"الجديد": اشتباكات في بلدة الهيك الحدودية مع سوريا
For the Last thirty eight Years, the Regime in Syria, threatened to retaliate, in the Right Time, and Right Place, to the assaults, of the Enemy Israel, that took place in many parts in Syria. Though it never did. But it surprises every one in the Arab World, when the Regime, waited all those years, to retaliate in Europe instead, of Israel, knowingly, that, Israel is not worth to be confronted. The FM of the Regime wiped Europe, in one Single News Conference, and even he did not use, any Multiple and Excessive force, like he could use, a Mass Destruction Weapons. The Worrier of the Regime, also, put USA, in Terror, that he might Extend, his action to them. It is really surprising, because, when the Regime was Strong enough did not spread these threats, and it could do, now, while it is hardly can BREATHE.
Well, at least we have two, Super Guys, to win a Global God's War. El Muaalim in Syria, and Ayatollah, against the CIA. We expect, that Europe and the Americans, will give up, and Urgently, ask their Diplomats, to make Immediate Appointments with the Assad, who is in Control of the World Crisis ( As one of his Puppets in the Syrian House of people, Chanted, while the Assad, was making the First Speech, that Assad should Rule the World, because Syria is not enough for him). Well, a Frankly Advice to the European Leaders, and Obama, to Hurry up, and come in, at Wind Speed, because, if they are, late, just A BIT, he would not meet them, WHY, the Guy would NOT BE THERE.
محذراً "14 آذار" من أنَّ "تحريضها للخارج يضر بالشعب والدولة لا بالمقاومة"
مفوض "الائتلاف الوطني الداعم للثورة السورية": هناك مناطق أصبحت خالية من الشبّيحة
The military crackdown has spurred the flight of refugees from Syria into Turkey. At least 11,739 refugees are now in Turkey, the Hatay governor's office in Turkey said Friday
Fleeing Syrians on the Turkish Borders Camps.
People living in two different Realities.
Syrian regime faces EU condemnation; more protests unfold
تركيا تضع قواتها في حالة تأهب مع اقتراب وحدات سورية من حدودها
Sanctions Widened and Extended on the Syrian Regime.
|Aleppo: Syria's sleeping giant stirs|
As the uprising enters its fourth month, Syria's second city is becoming increasingly unsettled.
Hugh Macleod and Annasofie Flamand Last Modified: 23 Jun 2011 20:50
Traffic and tourists might not be bustling along Aleppo's ancient thoroughfares in the abundance they once did, but to a casual observer there appears little sign that the turmoil of Syria's four-month old uprising has made much of an impact on its largest city.
But talk to shopkeepers, hotel managers and traders in Aleppo's famous covered souk and one soon finds grumblings of dissent.
For in the Syrian capital of commerce, no one is making money anymore, threatening to undermine the key pillar of a long established pact between Aleppo's Sunni merchant class and the imposed stability of the Alawite-led regime.
"Where are you, Halab?" chanted thousands of protestors, using the city's Arabic name, exasperated by Aleppo's conspicuous quiet while streets in towns and cities across the country filled with demonstrators every Friday since mid-March.
The answer is an interlocking mix of political, religious and economic interests which the regime has been largely successful in co-opting and which have kept Aleppo quiet, but which appear, as the uprising enters its fourth month, to be coming increasingly unstuck, threatening what analysts describe as the regime's Achilles heel.
A student at Aleppo University was beaten to death by security forces during a pro-democracy demonstration on June 17, activists said - the first death of a protester there since the uprising began and a grim example of the length the regime will go to impose its stability on the country's largest city.
Mohammed el-Ektaa was among a small group of students who held protests on the university campus before being attacked by secret police and pro-Assad thugs, known as shabiha, said a member of the Syrian
Revolution Co-ordinators' Union (SRCU), an activist network in the city.
Mohammed's body was returned to his family by secret police shortly after the attack. Another student was also beaten and arrested during the protests, said the SRCU, while secret police broke into student dormitories making arbitrary arrests. The SRCU member said he had seen one student jump from his third floor room to avoid being arrested.
Students have been at the vanguard of attempts to bring Syria's nationwide protests against the Assad family's 41-year-dictatorship to Aleppo, a city of some four million, one of the largest in the Levant.
'Security touring the mosques'
Though predominantly Sunni Muslim, increasingly religiously conservative and - during the bloodiest days of Iraq’s civil war - a producer of the murky jihadist preacher known as Abu Qaqa, who called for the slaughter of Americans in Iraq, Aleppo's mosques have long been controlled by the secret police of the Alawite-led regime, an offshoot of Shia Islam.
Since its military crushed an armed rebellion in Aleppo led by the Muslim Brotherhood in 1980, the regime uses the state-run ministry of religious endowments to appoint Aleppo's preachers, ensuring worshippers at Friday prayers never again hear the call to turn against their own rulers.
Though an advocate of violent jihad in the name of Islam, Abu Qaqa, a Kurd, was allowed to preach in his Aleppo mosque unhindered by the secret police, until he was gunned down in September 2007 after reports surfaced he had delivered a list of Sunni extremists to state intelligence.
Today, however, the murky relationship between the regime and Aleppo's preachers is being challenged by a message less easily drowned out in violence.
"The people are becoming angrier every week and the government is not giving much, just some promises. Every Friday I feel some worshippers want to demonstrate but I call on them to be quiet," said a prominent Muslim scholar who preaches at one of Aleppo's largest mosques, asking to remain anonymous fearing regime reprisals.
"To see hundreds of students demonstrating, even if they are small demonstrations, is symbolic: They are the young and educated. Some sheikhs [preachers] told me they cannot control their people any more and security men are touring around the mosques every Friday. It's only a matter of weeks and Aleppo will see big demonstrations."
A second, even more significant pillar of the regime's control over Aleppo now also appears to be beginning to crumble as well: the economy.
Sitting at the end of the Silk Road, the ancient trading route between Asia and the Mediterranean, Aleppo is one of the oldest centres of commerce in the world.
Specialising in textiles and industry, modern Aleppo's economy is largely shaped by its access to, and competition with, the vast market of Turkey, just 50km north.
Flood of Turkish imports
For decades Aleppo's original Sunnis merchant families did very well trading with their co-religionists in Turkey while maintaining stability in the city as part of a deal with the Alawite-led regime of Damascus.
But from 2004, Aleppo's industries have been hit hard by a flood of imports from Turkey following a free-trade agreement between the two nations, built on Bashar al-Assad's personal friendship with Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Turkish prime minister.
Today, however, Erdogan accuses President Assad's regime of "savagery" against its own people, leading regional calls for the regime to end its brutal crackdown.
"The regime has bribed a lot of Sunni business interests, leaving them to do business while being protected by the security apparatus," said Imad Salamey, assistant professor of political science at the Lebanese American University (LAU) and an expert on Syrian affairs.
"But eventually the bourgeois will come to feel the regime can no longer provide them with economic stability and that business as usual is no longer viable. They will no longer feel committed to the existing system. I think it’s a matter of time."
In a speech at Damascus University on June 20, Assad acknowledged that the greatest challenge facing his regime as it attempts to crush the uprising "is the weakness or collapse of the Syrian economy."
"Aleppo was one of the areas that suffered extensively from the regime's bloody crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood, so the fear factor still remains," Tabler, of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, said.
"When added to the interests of the city's merchants and traders, it's not surprising protestors have not come out in force. But as the protests have moved into Aleppo's hinterland, this will put the fear factor to the test."
As well as protests in Aleppo University, June 17 also saw pro-democracy protests in the Aleppo neighbourhoods of Salahedeen and Seif al-Dawali. It was the second Friday of protests in Seif al-Dawali.
"Although it is slowly, it is very important to see Aleppo joining the uprising," an opposition leader in the city said.
In the villages north of Aleppo, a witness estimated around 5,000 protesters had turned out across Tal Rifaat, Hreitan, Mareaa and Aazaz. In Hreitan protesters called on local residents to join them in the streets, chanting: "The one who not participate has no conscience."
A week before, on June 10, the first protests had spread from Hreitan, 10km north of Aleppo, to Akhtareen, 13km northeast of the city, where several thousand gathered to call for freedom and support Jisr al-Shughour, which is less than 100km west of Aleppo.
Massive layoffs imminent
Sitting behind his desk in a lavishly decorated office, a photograph of President Assad hanging on the wall, a 45-year-old Sunni businessman from Aleppo's Old City cautioned that the economic consequences of the crisis in Syria could soon fuel further protests.
"Today I am losing money as no one wants to buy garments and textile. Syrians are buying bread and food stuffs as they are worried about the future. I am seriously considering having to sack or give unpaid vacation to a third of my workforce," he said.
Late last month Assad had met a delegation of Aleppo business leaders, said the textile factory owner. The businessmen had urged Assad to end the crisis in Syria swiftly to avoid massive layoffs.
"The government promised to decrease fuel and electricity prices, but this is not enough for us," said the textile factory owner.
"The government looks to us as their partners who should help them in this crisis. But if the situation continues, Aleppo will feel the economic consequences and we will see demonstrations in the city."
In April, the International Monetary Fund lowered Syria's economic growth rate this year from 5.5 per cent to three per cent. The International Institute of Finance, an association of major global banks, paints an even bleaker picture, projecting Syria's GDP could contract by as much as three per cent in fiscal 2011.
Finally, the political pact that kept Aleppo, and much of Syria's population, bound to the regime for decades appears also to be coming unstuck in the demands and protests of the students who have led the opposition in the city.
Abdul Qader, 22, a student at Aleppo University's Faculty of Arts is one of those.
"During the last four decades, the Baathists were telling us that the government gives us, the citizens, everything for free or with a subsidised price and for that reason we should be silent," he said. "But now we get no free services and no bread so we want freedom."
نقلت وكالة "فرانس برس" عن رئيس المنظمة الوطنية لحقوق الإنسان في سوريا عمار قربي قوله إن "قوات الأمن السورية اعتقلت أصحاب المحلات المغلقة الذين شاركوا أمس في الاضراب في بلدة جاسم (ريف درعا)"، مورداً لائحة بأسماء الذين تم اعتقالهم. ونقل قربي عن سكان من درعا تأكيدهم أن "الدعوة الى الاضراب العام نجحت في المدينة"، مشيراً إلى أن "بعض المحال التجارية فتحت، لكن ليس من قبل أصحابها بل عنوةً من قبل الامن السوري"، وأضاف أنه "على الرغم من صدور مرسومَي عفو رئاسيين، إلا أن عناصر الأمن السوري ما زالت تنفذ حملة اعتقالات واسعة في عدد من المحافظات السورية".
وأشار قربي إلى أن "حملات اعتقال جرت في درعا وقرى معربة ونمر والصنمين والنعيمة وتسيل والمسيفرة وبصرى الحرير"، لافتاً في مجال آخر إلى أن "القوات الأردنية قامت بتمشيط منطقة الشيك والحدود بين مدينة درعا وحدود الاردن وتنظيفها من الالغام المزروعة تحسبا لنزوح عدد من اهالي درعا في الايام المقبلة".
دخول 1578 نازحاً سوريّاً إلى تركيا خلال الـ24 ساعة الأخيرة
شدد مستشار الرئيس التركي عبدالله غول، أرشد هرمزلو، على أن "الموقف التركي ازاء الأوضاع في سوريا لا يؤثر سلباً على العلاقات التركية الإيرانية"، موضحاً أن القضيتين منفصلتين، وقال: "علاقتنا مع ايران على خط منفصل من موقفها ازاء اوضاع سوريا". هرمزلو، وفي حديثه لصحيفة "الزمان" التركية، قال: "إن الشيء غير المفهوم لماذا يطلب وزير الخارجية السوري وليد المعلم منّا تغيير موقفنا الذي يتمثل في الدعوة للحوار وعدم استخدام العنف واراقة الدماء والاحتكام إلى الحوار".
وحول بناء مخيمات للّاجئين داخل الأراضي التركية قرب الحدود المشتركة مع سوريا، أكّد هرمزلو أن "المخيمات جاءت من جانب إنساني ولم تكن هناك مؤامرات"، مضيفاً: "انهم (اللاجئين) ضيوف ونتمنى عودتهم إلى ديارهم بعد الهدوء". ورداً على سؤال حول عدم اقتصار الدور التركي على مخيمات اللاجئين وإنما استضافة مؤتمر للمعارضة السورية في انطاكيا، أشار هرمزلو إلى أن "حركات التعبير عن الرأي التي لا تستخدم العنف تحصل على مثل هذه الاستضافة في كل دول العالم"، موضحاً أنه "سبق لتركيا استضافة مؤتمرات مماثلة".
ورداً على سؤال آخر بشأن تطابق الموقف التركي مع الموقف الأميركي من سوريا خاصة بعد المكالمة الهاتفية الاخيرة بين رئيس الوزراء رجب طيب اردوغان والرئيس الاميركي باراك اوباما، أجاب هرمزلو: "ان الموقف التركي هو ان الحل يجب ان يكون داخلياً وبقيادة الاخوة السوريين من دون تدخلات خارجية، لقد حذرنا ان الحالة اذا استمرت سيكون هناك قرارات دولية لا مناص من الالتزام بها من جميع الدول، ولذلك نقول إن الحل يجب ان يكون في سوريا من خلال الاصلاحات الفورية التي تلبي المطالب ونرى انه يجب البدء الفوري بها".
كما أفاد المركز من جهة أخرى أنه تم إيداع خمسين سورياً المستشفى في انطاكية بينهم 15 مصابون بالرصاص.
|"mtv": تجمعات في طرابلس مؤيدة للشعب السوري وأخرى مؤيدة للنظام.. والأجواء هادئة|
وإذ ذكرت المحطة أن تجمعات أخرى حصلت تأييداً للنظام السوري، أشارت إلى اتفاق الفعاليات في المدينة على أن "لا يكون هناك مسيرات بل فقط تجمعات، وأن لا تتداخل هذه التجمعات مع بعضها البعض، وهو ما قلّل من التخوف من أحداث أمنية"، وأفادت المحطة في الوقت عينه أن "هناك انتشاراً أمنياً كثيفاً للجيش وقوى الأمن الداخلي، وسط أجواء هادئة".
Syrian Army Swept through Khirbet Al Jouz.
مشعل التمو: موقفنا من الحوار مع السلطة نعتبره مفصلا جعلنا نعلن افتراقنا عن من يؤيد الحوار
Khurbit El Jousye
سورية: فرار المئات الى داخل تركيا
Hundreds moved towards Turkish Borders as Syrian Army, getting nearer.
Turkey reacts to Assad Speech
Comments on the FM Press Conference
Muaalim Press Conference
|انتشار قوات سورية من حلب إلى الحدود التركية|
ونقلت الوكالة عن أحد السكان، قالت إنه طبيب، قوله "إن النظام يحاول اجهاض اضطرابات في حلب بقطع الامدادات من تركيا"، مشيراً إلى أن "الكثير من الناس يستخدمون شبكات الهاتف المحمول التركية للهرب من التجسس السوري على مكالماتهم، ولهم صلات عائلية مع تركيا، وهناك أيضاً طرق تهريب قديمة كثيرة يمكن أن يستخدمها الناس للهرب."