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  • On the Alawites

    02/23/2016 7:55:22 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 11 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 02/10/2016 | ELIEZER SIMINOVSKY
    Assad has done some bad things in his day. There is no doubt about that. What choice did he have? The Alawaites are a tiny minority group (12%) surrounded by a sea of intolerant radical Sunni Arabs. He has made deals with horrible people. As an Israeli, I know this all too well. At the same time, I can take a step back and understand that the Middle East is a tough place and tough places call for tough measures. As I mentioned above the Alawites are a 12% minority. Most of their neighbors consider them pagans who worship the...
  • U.S. Backed Moderate Rebels Put Alawite Women in Cages to Protect Themselves from Airstrikes

    11/01/2015 11:38:42 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 202 replies
    The Arab Source ^ | 11/01/15 | Leith Fadel
    In order to deter the Syrian and Russian Air Forces inside the East Ghouta (collection of farms) region of rural Damascus, the U.S. backed moderate rebels from “Jaysh Al-Islam” (Army of Islam) and the Free Syrian Army (FSA) have placed kidnapped Alawite women in cages to protect themselves from airstrikes. The U.S. backed Syrian Opposition’s social media activists posted the photos of the six kidnapped Alawite women on Twitter, adding their extra commentary that included sectarian insults to degrade the helpless women and taunt the Syrian President Dr. Bashar Al-Assad. This is not the first time that the U.S. backed...

    10/14/2015 7:19:40 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 8 replies
    Breitbart ^ | October 13, 2015 | EDWIN MORA
    The leader of the al-Nusra Front, Syrias al-Qaeda offshoot, reportedly called on jihadists to intensify attacks on Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assads minority Alawite sect of Shiite Islam in retaliation for Russias military intervention. In an audio message posted on social media, al-Nusra chief Abu Mohammad al-Golani urged attacks on Alawite strongholds in response to what he described as the indiscriminate killing of Sunnis by the Russian military, Reuters reports. The terrorist leader declared that Russias invasion of Syria was aimed at preventing Assad from losing power, but was doomed to fail. There is no choice but to escalate the battle...
  • Syrias Alawites: The People Behind Assad

    06/28/2015 10:41:08 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 10 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | June 26, 2015 | By SAM DAGHER
    To find popular support for the embattled regime of Syrias Bashar al-Assad, look to the mountains, valleys and coastal cities of the countrys western region. It is the Alawite heartlandthe traditional home of the religious minority to which Mr. Assad and many of his key associates belong. Alawites make up just 10% to 15% of Syrias population, and they are usually presented as fervent supporters of Mr. Assad. Most Alawites do indeed fear that, if the Assad regime falls, they will face reprisals from the countrys majority Sunnis, who have led the rebellion against the government since March 2011. Many...
  • Obama: Im Not Losing To Putin In Syria

    10/03/2015 3:33:30 AM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 96 replies
    Breitbart - Big Government ^ | 10-2-2015 | Charlie Spiering
    President Obama is pushing back against the idea that hes been outmaneuvered in Syria by Russian President Vladimir Putin since the two met at the United Nations on Monday. Obama appeared frustrated by the suggestion during a press conference this afternoon, dismissing it as a notion only talked about in the Washington D.C. Sometimes the conversation here in the Beltway differs from the conversation internationally, Obama responded. Obama accused Putin of acting in Syria out of weakness, repeatedly referring to Russias weakening economy. He also compared his coalition to act against ISIS in Syria to Putins unilateral decision to prop...
  • As War Closes In, Syrias Assad Puts Emphasis on Living a Normal Life

    08/26/2015 7:29:38 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 6 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Aug. 26, 2015 | RAJA ABDULRAHIM
    On the day in May when Islamic State militants raised their black flag above the ancient city of Palmyra, the Damascus Opera House featured a singer in a rumpled black suit belting out traditional Arabic ballads. Members of the audience were herded together so the half-empty auditorium appeared full on state television, and the crowd whistled, clapped and danced in the aisles for the benefit of the cameras. This week, as the extremist militants blew up a 2,000-year-old temple in Palmyra, the opera house in the capital 150 miles to the west prepared to open an art exhibit. It is...
  • Loyalty overshadows grieving in Assad's hometown

    07/07/2015 10:09:02 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 2 replies
    CBS News ^ | July 7, 2015 | ELIZABETH PALMER
    QARDAHA, Syria -- In the rolling hills above Lake Safarqieyh, Qardaha salutes its native sons: President Bashar al-Assad and his father Hafez, the previous strongman and President. He's now buried above the town in an elaborate tomb. "We glorify him because he built modern Syria," said Maysam Ahmed. Qardaha's loyalty to the Assads is based in their shared Allawite religion. Hundreds of young men from the area volunteered to fight in Syria's grinding civil war.
  • Champagne Flows While Syria Burns

    07/17/2012 3:57:37 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 19 replies
    Newsweek ^ | July 9, 2012 | Janine di Giovanni
    By the pool, glistening, oiled, and muscular bodies gyrated to a juiced-up version of Adeles Someone Like You. Atop huge speakers, a Russian dancer swayed suggestively in front of the young, beautiful Syrian set drinking imported Lebanese beer with salt and lemon. Behind them, columns of smoke were risingsigns of car bombs and explosions, of an encroaching war. One woman in a tight swimsuit playfully squirted a water gun, joking that she belonged to the pro-government militia, the Shabiha, meaning ghosts or thugs, which is believed to be responsible for a recent massacre of more than 100 people, many of...
  • Syrias Elites Find Time For Fun As Country Burns

    05/28/2015 8:14:40 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 31 replies
    Vocativ ^ | May 28, 2015
    From their Instagram feeds they appear to be just like other young people enjoying the summer time: backflipping into water, chilling at a pool bar, basking in a sundrenched meadow. But the photos belong to a group of Syrians who have maintained their privileged lives, despite the war ravaging their country. Theyre Alawites, the countrys minority sect and its elite. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and many in his ruling government belong to the group, which comes from a strand of Shiite Islam. They dwell in Tartous and Latakia, perched on the Meditteranean on the Syrian coast, where there are few...
  • In Syria's war, Alawites pay heavy price for loyalty to Bashar al-Assad (1/3 military age men KIA)

    04/07/2015 1:26:22 PM PDT · by C19fan · 18 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | April 7, 2015 | Ruth Sherlock
    In the Assad regime's heartland, dead officers are sent home in ambulances, while the corpses of ordinary soldiers are returned in undecorated pick-up trucks. Then come the press gangs: military recruiters raid houses to find replacements by force for the dwindling ranks of Syria's military. Sharing their sect with President Bashar al-Assad, Alawites have long been the core constituency for the Syrian regime. As the civil war drags into its fifth year, the minority sect is seen by opposition rebels as remaining unwaveringly loyal.
  • Syrian Alawites horrified by rising death toll

    02/12/2015 9:06:36 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 7 replies
    TARTUS, Syria There are no official statistics regarding the number of Alawites who have lost their lives since the peaceful protests in Syria turned into an armed sectarian conflict in many areas of the country. Human rights organizations are not counting the victims in Syria on a sectarian basis. However, in statistics published July 12, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights announced that 65,803 people from the ranks of the Syrian regime forces and armed groups loyal to it have died. It is likely that the vast majority of the dead are Alawites, especially among the militias fighting alongside...
  • The Assyrians and Kurdish Autonomy in Syria

    08/31/2013 8:47:15 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    Assyrian International News Agency ^ | 8-20-2013 | Augin K. Haninke
    The Kurdish Democratic Party (PYD), a branch of Partiya Karkern Kurdistan (PKK), recently declared that they want to form a Kurdish autonomy in northern Syria... is there any place for Assyrians? Is there room in a future ruled by Kurds, considering what happened in northern Iraq? Analysts I talked to are optimistic and see a difference from the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in north Iraq. Assyrians make up about 30% of al-Jazeera's population and should have better conditions, they say. But the biggest threat to Assyrians is emigration, since many are fleeing to seek a better life in the West....
  • Sectarian tensions underlying conflict in Syria erupt in Sydney and Melbourne

    06/30/2013 10:28:04 AM PDT · by george76 · 9 replies
    ABC ^ | June 4, 2013 | Caro Meldrum-Hanna
    The sectarian tensions underlying the conflict in Syria have erupted in Australia, with acts of violence, harassment and threats ... Jamal Daoud, a high-profile community leader in western Sydney, says the situation is becoming "very vicious". Although he is a Sunni Muslim, because of his opposition to removing the Syrian regime by force, Mr Daoud says extremists at home view him with the same hatred they have for Shiites and Alawites. ... the source of the violence in Sydney, the Jabhat al Nusra supporters," he said. "The last two years they have flourished in western Sydney, they have flourished. We...
  • Could Syria ignite World War 3? two Muslim ideologies suck in the world's superpowers

    06/13/2013 10:43:00 PM PDT · by Tennessee Nana · 61 replies
    DailyMail ^ | June 13, 2013 | Micheal Burleigh
    The crisis in Syria ...a deadly power struggle between two bitterly opposed Muslim ideologies, Sunni and Shia. Already, the war inside Syria has resulted in 93,000 dead and 1.6 million refugees, with millions more displaced internally SNIP On one side are those who follow President Assad, who belongs to the Alawites a splinter sect from Shia Islam. On the other are ...insurgents drawn from the majority Sunni population, some of whom have close links to the Sunni jihadists of Al Qaeda. SNIP The main pillars of the current Assad regime are the army, the intelligence services and the Baathists,...
  • Top Sunni Cleric Al-Qaradawi: Hezbollah Is Party of Satan

    06/09/2013 7:37:52 PM PDT · by george76 · 14 replies
    Gateway ^ | June 9, 2013 | Jim Hoft
    Top Sunni Muslim cleric Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, president of the International Union of Muslim Scholars, says the Iranian-backed Hezbollah organization is the Party of Satan. In an interview with Al Arabiya aired on Sunday, Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, president of the International Union of Muslim Scholars, slammed Lebanese Hezbollah group as party of Satsan that seeks to sow discord among Muslims.
  • Pathetic Obama Blames Bush for His Inaction on Syria (Video)

    05/07/2013 3:29:36 PM PDT · by blueyon · 20 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 04/07/2013 | Jim Hoft
    Pathetic. Last year Barack Obama repeatedly warned that chemical weapons use by the Syrian regime against its own people would be a game changer. But since evidence was found that the Assad regime used chemical weapons so far Obama has not acted. Today he blamed Bush for his inaction. We have evidence that there has been the use of chemical weapons inside Syria. But, I dont make decisions based on perceived. And, I cant organize coalitions around perceived. We tried that in the past, by the way, and it didnt work out well. Its Bushs fault.
  • Members of Assad's own sect call for rebellion in Syrian army

    03/24/2013 3:33:46 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 34 replies
    Ha'aretz ^ | Sunday, March 24, 2013 | Reuters
    In the first meeting of its kind by Alawites who support the revolt, delegates distanced themselves from Assad's crackdown against an uprising in which 70,000 people have been killed. "We call on our brothers in the Syrian army, specifically members of our sect, not to take up arms against their people and to refuse to join the army," the delegates said in a statement after two days of meeting in the Egyptian capital. Alawite domination of the officer army corp is one of the pillars of Assad's control."The Syrian regime is not an Alawite sectarian regime ... the Alawite sect...
  • Assad's Fellow Alawites Turn on Him

    03/24/2013 3:32:33 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 9 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 24/3/13 | Gil Ronen
    Opposition activists from Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's Alawite sect called for his overthrow on Sunday, Al Arabiya reported. The activists urged their co-religionists in the army to rebel. It was the first meeting of its kind by Alawites who support the revolt. Delegates to the convention distanced themselves from Assad's crackdown against the uprising that has been raging in Syria for two years, in which 70,000 people have been killed. "We call on our brothers in the Syrian army, specifically members of our sect, not to take up arms against their people and to refuse to join the army," the...
  • Anti-Islamism in an Islamic Civil War

    02/13/2013 3:55:58 AM PST · by Zhang Fei · 8 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 1.24.13 | Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi
    Recently a video emerged in which pro-Assad militiamen can be seen beating and shooting a prisoner to death. What might seem remarkable is that the militiamen are insulting Islam in the process, mocking the takbir that is, the cry of Allahu akbar the Islamic conception of paradise for martyrs. In the first half of the video, one of the executioners disparaging Muhammad shouts, Fk you and your prophet. Later, another of them yells, Damn your God. It may come across as odd that pro-Assad militiamen would disparage the Islamic religion in such a crude manner, but...
  • Middle East to Become an EVEN MORE Convoluted Mess as Syria Splits....

    12/10/2012 6:26:16 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 16 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 10 December 2012 | Reaganite Republican
    The Assad regime in Syria is getting weaker by the day as FSA rebels continue to gain ground- they've already pretty much surrounded the capital in preparation for an all-out assault that will finally unseat Bashir Assad. But like most things over there, nothing's simple... With the Free Syrian Army (FSA) infested with Al Qaeda types and Syria deeply divided along sectarian/religious-sect lines, chances of anybody establishing hegemony over the entire country and creating a tolerant, functioning democracy of any sort are not so good. Yet while Assad's now-fading forces are still heavily armed with missiles, fighter aircraft, and even biological...
  • Outsiders cant inflict changes in regime

    11/09/2012 7:57:46 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 6 replies
    The Pioneer ^ | Friday, November 9, 2012 | G. Parthasarathy
    The Bashar al-Assad rule in Syria has come under heavy fire from people who believe that the regime must quit over its atrocities. But any attempt by the US-led West to impose a replacement will backfire soon Indias oil-rich western neighbourhood, extending from the Arabian Sea to the Bosporus, is engulfed in conflicts arising from sectarian and civilisational rivalries, aggravated by the meddling of external powers. With an arsenal of over 100 nuclear weapons, Pakistan is today witnessing a period of internal strife, largely arising from the pernicious role of its military establishment and tensions across its disputed borders with...
  • The Alawites and the Future of Syria

    10/13/2012 1:18:51 PM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 4 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | October 12, 2012 at 6:00 am | Harold Rhode
    The Alawites are a small, historically oppressed people, whose political future will determine whether Syria remains united in some form or disintegrates into even smaller ethnic and religious entities. As they will play such an important role, America, Israel, and other forces interested in the future of Syria might do well to get to know them, their concerns, and how others can best come to terms with them. Syria's non-Sunnis have historically lived in apprehension of what the Sunnis might do to them. Although Arab Sunnis are the largest religio-ethnic group in Syria, non-Sunni Arabs make up upwards of 40%...
  • Archbishop (gently) corrects pope on Arab Spring [BXVI: "the Arab Spring is a positive thing."]

    09/16/2012 8:02:01 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 13 replies
    National Catholic Reporter ^ | Sep. 15, 2012 | JOHN L. ALLEN JR.
    Its not often during a papal trip that a Catholic bishop and one of the popes official hosts actually corrects the boss, or at least strikes a slightly different note, but it happened Saturday night to Benedict XVI in Lebanon vis--vis the most important movement in this part of the world, the Arab Spring. Last night, Benedict visited the headquarters of the Maronite church, by far the largest of the seven Catholic churches in the country, to celebrate a youth rally that drew an estimated 20,000 young Lebanese, mostly Catholics but with some Muslims in the crowd as well. Prior...
  • Israeli intelligence expert: President Obama needs war with Iran to be reelected

    07/30/2012 9:13:24 AM PDT · by se99tp · 19 replies
    ChristianConceptsDaily ^ | July 30th, 2012 | Avi Lipkin
    Would seem to be sagging at this moment, so I think Obama would need a war with Iran. I think that all these negotiations now are basically shadow boxing and posturing for what will eventually will be a war with Iran. And I think the Iranian Ajatollah regime will be overthrown by a UN coalition. I wouldn't be surprised if... Iran was divided up in World War I between the Russian Czars administration and the British because Shah in Iran in World War I was pro-Kaiser and in World War II Iran was divided up with the Soviets, British and...
  • A window into Syria (A Dutch journalist of Vietnamese and African extraction interviews Alawites)

    06/21/2012 12:23:19 PM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 3 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | June 20, 2012 | PHUONG-MAI NGUYEN
    For most Syrians, I seem to have an identity crisis. I was born in Vietnam, look half African and hold Dutch nationality. The position of being a complete outsider gained me the trust to make them open up and lower their guard in a country where even family members may not freely express their political point of view among each other. Entering Syria as the only tourist going there these days, I spent three weeks listening to different stories and restructuring my judgment. Among all the people that I met, the story of Hani a 32-year-old from Aleppo ...
  • The Shabiha: Inside Assad's death squads

    06/02/2012 9:18:19 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 6:00PM BST 02 Jun 2012 | Harriet Alexander and Ruth Sherlock in Beirut
    The door to Dr. Mousab Azzawi's clinic, on the Mediterranean coast of Syria, was always open to anyone who needed help. But, operating in the heartland of the feared Shabiha militia, there were some patients the doctor would have preferred not to treat. "They were like monsters," said Dr. Azzawi, who worked in Latakia. "They had huge muscles, big bellies, big beards. They were all very tall and frightening, and took steroids to pump up their bodies. I had to talk to them like children, because the Shabiha likes people with low intelligence. But that is what makes them so...
  • The Middle East's Real Apartheid

    04/30/2012 8:14:38 PM PDT · by Milagros · 3 replies
    The Algemeiner ^ | March, 2012 | E. Karsh
    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Photo: wiki commons.In light of Israel Apartheid Week, which hit cities and campuses throughout the world recently, supporters of the Jewish state find it difficult to agree on the best response to this hate fest. Some suggest emphasizing Israel’s peacemaking efforts, others propose rebranding the country by highlighting its numerous achievements and success stories. Still others advocate reminding the world of “what Zionism is – a movement of Jewish national liberation – and what it isn’t – racist.” Each of these approaches has its merits yet none will do the trick.Peace seeking and/or prosperity are...
  • Is American Policy Toward Syria Endangering Syrian Christians?

    02/16/2012 2:43:59 PM PST · by pinochet · 11 replies
    When American troops removed Saddam Hussein from power, Muslim extremists took over Iraq. They launched a campaign of genocide against Iraqi Christians, and most Christians fled from Iraq, with many of them living in Syria as refugees. Syrian Christians make up 10 percent of the population of Syria, and belong to one of the oldest traditions of Christianity in the world. Remember that Saul of Tarsus converted to Christianity when he was on his way to Damascus, Syria, to persecute Christians. He changed his name to Paul, after Jesus knocked him off his horse. Paul wrote half of the New...
  • Syria: Sunnis Threatening to Massacre Minority Alawites

    12/22/2011 3:49:57 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 17 replies · 1+ views
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 23/12/11 | Elad Benari
    As the civil war in Syria continues and the ethnic tension is rising, the countrys Sunnis are threatening the Alawite minority against their continued support of President Bashar Assad, who is an Alawite himself. Mamoun al-Homsy, a former Syrian MP and one of the countrys opposition leaders, has reportedly recently distributed a recorded message to the Alawite community in Syria, in which he warns its members against supporting Assad. In the message, al-Homsy called on the Alawites to immediately renounce Assad, warning them that if they do not do so, Syria will become the graveyard of the Alawites. He also...
  • 'Arab Spring': The chilly cruel winter reality of Arab racism and Islamic bigotry

    10/23/2011 2:57:37 PM PDT · by PRePublic · 15 replies
    'Arab Spring': The chilly cruel winter reality of Arab racism and Islamic bigotry Not that ethnic racism and religious bigotry weren't rampant before the so-called "Arab spring" sprung about. But the intolerance tide seems to be only worsening, and without an Arab dictator to "hold" various factions together, vulnerability expand, risks rise. --- RELIGIOUS BIGOTRY: As the D.B. puts it: "Violence Against Egypt's Copts in an Intolerant Arab Spring.. The elephant in the room of the Arab Spring is now the mistreatment of minority communities—Christians and others—across the Arab world." FPM asks: Hillary Clinton Promises to Save Egypt's Christians? ......
  • Horrific picture emerges of besieged Syrian town

    05/16/2011 7:50:17 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 41 replies
    WADI KHALED, Lebanon Using horses and mules to carry their possessions, Syrians crossed a shallow river Monday to reach safety in Lebanon with tales of a "catastrophic" scene back home: sectarian killings, gunmen carrying out execution-style slayings and the stench of decomposing bodies in the streets.
  • Fighting in Tripoli leaves both sides sorry

    05/21/2009 7:17:38 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 2 replies · 354+ views
    The National ^ | May 22. 2009 | Mitchell Prothero
    TRIPOLI // Abu Ahmad looks around his deserted machine shop in the impoverished Tripoli neighbourhood of Beb al Tibani and blames last summers sectarian violence between the Sunni and Allawite sects for the poor business. A year later and we have seen our business fall almost 90 per cent because of the fighting last summer, he said. We see those incidents as a mistake and so do many of the Allawite up the mountain, for they lost their jobs as well. Abu Ahmad admits that he is no innocent victim of last years fighting, which killed dozens of people in...