Sign reads : “Special offer -collect 12,000 martyrs and receive 30 observers” 
Syria

Sign reads : “Special offer -collect 12,000 martyrs and receive 30 observers”

Syria

Homs Abu Rami - Al-Jazeera English 12-4-2012 on the deadline of UN envoy plan

A protest for the regime to stop the killing. - Damascus city centre mall #KafarSoussa #Syria 

A protest for the regime to stop the killing. - Damascus city centre mall #KafarSoussa #Syria 

Everyday i receive reports like this from around #Syria…i hope this will be the last one like this for a long time!

Revolutionary Council of Homs
Homs: Summary of Events, Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Homs is at God’s mercy
The military campaign against Homs has entered its third month now and the shelling has reached most neighborhoods of Homs under very rough humanitarian conditions. The city is under curfew all the time and all the markets and stores are closed; electricity, water and communication services including internet services are cut off; and there is a severe lack of food and medical supplies.
Genocide is being committed against the residents, shelling is reaching most of the neighborhoods and the Assad forces are targeting neighborhoods to which the displaced people have relocated. The violence was focused in the neighborhoods of Deir Baalba, Joret Al-Shayah, Karabees, Khaldiyeh and Bayada, which resulted in killing and injuring several civilians and the destroying and burning many houses.
The Old Districts of Homs are still being shelled for a month nonstop and the Assad forces are still occupying some neighborhoods like Karm Al-Zeitoun, Ashira, Bab Sbaa and Adawiyeh where they continue their looting and vandalizing of the residents’ properties.
In Waar sounds of gunfire and shelling from the military school towards the city neighborhoods could heard.
Jobar and Sultaniyeh: this area was targeted with heavy shelling with all types of weapons and artillery which resulted in a number of in injuries among civilians.

Khaldiyeh | shelling continues and smoke rises in the sky
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=timxQ9itidM
Joret Al-Shayah | heavy shelling targets a house causing its partial collapse 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eI3oJ7DvDds
Houses burst into fire due to heavy shelling
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PtqxpJwNc3E
Bayada | shelling damages
http://youtu.be/qmeJxs5jQPY
Bab Dreib | signs of destruction on the neighborhood and Ka’b Al-Ahbar mosque 
http://youtu.be/hCwkV7XAPow
http://youtu.be/Bz-Kh5Qb224
Khaldiyeh | 3 rockets falling in the neighborhood
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_7kjsPLwpBU
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VIsq18tg9BI
Khaldiyeh | heavy rocket launching towards the neighborhood
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zXT8cXABU9Y
Khaldiyeh | targeting the demonstration spot Alou park with several rockets
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kQJZjucNnEQ
Joret Al-Shayah | heavy shelling targets houses
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BYRvmrMMAsU
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kVEFjILd95I
Joret Al-Shayah | dead bodies in the streets
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQS9Zksd5og
Khaldiyeh | the moment of rocket falling on a house of civilians 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m_oaWQV-Jts
Karabees | tanks and Chelka wondering in the streets  
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n9cvT0ceStk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4QI6Mqbnvg4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SoHgabMuJ4o
Khaldiyeh | wounded civilian in a field hospital
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bHjGUBt-KIA
Karabees | tanks and Chelka wondering in the streets  
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KjxHhH6kydY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n9cvT0ceStk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gjxKo5PI78A
Karabees | Shelka targeting the neighborhood
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=asvkIVNP—4
Karabees | moment of shelling and the injury of the person shooting the footage
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-0FrYz2ab4
Hamidiyeh | shelling damages
http://youtu.be/QYCyghWimm8
http://youtu.be/lV1eJ5t88do
Karabees | mortaring the neighborhood
http://youtu.be/ezjx90lsoOQ
Khaldiyeh | civilian houses burst into fire due to shelling
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ZiFS4lBLa0
Wadi Street | civilian houses turned into army barracks
http://youtu.be/F1vIkqf6GjY

Rural Homs 
Holeh was severely shelled with tanks and artillery by the Assad forces which resulted in the wounding of many children and women while they stayed in their houses. Assad forces targeted Kafarlaha clinic and Siddiq mosque with rockets causing severe damages.
Rastan: the shelling resumed with all types of weapons and artillery resulting in injuries to civilians and destroying some houses
Qusayr is still under violent shelling with tanks and heavy machine guns which resulted in injuring civilians and destroying several houses
 Mubarakiyeh is one of the villages near Qusayr and it was invaded today bybAssad forces using barbaric shelling, Assad forces used trucks and lift forks to tear down civilian houses and killed and injured many civilians.     

Holeh | snipers on building tops
http://youtu.be/6eFzDgKUHwo
Holeh | a demonstration to support the rebelling cities 
http://youtu.be/jAQy_aj4j4I
Dar Al-Kabeera | civilians’ suffering
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eL36CX2ZNaI
Rastan | shelling continues and more civilians getting injured
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ieYTIh_k3Zk
Rastan | targeting the house of Sergeant Iyad al-Deek
http://youtu.be/jo1fCxWw1LM
Rastan | injured civilians arrive at the field hospital
http://youtu.be/7YMIrJSlwCY
Rastan | injured civilian due to shelling
http://youtu.be/NihrfjMbI-k
Rastan | civilian’s injured with gunshot
http://youtu.be/OYcNB9b
Qusayr | the state of the wounded in the field hospital
http://youtu.be/bC966sU834M
Qusayr | two families massacred due to random shelling
http://youtu.be/XTZOEJjjfzE
Hasyaa | funeral of the fallen hero Husein Mahmoud Alal
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cOqQKxXdDbQ

Today’s confirmed fallen heroes from Homs
The fallen heroes after one day of the end of Annan’s deadline
Today there were at least 13 confirmed fallen heroes in Homs 
1- Jameel Mustafa Quaisoom | Karabees, random shelling
http://youtu.be/PLn8JCdvu7A
2- Dhurgham Hameed al-Saleh | Deir Baalba, random shelling
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oaNm1Jvksxo
3- Faisal Hamdan al-Hajar| Qusayr, random shelling
4- Maryam Kheder | Qusayr, random shelling
5- Mustafa Zakaria al-Hajar| Qusayr random shelling
6- Ahmad al- Barazy | Deir Baalba, random shelling 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HIBgqQ8tKfQ
7- Samer Mohammad Kazaz | Bayada, random shelling
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HLb8QoOeveM
8- Radwan Jumruk | Qusayr, was exceuted by security at a checkpoint while he was trying to aid his wounded granddaughter 
9-Hassn Mahmoud Hassn, 37years old | Hasyaa, was killed in Qusayr due to random shelling 
10- Unknown fallen hero in Karabees
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQS9Zksd5og
11- Unknown fallen hero in Karabees
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQS9Zksd5og
12- Unknown fallen hero in Karabees
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQS9Zksd5og
13- Tareq al-Quasem | Baba Amr, was killed in Qusayr one week ago and he was confirmed today 

Victims of Deir Baalba from the April 9th massacre. 95 bodies were found and we were able to confirm 75 of them
1- Tayseer Mahmoud al-Sheik | Deir Baalba field execution
2- Ridha Mahmoud al-Sheik | Deir Baalba field execution
3- Rafah Mahmoud al-Sheik | Deir Baalba field execution
4- Riyadh Mahmoud al-Sheik | Deir Baalba field execution
5-Child Moa’yad Tayseer al-Sheik | Deir Baalba field execution
6-Najah Tayseer al-Sheik | Deir Baalba field execution
7-Ahmad Mohmmad al-Rajab | Deir Baalba field execution
8-Mohammad Ridha al-Rajab | Deir Baalba field execution
9-Shalaan Ridah al-Rajab | Deir Baalba field execution
10- Ismaeel Sa’ad Kana’an | Deir Baalba field execution
11-Omar Saeed Kana’an | Deir Baalba field execution
12-Amer Saeed Kana’an | Deir Baalba field execution
13- Zahra al-hamad of Bni Khaled tibe | Deir Baalba field execution
14- Mona al-hamad of Bni Khaled tribe | Deir Baalba field execution
15-Mother of Mona and Zahra al-hamad of Bni Khaled tribe | Deir Baalba field execution
16-Father of Mona and Zahra al-hamad of Bni Khaled tribe | Deir Baalba field execution
17- Abdulhalim Mohammad Kana’an | Deir Baalba field execution
18- Ahmad Mohmmad Kana’an | Deir Baalba field execution
19- Ridha Kana’an | Deir Baalba field execution
20- Ayman Mohammad Kana’an | Deir Baalba field execution
21- Basheer Abdo Kana’an | Deir Baalba field execution
22- Amina Kana’an | Deir Baalba field execution
23-Child Ahmad Kana’an | Deir Baalba field execution
24- Child Khaldoun Suliman | Deir Baalba field execution
25-Child Ayman Hamza | Deir Baalba field execution
26- Rahaf Suliman | Deir Baalba field execution
27-Khaled al-Nabhan | Deir Baalba field execution
28- Asmaa al-Nabhan | Deir Baalba field execution
29- Suhair al-Nabhan | Deir Baalba field execution
30- Ahmad al-Nabhan | Deir Baalba field execution
31- Mohammad Abbass | Deir Baalba field execution
32-1st son of Mohammad Abbass |Deir Baalba field execution
33- 2nd of Mohammad Abbass |Deir Baalba field execution
34- 3rd of Mohammad Abbass |Deir Baalba field execution
35- Waleed Abbass |Deir Baalba field execution
36- Son of Waleed Abbass |Deir Baalba field execution
37-Ghada Othman wife of Waleed Abbass |Deir Baalba field execution
38-Motee’a al-Nasser|Deir Baalba field execution 
39- 1st son of Motee’a al-Nasser|Deir Baalba field execution
40- 2nd son of Motee’a al-Nasser|Deir Baalba field execution
 41-Zuhir al-Omar| Deir Baalba field execution 
42-Ayman al-Omar |Deir Baalba field execution
43-Child Muneer al-Omar |Deir Baalba field execution
44- Shua’yb Abbass |Deir Baalba field execution
45- 1st son of Shua’yb Abbass |Deir Baalba field execution
46-2nd son of Shua’yb Abbass |Deir Baalba field execution
47-3rd son of Shua’yb Abbass |Deir Baalba field execution
48- Nwaf al_ameen |Deir Baalba field execution
49- Jassem al-Hameed |Deir Baalba field execution
50- Mahmoud al-Hameed |Deir Baalba field execution
51- Mohammad Mashhoor |Deir Baalba field execution and he was run over with a tank
52-Moussa Rasmi al-Khaled |Deir Baalba field execution
53-Khaled Abo Ghalyon |Deir Baalba field execution
54-Mohammad Rahhal Quadha |Deir Baalba field execution
55- Wael Ismaeel Kana’an |Deir Baalba field execution
56-Ahmad al-Rabee |Deir Baalba field execution
56- Issam al-Sheik |Deir Baalba field execution
57- Waleed MaAdhiha |Deir Baalba field execution
59- A man of al- Mahbani family |Deir Baalba field execution
60- A man of al- Mahbani family |Deir Baalba field execution
61- Ahmad al-Taleb |Deir Baalba field execution
62- Mohammad al-Taleb |Deir Baalba field execution
63- Khaled al-Taleb |Deir Baalba field execution 
64-Jassem al-Taleb |Deir Baalba field execution
65- Moataz al-Najeeb |Deir Baalba field execution
66-Omar al-Najeeb |Deir Baalba field execution
67- Abdul-Quader al-Najeeb |Deir Baalba field execution 
68- Abdul-Aziz al-Najeeb |Deir Baalba field execution
69-Noufa Houri Ismaeel |Deir Baalba field execution
70- Shueela al-Younis |Deir Baalba field execution
71-Sabha al-Younis |Deir Baalba field execution
72- Sadiya al-Mohammad |Deir Baalba field execution
73- Majida Atta al-Abbass |Deir Baalba field execution
74-Mona Atta al-Abbass |Deir Baalba field execution
75- Aisha al_younis |Deir Baalba field execution 
In adition to five members of al-Hayjan family and six members of al-Ali family

Campaigners mark one year of bloodshed in Syria

Media Release: Thursday 15th March 2012 

Campaigners mark one year of bloodshed in Syria
Russia urged to back UN action

Campaigners around the world will today (Thursday 15th March) mark one year of violence in Syria by calling on Russia to back UN Security Council action to end the crisis.

A coalition of 200 NGOs from 27 countries - including Human Rights Watch, Christian Aid, Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies, CIVICUS and International Federation of Human Rights - is demanding that the UN Security Council immediately unite and pass a resolution calling on the Syrian government to stop indiscriminate shelling of civilian neighbourhoods and other violations of international law, stop arbitrary arrests and torture and grant urgent access to humanitarian workers, journalists and human rights monitors.

“For a full year, the death toll in Syria has escalated to the horrifying total of more than 8,000 dead, including hundreds of children. Isn’t it time for the world to unite behind effective steps to stop this now?” said Ziad Abdel Tawab, Deputy Director of the Cairo Institute for Human Rights.

Across the world, from Indonesia to Egypt, UK to South Africa, Turkey to Brazil, activists and celebrities will join a call for the international community to ‘Unite for Syria: Stop one year of bloodshed’.

Some of the world’s largest tweeps (influential individuals with a large following on Twitter), including Indonesian singer @SherinaMunaf, British actor @StephenFry and singer @NellyFurtado, will join leading activists from the Middle East, such as Egypt’s @AsmaaMahfouz and Syria’s @AnonymousSyria, in a Twitter campaign that will reach several millions of people. In solidarity with all those still engaged in non-violent protest in Syria, activists will also join celebrities by holding up hand-written placards calling on the international community to stop the killing (see link to the Facebook group below).

“Russia and China have twice blocked Security Council action, a defence of Assad that he has interpreted as a license to kill. Moscow and Beijing should stop providing diplomatic cover for Syrian atrocities, and start demanding an end to indiscriminate shelling and attacks on peaceful protesters” said Kenneth Roth, Executive Director of Human Rights Watch.

The coalition is calling on:

The UN Security Council to urgently pass a resolution calling on the Syrian government to bring an immediate end to its indiscriminate shelling and attacks on peaceful protesters
The international community to provide full support to Kofi Annan, the UN Special Representative for Syria, including to engage Russia and China in any UN initiative to end the crisis
The Syrian government and other armed actors to guarantee full and unimpeded humanitarian access to all areas of the country in which there is a need in accordance with international law
The ‘Friends of Syria’ group to uphold promises made in Tunis to provide funding for humanitarian assistance
“The Syrian people have survived with outstanding courage one year of systematic and widespread crimes and bloodshed as the world stood by and watched. The international community must unite and help Syrians bring an end to the horror,” said Souher Belhassen, President of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH).

Will & Bill are Krill ::  most favorite movie characters ever! :) <3 #HappyFeet2

Nizar Qabbani - A Damascene Moon

Green Tunisia, I have come to you as a lover
On my brow, a rose and a book
For I am the Damascene whose profession is passion
Whose singing turns the herbs green
A Damascene moon travels through my blood
Nightingales … and grain … and domes
From Damascus, jasmine begins its whiteness
And fragrances perfume themselves with her scent
From Damascus, water begins … for wherever
You lean your head, a stream flows
And poetry is a sparrow spreading its wings
Over Sham … and a poet is a voyager
From Damascus, love begins … for our ancestors
Worshipped beauty, they dissolved it, and they melted away
From Damascus, horses begin their journey
And the stirrups are tightened for the great conquest
From Damascus, eternity begins … and with her
Languages remain and genealogies are preserved
And Damascus gives Arabism its form
And on its land, epochs materialize


Nizar Qabbani

Word from Homs - “This time they are trying to kill any hope inside Baba Amr”

Earlier I spoke with 'Abo Emad' an activist inside Homs who escaped the Baba Amr area before the regime forces swept in.

Along with most Syrians he sits helplessly waiting for any news from the besieged neighbourhood. He shares his frustration towards aid agencies and recalls the need for urgent military aid. 

"We now just need weapons we are asking for weapons…give us weapons or just leave us alone…anything beside that is going to be a sick joke…and it’s not my opinion its the demands of the Syrian people right now…….we need something real to happen for us…lets just say the Red Cross gave us food and medical supplies…so what’s next…the regime is going to kill us again and we’re going to need supplies again…so it’s just endless.  

Speaking about the regime forces inside Baba Amr, Omar Shakir said …."this time they are trying to kill any hope inside Baba Amr area…" and he reported that "the latest news we could hear from Baba Amr is that….they are raping the women by dozens…in front of each other…in front of their families…they are bringing them to some houses by dozens…and they’re just raping them…and there are young girls among these women…then…they are killing their husbands, their brothers, their men….and there taking the bodies… "

More: Homs in pictures - Activists upload pictures taken by French journalists inside Homs. 

NEW :: Homs in pictures - Activists upload pictures taken by French journalists inside Homs, Syria. - Harrowing and powerful images from the besieged city showing the everyday struggle and humanitarian tragedies. 

azaadi:

Manal Al Dowayan’s Series “I Am”

 This collection comprises of works which portray Saudi Arabian women whose careers play a vital role in Saudi society. Each image simultaneously includes a traditional item of jewelry positioned in an obstructive manner. This disruption symbolizes the barriers that women face when partaking in their profession, and questions cultural traditions that prevent Saudi women from expanding their roles in society.

You can check out the rest of the series here.