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And next, Syria?

Discussion in 'world politics, current affairs and news' started by Idris2002, Feb 18, 2011.

  1. Idris2002

    Idris2002 we have a fish with ears

    This was on the BBC site:

    I thought it was unlikely to spread to Syria - but was I wrong?
  2. quimcunx

    quimcunx jesus tonsils

  3. Idris2002

    Idris2002 we have a fish with ears

    the fact that the minister appeared immediately makes me wonder if it was a carefully staged provocation. . .
  4. quimcunx

    quimcunx jesus tonsils

    don't know. Maybe they sent him right out there to nip anything in the bud. I hear there has been a little unrest in the middle east recently so they might want to avoid having the same issues.
  5. teqniq

    teqniq DisMembered

    This via Twitter Google Translate required:

    Activist arrested:

    http://www.marxy.com/middleeast/syria/save-touhama-maarouf270211.htm
  6. elbows

    elbows WoeTimer

    Apparently protests have emerged in Syria today! I dont have any useful detail yet.
  7. elbows

    elbows WoeTimer

    Via twitter:

  8. teqniq

    teqniq DisMembered

    from this tweet:

  9. teqniq

    teqniq DisMembered

    more happening today, from this tweet:

  10. teqniq

    teqniq DisMembered

    There appear to be demos happening all over the place today:

  11. Divisive Cotton

    Divisive Cotton Now I just have my toy soldiers

    Tweet:

  12. teqniq

    teqniq DisMembered

    anyone interested in following events on Twitter, these people seem fairly reliable:

    Razaniyat also has a blog:

    http://razaniyyat.tumblr.com/

    this from Reuters Arabic:

    http://ara.reuters.com/article/topNews/idARACAE72J0GI20110320
  13. teqniq

    teqniq DisMembered

    Well it's all looking a bit fucking grim in Deraa also further protests elsewhere:

  14. teqniq

    teqniq DisMembered

  15. elbows

    elbows WoeTimer

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-12800243
  16. Idaho

    Idaho blah blah blah

    These protestors are obviously cia stooges or fools who have been stirred up by foreign powers. I mean, honestly, why would anyone have a problem living under the Syrian government?
  17. Divisive Cotton

    Divisive Cotton Now I just have my toy soldiers

    It's all a Zionist conspiracy
  18. teqniq

    teqniq DisMembered

    Protesters being teargassed yesterday in Daraa

  19. teqniq

    teqniq DisMembered

    There's loads of tweets atm about a massacre at the mosque in Daraa here is just one of them:

  20. elbows

    elbows WoeTimer

    Some stories from before the apparent latest events at that mosque:

    http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,2060788,00.html

    http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-syria-protests-20110323,0,2884903.story

  21. teqniq

    teqniq DisMembered

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/mar/23/syria-kills-six-mosque-attack-deraa
  22. elbows

    elbows WoeTimer

    Grim

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-12843905

  23. elbows

    elbows WoeTimer

    Via the Guardian:

  24. Divisive Cotton

    Divisive Cotton Now I just have my toy soldiers

    The government are going to announce a series of reforms this evening no doubt to hedge off protests tomorrow.

    Why it satisfy the people or will it give them confidence to ask for more? I guess we'll find out tomorrow
  25. Divisive Cotton

    Divisive Cotton Now I just have my toy soldiers

    They are making the announcement live on Al-Jazeera now
  26. Divisive Cotton

    Divisive Cotton Now I just have my toy soldiers

    1. Increased salaries from government enquiries
    2. Help for the unemployed
    3. Enquiry into the killings

    Spokeswomen stated the President hae ordered the security services not to use live ammunition

    4. Allow political parties
    5. New media to be allowed
    6. End emergency powers
  27. Divisive Cotton

    Divisive Cotton Now I just have my toy soldiers

    The Syrians seemed to have gotta a bit of a better handle on PR than the Libyans.

    They have a normal looking person in a normal press conference rather than some nutter ranting on about exterminating rats and cockroaches
  28. butchersapron

    butchersapron shoot 'em in the back

    More on these 'concessions' after they kill a 100 people:

  29. Divisive Cotton

    Divisive Cotton Now I just have my toy soldiers

    I find it interesting how they have taken a totally different approach to Tunisia, Egypt and Libya and which is to give deep concessions (or the impression of giving concessions) right at the beginning rather than giving small concessions in stages as the protests build
  30. Louis MacNeice

    Louis MacNeice Autumn Journalist

    The big 'concession', ending emergency law, has been promised before but never delivered; much of the other stuff is bribery rather than reform.

    Cheers - Louis MacNeice

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