There are reports that Saudi Arabia has sent military equipment to aid the rebels in the Free Syrian Army, according to an anonymous diplomat for the Arab nation. But who the “good guys” in this fight, considering the push by neoconservatives to arm these same Syrian rebels, or intervene militarily on their behalf. It turns out that human rights groups are now accusing the Syrian opposition of a litany of abuses.
|By: David Dayen Tuesday March 20, 2012 7:15 pm|
|By: Lisa Derrick Saturday March 17, 2012 8:00 pm|
Rock and roll has been the music of rebellion and social change since the 1950s, and each successive wave of youths have discovered its power (chords) and embraced its do-it-yourself aesthetic. Punk rock and technology, from cassette tapes to MP3 and file sharing have made music the most easily understood and easy to identify mode of rebellious self-expression. The music, lyrics, and yes, fashion have been and are still threatening to the powers that be: Los Angeles Police chief Daryl Gates viewed punk rock, especially the band Black Flag, as a major threat, regularly sending in riot cops for their shows and says Black Flag drummer Greg Cameron:
|By: David Dayen Thursday March 15, 2012 10:15 am|
The Syrian uprising began one year ago. The Assad regime marked it in two ways. First, with a Potemkin rally in Damascus, with tens of thousands of pro-regime demonstrators coming out (read: forced to come out) in support. They called it the “Global March for Syria.”
The second marking of the uprising was by armies marching on Syrian cities.
|By: David Dayen Wednesday February 29, 2012 12:20 pm|
In Syria, where the death toll in the Arab uprising has reached beyond 7,500, security forces are mounting a final assault on the city of Homs. Over 100 died in shelling on Homs today, according to human rights groups, and the rebel fighters in the Baba Amr district have dwindled to about 400. At least three journalists continue to be trapped in Homs. A mass grave has also been found near Homs, with dozens of bodies.
|By: David Dayen Wednesday February 22, 2012 11:15 am|
The Obama Administration has opened the door a crack to the possibility of arming the Syrian rebels. The biggest problem with arming Syrian rebels is that there is no unified opposition to arm. If little was known about the Libyan rebels, we seem to know even less for Syria. As Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Martin Dempsey said on CNN this weekend, “Until we’re a lot clearer about who they are and what they are, I think it would be premature to talk about arming them.”
|By: David Dayen Tuesday February 21, 2012 10:55 am|
While the UN General Assembly issued a formal condemnation and European leaders prepare more sanctions, in the US, the neocon government-in-exile wants to use this opportunity to start another war, at least by arming the Syrian rebels (though they probably couldn’t explain to you who the Syrian rebels are). In order to gin this up to a sufficient level, John McCain has taken to claiming the Syrian regime is being armed by Iran, to justify the US arming the regime’s opponents.
|By: David Dayen Monday February 6, 2012 1:30 pm|
The United States closed its embassy in Syria today, in response to continuing attacks by security forces in Homs that have escalated the death toll in the uprising. Nothing that the international community has done thus far has led to any pullback in efforts by Bashar al-Assad to use his security forces to crush the uprising.
|By: David Dayen Saturday February 4, 2012 10:35 am|
Hours after a horrific massacre in Homs, China and Russia vetoed a United Nations Security Council resolution on Syria, one which was already watered down in an attempt to get the support of the Russians.
|By: David Dayen Thursday February 2, 2012 4:11 pm|
Russia had one simple demand on the UN draft resolution on Syria: the resolution must not allow for military intervention. In fact, it must ban intervention specifically in the text.
Well, the UN negotiators haven’t gone that far, to my knowledge. But they did drop the demand that Bashar al-Assad step down and hand over control of the country to his deputy.
|By: David Dayen Monday January 16, 2012 11:30 am|
The Syrian regime, trying to walk a fine line between staying in power and avoiding the ire of the international community, abruptly announced a general amnesty for “crimes” committed during the uprising, which began last March. The fact that this is the fourth such amnesty issued by Bashar al-Assad during the uprising probably blunts the impact, and opposition spokesmen dismissed it.