http://leloveluck.com/2012/09/20/wha...an-opposition/Emirati volunteers' heartache at Syria's child war victims
Little Ahmad's story drew tears from Emirati volunteers.
The eight-year-old Syrian refugee was smuggled into Jordan by his neighbours from his hometown in Homs. His parents had died, but he did not know how.
Mariam Al Darmaki, a nurse from Sharjah with the UAE Red Crescent, said it was the hardest case she had dealt with since her arrival in Mafraq three weeks ago to help in the UAE's relief work.
"He was telling us the story and he seemed fine, but we were all in tears," she said. "This eight-year-old boy has seen more in his life than what a 60-year-old man would."
The relief work at the refugee camp has proved to be emotionally draining for those volunteering with the Red Crescent and Sanid, an Emirati emergency unit team that arrived in Jordan earlier this week.
http://www.lrb.co.uk/v34/n18/nir-ros...g-the-alawitesWhat’s non-lethal about aid to the Syrian opposition?
As pressure increases on western governments to bring an end to the bloodshed in Syria, “non-lethal” assistance has become the promise of the hour. The term is ubiquitous, cropping up in White House press briefings and the European Union’s arms embargo on Syria.
Yet despite the pervasive nature of the term, it does not yet have a widely accepted legal definition. Broadly speaking, it is used to describe equipment and intelligence that cannot be directly used to kill. This can encompass anything from helmets and body armor to more facilitative assistance such as encrypted radios and satellite imagery. In practice, the lines between non-lethal equipment and its lethal counterparts are more blurred. In fact, both are required for a soldier to maximize the use of his weapon. As Pieter Wezeman, a senior researcher at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, points out, “a guy with a helmet and a radio is more likely to use his gun effectively because his protection increases his survivability and his radio [improves] his targeting through better communication.”
Nevertheless, the distinction between lethal and non-lethal weapons is a crucial one for the governments involved in their supply. According to Wezeman, any move toward arming the rebels would be “very politically sensitive indeed.” As Britain’s Foreign Secretary William Hague has emphasized, the British position is “not about taking sides.” How the move toward assisting the rebels will be seen within the Assad regime’s inner chambers is perhaps another story.
http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/...88K0ZA20120921Among the Alawites
Syria's neighbors seek extension of U.N. war crimes inquiry
Arab countries proposed on Friday extending the mandate of U.N. investigators documenting war crimes in Syria and said that more experts were needed for the growing task.
A draft resolution submitted to the United Nations Human Rights Council by a group of Arab states, backed by Western powers, calls for the investigations to carry on for the next six months.
The U.N. body launched the commission in August 2011 after a majority of member states out-voted four countries that opposed it, including Russia and China.
Its current mandate expires at the end of the Council's three-week session next Friday, on September 28 by which time the vote on extending the mandate should have take place.
The investigators, led by Brazilian Paulo Pinheiro, said on Monday they had added more names to a secret list of Syrians suspected of committing war crimes during the 18-month-old uprising against President Bashar al-Assad.
https://twitter.com/NMSyriaCall it a salafi revolution all you want but Jesus is on our side...
4:06 PM Sept. 20
Daraya had a party for the children of martyrs today. Children of victims from the city came and had a fun time.
The kids with their party hats on! Daraya Damascus pic.twitter.com/mN82d8OZ
Even though it was a fun day for them, you can still see the sadness in their eyes. They all lost their parents.
https://twitter.com/ayaelbIn many private schools, the sons of generals and businessmen act as shabeeha, beating up opposition and silencing everyone.
https://twitter.com/NuffSilenceAP: Iraqi official says Baghdad banned a North Korean plane from using its airspace on suspicion it is carrying weapons to war-torn Syria
The neighborhood of Bustan Al Basha, a front line in the fighting between FSA and regime, is pretty much gone http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gfTzLp24BbI Aleppo
Local Coordination Committees in Syria (LCC)
LCC was able to document 250 martyrs on Thursday. 71 martyrs were reported in Raqqa (including 55 martyrs due to warplane shelling at Ain Easa and the number is expected to rise, and 15 bodies were found in the Military Security Headquarter), 58 in Aleppo, 50 in Damascus and its Suburbs, 37 in Homs, 15 in Hama, 7 in Deir Ezzor, 6 in Idlib, 5 in Daraa, and 1 in Hasakeh
Local Coordination Committees in Syria (LCC
LCC was able to document 117 martyrs on Friday. 48 martyrs were reported in Damascus and its Suburbs; including 17 who were martyred in a massacre in Bwaida town, 17 in Aleppo, 15 in Homs, 15 in Idlib, 9 in Deir Ezzor, 9 in Daraa, 2 in Hama, 1 in Lattakia, and 1 in Raqqa
30,351 people killed so far in Syria