Western media lie about Syria – eyewitness reports — RT

29 April 2011 — RT

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A photo released by the Syrian Arab news Agency (SANA) on April 27, 2011, shows one of 6 coffins of a killed member of either the army or security forces being taken from the October Military hospital in Damascus to their towns and villages for burial, following several days of unrest (AFP Photo)

While media reports paint a picture of the situation in Syria as a mass public uprising brutally suppressed by the dictatorial government, the events are viewed in a totally different way by those living there.

­RT caught up with Anhar Kochneva, director of a Moscow-based tourist firm specializing in the Middle East. She often travels to Syria, and stays in touch with hundreds of people in the region. She shared what her contacts say about the unfolding unrest and who they blame for the spreading violence.

RT: What’s happening in Syria? What have you seen? And [w]hat are the Syrians saying?

Anhar Kochneva: Not even once did I come across anyone who would in any way support these riots; and mind you, in the line of my job, I deal with all sorts of people. There are many vehicles with the president’s portraits driving the streets throughout the country – ranging from old, barely moving crankers to brand new Porsches and Hummers. You can’t force people into hanging up portraits. It means that people, irrespective of their status and income, support the president rather than the rebellion. I saw quite a number of young people walking or driving around with Syrian flags. How can you force a young person hanging out with friends to wave flags? I think it’s difficult too. If you understand the mentality of the Syrians you can tell there is a sincere impulse from a forced obligation.

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Stop Violence Now and Start National Dialogue! By the Syrian Communist Party (Unified)

27 April 2011 — MRZine

The statement of the Syrian Communist Party (Unified) on the urgency to stop violence immediately and to start comprehensive national dialogue

O, the masses of our people!

The bloody events that have taken place in some governorates of Syria for more than a month, especially in the last several days of this month, are heartbreaking, an injury to our soul and a cause of great concern.  The events have already left dozens of citizens, soldiers, and members of security forces dead and wounded, in armed confrontations which could have been avoided and need not be repeated if the security solution is replaced by the logic of politics.

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Libya Newslinks 27-30 April 2011

30 April 2011 — williambowles.info

30 April 2011

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Libya Newslinks 25-26 April 2011

26 April 2011 — williambowles.info

26 April 2011