The Moderate Voice:
Syria Tomorrow Movement
Lets call on every honest Syrian, Arabic, Muslim, Christian, and Jewish, to think for a second about stopping this crime in Syria, its not easy to forget what is happening but we can stop all of this and let our children build their own future, far from our failed generation.
Let start the new path, new blood stream in our veins, new ideas and new leadership.
So I call on all of you as intellegent peoples to find another solution, we need to rasie our voice and say NO to Assad and NO to the freedom army, NO the Mulims Brother Hood organization, No to weapons, NO to killing, NO to destruction, and finally NO to all of them.
Join us in calling for an independent move who work only for our future and our kids future.
Syria Tomorrow Movement
إلى متى الإنتظار ياأبناء بلدي
أطفال سورية لن يسامحونا على ماتسببنا لهم فيه من تشرد وضياع و لكن سيغفرون لنا أخطائنا إذا استطعنا أن نعود الى الحكمة والعقل في حل أمورنا
نبذة عن أعضاء لجنة صياغة إتفاق السلام السوري ٢٠١٣
جميع أعضاء لجنة صياغة إتفاق السلام السوري ٢٠١٣ ، سوريون المولد والنشأة، ومعدل
الأعمار فوق ال ٥٠ عاماً ولا يعمل أي من الأعضاء مع أي جهة عامة في أي بلد في العالم، ولاينتمي أي من الأعضاء، لأي حزب سياسي
بدأ تشكيل اللجنة بأعضاء من خريجين ثانوية إبن خلدون في دمشق في سبعينيات القرن الماضي، وتوسع ليشمل أعضاء آخرين
جميع أعضاء لجنة صياغة إتفاق السلام السوري ٢٠١٣، خريجين جامعات ومعاهد عليا عالمية، بإختصاص هندسة، طب، محاماة، إقتصاد وتدريس
لا يرغب أحد من لجنة صياغة إتفاق السلام السوري ٢٠١٣، في العمل السياسي، فالجميع مهنيين محترفين، لكن عجز الأمم المتحدة وخاصة المبعوث الخاص عن وقف نزيف الدم، أجبرنا على التجمع وطرح ما يتوجب عليه أن يقوم به
نسعى لمشاركة واسعة من السوريين وخاصة ممن تنطبق عليهم شروط الترشح لمجلس الشيوخ، وهي شروط صعبة لا تنطبق على غالبية أعضاء لجنة صياغة إتفاق السلام السوري ٢٠١٣، ليتسلموا متابعة هذا العمل ويصلوا بسوريا إلى بر الأمان
حرصاً على عدم شخصنة الأهداف السامية لإتفاق السلام السوري ٢٠١٣ ، ولفتح الباب أمام مشاركة المزيد من نخب سوريا في نقاش وتطوير الإتفاق، يؤجل الإعلان عن أسماء لجنة صياغة إتفاق السلام السوري ٢٠١٣ لغاية توقيعه، وترى لجنة صياغة إتفاق السلام السوري ٢٠١٣، أن تلميع أي شخص في هذه المرحلة كقائد وممثل لسوريا وخاصة من الفضائيات والدول الأجنبية هو إعادة لإنتاج نفس النظام
الأمانة العامة للجنة صياغة إتفاق السلام السوري ٢٠١٣
حرر في، ٢٣ شباط ٢٠١٣
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Declaration from the Members of Committee for Syrian Peace Agreement 2013
في إحدى الأمسيات الشعرية التي أحياها الشاعر العربي الكبير محمود درويش في دمشق في دار للثقافة والفنون.. افتتح أمسيته الشعرية بقوله
في الشام لاأعرف كيف أبدا وكيف أنهي ولكن أفضل ما أمرن به قلبي على الكلام هو التغني باسم دمشق
امر باسمك اذ اخلو الى نفسي
كما يمر دمشقي باندلس
هنا اضاء لك الليمون ملح دمي
وهاهنا وقعت ريحٌ على الفرس
تسير السماء على الطرقات القديمة
فما حاجة الشعراء للوحي والوزن
ينام الغريب على ظله واقفاً
مثل مإذنة في سرير الأبد
لا يحن إلى أحد.. أو بلد
تدور الحوارات بين الكمنجة والعود
حول سؤال الوجود
من قتلت عاشقاً مارقاً فلها سدرة المنتهى
يتغزل في دمشق
Declaration from the Members of Committee for Syrian Peace Agreement 2013
• Most of the members of the Committee for Syrian Peace 2013, are born and raised in Syria, are over 50 years old, and don’t work for any specific side of the conflict in any country in the world, and none of
the members are involved in any political party.
• Originally, the members of the Committee were all graduates from the
the 1970s from Ibn Khaldoon high school in Damascus and then expanded to include others.
• The majority of the members of the Committee are all graduates of high level graduate schools and higher education and include, engineers, lawyers, physicians, economists, and professors.
• None of the members of the Committee have any political aspirations. They are all professionals and have jobs. But they are all interested
in stopping the bloodshed and felt obligated to voice their opinion and their concerns.
• We would like involvement from a broad group of Syrians, especially those who are going to be nominated to be a part of the Committee of Shaikhs, which is a difficult committee to qualify for, to be in
charge of this work and make sure that Syria is secure and safe.
• The Committee views coalitions that are being formed from outside the country through various satellite connections and meetings do not represent Syrians inside Syria, despite having dedicated Syrian nationals in their coalitions. Similarly, governments that are being formed by these coalitions do not represent the Syrian people and are unable to represent the Syrian people appropriately or accurately without elections being monitored and strictly enforced by the United Nations and Article 6 of the UN Charter. And the election to the Committee of Shaikhs is the first step in this process.
• I an effort to not personalize or aggrandize specific individuals on
the path of these lofty and classy goals, and to open the door for
more individuals to become involved with this proposal and agreement, we will postpone announcement of the names of the individuals involved until the agreement is signed. We view personal aggrandizement and producing a name of an individual leader as counterproductive at this stage, especially from foreign satellite coalitions outside the
Mankind are the family of God
By Sam Abdallah
Some fundamentalist has perpetually nurtured the spirit of hatred and fanaticism imbedded in the hearts of the Arab Muslims against everything that is non-Muslim, but that led to the new theory that Shiite threat is real, supported by the alliance of Iran, Iraq, Syria and Hizb Allah. This led to the support of the Gulf countries of the ethnicity in Syria, Sunni against Shiite as the main reason for continuity of destruction, and also continuity of killing, just to stop the have the satisfaction that Iran is getting weaker, actually to say that the Shiite are getting weaker.
Despite the legitimate reasons for revolution in Syria, and the needs for changes toward democracy, I doubt that any one think that Saudi and Qatar support democratic changes, because they are so far from being close to any country democracy even the one who had the Arab Spring. The Egyptian and Tunisian changes is the best example how religion became the power, and the way to organize people and using the modern technology to unite them behind the religious ideology, and that let to delete from the Arab world countries the concept of separation between religion and politics.
This article end with the following statement:
Quran states in chapter Al Maidah: O ye who believe! Stand out firmly for Allah, as witnesses to fair dealing, and let not the hatred of others to you make you swerve to wrong and depart from justice. Be just: that is next to piety: and fear Allah. For Allah is well acquainted with all that ye do.
Muhammad (SAWS) is reported to have said once: Mankind are the family of God, and the most beloved of them to God are those who are the most excellent to His family." "Not one of you believes until he loves for his brother what he loves for himself.
Great Muslim scholars of prophetic tradition such as Ibn Hajar al-Asqalani and Sharafuddin al Nawawi have said  that the words ‘his brother’ mean any person irrespective of faith.
احترام ًسورية الغدً لكل الاراء جزء من الايمان بحرية التعبير
اهية اراؤكم تولد فينا الحماس والايمان ان غدانا أفضل، و مهما اختلفنا سنتفق على الحق والافضل لبلدنا وانفسنا، لاننا نبغي شيئا واحدا ألا وهو;
وحرية القانون والاوطان
اضرع إليكم مهما اختلفنا لنحترم اختلاف أرائنا
اضرع إليكم مهما اختلفنا لنحترم أديان بعضنا واختلاف طوائفنا
اضرع إليكم مهما اختلفنا لنحترم أنفسنا
لنبتعد عن التحليل والتحريم مادمنا كلنا مؤمنين
لنبتعد عن التكفير بوجود ربنا أعظم الغافرين
لنبتعد عن التشكيك والتجريم مادمنا كلنا مذنبين
لنبتعد عن التحقير والتلعين مادمنا كلنا ملعونين
لنبتعد عن التبعية مادمنا كلنا تابعين
أسألكم الرحمة بأبناء شعبنا
أسألكم الرأفة بأطفال بلدنا
أسألكم اليقن بحرية أدياننا
وأسألكم الغفران لبعضكم لأنكم لستم بأعظم من ربنا
كفانا نزيفا فلنبدء تضيد الجراح
كفانا خرابا فقد حان وقت الاصلاح
كفانا فشلا فقد حان وقت النجاح
لنبدء معا يدا واحدة فليس هناك من مستحيل
فليس بمستحيل أن نتفق
فليس بمستحيل أن نتحد
فليس بمستحيل عن كل الضغائن أن نبتعد
يدا بيد و صوت بصوت نستطيعالوصول الى نهاية اليل السود لتسطع الشمس على كل سوري صادق
NO MILITARY ACTION IN SYRIA:
As the poison from Syria’s civil war spreads, the pace of diplomatic exchanges is quickening. At the White House today, David Cameron, fresh from meeting Vladimir Putin on the Black Sea, will brief Barack Obama on the Russian president’s latest thinking. Also on the agenda will be the G8 conference which the Prime Minister is due to host in Fermanagh next month. Once again, Britain is playing an important mediatory role between Moscow and Washington, this time in an attempt to defuse the most agonising political dilemma faced by the great powers since Bosnia-Herzegovina was ripped apart in the 1990s.
The key to ending that conflict was Nato intervention. Chastened by more recent experiences, the alliance has held back from direct military action in Syria. Meanwhile, the involvement of neighbours has been incremental, whether in the supply of arms by Iran, Saudi Arabia and Qatar or the flood of refugees that threatens to overwhelm Jordan. This month, however, has seen a dramatic increase in tempo, with two air strikes by Israel on Syria and the killing of 46 people in bomb explosions in the Turkish town of Reyhanli.
Both incidents should serve as an ominous warning to Bashar al-Assad, who, by continuing to send arms to Hizbollah, has drawn the most formidable military force in the region into the conflict, and, by blaming Turkey for the Reyhanli bombings, has antagonised the outside power best placed to topple him. The Turkish prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, is due in Washington on Thursday, purportedly bearing proof of the Syrian government’s use of chemical weapons. That is what Mr Obama has called his red line. However reluctantly, alliance members are being pushed towards direct involvement. The alternative is to watch impotently as Syria drags the whole region into the abyss.
Hassan Nasrallah, the Hezbollah leader, said his group would get “unique weapons” .
BEIRUT, Lebanon — The leader of Hezbollah, the powerful Lebanese militant group, escalated tensions with Israel on Thursday over the recent Israeli airstrikes near Damascus, suggesting that the Syrian government would respond by providing Hezbollah fighters with the same weapons that Israel wants to keep out of their hands.
While the Hezbollah leader, Hassan Nasrallah, did not specify the type of arms, he said that they were “unique weapons that it never had before” that would “change the balance” of power with Israel, which regards his group’s alliance with Syria and Iran as one of its most potent security threats.
In a televised speech, Mr. Nasrallah said the transfer of the weapons would be Syria’s “strategic response” to the airstrikes that hit the outskirts of Damascus on Sunday.
Analysts close to Hezbollah said they believed that Mr. Nasrallah was referring to long-range missiles, not chemical munitions. But the Israelis have expressed growing concern about the possible use of chemical weapons in Syria’s civil war, suggesting that the transfer of such weapons to groups hostile to Israel was more and more likely.
The airstrikes believed to have been carried out by Israel last Sunday heightened fears that Syria’s war could lead to a regional conflagration. Syrian officials said Thursday that they would respond forcefully to any future Israeli attacks and that they planned to retaliate for Sunday’s strikes, possibly by authorizing Syria-based militant groups to attack in the Golan Heights, the disputed border region captured by Israel from Syria in the 1967 war.
Syria’s deputy foreign minister, Faisal Mekdad, said in an interview with Agence France-Presse in Damascus that any new Israeli assault would bring a “harsh and painful” response from Syria’s military. “Instructions were given to respond immediately to any Israeli attack,” he said in the interview, which was also published on the Web site of Press TV, an Iranian satellite channel. “Syria will not allow this to be repeated.”
Syria Tomorrow in the media: Peace not war is what we need
Dr. Kabour with Jerry Anderson on CBS - Toledo, talking about the Syria Tomorrow vision for peace in Syria. Watch the full interview.
By LEE KEATH Associated Press
The Egyptian cleric was in a fervor. With Hezbollah's Shiite fighters helping Bashar Assad crush Syrian rebels, he wanted to sound the alarm to Sunnis across the Middle East: "Now is the time for jihad."
Speaking on a Saudi TV station, Sheik Mohammed el-Zoghbi called on "young men in Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, Kuwait, Jordan, Yemen," to go to Syria to fight. "We must all go to purge Syria of this infidel regime, with its Shiites who came from Iran, southern Lebanon and Iraq," he shouted during an appearance on Al-Khalijiya TV.
The overt entry by Lebanon's Hezbollah militia in Syria's civil war on the side of its ally President Assad has sharpened sectarian divisions throughout the Middle East.
Fighters from the Shiite guerrilla group helped Syrian forces batter the rebel-held town of Qusair for three weeks until they finally overran it this week in a significant victory for Assad's regime. Many Sunni hard-liners have taken Hezbollah's intervention as a declaration of war by Shiites against Sunnis.
That could have dangerous implications not only for Syria's conflict but for the entire region.
Calls for jihad by Sunni clerics could increase the flow of foreign militants into Syria to fight alongside the rebels. Sunni Arab powers like Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries, who see the war as a way to break the influence of Assad's Shiite ally Iran, may step up weapons supplies to Syria's rebels to counterbalance Hezbollah.
The civil war in Syria is becoming a religious war which splits the Muslim world between Sunnis and Shiites, notes Arab affairs expert Dalit Halevi.
The rebels belong to Sunni Islam while the regime is Alawite, a branch of Shiism supported by Iran and assisted by fighters from the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, units from the Shiite group Hizbullah and Shiite volunteers from Iraq.
Rebels in Deir ez-Zor proclaimed war against the Shiites following their defeat in the battle in Al-Qusayr. In a video posted to YouTube they announce the launch of a sectarian war, while chanting "Death to the Shia" and recalling the 637 The Battle of al-Qadisiyyah, when Muslim Arab forces defeated the Persians.
Senior clerics in Saudi Arabia have backed the position of Sheikh Yusuf Qaradawi, who attacked Iran and Hizbullah over their support of Assad and warned of the Shiites’ attempts to take over Sunni states. Fatwas issued in Saudi Arabia stipulate that all Muslims are religiously obligated to take part in the jihad in Syria, whether by givingmoney to jihad or by physically participating in the fighting against the Assad regime.
The Syrian army, with the help of Hizbullah, has managed to retake the city of Al-Qusayr which borders Lebanon, but this military success is not necessarily indicative of the regime's ability to reverse the situation, says Halevi. Many other areas continue to be under control of the rebel forces, who have the support of the population....
WASHINGTON — Foreign Islamist extremists are streaming into Syria, apparently in response to the Shiite militant group Hezbollah’s more visible backing of Syrian President Bashar Assad, a development that analysts say is likely to lead to a major power struggle between foreign jihadists and Syrian rebels should the Assad regime collapse.
Researchers who monitor the conflict said this week that they’ve detected the influx of foreigners in firsthand observations on the battlefield, spotting them in rebel videos posted on the Internet, observing a recent spike in reported deaths of foreign fighters and studying their postings on social media sites.
And while many foreign fighters have been absorbed into established Syrian rebel groups, there are signs now that an increasing number are remaining in free-standing units that operate independently and are willing to clash with other rebels and Syrian communities to implement their own rigid vision of Islamist governance.
“The numbers are increasing, with more radical groups inside now,” said Salman Shaikh, director of the Brookings Institution’s Doha Center in Qatar.
Elizabeth O’Bagy, an analyst at the Institute for the Study of War who just returned from a two-week research trip to study rebels inside Syria, said that “without a doubt” she saw far more foreign fighters than on her previous trip two months ago, including foreigner-only fighting groups in northern Idlib province, near the border with Turkey.
“There were substantial groups of foreign fighters that we came across, way more than I remembered,” O’Bagy said. “And we heard a lot of commanders complaining about foreign fighters coming in and not working with other opposition groups.”
Examples of those conflicts appear to be more frequent.
It has been conventional wisdom for a while now that the Syrian civil war — lasting two-plus years and claiming perhaps nearly 100,000 lives — would end in the fall of the Bashar Assad regime.
Time to think again.
For the moment, the reported entering of Hez-bollah, Iranian and Iraqi (Shia) fighters into the fray has shifted the sands of victory once again in favor of pro-government forces.
It’s entirely possible that the more than 40-year old Assad political dynasty might survive the rebel uprising.
Of course, there’s always been plenty of reason to worry about what a rebel victory might mean — considering that Islamists, foreign fighters and al-Qaeda allies (such as the Nusra Front) fill their ranks.
A post-Assad Syria might look a lot like post-Gadhafi Libya: various Islamist militias and terror groups running rampant, carving out spheres of influence — and that’s not to mention the trouble they might cause beyond Syria’s borders.
But the serious problem of a rebel victory aside, what’s the outlook if the Assad regime endures? That picture isn’t pretty.
The good news, if there is any, is that Damascus will be severely weakened in the short term. The Assad regime won’t have many international friends, government coffers will be drained and its armed forces will be exhausted.
This means that they probably won’t go looking for a fight with neighbors such as Israel or Turkey, which would be in much better shape militarily for any sort of engagement.
Now, the bad news.
On Syria's Menu: the Bad, the Ugly
A sizable majority of Americans disapproves of the Obama administration’s decision to send weapons to anti-government rebels in Syria.
Overall, 66 percent of voters disagree with arming the rebels, according to a Fox News national poll released Wednesday. Twenty-four percent approve.
The objection is widespread across demographic groups, as large numbers of men (63 percent), women (69 percent), those under age 45 (65 percent) and over age 45 (66 percent), as well as those who have served in the military (67 percent) and those who haven’t (66 percent) disapprove.
In addition, majorities of Republicans (77 percent), independents (64 percent) and Democrats (58 percent) disapprove of providing arms directly to the anti-government groups.
Still, there is some partisan division: Democrats (32 percent) are about twice as likely as Republicans (15 percent) to agree with the administration’s decision to send weapons.
Syria Tomorrow ask the big question: Why American Voters do not support arming Syrian's.
Logically there are few possible reasons to identify:
The America are tired of wars all over the world, want to concentrate on peace and domestic issues. Difficult economic pressure forcing American to care for themselves first. This is a very good reason for all of us as American.
The American do not want to be involved in supporting one side against another in this sad civil war. As an American we always believed in peace, civility, right and wrong, and we should not be driven in this messey civil war.
American do not want to go back to Cold War, and start a new one with Russian and China, who are supporting the Syrian governemnt.
The bigger issue that the American voice is heard, republicans or democrates are sharing same values and agreement despite their diffreneces, while we are Syrian's and Arab kill each other, disrespect each other, and find ourselves involved in an endless civil war, for many reasons, including fake one, like defending Islam, or ethnicity, or civility. Time to realize that Islam is better than that, ethnic groups in Syria and the Arab world reject what is happening and all because of leaders care for themselves instead of their people. We urge all involved to use common sense and logic to come to the same believe that war will end mankind.
The bigger question is when the Middle East crisis is going to effect the average American citizen, the medi discuss possible significant negative effect on oil, leading to a major shift in the consequences of that crisis, especially in Egypt and Syria.
New York, Jul 8 2013 - The increasing use of rhetoric by political and religious leaders in the context of the Syrian crisis could exacerbate the violence in the Middle Eastern country and fuel tensions between different groups in the region, the United Nations Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide warned today.
The resignation came two days after the opposition group elected a new president as it tries to unify and arm the rebels fighting the government of President Bashar al-Assad and to help civilians in rebel-held areas of Syria.
The prime minister, Ghassan Hitto, was appointed in March to assemble an administration that would govern rebel-held territory. It was not immediately clear why he resigned. But the opposition's efforts to establish that administration and a unified military command, and to obtain greater military support from the West, remain nascent at best. The United States and its allies have pledged to increase aid, but so far there has been little apparent impact, and members of the coalition have complained that it is hard to make progress when the West is not fully committed to helping them.
Read more: By HANIA MOURTADA and ANNE BARNARD / The New York Times
Egypt Failed Experiment:
Egypt democratic reboot has failed dismally.
Says BBC's Jeremy Bowen
For all the talk of rebooting Egypt's political system, the fact is that its experiment with democracy has failed dismally.
The leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood and its political party, together the biggest political and social movement in the country, have been rounded up and locked away in a way that happened often in the years before 2011.
The army's intervention does not of itself do anything to tackle Egypt's huge economic problems. The country is deeply divided.
It is not a good beginning for a new era.
The Iconic Town Hall in Sydney has hosted many conferences and lectures throughout its history. And this time it is the renowned British MP, George Galloway who has brought close to 2000 citizens, parliamentarians and religious figures to his second and final lecture named Arab spring with a question mark.
DOHA (AFP) – Several Al-Jazeera employees in Egypt have resigned because they disagreed with their employer's editorial line, an official at the Qatari television told AFP on Monday. They did not say how many resigned, but media have reported that seven have left the company.
"Several new employees at the Al-Jazeera Mobasher (the media group's live station) office in Egypt, who have their own views on the situation in Egypt, decided to leave the channel," the official said on condition of anonymity.
Some in Egypt, and other Arab spring uprising countries, have criticised Al-Jazeera's editorial line, saying it favours Islamists.
The resignations came as the channel pressed its coverage of the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi by the Egyptian military on Wednesday.
The official said the employees who resigned "had not adapted to the editorial line of Al-Jazeera, which refuses to bow to pressure and which continues its coverage with professionalism, regardless of who is in power".
He said that he "understood the pressure they are under", adding that the resignations had not affected the staff of Al-Jazeera News, the group's main station.
أنقذوا أطفال سورية
More than a fifth of Syria's schools have been destroyed or made unusable in more than two years of conflict, jeopardising the education of 2.5 million young people, Save The Children aid agency reported on Friday,
The civil war in Syria has contributed to a sharp increase over the past year in the number of violent incidents affecting children's education reported worldwide, the agency said.
More than 70 percent of 3,600 such incidents in 2012 occurred in Syria, where school buildings were shelled, teachers attacked and children recruited into armed groups, it added.
RAMADAN: The Holy Month Reminders
تذ كروا معاني الشهر الفضيل
The holy month of Ramadan is a very important month for Muslims because the first verses of the Holy Qur'an were revealed to Prophet Muhammad during a period of meditation and solitude in a cave near Mecca in the 7th Century. Therefore, Ramadan has been set aside for acts of worship and fasting. Muslims spend the month in meditation, prayer and abstinence from food, drinks, smoking and sexual acts between dawn and dusk.
The fast, during this month, is intended to be a challenging act taking the believer to a higher level of closeness to God. Some of the expected outcomes are cleansing of the soul by staying away from worldly pleasures, practicing self-discipline, sacrifice, generosity and charity.
The bigger question if Muslims now are following the basic principles of prophit Muhammad Islam, or what the Qur'an mean in every word and every sora.
Reminder to all Muslim's in this holy month:
Islam means that we are brother in Islam not enemies
Islam means love not hate
Islam means peace not war
Islma means building not to destruction
Islam means forgiveness not anger and enomosity
Islam to preserve human life not to kill
Stop the killing and destruction under the name of Islam, stop the hate and wars under the name of Islam, because Islam was, still and always will be bigger than all of us, and will remain in the mind and the heart of real Muslims as the Qur'an and prophit Muhammad wanted us to know it and believe in it.
تدمير المساجد ليس إسلام
قتل الأبرياء حرام في الإسلام
زرع الكراهية بين المسلمين جرم في الأسلام
فلنرفع الغطاء عن أحقادنا و ضغائننا فاالاسلام بريئ من جرمنا
حكاما كنتم ام مقاومين أما آن الاوان لصحوة الضمير والقلب
كفانا أيها السوريون, أيها العرب, بل كفانا أيها المسلمون إن كناحقا مسلمين
المضحك المبكي أحلى مايقال في حق العرب
Syrian plans to run for a spot on the U.N. Human Rights Council met with sharp criticism from the United States and Israel on Thursday, while Tehran announced it had withdrawn its candidacy for the world body's rights watchdog.
The General Assembly's annual elections for the United Nations' 47-nation, Geneva-based human rights body will be held in November in New York. There will be 14 seats available for the five U.N. regional groups for three-year terms beginning in January 2014.
From the so-called Asia group, which includes the Middle East and Asia, seven countries - China, Iran, Jordan, Maldives, Saudi Arabia, Syria and Vietnam - will be vying for four seats, several diplomats from the Asia group said on Wednesday.
A spokeman for Iran's U.N. mission, however, said on Thursday that Iran had withdrawn its candidacy and did not provide an explanation.
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters)
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By Rim HADDAD - DAMASCUS
Syrians use black humour during fasting month of Ramadan to ease pain of war, soaring food prices.
As Syria's Muslims observe the fasting month of Ramadan at a time of war for a third year running, many people are turning to black humour to help them cope.
Jokes are a way to weather the difficulties of food shortages, violence and death that mar the sense of community and celebration supposed to accompany the religious month.
One popular joke plays off the traditional cannon fire that marks the end of the fasting day and the beginning of the iftar evening meal.
"Watch out! Just because you hear the sound of cannon fire doesn't mean it's time to break your fast," the joke goes, a sad testament to the frequent sound of warfare across the country.
In areas less affected by violence, residents might each night still be able to hear the msaharati, a man who walks the streets before dawn, waking people to eat before the fast begins.
But in areas ravaged by snipers and shelling, upholding such a tradition has become impossible.
Leila Zerrougui, the special representative for children and armed conflict, says both sides of the Syrian conflict continue to commit grave violations against children.
She says scores of children have been killed, injured, detained, and forced to witness or to commit atrocities as President Bashar Assad's troops battle opposition fighters trying to oust his regime.
Zerrougu also said on Thursday that thousands of schools have been destroyed. She spoke to reporters in Beirut after a visit to Syria where she met government officials and rebel commanders.
She says she has urged both sides to spare the children. Read More
Syria Tomorrow ask every Syrian: Is this what we want for our childrens to learn in life, with no doubt how much we love our kids, we urge both sides to stop this war, and think about future generation and the consequences of this war.