The MSF report, “Misery Beyond the War Zone,” shows that many of the 220,000 Syrians who have sought refuge in Lebanon cannot obtain the health care they need, among other worrisome findings. The survey, which follows a similar study carried out by MSF last June, reveals a marked deterioration of the humanitarian situation for refugees and other displaced people in Lebanon, in large part due to extremely lengthy registration delays. Refugees in Lebanon are not entitled to formal assistance if they are not registered.
Syrians in diaspora are now writing on Facebook all together, line by line, hear by heart: Huna Dimashq (This is Damascus). Syria is not offline. You can’t. You cannot silence this revolution by unplugging a cable.
Glenn Greenwald on WikiLeaks’ Syria Files, Julian Assange’s Request to Ecuador For Asylum
WikiLeaks announced today it has begun publishing the Syria Files — more than two million emails from Syrian political figures, ministries and associated companies, dating from August 2006 to March 2012. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange could not attend today’s press conference announcing the release of the data trove because he is still inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London in an attempt to avoid extradition to Sweden.
According to WikiLeaks, “The Syria Files shine a light on the inner workings of the Syrian government and economy, but they also reveal how the West and Western companies say one thing and do another.” Longtime WikiLeaks supporter Glenn Greenwald praises the release of the secret files. “[This] simply underscores the reason that WikiLeaks is so valuable. The ability to blow holes in the wall of secrecy, behind which the world’s most powerful actors function, is something newspapers have a great deal of difficulty doing because they’re subject to the laws of their state,” Greenwald said. “They can’t guarantee anonymity because reporters know who their sources are and can ultimately be forced to give them up.”
Opposition forces are doing better than expected, but the regime is responding with ever nastier tactics
THE ceasefire in Syria brokered by Kofi Annan, an envoy and former secretary-general of the UN, is unravelling. After several weeks of holding back somewhat while being pummelled by government forces, bands of armed rebels gathered under the umbrella of the Free Syrian Army are now on the attack and gaining ground. A number of towns have come under their control, admittedly in some cases after covert negotiations with tired units of the government. “We have no need for the regime because we run ourselves,” says a man from Wadi Barada, a string of villages in a valley close to Damascus, reeling off an impressive list of social services, including imprisoning criminals, that are provided by the armed resistance.
Rebel morale and organisation have improved thanks to a growing (if still modest) command structure. Military councils have in some areas replaced ad hoc committees. The rebels’ political and military wings may also end months of bickering. The Syrian National Council, which sees itself as a government in waiting, chose as its new leader Abdelbaset Sieda, a moderate Kurd who has voiced sympathy for the Free Syrian Army.
Light arms, money and satellite phones—long promised by supporters—are starting to flow into rebel hands. Most come from wealthy Gulf Arabs who see no other way of influencing a conflict that has already claimed more than 12,000 lives. Even Syrian businessmen overseas who used to give money only for field clinics have become more willing to pay for arms.
***GRAPHIC*** A MASSACRE SO HORRIBLE IT DEFIES ALL HUMANITY AND LOGIC. ASSAD’S THUGS BUTCHER A MOTHER AND HER FOUR CHILDREN. Hama: May 24, 2012 - The people of Hama first reported the abduction of the mother of the Al-Saleem Family and her four children two days ago by Assad’s forces. Today, the grisly scene of the collection of the bodies showed the utter barbarity and unmerciful way in which this family was murdered.
Assad’s forces committed this atrocity in order to spread sectarian hatred and fear through the community. Their goal is to enrage the locals into taking revenge. To start a civil war. What better way to do this than to abduct a mother and her children and slaughter them.
Butchered with knives. Where else in the world can this happen except for Syria? Why has the Arab world blamed this on some ‘conspiracy’? Why has the Western world forgotten about us?
Syria is dying and the world is watching Assad kill her.
The body of the little girl is revealed here. She too was not spared the brutal end.