Why Arab leaders are largely silent on Syria’s brutal crackdown

The silence of Arab leaders in the face of the brutal crackdown taking place in Syria is examined by Nicholas Blandford of the Christian Science Monitor I am quoted at the end:

“The important thing is to remain committed to the peaceful nature of the movement, despite ongoing provocation by the regime and the moral cowardice of the international leaders,” says Ammar Abdulhamid, a leading Syrian activist based in Washington. “Admittedly, this will get more difficult from now onward.”

Carol Castiel of VOA interviews Ammar Abdulhamid

US – based Syrian dissident and human rights activist, Ammar Abdulhamid, discusses the roots of the Syrian rebellion and exposes the hypocrisy of the Assad regime on VOA’s Press Conference USA with host Carol Castiel.
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Ammar Abdulhamid on Syria’s uprising

Rights activist says the international response to violence in Syria is merely “symbolic” and “rife with hypocrisy”: an interview on Al-Jazeera online:

Rights groups have estimated that at least 1,600 people have died since the start of the uprising in Syria in March, but that number might increase considerably by the end of the fasting month of Ramadan. Since Sunday alone, at least 150 people have been killed in Deir ez-Zor, Hama and Al-Buka-mal – a bloody progression from battles and sieges in other cities and towns such as DeraaHomsLatakia and Jirs al-Shughur. But how long can the protests – and the severe crackdowns on them – continue? Ammar Abdulhamid is a Syrian human rights activist and founder of the non-profit Tharwa Foundation (which promotes democracy and development in in Syria as well as the broader region). He told the foreign affairs committee of the US House of Representatives in the spring of 2008 that, “Change in Syria is not a matter of ‘if’ anymore, but of ‘when’, ‘how’ and ‘who’.”  Three years later, he still feels the same, and the questions seem closer to being answered by the nation of Syria itself. Abdulhamid tells Al Jazeera what he thinks of the of the international response to the unrest and how he sees the government and protesters arriving at their end games. Continue reading “Ammar Abdulhamid on Syria’s uprising”

فيسبوك: 1 آب، 2011

– الإضراب، الإضراب، الإضراب، التظاهر، التظاهر، التظاهر، لا تراجع، لا تخاذل، لا خوف. حماة تنزف؟ إذاً سوريا كلها تنزف. فلنصم عن الصمت، ولنفطر غضباً من الظلم. لا مكان للهدوء في حياتنا بعد اليوم. الحرية تنادي، الكرامة تنادي، ودماء الشهداء، كيف لنا ألا نلبّي هذا النداء؟