Palestinians search for survivors amid rubble after Yarmouk, Syria’s largest Palestinian refugee camp, was again attacked with barrel bombs by Bashar al-Assad’s forces, Tuesday May 26, 2015.

According to a resident, “three barrel bombs fell near the electricity Foundation, while the others landed in the vicinity of Palestine Mosque in the area.” 

Accurate information about the number of casualties is not yet available due to the number of people still trapped under the ruins of residential buildings. 

(Photos: Moayad Zaghmout / Reuters)

But the fact that Russia, Iran and Saudi Arabia are attempting to control the fate of the Syrian people does not mean that other foreign actors should also attempt to do so for their own benefit. The United States should not go to war to overthrow Assad. It should also not carry out “symbolic” military strikes, which would be undertaken purely to maintain its own credibility - but which would also tarnish Syrian revolutionaries as being proxies of Western powers. The only moral course of action is to return the power of self-determination to the Syrian people themselves, instead of continuing to use them as pawns in a broader geopolitical power struggle.
—  Don’t steal Syria’s revolution: It’s not too late to save Syria, but Western powers will not accomplish this by rushing into another ill-advised war. by Murtaza Hussain for Al Jazeera English

The concept of “humanity” has long been utterly dead and buried, but the siege of Madaya finally exposed it for the stinking falsehood it really is.

Assad regime/Hezbollah forces have surrounded the town and refused to let food in; the population are told to “kneel or starve” in order to eat. People from all walks of life are starving to death; children are eating soup made from leaves and getting sick to stay alive.

But it isn’t a secret. Back in the 1940s, in the days of the siege of Leningrad, we didn’t see photographs of the horror as millions of Russians perished under the German siege. There was no Facebook, no Twitter, no internet to expose Hitler’s crimes.

Today we have pictures of suffering, emaciated men women and children pouring onto our feeds from all angles, and the response of the world (and especially world governments) is cold indifference.

We have tens of nations flinging bombs all over the place in Syria. Are you telling me that they couldn’t spend a little bit of effort to drop food to the suffering people, or tell the regime army to back off? Assad’s army is only good at killing civilians; a few menacing passes by RAF jets and they would be gone in minutes. They lost 90% of the country to men with old rifles, after all.

But no. Nothing. Ask yourselves this: if 40,000 cats were starving to death in an engineered famine, would the world care? Of course. But these are 40,000 Syrian (Muslim) human beings. Who gives a fuck, right?

If anyone has half a heart, there are thankfully ways to help. This is an EXCELLENT charity that feeds the besieged people. Please lend it some support. Thank you:


This Filmmaker Could Have Been Killed At Any Moment, But He Kept The Camera Rolling Anyway

For “Frontline” filmmaker Olly Lambert, what began as an interview with a Syrian rebel commander quickly transformed into an unprecedented encounter with the immediate aftermath of a bombing run by government jets. The resulting documentary provides what is possibly the most immersive account of the brutal Syrian civil war ever recorded, and is a must-watch for anyone looking to grasp the true impact of a modern conflict on a civilian population. 

WARNING: This video contains disturbing imagery that may upset some viewers. Please proceed with caution. 

Music from the Syrian revolution:

We’ve been saying that things are heating up in Syria for quite some time now, but with the official designation of the conflict as a civil war by the Red Cross, and with all the events of yesterday (most of which I am still catching up on, due to inclement weather and power outage), it seems we’ve turned yet another corner in the way we are talking about the ongoing war. For a little retrospective of the Syrian conflict, instead of a timeline or something of that nature, here are a collection some of Syria’s revolutionary songs from this time.

[I provided translations/background information for the first three songs to the McSweeney’s/Byliner ebook Now That We Have Tasted Hope, which was published this May. Another translation of “Bayan Raqm Wahid” is available at my friend’s site, Revolutionary Arab Rap.]

“And how could you refuse to fight in the cause of God and of the utterly helpless men and women and children who are crying, "O our Sustainer! Lead us forth [to freedom] out of this land whose people are oppressors, and raise for us, out of Thy grace, a protector, and raise for us, out of Thy grace, one who will bring us succour!” - The Holy Quran, Ayat an-Nisa’ 4:75, translated by Muhammad Asad. May Syria be free, and may my role in its liberation increase, God willing.

Photo via @yahyasad on instagram. Give this free Syrian a follow! Link: