A look in the sectarianism of a “Secular” regime

The Syrian regime has claimed since 1973 to be a “Secular” one, but the truth is it is not. A peak at this regimes officials, army officers, and government employees shows that this regime is 100% sectarian with the Alawite minority in control. The Alawites constitute 11-12% of the population in Syria and yet they hold all the important positions in the state including the army, which makes one wonder is that really a secular regime as it calls itself? I must note that the Alawites have the captured all the joints of the state from the government to the businessmen they all run the state and their fist is spread all over the country.

And just like any militaristic regime in the Middle East, the Syrian one only understands violence as a mean to get what it wants, and we can see that clearly with the way the regime handled the protests in Syria since day one it started killing, massacring, and slaughtering the peaceful protesters who for the first time broke the walls of fear and started practicing their freedom of speech. Yes there is a blood bath going on in Syria but in that blood bath we are also witnessing the birth of freedom, as any birth lots of blood is shed in the delivering process. Now are we going to see any revenge based on religion in Syria mainly targeting the Alawite minority after the revolution succeeds? I wish I could say no and lie, unless the Alawite minority decides to take a stance and support the revolution in Syria, and distance itself from the regime that is killing in their name, then the vengeance scenario is more likely to happen.

The Syrian regime did tolerate religious minorities but at the same time showed zero tolerance to political movements that were against the Ba’athist agenda, and what good is secularism when no democracy exists and vice versa. We must note on the sectarianism of the Syrian regime would be what the Russian foreign minister said that Russia won’t allow a Sunni regime to replace the current one, here we must understand what did Sergey Lavrov mean by Sunni regime, did he mean an extreme Islamic regime like the one in Saudi Arabia or a normal regime that replaces the Alawite one.

But in the end the revolution was born to win and live on, and no matter how much violence the regime uses against the protesters it won’t be able to stop what has started. The people’s movement will win because that’s the only natural result, as for Assad’s future I can only say that his end will be much worse than that of Gaddafi’s and then no one will shed a tear over him.

Palestinians for Syria

21/01/12 is the Global Day Of Rage For Syria

A peaceful revolution…a revolution against foreign intervention…a revolution against sectarianism and factions.This is the revolution of the Syrian people we know.

For ten months now the Syrian people have marched towards freedom and we have no doubt that they will achieve their liberation. For this reason we see it as a duty to warn them of the dangers of foreign intervention and to express our support for their peaceful revolution against sectarianism and factions.

For ten months the Syrian people have marched steadily towards freedom, despite the criminal oppression of Bashar al-Assad’s regime which uses weapons against its own people, instead of using them to liberate their occupied land, and despite the disagreements among their representatives whom the people gave trust in.

For ten months the Syrian people have marched towards freedom as martyr after martyr is sacrificed, which has only strengthened their resolve and steadfastness to continue their march.

 

For ten months the Syrian people have marched towards freedom as the world analyzes the meanings behind slogans raised in protests, and satellite channels have garnered more viewers with the increase in bloodshed and murders. The media sells to its viewers talks of a conspiracy or of a civil war, and many powers, sells us their support to freedom or democracy in the Middle East, when they never did. We are confident that these plots will fail and be crushed under the feet of the Syrian Arab People.

Ten months and we have avoided watching the disfigured bodies and the brave women who do not fear facing the live ammunition. Ten months and we chose which channel to hear from about the news of 30, 70, 100 martyrs of Syria, which made us ashamed from our miserable show of solidarity, as at the end of every day dozens of families lose their sons and daughters, with seemingly no one to share their pain with.

We, Palestinian activists and bloggers, on the Global Day of Rage for Syrian Revolution, stress our support for the brave revolutionary Syrians. We strongly reject manipulating the Palestinian cause as a cover under which the Syrian martyrs’ bodies are brushed under and stamped upon by Bashar al-Assad’s regime. It is true we must think logically about the dynamics of the Syrian revolution, but we must put the overwrought analyses aside, because the cost is the blood of our Syrian brothers and sisters. We reiterate our support for the peaceful Syrian revolution and its rejection of foreign intervention amidst the threats of sectarianism, as without our solidarity and faith we have no right in theorizing and preaching to the Syrians who are being murdered one after the other.

We all are Syria

Goodbye 2011

To a year that was good beyond imagination, I say thank you. 2011 was not any normal year that passes by, it’s a year when history was re-written. A year that for anyone who lived the events and changes it brought to us will never forget, I never thought or imagined I would witness revolutions sweeping the Middle East not even in my wildest dreams, apparently 2011 stated it was time for the change everyone was waiting for so long.
On a personal level 2011 had its ups and downs, it’s the year that changed my life, I started my blog, and found myself in writing, it’s the year I became active on twitter, it’s the year I met many people who inspired me, changed me, I had hope restored to me.

Thank you 2011 for being that great year we all were waiting for, but more importantly I want to thank the people who took their destinies in their hands, demanding their stolen rights, demanding the better living they deserve, thank you Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Yemen, Syria, and Bahrain for showing us what the simple citizen can do. Thank you you brave humans who refused to keep living in the shadows of life, thank you for bringing back to me the hope that I had lost. Thank you for proving the world wrong, that we are not a dead nation, that we are alive just like anyone else, that we are free, thank you from the future generations who will look back and realize that the freedom, democracy, and decent living they have, were nothing but the result of the sacrifices made during this year.

In 2011 the first refugee came back to Palestine though for a short period of time, but it proved that the right of return is nonnegotiable, and is not some fairy-tale, it proved to the world that 63 years later and we haven’t forgotten, it proved that Ben-Gurion who said that in two generations we will forget was wrong, it proved that the right of return will seize to being a dream and become a reality.

I hope that 2012 goes on the same tracks like its predecessor 2011, and becomes the year of Democracy for the countries that revolted, and to help the Syrians win their country back and remove the dictatorship that was established on their bodies.

Statement in solidarity with Razan Ghazzawi

(English follows Arabic)

نحن مجموعة من المدونين والناشطين الشباب الفلسطينيين نطلق صرختنا مرة أخرى تضامنًا مع كافة معتقلي الثورة السورية العظيمة جميعهم/ن من ناشطين/ات، فنانين/ات، مدونيين/ات وغيرهم الذين أطلقوا ولا زالوا يطلقون أصواتهم عاليًا في الشارع وعبر المنصات المختلفة مطالبين بالحريّة والعدالة ووقف الظلم والاستبداد وسياسة كم الأفواه الذي يتبعها النظام السوري منذ ما يزيد عن أربعة عقود سنوات.

نطلق بياننا هذا، تضامناً معهم ومع المدونة السورية رزان الغزاوي والتي لم يتوقف يومًا دعمها ومساندتها للقضية الفلسطينية، وكانت أول من تضامن مع المدونين الفلسطينيين الذين لم يحصلوا على تأشيرات دخول للمشاركة في مؤتمر المدونين العرب الأخير في تونس. وكانت رزان قد نشرت تدوينة لها في العام 2008 إبان الحرب على غزة بعنوان “حول فكرة “التضامن” مع غزة”، قائلة: أفهم أن يتضامن سكّان كوبا والبرازيل وباكستان مع غزّة، لكنّني لا أفهم حين يتضامن السوريون واللبنانيون والأردنيون لا بل الفلسطينيون في الشتات مع غّزة، فماذا يُقصد بالتضامن هنا؟”.

لا نتضامن مع رزان الغزاوي و150 معتقلة سورية وكلّ المعتقلين فقط، بل نعلن أن مصيرنا وهمّنا ونضالنا واحد، وأنه لا يمكن لفلسطين أن تتحرر لطالما بقيت شعوبنا العربية تعيش تحت الأنظمة الرجعية والظالمة، وأن فلسطين ستكون حرّة حين ستكون سوريا حرّة والشعب السوري يعيش بكرامة.

الحريّة لكلّ المعتقلين في سجون النظام السوري. وتحيا الثورة السورية، حرّة من الدكتاتورية، و ومن التدخّل الخارجي، ومن الطائفية.

الموقّعون:

اباء رزق

أبرار عقيل

أحمد فاهوم

أحمد نمر

ارين ناصر

أسامة شومر

أسامة غراب

أسماء الغول

أماني اغبارية

أمل مرتجى

أنس حمرا

بدور حسن

بشار لبد

ثمينة حصري

جلال أبو خاطر

حمزة البحيصي

خالد الشهابي

دالية عثمان

داليا غراب

دعاء علي

ديانا الزير

ديما السعافين

رشا حلوة

روان أبو شهلا

سائد كرزون

صالح دوابشة

عبير قبطي

علا عنان

علاء أبو دياب

علي أبونعمة

علي باري

علي المصري

عمرة عمرة

فداء أبو عاصي

لينة السعافين

مجد كيال

محمد جرادات

مريم البرغوتي

معاذ مصلح

مها رزق

ميرا البابا

ميرا النابلسي

ميساء عزايزة

نادر الخزندار

نادين درويش

نالان السراج

نسرين مزاوي

نهال العلمي

هلا الصفدي

هناء محاميد

هويدا عراف

يسرى جاموس

We, a group of Palestinian bloggers and activists raise our voices loud and clear in solidarity with all the prisoners of the Great Syrian Revolution. We stand with all the prisoners, activists, artists, bloggers and others, all who are shouting in the streets or on various platforms demanding freedom and justice, while decrying the huge amount on injustice and oppression practiced by the Syrian regime for more than four decades.

We issue this statement in solidarity with all those Syrian activists, and with the blogger Razan Ghazzawi who was arrested on December 4th, on the Jordanian-Syrian crossing border. Razan was adamant in her support for the Palestinian cause. She was the first to stand in solidarity with the Palestinian bloggers who were not granted a visa to enter Tunisia in order to participate in the Arab Bloggers Conference. Razan posted a blog in 2008 during the massacre on Gaza titled, “The Idea of Solidarity with Gaza.” She wrote, “I understand when Cubans, Brazilians, and Pakistanies stand in solidarity with Gaza. But what I do not understand is when Syrians, Lebanese, Jordanians, and also Palestinians in exile stand in solidarity. What is the meaning of solidarity in this context?”

Not only do we stand in solidarity with Razan and the other prisoners, but we also affirm that our destiny is one, our concerns are one, and our struggle is one. Palestine can never be free while the Arab people live under repressive and reactionary regimes. The road to a free Palestine comes with a free Syria, in which Syrians live in dignity.

Freedom to all of the prisoners in the Syrian regime’s cells. Long live the Syrian Revolution, free from dictatorship, sectarianism, and foreign intervention.

Signatories:

Abir Kopty

Abrar Agil

Ahmed Fahoum

Ahmed Nimer

Alaa Abu Diab

Ali Abunimah

Ali AlMasri

Ali Bari

Amal Murtaja

Amani Ighbaria

Amra Amra

Anas Hamra

Asmaa AlGhoul

Bashar Lubbad

Budour Hasan

Dalia Ghorab

Dalia Othman

Deema AlSaafin

Diana Alzeer

Doa Ali

Fidaa Abu Assi

Hala AlSafadi

Hamza Elbuhaisi

Hanaa Mahameed

Huwaida Arraf

Ebaa Rezeq

Irene Nasser

Jalal AbuKhater

Khaled AlShihabi

Linah AlSaafin

Maath Musleh

Maha Rezeq

Maisaa Azayzeh

Majd Kayyal

Mariam Al-Barghouti

Meera AlBaba

Mira Nabulsi

Mohamed Jaradat

Nader Al-Khuzundar

Nadine Darwish

Nalan Al Sarraj

Nihal ElAlami

Nisreen Mazzawi

Ola Anan

Osama Ghorab

Osama Shomar

Rasha Hilwi

Rowan Abu-Shahla

Saed Karzoun

Saleh Dawabsheh

Thameena Husary

Yusra Jamous

The Assad crime organization

Many of us have watched the Sopranos or the Godfather and were entertained by them, in Damascus the situation is the same but it’s less entertaining, we see them everyday but instead we call the head of the family there the president or the ophthalmologist. Don’t let that fool you the Assad family is a crime organization in many different aspects and they are no different than the Sopranos or the Corleone families, but for four decades they owned something no typical crime organization has owned before: A state.

Kim Jung Il and Gaddafi are also heads of crime organizations, and they own states too, but their states are not described as stable. Bashar Al-Assad is the second generation to run the family business, coming from an alawite minority the Syrian regime won’t leave easily. Syria produces 400,000 oil barrels per day 28 thousand of that is for exporting this brings to the family  millions of dollars per day, and that is something no crime organization dreamed about. The family itself is considered unstable and we can look back to 1983 when Hafiz Al-Assad suffered a heart attack and left his brother Rifaat in charge, but Rifaat a failed attempted to take power through a coup d’etat which resulted in his exile. Another fracture in the Syrian regime  is when Abdul Halim Khaddam resigned and claimed that the Syrian regime sent threats to Rafiq Al-Hariri who was assassinated in 2005.

Khaddam who was once the most powerful Sunni politician in the Syrian regime has left Syria for exile and now heads the National Salvation Front in Syria from exile, accused the Syrian government of assassinating a top Hezbollah fugitive “for Israels sake.”

The history of the Assad family in crushing any opposition can be traced back to the 1980s when the regime crushed the Muslim Brotherhood in the city of Hama, they did not leave it at that, they also crushed the innocent civilians of the city, and who ever supported or as much as sympathized with the organization was killed or declared missing, the massacre’s casualties who are counted in the thousands and in the tens of thousands are a proof that the regime wouldn’t hesitate for one second to mercilessly crush any opposition but this time it’s not Hama, it’s Daraa.

The current operations in Daraa are the regime’s response to any ideas of change or reforms, and that the regime won’t think twice before killing anyone involved or even uninvolved in the freedom demanding protests.

But no tyrants lasted for ever, even Hitler who has the blood of millions on his hands didn’t survive, Syria will return to be the glory of the Arab world thanks to the 15th of March youth.

Bashar Al-Assad won't last

The Arab dictators guide to suppressing the revolution

All those who are tracking the Arab spring will notice the pattern used by the regimes to attempt to suppress the masses. Apparently those Arab Leagues summits weren’t as crappy as we thought, the same pattern was and is being used over and over again except in the case of Libya which is an attempt to suppress the Libyan population but also an experiment for the rest of Gaddafi’s colleagues, and if Gaddafi wins and manages to suppress the revolution then many of the Arab leaders will follow in his footsteps.

Week One:

When the protests kick off, introduce the police and security forces and order them to fire tear gas, rubber bullets, water cannons can be effective for a while, and occasional live ammunition could be fruitful (If you are Gaddafi all of the above doesn’t apply to you, for humane reasons you skip all of the above to use Anti-Aircraft and live ammunition because using tear gas is a crime). On the political level send out a low profile politician to explain that the protests in your country are not important and won’t lead to the regime being overthrown because your country is not ( and here you mention countries where the revolution was successful). If the number of casualties is great then blame that on non-existent thugs who show up from nowhere with the sole purpose of killing the protesters (If you are Gaddafi then blame it on the protesters and claim they are under hallucination pills provided to them by Al-Qaeda), if the protesters manage to take over police stations and occupy important facilities then it’s advised that you remove all policemen and state security personnel from the streets, while releasing all the criminals from prisons, remember political prisons must be kept in.

Week Two:

In case the protests don’t end and this is the most likely scenario then it’s time to address the nation (If you are Gaddafi you can send your son to replace you), in your speech try to explain what happened in week one, explain that you ordered the security forces to make sure the protesters are safe, and announce that you want a new government formed as a solution to the protesters demands. Try to warn the protesters that if you’re gone Islamists can take over and make their life even worse. Meanwhile send snipers to building tops and order them to fire at will. Cutting the means of communication can be helpful and make sure foreign press are far from the main protests, if Al-Jazeera is focusing a lot on your country you earn the right to blame them for what is happening and that they have a hidden agenda.

Week Three:

At this stage if protests are not over then you have a problem, and you can resort to plan B which consists of bringing all the police officers you took from the streets and sending them to protests supporting you and your regime, you are allowed at this point to hire thugs as well, if you manage to bring a couple of thousands then you can try sending them to attack the protesters (using camels and horses maybe helpful). Another speech maybe good at this point trying to blame all of the events occurring in your country are done by outside forces (blaming it on Israel, USA, or Iran maybe good). If you are Gaddafi all of the above doesn’t apply to you, you may continue shooting and killing your own people and telling them you’re no president to resign.

Week Four:

If all of the above measurements fail, then it’s time for your last speech praising yourself, mention your history of serving your country and emphasis that you only wanted to serve your country the best you could, while the speech is being prepared pack your suitcases withdraw all your fortune from the banks, and pick a place to run away to, after you’re gone rumors that your health is bad and that you’re sick may drive the people to sympathize with you.

REMEMBER:

The state television must and at all times show pictures that shows that the country is fine and nothing wrong is going on, that the protesters got paid to protest and had KFC meals, and keep emphasizing that they have hidden agendas.

Even if you do everything mentioned you will still fail, because the will of the people is much stronger than you and they will eventually remove you whether you like it or not.

If you are Gaddafi and you’re reading this, any of the above doesn’t apply to you.

The Arab Spring

The Arab Spring