September 4, 2011


Syrian opposition demonstrators in Bucharest and Istanbul protest against Syrian President Bashar Assad on Friday, September 2nd. People wave Syrian flags during a protest march organized by the Syrian minority in Bucharest (top) and Syrians living in Turkey hold a banner with pictures of Syria’s President Assad and Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi during a protest outside the Syrian consulate in Istanbul. Credit: Radu Sigheti and Murad Sezer for Reuters.

The latest from Syria:

At least 13 people were killed Sunday in Syria, according to the Local Co-ordination Committees (LCC). The LCC says security forces are surrounding hospitals to prevent wounded anti-government protesters from receiving treatment. State media SANA claims six soldiers and three civilians were killed after gunmen attacked a military bus near Hama. [Al Jazeera, BBC]

Red Cross chief Jakob Kellenberger is in Damascus to meet with the foreign minister Sunday and President Assad on Monday. The head of the ICRC will attempt to get access to detained activists. [Guardian]

The head of the Arab League will be in Syria this week after the Syrian government approved his visit. Last week, Syria rejected a statement from the Arab League calling on the Syrian regime to halt the violence. [VOA Blog]

A satellite TV station in Syria is airing all of Gadhafi’s speeches and appeals, where the station owner “personally broadcast support for Kadafi during Libya’s rebellion” even when the Libyan leader released no new messages, according to Babylon and Beyond. Mishan Jabouri, who owns the Al Oruba channel, fled Iraq in 2005 after he was charged with embezzlement. After he set up his first satellite channel in Syria, the U.S. Treasury Department hit the channel with sanctions. [Babylon and Beyond]

The European Union has agreed to an oil embargo against Syria, as well as employing further sanctions. Why the oil embargo is a big deal: around 95% of Syrian oil exports head to the EU and approximately one-third of Syria’s export income comes from oil exports. [Corruption Currents, Digital Journal]

Commentary of the week: Now Lebanon’s James Kirchick slams Syrian expert Joshua Landis, co-director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Oklahoma and author of Syria Comment. Kirchick calls Landis the “professor of propaganda,” accusing him of “parroting” and “whitewashing” the Assad regime by denying evidence of murders carried out by Syrian security forces and for leaning pro-Assad in a multitude of blog posts. [Now Lebanon]

(Quelle: pantslessprogressive, via sothisisanotherblog)

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