March 21, 2013
A top Alawaite, Major General Mohammed Khalouf and his son, have both defected and abandoned Syria's brutal dictator, Bashar Assad. In a television interview after his defection he stated that morale amongst troops is very low and that they are trying to recruit new infantry because they have run out. With the opposition's Free Syrian Army now numbering over 100,000 and fighting erupting in the streets of downtown Damascus, the Maj. General says that the end is near.
June 2, 2012
or fourteen months, the two largest cities in Syria have been relatively revolution free. No more! The big merchants of Damascus and Aleppo have been on strike for 4 days straight in protest and objection to the Houla massacre. Further, they have had massive, rip-roaring protests. From a historic perspective, as the merchants go, so does Syria. Assad is finished, it's just a matter of when and how. Start planning victory parties!
June 19, 2011
While Syria's government is going bankrupt, the upper middle class still has money and is working hard to fund and energize the revolution. Assad's cousin Rami Makhlouf recently announced that he is donating his money back to the Syrian people. All he did was infuse $1 billion dollars back into Syria's government coffers to fight the revolution, because the government is strapped for cash and can not sustain this on-going brutal crackdown.
May 9, 2011
Honorable President Obama:
I know you receive millions of messages but I hope you will read this one.
I am writing to you today about the situation in Syria, the land of my forefathers.
April 25, 2011
We've all been following the Syrian uprising and we've seen the fear barrier broken in all cities accross Syria from small towns like Daraa and Bayda, and even in the capital and Homs. But surprisingly, Aleppo, Syria's largest city, has been relatively quite.
Aleppo, the oldest city in the world, lies in the North of the country, near the Turkish border. It has some of the world's most beautiful historical architecture. It's population is diverse, consisting of Arabs, Kurds, Armenians and others. It has Muslims, Christians and Jews all living peacefully. It is a bustling city with vast farm lands as well. There was once a disagreement on whether Halab should actually be the capital.
April 23, 2011
We all know that Mr. Fisk is a long time expert on Middle Eastern politics. Here's what he has to say about Syria:
April 22, 2011
An account from inside Damascus was sent us. The names, locations, and identifying information have been altered. This is a first person, eye-witness account from a person who was protesting during Great Friday:
I woke up in the morning on Friday, per my usual routine. Took a bath, read some Quran, took a nap and waited for Friday prayer.
Me and a group of my friends headed over to our local Mosque. Inside the Mosque, something was different. It was electric and buzzing. You could feel the tension. People were on pins and needles. Everyone was waiting to see what the Imam (religious leader) would say during his sermon.
April 21, 2011
Our sources inside Syria have confirmed that, in anticipation of Friday protests, the Syrian security forces and army have sealed off all major roads leading into and out of Damascus. No one will be getting in, no one will be getting out. The regime is scared that people from neighboring cities will try to enter and rally with the pro-freedom crowds.