Sunday, June 17, 2012

Intervention: complex but necessary!

Let us be realistic and clear: No political transition is possible in Syria without military intervention. Russia understands that all too well, and because the solution they want is to keep Assad in power, they are providing him with the military aid he needs to wage his war. Those in the international community who seek Assad’s ouster, if they do indeed exist, have to work with the local resistance to enable them to secure their communities and liberate as much territory as possible from Assad’s grip to enable a dialog over political transition. Any further dithering on this will pave the way for Syria’s splintering into myriad warring pieces.

Saturday June 16, 2012

Death tolls: 77. The Breakdown: 43 in a crackdown on the eastern Damascene suburbs of Saqba (where 20 were killed by execution), Douma, Arbeen, Kafar Batna and Harasta. 13 in Homs, 10 in Idlib, 2 in Daraa, 3 in Lattakia, 2 in Aleppo, 2 in Hama and 1 in Deir Ezzor. 

News
Regime forces pound Homs as 1,000 families remain trapped Residents under siege in Homs have no food and no medical equipment, NGO says


Op-Eds & Special Reports
Russian arms dealer sends missile defence systems to Syria Anatoly Isaykin tells New York Times the weapons could be used to shoot down planes or sink ships
In refusing to arm the FSA, Obama has identified who he perceives to be the good guys: compared to the opposition, the Assad regime is preferable.

Video Highlights

Damascus


Saqba, East Damascus: martyrs http://youtu.be/FTAwAtVCqqE , http://youtu.be/yuGRelGjeus Five people were executed in this apartment, perhaps the victims of targeted killing: their killers had to climb to the top floor and bust into their apartment and they shut them on the spot. One of them at least is from the Sunni neighborhood of Sleibeh in Lattakia City http://youtu.be/wyAgQ7hGtv8 There were similar killings in nearby apartments as well http://youtu.be/vnC7ydkzqRE

Misraba, East Damascus: Girl Martyr http://youtu.be/j2JhrjB9xT8

Kafar Batna, East Damascus, comes under heavy gunfire http://youtu.be/kwEsJx7UER0

Irbeen, East Damascus: members of the local resistance stand in guard as local attend a funeral http://youtu.be/cuCST_7dt-Y A three year old martyr http://youtu.be/vugpbGBwdTU

Qudsaya, West Damascus: Locals are shelled as they try to rescue the wounded http://youtu.be/PEK5WUY9s84 rescuing the wounded http://youtu.be/iDL8vuRfqvA , http://youtu.be/YaGULTV4iBk

Kafar Sousseh, Damascus City: clashes take place at dawn http://youtu.be/GN1DiXuYsDg Still during the day, local hold a rally http://youtu.be/6FO2lhJByYw

Aleppo

A clash in Salaheddine Neighborhood, Aleppo City (June 15), between unarmed demonstrators and Assad’s security forces. While violent clashes do take place in so many communities across Syria, this particular “clash” captures more of the essence of what the real conflict in Syria is still all about: to be free of brutal security rule http://youtu.be/fUQQG_OMTw0 Protesters come under fire, blood covers the street http://youtu.be/YQByCXQszdQ People carry their wounded away http://youtu.be/q7mgmvKCCG0 Today, merchants in the neighborhood observed a call for general strike http://youtu.be/9VYTeXq_YeA

The town of Ibbeen, Aleppo Province, comes under heavy pounding at night http://youtu.be/Zp4QaESgP9k , http://youtu.be/N6GhcS24_1o Treating the injured men http://youtu.be/rBrB9FKWeqo and children http://youtu.be/mbsOnGFwjuc

Homs

Talbisseh, Homs Province: The pounding http://youtu.be/6sqA_3MU2yw , http://youtu.be/jgEaaSYISa8 , http://youtu.be/PaoulJsfVD4 The martyrs http://youtu.be/yqoi0Lr7p7A Treating the wounded http://youtu.be/1efWVVyJN08 , http://youtu.be/6ToMIW4uJ4k , http://youtu.be/yeUlFeYQbts , http://youtu.be/__B3zp67PfI As the pounding takes place, an old man insists on smoking his cigarette while sitting next to his home http://youtu.be/HznVZReu9Zg Unidentified martyrs http://youtu.be/50ENqGjTuus These people died when a mortar landed in their midst as they were waiting to buy bread from the local bakery: body parts  everywhere including a severed head http://youtu.be/FgFAkZhhyL8


The pounding of Homs City continues: Khaldiyeh http://youtu.be/ccvijFc-Q1A Qoussour http://youtu.be/t8EquefXxD4 General view http://youtu.be/OEP4DQo7wNw

Daraa

Victims of the massacre of Bosra Al-Sham, Darra Province (June 15): http://youtu.be/kgueLehXPsc , http://youtu.be/vppUgHERDPk , http://youtu.be/wjZ69__4l4k The people were pounded when they were staging their daily rally http://youtu.be/o3fbCvGeR8o , http://youtu.be/_GiUdAL1Wg8 Seven, including a child, were killed. Local blame Russia http://youtu.be/2wpJm_Xpvvk

Messages to Obama (1): from the children in Zabadani, West Damascus
Messages to Obama (2): from the people of Kafrenbel, Idib Province