Thursday, September 6, 2012

Another Day!

Another day of bloodshed, another day of handwringing and indifference.

Wednesday September 5, 2012

Today’s Death toll: 272. The Breakdown: 100 died under heavy shelling of different locations, including 30 children. 115 in Aleppo, 67 in Damascus and Suburbs, 40 in Deir Ezzor, 15 in Homs, 14 in Idlib, 8 in Daraa, 7 in Hama,5 in Lattakia and 1 from Raqqa who was martyred in Aleppo (LCC).

* Reports from local activists speak of an ongoing battle between rebels and loyalists over control of the northernmost coastal strip separating Syria and Turkey. In the course of the battle and for the first time since the beginning of the revolution, Alawite villages were targeted by rebels using mortars confiscated from loyalists in previous clashes. For the first time since the beginning of the revolution, loyalists were forced to flee their villages. Rebels seem adamant on having their own access to the sea.

France gives Syria "liberated zones" aid, mulls weapons: source The source said France, which last week promised an extra 5 million euros ($6.25 million) to help Syrians, had started giving aid and money on Friday to five local authorities from three provinces - Deir al-Zor, Aleppo and Idlib. The areas are home to about 700,000 people.

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Most disconcertingly, however, we found evidence suggesting that some of the attacks targeted civilians. In the course of three weeks in August, government forces attacked at least 10 bakeries in Aleppo province, sometimes killing and injuring dozens of civilians who had lined up to buy bread.
U.S. officials said Wednesday that Iraq had shut down the movement of Iranian aid to the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad earlier this year, but that suspected arms deliveries resumed in July. And three U.S. senators warned Baghdad that it risked damaging relations with the U.S. if it is allowing Iran to use Iraqi airspace to deliver weapons to Syria.

Scientists Say U.S. May Have Discovered Previously Unknown Level Of Not Caring About Syria  According to a groundbreaking new scientific study released Tuesday by Harvard University, the U.S. population could very well have discovered a new and unprecedented level of not caring about Syria. "Our research indicates that Americans may have stumbled upon an extreme degree of ignorance and disregard for the plight of dying Syrians that we never before thought humanly possible," said lead researcher Dr. Henry Mason, noting that recent images of the Syrian government openly killing citizens in the nation's streets appeared to have no measurable effect on American psyches. "At some point—possibly after the mass murder of more than 100 men, women, and children in Houla, or when photos of mass graves began appearing across the Internet—the U.S. citizenry must have found previously untapped reserves of callousness, indifference, and self-absorption that were simply beyond the capacity of our research tools to quantify." Mason confirmed that scientists expect apathy levels to rise sharply in further trial studies, primarily because 95 percent of Americans still don't know the president of Syria's name.

A unit affiliated with the Free Syrian Army, Farouq Al-Shamal, has reportedly clashed with an Al-Qaeda cell based near Bab Al-Salamah border crossing with Turkey killing its leaders, Abu Muhammad Al-Shami Al-Absi. Tensions between rebels and Al-Qaeda affiliated groups have been growing for a while, due to their differing agendas. Most rebel groups are calling for the establishment of a civil democratic state and some might call a special status for Islam, but few of them are willing to endorse the call for the establishment of an Islamic state. The family of Abu Muhammad has refused to accept offers of condolence, a gesture signifying that they plan to seek revenge. The motivation here is not ideological but clan-related. This is how complex the situation on the ground is getting. Back in April, rebels also killed Walid Boustani, a Lebanese national and a ranking member of Fateh Al-Islam, a Jihadi organization affiliated with Al-Qaeda.

Zardana, Idlib: Shelling leaves dead lining the streets A funeral is  held