Spring doesn't come very often in our region, but when it does, the accompanying cleaning process tends to be onerous, long and thorough. Taking out centuries-old trash in particular is a thankless job, but one that needs to be done. Sweeping things under our famous carpets and rugs is exactly what brought us to this point in time when drastic measures are needed. As we go about cleaning our ‘hoods, it doesn't help of course that bystanders keep littering rather than lending a hand. It’s simply not enough to come up with Universal Declaration of Human Rights to teach people manners, and about their mutual obligations. That requires a sense of common destiny we have yet to develop. For now, we are not one, although we are the same.
Syrian activists based in the United Arab Emirates report that they are being prevented from using services like Western Union to send funds to support refugees in Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon. This is happening despite the fact that no clear written instructions have been issued by Western Union and similar services, the move, it seems, came as a result of oral instructions from UAE police.
The aerial bombardment of restive towns in Eastern Ghoutah, Damascus, resumes: Saqba http://youtu.be/gJX4kvqON-0 Jisreen http://youtu.be/dqjMc8D6W1o , http://youtu.be/ICH-sJo1V1A People run for cover http://youtu.be/G-YsiRgiJiE , http://youtu.be/JBdUuzEv9GY Scores were killed and injured in Douma http://youtu.be/lV9A5vULoD0 Trying to rescue a child dying of exsanguination http://youtu.be/K_tLAcRDYgc Many children were killed in Hizzeh http://youtu.be/Mw7RtMC5zXo
Meanwhile, the siege and pounding of the suburb of Daraya continue http://youtu.be/pMsx5KxxlhE , http://youtu.be/dCvavXR76hs , http://youtu.be/LxgNcxP0iK4
Leaked video (English subtitles): member of a pro-Assad militia executes a captive while talking to his Mom on the phone so she could listen in. Mama’s boys come in all different shapes I guess http://youtu.be/11rCIwZBGzw
But this video shows how one young Syrian is using empty shell casings to create functional art http://youtu.be/qxXr_LsbkBE
The town of Deir Sanbil, Idlib, comes under heavy aerial bombardment http://youtu.be/s9-lkhs7AZ4 People run for cover http://youtu.be/Fs694NSFS2I Many children were killed http://youtu.be/KB5QM23ZhfY
Rebels storm the military airport in Deir Ezzor http://youtu.be/2M_4NBkHlpo , http://youtu.be/uMArrtV7xfk Meanwhile, aerial bombardments against Deir Ezzor City continues http://youtu.be/w8RpeFFFOmw
Clashes between rebels and loyalists in Basr Al-Harir, Daraa, continue http://youtu.be/_KrQZPJfAQM , http://youtu.be/E0VkeW0uFZQ , http://youtu.be/4wWrVNeh0Cs , http://youtu.be/g8n6hdJajGM , http://youtu.be/Kq0la9EsR-Q , http://youtu.be/nMHiStmPWtI , http://youtu.be/cxOhd9dMXBA , http://youtu.be/9Abj15MJoaQ , http://youtu.be/CpuPCKUGC0I