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    Re: Syria unrest: Thousands march in Deraa

    the next day:

    Syrian tanks took up positions outside the city of Hama on Saturday, where tens of thousands of people took to the streets to mourn the deaths of at least 65 protesters gunned down by security forces there the day before.

    The government’s violent crackdown against a three-month-old popular uprising continued, with helicopter gunships killing 10 people in a neighboring province and residents of Hama bracing for a military assault that would be the first on the city since the government bombed it in 1982, killing at least 10,000 people.
    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/05/wo...ef=todayspaper

    more from the gray lady: no warnings, no tear gas, just snipers suddenly opening up on crowds, including boys

    smaller numbers killed in al rastan, damascus, has in idlib, deir al zour and daraa where it all started

    including at least four more children

    the govt has shut down the internet, still 100000 turned out for funerals of martyred teenagers, their coffins carried down city streets

    cellphone images are playing a big role

    cnn's anderson cooper, for example, son of the poor little rich girl gloria vanderbildt, has LED his hour repeatedly with gruesome videos of protesters shot down, including kids and ambulance drivers and lifelessly spattered syrians in pools of blood

    pray
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    Re: Syria unrest: Thousands march in Deraa

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    Armed men killed 120 Syrian security forces and torched government buildings Monday in a northern region where troops have unleashed deadly assaults on protesters for days, Syria said. The government vowed to respond "decisively," hinting at an even more brutal crackdown by a regime known for ruthlessly crushing dissent.
    Attack kills 120 Syrian forces; crackdown feared - Yahoo! News

    the street is fighting back

    it's gonna get uglier

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    Re: Syria unrest: Thousands march in Deraa

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    Syria's army on Friday launched a crackdown on "armed gangs" in the flashpoint town of Jisr al-Shughur, where authorities say 120 police and troops were massacred earlier in the week.

    "Army units have started their mission to control Jisr al-Shughur and neighbouring villages and arrest the armed gangs," state television said, adding that the raid had been launched "at the request of residents."

    Rights activists said that most of the 50,000 inhabitants of Jisr al-Shughur had fled -- many to neighbouring Turkey -- when tanks and troops began midweek converging on the northwestern town and that it was now largely deserted.

    Opposition activists and various witnesses, however, say the deaths resulted from a mutiny by troops who refused orders to crack down on protesters.

    State television also accused the armed groups of "photographing themselves dressed in military uniforms before the arrival of the Syrian army, so as to send the images to (foreign) television channels that have become an instrument in the tendentious campaign being waged against Syria."

    Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused the Syrian regime of "atrocities" and of not treating protesters "humanely", Anatolia press agency reported on Friday.
    Syrian army 'launches raid on flashpoint town' - Yahoo! News

    march 27: Clinton calls Syrian tyrant a reformer

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    Syrian armed forces continued a "scorched earth" campaign near the country's borders with Turkey and Iraq, witnesses said Tuesday, as the US and Europe stepped up condemnation of the Syrian government's deadly crackdown on protests.

    Six civilians were killed Tuesday and tanks were deployed near Syria's border with Iraq, activists said as President Bashar al-Assad came under sharp pressure to halt a crackdown on democracy protests.

    The United Nations said more than 10,000 Syrians have fled into neighbouring countries to escape the crackdown. There are 5,000 people in Lebanon, said UN humanitarian affairs spokeswoman Stephanie Bunker. A Turkish official said Tuesday there are now more than 8,500 Syrians who have crossed into Turkey.

    Russia and China strongly oppose UN action against Assad and could veto any resolution.
    obama cited the plight of refugees as one of his prime directives to justify his involvement "from behind" in libya

    Abdullah, who like many refugees would give only his first name, said troops had now reached Ziayni, a town just six kilometres from the Turkish border.

    "They torched all the crops, they slaughtered the goats, the cows," he said.
    Syrian army pursues scorched earth campaign - SYRIA - FRANCE 24

    who's a reformer, again, mrs clinton?

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    today: Syrian forces open fire on protesters; 16 killed - Yahoo! News

    Syrian security forces fired on thousands of protesters Friday, killing a teenage boy and at least 15 other civilians as accounts emerged of more indiscriminate killing and summary executions by the autocratic regime of President Bashar Assad, activists said.

    Nine people were killed in the central city of Homs, two in the eastern town of Deir el-Zour and two in the Damascus suburb of Harasta, one in the major northern city of Aleppo. A boy believed to be 16 years old, who was in the streets protesting, and another person died in the southern village of Dael, the Local Coordination Committees said.

    It's impossible to independently confirm many accounts coming out of Syria. Foreign journalists have been expelled from the country and local reporters face tight controls.
    according to one of the ten thousand refugees in turkey, "a sugar factory in jjisr al shughour was turned into a jail where they hold quick trials and execute anyone who they believe participated in protests"

    acid has been used as a form of torture

    protests are erupting in central cities homs and hama, in southern villages dael and otman, in latakia and banias on the coast, in the damascus suburbs and downtown, in amouda and qamishli in the northeast

    Syria has a pivotal role in nearly every thorny Mideast issue. A staunch Iranian ally, Syria backs the militant groups Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas in the Gaza Strip. It has also provided a home for some radical Palestinian groups and has exerted influence in neighboring Iraq.

    Chaos in Syria, as a result, has wide implications on the region.
    why is libya on the president's radar screen while syria is NOT?

    Also Friday, the Syrian unrest appeared to be spilling into neighboring Lebanon.
    surprised?

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    Re: Syria unrest: Thousands march in Deraa

    Quote Originally Posted by The Prof View Post
    why is libya on the president's radar screen while syria is NOT?
    Empire building comes first.

    democracy can wait as far as Syria, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain are concerned.

    no wonder no one in the Middle East respects us.
    Why do we fall?
    So we can learn to pick ourselves up.

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    Re: Syria unrest: Thousands march in Deraa

    From today's edition of The Jerusalem Post:

    Syrian President Bashar Assad "has crossed the point of no return" and will soon meet his "demise" as a result of the violent crackdown against anti-government demonstrators, Defense Minister Ehud Barak said in an interview to the Associated Press on Monday....

    "He probably will stay around for another quarter or two but that will not change his fate."
    Barak predicts Assad 'has crossed point of... JPost - Middle East

    I disagree.

    Just as one should not have confused Bashar Assad as a reformer, one should not discount his staying power. He will offer, at best, timid reforms that assure his party's retention of power. In doing so, he will attempt to diffuse some pressure and try to divide those arrayed against him. However, he will be careful not to touch off a process under which he would lose control of events. Hence, he will also continue to use Syria's security forces to suppress dissent. Given Syria's strategic importance to Iran, the Assad regime can continue to count on Iranian support. Together, those two states will do what is necessary for Assad to retain power.

    The determined pursuit of survival over the popular will is a thread that both the Iranian and Syrian regimes share. Despite international criticism, Assad has little reason to lose confidence in his capacity to survive. He merely needs to look beyond the current turmoil to his Pesian ally where the "Green Movement" has largely been emasculated. That's the playbook that will continue to guide his decision making. As Assad expects to survive, he will maintain a course of brutality to try to do so, rather than embrace the kind of political reforms that would usher an end to his rule.

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    Re: Syria unrest: Thousands march in Deraa

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    Syrian security forces shot dead 14 protesters on Friday as tens of thousands of anti-regime demonstrators surged onto the streets after weekly Muslim prayers, and Europe condemned Damascus over its "shocking" crackdown.

    The demonstrations came in response to a call by the Facebook group Syrian Revolution 2011, a driving force behind three months of protests against the autocratic rule of President Bashar al-Assad.
    Syrian security forces open fire on demonstrators - SYRIA - FRANCE 24

    in damascus, in kiswah in the south, homs in the center, deir ezzor in the east...

    assad the reformer, mrs clinton?

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    Re: Syria unrest: Thousands march in Deraa

    meanwhile, on the straits:

    Thousands of people protested following prayers across the country Friday, while at least one man was killed after security forces backed by tanks fired on the funeral procession of a man who was beaten to death in police custody, an official said.
    Army fires on funeral procession in Yemen - YEMEN - FRANCE 24

    arab spring?

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