w Impact of pounding on residential buildings http://youtu.be/h3dS7ZcnX20 Treating a wounded child http://youtu.be/0IOm980Ui-U A Martyr http://youtu.be/sa45R0h1x4g

Omar than goes to the neighborhood of Bab Dreib http://youtu.be/aUKbsX7iNQA All electrical wiring in the neighborhood had been cut and burnt http://youtu.be/tscPGsW4kPg A makeshift vegetable and fruit market http://youtu.be/PMtnwC69lug

Omar then goes to the neighborhood of Bab Al-Sibaa where he introduces us to a local martyr, a victim of a sniper attack http://youtu.be/fluMN6rz5OQ , http://youtu.be/_qAMxnyylIA

Bab Tadmor: Houses catch fire as a result of pounding http://youtu.be/N70eHguNC9k An entire residential building is brought down http://youtu.be/7pC4SrtogI8 , http://youtu.be/_JM4sOGLyNs , http://youtu.be/fBE-pmB6Z3o People sift through the rubble in search of victims http://youtu.be/4-N_HWEra0g , http://youtu.be/mrHl8nHSLdo Locals says that loyalist militias did not allow fire trucks to come pout the fire http://youtu.be/dxDr7oPKyXQ Local authorities finally consent to sending heavy lifting equipment to sift through the rubble http://youtu.be/uZ5ocN_tlbU A little girl sifts through the rubble in search of her things. She says that she wishes Bashar Assad lives to see his own children burn in front of his eyes after being shelled http://youtu.be/Y7p5QQ5efpw People show remains of the missiles used to bomb their homes http://youtu.be/_K-F_7SDGgQ The aftermath of pounding http://youtu.be/MATcQ8mB38s , http://youtu.be/S99gW_jL_Xs

Al-Rifai: pounding of the neighborhood http://youtu.be/q-SwOYWBaAg impact http://youtu.be/fLvruVeiQQA a martyr http://youtu.be/3eaNuuBZqA4 Treating a wounded defector http://youtu.be/HuWL3bhiL2o

Boustan Al-Diwan: the neighborhood is pounded http://youtu.be/kyqxnam4X-8

Bab Al-Sibaa: The neighborhood is pounded and the camera crew is caught in the mist of it http://youtu.be/aQ0FRZ8qUvM victim of a sniper http://youtu.be/Vv0YIER4KLk , http://youtu.be/0HX9zVr0kIA Another martyr http://youtu.be/pGp7PoclxoY

Bab Houd: martyr http://youtu.be/zITYEcj6-6o

Deir Baalbah: wounded http://youtu.be/9uAUwnIuo98


Homs Province

Qseir: battles between loyalist troops and defectors rage on for the second straight day http://youtu.be/Q1YEZRBOG1M Treating the wounded http://youtu.be/RE07pxGancE Locals rally at night http://youtu.be/OUBTVJQyQ8o

Tal Kalakh: the town comes under intense fire at night http://youtu.be/fBj_2aEAEaM


Damascus – East

Douma observes a strike during the day http://youtu.be/A5WxClfdNQk FSA members target a bus belonging to loyalist security forces http://youtu.be/3VHDhjaIhd8 The town rallies at night http://youtu.be/Zq_vy0pn0Nk , http://youtu.be/FhCCZlYo1HE , http://youtu.be/NFT0KyHqhT4 A martyr http://youtu.be/dcnhwkcMldc

Harasta: painting the flag of independence on the walls of the local headquarters of the Baath Party http://youtu.be/axEv6r59pbM , http://youtu.be/gdP8r0CGYwY


Damascus – West

Zabadani: local members of the Free Syrian Army carry out continuous survey of the hills surrounding their town to ensure that loyalists are kept at bay http://youtu.be/zEDQiXysCLw At one of the local schools, students hoist the independence flag http://youtu.be/ASeX3x9G6Qc At night, locals take to the streets http://youtu.be/V75IbimT_Tc

Nighttime Rallies Hameh http://youtu.be/AxdtExvQkv0

Damascus City

Naher Eisheh: in response to the killing of a local yesterday when loyalist troops opened fire on nighttime protesters, locals burnt tires and used boulders to stop traffic along the Damascus – Amman Highway http://youtu.be/vKoNc2nhiW8 But they soon came under fire themselves http://youtu.be/EyNs3XRpbxs

Daraya: members of the Free Syrian Army patrol the streets in their cars at night http://youtu.be/1Lyak9NMke0


Damascus – North


Damascus – South


Idlib

Idlib City: protesters come under fire – a martyr http://youtu.be/skEeQekcmAk  rescuing the wounded http://youtu.be/dbqPLuYfbxI Treating the wounded http://youtu.be/yeYqBUEmwco The occupants of this car were hit by snipers http://youtu.be/dnEN-bSo_a4

The village of Barrah gets heavily pounded during the day http://youtu.be/RoOmqDaXKz4 and again at night http://youtu.be/Hrj-YcjyQ0c

Barrah: a funeral http://youtu.be/zO1SStbyAew , http://youtu.be/AHopJPY6KDU Khan Al-Subul: a funeral http://youtu.be/bMVPmouEIh0 Hzano: A funeral http://youtu.be/1At3wNdcZ4s , http://youtu.be/Adk6AjWOFBA Jisr Ashoughour a double funeral http://youtu.be/H5VPzmFJZJ0 Kafar Yassin: A funeral http://youtu.be/Mt_VxzZJElk Elteh: A funeral http://youtu.be/0SLUiiDNjJw Kassar Al-Zouhour: A funeral http://youtu.be/u5BOloy09m8

Ariha: loyalist troops patrol the city in their armored vehicles http://youtu.be/XtFw5CnZ5yo Jisr Ashoughour: loyalist troops breaking into a shop observing the strike http://youtu.be/wiGJETeZ1lo

Ableen: locals recover the body of a local who was kidnapped and killed by loyalists who then threw his body in the wilderness to be devoured by the local beasts http://youtu.be/ev5_SAvxOU4


Hama City

On morning of January 24, loyalist troops begin pounding the city again http://youtu.be/kqXxX9kgiBU , http://youtu.be/XyXrqWia0og , http://youtu.be/xC7L-hQDLEs , http://youtu.be/YRK3NgIedBo , http://youtu.be/7_yvOaaS0kI One of the tanks taking part in the pounding http://youtu.be/ca2eFIpaw54 Hamidiyeh Neighborhood is pounded http://youtu.be/AM6IiQhtXP8 The sounds of pounding heard from Bab Qibli http://youtu.be/k81aJjuXQcM snipers take part of the action http://youtu.be/qxlK6qgadZI

But as soon as the pounding stopped, people in Aleppo Road took to the streets as an act of defiance http://youtu.be/0f5GgrHs15s , http://youtu.be/PKOcrmtNocc and in Sabouniyeh http://youtu.be/F3bEf82B9Ks Qoussour http://youtu.be/77Ha74TY5rw , http://youtu.be/lDa_F65uMXw At night, Kazo neighborhood comes under fire http://youtu.be/EMKM7iZbTw0 Same in Bab Qibli http://youtu.be/QhYrhJsV2qo

Despite the pounding, locals rallied at night Hamidiyeh http://youtu.be/EOSG3w5fgm8 , http://youtu.be/g4ik0eNLdPE Eleilaat http://youtu.be/kqjReqcNvLw

Hama Province

Majdal: from a distance at night, one can hear the town being pounded by automatic gunfire http://youtu.be/fYAAX8YtKoI



Deraa City


Deraa/Hauran

Harrah (Jan 23): the night witnesses clashes between defectors and loyalists in the city’s surroundings http://youtu.be/EoJe4eYKoDE , http://youtu.be/UIfL-mJ2TBc , http://youtu.be/Ug9yRn3GGyc


Rallies Mleihah Sharqiyeh All-women rally http://youtu.be/Fo-RTdESo8o Nighttime Hraak http://youtu.be/0mepJM7bh-Q Da’el http://youtu.be/Z2lJoI6bDAU

Deir Ezzor

Albou Kamal: loyalists loot a local shop for observing the strike http://youtu.be/0wgTLBxo4og Elsewhere in the city, the sounds of gunfire http://youtu.be/pwYakQzBwZc

Tayaneh: protesters are fired on and several are injured http://youtu.be/61OVs2Zw5I4


Deir Ezzor City: Ourfi Street http://youtu.be/2dL3wOOa5l4 Hamidiyeh http://youtu.be/1WKjDg2mBz4

Hassakeh

Rallies Yaroubiyeh http://youtu.be/jiDkTfICFT8 Nighttime Tal Tamir http://youtu.be/iOWpLjw5JK0 Qamishlo http://youtu.be/eordMXq5YJw Ghuweiran http://youtu.be/20V2nTB6SKE


Lattakia

Rallies Hiffeh (Babna & Jankeel) http://youtu.be/Er2F4QnRcmw

Turkey Refugee Camps

Trying to have fun even in the midst of misery has become one of the hallmarks of Syrian revolutionaries everywhere, and is another way for showing defiance http://youtu.be/BCZICuGgPEQ