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June 27, 2012

Who is the Syrian ?

The great Syrian writer Zakaria Tamer posted the text below on his FaceBook site last week — I (umm nuwâs at Walls )translated it into English:

Who are you?

Who is the Syrian?
The Syrian is an unknown citizen, he did not become famous for having chosen death, prison, endurance to the point of martyrdom and self-abasement that lead to freedom. The Syrian is a citizen living outside Syria and a citizen living within its borders readying himself to leave as soon as he is able, and that which unites Syrians in and outside Syria is a loathing of dictators and their regimes from A to Z.

The little one is eaten and the big one is eaten

The great thief devoured many little thieves , and the people exchanged satisfied glances, and they whispered in hushed voices: Justice always comes late, and the big thief will be swallowed up by an even bigger thief, and the biggest thief will be swallowed up by the blood of the martyrs.

The blind men

Sheikh Mahmoud told his young pupils to go to the window and to look at the sky from there, so the pupils rushed to the window, and Sheikh Mahmoud asked them:
“What do you see in the sky?”
The pupils said “An airplane flying.”
Sheikh Mahmoud said “You see very well! What else do you see?”
The pupils said “We see some clouds, and a sun.”
Then Sheikh Mahmoud said, questioning them insistently: “What else do you see besides the sun, the clouds, and the airplane?”
So the pupils stared at the sky, and then they said, sure of themselves, “Nothing, besides the sun and the clouds, because the airplane has disappeared.”
Then Sheikh Mahmoud said to them, in an angry voice: “You are worthless! It is as if I were teaching blind men who notice nothing!”
And when the little pupils left the school, they walked along the street feeling as if they were blind beggars knocking on all the doors for alms, but no door opened for them, and they looked up at the sky, but they saw nothing but the clouds and the sun.

What is left

Each writer is what he writes, and that’s all, neither more nor less, and any other noise he makes has no more value than grains of sand piled onto other grains of sand. Today there are writers who fill the public forums of Syria sighing and moaning about their support for the revolutions, but all that they wrote before the revolution was no more than whispers and suggestions in locked bedrooms where women are preparing to undress, for they wrote nothing and demanded nothing.

Don’t be timid!

The writer: I’m going to write about the growing number of beggars, and I will give the reasons for that with an in-depth analysis.
The pen: Why don’t you write about those men whose timidity keeps them from joining forces with the beggars?

The Tadmor prison massacre anniversary

The Tadmor “Palmyra ” Prison Massacre (Syria) occurred on 27 June 1980, the day after a failed attempt to assassinate Syrian president Hafez al-Assad. Tadmor Prison was one of the main prisons in Syria that was holding political opponents of Assad’s regime. In retaliation to this assassination attempt, members of the units of the Defense Companies, under the personal direction of Rifaat al-Assad, brother of the president, entered into Tadmor Prison and massacred about a thousand prisoners in the cells and the dormitories

Syrian soldiers targeting fleeing civilians: rights group

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Jordan is hosting more than 120,000 Syrians, of whom 20,000 are registered with the United Nations. (AP)

Jordan is hosting more than 120,000 Syrians, of whom 20,000 are registered with the United Nations. (AP)


Human Rights Watch on Wednesday urged Syrian authorities to end the “indiscriminate” shootings of civilians fleeing to Jordan and other neighboring countries.

“Syrian soldiers on the border with Jordan appear to be shooting indiscriminately at anyone — including civilian women and children – trying to flee from Syria,” the U.S.-based HRW said in a statement.

“Syrian authorities should immediately order its armed forces on the border to end all indiscriminate attacks and take all feasible measures to avoid injuries to civilians crossing into neighboring countries, and to respect their right to leave the country.”

Jordan is hosting more than 120,000 Syrians, of whom 20,000 are registered with the United Nations.

There are another 38,000 refugees in Turkey, 22,000 in Lebanon and 3,129 in Iraq, according to the UN refugee agency and officials in those countries.

“Syria says it is fighting armed terrorists, yet its border forces appear to shoot at everyone crossing the border without distinction, attacking civilian men, women, children and the wounded the same way they attack fighters,” said Gerry Simpson, senior refugee researcher and advocate for HRW.

“Syria is forcing its own desperate civilians to crawl out of their country under a hail of bullets,” he said.

“By indiscriminately attacking civilians fleeing across its borders, Syria violates fundamental human rights, including the right to life, the right to leave one’s country, and the right to seek asylum in another country.”

HRW said it spoke to dozens of Syrian refugees in Jordan and Iraq who came under fire while fleeing.

“All of the refugees described incidents in which the Syrian army opened fire without warning, and fired on everyone who was crossing the border, (rebel) FSA fighters and civilian men, women and children alike,” the statement said.

An army defector told HRW that border guards had orders “to shoot at anyone trying to leave or enter the country without passing through an official border post, and that some of the soldiers refused to carry out the order,” it added.

HRW said some families managed to bribe guards at the crossing with Jordan to let them leave Syria, paying around $470 per family.

The Egyptian presidential election @ DM

Sharif Abdel Kouddous: Historic Egypt Election Outweighed by Continued Dominance of Military Rule

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