Two representatives form Kafranbel will be speaking in Los Angeles this weekend. See Kafranbel is coming to LA - Meet the Revolutionaries for details.
Aleppo has been subjected to continuous bombing by Bashar al-Assad's war planes every day this week, six days straight, and will likely face another pounding tomorrow. The carnage I wrote of on Monday, that took the lives of 28 children and a large number of adults on Sunday was only the beginning of this most recent "Death from Above" campaign. Seeing how little protest the people of the world have had to offer, Assad has felt free to continue his campaign, and so he has.
This is not civil war, this is simply murder.
In spite of that, you can be sure that plaster falling from the ceiling of a London Theatre will receive more coverage than bombs falling on an Aleppo hospital. Such is the bankruptcy of our modern world.
And so I must post another blog and do what the well heeled US media refuses to do, report the news.
Al Jazeera had this report yesterday:
As with the numerous sarin gas attacks that have ravaged Syria in the past year, Russia demands that the world body not say who is responsible for this carnage. They want the UN to say they have no idea who's aircraft are dropping these bombs. The problem here is that only one side in this conflict has an air force. So it will be interesting to see how Sy Hersh, Robert Fisk and the other "Reporters following Orders" use their weasel words to create doubt about Assad's responsibility for this latest slaughter.
Regime air strikes pound Aleppo for fifth dayDoctors Without Borders says bombardment has killed about 190 people in northern Syrian city since December 15.
Syrian warplanes have bombed northern Aleppo for a fifth consecutive day, with opposition activists alleging that government forces dropped barrel bombs - barrels filled with explosives dropped from helicopters - on the city and several nearby villages.
The attacks on Thursday killed at least 11 people in two villages, among them four women and two children, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
"I think it is trying to make the population turn against the rebels, so that the people themselves expel the fighters," Rami Abdel Rahman, director of the Britain-based Observatory, said.
One Syrian security source denied that barrel bombs were used, but another said the Syrian military prefers such weapons over missiles because they are cheaper, according to the AFP news agency.
In a statement on Wednesday evening, Doctors Without Borders said that government air strikes had killed at least 189 people and injured 879 others in Aleppo since December 15.
The US this week drafted a UN Security Council statement condemning the government's increasing military offensive on Aleppo, but the proposed text was blocked by Russia, diplomats said.
Russia, the Syrian government's main ally, wanted all references to the regime stripped from the statement so the US decided to drop it, according to diplomats at the UN. More...
The ICRC has issued this news release today:
Syria: All parties must end attacks against civilians
Damascus/Geneva (ICRC) – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is alarmed by the number of civilian casualties reported in Aleppo in recent days. The organization is calling on all parties to comply with the rules of international humanitarian law.
"Over one-hundred civilians have been killed in markets, a bus station and elsewhere in densely populated areas," said Magne Barth, head of the ICRC delegation in Syria. "Local hospitals already struggling to make do with limited supplies of medicines have been overwhelmed by the influx of casualties since last Sunday." More...
The BBC is reporting:
Aleppo strikes 'overwhelm' hospitals
17 December 2013
MSF called on all parties in the conflict to stop targeting civilian infrastructureHospitals in the Syrian city of Aleppo have been overwhelmed with casualties after a wave of air strikes which killed more than 100 people in recent days, Medecins Sans Frontieres says.
Indiscriminate and sustained attacks by government aircraft had caused significant damage in areas populated by civilians, the organisation warned.
Bodies are being lined up in front of hospitals for collection by relatives.
On Tuesday, warplanes stepped up their air strikes on rebel-held districts.
Eighteen people, including two children, were killed in the Shaar and Maadi areas, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based activist group.
On Sunday, 76 people, including 28 children, died when barrel bombs were dropped on three eastern areas, the group said. More...
Activists: Rebels shoot down a warplane over Darer Azzeh in #Aleppo Suburbs #Syria
— عمر الجعبري (@OmarJaabari) December 20, 2013
Over 100 civilians have been killed in #Aleppo #Syria in markets, a bus station and elsewhere in densely populated areas in the last week
— ICRC United Kingdom (@ICRC_uk) December 20, 2013
@MSF @WHO @ICRC More than15 barrel were thrown by Syrian government on 12/15 at and near the biggest hospital in #Aleppo ...#ActionNeeded
— UOSSM (@UOSSM) December 20, 2013
657 civilians have been killed in #Assad airstrikes in the past 30 days alone, 530 of whom were in #Aleppo province. (Via @Lopforum)
— Abdul (@al_7aleem) December 20, 2013
Not only is this a crime against humanity, it is a blood-guilt for the US and every people that could do something about it, but doesn't. The examples of the US refusal to bomb the rail lines and crematoriums of Auschwitz, or its silence as Saddam Hussein gassed the Kurds, come to mind. The shame this time is that the "Left" took to the streets and joined with some of the worst right-wing elements to demand that Assad's carnage not be interrupted. Absolutely despicable!