Syria Newslinks 19-20 December 2011

20 December 2011 —

20 December 2011
Fresh clashes in north-west Syria

BBC News Today at 16:05
There have been clashes between troops and army deserters in north-west Syria, with one report saying 100 deserters are dead or wounded.

Culture and the Right Hand of the State
Dissident Voice Today at 16:00
Between 24-27 November 2011, the Government of Israel held ‘Israeli Film Days’ at Filmbase in Temple Bar, Dublin’s ‘cultural quarter’.In advance of this event, the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) requested Filmbase to reconsider its decision to host the festival:

Sharmine Narwani, “Stratfor Challenges Narratives on Syria” Today at 14:09
According to the Texas-based geopolitical risk analysis group Stratfor which released an eyebrow-raising piece on Syrian opposition propaganda efforts last week, ‘most of the opposition’s more serious claims have turned out to be grossly exaggerated or simply untrue, thereby revealing more about the opposition’s weaknesses than the level of instability inside the Syrian regime.’

Syrian opposition calls for foreign intervention Today at 06:49
Syria’s opposition wants an Arab military intervention to ‘protect civilians from government security forces’ – even after Damascus signed an Arab League protocol allowing observers to monitor a regional peace…

19 December 2011
Syria army deserters ‘shot dead’

BBC News Yesterday at 21:09
Dozens of army deserters are shot dead by Syrian troops as they tried to flee their bases and join anti-government protests, activists say.

“Yes, it’s a sort of a who’s who of the most repressive regimes on the planet.”
Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert Yesterday at 20:01
The List Of Internet Censoring Countries The MPAA Thinks Provide A Good Example For The US * China * Iran * United Arab Emirates * Armenia * Ethiopia * Saudi Arabia * Yemen * Bahrain * Burma (Myanmar) * Syria …

Arab League observers get permission to enter Syria Yesterday at 19:57
Damascus has signed a deal with the Arab League that will allow Arab monitors into the country in an effort to end the nine-month bloody stand-off between the Syrian government and the opposition.

Russia happy with Syria’s decision to accept observers
Strategic Culture Foundation Yesterday at 19:48

Syria OKs observers from Arab League
Morning Star Yesterday at 16:48
Syria agreed today to allow Arab League observers into the country in a bid to repair relations with its neighbours and defuse escalating violence.

“The first civilization deliberately to select eunuchs as officers of state was the Assyrian Empire.”
Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert Yesterday at 14:55
Castration Might Bring Us Better Bankers and Politicians

Syria signs deal to allow monitoring mission
Strategic Culture Foundation Yesterday at 12:16

Syria signs Arab League agreement
BBC News Yesterday at 11:21
Syria signs an agreement to allow observers to monitor its implementation of an Arab League initiative to end the crackdown on anti-government protests.

The rise of the Free Syrian Army
Asia Times Online Yesterday at 11:00
As the Free Syrian Army launches increasingly sophisticated assaults on Syrian army patrols and bases, its numbers are believed to be swelling in refugee camps in southern Turkey. The FSA’s military-defector leadership insists its insurgency revolves around ‘stopping the regime’s massacres’. However, like the Syrian National Council, there are concerns it will be manipulated by radical Islamist elements and foreign powers. – Chris Zambelis (Dec 19, ’11)

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