Aleppo resident: ” Scenes of support for SAA and NDF in Aleppo last night‏ “

A Syrian from and living in Aleppo wrote the following:

“We didn’t sleep all the night. The attacks of yesterday 2nd July started around afternoon and continued up till today 8:30 am 3rd July.

They said that 3-4 civilians died, but 87 civilians injured. The ambulance voices didn’t stop all night long.
You had to hear the people over here. Aren’t they Syrians? After all these years and after all these attacks on them and after they lost their income sources and family members, they are asking the Syrian army to terminate the attackers and their nests, which became like cancer in our body. They don’t care if that termination was by chemical weapons, bombs, or whatever.

Yet, around the world and in the mainstream media, they dare to demonize the so called “barrel bombs” and talk about the lost in lives of the terrorists as lost of lives of Syrian peaceful moderate opposition who had been killed by dictator! I don’t swear, and I’m fasting this month, but that injustice is unlimited and makes me and many feel like we gonna explode with cursing and swearing against all that nonsense of people lecturing in the conference in Britain or people of the UN who has nothing but lies and hypocrisy.

the road to Palestinian liberation lies…where?



I’ve expressed the similar sentiments to these below in the past, but the subject came up again today on social media and, as it is of utmost importance, I’m posting the commentaries here.

Navid Nasr began the needed exchange with these words:

“Apparently, for a lot of both Palestinian and non-Palestinian advocates for Palestine and the Palestinian people, the road to Palestinian liberation lies through the destruction of Libya, Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Yemen, Tunisia, and now Egypt. Good to know.”

Ahmad Barqawi:

“Islamist Palestinians… and that’s a direct outcome of saudi indoctrination, this is in fact a very familiar tune that we’ve all heard before during that woebegone cold war era when, at the time, the road to palestine essentially went through “communist afghanistan”; except that palestine was never at any point intended to be the destination of their GCC/CIA-sponsored jihad after the “liberation of kabul” just as it will never be their destination after their intended “liberation of damascus”; that was basically one of saudi arabia’s (and other gulf reactionary regimes’) main calling cards to recruit thousands of “arab mujahideen” to fight the soviet presence in afghanistan on behalf and at the behest of the reagan administration, and at the same time ensure the continued deliberate marginalization of palestine as a central cause for the arab and islamic worlds.

it’s the same brand of insidious indoctrination that prevails today and relegates palestine to the back burner while giving credence and urgency to whatever rotten cause that the saudi ruling dynasty chooses (or is instructed) to champion in their ever onward quest to serve the imperial interests of the west; everything takes a back seat to their unrelenting efforts to plant the seeds of discord and fan the flames of an all-out sectarian war across the region.”

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*in liberated Homs, Syria, June 2014


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*giving a lecture on Gaza in Dublin, Ireland, March 2014

Rethinking Chemical Weapons

Originally posted on what's left:

It’s highly unlikely that the Syrian military has used chemical weapons in its ongoing fight against foreign-backed jihadists, but if it had, would use of the weapons be uniquely reprehensible, and would it justify an intervention?

June 27, 2015

By Stephen Gowans

There are two problems with the way we think about chemical weapons. The first is the idea that killing with gas is more reprehensible than killing with bullets, shrapnel, and explosives. This position is both intellectually and morally indefensible. The second is our belief that chemical weapons are weapons of mass destruction (WMD). They are not. In fact, they’re no more WMD than are bullets and machetes. [1]

Before elaborating on these points, let me address the question of whether the Syrian Army has used chemical weapons. This article is not a defense of the use of chemical weapons by Syrian forces, because I don’t believe the Syrian…

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Sukant Chandan on racism and solidarity with Global South peoples

Sukant Chandan tells of his dehumanizing experience, encourages actual anti-racism organizing:

“Yesterday evening in a supermarket in Farringdon a middle aged middle class white man started an argument with me in which the second opening line was “what country do you think this is?!” After which I demanded from him to elaborate and clarify that comment while standing in front of him and his trolley. He called the police saying he was being “attacked” by me after bashing his trolley into my legs half a dozen of times. The supermarket staff were relatively reasonable and balanced and calmed the situation down. The policeman arrived and ended up attacking me saying I may have mental health and substance abuse issues, amongst other insulting and offensive comments. A middle class white woman came up to me saying I should forgive and forget, she said nothing to the racist man. Another middle class middle aged white man shouts at me that I am wasting police time and I should do some charity work. What a shitty dehumanising experience, important to develop real collective struggles to push back white supremacy and the system of neocolonialism and imperialism that creates it, and more importantly to support the global struggle of our peoples, countries, states and regional and global bodies which are actually achieving many things, sacrificing as well as achieving a lot in that framework, and are winning the struggle to contract and eradicate the entire ‘western’ system. If anti racism in the west does not prioritise our Global South peoples and struggles it is merely Eurocentric moaning, which is what all this neo-colonial identity politics around us is exactly about.

terrorist missiles on Damascus, killing 12, including an infant


Rewa, the youngest martyr yesterday who fall because of the “Moderate rebels”, by American Mortars, all her fault and her family fault was they are in a public park at midnight.“–Syrian resident.

Presstitutes and HR thugs like Ken Roth and co fail to mention the daily terrorism of the NATO/Wahabi/turkey/zio alliance’s death squads in Syria. Missiles on Damascus last night, at least five, from Jobar, Max Syrian tells me.

Not only terrifying children in his and other families, but murdering 12 people with the missile on central Damascus alone. One family killed included a woman, her son and his wife, two of her daughters and a grandchild.

Syrians are without doubt strong and resilient, but 4 plus years of this terrorism…it has to end.

Rest In Peace last night’s and all martyrs of these western-backed terrorists. They are not numbers, but individuals, people with families, dreams…

All support to the ‪#‎SAA‬, ‪#‎NDF‬ and all allies fighting this disease and for a terrorist-free, secular Syria.


Although the number of murdered has been now put at 12, Sana’s earlier report noted:

“Nine civilians were killed Tuesday in a terrorist rocket attack on Arnous area in Damascus city.

A source at Damascus Police Command told SANA that two rocket shells fired by terrorists positioned in Eastern Ghouta landed in Arnous Park, claiming the lives of 9 civilians and injuring 13 others.

Five women were among the dead, while the wounded people included 3 children, according to a medical source at al-Mouwasat Hospital where the victims were taken.

Earlier on Tuesday, rockets hit neighborhoods of al-Mezzeh, Masaken Barzeh, al-Mazra’aa and al-Jahez Park in Damascus city and Harasta suburb on its outskirts, leaving a civilian dead and 12 others injured.”

“Palestinian Militias Force ISIS Out of Yarmouk Camp”

Jun 9, 2015, Al Masdar

“On Monday morning, the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) launched an assault on the defensive positions of Fatah Al-Intifada and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command (PFLP-GC) at the Central Sector of the Yarmouk Camp, where they attempted to infiltrate into this  industrial zone located inside this district in southern Damascus.

Following their initial attack on the Central Sector of the Yarmouk Camp District, ISIS was confronted by a large agglomeration of PFLP-GC and Fatah Al-Intifada fighters that rushed to the aid of their embattled Palestinian comrades at Daghoul Street, resulting in the terrorist group’s subsequent withdrawal from this area near the ‘Uthman Mosque.

The Palestinian Armed Forces did not stop there: moments after repelling ISIS at the Central Sector of the Yarmouk Camp District, the PFLP-GC and Fatah Al-Intifada went on the offensive at Abu Tarbah Street and Palestine Street, killing 12 enemy combatants from the terrorist organization, while also seizing materials used to produce improvised explosive devices (IED).