Sunday, March 18, 2012

Mr. Quack!

Assad’s is losing grip on both his material and virtual reality.   

Saturday March 17, 2012

Death toll: 52, including 25 who were killed by pro-Assad security forces, and 27 said to have been killed in two explosions in Damascus that targeted the main headquarters of Air Force Intelligence and Criminal Investigation Administration. Of the 25, 10 ten in Raqqah City when security forces opened fire on mourners burying colleagues killed on Friday.

News
Asked about relations between the new coalition and the SNC, Ammar al-Qurabi, leader of the National Movement for Change, told AFP his "coalition was not set up in opposition to anyone, other than Assad's regime, but rather to unite the opposition outside the SNC."
Op-Eds & Special Reports

This report is the result of a 4-day workshop in Copenhagen that took place in late February and which I have taking part in organizing. The goal was to encourage a serious discussion on some of the transition challenges facing the leaders of the Syrian Popular Resistance Network. The report is currently being translated to Arabic and will be shared with all protest leaders inside the country for their feedback and made available to the wider public through social media websites. The report comes as a series of recommendations meant to generate public debate on the future of Syria, especially during the transition period which, in many ways, is already unfolding. The debate will hopefully produce a vision for a future Syria in which all major stakeholders, in-country, in the region, and across the world, will have contributed.

The recent revelation that Assad’s term of endearment is “Battah” or “Duck,” as well as his apparent intimate relationship with his advisor, Hadeel Ali, became the subject of much humor in the ranks of protesters who used them to enrich their Facebook statuses as well as the banners they carried in their rallies. The inhabitants of the town Zabadani, near Damascus, carried a number of banners mocking Mr. Duck, including “You know, Mr. Duck, we got used to your explosions” http://youtu.be/eaTdmKmOnMM

As another sign of continued troubles for the Assad, the town of Salamiyah, Hama Province, a mixed community of Sunnis, Ismailites and Alawites, is once again witnessing major daily anti-Assad rallies http://youtu.be/h64EPXfRVOg

Meanwhile, in Raqqah City, events follow the familiar patterns of rallies turning into funerals mushrooming into larger rallies, as the city, and the province, slips out of Assad’s controls:

Mourners taking part in a funeral for some of yesterday’s martyrs http://youtu.be/0CUjoB4QePs , http://youtu.be/2EaQYBPDCzs come under fire http://youtu.be/85Rob7zCFZY , http://youtu.be/QF1n45hy5ZY , http://youtu.be/x4rVpRexrbQ Protesters remain defiant http://youtu.be/0-XcarKXZnk , http://youtu.be/XCowioiGhYE As some soldiers shoot, others seem to defect and join the protesters http://youtu.be/RC5RL1-ryzs Rescuing the injured http://youtu.be/Hck95LSxJoM , http://youtu.be/4ti0WZ4Gfc4

In Damascus, and while suspicious explosions take place, members of the resistance, Furqan Brigade, carried out an operation that left a loyalist general dead, and led to confiscating some weapons, laptops and documents that revealed detailed of recent official directives, operations and troop movements of Assad loyalists http://youtu.be/4ZNoCeF1WPY Another self-styled special operations unit was formed in Ma’arrat Al-Nouman led by new defector, Lt. Mahmoud Al-Mansour http://youtu.be/dCblj6icYqc  

Homs

Homs City

People from neighborhoods in East Homs City held a major rally in defiance to prove that their city is far from vanquished http://youtu.be/lhJKpSRVrXk

Elsewhere, Bab Dreib came under renewed pounding http://youtu.be/EJLXtziE4qE , http://youtu.be/41qxUuTNHlA So did Jub Al-Jandali http://youtu.be/MkqKEL8lyVc And Bab Tadmor http://youtu.be/le6cttC2Bn4 And Karm Al-Zeitun http://youtu.be/xtJiGJ8LfMA

In Deir Baalbah, protesters send a message of solidarity to their colleagues in Raqqah who have joined the revolution recently “O Raqqah, Homs is with you till death” http://youtu.be/dXNaXxhbKHU

Daytime Rallies

Nighttime Rallies

Homs Province

Rastan: snipers claim another victim http://youtu.be/dzYOb8WmjL0 The body after it was retrieved http://youtu.be/VjeuG2Temew Another martyr http://youtu.be/YudsRSMpsYg


Damascus

Damascus City

Nighttime Rallies

Damascus East (Eastern & Western Ghoutah)

Douma: protesters hang an effigy of Bashar http://youtu.be/gNm-QoV69EY

Nighttime Rallies

Damascus South (Southern Ghoutah)

Daytime Rallies
Al-Hajar Al-Aswad http://youtu.be/yvISdQdtdDk


Hama

Hama City

Chopper overfly the city http://youtu.be/xawdoLzl3c0

Daytime Rallies

Hama Province

Shaizar: the town is pounded again http://youtu.be/zC52BHbk8BE

Daytime Rallies


Idlib


Sarmada: the sounds of nighttime clashes at the edge of town http://youtu.be/cxT2Gh5sjIg

El-Rami: locals find the bodies of two unknown martyrs http://youtu.be/R0_L3j1obYA

Daytime Rallies


Deraa/Hauran

Deraa City

Nighttime Rallies

Deraa/Hauran Province

Daytime Rallies

Nighttime Rallies


Aleppo

Aleppo City

Daytime Rallies
Ebla University http://youtu.be/Uq8D6EFvGe8

Nighttime Rallies

Aleppo Province

Daytime Rallies


Deir Ezzor


Daytime Rallies

Nighttime Rallies
Deir Ezzor City (Hamidiyeh) http://youtu.be/eSJNE8cwcB8


Hassakeh


Daytime Rallies