Just a Statistic- By Syrian Hamster

Yesterday, Bashar Al-Assad, or as I would call it  dog-poop athad to indicate my infinite contempt to this entity, was placed at the top of war criminals list that was handed to the International Criminal Court. While the dynamics on the ground in the region do not assure anyone that this “ass-hole”  will at any time soon face the court, it would be a great fantastic day when a judge would tell it to suck an egg, eat shit, or just simply go fuck itself and stop its blathering sophistry.

Two assholes together.
The dog and its evil master. Both have been responsible for hundreds of thousands of murders in the region and beyond.

Many Syrians dream of that day. Most, however, have much more than court on their mind, their plans for dog-poop include impaling and other forms of “reciprocation” they believe would be the minimum standard for punishing the asshole. I recall one hyper “assad is popular” menhebbakji who would use what I wrote above to masturbate its smart-ass (half truth here) brain, into a climatic tantrum of deceitful and ugly sophistry, mixed with and fake sectarian indignation about how hateful this rat is. But you know, I don’t give a rat’s ass about this kind of creatures any more. The Syrians waiting to see the asshole assad impaled re not psychopaths, nor are they merely hateful (they should be), they just recognize that with that son of a bitch being alive, there is no future, not for Syria and not for the region. But they also have at hundreds of thousands of far more serious reasons to want to see the asshole assad impaled. Here are some numbers as of the end of May 2014 that were published by the Democratic Republic Studies Center (DRSC).  Let us start by enumerating the duration of this sadist asshole crime against humanity


 38.5 Months
1,173 Days
28,152 Hour

Now the Numbers

Number of fully documented martyrs (I prefer the phrase assad victims at least from the legal point) 118,863 including 2,250 Palestinian, 12,130 child victims, 11,475 women, and 6,495 murdered under torture

Estimate number of martyrs 230,000 (80% civilians) including

  • 2,400 Palestinians
  • 15,000 child victims,
  • 14,000 women and
  • 18,500 murdered under torture (which include those whose emaciated photos were smuggled out)

Approximate number of wounded: More than 187,370
Approximate number of detainees: More than 258,2600 (including those few who were recently released)
Approximate number of missing: More than 99,4400
Number of refugees outside Syria : More than 3,566,740
Number of internally displaced refugees: More than 7,650,000

Total number of victims of violence (11,880,673) including murdered by weapons, wounded, detainees, disappeared, refugees and displaced.

Syrian families that have been affected amount up to 60% of the total population of Syria, the total number of family members affected is 15,627,402. These are the families of those murdered by weapons, wounded, detainees, disappeared, refugees and displaced.

The number of families who lost the main earner of the house hold is 125,000 families (nearly 868,000 people)

Some math

  • Every 4 minutes, the assad regime detains a citizen
  • Every 10 minutes, the assad regime wounds a citizen
  • Every 13 minutes, the assad regime disappears a citizen
  • Every 15 minutes, the assad regime murders a citizen
  • Every day, the assad regime murders 8 children
  • Every day, the assad regime expels as refugees 3,040 citizens and internally displaces 6,521 citizens.

ISIS is a major threat to the revolution, so is Al-Nusra, but the most significant enemy of humanity remains the asshole assad and its clan. Anytime someone tries to bring ISIS to equivocate for the asshole, my only answer would be similar to that of the imaginary Judge talking to the asshole assad “i,e. GFYS”.  ISIS is an historical issue that needs to be dealt with, but it can only be dealt with after we get rid of the criminal rulers, after we return their sectarian thugs in hizbulla to their rightful places in jail for their crimes, and after Iran is fully neutered as a source of evil and of terrorism in the region. If Obama does not understand this, then he is welcomed to meet my foul mouthed judge.

Some links (recent)

New UN report describes horrific and systematic torture of Syrian victims

Full report May 2014 in pdf (Arabic with figures) 

CNN links on torture in assad’s dungeons of murder 




  1. الانتصار يجلب الأنصار ، و العكس صحيحvictory has many supporters , defeat has none, the victory of army of conquest in northern Syria has dried up recruiting to the criminal IS, this explains why IS is withdrawing


  2. The Turkish decision to interfere in Syria militarily will be discussed tomorrow , at the meeting of Turkish National Security


  3. Turkey is unlikely to intervene directly in Syria, Assad will assassinate Farooq AlShraa, Russia and US reached agreement to divide Syria


  4. An impudent former Israeli ‘ambassador’ takes aim at Obama..

    1.“Obama has deep feelings about Islam. And I wanted to know where it came from.”

    2.“Obama determines who is in the Muslim world and who isn’t. He’s said it. ISIS is not a part of Islam.”

    Oren: —I was trying to figure out what are the origins of his feelings toward Islam. He has deep feelings about Islam, obviously. [He] talks about them—I’m not making them up—and he has a high regard for Islam. And I wanted to know where it came from. If George Bush all of a sudden came out and expressed very strong feelings about Islam, you’d want to know where they’re coming from. I think these were legitimate questions for an ambassador to ask and to inquire about, and think about.

    Oren: I know there are people saying things that I didn’t say in the article, such as that Obama abandoned Israel to embrace Islam. It’s not there, it’s just not there. I wanted to show in this article how you go about analyzing his worldview. I thought what was interesting was the degree to which Obama’s relationship to what he called the Muslim world has not changed in light of all the profound changes that have swept across the Middle East over the past few years. For example, this is a very disciplined administration when it comes to lexicon. So you have violent extremists; we do not have Islamic terrorists. And I suggested in the opening article that one of the reasons the United States didn’t have much representation at that Charlie Hebdo march was because the march was against Islamic extremism, which would have been a problem.


  5. قالت إحدى المجلات الأمريكية، إن ثروة رأس النظام السوري، بشار الأسد، بإضافة الأصول الثابتة، والأموال المسجلة، بأسماء مقربه إليه، تصل إلى 122 مليار دولار أمريكي، وفق موقع «أنفستوبيديا».
    وكشفت مجلة «فوربس» العالمية أن ثروته دون ذلك، تصل إلى 1,5 مليار دولار أمريكي، منوهةً أنه وفي حال تم توزيع الثروة على الشعب السوري، سيكون المبلغ، نحو 3500 دولار لكل شخص دون استثناء، أي ما يعادل الراتب المتوسط الذي يتقاضاه المواطن السوري من أصحاب الدخل المحدود لمدة ستة سنوات متتالية.
    وأضافت، أن أربعة أشخاص، من يديرون أموال الأسد، وأصوله المالية في الداخل السوري، وهما: رجلي الأعمال «زهير سحلول» و«نبيل الكزبري»، إضافة إلى «محمد مخلوف» ووالد زوجته «فواز الأخرس»، بحسب وثيقة سرية نشرها موقع «ويكيليكس» في وقت سابق.


  6. Kurds are making mistakes, their support to Assad, their opportunistic attempt ,to take advantage of Syrian revolution, their support to Saleh Musallam, and their rhetorics, they have never been a strong force, and Turkey can easily take over most of the area they control, , the problem people do not remember the past, the Kurds are very weak,


  7. Very rude, using a language close to be threat, Kerry says no need for safe area in Syria, five years and US is quiet about the crimes of Assad, , it is a crime , as bad as Assad crimes


  8. US will not allow for a solution in Syria, what is needed is a revolution involving countries who are now considered allied with US, Turkey and KSA , this must involve limited action, I mean thirty Km safe zone without troops invasion,


  9. US is not afraid of supporting safe zone in southern Syria, asء US is not afraid of the Jordanian king, who is America puppet, US is afraid of northern Syria safe zone as US is afraid of Mr. Erdogan


  10. @lebouss

    انت يا شب يلي أرسلوك تقاتل بسوريا لو عّم تقصف الزبداني ما تقصف هيدا البيت لانو كنت انت واهلك لاجئين فيه بحرب ال٢٠٠٦



  11. Published on Jul 1, 2015
    A song for Syria.

    Our goal is to express solidarity towards those who are struggling for freedom, health, and safety in Syria. Syria is the country where 18,000 civilians have signed up to be volunteer first responders to rescue people from daily barrel bomb attacks, where doctors risk their lives in underground field hospitals to save patients from chemical weapons, and where people play music on piano as the government starves their neighborhood in austere siege policies. We hope to at least share the story of Syrian heroes while sending positivity and love to the children, mothers, and fathers, who have to fight for basic human rights. These people are #MoreThanFaces, and this is a humble contribution to them. If you like the video, we hope you share it to raise awareness on Syria and show solidarity with the Syrians.


  12. The leading lights of the West love to celebrate themselves as beacons of civilized, progressive rationality..

    Tony Blair today took a little time off from serving the world’s despots in order to exploit the 10th anniversary of the July 7 London train bombing. He did so by casting blame on “radical Islam” for the world’s violence while exempting himself, pronouncing:

    This is a global problem… we’re not going to allow anyone to excuse themselves by saying that the slaughter of totally innocent people is somehow a response to any decision by any government.

    The proposition Blair just decreed invalid – “the slaughter of totally innocent people is somehow a response to any decision by any government” – is exactly the rationale which he himself repeatedly invoked, and to this day still invokes, to justify the invasion and destruction of Iraq, as in this example from December, 2009:

    Tony Blair has said he would have invaded Iraq even without evidence of weapons of mass destruction and would have found a way to justify the war to parliament and the public. . . . “If you had known then that there were no WMDs, would you still have gone on?” Blair was asked. He replied: “I would still have thought it right to remove him [Saddam Hussein]”. . . . He explained it was “the notion of him as a threat to the region” because Saddam Hussein had used chemical weapons against his own people.



  13. ليس من المبالغة في شيء القول إن الفرق بين الثورة والمعارضة هو كالفرق بين غياث مطر وأحمد رمضان. أي هو الفرق بين الشهيد والمستفيد



  14. This piece is shocking.

    إحصائية ليست بالجديدة بقدر ما هي صادمة للموالي قبل المعارض، لما فيها من إشارات على كم التآكل الذي تعاني منه بيئة النظام الطائفية التي مثلت خزانه البشري على مدار سنوات حكمه الخمسة والأربعين.

    صحف بريطانية، أكدت أن ثلث أبناء الطائفة العلوية القادرين على حمل السلاح إما قتلوا أو أنهم اصيبوا بعاهات مستديمة تمنعهم من العودة إلى القتال، ما أحدث تململا لدى العلويين من خسائرهم الفادحة، وارتفاع عدد قتلاهم.

    الأهم في ما حملته تقارير الصحف، هو إشارتها إلى أن القتلى والمصابين يمثلون الفئة العمرية المنجبة للنسل، ما يعني بشكل أو بآخر ووفقا لتلك الصحف أن عدم تخلي العلويين بشكل نهائي عن الأسد بات يهددهم بالانقراض خلال الأعوام القادمة، خاصة وأن احصائيات دولية قدرت نسبة العلويين بما لا يتجاوز عشر سكان سوريا.

    إحصائيات الصحف، دعمتها شهادات الناشطين على الأرض والذين أكدوا أن أكثر من 100 ألف علوي من أصل 300 ألف يقاتلون إلى جانب النظام، قتلوا خلال المعارك، وهو الرقم الذي يمثل نسبة 25 بالمئة من إجمالي ذكور الطائفة بما فيهم الاطفال والعجائز غير القادرين على الإنجاب.

    صحيفة ” التلغراف” البريطانية من جهتها لم تختلف في إحصائيتها عن الاحصائيات السابقة، حيث كشفت في آخر تقاريرها عن الوضع في سوريا، أن 30 شابا علويا يعودون يوميا إلى قراهم بالأكفان بعد أن قتلوا في معارك لم يعرفوا فيها لهم ناقة ولا جمل.

    يبقى الصادم أكثر في حديث الصحف، أن عددا كبيرا من أبناء الطائفة القتلى لم يقتلوا برصاص الثوار وإنما برصاص الحرس الثوري الايراني الذي استقدمه النظام للدفاع عنه، والذي يتحول شيئا فشيئا الى قوة مستعبدة للعلويين أنفسهم حتى في الساحل لتصل انتهاكات عناصره المرتزقة بحق الطائفة إلى حد الاقصاء والتهميش ، وبعض الأحيان إلى الإعدام بتهمة التآمر كما حصل في اللواء 82 بدرعا مطلع العام الحالي.



  15. N. Z
    They are just like flies they see the fire they go directly there, and there they die, Assad is rich and they are getting poor, he sits in a comfortable chair and sit on the ground, they do not think about the risk, about the future, about their children, I just do not understand how they think , they never had any civilization to be proud of, their image is going to be remembered as savage criminal, destroyed Syria, killed Syrians


  16. I believe Syrians are more comfortable with Erdogan than they are with KSA king, we yearn for civilization , not to return to the corrupt epoch, Turkey is the natural leader to Syria, we separated during the chaos period that Turkey was going through, with Turkey now is a democratic country, and it’s leader is pro Islamic, Syria must have good relations with Turkey, provided there would be no domination


  17. Nice analogy Majedkhaldoun..

    “Like a moth to a flame” is an old saying, implies that someone got too close to someone they were attracted to and got burned, or hurt, in the process.


  18. ما كشف عنه الأرشيف العسكري الإسرائيلي من وثائق سرية قبل عدة أيام يقطع الشك باليقين ويؤكد الخيانة العظمى التي إرتكبها حافظ الأسد بحق سوريا وأهلها الذين لا زالوا إلى يومنا هذا يدفعون ثمنها الباهظ



  19. A new TV satire program has become a hit in the Arab world by mocking some of the region’s most serious issues, from the intractable Sunni-Shiite divide and religious extremism to the brutality of militants like the Islamic State group.

    The show, “Selfie,” has also brought a backlash. Islamic State group sympathizers have made death threats against its Saudi star and top writer on social media. One mainstream Saudi cleric denounced the show of heresy for mocking the country’s ultraconservative religious establishment. That has made it the buzz of the current Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which is the peak television viewing season in the Middle East.

    Naser al-Qasabi, the series’ star, and its writer Khalaf al-Harbi told The Associated Press in their first interview with foreign media that they expected the backlash, but weren’t prepared for the popularity. It’s one of the top shows on MBC, the privately owned Saudi network that airs it, and has been the talk of the Gulf press.

    Al-Qasabi says the series’ dark humour reveals just how tragic the situation across the Middle East has become.

    “What’s coming is darker,” he said. “Maybe I am a bit pessimistic, and I hope that I am wrong, but I don’t think I am.”

    In one of the show’s episodes, al-Qasabi plays a would-be “caliph” starting his own Islamic State group-style militia, but he’s surrounded by buffoons and hypocrites. His “mufti,” or top cleric, never finished school. He struggles to find ways to differentiate his group — his group’s flag is the same as IS’s notorious banner but with the black and white colours flipped. When one of his cronies boasts of plans for a mass beheading, the “caliph” complains that he wants a new form of execution.

    “Behead, behead, behead. That’s all you got?” he groans, before suggesting the captives be put in a freezer. It’s particularly bitter humour, given the increasingly grisly ways IS has used to kill its captives.

    In the show’s most popular skit, al-Qasabi plays a Saudi father whose son has run off to join IS. He smuggles himself into Syria, pretends to be a jihadi joining IS and tries to convince his son to return home. It’s a more serious episode, showing his horror at IS “perversions” of Islam and at the group’s atrocities — and his torment as he tries to avoid committing atrocities himself in his disguise. But it has comic moments as well, as he fumbles his way through militant training and is chased around the bed by a militant bride who is forced on him by the group and who has dedicated her life to pleasing jihadis as a means of going to heaven.

    Other, lower-budget Iraqi and Syrian TV shows have mocked IS and other militants. But “Selfie” stands out with its high production values — and the fact that it’s a show with Saudi actors on a Saudi network at times mocking attitudes on religion in the kingdom, where there is little tolerance for discussing the many taboos.

    In one episode, two Saudi men meet at an airport in Europe and bond over their love of women, alcohol and hard partying. But, though neither is religious, their budding friendship takes a nosedive when they discover that one is Sunni and the other Shiite. They argue until airport security detains them. When police discover they are fighting over a split that happened 1,400 years ago, they send the two a mental hospital.

    Another skit lampooned Saudi Arabia’s powerful ultraconservative religious establishment and its stance against music. That was the show that prompted cleric Saeed bin Mohammed bin Farwa to accuse al-Qasabi and MBC of heresy.

    Columnist Hamad al-Majed also criticized the show in the Asharq al-Awsat newspaper, saying that in its attempt to ridicule extremism the series also disrespected Islamic traditions and made generalizations, especially about Saudi Arabia.

    Al-Qasabi told the AP he views his acting career as his own form of “jihad” — which in Islam literally means any struggle in the path to God.

    “Offering something positive that raises awareness of issues, I see this as jihad,” he said. “Jihad is that you raise your children well. Jihad is that you work and are on a path to doing things well. Jihad is that you are good at your work … Life is one great jihad.”

    Al-Qasabi and al-Harbi are no strangers to controversy. They both worked on “Tash ma Tash”, a long-running comedy that ruffled feathers for its handling of sensitive issues in Saudi society.

    Al-Harbi says he wanted to kick it up a notch with “Selfie.” He explained the title, saying the show is trying to give a snapshot of Arab society today.

    “Selfie’s” biggest success, said al-Harbi, is in exposing how extremist groups manipulate religion. He said the show delivered that message to the Arab public more effectively than lectures or government-controlled newspapers.

    “I felt this is a weapon that will reach the audience,” he said. “If it was just something comical, we would have focused on easy societal issues that aren’t dangerous and are guaranteed safe.”

    – See more at: http://www.coastreporter.net/saudi-star-of-hit-tv-show-poking-fun-at-islamic-state-group-says-this-is-the-real-jihad-1.1992844#sthash.D8ADA3lz.EnRM7IBl.dpuf


  20. Could the fight today between Kurds and Turkish soldiers change the course of crisis in Syria?


  21. عيد الهناء و النصر و السرور، عيد الخلاص من الطاغية، عيد التحرر من سجون الاسد، عيد عودة اللاجئين الى الوطن الحبيب، عيد فرحة الأمهات لروءية أولادهم و بهجة النساء لروءية أزواجهم، و عيد عودة الابتسامة الى ثغور الأطفال، عيد السكينة و انتهاء الظلم و الخلاص من حكم جاءر ظالم طاءفي، الله يخلصنا منهم


  22. US wants Iran to participate in Syria talk, but US wants Assad to leave, Iran must give concessions, would Iran change? HA is insisting that Assad stay but Iran has the upper decision


  23. What has been attributed to Jaish Al Esslam, was media confusion, it should be Jaish Al Fateh, accuracy is important, Jaish Al Isslam is headed by Zahran Alloush who is American puppet, US ordered him to pull out of the southern Storm, and pull the arms, that weakened the storm, US ordered all its allies to stop arming the Rebels so the Rebels are stopped from taking over Deraa, , Jaish Al Isslam is not helping the Rebels supporting Zabadani, , Zahran Alloush is standing idle, not doing anything


  24. The Islamic Republic of Iran is in Syria in the name of: defending religious Islamic shrines, or, liberating Al-Quds Al-Shareef. According to Hizballah, the road to Al-Quds passes through Zabadani.

    باللطم والعويل .. إيران تشيع نائب قائد الفيلق الأول للحرس الثوري بعد مقتله في الزبداني


  25. For 1,500 years, different religion, not only lived side by side in the Arab and Muslim world, they thrived.

    When the first Islamic armies arrived from the Arabian Peninsula during the seventh century, the Assyrian Church of the East was sending missionaries to China, India and Mongolia. The shift from Christianity to Islam happened gradually. Much as the worship of Eastern cults largely gave way to Christianity, Christianity gave way to Islam. Under Islamic rule, Eastern Christians lived as protected people, dhimmi: They were subservient and had to pay the jizya, but were often allowed to observe practices forbidden by Islam, including eating pork and drinking alcohol. Muslim rulers tended to be more tolerant of minorities than their Christian counterparts, and for 1,500 years, different religions thrived side by side.


  26. Turkey started its war against ISIS and the terrorists Kurds, in return US can use Ancerlik base, and creating no fly zone deep to 50 Km inside Syria, this coincide with Deraa storm re ignited, , yet Alloush is not moving , if he does not , then he is finished
    It will not be Turkey who will fly over Syria to attack Assad aircrafts and apply no fly zone, it will be US Air Force , and it will be limited,
    Turkey is fighting ISIS and the terrorists of the Kurdish fighters, the murder of two Turkish soldiers was a turning point in Syrian conflict, And Turkish strategy aimed at increase Erdogan popularity when he fights Kurds and ISIS, in preparation to next election
    Attrition and exhaustion of the Syrian army in multiple fronts will expedite the collapse of the Syrian regime, things seem more serious now.

    On another point HA offered to evacuate the Shiites living in Fawaa and Kafrayya , he said in return he will allow the people of Zabadani to leave peacefully, this is naive and stupid, it will not be accepted, HA will not be able to save the Shiites,
    DeMistaura left Damascus without meeting Assad, as his message was not accepted to Assad


  27. Southern storm is more important than most people think, Assad will defend Deraa as much as he can, once he loses Deraa he needs to think about Damascus
    Today Aasad said he had to give up areas in Syria to concentrate about important areas, he also admitted that he has shortage of soldiers, and admitted that HA is helping him to withstand some defeats, today statement by Assad is clear , he is now beginning to face reality, he can not control all of Syria, the question how much he can control, ? If he loses Deraa, can he afford to keep Damascus?, would he be able to destroy Damascus just like he destroyed Homs and Aleppo? What will happen to the rest of Syria ? Who will control it? US is not going to allow Daesh to control that part of Syria, can the Druze maintain neutrality? Especially if the Rebels took over Deraa
    The war will reach Damascus, sooner or later, Assad can not survive in the Alawi area, that is why Deraa is important to Assad, losing Deraa could mean the end of Assad, some predicted this May happen before the end of this year


  28. I just stumbled on this piece, dated January 1st, 2015

    قلم رصاص مع حمدي قنديل

    زار أردوغان تجمعا كبيرا للسوريين الذين يستضـيـفـونـهـم فى تركيا و القى فيهم

    خطاب يحييهم و يرحب بهم فى بلاده …… فـتـحـمـســوا و هتفوا له شـــــاكــرين

    فـبـكـى بـالـدمـوع قـائـلا : ” لا تشـكـرونى و لكن أشـــــكــروا الله رازقـنـا جـمـيـعــا

    لقد أنفقت تركيا على إستضـافـتـكم أربعة مليار دولار فرزقهـا العلى القدير بأربعون

    مليار دولار جاءوا زيادة من تحت الأرض ( من النفط و الذهب ) لم نكن نتوقـعهم ولم

    يكن هذا المبلغ الزائد مقدرا فى الميزانيه و أضاف أردوغان : إن ملوك و أمـراء الخليج

    العربى حاولوا أن يسقطوا حزب العــدالة و التنمية و صرفوا على ذلك 80 مليـار دولار

    و لكن حفظنا الله و تم القبض على التنظيم الممول من الخليج وهم الآن بالسـجون

    و الأموال التى جــاءتـهـم من الخـلـيج صـودرت منـهم وهى الان بخـزيـنـة الدولـة “.

    فتحقق قوله تعالى : إن أحسنتم أحسنتم لأنفسكم وإن أسأتم فلها . [ ص 197 ]

    وقوله : يُنْفِقُونَ أَمْوَالَهُمْ لِيَصُدُّوا عَنْ سَبِيلِ اللَّهِ فَسَيُنفِقُونَهَا ثُمَّ تَكُونُ عَلَيْهِمْ حَسْرَةً

    ثُمَّ يُغْلَبُونَ [ الأنفال 36 ] …………………………………….. فسبحان المعز المذل


  29. One of the few uplifting experiences to be had in any Syrian context these days is to meet with young Syrian activists, as I recently did in Gaziantep, Turkey. A young lawyer said something striking: “This is not just a revolution against Bashar al-Assad. It is a revolution for self-government. Replacing Bashar with someone else issuing decrees from Damascus — even someone much better than Bashar — is not acceptable.”

    From the beginning of the Syrian uprising, unarmed activists have formed, under the worst security conditions imaginable, local councils to provide governmental services to their neighbors. This is revolutionary. For 40 years the Assad family had concentrated in its own hands, in Damascus, the direct governing of all Syrians. Officials assigned to Syria’s outback were, at best, order-taking clerks. At worst they were active members of a clan-dominated police state and terror network. Unless Iran helps its client re-subjugate Syria, the days of Damascus-dominated governance are done.



  30. Libyan Court Sentences Qaddafi Son to Death. Awaiting the capture of another son’s pariah in Syria!! Inshallah very soon. To Jhannam all these dictatorial regimes and their supporters.


  31. By either directly or tacitly fostering the rise of ISIS, he’s taken international attention off his own violence to the point that the U.S. seemed on the verge, just a few months ago, of admitting he would stay in power. All the while, he’s continued to terrorize the people of Syria with barrel bombs and chemical weapons.

    But for the first time in a long time, recent developments seem not so great for Assad. This week, rebel groups are pushing into the Sahl al-Ghab plain in northwest Syria, an area that, as Reuters puts it, is “crucial to the defense of the coastal mountains that are the heartland of Assad’s Alawite sect.” This follows fighting in May in which government forces lost most of northwestern Idlib province to fighters from the al-Qaida-linked Jabhat al-Nusra. Assad admitted on Sunday that his military is short on manpower and will have to pull back from some strategically important areas.

    It’s also bad news for Assad that Turkey and the United States now seem to be on the same page when it comes to Syria.



  32. Turkey and U.S. Reached an agreement , where Turkey attack ISIS and send Turkish troops into Syria, to defeat ISIS in Syria and Iraq, the Turkish army will advance till they get to Reqqa, U.S. Will protect Turkish troops in case Assad sent his air force, this area that will be liberated from Daesh will be used to house Syrian refugees, and will be. Buffer zone


  33. further the next six months we will see the Rebels take over Aleppo and this will divide Syria, that is the limit of Turkey involvement


  34. وسائل إعلام فرنسية تحتفي بهيثم أسود الطالب السوري المتفوق على الفرنسيين


  35. تامبي أسعد سوري لجأ لتركيا وبرز بعزف البيانو

    نال المرتبة الأولى في المسابقة الدولية الخامسة للموسيقى التي عقدت في ألمانيا، تجدر الإشارة إلى أن الرئيس التركي رجب طيب أردوغان، وقع قراراً بمنح الجنسية التركية لعازف البيانو السوري “تامبي أسعد”، الذي سبق أن قدم مع أسرته إلى تركيا، واستقر في مدينة بورصة شمال غربي البلاد


  36. هل يحمي بشار سليمان هلال الأسد مرة ثانية


  37. Assad is in worse position now , than ever, his troops are unable to stop the Rebels advance in Ghab plain, he will be forced to withdraw troops from other fronts, that means he has to pull out of Deraa, but that will threaten Damascus, that is very serious, if he does not withdraw from Deraa he may not be able to defend Jureen, that means Hama is going to be liberated soon, he can not afford to lose Hama,nor he can afford to lose Damascus, yet he does not have enough troops to defend all fronts,
    Russia is realizing that, Russia is trying to reach agreement with KSA, this will likely fail
    So the recent trouble Suleiman Helal Assad is causing came at the worst of time,


  38. Five years after the torturing of Deraa’s children, another of ASSad’s cousin commits a crime, in full daytime, in the Syrian city of Latakia. The victim was murdered in front of his wife and children.

    The tale of two people with a shared history and a common dictatorship. The majority who supported the popular uprising at its onset and a minority who stood with tyranny against freedom. Those who were aspiring for dignity, justice and freedom for all Syrians and those who wanted status quo because of the crumbs the ASSadist Mafia were leaving them.

    The two incidents sparked similar reaction from the population.

    Who knows how far the second spark will go, and it could be a conspiracy. Maybe someone paid the dead colonel, 10,000 S.L. to anger Bashar’s cousin. Who knows!?

    Nusra and ISIS are byproducts of Assadism. Once the head of the snake is cut, the tail will not wiggle for long. The road is long.


  39. بشار النوري عضو غرفة تجارة دمشق ، تم دعوته لجلسة حوار تلفزيونية على الهواء مباشرة ، استغل الفرصة و ابدى رأيه بكل شفافية من الداخل السوري و بين يدي ابرز شبيحة النظام ، حيان و هناء الصالح


  40. So sad!! ..حبيب صالح: “ماذا جرى في اللاذقية”

    ماجرى في اللاذقية من تصفيات يقوم بها رموز نظام الاسد, وتجري ضدهم ايضا, جرى ويجري يوميا وليس هناك من جديد!! فما
    تبقى لنظام الاسد وعائلته ينحصر في توجيه اللوم والاتهامات المتبادلة بين كوادر عائلية ورموز عسكرية, وفعاليات تجارية, وعائلات فقدت اباءها ومعيليها, ونساء ترملت وامهات ثكلت, واطفال تيتمت!!!!!

    الكوارث التي لحقت بالطائفة العلوية, أدت إلى نتائج ماساوية على كل الصعد والمسارات!!! فالطائفة تكاد تندثر!! والطائفة تعاني من انهيار اقتصادي, وتفكك اجتماعي مطبق وشامل!!!

    أصبحت النسبة الأكبر من العائلات تعيش على الوأد والرمق, وتعتمد على لقمة عيشها من خلال ماتطلقه لنسائها من مبررات لممارسة الرقيق الابيض!! بحيث أن التصفيات الدمويه تقع بين هذه العائلات ,ليس على حق المرور كما فعل الشبيحسليمان ابن الشبيح هلال, ابن الشبيح كمال, وكما فعل الشبيح محمد الاسد ابن الشبيح توفيق الاسد !!

    وقلنا ليس الخلاف على حق المرور, فحسب, بل على”حق” امتياز حرية الرقيق الابيض, واقتصاره على عائلات دون سواها!! بحيث ان “تكافأ الفرص” الاستنكاحي تم احتكاره واختزاله, الا ماجرى ويجري خلف ظهور شبكات ومريدي ال الاسد, ولم يعد يجوز للجميع دون ترخيص من عائلات نافذة بعينها!!

    اذا الصراع في اللاذقية صراع على أفضلية المرور, وصراع حول افضلية ممارسةالدعارة, وصراع حول أفضلية رغيف الخبز, وصراع بين عائلات القتلى حول القتل ومسائل الاغتيالات, والتعويض للمقتولين, وعدم التعويض لغيرهم!!

    أل الاسد, وكم كنا نعلنها ونكتبها وننطقها, هم الذين اطلقوا امتيازاتهم الى المستوى الذي مكنهم من امتلاك الرقاب والعباد والثروات والفروج والاجهزه التناسليه للطائفه في اللاذقية, وغيرها !!!

    أل الاسد اليوم بعد ان توقفت معظم تجارتهم غير المشروعه.ونضبت مواردهم السوداء, استداروا على ثروات المواطنين من بنات هوى, ومن جميلات وزوجات وفتيات وطالبات, وحولوهن جميعا الى ملكية ريعيه, واقاموا الاف شبكات الدعاره, للمليشيات التي تقاتل معهم من منتسبي حزب نصرالله والافغان والباكستانيين والضباط النظاميين!! ومعظم هؤلاء العاهرات يتطوعن في جيش الدفاع “الوطني ذو الخصائص والمواصفات الامتاعية” ليخلو لهن تحقيق عائدات استنكاحيه, يعدن بها الى اسرهن !!!

    هكذا أصبح الاقتصاد العائلي والريعي في عهد ال الاسد ! اقتصاد قائم على المكونات الجسدية, على اختلاف توضعها, على امتداد الجسد البشري!!

    مافعله سليمان هلال الاسد لم يكن سوى حدث يومي يجري في مواقع وتشابكات كثيره!! ولم يأخذ ضجته هذه المرة الا لأن الضابط القتيل شبيح ايضا في المخابرات الجويه!!

    انه ليس صراع نفوذ كما يتصور بعضهم! او ان له طبيعة سياسية أو له افاق مستقبلية!! انه صراع الافاعي, على التهام فرائسها! انه صراع الضباع لافتراس الكائنات الاضعف! انه صراع الثعالب لاقتناص الدجاج الذي يبيض!! انها نتائج الهزائم والرهانات الكارثية التي اتاها ال الاسد وجروا اليها طائفة كانت يوما ذات وجود وتوضع وشكل ما من اشكال الوجود والارتسام على خارطة هذا الوطن !!!!!!

    كنا باستمرار نؤكد على ان مشكلة ال الاسد لاتكمن في راس النظام فقط , وهى تنتهي هناك في جميع الحالات, ولكن مشكلتهم انهم عائلة مارقه في طائفة اجتاحوها فاصبحت مارقه! ال الاسد اجتاحوا وطنا وجيشا !وفي يوم ما اجتاحوا امة في لبنان والعراق وفلسطين!!

    الصراع في اللاذقيه ليس فيه ضحايا!! فليس هناك اي معنى او قيمة للتضحية او الاضحية او الضحية!! هناك صراع عناكب, وصراع حيتان, وصراع مهزومين!! كل واحد فيهم يعتبر “قضيته وجودية” ويجب ان يقتل الاخرون كي يبقى هو, قبل ان تنفذ كل الفرص, ويحين الرحيل!!!!! على هذه الخارطه دمروا سورية ارضاً وشعباً وحضارة واقتصاداً ومجتمعاً!! وعلى ذات الارضيه يجري ارتكاب كل التصفيات في اللاذقيه وطرطوس وقراهما!وعلى ذات القاعدة تحول استثمار الطائفة من الدم كبندقية للموت, وتصفية الاخر الوطني والمذهبي باخضاعه او تهجيره او قتله!! تحول الجهد الاساسي مع بروز علامات الهزيمة ونهاية المطاف, تحول الى الارتزاق والثروه ,عبر اجساد العلويات,نعم! أقولها مدويه! ان الطائفة تحولت من مشروع مليشيا وطائفة مارقة,تحولت اسدياً الى طائفة داعره, ليبقى افرادها على قيد الحياة,بعد ان قتل المعيل, ومات الكبير والأب والاخ!!!! صحيح اننا لانريد ان نرسم بيانات اجتماعيه وانسانيه بديله لمأساة حروب ال الاسد ونتائجها الكارثيه في طائفة او محافظه!!! فالكارثة اساساً كارثة وطن سوري, وشعب سوري, وجغرافيه سوريه!!!!!! ولكنها في المقلب الاخر ارتدت لتكون كارثة اخلاقية اقتصادية اجتماعية عند الطرف الاخر, الذي اوصلته نتائج هذه الحرب على الشعب السوري, واستخدامه اداة فيها, اوصلته الى ان يقتل على “حق”المرور ,”وحق”ممارسة الرقيق, وحق “الرغيف”وحق “الادعاء بحق التعويض لمن قتل من أجل ال الاسد!

    قتل من اجل عائلة سيكتب التاريخ وتشهد كتب التوثيق!!!! أنها عائلة دمرت وطناً وطائفة وشعباً, لتجتاحها موجات الجراد والافاعي والعقارب والزواحف, بأشكال بشرية لتفترس اجساد من تبقى من الاسر التي فقدت معيلها وابنها وابيها, فجاءت الزواحف الاسدية لتفترس ماتبقى من هذه الاسر نكاحاً ودعارة ورقيقاً,لتفيض ثرواتهم من فروج نساء طائفتهم, بعد ان فاضت من عمولات السلاح, واقتلاع الاثار وسفن التهريب ومافيات المخدرات والسلاح وتبديل العملات, وعائدات مشاركة اصحاب الفعاليات بما يملكون, أضف مابنوه واستثمروه خمس وعشرون سنة لحوالي عشرياً مرفأ غير شرعي بنوه على امتداد الشاطئ السوري لتصدير واستيراد تجارتهم, ولن انسى ان اذكر المليارات التي جمعوها من خلال عمولات توظيف أو نقل أو ترفيع الموظفين المدنيين والضباط ونقلهم وترقيتهم وتأمين الاجازات واذون السفر عسكريا ومدنيا! واكثرها اثراء كان الأحتكار والاستيلاء على امدادات الجيش من المؤن والاغذيه والالبسة, واخيرا افتتاح كليات ومعاهد المواخير, وانشاء جيوش وميليشيات الدعاره!!!

    أنا حزين على كل مكون مدني مواطن في وطني! انا مفجوع على كل ماجرى من الشمال الى الجنوب السوري, ومن الشرق الى الغرب, ولكن حزني على طائفة تموت,تنتحر,تذبل,تزول,تندثر وهى في المضاجع, أو في مواقع الاقتتال والتدمير, وفي رهانات عبثية انتهت بها الى المجهول والمعلوم!!!! انهم بشر,عشت بينهم,ومن مواليدهم,وورثت الكثير والباقي في ذاكرتي من فنونهم الشعبية المندثره,وحكاياهم وجوعهم, وشظف عيشهم, ان عنصرا هاما من ذاكرتي تشكل وترعرع هناك بين وديانهم وزواريبهم,لن انساه!!!

    حزني ,دموعي ,كارثتي ,على انسان,هناك, يدفن وهو حي,اإنسان يموت وهو على قيد الحياة!! انهم ناسي واهلي, قبل وبعد ان يسقطوا وينسحقوا!!!! إنها الحرب الاخرى التي شنها ال الاسد, وكان مواطنون من هناك ,طائفة,مكون ديمغرافي أصيل, من شعب اصيل, كانوا وقود تلك الحر الهمجية المجنونه التي سار بها أل الاسد عكس حقائق الوطنية والوجود والقيم والقوانين الطبيعية والسياسية, في غير اتجاه, وتناغموا مع غير قضايا الانسان والاوطان!!! فكانت الكارثة والمأساة!!


  41. How true and how fast we forget!

    For decades, Tehran was able to build influence and alliances in the region beyond the sectarian prism. Some of those alliances were often counterintuitive, such as the close ties with Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood in general. Other examples include the deep links with Syria’s religious establishments in Damascus and Aleppo, and so-called leftists and ­anti-imperialists throughout the region. More importantly, the brief alliance in 2006 with Qatar to rival the regional bloc led by Saudi Arabia provided Iran with huge strategic potential.

    That legacy led Iran to boldly embrace the Arab uprisings in 2011. It labelled them as Islamic awakenings akin to its 1979 Islamic revolution, and it promptly reached out to the burgeoning forces of change. The uprisings presented a rare opportunity for Iran to enter the region after a decade of resistance by many of the Arab world’s traditional regimes.

    – See more at: http://www.chathamhouse.org//node/18345#sthash.8HzQ7Udr.dpuf


  42. they are talking about meeting between King Salman of KSA and Bashar in Egypt, this is going on after Ali Mamlook met Ibn Salman in Jeddeh, and after meeting with Lavrov and Al Jubayr in Moscow, who insisted that Bashar has no role in Syria, and we heared re activation of Deraa battle, today we hear there is going to be a truce in Zabadani, and Fawaa, and Jawad Zareef visit Damascus
    There may be a deal in progress, but that would effect the southern front, the Fateh army in the north has little to do with KSA
    Any agreement will include Assad departure, it is not possible for KSA agrees that Assad stay , and AlJubayr insists on Assad departure, I doubt Assad will agree, unless he is allowed to stay in Syria, like Ali Saleh in Yemen, my conclusion that this deal may not succeed, unless Iran is guaranteed the survival of HA, then Iran may abandon Assad, , Russia is talking about a transitional government with Arab League forces, may be Egypt will send troops, while Assad stays in the northwest as governor there
    It is so complicated, the result will not solve the Syrian problem


  43. Why Singapore Is the World’s Most Successful Society

    Quite amazingly, a society destined to fail in 1965 has become one of the world’s greatest success stories.

    So why did Singapore succeed so comprehensively? The simple answer is exceptional leadership. Many in the world have heard of Mr. Lee Kuan Yew, the founding prime minister who passed away in March this year. Far fewer have heard of Dr. Goh Keng Swee, the architect of Singapore’s economic miracle, and Mr. S. Rajaratnam, Singapore’s philosopher par excellence.

    Together, they made a great team.

    This exceptional team also implemented three exceptional policies: Meritocracy, Pragmatism and Honesty. Indeed, I share this “secret” MPH formula with every foreign student at the Lee Kuan Yew School, and I assure them that if they implement it, their country will succeed as well as Singapore. Meritocracy means a country picks its best citizens, not the relatives of the ruling class, to run a country. Pragmatism means that a country does not try to reinvent the wheel. As Dr. Goh Keng Swee would say to me, “Kishore, no matter what problem Singapore encounters, somebody, somewhere, has solved it. Let us copy the solution and adapt it to Singapore.” Copying best practices is something any country can do. However, implementing “Honesty” is the hardest thing to do. Corruption is the single biggest reason why most Third World countries have failed. The greatest strength of Singapore’s founding fathers was that they were ruthlessly honest. It also helped that they were exceptionally shrewd and cunning.

    Singapore’s success is due to MPH: Meritocracy, Pragmatism and Honesty



  44. Turkey is going to have new election in November, there is the possibility that things may stay the same, Turks has to decide their future, Erdogan must do something to increase his popularity, fighting ISIS is not the answer, defeating ISIS is the answer, the same for defeating PYD, it is a terrorist organization,


  45. Which front is more important for the Rebels? Ghab front and Fawa front?, I believe Fawaa front is more important, Rebels have arming problem, while Assad has soldiers shortage problem, Rebels are not United , we have called to unite the Rebels for long time but they still not working under one leadership, this is benefiting Assad, people are always stand behind the victor, it is important to achieve victory, unity will achieve victory


  46. Two major stories I thought they should be mentioned by the other blog, yet no one talking about them
    Suleiman Maher AlAssad killed General Sheikh, because sheikh passed him in traffic, the Alawis got mad they asked to arrest Suleiman, and punish him, after short arrest, the government released him, and now he is free roaming in Latakia, they said. Not enough evidence, The family of the victim revealed that the government asking the family of Al Sheikh to drop charges, and Bashar will get someone to admit to the crime, Bashar is afraid to punish his cousin

    The second story is about Douma Massacre, the number of dead now reached 180, , in Charlie Abdu two died , it received condemnation from all over the world , in Douma two hundred died and no one talk about it
    Silly world


  47. Plan A for Assad failed, plan A was to defeat the revolution, plan B is to have a mini state of Alawistan, plan C is to have what he termed as useful Syria, this is il defined border include Damascus and Homs and northwest Syria, plan D is to leave Syria and accept defeat
    Plan A failed, the question , can Assad keep Damascus, it will be vey costly for him , financially and he lacks the troop to do that, and the international pressure will continue, the war certainly will continue, plan B means he will have much smaller army,I. Doubt will reach hundred thousand, and he will become less influential in Lebanon, he may lose his influence all togather, this means a major retreat to HA, and further plan B means he will become unuseful to Iran, Damascus is more important to Iran than Lebanonfinally Turkey will not accept Alawi state just like Turkey will not allow Kurdish state


  48. Assad said the properties are for who occupy them , not for previous owners, this means Iranians and HA member will own houses in Homs and Zabadani,
    Ahrar Al Sham who defend Zabadani, are in active negotiations with Iran , not Assad,
    This demographic changes prove that the only way to protect the people rights is military solution, not political solution


  49. الأخلاق قبل القانون,Kim Davis is right, the decision of the Supreme Court to legalize homosexual marriage is interference in personal decisions, Kim Davis was elected by the people , not appointed by the Court, this should not be under the Court privilege and authority, this decision must be left to the people to decide, the people must over ride the court decision in a national voting, this is a case where the Supreme Court over reach its Authority, I am not against one person loves another , I am against legalizing rectal sex, rectal sex is not natural,
    We have a problem in the American constitution, the members of the Supreme Court are not elected by the people they appointed by the president, I believe the people decision must override the Court decision, that is what democracy


  50. The Pope urges Europe’s Catholic churches to each host a Syrian refugee family. A first class act of humanitarian leadership. While the two Muslim leaders, the Iranian and the Saudis are still zip lipped. Both busy in sending means, directly or indirectly to kill Syrians who dared to say enough with despotism.


  51. Refugees just reached Austria, one Austrian officer came back home ,and went to sleep, his wife searched his pants pocket , and was surprised to see Syrian currencies 25, 50, 100 liras


  52. Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipila is hoping to set an example for his countrymen by opening his own spare house to refugees.

    Sipila said Saturday that after some discussions and consultation with local authorities, he and his wife decided to make their house in Kempele, a town of about 17,000 in central Finland, available as of Jan. 1. The Sipilas have not used the house since moving to Helsinki.

    “We all should think what we can do ourselves,” he told Finnish television channel MTV.

    In recent weeks, the Nordic country has seen an increase in the number of asylum seekers — people fleeing poverty and conflict in eastern European countries and the Middle East — coming to Finland via Sweden. Officials expect their number could reach 30,000 by the end of the year, compared to the 3,600 people who sought asylum in Finland in 2014.

    “It is easy to outsource everything to the society. Still, society has limited possibilities. The more citizen activity we can find to this matter, the better,” he said. An asylum seeker “deserves a human treatment and genuine welcome greeting from us Finns.”

    “I ask everybody to stop all hate speech and concentrate on taking care of people that are fleeing from war zone, so that they feel safe and welcome here in Finland,”


  53. Aadel al Jubeir, FM of KSA just said , that King Salman was not able to change the mind of Obama about Syria,
    Obama is the obstacle to arm the Rebels with anti jet missiles, this raises the possibility that the Iranian deal includes American promises to Iran to prevent the Rebels in Syria from wining,
    We need to send ships to carry refugees from Syria and carry them to come to US


  54. Hani Shaker asked in an interview: how much longer are we going to take orders from the US? Of course he is talking about the all the 22 Asses in pants, who call themselves ‘leaders’

    الفنان هاني شاكر يغني للطفل السوري «إيلان»


  55. They say reporters shouldn’t try to make themselves part of the story, but perhaps someone should have told the camera crews.

    A photographer, reportedly working for Hungarian news station N1TV, was caught on camera tripping a Syrian refugee who was trying to escape from the police in the village of Röszke. The refugee was carrying a child at the time.

    Another journalist on the scene in Hungary indicated that N1TV told him on Facebook that the camerawoman, identified as Petra László, would be fired.



  56. البطل هو المجتمع المدني الألماني وليس السيدة ميركل

    يستغرب المجتمع الألماني من صفحات الفيسبوك السورية والتي تعبر عن حبها للسيدة ميركل – كما أنه يستغرب من الغضب عليها لأقوال لم تقلها اصلا كما أشار إليه الدكتور صادق الموصلي مشكورا في هذا الموقع قبل بضعة أيام. المجتمع المدني والصحافة الألماينة هما اللذان يضغطان بإصرار وإلحاح على الحكومة الألمانية لاستقبال اللاجئين وإيوائهم بشكل مناسب. هؤلاء الذين ينبغي أن نشكرهم فالقرار السياسي في دولة ديموقراطية غالبا نتيجة التداول بناءا على ضغط من المجتمع المدني وليس قرارا فرديا



  57. Druze are in difficult position, they found out how criminal Assad is, and untrustworthy, yet many of their leaders are supporters of Assad , they are known to take revenge , even after several years, yet they are afraid of ISIS, they trust the moderate Rebels, they know that majority of Syrians look at them as heroes thanks to Sultan Basha Al Atrash, they have many officers in the Airforce, and the republican Guards, they more likely to stay neutral now than before, and Assad will gradually becomes convinced they will not help him, , Assa most likely will allow ISIS to come close, then they will have to defend themselves, Suwaida is not preventing the Rebels to take over Damascus, Assad may have to antagonize Druze


  58. Joshua Goldberg is not Muslim, and he’s not Australian. He is a 20-year-old nerd of Jewish background who until yesterday lived with his parents and sister in a suburban house in Florida.
    But under the online alias “Australi Witness”, Goldberg managed to convince even Islamic State jihadists that he was an Australian IS mujahid who once worked for Amnesty International.



  59. “To divide human rights by religions is intolerable.” Yet thanks to Hungary’s position astride one of the main routes followed by the refugees into Europe, Mr. Orban’s doctrine is rapidly becoming Europe’s de facto policy.

    Right-wing Prime Minister Viktor Orban of Hungary, says openly that their aim is to protect Christian Europe from a wave of Muslims. He says, “Hungarians must make every effort for the defense of their freedom, their culture and their customs.” And not only Hungary: Mr. Orban opposes allowing Muslim migrants into any other part of Europe, which is why he blocks the border even though most of those seeking to cross have no intention of remaining in his country.



  60. Jaish Al Fateh started the liberation of Fouaa, if successful, I hope they take advantage of a victory to force HA to pull out of Zabadani,
    Southern front has accomplished very little,
    Jaish Al Islam started to move toward Nabk,
    Russia will lose soldiers, and they deserve to be slapped again as they did not learn from their defeat in Afganistan


  61. Obama appointed an openly gay person to head the American Army, no wonder he does not want o fight


  62. Love and Darkness
    September 21, 2015 at 9:53pm

    Gideon Levy
    18 September 2015

    Fellow Haaretz columnist Ari Shavit, loves the State of Israel; I used to love an Israel too, the fellow by that name who used to fix the shutters at my grandfather’s place. It’s possible of course to also love a country or a people, even when it is automatically, blindly, and unconditionally. But it’s dangerous to turn it into an ideology. And worse still it’s dangerous to preach that kind of love – “So it should be in Israel, too”, commands Shavit. “The critics must stop being arrogant and acidic and dripping evil.”[1] (Only Love Can Win the Battle for Israel as We Know It, Haaretz 17 September).

    I too was “was born here, became who I am here and it’s here that I will die”, as he puts it. I would too love to cosy up to the sweet and rosy fairy floss known as the “love of Israel”. It’s a state with so many remarkable achievements, which I’d never know how to promote as well as Shavit does. But when something is rotten at the base, only an acid can sanitise it. All the innovations from drip irrigation to high tech, the gay friendliness and the talent, which no one is better in selling than him (mainly to American Jews, “lovers of Israel”) – When something rotten at the base, it is impossible to counter it with love. When something is rotten at the base, then — to paraphrase Proverbs 13, 24 – it’s actually those who love blindly who the real haters.

    Loving Israel as it is today, also means loving racism and nationalism and violence and deprivation and evil. It’s impossible to love that. Loving Israel today also means loving the state that hosts the Myanmar dictatorship’s Chief of Staff of the and expels the refugees from the Eritrean dictatorship; it’s loving a state which looks for new ways to allow snipers to take pot shots at children throwing stones, and re-arrests a deathly ill person as he leaves hospital, having recovered from a courageous hunger strike. It’s loving a state which manufactures fear and furnishes evil, its two flagship products. Anyone who claims that they love Israel, has a hand in all this. A true lover of Israel cannot anoint it with the olive oil of “love”. Even patriotic kitsch has its limits.

    What is love? Why should we love all costs? Is it possible to love someone just because they sing beautifully? They’re well-spoken? Dance beautifully? And what about morality? And what should we called the love which doesn’t see darkness? I love the Israeli versions of marshmallow treats, soup niblets and toasted pasta, they are all so Israeli. And I love Meir Banai’s music. But I also love Said, the taxi driver from Gaza whose cab was bombed by Israel. And Maria, the wunderkind whose almost entire family was wiped out by an air force missile. She’s paralysed from the neck down for the rest of her life. Her father caring for her day and night. And Jamal, a noble man from the Jenin Refugee Camp, who lost considerable part of his family but never lost his in stature. I loved the beautiful Fatma who died from cancer because she couldn’t make it from Gaza to hospital for treatment. And above all I love Emad, the impressive intellectual, the administrative detainee who had been exiled to Europe. Those who love them, cannot love those who inflicted it on them.

    And I also love many things in Israel, and I want to love them more, but for that you need to close your eyes and block your heart to lie, to suppress, to deceive and to enlist in the Israeli propaganda service, which preaches “the love of Israel “.

    Reykjavik municipality isn’t “an erupting volcano of hate”, as claimed by the Foreign Ministry’s spokesperson on the day after the Icelandic city’s council decided to boycott Israeli products in protest against the continued Occupation [Boycott has since been reversed-tr]. Reykjavik is not an “Israel hater”. There used to be a time it liked Israel very much, and sent her best sons and daughters to volunteer in kibbutzim. Reykjavik, like most of the world, hates the Israeli occupation. It hates injustice and Apartheid and violations of international law and colonialism. Reykjavik used to be a lover of Israel, but now it cannot keep quiet anymore. It turns out that there are such strange bodies and people, devoid of love, who cannot remain silent. It turns out that there are those whose love is conditional, and is neither blind nor stupefying.

    [1] Whenever possible I try to use established translation. But sticking with the Haaretz translation of “dripping pessimism” won’t make sense as both Shavit’s original and Levy’s numerous references are to evil.

    Hebrew original: http://www.haaretz.co.il/opinions/.premium-1.2733184

    Ari Shavit’s article (in English): http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-1.676231

    Translated by Sol Salbe of the Middle East News Service, Melbourne Australia.


  63. “Ibn al-Arabi gave this advice:
    Do not attach yourself to any particular creed exclusively, so that you may disbelieve all the rest; otherwise you will lose much good, nay, you will fail to recognize the real truth of the matter. God, the omnipresent and omnipotent, is not limited by any one creed, for he says, ‘Wheresoever ye turn, there is the face of Allah’ (Koran 2:109). Everyone praises what he believes; his god is his own creature, and in praising it he praises himself. Consequently, he blames the disbelief of others, which he would not do if he were just, but his dislike is based on ignorance.”


  64. Politicians are like sperm. One in a million turn out to be an actual human being!
    – Unknown


  65. Syria is different from Chechnia and Ukraine, several countries are interfering in Syria, while none interfere in those countries, arming the Rebels will continue, also Syria is far from Russia , Russia is getting involved at a time its economy is bad , The area that ISIS control is much larger , I think Putin miscalculated


  66. Political solution in Syria means the end of Assad, militarily he could not win after four and half years, he got help from HA and Iran and troops from Iraq , he got weapons from Russia , yet he lost most of his soldiers and money , he bacame 100% dependent on Iran, now Russia is sending no more that 30 jets and pilots and no more than ten thousand soldier, who will not be enough to make a difference militarily,
    What if US sends anti aircraft missiles , that will reduce the effect of the air help to Assad worthless, , and U.S. Can not afford to give victory to Russia either,
    The American army generals are very critical of Obama lack of action, and they love to see Russian jets fall in Syria
    Russian action is foolish , now Putin has to beg US to help, his style is threatening , the only way US will help , is that US gains something , like Assad must leave,


  67. U.S. gave weapons to American trained soldiers in Syria, they in turn gave it to Nusra Front, this will support the American argument that U.S. Must never give Syrian Rebels anti Aircraft missiles , lest they use it against US jets and also against Russia jets
    Russian military involvement in Syria will certainly increase the tension between US and Russia, and increase the chance of collision, Russia will use its jets to attack moderate rebels , so a safe zone argue,net will most likely gain leverage


  68. Obama and Putin spar in their meeting about Syria, Putin came out to say they will not send ground troops to fight in Syria, they may use air attack, this will increase the chance of collision with US,
    Putin is a bully, but he knows his limitation, he knows his bully ness will end next year, he tried to push Obama , he failed,


  69. Russia changed the equation, U.S. May pull out of Syria , by that I mean they will stop attacking ISIS so there is no chance the rebels will get anti aircraft missiles ,


  70. No fly zone, no fly zone , no fly zone, it is necessary now this will end the Syrian conflict


  71. Who financed the Russian aggression? It is Iran , Iran just got money of US 150 billion dollar, now Iran is financing Russian aggression , Obama fell to this ruse
    The congress is discussing to hold Iran money to pay the victims of the Syrian war , as Iran is responsible for this war , since Iran is supporting Assad who is killing Syrians, hopefully they will use this money to help Refugees


  72. NO FLY zone is more likely, in the future, and division of Syria is inevitable, Jordan will interfere and will take over Southern Syria, up north to south of Damascus, the fate of Damascus is still unkown


  73. Majedkhaldoun, who will give Syrians ‘stinger missiles’? The best is to deprive Russian drunkard army from alcohol, they will go return to Putinistan.

    Syrians are fighting for their lives, while the rest are awaiting for their demise. We will persevere.


  74. If you listen to Putine talking about ISIS, he describes them as mercenaries.

    Whoa, putin, really?


  75. A lot of ISIS are foreigners and criminals , but Putin is not fighting ISIS he is there to fight rebels fighting Assad, he is there to protect Assad, he is criminal , he will fail, sooner or later the Rebels will get missile to down Russian air jets, Russia can not let win, , Russia involvelvement will not be limited to Russia , no way other countries will be involved, Putin miscalculated big time, his involvement will not be limited either , he has to expand his involvement within two months


  76. ان لمكة ربا يحميها
    Putin lost his mind, threatened to bomb Mecca, the Keaabah is nothing but a building , our God is not inside it , it is empty building,


  77. Terrorism in Turkey , before the election is expected , it is meant against Erdogan, who has many enemies, I don,t think we can exclude Gorani Kurds in committing such crimes , they are pro Iran Kurds, I doubt ISIS did it, ,Syrian intelligence could have been involved , I think the most likely is a group instigated by by foreign power in the region, such as Israel, Gullen supporters are unlikely to commit such terror


  78. Israel crimes in Palastine is a reminder that Israel is always our enemy


  79. How much money Assad spent in this war that killed over three hundred thousands and destroyed much of Syria , if this money were spent in building Syria and improving Syrians conditions Syria would have been a great country to live in, all were spent so Assad keeps his throne, greedy and stubbornness is so stupid


  80. Here are quotes from Palestinian youths, who were born under the brutal occupation and a corrupt dictatorship self-serving political regime. These Palestinian, their aspiration + motivation + action are no different than their Arab brethren. They are fed up with Evil controlling their lives. They are taking action. These are NOT terrorists, they are men fighting ‘White Terror’.

    Here is a sample from the world’s bravest and fearless.

    “We have a new generation, they are smart and clever. They can’t sustain the humiliation. They think: if you are going to kill us in the end, we should attack first. You have to understand that this generation is well educated. It is well informed and globalised. They can’t be fooled, like we were fooled in the old days. They have their own way of finding out what is going on. Social media and the internet are educating them.”

    “This is a pure intifada. It is pure because it is about individuals’ personal motivation. They are the ones who sparked it.” The other uncle adds: “The last ones were political. This is not political; it is spontaneous.”

    “When a person thinks death may be imposed, then he wants to die in a heroic way.”

    “I used to think, when I saw him and his friends spending so much time on Facebook, that you are the generation that gave up hope, but he proved me wrong. He showed that they are different. They are the generation that will change things.”

    “I am posting news on my [Facebook] page due to the absence of real media, and also to refute Hebrew media which some consider credible but is certainly not,” wrote Allyan at the weekend. “Without real media our truth will be lost.”…“I ask that the political parties do not claim responsibility for my attack. My death was for my nation and not for you.”


  81. The occupation essentially is a system of discipline and control of millions of disenfranchised people by a foreign army whose main task is to facilitate and protect a predatory programme of ongoing and illegal colonisation. This reality is ugly, and many westerners recoil from acknowledging it. But it is a fact. For most Palestinians living under the occupation, this core reality now defines everything, since there is no longer anything to offset the violence built into the occupation.



  82. The video that showed Assad meeting Putin in Moscow, clearly shows Assad is very weak, may be tired from this trip, six hours, , Russian interfering in Syria was because they were afraid Assad is just about to fall, for Russia to keep Assad they must send troops, Assad was brought to Moscow to approve what Putin is planning , complete occupation of Syria by Russia, Assad has to agree, further Russia is afraid of defeat, , Russia is not going to back up and leave , Russia will expand its forces in Syria, Assad is becoming a puppet ruler, he will never be able to get rid of Russian forces, Iranian forces has to obey Russian generals , HA has to obey Russian Generals too,
    This occupation is contra to American interest, so US most likely will support the rebels in Syria, at the same time fighting ISIS
    but remember your friend today may be your enemy tomorrow


  83. Colonization by invitation.
    The Russian Bear is a widespread symbol used to imply that Russia is “big, brutal and clumsy”, rightly so.


  84. أعرف بشار الأسد، الرئيس السوري، منذ أن كان طالبًا في كلية لندن، وقضيت ساعات طويلة في التفاوض معه منذ توليه منصبه. كان ذلك في الغالب بناءً على طلب من حكومة الولايات المتحدة، خلال تلك الأوقات الكثيرة التي انسحب فيها سفراؤنا من دمشق بسبب الخلافات الدبلوماسية.
    اتبع بشار ووالده حافظ، سياسة عدم التحدث مع أي شخص في السفارة الأميركية خلال فترات القطيعة، لكنهما كانا يتحدثان معي. لاحظت أن بشار لم يطلب أبدًا مشورة أو معلومة من أحد موظفيه. وكانت السمة السائدة لديه هي العناد؛ كان من المستحيل تقريبًا من الناحية النفسية لديه أن يغير رأيه – وبالتأكيد ليس عندما يكون تحت ضغط.
    قبل انطلاق الثورة في مارس (آذار) 2011، كانت سوريا تمثل نموذجًا جيدًا للعلاقات المتناغمة بين الجماعات العرقية والدينية المختلفة، بما فيها: العرب، والأكراد، واليونانيون، والأرمن، والآشوريون، واليهود، والسنة، والعلويون، والشيعة. وتحكم عائلة الأسد البلاد منذ عام 1970، وكانت فخورة جدا بهذا الانسجام النسبي بين مجموعاتها المتنوعة.
    وعندما طالب المحتجون في سوريا بالإصلاحات التي طال انتظارها في النظام السياسي، اعتبر الرئيس الأسد ذلك جهدًا ثوريًا غير قانوني للإطاحة بنظامه «الشرعي»، وقرر بشكل خاطئ القضاء عليه باستخدام القوة غير الضرورية. ولأسباب كثيرة معقدة، تلقى بشار الدعم من قبل قواته العسكرية، ومعظم المسيحيين، واليهود، والشيعة، والعلويين، والآخرين الذين يخشون استيلاء المتطرفين على السلطة. وأصبحت آفاق الإطاحة به بعيدة المنال.
    ينخرط مركز كارتر في سوريا بعمق منذ أوائل ثمانينات القرن الماضي، وقد شاركنا أفكارنا مع كبار المسؤولين في واشنطن، ساعين للحفاظ على فرصة للحل السياسي لهذا الصراع المتنامي بسرعة. وعلى الرغم من احتجاجنا المستمر، لكن بطريقة سرية، كان الموقف الأميركي في البداية هو ضرورة أن تتضمن الخطوة الأولى لحل الصراع، الإطاحة بالأسد من منصبه. ورأى هؤلاء – الذين عرفوه – هذا الأمر بمثابة طلب غير مثمر، لكن تصرّ أميركا عليه منذ أكثر من أربع سنوات. وفي الواقع، كان تنفيذ شرط أميركا الأساسي لجهود السلام مستحيلاً.
    حاول كل من كوفي أنان الأمين العام السابق للأمم المتحدة، والأخضر الإبراهيمي وزير الخارجية الجزائري الأسبق، إنهاء الصراع، بصفتهما ممثلين خاصين للأمم المتحدة، لكنهما تخليا عن الجهد باعتباره غير مثمر، بسبب عدم التوافق بين أميركا وروسيا ودول أخرى بشأن وضع الأسد خلال عملية السلام.
    وفي مايو (أيار) 2015، زارت مجموعة من القادة العالميين، المعروفين باسم «الشيوخ»، موسكو، أجرينا خلالها مناقشات مفصلة مع السفير الأميركي، والرئيس الأسبق ميخائيل غورباتشوف، ورئيس الوزراء الأسبق يفغيني بريماكوف، ووزير الخارجية سيرغي لافروف، وممثلي المراكز البحثية الدولية، بما فيها فرع موسكو لمركز كارنيغي.
    أشاروا جميعهم إلى الشراكة طويلة الأمد بين روسيا ونظام الأسد، والتهديد الكبير الذي يفرضه تنظيم داعش لروسيا التي يعتبر نحو 14 في المائة من تعداد سكانها مسلمين سنة. وسألت الرئيس الروسي فلاديمير بوتين في وقت لاحق عن دعمه للأسد، وعن الجلستين اللتين عقدهما هذا العام مع ممثلي الفصائل السورية. وأجاب بأنه لم يتحقق تقدم يذكر، وأنه يعتقد أن الفرصة الحقيقية الوحيدة لإنهاء الصراع السوري هي بانضمام إيران وتركيا والسعودية إلى الولايات المتحدة وروسيا من أجل إعداد مقترح سلام شامل. وكذلك اعتقد بوتين أن كل الفصائل في سوريا، باستثناء «داعش»، سوف تقبل تقريبًا بأي خطة تفرضها تلك الدول الخمس بقوة، حيث تدعم إيران وروسيا، الأسد، وتدعم الدول الثلاث الأخرى المعارضة. وبناء على موافقته، نقلت هذا الاقتراح إلى واشنطن.
    وعلى مدى السنوات الثلاث الماضية، ظل مركز كارتر يعمل مع السوريين من مختلف الطوائف السياسية، وقادة المعارضة المسلحة، والدبلوماسيين من الأمم المتحدة وأوروبا، لإيجاد مسار سياسي لإنهاء الصراع. واستند هذا الجهد إلى بحث يعتمد على بيانات بشأن الكارثة السورية أجراه المركز، والذي يكشف عن موقع الفصائل المختلفة، ويظهر بوضوح أنه لا يمكن لأي من الطرفين في سوريا الهيمنة عسكريًا.
    وساعد آخر قرار لروسيا بدعم نظام الأسد عبر الضربات الجوية والقوى العسكرية الأخرى على تفاقم القتال، ورفع مستوى التسلح، وقد يزيد ذلك من تدفق اللاجئين للدول المجاورة وأوروبا. وفي الوقت ذاته، ساعد القرار على توضيح الخيار بين العملية السياسية التي يكون لنظام الأسد دور فيها، والمزيد من الحرب التي يصبح «داعش» فيها تهديدًا أكبر على السلام العالمي. وفي ظل هذه البدائل الواضحة، قد تصوغ الدول الخمس المذكورة آنفًا اقتراحًا بالإجماع. لكن للأسف، لا تزال الاختلافات بين تلك الدول قائمة.
    حددت إيران سلسلة من أربع نقاط قبل عدة أشهر، تتكون من: وقف إطلاق النار، وتشكيل حكومة وحدة، وإجراء إصلاحات دستورية، وإجراء انتخابات. ومن خلال العمل في مجلس الأمن التابع للأمم المتحدة، والاستفادة من اقتراح الدول الخمس، يمكن العثور على آلية لتنفيذ هذه الأهداف.
    ويعتبر إشراك روسيا وإيران ضروريًا. وكان التنازل الوحيد للأسد خلال أربع سنوات من الحرب هو التخلي عن الأسلحة الكيماوية، ولم يفعل الأسد ذلك سوى تحت ضغط من روسيا وإيران. وبالمثل، قال إنه لن ينهي الحرب عن طريق قبول التنازلات المفروضة من قبل الغرب، لكن من المرجح أن يفعل ذلك إذا حثّه حلفاؤه على ذلك.
    وحينها، يمكن لسلطة الأسد الحاكمة أن تنتهي في عملية منظمة، وتأسيس حكومة مقبولة في سوريا، ويمكن حينئذ بذل جهود متضافرة للقضاء على تهديد «داعش».
    إن التنازلات المطلوبة ليست من جانب المقاتلين في سوريا، لكن من جانب الأمم الفخورة بنفسها التي تدّعي أنها تريد السلام، لكنها ترفض تعاون بعضها مع بعض.
    * خدمة «نيويورك تايمز»


  85. The decision to send fivty American soldier to Syria is a month old , as Obama began sending twenty nine military jet now he is sending fivty soldier, ,some believe that is an act of frustration, , it is not a co incidence that such action and Russian military intervention a months ago , and Geneva meeting all occurred just before Turkish re election, which in my opinion is the most important , if Erdogan wins


  86. Ahmad Chalabi, the George W. Bush administration’s favorite Iraqi — at least until the U.S.-led coalition invaded Iraq in 2003 — has just died in Baghdad at age 71.

    Chalabi’s “entrenched hatred and revenge-seeking, in my humble opinion, even at the expense of his country and his people, is a wholesome character of a traitor.”

    For anyone who cared to ask at the time, Chalabi had an obvious motive to use the United States for his own ends. He had fled Iraq at age 14 in 1958, when the Hashemite monarchy was overthrown in a military coup. Imad Khadduri, who attended school with Chalabi from kindergarten onwards and later became a nuclear scientist, said today in an email: “I recall his father barging into our high school class at 9:15 a.m. with Father Sullivan, the principal of the Jesuit-run Baghdad College high school in Baghdad, and ordered Ahmed … to leave the class.” Khadduri now believes that Chalabi was driven by a deep desire for “exacting revenge” against the revolutionary regime of Abdul Karim Kassim, which confiscated his father’s considerable assets. “Ahmed exacted all of them back to him upon his return to Baghdad riding high on American tanks,” Khadduri wrote.

    So certainly Iraqis (as well as Americans) legitimately have every reason to hate Chalabi. Soon after the invasion Glen Rangwala, a British academic, visited the new headquarters of the Iraqi National Congress — in what had been Uday Hussein’s Hunting Club in Baghdad. Rangwala remembers it as “bizarre,” with “waiters bringing you free cocktails under [Uday’s] elaborate chandeliers, whilst an INC goon tells you about how stupid Arabs are.” Khadduri writes that Chalabi’s “entrenched hatred and revenge-seeking, in my humble opinion, even at the expense of his country and his people, is a wholesome character of a traitor.”



  87. Erdogan victory is a great failure of American policyUS policy in Syria was always to prevent Erdogan from gaining more power, U.S. Knew that victory of the Syria revolution mean more power to Erdogan , U.S. Tried everything to defeat him , U.S. supportedGullen movement, stirred up Kurds and helped Kurds to get to the parliament, to weaken Erdogan , U.S. Supported the Kurds by providing them with arms, and U.S. Supported Russian involvement in Syria, but Erdogan continue to win, U.S. Policy to contain Erdogan failed
    Erdogan is a great danger to all Arabic presidents and kings they lack the popularity he enjoys, he is even liked by the Arab people who like him more than they like their own rulers.
    We do not know the future but all indications that he will have better future


  88. ISIS has no support and has many enemies, it will be defeated, it is a matter of time, but we are waiting to see what Putin will do after the Russian plane was downed and 224 Russian died, he must respond


  89. The terror in Paris should change the course, U.S. And Europe must send troops to Turkey and all must invade north east Syria and northern Iraq and get rid of ISIS, and safe zone must be established, if Obama is a true leader that what he must do, it is stupidity not to do that, terrorism must never be allowed to succeed, nor it should be right to fight terrorism slowly, , Obama strategy is dead wrong , Assad must be removed and establish strong central government in Syria is necessary to end this terrorism


  90. What is happening in Paris Beirut ! Egypt is an example of butter fly theory


  91. Just few months after the Noble Uprising in Syria, Grand Mufti Ahmad Badreddine Hassoun, a state-appointed cleric and Assad loyalist, issued a clear warning to the West.

    “I say to all of Europe, I say to America, we will set up suicide bombers who are now in your countries, if you bomb Syria or Lebanon…From now on, an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.”


  92. In Vienna , U.S. Gave many concessions to Russian Putin, they gave Assad 18month at least to stay in power, , they allowed Russia to materially change Genieve 1 , they threaten to add in the future groups in the free Syrian army to the list of terrorists, they did not require all foreign troops to leave Syria , like HA, and they threaten to punish those who support the FSA with weapons
    The only thing they kept is to have this so called credible ,internationally monitored election, while keeping the Syrian intelligence agencies,Mukhabarat, with no change, to run such election
    We do not know if the the new government which will be formed and will be called national government ,is going to be with complete power, nor we know who the opposition that will be there ,They stated Russia and Jordan will chose this opposition,
    I am not sure rebels will accept this agreement, and I doubt it will succeed,


  93. The best solution for. Syrian refugees is to create safe area, where refugees are placed there so they do not have to go to Europe, what happened in Paris will support this idea that Erdogan suggested long time ago, I believe it is coming, , president Holand will push for it while he visit Washington next week.
    As for Vienna agreement, we in the opposition , in order to join talk with the regime and form a national government we have to have guarantees of safety once we go to Syria, we need assurance that Assad will not send his agents to assassinate us, we know he will deny that but his words are not enough , we need a. Mechanism to assure our safety, the opposition can not take chance, while Assad in power and his security people are still in place
    Putin needs Obama to help him get out of his wrong decision when he sent his military to Syria, this is now his nightmare, he realized it was a mistake , and only naive Obama can help him , the next president may not be as soft as Obama, the timing of Putin concession is directly related to Putin fear of the next president


  94. Listen to Anas Al-Ayoubi, a witness to Parisian kindness in light of the Paris attacks.


  95. Turkey expects safe area in northern Syria before the end of November


  96. Turkey will find itself more involved in Syria as Putin escalates the rhetoric, and intensified his attack on Syrian Turkemen, Turkey will push for safe area and will ask for European support, , either that or supply the Syria Turkemen with anti aircraft missiles, SAM 3,! Emotion in Turkey will rise, as the emotion in Russiathere is a limit to peaceful confrontation, economic sanction will not hurt Erdogan , there is a lot Turkey can do ,as increase the tax on passing through the Dardaneil passes, slowing their traffic , making it difficult for Russian ships to go through without inspection,


  97. The armed opposition is as integral a part of determining Syria’s future as are all minority communities, civil society, academia, the business community, tribal leaderships, and many other community and interest groups. When you bring all these people together, as I say, in a neutral space, it does actually become quickly apparent that a shared sense of what it means to be Syrian can hold this vast spectrum together. Syrians are proud of their country’s long history, especially its vast array of sects and ethnicities. That’s why partition is such a red line for them all.

    Islamists have so often told me stories of how they had Christian, Shia, Alawite, or Druze neighbors whose families had been close for generations; how their children walked to school together; their parents arranged big meals on the weekends; and how their religious differences were never of any relevance. That’s the Syria they all want to go back to, just with Assad out of the way. It’s our responsibility, as the international community, to help Syrians get there. It’s never going to be easy, but that doesn’t mean we should give up.



  98. Canada answers in kind to Syrians’ tremendous hospitality

    As Canada begins to welcome its first refugees, Mitch Potter reflects on the generosity that Syrians showed to him on his visits to their country.

    Warm smiles and instant invitations to coffee and tea with every welcoming breath: that’s the limitless kindness Syrians offered to strangers a decade ago. The same was true a century earlier. And a good thousand years before that.
    I saw it once with my own eyes. It was so amazing that I kept going back for more, burning through six visas to Syria in the nether years after the fall of Saddam Hussein and before the rise of the Islamic State group. I learned to despise the Assad regime, as most Syrians do. And I came to love Syrians, who are without a doubt the most welcoming people I’ve ever known.
    That Canada is answering in kind today, as the first wave of war-ravaged Syrian souls spend their first night among us, is no less astonishing given the uproar to our south.
    One of my D.C. contacts, Georgetown University security studies professor Paul Sullivan, emailed Thursday, both stunned and heartened, by the “amazing contrast on the treatment of refugees in your country — and in your paper.”
    Sullivan is down there, after all, deafened as the Donald Trumpet of fear reaches a crescendo, awaking the likes of the Ku Klux Klan.



  99. While I appreciate the kind and humanly act by this great , noble prime minister of Canada, Justin Traudou, I can’t help but express my disgust about The begot , xenophobic, Trump, who wants to be president of USA , as if he does not know what the American constitution says, he probably never read American history, Andrew Jackson had copy of Quraan in his home and when he participated in writing the constitution he quoted verses of Quraan
    Syrians did not support religious sectarian sedition, the Ba’ath party called for one Umma,people, who has everlasting message, referring to Islamic message from Quraan.
    One Umma means we are all United, we are against sectarianism , the Assad family climbed to power on this principle, then turned Syria to family farm ,sectarian rule , then came Bashar who betrayed his father principles and became Iran slave , anti Arab, anti Islamic, a clear violation of the original principles of Ba’ath party, antagonizing Syrians, this was a treason.


  100. رياض حجاب ، رياض نعسان آغا ، و جهاد مقدسي هم من أعضاء المعارضة الذين سيفاوضون فريق نظام الاسد


  101. “There is no higher religion than human service. To work for the common good is the greatest creed.”

    An Ottawa’s children’s choir is gaining attention around the world for their performance. It’s become so popular, it’s now the unofficial anthem welcoming Syrian refugees to Canada. As Jacques Bourbeau explains, no one realized how many lives would be touched by one song.

    The Christmas concert is performed by choirs from 10 French public schools from Ottawa and one school from Kingston. Filion said he has spent three years trying to find an Islamic song that he could include with the other diverse songs the choir performs.

    It was a difficult task because, traditionally, Islamic group songs are not written for the same kind of choral arrangement, Filion explained.

    He enlisted the help of Canadian composer Laura Hawley, who took the song “Tala’ al-Badru ‘Alayna,” and wrote it as a choral arrangement.

    Amira Elghawaby from the National Council of Canadian Muslims attended the concert and said the song was beautiful to listen to.

    “I think the song really exemplifies everything that Canada and Canadians hope to stand for, and that is a country that is welcoming of diversity, that celebrates that as a strength, that finds all these beautiful differences and actually amplifies them and makes them stronger as we find different ways and new Canadian ways of expressing them,” Elghawaby said.

    “I think the outpouring of support and admiration from around the world really is testament to what Canada’s always stood for and is standing for now.”


    WATCH ABOVE: An Ottawa children’s choir performs Arabic welcoming song at their annual Christmas concert.


  102. The death of Zahran Alloush is a blow to Jaish Al Islam, but it is not the end , Zahran was a leader, and he will be missed , he followed KSA , he formed an Army that is strong , and created an organization that is difficult to control , but his death is not the end of the revolution , it will continue , , and Assad and Russia will not win, I have issues with Zahran, I support freedom, and at one point he did not help the southern front, and he did not support unifying the rebels, God bless his soul


  103. All rebel groups are targeted , moderates before extremists, so unity of Rebels is a must


  104. Those who wish an end to the region’s perennial instability should facilitate the transition from dictatorship to democracy, rather than stand in its way. Ultimately, the story of the Arab Spring is still being written. In the context of a deep historical transformation, five years is a short time. We’re still at the beginning, and the wind in our sails is history itself.



  105. How to get rid of ISIS..?
    Military solution against ISIS is the only way, however US wants to fight ISIS in Iraq only, not in Syria , since defeating ISIS in SYRIA IS HALF WAY TO GET RID OF Assad, U.S. Wants to maintain the Alawi regime , they just want to get rid of Assad only ,
    The set backs for the opposition in Syria is due to Russian Air Force , and KSA is still busy in Yemen , and U.S. Is not willing to stop Putin , Obama is weak and is not expected to do anything , Putin is taking advantage of Obama , but time is running out , one year ,is all what is left to Putin,
    ISIS will stay weak in Syria till USChange it’s strategy


  106. Egypt is unstable country as its economy is deteriorating , yet the dictator Sisi can not ignore 80%of his people wish, resentments are plenty , among Egyptians,
    Erdogan recent visit to. KSA may succeed in alerting the king that Iran benefit from the behavior of Sisi,
    If Egypt comes back to democracy , Saudi strategy have better chance of succeeding, an alliance that includes KSA Turkey and post Sisi Egypt will pose major threat to Iran ,
    With retrenching of US in the Middle East regional alliance is very important ,


  107. The vaccum that US created in Syria can be filled by an alliance of regional power , this is Erdogan theory,


  108. arming the opposition in Syria with weapons that will enable them to strike Russian forces in Hmaimeem and Latakia will inflict heavy losses on Russia, During the next year thee will be more Russian involvement , taking advantage of weak Obama , it is the last year Putin can do something , that is why Putin will increase the military strike in Syria


  109. We will never forget how many individuals labeled the ‘Noble Syria Uprising’ as ‘Sectarian Uprising’, a Sunni majority uprising against an Alawite minority. These individuals are as culpable as the murderous regime, they’re the enablers of the bloodletting in our midst. Also, we will never forget how the people of Salamiyah were at the forefront against Assad’s tyrannical rule. One of those people is Naji Jerf. May his soul rest in peace.
    His activism annoyed the Syrian murderous regime and their enablers ISIS. Those who were lucky to flee Assad’s wrath, they were later captured or murdered by ISIS. They compliment one another. Father Paulo comes to mind and many others..

    Originally from Salamiyah, in Hama province, Jerf covered government human rights abuses and coordinated the work of citizen-journalists after the start of the uprising in 2011. When government intelligence officers identified him and ransacked his office in October 2012, he went into hiding and fled the country a month later.

    He continued working as a journalist in Gaziantep and, from time to time, provided training to other Syrian independent journalists.

    The threats against Jerf began to increase this past summer because of his coverage of atrocities by Islamic State (also known as ISIS and ISIL). His film “ISIL in Aleppo,” which documented the Islamic State’s execution of many Syrian activists, was released last month.


    Naji Jerf’s documentary “ISIL in Aleppo”


  110. Do you really think there is “goodwill” to defeat ISIS?

    As Father Nassar said, and every Syrian who followed the sadist regime in Syria are saying:
    Why on earth no one shot at ISIS convoy when they ventured from Raqqa to Palmyra? To the contrary, Assad’s army withdrew from Palmyra moments before ISIS entered the city.
    Same in Raqqa, Assad was busy killing his citizens and flattening their homes instead of taking down ISIS headquarter that was draped with ISIS flag. Clearly marked, no one can deny.

    Military solution is for show and tell, much ado about nothing.

    Members of ISIS can be easily plucked one by one in Syria, they are as foreign to the land as the Russians and the Iranians are. They have not an iota of support amongst Syrians.

    Now, why is the procrastination in defeating this group, i still have no clue, i think many of us do not either. But, if the enablers of ISIS think that they can divide Syria, Iraq and the rest of the Arab speaking world into yet further states based on religion and ethnicity, they will fail miserably.

    Our youth will not be stopped, the Arab Dawn does not belong to self-haters, it belongs to our future generations.


  111. it is wrong to talk and act as sectarian, we revolted for freedom and dignity, we revolted because we saw Iran the enemy of Arab gradually occupying Syria, we revolted because we started to use our mind and no longer follow our emotion, we revolted because we want the rule of law applied equally to all citizens, freedom ,justice ,equality fighting poverty under the rule of law


  112. the Turkish Saudi Strategic Alliance, and the increase tension between Saudia and Iran are going to be two important issues that we will hear more about in the next six months, Saudia is changing its policy of being passive, Saudia is taking hawkish attitude, and seems more involved, the Turkish Saudi Strategic Alliance , TSSA, was created to fill the gap that US was filling ,US withdrew , Local Alliance emerges, however this Alliance, is powerless as long as Egypt is ruled by SIsi, a triangle that is needed to confront Iran
    it is unlikely ,now to envision actual war between KSA and Iran, but the tension between KSA and Iran will test this Alliance.
    KSA is not ruled by King Salman , it is ruled by his son Muhammad Ibn Salman


  113. Saudi Arabia is ruled by a tyrannical family that is no different than any other authoritarian regime around the world. People are fed-up. Both Irania and Saudi Arabia are ‘weak states’.

    “The critical question, however, that demands an answer in explaining sectarian conflict is: why now? Why do sectarian conflicts erupt at particular moments in time and not at other moments? Sunni-Shi’i relations, for example, have not always been conflict-ridden nor was sectarianism a strong political force in modern Muslim politics until relatively recently. What factors contributed to this change?”

    “Authoritarian states in the Muslim world have several distinguishing features that influence sectarian relations. They suffer from a crisis of legitimacy and as a result they closely monitor and attempt to control civil society by limiting access to information and the freedom of association of their citizens. Joel Midgal’s concept of a “weak state” best describes these regimes.[3] In his formulation, “weak states” often cannot and do not control sections of the country, both within urban and rural areas, which they claim sovereignty over.[4] While the state is too weak to dominate society, it is often strong enough to manipulate and to effectively respond to crises that threaten national security and regime survival.[5]

    Weak states … are more prone to sectarianism given that manipulating cleavages of identity is a dominant feature of their politics.
    In weak states politics revolves around “strategies of survival.”[6] A common tactic to preserve and perpetuate political rule in a weak state is to manipulate social and political cleavages via a divide and rule strategy. This gives ruling elites greater room to maneuver in the short-term but often at the cost of social cohesion in the long term. This dominant feature of the politics of weak states also suggests why “state actors are principal agents in identity mobilization and conflict in culturally plural societies, and the manner in which politics of identity unfolds in a weak state, is a product of the dialectic of state-society relations.”[7] Weak states, therefore, are more prone to sectarianism given that manipulating cleavages of identity is a dominant feature of their politics.[8]”



  114. The Saudi Iranian crisis is serious crisis , the strategy of wining must concentrate on
    first concentration between Gulf states to expedite the victory in Yemen
    second fight Iran in Syria by defeating ISIS
    both require military actions, the Saudi war in Yemen is taking long time , why?
    defeating ISIS is half way to defeat Assad, which will be a major defeat to Iran
    Turkey will not and can not help in Yemen , Egypt can, but Sisi is weak, his weakness is behind his quietness n this crisis, if Saudia abandone Sisi, a change in Egypt willmake it possible for the emergence of an Allince that include KSA Turkey And Egypt which will face and defeat Iran


  115. It is announced that Assad is staying till March 2017, this is white house news


  116. MCEVERS: I mean, the story that’s being played out now is this very sectarian one – Sunni Saudi Arabia versus Shiite Iran. Is that the way you see the conflict?

    JONES: No, that’s the way the Saudis, it’s the way the Bahrainis, the way their allies in the Arab world have framed the conflict. They see threats from below and they see it across the region. I mean, let’s remember, five years ago at the start of the Arab uprisings, the Saudis were alarmed by the rapid fall of Mubarak, rapid change in Tunisia, shocks in Syria and Yemen. And then when the Bahraini protestors took to the streets, it seemed as though it was coming home. The Saudis responded in much the same way the Bahrainis did, and that’s that they chose Shiites as the scapegoat because most of the protestors came from within the Shia community, which was really just the reflection Bahrain’s demography. They characterized it as a sectarian event.



  117. To expect the Assad Alawi Regime in Syria to reform is so stupid, he killed over 300,000 of Syrians , Gas them , Tortured them in prisons , prevented food to reach them , using the hunger or surrender weapon, caused misery that forced them to become refugees, destroyed their country,by bombs from the sky, impoverished the Syrians , brought their enemy ,Iran , to rule them and caused sectarian hatred,
    After all that to expect Assad to stay or reform is so stupid Alex


  118. The White House said Assad will leave in March 2017, why? The White House expects Hillary Clinton to become the next president , they expect major change in U.S. Policy , the present Obama policy, Hillary is more aggressive, and she is more hostile to Assad, she supports No Fly Zone, at one point she supported arming the Free Syrian Army, further Russian economy is getting worse , this means Putin will look for way out in Syria, also by the middle of 2016 , KSA will end the conflict in Yemen , and will be free to support FSA in Syria


  119. Assad sold the sovereignty of Syria to Putin , and so did Obama, now Putin has free hands in Syria , Assad has no right to tell Putin to stop or go out , Rebels has to negotiate with Putin , not Assad
    Syria has no importance to US , it is poor country, trouble making , has no importance , so US gave away to Putin, allowing him to destroy it , killing its citizen take its wealth, Syria is becoming trash , trash is Syria now. TraSh is thrown from all over the world on Syria
    Assad will never be forgiven for what he did to Syria and Syrians , Syria is now Russian property


  120. Starving civilians is terrorism , Assad Alawi regime starving Syrians , he is the terrorist we must get rid of


  121. More co ordination and co operation is needed between Turkey and Gulf Arabic states to face Russia


  122. Geneva 3 will convene, Russia can not choose the rebels teem, Putin economy is approaching collapse , but I doubt ceasefire in Syria


  123. Even if Geneve meeting started the regime is not interested in regime change so to reach an agreement is impossible without Russia pressure on Assad, which is not going to happen until the Russian economy begins to collapse , then things will move fast


  124. Obama legacy depends on Clinton winning the next election , with the congress is republicans , a republican president would certainly means that Obama legacy would collapse , by that I mean ,Obama care and Iran deal would be turned down and would be cancelled , there is no doubt about it, if the next president is republican ,and with congress is republican we should expect that they will end Obama care and Iran deal will collapse , further the republican president will cancel all executive orders issued by Obama , that is why it is of utmost importance that Clinton wins ,
    The state of economy in US must stay good or improve for Clinton to win , if the economy deteriorate and collapse in the period just before the election there would be no chance for Clinton , a democrat, to win
    Let us not forget that the only country that can put pressure on Russia IS the USA, not KSA , not Qatar or Turkey ,
    Think of this opportunity that we have now, nine months before the American election , increase in the price of oil suddenly and fast can worsen the American economy, yes we know that will take three months to have an effect , that is why we need to use it now , not in July or later, , Obama needs the price of oil to stay low , he knows that if the price of oil increases suddenly and fast, economic conditions in U S will get bad and Clinton will not win , , Obama needs KSA , Obama will support the Syrian Rebels,
    That is , if KSA are smart , but I doubt it


  125. أمامنا فرصة ذهبية ان اوباما يحتاج الى كلينتون لتربح للمحافظة على منجزاته ،فإذا فشلت امريكا في الضغط على روسيا فعلى السعودية بعد ماسي رفع سعر البترول أربعة مرات، بوتين هو تحت رحمة اوباما ، ان تورطه في سوريا هو ليس لمصلحة روسيا ، و لن تستفيد روسيا من تدخله في سوريا ، هذا التدخل هو محاولة من بوتين لارضاء نفسيته المريضة ، هو يريد ان يزهو ليقال عنه انه قوي ، و بالحقيقة فان روسيا لا تستفيد من الحرب في سوريا ، و ان بوتين هو تحت رحمة اوباما فإذا بداء اوباما بتزويد المعارضة باسلحة مضادة للطيران ، تسلقطت الطاءرات الروسية و هزم بوتين ،و اندحر الاسد لذا أقول ان بيد اوباما الضغط على بوتين، كما ان السعودية بيدها الضغط على اوباما، ان رفع سعر البترول سيسبب انهيار الاقتصاد الامريكي و سيودي الى رءيس أمريكي جمهوري و حينها لن تربح كلينتون و سيخسر اوباما كل إنجازاته
    معنا حتى ماسي فإذا فشلت المفاوضات في جنيف فعلى السعودية رفع سعر البترول لتضغط على اوباما ليضغط على بوتين


  126. Things are getting more tense, and more complicated, Russia is not neutral Russia IS fighting Syrians directly, I don’t see how Russia can call for political solution when they are the fighting enemy now,
    KSA is getting ready to send troops into Syria, along with Bahrain and Jordan , ten thousand soldier are ready, there will be confrontation with ISIS , and later on will be confrontation with Russia as The Arab troops , land troops will take over lands from ISIS, this will assure division of Syria , the Arab force will have anti air force missles


  127. Putin is rushing and escalating his aggression against the Syrian people who oppose Assad, not against ISIS, it is in Putin. Interest to end his adventur as soon as possible, he thinks he can finish it in three months , taking advantage of Obama weak position , his action is risky for him , if his war against the Syrians last more than three months , his economy may collapse, further what is going on in Syria is extermination of Syrians, this will necessitate other countries interfere also in Syria , this will prolong the war , and Putin plan may not succeed in. The next three months , are crucial to Putin,


  128. US said military solution is not going to happen, it is wishful thinking for Assad, I expect Putin will stop attacking next week, Russia can not attack KSA, They may attack the troops that KSA may send to Syria, but those will have anti aircraft missiles , and Putin have to calculate correctly before attacking KSA.


  129. Next week is important in the history of Syrian Revolution , I do not believe that Russia will cease fire , KSA jets are in Turkey , along with several thousands of soldiers, in preparations for going in and liberate Syria from ISIS, this is a risky thing , confrontations with SAA and Russian jets are more likely , this is escalation , Russia will realize the bad situation they got themself in , long war , casualties , unpredictable cost, along with poor Russian economy , this is bound to caust suffering ,and Russians will complain against Putin , next week is serious week


  130. The American Supreme Court is politicized, could Obama put Moslem in this country?


  131. As I said before , Syrian crisis will only be solved by foreign invasion , Russia did it, other countries are hesitant


  132. This truce is not allowed to continue because Assad is not serious about it ,nor is Russia, they do not believe in political solution , they only believe in military solution , and that what will happen sooner or later foreign troops will enter Syria , the question is when , I think time has come , and we are close to it , Obama will not do it, he most likely will go for division of Syria,
    The question would Turkey send troops inside Syria? What would be the Russian response?
    Would KSA send troops to Syria through Jordan ? This is the most likely ,


  133. The war is not over , in Syria, more weapons to come, more fighting is going to happen , Assad must lose,


  134. The Geneva negotiations are going to fail as the main obstacle is Assad future, , so we should prepare to the next stage , it is brutal fight , all opposition groups must unite, one direction , toward Damascus,


  135. HA is losing large number of soldiers in Aleppo, and Jaish Al Fateh is advancing there ,Russia has failed


  136. It is long since I commented here, but I have to say ,
    Who won Aleppo? is it Russia or Iran ? clearly Russia is the main reason behind the the Opposition defeat in Aleppo , not Iran, and statements from Khamenei say that Aleppo is now the front for The Iran Regime, but Russia has soldier in Aleppo, Iran is not for ceasefire , it has not reached its goal,, Russia is for political settlement , and calling for ceasefire


  137. Turkey is much more important to Russia than Syria, Turkey has the largest army in NATO, if Putin succeed in pulling Turkey out of NATO, it will be a great victory for Putin, US must keep Turkey in NATO, US failed to overthrow Erdogan, its policy toward Turkey now is to keep Turkey under constant stress, even that means that US will abandon the fight against ISIS, Putin may agree to abandon Assad if he can convince Erdogan to pull out of NATO, Erdogan is luring Putin with this carrot, that is Erdogan trick, and US could be making the biggest blunder,,,,,,, US must change its wrong policy toward Erdogan , and agree to partial expansion of Turkey in northern Syria and northern Iraq before it is too late


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