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Dubbed "A Day of Martyrs," tens of thousands take to the streets in protests across Syria. For...

Dubbed "A Day of Martyrs," tens of thousands take to the streets in protests across Syria. For the first time, ethnic Kurds, which make up 15% of Syria's population, join the demonstrations. Various reports show several people killed in Duma after security forces open fire.
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  • Time for Esad to step down and hold a fully democratic election before Syria turns into another Libya.
    1 Apr 2011, 12:24 PM Reply Like
  • Well, Bashad Assad has said he is going down with the ship if it comes to that. The Alewites completely control the millitary and I'm surprised that things have gotten so far out of hand. Perhaps Bashad lacks the ruthlessness of his father that allowed him to destroy the Moslem Brotherhood in Syria--Basically, he killed them all.

     

    Syria produces about 400,000 bbl of oil per day, but I believe there are some oil transportaton pipelines from Iraq that cross into Syria as well that allow shipment to Europe. So when does the U.N. jump in?
    1 Apr 2011, 12:30 PM Reply Like
  • Surely, he is much better than his psychopathic-megalomaniac father. However, that is not enough. I am still hoping that he will make a wise decision, and lead the transition to full democracy.
    1 Apr 2011, 12:36 PM Reply Like
  • Time for the US to attack. If they attack one oppressor in Libya,why not in Syria? Then Saudi Arabia, Iran,etc.
    1 Apr 2011, 12:32 PM Reply Like
  • The fact that Syria’s 10% Kurdish minority is joining the anti-government demonstrations could be a harbinger of problems for Turkey, Iran and Iraq as well. A total of more than 40 million Kurds inhabit these four countries and have periodically risen in revolt against oppressive conditions imposed against them by Turkish, Arab and Iranian majorities in these countries. The great Sunni-Shi’a divide within Islam will also come to the fore in these four countries if Syria’s Sunni majority rises in revolt against the 10% Alawite ruling minority which is allied with Iran’s theocratic government.

     

    The following articles illustrate the situation as of April 1st.

     

    english.aljazeera.net/...

     

    www.france24.com/en/20...

     

    www.hurriyetdailynews....

     

    www.guardian.co.uk/wor...

     

    For an alternative and counterintuitive view (which I suspect is too generous to Assad in light of today’s events), read the following:

     

    www.guardian.co.uk/com...
    1 Apr 2011, 03:28 PM Reply Like
  • Maybe a Kurdistan results out of all this turmoil. More problems ahead in the region.
    1 Apr 2011, 03:52 PM Reply Like
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