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Syrian Revolution Digest: Growing Pains: More violent crackdown as revolution expands

Syrian Revolution Digest: Growing Pains: More violent crackdown as revolution expands | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
As expected, protests against Assad rule in Syria grew bigger, although, one can hardly tell from the reporting on it whether by international or regional media. This is still a somehow underreported revolution, or an obliquely revolution. Due to government controls, foreign correspondents in Syria are often out of the loop, while Arab and regional satellite stations seem plagued by all sorts of political and individual calculations.
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Syrian Reform Activist Calls Assad Ouster Inevitable

During a visit to Washington, DC, Ammar Abdulhamid tells VOA protesters have broken the barrier of fear and that President Assad's removal is only a matter of time.
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Syrian Revolution Digest: The Bad Man Behind Blue Eyes Loses Mask!

Syrian Revolution Digest: The Bad Man Behind Blue Eyes Loses Mask! | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
This was it. Today was Bashar Al-Assad’s long-awaited moment to settle the decade-long debate on his so-called crypto-reform impulses. And he did. But in doing so, he dashed the hopes of his own supporters, further alienated the large segment of the population still considering its options, and hardened the stand of protesters.
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Syrian Reform Activist Calls Assad Ouster Inevitable

Syrian Reform Activist Calls Assad Ouster Inevitable | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Ammar Abdulhamid says protesters have broken the barrier of fear and that President Assad’s removal is only a matter of time.
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Syrian Revolution Digest: Playing the Sectarian Card!

Syrian Revolution Digest: Playing the Sectarian Card! | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
In Lattakia, Tartus, and certain Damascene suburbs, a disturbing pattern is emerging: armed gangs are taking to the streets and terrorizing the population, including the local police, who have been targeted with a dozen reported deaths in their ranks, but more among civilians. From eyewitnesses’ reports, we can see that the Lattakia gangs are likely members of the smuggling rings operated by members of the larger Assad clans, especially Numeir Al-Assad.
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Syrian Revolution Digest: The Battle Moves North!

Syrian Revolution Digest: The Battle Moves North! | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The momentum of Syria’s ongoing revolution shifted northward on Saturday, with the coastal city of Lattakia becoming the stage for the major events of the day. The city had joined the revolutionary fray on Friday, and clashes between protesters on the one hand, and security forces supported by gangs of smugglers, known as the Shabbiha, many of whom are of Alawite descent and closely affiliated with different members of the Assad-Makhlouf Clan and who for long treated Lattakia as their favorite in-country playground, continued through the night.
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Syrian Revolution Digest: "Bashar Get Out!"

Syrian Revolution Digest: "Bashar Get Out!" | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
As our quick update showed, the day did not exactly begin quietly with major protests in Deraa and environs featuring over 100,000 participants, and with Lattakia, Homs and Mouddamiyyah featuring bloody clashes. Still, and the day unfolded, the picture grew clearer. Indeed, the BBC Arabic service reported that at one point there were more than 300,000 protesters demonstrating in different parts of Syria. More importantly perhaps is the fact that the protesters are now openly demanding end of Assad rule, chanting “Assad Go Out” and “The People Want To Topple The Regime,” defacing Assad’s posters wherever they found, and destroying Hafiz Al-Assad’s statue in Deraa.
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New Massacre Could Be Unfolding In Deraa As Revolutionary Spirit Moves Across Syria

New Massacre Could Be Unfolding In Deraa As Revolutionary Spirit Moves Across Syria | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Almost every major city and town across Syria is witnessing an anti-Assad protest at this stage. Deraa of course is hosting the largest protest with around 50,000 participants by some reckonings. Not all protests have gone peacefully. In Homs, riots police interfered with tear gas, and there were reports of gunfire in certain neighborhoods and 3 are said to have died, but so far no confirmation.
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Ammar Abdulhamid, an exiled pro-democracy leader from Syria, comments on the violent crackdowns on protesters

Thousands of Syrians shouting "We want freedom!" took to the streets around the country Friday, defying security agents who reportedly tried to beat them back with gunfire, tear gas and baton
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Syrian exile Ammar Abdulhamid on the protests and president in Syria

A rare and widely anticipated speech before Syria's parliament by President Bashar al-Assad was a failure, the U.S. Obama administration said Wednesday, criticizing the Syrian leader for an
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The Syrian President's Speech: Surprise! There's No Surprise

The Syrian President's Speech: Surprise! There's No Surprise | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Bashar al-Assad was expected to respond to the protests in his country with a litany of reform. Instead, the country got a lurid display of sycophancy.
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Syrian Revolution Digest: A Page Out of the Old Book!

Syrian Revolution Digest: A Page Out of the Old Book! | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Appearances aside, things were not so quiet in Syria today. Deraa witnessed mass protests which led to the usual crackdown by security forces leaving a reported 5 protesters dead. Meanwhile, Lattakia’s Sleibeh Neighborhood was transformed into a new Tahrir-like square, all with a central platform, speakers and public debates over nature and extant demands. Reports say that some troubles took place early on the day as the stage was being set, but there are no confirmed reports of casualties.
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Ammar Abdulhamid: Syrian rebels don't want U.S. aid, at least for now

Ammar Abdulhamid: Syrian rebels don't want U.S. aid, at least for now | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Syrian rebels who have shaken the regime in Damascus do not want U.S. assistance, at least for now, a Syrian dissident in close touch with the network of protesters told The Washington Times on Sunday.
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Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's Corleone Correlations

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's Corleone Correlations | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
After weeks of appearing immune to Arab world protests, Syria faces escalating unrest as soldiers opened fire on demonstrators. Jeffrey Brown discusses the protests with former U.S. Ambassador to Syria Theodore Kattouf and democracy activist and blogger Ammar Abdulhamid, who was exiled in 2005.
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Ammar Abdulhamid: Syrian protestors want a regime change

Ammar Abdulhamid: Syrian protestors want a regime change | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
MARK COLVIN: Well you heard Mr Rudd outline some of the background there about a country where the Ba'ath Party dictatorship has lasted for over 40 years.
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Ammar Abdulhamid on recent protest against political repression and lack of freedom in Syria

Ammar Abdulhamid on recent protest against political repression and lack of freedom in Syria | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Ammar Abdulhamid, a Syrian Human Rights Activist speaks to Marc Perelman about the recent protest against political repression and lack of freedom in Syria.
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