American Syrians - Aleppo Syria Revolution News from an American Perspective in English BlogEngine.NET en-US AmericanSyrians American Syrians 0.000000 0.000000 Aleppo, Damascus roar into the revolution <p class="intro">F</p> <p>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!</p> Sat, 02 Jun 2012 12:36:00 -0700 Aleppo Damascus Mohammed 3 Why I am damn proud to be Syrian <p>Growing up the son of Syrian exiles is a unique experience that is unknown to the non-Syrian community; it&rsquo;s a &ldquo;smell but don&rsquo;t touch&rdquo; policy.</p> <p>Syria to me is like this mythical land of fantasies where everyone around me would tell me how great it was, but it was something I only dreamt of. The other Syrian kids would be able to go visit, spend time with their extended family, travel the great cities of Syria, indulge in the delicious foods, and just generally have a blast there. But why not me?</p> <p></p> <p>Why was I never allowed to visit my grandparents in Syria? Why was I never allowed to roam the streets of the Hamdiya market in Damascus? Or visit the citadel of Aleppo? Or watch the water wheels of Hama spin? Or visit the grave of Khalid Bin Waleed in Homs? Why was I never allowed to brag to friends about how I created mischief in a foreign land? Why me? Why was I barred from entering my homeland? The land of my forefathers.</p> <p>Why was I forced to go to countries other than Syria to visit my grandparents, aunts and uncles?</p> <p>I&rsquo;ll tell you why. It was because of one man, a defiant young man, who had the audacity to speak up about the atrocities that Hafiz al-assad was committing all over Syria. This young man, my uncle, dared to document some of the crimes the Assad regime of the 80&rsquo;s was carrying out. This bold young man, my uncle, was arrested. This courageous young man, MY uncle, was tortured. This brave young man, MY UNCLE, was beaten. This fearless young man, MY UNCLE AYMAN, suffered so much, all for saying the truth. And then, my uncle was disappeared. This Hero&rsquo;s family would forever be barred from entering Syria, lest they receive the same treatment he did.</p> <p>All this happened when I was still a baby. As I grew older my father&rsquo;s stories about our family olive grove became a distant mirage; you could only see it from far away, and never get close. My mother would always tell us stories about her parent&rsquo;s villa in Syria, and how lovely it was. It was all just stories, nothing tangible. I came to the conclusion I was only Syrian by name and I really had nothing to do Syria. My friends used to brag about their ethnicity but I had nothing to brag about.</p> <p>Why would I be proud to be from a place I have never been to? Why would I be proud to be a Syrian when, for over forty years, Syrians have been slaves to the Assad family. Why would I be proud to be from a place that didn&rsquo;t want me? Or wanted to hurt my family and me? I wanted nothing to do with it; I was done with Syria.</p> <p>Soon, when people would ask me, &ldquo;where are you from&rdquo;, I, knowing fully well &nbsp;what they were referring to, would say, Ohio. I no longer related to my Syrian heritage or culture. I was American, and that was it.</p> <p>I had forgotten the history of the Syrian people. I had forgotten who Syrians really were. I had forgotten the bravery of my forefathers. My forefathers were Saladin Al Ayoubi and Khaled bin Alwalid. How could you not be proud of ancestors like that? How could I have forgotten the great men that called themselves Syrian?</p> <p>And today, we have many great Syrian men and women. People like Abdul Basit Al Saroot, the soccer goalie turned revolutionary protest leader. I am proud to be from the same land that bore Ibrahim Qashoush, the author of the new Syrian national anthem, who was killed for his words. I&rsquo;m proud to speak the same dialect as Khaled abu Salah and Danny Abdul Dayem, citizen journalists, risking their lives to document the unspeakable crimes of Bashar al assad and his mafia. I&rsquo;m PROUD of courageous women like May Skaf and Fadwa Sulaiman, who left their acting careers to join the revolution.</p> <p>I am proud of all the men, women and children who are risking their lives every day, every hour, and every minute, to speak up against the sadistic dictator and his sadistic thugs. Free Syrians, you have shown the world what true valor and courage is. You should be proud!</p> <p>My uncle, Ayman, would have been part of this revolution had he been alive, or free. No one knows what happened to him, we have never heard whether he is alive or dead. He would be in his 50&rsquo;s today. Khalo Ayman, I am proud to be your nephew; you are my hero. I hope to meet you one day, in this life or the next.</p> <p>I am DAMN proud to be Syrian!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p><img src="" alt="" /></p> Fri, 24 Feb 2012 19:40:00 -0700 Aleppo Obama Photos Syria Torture Ammar 26 Elite and Rich Funding Syria's Revolution <p>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.</p> <p></p> <p>Multiple sources inside Syria from every major city have confirmed that Syria's "rich and elite" upper class is funding and supporting the revolution. While they may not be out on the streets protesting, they have provided cash, cell phones, laptops, high resolution video cameras, satellite phones and modems, and their internet connections and computers to the revolutionaries. They are also providing medical supplies, food, and shelter. They are supporting this revolution one hundred percent and have quietly split with Assad a long time ago. They aren't on the fence. They just aren't in the streets. All Syrians despise Assad and are working together in various ways.</p> <p>These same rich and elite often meet with Assad and patronize him and passify him with various words of wisdom and encouragement only to hasten his demise. They are working against him from within.</p> <p>Further, Syrians living outside Syria have also helped support the revolutionaries. Sending in equipment from Lebanon as well as funding various aspects of the revolution.</p> <p>Syrians see this as a golden opportunity to rid themselves of the most reviled, most repressive, most depsotic regime humanity has ever seen. And the light at the end of the tunnel is getting brighter and brighter every day.</p> <p>The final step is to cut off oil sales which provide Assad about $7-8 million dollars per day, which is going directly toward the military crackdown. This can only be sustained for another month at this rate before the government is bankrupt and can't pay the soldiers or feed them. If the US and EU are successful in halting oil sales, that day will come a lot sooner.</p> Sun, 19 Jun 2011 14:51:00 -0700 Aleppo Damascus Syria Mohammed 17 My Letter To President Obama <p>Honorable President Obama:</p> <p>I know you receive millions of messages but I hope you will read this one.</p> <p>I am writing to you today about the situation in Syria, the land of my forefathers.</p> <p></p> <p>As you are well aware, the Assad regime is engaged in a brutal crackdown on pro-democracy advocates. I have also heard and read your statements on the situation there and I agree with everything you have said.</p> <p>However, I feel you have not gone far enough. We are fighting a war (through NATO)in Libya based on the assumption that Ghadaffi was going to go house to house, door to door, room to room, and kill people. Well, Assad is already doing that in Syria and more people have died in the last 7 weeks than those that died in the Egypt uprisings.</p> <p>I don't understand the reluctancy to call a spade a spade. Assad is NOT a reformer; he is a killer like his father. It's time we put an end to this madness, you need to tell him "it&rsquo;s time to GO;&rdquo; just like you did with Mubarak and Ghaddafi. He is just like them and probably even worse.</p> <p>I know Syria doesn't have oil, and doesn't have a peace agreement with Israel, but the people of Syria are a great people who love American ideals. I have never been to Syria and I wish, that with your leadership, Syria can one day be free, and I can visit my grandfather's grave and read him a prayer. I wish to meet all my cousins that I have never seen. I wish to go to my grandfather&rsquo;s olive garden, and run my fingers through its dirt. I wish to see the Citadel of Aleppo that holds great history in its stones. I wish to shop the Hamadiya bazaar in Damascus. I wish to hear the water wheels of Hama that fed water to inhabitants of thousands of years. And finally, I wish to visit the city of Daraa to find out what they eat that makes them the bravest, most courageous, people on earth!</p> <p>Will you help my wishes come true?</p> <p>&nbsp;Thank you dearly,</p> <p>&nbsp;Ammar</p> Mon, 09 May 2011 20:12:00 -0700 Aleppo Damascus Obama Syria Ammar 19 Wainik ya Halab? (where are you Aleppo?) <p>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.&nbsp;</p> <p>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.&nbsp;</p> <p></p> <p>Through out history, because of its geographic location, Halab became a business town, where traders from all over the world would come to trade merchandise. Today it remains a hub for commerce and agriculture.</p> <p>So the question is, why is Aleppo not joining the protests as much as other areas? I have scowered the internets to find evidence of protests, and while there are protests, they seem to be small and isolated. In fact, I have not seen anything since the 23 of April, meaning that Halab has been quite while Daraa has been underseige.</p> <p>I hypothisize that this is due to one or more reasons:</p> <p>- There have been widespread detentions in Halab leading to fear of people going out?</p> <p>- There is an extremely large Mukhabarat presence in Halab?</p> <p>- Cell phones have been confiscated?</p> <p>- People in Halab are not as interested in over throwing the Government as other towns? I doubt this.</p> <p>- They are too busy running their businesses?</p> <p>I don't know how else to explain their absence. It is obvoius that if Halab were to join with force, Assad and his criminal mafia would be done.</p> <p>If you have any ideas please comment.</p> Mon, 25 Apr 2011 19:28:00 -0700 Damascus Syria Aleppo Ammar 82