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No shortage of “theory” is invoked to justify and legitimize torture. Everything can be employed in the service of the racist scriptures: modernity; secularism; the War on Terror; even anti-imperialism…
It happens that #Syria, was a torture state for decades before it became a major theater of the War on Terror, in which so many of the world’s crime agencies have demonstrated their skill by joining this torturous war; “Chemical” #Assad leading their way…
After the Syrian uprising began in March 2011, Assad’s regime abolished the state of emergency that had been in effect in the country since the Baathist coup of March 1963, only to replace it with laws of “combating terror,” moving from one form a state of exception to another.
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Truly horrific testimony from a #Syria regime grave digger in the #AlKhatibTrial against former Assad officials charged w atrocity crimes.

Btw 2011-2017, up to 700 bodies would arrive at least twice a week from intelligence branches & military hospitals.…
The world knew about #Assad's #torture archipelago.

There was plenty of int'l reporting on the regime's arrests of dissenters, medical workers, journalists, & activists.

The torture, enforced disappearances & deaths in #Syria’s prisons was no secret.…
.@WafaMustafa9's farther was one of those who stood up for rights in #Syria, so the regime disappeared him.

The @EU2020DE shld be inspired by Wafa's courage & humanity, & make:
JUSTICE for #Syria's 100.000+ detained & disappeared dissenters #EU priorities.
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Ενδιαφέρουσα τα όσα είπε ο Λαβρόφ για Κυπριακό κατά την επίσκεψή του, από την Συρία, στη #Cyprus. Προτεραιότητα ωστόσο της #Russia παραμένει το Συριακό λόγω της οικονομικών στη χώρα που δεν μπορεί να αντέξει η Μόσχα. Εξού και οι πιέσεις προς #Assad για εφαρμογή του 2254
Η ρωσική εξωτ. πολιτική για την #EastMed έχει ως βάση (στρατιωτικά, λογιστικά & γεωπολιτικά) την #Syria όπου πλέον η Μόσχα επιδιώκει περιορισμό & σταδιακή παραγκώνιση του Άσαντ καθώς & διαβούλευση με την #Turkey λόγω Ίντλιμπ. Η Μόσχα δεν θα πληρώνει έναν "rigorous" Άσαντ
Επιπλέον ο χρόνος μετά τον Νοέμβριο & η αλλαγή (ή μη) παραδείγματος στις ΗΠΑ κάνει την Μόσχα να τηρεί στάση "wait & see". Η σύγκλιση συμφερόντων Ισραήλ-ΗΑΕ-Σ. Αραβίας δεν επηρεάζει ιδιαίτερα τις στρατηγικές της επιδιώξεις. Η Τουρκία ωστόσο παραμένει κλειδί για την Μόσχα
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1 - While only 2,365 cases of #coronavirus were recorded in government controlled #Syria as of Aug 25, @SyriaContext estimates there are up to 100,000 cases in Damascus alone. My latest for @TheNationalUAE…
2 - Public hospitals are overflowing with #coronavirus patients in Damascus, pushing people to pay for extortionate fees for either a private hospital visit (costing up to 300,000SYP/night), a home care nurse or buying their own oxygen tank from an #Assad crony businessman.
3 - A maximum of 400 tests are being conducted a day in Damascus, the WHO spox said - but 300 are reserved at $100 each for people wishing to leave the country. A resident of #Damascus told me she was afraid of going to hospital because no staff are wearing PPE.
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"..this #Syria enterprise harkens back to older imperial eras where conquerors simply took what they wished: the sophistication of #colonialism has indeed improved... since then."
by @stevechovanec #TuesdayMorning
"McNulty, however, did not mention that the Delaware-based company has plans to sell the #oil to “various customers in the region,” including #Assad, himself."
by @hijodelcuervo… #Syria #energy
"When media and citizenry alike decline to confront these unsavory and uncomfortable realities, a smokescreen of impunity is permitted to develop around government actions, allowing such strategies to be utilized without repercussion"
by @stevechovanec…
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@jlpassarelli This is intentional. Listen to #911Truth whistleblower @SLindauer2011. They try to prevent court appearance that would bring up the truth 1/2

@jlpassarelli @SLindauer2011 This is intentional. Listen to #911Truth whistleblower @SLindauer2011. They try to prevent court appearance that would bring up the truth 2/2

Courtesy of @AbbyMartin

@jlpassarelli @SLindauer2011 @AbbyMartin Video above ∆ @CIA asset #SusanLindauer tried to stop 9/11. She approached #McCain office at @congressdotgov to blow the whistle via proper channels. Arrested by @FBI under #PatriotAct. Denied a lawyer.

These 3 knew about 9/11 in April 2001 #911Truth…
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My take on how #Iran interprets #Israel-#UAE normalization

1- I doubt if any IR policymaker has been taken by surprise over the development. In fact, it was a matter of time for de-facto relations btwn Israel and Arab states to become official. But timing is important…
2- As for the timing, it happens at the height of tensions btwn #Turkey on the one hand & #Israel & #GCC (Qatar excluded) on the other. As such, I tend to agree with Sam Ramani that the announcement might have had more to do with #Turkey than #Iran
3- In terms of political implications, #Iran’s main concern might be how the development could help #Trump’s reelection. Needless to say, it would impact a range of issues related to Iran, especially the #JCPOA
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"In #politics and in #war, #truth is the first casualty. We may never know precisely what transpired in the moments preceding the #Beirutblast."
by @RamzyBaroud… #Israel #Lebanon #LebanonExplosion #Beirut_Explosion #WednesdayThoughts #WednesdayWisdom #news
Special Analysis
A closer look at the stories being promulgated turn up the same old #propaganda by the usual suspects
by @hijodelcuervo… #Israel #Beirut_Explosion #Lebanon #WednesdayThoughts
"McNulty, however, did not mention that the Delaware-based company has plans to sell the #oil to “various customers in the region,” including #Assad, himself."
by @hijodelcuervo… #Kurds #Syria #WednesdayThoughts
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1)The #IRGC is eyeing Iran’s presidency & Parviz Fattah is emerging as its perfect candidate

As a strong contender for 2021, Fattah has been dominating headlines

But who is Fattah? What's his ideology? What would his presidency mean for #Iran’s domestic/foreign policy?

2)Despite avoiding limelight, Fattah’s got lots of experience:Ahmadinejad’s energy minister (1st term) + heading Khamenei’s ideological-charitable orgs:Imam Khomeini Relief Foundation (2015-19)& Mostazafan Foundation(current role).But underpinning all of this are his ties to IRGC
3)Fattah’s a product of the #IRGC. His career began on the frontline of #Iran-Iraq War, but his links extend beyond the battlefield. After leaving gov in 2009, he became dep commander of IRGC’s construction HQ, Khatam al-Anbia & head of its investment arm,Bonyad-e Taavon-e Sepah
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The #Assad regime convert the #Syria|n people's assembly to "#Assad's puppets assembly". In this video the currently member Mohamed Kabnad said "Bashar Assad never sleep & at least we should kneel to him".
The election play tomorrow is one more message to the world the #Assad will never accept ANY political settlement. It is one more reason to see Assad as the part of the problem not of the solution.
In the constitution of 2012 the position of president has more power than the assembly, government, army & court together. Actually the assembly has the role to discuss unnecessary decrees for #Assad and some decoration proposes.
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Special Analysis
"In a world dominated by American exceptionalism and #neocolonialism, #hunger has become a weapon of #war."
by @VanessaBeeley… #Syria #military #CaesarAct #sanctions #COVID19 #Covid_19 #Economic #RegimeChange #Syrian
"I was told of fires mysteriously ignited to the West of Sweida destroying food crops there."
Map showing all the crop-fires raging intermittently across #Syria. Credit | Ibrahim Mohammad Image
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According to SPIEGEL research, the ruling #Assad family is the producer of the drugs:
In village of al-Basa south of Latakia, Samer Kamal Assad, an uncle of the dictator,runs one of several Captagon factories owned by the family, disguised as a manufacturer of packaging materials
The transport, in turn,was handled by the businessman Abdellatif Hamide, who opened a rolling paper plant in Aleppo a few weeks ago -a "clean" address,not yet listed on the #EU or #US sanctions lists.Same rolls that were used to hide the Captagon pills are also manufactured there
For the transport, three containers were rented by the #Italian shipping company Tarros, which serves several Mediterranean ports in regular commuting.
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The intra-jihadi dynamic in #Idlib is rapidly intensifying, as #HTS is seeking to re-assert itself vis-a-vis (1) the opposition, (2) local civil society, (3) #Turkey & (4) increasingly exasperated #AlQaeda-leaning factions.

In doing so, it's revealing its multiple identities.
In recent weeks, we've seen escalatory events:

1. Khaled al-Aruri's death in a US drone strike

2. Formation of the #AlQaeda-leaning 'Stand Firm' ops room

3. #HTS arrest of:
- Sirajideen Makhtarov (Abu Saloh al-Uzbeki)
- Jamal Hassan Zayniya (Abu Malik al-Talli)
- Tauqir Sharif
Weeks ago, #HTS was attempting to [re-]build bridges with #Idlib civil society & now it's cracking down on divisive #AlQaeda loyalists & defecting critics.

Hard not to see the drivers involved here:

- Protect internal unity & regional primacy
- Undermine #AQ
- Message #Turkey
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Sharing with you a #Syrian awe-inspiring day of hope.

Since yesterday, I’ve been overwhelmed with hope. The brave Syrian revolutionaries are protesting, once again, against the Assad state, in areas still occupied by the #Assad-#Russia-#Iran alliance, in Swaida and #Daraa. 1/9
The revolutionaries in #Idlib also took to the streets in support of them, and protested against Al-#Qaeda fascism. Their voices, their free, heroic, and fearless voices, have swept me off my feet. 2/9
The same low-quality videos. The same breathtaking atmosphere of standing up against the bloodthirsty butchers of our land. The same sharp, uncompromisable ideals. 3/9
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It looks that Trump is following the steps of #Assad by provoking demonstrators by his speeches and actions.
1. Assad threatened early peaceful demonstrators by waging a war. Trump threatened to send the military.
2. Assad infiltrated demonstrators by thugs (Shabiha) who used force and looting. Trump's supporters are infiltrating demonstrations and instigating violence
3. Demonstrations in Syria started because people demanded justice for innocent children who were tortured by murderous Mukhabarat. Demonstrations in the US started because people demanded justice for innocent George Floyd who was brutally killed by murderous police
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THREAD: follow-up on my piece @MiddleEastInst on the much buzzed theme of #Russia “distancing itself” from #Assad.
I appreciate the interest and understand the controversies that some colleagues raised in regards to my piece. Let me clarify a few things…
1. As I noted in the text there’re 2 issues at play here.
(1) has to do with the sourcing of the reports that sparked the whole issue;
(2) has to do with the very nature of this discourse in Russia.
2.On sources - I discussed at lengths what I think was wrong with the reports on #Russia-#Assad that stirred such hype in Western and some Arab media and policy world. The point is - the reports are just inaccurate: they mix facts and make erroneous attributions..
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Für eine @ZDF-Doku habe ich über die Machtergreifung des #Assad-Clans & die Niederschlagung der Revolution in #Syrien gesprochen:…
Eine Sache kommt mir allerdings im Final Cut etwas zu kurz: die Ausbildung von Bashar & Asma al-Assad in #Europa ist nicht als Gegensatz zur Gewalt ihres Regimes anzusehen, sie ist mehr als koloniale Kontinuität zu verstehen...
... als die Anwendung von "Wissen" & den Einsatz von Kapital, das die Assads in London, Paris, Rom & Berlin gesammelt haben in Kooperation mit den Mächtigen Europas. Aber im TV ist nicht genug Zeit für sowas. Dennoch ist es eine interessante Doku mit vielen Beispielen geworden.
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Chances are Rami #Makhlouf's life isn't in danger whatever may happen next . He's blood, after all.
The fall of the #Jaber Brothers, whom #Damascus perceived their actions as 'treason' (punishable by death), may be the most recent example.
The Jaber Brothers, once #Syria’s biggest tycoons and most powerful militia leaders, fell precipitously once they crossed red lines.
Tied to the #Assad family through marriage likely saved their lives and their ultimate downfall was limited to public disgrace & financial ruin.
The #Makhlouf saga is reminder that no matter how big a whale you are in #Syria, the megalodon is the apex predator.
Pieced together through insiders, at various intervals, this is the tale of the the fall of the Jaber Brothers, the ‘frog(s) that wished to be as big as the ox’.
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The symbol of #Assad regime’s corruption, Assad’s cousin, does something unheard of: he goes live on Facebook to discuss recent news that Assad, with pressure from Russia, seized cousins’ assets to get them to pay $3 billions. With no access, he pleads Assad to hear him out.
In the video, Rami Makhlouf says:

• my telecom company, with ~11 million users, pays 12 billion Syrian pounds in tax + 50% of profits
• a committee by Assad claimed he’s involved in tax fraud & must pay more: 125-130 billion
• I’m willing to pay but not all of the sum at once
Apart from the plea, the remarks are quite interesting.

He says when he claimed he abandoned his businesses & turned his wealth to humanitarian work after the 2011 uprising, it was to take a bullet for Assad & to not embarrass him. This is the result of that move, he says.
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#Syria #Idlib
Here is the moment when #Turkish forces started shooting at protesters on the M4 highway against joint #Russia|n-TSK patrol missions.
#Syria #Idlib
Açcording to local news agencies, a #Turkish drone has airstriked an #HTS position in Eastern Idlib after militants tried to destroy a TSK vehicle with an ATGM missile.
#Syria #Idlib
Apaprently, #HTS and #Turkey are holding talks in order to de-escalate the situation.
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This is a masterclass in research by @Elizrael & @Qussai_jukhadar -- I'm proud to be publishing it on @MiddleEastInst.

- "Ravaged by war, #Syria’s health care system is utterly unprepared for the #COVID19 pandemic."…
@Elizrael @Qussai_jukhadar @MiddleEastInst #pt: While most health experts project terrible #COVID19 implications for #Syria, the @WHO insists a "minor outbreak" is more likely.

Why? @WHO's analysis is based on #Wuhan/#China data - which is absurd, given the contrasts in governance, security & healthcare capacity.
@Elizrael @Qussai_jukhadar @MiddleEastInst @WHO #pt: If equating #Syria's capacity to deal w. #COVID19 with #China's wasn't crazy enough, @WHO went further - predicting #Idlib would witness a 50% less infection rate than #Wuhan:

- 2,413 infections
- 121 ICU cases

Out of 4 million people, most in IDP camps w. no services.
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