Russian leader Vladimir Putin says that discussing Syria with French President Francois Hollande over a bottle of vodka could lead to a softening of his stand on the matter. President Hollande suggested Port instead. Now let me suggest Mojito as a nice compromise solution, if I may? Then let me also ever so politely suggest that both leaders go stuff themselves. As our country and our people bleed, having two foreign leaders engage in such meaningless banter is nothing less than scandalous.
NOT everyone agreed with our Syria cover last week. It illustrated the gradual destruction of the country that is the result of the war between President Bashar Assad and the rebels trying to oust him. One aspect of the country that has not been destroyed is the creativity. On February 25th Wissam al-Jazairy, a young Syrian graphic designer took the cover to task. His extended design showing the reconstruction of the country when the war ends went viral. "The cover carried a very bleak idea of the situation in Syria," said Mr Jazairy. "True, there is fighting between people but this is war and death is the blood tax in order to reach a better future." But he remains optimistic, mostly because of what he describes as the peacefulness of the Syrian people. "We started our revolution for a life and freedom and justice and equality," he said. "As Abu al-Kacem Chebbi [a Tunisian poet] said: 'If, one day, a people want to live, then fate must respond to them'."
Rebels in the town of Talbisseh, Homs Province, claim that they are being targeted by pro-regime militias using these missiles, which, they claim, are made in the U.S. http://youtu.be/swjafC7wHlQ
The pounding of the town of Rastan, Homs Province, continues http://youtu.be/rPDMISYE8JM
The pounding of rebel strongholds in Homs City continues http://youtu.be/-0QXZbgeb1w
In Aleppo City, another activist inadvertently captures his final moments http://youtu.be/5cLGeZroFOE
Rebels in Damascus target a loyalist checkpoint on top of Mount Qasayoun http://youtu.be/n2JjyEXg66c
Rebels in Dmeir, Damascus Suburbs, find these bloated bodies belonging to victims who were obviously summarily executed http://youtu.be/s5-mdDzgQig
Pro-Assad militias pound rebel strongholds in Jobar Neighborhood, Damascus City http://youtu.be/HdOdn_tOU4A
Rebels in Idlib, secure the defection of hundreds of soldiers from Damascus http://youtu.be/Sf0CE61rzUU
Evidence of the use of incendiary cluster bombs in the pounding of Saraqib, Idlib http://youtu.be/JVaTsNSx0ro
In the Druze-majority province of Suwaida, more and more young activists are taking the streets showing their solidarity with their fellow revolutionaries across Syria in a manner reminiscent of the old nonviolent days of the protest movement http://youtu.be/dCLJ4SQ17QE , http://youtu.be/kJNUROXtS2U Of course, the regime has made a choice so far to refrain from using excessive violence to quell these rallies, just as it did in Kurdish-majority areas to keep the situation localized. For their part, the Druzes are unlikely to willingly turn violent in order to preserve their own one and only town in the country.