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Al-Bayda: Anatomy of a War Crime (Human Rights Watch)

Reporting by Channel 4 News.



It goes with this HRW article and report, released yesterday...

Syria: Mass Executions by Government Forces
New Evidence That at Least 248 Executed in Coastal Towns

September 13, 2013 Human Rights Watch
http://www.hrw.org/news/2013/09/13/syria-mass-executions-government-forces

“No One’s Left”: Summary Executions by Syrian Forces in al-Bayda and Baniyas, 68-page report by HRW (I highly recommend reading this report, it is worth the time.)
http://www.hrw.org/node/118645/

Posted by Waiting For Everyman | Sat Sep 14, 2013, 04:27 AM (1 replies)

HRW: New 68-pg report documenting mass executions by Syrian gov in two coastal towns

Re-posted from a reply to this thread, because the report really deserves more exposure than that...
http://www.democraticunderground.com/10023662649



Syria: Mass Executions by Government Forces
New Evidence That at Least 248 Executed in Coastal Towns

September 13, 2013 Human Rights Watch

http://www.hrw.org/news/2013/09/13/syria-mass-executions-government-forces


Link below: The 68-page report by HRW linked to in the article, includes numerous witness accounts and names names, places, and dates. It is nobody's opinion, it's all specific facts. I read the whole thing and I recommend it to anyone who wants to understand what's going on in Syria right now. The massacres in these towns BY GOVERNMENT FORCES took place during 2 days last May. Read it, put yourself in their place, and see if you can better understand the rage in the OP article. I'm not excusing it, but it does make more sense

“No One’s Left”: Summary Executions by Syrian Forces in al-Bayda and Baniyas


I'm pretty sure that report was just released today. Here's another worthwhile report released today, a film called "Not Anymore: A Story of Revolution". I highly recommend this too. The line that got me, when Nour, a 24 year old English teacher says, "Why should I die cheap?". She meant accidentally, by stray shrapnel or something, as opposed to doing something to help her country. Please watch it, and read the report.



If anyone can read every word of that 68-page report, and still honestly argue that we should do nothing to stop that carnage, then I could only say that we'd have to agree to disagree.
Posted by Waiting For Everyman | Fri Sep 13, 2013, 08:24 PM (11 replies)

"Not Anymore: A Story of Revolution" (new Syrian documentary)

If you only watch one video today, make it this. Released today, directed by a Marylander, Matthew Van Dyke, who fought for the Libyan Revs and was a prisoner for months, now helping the Syrian Revs with his films.

Nour, 24, English teacher turned photo-journalist: "I used to wear fancy dresses and high heels, but not anymore... I have to do this for my country, I have to give what I can give. It's pretty important to let the world see what's going on.... Why should I die cheap?"




The director's twitter page for further info and links. He's asking that the film be reposted as much as possible, without charge except giving credit as the filmmaker.

https://twitter.com/Matt_VanDyke
Posted by Waiting For Everyman | Fri Sep 13, 2013, 06:40 PM (3 replies)

This might help explain why...

Syria: Mass Executions by Government Forces
New Evidence That at Least 248 Executed in Coastal Towns
September 13, 2013 Human Rights Watch

http://www.hrw.org/news/2013/09/13/syria-mass-executions-government-forces


Link below: The 68-page report by HRW linked to in the article, includes numerous witness accounts and names names, places, and dates. It is nobody's opinion, it's all specific facts. I read the whole thing and I recommend it to anyone who wants to understand what's going on in Syria right now. The massacres in these towns BY GOVERNMENT FORCES took place last May. Read it, put yourself in their place, and see if you can better understand the rage in the OP article. I'm not excusing it, but it does make more sense

“No One’s Left”: Summary Executions by Syrian Forces in al-Bayda and Baniyas


I'm pretty sure that report was just released today. Here's another worthwhile report released today, a film called "Not Anymore: A Story of Revolution". I highly recommend this too. The line that got me, when Nour a 24 year old English teacher says, "Why should I die cheap?". She meant accidentally, by stray shrapnel or something, as opposed to doing something to help her country. Please watch it, and read the report.

Posted by Waiting For Everyman | Fri Sep 13, 2013, 05:27 PM (1 replies)

Blast wrecks government office in Libya's Benghazi: witnesses

Source: The Daily Star, Lebanon

September 11, 2013 09:02 AM
Agence France Presse


BENGHAZI, Libya: A powerful blast caused severe damage to a foreign ministry building in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi on Wednesday, witnesses said.

It was not immediately known if the blast, which the witnesses said appeared to have been caused by a car bomb, had resulted in casualties.

The explosion comes on the first anniversary of an attack by militants on the United States consulate in Benghazi, which killed four Americans, including the ambassador.


Read more: http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2013/Sep-11/230835-blast-wrecks-government-office-in-libyas-benghazi-witnesses.ashx#axzz2eZ1SXMNu
Posted by Waiting For Everyman | Wed Sep 11, 2013, 03:03 AM (5 replies)

Hands Off Syria??



I have a strong hunch most people here would do a lot better than this. The vid does make a generally valid point though... as we see.
Posted by Waiting For Everyman | Mon Sep 9, 2013, 03:02 AM (3 replies)

A message today to anti-war activists from the Syrian town of Kafranbel




In case anyone thinks this is fake, this town is well-known among Syrians for doing similar visual statements for quite a while...


...

“We started writing signs in English in May 2011 because we felt that the international community would care more about human rights than Arabs, so we wanted to address them in a common language,” he said.

Cartoons were introduced in August 2011, executed by a technician at a dental clinic who sketched as a hobby. Syrians took notice, and foreign media regularly featured Kafranbel’s signs.

Protests, and the signs, are meticulously planned, and every detail has a meaning. Posters, for example, carry datelines that tell the story of the conflict, starting with just Kafranbel, to Occupied Kafranbel and then Liberated Kafranbel after the army was expelled from the town in August.

“We switched again seven weeks ago to the Syrian Revolution Kafranbel,” Fares said. “Most of the world has forgotten that we are in a revolution, and call it a civil war. We are reminding them of what is actually happening on the ground.”

...

http://beta.syriadeeply.org/2013/03/kafranbel-witty-slogans-encroaching-islamists/#.Ui0NKD9228A


This doesn't necessarily mean that I'm for intervention at this point; I'm not necessarily against it either -- will have to wait and see what develops a bit more.
Posted by Waiting For Everyman | Sun Sep 8, 2013, 08:09 PM (23 replies)

Self-deleting and copying OP here.

Iranian diplomat warns that Obama's daughter will be kidnapped and raped if America attacks Syria

I happened to see this story in the Daily Mail, while reading another about the G20:

An Iranian strategic expert has warned that one of President Obama's daughters will be kidnapped and raped if America attacks Syria.

Alireza Forghani, also the former governor of southern Iran’s Kish Province, warned of mass abductions and killings of American citizens worldwide in the event the Obama administration launches a military strike in Syria.

'Hopefully Obama will be pigheaded enough to attack Syria, and then we will see the … loss of U.S. interests ,' he threatened.

'In just 21 hours , a family member of every U.S. minister , U.S. ambassadors, U.S. military commanders around the world will be abducted. And then 18 hours later, videos of their amputation will be spread ' he said reported The Daily Caller.

The threat comes amid reports today that the U.S has intercepted an order from an Iranian official instructing militants in Iraq to attack U.S. interests in Baghdad if the attack goes ahead.

...

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2413657/Iranian-strategic-expert-warns-Obamas-daughters-kidnapped-raped-America-attacks-Syria-Secret-Service-intercepts-orders-attack-US-targets.html#ixzz2eJwfGyH3


The Daily Caller article:

...

In addition, Forghani warned, “We should remind Obama that if you are a bastard, there are other bastards all around the world who can assault Sasha.” The statement is written in both English and Farsi, but in the Farsi version, Forghani clearly stated that Sasha will be raped by someone who has been able to get close to the Obama family.

...

(about the writer)
Reza Kahlili is a pseudonym for a former CIA operative in Iran’s Revolutionary Guard and author of the award-winning book ”A Time to Betray“ (Simon & Schuster, 2010). He serves on the Task Force on National and Homeland Security and the advisory board of the Foundation for Democracy in Iran (FDI).

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2013/09/05/iran-threatens-brutal-attacks-on-americans-obama-family-if-us-hits-syria/#ixzz2eJxIanvn



I debated even posting this. It's certainly gross, and I'm no fan of the DC. But it isn't being picked up much by other news outlets (and maybe for good reason, I don't know), and for that very reason, I think at least a few of us here should have some awareness that this statement is out there.

Mainly though, it's that the threat is generalized to include lots of other ordinary people who may be in various places in the world, or right here in the US -- potentially DUers or our friends or family.

I'm also wondering about this though, what regard would a mind like this have for any red lines, about chemical weapons or nuclear for that matter, or anything at all? I don't think they even comprehend the point.

What alarms me the most about it is the use of Sasha's name, and the phrase "someone who has been able to get close to the Obama family". It seems to be saying that a specific person is already in place somewhere within their circle. I hope the Secret Service is on this.
Posted by Waiting For Everyman | Sun Sep 8, 2013, 05:12 PM (0 replies)

New German intercept shows Assad responsible for chemical weapons attack

Headline:

Assad 'launched chemical attack in moment of panic because he was scared rebels would take Damascus', say spies as Russia sends missile cruiser to Mediterranean


Bashar Al-Assad launched the chemical attack which killed hundreds of people because he 'lost his nerve' in a moment of panic and worried that Damascus would fall to rebel troops, according to new intelligence.

In a telephone call which was tapped by German spy chiefs, a senior Hezbollah commander told the Iranian embassy in Lebanon that Syria's president intended to tilt the balance of power towards the regime in the battle for control of the country's capital.

...

The call from a Hezbollah leader about the chemical attack, in which he described the move as 'a big mistake', was intercepted by Germany's BNC intelligence service and reported by Der Spiegel magazine.

The revelation has led the country's top spies to agree with the U.S. intelligence assessment that Assad was indeed responsible for using chemical weapons in the attack on August 21.

...


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2411254/Syria-crisis-claims-Assad-launched-chemical-attack-scared-rebels-Damascus.html#ixzz2eKKVoLsN


The interesting thing about this, to me, is the news that Assad is that worried about actually losing Damascus.
Posted by Waiting For Everyman | Sun Sep 8, 2013, 02:41 PM (4 replies)

As reported by TIME...

Dr. Sakhr al-Dimashqy, the President of the Unified Medical Center in East Ghouta:


“The total number of cases that medical points and field hospitals had received was about 10,000,” Dr. al-Dimashqy said through an interpreter, saying that he helped document 165 deaths, out of around 1,400 total.

http://swampland.time.com/2013/09/06/syrian-opposition-leaders-interested-in-making-case-before-congress/#ixzz2eETvZY89


The government may have additional sources, but there is one.
Posted by Waiting For Everyman | Sat Sep 7, 2013, 10:33 PM (0 replies)
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