Serious Gunfire in Damascus

I don’t think this is the endgame in Syria yet, but I’m not surprised at all that it’s happening. If I were a Syrian resistant fighter in the wake of the Baba Amr onslaught, I would ask myself the question: Where’s the best place to fight the regime without risking a deadly city siege and […]

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❊ Using Sex to Sell the Syrian Revolution ?

Apparently, President Assad has been exchanging flirtatious emails with a mysterious woman who sent him a semi-naked picture of herself (picture). This could very well be true. It could indeed be what was actually happening, and not some clumsy smear effort to divide and conquer’s Assad’s picture-perfect family and his united front with his wife. […]

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How One Syrian Slipped Videos Past The Airport's Custom Officers

The Toronto Star: A few hours before leaving his home in Syria to begin a new life in Canada, Mostafa picked up a kitchen knife and began cutting into his left arm near the elbow. [...] Without telling anyone his plan, Mostafa transferred the videos from his iPhone to a Nokia micro memory card that […]

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The Anatomy of Syrian Revolution YouTube Videos

Qifa Nabki noticed what resembles a common format in those revolution Youtube Videos: They’re typically shot on a camera phone by a young Syrian male who begins by announcing the date and place of the video. We see scenes of bullet-scarred buildings, maybe a dead body. Sometimes, the videos are filmed during a battle scene: […]

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Lebanese Hospitality

We’re the beacon of the oppressed. The house on the hill. We welcome the persecuted with open arms. As long as they don’t overstay their welcome of course: The Phalange Party called on the government on Monday to carefully follow up on the flow of Syrian refugees into Lebanon, warning of a “new form of […]

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❊ The Future Movement Needs More Than Distancing Itself from The Salafis. It Needs To Stand Up To Them

– A Threat? – The Lebanese Salafis are feeling confident. They are emboldened by the rise of Islamists in the Arab world and by the void in Lebanese Sunni politics that Mr. Saad Hariri has left behind. They are making a play for power. They are coming up with charismatic leaders, organizing demonstrations and are […]

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