Bashar ASSad

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A Syrian child. Aazaz, Syria.

Syrian army fighter-planes did this.

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plain facts, I have no comments.

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طفلة سورية من أعزاز. هذا صنيع الطائرات الحربية الأسدية.

لا تعليق لديّ، فقط دموع و ذهول، و ابتهال إلى الله في العشر الأخير

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Pray for Syria!

Syrian Troops Gather Near Border Town; Gates Calls NATO’s Future ‘Dim’

Syrian forces gathered near a restive border town, now nearly deserted of residents, in a continued crackdown on the three-month old uprising against the leadership of President Bashar Assad.

Assad’s government alleges 120 of its security forces were killed this week in the rebellious town of Jisr al-Shughour. Despite the military show of force near the town, Syrians in other parts of the country were reported to be ready to take to the streets for renewed protests.

According to the Associated Press, about 2,800 Syrian refugees have crossed into Turkey since the nationwide uprising against Assad began. The NewsHour looked at the situation in Jisr al-Shughour and diplomatic reaction to Syria’s crackdown on Thursday’s program:

Watch the full episode. See more PBS NewsHour.

Gates Calls NATO’s Future ‘Dim’

Outgoing defense chief Robert Gates offered a blunt assessment of the future of U.S. commitment to NATO in a speech in Brussels, saying that without more military and political will, the alliance faces a “dim, if not dismal” future.

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Syrian President Bashar Assad addressed the nation Monday, promising a “national dialogue” and urging Syrian refugees to return home.

During the speech at Damascus University, Assad promised a variety of reform measures and said he would consider drafting a new constitution.

He also warned anti-government protesters and blamed foreigners for the ongoing unrest:

He said that his country had been the target of “foreign conspiracies” for “geopolitical and […] other reasons”, and that those who were taking part in the current unrest were divided into three broad categories, in his opinion: those who were peaceful and had legitimate concerns; those who were “vandals” and “outlaws” [he said there were 64,000 of these]; and finally “radical and blasphemous intellectuals”.

He also said that there could be no reform at a time of “sabotage and chaos”. He said that no political solution was possible as long as protesters were “violent” or carried arms.

Read more on the speech at Al Jazeera English, Reuters, The Guardian and Voice of America.

The Stage Is Set For The Syrian Invasion

One week ago, when reporting on the latest bizarre plan presented by the Pentagon, namely providing Syrian rebels (but only the moderate ones, not the jihadists like al Nusra, or, well, ISIS) with B-1B Bomber air support in their attacks on ISIS, when we wrote that this “means in the coming weeks and months look forward to a surge in false flag "attacks” blamed on the Assad regime, aiming to give Obama validation to expand the “War against ISIS” to include Syria’s regime as well.“

We didn’t have long to wait: in an entirely unsourced Time article written today by Aryn Baker, the Middle East Bureau Chief, the stage for the second attempt at invading Assad regime is finally set.

Who’s Who in Syria, an Illustrated Explainer

Slate’s running an illustrated explainer of who’s who in Syria’s power family with brief overviews of how they got there.

So, for example, you have Bashar “the accidental dictator,” his younger brother “the elite army commander” and first cousin Hafez Makhlouf “the spymaster” among others.

Image: Detail from Syria’s First Family, via Slate.

The West has always created enemies in the Middle East. First it was communism, then it became Islam, then it became Saddam Hussein, and then they decided I was the target. We need to look past what everyone ELSE says is the problem and find out what the actual problem is, right here and right now.
—  Syrian President Bashar Assad

In late February 2011, Vogue interviewed Asma Assad, the first lady of Syria (pictured above with President Bashar Assad and two of their children; photo by James Nachtwey).

On the first lady’s goals for the country:

The 35-year-old first lady’s central mission is to change the mind-set of six million Syrians under eighteen, encourage them to engage in what she calls “active citizenship.” “It’s about everyone taking shared responsibility in moving this country forward, about empowerment in a civil society. We all have a stake in this country; it will be what we make it.” 

And one of many flattering descriptions of this presidential family:

Two nights later it’s the annual Christmas concert by the children of Al-Farah Choir, run by the Syrian Catholic Father Elias Zahlawi. Just before it begins, Bashar and Asma al-Assad slip down the aisle and take the two empty seats in the front row. People clap, and some call out his nickname: “Docteur! Docteur!”

Two hundred children dressed variously as elves, reindeers, or candy canes share the stage with members of the national orchestra, who are done up as elves. The show becomes a full-on songfest, with the elves and reindeer and candy canes giving their all to “Hallelujah” and “Joy to the World.” […] The president whispers, “All of these styles belong to our culture. This is how you fight extremism—through art.”

“This is the diversity you want to see in the Middle East,” says the president, ringing his bell. “This is how you can have peace!”

Read the full interview here.

Also read the January 2011 interview with President Assad at the Wall Street Journal.

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'If you are worried about refugees, stop supporting terrorists' - Assad interview
Europe is "not dealing with the cause" of the current refugee crisis, Syrian President Bashar Assad said in an interview with Russian media, RT among them, adding that all Syrian people want is "security and safety."

“It’s not about that Europe didn’t accept them or embrace them as refugees, it’s about not dealing with the cause. If you are worried about them, stop supporting terrorists. That’s what we think regarding the crisis. This is the core of the whole issue of refugees.

“If we ask any Syrian today about what they want, the first thing they would say – ‘We want security and safety for every person and every family’,” the Syrian president said, adding that political forces, whether inside or outside the government “should unite around what the Syrian people want.“

The "Syrian fabric,” as Assad has called it, includes people of many ethnicities and sects, including the Kurds. “They are not foreigners,” the Syrian president said, adding that without such groups of people who have been living in the region for centuries “there wouldn’t have been a homogeneous Syria.”

Assad said that the dialogue in Syria should be continued “in order to reach the consensus,” which cannot be implemented"unless we defeat the terrorism in Syria.“

"If you want to implement anything real, it’s impossible to do anything while you have people being killed, bloodletting hasn’t stopped, people feel insecure,” the Syrian president said.

“"I would like to take this opportunity to call on all forces to unite against terrorism, because it is the way to achieve the political objectives which we, as Syrians, want through dialogue and political action,” Bashar Assad said.

The State Department has obtained 27,000 photographs showing the emaciated, bruised and burned bodies of Syrian torture victims — gruesome images that a top official told Yahoo News constitute “smoking gun” evidence that can be used to bring war-crimes charges against the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Read more here.

Republican Praises Syrian Dictator As 'Heroic' AFTER He Murdered Children With Chemical Weapons

Republican Praises Syrian Dictator As ‘Heroic’ AFTER He Murdered Children With Chemical Weapons

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The GOP will never cease to amaze me. From Sarah Palin claiming President Obama “pals around with terrorists,” to Louie Ghomert saying the President enables terrorism like Boko Haram, Republicans have been the biggest smear mongers against the Democrats as being the terrorist supporting party.

Perhaps they may need to look in their own back yard.

Syria’s Bashar Assad, the man who ordered…

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U.S. accuses Russia of sending attack helicopters to Syria, as nation descends into full-scale civil war
The Obama administration says Russia is sending attack helicopters to Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime and is warning about a dramatic escalation in the Arab country’s 15-month conflict.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says the delivery represents the “latest information.” She says the U.S. is concerned as the helicopters “will escalate the conflict quite dramatically.”

The UN peacekeeping chief said Tuesday the conflict in Syria has grown into a full-scale civil war in which the government is attempting to recapture large swathes of urban territory it has lost to the opposition.

“Yes, I think we can say that,” UN Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Herve Ladsous said in an interview with Reuters and one other reporter when asked if the Syrian crisis could now be characterized as a civil war. (Photos: AFP/Getty Images)

A Free Syrian Army fighter feeds a cat bread in the old city of Aleppo, Syria, Sunday, January 6, 2013. The revolution against Syrian President Bashar Assad that began in March 2011, started with peaceful protests but morphed into a civil war that has killed more than 60,000 people, according to a recent United Nations recent estimate.

anonymous asked:

Could you not post videos like that please? They are HORRIBLE. I already know there's shit going on without you reblogging/posting that. Maybe you can stand to look at things like that, but there are alot of others that can't.

This has taken me almost an hour to respond too, because it took me a while to come up with what I thought was an appropriate response. It’s almost 3:00 in the morning where I am, so I apologize if this turns out to not be coherent enough. 

Anon, if I think a post that appears on my dash is important, and/or relevant to what my blog is about, I’m going to reblog it, even (and in some cases especially) if it has violent or horrifying images.

You’re right, that video is horrible. In fact, it’s one of the most awful I’ve ever seen, but that is why I reblogged it. Really, I reblogged it for a number of reasons, but the most important one is this: that is the reality of what is going on in Syria right now. I want people to understand that.

Syria isn’t just a far away country where bad things are happening. The people are in the middle of a revolution, and they’re being slaughtered. And most of the people I know either don’t know about it, or don’t care. That infuriates me. Do you follow the news, anon? This is what happened on Feb. 4, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/04/syria-un-resolution_n_1254441.html.

I want you to read this article, and then come back and tell me not to reblog videos like that. 

That video is not some violent clip from a movie or tv show, it is real footage of the kind of horror Syrians are going through, and have been going through for almost a year. It’s nice that “you know there’s shit going on”, but that means jackshit to me, because clearly you don’t give a flying fuck about all the “shit” that’s going on, or you wouldn’t have sent me this message.

And you know what? There was a warning at the top of the post telling you about the graphic nature of the video, and I reblogged it with a trigger warning tag. If you can’t handle it, don’t press play, but don’t ask me not to reblog it.

My blog is about activism and politics, if you follow me, you know that. What’s going on in Syria is important to me, and I want it to be important to other people too, so there are going to be more videos like that one, I can guarantee it.  If you don’t like it, you’re going to have to unfollow. 

Unknown - Damascus, Syria

Translation: King of the Jungle Rides a tank.

Bashar Assad’s stenciled likeness, baring resemblance to a certain demagogue of yore. In addition the word ‘Assad’ is Arabic for lion so there’s a clever double entendre to this stencil.