Two pieces of interesting reading today. The first from the unmissable Qifa Nabki, who notes that the blogosphere’s support for Bashar has made a remarkable u-turn. From this: For the first decade of Assad’s presidency, most Syrian blogs I read were fairly supportive of the regime To this: Several bloggers have defected from the regime’s […]
Entries from December 2011
December 28th, 2011 · 3 Comments · Politics
December 23rd, 2011 · No Comments · Uncategorized
An arrest has already been made. Not sure how that fits in with the suicide bomb narrative. And from what I can see on Syrian state TV, it looks like one of the cars that exploded has already been towed away. Destroying crucial evidence. As Karl Sharro points out, this has echoes of the aftermath […]
December 23rd, 2011 · No Comments · BREAKING NEWS
UPDATE: At least 30 dead, 55 dead (via Al Manar) — Damascus has been hit by twin car bombs this morning. The first suicide bombs since the uprising began. The explosions happened outside a security building early this morning. An unknown number have been killed – Syrian state TV is showing gruesome pictures of the bodies that have […]
December 21st, 2011 · No Comments · Politics
The Syrian uprising, more than any of this year’s Arab revolutions, is being fought online as well as on the ground. Supporters of both the revolution and the regime are using increasingly vicious methods to embarrass and threaten their opponents online. By me, for the Near East Quarterly. Read the full piece here.
December 18th, 2011 · No Comments · BREAKING NEWS
Razan Ghazzawi has apparently been freed, exactly two weeks after she was detained at the Syrian-Jordanian border. Now let’s hope the other tens of thousands of detainees, who have committed no crime, are released too.
December 8th, 2011 · 2 Comments · Politics
In his first English-language TV interview since the uprising began, Bashar Al-Assad has been speaking to ABC’s Barbara Walters. A lot of headline writers have focussed on his statement that he doesn’t ‘own the country,’ and that he wasn’t in command of the army. This is taken out of context – watch the video, he […]
December 5th, 2011 · 8 Comments · Politics
She was sitting in her favourite spot in Damascus, a table under the tree in the cafe in the grounds of the National Museum of Damascus. That was the first time I met Razan. It was 12 October 2007, although we’d been emailing and commenting on each other’s blogs for a few months before that. […]