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September 1, 2011

The Attorney General of Hama announcing his resignation ( translated )



Al-Assad goes digital as attacks turn to ridicule

Some explaining about the three humouristic clips

By Weedah Hamzah Sep 1, 2011, 5:01 GMT

Damascus/Beirut – Facing domestic turmoil, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad calls his ally, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. One quick conversation later, the Iranians are preparing a special rocket for al-Assad to use against protesters.

Cue the … humour?

Syrian activists have unleashed a new weapon in their attempts to dislodge al-Assad from power: ridicule. That comes in the form of a series of new cartoons – some viewable on YouTube, under the name Wikisham.

‘Ridiculing Syrian president Bashar al-Assad and his regime, is a new way for promoting our revolution,’ Rami Nakhle, a Syrian activist who lives in Lebanon, told the German Press Agency dpa.

WikiSham, (Sham in Arabic means Damascus) consists mainly of satirical mocking of al-Assad; his brother Maher, head of the military arm of the regime; and his cousin Rami Makhlouf, a well-known Syrian business tycoon.

The goal is for the cartoons to prompt more Syrians to join the fight for change – since mid-March more than 2,000 have died in crackdowns on the pro-democracy protest movement, report human rights groups – and hopefully end the regime.

‘Revolutionaries around the globe resort to cartoons because they condense an overall theme that may be complicated in reality and also to increase their supporters as well as encourage people to enroll in their ranks,’ Hala Raad, a Lebanese psychologist told dpa.

The characters are digitally animated, speaking in colloquial Arabic. There are no subtitles in other languages.

The cartoons do not spare Syria’s main backers, such as Ahmadinejad and Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, supreme guide of the Iranian revolution.

They also try to depict what protesters say is happening behind the scene.

Since the Syrian uprising started, activists have accused Iran and its allies in Lebanon, Hezbollah, of helping out the Syrian security forces in crackdowns.

‘The ideas reflect the real facts and how the regime deals with the issues of the people who are calling for their freedom and rights,’ said Nakhle.

‘We found it the best way to show the people around the Arab world how this regime deals with local and political issues,’ he added.

In another episode, al-Assad appears disguised, asking a wise man about the meaning of the Syrian revolution’s slogan, ‘The Syrian people will never accept oppression.’

‘My son, kings and presidents should know no matter what they do, if their people are unhappy with their rulings, they will pay one day and nothing, not even God, will protect them,’ the wise man tells Assad.

Most of the episodes take place in the ‘People’s Palace,’ the presidential headquarters where the real al-Assad lives.

The president usually seems worried in the episodes, mainly taking military advice from his brother Maher, who is always wearing army fatigues.

Maher al-Assad, who heads the fourth brigade, has been blamed for most of the crackdowns and the killings on the pro-democracy protesters.

The dialect used by the characters is in a heavy accent to remind that the Assad family – which has ruled Syria for 41 years – comes from the Alawite mountains overlooking the Mediterranean. That emphasizes that the Alawite minority – Shiites – rules a majority composed of Sunni Muslims. Website:



Wednesday, August 31, 2011 at 10:50PM Gilad Atzmon

This is the power of beauty  and it wins- Heretic productions present… the work of Mhara Costello – 22nd August 2011

Note : the other name for these jellyfish is Man O’ War.

Just a Word

‘Terrorist’ is just a word, one I wish I’d never heard

When it’s used to vilify, without the need to question why

Only fools would swift condemn, that which has not befallen them

Until you know what lies behind, the actions of a tortured mind

Thank your God for sparing you, the suffering others have lived through

Where are the cries of just demand, for Arabs driven from their land?

Blame the victim, turn the cheek, praise the bully, kick the weak!

Mock the man who truth does speak

Tinker, tailor, soldier, spy, greed, corruption, torture, lies!

Blair invasion, sly persuasion, annihilation, massacred nation

Keep on running, karma’s coming!

Money talks, truth walks, oil spills, greed kills

Tide is turning, London’s burning!

Bombs will fall and blood will flow, as sure as my own name I know

Until corrupt dictators go, brutal, rotten, to the core

Their day has come, they rule no more

Show me the man who will not fight, to save his child, his home, his right!

You can call him what you like, you’re not in his sorry plight

Cowards stay and Martyrs go, I know not where, but this I know

Speak your truth and stand your ground, fight your corner

When all around, point the finger, purse the lips, pin the label, ‘Terrorist’!

Just a word, but one that sticks, even when the cap don’t fit

But for the grace of God go I, remember that, before you cry

False accusation, names of shame, at those who may not be to blame,

Their crime, refused to play the game, of meek acceptance, dumbing down,

Your life, your choice; Warrior / Clown

Syria : humour

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