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yallair7al:

***HORRIFIC*** THE MASSACRE OF ABEL. TWO ENTIRE FAMILIES ARE (LITERALLY) SLAUGHTERED THEN BURNT BY ASSAD’S FORCES. Homs (Abel): Mar 25, 2013 - (taken from ‘Baba Amro News FB Page & summarized). After attempting to raid this tiny village and failing to do so (repelled by local FSA), Assad’s troops retreated to the outskirts of this town and abducted two entire families in the process.

After forcing members of the family to speak out on video about how ‘Assad’s forces saved them from the armed gangs’ Assad’s thugs then began to literally slaughter every single one of their prisoners (event the children). Most of them had their throats slit and were burned. Others were bludgeoned to death with large rocks.

You can clearly see a small girl amongst the dead in the video. Her hands are still tied and her throat is slit. Her body is charred.

The ‘moral’ world still watches this … no matter how many plane-loads of weapons you send to the FSA … it’s too little and much too late for these families. We told you this would happen almost two years ago. We told you Assad would do this.

Imagine for a second you were the parent of one of these children. You sat there, tied up and in terror as Asasd’s forces mercilessly beat your wife and children, then in front of your very eyes took the most precious thing in your life, your child, and then slit her throat, tossed her to the ground and burnt her … then do it to your next child, then the next, then your wife, then your mother …. finally you.

The names of the victims:

1. Qattash al-Mahmoud, age 70
2. Hawash al-Ahmed, age 65
3. Nusra al-Mahmoud, age 70
4. Mahmoud al-Mahmoud, age 45
5. Khudra al-Ahmed, age 42
6. Huda al-Mahmoud, age 28
7. Fouad al-Mahmoud, age 37
8. Humaida al-Mahmoud, age 36
9. Ghazeya al-Ahmed, age 35

Children:

10. Ahmed al-Ahmed, age 3
11. Haidar al-Ahmed, age 2
12. Sajeda al-Ahmed, age 1
13. Ahmed al-Mahmoud, age 9

The guard of al-Bouz farm, known as Abu Saeed, was also killed. He is from Hama, and his family, comprising a mother, father, three children and two young women, are missing until now. 

Thanks @EatingMyPeaz @AbuBakrSaleh92

leaveobashar:

Nasrallah: “We discovered three Israeli villages in Homs, so we sent our men to liberate them”
A cartoon mocking the sectarian warlord Nasrallah as he sends his fighters to murder Syrians in Homs on orders from Iran’s Khamenei and Assad.
Thanks @NMSyria

leaveobashar:

Nasrallah: “We discovered three Israeli villages in Homs, so we sent our men to liberate them”

A cartoon mocking the sectarian warlord Nasrallah as he sends his fighters to murder Syrians in Homs on orders from Iran’s Khamenei and Assad.

Thanks @NMSyria

cjchivers:

“Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading,” Defined.

The video above will unsettle most of you. Watch it anyhow. It is a scene from inside what appears to be a Syrian Air Force Mi-8 series utility helicopter. The engine noise is loud enough to overpower many of the screams. 

The scenes are self-evident, and require little description here, beyond a few guiding thoughts. Note the cloth covering the heads of some of the victims; some of these hoods appear to be bloodstained from within. Note the bindings. Note where and how the captors place their feet as they stroll inside the aircraft. With these few cues, you can sort through and absorb the footage quickly, and hopefully you will need not watch this clip twice. It shows what it shows.

What is not self-evident, however, is motive. Why are these men being treated this way? What do their captors and tormentors hope to achieve? Information? Intimidation? Revenge or some other form of primal satisfcation? For the narrow purposes of legal classification, the answer to these questions might matter. Yet in many ways the answers do not, as this behavior is expressly forbidden by international law, just as surely as it will shock decent viewers.

Below, useful definitions for the public discourse on Syria’s civil war.

First, Part I, Article I of the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment:

  • For the purposes of this Convention, the term “torture” means any act by which severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental, is intentionally inflicted on a person for such purposes as obtaining from him or a third person information or a confession, punishing him for an act he or a third person has committed or is suspected of having committed, or intimidating or coercing him or a third person, or for any reason based on discrimination of any kind, when such pain or suffering is inflicted by or at the instigation of or with the consent or acquiescence of a public official or other person acting in an official capacity. It does not include pain or suffering arising only from, inherent in or incidental to lawful sanctions.

Syria has been legally bound by this definition and this language since its accession of the convention in 2004. The convention makes clear that there are no exceptional circumstances whatsoever that justify torture: not war, not political instability, not public emergency. It notes as well that obeying orders is not a justification either. If you commit any of the abuses outlined above, you can’t say that your colonel, your captain or your sergeant told you to do what you did, or led you through it, and expect to have firm legal standing. 

Second, from the International Committee of the Red Cross, a note about how the official authority or any official sanction guiding a cruel and abusive action can influence how that action is defined:

  • International humanitarian law (IHL) differs somewhat from this definition in not requiring the involvement of a person acting in an official capacity as a condition for an act intended to inflict severe pain or suffering to be defined as torture.

    The ICRC uses the broad term ” ill-treatment ” to cover both torture and other methods of abuse prohibited by international law, including inhuman, cruel, humiliating, and degrading treatment, outrages upon personal dignity and physical or moral coercion.

    The legal difference between torture and other forms of ill treatment lies in the level of severity of pain or suffering imposed. In addition, torture requires the existence of a specific purpose behind the act – to obtain information, for example.

    The various terms used to refer to different forms of ill treatment or infliction of pain can be explained as follows:

    • Torture: existence of a specific purpose plus intentional infliction of severe suffering or pain;

    • Cruel or inhuman treatment: no specific purpose, significant level of suffering or pain inflicted;

    • Outrages upon personal dignity: no specific purpose, significant level of humiliation or degradation.

    Methods of ill treatment may be both physical and/or psychological in nature and both methods may have physical and psychological effects. 

ABOUT THE VIDEO 

Posted on Youtube yesterday, with the caption: “No description available.” 


 

 

gravesofgrass:

You should sympathize with those suffering in Syria, those who have lost everything and question if freedom is “worth” the pain because that question is human nature after all, and their agony is immeasurable; but how dare an expatriate living comfortably in the United States, or overseas,…

Not sure there’s a need for an arrogant assclown like Brahimi in order to negociate a dialog between the Assad clan and a local undertaker specialized in dumping tyrant cadavers into sewer pipes.

Not sure there’s a need for an arrogant assclown like Brahimi in order to negociate a dialog between the Assad clan and a local undertaker specialized in dumping tyrant cadavers into sewer pipes.

leaveobashar:

THESE ARE SOME OF THE MOST DESPERATE PEOPLE ON EARTH. THE RED CROSS CAME FOR AN HOUR LOOKED AROUND …. THEN LEFT. Homs (City): Nov 3, 2012 - Homs has been shelled for almost a year straight now. The actual city has been under siege for 5 months straight. This means that in addition to the daily shelling, they have no food, water or electricity. All of the clinics have closed because there are no or only a few doctors left. There is no medicine and no medical equipment. If you are injured, then there is nothing anyone can do to save you.

This team from the Red Cross (2 ladies) and a team from the Red Crescent (wearing red jackets) came into Homs for the first time in 5 months. They visited a clinic and left. The locals are obviously and understandably angry. They tell the visitors to leave. That they don’t want their help, that the entire world has forsaken them. They do not blame the Red Cross for their situation, Assad is to blame. However their anger and frustration is understandable. The Red Cross tell them that they cannot take any injured with them as the patients will be seized by Assad’s army. So they come, look around, then leave.

The Red Cross may not be able to get aid inside Homs, but the organizations below can and have been. Please show your kindness and donate to save a life.
Hand In hand For Syria - Registered non-political UK charity that has verified it’s aid is entering into Syria and helping those most in need. 

Syrian Orphans - A collection of Non-Profit Org’s supporting orphans in Syria

Rise 4 Humanity - Dedicated to helping the children of Syria via donations and awareness campaigns 

Humanitarian Relief For Syria - Supports needy families and orphans as well as distributing aid in Syria

Syrian Sunrise Foundation -  Promotes social and economic opportunity and growth in Syria through humanitarian relief efforts.

Syrian Assistance - Independent, Non-Profit Org of volunteers set up to raise money for the basic humanitarian needs in Syria

Medecins Sans Frontieres - The only reputable international org. with doctors and a purpose built medical facility on the ground in Northern Syria.

Thanks @THE_47th

Palestinian resistance singer Mais Shalash sings for Syria

Get Out Bashar!

cjchivers:

Our recent work in the NYT on loose arms, unexploded ordnance and errant air strikes in Libya resulted in the repeated filling my Twitter DM file and my email accounts with tips and helpful comments.

Among the many interesting items are the photo above, and the two images immediately…

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