Sofia, Bulgaria: March and rally in solidarity with Syria and against U.S.-NATO counter-revolution, May 19, 2013.
Photos: In Solidarity With Syria (ISWS)
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s Interview with Clarin (Argentina) - English subtitles
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad speaks to Argentinian newspaper Clarin about the ongoing war in Syria. The president says the country’s crisis has become so deadly because of international interference.
After weeks of reinforcing their positions around Qusayr near the Lebanese border, Syrian government forces stormed the strategic town early on Sunday. Many opposition fighters fled, accusing their commanders of betrayal.
Both opposition and army sources on the ground in Qusayr agree that the town – taken by opposition fighters early on in the Syrian crisis – will be in the hands of the regime in a matter of days.
For weeks now, government forces have been conducting military operations around the strategic town, which is located to the southwest of Homs, a few kilometers from the northern tip of Lebanon.
After securing nearly all the villages in the surrounding area, the Syrian army entered Qusayr Sunday morning under heavy fire power, killing 90 opposition fighters and injuring hundreds, according to opposition sources inside the the besieged town.
Starting around two years ago, the opposition started to gather a large number of fighters in the town, estimated to range between 6,000 and 10,000. They built a network of bunkers and trenches in some neighborhoods in preparation for any attack by government forces.
But all talk of a Grozny-like scenario if the regime dared enter Qusayr melted away as the Syrian army – assisted by Hezbollah fighters, according to opposition sources – stormed the town and reached the central market within a few hours. It will, however, take a few more days before government troops have full control.
By Stephen Gowans
There is no reason to believe that the United States has any genuine interest in protecting Syrians from chemical weapons attacks. Washington dismissed out of hand evidence presented by the United Nations that the rebels used sarin gas, which is hardly what a government would do were it genuinely keen on protecting all Syrians from chemical attack, no matter which side of the conflict they’re on.
Significantly, US regime change policy in Syria antedates Syria’s civil war. The outbreak of the “Arab Spring” in Syria, and Damascus’s response to it, didn’t start the ball rolling on US efforts to force Assad from power. US regime change policy, linked to Damascus’s refusal to become a “peace-partner” with Israel, its alliance with Iran and Hezbollah, and its refusal to fully open its economy to US capital, existed long before the Syrian government cracked down on opposition forces. In fact, one element of US foreign policy was to encourage opposition to the Assad government, that is, to foment the kind of civil unrest that eventually morphed into a full blown civil war.
Multi-party representative democracy, a tolerant attitude to dissent, and eschewal of chemical weapons, have not been relevant components of US foreign policy decision making. They have instead served as stalking horses behind which lurk the commercial and financial interests of Western banks, investors and corporations.
Palestinian protesters are attacked by Israeli occupation soldiers following a rally marking Nakba Day in Beit Omar village, north the West Bank city of Hebron, on May 15, 2013.
“Nakba” by Remi Kanazi
“An intimate reflection on the realities so many Palestinians faced, including my grandmother: ‘She was scared. 7 months pregnant. Guns point at temples. Tears dropping, stomach cusped, back bent, dirt pathways leading to dispossession…’ Please repost if you enjoy the piece.”
A 102-year-old Palestinian woman holds the key of her family home in the village of Iraq al-Manshiyya, in what is now Israeli-occupied Palestine, on May 14, 2013. She now lives in al-Aroub Palestinian refugee camp, just north the West Bank town of Hebron.
— Sarah Abdallah via Facebook