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Entries from August 2011

@AJStream – the voice of the Arab Spring

August 24th, 2011 · 2 Comments · Media

And now for something completely different. Since the Arab Spring began, much has been made of the role of the internet in the uprisings. It was a revolution that addressed our generation’s grievances, that brought our generation to the streets and used our generation’s favourite tools – Facebook and Twitter. Our parents struggled with the […]

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The end game

August 21st, 2011 · 2 Comments · Politics

FW: Magazine, which has good contacts in the Syrian government, claims that Bashar Al-Assad is planning to call “free and fair” presidential elections in 2014. If true, this would be a massive shift in the dynamic of the uprising. When Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali of Tunisia, and when Hosni Mubarak of Egypt made similar announcements, […]

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The lost opportunity

August 21st, 2011 · 1 Comment · Politics

Just to remember how this could’ve all been so, so different, two quotes… Rami Khouri: “Assad’s opponents refrained from calling for his removal for a long time, and asked for the reforms that they thought he also wanted to implement. He and his aides proved to be totally incompetent.” Robin Yassin-Kassab: “Six months ago Bashaar […]

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Syrian Ministry of Defence website hacked

August 8th, 2011 · 4 Comments · Politics

This is what you would have been greeted with this morning, if you clicked on mod.gov.sy, the Syrian Ministry of Defence website: The message to the Syrian people is that non-violent protest will win through. And they issue a warning to the Syrian army, saying that anyone issuing orders to kill women and children should […]

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Message from a Syrian army officer

August 7th, 2011 · 2 Comments · Politics

I held back on publishing this yesterday because I couldn’t verify. This was a comment passed to me yesterday morning by the nephew of Damascene army officer serving in Daraa. He accurately predicted today’s Deir Al-Zour killings (42 have died there today). I’ll let you judge the veracity of the rest for yourself. Obviously he […]

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