Cmdr. Ahmad Zolghadr, the deputy head of the Tehran Revolutionary Guards, has said in a speech in Mashhad: “If we had acted on the fatwa of the late imam [Khomeini] and had killed Salam Rushdie, insult against the Prophet of Islam would not take place.” [Apparently, he meant that subsequent perceived insults including films and cartoons, including[…]اقرأ المزيد
The dialogue, on a Saudi based Islamist channel, starts with an introduction by an FSA officer, sitting next to the captured Allawite POW (while Adnan Arour, Syria’s influential telesalafist sits in the Saudi studio). The FSA officer reiterates many times that Allawite officers are not joining the armed revolution, only Sunnis are heeding the calls to split the army.
The Allawite officer speaks of the “good treatment” he’s receiving throughout his hundred days in the FSA’s custody. He condemned the regime’s prisoners’ swap in return for the Iranian hostages, while leaving him, an Allawite officer, without any attention.
Arour asks the officer whether Allawites feel that they’re being used by a single family (the Assads) to protect its own interests. The FSA officer says that the Allawite POW has bombed Sunni homes, and that the regime refused to include him in a swap.
The Sheikh also asks about the proportion of Allawite officers in the officers’ corps vis a vis Sunnis. When the officer says I do not know exactly, the Sheikh objects and the line is cut. The video ends there.
This is the dialogue in a nutshell, the narratives are now surfacing, and people are less considerate as there is no need for political correctness when you are fighting a brutal war.
Last week, Hazem Ameen from Al-Hayat wrote on the Nusra Front’s rising presence in Syria, concluding that the radical Islamist group is fighting the regime, alongside the Syrian people’s revolution, not within it. In a nutshell, Jihadists remain an external force with a different agenda to the revolution’s early aspirations. This remains[…]اقرأ المزيد
حازم صاغيّة* إرنْست نولته مؤرّخ ألمانيّ كبير، وهو محافظ ورجعيّ كبير أيضاً. في أواخر الثمانينات أثار ما عُرف في ألمانيا بـ”نزاع المؤرّخين” بسبب تأويلاته الخلافيّة، والمشتطّة، للنازيّة و”الحلّ النهائيّ” للمسألة اليهوديّة. هكذا اكتسب نولته سمعة سيّئة تبعاً لأطروحته التي تفيد أنّ غزو هتلر للاتّحاد السوفياتيّ في 1941 كان عملاً “دفاعيّاً” ضدّ “مخاطر” الشيوعيّة واليهوديّة العالميّة،[…]اقرأ المزيد
Months ago, news outlets reported on the Syrian regime’s initiative to arm Minority areas to “protect their areas”. The Druze of Jaramana, a town to South of Damascus, were armed and fighting against Free Syrian Army advances. Today, a series of bombings, most probably suicide operations, rocked the town, leaving dozens dead and injured.اقرأ المزيد
Lebanon”s Anti Racism Movement made strong points about the passing away of Janice Soriano de Jose, an Ethiopian domestic worker “who committed suicide on Sunday by jumping from the 11th floor of her employer’s house in Zalka”, according to local media reports.اقرأ المزيد
“The new leader of the Syrian anti-Assad coalition has a big job ahead of him. But his moderation lends him credibility”. This is how the Guardian and many Western News outlets introduced Moaz Al-Khatib, the new leader of an anti-Assad Coalition, which has won Western and Arab praise and recognition. But is the man really[…]اقرأ المزيد
Janish Seriant Rajoseph, a 25 year old Ethiopian maid, jumped from her employer’s 11th floor flat in Zalka, Northern Beirut. Every single bone in her body was damaged, she instantly died; her corpse is at Abu Jaoude Hospital. This is not breaking news; such deaths occur weekly, and are merely covered by Lebanon’s mainstream media.اقرأ المزيد