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Syrian Revolution Digest: Assad Signs & Kills!

Assad signed a protocol for allowing Arab observers to enter the country even as his killing machine continued its operations. The move was not a concession, but another stalling tactic. Assad was just granted several weeks of respite in which he can do pretty much what he wants, knowing that nothing will take place in the meantime on the regional or international scene to hurt him. Thanks Arab League!

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Syria's Opposition: What If We Offered Assad Immunity...?

Syria's Opposition: What If We Offered Assad Immunity...? | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

"What difference can the SNC make if it gets international recognition and loses its legitimacy among the protesters? And what difference can the FSA make, if it fails to get all the emerging paramilitary groups to accept the authority of its Military Council and its leader?" Ammar Abdulhamid, a U.S.-based Syrian dissident who has been critical of the SNC said recently. Abdulhamid has criticized the SNC's "lack of transparency" and claimed that several independent Syrians who wanted to attend the conference in Tunisia "as monitors" were not allowed in. "So long as SNC leaders remain more preoccupied with winning international recognition than they are with internal cohesion or outreach to their own people, they are destined to become as irrelevant and cut-off from realities as Assad is today," he said.

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Syrian Revolution Digest: All the Roads… !

As peoples of the world get more educated about Syrian politics, geography and ethnography, the Syrian people are getting a crash course in world politics as well, including American politics.

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Syrian Revolution Digest: The War for Idlib!

The Assads keep mixing tactics, as the world keep mincing words, and opposition groups keep crossing their fingers.

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Syrian Revolution Digest: The Dignity Strikes!

Syria today witnessed different kinds of strikes, and strike-backs. Still the underlying story is the same throughout: the protesters want to achieve their freedom, by any means necessary.

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Syrian Revolution Digest: Crazy Person!

Assad gives a Gaddafiesque interview to Barbara Walters, and gets offer to host his own talk-show on Comedy Central, sending Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert into fits of angst and consternation.

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Syrischer Regimegegner Abdulhamid: "Ohne Hilfe von außen fließt noch mehr Blut"

Syrischer Regimegegner Abdulhamid: "Ohne Hilfe von außen fließt noch mehr Blut" | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

An Interview with me in Der Spiegel "Without external help, blood will flow." Google Translator works well for translation from German to English.

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Syrian Revolution Digest: The Civil War Blues!

The situation on the ground in Syria begs for credible proactive and pragmatic leadership on part of the opposition and the international community, if we are to prevent a major humanitarian crisis from taking place.

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Syrian Revolution Digest: Uneven Isolation!

The Assads are not the only ones facing isolation. The protesters are being isolated as well – and in that splendid isolation imposed on all, they are left to fend for themselves against a killing machine that remains well-oiled and well-committed to the task at hand. Moreover, the Assads have their supporters in the international community, even in isolation. The protesters have none. The Assads keep getting arms, the protesters keep getting words. Impunity on the hand, frustration on the other, add a dash of rebellious hope, and, voilà, a civil war unfolds.

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Jordan’s king calls for Assad to step down

Jordan’s king calls for Assad to step down | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Abdullah is first Arab head of state to urge Syrian leader’s resignation; EU and Arab League to announce sanctions...
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Syrian Opposition Council Meets with Extremist Cleric

Syrian Opposition Council Meets with Extremist Cleric | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

Ammar Abdulhamid, a U.S.-based Syrian secular opposition activist, says that the purpose of Qaradawi’s meeting with the SNC was to give it legitimacy amongst Islamists even though it has secular leaders.

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Syrian Revolution Digest: Another Last Eid Under Assad!

People are signing in Homs and elsewhere in Syria, despite the daily killing and misery. But while some sing for freedom and dignity, others sing for oblivion, and the continued bliss of ignorance, even if feigned: the old song of serfdom.

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Syrian Revolution Digest: Messages!

You don’t need to read tea leaves in order to figure out the writing on the wall or make sense of what’s going in Syria. An open mind would suffice.

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Syrian Revolution Digest: Arabs Mull, Assads Kill!

As the Arab League mulls the possibility of referring its proposal on the Syrian Crisis to the Security Council, the Assad’s killing machine continues its operations.

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Syrian Revolution Digest: Odds and Ends!

With the emergence of Bassam Imadi on the scene, there will be four main currents competing inside the SNC: Burhane Ghalioun’s chosen assortment of leftwing figures, Ahmad Ramadan’s assortment of “independent” Islamists, many of whom former Muslin Brother hood members, the Muslim Brotherhood itself, and Imadi’s new group. Representatives of the Damascus Declaration, Kurdish groups, and the few liberals are too marginal to count in the decision-making process.

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Syrian Revolution Digest: The New Lebanon!

The world has waited too long it seems, the window of opportunity for ousting the Assad regime at the minimal possible cost for all is closing rapidly, if it hasn’t already. Now we have to deal with the prospect of lebanonization in Syria, and just in time for Christmas! Thank you Santa!

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Syrian Revolution Digest: Countdown to More Massacres!

Syrian Revolution Digest: Countdown to More Massacres! | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

Assad plans not to be responsible again for more massacres scheduled to take place, perhaps within the next 24 hours, in Homs City and Rural Damascus. Are world leaders planning to do anything beyond issuing more condemnations?

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Syrian Revolution Digest: Prelude to Mayhem!

Unless world leaders make up their mind and decide that intervention to prevent a crisis is better than intervention to manage, the powder keg that is today’s Syria will surely blow and soon. Yearend could signal the beginning of an extended period of turmoil for our beleaguered country. Syrians deserve better than this. Freedom has a tax, we all agree on this, but this is simply put usurious.

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Syrian Revolution Digest: Syria: Descent into Mayhem!

Assad feigns innocence, Clinton meets Ghalioun & SNC leaders, Shell and Total suspend Syria operations, clashes take place along Turkish, Lebanese and even Jordanian borders with greater frequency, defections increase, so do the killings, the arrests, and the levels of impunity and defiance, as Syria descends slowly into Mayhem.

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Ammar Abdulhamid - Meeting the Dalai Lama

The Angle is an eclectic documentary series that features a different topic, person, place or thing affecting American Culture each week, exploring subjects ...
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Syrian Revolution Digest: The Killing Continues!

The killing throughout Syria continues, so does the befuddlement of world and Syrian opposition leaders as to what can and should be done.

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Turkey-Syria relations reach new lows after embassy attacks

Turkey-Syria relations reach new lows after embassy attacks | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

Ammar Abdulhamid, a US-based Syrian poet and activist who runs the Tharwa Foundation, says "The Turkish government is now forced to make hard choices." "Neutrality is not a viable option here, and the question now confronting Mr. Erdogan and his advisers regarding Syria deals with the extent of their potential involvement in managing the looming transition there," he told SES Turkiye. "This calls for a greater engagement with opposition groups, and not only the SNC, but also greater logistical and material support to the Syrian Free Army," he said..

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Syrian Revolution Digest: War of the Worlds – Syria Edition!

Welcome to the Syrian Civil War. It took 8 months to get us here, but we are finally here, thanks to the diligent efforts and dedication of the cowardly few, the silent middle and the impotent lot, who all collaborated to make the sacrifices of the protesting majority meaningless. Let there be no doubt that the protesters, the little germs according to Assad, will overcome at the end, but the human and material cost will be much higher than it could have been had we all acted earlier to support them.

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Syrian Revolution Digest: “Freedom Has Her Own Story To Tell”

As Assad seeks to retake Syria one neighborhood at a time, incredulity, spinelessness and hypocrisy continue to dictate the nature of regional and global reaction to the unfolding tragedy.

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