Sunday, April 15, 2012

Once More unto the Breach!

“What will the monitors do?” Asked one banner. “Make sure that it’s real blood they are seeing and not Ketchup?”

Saturday April 14, 2012

Death Toll: 33, as the pounding of Homs City resumes http://youtu.be/Ncb0mfvVt-4 , http://youtu.be/go3lSrje6EI , http://youtu.be/mx55lUOf5o0 , http://youtu.be/SQhrMxLi7rI In Homs city, 17 were killed, 3 in Rural Damascus, 6 in Aleppo, 3 in Daraa, 3 in Idlib and 2 in Hama.

Meanwhile, in Deir Baalbah Neighobood, Homs City, local activists documented 128 cases of summary executions that took place between April 7 and 9.

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At a time when pro-Assad troops and death squads are busy pounding towns and villages all over the country, the country’s Minister of Economy (note: I had earlier said Interior, which was a mistake of course), a George Washington University Alumnus, Nedal Alchaar, was busy putting the final touches on his villa in Aleppo City. Work was “finally” done, to use his own words, and he posted pictures of the villa on his Facebook page earlier yesterday, before he removed it when people began chatting about it on the net. Too late. It’s this kind of impunity by Assad officials that paved the way to the revolution. It’s this kind of impunity that will continue to fuel it, until the whole regime is brought down.  


A young boy is killed in Aleppo City, his last words “forgive me, Dad” http://youtu.be/ZlJNb74eXZY The boy was killed when pro-Asasd militias opened fire on this funeral http://youtu.be/EA1DtdKS7Uw , http://youtu.be/XMU8j0Yv2B4 Another martyr http://youtu.be/RYllBMSwJUY , http://youtu.be/81Ozxsi1ka8

In Dmeir, Rural Damascus, the local activist who has been documenting the revolutionary movement since its inception, Ahmad Abdallah, has been killed http://youtu.be/VQQZJpwp1PI A colleague of his, Samir Shalab Al-Sham, was killed on the same day in Jouret Al-Shayah neighborhood in Homs City http://youtu.be/_oY0TWRSVsU He was hit by a mortar round http://youtu.be/Aez9qgZmL4E and mourned by friends http://youtu.be/Pt9KWgJFacc

The bravery of these citizen journalists cannot be overstated. Here is one who succeeded in getting very close to a loyalist camp to film them as they prepare for pounding the city http://youtu.be/V6-7TjEMP6Q

The pounding of the town of Al-Atareb, Aleppo Province, resumes http://youtu.be/kiwHNdTa_dU So does the pounding of Al-Hosn town in Hama http://youtu.be/WcTVMYnMTu0