Chicago Rally for Syria

by John Mak April 30, 2011

Hundreds turn out for another impressive Chicago rally for Syrian freedom on April 30, 2011. See the images below from the rally: (right click, save as for full resolution)

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Another arbitrary detention and torture story

by John Mak April 30, 2011

Eventually my friend confided in me a story that illustrates how the arbitrariness and thoughtlessness of the Syrian regime combines with other social pressures. For a number of years, Yusuf was in love with a girl from his village. When he finally decided to ask her father for permission to marry, her father said no and proceeded to engage his daughter to another man. Yet my friend could not forget his love so easily and continued to see her even though he had been forbidden to do so. Unfortunately, her father was an important man in the internal security services. When he found out that Yusuf was still seeing his daughter, he wrote a false report that landed Yusuf in jail for several days, where he was beaten.

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Chicago Rally for Syria Saturday 2PM Congress and Michigan

by John Mak April 30, 2011

A solidarity rally will be held on Saturday (4/30/2011) for Libya and Syria at 2PM in Chicago at the intersection of Congress and Michigan. Spread the word!

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Must Follow English Syrian Tweeters

by John Mak April 30, 2011

Everyone keeps asking us who we follow for English news on events happening in Syria so that they can avoid the spam. Here are a list of Twitters and a brief description. The ones listed near the top are "Must follow" as you get down toward the bottom they are "may follow". However, we follow all of them, and then some! This is who we follow:

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Chicago Nationwide Candlelight Vigil for Syria

by John Mak April 28, 2011

Chicago particpated in the Nationwide Candle Light Vigil for Syria today. See the pictures below: (right click, save as, for full image)

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US Senators Press Obama Further

by John Mak April 28, 2011

The Obama administration faced renewed pressure Thursday to toughen its stance on Syria, where pro-democracy activists remained defiant ahead of planned nationwide rallies to denounce government brutality against demonstrators.

Three key senators formally called on the White House to break publicly with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and to impose sanctions against members of his government. The call for tougher measures came as European Union diplomats gathered in Paris to discuss similar steps against the Assad regime.

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US Congressional Members Speak on Syria

by John Mak April 28, 2011

The Westin Hotel Atrium, Southfield, Michigan
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Pictured below: U.S. Representative Hansen Clarke (D-Detroit) & U.S. Representative Thad McCotter (R-Livonia) joined national Syrian and Lebanese American leaders, along with members of the Dearborn Arab American community, in addressing the media, delivering statements and taking reporters' questions concerning the situation in Syria.

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Elliot Abrams on Syria and Obama

by John Mak April 28, 2011

The last few days have produced a series of important quotations regarding Obama foreign policy.

The final line in Ryan Lizza’s New Yorker article on Obama is tops: “One of his advisers described the President’s actions in Libya as ‘leading from behind.’”  A similar thought was delivered on the record by the State Department’s Director of Policy Planning, Jacob Sullivan. Discussing military activities in Libya, he said the United States “stands ready to play perhaps the central supporting role in this mission…”

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