The Routine of defiance and crackdown continues to unfold, sham elections and useless UN missions notwithstanding.
(Veton Surroi is a journalist, writer and politician. He was a senior negotiator for Kosovo in the Rambouillet peace talks in 1999 and the Vienna status talks from 2005 to 2007.)
A Cuban-Syrian Alliance in Florida
“Yesterday was a historic day for Syrian Americans and Cuban Americans,” wrote a friend describing the important development that took place on May 8 in Florida. The development: a group of Syrian-American and Cuban-American organizations got together and signed an agreement to:
“coordinate all our political, diplomatic, logistic and humanitarian efforts in pursuit of the liberation of Cuba and Syria, hence constituting a United Front for the Freedom and Democracy. Therefore, the Cuban Resistance and the Syrian Revolution jointly declare: The people want the overthrow of the dictatorial regimes of Assad and Castro."
Bluntly put, Syrian Americans and Cuban American in Florida will be lobbying together for the adoption of a clear strategy for overthrowing the Assad and Castro regimes. Presidential Candidates who want to win that ever coveted Cuban vote in Florida better start calibrating their message on Syria, and Cuba, now.
The Syrian American organizations that took part in the event: American-Syria Public Affairs Committee (AMSPAC), Syrian Emergency Task Force (SETF), United For Syria (UFS), Syrian American Council (SAC) and Syrian Expatriate Organization (SEO).
Damascus Explosions: plume of smoke rise after the second explosion http://youtu.be/9gjmehvtnUs , http://youtu.be/7-sPqd2NJGA
Different communities in Syria sleep and wake up to the sounds of gunfire: Alatareb, Aleppo http://youtu.be/s8IkLzrdUdw Qouriyeh, Deir Ezzor http://youtu.be/IDY03BOLE5A Hama City http://youtu.be/KmpslM020cw Kafrenbel, Idlib http://youtu.be/4cHxwOLkGgw Ankhel, Daraa http://youtu.be/MSiAGZoUDXE Ariha, Idlib http://youtu.be/eb_xuciryg4 Bdama, Idlib http://youtu.be/7exbX1O38k0
In Idlib Province, the town of Khan Shaikhoon and surroundings came under heavy pounding http://youtu.be/BSFwPkYOBME
The pounding of Homs City continues: Qoussour http://youtu.be/c3vzt5PUUkI , http://youtu.be/4YYnOOrCMZw , http://youtu.be/RwMPpgPOLdc , http://youtu.be/DRZ_nmIytes
The pounding of the nearby town of Talbisseh, Homs Province, leaves this two martyrs http://youtu.be/4a8RmMU5MOk The pounding takes place shortly after a visit by UN monitors http://youtu.be/HmmjuGnz340
The suburb of Arbeen, Rural Damascus, gets pounded http://youtu.be/rsnzO5QnHWg
And of course, there were rallies everywhere:
Idlib: Kafroumeh http://youtu.be/0cc_fO_Af78 Heesh http://youtu.be/thuc3harpl8 Sarmeen http://youtu.be/BDaJzjOImNs Binnish http://youtu.be/U6PJHzWLEOg Kafar Takhareem http://youtu.be/2-PjLxWBweM
Daraa City: Qoussour http://youtu.be/tfy0iSL_u8c
Homs City: Wa’er http://youtu.be/GLvX3QQfGrM
Hama: Hama City (Janoub Al-Malaab) http://youtu.be/BbKDSytuSHY Kfar Zeiteh http://youtu.be/TdLQa-9tGIA
Hassakeh: Ghuweiran http://youtu.be/Z_RB4kPCnD4