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Syrian Revolution Digest: Burning the American Flag & the Perils of Leading from Behind!

It remains an isolated incident, for now, but some Syrian protesters did burn the American Flag on Friday. Why? - It seems that “the double standards” adopted by American officials regarding the situations in Syria and Libya have irked some protesters. After all, weeks ago, they had given the American Ambassador an olive branch, but the only thing they got in return was kind words and an now apology note telling them they’re on their own, even as residential neighborhoods being pounded to smithereens.

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Syrian tanks shell Homs despite Arab League accord, activists say

Syrian tanks shell Homs despite Arab League accord, activists say | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

Ammar Abdulhamid, a U.S.-based Syrian activist, likened Assad’s strategy to that of Abdullah Saleh, the embattled Yemeni president who keeps vowing to hand over power but never steps down despite huge popular protests and international pressures. "I doubt that Assad has any real intention of following through on this commitment," Abdulhamid said. “He might be taking a page out of ... Saleh's book, that is, he will say one thing and do another.

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Syrian Revolution Digest: Seeing the Signs!

Protesters continue to try to communicate their message to the world through signs and banners. Today’s demonstrations were meant to protest Assad’s latest threats to set the entire region on fire and transform Syrian into a new Afghanistan, and to demand that Arab league freezes Syria’s membership.

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Syrian Revolution Digest: It’s official folks: the Syrian people want a No-Fly Zone!

Daily adult and student protests keep unfolding amidst continued shelling of towns and neighborhoods and orchestrated support demonstrations throughout the country.

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Syrian Revolution Digest: Odds & Ends!

Syrian Revolution Digest: Odds & Ends! | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

A sign raised by protesters today: “Russia gives Bashar international protection, Iran gives him weapons, and Arabs give him time.”

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Syrian Revolution Digest: The War No One Wants To See!

Every day a new massacre takes pace in Syria, and every day world leaders have to find excuses for their failure to act. But the massacres will not go away, nor will their perpetrators, unless these leaders take a firm stand. It’s time to stop the massacres in Syria and put an end to Assad’s rule of terror.

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Ammar abdulhamin with Nobel Laureate Tawakkul Karman on Syria and Yemen at NYC

(Video in Arabic): Some might wonder why I was invited to speak at this event, well here is the “secret”: The Tharwa Foundation, which I have quietly established with my wife and colleagues back in Syria in 2003, has helped over the years train some Yemeni activists and our friend Munir Mawri, the official representative of the Yemeni National Council, who organized this event, remember that very well as he was involved in helping us in contacting these activists. He also remembers a conversation we had few years ago, in which he asked me what was the best scenario I envisioned for dealing with our totalitarian regimes, and I told him: “popular revolutions of course. I believe they are coming, I know our societies are ready for them, but let’s hasten their arrival anyway, and support them when they come.” Well, the revolutions are here, and activists like Tawakkul in Yemen, and Razan Zeituneh, Suheir Atassy and Muntaha Al-Atrash in Syria, are emerging as the heroines leading our way towards a better future. We need to do a better job supporting them and all our revolutionaries.

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Syrian Revolution Digest: Who You Gonna Believe?

Syrian Revolution Digest: Who You Gonna Believe? | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

If you believe the Assads, then the Syrian people are terrorists and terrorist wannabes. If you believe some in the opposition, the Syrian people just want to be left to die in “peace” under the daily hail of sniper bullets and tanks shells the Assads send their way as they pray to God. But how about just believe what your eyes and ears are telling you, and follow the dictates of your reason and conscience? The Syrian people want international protection, a no-fly zone, a safe haven, and everything that is necessary to help stop the killing and to help them rid themselves, and the world, of the Assads and their minions.

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Syrian Revolution Digest: The Kids Revolution!

Syrian Revolution Digest: The Kids Revolution! | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

The Syrian Revolution started when a group of kids in their early teens wrote anti-regime graffiti on walls throughout the City of Deraa. 7 months into the Revolution, Syria’s kids are still its main protagonists. They don’t want to have their teeth set on edge forever I guess.

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U.N.: Syria death toll tops 3,000

U.N.: Syria death toll tops 3,000 | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

While most in the Syrian opposition still reject military intervention, some now say it's a necessity. "What we have unfolding in Syria now is a two-tiered revolution: an armed insurrection and nonviolent protest movement, and the champions of both are morally justified in their position and they need our support," said Ammar Abdulhamid, a U.S.-based exiled Syrian dissident. He said external military intervention, including logistical and material support to the defectors, is a must to avoid a return to the status-quo. "Yes, we should fear civil war, we should fear the bloodshed resulting from militaristic adventurism, but we should fear a return to the status quo even more," he wrote in his blog Friday.

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Syrian Revolution Digest: A Freudian Slip & A Busted Spy!

All the Assads have to do is hold on. It’s we, the opposition, the activists, the dissidents, the revolutionaries, who have to provide a vision for a better tomorrow, we are the ones who have to provide enough momentum to overcome the inertia of the status quo. So, one way or another we have to find the strength to move back to the streets, even as we begin to debate the ideas and notions that will shape our lives tomorrow. And remember, we have to talk about ideas and notions, not personalities and terminologies.

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Syrian Revolution Digest: Listen to the People!

It should be borne in mind here that Col. Al-Ass’aad is considered a national hero by the protesters and his FSA has more popular credibility and legitimacy than the SNC at this stage, while Mr. Ghalioun’s popular standing seems to decrease with very public utterance he makes. His recent attempt at rectifying his public image by coming out and for the first time describing Bashar Al-Assad as criminal is too cynical and late to reverse the tide. Mr. Ghalioun’s path to real legitimacy among the protesters must go through Antakya where Col. Al-Ass’aad resides. A direct meeting between the two men and their teams is needed and solid agreement needs to be hammered out between the SNC and SFA. The SNC needs to start the real issues, rather than continue to wrangle over names and roles.

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Syrian Revolution Digest: In the Valley of Assad!

Syrian Revolution Digest: In the Valley of Assad! | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Wednesday 11, 2011 - 13 residents are reported dead in the town of Al-Harra in the province of Horan in southern Syria as army troops invade the city * The neighborhoods of Bab Amr and Bab Al-Sibaa in Homs came under heavy gunfire and shelling on and off throughout the day leaving a reported 19 residents dead * The massive detention campaign conducted by Assad security forces continues unabated with over 500 arrest over the last two days according to reports by human rights groups.
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Syrian Revolution Digest: Occupied Syria!

Syrian Revolution Digest: Occupied Syria! | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

He promises peace and delivers death. So, unless you’re the Grim Reaper, you will always be disappointed with the Assads. Bet on change for once, and back your bet with real support to the revolutionaries. Help free Syria!

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Syrian Revolution Digest: The Devolution!

Assad’s acceptance of the Arab League Initiative is but a ploy to help him stall for time, as his troops carry out their operations in Homs, Hama and Idlib, and the opposition continues to dance for rain, Manna and a clue.

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Syrian Revolution Digest: The Syrian People Want A No-Assad Zone!

Treating the revolution is a mere logistic and technical challenge is undoing every success we have had so far. Syria is the beating heart of so many isms in the region, and the Assads have survived for so long due to their amazing agility at manipulating and subverting these isms to serve their designs. Our challenge is in part to expose their hypocrisy and lies and shed a spotlight on the realities and truths buried underneath.

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Syrian Revolution Digest: Strike It Hot!

The success of the general strike could help compensate for the increasing militarization of the Revolution in certain parts of the country, but protesters everywhere still demand international protection, through the imposition of a no-fly zone, the creation of safe havens and support to the Free Syrian Army.

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Syria – ‘the war no one wants to see’?

Syria – ‘the war no one wants to see’? | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

Syria’s escalating conflict is already the “war no one wants to see,” says exiled democracy activist Ammar Abdulhamid. His Syrian Revolution Digest, he writes, “is now a daily condemnation of the hypocrisy of world leaders who hide behind technicalities to justify their inaction, and the impotence and moral cowardice of opposition movements and figures that hide behind worn-out ideologies to justify theirs.” But what practical steps can external actors take to help initiate a transition in Syria?

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Syrian Revolution Digest: Time for International Intervention!

No more hypocrisy! World and Syrian opposition leaders should face the fact that the Syrian situation now requires international intervention and that the Assads need to be stopped by any means necessary... Our people more than want international protection: they need it, and are desperate for it, even if it meant losing the moral high-ground in the eyes and minds of some. After 50 years of celebrating illusory Assad-led victories and fake popular revolutions, it’s about time we celebrated a real one for change, led by the people for the people. Providing some international protection and support to the people, who are already fighting against all odds, will not take away from that. Just ask the Libyan people if they feel any less for needing international support or if they don’t feel morally justified for seeking it.

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david's comment, October 24, 2011 6:53 PM
told you so...

but it took you 6 months and thousands of innocents being murdered
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Syrian Revolution Digest: The Steady, the Waffler & the War!

There is a real war going on in Homs and Deraa today, and so far not a single world leader, not a single Arab leader, not a single member of the Syrian opposition, especially the Syrian National Council, has addressed this fact. Civilians are dying, and the opposition is still debating whether to appeal for international protection and demand a no-fly zone, when for the weeks protesters have been making that demand from the top of their burning lungs. If this continues, the protesters, who are already shouting “the Syrian Army is a traitor,” will begin shouting “the Syrian opposition is a traitor.”

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Syrian Revolution Digest: Nuts!

The Assads are trying to reclaim Syria one mass murder at a time, with mixed results. But at least they have a plan. Sooner or later, opposition groups will need to learn that relying solely on our people’s bravery and sense of defiance does not constitute a plan.

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Syrian Revolution Digest: Just Another Day in the Revolution!

While waiting for Godot and the opposition to do something worthwhile, the daily routine in Syria can be summarized as follows: defiance on the one hand, impunity on the other, and blood is spilled in between, as hope rises and sets like the burning sun, a promise that can never to be touched or fulfilled.

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Syrian Revolution Digest: Nonviolence & Morality!

A heavy dose of pragmatism not a holier-than-thou attitude is what the Syrian opposition needs to lead the transitional period.

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Syrian Revolution Digest: Eyes Sewn Shot!

As Assads take back Syria, one neighborhood and one town at a time, opposition groups continue to wrangle over seats in a stillborn council, as the world considers options that have no bearing on reality.

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Syrian Revolution Digest: It’s Alive!

The Syrian National Council was popularly endorsed, and only 9 people were killed endorsing it. The question now is: how many more people will have to die before Council Elders begin listening to what the people actually want, rather than what their own worn-out ideologies and big egos dictate.

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