Anthony Shadid said to have blamed death on New York Times
Anthony Shadid, the Pulitzer prize-winning New York Times reporter who died in Syria this year, had heated arguments with his editors just prior to his final trip into the country, a cousin of Shadid's says, and told his wife that were he to die the New York Times would be to blame.
"The phone call the night before he left [Turkey for Syria], there was screaming and slamming on the phone in discussions with editors," Ed Shadid, a cousin to the late reporter, said last night at the Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee's convention in Washington, D.C.
"It was at this time that he called his wife and gave his last haunting directive that if anything happens to me I want the world to know the New York Times killed me," Ed Shadid said.
Syrians Now Willing To Talk, But No Names, Please
In Damascus, Syrians now openly speak their minds, but often won't offer a name for the record.
The "wall of fear" is crumbling even in the capital, where the security police have the heaviest presence. Syrians have lived under surveillance and emergency law for years, but after 15 months of anti-government protest and a brutal response by the regime, the killings have changed people.
"Now, I believe that most of the Syrians feel in their bones that the regime is over and it's only a matter of time," said one veteran activist, "There are wide areas that aren't under the control of the regime, and Syrians are learning to speak for themselves."
The capital is still under heavy control, however, with military checkpoints on the highway into the city and patrols in the heart of Damascus after dark. The sound of shooting and explosions in the suburbs, the poor neighborhoods of Douma and Qudsaya, now reach the wealthy neighborhoods of the city.
"Now, things are too graphic. You can hear the bombs here in Damascus," says a musician turned activist. "I had a friend who said, 'It's not happening,' but they can go to their balconies and look east. It's not a secret any more."
https://twitter.com/#!/DamascusSYRFrustrating couple of days. I guess it can't always be easy. Keep moving forward.
Douma of Damascus has became a ghost town. Lot's of it's residents moving out, destruction is horrible there.
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?p...17848338242310Deir Ezzor: One day-old child Mohammad Musaaed Al-Wazaal was martyred as a result of the shelling of the town of Buleel. He is now the youngest martyr in the Syrian Revolution
Daraa: Karak: More than 7 missiles have fallen on the town so far
3:26 PMhttps://www.facebook.com/photo.php?p...17848338242310Deir Ezzor: Fierce clashes between FSA and regime army in Al-Ommal neighborhood at PortSaid street and around the area of Alsafa mosque
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?p...17848338242310Hama: Ghab Plains: Daily artillery and morter shelling continues on the city
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?p...17848338242310Aleppo: Atareb: Violent cannon shelling with rocket launchers by 46 troops was reported at the city and the surrounded villages
http://www.extremeskins.com/showthre...94#post8951494Local Coordination Committees in Syria
Sunday is over with 82 martyrs in Syria, 23 in Deir Ezzor, 15 in Hama, 14 in Aleppo including 7 passed away under torture, 9 in Homs, 8 in Idlib including 7 of one family killed in a massacre in Areha, 7 in Daraa, 4 in Damascus suburbs and 2 martyrs in Latakia
(First 30 days: 1,095 killed)
(Second 30 days: 1,473 killed)
(Third 30 days: (14 days in) 1,127 killed)
3,695 people killed since the ceasefire went into effect.
Pre-Ceasefire death total- 13,368
Current total- 17, 061