Syria Video Feature: Opposition Rallies Across the Country

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PHOTO: Protest in the Damascus suburb of Saqba, “Syria is Beautiful but It’s More Beautiful Without Assad”


With the partial ceasefire in Syria, opposition protesters have held the largest rallies in months across the country.

Footage from some of the 92 demonstrations claimed by activists and residents:

Northwest

Maarat al-Num’an in Idlib Province in northwest Syria:

Azaz, near the Turkish border:

Atarib in Aleppo Province:

Anjarah in western Aleppo Province:

Aleppo city:

In and Near Damascus

Saqba:

Dumayr:

Douma:

As-Safir in East Ghouta:

Southern Damascus:

South

Busra al-Sham:

Daraa:

Al-Yadudah, near Daraa:

Al-Hirak in Daraa Province:

Homs Province

Al-Waer district in Homs city, which agreed to a ceasefire last year after years of siege and bombardment:

Talbiseh:

Rastan:

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55 COMMENTS

  1. What amazing people the Syrians are. How can Bashyer Arsof say he represents the people of Syria when they so openly reject him and his foreign occupying forces?
    I hope that the Russians and Iranians see these videos and forcefully eject their brutal leaders from their positions.

    • LOL, if a few thousand protesters means the government should resign then no government would last very long.

      BTW, as a matter of English, you are not an “occupying force” when the government invites you – like US troops in South Korea, Japan or Germany (though in some of those cases, whether the gov’t truly invited the US is really really really questionable, indeed).

      I guess you want to foreign terrorists, who are in fact occupying large parts of the country, to win. More head-chopping, women slavery and the like. And Assad is brutal. LOL.

      • Ass add invited pea brain putin cause they want to hav a slaughter fest of sunni.Syria is being ocuppied by iran and russia that why the are protested.Assad is not head-chopping he is gassing..he tortured u mercilessly n hav you suffering slow death…imagine how can u survive wit a neck break in ass add jail in day 1 and the 2nd day he break yr leg.Foreign mujahideen from 83 countries is helping to topple ass add and bring him to justice.assad is a murderous of 370 000 people in 3 years time…Cannot blame you..u sound naive..u said wat u got..

        • they want to hav a slaughter fest of sunni” LOL, it’s you Sunni terrorists that are slaughtering everyone. Sunnis had top government posts under Assad. Do Kurds have top government posts in Turkey? Do Shias have top government posts in Saudi Barbaria, Qatar or Bahrain? No b/c Wahhabist Sunnis are the absolute scum of the earth, totalitarian blood-thirsty murderers who want to kill anybody who thinks even ever so slightly differently from how they think..

          he tortured u mercilessly n hav you suffering slow death” Yeah, right. Probably some of the Wahhabist terrorists serving the Saudi Barbarians and Qataris have been tortured, though I’ve seen no definitive proof of it. Assad is not perfect, but, compared to Wahhabists, he’s an angel.

          assad is a murderous of 370 000 people in 3 years time” All those dead are the fault of the Wahhabist terrorists you love so much.

          As to me being naiive, no, I’m not – I just hate Wahhabist terrorists, of which you have convinced me, you are a loyal member.

            • The unison among Iran’s political parties on Syria
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              During recent political campaigns, Iranian candidates from various political parties discussed the economy, inflation, unemployment, engagement with the West and the nuclear deal. The candidates came from three political camps – reformist, hardliners (including the principalists), the moderates, and some independents.
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              Nevertheless, there was one crucial issue missing from the political campaigns; Iran’s role in the Syrian civil war which has resulted in 11 millions of refuges and a death toll of over 370,000.
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              The public did not appear to question Iran’s role in Syria either.
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              Iran in Syria
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              Iran’s engagement in the Syrian civil war should have been a crucial issue in the election campaigns for several reasons. First of all, Shiite Iran is hemorrhaging billions of dollars on the Alawite state to keep Bashar Al-Assad in power.
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              The fact that no Iranian politician has criticized Iran’s military, financial, intelligence and advisory involvement in the Syrian civil war suggests that there exist no differences among the factions of various Iranian political camps on Syria.
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              The Iran Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and its elite branch the Quds Force, which operates in foreign countries, have increased the number of Iranian troops in Syria in order to dominate the political, military and security apparatuses of the Syrian government. The number has grown substantially in the last few months since Russia’s military joined the Iranian forces in support of Assad.
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              The public funerals of Iranian soldiers killed in Syria are increasing all over the country. Iran is now investing on deploying new special operations from the Saberin commandos of the IRGC Ground Force.
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              IIRGC senior cadres have also turned to training, financing, and creating other Shiite militia groups in the region including “Katayeb Hezbollah”, “Imam Ali Battalions”, “Al-Nojaba Movement”, the “Badr Corps”, “Asaeb Ahl al-Haq”, “Abolfazl Brigade”, “Khorassani Brigades”, and Hezbollah, to name a few.
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              The red lines
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              The fact that no Iranian politician has criticized Iran’s military, financial, intelligence and advisory involvement in the Syrian civil war suggests that there exist no differences among the factions of various Iranian political camps on Syria.
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              In addition, Syria is the red line that reformist, moderates, or independents do not dare to cross. Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has repeatedly made it clear that the Islamic Republic will not abandon the Alawite state. Recently, He described Iran’s role in Syria as the fight between Islam and Kufr (disbelief).
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              “The door for martyrdom, which was closed by the end of the Iranian-Iraqi war, is now open in Syria… Youth have persistently called for going to the battlefield in Syria, where Islam is fighting kufr as was the case during the Iranian-Iraqi war.”
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              It follows that any political candidate daring to question Iran’s involvement in Syria will be indeed standing against Mr. Khamenei who enjoys the final say in Iran’s foreign policy. This will basically trigger the end of that political candidate’s career since the office of the supreme leader has major control over the political process.
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              In addition, IRGC leaders have already consolidated their power in Syria making it clear that there exists no change of plans for Syria. Anyone who opposes their agenda will run the risk of standing against this military empire and powerful hard line organization which wields significant influence in other decisive hard line institutions such as the Judiciary, the Ministry of Intelligence (etela’at), the office of the supreme leader, and the Guardian Council.
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              Furthermore, Iranian leaders and state-controlled media outlets have created a powerful narrative for Syria, aiming to impose fear in the public. Their argument is that if the Islamic Republic does not support the Syrian government, radical Islamist Sunni groups such as ISIS and Jubhat Al-Nusra will take control over the region, endangering the lives of Shiite communities and Iranians both at home and abroad. Hence, any candidate who opposes Iran’s engagement in Syria would be aligning himself or herself on the side of ISIS and terrorist groups.
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              Finally, Iranian politicians across the political spectrum do share the same nationalistic and ethnic objectives when it comes to Iran’s hegemonic ambitions and pursuit of regional pre-eminence and supremacy. From their perspective, abandoning the Alawite government will result in empowerment of Sunni in Syria which will tip the balance of power in favor of Arab states and against Iran.
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              The unison among Iran’s reformists, hardliners, principalists, moderates, and independent politicians will continue to last due to the above factors and their shared convergence of interests in keeping Assad in power.

          • I have to repeat CalDre’s excellent summation……….
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            “Wahhabist Sunnis are the absolute scum of the earth, totalitarian blood-thirsty murderers who want to kill anybody who thinks even ever so slightly differently from how they think.”

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          • Violence in Syria has escalated amid an absence of meaningful efforts to end the war. The government and its allies Russia and Iran had carried out deliberate and indiscriminate attacks on civilians.
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            Incommunicado detention and torture remain rampant. Armed groups opposing the government have attacked civilians, used child soldiers, kidnapped, and tortured.
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            The Assad regime has targeting civilians, kidnappings, and executions. According to local Syrian groups, as of October 2015, the conflict’s death toll topped 370,000 people, including more than 150,000 civilians. About 7.6 million people are internally displaced, with 4.2 million refugees in neighboring countries.
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            Its time now to get the people out of Assads Concentration Camps

              • Right, iranian Jihadis are getting smashed soon.
                People are demonstrating peaceful since 5 years.
                Islamofascists, surpporter of poison gas murderer and your beloved massmurderer will not survive.

            • The government and its allies Russia and Iran had carried out deliberate and indiscriminate attacks on civilians.” You can copy and paste HRW? Who cares what those liars say? Nobody. HRW was always a pro-Empire joke, but ever since George Soros, your hero I’m sure, bought HRW for $100 million, joke has become farce.

              You know who carries out deliberate attacks against civilians? Your terrorist Sunni buddies. That’s why millions are displaced and fleeing. None of this happened before your terrorist goons came to Syria. Indeed, aside from the government being heavy-handed with your terrorist Wahhabist terrorists, Syria was a nice place to take a vacation. Not anymore.

              Nobody will ever vacation in your totalitarian murderous Caliphate – not even the Saudi Barbarian princes, since these murderous dictators / hypocrites love the satanic delights of prostitution, gambling, drinking and drugs, and that is not allowed in the Caliphate.

              Indeed, Wahhabism cannot even be said to be Satanism – even Satan has some standards. Satan rejects Wahhabism as being far too evil, cruel, primitive, blood-thirsty, viscious.

      • LOL, if a few thousand protesters means the government should resign then no government would last very long.

        Exactly. This is tried and tested BS.

        1 million people too to the streets to protest against the Iraq war in Britain and Blair dismissed them on the basis that because Britain’s population was 54 million at the time, the majority who stayed home supported the war.

        • You suffer Alzheimer?
          Last time you have said elections are the solution. The fotos are from Syria are unambiguously.
          Additional 87% of the refugees said they escaped from Assad.
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          Looks like that you are a lover of dictators, massmurderes and liars beside the fact that you are surpprting terrorists.

      • Congress goes after Assad for war crimes
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        Author Julian Pecquet Posted February 28, 2016

        The House Foreign Affairs panel on March 2 is set to mark up a resolution from Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., calling on the Obama administration to push for the creation of a war crimes tribunal to investigate and prosecute violations “whether committed by the officials of the Government of Syria or other parties to the civil war.” The move comes as Republicans and some Democrats are convinced that Secretary of State John Kerry is caving in to Russian demands to keep Assad in power.
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        “There is the potential to move forward in a way that would push back the gains both made by [the Islamic State] and by the Assad regime, but that would require leadership,” committee chairman Ed Royce, R-Calif., told Al-Monitor in an interview last week. “It would require cutting off material support for the Assad regime and increasing pressure on key players aligned with the regime and further isolating those involved in war crimes. How about making it clear that the hundreds of thousands of people who were killed by Assad because of chemical weapons and barrel bombs, that that constitutes war crimes? It takes that kind of leadership.”
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        The committee is also scheduled to take up a resolution calling the persecution of Christians and other religious minorities in Syria and Iraq a “genocide” and urging that perpetrators be brought to justice. The resolution, from Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, R-Neb., and Assyrian-American congresswoman Anna Eshoo, D-Calif., is championed by a coalition of religious freedom organizations that hope to spark a global movement to create a safe zone for Middle East Christians in their historic homeland of the Ninevah plains of Iraq.
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        Also on March 2, the committee’s global health panel will hold a hearing with a panel of public health experts on “the growing threat of cholera and other diseases in the Middle East.”
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        “The conflicts in the Middle East are having a hugely negative impact on health in the region, especially in light of the targeting of health workers and health facilities by terrorists,” Smith, the panel’s chairman, said in a statement. “A year-long cholera outbreak in 2015 may have abated, but ongoing fighting and rebel control of large, unaccountable areas prevent us from being certain. This hearing will examine the status of cholera and other disease outbreaks in the region to determine the most effective US policy options to meet this threat.”
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        On March 1, the Senate continues its oversight of the Obama administration’s FY 2017 budget request for the State Department and foreign operations with a hearing of the Foreign Relations Committee’s management panel.
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        That same day, the House Financial Services Committee’s task force to investigate terrorism financing has scheduled a hearing on “helping the developing world fight terror finance.”
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        On March 2, the House Armed Services Committee holds a hearing on worldwide threats with Defense Intelligence Agency Director Vincent Stewart and Joint Staff Intelligence Director James Marrs.
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        And on March 3, the Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled a markup of legislation from panel member and presidential candidate Ted Cruz, R-Texas, to strip convicted terrorists of their US citizenship.
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        Finally, the full House kicks the week off Feb. 29 by taking up a resolution calling on Iran to do more to find and return missing American Robert Levinson to the United States.
        Julian Pecquet
        Congressional Correspondent

        • Congress goes after Assad for war crimes

          Nothing but posturing. Where are they going to do that? When he travels to the US? The US has not ratified the ICC Convention so they can;t take their claims to the ICC

          Congress has revealed their complete impotence and irrelevance.

        • Congress goes after Assad for war crimes

          LOL, if Congress were to go after war criminals they would have first to put themselves on trial and in jail, starting with that madman Senator John Insane from Arizona. US has set the entire MENA on fire, bombing everywhere, supporting terrorists everywhere, undermining safety and security everywhere, etc. Just do an Internet search for “list of us military interventions” and you will see a long compendium of war crimes.

          The irony is, of course, that anybody opposed to US war crimes is labeled by US and its puppet NGOs (such as HRW, ACLU, etc.) and allies as “terrorists”. It’s like Orwell’s 1984 – doublespeak.

    • Imagine if Hitler had oil and gas that the West needed. We all would be saying……. what’s a Jew?
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      If them Sunnis kings weren’t sitting on so much oil and gas Wahhabi Saudi Arabia would have had a nuclear bomb dropped on it. They’re sub-human.

    • A town in northwestern Syria has become the creative center of the revolt against President Bashar al-Assad. Since the beginning of the uprising, the residents of Kafranbel have drawn signs that skewer the Assad regime and express outrage that the world has not done more to stop the killing in Syria.
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      This type of defiance and courage is what will ultimately destroy Assad and his tyrannical regime. Heroes are people that are pushed to the point that they have nothing to live for in their current situation and decide that to die trying, is far more superior than to live “dead”.
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      Raed Fares, an activist in Kafranbel, explains that the town’s residents chose to draw in English, rather than Arabic, explicitly to reach an international audience. “It’s very important to send our message to all the world,” he said. “And English is the public language.”

      • A town in northwestern Syria has become the creative center of the revolt against President Bashar al-Assad. Since the beginning of the uprising, the residents of Kafranbel have drawn signs that skewer the Assad regime and express outrage that the world has not done more to stop the killing in Syria.

        In other words, they receive posters manufactured by the state department and set to them, where they are in turn, paid to pose alongside they cannot even read.

        What a joke!

    • What if the Syrian truce ends?
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      Due to ineffectiveness in dealing with the Syrian conflict, some promoters of U.N. initiatives have resorted to wishful thinking. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon says the truce in Syria – which started a few days ago – is largely holding. However, Syrian rebels say military operations by the regime, Hezbollah and Russia are ongoing.
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      U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says a wait-and-see approach is needed regarding truce violations, and he agrees with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov not to discuss them publicly. The aim is to keep the truce on life support, and to justify it with humanitarian reasons.
      The U.S. obsession with the illusory truce may be due to a lack of American political imagination, or it could represent complicity with Moscow in dividing Syria along ethnic and sectarian lines.
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      Plan B
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      The U.S. obsession with the illusory truce may be due to a lack of American political imagination, or it could represent complicity with Moscow in dividing Syria along ethnic and sectarian lines.
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      James Stavridis, retired U.S. navy admiral and former supreme allied commander of NATO, told CNN that an American “plan B,” should the truce fail, would “probably at some point” entail a no-fly zone so as to “build a moderate opposition.” He said Jordan would likely participate.
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      There is a need to differentiate between illusion and reality. Can the Syrian regime switch from brutal war tactics to soft politics? Can Iran accept a Syria different from the one it had imagined? Will Russia withdraw that easily from the country as soon as a new Syria is born? A political solution is best and safest – any sane person would choose it. However, it is wrong, even a sin, to combine reality with fiction – what should be negotiated versus what should be fought for.

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  2. The opposition is in complete disarray.

    First they accuse Assad and Russia of targeting civilians.
    Then they accuse Assad and Russia of targeting the moderate rebels – which is a ludicrous complaint because the rebels are clearly targeting Assad.
    When the ceasefire kicked in they complained that Assad and Russia were violating it.
    Now they are complaining that the ceasefire is working, and that a cessation in violence is not in their interests because they cannot achieve their aims without violence.

    • Looks like that you are blind – additional with no power of recall.
      You are a liar? Because you have said there is no moderate opposition in Syria.
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      • You are a liar? Because you have said there is no moderate opposition in Syria.You are a liar?

        No, you are simply not too bright.

        The so called moderate opposition in Syria themselves have admitted they are not moderate.

        The FSA have said they and Al Nusra are one and the same.

        Major Ammar al-Wawi, Secretary General of the Free Syrian Army and head of the FSA’s al-Ababil Brigade in Aleppo, said that al-Nusra was the FSA’s “partner”, and that al-Qaeda was an ally of most of the groups brought together by Saudi Arabia underneath the Higher Negotiation Committee (HNC) banner.

        “Nusra has fighters on the ground with rebel brigades in most of Syria and is a partner in the fighting with most of the brigades that attended the Riyadh conference.”

        According to the spokesman for Alwiyat al-Furqan, one of the largest FSA factions operating under the Southern Front umbrella, the FSA “will not accept a truce that excludes Jabhat al-Nusra.” The spokesman later goes on to call Nusra “honorable”, along with the equally honorable Salafi-Jihadists groups Ahrar al-Sham and Jaish al-Islam.

        Max Abrahms, Professor at Northeastern University and member of the Council on Foreign Relations, explains that these recent developments show that Nusra and the other rebels are one in the same.
        “If you’re pro-rebel in Syria, you’re pro-al Qaeda in Syria,” Abrahms writes. “The rebels are now begging for Russia to stop bombing their al-Qaeda partner.”

        Indeed, it was the “moderate” US-backed FSA factions that were the biggest advocates of their al-Qaeda partners being included in the truce.

        Ahrar, it should be noted, only presents itself as being different from al-Qaeda, in actuality it is not, it is a Salafi-Jihadi group which espouses a reactionary andapocalyptic Islamist ideology that has been complicit in sectarian mass murders of Alawites throughout Syria. On the other hand, Jaish al-Islam, in the words of their former leader, regards al-Nusra as their “brothers” whom they “praise” and “fight alongside.” Jaish al-Islam as well is infamous for parading caged civilians throughout warzones, using them as human shields. The current leader of the group, Mohammed Alloush, was named as the chief negotiator to represent the rebel opposition in talks with the UN.

        Any questions Bunny?

    • The rebels continue to shoot themselves in the foot and expose themselves as unstable and by no means a credible option for governance of Syria.

      Nobody, least of all the Syrian rebels, expected the latest attempt at an internationally-brokered ceasefire in Syria to hold, but a week in world leaders are touting the “real progress” that has been achieved and the UN is looking toward resuming peace talks.

      The rebels, the first to complain about the ceasefire’s brokering, are also loudly condemning the ceasefire for holding, claiming that the success of the ceasefire is giving the Assad government a chance to mobilize forces against them.

      They’re also criticizing the push for peace talks, with Riad Hijab insisting that the conditions are “not favorable” for peace talks right now. The rebels had similarly spurned the last UN effort to start peace talks, showing up in Geneva only to tell the UN they weren’t “officially” going to attend.

      Before that last round of peace talks, the rebels made a ceasefire a precondition for attending, but now with the ceasefire firmly in place, it’s unclear how they’ll end up justifying spurning the talks.

    • Why don`t you go to your Putin country – Putin is destroying russia right now.
      You don`t want go to help?
      240 journalists he has killed during the last years and people who thinks different get killed near the Kreml. Much fun at russia. But if you will survive – who knows……………….

      • The fotos are from Syria are unambiguously.” Yeah, a few thousand protesters. And for all we know the terrorist “mujahadeen”/jihadists forced them to protest. We know quite well your beloved terrorists wouldn’t allow a protest against their totalitarian rule – they would lash and kill anyone doing that.

        Additional 87% of the refugees said they escaped from Assad.” Really? Where do you get that fantasy number? You know, before your terrorist goons invaded and destroyed Syria, everyone was free to leave – but people stayed. Then your terrorist goons come and everyone is fleeing. So now you want to say they are leaving Assad?

        Looks like that you are a lover of dictators, massmurderes and liars beside the fact that you are surpprting terrorists.” Oh, the irony!

        • “Additional 87% of the refugees said they escaped from Assad.” Really? Where do you get that fantasy number?

          I keep asking the same question and Bunny says it was from some German source but seems unable to provide it.

      • 240 journalists he has killed during the last years” Oh, is that so? Do you have proof that Putin was involved in any single one of those murders? Did he also kill the journalists who died while Yeltsin was in power (which was en even greater number)? Did he use his judo skills to kill them?

        I get it now, you are one of those Ukie NotSees. See what wonderful things you have done with Ukraine? LOL. I used to live there, was a decent place before the coup. Ever since then, corruption increased, poverty increased, violence increased, unemployment increased, civil strife increased, it has been a total disaster on every level.

        and people who thinks different get killed near the Kreml” Yeah, Russia is the only place where people who think differently ever get killed. And when they do, it’s a foregone conclusion that Putin did it personally. He’s just that kind of a guy. Or, maybe, you are comparing Putin to the Wahhabist terrorists you love so dearly? Because they actually do kill anyone who thinks even a little bit differently. And since you love these terrorists so much, it shows that you don’t care one bit about people being murdered – you just want your bloodthirsty murderers to win.

        Well, now we know all about you.

        • “I used to live there, was a decent place before the coup. Ever since then, corruption increased, poverty increased, violence increased, unemployment increased, civil strife increased, it has been a total disaster on every level.”

          Lol, stop lying. At least since the early 90´s that ukraine is a dump, and that is waaaaay before this war. The fat corrupt bastard Yanukovych with his nomenklatura and predecessors are the first accountable for the ongoing catastrophe.

          • The fat corrupt bastard Yanukovych with his nomenklatura and predecessors are the first accountable for the ongoing catastrophe” No doubt Ukraine has been a corrupt dump since “independence”, starting with Kravchuk and Kuchma. I lived in Odessa, Sevastopol and Kiev and it was all right. My point was the “revolution of dignity” has made EVERYTHING worse, including corruption.

            But it was obvious from the get-go. I attended many of the protests on Maidan, and saw both the radical element, and the fact that it was oligarch-supported (oligarchs own all the TV stations). So I knew it would be another fraud, I just didn’t predict how bad it would be (though I did warn anyone who would listen about civil war).

            It was obvious to me from day one that the Heavenly Hundred were not killed by gov’t forces but by snipers employed by the “opposition”. Nothing good can come out of corrupt oligarchs seizing power by shooting innocent and well-meaning (though thoroughly deluded and misguided) protesters.

            Same can be said about Syria. If Assad is ousted, guaranteed what comes next will be much much worse. It’s just obvious from the war criminals who are behind his ouster – they never do anything positive, they just seek more and more power.

            • I agreed with you CalDre. My best friends are ukranians and I have lived and worked with them, they all migrated from there in the early 90´s. One of them is from Luhansk and his family is still there so I have a first hand picture of what is going on. I just don´t buy the narrative “it is all U.S´s fault”, if not because of internal corruption no foreing power can subvert a government, the sucesive corrupt nomenklaturas make ready the soil for what is going on.

              • The fact that there were existing conditions that allowed the US to pull off its coup in no way justifies this coup – and its devastating consequences. Note also, that much of Ukrainian political dysfunctionality was caused by earlier US interventions, particularly the partially successful 2004 color revolution (Remember the 5 billion dollar quote from Ms. Nuland?).
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                It is the same situation in Syria: There were some poor, backward areas in Idlib or Daraa were islamic fundamentalism and sectarian hate festered and which proved to be an ideal recruiting ground for the militant opposition. But the fact remains, that without the massive support of the US – both material and propagandistic – there would have been no war in Syria (There are of course other players like Saudi Arabia, but none of them would have dared to do anything without a green light from Washington). There would have been perhaps a few isolated violent demonstrations and terrorist acts, but most certainly nothing remotely on the scale that we witnessed.
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                To say that the US is not responsible for the wars in Ukraine and Syria because there were preexisting conditions that it exploited, is similar to claiming that the terrorists that flew the planes into the World Trade Center were not responsible for its destruction,because the steel structure was not sufficiently fire proofed.

  3. “Syrians don’t want any part of that Sharia”

    As usual Mike don´t knows what he is talking about. Pre-war Syria was already an Islamic state with most of its laws based or compatible with sharia, what they don´t had was religious jurists´s independent rulings -like hand-cutting, etc., wich constitute Mike´s childish idea of “Sharia”-.

    • Pre-war Syria was already an Islamic state

      Does this look like an Islamic state to you?

      “The [Syrian] Baath regime combined Arab Socialism with secular ideology and an authoritarian political system. The constitution guarantees religious freedom for every recognized religious communities, including many Christian denominations. All schools are government-run and non-sectarian, although there is mandatory religious instruction, provided in Islam and/or Christianity.”

      • “Anyway, look at pictures of Assad’s wife – is she wearing even a hijab or head scarf? No! Women go to university, have jobs, can volunteer (and fight) in the military, can walk alone, can drive cars, are allowed wherever men are allowed, etc. You know NOTHING about sharia law! Just spewing total ignorance.”

        Dr. Dre,

        Have you done some research beside looking at pictures of Assad’s wife and worshipping baathist ideology?

        You are talking about civil law, syria adopted the corpus of napoleonic civil law and modified it based on traditional sharia rulings, almost exactly the same one of egypt -allowed polygamy, a muslim woman cannot marry a non muslim man, no female initiated divorce, etc.-, they only avoided religious jurists´s independent rulings, that is an updated sharia. Christians have their own status.

        • allowed polygamy, a muslim woman cannot marry a non muslim man, no female initiated divorce, etc.-, they only avoided religious jurists´s independent rulings, that is an updated sharia. Christians have their own status.

          Polygamy is allowed, though I would argue that is part of cultural heritage, not Islam per se. But it certainly is not same as sharia law! Every country has its laws affected by its moral values. US for example is a satanist country by and large and hence has gay marriage. That is not to say, however, that the country is under Satanic law (yet, anyway).

          Women can initiate divorce in Syria, but only “for cause” (the standard reasons the Catholic Church also uses to grant annulments); men have only to request it AFAIK. This is compatible with some interpretations of Islam, granted.

          As to interfaith marriage, each religious community follows its own family law rules. So it’s not so much Syrian sharia law, as basing family law on its historical religious foundation (whereas in US, it’s satanist, but I repeat myself). Under Islam, depending on interpretation, a Muslim man may marry up to 4 Jewish or Christian women, but Muslim women must marry a Muslim.

          But all of this is a far cry from real Sharia law. Sharia law touches on everything, much like Jewish law (on which it is based) – both are totalitarian systems. Sharia law affects finance, food consumption (e.g. Syria does not force halal), alcohol, music (in some interpretations), etc. When you speak of Sharia law, you look at Afghanistan, Saudi Barbaria, and ISIS. Syria is nothing like those.

        • the current government is less popular than the Yanukovich government. After more than a year in office, Poroshenko’s current ratings stand at 17 percent.

          Not to derail this thread – but, Poroshenko’s rating would be even lower if Crimea and Donbass/Lugansk were polled (esp. the latter, they do resent a bit him bombing their cities and killing them). But even more remarkable is the Prime Minister, “Yats” (as his puppet master Nuland calls him), who sits at around 1%. Despite that, he survived a recent no-confidence vote – b/c, after all, in a US-style “democracy”, it’s what the US rulers want, not what Ukrainians want.

          On the other hand, shortly before his ouster, Yanukovych polled at around 28%. But that was only after all the oligarchs ganged up on him in the mass media (mainly owned by Ukrainian Jews, btw – also Jews are about 0.2% of Ukraine’s population, the majority of oligarchs are Jews and they control virtually all of the mass media).

    • Pre-war Syria was already an Islamic state with most of its laws based or compatible with sharia, what they don´t had was religious jurists´s independent rulings -like hand-cutting, etc., wich constitute Mike´s childish idea of “Sharia”-.

      Not really. Sharia law only pertains to questions of personal and family law.

      The judicial system is a combination of Ottoman, French, and Islamic laws. Syria has three levels of courts: courts of first instance, courts of appeals, and the constitutional court, the highest tribunal.

      • I´m not spewing total ignorance Andre. I´m saying more or less the same thing that you. In the judicial system individual rulings on the part of religious jurists are not implemented. Most of its laws are based or compatible with sharia like in Iran.

        • Most of its laws are based or compatible with sharia like in Iran.

          Evince suggests otherwise. Alcohol is banned in Iran, as it is other Islamic states who’s laws are based on Shariah. Sharia law applies only to family matters. Clearly they do not apply to Christians.

          • One project examined 200,000 comments posted on Latvia’s three main online news portals between 29 July and 5 August 2014. It found 1.45% of those comments were from “hybrid trolls”, a phenomenon that came to light recently when it emerged that Russia had set up warehouses in which an army of bloggers sat day and night, charged with flooding the internet with comments favourable to Russian interests. But in some stories, more than half of the comments were by Russian trolls – identified partly by their poor grammar, repetition of content and IP address.

            Five types of troll were found: the “blame the US conspiracy trolls”; the “bikini trolls” (adorned with images of young women who would gently ask targets to rethink their views); “aggressive trolls” determined to drive people off the web; “Wikipedia trolls” working to edit blogs and web pages to Russia’s advantage; and “attachment trolls”, who would post link after link to articles and videos from Russian news platforms.

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