American Syrians - Photos Syria Revolution News from an American Perspective in English BlogEngine.NET en-US AmericanSyrians American Syrians 0.000000 0.000000 FSA created their own safe zones <p>The Free Syrian Army is creating their own "safe zones" and Assad's regime forces have lost control over all of Syria except for the central parts of a few of the larger cities. Take a look at this map and explore the safe zones that the FSA have created.</p> <p></p> <p><img src="" alt="" /></p> Thu, 28 Jun 2012 09:32:00 -0700 Photos Mohammed 138 Emergency Ralllies Across the US in Support of Homs after Daycare Massacre <p>Americans all across the Unites States are holding emergency rallies in support of the Syrian people in light of the <a href="">Houla Daycare Massacre</a>. Over 50 children were slaughtered by hand in a daycare. In New York, a demonstration was held in front of the United Nations building asking the United Nations to be more aggressive on Syria and to stop turning a bling eye to the plight of freedom loving people in Syria.</p> <p></p> <p>On Sunday, May 27th, Chicagoans are dropping everything and holding a rally in downtown Chicago in support of Syria. Register and find out more at the Facebook event page:</p> <p><a href=""></a></p> <p>Images from the New York demonstration:</p> <p></p> <p>&nbsp;<img src="" alt="" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img src="" alt="" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img src="" alt="" /></p> <p>More photos from New York rally can be seen at:</p> <p><a href=""></a></p> Sat, 26 May 2012 13:35:00 -0700 Chicago Massacre New York Obama Photos Mohammed 10 Huge Syria Rally in Chicago April 28 <p><img src="" alt="" /></p> Fri, 13 Apr 2012 20:55:00 -0700 Chicago Photos Mohammed 18 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 SAC DC event a major success <p>Syrian Americans and other Americans that participated in the May 24th Washigton DC Syria Freedom Day organized by the Syrian American Council deemed the event a major success. The group hit the offices of senators and congressional leaders early in the morning and were able to meet with the office staff of the following representatives:</p> <p></p> <p>(1) Senator John Kerry and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee<br />(2) Senator Joe Lieberman<br />(3) Senator Richard Burr<br />(4) Senator Kay Hagan<br />(5) Senator Ron Paul<br />(6) Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison<br />(7) Congressman Mel Watt<br />(8) Congressman Larry Kissell<br />(9) Senator Dick Durbin<br />(10) Senator Mark Kirk</p> <p>As well as many others!</p> <p>The response from congressional leaders was tremendous and everyone sided with the Syrian people and against Assad. All vowed to send messages and letters to President Obama urging more pressure on Assad and more action on Syria.</p> <p>Attorney Mo Idlibi of North Carolina&nbsp;made the following statement after meeting with the congressional leaders,</p> <p>"We requested from all of the representatives to write a letter to President Obama and United Nations Representative Rice urging them to hold the regime of Assad accountable for the war crimes and crimes against humanity that they are perpetuating against their own people in Syria; to allow the UN Security Council to investigate the atrocities that are taking place in Syria; and to assist and show full support of the peaceful, law-abiding protesters in Syria, who are Muslim, Christian, Jewish, Alawite, Sunni, Shia, Kurd, Druze, Sharkasy, Aremenian, and otherwise -- all working for the same cause: Democratic Reform of Syria."</p> <p>After the morning meetings, a large crowd gathered in front of the Syrian Embassy and held up posters and chanted for freedom. A few members of the group went in to the Embassy later on to talk to the Syrian ambassador regarding the situation in Syria. They came out disappointed and stated that the Syrian ambassador just denied that there were even protests going on and said that foreign infiltrators were the ones protesting. The ambassador just stuck to the regime line and denied everything.</p> <p>Later in the afternoon, a number of meetings took place with prominent members of the Syrian American community and addressed many concerns and brainstormed some other ideas. Members of the press were present for all of these events.&nbsp;</p> <p>Some pictures from the various events are shown below:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img src="" alt="" width="580" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img src="" alt="" width="580" /></p> <p><img src="" alt="" width="580" /></p> <p><img src="" alt="" width="580" /></p> <p><img src="" alt="" width="580" /></p> <p><img src="" alt="" width="580" /></p> <iframe width="480" height="390" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><P> <iframe width="480" height="390" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><P> Tue, 24 May 2011 18:05:00 -0700 Photos Rally Syria Mohammed 9 Despite freezing rain Chicagoans rally for Syria Chicago May 14th, 2011 - Despite the freezing rain and 46 degree temperature (9 Celsius), Chicagoans came out in strength to support the people of Syria and Libya in their fight for freedom and democracy.</p> <P>See the pictures<P> <p> <img src="" alt="" width="600"/></p> <img src="" alt="" width="600"/><p> <img src="" alt="" width="600"/><p> <img src="" alt="" width="600"/><p> <img src="" alt="" width="600" /><p> <img src="" alt="" width="600"/><P> <img src="" alt="" width="600"/><P> <img src="" alt="" width="600"/><P> <img src="" alt="" width="600"/><P> The rain didn't deter parents who wanted to bring their children.<P> Send us links or pictures from your city's Syria Freedom Rally! Sat, 14 May 2011 19:05:00 -0700 Chicago Photos Rally Syria Mohammed 8 Detroit Rally for Syria Freedom <p>Detroit area Syrians hold rally for freedom and democracy in Syria! See the pictures below!</p> <p></p> <p><img src="" alt="" width="580" /></p> <p><img src="" alt="" width="580" /></p> <p><img src="" alt="" width="580" /></p> <p><img src="" alt="" width="580" /></p> Fri, 13 May 2011 19:51:00 -0700 Detroit Photos Mohammed 23 Toledo Ohio Supports Syria A large rally supporting the freedom fighters in Syria was held in Toledo, Ohio on Thursday May 5th, 2011. It was a candle light vigil for all the fallen and all of those killed at the hands of Assad's merciless regime. See the photos from the rally below. <p><img src="" alt="" width="580"/></p> <p><img src="" alt="" width="580"/></p> <p><img src="" alt="" width="580"/></p> <p><img src="" alt="" width="580"/></p> <p><img src="" alt="" width="580"/></p> <p><img src="" alt="" width="580"/></p> <p><img src="" alt="" width="580"/></p> <p><img src="" alt="" width="580"/></p> Sun, 08 May 2011 21:03:00 -0700 Photos Rally Syria Toledo Mohammed 13 Chicago Nationwide Candlelight Vigil for Syria <p>Chicago particpated in the Nationwide Candle Light Vigil for Syria today. See the pictures below: (right click, save as, for full image)</p> <p></p> <p><img src="" alt="" width="520" /></p> <p><img src="" alt="" width="520" /></p> <p><img src="" alt="" width="520" /></p> Thu, 28 Apr 2011 20:00:00 -0700 Chicago Photos Syria Mohammed 187 Syria Agents Discuss Army "Wiping them all out" <p>A fake facebook page supposedly garnering support for Assad in the United States shows what kind of bizarre attitude and behavior Syria's security forces have, take a look at this screen capture:</p> <p></p> <p><img src="" alt="" /></p> <p>If you can't see the image, here is a description.</p> <p>They were discussing the dissidents in Syria and the peaceful protesters. The first person says, Elias, says that "the Army went to Daraa to wipe them all out". The second person, Marie says, "He should send the whole army throughout all the country".</p> <p>It's troubling that people can comment such callously about wiping out an entire town of civilians. This is the brutality that Syria's security apparatus and thugs operate and are brought up in. They think this is perfectly normal behavior.</p> <p>If you care to follow their conversation:</p> <p><a href=""></a></p> Mon, 25 Apr 2011 20:53:00 -0700 Photos Syria Dara Mohammed 5 Makhlouf's TV Station Hacked <p>The corrupt Makhlouf TV station's website was hacked. Here is the message that was put up, prior to being removed: (right click, save as for full size image)</p> <p></p> <p><img src="" alt="" width="600" /></p> <p>I'm sure someone can send us a translation. Sorry it's all Arabic.</p> Sat, 23 Apr 2011 15:48:00 -0700 Photos Syria Mohammed 28 Chicago Supports Syria <p>Approximately 600 Chicagoans came out in support of the people of Syria! President Obama's home city stand with Syria! Below are images and reports from the rally.</p> <p>The message was loud and clear, the people of Syria and Libya deserve freedom and dignity and Chicago stands with them. After marching around downtown, demonstraters were treated to a number of inspirational speakers.&nbsp;</p> <p>A 16 year old girl drove all the way up from Indianapolis to tell the story of her cousin that was killed by two gunshot wounds when leaving Friday prayer a few weeks ago at the Rifai Mosque in Damascus. She told countless other stories of people she knows who were killed by the Assad regime for merely walking outside.</p> <p></p> <p>Another woman gave a talk saying that we are all Kurds, we are all Allawis, we are all Christians, we are all Muslims, we are all Jewish, we are all SYRIAN!</p> <p>A man who just came back from Misrata, Libya offered his inspirational words and said that Libyans will be free soon.</p> <p>A famous Libyan author Fathi Al-Fadhili also made an appearance and gave a little speech.</p> <p>Thank you to all the people in Chicago that sent us these pictures and updates. Click on "Save Image As..." to see the full size version of each image. Save them to your computer, tweet them, distribute them to everyone.</p> <p><span style="font-size: medium; font-family: 'arial black', 'avant garde';"><strong>Chicago Stands With Syria!</strong></span></p> <p><img src="" alt="" width="500" /><br />The crowd started out with a few hundred marching around downtown Chicago and chanting.</p> <p><img src="" alt="" width="500" /><br />Part of Chicago's beautiful skyline.</p> <p><img src="" alt="" width="500" /><br />The rally was in support of Libya and Syria, and there were plenty of Libyan flags and speakers as well.</p> <p><img src="" alt="" width="500" /><br />People of all races, colrs, and faiths met and raised America, Syrian, and Libyan flags in the name of freedom.</p> <p><img src="" alt="" width="500" /></p> <p><img src="" alt="" width="500" /></p> <p><img src="" alt="" width="500" /></p> <p><img src="" alt="" width="500" /></p> <p><img src="" alt="" width="500" /></p> <p><img src="" alt="" width="500" /></p> <p><img src="" alt="" width="500" /></p> <p><img src="" alt="" width="500" /></p> <p><img src="" alt="" width="500" /></p> <p><img src="" alt="" width="500" /></p> Sat, 23 Apr 2011 15:23:00 -0700 Photos Syria Rally Chicago Mohammed 13