Stories about Syria from October, 2011
Egyptian blogger Zeinobia shares her wrap up of a yet another bloody week in Syria.
Prominent Syrian blogger and activist Hussein Gharir, has been missing since yesterday and is presumed to have been arrested by Syrian authorities. A #FreeHussein campaign has been launched on Twitter and Facebook, and a statement [AR] has been issued in the name of Syrian bloggers calling for his release.
Wearing bullet-proof vests and Kevelar helmets and holding assault rifles, 13 men make their way through an enthusiastic crowd (AR) which is warmly welcoming them with slaps on the back. It is the beginning of September in the Boustan al-Diwan district of Homs. For the towns activists today's "haul" is substantial. They are deserters from the Syrian army. Madjid Zerrouky explains:
A film in You Tube shows anti-Assad Syrians in Romania carried Iran's Leader, Khamenei's coffin, as a symbolic act, to protest against Assad's most important ally.
In an addition to our usual monthly podcast, we have some special audio for you from the newly concluded 3rd Arab Bloggers Meeting in Tunisia. In this edition, interviews with: Lilian Wagdy, Yazan Badran, Nasser Weddady, Marek Tuszynski, Jillian York, Saed Karzoun, and Malek Khadraoui.
At the Third Arab Bloggers Meeting in Tunis this week, Syria has been on the minds and lips of many participants. Speakers from Syria are quoted in this piece highlighting several sessions focused on the country.
Revolutionaries in both Syria and Yemen who have both been revolting against defiant despots and brutal regimes for months unified the name of their Friday demonstrations, in solidarity. On the "Friday of Victory to Syria and Yemen," activists in both countries coordinated their efforts.