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Friday, September 30, 2011

1000+ 'Assad Supporters' Defect & Join Freedom Fighters: A Refusal 2 Shoot Unarmed Civilians

'Dozens killed' in Syria protests - Middle East - Al Jazeera English




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'Dozens killed' in Syria protests - Middle East - Al Jazeera English



Army defectors 'a cover'

The Syrian government has banned most foreign journalists from entering the country and placed heavy restrictions on local media coverage, making it difficult to independently verify events on the ground.

The UN estimates that about 2,700 people have been killed in a violent government crackdown on pro-reform protests that began mid-March.

The government says that the movement against Assad does not have popular support and blames violence on "armed terrorist groups". It says that more than 700 soldiers and police have been killed in the uprising.

An army defector operating in the province of Idlib, northwest of al-Rastan, told the Reuters news agency that defectors were using guerrilla tactics against the heavily armed loyalist forces.

Activists say up to 1,000 army soldiers deserted to join the protesters in al-Rastan, but that figure is disputed.

"There are at least 100 army defectors in Rastan and 600 gunmen," one activist, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Reuters.

"The defectors are forming a cover for the gunmen so that everybody can say this is the army fighting among itself."

The Damascus-based activist who spoke to Al Jazeera claimed that there were as many as 10,000 members of what he called the "Free Syrian Army" across the country.

Elias Hanna, a retired Lebanese army general and security analyst, told Al Jazeera that it so far appears that the number of desertions is "not really causing a major crack within the Syrian army". [ read more at link ]

Assad Tortures Syria Protesters - Amnesty International Report- Al Jazee...



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Al Jazeera interviews Amnesty International Amnesty International says it has documented the cases of 88 people who have died in Syrian prisons. The Assad Terror Regime has thousands of political prisoners it is holding hostage and it is torturing and killing scores of them.
The UN needs to immediately refer the Assad Regime to the International Criminal Court and NATO needs to immediately intervene militarily in Syria to stop the daily slaughter of civilians.

Al Jazeera speaks to Hazem al Hallak, whose brother's body is one of those documented in the Amnesty reportRights group alleges deadly torture in Syria jails - YouTube.flv

Head of UN Syria probe is hopeful of access to country. - swissinfo

Head of UN Syria probe is hopeful of access to country. - swissinfo

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by Simon Bradley, swissinfo.ch

The head of a United Nations commission of inquiry into rights violations in Syria says he hopes the team will soon be allowed into the country.

Meanwhile, in New York the Security Council remains divided over possible sanctions against Syria, and reports of armed resistance have emerged after months of mostly peaceful protests.

“We hope to go to Syria so that all parties can share their points of view. It’s in the Syrian authorities’ interests to make known their version of the facts,” Commission President Sergio Pinheiro told reporters in Geneva on Friday.

The 67-year-old Brazilian said he was optimistic his team would be allowed into the country, citing the success of a UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (Ocha) humanitarian mission to Syria at the end of August. [ read more at link ]

Panel holds first meeting on Palestinian UN bid - Digg

Panel holds first meeting on Palestinian UN bid - Digg

Rights group calls on Libya to stop prisoner abuse | CharlotteObserver.com & The Charlotte Observer Newspaper

Rights group calls on Libya to stop prisoner abuse | CharlotteObserver.com & The Charlotte Observer Newspaper

Syria: Investigate Possible State Role in Decapitating Woman | Human Rights Watch

Syria: Investigate Possible State Role in Decapitating Woman | Human Rights Watch

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(New York) – The killing and mutilation of Zaynab al-Hosni, 18, by unknown persons highlights the urgent need for the UN Security Council to demand access to Syria for an international investigation into rampant killings and torture in Syria, Human Rights Watch said today.

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Assad's Bloodshed continues Daily as World Watches in Horror! Many 'Assad Supporters' Escape to Help Unarmed Civilian

Newsvine - Assad's Bloodshed continues Daily as World Watches in Horror! Many 'Assad Supporters' Escape to Help Unarmed Civilian

US condemns attack on envoy in Syria - Middle East - Al Jazeera English

US condemns attack on envoy in Syria - Middle East - Al Jazeera English

US condemns attack on envoy in Syria - Middle East - Al Jazeera English

US condemns attack on envoy in Syria - Middle East - Al Jazeera English

Syrians protest as army and defectors clash | Reuters

Syrians protest as army and defectors clash | Reuters

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Western powers have responded with sanctions on Syria's oil exports, forcing Assad's government to curb imports to protect its foreign reserves and adding to economic pressures after the collapse of tourism revenues and a slump in trade.

Assad retains control over most of the military and security forces but

army deserters, many of whom are reported to have defected because they refused to shoot at protesters, have formed rebel units in areas around Rastan, a town of 40,000 people which lies 180 km (110 miles) north of Damascus.

One army defector operating in the province of Idlib, northwest of Rastan, said the defectors in the town were using guerrilla tactics against the heavily-armed loyalist forces.

"Rastan has been churning out army officers for decades and there is a lot of experience among the defecting soldiers. Assad is mistaken if he thinks that he can wrap up the attack quickly," he said, adding that the agricultural terrain made it difficult for the regular army to seal off the area.

The area around Rastan was a recruiting ground for Sunni conscripts who provide most of the manpower in an army dominated by officers from Assad's minority Alawite sect. Residents say at least 1,000 deserters and armed villagers have been fighting loyalist forces, who are backed by tanks and helicopters.

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A World Without Law

A World Without Law


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Consider the consequences of the Israeli PR blitz that is now blanketing the world as its defiant answer to the United Nations’ authorized investigation into war crimes and crimes against humanity by the state of Israel, known as the Goldstone Report. Ironically, the existence of the United Nations as an internationally accepted body charged with protection of all world citizens through its Charter, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and the continued acceptance by its members of the Geneva \Conventions, resulted in part from the actions of the Nazi state against the Jews. [ read more at link]

Thursday, September 29, 2011

#BahrainJudges R today's #CuntsOfTheDay BBC:doctors & nurses who treated protesters sentenced 5 -15 yrs Shrub Monkey - Cunt of the Day

Shrub Monkey - Cunt of the Day



Shrub Monkey http://www.shrubmonkey.com/ #BahrainJudges R today's #CuntsOfTheDay BBC:doctors & nurses who treated protesters sentenced 5 -15 yrs

SECRETARY CLINTON: a statement about the assault on Ambassador Robert

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SECRETARY CLINTON: Good afternoon, everyone. I am very pleased to have the foreign minister of Nigeria here, and I will address the concerns that we discussed. But I first want to begin with a statement about the assault on Ambassador Robert Ford and our Embassy staff in Syria this morning.

We condemn this unwarranted attack in the strongest possible terms. Ambassador Ford and his aides were conducting normal Embassy business, and this attempt to intimidate our diplomats through violence is wholly unjustified.

We immediately raised this incident with the Syrian Government, and we are demanding that they take every possible step to protect our diplomats according to their obligations under international law. Ambassador Ford has shown admirable courage putting himself on the line to bear witness to the situation on the ground in Syria. He is a vital advocate for the legitimate aspirations of the Syrian people now under siege by the Asad regime. I encourage the United States Senate to show our support for Ambassador Ford by confirming him as soon as possible, so he can continue, fully confirmed, his critical and courageous work.


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The Syrian Opposition: A Strategic Analysis | Small Wars Journal

The Syrian Opposition: A Strategic Analysis | Small Wars Journal

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Bashar al-Assad’s days as the dictator of Syria are running out. The U.S. and E.U. are expecting yet another regime change in the Middle East. This article utilizes the available data to offer analyses about the major groups opposed to the Baathist regime and about possible outcomes of the struggle.

End of Baathist Syria

Governments around the world are preparing for a post-Assad Syria knowing the end of a brutal autocracy is nigh.
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Exclusive: Concern grows over militant activity in Libya - KDVR

Exclusive: Concern grows over militant activity in Libya - KDVR

Exclusive: Concern grows over militant activity in Libya - KDVR

Exclusive: Concern grows over militant activity in Libya - KDVR

Protesters killed under torture by Al-Assad’s militias in Hula town in Syria1.

Protesters killed under torture by Al-Assad’s militias in Hula town in Syria1.

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Bashar al-Assad’s crimes against the people of Syria. Islamabad has so far 3600 a citizen of men, women and children. Did not stop bullets still kill and torture in the prisons of the Syrian people I had known throughout the 41 years of killing and torture.

#France "urged #UN #HumanRightsCouncil 2prepare file on #Assad and his aides for possible #Prosecution by #ICC"

Pro-Assad crowd stones US envoy's convoy in Syria | Reuters


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Pro-Assad crowd stones US envoy's convoy in Syria | Reuters

"The U.N. Security Council cannot stay quiet any longer facing the daily crimes being committed against the population by the Syrian regime," French Foreign Ministry spokesman Bernard Valero said. "We want to warn the Syrian regime. We want it stop the terror and repression."

Haitham al-Maleh, a Syrian opposition leader who is visiting France and meeting French government officials, said that during a stop in Geneva this week he had urged the U.N. Human Rights Council to prepare a file on Assad and his aides for a possible prosecution by the International Criminal Court.

Al Assad killed a 12-year-old child the1st day of Al Fotour Day-Daraa-Al...



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This 12-year-old child was shot by Bashar Al Assad and his gangs in Daraa| Al Haraa in Syria on the first day of Eid Al Fitir!The people are trying to open his mouth to say that "There is No God except Allah and Mohammed(Peace be upon him)His Messenger" For this reason they are trying to open his Mouth as they're repeatedly saying that phrase and they wanted him to repeat it after them!

U.S. Ambassador to Syria Trapped for 90 Minutes by Pro-Assad Crowd - NYTimes.com

U.S. Ambassador to Syria Trapped for 90 Minutes by Pro-Assad Crowd - NYTimes.com

#AssadGuilty #CrimesAgainstHumanity #WorldSeesOverwhelmingEvidence #GuiltyBeyondReasonableDoubt! #CaseClosed! Put the wicked beast n a cage! Twitter / @TurtleWoman777

Twitter / @TurtleWoman777: #AssadGuilty #CrimesAgains ...

#AssadGuilty #CrimesAgainstHumanity #WorldSeesOverwhelmingEvidence #GuiltyBeyondReasonableDoubt! #CaseClosed! Put the wicked beast n a cage!

Assad supporters throw stones at U.S. ambassador to Syria, besiege Damascus building - Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News

Assad supporters throw stones at U.S. ambassador to Syria, besiege Damascus building - Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News

my take on it:

17 more victims while US Ambassador being attacked and Assad is afraid the victims of atrocities of which their own children have been tortured to death, is now worried about the victims fighting back!? Give me a break!!!! Did you know the definition of Insane is used to describe a person who has "NO" sense of criminal responsibility, hello world? Does that sound like anyone we know? Who's name begins with Ass and ends with sad? Either one three things is happening her, either Assad thinks the world is "really" stupid, or Assad is really stupid, or Assad is really stupid for thinking the world is really stupid! Anyway you look at it, Assad is guilty of crimes against humanity, the entire world has seen the overwhelming evidence! Guilty Beyond Reasonable Doubt! Case Closed! Now put that wicked beast in a cage!

Syria Forces Kill 17 Protesters as U.S. Envoy’s Car Attacked - Businessweek

Syria Forces Kill 17 Protesters as U.S. Envoy’s Car Attacked - Businessweek

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September 29, 2011, 9:16 AM EDT
More From Businessweek

Syria Forces Kill 17 as Europe, Russia Move Toward UN Accord
Europe, Russia Move Toward UN Security Council Accord on Syria
Syria Forces Kill 76 in Five Days of Violence, Activist Says
U.S. Joins Europeans in Decrying Israeli Settlement Announcement
U.S. Officials Rely on UN Showdown to Push Return to Peace Talks


By Massoud A. Derhally

(Updates with foreign ministry comments in eighth paragraph.)

Sept. 29 (Bloomberg) -- Syrian security forces killed at least 17 protesters yesterday and the U.S. ambassador’s car was attacked in Damascus today by government supporters.

Ambassador Robert Ford, a critic of President Bashar al- Assad, was stranded in the office of opposition lawyer Hasan Abdul-Azim when government supporters surrounded it, Mahmoud Merhi, head of the Arab Organization for Human Rights, said by phone today. The incident came as the United Nations Security Council prepares to debate a resolution condemning Syrian violence against protesters.

Ford escaped unharmed though his car was damaged after it was pelted with rocks, eggs and sticks, a person familiar with the situation said. The four-wheel-drive vehicle had dents and some of its windows were cracked or shattered, the person said.

Security forces killed protesters yesterday in the central governorate of Homs, the northern province of Idlib and southern area of Daraa, Merhi said.

The protests in Syria are part of the wave of unrest across the Middle East and North Africa that unseated governments in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya. Assad’s crackdown has left more than 3,600 civilians dead since the unrest began in March, according to Ammar Qurabi of the National Organization for Human Rights in Syria. About 30,000 people have been detained and 13,000 are still being held, according to Qurabi and Merhi.

Army Defectors

There have been reports in the last three days of clashes between security forces and Syrians who have defected from them, Merhi said. Al Arabiya television broadcast video today of army defectors saying they had attacked and killed agents of the government and freed 27 children and their teacher. Merhi said he could not verify if the statements were true.


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Recognizing publishers’ standout content in Google News Saturday

Google News Blog



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Recognizing publishers’ standout content in Google News
Saturday, September 24, 2011 8:31 AM
Posted by David Smydra, Product Specialist and Justin Kosslyn, Product Manager

Every day, news organizations and journalists around the world dedicate significant time and resources toward some of the most critical types of coverage: exceptional original reporting, deep investigative work, scoops and exclusives, and various special projects that quite clearly stand out. Today, during a Google News workshop at the Online News Association conference in Boston, we introduced a new content tag for the US edition that will help us better feature this “standout” content and give even more credit where credit is due.

If you put the tag in the HTML header of one of your articles, Google News may show the article with a ‘Featured’ label on the Google News homepage and News Search results. The syntax for this new tag is as follows:



You can use the tag to point to your own content or to point to other sources with standout stories. Because the Standout tag belongs in the HTML header of your articles, it will only be seen by automated systems like Google News, not by direct readers of your articles themselves.

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Thursday September 29th Daily Appointments for SOS Hillary Rodham Clinton «

Thursday September 29th Daily Appointments for SOS Hillary Rodham Clinton «

SECRETARY HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON

11:15 a.m. Secretary Clinton holds a bilateral meeting with Kuwaiti Prime Minister Nasser al Sabah, at the Georgetown Four Seasons in Washington, DC.

12:30 p.m. Secretary Clinton holds a bilateral meeting with Uzbek Foreign Minister Elyor Ganiev, at the Department of State.

1:30 p.m. Secretary Clinton meets with President Obama at the White House.
(MEDIA DETERMINED BY WHITE HOUSE)

2:15 p.m. Secretary Clinton holds a bilateral meeting with Nigerian Foreign Minister Olugbenga Ashiru, at the Department of State.

3:50 p.m. Secretary Clinton attends a meeting at the White House.
(MEDIA DETERMINED BY WHITE HOUSE)

5:00 p.m. Secretary Clinton holds a swearing-in ceremony for Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs Dave Adams, at the Department of State.
(CLOSED PRESS COVERAGE)

Video: Secretary Clinton With Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr Video

Video: Secretary Clinton With Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr Video

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

+18Crimes only in Syria

police killing civilians in Syria very important



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police killing civilians in Syria very important The brutality Syrian regime suppression of the demonstrators Revolution Syria Freedoom

Syrian Revolutionary Dabke



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Syrian Revolutionary Dabke
Response from the streets of Hama to Bashar's speech, with additional music & translation added by the Creative Syrian Revolution. The singer "Ibrahim Qashoush" was reported to be killed in Hama on 3 July 2011 by regime mercenaries, they cut his throat to try to stop his chant spreading. Please spread this to prove them wrong and show their violence will never defeat us. Additional Music & Translation added by the Creative Syrian Revolution - http://www.facebook.com/CreativeSyrian

>‪My Favorite Song! Assad Must Go! Syrian Revolutionary Dabke‬‏ – YouTube | Psy4mba's Blog

>‪My Favorite Song! Assad Must Go! Syrian Revolutionary Dabke‬‏ – YouTube | Psy4mba's Blog

I love this song, music, lyrics, spirit, faith, strength, amazing powerful song! I am going to play it all day, every day, until Assad and his family are gone and justice has been served!

Bahrain police trap people in a garage and set fire to it - 23 Sept 2011



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Video shot in Sanabis village near Manama, Bahrain on September 23, 2011 shows police leaving a home after chasing protesters inside and setting fire to it by throwing sound grenades near an opened cooking gas container according to eyewitnesses in the home. The protesters tried to escape through a garage when police officers outside tried to trap them in. Once the protesters managed to get out of the garage police fired rubber bullets at them from a close range and beat one of the youth on the street. At least seven of the protesters are being treated for third degree burns caused by the fire.

Later, when people from Sanabis were fighting to put out the flames, riot police again attacked them.

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Outrageous crimes against humanity ... :(

Syrian children killed by Assad’s militias, says activist

Lebanon news - NOW Lebanon -Syrian children killed by Assad’s militias, says activist


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Syrian opposition figure Ghassan Ibrahim said on Wednesday that most children “killed by the Syrian regime were killed in detention after being tortured” by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s “militias.”

Ibrahim told Al-Arabiya television that proof of the claims, including videos and photographs, were sent to international organizations.

“The Syrian people will hold the murderers in Syria accountable,” he added.

The UN says that the Syrian regime's crackdown on protests that erupted in mid-March has killed more than 2,700 people.

-NOW Lebanon

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.... I am so angry, I cannot accept this! I will not accept this! I am so furious! I don't know what to do with such anger... Son of Bitch!
If I was God I would probably just destroy the entire planet now. Too evil to tolerate. I will not rest (at least) until Assad has been issued a warrant! --For God Sake!

If only screaming hysterically in outrage would help, I would be very helpful.

This is total insanity! I am so angry, I don't know what to do with all this anger, have plenty of ideas, but none of them are good ideas.

except one.

Pray ... and cry

This is the worse day of my life... hearing this news. News does not get any worse than this.

I literally hate the world, it should be destroyed if we tolerate child killing.
I can't believe the world does nothing while children are tortured to death, for seven months!!!
I can't accept this, I will not accept this, ever!

BBC News - Defecting officers in Syria: 'We will shake Assad's rule'

BBC News - Defecting officers in Syria: 'We will shake Assad's rule'

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Video has been discovered apparently showing a group of soldiers from the Syrian army announcing their defection, and saying they will "shake Assad's rule".

The footage, which cannot be independently verified, emerged as the Syrian army began an operation in the central city of al-Rastan, the site of protests in recent months.

In the footage, the man at the centre identifies himself as "Captain Youssef Hammoud from the ranks of the Fifth Unit, Brigade 15".


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Eight out of Ten Syrians in Secret Survey Say “Assad Must Go” | Business Wire

Eight out of Ten Syrians in Secret Survey Say “Assad Must Go” | Business Wire

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Eight out of ten Syrians surveyed want to see regime change and won’t be satisfied with mere reform, according to analysis by Angela Hawken of Pepperdine University of interviews done for the Democracy Council of California.

“The most surprising thing about these results is that they could be collected in the first place”

That latest “secret survey” results reflect face-to-face interviews with 551 Syrians collected between August 24 and September 2, 2011, despite an official ban on public-opinion gathering. An earlier effort took place in January and February of 2010. “The most surprising thing about these results is that they could be collected in the first place,” according to Hawken, Associate Professor of Economics and Policy Analysis at Pepperdine’s School of Public Policy.

James Prince, President of the Democracy Council and a leading expert on Arab civil society, said, “This survey further illustrates the deep-seated angst felt by most Syrians. The Syrian people do not have confidence in the Assad regime. They no longer want to live in the Baath security state. As in other regional countries, the Syrians are fed up with the corruption, nepotism, and lack of opportunity in Syria. The people are searching for alternatives to Assad.”

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Eight out of Ten Syrians in Secret Survey Say “Assad Must Go” | Business Wire

Eight out of Ten Syrians in Secret Survey Say “Assad Must Go” | Business Wire

The massacres of the government of Bashar Assad in Syria ( HAMAH CITY ) ...



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Video shows the attack of Syrian army and security forces who supporting the Syrian President while killing the unarmed Syrian people


كل الاعتذار لكل من صور هذه المشاهد لكوني استخدمت مقاطعهم بغير إذنهم ، ولكننا نقوم بعمل أرشيف للثورة السورية بلغات العالم المختلفة ، بهدف فضح نظام الأسد الظالم ، فنرجو منكم العفو والمسامحة
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EU powers drop UN Syria sanctions call | International

EU powers drop UN Syria sanctions call | International

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European countries proposing a new UN resolution over Syria have dropped demands for immediate sanctions against President Bashar al-Assad's government.

The draft, proposed by the UK, France, Germany and Portugal and backed by the US, threatens sanctions only if the repression of protests does not end.

The scaled-back version is aimed at winning the support of China and Russia, which oppose sanctions.

Western diplomats say they are planning for a vote by the end of the week.

The draft resolution "demands an immediate end to all violence", according to copies obtained by news agencies.

It says the 15-nation Security Council "expresses its determination, in the event that Syria has not complied with this resolution, to adopt targeted measures, including sanctions".

Last month the US, Britain, France, Germany and Portugal put forward a draft resolution calling for sanctions against President Assad, members of his family and close associates.

But Russia and China have threatened to veto any sanctions resolution against Syria.

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Syrian poll finds optimism for future, but little support for Assad – CNN Security Clearance - CNN.com Blogs

Syrian poll finds optimism for future, but little support for Assad – CNN Security Clearance - CNN.com Blogs

EU powers drop UN Syria sanctions call | International

EU powers drop UN Syria sanctions call | International

Simon Collis: The truth is what big brother says it is

Simon Collis: The truth is what big brother says it is

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I’ve been British Ambassador in Syria for the last four years. Last weekend I decided to start this blog after Syria passed a terrible milestone. The Syrians have now endured six months of unrest and violent suppression of mostly peaceful protests. As they now look towards the next six months with a mixture of uncertainty, fear and hope, I wanted to share some personal impressions about what’s happening. Some thoughts about why it’s happening. And maybe to spark some debate about what comes next and what can be done.

In doing so I am privileged. Because I can. The last six months have shown the Syrians can too. But in doing so, they face censorship, threats and arbitrary arrest.

The Syrian regime doesn’t want you to know that its security forces and the gangs that support them are killing, arresting and abusing mostly peaceful protesters: The UN says over 2,700 people have died in the last six months, some of them under torture in prison. It doesn’t want you to know that it is preventing many from meeting peacefully to discuss reform. It wants you to hear only one version of the truth – its own. And to see only one way out – the return to authoritarian rule where fear surpasses a desire for freedom. This is a regime that remains determined to control every significant aspect of political life in Syria. It is used to power. And it will do anything to keep it.

People say that in today’s world it’s no longer possible to hide the truth. A lot’s been said about the power of Twitter and Facebook, the inability for information to be censored in Tunisia and Egypt. The cruel reality in Syria is that they are doing all they can to pull the shutters down.

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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

After Libya intervention, world needs to fine-tune its response - latimes.com

After Libya intervention, world needs to fine-tune its response - latimes.com

"We ask US & International Community to Put an End to Bloodshed & Send #Assad to #ICC" Susan Misto

Syrian forces storm town amid reports of armed resistance

Syrian forces storm town amid reports of armed resistance

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According to World Tribune online, the administration of President Barack Obama has been quietly consulting with the Islamic opposition in Syria.

Senior US officials have been meeting with the Muslim Brotherhood as well as its lobbyists in the United States. They said the two sides have convened several times over the last three months to discuss the Brotherhood's role after the ouster of President Bashar Assad.

"We ask the US and international community to put an end to bloodshed and send Bashar Assad to the International Criminal Court," Susan Misto, a board member of the Syrian American Council, said.

The Reform Party in Syria has protested the administration's meetings with the Brotherhood. RPS, regarded as one of the most pro-Western elements in the Syrian opposition, said Washington was signaling its endorsement of the Brotherhood's goal to make Syria into an Islamic state rather than a democracy that would foster its large minority community of Alawites, Christians and Kurds.

"This ill-advised policy of the US State Department will have dire consequences, not only for the future of Syria, but also through an immediate increase in violence and the strengthening of the Assad base," RPS said on Sept. 23.

On Sept. 24, the council, regarded as a lobbyist for the Brotherhood, held a meeting in Anaheim, Calif. to discuss a post-Assad Syria. The session was addressed by US special envoy Frederic Hof, responsible for US policy on Damascus.

"As Syrian-Am

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British law firm steps up fight against Europe's last dictator - Home News, UK - The Independent

British law firm steps up fight against Europe's last dictator - Home News, UK - The Independent

Israel to Approve Over 1,000 New Illegal Settlements Beyond the Green Line in Jerusalem «

Israel to Approve Over 1,000 New Illegal Settlements Beyond the Green Line in Jerusalem «

Israel to Approve Over 1,000 New Illegal Settlements Beyond the Green Line in Jerusalem «

Israel to Approve Over 1,000 New Illegal Settlements Beyond the Green Line in Jerusalem «

The Global Muslim Brotherhood Daily Report » EXCLUSIVE: U.S. Muslim Brotherhood Leader Central Figure In Newly Formed Syrian Opposition Council

The Global Muslim Brotherhood Daily Report » EXCLUSIVE: U.S. Muslim Brotherhood Leader Central Figure In Newly Formed Syrian Opposition Council

>‪My Favorite Song! Assad Must Go! Syrian Revolutionary Dabke‬‏ – YouTube | Human Rights 4 U

>‪My Favorite Song! Assad Must Go! Syrian Revolutionary Dabke‬‏ – YouTube | Human Rights 4 U

26-9 Al-Qousair-Homs الشهيد معن الكنج الذي استشهد برصاص الأمن

SOS SYRIA - IDLIB Residents Call for NATO and UN to Stop Assad 10-Sept-11



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Syrians marched and rallied all across the nation in Pro Democracy Rallies Calling for NATO Protection of Syrian Civilians and for a NO FLY ZONE . Rallies sweep Syria's towns and cities today, 9-9-11 and on Saturday th 10th, as the Freedom and Democracy movement defies the brutal Depraved Dictator Bashar Assad, who has arrested, tortured and slaughtered tens of thousands of innocent unarmed peaceful defenseless Civilians in the six months that have passed since the Arab Spring came to Syria.
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LCC Update:
Syria at night 9-9-2011
Number of martyrs today in Syria reached to 11 up till this moment

Idlib
martyrdom of Ahmad Eid Dorra and Mohammad Eid Dorra and injury of tens in Talheya village from heavy shooting on the people after it was stormed by tanks with many buses carrying security units
Two thousands protesters in Maret Noman chanting for Marshoren and Iblen and more people are still joining the demo

Damascus Suburbs
Harasta
many demonstrations came out from different areas in Harasta chanted for the besieged cities and toppling of the regime

Kissweh
Hundreds set out in a demonstration calling for the toppling of the regime despite the massive presence of security forces

Zabadany
hundreds demonstrate in Jeser area and cut of all kinds of communications on the city

Arbeen
About 2000 demonstrators chanting for martyrs and freedom

Bokamal
Random gunfire on protesters in Baghdad Street

Banyas
hundreds of security units spread in Ras Al-Nabaa after a demonstration came out in the area

Homs
Two demos one from Khaldiah and the other from Masaken Moalemen "teachers dorms' joined each other and chanted for martyrs
and the fall of the regime

Qosair
more than 5,000 demonstrators in Aisha square chanting for trial of the president and union between the people and the army

Talbeseh
shooting on demonstrators in Talbiseh

Hawleh
Abdulkader Abdullah Hallak (60 years old) has died from the wounds he got yesterday after being shot by security forces. He was

buried after Maghreb prayers

Heavy gunfire at homes from BRDMs and snipers.

Rasatan
more than 5,000 demonstrator in the square chanting for toppling of the regime and in solidarity with the besieged cities

Aleppo
demonstration in Andan chanting for freedom for the detainees and toppling of the regime

Daraa
Inkhel
A large demonstration started a while ago in the western neighborhood. Security forces cut electricity from the area

Daeel
another demonstration with about 3,000 demonstrator after Isha prayer in Houria (freedom) square and Awsat street and the chants were for toppling of the regime

Hama
demonstrations south of the stadium and in the Qusoor area



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Turkey to halt imports of Syrian oil after last cargo loaded: sources - Oil | Platts News Article & Story

Turkey to halt imports of Syrian oil after last cargo loaded: sources - Oil | Platts News Article & Story

Children fall victim as the battle rages for Syria's gateway city - Telegraph

Children fall victim as the battle rages for Syria's gateway city - Telegraph

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By Hussein al Haqq, Al Rastan

9:00PM BST 26 Sep 2011

The Daily Telegraph has witnessed devastating scenes from the key city of Al Rastan – a city which bridges the country’s north-south divide – in which tanks and other heavy weapons are being used against schools and homes.

Armed opposition groups have taken to building barricades against the onslaught. And according to residents many parts of Al Rastan have become no-go zones with skirmishes and military raids a daily occurrence.

The much feared 'shabiha’ – pro-Assad militias- storm houses, hunting defected soldiers and arresting suspected dissidents as they go – 'looking for reasons to kill’ one resident said. Government snipers sit atop local security headquarters during the day, picking off those who venture too close, whilst at night more random shootings follow.

All public services in Rastan have been cut – including the vitally important schools. With nowhere to go during the day, children have in some cases become helpless targets.

One father wept as he recounted how a bullet meant for him had passed through his shoulder and into the head of his five-year-old son.

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DELHI’s COVERT SUPPORT FOR SRI LANKA GENOCIDE AGAINST TAMILS ENTERS THE UNHRC PHASE | GroundReport

DELHI’s COVERT SUPPORT FOR SRI LANKA GENOCIDE AGAINST TAMILS ENTERS THE UNHRC PHASE | GroundReport

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These deeply stir the conscience of the world with the civil international community totally isolating the SL genocide regime and in unison clamouring to bring the offenders before the ICC to face justice. Today the mandated UNHRC is better placed to contribute towards delivering justice to the victims despite the strenuous obstructions by some member nations with poor human rights records and others with suspect geo-political agenda inimical to the noble role entrusted to the UNHRC.
Tangible UNHRC action on the Rajapakse crimes is imperative not merely to save the hapless Eelam Tamils, the victims from total extinction; the wider humanity will be the greater beneficiary. UNHRC action would check brutal regimes driven by lust for power trampling on human rights with impunity to suppress dissent. The Rajapakses sovereignty lament wasn’t a consideration preventing international intervention in numerous human rights cases (arbitrary arrests, extended internment, indiscriminate killings of political demonstrators to suppress legitimate dissent) that occurred. The Mubaraks, the Gaddafis, the Assads invited intervention over the human rights crimes they committed. Strangely there are members like Delhi that SL openly blackmails into condoning/congratulating SL for its massacres big (Mullivaykal slaughtering over 40 000 civilians) and small. Enough procedural and time space is being created for the Rajapakses to escape justice. The Delhi Sonia junta’s support for SL smears the historic dharmic tradition of Mahatma’s India with the Manmohan Singhs, S M Krishnas, the Meera Kumaris amongst others unashamedly cozying with the Rajapakse murderers.
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THE DAILY STAR :: News :: Middle East :: Iranian doctors condemn Syrian President Assad

THE DAILY STAR :: News :: Middle East :: Iranian doctors condemn Syrian President Assad

Syrian FM Walid al-Moallem to U.N.: Our People will Foil your Schemes! | English | NEWS | DayPress

Syrian FM Walid al-Moallem to U.N.: Our People will Foil your Schemes! | English | NEWS | DayPress

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Minister al-Moallem said Syria would continue to defy any action by the U.N. on Syria, while deriding foreign governments for "spreading Western hegemony over the countries of the Mediterranean and serving Israel's expansionist interests."

The U.N. has issued a presidential statement condemning the Syrian authorities' use of force against civilians, and sent a team to assess the humanitarian situation there. But the Security Council has been deadlocked over further action, with permanent members Russia and China—alongside India, South Africa and Brazil—resisting a draft resolution proposing an arms embargo and financial sanctions on Syria's leadership.
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UN Security Council to refer the regime of Assad to the International Criminal Court - WSJ

Human Rights 4 All: Syria Says Uprising Was Aided By the West - WSJ.com

Syria Says Uprising Was Aided By the West - WSJ.com

Syria Says Uprising Was Aided By the West - WSJ.com

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activists prepare Tuesday to request the UN Security Council to refer the regime of President Bashar al-Assad to the International Criminal Court.

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Monday, September 26, 2011

Hackers take over Syria government websites - Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News

Hackers take over Syria government websites - Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News

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Some Syrian government websites were hacked on Monday by the opposition group ‘Anonymous’, who replaced the homepages with interactive maps of Syria showing data on the people killed in the government's crackdown since mid-March.

The sites, all domain names that end with “gov.sy”, were based in the cities of Homs, Aleppo, Latakia, Damascus, Tartous, Deir Ezzor and Palmyra.

The hacked versions of the webpages included a link to a site advising activists on how to maintain anonymity on the internet and prevent government tracking.

At the bottom of each page, the hackers provided “real” information about the city the site belongs to, with many of them including short videos documenting security forces’ crackdowns on protesters. The ‘Anonymous’ logo, a headless man in a suit, was on the foot of each page as well.

Last month Syria’s Defense Ministry website was temporarily shut down after ‘Anonymous’ hackers broke into the site and replaced its content with an anti-government message.

The ministry’s homepage was replaced with still images from amateur anti-government videos and a Syrian flag that stretched across the page’s center carried the ‘Anonymous’ logo.


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Hackers take over Syria government websites - Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News

Hackers take over Syria government websites - Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News

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Some Syrian government websites were hacked on Monday by the opposition group ‘Anonymous’, who replaced the homepages with interactive maps of Syria showing data on the people killed in the government's crackdown since mid-March.

The sites, all domain names that end with “gov.sy”, were based in the cities of Homs, Aleppo, Latakia, Damascus, Tartous, Deir Ezzor and Palmyra.

The hacked versions of the webpages included a link to a site advising activists on how to maintain anonymity on the internet and prevent government tracking.

At the bottom of each page, the hackers provided “real” information about the city the site belongs to, with many of them including short videos documenting security forces’ crackdowns on protesters. The ‘Anonymous’ logo, a headless man in a suit, was on the foot of each page as well.

Last month Syria’s Defense Ministry website was temporarily shut down after ‘Anonymous’ hackers broke into the site and replaced its content with an anti-government message.

The ministry’s homepage was replaced with still images from amateur anti-government videos and a Syrian flag that stretched across the page’s center carried the ‘Anonymous’ logo.


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Hackers take over Syria government websites - Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News

Hackers take over Syria government websites - Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News

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Some Syrian government websites were hacked on Monday by the opposition group ‘Anonymous’, who replaced the homepages with interactive maps of Syria showing data on the people killed in the government's crackdown since mid-March.

The sites, all domain names that end with “gov.sy”, were based in the cities of Homs, Aleppo, Latakia, Damascus, Tartous, Deir Ezzor and Palmyra.

The hacked versions of the webpages included a link to a site advising activists on how to maintain anonymity on the internet and prevent government tracking.

At the bottom of each page, the hackers provided “real” information about the city the site belongs to, with many of them including short videos documenting security forces’ crackdowns on protesters. The ‘Anonymous’ logo, a headless man in a suit, was on the foot of each page as well.

Last month Syria’s Defense Ministry website was temporarily shut down after ‘Anonymous’ hackers broke into the site and replaced its content with an anti-government message.

The ministry’s homepage was replaced with still images from amateur anti-government videos and a Syrian flag that stretched across the page’s center carried the ‘Anonymous’ logo.


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Sunday, September 25, 2011

Syrian oil exports paralysed as sanctions bite

Syrian oil exports paralysed as sanctions bite

Syria – Kidnapped by Dictator Assad – Heroes of Daraya, Damascus | BrokenFlask.com

Syria – Kidnapped by Dictator Assad – Heroes of Daraya, Damascus | BrokenFlask.com

Grave may hold 1,200 bodies, believed victims of Libyan prison massacre - CNN.com

Grave may hold 1,200 bodies, believed victims of Libyan prison massacre - CNN.com

Pro-Gaddafi forces kill 15 at Libya oil refinery | Reuters

Pro-Gaddafi forces kill 15 at Libya oil refinery | Reuters

‫جثة الشهيدة زينب الحصنيHUMAN ATROCITIES BY ASSAD THE BEAST ‬

‫جثة الشهيدة زينب الحصني‬

The MOST HORRIFYING CRIMES YOU WILL EVER SEE IN YOUR LIFE!!!! Assad MUST BE PROSECUTED FOR CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY ATROCITIES SYSTEMATIC MURDER TORTURE RAPE UNARMED CIVILIANS WOMEN CHILDREN ELDERLY DISABLED INCLUDED. INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT ROME STATUTE ARTICLES 6, 7 AND 8 IN VIOLATION!

EVERYONE OF THE 31 ARTICLES OF THE UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS - IN VIOLATION!

ALL THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN DETAINED ARE IN SERIOUS DANGER, HERE IS WHAT IS HAPPENING TO THEM!!!!

:(((

yes, this was a human being. :(

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(09.24.2011) Midan | Damascus | Night protests calling for freedom - Fre...

(09-24-11) Latakia | Syria is Ours and Not Assad's

(09-24-11) Latakia | Syria is Ours and Not Assad's - YouTube

(09-24-11) Latakia | Syria is Ours and Not Assad's - YouTube

Syrian Forces Kill at Least 19 Protesters, Activists Say - Bloomberg

Syrian Forces Kill at Least 19 Protesters, Activists Say - Bloomberg

Syrian Forces Kill at Least 19 Protesters, Activists Say - Bloomberg

Syrian Forces Kill at Least 19 Protesters, Activists Say - Bloomberg

Futures of Syria and Bashar Assad Aired at Town Hall - Orange County News - Navel Gazing

Futures of Syria and Bashar Assad Aired at Town Hall - Orange County News - Navel Gazing

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The focus of the international media may have switched from Syria to Israel-Palestine (for now), but that won't stop the Los Angeles chapter of the Syrian American Council from holding its third town hall meeting in Anaheim Saturday to examine the current situation and future outlook for members' homeland. Speakers include Frederic C. Hof, special coordinator for regional affairs at the Office of the Special Envoy for Middle East Peace and the U.S. State Department, and Dr. Najib Ghadban, a member of the newly formed Syrian National Council and a professor of political science at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.

The program is scheduled to include presentations, a question-and-answer session and an overview of the nonprofit SAC-LA's projects for the local Syrian American community.

"As Syrian Americans we stand in solidarity with the peaceful protestors in Syria who are giving their lives daily in the pursuit of freedom and liberty," says SAC-LA board member Susan Misto in the event announcement. "We ask the U.S. and international community to put an end to bloodshed and send Bashar Assad to the International Criminal Court."

The event, which is ndorsed by the Syrian Emergency Task Force-Los Angeles and the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Greater Los Angeles Area, is scheduled to run from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Anaheim Hilton, 777 West Convention Way.

Lebanon news - NOW Lebanon -Live updates on Syria’s uprising

Lebanon news - NOW Lebanon -Live updates on Syria’s uprising

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9:40 More than 35 buses transporting security force members entered Houran’s Jeeza. (S.N.N.)


9:30 Security reinforcements arrived in the Houran town of Teeba. Gunfire was reported in the southern area of the town. (S.N.N.)


8:54 A YouTube video purportedly filmed on Saturday night shows people protesting against the regime in Palmyra.


8:42 A YouTube video purportedly filmed on Saturday night shows people protesting against the regime in Daraa’s town of Naseeb.


8:35 A YouTube video purportedly filmed on Saturday night shows people protesting against the regime in Hama’s Teebat al-Imam.


8:25 A YouTube video purportedly filmed on Saturday night shows people protesting against the regime in Damascus’ Al-Qaboun. Protesters are chanting for executing President Bashar al-Assad.


8:09 Lebanese Minister of Foreign Affairs Adnan Mansour told An-Nahar newspaper in remarks published on Sunday that during his meetings with foreign ministers at the UN, he explained the situation in Syria in an “objective” manner.


8:02 Syrian troops reinforced on Saturday their numbers on the border with Lebanon, particularly outside the Homs’ town of Qusayr and the crossing at the Lebanese town of Al-Qaa.


8:00 A YouTube video purportedly filmed on Saturday night shows people protesting against the regime in Deir az-Zour. Protesters are chanting in support of freedom and against President Bashar al-Assad.


7:54 Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in an interview to be aired Sunday on CNN that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad “will be ousted sooner or later.”


7:10 A YouTube video purportedly filmed on Saturday night shows people protesting against the regime in Damascus’ Baraza.


6:58 A YouTube video purportedly filmed on Saturday night shows people protesting against the regime in Homs’ Al-Ghouta neighborhood. Protesters are chanting against former President Hafez al-Assad.


6:42 A YouTube video purportedly filmed on Saturday night shows people protesting against the regime in the Houran town of Daeel.


6:32 A YouTube video purportedly filmed on Saturday night shows people protesting against the regime in Edleb. The demonstrators are chanting in support of other Syrian cities and towns.


6:00 A YouTube video purportedly filmed on Saturday night shows people protesting against the regime in Homs’ Khaldiyeh neighborhood. The demonstrators are chanting in support of other Syrian cities and towns.


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Saturday, September 24, 2011

Libyan families ask NTC for compensation - Africa - Al Jazeera English

Libyan families ask NTC for compensation - Africa - Al Jazeera English

Libya fighters push into Gaddafi bastion - Africa - Al Jazeera English

Libya fighters push into Gaddafi bastion - Africa - Al Jazeera English

Russia's Putin all set to return as president - Europe - Al Jazeera English

Russia's Putin all set to return as president - Europe - Al Jazeera English

#SANA Regime denies #Syria is in a "crisis" #Homs

Meeting Counterparts, al-Moallem: Syria Determined to Go Ahead with Reforms - SANA, Syria


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#SANA For those who continue to perpetuate the myth that the regime denies #Syria is in a "crisis," here it is: sana.sy/eng/22/2011/09… #Homs


(Reference to Article) Meeting Counterparts, al-Moallem: Syria Determined to Go Ahead with Reforms - SANA, Syria

..Then they should release the detained!!!!!!!!!!


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#AssadTheSOB = #FreedomoOfExpression Get used to it Assad!

Pissed off this going on every freaking day! Surely there is something that can be done Now To Stop #AssadTheChildKiller .. Yeah, I could create a book of appropriate tags venting ... but I won't. but -recently used tags do relate to this topic:


.........?? I cannot believe the #WorldLeaders R #ByStanders #Murder #Torture #Rape #Unarmed #Civilians #ChildVictims #Watch #StandingBy #Shame


#World #Angry

#AssadMustBeProsecuted 4 #CrimesAgainstHumanity #Truth #Justice #ICC #UN #Violation #Descrimination

#FreeSyriaNOW

#RussiaSupportsChildKilling #Russia #Decline #Oil #Gas #Economy #Price #Corruption #AssadCrimes 6Months #WorldLeadership #WorldBystanders




#Pray4
#Syria #Freedom
#Leadership #Truth #Justice
#World #Value #Humanity #Dignity
#Healing #FreedomToPursueHappiness etc

#LeadershipHonor Universal Declaration Human Rights #BeHuman

Is it really that much to ask? Justice based on Overwhelming Evidence of the Truth!!! Crimes on tape!!! Confessions from Defectors! Doctor reports of Rape Torture and Deaths! COME ON!!!! this is totally insane, in fact, do you know what insane really means?? It means a person without any criminal responsibility!!! seriously!!

I WON'T ACCEPT THIS! EVER!

very #sad, and the #injustice in #infuriating. I know there must be more I can do to #help ...?

%&^%*!

I Will #NeverGiveUP ..OF COURSE! :)
... will do everything I can just in case "anything" will help, I assume Gandhi is correct when he said something like,
.."every thing you do will be insignificant, but it is important that we do it." :)

Time ticking for Assad in Syria: Turkey's Erdogan

Time ticking for Assad in Syria: Turkey's Erdogan: WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad will be ousted sooner or later by his own people as the time of dictatorial rule fades around the world, Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said.Erdogan,

(09.23.2011) Homs | Child injured by Assad's gangs bullets - Free Syria

(09.23.2011) Homs | Child injured by Assad's gangs bullets - Free Syria

(09.23.2011) Homs | Martyr Safwan Maszloum AbuFarhan murdered by Assad's...

Syrian forces kill 11, protesters plead for help - Worldnews.com

Syrian forces kill 11, protesters plead for help - Worldnews.com

The passion of the freedom seekers under Al-Assad's regime in Homs city ...

Turkey says stopped Syrian arms ship - Israel News, Ynetnews

Turkey says stopped Syrian arms ship - Israel News, Ynetnews

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"I have cut all contacts with the Syrian administration," Erdogan said. "We never wanted things to arrive at this point, but unfortunately, the Syrian administration has forced us to take such a decision."



Turkey is Syria's neighbor and an important trade partner and Erdogan had cultivated a close friendship with Assad. But Turkish leaders have grown increasingly frustrated with Damascus over its refusal to halt the crackdown on opposition protesters and to carry out reforms.



Earlier this month, Turkey hosted a group of Syrian opposition figures who declared a 140-member Syrian National Council in an effort to present a united front against President Bashir Assad. About 7,500 Syrians are seeking refuge from the violence in six camps in Turkey, near the border.

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Friday, September 23, 2011

Assad dictatorship no longer acceptable to NATO

Assad dictatorship no longer acceptable to NATO: Syria's Arab Spring civil war began as another round in a long struggle between the 10 percent and the 90 percent — the 10 percent loyal to the Alawite dictatorship of the Assad clan versus everyone else. The civil war has now expanded into a twilight regional war between Iran and NA..


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Bashir al-Assad's forces have been more restrained. 2011's digital communications provide real-time pictures of murder. NATO's Libyan intervention reminds Assad that he could also face overt international action if he threatens mass reprisals. So his regime, supported by Iranian intelligence and special forces, has fought a slow war of repression, a cruel endurance contest with its own people, killing some 2,700 civilians since the rebellion erupted in February.
The regime, however, is faltering. The mosaic contains too many enemies. Iran has noticed. Earlier this month, Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told Assad to end his violent crackdown.
Iran wants to buy time, hoping Assad and his killers will endure. This would be an optimal outcome for Iran's Islamic revolutionaries. Assad's Syria provides Iran with a forward base in its proxy war against Israel, supporting Hezbollah and other terrorist organizations.
The Assad dictatorship, however, is no longer acceptable to NATO. U.S. President Barack Obama made that clear last month when he said, "For the sake of the Syrian people, the time has come for President (Bashir) Assad to step aside."
Iran could live with an Assad replacement who would continue to support its proxies. Exiling Assad might make room for an alternative Alawite dictator, a man with a different face, but there is no guaranty that a new Alawite face will halt the rebellion. The Libyan rebels ouster of dictator Muammar Gadhafi has encouraged Syrians. For that matter, it has encouraged Iranian dissidents — which is another reason Tehran's dictators want the Assad regime to prevail.



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Thursday, September 22, 2011

US envoy: Assad losing support among key constituents -- JPost - Middle East

US envoy: Assad losing support among key c... JPost - Middle East

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Syrian President Bashar Assad is losing support among key constituents and risks plunging his country into sectarian strife, the US ambassador to Damascus said on Thursday.

“The government violence is actually creating retaliation and creating even more violence in our analysis, and it is also increasing the risk of sectarian conflict,” Robert Ford said in a phone interview with Reuters from Damascus.

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“I don’t think that the Syrian government today, September 22, is close to collapse.

I think time is against the regime because the economy is going into a more difficult situation, the protest movement is continuing and little by little groups that used to support the government are beginning to change.”

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An Integral Approach to Spiritual Emergency.pdf (application/pdf Object)

An Integral Approach to Spiritual Emergency.pdf (application/pdf Object)

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http://www.brantcortright.com/articles/An%20Integral%20Approach%20to%20Spiritual%20Emergency.pdf
Appendix B
An Integral Approach to Spiritual Emergency
One of the most dramatic and fascinating ways that psychology and spirituality come
together is in the phenomenon of spiritual emergency. This appendix brings the integral model to
bear on the issue of spiritual emergency in the hopes of bringing some theoretical order and clarity
to this puzzling experience.
For the vast majority of people, opening to spiritual experience is a welcome and easily
integrated process. However, for a small minority, spiritual experience occurs so rapidly or forcefully
that it becomes destabilizing, producing a psycho-spiritual crisis. This is where spiritual emergence
becomes spiritual emergency.

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#Homework :)

Asia Times Online :: Russian heads for slowdown

Asia Times Online :: Russian heads for slowdown

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That is the consensus of three authoritative public policy studies by different Moscow research centers, according to the Russia newspaper Nezavisimaya gazeta. Also, economic growth is not foreseeable, and a new crisis is increasingly likely.

According to the newspaper, political uncertainty over the presidential elections next year, in addition to a general mistrust of the investment climate, is responsible for a decline in


investment. The privatization plan announced with great fanfare in 2010 was expanded this year, but the full plan has still not been authorized and may undergo further modification before approval.

18+ Syria -Torture Beating Victim of Dictator Assad's Security Forces - ...



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18+ Adults Only - Warning - Graphic Images - not for shock - Documentary Evidence of Crimes against Humanity committed by the Syria Dictatorship of Bashar Assad.
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"This is Assad's Reforms" say these men in this video clip, mocking the 11 years of phony promises of Reforms made by Dictator Bashar Assad,
this Torture Beating Victim was attacked by the Dictator's Security Forces in Midan, Damascus, today, and is seeking Medical Attention for his injuries. .
Even as Syria Dictator Bashar Assad is promising the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon that "military operations have stopped" his security forces are busy beating, arresting, torturing and killling unarmed civilian pro-democracy protesters

دمشق_الميدان_اجرام الشبيحة بالمتظاهرين
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This Friday was one of the most important during the course of the protest movement in Syria. For weeks, the security forces and the military, through their operations, have prevented mass demonstrations. However, in a remarkable step and due to increasing international support for the protest movement and the subsequent morale boost, many protesters have managed to overcome the security and military barriers and begin taking the steps necessary to de-legitimize the government. Despite the Syrian president's promises to withdraw his troops and end military operations across the country, armored vehicles and tanks have continued to be stationed in city centers. In fact, security backups have been called to quell protests such as the one that occurred in Hirak and Ankhal in the Daraa Governorate, where they have resumed gunfire using both light and heavy machine guns. Today alone, security forces killed at least 22 protesters, including children who were not part of the demonstrations.

In the besieged city of Homs, all neighborhoods, including Khaldieh, Bab Sbaa, and Baba Amr demonstrated in thousands, despite gunfire yesterday and today, and despite the violent military operations in the city for the past week, which take lives on a daily basis. Deir Ezzor is in the same condition, but demonstrations approached large numbers before the military invasion.

In Idlib and its suburbs, where army vehicles have been deployed for two months, and in Hama, which has been surrounded for 20 days, people have suffered the worst forms of punishment for the largest demonstrations in Syria. Residents of Hama resumed their demonstrations outside prisons in various neighborhoods and in the city, also to be fired upon by the security forces.

In Lattakia, where the Raml neighborhood witnessed the last episode of ongoing tragedies in the country, supporters demonstrated in other neighborhoods in the city and in Jableh in defiance of the heavy presence of Shabiha (regime's armed thugs). These two cities have been the base of these thugs to terrorize the population and serve as the protectors of the Assad family.

However, confrontations in the town of Daraa, where the first military operations were conducted at the start of the Revolution, have been the most severe. Security forces continue to fire at demonstrators in Ghabagheb and Al-Hirak, which are just a few kilometers away from the border of the Occupied Golan. Among the casualties were an elderly man, two children, and twelve protesters, not to mention dozens of wounded.

In different cities such as Jableh, Hasakeh, and Qamishly, where assembly is difficult and there is great fear of the Shabbiha, demonstrators are calling for the toppling of the regime and the prosecution of Bashar al-Assad, despite threats by government officials and the governor that the city of Jableh would come under attack if protests continue.

The grip of the security forces has not lessened on the Damascus suburbs. In Douma, tens of thousands of protesters marching throughout the town came under fire. At least one person was reported killed in Harasta, and another in Rahiba. In other parts of the capital, security forces are dispersing thousands of protesters with clubs and electric batons, as well as arrest campaigns.

In Aleppo, protesters are increasing in number, and are coming out from Sakhour, Bustan Al-Qasr, Tal Rafa'at, Mare'a, and other towns and suburbs surrounding Syria's largest city

Syria Army Tanks being Transported to Damascus - NATO Must Bomb Assad Ar...



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Video Clip showing around one hundred Tanks being transported on the highway from Palmyra in the desert to Damascus. The fascist army of Bashar Assad has been trucked around from city to city for the past 6 months since the Pro Democracy uprising began, and this army is responsible for slaughtering thousands of innocent unarmed civilians and for using their Tanks and Artillery and helicopter gunships to destroy whole Towns and large sections of Syrian Cities.
NATO must militarily intervene and must Bomb these Armed Columns of the fasacist dictator Bashrar Assad.

Syria Army Tanks being Transported to Damascus - NATO Must Bomb Assad Ar...

Syria Army Tanks being Transported to Damascus - NATO Must Bomb Assad Ar...

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Newsvine - Assad Bashar The Terrorist

Newsvine - Assad Bashar The Terrorist

World continues to watch Assad Bashar the Terrorist commit crimes against humanity in horror!!

#Syria #Atrocities #AssadCrimes الشهيد خال قطيش الفاعوري الذي اطلق النار على جثمانه

الشهيد خال قطيش الفاعوري الذي اطلق النار على جثمانه

مقطع مؤلم جدا كلاب الأسد يعذبون متظاهر سلمي Beating protester

Syria revolution ambulance soldier shot by Alassad gangs

شبيحة السفارة السورية في القاهرة #Syria#Freedom

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Turkey slams Syria over rape claim in refugee camps - World Wires - MiamiHerald.com

Turkey slams Syria over rape claim in refugee camps - World Wires - MiamiHerald.com

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STANBUL — Turkey's worsening relations with Syria took another hit this week over a Syrian state news report about conditions in Turkish camps housing Syrian refugees.

The report, distributed Tuesday by Syria's SANA news agency, called the camps "centers of isolation full of rape and torture." A woman cited in the report said she'd been raped repeatedly there and that 70 Syrian girls also had been raped.

The camps house more than 7,500 Syrians who fled the violent crackdown on dissent by the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in New York for the United Nations General Assembly, called the report part of a "black propaganda" campaign that Syria is now waging against Turkey. He described developments in his country's relations with Syria as "very, very ugly."

Erdogan once was considered a close Assad ally, but he's distanced himself from the Syrian president in recent weeks after Assad rebuffed Turkish calls to end the crackdown on protests, which human rights groups estimate has killed more than 2,000 people since March.

Erdogan said he no longer talked to Asssad, though the countries still have diplomatic relations.

"I myself have cut my contacts with the Syrian goverment," he said Tuesday in New York. "We would never like to come to this point, but unfortunately the Syrian goverment has made us to come to a point where we had to take this kind of decision. We don't have any trust left for the current Syrian government."

Erdogan has been pressing ahead with a diplomatic offensive intended to project Turkey as a leader in the Middle East. Last week, he visited Cairo, where he won accolades for his recent break with Israel over Israel's refusal to apologize for the killings of nine Turks aboard a Gaza-bound boat that Israeli special forces intercepted in May 2010.

Turkish authorities said the Syrian report on the conditions in the camps in Turkey's Hatay district, on the Syrian border, appeared to be retaliation for their country's increasingly hostile position toward Assad's government.

The official Syrian report quoted a woman, identified only as Fatima, who the report said had returned recently to the village of Jisr al Shughour in Syria, which had been the subject of a crackdown by Syrian soldiers in June.

The woman said political dissidents from Jisr al Shughour had raped her in the camp and that they threatened to rape her daughters if she tried to return to Syria. She said a Turkish soldier also had raped her and that as many as 70 Syrian girls had been raped in the camps.

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Turkish PM cuts all ties with Syria - Hurriyet Daily News

Turkish PM cuts all ties with Syria - Hurriyet Daily News

Karim Anton Souaid: Assad Has No Friend in Lebanon's Christians - WSJ.com

Karim Anton Souaid: Assad Has No Friend in Lebanon's Christians - WSJ.com

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Iraq Tells Bashar al-Assad of Syria to Step Down - NYTimes.com

Iraq Tells Bashar al-Assad of Syria to Step Down - NYTimes.com


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“We believe that the Syrian people should have more freedom and have the right to experience democracy,” said the adviser, Ali al-Moussawi. “We are against the one-party rule and the dictatorship that hasn’t allowed for the freedom of expression.”

The statements from Mr. Moussawi mark a significant change for Iraq. When the United States and several of its major allies called in August for Mr. Assad to cede power, the Iraqi government appeared to be more in line with Iran, which has supported Mr. Assad. The same day as the American statement, Mr. Maliki gave a speech warning Arab leaders that Israel would benefit the most from the Arab Spring.

“There is no doubt that there is a country that is waiting for the Arab countries to be ripped and is waiting for internal corrosion,” Mr. Maliki said in that speech. “Zionists and Israel are the first and biggest beneficiaries of this whole process.”

As violence began to spread across Syria in June, Mr. Maliki received a delegation of visiting Syrian businesspeople and government officials, including the foreign minister, to discuss closer economic ties between the two countries. At the time, Mr. Maliki called on Syrians to stick to peaceful protests and rely on the government to enact reforms.

Mr. Moussawi said that the Iraqi government had long wanted Mr. Assad to step down, but he declined to say why the government had not expressed its position publicly until Tuesday. Iraq and Syria have been adversaries in the past, particularly at the height of sectarian conflict here, when many Iraqi leaders, including Mr. Maliki, said the Syrians were allowing foreign fighters and suicide bombers to cross its border into Iraq. [ read more at link]

Monday, September 19, 2011

Newsvine - Nation & World | U.S. plans for Syria without Assad | Seattle Times Newspaper

Newsvine - Nation & World | U.S. plans for Syria without Assad | Seattle Times Newspaper

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U.S. plans for Syria without Assad

By HELENE COOPER

The New York Times

A girl holds out her hands with Arabic writing that reads "Hama is bleeding" at a protest Saturday in front of the Russian embassy in Amman, Jordan.
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A girl holds out her hands with Arabic writing that reads "Hama is bleeding" at a protest Saturday in front of the Russian embassy in Amman, Jordan.

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Yemen uprising: In what may be the start of the collapse of President Ali Abdullah Saleh's 33-year-old regime, thousands of protesters backed by military defectors seized a base of the elite Republican Guards on Monday, weakening the control of Yemen's embattled president over this poor, fractured Arab nation. His forces fired on unarmed demonstrators elsewhere in the capital, killing scores and wounding hundreds.

Egyptian politics: Egypt on Monday barred formation of a new political party by the Islamist group al-Gamaa al-Islamiyya that was once involved in a bloody insurgency because its proposed party is based on "religious grounds in violation of the law." Egypt's ruling military council, formed after the ouster of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in February, eased conditions for forming new political parties, but retained approval.

Libya rebels advance: Facing little resistance, revolutionary fighters captured the airport and other parts of Sabha, a southern desert city that is one of the last remaining strongholds of deposed Libyan strongman, Moammar Gadhafi's forces Monday, even as efforts to capture Gadhafi's hometown of Sirte and the mountain enclave of Bani Walid have stalled as well-armed forces loyal to the fugitive leader fight back.

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WASHINGTON — Increasingly convinced that President Bashar Assad of Syria will not be able to remain in power, the Obama administration has begun to make plans for U.S. policy in the region after he exits.

In coordination with Turkey, the United States has been exploring how to deal with the possibility of a civil war among Syria's Alawite, Druze, Christian and Sunni sects, a conflict that could quickly ignite other tensions in a volatile region.

While other countries have withdrawn their ambassadors from Damascus, Obama administration officials say they are leaving in place the U.S. ambassador, Robert Ford, despite the risks, so he can maintain contact with opposition leaders and the leaders of the country's myriad sects and religious groups.
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U.S. plans for Syria without Assad

U.S. plans for Syria without Assad

Officials: US, Russia disagree on Syria strategy

Officials: US, Russia disagree on Syria strategy

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NEW YORK — The U.S. and Russia are disagreeing on how to respond to the situation in Syria, where the Obama administration wants a strong U.N. condemnation of Bashar Assad's regime and the Kremlin is seeking continued dialogue.

U.S. officials said Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton presented the U.S. case in a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Monday in New York. They said she told Lavrov that the U.N. Security Council must speak out against the Assad regime's "inexcusable violence."

But the officials said Lavrov presented a counterview, calling for dialogue between Assad and the opposition.

The Obama administration already has given up on Assad's pledges of reform and has called for the Syrian leader to step aside.

The officials spoke about the private meeting on condition of anonymity.

Russian Eurobonds posted major losses on Monday as US Treasuries moved upward…

Russia and CIS Business and Financial News « News Headlines from Russia, Central Asia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan – Interfax Europe

MOSCOW. Sept 19 (Russian Business and Financial News) – Quotations for Russian Eurobonds posted major losses on Monday as US Treasuries moved upward…

Jamestown Foundation: New Details Emerge on the Repression of Journalists and Rights Activists in the North Caucasus

The Jamestown Foundation: New Details Emerge on the Repression of Journalists and Rights Activists in the North Caucasus

The Jamestown Foundation: New Details Emerge on the Repression of Journalists and Rights Activists in the North Caucasus

The Jamestown Foundation: New Details Emerge on the Repression of Journalists and Rights Activists in the North Caucasus

The Jamestown Foundation: New Details Emerge on the Repression of Journalists and Rights Activists in the North Caucasus

The Jamestown Foundation: New Details Emerge on the Repression of Journalists and Rights Activists in the North Caucasus

The Jamestown Foundation: New Details Emerge on the Repression of Journalists and Rights Activists in the North Caucasus

The Jamestown Foundation: New Details Emerge on the Repression of Journalists and Rights Activists in the North Caucasus

The Jamestown Foundation: Articles by author

The Jamestown Foundation: Articles by author

Paris slams UN on Syria as crackdown continues - Hurriyet Daily News

Paris slams UN on Syria as crackdown continues - Hurriyet Daily News

Stand with the People in Syria! Down with Dictator Assad! | Protest Action: 25 September 2011, Washington DC | برای ایران آزاد mission free iran

Stand with the People in Syria! Down with Dictator Assad! | Protest Action: 25 September 2011, Washington DC | برای ایران آزاد mission free iran

The World Bank warned Russia: the decline in oil prices | Stock Market Today

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Can sanctions stop Syria's Assad? | Wichita Eagle

Can sanctions stop Syria's Assad? | Wichita Eagle: Over the past six months, the international community has looked on with increasing horror as the Syrian government has killed an estimated 2,600 citizens as it seeks to retain power.

Turkey boasts successful Syrian policy as Assad terminally smashes protest #HumanRights4Syria #AssadCrimes

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Syrian opposition calls on Assad to end crackdown - Taiwan News Online

Syrian opposition calls on Assad to end crackdown - Taiwan News Online: Voice of the People, Bridge to the World - Syrian opposition calls on Assad to end crackdown

Syrian opposition calls on Assad 2 end crackdown-TaiwanNews http://bit.ly/q0LzcX #AssadCrimes #AgainstHumanity #Systematic #Crimes #ICC #UN

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Syrian demonstrators: “Yesterday Kadhafi, today Assad, tomorrow Khamenei”

Syrian demonstrators: “Yesterday Kadhafi, today Assad, tomorrow Khamenei”

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Syrian demonstrators: “Yesterday Kadhafi, today Assad, tomorrow Khamenei”
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Syrians living in Romania held a demonstration in Bucharest on September 16th in support of the uprising of their countrymen in Syria and condemning Bashar Assad’s ruthless killings against the Syrian people. The demonstrators called for the overthrow of Assad’s rule, asking for the international community’s intervention and the establishment of democracy in Syria. The demonstrators also demanded the Iranian regime and Hezbollah to stop their meddling in Syria, and condemned Russia and China’s support of Bashar Assad’s regime.
The demonstrators held pictures of Bashar Assad, Kadhafi and Khamenei with the following writing: “Yesterday Kadhafi, today Assad, tomorrow Khamenei.”

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Syrian demonstrators: “Yesterday Kadhafi, today Assad, tomorrow Khamenei”

Syrian demonstrators: “Yesterday Kadhafi, today Assad, tomorrow Khamenei”

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Syrian demonstrators: “Yesterday Kadhafi, today Assad, tomorrow Khamenei”
Monday, 19 September 2011 02:11
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Syrians living in Romania held a demonstration in Bucharest on September 16th in support of the uprising of their countrymen in Syria and condemning Bashar Assad’s ruthless killings against the Syrian people. The demonstrators called for the overthrow of Assad’s rule, asking for the international community’s intervention and the establishment of democracy in Syria. The demonstrators also demanded the Iranian regime and Hezbollah to stop their meddling in Syria, and condemned Russia and China’s support of Bashar Assad’s regime.
The demonstrators held pictures of Bashar Assad, Kadhafi and Khamenei with the following writing: “Yesterday Kadhafi, today Assad, tomorrow Khamenei.”

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Syrian demonstrators: “Yesterday Kadhafi, today Assad, tomorrow Khamenei”

Syrian demonstrators: “Yesterday Kadhafi, today Assad, tomorrow Khamenei”

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Syrian demonstrators: “Yesterday Kadhafi, today Assad, tomorrow Khamenei”
Monday, 19 September 2011 02:11
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Syrians living in Romania held a demonstration in Bucharest on September 16th in support of the uprising of their countrymen in Syria and condemning Bashar Assad’s ruthless killings against the Syrian people. The demonstrators called for the overthrow of Assad’s rule, asking for the international community’s intervention and the establishment of democracy in Syria. The demonstrators also demanded the Iranian regime and Hezbollah to stop their meddling in Syria, and condemned Russia and China’s support of Bashar Assad’s regime.
The demonstrators held pictures of Bashar Assad, Kadhafi and Khamenei with the following writing: “Yesterday Kadhafi, today Assad, tomorrow Khamenei.”

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Syrian demonstrators: “Yesterday Kadhafi, today Assad, tomorrow Khamenei”

Syrian demonstrators: “Yesterday Kadhafi, today Assad, tomorrow Khamenei”

Syrian demonstrators: “Yesterday Kadhafi, today Assad, tomorrow Khamenei”

Syrian demonstrators: “Yesterday Kadhafi, today Assad, tomorrow Khamenei”

Russian production sees record decline | BmWeek - The Building Materials Platform

Russian production sees record decline | BmWeek - The Building Materials Platform

Russian production sees record decline

Russia has registered the largest production drop ever for concrete products and structures

Russia's Gas Business in Decline - A WaPo Phantasy

Russia's Gas Business in Decline - A WaPo Phantasy

Russia's gas business in decline
the worst month ever for Gazprom
an output drop by 8.2%
pricing undermined by other sources

Syrian National Council meet in Damascus to back protests

Syrian National Council meet in Damascus to back protests

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slamonline.net _ News Agencies

2011-09-17 19:05:12



Turkey to make ‘final’ decision on Syria soon - Erdogan

Syrian National Council meet in Damascus to back protests



Islamonline.net _ News Agencies

After forming a council representing a united front in opposition to President Bashar al-Assad, more than 200 Syrian opposition figures on Saturday 17 September 2011 met near Damascus in an effort to unite anti-government groups.

The meeting, held at a private farm outside the capital, follows months of protests against the rule of President Bashar al-Assad.

Saturday's meeting comes as media reports increased Friday’s death toll resulting from Syrian forces crackdown on protesters to 14. Early reports claimed that Assad forces shot dead 12 people on Friday and deployed heavily across rural areas around Damascus.

It also comes two days after some 140 figures, including exiled opponents and 70 dissidents inside Syria, were chosen as members of the new "Syrian National Council", concluding a four-day meeting in the Turkish city of Istanbul.

The council aims to help topple Assad within six months and form an interim government thereafter, Basma Kadmani, a Syrian exile living in France, said at a news conference.

"The political vision of the council will give a push to the escalation of the revolutionary work we are seeing," Kadmani said. "This group, based on previous initiatives, and on what the street is demanding, is calling for the downfall of the regime with all of its limbs."

While not ruling out foreign military intervention in Syria as more protesters call for international protection, Kadmani said the focus for now was on stepping up diplomatic and economic pressure on Assad.



Saturday’s Meeting

The opposition meeting, however, coincided with another conclave organised by Syrian government as the official news agency (SANA) said that national dialogue sessions in various cities and universities continue on Saturday. It claimed that the sessions witnessed a broad participation of political, economic, social, and independent and opposition figures to reach joint national formulas that enhance democracy and political pluralism and meet the aspirations of citizens.

A participant in the meeting told Al Jazeera that "about three hundred participants from all Syria's opposition groups and figures are participating in the two-day meeting. There are participants from Kurdish parties and young activists from the LCC also taking part.

“We will try to elect an executive council, about 60 members, and this council will elect an executive bureau. Tomorrow, there will be a press conference in Damascus city by the Commission’s coordinator Hassan Abdul Azim. This meeting will draw the future of the opposition movement."

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Syrian Emergency Task Force........................ "The Justice Will Be Served!"

Syrian Emergency Task Force........................ "The Justice Will Be Served!"
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Syrian television is following the family of Ghiath Matar to force them to tell fake stories about the death of their son

Local Coordination Committees in Syria (LCC) have said that the Syrian authorities should stop harassing the family of the martyr Ghiath Matar, and stop threatening his family members. The family of Ghiath woke up today to find the walls of their home filled with sentences saying “Down with the Matar family for hosting the American Ambassador”, in reference to the visit of 5 western ambassadors to the wake of martyr Matar where they expressed their condolences to the family of the martyr.

The LCC have said: “There is a history to harassing the family of the martyr Matar which dates back to before he was killed. His brother Anas Matar was detained for almost two months and was not release until Ghiath was killed. His other brother, Hazem, his father, and one of his relatives were also detained and then released later. However, harassment continued until Ghiath was martyred where some officers in airforce intelligence, the security service division who arrested the martyr Matar and who are responsible for his death under torture, called the family of Ghiath and threatened them until they told them that their son is detained and that they will return him dead. Airforce intelligence forces attacked the funeral of Martyr Ghiath Matar and opened fire on mourners, killing young man Ahmad Ayrout. The next day, agents from security services and airforce intelligence went to the wake of Ayrout, and claimed that they were there for paying respects. Then Addounia TV station (which accompanied the agents to the wake) asked the family of Ayrout to claim that Ghiath Matar was the one who killed Ahmad. The family of Ayrout refused and they pointed to the killed who was with security agents in the wake”
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Syrian National Council meet in Damascus to back protests

Syrian National Council meet in Damascus to back protests

Syria Live Blog | Al Jazeera Blogs

Syria Live Blog | Al Jazeera Blogs

Thousands continue to take to the streets across Syria, despite the bloody crackdown on protests. Activists say that thousands of civilians have been killed by security forces. We bring you the latest news from various sources.

Ki-moon wants international community to take “coherent measures” against Assad’s regime

Syrian dissidents seek unified opposition | euronews, world news

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UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon wants the international community to act and take “coherent measures” against Assad’s regime. The world body estimates that 2,600 people have lost their lives since the uprising began.

Syrian dissidents seek unified opposition | euronews, world news

Ki-moon wants international community to take “coherent measures” against Assad’s regime

Three Ways to be Rid of Syria's Assad Regime - The Cutting Edge News

The Cutting Edge News

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Today, five months after the Syrian regime began its brutal crackdown on anti-regime protestors, President Barack Obama announced that "the time has come for President Asad to step aside." The statement, released simultaneously with a speech by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, puts to rest debate about where exactly Washington stands on the Asad regime. The question now is how best to work with the Syrian people to bring about Bashar al-Assad's downfall.

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Russia oil and gas reserves decline, and price of oil falls - Atlantic Mobile

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Russia oil and gas reserves decline, and price of oil falls