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Scott Long: ISIS in Iraq: Real atrocities and easy fantasies →

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Political pornography — and that’s what this is – reduces our thinking, our ability to respond, in many subtle and unsubtle ways. But one is this: it acclimates us to accepting that only visible abuses are real. The only violations that count are what our eyes can consume; our hungry seeing is the sole criterion for believing.

— 2 months ago with 6 notes

#Iraq  #ISIS  #ISIL  #Syria  #gender  #women  #Islam  #islamophobia  #USA  #England  #colonialism  #power  #politics  #media  #news  #visual media  #broken telephone  #scott long 
Free multi-media resource for the study of the Middle East مصادر مجانية متعددة الوسائط لدراسة حضارات الشرق الأوسط →
— 3 months ago with 4 notes

#Oxford  #Archeology  #Arab World  #MENA  #SWANA  #Palestine  #Egypt  #Turkey  #Lebanon  #Jordan  #Syria  #Arabia  #أوكسفورد  #علم الآثار  #أثار  #تركيا  #فبسطين  #لبنان  #سوريا  #مصر  #الأردن  #الجزيرة العربية  #العالم العربي  #الشرق الأوسط  #شمال أفريقيا  #جنوب غرب آسيا 
'Half of Syrians' in urgent need →

The UN secretary general says that half of Syria’s population, some 9.3 million people, are in urgent need of aid.

— 7 months ago with 1 note

#syria 
"Cohen surmises that Dayan’s plan was to mount a nuclear weapon on a French Mirage fighter (at that time the U.S. placed restrictions on using U.S. warplanes for such operations) and detonate it over an unpopulated region in Syria or Egypt."
— 10 months ago

#Israel  #Zionist Entity  #zionism  #1973  #nuclear  #france  #usa  #syria  #egypt  #palestine  #colonialism  #war 
Resources about Syria →
— 11 months ago with 16 notes

#syria  #الله معكم  #لا حول ولا قوة إلا بالله  #سوريا  #politics  #سياسة 

haralambros:

The wasteland: Horrifying aerial pictures show full scale of destruction of Syrian city of Homs

  • Syrian forces say they have captured the Khaldiyeh district of Homs, a rebel stronghold since the war began
  • But Syrian Observatory for Human Rights say there is still scattered fighting in southern areas of the neighborhood
  • Syrian TV aired footage of troops roaming deserted streets and waving flags in front of shell-scarred buildings

By Matt Blake

July 29, 2013

House after house, block after block it is a scene of the most appalling devastation.

Not one building has escaped the onslaught of countless mortars, bombs and bullets in Syria’s savage civil war. The only signs of life in Homs are out-of-control weeds. Syria’s third largest city - and the home of 650,000 people before tens of thousands fled or were killed - now looks as if it has been blasted back to the Stone Age.

The picture shows the city’s strategic Khaldiyeh district which troops loyal to president Bashar al-Assad have just retaken after weeks of fierce fighting with rebels.

The counter-offensive, which also saw the government make gains around the capital Damascus, was supported by Lebanese Hezbollah guerrillas.

At least 100,000 people have been killed in the Syrian conflict, which started with peaceful protests against Assad’s rule in March 2011. Nearly two million refugees have fled.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights activist group, however, denied that regime forces had seized all of the district of Khaldiyeh, saying there was still scattered fighting in southern areas of the neighborhood.

Syrian TV aired footage from the neighborhood, showing troops roaming deserted streets and waving flags in front of shell-scarred buildings. Two opposition activists in the area who could normally be contacted via Skype were offline Monday.

Government troops launched a sweeping offensive to retake rebel-held areas of Homs, Syria’s third-largest city, a month ago. Even if small pockets of resistance remain, the fall of Khaldiyeh to regime troops appeared to be a foregone conclusion, and its capture would be the second major setback to rebels in central Syria in as many months.

In early June, regime forces captured the strategic town of Qusair in Homs province near the border with Lebanon. Troops have also captured the town of Talkalakh, another border town in the province.

The province of Homs is Syria’s largest, and runs from the Lebanese frontier in the west all the way to the border with Iraq and Jordan in the east. The city of Homs holds strategic value because it serves as a crossroads: the main highway from Damascus to the north as well as the coastal region, which is a stronghold of president Bashar al-Assad’s Alawite sect, runs through Homs.

Khaldiyeh had a population of about 80,000 but only some 2,000 remain there today as residents fled the violence, activists say. The heavy fighting over the past two years has caused extensive damage, with some buildings reduced to rubble.

In a report on Monday, Syrian state TV said ‘the Syrian army has restored security and stability in the whole neighborhood of Khaldiyeh in Homs.’

A Syrian TV reporter embedded with troops in the area gave a live report standing in front of damaged buildings. He interviewed an army officer who said the troops fought a tough battle against the rebels who mined buildings and fought from underground tunnels.

‘As of this morning, our armed forces in cooperation with the (pro-government paramilitary) National Defense Forces have taken control of Khaldiyeh and are now cleansing the neighborhood,’ said the officer, surrounded by a dozen soldiers and plainclothes security agents.

‘The fate of terrorists will be under our feet,’ he said, claiming that all Homs will be soon ‘cleansed’ of rebels.

The Observatory has said that troops are backed by members of Lebanon’s Hezbollah group. Hezbollah, which did not acknowledge whether its members are fighting in Khaldiyeh, played a major role in a battle last month in Qusair, outside Homs, and lost scores of men there.

Observatory director Rami Abdul-Rahman said government troops have captured most of the neighborhood apart from some fighting on its southern areas.

Another opposition activist, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter, said the battle in Khaldiyeh ‘is almost over.’ He acknowledged that troops are almost in full control of the area.

In the northern city of Aleppo, several rebel factions including the al-Qaida-linked Jabhat al-Nusra, or Nusra Front, attacked army posts in two neighborhoods in an offensive titled ‘amputating infidels’ the Observatory said.

It said rebels captured several buildings in the neighborhood of Dahret Abed Rabbo and Lairamoun, and that eight government soldiers were killed.

Rebels have been on the offensive in Aleppo province and captured last week the strategic town of Khan el-Assal. Activists and state media said score of troops were killed there after their capture. The Western-backed Syrian National Council condemned the killings.

In the southern region of Quneitra, on the edge of the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, government troops captured the town of Mashara on Sunday night after intense fighting, the Observatory said.

— 1 year ago with 42 notes

#حمص  #حلب  #سوريا  #الثورة السورية  #homs  #aleppo  #syria  #syrian revolution  #revolution  #middle east 
Infuriated by Internet shutdown, Anonymous declares war on Syrian government websites worldwide →

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The hactivist group Anonymous reacted angrily to the Internet shutdown yesterday in Syria, an act attributed to the embattled regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad in the civil war there. Anonymous basically declared war on the Syrian regime, saying it intends to obliterate “all Web assets belonging to the Assad regime that are NOT hosted in Syria,” starting today.
— 1 year ago with 7 notes

#anonymous  #activism  #syria  #internet  #سوريا  #سورية 
kawrage:

Everywhere in Chains: posters inspired by Rousseau’s “Man is born free and everywhere he is in chains” 

kawrage:

Everywhere in Chains: posters inspired by Rousseau’s “Man is born free and everywhere he is in chains” 

(Source: africandigitalart.com)

— 2 years ago with 38 notes

#Libya  #Syria  #Sudan  #Tunisia  #Egypt  #Revolution  #Artivism 
Mashable: WikiLeaks Releasing 2.4 Million Emails From ‘Syria Files’ →

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WikiLeaks’s Sarah Harrison later told reporters assembled at a London journalists’ club that the emails in part would expose relationships between the Syrian government and Western companies.
— 2 years ago with 2 notes

#syria  #wikileaks  #سوريا  #سورية  #ويكيليكس 
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Much of Western identity centers on a pillar of high civility, and by extension, high morality. It is a lingering legacy from colonialism where the West re-invokes its perception of the current world, where it is the civilized, and those beyond, hapless barbarians.

It re-invoked that perception after the Houla massacre, where it once again reminded the world of its high moral authority and self-righteousness in lecturing others on their inhumane ways.

But what the West has failed to grapple is that the remainder of the world – growing in power – sees through its hollow moral posturing, exposing its empty values that have for so long sought to shroud its interests.

[…]

Western nations expressing outrage over the Syrian massacre simply reeks of hypocrisy. The day preceding the Al-Kubeir massacre, a NATO airstrike in Logar Province, southeast of Kabul, killed 18 civilians.

On the morning of May 26, as the residents of Houla were coming to grips with the killings, another NATO airstrike blew up a family home in eastern Afghanistan, killing eight members of a single family, including six children.

The killing of civilians and children has been a routine drill in the 11-year Afghan conflict. It was only in March that a US soldier wandered off from his base at night to slaughter 17 Afghan civilians as they slept, including nine children, and then proceeded to burn some of their bodies.

This does not undermine the significance of the human tragedies of Al-Kubeir and Houla, but rather exposes the geopolitical shrewdness of the West in consistently drumming up empty values in order to further its interests. Child killers exist in all forms, and the West should certainly not be one to wave the high moral wand as a disguise for its true intentions in the Syrian crisis.

Little separates the West from its perceived inferiors. All powers pursue their interests with the same cunning vigor, and the same disregard for humanitarian needs.

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— 2 years ago with 27 notes

#syria  #politics 
Statement on the Massacre in Haoula

cosmopolitan-fascist:

statedept:

Press Statement
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
May 26, 2012


The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms yesterday’s massacre in the Syrian village of Haoula. United Nations observers have confirmed that dozens of men, women, and children were killed and hundreds more wounded in a vicious assault that involved a regime artillery and tank barrage on a residential neighborhood.

Those who perpetrated this atrocity must be identified and held to account. And the United States will work with the international community to intensify our pressure on Asad and his cronies, whose rule by murder and fear must come to an end.

We stand in solidarity with the Syrian people and the peaceful marchers in cities across Syria who have taken to the streets to denounce the massacre in Haoula.

That’s very nice but what say you, StateDept, to the children, women, and innocent people massacred by US troops like here and here?

It is not enough to engage in implicit neocolonization, you are ruining your human infrastructure and capital for these endless wars by having them listen to ultra racist calls for war against Islam by military commanders and sending troops on tours over and over again until they mentally break.

(Source: state.gov, via praxis-makesperfect-deactivated)

— 2 years ago with 95 notes

#syria  #hillary rodham clinton