Saturday, March 31, 2012

Some Like It Hot!

There is no hurry. Assad is taking his sweet time pounding residential neighborhoods and killing children. The opposition is taking its sweet time arguing over division of spoils that don’t yet exist while taking dictates from all and sundry, other than the Syrian people. World leaders are taking their sweet time reaching a consensus on what not to do, if a consensus can ever be reached on anything in the international scene. Meanwhile Syria is fast descending into hell, her dream of freedom fast turning into a nightmare of endless global and geopolitical calculations. In situations like these, time has always been on the side of anarchy. But then perhaps this is what everybody wants.

Friday March 30, 2012 – This Friday and the ensuing week is dedicated to showing that “Muslims and Arabs have failed us.” But, in a sign of growing discord between Arabs and Kurds, Kurdish communities dedicated this week to standing by “Kurdish National Rights”

Death Toll: 55 in Homs, Deraa, Idlib and Deir Ezzor. Clashes in Qouriyeh, Deir Ezzor City, Damascus and Deraa Province left three high ranking loyalist officers dead. Targeting high level loyalist officers have become an established pattern for the local resistance over the last few weeks.

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Undergunned and Overwhelmed - Syria's rebels have to bear hours of negotiations for every box of bullets that they haul across the border for their war against Bashar al-Assad. And their frustration is starting to show.

Video Highlights

In Homs City, the pounding of neighborhoods continues: Khaldiyeh http://youtu.be/cLQizR7frzo , http://youtu.be/NEHk9qR1_hs , http://youtu.be/9Z_uG7Zwkps , http://youtu.be/bIsWOQP7Cpc A tank taking part in the pounding of a residential neighborhood http://youtu.be/NBr72TWErZw the pounding is taking place at a leisurely pace now. After all, there is no resistance, and the point is to simply eradicate, intimidate, retaliate and ethnically cleanse the neighborhoods http://youtu.be/TwaRo55HFuE  More pounding http://youtu.be/TwaRo55HFuE Bayadah http://youtu.be/nADoCK1YSAU Hamidiyeh http://youtu.be/7PFp0IAhHXA The Old Bazar catches fire http://youtu.be/VsELDunNDGo And the dead continue t pile up http://youtu.be/K_jboUFdAlo

In the nearby town of Rastan, Homs Province, the local water tanks are being systematically destroyed by Assad loyalists to punish the locals and weaken the local resistance http://youtu.be/hpSmcuYUYRY The same scenario was repeated in the nearby town of Houleh http://youtu.be/UCDel10zEiQ

The formation of new fighting unit in Eastern Damascus (Ghoutah) to work under the umbrella of the FSA http://youtu.be/wZn_mXlEbFg The unit seems connected to Hizb ul-Tahrir.

In Damascus City, clashes took place at night in Jobar between Assad loyalists and members of the local resistance http://youtu.be/C75cRB7P1bg Not too far away in the Suburb of Arbeen, in Eastern Ghoutah, more clashes http://youtu.be/ruUMLHpkLHo Earlier in the day, crackdown against protesters in Jobar left 1 dead http://youtu.be/9kze9dkVqbM

In Idlib Province, the town of Khan Shaikhoon was pounded http://youtu.be/RZAz4pnUKvA

In Qamishlo, the Kurdish town in Hassakeh Province, members of the Movement of Kurdistan in Syria, staged a rally in Antariyah neighborhood to protest against both regime oppression and opposition exclusion http://youtu.be/LR-iHZZOwBI , http://youtu.be/AGopbUZscFM In Qamishlo and other Kurdish towns and cities throughout Syria, this Friday and the ensuing week was dedicated to celebrating “Kurdish National Rights,” in response to recent current fallout between Arab and Kurd opposition members in Istanbul http://youtu.be/SXtiX_RhB5U  

Other Kurdish communities followed suit: Dirbassiyeh (Hassakeh) http://youtu.be/Za7Pwglcweo Amoudeh (Hassakeh) http://youtu.be/J5UIdTj-ovM Kobani (Aleppo) http://youtu.be/ORmd52UHZsw Kurdish turnout was the lowest since the beginning of the Revolution.


In Qouriyeh, Deir Ezzor Province, pro-Assad death squads commit new massacre http://youtu.be/S6lD2r1LnR0

Homs

Homs City

Qoussour: Bodies strewn in the streets http://youtu.be/Os9GCXq1pVU

Sifsafeh: a tour of the desolation that is Homs City http://youtu.be/CCcU48WzZUA

Bayadah: martyr http://youtu.be/bAU1ikv8vPc

Bab Houd: locals hold prayers on in Al-Zawiyeh Mosque despite ongoing shelling outside http://youtu.be/9WHAlYnPApI

Daytime Rallies

Homs Province

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Damascus

Damascus City

Kafar Sousseh: protesters come under fire http://youtu.be/y0W5Y__fTqQ

Jobar: sporadic gunfire rang throughout the neighborhood in the morning http://youtu.be/PAUmckdA8bA

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Damascus East (Eastern & Western Ghoutah)

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Damascus South (Southern Ghoutah)

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West (Zabadani and Wadi Barada)

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North (The Qalamoun Region )

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Hama

Hama City

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Janoub Al-Malaab http://youtu.be/iMuQghOXeAM

Hama Province

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Idlib


Deir Sunbul: tank taking pot shots at the village http://youtu.be/y71pZF_NasQ

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Deraa/Hauran

Deraa City

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Deraa/Hauran Province

Na’eemah: town comes under fire http://youtu.be/mCjQKZMC3_I Treating the wounded http://youtu.be/dYXExuweXZE The dead (woman) http://youtu.be/BSluHbfDRK4(man) http://youtu.be/f6CWtd-G3Zw  Saida comes under fire as well http://youtu.be/JJrUFPUCT7E

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Aleppo

Aleppo City

Funeral for local activist http://youtu.be/9iJ8oTnSTAg

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Aleppo Province

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Deir Ezzor


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Hassakeh


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Lattakia


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