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July 18, 2012

Cartoon – The People Demand Freedom!

Cartoon – The People Demand Freedom!.

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Yabroud to day


يبرود || ألاف من الآحرار في تشيع شهداء المجزرة 18/7/2012 جـ2

Independent’s Robert Fisk on the Damascus blast

Diaries of the Syrian revolution with Samar Yazbek

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TalksDate: July 17, 2012 7:00 PM

As killings continue and Syria’s future remains in the balance, we will be joined by Syrian novelist and journalist Samar Yazbek who will be in conversation with translator, writer and consultant Dr Peter Clark reflecting on her experience of the uprising and her hopes for her country.

In early 2011 Yazbek witnessed and participated in the first months of the Syrian uprising. Her vocal opposition to the regime published in print and online quickly attracted attention, and she was denounced by her family as vicious rumours spread about her disloyalty to the homeland and the Alawite community from which she comes.

Forced to live on the run, Yazbek was detained numerous times by the authorities but continued to document her personal reflections and the testimonies of figures in the Opposition.

Samar Yazbek is author of A Woman in the Crossfire: Diaries of the Syrian Revolution. She has published several novels and collections of short stories, the most recent of which is In Her Mirrors. An excerpt of her novel Cinnamon was published in the anthology Beirut 39.

Blogging Live From Midan Neighborhood in Damascus

Razan Ghazzawi ‏@RedRazan

New blogpost: Blogging Live From Midan Neighborhood in Damascus http://razanghazzawi.org/2012/07/18/blo … ‪#Syria‬ ‪#Midan

I arrived Midan with a friend at 12:30 PM today 18-7-2012, there was a shooting very close to us but we managed to arrive safely. I cannot share my location with you in Midan, nor can I say who’s with me here. We are safe so far.

Clashes started early in the morning and it’s still on, we sometimes hear explosions every now and then, the residents of area here are telling us there are BMB tanks shelling the center of the area.

There are several checkpoints in the area, but the area we’re in right now is relatively safe thus far, there are four people martyred today in Midan alone; 3 from Free Syrian Army and the fourth is a civilian- an old man we couldn’t find his ID with him, we’re in the process of getting his name.

Update: 3:02 PM: clashes now in Haa’la area in Midan.

Update: 3:15 PM: according to leaked information coming from a soldier in the regime sympathetic with the revolution, the regime is planning to fire (sorry I am not familiar with the right to use here) toxic gases against the residents in Midan neighborhood that resulted in shortness of breath and heartburn in the respiratory tract. Medical masks are distributed among the residents and activists here.

The activists here are in high spirit, it’s hectic over here but we smoke and drink tea (I am drinking tea now) and we joke all the time.

We celebrated the death of Daoud Rajha, of course.

Rapture Ready: The Christians United for Israel Tour

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Max Blumenthal’s latest takes us on a shocking and at times bizarre tour of right-wing Pastor John Hagee’s annual Washington-Israel Summit, blowing the cover off the Christian Zionist movement in the process. Starring Joe Lieberman, Tom DeLay, Pastor John Hagee, Ambassador Dore Gold and a host of rapture-ready evangelicals praying for Armaggedon.

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