Saturday, 8 March 2014

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Syrian Activist Forced From Hometown Pledges To Keep Publicizing Atrocities
"The rocket strikes marked the start of Zakarya's evolution from just another Syrian nursing grievances against Assad into a tireless public opponent of the regime. He lived through the signature events of the war, from chemical attacks to forced starvation to complicated efforts to halt the violence. And like millions of others, the conflict would eventually force him into exile."


12,813 women killed in Syria in three years

Friday, 7 March 2014

UN human rights report shows Assad root cause of Syrian suffering

UN human rights report shows
Assad root cause of Syrian suffering
"The report pays critical attention to the distinction between Syria’s mainstream opposition movement and extremists - who are exploiting conditions created by the regime. The Syrian opposition is actively engaged in military operations against extremists. The coalition, like the society it represents, is committed wholeheartedly to preserving Syria’s diversity."
You can obtain the report here:
[http://www.ohchr.org/…/IndependentInternationalCommission.a…]

Holding Out For A Hero

‪#‎Syria‬‪#‎breaking‬ the latest from ALQalamon battle: Rima frontline is still holding
Anchor : Rebels captured areas at the outskirts of AlSihil and ongoing clashes at Rima outskirts.
Q: what are the latest developments in Yabrood and AlQalamon ?
A: Helicopter has dropped 2 TNT barrels on Yabrood specially the main market area, destroying entirely houses, and many casualties.
[http://yallasouriya.wordpress.com/…/syria-breaking-the-lat…/]
The Syrian Civil War is entering its third year and has devastated the country. Based on her research, a Texas A&M professor asserts that foreign intervention in the conflict has likely negated any chance of post-war democratization (photo: Shutterstock.com).

Foreign Intervention In Civil Wars Discourages Democracy“Without foreign support, rebel groups have to depend more on the support of the people,” she explains. “The more the people are mobilized for the war effort, the more they will come to demand and expect changes favorable to themselves in the post-war regime. In turn, postwar political elites will want to meet these demands in some form in order to stay in power.”
I was going to take the piss, especially as she is a professor of international affairs at Texas A&M’s Bush School of Government and Public Service [the A is for agriculture], but thinking twice it is a truth that the Syrian revolution is more imperiled by not being self-reliant. The headline I think has it the wrong way about, it is the dependence not the help that is the problem, it is the needing to rely on foreign arms shipments, not the arms themselves that those fighting for a free Syria have to worry about. And there is the confusing use of intervention as a catch-all term.

Thursday, 6 March 2014

Just because it isn’t happening here…
"A young girl’s life gets turned upside-down in this tragic second a day video. Could this ever happen in the UK? This is what war does to children."

Hostage to politics: Syria’s prisoners

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 Leila Al Shami

 "No ideology, no cause, no threat, can ever justify the inhumanity that has been meted out to the Syrian people by the Assad regime. Syria’s prisoners (and people at large) remain hostage to both domestic tyranny and a world that has abandoned them to their fate. Through acts of solidarity we can remind them that their courageous struggle, and their suffering, has not been forgotten. That the screams of the tortured do not fall on deaf ears."

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Graffiti of a Syrian opposition flag. (REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed)

A Forgotten Revolution"The Syrian revolution was never deader than on the night of February 4, and maybe it was this non-event that made the Syrian regime feel invincible.
And then the countryside, along with Syria’s regional cities, erupted in one of the most courageous displays of humanity seen anywhere in the world for decades.
It’s easy to forget today, in the midst of news coverage about Geneva II and the growing power of foreign jihadists, that countless thousands of peaceful demonstrators swarmed Homs’ New Clock Square or that tens of thousands more marched through the streets of Deir Ezzor night after night during 2011, calling for the end of the Syrian government, for someone else to represent and serve them.
Experiencing it first hand, Syria’s once-peaceful revolution was a beautiful thing, an exercise in utter courage, an education in the possibilities of the human spirit and a reminder of horror. Chronicling young Syrians bearing their chests, fully expecting death at any moment and displaying a level of bravery one is lucky enough to witness once in a lifetime, will live with me forever.
Today, we do these young men and women—many of whom are now dead—a disservice, writing them out of history in favor of focusing on the subtleties of John Kerry’s latest comments."

Monday, 3 March 2014

A fighter beats a poster of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad after rebel forces stormed a government position in Al-Tall, Syria, July 19, 2012.

Opinion: Time to stand with Syrians
in fight for freedom, human rights

“The cousins that I have that have been involved with the revolution and the Free Syria army — they were not terrorists, they were just college students and activist who wanted a free Syria where we could have Democracy and where human rights could be upheld,” Daboul said.

Anarchadia - Demoralize

"Satanism and blood-sucking are just some of the things members of the Syrian metal band Anarchadia have been accused of. They self-define as anarchists and were among the first to stand up in support for public resistance against the Assad regime.
Syrian metal music fan “Mounir” told Syria Untold:
Rock and metal music, with its gloomy outfits, loud music and spiked bracelets, have always been deeply connected to rebellion, to revolution and raging against the machine. So the fact that Syrians who listen to hard music are mostly anti-regime is not a coincidence."
[http://globalvoicesonline.org/…/the-soundtrack-of-the-syri…/]