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February 2012

Global March for Syria

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Syrian constitution referendum: huge turn out in Baba Amr in Homs

 

26 Sunday Feb 2012

Posted by  at http://lebanonspring.com/2012/02/26/syrian-constitution-referendum-huge-turn-out-in-baba-amr-in-homs-syria-crackdown/

 

Despite the rumours that there are anti-regime protests in the country for the past 11 months, and rumours that they are being fired at, and persecuted, and that parts of the country are not the under the government rule anymore, and that some of these parts are under siege and heavy bombardment, Syrians are heavily turning up today to the ballot boxes to say YES to the new draft of the constitution.

 

 

Syrians are voting YES to a modern constitution, YES to the separation of powers and to a multi-party system where:

  1. The president holds the executive power and appoint his prime minister and ministers, and supervise the implementation of the government policies, but only the government is accountable to the parliament
  2. The president can dissolve the parliament, which is truly independent body
  3. The president appoints the members of Supreme Court, which is an another independent [judicial] body
  4. The president and his interior Minister appoint four out of five members of the committee, which approve new political parties.

I am sure Syrians will overwhelmingly vote YES in this referendum, and those in the minority who will vote NO, will be doing that only as a protect-vote against curbing the president periods in power to two, and against the removal of the privilege of the Ba’ath party.

The only consolation of the new draft constitution is that the term-counting for the current president starts from the next term. So he can stay 14 years, on the top of the current secured 14 years.

The Syrian state TVs reported this morning from Baba Amr in Homs, where apparently there is a huge turn out on the ballot boxes… Hilarious and amazing that the Syrians are still capable of being humorous:

[youtube http://youtu.be/6DK-_8j8_D0?]

We are not afraid of Assad any longer. But why must more people die?

Rebel fighters in Idlib, which has come under sustained attack from Syrian government forces in recent days

The bodies were in a field, dumped during the night. They were men who had been arrested and taken away for interrogation after the forces of the Syrian regime began a vicious and vengeful sweep through this region.

The families in the village of Kurin have not been able to collect and bury their dead because they would be walking into a trap; any approach so far, they say, has been met with sniper fire. A force of rebel fighters who went to carry out the task twice had to retreat under fire from mortars.

read on here

Ali Ferzat on Syria and the IC

Syria : Anas Tarsha’s last video

English Speakers to Help The Syrian Revolution
Sooo sorry… citizen journalist Anas Tarsha was martyred today by a shell of Assadi army ..Rest in Peace. His last video.. the demonstration at the Stadium in Homs….Missed… remembered….so many lost now….and for every single one of them, another arises in their place….which would always be their last wish….God bless Anas

Conversation with an Anti-Imperialist: A Transcript

This is usually how some of my conversations with anti-imperialists go:

Me: Assad is not fit to rule Syria, he must leave after what he’s done.

Them: But can’t you see that there is a conspiracy against Syria?

Me: Yes.

Them: Don’t you know that if Assad goes then that will be exactly what they have wanted?

Me: Yes.

Them: So why are you against Assad?

Me: Because Assad is murdering his own people and that is wrong.

[End of discussion]

Source : Maysaloon

Help aquire a Satellite Transmission Unit to livestream in Syria

 when there is no power, internet, or phones

Help aquire a Satellite Transmission Unit to livestream in Syria when there is no power, internet, or phones

Information

Press and humanitarian aid (red cross) are not being allowed into Syria.

Blackouts of power and all phone service is making it nearly impossible for live reports to get out from inside Syria.

a BGAN terminal is a device that allows a camera or computer to communicate with a satellite network regardless of the situation with cell or power. They are expensive, but the communication ability when in a blackout is PRICELESS.

1500 dollars down to rent one and $8.00 per megabyte transferred. So we are going to need to raise 2,000 to get started and 10,000 to ensure we can broadcast without interruption.

Lets crowdfund this thing like crazy, if 1000 people give 10 dollars, we are set! Lets keep the information flowing when the internet gets turned off.

thank you for the support and please remember to check your email for donation confirmation and say OK or it wont go through.

Go to web site here

Open letter to Bashar al Assad

Norwich : United Kingdom | Feb 23, 2012 at 10:24 AM PST
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Syria's President Bashar al-Assad speaks at Damascus university
Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad speaks at Damascus university
Bashar al-Assad

Dear President Bashar al Assad

I want to take this opportunity to thank you for all the good you are doing for Syria and the rest of the world, in spite of incredible odds.

As you know, we in the West don’t like Muslims. So thank you for killing so much of them in the past several months.

Thank you particularly for eliminating that little two year old boy, whose death was reported by journalist Marie Colvin on Tuesday, in one of her last reports.

And special thanks for putting an end to that interfering western woman’s reporting. No one will miss her silly, sentimental, female reportage.

“His little tummy just kept heaving until he died”, she reported of a two year old boy, supposedly killed by a shrapnel wound to his chest.

What on earth was she thinking of? Who in the West cares about that?

Who in the West is going to miss some little Muslim brat?

He would probably have grown up to be a terrorist anyway, right?

Just another trouble-maker like the ones whose lying terrorist lives you are now so admirably “snuffing out”.

Everybody knows you are the lawful and rightful leader of Syria: just like Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

All right thinking people know that you are a true servant of Allah, doing his will in the world.

I thank God for your Russian and Chinese friends, who defend your divine appointment.

And I thank Dmitri Medvedev and Vladimir Putin for ensuring tat you have the weapons you need to fight those nasty insurgents.

Nothing like Russian mortars for accuracy, eh?

Keep fighting the good fight. Keep up the good work!

Junior Campbell is based in London, England, United Kingdom, and is an Anchor for Allvoices.

Syria: the horror of Homs, a city at war

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