Friday, March 30, 2012

Politics!

The political solution championed by the “reasonable” “rational” “cool-headed” leaders of the world continues to produce more deaths and to pave the way towards the very mayhem all say they want to avoid. Why do western leaders always end up transforming their worst nightmares, and ours, into reality? Why do they insist on never learning from history, no matter how recent (Balkans)?  

Wednesday March 29, 2012

Death Toll: 60. Clashes were reported between loyalist troops and rebels in the towns of Douma, Arbeen, Harasta and Zabadani suburbs in Damascus Province. Meanwhile the pounding of old Homs City continues, locals found 15 bodies belonging to 2 families killed by pro-Assad death squads. The pounding of the city of Saraqib, Idlib province, has entered its fourth day and has reportedly left 60 dead so far.

News
Op-Eds & Special Reports
Obama’s About-Face on Syria In August, the president called for Bashar al-Assad to step down. But the U.S. hasn’t sent arms to the opposition. To understand why, look to Russia.

In an interview with Syrian activist Ammar Abdulhamid, he suggests that Al Hurra adopts a liberal identity, acting as a platform for liberals:

"There are good programs with positive viewer reception like ‘An Eye on Democracy,’ however, these remain an exception. Al Hurra producers wanted to act as a competitor news network to Al Jazeera, Al Arabiya, and other news programs currently operating in official Arab media outlets. However, [Al Hurra was] unable to rely on a clear strategy or vision for the channel, coupled with multiple changes in their administrative structure. In addition, an unprecedented environment of competition was born due an increase in the number of Arabic language news channels with a variety of strategies and frameworks. The Arab citizen is inundated with many options, so unless the channel attracts the right audience and presents a clear perspective—the liberal one in particular—the channel will remain without an identity in an area that has no tolerance for ambiguity."

Video Highlights

In Homs City, the pounding of the old neighborhoods continues: Hamidiyeh http://youtu.be/l4vG7tDJY18 Khaldiyeh http://youtu.be/RBIK8IvgyBY The moment when a missile hits the neighborhood http://youtu.be/0suvfCTzcrk Bab Tadmor http://youtu.be/aV7ESprNygI

In the town of Qusayr, Homs Province, major sections of the city have been transformed into rubble due to continuous bombardment http://youtu.be/wSFkqPyhcnE , http://youtu.be/KcwS_K28F4U , http://youtu.be/R47dgCKl4jI The pounding continues http://youtu.be/Jwfy-oq2I5c and people are dying http://youtu.be/A_dDGAzhnSs

In Douma City (March 29), Damascus Province, members of the local resistance take part in an exchange ceremony supervised by the Red Crescent in which they handed over a Major General they had captured in exchange for the bodies of 14 martyrs http://youtu.be/dK16hNqyZe8 In the morning, locals organize a mass funeral for 8 http://youtu.be/jqw14htT8e0 Douma City remains a hotbed of the protest movement in Damascus. Most protesters are secular, but over the last few months, Hizb ul-Tahrir has been creating inroads, as evident by the black and white flags with Islamic testament of faith written on them (Mar 26) http://youtu.be/Zd0XLNhP5Rs  

In the town of Hraak, Deraa Province, this little girls was hit by shrapnel, she lives but she’s in pain http://youtu.be/ZblysISCE7s