As Syria burns, Assads living opulently behind palace walls, purported emails reveal
Syrian activists have been gunned down, families massacred and revolution is still rocking the country, but leaked emails apparently show the country’s president and his wife living an opulent lifestyle, sharing humorous YouTube videos and declaring their love.
Syria army gains ground in two flashpoint cities on eve of rebellion’s anniversary
The other side of Syria’s revolution: Graphic
Homs ‘massacre’ as bodies of 47 women and children, some with their throats slit, are found in Syrian city
I think Syria is often covered by phone. You have to talk to activists. You have to try to, you know, read the tea leaves. You have to talk to government officials. And it is remote-control reporting in some ways. And that’s - you know, I think that’s deeply frustrating, especially coming out of experiences in Egypt, Libya and elsewhere, where it was very much, you know, on-the-ground reporting.
Anthony Shadid, NYT foreign correspondent who died of an asthma attack inside Syria yesterday, talks to NPR Fresh Air’s Terry Gross this past December about reporting from Syria, getting captured in Libya and the future of the Middle East. What an amazing man and an incredible journalist.
Wassim Sabbagh is one of the 7,000 Syrians stranded in refugee camps along the Turkish-Syrian border. Most of them have fled here since the violent government crackdown in Syria began last March. Sabbagh has left his new homeland in the US to return to Syria.
Mainstream journalists are barred from entering Homs, so a team of activists decided to record the offensive themselves. The activists positioned their cameras atop buildings in the city. What they’ve captured is riveting, including the bombing of the house where the activists were stationed.
War is hell—there’s no way around that. And the growth of alternative media, social media, citizen journalism and the like now gives the public many ways to access content that would otherwise have been lost in archives. People now have the choice whether or not they want to bear witness, and I try help them make an informed choice.
Andy Carvin, explaining why he links to graphic images of war in his twitter feed occasionally, with plenty of warning.
Click on the link for a long, useful list of news resources about Syria.
Might I recommend the following resources (For all but the “overview” sources, I’ve focused on sources that are based out of Syria, live-update and are available to the non-arabic speaker)
Overview of the Revolution:
As the Russian envoy arrives in Damascus for talks, we’ll air a special edition of BBC Newshour with the latest from Syria at 9am this morning on WFPL News.
The Assad regime knows only one language. The language of the gun.