byerushalayim:

tzviaariella:

roseofjericho:

a round of applause for the biggest asshole on the planet

Ladies and gentlemen, I present Carlos Latuff, champion of the oppressed.

Carlos Latuff can go fuck himself

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leaveobashar:

Syria is for all …. 
By Nivine Ibeche via dawlaty.org 

leaveobashar:

Syria is for all …. 

By Nivine Ibeche via dawlaty.org 

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philippe-lazaro:

One Million Syrian Refugees
António Guterres, New York Times

On Wednesday, my colleagues will register the one millionth Syrian refugee. A milestone in human tragedy. And a figure that should, after two years of death and destruction, stir the level of political action needed to put an end to this war before more lives are lost, more people forced to flee and the conflict destabilizes the region.
The exodus from Syria has accelerated dramatically in recent weeks. In early December, some 20 months after the crisis began, refugee figures stood at 500,000. It has only taken three months for that number to double. As violence in Syria spirals out of control, more than 7,000 people arrive in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and Iraq every single day. Others make their way to Egypt and Europe. Three quarters of the refugees are women and children.
They have lost all they owned, and family members they loved. But at least in exile they are safe and cared for. The violent Syria they left behind is causing suffering on an unimaginable scale. At least two million people have sought precarious safety in other parts of the country. They live in abandoned buildings and makeshift camps, until they are forced to pack up again as the fighting spreads. As the devastation gets worse, it becomes more difficult, even life threatening, to access food, water or medicines.
Syria’s children are the worst affected. The horrors they have witnessed are unspeakable, and many boys and girls are traumatized for life. We are increasingly receiving reports of children being deliberately targeted, abused, beaten, raped and killed. Women also tell harrowing stories of sexual violence, a pattern that indicates rape is being used as a weapon of war.
More and more Syrians see no other option than to become refugees. To reach safety, they literally have to run for their lives — many of them are shot at on their way to the border.
For those who manage to get out, the conditions in exile are difficult. Families squeeze into shared rooms in cities, or live in tents and containers in sprawling, overcrowded camps. They have had to brave one of the most severe winters in many years. They are unable to support themselves and are entirely dependent on humanitarian assistance from host governments, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and partner organizations.
But refugees arrive at a much faster pace than the funds we need to help them. Of the generous amounts promised at a donor conference in Kuwait a month ago, aid agencies have received little so far. It is evident that the humanitarian budgets of traditional donors are severely constrained. With no political solution in sight, governments and parliaments should consider approving special additional funds for the humanitarian needs of the Syrian people on top of their normal humanitarian aid budgets. If that doesn’t happen, those needs could only be met by traditional aid budgets, leaving the tragic situations of Somalis, Afghans, Congolese, Malians, Rohingyas and many other victims unattended to. The Syrian conflict is just one part of the unprecedented multiplication of crises in today’s world.
Meanwhile, neighboring countries offering refuge to Syrians are reeling with the impact of this massive influx. Their capacities are stretched to the breaking point. Lebanon’s population has increased by a staggering 10 percent. In Jordan, the mounting numbers are putting enormous pressure on limited energy and water resources, and on social services and infrastructure. Turkey has spent hundreds of millions of dollars to erect 17 refugee camps and plans to build more as long as Syrians continue to flee.
Everywhere in the region, food, fuel and rental prices are rising quickly, with a direct impact on local economies. These countries should not only be congratulated for keeping their borders open, but financially supported as well. Regional stability is at stake.
The Syria crisis would be an enormous disaster anywhere in the world. But this conflict is taking place in a region so fragile that it risks being destabilized beyond control if the fighting spills across borders. What happens in Syria has a direct impact on the rising sectarian violence in Iraq. There are warnings of a potential civil war if the Syria conflict continues. Lebanon is increasingly threatened by instability, with security incidents unsettling its borders. Jordan, long a pillar of stability in the Middle East, is facing a dramatic economic situation that could trigger social unrest. The Palestinian-Israeli conflict is looming nearby, and the Strait of Hormuz, one of the world’s most sensitive places, is just around the corner.
If the world does not act now, we might soon face an explosion that no international response could manage. This must not be allowed. The Syrian crisis is now at a tipping point. Humanitarian organizations like mine can save lives and ease suffering, but it is up to those who have political responsibilities to stop this war before it is too late.

philippe-lazaro:

One Million Syrian Refugees

António Guterres, New York Times

On Wednesday, my colleagues will register the one millionth Syrian refugee. A milestone in human tragedy. And a figure that should, after two years of death and destruction, stir the level of political action needed to put an end to this war before more lives are lost, more people forced to flee and the conflict destabilizes the region.

The exodus from Syria has accelerated dramatically in recent weeks. In early December, some 20 months after the crisis began, refugee figures stood at 500,000. It has only taken three months for that number to double. As violence in Syria spirals out of control, more than 7,000 people arrive in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and Iraq every single day. Others make their way to Egypt and Europe. Three quarters of the refugees are women and children.

They have lost all they owned, and family members they loved. But at least in exile they are safe and cared for. The violent Syria they left behind is causing suffering on an unimaginable scale. At least two million people have sought precarious safety in other parts of the country. They live in abandoned buildings and makeshift camps, until they are forced to pack up again as the fighting spreads. As the devastation gets worse, it becomes more difficult, even life threatening, to access food, water or medicines.

Syria’s children are the worst affected. The horrors they have witnessed are unspeakable, and many boys and girls are traumatized for life. We are increasingly receiving reports of children being deliberately targeted, abused, beaten, raped and killed. Women also tell harrowing stories of sexual violence, a pattern that indicates rape is being used as a weapon of war.

More and more Syrians see no other option than to become refugees. To reach safety, they literally have to run for their lives — many of them are shot at on their way to the border.

For those who manage to get out, the conditions in exile are difficult. Families squeeze into shared rooms in cities, or live in tents and containers in sprawling, overcrowded camps. They have had to brave one of the most severe winters in many years. They are unable to support themselves and are entirely dependent on humanitarian assistance from host governments, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and partner organizations.

But refugees arrive at a much faster pace than the funds we need to help them. Of the generous amounts promised at a donor conference in Kuwait a month ago, aid agencies have received little so far. It is evident that the humanitarian budgets of traditional donors are severely constrained. With no political solution in sight, governments and parliaments should consider approving special additional funds for the humanitarian needs of the Syrian people on top of their normal humanitarian aid budgets. If that doesn’t happen, those needs could only be met by traditional aid budgets, leaving the tragic situations of Somalis, Afghans, Congolese, Malians, Rohingyas and many other victims unattended to. The Syrian conflict is just one part of the unprecedented multiplication of crises in today’s world.

Meanwhile, neighboring countries offering refuge to Syrians are reeling with the impact of this massive influx. Their capacities are stretched to the breaking point. Lebanon’s population has increased by a staggering 10 percent. In Jordan, the mounting numbers are putting enormous pressure on limited energy and water resources, and on social services and infrastructure. Turkey has spent hundreds of millions of dollars to erect 17 refugee camps and plans to build more as long as Syrians continue to flee.

Everywhere in the region, food, fuel and rental prices are rising quickly, with a direct impact on local economies. These countries should not only be congratulated for keeping their borders open, but financially supported as well. Regional stability is at stake.

The Syria crisis would be an enormous disaster anywhere in the world. But this conflict is taking place in a region so fragile that it risks being destabilized beyond control if the fighting spills across borders. What happens in Syria has a direct impact on the rising sectarian violence in Iraq. There are warnings of a potential civil war if the Syria conflict continues. Lebanon is increasingly threatened by instability, with security incidents unsettling its borders. Jordan, long a pillar of stability in the Middle East, is facing a dramatic economic situation that could trigger social unrest. The Palestinian-Israeli conflict is looming nearby, and the Strait of Hormuz, one of the world’s most sensitive places, is just around the corner.

If the world does not act now, we might soon face an explosion that no international response could manage. This must not be allowed. The Syrian crisis is now at a tipping point. Humanitarian organizations like mine can save lives and ease suffering, but it is up to those who have political responsibilities to stop this war before it is too late.

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arabstateofmind:

In the heart of Damascus civil activists decry violence

Four brides in flowing white gowns, astonished shopkeepers and passers-by in the Syrian capital on November 21 as they marched through the heart of the Medhat Pasha bazar. They held a stoplight-red banner reading: “For the sake of the Syrian people, the civil society declares a halt to all military operations in Syria.”

The young women walking resolutely down the cobblestone streets of the ancient covered bazar – as warplanes dropped bombs over the outskirts of Damascus – were Rima Dali, Rua Jaafar, and sisters Kinda and Lubna Al-Zaour.

After months of fighting between Syrian troops and rebels, many outside observers have forgotten the peaceful roots of the uprising, or are unaware of that weekly protests and civil activism continue to this day.

With the violence overshadowing their voices, peaceful activists have been working to foster new strategies for dissent, creating new campaigns to reach out to all segments of society.

But in the tightly controlled heart of the capital, such protest is often limited to social media campaigns, graffiti and revolutionary press by activists acting anonymously, knowing they can easily be imprisoned for their activities.

Because of the risks of revealing ones identity, it came as a shock to onlookers and activists alike that four women would make such a public display.

In videos (here and here) released by the movement’s coordinators, the women can be seen walking silently through the long bazar. The observers break into applause at the sight, a breath of fresh air in a time of darkness.

The women went away calmly when the security forces – momentarily thrown off guard – arrested them 20 minutes later. The organisers had decided in advance not to intervene, for everyone’s safety.

The arrest of the young women and the media campaign that followed the protest, led to an outpouring of support from fellow Syrian activists.

Read more

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leaveobashar:

Protesters in Daraa, Syria hold up a sign (directed to the FSA & other rebel groups):
“Protecting us does not give you the right to determine our future”
Thanks @NMSyria

leaveobashar:

Protesters in Daraa, Syria hold up a sign (directed to the FSA & other rebel groups):

Protecting us does not give you the right to determine our future

Thanks @NMSyria

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arabstateofmind:

Doubly Homeless - Syria’s Palestinians in Lebanon

Lebanon has now passed the 100,000 mark of Syrian refugees in the country. But one group is sadly forgotten: Syrian Palestinians. Having fled the fighting, they now live in Lebanon’s Palestinian camps, where they rely on help from local organisations. Many have come to Ain el-Hilweh, in the middle of the coastal city of Saida.

The streets of Ain el-Hilweh are busy. Old cars, mothers with their kids and young guys on motorbikes all try to make their way through the narrow roads. Small shops line the streets: old women sell their vegetables next to cellphone vendors and minimarts. But this familiar street life takes place against a run-down setting: Ain el-Hilweh is the largest, and one of the most overcrowded, of Lebanon’s 12 Palestinian camps. The camps, set up originally to care for those who fled Palestine after 1948, are now permanent homes for hundreds of thousands of people. Most residents live in poor conditions, without proper access to basic services, discriminated against by Lebanese society.

This is where the Syrian Palestinian families have found temporary homes. Ali Salam, project manager for the local organisation Naba’a, says that at least 400 families have come to Ain el-Hilweh alone. “In each family, there are maybe three or four people. Most live with relatives or people they know in the camp—often as many as 10 people in one room.”

For many families, fleeing the inescapable reality of war in Syria, only meant facing another harsh reality in neighbouring Lebanon. Assistance has been slow: all UN assistance to refugees is funnelled through its refugee agency, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Except assistance to the Palestinians; a separate agency, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), was set up in 1949 with the mandate to provide for them. Today, when international donors earmark money for the Syrian refugees, none of those funds reach the Palestinians.

Instead, organisations in the camps do what they can to support the refugees and the local families who house them. The international NGO War Child, in partnership with Naba’a, runs programmes with the children to help them settle in the new environment. Manal Eid is programme development manager for War Child. “It’s very hard for these kids. They have experienced different situations of violence and abuse. We try to build up their strength and hope and produce possibilities for them to heal from their emotional and psychological wounds.”

War Child’s activities take place in a building just off the main thoroughfare in Ain el-Hilweh. The place, which is big but very simple, is full of children, both local kids and refugees from Syria; the idea is to integrate the newcomers and help them find new friends in the camp. In one room, a group of children around a large, round table discuss violence—“Emotional violence is the worst, it hurts more than when someone beats you”, they agree—and how to counter it.

At another table sits 11-year-old Hana, who fled Syria with her family only a few weeks earlier. She speaks about her trip to Lebanon: Together with her mum and siblings, she had to cross the border by foot after the driver had been killed at a checkpoint. “Now we live in a house that belongs to a relative. But I’m not happy here, I have no friends. I would like things to go back to how they used to be, so that I can return and go to school,” she says.

Saleh, a 7-year-old boy, sits next to Hana. He speaks with simple, short sentences, relating what happened before he came. “My house was hit by a bomb and split in two, so we couldn’t live in it anymore. That’s why we came here. But I dream every day of going back, and for our house to be OK.” He’s sad, he says, that he cannot go to school in the camp. “I went to the school, twice, but they said I couldn’t go. So then I told them: If I can’t register here, I’ll go to another school!”

An important part of War Child’s work is having the children talk about what they’ve been through. A psychologist and a team of social workers meet with the kids and help them deal with their difficult experiences. Ruwaida Ismail, War Child’s psychiatrist, meets refugee children every day. Most of the ones newly arrived from Syria carry traumatic experiences with them.

“Many of them show signs of trauma: violent behaviour, nightmares and fear. But most are introverted. One boy, 9 years old, saw his mother die. He was playing on the roof of his house when his mother spotted a sniper. She ran up to get him, but got shot herself. Now, this kid doesn’t talk—he doesn’t even hear anymore. That is clearly psychological,” she says.

Her colleague, social worker Hanadi Miari, relates a story Hana told her. “Hana’s house in Syria is just next to a small park. Right before they left for Lebanon, a truck came and dumped a truckload of soil in the park. But there were dead bodies hidden inside, so from her window, Hana could see arms and feet sticking up.”

The Syrian Palestinians face harsh conditions in the camps. 66,4 per cent of Lebanon’s Palestinians live in poverty, and more than half – 56 per cent – are jobless. Two thirds of camp residents live in houses that suffer from dampness or leakage, resulting in psychological and chronic illnesses. Lebanon is much more expensive than Syria, and it is very hard for the newly arrived refugees to find work.

Being Palestinian also means that the visa conditions are different: Whereas Syrians can stay in Lebanon for six months, Palestinians get one month at the border, and after that they must pay 50,000 LL per person, per month (as compared to the Lebanese minimum wage, which is set at 675,000 LL or $448 monthly). The sum for a refugee family soon becomes huge.

“Some families have actually returned to Syria, because it’s so expensive to stay here. Without work and money to pay for the expenses, they see no other option,” says Ali.

One of the few to have found a job in Ain el-Hilweh is Alaa Abu Dhees, a 22-year-old civil engineer and music teacher from Aleppo. Now, she’s working with Naba’a. “I came as a refugee myself, so I wanted to do something to help these children,” she says. Her home is in Aleppo’s Neirab, the largest Palestinian camp in Syria. But conditions in Neirab were very different from those in Ain el-Hilweh. “It’s not at all like here. We never had this issue of being treated worse because we’re Palestinians. I have lots of Syrian friends, it was never an issue. In Lebanon, it’s very different,” says Alaa.

For her, the hardest thing is not feeling safe in the camp. Ain el-Hilweh has a longstanding problem with armed groups, and the environment is rougher than what Alaa is used to from Neirab. “It’s very hard to live here—I don’t know anyone in the camp and there are lots of weapons. We’re not used to that at all, we never had that in Syria. The sound of bullets—I had never heard that before the war. Here, you can hear it almost every day.”

The changes her home city has gone through are hard to grasp—and sad. Like other Aleppans, Alaa is facing an entirely different reality now. “Aleppo used to be a peaceful place,” she says. “There was always life in the streets, and my friends and I went out in the evenings without any concerns. Now, you cannot imagine how the city has become. It’s so destroyed—the market, the Umayyad mosque; all these places that we used to go to have been hurt in the fighting. It makes me so sad.”

War Child and their staff continue to work with the children and their families. Using well-established programmes for kids in difficult situations, they try to instil hope and the strength to move on. For most refugees, it’s the everyday things from life in Syria that they miss the most. “People tell us that they dream of simple things, like going back to their homes and finding them intact, or having coffee and playing backgammon with the neighbours like they used to,” says Ruwaida.

For Ain el-Hilweh’s newcomers, today’s reality is far from that. Alaa, sitting at a table in War Child’s centre—far from her Aleppo home and the studio where she taught students to play oud and flute—tries to smile when she speaks, but she has sad eyes. “I want to believe in peace, eventually. But it will take a long, long time.” (x)

(Photos by Karim Mostafa)

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missveryvery:

looks like someone needs more sesame street in their diet.

missveryvery:

looks like someone needs more sesame street in their diet.

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Romney just called Syria Iran’s route to the sea.

…It’s called the Persian Gulf for a reason…

This is how horrible Israelis are:

thearcanetheory:

freeefreesyria:

the-gulf-is-persian:

They have telescopes on their side of the border with Syria and they flock there just to watch the battles in syria through them.
“like a cock fight” one of the israelis say.
Cunts.
Why are they alive?

what they really care about are those chemical weapons…you know.

To be perfectly fair —

I’d rather they stay on that side on the Golan and talk shit then be so worried over those chemical weapons as to physically invade. Let the army shitheads talk - in every army in every country, let’s face it, there are shitheads. I am not even a little bit surprised Israel’s got ‘em (and neither are you, admit it.) But. So long as armies don’t cross that border, everyone is better off. 

And that’s not even getting into the racism inherent in deciding all Israelis are like that.

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the bomber was able to penetrate so deeply into the heart of the establishment could have a powerful effect on morale, not only within Assad’s cabinet but also across the ranks of the military and regime supporters who have thus far remained loyal. Syrian rebels say they planted bombs inside meeting room; 3 top aides to Assad killed, Associated Press (via akio)

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