Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Abdullah Ta'i on "How Syrians Responded to Khaddam" (in Arabic)

Syria After Khaddam
By Abdullah Ta'i
January 10, 2006

This article has been pulled at the request of the author. He believes it is too sharp to be released in Arabic and promises an English translation. (Joshua Landis)


At 1/17/2006 08:44:00 PM, Blogger majedkhaldoon said...

there is some exaggeration in this article, it is true people believe Khaddam, but they dont trust him either and they think of him as corrupt,thief,and they know about khaddam sons radiation wastes, and they think they should be condemn to death for what they did, we dont have freedom in Syria, and people talk to trusted friends and family members secretly, they know everything about the goverment , and waiting for the time there will be change.
this article will not change the regime, and military coup is not possible now,neither, but Bashar better knows that if he doesnot do anything major, and soon, there are a lot for him to loose, he was given six years and his time is up, they know that he ordered killing of Hariri, and I am sure that Josh Landis believes that too, but as the economy deteriorate, the people will, for sure, rise, to regain power, and good by Bashar.

At 1/18/2006 12:37:00 AM, Blogger zadigvoltaire said...

It's the economy, ya hameer!

They hailed Assad and Ahmadinijad, they burned the flag of Jumblat’s party and they sang “mabrouk Gebran”, congratulating Gebran Tueini for his death.
This is how thousands of Lebanese demonstrated yesterday against US interference in Lebanon.
After Jumblat’s verbal attacks on the pro-Iranian party made it lose its “resistance aura”, Hezbollah, the demonstration’s main sponsor, has stepped up its campaign against the anti-Syrians in Lebanon.
The well armed Shiite religious party decided to take it to the streets.
“Just tell us the word ya sayyid, just tell us,” shouted a demonstrator in last Saturday’s demonstration against the US under-secretary of state to Lebanon after the protest turned violent.
The protestor was calling Sayyid Hassan Nasrallah, the head of Hezbollah, to give him the order to start another civil war.
Hezbollah are playing Syria and Iran’s game in Lebanon. Nasrallah himself shouted it proudly later last year “Hezbollah is the ally of the Syrian regime and the Islamic Republic of Iran.”

Today Hezbollah considers that Jumblat stabbed them in the back.
After the Syrian army ended its occupation of Lebanon, Jumblat formed an alliance with Hezbollah and Amal. He even went to Iran and met Iranian officials. And without Hezbollah’s electoral support the Hariri-Jumblat alliance would not be a majority in today’s parliament.
But according to As Safir newspaper, Iran stopped its financial support of Jumblat a couple of months ago, and it seems that things went sour after that.
Jumblat became a threat to Hezbollah today, especially after demonstrators protesting the shooting of municipality guards by Palestinian gunmen in the Naameh area cut off the Southern highway which links Hezbollah’s southern front against Israel to Hezbollah’s headquarters in the Beirut suburbs.
Last week the demonstrators, who insulted Nasrallah and Berri and blocked traffic for three hours, probably took to the streets in coordination with Jumblat.

I don’t know where all this might lead Lebanon, but what I know is that no one is optimistic and everyone is worried and that means that no one is spending. The economy is hurting even though the Beirut Stock Exchange is booming, (there is less than 10 traded shares on the BSE) and Arabs are investing in real estate projects in Solidere.

So I urge those great politicians of ours to stop flexing their political muscles and start using what is left of their brain cells and shut up and start working on improving our economy.
And I urge my decent Lebanese brothers and sisters to demonstrate against the current political mayhem by taking to the streets and shouting a Lebanese version of Bill Clinton’s election slogan : it’s the economy, ya hameer!

At 1/18/2006 01:17:00 AM, Blogger ForFreedomOfExpression said...

Money of Uday, Qusay seized in Syria: Khaddam

18 January 2006

DOHA — The former Syrian vice-president Abdul Halim Khaddam said that he is not trying to change the regime in Syria through getting external support. He added that some groups in Syria seized the money of the sons of the former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein (Uday and Qusay) after the Syrian authorities returned them back to Iraq.

Khaddam said in an interview with the Saudi-based newspaper Al Watan that he will not be outside Syria till his passport expires. He said his next step would be to make contacts with some parties inside and outside Syria and to coordinate with them and see what is the proper step for the current phase.

Khaddam who is staying in Paris revealed that the sons of the former Iraqi president fled to Syria with their money and stayed there for one month until the Syrian authorities forced them to go back to Iraq without their money. Meanwhile, Khaddam denied the news, which claimed that he owns a fortune of about $2.1 billion, and accused the relatives of the Syrian president of corruption, specially Ramy Makhlouf, a close relative of the Syrian president who used to ask for 30 per cent from Gulf investors in return for any project in Syria.

He also spoke about his relationship with the Syrian Foreign Minister and said Al Sharaa was an employee in his office who was responsible for issuing the Decision No. 1559. He added that Al Sharaa didn’t understand the decision. Meanwhile, Khaddam accused the late former Syrian president Hafiz Al Assad of fixing his son Bashar where he prepared him to be his successor after the death of his first son Basel.

At 1/18/2006 02:48:00 AM, Blogger Innocent_Criminal said...

freedom of express

Do NOT post the whole article, just the link.

zadigvoltaire - good point but highly unlikely that anyone will grow up. just to add to your point about the insults by the pro-hizbulla demonstrators, that after Tueni died they were screaming "kiss iktek sooria" in the guy’s funeral. And not to mention what happened in the "independence" demonstrations. ya3ni mafi hada ahsan min hada, kellon akhra min ba3don

At 1/18/2006 05:54:00 AM, Blogger t_desco said...

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At 1/18/2006 06:00:00 AM, Blogger t_desco said...

It turns out that Ibrahim Michel Jarjoura is indeed a new Hussam:

Another Witness Testifies with Perjury into Assassination of Hariri

The witness Ibrahim Michel Jarjoura said he was forced to offer a false and fabricated testimony against Syria at the international investigation committee into the assassination of former Lebanese Premier Rafik al-Hariri because he was under threats and pressures to do so.

Jarjoura told Lebanese satellite NEW TV channel in an interview overnight that some Lebanese figures, particularly Deputy and Minister Marwan Hamada, forced him, in return to some promises, to retell the fabricated story to the international probe and the Lebanese Attorney Said Mirza as well as Bahiya Hariri, sister of the slain Hariri.

At 1/18/2006 07:49:00 AM, Blogger Innocent_Criminal said...

They just released Mamoon Al Homsi and Riyad Seif

At 1/18/2006 07:55:00 AM, Blogger majedkhaldoon said...

to Josh Landis;
if Bashar succeded and survived this crisis he will be much stronger in the future, and certainly will be dangerous to the USA, so Usa will continue to weaken him, Usa would rather remove him , than have to deal with strong Assad in the future

At 1/18/2006 08:41:00 AM, Blogger Abou Fehmi said...

As far as Khaddam is concerned, we all know his background and how much he and his family have profited from their priviliged position. I am glad though that he split out and is now providing some confirmation about what we all knew is happening but were afraid to say without a solid proof. I hope he continues to talk. Would I vote for him in an election? Most likely no but it depends on the other candidates(s).

As for our Lebanese cousins, I understand the rage that some of them have towards the Syrian goverment but I hope they know that the Syrian people and the Syrian goverment are two really different things. What surprises me though is the lack of finger pointing towards the Lebanese politicians who were as responsible for the so called "syrian mistakes" in Lebanon as the Syrian goverment was.

At 1/18/2006 09:00:00 AM, Blogger Joseph ALi Mohammed said...

The Son Of a bitch Bashar Assad is said to be releasing the "Damascus Spring" prisonners, except DR. AREF DALILAH.

At 1/18/2006 09:05:00 AM, Blogger norman said...

Syria released Homsy and Seif today.

At 1/18/2006 09:11:00 AM, Blogger Joseph ALi Mohammed said...

Why will he , the SOB keep Dalilah in prison?

At 1/18/2006 09:37:00 AM, Blogger norman said...

tell me about Aref Dalela please.he should release all the prisoners

At 1/18/2006 09:57:00 AM, Blogger BP said...


Dr. Aref Dalilah: He studied economics at the universities of Damascus and Aleppo and became the Dean of Economics at the University of Aleppo in 1998. He used his posts in academia to call for freedom of expression, liberal economics policies, and the strengthening of civic societies, which got him in trouble with the government. A renowned publisher of papers and thesis in economic sciences, he was harassed constantly by the Syrian intelligence for his views that he expressed openly.

He was sentenced to a 10-year prison term on September 20, 2000, during Baschar al-Assad’s first 5 months of rule, after he called for the Allawite sect not to follow the Assad family in their sectarian policies. He believed that this will cause the demise of the Allawite people.

Dr. Dalilah is not known for any enmity towards the United States or its allies. His release will enhance the image of the US in Syria.

At 1/18/2006 10:01:00 AM, Blogger BP said...

Riad Seif: As a Member of the Parliament, he engaged fully in the “Spring of Damascus” by opening his home to intellectuals and academics for open democracy forums.

He was imprisoned on September 6, 2001 for five years for his public criticism of the Makhlouf family (cousins to the Assads) and a book he wrote on corruption in the bidding of the Syrian cellular license, which incidentally was granted to the Makhloufs thus exposing corruption within the Assad family. It is believed that even when his prison term expires, he will not be released because of his charisma and popularity.

Mr. Seif is a Sunni Muslim, liberal in his views, and is not known to have been critical of the United States or its allies. His daughter has visited Germany in the hope that the German government can support his freedom, which they did but to no avail. His release will be a big blow for Ba’athism and will enhance the image of the US in Syria.

At 1/18/2006 10:24:00 AM, Blogger Joseph ALi Mohammed said...

BP; you are making fn of Dalilah for sure.

That shows how secular you must be, huh?

He was not jailed for telling Alawis not to support Assad, but because he spoke about corruptions, economy, and the theft of 1 $100 billion of Syria.

He never uttered the word Alawi, or Sunni. He is much above those labels.

Your English word "Studied", I am sure you meant Taught instead.

Here is a site made for him:


At 1/18/2006 10:24:00 AM, Blogger norman said...

May be you should give Bashar some cridet so he will continue the release of all political prisoners who argue reform not revolution.

At 1/18/2006 10:27:00 AM, Blogger Joseph ALi Mohammed said...


What the fuck Credit are you talking about?

He was the one to imprison them in the first place, and they did nothing to deserve that. They only spoke about corruption. That was all.

If he is blaming Khadam for that, then why is he not releasing them all at once, and without any delay? He releases one or two, takes in 16 more, and that is how he has been operating for the past 5 years.

I wish you Norman, stay two weeks in those cells that Bashar reserves for good Syrians. Then, i would like to visit with you and see what you will say .

Ge the fuck out .

At 1/18/2006 10:28:00 AM, Blogger EHSANI2 said...

Bashar is only releasing these brave men because he has to appease his local audience. With mounting pressure from outside, he needs to rally the troops at home. He will supposedly follow up this charade with a speech on saturday that would address domestic concerns.
As for Makhloufs, it would be refreshing to see Dr. Landis write an expose on the matter.

At 1/18/2006 10:31:00 AM, Blogger Joseph ALi Mohammed said...

Those few were condemned to 5 years for being accused of "attempt to change the constitution by illegal means" and they have spent their 5 years.

Aref Dalila was accused for exactly the same thing, and condemned for 10 years instead.

Releasing some one when he has finished his sentence deserves credit now?

What a garbage!

At 1/18/2006 10:41:00 AM, Blogger EHSANI2 said...

The U.S. Treasury Department just ordered U.S. banks to block any assets found in the U.S. belonging to Assef Shawkat. Americans are also barred from doing business with him. The department alleged that Shawkat has played a role in furthering Syria’s “support for terrorism and interference in the sovereignty of Lebanon”.

At 1/18/2006 10:44:00 AM, Blogger ugarit said...

"This article has been pulled at the request of the author. He believes it is too sharp to be released in Arabic and promises an English translation."

What does "too sharp to be released in Arabic" mean?

At 1/18/2006 10:49:00 AM, Blogger Joseph ALi Mohammed said...

"What does "too sharp to be released in Arabic" mean? "

Easy, he is scared of being dragged to prison.

At 1/18/2006 10:58:00 AM, Blogger norman said...

JAM watch your words please i think you are smarter,i think there is a difference between calling for economic ,legal and politecal reform and insiting people against a president who just came to power the hostility toward Bashr Asad propably was more because he is an Alaway than for his policies as he did not have a chance to have any.and that is a pretext to civel war which Syria can do without..

At 1/18/2006 11:19:00 AM, Blogger EHSANI2 said...


This is worth reading.

It marks yet another step to turn up the heat.

At 1/18/2006 11:45:00 AM, Blogger zadigvoltaire said...

A little fun from http://beirutnotes.blogspot.com/

Assad's top ten hit list:

1- Singer: Walid Jumblat / Song: Let's Topple The Regime
2- Marwan Hmade / Who Tried to Blow Me
3- Saad Hariri / True
4- Fares Khashan / Private Investigations
5- Marcel Ghanem / The Ridicule of It All
6- Ali Hmade / Killers
7- Abel Halim Khaddam / Daret El Ayam
8- Elias Attallah / I Hate the President
9- Neyla Moawad / The Sound of My Voice
10- Michel Aoun / It Started with His Word

At 1/18/2006 12:09:00 PM, Blogger zobahhan said...

stop trying to plug your website

At 1/18/2006 12:51:00 PM, Blogger zadigvoltaire said...

You caught me, you're a regular Mehlis, aren't you?
...What's next an international tribunal or a Syrian court?

At 1/18/2006 01:47:00 PM, Blogger ActiveListener said...

That US Govt formal announcement on Shawkat (Ehsani2 above) has now pinned a big sign to his chest that says "directly furthering the Government of Syria's support for terrorism and interference in the sovereignty of Lebanon."

He is linked here to the decree that "Syria's acts threaten the national security, foreign policy and economy of the United States."

The US has now officially tabled details of Shawkat's role as a seriously dirty rat, spreading fleas of terrorism and fuelling dangerous fires everywhere.

The statement makes clear he shares a cosy rat's nest with the Asads.

A label as big as this doesn't wash off or fade with time and can't be covered up.

Long after the designated terrorist groups he hosts and helps organise have dissolved or transmuted into mainstream political movements, this rat's smell and long tail will betray his presence behind any door or ditch he tries to hide.

What are his retirement plans - North Korea?

At 1/18/2006 02:12:00 PM, Blogger Syrian Republican Party said...

Active Listner!!You full of Shit. We know the real motives, intention and reasons behind this and it has nothing to do with the shit stated.

At 1/18/2006 02:47:00 PM, Blogger EngineeringChange said...

Bravo US Treasury Department--mainly a symbolic gesture but still important!

At 1/18/2006 03:45:00 PM, Blogger ActiveListener said...

SRP, you don't want to see individuals like Shawkat separated out, blamed and labelled? You would rather see these accusations directed at "The Syrians"?

There is no denying US current official statements are handy tools for those "real motives, intention and reasons", or that they may prove irrelevant to future events.

But they will always stand there as damaged, torn baggage for Shawkat personally, which he has to carry around publicly for the rest of his days.

I'll use that much to half fill my glass, thanks.

At 1/18/2006 10:59:00 PM, Blogger zobahhan said...

No zadig, maybe a foot up your ass

At 1/19/2006 06:10:00 AM, Blogger zadigvoltaire said...

Dear Zobahhan,

I see that you are influenced by your President's (Assad) high minded diplomatic language.

This is probably what Bashar Assad told Hariri: you either vote for Lahoud's extension or you will have "my foot up your..." or "ejree feek, wla".

I guess that both your foot and Assad's "taylee".

Stop thinking with your feet and take them out of Lebanon's a-- and start training them on a treadmill because Assad and his supporters will need to use them to run very fast, pretty soon.

For more cynicism Zobahhan go to www.beirutnotes.blogspot.com

Here I am plugging it again, I hope it does not hurt you much.

At 1/19/2006 11:11:00 PM, Blogger zobahhan said...

your forcing me to go to your site. oh well, i hope im not disappointed.

well the president wouldnt really have phrased it "ejree feek" but i guess thats normal given your situation.

Im runing man im runing. I cant seem to get away


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