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    OUR SYRIAN CHRISTIAN CRUSADE
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    NEWSDAY
    August 4, 2012


    BEIRUT - (AP) -- In a brazen daylight kidnapping, gunmen snatched a bus filled with 48 Iranian pilgrims from a Damascus suburb Saturday as they headed to visit a shrine holy to Shiites, reported Iranian state television.

    The abduction was the largest single kidnapping of Iranians in Syria, where several smaller groups of Iranians have been snatched in recent months. It came as regime forces were pounding the neighborhood of Tadamon, on the southern outskirts of the Damascus, trying to uproot one of the last rebel-held areas in the city.

    The pilgrims had just left their hotel on Saturday and were headed by bus to the Sayeda Zeinab mosque, a holy shrine for Shiite Muslims in a suburb south of the capital, when they were taken, Iran's Arabic language, state-owned TV station al-Alam said, citing an official at the Iranian embassy in Damascus.

    The state news agency, in a conflicting report, said they were headed to the airport when they were taken. The report added that the location where they were being held was known, without giving any further details.

    Iran's English-language state station, Press TV, blamed "terrorists" for the abduction, echoing language used by the Syrian regime to describe the rebels in has been battling for the past 17 months in an uprising that has claimed 19,000 lives.


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    ALEPPO, Syria | Sat Aug 4, 2012 10:35am EDT

    ALEPPO, Syria (Reuters) - Blindfolded, shuffling along in his slippers, the skinny young man is dragged across a rebel base in Aleppo by armed fighters who slap his back, head and face.

    One of a handful of men held captive in the former school by rebels who control much of Syria's biggest city, he disappears down a flight of stairs to the basement, from where sounds of beating and screams emerge.

    The 20-year-old man is being held because of a complaint of domestic assault, rebels say, alongside petty criminals and suspected members of the shabbiha militia which supports President Bashar al-Assad.

    The fighters say they are trying to impose the rule of law over the areas they control, filling the vacuum left by the collapse of local authority and keeping public services running.

    But not everyone in Aleppo and its rural hinterland is happy with the Free Syrian Army rebels, some saying their vigilante operations are often barely disguised vendettas and that they are arrogant and interfering.

    "If they don't like the actions of a person they tie him up, beat him and arrest him," said a man who identified himself as Abu Ahmed in the town of Azaz, north of Aleppo.

    At the Aleppo base, rebel guards escort a series of limping, blindfolded men to the bathroom throughout the day, one man clutching his stomach in pain after a beating session.
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    But Hey, Buddies,
    what's a good beating
    by our fellow Klansmen
    comparied to what they did to Gaddafi
    when Sweet Hilary Clinton
    said 'dead or alive'
     
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    THE TIMES OF INDIA
    August 5, 3012

    NEW DELHI: India worked hard behind the scenes on Friday to dilute a Saudi Arabia-drafted UNGA resolution, which severely indicted Syria for the situation prevailing in the country, but finally abstained from voting after the draft could not be rid of reference to the July 22nd League of Arab States resolution that called upon Syrian president Bashar al-Assad to step down.
    The decision has further brought into focus India's growing contrariness with the Arab League over Assad's fate.

    India was among the 31 countries that abstained from voting on the 'strongly-worded resolution'. Russia and China were among the 12 countries that voted against the resolution, but it still found overwhelming approval in the form of support from 133 nations.

    ***The original draft, though, was tougher on Syria calling upon nations to impose sanctions on the war-ravaged country. "We said that no country is going to impose sanctions on the basis of a UN General Assembly resolution," said a source.

    *** Despite its serious attempt to do a balancing act by not antagonizing the Arab League, it has not found common ground with them over Assad's fate. India is averse to any talk about regime change maintaining instead that the decision should be left to the Syrians only.

    Unlike a Security Council resolution, UNGA resolutions are not legally binding.
    According to Indian officials, the resolution also failed to address the issue of violence being perpetrated by opposition groups and instead only focused on violence by government militia and other Assad supporters. While stressing upon oppression by Syrian authorities, the resolution only hints at violence by the other side on page 3 where it condemns "all violence, irrespective of where it comes from, including terrorist attacks''.***"
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    *Why isn't India a veto-power member of the UN Security Council---
    *one that would replace either France or the UK?
     

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